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Missy Elliott drops 'Iconology' EP; new single & video, "Throw It Back"

Atlantic RecordsMissy Elliott just gave us all something to jam to over the weekend -- she dropped a brand-new album, Iconology, just after midnight last night, as well as a new single and video, "Throw It Back."

Iconology -- Elliot's first album since 2005's The Cookbook -- is really more of an EP, boasting a lean five tracks, two of which are the same, with one delivered a cappella.

"Please don't steal my style/I might cuss you out/What you doin' now/I did for a while," Missy raps on "Throw It Back," reminding everyone of just who they're dealing with, and what she brought to the game back in the day.

"Let’s #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance! Sincerely, Dr. Melissa 'Missy' Elliott #ICONOLOGY," Missy tweeted Tuesday afternoon, as she revealed the project's cover art.  The "Dr." is a reference to the fact that she recently received an honorary doctorate from Boston's Berklee College of Music.

"This year has been a tremendous year for me…I am humbled and grateful," Missy continued. "THANK YOU for allowing me to smell the roses. You, my fans, and God are the reason I am here and have celebrated every milestone with me!"

As of early Friday morning, Iconology was already the #7 most-popular album on iTunes.  You can stream or purchase it now from all the usual retailers.

Missy's album drops just a few days before the pioneering rapper's set to be honored at the MTV VMAs with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.  In celebration of the accolade, MTV is hosting an interactive museum highlighting iconic moments from Missy's storied career. 

Here's the Iconology track listing:

"Throw It Back"
"Cool Off"
"DripDemeanor (Feat. Sum 1)"
"Why I Still Love You?"
"Why I Still Love You? (Acapella)"

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K. Michelle teases forthcoming collaboration, "Supahood," with City Girls' Yung Miami and Kash Doll

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On the heels of announcing the title of her next album, K. Michelle has now teased a forthcoming ladies night anthem titled “Supahood," featuring City Girls' Yung Miami and Kash Doll.

Taking to Instagram, the singer shared a behind-the-scenes clip of the accompanying video in which she sports multiple looks and takes a joyride in a classic American street rod. The trio even makes room for one more as Yung Miami's growing baby bump makes a cameo. 

“Honestly, I couldn’t have picked a more SOLID group of ladies,” K captioned the video post. “No drama, just women bout the music and they business. Thank you for being apart of my new album beautiful ladies!”

In addition to dropping the news of the fiery posse cut, the "Can't Raise a Man" vocalist shared a few details about another impending single, “Just Like Jay.” Both songs are expected to appear on K. Michelle's long-awaited fifth studio album, All Monsters Are Human, which has yet to be given a release date.

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Lil Uzi Vert opens up about his Grandmother's recent health scare

Prince Williams/WireImageLil Uzi Vert is sharing his recent personal struggles with fans. 

Thursday, the Philly rapper took to Twitter to open about his grandmother's recent health scare. 

"I love you grandma you got this," Uzi tweeted before explaining further, "I'm scared excited happy and sad but mostly thankful."

He continued, "So today my grandma is coming home she was in the hospital and rehab for months she cannot walk. She cannot talk all the way but I feel her gettin' better by the second."

Uzi then went on to share that his grandmother has been in the hospital for "months" after being diagnosed with a tumor over her eye, as well as suffering a stroke. 

He added that his grandmother raised him, and that he loves her "more than clothes."

Fans have been relentless in their pursuit of Uzi's long-awaited album, Eternal Atake, which has yet to be given  a release date as the "Sanguine Paradise" rapper's personal matters have overshadowed his musical pursuits.

"I needed privacy I needed family comfort because I just didn't understand," Uzi further explained. "I been flexing so hard and buying the world because deep down I'm hurt."

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Aaliyah's Madame Tussauds wax figure has officially been unveiled

Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Las VegasNearly 20 years after her tragic death, Aaliyah has become the newest addition to Madame Tussauds family of iconic wax figures.

Thursday, the statue of R&B's beloved “Babygirl” was unveiled at Madame Tussauds' Las Vegas location. The figure draws inspiration from Aaliyah's groundbreaking music video for the 2000 track “Try Again," in which she dons her signature leather pants and metallic bra, belt and choker set.

According to VIBE, discussions about the creation of an Aaliyah figure began over a year and a half ago after much demand from fans. 

“I was involved in the process from the inception of the project,” the singer's brother, Rashad Haughton, told the publication. “The team at Madame Tussauds welcomed a collaborative effort in choosing the pose and look of my sister's figure."

He further explained, "They made sure my mother and I were comfortable and supported through an amazing but understandably emotional process.”

