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RCA RecordsWhen Chris Brown posted an Instagram photo of himself  on Thursday with a baby and the caption "God has blessed me with my twin. #ROYALTY," it was as close as the singer has come to publicly confirming reports that baby Royalty, is his own.  However, according to a published report, Brown is not trying to hide the girl's identity or their relationship.

“Chris never denied the baby was his," E! News quotes an unnamed source as saying. "So it's not like the photo he posted is him admitting anything. He always accepted it. He's just becoming a lot more public about it."

The source adds, “Chris sees Royalty all the time. He wants the world to know she's his daughter.” The insider also says that Brown wants the baby’s mother to move to California so they can be closer to him, even though there is no longer any romantic involvement.

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Universal MotownFollowing the hoopla surrounding Drake and Madonna locking lips Sunday at Coachella, Drizzy says he’s recorded a new collaboration with another megastar, Beyonce.

The rapper told Four Pins that he has two songs that he likes for his upcoming album Views from the 6, and one is with Queen Bey. He was previously featured on “Mine” on her self-titled album in 2013. Drake also says that he read the negative reviews of his April 12 show, and he knows he needs to step up his game for his return Coachella performance this Sunday. “I took an L for the first time,” he admitted. “I just have to reassess what went wrong with my judgment.”

As previously reported, Drake will perform a six-city tour with Future beginning May 24 in Houston, Texas. Tickets go on sale Sunday.

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Image Courtesy Warner Bros. RecordsAfter Nicki Minaj posted a photo of what appears to be a massive engagement ring, her man Meek Mill admits she brings out a softer side of him that surprises people.

The Philadelphia rapper says in the XXL spring cover story,  “I tell her that. I’m like, 'I don’t really hold hands, but like, I’ll hold hands with you.'” He adds, “They can catch me in the pictures doing anything nowadays, holding an umbrella for Nicki, you know what I’m saying?"

Mill will be featured on Minaj’s summer Pinkprint tour, and he says they enjoy a friendly competition when they perform together. “Yeah, if we rapping on a song together, Nicki gotta get it too.” He continues, “Or she might give it to me, you know how it go, everybody on the menu. Ain’t no stopping.”

Mills also discusses his time in prison in 2014. He served five months in solitary confinement for a parole violation stemming from a 2008 gun and drug conviction. He was released December 2, 2014,  and in looking back, he is grateful to have been behind bars. “I kind’ve think it saved me really,” he says. “I think it was the best thing that happened to me at that time.

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Image Courtesy RCA RecordsJamie Foxx announced Thursday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he'll release his first new album in five years on May 18.

The title is Hollywood, featuring artwork that includes a giant replica of the “Hollywood” sign with his initials, “JF.” The CD will be available for pre-order May 4. The first single from the CD, “You Changed Me,” features Chris Brown.

Foxx has lined up several TV appearances to promote Hollywood, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, American Idol, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Today, and The Steve Harvey Show.

New York's Apollo Theater also announced Friday that Foxx will promote the album live with a concert at the famed venue May 21. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

“Jamie has been part of the Apollo family for many years,” said Jonelle Procope, President & CEO of the Apollo Theater in a press release. "It is always thrilling when one of the many artists who performed at the Apollo at the beginning of their development returns at important moments in their careers We are so happy to be able to be part of the celebration for the release of his new album. It is going to be a fun night!”

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Image Courtesy Peter Kramer/NBCMary J. Blige celebrated the premiere of The London Sessions documentary Thursday night with a performance following the screening at The Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul sang “Therapy” from The London Sessions CD, followed by “No More Drama,” “One” (recorded with U2), and “Family Affair.” Blige told the crowd at the Beacon Theatre, "Being here at the Tribeca Film Festival means more to me than you can imagine.”

The film presents a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, including working with British artists Sam Smith, Emeli Sande and Disclosure. It also follows Blige as she meets the father of the late Amy Winehouse, Mitch.

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Epic RecordsLast month, Ciara announced that she was looking for a brand-new band to take on the road. Now, the singer is giving us a glimpse into the process of finding the right musicians for her upcoming North American tour.

"I wanted to have the best band I could possibly have, with young fresh energy," she told Billboard during the auditions at SIR Studios in Los Angeles.

