ABC/ Jeff NeiraToni Braxton is headlining a new tour with SWV performing as her opening act.
The seven-time Grammy winner will headline her As Long As I Live tour beginning January 26 in Dallas. Seven dates have been announced, with stops in Houston, Washington, D.C, Nashville, Atlantic City, Detroit, and Reno.
Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Citi cardmembers can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m. local time at citiprivatepass.com.
Fans who purchase merchandise from Toni’s website, including T-shirts, hoodies, hats and skin care products, will also receive access to the pre-sale.
Toni is also starring in her fourth Lifetime movie, Everyday Is Christmas, which premieres November 24 at 8 p.m. The TV movie features her sister Towanda Braxton, as well as Gloria Reuben, and Michael Jai White.
here are Toni Braxton's As Long As I Live tour dates:
1/26 – Dallas TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 1/27 – Houston, TX, Smart Financial Center 2/1 -- Washington, DC, The Theater at MGM National Harbor 2/5 – Nashville, TN, Municipal Auditorium 2/9 – Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa 2/14 – Detroit, MI, The Fox Theater 2/23 – Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort
Getty Images via ABCRihanna debuted a new promo video today for her Savage x Fenty lingerie line, and it features sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, and model Slick Woods.
The video opens with several models standing in a lush rain forest and a waterfall, as a narrator comments, “This is the Savage rain forest, full of mysteries and a savage sisterhood. If one of these species is the rarest creature of them all, that we are looking for...” Then RiRi appears in a white, two-piece lingerie set, with matching veil.
Rihanna debuted her new lingerie line in September during New York Fashion Week. Woods appeared in the fashion show, then immediately went into labor. She gave birth to a son named Saphir.
As previously reported, Rihanna reportedly turned down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
Republic RecordsDrake is making history again: He’s broken The Beatles’ record for most Billboard Hot 100 top ten hits in a year.
Drizzy was tied with the Fab Four with 11 top ten hits. This week, he moves ahead of them with his twelfth top ten in 2018: He's a featured artist on Bad Bunny’s “MIA,” which debuts at number five. The Beatles set their record in 1964.
The Canadian artist now has a career total of 32 top ten hits, the most of any male performer. Only Madonna with 38, and The Beatles with 34, have more.
The “In My Feelings” rapper performs many of those songs on his Aubrey and the Three Migos tour, which continues next weekend with three shows in Oakland, The tour wraps up November 17 in Atlanta.
Here's a rundown of Drake’s 12 Hot 100 top 10 hits in 2018:
"God's Plan" (number one for 11 weeks) "Diplomatic Immunity" (number seven) "Look Alive" by BlocBoy JB feat. Drake (number 5) "Walk It Talk It" by Migos feat. Drake (number 10) "Nice for What" (number one for eight weeks) "Yes Indeed" by Lil Baby & Drake (number six) "Nonstop" (number two) "I'm Upset" (number seven) "Emotionless" (number eight) "Don't Matter to Me" feat. Michael Jackson (number nine) "In My Feelings" (number one for 10 weeks) "MIA" by Bad Bunny feat. Drake (number five)
Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesAfter performing Sunday night with Xscape at the So So Def 25th anniversary concert in A-T-L, Kandi Burruss is denying rumors that she’s leaving Real Housewives of Atlanta.
The Grammy winner commented on Instagram, “There is a false advertisement running around on Facebook saying that I’m quitting RHOA & starting a new beauty cream company. THIS IS FALSE!!!!!” She says contrary to the rumor, she is not associated with Donna Beale Beauty Cream.
Burruss also shared a video of Xscape performing the song “Tonight” from their 1993 debut album, Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha, at the concert. She commented, “'Tonight' is one of my favorite #Xscape songs to perform. Each member has a moment to showcase their voice & the harmony is so dope. I loved the umbrellas! Great show ladies!”
She also posted photos with the three other members of Xscape, commenting, “Another epic night with my girls @officialxscape! Thanks @jermainedupri for putting together a memorable celebration for our #25yrs in this business! The whole Atlanta came out to support & the love from family & friends made it a special night! #SoSoDef25"
The concert, led by So So Def CEO Jermaine Dupri, also featured Ludacris, Omarion, Monica,Jagged Edge,Da Brat, Anthony Hamilton, Bow Wow, Bone Crusher, Youngbloodz, Dem Franchize Boyz, J-Kwon and Jacques, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
It Is Done CommunicationsChance the Rapper, Tamar Braxton and Eric Benet were among the stars celebrating Snoop Dogg’s 47th birthday on stage Saturday in Chicago.
