Miguel’s “War and Leisure” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Miguel is back at the top of the album charts…

The 32-year-old half-Mexican American R&B singer-songwriter has earned his second No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated December. 23) as War and Leisure begins with 40,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending December 7, according to Nielsen Music.

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Miguel previously reigned with the one-week leader Kaleidoscope Dream in 2012.

Meanwhile, two of the album’s tracks make headway on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: lead single “Sky Walker” (featuring Travis Scott) zooms 23-16, while “Come Through and Chill” (featuring J. Cole and Salaam Remi) debuts at No. 44.

The latter entry brings the singer to 20 charted hits since his debut, “All I Want Is You” started at No. 98 in July 2010.

Miguel Serenades Unsuspecting Woman with “Coffee” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Who wants a cup of joe when you can have a cup of Miguel?

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The 29-year-old half-Mexican American Grammy-winning singer-songwriter gave one woman a wake-up call she’ll never forget on Monday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! when he unexpectedly serenaded her in a downtown Los Angeles coffee shop.

Miguel, who released his latest album Wildheart this week, sang “Coffee” — a track off the new album — as he walked out of a backroom carrying the surprised customer’s drink. His performance drew a few laughs because he was pronouncing the young woman’s name wrong — but he played it off after she corrected him.

Later on Kimmel’s show, Miguel sang the same song again live.

Wildheart is the follow-up to Miguel’s second album Kaleidoscope Dream, which was releast to critical acclaim in 2012. It spawned the hit single “Adorn,” among others.

Miguel Reveals New Music on His SoundCloud Page

Miguel is in a sharing mood…

The 29-year-old half-Mexican American singer-songwriter has released three new songs on his SoundCloud page.

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From the looks of it, Miguel is working on a cohesive new project of his own. Before 2012’s Kaleidoscope Dream and after his debut, the singer released three free EPs, which helped build buzz while showing the new direction his music was taking.

Of the three songs, “Coffee” is the strongest, full of Miguel’s trademark mixture of big, fuzzy guitars and sweet romance.

Since Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel has been staying busy mostly by working for others. He added some hooks to rap songs, contributed to the soundtrack for the TV show Girls, and dueted with both Janelle Monae and Mariah Carey. He also helped write “Rocket” for Beyonce — an explicit D’Angelo homage — and “Kind Of… Sometimes…. Maybe…” for Jessie Ware, which Billboard recently named one of the Top Ten R&B Tracks of the year.

He also teamed with Lorde and Chemical Brothers on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 soundtrack.

Miguel Releases “Simple Things” Music Video, Featuring Sports Illustrated Model Gigi Hadid

Miguel is sharing some simple things with his fans…

The 28-year-old half-Mexican American singer-songwriter has released the official music video for “Simple Things,” which he recorded earlier this year for Lena Dunham‘s HBO series Girls.

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Miguel keeps things simple in the black-and-white cinematic clip, which premiered on YouTube earlier this week.

It begins with Miguel leaving a party while at another place, his on-screen love interest, played by Sports Illustrated model Gigi Hadid, is seen leaving her hotel room.

The two walk through the streets and eventually meet on a beach, where they smile, laugh and spend the rest of the day together.

“Simple Things” appears in Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do…, the soundtrack album that also features songs by Lily Allen, Beckand Jenny Lewis, among others.

Miguel is currently working on his next studio album, which he expects to release this fall. The new record, his third studio effort, will serve as the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed “Kaleidoscope Dream.”

Miguel Notches Five Soul Train Award Nominations…

Miguel is one of the music industry’s brightest soul-diers

The 27-year-old half-Mexican singer-songwriter, who will serve as a mentor on the upcoming season of NBC’s The Voice, leads this year’s pack of Latino Soul Train Awards nominees.

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Miguel is up for five awards, one less than overall lead nominee Kendrick Lamar.

He’s nominated twice in the Best Collaboration category, for his song with J.Cole, “Power Trip,” as well as his track “How Many Drinks” with Lamar.

He’s also up for Album of the Year for his sophomore set Kaleidoscope Dream, Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Power Trip” and Best R&B/Soul Male Artist.

