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Rihanna, New Kids on the Block, Chris Brown, Lenny Kravitz, and more set to rock Today show's Toyota concert series

NBC’s Today show recently announced the lineup for their annual concert series.

Flame-haired songstress Rihanna will kick off the Toyota-sponsored affair on May 22, making this her fourth time on the Rockefeller Plaza stage.

Nineties pop studs and upcoming tour brothers New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys perform a few Fridays after, on June 3, while acts like Chris Brown, Train, an Maroon 5 all join later.

Check out the entire roster of performers after the jump:


Chris Brown pays homage to his idol Michael Jackson in 'She Ain't You' video: Watch here


Chris Brown‘s style as a singer and dancer has been heavily influenced by one man: Michael Jackson.

Brown, who payed homage to Jackson at last summer’s BET Awards, often gives the “King of Pop” his credit. So it’s only right that after sampling a Jackson classic for his new single “She Ain’t You,” the young talent acknowledge his favorite teacher in its video.

“Dedicated to my biggest inspiration of all time… I Love You,” Brown writes at the start of the clip. “You,” which pulls from Michael’s Thriller ballad “Human Nature,” adds a little more bounce to the idol’s solemn cut. It sounds more like SWV’s 1992 incarnation.

In the video Brown wears an MJ-esque fedora and in addition to his tremendous dancing, there’s a a little movie magic with him doing some extreme leans and levitating. Watch the clip after the jump.


Watch Boston duo Karmin's amazing cover of Chris Brown's 'Look at Me Now'

Nicki, Ke$ha — meet Amy Heidemann. She’s one half of Boston musical duo Karmin (the other is Nick Noonan), and she happens to rap as well as she sings. Which, as luck would have it, is very, very well.

In just three days, Karmin’s fantastic cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” has been viewed over 560,000 times on YouTube. In it, Amy flawlessly recreates verses spit by Brown, Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne, while Nick backs her up on keyboard (and sings occasionally himself). Never thought a white girl could convincingly flow like Weezy? Think again: READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown and Joe Jonas team up in the studio, prove it on Twitter

Chris Brown scored himself a number one album with the recently-released F.A.M.E., which sold 270,000 its first week out, only 5,000 fewer units than Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale debut.

But with the whole Good Morning America fiasco casting an entirely new cloud of menace around Brown, he still needs a pretty intense infusion of image rehab.

Enter Joe Jonas, whose squeaky-clean Disney image might be just the thing Brown needs to stay on the straight and narrow. The two spent some time in the studio over the weekend alongside producer Hit-Boy (crafter of bangers for Nicki Minaj and Pusha T), who tweeted the photo of the three of them. “@joejonas @HitBoy_SC @chrisbrown just did a smash! Whooo,” the producer wrote. And yes, The windows/”smash” correlation did occur to us, but sometimes we like to let these things slide.

The team-up will likely be appearing on the middle JoBro’s upcoming solo debut. Fans have already gotten a taste of Joe on his own with “Make It Right,” but considering the personnel involved, the new track promises to be a lot more hard-hitting. (That one you can have for free.)

Jonas told EW that his solo joint wouldn’t be “a cheesy pop record,” and he recently confessed to Details that he wanted to make music that could get played in a club. It appears as though he’s on his way.

Who do you think benefits most from the Brown/Jonas tag-team? Does Joe pick up some street cred or does CB re-earn the trust of teen girls everywhere? Pick your side in the comments below.

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Rihanna speaks out on Chris Brown: 'We don't have to talk ever again in my life'


If anyone thought Rihanna’s move to relax the restraining order against Chris Brown meant the R&B diva was open to reconnecting with her abusive former boyfriend, they can think again.

“It doesn’t mean we’re gonna make up, or even talk again. It just means I didn’t want to object to the judge,” Rihanna told Rolling Stone in her cover story.

