Atlantic RecordsIn addition to the release of his new While You Wait EP, Tank is also whetting fans' appetites on social media, with his "Tank's Tales." On the latest episode, the R&B General reflected on his short time in R&B supergroup TGTand their horrible 2013 performance.
"Alright, so I was part of this group called TGT. Y'all might have heard of us, we were together for a hot minute. Put out one album, broke up and don’t like each other. Alright, we do like each other -- but you get the point," he started the four-minute video.
TGT -- comprised of Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank -- releasing one album, 2013's Three Kings, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart. Ginuwine left the group in 2015, following an argument with Tyrese and a back-and-forth battle with Tank on social media.
In the video, Tank criticized the group's performance of their single, "I Need" on The Couch morning TV show. He said Tyrese called him just two days prior with the crazy idea of performing the song on the show at 6 o'clock in the morning.
During the performance, fans noticed Ginuwine seemed incoherent and Tyrese looked tired; they were singing the wrong words and throwing off the performance for viewers at home.
Despite rumors of drug use from Bossip and other outlets, Tank insists the only thing Ginuwine had was a "5-hour energy [drink] coming out of his neck and his eyes, oh my God."
Tank signed off with, "I don’t have no more today. This Tank Tales. This [mess] really happened."
No word on whether or not the group will get back together, but there doesn't seem to be any hard feelings: Tank tagged both Ginuwine and Tyrese, so we'll wait for their reactions.
Prince Williams/Wireimage"Let's get to it" says Migos rapper Offset in the trailer for his new Quibi series,Skrrt with Offset.
Viewers will watch the Migos' rapper and his celebrity family and friends including Cardi. B, Quavo, T-Pain, Lil Yatchy and Chance the Rappergo behind the scenes of the fastest, most tricked-out luxury cars.
Speaking of Chance, MTV's Punk'd will be making a comeback with him as the new host. The series trailer features some of the biggest artists in music -- Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X, Marsai Martin, French Montana, Migos, Ty Dolla Sign, and more, with guest host Scott Disick from Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Skrrt with Offset and Punk'd joins the list of series that will be released on Quibi, along with a revival of MTV's Singled Out hosted by Keke Palmer and Elba vs. Block withIdris Elba.
Quibi is a short-form video mobile entertainment platform launching next month, offering 90-day free trials starting April 6th.
Comedian B. Simone broke the internet Tuesday after posting a seductive image of her hugged up with rapper DaBaby, sparking dating rumors. Turns out it was all a marketing plan for his new single and short film, "Find My Way."
This is definitely a different sound and look for the North Carolina rapper, implementing passionate, mellow lyrics over melodies for a fiery production by his filmmaking trio, Reel Goats.
The Bonnie and Clyde-inspired film captures DaBaby and B. Simone as wanted criminals riding around California committing a string of robberies. DaBaby opens with a short monologue and a quick call to check in with his grandmother, while B. Simone proves she'll always be his ride-or-die.
"Find My Way" follows last month's "Shut Up," and DaBaby's platinum sophomore album, Kirk, which landed all 13 songs on Billboard Hot 100.
Dababy also collaborated on features with Stunna 4 Vegas, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Lil Yatchy, Future, Blueface's "Obama," and DaniLeigh's "Levi High" last month.
Roy Rochlin/WireImageAs TheMorning Show star John Marshall Jones gears up for the release of his newest series, Paradise Lost, on Spectrum Originals, the actor says he's currently working on staying "calm" and "centered" during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I know that we all are going through a lot of anxiety right now," Jones tells ABC Audio. "[But] what I've learned is that worrying or anxiety is like paying interest to the bank on a loan that you haven't taken out yet."
Jones, best known for playing loving father Floyd Henderson on the hit 90’s sitcom Smart Guy, says that even though fans may know him as the level-headed dad of a genius, it's not always easy in real life to maintain his cool with so much going on in world.
"I do something that helps me to stay calm and stay centered and takes care of my spiritual life as well as everything else," Jones explains, before revealing that that "something" is a special prayer.
"'The light of God surrounds me. The love of God enfolds me," he says with eyes closed. "The power of God for protects me. The presence of God watches over me. Wherever I am, God is and all is well."
The Morning Show is now available on Apple TV . Jones' new show Paradise Lost launches on Spectrum on April 13.
Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty ImagesHip hop icon DJ Jazzy Jeff says he's good, at home sporting a scruffy beard, after recovering from pneumonia over the last month. In a series of posts on his Instagram story Tuesday, he revealed the news while urging people to take the global pandemic seriously, hinting at COVID-19 symptoms.
