ABC/Fred LeeRobin Thicke is turning his pain into purpose.
On Wednesday, the "Lost Without You" crooner joined Zane Lowe of Beats 1 Radio to share his new single, "Testify." He also delved into the impact of losing his father, actor and composer Alan Thicke, back in 2016.
“I thought I had an album and these songs that I wanted to put out. Then when that happened, it was something I wasn’t expecting and it just rattled my soul,” Robin explained.
Thicke's latest effort finds the singer in the midst of a vulnerable period, with lyrics revealing the difficulty Robin experienced following Alan's death.
“It’s cathartic just to be able to say it and then let it live, as opposed to in the middle of a conversation or a quote,” the 41-year-old explained. “Once you put it into song form, then it can live forever."
"And so the message in the song is really about the hope and the light at the end of that tunnel when you feel that you lost or you feel that you don’t know what to do next," Robin added.
Alan Thicke, who starred in the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains, died at age 69 after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his youngest son, Carter.
You can take a listen to Robin Thicke's latest offering, "Testify," online now.
ABC/Image Group LAAs the news of Offset and Cardi B's splitbegins to sink in, the soon-to-be-ex couple might still end up spending the holidays together.
According to TMZ, the Migos front man intends on celebrating Christmas with his former spouse and their five-month-old daughter Kulture. Considering that this will be the baby's her first Christmas, it comes as no surprise that Set wants to be there for his little girl.
And the "Walk It , Talk It" rapper allegedly won't be showing up empty-handed, either. He’s reportedly planning to show both his baby and ex-lady with plenty of gifts. However, it's unclear whether or not Cardi will allow Offset to join her and Kulture for Christmas.
As previously reported, the couple called it quits earlier this month after a year of marriage.The "Bodak Yellow" rapper shared the news with her fans in a video posted on her Instagram page.
"I guess we grew out of love....we're not together anymore," she revealed. "I don't know. It might take time to get a divorce."
The former spouses secretly tied the knot in September of 2017, but didn't confirm the wedding until this past June.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteMichelle Williams is taking a moment to reflect.
After it was announced on Wednesday that Williams' doctors had advised her to take a leave of absence from performing in her Broadway play, Once On This Island, the singer let fans know she was entering the new year as strong woman.
"As 2018 is coming to an end, many of us are doing self-reflections," Williams tweeted. "I’ve made a vow to myself that I will not allow fear to the get the best of me any longer."
In her tweet, she added a clip of her new single "Fearless" and a promo shot of herself.
Williams joined Once On This Island on November 30 in the role of of the goddess Erzulie. With her departure, her understudy, Cassondra James, will assume the role until December 26. Then December 27, Lea Salonga, who originated the role in this production, will play Erzulie until its final performance on January 6.
The news of Williams leaving the Tony-winning play comes after the singer announced last week she'd officially broken off her engagement to pastor Chad Johnson. On their OWN reality series, Chad Loves Michelle, the couple revealed they'd been attempting to work out their relationship issues with the help of a couples therapist.
Although Johnson has yet to publicly comment on the break-up, Williams deleted all his photos from her Instagram account.
As previously reported, Williams has been vocal about her battle with depression. In July, she revealed she was receiving treatment for her mental health issues.
Getty Images/Ethan MillerLil Wayne fans, rejoice. The veteran rapperwill be making his return to the center stage next week.
In partnership with TIDAL, Weezy called on subscribers of the streaming service to vote on select performance cities. And with the official results finally in, it appears the handful of free concerts will take place in Houston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.
Slated to kick off on Dec. 17, in Texas, attendees must be TIDAL subscribers and RSVP via the tour’s website. For fans not in those cities, Wayne’s booked quite a few festivals for the upcoming year, including this weekend’s Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles as well as Phoenix’s Pot Of Gold Festival next spring.
However, the Carter V lyricist teased he has quite a special set in store for attendees of the I Ain't Sh*t Without You tour. "You might get to hear some s*** you ain't never heard," he shared on Twitter when he first announced the fan appreciation tour. "Some s*** people may never hear."
While the specific venues have yet to be released, take a look at the intended tour dates below:
12/17 -- Houston, Texas 12/19 -- Atlanta, Georgia 12/21 -- Washington, District of Columbia 12/23 -- Chicago, Illinois
Solaiman FazelMiss Jackson is now "Miss Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee."