Snoop was starring in his touring stage musical, Redemption of a Dogg, and at the end of Saturday's first show at the Arie Crown Theater, the cast surprised him with a birthday cake, according to Rolling Out.com
Chance the Rapper was a special guest star in the show, joining regular cast members Braxton, Benet, Omar Gooding, Demetria McKinney, and Latoya London. They led the crown in singing "Happy Birthday" to the "Gin and Juice" rapper.
The Redemption of a Dogg tour kicked off October 5 in Houston, and will run through March 3 in New York City.
In other Snoop news, his first cookbook, From Crook to Cook, will be published Tuesday. In addition to his special gin and juice cocktails, the cookbook will feature 50 recipes for a variety of dishes, including baked mac & cheese, fried bologna sandwiches with chips, soft flour tacos, easy orange chicken, Lobster Thermidor, and filet mignon.
Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Sony Music and The Estate of Michael JacksonA Philadelphia court has awarded songwriter Daniel Marino $44 million in damages for not receiving credit for co-writing “Bad Girl” from Usher’s 2004 album, Confessions.
Marino sued one of the song’s co-writers, William Guice, and Destro Music Productions owner Dante Barton. Destro Music produced the song with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Guice was ordered to pay $27 million, and Barton was ordered to pay $7 million, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Marino filed a civil suit alleging fraud and breach of contract, claiming that he worked with Guice and Barton to create and record a song titled “Club Girl,” which was renamed “Bad Girl.” He also claimed they had a contract to split credit and royalties for the song, but that Guice and Barton made a secret deal to cut him out of the profits.
Usher’s Confessions sold over 20 million copies worldwide, and earned a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
Jonathan MannionElla Mai wraps up her concert dates with Bruno Mars this week, but that won't be the end of live performances for the "Boo'd Up" singer: Monday, she announced The Debut Tour, starting in 2019.
The 23-year-old singer will kick off the European leg of the trek January 8 in Birmingham, England. She’ll perform 11 shows in Europe, and will begin the North American leg February 12 in Vancouver, Canada, followed by her first show in the United States on February 14 in Seattle. The tour wraps up March 28 in San Antonio, TX.
Mai’s self-titled album debuted this week at number five on the Billboard 200. Her breakthrough single, “Boo’d Up,” has been certified four times platinum, and her follow-up single, “Trip,” is certified gold.
The singer from London performs her final show with Mars Friday in Los Angeles, the same day tickets go on sale for her tour at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.com
Here are Ella Mai's The Debut Tour North American dates:
2/12 -- Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom 2/14 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox SoDo 2/15 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom 2/17 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades 2/19 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater 2/20 -- Santa Cruz, CA, The Catalyst 2/22 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Marquee 2/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues 2/25 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre 2/27 -- Lawrence, KS, The Granada 2/28 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater 3/ 2 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall 3/3 -- Chicago, IL, Concord Music Hall 3/5 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 3/6 -- Toronto, ON, The Danforth 3/7 -- Montreal, QC, Club Soda 3/9 -- Boston, MA , Royale 3/11 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel 3/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts 3/15 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore Silver Spring 3/16 -- Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Sound Stage 3/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle 3/20 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live 3/21 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Revolution Live 3/24 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues 3/26 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues 3/27 -- Austin, TX, Emo’s 3/28 -- San Antonio, TX, The Aztec Theatre
Courtesy Live Nation EntertainmentMariah Carey fans will want to exercise Caution next year: The diva is hitting the road in support of her new album.
Mariah's new album Caution comes out November 16, and the Caution World Tour will get underway February 27 in Dallas, TX. The North American leg of the tour, billed as her "most intimate" one yet, is currently set to wrap up April 6 in Bethlehem, PA.
Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday via LiveNation.com. Citi card members can buy tickets tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. local time. Anyone who buys tickets online will also get a digital or physical copy of the new album.
