Posts Tagged ‘Tyrese’

Rihanna Hosts & Performs at Inaugural ‘Diamond Ball’

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As previously reported, Rihanna is getting into the charity circuit to raise funds for The Clara Lionel Foundation, which she started in 2012. The foundation – which is named after her grandparents – works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture. On Thursday night, the Pop megastar held the inaugural “Diamond Ball” at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills, California, to benefit the growing charity.

The upscale, swanky affair brought out celebrity guests such as Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Brad Pitt, Jimmy Kimmel, Big Sean – who performed his latest hit “I Don’t F**k With You,” Tyrese, Salma Hayek, Terrence J and many more.

RiRi wowed the cameras on the red carpet in a crimson satin dress by Zac Posen and stunning Chopard necklace. She was supported by her family, including both her parents and her grandfather Lionel Braithwaite.

Brad Pitt had the duty of introducing Rihanna’s special performance to the audience, which found her conducting an orchestra and performing a medley of some of her biggest hits including “Diamonds,” “Pour It Up,” “Umbrella,” and “Run This Town.”

“One of the greatest benefits of my job was being able to start the Clara Lionel Foundation in honor of my grandparents,” said Rihanna. “There is truly nothing I’m more proud of and we’ve just gotten started. I’m excited to continue my work and thrilled to be able to host the Diamond Ball – a night that promises to be elegant and inspirational.”

Check out more photos and video footage below!

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List: The Best of November – Top 12 Records

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It’s the week after Thanksgiving and along with the extra weight that we have to drop from over eating, it’s time for another monthly list! Fresh off of the infamous “leftover” weekend, we’re one step closer to closing out 2014 and embarking on a well-anticipated 2015. Coming off of a slow month for music in October, we’re back with some tunes for you to rock with while burning off the pounds from your plates.

Between keeping it real and funk’n you up to smackin’ it in the air, this month had many contributions from artists that we were surprised to hear from. Breaking the internet a few times this month, November’s pickings will find you still giving your thanks for good music.

Ready to dance off all of that Thanksgiving stuffing? Press play and get into our “Best of November – Top 12 Records” list below!

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New Music: Tyrese feat. Snoop Dogg – Dumb Sh*t

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We all make mistakes!

While he has been working on his next studio album Black Rose for a while, Tyrese surprises us today with the first release off the upcoming double album.

Over a extremely smooth ’90s inspired track, the Hollywood star glides over the funky beat with his classic vocals and gets personal about some past relationship mistakes. The singer/actor admits to making bad decisions in his romances, but really wants to be exclusive with his No. 1.

“Why would I want to start over when I got you at home / Tryin to get a million girls I’m just gonna end up alone,” he sings.

Tyrese calls on his big homie Snoop Dogg to lay down a slick verse, and he even brings out his rap alter-ego Black Ty for an additional verse.

His six album, Black Rose, is slated to hit stores next year, and he has claimed it will be his last solo album.

Take a listen to Tyrese’s brand new single below!

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August Alsina Receives Well Wishes from Nicki Minaj, Sevyn Streeter, Tyrese, Kevin Hart & More

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August Alsina has become a friend to many in the industry, and some of his close fellow artists have been sending him their best wishes and get well soon messages as he continues to recover from collapsing and falling off stage during his recent “Testimony Live Tour” performance in NYC.

While last Friday, the 22-year-old returned to social media posting an image of himself in his hospital bed letting fans know that he is doing better and making a speedy recovery.  Today, August has shared some personal messages that he received from the likes of Sevyn Streeter, Wale, Kevin Hart and Tyrese.

“I love you, I hope that you’re ok, and get well soon,” said Sevyn. While Kevin Hart joked with him saying, “get yourself together dude,” before sending his prayers and well wishes. “I know the sh*t got rough for you for a minute, but everything’s a wake up call baby, get big and get strong.”

Tyrese sent an extended message of growth and positivity, but he was also visited in person by Nicki Minaj, who is featured on his new single “No Love.” “August, u know, I’m here to save u. still praying for my lil bro. He’s doing better,” she said.

August also shared another message of his own for fans as well. “Recovery, it’s a process. I woke from a coma.. God gave me a second chance at life & I’d like to thank each and every person that sent any form and expression of love thru gift, card, flowers or simply your kind words and prayers. I’m a hustler, I’m a worker, I overwork myself at times but I’m a survivor and still here by the grace of God and your prayers,” he wrote.

See all the sincere wishes for the young star below:

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Chris Brown, Tyrese, August Alsina & More Attend 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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The stars came out at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Friday night. The annual industry event celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs of the previous year. This year’s show honored rapper/mogul Ludacris for his achievements in songwriting and his global influence on culture and entertainment with the prestigious BMI President’s Award.

