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Iggy Azalea’s highly-anticipated sophomore album In My Defense is out today and to accompany this release, Azalea has unleashed another video masterpiece for album track “F*** It Up” featuring Kash Doll. The ladies put their own spin on the cult classic comedy, “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion,” with a special guest appearance from YouTube celebrity Nikita Dragun.

The four-time GRAMMY-nominated and multi-platinum artist will celebrate this release with two headline shows: TONIGHT in Los Angeles at The Fonda Theatre in partnership with TIDAL and on July 24 in New York City at The Bowery Ballroom. Both shows are sold out.

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As the Lion King hit theaters today, Beyoncé pays tribute to the film with her companion album The Lion King: The Gift. Serving as executive producer and curator, Beyonce gathered some of her favorite artists and today’s most talented African artists including JAY-Z Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. Blue Ivy WizKid and SAINt JHN, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Tierra Whack, Tiwa Savage, Jessie Reyez, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, and 070 Shake.

“The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my own interpretation of it,” Beyoncé, who voices Nala in the remake, told Robin Roberts. “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.”

“A lot of the drums, the chants, all of these incredible new sounds, mixed with some of the producers from America, we’ve kinda created our own genre. I feel like the soundtrack, it becomes visual in your mind. It’s a soundscape. It’s more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film.”

Stream the album below.

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As the official Lion King movie soundtrack was released last week. One of the movie co-stars Beyoncé has taken today to unveil the cover and track list for her compilation project – “The Lion King: The Gift.” Excusive produced by Bey, the album serves as a “love letter to Africa.” The new album features guest appearances from Burna Boy, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Wiz Kid, Tiera Whack, 070 Shake and a number of African artists.

“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it,” the singer told ABC News. “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa,” she added “I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline. Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”

With the album arriving July 19th, Bey pulled another surprised her fans as she dropped the official video for “Spirit” ealier today on ABC tonight during the Lion King 20/20 special hosted by Robin Roberts. Check out the official tracklist below.

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The wait is finally over! Singer Elle Varner has finally unleashed her full-length project since her 2012 debut LP Perfectly Imperfect. Executive produced by Varner, Ellevation features production from Nascent, Jordan Ware, Jason Avalos, and Los Hendrix. The new project also includes guest appearances from rappers Wale and Rapsody. Elle’s new album includes the two previously released singles “Loving U Blind” and “Pour Me”

Along with the release of her new project, Elle has also unvieled the video to her single Kinda Love

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GRAMMY Award-winning rapper COMMON will release his new album Let Love on August 30, 2019, his debut for Loma Vista Recordings. In tandem with this announcement, he shared his latest single and music video “Hercules” feat. Swizz Beatz. On the track, Common serves up his sharp signature wordplay between soulful backing vocals from Swizz Beatz. Meanwhile, the music video directed by Carrick Weezer sees Common thwart a convenience store robbery caught on surveillance camera—in between rapping into his iPhone. Vince Staples makes a cameo as the cashier.

“Hercules” follows on the heels of the recent single “HER Love” featuring Daniel Caesar, special guest Dwele, and an unreleased beat from J Dilla. COMMON will kick off his Let Love Tour, which starts in Denver, Colorado at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom tonight, and continues through marquee venues in the US and Canada before touring Europe for the first time since 2014. Special guests include Nicole Bus, July 11 –July 26, and Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh, August 7 – August 29.

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Yesterday afternoon DVSN made their return to music when the duo dropped their new songs “Miss Me?” and “In Between.” With their first song “Miss Me?,” DVSN show off their swagger in the mid-tempo tune as they sing getting back with an ex. On the second single, DVSN slow things down a little as they sing “I don’t want nothing in between us / If we have a baby, that will be us.”

The duo have been working on a new project, their first since 2017’s Morning After. The group teased new music during their performance at Coachella in April. Check out both songs below.

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Before the stars hit the red carpet for the Lion King premiere. Disney announced that Beyonce has recorded a new song for the movie soundtrack. Today Queen B unveiled the new song titled Spirit.

Written by IIya Salmanzadeh, Timothy McKenzie, and Beyoncé, and produced by Beyoncé, IIya, and Labrinth. The new song will appear on The Lion King: The Gift is set for release on July 19, the same day the film hits theaters. The song also appears on The Lion King original motion picture soundtrack, which releases on July 11. Check out the new song below.

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While most of black twitter canceled Daniel Ceasar, vocal bible Brandy is still pushing forward with their new collaboration Love again. This week Brandy announced that her 7th album is on its way. The duet also appears on Caesar’s surprise album, Case Study 01, which dropped in late June.

“I’m very excited to return with new music, and to release this single with Daniel,” said Brandy in a press statement. “I’m working on my new album, and can’t wait to release it later this year. I’m thankful for God’s blessings and for the support of my fans!”

With her new album due out later this year via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One, Brandy has been locked in the studio with DJ Camper Prince Charlez and LaShawn Daniels.

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GRAMMY Award-winning R&B singer, songwriter, and artist Daniel Caesar surprises listeners everywhere with the release of his brand new full-length, CASE STUDY 01. He introduces the record with the LEAD SINGLE “LOVE AGAIN” Over a smoky beat enhanced by swells of guitar and keys, he locks into a heavenly and hypnotic harmony with none other than the legendary Brandy. These two voices merge their respective eras of R&B and deliver a blockbuster timeless collaboration steeped in sweet soul. It hinges on a redemptive and real refrain, “If you can take my hand, I promise we’ll find love again.”

The album as a whole represents Caesar’s continued evolution as one of R&B’s most undeniable outliers.

Daniel Caesar also announces his CASE STUDY 01:TOUR PT. 1, with dates kicking off July 20 in Jakarta, Indonesia and visiting major markets across Asia before beginning his U.S. dates, ultimately concluding in Vancouver, BC on November 28. Special guest Koffee joins Daniel Caesar on select North American dates.

Presales for the U.S. dates launch July 1 at 12pm local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning July 2 at 12pm.

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Today, one of the most successful songwriters in modern pop and R&B, Johntá Austin, released the first single off his long-awaited debut solo album, Love, Sex & Religion, out August 2nd. Produced by Troy Taylor and Spruill, the seductive track finds Austin crooning over an airy beat about his impassioned desire for an angelic woman.

Billboard.com exclusively premiered the single, which is independently distributed via EMPIRE. Austin’s forthcoming Love, Sex & Religion album continues to explore these three central themes over a soundtrack of provocative, potent, and powerful R&B upheld by throwback soul and rife with modern energy.

“For me, it’s a refreshing take on R&B,” said Austin. “I wanted to add something to the genre’s resurgence. There’s a theme of love throughout the songs. I’m continuing the feeling I always put inside the music, which is the beauty of romance. The song is about how desire is angelic.”