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MUST SEE: Ashley Everett Pays Tribute to Janet Jackson, Beyonce & more In ‘DUETS’

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YouTuber Michael Korte has teamed up with some of the biggest names in the dance world to deliver a mesmerizing new mashup, ‘DUETS’! Known for his viral hits #HAM4BEY & #GAGA4RENT, Korte has teamed with Beyonce’s heaviest hitters, her dance captain Ashley Everett, her choreographer Chris Grant, creative assistant Anthony Burrell and Chris Brown’s choreographer John Silver and 5 sensational singers to pay tribute to some of the greatest modern music duets.

The video features a pounding tribute to Usher & Alicia Key‘s classic ‘My Boo’, an emotional take on ‘Say Something’ and a spot on tribute to Michael & Janet Jackson in ‘Scream’! The video wouldn’t be complete without a joyful tribute to Beyonce & Jay-Z.

Vocalists include India Carney, Mark Joseph, Elizabeth Komba, Bryson Camper and Erin Cafferky.

The piece was directed by Baxter Stapleton with musical direction by Jared Jenkins.

Enjoy the full visual above!

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New Music Feature: Jermaine Riley Takes On Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ Album with “Family”

After a two-year break from solo releases, the UK’s indisputable Superman of R&B — Jermaine Riley returns with the catchy, 808-rich banger “Family”. The track samples Jay Z’s “Family Feud” and was produced by Birmingham’s own Gifted, who also has a couple cuts on Riley’s forthcoming sophomore album, following 2012’s critically acclaimed Hello Earth. Candidly touching upon the subject of marriage and building a family with the one he loves, Riley flows over the beat with his renowned approach, complete with quick vocals riffs, lush harmonies and a rap-like delivery in the verses. Unbeknownst to him, however, upon recording the song, he had no idea he was writing an anthem for those who want to take their relationships to that next level.

“All the girls I played it to were like ‘Awww… oh my gosh, that’s so cute!’ — which I didn’t expect, to be honest. As songwriters, trying to please everyone and keep our audience engaged, sometimes we dive into the creative process with the intentions of ‘I know this will get them on my side’, and I didn’t do that at all with this song. I just wanted to flip the “Family Feud” thing and just have a song everyone could sing and dance along to. But the feedback has let me know that the topic is way more relatable than I thought. I just wrote the first thing that came to me.”

Riley continues to live up to his superhero namesake by writing, arranging, engineering and designing the artwork for all his songs, and “Family” is no exception. The somewhat adorable cover art incorporates the digitally illustrated head of the first-born child of Jay-Z and Beyoncé: Blue Ivy Carter, a clear symbolic reference to the start of the celebrity couple’s family. Fans of the former 1/3 of Fun*dmental will be pleased to know that he has every intention of giving them more of what they’re used to when it comes to the visuals for this song and those on his new solo album, slated for 2018.

“I want to challenge myself, push for excellence and give my fans something they’re definitely not going to find from another UK artist. There’s no one here giving kids what MJ and Usher gave to me. That showmanship. I’m always going to try and pass that down and be that all-round entertainer.”

If “Family” is anything to go by, Riley’s new album will be filled with well-written, memorable numbers that showcase a more human side to the ever-creative R&B Superman. What’s safe to say is: Jermaine Riley is back!

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Fly Interview: Elijah Blake Talks Sankofa.org, “Hanging Tree”, Social Justice & more

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Recently, singer/songwriter Elijah Blake stopped by SFPL TV to talk about his new song “Hanging Tree” in benefit of Harry Belafonte‘s social justice organization, Sankofa.org. He also spoke about working with several artists including almost working for Queen Bey herself, Beyonce, and his upcoming new music.

“Hanging Tree” first appeared as a snippet visual on Sankofa.org’s visual EP “17”, which featured music by artists Ty Dolla $ign, Raphael Saadiq, Mali Music as well as Blake and is now available on all DSPs.

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Essence Fest: Contemporary R&B Vocal Group June’s Diary Murders The Stage, Teases New Music

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In case you missed it, all-female contemporary R&B vocal group June’s Diary debuted their first full-choreographed show since forming by way of Kelly Rowland and Frank Gatson‘s Chasing Destiny reality talent search show in 2016, live at the 2017 Essence Festival in New Orleans on Sunday, July 2.

