Universal Music GroupGrammy Award winner Melanie Fiona is the new Hope on Wheels Celebrity Hope Ambassador and will promote awareness of the Hyundai Hope on Wheels foundation's mission to combat pediatric cancer. Among her duties will be appearing at events, participating in social media dialogs and visiting pediatric cancer survivors.
"As a performer, it's imperative to give a voice to worthy causes,” says Fiona, “and I'm honored to help the issue of childhood cancer be heard at this year's Hyundai Hope on Wheels kick-off event.” She adds, “It's remarkable that in its 17th year of fighting the battle against childhood cancer, Hope on Wheels shows no sign of slowing when it comes to finding a cure through groundbreaking research. We can all agree, one child fighting cancer is one child too many."
"Melanie Fiona embodies what the Hyundai Hope On Wheels organization looks for in an ambassador," says Zafar Brooks, executive director, Hyundai Hope on Wheels. "Her captivating voice and robust presence adds another element as we continue to increase awareness for the program."
Photo by Dale Berman and Courtesy of OWNKarrueche Tran reveals that Chris Brown admitted he was in a love triangle with Rihanna and her in the Iyanla Exclusive: Karrueche Tran special, hosted by Iyanla Vanzant and airing tonight on the OWN.
Tran told Vanzant that at the time, she wasn't bothered by Chris' relationship with Rihanna because, “I was under the impression it was a friend-type, not a friend, but it wasn’t what it became to be.” When it became apparent that Brown and Rihanna were romantically connected, Tran told Vanzant, “I knew, but I didn’t want to believe it.”
Vanzant responded, "I'm going to repeat to you what you said, 'I knew, but I didn't want to believe it,'" Iyanla says. "Huge mistake. Huge! But you've got to get that. Don't just zip past that."
In the emotional interview, Tran also reacts to the news that Brown has a daughter with another woman.
Iyanla Exclusive: Karrueche Tranairs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on OWN.
James Dimmock/NickelodeonIggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson will perform their new single “Trouble” tonight at the Kids’ Choice Awards airing from The Forum in Los Angeles.
Azalea is up for Favorite New Artist, and she also has two nominations in the Favorite Song of the Year category: one for “Fancy” featuring Charlie XCX, and one as the featured artist on Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” Beyonce is competing against Nicki Minaj for Favorite Female Singer, and the nominees for Favorite Male Singer include Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith.
Jamie Foxx and Nick Cannon are among the celebrities who will participate. Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards will air tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Gramercy Pictures/Getty ImagesAs the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death approaches in September, his estate is planning a major promotion of his vast archives, including the release of previously unheard music, a line of apparel and a new biography.
According Billboard, the recent Powerade commercial starring Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose with poetry by Shakur signals a new marketing focus for the anniversary. JAM Inc, a company that has promoted music by the late Michael Jackson, Rick James and Otis Redding, is now working with Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur. The company's Jeff Jampol says, Tupac left "almost an embarrassment of riches, including unreleased music, remixes, original demo, writings, scripts, plans, video treatments and poems."
Tom Whalley, who signed Shakur to Interscope in 1991, says, “Some of it is complete; some of it is good, some of it needs work." He adds, "But I think the work that is left can be completed, and is worth his fans hearing."
Jampol and Whalley say a clothing line is coming later this year and they're finalizing a contract with "a very serious writer" for a new a biography. There's also talk of a project in which contemporary artists would set to music lyrics and poetry that Tupac left behind. In fact the estate was considering approaching Kendrick Lamar about such a project before the rapper approached them for permission to use the clip of a Tupac interview featured on his To Pimp a Butterfly track "Mortal Men."
Image Courtesy BETErykah Badu will receive the Rock Star Award at BET’s Black Girls Rock!, being recorded Saturday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Tracee Ellis Ross from Black-ish and Regina King will host the show, which will air Sunday, April 5. Ciara,Jill Scott, Fantasia, Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway, and Sheila E. will be among the performers.
