Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesNewcomer H.E.R. is making a name for herself with her latest single “Focus,” and she urges black females to “focus” on supporting one another.
“There aren’t enough female artists supporting other female artists. GENUINELY,” the 21-year old singer tweeted. H.E.R says black female artists need to work together to create classics like the 1998 Grammy award winner “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica.
“That’s why we don’t have this generation's ‘The Boy Is Mine’ or an iconic female empowerment live performance w/ your favs,” she continues.
“Black females need to UPLIFT other black females. No competition. No jealousy,” says H.E.R., whose birth name is Gabriella Wilson. “No insecurities. You don’t have to try to diminish someone else’s value to see your own.”
H.E.R. has released three EPs, and this year she was nominated for Best New Artist, and Best Female R&B Artist, at the BET Awards.
The singer from Vallejo, California lived up to her own words Monday when she brought Ella Mai out to sing “Boo’d Up” while H.E.R. was performing during the Chris Brown Heartbreak On A Full Moon tour at Barclays Center in New York City.
Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesDiddy’s son King Combs is paying tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. in his new “Love You Better” video he released Thursday featuring Chris Brown.
Combs recreates the classic 1995 B.I.G. “One More Chance” video featuring Faith Evans which depicted a house party in Brooklyn. That video began with Heavy D. as the doorman letting people into the bash. This time DJ Khaled portrays that role. Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown also makes a cameo appearance in the video.
“It was iconic to have such an influential artist in the hip-hop game today such as DJ Khaled embody the modern day Heavy D in the music video while featuring pop culture figures such as Jaylen Brown and my brother Justin,” Combs tells Billboard.
“I have made it my mission to bridge the gap between the new and old generations of music,” he continues. "I want people to know the '90s music scene will continue to inspire today's top hits across genres but will always need to include unique and modern sounds."
The Notorious B.I.G. was killed in 1997, one year before Combs was born, and he says he’s always been inspired by the B.I.G.
“Notorious B.I.G. has been a heavy influence in my musical career since I realized I wanted to continue the legacy of such a remarkable era in hip-hop," Combs states. "It is an honor to pay homage to his iconic 'One More Chance' music video alongside my friend and collaborator Chris Brown.”
Jorda FrantzisCardi B’s baby Kulture is sleeping in luxury in a custom-made, gilded crib.
Cardi showed off the plush crib, a present from rapper PreMadonna, in an Instagram video.
“I want to thank PreMadonna for this beautiful crib. Its so beautiful, so big,” the "I Like It" rapper said. “I didn’t want to set the crib up until we moved to our official home, but Offset set it up while I was in the hospital and its just so gorgeous and she also gave me this beautiful bassinet.”
The oval crib is adorned with white drapery and gilded trim. The bed is white-and-gold polka dot, with an an intricately-carved crown at its pinnacle.
The crib’s designers. Kapesh Designs, expressed their gratitude in an Instagram post.
Thank you @offsetyrn & @premadonna87 for this wonderful opportunity of making a beautiful custom crib for baby Kulture @iamcardib"
Cardi also revealed on Instagram that she has not hired a nanny yet.
“I just want to learn how to be a mom,” she said. “I want to enjoy every single second of it.”
ABC/Randy HolmesChance the Rapperannounced Tuesday he was not releasing a new album this week, however he did drop four new songs Thursday.
The three-time Grammy Award winners posted “Work Out”, “65th & Ingleside”, “I Night Need Security”, and “Wala Cam” featuring Supa Bwe and Forever Band on his website.
The tracks arrived just before Chance’s Special Olympics 50th anniversary concert he is producing and headlining Saturday in Chicago featuring Usher and Smokey Robinson.
The Windy City rapper had fans believing a new album was being released this week based on his comments to the Chicago Tribune on Monday.
“I got that feeling when people do something that has a new feel to it," he said. "It's going to come out just in time for the Special Olympics.”
