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Chris Brown: Sued!!


This bastard just cannot seem to stay out of the headlines for bad behavior. As he goes back and forth between rehab and jail, there’s a lawsuit that has just been slapped his way, courtesy of Frank Ocean’s cousin!

$3 million dollars in lawsuit to be exact!

Sha’Keir Duarte is the man that was roughed up back in January in West Hollywood by some of Chris’ henchmen and now that the dust has settled, it’s time for that inevitable lawsuit.

-$1,000,000 for pain, suffering and inconvenience
-$1,000,000 for emotional distress
-$1,000,000 for punitive damages
-plus, another $60K for medical expenses

You know, we could handle our pain and suffering for a lot less, but we digress. Anyway, the Brown camp is doing what it does best – fighting back wit their own countersuit, alleging that they were provoked into whoopin’ Duarte.
Who cares to wager that this fiasco is settled out of court as well?

Oh, Chris Brown! The hits just keep on coming. And by hits, we don’t mean Billboard!

additional reporting: A. Neff King

2013 Soul Train Awards Winners: Tamar Braxton Wins Big!


The 2013 Soul Train Awards winners were announced on December 1st and let me just say it was Tamar Braxton’s night to be praised. Check out the full list of the winners below.

Best New Artist
Bridget Kelly
K. Michelle WINNER
Kendrick Lamar
Tamar Braxton

Centric Certified Award
Joss Stone
Luke James WINNER
Lyfe Jennings
Stacy Barthe
Talib Kweli

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance
Break Every Chain – Tasha Cobbs
Confessions- Lecrae
Every Praise – Hezekiah Walker
God Will Make Away – Shirley Caesar
If He Did It Before…Same God – Tye Tribbett WINNER
Life & Favor – John P. Kee & New Life

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
Bad – Wale feat. Tiara Thomas WINNER
High School – Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne
Holy Grail – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Power Trip – J. Cole feat. Miguel
Started From the Bottom – Drake

The Chaka Khan Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Alicia Keys
Chrisette Michele
Janelle Monáe
Kelly Rowland
Tamar Braxton WINNER

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Bruno Mars
Charlie Wilson
Chris Brown
John Legend
Robin Thicke

Album of the Year
20/20 Experience, The – Justin Timberlake
Good Kid, m.A.A.d City – Kendrick Lamar WINNER
Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
Magna Carta… Holy Grail – Jay Z
The Side Effects of You – Fantasia
Unapologetic – Rihanna

Song of the Year
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. WINNER
Diamonds -Rihanna
Fine China – Chris Brown
Love and War – Tamar Braxton
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award
Crooked Smile – J.Cole (Jermaine Cole, Meleni Smith)
Fire We Make – Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (Gary Clark Jr., Warren Felder, Alicia Keys, Andrew Wansel)
Lose to Win – Fantasia (Francine Golde, Dennis Lambert, Andrea Martin, Walter Orange, Harmony Samuels)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper Jr., LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick) WINNER
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Roman GianArthur Irvin , Dr. Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Janelle Monáe Robinson, Kellis Parker Jr.)

Best Dance Performance
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
Body Party – Ciara WINNER
Fine China – Chris Brown
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
Treasure – Bruno Mars

Video of the Year
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. (Diane Martel)
Fine China – Chris Brown (Chris Brown, Sylvain White)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Walid Azami)
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake (The Lil Homie, Dave Free, and Dangeroo Kipawaa)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson) WINNER
Started from the Bottom – Drake (Director X)

Best Collaboration
Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell – Fire We Make
Brandy feat. Chris Brown – Put It Down
J.Cole feat. Miguel – Power Trip
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.
Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – How Many Drinks
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines WINNER
Wale feat. Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing

Best International Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Differentology – Bunji Garlin WINNER
The Fog – Machel Montano
Next To Me – Emeli Sande
Personally – P-Square
Ur Waist – Iyanya

Best Traditional Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
George Benson feat. Wynton Marsalis – Unforgettable
Jeffrey Osborne feat. Chaka Khan – Baby it’s Cold Outside
Tony Bennett feat. Marc Anthony – For Once In My Life
Nicole Henry – Waiting In Vain WINNER
Terence Blanchard – Pet Step Sister’s Theme Song

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Jose James – Trouble
Boney James feat. Rick Braun – Batucada (The Beat)
Michael Bublé – It’s A Beautiful Day
Dave Koz – Got To Get You Into My Life
George Duke – Missing You WINNER

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Ashanti – Never Should Have WINNER
Brian McKnight – Sweeter
Kenny Lattimore – Find A Way
Maysa – Love Me Good
Raheem DeVaughn – Love Connection
Ronald Isley – Dinner And A Movie

What do you think of this year’s Soul Train Awards winners?

