Listen to Marvin Gaye’s Posthumous “What’s Going On” Duet With BJ the Chicago Kid


Motown Records has released a special 10” vinyl EP of Marvin Gaye‘s What’s Going On in celebration of the classic albums 45th anniversary.

The EP features the original 7” mono single versions of “What’s Going On” and “God Is Love,” as well as two “Motown: Re-imagined” versions of the title track: a unplugged “Coffeehouse Mix,” and a posthumous duet with Motown signee BJ the Chicago Kid.

“Singing alongside Marvin Gaye is truly a dream come true for me. Uncle Marvin is, and will always be one of the greatest,” BJ told Pitchfork. “This collaboration also solidifies why I’m here in a time when it is proving to be more difficult for artists to find outlets for music with live vocals and live instrumentation. Marvin Gaye wasn’t only the standard for R&B, he also made a huge impact on pop music & pop culture. Long live R&B.”

Take a listen to the new duet version of “What’s Going On” below, and you can purchase the EP here.

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Usher, Bryson Tiller, Kehlani, & More Perform Concert at BET Experience at L.A. Live


The BET Experience weekend officially kicked off on Friday night in Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center, with a concert by Usher, Bryson Tiller, Kehlani and more!

Usher, who headlined the show, surprised the stadium audience by bringing out special guests Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Wale, and Young Thug, during his set.

The R&B superstar performed hit-after-hit from his massive catalog, including such old favorites as “Confessions,” “Nice & Slow,” and “U Don’t Have To Call” which he did along with Snoop as a mashup to the West Coast legend’s hit Pharrell collaboration, “Beautiful.”

Tiller showcased his live performance with breakout singles “Don’t,” “Exchange,” and more off his debut album TRAPSOUL. Kehlani always brings an energetic show to the stage, as she showed off her short hair and tattoos, performing cuts from her mixtapes, Cloud 19, and the Grammy-nominated You Should Be Here.

The BET Experience at L.A. Live, presented by Coca-Cola®, runs June 23-26, with music and comedy concerts taking place at The Novo Theater and STAPLES Center; FREE BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; and other special appearances. The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 26.

Check out the photos below.

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Video: Tory Lanez – LUV


Tory Lanez is falling deep, in the video premiere for his new single “LUV.”

Rocking his now signature international flag leather jacket, the Toronto native cuddles up with his new bae as they ride through a desolate highway in their vintage convertible Chevy. After meeting at a house party the two enjoy each others company, and even make-out underwater.

The Dancehall inspired record, produced by Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat, is the second single lifted off Lanez anticipated debut album, I Told You, due out later this year. The record borrows from the classic single “Everyone Falls In Love” by Tanto Metro and Devonte.

Check out the video below.

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Tank Says TGT is Getting Back Together


Ok Tank, don’t tease us!

While covering the red carpet at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday (June 23), the good folks at HipHollywood caught up with the R&B General, and asked him the pressing questions.

Like, what’s going on with TGT? Will there ever be another G? Are they back together? Seriously, are they?

Tank couldn’t seem to completely hold it in, so we are going to take his word that they are good, and hopefully working on something soon!

Check out the interview clip below.

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Beyoncé’s “Formation” Music Video Wins Cannes Lions Entertainment Award

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Beyoncé can now add the Cannes Lions’ most prestigious honor to her awards shelf.

The superstar’s surprise music video for “Formation,” the first single off her new album Lemonade, took home one of two Grand Prix Lion Awards at the inaugural Cannes Lions Entertainment for Music, awarded Friday night (June 24.)

“Formation” was the top winner in the highly competitive Excellence In Music Video category, which shortlisted 13 music videos on Thursday and awarded eight with prizes on Friday.

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Kelly Rowland’s New Group June’s Diary Release Debut Single “L.A.N.C.E.”

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Introducing June’s Diary. The 5-member girl group Kelly Rowland put together on BET’s “Chasing Destiny” now has an official name.

The quintet—comprised of Ashly Williams, Brienna Devlogt, Gabrielle Carreiro, Shyann Roberts, and Kristal Lyndriette—marks the big announcement with the debut of its first single, “L.A.N.C.E.”

What does “L.A.N.C.E.” stand for? They explain it all in the song’s chorus: “He’s just a lying ass ni**a cheating everyday / But he might fool you from the way he talk below the waist / He’s just a lying ass ni**a cheating everyday / If you got a L.A.N.C.E., then put your hands up.”

June’s Diary, who is signed to Epic Records, will premiere the video for “L.A.N.C.E.” during the BET Awards Pre-Show on Sunday.

“L.A.N.C.E.” follows the group’s introductory song “It’s Alright” and their cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”

Stream the single via Apple Music below.

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Robert Glasper and Erykah Badu Team Up on Short Film for Miles Davis Inspired “Maiysha (So Long)”


Longtime friends, collaborators and Grammy-winning musicians Erykah Badu and Robert Glasper have teamed up again for the track and video for “Maiysha (So Long),” from the album Everything’s Beautiful–a visionary exploration of Miles Davis’ music, featuring reimagined interpretations produced by Glasper. The track’s lyrics were written by Badu, and were based on “Maiysha” by Davis.

The short film entitled “So Long…That’s What She Said” was conceptualized, written and directed by Badu. In keeping with the song’s deceptively humorous lyrics, the short is a somewhat satirical wink at the musical performances from the classic variety shows of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The video stars a neurotic, beatnik chanteuse named Sarah Bellam—one of Badu’s many personas—with Glasper as her tormented keyboard player and lover. The video also features a cameo by acclaimed harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet as the trumpet player performing Miles Davis’ solo.

Everything’s Beautiful is out now and is part of Columbia/Legacy’s commemoration of the globally renowned music innovator’s 90th birthday. Released in late-May, the album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Jazz Album chart.

Check out the short film below.

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Indie: Lue Crane Releases “Dreams” Video


Indie artist Lue Crane returns, following the release of his early 2015 single “Faith,” with the new song and video, “Dreams.”

The North Carolina native is prepping for the release of his new project, Late Night Feelings 2, and with his latest single the young singer/songwriter is focusing on his goals and plans for the future.

Over the feel-good, piano led track Lue opens up about how his visions have changed, as he’s grown and matured. In the video he shares pieces of his story, and tells his friends about his plans, while they walk the streets at night.

“On ‘Late Night Feelings 2’ I go deeper into my story. Mark my words, ‘Late Night Feelings 2’ will make history, it’s real powerful music, with relatable stories, I believe it’s my best work production wise and lyrically,” explains Lue Crane. “I’m 65% finished with the new project, I’m gathering my features and adding a few changes as of now, and I got more videos coming soon… Late Night Feelings 2 is on the way, and it will be epic!”

In the meantime, check out his “Dreams” with the new video below.

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