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Big Sean Talks Eminem, Ariana Grande, & New Album on ‘The Breakfast Club’

Big Sean

Big Sean was in the hot seat again during his visit to Power 105.1′s “The Breakfast Club” on Wednesday. Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee grilled the Detroit rapper about his old flame Naya Rivera, new flame Ariana Grande, and upcoming album.

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Rihanna Hosts 1st Annual Diamond Ball with Brad Pitt, Kim Kardashian, & Big Sean

Kris Jenner, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and Big Sean

Rihanna rolled out the red carpet at her first annual Diamond Ball, a black-tie fundraising gala benefitting the Clara Lionel Foundation. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the star-studded affair took place at The Vineyard, a private 157-acre enclave in Beverly Hills, on Thursday night.

The pop megastar arrived in a pink satin off-the-shoulder gown by Zac Posen, and was joined by her family including her mother, father, grandfather, and brothers before heading inside for the extravagant dinner and auction.

During the reception, Rihanna took the stage to talk about her foundation and kick off the auction, which included VIP tickets to Kanye West’s 2015 tour. Salma Hayek bid on a Damien Hirst piece for $190,000, while Big Sean was outbid on a $39,000 Gucci package.

Following an introduction from Brad Pitt, Rihanna, who changed into a midnight blue Zac Posen ball gown, performed her hits including “Diamonds,” “Umbrella,” “Pour It Up,” and “Take a Bow,” accompanied by a live orchestra.

Big Sean closed out the evening with “Clique” and his latest anthem “I Don’t Fuck With You” as Fabolous, Adrienne Bailon, Ellen Pompeo, and RiRi sang along.

The 600-person guest list also included Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Naomi Campbell, Ne-Yo, Holly Robinson Peete, DJ Mustard, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Lewis Hamilton, Terrence J, No ID, Tyrese, and more.

All proceeds from the event benefitted Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, which works to improve the quality of life for global communities in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.

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Rap-Up TV: Big Sean Talks ‘Honest’ New Album, Working with Eminem

Big Sean is burning up the airwaves with his E-40-assisted anthem “I Don’t Fuck With You,” but the song was never intended to be a single. Before he hit the stage at Power 106′s Cali Christmas on Friday, the G.O.O.D. Music MC spoke with Rap-Up TV about his Kanye West and DJ Mustard-produced hit and a potential remix.

“People definitely been reaching out like, ‘I want to be on the official remix,’” said Sean.

The remix may have to wait while he finishes up his third album, due in early 2015. “I gotta turn it in in like a couple days,” he revealed.

So what can we expect from the follow-up to 2013′s Hall of Fame? “It’s something honest, [I] kept it real,” he said. “It’s definitely different than anything I’ve done. I kinda treated it like when I work on my mixtapes—don’t think about it, set a goal, focus on it, and just knock it out and have fun with it.”

In the meantime, Sean can be heard on Eminem’s SHADYXV single “Detroit Vs. Everybody,” which marks the first collaboration between the Detroit rappers. He hit the studio with Em while he was in town visiting his ailing grandmother.

“We kicked it in the studio, me, him, Royce [Da 5'9"],” said Sean. “We ate Jet’s Pizza. We vibed. He’s a really cool guy. Growing up in the D, he’s like a ghost. You hardly see him and when you see him it’s like, ‘Oh shit.’ The song was great. I hope people enjoy it. It’s some real rap shit for real.”

J. Cole, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, & T.I. Perform at Cali Christmas 2014

J. Cole

The stars got turned up for the holidays at Power 106′s annual Cali Christmas in Inglewood on Friday. The star-studded concert, which was streamed live, kicked off with performances from Tinashe, G-Eazy, Kalin and Myles, Lil Jon, and Kid Ink.

Big Sean decked the halls of The Forum with “Dance (A$$)” and his Kanye West and DJ Mustard-produced anthem “IDFWU,” with a surprise appearance from E-40.