RISING STAR: Soal Revival


Soul can come from the most unexpected of places. For those that think of Motown or Chicago, they now have a new city to add to that list courtesy of Ladysoal. This supernova soul performer has been blazing a path that has taken her from her beginnings in Iowa to international acclaim. With releases like ‘I Am Here’ from her debut EP to songs like ‘Sunshine’ and ‘That Girl’, Ladysoal is indeed that girl remaining on your mind long after she’s left the stage.

With mainstream radio and music stations currently caught up in her unique sound and look, Ladysoal has honed her skills and talents working with some of the best in the industry, culminating in a musical experience for listeners that remains incomparable and intoxicating. After performing as a background singer for leading acts, Ladysoal is now forging her own path at the forefront.

Welcome to soul, shaken and stirred.

Ladysoal: That Girl


MuA: Kouralea Nicole
Photographer: Britlyn Designs


RISING STAR: Amelia Scalies – I Should’ve Known


The artistry of 14-year-old singer-songwriter Amelia Scalies can best be described as heartfelt rock. Armed with poignant lyrics and a breathtaking voice, Amelia shines through on her latest release I Should Have Known, which covers the full spectrum of human emotion.

Scalies is an independent multi-instrumentalist and vocalist that has garnered attention on the Top 40 adult contemporary charts. A native of Philadelphia, Scalies has been touring the eastern seaboard from New York City to Baltimore, opening for such noted musical acts as Joe Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter, and Boy Wonder & Orlando. All the while, she has been steadily creating a buzz within the industry and enthralling music enthusiasts for years. I Should Have Known features all original material plus a cover of ‘Welcome to the Black Parade‘ by My Chemical Romance. Fans of alternative rock will fall in love with her music, as she weaves her way through adult themes and situations that are seemingly well beyond her teenaged years. Standout tracks from this release include ‘Bottom of the Ocean‘, the introspective ‘What I Should’ve Said‘, and the tribal-infused ‘Memory‘. Without a doubt, Amelia Scalies is already light years ahead of her age in terms of evocative lyrics and assuredly the best is yet to come for this young and talented artist.



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Katy Perry AMA’s Performance: Perry Goes Geisha For Unconditionally

Have you seen the Katy Perry AMA’s performance? Well, if you didn’t, your eyes missed a party…Geisha style. Perry went full kimono on us all and even performed in socks. How fitting.

Perry performed her latest song off of Prism called “Unconditionally”, you know, the song rumored to be about her on and off again boyfriend (and I believe they are now “on” again) John Mayer.



Check out the Katy Perry AMA’s performance of Unconditionally below then let me know what you think below.

Images via Getty Images

Pharrell Williams Debuts “Happy”—The World’s First 24-Hour Music Video


Pharrell is on a ROLL, y’all!

Pharrell Williams, ICONOCLAST and i am OTHER Entertainment announced today the release of “Happy,” both the official music video and the world’s first 24-hour music video. The song is prominently featured in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster Despicable Me 2 and on the film’s soundtrack.

The video clip was directed by the creative duo We Are From L.A. and was filmed entirely on Steady Cam, requiring the crew to walk nearly eight miles per day over the course of 11 days. The production took place in Los Angeles and more than 400 hundred extras—including many celebrities—appear in the video.

A maverick concept, the 24-hour video is the first of its kind. Viewers may visit 24hoursofhappy.com, where they are automatically taken to the point in the video that the time on their computer reflects. At the top of every hour, Williams performs for the duration of the song, and he appears 24 times in the video. Directly following his performance every hour, 14 unique cameos play in four-minute intervals. Users can watch the video in real time or skip to a different time of the day and share favorite moments on Twitter and Facebook.

