ABC/Paula LoboAshanti has been relatively quiet since she released her most recent album, Braveheart, in 2014, but she plans to end 2018 with new music and a new movie.
“I executive-produced a film called Stuck that’ll be coming out later this year. Very, very excited about that,” she tells ABC Radio. “I have a project coming out. I’m teaming up with Metro Boomin. We’re putting out an EP later this year. Just a lot of really cool stuff, so very excited.”
In addition to serving as executive producer, Ashanti also co-stars in Stuck with Giancarlo Esposito from Do The Right Thing and Breaking Bad. The film is a musical about six strangers who get stuck on a New York City subway.
In addition, the 37-year old singer makes a cameo appearance in the new Fat Joe/Chris Brown“Attention” video, and she recently released the single “Encore” with her long-time musical partner, Ja-Rule.
It’s been 16 years since the Grammy Award winner released her self-titled, triple-platinum debut album, featuring her number one single, ”Foolish.” Ashanti continues to tour, and recently performed in the Caribbean and Thailand. She says she’s much more daring on stage now than earlier in her career.
“I’ve become way more confident, way more comfortable on stage and just trying to do things with a little bit more risk,” Ashanti says. ”In the beginning, you’re a little bit shy, you’re younger, you know, crowds are, like, intimidating, but now, it’s, like, y'know, my extended family out there.”
Ashanti’s film Stuck will open in theaters October 26. Her upcoming concerts include October 13 in Portland, October 21 in Detroit, and November 4 in San Antonio.
ABC/ RadioKhalid just enjoyed one of the greatest weeks of his life as he returned home to El Paso, Texas to perform two sold out shows, and also received the key to the city.
September 13 was declared “Khalid Day” in El Paso as he was honored by the Mayor and the City Council.
“I wanna give a big thank you to Mayor Dee Margo and the city of El Paso for giving me the key to the city, this is such a huge honor,” Khalid commented on Instagram with a photo of him with the Mayor.
”It’s truly nothing I would’ve ever imagined. Never really felt like I belonged or had a home before I moved to El Paso. So happy I get to spread the happiness/positivity this city gives to me, to the WORLD," he added. "It’s 915 for life. Alexa play I Got the Keys by DJ Khaled.”
The five-time Grammy nominee also dropped a new song, "Better,” dedicated to his hometown.
“El Paso is my home and I am so honored by the love they have shown me," Khalid said. "Releasing ‘Better’ the day of my first hometown show, and then being able to play in the city of the 915 ON 9/15 is so meaningful and special to me. This city has given me everything, I am so thankful!”
915 is the area code for El Paso.
To make the past week even “Better,” Khalid received four American Music Award nominations: New Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B, Favorite Album – Soul R&B, and Favorite Song – Soul/R&B for “Young Dumb & Broke.” In addition, his duet with Normani, "Love Lies," has hit #1 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart.
Republic Records2018 officially belongs to Drake: He’s just set the record for spending the most weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in one year.
“In My Feelings” remains number one for a tenth week, giving Drizzy a record 29 weeks at the top of the Hot 100 this year. That breaks the record of 28 weeks set by Usher in 2004.
Drake also becomes the second artist -- following Boyz II Men -- to have three songs that were #1 for at least ten weeks. In addition to “In My Feelings,” the songs are “God’s Plan” from Drake’s latest album, Scorpion, and 2016's “One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla.
“Nice for What” also from Scorpion, held the number one position for eight weeks this year.
Overall, Drake has now spent 49 weeks at number one in his career. The only artists with more weeks at number one are Mariah Carey with 79 weeks, Rihanna with 60 weeks, The Beatles with 59 weeks, and Boyz II Men with 50 weeks.
Josh Brasted/WireImageA dispute between Frank Ocean and Travis Scott over Ocean’s vocals on Scott’s new album Astroworld has been settled.
It was reported by TMZ that Ocean was not pleased with changes in his recorded vocals, prompting his lawyers to send a cease and desist order to Scott demanding that his part on the song "Carousel" be removed.
Now Ocean has announced that he actually approved the mix, and he has resolved the situation with the Houston rapper.
“I think the song sounds cool, I did it in like 20 minutes and the mix sounds the way Travis wanted it to sound for his record. I also approved it before it came out,” the Grammy Award-winner wrote on Tumbler.
“The cease and desist wasn’t about [sound emoji], it was about [rainbow flag emoji],” he added. "Me and Travis resolved it amongst ourselves weeks ago.”
It is speculated that because Ocean posted a rainbow flag emoji, the true dispute was over LGBTQ issues.
Travis showed love to Frank with an Instagram post featuring an Ocean T-shirt along with his own merchandise. He wrote, “Someone I call family and always will. Has taught me a ton. And a true inspiration."
