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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: H.E.R. – “Say It Again”

Receiving mentions from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Usher, Frank Ocean, Rihanna and more, mysterious artist H.E.R. continues to soar on her impressive music wave and drops a new track teasing a Vol. 2 EP of her upcoming series.

“Say It  Again” was written and co-produced by H.E.R. and Darhyl “Hey DJ” Camper Jr. The project is set to drop on June 2nd. The talented artist will also reveal her identity at this year’s BET Experience on June 23.

Check out the featured track above.

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SFPL Premiere: Ryan Toby Drops New Single “Icarus”

After a 16 year hiatus from the spotlight, Ryan Toby is ready to step back into the limelight as he releases his new single “Icarus”  through CMK/Empire on iTunes.

Ryan was introduced to the world in 1993 appearing in the movie Sister Act. His memorable rendition of “Oh Happy Day” warmed the hearts of many. Ryan was also a member of the successful Pop/R&B trio City High as they achieved Gold status with their debut album in 2001 and were also Grammy nominated for the song “What Would You Do”.

After City High separated Ryan went on to become one of the music industry’s most successful and sought after composers. With several notable writing credits including Usher, Justin Bieber, Will Smith, Amerie and Brian Mcknight.

Ryan is now ready to embark on his own solo career and let the world become familiar again with the talented singer/songwriter.

Take a listen to “Icarus” above and let us know what you think!

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New Music: BJ The Chicago Kid Celebrates The Anniversary of Usher’s ‘Confessions’

Grammy-Nominated musician, BJ The Chicago Kid pays homage to one of Pop/R&B music’s biggest stars and albums with his newest project. Entitled BJTCK: A Tribute To The Anniversary Of Usher’s Confessions, BJ covers some of the biggest tracks from Usher’s classic LP, Confessions. Released yesterday on the 13th anniversary of the monumental album, which sold over 10 million copies as well as received three Grammy Awards including Best Contemporary R&B Album. 
 

Known for his powerful vocals, BJ performs soulful and sometimes stripped down versions of key tracks from Confessions including “Superstar”, “Can U Handle It” and “Simple Things” reminding us of the sultry R&B greatness that was Usher’s fourth studio album. The two R&B artists have a long-standing history as BJ use to serve as one of Usher’s background vocalists. During which the fresh-faced BJ performed on “The Truth Tour”, the 2004 trek was in support of Usher’s Confessions. 

Check it out above.

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Tyga And Kanye West drops their new collaboration “Feel Me” [New Music]

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Tyga and Kanye West team up representing the G.O.O.D. Music brand with an bass-heavy new tune entitled “Feel Me.”

On the song, both talents get together boasting Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and even West shouts-out Usher‘s chain as “too chilly.”

Tyga is prepping to release Bitch I’m the Shit 2 very soon via G.O.O.D. Music/Interscope Records.

Check it out below:

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H.E.R. Releases The Much-Anticipated Full Track of “Pigment”

With so much pressure in the air from fans wanting the full version of H.E.R.‘s hit track “Pigment” from the H.E.R. Vol. 1 EP, the glowing artist decided to drop the official song just for the holidays for listeners to enjoy.

Since the release of the EP, it has become the absolute music go-to favorite for celebs like: Alicia Keys, Usher, Bryson Tiller, Wyclef Jean and more. The project also made iTunes list of Best Albums of 2016 along with the likes of Solange, Tory Lanez, Bruno Mars, Anderson.Paak, Childish Gambino, Rihanna and many more.

Currently, songs apart of the body of work like “Losing” is sitting at 1.32 million plays and “Focus” at 1.86 million plays on Soundcloud.

Check out “Pigment” in FULL above.

Be sure to stream H.E.R. Vol. 1 on Soundcloud & iTunes.

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Last Night in NYC: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Usher and More Attend Special NYC Screening of Fences

Last Night at the Rose Theater, at the famed Jazz at Lincoln Center located in NYC, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and the cast of Fences movie hit the red carpet for a special screening. The special night also proudly supported the Boys & Girls Clubs of America whom Denzel has been a proud spokesperson for many years.

Pauletta Washington, Denzel Washington.
Pauletta Washington, Denzel Washington.

Fences other cast members that graced red carpet alongside Denzel and Viola were Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney, Jovan Adepo, Stephen Mckinley and Russell Hornsby.

