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This weekend will see Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd taking stage at Sweetlife Festival 2015, a music and food festival which will be held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland from May 30 through May 31.

The entertainers will be joined by a diverse line-up of performers including Vic Mensa, SZA, Charli XCX, mega-DJ Calvin Harris, indie rockers the Pixies and Bleachers, for the sixth annual event.

To see the full lineup, visit SweetlifeFestival.com.

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj has given new insights on her personal life in Cosmopolitan's July issue.

The rapper, who is currently dating Meek Mill, spilled on her aspirations of starting a family.

"Ten years from now, I will have two children, unless my husband wants three," she tells the mag. "I will be into my fitness a lot more, I will stop yo-yo dieting and I'll be a housewife with careers that I can run from home."

She continues, "I want to be able to cook for my children, bake cookies for them and watch them grow up. I just want to be Mommy. Take them to school, go to the parent-teacher conference, help them with their homework and put their work on the refrigerator."

When it comes to sex, Nicki adds: "I demand that I climax. I think women should demand that."

The July issue of Cosmopolitan hits stands on June 9.

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Eric McCandless/CBSBeyonce may be one of the principal owners of Tidal, but her music may be pulled from the music streaming service, according to Bloomberg Business.

Bloomberg reports that Sony, which owns the licensing rights to Beyonce’s music, is holding out for significant advance fees and if a deal isn't made, the label may revoke Tidal’s right to stream music from its artists. While Universal already has reached an agreement with Tidal, Warner is also still negotiating over an advance.

The news comes after Beyonce has already started contributed exclusive content to Tidal, including a romantic new song "Die with You" and her appearance in Nicki Minaj’s "Feelin' Myself" video.

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After initially postponing her Great Escape tour due to production delays, Iggy Azalea has now cancelled the tour completely.

An email apparently went out to ticket holders today, informing them of the cancellation. One fan tweeted an image of the email, which reads, "The Iggy Azalea Great Escape Tour scheduled for this fall has been cancelled and refunds are available at point of purchase."

It adds, “There will be a new tour planned around Iggy's new record to be released in 2016 and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Iggy later confirmed the cancellation on Twitter, writing, "As u may know, the tour is cancelled. I'm so sad and sorry to let my fans down...we'll be back out on the road when the next album is done."  She added, "The cancellations don't include Pittsburgh Pride, Ottawa Bluesfest, Québec Summer Festival, or Washington State Fair. Still coming to those!"

The trek was to be the Aussie rapper’s first arena tour and was slated to kick off September 18 in San Diego. It was originally supposed to begin in the spring, but Iggy postponed it in March after reportedly splitting with her tour producer over “creative differences.” She later teamed up with the production designer behind Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show and Britney Spears’ Vegas show Piece of Me.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteJamie Foxx is tired of being a bachelor in the video for "You Changed Me" featuring Chris Brown.

The Little X-directed video features a candid conversation between the Jamie and Breezy about settling down with their respective love interests. "So what are we doing? Because I got that feeling. Can we say settle down?" Jamie asks Brown before wondering if they should have "strippers or no strippers" at their mansion party.

When Empire star Grace Gealey shows up, Jamie tries to keep it cool, but later can't resist showing off his dance moves. Meanwhile, Brown serenades his girl in a hallway before heading into the bedroom.

"You Changed Me" appears on Foxx's album Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses, which debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 this week.

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ABC/Lou RoccoEarlier this month, we learned Nicki Minaj landed a role in the upcoming film Barbershop 3, alongside Ice Cube, Regina Hall and Cedric the Entertainer. Now, the rapper has teased fans on social media about filming the flick.

After snapping a selfie from inside her trailer, Nicki informed us that there's some big laughs ahead in the movie. "The scene we're about to shoot is gonna have u #hollerin when u see it," she tweeted, adding crying face emojiis.

When asked who she's most excited to work with on the film, Nicki tweeted that she couldn't decided, adding that its still very surreal.

