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Luke James Gets Crazy.Sexy.Cool On Debut Album And Talks About Being Compared To Legends

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Luke James has released two brand-new music videos in just about as many weeks in anticipation of his debut album’s release but the New Orleans native has had an industry buzz for far longer than that. It all started with the 2012 release of the hit single “I Want You,” which earned James a Grammy nomination in 2013. James followed up its success with a series of concert dates opening up for the Queen B herself, Beyonce, garnering more fans along the way. With the steady release of steamy and sultry singles and accompanying music videos for “Make Love to Me”, “I.O.U.”, “Options” and “Dancing in the Dark” James has succeeded in impressing the masses as much with his vocal prowess as with his fierce good looks, but there’s much more to this music man.

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Five Reasons We’re “Souled”on Jhene Aiko After Seeing Her Live In Concert

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Jhene Aiko is doing “it” right now on the music front, and is making quite a name for herself in the process as the “it” girl to know about. The soulful songstress just released her sophomore album, Souled Out, on September 9th and we couldn’t wait to see one of her shows to see firsthand what folks have been buzzing about. We were witness to her performance last night in front of a sold out crowd at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and what did we discover? That we’re officially “souled” on Jhene Aiko. Read more…

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Always Imitated, Never Duplicated: Everything In Pop Music That Janet Jackson Did First

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We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking album Janet Jackon’s Rhythm Nation 1814 and bowing down before the pop goddess that is Janet Jackson. Almost from the start Janet was a trailblazer, fusing pop, R&B and hip-hop, raising the bar for music video choreography,  speaking out about social injustice and breaking racial and sexual taboos. The trends she started in fashion and music can still be seen in the work of today’s female stars, such as Ciara, Britney Spears and Beyonce among many others.

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VH1 Vintage: Janet Jackson Reveals Inspiration for Rhythm Nation 1814

This week we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, the 1989 album that cemented Janet Jackson‘s reputation as one of the era’s premiere female artists with it’s messages of sexual empowerment and era-defining new jack swing sound. However, did you know that it was actually a concept album about social injustices and was also accompanied by a 30-minute long form music video? Read more…

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Former R&B Stars That Are Now Instagram Famous

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By Christopher Rosa 

Instagram works wonders, people. It can turn our favorite singers from the late ’90s and early 2000s into superstars all over again. Don’t believe us? Check out these nine former R&B stars who now rule Instagram. From va-va-voom bikini bods (hey, Ashanti) to rock-hard pecs (yes, you Craig David) these singers are setting the web on fire with their glorious #grams.

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Miss Jackson If You’re Nasty: What Are Janet Jackson’s Most Sexually Empowering Albums?

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Janet Jackson began her solo musical career more than 30 years ago as the fresh-faced baby sister of her famous older brothers. But starting with 1986′s Control and reaching full flight with 1989′s Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this week, Janet matured into an artist equal to any elder Jackson and a grown women in full command of her status as a budding sex symbol. Read more…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Faith Evans’ “I Deserve It” Featuring Missy Elliott & Sharaya J

Actress and R&B diva Faith Evans is dropping her new album Incomparable on October 28th, but you don’t have to wait that long for a taste. VH1 has the exclusive premiere of her new single “I Deserve It,” featuring a little musical help from her friends Missy Elliott and Sharaya J!

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Exclusive Video Premiere: “If You Lose Her” by JOE

R&B star JOE has come a long way since his “I Wanna Know” days. His new album Bridges (which features Kelly Rowland) is inspired by his life relationships, which we already get a peak of in his new video “If You Lose Her.”

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INTERVIEW: Why Is Quincy Jones Worried About Music’s Future And The Distortion Of Sound?

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When you’re discussing Quincy Jones, there is no such thing as hyperbole. Just ask his 27 Grammys. The 81-year-old has played a vital role in the development of jazz, funk, and hip hop, holds more records than a jukebox, logged more firsts than Adam and Eve, and collaborated with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Grandmaster Melle Mel. It is no exaggeration to say he’s the chief architect of popular music in the 20th Century. But as we venture further into the new millennium, he’s getting pissed.

The cultural titan recently appeared in the The Distortion Of Sound, a documentary produced by cutting edge audio outfit Harman Kardon. The fascinating film explores the complex pros and cons of music in the digital age. Although companies like iTunes and Spotify have made music more accessible, portable, and cheaper than ever before, mp3s have become so compressed that the vast majority of the sound quality -sometimes up to 90 percent- is lost. With the omnipresence of iPods and ear buds, the documentary contends that a generation of music lovers are being raised on low-grade sonic sludge. As the final piece of his formidable legacy, Jones is working with Harman to ensure that his art, and the art of so many others, can be enjoyed the way it was meant to be heard.

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