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Chrissy Teigen Talks About Her "Ideal Relationship" with John Legend


Image Courtesy ABC/Rick PowellOn the heels of celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary, Chrissy Teigen revealed that she's "in such an ideal relationship" with her husband, John Legend.

"I'm sure there's a lot of people out there that wake up to the same person every single day, and that's beautiful to them," she tells People"For us, it's exciting to have time away and then be together and make up for that lost time."

Despite their hectic schedules, Teigen found time to plan their anniversary trip to Italy and France, which included a stop at strip club Crazy Horse in Paris"I probably liked it more than him," she jokes.

The Sports Illustrated cover girl revealed that she's more reserved than her husband, who she says is usually "more naked" that she is.  "I don't care if I wear swimsuits for a living," she says.  "If the lights are on in the house, I am still covering my little tush.  My good friends call me Terry Terrycloth because I'm always in a towel.  I'm a little modest."

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Beyoncé and Jay Z's HBO Tour Special Premieres Tonight


Live Nation/Parkwood EntertainmentLast week saw Beyoncé and Jay Z concluding their joint outing at the Stade de France in Paris, and now fans can check out their HBO special, On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z, tonight, September 20. 

To get fans even more excited, the singer teased another preview of their special via her Facebook page.  "It's almost here!" she wrote in the caption.

In the black-and-white clip, Bey and Jay are getting prepared backstage while a stage director can be heard giving instructions to the crew over a walkie-talkie.  Just before the teaser ends, Beyoncé flashes a big smile as she enters the main stage.

The special will feature the famous couple performing more than 40 songs, including a surprise performance with Nicki Minaj for Bey's "Flawless" remix.

On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT Saturday on HBO.

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T.I. Releases Track List for "Paperwork"


Image Courtesy Grand Hustle/AtlanticT.I. has revealed the official track list for his ninth album, Paperwork: The Motion Picture.

The rapper's 18-track deluxe edition boasts collaborations from Usher, Chris Brown, Jeezy, Boosie Badazz, The-Dream and Rick Ross.  The set will also include "No Mediocre," his Iggy Azalea-assisted hit, as well as "About the Money," which features Young Thug.

The set, on which Pharrell Williams served as executive producer, arrives October 21 via Grand Hustle/Columbia Records.

Here's the official track list:

"King"
"G' Sh**" (feat. Jeezy & WatchTheDuck)
"About the Money" (feat. Young Thug)
"New National Anthem" (feat. Skylar Grey)
"Oh Yeah" (feat. Pharrell)
"Private Show" (feat. Chris Brown)
"No Mediocre" (feat. Iggy Azalea)
"Jet Fuel" (feat. Boosie Badazz)
"Paperwork" (feat. Pharrell)
"Stay" (feat. Victoria Monét)
"About My Issue" (feat. Victoria Monét & Nipsey Hussle)
"At Ya Own Risk" (feat. Usher)
"On Doe, On Phil" (feat. Trae Tha Truth)
"Light 'Em Up (RIP Doe B)" (feat. Pharrell & WatchTheDuck)
"Let Your Heart Go (Break My Soul)" (feat. The-Dream)
"Sugar Cane"
"I Don't Know"
"You Can Tell How I Walk" (feat. Rick Ross)

 

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Go Behind the Scenes of Trey Songz's "Touchin, Lovin" Video Featuring Nicki Minaj


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Trey Songz is giving fans a behind-the-scenes peak into the video for his Nicki Minaj-assisted single "Touchin, Lovin," lifted from the crooner's latest album, Trigga.

"It was a very interesting concept.  We actually have an extra surprise in the video, where there's an interactive feature," Trey told MTV News during an on-set interview.  "I know my fans are very engaged on the computer and very much social savvy, so when we give them options to watch the video, I’m sure they’ll watch it probably 20 times when you realize you can go this way, that way, this way."

Director Jason Zada adds that fans will be pleasantly surprised.  "This idea of all your fantasy choices available to you at any point in time, it was kind of this really great way of sort of personifying all these fantasies that we all have floating around in our heads," he said.

He also revealed that Nicki's role in the upcoming visual will be significant.  "Nicki’s playing the dominant figure," Trey added.  "She’s basically controlling my dreams.  And each portion of what you see is what it is she wants to happen."

Trey adds, "I'm excited to see how the fans react."

