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Christina Milian Teases New E! Series, "Turned Up," with Trailer


Image Courtesy Guzman/UniversalChristina Milian has recently made headlines for being rumored to be in a relationship with Lil Wayne, but she also quietly has been filming her first reality series, entitled Christina Milian Turned Up. Although the show won't premiere on E! until next year, she's giving fans a sneak peak.

In an official trailer, the singer briefly explains her career hiatus. "At the height of my career, everything was fast and fun...took one kid to change that all up," she says of her daughter, Violet Nash, whom she had after marrying The-Dream back in 2009.

The singer adds that taking a break from music affected her standing in the industry and she's working hard to get back on top.

"This is my last chance. I know what I want," she says in the clip. "Nothing's gonna stop me now."

Christina Milian Turned Up premieres Sunday, January 18 on E!

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Rihanna Taps Brad Pitt for Her Inaugural Diamond Ball


ABC/Richard HarbaughEarlier this month, Rihanna announced plans to hold her first Diamond Ball benefiting the Clara Lionel Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded by the singer. Now, she's revealed that Brad Pitt and Jimmy Kimmel will attend the event, taking place December 11 in Los Angeles.

"It is such an honor to have Jimmy Kimmel host this event. There is no one more hilarious to make the first annual Diamond Ball an incredible night. I'm blessed by his support," Rihanna said in a statement. ''Brad Pitt is not only a phenomenal talent, but I admire him and am inspired by his philanthropic work."

As previously reported, the upcoming ceremony will be held at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills with a guest list maxing out at 600. The singer has planned a festive event, during which she will perform backed by a live orchestra. In addition, guests will enjoy dinner and a live auction.

The organization, which honors her grandparents Clara and Lionel Brathwaite, aims to fund efforts that promote health, education, arts and culture globally.

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Rihanna's Grandfather Interrupts Meeting Then Falls Asleep


Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna's grandfather, Bravo, may have turned 86 earlier this month, but he's still young at heart. The singer revealed via Instagram that her beloved granddad actually crashed one of her meetings at the head office of Roc Nation in New York City.

"I'm sitting in a meeting at the office yesterday, and this guy randomly walks in with a mouth full o cashews, talking to everybody callin em by first name and s**t to suggest that it is in fact he that is the regular there," she wrote in the caption with an accompanying photo.

She adds that her widowed grandfather then proceeded to fall asleep midway through. "He then proceeds to take my seat, and starts showing pix of his new chick to errbody (she's saved to the wallpaper, yes he's 86). Eventually he passed out right on the couch in the middle of the meeting...smh," she wrote before adding, "Bravo is da realest. #granddaughter."

Perhaps Rihanna was at her record label to discuss her highly anticipated eighth studio album, which she recently revealed will be released soon.

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Solange Reacts to Ferguson Decision, Plans Race-Themed Album


Image Courtesy Saint HeronA newly married Solange could not help but address the Michael Brown controversy, following a grand jury’s decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson for killing the unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri in August.

The singer posted an Instagram image of a sculpture of black child's face with the eyes and top of the head appearing to have been corroded or broken away. She expressed her feelings with a lengthy caption, in which she spoke about the "brokenness" of the black community.

"I screen shot this image months ago. Artist unknown. It moved me for many reasons. One being ….brokenness. Today I feel a sense of brokenness on behalf of my people. Black people. Everyone expresses differently," she wrote.  "I respect all forms and shapes of expression. I respect those who don’t see this as a matter of black and white, who think 'unity and peace' will save us all from this, who’s optimism in the heart of the gut wrench still seems to have a place…Although I feel differently, I respect it all."

She adds, "We were not molded here, to all be molded the same……My words are like aimless shapes and figures at this time. Trying to find a place to go, something to hold on to, to make 'sense' of this all."

The singer continued that that the incident has inspired her to make an album about race.

"But the one thing that’s been concrete in my heart is my will to want to express something to my friends. To the people I love, who love me, who feel pain in this moment just as I do, but who do not feel pain in the way that I often do in many walks of life. Who might feel I talk about race too much, that it’s consumed me, who I’ve distanced myself from…because it’s true, I can’t [take] a joke," she wrote.  "When I told a friend of mine I was making an album about race, his response was….'Just make it fun'. I would like him to think about it now. We are not Michael Browns family, but we are Michael Browns family."

Solange concludes: "We don’t hurt like they do, but we do hurt. Hurt like hell. Thing about my people though….we don’t stay broken. We get up. We put the pieces together when there aren’t even pieces to pick up…….and we will……again and again and again."

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Killer Mike on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: "I Knew It Was Coming"


Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesThe hip-hop community is still reeling after a grand jury in Missouri declined to bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. Killer Mike, who has spoken up on behalf of the Brown since the summer, has addressed the situation during his Run the Jewels concert in St. Louis on Monday night.

