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Jazmine Sullivan Previews New Song, "Mascara"


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Jazmine Sullivan is hard at work on her upcoming album, Reality Show. To get fans excited, the singer surprised fans with a teaser for a new song called "Mascara."

The singer previews a brief snippet of the ballad via an Instagram video in which she's seen wearing black shades while singing along to the lyrics in a car.

"Never leave the house without makeup on/Keep mascara in my pocket if I'm running to the market because you'll never know who's watching you," she mouths along with the track.

The singer seems to be poking fun at the beauty process women go through just to keep a man's attention. "Yeah my hair and my a** fake, but so what? I get my rent paid with it/And my t**s get my trips to places I can't pronounce right/He said he'll keep it coming if I keep my body tight," she sings in another Instagram clip.

Jazmine has yet to announce the release date for Reality Show.

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Strong First-Week Sales Expected for T.I.'s "Paperwork"


Image Courtesy Grand HustleThis week saw the release of T.I.’s Paperwork and the album is projected to enjoy a strong sales start based on first-day forecasts.

According to Hits Daily Double, industry insiders estimate that the rapper's ninth studio album will sell approximately 65,000 to 70,000 copies in its first week.

The projections come in below first-week sales of Tip's previous studio effort, 2012's Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, which debuted at number two and sold 179,000 copies in its first week.

The album includes his Iggy Azalea-assisted hit "No Mediocre" and "About The Money."

The official sales tally will be released on Wednesday.

 

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Faith Evans Says Reuniting with Missy Elliott for New Single Is a "Blessing"


Prolific Music Group, IncFaith Evans has officially marked her return with her new single, "I Deserve It," lifted from her upcoming album, Incomparable.  The singer  reunites with Missy Elliott for the '90s-inspired song, and she says the reunion was natural.

"Even though we have history, we go back, we haven't worked together since she did 'Burnin' Up,'" Faye tells  XXL magazine, "We didn't actually record together [in person] this time, but I hit her -- I hit her every once in a while just to see how she's doing -- and when I got this record, I always knew I wanted her on it."

Faith adds that her daughter informed her of Missy's protege Sharaya J, who later jumped on the track after Faith made a call to Missy. "I was like, 'You know, it might be dope for both you and Sharaya to get on it.' Next thing I know, Sharaya's verse was done and Missy's verse was done. So it was a win-win for everybody all around," Evans says.

She calls their collaboration a "blessing," adding, "hopefully it did something for everybody involved."

Incomparable is due out November 24.

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Report: Beyoncé and Jay Z Renewed Vows; Shopping for Home in Paris


Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood EntertainmentIf Beyoncé and Jay Z's marriage really was in trouble earlier this year, the couple has since gotten past it and recommitted themselves to it.

The proof: the two have renewed their vows, according to People magazine. Its source says that while the couple did have "major problems" at one point, they've "worked it out."

And now they're looking to take their love to one of the most romantic cities in the world. Another People magazine source says the couple has been shopping for a home in Paris over the past month.

An Us Weekly insider further reports that Bey and Jay plan to retire in the City of Light eventually, and that they want their two-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, to learn French.

When Beyoncé and Jay Z wrapped up their On the Run tour in Paris last month, Jay noted that the city was special to them because they got engaged there. He also mentioned that Paris is where Blue Ivy was conceived.

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Drake Confirmed for Australia's Future Music Festival 2015


Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSDrake is scheduled to make his debut performance at the Future Music Festival in Australia.

The rapper announced the news via Instagram, in which he posted the official flyer for the upcoming event. He will be joined by producer Avicii and fellow rap collaborator 2 Chainz when the 5-day concert event kicks off on February 28 at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

The upcoming concert event will marks Drizzy's first time down under.

Here's the dates:

2/28 -- Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
3/1 -- Arena Joondalup, Perth
3/7 -- Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
3/8 -- Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
3/9 -- Adelaide Showground, Adelaide

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Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Front Forever 21's Holiday Ads


ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea has landed her first national ad campaign. Alongside her boyfriend, Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young, the rapper has been tapped to front the holiday campaign for clothing retailer Forever 21.

