Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagicToday marks the one year anniversary of the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, sole daughter of late Whitney Houston. The pair shared a strong mother-daughter bond and eerily died in similar ways -- both were found unconscious in a bathtub of water. However, Brown spent almost seven months in a coma before passing away last July.
Brown spent her early years in the limelight alongside her mother and father, Bobby Brown. The family starred in the short-lived reality show, Being Bobby Brown, which gave viewers an inside look into the stormy marriage of Whitney and Bobby. Eventually, Bobbi Kristina grew up following in her mom's career footsteps as a singer. In 2009, Bobbi performed with her mother at a Good Morning America concert in New York City's Central Park, singing Houston's famous single, "My Love is Your Love." She also made several videos singing cover versions of hit songs.
Cliff Lipson/CBSBeyoncé's visual album, Lemonade, has received critical acclaim, numerous award nominations -- and a lawsuit.
The artist was sued in June by independent filmmaker Matthew Fulks, who believes that the musical artist used visual ideas from his short film, Palinoia,for Lemonade. However, Beyoncé's lawyer, Tom Ferber, has moved to have the lawsuit dismissed arguing that Fulks' claims involve such broad abstractions that there's no infringement, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The motion to dismiss the lawsuit was filed Friday in federal District Court in New York.
The complaint "describes elements and features of the works in abstractions so broad as to be meaningless," the motion argues, "because, as even a cursory review of the parties' works makes clear, at the level of copyrightable expression the works are markedly dissimilar."
Michael Schwartz/RCAThe lyric video for Tinashe's latest track, "Superlove" was released on the singer's official VEVO channel on Monday. The beachy look of the clip complements the fun, club-ready vibe of the R&B single, which will be featured on the singer's highly anticipated, second album, Joyride. Tinashe followed the release of "Superlove" with a guest feature appearance on DJ KDA's dance single, "Just Say."
Joyride is scheduled to hit stores and digital platforms this fall.
Bey's "visual album" Lemonade earned the singer a leading 11 nods for this year's awards, which air live from New York's Madison Square Garden on August 28. Adele was the second-most nominated act, scoring eight nods, including seven for her "Hello." video. Other top nominees include Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Coldplay, Sia and The Weeknd.
The prestigious Video of the Year category will be a face-off between Bey's "Formation," Adele's "Hello," Justin Bieber's "Sorry," Kanye West's controversial clip "Famous" and Drake's much-mocked "Hotline Bling."
Fans can start voting now in the categories of Video of the Year, Best Male Female Video, Best Male Video and others. The Best New Artist Award category will be open all the way up until the pre-show, while the nominees for Best Song of the Summer will be announced in the coming weeks.
Here are the 2016 MTV VMA nominations:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR Adele -- “Hello” Beyoncé -- “Formation” Drake -- “Hotline Bling” Justin Bieber -- “Sorry” Kanye West -- “Famous”
BEST FEMALE VIDEO Adele -- “Hello” Beyoncé -- “Hold Up” Sia -- “Cheap Thrills” Ariana Grande -- “Into You” Rihanna ft. Drake -- “Work” (short version)
BEST MALE VIDEO Drake -- “Hotline Bling” Bryson Tiller -- “Don’t” Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna -- “This Is What You Came For” Kanye West -- “Famous” The Weeknd -- “Can’t Feel My Face”
BEST COLLABORATION Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Freedom” Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign -- “Work From Home” Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne -- “Let Me Love You” Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna -- “This Is What You Came For” Rihanna ft. Drake -- “Work” (short version)
BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO Drake -- “Hotline Bling” Desiigner -- “Panda” Bryson Tiller -- “Don’t” Chance the Rapper featuring Saba -- “Angels” 2 Chainz -- “Watch Out”
BEST POP VIDEO Adele -- “Hello” Beyoncé -- “Formation” Justin Bieber -- “Sorry” Alessia Cara -- “Wild Things” Ariana Grande -- “Into You”
BEST ROCK VIDEO All Time Low -- “Missing You” Coldplay -- “Adventure Of A Lifetime” Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato -- “Irresistible” twenty one pilots -- “Heathens” Panic! At the Disco -- “Victorious”
BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO Calvin Harris & Disciples -- “How Deep Is Your Love” 99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy -- “The Girl Is Mine” Mike Posner -- “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” Afrojack -- “SummerThing!” The Chainsmokers ft. Daya -- “Don’t Let Me Down”
BREAKTHROUGH LONG FORM VIDEO Florence The Machine -- The Odyssey Beyoncé -- Lemonade Justin Bieber -- PURPOSE: The Movement Chris Brown -- Royalty Troye Sivan -- Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy
BEST NEW ARTIST Presented by Taco Bell Bryson Tiller Desiigner Zara Larsson Lukas Graham DNCE
PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES Presented by Orbit Gum
BEST ART DIRECTION Beyoncé -- “Hold Up” Fergie -- “M.I.L.F. $” Drake -- “Hotline Bling” David Bowie -- “Blackstar” Adele -- “Hello”
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY Beyoncé – “Formation” Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell – “WTF (Where They From)” Beyoncé – “Sorry” FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X” Florence The Machine – “Delilah”
BEST DIRECTION Beyoncé – “Formation” Coldplay – “Up&Up” Adele – “Hello” David Bowie – “Lazarus” Tame Impala – “The Less I Know The Better”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Beyoncé – “Formation” Adele – “Hello” David Bowie – “Lazarus” Alesso – “I Wanna Know” Ariana Grande – “Into You”
BEST EDITING Beyoncé – “Format Adele – “Hello” Fergie – “M.I.L.F. $” David Bowie – “Lazarus” Ariana Grande – “Into You”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Coldplay – “Up&Up” FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X” Adele – “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)” The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face” Zayn – “PILLOWTALK”
ABC/Jeff NeiraR&B songstress Toni Braxton is going on the road this fall for an 18-date North American tour called the Toni Braxton Hits Tour. Braxton announced the news on her Twitter and Instagram accounts Monday. "So excited to announce my new tour starting in October! Get your tickets now! Can't wait to see you all," she writes.
Kicking things off in October, Braxton will make stops in cities such as Chicago, Houston and Atlantic City. Braxton's new tour comes on the heels of the McDonalds 365Black Lifetime Achievement Award she received at this year's Essence Festival. The singer also will receive the President's Award during BMI's R&B/Hip-Hop Awards ceremony on September 1 in Atlanta.
Here are the tour dates for Braxton's Hits Tour:
10/08 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre 10/09 -- Los Angeles, CA, Microsoft Theatre 10/12 -- Detroit, MI, MotorCity Casino Hotel 10/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 10/15 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live 10/16 -- Chicago, IL, Arie Crown 10/20 -- Tupelo, MS, Bancopr South Arena 10/21 -- Tunica, MS, Horseshow Tunica 10/22 -- Savannah, GA, Johnny Mercer Theatre 10/26 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Casino 10/28 -- Charlestown, WV, Hollywood Casino at Charlestown Races 10/29 -- Baltimore, MD, Lyric Theatre 10/30 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre 11/04 -- Houston, TX, Arena Theatre 11/05 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino 11/09 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen PAC 11/11 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury 11/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Circus Maximus
Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicIt looks like entertainment entrepreneurship runs in the Combs family. Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs' eldest son Justin Combs is creating Tonite, a multimedia and event production company, with former Two and a Half Men star Angus T. Jones and Combs' fellow UCLA alumni Kenechukwu "Kene" Orjioke.
"The goal for Tonite is to create an experience for our generation and to create the ultimate happy feeling, a high feeling, an ecstatic feeling, something they've never felt before when they come to one of our events," Combs tells Billboard. "We want the youth and people to just get back to being in the moment, stop worrying about social media and how they look, and everything like that."
"I like music and I know music -- that's what my dad has done and I've grown up around that so I kind of moved that way myself," says Jones. "My role has been just trying to figure out, advise and be present."
Justin says that with his father's rap legacy and partnership with Epic Records, he will certainly use Puffy's Rolodex of the label's artists to his advantage. "That's definitely something we plan on doing," he says. "I'm not sure exactly who yet but that's something that's going to definitely happen in the near future."
ABC/Lou RoccoNew York's Central Park will host rock, R&B, rap, EDM and metal this September, as the Global Citizen Festival returns for its fifth year this September.
