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Sep
2
Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Pharrell, & Rita Ora Attend GQ Men of the Year Awards

Pharrell, Kanye, and Kim

Fresh from headlining both days of the Made in America Festival in Philly and L.A., Kanye West jetted overseas for the British GQ Men of the Year Awards at London’s Royal Opera House on Tuesday. A dapper Mr. West cheered on his wife Kim Kardashian as she was honored with Woman of the Year by the magazine.

“Thank you @BritishGQ for making me Woman of the Year! Such an honor!!!!!!” said Kim, who stunned in a beaded skirt by Ralph & Russo.

Nicole Scherzinger was there to support her man Lewis Hamilton, who received Sportsman of the Year. Jessie J was gorgeous in a green vintage Jean Paul Gaultier gown, while fellow Brit Rita Ora wowed in a Zuhair Murad one-shoulder number.

Pharrell Williams was honored with Solo Artist of the Year, and caught up backstage with his “Number One” collaborator Kanye.

See more pics of the well-dressed crowd below.

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Aug
28
Luke James Unveils Album Cover Art, Tracklisting

Luke James

After touring with Beyoncé and starring in the 2013 Christmas musical Black Nativity, Luke James will release his self-titled debut on September 23 via N.A.R.S./Island Records. The New Orleans crooner, who now resides in Harlem, has revealed the two covers (deluxe above) along with the tracklisting.

The 12-track standard edition features the Rick Ross-assisted single “Options” and “Dancing in the Dark,” with production from Danja, Salaam Remi, The Alliance, Kadis & Sean, and Luke himself.

The deluxe adds three songs including James’ soulful cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.”

Luke James will be available for iTunes pre-order on September 9.

See the standard cover and tracklisting below.

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Aug
27
Album Cover: Tinashe – ‘Aquarius’

Aquarius

Just days after revealing the tracklisting, Tinashe has unveiled the official cover art for her debut Aquarius. Due October 7, the album features the ScHoolboy Q-assisted hit “2 On” and second single “Pretend” featuring A$AP Rocky.

The 18 tracks also include contributions from Devonté Hynes, Boi-1da, Mike WiLL Made-It, Stargate, and Future, who guests on the Jasper-produced “How Many Times.”

“[Future] kept it straight ‘hood on this track, which I was super excited about,” Tinashe told Rap-Up TV. “I think it’s an interesting blend between an R&B vibe and there being some hip-hop thrown in there.”

See the updated tracklisting below.

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Aug
27
Album Cover: T.I. – ‘Paperwork’

PaperWork

T.I. has unveiled the cover art for his ninth album Paperwork: The Motion Picture. Executive produced by Pharrell Williams, the follow-up to 2012′s Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head arrives October 21 via Grand Hustle/Columbia Records.

“The Wait Is Over!!!!! #PaperWork #10-21-14,” tweeted Tip.

In addition to the singles “About the Money” featuring Young Thug and the Iggy Azalea-assisted “No Mediocre,” the guest list includes Rick Ross, The-Dream, Lil Boosie, Jeezy, Trae Tha Truth, Nipsey Hussle, Problem, and Pharrell, who appears on the title track.

Earlier this month, he dropped the Skylar Grey-assisted “New National Anthem,” inspired by the Michael Brown shooting.

Paperwork marks the first album in a trilogy. “The sound sonically of this one is soulful, musical, kinda like [OutKast's] Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik or Aquemini or [Jay Z's] Blueprint,” Tip told MTV News. “It just has an incredible amount of soul and a perfect hybrid between the ahead-of-the-curve, new-school sound and the classic, nostalgic, soulful sound of yesteryear.”

He is still putting finishing touches on the album and was most recently in the studio with Usher. Check out a photo from their session below.

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Aug
24
2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Red Carpet

Beyoncé

From Ariana to Usher, the stars were shining bright at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum in L.A. on Sunday. Hip-hop, R&B, pop, and rock royalty paraded down the red carpet in some show-stopping looks.

Before opening the show, Jessie J was a goddess in a green Grecian gown, while her “bang Bang” collaborator Ariana Grande looked fierce in a tight black Moschino zipper outfit with thigh-high boots. She posed for photos with her grandmother before scurrying inside.

Amber Rose showed plenty of skin in a revealing beaded dress while walking hand-in-hand with her husband Wiz Khalifa.

Solange channeled Diana Ross with her big hair and black pantsuit, while Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks were matching in all white.

Nicki Minaj shimmered in an animal-print mini-dress and Iggy Azalea stunned in a silver Versace gown.

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Aug
23
Ludacris, Chris Brown Honored at 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

Ludacris

The stars came out to salute Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Friday. The rapper-actor-mogul was honored with the BMI President’s Award for his achievement in songwriting and his global influence on culture and the entertainment industry.

Following video tributes from Usher, Lil Jon, and Tom Cruise, Luda thanked his mother, girlfriend Eudoxie, and his team.

“Nobody could do it by themselves,” said a humbled Luda. “It’s really the people that’s behind you and the strong foundation that you have is extremely important.”

He then loosened his bow tie and hit the stage for a medley of his greatest hits including “What’s Your Fantasy,” “Yeah,” “How Low,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Area Codes,” and “Move Bitch” with special guest Mystikal.

The star-studded event also celebrated the songwriters, producers, and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year, with performances from TeeFlii (“24 Hours”) and Tamar Braxton (“Love and War”).

Zendaya won the BMI Social Star Award and Detail, J-Roc, and DJ Mustard were honored as Producers of the Year. The West Coast hitmaker brought out YG to perform “My Hitta” and “Who Do You Love.”

Chris Brown was also in the house and received a Special Citation of Achievement recognizing over 1 million broadcast performances of his hit “Forever.”

“I just appreciate all the singers and the songwriters who helped me get to this point making all this great music,” said Breezy. “I didn’t do it by myself. The fans really jumpstarted it.”

Future accepted multiple awards including one for his ex Ciara’s “Body Party,” which he co-wrote and produced.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis earned Song of the Year for “Can’t Hold Us” and Lil Wayne was crowned Songwriter of the Year.

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Aug
22
Chris Brown and Rihanna Come Together at Charity Basketball Game

Rihanna and Chris Brown

Chris Brown and Rihanna reunited for a good cause. The former couple was just feet away from each other at CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano’s Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night.

Team Sabathia took on Team Cano during the competitive match-up, which featured celebrity players including Ne-Yo, Fabolous, DJ Khaled, and DJ Clue.

But the real MVP was Breezy, who scored 18 points, while his ex RiRi sipped D’USSE courtside and watched with her girlfriends including Skylar Diggins, Melissa Forde, and Cara Delevingne.

Sabathia and Cano had some help coaching on the sidelines from NBA and MLB pros including Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and more.

The event was a huge success, raising over $1 million for Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation and Cano’s RC22 Foundation.

See more pics from the all-star affair below.

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