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Monica Reveals ‘Code Red’ Album Artwork & Tracklist

November 22nd, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Grammy award winning songstress, Monica, has finally revealed the album cover and tracklisting of her highly-anticipated eighth studio album, CODE RED.

The cover capture a sleek, black and white full-body portrait of the “Just Right For Me” singer in a simple t-shirt and jeans look completed with open toe booties. And what looks like an inverted red crown overs her lower half — looks like Monica is coming back for that R&B crown!

As for special guest appearances, we can all expect features from Missy Elliott, Laiyah, Timbaland and Akon on this project, which was executive producer by Monica’s very own cousin and beat-smith, Polow Da Don.

“Each time I complete an album it’s a milestone that I in no way take lightly,” Monica said in an exclusive press release. “CODE RED embodies my love for true music and an art form that has touched many over the years. As we move closer to its release, this cover speaks volumes as to how I feel. Empowered. Motivated. Dedicated. I’m fully immersed in this necessary movement for R&B music. There’s nothing greater than doing what you love with authenticity.”

CODE RED is available for pre-sale now on iTunes and will officially hit stores on December 18.

Check out the full tracklisting below:

Code Red feat. Missy Elliott & Laiyah

Just Right For Me feat. Lil Wayne

Love Just Ain’t Enough feat. Timbaland

Call My Name

I Know

All Men Life feat. Timabaland


Hustler’s Ambition feat. Akon

Alone In Your Heart


Ocean Of Tears

Saints & Sinners

I Miss Music


Win A Pair Of Tickets To Monica’s Code Red Experience Tour

November 4th, 2015 - By Madame Noire
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If you’ve always dreamed of seeing Monica in concert, here’s your chance to do it — for free!

We’re giving away 10 pairs of tickets to Monica’s Code Red Experience Tour show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles Friday, November 14. To enter the running to win a pair, simply follow the instructions below and check back Wednesday, November 11 when we announce the winners. Good luck!

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Sweet Hangover: The Cutest Celeb Kids Halloween Costumes

November 1st, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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If you’re having a candy hangover this morning, your Instagram timeline probably won’t help because it’s filled with some of the sweetest costumes courtesy of of some famous family trick-or-treaters. Last night before our favorite celebs slipped into sexy costumes of their own, they of course had to squeeze in a few silly selfies with their little pumpkins and princesses.

Jhene Aiko, Kelly Rowland and Lance Gross got all into the Halloween spirit and made sure their mini-me’s were bringing plenty of “Boo’s” to Instagram. With the creativity these kids brought, we’re sure they’ll have Kit Kats and Reese Cups to last them until at least Easter Sunday. Check out some pics of all the fun:

Monica’s ‘Code Red Experience’ Featuring Rico Love Is Coming To A City Near You

October 25th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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R&B chanteuse Monica is preparing for a grand cross-country trek as she brings her upcoming Code Red album to a city near you with “The Code Red Experience.”

The 22-date tour kicks off Nov. 12 in Las Vegas and hits major markets like Los Angeles and Atlanta, concluding the nationwide tour in New York City on Dec. 13. Songwriter extraordinaire/producer-turned-full fledged solo artist Rico Love will join the tour as her special guest.

“Join us for The Code RED Experience…. @iamricolove & I live and breathe for the depth, honesty & passion that embodies real music,” wrote Monica on Instagram. “Each night we will take you on a musical journey.”

Tickets went on sale Friday (Oct. 23) in select markets. Check out a list of dates below.


The Code Red Experience Tour Dates:

Nov. 12 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Nov. 13 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Nov. 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
Nov. 15 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Nov. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theater
Nov. 19 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Nov. 21 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts
Nov. 22 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy
Nov. 23 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
Nov. 25 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
Nov. 27 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva Theatre
Nov. 28 – Raleigh, NC – Ritz
Nov. 29 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
Dec. 1 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Dec. 2 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Dec. 3 – Atlanta, GA – Special Performance
Dec. 4 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Dec. 6 – Detroit, MI – MotorCity Casino Hotel
Dec. 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Dec. 9 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
Dec. 10 – Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
Dec. 13 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater


What’s Beef? Were These Celebrity Beefs Staged For Publicity?

