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MARCH 21, 2018

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YBN Almighty Jay has another reason to celebrate this week. According to TMZ, the 19-year-old Houston native won’t face any felony charges for allegedly robbing SkinnyFromThe9 of $80,000 worth of cash and jewelry.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office reportedly said the case was rejected because “the victim wasn’t available.” As a result, Almighty Jay is off the hook.

MARCH 20, 2019

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R. Kelly’s wild interview with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King didn’t exactly help his case.

The embattled R&B singer has an explanation for agreeing to sit down for the cameras. Sources close to Kelly said it was his “spirit” who told him to go through with the appearance.

He explained he “owed it to himself” and his fans to finally open up about the numerous sexual assault allegations against him.

Kelly’s explosive interview with King aired last week and included tears, ranting at the camera, shouting in King’s face, walking away from the interview and an endless trail of denials.

The 52-year-old artist has been under heavy scrutiny since Lifetime aired its damning Surviving R. Kelly documentary earlier this year.

“Everybody says something bad about me,” Kelly told King, referring to the documentary. “Nobody said nothing good. They was describing Lucifer. I’m not Lucifer. I’m a man. I make mistakes, but I’m not a devil. And by no means am I a monster.”

He added, “You can start a rumor on a guy like me or a celebrity just like that. All you have to do is push a button on your phone and say: ‘So and so did this to me. R. Kelly did this to me.’”

Over the last few weeks, he’s been indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, arrested twice (and subsequently bailed out twice) and forced to fork over $161,633 in unpaid child support to his ex-wife Andrea Kelly.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty on all 10 counts.

MARCH 10, 2019

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Nicki Minaj had to cancel a concert in Bordeaux, France just a few hours before she and opener Juice WRLD were scheduled to perform on Saturday (March 9). The cancellation was blamed on technical difficulties, which also derailed Nicki’s February 22 performance in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Black Barbie addressed the botched event at the Arkéa Arena in Bordeaux via Twitter.

“Why would an artist cancel a show & lose money?” she wrote. “What for? When they’re already in the building, dressed, etc. The artist is just as mad as the fans when a show can’t go on. I love seeing my fans. Nothing can stop me. B4 the show, juice WRLD & I are just as excited as u guys are.”

“These two cities that had technical issues were cities that I’d never been to before, and we tried to add them, but they just didn’t have the power in the building to facilitate my show. And they didn’t tell us that until three hours before the show, as opposed to once we did soundcheck and they said it was fine.”

She added, “Every artist — every artist — has technical difficulties and have to cancel shows. I wanna tell you guys that I love you dearly, and I really hope to make it up very soon.”

MARCH 8, 2019

As promised, CBS This Morning aired a portion of R. Kelly’s first interview since his February arrest on Wednesday morning (March 6). During his explosive conversation with Gayle King, Kelly denied all sexual abuse allegations and insisted it’s nothing more than a social media smear campaign against him.

The embattled R&B star also said all of the women accusing him of physical and sexual abuse are “lying.”

Although the interview started off relatively benign, Kelly grew consistently more agitated, upset and emotional as the 80-minute interview continued. In fact, at one point King was forced to stop the interview so Kelly could regain his composure.

Unsurprisingly, Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary was a heavy topic of conversation. The six-part series was arguably the catalyst leading to Kelly’s 10-count indictment.

“Everybody says something bad about me,” Kelly said, referring to the documentary. “Nobody said nothing good. They was describing Lucifer. I’m not Lucifer. I’m a man. I make mistakes, but I’m not a devil. And by no means am I a monster.”

CBS This Morning will air Part 2 of the Kelly interview on Thursday (March 7).

MARCH 5, 2019

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Juice WRLD’s second studio album Death Race for Love is scheduled to drop on Friday (March 8). Ahead of its release, the multi-platinum selling artist has unveiled the tracklist for the upcoming LP.

The project will be a lengthy album featuring 22 tracks in total. Guests appearing on the LP include Young Thug and Brent Faiyaz, who is best known for his work on GoldLink’s hit single “Crew.”

1. Empty
2. Maze
3. HeMotions
4. Demonz (Interlude) f. Brent Faiyaz
5. Fast
6. Hear Me Calling
7. Big
8. Robbery
9. Flaws and Sins
10. Feeling
11. Syphilis
12. Who Shot Cupid?
13. Ring Ring f. Clever
14. Desire
15. Out My Way
16. The Bees Knees
17. On God f. Young Thug
18. 10 Feet
19. Won’t Let Go
20. She’s The One
21. Rider
22. Make Believe

MARCH 4, 2019

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Travis Scott’s Astroworld Tour got back on track over the weekend. The chart-topping artist performed at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday night (March 2) after postponing a show in Buffalo just a few days prior.

Scott said he had to delay the Buffalo concert, which was originally scheduled to take place on February 28, because he was sick. But reports claimed he was actually dealing with cheating accusations made by his girlfriend Kylie Jenner.

“Buffalo I’m so sorry I can’t perform tonight,” he wrote via Twitter. “I’m under the weather and it fucking sucks! Can’t pull up without full rage. Show rescheduled to March 10 all tix are valid. See u soon.”

JANUARY 27, 2019

Kodak Black’s trial for an alleged sexual assault has been scheduled for next year. According to SC Now, Judge Thomas A. Russo held a hearing Thursday where he set the Pompano Beach, Florida native’s trial date for sometime in April.

Russo, 12th Judicial Circuit Solicitor E.L. “Ed” Clements III, and Black’s attorneys, Beattie Ashmore and Robert E. Lee, will have a conference call to set a date once the schedule of terms of court is released.

In April 2017, Kodak was indicted on a sexual assault charge that allegedly occurred at a Florence, South Carolina Comfort Inn & Suites in February 2016. He was arrested 10 months later. A report from the Florence Country Sheriff’s Office explains Kodak is accused of getting physically aggressive with his accuser and forcing her to have sex with him.

According to the warrant — obtained by the Sun-Sentinel in 2016 — Black allegedly “forced the victim onto the bed in the room and then onto the floor of the room. He then removed her underwear and licked her vagina and then put his penis into the victim’s vagina.”