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Mary J. Blige Shares Her World In New ‘Billboard’ Cover Story

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Mary J. Blige has become one of the most legendary singers in the R&B genre to date. From her relevancy over the last 20 years to overcoming her own personal battles, the life and times of MJB has been an incredible story to watch. And, if you’re as lucky as some of us, you’ve been able to watch it from her arrival on the scene in the early ’90s, up until where she is now in 2014.

Covering this month’s issue of Billboard magazine, The Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul took some time to discuss her 13th album, The London Sessions, as well as her expansive and interesting journey through the music industry. Opening up about her tremulous past, the icon stated: “I was ready to just check out. It was a moment — I can’t get into it — but I saw my life going and I was grabbing for it. I was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no.’ That’s when I realized that I don’t want to die. And I switched, and I started praying and crying, and my life shifted right there.”

Now, two years sober, Mary told the famed outlet, “Sometimes I go to dinner with my sister and my friends, but it’s very light now because I don’t drink and hang out anymore,” she says. “So you know I can’t be in a club. If I ever felt like going out and dancing, I could do it. I could sit around everybody while they’re drinking, but I just don’t want to.”

In addition to touching on her past, MJB the MVP, talked receiving advice from her go-to man Elton John, her budding friendship with Sam Smith, what she keeps in rotation, Amy Winehouse, and much more. Perhaps one of the best interviews she’s given recently, you can’t help but love Mary even more after reading this.

Take a look at the pics and behind the scenes footage of the shoot shoot below! And, if you’re looking to read the full interview, click here!

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Pharrell, Mary J. Blige and Ariana Grande Celebrate ‘A Very Grammy Christmas’

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The Grammy Academy is back in the holiday spirit and putting on a joyous celebration with their upcoming special “A Very Grammy Christmas.” The one-hour show was taped at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Tuesday. It was hosted by LL Cool J, and features some of today’s biggest stars performing holiday songs and their current hits, as well as sharing their favorite holiday memories.

Pharrell Williams, decked out in a Christmas sweater, covered the classic “Please Come Home for Christmas,” and performed his G I R L album cut “Lost Queen.”

The Queen of R&B, Mary J. Blige, spread some cheer of her own with selections from her upcoming album The London Sessions.

Ariana Grande and Big Sean showed some PDA while performing their duet “Best Mistake.” The cute couple, coordinated in a red dress and black tuxedo, walked off stage hand-in-hand after their romantic set. Ariana also cozied up in front of the fireplace for a festive performance of her new holiday single “Santa Tell Me,” which debuts November 24.

In addition to the performances, the nominations for Album of the Year for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced during “A Very Grammy Christmas,” which airs December 5 at 9 p.m. on CBS.

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Omarion Reveals Album Cover for ‘Sex Playlist’

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Omarion is set to heat up the airwaves with his hot new single “Post To Be” featuring Jhené Aiko and Chris Brown, but come next month the R&B singer will be heating up bedrooms with his new album Sex Playlist.

Revealing the release date (Dec. 2) and tracklisting last week, Maybach O has now unveiled the sexy album cover, which features his girlfriend and “Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood” co-star, Apryl Jones. The LP will be his first on MMG/Atlantic and first full-length album in more than four years.

Prior to the DJ Mustard-produced “Post To Be,” the album was preceded by the sexy tracks “Show Me” featuring Jeremih, “Work” and “You Like It.”

Speaking with The FADER previously about the album, O said: “People be like, “So what are you bringing to the game this time?” and I’m just like, “Emotion. Fuckin’ feeling.” When you hear my shit you gonna feel some shit, you gonna think about some shit, because that’s what the core and the true R&B is. Rhythm and blues baby. There’s this El Debarge loop in it—it feels like what people need.”


Solange and Son Julez Dance to “No Flex Zone” at Wedding

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Solange tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend Alan Ferguson in New Orleans on Sunday, and just like any other family had a joyous celebration after the ceremony. One of the best moments had to be when Solo and her 10-year-old son Daniel Julez put on a three-minute dance-off to “No Flex Zone.”

Both dressed in white, they performed choreographed moves and challenged each other in front of guests including Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Janelle Monáe. They ended their routine with a big hug as everyone cheered.

The 200 family and friends were also treated to performances from Kelela, Kindness, and Questlove, who served as DJ.

Watch the adorable moment below:

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The Soul Train Awards Storm Las Vegas, Chris Brown Performs Medley, Jodeci Reunite!

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Love, Peace and Soul!!!

The Soul Train Awards hit Las Vegas with a bang on Friday night! CENTRIC celebrated and honored R&B legends and today’s brightest new stars at this year’s awards, which taped at the Orleans Arena. Wendy Williams hosted the night’s festivities, which included performances from Chris Brown, Tinashe, Tamar Braxton, Joe, Tank and even Jodeci!

