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Sevyn Streeter Answers Fans' Question About Debut Album

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsWe learned a lot about Sevyn Streeter's upcoming debut album in her Q&A Twitter session Thursday, in which fans submitted questions using the hashtag "7MinuteswithSevyn."

The singer revealed that she's thinking of titling her first studio effort after he latest single, "Don’t Kill the Fun," her latest duet with Chris Brown. In addition, she's not only finalized the track list, but she's recorded more than 40 songs and she feels the album represents her "versatility." She adds, "I 7ove EVERY song."

When one fan inquired if she intends to collaborate with her boyfriend B.o.B, Sevyn replied: "I think you're on to something."

The singer also added that she likes the idea of releasing her album on 7/7/15, which falls on a Tuesday. "[That] Would be super dope," Sev tweeted, adding that the disc will definitely arrive "no later than summer."

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Lionel Richie Slams Kanye West for Saying N-Word on British Television

Mark Davis/NBCNot everyone was impressed with Kanye West's fiery performance at this week’s Brit Awards, where he debuted his new explicit single "All Day."

According to U.K.'s The Daily Mirror, Lionel Richie didn't appreciate Kanye’s repeated use of the word "n***a" during the intense showcase, which went at least partially uncensored during the live British telecast.

"I don’t think it’s okay for a black man to use the N-word," Richie told the paper. "I don’t like it -- and I am a black man. I don’t think it should be said and become normal."

Richie continued,"Am I fan of the n-word? Not coming from the 1960s and '70s. Whereas the new world has embraced it."

"All Day" will appear on Kanye's upcoming album, due out later this year.

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Beyonce Fans Attack Kid Rock Online After Derogatory Comments

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Well, that didn't take long. After Kid Rock told Rolling Stone that he's "flabbergasted" by Beyonce's popularity, her legion of fans have come to her defense.

"Beyoncé, to me, doesn't have a f**king 'Purple Rain,' but she's the biggest thing on Earth," Rock says, referring to the classic Prince track. "How can you be that big without at least one 'Sweet Home Alabama' or 'Old Time Rock & Roll'?"

The Beyhive wasted no time in pouncing on Rock's controversial opinions, including his statement that Bey's physique "doesn't really f**king do much for me."

Beyonce's fans swarmed Kid Rock's Instagram page with the bee emoji  and some even added mean-spirited comments. Commenting on one post, in which Kid Rock was promoting a concert, one fan wrote: "F**k yo tour.who the hell are u????F**k u kidrock.Don't call for [Queen B] unless she calls 4 u.BEEHIVE lets STING!!!"

Another chimed in: "When you try to knock down a beyhive you get STUNG."

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Kanye Dedicates New Tattoos to Daughter & Late Mother

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Kanye West has some new, meaningful ink.

The rapper has decided to get new tattoos of birth dates of his daughter, North West, and his late mother, Donda West, across his wrists.

"I talked him out of getting a face tattoo....for now," Kim Kardashian West tweeted, along with a few Instagram images of Kanye's body art. "He got it on his wrists instead. His mother's birthdate and North's birthdate in Roman numerals."

Kanye's new tats come on the heels of his recently-released "Only One," a touching song that celebrates his daughter North and was inspired by his late mother. The heartfelt track appears on Kanye's next album, due out later this year.

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Jennifer Hudson Stars in Iggy Azalea's "Trouble" Video

Heather Wines/CBSIggy Azalea stars with Jennifer Hudson in the newly released video for "Trouble," lifted from her Reclassified album.

In the Bonnie and Clyde-inspired clip, posted on YouTube, Iggy helps her criminal boyfriend escape from prison after he attempted to rob a bank. But police officer Hudson interrupts their getaway plan and handcuffs Iggy, who's wearing a retro outfit and chunky, blue suede platform heels.

"Trouble" marks Jennifer and Iggy's second collaboration, following Jennifer's "He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere," lifted from last year's JHUD.

It's possible the pair may showcase their tune when Iggy kicks off her Great Escape North American tour April 14 in Fresno, California.

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Aretha Franklin to Mentor Contestants on Next Week's "American Idol" Episodes

Credit: Matthew Jordan SmithDetroit has been hosting the early performance rounds of season 14 of American Idol, and now a Motown legend will pay a visit to the show to help guide the new crop of contestants.  Billboard reports that Aretha Franklin will appear as a guest mentor on both episodes of the Fox singing competition next week.

