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Faith Evans Unveils Album Cover & Track List for "Incomparable"


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Faith Evans is making progress with her comeback album, Incomparable. The R&B veteran has released the cover art and track list for her sixth studio album, due out later this fall.

The 16-track project includes Faye's first single “I Deserve It” featuring Missy Elliot and Sharaya J.  There also are contributions from Keke WyattB. Slade & Karen Clark-Sheard and rapper Problem, who has two guest spots -- on the songs “Good Time” and “Forever.”

Incomparable is set to be released on November 24 via Prolific Music Group. The set be Faith's first album since 2010’s Something About Faith

Here's the track list:

"Thank You Good Night" (Prelude)
"Extraordinary"
"I Deserve It" feat. Missy Elliott & Sharaya J
"Really Wanna Do"
"Take Your Time" (Interlude)
"Fragile"
"Incomparable"
"Ride the Beat" (Interlude)
"Make Love" feat. Keke Wyatt
"Good Time" feat. Problem
"Forever" feat. Problem
"Ever Go Away"
"He Is"
"Paradise" feat. B. Slade & Karen Clark-Sheard
"Thank You’s" (Outro)
"Maybe"

 

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Suge Knight, Katt Williams Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Paparazzo's Camera


Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept.Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested Wednesday and charged with robbery after they allegedly stole a camera from a female photographer.

The rap mogul and Williams are accused of snatching the paparazzo's camera outside a Beverly Hills studio on September 5.

If convicted, Knight, who has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, faces up to 30 years to life in prison. Williams faces up to seven years.

Williams was arrested in Los Angeles, and Knight was arrested in Las Vegas. Prosecutors reportedly will ask that bail of one million dollars be set for Knight, and bail of 75 thousand dollars be set for Williams.

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Jazmine Sullivan Says She Got "in Trouble" for Releasing "Mascara" Teaser


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Jazmine Sullivan tells ABC News Radio "it was just that time" to return after taking a hiatus from the music business. Now the R&B singer is back with her first album in four years, Reality Show.

Jaz has already released two singles from the anticipated album, and if a teaser on Instagram released earlier this week is any indication, her third single may be a ballad, called "Mascara." The singer says her label was upset she put out the snippet.

"I don't know if that's the next single. I'm in trouble I think for putting that on Instagram because everybody's like 'Why did you put that out?'" Jazmine tells ABC News Radio, speaking at an event hosted by Egami, in New York City. "I don't know, I kinda just like to be free. Whenever I feel like doing stuff, I wanna do it. I'm an artist -- 'Look! Just let me put it out!' -- but I love that song. It's actually my favorite song on the album, so I'm excited for people to hear it when it's time."

Whether or not "Mascara" is the next single, Jazmine is already turning heads with the album's second single, "Forever Don’t Last." She said she often had to take breaks when recording the track because she was overcome with emotion, at times crying.

"When I was working in the studio, you know, when you're getting that real and that deep, it can be overwhelming at times," she explains. "But instead of me letting it overtake me, I decided just to put everything into the record, so I hope that people get that."

Jazmine says the song is about her ex-boyfriend, but she hasn't heard what he thinks of the track. "We're not in contact, but I'm sure he knows," she adds, laughing.

Jazmine says she's been hard at work for years on this one project. "I've been working in the studio for like two years. I took my break maybe like three or four years ago, and then like two years into that I started working on the album and I just decided it was time to start [to] document my life and what I'm going through," she says.

Fans can expect Jazmine's highly anticipated album later this year. The set will include her Meek Mill-assisted single "Dumb."

Before then, fans can catch Jazmine during a string of new tour dates this November across the U.S., starting in Chicago on November 3 and ending in New York on November 18.

"I'm really excited! I haven't performed like back-to-back in a while," she tells ABC News Radio. "So people are going to hear, like, of course some of their old favorites from Fearless and some songs from Love Me Back and then I'm going to be introducing some songs from my new album."

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K. Michelle to Premiere “Love ‘Em All” Video on Monday


Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle has a big roll-out planned. Shortly after announcing the title of her sophomore album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart, the singer has revealed that she will release the video for the album's lead single, “Love ‘Em All,” next week.

