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Seinabo Sey To Deliver Her Debut Album ‘Pretend’

Seinabo Sey is ready to make a late dash with the release of her highly-anticipated debut album, Pretend. The Swedish soul-pop torch singer made her official introduction last year with the immaculately-crafted ballad “Younger,” which was featured on her debut EP For Madeleine. Since then she’s scored a full forward-thinking production, courtesy of in-house collaborator Magnus Lidehäll, moving in between the international market with hits “Hard Time” and her latest single “Pistols at Dawn.” Now, Sey …

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Black Girls Rocked Emmy Night

Last night (September 20) marked a historic one for black women in entertainment by honoring black women in an unprecedented way. Viola Davis made history at the Emmy’s when she won for best actress for her role in the ABC drama How to Get Away With Murder. This is the first time in 67 years since the award show’s inception that the award has gone to a black woman. In her acceptance speech Viola noted, …

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Stream Chvrches’ New LP ‘Every Open Eye’

Chvrches’ second record, Every Open Eye, is an emotional terrain that separates the idea of living life at your disposal oppose to one without regret. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry sings, “Hold up my demands with my heart uncrossed,” on “Keep You On My Side,” if that’s any indication of where she’s guiding listeners this time around. The Scottish trio follow’s up their 2013 album The Bones Of What You Believe, with a sophomore project that’s …

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Tracy Morgan Returns To The Stage At 2015 Emmy Awards

Tracy Morgan is back. Aside from just appearing on the stage at the 2015 Emmy Awards, where he presented the Best Drama category, but the Big Apple comedian ignited one of the biggest laughs of the night during his speech. “I feel like myself again,” Morgan told the crowd before thanking everyone for their support. “Which means a whole lot of women gonna get pregnant at the after party.” Fifteen months ago Morgan was in …

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Viola Davis Becomes First Black Woman To Win An Emmy Award For Drama Lead

Viola Davis made history last night (September 20) when the How To Get Away With Murder star became the first black woman to win an Emmy for drama lead in a television series. It was Davis’ first nomination and first win. The Julliard-trained actress delivered a rousing speech where she thanked her fellow African-American actresses for taking her and others “over that line.” Davis was referecning a Harriet Tubman quote she used earlier in her …

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Director F. Gary Gray Makes History

If you haven’t seen the hit film Straight Outta Compton directed by F. Gary Gary, you’re probably one of the few ones who hasn’t. The film came out August 14, 2015 and has been an extreme success bringing in about 157.7 million dollars since release. Director F. Gary Gary also made history by becoming the highest-grossing black director for a single domestic film surpassing the directors like Tim Story who directed the hit film Fantastic …

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Mary J. Blige, Kerry Washington & Taraji P. Henson Team Up for Emmys Apple Music Ad

The 2015 Emmys featured an unexpectedly delightful music moment when Mary J. Blige joined forces with two of TV’s best actresses — Taraji. P Henson (Empire) and Kerry Washington (Scandal). In a new Apple Music commercial, Blige invites Henson and Washington over to her house to sing along to some tunes, air drum and reminisce about Slick Rick. Of course, the main point was to remind you that Apple Music exists, costs $9.99 a month and creates …

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Zendaya Barbie Doll Is Coming

Zendaya‘s 2015 Oscars look made headlines — now, it will be immortalized in Barbie form. Mattel just announced on Twitter that Barbie will commemorate the fashionable moment (and Zendaya’s poised response to its critics, namely Fashion Police‘s Giuliana Rancic) with a unique doll for the multi-hyphenate artist. Included was a sketch version of the Barbie-fied Vivienne Westwood look: The singer recently visited the Mattel offices, and spoke with Yahoo about her relationship with the iconic Barbie growing up. …

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Diplo and Eric Prydz to Receive Their Own Beats 1 Radio Shows

Apple has announced today that Diplo of Major Lazer and Eric Prydz will both receive their own respective Beat 1 radio programs, joining Drake, Dr. Dre, Disclosure and more next month. The BBC 1Xtra host will debut his show, aptly titled Lazer Sound, on Friday October 2 at 10pm GMT which he says will be like his live sets. The following week, Prydz will premiere his residency on the same time slot, alternating bi-weekly with the Mad Decent …

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Big Sean iHeartRadio Music Fest 2015

The rapper, who was on the iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup on Saturday, Sept. 19, told Billboard that he predicted Kanye’s presidential bid a few years ago. “I called that back in like 2012, that Kanye was gonna be running for president. He has so many ideas. He’s so passionate,” he said. “Aside from that, though, I know he’s incredible. I mean, he discovered me.” “Anybody who can listen to a kid rap at a radio …

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Puff Daddy at iHeartRadio Music Fest 2015 on Performing: ‘I’m the Ringmaster’

