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JUCOJanelle Monáe has unveiled the striking standalone music video for her equally eclectic track, “Crazy Classic Life" off her Grammy-nominated album Dirty Computer.

Taking cues from her film project Dirty Computer - An Emotion Picture, the video finds Janelle channeling her inner punk aesthetic. 

The Alan Ferguson directed-clip begins with the singer driving in a hover car accompanied by a friend. While in the midst of their journey, however, they’re stopped by a security bot that examines them to make sure they’re “clean,” before flying off. Once the coast is clear, Janelle steps out of the car, opens the trunk and reveals a handful of her fellow "dirty computers" who are essentially a part of her crew.

Soon afterward, Janelle heads to a clearing with her girls in tow as they throw one of the most colorful queer-themed parties of a lifetime.

The singer shared a few words on the visual, via a press release.  "I had a world of fun with the Django Janes and Zen (played by the incomparable Tessa Thompson) and Che off in the future, dancing while changing the world," she said.

"This one is for all the dirty computers out there! Never forget, 'We are not America’s nightmare, we are the American dream.'"


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ABC/Randy HolmesNearly a week after Cardi B called it quits with husband Offset, the Internet is still collectively mourning the split between the "Motorsport" couple. 

Amid the initial fan reactions, however, a slew of celebrities have chimed in on Cardi's marital woes to offer a bit of unsolicited advice of their own.

On Monday night, veteran rapper 50 Cent shared his thoughts on the couple's impending divorce via Instagram. "No you not getting a Divorce, Offset," he captioned a video post of the former duo. "I don’t give a f**k what she say just kiss her a** man f**k it." 

Comedian Lil Duval echoed more or less of the same sentiment via social media. "Life too short to be leaving n****s just [sic] cuz they cheated," he wrote on Twitter. The "Smile" artist then shared the post on Instagram, captioning the photo with a series of hashtags which included #TakeOffsetBack.

Following suit, Ray J shared his hopes for the couple to reconcile. "I love both of them man," the singer told TMZ outside of a West Hollywood eatery. "My prayers are going out because I think they're good for each other."

"Sometimes you make some mistakes and you want to, you know, get it right," he added. 

As previously reported, the "Money" rapper announced the break-up in a video posted on her Instagram page on Dec. 5. The couple, who share a four-month-old daughter, Kulture, secretly tied the knot in September of 2017, but didn't confirm the wedding until this past June.

 

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ABC/Randy HolmesAs much of the Internet continues to debate who to crown the reigning "King of R&B," Trey Songz and Chris Brown have seemingly weighed in on the matter by teasing their forthcoming joint effort.
 

On Tuesday night, Trey shared a series of photos alongside the Heartbreak on a Full Moon singer in what appears to be behind-the-scene shots from a music video. “Since 04 with my n***a. I’m just happy to be here,” Trey endearingly captioned one of the Instagram posts. 

The other image frames both artists standing side to side as they flaunt their signature grins. The caption includes a response to a running gag between them: "Maurice & I." 

While the Virginia songbirds have collaborated on a few loosies here and there, including "Songs On 12 Play" off of CB's album, the R&B heavyweights' joining forces could range anywhere from a joint album to merely a feature on Trey's next project.

Chris, however, has remained relatively mum on the impending collaboration. 

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Republic RecordsNicki Minaj's blossoming romance is proving to be quite troublesome. As previously reported on Monday, the Head Barb addressed the backlash regarding her new beau Kenneth Petty's checkered past and seemingly silenced her critics. 

But, it appears as though Nicki has a new gripe with Daily Mail TV host, and former NFL player, Jesse Palmer for his recent comments concerning her personal life. So much so, that the "Good Form" rapper is threatening to sue Palmer for defamation.

Late Tuesday night, Nicki shared a screenshot of Palmer's news segment via her Instagram account. "You better have a good lawyer," she captioned the photo. "You just lied on me on [sic] nat’l TV & now you’re being sued."

"You better be able to back up what you just said about me with FACTS," she added.

In the clip, however, Palmer appears to be delivering a standard news report. While he briefly mentions Petty's criminal history, which involves a rape conviction, he also makes mention of Nicki's brother Jelani Maraj who was convicted in 2017 on child rape charges.  

