• 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 »

  • Eminem’s ‘Survival’ Fuels ‘Call Of Duty: Ghosts’ Trailer

    August 14, 2013 5:50 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Eminem's new song "Survival" makes a fitting soundtrack for the trailer of the first-person video shooter game, "Call Of Duty: Ghosts." The rock-tinged song plays as the CGI gun-wielding solider blasts his way through a dilapidated city taking aim at everything in his path. "Survival" serves as theme music as the Detroit rapper rhymes about his determination to make it in the hip-hop game. He credits his success to his desire to master his craft. "Wasn't ready to be no millionair...  | More »

  • Tye Tribbett Talks Long Road to ‘Greater Than’

    August 9, 2013 5:45 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    If you turn down the volume of your television while watching Tye Tribbett perform, it would be hard to distinguish him from today's popular R&B and hip-hop stars. Well, no one in his ensemble dresses or dances proactively, but they can hold their own with their unique style of praise, worship and entertainment that is especially evidenced on his fifth album, Greater Than, released this week. As he prepped for the live concert recording dates for the album, he spoke to Yahoo! Music...  | More »

  • Rick Ross Features Trayvon Martin Witness on ‘I Wonder Why’

    July 31, 2013 5:05 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Trayvon Martin witness and friend Rachel Jeantel receives another flash of the limelight Monday, appearing on Rick Ross's new single "I Wonder Why." An audio clip of Jeantel saying "creepy ass cracker" during the trial plays as the outro of the first single from Ross's forthcoming Mastermind album. During the song, Ross makes a few references related to the trial that found George Zimmerman not guilty. He cites Jeantel's description of Zimmerman, the Stand Your Ground law and...  | More »

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