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Missy Elliott’s Reunion With Lil’ Kim And Da Brat Reminds Us That Her Videos Are Boss

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By Chris Carpenter 

Beginning with her inflated-trash-bag-wearing debut in “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” to her Grammy Award winning “Lose Control,” Missy Elliott‘s collection of videos are nothing short of eye-bulging brilliance. And while we haven’t seen a clip from hip-hop’s funkiest diva in a minute – Miss E. will reunite with Lil’ Kim and Da Brat tonight at the Soul Trail Awards to perform their platinum selling 1997 hit “Not Tonight.”

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What Happens When R&B Divas Catch The Holy Spirit? You Get Amazing GIFs!

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We love us some R&B Divas. As glamorous and elegant as they are, they know how to let loose on stage, much more than their Pop Queen cousins. Case in point: one of our favorites, Mary J. Blige, is the queen of busting some unexpected and frighteningly unique moves when she’s performing. Likewise, Beyonce is the queen of bizarre rubber face when she’s in the zone.

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8 Reasons Why We Love Erykah Badu, Music’s Most Beloved Weirdo

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-By Phoebe Robinson

If you were a black girl during the summer of 1997, three things were of importance of to you: finding someone to grease your scalp while you watched Living Single, rooting for Serena and Venus Williams to become the tennis powerhouses they are today, and listening to Erykah Badu‘s debut disc Baduizm. Heck, even if you weren’t a black woman, you were well aware of that classic album. It sold over three million copies, highlighted Badu’s Billie Holiday-esque vocals, and secured her two Grammy awards, but most importantly, it announced her arrival as a force to be reckoned within the music industry. And while her popularity has waned a bit (whose hasn’t after 17 years in the business?), Badu’s legacy can be seen and felt all around us. Read on for 8 reasons why we still adore her.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Aretha Franklin + Clive Davis On The Adele Cover That Set The World On Fire

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Last week Aretha Franklin reminded us that she’s still the Queen of Soul by dropping an incendiary rendition of Adele‘s torch song, “Rolling In The Deep.” Within hours the song had invaded social media, racking up more than a million views on YouTube and stoking the buzz for her upcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. Some accused the 72-year-old vocalist of relying on auto-tune and other studio tricks, but Ms. Franklin soon silenced the haters with a flawless performance on The Late Show With David Letterman.

The rapturous reception is a testament to the staying power of a performer whose career has endured for seven decades. At a listening party and panel discussion held at New York City’s elegant 92Y venue, VH1 sat down with the music monarch and her long-time collaborator, Sony Music Chief Creative Officer and industry icon Clive Davis, to discuss the new project, and how to make music that lasts.

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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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by (@wordweaver555)

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…

by (@TaylorFerber)

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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