ABC/Craig SjodinJennifer Hudson has cemented her place as a worldwide superstar.
From her start as an American Idol finalist to Hollywood celebrity, the Grammy and Oscar-award winning vocalist has just signed an exclusive contract with Epic Records.
A press release confirms that Hudson will collaborate with music moguls LA Reid and Clive Davis on her forthcoming album, which will also mark her Epic Records debut. Reid and Davis will perform executive production duties on the upcoming release.
"Jennifer Hudson is the defining voice of this generation," Mr. Reid states.
"I signed Jennifer in 2007 and believe her to be the strongest candidate as the next generation's Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston," adds Mr. Davis.
Epic Records congratulated Hudson via Twitter, with a heartfelt welcome message.
Hudson herself is filled with joy regarding the news and is looking forward to working with Reid and Davis.
"I couldn't be more excited to embark on this new chapter with two of the most prolific musical legends of this generation," says Hudson.
"There is no doubt that this is just the beginning of a very special collaboration and I know that the result will be something unforgettable."
Hudson is riding high after her recent performance at the 2016 BET Awards -- she sang a moving version of "Purple Rain" as a tribute to Prince.
Vallery Jean/FilmMagicLudacris has decided to perform at none other than Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba this Fourth of July.
But, do not be alarmed -- the Grammy-award winning rapper will make his grand appearance at the Navy base's Windward Ferry Landing, not the prison.
The military base's annual "Freedom Festival" concert is hosting Ludacris as one of its headlining acts. Other music groups that have performed at the base in past years include Magic!, Plain White T's and the Bella Electric Strings.
The Miami Herald reports that the festival is free of charge for the 5,000 plus troops, Navy families and other residents who may attend.
Ludacris has continued to entertain his fans this year -- he co-hosted the 2016 Billboard Music Awardsin May, alongside R&B chanteuse, Ciara.
PRNewsFoto/Victoria's SecretAfter screening a premiere of his "Famous" music video in Los Angeles last week, it seems only fair Kanye West chose to exclusively debut a few more in New York City.
Multiple viewing locations were announced by the candid rapper on his Twitteraccount yesterday, which only disclosed the location addresses to fans on where they could view the music video. However, information on times that the video would be aired in New York City were not released.
HipHopWired also adds that anxious fans were able to see "Famous," in all of its naked glory, on the sides of buildings located at the addresses disclosed.
It was just yesterday that Girls creator and star Lena Dunhamcriticized West's "Famous" on her Facebook page. "I can't watch it, don't want to watch it, if it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies," she wrote in part of the video, which features life-sized, realistic wax models of celebrities lying naked together in one bed.
Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for GucciGo Solange! It's your birthday!
The recording artist recently celebrated turning the big 3-0 in San Patricio, New Mexico. TMZ reports Solange, along with 12 friends and family members, had a pool party on a 2,200-acre ranch, complete with Domino's pizza and New Orleans-style catering. Of course, her sister, Queen Bey, and husband Jay Z flew in to partake in the festivities.
TMZ also states Solange provided her own entertainment for the event, playing piano in an art gallery on the ranch.
Epic Records(NOTE LANGUAGE)June's Diary is making headlines with their girl power anthems and hot, red carpet style.
Discovered by Kelly Rowland on her reality TV series Chasing Destiny, they're also turning heads with their new music video, "L.A.N.C.E." Judging from the meaning of the song's acronym, June's Diary isn't playing games when it comes to love!
The video features group members Shyann Roberts, Ashly Williams, Kristal Lyndriette,Brienna DeVlugt and Gabby Carriero singing and rapping about your everyday L.A.N.C.E., otherwise known as a "Lying A** N***** Cheating Everyday." The clip harkens back to the good old days of Destiny's Child, complete with slick dance choreography and glossy film cinematography.
Could we be witnessing the next Destiny's Child in the making?
And yes, the "G" will be back. "There will be no replacing Ginuwine," Tank added.
Ginuwine famously left the group in December of 2015, following a argument between him and former fellow bandmate, Tyrese. According to TMZ, Tyrese told fans about the breakup on social media, with Ginuwine giving Tyrese a little bit of friendly advice following the aftermath.
"Call me don't try and manipulate the situation publicly wack wack wack of you," he said.
HipHollywood notes that while TGT is slated for a much awaited comeback, group member Tank will be recording music on his own until then.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesSugeKnight is in jail awaiting trial on murder charges in a hit-and-run incident, but that hasn't stopped the Death Row Records founder from suing Chris Brown.
Mashable has obtained a copy of a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday accusing Brown, singer Pia Mia Perez and the owners of the 1 Oak nightclub of negligence in connection with a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party at the club in 2014, at which Knight was shot.
Brown and Pia Mia were hosts of the event but were not involved in the shooting.
