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Michael Jackson Posthumous Album “XSCAPE” Set For Release On May 13th

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Well, it’s happening…a new Michael Jackson album and I’m not quite sure what to make of it.

On May 13th, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the internationally beloved music icon and King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The project features eight new tracks, which the world will be hearing for the very first time on the new album. For the ultimate fan experience, XSCAPE will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form.

XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who, after an initial mining of Jackson’s archives by the Estate, was granted unlimited access to the treasures representing four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals.

Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity. It’s a process Reid calls “contemporizing.” The album’s lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson’s work. Additional producers include global hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.

“Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world,” remarked L.A. Reid. “Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

The title of this album honors Michael’s album naming process. He always chose a song from the album to name his projects and, beginning with THRILLER, used only one word titles, each with an edgy quality to them. This is true of the new project. Written by Michael Jackson and Jerkins, and produced by Jackson and Jerkins, “Xscape” has further significance in that it is the one track on the album that was ‘contemporized’ by the producer who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael.

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson said, “Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision.”

XSCAPE is a long awaited collection of exciting new music that will thrill the legions of fans of one of the world’s most revered and best-selling artists, as well as attract a whole new generation discovering his artistry for the first time. In conjunction with the release of XSCAPE, Epic / Sony Music will launch an unprecedented global campaign with the One Sony sister companies, Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications, and Sony Network Entertainment International drawing from all of Sony’s strengths and consumer reach.

“Michael has long been a treasured member of the larger Sony family,” said Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. “Starting with the release of ‘Off The Wall’ in 1979, Sony Music Entertainment has since released all of Michael’s recordings. We are thrilled and privileged to be collaborating as One Sony to celebrate Michael’s latest legacy, and bringing his fans an exclusive experience through our upcoming initiatives with our products and services.”

YOU CAN PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM HERE AT THE MICHAEL JACKSON STORE.

Thoughts?

Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry Are Married

Gotta say congrats to another celebrity couple for tying the knot! Sara Gilbert and songwriter Linda Perry were married Sunday, March 30! Sara’s rep confirmed the happy news to Us Weekly.

While neither Sara nor Linda have spoken out yet, actress Juliette Lewis shared her well wishes to the couple before the ceremony, tweeting, “Holiday by Madonna playin, sun is beaming,gettin ready 4 the wedding of 1of my fave couples in the universe @RealLindaPerry @THEsaragilbert.”

Sara first revealed her engagement news to her fellow cohosts on The Talk last April. “It’s like the most amazing proposal ever,” she said about Linda’s romantic musical picnic proposal. “I’m sitting there listening and I’m kind of daydreaming and I’m thinking like, ‘If I ever proposed to her this would be an amazing way to do it.’ The people picnicking next to us pull out string instruments from under the blanket, walk over and they start playing [The Cure's] Lovesong,” she said.

Talk about a perfect proposal! With elaborate planning like that, I’m sure the wedding was even more beautiful. Congrats to Sara, Linda, and their families. Wishing them much happiness in the years to come!

Image via Beck Starr/FilmMagic

Lady Gaga Says Boyfriend Taylor Kinney Wears The Pants In Their Relationship

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Lady Gaga and her man Taylor Kinney are still going strong. And while you may think that Lady Gaga completely has her man on a ball and chain, you better think again. She seems as if she has hardcore control on stage and when she’s working the streets in her eccentric ensembles, but believe it or not when she’s at home…her man is in charge.

During an interview on Sirius XM’s The Morning Mash Up on Monday, March 24th Gaga admitted that she is submissive to boyfriend Taylor Kinney.

She gushed, “Yes, actually. He’s totally in charge. I mean, when I am home, I am like, shoes are off, I’m making him dinner. He has a job, too, and he is really busy! I’m in charge all day long, the last thing I want to do is tell him what to do. It’s not good for relationships to tell men what to do.”

And whatever it is she is doing must be working because these two have been dating since they first met on the set of her 2011 “You and I” music video

During an interview on the Ellen Degeneres Show on November 25th, Gaga said, “We were in the middle of this scene and I remember that he kissed me and it wasn’t scripted for him to kiss me. I was sort of like was um, you know, was that real or was that fake? He didn’t really say anything and that was fine by me and we kept filming.”

