First Look: Mariah Carey Guest Stars on ‘Empire’

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After the rumors were confirmed, the Lambily can now get their first look at Mariah Carey‘s guest appearance on Empire.

The iconic songstress takes on the role of “mega-superstar” Kitty in a new trailer for the show’s third season. Mariah’s character duets with Jussie Smollett’s Jamal Lyon and helps him “dig deep to overcome personal difficulties and reach a musical breakthrough.”

The brief clip also features cameos from Xzibit and Kid Cudi, who plays Gram, an independent rapper and rival to Hakeem.

Empire’s third season kicks off Sept. 21 on Fox. Mariah is also set to premiere her new E! docu-series “Mariah’s World” on Dec. 4.

Watch the Empire trailer below.

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New Music: John Legend – Start

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John Legend has been staying busy with television and film, his latest venture — executive producer on the film Southside With You.

In addition to his role on the business side, the R&B crooner has contributed a musical offering for the movie, with the song “Start.” The aptly titled song sums up the plot of the film, which is the story of President Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle’s first date.

“I don’t know where the road leads / You don’t know if I’ll break your heart / We don’t know how the winds will blow / And we won’t know, we won’t go unless we start,” sings Legend over the piano track.

The film, which stars Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter as the future POTUS and FLOTUS, hit theaters today. The soundtrack, featuring Janet Jackson, Slick Rick, and Bill Withers, is also available now.

Take a listen to Legend’s “Start” via Spotify below.

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Review: Anthony David Releases New Album ‘The Powerful Now’

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Anthony David‘s honey coated tenor lures you into a hypnotic hold with undeniable desire. Coupled with his eclectic melodies, you’re bound to have an instant eargasm.

On his fifth studio album, The Powerful Now, the Grammy award-nominated singer/songwriter delivers his unique brand of blues, funk, rock and soul—with a bit of EDM. Featuring superb production by Shannon Sanders and Eddie “Gypsy” Stokes, The Powerful Now is David’s first release on Shanachie Entertainment. It’s a sonic testimony of next-level evolution.

“This album I thought of as if I had no other album,” Anthony notes. “I didn’t have many expectations. So any idea I had that I might have thought ‘oh, they may not like that from me,’ I did it anyway!  I definitely wanted to work with the sounds that are current but in my own way. I’m in the soul vein and I don’t mind the title of neo-soul; it conflicts with what’s popular in black music right now, which is either way ratchet or super retro. I have no interest in having all these sounds available and making something that sounds exactly like the 70s.  But I also don’t want to purposely make noise which some things I hear seem to be doing in attempt to being progressive.”

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Video: Chris Brown – Grass Ain’t Greener

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Chris Brown surprises us today with the music video for his latest single “Grass Ain’t Greener,” which he released back in May, as the first song off his rumored new album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon.

In the visual, Brown and his boys travel to a mysterious party in the middle of the desert, where he is apparently chasing his ex. He puts on a choreographed dance sequence for party goes, but in other dark scenes Chris finds himself in a forest rocking a long ponytail. Those around him turn out to be vampires but that doesn’t stop Breezy from singing out to his girl that things aren’t always better on the other side.

“The grass ain’t greener on the other side / You ain’t the girl you used to be / You say you’re down, you’re moving on,” he sings.

Brown also recently shot the music video for DJ Khaled’s all-star single “Do You Mind,” and can be heard on the new remix to Ayo Jay’s hit Afro-beat single “Your Number.”

Watch the “Grass Ain’t Greener” video below.

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Usher Talks New Album ‘Hard II Love,’ and ‘Hands of Stone’ Film on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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With Hands of Stone hitting theaters today, Usher made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday night.

Along with promoting the movie, the R&B star officially announced the title of his eighth studio album, Hard II Love, and confirmed it is coming out Sept. 16. Last night, he also dropped two new songs, the bass-heavy single “Missin U,” and “Champions,” which originated from the soundtrack to Hands of Stone.

During his chat with Jimmy, the singer/actor spoke about portraying boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard in the film, and hoping he would get his approval of a sex scene during the movie premiere. Usher also showed off his jump roping abilities for the studio audience, and talked about celebrating the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship.

Check out Usher’s visit with Kimmel below.

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Video: Verse Simmonds – Let Me Know

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It goes down in the backseat!

Singer/songwriter Verse Simmonds returns with a visual for his recent single, “Let Me Know,” off his upcoming album To All the Girls.

Setting himself up for a fun night with two ladies, the R&B hitmaker lets it be known that he’s fully aware of how their night will be going down.

“Body language, I can read your body language / I can see your real intentions, y’all ain’t foolin anybody / So right after the party, we’re gon’ have ourselves a party,” he sings.

Check out the hitmaker’s new video below.

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Video: Majid Jordan – Small Talk

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Majid Jordan keep the visuals coming, with “Small Talk,” off their heralded self-titled debut.

Directed by Glenn Michael, the clip finds Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman on a double date. Jordan is mostly unhappy about it, still thinking about his love back home. Things change, however, by the end of the clip after a near fatal move turns into comic relief.

Co-starring Saya Diaz and Skylar Dombroski, the “Small Talk” video follows June’s “Make It Work.”  Next up, the OVO Sound duo is heading out on their “North America II Tour,” launching Sept. 30 in Montreal and ending Nov. 10 in Toronto.

Watch “Small Talk” below.

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New Music: Usher – ‘Missin U’ + ‘Champions’

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With the news that Usher has changed the title of his eighth studio album to Hard II Love, and it has gone up for pre-order, two brand new records have been released as well.

The first, “Missin U,” is a bass heavy banger, where the R&B star rides the beat while singing out about his desire to reunite with his lady, who has him entranced in her beauty.

“I mean everybody wants somebody that’s got confidence,” he says in the intro. “You know it’s in her attitude, the way she walks, nice legs, she’s got to be beautiful.”  The song uniquely segues in between a hard club banger and sweet, contemporary love song.

The second track is “Champions,” from the film Hands of Stone, which Usher co-stars in as legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. This one is an empowering ballad that switches between English and Spanish, as a duel kind of duet between Usher and actor Édgar Ramírez, who portrays the films leading character, boxer Roberto Durán.

“I’ll fight for my country / You’ll fight for your country / We see the victory, they’ll get the victory / Man to man and heart to heart / Face to face, but worlds apart,” he sings.

Hands of Stone lands in theaters on Friday (Aug. 26). Usher’s eighth studio album Hard II Love is set to be released on September 16.

Take a listen to both new tracks below!

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