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Courtesy It Is Done CommunicationsGinuwine and Chanté Moore both currently star in the new Je'Caryous Johnson stage play Married but Single Too, the sequel to Married but Single, which is currently touring the U.S.  But both singers promise fans that new music is also on the horizon, beginning with Chanté's latest single, "Real One," released earlier this month. 

"It's from the forthcoming album called The Rise of the Phoenix, and it speaks to...'Women power! Women power. Love power.'  Because really, it's not about recreating yourself, it's about perfecting who you are and who I am as an artist, who I am as a woman," she tells ABC Radio. 

Ginuwine also has plans to release new tracks later this year after a considerable hiatus. He says that getting back into the studio meant rediscovering who he was as a singer. 

"I didn't know really where I belonged. I didn't want to be too young. I didn't want to try to, you know, I don't wanna be too old. It's gonna be called Same Ol G or Old School Young. lt'll be probably out the fourth quarter or late third quarter," he tells ABC Radio. (AUDIO IS ABC RADIO-1-ON-1)

For more information on how to see Ginuwine and Chanté in Married but Single Too go to jecaryous.com.

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ABC/Lou RoccoToday marks the 25th anniversary of TLC's groundbreaking 1992 debut album, Ooooooooo...On the TLC Tip.  

The studio project enthralled listeners with hit singles like "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" and "What About Your Friends," as members Tionne "T-Boz" WatkinsLisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who was killed in a car accident in 2002; and Rozonda "Chili" Thomas became advocates for safe sex and fashion icons for tomboys around the world.  

Chili tells Billboard that the trio had no intention of consciously being unique artists -- they were just being themselves. 

"I don't think we were necessarily trying so hard -- we were truly being ourselves, and we fought hard to be that. Especially being young ladies, and not wanting to wear the typical outfits that girls would wear, like tight dresses. Once we found our niche and were really comfortable about it, then we really went on with it," she says. 

The singer shares her first memories of recording the debut disc with T-Boz and Left Eye. 

"We got in so much trouble back then, during that time in the studio, with water fights and just playing all the time. You hear that in the album with the interludes," she recalls.

"We would always pull pranks on other people -- we were a team for sure. A rep from LaFace Records would take us to dinner and had fake roaches and fake ants. After a while, no one really wanted to hang out with us because they knew we were gonna do something to them -- girl or guy, it didn't matter. It was crazy!" she adds.  

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Live NationLionel Richie's biggest album is called Can't Slow Down, but he's finally found something that has slowed him down: knee surgery. The singer had to have his knee operated on, and that's forcing him to postpone his planned tour with Mariah Carey.

“When you have been performing as long as I have it takes a toll on your body," said Lionel in a statement. "Unfortunately my recovery from a knee procedure will not have me 100% ready to start the tour next month. I don’t want to disappoint my fans and I look forward to being back on stage so we can all be ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ together again.” 

The tour will now be rescheduled for the summer, with new dates to be announced soon.  All tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates.  The original tour was supposed to start March 15 in Baltimore and run through May 27, wrapping up in Sunrise, Florida.

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NBCThe new season of The Voice kicks off on Monday and to get fans excited, the four coaches -- Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Alicia Keys -- have posted a video in which they perform an acoustic version of TLC's classic "Waterfalls." 

In the clip, the coaches are sitting around in a circle, along with a guitar player and a drummer.  Each one takes a line from the first verse on the song, starting with Gwen, then Alicia, then Adam and then Blake.  Then they all sing the chorus. 

Then it's straight to the rap portion: Alicia starts off, Gwen continues, and then they both finish with "Believe in yourself/the rest is up to me and you," before all four coaches launch back into the chorus.

Season 22 of The Voice debuts Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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ABC/Randy HolmesFans can finally listen to Calvin Harris' full version of his latest song, "Slide," which features guest vocal appearances from both Frank Ocean and Migos.

The DJ-producer confirmed both Frank and Migos' artistic contributions to the feel-good tune on Thursday via Twitter, after teasing fans earlier this week with a snippet

Written by Calvin, Frank and Migos members Quavo and Offset, "Slide" is available to purchase now.  

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Image Group LA/ABCFuture is on his way to making music history.

According to his label, the rapper's self-titled album, Future, just released last week, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.  

