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Puff Daddy Brings Out Usher, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas & More at Bad Boy Family Reunion

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Brooklyn was all BAD BOY this weekend.

Puff Daddy & The Family kicked off the official “Bad Boy Reunion Tour” with two sold-out shows at Barclays Center on Friday and Saturday night, and it was an all-out celebration! Held in honor of the late, great Notorious B.I.G.’s 44th birthday, Puff invited nearly every act he worked with over the years to create one of the biggest hip hop concerts in history. But, as we all know the successful entertainer and entrepreneur got his start in R&B and created much of his success by blending the two genres together.

During the two night extravaganza, Puff accomplished the near-impossible task of condensing a significant chunk of hip-hop and R&B history into four hours, giving fans flashes of nostalgia as the likes of Total, 112, Carl Thomas, Faith Evans, The LOX, Lil’ Kim, and Ma$e performed their classics from the Bad Boy catalogue to a sold-out crowd. However, according to the Bad Boy boss the label wouldn’t exist without the prior success he had with Mary J. Blige at Uptown Records, who while on stage thanked him for taking a tomboy living in the projects and transforming her into the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. Mary tore up the Barclay’s stage with her timeless hits “Real Love,” “Be Happy,” “You Don’t Have to Worry,” and her remake of “I’m Goin’ Down.”

112 serenaded the crowd with a string of hits including, “Cupid,” “It’s Over Now,” “Dance With Me,” and “Peaches & Cream.” Then it was Kima, Keisha, and Pam’s turn, sounding pitch-perfect when they delivered “Can’t You See,” “Trippin’” and “Kissin’ You.”

Mario Winans dropped in with “I Don’t Wanna Know,” Cassie surprised with her smash single “Me & U,” and Ty Dolla $ign joined Diddy for “You Could Be My Lover.” Usher also surprised with “U Don’t Have to Call” and “I Need a Girl, Pt. 1 and 2.”

The closer for the evening was “I’ll Be Missing You,” a touching performance with Faith Evans belting her chorus alongside a gospel choir that all happened right as Biggie’s would-be 44th birthday rang in. Confetti and balloons fell from the sky. “Happy birthday, playboy,” Puff said.

Check out the footage below.

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Watch: Yuna & Usher Go Back and Forth in “Crush” Video

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Spring Love is in the air!

The anticipated visuals for Yuna‘s surprise collaboration with Usher have finally been unveiled. The Malaysian singer-songwriter has premiered the music video for “Crush” and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

The black-and-white video, directed by Daniel Carberry, features fast-paced big city life juxtaposed against Yuna and Usher’s smooth and mellow, love-filled vibes. The storyline follows two young kids who lock eyes in puppy love at first sight.

“The song is about two people realizing they’re made for each other for the first time, and Usher completed the song beautifully,” said Yuna. “I knew from the moment I listened to the whole song, I had to get Usher on it.”

“Crush” is the lead single off Yuna’s upcoming album Chapters, due May 20.

Fall in love with your “Crush” below.

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Usher, Maxwell, Jhené Aiko Pay Tribute to Prince

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With festival season under way, many artists all over paid tribute to Prince this past weekend. With his passing coming in between the two weekends of Coachella there were multiple acts that shared their love for the music icon.

Usher was a surprise guest during Major Lazer’s Sunday set and he came through with a couple of special covers, performing “I Would Die 4 U” and “1999.”

He wasn’t alone either as Sufjan Stevens and buzzing singer Gallant covered “Purple Rain,” and Jhené Aiko also joined Gallant for a duet of “Diamonds and Pearls.”

On the other side of the country, Maxwell paid tribute to Prince during his set at Jazz Fest in New Orleans. “We just lost the greatest musician in the world,” Maxwell said. “He was one of the most beloved, one of the most special… Everyone is up on this stage because of him. Prince was not just once but he will forever be the greatest.”

Maxwell then followed with a musical tribute to the late singer, riffing on “This Woman’s Work” with the intro to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Check out some fan footage below.

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Justin Bieber & Usher Perform Surprise Duet in Concert

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Justin Bieber has been packing out stadiums on his “Purpose Tour,” and in turn he has been giving his fans some impressive surprises. On Wednesday night (April 13), Bieber surprised an Atlanta crowd when he welcomed his mentor Usher on stage during an acoustic cover of the R&B star’s classic hit “U Got It Bad.”

The crowd erupted into screams as the two broke out into a duet, which was captured on video by fans. They also went on to perform other Usher hits, including “I Don’t Mind” and “U Don’t Have to Call.” And to top it off, Bieber also brought Akon on the stage to perform his song “I Wanna Love You.”

Check out the Bieber and Usher duet below!

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Go Behind The Scenes of Yuna’s “Crush” Video with Usher

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Yuna‘s unexpected collaboration with Usher has been a constant favorite this year, and today the Malaysian singer-songwriter brings us a first look at the upcoming visuals with the official behind-the-scenes footage.

Filmed in downtown Los Angeles, Yuna and Usher perform the sexy and sweet duet “Crush” in front of City Hall.

“Crush” is the second single off the international sensations forthcoming third studio album, Chapters, which is due out May 20 via Verve Records.

Get your first look at the “Crush” video below.

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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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List: The Best of February – Top 12 Records

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It’s incredible to think that February 2016 has all of the capability to be labeled as the best month of the year, and we’re nowhere near done! From Beyoncé commanding all the ladies into “Formation” to Tweet and Missy Elliott’s re-connection on “Somebody Else Will,” the year’s shortest month (even on a leap year) supplied some really good music.

In addition to the music supplied, February brought along one of the most memorable Black History Month’s in recent years. With notable Grammy performances, Oscar snubs, and apparent riots against those standing up for the culture, this Black History Month was absolutely a little more “lit” than usual and our appreciation for it was the same.

With all of that in mind and brought forth to your immediate memory, get into our “Best of February – Top 12 Records” list below!

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