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Aaliyah, Outkast & More Releasing Limited Edition Discs for Record Store Day Black Friday


Image Courtesy Blackground/Jive/BMG RecordsNeed to add new music to your collection? This Friday you can stock up on classic limited edition releases at your local independent record store. This year's Record Store Day "Black Friday" lineup includes a re-released of Aaliyah's Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of her debut.

A two-LP vinyl edition of the album will be released, featuring the rare international bonus track "The Thing I Like." The disc, which was written and produced by R. Kelly, spawned the top 10 hits "Back & Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)."

In addition, Legacy Recordings has prepared limited edition Record Store Day releases of Outkast's Player's Ball and Wu-Tang Clan's C.R.E.A.M. You can also score new vinyl singles including Run DMC's "Christmas in Hollis" on a seven-inch single and Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" on a 12-inch single.

Record Store Day Black Friday happens November 28 at independent record stores nationwide -- visit RecordStoreDay.com to find out more information.

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Beyoncé & Blue Ivy Are Already in the Christmas Spirit


Columbia RecordsIt's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Beyonce, who captured a photo of her daughter Blue Ivy standing in front of a Christmas tree.

In the Instagram photo,  Blue's silhouette is shown as she looks at the decorated tree, which is adorned with white, gold and teal trinkets and embellished elephants.

We kind of sensed Bey was getting the the holiday spirit when she popped out of a cardboard gift box in the newly released video for "7/11." The same tree appears behind Beyonce as she shows off karate moves and models Christmas-themed sweatshirts.

The song appears on platinum box set version of her self-titled album which included a mini calendar and several remixes.

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New Dad Omarion Talks Thanksgiving Plans


Image Courtesy Matthew Welch/Atlantic RecordsThis year's Thanksgiving will be especially joyous for Omarion. The singer and his girlfriend, Apryl Jones, welcomed a healthy baby boy, named Megaa Omari Grandberry, back in August.

The singer tells ABC News Radio that having a new child to bring to his family celebration is what he's looking forward to the most for turkey day, which he says will have "a lot of calories."

"A lot of food, a lot of love, a lot of just great times and it's so cool just to see my son have an impression on people. He's so very young but, and you know, like my grandma and everybody wanted to see Megaa. Everything is about Megaa. So we gonna make sure that we have a good time," he says.

Omarion adds, "We also talked about doing some trips. So my son will be very cultured and we're going to do a lot of family trips."

The baby is the couple's first child together.

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Sevyn Streeter Readies New Music, Hints at Another Chris Brown Collaboration


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Sevyn Streeter addressed the status of her upcoming debut album while at the 2014 Soul Train Awards, airing this Sunday but taped earlier this month in Las Vegas. The singer says she feels no pressure for her first full-length studio effort, following the success of her Call Me Crazy But... EP, adding that the album's first single is coming soon.

"I think that as long as you're just as honest as you can possibly be when it comes to your music, that it will come out the right way every time, you know? So I just try to do that," the singer tells ABC News Radio. "If I'm sad one day, I write about it. If I'm happy, if I want to go to a club but I can't, then I'll turn the studio into a club. That's what I do and the song turns out that way. So no, I just had a really great time with this album. You know, I'll have new music out in two seconds, I'm so anxious and, you know, I'm just excited."

She also says that she may re-team with her "It Won't Stop" collaborator Chris Brown. "You know, I can never see myself doing an album without Chris on my album. So I mean, I feel like that just has to happen," she says.

Speaking of Brown, Sevyn reveals that she was excited for his big Soul Train Awards performance. "That's my brother. I'm signed to him, so he's performing, you know, and just to be his artist, I'm excited," she says. "I'm nominated for Best New Artist and I'm presenting an award. Yeah, that's family." 

This year's Soul Train awards is set to air on November 30 on BET's Centric channel.

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Rick Ross on Ferguson Decision: "It's a Travesty"


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Rick Ross has echoed the same sentiments as his rap peers over a Missouri grand jury’s failure to indict police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August.

“A young teenager, unarmed, shot six times. No indictment? It’s a travesty,” Rozay said in an interview with Hip Hop My Way.

“I just feel like it’s been open season on young, black males for a long time,” said Ross. “How long did you think this was going to go on before something like this happened?”

The Miami rapper also extended his condolences to the Brown family.

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Big Sean on Next Album: "It’s Way Darker than Anything I’ve Ever Done"


ABC/Kelsey McNealBig Sean is letting it all out on his forthcoming third studio album. Although he's had a great 2014 so far, ranging from his new Roc Nation deal to an Adidas endorsement, he seems to have found inspiration in the setbacks in his personal life, like calling off his engagement to Glee star Naya Rivera.

