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Album Review: Rick Ross – ‘God Forgives I Don’t’

Hip-Hop’s reigning king of radio, Rick Ross, doesn’t deviate from his proven formula on his fifth album God Forgives I Don’t, released July 31 via Maybach Music Group/Def Jam Records.

Filled with an array of high-profile collaborations that range from hip-hop’s elite Jay-Z and Dr. Dre (“3 Kings”), Nas (“Triple Beam Dreams”), and André 3000 (“Sixteen”) to his MMG cohorts — Meek Mill (“So Sophisticated”), Wale (“Diced Pineapples”),  Stalley (“Ten Jesus Pieces”) and Omarion (“Ice Cold”) — God Forgives I Don’t (GFID) has all the ingredients to take crown for hip-hop album of the year; unfortunately for Ross that crown still rests safely with Nas’ recently-released Life Is Good.

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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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Rihanna, Drake Lead MTV VMA Nominations + Alicia Keys, One Direction to Perform

It’s that time of year again when we question why MTV still has an award show for music videos, even though music videos haven’t been part of their ministry since TRL experienced an untimely death and replaced was with Snooki. But I digress.

The nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards are out, and Rihanna and Drake lead pack with five each. Last year’s big winner Katy Perry snags four nominations.

Rihanna secures two nods for Video of the Year for “We Found Love” and her collaboration with Drake “Take Care.”  She’ll go head-to-head with Katy Perry (“Wide Awake”), Gotye (“Somebody That I Used To Know”) and M.I.A. (“Bad Girls”) for the crown.

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Usher’s stepson dies after jet ski accident

Usher’s 11-year-old stepson Kile Glover has died from injuries sustained after a jet ski accident earlier this month.

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Chart News: Frank Ocean’s ‘channel Orange’ debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200

Country group Zac Brown Band may have scored its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, but it’s Frank Ocean’s channel Orange that is (once again) making headlines.

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Chart News: Frank Ocean’s ‘channel Orange’ headed for top 10 debut

Frank Ocean has been practically inescapable since revealing a past same-sex relationship last week. Although opinions on the matter vary, the predicted first-week numbers for his debut album, channel Orange, tell ONE story — SUCCESS.

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Chris Brown’s ‘Fortune’ Lands at No. 1 on Billboard 200

Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as Fortune claims the top spot, selling 134,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.  The album follow his last release, and first No.1, F.A.M.E., which launched with 270, 000 in 2011.

Billboard notes that Brown is the second R&B star to score a No. 1 debut with comparably soft numbers within the last month. Four weeks ago, Usher’s latest, Looking 4 Myself, bowed atop the Billboard 200 with 128,000 — a significant slide from the 329,000 start for Raymond v. Raymond in 2010.

If you haven’t already check out my review of Breezy’s Fortune.

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Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi headline iHeartRadio Festival

Some of music’s biggest and most recognizable names are lined up for this fall’s iHeartRadio Festival.

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