Chris Brown has released "New Flame," a collab with Rick Ross, to the web. In the song, Breezy cruises a club in hopes of finding a girl to be his new flame. "I know you came here with your crew, but I promise you that it feels like it's just us two," Brown sings. No word on whether "New Flame" features on Brown's latest, X, due May 5. The LP will feature several collaborations.
Prince and his band 3RDEYEGIRL took to the stage of the Arsenio Hall Show to perform their new track "Funknroll." The Purple One also took some questions from the audience, including what his pet peeve is ("strangers touching my hair"), and what household chores he does ("cooking omlettes").
Brandy and Ryan Press have called off their engagement - at least for now. A source in the couple's close knit circle revealed to TheYBF.com that after moving in together, the two decided that marriage may not be in the cards just yet.
Keyshia Cole and Iggy Azalea have teamed up for a remake of the Biggie Smalls song "Mo Money Mo Problems." The Oakland singer and Aussie rapper were brought together for the track —which originally appeared on Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death - by Irv Gotti, who shared a clip of the track through his Instagram.
Chris Brown, currently in rehab for anger management, says that he's okay with Drake and Rihanna rekindling their old romance. At one time, Breezy and Drizzy feuded over Riri's heart, but an insider tells TMZ that those days are over: "Sources close to Chris tell TMZ . . . the singer is copacetic over the duo rekindling their romance. Chris has his mind on his money . . ."
Jennifer Hudson says she got her start in showbiz at gay clubs. Speaking with V magazine, J-Hud said she'd hit the clubs as a teen looking to make her name: "I used to go out to the gay clubs when I was a kid. We were 16 or 17 and my best friend would pretend to be my manager," she began.
Usher has dropped the hint that he may be planning a collaboration with Chris Brown in the near future. The current Voice coach dropped the hint via Instagram, where he shared a photo on of himself riding in a car with Brown. Along with the photo, Ush shared a note reading "Yep me and Chris Brown. What happens next…Stay tuned 'Loyal.'"
Jessie J and Robin Thicke have teamed up for a special appearance on DJ Cassidy's new track "Calling All Hearts." The song appears on Cassidy's debut release, Paradise Royale, and the video was shot in London on an elaborate pink set that included a 13-piece band.
Janelle Monae has offered up her newest single "What Is Love," featured on the soundtrack to the new animated film Rio 2. The track fuses Janelle's signature vocal sounds with a Brazilian flavor and will appear in the movie when it opens on April 11.
Ashanti will be singing the national anthem at the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley boxing match. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will open the event, and said of being chosen for the honor: "I'm such a huge fan of Manny Pacquiao! […] When I found out we were sitting next to each other courtside at the Knicks game, I said to my Dad, 'We should take a picture!'"
Robert Kondrk, music chief for Apple Inc., says that, in light of the recent slide in music downloads, he's looking for more exclusive deals like the massively successful one between Apple and Beyonce on her recent self-titled album. Speaking at this year's Grammys Week, Kondrk urged labels to move in that direction, while blaming streaming services for siphoning off sales.
R. Kelly has announced the impending release of White Panties, the follow up to his 2013 album Black Panties. Kellz dished on the LP in an interview with V magazine: "It's called White Panties. And you can expect a whole other level," he began. "I always follow what my spirit tells me to do. When I get into the studio I write from my heart."
Trey Songz and August Alsina, who have collaborated in the past ("I Luv This S**t" - Remix), are no longer on good terms. Alsina, speaking with Rap-Up, said that the pair are not currently friends: "I don't really f**k with Trey right now. We don't get along right now," he said. "We ain't on the same page. He did some other s**t and we just don't rock."
Chris Brown has been ordered by a judge to continue full time treatment at the rehab center to which he was admitted following his alleged attack in Washington. The L.A. judge told Breezy he's got to stay in the drug rehab and anger management program until April when he stands trial for assault.
Kelis debuted material from her upcoming album, Food, at the BBC 6 Music Festival at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on Saturday. It was the first time she performed Food cuts live, highlighting "Jerk Ribs," "Rumble," "Friday Fish Fry," and "Cobbler." Kelis opened with a cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good," before serving up some hits including "Milkshake," and "Trick Me."