ABC/Ida Mae AstuteChaka Khan has gifted fans with her first full-length project in over a decade, titled Hello Happiness.
The effort serves as Khan’s 14th studio album and proves itself to be as timeless as her empowering collection of songs.
The 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer geared up for her phenomenal return with the single "Like Sugar." Initially launched as a limited edition release for 2018’s Record Store Day, it earned impressive airplay ahead of receiving a full release last summer.
The accompanying Kim Gehrig-directed video snagged two awards at the UK Music Video Awards, while live sets at Bestival and the Pitchfork Music Festival were widely heralded as highlights of the summer. It also soon became a club anthem with support from Mark Ronson, The Magician, Horse Meat Disco, The Black Madonna and many more.
Following the album's release, Khan is slated to travel across the pond to the UK for headlining sets at the Mighty Hoopla Festival and Cross The Tracks, both in Brockwell Park.
Image Group LA/ABCDJ Khaled's annual Summer Cruise has returned with Cardi B and Post Malone joining the party on the sea as headliners.
Friday, it was announced that the ship will set sail from Miami to the Bahamas on June 28 and return on July 1. The cruise is lauded as "four days of non-stop parties when the kings of party style hip-hop take over the seas," the event website notes.
In a statement, organizers share that the cruise will offer fans the opportunity "to get up-close-and-personal with their favorite artist." The itinerary for the weekend long extravaganza includes a variety of parties, meet-n-greets, comedy shows and panels.
The first ever Khaled cruise took place in 2017, featuring performances from Future, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Migos and more.
John Legend has delivered on his promise and officially premiered the stirring video for his newest single, "Preach."
In the Dominique DeLeon-directed clip, Legend is seen sleeping alongside wife Chrissy Teigen until he suddenly awakes. Opening the door of his bedroom, the newly anointed EGOT winner enters a high school gymnasium as students flee from an apparent shooting.
The video also tackles police brutality as well as immigration, and is inspiring fans to take action by utilizing YouTube’s new fundraising feature which allows viewers to donate to Legend's FREE AMERICA social justice campaign.
“The idea behind the song is that sometimes we can get so frustrated by the news and what’s going on and there’s this scatter going on in ourselves," the singer said in a press release.
He continued, "Do we become apathetic? Do we become engaged? Do we just talk about it, or do we do something?”
Two potential suspects in the alleged racial attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett have been arrested, Chicago police said Friday.
Police clarified that the two men were placed under arrest Wednesday night after police met them at the airport.
They have not yet been charged, police said.
"Police can detain the potential suspects for an additional 24 hours past the 48 hour holding period under special circumstances, but it must go through the prosecutors office and has to be clear process," police added to ABC News.
Police also confirmed that “they have a relationship with [Jussie].”
This news comes hours after police told ABC News they were classifying them as potential suspects.
"Detectives have probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged crime and we are working to corroborate the allegations and investigative timeline as our investigation continues," police said.
They also shut down any reports that there was evidence to classify the alleged attack as a hoax.
"While we haven't found any video documenting the alleged attack, there is also no evidence to say that this is a hoax," police added. "The alleged victim is being cooperative at this time and continues to be treated as a victim, not a suspect."
Chicago PD had confirmed Thursday that they identified and were questioning the two "persons of interest" in the alleged racial attack. One of them has previously appeared on "Empire," according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.
Police say they were tracking the two suspects and were aware of who they were "for a while," and that investigators learned that the two individuals were returning to Chicago on Wednesday from Nigeria.
The two suspects are U.S. citizens of Nigerian descent, they added.
50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather have come to exchanging verbal blows once again. This time the former business partners are clashing over the ongoing Gucci boycott over the company's "blackface" sweater.
After the boxer received backlash from the Internet and some prominent players in hip-hop for his continued support of the fashion retailer, on Thursday, Mayweather issued a lengthy statement via Instagram addressing the "hypocrisy" he sees in backing the premature denouncing of luxury brands.
"Why would we (as a people) agree to a temporary boycott of Gucci for merely 3 months if what was done caused so much strife?," the post read.
Mayweather continued, "Why wouldn't we agree to a permanent boycott of Gucci as well as all other merchandise that fall under the Kering ownership, such as YSL, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and more."
The heavyweight champ didn't stop there, as he fired off shots at 50 and fellow rapper T.I., who have both publicly criticized Mayweather's choice to continue supporting Gucci. Most recently, T.I. released a diss record aimed at the fighter titled "F*** N****."
In response, Mayweather blasted the "No Mediocre" rapper's bout with infidelity and Fif's checkered relationship with his son.
