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Trey Songz Remains in Top Ten, Thanks Fans for Ongoing Support

Image Courtesy Atlantic RecordsTrey Songz’s latest album Trigga has remained in the top ten for three consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, and it's all due to his loyal fans, who he says he owes his career to.

"My fans make me, if it wasn't for my fans there would be no me," Trey told ABC News Radio prior to the release of his sixth studio effort.

Trey explained that the time between Trigga's release and 2012's Chapter V was the longest break he'd even taken between albums, and says that his fans could have abandoned him.

"When I wasn't at my highest point as far as stardom is concerned or chart position is concerned or notoriety, my fans were still there for me," he says.

He adds, "They were pushing me toward those levels that I had not reached yet."

The singer's latest effort has slipped from number five to number nine on the chart, selling an additional 21,853 copies this week. The singer will soon release the video for his new single, "What's Best For You."

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The Album Chart Is a "Happy" Place This Week

ABC/Adam TaylorPharrell Williams' hit "Happy" may not be #1 anymore, but that doesn't mean it's any less popular.  Here's the proof: according to Yahoo! Chart Watch, it's featured on not one but three albums in this week's top 10.

"Tacky," the parody of "Happy" that appears on "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album Mandatory Fun, leads the pack at #1.  In at #4 is Kidz Bop 26, which features the Kidz Bop Kidz performing the song.  Finally, Pharrell's original version is included on the compilation Now! 50 which is sitting at #8.

As for Pharrell's own album, G I R L, which also includes "Happy," it currently sits at #35.  According to Yahoo!, the Oscar-nominated tune is about two weeks away from reaching the six-million mark in downloads.

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Lauryn Hill Has Heckler Ejected After She Shows Up Late for Chicago Performance

Image Courtesy Lloyd Bishop/NBCLauryn Hill will not tolerate disrespect. Last week, Hill arrived an hour late to perform at the House of Blues in Chicago, which prompted one fan to voice his disapproval.

In video footage, obtained by TMZ, Hill addresses her heckler, who allegedly flipped her off and started shouting about her opening performance.

"I don’t play that. I don’t need to win you over and you don’t need to win me over," Hill says to the unidentified man. "You can go and take all your money back."

Before having security get the man, she adds, "I do this because I love it, not because I owe you anything. I do this because I love it and you can get on your blogs, tweet, whatever you want to. I don’t give a rat’s a**."

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Pharrell Releases Video for "Come Get It Bae"

Image Courtesy Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia Records Pharrell begins his newly released video for "Come Get It Bae" with an important message: "Beauty has no expiration date."

In the Luis Cerveró-directed clip, the singer is surrounded by models of all races who are auditioning by dancing and posing to his song. At one point, Miley Cyrus makes a cameo to perform her part on the song's hook.

"Thank you to my lil sis @MileyCyrus. All we know how to do is be silly and have fun. #ComeGetItBae," Pharrell tweeted.

The song is the the second U.S. single from Pharrell's latest album G I R L.

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Marsha Ambrosius Debuts at No. 2 on "Billboard" R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Image courtesy RCA RecordsMarsha Ambrosius' sophomore solo album, Friends & Lovers, has debuted high on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, securing the number two position on that chart as well as the number 12 slot on the cross-genre Billboard 200 Albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The project sold more than 16,000 copies in its first week in stores -- significantly less than the sales of her first solo project, 2011's Late Nights & Early Mornings, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with 96,400 copies sold.

"I am extremely proud of this album and I thank all of my fans for their support," Marsha said in a statement. "The love and lust put into this body of work, the real life experiences it took to create it openly and honestly. I am happy that it is available for all to hear, the new soundtrack to your love life."

Led by the singles "Run" and "Stronger," Friends and Lovers features collaborations with Dr. Dre and Charlie Wilson.

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Jhene Aiko Preps for Tour, Releases Rehearsal Footage

Image Courtesy Def JamBefore she embarks on her fall tour, Jhené Aiko has shared some footage from her rehearsals.

In the 11-minute clip, which was posted to her official YouTube page, the singer is joined by her guitarist and together they performed an acoustic medley of her hits including "Stay Ready (What a Life)" and "The Worst" lifted from her Sail Out EP.

The footage reveals Aiko preparing for her supporting slot  on The Weeknd's trek, dubbed the “King of the Fall” tour. Alongside ScHoolboy Q, the entertainers are scheduled to begin the outing September 19 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The tour will support her full-length debut Souled Out, which will arrive later this fall.