Janet Jackson has been named as one of the Rock Hall's Class of 2019 inductees, along with '80s new wave icons The Cure, British art-rockers Roxy Music, British alternative rockers Radiohead, '60s band The Zombies, "Pour Some Sugar on Me" band Def Leppard, and Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks.
Janet has been eligible for the Hall since 2007 and has been nominated twice before, but the third time's a charm. Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris tells ABC Radio, "Janet was groundbreaking, and so many of today's artists owe a lot to Janet Jackson. And it's appropriate that she's now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
Harris says Janet made an impact on other artists by "being a strong lead" and "controlling the creative process. He adds, "Her combination of, not just amazing vocals but visuals, in telling a story and taking a stand -- she's a strong personality and we're honored that she's in."
Janet will receive her honor at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will take place March 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and air on HBO later in the spring. At this point, we don't know if Janet will attend and/or perform, or who will induct her.
This is the latest honor for Janet this year. She also picked up the Billboard Music Awards' Icon trophy, the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Icon Award, the 2018 Radio Disney Impact Award, the Black Girls Rock! Rock Star Award, and the MTV European Music Awards' Global Icon honor.
Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Primary WaveJust days after teasing a new album, with sister Brandy, Ray J joined ABC Radio to dish on the collaborative effort.
“I’ve been waiting on this project for a long time,” the Love & Hip-Hop:Hollywood star said enthusiastically of the project.
Late last week, Ray J revealed the album’s arrival by sharing a photo of himself cozied up alongside his big sister on Instagram. Along with an endearing caption which read “Best Friends,” the Raycon CEO also hinted at the project’s title through a series of hashtags, one of them being #RnB, a clear play on of the duo’s first initials.
Bringing the joint album to fruition, however, has proved to be quite a process. According to the “One Wish” singer, the concept behind the collaboration was sparked after he assisted Brandy in preparing new music of her own.
“I told her, 'we're undefeated together,’” Ray J recalled. “'We can beat it together.' So, like I think we'll win if we always collaborate and always be positive together.”
“People like that,” he added. “They gravitate to that. So, I think it's gonna be a good run.”
While the Ray J didn’t share any details regarding the album’s intended release date, fans can expect RnB to be available at some point next year.
JUCOJanelle Monáe has unveiled the striking standalone music video for her equally eclectic track, “Crazy Classic Life" off her Grammy-nominated album Dirty Computer.
Taking cues from her film project Dirty Computer - An Emotion Picture, the video finds Janelle channeling her inner punk aesthetic.
The Alan Ferguson directed-clip begins with the singer driving in a hover car accompanied by a friend. While in the midst of their journey, however, they’re stopped by a security bot that examines them to make sure they’re “clean,” before flying off. Once the coast is clear, Janelle steps out of the car, opens the trunk and reveals a handful of her fellow "dirty computers" who are essentially a part of her crew.
Soon afterward, Janelle heads to a clearing with her girls in tow as they throw one of the most colorful queer-themed parties of a lifetime.
The singer shared a few words on the visual, via a press release. "I had a world of fun with the Django Janes and Zen (played by the incomparable Tessa Thompson) and Che off in the future, dancing while changing the world," she said.
"This one is for all the dirty computers out there! Never forget, 'We are not America’s nightmare, we are the American dream.'"
ABC/Randy HolmesNearly a week after Cardi B called it quits with husband Offset, the Internet is still collectively mourning the split between the "Motorsport" couple.
Amid the initial fan reactions, however, a slew of celebrities have chimed in on Cardi's marital woes to offer a bit of unsolicited advice of their own.
On Monday night, veteran rapper 50 Cent shared his thoughts on the couple's impending divorce via Instagram. "No you not getting a Divorce, Offset," he captioned a video post of the former duo. "I don’t give a f**k what she say just kiss her a** man f**k it."
Comedian Lil Duval echoed more or less of the same sentiment via social media. "Life too short to be leaving n****s just [sic] cuz they cheated," he wrote on Twitter. The "Smile" artist then shared the post on Instagram, captioning the photo with a series of hashtags which included #TakeOffsetBack.
