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Chance the Rapper Hospitalized Due to Flu & Tonsillitis; Cancels More Tour Dates


Courtesy Chance the Rapper Via InstagramOn Sunday, Chance the Rapper cancelled his scheduled appearance at the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, after he was hospitalized with an unspecified illness. On Wednesday the rapper updated fans on his diagnosis by posting to Twitter a screen-shot, later deleted, of a press release from his manager, Patrick Corcoran.

In the image, Corcoran revealed the rapper's illness was caused by a combination of the flu virus and tonsillitis. He added that Chance is currently recovering in his Los Angeles home and is scheduled to meet with a specialist this week to see if surgery is required.

In addition, according to the tweet, the rapper was instructed by his doctors to cancel his remaining shows scheduled for the week of April 23-27.

ABC News Radio reached out to Corcoran for comment but had not heard back as of press time.

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Diddy Says He Started Revolt TV Because Music Networks "Abandoned Music"


Bad Boy RecordsThere’s a reason Diddy chose Revolt TV as the name for his new multi-platform cable network. He says traditional music television has abandoned music.

"The leaders of so-called music television -- and we don't represent music television by the way. We'll get to that in a second -- but the leaders of music television they changed their business model and I don't knock them for that," Diddy explained to advertising executives and media Tuesday night inside New York City's Marquee Nightclub.  "They changed their business model and started getting into reality TV shows. They changed their business model and kind of in a sense abandoned music. They didn't understand the appetite for music and the passion for music...it's the future."

That, says Diddy, is why he stepped in.  "It was natural for me. I've spent over 20 years in the music industry," he said.  "My relationships with recording artists, my relationships with record companies, my reputation of understanding how to curate music and find and identify that next star, it was a natural transition for me."

Diddy, who serves as founder and chairman of Revolt TV, said he modeled Revolt TV after his two favorite cable networks -- CNN and ESPN.

"I'm going to cover music and cover the artists of the music the same way CNN covers the elections down the every detail, down to the behind-the-scenes," he explained. "The way ESPN covers...who's coming up, who's next to look for. The way they cover Kobe [Bryant] before Game 5, 6, or 7, or Lebron [James], I'm going to cover Drake like that, I'm going to cover [Kanye West] like that, I want to cover Kendrick [Lamar] like that, Schoolboy Q, and so on."

Find out more at Revolt.TV.

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August Alsina's "Testimony" Debuts in No. 2 Spot on the Billboard 200


Def JamAugust Alsina has a lot be happy about. The singer's debut album, Testimony, has scored the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week, replacing Pharrell's G I R L, which slipped from #2 to #7.

The set sold more than 67,000 copies in its first week and also claimed the #1 position on the R&B chart. However, it seems August was already privy to the album's success before the rest of the world found out on Wednesday.

He posted a press release on his Instagram page on Tuesday night announcing the news. "Just got an email. .... Thank you guys for hearing & being apart of my #Testimony. I'm humbled. We gotta keep growing, take that #1 spot," he wrote in the accompanying caption.

He later shared a image of himself smiling, adding "Happy like pharrell said #LateNight."

The 13-track project boasts guest appearances from FabolousTrinidad Jame$, B.o.B, Yo Gotti and Rick Ross as well as the Jeezy-assisted single "Make It Home."

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Pharrell Releases Video for "Marilyn Monroe"


Columbia RecordsUnlike the 24-hour visual for "Happy," Pharrell Williams has released a five-minute video for "Marilyn Monroe," the second single off his album G I R L.

"My new video for #MarilynMonroe: That which makes you different, is what makes you special," Pharrell tweeted with the YouTube link.

In the clip, the singer dances with women from various ethnic backgrounds while famed choreographed Fatima Robinson looks on. At one point, Kelly Osbourne also makes a cameo to perform her line on the song.

Interestingly, a dark-skinned model appears on the single cover for "Marilyn Monroe." Earlier this year, Pharrell was criticized for excluding black women on his album cover, which features three fair-skinned women wearing shades and bathrobes.

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Chris Brown's Trial Postponed to Late June


RCA RecordsAfter being postponed twice, Chris Brown's misdemeanor assault trial was expected to start Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Superior Court. Now the trial has been delayed once again.  

The Washington Post reports the judge overseeing the case delayed Brown's trial until June 25, which is the same day the singer's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, will be sentenced. Earlier this week, Hollosy was found guilty of assaulting a man outside of a Washington, D.C., hotel last year.

