Timbaland joins ABC's “Boy Band” competition as third “architect”

Courtesy of ABCSuper-producer Timbaland has come aboard ABC’s new reality singing competition Boy Band, which will premiere June 22. 

Timbaland will serve as the show’s third “architect” — the term the show’s using in lieu of “judge” or “coach” or “mentor.”  He joins previously-announced architects Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys and Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton of The Spice Girls.

In a statement, Tim — the man behind hits by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Jay Z, Madonna, Beyonce, Nelly Furtado and others — says, “I’m excited to be a part of this show and come on as an architect to help guide the next generation of undiscovered talent. I want to continue giving back to music as I have been. I’m ready to find the next boy band that could change our business.”

Adam Blackstone has also been announced as musical director for the show.  He’s been the musical director for acts like Maroon 5, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and Rihanna.

Boy Band works like this: singers will audition for 18 available spots in three groups, who will then need to wow the architects during each episode.  The architects will move the contestants around to find the perfect combination of voices as the groups perform live.  Two contestants will be chosen for possible elimination during each episode, and they’ll both perform solo, singing for their lives, as viewers vote to keep their favorites around.

The audiences’ five favorite band members will be revealed at the finale.  Together, the new group will perform their debut single.  They’ll also receive a recording contract from Hollywood Records.

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August Alsina reveals battle with liver disease: “I'm sicker than ever”

Image Group LA/ABCAugust Alsina has revealed that he is battling liver disease.

The “Song Cry” artist recently sat down with actress and friend Jada Pinkett Smith — in what he wrote on Instagram was “one of the most HEALING conversations” — to talk about his health.  

In a video clip of the interview, he says, “The reality is that I’m sick all the time. I don’t really like to talk about it because I’m not looking for anybody’s sympathy.”  

August also wrote in the caption, “I’m sicker than ever & having a hard time accepting what I feel & what the Doctors are saying is most true. After sitting down and talking with my fathers mother and sister..They explained to me that sickness & illness runs in my family. My father & grandfather both died of severe illness. but they were FIGHTERS & that’s all that matters.”  

In 2014, the 24-year-old singer awoke from a medically induced three-day coma after collapsing on stage during a performance. He won Best New Artist at the BET Awards that same year.  

Last year, August also shared with fans on social media that he was going blind in his left eye and losing vision in his right, due to an “eye disease.” The singer underwent surgery in order to preserve his remaining eyesight. 

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Rude Boy: Sports reporter writes article fat-shaming Rihanna

Getty Images via ABCRihanna‘s many accomplishments success as a singer, fashion designer and actress evidently doesn’t matter to one reporter for Barstoolsports.com: all he cares about is her weight.

In a now-deleted piece titled, “Is Rihanna Going to Make Being Fat the Hot New Trend?” the author, known as Chris Spags, fat-shamed the singer, claiming that she’s “pushing 180,” and using recent photos taken by paparazzi as proof.  

He also suggested that she is either pregnant or “enjoying that good room service a bit too long,” according to Cosmopolitan. 

Spags claimed that as a result of the article, he was cyberbullied by Rih’s fans on social media. 

In a letter explaining his decision to take down the article, Dave Portnoy, who is evidently in charge of the site, writes, “If you’re gonna blog about Rihanna gaining weight you better be funny as f**k and you better make it bullet proof.”  

He then quoted a line from Spags’ article and added, “This line right here? Well, that’s neither.”

As for RiRi, it appears that she isn’t bothered by Chris’ fast-shaming words in the slightest. On Wednesday, she revealed plans to launch her first cosmetics line, FENTY BEAUTY, this fall. 

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BET Awards 2017: Future, Tamar Braxton & more to perform; Jamie Foxx and Issa Rae to present

BETBET is bringing the best in the business to their 2017 BET Awards.

Billboard has learned that FutureMigosTrey SongzBruno Mars and Tamar Braxton have been tapped to perform at the annual event to celebrate black excellence.

