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The weekend is upon us and we’d like to ensure that you have something to talk about while taking a ride down the elevator with a stranger. Read on to catchup on some Hip-Hop and R&B music news that you may have missed while web stalking the new royal baby.

Jay Z changes name

Hip- Hop impresario Jay-Z has decided that a hyphen is not one of the 99 problems he wishes to have. The rapper has reportedly dropped the hyphen in Jay-Z and will now go by Jay Z. Though it is not as big of a name change as Diddy who dropped the “Puff Daddy” moniker or Snoop Lion who puffed, puffed then passed on the “Dogg” in his name – this new name change for Jay Z hints that the rapper has no plans of bowing out of Hip-Hop any time soon. This isn’t the first time Jay Z’s name has been linked to a name change. Earlier this year, the rapper was rumored to take on wife Beyonc ‘s last name to officially go by Shawn Knowles-Carter. That was eventually proven to be false.

TLC biopic coming to VH1

This fall we will have something to look forward to. VH1 has released the official trailer for their made-for TV biopic” CrazySexyCool” (named after the group’s sophomore album) chronicling the greatness of the super group TLC. Now, before you roll your eyes, please know that based on this trailer, we are in for a treat and a well needed trip down memory lane for those of us who are extremely nostalgic. Keke Palmer, Drew Sidora, and Lil Mama will play the roles of Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, and Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes, respectively. In the trailer we see the recreation of the group’s hit singles “Creep” and “No Scrubs” and it is safe to say that the casting for “CrazySexyCool” was genius. I can’t wait to see how they recreate Lisa tossing her ex-beau’s sneakers into a tub and torching the place… what? The film is set to air on October 21 on VH1 and we’ve got the trailer!

Is Beyonc ‘s album delayed?

Bad news Bey stans, news is leaking that Beyonc ‘s album may not be released this year. Though a release date was never announced, a lot of music fans have been hearing whispers that we would have something this summer or even in the fall. According to a recent report, the songs that the singer has already recorded, have been scrapped. There were 50 songs that were being considered for the unnamed album, some of those songs were written by singer/songwriter’s Ne-Yo and The Dream; however, now Beyonc is starting from scratch. We’ve heard about two songs from Beyonc , “Grown Woman” (a snippet of this track was first heard in the Pepsi commercial starring the singer and her many mirror reflections) and the ego-smasher “Bow Down/I Been On.” The good news is that Beyonc ‘s tour is seeing great success, reportedly already racking in $55.6 million. Beyonc ‘s next show is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at The Staple Center in Los Angeles.

Video Premiere’s

Kanye West’s video for “BlKKK SKKKN Head”

Earlier this week, Kanye released the Nick Knight directed video for his controversial single “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD.” The single appears on Kanye’s sixth studio album “Yeezus.” This video is definitely not filled with daisies and sunshine. Instead you’ll get three mysterious figures wearing black cone hoods, three scary barking dogs, a computer animated Kanye, and Kanye pictured in a pose reminiscent of Jesus Christ. Get an eyeful below.

Kelly Rowland’s new music video

Kelly Rowland has released the video to accompany her single “Dirty Laundry” and it does the job of illustrating what the lyrics started on her album “Talk a Good Game.” The video was directed by Sarah McColgan and shows Kelly dining with her abusive boyfriend and then later submerged rather erotically in a pool of water as she sings the lyrics to the song. There is also a quick glance of three silhouettes near the start of the video surely in reference to Kelly’s role as a member in Destiny’s Child alongside Beyonc – someone she mentions initially being envious of in the lyrics.


Photo Credits: Marco Sagliocco /

Beyonce Mrs. Carter World Tour

Parkwood Entertainment announces that The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring Beyonce kicks off in Europe on April 15, 2013. With stops in twenty European cities, including Dublin, Ireland; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France and a four-night stint at The 02 in London, UK, this is Beyonc ‘s first multi-city tour in over three years.

Live Nation also announced today that Beyonc ‘s North American Tour begins on June 28 in Los Angeles, California. The tour will travel to over twenty cities throughout North America this summer, including Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center, Atlanta, Georgia, at the Gwinnett Center, Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center, Toronto, Ontario at Air Canada center, and Boston, Massachusetts at TD Garden.