Members of Mariah's fan community, Honey B. Fly, will also get access to tickets tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time. If you buy a "Honey B. Fly Live Pass" today via MariahCarey.com, you'll get access to the pre-sale, as well as a free membership.
Caution is now available for pre-order, and if you do so, you'll get instant downloads of the previously released tracks "The Distance," "With You" and "GTFO."
Here are Mariah's tour dates:
2/27 -- Dallas, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 3/1 -- Houston, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land 3/2 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Theatre 3/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre 3/6 -- Louisville, KY, The Louisville Palace presented by Cricket Wireless 3/8 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre 3/9 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre 3/11 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre 3/13 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre 3/15 -- Milwaukee, WI, Miller High Life Theatre 3/16 -- St Louis, MO, Stifel Theatre 3/18 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Center 3/20 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts 3/21 -- Orillia, ON, Casino Rama Resort 3/23 -- Buffalo, NY, Shea's Performing Arts Center 3/25 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall 3/28 -- Boston, MA, Boch Center Wang Theatre 3/30 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena 3/31 -- Washington, DC, The Theater at MGM National Harbor 4/3 -- Philadelphia, PA, Metropolitan Opera House 4/5 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre 4/6 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Dez BillupsMarsha Ambrosius says she is happier now than she’s ever been because of the love of her husband, Dez Billups, and their daughter, Nyla. Their baby, whose name is also the title of the singer’s new album, was born in 2016, and one year later, Marsha and Dez were married.
Ambrosius says her album, Nyla, reflects both "the love for my daughter and the absolute lust it took to create the initial conversation with the man who is now my husband.” The nine-time Grammy nominee first met Dez during the 2015 Floetry reunion tour in Cleveland when he was working as a roadie.
She tells ABC Radio. "I was just going to be as forthcoming as I’ve always been and decide to ask him out on a date. Well, not a date. Just to go get something to eat and he obliged and we’ve haven’t been apart since.”
The two went out to a fast-food restaurant, she recalls, where they "walked through the drive thru and sat there outside on a couple of park benches and a little table.”
Then, she tells ABC Radio, they “just talked about love, and life, and our dreams, and goals, aspirations, our faith, spirituality. Just you name it. Putting everything on the table and we’ve haven’t been apart since July 15 of 2015.”
Now over three years later, Marsha and Dez are still together, on and off the road. She’s opening Maxwell’s 50 Intimate Nights tour, and their next show is Saturday in Huntsville, Alabama. The tour wraps December 9 in New York City.
Jim Smeal/WireImageIt's been nearly two decades since LeToya Luckett was let go from Destiny's Child. And in an advance clip from an upcoming episode of T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle, Luckett says even though it "hurt," she has no hard feelings.
“Management made a decision,” she explained to T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle co-star Toya Wright. “There was nothing at the time that I could do about it. Did it hurt? Absolutely. Because we were friends. I went to school with these girls.”
She continues, "Beyoncé and LaTavia [Roberson] had been in the group the longest. Then LaTavia went to school. Met Kelly [Rowland]. And then Beyoncé showed up at my school one day as the new beautiful girl with this new beautiful voice. It was just so cool to experience something like that at such a young age. But that decision was made…we were sisters.”
However, the Greenleaf star has officially put the past behind her -- she reunited with Bey last month during her On The Run II tour stop in Arlington, Texas.
“That was such an awesome moment. There was so much joy in that room," Luckett tells Essence, revealing that Bey even gave her some parenting advice for her the upcoming birth of her child.
"She went into straight mommy mode as far like 'Oh my god. What’s she doing? Is she doing this, is she doing that?," Luckett says. "And I was showing them my sonogram pictures and everything. She was just so excited. We’re both very, very happy, and you could feel the love in the room. There wasn’t a lot of people in the room. It felt like it was just us, chatting it up.”
T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle premieres on Monday, October 22, at 9 p.m. ET.
Epic RecordsTravis Scott and Lil Wayne both dropped new visuals for their latest singles Friday: Travis released his “Sicko Mode” video, and Wayne debuted his “Uproar” clip.
Drake joins Scott for the “Sicko Mode” video, as they travel throughout Scott’s hometown of Houston, Texas. The H-Town rapper performed the song with Drake recently in Toronto, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City during Drake's Aubrey and the Three Migos tour. Scott is kicking off his Astroworld: Wish You Were Here tour November 8 in Baltimore.
