Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sean Kingston Settles Gang Rape Lawsuit
Sean Kingston has settled up with the 22-year-old girl who accused the singer and his former bodyguards of gang rape back in 2010, sources close to Kingston tell TMZ.

Sources tell us, Kingston settled NOT because he's admitting guilt, but because his upcoming tour and new album release will prevent him from focusing his energies on a messy civil trial.

Our sources close to Kingston's team say he paid the alleged victim only a fraction of what she asked for in order to make the lawsuit disappear as soon as possible. They didn't tell us the exact amount of the settlement.

That said, we're told Kingston believes he would have won the case outright if it went to trial ... the same way he dodged criminal charges three years ago.

As one source said, "Her story wasn't consistent. She told various stories throughout her interviews with police. Her friend's story wasn't consistent with hers. The medical report had no indications of force."

As we reported, Kingston acknowledged having sex with the girl -- when she was 19 -- but said the sex was consensual. The lawsuit is expected to be dismissed shortly.

Chris Brown Performs "Fine China" LIVE on Today Show

Alex Jacke - "One Thing"

Erica Campbell of Mary Mary at The 2013 Merge Summit

K. Michelle - "The Right One"

TGT’s ‘Three Kings’ Debuts at No. 1 on R&B Chart
*TGT – the R&B super-trio featuring Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank – debuts at the summit of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with “Three Kings,” moving 76,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The set’s impressive debut was bolstered by lead single “Sex Never Felt Better,” which peaked at No. 13 on the Adult R&B chart in May, and follow-up “I Need,” which is currently climbing that chart and reaches a new peak of No. 15 this week.
Collectively, the trio has placed 30 titles on the Adult R&B ranking, with 13 reaching the top 10 and four (two each by the two T’s) reaching No. 1, according to Billboard.

Individually, each of the group’s artists has had plentiful success on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Below is a breakdown of how the artists stack up against each other in terms of top 10s, No. 1s, cumulative sales and biggest albums.

Total No. 1 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Tank – 3
Ginuwine – 2
Tyrese – 0

Total Top 10 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Ginuwine – 6
Tank – 5
Tyrese – 5

In terms of total album sales, Ginuwine has shifted the most, with 6.98 million, while Tyrese has moved 3.69 million. Tank has sold 1.76 million albums. Ginuwine’s best seller is 1999′s “100% Ginuwine,” with 2 million; while Tyrese’s self-titled 1999 debut is his biggest, with 1.3 million. Tank’s “Force of Nature,” released in 2001, is his largest seller, with 775,000.

Entering just below TGT at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is “Doris,” the debut album from Earl Sweatshirt, with 49,000 copies. The 19-year old rapper is a member of Los Angeles’ Odd Future collective, which now has taken six albums to the top 10 of the list. “Wolf,” the sophomore set from de facto crew leader Tyler, the Creator, was the last Odd Future-connected album to debut, bowing at No. 1 on April 20th with 89,000.

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” slips 2-3 with a 5% decline to 46,000 while A$AP Ferg’s “Trap Lord” opens at No. 4 with 32,000 copies. The Harlem fashion designer-turned-rapper belongs to the A$AP Mob, also home to A$AP Rocky and his No.1-debuting “Long.Live.A$AP” (139,000 first-week copies on Feb. 2nd). Ferg’s first single, “Work,” peaked at No. 30 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, thanks in part to its remix featuring French Montana, Trinidad James, Schoolboy Q and A$AP Rocky. Follow-up single “Shabba,” also featuring Rocky, reaches a new peak of No. 40 in its third week on the list.

Closing out the top five of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” sliding 3-5 with a 21% drop to 30,000. Last week’s No. 1, K. Michelle’s “Rebellious Soul,” falls to No. 6 thanks to the three big debuts and its 69% fall to 23,000 copies.

Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke sets a new personal longest run atop the chart with “Blurred Lines” ruling for 12 consecutive weeks. His previous best was 11 weeks with “Lost Without U” in 2007. Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” stays put at No. 2 but could challenge Robin Thicke’s run next week. “Holy Grail’s” music video premiered today (Aug. 29), which could earn the song further streaming points, enabling it to overtake “Blurred” at No. 1.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Ray J Reveals How Much Money He Made From 'I Hit It First'

Timbaland Reveals He's Producing a New Michael Jackson Single

Beyonce: Coney Island Cyclone Rider for Music Video Shoot
Beyonce goes for a ride on the Cyclone roller coaster while filming a music video at the Coney Island theme park on Thursday afternoon (August 29) in New York City.

The 31-year-old entertainer is reportedly filming the video for a new song called “XO” and photographer Terry Richardson was spotted alongside her at the shoot.

In case you missed it, check out a new video that Beyonce posted to her website with a compilation of fan meet and greets from the first leg of her recent Mrs. Carter World Tour.

Christina Milian Joins "Dancing With The Stars"
NBC’s Dancing With The Stars has just revealed their fall cast and YMCMB vixen, Christina Milian, is set to be on the star-studded show. The Cuban mother of one is known for her sexy physique and is sure to bring something hot to the program. Milian has a history with NBC, as she was previously the social media correspondent for The Voice. Congrats to Christina, we’ll be sure to watch!

Rico Love - "They Don't Know"

Sean Kingston: Frank Ocean Fight Wasn't Chris Brown's Fault

Thursday, August 29, 2013

R&B Divas: LA - Interview with Lil' Mo

Power 99 Interviews Tamar Braxton

Kevin McCall and Model/Actress Eva Marcille Expecting Child
Eva Marcille is adding a new job to her resume: motherhood! The America's Next Top Model winner is expecting her first child with boyfriend Kevin McCall, she confirms to BET.
Marcille, 28, and songwriter McCall, 28, took their relationship public last March. "Being able to bring a life into the world is every woman’s dream but for me it's more than just a dream it is a magical, mystical journey which I get to share with this amazing man," the model, who is five-months-pregnant, tells BET. "Kevin is the only man who I would share this moment in life with."

Mistress of Beyonce's Dad Apologizes for Affair
Alexsandra Wright, the woman who blew the lid off her affair with Beyonce's father Matthew Knowles, apologized for sleeping with Matthew, which led to a three-year-old son. The affair also broke up the 31-year marriage between Matthew and Tina Knowles, and Alexsandra detailed the situation in a public statement to Sandra Rose. 