In a behind-the-scenes video posted by the magazine, Ci Ci watches and then selects a drummer, bass player and lead guitarist for her first outing in six years.  "This is when it gets fun, this is the fun part," she says to her crew.

The singer is anxiously counting down to the tour's kick off on May 3 in Chicago. "It's been while since I've toured, and I'm ready!" she says.

If you can't make any of the dates, she'll be streaming her concert at The Fillmore in Silver Springs, Maryland, via Yahoo Live on Sunday, May 9.

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Island Def JamFrank Ocean has been named one of the most influential gay men in the country by LGBT publication OUT.

The singer ranked #45 on their 2015 Power 50 list of "the most influential LGBT people in American culture" after he revealed that most of his debut album, 2012's Channel Orange, was inspired by a man he fell in love with over the summer. He is the only R&B act mentioned on the list.

The magazine recognized Frank's impact, both in owning his sexuality and for his hotly anticipated new music. "Late last year, the release of a mere snippet of one track, 'Memrise,' on his Tumblr -- the same medium on which he came out -- stopped all industry watchers in their collective tracks for a listen," the mag writes.

The news comes on the heels of Frank announcing that his sophomore album will arrive in July, as will the first issue of his upcoming magazine, Boys Don't Cry.

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Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsIt appears Chris Brown has confirmed the reports that he is a dad.

It was reported in early March that he is the father of a baby girl, Royalty, who's now 10 months old.

On Thursday, Chris shared with his fans on Instagram an apparent photo of himself with his child, writing, "God has blessed me with my twin. #ROYALTY."

He also posted a second photo of Royalty by herself. 

The child's mother reportedly is Nia Guzman.

Also on Thursday, Brown performed "You Changed Me" -- a collaboration from Jamie Foxx's new album Hollywood -- on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Oscar winning actor confirmed to Kimmel that Brown's daughter was backstage. "I hope he doesn't mind me saying this," Foxx said, explaining seeing Brown with his little girl was "absolutely mindblowing." 

The actor also commented of the controversial recording artist, "People ask me...why Chris [is] on my record. I've known Chris since he was 15, and some of the things that people don't get a chance to see Chris, on the inside -- like when he comes and dances with my sister who has Down syndrome for hours at the crib, and no one sees this...There's some really blessful things that this kid have to offer."

 

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Image Courtesy RCA RecordsIt’s been three years since Monica released her last album, New Life, and now she’s changed up her look as she prepares for her comeback album.

The singer showed off a bold, new red haircut to celebrate her seventh studio album, Code Red, which inspired her new style.

"The cut symbolizes me getting back to the fearlessness and courageous part of myself that I shared with the world in the ’90s when I released my first album Miss Thang," Monica shares with People. "It’s easy to over-think things and not trust your natural instincts. I let go and let the music be created in my truth."

Monica's new cut also reflects where she is in her life. "I love that the cover speaks to how I feel as a woman, artist, mother and wife," she explains. "I feel strong, encouraged and grateful. I also love that it’s fashion forward."

Over on Instagram, Monica adds that she's "moving closer to album release... It's an exciting time."

You can expect her eighth solo album to arrive later this year.

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Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly may have slipped to #7 on the Billboard 200 chart, but the album has reached a significant milestone. 

According to the publication, the rapper's album has surpassed  500,000 in cumulative sales after moving an additional 29,000 copies in the week. To date, the album has sold 513,000 copies since its surprise release on March 15.

Lamar's project is the seventh album to sell a half-million copies in 2015.  In good news for the record industry, that marks the fastest accumulation of half-million sellers since 2010. So far, K. Dot is only the second rapper to sell more than 500K this year, following Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.

"I love Yall. K.I.G. Love," Lamar tweeted to his 4.8 million followers.

Kendrick will get to perform his new material during several upcoming summer gigs, including shows at the U.K.'s Wireless Festival in June, the Essence Music Festival during July 4th weekend and then the Outside Lands Festival in late August.

 

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Image Courtesy Peter Kramer/NBCOrganizers have announced the nightly lineup for this year's Essence Music festival, taking place this summer at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Comedian Kevin Hart will headline the festival's opening "Now Playing" concert with Trey Songz and Lecrea on Thursday, July 2.

The following day concertgoers will be treated to R&B acts like Charlie Wilson, India.Arie, and Kem, while Saturday evening will feature Usher, first-timer Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu and Common.  On the final day, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, and the reunited Floetry will close out the festivities.

