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Miguel Hits The Studio with DJ Premier

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Miguel has released three excellent tracks this year, continuing to build on his status as an international star and making his third album one of the most anticipated forthcoming projects this year.

While fans patiently await his next release the R&B maverick has been busy working with many of the best in the business. Taking to Instagram to share some news with his followers, Miguel has revealed that he has been in the studio with hip-hop legend DJ Premier.

“Honored work w you Big Bro @djpremier #livinglegend #artgang #artdealerchic,” he wrote while sharing a short video clip, which shows them sitting on a studio couch while he plays the guitar.

“Banged out some iLL shit with @miguelunlimited in Cali…he’s fast writing and records himself right at the board…no booth…Jack Daniels & Cazadores Tequila…Dope Professional Session,” wrote Premo.

This is a very exciting collaboration. Looking forward to hearing what they are working on! Are you? Get a sneak peek with the video clip below:

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Tank, Sevyn Streeter, Marsha Ambrosius & More Coming To a City Near You on the ‘Road To ESSENCE’

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All roads are leading to New Orleans this July 4th weekend for the 20th ESSENCE Festival! Getting fans ready for the extravagant weekend, ESSENCE has partnered with Walmart for “The Road to ESSENCE Festival” mini-tour series. Kicking off this Saturday, April 26 the events will give residents a free day of live music, empowering conversations, cool give-aways and much more!

The action will take place at Walmart stores and will feature an entertaining combination of empowering conversations with local influencers and live performances from music acts such as Tank, Sevyn Streeter, Marsha Ambrosius, Syleena Johnson, Avery*Sunshine and more. Free and open to the public, local residents will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, attend panel discussions and hear from ESSENCE editors and motivational speakers such as renowned clinical psychologist, Dr. Sherry Blake, professor and entertainment manager, Dr. Syleecia Thompson and more.

“With a shared commitment to help people live better, ESSENCE and Walmart have partnered to bring empowerment and entertainment to the community,” said Michelle Ebanks, President, ESSENCE. “Road to ESSENCE Festival is an exciting opportunity for our partners to engage our audience early and bring the Festival experience of live music, celebrity entertainment, inspirational conversation and giveaways directly to the backyards of our ESSENCE Festival family.”

Check out the tour dates below:

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RCA To Release ‘The Essential R. Kelly’ CD

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R. Kelly is currently traveling the country on his “Black Panties Tour,” which will hit Jacksonville, Florida this Friday, April 25 on it’s next stop. While he has plenty of new music in the works that we are already anticipating, his diehard fans will be able to add another release to their collections this May.

RCA will be releasing the official best-of album ‘The Essential R. Kelly‘ under the Jive label on May 19. The 35-song, double-disc set will feature his biggest hits including “Down Low,” “Bump & Grind,” “Ignition (Remix),” “When A Woman Loves,” “I Believe I Can Fly” and many more. Plus, it includes hard-to-find remixes, rare movie soundtrack cuts (several of them out of print), and career-defining collaborations.

Take a look at the promo video below:

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Beyoncé Working On Another Surprise Project?

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Well, well, well…it seems like Beyoncé is at it again! For as last year brought on one of the most talked about body-of-works from the starlet, it seems as if she’s keeping up with the flow of catching fans off guard.

Catch more after the jump!

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Maxwell Announces ‘Summer Soulstice’ Tour, New Music Coming

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Man, oh man! We’ve been waiting for this!

Veteran singer-songwriter Maxwell has finally given fans a little bit of what they’ve been anticipating! Announcing today that he will be embarking on a 35-date tour this summer, we’re more than excited – to say the least!

Get the details after the jump!

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Chris Brown’s Trial Delayed, Bodyguard Convicted of Assault

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Chris Brown will have to wait a little longer to find out the outcome of his assault case in Washington, D.C.  After two days of deliberation, his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy has been found guilty of assault.

Get the details after the jump.

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Prince Announces Deal with Warner Bros., Confirms New Album on The Way

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Following numerous random digital releases, Prince fans finally get the news they’ve been waiting for. The music icon has returned to Warner Bros. Records after nearly 20 years with a new partnership for the release of unreleased material, along with a brand new album.

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LeToya Luckett Shines Bright On ‘Rolling Out’ Cover

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Single Ladies‘ star and superb vocalist LeToya Luckett has been having quite the year. After receiving the news that the former VH1 show will be picked up on Centric and working with some heavy hitting producers on her upcoming album, we’re expecting some great things coming from the former member of Destiny’s Child.

Covering ‘Rolling Out‘ magazine, the 33-year-old performer opens up about many of the things that we never knew. Touching on her time in Destiny’s Child, the singer states:

A lot of people ask me about my past. It’s part of my life so I expect people to ask certain questions. Maybe they’re curious. At the end of the day, I don’t let it get me down. It was a wonderful time in my life and I’m blessed that I was able to be a part of one of the biggest girl groups known to man. I don’t take those moments for granted and I expect it. I know people are going to have those questions.

Also taking the time to share her past insecurities, her transition into acting, and the infamous “Second Lead Vocalist” comment that’s made its way to Vine, the beautiful LeToya is a good sport about it all.

Although her album, Until…Then, has no official release date, we’re hoping that it comes ahead of the newest season of ‘Single Ladies’.

To read the full story, check it out here.