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Gregg DeGuire/WireImageRapper French Montana is the latest signee to Epic records, and in celebration of his new deal, the Coke Boys founder has released his new video for the Kanye West and Nas collaborative effort, "Figure It Out."

The Eif Rivera-directed video shows the trio at a junkyard filled with airplanes as they all rap on the auto-tuned track. "Figure It Out" was first introduced in February on Montana's most recent Coke Boys mixtape, Wave Gods.

With the release of the new video, the song is now available for purchase and streaming online.  The video's streaming now on YouTube.

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Photo credit: Paolo ReversiRihanna has definitely been putting in the "work."  The singer can now celebrate the fact her new album, ANTI, has just been certified double platinum.

After acquiring more than one million downloads in just 14 hours and topping the Billboard 200 chart back in February, Rih-Rih has hit another major milestone by being the first album in 2016 to go double platinum.

The singer shared the good news by tweeting, "#ANTI is the 1st album from 2016 to go @RIAA double platinum!!! Blown away by your support every day. thank you."

The RIAA confirmed the news and also made mention of the success of Rihanna's lead single, "Work," with rapper Drake, saying, "More Gold & Platinum accolades for @Rihanna: #Work is @RIAA’s first 3X multi-Platinum song of year! @RocNation."

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Nick Elgar/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesThe legacy of the late, great music icon Prince was heard on Thursday night’s Shondaland programming lineup on ABC.

On the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Prince & The New Power Generation was on the episode titled “Mama Tried.” On the politically charged Scandal, “Delirious” was played throughout scenes on the episode titled “Trump Card.”

On her official Twitter account,  Shonda Rhimes -- who produces the entire prime-time block -- tweeted about the usage of the much treasured catalog for the shows.

“Last night, #Prince's estate allowed us to honor #Prince by using his music on #GreysAnatomy and #Scandal. Thank u, Prince. For everything.”

Prince died at the age of 57 on April 21.

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ABC/Fred LeeG-Unit rapper 50 Cent is back in the headlines once again -- but this time it's because he's teamed up with singer Chris Brown to release their new track, "No Romeo No Juliet".

The new song, which is said to be featured on the upcoming Kanan: Reloaded, is Fiddy's follow up to his 2015 release, The Kanan Tape.

50 shared the news and a clip of the upcoming video via social media, tweeting, "NEW Music No Romeo No Juliet ft @chrisbrown.."

Check out the duo's new joint on YouTube.

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Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle may have more issues than VOGUE but the singer isn't letting that stop her from sharing her latest video, "Got Em Like."

In the strip club-inspired video, the Memphis native is found dancing with friends as she sings.

Michelle shared the news by posting clip on her Instagram, saying, "#GotEmLike video is out NOW! Link in bio!"

"Got Em Like" is featured on Michelle's third studio album, More Issue than Vogue.  The full video is streaming now on YouTube.

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Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesGrammy Award-winning singers, India.Arie and CeCe Winans are just some of the music stars that are scheduled to serve as national chairs of Nashville's National Museum of African American Music, reports Billboard.

Also on the list of national chairs are blues singer Keb' Mo and country star Darius Rucker .

"NMAAM will tell the rich story of the development of American music from the beginning of our country’s formation up through the birth of hip-hop and beyond, Rucker tells Billboard. "I am passionate about doing everything I can to help, as are my fellow national chairs.”

He and the other performers will help to raise money for the project, which will be located in the heart of the city's Lower Broadway.

The museum is expected to open in 2018.

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Noel Vasquez/Getty Images; Kieran Frost/Redferns via Getty ImagesHere's an unlikely celebrity feud: Arsenio Hall vs. Sinead O'Connor.

The former late-night host is suing the "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer for libel over a Facebook post she wrote Monday. In the post, which appears to be no longer available, she suggested that the late music superstar Prince for decades obtained drugs from Hall.

ABC News recently confirmed that authorities are looking into the possibility that Prince died of a drug overdose.

