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Game Enlists Diddy, Wale, Rick Ross for Ferguson Tribute Song

Image Courtesy Interscope RecordsHip-hop has responded to the death of 18-year-old Michael BrownGame premiered a musical tribute called "Don't Shoot," dedicated to the unarmed teen from Ferguson, Missouri who was shot to death by a police officer earlier this month, touching off a wave of protests.

The rapper recruited Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh and TGT -- Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank -- for the six-minute song,  You can hear it on his SoundCloud page.

The sentimental track climbed to #7 on iTunes in the first 24 hours following its release. "Thanks to all who've supported a project I've been working on for the last 2 weeks & pulled off !!!! This is bringing awareness to a tragic event & also helping raise proceeds that will go to the #JusticeForMikeBrownCharity," he wrote on Instagram.

He continued, "#RIPMikeBrown #RIPEzellFord #RIPEricGarner #OscarGrant #RIPSeanBell #RIPTrayvonMartin & so many others killed senselessly by police abusing the power given to them by the people !!! It's time to #StandUp #WeAreNotYourTarget #OurHandsAreUp #DontShoot."

"Don't Shoot" is available for purchase on iTunes. Proceeds from the song will benefit the Michael Brown Memorial Fund.

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Beyoncé Pens Poem About Blue Ivy for CR Fashion Book

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Beyonce graces the cover of CR Fashion Book, in which she stuns in high-end designer clothes from Prada to Givenchy. But aside from her fashion spread and the custom Chanel surfboard she poses with, the magazine has also published a poem called "Bey the Light" in lieu of a traditional cover story.

In the poem, "remixed" by writer Forrest Gander, the singer calls her daughter Blue Ivy her "biggest muse" and explains her "deep bond with young children" who she's "met across the years." She also says that she's "tuned to spirits" and "the emotions of others," before revealing that she's inspired by her stage persona, Sasha Fierce, in "performance, rifts, even in bed."

The issue hits newsstands on September 4, which is also Beyoncé’s 33rd birthday.

Here's the full poem:

“Bey the Light”
Words by Beyoncé
Remixed by Forrest Gander

It’s my daughter, she’s my biggest muse.
There’s someone, we all find out soon,
more important than ourselves to lose.

I feel a deep bond with young children –
all those photos in my dressing room –
especially those who’ve been stricken,

Children I’ve met across the years –
they uplift me like pieces of moon,
and guide me, whispering in my ear

I’m turned to spirits, the emotions of others.
And I feel her presence all the time
though I never met my grandmother.

I learned at a very young age,
when I need to tap some extra strength,
to put my persona, Sasha, on stage.

Though we’re different as blue and red,
I’m not afraid to draw from her
in performance, rifts, even in bed.

I saw a TV preacher when I was scared,
at four or five, about bad dreams,
who promised he’d say a prayer

If I put my hand to the TV.
That’s the first time I remember prayer,
an electric current humming through me.

You call me a singer, but I’m called to transform,
to suck up the grief, anxiety, and loss
of those who hear me into my song’s form.

I’m a vessel for all that isn’t right,
for break-ups and lies and double-cross.
I sing into that vessel a healing light.

To let go of pain that people can’t bear.
I don’t do that myself, I call in the light.
I summon God to take me there.

Utopias, they don’t much interest me.
I always mess things up a bit.
It’s chaos, in part, that helps us see.

But for my daughter I dream a day
when no one roots for others to fail,
when we all mean what we say.


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Wyclef Jean Announces Seventh Album, "Clefication"

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Wyclef Jean has new music on the way. The rapper, who has been recording in a Stockholm-based studio with co-executive producer Ash Pournari, has revealed that he is working on his seventh studio album, Clefication.

"I was 'Gone in November' of 2013, in search of my next musical chapter. So, with my acoustic guitar, I headed to Stockholm where once again I found my voice," he told Billboard.

Although his disc won't be released until the spring of 2015, fans can expect first single, "Divine Sorrow," featuring Avicii to arrive this year.

The upcoming disc marks his first effort in five years following From the Hut, to the Projects, to the Mansion.

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Pharrell Thanks Fans for Supporting Usher's "She Came to Give It to You"

Image courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesShortly after releasing the video for “She Came to Give It to You,” Usher has shared an Instagram video of the song's producer, Pharrell, expressing his gratitude for all the fans who have supported their latest collaboration.

"Got another record with my boy, feels good to be able to do something so different and have it be supported, we're both ever so grateful," he says in the brief video.

"Very thankful," he continues before shaking Usher's hand.

"She Came to Give It to You" featuring Nicki Minaj will appear on Usher's eighth album, due out this fall.

