Usher Talks Mentorship, New Album, Justin Bieber, and More in ‘Billboard’


Perhaps one of the most talked about men in R&B history, Usher has had a storied and incredibly successful career in the industry. From the time he stepped on the scene in the early ’90s as a teenager to now a single father, performer, businessman, and much more, Usher continues to hit new heights.

In a brand new interview with Billboard, Usher spoke about pushing his new album back, learning “chutzpah” from Diddy, his upcoming tour and much more. Check out excerpts from the interview below!

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Teyana Taylor Takes Over NYC in ‘ELLE’ Shoot


With Teyana Taylor‘s debut album VII right around the corner, it’s only right that the first lady of G.O.O.D. Music pops up any and everywhere she pleases.

Taking her talents over to ELLE Magazine this time around, T.T. poses around the NYC in the newest seasons of Ellery Mayfair, Alexander Wang,Valentino, Calvin Klein, and more as she takes the staff on a tour of her hometown. Sharing her love for both designer fashion and fast food, Teyana scarfed down four pieces of Popeyes chicken as her and the crew shot across town to each of the locations.

Sporting pops of color and even an all white Mayfair dress, the pint sized singer looked absolutely stunning in “The Coolest Looks from Fall” shoot.

Take a look at her fierce pictures below:

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Pharrell Williams Covers November Issue of ‘EBONY’ Magazine

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Pharrell Williams has had one hell of a year. From a countless number of awards and performances to incredible visual concepts accompanying his latest album G I R L, this has really been the year of Skateboard P.

While he’s humbly basking in his accomplishments, the legendary and timeless star is still making an impact in other areas as well. Covering the November issue of the famed EBONY Magazine, the singer/producer/whatever else you can think of, is giving readers a look into the creative mind that we’ve grown to love.

Touching on the subjects of racism to women, the superstar answers the questions that we’ve been asking for quite some time. One subject in particular that Pharrell tackles is the accusations of his bias against Black women. “I love Black women,” says Williams. “If you don’t think I love Black women, then you don’t understand me.” He continues to add, “I have obsessed over Black women since the days of Jayne Kennedy, Beverly Peele and Roshumba Williams. Those are the women I daydreamed about growing up.”

Another issue that the public has been very vocal about is the apparent lack of support from celebrities throughout the drama surrounding the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson, Mo. Pharrell says: “I don’t talk about race since it takes a very open mind to hear my view, because my view is the sky view. But I’m very troubled by what happened in Ferguson, Mo.”  The hit maker then went on to state: “When things like that happen, we need to be a united cell. We need connective tissue to be linked by spirit and spirituality.”

On stands now, the November issue of EBONY is sure to be an interesting read.

Until you have the chance to grab it, check out the behind the scenes video of Pharrell’s photo shoot below:

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Kelly Rowland Stuns in ‘Elle Magazine’ Pregnancy Shoot

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Take a look at Kelly Rowland!

While the gorgeous singer has been a little low-key lately, these pictures of the soon-to-be mom prove that she’s doing just fine.

Posing for Elle Magazine, the 33-year-old looks absolutely stunning! Dressed in sky-high heels and an all black ensemble, the above image shows that she hasn’t lost her classy touch at all. Telling Elle, “I can’t wait until he gets here. I just have a couple more weeks. I’m excited to bring a child into the world, and sharing that experience with my husband is probably the most beautiful part,” Kelly is obviously overjoyed about becoming a mother.

Also discussing her pregnancy cravings and her ambition to stay fit during this pregnancy, she told the famed magazine, “Everybody always tells you to go crazy with food, and you can eat whatever you want. It’s fine to have your cravings, but I wanted an easier delivery. All the women that I’ve talked to, that have worked out, have such an easy and speedy delivery.”

