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Keri Hilson Reconciles with NBA Boyfriend Serge Ibaka


Courtesy Serge Ibaka Via InstagramFollowing her split with NBA baller Serge Ibaka, Ker Hilson seemed to be making progress on her third album, the follow-up to 2010's No Boys Allowed. Just as fans began to anticipate sad love songs on her next project, the singer has seemingly reconciled with her beau.

Following his Oklahoma City Thunder game on Wednesday night, Ibaka confirmed their relationship status on Instagram by posting a picture of the two hugging on the basketball court. "Had to get my girl back!" he wrote in the accompanying caption.

Back in February, Keri confirmed that her "music" was her boyfriend and warned female fans to never "drop your standards for anyone."

In other Keri news, the singer recently logged studio time with producer Jim Jonsin, marking their first collaboration. Her upcoming disc also will include contributions from Rico Love, who co-wrote "Energy" lifted from Keri's debut album, In a Perfect World.

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Pharrell's "Happy" Tops Four Million Mark, Outsells "Get Lucky"


Columbia RecordsIn 2013, Pharrell Williams was responsible for one of the biggest, most unescapable hits of the year: "Get Lucky," his collaboration with Daft Punk.  Well, now Pharrell's managed to top himself, sales-wise, thanks to this year's most unescapable hit: "Happy."

Yahoo! Chart Watch reports that Pharrell's smash single "Happy" has just topped the four million mark in digital sales.  That means it's outsold "Get Lucky," which currently stands at 3.475 million copies.  "Happy" is also the first song to sell that many copies in 2014.

Unfortunately, Pharrell still has a ways to go if he wants to beat that other huge hit he had last year: "Blurred Lines."  So far, that tune has sold 6,995,000 downloads.

The Oscar-nominated "Happy" has spent eight weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  That's the longest run at #1 for a male solo artist since 2005, when Mario's "Let Me Love You" was #1 for nine weeks.

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Keyshia Cole Heads to Nigeria for Calabar Jazz Festival


KeyshiaCole.comKeyshia Cole has been tapped to close out the Calabar Jazz Festival this weekend. The singer announced to her fans that she will perform at the three-day event on Sunday in Calabar, Nigeria.

"Abt to hop on this 20 hr flight to Calabar, Nigeria!!" she wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday.  "I do this for my fans!!" She also shared a teaser video, in which she's singing her 2012 hit "Trust and Believe."

The singer is currently promoting her dual singles, "Rick James" featuring Juicy J and "Next Time (Won’t Give My Heart Away)," lifted from her upcoming album, Point of No Return, arriving this summer.

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Swizz Beatz to Attend Harvard Business School


Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCSwizz Beatz has announced that he's set to attend Harvard Business School to study top-level management.

The producer has been accepted into the Owner/President Management Program and shared a portion of his acceptance letter on Instagram. "This might be one of the happiest days of my life. From the BX [Bronx, New York] to Harvard," he wrote earlier this week.

Swizz follows supermodel Tyra Banks, who graduated from the prestigious school in 2012.

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Chris Brown's Assault Trial to Begin Monday


RCA RecordsChris Brown's misdemeanor assault trial has been delayed to Monday morning in Washington D.C. Superior Court, according to the Washington Post.

Before Brown's trial begins, the judge will issue a verdict in the case against Brown's bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, who is accused of assisting the singer in allegedly attacking a man outside the W Hotel last year in D.C.  That verdict was expected Friday after two days of testimony earlier in the week, but Senior Judge Patricia W. Wynn said she need more time to deliberate in that case, the paper reports.

On Friday, Brown made a brief appearance in court to learn about his rescheduled trial date.  Brown's trial had been set to start Friday. The singer, who was ushered in by U.S. Marshals, smiled and waved at his encourage, which included Bow Wow, Tank and his girlfriend Karrueche Tran, according to the Post.

If convicted in the D.C. case, beside facing a possible six months in jail and a $1,000 fine in that city, the singer could face problems in California where he is on probation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.   If he is found to have violated his probation in Los Angeles, he could face four years in a California prison.

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Prince Re-Signs with Warner Bros; Readies 30th Anniversary Edition of "Purple Rain" & New Album


Press Here PublicityPrince will now have full ownership and control over his master recordings after signing a new contract with his former label Warner Bros. Records.

