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R. Kelly reveals 'Black Panties' tracklisting, and it is a doozy

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Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer that says, “Still Feelin’ On Yo Booty”? Then R. Kelly’s your man.

R&B’s reigning mad genius recently revealed two outrageous covers for his upcoming album Black Panties (one is above; see the other here), and now he’s revealing the tracklist, which gives us plenty more to think about.

In addition to the established songs “Throw This Money on You,” “My Story,” and “Cookie,” Kelly’s new effort will feature appearances from Kelly Rowland, Jeezy, and his fellow bedroom gangsta Ludacris. The deluxe edition will also bring Juicy J, Migos, and Future into the fold. It looks like his Lady Gaga duet “Do What U Want,” which appears on her ARTPOP, won’t be included.

As for the song titles, well, they’re definitely something to behold. Check it all out below:

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Rihanna releases sparse, trippy 'What Now' video: Watch it here

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Shockingly, it’s looking like 2013 will be the first year since 2008 that hasn’t delivered new Rihanna album.

But she’s hardly AWOL; she’s just continuing to work singles from last year’s Unapologetic — and now the latest entry just landed on the Internet.

After a few weeks of speculation (and a lot of social media-related gaffes), the video for “What Now” premiered this morning. Filmed in Phuket, Thailand, the clip features Rihanna in a room all alone (except when she’s joined by some shadow selves) going through an emotional exorcism so powerful that it apparently causes actual lightning strikes.

It’s all pretty interesting, and the last minute or so feels like an American Horror Story title sequence waiting to happen. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Whoops! We've been listening to the wrong version of Mariah Carey's 'The Art of Letting Go'

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Earlier this week, Mariah Carey pulled back the curtain on her latest single, the title track from her forthcoming album The Art of Letting Go. It sounded good enough, though felt a little incomplete. And that’s because it kinda sorta was.

According to Carey, who wrote a long letter to her fans on Facebook late last night, the version of “The Art of Letting Go” that premiered was an older mix that wasn’t supposed to see the light of day. “A mistake was made by a brand new sound engineer whose only task was to press the space bar and upload the song to Facebook, while my team, and an incredible group of people from Facebook, partied while listening to the properly mixed & mastered version of ‘The Art of Letting Go’ on repeat from my iPod on my home speakers,” Carey wrote. “Clearly, I was focused on answering your questions during the Q&A. There was no reason for me to wonder if the final mix we were listening to in that room together was different than what you were listening to!”

She admitted that the difference between the old mix and the real version (which did get correctly uploaded to iTunes) isn’t major, but those small shifts matter to her. “Like I always say, I am involved with every record I make, from the inception to the completion of the song,” she wrote. “Every nuance of the beat or vocal matters to me. Even if the differences may seem slight to you, I had put time, effort and emotions into ‘The Art of Letting Go’ and the real mix is how I intended for you to hear the song.”

Give the new version a listen below and see if you can notice the differences.

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Mariah Carey releases new single 'The Art of Letting Go': Hear it here

It’s not quite right to call Mariah Carey’s upcoming 14th album “long-delayed,” since it hasn’t really had an official spot on the calendar to miss since the single “Triumphant (Get’Em)” arrived last summer.

The single that followed, this February, “Almost Home,” was reserved for the soundtrack to Oz The Great and Powerful — though the date did seem to draw closer with the Miguel-assisted May jam “#Beautiful,” which made it to no. 15 on the Hot 100.

The album we now know is called The Art of Letting Go still doesn’t have a release date, but it does have a new single — the title track, no less. Produced by Rodney Jerkins, the song has a nice throwback vibe to it (think “Vision of Love”), but also doesn’t really have a chorus, which sort of makes it a toss-up. Tip of the hat to the line, “Go to Mimi on your contact/ Press delete” though.

Listen below via Carey’s Facebook: READ FULL STORY

Janelle Monae postpones tour dates for vocal rest

Fans hoping to Dance Apocalyptic with Janelle Monae in Anaheim, San Diego, and Phoenix will have to wait a little longer — Monae has postponed those three shows on her tour.