The paper reports Hollosy has refused to testify against Brown, who allegedly participated in the physical altercation, in an effort to avoid incriminating himself prior to his sentencing. Brown's bodyguard faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

While Brown has denied hitting his accuser, he faces the same penalty as Hollosy. In addition, Chris also could face problems in California, where he's on probation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.  If he's found to have violated his probation in that case, he could face four years in a California prison.

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The Weeknd Releases Mini Documentary, "One Night with The Weeknd"


TheWeeknd.comThe Weeknd is celebrating his international success by releasing a mini-documentary called One Night with The Weeknd, which captures his biggest show during his Kiss Land Tour.

Complete with backstage footage and candid interviews, the video gives fans an intimate look at The Weeknd's sold out concert at London's O2 Arena. "Greatest show of my entire life," says The Weeknd to a packed crowd. "It’s over from now on. We can’t go backwards from this. We can’t go backwards."

The seven-minute project was presented by camera company GoPro and its posted on the company's official YouTube page.

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Wiz Khalifa Announces Dates for Under the Influence of Music Tour


Atlantic/AnkenmanWiz Khalifa is gearing up to embark on a summer outing, officially dubbed the Under the Influence of Music Tour.

The upcoming North American trek will kick off July 24 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania and its scheduled to close on August 24 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California.

The rapper has recruited an multitude of supporting acts including Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, DJ Drama, Iamsu, Mack Wilds and Sage the Gemini.

Fans can expect the tickets to on sale at 4:20 p.m. ET on Friday, April 25 via Live Nation.

Here are  the dates for the Under the Influence of Music Tour.

7/24 -- The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, Pennsylvania
7/25 -- Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, New Jersey
7/26 -- Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia
7/27 -- Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Virginia
7/29 -- Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario
7/31 -- Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, New York
8/1 -- First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
8/2 -- Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts
8/3 -- PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey
8/5 -- First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Illinois
8/6 -- Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana
8/8 -- Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
8/9 -- Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
8/10 -- DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan
8/12 -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis, Maryland Heights, Missouri
8/14 -- Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, Texas
8/15 -- The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman, Woodlands, Texas
8/17 -- Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, New Mexico
8/19 -- Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado
8/22 -- Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California
8/23 -- Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, Chula Vista, California
8/24 -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Irvine, Irvine, California

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Go Behind the Scenes of Beyoncé's Toyota Commercials


Cliff Lipson/CBSLast month Beyonce shot a Toyota commercial for the auto maker's new campaign titled “Get Going.” Now, a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot has surfaced on Tuesday.

In the two-minute clip, posted on one of her Beyhive's YouTube page, the singer films three spots as her latest single, “XO,” plays in the background.

"I feel like it’s a very emotional spot. It goes through my growth and my childhood and who I wanted to be and who I have become," Beyonce says during an on-set interview.

The commercial was directed by Melina Matsoukas, who previously helmed Beyonce's video "Pretty Hurts" and "Move Your Body." She comments, "We all can relate to the idea of 'get going' and how we all need that motivation in our own lives."

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John Legend Finds His Baby Doppelganger on Twitter


Courtesy Rachel Ayanaw Via Twitter; ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend has seemingly found his doppelganger via social media.

Earlier this week, a Twitter user named Rachel Ayanaw shared an image of her nephew, Caden, and pointed out his resemblance to the famous crooner. "My nephew looks like John Legend lol," she wrote on April 20.

Shortly after, her message was re-tweeted by over 10,000 followers and eventually caught the attention of Legend, who responded by posting a photo of himself as a baby, “for comparison’s sake,” he wrote.

In an interview with GoodMorningAmerica.com, Ayanaw shared her reaction after hearing hearing from Legend. “I was really shocked,” she said. “I didn’t expect any of this to happen.”

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Future Thanks Fans for Supporting Newly Released Album, "Honest"


EpicAfter a long promotional campaign, Future has unleashed his sophomore album, Honest, which arrived in stores Tuesday. The rapper used Twitter to express his gratitude to his loyal fanbase for purchasing the set.

"The fans supporting this Album 100%," he tweeted on to his 1.1 million followers. "Couldn't have done this without You.honest."

The follow-up to his 2012 debut, Pluto, features the Mike WiLL Made It-produced single “Move That Dope” with Pharrell and Pusha T, as well as guest appearances from Drake, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West, among others.

Next month, the rapper will embark on his North American outing, dubbed the Honest Tour, beginning May 23 in Milwaukee and concluding on July 12 in Montreal.

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Eminem, Outkast Confirmed for Austin City Limits Fest


Aftermath/Shady/InterscopePerhaps it's no surprise after Eminem posted his cowboy-themed Instagram photo, but the rapper has been announced as part of the lineup of performers for this fall’s Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, TX.

