Kontrol Exclusive (@kontrolmag): Teenear (@TeenearR)–Miami’s Shining Star!

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Everything is hot in Miami. This sultry city has hot fashion, hot people, and even hot music. So of course Miami native Teenear fits right in. Teenear is Slip-N-Slide Record’s newest artist and she is already giving the people a run for their money. Recently, Teenear sat down with Kontrol  to give us the exclusive on her newest single and her career.

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Teenear has a unique pop sound and her lyrics are relatable to many young women across the globe. Recently, Teenear released her latest single “Last Night” and it’s sure to become the girl anthem of the year.

“The person I was working with, Ali, he’s the other writer of the song. I came into the studio hearing him sing “Last Night” over and over again, and I sat there and I thought of just things that I know people go through. And I feel like a lot of people can relate to being in on and off relationships for whatever reasons. I feel like this song is just for the girl who has gotten to the point where she realizes that she is over it. She doesn’t need him. She’s found her worth and she knows that she is bigger than that relationship. The ultimate independence song and her just saying that she can still do her by herself.”

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[MUSIC VIDEO] “Easy”-Demetria McKinney (@demimckinney)

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Demetria McKinney Releases New Video 'Easy'

eONE RECORDING ARTIST SINGER/ACTRESS DEMETRIA MCKINNEY  PREMIERES IN SEXY NEW VIDEO “EASY
“EASY” IS AVAILABLE NOW ON iTUNES

Demetria McKinney drops sexy video for her new single, “Easy”. The video was directed by RTD Entertainment.

 “I wanted a video that gave off a cool, sexy, artsy vibe that showcased me as an artist,” says Demetria about the video’s concept.

 

The sultry track is available now on iTunes. “Easy”, which was co-written by Demetria McKinney, Courtlin Jabrae and Devin Horton, is the first single from her forthcoming album, Officially Yours, set to drop this Spring.

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About Demetria McKinney

Vocal powerhouse Demetria McKinney is a triple threat in the truest sense of the term. She is an award-winning actress who has played diverse roles on the big and small screens as well as the stage. She is a talented singer with a rich voice requiring zero studio enhancements. And she is a skillful songwriter who generously expresses emotions in a way that instantly connects with listeners.

 

Widely known for her role as “Janine Payne” on the hit TBS sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” which has taped over 254 episodes and received five NAACP Image Awards for Best Sitcom and now in syndication on BET. Demetria will also be reviving her role as Janine in the new Tyler Perry show “The Paynes” debuting on OWN in 2018.

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Demetria McKinney

 Demetria can currently be seen on Bounce TV’s breakout hit “Saints & Sinners”, BET’s “The Quad”, Centric TV’s “The Ladies Room” and the stage play “Love Jones The Musical”. Demetria also has recurring roles on Life Time’s “Devious Maids” and on TV One as a primary character on “The Rickey Smiley Show.”

 Demetria was also a cast member on Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season” 7 and had cameo appearances on Season 8.

 Even though her acting career keeps her very busy, Demetria always makes time for her first love: music. This eOne Music recording artist over the past few years has recorded and performed with artists such as Lyfe Jennings, Musiq Soulchild and Anthony David. Demetria has also opened for R&B mainstays such as Tyrese and Tank and has toured with the Pepsi Funkfest and R. Kelly.

 Her latest single “Easy” is a song about a woman living and loving a man in a relationship that is growing. Demetria’s forthcoming LP Officially Yours, is scheduled for release early this year. The soulful ballad was written by McKinney, Courtlin Jabrae and Devin Horton, and was also produced by We Are Starbound Music.

Demetria Mckinney "Easy"

Demetria McKinney

 All the songs on Officially Yours emanate from a place within Demetria that up until now she has only expressed through the characters that she’s played. The spectrum of a woman’s life lived out loud – with love, resilience and courage – is represented on Officially Yours.

 “As a recording artist, this is where the most truthful, transparent side of me will be seen and heard,” Demetria says. “People mostly know me for the roles I have played, and they are all roles that I chose specifically for the lessons that I would learn from each character.  Personally, I never wanted to show vulnerability because I thought it was a sign of weakness. I didn’t want to talk about situations I’ve endured and I would shut off opportunities that would make me connect with any past pain.  I always hid behind my characters, and allowed them to overshadow Demetria. But the reason I call this LP Officially Yours is because the music represents the ‘official’ Demetria McKinney.”

 McKinney first worked with Tyler Perry on his stage play, “Meet the Browns” and she went on to star in several other of his plays including “What’s Done In The Dark;” “Why Did I Get Married,” and “Madea’s Family Christmas.” Her additional stage work includes leading roles in the plays “The Mountaintop;” “Church Girl;” the musical “I Dream,” in which she portrayed Mrs. Coretta Scott King, and “Dreamgirls” where she performed alongside the legendary Jenifer Holliday.  Her numerous film and television credits include the films “Daddy’s Little Girls;” “Breaking Up is Hard to Do;” “Necessary Roughness;” “Let’s Stay Together;” Drop Dead Diva’s and many more.

