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New Music Tuesdays...
Out this week (9/2):
  • Counting Crows - Somewhere Under Wonderland
  • Justin Furstenfeld - Songs from an Open Book
  • Maroon 5 - V
  • Nick & Knight - Nick & Knight
Out next week (9/9):
  • Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
  • Better Than Ezra - All Together Now
  • Lee Brice - I Don't Dance
  • Interpol - El Pintor
  • Robert Plant - lullaby and... The Caeseless Roar
  • Michelle Williams - Journey to Freedom

Top Albums

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Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood
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Soundtrack: Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
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Source: Soundscan, August 23, 2014


CHRIS BROWN HEADING BACK TO COURT IN D.C.
Chris Brown is heading back to D.C. for another court appearance to resolve his assault case from last October. According to Billboard, the situation has yet to be resolved and Chris will be making his third attempt at a plea deal to settle the case. Breezy was scheduled to report in court last Friday (August 29th), but missed the date because of travel issues.

  • He's scheduled to appear in court today (September 2nd) at 9 a.m.


KANYE WEST RESPONDS TO JAY PHAROAH
Kanye West called out SNL comedian Jay Pharoah at "Made in America" this past weekend. As previously reported, Pharoah made several jokes about Yeezy at the MTV VMAs which seemingly fell flat. During Kanye's rant, he said that he "appreciated" Jay imitating him, but needed to explain "what I went through to get to that position." He said, "They want to make a joke out of how hard we work. It's fine and all funny and everything, but don't distract from our vision. It's not a joke what we do up here. This music that we do is not a joke. What we do culturally is not a joke."

Ye continued, "I called Jay Pharoah right after the MTV awards. I said, 'I appreciate your show, but let me tell you about my story. Let me tell you about what I went through to get to that position’ … So we ain't gonna have no black comedians going onstage spoofing the people that's working hard, and helping the next man out."

  • He added, "For me to be in a very publicized interracial relationship is not a joke. It's something that should be treated with respect cause we’re all in this together."


LANCE BASS PROPOSES TO HIS FIANCE AGAIN
Former 'N SYNC member Lance Bass has proposed to his fiance again. According to People, Lance first proposed to Michael Turchin last year and decided to pop the question on the first anniversary of the couple's engagement. Michael wrote on Instagram with a picture of the ring, "Who gets proposed to a second time on the first anniversary of the first proposal?? This guy!!!"

  • Lance gave Michael a gold ring with black diamonds in the center.


NICK JONAS SPEAKS ON BEING SOLO
Nick Jonas has opened up about the transition from being in a band with his brothers to being a solo artist. According to Radar Online, the JoBro said, "It’s been good so far. But it is an adjustment. It takes a second to get used to being the only one doing interviews and all that. But I’ve had some experience, whether it be in the Broadway stuff or some of the side projects that I made a couple years ago, and it’s good. I enjoy taking this next step and really trying to push myself. And it’s an interesting journey so far."

  • On his new single, he added, "For me, I relate it to my life. While the lyrics are specific to love and romance, for me it’s about my next move and pushing myself harder and not being bound by fear."


NICKI MINAJ EYEING BLACK FRIDAY ALBUM RELEASE DATE
Billboard has reported that Nicki Minaj may be gearing up to release her upcoming album The Pinkprint on Black Friday. According to the site, the album will hit stores on Friday, November 28th. On the album, Nicki previously told Rap Up, "The Pinkprint will remind people why they fell in love with Nicki Minaj. And I think that needs to be done."

  • In other news, the rumor mill has been buzzing that Nicki and Beyonce recently filmed the video for the "Flawless" remix. According to Necole Bitchie, a source confirmed that Bey has short hair because she just filmed the video for the record in California. It's worth noting that Nicki's site also said to "expect the visuals soon."


RIHANNA LOOKING TO BUY A NEW APARTMENT?
Rumor has it that Rihanna has her eye on a new multimillion dollar pad in NYC. The Daily Mail has reported that RiRi and an entourage of five others recently visited the apartment on the 10th floor of One York. The main room in the apartment features a kitchen, dining room and living room -- which are surrounded by glass and steel-framed walls and floored in light hard wood.

RiRi has been renting a duplex in Manhattan for about $36,000 a month.

  • Meanwhile, Rihanna has thanked her fans for the support on the 9th anniversary of her debut album Music of the Sun. She tweeted, "Thanks to all of you who’ve supported me throughout the years! I cant believe, already 9 yrs! I owe it to you man."


ASHLEE SIMPSON AND EVAN ROSS JUMP THE BROOM
Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross officially jumped this broom this past weekend. According to Rumor Fix, the couple got married on Sunday (August 31st) at Evan's mom -- Diana Ross', estate in Greenwich, CT. Jessica Simpson served as the maid of honor while Ashlee's 5-year-old son Bronx reportedly walked her down the aisle.

It's been reported that a friend of the couple officiated the wedding.

  • Ashlee also reportedly wore a pearl embellished wedding dress with over $750,000 worth of jewelry from Neil Lane.
  • Evan's half sister -- Tracee Ellis Ross, served as the master of ceremony.
  • It was also said that Diana Ross was expected to sing for the couple at the wedding.
  • Ashlee and Evan started dating back in July 2012.


MILEY CYRUS COMPARES SOCIAL MEDIA TO DOING DRUGS
Miley Cyrus has said that social media is worse than smoking marijuana. During an interview on the Australian show Sunday Night, she said, "I put some picture of me smoking weed... on my Instagram because I was brought up in the way that we never thought marijuana was bad. You know what hurts your brain? Googling yourself. You know what hurts your brain? Instagram. You know what hurts your brain? Reading comments on Facebook. You know what hurts your brain? Reading Us Weekly."