"It is with a heavy heart we must head back to Superior Court to continue the fight for the rights of my son Nixon Knowles, who has proven to be Mathew Knowles' biological son. My family and I have exhausted every non-legal avenue to urge Mathew to be a responsible father and to follow the stipulated judgment we reached together, which was approved by California's Superior Court." 

She continued, "We have attempted to appeal to him and his team to adhere to that agreement and the court's stipulated judgment in regard to our son's education, outstanding medical expenses and other issues, with the hopes of keeping this situation private, considering all parties involved. Unfortunately, we have been unsuccessful with any sort of private negotiation." 

Alexsandra also apologized to Beyonce, Solange, and Tina, "I regret the pain that I have contributed to his family and to my own family. I have the utmost respect and admiration for both of his daughters – they are both lovely women. I also regret the pain that this situation has caused his ex-wife, Tina, and very much wish one day I will get the opportunity to tell her personally."

Robin Thicke feat. 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar - "Give It 2 U"

TGT Breaks Downs The Truth About Relationships

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

James Brown Biopic Lands '42' Star Chadwick Boseman
It looks like Chadwick Boseman is set to play another American legend.

The actor who played the man who broke baseball's color barrier, Jackie Robinson, in April's "42" is now set to play James Brown in Universal's upcoming biopic about the iconic singer.

Boseman received critical acclaim when he played the Brooklyn Dodger first baseman, and he's now being tasked with taking on arguably one of R&B's greatest artists. But he wasn't the only one considered for the part.

The film - which began as a project back in 2001 - has gone through many different potential Godfathers of Soul, including Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy (who famously played Brown in the "James Brown's Celebrity Hot Tub Party" sketch back on "Saturday Night Live" in the 80s) before going with Boseman.

However, there will be more than just one music legend on set. Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger is producing the film under his Jagged Films banner, along with Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins.

Tate Taylor - who directed "The Help" - will be filming the as-yet-untitled biopic in Mississippi this fall.

As for Boseman, he'll have time to practice his moves before he dons Brown's dancing shoes, as he next stars in Ivan Reitman's 2014 release, "Draft Day."

Kevin McCall Talks BMI Awards and his Solo Project

BTS: Omarion feat. Pusha T & Fabolous - "Know You Better"

Johnny Gill Sues Hotel Because Drunk White Man Beat Him Up
*Good Lord, what have we here?

Courthouse News is reporting that singer Johnny Gill has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against the Four Seasons Beverly Hills.

Gill is claiming the hotel didn’t intervene when a drunk white man hurled racial insults at him and beat him so badly he was unable to perform.

Whaaaat?! Where was his buddy, Barry Bonds? Or Eddie Murphy? Anyway, we digress.

Specifically, the assault happened 2 years ago at the Four Seasons on Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills on Aug. 23, 2011, Gill, 47, is claiming in his suit.

So why is he just now suing? (We digress again)

“Plaintiff was seated at the patio area of the dining/cocktail area with friends,” the complaint states.
There’s more:
“At approximately 11 p.m. on said date, another guest who was obviously very inebriated sitting at another table in the patio area, without provocation hurled racially charged remarks at plaintiff.
“Plaintiff is African American and this individual who uttered these racially charged negatives remarks was Caucasian.
“Plaintiff objected to these unsolicited remarks and when he did so, this individual pushed plaintiff with such force and intensity that plaintiff was thrust up against a heating lamp causing great bodily injury with resulting pain and suffering, major medical expenses and loss of earnings as plaintiff was unable to perform as an entertainer, plaintiff’s extremely successful and lucrative chosen profession for over 20 years.
“At no time did defendant’s security employees, staff or representative offer any assistance to plaintiff nor did any such intervene to protect plaintiff, prevent the individual from becoming inebriated and thus behaving in an unruly manner the result of which was the assault that was committed on plaintiff and the resulting injuries to plaintiff.”
Johnny Gill is seeking $1 million in damages for negligence, failure to intervene, failure to exercise reasonable care, pain and suffering and medical expenses. He is represented by attorney Michael Shapiro.

Toni Braxton and Babyface stop by Middays with Shaila at WBLS

VH1's CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story Trailer

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

R. Kelly feat. 2 Chainz - "My Story"

Chris Brown Won't Be Charged in Alleged Nightclub Attack
Good news for Chris Brown -- for once -- the singer WON'T be prosecuted for allegedly attacking a female clubgoer at an O.C. bar back in June ... TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... 24-year-old Deanna Gines claimed CB violently shoved her down at Heat Ultra Lounge ... causing serious damage to her knee.

But Deanna's claims seemed fishy from the get go ... CB and the club's owner said she was full of it. Not to mention we got video of her walking around on her "injured" leg minutes after the alleged incident.

Now, it seems the Anaheim City Attorney also smelled BS ... 'cause the office rejected the case last week citing insufficient evidence.

As for Deanna, she's still trying to sue Chris for her so-called suffering. Good luck with that.

Jason Derülo Asks Jordin Sparks To Marry Him?

Jhené Aiko Talks "Comfort Inn Ending"

Danity Kane Confirms Reunion, But Without D. Woods
Five years after the release of their sophomore album, "Welcome to the Dollhouse" (2008), Danity Kane return to music. The group announced their reunion on Saturday (August 24) on their site (, sharing beautiful press photos.

The reuniting group consists of four of the five original members: Dawn Richard, Aubrey O'Day, Aundrea Fimbres and Shannon Bex. D. Woods will not be joining for she "signed on to several projects that will have me committed for the next year."

Richard, O'Day, Fimbres and Bex made their first appearance as a group at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (Aug. 25), strutting arm-in-arm. "I think we really missed doing music together," Fimbres told Billboard while on the show's red carpet.

New music from Danity Kane is "coming real soon," Richard said. "[There's] an album's worth of new music.

We're working with the amazing Stereotypes, who as you know they've done 'Damage.' We have a new record called, 'Rage.' it's a better sound for us. It's a live sound. Danity Kane with live guitar, live drums [and] more of a rock vibe. People will be pleasantly surprised at how we're coming."