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Whitney Houston's Mother Reacts to Houston Biopic: "Let Her Rest"

Image courtesy Legacy RecordingsIt's no secret that Whitney Houston's family does not support Lifetime’s upcoming biopic, but the late singer's mother Cissy Houston is now officially expressed her feelings on the matter.

"Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections. No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby [Brown]," Cissy tells Entertainment Tonight.

She continued, "In the two years since Whitney’s death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her."

After being "exhausted" by the people who did not know her, Cissy has one final request: "Please, please let her rest."

The Angela Bassett-directed film has recruited R&B singer Deborah Cox to provide vocal tracks since "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," a Lifetime rep told E! Online last week. The movie, starring America's Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, is set to premiere next year.

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Report: Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's Bel Air Home Up for Sale

Prana MarketingCould this be another sign of their ongoing marries woes?  Robin Thicke and his estranged wife Paula Patton's Bel Air, California, home was reportedly put up for sale this past Monday.

According to TMZ, the 3,158-square-foot, two-story house is listed for $2,985,000.

The property was purchased by Robin's father, Alan Thicke, back in 1990 for $910,000, but sources tell the gossip website Robin's name is currently on the deed.

The sources also reveal that while neither Thicke, 37, nor Patton, 38, have officially moved out of the house, the couple haven't lived together there since separating back in February.

Patton and Thicke tied the knot back in 2005. Robin's been trying to get his wife back, most notably through his new album, Paula. So far, no apparent luck.

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Mariah Carey Hints at Upcoming Tour in New Voice Message

Image Courtesy ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey has hinted that she will soon hit a city near you with a brand-new tour.

The singer announced the news in a newly-recorded voice message welcoming her Lambs to her redesigned website, MariahCarey.com,

"Hi Lambs, welcome to the brand new MariahCarey.com. Stay tuned as we continue adding more sections and pow moments to the site. We're also gonna be coming up with some festive contests for the lambily!" she says in the recording.

She then adds, "Lastly, I just wanted to thank everyone for always supporting me. You know Me. I Am Mariah… It's only the beginning! The elusive chanteuse, dahhlings! I can't wait to see you when I hit the road, starting very soon and I'm very excited about it! Love ya much, bye bye!"

The upcoming outing will further support her latest album, Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, which peaked at number three on the Billboard album chart.  Mariah's last extensive tour was the Angels Advocate tour, which wrapped up in February of 2010.

Mariah has been leaving voice messages for her fans for years; in this new one, she refers back to those old messages by signing off in her traditional way: saying "Love ya much!" and adding, "Buh-Bye!" in a high, squeaky voice.

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Master P Announces Upcoming Trilogy Biopic

Image Courtesy No Limit RecordsMaster P has announced plans to film a biopic, which is being dubbed the "greatest urban trilogy since the Godfather."

The first installment will be The Ice Cream Man, which is named after his 1996 platinum album. The film will chronicle Master P’s humble upbringing prior to forming No Limit Records in 1990.

TRU, the part two of the trilogy, will focus on how he created one of the most influential groups in hip hop, while the final film, No Limit the Empire, will cover the label's overall success -- at one point, No Limit had more than 18 records on the Billboard 200 chart at one time.

The rapper wrote the upcoming film project with Pardé Bridget and Wayne Conley. His production company, CP3 Filmworks, is currently casting actors to play the younger Master P.

Filming will begin in 2015.

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Beyonce Shares Family Photo Following Divorce Rumors

Image Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBSBeyonce seemingly has a response for the recent marital rumors surrounding herself and husband Jay Z.

Just a day after a source close to the couple told the New York Post's Page Six they plan on splitting following their On the Run tour, the singer uploaded a picture on Instagram to show that her family is intact.

In the image, Bey and Jay hold the hands of their two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, who is lifted from the sidewalk.

Seeming to read between the lines, one fan commented: "I hope y'all really don't get a divorce. You guys are the sh**."

Beyonce used the same tactic to dispel family drama rumors by posting images of herself with Solange shortly after her younger sister attacked Jay inside an elevator at a Met Gala after-party back in May.

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Maxwell Recruits Kevin Ross for Second Leg of Summer Soulstice Tour

Image Courtesy Eric JohnsonMaxwell spent most of last month performing on his first headlining outing since 2010. Now, the singer has announced an opening act who will accompany him for the second leg of his North American trek, officially dubbed the Summer Soulstice Tour.

