Dec
22
New Music: Jodeci feat. B.o.B – ‘Nobody Wins’

Nobody Wins

Jodeci is back. After an 18-year hiatus, the ’90s R&B supergroup reunites on its comeback single “Nobody Wins” featuring B.o.B. The legendary quartet—DeVante Swing, Joel “JoJo” Hailey, Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey, and Dalvin DeGrate—rally against domestic abuse on the powerful anthem, which they debuted onstage at the Soul Train Awards last month.

“Nobody wins when we fight, fuss, and argue / Nobody wins, we say we leaving but we never do,” they sing.

“We aren’t immune to issues that are important in our community,” said K-Ci. “Domestic violence has always been an issue in relationships, but lately it’s been brought to the front of our community consciousness.”

The group is working on its first album in nearly 20 years with hitmakers including Timbaland. They also plan to launch a reunion tour next year.

Watch the lyric video below, which includes the number for a domestic violence hotline.

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Dec
21
New Music: The-Dream – ‘Fruition’

The-Dream

2014 was a year of big changes for The-Dream. The R&B hitmaker got married, left Def Jam, and launched his own label, Contra Paris. In July, he released his first indie project, the seven-track EP The Prequel, which found him reuniting with his production partner Tricky Stewart.

Now Terius Nash rounds out the year with the seductive slow jam “Fruition,” on which he sings the praises of his special lady and promises to love her endlessly.

“It’s so hard to find someone like you / I’ve searched under stars and many a moon,” croons a lovestruck Dream. “Some dreams can come to fruition.”

Hear his sweet serenade below.

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Dec
21
Usher Performs ‘Good Kisser’ on ‘Graham Norton Show’

Usher

Fresh off wrapping the U.S. leg of his “UR Experience” tour, Usher traveled overseas to perform his Grammy-nominated single “Good Kisser” on Britain’s “The Graham Norton Show.” Wearing his signature coonskin cap, the R&B superstar thrilled with his slick moves and charm.

He also took a seat alongside the stars of Annie, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz, and revealed that his son Naviyd auditioned for a role by singing an Annie song.

“It has become the soundtrack of my house,” said Usher.

He will bring his “UR Experience” tour to Europe in February.

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Dec
20
BET’s ‘106 & Park’ Airs Final Episode

AJ, Free, Keyshia Cole, and Stephen Hill

After 14 years on the air, BET’s “106 & Park” aired its final episode on Friday. During the live two-hour “final act,” the original hosts AJ and Free returned to reminisce on highlights from the show’s historic run.

Keyshia Cole and Wale, who launched their careers on the “106″ stage, stopped by to hang with the livest audience one last time, while Big Sean, Ne-Yo, Ashanti, and Common taped farewell messages.

A passionate Wale spoke from the heart. “They tryna get rid of this. They tryna get rid of our voice. They tryna get rid of our style. They tryna get rid of our culture, they tryna dilute it,” he said. “Don’t ever get it twisted by no blog or no Internet people. This is our culture. Our parents had ‘Soul Train’ and ‘American Bandstand,’ we had ’106 & Park.’”

Nicki Minaj was the final guest on Thursday and sat down with Terrence and Rocsi to discuss the show’s legacy and her new album The Pinkprint.

“Can’t believe this show is coming to an end,” said Nicki. “It’s given me the best moments with my fans that I’ll cherish for a lifetime.”

In 2015, BET plans to take the show digital via BET.com and its social media platforms. There are still plans to produce “106 & Park” specials throughout the year, including the annual New Year’s Eve show, “106 & Party,” along with live event experiences at the BET Awards and BET Experience.

Say goodbye to “106″ by watching some of the nostalgic moments below.

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Dec
20
New Music: Madonna f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’

Nicki Minaj and Madonna

Madonna made her surprise return to music on Friday night. At the stroke of midnight, the pop icon announced her 13th album Rebel Heart and dropped six tracks including “Unapologetic Bitch,” the Kanye West-produced “Illuminati,” and “Bitch I’m Madonna,” on which she reunites with Nicki Minaj.

Over the spastic Diplo production, the Material Girl shows who’s the boss, while Nicki unleashes a ferocious flow: “It’s that go hard or go home zone / Bitch, I’m Madonna, these hoes know.”

The two previously collaborated on Madge’s MDNA single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” and performed together at the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show.

Madonna decided to release the six tracks now in response to the unfinished leaks earlier in the week.

“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living for Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring,” she said. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”

You can pre-order Rebel Heart now on iTunes and receive the six tracks. Additional music will be released on February 9, with the full album on March 10 featuring production from Kanye, Diplo, and Billboard.

Hear the queens go hard or go home.

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Dec
19
Nicki Minaj Presents ‘The Pinkprint’ Movie

Nicki Minaj

After a busy week of promo, Nicki Minaj caps it off with the debut of her very own film, The Pinkprint. The rap queen shows off her acting chops in the dramatic and emotional 16-minute docu-short, which was inspired by her third album and features tracks including “The Crying Game,” “All Things Go,” and “Grand Piano.”

Watch Nicki bring the drama in her mini movie below.

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Dec
19
Nicki Minaj Dishes on Beyoncé, Ariana Grande’s ‘Inner Freak’ on ‘The Real’

Nicki Minaj

In between visits to “The View” and “106 & Park,” Nicki Minaj sat down to dish with Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley on “The Real.” The Pinkprint rapper spoke about collaborating with Beyoncé on “Feeling Myself” and Ariana Grande on “Get On Your Knees.”

“Ari did her thing on ‘Beg for It,’” said Nicki. “It’s very, very sexy, hunny. Her inner freak been coming out lately.”

Tamar shared her love for the Dr. Luke and Cirkut-produced song, saying, “I’m a little ratchet rat right here and I love ['Get on Your Knees'].”

The ladies also praised her “SNL” spoofs of Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian. Nicki was confident about her Queen Bey impression, but wasn’t so sure about Kim. “I didn’t know if I could really nail Kim,” she said.

She also spoke about writing “Anaconda” for the curvy women. “I felt like back in the day, thicker women were celebrated in hip-hop and I kinda felt like there was a shift happening and I didn’t like the shift,” she said. “I felt like somebody needed to say something.”

Plus, she revealed that a song called “Dem Boyz” didn’t make the cut, but features her infamous alter ego, Roman. She plans to leak the track in the future.

Earlier in the week, Nicki reflected on her rise to superstardom during an in-depth conversation with Elliott Wilson for his CRWN series.

Kick back and watch Nicki’s appearances below.

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