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Chris Brown and Trey Songz made an actual event out of the announcement for their highly anticipated joint tour “Between The Sheets” this past Monday at Hollywood’s House of Blues. Following their performance and on-stage interview with the live crowd, the R&B superstars and their supporting act Tyga sat down with Billboard backstage to discuss it a little more.

Explaining how they arrived at the title for the North American trek, they also spoke about why they feel this is an important collaboration to show unity not only amongst artists, but also young black men.

“I think it just shows an example of brotherhood, an example of young black men finding a way to work together versus against one another,” explained Trey.

Check out the interview below, and peep the tour dates here.

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On the heels of announcing the highly anticipated “Between The Sheets Tour” with Chris Brown, R&B heartthrob Trey Songz paid a visit to ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ for a special performance and interview.

Trey, who released his sixth album Trigga this past summer, performed his single “What’s Best For You” for the live audience. Decked out in a dark suit the singer serenaded the crowd as he gave them what was best for them, with the smooth love song.

During his chat with Queen he spoke about his special 30/30 Acts of Kindness campaign leading up to his 30th birthday, where he is doing at least one act of kindness per day and is encouraging all his fans to do the same. He also talked about teaming up with Chris Brown for their joint tour.

Check out Trey’s performance and interview below!

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August Alsina gave his first interviews following his health scare, after collapsing on stage in New York, and have multiple seizures in the hospital, which lead to him being put in an induced coma for 3 days.  The R&B star visited both ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Power 105.1 and ‘Ebro In The Morning’ on Hot 97, while he was in town to perform with Usher at Madison Square Garden on “The UR Experience” tour.

Starting his chat with ‘The Breakfast Club’ he spoke about the hook-up app Tinder, which he agrees is only meant for 1 thing, and no one should be looking for relationships on there. Moving forward he opened up about his last performance in NYC and the causes for his collapse. He confirmed it was only health issues due to dehydration and some malnutrition because he wasn’t eating well, and not any type of drug use. He revealed that during his coma he saw his brother (who passed away in 2010) and he confirmed to him that he was doing what he is supposed to be doing and now he has to go do it better.

He also explained his views on today’s relationships and certain females and how that gets reflected in today’s R&B music. “No, I’m not singing ‘ohh I want to love you baby,’ no no I don’t [love you],” he said. Continuing on August explained that his music will reflect when he is actually in love. “To be a lover in such a unlovin place, you just got to go with the flow, until you find what it is.”

In addition to also talking about the heath scare on Hot 97 he spoke about what he learned from the experience and what he’s been learning from being around Usher on the new tour. He also revealed that he is working on new music with Nicki Minaj.

Check out both full interview below:

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Lend an ear to Tinashe and her amazing voice!

While the official release of the remix to Nick Jonas‘ catchy new single “Jealous” featuring Tinashe, just made its way to your playlists earlier this week, the duo hasn’t wasted much time getting out to promo it.

Taking to BET’s 106 & Park, Nick J and Tinashe opened up the show with a more than stellar performance of the buzzing record. Engaging the audience with his soulful vocals, Nick amped everyone up as Tinashe bopped her way onto the stage to join him during her verse. Chatting with Keshia Chanté and guest host Ray J, the former boy band member and the “How Many Times” singer discussed just how the collaboration came about.

“It’s an amazing song to begin with, so obviously it was one that I wanted to be a part of, so he just reached out to see if I was down to be on the remix and I was like, ‘Absolutely,’” explained T.

While Tinashe’s debut album Aquarius is in stores now, Nick’s self-titled project will hit shelves on November 10 and sees the former pop star exploring more of a R&B side. “It was a really important thing for me to step into my soul and R&B influences on this record,” he said. “When I was working with my brothers, I didn’t really get to do that as much, but I had the freedom to just go in and create and experiment.”

Take a look below as they get 2 On with 106 and check out their “grown up” interview with Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning afterwards!

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During his recent visit to NYC, Chris Brown gave a great in-depth interview with Ebro In The Morning, but he also paid a visit to Funkmaster Flex’s show and shared his opinion on the “tweef” between Tyga and Drake.

“I support Tyga 100%, I’m still cool wit both sides, but at the end of the day Tyga my brotha so I’m always support whatever decision he wanna make,” said Chris. He went on to explain how he just enjoys listening to so called beef raps, to see what people are going to say, but claims no one is taking anything too serious, it’s not like back in the day when you might actually be intimidated by certain rappers.

“I’m a R&B dude and I can’t be tougher than some of the rappers out there, but at the end of day if y’all gonna go for it, go for it. Don’t worry about the PR or how it’s gonna look, if you wanna say somethin, say it.” he explained.

Additionally, Breezy put his lyrical skills on display spitting a slick freestyle over Nicki Minaj’s “Only” instrumental. He boasted about his ways with the ladies and even shouted out Nicki’s assets.

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With their brand new album Collide in stores, Boyz II Men have been hitting the promo circuit and this week they sat for an interview with HuffPost Live. One of the main topics the trio discussed was the true story behind why the group, which was a foursome throughout the ‘90s, became a trio starting in 2003. While reports said the fourth member Michael McCary left the group due to severe scoliosis, the remaining members said there was much more happening behind the scenes.

“Mike was kind of always the odd guy in a sense,” explained Shawn. “Obviously he was a freak of nature vocally. There’s nobody that we’ve encountered outside of Melvin [Franklin] from The Temptations that actually spoke the way that he sang. Like, he was a true bass. You got guys that act like basses and sing like basses but aren’t basses.”

