TV Appearances

Jhené Aiko Performs ‘The Pressure’ on ‘Today’

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko sailed into the weekend with an acoustic performance on “Today.” Looking angelic in white, the L.A. songstress stripped down her single “The Pressure” with some help from her guitarist Jeff. She kept it family friendly, replacing the word “weed” with “major.”

Her debut album Souled Out entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3 this week, selling 70,000 copies in its first week.

Jhené will kick off the “King of the Fall” tour with The Weeknd and ScHoolboy Q tonight at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran Perform on ‘America’s Got Talent’ Finale

Quintavious Johnson and Jennifer Hudson

Season 9 of “America’s Got Talent” capped off with some superstar guests including Ed Sheeran, Lenny Kravitz, Pitbull, and Jennifer Hudson.

The Grammy-winning diva brought down the house with a dazzling performance of her R. Kelly-assisted single “It’s Your World” off her new album JHUD, due out Tuesday. She then joined contestant Quintavious Johnson for a soaring duet of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” which brought the crowd to its feet.

While he didn’t win the competition, JHUD still praised the 12-year-old. “Quintavious is amazing ! That child can sing!!! That’s right baby , bring back the music! So proud of u!” she tweeted.

Ed Sheeran also hit the “AGT” stage with his acoustic jam “Don’t,” Pitbull performed “Fireball” with the Rockettes, and Lenny Kravitz rocked out with contestant Miguel Dakota on “American Woman.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Public Enemy Performs on ‘Tonight Show’

Public Enemy

In honor of Def Jam’s 30th anniversary, Public Enemy paid a visit to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday. With help from The Roots, Chuck D, Flavor Flav, and the rest of the legendary rap crew performed “Public Enemy No. 1″ off their 1996 album Yo! Bum Rush the Show.

Def Jam is celebrating its 30th birthday with a greatest hits box set and an all-star concert, which will take place on October 16 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and feature performances from Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Method Man, Redman, and Foxy Brown.

Watch PE bum rush the stage.

Read the rest of this entry »

Elle Varner Performs ‘Don’t Wanna Dance’ on ‘Queen Latifah’

Elle Varner

Queen Latifah kicked off the second season of her talk show with a captivating performance from Elle Varner. The R&B songstress hit the “Big Sexy Stage” to perform her A$AP Ferg-assisted single “Don’t Wanna Dance” off her upcoming album 4 Letter Word.

“I cannot thank you enough for having me on @qlshow as your musical guest!! It was an honor….peace, love, and respect!” Elle told the Queen, who responded, “Thanks for blessing us! You rock!”

Watch Elle grace the stage with her soulful set.

Read the rest of this entry »

Alicia Keys Performs ‘We Are Here’ on ‘Today’

Alicia Keys

A week after debuting “We Are Here” on “The Tonight Show,” Alicia Keys brought her new anthem to “Today.” While perched at a piano that read “Love,” the pregnant singer belted out the inspiring anthem and sat down to discuss her career and motherhood.

“This song gives us the opportunity to have that dialogue and start talking about what are we here to do for each other,” said Alicia.

It’s been 13 years since the 15-time Grammy winner released her debut Songs in A Minor, but she still has a lot more to do. “It’s incredible because every day is a new chance and an opportunity,” she said. “I feel like I haven’t even really gotten started.”

Her second child is due in December, and motherhood has played a pivotal role in her music. “I’ve always been an empathetic person, I’ve always related to what we’ve gone through as a humanity, but when you start seeing your kids in the mix and what they’re gonna grow up in and what they’re gonna be a part of, or how they can help change it, you get fiercer about it.”

Plus, find out what she had to say about planning Swizz Beatz’ Coming to America-inspired birthday bash.

Read the rest of this entry »

Chris Brown Performs on ‘The Tonight Show’

Chris Brown

Breezy’s back. Chris Brown lit up late night with an electrifying performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday. Backed by The Roots and dressed in all red, the R&B superstar performed the Diplo-produced title track off his upcoming album X and his hit single “Loyal,” wowing with his smooth vocals and fancy footwork.

Due September 16, X features an all-star roster including Kendrick Lamar, Brandy, R. Kelly, Usher, Rick Ross, Jhené Aiko, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, and more.

He will celebrate the album release with an appearance on “106 & Park” on Tuesday.

See Breezy get back to business.

Read the rest of this entry »

Nicki Minaj Talks Wardrobe Malfunction, Reacts to Ellen’s ‘Anaconda’ Parody

Nicki Minaj and Ellen

It was all about Nicki Minaj and her booty when the rap queen stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday. Unlike her previous appearance, this time she covered up and even surprised Ellen with her demure wardrobe.

She admitted that she was taken aback by the success of “Anaconda,” which has over 145 million views. “I was really shocked. I was like, ‘What just happened?’” she said.

Ellen debuted her own hilarious version of the video, which prompted laughs from Nicki. “You are hilarious!” she told her.

She also addressed her wardrobe malfunction at the VMAs. Her team wasn’t able to zip up her outfit in time, so she walked on stage nearly naked. “I didn’t have any underwear on, no underwear, no bra,” said Nicki. “I was butt ass naked.”

As a joke, Ellen presented her with a large safety pin to prevent it from happening in the future.

Plus, she played a word game called “Butt Wait There’s More,” inspired by her ass.

Read the rest of this entry »