You can expect to see more than 40 acts across five stages. Tickets and additional information are available at EssenceFestival.com.

Here's the official line-up of performers:

Thursday, July 2 --  Kevin Hart, Trey Songz and Lecrae will kick off main stage performances.

Friday, July  -- Charlie Wilson, India.Arie, Kem, plus a soon-to-be announced return of New Orleans’ finest on the main stage while Adrian Marcel, Avery*Sunshine, Doug E. Fresh, Goapele, Kelly Price, Kindred the Family Soul, Luenell, Nico & Vinz and Slick Rick will perform at the event's intimate Superlounges.

Saturday, July 4  -- Usher, Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu, Common, Beenie Man & The Zagga Zow Band are scheduled as well as separate Superlounge shows from Bilal, Elle Varner, Esperanza Spalding Presents: Emily’s D Evolution, Kool Moe Dee, Mali Music, Mystikal, Raheem DeVaughn, Sevyn Streeter, Tank and The Bangas and Tonya Boyd-Cannon.

Sunday, July 5 -- Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Floetry will close the festival followed by Superlounge shows from Andra Day, Dee-1, Dumpstaphunk, Eric Roberson, Jeff Bradshaw, Lianne La Havas, Mase, Robert Glasper, SZA, Teedra Moses and Tweet.

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ABC/Lou RoccoNicki Minaj has added more fuel to the growing speculation that she's engaged to Meek Mill. The rapper has posted an image what appeared to be a massive engagement ring on Instagram.

Without offering further details, Nicki captioned the post with a series of emojis as she showed off the bling on her left hand.

"This looks like a 15-carat fancy yellow heart modified brilliant cut diamond mounted in platinum with a double halo of white pavé diamonds," Morgan Shara of MASbisjoux jewelry told E! News. "This would retail for approximately $500,000." She added that the ring "looks like the natural fancy colored diamond trend that is continuing full steam ahead."

While the couple have yet to confirm it, a source tells E! News that the duo is in fact engaged. "Both Meek and Nicki have been spending amazing quality time together lately and have gotten extremely close these past few months," the insider shared. "It may seem like it all is happening very quickly but Nicki and Meek are in this 100. They truly love each other."

You can expect further details on their rumored engagement during E! News tonight.

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ABC/Lou RoccoYou may have missed the debut of Rihanna's "American Oxygen" music video, which premiered earlier this month on Tidal. Luckily, the singer has posted the clip on her official YouTube page.

The visual for the song, which soundtracked the NCAA's March Madness commercials last month, features tons of patriotic imagery as well as crash-course in American history, ranging from footage of 9/11 to President Obama’s inauguration.

"Breathe out, breathe in, American oxygen/This is the new America," Rih sings while standing in front of an American flag. "This is the new America/ We are the new America."

"American Oxygen" will appear on Rihanna’s upcoming eighth album, arriving later this year.

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Kanye West is one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, making the annual list honoring the artists, icons, and leaders who are shaping the future. In his wide-ranging interview with TIME, West -- who's also on the issue's cover -- touches on his ego, legacy, and giving back to world.

The rapper speaks candidly about his outspoken nature. "Every time I crash the Internet, it’s like this little drop of truth," West says. "Every time I say something that’s extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the Internet. So what are we getting all of the rest of the time?"

West says he simply just wants to make the world a better place. "I don't care about having a legacy, I don't care about being remembered," he says. "The most important thing to me is, like, while I'm here, while we're having fun, while we're going to sleep, and breathing oxygen and living life and falling in love and having pain and having joy, its like what can I do?"He adds, "We were born into a broken world and we're like the clean-up crew."

Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk pens a tribute to the rapper in the magazine. "Now that he’s a pop-culture juggernaut, he has the platform to achieve just that," writes Musk. "He’s not afraid of being judged or ridiculed in the process. Kanye’s been playing the long game all along, and we’re only just beginning to see why."

Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian, is also mentioned among various influential celebrities, including Taylor Swift, President Barack Obama, Kevin HartReese Witherspoon and many others.

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Epic RecordsCiara can go from high-fashion to tomboy in a blink of an eye, a feat that's mainly due to her simple style.  While promoting her upcoming album, Jackie, the singer revealed her fashion faves at the moment.

"I’m very into the 1990s and minimal,” she tells Vogue. "I’m very into monochromatic dressing."

