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Diddy certainly pushed the envelope in his fragrance ad for 3AM by Sean Jean, however it was deemed too sexy for executive's at the fragrance's retailer, Macy’s.

According to the New York Post's Page Six, the mogul was told to re-edit several times to tone down the explicit scenes, which caused the ad to be delayed. The steamy commercial has surfaced online and sees Diddy seducing his real-life girlfriend, Cassie Ventura. At one point, Diddy chokes her while she exposes a nipple ring, and the pair simulate a sex scene on a bed.

"The full-length version includes such provocative images that retailers were concerned about young customers seeing [them]," says an insider.

When asked what inspired the racy content, Diddy says the commercial is fantasy of what happens after dark.

"The concept for the video represents one of the things that 3 a.m. is for me," Diddy told Style.com. "It’s a very one-on-one time. It’s a time to have fun and push the envelope a little bit. It’s definitely an hour where you would find yourself with a young lady. Anything can happen at 3 a.m., and in the video, you see a fantasy that’s in my head of what happened that night."

3AM by Sean John retails for $55, it will be available beginning May 6 at Macys.com and Macy's stores.

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Universal Music Group/Pamela LittkyTyga is calling a published story that he owes nearly $90,000 in back-rent "fabricated."

TMZ reported that a landlord got a judgement against the rapper for the disputed sum back in 2010, but recently filed additional legal papers seeking to collect the money he claims is still due from the rental in Calabasas, California.

But the rapper is accusing TMZ of practicing what he calls "not real journalism." "Stop w all these fabricated @tmz stories. People believe anything they say like real news your not @cnn its not real journalism," he tweeted. "If I ever did owe $ to a house I lived in 6 years ago, why sue me 6yrs later.smh.lies. People will sue u for anything when u get famous."

Tyga adds, "Stop being lazy get up off ya ass and go make ya own. All these freeloaders w they hands out. F**k outta here."

The rapper even suggests a reason why gossip sites write salacious stories. "[AT] the End of the day all these sites get paid every time u click. It's all ad revenue. They'll put anything in a headline to get that click."

According to TMZ, the dispute over the rent is the reason why he was served legal papers at his L.A. Gear sneaker launch even last month.

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Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsSevyn Streeter has released the video for "How Bad Do You Want It," a song lifted from the Furious 7 movie soundtrack.

In the clip, Sevyn dons a flowy white dress in the desert while race scenes from the flick appear. At one point, she hangs with a camel and later gets behind the wheel of a sports car.

Prior to releasing the video, Sevyn posted a behind-the-scenes glimpse via Instagram, in which she explains why the song is so significant.

"Having a song that I wrote and performed in this movie and on the soundtrack is truly a highlight and milestone in my career thus far. I told you guys this year I wasn't putting myself in a box," she wrote in the caption. "This opportunity allowed me to depart from some of the sounds on my album, but still shows a side of me!"

You can expect Sevyn's debut album, On the Verge, to arrive later this year.

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Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChris Brown has been accused of battery following a basketball game early Monday morning, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

According to police, the singer got into an argument while playing a game at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Brown allegedly punched an unidentified man, who later went to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained as a result of a battery. The victim has since been released.

Although police responded to the scene, they didn't speak with Brown. However, he's been given the option of signing a citation for misdemeanor battery or having the case submitted to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Brown’s publicist has denied that the singer was involved.  In a statement to ABC News, rep for Brown says, "Chris is currently in Las Vegas as he is performing at Drais on May 5th and receiving a Key to the Strip that day as well.  He has a suite at the hotel that has a basketball court and invited friends to come play. An unruly individual showed up uninvited and was removed from the premises. Chris was not in an altercation with this person."

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Image Courtesy Daniella Federicci/UniversalAshanti's breakout single, "Foolish," lifted from her 2002 debut, self-titled studio album, almost featured a hip-hop heavyweight. The singer recently revealed Jay Z was initially supposed to record a verse.

In an interview with VladTV, Ashanti recalled that after Hov agreed to collaborate, Murder Inc. executive Irv Gotti reached out to Jay Z to appear on the project. 

