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Mario Unveils ‘Never 2 Late’ Album Cover, New Release Date

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It’s been six years since the release of Mario‘s last album D.N.A. (2009), and now the R&B singer is finally ready to return with his anticipated fifth studio album, Never 2 Late.

The project will be his first as an independent artist and is now slated to be released on December 4.

Mario has been working on the album with platinum hitmaker Scott Storch, among others, and the LP’s lead single “Forever” featuring Rick Ross was released online last month. Hear it here.

New Music: Mario feat. Rick Ross – Forever


Early this year, Mario released the new single “Fireball,” which was a sort of comeback, buzz track to announce his forthcoming album, and first as an independent artist.

In June, producer Scott Storch revealed that he had signed Mario to his burgeoning new label, and they were working on his new album together.  Today, we get to hear the first taste of their work with the brand new single “Forever” featuring Rick Ross.

The track feels very much like the sound we’ve come to know Mario for most recently, R&B strings with pop synths, accompanied by some heavy percussion. He’s not letting go of that, and he’s not letting go of his lady, as he sings about wanting an everlasting love.

“I want this forever, I want you forever,” he sings on the chorus, adding: “Stay here with me, baby / I just want to love you till you scream.”

Mario’s first album in six years is titled Never 2 Late, and it is scheduled to be released on November 27.

Take a listen to his new single below:

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Scott Storch Says Chris Brown Has A New Album Coming, Signs Mario

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Grammy-nominated producer Scott Storch has been going through personal issues for quite a while, and those issues have led him to file for bankruptcy.  But, while he attempts to pick up the pieces of his famed career and businesses, the fact remains he is still a super talented musician and producer.

Early Wednesday, TMZ reported some details behind his bankruptcy, which go as crazy to say he blew through $30 million just on drugs, but it was more like poor decisions fueled by drugs, a statement that really shouldn’t be news because Storch previously claimed this back in 2009 as well. However, the producer has been working, and he might have spilled the beans about a new album from one of R&B’s biggest stars.

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Mario Talks Going Independent, New Music & More on ‘The Breakfast Club’


Mario is finally back with new music, in the form of his party single “Fireball,” which is his first release since going independent.  The R&B singer visited ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Friday morning for a new interview to officially introduce the single, and give fans an update on his current situation.

Mario addressed why he left his deal and shared his feelings on the current industry. He spoke about the unreleased collaborative project that he previously recorded with Rico Love, which is owned by RCA and will probably never be released. He revealed that he is writing or co-writing all of his new music, which he didn’t do much of in the past because, as he claims, his previous team didn’t believe in him as a writer.

He talked about how his relationship is with his mother now, who was previously an addict, the work he does for kids with his foundation, and his feelings about having kids of his own.

Watch the full interview below:

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New Music: Mario – Fireball

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Mario is ready to turn up at the bar with his brand new single “Fireball,” which has leaked a week early. The R&B crooner, who is working on his first independent album, pours up the sexy record, as he sings about spending all his money on his lady at the bar, while drinking his favorite adult beverage, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.

“All the things I’m gonna do, a lot of them can’t do / The more I drink I spend on you / We spendin’ all our Benjamins tonight / We drinkin’ Fireball Cinnamon tonight,” he sings.

Mario has been in the studio with Bam Alexander, Polow Da Don, and Glass John working on his fifth album. “With this album, you’re definitely gonna hear a different sound,” he said of the follow-up to 2009’s D.N.A. “You’re gonna hear different perspectives, different concepts.”

Toast to a fun night with Mario’s new single below:

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Jermaine Dupri & Ne-Yo Honored at 2014 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards


The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The invitation-only event honored music producer and mogul Jermaine Dupri, singer-songwriter and producer Ne-Yo, and hit music maker Mike WiLL along with honoring the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2013 R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

During the ceremony, JD was presented with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award, which is the most prestigious honor that ASCAP gives, and is awarded to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Past recipients include Ashford & Simpson, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Dr. Dre, Berry Gordy Jr. & Motown Industries, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Patti Smith, Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder.

Prolific songwriter-producer Ne-Yo was awarded the ASCAP Golden Note Award, which is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Previous honorees include Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jay Z, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder.

The Songwriter of the Year Award went to hit maker Mike WiLL, who has amassed great success through the numerous top 10 hits he’s written including “Bandz a Make Her Dance” for Juicy J, “Pour It Up” for Rihanna, “Bugatti” for Ace Hood and “Body Party” for Ciara, to name a few.

Other winners included Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I., who received the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song award for the hit “Blurred Lines;” Justin Timberlake, JAY Z, The-Dream, Timbaland and No ID were awarded the Top Rap Song of the Year for “Holy Grail;” and Anthony Brown was honored with the Top Gospel Song Award for “Testimony.”

The evening featured performances by Jennifer Hudson, Mario, Lecrae and more including a surprise performances by Usher and Bow Wow during JD’s honor. Check out more photos below:

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Mario Talks Do Right Foundation & Performs Touching Tribute

This past weekend, Baltimore, Maryland held their annual African American Festival. The two-day event brought out some of R&B’s best and brightest to perform on the Camden Yards outdoor stage. The first night featured up and coming acts Jacob Latimore, Aaron Fresh and Brave Williams along with veterans Monifah, Chico Debarge and headlining act Mint Condition. Day two featured Mario, Johnny Gill and Brandy, who all shut down the stage with their amazing talents.

Our friends at TrueExclusives were in attendance and caught up with Mario to talk about his ‘Do Right’ Foundation. Check out the clip above which also includes footage of his touching performance of the song “Do Right.”

After the jump check out their footage of Brandy’s trip to the festival.

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Tyrese Hosts Benefit Concert For Our Girls Of Nigeria


On Friday night Tyrese Gibson partnered with the non profit group “Afrika Fifty6” to present a benefit concert For Our Girls of Nigeria, to help raise awareness and aid for the victims and families whose lives have been affected by the recent kidnappings.

HipHollywood was on the red carpet to cover the event and spoke with Tyrese.

“When someone sees how much traction and attention something gets like this when you make a statement, naturally other folks are going to have the idea pop up on them,” Tyrese said. “Lets go beyond holding up a sign from the convenience of your house. Lets gets our knees dirty, orchestrate, use your influence that God has given you to try to change the world and make a difference.”

Watch the clip below:

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