Usher Sings National Anthem at Cavaliers Game


Basketball season is officially back. On Thursday night, Usher helped celebrate LeBron James’ homecoming to Cleveland, Ohio kicking off the Cavs home opener with a performance of the National Anthem. The R&B superstar, who is a part owner of the Cavaliers, took the court at Quicken Loans Arena to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before his team lost to the Knicks.

Usher belted out a soaring rendition of the patriotic tune while the players watched from the sidelines. Towards the end, the entire arena started singing along, making for an emotional moment.

Usher will head to Montreal tomorrow to kick off “The UR Experience” tour with August Alsina.

Watch his performance below:

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T-Pain Sings Without Autotune for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series


This may or may not surprise you but T-Pain can actually sing. The platinum hitmaker has only shown off his real vocals a very small amount of times, but this week he gave an unplugged performance before an intimate Washington, DC audience for NPR’s All Songs Considered Tiny Desk concert series.

In the session Pain performed his classic “Buy You a Drink” along with his 2014 smash hit “Up Down” and newest single “Drankin’ Patna.” All three songs and more of his hits will appear on his upcoming greatest hits compilation album T-Pain Presents Happy Hour, which drops November 4 via RCA/Nappy Boy Records.

During the mid-late 2000s T-Pain had hit after hit and could do no wrong, his use of auto-tune was unique and he was considered an innovator by many, but somewhere along the way some people got it twisted.”People felt like I was using it to sound good,” says T-Pain, in an interview for All Things Considered. “But I was just using it to sound different.”

While he has not put the vocal enhancing plugin down, he treated the audience to the two things that really made his career: his voice and songs.

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Chris Brown and Trey Songz Take Over LIV Sundays + Trigga Japanese Tour Recap


Chris Brown and Trey Songz have been teasing the ladies ever so much recently! From the moment talks of their joint tour hit the internet, the two heartthrobs have been finding ways of making the anticipation grow more and more.

Stopping by LIV in Miami this past Sunday, the hitmaking duo added more to the heat by giving fans a night to remember. Hosting the popular night at the famed club, both Breezy and Trigga hopped on stage and gave the crowd a preview of what’s to come with their tour. Performing their remix to the hit single “Tuesday,” Chris and Trey lit the club on fire. Also performing a few of their personal singles, the two together undoubtedly gave the crowd an great show.

Prior to his nightlife escapade with Breezy, Trey visited Okinawa, Japan, where he and his band performed for the Armed Forces. Both moments to be remembered, we’re sure that we can expect a grand experience with the upcoming tour.

Take a look at the recap of Trey’s performance and photos from LIV on Sunday below:

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PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake Perform “Recognize” at SOB’s


SOB’s in New York City was the place to be on Thursday night as OVO Sound singee PARTYNEXTDOOR stormed the stage for his first NYC show.  On the eve of his birthday, Drake surprised the packed crowd when he joined him on stage to perform their fan favorite collaboration “Recognize,”  while PND pleased with other material off his new mixtape PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO.

Drake told his fellow Canadian to soak it all in. “It’s moments like tonight that you’ll never forget, my man,” he said, adding, “Even though it’s my birthday at midnight, I just want to let you know that I’m proud to be here with this guy, ’cause it’s your night tonight, boy.”

PND’s “PARTYNEXTDOOR Live” tour continues through November 22 with stops in Miami, Atlanta, Toronto, and L.A.

Check out the special moment below:

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Recap & Photos: ASCAP & Next2Shine Present: ‘Champagne Social’ CMJ Showcase


On Tuesday evening, we teamed up with ASCAP and Next2Shine as an official media partner for their CMJ week kickoff showcase ‘Champagne Social,’ held at music venue DROM in the East Village of NYC.

With the RSVP list in the thousands, the room was filled with industry influencers from household names such as Forbes, LiveNation, Shazam, Warner Bros. Records and many more. Mixed among the influencers were plenty of music aficionados ranging from artist managers, producers, upcoming artist and regular fans.

The secret performance lineup proved to be a beautiful surprise as each act delivered beyond expectations and some truly shocked with their impressive stage shows.

Check out the full performance recap and photos below!

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Daley Performs Live Acoustic Cover of Sia’s “Chandelier”


British soulman Daley has been touring the world since the release of his excellent debut album Days & Nights. With more U.S. dates coming up this November, the singer/songwriter brings us a new acoustic performance, as he covers Sia “Chandelier” for a live session at ‘The Joint’ in London.

Known for his impeccable tone, Daley flexes his falsetto over a single grand piano, delivering a riveting rendition of the pop hit.

Peep the performance video below, and check out his upcoming tour dates here.

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Jennifer Hudson Performs Live on Sirius XM’s ‘Heart & Soul’


Jennifer Hudson recently paid a visit to the Sirius XM offices for a special live performance in promotion of her brand new album JHUD.

For the special “Up Close & Personal” event on their “Heart & Soul” channel, the vocal powerhouse performed the jazzy album cut “Bring Back The Music.” Backed by her band, and the Hudsonettes, Jen did what she does best and showed off her amazing range belting out the soulful record.

For her second record she kicked up the tempo and sang the R. Kelly-assisted single “It’s Your World,” which had the in-studio audience rocking along to the funky, disco track.

Check out the performances below:

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Sam Smith Performs on ‘Today’ Show Concert Series


British crooner Sam Smith has taken the world by storm with his elegant voice and commanding ballads, specifically his massive single “Stay With Me.” On Wednesday morning, Smith made his second performance appearance on NBC’s ‘TODAY’ Show and wowed viewers with the aforementioned hit, as well as his personal favorite “I’m Not The Only One.”

Sam admitted that he is still getting used to performing on television, as he confessed to Matt Lauer that he does get some stage fright when he stands in front of a camera.

“Because there’s millions and millions of people watching you,” he explained, waving “hello” to those millions. “I’m better today; I’ve done it a few times now so it’s getting normal, and you [Lauer] make me feel at ease.”

Sam Smith’s debut album In The Lonely Hour is in stores now. Check out his performance below:

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