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Who Are The Dream’s Top Five Producers?

When Jay-Z debuted the commercial announcement for the upcoming Magna Carta Holy Grail people went crazy seeing four legendary producers, in one room, working on Hov’s project. The Dream knows a thing or two about producing–”Single Ladies” anyone?–and he certainly has his favorites in the game. Read more…

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Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience Is From The Future

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It’s been impossible to play another record since Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience started streaming on iTunes last week, a full seven days prior to its official release. Its infectious infusion of the best of pop, soul and R&B is like the bait on the end of a fishing rod. You sniff around it for a bit before eventually deciding that you want the soulful nourishment. Then, before you know it, you’re hooked with no escape route in sight, but you’re too busy taking in the way the album chronicles the highs and lows of falling in love to care. Read more…

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Your Favorite Artists And Producers In The Studio With Each Other Featuring Jay-Z, Timbaland, Miley Cyrus, Mariah And More [GALLERY]

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Instagram and Twitter are the gift and curse to the lives of today’s celebrities. But in the case of Jermaine Dupri tweeting, “In the studio with @mariahcarey all night, 6am, sometimes it feels like, she’s the Rapper and I’m the Diva,” we’re happy they’ve chosen to share that moment with millions of followers. It’s only when the Twitter beefs followed by public statements made on the same forum that we wish the old mystique of artists would return.

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Justin Timberlake’s A ‘Whatever You Want, Honey’ Kind Of Guy

By now you’ve done a little two step or rolled your eyes at Justin Timberlake‘s return. If you’re one of the two people on earth who doesn’t care about JT’s “Suit and Tie” comeback then you’ve likely burned out already of all Justin everything. He dropped two new songs after the Super Bowl, he’s performing in LA at the Grammys and has a show immediately following the Grammys. JT season is upon us.

He called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” to discuss all things The 20/20 Experience, but music queries quickly turned to a wedding planning conversation. The timing of his marriage to Jessica Biel didn’t interfere with the making of the album because most of it was already complete. Besides he did what most men would do: Leave it in the hands of the woman. “I think the men can speak for me by saying that type of process you really just say ‘Whatever you want, honey.’” Oh come on guys, women want their male partner to be active in the decision making…as long as he mostly says yes to what she wants. “Every photo, everything that you saw… I was riding shotgun. I said, ‘Whatever you want, honey.’”

As for the album’s namesake his friend noted, “This is music that you can see” and that stuck with JT. Since none of us can wait until the new album drops he dropped a little teaser about his upcoming Grammy performance, “I think you’ll hear some stuff you haven’t heard.” Do not play with our emotions Justin!

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Justin Timberlake Shares How He Planned His Wedding to Jessica Biel [Kiss FM]

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Happy 34th Birthday To Aaliyah: Remembering The Singer Through A Clip From Her Behind The Music

It will never not be sad remembering the great Aaliyah whose life was taken far too soon in the tragic plane crash in 2001. Today the R&B singer with such an angelic voice would’ve turned 34. VH1 re-aired Aaliyah’s 2001 Behind The Music with new interviews including her dear friend Missy Elliott. During the hour special you’re reminded why her life and music touched people in the way it did. Aaliyah was the voice of a new generation of women while not alienating men. Read more…

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Timbaland And Missy Elliott Are Back At It For “Party Anthem” Ft. Lil Wayne And T-Pain

It’s beginning to feel a lot like yesteryear, and by yesteryear we mean the golden days of the 90s. Who other than Missy Elliott and Timbaland on a track can bring on a rush of nostalgia? Sure it’s not the first time the two have jumped on a track together recently (Missy’s “9th Inning” in September) but the continuation of the duo making music together means there’s only more to come. And this makes us happy.

Despite its namesake, “The Party Anthem” is a pretty chill mid-tempo track featuring Lil Wayne, T-Pain and Missy. Where has T-Pain been? The song gets exciting when Missy comes in with her fast semi-animated flow. “Saying I’m too old to rap, I’ll be rapping til I wear dentures,” she raps. “I’m back on the mic with Timb,” she reminds. After Drake’s announcement of co-producing Aaliyah’s posthumous album without any involvement from Missy and Timb, fans felt slighted. Aaliyah made great music with the pair. (Have we forgiven Drake for this yet?) It’s just good hearing the two friends and collaborators recording together again. All we need is the 2013 version of “Up Jumps Da’ Boogie.”

Timbaland f. Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott & T-Pain “The Party Anthem” [Hip Hop DX]

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Missy Elliott And Timbaland Are Back For A “9th Inning”

It’s true, Missy Elliott “ain’t quite finished yet.” Last night, she and her other-half, Timbaland, swung by Hot 97 to talk comeback and to debut the first two tracks off of her upcoming album, tentatively titled Block Party. The first we’ve heard from these two in years, and out of the gate they come charging with “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat,” boasting about their “real rap, real bars” and just about everything else, too.

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Check Out The Haunting Cover Of Aaliyah’s Posthumous Album

The word on Aaliyah‘s posthumous album keeps changing. Drake‘s producing it — he’s got her face tatted on his back and everything, so you know it’s real. But shouldn’t Timbaland and Missy or someone who was there the first time have a say in it? But, oh wait, Drake’s got a new song and it features unheard Aaliyah vocals. No, not a Drake song, it’s a new Aaliyah song. The family won’t let that happen. Or maybe they will?

On Wednesday night, a man claiming to be Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah’s uncle and the CEO of Blackground records, tweeted a picture of what could be the album’s cover with a message that said: “Aaliyah 16 unreleased tracks 2013 stay tuned.” And then he kept tweeting it, to the attention of a slew of influential musicians and publications like Perez Hilton and Nicki Minaj and Complex, and with Drake and Noah ’40′ Shebib mentioned as producers. And so with the support of Aaliyah’s family (or, at least some of them, or someone claiming to be them) and Drake and 40 on board as producers, this album actually seems to be happening. Read more…

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Keeping Up With Drake’s Drama Over Executive Producer Creds For Aaliyah’s Posthumous Album

A Timeline of Drake and Aaliyah Drama

Unintentionally, Drake has started quite the sh*tstorm over his executive producer aspirations of Aaliyah‘s posthumous album. Drake’s obsession, we mean admiration, of Aaliyah as an artist runs deep, so deep he inked her face on his back last year. Before the drama surrounding the veracity of the upcoming album he’s EP’ing, he’d big up his favorite artist in interviews. The name dropping was not only an ode to the fallen angel, but a precursor to all of the back and forth about whether or not Drake will have anything to do with Aaliyah’s new music, and if he really has the family’s blessing. If you’re having a hard time keeping up with it all, here’s a timeline of what we know so far. Read more…