 

"Before the record was completed, that bridge wasn't on there. He reached out to Jay to do a verse instead of that bridge," Ashanti recalls. "[Irv Gotti] called him, he sent Jay [Z] the record and Jay was like, 'I'm in.' He said, 'I wanna get on the record.'"

However, Ashanti says, Irv ultimately changed his mind. "He was like, 'You know what? That’s typical. I’m not gonna do the typical R&B record and get the big rapper to co-sign it.' He said, 'I’m gonna make her write an ill verse,'" she says before singing the hook.  "And that’s how that came about."

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Photo Credit: Timothy Saccenti/RCA RecordsMiguel is making progress on his new album, officially titled Wild Heart.

To get fans excited, the singer has released the project's first single, "Coffee (F***ing)," which features a guest verse from Wale. If that title sounds familiar, its because Miguel he previously released the seductive tune on his December EP, nwa.hollywooddreams.coffee.

"Pillow talk turns into sweet dreams/Sweet dreams turn into coffee in the morning," sings Miguel on the guitar-driven track. The revamped song is available for purchase now via digital retailers.

We can expect to see an evolution in Miguel's upcoming project. "He's more confident. It's going to show in the music, his look and in the videos. Miguel is ready to push the button," Mark Pitts, RCA president, previously told Billboard.

Miguel's third album will arrive in June via ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records. The set follows 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteJamie Foxx has enlisted Kid Ink for a guest feature on his newly released single, "Baby’s in Love," a feel-good tune Foxx debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last month.

On the retro tune, Jamie finds himself smitten with a lucky lady. "Baby's in love," Jamie declares, "Baby's on top, never gon' stop to get what she wants/ Whatever she want, givin' it up, cause baby's in love."

The song will appear on his upcoming release Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses, his first album in five years. The set arrives May 18, featuring contributions from Wale, Pharrell, Fabolous and Chris Brown.

Hollywood is now available for pre-order on digital retailers.

Here's the official track listing:

“Dozen Roses, Pt. 1″
“You Changed Me” (feat. Chris Brown)
“Like a Drum” (feat. Wale)
“Another Dose”
“Tease” (feat. Pharrell)
“Baby’s in Love” (feat. Kid Ink)
“Text Message”
“Hollywood”
“Vegas Confessions”
“Socialite”
“Dozen Roses, Pt. 2″
“In Love by Now”
“Jumping Out the Window”
“On the Dot” (feat. Fabolous)
“Dozen Roses, Pt. 3″
“Right Now”
“Pretty Thing”
“Ain’t My Fault”

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Randy Holmes / ABC The “Blurred Lines” court battle continues. Attorneys for Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have petitioned a judge to grant them a new trial in the “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement case, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The motion was filed Friday, with lawyers claiming a do-over is necessary because of errors in jury instructions, improper testimony from a musicologist, and insufficient evidence to support a finding that “Blurred Lines” is truly similar to Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got to Give It Up.”

In March, a Los Angeles jury ruled in favor of the Gaye family and awarded them more than 7.3 million dollars for copyright infringement.  Following that verdict, the Gaye family filed two motions of their own: one to stop the continued distribution of "Blurred Lines" and impound works that contain the song, and another requesting the record labels involved in the song also be held accountable.  A judge will consider all motions at a hearing scheduled for June 29. 

The court decision has already had an effect on the industry. Just last week, additional writing credits for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ hit “Uptown Funk” were granted to members of The Gap Band, due to the song’s alleged similarities to the group’s 1979 R&B hit, “Oops Upside Your Head.”

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Ciara's rumored boyfriend and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson is seemingly a sweetheart. The pro-athlete publicly wished Ci Ci good luck on her first outing in six years, prior to the tour's kickoff over the weekend.

"Praying ur first night on ur new #Jackie Album tour goes amazing! Wish I could be there in Chicago to watch you dominate the stage!" he tweeted on Sunday night.

Although Ciara did not respond online, the singer recently spilled that "life is amazing" in a interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"He's just an amazing guy, and he’s really an awesome person … very, very intelligent," she said of Wilson.

Meanwhile, Ciara's latest album, Jackie, is available in stores now.

