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Jennifer Hudson Tapped for "A Home for the Holidays"


Jennifer Hudson has landed another gig. The singer has been tapped to perform the CBS special A Home for the Holidays.

As always, the show will feature uplifting stories about real-life families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care.  Celebrity presenters, some of whom have had their own adoption experiences, or who are involved in children's issues, will also be part of the show.

Also on the bill for the special are legendary R&B group Earth Wind & Fire, pop singer Katharine McPhee, Jillian Michaels and country duo Dan Shay.   It airs December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Iggy Azalea Releases Lyrics to "Reclassified" Tracks


Grand Hustle/Def JamAs the American Music Awards unfolded on TV Sunday night, Iggy Azalea's Facebook page posted lyrics to the new tracks on her just-released album, Reclassified.

The songs include collaborations with Ellie Goulding, "Heavy Crown," and Jennifer Hudson, "Trouble." The lyrics are featured on photos from the booklet that comes with Reclassified.

Reclassified, which dropped early Monday, is a reissue of Iggy's successful debut album, The New Classic.

Iggy won a couple of awards Sunday night at the AMAs in Los Angeles: favorite album -- rap/hip-hop for The New Classic and favorite artist -- rap/hip-hop.

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Jeremih Blames Himself for Not Having "Don't Tell 'Em" Video; Talks Personal Woes


Image Courtesy Def JamJeremih has added another hit record to his resume with "Don't Tell 'Em," but oddly, there's no accompanying visual. The singer tells Billboard that he's partly to blame for the lack of an official music video.

"I blame myself," the singer tells the publication. "I had a video scheduled. I just didn't show up to it because of...I'm not going to point my finger at somebody else at this point."

It seems, Jeremih is battling personal dilemmas, like court battles with his child's mother. "I stopped caring about being Jeremih over the last few months," he says. "A lot of people don't know I have a 2-year-old son. His mom wasn't allowing me to see him, and it was messing with me. I was internally unbalanced. But I just got out of that trial and I won."

The crooner spoke candidly about unintentionally sabotaging his career.

"When you can count on your hands how many videos you've done in your career, when you've never performed your hits on TV, something's not right," says Jeremih. "Everyone always wants to say I'm shy. I don't think so, but there's a disconnect with my fans. I want my fans to see me -- that's what they never do."

Despite his latest hits, his third album, Late Nights: The Album has continually been delayed, which is an issue that he says he's having with Def Jam. "My label is hesitating and not being on my side," he says. "I see other artists and how they're supported. It's hard when I'm on a roster with Rihanna, Rick Ross and Kanye West."

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American Music Awards Winners List


Dick Clark ProductionsHere are the winners at the 2014 American Music Awards, which aired Sunday night on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles:

Artist of the Year
One Direction

New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer

Single of the Year

Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/Rock
Sam Smith

Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock

Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Pop/Rock

One Direction

Favorite Album -- Pop/Rock

One Direction, Midnight Memories

Favorite Male Artist -- Country

Luke Bryan

Favorite Female Artist -- Country

Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Country  

Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Album -- Country

Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

Favorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea

Favorite Album -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic

Favorite Male Artist -- Soul/R&B

John Legend

Favorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&B

Beyoncé

Favorite Album -- Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé

Favorite Artist -- Alternative Rock

Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist -- Adult Contemporary

Katy Perry

Favorite Artist -- Latin

Enrique Iglesias

Favorite Artist -- Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns

Favorite Artist -- Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Calvin Harris

Top Soundtrack
Frozen

Dick Clark Award of Excellence
Taylor Swift

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Mary J. Blige, Iggy Azalea & More Performing on Sunday's American Music Awards


Dick Clark ProductionsMary J. Blige and Iggy Azalea are among the many entertainers set to perform during the 2014 American Music Awards, airing Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The show's executive producer says that if you don't tune in as soon as the show starts, you'll be missing something "huge" and "outrageous."

"Don't tune in late ,'cause if you tune in late you're gonna miss something that's outrageous," AMA Executive Producer Larry Klein tells ABC News Radio. "Trust me. Don't come into the show at 8:10.  Don't do that. You better start at eight o'clock, 'cause I ain't holdin' nothin' back...it's gonna open up with a huge 'wow.'  And it's gonna go for three hours and end with a big 'wow.'"

Previously confirmed performers for the AMAs also include Lil Wayne and Christina Milian, Nicki Minaj,Sam Smith, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and many more. It's no wonder that the show will be a huge production, and Klein says the challenge every year is trying to make sense out of many diverse performances. 

