Mary J. Blige Confirms New Album ‘The London Sessions’

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Mary J. Blige has been paying attention to the massive amount of impressive talent and releases emerging from the UK over the past few years, and she wants in! The Queen of Hip Hop Soul recently spent a month in London working on and cultivating the sound of a brand new album.

While a rumor of the pending project which surfaced online this past July, the R&B legend has officially confirmed and shared details about the album, simply titled ‘Mary J Blige: The London Sessions‘ with UK publication The Guardian.

Working out of RAK studios, MJB has been working with House music duo Disclosure, Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé and more on the upcoming project that promises to be the most innovative album of her 22-year career. Although she recorded the album in London and worked with an array of the UK’s latest star talent the project will be executive produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. “On the final record, we wanna keep the feeling of London,” said Jerkins. “You have so much different music here. Variety births the next generation. In California the music kind of all feels the same. That 90s house vibe you have right now – it feels fresh. Dancin’, celebratin’ – feelin’ good about life. We’re making a Mary Blige record, but she can introduce new styles to the world.”

Disclosure were the starting point for Blige’s fascination with London’s new crop of music-makers. Late last year she saw the duo’s single F for You on the Vevo video site, and got in touch with them about covering the song. The resulting release was not a cover, but an astutely balanced duet, composed by Blige, that retained the vocals of the group’s 20-year-old singer Howard Lawrence and married them with a set she had written herself. Her contribution brought new depth to the original: driving, gutsy, soulful – it made Disclosure sound immeasurably funkier and was the most original thing she had done in years.

“Our idea was to become part of London, to really embrace the culture – to really live in it,” says Mary. “Not that I haven’t been here before, but I’ve never had the chance to really soak in it the way I have this time. To make records from the London-scene perspective.” What is that exactly? What does she think London has? “Freedom,” she says. “The music is free over here the way it used to be in the States. Artists are just free to do what they love. Listening to the radio you can hear the freedom. The music is living and breathing – you can hear that from Adele’s last album. It was massive – a big deal. But she did what she loved.”

Sam Smith also shared his take on the success of so many new artists from the UK, and what the project will deliver. “With my record – and when you think about Adele, and Amy Winehouse and Ed Sheeran – we’re not worried about the way we’re looking, the way we’re coming across in our music,” he said. “We’re just saying what’s in our minds and in our hearts. Some people think that when you are singing about heartbreak, or how lonely you are, or how sad, that you are admitting to weakness. But I don’t see that as weakness. I see that as strength – to be able to face your issues and your sadness head-on. That’s what I’ve tried to do in my music, and I think that’s what this Mary album is about – a fearless vulnerability.”

NEW MUSIC: PRINCE – U KNOW

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Prince keeps the surprises coming. For a Labor Day treat the music icon has shared a second record off his anticipated new solo album ART OFFICIAL AGE, which is 1 of 2 new albums the legend will be releasing on September 30.

Today, following the announcement of the double album release and first single “Clouds,” the Purple One gives us the smooth, seductive, piano laden “U Know.” Opening with a rap-like flow Prince alerts his latest lady that if she went with him she would never have any complaints.

“You know how much I want ya / You know how much I care / You gon know I’m gon flaunt ya,” he coos with his classic falsetto.

Prince is currently prepping for the release of his 13-track solo album, ART OFFICIAL AGE, and debut album with his new band 3rdEyeGirl, PLECTRUMELECTRUM, which will both be released on September 30 via his new venture with Warner Bros. Records.

Take a listen to his new song below!

Rae Sremmurd Ft. Nicki Minaj & Pusha T – No Flex Zone (Remix) Prod. By Mike WiLL Made It

Rae Sremmurd recruit Nicki Minaj and Pusha T for the official remix of their Mike Will Made It-produced song, “No Flex Zone.”

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Rapper Chingy Has A Degree In Astrology! (Watch)

Rapper Chingy Has A Degree In Astrology!

Last time we saw Chingy he was on VH1‘s “Couples Therapy: Season 3.”

The rapper sat down with 1966mag.com to talk about his new music, the future of Hip Hop and shared a few of his favorite things.

What new projects are you working on?
Chingy: I’m working on a projected called Chingology and Soular System. I’ve studies astrology, astronomy, and numerology. The whole project has something to do with my character straights, my birthday, and my name. I have a new way of thinking, I’ve been going through a transformation, mentally, spiritually and physically.

How is your music different?
Chingy:  My new music is more conscious and is sending a message. This is an aspect of music a lot of people do not put into their music. Everybody likes to just constantly drink, smoke and talk about sex. That part of my life and that part of my music is gone. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. Rap needs more of a positive side to it right now. It’s time to pay attention to how these kids are growing up. Because kids listen to the music, pay attention to the videos, they want to be it and say it. We need to spice rap music up with a little more positivity.

chingyWhat have been your best and worst experience in the industry?
Chingy: Traveling around the world and performing for all different races. My worst experience is the bad publicity and the media lying. The media trying to sabotage me and tear my career down.

