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Trey Songz Confirmed for 2014 Young Hollywood Awards


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Trey Songz has been tapped to showcase during this year's Young Hollywood Awards, which is touted as the "Oscars of Young Hollywood."

The singer announced the news via Twitter. "Catch me performing on the @yhawards on July 28th at 8/7c on the CW! #yha," he tweeted.

Trey did not receive any nods in the music categories, but Iggy Azalea is up for three nominations, including Hottest Music Artist.

The star-studded award show, which celebrates the best emerging young talent in film, music and television, will air Monday, July 28 at 8 p.m. on the CW Network.

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Janet Jackson's Father Pens Open Tribute to Her


Image Courtesy Mary Ellen Matthews/UniversalFor the past two weeks, Joe Jackson has published a short memoirs about his relationship with each of his famous offspring via his official website. In his newest installment, he addresses Janet Jackson.

Janet, the youngest child of the Jackson family, was a "very smart" and "tough kid," Joe recalls, "She was a tomboy. She could whop all the girls."

He then states that "she is really easy nowadays. She has mellowed. She is now married and living a good life with her husband."

Among Janet's many accomplishments, Joe notes that she always had a knack for acting, which is a talent that he believes the "world has yet to recognize."

Although she's starred in major films -- like Poetic Justice with Tupac Shakur and the Nutty Professor opposite Eddie Murphy -- Joe believes that she was destined to be "bigger," which was a comment that initially upset Janet.

"I knew she was going to channel that anger to prove that she could do better and was right. She came back even stronger with greater movies. And you have not seen the best of her yet. That’s my girl," he writes.

He adds, "She wants to have a good part in a strong action movie. I can’t wait to see her in one."

Janet's father concludes his letter by recalling that she was one of the two people that visited him in the hospital after he suffered four strokes.

"She sat right next to me as I lay in bed, spent time with me, talking about a lot together. It meant a lot to me," he writes. "I lay there listening to her as she talked about how she was going to get married. I am happy for her and wish her nothing but the best ! I never tell you this, but I am proud of you Janet."

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Report: Keyshia Cole Received Fake Divorce Papers


Image Courtesy Interscope RecordsKeyshia Cole's estranged husband Daniel "Boobie" Gibson reportedly has denied sending her divorce papers. Although documents were sent to Cole, the NBA player claims that if it were up to him, he would never file for divorce.

"She would have to do it. I am a Christian. I believe in 'til death do us part,'" he told TMZ.

The gossip site reports that someone filed divorce papers, citing irreconcilable differences and listing Boobie as his own attorney. It wasn't until the alleged imposter was contacted that the address listed was later matched to an El Pollo Loco restaurant.

Gibson told TMZ that he plans to press charges against the impostor. He also vented his frustrations via Twitter. "Everybody so busy judging everyone else, u would think I would've met more Perfect ppl by now. Don't know any." Gibson tweeted.

Meanwhile, Keyshia intends to officially end her marriage at a later time, according to TMZ.

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Jeezy Releases Artwork for New Album, "Seen It All: The Autobiography"


Image Courtesy Def JamJeezy has highlighted a controversial symbol on the cover for his fifth solo album Seen It All: The Autobiography. The Atlanta rapper unveiled the artwork via Twitter in which he features the Eye of Providence, known as the sign for the Illuminati.

The cover soon prompted debate as to whether or not Jeezy is affiliated with the secret society.  One commented, "Illuminati believers finna go crazy over Jeezy's album cover." Another added, "Getting with the Illuminati still aint gonna help your remedial rapping Jeezy. Just an FYI."

Prior to releasing the cover, the rapper explained what people can expect from his new album. “This is gonna be your bible, this is gonna be your manual," the Snowman told MTV News.

Jeezy's follow-up to 2011′s TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition features collaborations with Jay Z and Future. The set arrives September 2.

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K. Michelle Excited for Macy's Music Festival


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K. Michelle may have cancelled the second leg of her Rebellious Soul Tour, but she will join the Macy’s Music Festival, taking place at the Paul Brown stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The singer expressed her gratitude via Instagram for the chance to perform alongside Charlie Wilson and Chaka Khan.

"Straight from the airport to the stage. Tonight I'm on one. Blessed to be on the same stage tonight as Charlie Wilson, and Chaka Khan. Real musicians. #blessed," she wrote in the caption.

