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R. Kelly Readies Three New Albums For 2014 Release

R&B Royal Set To Unveil 'Greatest Hits', 'Black Panties' Follow-Up, & More Before Year's End

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The year may nearly be half over, but it looks like R&B vet R. Kelly is just getting started.

Still very much in promo mode for his acclaimed 12th studio album ‘Black Panties’ (2013) via a Tamar Braxton-assisted North American tour, Kellz is still putting in studio work to ensure his 2014 is as fruitful as ever.  Now unveiling news of a greatest hits album filled with over 20 years of hits and exclusive remixes, the project will lead the ‘Half On A Baby’ hitmaker into the latter half of 2014 where he is set to release two more albums.

If you are in need of an R. Kelly fix, we’re certain the remainder of the year will have you on the verge of overdose.

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Hot Shots: Ciara Stuns In New ‘W’ Magazine Photo Shoot / Says New Album Due “Very Soon”

Singer Says New Album Is Her

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‘Body Party’ beauty Ciara shows off her baby bump like never before in the newest W Magazine issue.

8 months pregnant at the time of the Carlos Serrao-helmed photo shoot, the songstress dished on life with fiance/rapper Future, her “big” expectation of motherhood, and, of course, new music.

Sure to send the C-squad into a frenzy upon learning that new music is due from the mom-to-be “very soon” (and she says it’s her “best yet”), tuck in below for photos and excerpts from the interview:

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Hot Shots: Jennifer Hudson Poses It Up With Nelly / Set To Headline LA PRIDE Festival

Grammy winner To Share Top Billing At 2014 LA Pride Festival With Rapper Azealia Banks

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Cop a gander at J. Hud!

While her new, Timbaland-assisted single ‘Walk It Out’ makes moves on the net, powerhouse singer Jennifer Hudson is still making moves to the studio to put the finishing touches on its yet titled parent album.  But, as we await news on the project, Hudson took to Brown Shoe Co.’s 100th year anniversary in New York tonight to wow a star-studded crowd.  Bumping into fellow hitmaker Nelly, the singer upload the snap (seen above) to her Instagram moments ago with the caption:

Had a good lil time tonight performing for brown shoe company 100th anniversary . Even Nelly came by to chat with me. Nice guy! #walkitout.”

The post follows news that the ‘Spotlight’ singer will be sharing the spotlight of the 2014 LA PRIDE Festival with controversial rapstress Azealia Banks. See more on that here.

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Chart Check: Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown Bring Their Latest Hits To Billboard’s Top 10 [Hot 100]

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 Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ may not exactly be warming the hearts of its competition, but we’re willing to bet its keeping a smile on his face.

As the song’s grip on the Hot 100 refuses to loosen, other crooners are easing their way into the tally’s top 10 with hopes of dethroning the longtime chart champion.  The tune will see its forthcoming weeks try to fend off advances from the likes of Chris Brown’s “Loyal,” Justin Timberlake’s “Not a Bad Thing,” and a surprising rebound by “Talk Dirty” divo Jason Derulo.

Do any of the aforementioned stand a chance of ending Williams’ streak at #1 or is he headed to week #10 on the perch?  Tell us below as the latest Hot 100 chart check awaits below:

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Teaser: Keke Palmer – ‘Animal’ (Music Video)

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Fresh from news that she’d landed her own BET talk show, the multi-talented Keke Palmer fixes her gaze on music once more with the tune ‘Animal’.

Set to kick off the official soundtrack to the Drew Barrymore-produced horror film of the same name (due in June), the tune comes as the latest of Palmer’s releases that have appeared on the net in recent days.

Seeing the budding songstress tap into more rock/pop friendly terrain, tuck in below to get your first listen of the song as well as sneak peek at its forthcoming music video.

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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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