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Cover Star: Louie Lends A Cover Of Selena’s ‘Dreaming Of You’

After a brief rest on the bench, That Grape Juice “Cover Star” returns to shine a spotlight on the talented Singer Louie.  In honor of the late Tejano music sensation Selena (who would’ve celebrated her 43rd birthday this week), the aspiring singer lent an updated version of one of her biggest hits, “Dreaming of You”.

How does he fare? Hit ‘PLAY’ below to find out…

We like.

Yes, we were a little disappointed that he didn’t go for the song’s famous climax, but we still enjoyed his very updated take on the 90′s ballad.  Making the song all his own while not straying too far from the original, we applaud Louie for daring to perform the tune from a fresh perspective.

Youtube has proven time and time again that such approach can often yield undesirable results.  Thankfully, such was not the case here.

For more on Louie, check out his Youtube page here.

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Weigh In: Was August Alsina Right To Snap At “106 & Park” Host For Asking About Trey Songz?

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Today brings with it ‘Testimony’ –  the long-awaited debut LP of R&B newcomer August Alsina.

Fueled by lead singles ‘Numb’ and ‘Make It Home,’ the album’s record shelf debut was also accompanied by the unveiling of the music video for the Fabolous-assisted tune ‘Get Ya Money.’

Taking to ’106 & Park’ to premiere the Payne Lindsey-directed visual, the show’s host Keshia Chante wasn’t exactly getting much love from the ‘I Luv This Sh*t’ crooner when she asked about his ongoing beef with the song’s duet partner Trey Songz.

Making for hilariously awkward TV, watch the clip, the full episode, and new video below.  Tell us:  was August wrong for scolding Miss Chante on live television?

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Watch: Pharrell Williams Wins Hearts With “Happy” On Ellen, Readies Appearance On “Oprah Prime”

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Pharrell Williams is a busy, busy man since his top-selling tune “Happy” skyrocketed to the top of charts.

Currently occupying the top spot for a seventh week, the song has taken him from the Academy Award stage to now sharing a live rendition of its follow-up “Marilyn Monroe” on ‘Ellen.’  In addition, the Grammy-winner also brought some happiness to a lucky group whose remake of the animated number has earned viral status.

See their surprise below and also check out a teaser to Williams’ visit to ‘Oprah Prime’ (due this Sunday, April 13)…

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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Pharrell Williams Reigns, John Legend Gains

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Pharrell Williams is undoubtedly happy that his 2014 breakout hit is still leading the Hot 100 for a 7th week.  Fending off competition in the form of John Legend‘s ‘All of Me’, Katy Perry‘s ‘Dark Horse’, and more, the Oscar-nominated jam refuses to loosen its grip on the tally (despite suffering a digital sales dip).

At one time threatening to best the 300k a week digital sales record of Robin Thicke‘s ‘Blurred Lines’ (of which Williams shares co-star ranking with rapper T.I.), “Happy” maybe losing affront Itunes, but it is certainly keeping up a fight elsewhere (see: radio spins, online streams, etc).

But, with talks of fresh gains from ‘Talk Dirty To Me’ maestro Jason Derulo, can that fight last much longer?  Full chart check below:

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New Song: Elle Varner – ‘Little Did You Know’

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‘Refill’ beauty Elle Varner is serving up yet another installment from her ’4 Letter Word’ series, this time with the tune “Little Did You Know.”

Showcasing a fiery vocal from the songstress, decorated in equally torching lyrics, word has it that this song will be the second to last teaser in the campaign.  While we anxiously await the other ear candy set to follow ‘Little’, tuck in below to get your first taste of the Pop & Oak produced cut:

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Did You Miss It?: Brandy Drops By ‘Queen Latifah Show’ / Confirms New Music & Tour Coming This Year

Grammy-winner Reunites With 'I Wanna Be Down' (Remix) Crew Yo-Yo, MC Lyte, and Queen Latifah

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Has it really been 20 years since then-teen sensation Brandy released the remix to her hit inaugural single ‘I Wanna Be Down?’

Yes, despite the songstress and the song’s co-stars Yo-Yo, MC Lyte, and Queen Latifah looking better than ever, there have indeed been two decades to pass since the smash song bore a remix with the day’s leading female rappers.

Reuniting on Queen’s top rated talk show, the diva shared news on her role on BET’s ‘The Game,’ developing her own sitcom, plans for new music, movies, and tours this year, and even teased a ‘I Wanna Be Down’ (remix) live performance.

Did you miss it?  See all of this and more below:

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Watch: Michelle Williams Revisits Destiny’s Child’s Most Embarrassing Moments

Infamous

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Television, stage, and music are just a few of the many wins attributed to Gospel songbird Michelle Williams over her storied career.

Indeed, the Midwestern beauty has conquered many-a-platform in her rise to the top – a rise that has been fueled by no shortage of Grammy wins, critically acclaimed solo outings, and Broadway deliveries (including a recently announced venture on the revived “Jesus Christ Superstar” national tour).

But, as any winner will tell you, the process can include its fair share of falls and fails.  A process Williams is no stranger to, the ‘We Break the Dawn’ diva recently took time to talk to TIME to break her silence on her career’s most “embarrassing moments”.

Did your favorite make the list?  See yet another reason why we love Michelle below:

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Weigh In: Digital Downloads Fall, Match CD Sales Slump For First Time In History

Conversely, digital streams gaining steam

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Even jointly, late 2013 blockbusters from the likes of Beyonce, Eminem, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga were not enough to save the fledgling music industry as reports confirm worry that the industry is nearing its darkest days yet.

Predictably, physical CD sales have continued their slump as news has it that the CD album format is down 20.5 percent so far this year (31.9 million units sold from the 40.1 million units scanned in the first quarter of 2013).  But, the once flourishing alternative (i.e. digital sales from outlets like iTunes and Amazon.com) are also reflecting swift and downward movement.  So much so, that its decline is nearly matching the rate of physical CD sale decline for the first time in history.

While the industry nears a state of panic, relief has come via popular streaming outlets like Pandora and Spotify as they boast increases in activity and revenue…

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