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Tinashe Recalls Five-Hour Shoot for "Bated Breath" Video

Photo Credit: Carrington ScottTinashe is getting used to handling her music videos herself. Last month she debuted her first self-directed clip -- for the title track of her debut album, Aquarius. Now, the singer has released a lengthy video for another song from the album, "Bated Breath."

"I don’t like to sit around waiting for people to do things for me," she tells W magazine. "So when I know my label’s not going to produce music videos, I’ll either make them myself or I’ll find people that I think are cool and reach out to them directly. I’m like, ‘F**k it. I’ll just do it.'"

The singer recruited videographer Stephen Garnett to help film the nine-minute clip, posted on YouTube, which was shot in the Mojave Desert. "It was pretty DIY," she recalled of the five-hour shoot. "It wasn’t a big production or anything."

As to forthcoming products, the singer says: "I love directing, I’d love to direct for other people in the future."

 

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Wale Unveils Track List, Cover for "The Album About Nothing"

Image Courtesy Maybach Music GroupWale has released the official track list and artwork for his upcoming album, The Album About Nothing, arriving on March 31. 

The 14-song set boasts guest appearances from J. Cole, Jeremih, SZA and Usher as well as samples of Janet Jackson's "Go Deep" on "The Girls on Drugs." In addition his celebrity pal Jerry Seinfeld  contributes to the collection in a comedic skit.

"I appreciate you guys for rockin wit me. I have. Zero personal life I have no kids no nothing . Just my thoughts and ideas," Wale wrote in an Instagram post, alongside an image of his artsy cover.

The Album About Nothing is available for pre-order now.

Here's the official track list:

“The Intro About Nothing”
“The Helium Balloon”
“The White Shoes”
“The Pessimist” feat. J. Cole
“The Middle Finger”
“The One Time in Houston”
“The Girls on Drugs”
“The God Smile”
“The Need to Know” feat. SZA
“The Success”
“The Glass Egg”
“The Bloom (AG3)”
“The Matrimony” feat. Usher
“The Body” feat. Jeremih [Bonus Track]

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Report: Karrueche Tran Unaware of Chris Brown Baby Rumors Before Story Broke

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It seems Karrueche Tran only found out about reports that Chris Brown supposedly fathered a child with another woman just before TMZ published its story on the subject.

Sources tell TMZ that Karrueche and Brown weren't on speaking terms after having a big argument last week, however the singer reportedly tried to call Tran unsuccessfully after the baby news broke.

According to the gossip site a DNA test performed last week shows that Brown is the father of a nine-month-old girl with former model named Nia, whom Brown is said to have set up a financial arrangement with.

While Chris has yet to confirm or deny the reports, sources tell TMZ that Tran is relieved that her turbulent relationship with the singer will finally be over.

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T.I. Confirms 'ATL' Movie Sequel

Atlantic Records/Warwick DavisT.I. has confirmed what fans have patiently been waiting for: a sequel to the 2006 movie ATL.

Almost a decade after the first movie's release, the rapper posted an Instagram image of himself filming with director Chris Robinson and original co-stars Jackie Long, Albert Daniels and Jason Weaver. "#ATL2 Get Ready," wrote Tip.

The rapper also confirmed that actress Lauren London reprise her role as his love interest. "Shad&New-New #ATL2#KeepWatching," he wrote under another picture.

While that film is still in production, fans will soon get to see T.I. star alongside Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in a different movie, Get Hard, which hits theaters March 27.

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Christina Milian Supports Karrueche Tran Following Chris Brown Rumors

Image Courtesy Guzman/UniversalFollowing Tuesday's TMZ report that Chris Brown allegedly has fathered a nine-month-old girl with former model named Nia, Christina Milian has been brought into the mix. The singer, who is the best friend of Brown's on-again, off-again girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, has been photographed hanging out with Nia in the past, causing many to wonder if she knows anything about the alleged love child.

In response to the growing chatter, Milian has taken to her social media accounts to show her support for Tran, who seemingly declared that she's not sticking around for any "baby drama."

"Besties Be Like...  #WeAintWorried," Milian wrote on Twitter; and in an Instagram post she adds: "Ride or Die for K."

Milian's post came just hours after Karrueche tweeted a public message to Brown on Wednesday morning: "Listen. One can only take so much. The best of luck to Chris and his family. No baby drama for me," she finished, adding a baby emoticon.