In an interview with People, Iggy revealed what it was like posing for the ads with her significant other. "As the hours rolled by I think Nick started to realize photo shoots are hard work too," Azalea says. "It was funny watching him have that revelation!"

Young chimed in: "It was real cool. We had great chemistry," he says.

The pair credit their playlist for making the time fly by faster. "It was a two day shoot -- by the end of it I think we’d listened to everything under the sun twice!” Azalea says, adding that the "trickiest thing is not having any clue what you’re doing!"

Although the ads have not run yet, but People has a preview of some of the pictures from the shoot.

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Watch "Tamar & Vince" New Season Extended Preview


WeTVTamar Braxton and Vince Herbert have given fans a glimpse into their new season of WEtv's Tamar & Vince.

In an extended preview for season three, which premieres Thursday, the singer struggles to balance her recording, promotion and tour schedule with raising the pair's one-year old son, Logan Vincent Herbert. At one point, she reaches a boiling point and lashes out at Vince.

"Nobody has the perfect relationship. Everything is love and war. Get your life!" Tamar says before her husband confronts her about her disrespecting the relationship.

Tamar & Vince season three premieres Thursday, October 23 at 10 p.m. on WEtv.

 

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Diddy, Nas Confirmed for Alicia Keys' Black Ball


ABC/Lou RoccoDiddy has been tapped to host Alicia Keys' annual Black Ball charity event, which raises money for children and families in Africa and India affected by HIV.

According to PollStar, Alicia's husband, Swizz Beatz, will co-host the 11th annual ceremony, taking place October 30 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom.

In addition, the event will include star-studded performances from Keys, Nas, Angel Haze and David Byrne, former front man for New Wave rock band Talking Heads.

Tickets for the benefit start at $3,500 and go all the way up to $100,000 for a table. For more information, visit the organization's website, KeepAChild.org.

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Tyga Distances Himself from Young Money, Dislikes Drake


Image Courtesy Pamela Littky/UniversalTyga is not feeling the love from his Young Money label. The rapper reveals why he's decided to distance himself from Lil Wayne's roster in an interview with Vibe.

When asked if any of his label mates have contributed to his upcoming album, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, Tyga replied, "Nah. I tend to distance myself from them." He adds, "I’m tryna’ go independent."

The rapper speeaks candidly about his issues within the camp: "I don’t really get along with Drake. I don’t really get along with Nicki Minaj," he says.

"I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me," Tyga explained, "I like his music; you know what I’m saying? I think his music is good, but we’re all different people."

Tyga says that he and his label mates were "forced together," because "Wayne put us together," unlike his "genuine" friendship with Chris Brown. The rapper has decided that its not worth the energy to build on fake relationships. 

"At the end of the day the reason why I signed to Young Money is because of Wayne. Not because of Drake, not because of Nicki," he says. "It was because of Wayne and my relationship with him. I try to be cool with everybody, but sometimes, everybody just has different personalities, motives, and different characters. When you realize that, you realize that’s not a place where you want to continue to grow."

Fans can expect Tyga's The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty to arrive on November 18.

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The Game's "Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf" Debuts in Top Ten on Billboard 200


Image Courtesy eOne MusicThe Game's Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf has landed at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

According to the publication, the rapper's first independent album sold 33,000 units, exceeding initial sales projections of approximately 27,000 to 30,000 copies.

Although the set has debuted #1 on the R&B/Hip Hop Chart and #2 on the Independent Chart, The Game's overall sales start is significantly less than 2012's Jesus Piece, which debuted at number five and sold 86,000 copies its first week.

Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf features contributions from Tyga, Bobby Shmurda, Ty Dolla $ign, T.I., Chris Brown, French Montana, 2 Chainz and more.

