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Beyoncé Covers TIME, Named One of World’s “Most Influential People”

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“Got damn, got damn, got damn!”

Beyoncé has given us another reason to say she’s one of the best to ever do it! Continuing her run to the finish line of success, Mrs. Carter can now add gracing the cover of TIME Magazine to her list of astounding accolades.

The prosperous and world renowned outlet named the singer as one of the world’s “Most Influential People,” landing her the front cover of the 11th annual “TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World” issue. The list, which is intended to serve as a roundup of those who have inspired others over the past year, also included Pharrell, who has a resume unlike many of his counterparts.

A force to be reckoned with and a hardworking star, there are few who could doubt that Beyoncé was deserving of a spot on this year’s list. Although some might disagree with her gracing the cover, one has to be honest and note that between the 32-year-old’s album and tours over the last year, she has indeed become an influential figure to all women in the world.

“Shooting for Time Magazine was definitely one of the goals in my life,” Bey said. “It’s something important for me as an artist, because it’s not about fashion or beauty or music, it’s about the influence I’ve had on culture.”

In addition to landing the coveted cover, Beyoncé gave Time the online premiere of the music video for her song “Pretty Hurts,” which if you bought the album you’ve probably already seen.  She also launched the website www.whatispretty.com, to start a conversation: How do you define pretty? She is asking fans to upload a photo or video to Instagram tagged #WhatIsPretty that captures what the word means to you.

Take a look at more shots from the spread below, along with a behind-the-scenes visual, and don’t forget to grab the issue when it hits stands April 25.

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Solange Announces New Album for the Fall

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Fans of the youngest Knowles sister can breath easy! Taking to her Twitter account during last night’s Q&A, Solange announced that there will indeed be a solo album coming from her…sooner than we think!

Catch the details below!

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Chris Brown’s D.C. Assault Trial Delayed For Months

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Chris Brown‘s trial for misdemeanor assault in Washington, D.C., has been put on hold for months after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case.

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August Alsina Debuts No. 2 on the Billboard Chart

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August Alsina has given the world his Testimony, and the fans have shown their support! The rising star’s debut album has landed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on the R&B chart, selling over 67,000 copies of the NNTME/Def Jam album.

August’s tale of survival has been preceded by numerous fan favorite releases including “Get Ya Money” featuring Fabolous, and the singles “I Luv This Sh*t” featuring Trinidad James, “Ghetto” featuring Yo Gotti, “Make It Home” featuring Jeezy and the most recent “Kissin On My Tattoos.”

The release date of Testimony carried personal significance for August; April 15th was the birthday of his older brother, Melvin LaBranch III, who inspired August to pursue music. Tragically, Melvin was gunned down in New Orleans in 2010, just days before August’s 18th birthday.

“As an artist,” August reflects, “I struggle with how much of myself to give to the people. How much I want my personal business to be judged. I think the EP struck a good balance of who I am and what I’ve been through, but that was just the beginning. Nothing is held back on TESTIMONY. When people hear my story, and see that I came from nothing, they’ll see that it’s possible for them too.”

Read our review here.

Big congrats to Aug and the NNTME family!


Miguel Hits The Studio with DJ Premier

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Miguel has released three excellent tracks this year, continuing to build on his status as an international star and making his third album one of the most anticipated forthcoming projects this year.

While fans patiently await his next release the R&B maverick has been busy working with many of the best in the business. Taking to Instagram to share some news with his followers, Miguel has revealed that he has been in the studio with hip-hop legend DJ Premier.

“Honored work w you Big Bro @djpremier #livinglegend #artgang #artdealerchic,” he wrote while sharing a short video clip, which shows them sitting on a studio couch while he plays the guitar.

“Banged out some iLL shit with @miguelunlimited in Cali…he’s fast writing and records himself right at the board…no booth…Jack Daniels & Cazadores Tequila…Dope Professional Session,” wrote Premo.

This is a very exciting collaboration. Looking forward to hearing what they are working on! Are you? Get a sneak peek with the video clip below:

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Tank, Sevyn Streeter, Marsha Ambrosius & More Coming To a City Near You on the ‘Road To ESSENCE’

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All roads are leading to New Orleans this July 4th weekend for the 20th ESSENCE Festival! Getting fans ready for the extravagant weekend, ESSENCE has partnered with Walmart for “The Road to ESSENCE Festival” mini-tour series. Kicking off this Saturday, April 26 the events will give residents a free day of live music, empowering conversations, cool give-aways and much more!

The action will take place at Walmart stores and will feature an entertaining combination of empowering conversations with local influencers and live performances from music acts such as Tank, Sevyn Streeter, Marsha Ambrosius, Syleena Johnson, Avery*Sunshine and more. Free and open to the public, local residents will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, attend panel discussions and hear from ESSENCE editors and motivational speakers such as renowned clinical psychologist, Dr. Sherry Blake, professor and entertainment manager, Dr. Syleecia Thompson and more.

“With a shared commitment to help people live better, ESSENCE and Walmart have partnered to bring empowerment and entertainment to the community,” said Michelle Ebanks, President, ESSENCE. “Road to ESSENCE Festival is an exciting opportunity for our partners to engage our audience early and bring the Festival experience of live music, celebrity entertainment, inspirational conversation and giveaways directly to the backyards of our ESSENCE Festival family.”

Check out the tour dates below:

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RCA To Release ‘The Essential R. Kelly’ CD

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R. Kelly is currently traveling the country on his “Black Panties Tour,” which will hit Jacksonville, Florida this Friday, April 25 on it’s next stop. While he has plenty of new music in the works that we are already anticipating, his diehard fans will be able to add another release to their collections this May.

RCA will be releasing the official best-of album ‘The Essential R. Kelly‘ under the Jive label on May 19. The 35-song, double-disc set will feature his biggest hits including “Down Low,” “Bump & Grind,” “Ignition (Remix),” “When A Woman Loves,” “I Believe I Can Fly” and many more. Plus, it includes hard-to-find remixes, rare movie soundtrack cuts (several of them out of print), and career-defining collaborations.

Take a look at the promo video below:

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Beyoncé Working On Another Surprise Project?

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Well, well, well…it seems like Beyoncé is at it again! For as last year brought on one of the most talked about body-of-works from the starlet, it seems as if she’s keeping up with the flow of catching fans off guard.

Catch more after the jump!

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