The quintet teases eager fans with full performances of the buzz singles “All of Us”, “Wrap Around”, “I Know Why You’re Calling” and “Good Time.” Their set also included impressive renditions of Beyoncé’s “Love On Top,” The Jackson 5‘s “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” Bruno Mars‘ “That’s What I Like,” and a jaw-dropping take on En Vogue‘s “Hold On.” Towards the end of the set, the ladies even brought out none other than Chante Moore for a duet of John Legend‘s “This Time.”

The group’s recently released cover of the classic Jodeci track “Stay” served as a teaser for the project, embodying the revival of the luring qualities of hit R&B groups from the pre-millennium decade – resonant vocals and infectious hooks, coupled with searing, rubbery, R&B bounce.

For more updates, follow June’s Diary on Instagram and Twitter @JunesDiary and like June’s Diary on Facebook.

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CASSIUS Releases June Digital Cover ‘The First Supper’ featuring “30 Unapologetics”

On the heels of its inaugural “Culture Vultures” digital cover, CASSIUS — the latest brand from iONE Digital (formerly Interactive One) and the definitive digital destination for urban millennials – has announced its June 2017 cover: The First Supper.

‘The First Supper,’ a graphic illustration featuring 30 of the most talked-about, controversial figures in pop culture and American history, is divided into four covers featuring distinct groups of ‘Unapologetics’-cultural disruptors as they are known in the CASSIUS world. The series features critical essays penned by CASSIUS top editors and on video, extended conversation about the covers’ ultimate message and the sheer power of its many subjects.

The June cover is in keeping with CASSIUS’ mission to cut through today’s headlines with stories and critical commentary that are relevant to millennials and directly address the global impact of Black culture. Each month, CASSIUS will create original covers underscoring their unique point of view on themes such as power, identity, and race. Video content will accompany each cover.

“This month, we wanted to nod to ‘The Unapologetics’ of then and now,” says CASSIUS creator Kierna Mayo, SVP, Content and Brands at iONE Digital. “We determined that people throughout time who change the world and never apologize for it, fall into fascinating sub-categories worthy of exploration. Deciding which ‘disciples’ should have a seat at the ‘First Supper’ table was hotly debated in our office. The truth is, the world is filled with ‘Unapologetics’ -fearless individuals who push us to think differently and for everyone depicted, there was also the case for someone else. We hope our audience has the same endless discussion we did. Who really moves culture forward?”

The June cover art was illustrated by Mark Hammermeister.

At a time when mainstream media is dominated by political theater and extreme narratives, CASSIUS provides readers with a rare lens that positions Black culture as central to the world’s key issues.

Cadillac and The Coca-Cola Company are the proud launch partners of CASSIUS.

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Music

Fly Streams: La’Porsha Renae, Haddy Racks, Chloe & Halle and Kevin Ross

Today, singer/songwriter La’Porsha Renae shares her highly anticipated debut album Already All Ready via Motown Records. The 13-track album, which features the smash single “Good Woman,” is available for purchase/stream here. Since the release of “Good Woman,” La’Porsha has made appearances on shows such as The Harry Show, Good Day LA, Good Day NY where she also gave heart-pouring performances, increasing the profile of the single which currently sits at #7 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. The album features production from mega-talented producers Ne-Yo, Harmony “H-Money” Samuels, Edgar “JV” Etienne, and more. ‘Already All Ready’ showcases La’Porsha’s powerhouse and multi-faceted vocals through genre-blending tracks that shows her versatility as an innovative star that is definitely here to stay.

La’Porsha uses the influence of her favorite artists like Tina Turner, Prince, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston and fuses her own young and fresh vibe to the songs creating a unique sound that conveys emotion and excitement.

“The album cover represents all of my past insecurities, and everything I advocate for. I represent beautiful, full figured women, single mothers and natural haired women, and black lives,” says La’Porsha in regards to the album art.

When asked about the meaning of the album, La’Porsha said:

“The title Already All Ready was chosen because many of what I just named is not considered to be ideal or socially popular when describing a rising star. I embraced everything that I thought would hold me back from pursuing my dreams, and used my insecurities to give me the courage to inspire and advocate for others who possessed many of the same insecurities I had. I also wanted to honor single mothers and defy the stereotypical dress code of a thick, brown-skinned, single mother and domestic violence survivor. I’m proud of my curves, my daughter, as well as the harsh past that helped shape me into the strong woman I am today.”