What music is on your iPod?
Chingy: MC, one of my homeboys from St. Louis, he is an up and coming artist. Kanye West and the Kriss Kross albums Totally Krossed Out and Da Bomb.

Who has always been know for great style?
Chingy: Louis Vuitton.

What is your fitness routine?
Chingy: I have a stringent routine where I work out four to five days a week and I have a strict diet.

chingyWhat is one thing about you that fans do not know?
Chingy: I am still in school and I like to read a lot of books. I have a degree in astrology, numerology and I’m working on a degree in metaphysics. I like science and history.

To watch the whole interview, click below.

 

Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson Are Now Married

Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson Are Now Married

With all the hoopla about the marriage of Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union this weekend, there was another celebrity wedding that pretty was much overshadowed … until now.

On Saturday, in Connecticut at the home of, Diana Ross, her son – Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson – were married.

Witnesses to the wedding included family and friends of the happy couple. Ashlee’s big sister Jessica Simpson served as a matron of honor and the bride’s 5-year-old son, Bronx Wentz. Simpson wore Neil Lane jewelry that complemented her engagement ring designed by the jeweler, according to PEOPLE.

Simpson, 29, and Ross, 26, announced their engagement on Jan. 13 via Twitter.

“The love of my life said YES!!!!!!” Ross wrote, with Simpson adding, “My baby love and I are ENGAGED!!! Hallelujah Hawaii!!!”

The announcement was soon followed by several celebrations including an engagement party in March, at the home of Simpson’s mother, Tina, and a bohemian bridal shower earlier this month at Jessica’s L.A. home.

Before the wedding, the couple were recently spotted celebrating Ross’ birthday on Aug. 26 at STK Downtown in New York where a source.

“They were excited and talking about the upcoming wedding. Evan and Ashlee were kissing each other nonstop all night,” says the source.

50 Cent: ‘Nicki Minaj’s Back in the N**** Section’ – Usher to Go on World Tour (Watch)

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Nicki Minaj has been getting much praise for toning down on the pop tunes and returning to her hip-hop roots.

50 Cent added his two cents about Minaj and how mainstream radio pushing her decline has given her a harder musical edge.

“It’s going to change. They going to put you back in the ‘ni*ga section’. Trust me, you can be hot as a motherf*cker and then eventually they’ll put you back and you’ll find yourself at Urban Radio fighting your way into Top 20 crossover radio,” 50 tweeted.

He added, “You see it over and over. You see Nicki [Minaj] come from Barbie to being like ‘you a hitta a*s n*gga, n*gga, n*gga.’”

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*In other entertainment news, Usher announced he’s touring the globe with “The UR Experience.”

The “Good Kisser” crooner made the announcement right before tearing down the VMAs’ stage Sunday night.

And he’s plan on not disappointing his fans by giving more stellar performances. He is shown working out and preparing to be in his ultimate shape for the upcoming world tour.

No tour dates have been announced just yet, but his promo video will definitely get fans hyped.

Watch the teaser to his upcoming tour below:

Andre 3000 Dishes on Coachella, Advice from Prince and Hendrix Biopic

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Andre 3000 opened up in an exclusive New York Times interview about his music and his highly-anticipated film role.

Andre is celebrating a great year with the Outkast reunion tour and an upcoming film role — playing the legendary rock icon Jimi Hendrix in the biopic, “Jimi: All Is by My Side.”

But his year hasn’t been all great moments. His performance at Coachella was weak and a disappointment to fans.

“Yeah, I think people could see it at Coachella, the very first show. It was foreign. My head wasn’t there. I kind of fluffed through rehearsals. A few hours before the Coachella show, I get a message that Prince and Paul McCartney are going to be there.”

He added, “my spirit is not right, and idols are standing side-stage, so as the show started, I’m bummed. This is horrible. In my mind I was already gone to my hotel room halfway through.”

Nevertheless, pop icon Prince sent some advice Andre’s way on how to make proper return to the stage and owning it.

“So Prince called a couple days after [Coachella performance]. It was my first time actually talking to Prince. He said: “‘When you come back, people want to be wowed. And what’s the best way to wow people? Just give them the hits.’”

He added, “he broke it down like this: ‘You’re a grown man. You’re either going to do it or you’re not.’”

Speaking of performances, Andre almost passed on the role of a lifetime — to play Hendrix in a biopic. He felt he was too old.

“I may have said it to [the director] John [Ridley]: ‘Man, I’m old. I have gray hair. Get some young unknown kid to play Hendrix.’ I turned it down,” he said.

He aded, “they kept at it. I actually asked my son, [Seven]. He said, ‘Yeah, man.’ Honestly, I needed it in my life, too. Hendrix kind of saved me. I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day. I needed something to focus on to get me out of my depression and rut.”

“Jimi: All Is by My Side” opens up in theaters on Friday, September 26, 2014.

Read more at NY Times.

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