Chance’s new four-pack is his first new solo music since his 2016 Coloring Book which won a Grammy in 2017 for Best Rap Album. Chance also won Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance for “No Problem” from Coloring Book featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.
JAY-Z has a beef with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney for booting JAY's annual Made in America festival, a decision Kenney later called an “unfortunate misunderstanding” that they're “working to resolve.”
Writing in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the music mogul said he learned about the mayor's decision to nix the event from a report in a local newspaper. The cost of staging the event and the traffic congestion it caused were reasons cited for the cancellation, even though JAY-Z's Roc Nation is said to foot more than half the bill for the fest.
"We are disappointed that the mayor of the city of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue, or proper communication," wrote JAY-Z. "It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city."
The mayor responded several hours later with a statement obtained by Variety, characterizing the situation a "misunderstanding."
“The City of Philadelphia supports the Made in America festival and is greatly appreciative of all that it has done for Philadelphia,” the statement read. “We are committed to its continued success and thank them for their partnership. We hope to be able to resolve what has been an unfortunate misunderstanding."
The statement went on to say the city hopes to "resolve this issue" and "are committed to continuing our partnership with the Made in America festival.”
Held each year since 2012, Made in America has drawn as many as 50,000 people to Philadelphia. This year, the festival lost its longtime sponsor, Budweiser, reportedly because the brewer wanted to focus on other partnerships, including its association with country music and the NBA.
Ser Baffo/Getty Images for BETTeyana Taylorhas always idolized Janet Jackson, so when the leader of the “Rhythm Nation” congratulated her on hitting number one on iTunes with her new album, K.T.S.E., it was like a dream come true.
“I went crazy, Taylor tells Billboard. “For Janet Jackson to follow me and make me her [Instagram] Wednesday crush, and then do a whole video shout out, amidst her rough time, you know what she is going through right now, it really meant a lot.”
"It felt like, 'Wow! You really believe in me. You really know I exist,'” Taylor continues. “This is wild. This is real. I just saw her at the Essence Festival. It was like, ‘Alright, girl. You know I love you.’ She told me she loved me, too.”
Taylor says she’s inspired by Jackson’s incredible legacy over the past four decades.
“You can see how hard she works, and how serious she takes her visuals,” says Taylor. “It is great just being around her. Her answers to my questions are always full of advice. You know, I am deliberate. I ask questions for a reason.”
Taylor says spending time with her idol is an education, and she always learns something, even when Jackson is silent.
“As far as advice, she has given me a lot,” Taylor says. “I think with someone like her, her advice is self-explanatory. She does not even really have to say anything.”
ABC/Randy HolmesT.I. is looking to pay a six-figure salary to the ultimate Grand Hustler as his new reality series, The Grand Hustle, premieres tonight on BET.
The series is the latest project for his Grand Hustle film company
"We’re definitely developing content, we’re developing film and television,” T.I. tells ABC Radio. "Grand Hustle Films, we’ve had our success, but now we’re focusing on the next show we have, The Grand Hustle, on BET.
The reality competition series features 16 men and women competing for a position to work within T.I.'s Grand Hustle empire, which includes his Grand Hustle Records label. The winner will be crowned the Grand Hustler and receive a six-figure salary.
In addition to The Grand Hustle, T.I. continues to juggle many hats as a recording artist, Grand Hustle Records CEO, and actor.
The versatile entertainer currently stars in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and he has three more films in production: Dolemite is My Name co-starring Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes, Cut Throat City with Snipes and Terrence Howard, and also The Trap featuring Queen Latifah and Mike Epps.
T.I is also working on his tenth studio album, The Dime Trap.
The Grand Hustle debuts Thursday, July 19 at 10 p.m. ET. on BET.
Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImageAfter taking a three year hiatus from music, Ciara is back with a high intensity new dance track, “Level Up,” which she released Wednesday.
