Celebrating Black Music Month: 4 Things That Happened in Black Music News

Since #ESSENCEFEST often serves as the home for the latest and greatest in Black Music, we wanted to celebrate their daily movements by rounding up what your favorite artists are doing on a day to day basis, before July.

Happy Black Music Month, ESSENCE FEST family.  If you'd like to share news with us, follow us on Twitter @ESSENCEFEST.  Plus, celebrate Black Music in July by purchasing your tickets to #ESSENCEFEST 2015.  

Gia Peppers Jun, 02, 2015

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Mother, wife, talk show host, reality star, ESSENCE FEST alum and singer Tamar Braxton is readying the release of her upcoming sophomore album.  She recently released her new single, "If I Don't Have You," from her untitled project due out this summer.  The single will make a perfect summer anthem for those who are in love.  Go Tay, Tay!

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Jay Z's streaming music service Tidal is known for its' exclusive content and offers for the music lovers who subscribe.  Last week, a noted news outlet wrote an article implying that Sony, Beyoncé's longtime label, could pull her music from her husbands' newest venture because it could affect album sales.

Over the weekend Sony's CEO Doug Morris put out a statement to clear up the whole matter: “Jay Z is a friend and business associate for many years. I have always admired his business acumen, his entrepreneurship and his passion for music... All of our content, including Beyoncé, is available through the Tidal service, and we have announced no plans to remove our catalog from Tidal. Like all of our other partners, we are rooting for Jay and Tidal to succeed.”

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Jamie Foxx's new album, "Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses" debuted at No. 1 after selling 31,000 copies in its' first week.  His new project, featuring his latest single "You Changed Me" with Chris Brown, beat out Mariah's "#1 to Infinity" and is his third no. 1 album to date. 

Congrats, Jamie!

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Lil' Mama's catchy new single, "Sausage," recieved mixed reviews after she released it at the end of May.  Still, two of the most talented female emcees to ever bless the mic openly supported her new song on Twitter.  #ESSENCEFEST MainStage artist Missy Elliott tweeted, "She's having fun & that's what people forgot about music. Bring it back!"  Legendary rapper and ESSENCE FEST alum MC Lyte chimed in as well, tweeting, "#Sausage, @lilmama rocking HIPHOP right!!"

What are your thoughts on the single?