She went on to say that her main goal isn't to be a role model for younger girls, but to contribute to her own happiness. Miley continued, "I don't put myself up on a pedestal and say, 'Look at me, I'm an example.' The only thing I'm an example of is freedom, especially in this time where the energy of the world is shifting from male energy to female energy."

  • Miley also opened up about her ex-fiance Liam Hemsworth, saying, "I love Liam, Liam loves me."


REPORT: KIM KARDASHIAN REFUSED TO SIT NEXT TO RITA ORA AT THE VMA

TMZ has reported that Kim Kardashian wasn't feeling Rita Ora at the VMAs last weekend. According to sources, Kim refused to sit next to Rita because she blames Rita for messing with her brother's -- Rob Kardashian, head. When Kim arrived at the show and realized that she was seated near Rita, she asked the producers to find her a different seat. The site said that Kim didn't want to cause drama nor was she a diva, she just didn't want to have to be social with Rita.

  • Sources close to the Kardashian clan said that they still blame Rita for some of Rob's issues since their break up in 2012.


VIDEO FOOTAGE AVAILABLE OF JUSTIN BEIBER'S DAVE & BUSTER'S INCIDENT
Attorney Gloria Allred has said that she has video footage of Justin Bieber's reported incident at a Dave & Buster's in L.A. According to Gossip Cop, police were called to Dave & Buster's last week after Bieber reportedly tried to take a stranger's cell phone after the man was taking pictures and video of him and Selena Gomez.

TMZ has reported that Allred is now representing the man -- who was reportedly taking photos of Bieber, and his wife. The lawyer has claimed to have video footage of the altercation which she shared with officials, but has refused to say what it shows. She said, "I think the video will speak for itself." Allred said that her clients were "victimized" by the singer and that they "are cooperating with the police investigation."

  • Although Allred wouldn't reveal if the couple is seeking damages, she noted, "The district attorney will decide whether or not there should be a prosecution."


QUICKIES
ADAM LEVINE TALKS MARRIAGE: Adam Levine has said that being married to his new wife Behati Prinsloo makes him "feel like a man." He explained to Ryan Seacrest, "I think it does change, but in a great way because … you feel like a man or something, it’s weird. The relationship doesn’t change, but you feel slightly more masculine. I feel like from a man’s perspective… at the end of the day, if you’re with the right person, the guy is supposed to feel like, I think, a little bit more of a man." On expanded their family, he added, "We’re definitely going to do it, I want to have 100 kids. I want to have more kids than would be socially responsible. I don’t know when we’re going to do it. We can’t do it right now. I think it’s absolutely in the works for some future date."

MARIAH CAREY TAPPED FOR VEGAS RESIDENCY: According to TMZ, the Colosseum in Vegas -- where Celine Dion has performed for years, would like to sign Mariah Carey for a residency. Sources have said that MiMi was offered $750,000 for two shows. No word on if MiMi will be performing in Vegas any time soon. Meanwhile, Mariah's reportedly estranged husband Nick Cannon has revealed what he likes in a woman. In an interview with Hello Beautiful, Nick said, "I like a strong woman. I like somebody that knows what they want. Getting right to it, that makes a lot of sense for me, so I welcome that…or welcomed that."

DEMI LOVATO PRAISES KIM KARDASHIAN: Demi Lovato has praised Kim Kardashian and her sisters for embracing their curves. Demi told Access Hollywood, "The very first time that I ever went to the VMAS, I just looked so bony and fragile and unhappy. Yes, I was at the VMAs and I was 16 and I was having an incredible time, but at the same time I was miserable. I look back at that and I think… I may have been thinner, but I am so happy that I am healthy today and I have curves, which are a lot more sexier than what I was aiming for. I think curves are beautiful, and I feel great. When I was growing up and when I was a pre-teen, the people that I had to look up to for body image were extremely underweight… They were all very bony at that time, and that was the in thing. I really credit women like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian… They completely revolutionized what our generation’s view of perception of what beautiful is, and I really think that they had a huge impact on that. You can think whatever you want about the Kardashians, but they really did help tons of women feel comfortable in their own skin, and I like to carry that message on."

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE PLAYS LARGEST CONCERT IN ICELAND'S HISTORY: Justin Timberlake has broken a record in Iceland. The singer performed the largest confer in the country's history. According to That Grape Juice, concert organizer Isleifur B. Porhalisson said, "It is seldom that such a superstar at the height of his career visits Iceland. People have been waiting for tickets for months but they were sold out in 15 minutes."

RUMOR: JANET JACKSON IS THE NEW FACE OF BALMAIN: Rumor has it that Janet Jackson may be the new face of Balmain. According to the Secret Closet Clothing blog, young French designer Oliver Rousteing posted the iconic cover art to the singer's Janet album onto his Instagram page, along with the caption, "Coming Soon."


REPORT: TAYLOR SWIFT IS A MENTOR ON THE NEW SEASON OF 'THE VOICE'
Taylor Swift will be a mentor to all the contestants on the upcoming season of NBC's "The Voice."

At least that's what magazine US Weekly said over the weekend.

The report says Taylor won't work with any one team, but she gives advice to all the contestants, like Coldplay's Chris Martin did in the sixth season of the show.

The team's judges are Stevie Wonder for Adam Levine, Little Big Town for Blake Shelton, Gavin Rossdale, working for his wife and new coach Gwen Stefani, and Alicia Keys, working with new coach Pharrell Williams.

Sources say that Tay Tay was an awesome mentor, and she had great feedback for the contestants.