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From The Vault: Britney Spears – ‘Overprotected’

“I don’t need nobody telling what I’m gonna do about my destiny”

These were the words Britney Spears sassily sung to the world in 2001 on her hit ‘Overprotected’ – this week’s From The Vault Pick.

Its selection is timely too, as the pop star gears up to take center stage at tonight’s Billboard Music Awards to perform and receive the Artist of the Millennium honor.

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Serviced as the second single from Spears self-titled third album, the track was considered a return to Pop-i-er form for the singer after the release of the Urban-kissed ‘Slave 4 U’. Hitmaker Max Martin produced the cut, which narrates a girl’s need to break free and find herself. A remix courtesy of  Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins was released as well.

Surprisingly, the album version did not chart inside the Billboard Hot 100 – although the remix managed a peak of #86. Still, success awaited across the pond in Europe, where the song reached #2 in Sweden, #5 in Italy and #15 in France, and performed well in Australia and Canada charting at respectively #16 and #22.

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In its accompanying video, Spears is seen escaping the paparazzi by entering an abandoned warehouse – where she is joined by her trademark troop of dancers. Billie Woodruff directed the visual and Brian Friedman choreographed.

Referenced in Rihanna’s ‘S&M’ video a decade later, the singer appears in a room where the walls are plastered with pictures and articles about herself; those same walls are moving in and out, symbolizing the oppression expressed in the lyrics.

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The Britney Spears journey, with its glorious ups and saddening downs, has been quite the roller-coaster. One thing is level to see – her career has never been “boring” (sans “that” ‘Britney Jean’ album).

Could tonight be the beginning of a new exciting chapter? We truly hope so!

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Hot Shots: Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Arrive At The Premiere Of ‘La Traviata’

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West made their way to Rome hours ago.

There, following West’s bid to make headlines with this televised speech, the couple attended the premiere of ‘La Traviata’ as the pair continues to pull in impressive numbers from Kardashian’s ‘Hollywood’ mobile gaming venture.

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‘The Real’ Confirms Tamar Braxton Departure

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It’s officially curtains for Tamar Braxton‘s tenure on ‘The Real.’

Earlier today, news hit the wire that the outspoken singer and media personality had been let go from her panelist position on the daytime talker – a role she’s occupied since the show’s 2014 debut.

Now, the team behind the FOX hit have issued a statement.

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Kelly Rowland Responds To Mathew Knowles’ “Group-Off” Challenge

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Kelly Rowland continues to fulfil her solo destiny, a part of which now sees her helping a promising group of young ladies realize theirs.

The Grammy winning songstress, together with Frank Gatson, has pieced together a new five-piece – the process of is being documented on hit BET series ‘Chasing Destiny.’

Beyond the its viewers, the show has caught the attention of Mathew KnowlesBeyonce‘s father and former manager of both Destiny’s Child and Rowland’ solo.

Currently pushing new trio Blushhh, the mogul made headlines this week when he challenged Kelly’s girls to a “group-off” with his ensemble.

During a promotional stop on Hollywood Today, Rowland was asked about her thoughts on the proposition.

Her words await below…

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The Predictions Are In! Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ Set To Sell..

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It’s been quite the journey for Ariana Grande in the run-up to the release of new album ‘Dangerous Woman.’

Armed with the success of 2014’s ‘My Everything’ and its various singles, the pint-sized powerhouse was poised to hit new career highs with her third project. Especially after picking up mega-manager Scooter Braun and featuring prominently on blockbuster collaboration ‘Bang Bang.’

It’s no surprise then that many scratched their heads when ‘Focus,’ the lead single from the then-titled ‘Moonlight’ LP, struggled upon release.

Fast forward to now and much has changed – most notably the project’s name, “lead” single, and Grande’s management (again).

How, then, has this affected the starlet’s selling potential? Find out what ‘Dangerous Woman’ is set to sell in its opening week below…

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New Song: Drake – ‘Hype (Ft Lil Wayne)’

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The Champagne Papi is back with a new bop.

Still battling Beyonce‘s ‘Lemonade’ for control of the Billboard 200, Drake has unleashed a remix of his ‘VIEWS‘-pulled piece ‘Hype‘ which features his Young Money mentor Lil Wayne.

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Fantasia Delays Album / Announces New Release Date

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Fans of Fantasia will have to wait a slight while longer for the singer’s fifth studio album ‘The Definition Of…’

Initially set for a June 10th release, it was widely expected that its release date would change, given the absence of a definitive lead single.

Confirmation of the push back came courtesy of the singer herself, who is presently on the road touring with Anthony Hamilton.

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Report: Tamar Braxton Fired From ‘The Real’

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In a move few saw coming, reports suggest Tamar Braxton has been given her marching orders over at ‘The Real.’

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‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ Five Sweeps Up 19 Million Viewers…Before Season Finale

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Supported by humour delivered by the rapper Jessica Dime, ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta‘s fifth season has swept up over 19 million views…before the airing of its season finale.

Good news for Joseline, Mama Dee and company after the jump…

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DJ Mustard Seeks Fifth Harmony Star For Solo Project

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Fifth Harmony‘s Dinah has found a fan in DJ Mustard.

Sweet news below…

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