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Converse Unveils Second Wiz Khalifa Collection


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Wiz Khalifa has unveiled his second shoe line with Converse.

The upcoming Fall 2014 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ILL by Wiz Khalifa collection features two different colors inspired by the rapper's style.

"I am very excited about continuing my relationship with Converse and releasing this new sneaker collection," says the rapper. "We spent a lot of time designing each part of the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ILL and the end result is exactly what I wanted."

Consumers will be able to purchase the new line exclusively at Foot Locker, Footaction and Converse stores beginning August 22 for $70. You can check out the full line of Converse sneakers via Converse.com now.

 

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T.I. Releases "New National Anthem"; Talks Direction of "Paperwork" Album


Image Courtesy Grand Hustle/AtlanticT.I. has become the latest celebrity to be inspired by the killing of unarmed 18-year old, Michael Brown. The rapper has issued a new single "New National Anthem," in which he raps about racial tensions and injustices.

In the song featuring Skylar Grey, posted to Tip's SoundCloud account, he touches on various topics like police brutality, systemic racism and gun violence.

“Home of the brave and free / Free just to murder me / Land of the beautiful / Cursed by the hate we throw / Is this the new national anthem?” he spits.

"New National Anthem" serves as a great taste of the more conscious songs that will appear on Tip's upcoming Paperwork album.

So what prompted the shift? "I mean it's [my] ninth album, [I] can't just continue doing the same s**t," he tells Billboard.

"You keep some of the same elements, but you must apply a different twist, playbook, or whatever," T.I. adds. "I teamed up with the best for that. Pharrell and I have worked [together] since I stepped up in the industry, so he has an immaculate understanding for who I am as an artist, as well for my genre."

The album will arrive later this fall.

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Faith Evans Announces Release Date for "Incomparable" Album


Gabe Ginsberg/BET/Getty Images for BETFaith Evans has selected a launch date for her forthcoming album, Incomparable.

The singer announced that her eighth studio disc will arrive October 28 in an interview with The Jasmine Brand.

Aside from working on her long-awaited album, Faye also revealed that she's contributed backing vocals to Keyshia Cole's Point of No Return as well as Tevin Campbell's comeback album.

Her latest single "I Deserve It" featuring Missy Elliott and Sharaya J will be available on iTunes on August 26.

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Nick Cannon Confirms He and Mariah Carey Are Living Apart


C Flanigan/Getty ImagesNick Cannon has confirmed the rumors that he and Mariah Carey are having problems in their marriage.

Speaking to The Insider, Nick said, "There is trouble in paradise…we have been living in separate houses for a few months.”   However, he denied that those problems are due to infidelity, and added, "My main focus is my kids."  Mariah and Nick, married since 2008, have three-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.

TMZ had reported earlier that Mariah has been upset with Nick because his non-stop work schedule doesn't leave him any time for the kids, while Nick, the site claimed, is frustrated that Mariah surrounds herself with "yes men."

Asked for a response to Nick's statements, Mariah's rep told ABC News, "I don't comment on [her] personal life.”

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50 Cent Taunts Floyd Mayweather in His New ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video


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50 Cent continues to feud with Floyd Mayweather Jr. After already completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge earlier this week, the rapper sent a challenge to the boxing champ.

The rapper took to Instagram to call out his former friend, challenging him to read a full page of a Harry Potter book without messing up. If completed, the rap mogul intends to donate $750,000 to any charity of the boxing champ’s choice.

"Floyd will you except my ALS/ESL CHALLENGE: I will donate $750k to a charity of your choice, If you can read a full page out of a Harry Potter book out loud without starting and stopping or f**king up. lmao," he wrote in the caption for the video.

Ironically, fans question 50's intelligence for writing "except" instead of "accept" in the caption.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge calls for nominated participants to pour ice water over their heads within 24 hours or donate $100 to help find a cure for ALS, a progressive degenerative nerve disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  As of Thursday, more than $41 million has been raised by this year's campaign.