Mike can be seen fighting back tears in fan footage posted on YouTube as he sent "all thoughts and prayers to the people who are out there peacefully protesting," as well as "thoughts and prayers for the people who could not hold their anger in, because riots are only the language of the unheard."

He spoke candidly about his reaction to the verdict. "Tonight, I got kicked on my ass when I listened to that prosecutor," Mike told the crowd. "I knew it was coming. I knew it when f**king Eric Holder decided to resign. I knew it wasn't gonna be good, but I gotta tell 'em, you motherf**kers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son, and I have a 12-year-old son, and I'm so afraid for them."

The rapper continued, "With that said, you motherf***ers will not own tomorrow. We will not live in your fear. We will not accept your cages."

Killer Mike joins the growing list of rappers who have spoken up about the situation. Q-Tip was captured participating in a peaceful protest in New York while Macklemore marched in the streets with his hands up and chanted "Don't shoot."

 

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Pharrell Stars in Short Film for Chanel


ABC/Randy HolmesPharrell has been tapped for a new Chanel campaign. The hitmaker appears in and contributes music to a short film entitled Reincarnation, which was directed by Karl Lagerfeld.

According to Women's Wear Daily, Pharrell stars opposite model Cara Delevingne as they reenact the moment when company founder Coco Chanel became inspired from the uniform of the elevator operator of the Austrian hotel while vacationing back in 1954.

Pharrell's original song, “CC the World,” can be heard in the the sneak peak posted on the company's Instagram page. In the clip, Pharell plays Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, while Cara Delevingne portrays his wife, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who was known as Sisi.

“It’s not meant to be a historical reconstruction or something heavy like that. This is light and funny,” says Lagerfeld.

The film is set to premiere at the Métiers d’Art collection show in Salzburg, Austria, on December 1.

 

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Rihanna's New Fragrance, Rogue Love, Arrives


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Rihanna continues to expand her empire. The singer's new perfume has arrived just in time for holiday season.

Following the launch of her first-ever men's line, Rogue Man, Ri Ri's new scent is tailored specifically for women with "rich florals" and notes of "vanilla and golden amber." Additional notes include jasmine sambac absolute, honeysuckle, coconut and orchid.

Fans seem to be pleased with the debut. "@rihanna I'm so happy #RogueLove is out finally.. I asked for it for Christmas," one Twitter user wrote.

Prices range from $39 to $69 dollars a bottle. The fragrance is available now at Macys stores and Macys.com.

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J. Cole Covers Complex, Talks Retiring Like Jay Z


Image Courtesy Sony Music Entertainment/Roc NationJ. Cole has landed the cover of Complex magazine's December/January issue and gives a candid interview about the progression of his music career.

When asked if he would ever retire and then return in the same vein as Jay Z, Cole replied, "I don’t know. I love doing it, so I’m not going to use that as [a sales pitch], like, 'Last album -- make sure you go out and buy.'"

Cole adds that he'd be "content" if he never put out another project, especially with the message that he's leaving behind. 

"Listen to all my music and you’ll hear this n***a who went to New York City and started with a dream; he gained his confidence and his step with The Warm Up and was here to show y’all n****s 'I’m the best' -- and Friday Night Lights put a stamp on that," he says.

He continues, "Sideline Story was like, 'I have to figure this sh** out and sell records.' Born Sinner was 'F**k, that wasn’t how I wanted to do it. I gotta make up for that one, I got to get back to myself.' And then fighting through all of that to realize on 2014 Forest Hills Drive, 'No, this is where it was always at.'"

The rapper also gave the magazine a tour of his childhood home, which he intends to let family members stay in to help them get on their feet. The residence inspired the title of his third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, due out December 9.

The entire interview can be read online now.

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Eminem Releases Powerful Video for “Guts over Fear”


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Eminem has released a cinematic video for his Sia-assisted single, "Guts over Fear," lifted from his double-disc Shady XV compilation.

In the video, posted on YouTube, an aspiring boxer overcomes various obstacles before he even steps foot into the ring, ranging from money woes to coping with an alcoholic father.  The visual was filmed in Slim Shady's hometown of Detroit.

The Shady XV compilation is available in stores now. The double-disc project will feature new music from Eminem, Slaughterhouse, D12, Yelawolf and Bad Meets Evil as well as the label's greatest hits including 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and Em's "Lose Yourself."

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K. Michelle Unveils New Song, “Going Under”


Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle continues to surprise fans with new music prior to releasing of her sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?  The singer has delivered a new offering called “Going Under,” which samples lyrics from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message.”