The shows, which will air Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, appropriately will feature the hopefuls singing classic Motown tunes.  The Queen of Soul also will be performing on the program, which is taking place at Detroit's Fillmore Theater.

The coming week will see the top 16 American Idol contestants singing for a chance to be part of the final 12.

Franklin previously appeared on American Idol on the season 12 finale, during which she performed live via satellite.

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K. Michelle Talks Body Augmentation, Ideal Man & New Scripted Series

Image Courtesy JimmyFontaine/AtlanticK. Michelle has never been afraid to talk about her feelings on plastic surgery.

In a candid interview with Ebony magazine, the singer spoke on augmenting her tiny frame and not caring how people might feel about it. When asked if she had any regrets, Michelle replied: "No; I absolutely love it. I decided how I wanted to look, and I paid for it. In a way, it feels empowering. It’s not like I’m taking away from my culture or from who I am. I’m not bleaching my skin, I’m just removing some fat that popped up, which shouldn’t have been there anyway."

As for her dream man, the singer, who previously dated actor Idris Elba, revealed her type. "He’s corporate with a little ’hood edge. I’m just really somewhere else right now," she says. "I need someone who is at least 40 years old. A grown man who smells good and can wear a suit."

So what's next for the diva? K. Michelle says that she's focused on projects outside of music. "I have a scripted show in the works. I’m also collaborating with Mona Scott-Young to develop a remake of the reality show Cheaters. Additionally, I’m planning a move to London; they really embrace me there," she says before adding:  "I also hope to have another child within the next two years, even if it’s via adoption. Motherhood is such a great thing. Ultimately, I just want to get to a place where I’ll be happy and let my money work for me."

Michelle is currently our on her first headlining trek, dubbed the My Twisted Mind Tour, in support of her sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?

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The Weeknd Confirmed for 2015 Juno Awards

Image courtesy Republic RecordsThe Weeknd has been tapped to showcase at the 2015 Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys.

The Toronto singer is scheduled to perform his hit single "Earned It" from the soundtrack to the film Fifty Shades of Grey. The event will mark his first performance at the upcoming ceremony, which will also see him competing in the coveted Artist of the Year category as well as R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.

Other nominees includes Drake, who is up for Fan Choice Award and Single of the Year for "Hold On, We're Going Home" featuring Majid Jordan. A full list of nominees can be found at JunoAwards.ca.

The 2015 Juno Awards will take place at Hamilton's First Ontario Centre on Sunday, March 15.

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Kanye Tweets Apologies to Beck, Bruno Mars

Def Jam; Peter HapakNearly three weeks after slamming Beck's Grammy win for album of the year, Kanye West has issued an apology to him.

Kanye tweeted on Thursday, "I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck."

You'll recall that Kanye walked onto the Grammys stage after Beck's Morning Phase was named the winner for best album. Later, in an interview with E!, the rapper said, "Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé."

Kanye on Thursday also apologized to funk-pop star Bruno Mars, for some reason, writing, "I used to hate on him but I really respect what he does as an artist." He didn't elaborate on why he had an issue with Bruno.

Kanye did extend an offer to the "Uptown Funk" singer: "I also would love for Bruno to sing this hook on this song 88 Keys / Puff and I produced…I even asked Tyler to shoot the vid," meaning rapper and producer Tyler, the Creator.

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Usher Surprises Fans with Tour Tickets

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Usher is just full of surprises. After shocking an unsuspecting fan while dressed as a golden street performer in Los Angeles, the singer has shown love to his international following.

Before playing his first show at The Forum in Copenhagen on Friday, the singer documented in a Twitter video an encounter with two female fans who failed to get tickets for his upcoming concert.

"They didn't get tickets," Usher says while looking at the camera. "I may know someone who can get you tickets."

As the women begin to tear up, Usher says, "How about you guys be my guest tomorrow? I got two tickets here for you."

After the singer joins the lucky fans in a group hug, one woman says: "My heart is pounding so fast!" The other chimes in: "I don't know what to say."

The crooner is currently on the European leg of his UR Experience Tour, which wraps up March 26 in London, England.

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Drake Sets Billboard Chart Record with "If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late" Tracks

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSLast week, Drake's surprise release, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, spawned 10 songs that have debuted on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Now, all of the set's 17 songs have appeared on the tally.

