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Perhaps by way of Kanye West‘s ‘808s & Heartbreak’ offering, recent years have seen Hip Hop & R&B spawn a new breed of male contributors- sans the oversexed nature of the Trey Songz of the world but serving their own unique brand of brohemian sensivity.

Crafting cuts from and for the male voice, Def Jam’s Elijah Blake joins Drake and Frank Ocean as ambassador’s for the sound, with the release of his critically acclaimed mix tape, ‘Bijoux 22‘.

Now check one of our favorite jams from the R&B piece, named ‘Runnin’ Blind‘ and let us know what you think of it below…

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Songbird Leona Lewis nested on The Voice of Germany stage this week, performing her latest hit ‘Trouble’ with contestant Michael Lane.

The high-profile slot is the latest stop on the X Factor alum’s promotional push for new album ‘Glassheart’.

Watch Ms. Lewis soar after the jump…

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It’s that time of the year again guys!

Yes, after a year of a notable music releases, Billboard have finally released their ‘Year End Chart‘, which tallies the highest selling projects of the year and lists them according to units moved this year.

How did your favorite act fare?

Prepare to be surprised below…

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Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta was the show the lips of everyone and their dog this Summer. Indeed, the VH1 hit brought with it just the right dose of drama, ratchet, and real life to render it a must-see.

Now, as the show prepares to air a ‘Dirty Little Secrets’ special this Sunday (8PM ET), a hilarious spoof starring actress Essence Atkins has surfaced.

Watch below as she takes on the role of Joseline, Miguel A. Nunez tackles Stevie J (Steebie J), and Vern Troyer (aka. Mini-Me of Austin Powers fame) appears as Benzino.

Hit ‘PLAY’ below for many an LOL.

Your thoughts?

After what seems like an eternity, January 16th 2013 marks the arrival of the new and improved ‘American Idol‘, starring dated diva Mariah Carey and ‘Masquerade‘ Rapper Nicki Minaj.

So last night, in hopes of cranking up excitement for the show, the ladies joined their fellow judges for a day or promo- which saw select media invited to quiz all involved on what can be expected come the new year.

Now watch what happens when Mariah and Nicki find themselves forced to answer questions on each other, resulting in what we’d call hilarious viewing.

Cattiness below…

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Jamie Foxx‘s latest movie ‘Django Unchained’ may have already scored Golden Globe, SAG, and NAACP nominations, yet that hasn’t stopped the actor from pressing on with promo for the Quentin Tarantino movie.

With 11 sleeps left to go before the film hits US theaters on Christmas Day, Foxx stopped by The Late Show With David Letterman to promote the flick.

As ever with the 45 year old, the interview packed many an “LOL”.

Watch below as Foxx dishes on the movie, being a dad to a dating daughter, and much more.

{Via MWP}

Your thoughts?

Next Thursday brings with it JoJo‘s 22nd birthday, yet also ushers in a special gift for the her fans – new mixtape ‘Agape’.

Deemed a labour of love, the 13 track set (which will be released as a free download) is preceded by ‘We Get By’ and ‘Andre’.

Now, with its December 20th arrival fast approaching, the vocal powerhouse has unwrapped the project’s tracklisting on Instagram.

Check it out below, where details of the singer’s four-song-set on That Grape Juice’s The Splash also await…

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Tamar Braxton is riding the wave of success with new single ‘Love & War’ and will no doubt be hoping the track’s housing album enjoys an equally warm reception.

Having drummed up ample buzz for the set on WE tv hits ‘Braxton Family Values’ and ‘Tamar & Vince’, the budding diva has whipped her “Tamartians” into a frenzy today with confirmation of the project’s release date.

Find out when the as yet untitled LP hits stores after the jump…

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Peep these snaps of American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj arriving for a day of shooting in Hollywood yesterday.

Joined by fellow mentors Randy Jackson and Keith Urban, the explosive pair hit the venue weeks before the show’s first episode hits US screens January 16th via FOX, and months before the release of Nicki Minaj‘s third studio album- reportedly billed ‘The Pink Print’.

More pics from yesterday below…

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Christina Milian may not have released new music in years, but that hasn’t halted her hustle.

The ‘Dip It Low’ songstress stopped by BET’s 106 & Park yesterday, where she chatted it up with hosts Paigion and Shorty Da Prince. Hot topics included her Social Media gig on The Voice, signing with Young Money, Christmas with her and The-Dream‘s three year old daughter, her 2013 album and more.

Watch Ms. Milian in action below…

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Say what you will about his personality, but there’s no denying Trey Songz’ contributions to R&B’s current revival.

Sure, while numbers boasted by Usher‘s ‘Confessions’ may make Songz’ feats look like child’s play, this year saw the sex symbol surpass all expectations when his ‘Chapter V’ debuted at #1 with 135,000 units. A figure, unfortunately unattainable by most (if not all) of his direct competition.

Shifting those numbers without the benefit of what some might call a ‘Pop smash’, he has now weighed in on those of his contemporaries he feels have strayed from the genre, only to enjoy lack luster sales once they do.

His words below…

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Ne-Yo is set to make the UK glow a shade of ‘R.E.D’ next year. For, the singer-songwriter has announced a series of live arena dates in the territory in support of his album of the same name.

The short jaunt is designed to embrace the star’s global superstar status; a status which saw him achieve his fourth UK #1 with ‘Let Me Love You’. What’s more, the feat serves as the first British chart-topper his record label Motown have had in over 20 years.

Find out how you can celebrate with the Grammy winner after the jump…

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