In addition to Badu, the honorees will include Jada Pinkett Smith, who'll receive the Star Power Award; Cicely Tyson, recipient of the Living Legend Award; and Selma director Ava DuVernay, who will receive the Shot Caller Award.
First Lady Michele Obama will also appear to promote her “Reach Higher” education program.
Now in its fifth year, Black Girls Rock! recognizes African-American female trailblazers in the arts, philanthropy, sports and community service.
Inage Courtesy RCA RecordsFollowing bitter profanity-laced attacks on social media, T-Pain gave into the backlash and removed his song “Girlfriend” featuring Aaliyah from The Iron Way mixtape he released Friday.
He tweeted, “I'm still tryin to figure out how ppl feel I dissed Aaliyah. I was talkin bout how ppl turn into WBC anytime somebody mentions her name." One tweet summed up the many negative messages he received condemning using the voice of the icon who passed way in 2001 at the age of 22. It read, “He clearly disrespected Aaliyah's name."
As was previously reported, the artist/producer said at a New York City listening session for the tape, "I've seen people directly say, 'He doesn't deserve her records,'" he recalled. "I'm trying to figure out what the f**k did I do?"
The Iron Way, which originally had 21 songs, was released with only 20 songs. Lil Wayne, The-Dream, Yo Gotti, Bun B, Big K.R.I.T, Migos and K Camp are among the artists featured.
Image Courtesy Jon Dragonette/InterscopeWale and Jerry Seinfeld may seem like an odd combination, but the comedian and the rapper have a mutual admiration and Seinfeld is helping to promote the Wale's new album, The Album About Nothing.
The duo are starring in their own web series, and in their latest episode, Wale predicts Seinfeld will win a Grammy for inspiring the song, "The White Shoes.”
Seinfeld recalled white shoes were not cool when he was a child. "When I grew up, grown ups wore black shoes." He continued, "And then [Bill] Cosby wore white sneakers on I Spy and then Joe Namath wore white shoes with the '69 Jets, and it was like, it's okay to wear white shoes."
Wale commented. "I think white shoes make people happy."
The Album About Nothing, including “The White Shoes,” will be released March 31 featuring Usher,Jeremih, J. Cole and commentary from Seinfeld.
Roc NationIf you were surprised by Rihanna's unexpected release Thursday of her new single, "B***h Better Have My Money,” here's another surprise for you: it was co-produced by Kanye West.
According to Entertainment Weekly, West created the track with Roc Nation producer Deputy, whose credits include work with Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, The Dream, Wale, and J. Cole. It was previously announced that West would serve as executive producer of Rihanna's upcoming eight album, R8.
In the profanity-laced track, Rhanns sings, "B***h better have my money/Y'all should know me well enough/B***ch better have my money/Please don't call me on my bluff/Pay me what you owe me /B*lls dey bigger than LeBron/B***h give me my money/who y'all think you frontin' on?"
RiRi hinted that the song may have been inspired by a comical scene from the Keenen Ivory Wayans 1988 film spoof, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. She posted a clip from the film on Instagram featuring the pimp character Flyguy, portrayed by Antonio Fargas, introducing a song he calls "My B***h Better Have My Money."
John Russo/DreamWorks AnimationRihanna made her acting debut in the poorly received 2012 big-budget sci-fi flick Battleship, and made cameo appearance in 2013's This Is the End and last year's Annie remake. Now, it's her voice -- her speaking voice, not her singing voice -- that's front and center in the new animated movie Home, in theaters on Friday.
In Home, Rihanna voices a resourceful and brave little girl named Tip who becomes separated from her mom, voiced by Jennifer Lopez, when aliens invade Earth. She evades capture, goes on the run and teams up with one of the aliens, voiced by Jim Parsons. Together, the two learn about acceptance, friendship and perseverance.
