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Normani Kordei attends the 2018 GQ x Neiman Marcus All Star Party at Nomad Los Angeles on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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Normani To Open Ariana Grande's Sweetener World Tour

"Excited would be an absolute understatement."

It's no secret Normani is used to tearing up a stage after touring around for years with her girl group, Fifth Harmony. But after spreading her wings a solo act, the singer will be booked and busy in the new year, as an opening act on Ariana Grande's Sweetener World Tour.

In a joyful Instagram post, the 22-year-old shared her gratitude, saying, "I’m feeling special right now because I get to spend three months on tour with Ariana Grande." With 42 shows on the first leg of the tour, the Houston bred artist also noted that she will be spending a total of three months on tour with Grande.

This is the first time the "Love Lies" singer will be hitting the road without her fellow girl group members. With more than three months until the tour begins, the multifaceted super-star will have time to release music from her highly-anticipated solo-album—much like Grande did with her new, break-up anthem, "thank u, next," where she maturely addresses her past romantic relationships and present focus on self-love.

Along with the former Fith Harmony singer, musical group Social House will make an appearance on the sugary tour. See when Normani and Grande will be in a city near you down below.  Tickets to see Normani and Ariana Grande can be purchased here.

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The Sweetener World Tour
March 18 --- Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
March 20 -- Boston, MA @ TD Garden
March 22 -- Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
March 25 -- Washington, DC @ Capitol One Arena
March 26 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
March 28 -- Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
March 30 -- Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
April 1 -- Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
April 3 -- Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
April 5 -- Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
April 7 -- Chicago, IL @ United Center
April 10 -- Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
April 12 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
April 13 -- St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
April 15 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
April 17 -- St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
April 18 -- Omaha, NE @ CHI Health Center
April 20 -- Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
April 22 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
April 25 -- Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
April 27 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
April 30 -- Portland, OR @ Moda Center
May 2 -- San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
May 3 -- Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
May 6 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
May 10 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
May 14 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
May 17 -- San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
May 19 -- Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
May 21 -- Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
May 23 -- Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
May 25 -- New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
May 28 -- Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
May 29 -- Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
May 31 -- Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
June 4 -- Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
June 7 -- Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
June 8 -- Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
June 10 -- Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
June 12 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
June 14 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
June 18 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

READ MORE: Ariana Grande Addresses Ex-Boyfriends, Talks Self-Love On “Thank U, Next”

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Nicki Minaj Cancels Tour Stop Due To Technical Difficulties

Nicki Minaj is feeling “gutted” and “heartbroken” after she was forced to cancel a tour stop in show in Bratislava, Slovakia Friday (Feb. 22) due to technical difficulties, the “Barbie Dreams” rapper said on Instagram.

“I can’t believe my fans sometimes,” Minaj captioned a cascade of videos of her on stage breaking the bad news to fans. “After waiting for hours & hours, they still tried to be understanding.”

The venue didn’t have the electrical capabilities to support a major “technical aspect” of the show and lost power several times in the process, TMZ reports.

“Production was told the building does not have the power to facilitate my lifts,” Minaj explained. “They’d get the show powered up then the breaker would basically trip after a few mins.”

XL Promotion, the company promoting the show in Slovakia, shared a different story on Facebook. “The Winter Stadium of Andrew Nepelu meets all the technical standards and the agency XL Promotion respected all the conditions sent by the production of Nicki Minaj,” reads the post.

The company blamed Minaj for deciding to cancel, and added that they have done a number of “large world productions” for musical acts including Depeche Mode, Lenny Kravitz, One Republic and “many others.” XL Promotion vowed to refund all ticket holders.

Some of Minaj’s loyal Barbz waited up to seven hours before being told that the show was cancelled, according to comments on her Instagram post and tweets from fans.

Minaj said that she felt “horrible” about the whole thing. The Young Money rhymer also promised to “figure out a way,” to come back and make up for the missed performance, which was the second stop on the European leg of her Nicki WRLD Tour featuring Juice WRLD. The jaunt kicked off in Germany Thursday and rolls into Poland on Feb. 24.