"I'm recovering from pneumonia in both my lungs...I lost my sense of smell and taste which is a main sign of the virus," Jeff wrote. "I would not be here if not for my guardian angel for a wife!
In early March, Jeff mentioned he had an illness, tweeting, "I'll be happy when I’m home and I can cough freely…LOL." While he has yet to confirm his COVID-19 diagnosis, Jeff did urge his followers to take the virus seriously, saying they should continue to practice social distancing and stay indoors.
"Please take this serious...it does not care who you are..what you do or what your plans are. Stay Safe," he wrote.
Idris Elba, Kevin Durant, Scarface and Slim Thug recently revealed they were recovering from COVID-19. Rapper Styles P is convinced he "had the rona" three months ago before there was a heightened concern. "I almost died in January. And I never get the flu and if I do it’s a day or two," he tweeted. "In January I was down for a week and lost about 8 pounds!! I had the rona!! It had to be the Rona!!!!
There are now more than 190,000 people who have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus in the United States.
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CoachellaDrake, The Weeknd and J. Cole proved they're three huge stars with hearts to match, granting a terminally ill 11-year-old boy his dying wish.
The boy, Elijah Williams, passed away on Friday, following a three-year battle with cancer, but not before getting to chat with the superstar trio on Face Time.
"Over the past 3 years, my 11 y.o. cousin, Elijah, has battled cancer with the utmost resilience. Elijah's physical fight is now complete, as he transitioned to heaven on Friday,” Elijah’s cousin, Michael Watson II, revealed Sunday on Instagram.
“He didn't leave this world without knowing how much he was loved though," Michael continued. "Last weekend, Elijah got to 'meet' 3 of his favorite artists—The Weeknd, J. Cole, & Drake. Incredibly grateful for these 3 super-humans being so caring for my family during this time."
The post included a video of the conversation, which opens with J. Cole telling Elijah, "It's a pleasure to meet you man. I love you, bro."
"I'm so honored that I'm one of your favorite artists, buddy," adds The Weeknd.
Elijah's mother shared the same clip, with the caption, "I just want to say a huge Thank you to @realcoleworld @theweeknd @champagnepapi & @joeylogano for showing my baby some love these last difficult days of his life. I truly appreciate you all."
Watkins later told E! Online, "My family finds comfort in being able to share Elijah's story and last experience with the world. With Elijah being lifted up all over the globe as we speak, this private moment of love light is now a bittersweet silver lining for everyone."
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicIt's that time of year again. The time of year when the infamous meme of Justin Timberlake's vocals from the *NSYNC hit "It's Gonna Be Me" -- which sounds like "It's Gonna Be May" -- makes its rounds.
On Monday, the 39-year-old singer and actor took a stab at creating his own with a little help from his friend Lizzo.
"When’s the next time we leaving the house, @lizzobeeating??" Timberlake wrote alongside a video of the "Truth Hurts" artist singing the popular lyrics.
"But, for real... jokes aside... STAY IN!!!!" he added.
While the joke lies in the fact that the next month his May, the meme took on a different spin this year due to President Donald Trump extending social distancing guidelines until April 30.
The updated memes poke fun at the fact that the next time Americans will likely be able to mingle in large groups again is, literally, in May.
One of the new renditions reads, "Rose are red, April is grey, the next time you leave your house," followed by a throwback picture of a grinning Timberlake, which is widely interpreted as "it's gonna be May."
Another reads, "Me: when can I leave my house again? The government: it's gonna be May."
Alex HarperRapper Lecrae says it's tough dealing with the loss of his friend New Orleans' DJ Black N Mild, who passed away March 19th stemming complications from the coronavirus. His friend Slim Thugg revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
"That’s tough because you never know how it's going to affect somebody from one person to the next," Lecrae tells ABC Audio.
The "Set Me Free" rapper says we need to be mindful of the new reality upon us. He believes we must all take necessary precautions like washing your hands and using sanitizer to reduce the spread of the virus.
However, he hopes people realize "this is a season, its not life."
This season, Lecrae's at home having Nerf fights with his children and binge-watching shows on Netflix like Breaking Bad, Narcos and Snowfall.
Despite being under quarantine, he's still at work on his upcoming album.
Restoration will detail his struggles of competing alongside the biggest artists in the industry due to his faith-based music.
"They will struggle with playing my music in rotation with everything else on the radio. They’ll struggle to play it alongside Beyoncé or Migos or whatever because they know I'm a devout follower of Jesus," Lecrae admits to ABC Audio. "They think that music should only play on Sundays.And I think that’s the toughest part is that I want my music to touch people every day of the week, just not on Sunday."
