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Usher's Upcoming Tour Struggling with Lackluster Ticket Sales?


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Usher is preparing for his upcoming North America trek, dubbed the The UR Experience Tour, however ticket sales reportedly  have been lackluster.

Sources tell the New York Post's Page Six that the crooner's 27-city outing is said to have sold only a small portion of the available seats.

“Usher’s sales will be fine in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, but he’s selling so badly in other markets that the good ones can’t offset the bad ones,” says one source.

In addition, tour promoter Live Nation could potentially lose $5 million due to soft ticket sales, which some insiders attribute to the lack of a strong opening act -- August Alsina and DJ Cassidy are currently on the roster.

The news comes on the heels of Usher delaying the release of his eighth studio effort, which was initially expected to arrive this fall.

As previously reported, the singer is scheduled to kick off the tour on November 1 in Montreal. He'll travel to Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, and Las Vegas before concluding on December 24 in Tampa.

Tickets are available via Usherworld.com.

Here are the dates for The UR Experience Tour:

11/1 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre    
11/2 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
11/4 -- Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills    
11/5 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena    
11/7 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden    
11/10 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center    
11/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center    
11/13 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
11/14 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun    
11/15 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
11/17 -- Chicago, IL, United Center    
11/18 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center    
11/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center    
11/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
11/24 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
11/26 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena    
11/27 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena    
11/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place    
12/2 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center    
12/4 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center    
12/5 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center    
12/6 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center    
12/8 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum    
12/9 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena    
12/12 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center
12/13 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
12/14 -- Tampa, FL, Tampa Bay Times Forum

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Pharrell Issues Animated Video for "It Girl"


Image courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesPharrell is showing off his love for animation in the trippy video for his new single "It Girl," lifted from his critically acclaimed album, G I R L.

"I'm so excited to share this with you... Enjoy my new video for 'It Girl,'" he tweeted on Tuesday.

In the video, posted on his YouTube page, the singer, in his signature Vivian Westwood hat, takes on various animated forms, which include retro video game and anime renderings.  At one point, Skateboard P treats his cartoon girlfriend to a shopping spree, in which he suggests clothes and accessories for her.

The artsy visual was produced by Takashi Murakami and directed by Mr. and Fantasista Utamaro.

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    Miguel to Be Honored at La Musa Awards


    Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCMiguel will be honored during the La Musa Awards, which recognize the greatest Latin songwriters from all around the world.

    The singer, who is of Mexican descent, will receive the Champion Award for his accomplishments in music when the event takes place on October 18 at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach in Miami Beach.

    “Miguel is one of the brightest fastest rising stars in popular music and we are so proud that he is Latino. Our distinguished LSHOF Board of Directors chose Miguel for the ‘Premio Triunfador’ to salute him for his amazing accomplishments and future triumphs,” say Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Desmond Child and President Rudy Pérez in a joint statement.

    The crooner is also scheduled to perform material from his breakout album Kaleidoscope Dream at the event.

    Tickets for the event are available via LatinSongHall.com.

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    Tamar Braxton's Spin-Off Gets Official Air Date


    Image Courtesy WeTVTamar Braxton and Vince Herbert are returning to WEtv for an all new season of their hit series, Tamar & Vince, premiering next month.

    The network has released a trailer in which the couple are seen balancing their busy careers with raising their one-year old son Logan Vincent Herbert. "Building an empire is a lot of work," Tamar says in the clip.

    It seems that working hard has presented the the couple with new challenges in their marriage. At one point, Vince tells his wife, "You could have moved out," to which Tamar says, while storming out: "Well I can leave now, gladly pumpkin."

    Tamar & Vince season three premieres Thursday, October 23 on WEtv.

     

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    Nicki Minaj to Host MTV European Music Awards


    Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj not only has four MTV European Music Awards nominations, she's also set to host the big festivities on Sept. 9 in Glasgow, Scotland.

    The rapper made the announcement on Instagram, posting a photo of herself sitting on a regal throne, wearing a black dress and ornate crown. The caption reads: "So excited to announce that I will not only perform, but I have the honorable task of HOSTING this year's MTV European Music Awards!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! The show will shoot in GLASGOW, SCOTLAND for its 20th Anniversary ON NOVEMBER 9th!!!! Find us @mtvema and Vote at mtvema.com."