Shiggy, who created the “In My Feelings” dance challenge, joins Wayne, and the song’s producer, Swizz Beatz, in the ‘”Uproar video. The track is the first single from Weezy’s long awaited album, Tha Carter V, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Wayne will perform October 23 at JAY-Z”s Tidal X: Brooklyn concert in New York City.
RCA RecordsKhalid dropped his Suncity EP today, which he dedicated to the city of El Paso, Texas.
Also known as Sun City, El Paso is where Khalid lived before he moved to L.A. Last month, he received the key to the city.
The EP includes five songs, plus an intro and an interlude. This is the follow-up to Khalid's 2017 double-platinum debut, American Teen, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
“More than anything in life right now I want growth. I want my music to grow and represent how I am growing up," Khalid says. "Suncity is the start of a new era for me. This music poured out of me and I didn’t want to wait to share it. I wanted to be able to live in this moment with my fans and my friends and speak from the heart.”
The trailer for the EP includes video of the 20-year-old singer being honored in El Paso on September 13.
Khalid plans to release a full album early next year.
Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NARASOn Thursday, US Weekly reported that Rihanna had nixed an offer to perform at the Super Bowl this coming February because she disagrees with the NFL's stance on players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Now, Entertainment Tonight reports that another pop superstar said no to the offer too: Pink.
As US Weekly also reported, a source tells ET that Rihanna was asked first, but said no because "she stands with the players and Colin Kaepernick."
"The offer and exposure would have been great for Rihanna as she’s planning a new album and tour but she stuck to what’s right in her eyes," the source adds.
But a second source tells ET that the NFL approached both Rihanna and Pink -- who, as you may recall, sang the national anthem at Super Bowl LII earlier this year.
According to that source, both women ended up passing, but it was because negotiations were taking too long; the source said Kaepernick's name didn't come up in those discussions.
Rumor now has it that Maroon 5 will be playing the show on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, but that hasn't been confirmed.
ABC/Image Group LAOn the coldest night of the fall in New York City so far, Cardi B brought warmth to the Marlboro Houses in the Gravesend community in Brooklyn, NY
The “I Like It” rapper gave out free coats and shoes to hundreds of parents and children Thursday night. They received tickets and lined up hours in advance, chanting “Where is Cardi B?” When she arrived, the crowd cheered, screaming her name.
"I didn’t know it was going to so big and everything,” Cardi told New York ABC affiliate WABC-TV. My homeboy, Chuck, he told me, 'Hey, let’s give out coats to our community. I know somebody that wants to give out coasts to my community in Marlboro.' And I said, 'I’m pulling out. What’s up?'"
The three-time American Music Awards winner, who was born in New York City's borough of The Bronx, was overwhelmed with love from the crowd. She was excited to return to the neighborhood where she shot videos for two songs last year: “Red Barz” and "Pull Up On Me.”
Cardi posed an Instagram video of herself in the crowd. She commented, "IT WAS LIT IN MARLBORO TODAY! @astonmartinchuck hit me up a couple of days ago about a coat giveaway. we couldn’t believe how big this was and how many people pulled up, i wasn’t ready! Thanks Marlboro!"
She added that she'd back at Marlboro "before the year end," and added, "I can’t wait to do this in my borough next BX."
Brian Stukes/Getty ImagesNine years after her last album, Amerie is making a comeback and releasing new music today.
The two-time Soul Train award-winner is dropping a two-album project, one named 4AM Mulholland, and on named After 4AM.
Amerie found immediate success with her 2002 debut album All I Have, which went gold. She continued her hot streak in 2005 with another gold album, Touch, which included her Grammy-nominated single “1 Thing.” But after releasing two more albums -- 2007's Because I Love It and 2009's In Love & War -- she left the music business.
Why? Amerie says she wanted to write her own songs, which caused a conflict with her record label. “I experienced pushback because I’m a female who knows herself and doesn’t have problems speaking up,” she tells Billboard.
“I felt the resistance -- the 'shut up and be pretty and sing' thing. It was never explicitly stated for me, but I definitely felt that," she adds.