"It’s way darker than anything I’ve ever done, way harder than any album I’ve ever done," says Sean in an interview with Highsnobiety.

He has high hopes that fans will appreciate his new direction. "I’m pretty sure you’re going to like this album. The sound of it is definitely better than the mixtapes but it’s more of that type of intensity, high-level raps, and just not giving a f**k and going in," he says.

The album still doesn’t have an official release date, but Sean adds, "It’s pretty much ready; you guys will get it as soon as it’s ready and we’ll be making that announcement soon."

The disc will include his chart-topping single "IDFWU" as well as contributions from Kanye West, Chris Brown and his new girlfriend Ariana Grande.

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Pharrell Williams to Receive Hollywood Star on December 4


Art Streiber/NBCHere's something Pharrell Williams can be thankful for, post-Thanksgiving: he'll receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 4.

Pharrell will receive the 2,537th star on the famous walk during a ceremony that begins at 11:30 a.m. PT.  The star will be unveiled in front of the W Hotel Hollywood, and in addition to Pharrell, Ellen DeGeneres will be on hand for the proceedings. You'll be able watch the ceremony at WalkofFame.com.

In a statement, Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, says of The Voice coach:  "His music is known the world over, and we are confident that fans will be ‘happy’ to see his star shine on our Walk of Fame."

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Rihanna Teases New Music from Forthcoming New Album


Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna has finally given us a taste of what to expect for her eighth album, tentatively titled R8. The singer has shared a brief snippet of an untitled song via Instagram.

"Phuckin roun in da studio," wrote Ri Ri in the accompanying caption. Although the 15-second video is black, with no images at all, her vocals come off crystal clear.  "Ain't none of this sh** promised, ain’t none of this promised," she sings over blaring sirens. "Ain't none of this sh** certain, ain't none of this certain."

The singer also had a message for any false reports circulating about her highly-anticipated project. "ANY news about #R8 will be delivered directly from me!!!!" she tweeted.

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Beyonce Brings the Sexy in New "Haunted" Music Video


Columbia RecordsIn case you needed another reason to pick up Beyonce's re-released visual album, the singer has included new video for "Haunted" in it, and its way creepier than the original version.

The Jonas Akerlund-directed clip, posted on YouTube, opens with Bey lighting a cigarette, then walking down the hallway of a hotel filled with scary guests. Each room contains American Horror Story-inspired inhabitants, but luckily, Beyonce walks by unharmed and eventually does a sexy dance routine on a bed.

"I know if I'm haunting you, you must be haunting me," she sings.

The singer has also reposted all of the 17 videos from her platinum edition box set, including her new song, "7/11."

Beyonce's two-CD, two-DVD-set, featuring unreleased remixes with Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Jay Z, is available now.

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Big Sean Surprises Detroit Students with Free Turkeys


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Big Sean gave back to his community during the second annual turkey giveaway in Detroit on Tuesday.

The rapper donated 1,000 turkeys and canned goods to students at River Rouge High School in connection with his non-profit organization, the Sean Anderson Foundation. He also reportedly gave a speech to the children on the “importance of giving,” according to TMZ.

In related news, T.I. kicked off a Turkey Giveaway at the Wade Walker Family YMCA in Stone Mountain, Georgia on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Ludacris and his non-profit, Ludacris Foundation Giving Season Program, donated food baskets and coats to needy families at the Utopian Academy for the Arts in Riverdale, Georgia.

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Chris Brown Addresses Michael Brown Decision


RCA RecordsChris Brown has gathered his thoughts on the ongoing controversy after a grand jury in Missouri declined to bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

The singer posted a class photo of the slain teenager via his Instagram and expressed his feelings in a lengthy caption.

"I usually don't say too much sh** on really sensitive subjects but this is beyond f**ked up. We as a black community and me as a young black troubled individual need justice to be done," he wrote. "We also as black people need to find other more effective ways of protesting."

He continued, "We are strong and powerful and have come along way and its a shame that it feels like the 1950s and 60s. Just because u are given a badge and a gun doesn't mean you are invincible and not accountable for your actions. May God be with us all. #justiceforMIKEBROWN."

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Faith Evans on "Incomparable": "This Album is My Favorite"


Image Courtesy Prolific Music GroupFaith Evans has put her all into her latest album, Incomparable. In an interview with BET, the singer revealed why her sixth studio effort is her personal favorite.

"This album is my favorite because it reminds me a lot of my debut and my Faithfully album, which are two fan favorites," she says. "Incomparable has the interludes that my fans know me for, different tempos, and I tapped into a couple of different inspirations."

