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TLC premieres new single 'Meant to Be': Hear it here

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TLC’s 20th anniversary this year is a bittersweet milestone considering founding member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes passed away 11 years ago. Still, that isn’t stopping co-founders Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins from putting together a VH1-produced biopic about the evolution of the multiplatinum R&B trio CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which premieres October 21.

There’s also a new compilation from the group called 20 that features the new single “Meant to Be,” a sweet, breezy pop tune written by Ne-Yo. Give it a listen below.  READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' alum Jessica Sanchez releases debut single 'Tonight' featuring Ne-Yo

Ten months after finishing in second place on Season 11 of American Idol, 17-year-old diva-in-training Jessica Sanchez has released her first single, “Tonight,” a club thumper featuring Ne-Yo, who penned the track.

The song is far better than Jessica’s non-starter pop singles “Change Nothing,” which she performed at last year’s finale, and “Fairytale,” which she debuted at a showcase last year. And it’s light years ahead of the generic dance tracks released by The Voice‘s Jermaine Paul and The X-Factor‘s Melanie Amaro. “Tonight” actually sounds like it could fit right in on pop radio or blaring out of the speakers in a club.

Here’s the thing, though. I’m just not buying it — and that’s because I still remember the Jessica Sanchez I got to know on Idol. (How could I not? It hasn’t even been a year.) That girl was timid, chaste and typically performed vanilla Star Search-approved anthems like “The Prayer” and “I Will Always Love You” without an evident connection to the lyrics.

She had a bellowing instrument and could hold her own with the likes of Jennifer Holliday, but when she’d sing sassier tunes like “Proud Mary,” she’d stomp her feet and snarl and seem as if she was play-acting like all the diva greats she grew up watching on YouTube. To be clear, Jessica was (and is) an incredible vocalist, but what I’m saying is that she lacked her own artistic perspective. She was immature.

Granted, maybe she’s changed a lot in a year. Maybe sparkly bare midriffs, high tops, and techno productions like “Tonight” have always been her prerogative, but I can’t shake the feeling that she’s still playing a part — especially when it stands in such stark contrast to her previously TV-established identity. “We ain’t even on earth tonight,” she sings. “We on a planet where the dudes got money and they not afraid to spend it.”

Does that really sound like something that Jessica Sanchez, the quietly polite up-and-comer we saw on Idol, would ever say? To be fair, Rihanna plays a part when she performs. So do Katy Perry and Ke$ha. But they all arrived on the pop culture landscape as fully realized personae — we didn’t watch them transition into their sexified selves. When you do watch that transition, though, it’s hard to read the resulting work as authentic.

Check out the video for “Tonight” below: READ FULL STORY

Ne-Yo on VH1's 'Behind the Music': Remembering his interactions with Michael Jackson -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Ne-Yo has made no secret of the fact that he had been collaborating with Michael Jackson when he died in 2009. But in the newest episode of VH1’s Behind the Music — which premieres Sunday, Sept. 23, at 9 p.m. — he delves deeper into how they met and the work they produced. EW has an exclusive clip of that recollection.

In the clip — which you can find below — Ne-Yo recalls that in the spring of 2009, Jackson reached out to him but he hung up the phone, thinking it was a prank call. “I figured it was somebody playin’,” he remembers.

After Jackson called back, he remembers, “we met up in New York, then he smiles and gave me a big hug, and says, ‘You know what my favorite song of yours is? [singing] Please don’t worry about me, I’m fine,'” Ne-Yo says in the clip. “He started singing my damn song ['Go On, Girl].’ I almost lost it at that point. I maintained, but inside, I was jumping around like a six-year-old girl. It was bad. It was really, really bad.”

Watch the full clip from Sunday’s episode of Behind the Music here:

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Rap beef! Lindsay Lohan sues Pitbull, Ne-Yo, and Afrojack for 'irreparable harm'

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The lady just can’t stay out of court. According to TMZ, Lindsay Lohan has sued the rapper Pitbull and his co-songwriters Ne-Yo and Afrojack over this line from his hit single “Give Me Everything”: “Hustlers move aside, so I’m tiptoein’, to keep flowin’ / I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan.”

The lawsuit, which was filed by Lohan’s lawyer Stephanie Ovadia, seeks an injunction to stop the broadcast of the song, along with unspecified damages.

Lohan claims that “the lyrics, by virtue of its wide appeal, condemnation, excoriation, disparaging or defamatory statements by the defendants about the plaintiff are destined to do irreparable harm to the plaintiff.” She’s suing under New York’s civil rights laws, which protect people from having their name exploited for commercial purposes.

Why stop there? Didn’t Hilary Duff also write a song about Lohan? And didn’t Tori Amos also do that? And that British pop band McFly, too? At this rate, she’ll spend the rest of the aughties in judges’ chambers–but at least she’ll have a pretty hot mixtape.

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Ne-Yo on Nickelodeon's 'The Fresh Beat Band': Doing it for the kids -- EXCLUSIVE

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His six-month-old daughter may not quite be in The Fresh Beat Band‘s demographic yet, but Ne-Yo stopped by Nickelodeon’s pre-school music series to reimagine their theme song, “Great Day.”

Watch an exclusive sneak preview of the R&B smoothie’s on-set performance some two weeks before its premiere on May 27 at 1pm EST/PT: READ FULL STORY

Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and Ke$ha lead off a huge music Monday: What albums are you buying?