The visual will premiere at 11:30 p.m. ET alongside the singer’s upcoming VH1 series K. Michelle: My Life, on Monday, November 3, on VH1.

Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart will be available for pre-order that day.  Fans who pre-order the album will receive a download of a song called “Maybe I Should Call.” The disc is set to arrive on December 9.

 

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Report: Chris Brown Settles Two Lawsuits


RCA RecordsWe were all paying so much attention to the hoopla surrounding Chris Brown's recent assault case in Washington, D.C., most of us forgot all about his other nagging legal problems.  But Chris didn't.

TMZ reports Brown has settled two outstanding civil cases against him, one of them related to the charges in D.C.  Chris pleaded guilty September 2 to misdemeanor assault in that case, but the man he was accused of punching outside a Washington, D.C. hotel a year ago this month just got a check from Brown for about $100,000 to drop his related civil suit.  It's a win for Brown, considering the victim was asking a reported $1.5 million.

You've got to go back nearly two years for the other case.  Remember Brown's supposed brawl with Frank Ocean in January of 2013?  Chris was accused of punching Ocean in the parking lot of a Los Angeles-area recording studio, reportedly over a parking space.  Prosecutors didn't find enough evidence to press charges and Ocean himself declined to do the same.  His cousin, however, wasn't as forgiving, and sued Chris for $3 million.  TMZ claims Chris just settled that case as well, for the bargain price of $20,000, if not less.

Brown's most recent news has been all good.  He received a positive progress report from the courts last week in his continuing probation for assaulting Rihanna nearly five years ago.  That probation reportedly ends in January.  He also leads all nominees for the 2014 Soul Train Awards, taking place November 7.

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August Alsina Recalls Health Scare in New Track, "Grindin'"


Image Courtesy Def JamAugust Alsina has found inspiration in his recent health scare after he collapsed on stage during his show at New York City’s Irving Plaza last month. The singer addresses his three-day coma and rumors on a new track, which was inspired by Lil Wayne’s “Grindin.”

In the video posted on YouTube, Aug dons his signature black shades as he stands in front of a Range Rover and recalls his recent hardships.

“A lot of these lames kept hatin’ on a ni**a / When I took a little fall you was steppin on a ni**a,” he sings on the Knucklehead-produced track.

He continues, “I just got of out of a coma / It showed me that when God is for me, no weapon can hold me / That’s why I go hard for N.O. and my homies, and I pay homage to ni**as before me.”

After making a full recovery, August will join Usher on his UR Experience tour beginning November 1 in Montreal.

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Future Releases 16-Track Mixtape, "Monster"


Image Courtesy Epic RecordsAs promised, Future has released his new mixtape, Monster, just in time for Halloween.

The 16-track project, executive produced by Metro Boomin, features a collaboration with Lil Wayne, who contributes guest verses on “After That.” The set also features production work from DJ Spinz, TM-88, Nard & B and Southside.

"My day 1 fans deserve this," he tweeted of the mixtape, which is available for free download via FreeBandz.com.

The project follows his previous mixtape 2013?s F.B.G.: The Movie.

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Eminem Releases Official Track List for "Shady XV"


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Eminem has released the track list for the upcoming compilation album Shady XV, due out this fall.

The two-CD compilation will feature an album of Shady Records' greatest hits and a disc of new material from Em, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil and Yelawolf. On the first disc, Slim Shady's singles,“Guts over Fear” featuring Sia and “Twisted” featuring Skylar Grey, are accompanied by tracks featuring Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf and Trick Trick.

The second disc includes the label’s greatest hits like Em’s “Lose Yourself,” 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” and D12′s “Fight Music.”

The set arrives November 28, which coincides with the 15th anniversary of Eminem’s major label debut.

