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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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First Listen: Tamia – ‘Beautiful Surprise’ [Album Snippets]


Fans of Canadian R&B songbird Tamia can get a sneak peek of her upcoming fifth album Beautiful Surprise before it arrives on August 28. Preceded by the Salaam Remi-produced title track, which continues to rise on urban AC radio, the album will be her second independent release following 2006’s Between Friends. 

Preview the album and watch the music video for the single “Beautiful Surprise,” co-starring her husband Grant Hill below.

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Ellie Goulding Reveals Sophomore Album Title, Release Date & Artwork


Fresh off the heels of her debut album and its breakout title track, Ellie Goulding has announced her sophomore album Halcyon, arriving October 9 via Cherrytree/ Interscope Records.

“This album for me is a journey from dark into light from confusion to understanding,” Goulding said. “I didn’t set out to write a break-up record but I think it became one.”

The 25-year-old Goulding, who wrote and co-produced the entire album with producer Jim Elliot, recorded most of the tracks in a converted barn in her hometown of Hay Valley, West England.

A lyric video for the album’s lead single, “Anything Could Happen,” will premiere on VEVO on August 13, followed by the release of the single to digital retailers on August 21.

NEW MUSIC: 50 Cent ft. Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys – ‘New Day’

50 Cent starts a “New Day” with his new single featuring Dr. Dre and Alicia Keys.  The empowering anthem, produced by Dr. Dre and mixed by Eminem, serves as the lead single from his album Street King Immortal, due November 13.

Even with a high-profile feature from Dre and 50 delivering his own respectable verse,  Alicia Keys outshines the hip-hop heavyweights on the track, which also serves as the buzz single for her upcoming fifth album (sans verses from Curtis and Dre).

Listen below.

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P!nk Reveals ‘The Truth About Love’ Tracklist


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.

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NEW VIDEO: Angie Stone – ‘Do What You Gotta Do’

Angie Stone spreads inspiration with the music video for “Do What You Gotta Do,” the first single from her upcoming sixth album, Rich Girl, due September 25.

“It jump-started my brain,” says Stone of the song, “I was excited and gave me a whole new outlook on what I was doing. It started the record both literally and inspirationally.”

The strong lyrics and inspirational tone of the track resonated with the “Brotha” singer, who explains, “It was telling me to keep my head up, saying ‘you can make it and do what you gotta do,’ giving me the beginning of the new album and the resolve to make it into something beyond anything I had ever done before.”

Watch the video below.

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NEW MUSIC: Rick Ross feat. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z – ‘3 Kings’


Bow in the presence of royalty. Rick Ross links with hip-hop icons Dr. Dre and Jay-Z on “3 Kings.” Produced by Jake One, the ode to opulence will appear on Rozay’s God Forgives, I Don’t, due July 31. Listen below.

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Press Play: Nas – ‘Life Is Good’

Just as hip-hop began to shift into the land of “Everybody sounds the same,” with the rebirth of supergroups, tales of bad bitches, partying at LIV on Sundays and name dropping luxury cars most can’t pronounce, Nas returns with Life Is Good.

Before we breakdown the latest gem in the crown of arguably hip-hop’s greatest lyricist, let’s not kid ourselves — Life Is Good has its share of the larger-than-life bravado on which the genre is built, but its author is clever enough to opt for subtlety, rather than beat us over the head with line after line about a life most will never attain.

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