Chris Brown and Trey Songz gave fans a peek into their upcoming “Between the Sheets Tour” with a joint set. Trigga was joined by Ty Dolla Sign (“Paranoid”) and Jeremih (“Don’t Tell ‘Em”), while Breezy brought out Kid Ink for “Show Me.”

The King himself, T.I., held court onstage with new and old hits including “Whatever You Like” and “No Mediocre,” and welcomed French Montana for “Don’t Panic,” while his on-again, off-again girlfriend Khloe Kardashian was backstage.

J. Cole capped off the evening with a 30-minute set of hits including “Work Out” and “Can’t Get Enough.” He brought out his Dreamville signee Bas for “My Ni**a Just Made Bail” and performed “Fire Squad” off his brand new album 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

“This album that’s coming Tuesday is some shit that’s gon’ live forever. I promise ya’ll that,” he told the crowd before closing out his set with “Crooked Smile” and “Power Trip.”

If you missed any of the action, catch highlights below.

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Big Sean Hands Out Turkeys in Detroit

Big Sean and his parents

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Big Sean gave back to his community by hosting his second annual turkey giveaway in Detroit on Tuesday. The “IDFWU” rapper and his non-profit organization, the Sean Anderson Foundation, handed out turkeys and canned goods to 1,000 individuals at the River Rouge High School Gymnasium.

It was a family affair as Sean and his parents shook hands, gave hugs, and helped put a smile on the faces of many folks.

“Love to everybody who came out to our annual Turkey Giveaway yesterday in Detroit!” said Sean. “Over a 1,000 turkeys n sides to families who needed it! Thanks to the mayor, @hiphopdetroit, Mike Epps, Terrence Wheeler, etc for coming together n making it huge! Happy Holidays!”

Like most of his peers, Sean was overcome with emotion after the non-indictment in Ferguson. “Watching this w/ my grandma, mom n brother. Can’t take my eyes off of it. So disappointing n sad… Deserved a public trial at least!” he said.

His third album is due next year and he can be seen performing “Best Mistake” with girlfriend Ariana Grande during “A Very Grammy Christmas,” which airs December 5 on CBS.

See more photos of Sean doing good in the D.

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Ariana Grande, Big Sean, Pharrell, & Mary J. Blige Celebrate ‘A Very Grammy Christmas’

Big Sean and Ariana Grande

Christmas came early during the taping of “A Very Grammy Christmas” at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. on Tuesday. Hosted by LL Cool J, the one-hour special featured today’s biggest stars performing holiday songs and their current hits as well as sharing their favorite holiday memories.

Pharrell Williams, decked out in a Christmas sweater, covered the classic “Please Come Home for Christmas” and performed his G I R L cut “Lost Queen” with his Baes.

Ariana Grande and Big Sean showed some PDA while performing their duet “Best Mistake.” The cute couple, coordinated in a red dress and black tuxedo, walked off stage hand-in-hand after their romantic set. Ariana also cozied up in front of the fireplace for a festive performance of her new holiday single “Santa Tell Me,” which debuts November 24.

The Queen of R&B, Mary J. Blige, spread some cheer of her own with selections from her upcoming album The London Sessions.

In addition to the performances, the nominations for Album of the Year for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced during “A Very Grammy Christmas,” which airs December 5 at 9 p.m. on CBS.

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New Music: RL Grime f/ Big Sean – ‘Kingpin’

Big Sean and RL Grime

Following his collaborations with Ariana Grande and Calvin Harris, Big Sean links with RL Grime on “Kingpin” off the L.A.-based DJ/producer’s upcoming debut Void. Over Grime’s dark and bass-heavy production, the Detroit rapper delivers some boastful bars about his majestic lifestyle.

“I’ve grown up a fan of Sean’s so it’s real exciting to be working with him. I’m very proud of how it came together,” Grime told Rolling Stone.

Due November 17, Void also features collaborations with Boys Noize, How to Dress Well, and Djemba Djemba.

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