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New Song: Maxwell – ‘Fingers Crossed’

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If you’re still not sold on ‘blackSUMMERS’night,’ the July 1-due new album from Grammy winning crooner Maxwell, ‘Fingers Crossed’ just may do the trick for you.

Following the release of the album’s lead single ‘Lake By the Ocean,’ ‘Fingers’ joins ‘Gods,’ ‘1990x,’ and ‘All the Ways Love Can Feel’ as yet another taste of what Max is serving up via his first project in nearly 7 years.

“They can tell you anything to change your mind / There’s no mystery, and you’re not blind / Fingers crossed, you’ll make the choice, to make you mine,” he coos over the lush instrumentation.

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Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade Tops iTunes USA Following BET Awards Performance

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Beyonce‘s ‘Lemonade‘s run on iTunes is far from over.

Good news for the set below…

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Product Vs. Promotion: Iggy Azalea’s ‘Team’

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The dreaded “sophomore slump” – the career hurdle that’s caused the fall of a number of music history’s most promising acts – currently stands to add Grammy-nominated rapstress Iggy Azalea to its  lengthy list of casualties.

Azalea, who didn’t exactly experience “overnight success” in her transition from virtual unknown to one of rap’s leading ladies, did see her career go from 0-100 (real quick) after her participation on Ariana Grande‘s horn-filled hit ‘Problem’ and the release of her own history-making single ‘Fancy.’ But, with the triumphs of both singles came the real “problem:  replicating their successes.

The endeavor would be doused with degrees of difficulty as the saucy Aussie’s public profile rang as the exact antithesis of her Billboard chart story.  Indeed, fielding attacks from the likes of Nicki Minaj, Q-Tip, Azealia Banks, Snoop Dogg, and even fellow Caucasian rappers Eminem and Macklemore, the court of public opinion joined them in finding Azalea guilty of cultural misappropriation and inauthenticity.  The effects of the verdict would be manifested in poor ticket sales for her headlining arena tour and fuel its cancellation (reportedly due to shifting focus to her debut album’s follow-up).

That follow-up, titled ‘Digital Distortion,’ found its kick-off via the bumping bop ‘Team’:
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Jennifer Hudson Signs With Epic Records

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L.A Reid is slowly but surely building quite the roster over at Epic Records.

For, it’s being announced that the mogul’s latest roster acquisition is Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.

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Watch: Ciara & Russell Wilson Dance Up A Storm At Fundraiser

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Engaged lovers Ciara and Russell Wilson looked all sorts of smitten with one another last night at a Washington fundraiser.

Wilson, who hosted the charity event to raise money for the Seattle Children’s Hospital, was midway through a rendition of Michael Jackson‘s ‘The Way You Make Me Feel,’ when he invited his 30-year-old fiance on stage.

Watch the super sweet moment after the jump…

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Drama! Chris Brown’s Publicist Quits After Heated Text Exchange

Singer Repeated Referred To Female Worker As A “Bitch”

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Chaos.

It seems to engulf Chris Brown on a consistent basis.

Just last week, a lawsuit against C. Breezy was filed by his former manager who claims the ‘Back To Sleep’ belter attacked him. Now, the the singer embroiled in a battle with his now-ex publicist.

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Tina Knowles Slams Beyonce Haters After BET Awards Jabs

Singer’s Mother Is Not Here For The Nonsense

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As any seasoned Beyonce enthusiast knows, her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson is not one to be messed with.

The seamstress turned fashion mogul has hit back at snide remarks from her daughter’s detractors. And it all surrounds Bey’s absence from the BET Awards following her opening performance.

As widely understood, the ‘Sorry’ songstress had to catch a flight immediately following her ‘Freedom’ rendition so as to make it in time for the UK launch of her ‘Formation World Tour.’

Mama Tina explained this when accepting two of her awards. Yet, it appears a small pocket of folk are taking her to task on the specifics.

Her classy clap-back awaits after the jump…

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Stream: KeKe Palmer – ‘Waited To Exhale (Album)’

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KeKe Palmer‘s role in ‘Scream Queens’ is undoubtedly one of its main attractions and, as some will agree, one of the strongest points in her career thus far.

Alas, her efforts to be taken seriously as a full functioning musician are yet to yield the career her talent makes her deserving of.

So, as to remind fans of these efforts she has surprised them by releasing a never-before-heard album she recorded when she was 16 named ‘Waited to Exhale.’

Press play to give it a spin and weigh in on what you hear after the leap…

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New Song: Rae Sremmurd – ‘Do Yoga’

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Rae Sremmurd stretch their creative muscles to churn out their latest single.

The name of their latest Hip-Hop effort? ‘Do Yoga.’

Fans of the charismatic force will know that the cut appears on their August 12th release ‘Sremmlife 2.’

Hit the play button below to get in shape with the dynamic duo!

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Hot Shots: Bobby Brown Meets Fans At ‘Every Little Step’ Signing

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Bobby Brown‘s ‘Every Little Step continues to ruffle the feathers of the artists featured in the autobiography.

In it, he claims Janet Jackson told him that her father, Joe Jackson, did not want his daughters to marry African-American men and that he pushed her out of a hotel room after he learned this.

He hopes stories like these will see him sell several copies of the release.

Now peep pics of him signing hard copies of the book in West Hollywood below…

 

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