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Retro Rewind: 10 Albums That “Turn 10” In 2017 #FBF

Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Kanye West, & More Make Our “Faves” List

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Following a year that gifted pop music lovers game and/or career-changing albums like Justin Timberlake‘s ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds,’ Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Back To Basics,’ Beyonce‘s ‘BDay,’ Amy Winehouse‘s ‘Back To  Black,’ Ciara‘s ‘The Evolution,’ and Fergie‘s ‘The Dutchess,’ 2007 had some big shoes to fill.

For many of the artists who stood to the challenge (see:  Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Jay Z, etc.) the results may not have matched the commercial response of their previous efforts (or collectively those of the big named releases the year prior), but critically the class of 2007 wielded what many consider some of their (if not their) best work(s) to date.

As we kick off 2017, let’s flashback to 2007 to ode 10 game and/or career-changing albums that turned 10 this year.  Your gateway to feeling “old” awaits below:

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John Legend on Kanye West’s Meeting With Donald Trump: “It Was a Publicity Stunt”

Singer Expresses Disappointment Over Longtime Friend’s Political Decisions

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Grammy-winning crooner John Legend may be on a high celebrating news of his headlining gig at next year’s NBA All-Star game halftime show (as well as his most recent top 10 R&B album, ‘Darkness & Light’),  but -as a recent interview reveals – the singer isn’t exactly celebrating the headline grabbing antics of longtime friend Kanye West.

Legend, a noted community activist and commentator on political affairs, has long used his platform to express his disdain for the soon-to-be-inaugurated Trump administration.  So, to the surprise of few, he minced no words when quizzed on his thoughts about West’s recent visit to Trump Tower:

“I’m pretty disappointed with Kanye that he says he would have voted for Trump. I think Trump has been corrosive, his message has been corrosive to the country. I think the things he’s promised to do have been very concerning for a lot of people, and for Kanye to support that message is very disappointing.” – John Legend

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Kanye West Meets Donald Trump At Trump Tower

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Kanye West made headlines when he endorsed Donald Trump‘s shock presidential win at his ill-fated ‘Saint Pablo Tour.’ A week later he was in UCLA on a psychiatric hold.

Now released (and presumably refreshed), Ye is asserting by way of action that he meant what he said: he’s “here” for Trump.

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2016 Year In Review: Kanye West & Rihanna Make Streaming History For All the Wrong Reasons

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Scribbled in history books for some good and not-so-good reasons, 2016 brought with it some of modern music’s most memorable moments.

Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree shaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.

Next, we reflect on how streaming literally put Kanye West and Rihanna in history books for unprecedented feats:

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Kanye West Makes First Appearance After Hospitalization At Art Gallery

Rapper Rocks Blonde ‘Do At LA Hot Spot

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Kanye West made headlines the world over last month when he was hospitalized and placed on a psychiatric hold.

The incident came after he axed his ‘Saint Pablo Tour’ following a series of bizarre rants.

In the time since, his release from the UCLA Medical Center was publisized. Yet, he’d not been seen…until now.

Yeezy was spotted at a Los Angeles art installation within the last hour or so. Looking leaner than ever, he also sported a new blonde hair do.

Word on the curb is that he’s been in advised isolation since being discharged  – even from wife Kim Kardashian and their children North West and Saint West.

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Weigh In: 2017 Grammy Nominations’ Snubs & Surprises

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It’s that time of year again!

Indeed, the air is still buzzing as today brought with it the highly anticipated 2017 Grammy nominations unveiled, per usual, via an announcement special weeks before the actual showing.  But, what also comes with the ‘per usual’ announcement are the jaw-dropping surprises, snubs, and all out “shut-outs” that accompany the annual spectacle.

Always a heated debate-starter, the coveted tally saw the likes of Zayn Malik, Janet Jackson, Future, Nick Jonas, and more all go without mention while others, some fans believe, weren’t mentioned in the correct categories.

In the meantime, tuck in below for our list of 2017’s Grammy surprises and snubs:

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Lady Gaga Supports Kanye West After “Psychiatric Emergency”

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Kanye West‘s detainment on psychiatric hold has been headline news for the last 24-hours.

And while the world remains in deep dialogue about the incident, many in the Hollywood community are remaining mum.

Lady Gaga, who was once set to hit the road with West on an ill-fated trek named the ‘Fame Kills Tour,’ has gone against the grain to speak up and out.

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Kanye West 911 Tape Released After “Psychiatric Emergency”

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If there existed any doubt as to the severity of Kanye West‘s hospitalization it’s been dispelled.

The 911 call that led to his detainment has been released; and tellingly the dispatcher refers to the episode as a “psychiatric emergency.”

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Kanye West Hospitalisation Sparks Debate On Mental Health Within The Black Community

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In a study carried out in 2014, Mental Health America found that Black/African-American teenagers are more likely to attempt suicide than their White counterparts.

Today, as unconfirmed reports cite a breakdown as the reason behind Kanye West‘s hospitalisation in Los Angeles, members of the African-American community have urged his fans and naysayers to remove the stigma attached to mental illness with the community.

How?

By sharing their moving stories.

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Report: Kanye West Hospitalized / Handcuffed In Ambulance

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The fallout from Kanye West‘s recent meltdown continues.

As reported earlier, the ‘Famous’ rapper cancelled the remaining 22-dates of his ‘Saint Pablo Tour’ following his on-stage monologue regarding his tumultuous friendship with Jay Z and Beyonce. This coming after his post-election endorsement of Donald Trump.

The permutation of lambasting The Carters and cutting his show short caused the 39-year-old to suffer the scorn of Twitter, where the #KanyeIsOverParty hashtag trended.

Unfortunately, the recent trail of events is followed with a report of Yeezy being hospitalized.

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Tour Cancellation: Kanye West Pulls The Plug On ‘Pablo’

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The genius that is Kanye West has decided to pull the plug on his ‘Saint Pablo Tour.’

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Kanye West Cancels Apology Concert Following Beyonce Criticism

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Kanye West has opted to pull out of a concert he was to put on to apologise for his headline-making Beyonce fiasco.

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