Image Group LA/ABCFollowing the alleged Cardi B shoe-throwing incident during New York Fashion Week, Nicki Minaj is traveling to Italy to promote a new fashion line.
Pink Barbie announced Monday on Instagram that she’s collaborating with Diesel on a new collection which she will launch on Wednesday for the start of Milan Fashion Week.
Wearing a black padded hood with the words “BAD GUY”, Nicki wrote, “You need people like me. So you can point your finger & say: THAT’S THE BAD GUY. Got a surprise for anyone who’s ever been labeled #TheBadGuy Stay tuned.”
Diesel posted the same photo with the caption, "@nickiminaj has received her share of online hate. Well, she might have a thing or two to say about that. 19/09"
The invitation for the launch event on Wednesday, which Nicki is expected to attend, begins, “The Queen is coming,” according to Women’s Wear Daily. The Queen rapper has been involved in fashion for many years. In addition to several cosmetics endorsements, she was the face of the Roberto Cavalli spring summer 2015 fashion campaign, and also her own clothing line with Target.
ABC/Paula LoboIt's only September, but John Legend is already gearing up for the holiday season.
Netflix announced on Monday that Legend and his Get Lifted Productions partner Mike Jackson will produce David E. Talbert's upcoming Neflix holiday movie, Jingle Jangle.
Talbert, who directed and wrote such films as First Sunday, Baggage Claim, and Almost Christmas, will write, direct and also produce the forthcoming film.
Although casting has yet to be announced, the film will center around a toy maker, his "precocious" granddaughter, and a magical invention which could "could change their lives forever" if they can get it ready in time for the holidays.
This is the latest project for Legend, who became an EGOT earlier this month for producing NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert. He's also just signed on as judge for the spring season of NBC's The Voice.
Meanwhile, Talbert is currently working on an original half-hour comedy for ABC, produced by LeBron James and Gabrielle Union.
Dennis Leupold"Love Lies," Normani and Khalid's duet from the soundtrack of the film Love, Simon, has now reached #1 on Billboard's Pop Songs chart. In doing so, it's set a number of notable chart milestones.
First, the double platinum "Love Lies" is the first song from a soundtrack to top the Pop Songs chart since 2016, when Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!," from Trolls, was #1 for three weeks.
Next, Fifth Harmony becomes the third group to have at least two members reach #1 on the Pop Songs chart.
One Direction has three members who've done it: ZAYN, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne. Destiny's Child has two members who've done it: Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. Normani is the second member of Fifth Harmony to top the Pop Songs chart, following Camila Cabello.
The song also sets the record for the longest trip to #1 for a duet. It took Normani and Khalid 24 weeks to reach the summit of the Pop Songs chart. The previous record of 17 weeks was set by Major Lazer and DJ Snake's "Lean On," featuring MO, in 2015.
Normani, who's working on her debut solo album, can also be heard -- along with Kehlani -- on a remix of the Jessie Reyez song "Body Count."
Republic RecordsThere were rumors flying that Drake dined last week in Washington D.C, with the daughter of Grammy award winning producer Jimmy Jam, however the 18-year old model says it never happened.
Bella Harris, who is signed to Elite Model Management, wrote on Instagram, “Coming off an amazing New York fashion week, I feel I need to set the record straight... I did not dine in DC recently. I was happily working & dining in NYC everyday.”
According to E! News, Drake closed down the RPM Italian restaurant in the nation’s capital to dine with Bella on September 10, and then returned with her and friends the next night. Drake performed with Migos on September 12 and 13 in D.C.
Bella’s father, Jimmy Jam, began his career as a member of Prince’s group, The Time. Along with his partner, Terry Lewis, they wrote and produced many of Janet Jackson’s hits, as well as also working with Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Usher, Boyz II Men, New Edition, and many more stars.
Jorda FrantzisFollowing criticism of an anti-transgender meme on her Facebook page, Cardi B says it was posted by a former employee.
“It's come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page,” the “I Like It” rapper tweeted. “For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.”
The meme, which has since been removed, said, “I hope nobody see this tr---y leave my house,” using a slur for trans person, followed by laughing emojis. The text was accompanied by a cartoon image of a man walking through a door, according to Billboard. Several comments expressed their disapproval for the transphobic slur.
One person tweeted in response to Cardi’s statement:
“This apology is a start but you/your team need to be specific in apologizing to the community your posts targeted: the Trans community. A general apology like this isn’t enough, especially when its apparent that this was a repeated behavior you’re only unlearning now.”
Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox tweeted this response to the meme.
“I am a huge advocate for free speech but as long as its socially acceptable to make jokes about trans people, to make and share memes disparaging & demeaning trans folks, trans folks will continue to be murdered & denied civil rights. #TransIsBeautiful #transrightsarehumanrights”
Courtesy Live Nation/Republic RecordsEmergency plane landings and attempted robberies aside, Post Malone's had a great 2018, and he's going to close it out with a special concert in Brooklyn, NY.