    The news comes after the Harajuku Barbie scored her first number-one song in the U.K. thanks to her rap with Jessie J and Ariana Grande on "Bang Bang."

    Pharrell and Eminem will also perform on the MTV EMAs.

    As far as nods, Katy Perry leads with seven. Pharrell raked in five nominations, including Best Song for "Happy." In addition, Eminem and Iggy Azalea received four nods apiece, including one each in the Best Hip Hop Artist category.

    This year's 20th anniversary ceremony will air on MTV channels worldwide. Voting in now open at TV.MTVEMA.vote

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    Prince Releasing Two Albums Is "Genius," Says 3RDEYEGIRL Member


    Warner Bros.RecordsToday, Prince simultaneously releases two new albums: a solo effort titled Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum, a collaboration with his band 3RDEYEGIRL.  Releasing two completely different album at the same time is something maybe only a talent like Prince could pull off, says 3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis.

    "Well, it's incredible because I think no other artist has ever released two albums that are totally distinct bodies of work, and that's one of the things that's so incredible about Prince," Grantis tells ABC News Radio. "So, Art Official Age is a solo album, a lot of funk, a lot of soul. PlectrumElectrum is a live rock record with the four of us and I think that releasing those two albums is just such a statement to his genius."

    Altogether, Prince is giving fans a total of 25 new songs, but Grantis reveals that even with two albums to fill, it was difficult to narrow down the songs to just 25.

    "I mean, he's so incredibly prolific, and, you know, to be honest, we've got way more songs than what's really being released," she says.  "So we had to pick and choose from a greater repertoire of music."

    Many of the songs were recorded during Prince's Hit & Run tours of the U.K. earlier this year, which saw him unexpectedly performing in small nightclubs. However, drummer Hannah Ford tells ABC News Radio the band isn't sure when or if U.S. fans will get the same experience.

    "You know, we're not really sure yet. Tour dates will definitely be released, I think later in the year," Ford says. "We're really excited though to get out on the road and hoping for some more U.S dates because we've done a lot overseas and we love it overseas, but it's also fun to do stuff at home too." 

    Here are the albums' track listings:

    Art Official Age

    "Art Official Cage"
    "Clouds"
    "Breakdown"
    "The Gold Standard"
    "U Know"                
    "Breakfast Can Wait"
    "This Could Be Us"
    "What It Feels Like"
    "affirmation I & II"            
    "Way Back Home"
    "FunkNRoll"
    "Time "                   
    "affirmation III"

    PlectrumElectrum

    "Wow"
    "PretzelBodyLogic"
    "AintTurninRound"
    "PlectrumElectrum"
    "Whitecaps"
    "FixUrLifeUp"
    "BoyTrouble"
    "StopThisTrain"
    "AnotherLove"
    "TicTacToe"
    "Marz"
    "FunkNRoll"

     

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    Jeremih Delivers Both "Turn-Up R&B" & Sexy Songs on "Late Nights: The Album"


    Image Courtesy Def JamJeremih carefully crafted his latest album, Late Nights: The Album, which he describes as a mix of hip-hop and R&B.

    "Turn-up R&B is a wave. Right now, we’ve got the perfect blend of hip-hop and R&B. Everything has been unified,” says Jeremih in an interview with Vibe.

    He says that the West Coast inspired his latest body of work. "I think the L.A. sound got so big because when you have people from Atlanta and New York chilling in L.A., it's hard not to go to a club and not have a record that’s hot. It made me wanna have one myself ’cause I was like, man, I like this feeling."

    Although he's found success with his catchy tune "Don't Tell 'Em," Jeremih's producer made sure to add songs that the ladies will appreciate. "We really wanted to make an album that represented what goes on from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.,” says Sickamore. “The album sounds like that -- like nighttime. It's a sexy album. It's a slow album. You feel like it’s about that time.”

    Late Nights: The Album, arrives on Tuesday, September 30.

     

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    Chris Brown Denies Gang Affiliation


    Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsChris Brown's alleged affiliation with the notorious Bloods gang in Los Angeles continues to make headlines.  In the latest tabloid report, TMZ says that his mother and girlfriend are "worried" that the singer could be in danger. 

    However, Chris has denied being gang affiliated. "When you’re in L.A. and you’re around people, you meet everybody -- you meet Crips, you meet Bloods, especially in this industry that I’m in," he told MTV News. "I’m not in the country world, I’m not in the all-the-way pop world. [When] you’re in hip-hop, all of that meshes."