Elsewhere, rapper Hoodie Allen bowed at #8 with his debut full-length effort, People Keep Talking, selling 30,000 copies.

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Jhene Aiko Announces Enter the Void Tour


Image Courtesy Def JamJhene Aiko is gearing up to hit the road this winter. The singer announced via Twitter that fans will get to see her live on an upcoming outing dubbed the Enter the Void tour.

The singer revealed that she will kick off her outing on December 12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California. She has tapped SZA and The Internet to be her supporting acts.

Additional dates will be announced at a later time. Tickets for the L.A. stop are available now via AXS.com.

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T.I.'s Wife Sheds Light on What Squashed the Beef Between Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg, Says Iggy Is a Target "Because She's White"


Atlantic Records/Warwick SaintWhat did Iggy Azealea's mentor T.I. say to Snoop Dogg to squash their beef? T.I.'s wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris has an idea.

"I don't know what he said to him but I know it was a pretty calm, mild-mannered conversation that went pretty well," she tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, him and Snoop are really cool, so I know that it didn't get out of hand or disrespectful in any way. I think there was just a mutual agreement, [and Snoop said] 'OK, this has gone too far. I'll just end it right now.'"

T.I. told TMZ recently that the conversation "wasn't a whole lot, man," but didn't elaborate.

Earlier this month, Snoop started teasing Iggy by posting mocking pictures of the Australian born rapper on Instagram. He also posted an obscenity-filled video rant bashing and threatening Iggy. He later took to the same social network to apologize.

This isn't the first time a rapper has come out swinging against Iggy. She's also had spats with Harlem rapper Azealia Banks.

Tiny says Iggy, who is signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records, is an easy target "mainly because she's white."

"And then she has Tip going down everybody's throat and everybody's like, 'You're with this white girl?' And at the end of the day, she's a friend of ours. She's like family. She's part of the Grand Hustle family and he goes strong on whatever he believes in. His family and friends, he's going to protect them to the end," Tiny explains. "So if you feel like he shouldn't say nothing because she's white or whatever, that's not gonna happen."

Tiny also spoke to ABC News Radio about her family's recent trip to Africa. The former Xscape singer said despite worldwide concern, she wasn't worried about contracting the deadly Ebola virus during her travels.

"I was doing a lot of research...so before I went over there I had made a couple calls to make sure that there hadn't been any [cases of Ebola] -- [and there's] not one case over there. And they were like, 'No. Absolutely not,'" she says. "And then once I figured out how far West Africa is from North Africa; I mean it's a continent. So I don't think that people are understanding that just because you're in Africa doesn't mean you're...close to the people that have [con]tracted Ebola."

Tiny now stars in VH1's new spin-off, Tiny & Shekinah's Weave Trip, which airs Mondays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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Jennifer Hudson Plots EGOT: "I Would Love to Do Television and Theater"


Image Courtesy Renato Sampaio/ RCA RecordsJennifer Hudson is a woman of many talents. She already has an Oscar and a Grammy, but she's hoping to receive an Emmy and a Tony and become one of the few entertainers to have scored all four accolades, the famed "EGOT."

"I should get two more dogs," the singer joked to People. "I got a dog and named it Oscar, and then I won my Oscar. And then I got a dog and named it Grammy, and then I won my Grammy. So I think I should get some dogs and name them Emmy and Tony -- and it'll give me good luck, and I'll win … [They're] like my good luck charms."

Hudson revealed that she's looking forward to pursuing all aspects of entertainment, noting, "I would love to do television and theater." However, she's still has her eyes set on film projects, especially the rumored next installment of the Sex and the City franchise.

"I don't know much," she says of the film. "But that would be nice. And Louise From St. Louis will be ready."

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Teyana Taylor’s Sound Is "So Necessary," Says Kanye West


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Teyana Taylor’s debut album, VII, has been officially endorsed by Kanye West, according to MTV News.

