Tamar Braxton's new album, “Bluebird of Happiness,” is out now

LoganLand RecordsTamar Braxton‘s highly-anticipated album, Bluebird of Happiness, is out now.  

The singer and reality star’s disc features 11 tracks and a guest appearance by Yo Gotti on the track “Hol’ Up.” 

And Tamar has even more to celebrate: she’s going on tour with Xscape and Monica for the former’s national Great Xscape Tour, kicking off November 22.  

Tamar’s hit reality shows Tamar and Vince and Braxton Family Values also return this fall on WeTV

For information on tickets for the Great Xscape Tour, visit www.thegreatxscapetour.com/. v

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Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan confirmed as new “American Idol” judges

ABCAfter weeks — nay, months — of speculation, it’s finally official: Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will be joining Katy Perry at the judges’ table on ABC’s reboot of American Idol.

Lionel’s name had been in the mix almost from the very beginning, while Luke’s name has been thrown around for the past couple of weeks.  The panel can now boast a bonafide R&B/pop legend, a red-hot current pop star, and a country music superstar.  All three judges will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on October 4.

“I’m excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams,” says Luke in a statement. “To be in a position in my career to help facilitate this along with the other judges is just a complete honor. It’s gonna be a blast!”

Lionel adds, “I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan [Seacrest] on American Idol. As a singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!”

Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, states, “In their respective genres of music, both Luke and Lionel possess insurmountable popularity and award-winning talent that are undeniable, and we are lucky that they will help in paving the way for hopefuls pursuing their dreams on our stage.”

The new American Idol is set to debut on ABC sometime in 2018.

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'Cause this is “Thriller” — the remix: Listen now to new version of MJ classic

Epic/Legacy RecordingsIf Michael Jackson was still around and was releasing a new dance song, he’d probably get one of the world’s top deejays to remix it, right?  That’s why everybody should be O.K. with the fact that a remix of Michael’s classic “Thriller” is out today, created by superstar DJ Steve Aoki.

Thriller (Steve Aoki Midnight Hour Remix)” is included on the new MJ compilation Scream, which is out today.  It’s also available for download as a standalone single.  It’s still recognizable as the song that got the entire world doing the zombie dance, but it now sounds like a modern EDM track.

The new Scream album also features an immersive “augmented reality” experience, which you can access by Shazam-ing the poster that comes with the CD and vinyl versions of the album.  Billboards are also going up in major cities today which will also be Shazam-able and trigger a second augmented reality experience.

In addition to some of the late King of Pop’s most danceable hits — including “Dirty Diana,” “Leave Me Alone,” “Dangerous” and the title track — Scream also features “Blood on the Dance Floor X Dangerous,” a new five-song mashup that incorporates “Blood on the Dance Floor,” “Dangerous,” “This Place Hotel,” “Leave Me Alone,” and “Is It Scary.” 

Of note on the album are two songs by The Jacksons: “Torture” and “This Place Hotel,” that latter of which was the first single ever to be written, composed and arranged solely by Michael.  In addition, the album features “Somebody’s Watching Me,” the 1985 Rockwell hit featuring a hook sung by Michael.

A glow-in-the-dark vinyl version of Scream is coming out October 27 — just in time for Halloween, of course.


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Jhené Aiko taking a trip to join Lana Del Rey's LA to the Moon tour

Isacc SterlingYou can take a trip to the moon next year — or better yet, a trip to the LA to the Moon North American tour — with Jhené Aiko.  

The “While We’re Young” singer is joining pop chanteuse Lana Del Rey as a special guest on the 24-date tour, which kicks off Jan 5 in Minneapolis, MN at the Target Center.  

Singer-songwriter Kali Uchis will also appear as Lana’s second special guest.  

The news follows Jhené’s recent release of her sophomore album, Trip, and the accompanying short film of the same name.  

According to Lana’s official website, if you purchase items from her web store before Friday, September 29 at 11:59 pm ET, you’ll be able to buy pre-sale tickets for select dates.  

For more info, visit the web store.

General tour tickets go on sale Monday, Oct 2 at 10 am ET via Ticketmaster.  

Here are the tour dates:  

1/5 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
1/9 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
1/11 — Chicago, IL, United Center
1/13 — Boston, MA, TD Garden
1/15 — Toronto, ON, Air Canada Center
1/17 — Detroit, MI, Little Caesar’s Arena
1/19 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
1/21 — Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
1/23 — Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
1/25 — Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena
1/26 — State College, PA, Bryce Jordan Center
1/30 — Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
2/1 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
2/2 — Orlando, FL, Amway Center
2/5 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
2/6 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
2/7 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
2/8 — Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/10 — Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/11 — Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
2/13 — Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
2/15 — San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino
2/16 — Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Event Center
2/28 — Honolulu, HI, Waikiki Shell 

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Beyonce donates proceeds from appearance on new single, “Mi Gente,” to disaster relief

Courtesy Parkwood EntertainmentWe haven’t heard any new music from Beyonce since Lemonade came out last year — understandable, given that she’s the mother of newborn twins.  But she’s a featured artist on the new single “Mi Gente”  from J Blavin and Willy William, singing in both English and Spanish.  And she’s making sure her contribution to the record also will contribute to a good cause.