The free-ticketed festival will feature headline performances by Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar, as well as a guest performance from Usher. Also on the bill: Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer, Metallica, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Yusuf, formerly known as Cat Stevens.
Usher appeared at all three of the Global Citizen organization's major events last year: the Global Citizen Festival, Global Citizen Earth Day in Washington, D.C. and the United Against Poverty event in Munich, Germany.
Martin and Coldplay headlined last year's festival, and Vedder also appeared last year, singing Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" with Beyonce.
Chelsea Handler, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek and Seth Meyers will host the proceedings, which take place on September 24.
You can get tickets for the festival by personally taking action in the fight against extreme poverty. Visit GlobalCitizen.org for details. You can also watch the event live on MSNBC or online at YouTube.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CoachellaDr. Dre had a visit from the police Monday.
E! News reports that Dre, born Andre Young, was "searched, handcuffed, and briefly detained" by police after authorities responded to a call "regarding an allegation of a man brandishing a firearm."
According to the report, a man who was stopped in his vehicle on the Pacific Coast Highway in front of Dr. Dre's residence called the police. "He said a male at the residence ordered him to leave and produced a handgun. The alleged victim said he drove away after seeing the handgun," authorities noted.
Deputies arrived and detained the rap mogul while they investigated the incident. No weapon was found at the scene.
No arrest was made, though Dre was given a citation to appear in court.
The man had insisted on making a citizen's arrest, so he filled out a report detailing his allegations.
In a press release, Dre explained that the "alleged victim was parked directly in front of his residence blocking his driveway, and he asked him to leave. Mr. Young said the person then drove a short distance away, but immediately returned and parked near the same location in the center median in front of his residence. Mr. Young said he pulled out his cellphone to begin filming the person, and the person drove away. Mr. Young denied threatening the person."
The press release also notes that Dre was "cooperative with investigating deputies, consented to a search of his person, and denied all allegations regarding the handgun.”
Jesse Grant/WireImageSheilaE. addressed Prince's drug use, as well as her relationship with her late, longtime friend and former fiancé, in a revealing interview on Monday's season-five premiere of the online show Larry King Now, according to People magazine.
The 58-year-old singer and drummer noted she was unaware of Prince's use of painkillers, insisting she'd "never even seen him take an aspirin or a Tylenol," but wouldn't be surprised if he suffered from chronic pain, given his high-energy live shows.
"Just think about it," she explained. "If you look at him jumping from one riser to another, like this, in those heels. I don't know how he did it. And then in the splits and turning..."
The "Glamorous Life" singer first met Prince at a concert in Oakland in 1978 and they began collaborating together shortly thereafter. Eventually, she says it took a toll on their relationship.
"We were working together 24/7: We were always together, and it was a good and a bad thing," she recalls. "I think after a while, I started to feel like musically where he was going, I didn't want to be anymore."
Although they parted ways for a time both personally and creatively in the late 1980s, they reconnected and were close until he died.
She also believes there are "hundreds" of unreleased songs that will probably never see the light of day. "I know [from] about three or four years of recording with him at one point, there's hundreds of songs that I recorded with him that I have not heard yet," she recalls. "And I know that in the vault, there's a lot of music."
Prince died of an accidental overdose of the prescription painkiller fentanyl April 21 at the age of 57.
HBO/Parkwood EntertainmentBeyoncé and Chance the Rapper are among the elite few to make Adweek's Creative 100 list this year. Both musicians are featured on a list of twenty selected celebrities and well-known public figures "who've consistently challenged themselves, their industries and their audiences" honored by the publication on Sunday. The celebrity sub-list is part of Adweek's ranking of "the 100 most creative professionals in America."
Bey was singled out for her many extraordinary contributions in music, fashion and live performance in the first half of 2016. The singer-songwriter released her critically acclaimed visual album, Lemonade, performed her song "Formation" during February's Super Bowl 50 halftime show and launched her athletic line, Ivy Park, which crashed websites upon its arrival.
Chance released his third album, Coloring Book, which peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 200 and performed a stirring tribute to the late Muhammad Ali at this year's ESPY Awards. Today, he announced his first-ever live music event production, the Magnificent Coloring Day Festival, which will take place in Chicago and is schedules to feature fellow artists such as John Legend, 2 Chainz,Skrillex and Alicia Keys.