    The news comes on the heels of sources telling TMZ that Brown's family has asked his therapist to advise the singer to refrain from socializing in gang-affiliated circles.

    Breezy sums up his interactions with gang-members as being "cordial."

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    Drake Jokes Dancing Like Chris Brown Would’ve Kept Rihanna


    Eric McCandless/CBSDrake may still have a thing for Rihanna. During a recent stop on his joint tour with Lil Wayne, the rapper playfully joked that he might still be with her if he imitated Chris Brown's dance moves.

    Fan footage shot during a show at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas and posted on Instagram captured Wayne telling Drizzy that he’s "been listening to too much Breezy," to which Drake responded by doing a little bit of Brown's choreography.

    "Man, I should’ve brought that sh** out earlier. Maybe I could’ve made that sh** work with Rihanna a little better and sh**,” he said before busting one last move.

    Although its unclear if Drake and Rihanna are still in communication, she is still cordial with her ex.

    "We're friends," Brown said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "Nothing too serious. We're not trying to start a life together right now, we're just having fun."

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    Nicki Minaj Instagram Selfie Bares a Little More than Usual


    Image Courtesy ABC/Fred LeeNicki Minaj is known for posting sexy pictures on social media, but she, perhaps inadvertently, gave followers more than she meant to when she revealed a slight peak of her unmentionables in a selfie.

    The rapper posted an Instagram picture of herself wearing a black bob wig and a lacy black bra that showed off her breasts, which slightly exposed her nipple.

    Fans quickly pointed out her wardrobe malfunction.  One commenter wrote,"We’re not looking at the wig," while another called out her intentions: "SERIOSLY NICKI u know what u was doing."

    Meanwhile, Nicki teased that she was on set of an undisclosed project. "#ItsASecret," she wrote in the caption.

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    Pharrell's G I R L Fragrance Now Available at Sephora


    Image Courtesy PRNewsFoto/SEPHORAPharrell Williams has launched his first-ever fragrance called G I R L, which is a unisex line that everyone can enjoy.

    The hitmaker described the scent as "super good" in a video posted on his YouTube channel. "You're going to like it," he assured fans, "I like it, girls like it, and people like it."

    He adds that aside from the cool design of the collector's edition bottle, which was designed by Kaws, the scent will be popular because it smells good.  On Twitter, he described the fragrance as a "scent for humans."

    The fragrance is "stylish, unisex, wood-based fragrance for 'girls and boys' that strikes a balance of femininity and masculinity," according to comments posted on YouTube.

    The line was created by Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons [come day garr-SOHN], marking the first time Comme des Garçons has created a fragrance for a musician.

    Pharrell's GIRL is available exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com.

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    Beyoncé Joins Jay Z for Two Songs at Global Citizen Festival


    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen FestivalJust weeks after wrapping up their joint On the Run Tour, Jay Z and Beyoncé shared a stage again on Saturday night, at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

    Jay Z headlined the event at Central Park. His wife showed up at the end of his set for two songs: "Holy Grail" and "Young Forever."

    Appropriately, given the site of the festival, Jay opened his 45-minute set with "Empire State of Mind." Alicia Keys was not on hand to deliver her lines in the song, even though she performed her new single, "We Are Here," earlier in the evening

    The other artists who took part in the Global Citizen Festival were The Roots, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun. and Tiesto.

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    Beyonce Subject of New Harvard Study


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    Beyonce has inspired a new Harvard Business School study following her unconventional surprise release of her latest self-titled album.

    An HBS case study to be published the week of September 29, looks at "what it took to pull off the ambitious and costly campaign, the prevailing market conditions, the structural and technical obstacles, as well as the many difficult decisions Beyoncé and her management team confronted along the way," according to a an item in the Harvard Gazette, the school's official news website.

    The study, written by Professor Anita Elberse and a former student, also asked M.B.A. students to evaluate "what they would have done if they were working for Beyoncé."

    Back in 2012, Beyonce inspired Rutgers University's to create a course called "Politicizing Beyonce," which examined her over-arching influence. 

     

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    August Alsina's "No Love" Soars Following Hospital Stint


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    August Alsina's recent health scare has led to a sales surge for his Nicki Minaj-assisted single "No Love."