On the the film and television side, Entertainment Tonight is reporting that Jamie FoxxIssa RaeTrevor NoahAll Eyez on Me star Demetrius Shipp Jr. and the cast of Girls Trip — Queen LatifahJada Pinkett SmithRegina Hall and Tiffany Haddish — are all set to take the stage as presenters.

The newly announced performers and presenters will join comedian and Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones, who will host the live event.

As previously reported, Beyoncé leads the nominations this year with a total of seven nods. Following behind her is Bruno Mars, with five nominations.

The 2017 BET Awards airs live Sunday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET. 

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Lecrae and Jon Batiste to perform at Bonnaroo's SuperJam event

Lecrae; Christian LantryThis year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival’s annual SuperJam concert series will present a number of exciting acts this year, including LecraeLate Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste and George Porter Jr. of legendary funk band The Meters.

A slew of other heavy hitters are also confirmed to perform at Bonnaroo itself, including The WeekndChance the RapperTravis ScottTory LanezD.R.A.M. and more.  

For more information on tickets for Bonnaroo SuperJam and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, head over to bonnaroo.com.  

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will be held June 8-11 in Manchester, Tennessee. 

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Future song of the summer? Ne-Yo releases “Another Love Song”

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteFollowing his remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE,” Ne-Yo is back with a new tune.  Titled “Another Love Song,” it’s an energetic, fun track that will surely light up dance floors this summer.  

Ne-yo sings, “Ain’t got no game baby/Ain’t got no game/Ain’t got no shame baby/Ain’t got no shame/And I don’t know what it is/When I hear your name/Suddenly I just gotta sing/You make me want to sing/Another love song.” 

The R&B artist is also a judge — alongside Jennifer Lopez and Derek Hough — on NBC’s new dance competition showWorld of Dance.  

The first episode of the series premiered this Tuesday night.  

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Tyrese hints at “Baby Boy” sequel plot

ABC/ Jeff NeiraTyrese really wants Baby Boy 2 to happen.

After the actor-singer alerted fans on Instagram that a Baby Boy sequel was in the works, Tyrese is now teasing more details of the forthcoming film, called Baby Boy: Coming of Age.

In a now-deleted picture captured by The YBF, we see Taraji P. Henson and her Baby Boy co-star Tamara Bass in a pool with a friend, while Tyrese reveals some of the sequel’s plot line in his photo caption.

“When Jodys baby mamas finally become friends and start plotting on a n****, he writes. “Photo taken by @JohnSingleton #Baby Boy2ComingOfAge Is real….. The worst s*** is when your BM’s get up and start plotting on a n**** #MemorialDayBulls***”

The two actresses had played Tyrese’s character’s baby mothers: Yvette, played by Henson, and Peanut, played by Bass. The photos were reportedly taken at John Singleton‘s Memorial Day party, but the cast has all remained tight-lipped on details surrounding the film.

Baby Boy, produced and directed by Singleton, followed Tyrese as Joseph “Jody” Summers, a unemployed bike mechanic who must navigate through everyday life in the ‘hood in L.A. 

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Ready or not: Nas and Lauryn Hill to go on North American tour

Nas; ABC/Randy HolmesNas and Lauryn Hill are coming together for an co-headlining North American tour this fall. The powerhouse duo will hit the road for a handful of dates starting September 7 in Chicago, IL. 

Stand-up comedian and actor Hannibal Buress and reggae artist Chronixx are also slated to appear on select dates.  

Nas, recently linked romantically to Nicki Minaj, was one of the executive producers of the Netflix series The Get Down, which was just canceled.

Earlier this year, Lauryn hosted and headlined the first MLH Caravan: Diaspora Calling! tour, but made headlines for arriving three hours late to her Pittsburgh show.  

She issued an apology to fans and the event was rescheduled for June 2, but as of now, due to a “scheduling conflict,” that appearance has been cancelled. 