The legendary singer has announced that fans will soon hear previously unreleased music as well as a digitally remastered, deluxe 30th anniversary edition of his 1984 soundtrack to Purple Rain.

"A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship," says Prince in a statement.

"Everyone at Warner Bros. Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world’s biggest stars and a truly unique talent. We are also very excited about the release of new and remastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces," says Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Cameron Strang.

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Alicia Keys Reveals Studio Session with Pharrell for "It's On Again"


Courtesy Alicia Keys Via TwitterPharrell handpicked Alicia Keys to lend her vocals to his new song, "It's On Again" featuring Kendrick Lamar, which serves as the lead single from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. The singer is now allowing fans the chance to see how the record came together.

"Want to come behind the scenes in the studio with @Pharrell and me? ;-) #ItsOnAgain" she tweeted before adding a link to her recently launched website, AKVault.com, where a video chronicling the making of the track is streaming.

In the eight-minute clip, Keys recalls Pharrell selecting her to be part of the soundtrack, which he scored alongside composer Hans Zimmer.

Since most super heroes in blockbuster films are men, Pharrell pointed out that he needed a song that highlighted strong women.  "That's when he said, 'That's why I think you would be the perfect person to do this song, to really represent the women through this whole thing,'" Alicia says.

The song was finished in New York City, which Alicia says is "where the magic happened." She adds that the record captures all the "heartbreak" that Spider-man goes through in the movie.

"I think there's a time in all of our lives where you wonder can you get up and still go through every day, even when something has broken your heart so much," she says. "You have to keep on going, and it has to be on again and that's way the song 'It's On Again' came together."

She adds that Kendrick's guest verse made the song complete. "His lyrics on that are so powerful and so deep, so rewind that back a couple times and just break down every lyric he wrote, 'cause it's serious," she laughs.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack will be available on April 22, while the film hits theaters on May 2.

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Pregnant Ciara Tweets About Baby Kicks


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Ciara and Future will soon welcome their first child together, and the singer continues to keep her fans up to date with her pregnancy via social media. Ci Ci shared that her son is kicking.

"Kicks To The Ribs Early!:) Hey Lil One...Youch!:)..:)," she tweeted to her 5.5 million followers. One fan commented, "Can't wait to see my god-baby," while another joked, "He's tryna 1,2 step already?"

Ciara's bundle of joy will mark Future's fourth child.  He has three kids with three different women: an 11-year-old boy, a four-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy.

The singer is reportedly due next month.

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Kelis Says She Doesn’t Listen to Nas' Music


Island Def JamFormer couple, Nas and Kelis, are both promoting their respective music projects, but it seems the rapper's ex-wife is not interested in his new material. In a recent interview with the New York Times Magazine, the singer finally addressed her thoughts on Nas posing with her wedding dress on his infamous album cover for Life is Good.

"It’s not even the dress. The joke behind that is that it’s the slip to the petticoat to my dress," she told the publication earlier this month. "I think when I moved out I just left it. That’s all he had, poor thing."

When asked if she knows why the rapper chose to use the dress on his album cover, Kelis replied, "All kinds of ideas of why, but I don’t really care."

The rapper's nod to their failed marriage, which spanned from 2005 to 2010, seemingly does not make her sentimental. "Maybe for others, but not for me. I don’t really listen to his music anyway," she adds.

Meanwhile, Nas is still celebrating the 20th anniversary Illmatic -- he released a double disc version of the album, Illmatic XX, and premiered his documentary, Time Is Illmatic, earlier this week.

Kelis is gearing up to release her first album in four years, Food, on April 22.

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John Legend to Executive Produce Documentary-Style Dance Film


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John Legend is teaming up with Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through.

Deadline reports their upcoming project will serve as a "documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation." Legend will serve as an executive producer while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut.

The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer.

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August Alsina's "Testimony" Expected to Have Solid First-Week Sales


Def JamAugust Alsina's debut album, Testimony, is on track for solid first-week sales, according to industry forecasters.