During his Saturday night (Sept. 19) set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Puff Daddy brought out tons of friends, including Lil Kim, Busta Rhymes, Mase, Tori Kelly and Machine Gun Kelly. Backstage at the festival, the Bad Boy chief explained his live performance philosophy to Billboard. “I’m the ringmaster,” Puffy said. “It’s my job to bring out the lions and tigers, the bears, the surprises. Not only do I play my hits, …

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DRAKE CLOSES FUTURE’S SET AT BIRTHDAY BASH

“We never ever thought this would happen,” says Future in one of the two previews preceding tonight’s (September 20) main event, What A Time To Be Alive. Drake. Future. Back to back, like the cover of “Lethal Weapon,” for one album. What started off as a possible hoax two weeks ago, driving the Internet into mass hysteria, has since erected into a dream collaboration of epic proportion as the FBGOVO bruddas are set to command …

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Jennifer Lopez at iHeartRadio Music Festival 2015 on Her Vegas Residency: ‘I Feel Really Blessed’

Jennifer Lopezhit the stage Saturday at the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2015, where she revealed that her upcoming Las Vegas residency, which kicks off Jan. 20, will be called “All I Have.” Backstage, the singer — who performed her songs “Jenny From the Block,” “On the Floor” and teamed with Spanish singer Alvaro Soler on their hit “El Mismo Sol” — told Billboard backstage about her Sin City residency at Axis theater stage in Planet Hollywood Resort …

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Little Simz on Her Debut Album, Artistic Authenticity & Learning Patience

After much anticipation, Little Simz’s debut album, A Curious Case of Trials + Persons, is out and ready for the world to hear. The LP speaks to Simz’s complexity and concept-inclined lyricism. In a recent conversation with Billboard, Simz shares some insights on making the album in Red Bull Studios, being vulnerable as an artist and staying balanced amidst her rising popularity. In your writing process, what comes first — the lyric or the concept?  The …

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Game Unveils ‘The Documentary 2’ Tracklist

Game doesn’t just drop albums, he drops all-star events. Since the inception of his first major label album, 2005’s The Documentary, the Compton rap bully has invited just about everyone there is in hip-hop (from old-school to new-school) and R&B to join in on his releases. His last album, the well-received Jesus Piece, featured over 25 special guests that ranged from Kanye West to Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre. Fun Fact: From The Documentary through …

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Go Behind The Scenes Of August Alsina’s ‘Why I Do It’

August Alsina’s forthcoming album This Thing Called Life is finalized and ready for the world to hear. It’s understandable. Alsina has a tall task at hand after the release his well-received Def Jam debut, Testimony, last year. Nevertheless, he’s prepared to come back strong with his second LP. The New Orleans native is not afraid of the so-called “sophomore jinx  Putting this album together wasn’t as tough as I thought. I have so much to …

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Kanye West: Fatherhood Influenced His New Fashion Line

After premiering Yeezy Season 2 yesterday (September 17), Kanye West sat down with former Vogue Editor-at-Large for a quick chat about fashion and his evolution as a creator. Talley specifically asked about effect fatherhood has had on West and the designer revealed just how much having children has influenced him. “Yeah, it’s definitely about being as relaxed as possible and being able to swing my daughter around,” ‘Ye told Talley.

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Ice Cube To Star In New Hollywood Adaptation Of ‘A Christmas Carol’

The holidays aren’t even around the corner, but Hollywood is already making room for gifts under its money tree. Yesterday (September 17), it was reported that Mariah Carey has been tapped to star in and direct a Chrismas movie for The Hallmark Channel, titled “Melody & Mistletoe.” Now, another big name expected to star in a jolly-themed flick is Ice Cube, who landed the lead role in a new adaptation of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas …

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The Weeknd Rules The Charts, Tops Hot 100, Billboard 200, Artist 100

The Weeknd is clearly having his moment, but upon closer review it’s impressive just how dominating the crooner is ruling the charts. According to Billboard, Abel Tesfaye is topping the Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Artist 100. That makes the Canadian star the first male to do so at one time in the history of all three charts existence. Projects also estimate that The Weeknd will top the Billboard 200 chart for a third straight …

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Rihanna Promises ‘Something Great’ With New Album, But Reveals ‘It’s Not Done

For her umpteenth magazine cover this year, Rihanna heralds in a new era for UK-based publication NME. The “FourFiveSeconds” songstress is the first cover star for the “brilliant new free weekly magazine” since its revamp, and while it doesn’t arrive until tomorrow, several pull quotes from their conversation has hit the net, including a much-needed update on the oft-delayed eighth studio album, R8.  Thanks to several false starts initiated by the release of records like “FourFiveSeconds,” “American …

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A Def Jam Biopic is in the Works

After the successful release and positive reception of N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, it seems like other legendary hip-hop acts are hopping on the trend. On top of an alleged sequel for Straight Outta Compton on its way, Gang Starr and Wu-Tang Clan have plans to develop their own. The latest rumored project in the works is a film that details the rise of Def Jam Recordings. Reported by Deadline, the Universal movie is based …