Following suit, Ray J shared his hopes for the couple to reconcile. "I love both of them man," the singer told TMZoutside of a West Hollywood eatery. "My prayers are going out because I think they're good for each other."
"Sometimes you make some mistakes and you want to, you know, get it right," he added.
As previously reported, the "Money" rapper announced the break-up in a video posted on her Instagram page on Dec. 5. The couple, who share a four-month-old daughter, Kulture, secretly tied the knot in September of 2017, but didn't confirm the wedding until this past June.
ABC/Randy HolmesAs much of the Internet continues to debate who to crown the reigning "King of R&B," Trey Songz and Chris Brown have seemingly weighed in on the matter by teasing their forthcoming joint effort.
On Tuesday night, Trey shared a series of photos alongside the Heartbreak on a Full Moon singer in what appears to be behind-the-scene shots from a music video. “Since 04 with my n***a. I’m just happy to be here,” Trey endearingly captioned one of the Instagram posts.
The other image frames both artists standing side to side as they flaunt their signature grins. The caption includes a response to a running gag between them: "Maurice & I."
While the Virginia songbirds have collaborated on a few loosies here and there, including "Songs On 12 Play" off of CB's X album, the R&B heavyweights' joining forces could range anywhere from a joint album to merely a feature on Trey's next project.
Chris, however, has remained relatively mum on the impending collaboration.
Republic RecordsNicki Minaj's blossoming romance is proving to be quite troublesome. As previously reported on Monday, the Head Barb addressed the backlash regarding her new beau Kenneth Petty's checkered past and seemingly silenced her critics.
But, it appears as though Nicki has a new gripe with Daily Mail TV host, and former NFL player, Jesse Palmer for his recent comments concerning her personal life. So much so, that the "Good Form" rapper is threatening to sue Palmer for defamation.
Late Tuesday night, Nicki shared a screenshot of Palmer's news segment via her Instagram account. "You better have a good lawyer," she captioned the photo. "You just lied on me on [sic] nat’l TV & now you’re being sued."
"You better be able to back up what you just said about me with FACTS," she added.
In the clip, however, Palmer appears to be delivering a standard news report. While he briefly mentions Petty's criminal history, which involves a rape conviction, he also makes mention of Nicki's brother Jelani Maraj who was convicted in 2017 on child rape charges.
“Her fans are also worried, because this isn’t the first time Nicki Minaj has defended a sex offender,” Palmer notes. "Remember she supported her brother, Jelani Maraj, two years ago when he was found guilty of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl."
The onslaught of online threats have seemingly continued with the Head Barb taking to Twitter to dig at Palmer. “You going to jail,” she wrote in a series of tweets.
“The barbz are getting more tuition & student loan money after I sue this h*e.”
ABC/Image Group LAThe year may be coming to a close, but Ciara and Future's co-parenting woes have seemingly continued.
The former celebrity couple are heading back to family court, following the R&B singer's request for her ex to mediate an appropriate travel schedule for their son Future Jr.
In court documents, obtained by TMZ, Future has apparently failed to organize quality time with his son. Ciara's legal team alleges that the "Mask Off" rapper either misses his scheduled visits or leaves his four-year-old under the care of his mother and grandmother.
Additionally, Ciara wants to amend the taxing travel schedule which Future Jr. has been subjected to as a means of spending time with both of his parents. The "Level Up" singer also notes that she has attempted to resolve this with her former beau, outside of the court room, but to no avail. If a judge will not grant her request for a mandatory mediation, Ciara is preparing to take the matter to a trial hearing.
As previously reported, Ciara and Future have had quite a tumultuous relationship since breaking off their engagement in 2014. Namely, their continual legal woes regarding custody and child support have been a pressing matter.
Nicholas WatkinsNipsey Hussle found himself hailing a fury of fists, at a West Hollywood nightclub, after being mistaken for fellow rapper O.T. Genasis.
The incident apparently occurred in the midst of the LA native's celebratory outing with girlfriend Lauren London on Sunday night, TMZ has confirmed. According to the initial report, Nipsey was confronted by several men in the parking lot of the venue which resulted in punches being thrown and security being called.
And, it appears as though O.T. seems to have played a role in the altercation. Earlier that evening, the "CoCo" rapper was seen attacking a fellow patron inside the nightclub. The unidentified man then took it upon himself to settle the score by approaching O.T. in the parking lot---or at least who he assumed to be the rapper.