September 12th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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If there’s one thing that’s for certain, it’s definitely that controversy sells. But as more and more stars stage beefs and fights to drum up publicity, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the real from the fake. Click through the next slides as we get down to business as to whether these celebrity beefs were staged just for attention or not.

Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj vs. Miley Cyrus

Viewers tuned into this year’s MTV VMAs were left with their mouth’s gaped open during Nicki Minaj’s acceptance speech. The Young Money princess called host Miley Cyrus out of her name over the comments she made in an interview leading up to the awards show. Minaj became a trending topic for calling Cyrus a b*tch live on the air, but many felt the entire scene was concocted to spice things up for the awards show. Last year’s ratings were down nearly two million viewer’s from the previous year. Neither camp has commented on the incident, but MTV VMAs executive producer Vin Toffler said, “It was [real]. In no way was any of that planned.”




Monica & Shannon Brown, Ludacris & Eudoxie And LeToya Luckett And Her Man Take A Holiday Couples Trip To Costa Rica

December 29th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If there’s one thing that looks like an absolute blast, it’s a couples trip!

Unless of course, you’re watching Why Did I Get Married?…  

But anywho, after celebrating Christmas with their families, Monica & Shannon Brown, Ludacris and his fiancée, Eudoxie, Letoya Luckett and her man, and auto racing driver Marco Andretti and his lady all met up and hopped on a private jet to take a couple’s trip to Costa Rica, presumably to ring in the new year together. The good-looking group has engaged in all kinds of fun (with a side of foolishness thanks to Luda and his hilariously intrusive sleeping pics), as they have gone ziplining and wave jumping on jet skis. Must be nice *in a Lyfe Jennings voice*

Check out all of the fun that the couples have had so far and get ready to be a teensy tiny bit jealous. Hey, it happens to the best of us.  



Thank you for all of the love and your well wishes.

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What Went Wrong? Supergroups That Could Have Been Awesome, But Were A Bust

December 17th, 2014 - By Asha Boston
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A lot of popular musicians admire one another and often work together on projects. But every now and then, these people try to come together to create an actual supergroup of sorts. Multiple established individuals working under one name, one sound. And while the idea of supergroups is cool, many don’t make it. Why? Label conflict, big egos, and sometimes, fans just aren’t feeling what they’re selling. Here are 10 examples of supergroups that have been a bust for a variety of reasons.


Peach Candy

Peach Candy

Ever wonder what it’d be like if “Real Housewives of Atlanta” crossed over with “Love and Hip Hop”? Meet Peach Candy. Comprised of singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss and rapper Rasheeda Buckner-Frost, the duo provided a unique sound of crunk/hip-hop tracks with an R&B flare. The group disbanded because of their busy schedules and never released an album (they ladies are still close friends though). But they did release several singles like “Crazy,” “Bam,” “Wish I Never” and “Rain At Home” featuring Lil Scrappy.

Call Off The Dogs: Jessie J Will Not Remake “The Boy Is Mine”

November 24th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Jessie J Will Not Remake "The Boy Is Mine"

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I know some of y’all were wallowing way down deep in your feelings when Rodney Jerkins announced that Jessie J and Ariana Grande were planning to remake Brandy and Monica’s hit–and apparently– iconic song “The Boy Is Mine.”

I don’t know if Rodney spoke too soon or someone changed their mind. But according to Jessie J, there will be no such remake.

When she stepped out on the red carpet for the American Music Awards yesterday, with her new boo Luke James, she took time out to speak with UK outlet the Mirror, where she debunked rumors.

No, it’s not true, neither of us have agreed. Sadly, people are believing it. I spoke to Brandy and I was like, ‘no it’s not happening’. Monica and Brandy are the best.”

Well, there you have it. Even though I believe Jessie J would be up to the challenge, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Some things, classic things, just need to be left alone.

So, Actually Monica Is Not Studying To Be A Nurse, But She Is Doing Something New

November 21st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Earlier this week, we thought Monica was pursing a career in nursing when she posted a picture of herself in scrubs on her Instagram page.

Well, that’s not exactly correct. Necole Bitchie reached out to Monica for more details and she explained what’s really going on.