“Her fans are also worried, because this isn’t the first time Nicki Minaj has defended a sex offender,” Palmer notes. "Remember she supported her brother, Jelani Maraj, two years ago when he was found guilty of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl."

The onslaught of online threats have seemingly continued with the Head Barb taking to Twitter to dig at Palmer. “You going to jail,” she wrote in a series of tweets.

“The barbz are getting more tuition & student loan money after I sue this h*e.”

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ABC/Image Group LAThe year may be coming to a close, but Ciara and Future's co-parenting woes have seemingly continued. 

The former celebrity couple are heading back to family court, following the R&B singer's request for her ex to mediate an appropriate travel schedule for their son Future Jr. 

In court documents, obtained by TMZ, Future has apparently failed to organize quality time with his son. Ciara's legal team alleges that the "Mask Off" rapper either misses his scheduled visits or leaves his four-year-old under the care of his mother and grandmother.

Additionally, Ciara wants to amend the taxing travel schedule which Future Jr. has been subjected to as a means of spending time with both of his parents. The "Level Up" singer also notes that she has attempted to resolve this with her former beau, outside of the court room, but to no avail. If a judge will not grant her request for a mandatory mediation, Ciara is preparing to take the matter to a trial hearing. 

As previously reported, Ciara and Future have had quite a tumultuous relationship since breaking off their engagement in 2014. Namely, their continual legal woes regarding custody and child support have been a pressing matter. 

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Nicholas WatkinsNipsey Hussle found himself hailing a fury of fists, at a West Hollywood nightclub, after being mistaken for fellow rapper O.T. Genasis.

The incident apparently occurred in the midst of the LA native's celebratory outing with girlfriend Lauren London on Sunday night, TMZ has confirmed. According to the initial report, Nipsey was confronted by several men in the parking lot of the venue which resulted in punches being thrown and security being called.

And, it appears as though O.T. seems to have played a role in the altercation. Earlier that evening, the "CoCo" rapper was seen attacking a fellow patron inside the nightclub. The unidentified man then took it upon himself to settle the score by approaching O.T. in the parking lot---or at least who he assumed to be the rapper. 

While it has yet to be confirmed, the situation looks to be a case of mistaken identity. 

Nipsey, however, appears unfazed by the matter. Merely days following the brawl, TMZ caught up with the Victory Lap lyricist to speak briefly on the situation. "That's life. We don't give that s**t no attention," Nipsey said outside of LAX. "[...] We workin' on music at this point. Do I got any bruises, any scratches? We workin' bro." 

And, the work certainly speaks for itself. As previously reported, the rapper received his first Grammy nod for Best Rap Album. 

 

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Atlantic RecordsJanelle Monáe has been a woman to watch this past year. The multifaceted artist's latest effort, Dirty Computer, appears on numerous year-end "best of 2018" lists, and now it's earned her a career milestone: a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.  Monáe says the project's success is due to the fact that it speaks for people whose voices aren't often heard.

Reacting to her Grammy nominations while promoting her upcoming movie Welcome to Marwen, Janelle told ABC Radio, "[I'm] just super-thankful that an album that was about me and also about a community of marginalized voices got recognized by my peers."

Monae, who opened up about her sexuality in the songs on Dirty Computer, added, "I see the connection between those marginalized voices, and those folks who have been pushed to the margins of society because they're walking in their truth."

In addition to her Album of the Year nod, Monáe's eye-catching video for "Pynk" -- featuring her and a troupe of dancers wearing those instantly iconic pants -- is nominated for Best Music Video.  We'll find out if she wins when the Grammys air February 10 on CBS.

Meanwhile, her movie Welcome to Marwen, which also stars Steve Carell, Leslie Mann and Gwendoline Christie, will be in theaters December 21.

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ABC/Paula LoboAshanti is looking fierce as the latest cover star for PAPER magazine. On Monday, the "Foolish" singer shared the sultry cover image, via her Instagram account, in which she's sporting a plunging pinstriped dress, electric-blue hair and a pair of oversized shades.

And inside the magazine's buzzy "Break The Internet" issue, the former Murder Inc. signee dishes on her expansive career,  the importance of her forthcoming project and the current state of the music industry. The latter being a space which she feels is lacking a sense of community right now.

"There are not a lot of labels that are a crew that really celebrate together," Ashanti notes. "I don't know where we are right now, it's a weird space. But I do see a lot of rappers — men and women — making up instead of tearing each other down, and I'm really happy about that. It's a ray of hope for me."

