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


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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Trey Songz Releases ‘Intermission’ Behind-The-Scenes Documentary


With the surprise release of his Intermission EP yesterday, R&B crooner Trey Songz has released an accompanying documentary to show his journey over the past year.

From heading up his joint tour with Chris Brown and opening up for Nicki Minaj on her Pinkprint tour to releasing his sixth album, Trigga, the talented singer has been keeping himself extremely busy. While that may be true, that hasn’t stopped Trey from putting his fans first. Amping up for the release of his follow-up album, Trigga: Reloaded, on June 23, the VA native is prepping fans for what he has to offer.

Opening up the almost 25 minute documentary by writing, “A lot has happened in a year and after most recently completing two mega tours from the US to Europe, I felt re-energized by the love and wanted to share this glimpse of the journey while giving my fans some new music with “Intermission”. The love I’ve received is beyond belief, I’ve attempted to reciprocate it by sharing this vulnerable yet genuine piece,” Trey gives a transparent look into a portion of his life.

If you’re expecting Reloaded to host all of the tracks from is predecessor, guess again. The album will feature all of the tracks that didn’t quite fit the mold that its originating album was going for.

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Tyrese Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of “Dumb Sh*t” Video with Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly & More


Following the release of his music video for “Dumb Sh*t” featuring Snoop Dogg, Tyrese is giving fans a sneak peek at the making of the visual.

The exclusive behind-the-scenes footage features interviews with Tyrese, Snoop and the video’s director Matt Alonzo, along with scenes from a surprise birthday party for Tyrese from the cast and crew. Seen joining in on the celebration are R. Kelly, French Montana, Snoop, and Wiz Khalifa.

“The #DumbShit video is a throwback to the classic Hype Williams era and black and white videos like ‘Flava In Ya Ear’ remix, Q-Tip’s ‘Vibrant Thing,’ or Snoop’s ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot,’” says Tyrese. “Matt Alonzo and I had a ball making it. It’s spring and as we warm up, I wanted to drop this dumb shit to get some energy going. This song ain’t for saints, it’s for real people who have made mistakes in relationships and did some dumb shit. ”

“Dumb Sh*t” is the first single released from Gibson’s upcoming album, BLACK ROSE, due out July 7 via his own label, Voltron Recordz.

Check out the footage below:

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Ryan Leslie Shares In-Studio Recording Session of “Never Break Down”


Ryan Leslie revolutionized the behind-the-scenes in-studio recording videos years ago. After taking a break from these visuals for a while, he is now back with ‘The MZRT Studio Series,’ a collection of recording videos showing the creation and creative process behind tracks from his upcoming LP MZRT Album.

Known for his tireless work ethic and musical gifts, the multi-talented artist brings fans into a session for his new song “Never Break Down,” showing his production work and conducting of a choir and brass section.

The MZRT Album, which stands for “Magnificently Zealous Renegade Takeover,” is the 6th studio album from Ryan Leslie, featuring the singles “New New,” “Who Wears The Crown,” and “No Prisoners,” it is available for pre-order here.

Peep his latest in-studio video below:

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Jason Derulo Shares In-Studio Recording Session of New Single “Want to Want Me”


Jason Derulo wasted no time returning this year with brand new music in the form of his feel-good, retro inspired single “Want To Want Me.”

After releasing the song earlier this month, the Pop star now brings fans behind-the-scenes with the in-studio recording session.

“I wanted to take it back a little old school,” says Derulo of the single. “The beat makes you want to get up and dance, but it still has that emotional element. It’s still talking about love, how this one girl makes you feel.”

Check out his making-of video below:

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Trey Songz Brings Out Ne-Yo, Ty Dolla $ign, Fabolous, Shares Behind the Scenes of “Between The Sheets” Tour


Chris Brown and Trey Songz brought their “Between The Sheets” tour to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Monday night. While Breezy brought out 50 Cent and G-Unit, Trigga had some surprises of his own bringing out Ne-Yo, Ty Dolla $ign, Fabolous, and newcomer Fetty Wap.

Additionally, Trey has shared some official behind-the-scenes footage from the first few days of the North American tour.

Check out the footage from last night and get a glimpse into the tour below!

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The FADER Presents: ‘At Home with: Miguel’


Miguel loves quality things. “It’s been fun putting it together. I kind of found a new passion,” he tells The FADER about curating the look and feel of his Los Angeles home. For the latest installment of their “At Home With” — a series presented by Sonos and The FADER where they peek into artists’ homes to see where they live, listen and make music — they visited Miguel’s chill L.A. pad and in-home studio, where he gives viewers an inside look at his recording process, recounted a wild house party, and even introduced his cat Munchie.

“I start everything here [in my studio] with ideas, and actually a lot of songs I’ve finished in here. It’s set up so I’m self-sufficient, and that’s kind of how I like it,” said Miguel. “For me it’s like, the solitude of being in your own home and comfortability and the amount of vulnerability you’re able to accomplish – you can’t compare that to the way it feels to be in a really sterile studio. It’s just a really comfortable place and that’s how I wanted the house to be in general.”

Check out Miguel’s home and tour his favorite rooms, other than his bedroom, that include unique features like custom Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe and Salvador Dali wallpaper below:

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Beyoncé Shares Behind the Scenes of Grammy Performance


Love it or hate it, Beyoncé had everyone talking about her performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night. Singing a commanding cover of the gospel hymn “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” which was sung by Ledisi for the film Selma, Bey helped bring everyone to church prior to John Legend and Common’s powerful show closing performance.

Now, Bey is giving fans a look behind the scenes at the rehearsals, introducing the additional voices behind her performance and sharing her inspiration behind the cast of male singers.

“I wanted to find real men, that have lived, have struggled, cried, have a life and spirit about them. I felt like this is an opportunity to show the strength and vulnerability in black men,” shared Beyoncé.

Watch their rehearsal and meet the background singers below:

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