After months of ever-quotable interviews, ballerina adorned performances, defiant rap verses, and some hilarious tweets, the day has finally come. Kanye West‘s highly anticipated My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is out today! The grade A album delivers on all fronts, with rhymes that are both brash and heartfelt and maximalist beats rich with strings, horns, and bass. In a year that’s seen stellar hip-hop albums from Eminem, Rick Ross, and Drake, this one reigns supreme.

Also out today is feisty newcomer Nicki Minaj‘s Pink Friday. Her debut set, boasting her soft rap ballads “Right Thru Me” and “Your Love,” also features appearances from Kanye West, Drake, and Eminem. And after  scoring several No. 1 songs at the top of the year, Ke$ha’s Cannibal EP with eight new songs hit stores as well. Its lead single “We R Who We R” topped Billboard‘s hot 100 chart a few weeks back.

The loaded Monday continues with The Rolling Stones releasing their The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 box set, R&B titan Ne-Yo letting Libra Scale loose  and Justin Bieber going simple, releasing his My Worlds Acoustic.  So this question is simple: What albums are you buying this week? Let us know.

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Ne-Yo updates Michael Jackson's 'The Way You Make Me Feel' video in new 'One in a Million' clip: Watch here

ne-yoIt’s a few beats slower than Micheal Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” but Ne-Yo‘s new video for “One in a Million” recalls the gloved one’s 1987 girl-chasing clip. Instead of following a vixen through an alley in the middle of the night with a posse of dancing goons, Ne-Yo and a gang of gentlemen prance through city streets clean in shirts, slacks, and wingtips.

Ne-Yo, a self-described M.J. fanatic, does a wonderful job being true to himself without turning this into a corny carbon copy. I can see Jackson’s influence. But there’s no crotch-grabbing plagiarism. The smooth mid-tempo cut is the third single from the singer/songwriter’s forthcoming album, Libra Scale. Check out the video to see if Ne-Yo’s charming ways, wizardry, and smooth steps actually win the girl over after the jump.

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Ne-Yo unleashes 'Beautiful Monster': Stream the first single from upcoming album here

Ne-YoImage Credit: Chris StanfordIt’s been two years since Ne-Yo released his last album, Year of the Gentleman, but we’ll be hearing a full-length LP from him soon. This morning he debuted “Beautiful Monster,” the first single from his forthcoming Libra Scale album, on his Myspace page, and EW has a stream of the song here.

Similar to the first single from his last set, “Closer,” Ne-Yo puts traditional R&B to the side and goes for more of a European club sound. “Monster” was produced by duo Stargate, who are responsible for Ne-Yo’s biggest hits “So Sick,” “Because of You,” and the aforementioned “Closer.” Over jabbing synths and a whipping bass, the singer-songwriter croons about how the cuts and hits he takes from a vixen hurt so good.

“I don’t mind,” he sings. “In fact I like it. Though I’m terrified. I’m turned on, but scared of you.” It’s a solid cut, one I expect to make a steady climb up the charts. Ne-Yo’s brand of progressive R&B has a been a winner so far. “Monster” should be a beast, too.

What do you think of Ne-Yo’s first single? Check it after the jump and let us know. READ FULL STORY

Rihanna's new album: What can we expect?

Last night Rihanna tweeted to her fans (and EW confirmed) that November 23 will see the release of her first album since 2007’s R&B smash Good Girl Gone Bad. In her words: “The wait is ova.”

So once we get ova the wait, what kind of album can we expect to hear? We know Justin Timberlake—who worked with her on “Rehab”—is a producer on her new record, and it looks like their collaboration has been fruitful if their supposedly cozy public behavior is any indication.

Timberlake talked about RiRi’s new album at the Emmys: “It’s a little more grown up. It’s got some edge to it.” Also collaborating with her are Drake, Ne-Yo, Akon, and even one of the All-American Rejects.

Any surprise guests? Well, after they gelled so well on “Run This Town,” we wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out Jay-Z or Kanye stopped by the studio at some point to spit a verse for her still-unnamed album.

And when we talked to fellow Caribbean sensation Sean Kingston a few weeks ago, he mentioned he had submitted three songs for Rihanna’s new disc, telling us, “Everybody liked the songs, so we’ll see where it goes.”

Who else would you love to see taking a bow with Rihanna on her latest record? Any of the existing collabs strike you as weird? And do you think she can top the ubiquitous smash that was “Umbrella”?

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The 2009 BET Awards: We live-blogged it!

Update: What a show! It ran long — over three and a half hours — but performances by New Edition, Beyonce, Ne-Yo, and the O’Jays, and a touching surprise appearance by Janet Jackson made the show memorable. Get the full list of winners here, and scroll down to replay our live blog. Beware, West Coasters and TiVo types: Spoilers abound.

The show must go on, say organizers of this weekend’s BET Awards, which now will be dedicated to the memory of Michael Jackson, who died earlier this week at age 50.

Join EW’s Chad Schlegel and special guest Emil Wilbekin, managing editor of ESSENCE.com, as they live-blog the ceremony, hosted by Jamie Foxx. Log on at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday for Chad and Emil’s blow-by-blow report on the proceedings, including star tributes to the late icon and performances by Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo and more.

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