Performances


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Lorde’s mega hit, “Royals,” may have been accused of being a racist criticism of hip-hop — at least the more exaggerated face of the genre — but best believe the singer knows good rap when she hears it. As her extensive tour swung through Philadelphia last week, the New Zealand sensation treated the Mann Center crowd to her own rendition of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights.” She also tried her hand at Bon Iver’s “Heavenly Father,” too.

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Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On the Run” tour hit Paris, France on Friday, for the first of two shows at the Stade de France. For the first-time during both the North American and European legs, a special guest made a surprise appearance. It as girl power on stage as Queen Bey was joined by Nicki Minaj to perform their “Flawless” remix. Dressed in matching tight Versace body suits, the two leading ladies had fans screaming to the top of their lungs as they performed their remix for the first-time ever.

Rumors have been swirling since last month that a video for the remix is on the way. Until then, check out some fan captured clips below.

UPDATE: Nicki Minaj calls into Ebro In The AM to talk about performing with Bey.

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Chris Brown made a rare late-night television appearance on Thursday night, stopping by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Serving as the show’s musical guest, Brown in all-red hit the studio stage with his dance team, performing the Diplo-produced song “X.” After showing off his slick dance moves and vocals, Chris kept the party going trying his best to edit the curses during “Loyal.”

Both songs appear on Chris Brown’s fifth solo album X, arriving next Tuesday (Sept. 16). Pre-order your copy on iTunes and watch the performance below.

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Taylor Gang invaded Warner Bros. Studios on Tuesday night, as Wiz Khalifa appeared on Conan. The Pittsburgh rapper mellowed things down, hitting the studio stage to perform the song “Stayin’ Out All Night.” Find the song on Khalifa’s No. 1 album Blacc Hollywood, available now.

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After a six-year hiatus, Fashion Rocks returned to the U.S. on Tuesday night for New York Fashion Week 2014. Broadcasted live on CBS, the event where fashion and music comes together took place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The 2-hour show featured performances from Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Pitbull, Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, Luke Bryan, Enrique Iglesias, Duran Duran, KISS, The Band Perry, Rita Ora, Nico & Vinz, Afrojack, and MAGIC!.

Nicki Minaj, who also took the stage with an all-girl dance team dressed in tight cut-off jean shorts and a revealing bedazzled top, performed her latest smash-hit “Anaconda.” Watch the booty-shaking moment below as Minaj announced her new album The Pinkprint arrives on November 28.

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Jhené Aiko’s debut album Souled Out hit stores on Tuesday. To celebrate, the R&B singer appeared as musical guest o Jimmy Kimmel Live! later that evening. Hitting the AT&T Outdoor Stage, Jhené and her live band performed the single “The Pressure.” Head to iTunes and purchase the album, as Aiko will join The Weeknd and ScHoolboy Q on their “King of the Fall” tour starting September 19 in Brooklyn, New York.

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The blondes took over The Ellen Show on Tuesday as Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora appeared on the talkshow. Backed by the ballet, the pop stars dressed in all-white performed their latest smash-hit “Black Widow.” Click below and watch the action.

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Alicia Keys started Monday off with the debut of her powerful new record and video, “We Are Here.” The singer-songwriter closed the day serving as musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The glowing mother, expecting her second child in time for the holidays, sat at the piano to perform her new song with assistance from The Roots’ Questlove on the drums.

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Back in April, Chance the Rapper made a surprise visit to Tony Touch’s “Toca Thuesdays” mixshow in NYC, where he debuted the song “Thotty.” Shortly after, it was revealed the final version would feature an appearance from J. Cole. Fast forward five months later, where J. Cole headlined the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Spark in the Park 2014 music festival last Thursday night in Chicago. During the performance, Cole World was joined by Chance the Rapper, where they gave the first-ever live performance of the yet-to-be-released song.

Footage of the moment had been online since last week, but can now be enjoyed.

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After their HOT 97 invasion earlier this week, G-Unit continued their current promo run with a visit to Philly’s Power 99. Catching up with DJ Cosmic Kev, the crew of Young Buck, Tony Yayo, and Kidd Kidd took some time to get off some bars.

Going over Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Ni**a” and Jeezy’s “Seen It All,” listen below.

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