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Feb282014

Damon Albarn Releases New Video for "Lonely Press Play"

Linda BrownleeDamon Albarn has released the second video from his upcoming album Everyday Robots, which marks the first solo project for the Blur and Gorillaz frontman.

The video is for the electronic-groove-and-piano-based track "Lonely Press Play," and it features footage culled from Albarn's personal video notebook, which he shot on a tablet during his recent trips to Tokyo, London, Dallas, Utah, North Korea and Iceland, among other places.

Everyday Robots, will arrive at all the usual outlets on April 29. Albarn will support the album with a solo tour with a new live backing band, The Heavy Seas.  While the tour will principally see Albarn playing venues in the U.K. and Europe, he does have three U.S. dates scheduled. 

On March 12, the singer will be in Austin, TX for a showcase at Stubb's BBQ as part of the South by Southwest Festival.  He's also expected to perform at New York City's Governor's Ball, which takes place June 6-8; and at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN to be held June 12-15.

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Friday
Feb282014

Keyshia Cole Shares Album Snippets via Instagram

KeyshiaCole.comWhile the status of her marriage to estranged husband Daniel Gibson remains unclear, Keyshia Cole obviously is making progress with her follow-up to her latest album, Woman to Woman.

The singer is treating fans to a series of song teasers from her upcoming sixth disc, including a sequel to her hit song "I Remember," lifted from her 2007 effort, Just Like You.

In the brief clip, Cole appears somber with her hat low as she sings along to the ballad. "#RememberPart2#NewAlbumComingSoon. #DontYouRemember #EveryThingYouToldMe #EverythingYouSaidWe'dBe," she wrote the accompanying caption.

She also posted a mid-tempo tune about a broken relationship. "Just a Lil taste of what's to come," she wrote, adding the hashtag "#AfterAllTheSh**UPutMeThru."

Before releasing her highly anticipated album, KC has promised to drop her yet-to-be-titled mixtape, which will include contributions from Future, Wale, Trey Songz, French Montana, August Alsina and Mike WiLL Made It.  The set will feature new renditions of J. Cole and Miguel’s "Power Trip" and Drake and Jhené Aiko’s "From Time."

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Friday
Feb282014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockScotty McCreery made a big splash on American Idol singing which Josh Turner hit? ANSWER: "Your Man."

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Friday
Feb282014

Cole Swindell, Jerrod Niemann, David Nail and More Picked for CMT LISTEN UP Campaign

Photo Credit: Jerrod NiemannCMT has unveiled their 2014 lineup for the LISTEN UP Campaign to give increased exposure to new and growing acts. This year's class includes. Jerrod Niemann, Dan + Shay, David Nail, Cole Swindell, Sundy Best, Danielle Bradbery and Thomas Rhett. Those artists will be featured across CMT's platforms this year in an effort to expose the music to a wider fan base.

Look for performances from Danielle Bradbery posted now at ListenUp.CMT.com.

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Friday
Feb282014

Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Toby Keith & More Paying Tribute to The Doobie Brothers on New Album

Photo Credit: Larry BoothbyBrad Paisley, Chris Young, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Jerrod Niemann and Love and Theft are set to perform on a new country tribute album to The Doobie Brothers, coming out later this year. Former Doobies frontman Michael McDonald is taking part in the project, along with the  classic Doobie Brothers lineup.

Performing a Doobie Brothers tribute came natural for Chris Young. He tells Billboard, "The Doobie Brothers are one of those legendary bands that no matter your generation, you know their music and can't help but sing and groove along to every song."

The track listing for The Doobie Brothers tribute album will be announced soon.

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Friday
Feb282014

Britney's Vegas Show "Piece of Me" Is Officially a Hit

BritneySpears.comBefore Britney Spears launched her Las Vegas show Piece of Me at Planet Hollywood, there was a lot of speculation as to whether someone so young -- well, compared to other Vegas headliners -- could draw enough of a crowd to make the deal profitable.  Well, that question as been answered.

