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Anthony Hamilton Announces ‘Back To Love’ Tour with Estelle


 

Soul crooner Anthony Hamilton is hitting the road this fall with British songstress Estelle on the “Back To Love” Tour.

The 8-city trek kicks off September 8 in Columbia, South Carolina and makes stops in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Los Angeles before wrapping in St. Louis, on September 27.

The Grammy Award winning Hamilton released his fifth album, Back to Love, last year, and is featured on Nas’ recently-released Life Is Good, which topped the Billboard 200 last week.

Estelle, who scored a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Kanye West in 2009 (“American Boy”), released her third album, All of Me, which featured the hit single, “Thank You,” earlier this year.

See list of announced tour dates below.

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Chart News: R. Kelly Set for 14th Top 10 on Billboard 200


R. Kelly is set to score his 14th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with his eleventh album, Write Me Back

The album may sell around 65,000 copies by the end of the tracking week, which ends today (July 1), according to Billboard.  The 70s-flavored disc is the follow-up to 2010’s Grammy nominated Love Letter

Write Me Back’s top 10 start is good news for R&B’s reigning king, who fell ill earlier this week. While en route to New York City for a string of TV appearances, the three-time Grammy Award winner was forced to cancel his promo run for the project after “suffering from complications” from the throat surgery he under went last summer.

“Initial indications are that he is suffering from complications from surgery he had last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords,” according to a statement released on Thursday. “It is unclear how long Kelly may be sidelined.”

The launch party and signing for his memoir “Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me,” released on June 28, was also cancelled.

Meek Mill Announces ‘Dreamchasers’ Tour


Fresh off his stint as a supporting act on Drake’s “Club Paradise” tour, MMG’s Meek Mill is heading out on his own. The “Amen” rapper has announced dates for his first headlining tour.

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Video| Usher – ‘Scream’


Usher takes his recent role in the off-Broadway show “Fuerza Bruta” from the stage to the screen in his latest video for “Scream.”

The R&B megastar mixes footage from his NYC listening session and his one-night stint as the running man in “Fuerza Bruta” in the clip, shot on April 27. Looking dapper in a white suit, Usher strolls –and eventually runs– on a conveyor belt before breaking into his signature choreography with a female dancer, which draws our attention to a ceiling full of swimming women.

“Scream” is the second single from Usher’s newly released seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself. With 553,000 downloads sold to date according to Nielsen SoundScan, the single dips 13-14 on the Hot 100 chart this week.

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New Video| Chris Brown – ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’


Chris Brown dreams in color in the video for “Don’t Wake Me Up,” the latest pop single from his new album Fortune, due July 3.

In the clip, directed by Colin Tilley, Breezy chases the girl of his dreams and doesn’t want to wake up.

Watch below.

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Justin Bieber Sells Out Madison Square Garden Shows in 30 Seconds; U.S. Tour in 1 Hour


Well damn! This explains why I couldn’t get my niece’s tickets yesterday.

Justin Bieber sold out his entire U.S. and North American tour within one hour on Saturday (June 2), according to his label, Island Def Jam.  In addition, tickets for Bieb’s two-night stint at New York City’s Madison Square Garden (November 28-29) sold out in 30 seconds, beating boy band One Direction, who sold out the famed arena in one minute back in April.

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Hot Shots: Beyoncè wows at ‘Revel’


As I type this post, a few thousand are watching Beyoncè make her triumphant return to the stage, at opening night of her shows at Revel Resorts in Atlantic City.

Thankfully, those in attendance were gracious enough to snap a few pics of Queen Bey rocking out.

Get your first look at Blue Ivy’s mother back to business below.

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BET Awards ’12 Nominations


The nominees for the BET Awards ’12 were announced today at press conference in New York City.

Kanye West leads nominees with seven, earning nominations for Best Collaboration and two nods for Video of the Year. Beyoncé follows with six nominations, including nods for Best Female R&B Artist and dual nominations for Video of the Year (“Countdown,” “Love On Top”).

Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown will perform at the event, while legendary group Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement award.

Samuel L. Jackson will serve as this year’s host. The BET Awards ’12 air live on July 1 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Check out the full list of nominees below.

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