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Estelle Conquers Music On Her Own Terms With New Album, True Romance

Grammy award-winning singer Estelle is more in tune with herself than ever before. Crafting her songs to match the raw emotions she experiences in life and on tour, she creates music that’s a pure extension of herself. Her latest singles “Conqueror” and “Something Good” off of her upcoming album True Romance represent strong and uplifting stories of an artist who has made it through the industry a little bruised but always looking forward. Though she’s had much success starting out with co-signs from Kanye West and John Legend, she explains her apprehension for those who are starting out in the industry today. She also talks about how YouTube and SoundCloud are the new hustle and why having a strong sense of self is necessary to survive in this business.

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PREMIERE: Estelle Won’t Be Conquered In Stunning New Music Video

It’s been six years since Estelle first blasted her way on to U.S. radio with “American Boy.” In the years since, she’s has had ups and downs trying to recapture that same attention of her first single, but now we’re happy to say Estelle is back! Following a Grammy nomination for “Thank You,” her second single from All of Me, the singer is returning with a striking new ballad, “Conqueror.” The song is the perfect anthem for anyone who won’t accept defeat.

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Leaving Las Vegas: The Worst-Dressed Stars At The Billboard Music Awards

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Last night’s Billboard Music Awards took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, land of fanny packs and sequin jumpsuits. In addition to a Michael Jackson hologram and Robin Thicke desperately trying to get his wife back, there were some incredibly poor fashion choices on the red carpet and beyond.

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From Last Night’s Soul Train Awards All You Need Are Miguel And Elle Varner

You might not have caught The Soul Train Awards on Centric last night. In a flurry of Sunday night programming (plus Liz & Dick Lifetime!) it would’ve been easy to skip the award show dedicated to awarding the best in hip-hop and R&B. If you did choose another route, here’s your tl;dw (That’s “too long, didn’t watch.”) rundown: Cedric the Entertainer hosted, Anthony Hamilton did “Lovely Day”, Leah LaBelle did Teena Marie’s “Square Biz”, Fantasia paid tribute to Aretha with “Don’t Play That Song For Me”. There was a New Edition tribute (in which Bobby Brown failed to thank his departed former wife Whitney Houston?), Keyshia Cole performed “Enough of No Love” from her new album Woman to Woman, and X-Factor winner Marcus Canty did Luther Vandross‘ “Never Too Much”. On the hip-hop side, 2 Chainz was there. Naturally.

Perhaps in the strangest moment, Tyrese‘s “Stay” won Song Of The Year, despite being released independently from his album, Open Invitation. It beat out John Legend, Trey Songz, Estelle, Wale, AND Usher–making it a true underdog. Tyrese most likely knew this, stating in his acceptance speech that today’s R&B is “insecure, since everyone is doing house and techno music” (a weird nod to Usher, perhaps?) But tonight, he continued, “Real R&B is winning”.

And now for the best performances…

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Estelle’s “Wonderful Life” Is Just Like Ours…Except It’s International

It’s an international affair in Estelle‘s “Wonderful Life.” As she treks through Moscow, London, Jamiaca, Sweden, Norway and beyond, she finds inspiration through the natives. The “American Boy” star has shows night after night, but takes the time to stop and meet the people, and to sight-see what makes each country special. After the shows and radio interviews she signs autographs, hugs fans and immerses herself in all activities that make each country unique. And that’s what makes for a wonderful life. Read more…

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May Playlist: Listen To Songs Featured On Your Fave VH1 Shows

At VH1, countless hours are spent determining what music best complements our shows. In fact, the team responsible for this task, known as the Creative Music Integration (CMI) group, listens to thousands of songs each month in an attempt to figure out how best to utilize musical cues to reinforce the emotion and drama on shows like Single Ladies and Basketball Wives. We thought it would be a cool idea to give you an inside glimpse into this world.

To this end, we’ve put together a list of all the songs featured on our network in May — from artists like Santigold, Estelle, Tank, Neon Hitch and up-and-comer Elle King. Additionally, we’ve included commentary from CMI team members as to why they selected songs for particular scenes as well as a Spotify playlist for you to sample. Enjoy, and stay tuned for our June playlist!

VH1 SHOW PLAYLIST: MAY 2012

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Tuned In: Estelle Says An Elegant “Thank You” On Letterman

Estelle gave an elegant performance of her track “Thank You” on The Late Show With David Letterman last night. Promoting her new album, All Of Me, which dropped yesterday, Estelle looked stunning with a simple slicked back hair-do and long white halterneck gown. With little aside from her stunning get-up in showmanship, Estelle’s performance was beautifully measured and displayed her strong vocal capabilities. As one of our favorite DIVAS, we love listening to Estelle’s flawless, captivating vocal every time she takes to the stage.

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Tuned In: Estelle Wants To “Thank You” On Leno

One of VH1′s favorite DIVAS, Estelle, took a moment to say “Thank You” on Leno last night. In a glittering gown, Estelle looked every part the diva in floor length black satin and sparkling silver bustier. She sang “Thank You”, from her third album All Of Me. Estelle’s performance was vibrant, sassy and every now and then gave us a little spine tingle as she hit the hard notes.

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