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Lil Wayne Releases Video for "Grindin'"


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As promised, Lil Wayne has released the video for his Drake-assisted single, "Grindin,'" the newest offering off Weezy’s upcoming album, Tha Carter V.

In the DJ Scoob Doo-directed clip, Wayne stars alongside Drizzy in a compilation of live footage from their current joint outing, dubbed the Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour.  The video was posted on Weezy's official YouTube page.

Fans can expect Tha Carter V on October 28.

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Chris Brown Felt Trey Songz Joint Tour Was "Necessary"


Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsLast month, Chris Brown and Trey Songz announced plans for a co-headlining outing, which will mark their first time doing so.  While promoting his new album, X, Breezy explained why he decided now was the best time for a joint tour.

"I felt like the time was necessary," Brown said in an interview with Vibe.  "I know he's been consistent over the years as well.  There's not a lot of cats that can put their egos aside and share the same stage.  A lot of business and opportunities, they always get mixed up in between friendships and people trying to work together and having fun."

He adds that their long friendship will make for a relatively stress-free tour.  "We're like brothers, so we're not going to let the business aspect come between us," he says.

Breezy and Trey have yet to announce the dates, but the outing is dedicated to their real fans.  Brown adds, "With me and him being young entertainers and young R&B cats, I think it's a blessing for the fans and a blessing for us to go out there and perform for them."

In addition to selecting Tyga as a supporting act, Brown also spilled that he's collaborating on new music with Trey.  "Right now, we're just working and vibing, giving fans more insight on the tour so they can just be prepared for it.  Just hear the music and get ready," Brown says.

The duo's fall tour will see Trey performing material from his latest Trigga LP, while Brown will showcase cuts from his X album.

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August Alsina Awakens from "Three-Day Coma" Following Stage Collapse


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August Alsina has given fans a surprising update after he collapsed during a New York City concert earlier this week. Turns out, the singer has been in a coma for the past three days, from which he's just awakened.

Alsina posted an Instagram photo of himself wearing a neck brace and lying in a hospital bed while his friend holds his hand. "This is a bit graphic but i wanted to share this w/ every follower of mine," August says in the caption. "iWoke up out of a 3 day coma… &This guy @banggang_moneyteam right here never once left my side. What I’m tryna say is cherish the ones in life who cherish you & take good care of yourself. Your life can be gone in a split second. I’m recovering well and thankyou for all of your prayers & concerns."

As previously reported, August was taken away on a stretcher after he fell onto the crowd barrier at the Irving Plaza venue. He reportedly suffered multiple seizures due to exhaustion and dehydration, according to TMZ.

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Chris Brown Says He Would "Absolutely" Beat Usher in a Dance-Off


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Chris Brown and Usher not only collaborated on Breezy's latest single, "New Flame," but they also shared the same choreography in the accompanying visual.  However, Brown wants it to be known that he's the real dance king.

When asked who would win in a dance-off, Brown tells MTV News that Usher will have some serious competition.  "See, I don't like to be cocky or arrogant anymore, but when it comes to dancing -- when you say 'Chris Brown' and you say 'dancing,' you're gonna have to bring your A game," he said.

He then compared his dance skills to Usher's by bringing up the widely discussed moment when Allen Iverson showed up Michael Jordan during a 1997 NBA game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls.  "It's like when Iverson crossed Jordan," Brown said.  "It's a little different -- these moves a little new."

So is there any chance Usher would win?  Brown replied, "Absolutely not."

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Nicki Minaj Reportedly Wins Wig Lawsuit


ABC/Fred LeeA hairy situation has come to an end for Nicki Minaj.  The rapper just won a lawsuit filed against her by her former hairstylist, Terrence Davidson, reports GossipCop.com.  He alleged that Minaj stole his wig designs, and that it ultimately cost him millions.

Davidson claimed in court papers he provided the wigs that helped get Minaj discovered in 2010 and that they had discussed working together in the future in the wig business.  He alleged that Minaj didn’t follow through on their planned business venture, and he now sells his wig designs online without her assistance.

The judge ruled for Minaj, stating in her decision that everyone has the right to make colored wigs.  In addition, the judge ruled that Minaj and Davidson never had a firm plan in place to go into business together.

Davidson was asking for at least $30 million in damages. 

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2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards Announces Lineup for Cyphers Segment


Atlantic Records/Darren AnkenmanIn case you needed another reason to watch the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards, the lineup of rappers tapped for the infamous cyphers has been revealed.

