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Whitney Houston to be honored at ‘VH1 Divas’


VH1 will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston at this year’s VH1 Divas, according Billboard.

“We all felt that if any show could pay tribute to Whitney’s music, it would be ‘Divas,'” VH1 president Tom Calderone says. “December felt like enough time where it wouldn’t be sad anymore, you’d want to celebrate her music.”

Whitney’s longtime musical director Ricky Minor will executive produce the show, which will be taped in December in Los Angeles.  No artists have been confirmed for the tribute.

Houston, who died in February, is one of the artists credited with giving the event legitimacy in the eyes of some. The iconic singer is a three-time performer on Divas in 1999, 2002 and 2003.

This has potential to be something special.  Taping in December gives the producers enough time to book the best of the best to pay tribute to one of the true legends in music. On my shortlist of performers are: Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Beyoncè, Patti LaBelle, Amber Riley (Glee), Jennifer Hudson (maybe), Christina Aguilera (ONLY IF SHE CAN CONTROL THAT DAMN YODELING), Ledisi, Chaka Khan, Kim Burrell, Deborah Cox, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Brandy, and Monica. I know it’s a long shot but I’m wouldn’t mind seeing Adele perform as well.


Who’s on your list of performers for Whitney’s Divas tribute?

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New Music: Latif – ‘Philadelphia Healing’ [EP]


Corey “Latif” Williams vows to restore the image of the city he loves on his new EP, Philadelphia Healing.  A collection of feel-good soul tunes, Philadelphia Healing carries a sound of optimism and positivity — something missing from R&B, and more importantly, missing from the Philly sound.

With the rise of the Philly sound through neo-soul in the early 00’s, I never understood why Latif’s career never reached the height of Musiq Soulchild, or higher. His debut album, Love in the First, though not a commercial success, featured songwriting and production from some of the best in the genre, including Bryan-Michael Cox, Sean Garrett, Ryan Leslie, Adonis Shropshire and Johnta Austin; and was, at least in my mind, a solid debut project.

Luckily for us, his career didn’t just fizzle and die. Over the years, Latif found success as a songwriter, penning tracks from Chris Brown (“Damage”), JoJo (“Like That”), Faith Evans (“Gone Already), and Musiq Soulchild (“Teach Me”).

Stream and download Philadelphia Healing below.

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Artist Spotlight: Carl Thomas – “Conquer”


Following a brief time away from the spotlight, Carl Thomas returns with Conquer, his first album in four years. Thomas’ time away proved positive as the singer delivers a cohesive set that not only showcases his strengths, but also reveals a different side of the crooner not seen in his past material.

New Music: Tyrese featuring Faith Evans & Rick Ross – “Stay (Remix)”


Tyrese grabs Faith Evans and Rick Ross for the remix of “Stay,” the current single from his album Open Invitation. I’m often annoyed with Tyrese’s Twitter sermons, but there’s no denying the effort he’s put into his latest disc. Listen to the soulful remix below.

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Video: Keri Hilson featuring Rick Ross – “The Way You Love Me” (Music Video)


“I got that kinda p*ssy that’ll keep you out the streets…”

Well damn… Here’s the music video for Keri Hilson’sThe Way You Love Me” featuring Rick Ross. Co-starring Columbus Short, JoJo, Dawn Richard and Faith Evans, the clip is definitely an interesting watch. Leather, guns and enough crotch shots to make the ladies of Magic City seem virginal, let’s see how much this is edited down for TV. No Boys Allowed hits stores December 21st.

Keyshia Cole Reveals New Album Title + “I Ain’t Thru” Behind The Scenes (Video)


Keyshia Cole revealed the title of her upcoming fourth studio album to Rap-Up, and the album is called… Calling All Hearts.

Keyshia recently shot music videos for the first two singles from the disc, “I Ain’t Thru” featuring Nicki Minaj and “Long Way Down,” with director Benny Boom. She will premiere the clips on BET’s 106th & Park on November 18th.

In addition to Nicki Minaj, Calling All Hearts will feature collaborations with Timbaland, Faith Evans, and Tank.

Check out some behind the scene footage of Keyshia Cole and Nicki Minaj on the set of the music video for “I Ain’t Thru” after the jump.

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Video: Faith Evans – “Gone Already” (Official Music Video)


Veteran R&B singer Faith Evans is back with a new music video. The official music video for Evans’ latest single, “Gone Already,” premiered today.  “Gone Already” is the first single from Something About Faith, due out October 5th.

Music: Faith Evans – “Gone Already” [First Single]


A new  single from Faith Evan has premiered. “Gone Already” is the lead single from Evan’s new LP, Something About Faith, her first album in five years.

Produced by Karma Productions, the track is smooth R&B gold! Adult Contemporary R&B radio should eat this song up if not, it’s their lost. Something About Faith drops October 5th.

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From The Vault: “Can’t Believe” featuring Carl Thomas