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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 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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Last night Megan Thee Stallion set late night tv on fire when she made her Jimmy Kimmel debut. The hot girl performed a medley of her stand out singles. Kicking things off with Realer which was included in her most recent mixtape Fever, Meg then performed her most popular song Big Ole Freak.

Next month Meg will be hitting the road she she joins Meek Mill and Future on their “Legendary Nights Tour,” starting Aug. 28 in St. Louis. Check out the performance below.

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Singer/actress Halle Bailey made headlines yesterday when Disney announced that the young singer will star as Airel in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. “After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” said director Marshall said in a statement.

While her latest role made headline news, on the singing side Halle and her sister Chole who just celebrated her 21st birthday, took this week to unleash the video for Who Knew. One of two songs released from Chloe x Halle’s Grown-ish collection last month. Chloe x Halle are working on their follow-up to 2018’s The Kids Are Alright, which was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Check out the video below.

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Not long after opening up the BET awards, Cardi B returns with the explosive video for Press. In the new NSFW clip, Cardi is seen getting revenge on her man as she catches him in a threesome. The video then follows Cardi going to court for the crime. Sporting a variety of high-fashion looks at her trial, Cardi leaves the courtroom a bloody scene in front of the judge. Check out the video below to see how it ends.

One thing I can say about Cardi with every video and performance she keeps getting better and better! Love her or not this women is a star.

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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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Today, GRAMMY® Award-winning rapper Common unveils a new single and music video entitled “HER Love” featuring Daniel Caesar and special guest Dwele. “HER” is short for “(Hip-Hop in its Essence is Real)” and was first introduced on 1994’s “I Used To Love H.E.R.” For the event-level track, he unites with prominent forces from different eras of the culture to deliver a timeless dedication to hip-hop with “HER Love” buoyed by Dilla and a soulful hook from Caesar. Delivering a rap “State of the Union,” his bars detail the evolution of hip-hop throughout the past 25 years, complementing how he first commented on the genre in 1994 and bringing everything full circle.

Additionally, COMMON reveals the dates for the second leg of his Let Love Tour, kicking off August 7 in Toronto, Ontario Canada at Queen Elizabeth Theatre and rolling through marquee venues throughout North America, before touring Europe for the first time since 2014.
 TOUR DATES:
7/11 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
7/12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Gallivan Center
7/13 – Garden City, Idaho – Revolution Concert House
7/14 – Seattle, WA – The Moore
7/16 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
7/17 – Troutdale, OR – McMenamins Edgefield
7/18 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
7/19 – San Luis, Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
7/20 – Las Vegas, NV – Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center
7/21 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
7/24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel
7/26 – Newport Beach, CA – The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
8/7 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
8/8 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
8/9 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
8/10 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater*
8/11 – McKees Rocks, PA – Roxian Theater
8/14 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
8/15 – Mashantucket, CT – Fox Theatre
8/16 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
8/20 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
8/21 – Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium
8/22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
8/23 – Charlotte, NC – Belk Theater
8/27 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater*
8/28 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
8/29 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
*No Maimouna Youssef aka Fresh
9/7 – Oslo Norway – Sentrum Scene
9/8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA
9/10 – London, England – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
9/12 – Manchester, England – O2 Ritz
9/14 – Paris, France – Elysée Montmartre
9/15 – Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk
9/16 – Berlin, Germany – Astra
9/18 – Utrecht, Holland – Ronda
9/19 – Belgium, Gent – Vooriut

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Just last week emerging artist Kiana Ledé released her new EP Myself. The six-track set included her latest release “Can I,” which dropped a week before the EP. This week the soulful vocalist returns with the visual for her uptempo single Bouncin feat Offset.

Kiana’s hit single “EX” just crossed 30 million Spotify and is being played on Urban, Rhythm and Pop radio across the world. Check out the new video below.