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Alicia Keys Postpones ‘ALICIA’ Album

“Everyone’s health and safety is the #1 priority!”

After previously sharing three songs from her upcoming studio album, Alicia Keys’ fans will have to wait a little bit longer before they can hear the full body of work. Taking to social media, the Grammy Award-winning musician announced the postponement of her self-titled album which was set to be released on March 20.

The decision was prompted by the coronavirus pandemic stateside that has placed a number of businesses and essentially the economy on a temporary halt. This has affected the music industry from canceled tours and festivals due to the need for social distancing as a method of slowing down the virus’ spread.

“Everyone’s health and safety is the #1 priority!” Keys wrote on Thursday (March 19). “Thank you for your deep love and support, I’ll let you know about new dates as soon as possible. Stay positive! Stay powerful! Keep your frequency high and be kind to one another. I adore u.” A book tour to support her memoir More Myself: A Journey has also been postponed but the book is still on track to be released on March 31.

The "In Common" singer's seventh studio album follows that of 2016's HERE project. During the production of that soundscape, Keys interviewed with Citizens of Humanity and stressed why the right timing leads to an unforgettable listening experiencing with all of her albums.

"I’ve always wanted people to hear all of my albums. I feel like they deserve to be heard all together, and I think that people actually enjoy that about my music—that they can experience the whole thing and get into it, bringing them into the world," Keys said. "I actually care about creating a body of work that really lives in that way. But I think people find their way to it, and there’s also interesting ways now to do things that allow people to hear it the way it was intended. You’ve just got to think about it a little bit differently."

To remain in-tune with their fans, artists have used social media to their advantage by hosting Instagram Live concerts straight from the comfort of their homes. Singers like John Legend, JoJo, Erykah Badu, and H.E.R. are just a few who've kept up with their lyrical exercises in a  time of social distancing.

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Rapper Kodak Black pleaded guilty to a weapon charge after he was stopped at the Canadian border crossing near Niagara Falls last April.

According to Local10 news, the "ZeZe" rapper was arrested after he drove a Cadillac Escalade across the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge into the United States with three other men. Police say the men had marijuana and a loaded pistol without a permit when they were detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

The 22-year-old rapper pleaded guilty second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in Niagara County Court. On Monday (March 30), Kodak received 12 months, which will run concurrent with his 46 month federal prison sentence.

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Prince’s Siblings Reportedly File Petition To Get Money From His Estate

The heirs to Prince’s fortune want his estate to pay up. According to The Blast, the music legend’s siblings, Norine, Sharon and John, filed legal documents in hopes of green lighting “payment for service and efforts provided to the Estate.”

The trio claims that while “others” have been compensated, they have yet to be paid after putting time and energy into “business matters” related to the estate, which is being run by Comerica Bank.

“As this Court is aware, the Estate has now been on-going for over three years,” the documents reportedly state. “In this time, millions have been paid to the Personal Representatives, their accountants, attorneys, and legal advisors.”

The heirs accused Comerica of making money decisions without notifying them, which the bank has denied. Last year, a Minnesota judge denied the siblings’ request to limit the bank’s power over the estate.

Prince’s brothers and sisters want a judge to force Comerica to compensate them so that they can get out of financial ruin, including paying legal bills.

The Purple One’s estate is worth an estimated $200 million (down from $300 million) since his death in 2016. Prince died without a will but a judge ruled that his estate would be split between his six half-siblings. His brother, Alfred Jackson, who was 1/6 of the estate heirs died in 2019. Last December, Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, sold off a chunk of her percentage of the estate to cover legal bills.

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Inaugural Lovers & Friends Festival Postponed Until Summer

The inaugural Lovers & Friends Festival has been postponed until the summer, adding to a long list of music events like Coachella and the 2020 Broccoli City Music Festival, which met the same fate due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus.

Lovers & Friends was originally scheduled to go down on May 8 and 9. The festival will now take place on Aug. 8.

In the coming weeks, ticket holders will be informed of details on potential refunds, and more. “All purchasers will be notified in the next few days with details about their order,” read a tweet from the festival’s Twitter account on Thursday (March 26).

Hi Friends! Thanks for your patience as we figure out how to make the show go on. Lovers & Friends has been rescheduled to Sat, Aug 8 (one day only). All purchasers will be notified in the next few days with details about their order. We look forward to hosting you this summer. pic.twitter.com/MsfWaFg2uQ

— Lovers & Friends Festival (@lvrsnfrndsfest) March 26, 2020

The sold-out music extravaganza was also trimmed from a two-day event to one day. Lauryn Hill, TLC, Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon remain on the bill as headliners. The packed lineup also included Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Jhene AIko, Lil Kim, Brandy, Nelly, Monica, Genuine, Fat Joe, Saweetie, Ma$e, Tweet, Amerie, Montell Jordan and Nina Sky.

Lovers & Friends Fest will go down at The Grounds Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson Calif.

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