Meanwhile, Bruno Mars has earned two nods…

The 27-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer follows up his two MTV Europe Music Award nominations with two Soul Train Award nominations.

Mars, confirmed to perform at next year’s Super Bowl halftime show, will face off against Miguel in the Best R&B/Soul Male Artist category. He’s also up for Best Dance Performance for his sizzling single “Treasure.”

Other Latino nominees include Marc Anthony, Ashanti and Maxwell.

The Soul Train Awards will be presented November 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The awards will air December 1 on BET and Centric.

Actor-comedian Anthony Anderson will host the show.

See a complete list of nominees below.

Best New Artist
Bridget Kelly
K. Michelle
Kendrick Lamar
Tamar Braxton
TGT

Centric Certified Award
Joss Stone
Luke James
Lyfe Jennings
Solange
Stacy Barthe
Talib Kweli

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance
Break Every Chain – Tasha Cobbs
Confessions- Lecrae
Every Praise – Hezekiah Walker
God Will Make Away – Shirley Caesar
If He Did It Before…Same God – Tye Tribbett
Life & Favor – John P. Kee & New Life

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year

Bad – Wale feat. Tiara Thomas
High School – Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne
Holy Grail – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Power Trip – J. Cole feat. Miguel
Started From the Bottom – Drake

The Chaka Khan Best R&B/Soul Female Artist

Alicia Keys
Chrisette Michele
Fantasia
Janelle Monáe
Kelly Rowland
Tamar Braxton

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist

Bruno Mars
Charlie Wilson
Chris Brown
John Legend
Miguel
Robin Thicke

Album of the Year

20/20 Experience, The – Justin Timberlake
Good Kid, m.A.A.d City – Kendrick Lamar
Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
Magna Carta… Holy Grail – Jay Z
The Side Effects of You – Fantasia
Unapologetic – Rihanna

Song of the Year

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I.
Diamonds -Rihanna
Fine China – Chris Brown
Love and War – Tamar Braxton
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award

Crooked Smile – J.Cole (Jermaine Cole, Meleni Smith)
Fire We Make – Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (Gary Clark Jr., Warren Felder, Alicia Keys, Andrew Wansel)
Lose to Win – Fantasia (Francine Golde, Dennis Lambert, Andrea Martin, Walter Orange, Harmony Samuels)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper Jr., LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick)
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Roman GianArthur Irvin , Dr. Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Janelle Monáe Robinson, Kellis Parker Jr.)

Best Dance Performance

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
Body Party – Ciara
Fine China – Chris Brown
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
Treasure – Bruno Mars

Video of the Year

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. (Diane Martel)
Fine China – Chris Brown (Chris Brown, Sylvain White)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Walid Azami)
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake (The Lil Homie, Dave Free, and Dangeroo Kipawaa)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson)
Started from the Bottom – Drake (Director X)

Best Collaboration

Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell – Fire We Make
Brandy feat. Chris Brown – Put It Down
J.Cole feat. Miguel – Power Trip
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.
Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – How Many Drinks
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines
Wale feat. Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing

Best International Performance (CENTRICTV.com)

Differentology – Bunji Garlin
The Fog – Machel Montano
Next To Me – Emeli Sande
Personally – P-Square
Ur Waist – Iyanya

Best Traditional Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)

George Benson feat. Wynton Marsalis – Unforgettable
Jeffrey Osborne feat. Chaka Khan – Baby it’s Cold Outside
Tony Bennett feat. Marc Anthony – For Once In My Life
Nicole Henry – Waiting In Vain
Terence Blanchard – Pet Step Sister’s Theme Song

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)

Jose James – Trouble
Boney James feat. Rick Braun – Batucada (The Beat)
Michael Bublé – It’s A Beautiful Day
Dave Koz – Got To Get You Into My Life
George Duke – Missing You

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance (CENTRICTV.com)

Ashanti – Never Should Have
Brian McKnight – Sweeter
Kenny Lattimore – Find A Way
Maysa – Love Me Good
Raheem DeVaughn – Love Connection
Ronald Isley – Dinner And A Movie

Miguel Earns Best Male R&B/Pop Artist at the BET Awards…

This year’s turning out to be a (kaleidoscope) dream for Miguel

Following his career-advancing performance at theGrammys and his #Beautiful” collaboration with Mariah Carey, the 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer-songwriter was named Best Male R&B/Pop Artist at the BET Awards on Sunday night.