O'Connor reportedly also wrote in reference to Hall, "Expect their call. They are aware you spiked me years ago at Eddie Murphy's house."

Hall's lawsuit describes O'Connor as "desperate" and an "attention-seeker," and claims she has "maliciously published outlandish defamatory lies" about him. He seeks at least five million dollars in damages.

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Parkwood/ColumbiaThe Bey-hive will have more in-person time with their Queen as Beyonce has just added new dates to her Formation World Tour.

The eight newly added stops will take place in September and October, after the European leg of the tour.

Bey will be making her rounds to cities including Atlanta, Los Angeles and East Rutherford, New Jersey. The final date of the tour is now scheduled to be October 2 in Nashville, a make-up date for the recently postponed show in the city.

Tickets for all the new performances will go on sale May 13. Check out the new dates and cities below.

9/7 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 
9/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium 
9/17 -- Santa Clara, CA, Levi's Stadium 
9/22 -- Houston, TX, NRG Stadium 
9/24 -- New Orleans, LA, Mercedes Benz Superdome 
9/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Georgia Dome 
9/29 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field 
10/2 -- Nashville, TN, Nissan Stadium (rescheduled from May 5)

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Paolo ReversiRihanna's new venture with Manolo Blahnik, Denim Desserts, officially hit stores in London, New York and Hong Kong today and the singer has literally put her foot into helping to create these designs.

The collection offers six limited-edition styles, which were designed by the duo, and features sequins and embroidery influenced by the Barbados songstress' hand tattoos.

Rihanna went on Instagram to promote the new line say, "#RIHANNAXMANOLO is in stores tomorrow!  Thrilled to work with@manoloblahnikhq and make these designs come to life!!

When asked about her experience working with Manolo, Rih-Rih lauded the fashion designer saying, “He is such an incredible human being. He’s so fun to work with, and I was blessed with the opportunity to see him create from scratch. He’s so passionate about what he does, and it makes it so worth it when you buy or wear a pair of his shoes because you know what went into it. He’s not copy and paste. He’s not letting anyone do his work. He has a small team as well. He still loves everything about shoes, and it’s so refreshing.”

To find out more information on Rihanna's new limited time collection go to manoloblahnik.com.

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ABC/Fred LeeRapper 50 Cent has just raised the bar on saying, "I'm sorry" by donating $100,000 to Autism Speaks, reports TMZ.  The donation comes after backlash over an online video in which the G-Unit rapper is seen making insensitive remarks to a 19-year old with autism, Andrew Farrell..

"I want to turn this misunderstanding into an understanding," Fiddy said in a statement to TMZ. "There are people that are ignored, mistreated and neglected with disabilities that need our support."

The rapper continued, "I am calling on my fellow musicians, actors, entertainers and all others who may not have fully considered this cause to join together to help in any way they can."

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj may have helped Demi Lovato's decision to avoid future Met Galas. It seems like Queens rapper shaded the pop star by neglecting to tag her in an Instagram post.

The "Anaconda" star shared an image from Monday's Met Gala red carpet featuring Demi and their escort for the night, Jeremy Scott, but interestingly only tagged the Moschino designer, apparently snubbing the "Stone Cold" singer.

The obvious shade did not go unnoticed by Lovato, who went on Snapchat to post an altered frowny face photo with the caption: "When you aren't mentioned in a post but didn't do s*** to the person..."

Soon after her post, Lovato proceeded to add a photo on Instagram in which it appears that Minaj is giving Lovato the side eye.

The singer captions the photo saying, "This picture pretty much summed up my first and probably last met #cool #sof*******awkward #notforme #sweatpants #forensicfiles #whatsgood." The #whatsgood hastag referencing the time Nicki Minaj infamously called out Miley Cyrus live at the MTV Video Music Awards.

She adds, "p.s. some of y'all need to learn how to take a joke.. I'm obviously laughing at the fact that 1. I look incredibly awkward and 2. That the shade being thrown in this picture actually gives me life."