“Starting today, I am under strict doctor’s orders for mandatory vocal rest,” Monae wrote on her official website. “Not doing so could possibly result in damage to my vocal cords.”

There have been no dates rescheduled as of yet, though at the moment Monae intends on being in Dallas this Saturday for her concert at the House of Blues. She’s on her biggest headlining tour yet in support of her just-released new album The Electric Lady. And because Monae is Monae, she even stuck to her kooky script while announcing her postponements:  “But alas, apparently even the most expertly designed android breaks down sometimes and must recharge,” she wrote.

Eminem drops Rihanna-assisted 'The Monster': Hear it here

Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 doesn’t arrive until next Tuesday, but we’ve already heard the intense “Survival,” the throwback banger “Berzerk,” and the battle-ready “Rap God.” Now comes the Rihanna reunion “The Monster,” which just arrived on the Internet.

RiRi previously appeared, of course, on Em’s chart-topping single “Love the Way You Lie” back in 2010, and he returned the favor by lending “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” to her Loud album that same year. Mr. Mathers also dropped in on Rihanna’s “Numb,” from her 2012 release Unapologetic. 

“The Monster” has a slightly jumpier tempo than the pair’s other collaborations, but it still finds Rihanna playing the songbird sounding-board to Em’s weary confessional rhyme spitter. It doesn’t have the same sort of chart-topping grandeur that “Love the Way You Lie” had, but it does sound like the most radio-read crossover track we’ve heard from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 thus far.

You can buy “The Monster” on iTunes starting at midnight; until then, listen below: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga may regret telling R. Kelly 'Do What U Want' on new single: Hear it here

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When Lady Gaga announced the full track list for her upcoming album ARTPOP, the most intriguing entry for super freaks everywhere was the song titled “Do What U Want.” It wasn’t so much that it was a particularly provocative name for a song, but more because the phrase “featuring R. Kelly” came right after.

That song has been released, along with a photo of Gaga’s be-thonged buttocks that serves as the cover art. The song, built on a totally ’80s synth throb, finds Gaga encouraging listeners to “Do what you want with my body.” Duet partner R. Kelly takes her up on that, crooning about doing shots and flying on private jets before doing what he wants with her body (in the back of a club, of course, because all the best R. Kelly verses take place in the back of a club).

Honestly, the track doesn’t quite come together (Gaga’s vocal style clashes too much with both the track and Kelly’s smooth R&B pipes), but it’s an intriguing mind-meld nonetheless. Give it a listen below.  READ FULL STORY

Your weekend must-listen: TLC's career collection '20'

Weekends call for a special soundtrack: Something celebratory without being too hype, background-y when needed but also capable of sparking kaffeklatsch-type conversation, and of course, high quality enough that you don’t feel you’re squandering your precious free time listening it. TLC’s 20 retrospective, out this week, hits all those marks and more. Because nothing should be harder than it has to be on the weekend, read this now so you’re ready to listen this evening before you hit the town, or tomorrow morning when you’re mellowing with some coffee.

Background: TLC dominated ’90s R&B with three delightfully titled albums (Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, 1992; CrazySexyCool, 1994; FanMail, 1999) that sold tens of millions of copies and threw off about 10 big hits, from “What About Your Friends” to “No Scrubs,” all of which you can hear on 20. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, the group’s flamboyant rapper, died in a 2002 car crash, after which the group broke up.

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Prince prefers dancing to pancakes in 'Breakfast Can Wait' video: Watch it here

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What is it about “Breakfast Can Wait” that Prince loves so much? Since the single dropped a few months back, His Purpleness has gone out of his way to give the track a totally amazing piece of cover art, and now he’s dropped what is probably his most high profile video in years.

In the Prince-free clip, directed by dancer Danielle Curiel, a couple plays out a most important meal of the day-eschewing fantasy before a sudden smash cut sends everyone to a dance studio and finally to a carefully-choreographed roundtable featuring a bunch of freaky masks and a whiff of Budweiser Black Crown.

Check it out below, and dig Prince’s cross-dressing doppelganger.  READ FULL STORY

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

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