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Nelly Furtado impacted the scene with a brand of Pop-Folk that made her a critic’s darling. However, 2006 saw the Canadian star drive in an altogether edgier direction. And this week’s From The Vault we celebrates the one of the ripest fruits of that venture. Today’s pick is  ‘Maneater.’

Issued as the second single from Furtado’s third album ‘Loose,’ the track was written by the songbird and produced by Timbaland alongside Danja and Jim Beanz. A combination that defined the majority of the album.

Though not the Stateside chart smash its predecessor ‘Promiscuous’ was, ‘Maneater’ was a Top 20 US single, peaking at #16.

Internationally it fared better; in Canada is charted at #5 and was a chart topper in the UK.

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Anthony Mandler directed the song’s moody visual which showcased an underground dance party of which Nelly is the center of attention.

The singer was nominated for Female Artist Of The Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards on the merit of this visual as well as that of  ‘Say It Right,’ its successor.

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12 years! Time sure flies. All at once, it feels like no time has passed and, yet reflecting on all that’s happened since then, it’s clear so much time has passed.

For a brief moment the Pop landscape was dominated by Miss Furtado. And yet, for as intense the ‘Loose’ era was, Nelly never returned to even half that level of success and acclaim.

She’s made a few soft attempts at a comeback, but if she were ever make a real swing of the bat a la one time rivals  Fergie and Gwen Stefani, let’s hope she learns from their mistakes and hits the world with a fresh new sound that blends the best of what the current climate has to offer and her own very unique style.

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Cheryl made her grand return to ‘The X Factor’ stage tonight for the premiere TV performance of new single ‘Love Made Me Do It.’

With the song receiving a polarizing response upon its debut and much of the discourse surrounding her return being focussed on her “new” look, the the star was tasked with offering up a showing that firmly turned the tide in her favour.

Did she deliver? Watch below to find out…

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Tragedy struck this week when Kim Porter – the longtime partner of Diddy – died suddenly aged just 47.

An overflow of emotion was poured out from many in the Urban sphere who knew and loved the model and actress.

Few, if any, however, knew her as intimately as Bad Boy mogul Diddy – with whom she shares four children and dated for lengthy spells during the 90s and 00s.

Understandably, the man himself has been notable in his silence since the news broke.

That changed moments ago, though. For, he’s opening up and speaking out about the “nightmare” of saying goodbye to his “super Black love.”

His words below…

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Like in the case of LaVena Johnson, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson have been ignored by mainstream media outlets and elected officials despite calls from their mourning relatives to uncover the truth.

This year, after his family were asked to believe that his passing was a “freak accident”, Kendrick’s family stand closer to the truth after the third autopsy to be carried out on him revealed that he was struck by a large object before his body was rolled up into a gym mat.

A sad and deeply upsetting story below…

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Samantha Markle’s efforts to disrupt her royal sister’s life know no bounds or foreseeable limitations!

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In recent years Azealia Banks has generated major success with her unique line of intimate soaps and beauty products.

This, coming as no surprise to those of her fans who are familiar with her entrepreneurial skills.

Just as familiar? Her friend Kanye West who she says stole one of her ideas.

Full story below…

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Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena was the place to be last night as the 2018 Soul Train Awards rolled all up and through!

Hosted by ‘Martin’ stars Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell, the show sought to tribute the best and brightest of R&B and Hip-Hop.

BET are set to air the ceremony on November 25th at 8pm. But, before you get to see what all the performers served up, checked out what the likes of Normani, SZA, Faith Evans, Kali Uchis, and more donned on the show’s red carpet.

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Little Mix are going all-out to ensure the launch of their fifth album ‘LM5’ is an event.

Unleashed on Friday, the ladies surprised fans with the release of the video for ‘Strip’ – a new song housed on the project.

Perrie, Jesy, Jade, and Leigh-Anne join forces with Sharaya J on the empowerment anthem.

For its accompanying visual, the collective celebrate individuality and embracing all aspects of oneself.

A whole lot of Girl Power awaits below…

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For much of 2018, Ella Mai has electrified the charts with her butter-smooth brand of R&B. Now she’s crowning her year in a major way – by rocking Saturday Night Live.

The 22-year-old Brit, who was discovered by DJ Mustard, served as the musical guest on this evening’s episode and was sure to show up and show out.

Backed by a full band, the Londoner belted smash ‘Boo’d Up’ and burgeoning Billboard hit ‘Trip.’

Watch Ella in action below…

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Mariah Carey is earning rave reviews for new album ‘Caution,’ but now attention is turning to what the LP shaping up to shift commercially.

Preceded by buzz cut ‘GTFO,’ the set was officially lead by single ‘With You’ and a succession of promo tracks a la ‘The Distance’ and ‘A No No’ ahead of its arrival on Friday.

Now, with a full day of retail and streaming activity tallied, the first week sales predictions are in!

Head below to find out what Mimi’s numbers are looking like…

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For many, the rise of the #MeToo movement and its powerfully beautiful impact on the lives of sexual abuse survivors has lifted the veil on an issue some had believed would forever remain in the shadows.

Powered by Tarana Burke, the movement inspired millions around the globe to step into the light with their stories and name and shame their cowardly attackers with the full support of a now enlightened society.

As a result? A surge in interest for songs which deal with the topic thematically.

Full story below…

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Steve McQueen‘s remake of the ‘Widows‘ story is raking in the cash at the U.S. box office!

Good news below…

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