"The cast is just so iconic. I just... Ice Cube was my older brother's hero. It's so surreal. The whole cast is epic"

According to Variety, Minaj will portray Draya -- a "sassy new hairdresser of the beauty shop portion of the barbershop."  Other rappers appearing in the movie include Common and Eve, who will reprise her role as Terri.

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ABC/Lou RoccoDior has released behind-the-scenes footage of Rihanna's "Secret Garden IV" video campaign.

In the short clip, Rihanna stuns in a shimmery dress while revealing what it was like prancing through the halls of Versailles, the 17th century palace outside of Paris.

"We are shooting and filming for Dior, pretty exciting," Rih says while on set with her new song "Only If for a Night" playing in the background. 

"It does not get much better than that," she says. "I feel honored, really, and to be here in such a historical place and shut down the entire palace for this shoot."

The clip is the first of two behind-the-scenes videos of the singer's campaign, which was shot by famed photographer Steven Klein.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteJamie Foxx is getting ready to release the video for "You Changed Me," the latest single from Hollywood -– A Story of a Dozen Roses.

Before Jamie debuts the clip this Friday, he posted and deleted a sneak peak on Instagram featuring him alongside his collaborator Chris Brown.

In the clip, directed by Little X, a dapper Jamie cozies up to Empire star Grace Gealey, who wears a black-and-white dress. While the singer takes advantage of moment alone with the actress, Brown enjoys a private party.

The upcoming video arrives on the heels of Jamie's album Hollywood – A Story of a Dozen Roses landing atop Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop Album and Current R&B charts.

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Jason Kirk/Getty ImagesMichael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is on the market, and it can be yours for $100 million.

The property, located in Los Olivos, California, about 40 miles from Santa Barbara, is now called “Sycamore Valley Ranch,” Suzanne Perkins, one of the realtors, tells the Wall Street Journal.

The amusement park rides are gone, according to the agents, as are the orangutans and elephant. However, there is currently a llama on the property, as well as the railroad tracks and train station built at Jackson’s request. The famous floral clock, which spells out “Neverland,” is also still there, along with the building that once housed the Neverland Valley Fire Department, although it’s no longer staffed by full-time firefighters.

The roughly 2,700-acre property has about 22 structures on it, according to Perkins. The Normandy-style main house, which sits between the property’s two lakes, measures about 12,000 square feet, with six bedrooms plus an attached staff quarters.

There’s also a four-bedroom guesthouse near the main home and a two-bedroom guesthouse a little farther away, a swimming pool with a cabana, a barbecue area, a basketball court and tennis court, a 50-seat movie theater with a private viewing balcony and a stage that includes trap doors for magic shows.

Jackson paid $19.5 million for the ranch in 1987 and lived there more than 15 years. He defaulted on a $24.5 million loan backed by the ranch, according to the daily business publication, which adds that real-estate investment firm Colony Capital bought the note in 2008 for $23 million and put the title into a joint venture it formed with the pop star.

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Chris Brown is letting it all out on social media again.  Following a Twitter beef with Tyson Beckford over his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran,  the singer has expressed his feelings on life.

Brown posted a lengthy Instagram message about karma and evolving, along with a photo of himself lounging near the beach.

"I'm Konfuzed, I always thought I knew the concept of love. Fame and Money can get in the way of that. Most of my issues always deal with love and me being in my feelings," he writes. "Not to mention me being a dog sometimes. I can't speak for everyone but I can say that my actions contributed a lot to my karma"

He continues, "Being jealous and angry and controlling. There has been times where I looked in the mirror and hated the person I see."

Brown adds that he's prayed on his behavior. "I talk to God a lot now. He's given me so much and I feel like I waste his gifts becuz of my impulsive personality," the singer adds. "The world is full of negativity and I feel I play a part in it becuz of the choices I've made or mistakes."

