BEHIND THE SCENES

Go Behind The Scenes with SWV at B.B. Kings in NYC

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This past Friday, hitmaking R&B group SWV released their fifth studio album Still.

Coko, Lelee, and Taj have graced stages across the country in promotion of their new record and to say the least, these women know how to put on a memorable experience. I had the honor of going behind the scenes during their set in their old stomping grounds of NYC, just a couple of weeks prior to the album’s release.

A jammed packed house at B.B. Kings Blues Club, hundreds of fans anticipated this moment with the legendary trio. Prior to the ladies hitting the stage we caught up in their dressing room to discuss the current state of R&B music, specifically on the female side. In addition they told me who their man crushes were back in the ’90s.

Take a look at their live performance and exclusive interview below.

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Rihanna Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Bringing ‘Work’ To Life

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If you were wondering how Rihanna came up with her new Top 10 hit, “Work,” you’re in luck!

The pop star blessed the world with a candid look behind the scenes as she recorded the infectious Drake-assisted track. Dressed in her PUMA sneakers and a comfy grey sweatsuit, she smokes cigarettes and shares red wine with her assistant Jenn Rosales by her side. It looks like Rosales was around for some comedic relief, and Rihanna was keeping up with her own jokes too.

The video for “Work” hasn’t been released yet, but clips from the video shoot surfaced over the weekend showing Rihanna giving us dancehall realness courtesy of her SnapChat posts.

Bad Gal RiRi’s latest album, ANTI debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week. She kicks off her “ANTI World Tour” on February 26 in San Diego.

Check out her behind-the-scenes video below.

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Rihanna Shares Preview of “Work” Video

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When in doubt, dutty wine it out!

While the rollout to her album may have been all over the place, Rihanna is making sure that everything else that surrounds it is just right.

Previewing the visual for her Drake-assisted single “Work” today on her Snapchat, RiRi took it back to her roots with an all out dance party. Still on set inside the Real Jerk Toronto restaurant, Rihanna gave a few behind-the-scenes clips on just how fun it looks to be apart of the video making process with her.

While Drake isn’t in any of the 10-second videos she posted, that doesn’t mean he won’t appear in the actual video as they are still in the process of shooting.

Take a look at the Bad Gal wine up di waist below!

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Watch: Brandy Performs & Talks About “Beggin & Pleadin” Live In-Studio

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YESSS!!!!

Brandy came all the way through early this month with her surprise release of the outstanding “Beggin & Pleadin.”   Channeling the great blues and jazz singers of the past, the R&B songstress delivered one of her best records ever, and definitely of the year so far.

Now, as we’ve all been waiting for, Brandy has released an in-studio live performance of the soul-stirring song, along with commentary, and the story its recording and impromptu release.

“This particular song is freedom,” explains Brandy. “Freedom, liberty… to express myself in the most interesting, edgiest way possible. I just like the way it makes me feel … It’s like ‘Bitch What!’, it makes me feel bossy.”

She wraps her explanation with a positive message. “It’s all about what you believe at the end of the day,” she says. “I believe that I’m the sh*t.” We’d have to agree!

Watch Brandy’s empowering moment below!

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Watch: Eric Bellinger & Tory Lanez Record Collabo “Don’t Look Down”

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Surprising fans with their brand new collaboration “Don’t Look Down” on New Years Day, Eric Bellinger and Tory Lanez kicked off 2016 strong.  The track was originally recorded this past summer while they were both in Amsterdam for the Encore Festival.

Now, as part of his “WuWednesday” vlog series, Bellinger has shared behind-the-scenes footage of the two planning to work together at the show and then immediately hitting the studio later that night.

Check it out below:

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Go Behind-The-Scenes of Chris Brown’s VIBE Cover Shoot

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During the holidays the modern-day smooth criminal, Chris Brown gave a heartfelt and inciting interview with VIBE Magazine. The interview taught us, he is years away from the little boy that entered the game at a mere 16-years-old. He has been able to reach mass amounts of success some can only dream of. Despite the backlash he has faced in his career for his actions and how the media has continuously tried to ruin his character.

Brown is always finding the cracks in the system allowing him to take his artistry to the next level, all the while maturing into a man, and now father. Brown’s light shines through and according to his artist, Sevyn Streeter, “I don’t think we’ll see another Chris Brown for a really long time, and when we do, it still won’t be a Chris Brown; it’ll be somebody that was influenced by him.”

She goes on to add, “The amount of talent in one being, only God can give that to him. As much as he goes through in life, people try to knock him down, they could never take away what God has placed inside of him.”

Go behind-the-scenes of Breezy’s VIBE cover shoot below, and for the full interview click here.

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August Alsina Brings ‘This Thing Called Life’ to Atlanta Fans

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It’s been just a few days since the release of August Alsina‘s sophomore album, This Thing Called Life, but the work has obviously just begun for the superstar. While August has been no stranger to adversity throughout his life, the young singer encountered a slight fumble with the album the day before its official release with a “leak” from his label, Def Jam.

Amid the issue that appeared the day prior to TTCL‘s release, that had no effect on the love that fans showed Yungin’ when he began his six-city album signing tour in collaboration with urban retailer, DTLR. Making a stop in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, December 12, fans of the R&B star lined the long walkway of South Dekalb Mall to catch a glimpse of him up close and personal.

Dressed in all black, August arrived ready to meet and greet those awaiting his arrival and was all smiles with each and every one of his adoring fans. Limiting no conversation or places to sign, the city of Atlanta – and its surrounding areas – gave an immense amount of support for the talented singer.

This Thing Called Life, which was released December 11, is on track to sell between 30,000 and 35,000 units within its first week.

Take a look at our recap of the event below:

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Anthony Hamilton, Aloe Blacc, Ledisi & More Honor Bill Withers for Carnegie Hall Tribute

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Okayplayer co-presented Carnegie Hall’s Tribute to the Music of Bill Withers and their Okayplayer TV was afforded the exclusive opportunity to bring cameras to the show’s rehearsals where they were able to chat with performing artists and the ever-charming Mr. Withers himself.

Performers at the event and featured in the behind-the-scenes video include Anthony Hamilton, Valerie Simpson, Aloe Blacc, Ledisi, Gregory Porter, Keb’ Mo’, Michael McDonald, Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, Greg Phillinganes, and NOLA legend Dr. John.

And then there’s Bill Withers right at the heart of it all, being his unapologetically honest self. “I’ve never had a problem being what I was at that time,” he explains. “When I was a sailor, I was a sailor. When I was a musician, I was a musician. Now I’m a senior citizen.”

Check out the day with Bill Withers and friends below:

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