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Rihanna and Chris Brown release simultaneous remixes, guest on each others' new tracks

Most people blow out a few candles on their birthdays, but Rihanna, who turns 24 today, seems determined to start a full-on fire.

In the wake of Chris Brown’s controversial return to the Grammy stage last week (many people — like Miranda Lambertwere uncomfortable that Brown, who pled guilty to felony assault after a fight with Rihanna the night before the 2009 Grammys, was welcomed back to the show and given two performance slots), the “We Found Love” singer has been playing awfully nice with her ex.

Earlier today, Chris Brown tweeted, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBYN” (Rihanna’s real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty), to which she quickly replied “Thanks!” The small exchange was enough to launch a thousand blog posts asking whether Rihanna should be interacting so benevolently with her former beau, whom many feel has not demonstrated adequate or genuine remorse about his past iniquities.

But a moment ago, Rihanna took the reconciliation (and thus the controversy) a step further when she tweeted out a remixed version of Chris Brown’s single “Turn Up The Music” that features her own vocals as well. She wrote, “Turn up the music remix #RihannaNavy #Teambreezy enjoy!!!” and attached the video below: READ FULL STORY

Miranda Lambert tells Chris Brown to 'take notes' during 'Gunpowder and Lead' performance

Though the image of clean-cut Miranda Lambert sitting next to the scepter-carrying Lady Gaga at the Grammys was strange enough, we can say one thing: At least Lambert wasn’t seated next to Chris Brown. Since watching Brown perform and pick up a trophy at the Grammys Sunday, the country star has taken it upon herself to jumpstart a feud with Brown, or publicly condemn domestic violence, depending on your view.

Lambert began slamming the “Look At Me Now” singer — who won a Grammy for Best R&B Album for his release F.A.M.E. — at the ceremony Sunday, tweeting, “I don’t get it. He beat on a girl,” referring to Brown’s infamous felony assault of ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. And it seems Lambert has only continued her digs on Brown, bringing up the singer at a concert at the University of Massachusetts Thursday. Lambert produced a poster for audiences reading “Take Notes Chris Brown” just prior to her performance of “Gunpowder and Lead.” The subject of the tune? A woman who decides to kill her abusive husband.

Said Lambert after showing the poster to her fans: “Get a good picture now, put it on Twitter … I’ve been in a world of hurt with Chris Brown fans lately … but see, I just have to speak my mind because where I come from, beating up on a woman is never okay.” She continued: “So that’s why my daddy taught me early on in life how to use a shotgun.” (See video of the moment embedded after the jump.) [Via E! Online] READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown's post-Grammys media maelstrom: What does it say about us?

By now, the world is well aware that Chris Brown’s two performances and televised win at Sunday night’s Grammys marked his first appearance on the show since he was forced to miss the 2009 ceremony after assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

His showing there seemed to confirm that this guy was a superstar, at least in the minds of the people curating the Grammys, and that everything he had done—from the initial assault to his various temper tantrums—was water under the bridge.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow was defensive about the amount of attention Brown’s appearance garnered: “If we’re going to get in trying to personally evaluate artists in terms of their personal lives, that’s a slippery slope that we wouldn’t want to get into,” he said the following day. “That’s really where the judgment comes from: music professionals listening to the music of other professionals. Clearly, our voting membership rated highly Chris’ musical work this past year.”

Show producer Ken Ehrlich also defended Brown. “I just believe people deserve a second chance,” he said to ABC News Radio on Feb. 7. “The year he had this year, really brought him back into the public. If you’ll note, he has not been on the Grammys for the past few years and it may have taken us a while to kind of get over the fact that we were the victim of what happened.” (No really. He said that.) READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown to perform at the Grammys

Chris Brown will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards, the event where his career almost ended three years ago.

Brown assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party in 2009 and is serving five years of probation for the felony attack. A source told The Associated Press on Monday that Brown will hit the stage at Sunday’s show. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because Brown’s performance has not been officially announced.

After his attack on Rihanna, Brown’s reputation plummeted. But he has since bounced back, releasing multiple mixtapes and the multi-hit album, “F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies).” It’s nominated for three Grammys.

Rihanna will also perform at the show. She’s up for four awards.

Brown and Rihanna were supposed to perform at the 2009 Grammys.

More Chris Brown:
Chris Brown’s media strategy for 2012: no talking
Did Chris Brown knock Drake out in a fight over Rihanna?
Rihanna compliments Chris Brown once again in the press — is she being too kind?

Chris Brown's media strategy for 2012: no talking

Good Morning America‘s studio windows can rest easy this year.

According to his manager Tina Davis, Chris Brown won’t be allowed to do any interviews for the rest of 2012, a measure intended to protect the gaffe-prone singer from himself.