I’m not studying to be a nurse. I have a great respect for nurses. Especially, seeing first hand all that they do & how they selflessly give of themselves. It is mandatory that we wear scrubs in my field as well. I’ve always had an interest in forensics. In my field we focus on giving the family much needed answers and closure in the event that they lose a loved one. I enjoy helping families during one of the most difficult times in their life.

Thanks for checking with me. My post was never intended to be misleading. It was meant to just be encouraging because some days it’s just not easy but it’s all possible if u stay encouraged & believe.

We’re still impressed, a bit more so actually.

Serious Question: Do We No Longer Appreciate Singers With Big Voices?

September 16th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I did a brief post yesterday looking for your opinions on Monica’s performance of the National Anthem at the Mayweather v. Maidana fight over the weekend. Just as I thought, the reactions to her version of the song, which was full of bravado and and notes held for quite a long time, were mixed. But one comment about her performance stuck out to me and really made me think:

“SAANNNNGGGG Monica!! People’s ears have been conditioned to like mediocre singers who can’t sing. For some reason, black people are now embarrassed by singers with big voices and who “go to church” outside of the church walls.”

Was I embarrassed by her? No! Of course not.

Or at least, I didn’t think I was…

But then I thought about the fact that I’ve heard a friend say that they were embarrassed by another black woman with a big voice taking folks to church in front of millions recently. At the Academy Awards earlier this year, 20 Feet of Stardom star Darlene Love, at the age of 72, finally had the main stage and her chance to shine. When she did, my friend said that she did the absolute most with her impromptu rendition of “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.”

“It was just way too much.”

I personally thought that she sounded great, and that considering the fact that she’d been in the background (literally) for most of her career, she was taking full advantage of something that was often taken from her–the spotlight. She wanted to show the world what she could do, and if you’re going to show up in front of a huge audience for the first time, why not show out?

And then I got to thinking about other singers out there with big voices whose work isn’t necessarily received with open arms like the big voices of yesteryear. Aretha has a big voice. Patti has a big voice. Chaka has a big voice. Gladys has a big voice. Whitney had a big voice. For years, their vocal talents were what we knew and embraced. They were the standard. But women today with big voices like Monica, Fantasia and even Jennifer Hudson receive furrowed brows from time to time for their music and performances while singers with watered down and studio-made vocals are cited as “divas” and get all the love. Some say that the vocal powerhouses of today do “too much” and I can admit that I’ve been one of those individuals before. But is it really about embarrassment?

As someone who currently sings in a church choir during my free time, I’m surrounded by big voices. I don’t necessarily have one, but I can appreciate those who do and put a little stank on a song that gets people out of their seat and shouts the praises of God. But even those vocalists can overdo it sometimes.

And I think that’s really what the issue is, at least for me.

When I think of a Whitney Houston, she was THE voice, and that voice was one of the most powerful that I’ve ever heard. However, Houston had great control of that vessel. She could be soothing and she could take you to church just enough without ever making you feel like she was trying too hard or literally screaming at the top of her lungs. She gave goosebumps on a regular basis. But quite often, people today get on the microphone and show off so much that you walk away feeling confused (and possibly with a headache) rather than feeling like you want to give a standing ovation.

I do love and appreciate the church-bred voice though. K-Ci, Jo Jo and Johnny Gill’s vocals are some of my favorites. And I love me some Chaka and Mary J. Blige. But I do think that there’s a time, place and a song for everything. The National Anthem doesn’t need all the extra pomp and circumstance, so for me, that’s why I wasn’t crazy about Monica’s performance. However, she’s performed extraordinarily on many other occasions. I guess you could also say it’s about preference. And as I said, there’s a time and place for putting your foot all the way in a song and showing people all that your voice is capable of. But no, personally, I’m not embarrassed by Monica’s vocal abilities, and in fact, I admire them. I wish that more of the people winning awards and taking center stage sounded like her. But she already has proven that she has a great deal of talent, so to me, she really didn’t need to do so much for a song that requires so little. Less is more sometimes.

But then again, what do I know? She’s the multi-platinum Grammy winning artist, and I’m just a writer, so clearly she’s doing something right.

What do you think?