Tickets will be available to purchase beginning this Friday, June 2 at 10 a.m. local time. For more information, visit livenation.com. Here are the dates:  

9/7 — ^Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
9/8 — ^Sterling Heights, MI, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
9/10 — ^Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
9/12 — ^Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
9/14 — +Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
9/15 — +Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
9/20 — ^Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater
9/22 — +Miami, FL, Bayfront Park Amphitheater
9/23 — ^Jacksonville, FL, Daily’s Place
9/27 — ^Houston, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
9/28 — ^Dallas, TX, The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory*
9/30 — ^Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
10/3 — +San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
10/5 — ^Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
10/7 — +Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
10/10 — +Seattle, WA, WaMu Theater
10/11 — ^Vancouver, BC, Pacific Coliseum
^with Chronixx
+with Hannibal Buress and Chronixx
*on sale Friday, June 2 at 12 p.m. local time 

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“Let 'em know”: Bryson Tiller is going on tour this summer

RoleXXBryson Tiller is gearing up for a headlining tour in support of his sophomore album True to Self, which arrived last week, a month ahead of its originally scheduled June 23 release date.

Dubbed the “Set it Off” tour, the trek finds Tiller joined by opening acts H.E.R. and Metro Boomin.  It’ll visit more than twenty-five North American cities, including Atlanta, Austin, Las Vegas, Miami and New York.  

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased starting this Wednesday, May 31, while general tickets go on sale this Friday, June 2 at 10 a.m. local time. For more information, visit trapsoul.com or aegpresents.com.  

Here are the dates: 

8/3 — Atlanta, GA, FOx Theatre 
8/5 — Southaven, MS, Landers Center 
8/6 — New Orleans, LA, Lakefront Arena 
8/8 — Houston, TX, NRG Arena 
8/9 — Austin, TX, Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center 
8/11 — Phoenix, AZ, Rawhide Event Center 
8/12 — Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
8/15 — San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 
8/18 — Vancouver, BC, Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre 
8/19 — Seattle, WA, WaMu Theater 
8/20 — Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center 
8/23 — Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre 
8/25 — Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory 
8/29 — Miami, FL, Watsco Center at the University of Miami 
8/30 — Orlando, FL, CFE Arena 
9/1 — Richmond, VA, The Classic Amphitheater 
9/2 — Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 
9/3 — Norfolk, VA, ODU Constant Convocation Center 
9/6 — Lowell, MA, Tonsgas Center at Umass Lowell 
9/7 — Mashantucket, CT, The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
9/8 — New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall 
9/9 — New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall 
9/11 — Philadelphia, PA, Skyline Stage at The Mann 
9/13 — Toronto, ON, Echo Beach 
9/14 — Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple Theatre 
9/15** — Chicago, IL, Aragon Ballroom 
9/16 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center 
**H.E.R. only 
*All dates feature special guests H.E.R. and Metro Boomin unless otherwise noted. 

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Pharell Williams and Usher to perform at Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester benefit concert

Courtesy Live Nation/The Outside Organisation/British Red CrossPharrell Williams and Usher are confirmed to appear at Ariana Grande‘s One Love Manchester benefit concert this Sunday, June 4 on the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, England.  

The live event is being staged to raise funds for, and pay tribute to, victims and families affected by last week’s bombing at Ariana’s Manchester show. 

Other big name acts scheduled to help support Grande include Justin Bieber, Katy PerryMiley CyrusOne Direction member Niall HoranColdplay and British group Take That.  

Fans who were at Ariana’s Manchester show last week will be able to receive free tickets and must register via ticketmaster.co.uk/arianagrandemanchester before Wednesday, May 31 at 4:00 BST (British Summer Time) p.m.  

General admission tickets will go on sale this Thursday, June 1 via the same link. 

All net ticket proceeds from the concert will go towards the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by the Manchester City Council and British Red Cross.  

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