When an overzealous Beyonce fan smacked the singer's butt, Beyonce threatened to boot him from her concert. But when somebody in the crowd apparently got a little grabby with Rihanna during her performance in Birmingham, U.K., on Monday night, she appeared to whack the culprit with her microphone.
Video shows Rih in a loose-fitting camouflage jacket, strolling along the front row at LG Arena, while two bodyguards walk a few feet in front and behind her. Rihanna sings "We Found Love," all while doling out high-fives to her Navy. When...Read more
Look -- if you plan on proposing to Chrisette Michele via Twitter, perhaps you should re-think that plan. Sure, those tweets always catch her "off-guard," she tells the Village Voice, but asking "Will You Marry Me" via Twitter is old hat, these days.
Why not pop the big question via video-sharing app Vine? Chrisette says that "would be the greatest place to publish it!" The singer seems to be quite fond of the service, posting...Read more
Alicia Keys' VH1 Storytellers performance is coming to CD, DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, and in anticipation, she's releasing audio from her live set. Alicia even has a special VH1 website, where fans can check for new selections.
Earlier this week, she released renditions of her songs "No One" and "Not Even the King." Next up, Alicia's unleashing audio for "Fallin'," "If I Ain't Got You" and "Brand New Me." The tracks will only be available on the day they're posted, but on Monday, all...Read more
Kanye West is being criticized by the American Parkinson Disease Association for a lyric in his new song, “On Sight.” The tune is featured on his new album, Yeezus.
The song includes the lyric, “A monster about to come alive again. Soon as I pull up and park the Benz. We get this b*tch shaking like Parkinson’s.”
Kathryn Whitford, the vice president of the American Parkinson Disease Association, tells TMZ, “We find these lyrics distasteful and the product...Read more
Mary J. Blige has been sued by a company that claims she cancelled a concert appearance, scheduled for Dallas in December 2012, at the last minute.
According to TMZ.com, Vision Entertainment Worldwide says Blige was supposed to perform in Dallas on December 9, but bowed out because she was invited to make a cameo at the Rolling Stones show in New York held the day before.
VEW alleges that Blige has not returned a 145-thousand-dollar deposit it paid her for the Dallas date, despite the cancellation....Read more
It'll be an American Idol reunion at the BET Awards later this month.
BET announced Tuesday night that former Idol judges and sparring partners Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj will perform at the ceremony, as will Ciara and India.Arie.
They join previously-announced performers Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Miguel, and Kendrick Lamar.
BET Awards '13 will be held at the Nokia...Read more
Move over, Justin Bieber...there's a new queen in town. Rihanna has officially passed The Bieb as the most-viewed artist on YouTube.
Billboard reports that at some point on Tuesday morning, Rihanna pulled ahead of Justin; the 78 videos on her official VEVO channel have a combined 3.784 billion views -- around two million more than Justin's 79 VEVO videos
As for how this happened, Rihanna has 3.7 million more YouTube subscribers than Justin, so even if...Read more
Once again, Rihanna's Los Angeles home has been the site of suspicious activity. This time, a man was arrested on Monday night for creeping along the outside of Rih's crib, even tiptoeing around on the roof, according to TMZ. The singer, of course, wasn't home because she's busy on tour.
Authorities tell the website that private security guards near Rihanna's property in Pacific Palisades called police, reporting they'd detained an alleged trespasser. When officers arrived, they arrested the guy,...Read more
People are always clamoring for the attention of their favorite stars on Twitter, but one J. Cole fan took things entirely too far, perhaps endangering a child. On Monday, just a day before J. Cole's latest album arrived in stores, a Twitter user wrote to the star: "@JColeNC retweet me and I'll buy Born Sinner. Don't retweet me and I'll kill my lil sister..."
Included with the message was a photo of a young girl, basically staring down the barrel of a gun. It's not clear whether the pistol in the picture is real or not, and the person holding the gun isn't visible, save for his hand.
Lil Wayne is responding to outrage over a behind-the-scenes clip that shows him stepping on the American flag, during the making of his "God Bless Amerika" music video. "I didn't step on the flag on purpose!" Wayne says in a tweet, about a behind-the-scenes clip captured during the film shoot. "It's a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it [drops] it's just there as I perform."