Following video tributes from Usher, Lil Jon, and Tom Cruise, Luda hit the stage for a medley of his greatest hits including “What’s Your Fantasy,” “Yeah,” “How Low,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Area Codes,” and “Move Bitch” with special guest Mystikal.

The star-studded event also featured performances from TeeFlii (“24 Hours”), Tamar Braxton (“Love and War”) and YG (“My Hitta” and “Who Do You Love”).

Chris Brown was in the house and received a Special Citation of Achievement recognizing over 1 million broadcast performances of his hit “Forever.”

“I just appreciate all the singers and the songwriters who helped me get to this point making all this great music,” said Breezy. “I didn’t do it by myself. The fans really jump started it.”

Future accepted multiple awards including one for his ex Ciara’s “Body Party,” which he co-wrote and produced. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis earned Song of the Year for “Can’t Hold Us” and Lil Wayne was crowned Songwriter of the Year. Zendaya won the BMI Social Star Award and Detail, J-Roc, and DJ Mustard were honored as Producers of the Year.

Check out all the photos below:

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Throwback Thursday: Tyrese – Lately

Tyrese is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter, actor, author, television producer, and former fashion model. He is also a member or R&B super group TGT. “Lately” was the third single released from his 1998 eponymous debut album Tyrese.

The single reached No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 12 on the R&B chart. The song stayed on the Hot 100 chart for a total of thirteen weeks. Anita Baker released a cover version of “Lately” to much acclaim on August 7, 2012, as the lead single from her album, Only Forever. The video features actress Maia Campbell and Tyrese in a luxury pad daydreaming about one another and writing love letters until they are finally reunited at the end.

Enjoy the video above.


Premiere: A Grammy Conversation: The State of R&B (Part 2)

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Earlier this month, The Recording Academy held “A Grammy Conversation” on the current state of R&B music at the West Hollywood Soho House.

The evening was hosted by Quddus and included five panelists: Music Journalist Gail Mitchell, singer-songwriter/producer Liv Warfield, Grammy-winning producer LaShawn Daniels, eight-time Grammy nominee Ledisi and four-time Grammy nominee Tyrese Gibson. According to HitsDailyDouble they each attributed their inspiration to classic R&B and soul artists, including James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Donny Hathaway, Tina Turner, Sam Cooke, Jodeci and Earth Wind & Fire.

Many issues and topics were brought up for discussion including: Will new R&B artists be heard? Will people take a chance on them? Will urban alternative artists find a way to bridge the gap between what was and what is? Is the playing field uneven between black and white artists? Is there a place for R&B in a singles-driven music industry and a society that has been hypnotized by EDM music?

In the second clip from the lengthy discussion LaShawn Daniels kept it real as he talked about the issues within certain record labels and the disconnect between what’s good for creative and what’s good for marketing. He used John Legend’s “All of Me” as an example of how labels are now often chasing records instead of putting real belief behind them. He spoke about the successful planning Motown did with their big artists and their up and comers, saying Jimmy Iovine at Interscope was also successful in doing that. But, his main point was that the song comes first and that he can not alienate what kids are doing today, or using to make their music, if that is what is getting a response from their peers.

Liv Warfield shared her story as an independent artist trying to break into the industry and the flip-flopping responses she was hearing from labels. She posed the question: Why is Sirius radio breaking so much more music than terrestrial radio and continuing to play records that FM won’t even try? Ledisi and Tyrese chimed in with their views on being independent artists and how at the end of the day they need to stay driven at their goals and not let certain aspects of the industry derail them.

Check out the interview clip below:

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Premiere: A Grammy Conversation: The State of R&B (Part 1)

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Earlier this month, The Recording Academy held “A Grammy Conversation” on the current state of R&B music at the West Hollywood Soho House.

The evening was hosted by Quddus and included five panelists: Music Journalist Gail Mitchell, singer-songwriter/producer Liv Warfield, Grammy-winning producer LaShawn Daniels, eight-time Grammy nominee Ledisi and four-time Grammy nominee Tyrese Gibson. According to HitsDailyDouble they each attributed their inspiration to classic R&B and soul artists, including James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Donny Hathaway, Tina Turner, Sam Cooke, Jodeci and Earth Wind & Fire.

Many issues and topics were brought up for discussion including: Will new R&B artists be heard? Will people take a chance on them? Will urban alternative artists find a way to bridge the gap between what was and what is? Is the playing field uneven between black and white artists? Is there a place for R&B in a singles-driven music industry and a society that has been hypnotized by EDM music?

We are proud to premiere the first video clip from the intimate conversation, which finds Gail Mitchell addressing the return of black artists to the top of the Billboard charts this year, Tyrese explaining why he thinks the industry is too caught up with who produced a song or who is featured on a song, while Ledisi explained her desire for today’s R&B to be more balanced between the origins and today’s new styles.

Check out the video below, and stay tuned for part 2!

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