"These same celebrities are proud deadbeat fathers and unfaithful husbands using their platform to rally the troops against luxury brands, yet have been the prime contributors of influencing the destruction of our people by way of their musical content and imagery," Mayweather wrote.
Soon after catching wind of the TMT founder's insults, 50 trolled the boxer by making light of his rumored illiteracy by posting a handwritten note filled with grammatical errors with Mayweather's signature attached.
ABC/Randy HolmesMary J. Blige has been busy behind the scenes with a new Netflix series and two new albums up her sleeve that empower women.
The nine-time Grammy-winner told GMA that one piece of advice she would offer her younger self is to embrace who she was as a young artist.
I would say please stop being afraid of who you are because I was very afraid of who I was," Blige admitted. "That was too much for me."
But now, it seems the powerhouse artist has fully embraced her best self and is using it to inspire her two new albums.
"My fans are going to be super happy," she gushed. "It reflects my life, you know. It reflects all of our lives as women that are like bosses and know they can say they are bosses right now, they've earned the right to do that."
Blige is just one of many women who have promoted females in the industry.
"I think there's a movement, there's something happening where we're banding together and lifting each other up and women are helping each other to do better," Blige said.
She has a new role as Cha Cha, a time-traveling assassin, on the upcoming Netflix series The Umbrella Academy that won her over as soon as she read the script.
"When I saw the script and saw who Cha Cha was, she knew hand-to-hand combat and the script was amazing anyway," she said. "But just the fact that I get to fight like I get to learn martial arts, I was like, 'yes!'"
Blige said she trained for "about five months."
"I was amped to go train for martial arts," she said, explaining they prepared for fights daily. "So it was a lot of acting and fighting."
Nearly two decades after making her debut, India.Arie has returned to gift fans with her eighth studio album, Worthy -- a title the singer says was inspired by a fateful conversation with Oprah Winfrey.
Back in 2013, Arie was featured on the media mogul's popular Super Soul Sunday series. After her conversation with Winfrey, India tells ABC Radio she made a decision to be more conscious of her value and self-worth.
"One of the things she asked me was: 'Well, how long has unworthiness been your calling card?' I kind of looked in the air and looked around like, 'I'm not sure if I think that's true," Arie says. "But, that gave me pause."
She continues: "So, I just tell my stories and I hope that someone will take the journey with me and that they'll get what they need. For the album Worthy, all the songs are either implicitly or explicitly imbued with that energy."
The 16-track project is filled with songs about empowerment, compassion and -- most importantly -- self-love. The album's lead single, "That Magic,"has already earned Arie a top-10 hit on the BillboardAdult R&B chart.
Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Rolling Stone21 Savage is sharing the harrowing details of his Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainment with Good Morning America's Linsey Davis, for the first time since his arrest earlier this month.
In an exclusive clip from the interview, which will air on Friday's GMA, the 26-year-old rapper reveals that he was never informed by authorities why he was being apprehended.
"I was just driving. And I just seen guns and blue lights," the rapper explained. "And, then, I was in the back of a car. And I was gone."
According to Savage, he wasn't even informed that he was being arrested when pursued by agents.
"They didn't say nothing. They just said, 'We got Savage'," Savage said.
When asked by Davis if he felt the operation was targeted, the rapper agreed. "It was definitely targeted. There was helicopters," Savage declared.
As previously reported, the Grammy-nominated artist was detained by ICE over Super Bowl weekend after it was alleged that he'd overstayed his visa as a U.K. national. Savage remained in a detention center for nearly 10 days and faces the possibility of deportation.
ABC/Randy HolmesTravis Scott is to thank for Houston's new amusement park.
Wednesday, Scott arrived in his birthplace for the second leg of his Astroworld: Wish You Were Here tour. During a brief pause in his set, the "Sicko Mode" rapper was joined on stage by Houston's Mayor, Sylvester Turner,to share a special announcement with the crowd.
"Because of him, we want to bring another amusement theme park back to the city," Turner said in fan captured footage as he presented Scott with a key to the city of Houston.
According to the Mayor's Office, the desire to bring a theme park back to Houston is solely Scott's brainchild. Scott is in support of the mayor tapping investors to help create and design an amusement park that operates as a private business venture, KHOU 11 News reports.
"This would not be a city project but would encourage the use of private money and developers," Turner's spokeswoman explained. "Mayor Turner is definitely in support of that."
Scott previously received the key to Missouri City, his hometown, last February.
Courtesy of DKC O&MThe Michael Jackson stage musical, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, has scrapped its pre-Broadway run in Chicago due to “scheduling difficulties” caused by the recent Actors’ Equity strike, Deadline reports.