“I’m singing love don’t fail me now, don’t count me out / Oh love, don’t let me down, come back around,” sings K on the song, audio of which was posted to YouTube.

Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? will hit stores on December 9, the set will include her recent offerings: “Love ‘Em All,” “Maybe I Should Call” and “How Do You Know.”

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Faith Evans Releases Scandal-Inspired Video for "Fragile"


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Faith Evans has released a new video to coincide with the launch of her eighth album Incomparable. The singer shows off her acting chops in the new visual for "Fragile," which was inspired by ABC's Scandal.

In the cinematic clip, directed by Derek Blanks, Faye portrays the first lady while actor Pooch Hall portrays her unfaithful husband and president. The singer grows increasingly suspicious of her man, who is cheating with one of his secretaries inside the White House.

The song, which samples The Mamas & the Papas’ “California Dreamin,’” appears on Incomparable, available now.

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Fantasia Collaborates with R. Kelly: "This Man Is Teaching Me So Much"


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Fantasia is making progress on her fifth studio effort. The singer has announced via Instagram that she's teamed with R. Kelly for her upcoming project.

In a brief video, the newly engaged singer channels her happiness in a jazzy song while Kelz stands beside her giving vocal direction.

“Still Going... Rock Soul LIVES.... This Man Is Teaching Me So Much About Music what a Freaking Gift... My Big Bro for LIFE... R Kelly is Music #thatyoucant #takeaway,” she wrote in the caption.

She later revealed that their studio session lasted until the wee hours of the morning. "Stole Keyls hat, made me sing a little better," she says in a second clip.

The new project will serve as the follow-up to 2013's, Side Effects of You.

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Beyonce Releases Platinum Edition Box Set, Teases Backstage Footage


Image Courtesy Columbia RecordsBeyonce has released the platinum edition box set of her self-titled album, which includes two new songs, four remixes, and exclusive tour footage. To whet our appetites for it, the singer shared a brief clip via YouTube of herself detailing her daily routine, while making her way to the stage.

"I wake up around 10 or 11 o'clock and the first thing I do is kiss my baby," she says in the black and white video. "I have breakfast, nothing too exciting, just granola with rice milk, mango and strawberries. And I then try to do something fun. I really love going to museums. I love to soak up the culture of whatever country I'm in. I then go to the venue and I start my hair and makeup, then I go on that stage and I do my job."

The two-CD, two-DVD-set, featuring unreleased remixes with Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Jay Z, is available now.

The release comes just a few days after Beyonce released the video for her club anthem, "7/11," which includes homemade footage from inside her Beverly Hills hotel suite.

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Chris Brown Sings During Trey Songz 30th Birthday Celebration


Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic Records; RCA RecordsIt's safe to say Chris Brown and Trey Songz have a full blown bromance.  During Trey's 30th birthday celebration in Malibu over the weekend, Brown sang the customary birthday song for his pal.

In footage, posted on Trey's Instagram page, Breezy can be seen performing the song in falsetto with his eyes closed during the carnival-themed celebration, which including Trey's celebrity friends Kid Ink, Sevyn Streeter, Terrance J and Pusha T, as well as his rumored girlfriend Mila J.

The birthday bash featured funnel cake, bumper cars, a mechanical bull, cotton candy and various games, all of which were recapped in another Instagram video.

At one point, Trey and Chris even performed their "Tuesday (Remix)" for party guests, seemingly warming up for their upcoming Between the Sheets tour, which begins in January.

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Rick Ross Gets Cozy with K. Michelle in “If They Knew” Video


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To celebrate the release of his seventh album Hood Billionaire, Rick Ross has unveiled the video for his new single “If They Knew,” featuring K. Michelle, who serves as his mistress in the cinematic offering.

In the Dre Films-directed clip, which was shot in Los Angeles, the duo are entangled in secret relationship until his girlfriend finds out about Michelle after discovering her earring in the pocket of Rozay's jeans.

“What we doin’ wrong, but it feels right,” raps Rozay on the Timbaland-produced track, while K. chimes in: “This is so all bad, nothing good can come from this.”

Hood Billionaire is available now.

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Jennifer Hudson Tapped for "A Home for the Holidays"


Jennifer Hudson has landed another gig. The singer has been tapped to perform the CBS special A Home for the Holidays.

As always, the show will feature uplifting stories about real-life families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care.  Celebrity presenters, some of whom have had their own adoption experiences, or who are involved in children's issues, will also be part of the show.

Also on the bill for the special are legendary R&B group Earth Wind & Fire, pop singer Katharine McPhee, Jillian Michaels and country duo Dan Shay.   It airs December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Iggy Azalea Releases Lyrics to "Reclassified" Tracks


Grand Hustle/Def JamAs the American Music Awards unfolded on TV Sunday night, Iggy Azalea's Facebook page posted lyrics to the new tracks on her just-released album, Reclassified.