On June 28, Beyonc returns to Los Angeles, California as part of the BET Experience At L.A. Live at the Staples Center. She is set to headline the first of the three-night STAPLES Concert series. And continuing her successful run at international music festivals, following a headlining night at Glastonbury in 2011, she is confirmed to headline at the world’s largest music festival, Rock in Rio, on its first night, September 13 at the “City of Rock” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rock in Rio has set records for its massive crowds and its powerful media drive.

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour promises to be the entertainer’s most ambitious undertaking to date. It is expected to be bigger in scope than any of her previous shows. Slated to run for almost one year, the second wave of the tour is planned for Latin America, Australia and Asia.

Following her historic performance tonight at the Pepsi SuperBowl XLVII Halftime Show, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Beyonc officially returns to a full-time touring schedule, her first since the I AM…WORLD TOUR in 2009, with a new, bolder state-of-the-art production.

Fans can join the Beyhive Blog for free at to access exclusive content, pre-sale tickets, VIP packages and more, including an exclusive MasterCard package to the Bey Stage. A limited number of tickets to The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour will be available early for purchase in the US and Europe. Fans can sign up now for the chance to be among the first to purchase tickets. Public sales for the European dates start on Friday, February 8. North American dates begin on Monday, February 11, 2013 at Pepsi, MasterCard and Coty sponsor The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. A complete list of tour dates, markets and on-sale dates follow. Additional information including on-sale times in all markets, available at

Beyonc ‘s last tour, the critically acclaimed and incredibly successful, “I AM…WORLD TOUR was ranked #1 on Billboard’s Hot Tour chart. The show thrilled more than 1.1 million fans at more than one hundred shows in 32 countries and six continents across the globe.

Beyonc is one of the most widely recognized and highly respected women in pop culture. A solo recording artist, actress, philanthropist and businesswoman, she has released four #1 solo albums and has sold over 75 million albums worldwide. Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including 16 Grammy Awards. Billboard named her the Top Female Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist of the 2000s decade. The Recording Industry Association of America also recognized Beyonc as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s.

The critics have consistently praised her energetic stage shows likening her to the best entertainers of the past with her own brand of sass and class that makes her the artist of the future. “Beyonc has a breathtaking need to entertain,” said Ben Ratliff of the New York Times and Chantal Eustace of the Vancouver Sun summed it up writing, ‘Beyonc twisted all the theatrics into her musical performance flawlessly, demonstrating her many talents as an artist.”

On February 16, HBO will premiere Life Is But A Dream, an intimate feature-length documentary film directed and produced by Beyonc for Parkwood Entertainment. The film provides unprecedented access into the on and off-stage world of the entertainer.

The North American tour is promoted by Live Nation Global Touring and is produced by Parkwood Entertainment.

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour Starring Beyonce World Tour 2013 Itinerary


April 15 Belgrade, Serbi Kombank Arena
April 17 Zagreb, Croatia Arena Zagreb
April 19 Bratislava, Slovakia Slovnaft Arena
April 22 Amsterdam, Holland Ziggo Dome
April 24 Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
April 25 Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
April 26 Birmingham, UK LG Arena
April 29 London, UK The O2
April 30 London, UK The O2
May 01 London, UK The O2
May 03 London, UK The O2
May 07 Manchester, UK Manchester Arena
May 11 Dublin, Ireland The O2
May 12 Dublin, Ireland The O2
May 14 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis
May 17 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion
May 18 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
May 20 Montpellier, France Park & Suites Arena
May 22 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle
May 24 Berlin, Germany O2 World
May 25 Warsaw, Poland National Stadium-Orange Warsaw Festival
May 27 Copenhagen, Denmark Forum
May 28 Oslo, Norway Telenor Arena
May 29 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe Arena


June 28 Los Angeles BET Experience/Staples Center
Jun-29 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Jul-2 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
Jul-5 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
Jul-6 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Jul-9 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
Jul-10 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
Jul-12 Atlanta, GA The Arena @ Gwinnett Center
Jul-13 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Jul-15 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Jul-17 Chicago, IL United Center
Jul-18 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Jul-20 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Jul-21 Toronto, ON Air Canada center
Jul-22 Montreal, QC Bell center
Jul-23 Boston, MA TD Garden
Jul-25 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Jul-26 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
Jul-27 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
Jul-29 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Aug-2 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
Aug-3 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center

For complete tour and ticketing information, please visit and

Photo Credits:; Live Nation

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