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Prince Williams/WireImageYoung Thug is recognizing his deaf mute sibling by not releasing any new music this year.

"I got a brother that can't hear or talk, so I wanna act deaf for a year so I won't put up any new music this year," he tells HypeBeast. “2019, I'm a put out probably Hi Tunes."

The rapper born Jeffery Lamar Williams has released at least one project every year of his career, with a total of 18 mixtapes since his debut in 2011.

In 2017, Thug dropped his joint project with Future, “Super Slimey,” and also “Beautiful Thugger Girls.” The Atlanta MC was also featured on several songs, including “High End” with Chris Brown, and “Trap Trap Trap” with Rick Ross.

Thug was very prominent during the recent Fashion Week in New York City and plans to focus on designing this year.

As previously reported, Young Thug announced this week he’s changing his name to SEX.

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesSheila E. was just announced as one of the performers at a four-day event in Minneapolis celebrating the legacy of Prince.

“Celebration 2018” will be held April 19-22 at Paisley Park and will include live performances, exhibits and panel discussions.

In addition to Sheila E., several musicians who worked with Prince will appear. The group fDeluxe, formerly known as The Family will perform, featuring Susannah Melvoin and Eric Leeds from The Revolution, and two members from The Time, Jellybean Johnson, and St. Paul Peterson.

Also, a separate supergroup of Paisley Park and New Power Generation alumni will make its debut at the event.

As previously reported, on Saturday April 21, a concert entitled "Prince: Live on the Big Screen" will be held at the Target Center in Minneapolis. It will feature newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live by an all-star band.

Tickets for “Celebration 2018” are now available on the Paisley Park website.

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ABC/ Lou RoccoAfter fans took Ne-Yo’s wife Crystal Renay to task for saying her son wasn’t “blessed” with her "Hawaiian silky" good hair, Renay has announced she plans to launch a new hair care line just for mixed kids.  

In an Instagram story on Thursday, that was captured by RhymesWithSnitch, Renay announced the new venture.  

“Thank you guys for the negativity, because once again I’m going to channel it into something positive and I am now in the process of creating a hair care line for mixed children…so thank you once again.”  

Renay did not offer any details on what the new product line will entail-- or a specific date for launch.

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Randee St. Nicholas/RCA RecordsBlack Panther mania has led to people wanting to fly to the film’s fictional African nation of Wakanda, but when R. Kelly wanted to join the bandwagon, Twitter said no.

After Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport posted an imaginary flight to Wakanda on Twitter, the response was overwhelming, with thousands of people commenting they were ready to buy tickets. When the “Bump N Grind” singer chimed in he was ready too, there was an avalanche of tweets saying he was not invited!

Kelly tweeted, “Hell, I’m on my way too! Amazing film! #WakandaForever#BlackPanther" 

He was immediately blasted with a flurry of negative tweets.

Responses included, “NO THANK YOU. WE JUST CLOSED THE BORDERS. – Wakanda Immigration.” Another person wrote, “Fatha Gawd, we come before you today to block the entry of enemies of progress and pedophiles into the sacred land of Wakanda! You said weapons would form but let them not prosper in this land. We rebuke and reject him, in YOUR glorious name.”

R. Kelly is facing more serious problems as he was recently evicted from his two homes in Georgia due to failure to pay nearly $30,000 in rent

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Courtesy of It Is Done CommunicationsGinuwine stars in the comical touring play Your Husband’s Cheating On Us, and now Bravo is presenting a docu-series about the production.

The "Pony" singer portrays the resident “player” in the play, created by JD Lawrence, and the TV series presents all behind-the-scenes drama of the production.

In the docu-series, all the actors live in the same building in order to learn the script and dance numbers in only eight weeks. The result is a mix of fights, laughter and booty calls.

Your Husband Is Cheating on Us premieres Sunday, April 1 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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Parkwood Entertainment/ColumbiaChloe X Halle revealed the tracklist for their debut album The Kids Are Alright today, and it includes their theme for grown-ish, as well as their song “Warrior,” from the Wrinkle in Time soundtrack.

“Our debut album The Kids Are Alright means so much to us,” Chloe x Halle say in a statement. “This is three years of self-discovery, vulnerability, and growth, all put into one album. We’ve put our hearts and souls into every lyric, every beat, and we cannot wait for the world to hear.” 

The album contains 16 tracks, plus two bonus songs. The sisters wrote all the songs and served as executive producers. Joey Bada$$, Goldlink and Kari Faux are featured on the project.

The Kids Are Alright will be released March 23 and is now available for pre-order.