USA Today reports that Piece of Me, which opened in late December in front of a crowd that included Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, has grossed just under $11 million to date, and all 16 performances through February 22 were sold out.  That's 72,000 tickets for the hit-packed, high-production show, despite onstage wardrobe malfunctions and persistent reports of lip-synching.

Billboard's Keith Caulfield tells USA Today that the sell-outs aren't surprising, considering the fact that Britney normally sold out 15,000-seat arenas when she toured.  He also points out that the show should continue to do well in the near future, since the demand is still high.  He explains that because Britney isn't playing every night in Vegas, "there's going to be a fair number of fans planning their Vegas trip this summer or later this year [around her]."

Meanwhile Jennifer Whitehair of Vegas.com says that Piece of Me has been the site's most-searched topic.  "[Fans] really got what they wanted to see from her," she tells USA Today. "It's a huge audience that's been under-served in Vegas for a while, this younger demographic."

However, a celebrity branding expert tells USA Today that he doesn't think Piece of Me will run for years, as Celine Dion's first show did, because in order to keep fans interested, Britney will have to go out and create "more buzz outside of Vegas."  Of course, if she suddenly announces an engagement to boyfriend David Lucado, that might do the trick.

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Friday
Feb282014

"American Idol" Recap: Kristen O'Connor Is Eliminated

FOXKristen O'Connor was eliminated from American Idol on Thursday night.  

The 24-year-old from Sebastian, Florida, had fallen into the bottom three with Malaya Watson and MK Nobilette. She made a bid for the judges' save by reprising her performance of Adele's "Turning Tables" from last week. But Harry Connick, Jr. informed her that he, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban could not reach a unanimous decision.

The one-hour results show began with the top 13 performing OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive."

Reigning Idol champ Candice Glover returned to sing a medley of her songs "Cried" and "Same Kinda Man," off her debut album, Music Speaks.

British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, of whom Keith Urban spoke highly, delivered a live rendition of his tune "Me and You."

The 12 remaining contestants will take the stage again next Wednesday night for a "Home"-themed performance show. It will air on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The following night, former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips will make an appearance on the results show, performing his new single, "Raging Fire."

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Friday
Feb282014

Da Brat Ordered to Pay $6.4 Million in Bottle Attack

Prince Williams/Getty ImagesRapper Da Brat must pay 6.4 million dollars to a woman she attacked with a rum bottle at an Atlanta-area nightclub in 2007.

The verdict was reached Thursday in a civil lawsuit brought by the victim, Shayla Stevens, against Da Brat, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Da Brat, whose birth name is Shawntae Harris, must pay 3.7 million dollars in compensatory damages and 2.7 million in punitive damages.

Da Brat is on probation for the attack, for which she served nearly three years in prison.

An attorney for Stevens tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the victim is a "brain injury survivor" and has a scar on her face as a result of the incident.

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Friday
Feb282014

Clay Aiken Officially Joins North Carolina Congressional Race

ClayAiken.comClay Aiken has officially thrown his hat into the political ring. He filed paperwork on Thursday to enter the congressional race for the 2nd District seat in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area currently held by Republican Renee Ellmers.

The former American Idol runner-up, who lives in the Raleigh-Durham area, is running as a Democrat and announced his intention to run earlier this month. He faces a Democratic primary in less than 10 weeks.

Clay said it's a good thing that his fame has brought attention to the race. He commented, "I think that's a good thing because we now have districts that have been drawn to be safe for one party or the other, which isn't the way things should be."

After Clay filed the required paperwork, Ellmers said in a statement that she welcomes "debate about how to get our economy growing again with new jobs and real pay raises for our working middle-class families."

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Friday
Feb282014

Rod Stewart Calls Rap Hit "One of the Most Beautiful Songs Written in the Last 15 Years" 

Credit: John ShearerPop music legends entering their seventh decade will rarely admit to listening to rap music, let alone liking it.  But Rod Stewart isn't most pop legends.  In fact, the man who penned classics like "Maggie May" and "You're In My Heart" has nothing but praise for one recent rap hit, which he calls "one of the most beautiful songs written" in more than a decade.