"We're focused on Danity Kane. When we get into the studio it's just organic for us. Second to that, it's the stage," O'Day added.

Rumors of a reunion sparked when the girls were spotted at lunch in Los Angeles on May 13. The ladies played coy when asked if they were planning a comeback, but O'Day spoke up when asked if Diddy will be involved: "Who's that?

Anthony Hamilton Charged with DWI in Charlotte
R&B singer Anthony Hamilton was charged with DWI after being pulled over by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on Sunday.

According to TMZ, Hamilton was pulled over for speeding, but then police suspected he was under the influence and arrested him on charges of driving while impaired.

Hamilton is from the Charlotte area.

Hamilton rose to fame with his platinum-selling second studio album "Comin' from Where I'm From" in 2003.

He is also known for the song "Freedom" from the soundtrack album of 'Django Unchained' cowritten and sung as a duo with indie soul singer Elayna Boynton.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Dawn Robinson X Lil' Mo Talk R&B Divas LA

Tamar Braxton Talks Not Wanting More Kids, Her Music and Sex

Chante Moore Talks Record Industry, R&B Divas LA and Having a New Man

Michel'le Talks Co-Parenting with Dr. Dre & R&B Divas LA

Robin Thicke Ties Personal Record Atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
As "Blurred Lines" picks up an 11th week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke ties his personal longest No. 1 run on the chart set with "Lost Without U" in 2007. "Blurred Lines" is poised to tack on additional chart-topping weeks as it continues to increase its R&B/hip-hop audience reach, rising 1% to 22.9 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.

The track's reign on the Adult R&B airplay chart (viewable at also rolls into its third week, while Thicke simultaneously breaks into the top 10 with follow-up single "For the Rest of My Life" (11-10). Only one other artist has posted two concurrent top 10s at the format this year: Tamar Braxton with "Love & War" and "The One" in three frames last month. No artists achieved this feat in 2012.

Though staying put at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Jay Z's "Holy Grail," featuring Justin Timberlake, jumps 13-8 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay marking the rapper's 29th top 10 hit on the list. Jay now sits in third place for most top 10s among all acts in the nearly 21-year history of the chart, trailing Lil Wayne (40), Drake (33), and R. Kelly (30).

Friday, August 23, 2013

Marvin Gaye’s Son Is Still Talking About Suing Robin Thicke

Today, TMZ published a video interview with Marvin Gaye III, who said his family sees Thicke and Co.’s preemptive legal strike as a “slap in the face,” and while he didn’t outright say that he’s going to sue them back, he basically implied that the hammer of Thor will be laid upon Thicke for all of his alleged thievery.

Michael Jackson feat. Justin Bieber - "Slave 2 The Rhythm"

Power 105.1 Interviews Alicia Keys

Aretha Franklin Has 'Miraculous' Recovery to Mystery Illness
No one knows what was wrong with Aretha Franklin recently, but whatever it was, she's currently experiencing a "miraculous" recovery from it, she tells the AP. Health problems have forced Franklin to cancel concerts and appearances over the past few months, including one just this past weekend, but she won't say what exactly the problem is. "I'm not one to go into my personal health things," she says. But she will say this: "My treatments are going very well. My last CAT scan, my doctor at the CAT scan and everyone who sees this says that this is miraculous, absolutely miraculous." 

"I was talking to Smokey Robinson, my oldest best friend Smokey, talking about the fact that some doctors are not very well acquainted with faith healing," she continues. "And Smokey said, 'Well, they just don't know who your healer is.'" She offers up a few hints about her condition: It's common to women, and partly related to a previous health concern (which she was also cagey about). Whatever's going on with her is apparently keeping her from next week's US Open tennis championships, which is a bummer, because she says was planning to wear a "hot, hot, hot three-piece Escada short set ... with some fine platforms, but doggone it, I'm just not up to traveling quite as far as New York."

Estelle feat. Jeremih - "Be In Love"

Jennifer Lopez Alleged Stalker Vacationed In Her Hamptons Mansion
Someone's been sleeping in Jennifer Lopez's pool house, and it ain't Goldilocks -- cops arrested an alleged stalker who somehow managed to live in the pool house of her massive Hamptons mansion ... for several days ...  without getting noticed.

According to Southampton police, 49-year-old John M. Dubis basically moved in to J.Lo's $10 million pad sometime in early August.

He reportedly walked around the estate freely, hanging out openly in view of neighbors... and even posted Facebook photos of himself all over the grounds, such as the one below -- before police finally busted him on Aug. 8.
And how's this for weird ... two days before his arrest, Dubis dropped by a nearby menswear store and purchased a plaid overcoat.

Jennifer was not home, but the shocking part is security guards were patrolling the property.

Of course, you have to remember the 8,500 sq. foot home sits on 3 acres -- and it's a decent hike out to the pool house from the main quarters.
RELATED: Source: Jennifer Lopez deal with 'American Idol' imminent

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mariah Carey Shuts It DOWN On "Wild N Out"

La Toya Jackson to Star in Off-Broadway Play
La Toya Jackson is to star in the off-Broadway production of 'NEWSical the Musical' in New York City, which merges celebrity and political scandals with catchy music. 
La Toya Jackson is to star in a New York play. 
The 57-year-old actress will take over from Emmy-winning television star Jackée Harry for a week in Rick Crom's off-Broadway production of 'NEWSical the Musical', which merges celebrity and political scandals with catchy music, before deciding whether to return to theatre permanently.

Speaking to the New York Post newspaper, she said: ''I've wanted to do [theatre] but on Broadway the shows play for such a long, extended time.''

Meanwhile, the singer-songwriter has been tied up in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by her family against AEG live.

The Jackson's are suing the company as they believe they negligently hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray - who is currently serving four years imprisonment for involuntary manslaughter - who administered the lethal dose of Propofol which killed her brother Michael Jackson in 2009.

Only one member of the Jackson family are allowed to be present in the court room at one time, which Toya says has been challenging for her mother, Katherine Jackson.

She said: ''I speak to my mother every day. This has been very taxing on her. But she's so strong. She's holding up so well. We were all there for the last trial.''