During an official listening party for the album on Monday night in Los Angeles, West gave an impromptu speech about how why Teyana's talents are needed in today's music climate.

“I feel like Teyana provides something that is so R&B, so black, so hood, so missing, so necessary in the marketplace,” he said before an audience that included Kim Kardashian, Chris Brown, Nelly, YG and Big Sean.

He continued,  “Sometimes I don't talk in the most politically correct whatever the type way, but I felt like I ain't really express how proud I was, of this person, of this human being, that had the fight of this artist, that's fighting to make something that she really feels, that really connects in this generation.”

Taylor’s VII is set to be released November 4.

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Chris Brown, Jodeci Confirmed for Soul Train Awards


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Chris Brown not only leads all nominees for the 2014 Soul Train Awards, but he's among the many performers who will appear at the upcoming ceremony.

Brown is scheduled to take stage for the pre-tapped show, which take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on November 7. He will be joined by Jodeci, who will showcase a medley of their biggest hits, as well as Jeremih, Lisa Stansfield, Kem, Liv Warfield Aloe Blacc and Nico & Vinz.

In addition, Trey Songz, Boris Kodjoe, Laila Ali and Wolf Blitzer will serve as presenters.

As previously reported, Beyonce scored six nominations, while Pharrell Williams follows with five nods -- both entertainers will be compete against each other for Album of the Year, alongside John Legend, Drake, Janelle Monae and Michael Jackson.

Wendy Williams will host the ceremony, which will air November 30 on Centric and BET.

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Wiz Khalifa Debuts First Interactive Video


Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsWiz Khalifa has gotten creative with the release of his new video, “Stayin Out All Night,”  the newest video from his latest album, Blacc Hollywood.

In the X-directed clip, which marks Wiz's first interactive video, the rapper wakes up in a cage with a gorilla after an epic night of partying and allows fans to put him in different scenarios, ranging from crashing a wedding to getting a tattoo. It also features a cameo from Wayne’s World actress Tia Carrere.  The video debuted exclusively via StayinOutAllNight.com.

Blacc Hollywood is available now.

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Miguel, Tinsahe & Lorde Contribute to 'The Hunger Games' Soundtrack


Image Courtesy of Republic RecordsMiguel and Tinahse are among the many entertainers who have contributed for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 soundtrack.

The R&B crooner provides a dark track called “This Is Not A Game,” which boasts additional vocals from Lorde and production from the British electro duo, The Chemical Brothers. Meanwhile, Tinashe goes at it alone on “The Leap.”

The entire soundtrack was curated by Lorde and also features appearances from Pusha TQ-Tip, Grace Jones and Charli XCX.

The soundtrack officially arrives November 17, while the movie hits the big screen on November 21.

Here's the track listing:

“Meltdown” -- Stromae ft. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip & Haim
“Dead Air” -- CHVRCHES
“Scream My Name” -- Tove Lo
“Kingdom”-- Charli XCX ft. Simon Le Bon
TO BE ANNOUNCED
“Lost Souls”-- Raury
“Yellow Flicker Beat” -- Lorde
“The Leap” -- Tinashe
“Plan The Escape (Son Lux Cover)” -- Bat for Lashes
“Original Beast” -- Grace Jones
“Flicker (Kanye West Rework)” – Lorde
“Animal” -- XOV
“This Is Not a Game” -- The Chemical Brothers ft. Miguel
“Ladder Song” -- Lorde

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Keyshia Cole Releases Video for “Remember (Part 2)”


Derek Blanks/Interscope/UniversalKeyshia Cole has released a somber video to accompany “Remember (Part 2),” one of the more personal songs off her new album, Point of No Return.

In the clip, Keyshia seems to find peace after her failed marriage with estranged husband Daniel “Boobie” Gibson. As she pours her heart out on the emotional sequel to her 2007 single “I Remember,” she spends a day at the ocean with her son and watch the waves crash.

