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Image Courtesy Atlantic Records(NEW ORLEANS) -- Fans have been waiting patiently for Sevyn's debut album, On the Verge. Still, they won't have to wait much longer for new music.

Although the R&B singer hasn't announced a release date for her album, she tells ABC Radio at the Essence Music Festival 2015 in New Orleans that she plans to release new music later this month.

"I'm a singer/songwriter; a lot of people know that. And I had certain songs that I didn't know if I wanted to carry over to my album because I didn't want to bring that energy over, but I still love them," she says.

"I feel like even though I'm not in that space, somebody is going through it. So I was like I wanna put that out anyway," Sevyn continues. "So I'm putting new music out on the 17th. I'm very excited about that." 

Sevyn has already released  "Don’t Kill the Fun" with Chris Brown and her latest single, "4th Street," which are expected to appear on her album. On the Verge is set to be released later this year.

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Bad Boy EntertainmentSean "Diddy" Combs can breathe easy knowing the Los Angeles County district attorney has declined to file felony charges following his alleged assault on a UCLA football coach with a kettlebell weight.

"We are thankful that the district attorney rejected felony charges in this matter," Combs' attorney, Mark Geragos, said in a statement to ABC News. "This case never should have been part of the criminal justice system to begin with."

Combs was arrested last week on several counts of assault with a deadly weapon, among other charges, according to UCLA's police department. Combs' son Justin is a defensive back for UCLA.

But on Thursday, the D.A.'s office told ABC News that the rapper will no longer face felony charges. "We've referred the case to the city attorney’s office for misdemeanor filing consideration," the D.A.'s office told ABC News today.

A source familiar with Combs' version of the incident told ABC News the incident occurred after the rapper's son was sent home from practice by Sal Alosi, one of the school's coaches.

The source said Combs went to chat with the coach, but Alosi refused to talk. The situation then got heated and Combs went to call police, only to have Alosi allegedly grab his phone, the source continued, saying that's when Combs used the kettlebell as a defense.

A rep for Combs said that the "various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate" and that "any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son." The rep added, "We are confident that once the true facts are revealed, the case will be dismissed."

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Miguel has a fun weekend planned for Fourth of July. While promoting his latest album, Wildheart, the singer tells ABC Radio he's honored to celebrate the festive day with a performance during this year's Philly 4th of July Jam, a free concert event in Philadelphia, PA.

"We will be in Philly, yeah, Fourth of July with The Roots," Miguel says of the Saturday night showcase, which he assures is "going to be insane." 

"It is [held] every year, so I'm honored to be invited again and we're going to rock, its going to be good," he adds.

Miguel also revealed what he loves most about performing for his fans. "You get the most genuine response and I think that's the most encouraging, you know, you can describe a lot of things with words but I don't know how to give that feeling of being on stage and being able to interact and you know feel a crowd that like that is just a whole other level," he says. 

Taking place at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the singer will be joined by country singer Jennifer Nettles during the upcoming event, dubbed the the largest free concert in America. The annual event will conclude with a fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Miguel will have a couple weeks to recoup before beginning his very first headlining North American summer tour, kicking off July 24 in Austin, Texas, and wrapping up September 4 in his hometown of Los Angeles.

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(NEW ORLEANS) -- Trey Songz rarely talks about his father, Claude Neverson, Jr. It's because the R&B singer hasn't spoken to him in more than four years. Still, he recently opened up about his absent dad.

"I didn't have a male figure in my life so I had my mother, I had all my aunties. The strength of them gave me a certain strength that I probably still wouldn't have if my father was in my life," Trigga told reporters after he kicked off the Essence Music Festival 2015 Thursday night in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Trey is one of the many headliners at this year's festival. On Thursday night, he was joined by Gospel singer Lecrae and comedian Kevin Hart. The three performed to a sold-out crowd of mostly black women, which left the singer gushing about them.

"I love black women to death from their hair, to the way they smell, to their eyes," he said. "What's amazing about that is having been to Africa now, South Africa...it's a beautiful thing to see just the differences in us all -- from...the texture of our hair, to the color of our skin. There's so many different beautiful things about black women, I don't think I could think about it all right here, right now."

The Essence Music Festival continues throughout the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans, featuring performances by Kendrick Lamar, Common, Erykah Badu, and Usher, among others.

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Epic RecordsCiara showed off her hidden talents in NBC's new variety competition show, I Can Do That!  Although she ultimately lost to pop star Nicole Scherzinger earlier this week, the singer hinted that she may return for the newly announced second season.