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Jhene Aiko will join an eclectic list of artists during the 2015 Bumbershoot Festival, which will be held Labor Day weekend at the Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington.

Over the course of three days, September 5 through 7, concertgoers will be treated to a slew of acts, including headliner The Weekend, Chance the Rapper, pop singer Ellie Goulding, Hoizer and many others

Tickets for the event are on sale now -- a standard three-day pass is $169 and gets you access to all the music stages while the emerald VIP   three-day pass will set you back $750.

To see the complete artist roster and purchase tickets to the event, head over to Bumbershoot.org.

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Universal Music GroupKanye West has changed the title of his upcoming album. 

In late February, he revealed on Twitter that the project would be titled So Help Me God. He took to the social media site again on Sunday to make a follow-up announcement: "I’m changing my album name to SWISH."

Don't get too attached to "Swish," though: Kanye warned, "I might change it again but that’s the name now." 

There's still no release date for the album. Whatever Kanye ends up calling it, it will be the follow-up to his 2013 album, Yeezus.

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Image Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBSJay Z and Beyonce raked in a lot of money last year, respectively, so it comes as no surprise that they appeared in the top 15 of Billboard's “2014 Money-Makers” list, which ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past year.

Hova appears at No. 9 with an impressive $22 million in earnings, most of which came from touring. What's even more scary: "If Tidal is a success, his take should be bigger in 2015."

His wife lands at a few slots behind at No. 12 with $19.6 million, $3.5 million of which comes from combined music sales and streaming royalties from her self-titled album.

Elsewhere, Eminem comes in at No. 20 with a $11.9 million income, $5.2 million alone came from the “Monster” tour he did with Rihanna. Drake made the list for the first time, coming in at No. 21 with $10.6 million earned. Though he didn’t release an album in 2014, Drake made $7.7 million from touring and still managed to earn $1.7 million in sales royalties.

The list calculates the total revenue of an artist based on sales, streaming numbers, publishing and touring income.

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Image Courtesy RCA RecordsWith Mother's Day quickly approaching, Monica has paid tribute to her mom in the new issue of People magazine.

The singer credits her mother, Marilyn Best, for getting her into a gospel choir. "I didn't realize that what I was doing was any different from what anybody else did," Monica recalls of her vocal talent.

"We both love gospel," she adds. "But everything else I love she hates. She won't listen to anything with vulgarity."

As Monica gears up to release her upcoming album, Code Red, she also reveals that she got her confidence from her mom. "I always felt comfortable in my own skin because of my mom."

The issue also sees Wiz Khalifa honoring his mother, Peachie Wimbush. "She's always there when I need her," he says.

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Photo by Guy ArochThis week Jazmine Sullivan concluded the second leg of her Reality Show Tour, her first headlining trek in more than four years.

The singer posted a heartfelt message on Instagram, in which she thanked her fans for supporting her following her hiatus.

"Thank u for letting me be myself. In a world where u don't feel appreciated unless u meet some unattainable mark of perfection.. That we all break our backs to reach... Being me," she wrote in the caption alongside a picture of herself on stage.

Jazmine described herself as someone "Loud mouthed" and "Antisocial sometimes" who took a "break over some damn boy," but appreciates her fans ongoing support. "U all make me feel beautiful beyond words and I thank u for that," she wrote. "It's a wonderful thing when someone sees u for who u really are and still thinks ur the sh**. There's no better feeling."

Jazmine's latest album, Reality Show, is available now.

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Miko Lim/Atlantic RecordsWiz Khalifa will make his debut on NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend, and judging from the promos, it's going to be fun.

In one promo, the rapper stands with host Scarlett Johansson and cast member Cecily Strong, and the trio compares the number of tattoos between them.  Of course, Wiz wins with a surprising 411 tats.  Or so he claims.

You can expect Wiz to perform "See You Again" when the show airs on Saturday, May 2. The song featuring Charlie Puth, which appears on the Furious 7 soundtrack, currently sits atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a third consecutive week.

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Image Courtesy Epic RecordsYo Gotti is gearing up to celebrate his birthday in style.

The rapper has announced that he'll hold his third annual "Yo Gotti & Friends Birthday Bash" on Sunday, June 21 at Memphis, Tennessee's Mud Island Amphitheater.