The network has announced a lengthy list of rappers participating in the popular segment, including Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Ty Dolla SignDavid BannerTroy Ave, Kevin Gates and Papoose.  Among the male-dominated lineup, Remy Ma and Lil' Mama serve as the only female rappers, but somehow Nicki Minaj is not mentioned.

This year's BET Hip-Hop Awards will be recorded September 20 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta.  Viewers can expect the ninth-annual ceremony to air October 14 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation 1814" Turns 25


Image Courtesy A&M Records/UniversalJanet Jackson's political album Rhythm Nation 1814 officially turns 25 years old today, September 19.  To commemorate the anniversary, Jackson's songwriting and production team James "Jimmy Jam" Harris III and Terry Lewis recalls the recording process of the critically acclaimed project.

In an interview with Billboard, Jimmy Jam reveals how the political elements all throughout the album emerged as they watched CNN while recording in the studio.

"We felt like we had … not a responsibility to say something, but growing up in the '60s, whether it was the Vietnam War or whatever, it seemed like there was always someone commenting on it," Jam says.  "And that was a good thing.  Why not use the powers we have as songwriters to bring some of those messages across?  Rap music was doing it in a very strong way."

The superproducer also revealed that the disc was recorded during the winter in Minneapolis, adding that Janet was in a good place emotionally.  "She was in a very creatively fruitful place.  She had just discovered her writing chops," Jam says before describing her as "hungry" and "excited."

The album spawned seven Top 10 singles, including "Rhythm Nation," "Miss You Much," "Escapade" and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)."

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Aaliyah's Lifetime Biopic Premiering in November


Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImageAfter swapping Disney actress Zendaya Coleman with Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp, Lifetime has announced the release date for the much-discussed Aaliyah biopic, which will chronicle the late singer's rise to fame.

The network confirmed via Twitter that the film, titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, will air on November 15.  In an accompanying image, Shipp channels the singer by wearing her signature bandana while posing in a recording booth.

The made-for-TV movie will be executive produced by Wendy Williams, who promised to deliver on the controversial film, which is being made without the approval or involvement of the late singer's family.

"You can count on us to get this movie right," said Williams on her daytime talk show.  "I want to know the things you wanna know.  What happened with R. Kelly, what was going on with Dame Dash, what was Aaliyah's personal life really like?"

The upcoming project is based on Christopher Farley's bestselling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.

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Lil Wayne Releases Trailer for Upcoming Video "Grindin'"


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Lil Wayne has fallen behind on his weekly viral series, Weezy Wednesday, but he's made up for it by releasing the trailer for his Drake-assisted single, "Grindin.'"

In the clip, posted on YouTube, Wayne can be heard rapping along to the bass-heavy track: "I would rather stack it up and put it in the safe/ Than peek inside the safe and say I’m running out of space/ Believe that," he spits.

Directed by DJ Scoob Doo, the video for "Grindin'" will be released in full on Friday at noon ET.  The song is his second single off Tha Carter V, due out October 28.

In related news, Weezy will continue his Drake vs Lil Wayne nationwide tour, which concludes September 27 in Woodlands, Texas.

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Mariah Carey to Tour Australia for First Time Since 1998


ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey isn't letting relationship woes stop her from bringing her music to her fans.  The diva has announced dates in Australia and New Zealand, as part of her Elusive Chanteuse Show world tour.

The tour officially launches in Japan in October, but will arrive in Australia for a series of dates starting November 2.  Mariah will perform in Perth, Adelaide and Sydney, as well as dates in Victoria's Yarra Valley and in Brisbane. She'll also perform her first-ever live concert in New Zealand on November 13.  Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26 for the Aussie shows, and September 30 for the New Zealand show.

While Mariah performed three shows in Australia in 2013, Billboard reports that this will be her first national tour of Australia since her Butterfly tour visited in 1998.  Her latest album debuted in the top five on the Australian chart earlier this year.

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K. Michelle Finally Meets Her Idol, Mary J. Blige


Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsEvery new celebrity seems to have that one moment when they've been star-struck.  For K. Michelle, she was overwhelmed after finally meeting her idol: Mary J. Blige.

The singer captured their recent encounter on Instagram, in which Michelle is pictured embracing MJB.

"I just met my idol Mary J Blige.  I cried like a baby.  You will never understand how special this moment was for me," she wrote in the caption.

She continued, "Mary J changed my entire life as an artist.  I learned to sing through the pain.  This is one of the biggest moments of my career.  Wow, I'm in shock."

