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R. Kelly And Sony Music Agree To Part Ways Amidst Sexual Misconduct Allegations

"Kelly had been signed to Jive since the beginning of his career in the early 1990s."

R. Kelly and Sony Music have reportedly agreed to part ways amidst a slew of sexual misconduct allegations, according to Billboard. This comes a few weeks after the airing of the explosive documentary Surviving R. Kelly, which chronicled the musician's highly-discussed history involving teenage girls and women.

A source reveals to the publication, "Kelly had been signed to Jive since the beginning of his career in the early 1990s, and when Jive became part of Sony BMG, he became part of the Sony umbrella. He has been under contract at RCA, a Sony subsidiary, since 2012." Protests calling for Sony to drop the Pied Piper of R&B took place outside of the company's Manhattan offices on Wednesday (Jan. 16).

After the debut of the six-part docuseries, which aired over a span of three days in early-January, several former collaborators of Kelly, including Chance The Rapper, Celine Dion and Lady Gaga, have removed their songs featuring the singer-songwriter from streaming services. Kelly is reportedly under criminal investigation in both Georgia and Illinois and is said to be a direct result of allegations made in the Lifetime documentary.

"Allegations against Kelly have been around for over a decade, and he was acquitted on child pornography charges in 2008," Billboard continues. "But they have resurfaced repeatedly in recent years, with the latest arriving this month. Kelly has repeatedly denied all allegations of misconduct."

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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.”

sooooo thankful for all the support on #DOIT it means everything us!!! y’all like it? keep watching, streaming x dancing. we’re sooo looking forward to sharing the album with you. much much love 🖤🖤💍💍 https://t.co/vPaeglZ5uE pic.twitter.com/TfV8WV2lvl

— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) May 15, 2020

In honor of “Do It,” Balmain will host an Instagram Live event on Sunday (May 17), featuring a 30-minute set from Chloe x Hall.

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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“THE ALBUM”• June 2020 📸: @danielsannwald

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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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A sneak 👀 peek of “BARE WIT ME” from #THEALBUM #JUNE2020 no games this time around. S/O to da squad! DIR: @aspiketeyjoint DP: @afilmdirector EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY: @theauntiesinc PRODUCER: @busynocupcakin STORY PRODUCERS: @aspiketeyjoint @coco_gilbert ART DESIGN: @hannahcarlene WARDROBE BY 👇🏾 KEY STYLIST: @teyanataylor CUSTOM WARDROBE BY: @beeombi CUSTOM JACKETS BY: @beeombi ARTWORK ON JACKETS BY: @inkbydregilly GLAM BY 👇🏾 MAKE UP: @japanesefaces HAIR: @realangelinarose @snobmobb CHOREOGRAPHY BY 👇🏾 KEY CHOREOGRAPHER @teyanataylor ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER: @empress_neekqua DANCERS 👇🏾 @daniellecarty (Blue Ranger) @maggyvandenheuvel (Purple Ranger) @empress_neekqua (Green Ranger) @coco_gilbert (Red Ranger) @teyanataylor (Yellow Ranger) EDITED BY 👇🏾 KEY EDITOR: Chris @chrismonsanto Assistant editors: @coco_gilbert @Aspiketeyjoint

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Erykah Badu And Jill Scott's Music Streams Grow 300% After 'Verzuz' Battle

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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