Music executives who thought the holiday season would temporarily deter FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly‘s interest in a recently announced payola probe are mistaken if his latest comments are anything to judge by.

As we reported here, the last two months have seen O’Rielly lead an investigation into the industry’s reportedly ‘rampant and unlawful practice’ of payola (also known as ‘pay for play’).  First calling on help from the Recording Industry Association of America, their unsatisfactory response to his formal inquiry led him to seek answers from the labels themselves.

As information continues to be collected there, he’s now turning his attention to streaming platforms.  Find out why inside: (more…)

‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind’ co-stars Eve and Gwen Stefani did just that to unsuspecting viewers of ‘The Voice’ on Tuesday (November 26) when the duo reunited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of Stefani’s multiplatinum debut solo album, ‘Love.Angel.Music.Baby. (LAMB).’

Performing a medley of hits from the LP including singles ‘Hollaback Girl’ and ‘What You Waiting For?,’ the resident ‘Voice’ judge stunned audience members when she called on a little help from Eve during her performance of the Dr. Dre-produced ‘Rich Girl.’ 

Did you miss any of the high octane action?  It awaits inside:

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In addition to courting some of Hollywood’s brightest music, movie, and sports stars, Macy’s annual Thanksgiving parade has become the holiday’s biggest event thanks to its inclusion of some of the nation’s most impressive high school bands and, of course, the larger than life floats.

This year being no different, Black Eyed Peas, Natasha Bedingfield, Debbie Gibson, the band Chicago, Idina Menzel, NCT 127, Ozuna, and Lea Michele were among the chart-topping artists on hand to provide entertainment at Thursday’s showing (November 28).  And, while they waved the flag high for their respective genres, R&B was in full effect as well with Kelly Rowland, TLC, Ciara, and Ashanti on hand to represent. While Rowland and Ashanti opted to turn render live rendition of holiday tunes, TLC and Cici broke out numbers from their respective discographies.

Did you miss any of the action?  See highlights and fan-captured footage inside:

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Kanye West continues the push for ‘Jesus Is King’ with the video for ‘Closed On Sunday.’ 

Directed by Jake Schreier, the visual is a family affair and features Ye’s wife Kim Kardashian as well as their children.

Its arrival comes after it emerged that the MC is in the studio working on part two of the chart-topping project with Dr. Dre.

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Now that the world knows that B2K’s Lil Fizz is in a romantic relationship with the mother of Omarion‘s child there are fears that the group will never reunite.

However, if new interviews given by group member Raz B are anything to go by, all may not be lost.

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Azealia Banks is strengthening her ties to the political world.

Following the headlines she made for endorsing Donald Trump, the innovative scribe revealed that she recently caught up with Democratic hopeful Andrew Yang!

Yang is running up against Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and is celebrated by those who feel his time in tech is his unique selling point.

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The Pussycat Dolls reunion is officially moving forward – but sadly without one of the group’s key members.

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Camila Cabello is drafting in a notable name for new album ‘Romance.’

Because it’s emerged that the singer’s sophomore set will feature rising rap star DaBaby.

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Hotly anticipated for months, ‘Blue Story’ blazed its way into UK cinemas last week and was immediately met with praise.

However, Rapman‘s gritty flick encountered quite the hurdle when an instance of violence involving youngsters in Birmingham, England was somehow linked to his film and resulted in a ban by leading UK cinema chain Vue. This, despite the teens involved reportedly being on the premises to watch ‘Frozen 2.’

The course of action drew critique on a national scale and saw many call for the film to be reinstated on Vue screens.

Now, after initially standing by their stance, the chain has reversed its decision.

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Dwayne Wade isn’t happy with the way ‘America’s Got Talent’ is treating his wife Gabrielle Union….and he isn’t afraid to tell the world about it.

His problem with the NBC show below..

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The City Girls are finally back and unleashing the heat with new single ‘You Tried It.’

Unwrapped moments ago, the feisty cut is the first offering from the rap duo since member JT‘s release from prison and Yung Miami‘s recent baby birth.

And they’ve not missed a step.

Right at home alongside bops such as ‘Act Up’ and ‘Twerk,’ the song sounds like it may well be their next big hit.

Take a listen below…

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The Real Housewives Of Atlanta is back and blazing for its 12th season. And despite over a decade on-air, the Bravo smash is losing none of its scorching steam.

Already delivering on its promise of shady twists and turns, the latest instalment of the ensemble title is proving a must-see.

Want to know what Nene, Kandi, Porsha Cynthia, Eva and the returning Kenya will be serving up on episode 5 / season 12?

Watch a sneak peek below to find out out below…

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