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ThisisRnB Nights: Luke James, BJ The Chicago Kid, & Ro James Perform at Highline Ballroom (NYC)

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On another bitter cold night in NYC, Highline Ballroom provided plenty of heat for R&B fans on Wednesday.  As the first show on their mini tour, Luke James and BJ the Chicago Kid brought their soulful talents to the stage, and delivered riveting sets for the packed crowd.

Expected on the bill, but due to illness rising singer George Tandy Jr. was unable to perform. As the stand alone opening act, NYC native and buzz-worthy singer/songwriter, Ro James, delighted the crowd, of previous fans and new, with his unique tone and charisma.

BJ was up next, and he went right into his set with covers and originals, including his buzzed about remake of Fabolous and Jeremih’s “Thim Slick.” Promoting his recently released mixtape “The M.A.F.E. Project,” BJ showed why he is one of R&B/Soul’s most exciting up and comers with his song, “Soul of a Woman,” and in closing he had the crowd singing along to his Grammy nominated collaboration with SchoolBoy Q, “Studio.”

Anyone that’s been to a Luke James show knows that he is one of the best in the business live, right up against veterans, the 2x Grammy nominated crooner exudes poise and showmanship. Opening with uptempos from his self-titled debut album, including “Love XYZ” and “Dancing In The Dark,” Luke performed many of his album cuts for the first time and past fan favorites from his previous EPs.

Some of his standout moments came from covers as well, including a new hard knocking remake of “Sexual Healing,” which he segued into a cover of Rae Sremmurd’s club hit “No Type,” sending the crowd into full turn-up mode. He surprised with a cover of Carl Thomas’ “I Wish,” and debuted his brand new song “Bad News.” Proving why his records resonate so well with fans, Luke delivered an outstanding live version of his single “Exit Wounds,” getting the whole audience to put their middle finger in the air and scream ‘F U’ to anyone who ever broke their heart. He closed with his Grammy nominated songs “Options,” and the now classic “I Want You.”

Another great night for R&B in NYC. Check out our exclusive photo recap below!

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Rihanna Covers ‘W Korea’ 3x for 10 Year Anniversary

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Rihanna spent Valentine’s Day evening watching the NBA All-Star Saturday Night at the Barclays Center in NYC, and shortly afterward she revealed her triple cover spread for W Magazine Korea.

The 26-year-old singer looks incredible on the three covers, shot by Dennis Leupold, which celebrate the fashion publications 10th anniversary.

In the first, she looks elegant wearing a satin, mustard colored top and custom jewelery including bangles and necklaces. In the second she seduces the camera sitting in a wooden restaurant booth wearing a royal blue coat and contrasting red strappy sandals with little bows on them. On the third she wears a sexy white dress with a zip detail at the front, and white tuxedo jacket over her shoulders.

It’s not just the magazine who is celebrating a ten year milestone though, as Rihanna tweeted that it’s been 10 years since she first signed her record deal.

“And @ciarrap helped me celebrate 10 years yesterday since getting signed!! God is powerful! #trailerparkAfterDark,” she said, posting a snap of cupcakes and balloons.

Check out the other covers, and an additional shot from the issue below:

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Beyoncé, John Legend, Pharrell Williams and More Pay Tribute to Stevie Wonder

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Music’s biggest stars came out to honor the incomparable Stevie Wonder for the tribute special “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute” at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre on Tuesday night. Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson and many more hit the stage to salute the iconic singer with musical performances from his songbook.

Beyoncé kicked off the celebration with a performance of Wonder’s 1963 hit “Fingertips, Pt. 2″ before singing “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” with Ed Sheeran. Gary Clark Jr. helped them close out the medley with “Higher Ground.”

John Legend serenaded the crowd with “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever),” Lady Gaga paid tribute to Stevie with “I Wish,” and Ariana Grande and Babyface dueted on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.”

Janelle Monáe, India.Arie, and Jill Scott, teamed up for a rousing rendition of “As,” and Pharrell Williams and Ryan Tedder jammed on “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing.”