As for her upcoming music, Ashanti reveals that she plans on covering some "vulnerable topics" she's never touched on before. 

"I think people will be like, 'What did she say?' which is a really cool thing," she explains. "The feedback has been great so far — I've had conversations about there being a real void for true, soul-touching R&B, and that's what I feel I'm accomplishing with this record."

As previously reported, Ashanti has been hard at work.  She told ABC Radio that she has a collaborative EP with Metro Boomin in the works, as well as a feature film, titled Stuck.

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ABC/Randy HolmesChance the Rapper is exiting stage left to embark on a new journey of sorts: a closer relationship with God. 

While the "No Problems" rapper has maintained a spiritual persona, Chance revealed over the weekend that he's taking things up a notch by going on a sabbatical.

In an Instagram post, dated Dec. 8, the Chicago phenom shared a video of himself holding his newborn nephew and revealed that he'll be leaving the country to brush up on his knowledge of the Good Book. 

"I’m on a plane headed out the country on my first sabbatical," Chance began the lengthy post. "I’m going away to learn the Word of God which I am admittedly very unfamiliar with." 

He continued, "I’m off to read and learn because the next generation of Bennett is here and I need to be able to give my nephew Charlie Matthew the knowledge and tools to F**K YALL UP." 

"So dont bother me, I'll be back soon enough, with five or more books from [the] Bible read."

Although it is unclear when Chance's sabbatical will end, the rapper is scheduled to be in his hometown later this month for an intimate concert. 

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WEtvTamar Braxton is taking time to self reflect before the new year.

In an Instagram post Tuesday, Braxton shared video of her and sister, Trina Braxton, embracing in a photo booth. AShe added a heartfelt message in which she took aim at her reality show, Braxton Family Values, for creating some of their family drama.

"Sometimes you have to check yourself before you reck [sic] yourself!!!," she wrote. "Most of what u have seen on #BFV was LIES and clips put together with me acting a PLUM FOOL for ratings (believe it or not) and sometimes I simply was one."

"BUT," Tamar continued, "What is FACTUAL is that it tore my family & Sisterhood apart BUT THANK GOD FOR JESUS and FORGIVENESS!!" 

Braxton, who earlier this year had refused to take part in BFV with her sisters because of a wage dispute, now say she's planning to make a major attitude adjustment.

"I’ve decided I’m not going into 2019 the same bitter, combative, woe it is me person. 'you did this so ima do that' attitude" It’s ugly and frankly stupid!!" Tamar wrote. "Ive realized change is just one simple DECISION!!! No matter what it takes my commitment to me is to be a BETTER me sometimes all it takes is saying I Love you and I’m sorry for MY PART of the bulls*** @trinabraxton1.

Tamar then added the hashtags, "#funsisternight #onebyone #jesushewillfixit."

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Jemal Countess/WireImageBuju Banton is officially a free man. 

On Dec. 7, the dancehall sensation was released from a state prison after serving a seven-year jail stint related to firearm and drug charges. Upon his release from Georgia's McRae Correctional Facility, Buju returned to his native Jamaica and an outpouring of support from his beloved fans. 

Among the many celebrating Buju's return was Diddy, who shared his thoughts on the reggae icon's newfound freedom via social media. “Today is a glorious day," the Bad Boy CEO wrote in an Instagram post. "Buju is free. Let’s go! King s**t. True greatness.” 

Across the pond in Manchester, England, Ashanti reveled in the news of Buju's release. In footage captured, via her Snapchat, the "Happy" lyricist is seen overjoyed as she sings along to a few of the dancehall icon's most notable hits to date. 

In addition, fellow reggae artists MavadoSpice and Beenie Man celebrated Buju's freedom by sharing personal messages of their own via social media. 

"Welcome home dada," Mavado captioned a photo of the "Champion" singer. "The love of the people is real."

Buju was initially arrested in 2009 on charges of possession and conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. In 2011, he was later convicted and sentenced to a decade in prison. However, a judge subsequently dismissed the gun charge and reduced his time by two years.

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Mikael Jansson/VogueNicki Minaj is remaining grounded in her newfound relationship, criticism and all. 
 

