Beyoncé & JAY Z Host ‘Carter Push Party’ Baby Shower

Beyoncé and JAY Z hosted a festive, themed baby shower on Saturday (May 20), in honor of their soon-to-be born twin babies. The superstar couple celebrated with friends and family at the “Carter Push Party” in Beverly Hills.

Queen Bey’s mother, Tina Lawson, shared some video and photos from the star-studded event, which was designed with an African theme and held at a private residence that was once owned by Madonna. The A-list guests included Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, La La Anthony, Serena Williams and more.

Beyoncé showed off her gorgeous baby bump, which was painted with henna tattoos by an artist that was hired for the event. At the entrance of the home, gold balloon letters spelled out “Carter Push Party” and “Twinning.”

After the shower, an insider revealed to E! News details from the baby shower. “The party was very family friendly with Blue Ivy and lots of her friends running around the grounds of the estate. There was a huge tent erected on the property where most of the shower took place. The decor was African themed and very colorful with lounge seating areas, floor pillows and rugs on the floor.”

“The tables had lanterns, wooden elephants and pink and white roses for centerpieces. There was also a henna tattoo artist and African dancers and drummers walking around. A huge soul food buffet was served for a late lunch,” added the source.

The party was geared to both grown-ups and children, the outside bash being the pool party for kids, with lifeguards, pool rafts, a lemonade bar and other toys for the kids. There was also an inside set-up for the adults.

It’s unclear when Beyoncé is due to deliver the twins, but TMZ reported that her father, Mathew Knowles, said that the babies are more than two weeks away from their due date.

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Listen: Goapele Releases New EP, ‘Dreamseeker’

After teasing out critically acclaimed singles such as “Stay” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid, “Power” and “$ecret,” Goapele unveils her heavenly new EP, Dreamseeker.

The perfect mix of her signature soulful style that millions know and love as well a touch of modern panache and poise, the project represents a rebirth for the songstress. At the same time, she poetically ponders activism, motherhood, sensuality, and life throughout the 10 tracks.

Next up, she rounds out her successful Dreamseeker Tour with a victory lap of shows in her hometown of Oakland, CA.

Outside of music, Goapele is committed to activism and raising awareness. She is an active participant in the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and recently starred in a short film entitled Where Is Beauty, which addresses the pressures young women face with social media and beauty standards.

Stream the Dreamseeker EP below.

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Listen: Faith Evans Releases Notorious B.I.G.’s Duets Album, ‘The King & I’

Just three days before the late Notorious B.I.G.’s birthday, Faith Evans releases her long-awaited Biggie duets project, The King & I.

Packed with 25 songs about their storied romance, the heartfelt project arrives with appearances by Lil’ Kim, Lil’ Cease, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch, among others.

The album has been a labor of love for Faith. “I remember telling Ms. Wallace years ago that one day it would be really dope if I could do something similar to Natalie & Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable,” she told Rap-Up. “Knowing the love that B.I.G. had for [his children] Tyanna and Ceejay, I feel it’s my duty to uphold and extend his legacy, especially his musical contributions. This project is my creative reflection of the love we had and the bond we will always have. I’m elated to share this musical journey with our fans!”

To accompany the album release, Faith celebrates west coast style with the video for “When We Party” featuring Snoop Dogg.

Directed by DJ Pooh, the lively clip begins with Faith calling Uncle Snoop about a party at her pad. “I’m in town,” she says. “I’m having a get-together. I want you to come through. Bring a few of the homies.” Just 20 seconds later, Snoop arrives with plenty of friends in tow, ready to drink and smoke “all night long.”

Stream The King & I, and see the TIDAL exclusive video below.

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Watch Mary J. Blige Perform Medley of Hits on ‘TODAY’

Before heading out on her “Strength of a Woman Live” tour, Mary J. Blige gave fans a dose of what they can expect with a medley on NBC’s “Today.”

As part of the Citi Concert Series, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul performed two new tracks from her recently-released 13th studio album Strength of a Woman, “Thick of It” and “U + Me (Love Lesson).”

