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Concert Review: Ledisi Proves She’s “The Truth” At The Beacon Theatre

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Ledisi made it onto my radar late in the game, but it’s been a love at first listen ever since! We do all kinds of things for the sake of love, so I thought almost nothing of the brisk and rainy weather I braved on Wednesday to see Ledisi perform at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. I knew it would be worth it, and I was right. From the moment she strutted onto the stage to perform the single “That Good Good” off her seventh album, The Truth, Ledisi showcased an undeniable confidence and vibrancy that lit up the Beacon for the entire evening. The “Truth” theme for the night -and the 29-city tour- was solidified with her second song “Bravo,” featuring the lyrics: See it’s the same pretty woman with a brand new style/Same Ledisi but she ain’t walkin’ she flying/A new day making big moves. We were witnessing the same Ledisi we’ve always adored, only bolder and better.

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Frank Ocean Posts (And Then Deletes) Shirtless Selfie

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Oh hello, Frank Ocean. The other night the R&B singer was having some late night fun when he posted a shirtless selfie to his Tumblr page. The singer has since deleted the image and posted a follow-up reading, “all posts after 2am and before 7am shall be forgiven.” Oh don’t worry, your photo is forgiven Mr. Ocean. Although deleting it is not. Thankfully, Tumblr users were able to grab the image before it disappeared.

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Surprise, Surprise: Who Has The Clout To Pull Off A Beyonce-Style Release?

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As Mariah Carey has experienced delays with her upcoming album, the singer and her camp hinted at a surprise release, similar to Beyonce’s unbelievably successful LP from late 2013. It now appears that Mimi will end up going with a traditional rollout after all, but we’re still waiting to see which other music stars can make waves like Bey did when she dropped her album without warning.

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Does Rihanna’s Scandalous New Cover For Lui Go Too Far?

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Lest you think Bad Girl RiRi has been tamed by all the time she’s been spending with Drake, Rihanna is pushing boundaries again. The sexy singer posted a photo of her new cover for Lui magazine on her Instagram and the image isn’t just sexy, it’s shocking and scandalous.

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The Speed Interview: Kelis Breaks Down Kitchen Essentials

In honor of Kelis‘s new album, Food, VH1 had her break down essentials when it comes to the kitchen. While the singer is known for her hits on the radio, she’s also turning up the heat in the kitchen for a number of years. After graduating from the culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu, Kelis has written a cookbook as well as launched a sauce line (called Feast) and starred in a cooking TV special on the Cooking Channel. This is one singer who knows her food! But just don’t ask her to do the dishes.

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EXCLUSIVE: Beyoncé And Director Melina Matsoukas Take Us Inside The Making Of “Pretty Hurts”

Beyoncé does not take her influence lightly. As one of the most influential people in the world, she understands the impact her work can have on fans and is using this power for good. “Pretty Hurts,” the opening track from her 2013 album, is not just a ballad perfect for an emotional night of karaoke, but commentary on our obsession with perfection. The official video places Bey in a beauty pageant, where she and other contestants struggle to reach the unattainable goals pageant bosses, Harvey Keitel and society have set for them. VH1 has an exclusive look at the making of the video, including thoughts from Miss 3rd Ward herself. “I wanted to tap into the world of competition,” Beyoncé says. “Some of the things young women go through are just really heartbreaking for me.”

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10 Times We Thought Pharrell Was The Best Producer Ever

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Happy birthday, Pharrell! The iconic producer/singer/designer/everything turns 41 today and there couldn’t be a more appropriate reason to celebrate his contributions to pop culture over the years. Though he wears many hats, his production resume (much of it with Chad Hugo as production duo The Neptunes) will always stand out as a huge part of what makes him an iconic figure in music. It’s not even a stretch to say that Pharrell is the greatest producer of all time, and we have proof. Check out the gallery above for a look at the 10 records that convinced us P was the best to ever do it, then watch him recount his Oscars experience in our video below.

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Sam Smith Is About To Take Over The World

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In need of some new sad songs to get you through tough times? What about an unthinkable falsetto you can only dream of replicating in your shower? Sam Smith has got you covered. The 21-year-old Brit is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend, and if you want to impress your friends by rattling off facts about an artist everyone will be talking out before his major television appearance, we suggest you study up.

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