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Universal MotownDrake is firing back at Madonna following their awkward kiss at Coachella. While performing during the second annual Houston Appreciation Weekend, Drizzy switched up the lyrics to his song "Madonna," lifted from his mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.

Following the kickoff to his "Jungle Tour" in Houston on Sunday, fan footage surfaced online of Drake changing original line, "You could be big as Madonna," to honor Rihanna, to whom he's been romantically linked.

"You could be big as Rihanna," Drake rapped to the crowd at the Toyota Center.

His thinly veiled shot at Madonna comes just weeks after she threw shade at Drizzy by implying that she didn't enjoy their lip-lock.

"I kissed a girl and I liked it," Madonna said during a Q&A with Romeo Saturday Night Online. She also warned fans: "Don’t kiss Drake. No matter how many times he begs you to."

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RCA RecordsChris Brown may have beef with Tyson Beckford for snapping a picture with his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran, but the model and actor wants no part of the drama.

"Tyson was just being playful but it seemed that Chris got jealous," an insider shared with E! News, referring to the photo Tyson posted on Instagram, in which he's standing by Tran's side in Las Vegas over the holiday weekend.

"He is not looking for issues with Chris at all," the source adds.

After Brown reportedly tweeted and deleted warnings for the Beckford to keep his distance, Tyson later tweeted to Chris Sunday night to help calm things down. "@OfficialChrisBrown it's all about fun in Vegas," he wrote. "Come thru papa."

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian celebrated their one year wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 24. While the happy bride posted various pictures on social media, her mom, Kris Jenner, decided to give fans a glimpse into the reception in Italy.

Jenner posted an Instagram video of the happy couple enjoying their first dancing while John Legend performed "All of Me."

"Happy First Anniversary @kimkardashian #KanyeWest and thank you for taking us all on your Magical Mystery Ride .... One of the best weeks of my life...and thank you @johnlegend for this amazing memory... #family #love #allofme #florenceitaly," Jenner shared on social media.

Kim later added a black-and-white photo of her and Kanye, adding the caption: "I love this man so much! Happy Anniversary baby!"

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Cliff Lipson/CBSEverybody wants a body like Beyonce and perhaps if we eat like her, we too can achieve her physique. Her trainer, Marco Borges, is giving fans an inside scoop on what her vegan menu consists of in his new book, The 22-Day Revolution.

According to Billboard, Borges reveals that Bey and her husband Jay Z start their day with chia pudding with berries. "This is loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids," says Borges. "The chia seeds are hygroscopic, meaning they absorb water, which is essential for fat metabolism."

In the afternoon, the power couple chow down on thin-crust pizza. "The crust is made with tapioca and brown-rice flour, so it's gluten-free," he says. "And it's topped with cashew cheese, which is delicious and really filling."

To cap off the day, they enjoy quinoa-stuffed peppers. "On average, Americans consume twice as much protein as they need, but not nearly enough fiber," says Borges. "Things like quinoa are actually a complete source of protein, and when coupled with beans, you have an incredible power punch of nutrients."

Fans can also access Borge's home delivery program, which provides three plans to choose from, all of which include organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ingredients. Meals range from $9.76 to $16.50 each and can be ordered via 22DaysNutrition.com.

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Jazmine Sullivan and Melanie Fiona are among the entertainers confirmed for the upcoming fifth season of TV One's Verses and Flow, airing later this summer.

According to the network, the variety show will include eight episodes full of star-studded performances from Charlie Wilson, Raekwon The Chef, Empire star Jussie Smollett, Sevyn Streeter, Avery Sunshine, Leela James, Estelle, and Chrisette Michelle.

Hosted by actor Laz Alonso, the series will premiere July 30 and will continue to air Thursday nights.

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Everyone knows Memorial Day is considered the unofficial kick-off of the summer, but you may not know where your favorite artists will be during the long weekend. Here's a round-up of where some of today's biggest music stars will be performing over the holiday:

Chris Brown recently announced he'll continue his Las Vegas residency with a showcase at Drai’s Nightclub. "Memorial Weekend May 24th Join me for the biggest party in Vegas @ my home," Breezy tweeted.