The rapper will serve as a headlining performer alongside OutKast when the event takes place over two weekends on October 3-5 and October 10-12. The 13th annual festival will also include showcases from Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, BeckPearl Jam, and more.

Three-day passes cost $225 and they're available now. Fans can expect single-day tickets to go on sale at a later date.

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Iggy Azalea's "The New Classic" Soars to No. 1 on iTunes Chart


Island Def JamAfter several false starts, Iggy Azalea released her debut album, The New Classic, this week. The rapper tells ABC News Radio how it feels to not only have her first studio effort available on shelves, but to learn that her set has jumped to #1 on the iTunes chart -- beating out new releases from Future, Asher Roth and Kelis.

"I'm really excited. I woke up this morning and I saw everybody tell me it was number one and I was not expecting that to happen at all," she laughs. "I would have been happy even if it was in the top 50.  So, I'm feeling really like all my Christmases have come at once today."

The rapper explains that she titled her project The New Classic in an attempt to spark a conversation about the new generation of hip-hop.

"Just from being a generation that is so nostalgic, I wanted to kind of make a statement and say to people my age, 'Hey I think what we're doing is important too.' And I think there's kids that will look back and be nostalgic about the things that we're doing at the moment as well," she says.

While many are quick to compare her to the likes of Nicki Minaj, Iggy feels everyone has his or her own lane. "It's pointless comparing yourself to people. And for me I just always remember loving so many different artists as a kid, I try to remember that when I feel like I start to compare myself to other people."

Iggy adds that her fans appreciate her need to remain true to herself. "Its very important to my piece of mind, or else you'd drive yourself crazy," she says.

The rapper's album features contributions from Timbaland, T.I., Mavado, Stargate, Watch the Duck, Charli XCX and Katy Perry, who penned "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora

In related news, Iggy is scheduled to begin her 14-date North American trek on April 23 in Boston, making stops in major cities including Detroit, Chicago, New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles, before concluding May 22 in Seattle.

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Nicki Minaj Says She Was Nervous Filming "The Other Woman"


Courtesy Nicki Minaj Via InstagramOn Tuesday morning, Nicki Minaj sat down with Good Morning America to promote her role in The Other Woman, which stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton. The rapper explained why she was apprehensive preparing for her first blockbuster film.

"I was so nervous," she revealed on GMA. "I felt a lot of pressure ’cause I am sitting this close to Cameron Diaz and I know if I don’t get my lines right, she has to do her lines over. That pressure was scary."

Minaj portrays Diaz's opinionated assistant, Lydia, who seemingly encourages Diaz to pursue a married man, but Nicki makes it clear she doesn't share the same views as her character.  "Marriage is sacred," she says.

Nicki adds the only similarity she shared with her character was that they both wore wigs. However, Nicki now has done away with her flamboyant hairstyles and explained why she's toned down her image.

"Before my first album even came out, I said on my third album, I would wear my natural hair," said Nicki. "I did the wigs, I did the colors, I did the heavy makeup and all that stuff, and now I guess I’m more confident in myself."

The Other Woman hits theaters on April 25.

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R. Kelly Readies His First Greatest Hits Album, "The Essential R. Kelly"


RCAR. Kelly fans are finally getting a compendium of his greatest hits. RCA announced plans to release the crooner's first hits collection, titled The Essential R. Kelly.

The upcoming 35-track, double-disc set will feature his classic songs including “Down Low,” “Bump & Grind,” “Ignition (Remix),” “When a Woman Loves,” and “I Believe I Can Fly,” among others. Fans will also have access to hard-to-find remixes and rare movie soundtrack cuts.

The label issued an official trailer for the highly anticipated set, arriving on May 19.

In other R Kelly news, he is currently traveling the country with Tamar Braxton for his Black Panties Tour, which will travel to Jacksonville, Florida this Friday, April 25.

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Alicia Keys Tapped for Essence Festival "Year of Empowerment"


AliciaKeys.comAlicia Keys will help the pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by participating in Essence Festival's Year of Empowerment, which takes place July 3 through July 6 in New Orleans, LA.

Organizers announced the singer has been tapped to speak at a free workshop series called Empower U, which will feature a panel of celebrities -- ranging from Yolanda Adams to Steve Harvey -- discussing community initiatives and forums. Alicia will discuss black women and HIV/AIDS.

"Moving to shine light on 5 HIV positive women's stories for #EMPOWERED," Keys tweeted on Monday.