The songs include collaborations with Ellie Goulding, "Heavy Crown," and Jennifer Hudson, "Trouble." The lyrics are featured on photos from the booklet that comes with Reclassified.

Reclassified, which dropped early Monday, is a reissue of Iggy's successful debut album, The New Classic.

Iggy won a couple of awards Sunday night at the AMAs in Los Angeles: favorite album -- rap/hip-hop for The New Classic and favorite artist -- rap/hip-hop.

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Jeremih Blames Himself for Not Having "Don't Tell 'Em" Video; Talks Personal Woes


Image Courtesy Def JamJeremih has added another hit record to his resume with "Don't Tell 'Em," but oddly, there's no accompanying visual. The singer tells Billboard that he's partly to blame for the lack of an official music video.

"I blame myself," the singer tells the publication. "I had a video scheduled. I just didn't show up to it because of...I'm not going to point my finger at somebody else at this point."

It seems, Jeremih is battling personal dilemmas, like court battles with his child's mother. "I stopped caring about being Jeremih over the last few months," he says. "A lot of people don't know I have a 2-year-old son. His mom wasn't allowing me to see him, and it was messing with me. I was internally unbalanced. But I just got out of that trial and I won."

The crooner spoke candidly about unintentionally sabotaging his career.

"When you can count on your hands how many videos you've done in your career, when you've never performed your hits on TV, something's not right," says Jeremih. "Everyone always wants to say I'm shy. I don't think so, but there's a disconnect with my fans. I want my fans to see me -- that's what they never do."

Despite his latest hits, his third album, Late Nights: The Album has continually been delayed, which is an issue that he says he's having with Def Jam. "My label is hesitating and not being on my side," he says. "I see other artists and how they're supported. It's hard when I'm on a roster with Rihanna, Rick Ross and Kanye West."

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American Music Awards Winners List


Dick Clark ProductionsHere are the winners at the 2014 American Music Awards, which aired Sunday night on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles:

Artist of the Year
One Direction

New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer

Single of the Year

Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/Rock
Sam Smith

Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock

Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Pop/Rock

One Direction

Favorite Album -- Pop/Rock

One Direction, Midnight Memories

Favorite Male Artist -- Country

Luke Bryan

Favorite Female Artist -- Country

Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Country  

Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Album -- Country

Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

Favorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea

Favorite Album -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic

Favorite Male Artist -- Soul/R&B

John Legend

Favorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&B

Beyoncé

Favorite Album -- Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé

Favorite Artist -- Alternative Rock

Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist -- Adult Contemporary

Katy Perry

Favorite Artist -- Latin

Enrique Iglesias

Favorite Artist -- Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns

Favorite Artist -- Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Calvin Harris

Top Soundtrack
Frozen

Dick Clark Award of Excellence
Taylor Swift

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Mary J. Blige, Iggy Azalea & More Performing on Sunday's American Music Awards


Dick Clark ProductionsMary J. Blige and Iggy Azalea are among the many entertainers set to perform during the 2014 American Music Awards, airing Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The show's executive producer says that if you don't tune in as soon as the show starts, you'll be missing something "huge" and "outrageous."

"Don't tune in late ,'cause if you tune in late you're gonna miss something that's outrageous," AMA Executive Producer Larry Klein tells ABC News Radio. "Trust me. Don't come into the show at 8:10.  Don't do that. You better start at eight o'clock, 'cause I ain't holdin' nothin' back...it's gonna open up with a huge 'wow.'  And it's gonna go for three hours and end with a big 'wow.'"

Previously confirmed performers for the AMAs also include Lil Wayne and Christina Milian, Nicki Minaj,Sam Smith, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and many more. It's no wonder that the show will be a huge production, and Klein says the challenge every year is trying to make sense out of many diverse performances. 

Iggy leads all nominees for this year's AMAs with six nods, including for Artist and Single of the Year for “Fancy.”  She's followed by Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and John Legend who each have five nominations.  Beyonce is also nominated in the cross-genre Artist of the Year category.

The American Music Awards air live this Sunday night on ABC.  Here are the nominees:

Artist of the Year
Iggy Azalea
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
One Direction
Katy Perry

New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

Single of the Year
Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
MAGIC!, “Rude”
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/Rock
John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock
Iggy Azalea
Lorde
Katy Perry

Favorite Album -- Pop/Rock
Lorde, Pure Heroine
One Direction, Midnight Memories
Katy Perry, Prism

Favorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea
Drake
Eminem

Favorite Album -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Drake, Nothing Was The Same
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Favorite Male Artist -- Soul/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&B
Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé
Mary J.  Blige

Favorite Album -- Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

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