He adds, "But you know it's hard for people to get you out of that box."
Lecrae also revealed he had "perfect features" from John Legend and others on Restoration, which is expected this spring.
Today marks the one year anniversary of Nipsey Hussle's death, yet his notoriety and influence continues to push forward his famous slogan, "The Marathon Continues."
His peers took to social media to pay tribute to the prolific rapper and philanthropist, born Ermias Asghedom, who was gunned down outside his flagship The Marathon Clothing store on March 31, 2019 at the age of 33.
Snoop Dogg and Nipsey shared a close relationship, both being from Los Angeles. Snoop shared footage of the two at a concert taking pictures. He also shared an interview clip of Nipsey addressing why he turned down the opportunity to play Snoop in Straight Outta Compton in 2015. Although he would have done an exceptional job, Nipsey said the laws are "You never walk in no great man's shoes," even if it is acting.
DJ Khaledshared he's grateful for their friendship, calling him an "icon" and "inspiration to all of us."
"R.I.P to the legend NH NIP!!!" Russell Westbrooktweeted, sharing an image of him.
Joyner Lucasasked that we stop listening to his ADHD album and listen to Nip. Meanwhile, T.I. said the world will never be the same, sharing a video of them at a club. "We'll take memories like these & lessons we learned from your life into eternity wit us King," he wrote.
Rick Ross spoke on his relationship with Nipsey and their conversations on entrepreneurship and empowerment, encouraging everyone to share how he impacted them. "Because you know he eclipses the whole world," he said. "Homie was such as special brother was such a solid dude and we’ll never let his name be forgotten.
Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BETWhat makes a great song? If you ask H.E.R., its "Something that’s unforgettable. Songland is the place to find those records."
H.E.R., Usher andBoyz II Men are among the new group of artists searching for the next undiscovered songwriter to write their next hit in an exclusive first-look clip of the competition series, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Songland premiered last May, giving viewers an up-close look at the songwriting process. The first season produced tracks like John Legend’s "We Need Love," Black Eyed Peas "Be Nice", and other singles that shot up the charts.
In season two, each week will see talented songwriters sharing their songs with multi-Grammy-winning producer-panelists Ester Dean, Ryan Tedde, and Shane McAnally, in hopes of having their song performed by some of the biggest stars in music.
"I’ve been writing for 20 years. This is actually my real life. We got to share what we do, our creative side, with the world,” Dean shares in the clip.
Dean is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter/producer, having penned tracks for Beyoncé,Usher, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, and Teyana Taylor's debut, "Google Me." Tedder is the lead singer of OneRepublic and also producws tracks for Beyoncé, as well as Adele and Leona Lewis. McAnally is a country singer-songwriter who's worked with Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson and country superstar Reba McEntire, to name a few.
ABC/ Fred LeeIn light of the COVID-19 global pandemic and the government compelling people to stay at home to reduce the virus' spread, the annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will be uplifting hearts at home with a two-hour gospel music special.
Hosted by multi-Grammy winning artist Kirk Franklin,The Stellar Awards: Music of Hope special will feature songs from previous Stellar Awards performances by Gospel greats like Tamela Mann, Donnie McClurkin,Yolanda Adams, Dottie Peoples, Bebe and Cece Winans, Hezekiah Walker, Mary Mary, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Marvin Sapp and more.
There will also be performances by Pastor Shirley Caesar, Patti LaBelle, Karen Clark Sheard, Lecrae, VaShawn Mitchell,Marvin Sapp, Brian Courtney Wilson, and Israel Houghton.
Fans will also get to relive Michelle William's performance of "Say Yes" with Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé at the 2015 Stellar Awards. Last year, BET acquired the rights and will to air The Stellar Awards, featuring a posthumous tribute to the Queen of Soul and ICON Award winner Aretha Franklin.
Rising Gospel singers Koryn Hawthorne and Jonathan McReynolds were set to host the 2020 Stellar Awards’ 35th-anniversary celebration, which has now been tentatively rescheduled for Aug. 14-16.
The Stellar Awards: Music of Hope Special will air from April 11 through May 24th on Bounce TV at 12 PM EST.
Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers and other artists will have to wait until next year to receive their induction into the 51st Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Those three artists, along with The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, were set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 11 in New York City. Due to concerns about the spreading COVID-19 coronaviruss, the induction ceremony has now been postponed to June 10, 2021.
"The wonderful songs that members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame have created are currently bringing comfort to billions of people all over the world in their time of uncertainty and need and that is something I believe we can all find gratitude in," Hall of Fame chairman Nile Rodgers of CHIC said.