Roy CoxRecord producer and guitarist Nile Rodgers' FOLD concert event -- originally set for Riverhead, New York next month -- is moving to New York City's Forest Hills Stadium.
Titled the "Freak Out Let's Dance FOLD Experience NY," the concert will feature Earth, Wind & Fire,The Village People, Alex Newell, DJ Cassidy and Bette Midler, who will perform with Nile and his iconic band CHIC. CHIC and Rodgers will also perform on their own.
The multi-Grammy award-winning artist found success in his career with CHIC. Rodgers also has produced hit singles for many of pop music's most prominent recording artists, such as David Bowie, Madonna and Diana Ross.
Rodgers' Freak Out Let's Dance FOLD Experience NY will take place on Saturday, October 8. You can purchase tickets for the show on Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m. ET.
NetflixThe official trailer for Netflix's latest production, The Get Down, has finally been released. The six-episode series, created and executive produced by Hollywood director Baz Luhrmann, is set in 1977 and chronicles the lives of several South Bronx teenagers who discover the magic of hip-hop music amid the waning days of disco. The music-driven drama features many familiar and up-and-coming actors, including Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Will Smith's son Jaden Smith, Herizen F. Guardiola, MamoudouAthie, Jimmy Smits, and Giancarlo Esposito.
Many legendary names, along with Luhrmann, are associated with The Get Down, such as Nas, who is the show's executive producer, as well as associate producer and hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash, supervising producer Nelson George and co-creator and executive producer Stephen Adly Guirgis, who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.
Part one of The Get Down premieres worldwide on Netflix Friday, August 12.
Disney Channel/Image Group LABeyoncé protégés Chloe x Halle recently returned to the format that first made them internet famous. The teen sister duo covered the chorus of Desiigner's latest single, "Tiimmy Turner," in a video posted to Twitter this past Friday. Their soulful rendition of the track garnered more than 17,000 retweets and 24,000 likes.
Chloe x Halle have turned many heads in recent months for their profoundly eclectic sound and confident red carpet style. Earlier this year, the two signed a management deal with Beyonce's Parkwood Entertainment shingle, performed for first lady Michelle Obama during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll and dropped their debut album EP, Sugar Symphony. The sisters were discovered on YouTube thanks to their cover renditions of popular songs.
ABC/Randy HolmesBelieve the hype -- the first-ever Public Enemyaction figure set is coming to stores soon! The iconic hip-hop group has been immortalized as dolls by Japanese toy company PressPop Inc.
The action figures of the Rock and Roll Hall Fame inductees were designed and packaged by Eisner Award winner Ed Piskor, who also wrote and illustrated the New York Times best-selling graphic novel series, Hip Hop Family Tree.
The dolls will be available between late August to early September, but you can pre-order your set now.
Atlantic Records/Jimmy FontaineCongratulations Wale! The rapper welcomed his first child, daughter Zyla Moon Oluwakemi, last Friday, July 22, with his model girlfriend Chloe Alexis. Over the weekend, Wale posted a heartfelt Instagram message, with a picture of Zyla's tiny hand gripping one of his fingers.
"Overjoyed. I keep the most important things in my life so far away from people because I'm sensitive. I named my album SHiNE when I knew my babygirl was on the way...I want to be a better man than I have ever been. You are my everything and I'll see to it we SHiNE my precious Zyla," Wale writes.
Last year, Wale spoke to Billboard about the heartbreak he experienced after an ex-girlfriend miscarried their baby around 11 weeks into the pregnancy, which led him to keep information surrounding Alexis' pregnancy and Zyla's birth a secret.
"I spoke on the downward spiral that ensued on complications with my previous child...For reasons I kept this very private as I prayed every day to receive this blessing," he writes in his most recent post.
eOne Entertaiment GroupJoe Budden wants his fans to love him -- at a distance. On Sunday, a video of Budden chasing two young male fans surfaced on the Internet, following their attempt to sneak up on the rapper in his driveway. Budden both drove after the pair and chased them on foot while the fans drove away in fear.
