INTERVIEWS

Alicia Keys Performs “We Are Here” on ‘Today’ Show

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Alicia Keys is kicking off our week on a positive note. Following last week’s debut of her new single “We Are Here,” the consummate performer brought the uplifting anthem to the “Today” show.

Seated at a piano that read “Love,” the pregnant R&B superstar belted out the inspiring song and sat down to discuss her career and motherhood.

“This song gives us the opportunity to have that dialogue and start talking about what are we here to do for each other,” said Alicia.

It’s been 13 years since the 15-time Grammy winner released her debut Songs In A Minor, but she still has a lot more to do. “It’s incredible because every day is a new chance and an opportunity,” she said. “I feel like I haven’t even really gotten started.”

Her second child is due in December, and motherhood has played a pivotal role in her music. “I’ve always been an empathetic person, I’ve always related to what we’ve gone through as a humanity, but when you start seeing your kids in the mix and what they’re gonna grow up in and what they’re gonna be a part of, or how they can help change it, you get fiercer about it.”

Plus, she talked about planning Swizz Beatz’ amazing Coming to America-inspired birthday bash.

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Chris Brown Opens Up About Squashing Beef with Drake, Shares Advice for Ray Rice

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Following his release from jail back in June, Chris Brown and Drake surprised fans when they patched things up and hit the studio together. They then took it one step further and really shocked viewers by appearing together in a skit for the ESPYS in July.

As he gears up for the release of his new album X on Tuesday, Breezy opened up about his former rival in an interview with MTV News’ Sway Calloway.

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Mathew Knowles Hints at Destiny’s Child Reunion

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Everyone’s talked about it for years now, and fans finally were treated to an amazing reunion performance at the 2013 Super Bowl.  Only months ago, Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland reunited with Michelle Williams on her inspirational single “Say Yes.”

This Thursday, Bey’s father and music mogul Mathew Knowles stopped by The Madd Hatta Morning Show on Houston’s 97.9 The Box, and spoke with the crew about his latest ventures, he even joked about how the problems between him and Beyoncé started. While he was sure to clear up any rumors that the two don’t speak, revealing that they talk every Sunday, Mathew was also very clear that a Destiny’s Child reunion will absolutely happen. “No, absolutely you still will,” he said when asked if we will see them together again.

Clarifying that he does indeed still manage the group, Mathew Knowles explained how they are very strategic with everything they do. “Things don’t just happen. It didn’t just happen that on Michelle’s current album she has Beyoncé and Kelly, or that they were on ABC together recently, that’s not luck, or the Target commercial that has “Independent Woman” as a sound bed in it, those things aren’t just luck. We don’t ever work on luck, we work on strategy,” he explained.

Mathew also addressed his feelings on the rumors of Beyoncé and Jay Z spitting up, and spoke about using gossip to your advantage from a business standpoint, additionally he shared their philosophy on social media.

Take a listen to Mathew’s full interview below!

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Michelle Williams Talks ‘Journey To Freedom,’ Overcoming Depression, Keyshia Cole Drama and More

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While fans of former girl group Destiny’s Child tend to see Beyoncé and Kelly all over the media, it seems as if gospel songstress of the group, Michelle Williams, is the one that stays off the radar. Changing up the routine a bit and hitting Power 105’s The Breakfast Club, the loving singer jumped right into everything fans have been wanting to know.

Sitting down with the crew, Michelle was there to promote her fourth studio album Journey To Freedom. In true Breakfast Club fashion though, she was grilled about many pressing topics. Not showing any sympathy for her Christian roots, Charlamagne questioned the singer on her former social media beef with Keyshia Cole, the PoorMichelle.com website, past depression and more.

Answering the questions in good spirits as well as cracking a few jokes, Michelle shed light and positivity throughout the room. Discussing her upcoming show, Fix My Choir, set to air on Oxygen in November, having ownership over a WBNA team, Broadway, and fulfilling her individual purpose, she assured the crew that she finds a way to stay busy.

Ending the 30 minute interview with an on-air prayer, this has probably been one of the best interviews we’ve seen Michelle give thus far.

Check it out after the jump!

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Tamar Braxton and Adrienne Bailon Talk ‘The Real’ and New Music on ‘The Breakfast Club’

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Tamar Braxton and Adrienne Bailon took to the hot seats on The Breakfast Club at Power 105.1 early Tuesday morning.  The singers and co-hosts of daytime talk show ‘The Real’ were in the building in promotion of the show’s upcoming second season.

The ladies addressed all the latest rumors and gossip about them including their families and Adrienne’s boyfriend.

Tamar revealed that she is working on her next album, and the first single is coming. Adrienne said she would love to make a Spanish music album.

The new season of ‘The Real’ premieres Sept. 15 on FOX. Watch their interview below:

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Watch: Usher Talks ‘The UR Experience’ Tour, New Album, Working with Chris Brown

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Usher has released three songs from his anticipated new album, rumored to be titled UR, but during a recent sit-down interview with Billboard’s Erika Ramirez, the R&B superstar revealed he is taking the album back.

“The album isn’t scheduled anymore, I’m takin my time with it,” he explained.

While he has been working on and off on the project with fellow artist and producers such as Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri, Diplo, Pop & Oak, Ed Sheeran, Skrillex and Drake, the project doesn’t have a theme. “This album isn’t about a specific topic or specific period of my life,” explained Usher. “It’s something that feels very modern, but the vocal on it feels very specific to my style. I wanted to do something that I felt like would be current, but wouldn’t necessarily conform specifically.”

Besides the artists mentioned above, Usher also said there might be another collabo with Chris Brown on the album. “There is another record that we worked on for the album. The relationship is great… we’ve been able to build.”

Whether he gets the album ready in time or not, Usher is prepping to embark on his 27-city “The UR Experience” tour, with August Alsina as the opening act.

“I always thought of that opening spot as the place for the person that I can can give an experience they haven’t had before, to mentor them through,” Usher says of going with Alsina. The UR Experience Tour will kick off in Montreal, Quebec on November 1.

Check out Usher’s new interview below:

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Jhené Aiko Interview on ‘The Breakfast Club’

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With her debut album hitting stores tomorrow, Jhené Aiko returned to Power 105.1 for her first interview with The Breakfast Club.

Following her chats with Angie Martinez and Hot 97, the buzzing songstress addressed all of their crazy questions, including her supposed claim that she doesn’t shower everyday, if she is a gang member, why she hasn’t recorded with her sister Mila J and much more.

Additionally, Jhené spoke a little about her album, and revealed she is currently in love with her unnamed boyfriend.

The singer/songwriters debut full-length album, Souled Out, hits stores tomorrow. Watch her latest interview 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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