While Michelle will perform tonight, Keyshia Cole, Chrisette Michelle, and Ne-Yo are among the other performers who will showcase this Saturday, July 26.

As previously reported, Michelle decide to delay her tour to focus on her upcoming Idris Elba-directed Rebellious Soul musical, airing later this year.

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Nicki Minaj Defends "Anaconda" Cover Art


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCEveryone seemed to have an opinion about Nicki Minaj's not-so-safe-for-work art for her new single, "Anaconda," but the rapper has justified showing off her assets by comparing herself to the swimsuit models featured on Sport Illustrated.

The rapper posted a revealing picture of Kate Upton's cover, in which the model is showing off her physique in a tiny bikini. "Acceptable," Nicki wrote in the caption.

Nicki also shared Chrissy Tiegen's first SI swimsuit Issue, in which John Legend's topless model wife poses seductively with her back facing the camera next to two other topless models. "Angelic. Acceptable. Lol," Nicki chimes in again.

She then posted two other photos of models showing their backsides before re-posting her cover art, which sees Nicki wearing only a pink G-string, halter top, and blue Jordans. "UNACCEPTABLE," she wrote in all caps.

Some fans seemed to appreciate the rapper's comparison.  One wrote, "When the other does it, it's a celebration/appreciation of the female body. When 'we' do it, we are shameful and every kind of Black whore."  However, others were critical of Nicki's influence on her young fans. One commented, "You don't need to show off what you've got to sell an album. Maybe use your talent instead."

Nicki said that she'll continue to post pictures of other "thots" (that hoe over there), to get her point across. "Putting out some more #thotSh** tmrw for the f*q of it. LMFAOOOOO. Thots out here showin p*ss lips but u mad at da kid.  LMFAO," she tweeted.

"Anaconda," which arrives Monday, serves as the second single from Nicki's upcoming album, The Pink Print.

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Rihanna Tweets About Monster Tour Rehearsal


Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSEminem and Rihanna are currently preparing for their joint, three-city Monster Tour, which will visit Slim Shady's hometown of Detroit, among other places. The singer has announced on Twitter that she's gearing up for rehearsals.

"I wanna take this band everywhere!!! #MONSTERtourRihearsals," she tweeted to her 36 million followers.

The duo are scheduled to begin their short outing at Pasadena, California's Rose Bowl on August 7 and wrap up at Detroit's Comerica Park on August 23. Tickets are still available for select dates. Visit Eminem.com for all the information.

Here are the dates for the Monster Tour:

8/7 -- Pasadena, CA, Rose Bowl
8/8 -- Pasadena, CA, Rose Bowl
8/16 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/17 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/22 -- Detroit, MI, Comerica Park
8/23 -- Detroit, MI, Comerica Park

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Jeremih Announces New Mixtape, "Not on My Album"


Image Courtesy Def JamFollowing the release of his No More EP with Shlohmo, Jeremih has announced the release date for a new mixtape, Not on My Album.

In an effort to appease fans, the upcoming project will include songs that will not appear on his long-awaited album, Thumpy Johnson.

“It’s definitely for the trunk, it’s definitely for the streets,” Jeremih said in a statement. “It’s a lot of thump for your trunk and just crack music for the streets.”

Led by the lead single "She Know It" featuring Chi Hoover, the set will arrive on August 4.

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Tiny Hopes New Music Will Save Her and T.I.'s Relationship


Image Courtesy VH1This week saw Tiny and T.I. venting about their marriage through music. While she threatened to leave him in her newly issued song "What the F*** You Gon’ Do," and her husband let down his guard in a song called "Stay," the singer is just hoping that both songs can resolve their marital problems.

During an interview with Vibe, Tiny revealed that the songs weren't deliberately planned to be released on the same day.

"T.I. did not hear my song until the whole world did. He knew nothing about it. I had heard his song and I loved it. But I did not know he was going to release it," she explains. "So the day I dropped my song, I’m asking to see how it’s doing on iTunes and someone said, 'It’s doing great -- but did you hear T.I.’s new song?' And I’m like, 'What new song?!' And it turns out to be 'Stay.'"

For those who questioned why she's blasting her husband publicly, Tiny says, "It’s because this is my life and my truth and this is how I choose to express it. Isn’t that what we do as entertainers? We go through stuff and we write about it. This is no different."