She continued, "I sampled Mamas and the Papas, D Train and an Aretha Franklin record. So it has a nice balance of hip-hop and R&B. I try to be consistent with just making feel-good music -- music that I feel. It starts there."

Faye also spoke about not trying to follow the trends in R&B music these days. "I definitely didn’t make my album with the goal of it fitting in with anything other than what I feel is worthy of being a part of my catalog," she says.

Incomparable is available now. The set features collaborations with Missy Elliot, KeKe Wyatt and Karen Clark-Sheard.

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John Legend Covers "Los Angeles Confidential," Talks Love Before Wife Chrissy Teigen


Image Courtesy Brian Bowen Smith A dapper John Legend graces the cover of Los Angeles Confidential magazine’s December/January Issue. In the accompanying interview, the singer candidly reveals why he was cautious in love before wife Chrissy Teigen.

Legend reveals that it wasn't love at first sight when he first met the model. "Not right away. I’m more cautious than that. I wasn’t like, ‘This is the woman I’m going to marry’ from day one," he tells the mag. "For me I’m the kind of person who needs to grow into that feeling. It was probably a couple of years in when I could already see us being together forever."

His biggest hit, "All of Me" was inspired by Chrissy, who he says helped him into something he never felt before. "The more you know someone, the more you’re inspired by your relationship. Also, I grew up just learning what it means to be in love with somebody… because I had never really been in love before," he says. "I guess you have to grow enough to be able to write that song with sincerity and authenticity."

Legend and Teigen wed in September 2013.

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Rihanna's Grandfather Interrupts Meeting Then Falls Asleep


Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna's grandfather, Bravo, may have turned 86 earlier this month, but he's still young at heart. The singer revealed via Instagram that her beloved granddad actually crashed one of her meetings at the head office of Roc Nation in New York City.

"I'm sitting in a meeting at the office yesterday, and this guy randomly walks in with a mouth full o cashews, talking to everybody callin em by first name and s**t to suggest that it is in fact he that is the regular there," she wrote in the caption with an accompanying photo.

She adds that her widowed grandfather then proceeded to fall asleep midway through. "He then proceeds to take my seat, and starts showing pix of his new chick to errbody (she's saved to the wallpaper, yes he's 86). Eventually he passed out right on the couch in the middle of the meeting...smh," she wrote before adding, "Bravo is da realest. #granddaughter."

Perhaps Rihanna was at her record label to discuss her highly anticipated eighth studio album, which she recently revealed will be released soon.

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Christina Milian Teases New E! Series, "Turned Up," with Trailer


Image Courtesy Guzman/UniversalChristina Milian has recently made headlines for being rumored to be in a relationship with Lil Wayne, but she also quietly has been filming her first reality series, entitled Christina Milian Turned Up. Although the show won't premiere on E! until next year, she's giving fans a sneak peak.

In an official trailer, the singer briefly explains her career hiatus. "At the height of my career, everything was fast and fun...took one kid to change that all up," she says of her daughter, Violet Nash, whom she had after marrying The-Dream back in 2009.

The singer adds that taking a break from music affected her standing in the industry and she's working hard to get back on top.

"This is my last chance. I know what I want," she says in the clip. "Nothing's gonna stop me now."

Christina Milian Turned Up premieres Sunday, January 18 on E!

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Rihanna Taps Brad Pitt for Her Inaugural Diamond Ball


ABC/Richard HarbaughEarlier this month, Rihanna announced plans to hold her first Diamond Ball benefiting the Clara Lionel Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded by the singer. Now, she's revealed that Brad Pitt and Jimmy Kimmel will attend the event, taking place December 11 in Los Angeles.

"It is such an honor to have Jimmy Kimmel host this event. There is no one more hilarious to make the first annual Diamond Ball an incredible night. I'm blessed by his support," Rihanna said in a statement. ''Brad Pitt is not only a phenomenal talent, but I admire him and am inspired by his philanthropic work."

As previously reported, the upcoming ceremony will be held at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills with a guest list maxing out at 600. The singer has planned a festive event, during which she will perform backed by a live orchestra. In addition, guests will enjoy dinner and a live auction.

The organization, which honors her grandparents Clara and Lionel Brathwaite, aims to fund efforts that promote health, education, arts and culture globally.

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Solange Reacts to Ferguson Decision, Plans Race-Themed Album


Image Courtesy Saint HeronA newly married Solange could not help but address the Michael Brown controversy, following a grand jury’s decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson for killing the unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri in August.

The singer posted an Instagram image of a sculpture of black child's face with the eyes and top of the head appearing to have been corroded or broken away. She expressed her feelings with a lengthy caption, in which she spoke about the "brokenness" of the black community.