According to Hits Daily Double, the singer's first studio effort is expected to sell between 50,000 to 60,000 copies in its first week. The 13-track project boasts guest appearances from FabolousTrinidad Jame$, B.o.B, Yo Gotti and Rick Ross as well as the Jeezy-assisted single "Make It Home."

Alsina's disc could potentially debut within the top 10 on the Billboard 200 and within the top 5 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart.

Elsewhere, Jason Derulo's new album, Talk Dirty, is expected to debut with approximately 30,000 to 35,000 copies sold in its first week.

The official sales figures will be released next Wednesday.

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Aretha Franklin Threatens Suit Over Fake Patti LaBelle Fight Story


Aretha's Records; Courtesy of Patti LaBelleEarlier this month, The News Nerd published a satirical story about Aretha Franklin getting into a physical altercation with Patti LaBelle.  Although the Queen of Soul released a statement clarifying that the story was false, she is planning to file a $10 million lawsuit against the publication, according to the Detroit News.

"The stories were not presented as satire or humor.  It was presented as a serious news story intended to depict me in a slanderous and derogatory way -- defamation of character," said Franklin through her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.

The News Nerd claimed that Patti was arrested after she punched Aretha with "a Mayweather style right and left."  The fabricated story was seemingly concocted after Franklin was captured pulling her arm away from Patti, who was trying to greet Aretha at the "Women of Soul" concert at The White House last month.

Although the publication carries a disclaimer at the bottom of each web page that describes its stories as "purely satirical" and "for entertainment purposes only," Franklin is still moving forward with possible legal action.

Earlier this week, the legendary singer laughed off the alleged incident.  "I've never heard anything crazier," Franklin said in a statement on Tuesday.  "Patti and I are cool and we always have been.  I enjoyed her at the White House.  Classic Patti."

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SWV, Jaheim & More to Perform at 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards


WE tvSWV and Jaheim have been tapped to showcase at the 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards, airing on TV One this Easter Sunday.

The network announced that the entertainers will be joined by Raheem DeVaughn, Joe, Carl Thomas, Lyfe Jennings, Stephanie Mills, Candice Glover, Donnie McClurkin, Amber Riley, Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Kid N’ Play, Chubb Rock and many more. The artists will be backed by the Trumpet Awards Orchestra under the direction of James “Big Jim” Wright.

The event recognizes men and women who have significantly contributed to enhancing the quality of life in fields such as law, religion, politics, public service, sports and entertainment.

Hosted by actor Laz Alonso and actress Melissa De Sousa, the event's honorees this year include Academy Award-nominated actress Alfre Woodard as well as a Harvard Law Professor, the Attorney General of California, various entrepreneurs and others.

Tune in at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 20 on TV One.

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Report: Drake Sued for Allegedly Ripping Off Jazz Musician


Cash Money RecordsDrake has reportedly been sued by the estate of a late jazz musician, whom he allegedly ripped off for one of the tracks on his 2013 album, Nothing Was the Same.

According to TMZ, the estate of Jimmy Smith claims Drake excerpted without permission a 35-second monologue from the musician's 1982 song, "Jimmy Smith Rap" for Drake's track "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2." The lawsuit claims Drake incorrectly stated in the liner notes of his album that he obtained a license for the sample.

The lawsuit seeks more than 300 thousand dollars from Drake and other named defendants, including Cash Money Records.

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Miguel's Stylist Speaks About His "Sexy, Bold, Rock 'n' Roll" Fashion


Image Credit: Anthony WilliamsMiguel recently acknowledged that his stylist Jasmine Benjamin has landed a feature in Vogue magazine, in which she details the crooner's edgy fashion statements.

When asked by the magazine how she would described Miguel's style, Benjamin complimented the singer for being fashion-forward and pushing "boundaries."

"His style is sexy, bold, rock 'n' roll and everything that idea encompasses.  We go from rockabilly and punk to '90s glam-metal band," she says. "He always needs a good pair of jeans, a T-shirt, a pair of leather boots and a leather jacket, of course. These staples are a part of who Miguel really is."

After working together for more than two years, Jasmine and Miguel see eye-to-eye on which outfits will suit him. "Miguel literally can give me a few words and describe how he wants to look for an event and I just know exactly what he means," she says. "I totally know what he’s going to love right away, but sometimes he surprises me!"

