Erykah Badu Reveals ‘But You Caint Use My Phone’ Cover Art & Tracklisting


Black Friday will soon become “Badu Friday” as the famed and eccentric singer known as Erykah Badu will release her new project, But You Caint Use My Phone. Inspired by the infamous line from 1997’s hit-single “Tyrone,” the mixtape will be available exclusively on iTunes and streaming via Apple Music for one week with a December 4 release for additional digital retailers and streaming partners.

The newest release from Ms. Badu serves as her first full project since the 2010’s New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh), and comes after fans went into a frenzy about her rendition of Drake’s hit track “Hotline Bling” – which has been renamed “Cell U Lar Device” for the project.

Featuring 11 full-length tracks, But You Caint Use My Phone was written, recorded and mixed within 12 days in her hometown of Dallas, TX. Collaborating with producer Zach Witnessin, the upcoming release has much anticipation from fans of the talented songstress. Set to include a few surprise guests – all of which recorded their contributions in the same bedroom studio – each song on the mixtape makes a clear reference to our use of telephones and how we depend on typing connected.

Erykah can also be seen hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 29 at 8 p.m. ET on BET and will perform “Phone Down” for the first time.

Check out the tracklisting for BYCUMP below!

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Beyoncé Reportedly Set To Launch Spring 2016 Project

Beyonce Knowles, (wearing TOPSHOP TOPMAN)

In 2014, news broke that Beyoncé would be taking on the world again as she joined forces with UK apparel and accessory brand, Topshop, to bring about the follow-up to the early ’00s House of Deréon line that she created with her mother – Tina Knowles.

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Watch the Trailer for John Legend-Produced Civil War Drama ‘Underground’


John Legend is swapping his piano bench for the executive producer’s seat on the upcoming Civil War drama Underground.

Debuting in early 2016, the WGN scripted series will tell the emotional stories of plantation slaves trying to fight for freedom and flee the war through the Underground Railroad. From the writers of Heroes, Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, the show will feature some familiar faces with actors Jussie Smollett (Empire), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights), Chris Meloni (Law and Order: SVU) and Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton) set to star.

The teaser prominently spotlights the A$AP Rocky cut “Everyday” featuring Miguel. Legend will oversee the show’s musical aspects after already seeing success in film after he and rapper Common bagged an Oscar for the 2014 Selma soundtrack “Glory” in February.

Check out the teaser below.

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August Alsina Talks New Chris Brown Collaboration


August Alsina is gearing up to release his sophomore album This Thing Called Life on Dec. 11. During a recent interview with Rap-Up, the New Orleans native revealed the album boasts collaborations with Jadakiss, Anthony Hamilton, and Chris Brown, who appears on the Knucklehead-produced “Been Around the World.”

“It’s the dopest record for Chris and I,” shared Alsina. “It’s a very, very fun record. Like I said, I been around the world and experienced a lot of whatever—a lot of girls, a lot of situations, so to sum it up, that’s the song.”

He also spoke about the idea of a joint album with Breezy. “You never know. It depends on where we at in life,” he said. “I’m so much of a lifestyle artist, it just depends on where we at. But I definitely think it would be a dope situation.”

Peep the interview below:

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Rihanna Announces “ANTI World Tour,” Unlocks First ‘AntiDiary’ Room


The domination is upon us. Rihanna has announced her “ANTI World Tour,” in advance of her upcoming album, ANTI.

The 60-date trek, powered by Samsung, will kick off in February. Travis Scott will join her on the North American leg, while The Weeknd and Big Sean will serve as supporting acts in Europe.

The North American leg starts Feb. 26 in San Diego and travels to arenas in cities including Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Brooklyn, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, wrapping May 7 in Oakland. She will then head to Europe in June for shows in the U.K., Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, France, Germany, and more.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, Dec. 3. TIDAL members will have access to an exclusive pre-sale starting 10 a.m. local time on Monday, Nov. 30.

In addition, she has launched her ‘ANTIdiaRy’ experience in partnership with Samsung, leading up to the release of her eighth album. Inspired by Roy Nachum, who designed the ANTI cover art, the creative collaboration takes fans on a mysterious journey through Rihanna’s life story.

