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Listen: The Best of April – Top 12 Records

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Last month, we missed doing a monthly recap list, but it was mostly because March wasn’t too great with the singles that were released. However, April started off strong making up for it with the major comeback of Maxwell, and plenty more solid records from established stars and newcomers.

Chris Brown was pissing people off on social media, but on the music tip he surprised us all dropping the anticipated 2nd and 3rd star-studded remixes to his single “Back To Sleep.”

Rising artists like Ro James and Rush Davis had us in our feelings, T-Pain called out all the Instagram vixens who don’t even speak in their selfie vids, and Mary J slayed while reuniting with British hitmaker ROMANS.

Enough chat though, check out our list for The Best of April – Top 12 Records below!

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New Music: Fantasia – So Blue

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Following her country inspired tune “Ugly,” soulful songstress Fantasia delivers fans another taste of her forthcoming album, with the new song “So Blue.”

A groovy, musical track lays the groundwork for Tasia to sing more of a somber message about love gone awry. While she’s learned that two wrong’s don’t make a right, Fantasia makes us feel that learning from the situation will eventually make her stronger.

“See, a lot of times, when things happen, you react in the moment and you’re not thinking about anything but trying to get that person back or making that person hurt like you hurt,” she says. “When you have time to sit back and think about it, it’s too late. The damage is already done.”

Fantasia has also revealed the cover art for her fifth studio album, The Definition Of…, which is due out on June 10.

Take a listen below.

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Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson & Latoya London Reunite for “American Idol” Finale Performance

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In addition to crowning the final winner, one of the most anticipated moments during Thursday’s grand finale of “American Idol” was the reunion of Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, and LaToya London aka the “Three Divas.”

The former Season 3 contestants took the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for a powerful performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

The crowd cheered and some even had tears in their eyes as J-Hud opened, followed by Tasia, and then LaToya. The ladies looked stunning and sounded even better as they belted out the Simon & Garfunkel classic. A solo J-Hud remained on stage to perform “Remember the Music” off the Empire Season 1 soundtrack.

Hudson was the seventh contestant to be eliminated during her season, while LaToya was fourth, and Fantasia was crowned the winner. The Season 3 champ also took the stage solo to debut her country-inspired new single “Ugly,” off her upcoming fifth album The Definition Of…

Check out the performances below!

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New Music: Fantasia – Ugly

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Fantasia returns with the second single off her forthcoming fifth studio album The Definition of…. Following, “No Time For It,” the R&B vocalist delves into the country world, slightly, with the stirring Ron Fair-produced ballad, “Ugly.”

Blending some country chords with her now-signature Rock/Soul style, Tasia commands vocally, as always, and sings with powerful grace about self-love and topics such as image shaming, materialism, and finding happiness.

“Give me a rusty old rain silo, give me good food that sticks to my bones / Thank you for that good good man who loves me,” she sings.

On Thursday, the Grammy Award winner will make her national debut performance of “Ugly” on the series finale of “American Idol.”  You can catch Fantasia on tour with Anthony Hamilton starting April 21.

Take a listen to her brand new song below.

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Watch: Fantasia Performs “No Time For It” Acoustic

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Amidst rumors of a collaboration with Brandy and Jazmine Sullivan, R&B siren Fantasia returns today with a stripped down performance of her new single “No Time For It.”

As the record hits the top 10 of Urban AC radio, Tasia lays down another praise-worthy performance of the empowering song, backed by two musicians.

In addition to working on her fifth studio album with Ron Fair, Fantasia is gearing up to hit the road with Anthony Hamilton. Their joint U.S. tour is set to kick off April 21 in Buffalo, New York, traveling to cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and more.

Watch Tasia’s commanding acoustic performance below!

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Fantasia Teases Collabo with Brandy and Jazmine Sullivan!

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Remember when Brandy and Jazmine Sullivan were talking about collaborating? Well…it appears the vocal dream might be getting even bigger.

Taking to Instagram this week, Fantasia posted a photo of Brandy, praising the R&B songstress, and included an exciting bit of information, teasing the possibility of new music between the three vocal powerhouses.

