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Image Courtesy JimmyFontaine/AtlanticK. Michelle and Azealia Banks have officially called off their joint tour, just a couple months before it was scheduled to begin.

Azealia announced the bad news via Twitter and briefly explained why their highly anticipated trek was canceled. "I just got an email from @kmichelle team and she is unfortunately unavailable this fall so she is canceling our tour," Banks tweeted.

Banks adds that she's already working on rescheduling some of the shows as solo dates. "Unfortunate news as this was my first U.S. tour. But my team will work on an alternative plan to try and keep some of the dates in order !" she adds. "New Tour dates will be up soon !"

Meanwhile, K. Michelle offered an explanation in a lengthy Instagram post, in which she denied any rumored beefs with the rapper or stagnant ticket sales.

After explaining that she's working on multiple projects all at once, she wrote: "I simply cannot overexert myself anymore than I already am. So it is with a broken heart, I have to postpone the tour with me and @AzealiaBanks at this time." She adds: "There is absolutely no drama between me and Azealia. We have a mutual respect for each other as women and artists. I can't wait to get in the studio with her and for you all to hear what she's been working on. Secondly, it wasn't low ticket sales."

All fans with previously purchased tickets will be granted refunds.

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Missy Elliott is coming to The Voice. The rapper will reportedly appear on season nine of the NBC singing competition series as a mentor to Pharrell Williams' team, a source tells Us Weekly

The pairing shouldn't come as too big of a surprise, though, especially since the twohave been working on Missy's upcoming album, her first since 2005's The Cookbook. Pharrell, who is executive producing the set, recently posted a Twitter photo of himself alongside the female emcee.

In addition, the source adds that pop singer Selena Gomez will serve as Gwen Stefan's mentor, rock legend John Fogerty will help out Adam Levine’s team, and country star Brad Paisley will be the mentor for Blake Shelton’s contestants.

The mentors appear on the show during the battle rounds, right after blind auditions. The new season of The Voice returns on September 21, at 8 p.m. ET.

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Image Courtesy Warner Bros. RecordsIt may have taken Meek Mill nearly a week to respond, but the rapper has finally issued a retaliation song called "Wanna Know," which takes aim at his new nemesis Drake, who recently unleashed two scathing tracks targeting Meek, "Charged Up" and "Back to Back."

As expected Meek continued to bash Drizzy for allegedly hiring a ghostwriter named Quentin Miller to write his rhymes, but he also gave everyone a history lesson on Drake's previous beefs, including his fight with Chris Brown: "When that s*** went down with Chris, you wrote a check," Meek raps over the Jahlil Beats and Swizz Beatz production.

After alluding to Drake’s breakup with Rihanna, Meek then points out Drake's his brawl with Diddy at a nightclub last year -- "Puffy almost caught a domestic when he smacked that b****" -- and brought up the unconfirmed rumor that Drake was urinated on by T.I.’s friend at the Takers premiere.

Meek even hints that he's just getting warmed up: "Real ni**** back in style / This s*** is lit / This that Ja Rule s*** and 50 Cent."

Although Meek referred to Drake as a "buttercup" and compared him to the infamous Milli Vanilli, the Toronto rapper doesn't seem too concerned. Soon after the track was released, Drake posted a picture of himself laughing on Instagram and then later reminded everyone about his OVO Festival this weekend.

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Earlier this month, Alicia Keys teased a snippet of new music in her Levi's commercial but now she's released the full-length version of her new song, "28 Thousand Days."

"I've been dyin' to share this new music with you! Live everyday like its your last!!" AK tweeted before adding the YouTube link.

In the song, Alicia urges women from all walks of life to make the most of their life spans, which average 28 thousand days or 76 years.

"There’s only 28,000 days / Who would you love, where would you go, what would you celebrate / I’m tellin’ you that life’s too short to just throw it away / So have the time of your life," she sings on the powerful song.

The new offering is just a taste of what Alicia is cooking up on her first album since 2012’s Girl on Fire, which will include production from her husband, Swizz Beatz, and Pharrell.

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Chris Brown is the among the celebrities getting pranked in BET's reboot of Punk’d. The network decided to play a trick on the new dad in a newly released preview of his upcoming episode.

In the sneak peek, posted on Us Weekly, the singer and his rapper friend French Montana are approached on the set of his music video by a 9-year-old girl named Jayla.