So what's her favorite looks for him? Jasmine says she loved Miguel's red carpet look for the BET Awards in 2013 and for this year's Grammys Awards.

Meanwhile, fans can expect more funky fashion choices from the singer, who is currently recording the follow-up to his breakout 2012 album, Kaleidoscope Dream.

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Eve to Wed Billionaire Beau in Lavish Spain Wedding?


Courtesy Eve Via InstagramEve got engaged to British designer Maximillion Cooper last year on Christmas Day. Now, the couple is reportedly gearing up to exchange vows in Spain this summer.

Sources tell the New York Post's Page Six that the long-time couple, who've been dating since 2011, will have their ceremony inside the Blue Marlin megaclub in Ibiza. The wedding will be held sometime in June.

This will be Eve's first trip down the aisle. Cooper has four children from a previous marriage.

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Jhené Aiko Debuts New Song "Spotless Mind" at Coachella


Def JamJhené Aiko made the most out of performing for the first time at Coachella on Sunday. The singer debuted a brand new song called "Spotless Mind" during her set.

“Started as a love song, 26 years in the making / Moving from place to place and I never really settled down,” she sings backed by her live band. The island-inspired song was posted on her official YouTube page.

"Spotless Mind" will appear on her upcoming full-length debut Souled Out, slated to arrive this summer.

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Diddy Tops Forbes Five List of Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists


Bad Boy RecordsWhile many continue to debate his upcoming Howard University commencement speech, Diddy is laughing all the way to the bank. The rap mogul has just landed atop The Forbes Five list of Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists.

The college drop-out has secured the position for the fourth year in a row with a net worth estimated by Forbes to be around $700 million, up $120 million from last year in large part due to the launch of his cable music network Revolt TV.

While Diddy closes in on a ten-figure fortune, Dr. Dre claims the number two position with $550 million in part a result of his majority stake in Beats by Dr. Dre, a venture Forbes estimates could be worth as much as $2 billion. Meanwhile, Jay Z takes third place with an estimated $520 million fortune stemming from his $204 million Rocawear sale in 2007, his $150 million deal with Live Nation in 2008 and his Roc Nation Sports agency.

Elsewhere, Bryan “Birdman” Williams nabs the number four spot  with $300 million, thanks in part to his Cash Money empire, while 50 Cent rounds out the top five with $140 million, due to his $100 million sale of Vitamin Water in 2007 as well as his interests in SMS Audio and SK Energy.

The Forbes Five list was determined using past earnings, current holdings and financial documents, and though interviews with industry players and even some of the artists themselves.

Here's the Forbes Five 2014:

1. Diddy -- $700 million
2. Dr. Dre -- $550 million
3. Jay Z -- $520 million
4. Birdman -- $160 million
5. 50 Cent -- $140 million

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Mack Wilds Releases Video for "Henny (Remix)" Featuring Mobb Deep, French Montana & Busta Rhymes


MackWilds.comAfter teasing behind-the-scenes shots, Mack Wilds has unveiled the official video for his remixed single "Henny," featuring guest verses from Mobb Deep, French Montana and Busta Rhymes.

The clip was inspired by Craig Mack's "Flavor in Your Ear" video and captures the entertainers partying with models against a white backdrop.

The original Salaam Remi-produced version of "Henny" appears on Mack's Grammy-nominated album, New York: A Love Story, while the revamped track with Busta Rhymes appears on Mobb Deep’s double-disc album, The Infamous Mobb Deep.

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Jay Z's Made in America Festival to Run Simultaneously in Philadelphia & L.A.


Life TimesJay Z has announced plans to take his Budweiser Made in America Festival to both the East and West Coasts this summer.

The rapper and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino have announced that a version of the two-day music event will take place in L.A. during the 2014 Labor Day weekend, August 30-31. An edition of the festival will also be held simultaneously in Philadelphia, which is where the event has taken place since its inception in 2012.

As a result, the dual-city event will now feature a larger line-up and fans will be able to live stream performances from both coasts. Performers and further details will be announced at a later time.

To purchase tickets for Budweiser Made in America 2014, visit MadeInAmericaFest.com.

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