What's notable about Home, besides its all star cast, is its diversity -- it's rare to see an animated movie whose lead character is a regular African-American girl, not some impossibly beautiful Caucasian princess. "I think it was both important to me and [the movie studio] for this character to be as realistic as possible," says Rihanna. "We wanted little girls to feel empowered. Little girls of any size, shape, color, race -- it didn’t matter."
"We wanted girls to just feel strong and brave and empowered and beautiful and like they can do anything and they can take charge of their life or their situation, no matter what," the singer adds.
Also important, says Rihanna, is the fact is that Tip looks like a lot of the kids who'll be going to see Home this weekend.
"I think we were really, really careful, especially with the animation and making sure that she wore the right thing, that her body was not unrealistic, you know?" she says. "And I think for kids, that’s gonna be very special. For young girls, especially."
Rihanna also contributed three songs to the Home soundtrack; songs by Charli XCX, Jennifer Lopez, Kiesza and other artists round out the package.
Atlantic Records/Warwick SaintT.I. will be joined Friday evening by city officials at the ribbon cutting ceremony for his new restaurant, Scales 925, in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
The event will be followed by a soft opening on April 1, and a grand opening party on April 14. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the restaurant will offer “upscale Southern cuisine” with a decor influenced by the Harlem Renaissance era. The dining room is described as “classy, elegant, very ornate and chic.”
T.I,.’s personal chef will be a member of the staff. The menu includes numerous chicken offerings including 925 Signature Fried Chicken.
The rapper/actor bought the Vibe restaurant in January 2015 and renamed it Scales 925.
Image Courtesy Mark Davis/NBCKendrick Lamar has hurtled to the top of the Billboard Artist 100 list in the biggest move in the brief history of the eight-month-old chart.
Lamar jumped from 82 to number one, fueled by the success of his number one album, To Pimp a Butterfly. The Artist 100 measures popularity based on sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media interaction.
The Compton rapper replaces Taylor Swift, who falls to second place after reigning for 19 weeks at the top of the chart. He also breaks the record she set when she jumped from 69 to number one in September 2014.
Lamar, whose previous high on the chart was number 30, follows Drake as the second rapper to lead the Artist 100 list. Drake is currently number five.
Voltron RecordzWhile Tyrese was in New York City Thursday promoting Furious 7 which opens April 3, he released a behind-the-scenes video for his collaboration with Snoop Dogg, "Dumb S**t.”
The song is the first single from his sixth solo album, Black Rose, which is due July 7, and apparently will be Tyrese's swan song. He says in the clip, “Black Rose is my last album solo and I figured, if we gonna tap out, I’m a give them more than enough to hold on to,” he says in the new clip, adding, “The fans have been rocking with me forever."
The mini-documentary features R. Kelly and Wiz Khalifa visiting the set which is filled with scantily clad women. Snoop surprises Tyrese with a birthday gift -- lap dances from two of the ladies.
Cash Money RecordsAfter issuing If You’re Reading This It’s Too late as a surprise digital release on February 12, now Drake is making physical copies of the album available.
According to HITS Daily Double, the CD will go on sale April 21 with two bonus tracks, “How About Now” and “My Side." The album became the top-selling debut of the year with 495,000 digital units sold in its first week.
As previously reported, Drake set a chart record last month when all 17 songs from the album appeared on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. At the time, between those songs, other singles and singles on which he was features, Drake had 21 songs on that chart -- the most ever by one artist to simultaneously hit the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Image Courtesy Mark Davis/NBCAs Kendrick Lamar sits at the top of the Billboard album chart with To Pimp a Butterfly, Wednesday night he was in his hometown shooting his latest video.
According to Complex, the rapper was in Compton, California at one of his favorite shopping areas, the Compton Swap Meet, starring in the clip for his next single, “King Kunta.” As a crowd gathered in the parking lot. Lamar rapped on top of a building with Director X behind the lens.
