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Nicki Minaj’s ‘Only’ Makes Surprising Gains On iTunes / Storms Top 5

Rap Queen Nabs New Top 5 Single

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After her fans learned her stint on this year’s ‘MTV European Music Awards‘ would be made available to watch in 25 million homes across the UK, Nicki Minaj’s good news train made a surprising stop at iTunes’ station today, pulled there by her new single ‘Only.’

For, though we’d say she’s yet to master the art of penning gritty yet uptempo Hip Pop numbers à la Wutang Clan‘s ‘Gravel Pit‘, the general public seem to have fallen head over heels with her latest effort…pushing it to #4 on iTunes.

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Why do you think ‘Only’ is soaring as high as it is?

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New Video: Faith Evans – ‘Good Time’

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Armed with strong material but a lack lustre promo schedule is Faith Evans, continuing on in her efforts to push her brand new album ‘Incomparable‘ on November 24th.

Today, she unlocks the visual for her new single ‘Good Time‘!

Will it be enough to ensure her new LP is shown the love its first single has made it deserving of?

Find out below…

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TV Supertrailer: ‘K. Michelle: My Life’

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Monday’s on VH1 have routinely been renown for their must-see value. And from November 3rd, it’ll come courtesy of R&B belle K. Michelle.

The outspoken songstress will see her new reality series ‘K. Michelle: My Life’ premiere on said date and by the looks of its newly unzipped supertrailer, it’ll be essential viewing.

A mixed blend of the various facets of Michelle’s life, the show will chronicle her move to New York, music, motherhood, romance, and more.

Check out this extended sneak peek below…

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Behind the Scenes: Lifetime’s ‘Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B’ Movie

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Actress Alexandra Shipp takes on the role of a lifetime as she assumes the part of R&B princess Aaliyah in Lifetime’s forthcoming biopic of the late star.

Airing November 15th at 8/7p C, the womens’ television network – despite being greeted by mixed reviews from fans of the songstress – are forging ahead with promotion of the project they’re billing the “event of the season.”  While our peeks at the movie’s trailer can definitely confirm such billing, we’ve been keeping our eyes glued to the behind-the-scenes looks at its creation.

Tuck in below to hear Shipp and Luther Brown, the movie’s choreographer, dish on Aaliyah’s legacy and what viewers can expect when the film makes its premiere in just two weeks!

 It all awaits…

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Usher on Touring & Career Status: ‘I Dont Have To Prove Anything’

Singer Reflects On Storied 20 Year Career & More In Recent Interview

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Despite his 8th studio album ‘UR’ getting off to a rocky start with its moderately performing singles, veteran R&B singer Usher maintains – and recently reaffirmed – that he has “nothing to prove.”

Gearing up to kick off his “UR Experience” tour in promotion of the project, the Grammy winner recently sat down with CBS Radio to dish on the new trek, reflect over his 20 year career and more.

“No doubt about it, I don’t have to prove anything. I mean I’ve been doin it for 20 years, this will be my 8th album, and I’m just naturally a hard worker, anything that I do I go after it to be the best.”

Before Montreal fans get a peek at Ush and soon-to-be R&B roadmate August Alsina in action this Saturday, tuck in below to hear Ush dish on the tour:

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Kelly Rowland Teams With Dance DJ Tokimonsta For New Album

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Is Kelly Rowland gearing up dally with Dance music again? It certainly seems so.

Recently, the heavily pregnant performer chatted it up with our friends over at The Fader about her fifth solo album and revealed that she’s paired up with renown Electronic Dance DJ Tokimonsta to record new tracks for the set.

Peep the insightful soundbites below…

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Watch: Ella Henderson Makes US Debut On ‘Today Show’ / Soars With ‘Ghost’

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British singing sensation Ella Henderson is making a beeline for global status.

The 18-year-old star, who has achieved blockbuster success on home soil with debut album ‘Chapter One’, made her American television debut on the Today Show this morning and ensured she left quite the impression.

Henderson, who came sixth on the UK incarnation of The X Factor in 2012, has since gone on to eclipse the achievements of most of the show’s winners and amasses critical acclaim in the process.

Can she win over the Stateside audience, though? Based on the performance below, she certainly has a strong chance…

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Pop Music & And Its Rejection Of Dark-Skinned Women

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Back in September, the New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley ruffled the feathers of TV producer Shonda Rhimes when she took the position that the star of her latest series ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, actress Viola Davis, was “less than classically beautiful.”

“Less than classically beautiful” perhaps being a politer way of branding the “darker skinned”, full-lipped, Afro-wearing Davis as…ugly.

Scoring responses from both Rhimes and ‘The Help’ actress shortly after, Stanley‘s remark-albeit “well-disguised”- saw her place a megaphone to whispers uttered just as much by casting directors in Hollywood as they are by sales-hungry A&R execs in the world of music.

“If it ain’t light, it ain’t right.”

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Watch: Common Dishes On Keeping Lyrically Fit On Honda’s 16 Bars

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With over 20 years in the music industry, Common is quite literally flying the flag for longevity.

The Hip-Hop heavyweight, who rose from the underground scene in Chicago to mainstream notability with hits such as ‘Go!’, shares the secret of his staying power in the latest instalment of Honda’s 16 Bars.

Crediting a desire to fuse his own experiences with the ever-evolving sounds and trends that serve as the audio backdrop to today’s scene, the star also stresses the importance of studying the greats such as Rakim and Notorious B.I.G.

Watch Common’s wise words below…

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Rita Ora Talks Katy Perry, Calvin Harris & Iggy Azalea In ‘Cosmopolitan’

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Three years after her UK debut album ‘ORA’ touched down in the market, Rita Ora wil launch her hotly anticipated US debut, set for takeoff in 2015.

This year, she speaks openly about a number of events set to inspire its lyrics with ‘Cosmopolitan‘, hitting the mag to dish on her relationship with Calvin Harris, her Iggy Azalea-led hit single ‘Black Widow‘ and her admiration for Katy Perry.

Oh…and why she feels sex is a “form of getting to know someone.”

An honest Ora below…

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