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Unwilling to pretend that colorism doesn’t play a part in the way black women are treated in their day to day lives?

Mathew Knowles.

Rising to fame as the brains behind Destiny’s Child, Knowles’ once heavily guarded private life now finds itself up for public discussion now that the revered industry power player has revealed how internalised racism caused him to pursue Beyonce‘s mother.

That’s not all.

For, he also revealed why it’s time for all of us to listen to African-American artists who believe that their inability (or unwillingness) to lighten their hair and skin has blocked their path to levels reached by Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Beyonce herself.

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August Alsina made a triumphant return to London at a packed-to-capacity indigO2 show presented by Musicalize.

It’s been two years since the R&B star hit the capital. And while for most acts said window represents a standard bridge between projects, his was the result of a much more serious reality. For, the New Orleans native has publicly battled a number of life threatening health challenges.

However, there was no let-up in his dynamite dexterity on stage.

Donning a suave red suit (of which little was left by the night’s end), the 25-year-old commanded the crowd with spell-binding precision. And it didn’t require a plethora of production bells and whistles.

Effectively comprised of a mic, a DJ, and two Duracell-powered dancers (who delivered all evening), Alsina’s set placed the focus on his most prized assets: his catalogue and the vehicle that powers it – his voice.

Oft underrated as a vocalist, the singer gifted himself and fans many a moment showcasing the length and breadth of his impressive range. Indeed, performances of jams such as ‘Make It Home,’ ‘I Luv This,’ and ‘Downtown’ were punctuated with adlibs, runs, and outright belts that were evocative of a time when singers really…sang. Ah, the nostalgia.

Naturally, Alsina did indulge the obligatory “R&B pin-up” schtick. Case in point, a topless wipe-down to rapturous applause. But most praise-worthy is his holistic improvement as a performer.

Confident and comfortable, the star organically locked in (and out) of synchronised choreography with his dancers and worked all corners of the stage. He gave a…show; which is a marked improvement from earlier outings.

Despite a spell out of the spotlight, Alsina continues to prove himself to be a compelling artist. One with ample live gravitas. And with new music en route, he clearly has a talent and fanbase that’ll serve him well.

Your thoughts?

[Show Date: January 23rd 2018]
[Photo credit: Getty]

For months, the rumor mill has been in overdrive about a possible remake of classic 90s sitcom ‘Martin’ – and it finally looks to be a go!

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It’s here!

Busta Rhymes aims to blaze with new single ‘Get It’ and has recruited both Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott to help turn up the heat.

Produced by Bangladesh, the track is evocative of Busta’s 2006 smash ‘Touch It’ and features a sample of Ms. Kelly’s unreleased 2011 jam ‘Smooches’ – which is also produced by the drum-friendly beat-maker.

Have the trio cooked up a smash? Listen below and let us know…

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Four years have separated longtime fans of Justin Timberlake from new music from a studio effort, but that wait came to a welcomed end tonight with the release of ‘Man of the Woods.’

Two days ahead of a highly anticipated performance at Sunday’s Super Bowl LII Halftime Show, Timberlake’s newly unleashed LP is a star-studded affair featuring the likes of Grammy winners Alicia Keys and Chris Stapleton alongside production contribution from the likes of longtime collaborators Timbaland and The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo).

The 16-song project was kicked off by the moderately received ‘Filthy,’ ‘Supplies,’ ‘Say Something,’ and most recently its title track (click here to listen).  Curious to hear what the rest of the album sounds like?  Look inside to hear:

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Iggy Azalea is looking to reignite the charts again – this time with new single ‘Savior.’

A collaboration with Migos‘ man of the moment Quavo, the island spiced jam is lifted from Azalea’s much delayed sophomore album. Originally titled ‘Digital Distortion,’ the set is being re-worked after the Aussie rapstress departed Def Jam for Island Records.

To aid her comeback, the femcee has teamed with Monster Electronics who’ll be featuring the track in their Super Bowl commercial. Gifted the song exposure to an expected audience of over 100 million.

Promotional plans aside, how does the ‘Savior’ itself sound? Listen below and let us know…

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Jennifer Lopez journeys to the dance floor with dynamite new song ‘Us.’

Previewed live on stage last month, the Skrillex production arrives at an interesting juncture for the diva.

She’s been releasing a steady stream of songs for her upcoming Spanish album, yet this jam is sung entirely in English. J.Lo’s also readying a collaboration with Cardi B and DJ Khaled, which presumably will be in English too.

So, while it’s not immediately  clear what the 48-year-old’s plans are, what is certain is that ‘Us’ awaits after the jump.

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Justin Timberlake has finally unleashed his fourth studio album ‘Man Of The Woods.’ And to mark the occasion, the Pop crooner has unwrapped the video for the LP’s title track.

Directed by the incomparable Paul Hunter, the clip is #4 of four pre-release visuals JT lined-up to plug the project. Indeed, it’s preceded by ‘Filthy,’ ‘Supplies,’ and ‘Say Something (ft. Chris Stapleton).’ 

Both the album and video arrive just two days before Timberlake takes to the stage at the Super Bowl 2018 Halftime Show in Minneapolis.

Ahead of then, check out the video below….

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It’s finally here!

Look inside to listen to the long-awaited Kendrick Lamar & Weeknd collabo – ‘Pray For Me’ (lifted from the ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack.’

It awaits below:

 

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Lil Kim and R. Kelly dominated the Urban landscape in the 90s and are aiming to do so together in 2018.

Taking to social media, rap’s Queen Bee revealed that she and the Pied Piper had hit the studio together for a “legendary” collaboration. She told fans:

“Yup the secret is out 🙊 What went down last night was legendary 🔥 Stay tuned!!!”

Word on the curb is that Kim is hard at work on her long-awaited fifth studio album – the follow-up to 2005’s ‘The Naked Truth.’

Does Kelly have the midas touch needed to deliver the magic she needs? Time will tell.

Until then, peep more pics after the jump…

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Iggy Azalea has used her platform to cape for a number of causes – including Kesha‘s fight against Dr. Luke who the latter accused of sexual harassment and more.

However, in an odd twist, some are alleging that the femcee’s comeback single ‘Savior’ is ironically produced by… Dr. Luke.

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Pepsi have a rich history when it comes to their celebrity endorsements.

Indeed, for well over 30 years, the drinks giant have tapped some of the biggest names in Pop to create a fizz of excitement surrounding their beloved beverage.

And as this year’s Super Bowl sponsor, Pepsi celebrate their star-studded past with the Pepsi Generations commercial.

Set to air during the big game this Sunday, the spot – titled ‘This Is The Pepsi’- salutes King Of Pop Michael Jackson and Pop princess Britney Spears.

See how below…

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