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Image Courtesy RCA RecordsWith Mother's Day quickly approaching, Monica has paid tribute to her mom in the new issue of People magazine.

The singer credits her mother, Marilyn Best, for getting her into a gospel choir. "I didn't realize that what I was doing was any different from what anybody else did," Monica recalls of her vocal talent.

"We both love gospel," she adds. "But everything else I love she hates. She won't listen to anything with vulgarity."

As Monica gears up to release her upcoming album, Code Red, she also reveals that she got her confidence from her mom. "I always felt comfortable in my own skin because of my mom."

The issue also sees Wiz Khalifa honoring his mother, Peachie Wimbush. "She's always there when I need her," he says.

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Photo by Guy ArochThis week Jazmine Sullivan concluded the second leg of her Reality Show Tour, her first headlining trek in more than four years.

The singer posted a heartfelt message on Instagram, in which she thanked her fans for supporting her following her hiatus.

"Thank u for letting me be myself. In a world where u don't feel appreciated unless u meet some unattainable mark of perfection.. That we all break our backs to reach... Being me," she wrote in the caption alongside a picture of herself on stage.

Jazmine described herself as someone "Loud mouthed" and "Antisocial sometimes" who took a "break over some damn boy," but appreciates her fans ongoing support. "U all make me feel beautiful beyond words and I thank u for that," she wrote. "It's a wonderful thing when someone sees u for who u really are and still thinks ur the sh**. There's no better feeling."

Jazmine's latest album, Reality Show, is available now.

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Miko Lim/Atlantic RecordsWiz Khalifa will make his debut on NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend, and judging from the promos, it's going to be fun.

In one promo, the rapper stands with host Scarlett Johansson and cast member Cecily Strong, and the trio compares the number of tattoos between them.  Of course, Wiz wins with a surprising 411 tats.  Or so he claims.

You can expect Wiz to perform "See You Again" when the show airs on Saturday, May 2. The song featuring Charlie Puth, which appears on the Furious 7 soundtrack, currently sits atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a third consecutive week.

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Image Courtesy Epic RecordsYo Gotti is gearing up to celebrate his birthday in style.

The rapper has announced that he'll hold his third annual "Yo Gotti & Friends Birthday Bash" on Sunday, June 21 at Memphis, Tennessee's Mud Island Amphitheater.

"I love celebrating my birthday with my hometown of Memphis.  The cool thing about the event is that it keeps growing each year with more and more support from the people here and my friends haven't slowed down on showing up for the turn up," says Yo Gotti in a statement.

Prior to the festivities, the rapper is scheduled to embark on a short tour, beginning May 5 in Victoria, British Columbia at Sugar Night Club.

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Epic RecordsCiara caps off the week with another new song. After debuting her second single, "Dance Like We’re Making Love," the singer reunites with Missy Elliott on "That’s How I’m Feelin'," which also features Pitbull. Ci Ci recently spilled how the collaboration came together.

"She and I just have something really special," Ciara tells ABC Radio. "I just felt it was only right to have one of the kings of dance music and one of the queens of dance music -- I really call them the king and queen of energy, more than anything."

Ciara notes of her collaborators that "there's never been the two of them together [on a song]," adding, "They both bring something to the table that's so unique and special."

"Clearly, Missy and I have had such great success together," Ciara says, referring to their previous hit songs, including 2004 hit "1, 2 Step."

"It just felt right, it was one of those things that was super organic, it just worked itself out," Ciara concludes.

"That’s How I’m Feelin'," which was produced by Polow Da Don and penned by Ester Dean, appears on Ciara's upcoming album, Jackie, due out May 4.

The album, which she named after her mother, also includes contributions from Dr. Luke, Harmony Samuels, The Underdogs, Rock City, Ester Dean, and Diane Warren, as well as two remixes for "I Bet" with T.I. and Joe Jonas, respectively.

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Ciara has added another show to her upcoming Jackie tour.

The singer announced that she's scheduled to play Drai's Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas on June 5.  "Let’s 'Dance Like We’re Makin Love’ At @DraisLV!" she tweeted to her 6.3 million followers. 

The first leg of her headlining North American tour will stop in major cities, beginning May 3 in Chicago. A second set of dates will be announced soon.

The trek marks her first solo outing in more than six years.

Here are the Ciara's previously announced tour dates:

5/3 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues
5/5 -- New York, NY, Best Buy Theatre
5/7 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
5/9 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
5/10 -- Glenside, PA, Kenswick Theatre
5/12 -- Charlotte, NC, Fillmore
5/13 --Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
5/15 -- Miami, FL, Fillmore
5/16 -- Tampa, FL, The Ritz Ybor
5/19 -- New Orleans, LA, Joy Theatre
5/20 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
5/22 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
5/23 -- San Antonio, TX, The Aztec Theatre
5/24 -- Corpus Christi, TX, Brewster Street Ice House
5/27 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
5/29 -- Riverside, CA, Riverside Municipal Auditorium
5/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, Club Nokia
5/31 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency

 

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Warner Bros. RecordsIn light of the unrest in Baltimore, Prince has recorded a new song that addresses the killings of young black men and social and political issues around the country.