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Report: Ciara Discovered Future's Ongoing Affair with His Stylist


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Although Ciara and Future have not publicly commented on their relationship, an insider tells Us Weekly that the rapper was reportedly cheating on the singer with his wardrobe consultant, Tyrina Lee.

Reportedly, Ciara confronted her man on his alleged infidelity. "She found out about the affair through multiple sources in recent weeks," the insider tells the publication.

The source continues, "There was clear evidence when she approached Future about the cheating. This was clearly not just a one-night thing."

Ciara and Future share a three-month-old son, Future Zahir Wilburn.

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Lauryn Hill Dedicates New Song "Black Rage" to Ferguson Teen


Lloyd Bishop/NBCLauryn Hill has been inspired by the tragic events currently unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri, following the death of Michael Brown. To pay homage to the slain teen, the singer has released a song dedication called "Black Rage."

The sobering track, which she originally debuted during her 2012 Life Is Good tour, was recorded in her living room. Hill re-worked Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "My Favorite Things," in which she sings about "social control" and "wounds in the soul."

"Black rage is founded on two-thirds a person / Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens / Black human packages tied up with strings / Black rage can come from all these kinds of things," she sings.  "Black rage is founded on blatant denial / Squeezed economics, subsistence survival / Deafening silence and social control / Black rage is founded on wounds in the soul."

The song is available for download or stream via her SoundCloud page.

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Beyonce Reportedly Asked Gwyneth Paltrow for Divorce Advice; Bey's Mom Denies Breakup Rumors


Eric McCandless/CBSBeyonce is apparently leaning on her friend, Gwyneth Paltrow, as she reportedly prepares to split from her husband, Jay Z, a source spills in the new issue of Us Weekly.

The singer "has sought Gwyneth Paltrow's advice as she plans her split," the insider tells the publication. In addition, multiple sources say that the duo, who have been married for six years, will separate next month following the last of their On the Run tour dates.

The source adds that Bey's divorce from the rap mogul will reportedly mirror Paltrow's amicable "conscious uncoupling" from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, which was announced on her website, Goop.com.

"The day after the announcement, Bey and Jay will be spotted together," adds the insider. "The two will be all lovey-dovey."

Meanwhile, Beyonce's mother, Tina Knowles, dismisses reports that her daughter's marriage is in trouble. "Haters gonna be haters, there's nothing we can do about that," she tells TMZ.  "Everything's perfect," she added, talking about Bey and Jay's marriage.  When the TMZ cameraman followed up by asking, "So they're good? Everyone's happy?" she responded, "Yep!"

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Jay Z and Beyonce Cleared of Violating US Sanctions in Cuba Trip


STR/AFP/Getty ImagesIt's been determined Jay Z and Beyonce did not violate U.S. sanctions when they made a trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary in 2013, Time magazine reports.

The United States Treasury Department's inspector general's office made an announcement Wednesday. It concludes that the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which issues licenses to organizations that sponsor educational exchange programs in Cuba, was “reasonable” for having passed on a formal investigation into the couple’s visit.

In April 2013, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, who are Cuban-Americans, raised concerns that the Obama administration wasn’t properly enforcing the travel regulations between the U.S. and Cuba.

At the time, the Treasury Department had given Jay and Bey clearance to make the trip.

In response to the accusations, Jay Z released the song "Open Letter," in which he rapped, “Obama said, ‘Chill, you gonna get me impeached. You don’t need this s**t anyway, chill with me on the beach.’”

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Pharrell Williams Reportedly Sued by YouTube Producer


Interscope RecordsPharrell Williams is being sued by the producer of his successful YouTube show, according to TMZ.

The producer of ARTST TLK alleges that Williams kicked him to the curb when he signed a deal to be a judge on season seven of NBC’s The Voice. Williams reportedly told the producer that The Voice made him an exclusive deal and he would be unable to do the YouTube show anymore. The singer allegedly wrote the producer: "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement?  It's 'The Voice!'"