Haughton was instrumental in making sure his late sister was properly memorialized, even making sure to include all of Aaliyah's tattoos. 

The "More Than A Woman" singer's life was tragically cut short at the age of 22 on August 25, 2001. Aaliyah, along with seven others, were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas.

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Missy Elliott announces new 'Iconology' album is coming tonight

Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCEMissy Elliott is throwing it back with a surprise new album, Iconology

Thursday, the pioneering rapper took to social media to announce she would be gifting fans with her first effort in nearly 15 years. Due to arrive at midnight, the LP is set to feature a "collection of new songs."

"Let’s #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance! Sincerely, Dr. Melissa 'Missy' Elliott #ICONOLOGY," Missy wrote on Twitter , as she revealed the project's cover art. 

The "Dr." is a reference to the fact that she recently received an honorary doctorate from Boston's Berklee College of Music.

"This year has been a tremendous year for me…I am humbled and grateful," the Virginia native continued. "THANK YOU for allowing me to smell the roses. You, my fans, and God are the reason I am here and have celebrated every milestone with me!"

Missy's last studio album was 2005's The Cookbook.

The news of Iconology arrives a few short days before the "Work It" rapper is set to be honored at the MTV VMAs with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. In celebration of the accolade, MTV is hosting an interactive museum highlighting iconic moments from Missy's storied career. 

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Kodak Black pleads guilty to federal weapons charges

David CabreraKodak Black pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges on Thursday, stemming from a May arrest in Miami, Florida.

The rapper, born Bill Kapri, is accused of falsifying information on federal forms to purchase three firearms from a gun shop in Broward County. As previously reported, local authorities claimed one of those weapons was found at the scene of a shooting in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Kodak initially pleaded not guilty and he was released on $550,000 bond and house arrest, but federal prosecutors successfully appealed the decision and the rapper was incarcerated without bond.

The Dying to Live artist faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, ABC News has learned. 

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Colin Kaepernick brings in Ava DuVernay, Yara Shahidi and more for Know Your Rights campaign

Manny Carabel/Getty ImagesColin Kaerpernick has tapped some of his fellow activists for his latest Know Your Rights Campaign.

In a partnership with Paper, the NFL star stepped in as guest editor for the magazine's latest issue where he highlighted his campaign that fights against systemic injustice and police brutality.

“I was invited by @papermagazine to showcase the work we’ve been doing with @yourrightscamp,” Kaepernick tweeted. “We curated this issue highlighting those that have also been taking action in their respective spaces surrounding our Know Your Rights 10 Points. Excited to share this with you!”

In the feature, Kaepernick uses an all-star line up of talent that includes Ava DuVernayThe Exonerated 5Yara ShahidiIndya MooreDr. Angela DavisTaraji P. Henson, NFL player Eric Reidand Kaepernick's girlfriend Nessa to speak on topics that focused on civil rights.

Some of those topics include: "You Have the Right To Be Free," "You Have the Right To Be Safe," "You Have the Right To Be Healthy," "You Have the Right To Be Alive," and DuVernay's "You Have the Right to Be Trusted."

"I think history leads to a lack of trust," said DuVernay in her feature. "I think the idea that Black and Brown people are supposed to be patiently trusting of power structures and people who represent those power structures — police, for example; judges, for example — without taking into account the history that we've experienced is disingenuous. Our history demands that you have a lack of trust in order to even have the chance to survive."

The Know Your Rights program has held workshops and camps in New York City, New Orleans, Baltimore, Chicago, Oakland and Miami.

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Drake reportedly facing lawsuits over smash hits "In My Feelings" and "Nice For What"

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Drake has found himself in the hot seat over his chart-topping singles "In My Feelings" and "Nice For What, " TMZ has learned. 

According to the outlet, a fellow rapper by the name of Sam Skully is suing both Drizzy and bounce pioneer Big Freedia for allegedly using a pair of his beats without permission. Skully claims that a portion of his 2000 track “Roll Call” was sampled for “In My Feelings," as well as for “Nice For What" which features Freedia.

Skully is also reportedly suing Asylum Records, Cash Money Records and Republic Records for damages.

“Nice For What” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018, as did “In My Feelings.” The latter track dominated the top spot for 10 consecutive weeks and spawned a viral dance challenge.

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Jamie Foxx says he’s not dating singer Sela Vave: “[She’s] as young as my daughter”

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After reports that Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have called it quits, Foxx is setting the record straight on rumors that he’s already moved on with singer Sela Vave.

