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VV R&B Roundup: Drake, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Elle Varner and more!

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Have a great Friday! - Aliya Faust (@liyaaaaa)

If nobody else sees Olivia's potential, at least Sean Kingston does. After releasing the video for the "Walk Away" single she sang on VH1's Love & Hip-Hop, she's back. This time, on Kingston's newly released "Sun Don't Shine." Looks like 'Liv is still grinding. #Respect. We see you! Which reminds me: You know how Basketball Wives' Kenya Bell has been looking to break into the music industry? Well, she sort of got her shot. Guess who scored lead video girl in K'Jon's new music video for "Bad Gurl"? Yup.

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And yaaas! to Elle Varner for releasing a new video for "Refill," the second single off her upcoming album, Perfectly Imperfect. Remember when music videos had storylines? This is it! In the story of a small-town girl with big city dreams, boy meets girl, they dine and dash, steal a car, sneak into a club, miss curfew and only exchange half of their phone numbers before the girl is rushed back to her small town. Perfectly cute.
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On to the men of the week... Chris Brown's doing it all, huh? Singing, rapping (whoa there! *Big Sean voice*), producing and directing music videos! Plus, he dropped another single called "Sweet Love" from his upcoming album, Fortune. Did I mention his feature on DJ Khaled's "Take It to the Head," featuring Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, dropped this week, too? #YouGoBoy!

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Trey Songz is another jetsetting crooner. He debuted a video for "Sex Ain't Better Than Love" last week, and he's back this week with a new single titled "Heart Attack" off his upcoming album, Chapter V. It's quite a change from the usual sexy-time and party music. "It’s important for me to keep my music urban and keep my music what I started it to be as ‘cause it’s not cool to be an R&B singer no more. That’s not the thing to do if you want a hit and I think we as the gatekeepers we gotta make sure that we bring that music to the forefront," he said in an interview with The Breakfast Club.

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Speaking of moods: Drake!

He wants to make an album with his "Take Care" co-star, Rihanna! He told UK's Capital FM, "I've always urged her to let me come and really work on an album for her, with her. I feel like I could do some great writing for her." With their chemistry, his writing and her Bajan rebel flare--That'd. Be. Dope! The two were actually spotted hanging out this week at Drake's Club Paradise concert. Rihanna had been in London promoting her debut acting role in the upcoming movie, Battleship, slated to hit theaters May 2012.

In her route to making a musical comeback, Toni Braxton released a video for her new single, "I Heart You." We get to see a more loose side of Toni, something her sisters encourage. The Braxton Family Values season 2 reunion premiered on WE tv last night (March 29), too. Toni revealed that her marriage to her "wasband" (ex-husband) was just finalized after almost three years of being separated. Fear of how their kids would react to the news was supposedly the reason for the prolonging the act.


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Kelly Price, Luke James and Stacy Francis recently put their vocals down and their hoodies up for a Chaka Khan-pioneered musical track, "Fear Kills. Love Heals," dedicated to the late Trayvon Martin. The song is a re-cut of Chaka Khan's "Super Life" and includes Hollywood appearances by Angela Bassett, Eva Marcille, Loretta Devine, Boris Kodjoe, Rebecca/Terry Crews and more.

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SZA Calls For Peace While Receiving 'Rule Breaker' Award At Billboard Women In Music

SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

READ MORE: Anderson .Paak, Tierra Whack And More Praise Female Artists At 2018 Billboard Women In Music

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

Scroll down to see Forbes' full list below.

Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

READ MORE: Nas Makes Forbes’ List Of ‘Hip-Hop Cash Kings’ For The First Time

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

READ MORE: Kelly Rowland Debuts Smoke x Mirrors Eyewear Collection At Barneys New York

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