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From The Vault: Monica – ‘So Gone’

If there’s one guarantee with social media, it’s that there’s no such thing as predictability. This week’s From The Vault celebrates that with Monica‘s recently revived ‘So Gone’ – the 2003 hit behind the popular #SoGoneChallenge.

After ironically struggling to garner attention with the shelved ‘All Eyes On Me’ in 2002, the R&B belle went back to the studio to cook up a second incarnation of the album. Clocking time with producers such as Missy Elliott, Mo was ready to re-rev the campaign’s engine in 2003. ‘After The Storm’ was the new title and ‘Gone’ served as its lead single.

It was the first time the singer unleashed the MC in her, which would somewhat became a habit for her from then on.

Released to rave reviews, the throwback cut – which samples The Whispers ‘You Are Number One’ – saw the R&B diva return to chart glory. The cut peaked at #10 on the US Top 10 and #1 on the Hip-Hop/R&B tally. It was also a Top 20 hit in Canada.

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For the Chris Robinson directed visual, Mo’ got her crazy on, playing the role of a suspicious girlfriend who goes quite literally insane thinking her lover is cheating on her.

Though we would have preferred it was by way of her latest album ‘Code Red,’ we’re glad Monica’s name is on everyone’s lips again.

Who knows how this whole #SoGoneChallenge came about, but we’re glad more people are taking part in it.

We love it when the today’s consumers appreciate the greatness of previous eras in music; so color us excited about the resurgence of this R&B classic by a highly gifted and enduring artist.

Monica, we salute you

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Confirmed: Beyonce Will Perform At 2016 MTV VMAs

Rumors have been rampant about Beyonce taking to the stage at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

And with the show being exactly 24 hours away, buzz has reached fever-pitch.

Until now, the network has remained mum about the reclusive singer’s supposed showing.

That all changed. Just now.

Join us after the jump to find out how…

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Ciara Talks New Album / Being A Fan Of Beyonce & Rihanna

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Ciara‘s star has been shining luminously of late.

Indeed, beyond being the face of postmodern love with husband Russell Wilson, the R&B stunner has been juggling a growing list of endorsement deals.

The newest saw her promote Women’s Equality Day in partnership with Keds.

To plug the initiative, the 30-year-old spoke with WWD.

During the chat, she also opened up on her upcoming 7th album, as well as her thoughts on contemporaries such Beyonce and Rihanna.

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The Predictions Are In! Britney Spears Set To Sell…

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Few Pop stars can rival the success or longevity of Britney Spears.

That reality sees any release from the performer serve as a “stop, look, and listen” moment for the masses.

The roll-out of her latest offering ‘Glory’ was no different.

Preceded by single ‘Make Me,’ the LP was teased in earnest with a slew of promotional tracks – including ‘Clumsy’ and ‘Private Show.’

With a heavy press presence thanks to looks such as ‘Carpool Karaoke’ and tomorrow night’s VMAs, all eyes are on what numbers the diva will deliver.

Find out what the forecasts are saying below…

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Colin Kaepernick Endorses ‘Black Lives Matter’ / Refuses To Stand For National Anthem

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A solemn Colin Kaepernick has revealed that he is no longer able to ignore the systematic oppression of African-Americans in the United States.

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New Video: Kehlani & Belly – ‘You’

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Kehlani continues to fly the flag for Contemporary R&B with ‘You’ this week, a release fronted by the rapper Belly.

Waiting below for the ‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant’s fans is the song’s music video!

In it, fans will catch the pair in throwback action as K continues to battle the likes of the gifted and talented Tinashe and Sevyn Streeter to claim their genre’s crown.

How the video below compares to Tinashe’s ‘Superlove’ visual?

Watch and weigh in below…

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Retro Rewind: Countess Vaughn’s ‘The Parkers’

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Welcome to another edition of Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature carved out to take our readers on a fun-filled journey to the past.

Today, following the release of her latest musical effort ‘Do You Love Him?’, we celebrate the groundbreaking moves the actress Countess Vaughn made in 90s sitcom history with ‘Moesha‘ and its spin-off ‘The Parkers.’

Meet us below to learn more…

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Rihanna To Open 2016 MTV VMAs

Britney Spears & Beyonce Also On The Bill

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The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards are set to kick off in interesting fashion.

For, Rihanna will officially open the show tomorrow.

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New Video: Fat Joe, Remy Ma, & French Montana – ‘Cookin’

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Given the unforgiving temperatures of the desert of Dubai, Fat Joe and Remy Ma may have been the ones cookin’ in their latest music video.  But, just as the teaser dropped days ago alluded, the Terror Squad duo serve up some major heat via the French Montana and RySoValid-assisted visual for the most recent release from their highly anticipated joint album ‘Plata o Plomo.’

Keen to see what the twosome are serving via this TIDAL exclusive?  Find out below:

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Hot Shots: Christina Aguilera Celebrates Daughter Summer Rain’s Birthday

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Pop powerhouse Christina Aguilera may be hard at work on her new album, but the diva remains ever-committed to motherhood.

This week saw her celebrate the 2nd birthday of her adorable daughter Summer Rain.

Thrown at the singer’s elaborate home, the event was Super Mario themed and saw the youngster surrounded by dad Matthew Rutler and big brother Max.

Peep more pics, courtesy of PEOPLE, after the jump…

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