“It’s a special emotion when my fans hear the new songs and they can relate and they understand,” said Blige. “That means we can relate to each other so the energy that’s given back and forth is just amazing. You can’t even understand what it feels like to have people relate to you.”

Specifically, these songs deal with the ongoing legal woes surrounding her divorce from Martin “Kendu” Isaacs. Addressing this, Mary said it’s always important to use music as a release.

“It’s a blessing that I can take all my trials and tribulations,” she said. “Everybody knows what’s going on. It’s awful. It’s a bad thing. I don’t want to keep talking so much but it is what it is. I wouldn’t be Mary J. Blige if I couldn’t use my own music as therapy to get me through these things. Right now, I’m healing as well.”

But Mary didn’t only perform her new songs. She also broke fans off with “Family Affair,” starting a dancery in the middle of Rockefeller Plaza. The song’s upbeat tempo is indicative of what fans can expect from her upcoming tour, which kicks off July 1 at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.

“Expect [us] to do what we do,” she said. “We celebrate life because we come through so many trials, and life is hard as it is, but life is good and we are coming to celebrate the good of life. We’re gonna have a good time.”

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New Music: ANGEL – Crud

Rising singer/songwriter/producer ANGEL continues his unstoppable ascent with the release of the brand new song, “Crud.”

The infectious track is the latest release off the UK native’s forthcoming ‘More of HER‘ playlist, which he kicked off with “Road Closed” last month, and will see him releasing a series of fresh singles and visuals over the next few weeks.

Written and produced by ANGEL, the slick and addictive “Crud” finds him blending the streets with the bedroom as he sings about his past hustles on the path to a better life for himself and his family.

“You know I put my girl on a pedestal / If you ever come for mine you gonna run into my 9 / Man I’m tellin’ you / Better miss me with that shit / Man, I’m all about my bitch, she ain’t into you,” he sings.

The forthcoming tracks added to his playlist will see ANGEL building on the buzz he created last year and brought into 2017, while continuing to showcase his incredible songwriting ability and flair for hypnotic hooks and melodies.

Take a listen to “Crud” below.

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Sabrina Claudio Releases New Single & Video “Unravel Me”

Sabrina Claudio is back!

The seductive songstress has released the new single, “Unravel Me,” from her forthcoming debut album, and it is nothing short of magical. Written solely by SC, the track is all about how despite how much her man loves her, he may never be able to completely unravel her.

“Our days are numbered, wired, and I’m tired of it / I know you’re trying but you’ll never unravel me,” Sabrina’s sings with her sultry voice. “Unravel me, unravel.”

Not only did the Miami singer drop the single, but she blessed us with an accompanying video, where Sabrina looks absolutely regal.

Check out the single and video below.

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New Music: H.E.R. – Every Kind of Way

H.E.R. music just gets better and better.

It looks like H.E.R. Vol. 2 is going to be taking on a much sexier vibe this time around. The R&B singer’s latest release, “Every Kind of Way” is a sultry love song that promises she’ll love her boo in every way possible.

The 3-minute track finds H.E.R., who we uncovered to be Gabi Wilson last year, playing up her airy and seductive vocals which makes us love her even more.

“I wanna love you in every kind of way / I wanna please you, no matter how long it takes,” she sings. “If the world should end tomorrow, then we only have today / I’m gonna love you in every kind of way.” H.E.R’s lyrics are both genuine and simple which makes the love song even more authentic and relatable to anyone who listens.

H.E.R. Vol. 2 is due out June 2 via RCA Records.

Check out the new song below.

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Listen: Emerging Sister Duo, Blessed, Release Debut Single “Venom”

Say hi to Blessed.

The South-East London duo made up of sisters Lauren and Georgia Morgan, have released their debut single, “Venom.”  The song is all about seduction and how it feels when you fall in love with someone.

Lauren and Georgia’s harmonies and dark take on what love feels like is both seductive and infectious, just like getting bit with venom by a snake.

“Hello to the other side, hello to the other side of my life / I know you never seen this side / No one’s ever seen this side of my life,” the pair sing. “Hello to the other side/ My green eyes, my green eyes.”

With such a unique song that’s equal parts sultry and haunting, something tells us that Blessed is here to stay.

Check out their debut track below!

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