As TMZ reported, Chris is said to have known Nia, 31, for years, but isn't currently romantically involved with her. The gossip site has also obtained pictures of Brown, Karrueche and Nia partying together over the summer.

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Big Sean Earns First No. 1 Album with "Dark Sky Paradise"

Image Courtesy G.O.O.D. MusicBig Sean has done it. The rapper has scored his first number one album with his latest release, Dark Sky Paradise, which sits atop the Billboard 200 chart this week.

According to the publication, the rapper's set did 173,000 in sales and streams in its first week, of which 139,000 copies were pure album sales. The disc also marks Sean's highest sales start of his career. 

"Thank u guys for an amazing week and giving me my 1st #1 album! Dark Sky Paradise! The support means everything. truly Blessed!" he tweeted.

The rapper's mentor, Kanye West, also expressed his excitement a few days in advance. "So proud of my family Big Sean for his first number 1 album!!!! #Goodmusic!!!!"

Chris Brown and Tyga’s joint project, Fan of a Fan: The Album, debuts at #7 with 67,000 in sales and streams --  Brown's the seventh top 10 project, and the third for Tyga.

Elsewhere, Drake’s mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late slipped from #2 to #4 in its third week on the chart, with an additional 99,000 in sales and streams.

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Karruche Tran Responds to Chris Brown's Baby Rumor: "One Can Only Take So Much"

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In the wake of Tuesday's TMZ report that Chris Brown has allegedly fathered a nine-month-old girl with former model named Nia, Brown's on-again, off-again girlfriend, Karruche Tran, has addressed the speculation.

"Listen. One can only take so much," Tran tweeted Wednesday morning.  "The best of luck to Chris and his family. No baby drama for me," she finished, adding a baby emoticon.

What Tran means by that message is anyone's guess, but it had been re-tweeted over 19,000 times by noon ET.  

While Chris has yet to confirm or deny the reports, the gossip site says he's known Nia, 31, for years, but isn't currently romantically involved with her. Sources also tell TMZ that the singer is happy he's a parent.

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Ciara Joins Cast of NBC's "I Can Do That!"

Image Courtesy Epic RecordsCiara is getting ready to show the world that she's more than just a singer and dancer.

The entertainer will be among the regular cast of NBC's new variety competition show I Can Do That! which will see Ci Ci and five other celebrities pairing with guest entertainers from other fields -- like magicians and acrobats -- to show off skills that they never knew they had. An "ultimate entertainer" will be crowned at the end of the series' six, hour-long episodes.

Hosted by Marlon Wayans, the show also will feature Nicole Scherzinger, pop star Joe Jonas, Sheryl Burke, comedian Jeff Dye and actor Alan Ritchson.

"We're excited to watch our all-star cast rise to the challenges ahead in such a fresh, new way," said Paul Telegdy, NBC's president of alternative programming. "Our viewers are going to fall in love with how these natural born entertainers push themselves outside of their comfort zones to put on a spectacular show every week."

I Can Do That! is expected to premiere this summer.

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J. Cole, Ice Cube, Big Sean Confirmed for Soundset Festival 2015

Image Courtesy Sony Music Entertainment/Roc NationOrganizers of Soundset Festival 2015 have announced the lineup for their eighth annual event.

This year's edition of the independent hip-hop event will include performances from J. Cole, Ice Cube, Big Sean, Ludacris, Logic, Yelawolf, Dilated Peoples and Vic Mensa, among others.  It takes place May 24 in Shakopee, Minnesota. 

Concertgoers will see the entertainers perform across three stages during the festival, which also includes B-boy and B-girl battles, a DJ tent and skateboard activities.  Tickets, ranging from $64 to $140 for VIP, go on sale Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT via the Soundset Festival website.

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Man Charged with Murder in Stabbing of Nicki Minaj Crew Member

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCA Philadelphia man is now facing a murder charge in connection with the stabbings of two members of Nicki Minaj's tour crew last month.

Pierce Boykin, 31, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, according to WPVI-TV. He previously posted bail on an attempted murder charge.

Boykin is accused of stabbing 29-year-old De'Von Pickett and 27-year-old Eric Parker outside a Philadelphia bar. Pickett died from the stabbing, and Parker was severely wounded.

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Ne-Yo, Erykah Badu & More Added to BET Experience Lineup

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Ne-Yo and Erykah Badu are among the latest performers to join the BET Experience 2015.

