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Jam of the Day/Gwen Stefani/”Send Me a Picture”

“I wanna see you right now with no filter, take another snapshot in the mirror.”

Those are just a few of the cheeky lyrics Ms. Gwen Stefani coos on the slinky, sexy, “Send Me a Picture,” just one of the gummy grooves on her latest set, This Is What the Truth Feels Like. It’s open to interpretation whether or not this flow is serving as a sexual shout out to her man, Mr. Blake Shelton (it is), but the fact that the No Doubt diva cooked up a track about the um, art of “sexting” makes it even more of a fun music romp.

You know, it’s crazy to think it was just a short time ago that we had no idea just what sexting was all about, but there’s certainly no denying that it’s transformed into something that we’ve all (meaning you..and me) have taken a part in. And trust me, after one listen to Gwen’s bedroom ready banger, you’ll want to send it on up to him or her or them right away. 

Ready, set, sext. 

 

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Grammy Memory Tuesday/Arrested Development

The music brainchild of rap vocalist Todd Thomas (“Speech”) and turntablist Timothy Barnwell (“Headliner”), Arrested Development first formed in Atlanta in 1988 along with members Dionne Farris, Montsho Eshe, Baba Oje, One Love, Tasha Larae, Rasadon, JJ Boogie
and Aerle Taree. But it wouldn’t be until their riveting 1992 debut album, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of…,, that the group would gain worldwide mainstream music recognition. 

Led by the powerful lead single, “Tennessee,” Arrested Development quickly became highly regarded for their soulful rhymes and Southern fried beats, which were abundant in any one of their debut album cuts, especially in “Tennessee” follow-up singles, “Mr. Wendal” and in their rewire of the Sly & the Family Stone classic, “Everyday People.” The group also gained recognition from Grammy voters in 1993 when they would take home two trophies-one for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

Also during their early ’90s reign, Arrested Development was personally asked by Oscar-winning director Spike Lee to add a song to his film Malcolm X. The group took Mr. Lee’s offer and ran with it, recording the thunderous single, “Revolution,” which appeared on the oldies-dominated soundtrack for the film, as well as the second half of its closing credits when the Denzel Washington starring film was released in 1992.

However, much like what happens with most Best New Artist winners(by the way, hey there, Paula Cole and Marc Cohn), Arrested Development’s music struggle became real with their 1994 sophomore set, Zingalamaduni. Besides the moderate chart success of lead single, “Ease My Mind,” the album wasn’t as well received on the charts as its predecessor, which would lead the group to part ways a few years later in 1996 due to “creative differences.” A few members Arrested Development did eventually venture out on their own way, including Speech (anyone remember his solo album?) as well as “Tennessee” vocal diva, Ms. Dionne Farris, who released her solo set, Wild Seed, Wild Flower, in 1995, which was led by the glorious lead single, “I Know.” 

 

Putting their differences aside in the late ’00s, Arrested Development reformed and continued to tour overseas, eventually releasing released their 10th (!) and final album Standing At The Crossroads in 2012. Recorded while touring internationally, the album also coincided with the 20th anniversary of their debut for which the group embarked on an official worldwide tour to celebrate. Although Arrested Development remains quiet these days, their music still contains a powerful voice that will slay through the music ages. 

 

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Mixtape Music News

1.Jay Z’s Tidal music streaming service is a big…….flop.

Remember that BIG announcement last month when Jay Z revealed that he would be taking over the streaming service, Tidal? Well, what seemed to have been a hot music topic, is now a hot music…flop. In fact, Jay’s latest venture seems to falling more hard than RiRi in ’09, as the streaming service has just dropped out of the top 700 apps on iPhone in the US and looks to continue falling down the chart-way down. Even overseas, the Tidal struggle is real as the service no longer sits in the top 500 of the iOS and Google Play Store charts. We all know that Tidal received loads of media attention after Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Madonna, Daft Punk, Jack White and a buffet of other big name artists all convened in a room to launch the new service – but it looks like that was about as hyped up as we’re going to get. Meanwhile, Spotify and Pandora are laughing….all the way to the bank. 

2.Get ready….Britney and Iggy Azalea are performing ‘Pretty Girls’ at the Billboard Music Awards!!

Hot off the music press, it has just been announced that Britney and Iggy will perform, “Pretty Girls,’ their much anticipated collaboration, at this year’s Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 17th. What will no doubt be one of the biggest pop moments of the year, it will also be nice to Brit Brit performing on live T.V. again….it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? “Pretty Girls” is set to strike radio on May 5th, and will serve as the lead single to Britney’s upcoming 8th studio set. 

3.Rihanna spills music tea with ‘V’ magazine about her upcoming ‘R8’ studio set….

Not one to hold anything back, Rihanna spilled all kinds of  music tea-and then some-in the latest issue of ‘V’ magazine. In the sexy spread, RiRi is up in a handful of sexy shots, looking as ‘Rated R’ as ever, but more importantly, she (finally) spills on her much-hyped upcoming ‘R8’ set. Of the new album, Rihanna says, “Dude, I’m in love with my interludes. This one called ‘James’ joint is on constant repeat. (the album is) soulful and aggressive, whether it’s lyrically, musically, or just the tone of my voice.” Also, if it seemed that Ri was “on a break” following her 2012 set, ‘Unapologetic,’ that certainly wasn’t the case. The singer went on to say, “I didn’t actually take time off. The past two years are the hardest I’ve ever worked.” What to know everything that RiRi’s been up to? You should check this out. Meanwhile, “Rude Boy” all day…

4.Chaka Khan performs “It’s Raining Men” on Letterman…..

Yesterday, Philly Mixtape served up Tracy Chapman on Letterman performing “Stand by Me,” and today we’ve got the one-and-only, Ms. Chaka Khan taking on the smash Weather Girls hit, “It’s Raining Men.” It’s no secret that Mr. Letterman has been picky about who he wants to perform on the show now that’s its finishing its victory lap, so the fact that he’s had both Tracy and Chaka on says that Mr. David really loves his talented divas! Really, how can you go wrong with a little Chaka on hump day?

5.THIS video of Amy Schumer crashing Kimye’s Time 100 red carpet moment is everything….

You just have to watch. We will say that Ms. Schumer asked her publicist first in which they stated, “I can’t stop you.” 

To watch the video and get hooked up on all things TIME 100, go here.