Usher Stops By ‘Ellen’, Takes ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Challenge

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You have GOT to love Usher!

While the veteran heartthrob has been making ladies fall in love since before he could legally purchase liquor, the singer and father has done it again as he showed off his manly strength.

Taking on the “American Ninja Warrior” Parking Lot Challenge on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Usher not only proved that he had the brawn, to complete the challenge, but the brains to invent a new way to complete one of the obstacles. Serving as great exercise for what’s to come during his UR Experience tour this fall, it was pure entertainment watching him tackle the obstacles on the course.

Take a look at him swing our way below!

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PARTYNEXTDOOR Announces ‘PARTYNEXTDOOR LIVE’ Tour

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Fans of Toronto’s own PARTYNEXTDOOR can get ready to see what he’s working with…on stage that is. Announcing his ‘PARTYNEXTDOOR LIVE‘ tour earlier today, the OVO Sound signee is ready to do a little something for people to understand what he’s working with.

While the singer has been opening up for the Drake vs. Lil’ Wayne tour most recently, PND is going his own route with a 14-city tour, which will feature tracks from his well-anticipated release, PARTYNEXTDOOR Two. Kicking off in Montreal next month, the tour will span throughout the month of October into mid November and cover TX, FL, GA and Cali – just to name a few.

Ready to see if your city is on the bill? Take a look at the list of stops and dates below!

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Watch: August Alsina feat. Nicki Minaj – ‘No Love’ (Video)

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August Alsina brings the world the much-anticipated music video for the “No Love (Remix)” featuring Nicki Minaj.

The two lovebirds spend some QT at home, but while Nicki is ready to take it to the next level August is off with another in the Benny Boom-directed visual.

August soon realizes that what he has with Nicki is the real deal, and he sends her hundreds of roses to show his love and win her heart.

“Nicki been so deeply involved in the whole thing just as far as the video, she was like ‘yea n***a who you know kill a feature and get a video treatment done all in one day.’ She was very adamant and very proactive in the whole situation,” he told Hot 97 about Nicki’s involvement in the video.

August is currently wrapping up his “Testimony Live” tour, and this fall he will be hitting the road with Usher on “The UR Experience,” which kicks off Nov. 1 in Montreal, Quebec.

Watch the video for the hood love song below!

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New Music: Richard King – I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)

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Last week we introduced you to rising Songbook artist Richard King with his smooth debut single “Plus One.”

Today, in honor of “Royal R&B Classic Remake Monday,” the singer/songwriter has released his 2014 version of Hi-Five’s ’90s classic “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game).” With his sultry tone and stacked backgrounds, fans are in for a great R&B remake.

Check it out below:

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Ariana Grande Covers Marie Claire

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It seems like a little bit of everyone has something to say about Ariana Grande, and we’re not in opposition to joining in.

While the 21-year-old sensation found another range of success with her sophomore album My Everything, it also seems as if she’s finding it with landing another magazine cover. This time posing for famed Marie Claire, Ariana is turning in her “teen” card and pulling out the more adult looks.

Dishing on a few of her “firsts,” her hair, her plans of shooting to the top, and more, this is one read that you won’t want to miss. On her desire to sing R&B, Ariana stated: “I was 14 years old and ready to make an R&B album. I was like, ‘Where is that Mary J. Blige collab? Where is that Natasha Bedingfield writing session? Where is my session with India.Arie? I’m ready. Let’s go.”

Proving that she has more than the talent to fulfill all that her heart desires, we’re all here for what Ariana is supplying us with. Until the issue hits shelves on September 16, cheek out a few shots from the shoot below and get a sneak peek of the interview here!

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Ticket Giveaway: Luke James Live in NYC at SOB’s on Sept. 24

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Following his previous sold-out show this past summer, Luke James will be returning to SOB’s in NYC for a special two-night performance event in celebration of his debut album release!

The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter has been on quite a journey throughout his lengthy career and he has much to celebrate during his return to the famed venue next week. Known to give everything and more when on stage, you won’t want to miss Luke’s latest appearance, and we have your chance to catch him live!

For those of you in the New York area, we have 2 pairs of tickets to his September 24 show available! To be entered for your chance to win, all you need to do is email us with the subject line ‘Luke James’ to contest@thisisrnb.com, and tell us why you would love to see the singer live. Ages 21+ only. The winners will be picked by random drawing of the submitted entries. No transportation is provided. The contest will run from today through Thursday, September 18 at 11:59 PM.

You can also buy tickets here.

Best of Luck!!

New Music: BJ The Chicago Kid feat. Sasha Go Hard – Gimme Mo (Remix)

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BJ The Chicago Kid is clearly ready to be apart of the conversation of today’s more exciting new R&B acts once again. After taking time away to focus on his debut album, due out on Motown Records, the young singer has began releasing numerous new records and remakes for his fans and new listeners to get tuned in to.

Following the recent songs “Real Love Never Dies” and “Go Girl,” the Chicago native drops off a bit of a throwback with an update.

BJ and rapper Sasha Go Hard remix their previous collaboration “Gimme Mo” with a new beat courtesy of Marcus Kincy, who slows down the original and turns it into a sultry, piano driven record, highlighted by some Teddy Riley style vocoder effects.

Stream and download below:

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Elle Varner Performs “Don’t Wanna Dance” on ‘Queen Latifah Show’

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The new season of ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ is under way, and gracing the stage on Monday as the musical guest was none other than Elle Varner. The soulful vocalist delivered her first televised performance of current single “Don’t Wanna Dance,” sans A$AP Ferg.

Rocking a white and black Varsity style jacket and ripped black jeans, Elle showed her confident, sexy new persona performing the homebody anthem for the live audience.

The singer is currently prepping for the release of her anticipated sophomore album 4 Letter Word, which is coming this fall.

Watch her hit the ‘Big Sexy’ (as Queen Latifah calls it) stage below:

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