The official chart numbers won't be made public until Sunday, however.

Meanwhile, Future's other new album, HNDRXX, was released today. If this studio project also debuts at #1 on the chart, the rapper will earned an unprecedented career milestone:  he'll be the first artist in Billboard history to ever premiere at #1 in two consecutive weeks with two different discs.

As is, the new self-titled album is Future's fourth straight #1 debut in less than two years.

The "Used to This" entertainer is scheduled to make his debut on Ellen on March 2. 

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#1 #2 album in the world 🙏🏾🙏🏾 god got me,Sorry

— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) February 24, 2017

 

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ABC/Randy HolmesJidenna's cinematic music video for his latest single, "Bambi," shows the singer in utter despair as he says goodbye to a lost love, portrayed by Arrow actress Megalyn Echikunwoke.  

Insecure actor Jay Ellis also stars in the Dano Cerny-directed clip.  

"Bambi" comes from Jidenna's debut album, The Chief, featuring guest vocals from Janelle MonáeSt. Beauty and longtime collaborator producer/DJ Nana Kwabena, is now available everywhere. 

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ABC/Image Group LABeyoncé wants everyone to support the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) through the organization's 100 Days of Kindness campaign. 

The singer recently posted a message on Facebook about the initiative, writing, "#LGBTQ students need to know we support them. Share your support to #protecttransyouth at glsen.org/100days $ put #KindnessInAction GLSEN." The post has since gained more than 21,000 reactions. 

GLSEN's 100 Days of Kindness was launched to show support for LGBTQ students on social media in light of recent reports of violence and bullying towards said individuals.  

Many other celebrities, including singer-songwriter SiaVampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev and Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks have shown their support as well.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit glsen.org.  

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ABC/Randy HolmesMariah Carey appears to be happy for Nick Cannon regarding the birth of his son, Golden "Sagon" Cannon.  

Golden was born on Tuesday, February 21. 

A source told E! News that the "I Don't" singer recently wished Nick all the best saying that "Mariah has been aware of the baby for a while now and she congratulated him. They are on fine terms and continue to be good parents for their children."  

Golden is Nick's first child with ex-girlfriend Brittany Bell and third child overall.  

He shares parental responsibilities of five-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with Mariah.

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Image Group LA/ABCRick Ross is headed to the MTV Woodies this year, but in a brand-new role -- as host of the show which takes place at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on March 16.  

The rapper tells Billboard that he's up for the challenge -- even if that includes making a complete fool of himself in the process. 

"To me, that's what's gonna make it dope, the fact that I don't know what the f*** I'm doing. I'm gonna go out there fly as a mother****** and it's gonna be boss. You know me, I just go off the energy, I'm gonna do a wonderful job. I'm gonna interact with the crowd, so that's what it's gonna be about with me," he says.  

Rozay's new album, Rather You than Me, is expected to drop the day after his hosting debut. He tells the publication that the album might just be his "magnum opus." 

"It's just the highest level of Maybach Music. I'm excited for the streets to hear the collaborations, the records, the production. I feel like this is definitely, for anybody that ever, ever doubted Rick Ross, this is most definitely going to solidify that I'm one of the greatest," he says.  

You can catch Rick hosting the 2017 MTV Woodies on March 16 at 11 p.m. ET.  

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ABC/Randy Holmes50 Cent fans will be able to revisit more than just a trip to the rapper's candy shop on his forthcoming greatest hits album, Best of 50 Cent.  

The rapper's first-ever "Best Of" compilation will feature smash hits from his 2003 debut project Get Rich or Die Tryin,' as well as The MassacreCurtisBefore I Self Destruct, the soundtrack for the hip-hop biopic Get Rich or Die Tryin' and the motion picture soundtrack for the 1999 crime thriller, In Too Deep.  

Best of 50 Cent, scheduled to be released March 31, is available to pre-order now. Here's the track list: 

"In Da Club"
"21 Questions" (featuring Nate Dogg)
"P.I.M.P."
"Disco Inferno"
"Candy Shop" (featuring Olivia)
"Just a Lil Bit"
"Outta Control (Remix)" (featuring Mobb Deep)
"Hustler's Ambition"
"Best Friend (Remix)" (featuring Olivia)
"Window Shopper"
"Ayo Technology" (featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland)
"I Get Money"
"Straight to the Bank"
"I'll Still Kill" (featuring Akon)
"Get Up"
"I Get It In"
"Baby by Me" (featuring Ne-Yo)
"How to Rob" (featuring The Madd Rapper) (BONUS TRACK) 

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Francis Specker/CBSEver since Beyonce announced that she was expecting twins, there has been speculation that she would not be able to headline the Coachella festival as planned.  Well, now it's official: She's off the bill.

