Pharrell Williams Performs “Freedom” on ‘Ellen’


While promoting his new children’s book ‘Happy!,’ Pharrell Williams stopped by “Ellen” on Monday. Rocking a denim shirt and overalls, the hitmaker performed his latest single “Freedom” with some help from the Baes, and delivered an inspiring speech. He even invited some ladies in the audience to join him on stage, culminating with one big dance party.

“At a time where it seems like they keep trying to take everything from us—equality, love, religion,” said Pharrell. “It just seems like this is the time more than ever that we need to stand up for ourselves. Do you agree?”

Check it out below:

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Watch: The Weeknd Performs “The Hills” Remix with Nicki Minaj on ‘SNL’


The Weeknd was the musical guest on “SNL” this weekend. After performing “Love Me Harder” with Ariana Grande last year, the Canadian crooner returned to 30 Rock, this time to perform his own hit singles. Following an introduction from host Amy Schumer, he launched into “The Hills,” which is currently the No. 1 single in the country.

And for the first time, he was joined by Nicki Minaj, who appears on one of two remixes (the other features Eminem), which debuted just minutes before the show went live. Wearing a skintight Balmain dress that showcased her curves, Nicki appeared midway through the set to spit her bossy verse before The Weeknd serenaded her in Amharic.

For his second performance of the evening, Abel lit up the stage with his other chart-topper, “Can’t Feel My Face” against the glow of neon pink lights.

Watch both performances below:

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Watch: Samm Henshaw Performs “Autonomy (Slave)” Live In-Studio


The vintage soul movement continues on both sides of the pond. With the release of his debut EP ‘The Sound Experiment‘ hitting stores late last month, buzzing British singer Samm Henshaw brings us a live in-studio performance of the powerful track “Autonomy (Slave).”

Over the commanding guitar-heavy instrumental provided by his band, Henshaw belts out a painful plea on freedom and its many forms.

He kicked off his month long U.K. tour on Monday in Brighton, and will travel around the country through November.

Check out the rousing performance below:

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Childish Gambino Covers Tamia’s “So Into You”



If you were under the impression that rapper and actor Childish Gambino a.k.a Donald Glover only stuck to laying down bars, think again. Delivering an incredible cover of the ’90s classic “So Into You” by the incomparable Tamia, he took us to a place in our past that anyone can appreciate.

Stopping by Australian radio station Triple J, the talented artist gave studio goers a very special treat as his falsetto proved to bring the song back to life almost 20 years later. “There were a couple girls I used to date who would always say ‘I love this song,’ and I was like, ‘me too!'” he said of why the song meant so much to him.

Take a look below to see him tackle the love anthem!

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Watch: The Weeknd Performs “The Hills” in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge

The Weeknd BBC

With his second studio album being a huge hit around the world, The Weeknd has traveled across the pond to the UK, in promotion of his stunning new work, Beauty Behind The Madness.

Stopping by BBC Radio 1’s ‘Live Lounge,’ the Canadian star performed a beautifully stripped down version of his Hot 100 No. 1 single “The Hills.”  Additionally, he performed his Max Martin cross-over hit “Can’t Feel My Face.”

Check it out below:

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Watch: The Internet Perform ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ at NPR


The Internet has transcended past its usual neo-soul classification. The seminal band from Los Angeles has deftly curated music that represents multiple genres, including electronic, jazz, hip hop, and R&B. They recently ‘downloaded’ a few of their magnificent melodies, during a performance for NPR Music’s ‘Tiny Desk’ concert series. Audience members were treated to pure and intoxicating talent, as lead singer, Syd the Kid’s alluring vocals meshed seamlessly with her band’s lush instrumentation.

Starting with the sedate, yet bold, “Get Away,” Syd sang about staying grounded while enjoying guilty pleasures. Flexing her versatility, Syd’s voice morphed back and forth, from a feisty MC to a delicate songbird. Up next, Syd let it be known that she has things “Under Control,” as she performed a humble yet, confident ode to her band. Choosing to conserve their palpable energy, The Internet brought the set to a close with the stimulating groove, “Dontcha.”

Currently, on tour, The Internet’s third album, Ego Death is available now. Check out their performance below:

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Watch: Rihanna Headlines “Rock In Rio 2015”

Rihanna Rock In Rio 2015

Although we’re still here waiting patiently for the fan titled ‘R8‘ album from Roc Nation princess Rihanna, she’s been serving up some pretty decent holdovers.

Headlining the 2015 Rock in Rio concert – which she first did in 2011 – Rihanna gave a packed house of 87,000 fans a treat of her lengthy catalog of music. Also building the anticipation of her upcoming album with a performance of “FourFiveSeconds” and “B*tch Better Have My Money,” Rihanna took fans on a roller coaster ride of emotions with some of her most memorable tunes.

From “Talk That Talk,” “Umbrella,” and “Cake” to “Take a Bow,” and “Unfaithful,” RiRi served up a heavy helping of nostalgia that spanned a decade back.

Take a look at the full performance below:

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Watch: Beyoncé Performs at 2015 Global Citizen Festival, Brings Out Ed Sheeran


Another day, another incredible musical festival.

Coming together to implement a call-to-action to help end extreme poverty, musical stars from all over the world brought their talents to the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in New York City on Saturday.

Shutting down the Great Lawn in Central Park, Beyoncé (amongst many others), delivered a forceful set of hits including “Crazy In Love,” “Who Run The World,” ” Flawless,” and “Single Ladies.” Calling on talented guitarist and singer Ed Sheeran for an acoustic version of “Drunk In Love,” Beyoncé told the crowd, “I want to bring out someone I respect so much.”

In addition to the aforementioned, she joined Pearl Jam for a duet of Bob Marley and The Wailers’ classic hit, “Redemption Song,” and introduced the FLOTUS on stage for her speech to the crowd.

Take a look at some of Mrs. Carter’s moments from the live show below:

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