Nathan Morris said McCary didn’t like rehearsals or any of the nitty gritty stuff that comes along with being a top music act. “It seems like he kind of gave up when things didn’t go well.”

Officially, McCary has said a severe case of scoliosis was his reason for leaving the group, though the remaining members say that the back condition was only a fraction of his reason for departure. McCary said in 2012 that he wanted to return to the group, but he balked at signing a contract that would protect the other three should McCary bolt again.

“Because he left us hanging so many times, we had to cover what we had been doing the last nine years he wasn’t there,” Nate said. “You can’t just run out one day and don’t show up. We had to have some sort of contractual agreement to make sure he was going to be there for everything.”

Nate even told a story where McCary seemed like he was back on board, then later rescinded his support because he wouldn’t be a “full” fourth member. When he called the group to tell his frustrations, they basically hung up on him and continued making their album.

Nonetheless, the trio added that McCary’s spot will always be open for a return should he want to.

“There’s always a chance. Mike is … we experienced that with Mike, so his slot will always be open for him. But he has to go about things correctly for it to happen,” shared Shawn.

Additionally they discussed their early image, which was very preppy for the time, and how that affected certain fans views of them.

“To our peers in the music experience, we didn’t encompass the ‘black experience’ because of what we were wearing and things of that nature,” said Shawn “At the end of the day, we felt like we represented not only our race, but our city, Philadelphia. We knew it would open doors for artists and groups that would come after us. We always kept that in mind, regardless of whether black folks looked at us as cool or not.”

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For his first candid radio interview in quite some time, Chris Brown paid a visit to his old friend Ebro and the Hot 97 morning crew.  Wasting no time they delved right into his struggles over the years, following the Rihanna assault to dealing with bad influences, drugs, jail time and much much more.

Chris admitted to allowing the wrong people to be around him, and being on numerous prescription drugs that really affected his judgement and his craft. He spoke about how his actions have given certain media outlets the ability to make a lot of money off of him, and he admitted that his demons today are being afraid of failure.

“I think my only demon is the doubt in myself, but I think that also makes me great at the same time, because if I doubt myself I don’t always think everything I’m gonna do is going to be the best,” said Chris. “It always keeps me on my toes, so I think my demons is just me being afraid of failure.”

Chris also touched on how his team made him handle the past situation with Rihanna in regards to the media and how he didn’t want to go that route. He spoke about when they got back together around a year ago, why he wanted to make amends with her and try to make it work again. Those points quickly lead to her relationship with Drake, and his feelings toward the rap star back then to when they patched up any past beef and surprised fans with their skit together at this years ESPY Awards.

For all the people that have criticized the lyrics of his hit single “Loyal,” Chris explained the songs theme, and why it has nothing to do with his relationship with girlfriend Karrueche Tran.

This was definitely one of Chris’ best interviews ever, when you have some free time check out the full chat below:

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T-Pain has announced that he will be releasing a greatest hits album called Happy Hour on November 4. Along with the new release, which features his latest radio smash “Up Down (Do This All Day)” featuring B.o.B, the multi-talented artist has been on a very lengthy tour.

Recently catching up with his old friend Tim Westwood while visiting London, Pain opened up about many topics, which have followed him around over the years and recently, including his fight with depression, Jay-Z’s ‘Death of Autotune’ track, Future’s current success with autotune, cutting his dreads, and his comeback.

The Florida native revealed that the whole time people thought he was on a hiatus or had lost his touch he was really going through a bad business situation, which made him unable to create the music he wanted, and be fairly compensated. During this period his depression caused him to make a lot of very sad or negative songs, which he had to totally scrap when he realized no one would want to hear the topics he was writing about.

In regards to Future taking his lane, Pain explained why he thinks they are very different, due to his one-man show style of creating and their influences.

Check out the interview clips below:

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If you think you really know what the ’90s encompasses of, then you have to know that Bad Boy reigned supreme for a vast majority of it. Not only with Diddy’s supreme business skills or Biggie’s lyricism, but in the artists that the developed and introduced to the world.

One artist that was on the roster of definite talents was that of Faith Evans. Arriving on the scene in 1995 with her self-titled debut album, the seasoned songstress has had her share of triumphs as well as failures. From the loss of Biggie and rumors of drug abuse to the success of the R&B Divas franchise, Faith has been a driving force in the R&B community and music industry.

Sitting down with Power 105’s The Breakfast Club, the famed singer and mother discussed her upcoming album Incomparable – which is due out on November 24 – as well as the rumors that surround her past and her and Biggie’s son, CJ. In addition, the timeless talent touched on her last encounter with former Bad Boy rapstress, Lil’ Kim, her connection with Biggie, working with Keyshia Cole, and more.

Watch as she keeps the Faith below:

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K. Michelle surprised many when during a past radio interview revealed that her falling out with fellow singer Elle Varner, who she had previously called a real friend, steamed from her starting to act, dress and even write songs similar to her style.

There was a brief back-and-forth on social media, but never anything serious. However, any previous feelings now seem to be in the past, as K has revealed that there is no bad blood between them.

Speaking with HipHollywood on the red carpet at the ‘ASCAP: Women Behind The Music’ event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, K opened up about her relationship and feelings toward the “Don’t Wanna Dance” singer.

“I think that she is a creative soul, and anybody that bares their soul through music, we’re always goin to have somewhat of a connection,” she said. Giving props where props are due, K also shared her love for Elle’s new video for “F*ck It All.”

It’s good to see the two ladies are back on positive terms. Peep the interview clip below:

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