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Nicki Minaj Leaves Rihanna Hanging

Girl power received a jezebel upgrade yesterday, when Rihanna announced that she would be heading the Last Girl On Earth tour this summer with Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj. But within 48 hours, Minaj has already publicized that she's pulling out from the gig. 

Minaj took to her Twitter account (@NickiMinaj) to share the disappointing news with fans. "Barbz I'm sorry 2 say I will not be going out on RiRi's tour. I've decided 2 use that time 4 the completion of my album." 

Minaj, who recently premiered the video for her first single, "Massive Attack," expressed to MTV News in February the importance of taking her time to record her as-yet-untitled debut. Tickets for the Last Girl on Earth tour go on sale at Live Nation this Friday, April 9. There's no word yet on whether another female artist is slated to replace Minaj. —Tracy Garraud
Last Girl on Earth Tour Dates: 
Friday, July 2 – White River Amphitheatre – Seattle, WA
Sunday, July 4 – General Motors Place – Vancouver, Canada
Tuesday, July 6 – Pengrowth Saddeldome – Calgary, Canada
Friday, July 9 – ARCO Arena – Sacramento, CA
Saturday, July 10 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
Wednesday, July 14 – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque presents The Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
Thursday, July 15 – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
Saturday, July 17 – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Las Vegas, NV
Wednesday, July 21 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, July 22 – Cricket Wireless Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
Wednesday, July 28 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA
Friday, July 30 – Ford Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
Saturday, July 31 – American Airlines Center – Miami, FL
Tuesday, August 3 – Verizon Wireless Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
Thursday, August 5 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, Canada
Saturday, August 7 – Bell Center – Montreal, Canada
Sunday, August 8 – Comcast Center – Boston, MA
Wednesday, August 11 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
Thursday, August 12 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Sunday, August 15 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
Wednesday, August 18 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
Friday, August 20 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
Saturday, August 21 – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA
Sunday, August 22 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
Wednesday, August 25 – United Center – Chicago, IL 

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Bobby Brown Reacts To King Of R&B Debate, Challenges Jacquees To A “Battle”

Jacquees may have found the perfect way to keep R&B fans riled up. The 24-year-old Atlanta crooner had the internet in a heated debate after he feverishly proclaimed himself the “new king” of R&B, and it looks like his words caught Bobby Brown's attention.

Brown, who humbly proclaimed himself an outgoing king of the genre, weighed in on the throne debate by challenging Jacquees to a live music battle. “If you want the title, battle me,” Brown told TMZ on Monday (Dec. 17).

“I really didn’t want to talk about it,” added Brown. “But I’ve been seeing it on Instagram and social media.”

The 49-year-old  singer went on to drop a few names of artists that he feels are more deserving of the crown, like Chris Brown and Usher. Brown also made it clear that Jacquees has a lot of work to do before he can fall in the same category as his R&B predecessors. “He’s not even recognizable. I don't even know his music.”

Check out Brown's full comments on Jacquees in the video below.

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TLC's Chilli Praises Cardi B For How She's Dealing With Offset Break Up

TLC's Chilli is sending love and light to Cardi B amid the rapper's recent break up with Offset. In a new interview with People, Chilli praised the rapper for handling her public situation much better than she handled her break up with Usher in 2003.

"I have gone through a public breakup, and it is not easy," Chilli, whose real name is Rozanda Thomas, said referring to her split from Usher. "When strangers know your business and want to chime in while you’re still dealing with the pain yourself, it’s difficult. Breakups are hard on anyone, but can you imagine if strangers knew your business? It’s rough."

Thomas also claimed that Cardi was "braver" than she was as she "just sort of shut down" when her two-year relationship to the R&B crooner ended. "I am proud of her for being strong and standing up for herself during a time that is obviously a very hurtful one," she continued. "She has a strong sense of self. That’s why fans have connected with her this way. She talks about her highs and lows; she is fearless."

Later in the interview, Chilli suggested that she would be open to working with Cardi on new music. "I don’t usually like to collaborate with females, and the reason why is because of Lisa," she added. "That is just a little weird for me, personally. But I think with Cardi B, she is an exception to the rule. TLC and Cardi B all day long. We’ve gotten a lot of love from Cardi. It’s really an honor."

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Childish Gambino Reveals Father's Death During Concert Tribute

Childish Gambino wrapped his This Is America Tour in Los Angeles on Monday (Dec. 17) with a special tribute to his father, Donald Glover Sr. The multi-talented artist revealed that his dad passed away a couple of weeks ago, and commemorated his life by previewing a new single.

"I lost my father a couple weeks ago," he announced in a video that was posted on Reddit. "I wanted to play him some of the new songs, but he didn't want to hear them, because he was like, 'I know they're going to be great.'"

He added: "I'm not saying that to talk about music — I say that to talk about trust. That's what love is. I hope you guys get to feel that kind of love."

He later previewed one of the songs he wanted to share with his dad, as seen in a video a fan posted on Twitter. The song sounds like an uptempo tune with heavy horn instrumentals.

The announcement comes shortly after Gambino returned to the stage after suffering from a foot injury. Ahead of the tour, the "Feels Like Summer" rapper also announced that his next album would be his last project under the moniker Childish Gambino. It's unclear if the new track will appear on the final album.

Check out Gambino's tribute to his father in the video below.

@donaldglover unreleased song #ChildishGambino #ThisIsAmerica #thisisamericatour

— Alexis Andrade (@alexisarealtor) December 15, 2018

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