“OMG!!! The call that I just Received from the only vocal I’m scared to hit a stage with, in Love with, crazy about and my BFF in my head @4everbrandy JUST CALLED ME and Lord I almost wrecked the car,” she wrote. “Bran Thank You so much for your words of encouragement❤️ @jsullivanmusic @4everbrandy let’s give the people this Song🎤”

Brandy reposted the photo and caption, adding a very promising hashtag, #FanJazzBran. In addition, she posted a photo of her own, of Jazmine and Fantasia, writing: “#Faves Thank you God for YOU in them! @jsullivanmusic and @tasiasword #TheGreatest I love you both so much🎶🎶🎶🎶.”

Jazmine and Brandy were recently seen together, also praising each other, at the BET Music Matters Grammy weekend showcase last month. They were already rumored to be in talks of recording some music, but add Fantasia into the mix and it’s basically a dream come true for R&B fans everywhere.

Until we get official word we will just continue to sit here waiting….Let’s all hit them up on their socials and encourage this to happen! #FanJazzBran

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Watch: Usher, Toni Braxton, Jazmine Sullivan & More Perform at BET Honors

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The 2016 BET Honors aired last night and it was a celebration not to be missed! But, if you did miss the show don’t worry, we have you covered.

This year’s star-studded event honored some of the biggest names in the business including soulful legend Patti Labelle (Musica Arts Award), Epic Records CEO and chairman L.A Reid (Business of Entertainment Award), Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), President of Ariel Investments Mellody Hobson (Corporate Citizen Award), and former U.S Attorney General Eric Holder (Public Service Award).

The event was filmed on Saturday, March 5 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. It was hosted by Arsenio Hall, who had plenty to talk about, including President Obama’s final term and presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s controversial campaign.

The night was full of emotion, empowerment, and incredible performances by Usher, Toni Braxton, Jussie Smollett, Jazmine Sullivan, Fantasia, Ledisi, Raheem Davaughn, and The Deele who reunited for a performance after 28 years.

Usher paid homage to L.A. Reid in a smash-filled medley that included Bobby Brown’s “Roni” and “Rock Wit’cha.” “What an amazing career,” Usher said regarding Reid, before claiming that he would “let the music” explain Reid’s importance.

Toni Braxton (and her sisters), who opened the show, also honored Reid while performing hits like “He Wasn’t Man Enough,” “Breathe Again,” “Seven Whole Days,” and “Un-Break My Heart.”

Fantasia paid tribute to Patti LaBelle with a crowd-pleasing performance of “You Are My Friend.” LaBelle looked on with pride, celebrating Fantasia’s potent vocals.

Raheem DeVaughn and Jazmine Sullivan showed up and showed out, honoring the memory of Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White. They rocked out with performances of “September” and “Shining Star.”

Check out the standout performances below!

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Stars Come Out for 2016 BET Honors, with Performances by Usher, Toni Braxton, Jasmine Sullivan & More!

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Black excellence rang over DC this past weekend at the 2016 BET Honors. This year’s star-studded event honored some of the biggest names in the business including the soulful legend Patti Labelle (Musica Arts Award), Epic Records CEO and chairman L.A Reid (Business of Entertainment Award), Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), President of Ariel Investments Mellody Hobson (Corporate Citizen Award), and former U.S Attorney General Eric Holder (Public Service Award).

That night on the Warner Theater stage, Lee Daniels gave a compelling speech about his relationship with his late grandmother and his fellow honorees. He paid credit to Patti Labelle especially for playing a key role in his sobriety.

“La, that I’m even here with you tonight, when you were responsible for me getting off drugs, I love you,” he extended to Labelle.

“I called her up one night at three o’clock in the morning,” the Empire co-creator went on to explain. “(I was) babbling, babbling, babbling. I was high as a kite (and) she said, ‘Lee, you know Jesus?’

A night full of emotion, empowerment, and incredible performances by: Usher, Toni Braxton, Jussie Smollett, Jazmine Sullivan, Fantasia, Ledisi, Raheem Davaughn, and The Deele comes together for a performance after 28 years.

The BET Honors will air March 14 at 8 p.m. ET on BET. You don’t want to miss it!  In the meantime check out the photos below.

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