The 38-year-old singer turned to writing fantasy novels. She got married in 2011, and this past May, she welcomed son River Rowe.
The singer from Washington, D.C. says writing novels inspired her to return to music. “Writing a lot helped a lot with my songwriting," she explains. "It helped me write a lot faster."
Amerie also says she loves how the music industry's digital platforms now allow fans to access music instantly.
“The speed at which everyone’s listening to things and digesting things, it allows a singer -- especially if you’re independent -- to get it off your chest and go to the next thing,” she says.
“You don’t feel like something’s slowing you down. That’s all I want to do -- I just want to create."
Getty Images via ABCRihanna was reportedly asked to headline next year's Super Bowl halftime show, but she declined the offer in order to show support for Colin Kaepernick.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” a source tells Us Weekly. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
This year, the NFL adopted a new policy requiring players to stand, not kneel in protest, during the national anthem.
Following Rihanna’s refusal, Maroon 5 has reportedly accepted the NFL’s invitation to headline the Super Bowl 53 halftime show on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta. Their participation has not yet been officially confirmed, however.
Kaepernick is currently suing the NFL, accusing the 32 team owners of colluding to keep him out of the league after he ignited the National Anthem protest in 2016.
Kaepernick previously played quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers for six seasons, from 2011-2016. He played with the 49ers in Super Bowl 47 in 2013, but the team lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
The 30-year-old athlete and activist currently stars in the Nike “Just Do It” 30th anniversary campaign which features LeBron James and Serena Williams.
Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for CoachellaTyler the Creator is stepping up his plans for television content creation, via a new deal with Sony Pictures.
The rapper and his business partner Lionel Boyce will develop scripted and unscripted projects for the company, according to Variety.
"Sony Pictures Television has been a hub for great television for many decades and we’re excited to be a part of a place where we will have the resources to develop new ideas,” Boyce says.
Sony Pictures President Jeff Frost is looking forward to the new collaboration.
“To be partnering with the creative genius of Tyler, the Creator and Lionel Boyce is a dream come true for us as we’ve long been fans of their work,” he says.“Tyler’s unconventional ingenuity is unparalleled, and we are excited about the prospect of what we can create together.”
Tyler and Boyce formed Bald Fade Productions, and their credits include the animated series The Jellies, and the sketch comedy series Loiter Squad, for Adult Swim.
DeWayne Rogers/Monami EntertainmentXscape will be performing Sunday in Atlanta on the So So Def 25th anniversary concert, and Tiny Harris offered a preview of their performance on Instagram.
"Just a lil light weight of what Atlanta will get This Sunday Oct. 21 There’s no where else to be if you in the city but the #SoSoDef25AnniversaryShow #PhillipsArena," she captioned a rehearsal video of the group singing “Tonight” from their 1993 debut album, Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha.
Kandi Burruss, who released a solo single last week called “Ready For This,” is included in the video and will perform with the group. The show will also feature So So Def CEO Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat,Jagged Edge, and Bow Wow.
The So So Def 25th anniversary concert was supposed to be an entire tour, which was scheduled to kick off October 14 in Washington, D.C. However, all the dates, except Sunday’s show in Atlanta, have been canceled.
Dupri previously announced on Twitter that he needed more time to organize the tour, but so far, he hasn't rescheduled the canceled dates.
Fabien MontiquePusha-T has revealed how he discovered that Drake has a secret son, which Pusha revealed in his diss track, “The Story of Adidon.”
The Daytona rapper said on The Joe Budden Podcast that his source is one of Drake’s producers, Noah “40” Shebib, and not Kanye West.
“The information came from 40. It didn’t come from Kanye at all,” Pusha said. During a recent appearance on LeBron James’ new HBO series, The Shop, Drake blamed Kanye for telling Pusha about his son.
Pusha further explained that 40’s source was a woman he was sleeping with.
“He talks to her daily. Five, six hours a day,” the rapper continued. “With that also came the fact that Drake has a child. With that also came the trip that everybody took to go see the child and bring him gifts, and all of this information. She divulged this information.”
In “The Story of Adidon,” Pusha raps about Drake, “You are hiding a child, let that boy come home.”
During the Budden podcast, Pusha also repeated his claim that Drake offered $100,000 to people for information about him.