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Jeremih's "Don't Tell 'Em" Tops Billboard's Hot R&B Songs Chart


Image Courtesy Def JamJeremih has another hit to his credit. The singer's catchy tune "Don't Tell 'Em" has secured the top spot on Billboard's Hot R&B Songs chart.

According to the publication, the up-tempo track has made it to #1 following an 11-week climb. The song is his first #1 on the list since the chart's inception in October 2012.

In addition, Jeremih also claims the #1 position on the Rhythmic chart,  his third chart-topper on that list and his first since "Down on Me," featuring 50 Cent, spent eight weeks atop the chart in 2011.  Elsewhere, "Don't Tell 'Em" dominates the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop charts, moving from #2 to #1 on both.

The song is lifted from Jeremih's third album, Late Nights: The Album, arriving on September 30.

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Ne-Yo Responds to Atlanta Exes Backlash: "I’ve Made My Apologies"


Image Courtesy Monty Brinton/CBSNe-Yo has received a lot of criticism ever since his ex-fiancee Monyetta Shaw revealed during an episode of VH1′s Atlanta Exes that he broke off their engagement over the phone.

In addition to saying he had been unfaithful, Shaw also spilled that the singer encouraged her to get her tubes tied following the birth of their second child, which prompted many to bash Ne-Yo online for robbing her of the chance of having more kids with her next partner.

Seeming to have had enough of the social media scrutiny, the crooner posted a quote on his Instagram: "Nobody is perfect, and nobody deserves to be perfect. Nobody has it easy, everybody has issues. You never know what people are going through. So pause before you start judging, criticizing, or mocking others. Everybody is fighting their own unique war."

In the caption, Ne-Yo asked that his detractors look at themselves before they judge him for his past.

"I’ve made my apologies to the people I feel I wronged. I was forgiven by those people. Anybody else passing judgment on me for my past mistakes and immaturities is more than welcome to it," he wrote.  "Your opinion is your own to do with as you please. The ONLY judgment I’m truly concerned with is the ONLY one that matters. Mistakes will be made, that’s human. So again to all the perfect beings out there who feel so worthy to judge my imperfection…..ENJOY THE SHOW. #NowTHATSNonfiction #AtlExes #Vh1 #WatchIt #IfCrucifyingMeMakesYouFeelBetterAboutYouHaveAtIt"

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Ne-Yo Previews New Single "She Knows" via Instagram


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Ne-Yo is teasing a new offering from his upcoming, sixth album, Nonfiction. The singer gave fans a quick snippet of a new song called "She Knows" via his Instagram page on Thursday.

In the clip, Ne-Yo is sitting at a mixing board and nodding his head to the music while Jo Jo dances in the background.

"Taste test... "SHE KNOWS" feat. @juicyj Shout out @translucentbrownsugar (Jojo) I think she likes it. #ComingSoon #JustWaitOnIt #NONFICTION," he wrote in the caption.

The Juicy J-assisted song finds Ne-Yo lusting after a woman. "So bad, I just couldn't let her pass me, no/ I told her shorty, 'You so right, but you so wrong, so wrong, so wrong,'" he sings on the bouncy beat.

Non-Fiction is due out November 11, featuring collaborations with T.I. and Trey Songz.


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Nicki Minaj Reveals Release Date for "The Pinkprint"


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj's latest single "Anaconda," has successfully whetted the appetites of fans who are anxiously awaiting the release of her next album, The Pinkprint.

According to Billboard, the rapper's third studio album will be strategically released on one of the busiest shopping days of the year: Black Friday, November 28.

Nicki issued her debut album, Pink Friday, during the holiday rush back in 2010 and sold 375,000 copies in its first week.

In related news, her Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampling tune jumped from #10 to #1 on Billboard's  Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week, the third time she's appeared atop that chart, following 2011's "Moment 4 Life" featuring Drake and Drizzy's 2012 hit, "Make Me Proud," on which she is featured. The tune also jumped to the #2 spot on Billboard Hot 100 this week.

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Beyonce Enjoys Sales Spike Following VMA Peformance


Cliff Lipson/CBSBeyonce has enjoyed a sales spike for her self-titled album following her show-stopping performance during Sunday's Video Music Awards.

According to Billboard, the singer's disc jumped up to #7 on the iTunes album charts, up from #40. The biggest week-over-week jumps for individual songs were for "XO" and "Flawless" -- both of which Bey performed during her 16-minute medley.