 Demetria released two films last year “Let The Church Say Amen” on BET, directed by Regina King, starring Demetria, Naturi Naughton, Lela Rochon & Hosea Chanchez; and “Sons To The Grave” Directed by Mykelti Williamson, starring Demetria, Trevor Jackson & Darrin Henson. Demetria is also the brand ambassador for LOREAL’s Dark & Lovely Au Naturale brand.

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[MUSIC VIDEO] Bell Biv Devoe (@OfficialBBD)- “I’m Betta”

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  It’s a busy week for chart-topping group Bell Biv Devoe.

The group releases the video for the upbeat track “I’m Betta” today. “I’m Betta” was produced by Naughty By Nature’s Kay Gee, and is the third track made available from their new album, Three Stripes, which will be released this Friday, January 27, 2017.  The hit single from the album, Run is currently at urban AC radio, and the group’s next single, Finally,” features multi-platinum trio SWV.

Bell Biv Devoe Releases New Video "Im Betta"

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In addition to releasing their first studio album in 16 years, BBD – as original members of New Edition – celebrated the release of the highly anticipated 3-night biopic, The New Edition Story, aired on last night at 9 PM EST on BET.  New Edition also received a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday, and Bell Biv Devoe members Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins joined fellow New Edition members Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill, at the unveiling ceremony. 

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[VIDEO] Duet Time! John Legend (@johnlegend) & Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) to Perform “Beauty & The Beast!”

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“Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Beauty and The Beast…” These are lyrics from the original Beauty & The Beast song also from the hit animated film of the same name.

Timelessly, and originally, song by Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion the song has gone on to become legendary, symbolizing how to very opposite people can find true love.

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We were ecstatic to learn  back in 2015 that Disney was making a live action version of Beauty & The Beast, similar to how it did with Maleficent, The Jungle Book, and CinderellaReboots tend mean rebooted everything, including music. We were skeptical at first of who would be redoing the titular song, but we are pleased to learn John Legend and Ariana Grande will be performing the duet!

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GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar®-winning, and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/ musician John Legend are set to perform a new rendition of the classic Oscar and GRAMMY-winning duet “Beauty and the Beast” as the title track for Disney’s upcoming soundtrack to the live-action film adaptation “Beauty and the Beast.” The song will also be featured in the film and on the original motion picture soundtrack which will be released on Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. The pre-order is available now at http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP.
  
The enchanting ballad, originally performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson featuring eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken’s beautiful melody and two-time Oscar-winner Howard Ashman’s unforgettable lyrics, received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and GRAMMY Award, among other accolades, upon its release in 1991.  
The new rendition of the classic song is produced by GRAMMY-winning veteran Ron Fair, whose music career spans 37 years as a major-label record company leader and accomplished producer, arranger, recording engineer and musical director. Fair was brought in to produce by Disney’s President of Music & Soundtracks, Mitchell Leib, who also brought Grande and Legend to the project. The history of collaboration between Leib and Fair in film music goes back to the highly-successful Pretty Womansoundtrack. “Ron was the first and only choice to make this particular record,” says Leib. “No one is a better vocal producer and he also has a great understanding of the filmmaking dynamic.”
 
Fair’s recordings have won six GRAMMY Awards and have been nominated 18 times. Fair discovered and shepherded Christina Aguilera, selling over 50 million albums and winning numerous GRAMMY Awards. He A&R’d Aguilera’s first five albums and championed the Black Eyed Peas to 27 million albums, 4 number-ones and multiple GRAMMY wins, as well as co-producing and arranging the strings on their global breakthrough # 1 hit “Where is The Love?”  “Stepping into the shoes of an Oscar and GRAMMY Award-winning classic is not small potatoes. But with today’s two greatest plutonium singers – John Legend and Ariana Grande – we are bringing the song back with a new school-old school fresh treatment that shows the soulfulness and power of what a great melody and lyric can inspire,” says Fair.
 
The music video will be directed by Dave Meyers, the innovative visionary whose long-time collaborations with major artists like P!nk, Janet Jackson, Ice Cube and Britney Spears have resulted in dozens of award nominations and many wins, including a GRAMMY in 2005 for Best Music Video and 11 MTV Video Music Awards, including one for Katy Perry’s smash hit “Firework.”  He recently directed the music video for P!nk’s hit single “Just Like Fire” from the Walt Disney Records soundtrack for Alice Through The Looking Glass.
 
Menken also provides the film score, with new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Ashman. Also featured are three new songs written by Menken and veteran lyricist and three time Oscar winner Tim Rice. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. A pre-order of the soundtrack is available now at http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP.
We will definitely be pre-ordering our copy of the soundtrack and hope you will too! Be sure you catch Beauty & The Beast in theaters everywhere on Friday, March 17, 2017! Check out the original song below!
 