A statement posted to Coachella's Facebook page reads, "Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyoncé has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival....Thank you for your understanding."

Here's the consolation prize, though: the statement confirms that the mommy-to-be -- who did perform at the Grammys a few weeks ago -- will be a headliner at the festival in 2018. 

No word on who will replace Bey on the Coachella lineup.  The festival takes place over two weekends in April.

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Image Group LA/ABCThe tracklist for Future's second new album of the year, Hndrxx, has been revealed via Instagram

Boasting 17 tracks and guest vocal appearances from The Weeknd and Rihanna, the rapper's latest project will arrive Friday, just one week after the release of his self-titled disc, Future

Future's twin releases may earn him an unprecedented career milestone. Billboard reports that Future is forecast to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and Hndrxx could follow it to the top spot the following week.  

If that happens, it'll be a first: no other artist has in Billboard history has ever debuted at #1 in two consecutive weeks with two different discs.

Future, of course, is no stranger to hitting #1 multiple times in rapid succession: Billboard notes that between August of 2015 and February of 2016, he had three #1 album debuts.  That's a span of less than seven months. 

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ABC/Randy HolmesAfter teasing fans earlier this week with a snippet of his new track, DJ-producer Calvin Harris has finally confirmed that the song, titled "Slide," does in fact feature vocals from both Frank Ocean and Migos

The cover art for the single features a picture of palm trees, and credits showing that the tune was written by Calvin, Frank and Migos members Quavo and Offset.  

So far there's no release date for "Slide."  

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CALVIN HARRIS // FRANK OCEAN // MIGOS pic.twitter.com/UvsJzm9F6k

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Eric JohnsonFaith Evans has unveiled the lyric video for her single, "NYC," featuring vocals from Jadakiss. The track comes from Faith's long-awaited duets album with the late Notorious B.I.G., titled The King & I

The visual shows images of iconic skyscrapers, subway cars and the bustling streets of New York City, with an appearance from Jadakiss himself. "NYC" and another track, "When We Party," featuring Snoop Dogg, were the first singles released from the album.  

Both are available to stream and purchase via the usual digital platforms. 

The King & I is set to drop two days before Notorious B.I.G.'s birthday -- May 19 -- and is available to pre-order now. The studio project will include rare and unreleased vocals by the legendary  rapper, along with guest appearances from Busta RhymesLil' Cease112Lil' KimSheek LouchJadakissSnoop Dogg and Styles P.

Others on the album include actor Jamal Woolard, who portrayed Biggie in Notorious, the biopic based on his life and career; and Biggie's mother, Voletta Wallace, known as "Mama Wallace."  

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BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesRemember last year, when Sinead O'Connor claimed Arsenio Hall had supplied drugs to Prince?  And then Arsenio sued Sinead?  Regardless, it's all been settled now.

To recap: Shortly after Prince died last April 21 from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, O'Connor posted on her Facebook page: "Two words for the DEA investigating where prince got his drugs over the decades.... Arsenio Hall.”  She added, “Arsenio I've reported you to the Carver County Sherriff's office. Expect their call. They are aware you spiked me years ago at Eddie Murphy's house. You best get tidying your man cave."

Three days later, Hall filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit in LA Superior Court against O'Connor, claiming she "maliciously published outlandish defamatory lies" about him.

Wednesday, a representative for Arsenio Hall provided ABC News with both a joint statement by Hall and O’Connor, and a copy of a retraction and apology by O'Connor.  The joint statement reads:

“Arsenio Hall and Sinead O’Connor announce that Sinead has retracted and apologized for statements she made about Arsenio last year, which prompted his defamation lawsuit against her, and the lawsuit has been resolved. Below is Sinead’s retraction and apology:

“I apologize for my Facebook posts about Arsenio Hall to the extent that anyone thought I was accusing him of acting as Prince’s drug dealer and supplying him with illegal hard drugs, or insinuating that Arsenio had something to do with Prince’s death. I sincerely apologize because those statements would be false, and I retract them unequivocally.”