Nicki has yet to respond to the post.

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Photo by Francois Nel/Getty ImagesA day after reports proclaimed Janet Jackson is pregnant with her first child, the singer has released the video for her appropriately titled new single, “Dammn Baby.”

In classic Janet fashion, the black-and-white clip is heavy on the dance moves. Janet and her backup dancers are the focal point as they perform a choreographed routine against a plain backdrop. Janet also gets the chance to bust some moves on her own during the bridge of the sultry tune.

“Dammn Baby” is featured on Janet’s 2015 album Unbreakable. Last month she postponed the rest of her Unbreakable world tour, saying that she was “planning her family” with husband Wissam Al Mana. She has yet to confirm the pregnancy.

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Credit: Paul Warner/Getty ImagesTimbaland has been talking about an album project, Opera Noir, for years now.  Back in 2014 he even suggested it would rival Prince's Purple Rain.  Well, it turns out, just like Prince's film and movie, Timbaland's latest will be more than just an album.  The Grammy-winning music producer is teaming with Leftfield Pictures to executive produce Opera Noir as a scripted hip-hop musical special based on his life - with the end product being the final album for the musician.

Opera Noir will highlight the personal story and rise to fame of the man who helped craft hits for everyone from Aaliyah to Beyonce and Jay Z. The musical event special will follow a young musician’s rise to the top, his hardships and struggles with poverty, substance abuse and crime.

“Tim’s unbelievable candor about his experiences and difficult past help illustrate one of the most epic success stories in the industry. We’re fortunate to be part of the ‘grand finale’ of an artist whose innovative and inspiring musical contributions have helped shape the business and will influence artists for years to come,” said Leftfield Entertainment CEO David George in a statement.

“I couldn’t have found a better partner than Leftfield Pictures and David George for Opera Noir.  They understand my vision for this project, which I’ve had for years, and I’m confident they will help bring this to life for everyone to see,” Timberland adds.

No word yet on when or where Opera Noir will air.

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ABC/Randy HolmesAmber Rose wants you to know she's not one to mess with -- especially when it comes to her children.

In a new interview with People Rose explains her now-infamous Twitter attack on ex, Kanye West, earlier this year was sparked by a Twitter reference the rapper made to her son with Wiz Khalifa, Sebastian.

“You better not come for Sebastian. Not my baby. I will protect him,” she tells the magazine.

The salacious Twitter exchange, which culminated in Rose' explicit allegation about West's sexual preferences began with Kanye attacking Khalifa.

“You let a stripper trap you,” West had tweeted at Wiz in January, referring to Amber Rose's previous occupation. “I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years,” he added.

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M. Caulfield/WireImageDuring his lifetime, Prince cited Stevie Wonder as a influence and role model, and now the Motown legend is recalling is final conversation with the late singer.

"We talked about how we needed to fix this world," Wonder tells Rolling Stone. "All this bullcrap about getting our country back and ‘Make America Great Again’ -- it’s always been great. We just have to stop people filling their minds with lies and prejudice and open them up to the possibilities.”

He continues, "Prince was so inspired, and so inspiring. He was kind, he was disciplined and he knew where he wanted to go. He was able to make big transitions. If Michael [Jackson] was the King of Pop, Prince should be the Emperor."

And showing that even in this saddest of times his humor remains, the blind from birth Wonder adds, "Prince's music was so picturesque that even I could see it.

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ACL Music FestivalIf you’re a fan of fine, fine music – and of course you are – you need to get yourself to Austin, Texas this fall for the 15th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, which this year celebrates their milestone anniversary with a talent lineup that’s even more impressive than the fest’s usual A-list roster.

Grammy-winner Kendrick Lamar will headline the diverse bill, sharing top billing with rockers Radiohead and Mumford & Sons, and country music stars Chris Stapleton and Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves

The festival takes place across two consecutive weekends – September 30-October 2, and October 7-9 – at Austin’s Zilker Park.  More than 130 bands will play on a total of eight stages during the the festival . 