Jennifer Hudson belted out “All Is Fair in Love,” and Ne-Yo joined Stevie’s daughter Aisha Wonder for “Isn’t She Lovely.”

Stevie himself closed out the show with a medley of hits including “Contusion,” “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” “Ribbon in the Sky,” and “Superstition,” and was joined onstage by his famous friends for the finale of “Happy Birthday” and “Another Star.”

The concert special will air Monday, Feb. 16, at 9 p.m. EST on CBS. Check out some photos and video clips below!

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Ciara, Brandy, Ledisi & More Attend ‘ESSENCE 6th Annual Black Women In Music’ Gala, Honor Jill Scott

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The Grammy’s might be right around the corner, but stars gathered a little in advance to celebrate another big night that’s catered to women of color.

Showing up for Essence’s 6th Annual Black Women in Music Gala, many of the industry’s talented stars came together in support of one another on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Stepping on the red carpet dressed to kill, “I Bet” singer Ciara showed a little hip and lot of thigh in an all black wrap around dress.

Newly single songstress Jordin Sparks also arrived at the event showing a bit of skin, while the curvy Chrisette Michele opted to casually arrive in an all black romper. Donning her big red hair and leather tights, the legendary Chaka Khan offered up her support as she arrived with her engraved fan, as the talented Ledisi, let the girls hang out for the evening in a deep cut pant playsuit.

Other attendees include buzzing singer V Bozeman, Disney star Zendaya, singer/actress Antonique Smith, the lady in blue and honoree, Jill Scott, Leona Lewis, MC Lyte, and more.

In addition to the above stars, singer-actress Brandy was in attendance and even blessed the crowd with a performance for the event featuring her singles “Sitting Up In My Room,” “Put It Down,” and a tribute to Jill Scott with “Golden.”

Catch a few of the shots from the spectacle below!

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Rihanna Swims with Sharks in Harper’s Bazaar

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Rihanna has posed with snakes, bared her naked body, and now she’s swimming with sharks in her most dangerous shoot yet!

The wild child goes underwater for the March 2015 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. In the fearless photos, shot by photographer and certified diver Norman Jean Roy, a brave RiRi dons a one-piece while swimming just inches away from a deadly great white shark. While it may look scary she was up for the challenge.

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Omarion, Jhené Aiko & Chris Brown Shoot “Post To Be” Music Video

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Everything’s good like it’s “Post To Be” for Omarion. The R&B star released his stellar new album Sex Playlist last month, and has found great success once again with his catchy radio single “Post To Be” featuring Jhené Aiko & Chris Brown.

Continuing his push into the new year, Maybach O has linked up with his two R&B friends to shoot the official visuals in Los Angeles.

Posted up against a white Ferrari the trio pose for the camera as they gives fans an early peek at the upcoming video.

Check out some more pics below and stay tuned!

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Ciara Sizzles in L’Uomo Vogue, Talks New Album

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Ciara is a mom now but she is still slaying magazine covers, as she kicks off the new year gracing L’Uomo Vogue. The flawless fashionista sizzles on the Italian magazine’s “Big in 2015″ issue. In the photos shot by Francesco Carrozzini, Cici models a designer wardrobe while serving some fierce looks.

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Tinashe Shuts It Down in New ‘Ladygunn’ Magazine Shoot

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Check out Tinashe!

While the singer may be just 21 and dropping her debut album, that hasn’t stopped her from proving to the world that she’s much more than a young and pretty face.

Following a very successful year, her own tour, and now a tour with female rapper (and enemy to many) Iggy Azalea, Tinashe is out here gracing the pages of almost every magazine out there. While her last shoot with Interview Magazine had her in a more conservative high fashion look, the singer is now turning on her fun – and sex appeal – in her spread for the latest issue of Ladygunn Magazine.

Taking a few pages from the book of Beyoncé poses, the beautiful songstress does every photo major justice.

Catch the pictures below!

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