    According to Billboard, concerned fans helped push the song back into the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it sits currently at #17, following his onstage collapse at a concert in New York on September 15.  The singer, who suffered multiple seizures, has since been released after awakening from a three-day coma brought on by dehydration.

    With more than 20,000 downloads, "No Love" peaked at #5 on the R&B Digital Songs chart and #9 on the R&B Streaming Songs tally.

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    Beyonce Announces 2015 Official Calendar


    Nick Farrell/Sony MusicCan't get enough of Beyonce? Lucky for you, the singer has released her second calendar, according to her official Instagram page.

    The singer announced that her brand-new 2015 calendar includes 12 different still shots of Beyonce that were taken for her visual album. Fans will quickly recognize the singer's strappy orange bathing suit from her "Yonce" visual as well as her diamond encrusted lingerie from her "Partition" video. The calendar will also include a glossy centerfold, measuring 12 inches by 24 inches.

    You can purchase the calendar for $15 dollars via Shop.Beyonce.com now.

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    Andre 3000 Covers Billboard Magazine; Reveals Outkast Doesn’t Have Any New Music


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    Outkast fans will be disappointed to know that there isn't any new music on the way, according to Andre 3000. The rapper revealed in an interview with Billboard magazine that he hasn't recorded anything with Big Boi.

    "There are no plans to do [an Outkast album]," he tells the magazine. "It’s not like some people think: ‘They’re about to drop this album!’ We don’t have, like, one song. There’s no trickery or nothing like that."

    Despite the fact that he can command as much as $100,000 to do a guest feature, Andre needs inspiration, not just financial opportunity, to create. "At this age, the driver is just different, and I think for every artist, you’ve got to find out what’s pushing you," he says. "Like, what do you do it for? I didn’t grow up as a kid saying, 'Man, I want to grow up to be a music star.'"

    Although there's no music projects in the works, 3 Stacks is focused on promoting his Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi: All Is by My Side, which is playing in theaters now.

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    Lifetime's "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" Teaser Surfaces Online


    Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty ImagesA teaser clip apparently from Lifetime's much-discussed Aaliyah biopic has surfaced online.

    In the clip, which was posted to Instagram, Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp gives her best impersonation of the late singer by dancing and wearing her signature black shades, tube top and baggy jeans.

    Last week, Lifetime announced via Twitter that the film, titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, will air on November 15 at 8 p.m. ET.  Wendy Williams is executive producer of the film, which is being made without the approval or involvement of the late singer's family.

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    Report: Wiz Khalifa Challenges Amber Rose for Joint Custody


    Chris Polk/Getty Images via ABCAmber Rose and Wiz Khalifa's divorce is seemingly getting nasty. As they end their year-long marriage, the rapper reportedly is preparing to fight the model's request for sole custody of their one-and-a-half-year-old son, Sebastian.

    Sources connected to Wiz tell TMZ that he is fighting for joint custody of their only child. The gossip site points out that in the state of California it's likely that joint custody will be awarded in the best interests of a child. 

    In addition, Wiz has allegedly agreed on enforcing their prenup, which is said to award Amber with more than a million dollars as well as spousal support, which will be approximately $5,000 a month.

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    Rihanna Hits Studio with Songwriter Ester Dean


    Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna has remained tight lipped about her eighth studio album, tentatively titled R8, but details continue to surface about her collaborators.

    Famed songwriter Ester Dean, who penned tracks for Rihanna's last five albums, announced on Instagram that the two have logged studio time together. "Caption this," Dean wrote in the caption of a black-and-white picture of the pair.

    One fan played along and commented, "Hitmakers," referring to their previous smash collaborations like 2010's "What's My Name" and 2012's "Right Now."

    Rihanna's next effort will serve as the follow-up to 2012′s Unapologetic. So far, the singer has tapped Elijah Blake, Yung Berg and DJ Mustard.

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    Report: Amber Rose Will Receive More than $1 Million in Divorce Settlement


    Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCAmber Rose, who has confirmed her divorce from Wiz Khalifa, will reportedly walk away from their year-long marriage with a nice parting gift.

    Sources connected to the couple tell TMZ that the model stands to gain more than a million dollars from the ten-page prenup that she demanded before getting hitched. The gossip site reveals Rose is entitled to a one-time payout as well as spousal support, which will be approximately $5,000 a month.

    As previously reported, Amber is also seeking full legal and physical custody of the couple's one-and-a-half-year-old son, Sebastian.

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