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Drake and Lil Wayne Hint at Another Joint Tour


Image Courtesy Cash Money RecordsDrake and Lil Wayne concluded their joint tour by hinting that the duo are considering to do it all over again.

While performing in Texas on Sunday, September 27, the Young Money stars revealed that a second outing would be appropriate for their respective new albums.

"We’re tied up tonight. I know there has to be a winner or they want to see a winner, but I’ve got an idea," Drake can be heard saying in a video from the Texas performance posted by Revolt TV. "I feel like, you put out this Carter V, I put out this Views from the 6, we do this tour again next year and we start that bitch in Houston.”

Drake is rumored to be releasing his forthcoming LP Views from the 6 later this fall while Wayne is expected to release Tha Carter V on October 28.

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Mila J Recruits B.o.B, Ty Dolla $ign & Problem for Upcoming EP


Image Courtesy Motown RecordsMila J has lined up several rappers to appear on her newly announced EP, titled, M.I.LA, which stands for "Made in LA."

Jhene Aiko's sister has tapped B.o.B and Problem to contribute to her five-song set, which is led by the first single “My Main,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. The set also includes beats from DJ Mustard

The project will be released on October 14 via Motown.

Here's the track list:

"My Main"
"Champion"
"Smoke, Drink, Break-Up"
"Times Like These"
"Pain in My Heart"

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Usher Announces European Leg of The UR Experience Tour


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Despite reports of low ticket sales for his North American trek, Usher has announced the dates for the European leg of his upcoming outing, dubbed The UR Experience Tour.

Kicking off February 13 in France, the extended trek will travel to Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland and more before wrapping up March 26 in London, England. The crooner will be joined by “Am I Wrong” hitmakers Nico & Vinz as his supporting act.

“With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests. I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before,” Usher explains in a statement.

Tickets will go on sale for the European dates on Friday, October. 3.

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Grammy Eligibility Has Ended; Beyonce, Pharrell Should Receive Nominations


Eric McCandless/CBSKeyshia Cole, Mary J Blige and others entertainers with winter albums scheduled shouldn't expect any nominations for the biggest night in music, because the cutoff for eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards was Tuesday, September 30.

So, who are the most likely candidates for Grammy love? Billboard has predicted that Beyonce is the front runner in the Album of the Year category. The publications suggests that Beyonce's self-titled surprise album will likely compete against Pharrell Williams' "G I R L" and Sam Smith's "In the Lonely Hour."

For Record of the Year, Billboard says Pharrell's "Happy" and Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" could potentially contend with Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars" and Smith's "Stay with Me."

For Song of the Year, which is a songwriting award, "All of Me" by John Legend and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" are likely to receive nods.

The official nominations will be announced in December. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out February 8.

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Jennifer Hudson's "JHUD" Enters Top Ten on Billboard 200 Chart


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Jennifer Hudson's JHUD has landed at number ten on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

According to the publication, the singer's third album sold 24,000 units in its first week, exceeding initial sales projections of approximately 19,000 to 22,000 copies.

Although the set has become Hudson's third top-10 album, it marks her lowest sales start of her career; 2011's I Remember Me debuted at number two and sold 165,000 copies its first week.

JHUD includes contributions from Iggy Azalea and R. Kelly, as well as her Pharrell-produced single, "I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)," featuring T.I., and "Walk It Out," which was produced by Timbaland.

Elsewhere, Chris Brown's X has slipped from #2 to #6 on the chart, selling an additional 37,000 copies.

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Rihanna to Present Designer Tom Ford with Award at amfAR Gala


ABC/Richard HarbaughRihanna has worn the creations of the world's top designers, and now she's going to present one of them with a special award.

E! Online reports that the singer will honor Tom Ford at the The Foundation for AIDS Research's Inspiration Gala, scheduled to take place on October 29 in L.A.  She'll present Ford with amfAR's Award of Inspiration in recognition of the work he's done to combat the AIDS crisis. 

E! quotes Rihanna as saying, "Tom has inspired so many aspects of my art over the years, not to mention his clothes give me a real bad attitude. His commitment to the cause and commitment to amfAR is truly admirable." 

Previous award winners include Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Fergie, and James Franco.

E! reports that Gwyneth Paltrow will host the gala, and Sharon Stone is expected to participate in the night's live charity auction.

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Prince Joins Facebook, Hosts Bizarre Fan Q&A


Vince Bucci/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCPrince is officially on the social media train.  The notoriously introverted singer created a verified Facebook account on Tuesday, the same day he released two new albums.