The Dallas rapper will perform a special one-off show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on December 29. Tickets to the show go on sale Friday, September 21 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
American Express Card members can grab tickets tomorrow, September 18, starting at 10 a.m. ET through Thursday, September 20.
Post's albums beerbongs & bentleys and Stoney are both among 2018's best-selling hip-hop albums.
On October 28, the rapper will host his Posty Fest in Dallas. He's headlining and curating the show, which will feature Travis Scott and other special guests.
2018 Parkood EntertainmentBeyonce’s protegees Chloe x Halle are opening the North American leg of the On The Run 2 tour, and they remember that after she signed them to a recording contract, they felt she was “an angel.”
20-year old Chloe first met Beyonce in 2003 when she played Bey's character Lilly as a child in the film The Fighting Temptations. Ten years later, Beyonce signed Chloe and sister Halle to her company, Parkwood Entertainment. Halle remembers it was a surreal moment when she was first introduced to the superstar.
“She was filming a commercial and it was really exciting,” Halle tells ABC Radio. “It was dark in the warehouse and she had on this glittery white jumpsuit...we were like 'Wow, it's like an angel!' And of course she’s inspired us all of our lives so we were definitely star struck.”
Since then, the sisters have been Beyonce's constant companions. They opened her Formation tour in Europe in 2016, and were featured in her “Lemonade” video, along with several stars, including Serena Williams, Zendaya, and Amandla Stenberg.
That's why the sisters admit that finally, they're no longer starstruck.
“We just started to realize how beautiful of a soul she is and how normal and kind of a person she is,” Halle says. “We realize like hey, this is a really cool person, but at the same time she’s just like us.”
“We’re just really grateful to have her as a resource because she’s been through everything that we’re going through now as new artists,” she continues. “We’re just grateful to have here there holding our hand and guiding us along the way."
Chloe x Halle will continue performing on the On The Run 2 until it wraps October in Seattle.
ABC/Rick PowellJohn Legend and Chrissy Teigen are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary today, Friday, and Chrissy managed to both express her love for her husband at the same time as she playfully dissed him.
When it was announced Thursday that John was joining The Voice as a coach, the news overshadowed Chrissy's announcement that she has a new cooking line with Target.
So when she posted a photo from their wedding day on Instagram, she let her husband know she didn't appreciate him stealing her thunder.
“12 years ago today, I met the man of my dreams. And 5 years ago today, we got married,” she wrote. “My everything, I love you and am so proud of the story we’ve created. But you are an a**hole for releasing your @nbcthevoice news on my Target launch day for real.”
In John’s post, he made sure he congratulated Chrissy.
"What can I say on a day like today? I could talk about the 12 beautiful years I've known you,” he commented. "I could talk about the 5 years of wedded bliss, the 2 wonderful children we've brought into this world.”
"But I feel the urge to say something far more important. I LOVE your new kitchenware line at @Target," he continued.” I can't wait for it to come out on September 30th. I'm so proud of everything you've done in your career and how much joy you bring to people's lives."
He continued the promotion, adding, "Did I mention that your Cravings Cookbook is coming out Tuesday? Because it's coming out Tuesday. I love you, baby.”
The couple have much to celebrate: The 10-time Grammy Award-winner just made history when he won an Emmy for producing NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live. With the honor, he became the first African-American man to achieve EGOT status: winning the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
ABC/Image Group LACiara is back with new music, dropping her new single “Dose” on Friday.
The “Goodies” singer posted a lyric video which begins with a clip of trailblazing 1960 three-time Olympic sprint champion Wilma Rudolph winning a race.
In the song, Ciara sings, “Ima hit you with a dose, Ima get a little closer, Ima give a little more, put your body in motion.”
The Revlon Global Brand Ambassador also posted an Instagram video of herself rehearsing the dance steps for the song's video in Atlanta. She commented, ”I just love the lyrics to this song! One of my favorite songs I’ve done!
Ciara’s 16-month old daughter Sienna also got into the action, moving to the track as she watched the dancers rehearsing.
Randee St. Nicholas/RCA RecordsThe R. Kelly concert scheduled for Saturday in New York City has been cancelled.
The "Bump N’ Grind" singer was set to perform at the Hulu Theater at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, but the show won't go on. The promoter, Victory Promotions, says the concert was canceled because Hurricane Florence has made it difficult for the production crew working on the event to travel to New York, according to Spin.
A company representative says ticket sales were not a factor in the cancellation, but a screenshot of the concert's Ticketmaster page posted by Spin showed large sections of seats were still available.
As previously reported, when the concert was announced, there were protests due to the accusations of sexual abuse against Kelly. The venue defended the booking, saying, “MSG has a long history of not censoring performers. We believe artists have the right to rent our venues to put on their own event, and that the public then has the choice whether or not to support that event.”
