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pharrell-020514.jpg Pharrell Williams has reportedly been slapped with a copyright infringement suit for his collaboration with Gwen Stefani. The pair connected for the track "Spark the Fire" in 2014 and now musician Richard Morrill has claimed that the pair used portions of his track "Who's Got My Lightah" without his consent. Morrill was part of the band L.A.P.D. in the 1990s.

michael-jackson-062216.jpg Lifetime Network has revealed the casting selections for their forthcoming biopic on Michael Jackson. A beloved Jackson tribute artist named Navi has landed the role of MJ while The Wire and Walking Dead star Chad L. Coleman will support in the role of Bill Whitefield, Jackson's bodyguard and confidant.

drake-070916.jpg Drake has revealed plans to postpone his upcoming European tour. The Toronto MC broke the news to fans over the weekend explaining that he needs more time to prepare technical aspects of the show. It's not all bad news, however, as he also noted that those technical issues will include many new features to his stage show.

beyonce-070916.jpg The notoriously reclusive Beyoncé sat down for a rare interview with none other than her sister Solange for Interview Magazine earlier this week. During the chat Solange vowed to stay unapologetically strong and set an example for young women coming after her.

common-062716.jpg Common has revealed plans to appear at a benefit event for Planned Parenthood. The event, dubbed Show Up!, is set to take place at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on January 19th and will be hosted by Monica Simpson, the Executive Director of SisterSong, the National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.

whatprinceate-061016.jpg Global Music Rights has signed a deal with Prince's estate to oversee the legendary artist's catalog. Irving Azoff, the founder of Global Music Rights, stated, "Prince was an iconoclast, who never settled for second best, and now his Estate has ensured that the public performance rights are protected in a way befitting their significance."

dmx-010715.jpg DMX has offered up his newest single entitled "Bane Iz Back." The new standalone single features Swizz Beatz and casts the Ruff Ryder in the role of the DC Comics supervillain. Swizz sets DMX up with a stream of hype before the MC takes over.

robin-thicke-082616.jpg Robin Thicke's custody battle with his former wife Paula Patton has taken an ugly turn as the pop singer has now been accused of abusively spanking their 6 year old son. A Los Angeles judge has, however, reportedly denied requests for further custody from Patton and dismissed the abuse claims.

kelly-061616.jpg R. Kelly is refuting rumors that he will perform at the inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump. "Despite the rumors circulating online, R. Kelly will not be performing at this year's inauguration ceremony. Any reports stating otherwise are simply untrue," Kelly posted to Twitter.

Aaliyah-011317.jpg A career spanning Aaliyah compilation titled The Ultimate Aaliyah Collection briefly became available via iTunes this week, but was pulled from the service in less than 24 hours. The collection features many of the late singer's best loved tracks and greatest hits, many of which had been held back from Apple's download service amongst others.

drake-070916.jpg Drake has left few questions about his feeling for Jennifer Lopez after surprising his new flame with a necklace worth over $100,000. News of the lavish gift has reportedly been confirmed by eonline.com, who says the necklace is made of pure platinum and is from Tiffany Victoria.

mariahcarey-061616.jpg Mariah Carey's rocky start to 2017 continues this week as her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been vandalized. News of the vandalism broke via a local radio station who shared a photo of Mimi's star, to which someone had simple added a question mark at the end of her name.

RayJ-123016.jpg Ray J was hospitalized earlier this week after he reportedly passed out while filming Celebrity Big Brother. The singer/reality star was allegedly suffering from severe tooth pain which caused him to black out on the set of the show, which is currently in production in the UK.

michael-jackson-062216.jpg The first images have emerged of Joseph Fiennes in the role of Michael Jackson in the upcoming Sky Arts film "Elizabeth, Marlon and Michael." The film will recount the unlikely event surrounding a road trip shared by Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Marlon Brando after the trio were stranded in New York City and drove to Ohio following the 9/11 attacks.

img2-052915.jpg The Weeknd has signed on to appear as one of the headlining acts at this year's upcoming Bonnaroo Music Festival. He joins fellow headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper and U2. The event is set to take place between June 8 and 11 in Manchester, Tennessee.

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