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Sparkle Declares War With "We Are Ready," Shares Single On 'Surviving R. Kelly'

Sparkle is stepping back into the music limelight.

Six years after her last single, "So Bad" and months after mother's death, the singer-songwriter returns with the release of her new song, "We Are Ready."

Two weeks prior to her appearance in dream hampton's executively produced docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly, the Chicago native debuted her Jesse Francois-produced single, an anthem of empowerment dedicated to women who have fought and survived abuse, whether it be domestic, physical or sexual.

"They have tried to silence from us, strip away the power from us," she sings at the beginning of the first verse. "Said that we were weak long enough, but time is up/ We ain't weak/ We have a voice and its loud, no we ain't just figure it out/ When we come together we win we overcome battles, we fall, we'll do it again/ And it's never been an easy win, but we are ready."

Following the finale of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly, Sparkle took to her Instagram account to thank those involved with the emotion-stirring and insightful documentary. "I want to accredit @dreamhampton @briemirandabryant and everyone at @lifetimetv for presenting my and these courageous women testimonies with such care and accuracy," she writes. "This has been an emotional and eye-opening process. Please pray for all involved.. Sincerely, Thank You!"

Hear "We Are Ready" down below.

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Brandy Debuts “Baby Mama” Single Feat. Chance The Rapper

Brandy is back! The Grammy-winning singer dropped her new single, “Baby Mama,” featuring Chance the Rapper on Friday (May 1).

The song is an ode her daughter, Sy’rai, and an anthem for all mothers. “The inspiration for 'Baby Mama' was of course my daughter and how she makes me a better person,” Brandy wrote on her YouTube page after the song was released.

“I wanted to do a song about her and speak to all baby mama's out there that may feel like they can't make it or they can't push through, you know, if you use your child as an inspiration you can do anything and I want to everybody to feel that. I have to give Chance The Rapper a huge shout out, he spit a really really dope verse on it and I’m so pleased with it.”

“Baby Mama” will presumably be featured on Brandy's long-awaited studio album. The multi-platinum selling singer opened up the project in an interview with TrueExclusives earlier this week.

“I’m super excited, like I can’t believe it,” she admitted. “I’m so nervous. How can I not be nervous? This is crazy! I haven’t felt like this in so long.”

The music video for “Baby Mama” drops on Monday (May 4). In the meantime, listen to the song below.

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Beyonce And Megan Thee Stallion Join Forces On "Savage (Remix)"

If you haven't already heard, Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce have teamed up for a remix of Stallion's hit, "Savage." On the J. White Did It-produced track, Queen Bey flexes her rapping chops on two verses while talkin' her sh*t about being a bad b*tch and boss in her own right.

"Queen B, want no smoke with me, Then turn this motherfucker up eight hundred degree/ Team eat, chef's kiss, she's a treat, Oh, she so bougie, bougie, bon appetite," she opens with on the track.  "I heard they askin' for the Queen to buy some cameras in here/ I'm a bad bi**h, she's a savage, no comparison here," she later rhymes in another verse.

What you may also know is that they've done it for a cause. Hot Girl Meg and Queen Bey have decided to donate proceeds from this song to their hometown of Houston by way of Bread of Life, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding the homeless men and women in the sanctuary of St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Since the beginning of today's coronavirus pandemic, Bread of Life has delivered 14 tons of produce, shelf-stable food, and other supplies to 500 families each week. An average of 100 homebound seniors has received food while more high-risk individuals were assisted with gaining access to telehealth services and more.

Hear "Savage (Remix)" below and visit Bread of Life's official website for more information.

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Premiere: Sid Tipton Reminds To "Look Both Ways" When It Comes To The Haters

Meet singer-songwriter Sid Tipton. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Tipton began her songwriting journey at a young age and by the time she was 17 years old, her catalog consisted of 100 self-written songs. Since then, she's signed to Timbaland's publishing company, Bluestone, contributed to songs performed by recording artists like JoJo, Tinashe, Justin Timberlake, and contributed to Maluma's Grammy-winning album, F.A.M.E. (hear “Mi Declaracion”).

Now, contemporary R&B artist is stepping into her own with her new single entitled "Look Both Ways." On the track, co-produced by Timbaland, Angel Lopez, and Federico Vindver, Tipton makes it clear how important it is to put yourself first while watching your own back.

"'Look Both Ways' was written unexpectedly because the artist I was supposed to write for had to cancel," she shares with VIBE. "I don't usually mind when that happens because then I get to be the artist (Laughs).

"I had been kinda annoyed with fake friends at the time so the record is really about watching your own back, she adds. "The engineer gave me six tracks to choose from and as soon as I heard the beat I was like, 'Yo, please turn me on asap.'"

Hear "Look Both Ways" down below.

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