In the highly choreographed video featuring the Request Dance Crew, Ciara encourages her fans to elevate their lives to a higher level.
She sings, “I just keep elevating, no losses, just upgrading/My lessons, made blessings, I turned that into money/Thank God I never settled, this view is so much better/I’m chilling, I’m winning, like on another level."
The Grammy Award winner also offers advice about avoiding negative people.
“Fake friends get dropped like weight/Team love, don’t want no hate/I’m grindin', I’m shinin' Up, up, up on my way/Thank God I never settled/This view is so much better/I’m chilling, I’m winning/Like on another level.”
“Level Up” is Ciara’s first single since “Dance Like We’re Making Love” in 2015 from her Jackie album. Since then, Ciara has focused on her personal life. She married Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in July 2016, and their daughter, Sienna, was born in April 2017.
The 32-year-old entertainer also expanded her career as a Global Brand Ambassador for Revlon in 2016.
SMXRF/Star Max/GC ImagesBeyonce’s mother, Tina Lawson, and Beyonce’s sister Solange, are among those showing support for Michelle Williams after the former Destiny’s Child member checked into a hospital suffering from depression.
“You have given unselfishly of your time and support to so many and I know that you will be the best example of self care which we all need," Lawson commented on Williams' Instagram page. "I love and support you with all my being.”
Solange commented, “Love u so Michelle! Really proud of you. Sending u all the love in the world".
Missy Elliott also offered compassion for the singer.
"I want to lift our sis up in prayer because there are so many people battling this & many trying to deal with it alone," Elliott tweeted. "Let’s keep the ones who are openly dealing with it uplifted & be encouraging to them!"
As previously reported, Williams posted on social media Tuesday that she is receiving treatment for undisclosed mental health issues.
Williams wrote on her Twitter and Instagram accounts, "For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it's time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your well being."
"I recently listened to the same advice I have given to thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of healthcare professionals," Williams continued.
"Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need.”
Williams, who turns 38 this coming Monday, first revealed her struggles with depression in an interviewwith The Talk in 2017, admitting she felt suicidal at times, particularly during the peak of Destiny's Child's success.
ABC/Randy HolmesThe Snoop Dogg/Celina Powell cheating scandal may have been a setup to promote his upcoming Clout Chasers TV series.
In the trailer, Powell admits she falsely stated that she was pregnant with Offset’s baby. Following Powell’s admission, Snoop says, “I think I found the one, the one that I’m gonna get.”
After we see the snapshot of conversations Powell posted as “evidence” to show she had sex with Snoop, the “Gin & Juice” rapper reads Powell's text, “Where do you audition for season one?" He responds, “You already did.”
In the clip, Snoop describes a clout chaser as “a person who strategically associates themselves with the success of a popular person or a current contemporary trend to gain fame or attention.”
"Now, with the platform of social media, a whole new group of extortionists have emerged, preying upon human nature." Snoop adds. "It's time to flip the script and expose these clout chasers so we can learn from their acts of desperation.”
The trailer ends with the statement that the series is “premiering 2018.” No further information on dates or the platform.
Allen Berezovsky/WireImageEl DeBarge was reportedly arrested over the weekend for smashing a windshield.
The 57-year old singer was charged with felony vandalism for allegedly smashing the windshield of a RV with a wrench in San Fernando Valley, California, according to TMZ.
DeBarge allegedly argued with man, chased him out of a house, and then when the man got into a RV, the singer is accused of hitting the windshield with the wrench. DeBarge was arrested and released after posting $20,000 bail.
The “Who’s Johnny” singer has been arrested several times in the past, including for cocaine possession and domestic violence.
DeBarge served two years in California prison from 2008-2010 after violating probation on drug charges.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Parkwood EntertainmentFollowing two shows on their On The Run II tour in Paris, France, Beyonce, and JAY-Z enjoyed a superstar dinner with Elton John and Bono from U2.
