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mariahcarey-072312.jpg Mariah Carey has announced plans for an Australian leg for her Elusive Chanteuse Show tour, marking the first time the diva has performed Down Under in 16 years. Carey, who last visited Australia for three east coast shows in January 2013, will take to the stage in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, while she'll also do winery shows at A Day on the Green in the Yarra Valley.

chainz-040314.jpg Cam'ron has released "Snapped," the lead single from his 1st of the Month, Vol. 4 EP, featuring a guest verse from 2 Chainz. The break up cut features a sample of a crying baby, while Cam and Chingy alternate verses. "Wait a minute . . . this the same b*tch that snitched up on her baby dad," Cam'ron raps over the beat.

Chris-Brown-091712.jpg Chris Brown dropped a freestyle verse over Schoolboy Q's cut "Studio" during an appearance on the Power 106 radio show "Liftoff." "Chillin' in the south of France / St. Tropez, Nice, Monaco / But nothing compares to what's in my pants," Breezy boasts on the impromptu jam. "She want to lock a brother down on the regular / Talking crazy to me, like she own it," he adds.

R.Kelly-103009.jpg R. Kelly is a featured guest on "Keep Doing That (Rich Chick)," from Rick Ross' upcoming seventh studio album, Hood Billionaire. Ross previously released the lead single, "Elvis Presley Blvd," featuring production from DJ Tomp. Stereogum called the latter cut an "impressively guttural track, harder and more immediate than almost anything on Mastermind."

eminem-100609.jpg Eminem has sued New Zealand's National Party after prime minister John Key used his song, "Lose Yourself," in a campaign spot. According to the Guardian, Em is suing for unspecified damages, although the NP has discontinued its use of the track. "It is both disappointing and sadly ironic," Eminem's publishers said in a statement.

Mjackson-072712.jpg PBS unearthed a previously unaired Michael Jackson interview shot in 1980 for the program's Blank on Blank program. The series blends audio from interviewees with animation to create a unique spectacle. In the Jacko interview, MJ talked about his persistent studio habits: "I do deeply believe in perfection. I'm never satisfied," he began.

Aaliyah-061714.jpg Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, the biopic on the late Aaliyah, is scheduled to air on the Lifetime network Saturday, November 15, the station announced via Twitter: "She was the princess of R&B and now her story is being told. #AaliyahMovie premieres Saturday, November 15." Alexandra Shipp stars as Aaliyah in the Wendy Williams produced flick.

KendrickLamar-022513.jpg Kendrick Lamar is prepping the release of "I," the lead single from his upcoming sophomore album. The cut was debuted at a private dinner for radio personalities hosted by Interscope Records last week. Watch Loud says the song is titled "I," while HipHop-N-More says its called "I (Love Myself)." In any case, the track is due to drop on September 23.

beyonce-102212.jpg Beyoncé and husband Jay Z are reportedly working on a new album together, according to E! News. Sources tell DJ Skee of Dash Radio that Jay Z & Beyoncé are indeed working to put out a joint album. The album is supposedly slated to drop later this year or early 2015. The sources continued that the first couple of hip-hop has reportedly already begun work on the record. Bey and Jay recently wrapped up their On The Run summer tour.

AugustAlsina-091814.jpg August Alsina fainted on stage during his Testimony Live tour in New York earlier this week, causing the concert to come to an unexpectedly abrupt end. While performing at Irving Plaza, the singer moved towards the front of the stage before he collapsed and fell off stage and into the crowd. He was helped to his feet by security and rushed to the back.

TreySongz-112309.jpg Trey Zongz and Mila J are officially dating according to E! News who confirmed the two are now an item. The new couple has been spotted together at Ne-Yo and Compound Foundation's Fostering a Legacy benefit in NYC last week. Witnesses say they were inseparable, kissing and posing for selfies throughout the evening.

JenniferHudson-042611.jpg Jennifer Hudson is giving fans early access to her upcoming new album JHUD. The singer has teamed up with VH1 to offer a stream of the album. JHUD is the follow-up to Hudson's 2011 release I Remember Me. It features the Pharrell-produced single "I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)," featuring T.I.

rihanna-021113.jpg Rihanna has fired criticism at CBS for pulling her song from "Thursday Night Football." Rihanna's hit song with Jay Z and Kanye West, "Run This Town," was supposed to be used in a pre-game opening segment. However, CBS pulled the song from the piece in light of the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal based on Rihanna's past experience as the victim of domestic scandal.

Whitney-021312.jpg Clive Davis stopped by the Today Show to announce that the CD/ DVD set Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances is scheduled for release on November 10. "Whitney never had a live album," he said. "I really want everyone to know exactly why during her time she was considered the greatest contemporary singer in the world."

FrankOceans-082912.jpg Frank Ocean has hired new management, signing with Three Six Zero, according to Billboard. The management firm also manages Calvin Harris, Deadmau5 and Kate Nash. "Frank is an incredibly intelligent and creatively brilliant individual," said Mark Gillespie, co-founder of Three Six Zero Group. "We're proud that he felt Three Six Zero was the right home."