Drake is scheduled to take the stage during the Houston Appreciation Weekend, along with performances from Future, Fetty Wap, Lil Boosie and a special tribute to Bun B. Tickets are still available.

Trey Songz will spend his Memorial Day Weekend in the Caribbean for the 15th annual Soul Beach Music Festival. The singer has been tapped to headline the five-day event in Aruba, alongside Charlie Wilson, Estelle, Dru Hill and "human beat box extraordinaire" Doug E. Fresh.

Maxwell, Toni Braxton, and R. Kelly have signed on for the Third Annual San Diego Jazz Festival, taking place over Memorial Day Weekend.

Mariah Carey is scheduled to work the stage during her long-term Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which was just extended through February 21.

Ice Cube will be headlining the Bring Tha Noise 2015 show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit Saturday, May 23. He'll be joined by EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim and MC Lyte.

Snoop Dogg will play the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit at Hart Plaza for the holiday weekend. The festival, which celebrates Detroit's electronic music legacy, will run from Saturday through Monday, May 25, featuring six stages with over 140 artists.

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Last week, Nicki Minaj gave fans a glimpse into the visual for "The Night Is Still Young," her newest single from The Pinkprint album. Now, the full-length version has surfaced online.

In the Asian-inspired clip, which premiered on Tidal, the rapper switches back to her pink wig and shows off her dance moves in a see-through pink dress and floral boots by Marc Jacobs. An over-sized moon attracts everyone to dance the night away while Nicki rides the back of a bike with fiancé Meek Mill.

The new visual follows a string of recent videos from Nicki including "Feeling Myself" with Beyonce and "Hey Mama" with David Guetta.

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Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic RecordsTrey Songz is on a roll. After surprising fans with his Intermission project, the singer has unleashed an unofficial remix to The Weeknd's sultry single, "Earned It."

Similar the Toronto singer's original, Trey serves up seductive lyrics on song which in the original version was the lead offering from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

"Pain mixed with pleasure and passion/ oh yeah/ I heard your heart still mine, I'm still on your mind," he sings on the track.

Trey soon will give fans even more new music when Trigga Reloaded, the upcoming re-release of his last album, arrives on June 23.

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Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Mariah Carey is in the thick of her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where she's performing her Mariah #1 to Infinity show. Despite the glamorous stage show, the singer says not all is glitter and butterflies. Backstage, she says "a lot of funny things" happen.

"I'd rather not call them to the attention of the world, but let's just say behind the scenes, backstage, everybody's grabbing, everybody's taking your clothes, you're standing there and you're at the mercy of the people backstage so you have to have a great team with you," she explained on Friday's Live with Kelly and Michael.

Mariah also spoke about adjusting to living in Sin City with her two children, four-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe. "Well, we're living there and I have a house there for the kids, with a pool and a jungle gym and all the things that they want," she says, before adding, "But I'm still a New Yorker. I'll always be a New Yorker."

Mariah's Vegas show comes at the same time she released her latest album of the same name. The Grammy-winning singer said the songs are "all about feeling and just expressing your soul. That's what it's all about really. For me, music has always been my saving grace."

Mariah's show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace was just extended through February 21.

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Miko Lim/Atlantic RecordsWiz Khalifa is gearing up to release a sequel to his major label debut, 2011's Rolling Papers, which spawned his chart-topping single, "Black & Yellow."

The rapper announced via Twitter that the title of his next project will be Rolling Papers 2: The Weed Album. He didn't offer up any further details about the project, but his fans seem pleased, judging by the comments.

Meanwhile, Wiz is enjoying his high from "See You Again" featuring Charlie Puth remaining atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the sixth consecutive week.

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Aftermath RecordsEminem not only serves as an executive producer on the upcoming flick, Southpaw, but he also will contribute to the official soundtrack.

The rapper has recorded a song called "Phenomenal," which will be the first single from the film, starring actor Jake Gyllenhaal. A clip of the song can be heard in a commercial for Beats by Dre, in which Em raps: "When you feel like you’re running out of fuel / I’ll show you how to use doubter’s fuel / I am phenomenal."

Directed by Antoine Fuqua, Southpaw follows Gyllenhaal's character, the reigning light heavyweight boxing champion of the world. The film hits theaters July 24, co-starring 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Rita Ora and Tyrese Gibson.