Read Minaj's full Instagram post below.

 

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Gutted. Heart broken. I can’t believe my fans sometimes. After waiting for hours & hours, they still tried to be understanding. Production was told the building does not have the power to facilitate my lifts (which don’t only move me below & very VERY high above the stage, but also move all our props, furniture, dancers, band, etc.), our lighting rig, fog, cryo, confetti, movies/visuals. They’d get the show powered up then the breaker would basically trip after a few mins. Juice WRLD & I waited while they did this over & over for 3 hours. Some of my fans came from Austria, Nigeria, etc. I met w/a lot of them & they had the best, sweetest energy. I’m so disappointed. Slovakia, I love you so much & I’ll do everything in my power to get back to you as soon as I can. I think the venue/promo team probably didn’t expect a rap show to have such over the top production. We run the risk of someone getting hurt if we start the show & smthng malfunctions mid-show. Sorry we couldn’t have a great night together. We’ll be in Poland on Sunday @ a building that can facilitate our show. ♥️🙏🏽

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What We Know About R. Kelly's Sexual Abuse Charges

R. Kelly was indicted on 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on Friday (Feb. 22). During a press conference held late Friday afternoon, prosecutors detailed each of the charges. R. Kelly's case involves four alleged victims, almost all of which were under the age of 17 at the time of sexual contact.

Here is what we know so far.

1. The first victim is identified by the initials HW, who is believed to have had sexual relations with Kelly from May 1998 to 1999. The charge was determined by the fact that during the time of their sexual encounters, HW was under the age of 17 while Kelly is alleged to have been more than five years older.

2. RL is the second victim that has been identified by prosecutors, who is believed to have been sexually involved with R. Kelly from 1998 to 2001. RL was believed to be under the age of 17, while Kelly was at least five years older.

3. The third victim, identified as LC engaged in sexual intercourse on Feb. 2003. The count was determined by semen found on the body for the purpose of "sexual gratification."

4. The fourth and final victim, identified under the initials JP, was involved in sexual incidents with the accused from 2009 to 2010. The charge was determined by JP being under the age of 17 while R. Kelly was believed to more than five years older.

5. If convicted, Kelly faces up to 70 years in prison.

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Tidal Announces Tidal Unplugged Program For Upcoming Artists

The Jay-Z owned streaming service is launching Tidal Unplugged, a program geared toward rising artists. The program has been bestowed with a $1 million fund, courtesy of its donors, venture capitalists and philanthropists, Mark Lampert and Robert Nelsen. The goal of the program is to gather emerging artists and provide them with support and tools to advance their music careers.

The selected, local artists will begin the program in Detroit, where Lampert's grandfather started his music career and will receive a grant that can cover necessary equipment, time in the studio, as well as living expenses amongst other things. There are plans to expand Unplugged to other locations, but as of right now it's solely in the Motor City.

"Kicking it off in Detroit, we're giving artists the means and resources to pursue their passion," Tidal said about Unplugged. "This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows aspiring musicians to dedicate more time and energy to seeking a career as an artist."

Unplugged will also allow the artists to maintain complete ownership of their recording masters from the four songs they will record when they make it to the first stage of the program. Additionally, Tidal plans to help the musicians with the distribution and promotion of their music, as well as help the artists prepare for a TIDAL Unplugged showcase concert later this year in November.

 

Detroit, welcome to TIDAL Unplugged. Up-and-coming artists are getting the opportunity to give their all to their music with our new artist grant program. Submissions open March 1. https://t.co/krL3l8HHGg pic.twitter.com/w30fElrp6N

— TIDAL (@TIDAL) February 21, 2019

Tidal Unplugged is calling for musicians of all genres in the birthplace of Motown Records, however, the announcement states that all submissions must be a cappella or performed acoustically with minimal use of digital components.

Detroit-area artists can apply for the program on Tidal's official website or here, starting on March 1, 2019. Finalists will be announced in May 2019.

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