The producer claims he invested a million dollars into the YouTube show and wants Williams to pay. Williams’ rep told TMZ, "This is complete nonsense. It's unfortunate when you try to help a friend and they wind up trying to take advantage of you."

ARTST TLK scored a total of more than 1.7 million views during its 12-episode run. It featured interviews with big celebs like Spike Lee and Usher.

Pharrell makes his debut on The Voice September 22.

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Cheerios Might Have Leaked Usher's New Album Title


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Usher was probably waiting for the right time to announce the title of his upcoming album, but it seems that his new Honey Nut Cheerios commercial might have let the cat out of the bag.

In the 30-second spot, posted to the Cheerios YouTube channel, the crooner has a dance-off with Buzz the Bee as his new single, "She Came to Give It to You" plays in the background.  An on-screen caption at the start of the commercial names the song, followed by text that reads: "From the album UR."

Usher has yet to make an official comment on the project, which arrives this fall.

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Gucci Mane Sentenced to 39 Months in Prison


Warner Bros. RecordsAtlanta rapper Gucci Mane has been sentenced to 39 months in prison and he may face travel restrictions after his release, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Gucci Mane, whose birth name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty in May to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was arrested last September and has already served 11 months in prison, leaving him with 28 months remaining on his sentence. Had he gone to trial, he could have been sentenced to up to 10 years.

When he’s released on probation, Mane, 34, will not be allowed to leave the Northern District of Georgia for more than seven days a month unless he has a probation officer’s permission.

Mane was a felon on probation when police say they caught him with a .45-caliber handgun and multiple rounds of ammunition last September.

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Sir Mix-a-Lot Viewed Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" Video 37 Times


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Nicki Minaj has everyone talking about the racy visual to her latest single, "Anaconda," which samples Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 classic "Baby Got Back." After showing off her assets in the clip, she has won the respect from the man who many believe introduced the world to twerking.

The rapper posted his reaction to the song's video via Twitter. "Ok after watching @NICKIMINAJ Anaconda 37 times I only have one word to sum up my feelings. DAMNNNNN!!!!!!" he wrote.

Nicki shared her excitement about gaining his approval. "LMFAOOOOO. Life is so crazy. Thank u Sir MixALot. Still influencing us decades later. YouDaMan #BabyGotBack," she tweeted.

The song, which was produced by Polow Da Don and Da Internz, is the second single from Nicki's upcoming album, The Pink Print.

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Jennifer Hudson to Perform on the Stand Up to Cancer Charity Telecast Next Month


ABC/Richard HarbaughJennifer Hudson has signed on to perform on the upcoming fourth edition of the fundraising telecast Stand Up to Cancer.  The show will air Friday, September 5, across nearly every TV network you can think of, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Bravo, E!, HBO, Showtime, VH1 and more.

Other scheduled performers on the one-hour show, which raises money for cancer research, include rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common, and pop singer Ariana Grande.

The one-hour special also will feature a slew of celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Rob Lowe, Keifer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jennifer Aniston and Mark Harmon, in a "digital lounge" hosted by Katie Couric.  The stars will be reaching out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.  If you want to donate money to the cause and would like to receive a call, sign up at WereCallingYou.org.

While the telecast airs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET/PT on September 5, you also may receive a call on the 6th or 7th.

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Chris Brown Wants to Start Family with Karrueche Tran


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Chris Brown is ready to take the next step with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Karrueche Tran. After a brief breakup, Brown posted a photo of her on Instagram as his Woman Crush Wednesday and even hinted about starting a family together.

"@karrueche damn near 5 years and this woman still putting up with my s**t,” he wrote in the caption. “Need to have this baby and stop playing! Lol! My WCW."

The singer's announcement has some fans wondering why he isn't making wedding plans before creating a child together. One commented, "If anything she should be WIFEY!!"  Another questioned his true commitment to Tran, tweeting, "Chris Brown ain't stable enough relationship wise for a baby right now, he was just tryna get back with Rih bout a week agoooo!"

