Recap & Photos: ASCAP & Next2Shine Present: ‘Champagne Social’ CMJ Showcase


On Tuesday evening, we teamed up with ASCAP and Next2Shine as an official media partner for their CMJ week kickoff showcase ‘Champagne Social,’ held at music venue DROM in the East Village of NYC.

With the RSVP list in the thousands, the room was filled with industry influencers from household names such as Forbes, LiveNation, Shazam, Warner Bros. Records and many more. Mixed among the influencers were plenty of music aficionados ranging from artist managers, producers, upcoming artist and regular fans.

The secret performance lineup proved to be a beautiful surprise as each act delivered beyond expectations and some truly shocked with their impressive stage shows.

Check out the full performance recap and photos below!

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Teyana Taylor Takes Over NYC in ‘ELLE’ Shoot


With Teyana Taylor‘s debut album VII right around the corner, it’s only right that the first lady of G.O.O.D. Music pops up any and everywhere she pleases.

Taking her talents over to ELLE Magazine this time around, T.T. poses around the NYC in the newest seasons of Ellery Mayfair, Alexander Wang,Valentino, Calvin Klein, and more as she takes the staff on a tour of her hometown. Sharing her love for both designer fashion and fast food, Teyana scarfed down four pieces of Popeyes chicken as her and the crew shot across town to each of the locations.

Sporting pops of color and even an all white Mayfair dress, the pint sized singer looked absolutely stunning in “The Coolest Looks from Fall” shoot.

Take a look at her fierce pictures below:

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Kelly Rowland Stuns in ‘Elle Magazine’ Pregnancy Shoot

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Take a look at Kelly Rowland!

While the gorgeous singer has been a little low-key lately, these pictures of the soon-to-be mom prove that she’s doing just fine.

Posing for Elle Magazine, the 33-year-old looks absolutely stunning! Dressed in sky-high heels and an all black ensemble, the above image shows that she hasn’t lost her classy touch at all. Telling Elle, “I can’t wait until he gets here. I just have a couple more weeks. I’m excited to bring a child into the world, and sharing that experience with my husband is probably the most beautiful part,” Kelly is obviously overjoyed about becoming a mother.

Also discussing her pregnancy cravings and her ambition to stay fit during this pregnancy, she told the famed magazine, “Everybody always tells you to go crazy with food, and you can eat whatever you want. It’s fine to have your cravings, but I wanted an easier delivery. All the women that I’ve talked to, that have worked out, have such an easy and speedy delivery.”

In addition, the “Kisses Down Low” songstress touched on the rumors of her playing Donna Summer in the upcoming biopic saying, “All these rumors! I was just with my glam squad, we were having fun and we saw this beautiful picture of a Donna Summer record. I was like ‘let’s try to do this look!’ I love Donna Summer. I love how she’s this sex goddess, and she’s so beautiful and powerful onstage. So we mocked up a cover and I posted a picture. That’s all it was! But it would be an amazing opportunity to play her.”

Kelly also confirmed that she will be back in the studio soon to bring fans new music as well as her interest in doing a children’s line of clothing.

You can read the entire interview here and check out more shots from the shoot below!

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Jagged Edge Preview New Album ‘J.E. Heartbreak II’ in Atlanta, Reveal Release Date & Tracklisting

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Last night, So So Def invaded the Microsoft Store at Perimeter Mall to throw a private listening party for Jagged Edge‘s anticipated new album J.E. Heartbreak II. A number of VIPs, tastemakers and influencers were on hand to preview the sequel to their multi-platinum J.E. Heartbreak album from 2000.

Following a few remarks from executive producer Michael Mauldin, group members Brandon and Brian Casey along with Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox took the audience through the entire album track by track.

The evening closed with J.E. showing off their XBOX 360 gaming skills in a round of “UFC Undisputed 3.” Fellow R&B singers Bobby V, Dondria Nicole and Mishon were also in the building to support.

Check out pics from the event, and the album tracklisting below:

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Look! Ciara Shows off Hot Post-Baby Body

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Hello CiCi!!

After giving birth to her son Future only four months ago, Ciara is looking hotter than ever. The singer, who lost 60 pounds, stripped down to her bra and Calvin Klein underwear and showed off her proud transformation with some smoking hot pics via Instagram.

“I feel so proud to say that 4 months after delivering a 9 lbs. 10 oz. baby, I can finally rock My Calvin’s! #mycalvins,” she tweeted. “After Delivering My Son I Feel Like There’s Nothing I Can’t Do. I Feel Like I Can Conquer The World. #ANewMe #NewMusic. So Proud To Rock #mycalvins 60lbs later!!”

Last week, Ciara was attending Paris Fashion Week, and now she has traveled to Turkey to continue working on her new album. She also shared some short videos updating fans on her current status, which included a background soundtrack from her baby boy.

Take a look below:

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Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Film “Love Me Harder” Video

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Ariana Grande and The Weeknd went in front of the lens earlier this week to shoot the music video for their soon to be hit duet “Love Me Harder,” off the young divas new album My Everything. Today, they both took to Twitter to reveal a first look at the dark and mysterious visual, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, who directed “Bang Bang.”

Ariana rocks her signature cat ears and a long black skirt while standing alongside Abel in an underground stairwell.

The duo performed their collaboration for the first time on the season premiere of “SNL” last weekend.

Check out a few more photos from the set below:

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K. Michelle & Sevyn Streeter Hit The Studio

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K. Michelle is putting the finishing touches on her anticipated sophomore album, which she has been teasing with the hashtag #AWBAH.  The R&B songstress released the first single off the project “Love ‘Em All” less than two weeks ago to strong reviews from fans.

On Friday night K was back in the studio and was visited by her Atlantic Records label mate and fellow burgeoning R&B star, Sevyn Streeter.

According to K. Michelle the ladies worked on the sequencing of the album tracklist, and Sevyn actually shed a tear to one of the songs. “My love @Sevyn came by the studio tonight to support me, and help pick the track listing for my album #AWBAH,” wrote K.

“7ove her forreal….. @kmichellemusic I’m happy to call you friend #7OVEMYK #COUNTRYGURLS #ONEOFHERSONGSMADEMECRY #NAWBUTFORREALITDID #BETNOTLAUGH,” shared Sevyn.

Check out some more pics from the session below:

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Beyoncé Officially Releases 2015 Calendar


Anyone ready for 2015 yet? Well you know Beyoncé is always thinking ahead and now she has officially released her 2015 Calendar.

This past August a post was made on Amazon to “order” the calendar but yesterday the Queen made it available through her own online store.

The 12 images are featuring unique stills from her eponymously titled visual album, for example the cover features a gorgeous still from “Rocket.” The back of the calendar gives us a further look as April seems to be a “Yonce” month, June for “Partition,” and December is “Jealous.”

Which will be your fav?

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