Keke Wyatt She’s More Than An R&B Singer
*Keke Wyatt says don’t try to put her on lockdown. She’s more than an R&B singer.

“I love real R&B, but we ain’t living in the ’90s R&B no more. We ain’t living in the ’80s R&B,” Keke told Sister 2 Sister. “Things change. Times change.”

She said she’s still young, and although she made songs reminiscent of classic R&B when she did “You and I” with Avant, there’s a limited audience listening to that music these days.

“The only people that’s going to be listening to that now is adult contemporary, and I’m just in my 30s,” she said. “I still like to listen to the Chris Browns and the Keri Hilsons and the Beyoncés.

Keke grew up in a biracial household. Her mother loved country, while her dad listened to gospel and R&B; which she says was not her music of choice.

“From the very beginning of my career, I was pushed into a certain genre of music. I’ve always loved all types of music,” she said. “There’s really no music that I don’t like or that I don’t listen to.”

As for singing classic R&B in the future, don’t hold your breath, she says, “Ain’t nobody tryin’ to go back to the ’90s. The kids aren’t going to listen to it. I’m trying to reach everybody Alicia [Keys] is reaching, everybody Beyoncé’s reaching. I’m doing it Keke style.

TGT at The Breakfast Club - Power 105.1

Marques Houston - "Only You"

Tamar Braxton - "All The Way Home"

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Kevin Hart, Jill Scott and Laz Alonso Discuss Films at Hollywood Panel

Manager Says Raz B Coma Report Was A Hoax
An online media report that R&B singer De'Mario "Raz B" Thornton was in a coma in China was a hoax, according to his agent.

The R&B singer was hurt in a nightclub brawl near Shanghai, but his injuries were not serious, manager Elayne Rivers told CNN Monday.

"The comments about Raz being in a coma did not come from his official representative," Rivers said.

The singer's brother, who performs under the name Ricky Romance, said in a statement sent to CNN Monday afternoon that he had been "misled by unknown reasons."

"I was unfortunately unable to contact my brother at the time and then panicked," Romance said. "I then alerted as many people of this information hoping to gather facts... Since the source that gave me this information was what I thought to be legitimately reliable I didn't question I just believed. I apologize if I seem like I jumped to conclusions but a coma is a serious situation and it was concerning my brother whom is my best friend as well. I sincerely apologize for the confusion I caused if that is the case."

A celebrity news website first reported the original member of the boy band B2K was in a coma Saturday, identifying its source as Toy Jones.

Although Jones gave CNN the same information Sunday, she declined to give the name of the hospital -- only saying it was in the Zhejiang province near Shanghai.

Several hours later, Jones sent CNN a written statement saying the singer had miraculously recovered from the coma and would be released from the hospital in days.
The unedited statement reads: "Doctor says Numerous Brain scans showed that Raz's entire cortex- the parts of the brain that give us consciousness, thought, Memory and understanding is now functioning. Doctors say its a miracle and told his family that he stands a strong chance of survival and no signs of being brain dead for the rest of his life against all odds,Raz woke up this morning and is in stable condition We ask the the fans and media respect our family's privacy"
CNN chose not to report the story until the story until details could be confirmed by the U.S. State Department, officials at the U.S. embassy in China or Chinese officials. Raz B also reached out personally to CNN in an e-mail asking that nothing be published.

Chris Brown Cancels Canadian Concerts

Beyonce Drops $2,200 at Chicken Spot Following Performance
Beyonce had the staff at a chicken restaurant in England squawking after she ordered over $2,200 worth of food from them.

The singer and her entourage hit up Nando's in Chelsmford after headlining the V Festival in Hylands Park on Saturday night.

According to the receipt which surfaced online, the order included 58 wing platters, 48 whole chickens, 12 veggie burgers, 24 orders of coleslaw and 24 orders of rice. Grand total? $2,261.61.

Adrienne Bailon on 'The Real' Show; 3LW Breakup

TGT Talk About Who Gets The Most On Tour and Who Has The Best Single

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Marques Houston Talks LDB & Fall Out w/ Omarion

Beyonce Booed At V Festival After Arriving 20 Minutes Late
Beyonce was allegedly met with a chorus of boos when she took to the V Festival stage 20 minutes late Saturday night in England. 

According to WENN, Queen Bey was jeered after keeping thousands of concertgoers waiting in the pouring rain and wind at Hylands Park in Chelmsford. Beyonce was then booed when she finally arrived, before kicking off her headlining set with "Run the World (Girls)."

Being late wasn't Beyonce's only issue. "The sound was so terrible people were just walking away halfway through her set," one attendee told U.K.'s Metro. 

WENN reported the superstar gave a shout-out to those in the crowd who remained patient, saying, "Thank you all so much for waiting in the rain ... Now let's have some fun in the rain. It feels good doesn't it."

The delayed arrival wasn't the only disappointment the "Bow Down" singer delivered to fans. Those watching at home were unable to view any of Beyonce's V Fest performance on television because she allegedly didn't give Channel 4 broadcasting rights, according to NME. Viewers expected to see highlights from her show, but hosts Edith Bowman and Steve Jones hinted that the 31-year-old refused to give them clearance. 

Despite the minor snafus, Beyonce still delivered a riveting performance, according to one critic. 

"She has an innate talent with a crowd, an almost tribal ability to lead," wrote The Independent's India Ross. "Her every turn, glance and flash of teeth only add to an aura of cool feminine domination. She is musically lukewarm, but theatrically unique."

Mario feat. Nicki Minaj - "Somebody Else"

Rihanna Kissing A$AP Rocky?

Toni Braxton Assed Out During Performance! (Wardrobe Malfunction)

Paris Jackson Has 'No Life,' According to Mom

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Janelle Monae’s ‘The Electric Lady’ Tracklist and Artwork Leak
It appears that a slip-up on Target’s website has led to the leak of the artwork and track listing for Janelle Monae‘s highly anticipated new album, ‘The Electric Lady.’

While the Target listing went up and down without much notice, the team at HipHop-N-More caught the leak. It reveals that the beautifully voiced songstress will be joined by the likes of Prince, Miguel, and Erykah Badu across the two-disc, 20-track record. Prince is featured on a cut titled ‘Givin’ Em What They Love’ that, hopefully, will be blessed with one of his trademark guitar solos — and his falsetto, of course.

