Usher is back and he’s got something to say. The 37-year-old tackles the sensitive topic of police brutality with his new song “Chains.” Nas and Bibi Bourelly assist the Grammy-winning singer with his message.

“As artists we have to use our platform to spread awareness and inspire action,” Usher tweeted. “Chains” is my way of spreading light on the issues we face in our social injustice system.”

The black and white clip directed by Ben Louis Nicholas features powerful heavy imagery. Handcuffs and guns are shown crumbling to the ground, people praying in church and more. Usher also gets in on the action. He’s chased by the popo and later realizes he died at their hands. Watch the extremely moving clip below.

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The Gap unveiled it’s 2012 Holiday Global Ad Campaign a few days ago, but just in case you haven’t seen it, here you go. I can’t even recall the last time I stepped into a Gap store. Probably, when the company had the best commercials around? Remember their “Khaki Swing” and “Mellow Yellow” ads. While not on the same level as their ads in their hey day, the recently debuted one is pretty dang adorable. “Love Comes In Every Shade” highlights various kinds of love from familial to love for pets, and everything in between.

“This campaign features some well-known actors, musicians and their loved ones, all wearing clothes from our new holiday collection,” said Seth Farbman, Gap’s Global Chief Marketing Officer. “Their personal relationships help remind us that every family is unique and often goes beyond just those we’re related to—it also includes the people we share our lives and deepest passions with. This campaign celebrates these diverse, optimistic views on family and the many forms love can take.”

Some of the celebrities enlisted include the cast of NBC’s new sitcom The New Normal displaying ‘Modern Love‘. A few of my other favorites include Rufus Wainwright posing with his husband for ‘Newlywed Love‘, Jack Huston with his dog Orso representing ‘Puppy Love‘ and rapper Nas with his dad showing ‘Fatherly Love‘. Check out all of The Gap’s shades of love below.

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Nas Resurrects Amy Winehouse For New Video

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I can’t believe Nas is 39-years-old. It just seems like yesterday when he was “ruling the world” with Lauryn Hill. Where does the time go. The American rapper just unveiled his latest music video featuring another powerhouse female vocalist. This time, it’s the late great Amy Winehouse.

“It was important for me to have Amy Winehouse because that’s what we were doing. That was the direction me and her were going in, to work. It’s hard to talk about it because she’s missed and she’s one of a kind. I think it’s a magic moment between us, me and her, and may she rest in peace and love.” – Nas

Cherry Wine” marks the second time Nas has worked with the “Rehab” singer. The two previously collaborated on “Like Smoke” which appeared on the British singer’s 2011 posthumous album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures. Personally, I love this new duet. Winehouse’s soulful voice perfectly complements Nas’ refined rhyming style. The visual is equally as slick. It features a singing Amy projected on a brick wall while Nas plays bartender at some wicked chi chi bar. Check out the music video below.

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I was really looking forward to the release of Nelly Furtado’s new disc, “The Spirit Indestructible” this month. However, the homegrown Canadian vocalist pushed her comeback album back to September. It hasn’t stopped her from releasing some new music though – thank god! Yesterday, a track from the upcoming album hit the net and I like it, a lot. It’s called “Something” and reminds me a lot of the tracks from her 2006 album, “Loose,” one of my favorite albums of all time.

The new song features a rap by Nas and slick production from Salaam Remi. Nelly sings out, “can’t have a drink without a well / can’t fall asleep without a spell…” If you thought Nelly’s previous single “Big Hoops” was a little too fresh for your liking, this track will definitely be more up your alley and remind you of the Nelly of yesteryear. Give a listen to “Something” below.

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Nicki Minaj is back with another music video with two special guests and I’m not talking about her butt cheeks (they’re a given). “Right By My Side” features Chris Brown and Nas who each get their “one-on-one” time with Minaj, but never both at the same time…. there is no “Minaj-A-Trois” in this video. By the end of the video, she’s locking lips with one of the guys in a very sensual kiss. You’ll have to watch to find out which one.

The video is directed by Benny Boom, who also directed her “Beez in the Trap” video. This video is much less risque and also a bit confusing. There’s a bit of a storyline with Nas in the video, but then we cut to her also all up on Chris Brown as well where there is no storyline whatsoever. Overall, the quality of the video is much better than Starships, but it’s missing something. Nicky looks hot and bootylicious as usual though.

Check out the video below and let me know what you think!

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Two New Amy Winehouse Tracks Revealed

In: Music, Tyrell

With the upcoming release of Amy Winehouse’s posthumous, Lioness: Hidden Treasures on December 5, it was only a matter of time before unheard tracks would begin to surface on the web. Today, we are being treated to two new songs that remind us why Amy Winehouse was such a musical gem.

The first is a Ruby & The Romantics cover with a reggae flare title Our Day Will Come and the second features rapper Nas on Like Smoke. The Ruby cover was recorded way back in May of 2002 while the song with Nas was done in the studio in 2008. In Like Smoke, Amy’s voice sounds amazing in the first verse while Nas is given equal time to shine after the first chorus. All 12 tracks on the upcoming album were picked by producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi.

Other tracks said to be on the album are a ballad version of her hit Valerie as well as Tears Dry. £1 from the sale of each album will go towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Listen to the previously unheard tracks from Amy below.

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Jennifer Lopez’s Top 10 Songs & Music Videos

In: Donovan, Music, Videos

In honor of Jennifer Lopez’s new album “Love?” hitting stores today, I thought it was the perfect time to take a trip down memory lane. Who knew the girl from the Bronx with dreams of being a dancer would rule the music charts, box office and television ratings. Probably not even her, in her wildest dreams. Lopez has masterfully parlayed a Fly Girl dancing gig on “In Living Color” to world domination. She’s no longer “Jenny from the Block“. Instead she’s Jenny who owns the block and then some.

Over her storied career, Lopez has been nominated for Grammys, a Golden Globe, MTV VMAs and many more awards. Her personal life has grabbed as many headlines, if not, more than her professional achievements. Whether it was her highly publicized relationships with Ben Affleck (Bennifer) and P. Diddy or her three marriages, people have been fascinated with the Puerto Rican beauty for years. Speaking of beauty, the 40-something multi-hyphenate most recently scored the cover of People’s annual Most Beautiful issue. Not too shabby.

Top 10 lists are usually very tricky. You can be diplomatic about it and just factor chart performance and sales, but how much fun would that be? Not much, I say. So instead, I’m basing my countdown on my own personal tastes and memories. I’m positive, they’ll differ from your favorites, but that’s what makes the world exciting- our differences.

Before I begin, I just want to include the also-rans that almost made my cut, but just missed out. In no particular order they are: “If You Had My Love“; “Feeling So Good” ft. Big Pun; “All I Have“, ft. LL Cool J; “Let’s Get Loud“; and “Get It Right“. So without further ado, let’s begin my Top 10 Countdown of J. Lo’s greatest hits.

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