The Carters indulged in fine dining while listening to live music at La Petite Maison in Nice, France. Their party included Beyonce’s mother, Tina Lawson, Tina’s husband, Richard Lawson, and also actor Neil Patrick Harris from the How I Met Your Mother TV series, according to The Jasmine Brand.
A five-piece band played at their table as Bey, JAY, friends, and family had a joyous time.
The European leg of the On The Run II tour wrapped up Tuesday in Nice. The North American leg begins July 25 in Cleveland and continues through October 4 in Seattle.
Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty ImagesMichelle Williams, who's shared her battles with depression in the past, says she's receiving treatment for undisclosed mental health issues.
In a statement posted to both her Twitter and Instagram accounts, the Destiny's Child member writes, "For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it's time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your well being."
She goes on: "I recently listened to the same advice I have given to thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of healthcare professionals."
"Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need," the statement says, ending with, "If you change your mind, you can change your life."
A message left with her Williams' manager seeking details was not immediately answered.
Although Williams doesn't provide further details, TMZ reports she checked herself into a mental health facility located "just outside of Los Angeles."
Williams, who turns 38 this coming Monday, first revealed her struggles with depression in an interview with The Talk in 2017, admitting she felt suicidal at times, particularly during the peak of Destiny's Child's success.
All Def MusicBusta Rhymes' catchy freestyle on Chris Brown's 2011 hit song, "Look At Me Now," is arguably one of the rapper's most memorable features.
So when Doritos decided to team up with the legendary rapper, it was an easy decision to use his rap freestyle from that track in their 2018 Super Bowl commercial, which showed Game of Thrones actorPeter Dinklage lip-syncing over Busta's verse.
Rhymes says working on the commercial with Dinklage was absolutely "incredible."
"It just was an incredible moment to be able to share with a dude that I'm a super fan of too," Rhymes tells ABC Radio. "The Game of Thrones and all of that-- and just a bunch of other things that Peter Dinklage has done. I'm a super fan."
Interestingly, when it came time to lip-sync the freestlye, Dinklage had an distinct advantage.
"I didn't really have to tell him too much. I mean he knew...exactly what he was doing," Busta reveals. "From what I understand he used to rhyme, so he knew what he was doing..And he was in a rap group, he had his own thing popping with his emcee days-- back when he was spitting bars himself."
According to the AV Club, Dinklage was the lead singer of Whizzy, "a rap/rock/punk/funk band in the mid-’90s."
Busta continues, "He definitely...had that under control flawlessly, so to speak. So, I don't want to take too much credit for that."
Rhymes also gave props to Missy Elliott's freestyle-inspired Superbowl commercial, where Morgan Freeman lip-synced over her song, "Get Your Freak On."
"She's like the female Bus Rhymes I'm proud to say," he adds. "And I think Morgan Freeman did an amazing job--the whole concept was dope."
“I literally had no words,” the 23-year-old singer tellsBillboard. “I definitely believe that there are songs that, as artists, we don’t know the full potential. It’s definitely been amazing to watch the climb from debuting at 78.”
“Boo’d Up” is now certified platinum, and Mai remembers when she released the tune last year, she did not want to perform it.
“I thought it was too new and I was like, ‘No one’s gonna know what I’m talking about,’ so I just left it out and performed some of my older songs,” Mai says.
However, by popular demand, she added “Boo’d Up” to her set, and the reception was overwhelming.
“I saw such a change in the response from the audience every night once I put ‘Boo’d Up’ in,” Mai says. “Everyone would tell me how much they loved the song and how much they enjoyed the performance of the song so I was like ‘OK, maybe this is something.’”
Mai’s 15-city "Boo'd Up" tour kicks off August 6 in Dallas, and continues through August 28 in Seattle. She is performing in intimate venues, and tickets sold out immediately.
