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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Watch: Mary J. Blige Works On New Track with British Songwriter Sam Roman


After working together on her experimental 2014 album The London Sessions, Mary J. Blige has reunited with British writer/producer Sam Roman to create a track for his own forthcoming album.

The song, titled “Overthinking,” sounds like a soaring ballad from an in-studio video preview of their session together.

“It was the one track that could exist in its current form, but there’s something we could do to it that could be really clever, a reason to do a duet, and that’s’ to change the narrative,” explained Sam. “It was great to get someone else’s perspective.”

Watch Mary and Sam create the new collabo below:

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First Look: Tinashe feat. Chris Brown “Player” Video


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While you can argue that she’s one of the hottest young stars out right now, that will never take away from the drive and push that she has when it comes to her craft.

Gearing up to release the official video for the remix to her brand new single “Player” – which features Chris Brown – the singer takes fans behind the scenes of what it took to make the seductive visual.

Featured on her sophomore album Joyride, the song finds Tinashe and Breezy going back and forth about whose game is the best. Channeling that vibe into the video with a series of dance-offs, the duo has fans on the edges of their seat awaiting the full clip.

“Player” is set to visually debut on Monday, November 2.

Take a a look at the behind-the-scenes footage below!

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Go Behind-the-Scenes of Beyoncé’s ‘BEAT’ Magazine Photoshoot


Beyoncé made us all feel more patriotic with her stunning photoshoot for BEAT Magazine, and now the queen gives a further look with some behind-the-scenes video footage.

Shot to look grainy and vintage, Bey brings us on set during her cover shot with the large American flag backdrop, and sexy bike riding scene.

Check it out below, and if you missed it see the photos here.

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First Look: Christina Milian Shoots “Do It” Video with Lil Wayne


Are Christina Milian and Lil Wayne back together? If the forthcoming video shoot for their new collaborative single “Do It” is any indication, it would sure seem so, but we’re guessing it’s all business here – well maybe a little fun.

According to E! the video was shot last week in Miami and the two, who reportedly broke up last month, get very intimate with Wayne grinding on the scantily dressed Milian on set.

The singer/actress first debuted the song during her performance at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival in August. Over a slow burning production by DJ Marley Waters, Christina admits her attractions to the bad boy type.

“Do It” is the lead single from her forthcoming EP Like Me, due out Oct. 30. In addition to her new music, the season two premiere of ‘Christina Milian Turned Up‘ will debut Nov. 3 at 10 PM on E!

Check out the sexy behind-the-scenes photos below:

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Avery Wilson Hosts Private Listening Session In Atlanta

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Earlier this week, some of the most prestigious media outlets in Atlanta were privy to a private meet & great, and performance with RCA/BetIPinnedIt recording artist Avery Wilson.  Held at Zac’s Recording Studio in ATL, the event was an intimate gathering hosted by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Sean Garrett, with a Q&A moderated by journalist Rea Davis.

Sean Garrett opened the floor with an introduction that conveyed how incredible of an entertainer Avery Wilson is. Avery then took the floor to perform a soulful rendition of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song For You,” followed by an acoustic cover of The Weeknd’s “Earned It,” and a jaw-dropping cover of Fetty Wap’s “My Way” for which the crowd erupted in applause.

Following Wilson’s performance, Rea Davis moderated an intimate Q&A with the rising superstar for which Avery spoke candidly about everything from his incredible vocal range, to working with the likes of Clive Davis and Sean Garrett, and experiencing everything from the Grammy Awards to touring by age 19 (now 20), before opening up the floor to fellow media questions.

Garrett challenged all media in the room to be the chief purveyors of quality music to the masses. He called on the media to realize the power of their role, voice, and purpose. Garrett also stressed the importance of ending the divisiveness that seems to permeate urban music, as he explained that fans and media should be proactive in supporting exceptional music in all genres.

Check out the photos below:

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Watch: Boyz II Men Las Vegas Soundcheck, Cover “Lay Your Head On My Pillow”


R&B legends Boyz II Men join forces with to bring fans the first behind-the-scenes look at their long-running residency at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This inside look into the group’s pre-show sound check ritual is the premiere of ShowTickets’s new series, ShowTickets Insider. The captivating series will go behind the curtains at Las Vegas’ most popular productions.

This sound check exclusive invites fans to watch as the group prepares for one of their many extraordinary residency performances at the Mirage. Named Best Headliner Show and Musical Artist of the Year, the video takes a look at Nathan, Wanya and Shawn warming up their vocals, tuning their instruments, and discussing their beloved work.

They discuss their favorite songs to perform, and why they decided to pick up instruments and play live in their Las Vegas residency.  In addition, as they check their sound levels for the night’s performance they sing a cover of Tony! Toni! Toné!’s “Lay Your Head On My Pillow.”

Check it out below:

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First Look: DJ Khaled, Chris Brown & August Alsina Shoot Video for New Single “Gold Slug”

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DJ Khaled is looking to build on the success he had with Chris Brown and August Alsina on “Hold You Down,” by reuniting the two R&B stars on the forthcoming new single “Gold Slug,” which will also feature Fetty Wap.

The unreleased track has already gotten the video treatment, shot this week in Miami, and before hearing the audio we get a sneak peek at the upcoming video with some on-set pics.

Take a look below:

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