PERFORMANCES

Alicia Keys Performs “We Are Here” on ‘The View’

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Following her performance at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday, Alicia Keys stopped by “The View” on Monday to promote her new single “We Are Here” and the We Are Here Movement. During her chat with the ladies, the glowing singer revealed that her second child is due December 31.

“Being a mother has definitely given me more of a fierceness and understanding,” said Alicia.

Her peaceful anthem was inspired by recent events including Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and the Middle East conflict. “It’s a movement of the people so that we can gather our voices in one place and then take all of our voices to our leaders and demand the change that we want to see.”

Alicia recently posed naked with a peace sign on her belly to promote her message, and encourages others to sign up at WeAreHereMovement.com.

She capped off the show with a powerful performance of “We Are Here.” Check it out below!

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Beyoncé & Jay Z Turn Up The Night at Global Citizen Festival

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Beyoncé and Jay Z might not be on the run anymore, but they’re still causing a ruckus. Taking to the stage at this weekend’s Global Citizen Festival in New York, The Carters stunned as they delivered a surprise duet for the outdoor crowd to enjoy.

Joining her husband during his set, which aired on MSNBC Saturday evening, Beyoncé covered the vocals on the originally featured Justin Timberlake cut, “Holy Grail”. After bouncing around on stage and getting the crowd hopping, the duo then transitioned into their collaborative effort “Young Forever”.

Take a look at them set the stage on fire below!

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Alicia Keys Performs “We Are Here” at Global Citizen Festival

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Alicia Keys continued her campaign to empower the world for better with a performance at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday in Central Park. The 3rd annual concert event unites many of music’s biggest stars and world humanitarian leaders to spotlight efforts that could change millions of lives across the globe with a concentration on ending extreme poverty.

Celebrity activists like Adrian Grenier, Hugh Jackman and Jessica Alba, and world leaders like United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted and introduced the musical acts including Fun., JAY Z, Tiësto, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, The Roots and A. Keys.

The multi Grammy winner performed her new single “We are Here” accompanied by Israeli and Palestinian musicians.

Check out her performance below!

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Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Perform on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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XO met SNL on Saturday as The Weeknd joined Ariana Grande as her special guest on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.”

The pop diva helped kicked off the new season of the sketch comedy show, which is celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary this year, along with host Chris Pratt.

Grande hit the stage belting out an acapella rendition of her hit single “Break Free” before breaking into a choreographed dance number for the Zedd-produced single. But the pint sized starlet had a big surprise for the audience when she brought out The Weeknd to perform their new collaboration “Love Me Harder” for the first time.

The Max Martin-produced song will be the next official single off her sophomore album My Everything, which is currently available for free on Google Play.

Check out their performance below!

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BJ The Chicago Kid, Adrian Marcel & Mila J Perform at Hot 97’s ‘Who’s Next’

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Hot 97 brought their ‘Who’s Next’ showcase back to SOB’s in NYC on Thursday night with a lineup including three of R&B’s rising stars.

Opening the show was Motown recording artist BJ The Chicago Kid who showed off his soulful vibes and had the crowd waving their arms back and forth to his fan favorite “Good Luv’n.” Adrian Marcel was up next and delivered a strong performance including his hit club song “2 AM.” Los Angeles native Mila J closed the night with her slick dance moves and introduced the NY crowd to her new single “My Main.”

Check out the official footage from the performance below:

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Jhené Aiko & Ty Dolla $ign Perform at vitaminwater and The FADER’s ‘Uncapped’ in Philadelphia

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The FADER and vitaminwater have partnered once again to present #uncapped, a series of concerts dedicated to supporting emerging musical talent and “hydrating the hustle” of today’s breakthrough artists.

On the heels of her recently released album, Souled Out, Jhené Aiko headlined the show held in Philadelphia this week along with Ty Dolla $ign and buzzing up and comer Raury.

Guests at the Skybox Event Center had the chance to snap photos for an interactive social media projection wall, screen-print limited edition t-shirts and hydrate with an infinite supply of vitaminwater.

Dressed in his signature wide-brimmed hat, Raury introduced the crowd to rock-leaning versions of favorites from his breakout project Indigo Child, in addition to Nirvana and Queen songs. Los Angeles native Ty Dolla $ign followed, storming the #uncapped stage and turning the energy up to another level with hits like “Paranoid” and “Or Nah.”

But, Jhené was the main draw of the night, and she delivered a steamy set of ballads, including “The Pressure” and new favorite “Spotless Mind.”

Check out video footage of Jhené performing the later below:

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Mary J. Blige Performs “Therapy” & “Right Now” on ‘Jools Holland’

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Fresh off releasing her two brand new singles “Whole Damn Year” and “Therapy,” in the U.S. this Monday, Mary J. Blige returned to the U.K. to debut her new sound on BBC Two’s “Later…with Jools Holland.”

The Queen brought down the house with the Sam Smith-penned “Therapy” and U.K. single “Right Now,” written and produced by Disclosure, Smith, and Jimmy Napes.

On December 2, MJB will release The London Sessions featuring additional contributions from U.K. hitmakers Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, and Sam Romans.

Watch the R&B Royal shut it down in London town below:

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Jasmine V Performs “That’s Me Right There” Acoustic

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Jasmine V made a strong comeback this summer with the catchy single “That’s Me Right There” featuring Kendrick Lamar. While the single continues to build at radio the young beauty shows her talents on the acoustic side with a stripped down in-studio performance of the song.

Seated in a recording booth with a guitar player at her side, Jasmine sings out the confident lyrics about her ride-or-die love.

She is currently prepping for the release of her debut EP due this October via Ester Dean’s E.K.A.S Records/Interscope, and she plans to drop a full-length album in 2015.

Watch Jasmine’s performance below:

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