According to the publication, the rapper has broken his own record for the most simultaneously charting hits in the history of the chart. Drizzy now has a total of 21 songs on the chart, only four of those records are guest features.

In addition, Drake has become the first rapper to top Billboard’s Artist 100 chart which uses music sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to rank artists' popularity.

Here are Drake's hits currently on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart:

No. 4 -- "Only," Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown
No. 5 -- "Truffle Butter," Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
No. 9 -- "Energy"
No. 16 -- "Tuesday," ILoveMakonnen, featuring Drake
No. 17 -- "Legend"
No. 19 -- "10 Bands"
No. 22 -- "Blessings," Big Sean, featuring Drake
No. 23 -- "Know Yourself" (Debut)
No. 26 -- "No Tellin'"
No. 27 -- "Preach," featuring PartyNextDoor
No. 28 -- "6 God" (Debut)
No. 29 -- "Used To," featuring Lil Wayne
No. 32 -- "Now & Forever"
No. 34 -- "6 Man"
No. 38 -- "Jungle"
No. 39 -- "Star67" (Debut)
No. 40 -- "Madonna" (Debut)
No. 42 -- "Company" Featuring Travis Scott" (Debut)
No. 43 -- "Wednesday Night Interlude" featuring PartyNextDoor (Debut)
No. 45 -- "6PM in New York"
No. 49 -- "You & the 6" (Debut)

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Beyonce Posts Workout Video for Let's Move Campaign

Eric McCandless/CBSBeyonce has celebrated the fifth anniversary of Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign's by sharing some of her workout moves via her official Instagram.

In her latest post, Bey gives a 15-second rundown of her workout routine, which consists of standing oblique crunches, lunges, jump squats and shadow boxing holding weights while Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" plays in the background.

"Celebrating the 5th anniversary of Let's Move!#GimmeFive @michelleobama," Bey wrote in the accompanying caption.

In response, the first lady re-posted the singer's workout video. "Double tap if you're ready to work out with @Beyonce! #GimmeFive of your workout drills (or you'll disappoint the Beygency)," she wrote.

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Big Sean Set for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

ABC/Kelsey McNealBig Sean is set for a big first week with his latest album, Dark Sky Paradise.

The rapper's third studio effort is projected to land atop the Billboard 200 chart, according to the publication. His sales are estimated to amass over 140,000 album equivalent units earned in the week ending March 1.

In addition to potentially becoming his first chart-topper, Dark Sky Paradise could sell more than 110,000 in traditional album sales -- besting his last effort 2013's Hall of Fame, which opened at #3 and sold 72,000 copies.

Elsewhere, Chris Brown and Tyga's collaborative album Fan of a Fan could open in the top 10, selling more than 60,000 copies in its first week.

The official sales tally will be released next Wednesday.

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Raheem DeVaughn to Top Billboard R&B Albums Chart?

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It looks like Raheem DeVaughn's new album, Love, Sex and Passion, is set to land a top Billboard's R&B Albums chart this week.

The singer shared via Instagram the news that he received from his label that the album would debut at #1 on that chart when the official weekly tally is revealed.

According to his label, the singer's latest set will also debut at #2 on the Billboard Independent Chart, #4 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart, and #31 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

"Shout out to all my fans & supporters you are part of my success.... I was just a kid that grew up in the DMV with a dream & hustle! #AllPraiseDue2theCreator #1," the signer wrote on Instagram.

DeVaughn will be touring alongside fellow R&B peers Ledisi and Leela James beginning on February 27 at Los Angeles' Club Nokia. The trio's North American tour will travel to 23 cities before concluding at Atlanta's Symphony Hall on March 29.

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Drake's Homecoming Concert Film Coming to Theaters

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSA concert film capturing a sold-out performance Drake gave before he landed a recording contract with Young Money, will hit theaters next month for a special, one-night-only screening.

Homecoming: The Lost Footage, captures Drizzy's sold-out homecoming performance at Toronto’s Sound Academy in 2009.  Additional production and footage was added to the concert film including interviews with Rap-a-Lot Records CEO James Prince and his son Jas Prince, who brought Drake to the attention of Little Wayne.

The movie will be shown in select theaters on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. local time.  To find local theaters visit the Fathom Events website.

In a statement, Jas Prince says, "When I first listened to Drake I had no idea he was on a hit show, I just fell in love with his sound and talent --  it was unique and like nothing I had ever heard before. I told him during our first conversation I would make him a star. This film documents the beginning of that journey."