She went on to add that her man isn’t as “normal” as you may think. She said, “He is extremely strange, actually, and we complement each other’s weirdness. And you know, at the end of the day he’s my best friend. And having your lover be your best friend, I mean, it’s the best thing ever.”

Well, glad she found someone just as weird as her!

Image via Getty Images

Future Talks Proposing To Ciara, Wedding Plans And Rumors That Beyonce Stole “Drunk In Love”

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Future was recently on the Wendy Williams show and dished on some pretty sweet topics. He talked about proposing to Ciara, wedding plans and rumors that Beyonce stole “Drunk In Love” from HIM! Check out the highlights from the interview below.

On why he proposed to Ciara:

For me, I believe it just gave me balance. It’s giving me balance. With a busy career, you’re doing so much, you just focus more on your career. You don’t have to keep chasing girls, chasing different women.

On their wedding plans:

The wedding plans are going great. I’ma let her handle the wedding. I’m doing my album. The album come out April 22nd. So she’s coordinating that. She’s coordinating it very well. She’s doing a great job at that. I’m just approving of everything.

On rumors Beyoncé stole “Drunk In Love” from him:

I demoed the song with the producer [Detail]. I demoed it first for her [Beyoncé] to listen to it. I guess she had done the record and was saving the record. I had done another version, ‘Good Morning’ because we didn’t know when she was going to put the album out or whatever. She put it out in December after I was supposed to put my album out in November. It just pushed my song to the side. It’s not on the album because towards the first beginning of the song is the same melody. A little bit of confusion.

Kanye West Set To Call Off Wedding Because Kim Had Sparks With Chris Brown?

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We all know Kanye West can be a diva in his own right and I can totally see him freaking out over anyone his wife-to-be Kim Kardashian has been with. Well apparently there is a rumor going around that Kim once had stars in her eyes for bad boy Chris Brown.

Radaronline.com is reporting that Yeezy

is “so upset he might even consider calling off the wedding if she ever speaks to Brown again, according to one source!

“Even though the encounter between Kim and Chris happened long before Kanye came on the scene, being Kanye, he’s still intensely jealous,” a Kardashian insider told Radar.

West was shocked to learn that “Kim and Chris, both unattached at the time, met up to talk about promotional stuff and hear what he had in mind in terms of merchandising and licensing for his new record.

“There were definite sparks, but she insisted to Kanye that nothing happened between them.

“That hasn’t stopped Kanye from having a major jealous meltdown,” the source added.

Well that certainly doesn’t mean that Kim gave it up to Brown. But we all know how Kim is and how she operates so anything is possible. So who knows what really happened! The truth of the matter is, the past is the past and now that she has a solid bank account because of her association with West, she’s good. Sad part is, if West is freaking out now about this, this marriage isn’t going to last and it hasn’t even happened yet!

On a lighter note, can you imagine a Breezy, West, Kardashian love triangle?!! You know that would NOT end well.

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Nick Cannon Promotes Album “White People Party Music” With “White Face”

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It took awhile for me to accept Nick Cannon. As a hardcore Mariah Carey fan, it was really hard for me to believe that their marriage was going to last. Granted they are still together, but now I am wondering if his latest “white face” antic is going to throw a dagger into their union and his public persona. In an effort to promote his upcoming album, White People Party Music, Cannon decided to post a photo of himself disguised with body makeup, a wig and a surfer guy accent to play a character he calls “Connor Smallnut”. It’s clear with this particular persona, he’s mocking a white man. So, am I offended by this? Well, I’ll tell you one thing right now…I definitely have an icky feeling about the whole thing.

And he continued to play this role on his Twitter…when asked how it “feels to be white”, he replied, “Great, I’m no longer afraid of the Police!! LOL.”

Not everyone thought Cannon’s “white face” stunt was cute. Vanity Fair tweeted that he is making the world “cringe” by acting like this. His reponse? “Not really the World, just you guys! LOL.”

He went on to add, “Don’t get your fancy panties in a bunch! It’s funny how people take themselves so seriously. People love drama! We feed off of it. Just relax and have fun!!”

Hmmm, but is it just all in good fun? Are our panties way too tight?

So what do you think? Is this offensive or funny? Sound off in the comments section below.

