T.I. will be featured in the upcoming Ant-Man movie from Marvel Comics. The film, directed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On), is due in theaters on July 17, 2015. There's no word on Tip's role, but, according to Black Film, the production is shooting in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. The all star cast also includes Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.
Jazmine Sullivan has released "Stupid Girls," a cut from her upcoming third studio album, Reality Show. The unveiling came on NPR, which was on hand with Jaz at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. "While we were in the city for the Essence Music Festival, we asked Jazmine Sullivan to meet us there," said Frannie Kelly of NPR.
Jennifer Hudson has released "Dangerous," a cut from her upcoming third studio album, JHUD. The song, currently avail via SoundCloud, was written and produced by 1985. "I do it for the thrill, even if it kills / Dangerous, you make me feel dangerous," she sings. J Hud stopped by the Today show to perform the song, and also chatted with the hosts.
Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Maxwell are among the R&B stars to feature on the upcoming "Maxwell + the Seven Seas Caribbean Cruise," which sets sail from Florida's Port Canaveral on May 3. The trek, which lasts through May 10, stops in St. Thomas, St. Maarten and the private island of Cococay.
Everyone from Oprah to LeBron James are taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosism, and now a number music's top names are getting in on the action.
T.I. has confirmed that Pharrell Williams will feature on the next single from his upcoming album, Paperwork. The Grand Hustle boss dished on the project to MTV: "We have definitely decided on Paperwork featuring Pharrell [because it] pretty much kinda sums up the tone of the album," Tip told MTV News.
Mariah Carey has announced the first dates for her The Elusive Chanteuse Show tour. The new tour is her first since 2006's The Adventures of Mimi and will see Mimi performing in Japan, Asia, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines, and her first-ever visit to mainland China. "I want to experience the spontaneity and emotion that I put into this album on stage . . ."
Beyoncé and Jay Z are featured in a trailer for the upcoming HBO On the Run tour special. In the clip, Bey sings the Nancy Sinatra cut "Bang Bang" while Jigga smokes a cigar in a scene ripped from the pair's On the Run mini-movie. The special will be taped on September 12-13 in Paris; it airs September 20 at PM EST on HBO.
Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Nelly were among the members of the R&B community to protest the shooting of the unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The demonstration came during a charity flag football game in L.A. on Saturday, August 16. "If anybody can sympathize with what my city is going through, it's this city of L.A. right now on so many levels."
Justin Timberlake paused his concert in Tennessee to sing happy birthday to an eight-year-old autistic boy named Julian Delan. The heartwarming moment included a 25,000 strong crowd backing up JT on vocals. Julian's mom, Marika Delan, used her personal blog to express her gratitude to Justin. "And all the while Julian in perfect autistic fashion was repeating himself . . ."
Ariana Grande is featured on the cover of the most recent edition of Billboard magazine. "Ariana Grande's Double Life," reads the cover copy, "The obsessively driven hitmaker only looks like the girl next door." On the inside, Ariana notes that she's "far more sardonic than sweet" and talks about her hero, Freddie Krueger.
Kelly Rowland has released the music video for "The Game," a cut she recorded for the Pepsi Beats of the Beautiful Game LP. The vid compiles images that fans from around the world submitted, along with shots of Kelly recording the song. "The passion and talent shown by my fans blew me away. They truly bring to life the energy of the song," said K-Row of the submissions.
Steven Tyler and Smokey Robinson have released "You've Really Got A Hold On Me," a duet they re-recorded for Smokey's upcoming collaboration album, Smokey and Friends. "I worked with Steven Tyler and Nicole Scherzinger to create this new version of 'You Really Got A Hold On Me' for my upcoming duets album, Smokey & Friends . . ."
Chris Brown has released the music video for "New Flame," a single from his upcoming album, X, featuring Rick Ross and Usher. Wearing all white, Breezy shows of some nice dance moves alongside a few bikini clad women.
Chris Brown has announced that he will hit the road with fellow R&B crooner Trey Songz. Breezy announced the news via Twitter: "THIS FALL is gonna be legendary! Get ready for me and @TreySongz Tour!!!!!!" If the initial Twitter response is any indication, the pair will be able to pack venues with ease, as the comment instantly notched thousands of "favorites" and "retweets."