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FrankOceans-082912.jpg Frank Ocean has legally changed him name from Christopher Edwin Breaux to Frank Ocean. According to TMZ, Ocean got a judge in L.A. to approve the name switch from his birth name, Christopher Edwin Breaux, to his stage name, Frank Ocean. Ocean filed legal documents a year ago to make the switch, but a judge halted the process until Frank resolved his driver's license suspension.

mariahcarey-072312.jpg Mariah Carey and Floyd Mayweather recently crossed paths and the two immortalized the chance encounter with a selfie. Carey paid a visit to Mayweather's gym while she was recently in Las Vegas. She also took some time to snap a photo with one of Mayweather's boxing assistants.

Brandy.jpg Brandy has landed a new TV series, as she's set to star in BET's new scripted comedy Zoe Moon, a show about "a newly-divorced single mom embarking on her new life and career as a fledgling cosmetics mogul." Zoe's challenging life is complicated by her pesky ex-husband, who won't stay out of her affairs.

rihanna-021113.jpg Rihanna will perform on the finale of the 40th season of NBC's Saturday Night Live on May 16. Louis C.K. will return for the third time to host. Rihanna returns to perform for the first time since November 10, 2012, just nine days before the release of her last album Unapologetic. She can also be seen on the cover and inside pages of the upcoming 95th issue of V.

MaryBlige-060711.jpg Mary J. Blige admits that she is a big fan of Rihanna. Blige gave Rihanna major props in a recent interview with Elle magazine. "I think, and it's not the artist, but they have to fight for what they want and their identities and stuff like that," she replied when asked 'what do you think is the biggest challenge for female artists starting out today?'

beyonce-102212.jpg Beyoncé and husband Jay Z will reportedly release a new collaborative album sometime this year on Jay's new streaming service Tidal, according to DJ Skee. "I first reported last year that Jay Z and Beyonce were working on a joint album," DJ Skee says on Skee TV.

lilkim-042314.jpg Lil' Kim and Patti LaBelle will team up for a performance of "Lady Marmalade" to commemorate 10 years and 20 seasons of Dancing With The Stars. ABC15 reported the news saying the ladies will perform the song to honor the song's creators Bob Crewe, Kenny Nolan, Allen Toussaint and Vicki Wickham.

Common-070811.jpg Common has been cast in the upcoming Warner Bros. film Suicide Squad. The rapper (whose role has yet to be revealed) joins a cast including Jared Leto (as the Joker), Will Smith (as Deadshot), Joel Kinnaman (as Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (as Boomerang), Margot Robbie (as Harley Quinn), and Cara Delevigne (as Enchantress).

rihanna-021113.jpg Rihanna has released "James Joint," a minute long track on which she professes her love for marijuana. In an interview with V magazine, she called the track an "interlude." "Dude, I'm in love with my interludes. This one called 'James Joint' is on constant repeat." So far, her eighth studio album has no set release date.

NE-YO-101609.jpg Ne-Yo was among the artists to honor what would have been Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, during a concert attached to the Tribeca Film Festival. Sinatra died 17 years ago. Ne gave his rendition of "I Could Have Danced All Night," while Brandon Flowers of the Killers performed "The House I Live In" and "Come Fly With Me."

KanyeWest-09292009.jpg Kanye West fancies himself both an 'innovator' and 'inventor' in a new essay he wrote about the American Dream for the new issue of Paper Magazine. He also said that he isn't a musician. "I know people want to talk about the American Dream, but my dream is a world dream. I am not what I would consider truly a musician. I am an inventor. I am an innovator," he wrote.

samsmith-022515.jpg Sam Smith was just one of the musicians to make the Sunday Times' Music Rich list, which revealed the top 40 wealthiest rockers in the U.K. Smith tied for 14th on the under 30 list, which tracks English talent under 30. Adele tops the list of the music millionaires under 30 with an estimated fortune of £50 million.

Brandy.jpg Brandy transformed into Roxie Hart, the character she will portray in Chicago on Broadway, for a recent appearance on The Today Show. "I'm excited, I'm nervous. The child has awakened in me," Brandy told Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer. "It's just been such a great experience. I'm so thankful for it. I can't wait. This is going to be awesome."

JohnLegend-070611.jpg John Legend has opened up about his experience of singing with the legendary Bill Withers at the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Legend admitted it was a nerve wracking event. When asked if there was one particular goal for the presentation, Legend responded, "Just don't f**k it up. Oh, it was so cool."

Drake-052311.jpg Drake has responded to criticism of his latest headlining set at Coachella. The first weekend of the festival, he was first joined onstage by Madonna, with whom he shared an awkward kiss, and on the second weekend, he was joined by Nicki Minaj, who did not say or sing anything during her appearance.

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