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Ciara Covers ‘Shape’ Magazine, Talks Losing 60 Pounds in 4 Months

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Say what you will about Ciara, but one thing’s for sure, her body is ON POINT!

Regardless of how anyone may feel about the singer/entertainer nowadays, one thing that will always be said is that her body looks incredible. Covering the September issue of Shape Magazine, the mommy of one took some time to chat with the famed publication about her journey of dropping 60 pounds after she had her son.

Ciara states that right after she had baby Future, she still was in the era of post-pregnancy where working out wasn’t an option. So, what did she do? Eat. A lot. And as a result, the slim and trim songstress gained an incredible 60 pounds! “When I was pregnant with Future, one thing I learned quickly was, don’t ever let a pregnant lady be hungry, because when I was, I was like the Tasmanian Devil! I indulged in all the good food the world has to offer. After he was born—when I couldn’t exercise yet—I kept eating, and I gained 60 pounds. But as soon as the doctor said I could start training again, I was on the treadmill the very next day. Once I got back into it, I worked out two or three times daily. I would go to Gunnar [Peterson] first for my one-hour training session, then I’d have two more cardio sessions later in the day. That, along with a really clean eating plan, was how I lost 60 pounds in four months. It was a very intense program, and I was extremely focused on it,” she said.

How did she stay focused on not eating all of the wrong things? Well according to her, it was all in the mind. CiCi told Shape, “The food isn’t going anywhere.’ You know those days when you think you have to have a plate of pasta right now? When I’m trying to be good, I take a minute to ask myself, Do you really need to eat all this crazy stuff? It will still be around if you want it later.'”

Ciara also discussed her love for boxing, achieving success and much more. Be sure to pick up your copy of Shape when it hits stands August 18 and check out a few snaps and behind-the-scenes video below!

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Brandy Dazzles In ‘UPTOWN’ Magazine Shoot

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If you were one of the people who didn’t notice Brandy on the subways of New York recently, we hope these new shots will grab your attention.

Shutting down the cover of UPTOWN Magazine, the famed singer and actress looked absolutely stunning as she posed in her Midtown Manhattan suite. Tilted, “Brandy Norwood: An Icon Rises,” the article highlights Brandy’s 20 year tenure within the industry and how she continues to remain relevant.

Stating, “I don’t view myself as a celebrity. It’s all about the intention. It’s not about me. I thought that it was before. But, now I know that it is about other people. Who else could it be about?” the singer exposed to the famed publication that having the status of a celebrity is not all that important to her.

Also discussing her role as Roxie in the Broadway hit musical Chicago, who she considers to really be a star, and her connection to the late Whitney Houston, Brandy’s transparency was noted in this interview.

To read the interview in full, click here and check out photos from the shoot below.

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Ciara Gets Sharp & Slick on L’Officiel Singapore Magazine, Shares Snippet of New Song “Fly”

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Ciara is looking as beautiful as ever these days, and she is showing off some stunning new looks as she graces the cover of L’Officiel Singapore’s May issue.

Rocking big hair and a sexy snakeskin style dress by Armani, Cici strikes a sharp and slick pose on the cover image.

“The best Friday gift! Presenting you the one and only queen @ciara for our May issue,” tweeted the mag, adding: “Queen @ciara is back and she’s better than ever. Are you guys ready for her album launch?”

The R&B starlet will release his anticipated sixth studio album Jackie on May 4, led by the break-up ballad “I Bet.”  Today, she shared a short snippet of a brand new song from the album, entitled “Fly,” produced by Polow Da Don.

Lately, Ciara has been in the rumor mill as gossip has been flying around that she is dating Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson. The two are expected to be attending the upcoming White House Correspondents Dinner together.

In addition to the new album, Ciara will launch her first headlining tour in six years, kicking off May 3 in Chicago.

See another stunning photo from the magazine, and hear the snippet of “Fly” below:

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Rihanna Releases New Song “James Joint,” Heats up V Magazine’s Summer Issue

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You’re not a real stoner if you’re not late for things I guess. While she celebrated 4/20 yesterday at her assistant Jennifer’s wedding, Rihanna has now given fans some new music to feed their own addictions.

The pop star has released a short but sweet interlude, entitled “James Joint,” from her upcoming eighth studio album.

“I’d rather be smoking weed whenever we breathe / Everytime that you kiss me / Don’t say that you miss me,” she sings.

