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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.”

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After coming out with a string of infectious singles this summer, such as the top 10 Billboard Hot 100 smash “No Guidance,” as well as “Heat,” Brown is keeping up the momentum with the release of his much-buzzed-about INDIGO album. The project follows 2017’s Heartbreak On A Full Moon, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Executive produced by Brown and Anthony “Ant” Wilson, the 29-track album includes three bonus songs, as well as star-studded features from Justin Bieber, Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy, Juicy J, Trey Songz, Tory Lanez, Tyga, H.E.R., Lil Jon, Joyner Lucas, Gunna, Juvenile and Tank.

Fans can also catch Brown perform his new album, as well as his classic hits on the epic INDIGOAT Tour alongside Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign, Joyner Lucas and Yella Beezy. Kicking off August 20th in Portland, OR.

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This past Sunday H.E.R graced the BET Awards main stage as she and YBN Cordae performed “Lord Is Coming,” which appears on H.E.R.’s 2018 EP I Used to Know Her: Part 2. This week the two collaborate again as H.E.R unleashed her new single Racks.

“Married to the mullah / Still ain’t got no lover,” she sings. “All of your racks and things / They don’t relax the pain.” Check out the new song below.

H.E.R.’s inaugural ‘Lights On’ Festival takes place Sept. 14 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA, featuring performances by Jhené Aiko, Daniel Caesar, Summer Walker, Ari Lennox, Marc E. Bassy, Melii, and more.

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2x Grammy nominated producer/singer-songwriter, Drew Scott has unleashed his infectious new single, “Take Me When You Go” via AWAL. Drew Scott has worked with the likes of Teyana Taylor, Zendaya, Fantasia, Dawn Richard, Nick Jonas, Jake Miller, Red Velvet and newcomers like Jena Rose and PXTN from The Voice.

“Take Me When You Go was written from a place of desperation,” says Drew Scott. “The relationship was over but I didn’t want it to be. I literally was packing myself up with her belongings and telling her I’m going with her. Wherever you’re going WE’RE going and we’re going to make this work.”

Drew Scott recently signed with AWAL (Lauv, Madison Beers) where he will be releasing his latest project, “May We Never Remember” this Summer. In between working on his own project, Drew Scott has been writing for Janet Jackson, Samantha Mumba (yes, she’s coming back!) Usher, Rome Flynn from ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder and splitting his time in South Korea working with K-Pop acts like Red Velvet and NCT-127.

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Earlier this week Nicki Minaj teased her fans as she previewed a snippet of her new single “Megatron.” Produced by Pop Wansel and Nova Wav, Nicki unleashed the summer bop. The feel-good track comes with a sexy visual directed by Mike Ho, In addition to “Megatron,” Nicki recently collaborated with Trina (“BAPS”)

Tune in tomorrow as Nicki will host a new episode of Queen Radio starting at 2 p.m. PST on Apple Music.

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X-Factor alum J-Sol from Series 15 released his new single “Bullet In My Heart” today. Produced by AC Burrell (Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, 2Chainz) and recorded at Diane Warren’s studio, J-Sol wrote the song to deal with his ongoing battle with depression from the loss of his mother to Cancer.

“I wrote ‘Bullet In My Heart’ on my bedroom floor in May 2015 after my mum’s funeral,” recalls J-Sol. “Till today it’s the fastest song I’ve written. The song wasn’t ever meant to be released. In fact, I had zero plans of anyone ever hearing it. It was a private letter from myself to my mum. But I guess life had other plans.”

J-Sol is working on an upcoming EP featuring collaborations with Conor Maynard, Mila J, Mishon and Anth Melo. He’s also performing at Jordan Stephen’s “Music For Mental Health” concert and headlining his second show at the O2 Academy in November.