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From The Vault: Aaliyah Soars With ‘Journey To The Past’ Live

This week’s From The Vault ventures to the year 1997 with Aaliyah and her aptly titled ‘Journey To The Past.’ Specifically her live showing on The Rosie O’Donnell Show.

Lifted from the soundtrack to the movie ‘Anastasia,’ the track represented a marked departure from the singer’s slick and slinky strand of R&B.

A rousing Pop ballad, ‘Journey’ saw the late songbird do away with the seductive coos and instead showcase her vocal prowess. And to stellar effect.

She delivered a performance that was powerful, assured, and wilfully and skilfully controlled.

Almost two decades later, this particular showing continues to resonate with us.

Commercially the release never journeyed to the summit of any chart; it hit #28 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary tally, but missed the Hot 100 entirely and only managed a #22 peak in the UK.

Still, what the song lacked in success, it makes up for in enduring live performances like this. For such showings make us nostalgic about times of past; times when singers – regardless of the length of their range – still had to be able to sing.

Aaliyah wasn’t a Whitney or Mariah vocally, yet she consistently showed up and showed out with the skill-set she’d be blessed with; a practice many of today’s talent would be wise to draw from.

For now and forever, we’ll continue to salute this titan talent – one that managed to make a pronounced mark in a tragically short space of time.

Long live Aaliyah.

Tidbit: Did any one notice Tank in his backing singer role?

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Album Tracklist: Lady Gaga – ‘Joanne’

Superstar’s 5th LP Drops October 21st

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Less than one month remains until Lady Gaga unleashes her fifth studio album ‘Joanne.’

Due October 21st, the set serves as singer’s first solo release since 2013’s ‘ARTPOP.’ It also stands as the follow-up to 2014’s Grammy winning duet LP with Tony Bennett, ‘Cheek To Cheek.’

Preceded by lead single ‘Perfect Illusion,’ the project is named after the superstar’s late aunt – from who she says she draws strength. It’s also her own middle name.

With its all-star line up of collaborators including Mark Ronson, Beck, and Florence Welch, ‘Joanne’s official tracklist awaits below…

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Stream: Mac Miller – ‘The Divine Feminine’

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Mac Miller‘s relationship with Ariana Grande may have ignited a feud between she and Ryan Seacrest but that’s done little to stop interest in the performer’s new album ‘The Divine Feminine.’

This one is a lot more vulnerable. And a lot less focused on trying to do everything. It’s less about trying to make every kind of song and fitting it on an album. It’s 10 songs about love.

The ten-track set is now available to stream below and features appearance from Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, Bilal and CeeLo Green.

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Beyonce Celebrates With Star-Studded ‘Soul Train’ Themed Birthday Bash

Jay Z, Destiny’s Child, Usher, Alicia Keys, & More In Attendance

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Beyonce marked her birthday in fun-filled fashion. Literally.

Music’s reigning queen Bey celebrated her 35th year with a Soul Train themed Birthday Bash, which was attended by her nearest and dearest.

The likes of Jay Z, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Solange, Alicia Keys, and Diddy all dressed to the nines as they hopped aboard the soul train.

Prior to the party, Mrs Carter hit Instagram to express gratitude, saying…

I just want to say thank you to everyone for all the beautiful and thoughtful birthday wishes. I am so fortunate to have the love and support of my family, my friends, and my hive. We’ve grown up together and you guys continue to inspire and motivate me everyday. I’m so grateful for every challenge, every smile, every tear, every discovery, every sacrifice, every triumph, every stretch mark, every kiss, every scar. I strive to make you proud.
I love YOOOUUUU!!! 😙B

Peep pics and clips from the most turnt turn-up in town below…

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Report: Lady Gaga’s ‘Perfect Illusion’To Debut This Week

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Could Lady Gaga‘s ‘Perfect Illusion’ be just days away from its debut?

If a major radio station’s assertions prove true, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

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New Song: Chris Brown – ‘What Would You Do?’

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R&B bad boy Chris Brown has seen his name in headlines for everything except his music over the last few days. But, after posting a whopping $250,000 bail post his arrest on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, the Grammy winning beau is looking to redirect all this attention to his real claim to fame – music.

Unexpectedly dropping the tune ‘What Would You Do?,’ the up-tempo jam is being interpreted as a clapback to his current situation.

Keen to hear Brown’s thoughts?  Get into his ‘Grass Ain’t Greener’ follow-up below:

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Pharrell Williams Launches Back-to-School Line

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Pharrell Williams has stepped into the lucrative world of children’s school supplies.

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