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Crush on You: 8 Songs Dedicated to Your Secret Crush

Having a crush on someone can be a beautiful thing, but telling that person exactly how you feel instead of admiring from afar? Not so much. Expressing your love for someone in words is a gift that, let’s face it, we’re not all blessed to have. Not an expert in the romance category? Having trouble finding the right words to say? Cat got your tongue? No problem. Let these songs do the talking for you. Flip through our list of songs that’ll be sure to help you open up to your crush. -- Ashley Travers

“When I See You” by Fantasia

In this mid-tempo contemporary R&B song, Fantasia sings about being in love with a guy and not being able to tell him due to nerves. She’s so shy that she even walks on the other side of the street when she see’s him coming. This chart-topping track is perfect for getting the attention of your neighborhood crush.

“I Can Love You” by Mary J. Blige Feat. Lil Kim

Released on her third studio album Share My World, Mary J. Blige’s “I Can Love You” is a song about unrequited love. With a verse from Lil Kim, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul serenades the love of her life who is involved with another woman.

“Sittin’ Up In My Room” by Brandy

We’ve all been there: young and in love with someone you think doesn’t even know you exist. That’s exactly what a teenage Brandy sings adresses on this 90s jam. In the video, she is literally chillin' in her sleeping quarters daydreaming about the love of her life. Remember those days?

“Hey Lover” by LL Cool J Feat. Boys II Men

“Hey Lover” is the Grammy Award-winning first single off of LL Cool J’s sixth album Mr. Smith. The song, which samples Michael Jackson’s “Lady In My Life,” is LL Cool J’s ode to a woman he’s longing to love. With the help of Boys II Men, LL Cool J shows his sensitive side and tells his crush exactly how he feels about her.

“You Don’t Know My Name” by Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys uses a sample of the 1974 song “Let Me Prove My Love To You” by The Main Ingredient to help her get the attention of a man who, like the song says, doesn’t even know her name. The video does an excellent job of showing us what can happen when we finally open up to that special someone.

“She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5

From their 2002 debut album Songs About Jane, “She Will Be Loved” is a beautiful ballad about longing to be with someone. Lead singer Adam Levine serenades a woman who is troubled and broken. He wants to save her but she doesn’t see what she deserves, leaving him only able to love her from afar.

“Outside Your Door” by Me’shell Ndeocello

In this beautiful, Washington, DC native Me’shell Ndeogello pours her heart out to a crush. Me’shell is singing (pleading) with her crush just to sit and talk to her. Nothing more, nothing less. She wants him to know she’s there, waiting for the chance just to speak.

“Hoe” by Jhené Aiko

Not the word that comes to mind when thinking about the one you love, but don’t let the title fool you. This song off of Jhené Aiko’s debut mixtape Sailing Souls is a perfect song for your crush. With the help of Gucci Mane and Miguel, Aiko sings about putting her pride (and reputation) aside, just to be with that special someone.

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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.

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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)

 

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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.

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