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It's Happening: Rihanna Confirms 'R9' Will Be A Reggae Album

Last year, sources close to singer and business mogul Rihanna told Rolling Stone that her ninth studio-album would pay homage to her Caribbean roots. In an interview with T Magazine, the news appears to have been confirmed by the Bajan beauty herself.

Rihanna hinted that the project– which she joked may actually be called R9 thanks to her Navy– will indeed be a Reggae/Dancehall album.

“I’m about to call it that probably, ’cause they have haunted me with this ‘R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?'” she laughed. “How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?” Elsewhere in the conversation about new music, Rihanna stated that Drake will not be a featured artist on the LP and that she is open to working with Lady Gaga in the future.

Last year, an anonymous producer stated that Rih’s team had “500 records” for R9 “[From] different producers and writers.” Despite the massive number of tracks to choose from, they were able to narrow it down to the lowest double-digit.

“They’re only choosing 10 records,” the producer reportedly said. “They’ve been having writing camps and trying to keep them quiet for almost a year and a half now.”

While there’s no official word on when her highly-anticipated follow up to ANTI will drop, Rihanna is certainly keeping busy. She recently announced she is working with LVMH on an exclusive fashion house, Fenty, expanding her brand as a beauty and fashion entrepreneur.

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Elle Varner Hopes ‘Ellevation’ EP “Heals And Uplifts People”

Elle Varner is hoping that her Ellevation EP will be therapeutic for fans. The nine-track project, which is set to drop on July 12, comes seven years after Varner’s Perfectly Imperfect debut and features guest appearances from Wale and Rhapsody.

“There’s soo much I’ve wanted to communicate and express over these last few years and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than through my music,” Varner revealed last Thursday (June 20) in a candid Instagram post. “God continues to amaze me in the way that he has transformed so much of my pain and trauma into power and triumph. I pray that this record heals and uplifts people the way that it has been a part of my healing and #Ellevation.”

In closing, Varner added that she’s grateful to “everyone who has been a part of this journey and this music,” especially fans “who have stood by me through it all.”

 

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There’s soo much I’ve wanted to communicate and express over these last few years and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than through my music. God continues to amaze me in the way that he has transformed so much of my pain and trauma into power and triumph. I pray that this record heals and uplifts people the way that it has been a part of my healing and #Ellevation ❤️. I’m grateful to everyone who has been a part of this journey and this music! And especially grateful to the fans who have stood by me through it all ❤️🙏🏽🙏🏽. “Ellevation” July 12th #linkinbio

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Last September, Varner released the EP’s lead single, “Loving U Blind.” The singer-songwriter dropped the Wale-assisted follow-up single, “Pour Me,” this past January.

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Cardi B Pleads Not Guilty In Strip Club Fight Case

Cardi B reportedly pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges in connection to an alleged fight that took place at a New York City strip club, Reuters reports. The rapper appeared in at the New York Supreme Court in Queens on Tuesday (June 25).

The plea comes shortly after the "Press" artist was indicted for the alleged incident. As previously reported, Cardi is accused of facilitating a hit on two bartenders at the Angels Strip Club in Queens, New York in Aug. 2018. According to reports, Cardi ordered to associates to attack the two women with bottles and chairs.

Following her indictment, Cardi B participated in the 2019 BET Experience, where she told fans that she would not be going to prison. "I ain’t going to jail," she told the audience. "F **k you mean? I ain’t going to jail, I got a daughter!"

 

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After being indicted #cardib says....

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DaBaby Sued By Rapper His Security Allegedly Beat Him Into A Coma

DaBaby is reportedly being a sued by a rapper, who claims his security allegedly beat him into a coma, TMZ reports. Donald Saladin, also known as Don Trag, claims DaBaby was aware of his crew's violent tendencies and set them loose on him anyway.

In court documents obtained by TMZ, Saldin claims the "Suge" artist failed to provide his bodyguards with the proper training to avoid aggressive situations. As a result, Saldin said he sustained injuries to his head, eyes, neck, and spine. He was also in a coma for a short period of time.

As previously reported, the incident in question occurred at Centro Nightclub in Lawrence, Massachusetts earlier this year. The two artists were booked to perform at the same venue. Trag claims he asked to take a pic with DaBaby when their interaction turned violent. The rapper's crew then allegedly began to jump him as DaBaby looked on. Footage obtained by TMZ showed a clip of the beating.

Trag reportedly racked up $30,000 in hospital bills and anticipates up to $75,000 in additional bills, the lawsuit claims. He is suing DaBaby for damages.

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