SageSZA‘s music video for her track “Supermodel” shows the singer in a magical forest where fairy children roam.
The inventive clip, directed by Nabil, also features the Top Dawg Entertainment artist getting revenge at a former lover by shooting him with firecrackers ejected from her fingers while a group of children cheer.
“Supermodel” comes from SZA’s smash hit album Ctrl, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 this June.
She kicks off her first headlining tour August 16 in Richmond, VA. Her opening acts will be rapper Smino and singer Ravyn Lenae.
ABC/Fred WatkinsUsher has yet to make a public statement about the current STD scandal in which he’s embroiled, but it appears the R&B singer’s in the studio instead, crafting new music.
Over the weekend, mega-producer Jermaine Dupri posted an Instagram video of Usher laying down some vocals with producer-songwriter Bryan Michael Cox.
“There’s absolutely no feeling on this planet that can compare to the feeling of making music you love, with friends you love,” Dupri writes in the caption.
Usher’s fans are still waiting to see if the entertainer will comment publicly about legal documents, originally obtained by Radar Online, that revealed the singer allegedly infected a woman with the herpes virus, then settled a lawsuit she filed for $1.1 million.
More women also claimed Usher also gave them the STD and are allegedly seeking legal help from attorney Lisa Bloom, with one reportedly seeking $20 million in damages from the superstar.
ABC/Jeff NeiraToni Braxton is headed back to the small screen.
According to Deadline, the singer and Braxton Family Values star has been tapped to headline Lifetime’s original movie, Faith Under Fire, which is based on the 2014 book Prepared for a Purpose: An Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage and Compassion in Crisis.
Similar to the book, the film follows the true story of Antoinette Tuff, a struggling single mother from Georgia who manages to avert a tragedy when she talks down a deranged gunman who storms a Georgia elementary school in 2013.
Braxton, who co-executive produce the project, will play Tuff.
Also set to star in the film is actress Yaya DaCosta, who will play the 911 operator Kendra McCray, who relays messages from Antoinette to police on the scene.
This film marks the second project for Braxton with Lifetime after the success of her 2015 biopic, Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart.
ABC/Byron CohenDetroit, based on the true story of the 1967 police raid at Detroit’s Algiers Motel and the days-long riot that followed, stars Miguel as a member of soul music group the Dramatics.
he singer-songwriter tells Billboard the the film’s director, Kathryn Bigelow, “took a huge chance” on casting him for the role.
He explains, “Being part of the process from audition to actually having a moment in the film was really inspiring just to see all the talent and then to get the sense of what we were actually auditioning. When we auditioned I had no idea. There was a general script, but it was really our interaction with each other.”
“To see it turn into what it is now, an actual film, is really inspiring,” Miguel adds. The “Coffee” artist also credits the Dramatics as being one of the legendary bands from the ’60s who “inspired” him to write music.
“I loved those groups — The Dramatics, The Temptations, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, all of ’em.”
And while he’s carving a second career as an actor, fans have the release of Miguel’s fourth album to look forward to, and much more.
He tells Billboard that he’s “really excited to release some music, like really soon — yesterday. I’ve been recording the past year and a half.”
Detroit is open now in limited release. It will go wide this Friday, August 4.
Randee St. Nicholas/ RCA RecordsA new scandal isn’t going to stop R. Kelly from hitting the road.
The singer tweeted a brief video announcement to tell fans that his forthcoming After Party Tour will go on, regardless of the report that he’s an alleged cult leader harboring several young women in several of his residences.
In the clip, Kelly explains, “I just wanna let all of my fans out there know that despite all of the crap y’all hearing, I will be coming to the East Coast to do my show.”
He continues, “And believe me ya’ll, it’s a bunch of crap. I hope to see y’all there. I love y’all.”
R. Kelly’s East Coast tour stops include Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Maryland, White Plains, New York and Mount Pleasant and Detroit in Michigan.
As previously reported, the allegations regarding Kelly stem from a BuzzFeed report that claims the R&B singer, who has homes near Chicago and Atlanta, is keeping up to six women at his various properties and controlling every aspect of their everyday lives, from what they eat and wear to their sexual encounters with him.
Kelly has since denied these claims. One of Kelly’s alleged captives has denied that she’s being held against her will, and has insisted that she’s fine.
The author of the Buzzfeed report is the same journalist who reported on Kelly’s 2008 court case, in which the entertainer was acquitted of 14 charges of making child pornography.
Image Group LA/ABCKendrick Lamar‘s released his latest music video for his song “LOYALTY.” and bad gal Rihanna herself stars in the clip as the rapper’s love interest.
Kendrick, who’s portrayed as a gangster in the clip, and RiRi go on to test their loyalty to one another in various scenes, and you’ll just have to watch the entire video to find out how their love story ends.
“LOYALTY.” comes from Kendrick’s smash hit album DAMN., which has gone double platinum.
The artist, who leads the pack of MTV Video Music Awards nominees with eight nods, is currently on tour in support of the disc.
ABC/Lou RoccoBrandy‘s not ready to give up on Broadway just yet! The “Angel in Disguise” singer is headed back to The Great White Way this August to reprise her role as Roxie Hart in the Tony-winning musical Chicago.
She made the announcement on Instagram, writing, “#RoxieHart She saved me and continues to do so always in #DivineTime.”
Brandy first portrayed the iconic character in 2015, which marked her Broadway debut.
She then reprised the role in 2016 in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
The entertainer will dance and sing up a storm as Roxie from August 17 to August 31 at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City.