In addition, Billboard reports that Nicki Minaj's show opening song "Anaconda" saw sales rise from 68,000 units downloaded in the week before the VMAs to 120,000 for the week after, a 132 percent increase.  Usher's latest single, "She Came to Give It to You" featuring Minaj, had 43 percent sales increase to 7,000 copies sold.

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Cee Lo Green Pleads No Contest to Dosing Woman with Ecstasy


Image Courtesy Mattias Clamer/Atlantic RecordsCee Lo Green has pleaded no contest to secretly giving a woman the drug Ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant in the summer of 2012, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced on Friday. 

The singer's plea to one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance was made under a section of the law that allows him to maintain his innocence, according to the singer's attorney.  Superior Court Judge Mark Young sentenced Green to three years probation; he also ordered the singer to perform 360 hours of community service and attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings.  In addition, he must register as a controlled-substance offender. 

Cee Lo is due back in court March 2 for a progress report hearing.

Outside the courtroom, Green told reporters, "We are very pleased to have finally resolved this matter with an amicable understanding and we are satisfied."

Last October, Green was accused of slipping the drug to an unidentified 33-year-old woman while the two were eating at a Los Angeles restaurant during the evening of July 13 and the early morning hours of July 14, 2012, after which the pair went back to the woman’s hotel. 

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Janelle Monae Says Michael Brown's Shooting Is "Not the First Time This Has Happened"


Image Courtesy ANDREW ZAEH/AtlanticJanelle Monae is saddened by the passing of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot by a police officer earlier this month touching off a wave of protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

After the teen's funeral in St. Louis on Monday morning, the singer is speaking up about the outcry in Ferguson, which occurred near her hometown.

"I’m from Kansas City, so I’m four hours away from St. Louis," explains Janelle to VIBE. "What’s going on in Ferguson is not the first time this has happened. You have Trayvon Martin and other cases that don’t get the publicity. As a black woman, I’m more in tuned with those tragedies that happen because it affects people who look like my cousins and my brothers and sisters."

She adds, "There are certain prejudices and a certain lens that people look at us through. Not all people but this isn’t the beginning of it."

Janelle reveals that she is carefully crafting her song dedication to Brown, following moving tributes from The Game and J. Cole.

“I’m trying to figure out a better solution than getting really upset and having hate in my heart," says Janelle, "The thing is, you can’t bring somebody’s life back. When you take somebody’s life, you rob them of being able to be a better person. That really frustrates me. I’m just trying to be strategic. I know I can’t do things alone but I don’t underestimate the power of one woman or one man. I am in the process of doing what I can to not let my emotions guide me but letting my heart guide me. At the same time, allowing peace and love to be my guide."

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Mariah Carey, Rihanna & Usher Among "Time" Magazine's Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom


Image Courtesy ABC/Donna SvennevikWith numerous hits to her credit, Mariah Carey is the ultimate pop star, according to Time magazine. The publication has crunched the numbers based on the Billboard top 10 and the diva tops their pop star rankings.

Time looked at every song that made the top 10 since 1960, awarding points based on the number of hits each artist scored and how long the artists' career have lasted, and created what it calls the "The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom." The artist with the most points -- based on career length and string of hits, is Mariah.  She received 1,901 points in total, over a hundred more than the runner-up, Rihanna. 

Usher came in third place, followed by Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Boyz II Men, among those in the top 10.

Visit Time.com/music-ranking to see where your favorite artist -- from Diddy to Beyonce to Kanye West -- comes in on Time's chart.

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Ray J Pleads No Contest to Trespassing in Hotel Incident


Koch RecordsRay J pleaded no contest Thursday to trespassing in connection with a May incident in which he was accused of groping a woman and resisting arrest at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ray J, whose birth name is Willie Ray Norwood Jr., was sentenced to three years' probation and 50 hours of community service. He must also attend alcohol therapy and anger management classes.

Other charges, including sexual battery and vandalism, were dropped.

Ray J had been accused of brushing up against a woman’s backside at the hotel bar, acting belligerently with hotel staff, and spitting at a police officer.

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Usher Announces All 26 Cities for The UR Experience


Getty Images for MTVAfter announcing several cities earlier this week, Usher has revealed all 26 destinations for his upcoming The UR Experience tour.

Among the twenty-six cities are Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, Las Vegas, Orlando, Memphis, Tampa and Miami.

Performance dates and venues will be announced at a later time.

The upcoming trek will support Usher's eighth studio album, rumored to be titled UR, slated for a fall release.

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Game Enlists Diddy, Wale, Rick Ross for Ferguson Tribute Song


Image Courtesy Interscope RecordsHip-hop has responded to the death of 18-year-old Michael BrownGame premiered a musical tribute called "Don't Shoot," dedicated to the unarmed teen from Ferguson, Missouri who was shot to death by a police officer earlier this month, touching off a wave of protests.