While it has yet to be confirmed, the situation looks to be a case of mistaken identity.
Nipsey, however, appears unfazed by the matter. Merely days following the brawl,TMZcaught up with the Victory Lap lyricist to speak briefly on the situation."That's life. We don't give that s**t no attention," Nipsey said outside of LAX. "[...] We workin' on music at this point. Do I got any bruises, any scratches? We workin' bro."
And, the work certainly speaks for itself. As previously reported, the rapper received his first Grammy nod for Best Rap Album.
Atlantic RecordsJanelle Monáe has been a woman to watch this past year. The multifaceted artist's latest effort, Dirty Computer, appears on numerous year-end "best of 2018" lists, and now it's earned her a career milestone: a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Monáe says the project's success is due to the fact that it speaks for people whose voices aren't often heard.
Reacting to her Grammy nominations while promoting her upcoming movie Welcome to Marwen, Janelle told ABC Radio, "[I'm] just super-thankful that an album that was about me and also about a community of marginalized voices got recognized by my peers."
Monae, who opened up about her sexuality in the songs on Dirty Computer, added, "I see the connection between those marginalized voices, and those folks who have been pushed to the margins of society because they're walking in their truth."
In addition to her Album of the Year nod, Monáe's eye-catching video for "Pynk" -- featuring her and a troupe of dancers wearing those instantly iconic pants -- is nominated for Best Music Video. We'll find out if she wins when the Grammys air February 10 on CBS.
Meanwhile, her movie Welcome to Marwen, which also stars Steve Carell, Leslie Mann and Gwendoline Christie, will be in theaters December 21.
ABC/Paula LoboAshanti is looking fierce as the latest cover star for PAPER magazine. On Monday, the "Foolish" singer shared the sultry cover image, via her Instagram account, in which she's sporting a plunging pinstriped dress, electric-blue hair and a pair of oversized shades.
And inside the magazine's buzzy "Break The Internet" issue, the former Murder Inc. signee dishes on her expansive career, the importance of her forthcoming project and the current state of the music industry. The latter being a space which she feels is lacking a sense of community right now.
"There are not a lot of labels that are a crew that really celebrate together," Ashanti notes. "I don't know where we are right now, it's a weird space. But I do see a lot of rappers — men and women — making up instead of tearing each other down, and I'm really happy about that. It's a ray of hope for me."
As for her upcoming music, Ashanti reveals that she plans on covering some "vulnerable topics" she's never touched on before.
"I think people will be like, 'What did she say?' which is a really cool thing," she explains. "The feedback has been great so far — I've had conversations about there being a real void for true, soul-touching R&B, and that's what I feel I'm accomplishing with this record."
As previously reported, Ashanti has been hard at work. She told ABC Radio that she has a collaborative EP with Metro Boomin in the works, as well as a feature film, titled Stuck.
ABC/Randy HolmesChance the Rapper is exiting stage left to embark on a new journey of sorts: a closer relationship with God.
While the "No Problems" rapper has maintained a spiritual persona, Chance revealed over the weekend that he's taking things up a notch by going on a sabbatical.
In an Instagram post, dated Dec. 8, the Chicago phenom shared a video of himself holding his newborn nephew and revealed that he'll be leaving the country to brush up on his knowledge of the Good Book.
"I’m on a plane headed out the country on my first sabbatical," Chance began the lengthy post. "I’m going away to learn the Word of God which I am admittedly very unfamiliar with."
He continued, "I’m off to read and learn because the next generation of Bennett is here and I need to be able to give my nephew Charlie Matthew the knowledge and tools to F**K YALL UP."
"So dont bother me, I'll be back soon enough, with five or more books from [the] Bible read."
Although it is unclear when Chance's sabbatical will end, the rapper is scheduled to be in his hometown later this month for an intimate concert.
WEtvTamar Braxton is taking time to self reflect before the new year.
In an Instagram post Tuesday, Braxton shared video of her and sister, Trina Braxton, embracing in a photo booth. AShe added a heartfelt message in which she took aim at her reality show, Braxton Family Values, for creating some of their family drama.