The track listing might appear to house a lot of music, and it definitely is, but it’s not out of ordinary for Monae. Her full-length debut, ‘The ArchAndroid,’ featured 18 songs in total with some barely reaching two minutes and others extending past six minutes.
Now for the track listing. ‘The Electric Lady’ is due out Sept. 10.
Disc 1:
1. Suite IV Electric Overture
2. Givin Em What They Love (Feat. Prince)
3. Q.U.E.E.N. (Feat. Erykah Badu)
4. Electric Lady (Feat. Solange)
5. Good Morning Midnight (interlude)
6. PrimeTime (Feat. Miguel)
7. We Were Rock & Roll
8. The Chrome Shoppe (interlude)
9. Dance Apocalyptic
10. Look Into My Eyes
Disc 2:
12. Suite V Electric Overture
13. It’s Code
14. Ghetto Woman
15. Our Favorite Fugitive (interlude)
16. Victory
17. Can’t Live Without Your Love
18. Sally Ride
19. Dorothy Dandridge Eyes (Feat. Esperanza Spalding)
20. What An Experience

Monica Expecting A Baby Girl
Congratulations to Monica, who is pregnant with her third child

The 32-year-old R&B singer announced the good news on Twitter on May 11, when she wrote, "Show time Chattanooga," and posted a photo of herself with a very visible baby bump. 

This is the first child the "Boy Is Mine" singer is expecting with husband Shannon Brown, but she's already mom to sons Rocko, who turns 8 later this month, and Romelo Montez, 5, while the NBA player is already a dad to his son Shannon Christopher from a previous relationship. 

Monica also tweeted that she's already five months into her pregnancy, and was "overwhelmed at the tremendous amount of love my husband, family & I have received."

Chris Brown feat. Nicki Minaj - "Love More"

Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye's Family To Protect Hit Single 'Blurred Lines'
Many have noted the similarity between Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" and Robin Thicke's song-of-the-summer smash hit "Blurred Lines," and now Thicke has gone on the offensive to ensure that the sonic likeness of the two songs doesn't end up costing him any money. 

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news late Thursday: Thicke, along with Pharrell Williams and T.I., filed a lawsuit against Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music. In the case, the trio of music makers say they have "the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies," but must "reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists." 

Gaye's family and Funkadelic (the relevant compositions of whom are owned by Bridgeport), have insisted that "Blurred Lines" is too similar to their original songs. Here's a bit of the tick-tock, courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter:
The suit claims the Gaye family is alleging that "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" "feel" or "sound" the same, and that the "Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work." 
As for Funkadelic, there's said to be claimed similarity between Thicke's hit and Funakedlic's "Sexy Ways."
"But there are no similarities between plaintiffs' composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements," states the lawsuit. "Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else's composition
"Blurred Lines" is currently in its tenth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, making it summer's biggest song. The lawsuit, however, isn't the first controversy to hit the track — an earlier dust-up with critics who found the lyrics and x-rated music video to be misogynistic was eventually brushed aside by Thicke himself.

Beyoncé Stans vs. Keri Hilson

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Raz B on Life Support After Bottle Attack in China
Raz B's publicist says the R&B singer is on life support in a hospital in China after he was smashed in the face with a bottle at a nightclub.

"He is in a coma and needs as many prayers as possible," the Cleveland native's spokesman, Toy Jones, told TMZ Friday.

The 28-year-old recording artist, whose real name is De'Mario Monte Thornton, was performing Thursday when he was hurt while trying to break up a fight in the audience, the celebrity news website said.

He had minor surgery to repair a gash in his lip and was released from the hospital.

However, he didn't wake up Friday morning and was taken back to the medical facility where he has been slipping in and out of consciousness, and breathing with the help of a ventilator, Jones told TMZ.

The report did not say if any arrests were made following the brawl. Also not mentioned was exactly where the altercation took place.

Michel'le of 'R&B DIvas:LA Crys about Suge Knight Abuse and Fake Marriage

Brandy Talks Performing Live, Her Fans & "The Game"

Verse Simmonds - "Fully Loaded"

OMG Girlz at The Breakfast Club Power 105 1

Chris Brown Is Off the Hook in Hit-and-Run Case
Catching a break in the legal system, a Los Angeles judge dismissed a hit-and-run driving charge against Chris Brown this afternoon (August 15).

City News Service reports the misdemeanor was dropped and the judge said the 24-year-old singer reached a civil compromise with the other driver.

Chris was not at the hearing but was represented by his attorney, Mark Geragos who said Brown accidentally gave the woman the wrong insurance information after his Range Rover struck her Mercedes in Toluca Lake in May.Mark added that Brown's insurance did cover the $800 in damage to the Mercedes.

Meanwhile, City prosecutor Patrick Hiscocks objected to the dismissal, saying the "Turn Up the Music" singer was still on probation at the time of the crash for assaulting his ex-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009. 

Hiscocks added that the other driver felt she was "castigated" on social media after the crash.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Kelly Price Talks R&B Divas LA w/ Studio Q TV

O'Donis - "Lean"

Power 105.1 Interviews Ciara

Miguel Arrested for DUI in Los Angeles
Singer-songwriter Miguel, 27, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol early this morning, ABC News has confirmed.

The “Kaleidoscope Dream” singer was stopped in his BMW X6 at 2:15 a.m. today for speeding and tinted windows, a spokeswoman for the West LAPD told ABC News station KABC.

The Grammy winner’s sobriety test revealed a blood alcohol level of .10, which is beyond the .08 legal limit in California, police said.

He was cooperative and released on $5,000 bail a few hours later around 5 a.m., officials added.

Miguel won a Grammy Award this past year for Best R&B Song for “Adorn.” In addition to the win, he was nominated in four other categories, including Song of the Year and Best Rap Song.

His arrest report, obtained by ABC News, said the singer, whose full name is Miguel Pimentel, was scheduled to be back in court Sept. 9 in Los Angeles.

