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FAX Records, under exclusive license to Epic Records Tyla Seethal, the South African singer known simply as Tyla, quickly made a name for herself in music with her smash hit “Water,” and she’s already breaking chart records. After releasing her breakthrough single in July, the popular song earned Tyla her first Billboard #1.  “Water” spent more than five weeks in the #2 […]

BMG Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is being celebrated with a brand new box set. A Portrait of the Queen 1970-1974, dropping December 1, will feature five Aretha albums and bonus material, including alternative takes, outtakes, B-sides and demos.  Making the set are 1970’s This Girl’s in Love with You and Spirit in the Dark, 1972’s Young, Gifted and Black, 1973’s Hey Now Hey (The […]

Denise Truscello/Getty Images for City of Las Vegas Usher has officially become a Las Vegas staple. The Grammy-winning artist was presented with his own day and key to the city of Las Vegas. Per the Las Vegas Sun, Usher accepted the key and a city proclamation, which were presented by Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Councilman Cedric Crear, at City Hall on Tuesday. “Today, we […]

 L-R: O’Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley/GAB Archive/Redferns Rudolph Isley, a founding member of The Isley Brothers, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 84. Rudolph’s daughter Elaine confirmed the news to People, revealing he “died peacefully in his sleep” with his wife of 68 years, also named Elaine, by his side. Rudolph’s brother and bandmate Ronald shared his feelings about the […]

Cassidy Sparrow/Getty Images Ja Rule, Doug E. Fresh and Doug’s partner Dr. Olajide Williams were honored at Pencils of Promise’s 15th annual gala for their social change and health literacy efforts. The hip-hop stars attended the special ceremony, held at New York’s Ziegfeld Ballroom earlier this week. Ja Rule was the recipient of PoP’s Audacious Award, which recognizes “disruptors and advocates of social change.” Doug E. […]

Amy Sussman/Getty Images for MRC After first joining Diddy to lay vocals on “Closer to God,” Teyana Taylor linked with the super producer for the official music video.  Taylor aka “Spike Tey” is the star, director and producer of the new visual, which sees the duo aiming to draw closer to God through love and enlightenment in California’s Joshua Tree.  “Teyana […]

John Shearer/Getty Images for TA Anyone who thought Beyoncé was somehow “copying” Taylor Swift by releasing her own concert film directly through theaters had to put that thought to rest on October 11, when Taylor welcomed Queen Bey to the premiere of her Eras Tour film. Taylor posted footage of the two together sitting in the theater and wrote, “I’m so glad I’ll never […]

Sony Music Entertainment/Warner Records Prince fans are getting a chance to hear one of his previously unreleased concerts. Live At Glam Slam, a recording of Prince and The New Power Generation’s January 11, 1992, show at Prince’s Minneapolis nightclub Glam Slam, is now available on streaming services in immersive Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio.  The intimate performance served […]

Live Nation Davido is bringing his first-ever Are We African Yet (A.W.A.Y) music and culture festival to Atlanta this fall.  Taking place at the State Farm Arena on November 18, the one-day event will see performances by Davido and his DJ, ECOOL, and sets by African artists Mayorkun, Musa Keys, Lojay, Spinall and more.  The festival was created by the Nigerian native as a […]

Warner Bros. Pictures The second trailer for The Color Purple has arrived, showing off more from this new take on Alice Walker‘s classic novel. From Warner Bros. and directed by Blitz Bazawule, The Color Purple will arrive in movie theaters December 25. “How come you don’t laugh none?” Taraji P. Henson’s Shug asks Fantasia Barrino’s Celie as the trailer opens. “Ain’t you got something to make […]