Watch: Pharrell Gets Interviewed by School Children on New ‘Happy’ Book


Pharrell Williams was caught off-guard at his own press conference earlier this week when a group of local children surprised him by taking on the task of questioning him on his new book, ‘Happy!’.

The London based kids grilled him about his favorite book, where he likes to read, and if he orders a Happy Meal at McDonalds.

Do it for the kids, and watch the clips below:

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Rihanna Covers Vanity Fair, Talks Chris Brown, Love Life & Reputation


With little news about her long-awaited eighth studio album, Rihanna graces the cover of Vanity Fair for the first time. The 27-year-old superstar traveled to Cube with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for the shoot. Rocking wavy red hair, she hit up a bar in Havana and bared all while lying naked in the bedroom of the Josie Alonso House, wearing only leopard Manolo Blahnik mules. She was also greeted by a throng of young fans in the streets of Old Havana.

In her most candid interview yet, Rihanna opened up about her highly-publicized love life. While she’s recently been linked to Travi$ Scott, she says her last official boyfriend was Chris Brown and prior to that, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

Until then, the search continues for Mr. Right, who according to RiRi, will be “a very extraordinary gentleman, with a lot of patience.” But she’s in no rush. “I don’t want it right now. I can’t really be everything for someone. This is my reality right now.”

She’s currently focusing on R8, which has been delayed, says Jay Z, because “she wants it to be perfect.”

Plus, she discusses her “bad girl” reputation, love for Eminem, and even Rachel Dolezal.

Read excerpts from the interview before the November issue hits newsstands on Oct. 13 below:

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Listen: The Red Light Special R&B Podcast #18 with Special Guest Bryson Tiller

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This week on the “Red Light Special,” Rob misses Kristin and interviews rising Alt-R&B star Bryson Tiller, who’s debut album T R A P S O U L has fans everywhere buzzing.

For those who are unfamiliar, Tiller hails from Louisville, Kentucky and made the music world take notice when he dropped his breakout single “Don’t.” The track caught the attention of fans everywhere, as well as legendary producer Timbaland. Drake also reached out to Young Tiller and tried to sign him to OVO, but he eventually signed a joint venture with RCA Records.

During their chat, Young Tiller opens up about his recording process, almost signing with Drake, being influenced by Omarion and Soulja Boy; plus his fascination with video games.

Stream the full podcast below:

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Listen: The Red Light Special R&B Podcast #17 with Special Guest The Force MDs

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Following a week off, the ‘Red Light Special’ comes back strong this week with special guests The Force MDs. The legendary group hails from Staten Island, NY and was very instrumental in bringing hip-hop and R&B together in the 1980s.

During the show, Rob and Kristin talk to group members Stevie D and Khalil Lundy about the group’s legacy. They discuss getting their start singing on the Staten Island Ferry, being discovered by Mr. Magic and battling at the legendary Harlem World night club. The Force talk about being signed to Tommy Boy, their competition with New Edition, recording “Daytona 500” with Ghostface Killah and how the rise of crack/cocaine affected the group.

Then of course they tell us the stories behind their biggest hits “Love Is A House” and “Tender Love.” There are a ton of gems here.

Stream the full podcast below:

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Naughty Boy Talks New Single with Beyoncé, Upcoming Remix with Janet Jackson, New Album & More


Naughty Boy is certainly not a new name to many R&B fans worldwide, but for those who are just now getting familiar with him, thanks to his brand new single “Runnin” with Beyoncé, the British producer recently sat down with Kiss FM UK for a new interview.

During his chat with the Kiss Breakfast squad he spoke about how the single came about with Bey and singer-songwriter Arrow Benjamin. He also spilled the beans on a remix he is working on for Janet Jackson’s next single, which features Missy Elliot, his hopes for his second album, Sam Smith’s upcoming theme song for the new James Bond film, how he got the name ‘Naughty Boy,’ and more.

In addition, this week Naughty Boy also visited the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and performed a cover of Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.”

Peep the interview and performance below:

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Ariana Grande Talks ‘Scream Queens,’ New Album, Growing Into a Woman, And More In ‘V Magazine’


Powerful songstress and talented actress Ariana Grande is revving up for another enormous year. Following two chart-topping albums in 2013 and 2014, the young singer is ready for a 3-peat with her upcoming album, Moonlight.

While its lead single “Focus” isn’t set to hit our ears until October 25, fans of the beauty can get their fix Tuesday nights as she makes an appearance on the highly anticipated new Ryan Murphy-directed FOX series, Scream Queens,  To add to the anticipation of her character, Chanel #2, her upcoming album, and everything else that is the adorable Ariana Grande, she sat down with ‘V Magazine’ to be interviewed by none other than Ryan Murphy himself.

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Listen: The Red Light Special R&B Podcast #16 with Special Guest Kirby Maurier

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Another week and the Red Light Special is still going strong. Continuing to do their due diligence by spotlighting and promoting the culture, this weeks episode features an independent R&B artist who has been on her grind for a while and steadily building a fan base, Miami’s own Kirby Maurier.

Although Kristin gets caught in traffic for the first portion of the show, Rob gets the conversation started with Kirby talking about her independent grind on Valholla Entertainment, how cheating on her college boyfriend influenced some of her music, and her new project Doing The Most.

Stream the full podcast below:

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Listen: The Red Light Special R&B Podcast #15 with Special Guests Jake&Papa

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On this week’s episode of the “Red Light Special” Rob and Kristin took the show to Spanish Harlem in NYC to interview buzzing L.A. based R&B duo Jake&Papa.

Together they discuss Jake and Pop’s start in the group Brutha, being signed to Def Jam, singing for Stevie Wonder and their new mixtape Sexual Warfare.

In addition, they discuss some of the latest happenings in R&B, including Mack Wilds new single “Bonnie & Clyde.”

Stream the full show below:

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