Rihanna once stood as the unapologetic dispenser of an album a year. These days, though, she’s apologising for not dropping a project in three calendar years.

Recent times have seen RiRi establish herself as a trail-blazing entrepreneur, with successful ventures such as Fenty Beauty, Savage Fenty, and the Fenty luxury line in partnership with LVMH.

Still, music is on the mind. And it appears some major movement behind the scenes may explain the hold up.

Details below…


With over 500 awards to her credit, Beyonce‘s name is scribbled in record books for being the second most awarded female artist in history (runner-up only to the legendary Whitney Houston).  But, her stride toward EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) status was dashed yet again over the weekend when her game-changing Netflix concert documentary, ‘Homecoming,’ went home empty-handed despite a whopping six nominations.

This makes the fourth year the 38-year-old’s been snubbed by the Emmy Academy.  Details inside:


It may have been five years since Sam Smith rocked the charts with hits from their debut album, ‘In the Lonely Hour,’ but it appears the content from the LP is proving itself evergreen.

As they gear fans up for the release of their yet-titled, long-awaited third studio effort, the 27-year-old’s being greeted with news the tunes from their inaugural set – namely their first U.S. hit ‘Stay With Me’ – is showcasing serious staying power on streaming platforms.  Taking to social media, Smith recently celebrated news the tune – released spring 2014 – had crossed the billion plays threshold on Spotify.

Becoming the platform’s 41st song to boast such a feat, the Grammy-winner barely had time to pop open the bubbly before the weekend brought news its enduring popularity placed it in an exclusive club on YouTube as well.  Details inside:


After scoring a top 10 placement on the Hot 100 with their collabo, ‘Money in the Grave,’ rappers Rick Ross and Drake look to dig up another hit with their follow-up joint effort, ‘Gold Roses.’

The latter, found aboard Ross’ latest project – ‘Port of Miami II’ – has already made a splash on the Hot 100 from airplay, streaming, and sales alone.  Boasting a #39 peak (to date), the duo are looking to push ‘Roses’ to the success level of its predecessor (‘Grave’) by unveiling its official music video.

Look inside to see the Colin Tilley-directed clip:


In case there was any doubt longtime rivals Faith Evans and Lil Kim had buried the hatchet, the two put it to rest recently when they announced intent to hit the road on a co-headlining tour.

The duo, who took to New York City this weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Ready to Die’ album at a mural unveiling, sent fans into a frenzy by unveiling some historic news of their own.

Hear it inside:


Beyonce has a knack for surprises and moments ago she sprung another on the masses with the announcement that she’ll be airing a special on ABC.

Details on ‘Beyonce Presents: Making The Gift’ after the jump…


New video alert!

Prised from his ‘Stay the Night’ EP is the visual Cimo Frankel shot for its supporting single of the same name.

The release follows in the footsteps of the singer’s earlier singles ‘Live Without You’, ‘Where Do You Hide Your Love’ and ‘Gamble’ and sees the star venture in Sting-inspired territory on creative front.

Hit the play button to tune into the visual below….


Today’s From The Vault journeys back to the end of the 90’s. This week, we give you Monifah’s sassy number ‘Touch It.’

The lead single from the singer’s sophomore set ‘Mo’hogany,’ ‘Touch’ was produced by Jack Knight and Mario Winans in 1998.

It became Monifah’s biggest hit reaching Top 10 status both on the US Hot 100 and Hot Hip-Hop/R&B – #9 on the respective tallies. In Canada, the cut peaked at #15 and was a Top 30 single in the UK.

It’s fascinating hearing just how similar this song sounds to what would rule the charts a whole decade later. It wouldn’t be a stretch saying that this very track could have been featured on Britney Spears’ ‘Blackout’ LP.


In the tune’s accompanying video, which was directed by Chris Robinson, Monifah and her army dancers perform for the American troops, who appear to want nothing more than to… touch them.


Unfortunately, things never really picked up following the success of this song for the talented artist whose great potential seemingly wasn’t enough to guarantee a place in the sun on the then-burgeoning R&B scene.

Still, she delivered a classic for the ages that is still being celebrated today. So for that, we give an eternal salute. 

Your thoughts?

Is she or isn’t she?

Shortly after producer extraordinaire Hitmaka took to press this week to reveal Tinashe had signed to Roc Nation for management (as we reported here), the songstress was spotted outside of Craig’s in West Hollywood and quizzed by the press to confirm the rumor.

Her response was interesting to say the least.  Hear it inside:


Last night saw Ciara set sail on the ‘Beauty Marks Tour’ and she brought a bevy of hits with her.

Super Ci kicked off the US trek at the Washington State Fair and did not disappoint.

Backed by an army of dancers, the performer blazed through fan favorites such as ‘Level Up,’ ‘Goodies,’ and ‘1, 2 Step,’ and newer numbers such as ‘Dose.’

The tour, which has been mounted in support of the singer’s ‘Beauty Marks’ album, will feature stops in the likes of Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta, before wrapping up in Chicago next month.

Peep clips below…


Sam Smith has long been a bold lyricist and now the British belter is extending said boldness into the public sphere.

For, the 27-year-old has announced that they identify as a non-binary gender and wants to be referred to as such. Hence, instead of being “he/him” it’ll be “they/them.”

Smith’s words below…


Megan Thee Stallion looks poised to scale to higher heights. Because, it’s just been announced that she’s signed to Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation.

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