The singer says she agreed to modify the court order for purely professional reasons. READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown's 'F.A.M.E.' tops Billboard 200 album chart with more than a quarter of a million copies sold

Looks like Team Breezy didn’t let their man down this week.

The ride-or-die followers of embattled pop star Chris Brown lifted his fourth album, F.A.M.E., to a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It’s the second album since the infamous February 2009 incident that nearly cost him his career. The first, December 2009’s ill-received Graffiti, was a (relative) dud—pushing out just over 100,000 copies in its first week for a No. 7 opening.

Thirteen months later, it appears that aside from last week’s much-covered relapse, Brown is back. F.A.M.E. moved 270,000 units in its first seven days out. It’s the first time he’s topped the albums chart and the sales figures earn him 2011’s second best debut behind Adele’s 352,00 for 21. Trying to figure out how Brown made it to No. 1? Well, you can start here.

Jennifer Hudson’s sophomore set I Remember Me starts at No. 2, selling 165,000 albums. And Adele’s 21, last week’ s No. 1, drops to No. 3 with a still-impressive 96,000 albums sold.

Check out the full top 10 list after the jump.


Chris Brown and publicist part ways

Obviously, trying to make Chris Brown‘s image a positive one around the clock is a tough task.

This morning, publicist Tammy Brook revealed that the job is no longer hers. Brook, whose firm also handles stars like Mike Tyson and Kelly Osborne, has spent the last year gearing up Brown’s new album F.A.M.E.—released Tuesday and expected to top the charts with upwards of 250,000 in sales—and as of this week, has parted was with the star. One might assume Brown’s recent antics at GMA scared off the PR wiz, but in a statement released to TMZ, Brook stresses that her time is simply up contractually and that her goals have been accomplished. She did not quit. Nor was she fired.


Post-'Good Morning America' blow-up, Chris Brown debuts video for 'Beautiful People': Watch here

It’s been a busy day for Chris Brown: The R&B/pop star began the day by doing an interview with Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America, where he awkwardly tried to avoid questions about his past incident with ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

Then, according to reports, a furious Brown broke a window in his dressing room at GMA and stormed out of the studio into the streets of New York City—shirtless. And as the latest episode in Brown’s busy day, he’s debuted a video for “Beautiful People,” the third single from his latest album, F.A.M.E.

The video for “Beautiful People” is certainly a departure from Brown’s trademark glossy clips, like the dance-infused one for his recent hit “Yeah 3x.”

This one celebrates all sorts of people in a way that seems to scream: “Everyone is beautiful!” A nice concept. It’s shot very casually, almost flip camera- or home video-style in certain parts, and features cameos from the likes of Omarion, Brandy, Timbaland, and lots more. Watch here:


Chris Brown flips out, walks off set on 'Good Morning America': What happened?

Chris Brown flew into a rage on the set of Good Morning America earlier today, smashing a window and storming out of the studio shirtless after GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts kept directing the conversation back to his felony assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna two years ago.

The 21-year-old R&B singer waited until his interview and first performance was over before storming into his dressing room, where insiders say he began shouting and tearing it apart.

Before ABC’s building security arrived, Brown somehow shattered the window in his dressing room, smashing it up enough that glass fell onto the sidewalk below. Brown then tore off his shirt and left the building before a second scheduled performance. Watch the interview below: READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown raps alongside Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes in 'Look At Me Now' video: Watch it here

Chris Brown is a singer and dancer first. However, he does little of the former and plenty of the latter in the video for his latest single from his forthcoming F.A.M.E., “Look At Me Now.” The R&B star, 21, takes a shot at rapping in the clip. And if not for the song’s guests, I’d say he does well. But it’s tough shining as a rhymer when hip-hop titans Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne are sharing the light. Busta’s rapid fire flow and Weezy’s frenetic verse pretty much blow Chris’ off the track.

Luckily, what he lacks lyrically he more than makes up for with his dance skills. Watch Chris pop off with Wayne, Busta, and a cameo from Back to the Future‘s DeLorean DMC-12 after the jump.


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