Here's The Kids Are Alright tracklist:   

1. "Hello Friend" (intro)
2. "The Kids Are Alright"
3. "Grown (from grown-ish)
4. "Hi Lo" (featuring GoldLink)
5. "Everywhere"
6. "FaLaLa" (interlude)
7. "Fake" (featuring Kari Faux)
8. "Baptize" (interlude)
9. "Down"
10. "Galaxy"
11. "Happy Without Me" (featuring Joey Bada$$)
12. "Babybird"
13. "Warrior" (from A Wrinkle in Time)
14. "Cool People"
15. "Baby on a Plane"
16. "If God Spoke"   

Bonus Tracks: 

17. "Drop"
18. "Fall" 

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Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesDa Brat is getting ready to Set it Off with the help of Latoya Luckett, Demetria McKinney and Kyla Pratt.

On Thursday evening, the "Funkdafied" rapper unveiled the poster for the Set it Off stage play, which is inspired by the 1996 heist film of the same name.

"Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to finally reveal my amazingly talented AND gorgeous CAST!! OOOOOOW SHAT!!! A @jecaryous production," she wrote on Instagram, captioning the flyer showing her co-stars, which is an exact replica of the original film's poster.

"SET IT OFF the stage play! Coming to a theatre near you!" she added. "Tickets are evaporating FAST!!! #setitoff #setitofflive #latoyaluckett #kylapratt#demetriamckinney #dabrat#setitoffthestageplay."

The original film, directed by F. Gary Gray, starred Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise as four women who plan and execute a Los Angeles bank robbery.

Brat, who will be making her theatrical debut in the play, will portray Cleo, Latifah's character.

Set if Off premieres in Atlanta on Friday, March 9 - 11 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. For more information on the tour and dates go to Jecaryous.com.

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Image Group LA/ABCWith 12 Grammy Awards and a number one Black Panther soundtrack album, just about everyone knows who Kendrick Lamar is -- except the contestants on last night’s Jeopardy, that is.

Host Alex Trebeck provided five clues about the 30-year-old superstar, but all three players were dumbfounded.

When one contestant, Rob, selected Recent R&B and Hip-Hop Hits for $2,000, Trebek offered the names of four of Lamar’s songs, and his latest solo album. He said, “Hitmaking was in his ‘DNA.’ He had ‘LOYALTY.’ He was ‘HUMBLE.’ and in ‘LOVE.’—DAMN.”

Ron, as well as his opponents Catherine and Alan, were all silent, forcing Trebek to give the answer: “That would be Kendrick Lamar.”

The Compton rapper is now touring Europe with a performance tonight in Amsterdam.

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ABCOscar-winner Common, Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige, Grammy winner Miguel and Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day are among the artists who'll perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Oscars ceremony, it was announced today.

Blige will perform “Mighty River” from Mudbound, the Oscar-nominated song she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson.

Blige is also Oscar-nominated this year for Actress in a Supporting Role for the movie, making her the first person to be nominated for both a performance and Original Song in the same year.
 
Common and Andra Day will perform the nominated song “Stand Up For Something” from the historical drama Marshall. The song was co-written by Common and Diane Warren.

Miguel, along with Gael García Bernal and Natalia Lafourcade, will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Remember Me” from the animated movie Coco.

In addition, Greatest Showman star Keala Settle will perform the Oscar-nominated song “This Is Me” from the film, while singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens will perform his Oscar-nominated song “Mystery of Love,” written for Call Me by Your Name.

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 90th annual Academy Awards, airing live from the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, March 4, starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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ABC/Eddy ChenAs En Vogue prepares to release Electric Cafe, their first new album in 14 years, will the "Funky Divas" follow in the footsteps of Xscape and The Braxtons and star in a reality series? Terry Ellis tells Billboard they might consider it...but only if it wasn't too embarrassing.

“We are open to the right un-ratcheted situation,” she says.

Electric Café will be released on March 30. En Vogue initially planned to release an EDM project, but they changed musical direction. Now, the group's Cindy Herron-Braggs describes the album as “electric soul” and “punk soul.” 

Rhona Bennett, who became a permanent member of the group in 2012, is looking forward to the response to the new music.

“I hope fans will listen and just go ‘wow,” she says. She also hopes that fans will say, “It feels good and it sounds like they had a good time recording it.’”

En Vogue is proud of their 28-year-legacy, and are honored that the red gowns worn in the video for “Giving Him Something He Can Feel” are on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. They are the only girl group featured in the museum.

As the members look back on their three decades, Ellis says they want to be remembered for “passion and love for what we do, respect for what each person brings to the table, self-empowerment, [and being] amazing vocalists and uplifting role models.” 

