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Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, J Balvin And More Join Poo Bear's Bilingual Album

“It is such a blessing to have her be part of my album."

Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd has spent the last two decades churning out award-winning hits from R&B/pop icons like 112, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, to hip-hop luminaries like Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Dr. Dre. Recently, he's expanded his palette, penning for the likes of Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Juanes and J Balvin. With his international appeal on an all-time high, Boyd is finally combining his efforts to release one of his many "passion projects" he has in the stash.

Poo Bear's debut album Poo Bear Presents... Bearthday Music will be his first bilingual compilation featuring a slew of the elite names in pop, Latin and urban music. Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Juanes, J Balvin, Anitta, Skrillex and more are each expected to contribute their golden touch for the seasoned hitmaker's forthcoming LP. The album's title goes deeper than Poo Bear's usual greeting to everyone he meets. It's more reflective of his natural way of life.

"'Happy Birthday' is a lifestyle, it's become my brand," Boyd told Billboard last year. "It started off as an ice breaker when meeting people and allowed me to be myself immediately. When you wake up every day, it’s like a new birthday, it’s a new chance to be great again and make great decisions."

Last September, the "Despacito" collaborator celebrated his own birthday by releasing the first single “Will I See You” with Brazilian singer Anitta. Towards the end of November, he followed-up with “All We Can Do” featuring Juanes. However, Boyd is a lot more excited about his upcoming collaborations with the Biebz and J. Lo.

“It is such a blessing to have her be part of my album," Poo Bear told People. "I met Jennifer a year and a half ago and we worked on a couple of songs together for her album. One track was originally going to be on her album, but she was really excited about it for mine, which was really cool and selfless of her. It is great to know that she is excited about my project."

Poo Bear Presents... Bearthday Music drops this May. Listen to his most recent collaboration with Juanes below.

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Chole x Halle are giving us a taste of what's to come from their upcoming sophomore album, Ungodly Hour, debuting on June 5. The dynamic duo serve up gorgeous visuals in the sweltering new music video for “Do It,” the album's lead single.

“So thankful for all the support on #DOIT it means everything us!!! Ya’ll like it? Keep watching, streaming x dancing,” the pair tweeted on Friday (May 15). “We’re sooo looking forward to sharing the album with you.”

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Watch the “Do It” music video below.

 

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Teyana Taylor Gives Sneak Peek Of “Bare Wit Me” Music Video

Teyana Taylor is giving fans a sneak peek of her music video for the single, “Bare Wit Me,” off her upcoming project, The Album.

The Michael Jackson-inspired teaser, released on Thursday (May 14), went viral almost immediately, wracking up more than 1 million views on Taylor's Instagram and millions of views across Twitter.

In the video clip, Taylor pays homage to the King of Pop’s “Smooth Criminal” (and possible nods to Janet's “Alright” music video) with a colorful spin. “No games this time around,” the Harlem native wrote on Instagram.

Last week, Taylor unveiled the cover art for The Album, featuring Grace Jones-esque imagery.

 

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Taylor's new project is a followup to her 2018 debut studio album, K.T.S.E. (Keep That Same Energy).  In an Instagram Live interview with Red Bull promoting her documentary, Assembly Required: Teyana Taylor’s House of Petunia, Taylor announced that The Album is officially done.

“Y’all gonna be so happy,” she said last month. “This album is definitely more of a vibe. I don’t really do fast songs like that. There are some head-boppers. It’s not super-fast. You can dance and you can cry and you can ride.”

The Album is scheduled to debut next month.

Check out the “Bare Wit Me” teaser below.

 

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The genres of hip-hop and R&B are truly winning in the midst of today's new norm that is self-quarantining. After going head-to-head for a loving Verzuz battle, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott's music grew in streaming numbers by over 300 percent.

According to Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data, Badu and Scott's digital music catalog "saw a combined rise from 2 million to 6 million" in streaming after Saturday’s highly-anticipated Instagram Live session. On the Thursday and Friday prior to the event, the ladies tallied a total of 2.1 million streams. On Saturday and the following day, Badu and Scott's respective catalogs raked in 6.7 million streams in the United States.

Of the songs in Badu's discography, Badu’s most-streamed song was her debut single “On & On” (1996) which grew by 129%. On Scott's end, "A Long Walk" (2001) received the most spins and rose by 232%.

On top of their songs gaining traction on streaming platforms, Badu and Scott's magical 3-hour "battle" (which was more of a music appreciation session) garnered over 1 billion impressions. With Babyface and Teddy Riley's Verzuz session having yielded streaming growth and Swizz Beatz's and Timbaland's well-curated battles joining the ranks of must-see programming on social media, it's safe to say that "The Verzuz Effect" is very real.

Who's next up on the Verzuz battlefront? Ludacris and Nelly go toe-to-toe on Saturday, May 16 at 7 pm ET on their respective Instagram accounts.

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