The singer also revealed that its not always about spending a lot to get great quality. "They’re really, really good," said Ciara of her favorite Topshop jeans, which she usually mixes up with higher-end pieces from designers like Givenchy, David Koma and Anthony Vaccarello.

The new mom adds that her eleven-month-old, Future, is already growing up with his own fashionable threads. "Riccardo [Tisci] custom-made him some Nikes," said the singer, adding, "but babyGap is the best for me."

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Just a day after surprising us with his new Intermission EP, Trey Songz has released a documentary that takes us behind the scenes of his tour preparation, and the recording of his latest free project.

In the nearly 25-minute clip, posted on YouTube, the singer spotlights all the hard work that went into his recently concluded outings with Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj.

"A lot has happened in a year and after most recently completing two mega tours from the U.S. to Europe, I felt re-energized by the love and wanted to share this glimpse of the journey while giving my fans some new music with Intermission," he wrote in the video description.  "The love I've received is beyond belief, I've attempted to reciprocate it by sharing this vulnerable yet genuine piece."

In the video, Trey discusses his forthcoming album, Trigga Reloaded, which he hints may be released for free and is more than just an expanded edition of his last album.

"All the songs on Trigga Reloaded are actually new," he says. "I'm trying to figure out what I can do for my fans, you know, I'm used to doing a lot of mixtapes and giving away a lot of free music, so I'm playing with the idea in my mind of maybe finding a way to release it."

Trigga Reloaded arrives on June 23.

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Miko Lim/Atlantic RecordsWiz Khalifa has scored another chart-topping single on the Billboard Hot 100 with "See You Again," lifted from the Furious 7 soundtrack.

According to the publication, the rapper's Charlie Puth-assisted track jumps from #10 to the top slot, on the back of the largest weekly sales for a single this year with 464,000 digital downloads.

The soundtrack to the action movie also tops the Billboard 200 -- the last time a soundtrack and a single from that soundtrack simultaneously hit #1 was back in November 2002 when the 8 Mile soundtrack and Eminem’s "Lose Yourself" topped the charts.

"See You Again" is Khalifa's second chart-topper, following his 2011 single "Black and Yellow."

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Epic RecordsCiara got to experiment and find herself while recording her upcoming album, Jackie, arriving next month.

"I have always wanted to make this kind of album," she says in an interview with W magazine.

The singer adds that her sixth studio effort has allowed her to tap into a different side of herself. "I am so much more expressive and confident than I have ever been in my life," she says. "Even though there has been musical and personal growth, this album really takes me back in time, to when I didn’t over-think the creative process. Before, I would have said Goodies was my favorite album, but now I believe Jackie is my best body of work."

Ciara is also looking forward to embarking on her first tour in six years, beginning May 3 in Chicago. "I am really looking forward to seeing everyone again! It’s going to be a great time," she adds.

Jackie is slated for a May 4 release.

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ABC/Lou RoccoAre Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill engaged?

Minaj has raised eyebrows with her recent Twitter post, in which she shares some diamond ring emojis. "I'll post it later," she cryptically tweeted.

Her tweet came a few hours after she posted an Instagram image of herself with the rapper on Tuesday evening -- and yes she appears to be wearing a huge diamond sparkler on her ring finger. "I wish every night could feel like last night," she captioned another photo, prompting many to wonder if Mill had proposed.

Although they have yet to confirm the reports, Meek recently professed his feelings for Nicki for the first time, even revealing that he feels "lucky" to have her. "Find a woman that you think is strong enough 2 help you takeover the world!" Meek wrote on Instagram.

The pair have been romantically linked since late last year, after Nicki split with her longtime boyfriend, Safree Samuels.

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Photo: Francis Specker/CBSWe all know Beyonce and Jay Z celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary in Hawaii. And now, Queen Bey is sharing pictures of their romantic stay at the Four Seasons Hualalai.

On Wednesday, the singer posted a series of photos to her website, including a candid shot of Jay sitting poolside, a couple snaps of the pair on a hike and, of course, various bikini close-ups.

Sources at the resort tell Us Weekly the Carters were extremely affectionate on the trip.  "They mostly stuck to themselves, but they came down to the hotel area pool one time and had lunch in the hotel," a source revealed. "After they finished, they held hands and walked around the hotel path."

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