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Miguel, who released his critically acclaimed sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream in 2012, beat out Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Usher to claim a victory in the category for the first time in his career.

It was the only awad of the night for Miguel, who was nominated in four categories this year, during the show held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

Other winners included best female R&B/pop artist Rihanna, best male hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar, best female hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj, best actress Kerry Washington, best actor Jamie Foxx and best movie Think Like a Man.

It’s Miguel’s second BET Award, following his win in the Best Collaboration category last year for his “Lotus Flower Bomb” single with Wale.

Miguel Releases Video for His “How Many Drinks?” Remix

It’s a (Kaleidoscope) Dream come true for Miguel’s fans…

The 27-year-old half-Mexican R&B singer-songwriter has released the official video for the Kendrick Lamar-assisted remix to his hit single “How Many Drinks?.”

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Directed by Clark Jackson, the clip for the latest single from Miguel’s Grammy-nominated Kaleidoscope Dream album features the singer and Lamar performing the song in sleek and stylish black and white ensembles.

Miguel dances in and out of the shadows, with his full band backing him, while the rapper comes in with a quick toss of the mic then cues Miguel’s return to the stage when dropping it.

“I’m super excited about this video because I haven’t seen a live performance like we’ve done, in a really long time,” Miguel told Vibe. “It was really important to capture the artistry and the performance, and almost elevate the integrity and the artistry of the song because it’s a pretty straightforward record.”

Miguel, who recently toured with Alicia Keys, is currently working on three new EPs for this summer, similar to his Art Dealer Chic series.

Miguel to Release “Art Dealer Chic” EPs This Summer

Miguel is giving his fans a chic series of gifts…

The 26-year-old half-Mexican singer-songwriter will be releasing three new EPs this summer, entitled the Art Dealer Chic series.

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“This time it’ll be bigger and better,” Miguel told VIBE. “I intend on having limited-edition apparel with them, so it’ll be really dope.”

Similar to Miguel’s first series, the upcoming EPs will feature three tracks each.

There aren’t any details as to whether the second series will lead into his third album, just as his smash-hit single “Adorn” segued into his critically acclaimed sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dream.

Miguel is also working on the remix and video for the Kaleidoscope Dream track, “How Many Drinks,” which will feature Kendrick Lamar.

“Kendrick is poised to be the next staple in hip-hop [and] I certainly intend on becoming that for R&B. I don’t get that vibe that he’s putting on… I just feel like he’s just being honest in his music. Newer, younger artists, that’s what we’re all striving to do. Just be ourselves. Kendrick is one of the best examples of that,” he said.

He added that his collaboration with Lamar will  “sound like a breath of fresh air.” The track is set to debut this month.

Aside from working on new music, Miguel is currently on tour with Alicia Keys and will be performing at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, airing live on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 19.

Miguel to Tour with Alicia Keys…

Miguel is preparing to hit the world with a girl on fire

The 26-year-old half-Mexican R&B singer/songwriter will be touring with Alicia Keys next spring.

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“Me and Miguel are going on tour together, it’s happening in March,” Keys revealed during a Google+ Hangout on Tuesday with the fellow R&B singer joining on video chat.

Miguel and Keys collaborated on her new album, Girl on Fire, as well as his Kaleidoscope Dream track “Where’s the Fun in Forever.”

“Miguel is one of the flyest songwriters. The way you piece ideas and concepts and thoughts, you are really special,” Keys told Miguel during the video chat.

Miguel is currently on tour with Trey Songz and Elle Varner.

No word yet on when in March he’ll kick off his tour with Keys

Miguel’s “Kaleidoscope Dream” Debuts at No. 1

Miguel is living a kaleidoscope dream like no other…

The 25-year-old half-Mexican singer/songwriter’s sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dream, has debuted in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week, selling 71,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Miguel, who saw his critically acclaimed debut album All I Want Is You reach No. 9 on the chart, could possibly credit his recent sales success to lead single “Adorn,” which spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

This week “Adorn” slips from No. 1 down to No. 4 on that chart.