The cancellation also comes one day after R. Kelly’s younger brother, Carey Kelly, accused the singer of molesting their 14-year old cousin in an interview with unWinewithTashaK.
2018 Parkwood EntertainmentBeyoncé and JAY-Z began the final leg of their On the Run 2 tour Thursday night in New Orleans. That milestone has Queen Bey reflecting on the tour's end.
“Tonight is the first of the last ten shows of OTRII,” Beyoncé posted on Instagram with a photo of her on stage with JAY. “I’m doing what I love most with whom I love most. I wish it could never end. Feeling thankful for all of the love from our fans around the world. New Orleans, you ready? Let’s go get em!!!”
So far, over one million fans have attended the On the Run 2 tour, which has grossed over $150 million and is projected to earn $250 million.
This weekend is very special for Beyoncé as she returns to her hometown of Houston, Texas to perform shows Saturday and Sunday at NRG stadium. The tour will continue in Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara and Vancouver before wrapping up the last of 48 shows total October 4 in Seattle.
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Diamond BallDonald Glover performed as his musical alter ego Childish Gambino Thursday night at Rihanna’s fourth annual Diamond Ball gala in New York City, and on the red carpet, RiRi gushed over his music.
“[He] happens to be one of my favorites," she told Billboard. "I'm listening to his music a lot."
Gambino performed a 45-minute set, ending with “This Is America,” and his Grammy Award-winning “Redbone” from his 2016 album, Awaken, My Love,” according to Variety.
Rihanna and Glover have also been spotted together in Havana, Cuba, where they were reportedly shooting a new movie titled Guava Island.
The benefit, held at Cipirani Wall Street, was hosted by Issa Rae and also featured a performance by DJ Mustard. The event followed Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Fashion Week show on Wednesday night, and the busy star says she loves constantly working.
"It's just my soul,” she commented. “I can't sit still, I get bored so I have to keep doing something.”
The nine-time Grammy Award winner has excelled in music, beauty and fashion, and she may be expanding her brand. When asked to reveal her next venture, Rihanna said, “Maybe furniture,” and added with a laugh, “I need time for that."
Tiffany Haddish, A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, Trevor Noah, Gayle King, football star Odell Beckham Jr., baseball star CC Sabathia, actor Brian Tyree Henry from the Atlanta TV series, Normani, Meek Mill and Teyana Taylor were among the stars attending the event, which raised nearly $6 million for Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation.
Atlantic RecordsIt's been a while since we've had new music from Bruno Mars, so the good news is that you can hear him on a new single that just came out. The bad news is that he's only featured on the song, which is officially by rapper Gucci Mane.
"Wake Up in the Sky," co-produced by Bruno, will be featured on Gucci's upcoming album, Evil Genius. On the track, which also features rapper Kodak Black, Bruno sings the hook: "I drink 'til I'm drunk/smoke til I'm high/castle on the hill/wake up in the sky/You can't tell me I ain't fly/I know I'm super fly."
Bruno continues, "The ladies love the luxury/That's why they all f**k with me/Out here with the moves/like I invented smooth/You can't tell me I ain't fly/I know I'm super fly."
Last week, Bruno kicked off the final leg of his 24K Magic tour, which will wrap up in November in his hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii. Among the opening acts, who'll switch off on various dates, are R&B legend Charlie Wilson, Boyz II Men, Ella Mai, and Ciara.
Butterfly MC Records/Epic RecordsMariah Carey is doing just fine on her own in the new music video for “GTFO.”
The clip for her nonchalant send-off of an ex-lover features Mariah dressed in lingerie and sipping wine in a empty house. Though her words for the ex are harsh -- the title stands for “Get the F*** Out” -- the singer seems unbothered and better off without the guy.
"GTFO" is the precursor to another new song, "With You," the official first single from Mariah's new album. That song will be out October 5.
The album, due later, will be Mariah's 15th and her first studio release since 2014. It'll arrive on her new imprint, Butterfly MC Records, as part of a new partnership she signed with Epic Records in 2017.
ABC/Lou RoccoTinashe is competing on the new season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and she admits it’s a challenge to learn new styles of dance for the show.
“I think there’s a lot of pressure,” she tells ABC Radio. "I think I’m not familiar with ballroom so it’s [sic] a little nervous for that because it's basically learning a whole entire new style and skill set.”
The “2 On” singer is current rehearsing with her partner, professional dancer Brandon Armstrong. She says their first routine is very demanding.
“I dance typically more hip-hop style so I’m very, like, low to the ground,” she says. “This particular number we’re starting with is just a jive. It's very fast, very technical, very, like, up-on-your-toes, leaning forward. So it’s a lot of different stuff that I’m just not used to.” (AUDIO IS ABC-1-ON-1)
Dancing with the Stars season 27 will premiere Monday, September 24 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.