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Chris Brown Unveils His ‘X’ Album Cover, Improves On ‘Graffiti’ And ‘F.A.M.E.’

Chris Brown is something of a serial offender when it comes to terrible covers. F.A.M.E. was a multi-colored mess, while Graffiti looked like the bad movie poster. It’s something of a relief then that his much-delayed X opus (due September 16) benefits from simple but effective artwork. He didn’t need to use an old picture (Breezy looks healthier now than he has in years) but it will do nicely.

Given the extensive delay — because, you know, jail — it will be interesting to see the final tracklist. Singles “Fine China” and “Loyal” should make the cut but who knows what will happen with his rumored collaborations with Kelly Rowland and Nicki Minaj. Everything we’ve heard from the album thus far has been very good, so I’m cautiously optimistic that X will be worth the wait. More »

Chris Brown Sets Release Date For Upcoming Album, ‘X’

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X marks the spot …over a year later.

Originally due to be released on July 16 of last year (before a series of album pushbacks and, erm, legal troubles), Chris Brown‘s upcoming sixth studio album X (which, yes, now shares a title with one of the year’s most popular releases by Ed Sheeran) has once again been cemented in stone — this time for Tuesday, September 16.

The oft-delayed LP, which could boast a slew of singles released over the past year including “Fine China,” “Love More” and “Loyal,” was given the green light for a September debut via Brown’s Instagram yesterday. More »

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch To Be Sold: Morning Mix

:: Michael Jackson‘s 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch is about to be sold. The estate – 22 buildings, including a movie theater and theme park – cost tens of millions of dollars to maintain, while experts say it could be worth up to $100 million. [Forbes]

:: Nile Rodgers revealed that Daft Punk is working on new music. “Just as I finished up a new Chic song, Daft Punk sent me something AMAZING!” he said. Here’s to hoping Daft Punk had another collaboration in mind. [Facebook]

:: Rita Ora has nabbed yet another high-profile guest for her sophomore album: her label boss, Jay Z. [Q102]

:: Justin Bieber partied with Kanye West and the Kardashians at Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci‘s birthday. “Who’s your daddy?” he actually wrote to caption a snapshot of him posing with Kris Jenner. [Instagram]

:: Chris Brown‘s August 4 appearance at Drake‘s OVO Fest may be canceled. “I should regret some things but I think the lessons learned will shape me into a real man,” Brown said, following reports suggesting that he may have trouble entering Canada due to his criminal background. [Rap-Up]

:: Blood Orange‘s Dev Hynes says that he was jumped by three security guards at Lollapalooza shortly after performing – and giving a speech about police brutality. The festival is investigating the incident. [Pitchfork]

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ESPYs 2014: Watch Drake And Chris Brown Poke Fun At Their Beef

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Nothing Was The Same
Just days after they hit the studio together, Drake invited Chris Brown to the 2014 ESPYs. Drake was hosting, so Brown got to perform – not for a song, but in a skit that poked fun at their past beef. There, Drake actually feuds against NBA All-Star Blake Griffin, resulting in them playing practical jokes on each other and Drake comparing Griffin’s skintone to Cheetos. Breezy pops up as a surprise ally to the Griffin, when Drizzy least expects it.

Drake hosted the awards show just days after he and Brown were snapped in the studio, having hip-hop fans wonder if their 2012 beef was resolved once and for all. Back then the two were fighting over Rihanna, not a film title as in the skit, and the resulting brawl sounded a lot uglier than the twerk-o-gram that Griffin sends to Drake. (The Views From the 6 rapper grimaces nonetheless.) Watch Brown make his surprise, chuckle-worthy appearance at the 2014 ESPYs up top. After the jump, watch Drake’s opening monologue, where he celebrates LeBron James‘ return to Cleveland as Skylar Grey did. More »

Drake And Chris Brown Return To The Studio

Now We're Here
Drake and Chris Brown recently hit the studio, as shown in a new photo. (TMZ says that Drake posted it, although it doesn’t appear on the rapper’s social media accounts.)

To most, this new snapshot serves as proof that the two have reconciled after their lengthy, ugly beef. Funny enough, a behind-the-scenes photo posted last October seemed to say the exact same thing. At the same time, though, it’s tough to blame fans for forgetting the first time they appeared to have moved on. Their beef dates back to 2012, which culminated into a massive brawl at a New York City nightclub, allegedly over Rihanna, that resulted in a $16 million lawsuit. More »

Chris Brown’s “New Flame”: Listen To The Usher- And Rick Ross-Featuring Synth Jam

Chris Brown, never one to set pop or R&B forward, has offered up “New Flame,” a cut that features Breezy on the first verse, Usher on the second and a rap by Bawse Rick Ross topping the whole thing off. The main hook here is a monotonous synth loop that runs throughout while all involved croon over the otherwise bright track.