In an interview with the Lancashire Evening Post, Rod says, "I like all sorts of music, [but] at this stage of the game, it is difficult to be influenced by it."  However, he reveals, "I've got great admiration for 'Same Love' by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis." 

He adds, "It was one of the bravest and most beautiful songs written in the last 15 years."

"Same Love" is a pro-gay marriage anthem that was nominated for Song of the Year at last month's Grammy Awards.  It was also performed live on the Grammy telecast by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, a white rap duo from Seattle, and special guest Madonna.  While the song was being performed, Queen Latifah married a number of couples-- both straight and gay -- live on the telecast.

"There is some good stuff out there," Rod tells the paper of today's music. "There’s still a lot of crap out there. [But] the good stuff always rises to the surface.”

As for his own music, Rod's first album of new original music in years, Time, came out last year, to much success.  "I really am surprised how well the album’s done. It got to number one [in the U.K.] It’s competing," he tells the paper. In the U.S., the album debuted at #7, becoming Rod's highest-charting album of original material since 1979's Blondes Have More Fun.

"It has given me great confidence," he says. "I’m starting to look at a follow-up to it as we speak.”

In April, Rod returns to Las Vegas for more shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, where he has a successful residency.  In May, he'll kick off a joint tour with Santana.

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Friday
Feb282014

Peter Frampton's 2014 Plans Include Touring with Doobie Brothers, New Guitar Circus Trek

Courtesy of Peter FramptonAfter recently scheduling a few joint U.S. shows with The Doobie Brothers and a single "Guitar Circus" concert with blues legend Buddy Guy, Peter Frampton has revealed more details about his planned 2014 itinerary.  The British rock veteran has announced that, during the coming year, he will mount a full-fledged joint trek with the Doobies, will play a number of solo headlining gigs and will embark on a new edition of the star-studded Guitar Circus tour that he debuted last year.

Frampton's first upcoming performance is a solo show scheduled for June 21 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.  The next night, he'll be in Cincinnati to launch his outing with The Doobie Brothers, which so far includes 12 dates and is mapped out through a July 19 concert in Orange Beach, Alabama.

The 2014 edition of the Guitar Circus tour will get under way on August 21 in Jacksonville, Oregon, and currently is plotted out through an August 31 stop in Tucson, Arizona.  A total of 12 shows have been confirmed, all of which will feature Guy as Peter's special guest.  The previously reported show takes places August 27 at Los Angeles' famous Hollywood Bowl.  Other dates and additional stars will be announced soon.

Here are all of Peter's upcoming North American tour dates, according to Frampton.com:

6/21 -- Wisconsin Dells, WI, Crystal Grand Music Theatre
*6/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
*6/25 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
*6/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
*6/28 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino
*6/29 -- Gilford, NH, Meadowbrook
7/2 -- Moncton, Canada, Casino New Brunswick
7/3 -- Moncton, Canada, Casino New Brunswick
*7/11 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
*7/12 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
*7/13 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
*7/15 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
*7/17 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre
*7/18 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
*7/19 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Amphitheater at the Wharf
**8/21 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
**8/24 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
**8/26 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
**8/27 -- Hollywood, CA, Hollywood Bowl
**8/29 -- Visalia, CA, Oval Park
**8/30 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Rincon - The Events Center
**8/31 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheater

* = with The Doobie Brothers
** = Frampton's Guitar Circus Tour with special guest Buddy Guy.

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Friday
Feb282014

Jared Leto Says 30 Seconds to Mars Is "Pretty Boring" on the Road

ABC/Randy HolmesRock stars are supposed to be all about sex, drugs and rock 'n roll, throwing TV sets out of hotel windows and getting caught in compromising positions.  Well, don't tell that to Jared Leto, who's been exhibiting some decidedly non-rock star behavior lately.  First the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman invited his mom to be his date to this Sunday night's Academy Awards, where he's up for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.  Now he tells Britain's Q magazine that getting up to mischief on the road with his band just doesn't happen.

