Oct
18
New Music: Gwen Stefani – ‘Baby Don’t Lie’

Baby Don't Lie

Gwen Stefani is back. Eight years after releasing her last album The Sweet Escape, the “Hollaback Girl” returns to solo territory with her new single “Baby Don’t Lie,” and she proves it was worth the wait. Over the pounding production, written and produced by Gwen, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, and Noel Zancanella, she demands that her lover look her in the eye.

“Baby don’t lie / I’ma need a love that’s stronger,” sings the No Doubt frontwoman.

Last month, she shot a video for the song with director Sophie Muller, who’s directed many of Gwen and No Doubt’s videos.

In between her stint on “The Voice,” she has been in the studio with Pharrell Williams working on her third solo album.

In August, Interscope chairman John Janick told Billboard that it was targeted for a December release. Blanco will executive produce, and it will be released on his label Mad Love Records/Interscope.

Hear Gwen’s comeback record below.

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Oct
18
New Music: Diggy Simmons – ‘Honestly’

Diggy Simmons

Diggy Simmons pours his heart out on his sentimental new song “Honestly.” The 19-year-old heartthrob shows his vulnerability and his vocal chops as he sings about needing his girl.

“Sometimes I need you, honestly / I ain’t talkin’ 24/7 / Just when a ni**a start itchin’ and only when I want to feel better,” he croons.

He promised more new music is on the way as he gears up for the release of his sophomore album. Earlier this year, Diggy teamed with Trevor Jackson on “My Girl.”

He can also be seen alongside Teyana Taylor in BET’s upcoming scripted series “The Start Up.”

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Oct
18
Chris Brown, Big Sean Spit ‘Open Bar’ Freestyles on Power 106

Chris Brown

During his visit to Power 106′s #LIFTOFF show, Chris Brown put his freestyle skills to the test for the “Open Bar” series using four bars and four topics. Over Migos’ “Fight Night,” Breezy rapped about thots, drunk texting, girls looking through your phone, and L.A. women.

Big Sean also stopped by the show and laid down some hot bars over Drake’s “0 to 100.” His topics included Floyd Mayweather, L.A. girls, Nicki Minaj’s ass (“You know I was the first one to have her bend it over in a video”), and crazy chicks, but he stopped short on the last topic.

“I’m in enough headlines right now. I might have to stop while I’m ahead,” laughed Naya Rivera’s ex.

Sean has collaborated with Chris on a new song for his upcoming album, due later this year or in early 2015. They previously scored a hit with 2011′s “My Last.”

Check both their freestyle flows below.

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Oct
18
New Music: Project Pat f/ Juicy J & Rick Ross – ‘Imma Get Me Sum’

Cheez N Dope 3

Project Pat rounds up his Three 6 Mafia affiliate Juicy J and “Elvis Presley Blvd” collaborator Rick Ross for “Imma Get Me Sum.” The Memphis rapper stacks his paper on the southern-fried banger (think old Three 6 Mafia), produced by Juicy, Lil Awree, and CrazyMike. Look for it on Pat’s upcoming mixtape Cheez N Dope 3.

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Oct
17
Video: Rico Love – ‘Japanese Denim’

Rico Love

Stunt 101. Rico Love turns his swag on in the flashy video for his new single “Japanese Denim,” which he debuted earlier today at the REVOLT Music Conference in Miami. Clad in his designer threads, the Division1 hitmaker flexes in front of a projection.

He boasts about selling his beats for $200k and drops lofty lines like, “Dropped out of college, I got no degree / My black card’s got no limit, call me Master P.”

His debut album Turn the Lights On doesn’t arrive until May 15, but in the meantime, you can download his free mixtape I Sin.

Watch Rico’s suave video below.

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Oct
17
Jessie J Performs ‘Bang Bang’ and ‘Burnin’ Up’ on ‘Ellen’

Jessie J

Jessie J kicked off her album release week with an appearance on “Dancing With the Stars” and capped it off with an electrifying performance on “Ellen.” The British pop sensation belted out her top 10 hit “Bang Bang” and kept the heat coming with her 2 Chainz-assisted single “Burnin’ Up.”

“Ellen yesterday so much fun. My voice was rusty but I gave it my all!” tweeted Jessie.

Her album Sweet Talker is on track to sell 21-24,000 copies in its first week in the U.S.

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Oct
17
DMX, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, & Ashanti Perform at Def Jam 30 Concert

Ashanti, Big Sean, Ja Rule, and Aisha Atkins

Def Jam celebrated 30 years of hip-hop with a star-studded concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night. The label’s past and present icons—from EPMD to Big Sean—united under one roof to perform some of their greatest hits.

Accompanied by Swizz Beatz, DMX tore up the stage with “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Where the Hood At,” and “Party (Up in Here).”

Ja Rule, who will star in MTV’s docu-series “Follow the Rules,” took it back with his Murder Inc. classics and brought out Irv Gotti and his former labelmate Ashanti for “Mesmerize” and “Always On Time.” The R&B princess stuck around to sing “Happy” and her debut single “Foolish.”

“This next record put me in the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Ashanti before performing the Biggie-sampled song, which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 in 2002.

Draped in a gold fur-lined jacket, a slimmer Rick Ross bumrushed the stage with French Montana and some twerking fans for “Pop That” and brought out Stalley for “One More Shot.”

Foxy Brown repped for her hometown with her classics “B.K. Anthem,” “Ain’t No Ni**a,” and “Get Me Home.”

Surprise guest Big Sean had the crowd singing along to his new anthem “I Don’t F**k With You,” Fabolous did his remix to “Hot Ni**a,” and 2 Chainz delivered a swagged-out set.

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