In the first clip, titled “Bedroom,” Rihanna reflects on her childhood while in an all-white room with two children. She picks up a key labeled “R8” and follows them through a hall before they disappear into a dark room. We see another child, presumably her, wearing a gold crown like the cover art.

Peep the visual, and see a full tour itinerary below.

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Rihanna Launches ‘AntiDiary’ Experience


Rihanna isn’t playing around anymore, as anticipation builds stronger and stronger for her long-awaited new album ANTI. Today, RiRi launched a new website for the album called in promotion of the project.

It’s unclear what the experience will offer, but users are asked to sign up for a mailing list via their mobile device, while a video plays in the background.

“She’s waiting for you. Are you in? Go to on your mobile device,” reads a message on the site. The Samsung logo appears at the bottom of the page.

Rihanna’s partnership with Samsung, reportedly valued at $25 million, includes sponsorship of ANTI and her upcoming tour. Samsung plans to use Rihanna to help promote its Galaxy line of products and wants exclusive use of Rihanna-related video content for its Milk Music app.

While unconfirmed, HITS Daily Double reports that the album will arrive on Black Friday, Nov. 27. It will be available exclusively on TIDAL for a week before hitting stores and other digital retailers on Dec. 4.

Rihanna recently shot a video for a new song in Los Angeles, which had her wearing a custom latex catsuit.  Peep the teaser below:

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Monica Reveals ‘Code Red’ Release Date, Album Cover, Tracklisting & Releases Title Track

Monica Code Red

New Monica is on the the way!

The Grammy Award winning singer and R&B veteran has announced that her eighth studio album, Code Red, will be released on December 18!

“Each time I complete an album it’s a milestone that I in no way take lightly,” explains Monica. “Code Red embodies my love for true music and an art form that has touched many over the years. …this cover speaks volumes as to how I feel. Empowered. Motivated. Dedicated. I’m fully immersed in this necessary movement for R&B Music. There’s no greater feeling than doing what you love with authenticity. I give you Code Red.”

Executive produced by Polow Da Don and Monica, Code Red is a stand out return from the R&B Queen. The LP boasts features from Lil Wayne, Timbaland, and Akon. Close friend, Missy Elliott even returns to Monica’s musical journey on the title track.

Anxious fans can pre-order Code Red on iTunes now, and receive instant downloads of her current single “Just Right For Me” featuring Lil Wayne and the album’s title track, “Code Red.” Mo is currently on her 22-city “Code Red Experience” tour, with Rico Love, and will be performing across North America until she wraps on December 13th in NYC.

Take a listen to the title track and peep the tracklisting below!

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First Look: John Legend and Alicia Keys Perform for ‘Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America’


This Friday, November 20, A&E will air the exclusive concert and special “Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America” and “Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America,” beginning at 8 PM ET.

Artists including Aloe Blacc, Andra Day, Nick Jonas, Tom Morello, Smokey Robinson and Big Sean will join the previously announced performers including John Legend, Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Tori Kelly, Miguel, Pink, Jill Scott, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Pharrell Williams. LL Cool J, Marshall Faulk, Morgan Freeman, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Kurt Warner and Nick Young are among the presenters joining the telecast.

Alicia Keys, John Legend and Pharrell Williams took extraordinary journeys to Baltimore, Ferguson and Charleston, where they met with a diverse group of residents in communities at the center of the national conversation on racial inequality and violence. Joined by NPR’s Michele Norris with John Legend in Ferguson, award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien with Pharrell Williams in Charleston and ABC News’ Byron Pitts with Alicia in Baltimore, these visits included intimate discussions and special private performances by each for those most effected. These incredibly moving, heart wrenching and eye-opening moments will be featured throughout the two-hour concert, as well as in the one-hour special, “Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America,” airing immediately following the concert on A&E Network and at 10 PM ET/PT.

Take an early look at Keys and Legends performances during their visits to Baltimore and Ferguson with the clips below:

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