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Ciara dances for her boyfriend Future in new 'Body Party' video: Watch it here

“Body Party” indeed!

In the new video for the lead single of Ciara’s upcoming fifth album — titled, imaginatively enough, Ciara — the R&B singer goes to a party, meets a handsome young man in a letterman jacket, and dances for him near a fireplace in somebody’s bedroom.

But there’s a twist! That man is in fact Ciara’s actual real-life for-real true-story boyfriend Future, the Atlanta rapper known to his mother as Nayvadius Wilburn! And, furthermore, he actually cowrote the single. Isn’t that fun? Yes, yes it is fun.

And, OK, it’s little bit sexy too. Watch Future get danced at by his girlfriend in Ciara’s “Body Party” video below:

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Record Store Day 2013: What's on your must-have list for the annual vinyl bonanza? Here's ours

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This Saturday, April 20, a great yearly tradition arrives once again.

No, not that one. We’re talking about the sixth annual Record Store Day, which pays tribute to the independently-owned record stores that were once ubiquitous but are often now fighting just to stay afloat in in the iTunes and Amazon age.

The day is more than just a tribute to the fetishization of vinyl; it also honors the sense of community that comes when a bunch of music obsessives get together to talk about their favorite stuff — and kick-fight in the aisles over a limited-edition Roky Erikson 7-inch, or whatever their coveted object may be. (Check out the impressively large list of stores that are participating in this year’s festivities.)

Though there are plenty of live in-store performances, signings, and giveaways, the main attraction has become the vinyl releases that surface for one day only (and then for an eternity on eBay). This year’s list doesn’t have the same parade of heavy hitters as last year’s, but there are still plenty of goodies worth seeking.

I love Record Store Day, mostly because I just love record stores. I’ll be celebrating this year at my home base during my high school years, and here’s what I’ll be searching for:  READ FULL STORY

Miguel and Kendrick Lamar team up for flashy 'How Many Drinks' video: Watch it here!

As anybody who caught Miguel on Saturday Night Live or has seen him in concert knows, the man really gets to shine in the live setting. So it’s only appropriate that the R&B world-beater’s new video revolves around some flashy-slash-classy performance footage.

In the new “How Many Drinks?” clip, Miguel struts and poses like Prince’s favorite scion while guest Kendrick Lamar drops by to spit his laid back verse and wear a trippy button-down/shorts combination.

Check it out below, and watch for the extremely well-executed microphone toss. How many takes did that take? READ FULL STORY

Beyonce and Jay-Z are a billion-dollar couple, probably

How much money are Beyoncé and Jay-Z worth, really?

The answer: $1 billion dollars, according to the International Business Times, with a caveat or three. These are rough figures, and that worth is cumulative, not that they make that much all at once — but it’s grounded in a lot of evidence that the couple makes a lot of money.

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Lauryn Hill asks for leniency in sentencing for tax evasion -- citing 'Threats to herself and family'

After pleading guilty to tax evasion last June, multiple Grammy winner and former Fugee Lauryn Hill is making one last ditch effort to avoid jail time.

In advance of her scheduled sentencing this Monday, April 22, Hill filed legal documents requesting that her sentence be limited to probation, as it would make it easier for her to pay back the bill she owes for the three years—2005, 2006, and 2007—she did not file taxes.

Over those three years, Hill earned a reported $1.8 million, but the documents explain she did not pay the IRS because she “withdrew from society at large due to what she perceived as manipulation and very real threats to herself and her family.”

Hill made similar statements in a blog post when the charges were first brought against her, adding that she had largely disappeared from public view because of the “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism” in popular culture.  READ FULL STORY

Listen to Jay-Z's 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack sampler, featuring Fergie, Lana Del Rey, Jack White and more

No matter how The Great Gatsby does at the box office when it finally arrives in theaters next month, it’s eclectic, star-studded soundtrack is already a newsmaker.

Curated by Jay-Z, the Gatsby soundtrack includes tracks by Jay himself, Beyoncé, Jack White, Fergie, Sia, Lana Del Rey, the xx and more. Twelve of the 14 total core tracks are currently available in snippet form on YouTube, which you can stream below.

