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Pharrell Williams to Perform on "A Very Grammy Christmas" Special

The Recording Academy/CBSFor the past several years, CBS has been airing The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, a special that reveals the Grammy nominations in the top categories, interspersed with live performances.  This year, however, the network is changing things up.

Pharrell Williams, along with Maroon 5 and Ariana Grande, will all perform on A Very Grammy Christmas, a one-hour special that will replace the Grammy nominations concert show.  The show, taping November 18 in L.A., will air December 5, and will also reveal the nominees for the Grammys' prestigious Album of the Year category. The rest of the nominations -- 82 out of a total of 83 categories -- will be revealed the morning of December 5, in a way that has yet to be announced.

The presence of Pharrell on the show likely indicates that the Grammy folks consider him a good bet for a nomination.  His current album G I R L is eligible for nomination, as is his single "Happy," because it was officially released as a single within the nomination period.

Tickets to attend the taping at the Shrine Auditorium are now on sale via Ticketmaster.

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Report: Chris Brown Appears in Court for Progress Evaluation

RCA RecordsChris Brown appeared in a Los Angeles court Thursday for a progress report related to his probation in the Rihanna assault case.

A judge increased Chris' community labor from three days to four to ensure he'll complete his requirement by the end of his probation in January, according to TMZ.

Chris' therapist wrote a letter to the judge saying that Chris has been following his "medication management."

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Tamar Braxton Shines in "Let Me Know" Video Premiere

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Tamar Braxton wasted no time in filming the accompanying visual for her new single, "Let Me Know," featuring Future

With Tamar serving as the director, the artsy visual finds the singer showing off her svelte figure in various lingerie outfits. At one point, she lays naked with glitter covering her body as she sings along to the tune, which samples Aaliyah’s "At Your Best (You Are Love)."

"I’m definitely a fan of Aaliyah," Tamar tells Rap-Up. "She was one of my good friends because her uncle [Barry Hankerson] and my sister [Toni] were affiliated at the time, so I spent a lot of time with her."

The song will appear on Tamar's follow-up to last year’s Love and War.

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Iggy Azalea Releases New Song Off "Reclassified"

Universal Music GroupIggy Azalea on Thursday released one of the new songs that will be featured on Reclassified, a reissue of her debut album, The New Classic.

On the track, titled "Iggy SZN," she raps, "Simmer down b***h, it’s Iggy SZN."

Reclassified will include a handful of other new tunes, including a collaboration with Ellie Goulding titled "Heavy Crown." It's due out November 24.

You can catch Iggy on TV this weekend when she performs on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

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Chrissy Teigen Takes a Twitter Break Following Death Threats over Ottawa Shooting Tweet

ABC/Rick PowellChrissy Teigen is known for her wisecracking Twitter posts, but a message she posted Wednesday about the attack on the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa elicited death threats from followers, causing the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model to take a break from Twitter.

Teigen, 28, tweeted, "Active shooting in Canada, or as we call it in America, Wednesday."

Teigen's post angered followers who blasted the model with threats like, "Rot in hell b**ch" and "Sorry Canada, our Hollywood elites and its dumb models are idiots. Wish ISIS would give Chrissy a permanent haircut."

Teigen, who's married to John Legend, retweeted one threat which read, "...I hope someone murders some you love, like your f****t husband." She responded by writing, "Amazing this isn't punishable."

Finally, Teigen had read enough. "It's gotten to the point people don't even see the simplicity of the original tweet and have just wanted to get shaking-mad over something," she wrote in her final tweet, adding, "I feel sick. Bye Twitter. Taking my talents to Instagram."

Canadian authorities say a gunman fatally shot a soldier and then burst into the Parliament building where he fired his weapon multiple times before being shot dead.

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Mary J. Blige Release Video for “Right Now”

Image Courtesy Capitol RecordsMary J. Blige returns to London in the alternate video for “Right Now,” her latest offering off her upcoming album, The London Sessions.

In the Mike Ho-directed clip, which premiered on BuzzFeed, MJB gets chauffeured around in a black Bentley before arriving at an underground dance club, where she later performs for a packed crowd.

"I'm telling you right now, no I won't play this game with you/ I'm taking it back now," she sings on the Disclosure-produced single.

The London Sessions is due out December 2. The set will include contributions from Rodney Jerkins, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, and Naughty Boy.

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Jeezy’s Longtime Engineer Hails Rapper's Work Ethic on "Seen It All"

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Jeezy’s latest album, Seen It All, includes his signature sound that his long time engineer, Tony Rey, helped to create. After working closely with the Snowman since 2005’s Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, he is now breaking down the recording process for the rapper's fifth solo project.

"We went through three different stages of the album," Rey explained during an interview with XXL, "But it’s funny because some of the core songs that stayed there were from way back. So 2012, end of 2011-type songs, some of them made it. That’s how you can see that it’s been a long process."

He adds that the rapper puts the same energy into creating an album that he does with his mixtapes. "Mixtape Jeezy is the same as album Jeezy. But as far as work ethic goes, I think he puts in as much work on any song that he touches, even a feature that he does for people. He really puts his full frontal effort. It’s gotta be dope," he says.

