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  • What Prompted TLC to Lose Their ‘CrazySexyCool’ in VH1 Biopic?

    October 21, 2013 10:50 AM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    There's a scene in the VH1 movie "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" that is reminiscent of the female bank-heist film Set It Off. Upset that they had not been appropriately compensated for the sales of their sophomore album, "CrazySexyCool," the members of TLC held Clive Davis, then president of Arista Records, hostage and demanded payment. They stormed the label with a group of female convicts and confiscated all the TLC paraphernalia in sight. The scene is one of the most shocking momen...  | More »

  • How Christina Applegate Inspired ‘Kelly Bundy’ Rap Song

    October 15, 2013 10:50 AM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Christina Applegate probably never imagined that her Married With Children character Kelly Bundy would inspire a rap song, but a hip-hop ode has been penned in her honor. Easton, Pennsylvania rapper Big PA uses "Kelly Bundy" as a metaphor for cocaine. Though using "white girl" as code for the white powdery substance has been a longstanding trend in hip-hop (Young Jeezy even has a song called "Christina Aguilera"), Big PA wanted to come up with a reference with a bit more history. "Kelly Bu...  | More »

  • Why Miley Cyrus’s ‘Bangerz’ Is the Year’s Guilty Pop Pleasure

    October 4, 2013 6:25 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Bangerz is the perfect name for Miley Cyrus's fourth album due out on Oct. 8. The 13-song record (16 on the deluxe version) is packed tight with hit records. Yes, the public is tired of Miley's pathetic attempts to receive attention by any means necessary whether twerking, swearing, fondling dwarves or wearing revealing outfits, but the former child star has a secret weapon – talent. Miley can sing and is wildly creative. Her obnoxious outbursts paired with production genius...  | More »

  • Why Foreigner’s ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ Works as Gospel

    October 2, 2013 4:30 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Here's a challenge for a couple contemporary R&B and gospel singers – turn Foreigner's 1984 No. 1 Brit-pop ballad "I Want To Know What Love Is" into a church song. The task apparently came easy for Ruben Studdard and Le'Andria Johnson, who mastered the art of covering songs during their successful stints on singing competitions "American Idol" and "Sunday's Best." Ruben and Le'Andria perform the song as a spirit-filled duet for Paul Porter's album F.R...  | More »

  • Jennifer Hudson Too Restrained on New Soulful Throwback Track

    September 27, 2013 4:40 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Jennifer Hudson's new song "I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)" featuring T.I. is reminiscent of the more soulful sounds of disco from the likes of Evelyn Champagne King. Though the way Hudson elongates her vocals on the opening lyric "I can't describe" feels influenced by Chaka Khan, the song evokes the emotions of King's classic jams "I'm In Love" and "Love Come Down." It was a great idea to have Pharrell produce the song. He's connected to the summer's b...  | More »

  • Who's J. Cole's 'Crooked Smile' Little Girl?

    September 19, 2013 11:35 AM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    It looks like J. Cole's "Crooked Smile" video prompted one mother to grin. The video pays homage to Dominika Jones's late daughter, Aiyana Mo'Nay Stanley-Jones, who was fatally shot during a 2010 police raid. During a search for murder suspect Chauncey Owens, who was engaged to Aiyana's aunt, police forced entry into the house where the 7-year-old child slept and fired a shot that led to her death. Though Cole's video follows a different storyline, it is also cente...  | More »

  • Video: Sean Kingston On 'Back 2 Life' Title Track

    September 13, 2013 5:50 PM ET

    Sean Kingston sticks with his original, party sound with his third album, "Back 2 Life," released this week. His single, a hip-hop, R&B track "Beat It," features Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifia. He and Wale team up for the bouncy "Seasonal Love." 2 Chainz guests on the mid-tempo ballad "Shotta Luv." Busta Rhymes displays his West Indian roots on their Caribbean anthem "How We Survive." Kingston discusses the collaborations during an interview with Yahoo! Music's The Aftermath. He als...  | More »

  • Exclusive: Big Sean Explains Big Revelation in ‘Hall of Fame’

    August 29, 2013 5:40 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Freestyle party rhymes come to mind when you think of Big Sean – "My Last," "Dance," "Do It" and his phenomenal, show-stealing verse on Kanye West's "Mercy." But don't pigeonhole one of Detroit's finest MCs. His sophomore album, "Hall of Fame," out August 27, has generated heat for its introspective songs "Fire" and "Beware" that tackle persevering despite obstacles and recounting the downfall of a relationship. While "Hall of Fame" has its share of fun tracks, Sean say...  | More »

  • The 7 Ways Kanye West's 'Kris' Interview Proves He's a Sucker for Love

    August 22, 2013 6:55 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Warning: A box of Kleenex may be needed for Kris Jenner's interview with Kanye West, who is her daughter Kim Kardashian's boyfriend and baby daddy. On the sitdown set to air Friday on Jenner's new talk show, she gets Kanye to show a gentle, loving, candid side of his personality rarely, if ever, displayed in the media since his post-Hurricane Katrina "George Bush doesn't care about Black people" telethon tirade. The preview clips have lead Hip-Hop Media Training to draw ...  | More »

  • Video: Premiere: Goodie Mob's 'Special Education'

    August 15, 2013 5:55 PM ET

    Finally, kids have a back to school theme song. Cee Lo's pre-Gnarls Barkley group Goodie Mob offers youth an empowering message with their song and video for "Special Education," which premieres exclusively on Yahoo! Music. The song is about embracing individuality, and the video directed by John Colombo devotes a scene to anti bullying. As Big Gipp raps the first verse, a boy is shown standing up to a bully. The student defends himself, lip-syncing to Gipp's lyrics as his classm...  | More »

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