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ABC/Lou RoccoNicki Minaj may have unintentionally spilled the beans about her rumored collaboration with Jay Z.

According to a now deleted tweet, which was captured by Fader, a fan asked the fem-cee about her song with the rap mogul, to which Nicki replied on May 21: "It's coming in 3 more days."

Nicki, who recently teamed with Jay's wife Beyonce on "Feeling Myself," has a history of working with Jay -- the duo shared a beat on Rick Ross' "Monster."

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Epic RecordsCiara "I Bet," has reached a new milestone.

The single apparently has  been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling more than 500,000 downloads in the U.S.

Although the certification doesn't yet appear in the RIAA's database of gold and platinum certified records -- which is only updated monthly, the singer announced the news via Instagram, posting a message about it alongside a photo of her official artwork for the song. "#IBet #CertifiedGold By The RIAA! Yay! Thank You Everyone! #Jackie," Ci Ci wrote along with smiley face emojis. The song was released on January 26.

"I Bet" appears on Ciara's latest album, Jackie, available now.

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RCA RecordsFloetry has reunited and gearing up for a North American summer tour, their first in almost nine years.

The neo-soul duo, consisting of Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart, is scheduled to kick off their upcoming outing on June 16 at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Cleveland. The pair will travel to major U.S. markets, including New Orleans for the 2015 Essence Music Festival, before wrapping up on August 8 in Maryland at the Summer Spirit Festival.

Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster.com.

Here are the tour dates:

6/16 -- Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino
6/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Rock
6/18 -- Columbus, OH, The Xclusive Venue
6/19 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
6/20 -- Detroit, MI, Chene Park
6/21 -- Hammond IN, Horeshoe Casino
6/23 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
6/24 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
6/25 -- San Fransico, CA, Regency Ballroom
6/26 -- Tacoma, WA, Temple Theatre
6/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
7/1 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre
7/5 -- New Orleans, LA, Essence Festival Superdome
7/9 -- Louisville, KY, Kentucky Center
7/10 -- Charlotte, NC, Knight Theatre
7/12 -- Durham, NC, DPAC
7/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
7/18 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
7/19 -- New York, NY, B.B. King of Blues
8/8 -- Columbia, MD, Spirit Festival

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Image Courtesy Interscope RecordsRico Love's "Somebody Else" is just one of the many honest songs written from personal experience on his newly released album, Turn the Lights On. While the official remix features telling lyrics from Usher and Wiz Khalifa, Rico tells ABC Radio Chris Brown also could have offered up his recent experiences.

"I would of loved to hear what Chris Brown had to say on that record as well, because that would of been so honest, that would of been so passionate, you know, and that's what music should be about," Rico says.

After the revamped single surfaced last month, the singer confirms that Usher was absolutely recalling his experience with his ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, on the track. He adds Wiz Khalifa also came up with passionate verses about his estranged wife, Amber Rose.

"They were and they should of, because we should always speak from our experiences," Love says. "Listen to the intensity and the passion in which Wiz Khalifa delivered his verse, you could tell it was heartfelt. It wasn't about bling, it wasn't about his watch, it was about how he felt about what he was really going through and I intentionally wanted him on that record for that reason. I needed that emotion."

Rico, who's previously written hit songs for everyone from Beyonce to Mary J. Blige, reveals that being vulnerable on his 12-track album wasn't an easy feat, especially since it was written about an ex-girlfriend. However, he found inspiration in other artists whom he feels consistently create honest records.

"Your music is always going to be more passionate, the songs are going to be way better when they're true and honest, that's why I respect Drake so much, that's why when I listen to J. Cole, I'm excited, that's why when I listen to Kendrick [Lamar], I'm just like, 'Wow!'" Rico says. "These guys are really speaking from the heart, speaking passionately and honest about what they're really going through and it comes through in their record, and that's what I wanted to do with this album."

Rico's debut album, Turn the Lights On, is available now.

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ABC/Randy HolmesSnoop Dogg has landed in familiar territory with his latest album, Bush. The rapper's new project debuted at #11 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, marking his sixth chart-topper.