"I screen shot this image months ago. Artist unknown. It moved me for many reasons. One being ….brokenness. Today I feel a sense of brokenness on behalf of my people. Black people. Everyone expresses differently," she wrote.  "I respect all forms and shapes of expression. I respect those who don’t see this as a matter of black and white, who think 'unity and peace' will save us all from this, who’s optimism in the heart of the gut wrench still seems to have a place…Although I feel differently, I respect it all."

She adds, "We were not molded here, to all be molded the same……My words are like aimless shapes and figures at this time. Trying to find a place to go, something to hold on to, to make 'sense' of this all."

The singer continued that that the incident has inspired her to make an album about race.

"But the one thing that’s been concrete in my heart is my will to want to express something to my friends. To the people I love, who love me, who feel pain in this moment just as I do, but who do not feel pain in the way that I often do in many walks of life. Who might feel I talk about race too much, that it’s consumed me, who I’ve distanced myself from…because it’s true, I can’t [take] a joke," she wrote.  "When I told a friend of mine I was making an album about race, his response was….'Just make it fun'. I would like him to think about it now. We are not Michael Browns family, but we are Michael Browns family."

Solange concludes: "We don’t hurt like they do, but we do hurt. Hurt like hell. Thing about my people though….we don’t stay broken. We get up. We put the pieces together when there aren’t even pieces to pick up…….and we will……again and again and again."

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Killer Mike on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: "I Knew It Was Coming"


Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesThe hip-hop community is still reeling after a grand jury in Missouri declined to bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. Killer Mike, who has spoken up on behalf of the Brown since the summer, has addressed the situation during his Run the Jewels concert in St. Louis on Monday night.

Mike can be seen fighting back tears in fan footage posted on YouTube as he sent "all thoughts and prayers to the people who are out there peacefully protesting," as well as "thoughts and prayers for the people who could not hold their anger in, because riots are only the language of the unheard."

He spoke candidly about his reaction to the verdict. "Tonight, I got kicked on my ass when I listened to that prosecutor," Mike told the crowd. "I knew it was coming. I knew it when f**king Eric Holder decided to resign. I knew it wasn't gonna be good, but I gotta tell 'em, you motherf**kers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son, and I have a 12-year-old son, and I'm so afraid for them."

The rapper continued, "With that said, you motherf***ers will not own tomorrow. We will not live in your fear. We will not accept your cages."

Killer Mike joins the growing list of rappers who have spoken up about the situation. Q-Tip was captured participating in a peaceful protest in New York while Macklemore marched in the streets with his hands up and chanted "Don't shoot."

 

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Pharrell Stars in Short Film for Chanel


ABC/Randy HolmesPharrell has been tapped for a new Chanel campaign. The hitmaker appears in and contributes music to a short film entitled Reincarnation, which was directed by Karl Lagerfeld.

According to Women's Wear Daily, Pharrell stars opposite model Cara Delevingne as they reenact the moment when company founder Coco Chanel became inspired from the uniform of the elevator operator of the Austrian hotel while vacationing back in 1954.

Pharrell's original song, “CC the World,” can be heard in the the sneak peak posted on the company's Instagram page. In the clip, Pharell plays Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, while Cara Delevingne portrays his wife, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who was known as Sisi.

“It’s not meant to be a historical reconstruction or something heavy like that. This is light and funny,” says Lagerfeld.

The film is set to premiere at the Métiers d’Art collection show in Salzburg, Austria, on December 1.

 

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J. Cole Covers Complex, Talks Retiring Like Jay Z


Image Courtesy Sony Music Entertainment/Roc NationJ. Cole has landed the cover of Complex magazine's December/January issue and gives a candid interview about the progression of his music career.

When asked if he would ever retire and then return in the same vein as Jay Z, Cole replied, "I don’t know. I love doing it, so I’m not going to use that as [a sales pitch], like, 'Last album -- make sure you go out and buy.'"

Cole adds that he'd be "content" if he never put out another project, especially with the message that he's leaving behind. 

"Listen to all my music and you’ll hear this n***a who went to New York City and started with a dream; he gained his confidence and his step with The Warm Up and was here to show y’all n****s 'I’m the best' -- and Friday Night Lights put a stamp on that," he says.

He continues, "Sideline Story was like, 'I have to figure this sh** out and sell records.' Born Sinner was 'F**k, that wasn’t how I wanted to do it. I gotta make up for that one, I got to get back to myself.' And then fighting through all of that to realize on 2014 Forest Hills Drive, 'No, this is where it was always at.'"

The rapper also gave the magazine a tour of his childhood home, which he intends to let family members stay in to help them get on their feet. The residence inspired the title of his third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, due out December 9.

The entire interview can be read online now.

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