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Mariah Carey Hints at Upcoming Tour in New Voice Message


Image Courtesy ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey has hinted that she will soon hit a city near you with a brand-new tour.

The singer announced the news in a newly-recorded voice message welcoming her Lambs to her redesigned website, MariahCarey.com,

"Hi Lambs, welcome to the brand new MariahCarey.com. Stay tuned as we continue adding more sections and pow moments to the site. We're also gonna be coming up with some festive contests for the lambily!" she says in the recording.

She then adds, "Lastly, I just wanted to thank everyone for always supporting me. You know Me. I Am Mariah… It's only the beginning! The elusive chanteuse, dahhlings! I can't wait to see you when I hit the road, starting very soon and I'm very excited about it! Love ya much, bye bye!"

The upcoming outing will further support her latest album, Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, which peaked at number three on the Billboard album chart.  Mariah's last extensive tour was the Angels Advocate tour, which wrapped up in February of 2010.

Mariah has been leaving voice messages for her fans for years; in this new one, she refers back to those old messages by signing off in her traditional way: saying "Love ya much!" and adding, "Buh-Bye!" in a high, squeaky voice.

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Maxwell Recruits Kevin Ross for Second Leg of Summer Soulstice Tour


Image Courtesy Eric JohnsonMaxwell spent most of last month performing on his first headlining outing since 2010. Now, the singer has announced an opening act who will accompany him for the second leg of his North American trek, officially dubbed the Summer Soulstice Tour.

The R&B veteran has enlisted newcomer Kevin Ross to warm up the crowd, beginning tonight July 22 at the Palace Theater in Louisville, Kentucky, and concluding August 17 inside the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"I’ve heard many but none with this timeless way in music…your ears will never be the same," says Maxwell of the Motown singer, who will  released his debut EP, Dialogue in the Grey, on August 12.

Tickets for select venues are available now .

Here are the dates for the next leg Summer Soulstice Tour:

7/22 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theater
7/23 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center
7/25 -- Norfolk, VA, Chrysler Hall
7/26 -- Durham, NC, Durham, Performing Arts Center
7/29 -- Charleston, SC, N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
7/30 -- Columbia, SC, Township Auditorium
8/1 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Ruth Eckard
8/2 -- Orlando, FL, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
8/3 -- Jacksonville, FL, Moran Theater
8/6 -- Jackson, MS, Thalia Mara Hall
8/9 -- Montgomery, AL, Garrett Coliseum
8/10 -- Baton Rouge, LA, River Center Theater
8/12 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theater
8/13 -- Austin, TX, Long Center
8/15 -- Shreveport, LA, Municipal Auditorium
8/16 -- Oklahoma City, OK, OKC Downtown Air Park
8/17 -- Albuquerque, NM, Route 66 Casino

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Beyonce Shares Family Photo Following Divorce Rumors


Image Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBSBeyonce seemingly has a response for the recent marital rumors surrounding herself and husband Jay Z.

Just a day after a source close to the couple told the New York Post's Page Six they plan on splitting following their On the Run tour, the singer uploaded a picture on Instagram to show that her family is intact.

In the image, Bey and Jay hold the hands of their two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, who is lifted from the sidewalk.

Seeming to read between the lines, one fan commented: "I hope y'all really don't get a divorce. You guys are the sh**."

Beyonce used the same tactic to dispel family drama rumors by posting images of herself with Solange shortly after her younger sister attacked Jay inside an elevator at a Met Gala after-party back in May.

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Master P Announces Upcoming Trilogy Biopic


Image Courtesy No Limit RecordsMaster P has announced plans to film a biopic, which is being dubbed the "greatest urban trilogy since the Godfather."

The first installment will be The Ice Cream Man, which is named after his 1996 platinum album. The film will chronicle Master P’s humble upbringing prior to forming No Limit Records in 1990.

TRU, the part two of the trilogy, will focus on how he created one of the most influential groups in hip hop, while the final film, No Limit the Empire, will cover the label's overall success -- at one point, No Limit had more than 18 records on the Billboard 200 chart at one time.

The rapper wrote the upcoming film project with Pardé Bridget and Wayne Conley. His production company, CP3 Filmworks, is currently casting actors to play the younger Master P.

Filming will begin in 2015.

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Beyonce & Jay Z's On the Run Tour TV Special Gets Airdate


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Earlier this month, Beyonce and her husband Jay Z announced plans to film their first special HBO concert event. Now, the network has revealed the airdate for their upcoming show, aptly tilted On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z.

