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ESSENCE To Honor Jill Scott at ‘Black Women in Music’ 2015

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ESSENCE will kick off a year-long commemoration of the 45th anniversary of ESSENCE magazine in 2015 with a special ‘Black Women in Music’ GRAMMY Awards Week celebration. Now in its sixth year, ‘Black Women in Music’ will honor GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott for her incredible achievements, singular artistry and powerful storytelling.

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Marsha Ambrosius & The Floacist (Floetry) Reunite in London, 8 Years Later

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In a highly unexpected moment, Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart (The Floacist) have reunited after breaking up from their duo, Floetry, 8 years ago!

While performing in London this week at The Claphand Grand, Marsha surprised the audience, and now fans everywhere, by bringing out Natalie for a reunion performance!

Performing the title track from their 2002 debut album, Floetic, the ladies had the crowd going wild and surely left many crossing their fingers for an official comeback.

Watch the footage of their surprise reunion below!

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Score! Rihanna Named Creative Director of Puma

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That Rihanna reign really isn’t planning to let up anytime soon…

While fans of the singer are becoming antsy over the anticipation for her upcoming album, aptly hashtagged as #R8, the Navy can now add another accomplishment to the their favorite singers totem pole.

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Tinashe Set To Join Iggy Azalea on ‘The Great Escape Tour’

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Tinashe is hitting the road again! This time though, it’s with Grammy-nominated rapper Iggy Azalea.

Set to hit arenas and stadiums across the U.S. kicking off in April 2015, the ladies will also be joined by Pop star Nick Jonas. Cited as Iggy’s first North American outing, “The Great Escape Tour” will make its first stop in Fresno, CA and make its way to Las Vegas, Dallas, Philly, Miami, Atlanta, and more, before wrapping May 24 in Austin, TX.

Tickets for the 24-date tour go on sale to the general public Friday, December 19 at 9 am. However, holders of American Express cards will be able to access pre-sale tickets on December 18. The tour, which follows the debut albums of all three acts, is a big step for the young and talented Tinashe.

While Tinashe and Nick Jonas have already collaborated on the remix to his hit single “Jealous,” we’re wondering if we can expect a collaboration between T and Iggy in the future?

See if the trio will be hitting your city below!

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Jazmine Sullivan Unveils ‘Reality Show’ Album Cover, Release Date & Tracklisting

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The time has finally come for Jazmine Sullivan to give the fans what they’ve been waiting for! While it’s been a little over four years since the release of her last studio album, Love Me Back, the impeccable songstress is bringing her third album Reality Show sooner than you think.

Set to hit shelves on January 13, the long awaited album is a great way to kick off the New Year! Keeping everyone on pins and needles since she re-arrived on the scene earlier this year, Jazmine has delivered three solid singles to lead up to the release of the album. Her most recent single, “Mascara” – which arrived earlier this week – has become a quick fan favorite and has boosted the anticipation for Reality Show more than before.

Now available for pre-order, lovers of the big voiced songstress can breathe easy knowing it’s on its way.

UPDATE: Check out the official album tracklisting below!

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Ne-Yo Unveils ‘Non-Fiction’ Album Cover & Tracklisting

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Ne-Yo is finally ready to let his latest story be told. The R&B hitmaker has unveiled the album cover and official tracklisting for his anticipated sixth studio album Non-Fiction. Previously expected to be released this fall, the album will now hit stores on January 27.

Lead by the singles “Money Can’t Buy” featuring Jeezy and “She Knows” featuring Juicy J, the project is expected to be primarily R&B based, as Ne-Yo has stated in many interviews regarding the album that he wanted to return to his roots, and the LP is 99% R&B. That other 1% will certainly include his recent hit collabo with Pitbull “Time of Our Lives.”

Arriving in a 14 track standard edition, and 21 track deluxe version, the album also includes features from Schoolboy Q (“Run”), T.I. (“One More”), Charisse Mills (“Integrity”), and Candice (“She Said I’m Hood”).

You can peep the tracklisting for the deluxe version below, and pre-order the album on iTunes now.

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Stop The Presses! D’Angelo To Release New Album ‘Black Messiah’ on Dec. 16!!

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After sooo much waiting, doubt, and what felt like false hope, the prayers of fans everywhere will finally, finally be answered!  In an almost surprise release, D’Angelo will in fact be dropping his long awaited third album before the end of 2014, and it fact it will land in stores on December 16!

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Watch: Chris Brown Paints Live Art Piece at Hot 97

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Chris Brown is becoming more and more well known for this graffiti painting skills. Having multiple gallery shows and auctions for his work many fans would love to get their hands on a Breezy original.

Letting the man go wild with the paint, Hot 97 asked Chris to create a live piece for them during a recent visit to the NYC station. While crafting his design, Chris fielded questions about his art inspirations, history of tagging, favorite artists and more.

Watch the footage and peep his design below!

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