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Who Won These Epic Ballad Battles And Romantic Musical Duels?

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Yesterday was Brandy Norwood‘s 35th birthday. We have to say, we’re a little shocked. It feels like Brandy’s been in the game so long she could have been 100. To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at her musical duel with Monica, “The Boy Is Mine” and we’re going to decide once and for all who won that fight. And it’s not just Brandy vs Monica we’re concerned with today. We’re going head to head for Usher vs R. Kelly, Beyonce vs Shakira, Michael Jackson vs Paul McCartney and a host of other iconic romantic song battles. Want to know who came out on top? Check out our rankings after the jump. Read more…

by (@kat_george)

Usher’s Off The Market, So Let’s Relive The Sexiest Times He Gave Lap Dances To Fans

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Oh, Usher. All we want to do is sigh all day for Usher. The sexiest male performer ever to walk a stage has us all swoony and gushy for his athletic, sweaty, shirtless body. And we’re not the only ones. Usher has made the audience lap dance truly famous, as he’s pulled up woman after woman —show after show— to grind up against while he sings “Trading Places.” And what wouldn’t we give to be trading places with any one of those lucky ladies!

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Throwback R&B Couples That We Wish Stayed Together

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-By Seher Sikandar

With the revolving door of celebrity relationships, it can be difficult to take anything seriously sometimes.  Yet a handful of R&B artist couples inspired love in the masses.  Witnessed by the world, these pairs entered our mushy little hearts, too.  And when they split, our universe crumbled and our meanings of life and love were questioned.  Why?  WHY!  We don’t know why, but what we do know is who need to get their lives together and get back together. Come on Usher and Chili —don’t leave us this way!

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Rico Love Produced All Of These Hits And You Had No Idea

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-By Chris Carpenter 

It’s time to get to know the elusive Rico Love – the man responsible for producing some of pop, hip-hop and R&B’s hottest tracks.  He grabbed our ears a few weeks back with an incredible remix of Disclosure’s “Latch,” but that’s just the latest triumph in a career that goes back over a decade. After catching the attention of the almighty Usher (insert praise hands emoji), Rico was brought on to contribute to the diamond-selling Confessions album in 2004, and he’s been on a roll ever since! From writing, producing and guesting for a slew of popular acts—yes, even Queen Bey!—Rico is skilled at cranking out hit after hit. Heck, he’s won Grammy Awards, people! No wonder he won the heart of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood’s Teairra Mari

So now, let’s show some love to the great Rico Love by taking a look at some of his biggest smashes.

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What Is Usher’s Greatest Legacy?

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It’s been 20 glorious years since the ridiculously talented powerhouse Usher made his debut to the world. Ever since, the simple phrase “Ursher baby” has become so much more than just his calling card. It has caused countless panties all over the world to drop (and be thrown on stage, we can imagine), a deeper fusion of hip-hop and pop and arguably the best live dancing since the King of Pop himself.

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Artists Who Sang In Church Before Topping The Charts

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If you thought church had no place in the pop world, think again. Decades before today’s recording industry took shape, musicians first honed their talents in houses of worship before hitting traveling performance circuits. These days, churches still serve as the first venues where artists perform and many of today’s music stars got their starts singing for congregations.

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