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Let’s face it, when it comes to moulding stars- very few do it better than the folk over at Roc Nation.

Indeed, after successfully turning Rihanna‘s Kool Aid into Caviar with the launch of a flawless chart assault, the company has now turned its sights to Brit Pop Princess Rita Ora, who is fast becoming one of their many cash cows.

Now, in what can only extend her lead the UK’s leading chart staple, she is on course to nabbing her fourth #1 single from her debut album, ‘ORA‘.

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The Grammy Awards 2013 are fast approaching, as such today’s announcement that Justin Timberlake will be making his live return to the stage couldn’t have come at a more apt time.

Confirmation of Timberlake’s performance came courtesy of the Grammy’s themselves, who wrote on Twitter moments ago:

The performance is a major coup for the six-time Grammy winner, who blazed the charts this month with comeback single ‘Suit & Tie’ and will be hoping its parent album ‘The 20/20 Experience’ does the same when it hits stores on March 19th.

Set to air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10th, music’s biggest calendar night will also see performances from the likes of Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Songs, and Ed Sheeran.

Randomness: With Pepsi being one of the Grammy sponsors this year, we hope their new “darling” (starts with a “Bey” ends in an “once”) will be joining the performer list as the show inches closer. It’s only right!

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As earlier reported, Rihanna features in the March issue of Rolling Stone magazine. And while her cover shoot is making headlines, her interview inside is set to make many more.

For, with her new album ‘Unapologetic’ under-performing (selling in three months what her rivals sell first week), the model has reached into her trusty bag of tricks to ignite interest.

However, this time the Bajan beauty dug that much deeper – opening all the way up about her rekindled relationship with Chris Brown. So willing to discuss the romance, which she sings is ‘Nobody’s Business’, she spent most of the interview talking about it.

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Crazy In Love? Sounds familiar. However, that’s how Rolling Stone describe their March star Rihanna.

The tabloid model, who is reportedly (re)dating Chris Brown, plays up to her rebellious gimmick in the stunning shot – which is the latest promotional stop for her seventh studio album ‘Unapologetic’.

And while gorgeous defines the snap above, the same cannot be said for the rest of the shoot, which serves up all sorts of classless. See what we mean below…

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As Sunday’s Super Bowl spectacle draws nearer, Beyonce is in a sharing mood.

The tour de force, who is headlining this year’s Half Time Show, is in intense rehearsals for her 12 minute set and is giving fans a window-peek into her preparation process via Tumblr.

Having already teased with shots from her New Oreleans run-throughs, King B has unwrapped a fresh set of snaps. Check them out above and below. Needless to say, Sunday could not come sooner!

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The name Tommy Mottola is one which factors into the success and drama narratives of many a musician. Indeed, in a number of such cases, the music exec has played both the “hero” and the “villain”.

Case, point his ex-wife Mariah Carey.

As reported earlier this month, Mottola has penned a book entitled ‘Hitmaker’ which spotlights his illustrious career, as well addresses Carey’s claims that he was too controlling and abusive both “mentally and emotionally” during his time as her manager and husband in the early to mid 90s.

Naturally, then, when hitting the promo rounds in support of the biography, the 63 year old was quizzed about Mimi, as well as another megastar who famously hit out at himMichael Jackson.

Peep his words Mariah, MJ, and more on the Today Show below…

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As the world continues to adjust to a music industry without Whitney Houston, her mother Cissy Houston sat down for an exclusive interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter last night. 

In true Oprah form, no stone was left unturned. As such, Cissy was quizzed on her immediate thoughts upon learning of her daughter’s death last February, the singer’s drug use, sexuality, and much more.

While critiqued by some (Cissy is releasing a book), this is most definitely a compelling watch. Check it out below…

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UK sensation Emeli Sande is making a beeline for the US charts!

After garnering multi-Platinum success on home-soil, the Scottish-bred belter is on a nationwide tour of North America in a bid to replicate those achievements across the pond.

And so as to warm up the Stateside audience for what promises to be a vocally enchanting trek, Sande stopped by the Today Show this morning to perform ‘Next To Me’ and ‘My Kind Of Love’ – both of which are lifted from her critically acclaimed debut ‘Our Version Of Events’.

Watch Emeli in action below…

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After warming up the masses with promotional singles ‘Sorry’ and ‘Got Me Good’ last Fall, Ciara is putting the finishing touches to her eagerly awaited fifth album, ‘One Woman Army’.

Due later this year, the project was formally “introduced” to European taste-makers last week by the singer herself. As such, ever keen to ask the questions you really want answers to, we caught up with the stage blazer during her London run with Livebase.

Watch above as the coy star talks the LP’s status, making “Ghetto Pop” music, having “tonnes of love for Beyonce”, and more.

Enjoy.

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Beyonce embraces her role as Pop’s long running shot caller in a new Superbowl ad today, dressed as a sexy referee days before the big game.

Whipping up momentum for her set at the annual event, the Queen Bey shared the pic with fans as she rehearses in New Orleans, where the game will kick off- a fitting location, considering the star’s Creole ancestry.

Can’t wait to see what she whips up? Catch her in action when the Super Bowl XLVII arrives February 3rd.

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It’s been all of eight years since Tweet last blessed the charts with her criminally underrated sophomore set ‘It’s Me Again’. Indeed, an unfortunate brew of industry politics and personal drama silenced the soulful songbird – until now.

Staying true to her promise of new music in our recent interview with her, the singer today unwrapped ‘Enough’ – the lead single from her new EP ‘Simply Tweet’.

Due on February 26th, the set will serve as a prelude of sorts to a full-length album later in the year.

Pending then, we’re just oh so amped to hear new material from Ms. Oops (Oh My). Find out why after the jump…

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‘My fingertips and my lips, they burn…from the cigarettes‘.

While Sunday night saw Frank Ocean embroiled in fresh drama with Pop Prince Chris Brown, he counteracted with the negativity with much needed dose of positivity with these snaps, pulled from the set of his ‘Forrest Gump‘ visual.

So, before we receive- and will undoubtedly enjoy- the video, take a fresh listen to the James Ryan Ho produced jam, below!

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