Upon going public Monday with her new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty, the Head Barb has been under fire for dating the reported sex offender. However, in spite of her beau's checkered past, the "Good Form" rapper is standing by Petty and shared a few choice words for the detractors via Instagram.

“He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship,” Nicki wrote in response to a fan. “But go awf, Internet."

"Y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life," she added. 

According to court records obtained by TMZ, Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in 1995 at the age of 16. As a result, he served roughly four years in a New York State prison.  His legal woes continued shortly after his release when he was convicted of manslaughter and served seven more years in prison before being released in 2013. 

However, that doesn't appear to have phased the self-proclaimed Queen of Rap. Nicki continued her social media antics by posting a series of photos with Petty, in which they're seen enjoying a tropical vacation to celebrate the rapper's 36th birthday. 

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Atlantic Records/Maybach MusicMeek Mill is ending the year, undeniably, as a winner with his new album, Championships, topping the charts.

The 19-track effort debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200, moving 229,000 equivalent album units within the first week of it's official release, Billboard reports. The lofty figure includes 42,000 units as traditional album sales.

Following 2015's Dreams Worth More Than Money, Championships is the Philly rapper's second chart-topper. 

Championships is Meek's first full-length project since his release from prison in April. It includes a Rolodex of hitmaking collaborators including Cardi BFutureDrakeElla Mai21 SavageRick Ross and JAY Z.

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Slaughter Gang/Epic RecordsJust days after receiving two Grammy nominations for his contribution to Post Malone's hit, "rockstar," rapper 21 Savage has announced he's releasing a new album this month.

The disc, called I Am > I Was, will arrive Friday, December 21.

In honor of the new disc's release, a new line of clothing and accessories has hit the rapper's official online shop. In addition, a pop-up store featuring exclusive merch will be open for one day only, December 16, at the DOM Gallery in Los Angeles from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. local time.

This year alone, 21 Savage has collaborated with Migos, Migos member Quavo, Meek Mill, Gucci Mane, and Young Thug.

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NBCThe Voice coaches -- Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, plus host Carson Daly -- stopped by The Tonight Show on Monday where they joined host Jimmy Fallon and his house band The Roots for an a cappella mashup of the cast members' hit songs.

Stacked in cubes, like the cast in the opening of The Brady Bunch, Levine, Hudson, Shelton and Clarkson sang snippets of their biggest hits, while Jimmy and The Roots provided harmonies and beatboxed.

The songs included Levine's Maroon 5 hits, "She Will Be Loved" and "This Love"; Hudson's "Spotlight"; Shelton's "Kiss My Country A**," "I'll Name the Dogs" and "God Gave Me You"; and Clarkson's ""Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and "Miss Independent."

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Sue KwonThis past Friday, H.E.R. received five Grammy nominations, and nobody is prouder than Nick Cannon, who's known the 21-year-old singer, born Gabriella Wilson, since she was nine years old.

Cannon tells ABC Radio that he's had the privilege of mentoring Wilson throughout much of her career. "I've watched H.E.R., as a child, play six or seven instruments masterfully," Cannon said. "So, I think she's definitely going to be an artist that is around for quite some time." 

"And, myself being an artist I'm just in awe of her," he continued. "You know what I mean? I've always been. I remember sitting at the piano like, 'Yo, show me those chords again.' Like, 'How you do that?' And, to see H.E.R. be able to share that with the world and be recognized for that is outstanding."

Among the "We Could Have Been" singer's five Grammy nods: Best New Artist and Album of the Year for her self-titled debut. In the latter category, H.E.R. faces fierce competition, including albums by Cardi B, Janelle Monae, Drake and Post Malone, to name a few.

But win or lose, Cannon says, "Just to see all of her hard work, all of her patience, her diligence pay off -- it's only the beginning for that young lady."

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Prince Williams/WireImageLil Mama is firing back at Bow Wow and putting his unfounded claims to rest. 

Over the weekend, the rapper posted a scathing response to Bow Wow, following his comments on Growing Up Hip-Hop: Atlanta about how easy she is.  On the show, Bow said that his friend BT, who he'd set up on a blind date with Lil Mama, could "smash" her "in a week."

Bow also intimated that Lil Mama had invited him to New York so they could get together.

In a now deleted series of Instagram videos, Lil Mama offered a harsh rebuttal.