So how will the music affect her relationship? "I really don’t know," she says. "I mean if it does, I hope it’s in a good way. Hopefully, it works out in our favor in the end. All I know is that I’m working on it. We’re working on it."

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Teyana Taylor Joins August Alsina on Tour This Summer


Image Courtesy Def Jam RecordingsTeyana Taylor is gearing up for a summer outing.

According to Def Jam, the singer will serve as supporting act for August Alsina's upcoming headlining tour, dubbed Testimony Live, named after his debut album, Testimony.

Aug's 20-city tour will begin in Seattle on August 14. The duo are scheduled to hit Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, and other major markets before concluding September 21 in Kansas City.

Here are the tour dates:

8/14 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox
8/15 -- Eugene, OR, Wow Hall
8/16 -- Portland, OR, Alhambra Theatre
8/17 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom
8/20 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
8/21 -- W. Hollywood, CA, House of Blues
8/25 -- Tempe, AZ, Club Red
8/27 -- Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater
8/29 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live – Ballroom
8/30 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Music Hall
9/3 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Varsity Theatre
9/4 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
9/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
9/7 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
9/9 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
9/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
9/13 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
9/15 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
9/16 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
9/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre

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Beyonce’s Producer Recalls Reworking “Crazy in Love” for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'


IImage Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBSPeople are still buzzing about Beyonce's revamped version of her 2003 hit “Crazy in Love,” which soundtracks the new trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. Now, the song's producer is talking about the process of making sure the new rendition matched the sensual teaser.

Boots, who went from producing Bey's latest self-titled album to scoring the upcoming flick, explained the reason for reworking Bey’s popular song.

"Falling in love can make you do crazy sh**," he tells Complex. "That was the spirit of the original song in the first place, we flipped it and it kind of became a whole thing."

He also praised Beyonce for her vocal performance. "Whenever it comes to the stuff that Bey and I do, I’ll never speak for her, but I think that she killed it," he says.

So why did he think the song was perfect for the trailer? "It was a cat and mouse thing happening in the trailer and I felt that it needed to feel that way in the build of the score," he explains before hinting, "There’s a lot of sh** that’s coming up."

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Iggy Azalea Is New Host of MTV's "House of Style"


Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC)MTV's fashion show House of Style is coming back with a "Fancy" new host: Iggy Azalea.

The channel is officially reviving the show, which first started back in 1989 with original host Cindy Crawford.  The new series debuts on August 4, and according to MTV, Iggy says it'll be "wild, crazy, fun and fascinating, all at the same time." 

The eight-episode run will, as usual, focus on the intersection between fashion and music, with behind-the-scenes looks at designers, visits to video sets and shopping excursions.

Iggy will also host a House of Style VMA fashion special on August 26 at 7 p.m. ET; she'll wrap up all the style highlights of this year's MTV VMAs, which airs August 24.

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Beyoncé Sings Sultry Version of "Crazy in Love" in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer


Image Courtesy Nick Farrell/Sony MusicBeyonce's sultry voice can be heard in the first official trailer for the film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.

The singer has recorded a slowed-down version of her 2003 hit, "Crazy in Love," featuring the original lyrics for the movie, which soundtracks the trailer.  She teased fans with a trailer snippet via Instagram earlier this week.

In the trailer, Dakota Johnson portrays college student Anastasia Steele, who is interviewing billionaire Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan. As their relationship progresses, so does their intimacy -- at one point Grey blindfolds Ana and takes her into his Red Room of Pain.

Fifty Shades of Grey steams up theaters February 13, 2015.

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Nicki Minaj Unveils Racy Single Artwork for "Anaconda"


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj quickly became a trending topic on Twitter after she released the not-so-work-friendly artwork for her new single, "Anaconda," the second single from her upcoming album The Pink Print.

In the cover art, the rapper exposes her booty while wearing a pink G-string, halter top, and blue Jordans with her back facing the camera.

The jaw-dropping picture has prompted mixed reactions on social media. One fan wrote, "Nicki Minaj on that Anaconda cover.. She's hot! Can't even hate on that." Another wrote, "@NICKIMINAJ why'd you whore yourself out like that? Don't you know little girls look up to u. Smh the industry is dead."

Fans can expect the follow-up to "Pills N Potions" to be available on Monday, July 28.

