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Brandy Feat. Chris Brown – ‘Put It Down’ [Music Video Teaser]


 

Welcome to the 90s…again! Brandy works her signature braids and Chris Brown rocks a jumper (overalls) in a newly-released teaser for the Hype Williams-directed video for “Put It Down,” the first single from Brandy’s upcoming sixth album Two Eleven, due October 2.

Despite the initial non-existent  promo for the single, “Put It Down” slowly gaining steam on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. After nine weeks on the chart, the Bangledesh-produced cut reached a new peak of No. 30 last week, becoming her 16th top 30 single.

The full video is expected to premiere later this month.

Watch the 30-second teaser below.

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NEW MUSIC: Q Parker – “Yes”


Following the success of his solo debut single “Show You How,” former 112 member  Q Parker follows up with the sultry banger “Yes.” The talented singer-songwriter displays his killer vocal range on the catchy bedroom tune, produced by The Cornaboyz (Usher, Ciara). “Yes” serves as the second single from his forthcoming solo debut, The MANual, expected later this year.

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Dawn Richard performs ‘Automatic’ acoustic at BMI “Next Fresh Thing”


Earlier in the week, I posted a video of Dawn Richard performing an acoustic version of “Automatic”for the first time. Well, it was so nice the former Danity Kane diva had to do it twice.  Dawn closed out her set at BMI’s “Next Fresh Thing” showcase at the Viper Room in L.A. last night with another stirring acoustic rendition of the track.

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New Music: Mateo featuring Stacy Barthe – ‘Looking You Up’


 

Mateo links up with fellow singer-songwriter Stacy Barthe for “Looking You Up,” the second release from his Suite 823 mixtape, arriving August 1.  Produced by Kerry “Krucial” Brothers and Zeke MacUmber, the song about lost love has a Frank Ocean-esque vibe with his laid back, slow building beat.

 

 

 

Video: Nas performs ‘Daughters’ on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’


On the eve of the release of his tenth album Life Is Good, Nas hit the stage on Late Night with David Letterman to perform “Daughters.”  The Illmatic rapper looked dapper in a collared shirt and white pants as he spit the lyrics to the third single from his new album, which hit stores today.

Watch below.

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New Music: Ciara – ‘Overdose’ [Snippet]


We can all agree that “Sweat” was not the best way for Ciara to make her return to the limelight. Even a verse from 2 Chainz, hip-hop’s reigning king of guest spots, couldn’t ensure the track spins on radio and downloads on iTunes. Then again, “Sweat” was never made available for purchase on iTunes so maybe Epic knew the song was a dud.

A snippet of a new track called “Overdose” has surfaced.  Unlike anything we’ve heard from the former Princess of Crunk & B, the uptempo cut moves her into a house/club lane.

Listen to the snippet below.

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Beyoncè shares support for Frank Ocean


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.”