“Chris Brown and Pia Mia Perez had a personal obligation to ensure security was adequate and that all attending the event were screened for and not carrying weapons and firearms,” the suit claims.
The suit also describes Brown as "a known gang associate with a history of violence" with "a well-documented track record of hosting events and or parties in which violence frequently erupted."
Knight is seeking unspecified damages and payment of his legal and medical bills.
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicFantasia has released a cinematic video for her latest single, "Sleeping with the One I Love"
In the six-minute clip, directed by photographer Derek Blanks, the singer plays the simultaneous roles of four different jailed women who ultimately trap their jailer, chaining him to a chair.
Written and produced by R. Kelly, the bluesy "Sleeping with the One I Love" is one of three tracks available for instant download if you pre-order Fantasia's forthcoming album, The Definition Of... The album arrives July 29.
Warner Bros. RecordsThere's no stopping Gucci Mane!
The American rapper announced the official release date for his latest studio album, Everybody Looking, on Monday. The highly anticipated new album will drop on Friday, July 22.
An album release trailer was also made public on YouTube, on the same day, to declare the news.
It has been five years since Mane released a new album. ABC Newsreported that he was releasedfrom an Indiana prison in May after having spent two years behind bars. He then pled guilty to possession of a firearm.
Just one day after leaving prison, he shared a new track with fans, titled "First Day Out Tha Feds," and recently debuted the song "All My Children" on June 24.
Mane is also one of the performers who has contributed to the chart-topping single, "Champions," which also features a handful of established and up-and-coming stars, such as Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo and Desiigner.
ABC/Randy HolmesRoc-A-Fella Records went all out to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Jay Z's iconic Reasonable Doubt album this past weekend.
To commemorate the special day, label co-founder Kareem "Biggs" Burke unveiled the "Reasonable Doubt" concept pop-up store and collection in Los Angeles, California. Burke and Young Hov himself are collaborating on a joint Reasonable Doubt-inspired clothing line.
According to a press release, the "Reasonable Doubt" concept store " was redesigned "to give a reminiscent feel and inside look of Jay Z's old apartment, which was Apt. 4B, outside of Marcy Projects."
Reasonable Doubt was Jay Z's debut studio album. According to Billboard, it produced two Top 10 Rap Song hits and topped the Billboard 200 chart at number 23.
The invite only event brought many fans to the pop-up shop for a chance to meet and mingle with the one and only Jay Z.
Prince Williams/FilmMagicRay J is speaking out about his recent portrayal in Kanye West's 'Famous' video where his naked likeness is seen sleeping in a bed with his ex, Kim Kardashian.
The Love and Hip-Hop reality star tells Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier that the video isn't helping his relationship. "I'm engaged. My marriage is all messed up 'cause of craziness. I'm not part of nothing crazy," says the singer.
Ray J denies participating in the controversial video and confirms that his fiancee of five months,Princess Love, is also upset about his likeness in the video. "I walk down a good path. My fiancee [is] tripping. It's all bad in my world, and that ain't cool."
Ray J emphasizes his frustration adding, "Don't put me part of nothing that's weird, that don't make no sense! Can I grow up?"
RCA RecordsRapper A$AP Ferg has just released a hot new music video for his single, "World Is Mine," featuringAriana Grande's ex-boyfriend, Big Sean.
Having premiered on Sunday, following the 2016 BET Awards show, the video showcases both artists living in the lap of luxury, wearing fitted power suits and chic sunglasses. A$AP Ferg appears to be a high-powered fashion designer, business executive and visual artist, with a gorgeous woman by his side.
"I got everything to lose," Big Sean croons throughout the clip, which seems to be the running theme of the song.
A press release states that the music video was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Shomi Patwary, who has also directed music videos for the likes of Diplo, The Weeknd and Beyonce.
"World Is Mine" can be heard on A$AP Ferg's sophomore album, Always Strive And Prosper, which is now available everywhere.
ABC/Randy HolmesDJ Khaled's latest album is going to be major -- Major Key that is!
The album cover for the hip-hop radio personality's upcoming ninth studio album has been revealed. Khaled is seen on a throne fit for a king, among a bed of roses and other assorted flowers, as a real lion poses in front of him. Both stare towards the viewer, making for a visually majestic snapshot, taken by acclaimed photographer Jonathan Mannion.
Khaled recently posted the album cover picture on his Instagram account and expressed some of the inspiration behind it.
"So it was only right that the cover of Major Key represents my journey on the road to more success and the passion it took to get here. Right now I'm in the jungle!!! Thank you to the iconic photographer @JonathanMannion for shooting me and the King of the jungle. Lion order!!! I will never stop!!!," he wrote.