During an Instagram Live Wednesday, the 51-year-old Oscar-winner clarified his relationship to Vave, who's reportedly 21. He says he’s helping her as a newcomer to the music industry, as he’s done with several other artists – including Ed SheeranNick Cannon and Ne-Yo.

“There was a young lady by the name of Sela Vave. I did the same thing with her,” he says. “When I met her, [my friend] introduced me to her. He said, ‘This girl is amazing.’ So, she’s on my steps, singingBeyoncé, broken down, she’s playing the guitar…So we took her under our wing.”

He goes on to explain the paparazzi photos that started the rumors, which captured Foxx holding Vave’s hand as they got into his SUV.

“I’m escorting her to my car, to put her in the car -- my artist, who hangs out with my kids, who’s as young as my daughter [Corinne, 25],” Foxx says. “I’m not no old n**** out here with no young folks. You understand what I’m saying?”

He adds, “She’s been brought into the family, she works hard and she’s a beautiful singer.”

Vave posted the Instagram Live video to her own Instagram page, writing, “For the people who care... here is the TRUE story.”

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Report: Tee Grizzley's aunt slain after rapper's car is targeted in Detroit shooting

300 Ent./Atlantic RecordsTee Grizzley is mourning the loss of his aunt, Jobina "JB" Brown, after she was fatally shot in Detroit on Tuesday night, TMZ reports. Brown was also the rapper's manager.

According to the site, the vehicle both Grizzley and Brown were riding in on the city's east side was riddled with bullets after a lone gunman opened fire. Authorities have yet to identify the shooting victims but the descriptions match that of the rapper and Brown, The Detroit News has learned. 

Per the outlet, Detroit police have confirmed that a black Chrysler 300, occupied by a woman, 41, and two men, ages 25 and 34, briefly stopped at a location on Three Mile Drive. As the driver exited the vehicle, shots rang out from an unknown location. The woman, who was seated in the back of the car, was wounded on her left side. There were no other reported injuries. 

Despite being rushed to the hospital, the woman succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead. It still remains unknown if it was a targeted attack, police told The Detroit News on Wednesday. No arrests have been made as the investigation continues. 

Grizzley, best known for his breakout hit "First Day Out," has yet to comment on the matter. 

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Beep Beep: MTV is bringing a Missy Elliott museum to NYC this weekend

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The incomparable creative genius of Missy Elliott is set to be celebrated this weekend, as MTV brings the ultimate fan experience to the Big Apple. 

Following the news that the Grammy-winning lyricist will be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s VMAs, the network has also announced the unveiling of an interactive Museum of Missy, celebrating all things Missy.

In partnership with Pepsi, MTV is bringing fans an experience of lifetime, as the pop up highlights Missy's storied career and spotlights several of the creative visionaries behind some of her groundbreaking music videos. The immersive installations include a recreated set of “The Rain” visual, in which fans can sport the iconic garbage bag onesie; photos from memorable videos like “Gossip Folks" and “Sock It 2 Me"; and a “Supa Dupa Fly" lounge inspired by the cover art of Elliott's debut album. 

The ticketed experience will be open to the public August 24 and 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

“Missy Elliott is creative genius whose contribution to music and pop culture can be felt across generations,” Mona Scott-Young, Elliott’s longtime manager, said of the one-of-a-kind museum. “The fans deserve and the world is ready for a museum that celebrates Missy Elliott and her iconic, record-breaking career.”

Tickets for the Museum of Missy are sold out.

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Young Thug reveals he's readying new album titled 'Punk'

Mark Horton/Getty ImagesYoung Thug is the gift that keeps on giving. 

Barely a week since the release of his debut studio album, So Much Fun, Thugger has revealed that he intends on delivering even more new music to fans. In his new cover story with The FADER, the Atlanta phenom shared that he is gearing up to release his next solo effort titled Punk

While he was mum on the details of the project, Thug described the forthcoming LP as "touching."

"It's music that the world is going to embrace,"  "The London" rapper explained. "[Punk] means brave, not self centered, conscious. Very, very neglected, very misunderstood. Very patient, very authentic.”

Furthermore, the eccentric lyricist hopes to inject "real rap" into the genre once again with the impending release. 

"I just want to open up," Thug told the publication. "Let people know that I'm not just a rapper, I'm a human being. Let people know whatever they go through, I done been through or somebody done been through it."

If the YSL Records founder is in fact a man of his word, fans can expect Punk to arrive before 2019 closes. In addition, Thug is also readying a sequel to his critically-acclaimed Super Slimey mixtape with special guest spots from FutureLil Baby and Gunna.