Iggy leads all nominees for this year's AMAs with six nods, including for Artist and Single of the Year for “Fancy.”  She's followed by Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and John Legend who each have five nominations.  Beyonce is also nominated in the cross-genre Artist of the Year category.

The American Music Awards air live this Sunday night on ABC.  Here are the nominees:

Artist of the Year
Iggy Azalea
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
One Direction
Katy Perry

New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

Single of the Year
Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
MAGIC!, “Rude”
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/Rock
John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock
Iggy Azalea
Lorde
Katy Perry

Favorite Album -- Pop/Rock
Lorde, Pure Heroine
One Direction, Midnight Memories
Katy Perry, Prism

Favorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea
Drake
Eminem

Favorite Album -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Drake, Nothing Was The Same
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Favorite Male Artist -- Soul/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&B
Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé
Mary J.  Blige

Favorite Album -- Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

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Aaliyah's Life Revisted in VH1's Behind the Music Series


Image Courtesy Blackground/Jive/BMG RecordsIt's safe to say that public interest in the late Aaliyah is at an all time high. Following the premiere of Lifetime's controversial biopic on the singer last weekend, VH1 has announced that the network will air an encore presentation of Behind the Music: Aaliyah.

Fans can expect to learn more about the singer, affectionately known as "Baby Girl," during the show, which will include a narration updated from the original 2001 production. The show also will include exclusive interviews with the singer’s family members and closest friends.

Behind the Music: Aaliyah will air on Sunday, November 23 at 6 p.m and then again at 10 p.m.

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Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse


Image Courtesy Peter Kramer/NBCMary J. Blige is opening up about her life struggling with alcohol and cocaine.

In this week's Billboard cover story, the singer candidly discussed maintaining her sobriety, following two sober years since last drinking. "I've done those things for so long," she says. "I would stop drinking and then I'd start again. This is the second time that I've stopped drinking. It's peaks and valleys, peaks and valleys."

While promoting her upcoming album, The London Sessions, Blige reflected on one of the low moments of her career back in 1994. "I was ready to just check out," she recalls and credits her turnaround to husband and manager, Kendu Isaacs.

Unlike other entertainers, Mary never entered rehab to cope with her addictions. Still, the singer says she felt "connected to [Amy Winehouse] in terms of the darkness," and still believes she might have helped her.

"I would tell so many people, 'I need to talk to her, I need to get to her,'" she says. "Especially when my life turned around and I chose life. I wanted to somehow get to her, to tell her, 'It's OK to choose life.' "

The issue will be available newsstands Monday, November 24.

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Usher Delayed Album So He Could "Put the Soul" in It


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Usher is giving more details surrounding the delay of his eighth album, which no longer has a release date.

In an interview with MTV News, the crooner reveals that one of reasons he pushed it back is because he “hadn’t put the soul of it in yet.”

“The record company will be shocked, but I didn’t plan on putting out an album this year because I just didn’t feel like I was ready,” Usher explained. “This is a very important and significant album for me. It’s my eighth album, I don’t know if it’s something about that number.”

The singer, who is currently on his UR Experience Tour, adds that he's taking his time.

“I’m approaching it with empathy and appreciation for everything and everyone that has shown support for me throughout all of these years so I want to make sure that it’s true,” he said. “And it truly does represent where I am, but also it makes people feel like they need to move and do something.”

The singer adds that the album could potentially arrive at the “top of the year.”

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Beyonce Teases Two New Songs, “7/11? & “Ring Off”


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Beyonce has recorded two new songs for the expanded re-release of her self-titled album, although the tracks have leaked online she's now giving fans an official preview of  “7/11″ and “Ring Off.”

90-second snippets of each song were posted on her SoundCloud page and offer two different sounds. On the Mike Caren-produced “Ring Off,” Bey draws inspirations from her mother Tina Knowles, who found love again after divorcing Bey's father Matthew Knowles

“You took that ring off / So tired of the lies and trying, crying, fighting / Took that ring off,” sings Bey. “Oh, and now the fun begins / Dust yourself off and you love again / You found a new man, now you shine and you’re fine like it’s my time.”

Meanwhile, the R&B banger “7/11,” produced by Detail,  will surely remind fans of Bey's 2007 hit "Get Me Bodied."

“Smack that, clap that like you don’t care,” she sings. “My hands up, my hands up, flexing with my hands up.”

The new, platinum edition box set arrives on Monday, November 24. The two-CD, two-DVD-set will include four unreleased remixes with Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Jay Z.