The R&B veteran has enlisted newcomer Kevin Ross to warm up the crowd, beginning tonight July 22 at the Palace Theater in Louisville, Kentucky, and concluding August 17 inside the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"I’ve heard many but none with this timeless way in music…your ears will never be the same," says Maxwell of the Motown singer, who will  released his debut EP, Dialogue in the Grey, on August 12.

Tickets for select venues are available now .

Here are the dates for the next leg Summer Soulstice Tour:

7/22 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theater
7/23 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center
7/25 -- Norfolk, VA, Chrysler Hall
7/26 -- Durham, NC, Durham, Performing Arts Center
7/29 -- Charleston, SC, N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
7/30 -- Columbia, SC, Township Auditorium
8/1 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Ruth Eckard
8/2 -- Orlando, FL, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
8/3 -- Jacksonville, FL, Moran Theater
8/6 -- Jackson, MS, Thalia Mara Hall
8/9 -- Montgomery, AL, Garrett Coliseum
8/10 -- Baton Rouge, LA, River Center Theater
8/12 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theater
8/13 -- Austin, TX, Long Center
8/15 -- Shreveport, LA, Municipal Auditorium
8/16 -- Oklahoma City, OK, OKC Downtown Air Park
8/17 -- Albuquerque, NM, Route 66 Casino

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Drake and Lil Wayne Release Official Tour Trailer

Image Courtesy Cash Money RecordsDrake and Lil Wayne weren't kidding about going head-to-head this summer. The rappers have released an official trailer for their upcoming outing, dubbed the Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour, that shows the pair squaring off.

In the clip, which premiered on OctobersVeryOwn, the rappers appear as animated characters, seemingly inspired by the popular video game, Street Fighter. Weezy is depicted as Sage who will fight Drake's character, Protégé, in an "epic tournament."

The pair's 31-city trek begins August 8 in Buffalo, New York, with stops in major markets including Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, and Los Angeles.

"Since, thank God we’ve been so successful, [we'll just be] going back and forth with our hits and getting the crowd to go crazy, then just finally hittin’ the stage together," Wayne told MTV News last month. "It’s a battle type thing."

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Marsha Ambrosius Plans Acoustic Set for John Legend's All of Me Tour

Image courtesy RCA RecordsMarsha Ambrosius couldn't contain her excitement about being selected to kick off John Legend's extended All of Me tour, beginning tonight July 22 in Cedar Park, Texas. The singer revealed that she has an intimate showcase planned.

"It's going to be a very unplugged, acoustic live show," she tells ABC News Radio before calling Legend a "phenomenal performer."

"I'm just glad I get to share the stage with him, period," she says. "I'll be up there tinkling away on the keys with my three-piece band and really delivering now what is this new album."

The singer also says that she's thrilled to perform new material from her sophomore album, Friends and Lovers, which wasn't released while she was on her headlining tour of the same name last month.

"I feel like the set-up with my last tour I did with Friends and Lovers, [was] the introduction. Now, people have it in their hands and they can really sing along to it. So, I'm looking forward to hearing the response from the crowd when I dabble in this new album," she explains.

Despite being a veteran singer, she says that performing in major arenas still feels foreign. "I feel like I still perform like I'm in my own home, either in the shower or just fresh out the shower with my hairbrush and a mirror, by myself, believing I'm in a stadium," Marsha says.

So what can fans anticipate for the show? "They can expect some new things," she hints. "And I will always, you know, go to old faithfuls, which I'm like so crazy about. But its going to be hard trying to put everything into thirty minutes."

The second leg of Legend's North American outing will hit major markets like Atlanta, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Baltimore before wrapping up August 9 in Boston.

Here are the dates:

7/22 -- Cedar Park, TX, Cedar Park Center
7/23 -- Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/25 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
7/27 -- Boca Raton, FL, Mizner Park Amphitheatre
7/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre
7/30 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater
8/1 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
8/2 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
8/5 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Concert Pavilion
8/6 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
8/8 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/9 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

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Beyonce & Jay Z's On the Run Tour TV Special Gets Airdate

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Earlier this month, Beyonce and her husband Jay Z announced plans to film their first special HBO concert event. Now, the network has revealed the airdate for their upcoming show, aptly tilted On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z.