The network announced that ScHoolboy Q and Rae Sremmurd  are also set to perform when the three-day event takes place June 25 through June 27 at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

The new acts join previously confirmed performers including Nicki Minaj, who is scheduled to headline at the Staples Center, as well as Snoop Dogg, Ice CubeMiguel, TDE's Jay Rock and Ab-Soul, Bell Biv DevoeDoug E. Fresh, and the Roots, among others.

Comedian Kevin Hart will also be on hand for the festival, which leads up to this year's BET Awards. Additional performers will be announced at a later time.

Tickets range from $59 to $169 for three-day passes, visit BETExperience.com for more information.

 

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Is Chris Brown a Father?

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsIs Chris Brown a proud papa?

TMZ is reporting that Chris is the father of a nine-month-old girl whose mom is a former model named Nia. The website says Chris has known Nia, 31, for years, but is not currently romantically involved with her.

It's unclear what kind of support Chris is providing the child. TMZ says the 25-year-old singer is happy that he's a parent.

Chris has recently been spotted with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.

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K. Michelle Begins Filming Second Season of Reality Show, Visits Old High School

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Back in January, K. Michelle confirmed that her VH1 reality series, My Life, has been renewed for a second season and now the singer has given fans the first look at one of the upcoming scenes for the show.

The signer posted an Instagram picture of herself visiting Overton High School of Performing Arts in Memphis, Tennessee. "Filming all day! Went to visit my high school choir and speak to them," she wrote in the caption.

A casually-dressed Michelle posed inside her old auditorium and reflected: "On that very stage behind me is where I begin singing." She also recalled taking "dance lessons" and cutting class.

After getting a chance to meet some of the students, she added: "Talking to the kids today brought me to tears. The world is so cold. People can be so mean and hateful. If I could go back to high school I would!"

Before she concluded her visit, the singer revealed that she encountered a familiar face. "One of my peers I went to school with is now a teacher at our high school, and he wrote me a love song! Awww shucks," she wrote.

No word yet on when the second season of My Life will premiere. Michelle is currently on her My Twisted Mind Tour, which ends at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on March 12.

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Omarion Kicks Off European Tour Tonight

Image Courtesy Matthew Welch/Atlantic RecordsFollowing the success of his hit single, "Post to Be," with Chris Brown and Jhene Aiko, Omarion is kicking off an international tour.

The singer confirmed the news via Instagram, along with the official dates for the European trek, which begins tonight in Birmingham and wraps March 16 in London.

"UK Get ready!! I'm coming your way this March...Don't miss out #PostToBe#UK#themandem get wavvy!!" he writes in the caption.

Unlike his last outing, the singer is bringing along his girlfriend, Apryl Jones, and their son, Megaa Omari Grandberry. "Look who just landed in Heathrow. #ontourwithhispops we here uk!!" Omarion wrote.

The 11-city tour will further support Omarion's latest album, Sex Playlist, available now.

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Robin Thicke, Pharrell Each Earned More than $5 Million from "Blurred Lines," Lawsuit Reveals

Credit: Harper SmithEver wonder just how much a smash hit song is worth?  The ongoing copyright infringement suit over "Blurred Lines," is offering a glimpse at hit music finances, and yes, it's big money.

An accounting statement revealed in court shows that the biggest song of 2013 generated more than $16.6 million in profits, of which Thicke received more than $5.6 million. Pharrell, who co-wrote, produced and appeared on the song, earned more than $5.1 million from it; while T.I.'s guest verse was worth more than $700,000 to him.

Testimony is proceeding in a Los Angeles court in a suit brought by the family of Marvin Gaye accusing Thicke and his co-writers of plagiarizing Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" for "Blurred Lines."

In addition to seeking a big chunk of the $16 million that "Blurred Lines" has earned, the Gaye family is seeking some portion of Thicke's touring profits as well as damages of as much as $40 million arguing that "Blurred Lines" has reduced licensing value of "Got to Give It Up."

Pharrell is due on the stand Wednesday.

Thicke also has a second song to defend -- the family is also alleging that Thicke's "Love After War" misappropriated Gaye's "After the Dance."

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Big Sean Releases Dark Video for "Blessings"

Image Courtesy Island Def JamBig Sean has released the video for his new single, "Blessings" featuring Drake and Kanye West.

