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Oct
27
Drake Celebrates 28th Birthday in Toronto

Drake and his mother

Drake left the drama behind in D.C. and returned home to Toronto to celebrate his 28th birthday. October’s Very Own put on his finest tuxedo and joined his friends and family at an intimate dinner in his honor at Bent restaurant.

Guests dressed up and dined on Asian fusion cuisine prepared by Chef Susur Lee including tuna and watermelon ceviche, duck confit, and curry-marinated rack of lamb.

The birthday boy toasted the occasion with his mother (“Sandra’s son,” he wrote) and OVO crew members including Noah “40″ Shebib, OB OBrien, and his manager Oliver El-Khatib.

He received a black-and-gold cake adorned with a chandelier and OVO owl, and was presented with a Hood Grammy of his own for “Best Basketball Player of the Year.”

“Good to be home,” said Drizzy, who gifted his fans with three new songs over the weekend.

See Drake and his squad celebrate in style.

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Oct
26
Rihanna Invades Atlanta for ‘Rogue Man’ Fragrance Launch

Rihanna

Rihanna shut down Macy’s Lenox Square for the launch of her first men’s fragrance, Rogue Man, in Atlanta on Saturday. The Rihanna Navy showed up in droves to catch a glimpse of the pop megastar, who looked stunning in a midriff-baring top and long black skirt.

The first 300 fans who purchased $69 or more in product got to meet and take a photo with their idol. RiRi was all smiles as she kissed babies and even cradled one emotional fan.

“Thank you Atlanta for coming out to celebrate the launch of my very first male fragrance #ROGUEMAN with me!” she tweeted.

Her women’s fragrance Rogue debuted last fall, and was nominated for Fragrance of the Year at the FiFi Awards.

Rihanna has been laying low as she records her eighth album. She has been in the studio with hitmakers including DJ Mustard and Ester Dean, but an official release date has not been announced.

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Oct
26
Nicki Minaj Taps Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown for New Single ‘Only’

Only

After going platinum with “Anaconda” (which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100), Nicki Minaj is readying the follow-up to her Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampled smash. Her Minajesty has announced “Only” as the third single off her upcoming album The PinkPrint. It features a trifecta of superstars including Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown.

The song drops Tuesday, October 28. Nicki took to Instagram to reveal the illustrated artwork, which shows Young Money’s First Lady in a superhero catsuit, Drake as the pope, and Weezy in a suit and tie.

Her third album The PinkPrint is due November 24. “I think the album is so classic,” said Nicki, who will host the MTV EMA in Glasgow on November 9. “It’s gonna feel so good and I think it will probably be something that female rappers look to as a PinkPrint for years to come.”

This marks Drake and Breezy’s first collaboration since their infamous club fight in June 2012. The two were seen in the studio over the summer working on new music.

Oct
23
Chris Brown Appears in Court for Progress Hearing

Chris Brown

Chris Brown was back in an L.A. courtroom on Thursday for a progress report hearing in the Rihanna assault case. According to TMZ, his community labor was increased to four days a week, so he can finish his required hours by January.

A somber-looking Chris joined his lawyer Mark Geragos as he faced the judge, who also mentioned that he violated his probation by getting a speeding ticket.

With his new schedule (community service typically lasts eight hours a day), he won’t have much time to rehearse for his upcoming tour with Trey Songz.

The R&B superstars are scheduled to hit the road with Tyga in the months ahead. Breezy will also open the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas on November 7 and perform with Trigga at Power 106′s Cali Christmas on December 5.

Earlier in the week, he joined Karrueche, Kanye West, and Big Sean at Teyana Taylor’s album listening party in L.A.

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Oct
23
French Montana Hits the Gym and Flaunts Fit Physique

French Montana

French Montana is getting fit. Following his breakup with Khloe Kardashian, the Coke Boy rapper hit the gym and went to work. A shirtless French showed off the results of his intense workout to his 2 million Instagram followers.

He turned his flab into a six pack thanks to the CrossFit training program, which has also helped Rick Ross lose over 100 pounds.

But don’t panic, he’s just getting started. “Back at it #turbogrind #dontplayyourself #haaaa #crossfit,” tweeted French.

He is gearing up to release his sophomore album Mac & Cheese in December. He recently shot a video for his new single “Gucci Mane” with Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, and joined Jeremih on set of the “Don’t Tell ‘Em (Remix)” video.

See more pics of French’s transformation below.

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Oct
22
Sam Smith Wins Big at MOBO Awards; Jeremih, Jessie J, & Kid Ink Perform

Sam Smith

Sam Smith continued his breakthrough year at the 2014 MOBO Awards. The British sensation picked up four awards including Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Male Act, and Best Song for “Stay With Me” at the 19th annual ceremony at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on Wednesday.

Eve presented the Best Album to Smith for his critically-acclaimed debut In the Lonely Hour. “I just want to thank ever single person who wrote on my record with me and was my personal therapist for a good year,” said Smith, who dedicated the award to his parents.

Nicole Scherzinger served up her single “On the Rocks” off her album Big Fat Lie, which was released in the U.K. earlier in the week. Jessie J was joined by special guest Kid Ink on “Burnin’ Up,” and Jeremih had the crowd moving along to his top 10 hit “Don’t Tell ‘Em.”

K. Michelle turned heads on the red carpet in a bootylicious black dress, Eve arrived with her husband Maximillion Cooper, and Kid Ink brought his own hot date.

Other MOBO winners included Beyoncé for Best International Act and Jessie J for Best Female Act.

Check out more photos and performances below.

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Oct
21
Kanye West, Chris Brown, & Big Sean Join Teyana Taylor at ‘VII’ Listening Party

Teyana, Kanye, and Kim

Teyana Taylor has been patiently waiting for her moment and it finally arrived last night. The Harlem singer was surrounded by friends and family as she celebrated her debut album VII in Hollywood.

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