PERFORMANCES

Ariana Grande Takes Over ‘Today’ Show, Performs Mini Concert

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America’s new sweetheart helped kick off the holiday weekend with a takeover of the ‘Today’ show and performance on their Toyota Concert Series.

Fans of the young superstar flooded Rockefeller Plaza early Friday to cheer her on as she performed her hit singles “Problem,” “Break Free,” Bang Bang” and new album song “Break Your Heart Right Back” featuring Childish Gambino. She also took some time to speak with Matt Lauer, and even helped Al Roker with the weather report!

Before she got down to business up on the stage, Grande told Lauer she keeps herself grounded thanks to her loved ones. “I spend a lot of time with my family. … I just have to constantly remind myself how lucky I am to do what I love,” she said.

Following the VMAs, when their backstage cameras caught Ariana holding hands with Big Sean, many have been trying to get the singer to open up about her assumed relationship with the rapper, but she continued to keep it private when Matt asked if she had anyone special in her life, “Y’all are putting me on the spot!” she chuckled. “I’m happy.”

Ariana’s sophomore album My Everything is in stores now.  Watch her performance and interview clips below:

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KEM Tops R&B Charts, Performs “It’s You” on ‘GMA’

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KEM released his fourth studio album Promise To Love on Monday and it immediately soared to the top of the R&B charts on both iTunes and Amazon, as well as reaching the Top 10 of the iTunes Top 200.

Simultaneously, the lead single “It’s You” holds strong at number one at Urban Adult Contemporary radio.

Earlier today, KEM graced the stage of ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ to perform “It’s You,” marking the first national television performance of the romantic ballad.

Watch his riveting performance below, and pick up the album on iTunes now.

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Kelly Price Sings Theme Songs to ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Jeffersons’ & More

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Kelly Price has lent you vocals to plenty of hits over the years and shocked many audiences with her powerful pipes. But, what would it sound like if she was to sing some of your favorite childhood theme songs?

Well, The Boombox decided to find out during a recent sit-down with the R&B songstress, as she was promoting her new album ‘Sing, Pray, Love.’

From ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘ to ‘DuckTales‘ to ‘The Jeffersons‘ to ‘Aladdin,’ the singer does her best to sing each show or movie’s theme song with her own twist.

“I watched a lot of TV. I was a theme song singer, I would make up my own theme songs,” she admitted. “I’m a series person too. I just TiVo everything and watch in blocks [of time].”

Check out the memorable moment below:

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Jhené Aiko Performs “To Love & Die” and “Spotless Mind” Acoustic

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As she gets closer and closer to the release of her debut album, Jhené Aiko does what she does best and went unplugged as part of MTV’s ‘Artist to Watch’ series.

Joined by her guitar player, the L.A. native performed stripped-down versions of her Cocaine 80s-assisted single “To Love & Die” and the recently leaked “Spotless Mind.”

“I feel like my personality is a mix of a whole lot of things, so my music reflects that and you can’t really define it,” she said.

Jhené’s much-anticipated debut album Souled Out will hit stores September 9. Enjoy her smooth acoustic performances below:

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Beyoncé Performs Album Medley at 2014 MTV VMAs

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The moment everyone was waiting for was well worth the wait and Beyoncé turned the VMAs into the BeyMAs. The “greatest living entertainer” according to Jay Z, delivered a monumental music moment performing a medley of her entire visual album at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.

“MTV, welcome to my world,” she said before launching into all 14 tracks off her self-titled LP as her daughter Blue Ivy looked on from Jay Z’s lap.

She ended the performance with “XO,” dedicating it to her loyal fans.

Jay Z came onstage with Blue to present the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to her as tears of joy ran down her cheeks.

“Blue Blue, I love you. My beloved, I love you. My fans, I love you,” she said before exiting stage left.

Watch the epic 16 minute performance below!

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Usher Brings That Bass with 2014 VMA Performance

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Usher had the crowd steppin to his rhythm at the 2014 MTV VMAs on Sunday.  The R&B superstar stormed the L.A. Forum stage for his much-anticipated performance of “She Came To Give It To You” featuring Nicki Minaj.

Dressed in all white the consummate performance gave a white-hot performance of the uptempo track backed by his full band. During Nicki’s verse, Usher surprised the audience by playing bass, and even used Nicki’s butt as an added drum.

During the pre-show Usher teased the forthcoming music video for their collaborative single, which is the second release from his forthcoming album, rumored to be titled UR.

Earlier in the night he announced his upcoming tour “The UR Experience.”

If you missed the live show, catch his funky performance below!

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Sam Smith Performs “Stay With Me” At 2014 VMA’s

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Ballad King Sam Smith does it again.

Stepping on stage to perform his hit single “Stay With Me,” the UK crooner captivated the hearts of everyone sitting in on or tuning into this year’s VMA’s.

Standing underneath the spotlight in his all black suit, Sam lit up the house with his supreme vocals. Stunning everyone from Jennifer Lopez to The Kardashians, the singer received a standing ovation from onlookers as he closed out his set.

Watch below as he belts out:

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Michelle Williams Debuts New Songs “Fall” and “Just Like You” Live in Los Angeles

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Following the announcement that Michelle Williams will release her fourth solo album Journey to Freedom on September 9, the Destiny’s Child diva is getting fans ready with some live performances.

Taking to the stage at the 2014 Merge Summit concert held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday night, Williams performed a riveting set for the packed audience.

Along with her previous fan favorites, Michelle debuted some material from her upcoming album, including the new songs “Fall” and “Just Like You.”

The Merge Summit merges faith and entertainment and features interactive panel discussions, workshops, and keynote presentations, all led by leading entertainers and executives from television, film, music and new media.

Check out some footage from Michelle’s performance below:

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