First Look: ‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’ (Documentary) Trailer

Following it’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, the controversial new documentary about Whitney Houston’s life and career is coming to select theaters this summer.

The doc, titled WHITNEY: Can I Be Me, was directed by Nick Broomfield, and was largely made with never-before-seen footage and exclusive live recordings.

WHITNEY: Can I Be Me tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from many who were closest to her, including bodyguards, backup singers, hairdressers, label reps and promoters.

“Having to be someone else – to play the ‘Whitney character’ – was something that became impossibly difficult,” says Broomfield. “From an early age, she had very little control over her life.”

“Her meteoric rise and tragic fall raises a lot of questions about what kind of sacrifices she made to to be a crossover singer who was at some points rejected by her own people,” said Broomfield. “She was booed at the Soul Train awards. This all took place at a time when America was even more polarized than it is today.”

Watch the first look trailer below.

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Def Jam’s Rising Singer Brenda Mada Releases Fun-Filled Video for Debut Single “House Party”

Get ready to party with Def Jam’s latest rising star, Brenda Mada.

Born in Madagascar and raised in Belgium, the 18-year-old tri-lingual beauty has released the music video for her debut single, “House Party,” and it’s going to make you want to stay in and party with your squad rather than hitting the clubs.

The infectious pop/R&B jam finds the teen singer, who was discovered on YouTube, addressing an issue she discovered upon moving to America as a teenager.

When Mada relocated to the states she felt restricted not being able to go out like teenagers in Europe, where 16-year-olds are considered adults. In response to the age restrictions she decided to start throwing her own parties and we all know house parties are a cherished American past time. The low-key lit anthem is complimented by Mada’s sweet raspy, hypnotic tone.

Remember the name Brenda Mada and check out her video below.

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New Music: India Shawn – Galaxies

Take a trip into outer space with India Shawn.

The R&B songstress is back and as ethereal as ever in her latest track “Galaxies” co-written by herself and singer-songwriter Leon Thomas. India’s new song tackles the feeling of not having your lover near when all you want is to be right next to them.

“It’s so cold up in my room right here without you / So I’m up late in my room thinking about you,” she sings. “So you’re galaxies away from me / I don’t really want to be galaxies away from who I love.”

Featuring an airy tone, where each note effortlessly flows into the next, Shawn’s vocals shine on the track as they capture the essence of wanting a love so bad that it seems impossible to actually have.

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New Music: Avery Wilson – The One (“Come and See Me” Remix)

Avery Wilson, we weren’t ready!

The R&B vocalist has remixed one of 2016’s biggest tracks, PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “Come and See Me,” with his own flavor. Avery’s version is called “The One” and it details all the reasons why he knows his girlfriend is the perfect woman for him.

“All you gotta do is give me your heart / Don’t ever give it up to anybody else but me,” Wilson sings. “Baby, I’m the one you need believe me.”

Throughout the song, he pleads for his lady to see that not only she is the one for him, but he’s the one for her too. We must admit between all his vocal runs and the near perfect ad-libs, he puts up a pretty strong argument about why he’s right.

You can go ahead and dedicate this to your boo now.

Check out Avery’s re-imagined track below.

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Bryson Tiller Reveals ‘True To Self’ Tracklisting

True to Self is on the way, and Bryson Tiller is giving fans another teaser of his much-anticipated sophomore album.

On Tuesday afternoon (May 23), the singer/rapper took to Instagram to share the back cover and tracklisting of his new project, which boasts a whopping 19 tracks.

Due June 23, True to Self includes the previously released single “Somethin Tells Me,” however his other recent drops “Get Mine” featuring Young Thug, “Honey” and “Let Me Explain” do not appear on the list.

Instead, tracks with the titles “Rain On Me,” “No Longer Friends,” “We Both Know,” “Money Problems” and “Stay Blessed” made the cut. The tracklist doesn’t show any features, however it is possible that rapper Travis Scott will appear on “Don’t Get Too High.” He followed Tiller’s post with a tweet saying: “Don’t get to high” Young tiller let’s get it. Can’t wait for this album.”

True to Self will follow his 2015 debut TRAPSOUL, which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum in April 2016.

Take a look at the tracklisting below.

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Watch: John Legend & Gallant Perform In-Studio Duet of “Overload”

John Legend is currently trekking across North America on his “Darkness and Light Tour,” which features buzzing singer/songwriter Gallant as the opening act.

Prior to landing on the John Legend tour, Gallant toured the U.S. and Europe on his own headlining jaunt in support of his acclaimed debut album, Ology. Last year, to give fans something special to go along with his music, the fierce falsetto man launched an in-studio performance series titled, ‘In The Room‘ where Gallant is joined by another singer or musician for a duet of one of his singles.

Switching things up slightly for a new session, John and Gallant recently hit the studio together for a duet performance of the sexy ballad “Overload,” off Legend’s latest album, Darkness and Light, which originally features Miguel. The one-take performance was recorded earlier this month in Los Angeles at Westlake Studios.

John and Gallant will continue on the “Darkness and Light Tour” through June 28 in New York City.  Check out their surprise duet performance of “Overload” below.

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New Music: Jade de LaFleur – Body2BodyParty

Jade de LaFleur wants you to get funky with her ‘Body Party.’

The Brooklyn based singer has returned to our speaker boxes with a groovy new pop/funk single titled, “Body2BodyParty.” Throwing any inhibitions out of the window, Jade lets loose with a carefree attitude, looking for any excuse to party because the weekend is too far away.

“Don’t need permission to start the ignition / Don’t wait for the weekend, forget our ways / Under influence, young cold and heartless,” she sings over live instrumentation.

We last heard from Jade with 2016’s “Toxic,” and “Shotgun.”  She is currently prepping for the release of her debut album, pyschoPOP, which is coming soon.

Live it up with Jade de LaFleur below.

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Songwriter To The Stars, Polly A, Releases New Single “Just Like That”

LA based singer/songwriter Polly A has unleashed her new single, “Just Like That.” The carefree song gets us in the mood for summer and new opportunities with it’s vibrant production.

On the positive anthem of self reliance, Polly tell us “It was ok, ’bout a minute ago and you forgot just who I was / But I’ve been lighting up my sage, and it’s a new day.” Continuing on the path of empowering herself and finding happiness elsewhere, she sings: “I got the plug, I got my squad, I ain’t been thinking of you / I’ve been making moves.”

Already an accomplished songwriter, Polly has written tracks for the likes of Alicia Keys, Selena Gomez, and J. Cole (“Crooked Smile”), which helped her garner the attention of Adam Levine who signed her to his label, 222 Records in 2015. The songstress released her debut EP, Ghetto Gold Dream in the summer of 2016.

“Just Like That” is the first single off Polly A’s sophomore EP, Like Colors In A Waterfall, which is due out this summer.

Take a listen below.

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