“I don’t know if I even miss you / Don’t want to kiss you / How can you love somebody and everything just changes?” she asks. “I just can’t take no more, it’s not meant to be / Just not meant to be,” she sings.

 Point of No Return is available now.

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Jamie Foxx Joins Quincy Jones in Raising Money to Fight Down Syndrome


RCA RecordsJamie Foxx and Quincy Jones are continuing their fight against Down syndrome by participating in a celebrity fundraiser October 25 in Denver, CO. Jones is the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s international spokesperson, and Foxx is one of the recipients of the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award for his commitment to the organization.

Foxx will be among the stars escorting seventeen models who suffer from the disease at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself fashion show at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel, Proceeds will fund research and medical care for Down syndrome and also Alzheimer’s disease.

Supermodel Beverly Johnson will also attend, along with Alex Baldwin and players from the Denver Nuggets and Denver Broncos.

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T.I. Says He Made "Hit After Hit After Hit" with Pharrell on New Album "Paperwork"


Columbia RecordsT.I.'s latest album, Paperwork hits stores today.  Pharrell Williams is the album's executive producer, and though T.I. says the pair worked together on 20 or 25 songs for the album, only four made the final cut.  It wasn't that the music they did together wasn't good enough: as T.I. explains to ABC News Radio, it's that the music was too good.

"As we continued to go in the studio, we just continued to make hit after hit after hit,"  T.I. says. "Pharrell has told me, 'This is the one!' so many times, and when he says that I listen. So I'm like, 'Hey listen, if I have this many this-is-the-ones I'm not gon' put them all on this [album,] I'm gon' separate them and I'm a distribute them accordingly, as businessmen should do.'"

T.I. compares his partnership with the hitmaker to the collaboration between Jay Z and Kanye West.

"I'm way different from Jay. He's way different from Kanye,"  T.I. notes, but he sees similarities with the way Kanye and Jay's artistic and business sensibilities mesh.  

"I'm just saying, how Kanye is kinda like, 'I don't care what it costs. I'm gonna cut up a Maybach for the video.' Who would think to do this?" T.I. says, referring to Kanye and Jay Z's 2011 music video for "Otis." "And Jay is right there, like business-wise, like, 'I guess we can make it make sense if we find a way to auction it off and make the money back.' See that's the business side working with the art side."

T.I. could afford to leave some of his work with Pharrell off Paperwork in part because he had so many other all-star collaborators to rely on for the album. The 18-track deluxe edition boasts collaborations from Usher, Chris Brown, Jeezy, Boosie Badazz, The-Dream and Rick Ross. The set also includes "No Mediocre," T.I.'s Iggy Azalea-assisted hit, as well as "About the Money," which features Young Thug.

Tip's wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, tells ABC News Radio that the rapper made so many great songs, it's hard for her to choose her favorites. "To be honest with you he has like two albums that'll be coming out really, really soon. He has so much material. I don't know which ones he split and put on the first part of the album and the second part of the album," she says. "But I think '[New] National Anthem' is one of my favorites. 'Stay' is one of my favorites. He has so many good songs on there."

As for the album's title, T.I. originally wanted to call the collection Troubleman II.  But Pharrell changed his mind on that.  "Pharrell doesn't like the thought of trouble or Troubleman," the Atlanta rapper tells ABC News Radio. "He said, 'Man, that's so down here. We're up here. I think of you up here, like this. And no, no, we can come up with something much better than that.' I was like I'm not finna' argue with the producer of the year. I'm not gon' do that."

The album apparently has a subtitle: The Motion Picture, which T.I. is taking literally. There will be three short films with GoodFellas or Casino themes to accompany the album. The rapper, who has appeared in films such as ATL, Takers and American Gangster, said he's starring in the shorts, which will all be set in different eras.

"Certain vibes of certain songs may allow [me to portray] my uncle back in the '60s...and [see] how the things that he did affected my outcome today," he explains of the films. "The cohesive message of the story is the man you see before you today did not make it to be this man overnight."

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