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Calling all creatives: Lee Daniels wants diverse voices for his new project

ABC/Lou RoccoLee Daniels is offering marginalized voices a rare opportunity to be heard in the entertainment industry.

The Academy-Award nominee and Empire creator has announced the launch of a diversity-focused career workshop, which will promote and amplify new and diverse talent under his Lee Daniels Entertainment banner, in partnership with Represent by OMV.

A part of the workshop, aspiring creatives will get an inside look at the entertainment industry, as well as mentoring from industry professionals.

"It has been my goal to create opportunities for diverse creatives and to tell inclusive stories," Daniels said in a statement. "I have always been about giving all creatives a chance, and the Lee Daniels Entertainment Creative Workshop is another step in driving Diversity and Inclusion in Hollywood."

Those chosen for the workshop will get the opportunity to attend meetings with Lee Daniels Entertainment and REPRESENT by OMV executives, go on studio visits, and take a trip to the working set of an upcoming Lee Daniels Entertainment Television production.

To participate in the workshop, applicants must follow Lee Daniels Entertainment and Represent by OMV on all social media platforms, submit a 15-second Instagram or Facebook short story video describing why they should be chosen, and make sure to tag the appropriate social media accounts.

Daniel's workshop will be held from September 25 to 28 in Los Angeles. Airfare will be provided, courtesy of American Airlines. The deadline to submit your application is August 31.

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Bye, bye: Watch Gabrielle Union's daughter say her first words

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Baby Kaaiva James is growing up.

In a new Instagram post, Kaavia's mom, Gabrielle Union, shared a sweet video of her little girl uttering her first words.

"Buh, bye," says the toddler in the video after being prompted to say the farewell phrase.

"@kaaviajames speaks!!!!," Union captioned her video. "Get ready world. Next stop, #agt judges table! Bye bye."

This the latest feat for the precocious infant, popularly called "Shady Baby" by her parents, Union and former NBA star Dwyane Wade. Just last week, her proud parents shared an Instagram video of Kaavia swimming.

"Cant walk, but I can jump. Who knew," the caption reads. "This swimming thing is my jelly and my jam."

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Rihanna to honor Barbados' prime minister, activist Shaun King at her Diamond Ball

ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna's Diamond Ball event isn't just a star-studded party -- it's also a way to recognize those who've done important humanitarian work.  Now, the star has announced who'll be the guests of honor at the fifth edition of the event, taking place September 12 in New York City.

Mia Mottley, prime minister of Rihanna's home country of Barbados, will receive the 2019 Diamond Ball Award, as will writer and civil rights activist Shaun King.  They're being recognized for their humanitarian and social justice work.

During her 25-year career in politics, Mottley has empowered women and young people via education initiatives.  She is Barbados' first female prime minister, and previously served as the country's first female attorney general, and the first woman elected to lead the country's Labour Party.

In 2018, Shaun King co-founded Real Justice PAC, which works to elect prosecutors who support criminal justice reform.  He also relaunched The North Star, an anti-slavery publication which was originally founded by Frederick Douglass.

“I am particularly honored to present Prime Minister Mottley and Shaun King with this year’s Diamond Ball Awards for their groundbreaking work," Rihanna said in a statement. "We are so thankful to them for joining us and making the night better than ever."

As previously reported, the Diamond Ball will be hosted by Seth Meyers and feature performances from Pharrell Williams and DJ Khaled.  The money from the event goes to Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation, and funds innovative education projects and scholarships, emergency response programs and local micro grants.

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Saweetie teases forthcoming "My Type" remix featuring Jhene Aiko & City Girls

Sasha SamsonovaSaweetie is readying an official remix to her infectious summer anthem "My Type." 

Tuesday, the Bay Area rapper shared with fans on Instagram that she has tapped the likes of Jhene Aiko and City Girls' Yung Miami for a boast-worthy posse cut. Due to arrive on Friday, the forthcoming revamped track has been dubbed as the "first" of its kind, which has left many fans to speculate that Saweetie possibly has more "My Type" remixes in store. 

The news of the revisited cut arrives just two weeks after the self-proclaimed Icy Girl teased she would be delivering a remix of the song, and fielded suggestions from fans of who she should collaborate with for the record. 

"My Type" continues to climb the Billboard Hot 100, as it ascends from number 35 to number 33 after spending seven weeks on the chart. The single accounts for Saweetie's first entry on the tally and continues a trend, as the 26-year-old becomes the seventh female rap act to reach the Hot 100 in 2019, the highest total of any year this past decade.