The Isley Brothers -- Ronald Isley, Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, O’Kelly Isley, Rudolph Isley, and Chris Jasper -- incorporated hard rock, funk, and soul music into a sound that inspired generations of artists and earned the Isley Brothers two Grammys, one of them a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame postponement comes after Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's decision to move their induction ceremony from May to November of this year.
ABC/Randy HolmesHospitals and recovery facilities are in dire need of supplies to support COVID-19 patients, and protective equipment for healthcare workers as they care for patients who experience symptoms.
To help efforts in New York and Miami hospitals, DJ Khaled and his wife, Nicole Tuck, partnered with Direct Relief and online retailer simplehuman to help healthcare workers receive necessary supplies, through Khaled and Tuck's We the Best Foundation.
Their efforts will provide over 10,000 masks, gloves, and dozens of PPE kits for healthcare workers. simplehuman will provide sanitizer and thousands of hands-free soap dispensers to communities across the nation, starting April 1st.
"Helping our local community when and where we can has always been our mission since we started the We The Best Foundation back in 2018," Khaled told PR Newswire. "By partnering with Direct Relief, Nicole and I are able to reach the medical staff who are most at risk in local hospitals in New York and Miami. It's important to us to take care of those who take care of us."
Khaled and Tuck were inspired by their friend and designer Gelareh Mizrahi, whose brother works at a Brooklyn Hospital.
The state of New York has over 66,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning, with over 6,300 in Florida.
Royal Bridges of RoyalRae Donielle Tremaine Hansley, better known as Lil Dee Dee, takes on a major role in the upcoming drama Charm City Kings.
In the film, which is based on the documentary 12 O'Clock Boys by Lotfy Nathan, Hansley plays Lamont, a teenager who, like his friends, has hopes of joining a local dirt bike crew named The Midnight Clique. Hansley tells ABC Audio that his fans have been really curious about his tough-guy character.
"Lamont. That's what everyone wants to know about," Hansley says. "He is the hard-head out the group. He is the bad boy. He is the hard headed one, the fighter -- that's Lamont."
However, Hansley is quick to make clear that he's nothing like his brooding character. In fact, the professional dancer-actor says he's totally the opposite of Lamont.
"Me personally, I'm goofy, I'm dancing, you know, that's just how I am," Hansley explains.
"It's a switch," Hansley says, referring to how he manages to go between such different personalities. "You turn if off and you turn it on."
Charm City Kings, executive produced by Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith,also stars rapper Meek Mill, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Teyonah Parris andWilliam Catlett.
Charm City Kings hits select theaters on August 14 and goes nationwide on August 21.
(ABC/Eric McCandless)Tiffany Haddish is giving Girls Trip fans a much-needed update on the status of the film's long-awaited sequel.
As you may recall, Haddish's Girls Trip co-star, Queen Latifah, had previously said that "everybody’s down" for the new film and they were simply "waiting for a script.” But now, in an interview with HuffPost, Haddish says it's a little bit more complicated than that.
During a recent two-hour Zoom call Haddish had with Latifah, Regina Hall and Jada Pinkett Smith to check in amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she said they also spoke about the sequel. According to Haddish, the studio was waiting for a script, though Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote the first film, had already done a treatment.
"Then it was like, ‘Oh, you guys want too much money,’" Haddish said, adding that she had only made $80,000 for the 2017 comedy, which followed four best friends as they reconnected for their "last hurrah” in New Orleans.
According to Haddish, that's when she and her co-stars decided it might be best to take matters into their own hands and get together on their own to come up with a script.
"We might decide not to even make it Girls Trip," Haddish said. "Maybe we’ll do a different story just in case no one wants to make Girls Trip 2."
There's no word yet on what the plot might be or when this "different" sequel would launch.
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for GQStars -- they're just like us. Cardi B, like many other Netflix subscribers, has climbed on board the Tiger King train.
After sending out a series of tweets about the seven-episode true-crime documentary centered around Joe Exotic, an animal collector who is currently serving 22 years in prison for the attempted murder of his nemesis and animal sanctuary owner Carole Baskin, Cardi came up with a great idea.
"Bout to start a gofundme account for Joe," she wrote. "He shall be free."
Later, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper clarified that she was just joking in a response to a TMZ article, tweeting, "Omg I was just playing."
"I do love him tho and he deff needed better representation," she added.
Joke or not, the fund-raising website would not allow for it anyway. Shortly after Cardi proposed the account, someone used her name to follow through on the action. It was quickly shut down though and all of the $100 it raised was refunded.
