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VV R&B Roundup: Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Monica and More!

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"Too busy thinking about my baby and I ain't got time for nothing else," sang the late, great Marvin Gaye who would've celebrated his 73rd birthday this week (April 2). And a busy week it was for those R&B lovers: Beyoncé, whose "Love On Top" single is in its sixth week at being no. 1 on Billboard charts, joined Twitter and unlocked her tumblr page a day after her and Jay Z's anniversary, sharing personal pictures and videos; Rihanna took over Japan, promoting her new movie Battleship; and an array of celebs--including Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo and John Legend---set out to Atlanta and NYC for the Think Like A Man movie premiere.

That's not all...

Check out our Vixen R&B Roundup made weekly, and especially for you, after the jump. 

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vibe vixen rihanna battleshipNot many details have been reported, but in an interview with the United Kingdom's Capital FM, Rihanna said she'd be touring again very soon.

"We're going to be going on tour next year. So, this year we're spending our time planning to make sure it's bigger than anything we've done and something more impactful [sic], maybe something different, so my fans can get excited about it."

Rihanna just finished up her Loud world tour that backed last summer's album release of the same name back in December 2011. Salute.

vibe vixen kandi burressKandi Burruss of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" locked in a full season of "The Kandi Factory" on Bravo.

The Kandi Factory was aired as a special last month (March 4) and showed the singer/songwriter take two not-s0-hot singing hopefuls and, with the help of her team, turn them into performers. The contestants spent time in the recording and dance studios to practice for a stage performance that would put their week's worth of guidance to the test. The person who showed the most growth got a music video to accompany their song that would be released on iTunes.

The first season of Kandi's new series will follow suit. A premiere date has not yet been announced.

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The Boombox (AOL) caught up with Monica to talk to her about her reunion with Brandy and upcoming album, New Life. The Atlanta singer gave an in-studio performance and admitted to a possible cross-over to the gospel genre before her career ends:

On her and Shannon Brown's favorite song off New Life:
""Man Who Has Everything" was also produced by Rico Love and it had this special meaning to me because my husband used to always say, "You are something so special to me. This type of love can't be bought." When we talk about the things that we've experienced in life and why we're so special to one another, this song stood out most to me. "Man Who Has Everything," it speaks volumes to the fact that a lot of people are defined by the things that they have and the things that they've obtained and the things that they've done and accomplished, but in a real relationship that's full of real love, none of that really matters. So, "Man Who Has Everything" is definitely one of our favorites as a couple."

On the reunion with Brandy:
"Brandy and I just released a single called "It All Belongs to Me." We've discussed going on a tour, and it takes a lot more than just a discussion. What we've done is we've sat down and talked about the way that it would go, and us co-headlining and being able to take walks through the past, and go through both of our first albums, see one come out, one leave, one come back, one leave again. Something very special so that the audience can feel like they're having a full experience of both of us as individual artists, but also us in this newfound group we've become after reuniting after 14 years since the previous record "The Boy Is Mine." So, we're trying to get it together, and hopefully we'll be on the road by summer. It will take a lot to make that happen, but we're both dedicated to doing it." 

On singing gospel:
"After Still Standing, I realized that I'm kinda transitioning. It hasn't happened quite yet because I still have a lot of self-work I should do before I cross over into that genre. But I definitely would do that. That will definitely be how my story probably ends." 

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An unfinished cut of Mary J. Blige's Burger King ad was removed from YouTube after receiving backlash from respective fans. She told TMZ"I agreed to be a part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence. Unfortunately, that’s not what was happening in that clip…I understand my fans being upset by what they saw. But, if you’re a Mary fan, you have to know I would never allow an unfinished spot like the one you saw go out.” 

Fortunately enough, the songstress was redeemed. The remix of Fat Joe's "Another Round" was released shortly after the Burger ad, featuring the Queen.

Listen here over at VIBE.com

vibe vixen this is how i feel_tank album coverPERFECT WAY TO ROUNDOFF THE WEEK:

Tank is scheduled to drop his fifth album, This Is How I Feel, on May 8. He created "Tank Tuesdays" for promotion and will be releasing album related content until May. This week, he released the cover of the anticipated album where he appeared shirtless.

Tank is featured on Chris Brown's "F*ck the City Up" single from Fortune, which is also set to release on May 8.

 

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CupcakKe Reveals Abusive Boyfriend Led Her To Contemplate Suicide

Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

Read the full post below.

@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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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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