Ciara Shows Off Her Bump at Her Baby Shower With Kim Kardashian and LaLa Vasquez

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Ciara is getting ready for her little baby to arrive. But first, before the big arrival, her famous friends put on an over-the-top baby shower for her in her honor. Over the weekend in Beverly Hills, Kim Kardashian, LaLa Vasquez and Kris Jenner showed up to celebrate the yet-to-be born baby and baby mama of rapper Future.

Look at that adorable dress! I think Ciara looks amazing as a pregnant lady.

YE DID IT: Kanye Gets Baby Mama Kim Kardashian On Cover Of Vogue

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Check out this Kim and Kanye Vogue cover, y’all.

Peeps were saying she’d never make it but Kim Kardashian has landed the cover of Vogue magazine…with the help of Yeezus, of course. And he is also on the cover, but that is besides the point. That’s right, Kanye has made it happen. He managed to get the porn/reality show star on one of the most prestigious magazine covers in the world. VOGUE. Yeah, VOGUE! WTF, Anna Wintour!

Welp so much for everyone’s rant about how she will never be on the cover because she is a reality star and porn star. See guys, it helps to give it up to a rap superstar and trap him for life. Dreams do come true!

But that’s not all…baby North got her own shots in the magazine as well!

This is all kind of crazy to me. All I can ask right now is WHY?!!!! How much money did Kanye pay to get on this cover?

OH BABY: Zoe Kravitz Takes Jaden Smith As Her Date To Divergent Premiere

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Apparently he isn’t exclusively dating Kylie Jenner and she isn’t dating Drake since Rihanna snagged him up, so hey Zoe Kravitz and Jaden Smith could totally date, right?

And here’s a start…

Via Extra TV:

Extra’s” Terri Seymour was chatting with Zoe Kravitz at the black carpet premiere of her film, “Divergent” when she suddenly stopped the interview after she saw Jaden Smith and then revealed she invited him as her date.

Zoe was telling Terri about being a part of the “Divergence” phenomenon when she stopped and screamed “Jaden,” Jaden came right up to her and the two squealed over seeing each other. Jaden saying, “There you are! Great, perfect, I’ve been looking for you for the past, forever.” Zoe telling Terri, “I dragged him out tonight…This is my date.”

Terri telling Jaden to tell Zoe how amazing she looks, “You look like something that you would find in like Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, like wow.” Zoe’s response, “ That’s why I keep him around, that’s like the love of my life.”

Hmmm, so is this the beginning of a beautiful thing?

Rihanna and Drake Are EXCLUSIVELY Dating!

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Well it seems as if Rihanna may have finally decided that nice guys don’t need to always finish last. Drake is getting a full time chance with Rihanna and I’m kind of loving it.

Multiple sources are saying that Ri and Drake have gone from casually hooking up to SERIOUS dating. Both stars want to hang out with each other as much as possible, or at least as much as their schedules will allow them to. In other words, when they’ve got a hot minute, they want to be with each other.

Drake has been touring Europe and Ri has been there quite a bit supporting him and has been seen almost every single night with him since she got there.

We all know that Drake has it bad for Rihanna as he once declared his love publicly for the Diamonds singer in his Rolling Stone interview calling her the “ultimate fantasy”.

See peeps, dreams do come true! I just wonder how long this will last this time around. And how long before Ri starts getting back into Breezy’s bed (if and when he gets out of jail, that is).

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Jason Derulo Reveals His Next Single Is A Collaboration With Snoop Dogg

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Now that Jason Derulo has some new music out, he’s on a roll and now we just got word that Jordin Sparks’ man is collaborating with Snoop D O double G. But, even more shocking is the fact that he and Jordin are NOT engaged to be married.

Via our friends at Extra TV:

“Extra’s” Renee Bargh was backstage with Jason Derulo, after the singer performed his hit song “Talk Dirty to Me” on the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Derulo named all the artists he collaborated with on his new album, “Tattoos,” saying Snoop Dogg was the one he was most excited about. “I was really dying to collaborate with Snoop. I really wanted to do something like with an icon like that… it’s my first time doing something with somebody I consider a legend.”

Jason revealing, “It’s actually my next single, and I’ll give you the exclusive. It’s called ‘Wiggle.’”

The singer also recorded “Marry Me” with girlfriend Jordin Sparks, but admitted the song is not necessarily a sign of engagement. Jason smiled, saying he will propose “when the time is right, when the stars are aligned. You just wait for that right time.”

“Tattoos” will be available April 15th.

