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20 Best R&B Albums of 2014

December 15, 2014

R&B in 2014 was rife with breathy, spellbinding debuts and breathless, gonzo reinventions, from the mesmerizing coos of FKA Twigs and Tinashe to the fearless travelogues of Mary J. Blige (who went to London) and Prince (who went to Mars). Old favorites...

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Watch 'All I Want for Christmas' Sung in 20 Different Styles

December 2, 2014

With Thanksgiving leftovers and crazy relatives gone, the holiday season has officially begun, and 10 Second Songs' Anthony Vincent has offered up a multi-faceted musical treat: A rendition of Mariah Carey's classic, "All I Want for Christmas Is You,"...

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Katy Perry's Wild 'This Is How We Do' Vid

July 31, 2014

Katy Perry enters a hyper-stylized, pastel-soaked pleasure dome in the wild new clip for "This Is How We Do," the latest from the pop star's 2013 LP, Prism. The clip opens with a old man staring at a portrait of Perry in profile before zooming in on the...

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Inside SWV's Surprise Comeback

February 20, 2014

It's about 30 minutes until SWV take the stage at Manhattan's Madison Square Garden on a freezing night in February, and the three members of the 1990s R&B trio — best remembered for their massive hits "Weak" and "I'm So Into You" — can...

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Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse

June 2, 2014

On Mariah Carey's 14th studio album, stylistic cohesion is as elusive as the chanteuse herself. Here, R&B is less a static genre than a way to combine the best bits of hip-hop, disco and gospel. Highlights like the Wale-assisted dance jam "You Don't...

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The Jerky Boys Make First New Prank Calls in Two Decades

February 25, 2014

During the Nineties, New York City's prank-calling maestros the Jerky Boys rose to fame on the strength of their brash, quick-witted calls, which were collected on a series of highly influential, million-selling albums. Then the calls petered out. But...

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Watch U2 Go 'Invisible' on Jimmy Fallon's First 'Tonight Show'

February 18, 2014

As if Jimmy Fallon's too-close-for-comfort impressions of Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young  on Late Night didn't reveal the talk-show host's undying love of music, the new Tonight Show host kicked off his run with a typically loud hour...

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Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson to Perform at BET Honors

February 6, 2014

Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae and Jennifer Hudson will take the stage at this year's BET Honors, set to air on the network February 24th at 9 p.m., Billboard reports. This year's honorees include Aretha Franklin, Ice Cube, Motown founder Berry Gordy, American...

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Madonna Is Top Earning Woman in Music

December 12, 2013

Madonna has topped Forbes' 2013 list of the top-earning women in music, pulling in a staggering $125 million this year. The bulk of Madonna's earnings came from the last leg of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million overall; she also sees income from...

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Mariah Carey Knows 'Art of Letting Go'

November 11, 2013

Pop singer Mariah Carey released a new single today, a mellow ballad called "The Art of Letting Go." The melancholy number finds Carey in fine form, exploring loss over a smooth, orchestral production. The song builds steadily over three and a half minutes,...

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Jennifer Lopez Unaware of Turkmenistan Rights Issues, Publicist Says

July 2, 2013

Jennifer Lopez wouldn't have performed a private concert for an audience including the president of Turkmenistan last weekend had she been aware of the country's record on human rights, her publicist said in a statement reported by Reuters. Lopez...

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Candice Glover Wins 'American Idol'

May 17, 2013

Three times is the charm for Candice Glover, who was crowned the winner of Season 12 of American Idol after trying out – and getting cut – twice before. Tears streamed down her face as she sang her single "I Am Beautiful," confetti raining...

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Nicki Minaj Leaving 'American Idol'

May 15, 2013

Nicki Minaj will follow Randy Jackson and leave American Idol after this season. Us Weekly reports that the rapper will focus on touring, business deals and her next album, and that she had only ever planned to judge a single season of the competition...

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Mariah Carey Apologizes for Posting Wrong Mix

November 14, 2013

Calling her lengthy letter to fans on Facebook her "'diva in distress' thesis," Mariah Carey has apologized for posting an unfinished version of her latest single, "The Art of Letting Go." She also posted the "real mix" of the song. "There's no...

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Kanye West Performed for Kazakh Strongman's Family

September 3, 2013

Kanye West gave a private performance last weekend at the wedding of the grandson of Kazakhstan's longtime authoritarian president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, The New York Times reports. Saturday night, photographs appeared showing West stepping out of a...

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Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey Leaving 'American Idol'

May 31, 2013

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are leaving American Idol. Both singers announced yesteday on Twitter that they will not be returning as judges to focus on their own music careers, The Associated Press reports. Minaj's departure from Idol had...

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Kree and Candice Vie for the 'Idol' Crown

May 16, 2013

After months of competition, it all comes down to this: Either Candice Glover or Kree Harrison will be the next American Idol champion. It's the first girl vs. girl finale since Season Three and both women will surely end up adding to Idol's reputation...

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Christina Aguilera Will Return to 'The Voice'

May 15, 2013

The Voice's fourth season has scored impressive ratings – even beating out American Idol – but newbie coach Shakira will be replaced by returning coach Christina Aguilera after this season. "I'm not going to be able to do next season because...

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