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Lil Kim Remixes Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"

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Lil’ Kim has released a new rendition of Iggy Azalea’s #1 hit "Fancy." Kim channels her inner valley girl and raps about her designer clothes and luxurious lifestyle in the new release which follows remixes of Beyoncé’s “Flawless” and Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone.” 

"I'm so fancy, please don't touch me. I'm fashionably late, so please don't rush me," Kim spits on the minute-long track.

"I’m so fancy!! Had to show my girl @IGGYAZALEA some love!! Muuaaahhh!!!” tweeted Kim.

Fans can expect the rapper to release her much-hyped mixtape, Hard Core 2K14, on September 11.

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Trey Songz to Discover, Develop New Talent via Tucker Songz Publishing

Jimmy Fontaine/Atlantic RecordsTrey Songz has announced a new publishing deal that will allow him to discover and nurture new talent.

According to Billboard, the singer has partnered with Artists Publishing Group to launch Tucker Songz Publishing, where he will work with aspiring artists, songwriters and producers.

"As I grew as an artist, I had the opportunity to work with several well-known producers and writers," Songz said in a statement. "I recognize that not everyone has access to that, but that they still have raw talent that can be harnessed into greatness. That's exactly what I intend to do with this new publishing company."

The company was co-founded by Warner Music Group A&R man Mike Caren, and Trey is excited in their upcoming venture. "I've seen Mike Caren turn small names into household names time and time again. We've made six albums together. We share a respect for each other's passion for music.  I'm looking forward to learning and growing together in this business," he says.

In other news, Trey revealed that he's filmed the visual to his Nicki Minaj-assisted single from his latest album, Trigga. "The video for 'Touchin, Lovin' will be amazing. Thanks to all who made it happen. Will be posting some pics later. Love," he tweeted.

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Andre 3000: "I’d Love to Put Out an Album"

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Next month, fans will see Andre 3000 starring in the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, which hits theaters September 26. But the rapper has not abandoned his own musical ambitions, he's just waiting for inspiration to strike.

Andre, who is one half of Outkast, says he "loves" the idea of making new music. "I’d love to put out an album," he tells The New York Times, but reveals that he's not currently working on one.

"I write ideas, I write thoughts. Melodies come more for me than raps. I sit in my house and just play," he says.

So when will fans finally get new music? Andre says he's not going to force it just to get an album out.  "When you feel it, it’s right," he says. "If you don’t feel it, then why? Honestly, think about it. Why do it? Why?"

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Suge Knight Reportedly Released from Hospital

David Becker/WireImageSuge Knight was released from a Los Angeles hospital early Wednesday, according to TMZ, just days after he was shot multiple times at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party.

His rep tells TMZ that the Death Row Records founder won't need to undergo rehab.

Knight was one of three victims hit by gunfire early Sunday in the packed nightclub 1OAK. The shooting occurred at a party co-hosted by Chris Brown and singer Pia Mia.

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Ciara Works Out with Baby Future in the Gym

Epic RecordsIf you follow Ciara’s Instagram, then you'd know that she’s been working out religiously with professional trainer Gunnar Peterson to get her post-baby body back. She recently shared an Instagram photo of her biggest inspiration: her 3-month-old son, Future Zahir Wilburn.

In the photo, a smiling Ci Ci is dressed casually in workout clothes as she holds her baby above her head.

"Nothing Like Lifting THIS Weight, After Gym," the singer wrote in the caption. "He Motivates Me To Go Harder."

Earlier this month, Ciara dished on sticking to her fitness regimen to get rid of the "flab." "I'm very blessed, when I do put in the work, my body responds but I have to really commit to it, like I can't really give in-between room," she recently told E! News.

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Jennifer Hudson's "JHUD" Track List Revealed

Image Courtesy Renato Sampaio/ RCA RecordsThe track list for  Jennifer Hudson's third album, JHUD, has been revealed by iTunes.

The singer's 10-song set boasts contributions from Pharrell Williams, T.I., Iggy Azalea and R. Kelly as well as the Timbaland-produced “Walk It Out.”

"With this album, I feel as though you get a sense of my energy and that’s why we named it JHUD because you’re getting to know the girl and not just the public persona of Jennifer Hudson,” said Hudson in a statement. "I want you to know the person."

The follow-up to 2011′s I Remember Me is expected to arrive September 23 via RCA Records.

Here's the track list:

“It’s Your World” (feat. R. Kelly)
“He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” (feat. Iggy Azalea)
“Walk It Out” (feat. Timbaland)
“I Can’t Describe (the Way I Feel)” (feat. T.I.)
“I Still Love You”
“Just That Type of Girl”
“Bring Back the Music”
“Say It”

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Nicki Minaj Confirmed for Fashion Rocks 2014

Getty Images for MTVNicki Minaj is the latest entertainer to be added to the bill for CBS’s Fashion Rocks special, which will air live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on September 9.