Seen It All features collaborations with Jay Z, T.I., YG, Rick Ross, The Game and Future.

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Iggy Azalea Confirmed for 2014 Victoria's Secret PINK Nation "Crazy for Campus Bash"

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea is scheduled to showcase at Victoria’s Secret PINK Nation’s annual back to school concert.

According to Us Weekly, the rapper has been tapped to partake in the Crazy for Campus Bash, taking place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on October 29. Previous performers included acts like Drake and Kid Cudi.

She will likely showcase hits like "Black Widow" and "Work," both of which appear on her album The New Classic.

The upcoming performance will come on the heels of Azalea’s first appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on October 25, where she will perform her new single "Beg for It."

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Jazmine Sullivan Previews New Song, "Mascara"

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Jazmine Sullivan is hard at work on her upcoming album, Reality Show. To get fans excited, the singer surprised fans with a teaser for a new song called "Mascara."

The singer previews a brief snippet of the ballad via an Instagram video in which she's seen wearing black shades while singing along to the lyrics in a car.

"Never leave the house without makeup on/Keep mascara in my pocket if I'm running to the market because you'll never know who's watching you," she mouths along with the track.

The singer seems to be poking fun at the beauty process women go through just to keep a man's attention. "Yeah my hair and my a** fake, but so what? I get my rent paid with it/And my t**s get my trips to places I can't pronounce right/He said he'll keep it coming if I keep my body tight," she sings in another Instagram clip.

Jazmine has yet to announce the release date for Reality Show.

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Faith Evans Says Reuniting with Missy Elliott for New Single Is a "Blessing"

Prolific Music Group, IncFaith Evans has officially marked her return with her new single, "I Deserve It," lifted from her upcoming album, Incomparable.  The singer  reunites with Missy Elliott for the '90s-inspired song, and she says the reunion was natural.

"Even though we have history, we go back, we haven't worked together since she did 'Burnin' Up,'" Faye tells  XXL magazine, "We didn't actually record together [in person] this time, but I hit her -- I hit her every once in a while just to see how she's doing -- and when I got this record, I always knew I wanted her on it."

Faith adds that her daughter informed her of Missy's protege Sharaya J, who later jumped on the track after Faith made a call to Missy. "I was like, 'You know, it might be dope for both you and Sharaya to get on it.' Next thing I know, Sharaya's verse was done and Missy's verse was done. So it was a win-win for everybody all around," Evans says.

She calls their collaboration a "blessing," adding, "hopefully it did something for everybody involved."

Incomparable is due out November 24.

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Strong First-Week Sales Expected for T.I.'s "Paperwork"

Image Courtesy Grand HustleThis week saw the release of T.I.’s Paperwork and the album is projected to enjoy a strong sales start based on first-day forecasts.

According to Hits Daily Double, industry insiders estimate that the rapper's ninth studio album will sell approximately 65,000 to 70,000 copies in its first week.

The projections come in below first-week sales of Tip's previous studio effort, 2012's Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, which debuted at number two and sold 179,000 copies in its first week.

The album includes his Iggy Azalea-assisted hit "No Mediocre" and "About The Money."

The official sales tally will be released on Wednesday.


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Report: Beyoncé and Jay Z Renewed Vows; Shopping for Home in Paris

Myrna Suarez/WireImage for Parkwood EntertainmentIf Beyoncé and Jay Z's marriage really was in trouble earlier this year, the couple has since gotten past it and recommitted themselves to it.

The proof: the two have renewed their vows, according to People magazine. Its source says that while the couple did have "major problems" at one point, they've "worked it out."

And now they're looking to take their love to one of the most romantic cities in the world. Another People magazine source says the couple has been shopping for a home in Paris over the past month.

An Us Weekly insider further reports that Bey and Jay plan to retire in the City of Light eventually, and that they want their two-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, to learn French.

When Beyoncé and Jay Z wrapped up their On the Run tour in Paris last month, Jay noted that the city was special to them because they got engaged there. He also mentioned that Paris is where Blue Ivy was conceived.

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Drake Confirmed for Australia's Future Music Festival 2015

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSDrake is scheduled to make his debut performance at the Future Music Festival in Australia.

The rapper announced the news via Instagram, in which he posted the official flyer for the upcoming event. He will be joined by producer Avicii and fellow rap collaborator 2 Chainz when the 5-day concert event kicks off on February 28 at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

The upcoming concert event will marks Drizzy's first time down under.

Here's the dates:

2/28 -- Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
3/1 -- Arena Joondalup, Perth
3/7 -- Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
3/8 -- Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
3/9 -- Adelaide Showground, Adelaide

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Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Front Forever 21's Holiday Ads

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea has landed her first national ad campaign. Alongside her boyfriend, Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young, the rapper has been tapped to front the holiday campaign for clothing retailer Forever 21.

In an interview with People, Iggy revealed what it was like posing for the ads with her significant other. "As the hours rolled by I think Nick started to realize photo shoots are hard work too," Azalea says. "It was funny watching him have that revelation!"

