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Mjackson-072712.jpg The estate of Michael Jackson has renewed its long time relationship with BMI, the firm which maintains rights to the King of Pop's catalog. "We are pleased to announce our continued representation of Michael's extraordinary and vast catalogue," BMI president and CEO Mike O'Neill said in a statement. "Since 1976, we've had the privilege of licensing his works."

miguel2-052011.jpg Miguel has taken his fans by surprise, dropping a new EP without warning. The three song joint features L.A. rapper Kurupt on "NWA," along with the cuts "HollywoodDreams" and "Coffee." The last cut was teased via Instagram one month ago. According to Stereogum, Miggy recalls another R&B soul master with the EP.

Drake-052311.jpg Drake cheered on his hometown Toronto Raptors at the second-ever "Drake Night." The team's Global Ambassador could be seen courtside for the game against the Brooklyn Nets. The rapper introduced the Raptors team including players Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson and coach Dwane Casey with some hilarious jokes.

NickiMinaj-081011.jpg Nicki Minaj stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote her latest album, The PinkPrint. During the interview, Nicki and Jimmy talked social media and other celebs. "I know you know Beyoncé, but I saw she put out an Instagram of you," Fallon said, wielding a Bey Instagram post. "A picture of you from your high school on her Instagram account . . ."

mariahcarey-072312.jpg Mariah Carey brought her "All I Want for Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy and Festivity" show to NYC's Beacon Theater on Monday night. For the festive concert, Mimi was joined by a dancing Santa, kids and a choir. "You need to know that I have a 10-foot tree," she said, standing in front of a 10-foot tree. "And real reindeer. Yes, real reindeer."

Chris-Brown-091712.jpg Chris Brown and Tyga have released "Ayo," the lead single from the upcoming joint album of the same name. On the track, Breezy recalls his stint in rehab, while Tizzy calls himself the "black Richie Rich." "Rehabilitation just had me worried about f*****g / Money, decision-making only worried about stunting," croons Chris on the cut.

justintimberlake-101909.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake teamed up for the comedy sketch "Camp Winnipesaukee" sketch on The Tonight Show earlier this week. In the sketch, Fallon and Timberlake portray roomies who play an awkward game of Truth or Dare, sing a glorious duet of Third Eye Blind's "Jumper" and annoy their counselor, Mr. Fletcher (played by head writer A.D. Miles).

KendrickLamar-022513.jpg Kendrick Lamar premiered a new untitled track on The Colbert Report, becoming the final musical guest on the show. Lamar also sat down with show host Stephen Colbert. "No pressure, but you are the last Colbert Report musical guest," Colbert said. "We're honored to have you on but keep in mind that that means that R.E.M, Paul McCartney . . ."

dangelomichael-050713.jpg D'Angelo's tour manager Alan Leeds has spoken up about the release of the singer's newest album Black Messiah. He says it was released in correspondence with the recent protests in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown. Speaking with the New York Times, Leeds admitted that the album was originally planned for a 2015 release.

rihanna-021113.jpg Rihanna has signed on to work as the newest creative director for Puma. Both the singer and sneaker brand broke news of the partnership this week, sharing photos of a contract signing event via social media. According to a statement from Puma, Riri's mutli-year contract with the firm will find her working "with Puma to design and customize classic Puma styles . . ."

NickiMinaj-081011.jpg Nicki Minaj is rumored to be romantically linked to Meek Mill, but, during a Monday appearance on Power 106, the rapper said that the two are just friends. "We're friends. He's dope. Shout out to him," said Nicki. "The kid is very busy. I wished him well," she added, regarding the five months that Meek spent in jail. "I hated that he was in jail . . ."

NE-YO-101609.jpg Ne-Yo has released the lyric video for "Coming with You," a cut from his upcoming sixth studio album, Non-Fiction. On the dancey cut, Ne addresses his special lady. "Baby girl, it's you that I want / And all I know is I'm not leaving here alone." Ne-Yo also released "Religious," a cut fans can obtain by pre-ordering his album on iTunes.

beyonce-102212.jpg Beyoncé, Jay Z and Timbaland have been sued by a Hungarian singer called Mitsou for allegedly illegally sampling her voice for the song "Drunk in Love." "Mitsou's incredible voice is widely considered unique and ethereal, and since the 1990s, she has been in high demand for countless international collaborations as a featured guest singer," reads a document.

Ludacris-051314.jpg Ludacris has released his free EP Burning Bridges. The record features six tracks including "Good Lovin" (feat. Miguel), "Money" (feat. Rick Ross), "Problems" (feat. Cee Lo Green), "In My Life" (feat. John Legend) and "Burning Bridges" (feat. Jason Aldean).

justintimberlake-101909.jpg Justin Timberlake was reduced to tears by a ten-year-old fan during a concert stop at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sunday night. The little boy handed him a box with a bowtie in it, in reference to his hit song "Suit & Tie." "You're 10, you've been watching me since you were two," Justin said, his eyes welling with moisture. "Hey man, greatest gift ever," he added.