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February 11, 2014 11:10 AM ET | Yahoo Hip Hop| Billy Johnson, Jr.
Jazz trumpeter Dontae Winslow's new album "Enter the Dynasty" includes an amazing cover of an R&B classic – Brandy's 2002 hit "He Is." Yahoo Music offers a first listen to the track via an exclusive preview. Dontae's rendition, recorded with "He Is" songwriter Warryn Campbell, still captures the original gospel pianos but uses his instrument to replicate Brandy's vocals. This new version released Tuesday (ironically, Brandy's 35th birthday) is a bit mor... | More »
February 10, 2014 10:05 AM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks| Lyndsey Parker
It takes three to make a thing go wrong, apparently — at least when it comes to "The X Factor USA." After three seasons of diminishing returns, ratings, and record sales, the fledgling Fox singing show has officially been canceled, or, as Fox's press release words it, has "completed its domestic run." Yes, producer and judge Simon Cowell has tried to put a positive spin on all of this: It was announced with great fanfare Friday that he's returning to the judges' table at... | More »
February 7, 2014 9:55 AM ET | Yahoo Hip Hop| Billy Johnson, Jr.
Props for pioneering southern rap group 2 Live Crew are long overdue. Friday marks the 25th anniversary of the Miami-based group's third album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be, a recording that broke ground on many levels – in album sales, censorship, and entrepreneurship. Even though frontman Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell points out the group has never received a music award (except for a Hip Hop Honors nod) – no Grammy, BET or Soul Train recognition – it's not to lat... | More »
February 5, 2014 11:25 AM ET | Yahoo Our Country| Wendy Geller
One would be forgiven in thinking that Jennifer Nettles had simply decided to take a break. For most of the past year, the Sugarland vocalist had laid low in terms of career moves -- but, then again, a multitude of activity was humming in her personal life. She had recently gotten married, started a family (baby boy Magnus was born in December 2012), and, like many new moms, seemed to be merely enjoying a bit of domestic time out of the spotlight. Turns out that Nettles was up to far ... | More »
February 4, 2014 11:20 AM ET | Yahoo New This Week| Dave DiMartino
Between the Grammys and last weekend’s Super Bowl halftime show, and the insanely whacked out world of today’s social media in overdrive, you’d think the entire world has embraced pop music like never before. But Bruno Mars vs. the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Really? I don’t know about you, but most everyone I know thinks Bruno Mars is an extremely talented dude with not too much “there” there! And the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Obnoxious, shirtless, and tuneless!... | More »