Here's the Shady XV Tracklisting:

DISC 1

Eminem -- “ShadyXV”
Slaughterhouse -- “Psychopath Killer” (feat. Eminem and Yelawolf)
Eminem -- “Die Alone” (feat. Kobe)
Bad Meets Evil -- “Vegas”
Slaughterhouse -- “Ya’ll Ready Know”
Eminem -- “Guts over Fear” (feat. Sia)
Yelawolf -- “Down”
D12 -- “Bane”
Eminem -- “Fine Line”
Skylar Grey, Eminem, and Yelawolf -- “Twisted”
Eminem -- “Right for Me”
Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf, and Trick Trick -- “Detroit Vs. Everybody”

DISC 2

50 Cent -- “I Get Money”
D12 -- “Purple Pills”
Eminem -- “Lose Yourself”
Obie Trice, Kuniva, Bobby Creekwater, Ca$his, and Stat Quo -- “Cry Now (Shady Remix)”
Yelawolf -- “Let’s Roll” (feat. Kid Rock)
Slaughterhouse -- “Hammer Dance”
50 Cent-- “P.I.M.P.”
Eminem, 50 Cent, Ca$his, and Lloyd Banks -- “You Don’t Know”
D12 -- “My Band”
Obie Trice -- “Wanna Know”
50 Cent-- “Wanksta”
Obie Trice -- “The Setup” (feat. Nate Dogg)
50 Cent-- “In Da Club”
D12 -- “Fight Music”
Yelawolf -- “Pop the Trunk”

Bonus
Eminem -- “Lose Yourself” (Original Demo Version)

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K. Michelle Announces Title of Sophomore Album: "Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart"


Keith Major/Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle is finally letting fans know the meaning behind her ubiquitous hashtag #AWBAH. The singer has revealed her sophomore album is officially titled Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart.

In the cinematic trailer, the singer walks through a mansion in a white dress while a violin plays in the background. She passes various rooms and at one point, she scares a young boy away after reaching out to hug him. Shortly after mean-spirited tweets are displayed, she makes a grand exit into a white Rolls-Royce.

K. Michelle recently told ABC News Radio that people were pleasantly surprised by the album's content during an advanced listen.  "It's so crazy, everybody comes in and is like, 'Wow, like what is that?' Like Rocko came in, Yo Gotti, just a lot of different people and writers came in and were like floored," she says.

K Michelle adds, "It's like a monster, man, it just took on this life and became this beast and it just is everything musically that I've always wanted to do, that I was told that I could not do. I have a country record on this album, a straight rock record on this album, anything that I felt is what I did."

The follow-up to K. Michelle's 2013 debut, Rebellious Soul, will arrive December 9. The set will featurethe single “Love ‘Em All,” as well as contributions from Eric Hudson, Pop & Oak, and Timothy Bloom, among others.

In related news, K. Michelle's VH1 reality series, K. Michelle: My Life, premieres November 3 at 9 p.m.

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Lil Wayne Explains Album Delay of "Tha Carter V"


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This week was supposed to see the release of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V, but that's been pushed back. Now the rap veteran is revealing what prompted the delay and has announced the project's new launch date.

“We had to push the album back due to a problem,” joked Weezy in what he calls a "public service announcement" posted on YouTube. “That problem being, honestly, I just been skating too damn much, man. I been skating too much and I just totally forget about the motherfu**in’ Carter.”

The rapper then explains, “Honestly, I been working hard every motherfu**in’ day on this album and this album means a whole lot to me. I know the real fans out there, it means a whole lot to them too, so I kinda refuse to cheat them and give them anything rushed,” he says.

Wayne says he has about 31 songs and rather then narrow down the track list, he's decided to split Tha Carter V into installments with the first disc coming December 9 -- a week before Nicki Minaj releases her delayed album, The PinkPrint.

As a consolation for fans waiting for the album, he's released a new single featuring The Lox called “Gotti.”

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T.I.'s "Paperwork" Debuts in Top Five on Billboard 200


Columbia RecordsT.I.'s Paperwork has landed at number two on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

According to the publication, the rapper's ninth studio album sold 80,000 units, exceeding initial sales projections of approximately 65,000 to 70,000 copies.

The project has become T.I.'s ninth top-10 album, despite having a slower sales start than Tip's previous studio effort, 2012's Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, which debuted at number two and sold 179,000 copies during the Christmas shopping season.

Paperwork includes the Iggy Azalea-assisted hit "No Mediocre," and "About the Money."

Elsewhere, Logic's debut studio release, Under Pressure, opened at #4, selling 73,000 copies in its first week.