Both R&B powerhouses were on a promo tour for their new material: Michelle is crafting the follow-up to last year's Rebellious Soul, and Mary is preparing her next album, Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions.

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Report: DNA Test Suggests Mathew Knowles Fathered Three-Year-Old Daughter


Nick Farrell/Sony MusicLast July, Beyonce's 63-year-old father, Mathew Knowles, was hit with another paternity suit by a woman named TaQoya Branscomb -- and it appears as though Knowles is the father.

According to a copy of a paternity test that was obtained by TMZ, there's a 99.998 percent certainty that Knowles is the biological father of Branscomb's three-year old daughter.  She previously revealed in court documents that Bey's dad got her pregnant in 2010 -- the same year that Mathew's wife, Tina Knowles, filed for divorce after nearly 30 years of marriage.

Branscomb is seeking child support.  Mathew is already paying another baby mama, Alexsandra Wright, who was initially receiving $12,000 a month but now gets $2,485 after Knowles claimed his income had declined substantially.

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Producer No I.D. Praises Jhene Aiko's "Souled Out"


Image Courtesy Artium Records/Def JamJhené Aiko’s critically acclaimed album Souled Out has not only won over fans, the singer's set has gained the approval of famed hitmaker No I.D., who served as the executive producer.

“The first time I heard Jhené’s voice,” said No I.D. in a statement, “I knew that we were looking at an exceptional artist. The immediate success of Souled Out confirms our belief in Jhené as the flagship artist of ARTium/Def Jam.”

As previously reported, the disc bowed at #1 R&B Albums chart debut and #3 on Billboard's 200 chart.

Fans can expect Jhene to perform new material from the album when she takes stage on the Today show Friday morning, September 19. She will then serve as a supporting act on The Weeknd's fall tour, beginning that same day at Barclays in Brooklyn, NY and concluding October 10th at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

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John Legend Tapes "CMT Crossroads"


ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend teamed up with country singer Lee Ann Womack to tape a new episode of CMT Crossroads Wednesday night in Franklin, TN.

The eight-song set included the two singers swapping vocals on their biggest hits, including John's pop hits "All of Me" and "Green Light," as well as Lee Ann's "I Hope You Dance" and "I May Hate Myself in the Morning." John's new offering, "You and I (Nobody in the World)," also made the set list.

CMT Crossroads: Lee Ann Womack and John Legend premieres Friday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Aretha Franklin Releasing New Album at the End of the Month


Matthew Jordan SmithThe release of Aretha Franklin's new album is just around the corner.

Showbiz411.com reported the Queen of Soul will debut the album -- a collection of covers tentatively titled Aretha Franklin Sings Songs of the Great Divas -- on September 30. Producer Clive Davis subsequently confirmed the date to Billboard.

Showbiz411.com says Aretha will appear on Late Show with David Letterman the night before the release to discuss the project and perform one of the tracks: her version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." She'll also stop by the Today show on October 3.

The website notes Davis set the late-September deadline for the album so it can qualify for next year's Grammys ceremony.

In addition to Adele, Aretha Franklin Sings Songs of the Great Divas features Aretha covering classics by Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand and Alicia Keys, among others.

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Chris Brown Confirms Relationship Status, Gives Advice to Karrueche Tran


Image Courtesy Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChris Brown has set the record straight and confirmed that he's currently dating Karrueche Tran.  Although their relationship status is often plagued by breakup rumors, the singer revealed why he doesn't get caught up in the chatter.

"[When] you read [things in] the media, you'll see 'this happened' and 'that happened,' but I just let them talk," he told MTV News.  "Because, at the end of the day, that's what their job is."

Breezy adds that he likely wouldn't have been as passive about the ongoing speculation two years ago.  "You've gotta mature at some point and not give them that attention…when it comes to all the extra hoopla, that just gets lost in translation with me," he says.

Despite all the whispers, Brown and Tran seem to support one another -- the singer recently gave her advice after she was heavily criticized for reading a negative message about Blue Ivy from a teleprompter during BET’s 106 & Park.

"We had a conversation about that, too, but she's good,” Breezy said.  "I know the comment on the prompter was kinda left field -- I don't know who wrote it up, or [why] it was done -- but I told her, next time, because I know it's your first time doing this, just look at it and say, 'Hey, hey, I don't know about this.'"

He continues, "But that comes with show business.  At the end of the day, it has to be something left, or most of the time, negative.  I felt it was unnecessary."

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