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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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Melody Thornton Provides Power Vocals To Stirring Solo Single "Love Will Return"

There's a romantic and mysterious aura that seeps into Melody Thornton's solo single, "Love Will Return." From the big band production to Thornton's riveting vocals, it's almost shocking that a gem so bright was hiding in plain sight.

The recent release is the lead single for her forthcoming EP expected to be released next year. Formerly a member of the pop group The Pussycat Dolls, Thornton has shown off her singing chops over the years through the group's most popular tracks like "Buttons," "I Don't Need A Man" and her 2012 solo project, POYBL. With "Love Will Return," Thornton pays homage to inspirations like Eartha Kitt and her Arizona roots. Co-producing the track with Eric Zayne, the singer shared with VIBE how cinematic the creative process was.

“The entire evolution of the song was magic,” she explained. “There’s just something spiritual about it. It moves me in a way like no other song I’ve written before.” The track is a strong introduction to her vocal abilities that appeared to be gravely overlooked during her PCD days.

Last week, The Pussycat Dolls reunited without Thornton, leaving many wondering why. "What I want for myself and for my bandmates are for them is to really enjoy their lives," she told Chart Show TV in January when rumors began to surface of a possible reunion. "When I was in the group, I was a kid...I'm primarily a vocalist. Nicole had been signed twice so it only made sense for her to sing the majority of the leads. But then, I kept being asked to wait my turn and it never came– and we only released two albums. So it's this mistaken identity that I've kind of had to unravel. For me, there's really nothing to go back to."

The ladies are all on good terms with Thornton as Nicole Sherzinger and the rest of the ladies wished her well wishes on her solo endeavors. "It just didn't align [with] where she is in her life right now," Sherzinger said. "She's doing a lot and doing her own music and we totally respect and understand and support her."

Nonetheless, we're thrilled about Thornton's new journey.

Listen to "Love Will Return" below.

 

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Ashanti Douglas attends "It's a Wonderful Lifetime” first holiday party of the year at STK Los Angeles on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California
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Ashanti Joins Omarion's Millennium Tour

Our prayers for a female presence on Omarion's Millenium Tour have been answered with one of the most talented singers in R&B.

On Thursday (Dec. 5), Omarion announced singer-songwriter Ashanti as a special guest for the upcoming tour. "So excited to announce that Ashanti will be joining The Millennium Tour lineup!" he said in an Instagram post. The singer announced the follow-up show last week to what was perceived as a B2K reunion tour featuring Mario, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky, Chingy, Bobby Valentino and the Ying Yang Twins earlier this year.

Hailed as The "Millenium Tour 2020," the new bill features Soulja Boy and Sammie, with the Ying Yang Twins, Pretty Ricky and Lloyd returning to the mix. The tour will also include Bow Wow, who has several jams (and an album) with Omarion like "Let Me Hold You" and "Girlfriend."

Before joining the tour, Ashanti was a special guest during Lloyd's performances of their 2004 hit, "Southside." With such a large and memorable discography, fans will be thrilled to hear some of the Grammy-winner's biggest hits like "Foolish," "Only U," and recent releases like "Say Less" featuring Ty Dolla $ign and "Pretty Little Thing" featuring Afro B.

This will more than likely be a another big financial boost to the tour. The inaugural Millennium Tour grossed $6.7 million from its first eight reports, according to Billboard and set a career-high for B2K. They also went on to earn $5 million from three additional dates at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (April 13-14), State Farm Arena in Atlanta (April 4-5), and Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (April 12).

 

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Comedian B.Simone attends day 1 of REVOLT Summit x AT&T Summit on September 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Boss Goals: B. Simone Earns $100K In Two Months With Beauty Line

Renaissance woman B. Simone is wrapping up her year in a big way. The comedienne, rapper and businesswoman scored a major win after raking up $100K in sales of her beauty line.

B. Simone Beauty was announced over the summer but has been in the making for over a year. Vegan and cruelty-free, her line supplies colorful lip liners, bold lipsticks, makeup bags and accessories. Simone officially launched a site for her products just two months ago with a plan to make $100K. The goal was met ironically on the last day of November, leaving her speechless.

B. Simone shared the moment in an emotional Instagram post Monday (Dec. 2). "This is bigger than me it has NOTHING to do with me," she captioned the video. "It has EVERYTHING to do with God and showing people Him by the way I act and spread LOVE. Even on every tube of lip gloss it says “FAITH OVER FEAR” on the back! I live by that ... God won’t let you down you just have to believe even when you can’t see the outcome. The sky is the limit when it comes to me I swear I’m a monster and I’ll never quit! Manifestation at its finest ... God favors me because he trusts me.

Simone also opened up about her doubts but continued to have faith in meeting her goal. "I had one more day to meet my goal and I started thinking, 'Maybe you aimed too high! Let’s just do a 100k$ goal for December.'  THAT WAS THE ENEMY y’all !!! When I woke up this is what happened... I do none of this alone I keep God-fearing people around me who love me, believe in me and see my vision. Thank you to my manager, my team, all of you and God. None of this is about money it’s all about walking in your purpose and changing the world around you to a more comfortable better place."

 

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B. Simone has experienced plenty of other wins with her other talents. As XONecole reports, she hosted Will Smith's birthday party, produced and starred in her own hilarious dating show, provided comedic relief on the VH1 series Girls Cruise with Mya, Lil Kim and Chilli, as well as sharing tips on monetizing in the social media space at the Revolt Summit.

Boss goals indeed. Check out B. Simone's stunning beauty line here.

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