Karrueche Chan, Bow Wow and Tank showed up to a Washington, D.C. court room late last week to show support for Chris Brown, whose trial began late last week. Breezy's mom, Joyce Hawkins, was also in attendance. Judge Patricia Wynn was expected to deliver a verdict on Friday, but delayed the decision until Monday, when the trial begins in earnest.
Prince has rejoined his old label Warner Bros. to drop previously unheard music along with remasters. The Purple One split from the label 18 years ago but reunited in time to celebrate the 30th anny of the release of Purple Rain. "A brand new studio album is on the way," added Prince, "and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations."
Kanye West and Common have teamed up to create 20,000 jobs for the youth of Chicago. The partnership includes Com's Common Ground Foundation, West's Donda's House and the Chicago Urban League. "Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they're going through is because of poverty," Common said in a presser.
Mariah Carey gave fans a peek of her family's Easter celebrations this year. Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, posted photos of themselves and their children on Carey's Instagram account over the weekend. The photos—some of which were deleted afterwards—showed Carey (wearing a revealing dress and bunny ears) and Cannon (dressed in a bunny suit) lounging in a tropical location.
Ariana Grande has teamed up with Iggy Azalea for "Problem," the lead single to be taken off of Grande's untitled sophomore album. When asked on Twitter what "Problem" is about, Grande responded, "knowing U'd be better off w/o someone but u can't resist them & need them no matter what." Grande gave fans the chance to select the cover art for the "Problem" single.
Lauryn Hill joined Nas on stage at Coachella to help him celebrate the 20th anny of his 1994 debut Illmatic. Hill performed "Ready or Not" and "If I Ruled the World" before hugging Nas and leaving the stage. To celebrate the release of the classic record, Nas performed it in its entirety.
Beyoncé and Jay Z are reportedly set to hit the road this summer for a new stadium tour. According to the Los Angeles Times, the tour will be titled The Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour and will launch June 13 in Atlanta and wrap August 6 in San Francisco, with a show scheduled for L.A.'s Rose Bowl on August 3.
Ashanti took the stage on Good Morning America late last week to promote her recent release Braveheart. The soul songstress played a medley of hits on the program that included "Foolish," "Always on Time," "What's Luv?" and "Happy." She also played "Runaway" and "Scars" from the new album, which was the top selling independent LP of the week.
Drake is the star of his hometown NBA team's new commercial for their #WeTheNorth series. "In many ways we are in a league of our own," Drake narrates in the new one-minute Toronto Raptors clip. "We are the North side. A territory all our own. If that makes us outsiders, we're in." The new clip also shows images of Toronto's skyline.
Ne-Yo has opened up about Chris Brown, saying that his fellow soul crooner has faced unfair criticism in the media. Breezy is currently awaiting a court appearance for his involvement in an altercation with a man in Washington, D.C. last year.
Aretha Franklin has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the satire news site News Nerd for publishing a story falsely claiming that Patti LaBelle punched her. In an official statement, Franklin claims that the story was not presented as satire and thus presented significant defamation of character.
LeToya Luckett is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Out magazine. The 33-year-old singer/actress dishes on a number of topics in the issue, including her time in Destiny's Child, her past insecurities and getting into acting to name a few. "It was a wonderful time in my life and I'm blessed that I was able . . ."
Prince has partnered with Warner Bros. to release a digitally remastered deluxe edition of Purple Rain to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The new partnership gives Prince the rights to his master recordings and creates "an exclusive global licensing partnership that covers every album released from 1978 into the '90s," according to a press release.
Drake gave 15-year-old terminally ill cancer patient Kennedy Brown the surprise of her life when he visited her in Houston this past weekend. Brown, who is battling stage four brain cancer and has spent the past two years in hospice care, said her dying wish was to meet Drake. Six of her closest friends took to the cause and threw her a surprise prom.
Keyshia Cole has released the video for her new track "Next Time (Won't Give My Heart Away)." She debuted the vid on a recent edition of BET's 106 & Park and it is featured on her forthcoming release Point of No Return. The Colin Tilley directed vid follows Keyshia's new "Rick James" video, which was released last week.