[VIDEO] Merry NUDE Christmas from Tyga (@Tyga) & Kylie Jenner (@kyliejenner)–“Surprise Gift To The World!”

It just would not be a normal day if we did not see a nude member of the Kardashian-Jenner Clan. This time around the youngest member of the Kardashian Clan, Kylie, has dropped a new music video with her boyfriend/rapper, Tyga!

We have to say the video is nothing short of risque and as much as we may hate to admit it, Kylie Jenner is HOT!

In a new video presented as “a little surprise gift for the world,” Kylie and Tyga get intimate and wet!

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“Let’s just call it our secret little place in Venice,” the photographer Sasha Samsonova said on the phone from Los Angeles. She was referring to the “oasis” where she and her close friend and muse,Kylie Jenner, recently spent a day hiding out and shooting their steamy new short film, premiering here on W. “It fell into place very, very naturally,” she added. “It just happened.”

For Jenner, it was meant to be a “little surprise gift for the world” this Christmas morning. “The whole deal with this video is that it’s a very personal experience,” Samsonova explained. “It’s like you’re watching this person from a point of view that has never been seen before.”

So focused was Samsonova on her subject that she almost didn’t notice when Jenner’s boyfriendTyga stripped down and got in on the action. All this while Samsonova tried to not drop her 40-pound camera in the water, and as Jenner attempted to convincingly smoke a cigarette onscreen (she doesn’t smoke, for the record).

“It’s super raw footage,” Samsonova said. “As soon as my shoots with Kylie come out, so many people write on my page and rant about how it’s all Photoshop, Photoshop, Photoshop. But the thing about this video is that there’s no post-production work whatsoever. It’s only cut together. It’s very raw, and we tried to keep it that way—no skin retouching, nothing.”

Samsonova chose the soundtrack, a dreamy song by the singer Niia, to set the “meditative” mood of the film. Lately, though, Jenner’s had more and more of a hand in the creative direction of their collaborations. “We go through each step of the process together,” Samsonova said.

That’s partly why, she went on, “this one feels so much more mature.” She laughed. “And not just because of the nudity.”

Check out the video below!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[New Music Alert: Young Paris From Roc Nation Releases New Single ‘One Time’

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Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation is home to many artists such as Rihanna, Big Sean, J.Cole, Grimes, and himself. The latest artist to join the Roc Nation family is Young Paris. Paris is also known as Milandou Badila. He is a Congolese-French born artist who also has roots in New York. This artist sound has been described as a mixture of hip-hop, electronic dance, trap, and African drumbeats.

Artist Young ParisParis recenty described his musical style to Harper’s Bazaar,

“My sound comes from my cultural background I am Congolese, I grew up in Paris by way of Congo and my father co-founded national ballet in Congo so I grew up with a strong traditional influence. Just growing up in the neighborhood and living in New York, hip-hop culture was my dynamic and I just also love going to parties and listening to EDM. So I just thought I could mix these different vibrations into what I thought I could display my sound to be and that’s pretty much what you hear.”

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Artist Young ParisParis is not just an artist. He also has a good sense of fashion. He tends to mix streetwear with tribal prints and face paint that has become his signature style. Paris also is the owner and founder of Melanin which is a website and social media initiative that embraces black culture.

The Congolese artist recently dropped a visual for his single “One Time”.   In the visual, Paris teamed up with Nigerian artist Reekado Banks. Reekado is signed with Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records. The single “One Time” is also featured on Young Paris EP called, “African Vogue”.  Paris’ EP is set to be released and in stores on December 9th.

Artist Young ParisIn the meantime, you can keep up with Young Paris and everything that he is up to by following his social media here, here, and here.  You can also check out his video “One Time “ below.

Written By: Ronda Brooks

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[VIDEOS] #FeelingExcited! J. Cole (@JColeNC) Drops New Album December 9th!

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The North Carolina rapper will be dropping his fourth album, titled 4 Your Eyez Only, on December 9 via Dreamville/Roc Nation. 

Don’t let this surprise news distract you from the fact that J. Cole’s last album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, went double platinum with no features. He is honestly what I would like to say as over due for some awards! His music is gutter & poetically dope!

 So far we know that the project is 10 tracks.

This would seem to confirm what fans have suspected since Cole’s October performance at New York City’s Meadows Music and Arts Festival, when he announced that the performance would be his last for a while so that he could take a break.

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“Before I get out of here, listen,” Cole said at the time. “This is my last show for a very long time.”

After taking some time off from putting out new music, J. Cole is back and clearly has a problem with some popular rappers. While Cole doesn’t mention any names in the songs, it’s easy to see he’s using the hip-hop stars of today for his story.

 

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