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A special edition of Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album will release on Feb. 26 via Sony Legacy Recordings. Along with the 1979 LP, a new documentary titled Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall will also be included. Directed by Spike Lee, the film will look at the King of Pop’s rise from child star to cultural icon.

Airing on Showtime on Feb. 5, the first trailer from the documentary has been released online. Along with archival footage, it features new interviews from The Roots’ Questlove, and The Weeknd. “I’ve always used Michael as, first and foremost, a vocal inspiration, and Off the Wall was definitely the one that made me feel like I could sing,” says the XO singer in the preview. “I found my falsetto because of Off the Wall.”

Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, John Legend, L.A. Reid, Kobe Bryant and Misty Copeland alongside Jackson’s parents Katherine and Joe Jackson and brothers Jackie and Marlon Jackson will all appear in the Journey, which premieres Jan. 24 at the Sundance Film Festival prior to its Showtime broadcast.

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Just days after releasing the celebratory “What A Year” track, Big Sean keeps that title to recap an incredible 2015. In the visual year-in-review, the Detroit artist takes viewers on a near 365-day ride, from tour stops, to album promo events, studio sessions, family time, and the unforgettable “Finding Paradise” homecoming show.

Blink too fast and you may miss cameos from Kanye West, Eminem, Drake, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Jhené Aiko, and more.

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Back in July, Jeezy celebrated the 10-year-anniversary of his major-label debut album Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. Held at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, the magical night featured guest appearances by André 3000, Kanye West, Usher, T.I., Big Boi, Lloyd, and more. With his new Church In These Streets LP hitting stores next Friday, Jeezy releases an 11-minute documentary recap of the show.

From rehearsals, radio promo, and eventually the main show, watch all the action from the star-studded event below.

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Tinashe faces her biggest challenge on the dance floor in her upcoming video, “Player.” The singer recently filmed the music video for her new single in an L.A. dance studio. After going to battle against several dancers, Tinashe goes toe-to-toe with Chris Brown. The end result was a sexy battle royale, where the two stars get up close and personal in some sensual, steamy moments.

Premiering on Monday, “Player” is in support of Tinashe’s JOYRIDE sophomore album due before the year ends.

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Pastor Jeezy returns with his #SundayService campaign series. This week, the ATLien takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the video for “Church In These Streets,” the title track off his forthcoming sixth solo album. The CTE rapper moves through the neighborhood of his home city, shaking hands and meeting the community in between shooting scenes.

The video closes with Jeezy unveiling the album cover for Church In The Streets, which hits stores on Nov. 13. Check the official artwork above and go on set below.

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Future and Drake have the music industry buzzing with their What A Time To Be Alive collaborative mixtape. Sold exclusively on iTunes, the project is set to debut No. 1 on Billboard’s album charts this weekend, and now the duo take viewers behind-the-scenes in a new video. In the vlog, the Canadian star and Freebandz rapper hit the studio in Atlanta, locked in for six days as they work on the mixtape executive produced by Metro Boomin.

Watch the short clip below which also features commentary from both Drake and Future. UPDATE (10/1): Part two added.

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With New York Fashion Week wrapping up later this week, all eyes were on the Skylight Modern in Manhattan as Kanye West unveiled the Spring/Summer 2016 Yeezy Season 2 collection.

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MissInfo: People are usually shocked when I tell them that I’m actually kind of shy in real life…but it’s true. Pulling out stories from others is a breeze, but talking about myself is pure struggle. That said, I loved opening up my humble abode to our friends from the FADER and Sonos for their incredible “At Home With” series because I know that there are so many folks out there just like me, cramming family, friends, work, and of course, music into their day.
Watch as I drag MissInfo.TV‘s Mikey Fresh to the farmer’s market, have a brainstorming meeting about our upcoming site redesign (it’s finally coming!), eat bagels and lox with my girls, and listen to some tunes with my 3-month old baby boy, Max. Most importantly…I get to share some thoughts about being a working mom isn’t a sacrifice, it’s a bonus!

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The Weeknd’s long-awaited sophomore LP Beauty Behind the Madness, hits stores on Friday. The Toronto singer, who will be performing at the MTV VMAs on Sunday, lands the cover of Billboard’s September issue. In the cover story, The Weeknd discusses his transition from an elusive artist with a cult following to a pop star, joining Taylor Swift on stage this summer, working with producer Max Martin and songwriter Savan Kotecha, and idolizing Michael Jackson.

Tesfaye admires, even emulates, trailblazing black pop giants. One of his prime role models, along with Prince, is Michael Jackson: When he first read the lyrics to “Dirty Diana,” which he covered on Trilogy, Tesfaye says, “I got emotional — it’s when I first knew I wanted to write songs.” Indeed, critics have compared the bubble and flow of “Can’t Feel My Face” to Jackson, and [Savan] Kotecha says the groove of “In the Night” was inspired by the “swing” of Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.”

Read the cover story here and go behind-the-scenes of the shoot below.

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Travi$ Scott’s much-anticipated Rodeo debut album is a little over two weeks away, hitting stores on September 4. The G.O.O.D. Music/Hustle Gang artist-producer stars in a new Beats by Dre commerical, promoting their new collaboration with L.A. based company UNDFTD. In the ad, Scott hits the studio and gives us a preview of track No. 16 off Rodeo, “Never Catch Me.”

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