In anticipatation of the crowds and in response to feedback from past attendees, organizers say they’ve taken numerous steps to make this year’s festival a better experience for all, including more water stations and improved concessions and shopping, a family entrance and shaded “Austin Kiddle Limits”area, and adjusted stage placement for better sound and crowd control.

Tickets for the Austin City Limits Festival are on sale now via ACLFestival.com in a variety of packages, including a three-day general admission pass that’ll cost you $225.  If you can’t make it, no worries – the festival will stream live on Red Bull TV as well as on the festival website, where you can also check out the festival lineup so far, as well as sign up for email updates.

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Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BETDrake is returning to Saturday Night Live this month.

The rapper, who released his new album Views last Friday, will serve as host and musical guest of the NBC sketch-comedy series May 14. This will be the second time he's pulled double duty on the show, following his previous appearance in 2014.

The following week, former SNL cast member and current Portlandia star and Late Night bandleader Fred Armisen will host the season finale, with musical guest Courtney Barnett.

As previously announced, Oscar-winning Room star Brie Larson will host this Saturday's edition of SNL, with musical guest Alicia Keys.

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Neil Lupin/RedfernFederal authorities are now investigating Prince's death.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office told ABC News in a statement Wednesday that the organization, along with the DEA, will work in conjunction with the local sheriff's office to investigate the singer's death.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and DEA are joining the Carver County Sheriff’s investigation. The DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office are able to augment this local investigation with federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion," the statement read. "While this remains an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment.”

Local authorities told ABC News that the feds' involvement is largely due to the fact that they need to be able to investigate what happened involving Prince in other states. Of particular interest: the emergency landing his plane made in Illinois the week before his death.

Late last month, the music legend was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. That morning, Prince was scheduled to meet with Andrew Kornfeld, the son of opioid addiction specialist Dr. Howard Kornfeld, according to the Kornfelds' lawyer, Bill Mauzy. Mauzy added that Dr. Kornfeld had been contacted by Prince's reps to discuss how to help the singer, who may have struggled with prescription drug addiction.

ABC News has confirmed that authorities are looking into the possibility that the singer died of an overdose. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. ABC affiliate KSTP-TV reports the painkiller Percocet was found in Prince's system.

According to his longtime friend, bassist Larry Graham, Prince, who did not discuss his health openly, seemed "pretty normal" before his death.

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Mario Testino, Vogue, 2015 Don't expect to find Grammy Award winner The Weeknd at any upcoming shows -- as the singer says the reason he pulled out of almost every major upcoming commitment, including the European leg of Rihanna’s Anti tour, was so he could focus on new music.

“Creatively, some magic is happening right now, and I don’t want to lose it,” The Weeknd tells Vogue. “It could be an album or it could be something else, but whatever it is, music is being made.”

The singer tells the magazine he's currently working with the team he worked with on his 2011 debut mixtape, House of Balloons.  “But it’s a new thing,” he says. “Always a new thing.”

Earlier this week The Weeknd performed with Nas, at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Met Gala, where he rocked the A-list, fashionably dressed crowd with a four-song set. 

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ABC/Fred Lee50 Cent  officially has made amends to the family of Andrew Farrell after posting a video on social media that made fun of the 19-year old autistic teen.

50 issued the apology on Tuesday evening in a statement to the New York Daily News.

"While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man. It was certainly not my intent to insult him or the disability community, which is a source of great strength in America. I have apologized personally to him and his family," he said.

A video in which the rapper mocks Farrell, initially was posted on the rapper's Instagram and Twitter accounts but has since been deleted. However the footage was posted to YouTube, where has garnered nearly two million views as of Wednesday afternoon.

Outraged by the footage, the parents of Andrew Farrell issued a statement regarding the rapper's behavior and were reportedly looking to sue the 50 if he didn't apologize.   

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