New Music: The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk – Starboy

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Well that was much faster than expected!

The Weeknd is back!! Only hours after announcing his new album Starboy, and showing off his short hair cut, the R&B/Pop star debuts the LP’s title track, which features EDM hitmakers Daft Punk.

Abel is clearly in another stratosphere now, as he boasts about his superstar status and bankroll, which includes buying his mother a car and a crib (“We don’t pray for love, we just pray for cars”).

“Look what you’ve done,” he sings. “I’m a motherfu**ing Starboy.”

Set for release on Nov. 25, Starboy features 18 tracks, and is already available for pre-order on iTunes.

Earlier this month, The Weeknd promised that Starboy would be his “best-sounding” album to date with influences ranging from The Smiths and Bad Brains to Prince.

“I think it’ll be the best-sounding album I’ve ever done,” he told VMAN. “It’s hard to label the sound because, when I first came out, nobody would label it R&B. I just want to keep pushing the envelope without it feeling forced.”

Listen to “Starboy” come alive below.

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Video: Kehlani – CRZY

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Lit Lit

Kehlani is all about the fun times in the music video for her buzzing single “CRZY,” off her much-anticipated Atlantic Record debut album.

Directed by Benny Boom, the colorful clip finds the Tsunami Mob boss chilling with her homies and best friends in L.A. After celebrating her girl’s birthday, the singer/dancer shows off her footwork skills in the street with some heavily choreographed routines.

Flashing an infectious smile, Kehlani sings about her “bad” side. “Everything I do, I do it with a passion / If I gotta be a bitch, I’ma be a bad one.”

The catchy track is the lead single off her forthcoming album, which is rumored to be titled SSS. The project has also spawned the dope ’90s inspired “Distraction,” “24/7,” and potentially the sinister Suicide Squad banger “Gangsta.”

Check out the “CRZY” visuals below.

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Watch: Alicia Keys Performs “She Don’t Really Care” at Apple Music Festival

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Alicia Keys is coming, and she’s giving New York the glory.

While across the pond for an appearance and performance at the Apple Music Festival in London, the vibratious singer delivered another hometown anthem with “She Don’t Really Care,” off her forthcoming sixth studio album.

“I promise it’s coming so, so, so soon,” she said of the follow-up to 2012’s Girl on Fire. “It’s really the most purposeful and most intentional that I’ve ever written music before, ever, and it’s all about New York City in so many ways, which is why I’m bringing you into my world a little bit.”

Over a boom-bap beat, Alicia swayed from side to side singing, “She grew up in Brooklyn / She grew up in Harlem / She grew up in Bronx / She know she was a queen / She lived in Queens.”

Although it was new to many in the audience, Keys previously performed “She Don’t Really Care” during her show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood back in July. New York based fans can catch Alicia performing at the TIDAL X: 1015 benefit concert next month.

Check out the performance below.

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Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, & Lauryn Hill to Headline TIDAL X: 1015 Benefit Concert

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Following rumors of an epic charity gig, TIDAL has announced its second annual philanthropic festival in conjunction with New York’s Robin Hood organization.

As expected, Beyoncé will headline the TIDAL X: 1015 show, but Jay Z isn’t currently on the bill. Instead, the star-studded lineup includes Ms. Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Common, T.I., and more.

The benefit concert goes down Oct. 15 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. A TIDAL and American Express pre-sale begins tomorrow (Sept. 22) at 10 a.m. EST with general tickets going on sale Monday (Sept. 26).

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Tinashe Covers ‘Nylon,’ Talks ‘Joyride,’ Sexism, & Chris Brown

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Hot on the heels of releasing her new cuffing season-ready single “Company,” Tinashe covers the October issue of Nylon.

Inside the feature, the songstress shows off her daring style in front of a blazing sunset and starlit backdrop. Whether rocking a body suit and boots by Emilio Pucci or pieces by Alexander Wang, Tinashe’s glow shines through in images captured by photographer Anairam.

While she’s confident in every photo, including the cover in which she wraps both hands around her waist, Tinashe’s had to battle insecurity along with the delays of her sophomore album Joyride.

“I’ve never been insecure. I’ve never doubted myself,” she explains, “but I’ve had those thoughts seep in, and it’s very scary because I would never want to be the type of person who was afraid to do whatever they wanted to do, or was just too caught up in their own head that they didn’t put themselves out there.”

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Watch: Sevyn Streeter Performs New Songs off ‘Girl Disrupted’ on ‘Billboard Live’

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Sevyn Streeter is on fire following the release of her hot new single and video “My Love For You.” The R&B songstress paid a visit to the Billboard offices on Wednesday for a special Facebook live session, which included a performance and Q&A.

Fans of the singer/songwriter will be happy to see Sevyn perform two more brand new songs off her forthcoming debut album Girl Disrupted. Kicking off the performance with an acoustic rendition of the unreleased “Before I Do,” which sounds like a tender love song about potentially leaving a relationship or not. The second song was “D4L” aka ‘Down 4 Life,’ which has a cool bounce. For her third song, Sevyn sang an acoustic rendition of “My Love For You” which was dope.

During the Q&A, she spoke about her inspiration behind and writing “My Love For You” even though she wasn’t actually in love at the time. Sevyn also talked about connecting with Gucci Mane on her official lead single “Prolly.” On another tip she gave her picks for which artists she would like to work with on a female anthem, and got deeper into what fans can expect from Girl Disrupted, which doesn’t have a release date, but is due out in early 2017.

Check out Sevyn’s live performance and interview below.

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Usher Goes All Around The World with “No Limit” on ‘Kimmel’

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Usher took fans all around the world with his performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday night.  The R&B superstar continued to celebrate the release of his eighth studio album Hard II Love by perf0rming the album’s hit single “No Limit” for the studio audience, who helped join in on the unique set.

Standing in front of 2 large projector screens Usher danced for the camera and pushed it around in circles to show the crowd, and then the screens would switch showing fans from different countries dancing to the song in their homes. But, he had a surprise in store, as the camera turned once again, Usher magically appeared on the outdoor stage with all his dancers and full band behind him.

During Young Thug’s verse a full dance-off went down, as the outdoor audience cheered them on. However you feel about the song, this was a dope performance.

Check it out below.

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The Weeknd Announces New Album ‘STARBOY’

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Get Ready, The Weeknd is Coming!

We’ve heard lots of rumblings of his next album, and the sounds he is experimenting with this time around, but we certainly weren’t expecting The Weeknd to already share the title of his next album.

Not only that, the R&B/Pop star has given himself a new look by cutting off his signature locks, which can been seen on the cover art for his upcoming third studio album, titled: STARBOY.

On the album cover, Abel is dressed in all black with a diamond encrusted cross around his neck and ring-filled hands holding onto his freshly-cut hair.

Photographer Nabil, who’s worked with Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and Frank Ocean, shot the cover and said there’s more fans can expect from the duo. “Mo fiya to come,” he wrote on Instagram.

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