In an effort to promote his dual projects, Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum, Prince announced to fans that he would participate in a live Q&A.  However, it took hours before he answered the first question, which proved to be an unexpected one: "Please address the importance of ALL music being tuned to 432hz [Hertz] sound frequencies??"

The legendary musician responded by providing a link to an article.

He opted not to answer any further questions.

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Stream Tinashe's "Aquarius" Ahead of Official Release


Image Courtesy Gomillion & LeupoldTinashe is giving fans a chance to stream her upcoming debut album, Aquarius, ahead of its official release.

The singer has exclusively teamed with Dazed & Confused to allow her loyal following to listen to her 18-track effort in its entirety, which includes her DJ Mustard-produced hit "2 On" with ScHoolboy Q as well as her latest single "Pretend" featuring A$AP Rocky. The set also boasts contributions from noted producers like Detail, Boi-1da, Mike WiLL Made-It, Jasper and Stargate.

Aquarius is my official album introduction to the world and represents a new season of music and art,” said Tinashe in a statement. “I cannot wait to finally share with the world what I have been working so hard on for the past few years. This is just the beginning.”

Aquarius will be released on October 7.

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Mary J. Blige Is in "the Best Place She Has Been in a Long Time," Says Producer


Image Courtesy Capitol RecordsMary J. Blige's Capitol Records debut, The London Sessions, will include some of her best work, according to her executive producer, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins.

In an interview with Billboard, Jerkins revealed how much Mary J. evolved while creating the project, which was recorded over the course of in 24 days in London. "Her growth spiritually. Listen to her vocals: It's the clearest and cleanest she has ever sounded," Jerkins says of his frequent collaborator. "Everyone is saying it. This is probably the best place she has been in a long time."

The hitmaker also recalled what inspired Mary to change her sound. "It was the day after Mary and Sam Smith had taped the live video for 'Stay with Me.' Steve [Barnett, Capitol chairman/CEO] and I pitched the idea of putting her with the best producers and songwriters in London, including Sam, Emeli Sande, Disclosure and others," Jerkins says.

Judge for yourself when The London Sessions arrives December 2.

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Ciara Gets Hug from Thong-Wearing Prankster During Paris Fashion Week Event


Epic RecordsCiara is the latest target of Ukrainian media personality Vitalii Sediuk, the prankster who has had red carpet encounters with Kim Kardashian, Brad Pitt, America Ferrara, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio.

According to E! Online the 28-year-old singer was posing for photographers at a Paris Fashion Week event Tuesday when Sediuk approached, stripped down to a black thong and a gold sequined top and proceeded to hug her.

A source tells E! Ciara is "doing fine," in the wake of the encounter, adding, "she was a little thrown off when that game came charging at her. It all happened so fast."

The insider adds that Ciara thought Sediuk "was so creepy in that thong."

At a Paris fashion event last Thursday, Sediuk grabbed Kardashian's legs and tried to tackle her as she exited a car.

E! reports he made another, less successful, attempt to approach Kardashian Monday at Paris' Hotel Costes.  The report says Kardashian's security team spotted Sediuk and made sure he stayed far away from the reality star.

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Usher's Upcoming Tour Struggling with Lackluster Ticket Sales?


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Usher is preparing for his upcoming North America trek, dubbed the The UR Experience Tour, however ticket sales reportedly  have been lackluster.

Sources tell the New York Post's Page Six that the crooner's 27-city outing is said to have sold only a small portion of the available seats.

“Usher’s sales will be fine in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, but he’s selling so badly in other markets that the good ones can’t offset the bad ones,” says one source.

In addition, tour promoter Live Nation could potentially lose $5 million due to soft ticket sales, which some insiders attribute to the lack of a strong opening act -- August Alsina and DJ Cassidy are currently on the roster.

The news comes on the heels of Usher delaying the release of his eighth studio effort, which was initially expected to arrive this fall.

As previously reported, the singer is scheduled to kick off the tour on November 1 in Montreal. He'll travel to Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, and Las Vegas before concluding on December 24 in Tampa.

Tickets are available via Usherworld.com.

Here are the dates for The UR Experience Tour:

11/1 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre    
11/2 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
11/4 -- Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills    
11/5 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena    
11/7 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden    
11/10 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center    
11/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center    
11/13 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
11/14 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun    
11/15 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
11/17 -- Chicago, IL, United Center    
11/18 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center    
11/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center    
11/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
11/24 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
11/26 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena    
11/27 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena    
11/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place    
12/2 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center    
12/4 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center    
12/5 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center    
12/6 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center    
12/8 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum    
12/9 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena    
12/12 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center
12/13 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
12/14 -- Tampa, FL, Tampa Bay Times Forum

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Miguel to Be Honored at La Musa Awards


Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCMiguel will be honored during the La Musa Awards, which recognize the greatest Latin songwriters from all around the world.