According to Billboard, Prince's song is a tribute to "all of the people of the city of Baltimore." It was recorded this week at Prince’s Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis, but it’s unknown when it will be released.

The icon isn't the only celebrity expressing his concern --Beyonce, Joey Bada$$, Future Islands and The Game have publicly addressed the ongoing deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

The news comes after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American who died of an apparent spinal injury while in police custody in Baltimore earlier this month, was ruled a homicide. Six officers have been charged with several counts, although charges differ for each individual, charges brought in the case include second-degree depraved-heart murder, manslaughter and second-degree assault, among others.

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Chris Brown seems to be adjusting quite nicely into fatherhood and apparently is spending time with his daughter Royalty.

The singer took to Instagram to show off his toddler, who is pictured peaking over the driver's side window of a luxury car in what appears to be a dealer's showroom.

"She has good taste," Brown wrote in the caption, adding a crown emoji.

Fans seem to enjoy seeing poppa Breezy in action. One commented, "You're a good Father. She's gonna be spoiled, but she'll be happy," while another added, "Love how much you embrace her."

Last Friday, Brown posted a 15-second clip of his baby girl playing a piano and clapping in sync with the music -- we can definitely see where she gets her interest in music from.

She has good taste. ????

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ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend has been tapped for T.J. Martell Foundation's Women of Influence Los Angeles event, taking place next month.

The crooner will serve as an award presenter during the event on May 15 at Loews Hollywood Hotel.  The events honorees represent a dynamic group of female leaders from diverse industries who inspire other women to live their dreams while balancing work, home and health.

"I am extremely excited to announce John Legend's participation in the Women of Influence Awards in Los Angeles," said Laura Heatherly, CEO of the T.J. Martell Foundation. "This event will raise vital funds for the T.J. Martell Foundation's breast cancer and ovarian cancer research programs. This will be a crucial part of the Foundation's 40th anniversary celebrations."

The foundation raises funds for innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDs. For more information, visit TJMartell.org.

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Ne-Yo and Snoop Dogg are among the many celebrities scheduled to appear during the seventh season of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out.

The stars will perform and participate in various skits on the new season of the MTV2 improv show, which also will feature appearances by Fabolous, T-Pain, A$AP Ferg, Jordin Sparks, French Montana, Fat Joe, Rae Sremmurd, Ty Dolla $ign, Migos and Mack Wilds.  Other guests will included Kevin Hart, former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal, Disney star Zendaya, Iggy Azalea's NBA boyfriend Nick Young and Ray J, among many others.

"Everybody needs to get ready for what is without a doubt the best, wildest and funniest season in Wild ‘N Out history," said Nick Cannon in a statement. "When we taped the new season, the studio audience in New York went crazy and I know the fans at home watching will feel the same. As we celebrate 10 years of Wild ‘N Out this year, we’ll continue to add to the show’s immense legacy with the biggest names in comedy and music."

You can expect to see 12 all-new episodes beginning Wednesday, June 10 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV2.

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Image Courtesy 300 EntertainmentFetty Wap has reached a new milestone with his breakout tune, "Trap Queen."

The rapper's label says that Fetty's hit single "Trap Queen" has sold more than one million copies since its release.  The track currently sits at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart.

"I'm just trying to never see my kids struggle … so I hustle," he wrote on Instagram.

You can expect the rapper to showcase the song during an upcoming appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 5.

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Pharrell Williams has been tapped for another Chanel campaign.

The hitmaker dons a green sweater, tan pants and matching green boots for the French fashion house's ad campaign for its pre-fall “Paris-Salzburg” collection, in which he appears alongside model Cara Delevingne.

The pair previously appeared in short film for Chanel, entitled Reincarnation, which was directed by Karl Lagerfeld and debuted in November.

The new ads show Williams and Delevingne sitting side by side. The collection will hit stores and Chanel.com this June.

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Beyonce has been criticized in the past for remaining silent about social issues -- particularity the #BlackLivesMatter movement -- but now she’s speaking out via social media about the unrest in Baltimore.

The singer posted an Instagram photo of a protester wearing the American flag decorated with the name of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American who died of an apparent spinal injury while in police custody earlier this month, and what appears to be the names of others who have suffered in similar incidents.

"People are hurting," Beyonce wrote in the caption. "Join us in supporting the NAACP to help in the cleanup efforts and to provide housing, food and supplies to those affected by the unrest in Baltimore."

