PERFORMANCES

Watch: Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson Funk Up ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Surprise with Special Guest Mystikal

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The funk was hot and dirttyyy on Saturday night as Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars brought the live performance debut of their new hit single “Uptown Funk” to ‘SNL.’

The duo, who previously worked together on three tracks from Mars’ last album including the mega hit “Locked Out of Heaven,” were backed by a powerful horn section, a quartet of backup singers and a city skyline of neon lights, as they turned the ‘SNL’ stage into a smoky, funky dance club.

Their highly stylized performance was reminiscent of the single’s recently released music video, and the Morris Day and the Time sequences in ‘Purple Rain.’

Last week, there were reports that Mars and Ronson would be joined by a “very special guest” during their appearance on the show, and the rumor held true during their second song of the night. Debuting the James Brown-inspired “Feel Right,” the duo surprised viewers with “Shake Ya Ass” rapper Mystikal, who took over lead duties, pushing Mars to backup. The groovy track finds Mystikal delivering his best impression of the Godfather of Soul, as he rapped each line like a sermon, and displayed some fancy footwork.

As they say: “Saturday night and we in the spot, don’t believe me, just watch.”

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Usher Brings Out Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, & Kid Ink at Los Angeles Show

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The stars all aligned when Usher’s “UR Experience” pulled into the Los Angeles Staples Center on Friday night. After bringing out Trey Songz in Chicago, the R&B superstar had some big surprises for the L.A. audience, as he brought out his R&B brothers Chris Brown, Jeremih, and August Alsina.

Kid Ink was up first, hitting the stage for their collaboration “Body Language” before Jeremih turned up on the remix to DJ Khaled’s “Hold You Down” and his own top 10 hit “Don’t Tell ‘Em.”

After opening for Usher earlier in the evening, August returned for “I Luv This Shit” with a surprise appearance from Chris Brown, who was greeted with roaring applause. Breezy then delved into “Loyal” while August captured the moment on his iPhone.

“Breezy, I don’t think they’re ready to turn all the way up,” said Usher before the two launched into their X hit “New Flame.” They wowed with their slick moves, and Usher showed off his abs, before hugging it out.

Watch the moment of R&B brotherhood below!

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T-Pain Honors Military Troops With New Single “Coming Home”

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Rappa turnt R&B singer-songwriter T-Pain is bringing his reign back in a big way. If you recall, back in the mid-2000’s, everytime you turned on the radio or television it seemed like there wasn’t a song without him. From his own material to him blessing a certain rap artist with his vocals on a hook, the Florida native was the go-to man for hit records.

Now, after taking some time off, the well-known talent is back and in a massive way. Recently releasing his greatest hits album and resurrecting the anticipation of his album Stoicville, Pain is wasting no time capitalizing off his trek back into the spotlight.

Taking to CNN’s HLN on Friday morning, T-Pain premiered a brand new single titled “Coming Home,” which finds him saluting the brave men and women of the military. Dressed in a army fatigue blazer and backed by a live band, T-Pain sings about the troops who spend countless days and months away from their families, while serving the country. Originally penned to reflect his personal life away from his family and children, the new single will be a favorite for many returning to their loved ones.

Take a look at the live performance after the jump and get the single for free (for a limited time) here!

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Jazmine Sullivan Debuts New Song “Mascara” Live in NYC

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After teasing fans with a snippet of her new song “Mascara,” via Instagram last month, Jazmine Sullivan gave NYC fans the full thing during her show at Gramercy Theatre on Tuesday night.

Backed by her band, the R&B vocalist mesmerized the audience as she delivered the personal lyrics with her commanding tone.

“So I never leave the house without make-up on / Keep mascara in my pocket when I’m running to the market, ‘cuz you never know who’s watching you,” she sings on the new tune.

Jazmine is currently prepping for the release of her anticipated third studio album Reality Show, which is coming soon.

Watch her performance of the new song below:

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Watch: Usher Brings Out Trey Songz and August Alsina in Chicago

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Usher‘s “The UR Experience” got even better during Monday night’s show in Chicago, as the R&B superstar surprised the audience at the United Center with some special guests. After opening for Usher earlier in the evening, August Alsina returned to the stage with surprise guest Trey Songz to perform the remix to “I Luv This Shit,” and the ladies went wild.

“I went on tour with Usher a couple years ago. It changed my life,” Trigga told the crowd. “Make some noise for one of the greatest in the game—greatest there ever is, greatest there ever will be. I love you, boy.”

Usher also welcomed Rico Love, who penned several of his hits including “There Goes My Baby,” to perform his single “They Don’t Know.”

Watch the memorable moment below:

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Mary J. Blige & Tinashe Perform at BBC “1Xtra Live” Concert

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The UK’s BBC Radio held their annual “1Xtra Live” concert in Birmingham this weekend. The line-up included some of the hottest acts from the UK and US, including R&B icon Mary J. Blige and rising star Tinashe.

The later performed a hype set showing off her dance talents and songwriting skills with hits from her debut album Aquarius and fan favorite mixtape Black Water.

The Queen of R&B tore the stage down as always, delivering classics such as “Just Fine,” “Real Love,” “You Remind Me” and more. She also shared with the live audience her acclaimed new single “Right Now.”

Check out some clips of their performances below:

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Anthony Hamilton Performs “Home For The Holidays” on ‘Steve Harvey Morning Show’

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Anthony Hamilton is getting us in the holiday spirit a little early this year with the release of his brand new album Home For The Holidays.  While the LP is already in stores, the soulful crooner and his band got the promo going with a visit to the infamous ‘Steve Harvey Morning Show’ for a live performance.

In the first clip from his performance Anthony delivers a moving rendition of the title track.

Check it out below:

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Mary J. Blige Performs “Right Now” on ‘Ellen’

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The Queen of R&B met the Queen of daytime TV on Thursday as Mary J. Blige brought The London Sessions stateside.  For her first televised performance in promotion of the new album, Mary graced the stage of the “Ellen” show with a hair-raising performance of “Right Now,” written and produced by Disclosure, Sam Smith, and Jimmy Napes. She also sat down to discuss the project, which Ellen called her favorite Mary album.

In anticipation of the December 2 release, Mary will perform at the American Music Awards on Nov. 23, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Dec. 1, and “A Very GRAMMY Christmas,” which airs Dec. 5.

Watch Mary’s riveting live performance below!

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