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Report: Bobbi Kristina Brown Suffers Seizures, Returned to Induced Coma

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It reportedly isn’t good news this morning for Bobbi Kristina Brown.

People magazine quotes a family source as saying the 21-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston was brought out of her medically-induced coma, but was immediately returned to the coma after she began having “violent seizures.”  The source adds that Bobbi Kristina’s father, Bobby Brown, is “beside himself.”

Bobbi Kristina reportedly was brought out of the coma as a way to check on her condition.  She’s been hospitalized in Georgia since she was found face-down in a bathtub in late January, but her family still hopes for her recovery.

"There will be a sign of hope, and then nothing," the source tells People . "Every day, we wonder if this will be the day that we get good news."

The news comes on the heels of Bobby Brown postponing an upcoming Australian tour to to spend further time with his daughter, who remains at Emory University Hospital.

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Ludacris Announces Release Date for Upcoming Album, "Ludaversal"

Island Def JamLudacris has a lot in the pipeline for this spring.

The rapper has announced the release date for his upcoming album, Ludaversal, which will land in stores on March 31 via Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam Recordings. Just a few days after his eighth studio effort arrives, Luda will reprise his role as Tej Parker in the long-awaited film Furious 7, which hits theaters on April 3.

Fans can also expect Luda to release a video for his newest single, "Good Lovin" featuring Miguel, which was filmed last week. The song is lifted from the rapper's Burning Bridges EP, available now.

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Jodeci Unveils Track List for "The Past, the Present, the Future"

Epic Records/Sony MusicShortly after announcing the release date for their comeback album, The Past, the Present, the Future, Jodeci has revealed the official tracklist for first album in 20 years.

The quartet -- consisting of DeVante Swing, Joel “JoJo” Hailey, Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey and Dalvin DeGrate -- has recruited guest features from B.O.B and Liana Banks as well as production from Timbaland.

Fans can expect Jodeci's The Past, the Present, the Future to arrive March 31 via Epic Records/Sony Music.

In related news, the band is scheduled to premiere the video for "Every Moment" via Facebook tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

Here's the official track list:

“Too Hot”
“Sho Out”
“Checkin for You”
“Those Things” (co-prod. Timbaland)
“Every Moment”
“Nobody Wins” featuring B.o.B.
“Incredible” (co-prod. Timbaland)
“Jennifer”
“Body Parts”
“Stress Reliever”
“Sho Out” featuring Liana Banks

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India.Arie Chimes In on Zendaya Controversy: "I'm Sad that Things Like This Keep Happening"

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India.Aire is not happy with Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic's remarks about Zendaya Coleman's dreadlock hairstyle.

Coleman referred to India's song "I Am Not My Hair" in slamming Rancic for saying of her during a post-Oscars episode of Fashion Police,  "I feel like she smells like patchouli oil. Or weed. Maybe weed."

Rancic has since apologized but India has chimed in with her feelings on the incident.

"We need more more compassion in this world. Period... So I'm not mad at Giuliana Rancic. I'm sad at her,"  India wrote on her Tumblr page. "I'm sad that things like this keep happening. I’m sad that there's an actual form of entertainment where people are excused to be snarky and unkind, that's the real issue."

India continued, "What I'm baffled by is how we put people in boxes so easily... [The remark is[ offensive. It has a racist edge. But also it's also just off base. Way off base. This is why people are mad... I love you Zendaya. You're empowerment and self definition is the most beautiful thing here!"

Meanwhile Coleman accepted Rancic's public apology. "Giuliana, I appreciate your apology and am glad it was a learning experience for you and for the network," Zendaya wrote via Instagram. "I hope that others negatively affected by her words can find it in their hearts to accept her apology as well."

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Kanye West Debuts "All Day" at Brit Awards

Image Courtesy Peter Kramer/NBCKanye West gave fans the full-length version of his new track, "All Day," debuting it during a performance at the BRIT Awards 2015 on Wednesday.

West took stage at London’s O2 Arena to showcase the hard-hitting tune, in which he brags about his lavish lifestyle. "How long you n***as ball? All day/ How much time you spent at the mall? All day," Kanye wraps with a mob of men standing behind him with a massive flamethrower.

West's wife Kim Kardashian nodded along while awestruck Taylor Swift and Lionel Richie looked on from the audience.

"All Day" will appear on Kanye's upcoming album, due out later this year.

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