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Ludacris Teases Miguel-Assisted "Good Lovin'" with Studio Footage


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Shortly after announcing his new collaboration with Miguel, Ludacris has given fans a glimpse into the recording process of their song called "Good Lovin,'" a forthcoming offering from the rapper's upcoming Burning Bridges EP.

In studio footage posted to Instagram, Miguel and Luda are seen sitting atop a table while the piano plays in the background.

"Yo, I promise you, I've never never written a record for someone else that I was like I want to keep for myself, but this song is special. It's so f**king special," Miguel tells Luda before adding, "This is the first time I ever felt like that."

The song, which was produced by Da Internz, will appear on Luda's Burning Bridges EP, due out in December. The set will tide fans over until the release of the rapper's long-awaited album Ludaversal on March 31.

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K. Michelle Teases Another Clip for Reality Show


Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle is in full promo mode for her VH1 reality show, K. Michelle: My Life.

The former Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta star took to Instagram to share a series of teasers for her spin-off. "I've got a number one record and I'm on the verge of becoming the biggest R&B stars to date," she says in the clip as she moves into her new home. "Life for K. Michelle right now is crazy!"

In another clip, the singer gives a quick rundown as to what to expect of the show: "Me singing, my son, my friends, it's all about K. Michelle," she says.

K. Michelle: My Life premieres on November 3 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Jazmine Sullivan Pens Open Letter Regarding New Single "Forever Don't Last"


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Last month, Jazmine Sullivan announced the release of "Forever Don’t Last," the second single from her first album in four years, Reality Show. Now, she's unveiled an “open letter,” detailing how the love-sick song came to fruition.

"When writing 'Forever Don’t Last' I only focused on the pain coming across in the lyrics and the performance. I think its typical to create a solution or resolution for the listener. Like, 'Here everyone, I figured it out and [I'm going to] show you the way,'" she writes. "But with this song, I wanted it to be in the moment. Kind of like I was having a conversation with myself and figuring it out one step at a time, which is how real life happens."

She adds that the song was inspired by personal events in her life. "At the time I was trying to talk myself through my own mess...through my own heartache. I was a woman still in love with a man that I had to emotionally let go of," she adds.

Jazmine later reveals that she was tempted to "stop singing and go cry through most of it...but instead I just put it all on the song."

Fans can expect Jazmine's highly anticipated album, Reality Show, later this year. The set will include her Meek Mill-assisted single "Dumb."

Meanwhile, Jazmine has announced a string of new tour dates this November across the U.S.

Here are the newly added dates:

11/3 -- Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
11/8 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy Theatre
11/9 -- San Francisco, CA, The Chapel
11/18 -- New York, NY, The Gramercy Theatre

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Whitney Houston's Cousin Dionne Warwick Is Sure that Angela Bassett-Directed Biopic Will Have "Style and Class"


Kevin Mazur/WireImageWhitney Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, has voiced her objections to an upcoming Lifetime biopic about the late singer.  But Whitney's cousin, Dionne Warwick, says she's taking a "wait-and-see" attitude toward the project.

The biopic, starring America's Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta as Whitney, is being directed by Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett and is expected to air sometime in 2015.  Asked her thoughts on the project, Dionne tells ABC News Radio, "I don't know anything about it, and I've kinda chosen to keep on the outside of it, and see it when it happens...and then I'll have an opinion."

However, the legendary singer says she's confident that Bassett will treat Whitney and her story with the respect it deserves.

"I'm certain that Angela wouldn't do anything to hurt Whitney or the family," she tells ABC News Radio.  "I have a great deal of respect for her and her art, and I'm certain that whatever she chose to depict is gonna be done with style and class.  And so, like I said, I'll wait to see it and then I can speak from a position of strength." 

Right now, Dionne is more focused on her new album, Feels So Good, which arrived in stores this week.  It features her duetting with artists ranging from Cyndi Lauper, Ruben Studdard and Billy Ray Cyrus to Gladys Knight, Cee Lo Green and Jamie Foxx.

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Report: A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman Break Up


Image Courtesy Phil Knott/RCA recordsFollowing the breakups of Ciara and Future as well as Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose, A$AP Rocky and model Chanel Iman may be the latest couple to call it quits.

"They are no longer together. This happened about a few weeks ago," a source tells E! News. "It was just not working out with both of their busy travel schedules."