In Despicable Me 2, “Happy” is heard during a pivotal moment in the storyline, and he wanted to re-create that feeling with his music video. “Gru, the lead character who’s no longer a villain, has fallen in love and feels so much joy he literally dances through the streets,” said Williams. “That kind of happiness is so infectious; you can’t help but smile.” Williams calls the song his best work to date.

The clip features celebrity appearances including two of the film’s stars, Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove; as well as Jamie Foxx; Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt from Odd Future; Jimmy Kimmel; Magic Johnson; Kelly Osbourne; Sérgio Mendes; Ana Ortiz; Issa Rae; and Bevy Smith, among others.

Selena Gomez Basically Says She’s Not Easy


Selena Gomez is on the cover of Teen Vogue December 2013 and she starts off the whole darn thing with letting us all know she’s not a skank. Yay!

In the issue she chats about her BFF Taylor Swift, being romantic and her not so healthy eating habits. Check out the highlights below.


On Taylor Swift:
“The difference between Taylor and me is she was sixteen with the confidence of a 25-year-old. Actually, I should say 80-year-old, because she’s such an old soul. I was not that way. I was very sheltered until about eighteen or nineteen. I still live at home, and I’m 21! She does inspire me like crazy, but I wouldn’t change my path, because it allowed me to figure out all that stuff and do it on my own.”

On being a hopeless romantic:
“You fall in love and it completely consumes you. So a part of you is broken when that’s gone. And part of you wants to have that rebellious feeling where you’re just like, forget it—I can do anything I want. I’ve tried it, and I’ve never been that girl. I’m always going to be the girl you want to take home to your parents, not for the night.”


On her weakness for junk food:
“I eat junk. I’m from the South, so I love Mexican food, greasy pasta, and fried things. I do try, every now and then, to put something in my body that will be good, but, honestly, I’ve never liked working out. I need to be active in some way, though—that’s why I kind of secretly do it for my show. We have thirteen choreographed pieces, and it’s a 90-minute set. I consider that my workout!”


WE love you Sel Bell! Now here’s hoping she is done with the Biebs, at least until he straightens out.

Images via Teen Vogue

Kelly Clarkson’s Best Christmas Ever: Marriage, Baby, and a New Holiday Album


“My life did a 180—in the most awesome way.” That’s how singer Kelly Clarkson, 31, describes how husband Brandon Blackstock has changed her world. They started dating after seeing each other at the 2012 Super Bowl, and she married the divorced father of two on October 20th. And just this week, Clarkson revealed that she and Blackstock are expecting their first child together.

Via Parade.com:

On the details of her wedding, where she opted to go barefoot beneath her lace Temperley Bridal gown:
“I bawled like a baby. We both wrote our own vows, and it was hard to get through them, but I did it. … Brandon was like, ‘The Notebook ain’t got nothin’ on me—come on!’ And he took me out [on the lake] in a rowboat. It was very sweet. The whole thing was perfect.”

On her life prior to dating Blackstock in 2012:
“I was single for almost seven years. Every Christmas, it was like, ‘Seriously, I’m still pathetically alone? Awesome. I’m still telling people I’m okay with it? I’m not.’”

On forgetting the Mr. Know-It-All who came before she found Mr. Right:
“I only had like three boyfriends my whole life before Brandon, and two of them were good, just not a good fit. I only had one real stinker that I wrote [music about] and made a lot of money off of.”

On Blackstock’s initial worries about dating her, since his father, Narvel, is Clarkson’s manager:
“He was like, ‘My dad’s gonna kill me if this doesn’t go well.’ I said, ‘So? We’re both adults. And it’s gonna go awesome!’ In my head, I was like, ‘I’m already married to you!”

On how she knew she would be successful on American Idol in 2002:
“I came home after the very first Idol audition and was like, ‘I’m totally gonna win this.’ Not in a cocky way; it was like something bigger than me was at work.”

On her certainty that she’ll soon be a mom:
“My eggs aren’t getting any younger, so we’ve already started trying. I’m totally gonna have a girl. I’m manifesting it! And when I have a girl, you’re gonna be like, ‘That chick knew it!’”

On why she’s looking forward to getting pregnant:
“Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can’t wait to have a reason, instead of everybody just being a jerk!”

On how she figures she’ll be immune to pressure to rapidly drop the baby weight:
“I’ve never been Gisele Bündchen, so ain’t nobody expectin’ that! I like to set a [low] standard so people don’t expect a lot.”

