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Report: Justin Timberlake Readies New Single for May

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Justin Timberlake is reportedly readying a new single for release as soon as next month.

According to HITS Daily Double, the Max Martin-produced song will appear on DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls soundtrack, which is tentatively set for an October release.

In addition to his musical contribution, Timberlake voices a troll named Branch in the 3D animated film, scheduled to hits theaters on Nov. 4.

Timberlake is also working on a new solo album, his first since 2013’s The 20/20 Experience. HITS claims it will drop in the fourth quarter, with production by Martin and Timberlake’s longtime collaborators Pharrell Williams and Timbaland.

The crooner has been in the studio with Skateboard P and Timbo, and recently shared photos of their sessions on Instagram.

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Beyoncé Kicks Off “Formation World Tour” in Miami

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#LEMONADE season is upon us.

Following the surprise release of her brand new album last Saturday, Beyoncé kicked off her “Formation World Tour” in Miami, FL on Wednesday night (April 27) at Marlins Park.

With the whole world still caught up in all the gossip surrounding the content of the album, Queen Bey does what she always does best, and put on one hell of a special show for her Florida Bey Hive. The concert went well over 2 hours, and featured one of her longest set lists yet. Following a lively opening set by DJ Khaled, who brought out everyone from Rick Ross and Yo Gotti to Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, the superstar launched the show fittingly with the single, “Formation.”

She gave fans exactly what they wanted performing new songs such as “Sorry” and “Daddy Lessons” for the very first time live, and ran through her massive catalog of hits, spanning 6 albums. At one point Beyoncé told the crowd that “All Night” is her favorite record off the LEMONADE album, and she used her classic single “Baby Boy” to segue into the dancehall styled “Hold Up.” She paid tribute to Prince turning the large projector cube on stage to purple and playing “Purple Rain.” Beyoncé’s Destiny’s Child sister Michelle Williams was spotted in the audience, and JAY Z was seen backstage giving Khaled a pep talk.

While closing out the show with “Halo,” Bey said, “I wanna dedicate this to my beautiful husband. I love you so much.”

The “Formation World Tour” is scheduled to hit 21 more North American cities, before heading overseas to UK and Europe. Check out some fan footage and photos from opening night below!

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Chris Brown Readies New Mixtape ‘OHB,’ Announces New Single

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Chris Brown’s got a to-do list for Team Breezy. Still blazing off his “Wrist (Remix)” with Jeezy and Young Thug, the R&B superstar has unloaded an itinerary of his upcoming releases for fans.

Brown shared this 7-point list via Twitter on Tuesday (Apr. 26), starting with his “OHB” mixtape, which is set to drop Friday.

OHB is expected to be a collaborative effort featuring Brown’s ‘Original Hood Bosses’ clique. It follows the presumed first single, “Shut Down.” He also plans to release another song with the Section Boyz and Quavo called “Whippin’,” which he teased on Instagram.

If that wasn’t enough, Breezy will drop a new solo single on May 5 and he’s also gearing up for the European leg of his “One Hell of a Nite Tour” as well as his Welcome to My Life documentary.

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Ashanti Executive Producing and Starring in New Movie ‘Mothers and Daughters’

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Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress Ashanti is Executive Producing her first movie, ‘Mothers and Daughters,’ and making an appearance in the film set for a May 6 release.

Ashanti joins a star-studded cast including Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Courtney Cox, Christina Ricci, Mira Sorvino, Eva Amurri Martino, Paul Wesley and Selma Blair in the Screen Media Film. Ashanti’s song “Mother,” from her album The Declaration, which she wrote for her Mom, is also featured exclusively in the movie.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with this great cast and crew on my first feature film executive producing efforts,” says Ashanti. “I have such a close relationship with my Mom, who is also my Manager, aka Momanger so I really related to this project.”

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Buzzing Singer Bibi Bourelly Announces Debut EP ‘Free The Real: Part 1’

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Def Jam Recordings artist Bibi Bourelly has become a darling of the music industry, and now the buzzing singer/songwriter will finally release Part 1 of her debut EP FREE THE REAL. The EP, due out May 6, will contain Bibi’s new track “Sally” and the Global Top 5 Spotify Viral Breakout, “Ego.” The follow-up sequel of FREE THE REAL will arrive early summer on Def Jam.

Bibi is scheduled to kick off the EP run with a performance on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on May 4. On release day (May 6), Bibi will host the first in a series of “Society Sessions” in New York City. Each session will be a mixture of performances, art and DJ sets from various people in youth culture and, of course, a performance from Bibi herself. Further sessions will take place in Los Angeles, London, and Berlin. Fans can expect to meet Bibi’s co-stars in the “Sally” video, each of whom has overcome personal crisis, has freed themselves of hate and fear, and grown comfortable in their own skin.

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Bryson Tiller’s Debut Album ‘T R A P S O U L’ and Single “Don’t” are Certified Platinum

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Bryson Tiller and streaming go hand-in-hand, as the buzzing singer/rapper is riding his own wave of modern R&B, while the music industry is seeing a large boost in sales certifications now that streaming numbers are factored in to the totals.

Announced today (April 26), the young star’s debut album T R A P S O U L and No. 1 single “Don’t” have both been certified Platinum by the RIAA. T R A P S O U L, which has gone platinum without any guest features, sold nearly 300,000 copies and received over 606 million streams across streaming services including Apple Music and Spotify.

Tiller’s breakout single “Don’t,” which has sold nearly 500,000 digital downloads, has received over 153 million streams across streaming platforms and was No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart for 4 weeks. Additionally, “Don’t” has appeared on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart in the top 15 and the R&B Songs chart in the top 5.

In less than a year, Tiller has become one of music’s most sought-after newcomers, having sold-out 47 dates on his “T R A P S O U L Tour,” in both the U.S. and Europe, including his two recently sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall.

In addition to the celebratory news, Tiller’s latest release is a catchy and unexpected collabo with rapper Fat Joe, which certainly has hit potential. Take a listen below.

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Usher, Maxwell, Jhené Aiko Pay Tribute to Prince

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With festival season under way, many artists all over paid tribute to Prince this past weekend. With his passing coming in between the two weekends of Coachella there were multiple acts that shared their love for the music icon.

Usher was a surprise guest during Major Lazer’s Sunday set and he came through with a couple of special covers, performing “I Would Die 4 U” and “1999.”

He wasn’t alone either as Sufjan Stevens and buzzing singer Gallant covered “Purple Rain,” and Jhené Aiko also joined Gallant for a duet of “Diamonds and Pearls.”

On the other side of the country, Maxwell paid tribute to Prince during his set at Jazz Fest in New Orleans. “We just lost the greatest musician in the world,” Maxwell said. “He was one of the most beloved, one of the most special… Everyone is up on this stage because of him. Prince was not just once but he will forever be the greatest.”

Maxwell then followed with a musical tribute to the late singer, riffing on “This Woman’s Work” with the intro to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Check out some fan footage below.

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Prince Reigns Atop The Billboard 200

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Rest Up Purple One!

In the wake of Prince‘s passing on April 21, the music icon now rules the Billboard 200 chart with the No. 1 and No. 2 albums.

Selling 179,000 equivalent album units, The Very Best of Prince tops the chart, marking Prince’s fifth stay at No. 1. It’s his first since 2006’s 3121. Meanwhile, Purple Rain comes in at No. 2 with 69,000 units, which includes 63,000 in pure album sales.

Overall, Prince’s discography, which is only available for streaming through TIDAL, saw an increase of 5,298 percent in sales after moving 256,000 units.

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