Fantasia Announces First-Ever Holiday Album

Fantasia will spread holiday cheer this season. The singer has announced her plans to release her first-ever holiday album, Christmas After Midnight.

Due on October 6, the album features some of Fantasia’s holiday favorites including “This Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with guest vocals from CeeLo Green.

Fantasia says the album was inspired by her grandmother. “I’m so excited for my first Christmas album. My grandmother Addie Collins’ birthday was on Christmas Day,” she said in a statement.

She continued, “She was a loving woman who helped all her grandchildren understand the true meaning of the holiday, its impact on our spirituality and character as well as the importance of recognizing the value of family and significant relationships. This album is dedicated to her.”

Fantasia will release the album independently. She reportedly has parted ways from her label RCA Records. Although a formal announcement hasn’t been made, Fantasia’s name no longer appears on the label’s roster on its website.

Last summer, Fantasia released her fifth album, The Definition Of. In an interview with Rated R&B, she talked about her fight for creative freedom.

“[Ron Fair and I] wanted the album to represent the definition of music — the definition of the strength of a fighter,” she said. “He and I both fought for this record. We don’t have timeless records like we did back then. You can still put in a Luther Vandross CD or Anita Baker or Elton John or Queen or Stevie Wonder, and those were timeless records. It seems like they were just recorded yesterday. That’s what we wanted.”

Fantasia’s Christmas After Midnight Track List

1. This Christmas
2. Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto
3. The Snow Is Falling
4. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (feat. Cee-Lo Green)
5. Jingle Bell Rock
6. The Christmas Song
7. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
8. Merry Christmas, Baby
9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
10. Silent Night
11. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
12. Hallelujah

Fans can pre-order Christmas After Midnight here.

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Solange Enlists Kelela, Dev Hynes and more for New Calvin Klein Campaign

Another day, another slay! Solange partners with Calvin Klein to promote their newly launched underwear and denim line, Our Family. #MYCALVINS.

To make the first chapter of its #MYCALVINS campaigns and partnership with Solange a success, the global brand allowed the always stylish musician to handpick fellow musicians to help market the fashionable underwear and jeans.

Artists Kelela, Dev Hynes, Caroline Polachek and Adam Bainbridge of Kindness joined Solange for the monumental photo-shoot captured by photographer, Willy Vanderperre.

According to a press release, “The group is shot together as a ‘chosen’ musical family, illustrating the overarching message of the campaign. The evolved #MYCALVINS concept has family at its center, a display of unity between strong individuals, further emphasized by the symbolism of the traditional American quilt. This campaign captures these bonds and brings to life different ways we can inspire families – both born and made – to connect with one another, and celebrate the things that unite us.”

Solange shared her humble appreciation to Calvin Klein’s Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons on Instagram for “celebrating my musical family, and for capturing us so authentically us.”

Our Family. #MYCALVINS will run from now until spring 2018.

See campaign photos below.

Mary J. Blige Leads 2018 NAACP Image Award Nominations

Mary J. Blige makes headlines for the most nominations at 2018 NAACP Image Awards.

Blige’s April release, Strength Of A Woman, yields the R&B vet five nods including Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Album.

Bruno Mars, SZA and Charlie Wilson are not far behind Blige with four nominations of their own.

Uncle Charlie scores nominations for Outstanding Album for In It To Win It and Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration for “I’m Blessed” with T.I.

Mars lands Outstanding Male Artist and Entertainer of the Year. Meanwhile, newbie SZA bags Outstanding New Artist and Outstanding Song – Contemporary for “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott.

Hosted by Black-ish star Anthony Anderson, the 49th NAACP Image Awards will air live on January 15, 2018 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – on TV One.

See the complete list of recording nominations below.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Ava DuVernay
Bruno Mars
Chadwick Boseman
Chance the Rapper
Issa Rae
JAY-Z

Outstanding New Artist
Demetria McKinney – “Officially Yours” (eOne Music)
Kevin Ross – “The Awakening” (Motown/Capitol Records)
Khalid – “American Teen” (RCA Records/Right Hand Music Group)
SZA – “Ctrl” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)
Vic Mensa – “The Autobiography” (Roc Nation/Capitol Records)

Outstanding Male Artist
Brian McKnight – “Genesis” (SoNo Recording Group)
Bruno Mars – “Versace On the Floor” (Atlantic Records)
Charlie Wilson – “In It to Win It” (RCA Records/P Music Group)
JAY-Z – “4:44” (Roc Nation)
Kendrick Lamar – “DAMN.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Female Artist
Andra Day – “Stand Up For Something” (Warner Bros. Records)
Beyoncé – “Die With You” (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment)
Ledisi – “Let Love Rule” (Verve Label Group)
Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman” (Capitol Records)
SZA – “Ctrl” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Andra Day feat. Common – “Stand Up For Something” (Warner Bros. Records)
Charlie Wilson feat. T.I. – “I’m Blessed” (RCA Records/P Music Group)
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – “LOYALTY.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Mary J. Blige feat. Kanye West – “Love Yourself” (Capitol Records)
SZA feat. Travis Scott – “Love Galore” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Jazz Album
“Boundless” – Damien Escobar (Phoenix Lane Entertainment)
“Dreams and Daggers” – Cécile McLorin Salvant (Mack Avenue Records)
“Petite Afrique” – Somi (Sony Music/OKeh)
“Poetry In Motion” – Najee (Shanachie Entertainment)
“So It Is” – Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Legacy Recordings)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Close” – Marvin Sapp (Verity Records)
“Crossover Live From Music City” – Travis Greene (RCA Inspiration)
“Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2” – Greenleaf Soundtrack (RCA Inspiration)
“Heart. Passion. Pursuit.” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard (Motown Gospel)
“Let Them Fall In Love” – CeCe Winans (Puresprings Gospel)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
“4:44” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)
“Gods” – Maxwell (Columbia Records)
“High” – Ledisi (Verve Label Group)
“Strength of A Woman” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
“High” – Ledisi (Verve Label Group)
“Honest” – MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
“Surefire (Piano Version)” – John Legend (Columbia Records)
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
“U + Me” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
“Gonna Be Alright” – Mali Music (RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment)
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
“Insecure” – Jazmine Sullivan X Bryson Tiller (RCA Records)
“Love Galore” – SZA feat. Travis Scott (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)
“The Story of O.J.” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)

Outstanding Album
“4:44” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)
“DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
“Genesis” – Brian McKnight (SoNo Recording Group)
“In It To Win It” – Charlie Wilson (RCA Records/P Music Group)
“Strength of A Woman” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

(Source: Deadline)

John Legend and Wife Chrissy Teigen Go Viral to Announce Second Child

John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen happily announced they are pregnant with their second child.

In an adorable Instagram video, captioning “It’s John,” the meme queen positions the camera at her stomach and asks their first born Luna Simone, “Luna, What’s in here?” She replies, “Baby” then proceeds to rub her mamas belly in excitement.

While followers congratulated the couple in Teigen’s comment section, John hilariously commented, “Maury will have the final word on this.”

There is no word on the sex of the child.

Check out the beautiful announcement below.

it’s john’s!

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