"Yo we're getting chased by Joe Budden, my n****. Follow me on Twitter!" exclaims one of Budden's fans in a video clip.
Eventually, Budden caught up with the scared youth, who claims in the video that they weren't the trespassers he encountered a few moments ago. Holding rocks in his hand and hitting the window, Budden declares, "I'm gonna kill one of you little n*****. Come on this block again and I'ma hurt one of you n*****. This is not the Internet. I will kill one of you."
"Sir, I'm sorry! I'm sorry," says one of the teens, repeatedly apologizing to Budden before he walks away back to his car.
After the incident, a flurry of hilarious memes of the rapperappeared on Twitter, including one that labels him a Grand Theft Auto video game character come to life.
Budden's response about the whole affair? He believes that while the Twitter memes about the event are funny, sneaking up on people in their driveways are not.
"There are some of the greatest memes ever, but I truly hope u kids don't make running up to ppl's homes a thing. It's dangerous," he writes on his Twitter page.
Richard Harbaugh/ABC; Nick Farrell/Sony MusicBeyoncé and Rihanna's flawless dance moves, breathtaking looks and stunning voices apparently just aren't enough to keep fans interested.
Recently, a male fan at a Beyoncé concert in Europe caught a fellow audience member playing the popular Pokemon Go mobile phone game just a few feet away from the entertainer on stage. The fan even posted a video to document the event, which ended up on the Beyoncé Instagram fan account, beyoncereceipts.
"She's playing Pokemon while Beyoncé's singing! Look at where she is! She's next to the stage. This is the stage, this b**** is playing Pokemon," the fans says in the video.
In other news, Rihanna warned her fans not to catch Pokemon on her concert watch during a recent show on her ANTI World Tour, as a video clip from Shady Music Facts makes very clear. "I don't want to see you texting your boyfriends or your girlfriends. I don't wanna see you catching any Pokemons up in this b****," Rih Rih exclaims.
Both Rihanna and Beyoncé are currently on their respective ANTI and Formation world tours.
Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesRihanna has just placed her reservation at the Bates Motel.
The 28-year-old "Work" singer made the announcement in a video played during the A&E thriller's Comic-Con 2016 panel in San Diego on Friday.
"Yes, hello Comic-Con. It's your girl RiRi. And let me tell you what a bad b**** is about to do," she teased. "I'm about to check in to the Bates Motel very soon. And guess what else. Guess who's playing Marion. Yes, so all you Comic-Con fans, all you Bates Motel fans, stay tuned!"
Marion was originally played by actress Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 big-screen thriller Psycho, the film on which the series is based.
In a statement released following the announcement, executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin explained, "We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way. We also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and we were huge fans of hers, so it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate," according to E! Online.
Bates Motel returns for its fifth and final season in 2017 on A&E.
Courtesy of Def Jam RecordingsRick Ross and electronic music producer Skrillex have teamed up to create "Purple Lamborghini," the latest single from the upcoming Suicide Squad: The Album movie soundtrack. The track is available to listen now on YouTube and various digital streaming platforms.
A video teaser for the track debuted on Facebook and appears to show the duo surrounded by money, purple hydraulic Lamborghinis, mysterious masked men and bevy of hot women.
Suicide Squad: The Album arrives in stores and online August 5 via Atlantic Records. You can pre-order the album now.
Noam Galai/WireImageEvery election cycle, there’s always at least a few stories about candidates using a singer or band’s song in their campaign without the artist’s permission. Most recently, it’s the Donald Trump campaign that’s taken heat for that from Queen, The Rolling Stones and George Harrison. Now, satirist John Oliver is giving the artists their say.
A segment that aired Sunday night on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver features some A-list artists all performing “Stop Using Our Songs” -- a tongue-in-cheek, “We Are the World”-type anthem appealing to politicians to, well, stop using their songs without permission.
Usher joins rockers Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, John Mellencamp andDan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, and pop starsCyndi Lauper, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban and Michael Bolton, all of whom take turns singing the verses, then join in on the chorus:
“Stop using our songs, you won’t sing along/It might seem appealing, but you’re just stealing.”
The video does give candidates an alternate song they can use for free: a cat walking across an electric organ’s keys, then laying down on them for a nice nap.