PERFORMANCES

Watch: Luke James Performs “Options” on ‘Midnight Roses Experience’

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Only days away from the release of his anticipated self-titled debut album, Luke James continues to show off his artistry on the stage with a stunning live performance of his single “Options,” from his ‘Midnight Roses Experience’ show.

Wearing all white, the R&B crooner delivers another captivating display of emotion as he belts out the extremely personal song.  The all female audience hang on his every word as he leaves it all on the stage through the smoke machines purple haze.

Luke’s debut album hits stores on Tuesday, Sept. 23, you can pre-order it on iTunes now.

Check out the impressive new performance video below!

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The Weeknd Kicks Off “King of the Fall” Tour

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The Weeknd kicked off his “King of the Fall” tour at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday night. The Canadian crooner was joined by supporting acts ScHoolboy Q and Jhené Aiko on the first date of his four-city tour.

Fresh off the release of her debut album Souled Out, Aiko warmed up the stage with her soulful songs including “Lyin King,” “Spotless Mind,” and “The Pressure,” as well as material off her EP Sail Out.

But, the sold-out crowd were anxiously awaiting the man of the night to take the stage, and he lit up the arena, delivering a seductive set that included fan favorites like “Wicked Games,” “Twenty Eight,” new single “Often,” and much more. He also performed his cover of Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” and Ty Dolla $ign’s “Or Nah (Remix).”

The short tour will play Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Sept. 21, L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 9, and San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Oct. 10.

Check out some footage from the XO takeover of BK below:

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Usher, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande Perform at iHeartRadio Music Festival

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The iHeartRadio Music Festival returned to Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena for two days of the biggest music stars on the planet. Friday’s jam-packed lineup included Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Usher, Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, and Coldplay, with plenty of surprises.

Queen Nicki delivered her biggest hits including “Super Bass,” “Beez in the Trap,” and “Anaconda,” and even spit her verse on Beyoncé’s “Flawless (Remix)” a cappella. She also brought out Ariana Grande for “Bang Bang,” and closed with “Starships.”

Ariana served up a soaring set of her own with “The Way” and “Problem,” as well as new cuts off her No. 1 album My Everything. While her rumored boyfriend Big Sean was backstage, Childish Gambino joined her on stage for “Break Your Heart Right Back.”

Usher lit up the arena with his UR singles “Good Kisser” and “She Came to Give It to You,” and surprised the crowd by bringing out Chris Brown for “New Flame.”

Surprise guest Alicia Keys, whose second child is due in November, showed off her baby bump and blessed the stage with her empowering new anthem “We Are Here.”

Check out the highlights from night 1 below:

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Angie Fisher Performs Acoustic Rendition of “I.R.S.”

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Emerging songstress Angie Fisher had us picking our jaws off the floor from her stunning vocal on her debut single “I.R.S.

Now, the exceptional singer shows off her pipes on camera with a special unplugged performance, recorded at the YouTube Space in L.A., of the soulful song featuring Gino Matteo on guitar.

Until recently, Fisher was an acclaimed and in-demand session and background singer. She has worked with the best of the best including Michael Jackson, Christina Aquilera, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige and many more. She is currently working on her debut album.

Watch her performance below:

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Jhené Aiko Performs “The Pressure” on ‘Today’ Show

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Jhené Aiko rose bright and early on a chilly Friday morning in NYC to share her angelic voice with a live performance on the ‘TODAY’ show.

In a long, white lace dress, the L.A. songstress stripped down her single “The Pressure” with some help from her guitarist Jeff.

Her debut album Souled Out entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3 this week, selling 70,000 copies in its first week.

Jhené will kick off the “King of the Fall” tour with The Weeknd and ScHoolboy Q tonight at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Watch her latest performance below:

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Exclusive: Ne-Yo Performs “She Knows” at ‘Fostering a Legacy Benefit’ in NYC

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Last Friday, Ne-Yo‘s Compound Foundation hosted their 3rd annual ‘Fostering A Legacy Benefit’ in New York City. The glamorous event, held at Gotham Hall, was sponsored by Porsche and hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Jay Pharoah and Ne-Yo himself.

In addition to honoring individuals and companies who have excelled with leadership in foster care, adoption and community work, and raising funds for The Compound Foundation, the special evening featured performances from Trey Songz and Ne-Yo.

During his closing set, Ne-Yo treated the diverse audience to his first live performance of his brand new single “She Knows” featuring Juicy J.

The club banger is the second release off the R&B stars forthcoming album Non-Fiction which is now due out early 2015.

Check out our footage of his performance below and pick up the single on iTunes now.

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Jennifer Hudson Performs on ‘America’s Got Talent’ Finale

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Jennifer Hudson helped close out season 9 of “America’s Got Talent” on Wednesday night.

The multi award winning diva brought down the house with a dazzling performance of her R. Kelly-assisted single “It’s Your World” off her new album JHUD, due out September 23. She then joined contestant Quintavious Johnson for a duet of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” which brought the crowd to its feet.

While he didn’t win the competition, JHUD still praised the 12-year-old. “Quintavious is amazing ! That child can sing!!! That’s right baby, bring back the music! So proud of u!” she tweeted.

Watch her soaring performance below:

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Elle Varner Performs “Don’t Wanna Dance” on ‘Queen Latifah Show’

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The new season of ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ is under way, and gracing the stage on Monday as the musical guest was none other than Elle Varner. The soulful vocalist delivered her first televised performance of current single “Don’t Wanna Dance,” sans A$AP Ferg.

Rocking a white and black Varsity style jacket and ripped black jeans, Elle showed her confident, sexy new persona performing the homebody anthem for the live audience.

The singer is currently prepping for the release of her anticipated sophomore album 4 Letter Word, which is coming this fall.

Watch her hit the ‘Big Sexy’ (as Queen Latifah calls it) stage below:

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