The singer coyly tweeted, "#ICanDoThat.... Another Year...." She also added a tongue emojii, prompting many fans to speculate about whether or not she will stay on as one of the cast members.

According to Deadline, NBC has ordered an eight-episode second installment of competition variety series. "This series thrust our celebrities out of their comfort zones and into exciting, unpredictable situations and they rose to the occasion each week," said NBC’s Paul Telegdy. "We are thrilled to bring new challenges and up the ante for season two."

ABC Radio reached out to the network, however a rep for the show would not confirm the cast for season two.

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Meek Mill's oft-delayed album, Dreams Worth More than Money, is projected to open with an impressive sales start next week.

Billboard predicts that Meek will earn his first #1 album as the rapper's sophomore album is expected to sell more than 200,000 copies in its first week, including on-demand streaming and digital track sales.

His latest album includes his new single, "All Eyes on You featuring Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj, as well as guest features from Drake, The Weeknd, Rick Ross, Diddy and Future.

The official sales tally will be released next Wednesday.

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According to a published report, Chris Brown has filed legal documents in Houston to establish paternity of his one-year-old daughter, Royalty.

According to TMZ, Brown has asked a court to establish paternity in an effort to challenge the child support and custody agreements with the child's mother, Nia Guzman.

In addition, the singer wants a judge to establish custody guidelines and set a child support amount that aligns with what he's currently paying, which is approximately  $2,500 a month. Meanwhile, Guzman has hired a lawyer to demand $15,000 a month in child support.

The gossip site reports that Nia has been denying Chris the right to see their daughter.

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Rihanna seeks revenge in the dark and violent video for “B***h Better Have My Money.”

In the cinematic clip, which she co-directed with Megaforce, the singer kidnaps a rich white lady inside an elevator and stuffs her into a vintage Goyard trunk. With the help of Rihanna's two henchman, they drive off into the dessert with the topless woman.

Rihanna seems to have mapped out a getaway plan, which includes chartering a ship and hiding out in a cheap motel room with the blonde hostage. However, it turns out Rihanna had a bone to pick with the hostage's husband, an accountant who embezzled her money and spent it recklessly on strippers and alcohol. After catching him, Rihanna goes for blood as she ties him up and then takes her time picking a deadly weapon from large selection of knives.

In the end, a naked Rihanna wakes up the covered in blood while laying in the suitcase full of her stolen money.

Prior to releasing the visual, Rihanna spilled via Instagram that she's been patiently waiting to deliver the video for a while. "Ya girl got director skillz!!! The concept for this piece came to me 8 months ago!!! So you can imagine how anxious I am right now!!!" she wrote.

The song appears on her long-awaited album, tentatively titled R8, which is due out later this year.

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Denise Truscello/WireImageThink you know everything about Mariah Carey? Think again. The singer just revealed 25 surprising facts about herself to Us Weekly, including the bizarre tidbit that she swims in evening gowns and heels.

True to her diva reputation, she admits she hates overhead lighting. “In my opinion, elevator lighting is toxic!” she says. And she despises mascara. “Whenever a makeup artist tries to put it on me, I throw a fit,” she says.

But lest you think she has assistants do everything for her, she says she “can make a mean gluten-free lasagna and an even meaner pecan pie” and that she’s a “very good laundress” when she has to be.

Among Mariah’s other revelations: She does all her own video stunts; she never wears a watch because “time is irrelevant” to her; she arranges flowers in her spare time; she’s addicted to Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and Veep; and she was a frequent smoker from age 12 to 18, but she quit in one day and never went back.

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Miguel continues the storyline from his "Coffee" video in a newly premiered short musical film for his latest album, Wildheart.

The first part of the film, posted on YouTube, opens with Miguel making out inside an art gallery with the same blue-haired vixen who appears in the "Coffee" video. With his song "…goingtohell" paying in the background, the singer wins her over and later takes her for a ride. Once they arrive at his place, a familiar scene unfolds as clips from his "Coffee" video are replayed before they end the night laying in bed together. In the morning, Miguel walks around in his old neighborhood in Los Angeles while his song "N.W.A." plays -- and yes, his collaborator Kurupt makes an appearance.

"Chapter 1: find what you love and let it kill you," Miguel tweets, hinting that there are more visuals on the way.

Wildheart is available now.

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Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTubeWhile the set for his new CBS late-night program is being built, Stephen Colbert is apparently itching to get behind a chat show desk -- which, he explained, was why he recently hosted a Michigan public access show called Only in Monroe.