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Sample Faith Evans' Upcoming Album, "Incomparable"


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Next week will see the release of Faith Evans' comeback album, Incomparable. However, the R&B veteran is giving fans the chance to preview her sixth studio album before it hits shelves.

Faye has generously shared 90-second snippets via her YouTube page of seven of the album's tracks.  The previews include her duet with former R&B Diva co-star Keke Wyatt on "Make Love," as well as the gospel tune "Paradise" and "Good Time" featuring Problem.

Led by her Missy Elliot-assisted "I Deserve It," Incomparable arrives on November 24.

Here's the track list:

"Thank You Good Night" (Prelude)
"Extraordinary"
"I Deserve It" feat. Missy Elliott & Sharaya J
"Really Wanna Do"
"Take Your Time" (Interlude)
"Fragile"
"Incomparable"
"Ride the Beat" (Interlude)
"Make Love" feat. Keke Wyatt
"Good Time" feat. Problem
"Forever" feat. Problem
"Ever Go Away"
"He Is"
"Paradise" feat. B. Slade & Karen Clark-Sheard
"Thank You’s" (Outro)
"Maybe"

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Beyoncé's Leaked Song Sparks New Rumors of Marital Problems


Nick Farrell/Sony MusicThe Beyoncé platinum edition box set of her self-titled album doesn't come out until next Monday, but two tracks have already leaked online, and one of them is reigniting rumors her marriage to Jay Z is in trouble.

One of the new songs, "7/11," was leaked on Wednesday, and on Thursday, a snippet of another tune, titled "Ring Off," hit the Web. It's only 15 seconds long and was quickly removed, but the title and lyrics are enough to suggest the song is about giving up on a relationship.

In the clip, Bey sings, "I wish it didn't hurt at all, I don't know how I got here, I was once the one who had his heart. Until you had enough, then you took that ring off. You took that ring off. So tired of the lies."

The two-CD, two-DVD set includes the two new songs, as well as four remixes with Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Jay Z.

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Usher's Back-Up Dancers Meditate Before Hitting Stage


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Usher has come up with a unique way to ensure quality shows during his UR Experience tour with August Alsina.  In a behind-the-scenes video feature posted by concert promoter Live Nation, the crooner says working with his long time team of dancers and choreographers is was creates what he calls "the magic" of his performances.

Jamaica Craft, one of his dancers, elaborates, revealing the trick to the group's performances. "Usher started something with us where we meditate for about 40 minutes before we actually start dancing and that has created a unity with all of us," she says. "We've become more of a family."

The singer adds that he's worked tirelessly to ensure a great show. "I promise that there will be some unpredictable moments, special moments. It should feel loose, it should feel fun, it should feel free. It should feel like we're having a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Usher says before picking up his bejeweled crown and returning to the rehearsal dance floor.

The crooner's North America trek will travel to Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston and Las Vegas before concluding on December 24 in Tampa. He will then begin a European leg on February 13 in France, wrapping up March 26 in London, England.

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Bow Wow & Erica Mena Are Getting Married in April


Image Courtesy Motown Records/UniversalBack in September, Bow Wow announced that he gotten engaged to reality star Erica Mena. Now, the rapper has revealed when he intends to exchange vows with his first-time bride.

According to his official Facebook account, the pair are set to get married in the spring of 2015. "Date is set... I'm getting married in April! My pimp card has expired!!! And i couldn't be any happier," he wrote.

The two reportedly met after Erica made an appearance on BET's 106 & Park, which Bow Wow co-hosts. They've been together for fewer than six months.

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Lil Wayne Says Nicki Minaj Is "Going Back to Her Roots" on "The Pinkprint"


Image Courtesy Cash Money RecordsLil Wayne has nothing but great things to say about Nicki Minaj's highly anticipated album, The Pinkprint. In an interview with Complex, the rap veteran spills what fans can expect of her upcoming set.

"Her going back to her roots. Bar for bar straight lyrical content," he tells the mag.  "Honestly, don’t know what to expect because she can be unpredictable at times when she gets in the studio." Although he hasn't previewed the disc in its entirety he adds, "From what I’ve heard I’m impressed on her metaphors. It’s like she’s painting pictures on some of these records."

After taking Nicki under his wing, Wayne is in awe of how she's developed over the years. "She’s grown a lot. The last album was showing her versatility -- how she can make a straight hood/club banger and at the same time, still be dominant in the pop industry," he says. "Now that she has tested the waters all she’s doing now is going back to where she enjoyed best."