The couple will tape the special on September 12 and 13 at the Stade de France in Paris, which will then premiere on Saturday, September 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Similar to the tour itself, the special will feature Bey and Jay performing more than 40 songs.

The network has also released a 15-second promo clip via its official Instagram page, in which the Carters are seen backstage preparing for their sold out show.

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Drake and Lil Wayne Release Official Tour Trailer


Image Courtesy Cash Money RecordsDrake and Lil Wayne weren't kidding about going head-to-head this summer. The rappers have released an official trailer for their upcoming outing, dubbed the Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour, that shows the pair squaring off.

In the clip, which premiered on OctobersVeryOwn, the rappers appear as animated characters, seemingly inspired by the popular video game, Street Fighter. Weezy is depicted as Sage who will fight Drake's character, Protégé, in an "epic tournament."

The pair's 31-city trek begins August 8 in Buffalo, New York, with stops in major markets including Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, and Los Angeles.

"Since, thank God we’ve been so successful, [we'll just be] going back and forth with our hits and getting the crowd to go crazy, then just finally hittin’ the stage together," Wayne told MTV News last month. "It’s a battle type thing."

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Marsha Ambrosius Plans Acoustic Set for John Legend's All of Me Tour


Image courtesy RCA RecordsMarsha Ambrosius couldn't contain her excitement about being selected to kick off John Legend's extended All of Me tour, beginning tonight July 22 in Cedar Park, Texas. The singer revealed that she has an intimate showcase planned.

"It's going to be a very unplugged, acoustic live show," she tells ABC News Radio before calling Legend a "phenomenal performer."

"I'm just glad I get to share the stage with him, period," she says. "I'll be up there tinkling away on the keys with my three-piece band and really delivering now what is this new album."

The singer also says that she's thrilled to perform new material from her sophomore album, Friends and Lovers, which wasn't released while she was on her headlining tour of the same name last month.

"I feel like the set-up with my last tour I did with Friends and Lovers, [was] the introduction. Now, people have it in their hands and they can really sing along to it. So, I'm looking forward to hearing the response from the crowd when I dabble in this new album," she explains.

Despite being a veteran singer, she says that performing in major arenas still feels foreign. "I feel like I still perform like I'm in my own home, either in the shower or just fresh out the shower with my hairbrush and a mirror, by myself, believing I'm in a stadium," Marsha says.

So what can fans anticipate for the show? "They can expect some new things," she hints. "And I will always, you know, go to old faithfuls, which I'm like so crazy about. But its going to be hard trying to put everything into thirty minutes."

The second leg of Legend's North American outing will hit major markets like Atlanta, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Baltimore before wrapping up August 9 in Boston.

Here are the dates:

7/22 -- Cedar Park, TX, Cedar Park Center
7/23 -- Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/25 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
7/27 -- Boca Raton, FL, Mizner Park Amphitheatre
7/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre
7/30 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater
8/1 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
8/2 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
8/5 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Concert Pavilion
8/6 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
8/8 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/9 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

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Elle Varner Lines Up Guest Stars for Upcoming Album


Image Courtesy Steven Gomillion & Dennis LeupoldElle Varner is hard at work on recording her sophomore album Four Letter Word, the follow-up to her debut, Perfectly Imperfect. After issuing several singles, the singer is ready to let fans know which guests she's recruited so far for the project.

"I've been collaborating with a lot of rappers, but I'm not sure exactly where everything is gonna fall into place. We're finalizing it now," she said in an interview with Vibe

In addition to working with Wale on "Rover," Elle reveals, "I did work with Chance the Rapper early on. I also worked with J. Cole. I've been working with Juicy J. That kinda opened up a new lane for me musically, because I feel I get labeled for being R&B, but I got every kind of song from country, to hip-hop, to jazz influences, so I don't wanna limit myself to one genre with this album."

The singer adds that she already has a favorite song from the album.

"I would have to say 'Nothing.' It's the first song that I wrote. I feel like the whole album makes sense as a complete story," she says. "It's a concept album, in a way. It's a snapshot of where Elle was at the moment. This is not Perfectly Imperfect. It's not the naive, wide-eyed, 'I never experienced anything' Elle."

Four Letter Word will arrive later this year.

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James Brown Takes the Stage Again at the Apollo with "Get On Up" Premiere


Polydor/UMeMonday night, James Brown's music lit up the famed Apollo Theater once again, with the star-studded premiere of the biopic Get On Up: The James Brown Story in New York.