In a Facebook post, Wayne...Read more
Walmart.com seemed to have inadvertently revealed the title of Mariah Carey's new album a few days ago when it listed the disc for sale under the name The Art of Letting Go. Turns out that is indeed the album's title, as confirmed by Mariah's longtime collaborator and producer, Jermaine Dupri.
On Monday, Jermaine tweeted, "Mariah Carey, July 23: The Art of Letting Go. The new album will be available for all the lambs on July 23."
The Art...Read more
John Legend is heading to Washington D.C. this week for the 21st annual Conference on Volunteering and Service. He'll join volunteer, national service and civic leaders at an event Thursday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
John is set to perform during America's Sunday Supper, sponsored by Target. The evening will include a conversation on ways communities can come together to ensure better education opportunities for the country's youngsters.
Mario's "Somebody Else" music video is on the way. A behind the scenes clip shows Mario on set, where he welcomes the song's featured guest Nicki Minaj, who shows up for the shoot despite bad weather.
"You made it through the rain and all that?" Mario says, as he presents Nicki with a gift bag -- a token of his appreciation. Not only do the pair work together in front of the camera, but they also give their feedback on the playback.
Mario hasn't shared the details of his "Somebody Else" music video but one Twitter user has...Read more
Jay-Z and Beyonce held court last night at the 10th anniversary of Jay's 40/40 Club. It's the same club he rapped about on the Black Album's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," throwing in a line in the 2003 song that he was chilling "at the 40/40 Club, ESPN on the screen."
Little had changed Monday night in New York City. Taking a break from her Mrs. World Carter Tour, Beyonce -- wearing a white Roberto Cavalli dress and bone-straight hair -- sat next to her hubby while sipping champagne, laughing with friends and watching the oversized LED screens lighting the luxury sports bar. Instead of being...Read more
Usher has joined the star-studded lineup for the 4th Annual Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival. The headliners already include Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, The Roots, Erykah Badu and Raphael Saadiq.
The music showcase takes place on August 30 and 31, and tickets are on sale now. The two-day festival features a mix of jazz, blues, pop, soul, rock, Latin and gospel, with various free concerts and events happening around the island.
Whether he's rapping or singing about dating strippers or drunk-dialing an ex, Drake comes off as more of a lover than a fighter. But in the cover story for GQ's July 2013 issues, the rapper says he's been feeling a bit like a boxer in training -- but you probably won't guess why.
Drizzy, who's prepping his new Nothing Was the Same album, says he's been laying off getting laid. He says, "You know the way fighters don't f**k before the fight? Sometimes I feel like I'm so focused on training my body and getting my mind right to create this album that sex isn't one of my main...Read more
Two weeks before Independence Day, Lil Wayne has caused a stir by walking on an American flag while shooting a music video.
In a minute-long clip posted to YouTube, Wayne is seen stepping on the flag while reportedly working on a video for his song "God Bless Amerika." Its lyrics include, "My country ‘tis of thee/sweet land of kill ‘em all and let ‘em die/God bless Amerika/This ole' godless Amerika."
Lil Wayne's Facebook page features a post that directs visitors to the...Read more
It's probably too soon to schedule a playdate for Blue Ivy and Baby Kimye, but nevertheless Beyonce has taken to her website with a special message for new parents Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
"CONGRATULATIONS KIM & KANYE, ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL MOMENT TOGETHER," reads Bey's message, which she posted along with a photo of the couple smiling at each other courtside.
Kanye and Kim's baby girl arrived Saturday morning at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. It's...Read more
You've probably heard that "If a tree falls in a forest..." thing, but here's another philosophical thought to ponder: "If 1 Million records gets SOLD and billboard doesnt report it, did it happen?"
It's just one of a handful of messages Jay-Z shared with Twitter users, who've been keeping an eye on his timeline since Sunday night when he announced via a three-minute Samsung commercial that his album, titled Magna Carta Holy Grail, is coming July 4.
Jay's tweet on Monday about already selling one million copies of the album refers to the fact that Magna Carta Holy Grail will be made available for free to the first one million owners of Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note II phones who access it via the Magna Carta app. The cost is...Read more
Chris Brown has made some missteps over the years, getting in fights and reportedly using homophobic slurs. But Chris is putting all that behind him, launching his Unity campaign, which includes a just-released music video for his song "Don't Think They Know" featuring Aaliyah.