Weezy also gave his his reaction to her controversial "Anaconda" video: "I don’t have a few words. I got a few letters… 'OMG,'" he says.

Nicki's The Pinkprint arrives on December 15.

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Report: Rihanna Close to Signing Deal with Puma


Eric McCandless/CBSRihanna could be expanding her brand very soon. The singer is reportedly negotiating a deal with Puma to design a collection of sneakers and sportswear for the German company.

According to the New York Daily News, the singer could potentially sign a seven-figure deal for a "lifestyle" line.

“She is going to have her own coordinator to go to at Puma who only handles her, and they’ll have a junior coordinator helping them,” an insider reveals. “The focus is shoes, but she will also be helping with pants and tops.”

If all goes as planned, Ri Ri will be contractually obligated to no longer wear rival brands, like Adidas.  “She will have to slowly start to incorporate Puma into her wardrobe,” said the source. “She will be wearing all Puma gear in shoots and out and about.”

It's unclear when the deal will will be completed, but the source continues, "She is in 100% and wants to do this."

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Rick Ross Breaks Down the Qualities of a "Hood Billionaire"


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Rick Ross has titled his upcoming album, Hood Billionaire, and now, he's explaining what that term actually means.

“To me, it’s just a sign of being ambitious,” Rozay told MTV News. “To me a hood billionaire is someone that could do for you and yours. It’s not how much paper you got that make you a hood billionaire, nah you just wanted to get up and go do that today and you were able to do that.

Rozay adds that it's about more than just monetary ambitions or outlays.  “[If] you was able to take little man to a basketball game or little man to a baseball game. To me, that’s hood billionaire,” he said. “I ain’t never went to a [Miami] Dolphins game as a child, so 'hood billionaire' for me is someone that just wants to see their people come through.”

Hood Billionaire arrives November 24.

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Queen Latifah to Host 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert


Sony Pictures Television Queen Latifah will take on hosting duties during the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert, taking place next month.

According to Billboard, the multifaceted entertainer expressed her excitement for the upcoming event, which will be held December 11 in Oslo, Norway.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of this year's concert and to help celebrate such amazing individuals who have each worked so hard on behalf of children's rights to education," says Queen Latifah. The concert will honor 2014 Peace Prize winners Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai who have advocated for children's right to eduction, particularly in their native South Asia.

Although performers have yet to be announced, the 21st annual musical celebration will broadcast in up to 100 countries.

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K. Michelle Invites Fans to Album Release Party at NYC's Apollo Theater


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K. Michelle is all about fan appreciation, which would explain why she's invited her Rebels to her upcoming album release concert, which will take place at New York City's famed Apollo Theater.

The singer announced the news via Instagram, posting a photo of the her name illuminated on the theater's marquee.

"Dec 9 we will celebrate good music! We will celebrate for those who counted us out! New York my album release concert will be amaze balls. See you at the legendary APOLLO," she wrote in the caption.  But she offered no information about how fans can get in to the event.

Michelle's sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? is due out December 9. The project includes her singles “Love ‘Em All” and “Maybe I Should Call,” as well as production from Eric Hudson, Pop & Oak and Timothy Bloom.

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Nicki Minaj Returns to 'Saturday Night Live' Next Month


ABC/Fred LeeNicki Minaj has become the latest hip-hop star to take over Saturday Night Live this season. The rapper is scheduled to appear on the sketch comedy show next month.

The rapper is confirmed to perform on the December 6 episode alongside host James Franco.  It'll be her second time on the show. She previously appeared on SNL back in 2011.

Viewers can expect Nicki to showcase material from her upcoming album The Pinkprint, slated for a December 15 release.

In the meantime, fans will get to see Nicki in all of her glory during the 2014 American Music Awards, where she will debut her new single “Bed of Lies” with Skylar Grey.  That show airs Sunday, November 23, beginning at 8 p.m. on ABC.

 

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Grammy Foundation Offers Fans Chance to Get Closer to Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Kendrick Lamar


Image Courtesy Dan Monick/Universal; James Minchin III/UniversalIf you’d like to get up close and personal with Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Kendrick LamarSam Smith and Ziggy Marley now is your chance. You can bid on one-of-a-kind experiences with the superstars from now through December 10 at CharityBuzz.com.

All four entertainers will give their respective winners with backstage passes for a VIP meet and greet during their upcoming concert appearances, which will take begin early next year.

The second annual holiday auction helps the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares pay for educational programs and help members of the music community who’ve fallen on hard times.

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