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First Listen: Azealia Banks Releases Her New Song With Pharrell Titled ‘ATM Jam’

"They shootin’ in the parking lot / Everybody get low"

Over the weekend, rapper Azealia Banks performed at the Glastonbury Music Festival in Europe and she debuted a brand new song titled ATM Jam that she composed with the amazing producer du jour (again) Pharrell Williams. Today we get to hear the track (almost) in full as it was debuted on NYC’s Hot 97 radio station yesterday. The song has been edited for radio and is loaded with annoying radio tags but, even still, you can click below and get a good feel for just how hot the track is. Take a listen. More »

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New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men & 98 Degrees Cover ‘Parade’ Magazine

Boy Bands Are Back

Back in January we learned that boyband groups New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees were heading out on a concert tour together this summer called The Package Tour. Today we get to see each of those boybands on the cover and in the pages of a special Boy Band issue of Parade magazine. As you can see below, each group gets their own colorfully colored cover (NKOTB gets blue, 98° gets red and B2M gets yellow) and they are featured together in one composite photo inside the mag. Click below to see all this boy band goodness and read excerpts from their coverstory interview. More »

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Reggae Music Really Does Make Life Happy, And Other Lessons Learned From The 2013 BET Awards

Nicki Minaj, Kevin Hart, Beenie Man & R. Kelly All Came Through
The 2013 BET Awards

So. Last night the 2013 BET Awards went down and it was all kind of a huge deal. The fashion was fab, Mariah Carey was Mariah Carey, and there was a reggae tribute that was almost as dope as my Throwback Thursday… except yeah okay, maybe their’s was better because Beenie Man was actually there in person, lol. Anyway, it was a blast! I cannot believe there were people out there saying they were bored. Between the reggae, the Charlie Wilson tribute, Justin Timberlake, the friggen R. Kelly medley and the fact that Erykah Badu performed twice, I just don’t see what the problem was. I had a blast! Click inside for a little recap of last night’s show!
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First Look: P!nk’s New Video For ‘True Love’ Stars Her Daughter And Husband, And Features Lily Allen

It's A Family Affair
'I know life would suck without you'

P!nk is keeping it all in the family with this one, and I’m loving it! The pop singer just released the fourth single from her album The Truth About Love, and the visuals for True Love are really fun. P!nk‘s daughter Willow stars in the video, alongside P!nk‘s husband Carey Hart and it’s really sweet (although P!nk‘s signature lyrical style doesn’t allow things to get too cutesy). Lily Allen is also featured on the track and she’s in the video as well. I like this song, but I think I prefer her last video for Just Give Me A Reason. Either way, it’s P!nk, so it’s a good time. Peep the video for more and check out the lyrics to True Love over at DirectLyrics! What do you think of the new jam?

UPDATE: If the video above isn’t working, click inside to watch!

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First Look: Ciara And Nicki Minaj Channel Michael Jackson And Janet Jackson’s ‘Scream’ Video In ‘I’m Out’

LOOOOVE This!!!
A New Anthem For The Single Ladies

Just the other day we celebrated Throwback Thursday with a collection of Ciara‘s greatest hits, and it was a total blast. So I was hella excited to learn that she was debuting a new video at the 2013 BET Awards pre-show last night. Immediately, I fell in love with the visuals for I’m Out. I mentioned on the Throwback Thursday post that Ciara def reminds me of Janet Jackson sometimes (or as PITNBr DT pointed out, ‘She’s living in the house Janet built!‘) and this video further proves that point. She teams up with Nicki Minaj (whose new look I am love, love, loving) and the two re-create the epic Scream video from Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson in a series of really dope all-white scenes. Obvi, nothing will ever compare to the original video, but I love the way this video (directed by Hannah Lux Davis) pays homage to a classic, but does its own thing as well. And, as I’ve said before, I’m always happy to hear Nicki Minaj rapping… as opposed to doing that other thing she sometimes does, lol. Peep the video for more and check out the lyrics to I’m Out over at DirectLyrics! What do you think? You likey?

UPDATE: If the video above isn’t working, click inside to watch!
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First Listen: Robin Thicke Teams Up With Kendrick Lamar On ‘Give It 2 U’

Robin Keeps Winning

So, Robine Thicke is kind of a huge deal right now! Blurred Lines came out of nowhere and just dominated the charts (even though—or maybe because— the music video has been at the center of some controversy). I absolutely loved the track, featuring T.I. and Pharrell, and have been waiting to see what else Robin would have for us from the new album. I was cah-raazy excited to see that he’d enlisted my boy Kendrick Lamar (who we last heard on that awesome track with Solange) for his latest single Give It 2 U, and today we get our first listen. I have to say, I really, really like these new jams from Robin; he’s doing at least 7 things right in life.. Click inside for more!
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TLC Defends Their Decision To Re-Record ‘Waterfalls’ Without Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes

""We were forced to use a creative way to honor Lisa's memory"

Last week we got our first listen of a new re-recorded version of TLC‘s signature song Waterfalls that features Japanese pop singer Namie Amuro in place of the late Lisa Left Eye Lopes. The single has only been made available in Japan but once it hit the Internets, the rest of the world got a taste of this new version of the track. Both fans and Lopes family members alike have spoken out against the song because they feel that it disrespects Lopes and her memory. Today we hear from TLC member Rozonda Chili Thomas about why she says the song was re-recorded. This new version of Waterfalls was re-recorded and released in order to honor Left Eye‘s memory, not blaspheme it, she says. More »

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Kanye West’s First Official Single Off The ‘Yeezus’ Album Will Be ‘Black Skinheads’

There WILL Be A Video!

When we first heard Kanye West‘s Black Skinhead during his Saturday Night Live performance, I wasn’t sure if I was into it. In fact, between that song and New Slaves I was expecting to be kinda, sorta into the Yeezus album but I didn’t expect to love it. Well, I got my assumptions handed right back to my ass when Yeezus leaked and I fell in love with pretty much all of the songs, including Black Skinhead. I found that the track (the style, the lyrics, the production) made so much more sense with the rest of the album, which is why I’m excited to hear that Black Skinhead will be the official first single from Kanye‘s already-released (and already number one) new album. Click inside for more!
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Beyoncé Brings Her ‘Mrs. Carter Show’ World Tour To LA

The TV Guide

Last night I made my way to the Staples Center in downtown LA to see Beyoncé LIVE on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour and I have to tell you, it was one of the best large scale pop concerts I’ve ever seen in my life. The only other show that I’ve seen that was just as good was the last Beyoncé concert that I saw on her last visit to LA back in 2009. Because I managed to score tickets in the BeyHive section of the audience, I was able to stand right up against the stage and have Bey sing directly to ME all night long. OK, she may have been singing to the rest of the sold out audience as well but being that close to Beyoncé made the whole experience feel extra special :) I managed to snap some photos and video of the show, check ‘em out below. More »

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Watch: Jay-Z Gets Emotional Discussing Lyrics About Blue Ivy On ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’

'Jay-Z Blue' Will Address Fatherhood And Being Fatherless
'The paranoia of not being a great Dad...'

As we know, Jay-Z is preparing for the release of his highly-anticipated new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Like Kanye West with Yeezus, Jigga is taking a very different approach to the promotion of his new album, releasing lyrics rather than singles and also teaming up with Samsung for the album release. In a new clip he talks to Rick Rubin about a song on the new album (called Jay-Z Blue) in which he talks about his daughter Blue Ivy and his new life as a father, which is complicated by the fact that he was raised without a father. Peep the video for more.

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