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Cardi B On Her Pregnancy: 'I Didn’t Want To Deal With The Whole Abortion Thing'

Cardi B speaks candidly about creating her debut album and revealing her pregnancy on her terms.

Cardi B went from being a “regular, degular, shmegular girl from the Bronx” to one of entertainment's most sought after celebrities. A long list of people like Oprah, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato and Remy Ma not only love her music, but love her story. She’s shared a lot of her life publicly, including her expected bundle of joy with fiance Offset. Although it seems all of Cardi’s dreams are coming true, she reminds listeners of Power 105’s The Breakfast Club that she’s still a human being with real feelings.

The “Get Up 10” rapper let her guard down Tuesday (April 9) when the team asked about having a child right at what seems to be the height of her career.

"It’s just like no, I didn’t want to deal with the whole abortion thing. I just didn’t want to. You know what, I’m a grown woman, I’m 25 years old -- and I’m going to say this in the most humblest way -- I’m a shmillionaire. I’m prepared for this.”

Finances aside, The Bronx native also said she doesn't enjoy feeling as if every aspect of her life belongs to the public, after already being open.

“I don’t want to disappoint anybody, but I wish I had more time for me, to think for me. I didn’t like people was just harassing me. I had a whole bunch of friends calling me like ‘I can’t believe you ain’t told me, why I gotta find out on the internet.’ I was going to go to Atlantic like ‘Listen, y’all I’m going to have a baby, but I got this whole plan. This is what we’re going to be doing every week.’ I didn’t even have the chance to do that … something that was so precious and private to me I couldn’t even keep it for myself. I feel like I’ve given everybody everything they’ve ever wanted. I’ve been open, I’ve been doing videos with no makeup on looking mad crusty. Certain things y’all want from me it’s like can y’all just chill? Y’all nearly want to be my damn gynecologist, y’all want to see everything.”

But now that the cat is out of the bag, Cardi B--who still hasn't revealed the baby's gender--feels a weight off her shoulders.

“I feel free. People were going to find out anyways. My body is changing and I have so much work to do, but if I could’ve choose a different way I wouldn’t even let anybody know because I don’t want to hear people’s opinions, and I don’t want people to make me feel a blessing should be a regret. I don’t want the negative energy on my baby.”

“I just feel extremely hungry with things especially because -- I hate my mentality, I hate trying to prove people wrong -- but it’s like I have to prove people that it’s like a baby won’t stop me. Nothing’s got me before. People didn’t think that I was going to get here, so how are you going to tell me when it’s going to finish. At the end of the day it was Jesus.”

Watch the rest of Cardi B's Breakfast Club interview here.

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In a cover story for Billboard, Alicia Keys ignited excitement within her fans when she referenced her upcoming album. The project, titled A.L.I.C.I.A., served as "the best therapy I ever had," she said, alongside working on her spring 2020 memoir More Myself: A Journey.

"I ended up being able to see the moments that things shifted," she said. "When you're living it, you're not really reflecting on it." A.L.I.C.I.A. will be the New Yorker's seventh studio album, slated for release next year. Her previous soundscape, Here, was released in 2016, landing at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 during its debut week.

In January, Keys will host the Grammys for the second time in a row, a moment she's eager for viewers to witness. Since the November announcement of 2020's nominees, artists who believed they were snubbed expressed their confusion while others stated they don't need a gramophone to validate their talent. For Keys, the long-running showcase still holds weight within the industry for a simple reason.

"You are awarded by your peers—people who have been through the same experience that you have. So to receive one is the ultimate validation from people that you admire," she said. "That’s the point, and the reason why it has to maintain that level of integrity. And it has to expand now because music is not what it was 10 years ago. It’s about making sure that it’s representing the music that’s happening at the rate that it’s happening, as well. If we’re not all growing and evolving, then pack it up, because what’s the point?"

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles. Read Keys' full profile here.

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Jay-Z's Discography Makes Its Way To Spotify

It's been 23 years since Jay-Z released his debut studio album, Reasonable Doubt, and with over two decades and running in the music business, the mogul has made strategic moves that keep his name at the top of GOAT lists. While his highly-decorated discography can be found on his streaming service TIDAL, or your go-to listening device if you've downloaded his music, his albums are no longer exclusive to his property.

On Dec. 4, which is also the Roc Nation leader's 50th birthday, Spotify tweeted that Jay-Z's albums are available for consumers' streaming pleasure. The message wished the father-of-three a happy birthday and welcomed him back to the streaming giant.

Happy birthday, Hov 🎁 Welcome back to Spotify.https://t.co/exr5QGgwCK pic.twitter.com/t7l4H5zn6E

— Spotify (@Spotify) December 4, 2019

According to Entertainment Weekly, the "Moonlight" rapper's albums were non-existent on Spotify two years ago after he wiped the service clean of his work. His biographical library on Spotify includes In My Lifetime Vol. 1, the collector's edition of The Blueprint, his 2001 Unplugged session with MTV, and Watch the Throne.

In 2015, Jay-Z stepped into the music streaming wars by acquiring the Swedish company TIDAL. Since that acquisition, the billionaire has been able to provide exclusive access for subscribers, refined sound quality, and negotiate beneficial deals with artists that allows them to make a significant profit off of their music.

"People are not respecting the music, and devaluing what it really means," Jay-Z said to Billboard at the time of TIDAL's launch. "People really feel like music is free, but will pay $6 for water. You can drink water free out of the tap and it's good water. But they're okay paying for it. It's just the mindset right now."

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Jill Scott To Tour 'Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1' For 20th Anniversary

As the New Year approaches, Jill Scott is gearing up to perform one of her most poignant albums, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1. Her debut soundscape will celebrate its 20th anniversary on July 18, 2020, but the Philly native will prepare fans for its birthday way ahead of schedule.

The "Gettin' in the Way" vocalist will embark on a U.S. tour beginning February 7 in Kansas City, Mo., and commence in Columbia, South Carolina, before returning to the road for a summer tour edition. In a statement issued to Billboard, Scott described the album as "sistah strong yet vulnerable and filled with love" due to its presentation of "honest stories and timing." Tickets hit the market on Dec. 6.

The "A Long Walk" singer continued to state that this tour will gift fans the opportunity to see her perform the album in its entirety. “I’m going to be true to the album setlist. I’ll do every song in the order of the album. My audience should bring their cd covers. Some may know the list by heart," Scott said. "I will create musical arrangements for the songs purposed with new energy but keep the integrity of the original songs they love. Expect theatre. Expect incredible musicianship. Expect love.” Upon its release, the album reigned at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

View the first set of tour dates below and purchase tickets here:

Feb. 7: Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at Midland Theatre Feb. 9: St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre Feb. 12: Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre Feb. 14: Hanover, MD - Live! Casino & Hotel Feb. 15: Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel Feb. 20: New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall Feb. 21: Northfield, OH - MGM Northfield Park Feb. 23: Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre Feb. 25: Minneapolis, MN - The Fillmore Minneapolis Feb. 28: Elizabeth, IN - Caesars Event Center at Caesars Southern Indiana Feb. 29: Wetumpka, AL - Wind Creek Hotel & Casino March 3: Memphis, TN - Cannon Center For The Performing Arts March 5: Dallas, TX - The Music Hall at Fair Park March 7: Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater March 8: Houston, TX - Revention Music Center March 11: Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center March 13: Augusta, GA - William B. Bell Memorial Auditorium March 17: Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall March 18: Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live March 20: Macon, GA - City Auditorium at Macon Centreplex March 21: Columbia, SC - Township Auditorium

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