Waka Flocka Flame has released his latest mixtape, Flockaveli 1.5. Executive produced by Southside, the 15-song mixtape features production from hitmakers including Metro Boomin, Tarentino, TM88, YK, Black Metaphor, Fuse, B Wheezy, and DJ Spinz.
Erykah Badu has released the track listing for her new mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone. The new collection is set for release on December and the title is inspired by a line of lyric from her 1997 track "Tyrone." The tape will include 11 new tracks and will serve as her first collection of new tracks since 2010's New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh).
Beyoncé and Coldplay have released a snippet of their song "Hymn For The Weekend." This song was apparently inspired by the club. "The original kernel was that I was listening to Flo Rida or something, and I thought, it's such a shame that Coldplay could never have one of those late-night club songs, like 'Turn Down for What.' What would we call it if we had one?"
Nicki Minaj appears in the first trailer released for Barbershop: The Next Cut. The female rapper plays the role of the feisty hairdresser Draya, who is the potential romantic rival of Terri, played by Eve. Actors who were in the original film, who are returning for the forthcoming one, include Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Anthony Anderson.
Chris Brown has opened up about his upcoming release Royalty and his background with a local New York City radio station. During the interview Breezy said he tries to communicate with fans from the inner city because that's the life he knew as a child. "I can't even get into politics 'cause I don't know nothing about it," he said. "That's not even my lane."
Rihanna has announced a massive tour behind her upcoming eighth studio album, ANTI. The record, due December 3 via TIDAL, will be backed by a 60-date trek across North America and Europe. The trek begins at San Diego's Viejas Arena on February 26, and wraps at Zurich's Letzigrund Stadion on August 12.
2 Chainzhas released a video for the new remix of his track "BFF," featuring Jeezy. In the clip, 2 Chainz walks through a mansion, sits on a gold throne while sporting a Chanel padlock necklace, parties with women dressed in white. There's women hanging out in a hot tub filled with gold coins and stacks of cash and cupboards in the kitchen are lined with cash.
Janet Jackson will be honored by EBONY as part of their 2015 Power 100 list. "EBONY recognizes those who lead, inspire and demonstrate through their individual talents, the very best in Black America," the publication's website says. "This year, on December 2nd, the EBONY POWER 100 event will be held in Los Angeles, California."
Mary Mary's Erica Campbell says that when it comes to the issue of homosexuality, her job is "to love, not judge." "I believe sin is sin and it exists and God forgives it just like everything else," he said in an interview with Team Curtains. "The Bible says that God so loved the world — it didn't say the heterosexual or the homosexual . . ."
Rihanna has released the first installment of her ANTIdiaRy video series—a new partnership with electronics manufacturer Samsung—which takes viewers on a journey through the star's life. The first clip, titled "Bedroom," sees Rih reflecting on her childhood. "Like Rihanna, Samsung is committed to reimagining and reinventing what's possible in technology and culture . . ."
Beyoncé and Jay Z were in attendance at Britney Spears' show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. According to an eyewitness, the power couple made quite the entrance minutes before the show began. "No one had any idea that they were coming. It was a huge surprise," the source told E! News.
Jussie Smollett and Alicia Keys have teamed up for "Powerful," a cut from the soundtrack for Empire season two. The uplifting duet sees Keys and Smollett in agreement that "I matter, you matter, we matter all." "From women's rights to gay rights, there's always an underlying theme," Keys tells Essence of the tune's message.
Christina Milian has released "Like Me," a single from her upcoming EP 4U featuring a guest spot from Snoop Dogg. Speaking with The Fader, Milian called the track "catchy and relatable." "'Like Me' is one of the catchy and relatable records that says I'm confident, I'm real, and unique to any other relationship you'll ever experience," she began.
Mariah Carey doesn't have enough good things to say about her boyfriend James Packer. "He's a great person," Carey told Access Hollywood of Packer, whom she started dating over the summer. "He's just an incredible guy. He really is a good person, and that's hard to find." Carey adds that she isn't the only one who thinks that way about Packer.
Nicki Minaj took home two honors at the 2015 American Music Awards. The female rapper snagged the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist award and the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album award for The Pinkprint. She was up against Drake and Fetty Wap for the first accolade and in competition with Drake's and J. Cole for the second.