Okay, so wait a minute. So Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks are NOT engaged? What the heck. Then that whole “Marry Me” song is just a big fat bummer dude.

Instead of a big fat ring, at least she can watch this every damn day if she wants to…

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Marksman Media/CelebrityVIPLounge Exclusive: Inside the 9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens

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As in years past, for the first word in the news backstage on stage at Jazz in the Gardens, keep it locked here. This year’s festivities featured some of the best and brightest in the musical realms of jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and soul yet again.

The standouts?

LL Cool J proved that his rapping prowess has not diminished in lieu of his latest acting endeavors. The New York native came down south to MiamiGardens to spit some of his most classic lyrics from his many platinum albums. Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, one of the biggest touring acts around, showed why they are still a powerhouse vocal group to be reckoned with. Old school rhythm and blues lovers ate this group up from the first note to the last ballad. But the perennial favourite of the weekend?

None other than former Destiny’s Child singer (and former X Factor judge) Kelly Rowland. The songstress proved that she is no longer in the shadows of Beyonce, but a formidable show(wo)man in her own right. Backed by an impressive band and wearing fashion forward pieces that women will be emulating in mere days, Rowland had the crowd eating out the palm of her manicured hands.

In the coming days, we will be back with snippets and video from the weekend festivities.

Stay tuned…

additional reporting:  Zenobia Williams, Triston Brewer

Chris Brown To Be In Jail For At Least 30 Days!

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Chris Brown is in jail after being kicked out of rehab, but get this, he will have to STAY IN JAIL until April 23rd! Brown had court today in a bid to win release, but this time he was shut down!

For all of you not in the loop, Breezy was arrested on Friday after he got kicked out of rehab. The judge had ordered Brown to stay in rehab while he decided Brown had violated his probation in the Rihanna case. After he got kicked out of rehab, Brown was immediately arrested.

In court today, TMZ reports that “the judge said Chris had an “inability to stay out of trouble.” Hizzoner was especially concerned at a statement Chris made at the rehab joint, “I am good at using guns and knives.”

So Chris will sit in jail until April 23rd! A probation violation hearing will take place on April 23rd and if he is convicted he is in deep doo doo.

Possibility? Four years of jail!!!!

So many are wanting to know why he was kicked out of rehab. Well, apparently there were three reasons.

1. He violated a rule made specifically for him…stay at least TWO feet away from every woman in the facility.

2. Initially refusing a random drug test. He eventually did take the test and it came back clean.

3. He talked smack about rehab during a group therapy session.

BOOM!

So as of the moment, Chris Brown is sitting behind bars!

I wonder what Rihanna thinks…

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Chris Brown Arrested, In Jail With NO BAIL!

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Welp, Chris Brown has been arrested, is in jail now and is being held WITHOUT bail! Sucks to be him about now. But as I always say, Karma is a fierce bitch with an attitude and eventually, even if you are a celebrity with a lot of money and power, will track you down…kick you in the cooter…and give you the biggest wedgie that will have you going commando for life.

TMZ is reporting that Brown violated a judge’s order by getting kicked out of a rehab facility he has been living for nearly four months. It is being said that Brown was thrown out of rehab for violating “internal rules”. What rules those were, we are not for certain at this point. But, they must have been bad enough for him to get kicked out!

The same judge that has been dealing with Brown in the case with Rihanna ordered Chris to live in the Malibu rehab facility for 90 days to get anger management therapy, and he did complete the program earlier this month. However, because of the Washington D.C. assault incident, the judge modified the order for Chris to stay in the facility a little longer. The deal included if Chris left rehab, he would go directly to jail. Do not pass go, do not collect $200!

Brown was previously thrown out of a different rehab facility for throwing a rock at his mom’s car window.

It will be interesting to see what happens next!

CELEB SPOTTING: Lady Gaga Taking In Snoop Dogg At SXSW

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Each year the festival manages to become even more extravagant so it’s no surprise that there have been more star-sightings this year than ever! Last night at the Jägermeister house was no exception. Jäger obviously knows how to throw a party and not only festival-goers flocked to see Snoop Dogg perform, but Lady Gaga herself! Who knew she was a Snoop fan girl? Upon arrival, she was spirited away to the VIP area but was seen enjoying #RespectTheWest tour, drinking Jägermeister, and chatting with a bartender before heading out 15 minutes later. At least her Jäger buzz would last all night!