Frank Ocean has been nominated for a pair of O Music Awards. Ocean is tied with Beck, both of whom are leading all other artists with two nods. Ocean got one for Must Follow Artist on Twitter. Fans can vote at OMusicAwards.com via their Facebook or Twitter account. Open nominations have begun and will go through May 21.
The-Dream has released a new video for "IV Play," the title track off of his upcoming album. In the new clip, The-Dream steps out of a helicopter draped in a black fur coat, while accompanied by a sexy lady, he then performs against the backdrop of an building. Later he gets a front row seat from his white Mercedes SL, while his scantily-clad co-stars put on a show.
Two tracks featuring Common have been released. The rapper is featured alongside Estelle in "Victorious," a previously unreleased collab produced by No I.D. that was slated to have been released on her 2011 album All of Me. Estelle explained to Rap-Up TV that the song "makes you feel like you can fly off a balcony . . ."
Drake and Frank Ocean have been announced as the headlining acts at this year's 4th Annual OVO Fest. The fest returns to Toronto's Molson Canadian Amphitheatre for two days in August. Ocean and James Blake will take the stage on August 4, while Drake, who will return to his hometown for the event, headlines August 5 with some special guests, who have yet to be announced.
Kelly Rowland has released "Dirty Laundry," the second single from her upcoming album, Talk a Good Game. The song features Rowland opening up about her feelings after her career post-Destiny's Child didn't take off as quickly as former bandmate Beyoncé's: "Bird in a cage, you would never know what I was dealing with . . ."
In her latest turn on the talk show circuit, Eve stopped by The Wendy Williams Show to discuss her hiatus from music and why she took so much time between albums. "I think my album wasn't what the execs wanted and they just put it on the shelf," she said, referring to her former deal with Interscope.
Beyoncé posted to her website a handwritten apology to Belgian fans after postponing the first of two scheduled shows in Antwerp on Tuesday. After the postponement was announced, rumors began flying that Beyonce was pregnant again, but the singer explained that she wasn't feeling well. According to reports, she was ordered by doctors to rest in order to recover from exhaustion.
Usher will be honored with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Golden Note Award at the 26th Annual Rhythm and Soul Music Awards on June 27. Usher said of the honor: "I take the art of songwriting and music-making very seriously, so to be given the ASCAP Golden Note Award from an organization of my fellow music creators is a huge honor.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell took to the stage during a recent episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform "Blurred Lines," the title track off Thicke's upcoming new album. The duo performed the track, which has reached number one on the iTunes chart and number 54 on Billboard, alongside three models providing backup.
Karen Faye, Michael Jackson's makeup artist and friend of nearly three decades, said that in the days before his death the singer was paranoid, repeated himself continuously and was so cold she bundled him in a blanket, put him in front of a space heater and hugged him to try to stop the shivering.
Chris Brown's next single, "They Don't Know," will feature never-before-heard vocals from Aaliyah, the singer who died in a plane crash in 2001, Brown announced during a BET Awards press conference Tuesday. "I got something real special for my fans," Brown said before explaining that a video for the track was shot in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Drake leads this year's BET Awards with 12 nominations, including five separate nods for Video of the Year. Drizzy is nominated for his singles "HYFR" and "Started From the Bottom" in the Video of the Year category, and he will compete against his collaborations with 2 Chainz ("No Lie"), Kendrick Lamar ("Poetic Justice") and A$AP Rocky ("Problems").
R. Kelly may have something different planned for his fans — an album of country music. He told Vibe magazine that he's been working in that genre. "I've really been writing a lot of country songs," he said. "I used to get criticized for doing a 'Bump & Grind' then turning around and doing a gospel song. But the truth is I'm glad I have a gift that allows me to switch lanes."
The-Dream has released the track list for his upcoming album, IV Play. The follow-up to 2012's Terius Nash: 1977 features a standard edition (14 tracks), as well as a deluxe edition that featured four additional tracks. Dream takes the album out on the road with Kelly Rowland for a U.S. tour.
Bobby Womack is among the latest round of artists to be confirmed for the Latitude festival, which takes place from July 19 to 21 at Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk, U.K. Headliners this year are Foals, Kraftwerk and Block Party. Womack is scheduled for a Sunday performance at the Obelisk Arena section of the Park.