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Happy Birthday Whitney Houston


 

Today (August 9), Whitney Houston would have celebrated her 49th birthday.  Despite her untimely passing in February, WATM pays tribute to one of the best, if not the best, to ever pick up a mic. Even at her lowest points, nothing or no one can take away what she brought to the table, musically, in the ’80s and ’90s. Speaking of the ’80s, watch Whit crush the stage — with nothing more than big hair, a fringe-y dress and a mic — on MTV in 1986.

Thanks for the music. Happy Birthday, Whitney!

 

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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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Jay-Z adds Run-D.M.C., Drake, & Jill Scott to ‘Made in America’ Festival


 

Jay-Z has assembled quite the roster for the inaugural “Made in America” festival in Philadelphia on Sept. 1 & 2. Run-D.M.C., Jill Scott and Drake are among the artists added to the bill of the two-day outdoor concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

They join previously announced performers Skrillex, D’Angelo, Maybach Music Group, Odd Future, Passion Pit and Janelle Monae. Jay-Z will headline on Saturday while rockers Pearl Jam close out the festival on Sunday.

Single-day tickets go on sale this Friday via Ticketmaster.

 

Chris Brown Returns to Theaters in ‘Battle of the Year’ with Laz Alonzo & Josh Holloway [Trailer]


Following his roles in Stomp the Yard, Takers and Think Like a Man, Chris Brown will return to the big screen early next year in Battle of the Year.

The 3-D film, based on the award-winning documentary Planet B-Boy, follows an American dance crew who, with the help of their tough coach (Josh Holloway), struggle to reach their dreams despite being misunderstood by society and even their own families. Their push for success leads them to France, where they compete in the “Battle of the Year” finals against crews from 18 nations vying for the title of World Champion.

Directed by Benson Lee, the film also stars Laz Alonso, Josh Peck and Caity Lotz. Battle of the Year opens in 3-D on January 25, 2013.

Watch the trailer below.

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Video: Beyoncè Praises Michelle Obama in 2012 Campaign Video


In a  new video released by the Obama 2012 campaign, Beyoncè praises First Lady Michelle Obama for being a role model to women all over the world. “Every time I see her, she inspires me, she empowers me, she encourages me,” the “Run The World” singer shares, as she reads a letter she wrote and posted on her website in April.

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New Music: Frank Ocean ft. Tyler, The Creator – ‘Golden Girl’


Some lucky soul got their hands on a physical copy of Frank Ocean’s channel, Orange, which includes unreleased tracks and b-sides, and unleashed “Golden Girl,” featuring Tyler, The Creator.

Unlike “Bad Religion,” where he discusses unrequited love with a man, Frank sings about an island girl he has to leave behind when he returns to America on the newly leaked cut. “My flight leaves tonight, but I don’t think I’m going backwards. I’m only going backwards. You’re the one I’ve chosen, girl. You’re a golden girl. 24K. The sun has been kind to ya,” he sings.

channel, Orange has garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike and is projected to debut strong next week based on digital sales. The album arrived a week ahead of schedule early Tuesday morning to coincide with his appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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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.”

New Music: Frank Ocean – “Sweet Life”


While the world weighs in on his sexuality, Frank Ocean gets back to the music with “Sweet LIFE,” a new track from his Def Jam debut Channel Orange, arriving July 17.

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