The singer, who is of Mexican descent, will receive the Champion Award for his accomplishments in music when the event takes place on October 18 at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach in Miami Beach.

“Miguel is one of the brightest fastest rising stars in popular music and we are so proud that he is Latino. Our distinguished LSHOF Board of Directors chose Miguel for the ‘Premio Triunfador’ to salute him for his amazing accomplishments and future triumphs,” say Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Desmond Child and President Rudy Pérez in a joint statement.

The crooner is also scheduled to perform material from his breakout album Kaleidoscope Dream at the event.

Tickets for the event are available via LatinSongHall.com.

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Pharrell Issues Animated Video for "It Girl"


Image courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesPharrell is showing off his love for animation in the trippy video for his new single "It Girl," lifted from his critically acclaimed album, G I R L.

"I'm so excited to share this with you... Enjoy my new video for 'It Girl,'" he tweeted on Tuesday.

In the video, posted on his YouTube page, the singer, in his signature Vivian Westwood hat, takes on various animated forms, which include retro video game and anime renderings.  At one point, Skateboard P treats his cartoon girlfriend to a shopping spree, in which he suggests clothes and accessories for her.

The artsy visual was produced by Takashi Murakami and directed by Mr. and Fantasista Utamaro.

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    Tamar Braxton's Spin-Off Gets Official Air Date


    Image Courtesy WeTVTamar Braxton and Vince Herbert are returning to WEtv for an all new season of their hit series, Tamar & Vince, premiering next month.

    The network has released a trailer in which the couple are seen balancing their busy careers with raising their one-year old son Logan Vincent Herbert. "Building an empire is a lot of work," Tamar says in the clip.

    It seems that working hard has presented the the couple with new challenges in their marriage. At one point, Vince tells his wife, "You could have moved out," to which Tamar says, while storming out: "Well I can leave now, gladly pumpkin."

    Tamar & Vince season three premieres Thursday, October 23 on WEtv.

     

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    Nicki Minaj to Host MTV European Music Awards


    Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj not only has four MTV European Music Awards nominations, she's also set to host the big festivities on Sept. 9 in Glasgow, Scotland.

    The rapper made the announcement on Instagram, posting a photo of herself sitting on a regal throne, wearing a black dress and ornate crown. The caption reads: "So excited to announce that I will not only perform, but I have the honorable task of HOSTING this year's MTV European Music Awards!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! The show will shoot in GLASGOW, SCOTLAND for its 20th Anniversary ON NOVEMBER 9th!!!! Find us @mtvema and Vote at mtvema.com."

    The news comes after the Harajuku Barbie scored her first number-one song in the U.K. thanks to her rap with Jessie J and Ariana Grande on "Bang Bang."

    Pharrell and Eminem will also perform on the MTV EMAs.

    As far as nods, Katy Perry leads with seven. Pharrell raked in five nominations, including Best Song for "Happy." In addition, Eminem and Iggy Azalea received four nods apiece, including one each in the Best Hip Hop Artist category.

    This year's 20th anniversary ceremony will air on MTV channels worldwide. Voting in now open at TV.MTVEMA.vote

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    Prince Releasing Two Albums Is "Genius," Says 3RDEYEGIRL Member


    Warner Bros.RecordsToday, Prince simultaneously releases two new albums: a solo effort titled Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum, a collaboration with his band 3RDEYEGIRL.  Releasing two completely different album at the same time is something maybe only a talent like Prince could pull off, says 3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis.

    "Well, it's incredible because I think no other artist has ever released two albums that are totally distinct bodies of work, and that's one of the things that's so incredible about Prince," Grantis tells ABC News Radio. "So, Art Official Age is a solo album, a lot of funk, a lot of soul. PlectrumElectrum is a live rock record with the four of us and I think that releasing those two albums is just such a statement to his genius."

    Altogether, Prince is giving fans a total of 25 new songs, but Grantis reveals that even with two albums to fill, it was difficult to narrow down the songs to just 25.

    "I mean, he's so incredibly prolific, and, you know, to be honest, we've got way more songs than what's really being released," she says.  "So we had to pick and choose from a greater repertoire of music."

    Many of the songs were recorded during Prince's Hit & Run tours of the U.K. earlier this year, which saw him unexpectedly performing in small nightclubs. However, drummer Hannah Ford tells ABC News Radio the band isn't sure when or if U.S. fans will get the same experience.

