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New Video: Usher – ‘Rivals (ft. Future)’

8th Album 'Hard II Love' Lands September 16th

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All roads lead to September 16th for R&B icon Usher.

The seasoned chanteur will unleash his long-awaited eight album ‘Hard II Love’ on said date and is cranking up the hype machine.

With current single ‘No Limit’ dancing its way up the Billboard charts (with a peak of #33), Ush has today revealed ‘Rivals.’

The cut features Rap’s man of the moment Future.

Springing a surprise on fans moments ago, the superstar singer debuted the viral video for the track.

What are you waiting for? Check it out 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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Pink Sets November Release Date For New Album

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Four years separate the world from Pink‘s latest album ‘The Truth About Love’...but only a few months separates it from its follow-up.

Good news after the bounce…

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She’s Back! JoJo Announces “It’s Time” / New Single Due Imminently

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JoJo‘s comeback campaign is firing up its engine once again.

It’s been almost a year since the vocal powerhouse unleashed her critically acclaimed tringle (three simultaneous singles); and, in that time, she’s been re-introducing herself to the masses.

This week sees that trajectory continue when she hits the road with Fifth Harmony on the US leg of their ‘7/27 Tour.’

Smartly, the soulful songbird is seizing the moment to usher her return to the charts with new music.

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Keri Hilson Previews New Album

Singer's Last Album Was Released 6 Years Ago

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Keri Hilson is on the comeback trail.

Six years have passed since the singer-songwriter released her sophomore album ‘No Boys Allowed,’ which spurned the hit ‘Pretty Girl Rock.’

In the time after, Hilson has been noticeably missing from the music scene – with little explanation as to why. Although, many have cited a romantic relationship when answering the questions surrounding her whereabouts.

Oddly, the start of the year saw a press release surface touting the star’s return. However, she quickly debunked the claims, while confirming the legitimacy of the tracks named. She also confirmed the statement’s claim that the LP is titled ‘L.I.A.R’ – an acronym for ‘love is a religion.’

Confused? So were we.

Still, we’re eager to hear what Miss Keri Baby has been cooking up. And it seems like the wait won’t be much longer.

Though far from the most active act on social media, the Atlanta native has taken a liking to SnapChat where she has been sharing snippets of new music.

Want to hear what Keri has been baking in the lab?

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British Singles Chart To Receive Major Shake-up?

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The Official Singles Chart may be facing a monumental shakeup in the coming months.

What it may mean for the likes of Beyonce, Ciara, Drake and Angel?

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From The Vault: Michael Jackson – ‘They Don’t Really Care About Us’

“I have a wife and two children who love me, I am the victim of police brutality”

This week’s From The Vault comes courtesy of Michael Jackson and his plaintive ‘They Don’t Care About Us’, a more than apt selection considering the social climate that has been reigning for the past week in the US.

The third single from the ’HIStory’ LP, the track was produced entirely by Jackson and remains to this day one of his most controversial cuts.

Earlier efforts such as ‘Heal The World’ and ‘We Are The World’ saw the entertainer adopt a universalist point of view. ‘About Us,’ however, was markedly more aggressive in its subject matter. It’s central narrative saw Jackson’s complain that he was fed up with the way the collective “us” was being treated.

Quickly, accusations of racism – particularly antisemitism – were raised which the superstar fervently denied.

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A huge hit in Europe, the song was only a moderate hit in the US because of radio’s reluctance to play the track. No doubt due to the truth serum at the heart of the cut.

Still, it peaked inside the Top 10 of every European country it was released in, including Top 5 placings in France, Sweden and the UK.

To keep up with the public awareness theme of the track, MJ chose to work with Spike Lee to bring the song to life and oh did he succeed.

Two videos were shot, both making social commentaries in their own way.

The first presented Mike in a Brazilian favela; but instead of putting the emphasis on the dangerous and ruthless aspects of that environment, the artist chose to paint a colorful, upbeat and optimistic picture of the neighborhood.

The second was shot in a prison and made much more obvious allusions to the way people of color are (mis)treated in America – with footage of the KKK and police brutality among other poignant images.

Sam Cooke famously crooned that change was “gon’ come.” Sadly, despite positive strides in the right direction, there’s a lot more ground to tread.

At a time where the #BlackLivesMatter movement is at the center of every discussion the world over, it’s interesting to observe how relevant the lyrics of this song are 20 years on.

Our wish is that more artists will follow Jackson’s lead and be able to “conscious” content within a banging beat.

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