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Watch: Tank Performs “BDAY” on ‘The REAL’

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With his brand new album Sex, Love & Pain II in stores now, and his headlining tour kicking off on March 7, Tank gave fans a special daytime performance on Thursday with his visit to “The REAL.”

Hitting the stage with his artist Siya, the R&B General got the party started, because it’s always someone’s birthday, with his brand new club single “#BDAY,” which also features Chris Brown and Sage The Gemini.

In addition, Tank sat down on the couch with the ladies and spoke about Valentine’s Day plans, wanting to adopt some kids and having a big family.

Check it out below!

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Exclusive: George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic Rock B.B. Kings in NYC

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No one under the sun does it better than George Clinton!

We had the pleasure of attending the legendary artists latest concert at B.B. Kings in NYC on Tuesday night, and the show was nothing short of another legendary performance. At 74-years-old George can still hang with the best of them, but the spectacle that is Parliament-Funkadelic haven’t lost a beat, and the full band of 15+ rocked the house for well over an hour non-stop.

If you’ve never attended one of their shows, it’s an all out jam session party, with songs lasting 10-15 minutes long, extended musician solos, and energy levels blinking red the entire time.  The packed house never stopped dancing along to favorite after favorite, but of course it was the big classics like “Flash Light,” “Aqua Boogie” and “Atomic Dog” that had everyone turned all the way up.

George is a living legend, dressed like an old-school gangster on stage, he had the crowd on his every word and movement, at times jumping up and down, rapping, grinding on a female audience member, and even smoking a joint that came up from the crowd.

Check out our exclusive photo gallery from the show below!

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Go Behind The Scenes with SWV at B.B. Kings in NYC

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This past Friday, hitmaking R&B group SWV released their fifth studio album Still.

Coko, Lelee, and Taj have graced stages across the country in promotion of their new record and to say the least, these women know how to put on a memorable experience. I had the honor of going behind the scenes during their set in their old stomping grounds of NYC, just a couple of weeks prior to the album’s release.

A jammed packed house at B.B. Kings Blues Club, hundreds of fans anticipated this moment with the legendary trio. Prior to the ladies hitting the stage we caught up in their dressing room to discuss the current state of R&B music, specifically on the female side. In addition they told me who their man crushes were back in the ’90s.

Take a look at their live performance and exclusive interview below.

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John Legend Gives Powerful Speech as Recipient of President’s Award at 2016 NAACP Image Awards

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John Legend was honored on Friday (Feb. 5) with the President’s Award at the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards for his involvement in social issues and his outstanding philanthropic work.

During the live broadcast at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, NAACP president Cornell William Brooks presented the award to Legend before a video played showing all the work that Legend has done.

To further honor the singer through song, Empire’s Jussie Smollett sang Legend’s 2005 hit “Ordinary People,” and singer-songwriter Alice Smith performed a stirring version of his Oscar-winning song “Glory” from Selma.

Legend accepted the award after singing his hit “All of Me” and thanked his team, his wife Chrissy Teigen, and the NAACP. He followed with a powerful speech that touched on his hopes for radical change in our lifetime.

“Now, some will call you divisive for speaking out for a disenfranchised people. Some will call you a radical for calling for justice for all. Some will take offense when we have to assert that our lives should indeed matter, just as much as anyone else’s. Some will call you the real racist for daring to call out racial inequality. But they know better. And we certainly know better,” he said.

He concluded his speech by saying, “Fighting for justice isn’t an act of hate, it’s an act of love. So let’s spread love, let’s make the world a more beautiful and just place. We have so much opportunity, let’s not waste it.”

Watch the tribute performances and Legend’s speech below!

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Join Us: Champagne Social Live in Los Angeles on Feb. 12

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With Grammy weekend approaching we’ve teamed up with our friends at Next2Shine for a special edition of “Champagne Social” on Friday, Feb. 12 in Los Angeles.

Held at State Social House, the monthly speakeasy-style music series nurtures a growing community of music enthusiasts, privately gathering to discover and appreciate the undeniable talents performing live.

For those of you in the L.A. area, the cover-free event will be the perfect way to kick off Grammy weekend and you can RSVP right here, password is THISISRNB.


Watch: Beyoncé, Bruno Mars & Coldplay Perform at Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

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The hype for the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show was just as high as the big game, and it fully delivered!

The headlining act was Coldplay but the famed band invited special guests Beyoncé and Bruno Mars to join them in the live spectacle at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The colorful set began with Coldpay’s Chris Martin joining his band members on stage for “Viva La Vida,” “Paradise,” and “Adventure of a Lifetime” as a crowd jumped up and down along the stage.

Mark Ronson manned the ones and twos as Coldplay passed the mic to Bruno Mars, who gave a fiery rendition of their smash “Uptown Funk.” The singer, who channeled MC Hammer with his all-black leather Versace outfit, gave it his all for a verse before Queen Bey took over for a finely choreographed live debut of her new single “Formation.” Flanked by an all-black female dance troupe, Bey paid tribute to Michael Jackson with her military-inspired outfit from the King of Pop’s 1993 Super Bowl halftime show.

Backed by her ladies, she and Bruno squared off in a dance throwdown, joining back up with Martin after a montage looking back on 50 years of halftime shows to conclude with a group singalong to Coldplay’s “Up&Up.”

Immediately following the halftime performance, Beyoncé announced “The Formation World Tour,” which kicks off April 27 in Miami.

Relive the full performance below.

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Listen: Earth, Wind & Fire Live in Concert March 1979 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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It’s things like this that make you truly appreciate today’s internet and social media platforms even more.  Celebrating the amazing musical gifts that Earth, Wind & Fire have given us is a common occurrence, but with the passing of Maurice White on Thursday it had us searching for more and more rare material.

Soundcloud comes though with a good quality audio recording of an hour-long concert EWF held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on March 14, 1979, recorded and broadcast on a radio show called ‘The Soulshow’ presented by Ferry Maat.

Even if you were alive at the peak of EWF’s dominance, hearing stellar audio from an European concert is always a special treat. This show was only months before the band released their double platinum 9th studio album I Am, which was led by the massive disco single “Boogie Wonderland” and “After the Love Has Gone.”

Stream the show below!!

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JoJo Stuns With Performance of “Save My Soul” on “Seth Meyers”

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One of the few people we’re anticipating a full album from currently is the very talented JoJo. If her past efforts from her youth up until her most recent delivery of the ‘Tringle‘ project aren’t enough to validate our reasoning, seeing her do live and acoustic performances should be good enough.

Marking her first network performance of the incredible single “Save My Soul” on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” last night, the powerhouse vocalist held up to the standards that we’ve all secretly set for her.

Dressed in all black and backed by some singers who exude #BlackGirlMagic, we absolutely can’t wait to see what JoJo hands out this year for both new and old fans to bask in.

While we’re sure that she’ll have the backing that she needs this time around, we’re hoping “Save My Soul” gets the respect it deserves!

Take a look at the performance below!

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