“Dude, I’m in love with my interludes. This one called ‘James Joint’ is on constant repeat,” RiRi recently told V Magazine in her cover story for their new summer issue. In addition to the new track, she has also shared some smokin hot photos from the magazine, which hits newsstands May 7.

In the colorful shoot by fashion photographer Steven Klein, RiRi drapes herself in a yellow fur while catching some rays in front of a Mobil fuel tank, and sips from a plastic cup, strategically placed over her breast. Donning a pink newsboy cap, she sucks a popsicle and channels a sexy Stepford wife while lounging in the pool.

She also speaks about her upcoming eighth album, which is being executive produced by Kanye West. “[The album is] soulful and aggressive, whether it’s lyrically, musically, or just the tone of my voice.”

Hear Rihanna’s new song, and peep the photos below:

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Rihanna Covers ‘W Korea’ 3x for 10 Year Anniversary

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Rihanna spent Valentine’s Day evening watching the NBA All-Star Saturday Night at the Barclays Center in NYC, and shortly afterward she revealed her triple cover spread for W Magazine Korea.

The 26-year-old singer looks incredible on the three covers, shot by Dennis Leupold, which celebrate the fashion publications 10th anniversary.

In the first, she looks elegant wearing a satin, mustard colored top and custom jewelery including bangles and necklaces. In the second she seduces the camera sitting in a wooden restaurant booth wearing a royal blue coat and contrasting red strappy sandals with little bows on them. On the third she wears a sexy white dress with a zip detail at the front, and white tuxedo jacket over her shoulders.

It’s not just the magazine who is celebrating a ten year milestone though, as Rihanna tweeted that it’s been 10 years since she first signed her record deal.

“And @ciarrap helped me celebrate 10 years yesterday since getting signed!! God is powerful! #trailerparkAfterDark,” she said, posting a snap of cupcakes and balloons.

Check out the other covers, and an additional shot from the issue below:

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Pharrell Gives Us A Look Into His Life In New ‘GQ’ Issue

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Funky fresh, dressed to impress – ready to party!

That’s definitely always the case with timeless artist Pharrell Williams. Nabbing yet another GQ cover for fans to marvel at his near perfectionism, the multi-talented producer leads the group of elite in the issues most influential music makers.

Sporting a stylish black leather jacket, white jeans, and some dope arm candy, Pharrell shows the many sides of his workhorse self. Additionally pictured sipping tea in a onesie while his hat sits comfortably near him, the magazine follows the “man that never sleeps” around the city of L.A. From the shopping mall to the studio, GQ gives us a firsthand look into the crazy schedule of one of the most intriguing men to grace the planet.

When asked why he chose to do the voice, the singer replied:  “The ability to reach so many people at the same time.” The sought after producer also touched on his ability to provide other artists with hit singles. “It begins like an interview,” he says. “And then the interview just turns into music. And sometimes it’s not even talking; it’s just the vibe. The vibe paints the room.”

Pharrell also went on to answer the question as to why he surrounds himself with so many women. While many might believe it’s an egotistical thing, Skateboard P replied,  “Women have a way of expressing themselves that I can relate to more honestly. I am a sensitive person, so I want to be with sensitive people.”

Until the issue hits stands on January 27, you can read more of the interview here and check out some footage and pics from the shoot below!

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Tinashe, Sam Smith, FKA Twigs & Jessie Ware Cover ‘V Magazine’

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V Magazine is highlighting new age soul while bringing some skin baring singers to the pages of their brand new Music issue.  The fashion magazine will release the special issue on January 16 featuring 4 individual covers with Tinashe, Sam Smith, FKA Twigs and Jessie Ware.

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Tinashe Shuts It Down in New ‘Ladygunn’ Magazine Shoot

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Check out Tinashe!

While the singer may be just 21 and dropping her debut album, that hasn’t stopped her from proving to the world that she’s much more than a young and pretty face.

Following a very successful year, her own tour, and now a tour with female rapper (and enemy to many) Iggy Azalea, Tinashe is out here gracing the pages of almost every magazine out there. While her last shoot with Interview Magazine had her in a more conservative high fashion look, the singer is now turning on her fun – and sex appeal – in her spread for the latest issue of Ladygunn Magazine.

Taking a few pages from the book of Beyoncé poses, the beautiful songstress does every photo major justice.

Catch the pictures below!

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