PERFORMANCES

Charlie Wilson Performs “Infectious” with Snoop Dogg on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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Charlie Wilson and Snoop Dogg brought a party to ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Thursday night. Performing on the indoor stage the frequent collaborators delivered a funky set of their new single “Infectious,” off Uncle Charlie’s latest album Forever Charlie.

They have also switched roles as Charlie is featured on Snoop’s new single “Peaches N Cream,” off his upcoming album Bush.

Charlie has been the latest artist added to the growing list of star performers for the upcoming 2015 ESSENCE Music Festival taking place in New Orleans July 4th weekend.

Check out their groovy performance below:

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Mariah Carey Sings Carpool Karaoke on ‘The Late Late Show’

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Mariah Carey helped welcome the new host of “The Late Late Show,” James Corden, to L.A. with some carpool karaoke. The British comedian got behind the wheel of his Range Rover and rode around L.A. with the pop diva in the passenger’s seat.

They passed the time by singing some of Mariah’s biggest hits including “Always Be My Baby” and “Vision of Love.” James rapped Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s part on “Fantasy” before capping off the joyride with Mariah’s Hit-Boy-produced single “Thirsty.”

A reissue of her greatest hits album #1’s will be released in May to coincide with her Las Vegas residency, which kicks off May 6 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Watch the comedic clip below:

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BET Music Matters Presents: The Wonda Sessions – Adrian Marcel

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BET has added another component to their Music Matters division to highlight emerging new artists by teaming up with multi-platinum producer Jerry Wonda and creating The Wonda Sessions. The new in-studio performance series will feature exclusive, intimate sessions from some of today’s buzzing  young singers, filmed and recorded in NYC at Wonda’s Platinum Sound Studios, and will air as interstitials on BET Networks.

Jerry Wonda, the Haitian-born musical composer and record producer, has worked with artists such as The Fugees, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, Miguel, and many more. Announcing the new series today, the premiere Wonda Session showcases Music Matters artist Adrian Marcel performing his song “My Life,” and the interstitials will be shown this week during “Being Mary Jane” and BET Star Cinemas “Why Did I Get Married.”

Check out Adrian’s performance below, and look out for future sessions featuring Antonique Smith, Bridgette Kelly, and Ro James.

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Usher Surprises Nico & Vinz on Tour in Manchester

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Usher has been running through Europe on the international leg of his “UR Experience” tour this month.  Bringing “Am I Wrong” duo Nico & Vinz along with him as his opening act this time, the R&B superstar decided to do something special for the fellas during their show in Manchester on Monday night.

As if he doesn’t dance enough during his own set, Ursh surprised the audience, and Nico & Vinz themselves, when he danced his way to the front of the stage during their performance of “Am I Wrong.” Cheers filled the arena, and Nico literally fell over when he turned his shoulder and saw Usher behind him.

Usher will be returning to the U.S. soon to finish up work on his eighth studio album. His new collabo with Chris Brown, “All Falls Down,” sprung a leak over the weekend, and he has also joined DJ/producer Martin Garrix on the feel-good new dance single “Don’t Look Down.”

Check out the official footage from the special tour moment below:

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Ariana Grande Does Spot-On Celine Dion Impression on ‘The Tonight Show’

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Ariana Grande has won over many fans and critics alike with her powerful pipes, but many will be surprised to know that she can also imitate one of the greatest voices of all time. For her first-ever late night talk show interview, the Pop star paid a visit to “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” on Friday night.

During their chat, Jimmy put the petite songstress on the spot asking her to show off her impersonation of legendary singer Celine Dion. Giving her a little push he persuaded her to join him in a duet of “Beauty and the Beast.” Nailing the Canadian accent and body movements perfectly Ariana had Jimmy and the audience cracking up.

In addition to her interview, she joined Jimmy for a comedic sketch in his “Ew!” series.

Watch both clips below:

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The Weeknd Performs “Earned It” on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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The Weeknd has brought his XO vibes to Austin, Texas for SXSW. On Thursday night, the Canadian crooner seduced the crowd at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ with his hit single “Earned It,” off the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, which is currently No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Earlier in the evening, he performed at the YouTube at Coppertank showcase during SXSW.

The Weeknd is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to his 2013 album Kiss Land, which may be released later this year.

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Ledisi Rocks the Mic on ‘Good Morning America’ with “Rock With You”

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Incredible songstress Ledisi continues to build her empire as she brought her show to Good Morning America on Wednesday morning.

Performing her single “Rock With You” live on the long running show, the Grammy-nominated singer – backed by her funky band – gave the crowd something to appreciate. Truly one of the more talented artists today, it’s amazing to see Ledisi’s journey throughout the industry.

She is currently performing across North America on “The Intimate Truth” tour with Leela James and Raheem Devaughn.

Take a look at the performance below:

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The Weeknd Performs “Earned It” at Juno Awards

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The Weeknd received much love from his native Canada on Sunday at the 2015 Juno Awards. Dressed in a bespoke suit, the singer seduced the crowd at the FirstOntario Centre with a sexy performance of his latest single “Earned It.”

The song, which appears on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, is currently No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has become his highest-charting hit to date.

Abel also went home with two Juno awards including ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘R&B/Soul Recording of the Year’ for “Often.”

Watch his spellbinding performance below:

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