On Thursday the singer announced that she is donating her proceeds from the single to hurricane and earthquake relief charities including CEMA, UNICEF and Somos Una Voz for Puerto Rico, Mexico and other affected Caribbean islands.  

Beyonce’s charitable foundation has been involved in hurricane relief efforts, and the singer also made a taped appearance during the national Hand in Hand telethon that raised more than $44 million.

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Tank on getting guest feature from Ludacris: “When do you have a lunch break, Luda?”

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Tank‘s eighth studio album, Savage, is finally out everywhere today, and the R&B singer is breathing a sigh of relief, especially considering how difficult it was to get a guest appearance from Ludacris on the project.

He tells ABC Radio that making the project he thought, “‘Oooo, Luda. Gotta get Luda for this one. Luda’s doing a thousand things from TV, film, music, everything. Luda, I just need an hour. When do you have a lunch break? Can you rap on my song man? Just take a break. Don’t go to craft services.'” 

As for two other featured artists on Savage — Candice Boyd and J. Valentine — he says, “Candice was awesome. I think she’s amazing, so I’ma do my best to promote her as hard as possible. She needs that light.”

Tank adds, “J. Valentine, he’s my manager too, but he’s tried to retire from the game, so I’ll always make him sing on my album. So when he comes out as an artist, I manage him. He manages me right now, but when he comes out as an artist, I’ma manage him.”

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JAY-Z, DJ Khaled, Cardi B and more to perform at Brooklyn benefit concert for natural disaster relief

ABC/Randy HolmesThe official lineup for the Tidal X: Brooklyn October benefit concert in New York City has been announced. 

According to Tidal’s official Instagram account, Tidal owner JAY-Z himself will perform, along with a slew of other stars including DJ KhaledCardi BJennifer LopezChris Brown, Fat JoeRemy MaA$AP Ferg, Joey Bada$$Mack WildsIggy Azalea and many more.  

Actress Rosie Perez and Hamilton playwright Lin Manuel-Miranda will also make special appearances during the October 17 concert.  

All net proceeds from ticket sales will go to natural disaster relief and recovery organizations, to help the victims of the recent hurricanes.

Beyoncé was previously reported as a headlining act, but her name does not appear on the Tidal X: Brooklyn lineup.  

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Tinashe sings new theme song for “Thursday Night Football”

ABC/Randy HolmesTinashe‘s gone from singing “America the Beautiful” for WWE’s Wrestlemania 33 to singing the new theme song for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football

A brand-new Thursday Night Football commercial featuring Tinashe singing the track — called “Light The Night Up” — debuted on the NFLonCBS Twitter account Thursday.  

The “Superlove” artist also tweeted, “Super excited to sing the theme for Thursday Night Football.”

“Light The Night Up” is not a single, according to Tinashe, but she reassured fans that new music would be coming “soon.”  

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Report: Tamar Braxton's husband order to pay almost $4 million to Sony

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaIn March, Tamar Braxton‘s husband Vincent Herbert was sued by Sony Music for allegedly not paying back money the music label fronted him as part of a 2013 artist development deal.  

Now, Vince has been ordered by a judge to cough up nearly $4 million to Sony, reports TMZ

As previously reported, Braxton’s husband was named in the $3.4 million dollar lawsuit by Sony Music for reportedly “refusing to hand over millions he owed to the label.”  

Sony sought a default judgement in the amount of $3.4 million plus interest, after Herbert failed to respond to the allegations in court.

The dispute began when Sony paid Herbert a $5 million dollar advance against any future profits it would make from the stars that Herbert was supposed to sign.  

The deal required him to bring in two new artists per year, but he only ended up bringing his wife Tamar.

The label claimed it recouped about $1.5 million from her, leaving a $3.4 million deficit.    

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Report: Teyana Taylor scores new reality series on E!

Image Group LA/ABCTeyana Taylor officially has the glow-up.

According to TheJasmineBrand, Taylor is set to star in her own non-scripted reality series for E!.  

The series, which is being kept under wraps, will feature Taylor’s immediately family, including her NBA star husband Iman Shumpert and her adorable daughter, Junie.

“This really is Teyana’s year,” a source tells the The Jasmine Brand. “The public is really getting to see what insiders have seen all these years. This show is going to give fans a glimpse of what her life is REALLY like.”

The source also says there won’t be too much drama featured on the show, since Taylor’s series will be focused on family and work.

“She had an amazing time during New York Fashion Week — all of that was filmed, so that’ll be included on the series, plus there are some other surprises,” the source adds.

There’s no word yet on when the series might air. 

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