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Melanie Fiona Covers Alanis Morissette’s ‘Ironic’ for Billboard’s Candid Covers


The beautiful, talented and extremely underrated Melanie Fiona is the latest artist to visit Billboard’s studio for their “Candid Covers” live sessions.  The Toronto songbird, who released her sophomore album, The MF Life, earlier this year, covered fellow Canadian Alanis Morisette’s 1996 classic “Ironic.”

“[Ironic] is just a great song that I think just really cut through in pop culture when I was a child,” explained Mel. “There was not a person in the world that didn’t know that song. No matter what type of music you listen to, no matter where you grew up, you know that song. I think that was a special song for me back then because it really made me pay attention to the art of storytelling.”

Mel also performed an acoustic version of “Wrong Side Of A Love Song,” the latest single from her new album. Watch below.

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Chris Brown’s ‘Fortune’ Lands at No. 1 on Billboard 200


Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as Fortune claims the top spot, selling 134,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.  The album follow his last release, and first No.1, F.A.M.E., which launched with 270, 000 in 2011.

Billboard notes that Brown is the second R&B star to score a No. 1 debut with comparably soft numbers within the last month. Four weeks ago, Usher’s latest, Looking 4 Myself, bowed atop the Billboard 200 with 128,000 — a significant slide from the 329,000 start for Raymond v. Raymond in 2010.

If you haven’t already check out my review of Breezy’s Fortune.

See more chart stats below.

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Elle Varner Covers ‘AMMO’ Magazine, Talks Debut Album


R&B starlet Elle Varner takes the Spring 2012 cover of AMMO magazine. Inside the mag, the NYU grad talks about her latest single “Refill” and her upcoming debut album, Perfectly, Imperfect. 

“It’s, like, a singer/songwriter album. Like, if Alanis Morissette met hip-hop and R&B,” she said. “I write all my songs so I have that kind of approach as a songwriter but the tracks are just full of swag and just crazy stuff. There’s a lot of surprises in there; so it’s dope.”

The 23-year-old singer also shares her plans for the future. “What’s next for Elle Varner is world take over,” she said. “I think it’s time to take it back to the days when R&B was dominating and you had your Whitney Houston’s and your Mariah Carey’s and it was all good. I miss those days and I think it’s time for a change. I strongly feel that I’m a contender for that position.”

Check out pics from her shoot below and read the Q&A session here

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VH1 Unveils List of 100 Greatest Women In Music


Part one of  VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music airs tonight at 10 P.M. The list features the biggest names in music over the last twenty years.  Some of the names will definitely cause a stir. Check it out below.

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Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, 50 Cent Scheduled for ‘X Factor’ Finale


After appearances by Alanis Morissette, R. Kelly, and Avril Lavigne on Wednesday (December 21), Fox’s The X Factor is digging a little  deeper for Thursday’s finale results show.

Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, 50 Cent, and Leona Lewis will perform on the season finale. According to The Hollywood Reporter, L.A. Reid, coach of the men’s team, “still has a couple surprises up his sleeve.”

The inaugural season of The X Factor has been disappointing — the judging, the contestants, the show overall. It’s been picked up for a second season, so hopefully the new season brings much needed changes to Simon Cowell’s creation.

Watch R. Kelly perform “I Believe I Can Fly” with top 3 finalist Melanie Amaro below.

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