It’s been six months since Soca star Machel Montano & R&B diva Ashanti first introduced their Island-kissed hit, ‘The Road,’ to the masses, but now the duo are hoping to kiss the top of charts with the cut by introducing its long-awaited accompanying music video.

Having already topped iTunes charts across the globe upon its January release, ‘The Road’ – co-written by Ashanti, Montano, Jovan James and producer Travis World – took the duo on the road to Trinidad to film to shoot the clip.

“We made a conscious decision that we would shoot the video during the days of carnival at places that we would be, so the cameras just captured what was happening around us,” Machel explained. “You will see the colors, the cultural expression, the celebrations, and the diverse people involved in these activities and it looks like pure joy, unity, togetherness.”

Tapping the Toronto based Director X to lens the visual, look inside to see the magic Ashanti and Montano created:


Katy Perry may have ridden her ‘Prism’ hit ‘Dark Horse’ to the top of charts in 2014, but now it appears the Pop diva will have to ride to the bank to fork over some major coins after a Los Angeles jury found the song to be a blatant copyright infringement of some Christian artists’ tune.

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16 minutes was all Lizzo (born Melissa Jefferson) needed to drop jaws during her debut performance on NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ concert series.

As fans continue to boast and bump the new video for the bop that is ‘Tempo’ (click here to see), Jefferson’s moved on up to NPR to highlight other tracks from her major label debut, ‘Cuz I Love You.’

The 31-year-old’s been on a grueling promo schedule – one that’s seen her touch award shows, radio, TV, and more in support of the effort.  The visit to NPR comes as no departure as she’s currently in the middle of rehearsals for the next leg of her ‘Cuz I Love You’ Stateside tour (click here to see dates).

In case you’re on the fence about why you should see her in concert, we’re sure the performance below will go ahead and push you toward Ticketmaster.  Look inside to see what we mean:

The last year has probably seen the phrase ‘Vegas residency’ ride atop headlines more than ever before.  After hitmakers Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez broke ground in Sin City to prove it to be a lucrative move for artists in and beyond their primes, the likes of Janet Jackson, Anita Baker, Drake, Cardi B, Christina Aguilera, and many more have followed suit.

Now, with her newest Billboard #1 hit in tow, R&B veteran Monica has shared news she too would like to join the ranks of artists bringing their brigade of hits to the Strip.

Taking to our friends at BUILD last week, the 38-year-old spoke on an array of topics including her new R&B chart-topper, ‘Commitment,’ publicized divorce from basket baller Shannon Brown, running her own independent label, and more.  But, when quizzed on if she would ever consider doing Broadway (a la fellow R&B divas Toni Braxton, Michelle Williams, and ‘Boy is Mine’ co-star Brandy), Mo gave quite the surprising response.

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‘Meek as a lamb’ may not describe Mariah Carey‘s fan base upon learning their fave’s 23-year-old record for longest running Hot 100 #1 in history was broken today by Lil Nas X‘s megahit ‘Old Town Road’ (as we reported here), but the Pop diva herself has been the shining example of humility.

Just last week telling our friends at The Blast that she wasn’t worried about the 20-year-old breaking the record (click here to watch), today the ‘One Sweet Day’ singer took to Instagram to congratulate X for the achievement.

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Just two weeks after being slammed by Lil Kim for being ‘messy’ (click here to read that), talk show host Andy Cohen gets a similar branding from actor/singer Tituss Burgess.

Burgess – who recently visited Cohen’s BRAVO talk series, ‘Watch What Happens Live’ (as we reported here) – was on hand to promote his latest musical effort and forthcoming film and stage ventures when things got a little awkward after Andy quizzed him about his relationship with Eddie Murphy.

After a side eye, eye roll, and quick dismissal, the 40-year-old saw his name atop headlines for dissing the ‘WWHL’ host.  Now, Burgess is going to Instagram to confirm his distaste for Cohen.  Read inside:


Nicki Minaj and Lil Durk dash some X-rated fire in their fans’ direction today…heating things up with their collaborative cut ‘Extravagant.’

 Keep comin’ with it ’cause I want your baby.

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When Lil Nas X proclaimed he would ‘ride til he can’t no more’ in his hit, ‘Old Town Road,’ it’s evident he was referring to the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100.

For, this week brought with it news the 20-year-old – who has been atop the tally for a whopping consecutive 17 weeks – has officially broken Mariah Carey‘s two decade old record for longest running #1 in history.

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Chance The Rapper may have only just released his debut album, but he’s taking ‘The Big Day’ on the road!

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An ASAP Rocky loyalist has been slapped with the heavy hand of the law after threatening to destroy the Swedish embassy if it refused to free the rapper from the jail he is being held in.

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Titus Burgess is building a brand new version of ‘The Preacher’s Wife’ for the stage and has revealed that he has surprises lined up for its audience once the show touches down!


Beyonce‘s new project ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ has being receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike since its release last week.

One of its central gems is undoubtedly ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ which has been embraced globally for its message of empowerment.

With the track now being given the single treatment, one of its creators – Saint JHN – has opened up about what it was like piecing together the gem everyone is humming.

Join us after the jump…