K. Michelle Interview at The Breakfast Club Power 105.1

RaVaughn Talks Miguel Collaboration, Love for Beyoncé

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Phoenix feat. R. Kelly - "Trying To Be Cool (Remix)"

Kevin Michael - "Sometimes"

Directed by D. Ryan, lead single from new "Brainwa$h" album.

Tameka Raymond Discusses Son's Near-Drowning Incident

Prince Joins Twitter
After a lifetime of shying from social media, Prince has FINALLY joined the Twitterverse ... and instantly became "that guy" who posts photos of his food.

Dammit Prince.

The singer fired off his first tweet last night under the handle, "@3rdeyegirl -- and it read, "PRINCE'S 1ST TWEET... TESTING 1,2..."

His 2nd tweet read -- "PRINCE'S 2ND TWEET."

Followed by Tweet #3 -- a photo of his over-peppered salad, with the caption, "DID EYE ADD 2 MUCH PEPPER?"

Yes, Prince ... you did. Interview with Mario Winans

Ex-wife Debbie Rowe says Doctors Competed to Give Michael Jackson Painkillers
Two German doctors treated Michael Jackson's insomnia with propofol 12 years before he died from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic, his former wife testified Wednesday.

Debbie Rowe, who is the mother of Jackson's two oldest children, is being forced to testify about the singer's drug use by lawyers for AEG Live, the concert promoter being sued by members of Jackson's family, who say the promoter is responsible for his death.

Doctors "would try to outbid" each other on who could give Michael Jackson "the better drug" for his pain, Rowe testified Wednesday.

Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson sat Wednesday morning in the front row of the small courtroom, where she has spent much of the past 16 weeks watching the trial.

Dr. Allen Metzger -- Jackson's general practitioner in the United States -- arranged for the German anesthesiologists to infuse the singer with propofol in a Munich hotel in July 1997 after sedatives failed to help him sleep between concerts, Rowe testified.

"I think they tried it and it hadn't worked and if he couldn't sleep, he couldn't perform," she testified. Jackson "was at the end of his rope; he didn't know what else to do."

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

97 Seconds with Chris Brown

Bossip Interviews Claudette Ortiz

Ron Isley Talks New Album and A Perfect Date on "Midday's with Shaila"

Eric Bellinger feat. Joe Budden - "R&B Singer (Remix)"

Eric Bellinger feat. Joe Budden - "R&B Singer (Remix)"
Joe Budden jumps on Eric Bellinger's remix to "R&B Singer," a song off his Born II Sing Vol. 3 mixtape. Bellinger, who got his start penning tracks for everyone from Usher to Chris Brown to TGT, is currently working on his debut LP. On this bedroom burner Bellinger tells it how it is when a lady gets into a relationship with an R&B singer.

Jaheim - "Age Ain't A Factor"

Nicci Gilbert Talks R&B Divas, Whitney Houston & Curvado

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rochelle Aytes Talks Playing Pebbles in VH1's TLC Biopic

R. Kelly Interview with Power 105.1

K. Michelle - "Wish I Could Be Her"

K. Michelle - "Wish I Could Be Her"

Marsha Ambrosius feat. Ne-Yo - “Without You”

Marsha Ambrosius feat. Ne-Yo - “Without You”
Marsha Ambrosius brings some soul back to the radio with her first single “Without You.” The British songstress gets lost in her feelings as she duets with Ne-Yo on the sultry ballad.

“This loneliness has taken over me,” sings a teary-eyed Marsha, whose sophomore album Friends & Lovers is due later this year.

“You can expect me to be a complete asshole on one album,” she said of the follow-up to her 2011 debut Late Nights & Early Mornings. “Honestly and openly, the expressions of a woman, a very honest woman, and I’m not taking any prisoners.”

Miguel Red Carpet Interview Teen Choice Awards 2013

Chris Brown on the Cover of BLANK Magazine


Monday, August 12, 2013

Ola Ray, 'Thriller' Actress, Dedicates Crazy Music Video To Michael Jackson
It's been four years since Michael Jackson's death, and the throng of tributes that have poured out of the music industry have inspired and touched anyone familiar with the King of Pop's legacy. But now a new, rather unique tribute has emerged -- one that just might top all of its predecessors in its oddness. 

The devotee in question is Ola Ray, the 52-year-old former Playboy model who is perhaps best known for having starred as Jackson's girlfriend in the iconic 1983 "Thriller" video. She's recorded her first single, "Remember," which she labels a tribute to Jackson, and produced an accompanying video that is, let's just say, a few steps removed from the quality of "Thriller."

Ray's video often finds her in front of a green screen -- literally. She sings portions of the song in front of some sort of green backdrop, while other moments find her mimicking the "Thriller" dance, donning a thin coat of zombie makeup and surrounding herself with cartoon smoke amid breathtaking production values.

We applaud Ray's attempt to pay homage to Jackson, particularly after she successfully sued the singer's estate in 2009 for uncollected royalties. But the newfound singer might want to stick to her day job, whatever that might be.

Tweet Talks About New Music and Joining ‘R&B Divas’
Southern song bird Tweet has never been a consistent artist and thus has been missing from the game for a while now. But she’s decided to bring her music back to the radio with a brand new dose of honey dripping love.

In an interview with Singersroom, she chatted about “Southern Hummingbird” and her latest EP, “Simply Tweet.”

Singersroom: You’ve said you’re in a different place than when you recorded Southern Hummingbird. How so?
Tweet: Spiritually, I’m in a different place and of course I’m older now. Southern Hummingbird, I was basically free to do whatever I wanted to do, but I was still a little timid coming out of being in a group. Very insecure, and didn’t even wanna be a solo artist so that’s the difference. But now I know what I wanna do, I know I’m a solo artist, I write and all that stuff, so I’m in a different place that way as well.

Singersroom: Has time redefined you or are you going to give us classic Tweet?
Tweet: I can’t stray from who I am, I can’t compromise my sound. I think more so now I’m tuned into really who I am. Southern Hummingbird was just the tip of the iceberg for me. Again, like I said, I was very timid and very insecure, but now I’m secure in knowing who I am as an artist, as a woman, so you’ll see that on this album. So it’s still classic Tweet, but I’m singing a little more on this, very confident in my vocal skills.

