BEHIND THE SCENES

Behind The Video: Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj – “Touchin, Lovin”

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Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj have another hit collaboration on their hands with “Touchin, Lovin” off the R&B heartthrobs latest album Trigga.

The sexy, bouncy single is the next release off the No. 1 album and Trey is currently prepping for the release of the anticipated, and potentially groundbreaking music video.

“It was a very interesting concept. We actually have an extra surprise in the video, where there’s an interactive feature,” Trey told MTV News on set. “I know my fans are very engaged on the computer and very much social savvy, so when we give them options to watch the video, I’m sure they’ll watch it probably 20 times when you realize you can go this way, that way, this way.”

It sounds like a concept that we haven’t really seen before in a music video, and the clip’s director, Jason Zada, thinks it’ll be something that fans love.

“This idea of all your fantasy choices available to you at any point in time, it was kind of this really great way of sort of personifying all these fantasies that we all have floating around in our heads,” he said.

And while we don’t see Nicki in these behind-the-scenes shots, she will definitely be in the video — playing a special role.

“Nicki’s playing the dominant figure,” Trey added. “She’s basically controlling my dreams. And each portion of what you see is what it is she wants to happen.”

Take a look behind-the-scenes of the upcoming video below!

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Jhené Aiko Presents: Behind The Seen (Mini Documentary)

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Jhené Aiko has been on a progressive journey over the years, specifically over the 3 year span since she released her breakout mixtape, Sailing Soul(s).  With her debut album, Souled Out, finally hitting fans hands last week the petite songbird has now released a special behind-the-scenes look at her life leading up to the album.

The mini documentary style the piece, which she titled ‘Behind The Seen,’ gives us an intimate glimpse into Jhené’s world; from recording in the studio, to photoshoots, to traveling to shows, to the stage, and even private moments with her daughter.  Any fan of the L.A. native will enjoy this personal video piece.

“I just mainly want people to connect with the songs on this album, and connect with me, and just find themselves in these songs,” she says.

Get lost in Jhené’s world below:

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Alicia Keys Throws ‘Coming to America’ Birthday Bash for Swizz Beatz

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Alicia Keys might be the best wife ever! The soon-to-be mother-of-two threw her husband Swizz Beatz a legendary 36th birthday party fit for a king on Thursday night.

The R&B songstresss brought Africa to Capitale NYC, modeling the extravagant bash after Eddie Murphy’s 1988 classic comedy Coming to America.  The star-studded guest list included Diddy, DMX, Busta Rhymes, Naomi Campbell, A$AP Ferg, Carmelo and La La Anthony, and Swizz’ ex-wife Mashonda.

His royal highness took his seat in a throne on stage surrounded by family, while a pregnant Alicia made her grand entrance in a white gown, walking across the dance floor to the beat of tribal dancers.

“My party was Epic thx to all my fam & Friends for a timeless moment. I’m still in shock,” said Swizz, who is expecting his second child with Alicia in December.

See more photos from the royal affair below:

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Behind The Scenes: Jennifer Hudson Working with Pharrell

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Jennifer Hudson is prepping for the release of her third studio album JHUD, in stores September 23.  Today, the multi award winning singer/actress gives fans another look behind-the-scenes of her recording process, this time working with the “Happy” hitmaker himself – Pharrell Williams.

“It’s like being in a Pharrell class, and learning from him,” explained Jen. “It’s all about the feeling and that’s where our connection comes from,” she continued.

The Chicago natives new album has spawned the singles “Walk It Out,” “Dangerous,” “It’s Your World” featuring R. Kelly and the Pharrell-produced “I Can’t Describe” featuring T.I.

Check out her session with Skateboard P below:

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Premiere: Get to Know Rising R&B Singer-Songwriter Mike Jay (Detroit Homecoming)

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Emerging R&B singer/songwriter Mike Jay is helping fans get to know him a little better with his 4-part webisode series.

The Detroit born, Los Angeles resident is currently promoting his first official single “Birthday Suit” and debut project ‘The Mike Jay EP.’

Following the first two clips ‘In The Studio’ (Part 1 | Part 2), where he talked about his start in music and moving to Atlanta to pursue songwriting, Mike brings viewers along as he returned home to Detroit this past Spring and caught up with friends and family, visited the local radio station and showed off where he came from.

Get to know Mike better with the new visual below:

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Behind The Scenes: Beyoncé’s ‘CR Fashion Book’ Photoshoot

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Beyoncé is currently covering the latest issue of ‘CR Fashion Book‘ with a stunning new photo shoot.  The superstar donned some unique high-fashion garments and haute couture pieces for the exclusive shoot with photographer Pierre Debusschere.

“The empress of pop meets a force of fashion. The ever-changing Beyoncé expresses her many moods, manners, auras, and multifaceted characters. All hail!,” reads the magazines introduction to the feature.

Now, as she has consistently done, Bey is giving fans a look behind-the-scenes of her day on set, styled by Carine Roitfield, with guest creative direction by Riccardo Tisci.

“It was really interesting to do something that was not the typical, classic photography. We really created art, and I just kinda was the muse and I trusted everyone here, so I went for it and that’s always exciting,” explained Beyoncé.

Take a look behind-the-scenes of her photo shoot below:

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Chris Brown Talks Artwork, Fashion & New Album at Billboard Cover Shoot

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If you didn’t already know, Chris Brown is covering the latest issue of Billboard magazine (see cover story here). The blond haired superstar recently caught up with the trade publication in Los Angeles for his first interview and photo shoot since being released from prison.

Set in a large open studio space, Breezy showed off his art skills with a spray painted monster piece. “I always make these weird faces and weird characters, but I just want to come together and bring some life to the paint,” he said.

The “Loyal” singer also spoke about his upcoming album X. “I think for this album I just want the fans to see the growth, coming of age, becoming a man, but also still being able to move with the culture, ya know influence the culture,” he explained. “With this album I want to just project that and have them see what I can bring to the table as an artist and entertainer.”

In regards to his current taste in fashion Chris said he just tries to “be different, but not weird.”

Check out the interview and behind-the-scenes of his Billboard cover shoot below:

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Beyoncé Takes Fans Behind The Scenes of 2014 VMA Performance

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While yesterday was dubbed as “B-Day,” today brought with it another look into the life of Beyoncé and we wouldn’t call it anything less than flawless.

Indeed her performance at this year’s VMA’s was that of the above, what fans didn’t realize during her breathtaking mini-concert is that there were moments where things didn’t look like they were going to come together.

In the newly released behind the scenes clip, Queen Bey gives fans a firsthand look into what it’s like being Beyoncé. From uncompleted stages, to only having one run through of the show, the international superstar continues to prove just why she’s one of the best to ever do it.

And, if you thought Blue Ivy’s appearance on stage was cute, wait until you hear her in this clip! Take a look at it after the jump!

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