"I love celebrating my birthday with my hometown of Memphis.  The cool thing about the event is that it keeps growing each year with more and more support from the people here and my friends haven't slowed down on showing up for the turn up," says Yo Gotti in a statement.

Prior to the festivities, the rapper is scheduled to embark on a short tour, beginning May 5 in Victoria, British Columbia at Sugar Night Club.

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Epic RecordsCiara caps off the week with another new song. After debuting her second single, "Dance Like We’re Making Love," the singer reunites with Missy Elliott on "That’s How I’m Feelin'," which also features Pitbull. Ci Ci recently spilled how the collaboration came together.

"She and I just have something really special," Ciara tells ABC Radio. "I just felt it was only right to have one of the kings of dance music and one of the queens of dance music -- I really call them the king and queen of energy, more than anything."

Ciara notes of her collaborators that "there's never been the two of them together [on a song]," adding, "They both bring something to the table that's so unique and special."

"Clearly, Missy and I have had such great success together," Ciara says, referring to their previous hit songs, including 2004 hit "1, 2 Step."

"It just felt right, it was one of those things that was super organic, it just worked itself out," Ciara concludes.

"That’s How I’m Feelin'," which was produced by Polow Da Don and penned by Ester Dean, appears on Ciara's upcoming album, Jackie, due out May 4.

The album, which she named after her mother, also includes contributions from Dr. Luke, Harmony Samuels, The Underdogs, Rock City, Ester Dean, and Diane Warren, as well as two remixes for "I Bet" with T.I. and Joe Jonas, respectively.

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Ciara has added another show to her upcoming Jackie tour.

The singer announced that she's scheduled to play Drai's Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas on June 5.  "Let’s 'Dance Like We’re Makin Love’ At @DraisLV!" she tweeted to her 6.3 million followers. 

The first leg of her headlining North American tour will stop in major cities, beginning May 3 in Chicago. A second set of dates will be announced soon.

The trek marks her first solo outing in more than six years.

Here are the Ciara's previously announced tour dates:

5/3 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
5/5 -- New York, NY, Best Buy Theatre
5/7 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
5/9 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
5/10 -- Glenside, PA, Kenswick Theatre
5/12 -- Charlotte, NC, Fillmore
5/13 --Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
5/15 -- Miami, FL, Fillmore
5/16 -- Tampa, FL, The Ritz Ybor
5/19 -- New Orleans, LA, Joy Theatre
5/20 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
5/22 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
5/23 -- San Antonio, TX, The Aztec Theatre
5/24 -- Corpus Christi, TX, Brewster Street Ice House
5/27 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
5/29 -- Riverside, CA, Riverside Municipal Auditorium
5/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, Club Nokia
5/31 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency

 

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Warner Bros. RecordsIn light of the unrest in Baltimore, Prince has recorded a new song that addresses the killings of young black men and social and political issues around the country.

According to Billboard, Prince's song is a tribute to "all of the people of the city of Baltimore." It was recorded this week at Prince’s Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis, but it’s unknown when it will be released.

The icon isn't the only celebrity expressing his concern --Beyonce, Joey Bada$$, Future Islands and The Game have publicly addressed the ongoing deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

The news comes after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American who died of an apparent spinal injury while in police custody in Baltimore earlier this month, was ruled a homicide. Six officers have been charged with several counts, although charges differ for each individual, charges brought in the case include second-degree depraved-heart murder, manslaughter and second-degree assault, among others.

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Chris Brown seems to be adjusting quite nicely into fatherhood and apparently is spending time with his daughter Royalty.

The singer took to Instagram to show off his toddler, who is pictured peaking over the driver's side window of a luxury car in what appears to be a dealer's showroom.

"She has good taste," Brown wrote in the caption, adding a crown emoji.

Fans seem to enjoy seeing poppa Breezy in action. One commented, "You're a good Father. She's gonna be spoiled, but she'll be happy," while another added, "Love how much you embrace her."

Last Friday, Brown posted a 15-second clip of his baby girl playing a piano and clapping in sync with the music -- we can definitely see where she gets her interest in music from.

She has good taste. ????

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