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Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for AcuraNetflix will premiere the story of female rap pioneer Roxanne Shante on March 28.

Life is A Battle: Roxanne Roxanne features Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali from Moonlight, and Nia Long. Pharrell Williams and Forest Whitaker are among the executive producers.

Roxanne Shante rose to stardom in the 1980’s as a 14-year-old rapper from the Queensbridge neighborhood in New York City where Nas and Mobb Deep also grew up. She became famous for her battles with several rappers, including KRS-One.

In the trailer, we see her mother, portrayed by Long, fighting to protect her teenage daughter from the dangers of the male dominated rap world. Roxanne is suddenly thrust into the fast lane, receiving expensive gifts, including a Mercedes Benz. She also gets caught up in violence, and drugs. 

Life is A Battle: Roxanne Roxanne debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where Chante Adams, who stars as Shante, won the 2017 Sundance Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance. 

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Steven Ferdman/Getty ImagesAs Remy Ma continues her strong comeback following several years behind bars, her sister has been arrested for a shooting incident.

Remeesha Alesia Blount was taken into police custody on Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to The News & Observer. She is accused of shooting a woman and also firing several shots at a vehicle outside of a local bar.

Blount has been charged with “one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, three counts of assault with the weapon with intent to kill, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and discharging a firearm in the city.”

She has several previous arrests, including charges for assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun, and shooting a gun inside city limits. Blount is now being held without bail.

Remy served six years in prison for assault and illegal weapon possession, She was released in August 2014. 

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Fotonoticias/FilmMagicO.K., so maybe you didn't get invited to Rihanna's 30th birthday party on Tuesday.  But you can still celebrate RiRi's milestone day with a limited birthday edition product from her Fenty Beauty line.

The product, Killawatt: Dirty Thirty Edition, packages "Trophy Wife," Rihanna's favorite shade of 3D hyper-metallic gold highlighter, in collectible "Dirty Thirty" packaging, with an "XXX" imprint.

The Fenty Beauty freestyle highlighter, a cream-powder hybrid, is loaded with superfine shimmer and blends instantly into the skin. You can use it on your face, eyes, lips, collarbone or anywhere else you need some sparkle.

You can, as the Fenty Beauty website says, "celebrate 30 blessed years of Rihanna's killer radiance" with the product, which costs $34.

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PRNewsfoto/Kaya FestLauryn Hill will join members of the Marley family at the Kaya Fest in April.

"As we prepare to bring Kaya Fest to the west coast, we're proud to have the continued support of powerful artist Ms. Lauryn Hill," says Stephen Marley, son of the late Bob Marley and producer of the festival.

"This year, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of my father's album Kaya, we wanted to go even bigger - more artists, more love and more people celebrating with us from all over the world," Marley adds.

The Kaya Fest will be held April 28-29 in San Bernardino, California. Marley will perform along with his brothers Ziggy, Damian, Julian, and Ky-Mani. Hill is connected with the family as she has five children with another brother, Rohan Marley.

Kay Fest will also feature Cypress Hill, Action Bronson, Toots & the Maytals, Third World and Inner Circle. The event “seeks to educate and celebrate the thoughtful uses for cannabis." 

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Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BMIAfter many years of waiting, Lil Wayne fans can finally look forward to the release of Tha Carter V.

“We’ll get that this year,” Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman tells Rap-Up. “I’m guaranteeing you gon’ get it this year.”

Wayne expected to release the CD in 2014, however it has remained in the vault because of his ongoing legal dispute with the record label.

Birdman was full of compliments for Weezy, saying ““He is the best ever to me. A lot of success comes from under his umbrella.” He predicted that Tha Carter V will be one of the “biggest” albums of 2018. “Without a doubt,” he says. “It’s gonna’ be well worth the wait.”

Wayne is suing Cash Money for $51 million, accusing the company of withholding his album. Last year, he filed a suit charging that Universal Music and Cash Money are working together to deny him money he deserves from the success of his Young Money Entertainment artists Drake and Nicki Minaj. 

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Atlantic RecordsJanelle Monae has revealed the release date for her third album, Dirty Computer.

The singer/actress will drop the CD on April 27, and it is now available for pre-order. Monae previously released a futuristic, sci-fi trailer featuring Creed actress Tessa Thompson.

Monae is releasing a narrative film with the album, and calls the project an “Emotion Picture.” She released two singles and music videos today, “Make Me Feel” and "Django Jane.”

