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This Friday will see Rita Ora rise like a ‘Phoenix’ when her album of the same name arrives in stores.

The set, the singer’s second, comes six years after her inaugural effort ‘ORA.’

With the legal and label wrangles that shackled her new music behind now in rearview, the 27-year-old has firmly established herself as one of the international scene’s most dependable hit vendors.

Many of which are housed on this project. Case in point ‘Anywhere’ and ‘Let You Love Me.’

Now, she’s giving the masses another taste of ‘Phoenix’ in the form of ‘Cashmere.’

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Taylor Swift just cemented her status as one of Pop’s most formidable forces.

For, she’s just inked a huge new record deal with the Universal Music Group and the terms of the agreement looks set to shake the industry to its core.

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Mariah Carey is working her new album ‘Caution’ the good ol’ fashioned way – she’s promoting.

Indeed, while some newer names continue to embrace the odd model of “no promo being the new promo,” the songbird is leaving no stone unturned in the push for her 15th studio effort.

As such, the diva’s press trail led her to the ‘Good Morning America’ this AM.

There, she performed single ‘With You’ and stayed for a chit-chat with host Michael Strahan. 

Watch Carey in action after the jump…

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Tekashi 69 may have just caught a major break in one criminal case of late, but it looks like he has more legal drama on his hands.

For, the rapper has reportedly been arrested…again.

Details below…

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Mary J. Blige‘s former stepdaughter has penned an open letter to Kendu Isaacs (Mary’s ex-husband) urging him to see what she says are the dangerous error of his ways.

Briana Latrise‘s thoughts and feelings below…

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Steering clear of the middle road to offer fans an catchy yet sui generis sound is Willow.

The 18-year-old performer has spent the years enjoying life away from the charts following the unveiling of ‘Whip My Hair’,  and has now learned that her decision to play in her own lane has paid off big time!

Brilliant news below…

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Jaden Smith‘s discography has treated his fans to a brand new studio set this month…and it goes by the name of ‘The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story’.

The project lifts its inspiration from the more introspective releases from Kanye West’s, Kid Cudi and Drake’s treasure chests and is filled with 11 unique tracks.

The Sunset Tapes are really important to me because I’m obsessed with the sunset, and I need to watch the sunset every single day.I feel like it restarts my whole life when I watch the sunset. It’s like I’m watching the world start over, and I just need the sunset for some reason.

Listen below…

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Nelly Furtado impacted the scene with a brand of Pop-Folk that made her a critic’s darling. However, 2006 saw the Canadian star drive in an altogether edgier direction. And this week’s From The Vault we celebrates the one of the ripest fruits of that venture. Today’s pick is  ‘Maneater.’

Issued as the second single from Furtado’s third album ‘Loose,’ the track was written by the songbird and produced by Timbaland alongside Danja and Jim Beanz. A combination that defined the majority of the album.

Though not the Stateside chart smash its predecessor ‘Promiscuous’ was, ‘Maneater’ was a Top 20 US single, peaking at #16.

Internationally it fared better; in Canada is charted at #5 and was a chart topper in the UK.

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Anthony Mandler directed the song’s moody visual which showcased an underground dance party of which Nelly is the center of attention.

The singer was nominated for Female Artist Of The Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards on the merit of this visual as well as that of  ‘Say It Right,’ its successor.

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12 years! Time sure flies. All at once, it feels like no time has passed and, yet reflecting on all that’s happened since then, it’s clear so much time has passed.

For a brief moment the Pop landscape was dominated by Miss Furtado. And yet, for as intense the ‘Loose’ era was, Nelly never returned to even half that level of success and acclaim.

She’s made a few soft attempts at a comeback, but if she were ever make a real swing of the bat a la one time rivals  Fergie and Gwen Stefani, let’s hope she learns from their mistakes and hits the world with a fresh new sound that blends the best of what the current climate has to offer and her own very unique style.

Your thoughts?

Cheryl made her grand return to ‘The X Factor’ stage tonight for the premiere TV performance of new single ‘Love Made Me Do It.’

With the song receiving a polarizing response upon its debut and much of the discourse surrounding her return being focussed on her “new” look, the the star was tasked with offering up a showing that firmly turned the tide in her favour.

Did she deliver? Watch below to find out…

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Tragedy struck this week when Kim Porter – the longtime partner of Diddy – died suddenly aged just 47.

An overflow of emotion was poured out from many in the Urban sphere who knew and loved the model and actress.

Few, if any, however, knew her as intimately as Bad Boy mogul Diddy – with whom she shares four children and dated for lengthy spells during the 90s and 00s.

Understandably, the man himself has been notable in his silence since the news broke.

That changed moments ago, though. For, he’s opening up and speaking out about the “nightmare” of saying goodbye to his “super Black love.”

His words below…

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Like in the case of LaVena Johnson, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson have been ignored by mainstream media outlets and elected officials despite calls from their mourning relatives to uncover the truth.

This year, after his family were asked to believe that his passing was a “freak accident”, Kendrick’s family stand closer to the truth after the third autopsy to be carried out on him revealed that he was struck by a large object before his body was rolled up into a gym mat.

A sad and deeply upsetting story below…

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Samantha Markle’s efforts to disrupt her royal sister’s life know no bounds or foreseeable limitations!

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