To Pimp a Butterfly was released March 16, 2015 and sold 363,000 in sales and streams in its first week.
Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesToday marks the 20th anniversary of the death of N.W.A. rapper Eazy-E who passed away March 26, 1995 at the age of 31. His N.W.A. partner Ice Cube remembers him as the essence of the group.
“N.W.A would have not existed without Eazy-E,” Cube tells Billboard. "He was bold and not scared of anything. He was 21, 22, I was 16 -- to me he was fearless. That's what he brought." He recalls Eazy saying, "I don't want to do no corny ass records that try to get on the radio. I want to do hardcore records about what the hell is going on around here."
Cube also recalls they had their differences after he left the group in 1989, however they were able to make peace. “We was on great terms,” he says. “It felt like that the last time I seen him. I thought we were really about to get N.W.A back together and rekindle everything back up. And then he passed away."
N.W.A.’s upcoming biopic is named after the group’s 1988 album, Straight Outta Compton. Cube believes Eazy-E would have loved being part of the film.
"I think he'd be so turned on by this movie and excited about it," he says. "It's just what the doctor ordered when it comes to the legacy of N.W.A. We deserve this movie."
Straight Outta Compton opens in theaters on August 14.
Epic RecordsFollowing Tamar Braxton’s emotional response on The Real TV talk show to what she called being bullied by K. Michelle, co-host Adrienne Bailon came to her defense.
Bailon wrote an Instagram post saying, “Tamar, I KNOW YOU... And I love you. BULLYING IS NEVER RIGHT.” In a line obviously directed at Michelle, Bailon commented, “Think carefully before you insult someone for who they really are. At least they are courageous enough to open up about it.”
Braxton was upset by Michelle's comments about her appearance. She revealed on the show Wednesday, “A particular person started saying that I look like a Muppet and people say it so much I start to believe it. So I even asked Vince [her husband], 'Do I look like a Muppet?" And he's like 'Absolutely not.'"
Heather Wines/CBSOscar and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson has recorded a new theme song for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which premiered Wednesday night during the season finale of Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots.
The song "You Will," composed by Diane Warren, also features Jennifer Nettles from the group Sugarland. It's now available on iTunes. Hudson posted the song on YouTube.
Winfrey posted a video to Facebook of her and Warren singing the lyrics, "Own every breath, own every minute." She wrote, “Impromptu moment with Diane Warren who wrote this beautiful song for OWNtv."
For a video of the recording session, Winfrey added, "Thank you Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles for such a beautiful gift. Friends, check out our new anthem for OWN!"
Image Courtesy Eliot Lee Hazel/ RCA RecordsChris Brown is ready to tempt himself in Sin City.
According to Vibe, Breezy will begin a residency at Drai’s Nightclub in Las Vegas on May 2. Brown will definitely be in celebration mode because it will be three days before his 26th birthday. His appearance is being promoted as the "Fight Weekend" party because May 2 is the night of the most anticipated boxing match in many years, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The next date in his residency is July 4, and more dates will be announced later. For the moment the only date listed on the club's event calendar is the May 2 show.
Prior to his first Vegas date, Brown will perform on April 2 and April 4 in Johannesburg, South Africa with August Alsina.
Roc NationRihanna surprised fans Thursday by teasing snippets of her new single "B***h Better Have My Money" in an unusual way: through the Dubsmash video-messaging app, where users can upload videos of themselves lip-syncing. Fans were required to download the app before they could check out the song, but not long afterward, Rihanna's record label released the song in full.
The profanity-laced track has a trap vibe, and features Rihanna adopting a tough-girl stance, and almost shouting the lyrics, "B***ch better have my money/Y'all should know me well enough/B***ch better have my money/Please don't call me on my bluff/Pay me what you owe me /B*lls dey bigger than LeBron/B***h give me my money/who y'all think you frontin' on?"
The track is the latest taste of Rihanna's upcoming album R8, which still doesn't have a release date.