Despite dating for more than a year, the pair are said to have found it difficult to spend time together. The source added, "Time away from each other played a big part in the breakup."

Fortunately, though, the duo are looking to remain friends. "They don't have any hard feelings," the source added. "[They] only want the best for each other in the long run."

The newly single rapper can now focus all his energy on recording his second album, which is a follow-up to his debut, Long. Live. ASAP.

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Pharrell Joins Apollo Theater’s Board of Directors


Trae Patton/NBCPharrell is among the six newly elected members of the board of directors of Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater, according to Variety.

The super producer joins New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Jason L. Matthews, Carolyn Minick Mason, Charles Phillips, and Bronson van Wyck and together they will help further the theater’s artistic, education and community programming, fundraising and strategic planning.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome these six individuals to the Apollo board. It is such a wonderfully diverse group of professionals, each representing the very best in their respective fields. They all understand the incredible legacy of the Apollo’s contributions to American culture and are equally committed to investing in its future,” said Richard Parsons, chairman of the Apollo Theater’s board. “I know that the collective knowledge and insight of these new board members will be a wonderful and valuable addition as we guide the Theater forward.”

Pharrell isn't the only producer on the board -- Quincy Jones also serves as a director.

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Miguel Teams with Ludacris on "Good Lovin'"


Image Courtesy Timothy Saccenti/RCA records; Island Def JamMiguel's smooth vocals will be put to use by Ludacris on a new song called "Good Lovin,'" a forthcoming offering from the rapper's upcoming Burning Bridges EP.

The rapper teased the upcoming collaboration in an Instagram video, in which a pensive Miguel sits at a studio board while listening to the piano keys play in the background. Meanwhile Miguel shared the official artwork, which was photographed by actor Lance Gross and sees a woman laying naked except for a pair of black heels against a red backdrop.

Although neither have revealed when the track will be released, Kosine, who is one half of the producing duo Da Internz, revealed that fans are in for a treat. "Shout out to my other job, we gotta nother single!!!! This has been a LONG LONG TIME COMING. Special shouts to my big homey @ludacris God bless you, @miguelunlimited thank you!" he wrote on Instagram.

Fans can expect Luda's Burning Bridges EP to arrive in December followed by his album Ludaversal on March 31.

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Teyana Taylor Says Recording Sexy "Do Not Disturb" with Best Friend Chris Brown Was "Completely Professional"


Image Courtesy G.O.O.D. Music/Def JamTeyana Taylor and Chris Brown have always maintained a close friendship, to the point where she often refers to Breezy as her brother. However, when it came to recording their latest collaboration, “Do Not Disturb,” the singer tells ABC News Radio that it wasn't too strange to get Brown to guest feature on her sex-drenched song.

"I think like with friends it's always going to be weird, but when you musically vibe out, its strictly music," she says. "It's like we can play, we can laugh all day but when it's time to get to work, it's time to get to work. At the end of the day this is a job, and we're both in the music industry, you know, so it's completely professional and just vibing out musically."

Teyana adds that approaching him the song was awkward at first. "Of course when you're like, 'Oh, I need you to get on this song,' he's like 'Eww, yucky!' And you start laughing but once the show starts all your nerves just go away and then you just get to work," she says.

The song will appear on Teyana'a first album,VII, which is due out November 4 via G.O.O.D. Music. The set also includes contributions from Pusha T, Yo Gotti, and Fabolous.

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Keyshia Cole Avoids Prosecution in Altercation with Woman in Birdman’s Condo


Derek Blanks/Interscope/UniversalKeyshia Cole was arrested last month after allegedly assaulting a woman, but she reportedly won't face any legal charges.

Sources from the L.A. City Attorney’s office tell TMZ that Cole will avoid going to trial but she will have an informal office hearing where someone will listen to the stories of both Cole and her accuser, Sabrina Mercadel, and then give the singer a strict warning. It's also possible that Cole might be required to take anger management courses.

As previously reported, Cole was accused of attacking Mercadel, who attended an after party at the home of Cole's rumored boyfriend, Cash Money CEO Birdman. Ultimately, Mercadel was granted a restraining order against the singer, who must stay 100 yards away from her.

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