Fantasia is independent and loving it!

The Rock/Soul purveyor is gearing for the release of her new album ‘Sketchbook’ and has revealed she has a whole new perspective too.

Due for release on October 11th, the LP serves as her first as an indie act.

Stopping by The Breakfast Club, she waxed honest about the catalyst for her departing the major label system; that catalyst being her last studio album – a set she candidly branded as “garbage.”

Elsewhere, she opened up about why she finds it worth the hustle to be indie, how she met her husband, almost losing her life, her road to redemption, and much more.

Check out the insightful sit-down after the jump…

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With Ally Brooke nearing her debut on ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ the Fifth Harmony member seizes the moment with the release of new jam ‘Higher.’

The song sees her team up with Norwegian DJ Matoma.

An anthemic number that ought to see many report to the dance floor, the track’s video premiered moments ago and awaits below…

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Christina Aguilera is extending her stint in Las Vegas into 2020!

The vocal sensation earned applause aplenty for her Sin City residency ‘The Xperience’ and, as she gears up for its latest leg, she’s announced a slew of new shows.

Head below for details…

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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…

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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…

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Naomi Campbell undoubtably stands as one of the most legendary supermodels of all-time and, for many, even defines the term.

And while others would have rested on the comfort of her well-earned status, the style icon is using her platform for a potent cause.

Case in point last night’s ‘Fashion For Relief’ presentation, which returned to London in triumphant form. Previous instalments have taken place in New York, Cannes, Moscow, and Mumbai.

Established by Campbell in 2005 to raise money for disaster relief worldwide, the 2019 show was held at the British Museum and saw the supermodel deliver her famed “Naomi Campbell Walk.’

After the presentation (which was attended by the likes of Anna Wintour, Tiwa Savage, Damson Idris, Skepta, Eve, and Edward Enniful), a gala dinner was held and auction where prized art and designer items were sold to raise money for the Mayor’s Fund for London. Funds raised are set to go towards employability programs which offer support for young Londoners from low-income backgrounds.

Head below for pics, as well as word from Campbell on the incredible movement:

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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.

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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.

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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?

80’s and 90’s babies rejoice!

Although the current Hollywood wave of rebooting the best movies and television shows from our childhoods has been launched to varying critical and commercial results, it’s certainly a trend we shouldn’t expect to slow any time soon.

Two series who recently joined the brigade are FOX’s teen drama, ‘Party of Five,’ and  Nickelodeon’s ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’  Both announced over the last year, the former – set for relaunch on Freeform – lifted a sneak peek at its premiere episode shortly before the latter’s trailer was unveiled (which is set to remain on its home network).  And, while fans of the shows’ first respective runs shouldn’t expect to see faces from the originals, creators promise its content will be no less engaging.

We’ll let you be the judges of that.  Look inside to see the first trailers:

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