According to the publication, the set opened with 27,000 copies sold in the week ending May 17. Given that the disc is mostly comprised of R&B songs, the project also occupies the top spot on the R&B Albums chart.

Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the rapper's second single, "California Roll" featuring Stevie Wonder, lands at #49, making it Snoop's 70th charting tune and giving Wonder his 74th hit on the list.

In case you missed it, Snoop's music video for the Pharrell Williams-produced track can be viewed on YouTube now.

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ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna has touched various genres with the initial singles from her upcoming album, from the guitar-led "FourFiveSeconds" to trap banger "B***h Betta Have My Money." Now it seems Rihanna is also looking to incorporate dancehall elements into her new work as well.

Brooklyn producer Dre Skull reveals that he was contacted by Ri Ri's label to contribute the long-awaited effort.

"I know firsthand and secondhand that she’s been reaching out to a lot of people in the dancehall world. I’m not suggesting it’s gonna be [a dancehall album] but [her people] are excited about dancehall and to work in that sort of context. They’ve reached out to Popcaan, but I’ve talked to a number of people in Jamaica that they’ve reached out to," the hitmaker told The FADER.

Skull clarifies, "I’m not suggesting that I know what will happen, but I do know they’ve talked to a bunch of artists that I know."

Rihanna's highly anticipated album, tentatively titled #R8, currently has no release date.

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Ciara must have caught wind of the rumor that her new relationship with NFL star Russell Wilson is on the rocks. Shortly after E! News quoted a source as saying "things have gone a little rocky" between the pair, the singer addressed the speculation with a single post on social media.

The singer posted a cozy picture of herself with Russell on Instagram, in which her beau stands with his hand around her waist. "That's Bae Today. #TBT," she wrote in the caption, adding a wink emoji.

It seems that Ci Ci is still very much smitten with Wilson. "He's just an amazing guy, and he’s really an awesome person … very, very intelligent," she said of Wilson during a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight.

The pair have been romantically linked since April, just seven months after her split with ex-fiance Future.

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That's Bae Today. #TBT????

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Image Courtesy Jon Dragonette/InterscopeWale and Lalah Hathaway have joined the lineup for this year's Essence Music festival, taking place this summer at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Essence has announced the entertainers are now scheduled to play the 21st annual event, which runs July 2 through July 5. The rapper will perform in the Now Playing Superlounge while Lalah will showcase in the For the Love of R&B Superlounge.

They join previously announced main stage performers including Usher, Missy Elliot, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Common, India.Arie, Charlie Wilson, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly and Kem.

Comedian Kevin Hart awill headlining the festival's opening Now Playing concert with Trey Songz. Other acts scheduled for the weekend include Jazmine Sullivan, Mystikal, Common, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Floetry, jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding, Kelly Price, Bilal, Nico & Vinz, Elle Varner, SZA, Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Avery*Sunshine, Kindred the Family Soul, Goapele, Robert Glasper and Tweet, among many others.

Tickets and additional information are available at EssenceFestival.com.

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Everyone is still talking about Beyonce and Nicki Minaj's recently released video for “Feeling Myself, including the woman who put together the wardrobe for the clip.

In an interview with Marie Claire, fashion stylist Marni Senofonte reveals that the pair's flawless video came together with very little time to spare.

"The truth of the matter is, it was really last minute," Senofonte says. "It was Beyonce's idea to go to Coachella and to shoot at Coachella. It was so spur of the moment! But that's B, that's her. She's so spontaneous and it's just part of her craft -- if she likes it or she wants it she goes for it."

In the clip, Beyonce and Nicki hang out poolside and even eat hamburgers, which apparently was never planned. "Honestly, there was no real 'treatment' that usually happens. The idea was, you know, 'let's go to Coachella.' It was supposed to feel the way that I hope it does -- really good friends, just going and having a good time, and making fun memories," she recalls.

As far as the outfits, Senofonte says she "scrambled together in two days what we would need and we went over everything, but it was really this idea of, you know, everyone at Coachella looks like a hippie, but I was like, what if the other kind of kids to go Coachella?"  She adds, "It's pretty much the urban version of Coachella."

You can stream the full video via Tidal.com.

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