“New Flame” is harmless enough, but if anything, it has us wondering why we’ve yet to hear that Breezy/Ariana Grande duet that was teased back in April? Give this new one a listen below. More »

2014 BET Awards: Beyoncé, Jay Z & Iggy Azalea Perform, Nicki Shades + Full List Of Winners

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Awards! Live performances! Shade! Last night’s 2014 BET Awards brought the action once again this year.

It was an especially big night for Beyoncé fans last night — but then again, when isn’t it a time for celebration as a Beyhive member? Queen Bey led the pack by winning not one, but three awards of the night including the “Fandemonium” Award, followed by a sexy surprise (pre-taped) performance of “Partition” with Jay Z live from Miami’s On The Run Tour (which we attended!) to close out the show.

Other major performances of the night included Nicki Minaj‘s trippy-as-hell performance of “Chi-Raq” into “Pills N Potions” (there was a giant mushroom in the middle of the stage!), Usher‘s career-spanning hit medley — from “Nice And Slow” to “Good Kisser,” Chris Brown‘s return to the stage for the first time since jail with a choreography-filled performance of “Loyal” alongside Lil Wayne, Tyga and Travis Barker (?!), Iggy Azalea and T.I.‘s “No Mediocre” and Pharrell‘s cheerleader-filled #BaeUniversity opening of “Come Get It Bae” (hey, where’s Gwen?), which led into a killer mash-up with none other than Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott‘s classic, “Pass That Dutch.” “The Empress!” Pharrell dubbed Missy before welcoming her to the stage. Watch some of the night’s biggest performances, then check out the full list of winners below. More »

Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett Surprised Students At The Frank Sinatra School Of Arts: Morning Mix

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:: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett surprised students on the last day of class at the Frank Sinatra School of Arts in New York City yesterday. They even performed a duet version of the classic song “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”. [Walb]

:: Talk about great casting! Execs at Lifetime have chosen rising Disney diva Zendaya to play Aaliyah in a new biopic. It makes sense especially given that her breakthrough hit “Replay” sounded like a lost Baby Girl demo. In a good way. [Vulture]

:: Chris Brown has hit the studio with Justin Bieber to record a collaboration for their loyal fans. This doesn’t sound like a particularly wise move for either of them but there you have it. [Rap-Up]

:: Well, this is kind of sweet. Casper Smart, who has been accused of cheating on Jennifer Lopez with a transgender Instagram model, took it upon himself to plug his famous ex’s new LP A.K.A. online. At least he’s trying. [Radar Online]

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Sia Criticizes Lauryn Hill For Being Late: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: “Hey look! It’s @LaurynHill NOT performing!” Sia tweeted on May 17, after waiting an hour and a half for Hill’s show to start. This has been a common complaint throughout Hill’s tour, although fans should check out what Fabolous recently said of why rap shows tend to start late, period. [Twitter]

:: Saturday Night Live offered its own explanation of the Solange-Jay Z elevator fight: Solange was hitting a spider that had landed on Jay, because he has arachnophobia. There’s audio. [Stereogum]

:: Chris Brown has written three songs from jail with R&B singer James Barge, who found success in Motown sibling group DeBarge and was briefly married to Janet Jackson. [Billboard]

:: Brazilian listeners aren’t too pleased with Pitbull‘s “We Are One (Ole Ola).” One critic called it “a big pile of cliches,” one fan pointed out that it actually uses a Carribean beat. Another fan asked FIFA to re-use Shakira‘s “Waka Waka” instead. [Los Angeles Times]

:: The Black Keys urged fans to buy its new album Turn Blue at the 2014 Hangout Festival, with calls to knock Michael Jackson‘s Xscape out of its way. “We want to have a No. 1 album, but [he] releases something from the grave and cockblocks us,” Patrick Carney later said. [MTV]

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Ariana Grande & Chris Brown’s “Don’t Be Gone Too Long”: Hear A Preview

After delays due to a certain someone‘s ongoing legal troubles/perpetual spiral of insufferable behavior, Ariana Grande and Chris Brown‘s “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” had been delayed. But not for too long, it seems. While Breezy is currently behind bars awaiting trial stemming from assault charges, his camp released a video preview of the duet.

The visual shows a backlit Breezy dancing to the song’s robo-pop beat, and the only vocals come in on the chorus, with Ariana and Chris singing, “Don’t be gone too long, tell me who’s gonna love me when you’re gone?”

Still no word on when the song will be released. Brown’s album X is scheduled for a May 5 release, but we’ll hold off until May 5 before making a final call on that. Check it out below. More »