Meanwhile, CB's ex-girlfriend Rihanna is reportedly back with Drake following their recent breakup.

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Wiz Khalifa's "Blacc Hollywood" to Enjoy Solid First Week Sales


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Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood is projected to have a chart-topping sales start.

According to Hits Daily Double, the rapper's fifth album is estimated to sell between 70,000 to 80,000 copies in its first week.

Although Wiz will likely secure the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart, the first-week sales total is expected to be around half that of 2012's O.N.I.F.C., which debuted at number two and sold 148,000 copies in its first week.

The disc includes contributions from Nicki Minaj, Nas, Ty Dolla $ign, Project Pat, Juicy J, Curren$y, Snoop Dogg, ScHoolboy Q and Chevy Woods.

The official sales tally will be released on Wednesday.

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Karrueche Tran Defends Relationship with Chris Brown


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It seems that Karrueche Tran has confirmed she and Chris Brown are back together.

Brown himself had hinted as much earlier this week by posting a image to Instagram showing himself and Tran in a car.  Now the model has posted her own picture of herself with Brown via Instagram.

In the caption she attempts to explain the seemingly volatile relationship. "Lovers.. Friends.. We love, we laugh, we fight.. It's complicated and I can't explain it but it's not for you to understand but us .. My MCM," she wrote.

She also shared an Instagram picture of Brown eating crab legs inside a seafood restaurant. "Date night," she wrote.

Brown returned the favor by sharing a black-and-white promotional picture of Tran with a red "X" superimposed on her face, a nod to his upcoming album, X, arriving September 16.

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Kid Cudi to Launch Sneaker Collection Next Year


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Kid Cudi has scored his first sneaker line. The rapper has signed a partnership with Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti.

According to Nice Kicks, the rapper's red Nappa leather high-tops will be the first shoe in the the brand’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. 

The unusual padded look to the shoe has garnered mixed reactions on Twitter. One tweeter commented, "This looks like a life-saving flotation device," while another wasn't surprised by the rapper's eclectic taste, adding, "That's what I would expect honestly."

The release date and price for Cudi's futuristic shoe have yet to be announced.

Cudi is the latest rapper to ink a sneaker deal -- Kanye West  has teamed with Adidas and Wiz Khalifa has partnered with Converse.

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Trey Songz Issues Visual for "What's Best for You"


Image Courtesy Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic RecordsFollowing the announcement of his tour with Chris Brown, Trey Songz has released the video for his new single, "What's Best for You."

In the clip, which premiered exclusively on his Twitter feed, the singer is torn between two women. At one point, Trey sheds a tear as he reflects on happy memories and watches both of women walk out of his life.

"It’s not about what I want, but it’s all about what you need,” he coos.

The ballad is lifted from his latest album, Trigga, available now.

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Nothin' but Buns, Hon, in Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" Video


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj's song "Anaconda" is based on a sample of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back," and that's what we're getting, big time, in the newly-released video for the song.

In the clip, Nicki is in the jungle dressed like a native, surrounded by other tribal women on a makeshift bridge, where much twerking commences.  We also see her and some dancers dressed in modern clothing, writhing and dancing suggestively in a plain white room, as well as doing aerobics inside a jungle hut.  At one point, Nicki appears to hosting a cooking show inside the hut, and suggestively eats a banana with whipped cream on it.  She also sprays whipped cream down her cleavage, and also slices a banana with a knife.  Hmm...whatever could she be suggesting?

In another much-hyped scene, Drake is seen seated on a chair, while Nicki crawls over to him and then gives him a lap dance.  That's intercut with scenes of Nicki writhing in a jungle pool in a sexy red bathing suit, rapping about her "big fat a**."  She then struts away from Drake, who bends over and looks unhappy as he watches her leave.

"Anaconda" is the second single taken from Nicki's upcoming disc The Pink Print.  If she performs this song at the MTV VMAs this Sunday, we wouldn't put it past her or MTV to bring in Sir Mix-A-Lot himself to do his parts live.

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