The rapper will likely perform her new "Anaconda" single from her upcoming album The Pinkprint, due this fall.

As previously reported, the show, which highlights the relationship between fashion and music, will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and feature performances by Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Usher, Rita Ora and other stars. 

Tickets for the event are on sale now via Ticketmaster or at BarclaysCenter.com.  The two-hour show will air on CBS starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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T.I. Unveils Artwork for Upcoming Album, "Paperwork: The Motion Picture"

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

The rapper took to Instagram to share the cover, which resembles a old immigration document. In a sepia-filtered image that looks like, well, paperwork from an old file, T.I. is seen in his signature sunglasses, a hat, leather jacket and white T-shirt.

"The Wait Is Over!!!!! #PaperWork" he wrote in the caption, adding the hashtag, "#Hustlegangovererrrrthang."

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

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Did Mariah's Poor Album Sales Contribute to Split with Nick?

Def Jam RecordingsMariah Carey's husband Nick Cannon recently confirmed that the two are living apart, and now a source tells People magazine that their six-year marriage "has been bad for a while."  One big issue, it's claimed, is the poor performance of Mariah's recent album.

"When things don't go well career-wise, sometimes you turn on your other half," the source tells People, referring to the disappointing sales of Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse

The source also notes that while Mariah "can be very down-to-earth and hilarious, she can also be high-maintenance."

According to People, Mariah is staying with the couple's three-year-old twins in their New York apartment, while Nick has been "living in hotels."  A second source tells the magazine that their split "could get contentious" because "there is a lot to fight over."

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Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsWiz Khalifa's latest album, Blacc Hollywood, has topped the Billboard 200 albums chart, marking his first #1 album on the cross genre tally. 

According to the publication, the rapper's disc sold 90,000 copies in its first week on sale, exceeding initial sales estimates of 70,000 to 80,000 copies.

Despite the solid sales start, the album has sold around half as many copies in its first week as 2012's O.N.I.F.C., which debuted at number two and sold 148,000 copies in its first week.

Nevertheless, Wiz is just happy to have his first chart-topping album, which also sits atop Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Rap Albums chart.

"Number 1 album on they ass. Thank you taylors," he tweeted. "Honestly we've been waiting for this day for a very long time. I cant thank you enough."

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Usher Releases Video for Nicki Minaj-Assisted "She Came to Give It to You"

Photo Credit: Jordan Taylor WrightAfter teasing fans, Usher has released the full video for his new single, “She Came to Give It to You,” featuring Nicki Minaj.

The clip, posted on his YouTube page, has Usher hitting the dance floor in an underground club while Pharrell, who produced the song, monitors the gambling tables. Later, Nicki Minaj struts her stuff in a black dress and stilettos as she raps her verse in front of a wall of TV monitors

“She Came to Give It to You” will appear on Usher's eighth album, due out this fall.

In related news, Nicki and her label mate, Drake, apparently went on snack-filled shopping spree between sets. The footage, which is posted on Nicki's YouTube video log series, sees Drizzy treating the rapper to her favorite junk food, including Cheez-Its and Cheetos.

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Iggy Azalea to Design Shoe Line for Steve Madden; Hear "Booty" Remix Now

Capitol RecordsIggy Azalea is taking her role as the new host of MTV's House of Style seriously: she's signed a deal to design a line of shoes for Steve Madden.

The New York Post's Page Six reported that the footwear line will launch in February;  Iggy then confirmed the news by Instagramming the headline and writing, "Feb 2015."

In other Iggy news, the new remix of Jennifer Lopez's song "Booty," featuring Iggy, is out now.  Iggy's teased the track's forthcoming video on Instagram, writing, "can't wait till you see the video, j killllllllled it. She is perfection."

On the remix, Iggy raps, "They beggin' me to drop down on 'em/but right now, Iggy on the top/last time the world seen a booty this good was on Jenny from the block."  Iggy posted the single's artwork, captioning it, "pinching myself."

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Estelle's “Conqueror” Featured on 'Addicted' Soundtrack

Image Courtesy Established 1980 IncEstelle's newly released single, "Conqueror," will serve two purposes. The inspirational song will be heard on her forthcoming album, True Romance, and it will also appear on the official soundtrack for Addicted.

The tune, which highlights the beauty of the human spirit, will be featured in the end credits of the upcoming film, based on the best-selling novel by Zane. The movie follows a character played by Sharon Leal who is a doting wife to Boris Kodjoe's character but becomes involved in a love triangle.