The footage was posted on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert YouTube channel Wednesday night.

While not in his Colbert Report persona, Colbert was certainly in character, deadpanning through the 41-plus minute program as any local host would, on location in the local access channel's studio, which Colbert said was the perfect channel "to binge watch 2014 city council meetings. Spoiler alert: don't get too attached to that free parking on Cass Street.  It doesn't end well."

Colbert also performed live spots for local eateries and interviews with local newsmakers, including "a local Michigander who is making a name for himself in the competitive world of music...Marshall Mathers." 

Colbert acted as if he'd never heard of Mathers -- who is of course rapper Eminem -- sometimes to Eminem's apparent disbelief, and checked the Detroit native's Michigan bona fides by quizzing him on Bob Seger's songs.  Eminem played along, singing the hooks from a few, though most he didn't know.  "You claim to be from Michigan, but you don't know these songs," Colbert chided him. 

"So, where do you hope this goes," Colbert asked about Mathers' music. "Is it a career? A hobby?" He also warned Eminem, "This is a tough business, do you have a fallback position? Carpentry?  You just have to make plans for when the dreams die."

"I'm so confused right now," said Eminem at one point, who was there to promote the boxing movie Southpaw. "I'm trying to figure out if you're serious..." 

Em clearly was in on the joke, however.  He even read entries from the Monroe Community Calendar, and waved goodbye with Colbert through an absurdly long end credits sequence.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert premieres September 8 at 11:35 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

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Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" featuring Charlie Puth remains on top of the Billboard Hot 100.

According to the publication, the song logs an 11th week atop the chart and closes to within a week of the record for the longest stay at No. 1 ever for a rap single. Should he maintain his position, the rapper will tie with the current record holders Eminem's "Lose Yourself"  and the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow,"both of which stayed at number one for 12 weeks. 

Wiz also leads Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a 12th week each. The song has sold 3 million downloads to date.

Elsewhere, Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" slips from #3 to #4 on the Hot 100 after reaching number 2 while The Weeknd earns the highest new entry in the Hot 100's top 10 with "Can't Feel My Face," which climbed from #12 to #6 in its third week on the chart.

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Credit: Harper SmithRobin Thicke is opening up about his tumultuous 2014, which included a copyright infringement lawsuit for "Blurred Lines" and a divorce from his ex-wife, Paula Patton.

In an interview with the The New York Times, the singer addresses some of the criticism he faced. "When 'Blurred Lines' first exploded, I had this chip on my shoulder: 'Hey, wait a second! I’ve been doing this for 15 years, guys!'" Thicke says of his detractors.  "The ego is a very dangerous place. I was supposed to be living the dream, and yet I was in a nightmare because of a crumbling marriage. I had finally reached the pinnacle of success -- on paper, I had it all. But I wasn’t happy."

The singer reveals that he started looking for ways to find happiness. "Drugs and alcohol became a way for me to cope. And then you start saying things in interviews, desperate for a little extra attention," he says.  "And then it becomes a sympathy tour."

Thicke also reveals that his lowest point, which he says came in June 2014 following a performance at the BET Awards. During the show, Thicke serenaded his ex-wife with a song from his last album Paula. "What I thought was romantic was just embarrassing," he says of the performance. "So I shut everything down. I took some time off to be with my son and to be with my family and close friends. And the more time I took off, the more everything became clear."

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Epic RecordsLast month, Tamar Braxton has released a new song called "If I Don't Have You," the official lead single from her forthcoming album, Calling All Lovers. Now, she's giving fans a glimpse into the upcoming music video.

In the Harlem Nights-inspired clip, Tamar takes on an unexpected role inside a brothel alongside fellow reality stars, including former Real Housewife of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, Shateria Moragne-el and Keeping Up with the Kardashians stars Malika and Khadijah Haqq.

"I thought about it and I was like, 'You know, it would be really cool if I had my real girlfriends in a bit of a brothel. But you know it could be in the 1930s, it could be -- 2015!'" Tamar told Entertainment Tonight. "And it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re selling ourselves. It just means we’re all looking for something, and you don’t really know what each individual is looking for ’til you see the video."

She adds, "[The song is] about being transparent and it's about being open and honest with the person that you love."

"If I Don’t Have You," produced by Da Internz, appears on Tamar's third album, Calling All Lovers, arriving July 31.

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Following several false starts, Tyga planned an unexpected rollout for his latest album, Gold Album: 18th Dynasty.

