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Mariah Carey rides Miguel's hog in '#Beautiful' video: Watch it here!

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Considering how much Mariah Carey’s new single “#Beautiful” is driven by guest vocalist Miguel, it’s only appropriate the video for said single features Carey riding on the back of Miguel’s motorcycle.

The clip, which premiered last night on American Idol, actually features Miguel in multiple drivers’ seats: He later sits behind the wheel of a cherry automobile while Mimi teases a handful of upskirt shots in what appears to be a chandelier-adorned barn.

There’s little else besides those two set pieces, though luckily “#Beautiful” is such a breezy tune that it all falls into place. Give it a look below.  READ FULL STORY

Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu slink through 'Q.U.E.E.N.' video: Watch it here!

The sexy, slinky, impossibly funky grooves of Janelle Monae’s new Erykah Badu-assisted single “Q.U.E.E.N.” demanded a next-level video, and the forward-thinking Monae has certainly delivered.

Last night, Monae pulled back the curtain on her new clip, which takes place in an alternate future that casts Monae and her musical accomplices as exhibits in a living museum, imprisoned there because of some sort of unsavory undermining of authority (or maybe they just got freaked out by Badu’s hair).

The video was directed by Alan Ferguson, who previously directed the clip for Monae’s “Many Moons” and has also guided spots for Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Fall Out Boy.

Check out the clip below, which stars Monae as herself and Badu as “Badoula Oblongata,” which is a fantastic alter ego. READ FULL STORY

Bikini-clad Beyonce busts out new song 'Standing on the Sun' in H&M ad: Watch it here

Happy Beyoncdé!

First, the R&B gods blessed the webernet with a new, beach-set commercial featuring new music and ready-to-wear bathing suits from “Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M.” And as if that weren’t enough (and it never is!), we’re also being treated to a good-quality live clip of Bey performing another new song, “Grown Woman,” at an awesome-looking show in Paris.

The music in the H&M ad is in fact a large chunk of the previously unreleased song “Standing on the Sun,” so that’s probably the one that’ll excite you more. The other video, however, features Mrs. Carter’s “Grown Woman,” which we heard snippets of in an earlier Pepsi spot.

So, yes, if you want to keep up with Beyoncé’s career, you’re going to have to stop fast-forwarding the commercials on your DVR’d episodes of The Good Wife.

But for now, you can watch the videos that we’ve conveniently embedded for you below:

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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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