"I’d rather stand tall than live on my knees / 'Cause I am conqueror and I won’t accept defeat," sings Estelle on the uplifting tune.

The film hits theaters on October 10.

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Chris Brown Spills His Secrets to Making Great Videos

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Last month, Chris Brown earned his ninth Vevo certification for the video for "Loyal," which reached the milestone of 100 million views on Vevo.  Now, the singer is spilling the secret to making great videos.

"My process is just listening to the music first, when I listen to music, I find inspiration or I see a vision already as soon as I hear the song," Brown told fans during the certification presentation.  "Music has no boundaries.  Being able to listen to those songs and incorporate my style in my videos and have mine be different from everybody else's video is what makes me stand out. Being able to create that world of fantasy and its like, 'Man I did that. Wow.'"

Brown also expressed his gratitude for fan support: "It's amazing to be certified on Vevo. I didn't know that eight of my videos reached 100 million, I couldn't believe this many people watched my stuff.  It's amazing being able to see that and I'm just thankful for my fans."

Breezy has over 100 million views for the videos "Look at Me Now," "Yeah3x," "Kiss Kiss," "Turn Up the Music," "Forever," "Don't Wake Me Up," "With You," and "Next to You."

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Usher Announces Cities for "The UR Experience Tour"

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Usher is coming to a city near you. The singer has revealed the first eight cities for his upcoming The UR Experience tour.

According to his official website, fans can expect Ursh to make stops in New York, Atlantic City, Chicago, Toronto, Orlando, New Orleans, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle.

The crooner announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he will reveal the second batch of dates very soon.

The upcoming trek will support his eighth studio album, rumored to be titled UR, a title that may have been leaked in a Honey Nut Cheerios commercial.

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Ty Dolla $ign Announces In Too Deep Tour Dates

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsJust days after concluding Wiz Khalifa's Under the Influence of Music Tour, Ty Dolla $ign will soon embark on another outing. The rapper has announced plans for a major North American headline trek this fall, dubbed the In Too Deep Tour.

Beginning October 1 at San Antonio’s White Rabbit, the rapper will travel to major U.S. cities -- including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, and Philadelphia -- before wrapping up November 20 inside Denver's Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom.

Before he kicks off his new outing, Ty will embark on the international run of his Beach House Tour, which kicks off on August 29 in Hanover and includes stops in London, Paris, Milan, Amsterdam and more. For complete details, Visit DollaSignWorld.com/tour.

Between shows, the rapper is also busy completing his highly anticipated debut album, FREE TC, due out later this year.

Here are the dates for The In Too Deep Tour:

10/1 -- San Antonio, TX, White Rabbit
10/2 -- Austin, TX, Empire Control Room
10/3 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live Ballroom
10/4 -- Dallas, TX, Tree’s
10/6 -- New Orleans, LA, Republic
10/8 -- St. Petersburg, FL, State Theatre
10/10 -- Gainesville, FL, Club Levels
10/11 -- Kennesaw, GA, Kennesaw State University * (w/Wiz Khalifa)
10/12 -- Miami, FL, Florida International University * (w/DJ Tiësto)
10/13 -- Nashville, TN, Anthem
10/15 -- Charlotte, NC, Amos Southend
10/16 -- Winston Salem, NC, Winston Salem State University * (w/YG)
10/17 -- Norfolk, VA, The Norva
10/19 -- Carrboro, NC, Cat’s Cradle
10/20 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
10/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
10/23 -- State College, PA, Levels Nightclub
10/24 -- Toronto, ON, Guvernment
10/25 -- Montreal, QC, Petit Olympia
10/26 -- South Burlington, VT, Higher Ground
10/28 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
10/29 -- Pawtucket, RI, The Met
10/30 -- New Haven, CT, Toad’s Place
11/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hard Day of the Dead Festival*
11/2 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza * (w/Mack Wilds)
11/4 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Altar Bar
11/6 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall
11/7 -- Oxford, OH, Brick Street
11/8 -- St. Louis, MO, The Ready Room
11/9 -- Bloomington, IL, The Castle Theater
11/11 -- Madison, WI, High Noon Saloon
11/12 -- Iowa City, IA, Blue Moose Tap House
11/13 -- Chicago, IL, Bottom Lounge
11/14 -- Minneapolis, MN, Cabooze
11/15 -- Lincoln, NE, Bourbon Theater
11/16 -- Kansas City, MO, The Riot Room
11/18 -- Fort Collins, CO, Aggie Theatre
11/19 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Black Sheep
11/20 -- Denver, CO, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

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