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Image Courtesy Phil Knott/RCA recordsAfter surprising fans with an advanced release of his latest album, A$AP Rocky is expected to earn his second number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

According to the publication, the rapper's At.Long.Last.A$AP is on pace to sell an estimated 120,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 31. The set was released earlier than expected on May 26, one week ahead of its original June 1 launch date.

A$AP Rocky previously topped the chart with his debut studio effort, 2013's Long.Live.A$AP.

Elsewhere, Boosie Badazz’s Touch Down 2 Cause Hell is projected to move around 50,000 units. 

The new Billboard 200 will be revealed Wednesday, June 3.

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Lloyd Bishop/NBCLauryn Hill will be presented with the prestigious Golden Note Award at ASCAP’s 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, taking place next month. 

According to Billboard, the singer will also perform during the invitation-only event June 25 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Jazmine Sullivan will also perform during the ceremony, which honors songwriters and publishers of the most-performed ASCAP songs from last year.

Lauryn is being recognized for her "ability to push boundaries and capture the humanity that surrounds us," says ASCAP president Paul Williams, "Ms. Hill’s talent as a songwriter is undeniable and reflects her singular take on the world we live in."

The singer joins previous Golden Note recipients, which include Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, and Stevie Wonder.

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Universal Music GroupLast month, Kid Cudi announced his new album, Speedin’ Bullet to Heaven, was coming "really, really soon." Now, the rapper has given us a quick update on his upcoming project.

Wednesday, Cudi revealed via Twitter that he's opted against having guest features on the follow-up to last year's Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon.  "No features on "Speedin' Bullet To Heaven". Pass it on :)," Cudi tweeted to his 1.2 million followers. He has yet to announce to official release date for his fifth album.

In the meantime, you can catch Cudi performing at year's Firefly Music Festival June 20 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, as well as at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago's Grant Park August 1.

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Universal MotownDrake surprised fans with an unexpected freestyle during his Detroit stop on his Jungle Tour.

Fan footage posted online captured Drizzy treating the crowd to his stream of consciousness at The Palace of Auburn Hills Wednesday night.

"Look, I would have so many friends if I didn’t have money, success, and accomplishments," said Drizzy. "I would have so many friends if I held back the truth and I just gave out compliments/I would have all of your fans if I didn’t go pop and I stayed on some conscious sh**/Man, I would have so many more friends if I lost my respect and my confidence."

After unloading subliminal shots, Drake continued, "Y’all better not come to my studio with that fake sh**/Y’all better not come to my funeral with that fake sh**."

The new verse may serve as another reminder of what's in store on Drake's upcoming album, Views from the 6, slated to arrive later this year.

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Image Courtesy Mary Ellen Matthews/UniversalJanet Jackson celebrated her 49th birthday in style, thanks to her husband, Wissam Al Mana.

The business mogul threw his wife a surprise party at L.A.'s Hyde Lounge May 16, which was catered by Katsuya and featured "two beautiful cakes."

"She was thinking they were going to have sushi and a simple date night," a source tells E! News.  "When she arrived in the venue with her husband and bodyguard, they escorted her to the patio where her closest friends and some family members were waiting for her with a big surprise!"

Jermaine Jackson was among those in attendance at the event, which was described as a "mellow" party where guests "were dancing until about 1:30 a.m."

Janet's birthday celebration came on the heels of her announcing she's working on a follow-up album to 2008's Discipline.

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Ever wonder what it must be like to be the person responsible for making Beyonce look flawless? Ty Hunter, who has been styling the singer for almost two decades, reveals the team effort it takes to keep Queen Bey on point.

In an interview with Allure,  Hunter reflects on their many years of working together. "We've been together for 17 years. We've been loyal to each other," he says. "We're like brother and sister. I have nothing to prove; we're family. And at the end of the day, I just want her to be happy."