The show was initially supposed to make its debut at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre on October 29, going through December 1. Now, it will be making its world premiere on Broadway in summer 2020. A developmental work session for the show will take place this fall in New York.
According to Deadline, the 33-day Equity strike, which ended on February 8, restricted union members from participating in the developmental labs for Broadway musicals.
The decision to cancel the pre-Broadway dates was announced by The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage, the producers of the musical.
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough will be set behind-the-scenes in 1992, as Jackson rehearses for his Dangerous tour. The show will include more than 25 of Jackson's hits.
Image Group LA/ABCIn addition to her forthcoming Bruno Mars collaboration, Cardi B has also been tapped by DJ Khaled for what he describes as an "anthem."
Wednesday, the super producer teased on Instagram that he has not only been prepping a new single with the Bronx-bred rapper but also an "epic music movie" of a video.
"They said I couldn't get [Cardi B on] my album so we made sure we did a anthem together," Khaled shared with fans.
In the clip, Khaled revealed that the shooting of the accompanying visual took place "right after the Grammys" and that Cardi had even recorded the song while pregnant.
The two artists previously connected on Jennifer Lopez's 2018 effort "Dinero," which later received the video treatment courtesy of director Joseph Khan. The visual earned the Best Collaboration distinction at that year's MTV Video Music Awards, besting work from N.E.R.D and Rihanna, the Carters and more.
Melissa BenderThe allegations against R. Kelly are mounting with the R&B crooner now being accused by a former employee of having sex with an underage girl in a newly surfaced video.
According to the alleged whistleblower's attorney, Michael Avenatti,the VHS tape was submitted to Chicago's Cook County State's Attorney's office last weekend. Avenatti believes his client knows that the unidentified girl was underage at the time.
Thursday morning, Avenatti released a statement via Twitter in which he claims he received a 45-minute videotape from his client which shows "Kelly engaging in multiple sexual assaults of a girl underage."
"Importantly, this conclusive video evidence is not the same evidence previously seen and used in connection with the prior criminal matter in which Mr. Kelly was charged," Avenatti added.
Avenatti also noted that the time frame of the illicit acts depicted in the video is "within the Illinois statue of limitations."
Per the New Yorker, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx would not comment on the matter. However, a law enforcement official told the publication that an indictment is pending and Kelly could be arrested soon.
In a statement later Thursday, R. Kelly's Chicago-based attorney, Steve Greenberg, said, in part, "I have not been contacted by anyone connected with law enforcement, nor has R Kelly. Mr. Kelly denies that he has engaged in any illegal conduct, of any kind whatsoever."
Early last month, Lifetime aired a shocking six-part expose, titled Surviving R. Kelly, which detailed the decades-long history of alleged predatory behavior by the singer.
Taj Stansberry/Atlantic RecordsTank has added yet another top 10 single to his Rolodex of hits, with his latest effort "Dirty."
The lead single off his forthcoming Elevation album has climbed from number 11 to 10 on urban adult contemporary radio, per the Mediabase Building Charts. The sultry track is up almost 15 percent in airplay from last week, accounting for his eighth top 10 single on Urban AC radio.
Wednesday, the R&B crooner shared the career milestone with fans via Instagram.
"Thank you to EVERY radio station playing this song!," Tank wrote. "Thank you to EVERY streaming service playing this record!"
He continued, "Thank you to every dancer dancing to this song! Thank you to every couple having sex to this song!"
Tank's Elevation is due to arrive later this spring and will serve as a follow-up to 2017's Savage.
Monty Brinton/CBSTamar Braxton has officially made history. On Wednesday night the singer/reality star became the first African American housemate to win CBS' Celebrity Big Brother.
In the final stage, Braxton competed against Dina Lohan, Ricky Williams, Lolo Jones, and Kandi Burruss for the grand prize of $250,000.
According to People, in addition to making winner history, Braxton also made show history when she broke the "First to Enter" curse -- "a theory that the first person to enter the Big Brother house never wins."
After the Braxton was revealed as the winner, the "Love and War" singer talked to Entertainment Weekly about the in-house reconciliation with fellow songtress and reality star Kandi Burruss.
"Yeah, we got it back because we wanted it. We wanted to make amends more than we wanted to fight and that's for the both of us," she told the magazine. "I just think that's a testament to life. When you want to get along, when you want to do something, and it's another person involved, they've got to want it too. You've got to work at it. And we constantly worked at our relationship in the house."
Braxton continued, "I wasn't too happy to see her face, I'm not going to lie, when I first saw her. But, in the end, I'm really grateful that she was there. And I'm really grateful of the friendship that we've been able to have in the house and outside of the house."