The upcoming event is just one of many free workshops that are designed to improve the day-to-day lives of women and families. For more information, visit EssenceFestival.com.

As previously reported, the Essence Festival will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The event's 20th anniversary celebration will include headlining performances from Prince, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, LedisiCharlie Wilson, Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Tamar Braxton and The Roots.

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Robin Thicke to Guest-Star on "American Dad"


Fox/PressHereNow.comRobin Thicke is about to add "voice actor" to his resume: he'll be guest-starring on an upcoming episode of the Fox animated show American Dad.

On the May 4 episode of the Seth MacFarlane-created show, Roger bets an annoying coffee-shop musician that he can outplay him.  Robin plays that annoying musician. In a cool twist, Robin's famous dad, Alan Thicke, also guest-stars in the episode, as himself.

American Dad airs on Fox at 7: 30 p.m. ET/PT as part of the networks Sunday night "Animation Domination" lineup.

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Janelle Monae Among Taste of Chicago Headliners


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Janelle Monae has announced that she's landed another headlining performance this summer. The singer is confirmed to serve as the main act for this year's Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest annual food festival taking place July 9 through 13.

"Yes. headlining #tasteofchicago #delicious," she tweeted on Monday. The singer will be joined by Gary Clark Jr. on July 10.

The upcoming event will take place in Grant Park and will feature performances from Aloe Blacc, known for his hit single “Wake Me Up," among others.

Additional performers will be announced at a later date. For ticket information, head to TasteOfChicago.us.

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Report: Missing Jay Z Recordings at Center of Alleged Extortion Plot


Roc Nation/UniversalSome Jay Z recordings that disappeared more than a decade ago have reportedly turned up, as part of an alleged extortion plot that has come to light.

TMZ reports Chauncey Mahan, a producer who worked with Jay between 1998 and 2002, was in possession of the recordings, which belonged to Jay's Roc-A-Fella Records and went missing in 2002.  Mahan allegedly contacted Live Nation, which has a relationship with the rapper, and said he would put the recordings up for auction unless he received a 100-thousand-dollar "storage fee" to relinquish them.

Both sides reportedly agreed on a 75-thousand-dollar amount, but on Friday, when Mahan went to the storage facility where he reportedly kept the recordings to discuss the deal with Jay's camp, he was met by police. He was detained and questioned, though not arrested.

Beverly Hills police are investigating the extortion allegations, while Jay has filed a grand larceny complaint with New York police.

Los Angeles police will keep possession of the recordings until a judge determines which party is the rightful owner. The recordings are estimated to be worth between 15 and 20 million dollars.

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Outkast Set to Headline Second Annual BET Experience


Outkast.comFollowing their Coachella performance this past weekend, Outkast has landed another gig. The rap duo is scheduled to serve as this year's headlining act for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, taking place in Los Angeles from June 27 through June 29.

Big Boi and Andre 3000 will be joined by Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, K. Michelle, Ty Dolla $ign and August Alsina during the DJ Khaled-hosted event, which will be held at the Staples Center on Saturday, June 28.

According to the network, the three-day event will begin with opening showcases from Maxwell, Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius and then feature closing performances from Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Jennifer Hudson and Tamar Braxton.

Single day tickets and three-day packages will be available this Friday, March 14 at 1 p.m. ET via BETExperience.com.

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Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" Tops All-Time UK Downloads Chart


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Robin Thicke’s smash single, "Blurred Lines" featuring Pharrell and T.I., has been named the U.K’s biggest selling download by the Official Charts Company.

The club anthem, which was released in March 2013, has sold more than 1.54 million copies online to date in the U.K. Thicke's tune beat out Adele’s "Someone Like You," which has sold 1.53 million copies, as well as Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" and Rihanna's "We Found Love" with Calvin Harris.

"I'm so honored, the success of 'Blurred Lines' is a dream come true," Robin said in a statement.

While Robin currently holds the crown, Pharrell's "Happy" has become the fastest-growing song having now surpassing 1.3 million in download sales. The track currently is the ninth biggest-selling download of all time in the U.K.

Here are the U.K.’s top 10 most downloaded tracks of all time, according to the Official Charts Company:

1. "Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell
2. "Someone Like You" -- Adele
3. "Moves Like Jagger" -- Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
4. "Somebody That I Used to Know" -- Gotye feat. Kimbra
5. "I Gotta Feeling" -- Black Eyed Peas
6. "Get Lucky" -- Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
7. "We Found Love" -- Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
8. "Wake Me Up" -- Avicii
9. "Happy" -- Pharrell Williams
10. "Sex on Fire" -- Kings of Leon

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