A representative for GoFundMe explained to TMZ that its platform cannot be raised to fund the defense of inmates convicted of violent crimes.
ABC/Image Group LAAs hospitals struggle to effectively treat the rising number of COVID-19 patients, Lizzo showed her appreciation to the tireless ER workers by making sure they had something to eat on Monday.
The "Truth Hurts" singer quietly donated lunches to several hospitals on Monday, including the University of Washington School of Medicine, who profusely thanked her thoughtfulness.
"Thank you @Lizzo for sending lunches to the UW Medical Center - Montlake Emergency Department today!" the hospital tweeted alongside a series of photos of the grateful staff digging in. "Your support of our frontline healthcare workers means a lot."
ER staff at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit also enjoyed free lunch thanks to the 31-year-old, who even sent them a personal video to express her gratitude. "I just wanted to say thank you so much for all that you're doing during this pandemic and it's definitely not easy and you guys are putting yourselves on the front lines," she praised. "Because of that, I wanted to treat y'all to a meal."
Lizzo also sent lunch over to the staff at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center. "That moment when you’re working the ER and @Lizzo surprises you by sending over some lunch!" the hospital gushed alongside a photo of its staff happily holding up their food.
The 2019 Time's Entertainer of the Year is already on planning on assisting even more ER workers, with her publicist promising to Seattle Times, "She sent several hospitals food that were hit really hard for staff working around the clock. She is planning to send food to more hospitals as well."
The singer is certainly taking what she said to Sir Elton John on Sunday during the iHeart Living Room Concert For America seriously, where she encouraged everyone to come together and spread love.
Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and other major music stars gathered together for the Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on Sunday, and raised nearly $8 million to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and salute the strength and resilience of the U.S. people during the health crisis.
Highlights included Demi Lovato performing her hit "Skyscaper"; Eilish and her brother Finneas teaming up for an acoustic rendition of "bad guy"; Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes joining forces for her song "My Oh My"; and Mariah belting out her hit, "Always Be My Baby.”
Elton, who hosted the event from his home, closed out the evening with a special performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
Other performers included Backstreet Boys, Dave Grohl, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw.
The hour-long special drew more than 8.7 million viewers across multiple networks, who were encouraged to donate to two of the many charitable organizations that are helping COVID-19 victims and front line workers, such as health care professionals: Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation.
The rapper recently appeared on an episode of the "Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson" podcast and gushed about Hailie Jade Scott, his daughter with ex Kim Mathers.
"She’s made me proud for sure," he said, adding that the 24-year-old graduated from with a degree in Psychology from Michigan State University with an admirable 3.9 GPA.
Looking back on how much Hailie has grown, he remarked, "It definitely is crazy."
While most fans know about Hailie, most aren't aware that Eminem has two adopted daughters as well -- Alaina Marie Mathers, whose mother is Kim’s late twin sister, and Whitney Scott Mathers, who is Kim’s daughter with a former partner.
"I have a niece that I have helped raised, too, that’s … pretty much like a daughter to me, and she is 26. And then I have a younger one that’s 17 now," the "Lose Yourself" artist said of Alaina and Whitney respectively.
With all the success that Eminem has had, its these three young ladies that have had the biggest impact on him and who give him the biggest sense of accomplishment.
"So when I think about my accomplishments like that’s probably the thing that I’m the most proud of, you know, is that — is being able to raise kids," he shared.
Steven KleinRihanna's fans have waited so long for a new album that it's become an online joke, but according to the woman herself, her music career is still a going concern -- even if she refuses to give the smallest detail about it.
Asked to describe the project, Rihanna says, "I don’t want my albums to feel like themes. There are no rules. There’s no format. There’s just good music, and if I feel it, I’m putting it out.”
Asked if that means the new album won't be, as reported, a reggae album, she laughs, "Oh no, that is happening." However, she continues, "I feel like I have no boundaries. I’ve done everything – I’ve done all the hits, I’ve tried every genre – now I’m just, I’m wide open. I can make anything that I want.”
The singer, who reportedly broke up with her long-term boyfriend Hassam Jameel, is also thinking about making babies. Asked where she sees herself in 10 years -- she'll be 42 then -- she says, "I’ll have kids – three or four of ’em.”
She says she plans to have children even if she doesn't have a partner. "Hell, yeah. I feel like society makes me want to feel like, ‘Oh, you got it wrong…’ They diminish you as a mother if there’s not a dad in your kids’ lives," she says.
"But the only thing that matters is happiness," she adds. "That’s the only healthy relationship between a parent and a child. That’s the only thing that can raise a child truly, is love.”