Singersroom: Would you be interested in joining the cast of R&B Divas?
Tweet: I was actually supposed to be on the first show [season], and unfortunately, I decided to focus on my music because I didn’t really wanna be on a show really not doing anything, and I’m still open to doing something like that.

Don-E - "Hot Like The Summer"

Copyright Lawsuit Targets Cover Songs on YouTube
In the latest sign of friction over the licensing of online music, a group of music publishers has sued Fullscreen, one of the largest suppliers of videos to YouTube, saying that many of Fullscreen’s videos — particularly cover versions of popular songs — infringe on the publishers’ copyrights.

Fullscreen is one of the largest of the so-called multichannel networks, or M.C.N.'s, which produce their own content — the company’s offices are in Culver Studios in Los Angeles, where “Gone With the Wind” and “Citizen Kane” were filmed — and represent the work of thousands of other creators of widely varying sizes. According to Fullscreen, the 15,000 channels the company represents have a total of 200 million subscribers and draw more than 2.5 billion views each month. 

Among the most popular videos on YouTube are cover versions of popular songs, often by amateurs or semiprofessionals who have built a following online. But according to the suit, filed in United States District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday by groups represented by the National Music Publishers’ Association, most of these lack the proper licenses and do not pay publishers and songwriters the royalties earned from ad revenue. (Publishers represent the music and lyrics underlying songs, not recordings of them, which are covered by a separate copyright.) 

According to the suit, Fullscreen and its founder, George Strompolos, who is named as a defendant, “have willfully ignored their obligation to obtain licenses and pay royalties to exploit the vast majority of the musical content disseminated over Fullscreen’s networks.” A spokeswoman for Fullscreen declined to comment.

The publishers represented in the suit include Warner/Chappell Music, which is owned by the Warner Music Group and is one of the biggest publishers, along with several independents like Songs Music Publishing and Peermusic. An exhibit submitted with the suit lists dozens of songs that Fullscreen is accused of using without proper licenses, including hits by Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Britney Spears and others. 

As YouTube has become the default listening service for young people, the music industry has frequently sparred with YouTube and its owner, Google, over the licensing issues, which can be confusingly opaque.

YouTube, for example, is responsible for the licensing and royalties of user-generated content loaded directly to its system, but often yields that responsibility to M.C.N.'s and other major partners. 

In turn, those networks have come under fire from music groups, and negotiations have been slow. In February, Fullscreen and Maker Studios announced licensing deals with the Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the largest publishers, but most others had no such deals. 

An announcement on Tuesday about the publishers’ suit against Fullscreen suggested that it had been prompted by a breakdown in licensing negotiations. At the same time that it announced the suit, the association said it had reached an agreement in principle with Maker Studios on licensing.

Ashanti is Back With Her New Album 'Braveheart'

Aubrey O'Day Says Diddy Likes Complete Control

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Niesha Stevens, Sister of Blaque’s Natina Reed, Found Dead in Home
Last October, Natina Reed of the R&B group Blaque was struck down and killed by a vehicle in Lilburn, Georgia. Less than one year later, Reed’s older sister Niesha Stevens was found dead in her home.

According to unconfirmed reports by Hip Hop Enquirer:

“Late yesterday, the sister of former singer Natina Reed of the ’90s group Blaque was found dead in her Atlanta home.

“Niesha Stevens body was discovered by her seven-year old daughter who was home at the time. Stevens’ husband, Tim, was at work.

The couple had only been married since February of this year.”

DeKalb County Police Department has not yet released a statement with further information.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Jury Applauds Witness in Michael Jackson Death Trial
Jurors hearing the Michael Jackson wrongful death case seem to be enjoying themselves after 15 weeks of testimony, even after the judge told them they could be in court through September.

They've leaned forward, taken close notes and often laughed while watching lawyers for Michael Jackson's mother and children spar with attorneys for concert promoter AEG Live.

"I'm not going to be babysitting you two," Judge Yvette Palazuelos told Jackson lawyer Brian Panish and AEG Live lawyer Marvin Putnam this week as the attorneys traded barbs in court.

Several jurors even applauded famed choreographer and director Kenny Ortega at the end of his lengthy testimony Thursday.

While some of the 65 days of testimony has covered tedious medical and legal ground, Jackson's music and intimate home videos are often shown on two big screens in the tiny Los Angeles courtroom
The jurors were getting an inside look Friday at how Jackson's family tried to intervene in the singer's prescription drug use as AEG Live's lawyers showed them video of their questioning of Randy Jackson, Michael Jackson's youngest brother.

The jury will eventually have a billion-dollar decision to make: Is AEG Live liable in Jackson's death and, if so, how much should the promoter-producer of his comeback tour pay the family in damages?

Katherine Jackson and her grandchildren -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- contend AEG Live negligently hired, retained or supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician now serving a prison term for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.

Meagan Good's Girl Group Phenix Rose Talks Celeb Crushes

Lil Mo Goes In On ‘R&B Divas: LA’ Co-star Dawn Robinson
While she wouldn’t describe any of her “R&B Divas: LA” co-stars as “ratchet,” Lil Mo said there is at least one fellow singer she considers a “cowardly lion.”

“She’s like 63-years-old. She needs to stop. Grow up,” Lil Mo said about former EnVogue singer Dawn Robinson. “You supposed to be leading us to the water. You supposed to lead us to the Red Sea and get us to the Promised Land. I’m out here with four kids and helping you get your $#!t.”

To back up her claim, Mo referred to incidents on the show in which Dawn seemed to rely heavily on Kelly Price. Fans of the series have likely noted the cast members’ division that resulted after Kelly hired one director to work on the ladies’ project, while Mo and Chante Moore had already approved another.

Dawn, the oldest of the ladies on the show at 47, is seemingly Team Kelly and continually asks the younger singer for her advice and leadership when it comes to their upcoming “Not Your Mama’s Monologue” show, which may or may not see the light of day.

After seeing how Dawn operates within a group, Mo suggested that her personality might have something to do with her departure from the ‘90s ensemble.

“That’s why you probably got kicked out of the group. No shade,” she said on “The Breakfast Club” radio show. “Now, I see why they X’d her out.”

Mo and Dawn haven’t had a one-on-one confrontation on the show yet, but according to next week’s preview, one is on the way.