The clip opens with a startling statistic, "Every two hours in America today a child dies of a gunshot wound." Then there's a message from Chris, "Unity is what we are afraid of so fear is insanity, [let's] love each other." He signs...Read more
Estelle has apparently been busy in the studio, and in addition to her latest song "Call These Boys," she has a special project on the way. It's a new three-part EP series titled Love & Happiness.
Each installment is named for a romantic classic. For instance, volume 1 is titled Love Jones, and it's available for free download from Estelle's website, starting now. Volume 2 is Waiting to Exhale, and volume 3 is How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Both of those are coming soon.
The Love...Read more
John Legend has announced the next single from his upcoming album Love in the Future. The song is titled "Made to Love," and it's set for release on Tuesday.
A music video for the new track is already in the works, and John has taken to Instagram with photos from the set. The behind-the-scenes pics show him dressed simply -- a contrast to the luxury look he sported in the visual for John's previous single, "Who Do We Think We Are." While filming his "Made to Love" video, John wears just a white...Read more
Would you like a tour? That's the question's Drake's asking -- and answering -- with the announcement of his Would You Like a Tour? world tour, kicking off this fall in support of his upcoming album, Nothing Was the Same.
Drake will hit the road for a total of 41 North American dates beginning September 25 in Portland, OR, and wrapping November 15 in Los Angeles. The outing includes seven Canadian dates as well. Drake will be backed by Miguel on all of the dates, with Future and other TBA guests also performing guest sets.
You can get your...Read more
It appears that Amanda Bynes has had a change of heart about Drake.
The actress tweeted on Friday, "I'm sorry about the tweets I said about @drake I didn't mean what I said. I hope to become friends with him instead of smashing him!"
Bynes had repeatedly called the rapper "ugly" on Twitter recently. And that was after Bynes tweeted in March that she wanted Drake to perform a sexually-violent act on a certain part of her body.
Beyonce can finally put the legal drama with video game maker Gate Five LLC behind her. She's reportedly settled a $100 million lawsuit filed by the company, which accused the singer of bailing on a 2010 deal to create a dance game called Starpower: Beyonce.
That's according to the New York Post, which reports that lawyers for Gate Five say that the two parties have "settled amicably." As previously reported, Gate Five accused Bey of backing out of the deal at the last minute after asking for...Read more
Jay-Z made a surprise announcement Sunday night during ABC's telecast of the fifth game of the NBA Finals, between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs.
At the end of the second quarter, ABC aired a three-minute Samsung commercial which dropped the news that Jay is releasing a new album, titled Magna Carta Holy Grail, on July 4.
The ad took viewers behind the scenes of Jay's recording sessions with Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and super-producer Rick Rubin. At one point, he reflects, "The album is about, it's like this duality...Read more
Imagine a world where there's not just one Usher, but two! It's a reality in a new digital short film inspired by the title track from Usher's Looking 4 Myself album. The new video is the product of a collaboration between Usher, Samsung Smart TV and digital agency Huge.
The action-packed flick begins in a swanky apartment, high above the city, where the "down-to-earth" version of Usher flips through pictures of himself and the woman he loves. The cool part is that Usher doesn't need a conventional remote to go from one photo to the next. Instead, the Samsung Smart TV technology allows...Read more
Baby "Kimye" is here. E! Online reports that Kim Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday morning at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. The daddy, of course, is Kim's boyfriend, Kanye West. It's the first child for both stars. A source confirms the arrival to ABC News, adding that Kanye was by Kim's side during the birth.
The baby, whose name has not yet been revealed, has two cousins on the Kardashian...Read more
Maybe it's not an official Destiny's Child release, but Kelly Rowland's Talk a Good Game song "You Changed" proves that the trio still has musical chemistry. A full version of the Beyonce and Michelle Williams-assisted song has arrived online, and it features the ladies in familiar form.
"Ladies, y'all wanna do it again?... " Kelly says, before giving her pals Bey and Michelle the opportunity to show off their vocals. Kelly handles the song's first verse though, kicking a bum boyfriend to the curb when he tries to straighten up his act after she's already...Read more