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Beyoncé Announces “The Formation World Tour”

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No Chill for Queen Bey!

Immediately following Beyoncé‘s Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show performance with Coldplay and Bruno Mars, a haunting TV commercial officially announced “The Formation World Tour,” named after her brand new single “Formation.”

The stadium tour is slated to kick off April 27.  Tickets are available for pre-sale on Feb. 9, and regular sale on Feb. 16.

 

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Tank Announces “Sex, Love & Pain Tour”

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R&B General Tank is here to give you a little bonus from his recent release to the long anticipated album Sex, Love & Pain II and no, it’s definitely not an added track.

Announcing through Instagram that he will in fact be heading out on tour, the dates are coming soon than you think! Kicking off on March 7 in Dallas, Texas, the 16-date tour will travel across the U.S. with a final performance on April 4 in Los Angeles at the El Rey.

“I AM PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE FIRST CONFIRMED DATES FOR THE “SEX LOVE AND PAIN” TOUR!..For everyone who comes to the shows and has proof of a purchased album we’ll be doing something special for you! Can’t wait to get to your city!.. #RnBMoney #SLP2 #OutNow#TankTv #TheGeneral #SLPTour,” he captioned.

Currently, Tank is on an album signing tour in a city near you as well.

Take a look at the tour dates below and see if he’ll be in your city!

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K. Michelle Unveils New Album Title, Cover Art and Tracklisting

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One of R&B’s most talented current stars K. Michelle is ready for round 3.

Taking to social media on Friday to reveal the album title, cover art, and track listing for her anticipated third studio album, the talented singer gave fans a little more insight on what to expect from the project. Titled More Issues Than Vogue, the new album will be available for pre-order on February 12.

Showcasing a side view of K blowing a bubble with a man trapped inside, the cover also features slanderous words that have been said about her such as “Thot,” “Liar,” “Fake Booty,” and “Bipolar.”

Serving as the follow-up to 2014’s Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, MITV is led by the single “Not a Little Bit,” and only hosts one feature from Jason Derulo. While we await the new album and a video for its lead single, be sure to catch the second season of VH1’s “K. Michelle: My Life” Monday’s at 9:30pm.

Check out the tracklist below!

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Tinashe, Lion Babe Announced As New Faces of M.A.C. Cosmetics

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LOOK at what 2016 is shaping up to be!

If you don’t think the ladies of the industry are out here working, then take another look! Aside from the known work ethic of Beyoncé and Rihanna, the industry can welcome a few new fresh faces to the “she works hard for the money” mantra.

Announcing today that Tinashe, Lion Babe‘s Jillian Hervey, Dej Loaf, and Halsey will all have their own piece to the new “Future Forward” line.

 “It feels like a great thing to be able to support artists who are breaking through but aren’t necessarily at the top top, to push them forward,” James Gager, M.A.C’s Senior Vice President and Group Creative Director, said to Billboard.
Aiming to tie each one of the artists product to their work, M.A.C. has created a fun way to do so. Using song titles to name her shades in her “Times Nine Palette” eye-shadow, which is priced at $32, is one way the company merged Tinashe’s work with her product.

Congrats to all the ladies on their new collaboration!

Take a look at the official announcements via Twitter below!

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Maxwell Announces New Album Set for 2016 Release!

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Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the world was first introduced to R&B icon Maxwell?!

April 2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of his outstanding debut album Urban Hang Suite, which brought us some of our favorite Maxwell tracks including “Whenever, Wherever, Whatever,” and “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder).”

If you’re like us and wondering where part 2 of the R&B crooner’s trilogy has been hiding, wonder no more! After talking with the good people over at Essence Magazine, Max gave us a long-awaited update on blackSUMMERS’night — the follow up to 2009’s BLACKsummers’night— and promises that fans will have their hands on the much-anticipated album sooner than they think.

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Rihanna Set To Perform At The 58th Grammy’s

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Well, well, well! A trip to “Ellen” yesterday wasn’t just for tour promotion, we see!

While her appearance was refreshing and lol worthy, Rihanna began what would we would predict to be a long slue of upcoming appearances.

Adding to the anticipation of her upcoming “Anti World Tour,” the Bajan beauty announced through Twitter that she will indeed be performing at The 58th Grammy’s on Monday, February 15. A holder of 8 Grammy awards, Rihanna joined last year’s line-up performing her buzz single “FourFiveSeconds.”

Although the full album has been released and the single leading the album is her collaboration with ex-lover Drake, one has to wonder what she’ll be performing for fans this time around. Does this mean Drake will be making an appearance as well or will we be hearing a few new tunes?

Seems like “Work” isn’t just the title to her new single! Check out the announcement via Twitter below!

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Alicia Keys Sends Video Valentine to Speaker Paul Ryan

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If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to receive a video Valentine from Alicia Keys the singer has given us an example with her new message to Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Keys has been very active in her passion to help end the mass incarceration of non-violent crime offenders, a situation which constantly breaks up families and affects them forever.

Taking a surprising approach with this video, Keys addresses Ryan (by his first name, asking, “Can I call you Paul?”) with a little sweet talk, saying, “I recently saw a picture of you working out and I was like, ‘Mmm, I never saw the Speaker of the House working out before. He must be cool!’

“Are you cool, Paul?” she asks before daring him to “show me how cool you are. In fact you can even maybe be my Valentine if you help me spread some love.”

The love she is referring to is a vote to reform “excessive incarceration” to “keep families together and reunite those that have been unjustly torn apart.” She then shows off a Valentine’s Day card that says “You have a heart of gold,” and instructs viewers to go to WeAreHereMovement.com where they can send their own Valentines to Ryan.

“You’re welcome in advance for the thousand little love notes that are coming your way,” Keys coos slightly menacingly to Ryan, revealing the real purpose behind the video — to bombard the Speaker with pleas from citizens to enact justice reform.

Watch her seductive video message below.

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In Final Interview, Maurice White Reflects on Earth, Wind & Fire’s History and His Vision: ‘Music Was Playing In My Head’

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With the news of Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder Maurice White‘s passing today, Billboard has quickly released a brand new interview, one of his last, which they conducted with him via e-mail last month surrounding the announcement of the groups Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

White was unable to grant a full interview due to his Parkinson’s, but he did answer a few questions about the founding of the group, commercial breakthrough, winning his first Grammy Award, if he hears his influence in contemporary R&B and more.

Check out some excerpts below.

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