Dec
16
Kendrick Lamar Debuts New Song on ‘Colbert Report’

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar stopped by Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” on Tuesday as part of the show’s finale week. TDE’s golden child, who scored two Grammy nominations for “i,” debuted an untitled new song and went down in history as the final musical guest.

Wearing his hair in dreads like his “SNL” appearance last month, he performed the powerful track with help from Bilal, Thundercat, Anna Wise, and Terrace Martin.

“What the black man say? / Tell ‘em we don’t die, we don’t die, we multiply,” declares Kendrick over the saxophone.

K-Dot has been in the studio finishing his sophomore album, which is expected to arrive early next year.

He also sat down to discuss his Compton roots, Dr. Dre, fame, and why he prefers to be called a writer instead of a rapper.

“I pride myself on that. It’s more storytelling than actually rhyming words together,” he explained.

Watch King Kendrick world premiere his new song (begins at 4:05).

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Dec
16
Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson Bring ‘Uptown Funk’ to ‘The Voice’ Finale

Bruno Mars

Hot damn. After debuting “Uptown Funk” on “SNL” last month, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars brought the funk to the season finale of “The Voice” on Tuesday. With gold rollers in his hair, Bruno and his Hooligans were stylin’ and wildin’ while busting out choreographed moves as coaches Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton looked on.

The top 5 hit will appear on Ronson’s upcoming album Uptown Special, due January 13. The 11 tracks, which were written and produced with Jeff Bhasker, also feature Mystikal and Stevie Wonder.

In addition to the funky bunch, Tuesday’s finale featured performances from Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Meghan Trainor, and Jennifer Hudson, who dueted with contestant Damien on “It’s Your World.”

Watch Bruno and Ronson give it to ya.

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Dec
16
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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Dec
16
Video: Tink – ‘Around the Clock’

Timbaland and Tink

Tink is taking over in 2015. Timbaland introduces his 19-year-old protégée in the dark and gritty video for “Around the Clock” featuring “The Breakfast Club’s” Charlamagne Tha God. The Chicago rapper-singer spits some killer bars while flanked by Timbo, who creeps in the shadows.

“Tim dropped the beat in the studio and it instantly gave me a hip-hop vibe,” Tink told The FADER. “I wanted the video to match that same feeling. Raw and simple.”

After being introduced through Da Internz, Timbaland signed Tink to his label Mosley Music Group, where she will release her debut in 2015. “I will put my whole entire money in my account on her. She is a superstar,” he said.

Watch Timbaland show off his shining star.

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Dec
16
Video: YG – ‘2015 Flow’

YG

With his album and soundtrack Blame It On the Streets in stores, YG spits his “Silicon Valley flow” in the video for his DJ Mustard-produced joint “2015 Flow.” Clad in a red fedora, the Compton MC gets his dance on as he boasts about having the album of the year, while Mustard makes it rain.

Despite his Grammy snub, YG’s debut My Krazy Life has landed on many critics best of 2014 lists including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and Billboard.

Blame It On the Streets includes a 30-minute short film, which YG stars in and co-wrote, and a 10-track album featuring Mack 10, Nipsey Hussle, and The Neighbourhood.

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Dec
16
Video Premiere: Anthony Lewis – ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)’

Anthony Lewis

With Christmas just a week away, R&B newcomer Anthony Lewis heats up the holidays with his remake of Nat King Cole’s classic “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire).” Accompanied by a pianist, the L.A. native makes the season merry and bright with his soulful cover.

Lewis, whose influences include Chris Brown and Michael Jackson, landed in the top 10 at urban radio this summer with his remake of Soul for Real’s “Candy Rain.”

Last month, he dropped his mixtape #TBH featuring the single “Owe Me” and a cover of Drake’s “How Bout Now.” He is currently in the studio working on his debut album for 2015.

Anthony is giving one lucky fan a chance to win a pair of Monster NTUNE HD headphones as part of his 12 Days of Christmas giveaways. To enter, click here to tweet this link.

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Dec
16
Lil Wayne to Release ‘Sorry 4 the Wait 2’ Mixtape?

Lil Wayne

Is Lil Wayne working on a new mixtape? The rapper is reportedly prepping Sorry 4 the Wait 2 to hold fans over until the release of Tha Carter V.

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