Monday night, Mai was a surprise guest during H.E.R.’s set on the Chris Brown Heartbreak On a Full Moon tour at the Barclays Center in New York City. The sold-out crowd sang along with her word for word as she performed “Boo’d Up.”
After the show, Mai tweeted, “thank you @HERMusicx for asking me to be a part of such an incredible set tonight in NY. you are the TRUTH”
Randee St. Nicholas/RCA RecordsAfter revealing years of abuse by her former husband R. Kelly,Andrea Kelly is blasting those who are criticizing her as she speaks out nine years after her divorce.
“You are by far the biggest supporter of my abuser. By you shaming me and any other victims you’re helping the abuser accomplish their take of belittling, intimidating, and discounting all the abuse they’ve put the #victim and #victims through!,” Andrea wrote on Instagram. “You WILL NOT stop me from saving lives and giving hope to those who are where I was.”
I AM A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS!,” she continued “I am a #SURVIVOR OF SEXUAL ABUSE *EMOTIONAL ABUSE* PHYSICAL ABUSE *ECONOMIC ABUSE at the hands of my EX husband.”
Andrea Kelly ended her post, “To the ones still in it, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! You will get away I DID.”
As previously reported, Andrea Kelly appeared on the TV One Sister Circle show in June and said what the singer did to her was "criminal."
Andrea described that she was driven to almost take her own life, and was about to jump from a hotel balcony. But, she said, when she envisioned her death, God convinced her not to jump.
Andrea says God told her to go to a computer and search for "domestic violence." She left the balcony and grabbed a laptop.
With tears streaming down her face, Andrea painfully described how she reacted when she was filling out a domestic violence questionnaire.
“It was 17 questions, and they asked you, 'Has your abuser ever done this,'" she recalls. "Of the 17, Robert had done 15 to me."
R. Kelly and Andrea married in 1996, and divorced in 2009. They have three children.
Republic Records"In My Feelings” just became Drake’s sixth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and the Toronto rapper knows he owes much of its success to the dance challenge created by Instagram star Shiggy.
Drake thanked Shiggy as he shot a video of the comedian at a party in Los Angeles.
"Oh my goodness. Man got me a number one record today. Oh my God!,” Drake said as Shiggy displayed his dance moves.
“In My Feelings” replaced Drake’s “Nice For What” as the number one song.
New York Giants football star Odell Beckham Jr. was among the first celebrities to accept the dance challenge. Will Smith, Kevin Hart, Ciara, Lala and many more stars have also jumped in on the international dance craze which began on Instagram as #DoTheShiggy.
The viral challenge has inspired over three million tweets, according to Billboard.
As previously reported, Drake declared Smith the winner of the challenge, commenting, "Wow the video is done.”
ABC/Randy HolmesAfter being arrested in May for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, T.I. is facing an additional assault charge stemming from an argument with a security guard at his gated community in Atlanta.
The Henry County solicitor general’s office filed the new simple assault charge, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. T.I. is accused of acting “in a violent or tumultuous manner” toward security guard Euwan James at the Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Georgia on May 16.
The accusation adds that T.I. “was in an intoxicated condition in a public place, which condition made manifest by his boisterous conduct, profane language, an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person, and by his own admission of alcohol consumption.”
The rapper/actor was involved in an argument with James when he attempted to enter the property, where he lived, and could not find his keys. The security guard called 911 and said T.I. was threatening him. T.I. was arrested for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. and released on bond.
T.I.'s lawyer, Steve Sadow, says the charges are "baseless, ill-founded and unjustified." He adds that the guard "was fired for the way he handled the situation with T.I.”
“T.I. never threatened or acted in a violent manner towards Euwan James, the security guard,” Sadow continues. “We had sincerely hoped that the Henry County Solicitor had better, more important, things to do to serve the Henry County community than prosecute an African American over a verbal dispute during an encounter with a security guard who was asleep at his post and was unwilling to provide his name to T.I. so T.I. could report the guard’s misconduct to his employer.”