The strategy had actually been set “a while back,” Davis said. She continues:

“We’re not trying to be rude, selfish or disrespectful to anyone in any way. If people are going to judge anything, judge him for his talent. He signed up to sing and entertain. Not to talk about his personal life.”

But worry not, Breezy fans: Brown’s always vibrant Twitter account is still alive and well — for now. And as Kanye taught us yesterday, that may be more than enough.

Read more on EW.com:
Best of 2011: Which celebs had the best (and worst) Twitter feeds this year?
Grammy Nominations: Snubs and Surprises
Kanye West’s twitter is back! And yes, it’s pretty much amazing

Pitbull and Chris Brown take the party to the sky in new video for 'International Love'

RSVP to Pitbull’s party in the sky. The passported rapper, continuing his quest for world domination by 2012, has released another video, this time for his song “International Love” featuring Chris Brown.

The extra-planetary party — buildings can’t hold these guys down! — is a greenscreen orgy in the sky, complete with women, dance moves, and some oddly placed all-American body paint (at 3:20). I kept expecting a surprise Katy-Perry-circa-“E.T.” cameo.

I think my favorite part may be the repeated glare-downs over the glasses that both Pitbull and Chris “Too Cool for Gravity” Brown repeatedly rock.

Check out the video below: READ FULL STORY

Did Chris Brown knock Drake out in a fight over Rihanna? His rep says the story is 'completely fabricated'

Verbal battles are nothing new in hip-hop and R&B — but this one may have gotten physical.

During an interview with British radio host Tim Westwood, Artist and on-air personality DJ Whoo Kid mentioned offhand that he had witnessed an altercation between Drake and Chris Brown over the former’s relationship with Rihanna.

“Thank God there’s Drake right now,” Whoo Kid said. “He has at least eight records on the radio that’s killing it. Him and Rihanna supposedly fooled around. I think he got elbowed by Chris Brown, too, but that never came out.”

Whoo Kid didn’t mention a time or a place when this incident happened, but when asked for more details, he says he knows exactly where the blow was delivered.

“In the chin, like in the corner. Left part,” he explained to Westwood, who then asked what happened after that. “Man down. Simple as that.”

UPDATE: DJ Whoo Kid tweeted that he and Westwood were joking on the radio, and that “Chris Brown did not knock out Drake!” Brown’s publicist responded to the statement, noting “the Whoo Kid story is completely fabricated and not true.”

You can listen to the audio of the interview below. READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne win big at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2011

It was another big year for Chris Brown at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Only this time around, the rapper/singer wasn’t in attendance — though he tweeted a thank you message.

Brown, who appeared via a pre-recorded video (watch below), won three awards, alongside his “Look At Me Now” collaborators Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne, including Best Hip-Hop Video, People’s Champ Award, and the Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (which, as it turns out, is not so much about candy, as it is musical collaborations.)

Busta Rhymes, who was named the winner of the Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse, accepted the trophies on their behalf. Lil Wayne, who was also absent from last night’s show, walked away with two of his own BET Hip Hop Awards for both Best Live Performer and Lyricist of the Year. Click below for Brown’s video and a complete list of the night’s winners, including awards for Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Waka Flocka Flame. READ FULL STORY

Rihanna compliments Chris Brown once again in the press -- is she being too kind?

No one should be defined by a personal assault, and Rihanna has certainly proved that in her life post-Chris Brown, releasing two albums — 2009’s dark, artistically risk-taking Rated R and 2010’s pop bonanza Loud — touring the world, and generally retaining her position as one of the biggest stars in the Hot 100 universe.

But there is one thing about Rihanna that is becoming problematic, and it has a lot to do with her public relationship with Brown. In multiple interviews (the most recent coming in the new issue of Esquire, in which she was named Sexiest Woman in the World), the 23-year-old seems to go out of her way to compliment the dude who may or may not have bitten her face during an altercation a few years ago, and most certainly left her looking like this. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber and Chris Brown trade rap verses on 'Ladies Love Me': Hear it here

A few people feared for the worst when Justin Bieber first tweeted that he’d be working with bad boy Chris Brown last December. The two’s collab wound up being the gushy love cut “Next to You,” where they crooned that they’d stick by their girls through thick and thin. But this week a new cut with J.B. and Breezy features them singing rapping a different tune.

Before your head explodes, know that even though they’re known as pop singers, they’ve both dabbled with delivering their words in hip-hop fashion before. Brown even scored a smash this year as a rapper with “Look at Me Now,” rhyming alongside veterans Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes.

And Bieber hopped on one of 2010’s hottest rap cuts, Vado’s “Speaking in Tungs,” and laced it with his own Tom Brady-dissing freestyle.

This time around, Bieber joins Brown on “Ladies Love Me,” a cut from Brown’s new (and first rap-focused) mixtape Boy in Detention. The David Banner-produced cut finds them rhyming about what they know best: girls, money, and toys. Listen to it after the jump.

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