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

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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!

trey songz

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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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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