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VIDEO: Lupe Fiasco Talks New Album, Label Drama, the State of Hip-Hop & More with The Breakfast Club

Lupe Fiasco stopped by Power 105’s The Breakfast Club on Thursday (July 26) to talk with Angela Yee, DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God about his fourth album, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, troubles with Atlantic Records, beef with Pete Rock, the state of hip-hop and more.

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Trey Songz Reveals Final Tracklisting for ‘Chapter V’ + ‘Simply Amazing’ Music Video

Trey Songz  keeps things PG as he shows appreciation to the lady in his life in the Justin Francis-directed video for “Simply Amazing,”  a track lifted from his new album Chapter V, due August 21. The guitar-led cut serves as the album’s second single in international markets while we (the US) get the sultry “Dive In” as the follow-up to “2 Reasons” featuring T.I.

After releasing an early version of the album’s tracklisting on iTunes, Trey has unveiled the final version via Amazon.  The 18-track disc features guest appearances from T.I. (“2 Reasons“), Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne (“Hail Mary”), Rick Ross (“Don’t Be Scared”) and Diddy and Meek Mill on “Check Me Out.”

Watch the video and check out the final track list for Chapter V below.

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New Music: Trey Songz – ‘Dive In’

For the third single from his upcoming fifth LP, Trey Songz takes it back to the bedroom on “Dive In.”  The 27-year-old doesn’t stray far from his usual formula on the sultry track, where he sings,  “I’m about to dive in/Girl hold your breath/Watch me stroke left, stroke right/I’m about to dive in.”

As with all most of his bedroom tunes, “Dive In” doesn’t offer anything new from the singer who, whether we like it or not, picked up where R. Kelly left off. Chapter V, due August 21, will be an interesting album for the man who claims to have invented sex,  as he once again tries to solidified himself as ‘the guy’ in R&B. Can he switch things up and broaden his musical horizons without alienating his core audience, or will the next chapter in his story give us more of the same?

Listen to “Dive In” below.

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Video| Tank featuring T.I. & Kris Stephens – ‘Compliments’

Class is in session. Tank is schooling you on how to treat a lady in the video for “Compliments,” the T.I. and Kris Stephens assisted lead single from his latest album This Is How I Feel.   With a hazy warehouse as the backdrop, The General and his sexy protegé set the mood while T.I. comes through with his killer verse to complete the laid back clip.

This Is How I Feel is Tank’s fifth album, and easily ranks as one of my favorites from the singer. Whether it’s his solo work or work with other artists, he continues to be the most consistent male artist in R&B. If don’t have his latest album, get it here.

Watch the video below.

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Video| Tank – ‘Next Breath’ (Live at Atlantic Records)

Earlier this week, Tank taped an acoustic performance of “Next Breath,” the latest single from his newly released fifth album This Is How I Feel, at Atlantic Records.

As always, Tank delivers raw vocals, and once again proves why he’s one of the best male vocalists in the R&B game today. His new album is a definite must-have for any true fan of R&B. He doesn’t stray too far from using formula of blending love ballads, bedroom tunes and smooth mid-tempo tracks on the set, that features appearances from Chris Brown, T.I. and Busta Rhymes.

Watch the performance under the cut.

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Interview| Dawn Richard talks Diddy, standing alone, ‘Armor On’ & more

In theory, when an artist has two stints in groups that end prematurely and isn’t linked to a major label, any hopes of a solo career are null and void. But what if that artist was always meant to be a solo star, and the groups were solely stepping stones to get to the next level. And what if the drama, personal and professional setbacks, and pessimism from the audience were used to build ‘armor’ in order for the artist to ascend even further. Enter Dawn Richard, who negates the theory and rewrites her story by taking control.

Before Making the Band 3, Danity Kane and Diddy- Dirty Money, Dawn’s grind began in 2003, with her indie album Been a While. Not a top-seller, the album was good enough to land her an opening gig for Anthony Hamilton. Fast forward to 2005, when she was named one of the five members of Diddy’s female supergroup — along with Aubrey O’Day, Aundrea Fimbres, Wanita “D. Woods” Woodgett and Shannon Bex –who became Danity Kane. They went on to released a pair of chart-topping albums — Danity Kane and Welcome to the Dollhouse — and became the first female group to have both their debut and sophomore albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Their success proved short-lived as rumors of turmoil and infighting reached a head. In 2009, Danity Kane split; that same year, Diddy announced the formation of a new hip-hop supergroup with Dawn and singer-songwriter Kaleena. Inspired by 80s groups Soul II Soul and Loose Ends, Diddy-Dirty Money released The Last Train to Paris in 2010. They unexpectedly disbanded the following year.

Now faced with a dilemma, Dawn had to choose: stay with Diddy’s Bad Boy imprint and wait two years to release solo material, or step away from the man who made her famous and follow her own path. Choosing the latter, Dawn took control of her destiny with release of Armor On, her first solo EP, in March.

Released through her company Our Dawn Entertainment, Armor On reached the top of iTunes’ R&B/Soul charts shortly after its release. While promoting and touring for the EP , Dawn took a moment to chat with World According to Montè about her journey and establishing herself as a solo artist.

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New Music: B.o.B featuring Nicki Minaj – “Out Of My Mind”

B.o.B joins forces with Nicki Minaj for “Out Of My Mind,” a collaboration from his sophomore album Strange Clouds.  The album, which also features collaborations with Lil WayneTaylor Swift, Trey Songz, Chris Brown and Nelly, arrives May 1.  Listen to Bobby Ray and Onika’s collab below.

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New Music: Wiz Khalifa – ‘Work Hard Play Hard’

It’s all about the bass on Wiz Khalifa’sWork Hard Play Hard,” the lead single from his upcoming sophomore album.

Go hard/Make sure you do whatever it is that you gotta do/that’s your job,” he raps on Stargate and Benny Blanco produced cut, where he sings on the hook.

His sophomore set, O.N.I.F.C., arrives August 28 via Atlantic Records. Prior to the album’s release, Wiz hits the road with his fellow Yinzer Mac Miller this summer.

O.N.I.F.C. is the follow-up to  last year’s Rolling Papers, which spawned the chart-topping anthem “Black and Yellow.”

Listen to “Work Hard Play Hard” below.

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