Beyonce also posted four striking images from the unrest in Baltimore on her website, which redirects to the NAACP's donation page.

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Epic RecordsCiara's new apparent romance with NFL quarterback Russell Wilson seems to be heating up. Following their date at the White House, the singer reportedly has been spilling that she's smitten by the pro athlete.

"It's still at the beginning stages and it's very fresh," an unnamed source recently told E! News of Ciara and Wilson's romance. "She thinks he is a complete gentleman and has really enjoyed hanging out with him these past few weeks. It's constant laughter and fun with them."

The insider added, "Things are a bit busy for both of them now, but they are willing to make time and see where this may go."

The news comes after her ex-fiance Future expressed indifference about the matter. "I wish I cared," he recently tweeted as Ci Ci fans flooded his comments section with football emojis.

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Mark Cant/FoxFour years ago on April 30, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon welcomed their fraternal twins, Morrocan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon. To celebrate, the proud father expressed his love for his kids on social media and even acknowledged his estranged wife.

Cannon thanked the mother of his children via Instagram, posting a happy family photo that was taken prior to their split.  "Grateful and forever in debt to @MariahCarey for blessing me and the rest of the world with these 2 Angels, Morrocan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon on this day 4 years ago. Happy Birthday!!! I Love yall!"

In another shot of his children, Cannon wrote: "Today is the day that God Blessed me with the greatest gifts."

The former couple have been co-parenting since they announced their split in January.

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If you've never gotten around to seeing Diddy on tour, you'd better do it now.  He's just announced plans to hit the road for what could be his final major tour.

"I'm gonna go and do a world tour. I'm not gonna hit a lot of places, but the places that I am gonna hit, it's important for me because it's probably my last time touring," he said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday.

He adds, "I'm gonna get to see the world and know that it's my last time touring. I wanna be here to raise my girls. So that's the decision that I made."

The mogul didn't offer any other details about this forthcoming trek, which will be his first since his 2011 outing with Dirty Money in support of their album, Last Train to Paris.

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Image Courtesy JimmyFontaine/AtlanticK. Michelle logged studio time in March with Jason Derulo for what many assumed was a recording session for her upcoming album. However, it turns out Jason enlisted Michelle for his project, Everything Is 4.

After Jason posted the track list and thanked her for supporting his new project, Michelle shared via Instagram that she loved recording their song, titled "Love Like That."

"No Problem Jason, your album is OUTSTANDING! Really happy to be part of an album so musical! You rock!!!!!! Rebel you gotta support," Michelle wrote in the caption, along with a screenshot of his track listing.

While we'll have to wait for Michelle for drop the follow-up to Anybody Want to Buy a Heart, we can hear their duet when Derulo's Everything Is 4 arrives June 2. The set also includes collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez and others.

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Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsSevyn Streeter was overwhelmed by the support she received in her latest video for "4th Street."

The singer revealed new details about the clip via Instagram, along with a screenshot of her with family.

"I was so excited to go back to Haines City, FL and shoot this video on 4th Street. It is the street I grew up on. My mom and dad grew up across the street from each other on 4th street," she wrote in the caption.

"To this day, my grandparents and family take up most of the houses on 4th street. Every single person in this video is a family member. They all showed up and showed out!! You can't fake the love and closeness we have," she adds.

The song will appear on her latest album, On The Verge, due out later this year.

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ABC/Donna SvennevikNot only did Nick Cannon promote Mariah Carey's "Infinity" on the day of its release, but he continues publicly to show respect for his estranged wife.

Cannon shared a photo of Carey's upcoming greatest-hits album, #1 to Infinity, on Instagram, along with a supportive message: "#1ToInfinity album in stores May 6th. #TheQueen #NoHate #HardestWorkingWomanIKnow."

The support may come as somewhat of a surprise since many fans have assumed that Mariah's latest offering is a diss track, featuring lyrics like "Boy, you actin' so corny like Fritos/Wouldn’t have none of that without me though/Ain’t none of my business, it's tea though."

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Ciara fans aren't letting her ex-fiance Future off the hook.

After pictures surfaced online of Ci Ci with NFL player Russell Wilson, the singer's fans have reminded the rapper that he messed up and flooded the rapper's Instagram with football emojis.

On nearly every picture that Future has posted for this month, fans have left mean comments, ranging from "Ciara has a champ now" to "She won, you lost." One fan even pondered, "Who cheats on Ciara?"

However, it seems Future isn't phased by her new beau, nor their public date at the White House. "I wish I cared, " he wrote on Twitter. "Yall mad as sh**."

The emoji attack is similar to when the Beyhive swarmed Kid Rock's Instagram with bee emojis after he insinuated that Beyonce shouldn't be as famous as she is.

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