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Chris Brown’s “Loyal” Video Hits 100 Million Views


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Despite his legal woes and jail stint that ended earlier this year, Chris Brown's music career managed to stay afloat with his hit single "Loyal," which just hit a new milestone.

The singer announced on Twitter that the video for his catchy tune, which features Lil Wayne and Tyga, has become Vevo Certified for garnering 100 million views.

"100 Million Views for #Loyal! Thank you Team Breezy #VEVOCertified," he recently tweeted.

The video is his ninth to reach the milestone of 100 million views on Vevo.

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Usher Shoots Video for Pharrell-Produced Single, "She Came to Give It to You"


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Looks like fans will soon have a visual to accompany Usher's new single, "She Came to Give It to You" featuring Nicki Minaj.

The singer teased a snapshot of himself on location via his Instagram account, in which he is standing next to director Philip Andelman, who has filmed videos for Beyonce, Rihanna and Jay Z.

"It's coming... #SheCameToGiveItToYou ... A @Philipandelman #Mashup," the singer wrote in the accompanying caption.

The news comes just a week after Usher revealed another behind-the-scenes look into the recording process with producer Pharrell. "I'm too excited," the hitmaker says from inside the studio vocal booth in the clip.

"She Came to Give It to You" is lifted from his upcoming album, which arrives this fall.

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Common's "Nobody’s Smiling" Projected to Have Modest First Week Sales


Image Courtesy Def JamThis week saw the release of Common's tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling, which is projected to have a modest sales start.

According to Hits Daily Double, the rapper's album is estimated to sell between 18,000 to 21,000 copies in its opening week. His last offering, 2011's The Dreamer/The Believer, opened at number eighteen on the Billboard 200 chart, with 69,000 copies sold.

Still, it seems the rap veteran is just pleased that fans can finally purchase his long-awaited set. "I’m happy to share this with y’all!" he tweeted.

Nobody’s Smiling boasts guest features from Jhené Aiko, Cocaine 80s, Elijah Blake and Vince Staples as well as production from No I.D.

The official sales tally will be released on Wednesday.

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The Album Chart Is a "Happy" Place This Week


ABC/Adam TaylorPharrell Williams' hit "Happy" may not be #1 anymore, but that doesn't mean it's any less popular.  Here's the proof: according to Yahoo! Chart Watch, it's featured on not one but three albums in this week's top 10.

"Tacky," the parody of "Happy" that appears on "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album Mandatory Fun, leads the pack at #1.  In at #4 is Kidz Bop 26, which features the Kidz Bop Kidz performing the song.  Finally, Pharrell's original version is included on the compilation Now! 50 which is sitting at #8.

As for Pharrell's own album, G I R L, which also includes "Happy," it currently sits at #35.  According to Yahoo!, the Oscar-nominated tune is about two weeks away from reaching the six-million mark in downloads.

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Trey Songz Remains in Top Ten, Thanks Fans for Ongoing Support


Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsTrey Songz’s latest album Trigga has remained in the top ten for three consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, and it's all due to his loyal fans, who he says he owes his career to.

"My fans make me, if it wasn't for my fans there would be no me," Trey told ABC News Radio prior to the release of his sixth studio effort.

Trey explained that the time between Trigga's release and 2012's Chapter V was the longest break he'd even taken between albums, and says that his fans could have abandoned him.

"When I wasn't at my highest point as far as stardom is concerned or chart position is concerned or notoriety, my fans were still there for me," he says.

He adds, "They were pushing me toward those levels that I had not reached yet."

The singer's latest effort has slipped from number five to number nine on the chart, selling an additional 21,853 copies this week. The singer will soon release the video for his new single, "What's Best For You."

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Lauryn Hill Has Heckler Ejected After She Shows Up Late for Chicago Performance


Image Courtesy Lloyd Bishop/NBCLauryn Hill will not tolerate disrespect. Last week, Hill arrived an hour late to perform at the House of Blues in Chicago, which prompted one fan to voice his disapproval.

In video footage, obtained by TMZ, Hill addresses her heckler, who allegedly flipped her off and started shouting about her opening performance.

"I don’t play that. I don’t need to win you over and you don’t need to win me over," Hill says to the unidentified man. "You can go and take all your money back."

Before having security get the man, she adds, "I do this because I love it, not because I owe you anything. I do this because I love it and you can get on your blogs, tweet, whatever you want to. I don’t give a rat’s a**."

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