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARASWell, that didn't last long. Just over a day after Cardi B deactivated her Instagram, it was back up Wednesday to deliver some big news.
"Ok so I’m back from retirement to announce I have a brand new song coming out Friday at midnight with @brunomars," Cardi wrote, along with a promo photo of her and Bruno Mars. Cardi added the hashtag "#twogrammywinningartist," which had to feel pretty good.
Cardi deactivated her Instagram Monday after she posted an expletive-filled video punching back against haters who said she didn't deserve to win the Best Rap Album Grammy Sunday night -- the first solo female artist ever to win that award.
"I’m seeing a lot of b******* today and I saw a lot of s*** last night, and I’m sick of this s***," a clearly angry Cardi said, in part. "I work hard for my motherf****** album. I remember last year when I didn’t win for ‘Bodak Yellow’ and everybody was like, ‘Cardi got snubbed.' Now this year’s a f****** problem?"
For his part, Bruno also posted the promo image on his Instagram, with the much shorter message "NEW SONG ON FRIDAY!"
It's not the first time Cardi and Bruno have collaborated -- they performed together during the 2018 Grammys, where Bruno went home with Record, Album and Song of the Year.
Ciara is putting her adoration for Russell Wilson on full display in her latest effort "Greatest Love."
Over the sultry production, Mrs. Wilson professes the unwavering love she has for the NFL star.
"I'll give you everything in me, I'll ride for you/I would do anything, believe, I'll die for you," the vocalist croons.
In addition to the tender audio, Ciara also shared an accompanying video in which she sports a number of curve-hugging outfits while dancing to the record.
"Greatest Love" arrives on the heels of the 33-year-old singer forming her own record label, Beauty Marks Entertainment. The music and entertainment company is where music intersects with film, fashion, technology and philanthropy.
“Being able to have that freedom and flexibility is so special,” Ciara toldBillboard regarding her recent boss moves.
“There have been moments in the past when I’ve felt creatively handicapped just because I have to wait for the powers that be to make the decisions for me and then they take a long time," she added.
Ciara is currently prepping her seventh studio album, which includes the viral hit "Level Up."
Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Roc NationSheck Wes's legal and management team has responded to the abuse allegations brought forth by Justine Skye.
Tuesday night, the "Mo Bamba" rapper's camp broke their silence on the matter by issuing an official statement in which they adamantly defend Wes.
“We are actively investigating the allegations against Sheck Wes and are fiercely standing by him through this," the statement read. "He has denied any wrongdoing whatsoever or violence of any kind and we believe him."
The statement continues by acknowledging Wes as "a strong supporter of the rights and liberties of all people." Wes's team also labels Skye's acccusations as "attempts to assassinate his character."
"He will no longer sit by and allow these falsehoods to live on any further,” the statement concludes.
Meanwhile, Skye is apparently taking the matter up with authorities. On Wednesday, the "Build" singer posted a series of Instagram stories in which she is seen inside a precinct to file an official report against Wes.
"Been here all day, but progress is being made. Thank God," she wrote.
Shortly after, however, Skye appeared to have encountered a bit of difficulty in her pursuit of justice. According to the singer, she had to file a report at a different precinct after dealing with a "dismissive and disrespectful" deputy.
"This is why most women don't go to or call the police by the way," Skye shared with her fans. "But don't let them discourage you because I for sure am not."
As previously reported, Skye publicly accused Wes of physically attacking her and a group of friends via Twitter on Tuesday. She also divulged details of his alleged abusive behavior during their former relationship.
Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesRapper Willie Bo's family is in mourning after the 20-year-old was fatally shot by police at a Taco Bell in Vallejo, California, over the weekend.
Born Willie McCoy, the rising artist's family is calling his death a "senseless act." Speaking with The Guardianon Wednesday, McCoy's older brother Marc McCoy has accusedtheresponding officers of racial profiling and acting as "judge, jury and executioner."
According to the report, the shooting took place at a local Taco Bell after an employee had notified authorities that McCoy was "slumped over" in a silver Mercedes-Benz in a drive-thru lane. Upon arriving at the scene, officers claim that the rapper was "unresponsive" with a handgun in his lap. McCoy is alleged to have "suddenly moved" and then "reached for his lap" after being told to "keep his hands visible."
Ultimately, the six responding officers all fired shots within about four seconds out of “fear for their own safety."
Despite receiving medical attention, McCoy died at the scene.
David Harrison, McCoy's cousin, informed the publication that Vallejo authorities are not "trusted" in the local community.
"Police have a campaign of executing young black men who fit a certain profile," Harrison said. "Willie dressed the part. He represents hip-hop music."