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From surprise albums to long-awaited joint projects and fresh love singles, check out this week’s New Music Friday for the culture’s latest and greatest in music. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne, Welcome 2 Collegrove — After weeks of promos and album teases, the iconic rappers join forces for their new collaborative LP, which features 21 Savage, Usher, Fabolous and more.  André 3000, New Blue Sun — The Outkast rapper […]

ABC/Jeff Neira Fantasia said she wasn’t too thrilled at the thought of reprising her role as Celie in the upcoming film adaptation of The Color Purple.  Taking on the role, she said, would remind her of past trauma she didn’t want to again experience. But that’s the very reason she joined the cast. She did it “for […]

FAX Records/Epic Records Tyla, the South African star whose breakthrough hit “Water” continues to see success, is back with not one but two remixes of the track.  The 21-year-old singer tapped rapper Travis Scott for a hip-hop version and electronic DJ Marshmello for an upbeat dance record.  Tyla, along with Scott, debuted the hip-hop remix at the GQ party for its Man […]

Live Nation Just four days after Drake announced his 2024 It’s All a Blur – Big As The What? Tour with assistance from J. Cole, the “Nonstop” rapper has added additional shows. The 10 new dates are all follow-ups to previously announced stops in San Antonio, Oklahoma, Tampa, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, Kansas City, Belmont Park, NY and Sunrise, FL.  “Right back at it,” said Drake of […]

Courtesy of Mattel It’s surprising that it’s taken this long for Mariah Carey to get her own Barbie doll, but … it’s time! The Mariah Carey Barbie is Christmas-themed, of course.  She’s dressed in a glittery red gown with a slit that exposes some leg, she’s holding a microphone and she’s wearing a tiny replica […]

Steve Dietl Rapper Ludacris and actor Lil Rel Howery, stars of Disney’s Dashing Through the Snow, are hoping that the new holiday film doesn’t only bring Christmas joy, but also puts smiles on the faces of those who watch.  “There’s so much dissension in the world that I hope it brings so many people together,” Luda tells ABC Audio, adding […]

Singer and actress Cassie has filed a lawsuit against ex-boyfriend Sean “Diddy” Combs, accusing him of sex trafficking and sexual assault, according to court documents. Cassie, born Casandra Ventura, alleges in the filing that she was trafficked, raped and viciously beaten by Combs during the course of their relationship. “After years in silence and darkness, I am finally ready […]

BET Janelle Monáe has been announced as the recipient of the Spirit of Soul Award for the 2023 BET Soul Train Awards.  It’s a first-of-its-kind honor, as the award show renamed its prestigious Lady of Soul category to represent inclusion and diversity.  Monáe, honored for their work and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community, mental health awareness and achievements in […]

Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images When André 3000, one half of the iconic hip-hop duo Outkast, announced his upcoming album, New Blue Sun, fans were shocked to learn it’d include zero rap. Or as he put it, “no bars.” As part of his GQ Men of the Year video cover story, the Grammy winner opened up about his decision to leave the lyrics out of it […]

Disney/Randy Holmes Yes, you read that correctly — iconic rapper Snoop Dogg, known outside of his Grammy-nominated music for his love of smoking marijuana, says he’ll be a weed smoker no more.  “After much consideration and conversation with my family,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “I’ve decided to give up smoke.” He added, “Please respect my privacy at this […]