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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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EXCLUSIVE: Erica Campbell Opens Up About Stepping Into The Solo Spotlight With Debut Album, Help

I would’ve been happy just to be a bystander in the Big Morning Buzz Live studio taking in the soulful sounds of Erica Campbell as she performed the title single off her new solo debut Help this morning. But Erica made my morning even more special by sitting down with me just before her live Buzz performance to talk about her transition from being half of the groundbreaking gospel group Mary Mary with her sister Tina, to living out her childhood dreams as a solo artist. We also talked about her musical children, her ongoing battle with her manager, her dream collabo, and even what she prayed about this morning!

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Music Seen: A (Stylish) Day In The Life Of Aloe Blacc

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You Oughta Know artist Aloe Blacc is one dapper fellow. Whether it’s on the red carpet or in a music video, the singer is always looking flawless. It makes sense that his style is one of his defining characteristics. He’s a soul singer with GQ sensibilities. When he stopped by the office, the VH1 team got to see that impeccable taste up close and personal. From his aviators to his navy blue velvet blazer, he impressed the staff with his fashion sense. Click through the gallery above for a day in the life of Blacc as he weathers the cold and the cameras in style.

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