The couple will tape the special on September 12 and 13 at the Stade de France in Paris, which will then premiere on Saturday, September 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Similar to the tour itself, the special will feature Bey and Jay performing more than 40 songs.

The network has also released a 15-second promo clip via its official Instagram page, in which the Carters are seen backstage preparing for their sold out show.

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Elle Varner Lines Up Guest Stars for Upcoming Album

Image Courtesy Steven Gomillion & Dennis LeupoldElle Varner is hard at work on recording her sophomore album Four Letter Word, the follow-up to her debut, Perfectly Imperfect. After issuing several singles, the singer is ready to let fans know which guests she's recruited so far for the project.

"I've been collaborating with a lot of rappers, but I'm not sure exactly where everything is gonna fall into place. We're finalizing it now," she said in an interview with Vibe

In addition to working with Wale on "Rover," Elle reveals, "I did work with Chance the Rapper early on. I also worked with J. Cole. I've been working with Juicy J. That kinda opened up a new lane for me musically, because I feel I get labeled for being R&B, but I got every kind of song from country, to hip-hop, to jazz influences, so I don't wanna limit myself to one genre with this album."

The singer adds that she already has a favorite song from the album.

"I would have to say 'Nothing.' It's the first song that I wrote. I feel like the whole album makes sense as a complete story," she says. "It's a concept album, in a way. It's a snapshot of where Elle was at the moment. This is not Perfectly Imperfect. It's not the naive, wide-eyed, 'I never experienced anything' Elle."

Four Letter Word will arrive later this year.

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James Brown Takes the Stage Again at the Apollo with "Get On Up" Premiere

Polydor/UMeMonday night, James Brown's music lit up the famed Apollo Theater once again, with the star-studded premiere of the biopic Get On Up: The James Brown Story in New York.

Directed by The Help's Nate Taylor, the project stars 42's Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul. It took years for Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer to get it off the ground, but it took a Rolling Stone to get it rolling.

Mick Jagger came on as co-producer, and on the red carpet, the rock legend said proudly, "I'm so glad this movie's finally come out and I'm really pleased with the results of it."

Get On Up: The James Brown Story, which also stars The Help's Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, and The Office alum Craig Robinson, opens August 1.

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Estelle Releases Artsy Video for “Conqueror”

Atlantic RecordsAfter premiering her new single "Conqueror" last week, Estelle has released the accompanying visual. The song is the first offering from her forthcoming album True Romance.

The singer spotlights the beauty of the human spirit in the black-and-white clip, which exclusively premiered on VH1 Soul.

"I’d rather stand tall than live on my knees / 'Cause I am conqueror and I won’t accept defeat," sings Estelle on the uplifting tune.

Fans can expect True Romance to arrive November 4 via her independent label, Established 1980 Inc.

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Ray J Charged with 10 Crimes over Beverly Hills Incident

Koch RecordsRay J reportedly has been charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney with 10 crimes in connection with an alcohol-fueled incident in Beverly Hills last May, according to TMZ.

Among the crimes the 33-year-old has been charged with is sexual battery, even though police say no such crime was committed.

Ray J was at a bar in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel when he allegedly got rowdy and brushed up against a woman's rear end before he was ordered to leave. Cops told the gossip website at the time that they didn't consider the contact a sexual battery because it was "incidental" and not intentional.

After leaving the bar, Ray J, whose birth name is William Ray Norwood Jr., was arrested. He allegedly kicked out the window of a cop car and spit on an officer.  Ray J later told TMZ he kicked out the cruiser window because he was claustrophobic.

In addition to the misdemeanor battery charge, Ray J was charged with four counts of resisting arrest, three counts of assault and battery, and two counts of vandalism -- also misdemeanors.

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Kendrick Lamar Feels No Pressure for Follow-Up Album

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Kendrick Lamar graces the August/September cover of Complex magazine, in which he discusses the follow-up to his debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. The rapper reveals why he's not worried about out-doing himself on his next studio album.

"If I keep focusing on, 'I need to make something better than good kid,' it’s going to be just that,” says Kendrick. "That’s not challenging yourself. I don’t want to become that person reflecting on what has been done."

He continues, "What I’m doing now is the question. I’m only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge."

Although he didn't go into detail, he says that he's currently "flirting with ideas" for the project's title. So far, he's worked with his TDE producers and Dr Dre.


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