Directed by The Help's Nate Taylor, the project stars 42's Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul. It took years for Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer to get it off the ground, but it took a Rolling Stone to get it rolling.

Mick Jagger came on as co-producer, and on the red carpet, the rock legend said proudly, "I'm so glad this movie's finally come out and I'm really pleased with the results of it."

Get On Up: The James Brown Story, which also stars The Help's Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, and The Office alum Craig Robinson, opens August 1.

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Estelle Releases Artsy Video for “Conqueror”


Atlantic RecordsAfter premiering her new single "Conqueror" last week, Estelle has released the accompanying visual. The song is the first offering from her forthcoming album True Romance.

The singer spotlights the beauty of the human spirit in the black-and-white clip, which exclusively premiered on VH1 Soul.

"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.

Fans can expect True Romance to arrive November 4 via her independent label, Established 1980 Inc.

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Ray J Charged with 10 Crimes over Beverly Hills Incident


Koch RecordsRay J reportedly has been charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney with 10 crimes in connection with an alcohol-fueled incident in Beverly Hills last May, according to TMZ.

Among the crimes the 33-year-old has been charged with is sexual battery, even though police say no such crime was committed.

Ray J was at a bar in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel when he allegedly got rowdy and brushed up against a woman's rear end before he was ordered to leave. Cops told the gossip website at the time that they didn't consider the contact a sexual battery because it was "incidental" and not intentional.

After leaving the bar, Ray J, whose birth name is William Ray Norwood Jr., was arrested. He allegedly kicked out the window of a cop car and spit on an officer.  Ray J later told TMZ he kicked out the cruiser window because he was claustrophobic.

In addition to the misdemeanor battery charge, Ray J was charged with four counts of resisting arrest, three counts of assault and battery, and two counts of vandalism -- also misdemeanors.

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Kendrick Lamar Feels No Pressure for Follow-Up Album


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Kendrick Lamar graces the August/September cover of Complex magazine, in which he discusses the follow-up to his debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. The rapper reveals why he's not worried about out-doing himself on his next studio album.

"If I keep focusing on, 'I need to make something better than good kid,' it’s going to be just that,” says Kendrick. "That’s not challenging yourself. I don’t want to become that person reflecting on what has been done."

He continues, "What I’m doing now is the question. I’m only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge."

Although he didn't go into detail, he says that he's currently "flirting with ideas" for the project's title. So far, he's worked with his TDE producers and Dr Dre.

 

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Jay Z And Beyonce Splitting After Tour?


Image Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBSIs there trouble in paradise for Jay Z and Beyonce?  The power couple is reportedly on the brink of ending their marriage, and plans to do so following their joint On The Run Tour, according to the New York Post's Page Six.

"They are trying to figure out a way to split without divorcing," explained a source close to the couple. "This is a huge concert tour and they’ve already gotten most of the money from the promoters up front."

Apparently, the duo has endured marital issues for years, stemming back before the birth of their daughter Blue Ivy in 2012. "They made the classic mistake of thinking a child would change everything and help to rekindle the initial fire, and it didn’t," the source dishes. 

"For just a split moment, things got real for them, and [Beyonce] was even talking about adding to the family," says the source.  Ultimately, however, "after a while, Jay was out doing Jay and Bey was out doing Bey," the source claims.

The proof of the couple's marital discord?  “There are no rings, if you haven’t noticed,” says the source.

Meanwhile, the paper also claims that Jay is doing everything he can to save the union, even hiring marriage counselors to travel with him and Bey while on tour.

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Nicki Minaj Remixes August Alsina's "No Love"


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj has taken August Alsina’s “No Love” to new heights by hopping on the official remix.

In contrast to the original offering, which appeared on August's debut Testimony, Nicki offers a female perspective on a sexual relationship. Nicki shows off her vulnerable side on the mid-tempo cut.

"You know I hate it when you leave me/Because you love it then you leave it, but you know how bad I need it," she sings.

The explicit song was posted on Aug's YouTube page.

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Mariah Carey Unveils New Butterfly Sweepstakes


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Mariah Carey has a surprise in store for one lucky fan.

To celebrate the launch of her Butterfly beverage, the singer has announced a special sweepstakes that will allow one of her Lambs to attend a posh summer party that Mariah's holding with all of her celebrity friends in New York City.

To enter, purchase a bottle of Butterfly at any Walgreens store nationwide and then register by downloading the free Go N'Syde mobile app.  Once the app is installed fans can point it at the Butterfly bottle to open exclusive content and allow fans to enter registration information. The contest will run from July 21 to August 20.

