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SZA Stuns On the Cover Of 'V Magazine''s Music Issue

And she's interviewed by Jada Pinkett-Smith.

SZA kills it as V Magazine's 2018 Music Issue cover star. The CTRL musician and pop star Dua Lipa will appear on their own respective covers, and superstars Jada Pinkett-Smith and Katy Perry will interview them, respectively.

Billboard had an exclusive look of the covers, photos and interviews before they're available on newsstands May 3. The NJ native discussed her awkward childhood and her sensitivity, which she attributes to her mother.

"I’m super sensitive, and my mother made me extra sensitive because she’s just so unapologetically loving," she explained to the Girls Trip star. "I’ve realized some people don’t hug in their families, or say that they love each other all day. My family tells me they love me all day."

"It’s beautiful that you see the power, the feminine spirit, in your mother -- in a world where the feminine is really kind of degraded, not respected in its truest form," said Smith.

The "Broken Clocks" musician was also asked about her artistic energy, which she says is fueled by love.

"In my music, it’s really hard to be super-conscious; I’m in another state of consciousness when I’m making music," she explains. "But when I’m my most effective, that mode of healing is when I get to perform and see everybody. I send out and absorb love. Meet-and-greets are a new thing I never got to do before. I meet, like, 200 people before each show. We hug each other and really look at each other. Healing and loving people, I guess that’s me."

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Get Ready: Drake Confirms He's In 'Album Mode' On Instagram

The victory celebrations for his beloved Toronto Raptors have cooled down, and it looks like Drake is ready to get back to work. The 6 God posted a series of photos on his Instagram page confirming that he’s in the process of working on new material. The photos were shot by photographer Jamil GS.

The pics involve Champagne Papi on the phone in his office in front of a painting of Beyonce, as well as in a window-filled room that prominently displays the CN Tower in Toronto. In other shots, Drake is drinking wine in a pool and swimming while on vacation in Turks and Caicos, as well as postin’ up in the parking lot and golfing.

Drake released two new songs after the Raptors won the 2019 NBA Finals last week against the Golden State Warriors– "Omertà" and "Money in the Grave" featuring Rick Ross. He hinted at dropping new music during his during his Assassination Vacation Tour in April.

“I think what I’m going to do after this, is go home and I’mma make a new album so I can come back to London next year and so we can do this again,” he proclaimed to the crowd.

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Mathew Knowles Talks Colorism's Role In Beyoncé’s Music Career

Mathew Knowles stopped by SiriusXM's "The Clay Cane Show" on Wednesday (June 19) where he discussed race relations in the music industry. During the interview, he specifically spoke about his daughter, Beyoncé, and how she may have benefited from having a lighter complexion.

"In the music industry there’s still segregation," Knowles said. "Programmers, especially at pop radio, [have] this imagery of what beauty looks like. They wanted that imagery to be the same as singing those records."

When asked if his daughter had benefited from not having dark skin, he said she had. "I think it would have affected her success," he added. Knowles then name-dropped former Destiny's Child member, Kelly Rowland, to explain how colorism plays a role in a musician's success.

"I use Kelly Rowland as an example. She’s a great example," he explained.  But you know, the great thing is Kelly did exceptional outside of America, especially in Australia. Kelly sold over four million records. She just got off script."

Listen to Matthew Knowles' comments on "The Clay Cane Show" below.

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XXXTentacion Documentary Trailer Released, Fans Mark One-Year Anniversary Of Rapper’s Death

Fans will soon get a behind-the-scenes looks at the life of XXXTentacion.  To commemorate the one-year anniversary of his death, the slain rapper’s estate announced a new documentary and forthcoming posthumous album, Spin reports.

The chilling documentary trailer released Tuesday (June 18), includes an eerie message from the Florida native born, Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy.

“There’s definitely a difference between Jahseh Onfroy and XXXTentacion,” he says in the clip. “This is the story, this is the full story. And this is the last time I will tell it.”

XXXTentacion’s mother, Cleopatra Bernard,  marked the somber anniversary by sharing a photo of their final phone call, which took place hours before he was shot and killed.

 

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Fans and fellow artists shared dedications to XXXTentacion on social media, and others flocked to the Florida  mausoleum where he’s buried.

One year ago 💔#LLJ #LLj🕊 #xxxtentacion pic.twitter.com/P6IT3sDGSu

— AssassinLord444🧛🏼‍♂️ (@AssassinLord44) June 17, 2019

tomorrow will mark the day , X life was taken from him. you miss you man.

I want to link up tomorrow @ a park in play music & smoke for jah ! if you in California! Pull up ! Let’s barbecue let’s have fun ! we miss you jah ! #xxxtentacion

— sincerely, tokyo 🎌 (@madeintyo) June 17, 2019

i can’t even begin to believe its been a year??? where the hell did time go? no, it can’t have been a year already😭 miss him so much. but i know he’s still with us. i really can feel it. his energy. his name will live FOREVER. also... here’s my fave edit... #xxxtentacion pic.twitter.com/DxC7dD2od9

— sabina!-🦋 (@fvcknxxx) June 18, 2019

The 20-year-old recording artist was gunned down in South Florida on June 18, 2018. Six months later, XXXTentacion’s estate released his third studio album, Skins. He went on to win a posthumous American Music Award and BET Award.

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