The rapper recruited Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh and TGT -- Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank -- for the six-minute song,  You can hear it on his SoundCloud page.

The sentimental track climbed to #7 on iTunes in the first 24 hours following its release. "Thanks to all who've supported a project I've been working on for the last 2 weeks & pulled off !!!! This is bringing awareness to a tragic event & also helping raise proceeds that will go to the #JusticeForMikeBrownCharity," he wrote on Instagram.

He continued, "#RIPMikeBrown #RIPEzellFord #RIPEricGarner #OscarGrant #RIPSeanBell #RIPTrayvonMartin & so many others killed senselessly by police abusing the power given to them by the people !!! It's time to #StandUp #WeAreNotYourTarget #OurHandsAreUp #DontShoot."

"Don't Shoot" is available for purchase on iTunes. Proceeds from the song will benefit the Michael Brown Memorial Fund.

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Beyoncé Pens Poem About Blue Ivy for CR Fashion Book


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Beyonce graces the cover of CR Fashion Book, in which she stuns in high-end designer clothes from Prada to Givenchy. But aside from her fashion spread and the custom Chanel surfboard she poses with, the magazine has also published a poem called "Bey the Light" in lieu of a traditional cover story.

In the poem, "remixed" by writer Forrest Gander, the singer calls her daughter Blue Ivy her "biggest muse" and explains her "deep bond with young children" who she's "met across the years." She also says that she's "tuned to spirits" and "the emotions of others," before revealing that she's inspired by her stage persona, Sasha Fierce, in "performance, rifts, even in bed."

The issue hits newsstands on September 4, which is also Beyoncé’s 33rd birthday.

Here's the full poem:

“Bey the Light”
Words by Beyoncé
Remixed by Forrest Gander

It’s my daughter, she’s my biggest muse.
There’s someone, we all find out soon,
more important than ourselves to lose.

I feel a deep bond with young children –
all those photos in my dressing room –
especially those who’ve been stricken,

Children I’ve met across the years –
they uplift me like pieces of moon,
and guide me, whispering in my ear

I’m turned to spirits, the emotions of others.
And I feel her presence all the time
though I never met my grandmother.

I learned at a very young age,
when I need to tap some extra strength,
to put my persona, Sasha, on stage.

Though we’re different as blue and red,
I’m not afraid to draw from her
in performance, rifts, even in bed.

I saw a TV preacher when I was scared,
at four or five, about bad dreams,
who promised he’d say a prayer

If I put my hand to the TV.
That’s the first time I remember prayer,
an electric current humming through me.

You call me a singer, but I’m called to transform,
to suck up the grief, anxiety, and loss
of those who hear me into my song’s form.

I’m a vessel for all that isn’t right,
for break-ups and lies and double-cross.
I sing into that vessel a healing light.

To let go of pain that people can’t bear.
I don’t do that myself, I call in the light.
I summon God to take me there.

Utopias, they don’t much interest me.
I always mess things up a bit.
It’s chaos, in part, that helps us see.

But for my daughter I dream a day
when no one roots for others to fail,
when we all mean what we say.

 

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Wyclef Jean Announces Seventh Album, "Clefication"


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Wyclef Jean has new music on the way. The rapper, who has been recording in a Stockholm-based studio with co-executive producer Ash Pournari, has revealed that he is working on his seventh studio album, Clefication.

"I was 'Gone in November' of 2013, in search of my next musical chapter. So, with my acoustic guitar, I headed to Stockholm where once again I found my voice," he told Billboard.

Although his disc won't be released until the spring of 2015, fans can expect first single, "Divine Sorrow," featuring Avicii to arrive this year.

The upcoming disc marks his first effort in five years following From the Hut, to the Projects, to the Mansion.

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Lil Kim Remixes Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"


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Lil’ Kim has released a new rendition of Iggy Azalea’s #1 hit "Fancy." Kim channels her inner valley girl and raps about her designer clothes and luxurious lifestyle in the new release which follows remixes of Beyoncé’s “Flawless” and Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone.” 

"I'm so fancy, please don't touch me. I'm fashionably late, so please don't rush me," Kim spits on the minute-long track.

"I’m so fancy!! Had to show my girl @IGGYAZALEA some love!! Muuaaahhh!!!” tweeted Kim.

Fans can expect the rapper to release her much-hyped mixtape, Hard Core 2K14, on September 11.

