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NickiMinaj-081011.jpg Nicki Minaj knocked down release date rumors for her new album. The "Super Bass" singer was attending the premiere of the film "The Other Woman" when she explained that no release date for the album has yet been issued. Speaking with "The Insider," she said: "My album is not dropping on May 5, hell no. My fans are once again thinking they know something that they really don't."

lilkim-042314.jpg Lil Kim says that she is expecting a baby girl. Kim broke the news of the baby's gender on Instagram Easter Sunday, posting an invite to her baby shower with the caption "It's a girl." "Happy Easter everyone !!!! What a perfect day to share this wonderful news with U. The fab @davidtutera is throwing my royal baby shower for my lil' princess 5/10/14!!!" she added.

beyonce-102212.jpg Beyoncé is featured on "Dreams" the latest cut from Boots. The singer-songwriter, whose real name is Jordy Asher, was responsible for writing several tracks on Bey's latest - including "Haunted," "Drunk in Love," "Partition," and "Jealous" - and now she is returning the favor. "It's just a really cool testament to our friendship and relationship to do something like this,"

Chris-Brown-091712.jpg Karrueche Chan, Bow Wow and Tank showed up to a Washington, D.C. court room late last week to show support for Chris Brown, whose trial began late last week. Breezy's mom, Joyce Hawkins, was also in attendance. Judge Patricia Wynn was expected to deliver a verdict on Friday, but delayed the decision until Monday, when the trial begins in earnest.

50cent-110209.jpg 50 Cent has released the music video for "Chase the Paper," a cut from his upcoming album, Animal Ambition, featuring guest spots from Prodigy, Styles P and Kidd Kidd. In the vid, Fiddy and his crew hit the streets on ATVs, dirt bikes and tricked out cars. "You chase the p***y / I chase the paper / You a sucker for love, I'm a money maker," sings 50.

prince-012210.jpg Prince has rejoined his old label Warner Bros. to drop previously unheard music along with remasters. The Purple One split from the label 18 years ago but reunited in time to celebrate the 30th anny of the release of Purple Rain. "A brand new studio album is on the way," added Prince, "and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations."

rihanna-021113.jpg Rihanna has dropped a multi-million dollar lawsuit against her former accountants following an out-of-court settlement. The singer had filed the suit in 2012 against Berdon LLP and accountants Peter Gounis and Michael Mitnick, accusing them of losing her $9 million due to bad decisions and mishandling of funds.

Common-070811.jpg Kanye West and Common have teamed up to create 20,000 jobs for the youth of Chicago. The partnership includes Com's Common Ground Foundation, West's Donda's House and the Chicago Urban League. "Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they're going through is because of poverty," Common said in a presser.

BoB-052011.jpg B.o.B. and Priscilla took the stage on the Today show's Toyota Concert Series performing "John Doe," a single from Bobby's latest album, Underground Luxury. "This album, being that it's my third album, I just really wanna show people the side of me that usually would get on a mixtape," B.o.B. said during the interview portion of the program.

mariahcarey-072312.jpg Mariah Carey gave fans a peek of her family's Easter celebrations this year. Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, posted photos of themselves and their children on Carey's Instagram account over the weekend. The photos—some of which were deleted afterwards—showed Carey (wearing a revealing dress and bunny ears) and Cannon (dressed in a bunny suit) lounging in a tropical location.

Laurynhill-012610.jpg Lauryn Hill joined Nas on stage at Coachella to help him celebrate the 20th anny of his 1994 debut Illmatic. Hill performed "Ready or Not" and "If I Ruled the World" before hugging Nas and leaving the stage. To celebrate the release of the classic record, Nas performed it in its entirety.

beyonce-102212.jpg Beyoncé and Jay Z are reportedly set to hit the road this summer for a new stadium tour. According to the Los Angeles Times, the tour will be titled The Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour and will launch June 13 in Atlanta and wrap August 6 in San Francisco, with a show scheduled for L.A.'s Rose Bowl on August 3.

Ashanti-062111.jpg Ashanti took the stage on Good Morning America late last week to promote her recent release Braveheart. The soul songstress played a medley of hits on the program that included "Foolish," "Always on Time," "What's Luv?" and "Happy." She also played "Runaway" and "Scars" from the new album, which was the top selling independent LP of the week.

rihanna-021113.jpg New details have emerged regarding Rihanna's role in the new Dreamworks animated movie Almost Home. Rihanna will provide the voice of the film's leading character, Tip. Jennifer Lopez, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin will also star in the new project, based on Adam Rex's children's book The True Meaning of Smekday.

Drake-052311.jpg Drake is the star of his hometown NBA team's new commercial for their #WeTheNorth series. "In many ways we are in a league of our own," Drake narrates in the new one-minute Toronto Raptors clip. "We are the North side. A territory all our own. If that makes us outsiders, we're in." The new clip also shows images of Toronto's skyline.