After making small talk, the entertainers begin to inquire about her parents.  "I lost her, I don’t know where she is," Jayla says of her mom.  

Brown quickly switches into dad mode as he tries to help the young girl. "Did you run away?" Brown asks before asking the crew members to call the police.

Brown’s episode of Punk’d airs Tuesday, August 18, at 10:30 p.m. ET on BET.

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Credit: Harper SmithRobin Thicke's new girlfriend, April Geary Love, gets a thumbs up from dad, Alan Thicke.

"She's lovely," Alan told E! News at the Vacation premiere in Los Angeles. "It's a great time for him. [He has an] album coming out and April is there and supportive."

The 18-year age gap between the 38-year-old "Blurred Lines" singer and his 20-year-old model girlfriend doesn't seem to be much of an issue either.

"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree," Alan's wife, Tanya Thicke, told E! "I wouldn't expect anything less."

That's because at 40, Tanya is 28 years younger than Alan, her husband of 10 years. 

She was quick to add, "I think it's also very important that she's also very mature. I think that says a lot. She's a very mature young lady. A very beautiful, smart, mature young lady."

Said Alan, "We like her a lot."

Robin and Love went public with their romance in May during the Cannes Film Festival.

The singer's divorce from ex-wife Paula Patton was finalized in March. They were married for 10 years and share 5-year-old son, Julian.

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Image Courtesy Peter Kramer/NBCMary J. Blige never seems to age. After being in the industry for more than two decades, the singer is spilling details on how she's maintained her looks over the years in Healthy Living’s current issue.

The singer, who covers the mag in a body-hugging pink-and-white dress, declares, "Getting older is inevitable, but aging is optional." She adds that "however you take care of yourself is what you’re going to look like. So what you eat, what you think and how you think is going to be a reflection of how you feel."

Blige goes on to say that she is mindful of her thoughts. "If you think that you’re just a broke down, horrible looking person that’s what you’re going to look like, but if you think that you are the best you that you can be and that’s all you can be, it’s going to shine through your eyes. Take care of yourself," she advises.

Mary admits that becoming more aware of her nutrition wasn't an overnight realization. "It’s going to come from the inside out. And it took me a long time to get here, but this is why I look the way you say I look. To me it’s not about how my hair looks all the time on the red carpet. It’s about how I treat you right now, how I treat everybody in the moment. That makes me go home and just feel good about myself and all of that in my heart comes through my face and my body and my eyes. It’s really about the inside. Inside out."

Aside form her fitness, the singer also spoke about her songwriting process and longtime friendship with Elton John -- check out the full interview online now.

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Big Sean has announced plans to kick off a residency next month at Las Vegas' Drai’s Beachclub.

The rapper is scheduled to play full-length live concerts at the 65,000-square foot venue, beginning on August 14. Tickets are on sale now via DraisLV.com.

The rapper joins a growing list of high profile entertainers on the Drai's lineup -- previously announced performers include Trey Songz, Miguel, The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Ciara, 50 Cent, Akon, J. Cole, Tyga and others.

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Family Ties Entertainment/Interscope RecordsNewcomer K Camp is getting ready to release his debut album, Only Way Is Up.

The rapper's label has announced that his first studio project is scheduled to arrive on September 4 via Family Ties Entertainment/Interscope Records. Fans can expect the album to include his new single, "Comfortable," and guest collaborations from Snoop Dogg, T.I., French Montana, Jeremih, Yo Gotti, Fetty Wap, and Bun B.

"I've come a long way from making mixtapes in my mama's basement to dropping my first album and now the Only Way Is Up," says K Camp in a statement.

Only Way Is Up will be available for physical pre-order on August 14.

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Scream Nation/Live NationRich Homie Quan will serve as the headliner for the Scream "Back 2 School" Fest 2015, kicking off this fall.

Organizers have revealed that the series of concerts also will include up-and-coming acts like K CampDiggy, Justine Skye, Elijah Blake, Anthony Lewis, Rawyals and many more.

The tour begins September 11 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and will travel to major markets including Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Dallas, San Diego and Oklahoma City, before wrapping up October 11 in San Jose, California.

"It’s so important to continue to develop young artists to become leaders and the superstars of the next generation," says Scream Tour founder Michael Maudlin. "That’s who and what Scream Nation is all about."

