R & B

Beyonce, Jay-Z Stopped Short of No. 1 First Week Out by 5 Seconds of Summer

Beyonce and husband Jay-Z, the reigning king and queen of rap and soul, may gathering a little tarnish on their crown. Their new album Everything Is Love, fell short of No. 1 on the charts its first week out. The top spot went to 5 Seconds of Summer. The album, released last Saturday, sold about 70,000 copies, according to media reports. 5 Seconds of Summer’s new album YoungBlood grabbed the No. 1 spot with 90,000 sales after streeting two days earlier....
Rapper Meek Mill

Meek Mill Could Get Serious Time for Latest in String of Parole Violations

Meek Mill may have overstepped his probation on drugs and weapons charges one too many times and could be facing a prolonged stint in the slammer. Maybe he’s hoping he’ll get a little Justin Bieber justice, again, but shouldn’t count on it. Bieber has repeatedly dodged jail sentences, despite a string of arrests and convictions, although he’s small-time compared to Meek....

Rihanna Pushing Envelope Too Far in “B*tch Better Have My Money” Video?

Rihanna’s grindhouse video for “B*tch Better Have My Money” pushes every politically incorrect button, from violence to nudity to human torture. Some are calling it art, but others say it’s anti-feminist, sadistic and nihilistic. In other words, a “Mad Max” film. Rihanna shares directing credit with Leo Berne, who co-directed through his video collective Megaforce. The video is certainly no more graphic or violent than a Quentin Tarantino film....

Nick Jonas Recycles ‘Chains’ in New Video from Wynwood Walls (watch!)

Nick Jonas picks Miami’s famed Wynwood Walls graffiti and street art center as the scene for a remake of a video for his song “Chains.” It has a Mardi Gras vibe, but oddly, Nick looks wildly out of place. While he’s surrounded by scantily clad partygoers in wild costumes, dancing in an urban street scene, Nick looks like he’s decked out in J Crew. At the very end of the video, he’s finally in party gear smeared with paint....

Chris Brown Goes Back to Jail in New Video With Ariana Grande

Chris Brown’s fantasy love affair with Ariana Grande in his new “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” video has a touch of reality in it. He lands in jail in the video as well. Is this a metaphor for the time he spent in the pokey in real life? Brown and Grande, who sing a duet, are forbidden lovers in a medieval fairy tale in the video. The video opens with the two lovers arm-in-arm. ...

Chris Brown Launches Comeback After Jail on Jimmy Fallon (see!)

Chris Brown launched his musical comeback on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night after his career was sidelined by a stint in jail. He performed two songs from his upcoming album X, which could make or break his career. Brown, 25, has been dogged by troubles ever since his 2009 beatdown of then girlfriend Rihanna, for which he’s still serving probation. ...

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Gets R-e-s-p-e-c-t From Harvard Univ.

Aretha Franklin, who demanded r-e-s-p-e-c-t in her hit 1967 song, won the ultimate respect from Harvard University. The esteemed institution bestowed her with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. The university announced this year’s honorees today (May 29) on its Web site. The list includes Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (Doctor of Laws), Former President George H.W. Bush (Doctor of Laws) and novelist Isabel Allende (Doctor of Letters)....

Rihanna Sizzles, Topless to a Hot Brazilian Beat in Vogue (14 photos!)

Rihanna has been out of the spotlight since her last tour ended, but she’s still raising eyebrows with stunning photos like her spread in the new issue of Vogue Brazil. In the Latin American country, famed for it’s expansive beaches, the air is cool, the sun is hot and women wear little or no clothing. Needless to say, the Barbadian singer goes native....

Mariah Carey Croons Topless in New ‘You’re Mine’ Video (watch!)

Mariah Carey released a new video for her newest single, “You’re Mine (Eternal)” and let’s cut right to the chase–she appears naked. The video is set in a rain forest and Mariah shows off her hot body. Since giving birth to twins in April 2011, Mariah has progressively shed weight and has returned to her svelte pre-pregnancy weight....

Rihanna Hottest, Sexiest Moves Yet in Sydney (photos, video!)

Rihanna showed off her hottest, sexiest moves on stage at Allphones Arena in Sydney last night. She stepped up her game and put Miley Cyrus to shame for even thinking she could twerk. RiRi’s stripper lessons definitely paid off. The Barbadian singer is on the Southeast Asian leg of her Diamonds Tour and has been hitting all the stops in Australia....

Rihanna Barbados Homecoming; As Naked as She Can Get (photos)

Rihanna shed most of her clothes and whatever inhibitions she may have had on her return to her home country of Barbados. She’s been posting a steady stream of the most tantalizing photos as she kicks back for some fun in the sun. The 25-year-old pop star looked fit and toned in the tiniest of bikinis in several of the photos. She also posted a shot of her dazzling costume for the island nation’s “Crop Over” festival. ...

Jordin Sparks Back to Music With New ‘Skipping a Beat’ (listen!)

Jordin Sparks, who has largely lived up to her “American Idol” billing, has released her first new song, “Skipping a Beat,’ in four years. She’s set to refocus on music after her solid outing in the 2012 film “Sparkle” with the late Whitney Houston. The track has an easy listening R&B vibe as she sings about true love, presumably inspired by boyfriend and singer Jason Derulo. The singer released her sophomore album, Battlefield” in 2009....