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Janet Jackson Unveils ‘Unbreakable’ Cover, Tracklisting, Release Date and Title Track

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Fresh off the first string of dates for new tour, Janet Jackson has made the announcement for all things Unbreakable! Marking her first album in seven years, the Pop tycoon’s well anticipated project will touch down on October 2 via Rhythm Nation Records/BMG.

Collaborating yet again with longtime vets, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for executive production, the 17-track album includes features from J.Cole with the chart-topping single “No Sleeep,” and Missy Elliott – who lends her fire flame lyrics on the club banger, “Burnitup!” The latter which was premiere during her “Unbreakable World Tour” along with two other new new singles, including the title track.

“It’s wonderful to be creating again with Janet. From songwriting, producing, arranging, singing, dancing, acting, she deftly does it all and truly personifies the word artist,” said Jam and Lewis. “Unbreakable is a gift to all of her fans who have steadfastly stood by her. It is a subject for conversation, a plea for compassion, and a call for action from someone who’s come a long way, but got a long way to go, and has much to say about it. In other words, if you want to know what’s on her mind you only have to listen.”

Unbreakable is available for pre-order on iTunes now. Take a look at the album tracklisting and hear the title track below:

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New Music: Diggy feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Omarion – Fakin

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Diggy Simmons has kept it moving over the last few weeks with a stream of new material. Now, Rev Run’s 20-year-old son debuts his smooth new single “Fakin” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Omarion.

Diggy rides the sensual production by K’ron wooing a prospective lover with a rap/sung verse. Maybach O joins in with smooth harmonies and Ty$ drops the catchy chorus.

“Cause we a book and this only the first chapter / I’m tryin to cuff you before I spell cuff backwards,” says Diggy.

He is currently prepping for the release of his new project due this fall, and he will star in the BET original movie “The Start Up,” premiering Sept. 19.

Take a listen below:

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Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert Are Expecting a Baby

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Congratulations are in order from Teyana Taylor! The R&B singer and her boyfriend, Cleveland Cavaliers star Iman Shumpert, are expecting a baby together.

Amidst pregnancy rumors, Shumpert made the official announcement on Instagram and posted a photo of the baby’s Sonogram. The couple has already revealed the name for their daughter, Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. She is due Jan. 16, 2016.

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Tinashe Announces Sophomore Album ‘Joyride’

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Only a day after ending her Aquarius era with the video for “Bet” & “Feels Like Vegas,” Tinashe has announced her sophomore album Joyride.

“I always had it in the back of my head, but it started to become more and more relevant to my current state of my career,” she tells Rolling Stone. “With all this traveling I’ve done this past year and everything I’ve gone through, it just really feels like an adventure, a journey, a ride.”

She collaborated with Drake on a track that she recorded for Aquarius, and has been in the studio with hitmakers including Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Hit-Boy, Travi$ Scott, Nic Nac, Dev Hynes, and Boi-1da, who produced the first single “Party Favors.”

“‘Party Favors” is one of my favorites,” says Tinashe, “and that will be the first song that we will drop within the next week or so, and it’ll be the first taste of the album everyone will get which is exciting. It’s a very in-your-face first impression.”

Like her debut, she recorded some of Joyride in her home bedroom in between tour dates with Nicki Minaj. “A big part of it was the focus going into it, which was that we weren’t going to make a lot of songs, and it wasn’t going to be so experimental. We definitely knew what we wanted going in, and we were a lot more efficient in achieving it. I have so much other stuff going on that we really didn’t have any other options!”

She describes the album, due in November, as “inspiring, exciting, dangerous, adventurous, explosive!”

Watch the provocative trailer for Joyride below:

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BET Announces New Docu-Series, Set To Feature Beyoncé, Chris Brown, And More

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If you’re like us, when the news of the revival of BET’s popular after hours show “Uncut” had arrived, we were thrilled knowing that a portion of our past was coming back. Imagine our surprise though, and yours too we’re sure, when we found out it was all a lie and just another way to plug the revival of another fan favorite show from MTV, “Punk’d.” While we were pretty blowed that “Uncut” wasn’t returning, we found peace this week in knowing that a spin on another nostalgic show from our past is set to premiere in just a matter of days.

If you happened to be around when MTV’s popular hit show “Diary” was on television on VH1’s “Behind the Music,” then this will definitely be news that you’ll appreciate.

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The Weeknd Set To Perform on ‘SNL’

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They say patience is really a virtue and The Weeknd is really showing that his patience is paying off! From the endorsements rolling in to a new album rolling out, the Canadian crooner has literally been having the time of his life as of late.

Adding to the high that he’s on, it was announced on Tuesday that he would be one of the first three performers to grace the ‘SNL’ stage for its 41st season.

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Ne-Yo & Crystal Renay Announce They’re Pregnant….And Married?!

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It appears a big CONGRATS is in order for Ne-Yo!

The R&B singer/songwriter has apparently tied the knot with his girlfriend, model Crystal Renay, and the two are expecting their first child together!

The couple alluded to the news on Instagram, and now according to ET a source has confirmed the rumor to the true.

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Recap & Photos: BMI R&B/Hip Hop Awards 2015

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On Friday night BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) , the global leader in music rights management, presented the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.  The star-studded event celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year.

Grammy Award-winning songwriter, composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, Nile Rodgers was honored with the BMI Icon Award for his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers and his ability to connect people through song.

The evening featured a slew of performances: B.o.B opened with a medley of hits, followed by IloveMakonnen who kept the energy going with “Tuesday.” Backed by music director Rickey Minor, as well as band and Donald Lawrence’s vocals, the high-powered Icon tribute was kicked off by R&B chanteuses Kelly Price covering “Upside Down,” Deborah Cox’s delivery of “I’m Coming Out,” Kathy Sledge and the Company offering a rousing rendition of “We Are Family,” and V. Bozeman’s vibrant version of “I Want Your Love.”  The celebration continued with CeeLo Green’s dynamic performance of “Let’s Dance.”  The night concluded with the top honoree taking the stage to perform fan favorites “Good Times” and “Rappers Delight,” with hip-hop legend Chuck D joining Rodgers.

Additional top honors presented at the awards ceremony: John Legend “All of Me” earned the Song of the Year prize; DJ Mustard was crowned the Songwriter of the Year for penning hits “2 On,” “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” “I Don’t F**ck With You,” “Main Chick,” “My Hitta,” “Na Na,” “No Mediocre,” “Paranoid,” “Show Me,” and “Who Do You Love?.” DJ Mustard also won the coveted Producer of the Year award for the second year in a row, while Universal Music Publishing Group accepted the prestigious Publisher of the Year crystal for having 18 of the most-performed songs from the previous year. BMI also recognized top producers Kanye West, J Cole, Jim Jonsin, Michael “Finatik” Mulé and Isaac De Boni.

BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton shared the evening’s hosting duties with R&B artist and actor Ray J.

Check out photos and video footage below:

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