The statement ends with, "Arsenio's lawyers confirm that now that Arsenio’s reputation has been restored by O’Connor’s unequivocal retraction and apology, the lawsuit will be dismissed."

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARASRihanna is Harvard-bound -- not to study, but to pick up the University's Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony next Tuesday.

S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director, tells the Harvard Gazette, “Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.”

Counter also notes of the singer, “She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program [named for her grandmother and grandfather] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign that will provide children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today."

The Harvard Foundation recognizes prominent public-spirited leaders each year in honor of the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes. Past honorees include actor James Earl Jones and the late tennis star and activist, Arthur Ashe.

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Pharrell Williams, who is co-producer of the historical drama Hidden Figures, will find out Sunday if his movie will win an Oscar for Best Picture.  

The critically acclaimed film also is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, and one of its leading ladies, Octavia Spencer, has earned a supporting actress Oscar nod for her performance. 

While he's won 11 Grammys and been nominated for an Oscar before, Pharrell tells ABC News that being acknowledged among all of the other talented nominees is a prize in and of itself.

"It's always the same for me. It's always an honor. It's always a pleasure, because people don't have to accept you," he says. "They don't have to consider your work. So when you work on something that you're passionate about, and it ends up getting this kind of acknowledgment, it's mind-blowing."

Pharrell also adds that the success of Hidden Figures was something that himself and the rest of the movie's crew and cast was hardly anticipated.

"We didn't expect this. We didn't expect the culture impact, we didn't expect the box office result," he says. "So to be counted in the number of films that are being acknowledged this year, it's an honor."  

The global superstar hopes that the success of the film will usher in a new era in which female-led stories about little-known topics are produced more often. 

"I think we all collectively really hope that more people recognize that we need to start telling more stories, more female-oriented stories of the past, so we can acknowledge the female contribution over the span of humanity's time and existence," he says.

The 89th Academy Awards air Sunday on ABC.

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ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Randy Holmes50 Cent will join Chris Brown's forthcoming Party tour, alongside FabolousO.T. Genasis and Kap G.

The 33-night tour is named after Breezy's current hit single, "Party," featuring Gucci Mane and Usher

"Check the date and get your tickets Now!!!" writes 50 in an Instagram message.   

Earlier this year, 50 signed on to co-promote a celebrity boxing match between Chris and Soulja Boy. However, Chris backed out of the fight, explaining on Tuesday, via an Instagram video that "all the wrong people got in the way" of the brawl.  

Exclusive pre-sale tickets for fan club members are now available through Friday, February 24, along with VIP ticket packages. General tickets will become available for purchase on Saturday, February 25.    

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Jonathan MannionGucci Mane fans will finally be able to witness the "Aggressive" rapper on his first-ever headlining tour this spring.  

The recording artist recently announced his TrapGod tour, beginning in April at the House of Blues in Boston.  

The 19-date tour will make its way in various cities such as Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit and also includes Gucci's previously scheduled appearances at Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival in April and the Jmblya festival in Dallas and Austin, TX this May.  

Tickets go on sale this Friday. Here's the tour dates: 

4/5 -– Boston, MA, House of Blues
4/6 –- Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theatre
4/9 –- New York, NY, Terminal 5
4/12 –- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
4/13 –- Milwaukee, WI, Eagles Ballroom
4/14 –- Detroit, MI, The Fox Theatre
4/15 –- Indio, CA, Coachella
4/16 –- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory
4/17 –- San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
4/18 –- Portland, OR, Theatre of the Clouds
4/20 –- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
4/22 –- Indio, CA, Coachella
4/24 –- Columbus, OH, Express Live!
4/25 –- Philadelphia, PA, The Liacouras Center
4/26 –- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
4/27 –- Washington, D.C., Echostage
5/2 -- Miami, FL, Fillmore Miami Beach
5/5 -- Dallas, TX, JMBLYA
5/6 -- Austin, TX, JMBLYA 

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Tickets on sale 2/24... #TrapGodTour coming to a city near you pic.twitter.com/dPtZtnSgaB

— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) February 21, 2017

 

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