Janelle Monáe models for Tiffany & Co. fall 2017 “There's Only One” campaign

Inez & VinoodhJanelle Monáe shines as one of Tiffany and Co.’s newest models for the luxury jewelry retailer’s fall 2017 campaign.  

The singer-actress is one of six celebrities, including actress and Lenny Kravitz‘s daughter, Zoe Kravitz, chosen to represent Tiffany’s “There’s Only One” advertising campaign, thanks to their “singular style, personal strength and imaginative vision.”  

Janelle was photographed by celebrated fashion photographers Inez & Vinoodh wearing a Tiffany classic heart pendant and Tiffany HardWear rings.  

The Grammy and Oscar-nominated artist continues to stake her claim as a fashion superstar, having accepted the prestigious CFDA Fashion Icon Award this June in New York City.  

She’s also been tapped to star in two upcoming projects: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, which airs on Amazon Prime later this year, and the film Marwencol, based on the 2010 documentary of the same name. 

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Do you “Want More”? Power actor & singer Rotimi releases new summer jam

G-Unit Records/Sean EdwardsR&B singer Rotimi has a brand-new single out now, titled “Want More.”  

The track, which features vocals from Dancehall artist Kranium, is an Afrobeat/reggae jam perfect for the summer and comes ahead of the Power actor’s forthcoming Jeep Music Vol. 1 project.  

That disc features guest appearances from Power executive producer and rapper 50 Cent and T.I. 

As for the rest of the year, Rotimi has a busy schedule ahead of him. He’s scheduled to support August Alsina on his 24-city Don’t Matter tour, which began this Thursday in San Antonio, Texas.  

Ticket info’s at AugustAlsina.com.  

In addition, Jeep Music Vol. 1 arrives August 4 and the fourth season of Power is currently airing now on Starz.  

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Tina Campbell announces new single ahead of second album release

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteTina Campbell is stepping out this Friday with a brand-new single.

“Too Hard Not To” will be featured on her forthcoming album, It’s Still Personal, the follow-up project to her 2015 solo debut album, It’s Personal.

Tina, of course, is also known as one-half of sister gospel duo Mary Mary.

Season six of the WE tv reality television seriesMary Mary, will go behind the scenes as Tina records “Too Hard Not To.”

In an official statement, Tina says  “it’s a tremendous blessing” to share her talents and life with the world via platforms like reality TV, and believes her “new single and upcoming album, my returning reality show and web series and all my endeavors, afford me the opportunity to do just that.” 

“Too Hard Not To” goes on sale this Friday via the usual digital platforms. It’s Still Personal is slated to arrive this fall. 

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Judge denies Beyoncé's motion to dismiss copyright infringement lawsuit

ABC/Image Group LAA motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Beyoncé by the estate of late New Orleans rapper Anthony Barre has been denied. 

Barre — also known as Messy Mya — was fatally shot in 2010.  

You can hear Barre’s voice at the start of Bey’s “Formation” visual, saying “What happened at the New Orleans…,” and then again further into the clip, saying “B****, I’m back by popular demand.”

Barre’s sister, Angel Barre, filed against Bey in February, alleging the singer used her brother’s voice in her “Formation” video without permission.  

Beyoncé’s lawyer filed a counter motion, claiming that the producer of the “Formation” video licensed the YouTube videos from which they got the samples, before Angel had herself appointed the administrator of her brother’s estate. 

There’s a lot of difficult to understand legalese, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown essentially found had made enough of a case that it can move forward, and Beyoncé’s motion to dismiss the whole this is premature.  

Stay tuned. 

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That's the way love is: Bobbi Kristina Brown honored on second anniversary of death with Instagram video

Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty ImagesWednesday marked two years since the death of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston‘s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.  

To mark the sad day, an Instagram video of the once-aspiring artist singing Adele‘s “Hello” was posted on the bobbikristinaserenityhouse account. 

The caption reads, “Today we remember you #BobbiKristina #LoveShouldnt Hurt. SAY HER NAME — NEVER FORGET IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER PLEASE CALL 911! We have established a relationship with The National Domestic Violence Hotline.”  

Bobbi Kristina Serenity House, founded after Bobbi’s death, is an emergency and resource center to help women affected by domestic violence.  

Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her home outside Atlanta in January 2015 and died at age 22 of pneumonia after spending six months in a coma, having never regained consciousness.

Bobbi Kristina’s conservator filed a lawsuit against her late partner, Nick Gordon, alleging, among other things, that he physically assaulted her.  

Gordon has denied any involvement in Bobbi Kristina’s death, but last September, he was found liable in a wrongful death civil suit filed in Bobbi’s death, after he failed to appear in court to answer the suit.  

Gordon was ordered to pay $36 million to Bobbi Kristina’s estate in the wrongful death suit. He also was arrested last June after allegedly assaulting his current girlfriend. 

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Yummy in her tummy: Chrissy Teigen encourages Luna to “find balance” with food

Image Group LA/ABCChrissy Teigen wants 1-year-old daughter Luna to develop a healthy relationship with food.  