In the dark clip, the rapper walks among the clouds as he reflects on his life alongside Drizzy and Kanye. "Blessings on blessings on blessings/Look at my life, man, that's lessons on lessons on lessons," Sean raps. "I treat the beat like it's a reverend/I tell the truth like father, forgive me, these are all my confessions."

"Blessings," comes from the rapper's recently released album Dark Sky Paradise. Big Sean's third studio effort is projected to land atop the Billboard 200 chart with week, according to the publication, with more than 140,000 in sales and streams. If it does it would be Sean's his first chart-topper.

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Wiz Khalifa Might Be Dissing Amber Rose in Juicy J's "For Everybody"

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for ABCWiz Khalifa seems to be venting about Amber Rose on Juicy J's newly released track "For Everybody," which also features guest verses from Rock City.

On the track, posted on SoundCloud, Khalifa makes several lyrical references that seem to point to his ex, Amber Rose.

"Man, I fell in love with a stripper," Wiz raps. "Funny thing is I fell back out of love quicker/They don't pay attention to the love anyway/They only concerned with what the haters say/Bottles be turning these girls into THOTs/Instagram turning these wifes into hos."

Wiz then takes a personal turn on the catchy tune and even alludes to his divorce: "My n***as is looking like what is he on/my family was too scared to talk to a n***a/ain't coming back the case just got closed."

The song will appear on Juicy’s album The Hustle Continues, arriving this summer.

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Keyshia Cole Rips Husband's Parenting

Derek Blanks/Interscope/UniversalKeyshia Cole continues to blast her estranged husband Daniel Gibson on social media. Shortly after accusing the former NBA player of pursing another woman in the midst of trying to save their marriage, the singer has accused Gibson of neglecting his son's birthday.

Keyshia took to Instagram to express her frustration with Gibson.  "This is what your doing while your baby turns 5 tho?" KC wrote in a caption to  a video of Gibson inside a nightclub alongside a flock of women.

Cole continued, "And hasn't even gotten a call from his father, I love you!? Or say HappyBDay!  #ALLIN#What?... #JustWhenITriedToGiveUCredit#Smh#KeepMovingAroundTho."

The blast comes two days after Cole referred to Gibson as a "great father," adding: "I'm just ready to put this all behind me/Begin my healing process for once Nd for all."

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Bobby Brown's Lawyer Denies Reality Show Rumors

LifetimeBobby Brown is putting to rest the rumors that his family is filming a reality show while his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, remains in a medically induced coma.

Brown's attorney, Christopher Brown, issued a statement denying the rumors after reports of such a show surfaced on TMZ.

"Yet again, TMZ has chosen to engage in false news reporting.  There is no Brown family reality show that is in production which chronicles Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina or the medical emergency she presently faces at Emory Hospital," the statement reads. "These reports are irresponsible and Warner Brothers as the owner of TMZ, should be ashamed to publish such nonsense, particularly one day before Bobbi Kristina’s birthday. Bobbi Kristina and Bobby Brown are dealing with enough right now. The fact that TMZ/Warner Brothers has decided to inject negativity into their lives at this critical time is plain insanity.”

Bobby himself added in the statement, "We continue to request privacy in regards to my daughter’s medical condition.  We thank everyone that supports Bobbi Kristina and God is hearing our prayers."

Bobbi Kristina has been hospitalized in Georgia since she was found face-down in a bathtub in late January.

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K. Michelle Reveals Which Artists Are on Her Playlist

Image Courtesy JimmyFontaine/AtlanticK. Michelle prides herself on being a fan of all kinds of music. As she continues her My Twisted Mind Tour this week, the R&B singer she tells USA Today which artists she's been listening to while on the road.

Her playlist ranges from her "favorite artist" Anita Baker to French electronic trio Telepopmusik, but Michelle reveals that she's a big fan of Sam Smith's "I've Told You Now."

"Such a great song. Sam makes you really feel the words in his music. This is one of the songs I sing at the top of my lungs," she says.

Another record that Michelle enjoys is Emeli Sandé's "Daddy" featuring Naughty Boy. "I love songs that tell a story. It's like a motion picture but instead of seeing it, you are hearing it," she says.

The singer also enjoys Majid Jordan, who recently guest featured on Drake's "Hold On (We're Going Home)," as well as newcomer Vic Mensa's "Down on My Luck," a song that she listens to in the morning to get her day started.

K. Michelle's My Twisted Mind Tour concludes at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on March 12.

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