Chris Brown, who led with seven nominations, kicked off the show with a dance-heavy medley of his hits including “Yo (Excuse Me Miss),” “New Flame,” and “Loyal.” The R&B superstar also went home with the awards for ‘Best Collaboration’ and ‘Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year’ for “Loyal.”

’90s R&B icons Jodeci reunited for the first time in years to perform a nostalgic medley of hits including “Freek’n You,” “Come & Talk to Me,” “Stay,” and “Forever My Lady.” The North Carolina quartet also debuted their new single “Nobody Wins” featuring B.o.B.

Kool & the Gang was honored with the Legend Award and received a star-studded tribute from Tamar Braxton, Joe, Elle Varner, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Tank, and Ma$e, who performed his Kool & The Gang-sampled hit “Feels So Good” with Total’s Kima Raynor and Pamela Long.

Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, and Da Brat had the crowd on its feet as they closed out the evening with a performance of their 1996 platinum single “Not Tonight (Remix)” in tribute to Kool & the Gang.

Other performers included Tinashe, who served up her hit “2 On,” and Nico & Vinz, who went home with Best New Artist. Tamar Braxton hosted the red carpet pre-show.

The Soul Train Awards will air on CENTRIC and BET on November 30 at 8 p.m.

Check out photos from the star-studded show below!

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Kelly Rowland Welcomes New Baby Boy!

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Congratulations are surely in order for Kelly Rowland and husband Tim Witherspoon as they welcomed their first born into the world on Tuesday! Born at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, the beautiful baby boy – named Titan Jewell Witherspoon – weighed 7.5 lbs, confirmed Kelly’s rep to PEOPLE.

Absolutely amazed at becoming a mother, the 33-year-old former Child of Destiny said, “We are thrilled to announce that today we are the proud parents of our first son. We are blessed to report everyone is healthy and happy!” During much of her pregnancy, Kelly made sure to show her joy by sharing many photos of her journey with her followers and fans on Instagram and other social media platforms. Also giving a stunning nude shoot in October for ELLE Magazine, the singer made everyone gawk with awe at how lovely she was sporting her baby bump.

In the interview with the famed magazine, Kelly stated, “I took a birthing class and I was amazed by all the things this woman was saying to me about birthing and what the body does naturally. Why wouldn’t you want to celebrate that?”

Join in on the celebrating by taking a look some of Kelly’s most gorgeous pregnancy shots in the gallery below!

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Beyoncé, Ciara Attend Topshop’s 5th Ave Store Opening Dinner, Bey Talks about New Collaboration

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As previously announced Beyoncé‘s latest venture into fashion is a collaboration with global retailer Topshop for a new line of fitness inspired apparel.

The new partnership called Parkwood Topshop Athletic Ltd. is looking to be a global streetwear brand. The company will sell clothing, shoes, and accessories for women, combining fashion and technical performance, style categories will include dance, fitness, and sports.

On Tuesday night, Topshop held an opening dinner for their new 5th Ave Topman flagship store in NYC, which Beyoncé attended to show her support for the new partnership.

“I’ve been such a big fan for so many years, it’s just a natural thing for us,” she told CNBC’s Tania Bryer. “I’m very excited about it, we started our meetings and it’s the beginning of something exciting.”

Ciara was also in attendance at the fashionable event, looking as gorgeous as ever, wearing a pair of Topshop leather overalls.

Check out Bey’s brief interview and photos of the ladies below:

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Rihanna Gets Steamy in ‘Esquire UK’ Cover Shoot

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Oh, y’all thought it was a game, huh?

If the talk of Rihanna‘s eighth album being on the way didn’t convince you before, maybe the back-to-back magazine covers will serve as a better effort. Surprising fans with another captivating cover shoot for the December issue of ELLE Magazine yesterday, today has brought forth the revealing of a hot and steamy shoot of the artist for UK’s version of Esquire Magazine.

Captioned with the title, “Meanwhile, Over In New York…Rihanna Works Up An Appetite (And Whips Up a Sexy Shepherd’s Pie),” the issue is a food and drink special, and they asked Rihanna to share her personal favorite recipes, including how to make a mean rum punch and how to rustle up a shepherd’s pie, Barbados-style.

The gorgeous singer is prepping fans for her new album with tantalizing shots flowing from her reinstated Instagram account. Donning her wet and wavy styled hair and minimal choices of clothing, there’s really no wonder why Miss Fenty has become one of the most fantasized woman ever.

Take a look as Rihanna heats things up once again below!

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