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Eric Bellinger Releases #WuWednesdays (Part 1)

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With his must-have new album EP ‘Cuffing Season‘ in stores now, Eric Bellinger gives fans a quick look into his recent exploits in the first part of his new weekly series #WuWednesdays.

“I’ll be dropping Vlogs every Wednesday! I just wanna let yall in my world one time that’s all lol,” wrote Eric.

From radio to rehearsals to recording to parties the R&B grind is Wu.

Check out the video below, and you can pick up Cuffing Season on iTunes now.

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Teedra Moses & Anthony Hamilton Go Behind The Scenes of “That One” Video Shoot

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With only two weeks left until the release of her well anticipated album Cognac & Conversations, Teedra Moses takes us behind the scenes of her Anthony Hamilton assisted video to “That One.”

The track, which was released right after her attendance to this year’s Essence Fest, served as a follow-up to the fan favorite, “Get It Right.” Dressed in all white, both talented acts jumped in front of the camera to compliment one another on being massive fans of each others artistry.

While the video’s release was not mentioned, we’re sure it’ll be here sooner than you think. Until then, check out the BTS footage below!

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Watch: Ciara Shares Behind-The-Scenes of “Dance Like We’re Making Love” Video

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Last week, Ciara dropped arguably her best video to date with, “Dance Like We’re Making Love,” the latest single off her new album Jackie.

Now, the singer has given fans an official look at the making of the Dave Meyers directed visuals with a behind-the-scenes video.

“The treatment is really a storytelling video,” explained Ciara. “Basically I’m a temptress and a siren, and I’m sending my call out, I’m putting out my pheromones, I’m putting my potion in the air. I’m luring in this guy… I’m casting a spell and I’m putting him into a dream world and taking him on this high, and it’s kinda like you never really get me.”

If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the video here, and go behind-the-scenes below:
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Watch: Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson Record “Back to Black” (Previously Unreleased Footage)

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The much-anticipated Amy Winehouse documentary Amy opens in theaters this Friday. Building on the anticipation a new clip from the film has been released, and gives us a previously unseen look at Amy’s amazing talent. The British songstress is seen recording her hit “Back to Black” in a New York studio during a March 2006 recording session with producer Mark Ronson.

“I had these feelings, these words floating around in me,” says Winehouse. “When you write a song, you have to remember how you felt. You might have to remember what the weather was like. You might have to remember what his neck smelled like. You have to remember all of it.”

According to Ronson, it only took two to three hours for Winehouse to finish the song. “It was just one of those serendipitous things. I just caught her at that magic moment, and she was just ready to get it going,” he says. “That’s why I couldn’t understand what everyone else was saying about this procrastinating, troubled artist.”

While some close to Winehouse have criticized Amy, Ronson praised the film. “The really respectful thing about the movie is you are reminded why she was famous in the first place—she was a genius, that’s the stuff even I can forget,” Ronson tells Rolling Stone. “I forget that when I played her the piano chords to ‘Back to Black,’ she wrote the lyrics in an hour. I was blown away; people just don’t write lyrics like that any more.”

Watch the genius at work below:

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Vivian Green Unveils ‘VIVID’ Album Cover, Making of “Get Right Back To My Baby”

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Soulful songstress Vivian Green is prepping for the release of her brand new album VIVID, due out Aug. 7. Today, the Philly native has given fans a look at the stunning album cover, shot by famed photographer/director Derek Blanks.

In addition, Vivian and producer Kwamé, who produced her entire album, have shared the first episode of their “Studio Stories” series. The debut clip features a making of her hit single “Get Right Back To My Baby,” as they reveal how initially Vivian didn’t want to record on the track because she didn’t feel like the tempo was right for her. They break down the whole recording process and how the song really led to the direction of her album.

Check out the behind-the-scenes video below:

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Behind The Scenes: Rihanna Records “Bitch Better Have My Money”

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Rihanna has no problem providing hit after hit for radio and the club. When you first heard her latest “Bitch Better Have My Money,” you might have cringed a little, but there was no denying it would shoot up the charts and rock clubs across the globe.

While she continues to build momentum for her anticipated eighth studio album, the Pop star gives fans a rare glimpse at her recording session for the trap styled hit, which took place between New York and Santa Barbara, California.

Go behind-the-scenes with Rihanna below:

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Watch: Kehlani and Mr. Carmack Go “All In”

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Rising singer Kehlani and Soulection-linked producer Mr. Carmack team up to create a one-off track in the latest episode of the Yours Truly and Adidas Original’s series “Songs From Scratch.” The unique series has produced several impressive pairings in the past – Jeremih and Shlohmo, Tinashe and Jacques Greene, and Tink and DJ Dahi, among others.

“I don’t want to write about love, cause that’s what I always do,” Kehlani tells Mr. Carmack at the beginning of the video documenting the time the two artists spent in the studio. “What do you want to write about, cookies?” he jokes. “There’s nothing else to write about.”

The resulting track, “All In,” explores a crucial stage in a relationship over a thin, floating beat.

Check it out below:

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Watch Brandy Rehearse for Role as Roxie Hart in ‘Chicago’ on Broadway

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R&B starlet Brandy is getting ready to storm Broadway for the first time, starring as Roxie Hart in CHICAGO.

Kicking off on April 28 the award winning singer/actress will play an 8-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre in NYC through Sunday, June 21.

Hot 97 was recently invited to an private rehearsal for certain members of the press and was allowed to share a few minutes of various routines. Looking every bit ready for the part, Brandy ran through song and dance numbers from the show, and talked about preparing for the rigorous performance.

“One of the most challenging things was [just] deciding to do it,” she says. “8 shows a week, so to make that decision and make that kind of commitment was really scary, but I said, ‘God put it in front of me, it must be meant for me to do’.”

In addition to her upcoming role, Brandy revealed that she would like Keke Palmer to play her if a biopic was every going to come out, and if she had to choose an actor to be her love interest in CHICAGO it would be Michael B. Jordan.

Check out her rehearsal and interview about the role below:

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