The rapper took to Twitter to explain the reason why he released the project as a free album stream last week.

"Didn't plan on selling on selling it Kuz of label problems," he writes. "It's a dope album. Got a lot of great feedback and millions of streams." He adds, "No physical copies either. All independent."

While his disputes with his Cash Money label have yet to be settled, Tyga has other things to focus on like his upcoming reality series, Kingin' with Tyga on MTV, which premieres July 24.

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Courtesy Estevan Oriol/ RCA RecordsKid Ink has taken the next step in his relationship and proposed to his longtime girlfriend, fitness model Asiah Azante.

The 29-year-old rapper announced the news by sharing a couple pictures of her massive engagement ring on Instagram. While Ink didn't spill any details on how he proposed, his soon-to-be wife gushed about looking forward to their new life together.

"I’m the happiest girl in the universe," she wrote on Instagram while giving a better look at her diamond ring. "@kidinkbatgang I love you with all my heart!!! From a 15 year old girl to a 26 year old woman you’ve always had my heart we were always meant to be… I’ll love you like none other ever could FOREVER baby!"

She adds, "I've had a lot of great moments in my life but this month has by far been the best time in my life!!! I'm f**king ELATED!! #BLESSED"

The couple has known each other for more than a decade and lives together.

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Shorty after releasing his Wildheart album, Miguel has announced plans to play Las Vegas' Drai’s Beachclub, known as Sin City's only indoor/outdoor rooftop club.

Organizers have revealed that the singer is scheduled to perform at the venue on August 28, which will be his very first performance at the  65,000-square foot venue. The singer joins a growing list of high profile entertainers on the Drai's lineup -- previously announced performers include The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Ciara, 50 Cent, Akon, J. Cole, Tyga and others.

The stop will coincide with Miguel's North American summer tour, beginning on July 24 in Austin, Texas, and wrapping up September 4 in his hometown of Los Angeles.

You can grab tickets for Miguel's upcoming concert now via Draislv.com.

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Janet Jackson glowed during her appearance Sunday at the 2015 BET Awards, but she also had an extra sparkle thanks to the expensive accessories she wore, which are from her newly launched jewelry collection.

According to Entertainment Tonight, the singer has partnered with Paul Raps New York and is coming out with her own diamond jewelry line called the Janet Jackson Unbreakable Diamonds collection. Janet actually had some of her pricey jewels on display while giving her acceptance speech; she rocked a heart-shaped necklace made with twenty-five carats of Fancy Intense Yellow diamonds, which retails at $2 million. She also wore a thirteen-carat Fancy Intense Yellow diamond ring, retailing at $500K.

Perhaps you'll get to see more of Janet's showstopping jewelry during her upcoming Unbreakable World Tour, beginning in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on August 31.

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Rihanna has become the first artist to have than 100 million in sales of gold and platinum-certificated digital singles under her belt.

The Recording Industry Association of America has announced that the singer has the most Digital Single Awards and is the only artists to reach having 100 million cumulative certified singles.  The RIAA awards gold certification for 500,000 in sales and platinum certification for 1 million in sales.

"Gold & Platinum is the industry’s premier way to celebrate achievement in the marketplace," said RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman in a statement.  "We’ve given awards to artists for nearly 60 years, but it’s rare that we have the opportunity to recognize a milestone like the one Rihanna has reached.  Congratulations to Rihanna!  She has not only surpassed RIAA’s one-hundred million mark, but also is the first artist to do so.  It’s an historic feat and a testament to an extraordinary career."

The hit songs that helped her achieve this career milestone include her nine-times-platinum "We Found Love", her six-times-platinum "Stay" and even her two recent platinum singles, "FourFiveSeconds" with Kanye West and "B***h Better Have My Money."

We're sure there's even more hits on the way as Rihanna continues to work on her long-awaited album, tentatively titled R8, which is due out this year.

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Beyonce has a special message following last week's Supreme Court ruling declaring same-sex marriage constitutionally protected in all 50 states. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Beyonce celebrated the landmark decision in a creative video posted on Instagram. In the 15-second clip, Queen Bey shows her support and pays tribute to the LGBT community while decked out in rainbow-colored clothing. "Never Too Late #LoveWins," writes Bey in the accompanying caption.

As her "7/11" song plays in the background of the video, the singer dances around a room in a rainbow cape, rainbow fringe dress, rainbow bikini, and waves a rainbow flag while switching out of green and blue wigs and various sunglasses.

Beyonce also showed off her feminist side as she rocked a green jersey that says "Girl Power."

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