Fans who scan their bottles will so get the first curated video message from Mariah on her Butterfly network.

"My next dream is taking shape and I'm excited to share it through content on my Butterfly beverage, and an amazing party where I can celebrate the summer with fans and friends," Carey says. "Butterfly inspires me to connect with fans in new ways and create experiences that seemed impossible a few years ago. I can't wait to show you my imagination."

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Kendrick Lamar, Wale & More Confirmed for EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge


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Kendrick Lamar, Fabolous, Wale and French Montana will serve as celebrity coaches during the EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge, which is considered the most recognizable streetball tournament in the world.

Organizers have announced the event will be held inside Brooklyn’s own Barclays Center on Sunday, July 27. There will also be performances from the coaches, as well as a showcase from Big Sean.

“The Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park has been a breeding ground for some of the best and authentic streetball players in the world,” says EBC Founder Greg Marius. “This Barclays Center event will take what we do everyday in the summer for 2,000 people at Rucker Park to an unimaginable level at an NBA arena."

Tickets are available now.

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Kanye West Will Release New Album "Most Likely in September"


Image Courtesy Def Jam RecordsKanye West graces the August cover of GQ, marking his first interview since marrying Kim Kardashian. In the cover story, the rapper gives hints about his upcoming album, which he expects to release this fall.

"I go back and forth. Like, should it be September or should it be October? Should it be November?" he tells the publication. "When Beyonce was working on her last album, she took a while. I was thinking it could somehow come out in June, like Yeezus, and just kill it for the summer. But then I’m like, I have to work on Adidas and be with my child."

West adds that he hopes to unveil a new song in the "next couple of weeks, just to have something up and running."

The mogul says that fans will appreciate the lyrical content of his new single. "Even lyrically, I think about certain lines that I say on my new single, which is called ‘All Day,’ that usually [Jay Z] would say, but Jay’s not on there," West says before revealing the song's lyrics: "All day, n***a, it’s Ye, n***a. Shopping for the winter, it’s just May, n***a. Ball so hard, man, this s*** cray, n***a. You ain’t getting money unless you got eight figures."

In addition to discussing the "Kim K skills" he's learned from his new wife, Kanye reveals that he did not care "whatsoever" that Beyonce and Jay Z skipped his Italian wedding. The full interview can be read via GQ.com.

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Tinashe Still Lives at Home with Her Parents


Image Courtesy Gomillion & LeupoldDespite the success of hit single "2 On," Tinashe has revealed that she still lives with her parents.

During a segment of The Fader's "At Home With" series, the singer lets fans tour the inside of her home, located in La Cresenta, California.

"I think people probably are surprised that I still live at home with my family, but like...I do," she said in her living room. "I'm on the road all the time, whenever I come back home its cool to be around people that I care about."

She then showed off her home studio inside her bedroom, which is where she recorded three music projects including her popular mixtape Black Water.

"On my debut album, Aquarius, which is coming out in September, I'll have a couple of tracks on there that I recorded right here," she said.

 

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Ex-Destiny's Child Singer Farrah Franklin Arrested for Disorderly Conduct


Horry County Sheriff's OfficeFormer Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin was arrested in South Carolina for disorderly conduct on Sunday.  

Franklin was booked into the Horry [OR-ree] County Detention Center in Conway and released on $280 bond.

It's unclear what led to the arrest, but the 33-year-old singer posted a picture on Instagram just hours before and appeared happy.  TMZ claims sources tell them alcohol was involved in Franklin's arrest.

This is Franklin's second arrest for disorderly conduct. She was busted in Los Angeles three years ago, and sources tell TMZ website alcohol was involved then, too. Farrah claimed at the time she was the victim of racial profiling.

Franklin spent five months with Destiny's Child back in 2000, but was fired by her bandmates, including Beyoncé.

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Beyonce Teases "Fifty Shades of Grey" on Her Instagram Page


Nick Farrell/Sony MusicBeyonce may have dropped a hint that she's somehow involved with the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. 

A teaser for the film's trailer, due Thursday, has been posted on the singer’s Instagram page. The brief clip shows a silhouette against a window, a finger tapping, a skirt slowly being pulled up and what sounds like a slowed-down version of Bey's hit single, “Crazy in Love,” playing in the background.

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. The adaptation of EL James' erotic novel will open in theaters next Valentine’s Day.

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