Thompson joins her in the “Make Me Feel” video which is set in a 1980s themed dance club. In “Django Jane,” Monae sits on a throne surrounded by women as she raps a tribute to ‘Black Girl Magic.” 

Dirty Computer is the follow-up to Monae’s 2013 CD, The Electric Lady.

 

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Amanda Edwards/WireImageQuincy Jones has issued an apology for two recent interviews in GQ and Vulture in which he made controversial remarks about several entertainers, including Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Richard Pryor.

"I'm sorry to anyone who my words offended and I'm especially sorry to my friends who are still here and to those who aren't," the Thriller producer posted on Twitter.

Jones wrote that his six daughters had a family intervention "because of some silly things I've said in two recent interviews. I have learned my lesson!"

Jones continued, "To my dear family and friends...thank you for calling me out when I've clearly made a mistake…many mistakes."

He added, "I'm an imperfect human being and I'm not afraid to say it. I'm sorry and I'm not afraid to say it…Even at 85, it's apparent that 'wordvomit' and bad-mouthing is inexcusable."

The multi-Grammy Award winner wrote that his "bad-mouthing contradicted the very real messages I tried to relay about racism, inequality, homophobia, poverty."

Jones commented that he reached out to his friends privately, but wanted to also make a public apology. 

As previously reported, in the Vulture interview, Jones said that Jackson "stole a lot of songs. [Donna Summer's] 'State of Independence' and 'Billie Jean.'" He added that the King of Pop was "greedy" and said he "had a problem with his look because his father told him he was ugly and abused him."

"I used to kill him about the plastic surgery, man. He'd always justify it and say it was because of some disease he had. Bulls***," Jones said.

Jones also claimed that Gaye and Pryor slept with Marlon Brando

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Atlantic RecordsTrey Songz is being accused of assault during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

A woman who attended a party Saturday night with the singer filed the police report, according to TMZ. She says Songz hit her in the face following an argument, and claims he was angry because she was talking to another man. The woman left the party, went to a hospital, then reported the incident to police.

The Los Angeles City Attorney is reviewing the case to decide if charges will be filed.

In December, Songz was sued by a woman who claimed that he broke her glasses when she attempted to take a photo of him at a Philadelphia strip club.

The “Na Na” singer is currently on probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace for destroying equipment when his set was cut off during a concert at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit in December 2016.

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Tyler Golden/NBCWhen The Voice season 14 kicks off this Monday, February 26, returning coach Alicia Keys is determined to snag her second win.  But what's up with the guy who was her first win?  Chris Blue, season 12 champion from Team Alicia, has yet to release an album, but he says that's because he's just following Alicia's advice.

"One of the things that she stresses to me is, you wanna take your time," he tells ABC Radio. "Y'know, put everything into it, put your heart into it, make sure you feel it, because if you don’t feel it, no one else will."

"But most importantly, it’s like a child, you know," he adds. "A baby comes out of a woman’s womb when it’s ready, so don’t force it. So that’s what we’re doing. We’re taking our time with it."

That being said, Chris does have a vision for his debut album: He says it'll be a mixture of all the music that's influenced him in his life.

"I grew up in church, so I have a lot of like the old school in me," he explains. "I really like the Marvin Gayes, the Michael Jacksons, the Princes of the world. But I also enjoy the Justin Timberlakes, the Nick Jonases, you know what I mean? So it’s just gonna be a collaboration of everybody at once."

"I’m excited about the music because it’s nothing I’ve ever heard before," he adds. "And I pray that the world will receive it just like I have."

Chris says he's open to working with other artists, too.  He'd love to have Alicia on his album, of course, but his dream list also includes Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake.

"I’m excited about everybody," he says. "I’m open to collab with anybody who’s ready to get to work."

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ABC/Randy HolmesJill Scott is firing back at fans in a new post after some claimed that the singer's recent drunken episode was sparked by her ongoing divorce.

In the now deleted-Instagram video, captured by The Shade Room, Scott is seen slurring her words and saying that her night was going perfect, until she had one too many drinks. 

After deleting her post, Scott went online to reassure her fans that she was okay, and her inebriated speech was not a result of her pending divorce.

"Yooooowwwww," she wrote in a message posted on Instagram. "Ya’ll got to stop assuming EVERYTHING is about my divorce. S***’s dumb. I’ve NEVER fit a box; no matter how big it is. Let that thing go out cha mind because IT’S OUT OF MINE. #Bahleedat #heme???? Ok.”

She then captioned the message, "Real Talk. Goodnight."

As previously reported, Scott filed for divorce in September 2017 from her estranged husband Mike Dobson, citing "irreconcilable differences." The two were married for 14 months.

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