Tickets go on sale on August 1 at LiveNation.com.

Here are the festival dates:

9/11 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
9/12 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Arena
9/13 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
9/16 -- Reading, PA, Santander Arena
9/18 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
9/19 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
9/20 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
9/24 -- Chicago, IL, TBD
9/25 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
9/26 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
9/27 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
9/30 -- New Orleans, LA, Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square  
10/2 -- Dallas, TX, Verizon Theatre
10/3 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
10/4 -- Houston, TX, NRG Arena
10/9 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
10/10 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
10/11 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center

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Photo by Randee St. NicholasR. Kelly has announced the release date for his upcoming album, Buffet.

The self-proclaimed King of R&B revealed via Instagram that his album will arrive on September 25. The singer adds that he's also holding an album-release concert at the Barclays Center on the same day -- tickets go on sale Friday, July 31.

Back in May, the singer revealed what fans can expect on his 14th project. "You’ve got hip-hop, you’ve got old school music with the 'Step in the Name of Love' type, then you’ve got traditional R. Kelly, sensuous sexual kind of music. It’s just a variety of things, so I call it the Buffet," he explained.

His new project will serve as the follow-up to 2013’s Black Panties.

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Voltron RecordzTyrese earns his third #1 on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs chart this week with his latest single, "Shame."

According to the publication, the powerful ballad climbs from #2 to #1 in its 13th week and has become Tyrese's first #1 since "Stay" spent 11 weeks topping the chart in 2011. The first time he topped the list was 12 years ago when "How You Gonna Act Like That" enjoyed a four-week run at #1 in 2003.

In addition, the singer's latest album, Black Rose, remains atop the R&B Albums tally for a second week, selling an additional 47,000 copies.

The singer took to Instagram to express his gratitude.  "In the end we're just some kids who got in the studio and used this things called a MIC to pour hearts and souls in this thing we call R&B Soul cause we want the WORLD to hear it..... #Shame is #1 and we're celebrating thank you from my HEART to the fans and supporters," he wrote. "#SHAME is #1 yeaaaaaaahhhhhhhh to God be ALL the Glory!!!"

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Eric McCandless/CBSEarlier this week, Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige were added to the cast of NBC's upcoming live musical production of The Wiz. Could Beyoncé be far behind?

E! News reports Bey has been offered the role of Glinda the Good Witch. However, it also notes that Orange Is The New Black's Uzo Aduba is also being considered.

NBC announced Tuesday that Latifah will play the Wiz, while Blige will fill the role of the Wicked Witch of the West.

The Wiz Live! will air on NBC Thursday, December 3.

The Wiz initially opened on Broadway in 1975, re-imagining L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in an African-American context. A movie adaptation hit theaters in 1978, starring Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor. A Broadway revival will debut during the 2016-2017 season.

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Photo Credit: Daniel SannwaldMiguel showed off his versatility by lining up two unexpected guests on his latest album: Lenny Kravitz and Kurupt. While promoting Wildheart, the singer tells ABC Radio what it was like working with the rocker on fan favorite "Face the Sun" as well as the hardcore rapper on "N.W.A."

"Those both happened so easily," he says of his surprising collaborations, "I don't even know if the best word is easily -- but they happened very naturally and organically. Working with both was super easy and natural."

The singer adds that it was surreal recording with the artists, considering he's a fan of their work. "You know, and to be two musicians that I look up to and I grew up listening to is just crazy," he says.

The best part? Miguel adds that he's developed a real friendship with his collaborators. "Now, [we're] like friends, you know, that's a whole other level, which is cool," Miguel adds. 

Wildheart is available now.

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Image Courtesy Warner Bros. RecordsWhile Drake continues to publicly diss Meek Mill, the Philly rapper is seemingly more focused on his relationship with Nicki Minaj.

Meek reveals that a small rift between himself and Nicki developed over his new song "All Eyes on You."

"She wanted it to be my single, and I didn’t. It turned into an ego argument," Meek tells Billboard. Although he ultimately caved in to her wishes, Meek explains why he was initially hesitant.  "She killed me on that song, but I don’t really care. When my girl do better than me, I still win. When I do better than her, she still wins."

He also speaks to Billboard about the challenges of being in a high-profile relationship. "You want to be private with your girl once in a while. I would love to be able to just walk down the street by ourselves," he says.