The model, cookbook author and wife of John Legend tells People magazine that although “it’s hard sometimes” to decide between organic fare and junk food, eating healthy is the best bet for their growing child. 

“She loves french fries, like, she’s a kid. I don’t want to deprive her. I don’t want her to not be able to eat French fries or not be able to enjoy a piece of candy. Everything is in balance,” she explains.

Luna also appears to take after her mom in the kitchen, already displaying a liking to cooking — or at least what appears to be the makings of a shrewd condiment connoisseur.

“She’s just kind of learning about sauces so now with her french fries she looks around and knows there’s ketchup somewhere,” says Chrissy. “I’m like, ‘You used to eat your french fries plain!'”

Even with Chrissy and John’s glamorous celebrity lifestyle, with lavish clothes and famous friends, the proud momma says she wants Luna to have a normal childhood, like Chrissy experienced herself growing up: “I want her to go and play in the PlayPlace and I want her to do those kids things.” 

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Quincy Jones awarded nearly $9.5 million in suit against Michael Jackson's estate

Michael Ochs Archive/Getty ImagesA jury in Los Angeles has awarded super producer Quincy Jones almost $9.5 million in damages in Jones’ lawsuit against the estate of Michael Jackson, Variety reports, finding that the estate underpaid Jones royalties he was due.

Jones filed suit against the estate in 2013 seeking $30 million on royalties he claimed he was owed on the late King of Pop’s posthumous earnings, both for Jones’ work on Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad, and on the concert documentary This Is It as well as on money due from two Cirque du Soliel shows using music he had been involved in.

In a statement after the verdict was announced, obtained by ABC News, Jones said, “I, along with the team I assembled with Michael, took great care and purpose in creating these albums, and it has always given me a great sense of pride and comfort that three decades after they were originally recorded, these songs are still being played in every corner of the world.  This lawsuit was never about Michael, it was about protecting the integrity of the work we all did in the recording studio and the legacy of what we created.  Although this judgement is not the full amount that I was seeking, I am very grateful that the jury decided in our favor in this matter.  I view it not only as a victory for myself personally, but for artists’ rights overall.”

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The-Dream says new VH1 show “SIGNED” is all music competition and “no cheesecake walking”

L-R: Lenny S, Rick Ross, The-Dream; Lauren Gesswein for VH1TV shows about the behind-the-scenes work of making a singing star are nothing new.  

But VH1’s new music competition series, SIGNED, aims to do the same for rising hip-hop and R&B artists.

The-Dream, who stars on the show, says SIGNED isn’t a rip-off of Sean “Diddy” Combs‘ Making the Band.  

“No cheesecake walking. Ain’t nobody got time for all that,” he tells Billboard.  

Dream adds, “But I think the one thing that was great with MTV’s Making the Band was that we did see people from the culture.”

“We didn’t notice it until it was off TV, until it was this kind of gap between what Puff had done and what was actually going on. We knew that it would have to be a great machine and platform to be able to have something like this.”

Rick Ross and Roc Nation executive Lenny S join The-Dream as talent scouts on SIGNED. Both Dream and Lenny tell Billboard that Rick’s ear for music, and his sense of humor, are exceptional.  

Dream says, “His music is long stand. His ears are longstanding. He’s just a pretty f****** funny guy, man. All of us are, in our own unique ways, but what we got out of him was a lot of life that you probably have never seen from Rick Ross the rap god.”  

Lenny adds, “He ended up being really, really, really comical. He has a great personality.”  

There’s a sneak peek of SIGNED posted now on VH1.  You can catch SIGNED on VH1 Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET. 

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Mariah Carey gifts us the first trailer for Christmas flick, “The Star”

ABC/Randy HolmesIt’s only fitting that Mariah Carey, the unofficial “Queen of Christmas,” would be involved in a new Christmas-themed film.

On her Twitter page Wednesday, Mariah debuted the new trailer for The Star, an animated flick that explores the story of the first Christmas — from the animals’ perspective. Mariah won’t be voicing any of the characters, but her new single, also called “The Star,” will be featured in the film.

Kelly Clarkson is among the voices, along with Gina Rodriguez, Tracy Morgan, Keegan-Michael Key and Oprah Winfrey.

The Star is set to hit theaters November 10.

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Nobody else but you: Trey Songz takes a plunge and slides into Halle Berry's DMs

ABC/Randy HolmesTrey Songz is going for it.

The R&B artist recently divulged to fans that he made a pass at Halle Berry via Twitter, writing, “Just slid in @halleberry dm’s for the culture, but really just for me.”  

He continued, “Pray to God she respond,” using the praying hands emoji for added effect.  

The tweet gained over 20 thousand likes since, but Halle has yet to respond to the singer’s bold move.  

Still, she’s currently busy promoting her forthcoming movie, Kidnap, so it’s possible the actress may slide into Trey’s DMs once things slow down.   

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