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Bill Bellamy joins Octavia Spencer in 'Madam CJ Walker' limited series

Amanda Matlovich/NetflixNetflix is bringing in a comedy vet to their upcoming limited series,  Madam CJ Walker.

According to DeadlineBill Bellamy has been tapped to star in the Octavia Spencer-led series about the legendary entrepreneur and philanthropist. He joins Tiffany Haddish, Carmen EjogoBlair UnderwoodGarrett Morris and Kevin Carroll, who were previously announced.

Bellamy will play Sweetness, a smart and savvy banker, who gets inspired by Madam Walker's success and angles for a way to get in good with her - by any means necessary.

As previously reported, Spencer will play Sarah Breedlove, better known as Madam C.J. Walker, in the eight-episode series. The series, based on Walker's great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles book, On Her Own Ground, is  the first scripted drama from LeBron James' production company, SpringHill Entertainment. James and Spencer will co-executive produce the drama, with Bundles to serve as a consultant on the series.

Walker, who died in 1919 at age 51, was America's first female self-made millionaire. She amassed much of her fortune by developing and marketing a line of beauty and hair products for black women, via her Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

The Madam CJ Walker series will launch on Netflix in 2020.

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K. Michelle confirms new reality TV series is underway

Derek BlanksOn the heels of returning to VH1's Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood, K. Michelle is set to take on another reality TV series. 

Tuesday, the Rebellious Soul vocalist took to Instagram to announce that she would be at the helm of a new show which aims to aid women in reversing the alarming effects of cosmetic surgery. 

“I have a new TV show coming out and it is to help women get silicone out of their body,” K explained in the brief clip.

"Ladies, it is not worth the s*** to look like somebody on Instagram," the Memphis native urged. "You will have to fight for your life, eventually. And, that's just the truth."

Back in 2018, K shared with fans that she would be undergoing four surgical procedures to reverse the effects of illegal "hydrogel" butt injections following a terrifying health scare. According to the singer, the silicone injections ultimately resulted in two blood transfusions and caused damage to the tissue in her legs after spreading to her lower limbs. 

“I have not showed you guys my body since my surgery, but I have a big dent right here that’s from where the tissue was cut out of me," K said in the video while pointing to her left hip, which appeared disproportionate in comparison to the right. 

She continued, "You can live with it, you can be sick, you can be achy for the rest of your life. But, I wasn't with that."

K. Michelle has two more weeks until her surgical journey is complete and she’s back to looking normal and “natural.” 

While there aren't many details available regarding the forthcoming reality TV series, BET showrunner Jesse Collins has been tapped to spearhead the project.

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Netflix orders new comedy series starring Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps

Courtesy of NetflixNetflix is working on a brand-new comedy series that will star two of stand-up comedy's finest.

The streamer announced Tuesday that they've tapped Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps to star in The Upshaws, a comedy series that follows a working-class African-American family in Indiana that struggles to make a better life "without the blueprints to do it."

Sykes will co-executive produce the series with Epps, and will also also serve as co-showrunner.

This is the latest project for Sykes, who was Emmy-nominated this year for Outstanding Variety Special for her first Netflix special, Wanda Sykes: Not Normal.

Epps also will appear opposite Eddie Murphy in the Netflix comedy Dolemite Is My Name, due out later this year.

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Brandy's "Love Again" ascends to the top 10 of 'Billboard''s Adult R&B Songs chart

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Brandy's latest effort, "Love Again," featuring Daniel Caesar, has officially entered the top 10 of Billboard's Adult R&B Songs chart. 

Climbing to #9 on this week's tally, the duet surprisingly accounts for the Grammy-winning vocalist's highest charting single in 20 years. Her phenomenal ballad “Almost Doesn’t Count,” lifted from her sophomore album Never Say Never, peaked at #2 on the Adult R&B Songs chart in 1999.

Brandy previously came closest to another Adult R&B Songs top-ten hit in 2012, with the Monica-assisted single “It All Belongs to Me." The singers' iconic collaboration “The Boy is Mine” yielded equal results when it initially placed on the same chart in 1998.

Four years prior, Brandy made her mark on the Adult R&B Songs chart with her debut single, “I Wanna Be Down.” The breakout hit rose to #5 and soon after, she racked up a slew of other top-10 hits on that chart including “Best Friend," “Baby," “Sittin’ Up in My Room," “Brokenhearted,” “Missing You,” featuring Tamia, and “Have You Ever."

Brandy’s yet-to-be-titled seventh studio album is underway and due to arrive later his year via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One. The singer has been working on the project for more than a year alongside hitmaking producer DJ Camper

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