Live Performances

Mariah Carey Kicks Off Christmas Extravaganza in NYC

Mariah Carey

Joy to the world. Mariah Carey brought Christmas to the Big Apple with her first annual holiday extravaganza, “All I Want for Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy and Festivity.” The Christmas queen kicked off her five sold-out shows at the Beacon Theatre on Monday night.

Fans flew in from all over the world to see her perform holiday hits like “Joy to the World” and “When Christmas Comes” off her best-selling Christmas album Merry Christmas and the 2010 follow-up, Merry Christmas II You. During the super-festive set, she was joined by a dancing Santa, children, and a choir, and changed multiple times (of course).

The newly-single diva wiped away tears as she introduced “Hero,” but cut the song short when her mic pack fell off. A stylist helped with her wardrobe malfunction before she performed the song again.

She capped off the dazzling evening with her classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” complete with dancing snowmen, teddy bears, and toy soldiers.

Mariah will play five more shows on December 16, 18, 20, 21, and 22.

Watch her spread some cheer in NYC.

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Jay Z, Beyoncé Join Justin Timberlake at Brooklyn Show

Jay Z and Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake’s “20/20 Experience Tour” pulled into Brooklyn on Sunday night. In addition to performing his vast catalog of hits, the pop superstar brought out BK’s own Jay Z for their Magna Carta collaboration “Holy Grail.”

“Nothing like being at sold-out Barclays with the King of Brooklyn… #JT2020Tour,” tweeted Timberlake.

While her man was on stage, Mrs. Carter was in the crowd singing alongside a hula-dancing Taylor Swift and the band HAIM.

The worldwide tour, which kicked off in October 2013, wraps on January 2 in Las Vegas.

Watch JT and Jay Z bring down the house in Brooklyn.

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Usher Brings Out T.I., Ludacris, Jeezy, & Rae Sremmurd in Atlanta

T.I. and Usher

It was one giant party in A-town when Usher returned home for his “UR Experience” tour on Tuesday night. After bringing out Trey Songz in Chicago and Chris Brown, Kid Ink, and Jeremih in L.A., Usher was joined by some of his fellow ATLiens including T.I., Ludacris, and Jeezy.

Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon, and Luda hit the stage for “Lovers and Friends,” T.I. and Young Thug turned up with “About the Money,” and Jeezy joined Ursh for “Love in This Club.”

Juicy J also showed up to perform Usher’s strip club banger “I Don’t Mind,” and Rae Sremmurd capped off the show with “No Type” and “No Flex Zone.”

The “UR Experience” tour comes to a close on Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

Watch Usher and friends turn up in ATL.

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Jhené Aiko and Chris Brown Perform ‘Drunk Texting’ in L.A.

Jhené Aiko and Chris Brown

Jhené Aiko’s “Enter the Void Tour” sailed into L.A.’s Club Nokia on Sunday night. Following sets from Willow Smith, The Internet, and SZA, the L.A. native performed her Souled Out cuts for the hometown crowd and brought out some surprise guests including her daughter Namiko, Childish Gambino (“Bed Peace”), and Chris Brown.

The ladies went wild when Breezy appeared to perform their X collaboration “Drunk Texting” for the first time live.

“I’ve always been a fan of the music and just his drive to keep going despite everything that happens,” Jhené said of Chris. “They’re gonna come after you, time and time and time, you’re always gonna be your mistakes in people’s eyes. But it’s not about that. At the end of the day, it’s about the music.”

Earlier in the evening, SZA was joined onstage by her TDE labelmates Kendrick Lamar and the newly Grammy-nominated ScHoolboy Q.

The tour will play a second show at Club Nokia on Friday before wrapping on December 21 in Minneapolis.

Watch Jhené bring it on home.

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J. Cole, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, & T.I. Perform at Cali Christmas 2014

J. Cole

The stars got turned up for the holidays at Power 106′s annual Cali Christmas in Inglewood on Friday. The star-studded concert, which was streamed live, kicked off with performances from Tinashe, G-Eazy, Kalin and Myles, Lil Jon, and Kid Ink.

Big Sean decked the halls of The Forum with “Dance (A$$)” and his Kanye West and DJ Mustard-produced anthem “IDFWU,” with a surprise appearance from E-40.

Chris Brown and Trey Songz gave fans a peek into their upcoming “Between the Sheets Tour” with a joint set. Trigga was joined by Ty Dolla Sign (“Paranoid”) and Jeremih (“Don’t Tell ‘Em”), while Breezy brought out Kid Ink for “Show Me.”

The King himself, T.I., held court onstage with new and old hits including “Whatever You Like” and “No Mediocre,” and welcomed French Montana for “Don’t Panic,” while his on-again, off-again girlfriend Khloe Kardashian was backstage.

J. Cole capped off the evening with a 30-minute set of hits including “Work Out” and “Can’t Get Enough.” He brought out his Dreamville signee Bas for “My Ni**a Just Made Bail” and performed “Fire Squad” off his brand new album 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

“This album that’s coming Tuesday is some shit that’s gon’ live forever. I promise ya’ll that,” he told the crowd before closing out his set with “Crooked Smile” and “Power Trip.”

If you missed any of the action, catch highlights below.

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Lauryn Hill Performs ‘Ready or Not’ at Brooklyn Bowl

Ms. Lauryn Hill

Ms. Lauryn Hill brought her hits to the Brooklyn Bowl over the summer. The professional footage was captured and can be seen on “Live From the Brooklyn Bowl,” a two-hour concert special airing throughout December on pay-per-view and video on demand.

The Grammy-winning icon treated fans to her Miseducation hits as well as Fugees’ favorites including 1996′s “Ready or Not,” which can be seen below.

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Kanye West Performs at World AIDS Day (RED) Concert

Kanye West

Yeezus took over Times Square while performing as part of a concert for World AIDS Day supporting (RED) on Monday. Against the glow of red lights, Kanye delivered an electrifying nine-minute medley of hits including “Power,” “Jesus Walks,” and “Black Skinhead.”

“New York City, you are now rockin’ with Yeezus,” he told the crowd.

He continued with “Stronger,” but when the song ran a little too long, ‘Ye reprimanded one of his band members.

“Next song, you’re supposed to cut. We on TV,” he said before closing out his set with “Touch the Sky.”

The benefit concert also featured performances from Carrie Underwood and U2 with Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin.

Watch Yeezus bless the stage.

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