"I want to start this off just by saying you played yourself, kid," the 29-year-old lyricist said in a brief clip. "Bow Wow, you know, that in all the years that I've ever known you, you have never known a n***a to f**k me in a week."

Lil Mama clarified that she'd invited him to New York during his reported mental break to get him into a healthy environment, not to get with him.

"I was trying to bring you around some real n****s," Lil Mama continued. "You want to commit suicide one day. You're going crazy here. You're going crazy there. I come from a grounded environment that I was trying to bring you to."

She added, "You are far from the type of man that I could see myself being with, sleeping with or anything of that nature."

On his Instagram story, Bow responded by posting, "2019...not responding to any of you n****s when it come to this Internet s***t.  Yall gone be talking to a wall." 

He added, "Until then, Ima be petty. Happy holidays" -- and added a photo of Lil Mama crying.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for City of HopeBeyoncé hasn't let the end of her On the Run II tour with her husband JAY-Z prevent her from performing.

While the singer has remained relatively quiet since the tour wrapped in October, she recently took to social media to share some photos from a singing engagement she had at one of the most high-profile events on India’s social calendar.

She performed at the pre-wedding festivities of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal. The bride is the daughter of Mukesh Ambani, one of the richest men in the world, while the groom is the son of Ajay Piramal, another successful Indian billionaire.

Ambani and Piramal are set to marry this week, but celebrations got underway throughout the past weekend.

Beyoncé shared several photos of her looks from the festivities. Her red bejeweled tulle gown and her gold custom bodysuit were both designed by Indian fashion houses.

She also shared a clip of her performance.

The guest list for the star-studded soirée reportedly includes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, newly-married couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas and Arianna Huffington.

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Here's a nice Christmas gift for Mariah Carey: "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has just hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- the highest it's ranked since it was first released in 1994.

If you're wondering how that could possibly be, keep this in mind: The song only hit the top 10 for the first time last year.  If it sounds unbelievable, well, blame Billboard chart rules.

In 1994, when "All I Want for Christmas Is You" first came out, it wasn't commercially available as a single, and Billboard's rules back then prohibited it from charting on the Hot 100.  When those rules changed in 1998, the song first charted in 2000, but only at #83.

Billboard now allows old songs to return to the Hot 100 if their stats -- like sales, streaming and airplay -- are significant. Every year since 2012, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has subsequently returned to the chart. In 2016, the song climbed to #11, and last year, it finally broke into the top 10, reaching #9, mostly due to streaming.

As Vulture notes, the festive track has earned Mariah roughly $60 million over the years.  That same article insists, hilariously, that, "The only thing that stands the test of time is Mariah Carey’s Christmas album, Merry Christmas. I mean it. The ONLY thing."

The article goes on to state, among other things: "It is impossible to get tired of this album; listening to this album is never a disappointing choice. As an experiment, try listening to it for the rest of your life, and you’ll see what I mean."

Mariah retweeted Vulture's comical take on the album and wrote, "This is the greatest article ever!! Thank you for getting me into the Christmas spirit and making me laugh out loud."

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Mindy Small/FilmMagicSinger-songwriter Jacquees isn't one to play coy when it comes to flaunting his talents, but his latest claim regarding his musical talent appeared to be just a bit too bold for his fans and others alike.

Early Sunday night, the Cash Money Records signee sent the Internet into a frenzy after proclaiming himself to be "the king of R&B" via social media

"I just wanna let everybody know that I'm the king of R&B right now," Jacquees said in a video posted online. "For this generation, I understand who done came and who done did that and that and that, but now it's my time." 

Many social media users collectively raised an eyebrow at the assertion, including Tyrese, who took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the matter. 

"Ima keep it stack with you," the Transformers star wrote in a lengthy post. "The young kings of this generation that's been running s**t since day one are Chris Brown and Trey Songz."

"You got this out of the Tekashi 6ix9ine playbook. Stop trolling, my n***a. Get back in the booth," he continued. 

A few hours later, Tank also offered up his opinion of the 24-year-old's statement. 

"First, R.Kelly is the king of R&B. The accusations don't disqualify what he's accomplished," Tank began his Instagram rebuttal. "Second, if you can't go in the studio by yourself and make a hit record, you're not my king. If you can't sing it better live, you're not my king." 

He added, "I appreciate all the talent out there, but we are using the word 'king' too loosely."

So far, Jacquees hasn't walked back his statement.

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