Hunter says Beyonce also brings others to various projects to contribute to certain looks. "We work with other stylists -- I worked with B. Akerlund, Marni [Senofonte], Lysa Cooper. It's about energy, and we see what they bring to the table," he says. "Marni is good, and she's like family, too. We work with her on a lot of different events, on different videos."

When asked how he felt about her "Feeling Myself" video with Nicki Minaj, he replies:  "The video is really, really great. Marni styled it. But in general, everything Beyoncé does on tour, I'm the man behind the scenes."

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Photo Credit: Timothy Saccenti/RCA RecordsMiguel has always been adamant about not wanting to label his music. Whle promoting his upcoming album, Wildheart, the singer explains that his mixed ethnicity -- part African American and part Mexican -- plays into his unwillingness to conform to just one genre.

"I was just trying to figure out where I belong or who I am, which directly affects how I create my music and why I create the way I do," Miguel tells Rolling Stone. "I'm rooted in soul, but I'm in love with rock & roll and I'm not gonna conform to any of their expectations because I do what the f**k I want, you know? There's no box for me. There was never any box for me."

He also explains how his new album differs from 2012’s Kaleidoscope Dream. "This time it was like I finally want to have an identity as a taste-maker, as someone who's ahead of the curve, someone who's intellectual, someone who's striving to push the boundaries, someone who's ever-growing and evolving, someone who's open-minded," he says.

Miguel adds that the set is a tribute to his hometown of Los Angeles. "I just wanted this album to look and feel and taste like twilight in L.A.,” he says. "Just light enough to see the beauty, but then dark enough for all of the sketchy s**t to happen."

Wildheart is slated to arrive June 30.

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Pharrell has just invested in a multi-million dollar home in Los Angeles, California.

According to Variety, the singer is now the proud owner of a  $7.14 million home.  The 4,415-square foot house features six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Complete with two separate pavilions and an infinity-edge lap pool, the home features a stainless steel floating fireplace, snow-white quartz counter tops, unobstructed vistas through oversized windows, and even a two-story guesthouse.

It's just one of many plush pads that Pharell already owns, including a gated mansion on a private waterfront peninsula in his hometown of Virginia Beach.

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The Weeknd has issued a dark visual for "The Hills," a track he recently performed at both the South by Southwest and and Coachella festivals.

In the clip,  posted on YouTube, a bloody Weeknd emerges from a car crash in a suburban neighborhood. He wanders up the street, somehow managing to ignore an angry female passenger and even the explosion of his car.  Eventually, he arrives as a mansion and walks up the stairs into a bedroom where he finds an older lady and two younger women sprawled on a bed.

"I only love it when you touch me, not feel me," he sings. "When I’m f**ked up, that’s the real me."

You can expect the follow-up to his 2013 album Kiss Land to arrive later this year.

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Columbia RecordsBeyonce seemingly has solidified herself as a style icon, so much so that her new sweatshirt has sold out shortly after she debuted the look via Instagram.

In the shot, Bey dons a $92 Queen Bee Dictionary sweatshirt from BAW London, which reveals that the definition of her moniker "Queen Bey" is "I call the shots."

The imaged racked up more than a million likes, and the sweatshirt is currently sold out due to high demand, but is available on back-order with an estimated ship date of four to six weeks.

Anoopreet Rehncy, co-founder & creative director of BAW London, told HuffPost U.K. Style how the the collection came together.

"I designed the Dictionary Collection with real-life influencers in mind as I wanted people to relate to the personality slogans and the quirky meanings that we have created," said Rehncy, "Beyoncé is 'Queen Bee’ because she exudes confidence and isn’t afraid of expressing who she is and what she stands for -- the essence of being black and white."  BAW stands for "black and white."

Bipan Ahuja, co-founder & CEO of BAW London added: "She has an incredibly talented styling team including Raquel Smith and Ty Hunter (who also wore our Sir Dictionary design). Team Beyoncé were immediately drawn to our black and white concept."

You can place your order via ABlackandWhiteStory.com now.

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