Kehlani Talks ‘SweetSexySavage,’ Life, & Politics on Hot 97

Kehlani is in these streets y’all!

Fresh off the release of her debut album, SweetSexySavage, the 21-year-old singer/songwriter has been traveling across the country for album signings and radio interviews to promote the album and her upcoming tour.  On Baelani’s stop in New York, she visited Hot 97 and gave in-depth interviews with both “Ebro In The Morning” and with fellow Bay Area native, Nessa.

In her sit down with Ebro, Lani explained how 90% of SweetSexySavage was written entirely by her and why this project is authentic to who she is as a person now compared to her previous two mixtapes. She said that this album helped her to “re-connect with myself and re-fall in love with it” during the creation and recording process of making new music.  The Morning Show team even briefly touched on the Tsunami Mami’s political views ranging from her disappoint in the executive order to re-start construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline, to how important she thinks it is for artists to use their platforms to speak-up, educate, and keep people informed.

Then, sharing some quality couch time with Nessa, Kehlani talked about what her favorite songs on the album are if she had to choose. Those songs happen to be “Piece of Mind,” “Thank You” and “Get Like.” She also touched on her return to social media being the result of finally realizing that there are way more people who love her and what she has to say, than those who dislike her. They ended the interview with some much needed girl talk about expectations placed on women and their appearance thanks to a surprise visit from Cardi B.

Check out both interviews below.

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New Music: Avery Wilson – Fake Love (Remix)

Up-and-coming R&B singer Avery Wilson is the latest artist to get inspired by Drake’s industry themed hit “Fake Love,” and the powerful vocalist delivers another buzz worthy cover.

Known for his strong voice, Wilson also showcases his writing talents with a flip of the catchy lyrics.

“I’ve been down so long I feel it’s up to me / To look out for me / I got fake n**gas tryin’ to fake f**k with me / Dap me everyday / They be lyin’ to my face,” he sings on the hook.

Avery has new music on the way this year, but in the meantime, check out his remix of “Fake Love” below.

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New Music: MAAD feat. Ro James – Touch Me

Rising NYC based artist MAAD returns with another taste of her forthcoming debut EP Le Funk. Following “90s Love,” the singer/model/DJ debuts her gritty and sensual duet with fellow New York native Ro James.

Produced by her frequent collaborators TheVAMP, the sultry cut evokes epic soul and funk slow jam classics, while showcasing MAAD and Ro’s complimentary vocals and writing talents.

“Touch me baby, give it to me / Touch me baby, do it / Touch me baby, give it to me / Put your back into it,” sings MAAD while James adds: “I need you to touch me / I’m craving you right here next to me.”

Commenting on the track, MAAD said: “’Touch Me’ is one of the first records I recorded for ‘Lé Funk’ with TheVAMP. The vibe and energy of that song helped mold the sound of my upcoming project. I really wanted to create something that felt gritty and sensual at the same time. I’ve always been a fan of music that takes you on a journey and feels retro. Ro is a long-time friend of mine so it was easy writing on this with him and I really love what he brought to the track.”

Take a listen to the collabo below.

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Congrats! Pharrell Williams & Helen Lasichanh Welcome Triplets!

Big Congrats are in order for Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh, who reportedly welcomed triplets this month!

Vanity Fair broke the news early Tuesday morning. Williams rep did not provide the babies’ names or sexes, but told E! News, “The family is healthy and happy.”

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Watch: Keyshia Cole Performs 2 New Singles on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

Keyshia Cole had some surprises for fans during her appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday night (Jan. 30). While performing her brand new single “You” for the first time on television, the R&B songstress was joined by rap stars Remy Ma and French Montana for their guest verses.

Dressed in all white and backed by dancers, Cole performed a clean version of the new breakup anthem, switching some of the hook’s words. “You picked the wrong one, baby / You just played me for the last time / I’m done dealing with you,” she sang.

Keyshia also took the opportunity to premiere a somber and soulful new song called “Incapable,” which like “You” is expected to appear on her forthcoming album, 1111 Reset, due out this year on Epic Records.

Sitting down in front of her band, backup singers, and a colorful backdrop, Keyshia belted out the new cut.  “Every time it feels like this could be the last time / What’s the good in goodbye / If I give this one more try / It’s hard because they say that true love never dies,” she sang.

Check out Keyshia’s performance below.

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John Legend & Ariana Grande Debut Duet in New ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Trailer

Disney’s latest trailer for Beauty and the Beast premiered during The Bachelor on Monday night, giving a closer look at memorable scenes from Belle’s encounter with Gaston to her growing relationship with the Beast, all before the last petal drops.

The trailer for Disney’s live-action film also gives fans a first listen of Ariana Grande and John Legend‘s duet of the classic title song. The song, written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken for the 1991 animated feature and originally sung by actress Angela Lansbury and later rerecorded by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for the film’s soundtrack, won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award that year.

In the remake of the film, Emma Watson stars as Belle while Dan Stevens plays the Beast. Ewan McGregor (Lumiere), Stanley Tucci (Cadenza), Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen (Cogsworth) and Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) voice the castle’s memorable objects and Luke Evans and Josh Gad star as Gaston and his sidekick Le Fou.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17, while the film’s soundtrack is set to release March 10. Check out the preview of John and Ariana’s duet in the trailer below.

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Bruno Mars Opens Up About Race, Discrimination, & Loss of His Mother in ‘Latina’ Magazine

Bruno Mars makes some bold statements in his cover story for the February issue of Latina magazine. In an introspective conversation with Entertainment Director, Jesús Triviño Alarcón, the multiple Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer discusses his Puerto Rican pride, his profound respect for and the important cultural impact of “black music” on popular music, and dealing with the loss of his mother.

Mars is the first male celebrity to grace the magazine’s cover since Romeo Santos in 2014. The issue hits newsstands on February 14. Inside the mag, the 24K Magic star poses for portraits by photographer John Russo, and sits inside of a car with its windows rolled down. The story itself is a window into Mars’ views on life and identity, allowing him to clear up misconceptions about his pride and about his race.

“I’d love to clear [this] up in Latina magazine,” he says at one point in the article. “I never once said I changed my last name to hide the fact that I’m Puerto Rican. Why would I fucking say that? Who are you fooling? And why would anyone say that? That’s so insulting to me, to my family. That’s ridiculous. My last name is Hernandez. My father’s name is Pedrito Hernandez, and he’s a Puerto Rican pimp. There’s no denying that.”

“My dad nicknamed me Bruno since I was 2 years old,” he added. “The real story is: I was going to go by ‘Bruno,’ one name. Mars just kind of came joking around because that sounds bigger than life. That was it, simple as that. I see people that don’t know what I am, and it’s so weird that it gets them upset.”

Speaking of race, Mars also addressed the current conversations around discrimination. “I hate that we’re even having a conversation about injustice in America,” he said. “That we are having a conversation about this in 2017; the same conversation that’s been had decades and decades ago.”

See more highlights from the Latina cover story below.

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Video: Sevyn Streeter feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Cam Wallace – Fallen

After debuting the song last week, Sevyn Streeter turns up the heat in the provocative video for “Fallen” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Cam Wallace.

Inspired by New Edition’s classic “If It Isn’t Love,” the seductive song gets a steamy visual to match. Donning cutout white lingerie while laying in a bed of roses, Sevyn celebrates Valentine’s Day early in the Mike Ho-directed clip, playing a seductress while Ty falls for her irresistible charm.

Under red lights, Sevyn entices her man with her sexy body and moves between imagery of a burning rose and falling snow.

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