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Nicki Minaj f/Skylar Grey
       "Bed Of Lies" (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) Click Hear for audio sample of NickiMinajFeatSkylarGrey-BedOfLies
WASH f/French Montana "Can't Trust Thots" (Aye Girl/Interscope) Click Hear for audio sample of Wash-CantTrustThots

J. Cole
J. Cole announced that he'll drop his third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, on December 9. In a post on Facebook, the rapper wrote: "My New Album is finished. It's called 2014 Forest Hills Drive and it's very special to me. It's available everywhere on 12/9. This time I'm releasing no singles, just the album. See you in 3 weeks. Thank you for the love and support." The album title is a nod to the address of Cole's childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Cash Money Records continues its annual tradition of hosting turkey giveaways in New Orleans (11/25), New York (11/25) & Miami (11/21) in 2014. After 18 consecutive years in their hometown of New Orleans, the brothers, Cash Money Records co-founders Ronald “Slim” Williams and Bryan “Birdman” Williams, have extended their love and support to serve those less fortunate in New York & Miami as well. The turkey giveaways stand out as an extension of the work done by their parents via the Johnny and Gladys Williams Foundation, which was established by the Williams brothers, honoring their parents who instilled charity within them. The brothers continually magnify the scope of the giveaways with each passing year. In keeping with the foundation’s philosophy, these entrepreneurs and philanthropists take every opportunity to give back and bring light, laughter, and love to families as well as individuals in need.
     In other Cash Money news: Juvenile is returning to the New Orleans label where he launched his career. His twelfth full-length album will be out sometime in 2015. "It feels like coming home," says Juvenile. "I'd always bump into Slim and Baby over the last few years. If they had an event or something they wanted me to be a part of, I would be there in good spirit and faith. We were always talking. That just led to us sharing more of a collective vision. Now, we're here. It's exciting. I want to reinvent myself, and they're giving me the stage to do that. I didn’t sign a record deal where I’m going to leave in two or three years. I'm retiring at Cash Money. I'm never leaving."

While fans will have to wait a while for Usher's next album, the singer has decided to offer a new song... via boxes of Cheerios. Starting today, the exclusive track called "Clueless" will be available for download with specially-marked Honey Nut Cheerios packages purchased at Walmart stores across the country. The promotion between the singer and the cereal is not that surprising, considering that a Cheerios commercial released in August featured Usher and mascot Buzz The Bee dancing to his single "She Came To Give It To You."
     As for Usher's album, UR, its release date is still to be determined. He told Billboard in September that "The album isn't scheduled anymore. I've basically taken it back. I'm taking my time with it. At the end of the day, all of this is just about having fun. You get in the studio [and] go with how you feel."
     However, Usher did kick off his UR Experience tour on November 1. It is scheduled to run through December 14 in Tampa, FL. Special guests on the tour include August Alsina and DJ Cassidy.

Mary J. Blige is the latest performer announced for A Very Grammy Christmas, and LL Cool J will host the new one-hour entertainment special, which will include performances of holiday songs as well as current pop hits. Previously announced performers include Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, and Pharrell Williams, and the nominations for Album Of The Year for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards also will be announced during the broadcast. A Very Grammy Christmas will air on Friday, December 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

Maybach Music Group/Atlantic recording artist Omarion has announced the exclusive digital release of his hugely anticipated new album. SEX PLAYLIST which will arrives at all DSPs on December 2. Omarion’s MMG/Atlantic debut and first full-length release in more than four years is highlighted by the new single, “Post To Be (F/Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko)” http://youtu.be/FK_wiPiVZV8.

Disco and electronic dance music pioneer Giorgio Moroder has signed a deal with Sony Music International (RCA Records in the U.S.) to release his first solo album in over 30 years in spring 2015. The album boasts a superstar lineup of collaborators including Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Mikky Ekko, and more to be announced soon. Moroder also dropped a new single today called "74 Is the New 24." "Dance music doesn't care where you live. It doesn't care who your friends are. It doesn’t care how much money you make," comments Moroder. "It doesn't care if you're 74 or if you are 24 because… 74 is the new 24!"
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Jon Zellner
SVPP, iHeartMedia

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