New Music: Leona Lewis – 'Power' + 'Another Love Song'...

New music from Leona's upcoming album 'I Am' has dropped online. 'Power' came out today and 'Another Love Song' was released to Japan about two weeks ago. 'Power' is an adult contemporary ballad that comes with some really amazing vocals, at least towards the end.

This is a really flat ballad, but singing it live shouldn't be a problem. I know I'm late to the party with 'Another Love Song.' Out of the five songs now floating off the album, this is by far the strongest. Leona should experiment more with uptempo records. This direction suits her and the garage/house vibes? Nice touch. This is summer, radio friendly pop, and although it has a 90s slant, the production is still very current. Had she released this as the lead single, she might have had better success, or at least her album would have stood a better chance commercially.

Rihanna is still holding writing camps for her new album...

I don't know what's more worrying about R8 era. The fact that we're pretty much in September and Rihanna is still holding writing camps for her new album or the fact that there has been no mention of a new single coming soon. 

Photo: Rihanna in the studio last week with producer London On Da Track.

She released three singles earlier this year, so fans thought that Rihanna's album was as good as ready. Nope. None of us wanted to believe it but this kind of validates reports that she scrapped a shitload of new material just to re-record the new album entirely! Rihanna is getting nervous. 'Bitch Better Have My Money' flopped, and she doesn't want to put out an album without obtaining a sizable hit. We could very well end up waiting another year for her eighth studio album to show itself. At least we get to enjoy another batch of fragrances and more from her Puma line while we wait patiently.

Jennifer Lopez looking fab in 'Paper' magazine photoshoot...

Jennifer Lopez, who is filming the last season of American Idol, preparing a Vegas residency and new album, brings out pure fierceness in her cover shoot with Paper magazine.

J.Lo is the ultimate fashion mom as these pics show and she's not failing to bring the fab. Check out more inside.

Chris Brown awarded 10-million album plague...

Chris Brown received a huge plaque yesterday for all of his accomplishments including 10 million albums sold worldwide. As we all know though, circumstances prevented him from selling what should have been double this amount. 

Let's be honest. The number should have been much higher given that these are worldwide sales over a decade. He was onto big things and was in touching distance of becoming the next big superstar. Right before his passing, Michael Jackson co-signed him and you don't get the king of pop giving you that type of honour if you have no potential. Say what you like about Chris Brown, but he could have been the new Usher of his generation. Maybe even the new JT. He could have wiped the floor with both of them had he played his cards right. It's just a real shame how things panned out for him over the years. 

Jordin Sparks performs 'They Don't Give' on The Today Show...

R&B albums haven't done all that well over the years, and I was quite surprised to see Jordin Sparks embarking on this direction. But I can't lie. She came correct with this new album. 

'Right Here Right Now' is such a strong body of work and the sad thing about it is that it will most likely go overlooked, completely. She visited The Today Show to promote the project, which dropped in stores earlier this week. Check out her appearance as she performs her nostalgic R&B ballad 'They Don't Give' live on the show, below.

Tinashe's sophomore album has a tentative release date...

In a new interview with Billboard, Tinashe confirms her sophomore album is tentatively due for November. The new record will be a melting pot of genres, from dance-pop, R&B and ratchet-urban to hip hop and sensual slow jams.

Production comes courtesy of Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Nic Nac, Hit-Boy, Travis Scott, Boi-1da and indie producer Dev Hynes. Tinashe has recorded 30 tracks and hopes this album will have a two-year promo roll-out. Fingers crossed RCA doesn't screw her over this time and she doesn't end up funding her own music videos like last time.

Rita Ora & Wiz Khalifa debut new song 'Religion' in Los Angeles...

Rita Ora's rumoured new boyfriend Wiz Khalifa joined her on stage during her sold-out show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles last night. Together they debuted new cut 'Religion,' off her upcoming new album.

She paraded across the stage in a sheer top, with pasties covering her ample rack. She also addressed the rumour in a recent interview and didn't exactly deny it. Her answer was really safe, but as implied, two people of different sex CAN hang out and still be friends. In deed, this is true. But when it comes to Rita specifically (or at least her much talked about reputation with men), perhaps the situation is little more complex than she'd have us believe.

Justin Timberlake performs ‘Mirrors’ with Taylor Swift in Los Angeles...

Pulling out the stops, Taylor Swift had her fifth and final sold-out show at L.A.’s Staples Center last night. Justin Timberlake joined her on stage for the first time since becoming a father. 

He took a break from changing diapers to duet with Taylor on his hit song 'Mirrors.' She showed everyone just how much of a big JT fangirl she truly is and it's safe to say she wasn't the only one. Well, savour the moment because the next album from him probably won't drop for at least another 10 years, if that.

New Music: Little Mix - 'Hair'...

Little Mix have just premiered their brand new buzz track 'Hair' off their upcoming album 'Get Weird.' The cut serves as a drum heavy urban-pop bop that could easily have been a  left-over from their last album 'Salute.'

This one's fun and sassy and their feisty side comes all the way out when serving major rebuttal (“He was just a d*ck and I knew it!”). Are you listening Zayn? The beat knocks and the chorus is very catchy but lyrically, it's a bit on the juvenile side. Give the hair-whipping banger a listen inside!

