Rihanna Covers Vanity Fair, Talks Chris Brown, Love Life & Reputation


With little news about her long-awaited eighth studio album, Rihanna graces the cover of Vanity Fair for the first time. The 27-year-old superstar traveled to Cube with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for the shoot. Rocking wavy red hair, she hit up a bar in Havana and bared all while lying naked in the bedroom of the Josie Alonso House, wearing only leopard Manolo Blahnik mules. She was also greeted by a throng of young fans in the streets of Old Havana.

In her most candid interview yet, Rihanna opened up about her highly-publicized love life. While she’s recently been linked to Travi$ Scott, she says her last official boyfriend was Chris Brown and prior to that, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

Until then, the search continues for Mr. Right, who according to RiRi, will be “a very extraordinary gentleman, with a lot of patience.” But she’s in no rush. “I don’t want it right now. I can’t really be everything for someone. This is my reality right now.”

She’s currently focusing on R8, which has been delayed, says Jay Z, because “she wants it to be perfect.”

Plus, she discusses her “bad girl” reputation, love for Eminem, and even Rachel Dolezal.

Read excerpts from the interview before the November issue hits newsstands on Oct. 13 below:

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JoJo Announces “I Am JoJo” Fall Tour


If you questioned whether or not JoJo‘s return to music was just a figment of your imagination, you can now rest easy knowing that it’s very real.

Aside from releasing three new single as well a a new video for “When Love Hurts,” the 24-year-old vocalist has now dropped the news of an upcoming North American tour!

Titled “I Am JoJo,” the 23-date tour jumps off on November 2 in Minneapolis and hits multiple venus throughout the country. Making stops in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Toronto and more before having its finale set in New Orleans, the tour comes ahead of her first album in nearly 10 years.

Tweeting out “Performing in a city near you for the 1st time in a long time. Come sing and vibe with me! It’s going to be mad fun,” the songstress sent fans into a frenzy with the news of the set kicking off in less than a month.

Pre-sale and VIP tickets go on sale Wednesday prior to the public sale on Thursday and Friday.

Check below to see if JoJo will be hitting your city!

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Chris Brown Joins Rick Ross on Apologetic New Single, “Sorry”


Rick Ross is taking over the R&B collab game right now. From The-Dream and August Alsina, to the newly released “Sorry” featuring Chris Brown, Rozay has a lot to say in a melodic tone right now.

Releasing the heartfelt apology single, Rick Ross tapped the only person who would be able to properly add to the records tone because, duh…it’s Chris Brown!

Singing out to what could presumably be a certain ex-girlfriend, Breezy acknowledges his mess ups and downfalls in relationships. “Gave you my world, but they were just broken promises / Broken condoms, lipstick marks, and unprotected sex / I feel like sh*t – you know I ain’t sh*t,” he sings out before heading into an autotune high pitched “Sorry.”

While Chris talks about his mistakes, Ross reminds his love to never mind what she sees on the blogs and how much of a winner she deserves.

Black Market is set to hit shelves in December.

Take a listen to the track below.

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Indie: Emerging Artist Reneard Releases Debut Album ‘Confessions of a Virgo’


Indie R&B artist Reneard makes his official debut with the release of the brand new album Confessions of a Virgo.  The Atlanta native started his musical endeavors at the age of 6 singing in the church choir, but his musical passion drove him to become a DJ at a young age. Reneard went from spinning at local skating rinks to being the youngest resident DJ in some of the top clubs in the ATL.

That didn’t seem to be enough for Reneard though, so he began to explore the inner voice that began in the church and started producing and writing his own music. In continuing to nurture his musical creativity, at age 18, he took an internship at Red Zone Studios, where he was exposed to the work ethics of industry heavyweights such as Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, and Rico Love to name a few. During his time as a DJ/songwriter/producer Reneard has worked with artist like Ciara, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Yo Gotti and more.

Now, Reneard has emerged as a highly musically infused artist ready to showcase the love and talent he has for music. Reneard the musical R&B tangent of Streetz 94.5’s DJ BLAK has released his debut LP Confessions of a Virgo.  The album includes 13 original songs with features from platinum hitmaker Jazzy Pha, TK N Cash, and K Major.

Take a listen to 4 tracks off the album below:

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New Music: Christopher Williams – Too Late

Christopher Williams Too Late

R&B sensation, Christopher Williams is back to wake us from dreamin’ with his new single, “Too Late,” an edgy, mid-tempo joint written and produced by G. Flowers and Avyon.

Christopher’s voice confidently commands the track, letting his love interest know that she shouldn’t wait too long to be with him as he sings: “See, I’m not the one trying to change you / See, I’m just the one here to save you…Why be so cautious / When everything that you want is in your face?”

With a sensual guitar and thumping bass, “Too Late” is just in time for cuffing season.

Williams says that he is ready for his return to the music game, “…words can’t describe how excited I am for my fans to see what I have been working on…The time is now and I am ready to connect with them all as well as meet new ones along the way.”

Christopher Wiliams’ new album, Simply Christopher is due out March 2016. “Too Late” will be available on iTunes and all digital retailers on October 23. Take a listen 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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Listen: The Red Light Special R&B Podcast #18 with Special Guest Bryson Tiller

Red Light Special Podcast

This week on the “Red Light Special,” Rob misses Kristin and interviews rising Alt-R&B star Bryson Tiller, who’s debut album T R A P S O U L has fans everywhere buzzing.

For those who are unfamiliar, Tiller hails from Louisville, Kentucky and made the music world take notice when he dropped his breakout single “Don’t.” The track caught the attention of fans everywhere, as well as legendary producer Timbaland. Drake also reached out to Young Tiller and tried to sign him to OVO, but he eventually signed a joint venture with RCA Records.

During their chat, Young Tiller opens up about his recording process, almost signing with Drake, being influenced by Omarion and Soulja Boy; plus his fascination with video games.

Stream the full podcast below:

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Video: Angie Stone – 2 Bad Habits

Angie Stone 2 Bad Habits

While listening to Angie Stone‘s latest single, “2 Bad Habits” you can tell that she’s not in a rush to get rid of them.

Keeping with the carefree vibe of the song, the playful images of the video show Ms. Angie frolicking with ladies and fellas to the catchy groove. Clearly, some of her ‘bad habits’ are indulging herself with men who are as fine as the wine that she likes to pour.

The soul music pioneer proudly displays her svelte figure while black and white images are cleverly jutaxposed with stark colors.

Angie Stone’s upcoming album, Dream is due out November 6, it is available for pre-order on iTunes now. Check out the visuals for “2 Bad Habits” below:

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