Kelly Clarkson’s new Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, features both classics and winning originals co-written by Clarkson. And while she confirms to Parade that she turned down an offer to return to Idol as a season 13 judge (she was on tour with Maroon 5 during the show’s summer auditions), she’s finishing up two albums, one “very soulful” country and one pop. For more on Kelly Clarkson, check out Parade on Sunday, or go here.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Re-visit Thrift Shop in Docu-series


Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are getting paid!

Buffalo David Bitton announced today its innovative “Blank Check Series,” a program which will support self-expression and the arts by partnering with today’s cultural innovators. The “Blank Check Series” will present exceptional visionaries, influencers, performers and artists, with funding – a blank check – to be used to create engaging multi-dimensional content. The program will be delivered in a variety of forms ranging from print, video, digital, fine art, literature, social media and more. This series will provide Buffalo David Bitton with multiple points of connection with consumers on subjects and topics that truly resonate with them.

And yes, this is where Macklemore and Ryan Lewis come in.

To launch the program, Buffalo David Bitton has partnered with the rap duo. As part of their “Blank Check Series,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have chosen to work with Buffalo David Bitton to film and produce a documentary, providing viewers with a behind-the-scenes glimpse at their first world-wide arena tour. The documentary will take viewers on a digital journey through a new chapter in the duo’s career, providing a front row seat to their debut arena tour, with a look at the people and places encountered along the way. The first video, currently being shot on the European leg of the band’s tour, will be released October 3rd. In addition, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will support the launch of the series through social media and debut episode one on their website www.macklemore.com

“We are thrilled to be working with Buffalo David Bitton on their creative ‘Blank Check Series.’ We immediately resonated with the idea behind the campaign. The partnership allows for us to bring the talented video crew and gear we’ve always wanted to have out on tour documenting the experience. Being our first arena tour, we are excited to bring the behind the scenes and our life on the road to our fans in a way that we’ve always hoped to,” commented Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

“The goal of the ‘Blank Check Series’ is to commission artists, in different genres, to create engaging content for our brand,” commented Dari Marder, Chief Marketing Officer, Iconix Brand Group, Inc. “Who better to launch this initiative with than Ben and Ryan who have become one of today’s most important voices in music and social commentary and collectively have made over one billion social impressions since emerging on the scene. Partnering with them on this docu-series aligns perfectly with our marketing strategy to increase our global brand awareness and furthers an organic connection with our broad male and female consumer base,” added Marder.

Talk about getting it in!

Photo credit: Nick Mahar

Kanye West Bound 2 Video Is…Well…

Interesting. Cheesy. Poorly made…and well…cheap.

The Kanye West Bound 2 video was debuted on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and it seems as if after watching the video Ellen didn’t even know what to say other than, “that’s cool”. Cool as in we should expect the official Kimye sex tape to be released shortly.

In the video, West and his woman hop on a motorcycle together while vistas of landscapes and all sorts of natural scenery whiz by behind them. Although you can totally tell, it was one of those green screen moments and poorly edited. My guess is he edited it himself?

While on the motorcycle, the couple basically look like they are bumping and grinding to the beat of the song. And to be honest, they probably really WERE! Take a look for yourself and then let me know what you think.

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Via the Ellen show, Kanye also talks about his relationship with Kim and addresses his critics. You have to check these videos out after you get done cleaning up the puke from watching the above video.

One Direction Love To Sing In The Shower


But, not together.

Just in time for the launch of their new album, Midnight Memories, on November 25th, One Direction appears on the December/January cover of Seventeen (on newsstands November 26th) In the issue, Harry, Louis, Niall, Liam and Zayn share their most personal moments and never-before-seen photos, exclusively for Seventeen. The band discusses everything from waking up in the morning to singing in the shower, pranking each other and their can’t-live-without products.

The issue also features a group shot poster for readers to pull out and save. Um, swoon?

Via Seventeen:

Check out the fun little interview and highlights below:

Seventeen: Do you sing in the shower?

Harry: “We all do! We can sometimes hear Liam through the wall.”

Seventeen: How do you keep things fun on the road?

Louis: “I’ve been labeled the prankster. I change the words of songs when the guys least expect it – their reactions are priceless.”

Seventeen: Who has the best abs in the group?

Niall: “Payne-o! That fellow is ripped. He works hard at it though, so I’ll give him that.”