DJ Khaled is currently starring in two Apple Music commercials -- one with supermodel Naomi Campbell and another with actor Ray Liotta. His ninth full-length album, Major Key, is now available for pre-order on iTunes.
It will be released in stores and online on July 29.
ABC/Randy HolmesMajor key, respect key. Apparently, DJ Khaled has all the keys. The record producer has just released his new single, "I Got The Keys," which also features Future and Jay-Z.
Billboard states that the track debuted on Sunday, the same night as the 2016 BET Awards, after the event came to a close.
The song is set to a churning beat, as the hook's lyrics, "I got them keys, keys, keys," are chanted. "I got the keys to all success," is said by DJ Khaled within the interlude, with Future and Jay-Z spitting hard-hitting lyrics on the track.
"I Got The Keys" will be featured on DJ Khaled's ninth full-length album, Major Key and is available to pre-order now on iTunes.
Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images for BETDesiigner is riding a wave of massive success -- the 2016 BET Awards performance of his hit track "Panda" has produced countless social media memes and is also featured on the cover of XXL Magazine's prestigious Freshman class issue this June.
Now, the Brooklyn, New York native has released his first mixtape album. Called "New English," Billboard reports standout tracks on the album include "Make It Out," "Monstas and Villains" and "Overnight." The artist's smash hit, "Panda," is currently at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart for the week of July 2.
Desiigner's signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label.
Neil Lupin/RedfernsThe battle for Prince's estate continued Monday morning at the the Carver Country District Court in Minneapolis, MN. Five of Prince's siblings and their attorneys, along with attorneys from the estate's trust, attended the hearing that will determine who's the rightful heir to the late music icon's estate.
Judge Kevin Eide, who presided over the hearing, explained that the case was a crossroads between probate and paternity law, which made it difficult to determine which motions and hearings should be held privately. "We are in uncharted water," the judge said.
Attorneys from Bremer Trust are handling Prince's estate in the absence of a will, which has yet to be found, if it exists at all. Trust attorney say they've so far searched thousands of documents in four different locations looking for a will, with no success. They said the search will soon be over.
Subsequently, the parties involved are working to interpret Minnesota law in order to determine what factors legally establish paternity, so they can then determine which, if any, of Prince's alleged heirs are entitled to a piece of his estate.
Attorneys for the potential heirs are requesting that the case be settled quickly, so as not to harm the estate, which they consider a "national treasure." Judge Eide promised to have the Minnesota Court of Appeals review the case to ensure proper handling, declaring, "I want to do this right."
Prince died April 21 from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.
La Toya also took to Instagram, posting a similar message, but with a different photo.
Michael's daughter Paris paid tribute to her dad on Instagram with a creating a photo collage featuring images of them together, including what appears to be a Photoshopped picture of what the pair might look like if they posed together today.
"7 years, rest in peace, my best friend in the entire universe," Paris wrote. "i love you more than anything,” she wrote in the touching note. “things may be a little s***** in the press right now but everyone knows it's all bull and i swear on the family name i will protect you for as long as i live. there's no one like you, and there never will be. thank you for touching millions of hearts, but especially my own.”
Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for UNICEFJill Scott married longtime boyfriend Mike Dobson Saturday.
Although Jill made no mention of the wedding on social media, DJ Mars -- who DJ'ed the wedding -- posted a series of photos and videos from the affair to Instagram.
"This wedding made my summer!" the DJ wrote in the caption to one video in which the groom thanks the guests for coming. "I've known Mike for almost 20 years, but dude could have alluded to the fact that he was marrying Jill Scott(lol)! All he said was, u are working with her in Vegas. He's a total class act, he won with the wedding!"
In the video, Dobson promises surprises even the bride didn't know about. Those surprises apparently included a performance by hip-hop legend Big Daddy Kane.
DJ Mars posted a video of Big Daddy Kane's surprise arrival, and Jill's shocked reaction as he begins rapping and dancing with the bride. "So, Mike Dobson called me and said I'm going to surprise my wife during the reception and have Big Daddy Kane perform. He then says, 'Mars you call Kane to work it out.'....Dude walks in and they didn't even recognize him until he starts rapping. Her face is soooo priceless."
It's Jill's second marriage. Her first, to Lyzel Williams in 2001, ended in divorce in 2007. Jill also was engaged to drummer Li'l John Roberts. Though that marriage never went forward, the pair share a seven-year-old son.
Cash Money RecordsDrake reigns supreme. His Views is spending its eighth straight week on top of the Billboard 200 album chart.
The last album by a male artist to spend as many weeks on top of the chart was Eminem's The Marshal Mathers LP, which spent eight straight weeks at number one in 2000.
The last album to spend more weeks at number one was Adele's 25, which spent 10 weeks at the top, though not all consecutive. The most recent album to spend eight straight weeks at the top was the Frozen soundtrack in 2014.