Young chimed in: "It was real cool. We had great chemistry," he says.

The pair credit their playlist for making the time fly by faster. "It was a two day shoot -- by the end of it I think we’d listened to everything under the sun twice!” Azalea says, adding that the "trickiest thing is not having any clue what you’re doing!"

Although the ads have not run yet, but People has a preview of some of the pictures from the shoot.

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Watch "Tamar & Vince" New Season Extended Preview

WeTVTamar Braxton and Vince Herbert have given fans a glimpse into their new season of WEtv's Tamar & Vince.

In an extended preview for season three, which premieres Thursday, the singer struggles to balance her recording, promotion and tour schedule with raising the pair's one-year old son, Logan Vincent Herbert. At one point, she reaches a boiling point and lashes out at Vince.

"Nobody has the perfect relationship. Everything is love and war. Get your life!" Tamar says before her husband confronts her about her disrespecting the relationship.

Tamar & Vince season three premieres Thursday, October 23 at 10 p.m. on WEtv.


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Tyga Distances Himself from Young Money, Dislikes Drake

Image Courtesy Pamela Littky/UniversalTyga is not feeling the love from his Young Money label. The rapper reveals why he's decided to distance himself from Lil Wayne's roster in an interview with Vibe.

When asked if any of his label mates have contributed to his upcoming album, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, Tyga replied, "Nah. I tend to distance myself from them." He adds, "I’m tryna’ go independent."

The rapper speeaks candidly about his issues within the camp: "I don’t really get along with Drake. I don’t really get along with Nicki Minaj," he says.

"I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me," Tyga explained, "I like his music; you know what I’m saying? I think his music is good, but we’re all different people."

Tyga says that he and his label mates were "forced together," because "Wayne put us together," unlike his "genuine" friendship with Chris Brown. The rapper has decided that its not worth the energy to build on fake relationships. 

"At the end of the day the reason why I signed to Young Money is because of Wayne. Not because of Drake, not because of Nicki," he says. "It was because of Wayne and my relationship with him. I try to be cool with everybody, but sometimes, everybody just has different personalities, motives, and different characters. When you realize that, you realize that’s not a place where you want to continue to grow."

Fans can expect Tyga's The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty to arrive on November 18.

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The Game's "Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf" Debuts in Top Ten on Billboard 200

Image Courtesy eOne MusicThe Game's Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf has landed at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

According to the publication, the rapper's first independent album sold 33,000 units, exceeding initial sales projections of approximately 27,000 to 30,000 copies.

Although the set has debuted #1 on the R&B/Hip Hop Chart and #2 on the Independent Chart, The Game's overall sales start is significantly less than 2012's Jesus Piece, which debuted at number five and sold 86,000 copies its first week.

Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf features contributions from Tyga, Bobby Shmurda, Ty Dolla $ign, T.I., Chris Brown, French Montana, 2 Chainz and more.

Elsewhere, rapper Hoodie Allen bowed at #8 with his debut full-length effort, People Keep Talking, selling 30,000 copies.

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Diddy, Nas Confirmed for Alicia Keys' Black Ball

ABC/Lou RoccoDiddy has been tapped to host Alicia Keys' annual Black Ball charity event, which raises money for children and families in Africa and India affected by HIV.

According to PollStar, Alicia's husband, Swizz Beatz, will co-host the 11th annual ceremony, taking place October 30 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom.

In addition, the event will include star-studded performances from Keys, Nas, Angel Haze and David Byrne, former front man for New Wave rock band Talking Heads.

Tickets for the benefit start at $3,500 and go all the way up to $100,000 for a table. For more information, visit the organization's website, KeepAChild.org.

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Jhene Aiko Announces Enter the Void Tour

Image Courtesy Def JamJhene Aiko is gearing up to hit the road this winter. The singer announced via Twitter that fans will get to see her live on an upcoming outing dubbed the Enter the Void tour.

The singer revealed that she will kick off her outing on December 12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California. She has tapped SZA and The Internet to be her supporting acts.

Additional dates will be announced at a later time. Tickets for the L.A. stop are available now via AXS.com.

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Jennifer Hudson Plots EGOT: "I Would Love to Do Television and Theater"

Image Courtesy Renato Sampaio/ RCA RecordsJennifer Hudson is a woman of many talents. She already has an Oscar and a Grammy, but she's hoping to receive an Emmy and a Tony and become one of the few entertainers to have scored all four accolades, the famed "EGOT."

"I should get two more dogs," the singer joked to People. "I got a dog and named it Oscar, and then I won my Oscar. And then I got a dog and named it Grammy, and then I won my Grammy. So I think I should get some dogs and name them Emmy and Tony -- and it'll give me good luck, and I'll win … [They're] like my good luck charms."

Hudson revealed that she's looking forward to pursuing all aspects of entertainment, noting, "I would love to do television and theater." However, she's still has her eyes set on film projects, especially the rumored next installment of the Sex and the City franchise.

"I don't know much," she says of the film. "But that would be nice. And Louise From St. Louis will be ready."

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