"Sometimes you have to check yourself before you reck [sic] yourself!!!," she wrote. "Most of what u have seen on #BFV was LIES and clips put together with me acting a PLUM FOOL for ratings (believe it or not) and sometimes I simply was one."
"BUT," Tamar continued, "What is FACTUAL is that it tore my family & Sisterhood apart BUT THANK GOD FOR JESUS and FORGIVENESS!!"
Braxton, who earlier this year had refused to take part in BFV with her sisters because of a wage dispute, now say she's planning to make a major attitude adjustment.
"I’ve decided I’m not going into 2019 the same bitter, combative, woe it is me person. 'you did this so ima do that' attitude" It’s ugly and frankly stupid!!" Tamar wrote. "Ive realized change is just one simple DECISION!!! No matter what it takes my commitment to me is to be a BETTER me sometimes all it takes is saying I Love you and I’m sorry for MY PART of the bulls*** @trinabraxton1.
Tamar then added the hashtags, "#funsisternight #onebyone #jesushewillfixit."
Jemal Countess/WireImageBuju Banton is officially a free man.
On Dec. 7, the dancehall sensation was released from a state prison after serving a seven-year jail stint related to firearm and drug charges. Upon his release from Georgia's McRae Correctional Facility, Buju returned to his native Jamaica and an outpouring of support from his beloved fans.
Among the many celebrating Buju's return was Diddy, who shared his thoughts on the reggae icon's newfound freedom via social media. “Today is a glorious day," the Bad Boy CEO wrote in an Instagram post. "Buju is free. Let’s go! King s**t. True greatness.”
Across the pond in Manchester, England, Ashanti reveled in the news of Buju's release. In footage captured, via her Snapchat, the "Happy" lyricist is seen overjoyed as she sings along to a few of the dancehall icon's most notable hits to date.
In addition, fellow reggae artists Mavado, Spice and Beenie Man celebrated Buju's freedom by sharing personal messages of their own via social media.
"Welcome home dada," Mavado captioned a photo of the "Champion" singer. "The love of the people is real."
Buju was initially arrested in 2009 on charges of possession and conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. In 2011, he was later convicted and sentenced to a decade in prison. However, a judge subsequently dismissed the gun charge and reduced his time by two years.
Mikael Jansson/VogueNicki Minaj is remaining grounded in her newfound relationship, criticism and all.
Upon going public Monday with her new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty, the Head Barb has been under fire for dating the reported sex offender. However, in spite of her beau's checkered past, the "Good Form" rapper is standing by Petty and shared a few choice words for the detractors via Instagram.
“He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship,” Nicki wrote in response to a fan. “But go awf, Internet."
"Y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life," she added.
According to court records obtained by TMZ, Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in 1995 at the age of 16. As a result, he served roughly four years in a New York State prison. His legal woes continued shortly after his release when he was convicted of manslaughter and served seven more years in prison before being released in 2013.
However, that doesn't appear to have phased the self-proclaimed Queen of Rap. Nicki continued her social media antics by posting a series of photos with Petty, in which they're seen enjoying a tropical vacation to celebrate the rapper's 36th birthday.
Atlantic Records/Maybach MusicMeek Mill is ending the year, undeniably, as a winner with his new album, Championships, topping the charts.
The 19-track effort debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200, moving 229,000 equivalent album units within the first week of it's official release, Billboard reports. The lofty figure includes 42,000 units as traditional album sales.
Following 2015's Dreams Worth More Than Money, Championships is the Philly rapper's second chart-topper.
Championships is Meek's first full-length project since his release from prison in April. It includes a Rolodex of hitmaking collaborators including Cardi B, Future, Drake, Ella Mai, 21 Savage, Rick Ross and JAY Z.
Slaughter Gang/Epic RecordsJust days after receiving two Grammy nominations for his contribution to Post Malone's hit, "rockstar," rapper 21 Savage has announced he's releasing a new album this month.
The disc, called I Am > I Was, will arrive Friday, December 21.
In honor of the new disc's release, a new line of clothing and accessories has hit the rapper's official online shop. In addition, a pop-up store featuring exclusive merch will be open for one day only, December 16, at the DOM Gallery in Los Angeles from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. local time.
This year alone, 21 Savage has collaborated with Migos, Migos member Quavo, Meek Mill, Gucci Mane, and Young Thug.