Exclusive: ANGEL Performs “Fvxk With You” Acoustic In Studio

Taking on his third acoustic performance in three weeks, rising UK based artist ANGEL debuts an in-studio, stripped down rendition of his Rich Homie Quan-assisted single “Fvxk With You,” off his buzz-worthy 2016 EP, HER.

Standing at the mic in his red hoodie, and backed by two female singers, a guitarist and percussionist, the Motown Records signee laced the ’90s inspired, modern R&B single with some wavey live vibes.

“I really want to f*ck with you / She said, you know I want it bad as you / You know I can’t sleep, comin’ back to you / That’s why you make love to me like you do,” he sings on the chorus, before sliding into his smooth rap/sung style verses.

“We had a lot of fun doing this one!!,” said ANGEL. “Sidenote, My band is 🔥🔥🔥.”

In case you missed it, last week ANGEL released his performance of the Kut Klose sampled “Hop On,” and the week before he debuted a brand new song, “Waiting For You” mashed up with a stellar cover of Mint Condition’s classic single “Breakin’ My Heart.”

Check out his performance of “Fvxk With You” below.

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Ro James Brings “XIX” Back Home to New York

His neon signature superimposed over an XIX sign marks the first signal that singer Ro James is ready to grace the stage of New York City’s Highline Ballroom on Tuesday night (Feb. 28). As part of his headlining “XIX Tour,” this performance is one of many for the down-to- earth R&B newcomer. But this show is a bit different. Ro James is home.

With passionate fans huddled around the stage James emerges and begins to talk about his origins in Germany, then his move to New York, before his father’s military career carried him across the country. Summers with his mother’s family in Jamaica, Queens, however, were a constant during his youth. He’s glad he’s back, as are his impassioned fans, who cheer as he starts into his first song.

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Bruno Mars Unveils Live-Action Animated Video for “That’s What I Like”

Bruno Mars is tearing up the charts with his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart with the infectious “That’s What I Like,” off his acclaimed new album 24K Magic.

The international superstar performed the groovy single at the Grammys and BRIT Awards, and now he has unveiled a live-action animated video. Directed by Bruno and Jonathan Lia, the visuals blend his smooth choreography with eye-popping animation based on the song’s lyrics.

This weekend, Mars is set to perform and be honored at the 2017 iHeartRadio Awards where he will receive the coveted Innovator Award, set to air Sunday, March 5th at 8PM ET/5PM PT.

Meanwhile, Bruno is currently poised to embark on his massive “24K Magic World Tour” with supporting act Anderson .Paak. The global trek is set to kick off March 28 in Antwerp and culminate Nov. 11 in Los Angeles.

Let Bruno Mars show you how he likes to party with the playful visual below.

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Video: Gallant – Talking to Myself

Gallant hopes you haven’t forgotten about him. The Red Bull Sound Select alum is still riding the wave from his Grammy-nominated debut album, Ology.  In spite of not taking home a golden gramophone on ‘musics biggest night,’ the nomination introduced the crooner to an entirely new audience. Today, Gallant goes back to Ology to drop off a visual for the LP’s intro track, “Talking to Myself.”

In the four-minute music video, director Sasha Samsonova bounces between images of Gallant alone in an abandoned diner, and of a woman alone in her bedroom writhing in ecstasy. “I’ve been slowly loosening my grip on this reality,” he croons, and that idea of “losing your mind” seems to grip both figures.

Gallant serenades the shadows in the diner, for example, while the woman touches herself and lets lust take over. Whether that’s the effect of the singer’s smooth falsetto or merely her falling prey to her own desires, only the viewer can decide. And for those who still don’t know Gallant, the “Talking to Myself” video serves a perfect introduction.

The singer/songwriter is set to hit the road from April through June on tour with John Legend. Watch Gallant’s “Talking to Myself” video below.

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Watch Justine Skye Perform Acoustic Rendition of “Jezebel”

Rising star Justine Skye shows off some stripped down skills with an acoustic performance of her song “Jezebel,” off her late 2016 EP 8 Ounce.

The live performance was recorded in the home of Justine’s DJ friends, Simi & Haze, as she sits on the floor by a fire place singing, “Cause you all on my IG / Talkin’ sh*t ‘bout me / All in my timeline / Picture you tryin to out me? / Internet thuggin, avatar muggin / Now you got me black baggin / Got you on thought when I’m draggin, you.”

Speaking about her inspiration behind the song with EW, Justine explained: “As a young adult, we all go through things now on social media. It’s a part of our everyday lives. This song is a just reflection of that, and hopefully, other young women are able to relate to this.”

Check out her performance below.

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The Full 2017 Essence Festival Lineup Announced, Chance The Rapper, BJ The Chicago Kid & More Added

Every year the ESSENCE Festival is one of the most attended and talked about music festivals in the world.

This years events will take place June 30 – July 2 in New Orleans, Louisiana and boast another legendary cast of headliners, fan favorites and exciting newcomers.

Announced today, Grammy-winning artist Chance The Rapper will make his ESSENCE Festival debut joining Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and others as a headliner.

Other new additions include a special reunion performance by No Limit Records featuring Master P, Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk; BJ the Chicago Kid; Daley; Elle Varner; Emily Estefan; Gallant; Kelly Price; Leela James; and Rhonda Ross.

See the full weekend concert lineup below.

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Alicia Keys Plays “Wheel of Musical Impressions” on ‘The Tonight Show’

Alicia Keys paid a visit to “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday night in promotion of the new season of NBC’s “The Voice.”

Following her interview, Jimmy challenged Alicia to the now famed game “Wheel of Musical Impressions” where she sang “Miss Mary Mack” like Gwen Stefani, “The Alphabet Song” like Adele, and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” like Janis Joplin.

Prior to the hilarious performances, the singer spoke about her son Egypt’s musical gifts and revealed that he is now telling her that other people sing better than her (). Additionally, she spoke about the new season of “The Voice,” and asking Prince’s permission to cover “How Come You Don’t Call Me.”

Check out Alicia’s visit to “The Tonight Show” below.

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Tyrese Reveals Valentine’s Day Marriage!

Ladies, Tyrese is officially off the market.

In a surprising announcement on Tuesday evening (Feb. 28), the singer/actor revealed that he and a previously unknown fiancé said their “I do’s” on Valentine’s Day.

Sharing 3 posts on Instagram to his over 7M followers, the multi-talented star first shared a photo from an older post of his at home spa, which he claims he built for his future wife, and in the post he shared his prayer to God to bring him a “classy, sophisticated women with an angel heart” to be his wife.

The second post was his big reveal with a short video compilation of photos from the wedding day and personal messages. “Mark 10:8 And the two will become #OneFlesh Mr & Mrs Gibson… #MyBlackQueen #GrownManSeason,” he wrote with the video.

The third post is a close up of his wife’s engagement ring and wedding band, with a longer message about love.

“So many people give a lot of power to The Ring as a man I had to wait till I truly truly felt like my WORDS and my FEET would walk in the same direction as my HEART,” he wrote. “Not to worry I won’t be updating you guys on every detail and every aspect of our life. We tried to keep this all a secret and it somehow got out there so we just wanted to share the blessed news ourselves… Our way.”

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