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BET Music Matters is prepping for the release of their very first compilation album entitled BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1. The LP is being released on June 23 in conjunction with the BET Experience, a 3-day concert event at L.A. Live surrounding the BET Awards, which airs live on June 29.

BET Music Matters is a multi-platform initiative that identifies and exposes new ground breaking artists and music across BET and Centric properties, as well as through national tours and monthly showcases. The platform has helped launch the careers of some of today’s hottest talent including Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, J. Cole, Elle Varner, Marsha Ambrosius and more.

The album contains new music as well as previous tracks not commercially released from mixtapes or remixes from the likes of Miguel, Marsha Ambrosius, Mack Wilds, J. Cole, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, Elle Varner and more.

Giving fans an early preview of the album, BET has shared a 7 track preview stream. Take a listen below!

Music Matters Compilation Vol. 1 Tracklisting:

01. Marsha Ambrosius – Music Matters Theme
02. Miguel – Gravity
03. Gabi Wilson – Prove
04. Mack Wilds feat. Pusha T – My Crib (Remix)
05. Adrian Marcel – It’s A Man’s World
06. Bas feat. J. Cole and KQuick – Lit
07. Big Sean – Memories
08. The Internet – Dontcha
09. Mali Music – Walking Shoes
10. Chris Turner – Liquid Love
11. Curtis Fields – Under The Covers
12. Ashley Kimbrae – Touch
13. Elle Varner – Cold Case
14. Melanie Fiona – Where It Counts
15. Marsha Ambrosius – Friends and Lovers

BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1 is available for pre-order on Amazon now.

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It’s all about the simple things…

Months after the song was released on the soundtrack to the latest season of HBO’s hit show ‘Girls,’ Miguel releases an official video for his electric guitar based track “Simplethings.”

The R&B maverick is seen walking through the streets of Los Angeles searching for his she-wolf, while the visual switches between scenes of a pair of wolves symbolizing the lovers, find one another, and have a blissful moment on the beach.

Miguel is currently working on the much-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Kaleidoscope Dreams, he was recently in the studio with DJ Premier.

Check out the new video below:

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Jay Z, Beyonce

Dressing up in their absolute best, stars from every aspect of the industry showed up to the Met Gala 2014. Held on Monday night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, everyone who was just about anyone was in attendance looking very dapper. 

Going with the dress code of “white tie,” this year’s event was inspired by British fashion designer Charles James – “America’s First Couturier”.

Taking a totally different lane of fashion than her choice at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, Rihanna was glowingly amazing in her white two-piece Stella McCartney ensemble. Sporting Givenchy while “on the run” were powerhouse couple Beyoncé and Jay Z, while crooner Frank Ocean was dapper in a white tuxedo.

Solange, who opted to dress in color, was seen in a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress, and Janelle Monae looked stately in Tadashi Shoji.  

Take a look at some of the hottest looks on the red carpet below:

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Miguel & DJ Premier

Miguel has released three excellent tracks this year, continuing to build on his status as an international star and making his third album one of the most anticipated forthcoming projects this year.

While fans patiently await his next release the R&B maverick has been busy working with many of the best in the business. Taking to Instagram to share some news with his followers, Miguel has revealed that he has been in the studio with hip-hop legend DJ Premier.

“Honored work w you Big Bro @djpremier #livinglegend #artgang #artdealerchic,” he wrote while sharing a short video clip, which shows them sitting on a studio couch while he plays the guitar.

“Banged out some iLL shit with @miguelunlimited in Cali…he’s fast writing and records himself right at the board…no booth…Jack Daniels & Cazadores Tequila…Dope Professional Session,” wrote Premo.

This is a very exciting collaboration. Looking forward to hearing what they are working on! Are you? Get a sneak peek with the video clip below:

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Good Lord, Miguel does it again!  For his third release of the year, the R&B maverick has collaborated with the legendary Carlos Santana on a song off the rock icon’s forthcoming new album CORAZÓN.  Following his amazing remake of Elton John’s “Bennie and The Jets,” the singer delivers a shining new ballad over sweet Santana guitars.

The song entitled “Indy” finds Miguel praying to the heavenly father over the lady of his provocative dreams.

“I would love to lay ya, way up in the Himalaya’s, yea / No need to be modest babe, you appear to be a goddess babe / Sweet unholy thoughts of you,” Miguel softly sings.

Wheww this joint is nasty and oh so heavenly! While the song is in English, Santana’s new album will be his first ever Latin music album and feature collaborations with some of the biggest Latino stars in the world. It will hit stores on May 6.