La’Porsha Renae was introduced to the world via the stage of the 15th and final season of American Idol. Although American Idol is the medium that introduced Renae to the world, she has been signing since the tender age of six. She vividly recalls singing “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys in her mother’s beauty shop. She grew up singing for her mother’s clients but had no idea that she would one day share her talent with the world and become the runner up on one of the most popular talent discovery shows of all time. Since the finale of the show, La’Porsha has been signed to 19 Recordings/Motown Records. Her single “Battles” was tapped as the theme song for the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. From McComb, Mississippi to American Idol, La’Porsha is now ready to reveal everything that she wasn’t able to on the show.

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New Music: OnCue – “Rent Money”

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Quickly rising hip-hop artist OnCue has unveiled his new single “Rent Money” via Paper Magazine.   “Rent Money” is the second track from his long-awaited EP Perfectly, Tragically, Flawed – available everywhere on March 24.  Pre-order the project here. OnCue calls the unconventional record, produced by Alex Lustig and longtime collaborative producer Maki, one of his favorite songs he’s ever made. The record is a catchy and melodic mantra that will have fans relating and vibing to on the first of the month.  The EP is executive produced by legendary producer Just Blaze who has produced astronomical hit records for iconic artists such as Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. He signed OnCue to his Rebel Base Industries label and from that partnership.

Check out the featured single above.

“Rent Money” can be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music.

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New Music: Stargate – “Waterfall” ft. P!nk & Sia

Introducing Norwegian producer/songwriter team Stargate, comprised of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen. Their debut single as a recording artist entitled “Waterfall” feat. P!nk and Sia is out today.

Earlier this week, Stargate announced their signing to RCA Records. Stargate has written and produced major records for Beyoncé, Rihanna and Coldplay to name a few, and will feature some of their favorite artists on their forthcoming music.

Check out the new track HERE.

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CeeLo Green Confesses His Love For Beyonce In “Jay-Z’s Girl” Visual

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“Where can I find a woman like that?!”

CeeLo is saying what we’ve always been saying; but just out loud.

The “F**k You” singer, shares his new rock inspired tune and video for the new single “Jay-Z’s Girl.” Yes, you read it correctly. There’s no filter involved.

Now, known as Gnarly Davidson, the veteran artist expresses his love for Beyonce and if he can’t have her, he wants someone just “like that.” He apologizes to Brooklyn rapper, Hov, but also says that he is his number 1 fan.

The John Colombo-directed video finds a younger version of Gnarly in a poster-filled bedroom, with drawings of Bey on his desk as he later gazes into the stars which eventually forms into an illumination of the Lemonade singer’s face.

CeeLo recently shared this side-by-side picture just after this year’s Grammys:

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As awkward as the new song and visual may seem at first, once watching it you get the comedic side of it all, and somewhat adorable. We could see Jay and Bey laughing along with the entire concept. Not to mention, it’s actually a great song that was influenced by Rick Springfield’s classic ’80’s jam “Jessie’s Girl.”

Take a look at the full video above.

In case you missed it, check out Gnarly’s last visual “F**k Me, I’m Famous”:

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Watch: Beyoncè’s Beautiful Epic Grammy Medley Performance!

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Beyoncè  had the Beyhive as well as the internet buzzing last night with her beautiful performance medley of “Love Drought” and “Sand Castles” off her Grammy nominated album Lemonade.

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Arguably the most anticipated performance of the night, Beyoncè’s mom Tina Knowles got things started with a short introduction. We had no idea we were in for one of the most visually beautiful performances in Grammys history. The performance/medley was an ode to motherhood and childbirth and opened up with hologram Bey doing well Beyoncè’ish things.

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Don’t front like y’all didn’t collectively gasp when that damn chair tilted back like that.

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In a very last supperish theme, Beyoncè walked across a long table flanked with beautiful muses.

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It was a performance for the ages and yes her daughter Blue Ivy (looking stylish as ever), husband Jay Z and mom all approved.

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Beyoncè was nominated for 9 Grammy awards last night and walked away two for Best Must Video and Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Adele took home the nights biggest honor Album of the Year, but graciously Kanyed herself and said that Beyoncè deserved the honor during her acceptance speech.

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BUT still Beyoncè showed up and showed out in all her pregnant glory and of the course the world was here for it! Now of course it’s not Grammy night without hilarious memes, we showcased the slander thrown Cee-Lo’s way and yes even Beyoncè was memed. Now it wasn’t slanderous like Cee-Lo’s situation but they were still hilarious. Hit the gallery below to see hilarious reactions to Beyoncè’s epic Grammys performance:

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