Seventeen: Name the grooming product you can’t live without?

Liam: Toothpaste. Got to have fresh breath, especially when we’re singing in each other’s faces.

Seventeen: Name the product you can’t live without?

Zayn: “Lotion – you have to stay smooth.”

Among other things, I am sure. Gotta love these boys. Oh how they remind me of my Backstreet Boys days.


Photo credit: Calvin Aurand/Seventeen

SNL Highlights: Lady Gaga Makes Fun Of Herself, Performs With R. Kelly


Lady Gaga made fun of herself on SNL last night and isn’t that what celebrities do these days when they get the SNL gig? Well played, Gaga. Well played.

In a funny sketch from her appearance on the show, Gaga makes fun of the comparisons of herself to Madonna.

In the skit, the comedians on the show portrayed different singers who were performing versions of other artists’ songs for a compilation disc. I’ll admit, this was pretty funny.

When Gaga was introduced to be performing a version of Madonna‘s song “Express Yourself,” the Applause singer actually just started singing her hit song “Born This Way” instead. As you all know, When Gaga released the song a few years ago, it was instantly compared to Madge’s song. Remember that? HA!

Gaga also performed her single “Do What U Want” with special guest R. Kelly.

K. Michelle: “That Camel Toe Was Photoshopped!”

K. Michelle was in a trending topic on Twitter recently and it wasn’t for something good. The reality star found out that people were talking about a massive camel toe that was supposedly hers, but she took to Twitter to let us all know that the ridiculously LARGE camel toe was NOT hers and that it was Photoshopped onto her body.

She was performing in Chicago at The Shrine a few nights ago for her Rebellious Soul tour and was photographed in an ensemble that was quite skimpy and revealed a camel toe so large that even Coco T’s regular camel toe would have came to life to scream out in pain.

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Tweets were infesting Twitter like “Her vagina is singing backup”.

K. Michelle addressed the foolery saying that it was photoshopped, saying “Y’all tweeting about a photo shopped picture of my hot pocket. U broke bums should ask somebody to photo shop your pockets 2make them fatter.”


What do you all think? Camel toe or not, the outfit is ratchet!

Here’s video from the night’s performance as well.

FIRST LISTEN: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong And Norah Jones Premiere “Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine”


Green Day front man and Billie Joe Armstrong and Miss Norah Jones today premiered “Silver Haired Daddy of Mine”, from their forthcoming album Foreverly. I wasn’t quite sure about this collaboration, but it is interesting.

Songs Our Daddy Taught Us is an album of traditional Americana songs released by The Everly Brothers in 1958, inspired the unforgettable reinterpreted 12-song collection. Foreverly will be released on November 25th on Reprise Records.

Check out “Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” below and then let me know what you think.

Additionally, today the duo released a new lyric video for the song “Long Time Gone.”

Various pre-orders bundles for Foreverly are available beginning today, including an LP Vinyl with an exclusive lithograph (available on January 21, 2014) and a limited edition Cassette. Both of these pre-orders include two instant downloads of the songs “Long Time Gone” and “Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” as well as a digital download of the full album on November 25th. For more information, and to pre-order now, visit www.billiejoeandnorah.com.

Recorded in just nine days, Foreverly captures the beauty of the Everly’s stunning close harmonies to create a moving powerful testament to these rootsy ballads. Armstrong and his engineer, Chris Dugan, traveled to New York to record with Jones at The Magic Shop in Manhattan with two of Jones’ favorite musicians, bassist Tim Luntzel and drummer Dan Rieser. Armstrong and Jones played guitar and piano. Charlie Burnham on fiddle and Johnny Lam on pedal steel guitar rounded out the band.

LISTEN: Mariah Carey SLAYS In New Song “The Art Of Letting Go”


Mariah Carey just released her new single titled “The Art of Letting Go” and trust, you don’t even need to listen to it first before you buy it. With Mariah, you KNOW damn well this song is good.

The song has been highly anticipated by lambs worldwide and it is getting great response! MC also took time out of her day to celebrate the release of her new song and to engage with her fans via Facebook.

Here is the link to itunes to snag it up. HERE

Take a listen and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

I predict a number one in her future. Mariah just goes on to prove she is a lyrical genius with the voice of an angel! SLAYYYYYY!!!!