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Pharrell Thanks Fans for Supporting Usher's "She Came to Give It to You"


Image courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesShortly after releasing the video for “She Came to Give It to You,” Usher has shared an Instagram video of the song's producer, Pharrell, expressing his gratitude for all the fans who have supported their latest collaboration.

"Got another record with my boy, feels good to be able to do something so different and have it be supported, we're both ever so grateful," he says in the brief video.

"Very thankful," he continues before shaking Usher's hand.

"She Came to Give It to You" featuring Nicki Minaj will appear on Usher's eighth album, due out this fall.

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Trey Songz to Discover, Develop New Talent via Tucker Songz Publishing


Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic RecordsTrey Songz has announced a new publishing deal that will allow him to discover and nurture new talent.

According to Billboard, the singer has partnered with Artists Publishing Group to launch Tucker Songz Publishing, where he will work with aspiring artists, songwriters and producers.

"As I grew as an artist, I had the opportunity to work with several well-known producers and writers," Songz said in a statement. "I recognize that not everyone has access to that, but that they still have raw talent that can be harnessed into greatness. That's exactly what I intend to do with this new publishing company."

The company was co-founded by Warner Music Group A&R man Mike Caren, and Trey is excited in their upcoming venture. "I've seen Mike Caren turn small names into household names time and time again. We've made six albums together. We share a respect for each other's passion for music.  I'm looking forward to learning and growing together in this business," he says.

In other news, Trey revealed that he's filmed the visual to his Nicki Minaj-assisted single from his latest album, Trigga. "The video for 'Touchin, Lovin' will be amazing. Thanks to all who made it happen. Will be posting some pics later. Love," he tweeted.

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Andre 3000: "I’d Love to Put Out an Album"


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Next month, fans will see Andre 3000 starring in the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, which hits theaters September 26. But the rapper has not abandoned his own musical ambitions, he's just waiting for inspiration to strike.

Andre, who is one half of Outkast, says he "loves" the idea of making new music. "I’d love to put out an album," he tells The New York Times, but reveals that he's not currently working on one.

"I write ideas, I write thoughts. Melodies come more for me than raps. I sit in my house and just play," he says.

So when will fans finally get new music? Andre says he's not going to force it just to get an album out.  "When you feel it, it’s right," he says. "If you don’t feel it, then why? Honestly, think about it. Why do it? Why?"

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Suge Knight Reportedly Released from Hospital


David Becker/WireImageSuge Knight was released from a Los Angeles hospital early Wednesday, according to TMZ, just days after he was shot multiple times at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party.

His rep tells TMZ that the Death Row Records founder won't need to undergo rehab.

Knight was one of three victims hit by gunfire early Sunday in the packed nightclub 1OAK. The shooting occurred at a party co-hosted by Chris Brown and singer Pia Mia.

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Ciara Works Out with Baby Future in the Gym


Epic RecordsIf you follow Ciara’s Instagram, then you'd know that she’s been working out religiously with professional trainer Gunnar Peterson to get her post-baby body back. She recently shared an Instagram photo of her biggest inspiration: her 3-month-old son, Future Zahir Wilburn.

In the photo, a smiling Ci Ci is dressed casually in workout clothes as she holds her baby above her head.

"Nothing Like Lifting THIS Weight, After Gym," the singer wrote in the caption. "He Motivates Me To Go Harder."

Earlier this month, Ciara dished on sticking to her fitness regimen to get rid of the "flab." "I'm very blessed, when I do put in the work, my body responds but I have to really commit to it, like I can't really give in-between room," she recently told E! News.

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Jennifer Hudson's "JHUD" Track List Revealed


Image Courtesy Renato Sampaio/ RCA RecordsThe track list for  Jennifer Hudson's third album, JHUD, has been revealed by iTunes.

The singer's 10-song set boasts contributions from Pharrell Williams, T.I., Iggy Azalea and R. Kelly as well as the Timbaland-produced “Walk It Out.”

"With this album, I feel as though you get a sense of my energy and that’s why we named it JHUD because you’re getting to know the girl and not just the public persona of Jennifer Hudson,” said Hudson in a statement. "I want you to know the person."

The follow-up to 2011′s I Remember Me is expected to arrive September 23 via RCA Records.

Here's the track list:

“Dangerous”
“It’s Your World” (feat. R. Kelly)
“He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” (feat. Iggy Azalea)
“Walk It Out” (feat. Timbaland)
“I Can’t Describe (the Way I Feel)” (feat. T.I.)
“I Still Love You”
“Just That Type of Girl”
“Bring Back the Music”
“Say It”
“Moan”

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