Chris Brown debuts SECOND scalp tattoo...

"I do what the f*ck I want!" Judging by that Insta cap, Chris Brown is very much aware of the negative response his Venus De Milo scalp tat has been getting.

If anything it has made him see red because he has only gone and added a bull tat right next to it! Anything to flaunt the ring bling and perfectly manicured nails eh Breezy? This boy needs intervention. And no, this doesn't make you a rockstar. Just a plain ol' idiot.

Video Premiere: Omarian ft. Kid Ink & French Montana - 'I’m Up’...

Men and their toys huh? It's all about plush parties, nice cars and bikini-clad females. 

Following his stint on VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop Hollywood, Omarion drops another flashy video off his new album, 'Reasons,' (due October.)

New Music: Chris Brown ft. French Montana – ‘Gangsta Way’...

Chris Brown teams up with current 'One Hell Of A Nite' tour partner French Montana on 'Gangsta Way.' Light drum work and guitar riffs complement the simplistic production.

CB is singing about “riding down the block,” while Montana's vocals are drenched in autotune. Pst! He sucks so bad I find it quite surprising he still gets musical invites. Then again, Breezy hasn't been much of a catch himself these days either.

Mario unwraps 'Never 2 Late' album cover + premieres new single ‘Forever’ (ft. Rick Ross)...

Remember when Scott Storch gave Mario his biggest hit to date with 'Let Me Love You?' Turns out the pair reunite once again for Mario's new record 'Forever,' and it actually sounds pretty good. 

Seems Scorch is making a steady recovery from his recent bankruptcy, having signed Mario to his new label. Mario vows to be faithful to his woman for life on the uptempo feel-good tune, which sounds very much R&B. Of course the song is laced with some pop undertones, but not enough for it to be shunned from urban radio. In fact, the Rick Ross feature will certainly ensure this doesn't happen. The new single is due to be released on August 28th, and Mario's fifth studio album 'Never 2 Late' is due November 27th.

Rita Ora debuts Ed Sheeran collaboration on first night of U.S. tour...

Seems Rita Ora is determined to crack the States once and for all. She kicked off her U.S. 'Body On Me' tour in San Fransisco last night, and debuted her new Ed Sheeran-penned song 'Us.'

So important this is to her that she bailed on attending the X Factor premiere party due to this very tour. The song sounds cute, but I need to hear it in better quality.

Stream: Teyana Taylor - 'The Cassette Tape 1994' (New Mixtape)...

Teyana Taylor delivers pure nostalgia with the release of her new mixtape titled, 'The Cassette Tape 1994.' 

Often times, if I want to listen to oldschool R&B, I will just listen to the classic artists that made it a movement. However, this is a nice addition from Teyana, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Production comes courtesy of Kanye West, Da Internz and J.R. Rotem, and even Taylor’s current boyfriend Iman Shumpert puts in an appearance.

New Music: Rita Ora ft. Chris Brown & Fetty Wap – ‘Body On Me’ (Official Remix)...

Rita Ora's new single, featuring Chris Brown, has been remixed to include reworked production and a guest appearance from rapper Fetty Wap. This is the official urban remix.

Girl is doing whatever it takes to make this song happen in the States, and you really can't blame her for trying. Fetty is hot stuff right now, so this should actually attract some urban airplay. I like the original better, but it's totally understandable why she called on Fetty to give her that much needed push. Her name alone doesn't attract interest and everyone is probably sick of Chris 'hogging everyone's record' Brown.

Here's another amazing promo shot for Janet Jackson’s new album 'Unbreakable'...

I don't know if this is 1993 or 2015. 

All I know is that Janet Jackson is serving flawless agelessness in this new promo shot, taken from her latest album shoot.

Christina Milian performs new single 'Like Me' (ft. Snoog Dogg)...

This woman's music hasn't seen the Billboard Hot 100 in so many years. How Christina Milian managed to get a slot performing at the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival in New York is questionable. *cough*

She took to Facebook to release a full video of herself performing (and dancing to) her Snoop Dogg-assisted new single  'Like Me.' The video quality sucks but the the track sounds like it's going to be an urban club banger.

Chris Brown announces new album title in daughter's honour...

Backstage at his 'One Hell of a Nite' tour, Chris Brown enjoyed bonding time with his precious daughter Royalty. He was assisted by his mom and dad, and chose the touching moment to announce that his new album will be named in his daughter's honour ('Royalty'). So cute!

People will forever judge him for his past mistakes, and sadly that certain tag will stick with him for the rest of his life just as it did with Ike Turner. However, I have to admit there's just something really attractive about a man who dotes on his kids. Being a dad might have been his saviour once and for all.

Kelis debuts baby bump on stage...

A very pregnant Kelis surprised concertgoers during the annual AfroPunk festival in NYC. She certainly kept that quiet because no one even knew she was pregnant. Her baby bump was very much visible underneath the hot pink kimono she wore.

Kelis, who just celebrated her 36th birthday, is already a mom to 6-year-old Knight Jones, (with rapper and former hubby Nas). The baby daddy remains unconfirmed, but what we do know is that she was romantically linked to a man named Michael Mora last year. This is the very dude who openly refers to her as his wife on Instagram. Congrats!

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