Of course the people behind the amazing the film were in attendance as well, executive producers Dale Wells, Charles D.King, Aaron L.Gilbert and Molly Allen,co-executive producer Brad Feinstein,production designer David Gropman and producer Todd Black.

Other notable guests in attendance were R&B superstar Usher, actress Denise Vasi, U.S.gymnastics Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas, Civil Rights activist Rev.Al Sharpton, actress/singer/dancer Adrienne Warren, actress Zainab Jah, actress Bebe Neurith,actress Afton Williamson & many more.

After the screening it was time to celebrate, the cast and guests hit Tavern on The Green for the official screening after party. The iconic actress Phylicia Rashad came out to celebrate with the cast and crew of Fences last night and yes she looked amazing.

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-Pictured: Phylicia Rashad.-

The night looked truly amazing as all of that black star power converged on NYC last night to celebrate a powerful film.

Fences is in theaters now in select cities NY and LA and opens Nationwide on Christmas Day. For more photos from the night hit the gallery below and after that hit the next page to see three clips from the film.

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Chris Brown Sets Off A “Party” with Gucci Mane & Usher [New Video]

As we hoped, Chris Brown unleashes yet another collaboration with Usher and adds Gucci Mane to the mix as well. The title track is called “Party” which Chris just released on yesterday as a single, and then surprised fans around midnight with a brand new visual release.

In the video, Brown teams up with Usher and Gucci for a full-out party at an underground club in an abandoned warehouse paired with a massive team of dancers, ranging from all ages.

The single was birthed from Chris’ upcoming album Heartbreak on a Full Moon which is due out next year.

Peep the full video above.

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Last Night in ATL: Janelle Monae, Pharrell, Usher, Jasmine Guy Da Brat & More Attend Hidden Figures Screening & Soundtrack Listening Party

Last night in Atlanta, celebrities and influencers first converged on Regal Cinemas, Atlanta Station where they got the opportunity to see the highly anticipated film Hidden Figures.

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) DJ Drama, Usher Raymond, Kwanza Hall, Janelle Monae, Pharrell Williams, and Kap G attends "Hidden Figures" advanced screening hosted by Janelle Monae & Pharrell Williams at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16 on November 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)
ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) DJ Drama, Usher Raymond, Kwanza Hall, Janelle Monae, Pharrell Williams, and Kap G attends “Hidden Figures” advanced screening hosted by Janelle Monae & Pharrell Williams at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16 on November 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)

Following the screening, invited guests converged on Means Street Studios to attend a listening party for the Hidden Figures movie soundtrack, hosted by Dj Drama, Don Cannon and DJ Sense.

Notable guests that attended included star of the movie Janelle Monae,  producer and score composer Pharrell Williams, DC Young Fly, Usher, Da Brat, Jidenna, Kap G, Carl Payne, Big K.R.I.T., Ludacris, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Don Cannon, Lil Uzi Vert, Jasmine Guy, Dj Fadelf and Egypt Sherrod, Migos, Torion Sellers, Silento, & more.

To see all the photos from the amazing night checkout the full gallery below and go see Hidden Figures when it hits theaters for a limited run December 25th and nationwide January 6th,2017.

PHOTOS: Para Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox

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Fly Introduction: Chris Brown and Usher Praises New Dance Duo AYO & TEO

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Hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, brothers Ayleo and Mateo Bowles (a.k.a. AYO and TEO) have been dancing and competing at dance since elementary school. Influenced by greats such as Michael Jackson, Usher, Missy Elliot and Chris Brown, the duo quickly developed their own unique brand of dancing and began to upload Youtube videos from their basement and living room.

With zero promotion, and strictly through the power of social media, they began to gain mass appeal by creating and having their “dance challenges” reposted to some of Instagram‘s most popular dance pages. Recognizing this as their main outlet, the younger of the brothers (Teo) created what has become a instant phenomenon and their moniker – “THE REVERSE”. Simply reversing the steps to some of world’s best dance crazes, their Reverse of the “Nae Nae” went viral overnight, on every posted outlet, and received over 150 MILLION VIEWS.

 

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Kicked off by with a number of pics and vids reposted by Chris Brown, the two are now rubbing elbows and sharing stages with the very people that influenced them the most.

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Most recently being invited and flown out to perform by Usher himself, the boys shared the 2016 BET Awards stage with the R&B phenom.

On the map as rising stars, with no place to go but up, be on the lookout for AYO & TEO. They’re NEXT.