Listen: Lion Babe Release Debut Album ‘Begin’

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Something tells us that Lion Babe aren’t going anywhere soon with the release of their debut album, Begin!

Following the success of their self-titled EP, the R&B duo consisting of singer Jillian Hervey and musician Lucas Goodman, released their 14-track debut album today. The LP includes previously shared tracks “Jump High” featuring Childish Gambino, “Wonder Woman,” “Impossible,” “Where Do We Go,” “Jungle Lady” and “Treat Me Like Fire.” With only one feature on the album, Lion Babe is focusing on showcasing their unique sound. For this project they worked with some industry heavyweights including Pharell Williams and Dave Sitek.

“Pharrell was a great person to talk to particularly as it was at search an early stage of Lion Babe,” Hervey recalled to Official Charts about working with her mentor. “At the time we were creating all sorts of things and he advised us to take a moment and think about what we were doing and the future. When someone like that is giving you advice, you damn well listen and don’t forget what they say! Pharrell really gave us the confidence to do this. Our inspiration to evolve in the way we have has come from him.”

Speaking on the process of creating Begin, Goodman said, “We definitely took our time with it. We made a lot of music that we haven’t used this time, just to get a sense of what we really liked and where we wanted to go. There was a lot of self-discovery involved and at this point, we’re really happy with it. It really sums up our journey as the starting ground of Lion Babe and hints at where we could go next. I don’t think we’ll ever allow ourselves to be put in one box.”

Lion Babe definitely can’t be put in a box with their debut. With a range of tracks that utilizes elements of electronic music, funk, R&B, and pop influences, there’s something for everyone on this album for. Some additional standout tracks are “On the Rocks,” “Satisfy My Love,” and “Got Body.”

Stream the album via Spotify below, and pick it up on iTunes now!

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Listen: Earth, Wind & Fire Live in Concert March 1979 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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It’s things like this that make you truly appreciate today’s internet and social media platforms even more.  Celebrating the amazing musical gifts that Earth, Wind & Fire have given us is a common occurrence, but with the passing of Maurice White on Thursday it had us searching for more and more rare material.

Soundcloud comes though with a good quality audio recording of an hour-long concert EWF held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on March 14, 1979, recorded and broadcast on a radio show called ‘The Soulshow’ presented by Ferry Maat.

Even if you were alive at the peak of EWF’s dominance, hearing stellar audio from an European concert is always a special treat. This show was only months before the band released their double platinum 9th studio album I Am, which was led by the massive disco single “Boogie Wonderland” and “After the Love Has Gone.”

Stream the show below!!

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Zendaya Talks About Being A Role Model, Working with Chris Brown, Babyface & More

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Dropping her brand new single “Something New” with Chris Brown this week, rising teen star Zendaya stopped by REAL92.3 LA to talk with DJ Damage & Letty about her growth as an artist and singer, what it’s like for her to be a role model for young girls, working with Breezy and Babyface on the new single, which samples TLC’s “Creep.”

Zendaya revealed that she got the blessing from T-Boz on the single and we can expect a cameo from her in the upcoming video.  She spoke about being a triple-threat talent and perfecting her various crafts at a young age. She also revealed that she has been friends with Kehlani since they were in 6th grade together!

Check out the interview below.

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Listen: Majid Jordan Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

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Toronto-based duo Majid Jordan has finally ended the wait on their debut album. Making waves with last year’s Drake-assisted single “My Love,” the talented singer-songwriters – who were first introduced with the co-writing of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – dropped their 12-track project featuring OVO’s head honcho as the only feature.

Unveiling the self-titled project with showing their gratitude of the outpouring support from everyone who assisted, the duo stated via Instagram: “When we met 4 years ago we never would have imagined the journey that lead to this album. thank you to our friends, family, and mentors for making this project possible. We are beyond excited to share this piece of us with you all.”

Notable tracks on this project include the first single “My Love,” “Make It Work,” “Love Is Always There,” and “Something About You”.

Take a listen to the project and check out their first radio interview on Hot 97 below!

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JoJo Stuns With Performance of “Save My Soul” on “Seth Meyers”

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One of the few people we’re anticipating a full album from currently is the very talented JoJo. If her past efforts from her youth up until her most recent delivery of the ‘Tringle‘ project aren’t enough to validate our reasoning, seeing her do live and acoustic performances should be good enough.

Marking her first network performance of the incredible single “Save My Soul” on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” last night, the powerhouse vocalist held up to the standards that we’ve all secretly set for her.

Dressed in all black and backed by some singers who exude #BlackGirlMagic, we absolutely can’t wait to see what JoJo hands out this year for both new and old fans to bask in.

While we’re sure that she’ll have the backing that she needs this time around, we’re hoping “Save My Soul” gets the respect it deserves!

Take a look at the performance below!

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Rihanna Set To Perform At The 58th Grammy’s

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Well, well, well! A trip to “Ellen” yesterday wasn’t just for tour promotion, we see!

While her appearance was refreshing and lol worthy, Rihanna began what would we would predict to be a long slue of upcoming appearances.

Adding to the anticipation of her upcoming “Anti World Tour,” the Bajan beauty announced through Twitter that she will indeed be performing at The 58th Grammy’s on Monday, February 15. A holder of 8 Grammy awards, Rihanna joined last year’s line-up performing her buzz single “FourFiveSeconds.”

Although the full album has been released and the single leading the album is her collaboration with ex-lover Drake, one has to wonder what she’ll be performing for fans this time around. Does this mean Drake will be making an appearance as well or will we be hearing a few new tunes?

Seems like “Work” isn’t just the title to her new single! Check out the announcement via Twitter below!

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Alicia Keys Sends Video Valentine to Speaker Paul Ryan

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If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to receive a video Valentine from Alicia Keys the singer has given us an example with her new message to Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Keys has been very active in her passion to help end the mass incarceration of non-violent crime offenders, a situation which constantly breaks up families and affects them forever.

Taking a surprising approach with this video, Keys addresses Ryan (by his first name, asking, “Can I call you Paul?”) with a little sweet talk, saying, “I recently saw a picture of you working out and I was like, ‘Mmm, I never saw the Speaker of the House working out before. He must be cool!’

“Are you cool, Paul?” she asks before daring him to “show me how cool you are. In fact you can even maybe be my Valentine if you help me spread some love.”

The love she is referring to is a vote to reform “excessive incarceration” to “keep families together and reunite those that have been unjustly torn apart.” She then shows off a Valentine’s Day card that says “You have a heart of gold,” and instructs viewers to go to WeAreHereMovement.com where they can send their own Valentines to Ryan.

“You’re welcome in advance for the thousand little love notes that are coming your way,” Keys coos slightly menacingly to Ryan, revealing the real purpose behind the video — to bombard the Speaker with pleas from citizens to enact justice reform.

Watch her seductive video message below.

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In Final Interview, Maurice White Reflects on Earth, Wind & Fire’s History and His Vision: ‘Music Was Playing In My Head’

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With the news of Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder Maurice White‘s passing today, Billboard has quickly released a brand new interview, one of his last, which they conducted with him via e-mail last month surrounding the announcement of the groups Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

White was unable to grant a full interview due to his Parkinson’s, but he did answer a few questions about the founding of the group, commercial breakthrough, winning his first Grammy Award, if he hears his influence in contemporary R&B and more.

Check out some excerpts below.

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