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Earlier today the RIAA announced that Aaliyah’s 2nd album “One In a Million” and 3rd album “AALIYAH’ are both certified DIAMOND which means each album has surpassed sales of 10 million.

“One In A Million” came out and 1996 with 5 singles including “If Your Girl Only Knew” “Hot Like Fire” and of course the title track. This was her first album with duo Timbaland and Missy. “AALIYAH” which was released in 2001 had a total of 4 singles including “Rock The Boat” which she shot before her sudden death.  Last year was heard of plans for a new Aaliyah album and also got a song with Drake titled “Enough Said”. You can hear Aaliyahs sweet voice currently on Chris Brown’s “Don’t Think They Know” track. Glad to know people are supporting real music still, Congrats babygirl ;-)

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Justin Timberlake made a huge comeback with The 20/20 Experience, and he keeps the momentum going with the sequel. The pop superstar sets the weekend off right by debuting his Timbaland-produced single “Take Back the Night,” the first offering from his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2), due September 30. Sounds like JT channeled his inner MJ for this one.

“Why wait? #The2020Experience continues. Right now! Ladies & Gents, roll your windows down & play it loud!” tweeted J.T. Head back to the dance floor with Justin’s horn-heavy jam below. via rap-up.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Earlier this year the word got out Frank Ocean was working on material for a new album and it looks like this is our first glimpse into the music. Performing on the first stop of his California Live Tour in Munich, Germany yesterday Frank debuted 3 new songs. Nice tracks, I feeling them, especially the one labeled as #4. Is Frank-O preparing us for album # 2….I sure hope so. ‘Channel Orange’ was the soundtrack to my summer last year, lets see what this next album does….You can also catch Frank on Kanye’s new album “Yeezus” on the lead single ‘New Slaves’. Watch him perform the 3 new songs live below.

 

 

 

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M.I.A. is back with a bang. The rebellious rapper debuts her boisterous new single, “Bring the Noize,” which pays tribute to Public Enemy’s 1987 song of the same name.

“Bring the noize when we run upon dem,” she raps on the drum-heavy record, produced by Switch and Surkin. “It was written in lots of different circumstances, but I guess it’s coming out at a time where I think in America it’s kinda cool to hear something like this,” M.I.A. told Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1. “It’s in keeping with what I released before, so I’m gonna gradually ease people into the new sound as the album goes on.” Her fourth album Matangi is due this fall on N.E.E.T./Interscope. “I’ve given up at this point,” she said of the oft-delayed project. “I was literally just kinda gonna start making records and putting them out from the bedroom straight on the Internet. This is my last stab at it.” The video will premiere June 21 on Noisey.com, and she will perform three club dates leading up to the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on July 21.

Listen to M.I.A. “Bring the Noize” below.

 

 

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John Legend masters the art of seduction on “Made to Love,” his futuristic, yet tender new single. The romantic crooner compares his girl to a work of art on the slick number, produced by Dave Tozer and Nana Kwabena, with co-production from Da Internz and Kanye West.

“I was sent here for you/ We were made to love/ You were sent for me too,” he croons over the clanging beat, while Kimbra lends her vocals.

Legend’s fourth solo album Love in the Future, co-produced by West and Tozer, is due September 3. via rap-up.com

 

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After teasing, the video for Chris Brown‘s Aaliyah collaboration ‘They Don’t Know’ has been finally unwrapped. The clip for the cut, which is the latest single from C. Breezy’s new album ‘X’, features the singer dancing “with” the late R&B diva via visual projection. Many people don’t know that the original track is by Digital Back aka Black from the R&B Trio ‘Playa’ and Aaliyah and was featured on his debut solo effort. Watching the video gave me chills, especially watching the part with Aaliyah on the wall dancing. Great way to keep her spirit alive Breezy, bravo. Hear the track and watch the video below. Rest In Paradise, my love….

 

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Jay-Z reveled a big secret during Game 5 of theNBA Finals. In a commercial for Samsung Mobile, the mogul revealed that his new album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ will arrive on July 4 and one million Samsung Galaxy fans will be able to download the app on June 24 and get the album for free, three days before the rest of the world does on July 7.

In the commercial, Hov is seen in the studio with Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Pharrell, and Swizz Beatz working on new music. “Pretty much the object of this album is this duality of how do you navigate your way through this whole thing, through success, through failures, through all this, and remain yourself?” I mean, I knew he was working on new material but not this soon, that commercial made me forget about that damn game completely. Im ready for this record, I haven’t been this excited about music in a while. The summer is on lock…Stay tuned and check out the commercial below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wale does “Bad” with some help from the original bad girl, Rihanna, on the remix to his hit single. The pop star cries out on the sultry, yet sad hook, and even throws down some rhymes. “Bad girls want a real ni**a,” she declares, while Wale raps, “All the bad girls always end up unapologetic.” This “Rih-Mix” will appear on the album along with the original as well. Wale’s album “The Gifted” is in stores and online June 25. Check out the track below.