In addition, the “Kisses Down Low” songstress touched on the rumors of her playing Donna Summer in the upcoming biopic saying, “All these rumors! I was just with my glam squad, we were having fun and we saw this beautiful picture of a Donna Summer record. I was like ‘let’s try to do this look!’ I love Donna Summer. I love how she’s this sex goddess, and she’s so beautiful and powerful onstage. So we mocked up a cover and I posted a picture. That’s all it was! But it would be an amazing opportunity to play her.”

Kelly also confirmed that she will be back in the studio soon to bring fans new music as well as her interest in doing a children’s line of clothing.

You can read the entire interview here and check out more shots from the shoot below!

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Ariana Grande Covers Marie Claire


It seems like a little bit of everyone has something to say about Ariana Grande, and we’re not in opposition to joining in.

While the 21-year-old sensation found another range of success with her sophomore album My Everything, it also seems as if she’s finding it with landing another magazine cover. This time posing for famed Marie Claire, Ariana is turning in her “teen” card and pulling out the more adult looks.

Dishing on a few of her “firsts,” her hair, her plans of shooting to the top, and more, this is one read that you won’t want to miss. On her desire to sing R&B, Ariana stated: “I was 14 years old and ready to make an R&B album. I was like, ‘Where is that Mary J. Blige collab? Where is that Natasha Bedingfield writing session? Where is my session with India.Arie? I’m ready. Let’s go.”

Proving that she has more than the talent to fulfill all that her heart desires, we’re all here for what Ariana is supplying us with. Until the issue hits shelves on September 16, cheek out a few shots from the shoot below and get a sneak peek of the interview here!

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Usher Does It All In New ‘Fault’ Magazine ‘Millions’ Issue


Usher just continues to make the ladies drool every chance he gets and we’re not mad one bit.

While the news of his tour The UR Experience – which features August Alsina – made every woman in America flip their lid, his spread in the new issue of Fault Magazine has done just the same.

Titled “The Millions Issue,” the magazine will give us a firsthand look into the life and mind of the R&B superstar. Shot by Sinisha Nisevic and styled by L.A. celebrity stylists The Kids, Usher’s feature in the magazine spans over 13 pages and includes him covering the Men’s Fashion section as well.

In his interview, entitled ‘The Man Who Can Do It All,’ the record-breaking entertainer discusses his stint on The Voice, his upcoming album, jumping back into acting, and more. When asked about his upcoming album and not making commercial hits, he told the magazine: “I don’t feel that I’ve got to sell out this tour, or sell crazy amounts of albums, or have the number one single. It’s great to have all those things, but that isn’t what I’m doing.”

The signer also went on to speak about his experience while creating the new body of work. “It’s still a work in progress. I’m at a place where I really just want to have fun and do what I feel is significant to me. These last three years have been the hardest times of my life. I’ve wanted to break down, I’ve wanted to quit. I’ve wanted to throw in the towel but my spirit wouldn’t allow me… The one thing the album represents is confidence. Not confidence in a cocky way, but being open about what I feel, take it or leave it. If I’m not honest about my feelings then you’ll never know how I really feel,” said the “Believe Me” crooner.

While the full interview isn’t available yet, fans can get a small taste of what Usher had to say here and don’t forget to check out a few of the shots from the shoot after the jump!

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Rihanna Channels Her Inner Warrior In ‘Tush’ Shoot


Rihanna gives us something to look at yet again.

While the famed starlet is busy slaying the sidelines at every NYFW event right now, she has also managed to make headlines with a cover shoot…again. Posing for German fashion magazine Tush, Rihanna gave us a taste of something a little different.

Donning a gray wig, the singer is reminiscent of something like an Ice Queen. Styled by Nadia Rath and shot by Gomillion & Leupold, the head turning fashionista doesn’t disappoint.

Check out a few of the shots below as you wait on the issue to hit stands on September 18.

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Chris Brown Covers Billboard, Talks Past Demons and Upcoming Album

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It’s been a rough road for Chris Brown over the last few years, but it seems as if things have really been coming together for him lately. Nabbing the cover of Billboard, the singer has a lot to talk about this time around.

Catch more after the jump!

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