Do yourself a favor and press play below:

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In honor of it’s 40th anniversary, Elton John’s 1973 breakthrough album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is getting a major reissue on March 25. The album has been remastered and will be released digitally along with CD, vinyl, limited-edition yellow vinyl, and in a box-set featuring recordings of Live at Hammersmith 1973 on CD, a DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things, along with a 100-page illustrated hardback book packed with rare photos & memorabilia.

Also included on the Deluxe Edition and box-set versions are new cover recordings of classic songs from the album performed by Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Fall Out Boy, Hunter Hayes, Imelda May, John Grant, Miguel featuring Wale, The Band Perry, and Zac Brown Band.

Miguel and Wale have reconnected and recorded quite the stellar modern day version of Elton’s classic “Bennie And The Jets.”

Take a listen below!

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Last month, we reported that Miguel would have a new song for our ears entitled “Simplethings,” landing on the upcoming soundtrack to the new season of HBO‘s hit show Girls.

Today, the R&B maverick unleashes said song, as he sings about wanting a regular girl who he can just lay with, smoke with and laugh with on the guitar heavy track. Girls, Vol. 2: All Adventurous Women Do… will hit stores on February 11th.

This record really got us in the mood for more new music. Mig we need more asap!!

Take a listen below!

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Miguel Power 106 Liftoff Interview

Miguel paid a visit to his hometown radio station Power 106 this week for a chat with J Cruz and Justin Credible. The R&B maverick held nothing back as he spoke about working with Beyoncé, and writing the song “Rocket.”

“She had just had her baby, she was in sweats, just looking amazing,” said Miguel of their recording session. Continuing, “I was trying to write a song that was celebrating her sexuality and her confidence in her sexuality, which was kind of explicit for what we’ve heard from Bey.”

Miguel shared his views of Kendrick Lamar not taking home any Grammy Awards, saying that he definitely deserved to win Best Rap Album, but just getting there is a huge accomplishment and Kendrick will be around for a very long time.

He also mentioned that only Pharrell could pull off his now infamous hat, and revealed how his girlfriend Nazanin Mandi coaches him on Instagram posts and gives his selfie rules.

Additionally, Miguel played the famous game of ‘F, Marry, Kill;’ with Nicki Minaj, Kelly Rowland, Jhené Aiko. Before leaving he treated listeners to a live rendition of his hit single “How Many Drinks.”

Check out all the clips below!

Miguel Talks Beyoncé; Plays F, Marry, Kill; & Sings “How Many Drinks” on Power 106

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If you didn’t already know, Miguel wrote Beyoncé’s sexual new song “Rocket,” from her self-titled fifth album. Recently speaking with Vibe, the R&B singer/songwriter says he was challenged by Mrs. Carter to push the envelope with some of her most risqué lyrics yet.

“I’ll never forget the conversation I had with Beyoncé and her insisting that nothing was off-limits,” Miguel says. “And me being like, ‘Oh yeah, you sure? Because I can really take it there.'”

And take it there he did. Once Miguel got the OK from Yoncé, he came up with the song’s definitive opening line: “Let me sit this ass… on you.”

“What’s the first thing I’d want Beyoncé to say to me, as a man? What have I not heard her say?” Miguel recalls thinking. “That’s where the song came from. And essentially it’s what all of us would want Beyoncé to say to us—no disrespect, obviously, to Jay.”

“She’s confident and [“Rocket”] showcases that part of her that we haven’t seen—her confidence and her sexuality—which can be liberating to a certain degree,” says Miguel, who is working on his third album. “I hope that’s why she loves the record—that’s why I love the record.”

Watch the interview clip below:

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CFDA/Vogue

Last night brought together some of Hollywood’s biggest and best stars as they all attended this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala. The event, which is meant to honor fashion’s emerging designers, celebrated it’s 10th edition in New York City with Tom Ford serving as the keynote speaker.

Some of R&B’s most fashion forward members were also in attendance. The list included newly engaged Ciara rocking an all white Calvin Klein pantsuit described by her as “tom boy chic”, Miguel in all black, and dapper gentleman Maxwell sporting an all blue suit. Other stars marked down as attendees range from Mary-Kate Olsen and Vanessa Hudgens – both of which met up with CiCi as she entered the gala – to timeless actress Julianne Moore and Christina Ricci.

Winners of this year’s fund, Public School, received a whopping $300,000 cash prize and yearlong membership, while both runner-up winners – Juan Carlos Obando and Marc Alary – received $100,000 cash prizes and mentorship.

Check out a few of our favorite shots below:

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