Ne-Yo stopped by Power’s 105.1’s popular morning show The Breakfast Club on Tuesday morning (August 7). The singer-songwriter talked with Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee about his new album R.E.D., why he turned down a role as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., what he thinks Trey Songz is lacking, why he gave Beyoncé writing credit on “Irreplaceable” and more.
Check out the official track listing for P!nk’s upcoming sixth album The Truth About Love. The 13-track album arrives September 18 and features her latest single, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” which leaped 58-9 on the Hot 100 last week to become her twelfth top 10 single. She now ranks third behind Rihanna (22) and Beyoncè (14) for most top 10s among women.
The Truth About Love is her first full-length release since 2008′s Funhouse, which earned three Grammy nominations and spawned seven singles including her first solo No. 1 “So What.”
See full tracklist below.
Fans at Washington D.C.’s Howard Theater were treated to Brandy’s first live performance of “Put It Down,” the lead single from her upcoming sixth album Two Eleven, last night. The 90s powerhouse commanded the stage with her crisp live vocals and booty-poppin’ choreography. It’s clear Frank Gatson, Beyoncé’s longtime choreographer who’s responsible for Bran’s moves in the still-unreleased “Put It Down” music video, has taught the “Full Moon” singer a thing or two about selling an 8-count and owning the stage.
It’s refreshing to Brandy FINALLY promoting her Chris Brown-assisted single that’s been available on iTunes since May, even if only through radio promo. Baby steps. Next, she’ll have to follow-up the underperforming track with something to really make people want to shell out $9.99 when her album drops. By the way, there’s no better time than the present to release the video, Bran. Just sayin’.
Roc Nation’s Rita Ora takes her cue from Andy Warhol on the cover of AMMO magazine’s second annual ‘art + music’ issue. The talented Brit, whose debut album is expected later this year, shares her love of Harlem, talks fashion, and dishes on Beyoncè, Madonna and Gwen Stefani being her inspiration. Check out excerpts from the interview below.
Beyoncè is the latest of Frank Ocean’s peers to show their support for the singer-songwriter, who revealed earlier this week that his first love was a man.
On her website, the “Crazy in Love” singer posted a black-and-white picture of Ocean with a poem of sorts, acknowledging his bravery and courage. “Be fearless / Be honest / Be generous / Be brave / Be poetic / Be open / Be free / Be yourself / Be in love / Be happy / Be inspiration,” she wrote.
Beyoncè shared a similar sentiment last year in an interview with Pridesource.com, showing her admiration for the LGBT community. “If anyone is brave and true to themselves, it’s my gay fans. The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different – to be brave and be different and to be yourself – is just so beautiful. It’s the most beautiful thing you can be, and it’s what we all want to be at the end of the day. And not worrying about satisfying or becoming what other people think you’re supposed to be, that’s like the ultimate dream – to just be that brave.”
- New Music: Frank Ocean – “Sweet Life” (worldaccordingtomonte.com)
After giving us “Motivation” last summer, Kelly Rowland reunites with Lil Wayne on “Ice,” the lead single from her upcoming fourth solo album, due later this year.
Kelendria turns up the heat on the steamy Sean Garrett-penned cut, cooing, ”Sit it right below my navel and watch what I do/That’s my favorite angle.”
Listen to the full version below.
Fresh off his stint as the opening act for Beyoncè’s “Back to Business” concerts, Luke James drops a steamy new video for “Mo’ Better Blues.” James released the sultry cut in April to build anticipation for his debut album, due later this year via Island Def Jam Music Group. If you haven’t already, download his pre-album, #LUKE.
If there is one artist to watch in 2012, it’s Luke James. In my mind, he exemplifies everything R&B needs from its male artists — combining the look with the talent to create great music. I expect great things from this man in the near future.