Mario Visits Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club

911 Call Placed After Chris Brown Allegedly Has Seizure
The Los Angeles Fire Dept. was summoned to a Hollywood recording studio early Friday morning after getting a 911 call that Chris Brown had a seizure, TMZ reports.

The call was placed by someone at Record Plant recording studios at 1:09 a.m. When EMTs arrived, Breezy apparently refused treatment and also refused to be transported to the hospital.

It's not clear if this was indeed a seizure, but TMZ reports that Brown did suffer from seizures as a child.

Usher Wins In Court: Judge Denies Tameka Foster Raymond’s Emergency Custody Request
A Georgia judge Friday dismissed an emergency motion filed by the ex-wife of music mogul Usher Raymond seeking temporary custody of their son.

The judge ruled that even though the 5-year-old child was injured in a swimming pool accident this week, it was not an emergency or crisis situation requiring that Usher's two children be taken from him.

The child, Usher Raymond V, remains hospitalized but is doing "much better," his mother posted on Twitter.
"What happened here was an awful accident and... I'm not certain that had any single person been at the poolside that one person could have done any better than Ms. Oden. And Ms. Oden did impress me as a capable caregiver," Fulton County Superior Court Judge John Goger said, referring to the boy's aunt, Rena Oden, who was caring for the child at the time of the accident.

"Based on the evidence I heard, not one person could have done any better than Ms. Oden," the judge added.

The judge then addressed Usher's ex-wife, Tameka Foster Raymond: "Your standards for caregivers are rather high," Goger said, pointing out that most people have been watched by a grandmother or aunt.

The judge instructed Usher to keep his ex-wife informed about his whereabouts and who's taking care of their two children.

At Friday's emergency custody hearing in Atlanta, Usher, as he is known in his career as a singer and actor, testified that he waited an hour to inform his ex-wife that their son had nearly drowned in a swimming pool accident because "the first thing to do was to respond to the emergency... My son was hysterical and in the back of an ambulance."

His ex-wife testified earlier that she does not trust the childcare of Raymond's aunt who was present when their son fell into the pool.

Foster Raymond also said Usher does not keep her informed about who is taking of their children or the doings in the children's lives.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Christina Milian Talks Dating Rumors on "The Real"

R&B Divas L.A.: Episode 4 Interviews Lyfe Jennings

Eric Benet - "Runnin'"

Eric Benet - "Runnin'"

New single off his 6th studio album, out now "The One".

Luke James Talks About Touring with Beyonce

George Duke, Keyboardist Who Crossed Genre Boundaries, Dies at 67
George Duke, who began his career as a jazz pianist in the 1960s but made his name by crossing musical boundaries, died on Monday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67. 

He had suffered heart complications after being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, said his manager, Darryl Porter, who confirmed the death. 

The name of the instrument with which Mr. Duke is perhaps most closely associated also describes his approach to music: synthesizer. While he remained a respected figure in the jazz world, over the years he also played keyboards with Frank Zappa and Michael Jackson, sang lead on a Top 20 single and produced pop and rhythm-and-blues hits for others. His work has been sampled by hip-hop and electronic artists, including Daft Punk. 

“I was in a rock band, I played with a bunch of Brazilians, I played R&B with Parliament-Funkadelic and all of that,” he said in an interview before his most recent album, “DreamWeaver,” was released last month. “I mean, I’ve done jazz with Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley. It’s a goulash. It’s a gumbo.” 

Mr. Duke, who as a small boy begged his mother to buy him a piano after she took him to see Duke Ellington, began playing professionally at a time when many musicians were interested in blending genres. He played in a trio that backed the singer Al Jarreau while he was still a teenager, then accompanied Dizzy Gillespie and other jazz musicians at clubs in San Francisco. By the early 1970s he had performed and recorded with Adderley, the jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. (His long stint with Zappa included an appearance, with the rest of the band, in the feature film “200 Motels.”) 

Zappa “told me one day that I should play synthesizers,” Mr. Duke wrote on his Web site. “It was as simple as that!” Urged by Zappa, he said, he experimented with a few types of synthesizers before settling on the ARP Odyssey, “purely to be different from Jan Hammer, who was playing the Minimoog.” Mr. Hammer was a member of the guitarist John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, one of the first jazz-rock fusion bands to achieve widespread success. 

As a leader, Mr. Duke focused in the middle and late 1970s on groove-oriented funk. His versatility also made him a sought-after collaborator. Working in Rio de Janeiro in 1979, he recorded one of his best-known albums, “A Brazilian Love Affair,” with the singers Milton Nascimento and Flora Purim. He also worked with other major names in fusion, including the drummer Billy Cobham, with whom he was co-leader of a band in the 1970s, and the bassist Stanley Clarke, with whom he formed the Clarke/Duke Project in 1981.
By that time he had become more of a pop act, singing and often playing a hand-held synthesizer while standing center stage in concert. Collaborating with Mr. Clarke, he wrote and sang “Sweet Baby,” a ballad that became his first pop hit, reaching No. 19 on the Billboard singles chart in 1981. Soon after that the duo had another hit with “Shine On,” which reached No. 41. 

While he pursued a career as a leader, he continued to participate in recording sessions for notable albums like Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” and to produce other artists. In 1984 he produced Deniece Williams’s No. 1 hit “Let’s Hear It for the Boy.” Among the other singers whose records he produced were Jeffrey Osborne, Angela Bofill, the duo A Taste of Honey and the jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, who was his cousin.
His song “I Love You More” was sampled by Daft Punk for the 2001 hit “Digital Love.” 

Mr. Duke was born on Jan. 12, 1946, in San Rafael, Calif, near San Francisco. He grew up listening to gospel music in the Baptist church his family attended. He graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1967. 

His survivors include two sons, John and Rashid. His wife, Corine, died last year. 

Critics sometimes said that Mr. Duke’s music was too smooth, not challenging enough, and that he was too eager to court a broad audience. He disagreed. 

“I really think it’s possible (and still do) to make good music and be commercial at the same time,” Mr. Duke wrote. “I believe it is the artist’s responsibility to take the music to the people. Art for art’s sake is nice; but if art doesn’t communicate, then its worth is negated. It has not fulfilled its destiny.”