The rapper also addresses his detractors, specifically Joe Budden, for calling him out about showing a softer side. "You can’t be hard all the time, man. There’s both sides to everything. What’s wrong with it? Jay Z was a street rapper and he had a girlfriend," Meek says.

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ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend has another project in the works. WGN America revealed that Legend and his Get Lifted production company will executive produce its new, upcoming series, Underground, with John overseeing music for the drama. The show follows a group of slaves planning a daring 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation.

"We are excited to join forces with WGN America and Sony and the talented team of writers and producers on this powerful project that we believe will inspire us all," Legend said in a statement. "This series has a unique opportunity to speak to the passion and courage of those who risked it all as they raced to freedom. We are honored to bring our creative vision to this thrilling project."

The series stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Empire breakout star Jussie Smollett as well as Christopher Meloni, Reed Diamond, Aldis Hodge and Jessica De Gouw.

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Janelle Monae is gearing up to hit the road. The singer has announced the dates for her first outing with her Wondaland artists, officially dubbed the Eeephus Tour; but there's a catch:  all the shows will be free and invite-only.  Fans will have to sign up at Wondaland.com for a chance to get into the shows.

Alongside "Classic Man" singer Jidenna, Monae will kick off the eight-city tour on August 12 in Philadelphia. They will stop in major markets including New York,  Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco before wrapping up with a homecoming show in Atlanta on August 31.  New acts and labelmates Roman GianArthur, Deep Cotton and St. Beauty also will be on the roster.

The trek will coincide with the release of Wondaland Presents: The Eephus, a five-song compilation EP arriving on August 14.

Here are the tour dates and city stops:

8/12 -- Philadelphia, PA    
8/13 -- New York, NY
8/15 -- Washington, D.C.
8/17 -- Chicago, IL
8/21 -- Los Angeles, CA
8/23 -- San Francisco, CA
8/24 -- Portland, OR
8/31 -- Atlanta, GA

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As the Houston family prepares to bury Bobbi Kristina Brown, longtime family friend Monica has expressed her thoughts on her passing.

The singer, who was close to the late Whitney Houston, writes on Instagram, "You kept telling me life wasn't the same without Mommy," along with a photo of herself embracing a smiling Bobbi Kristina.

Monica continues, "In all this pain and every tear shed I find a small bit of peace knowing that your with her again.... Krissy I will forever love U... I always loved when you would say "Mon I need a hug " I would lift you off the ground LOL share those hugs & that beautiful smile in Heaven..."

Bobbi Kristina will be laid to rest this Saturday, August 1 at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. The burial will take place Monday, August 3 n Westfield, New Jersey at the Fairview Cemetery -- the same cemetery where her late mother is buried.

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Drake is showing Meek Mill no mercy. After releasing his diss track "Charged Up" four days ago, Drizzy has issued another unforgiving freestyle called "Back to Back," in which he addresses the ghostwriting rumor and disrespects Meek's relationship.

Drake begins his three-minute track taking aim at his critics: "This for ya’ll that think that I don’t write enough / They just mad ’cause I got the Midas touch."

Drizzy then proceeds to make fun of Meek for serving as the official opener for Nicki Minaj on her Pinkprint Tour.  "You love her then you gotta get a world tour / Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour? / I know that you gotta be a thug for her / This ain’t what she meant when she told you to open up more," he raps before shouting out Minaj for "wife-ing" up Meek.

Drake adds that he isn't impressed with Meek's social media antics: "Trigger fingers turn to Twitter fingers / You gettin’ bodied by a singin’ n****."

But the question everyone wants to know is why hasn't Meek responded to his first diss track. "I did another one, I did another one / You still ain’t did s*** about the other one / Got the drink in me going back to back," Drake raps.

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Jill Scott is on pace to score her second #1 album on the Billboard 200 with her latest release, Woman.

According to the publication, the singer is projected to debut atop the list with more that 55,000 in sales and streams in the week ending July 30. Industry forecasters suggest the album won't have the same strong sales start as 2011’s The Light of the Sun, which marked her first No. 1 and opened with 135,000 sold in its first week.

The set includes her buzz single "You Don’t Know," and lead single, "Fools Gold," which has become her 13th top-10 Adult R&B hit.

The album, which features her longtime collaborator Andre Harris and songwriter/producer Aaron Pearce, was released on July 24 through Blues Babe Records/Atlantic Records.

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