    "You know, we're not really sure yet. Tour dates will definitely be released, I think later in the year," Ford says. "We're really excited though to get out on the road and hoping for some more U.S dates because we've done a lot overseas and we love it overseas, but it's also fun to do stuff at home too." 

    Here are the albums' track listings:

    Art Official Age

    "Art Official Cage"
    "Clouds"
    "Breakdown"
    "The Gold Standard"
    "U Know"                
    "Breakfast Can Wait"
    "This Could Be Us"
    "What It Feels Like"
    "affirmation I & II"            
    "Way Back Home"
    "FunkNRoll"
    "Time "                   
    "affirmation III"

    PlectrumElectrum

    "Wow"
    "PretzelBodyLogic"
    "AintTurninRound"
    "PlectrumElectrum"
    "Whitecaps"
    "FixUrLifeUp"
    "BoyTrouble"
    "StopThisTrain"
    "AnotherLove"
    "TicTacToe"
    "Marz"
    "FunkNRoll"

     

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    Jeremih Delivers Both "Turn-Up R&B" & Sexy Songs on "Late Nights: The Album"


    Image Courtesy Def JamJeremih carefully crafted his latest album, Late Nights: The Album, which he describes as a mix of hip-hop and R&B.

    "Turn-up R&B is a wave. Right now, we’ve got the perfect blend of hip-hop and R&B. Everything has been unified,” says Jeremih in an interview with Vibe.

    He says that the West Coast inspired his latest body of work. "I think the L.A. sound got so big because when you have people from Atlanta and New York chilling in L.A., it's hard not to go to a club and not have a record that’s hot. It made me wanna have one myself ’cause I was like, man, I like this feeling."

    Although he's found success with his catchy tune "Don't Tell 'Em," Jeremih's producer made sure to add songs that the ladies will appreciate. "We really wanted to make an album that represented what goes on from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.,” says Sickamore. “The album sounds like that -- like nighttime. It's a sexy album. It's a slow album. You feel like it’s about that time.”

    Late Nights: The Album, arrives on Tuesday, September 30.

     

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    Chris Brown Denies Gang Affiliation


    Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChris Brown's alleged affiliation with the notorious Bloods gang in Los Angeles continues to make headlines.  In the latest tabloid report, TMZ says that his mother and girlfriend are "worried" that the singer could be in danger. 

    However, Chris has denied being gang affiliated. "When you’re in L.A. and you’re around people, you meet everybody -- you meet Crips, you meet Bloods, especially in this industry that I’m in," he told MTV News. "I’m not in the country world, I’m not in the all-the-way pop world. [When] you’re in hip-hop, all of that meshes."

    The news comes on the heels of sources telling TMZ that Brown's family has asked his therapist to advise the singer to refrain from socializing in gang-affiliated circles.

    Breezy sums up his interactions with gang-members as being "cordial."

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    Drake Jokes Dancing Like Chris Brown WouldÂ’ve Kept Rihanna


    Eric McCandless/CBSDrake may still have a thing for Rihanna. During a recent stop on his joint tour with Lil Wayne, the rapper playfully joked that he might still be with her if he imitated Chris Brown's dance moves.

    Fan footage shot during a show at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas and posted on Instagram captured Wayne telling Drizzy that he’s "been listening to too much Breezy," to which Drake responded by doing a little bit of Brown's choreography.

    "Man, I should’ve brought that sh** out earlier. Maybe I could’ve made that sh** work with Rihanna a little better and sh**,” he said before busting one last move.

    Although its unclear if Drake and Rihanna are still in communication, she is still cordial with her ex.

    "We're friends," Brown said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "Nothing too serious. We're not trying to start a life together right now, we're just having fun."

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    Nicki Minaj Instagram Selfie Bares a Little More than Usual


    Image Courtesy ABC/Fred LeeNicki Minaj is known for posting sexy pictures on social media, but she, perhaps inadvertently, gave followers more than she meant to when she revealed a slight peak of her unmentionables in a selfie.

    The rapper posted an Instagram picture of herself wearing a black bob wig and a lacy black bra that showed off her breasts, which slightly exposed her nipple.

    Fans quickly pointed out her wardrobe malfunction.  One commenter wrote,"We’re not looking at the wig," while another called out her intentions: "SERIOSLY NICKI u know what u was doing."

    Meanwhile, Nicki teased that she was on set of an undisclosed project. "#ItsASecret," she wrote in the caption.

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