Take a look at Jay and Bey’s new ‘fake-movie-music-video’ which casually stars some of Hollywoods biggest names including Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Emma Rossum, Guillermo Diaz, Rashida and Kidada Jones. Directed by Melina Matsoukas, the clip has been released to promote the couples forthcoming ‘On the Run’ tour – which starts in the States in June. And although I’m still confused as to why the Carter-Knowles’, with all their business acumen, feel the world needs another tour from either of them (following Jay’s run with JT and Beyonce’s year-long world wide tour), I must admit this is exactly the type of star power video that will make people want to buy tickets. And we’re purposely not getting into the chronology of this video appearing just a week after that video smacked the world upside its head.

Timing is everything.

Huge news for our girls Juce who this week signed a record deal with Universal/Island Records following the release of their universally adored debut single ‘Call You Out’. Announcing the big news on their Facebook page, the girls were pictured celebrating with label boss Darcus Beese and the Island team that will be helping the London trio to craft their debut album. Furthermore the girls have also been announced as performers at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend . A huge look. #Proud.

With a new song promised for this Monday, take a look at Georgia, Cherish & Chalin performing ‘Call You Out’ live at the BBC. Beaut.

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After a premature breakup Diddy’s ex-girls Danity Kane finally reemerge with a new single called ‘Lemonade’ – and it’s hot. It’s easy to ignore the fact that these girls delivered two stand out pop-R&B albums before their boss realised breaking them up would be far more TV-worthy than if they stayed together. Internal dramas aside though, and a member down, ‘Lemonade’ once again brings DK’s sassy, no-nonsense flair to the fore and reminds us just how sparse legit-girl groups are these days. Oh, and recognise that sample?

Since Usher has been taking care of business on The Voice, the landscape for male R&B-pop singers has shifted quite a bit. Granted young guns Chris Brown and even Justin Bieber still have a long way to go before they’re considered genuine threats, but with the return of Justin Timberlake and the universal smash hit ‘Blurred Lines’ was for Robin Thicke – Usher has a lot to contend with. But as ‘Good Kisser’ proves, Raymond has little to be concerned about; Taken off his forthcoming eighth album his new single is every bit the smash we’ve come to expect from one of R&B’s longest reigning frontmen (and yes, we’re purposely ignoring all the Euro-trash shit that came after Confessions). Musically confident, vocally ferocious and generally well put together – everything here signals great things to come from that new album. This is a smash.

Well come back Ursh.

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Having burst onto the scene after writing and producing for Beyonce’s self-titled surprise album, singer/songwriter/producer Boots has been steadily leaking samples of his debut solo project. Released today WinterSpringSummerFall is Jordy Asher formal introduction and like his previous offerings tis a tape full of twists and turns. Like ‘Haunted’ on Beyonce much of WinterSpringSummerFall centres around murky notions of post-naughties R&B – punctured along the way with aching reverb, cascading chords and eccentric production. Joining Beyonce on the tapes featured-artist list are ShlohmoJeremih,  Kelela, Son Lux and Margot.

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The leaks from “Michael Jackson’s” new album Xscape keep coming; presumably a convenient marketing ploy from the label to keep interest up. Mission accomplished in part, because here we are discussing ‘Chicago’, the latest track restructured by Timbaland using original vocal recordings from the late King of Pop. The soulful-pop mid-tempo is surprisingly understated, with Timbo giving enough room across production to allows Jackson’s iconic voice to take centre stage. This isn’t a life changing addition to Michael’s discography, but it is good to hear his voice strong like this again.

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Introducing New Jersey starlet Blood Cultures, whose latest offering ‘Meavy Hetal’ serves up a dreamy slice of celestial pop. The songs toned down and chilled aesthetic is permeated by its shimmering instrumentation and her warm, floaty vocal. This is pretty cool…

Here’s another sweet sounding number from Brighton-based duo IYES. With ‘Toys’, the bands follow up to the MNEK co-produced ‘Breathe‘, they get all woozy with a lush dancefloor groove. Josh Christopher and Melis Soyaslanova’s impassioned vocals create the perfect ambience while bubbling synths are accompanied by a skittering beat. A full sounding track despite it being a demo.

They’re really going to town with this new Michael Jackson album. If they spent this much energy on the first posthumous debacle, maybe all of this wouldn’t have such a bitter taste.

That said – this new single really isn’t bad. ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ originally written and demoed in 1983 with Paul Anka and Kathy Wakefield now features Justin Timberlake and throwsback to Jackson’s inspired Off the Wall era. Personal feelings on the XSCAPE project aside – I’m really happy with the way this song turned out.

Strange however that it was Usher who “performed” the track during the iHeartRadio Music Awards and not JT.

I’ve had the privilege of hearing a lot of BANKS’ new forthcoming music and without exaggeration I report – you haven’t heard nothin’ yet. The L.A native has done a great job in enticing listeners with her echoey ballads but whats soon coming is far more intricate and progressive than her previous releases. Produced by our very own Lil Silva, ‘Goddess’ is one of many tracks the two have collaborated on and serves as an apt signal for whats to come. Enjoy… And get excited for whats coming up.

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