Highlights include Florence Welch wailing on the track “Over the Love” and the swing version of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” delivered by Emeli Sandé.

There’s also the already-released “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock, which must be ironically titled given the fate of one Gatsby‘s main characters.

Listen to these, as well as Jack White’s cover of U2’s “Love Is Blindness” (as featured in the trailer to the film), a spin below: READ FULL STORY

Ray J debuts 'I Hit It First,' says song's not about Kim Kardashian: Hear it here

For the love of Ray J, what is his new song “I Hit It First” about exactly?

For a lot of people, it seems to be an obvious dig at his ex-girlfriend and sex-tape costar Kim Kardashian, currently pregnant with Kanye West’s baby. (Note to self: finish that soap opera spec script.)

But Brandy’s little brother took to Hot 97 this morning in an attempt to clear things up and avoid any potential beef with Yeezy and Co. “It’s a song, it’s not about that,” he told the radio station. “They just gotta keep it on the surface. I’m not trying to create no war, it’s all love; we’re doing music.”

Hmm. The music, in this case, includes lyrics like, “She might move on to rappers and ballplayers/But we all know I hit it first” and “If you were to come back to me, girl/We’ll make another movie” and  “I had her head going north and her a– goin’ south/But now baby chose to go west.” It doesn’t take a RapGenius page to figure out what Ray J might be alluding to here.

Listen to the song yourself with the player below and let us know your take on the matter:

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Beyonce's big reveal: Drinking sugar water, wearing clothes -- VIDEO UPDATE

After teasing us with a series of tour dates and a pair of strange preview tracks, Beyoncé finally made the big reveal.

Was it the official announcement of her new album? A proper first single? A killer new video? Or was yesterday’s teaser video with the hashtag #BeyHereNow merely a suggestion that there’s a lot of Oasis being played at the Carter household?

It was none of those things. Shortly after 9 a.m. ET on her official Tumblr, Beyoncé pulled back the curtain on… a photo of her drinking a Pepsi. Does that mean the check cleared on her $50 million deal with the soft drink manufacturer? There are two other new pics up, one of which suggests she’s doing something in video form, though whether it’s her own music video or some sort of Van Halen-esque hybrid is unclear.

So even though this big curtain-pulling moment is a bit of a letdown, rest assured you’ll have more Beyoncé than you’ll know what to do with in the coming months: She’ll be headed out on the Mrs. Carter World Tour, lending her face to H&M, covering an Amy Winehouse song for the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby, and doing even more shilling for Pepsi.

UPDATED: Shortly after we published, Bey unveiled a one minute Pepsi commercial, which includes her confronting famous former incarnations of herself, plus elements of a new song called “Mirrors,” a concept we’re totally not sick of in 2013 yet. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

The ultimate Phil Ramone playlist: Hear definitive tracks from Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Dusty Springfield, and Paul McCartney

Over five-plus decades, album producer, engineering whiz, and recording innovator Phil Ramone won 14 Grammys and collaborated with some of the biggest lights in pop and rock: Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, Tony Bennett, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, just to name some of the bigger stars.

One of his most notable partnerships was with Billy Joel, whose sound Ramone helped hone on his mainstream pop crossover hit with 1977’s The Stranger. Over the course of Joel’s career, he became one of his most trusted collaborators. “I always thought of Phil Ramone as the most talented guy in my band,” Joel said in a statement on Ramone’s passing. “He was the guy that no one ever, ever saw on stage. He was with me as long as any of the musicians I ever played with—longer than most. So much of my music was shaped by him and brought to fruition by him.”

Ramone passed away at age 79 on Saturday, but his epic recorded legacy will live on. Check out our definitive Spotify playlist below, which includes hits from all points of his resume.  READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown returns with 'Fine China' single and video: Watch it here!

The Chris Brown Perpetual Comeback Machine lurched back into action this morning with the release of his new single and video, “Fine China.”

The combination of the song and video is possibly his most Michael Jackson-y move yet. The track is a buzzy, bubbly bounce with yet another killer chorus, and the clip, which Brown co-directed with Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard), features an awful lot of dance fighting in the tradition of “Bad” and “You Rock My World.”

Check it out below:

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