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Laurynhill-012610.jpg Lauryn Hill took the stage on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform the Nina Simone classic, "Feeling Good," a cut from the covers album, Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone. The covers record, which features six songs by Hill, was released along with the Netflix original documentary, What Happened Miss Simone?.

Neva-052411.jpg Alicia Keys has released her latest single "28 Thousand Days," an uplifting new track that challenges listeners to live every day to its fullest. The title of the new cut is a direct reference to the average life span of a human (76 years). "There's only 28,000 days / Who would you love, where would you go, what would you celebrate / I'm tellin' you that life's too short . . ."

mariahcarey-072312.jpg Mariah Carey will make her directorial debut on the Hallmark Channel's Mariah Carey's Christmas Project, which begins shooting in October, and is set to air in December as part of the network's Countdown to Christmas. "Can't wait to share my directorial debut with my #lambs #lambily on the @hallmarkchannel!" Carey wrote via Twitter.

khalifa-033011.jpg Wiz Khalifa has debuted a Fall Out Boy-assisted remix of his song "Stayin Out All Night," taken off last year's Blacc Hollywood. The new mix features Fall Out Boy vocalist Patrick Stump and the rest of the band interjecting a bit of rock into the mix before Wiz takes hold of the second verse. The hook sees Stump singing over the song's beat with Wiz chiming in.

prince-012210.jpg  Prince released a new song, "Stare," via Spotify earlier this week. The move comes one week after the Purple One removed all his music from the streaming service, and Billboard suggests that the move may mark a rapprochement with Spotify. According to Star 102 in Cleveland, the "bass-driven track recruits a punchy horn section and tight harmonies.

KendrickLamar-022513.jpg Civil rights activists at Cleveland State University chanted "We gon' be alright," a line from Kendrick Lamar's cut "Alright," during a protest earlier this week. The protestors began the chant after a 14-year-old was taken into custody by police during a Black Lives Matter conference. "We gon' be alright / Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright," the crowd chanted.

R.Kelly-103009.jpg R. Kelly has revealed that he will release Buffet, his 14th studio album, on September 25. Kelly made the announcement on HLN. "Expect the unexpected," he told Rocsi Diaz on HLN. "I'm very proud of it. I'm having a lot of fun in the studio as I've always had. It's not just another day at the office though. It's just something very special."

Ashanti-062111.jpg Ashanti was reportedly hit with a bottle during her performance in Australia after she showed up late and cut her performance short. "Concert-goers have targeted Ja Rule and Ashanti who were scheduled to hit the stage at 11:30pm, three hours after doors opened, did not come on until 12:30am and only performed for half an hour," Boom 92 Houston reports.

Mjackson-072712.jpg Joe Jackson, father and former manager of Michael Jackson, is currently in stable condition after suffering a stroke. Jackson is being treated in a Sao Paulo hospital. Jackson's associate Paulo Andre Silva has told Billboard that he "remains in the intensive care unit" but is "in stable condition."

Drake-052311.jpg After releasing the diss track "Charged Up" earlier this week, Drake is again taking aim at Meek Mill in the new freestyle "Back to Back." On the new three-minute track, Drake dives right in and addresses the ghostwriting charges from Mill head on, rapping, "This for ya'll that think that I don't write enough / They just mad 'cause I got the Midas touch."

DrDre-11172009.jpg Dr. Dre is prepping the release of the upcoming NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, according to former NWA member Ice Cube, who dished to Philly radio station Power 99. The new film, directed by F. Gary Gray, will feature a companion album of new music by Dre, added Cube. "Dre is dropping an album inspired by the Compton movie."

miguel2-052011.jpg Miguel has released the music video for "NWA," a vid featuring Kurupt and Miggy driving around Southern California. "NWA" is a cut from Miguel's most recent album, Wildheart, which also features a guest spot from Lenny Kravitz. Mig recently kicked off his summer tour, which picks up on July 29 at Atlanta's Tabernacle. He's joined on the trek by Dorothy.

MaryBlige-060711.jpg Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are set to star in The Wiz, the latest live musical adaptation from NBC. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Latifah will play the Wiz, who holds the keys to the Emerald City, while Blige is set to play the Wicked Witch of the West. Latifah has previously starred in Chicago, while Blige appeared in Rock Of Ages.

Mjackson-072712.jpg Joe Jackson, the father of the late Michael Jackson, has been hospitalized in Brazil after suffering a stroke on his 87th birthday on Saturday. Jackson is currently under observation in the intensive care unit of a Sao Paulo hospital. He posted a statement of thanks to his supporters to his website. "To my family, friends, acquaintances and fans all over the world."

jay-030414.jpg Jay Z has signed Bayern Munich footballer Jerome Boateng to his Roc Nation management company, making the German born soccer pro the first from the sport to sign with Roc. "We mostly talked about music and football. Jay Z knows about football and has watched numerous games," Boateng told Welt am Sonntag of his meeting with Jigga.

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