Asked to recall the last time 30 Seconds to Mars was thrown out of a hotel, Leto tells Q, "Never. We pride ourselves on being really nice."  No sex-and-drug-fueled after-parties, then?  Sadly, no. Says Leto, "We're pretty boring, to tell you the truth! You'll find us reading a book after a show."

That's not to say that Leto wasn't a bad boy at one point in his life.  When asked about the last time he did something illegal, he tells Q that as kids, he and his brother did get in trouble from time to time.  "We didn't think about things being illegal or not," he recalls. "Drugs, whatever, it was only bad if you got caught. We got caught plenty, but I tell you, there's no feeling greater than getting away with it.  Especially if the cops are actually running after you and you get away."

After the Oscars on Sunday, Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars will get back to work supporting their most recent album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams. They have a show March 8 in Helsinki, Finland, and also have dates scheduled in Europe, Russia, Asia and South Africa through July 17.  No wonder then, that Leto's answer when asked by Q when he last woke up not knowing what country he was in, was, "Always."

"Touring the world," he adds, "you have to have the spirit of a vagabond."

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Friday
Feb282014

Chris Brown Tweets About His Rehab Recovery

RCA RecordsAfter completing his 90-day stint in rehab for anger management, Chris Brown is assuring fans that he's in a better mental space.

Brown took to his Twitter account to share his new perspective and priorities. "Focused on my Recovery and Music... Nothing more, nothing less," he tweeted on Thursday.

He also seems to have gained clarity on handling his emotions. "Thinking negatively only ensures more negativity in your life. It's ok to be upset and get angry. It's what u do with that energy that helps," he wrote.

Although the singer's court mandated stay in a Malibu rehab facility is over, a source tells E! News that Brown has decuded to remain for further treatment.

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Friday
Feb282014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Thomas Rhett to sing his latest hit, "Get Me Some of That," on ABC's The View next Thursday, March 6.

Congratulations to Scotty McCreery on earning third RIAA-certified gold single with "See You Tonight."

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott tweeted a photo of her baby Eisele in Canada Thursday with the caption, "First of many stamps on her passport…welcome to Canada Eisele Kaye!" The band is currently on its Take Me Downtown tour.

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Friday
Feb282014

Eli Young Band Opens Up About Faking It on "10,000 Towns" Album Cover

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band's new album, 10,000 Towns, comes out Monday. The title is a nod to the band's constant touring schedule since forming more than a decade ago in Texas.

EYB drummer Chris Thompson tells ABC News Radio, "We're a band on the road always, and a lot of times it really does feel like we've played in 10,000 towns for sure."

After logging on those miles on the road, the guys in Eli Young Band still genuinely enjoy each other's company. Those strong friendships are evident in the band member's smiling faces on the 10,000 Towns cover. It turns out those grins aren't exactly genuine though. It was the end of their photo shoot day, and the guys were tired of posing for the camera.

"Not very happy actually," says Chris of the band's mood when the picture was taken. "We were sarcastically smiling at each other."

His band mate Jon Jones adds, "For so many years doing photo shoots, we've lost so many good opportunities 'cause we just want to have these serious faces, which just make us look like grumpy, grumpy individuals. So, the best photos end up being the ones where someone's cracking a joke or something happens in the background."

Eli Young Band had plenty of reason to smile when they found out their last single, "Drunk Last Night," went to #1. They're following that up with "Dirt," which is also featured on 10,000 Towns.

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Thursday
Feb272014

Robin Thicke on Paula Patton: "I'm Just Trying to Get Her Back"

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Robin Thicke has made his first appearance since news broke that he and his wife Paula Patton have officially separated. TMZ photogs caught the crooner arriving in Washington D.C. Thursday afternoon and he surprisingly shared that he's still fighting for his marriage.

When asked if he's still optimistic about a reconciliation, Thicke smiled and stated, "You know, I'm just trying to get her back."

He adds that he's "just trying to figure it out" when the paparazzi quizzed whether or not he's focused on his music. At one point the paps asked if his raunchy MTV VMA performance with Miley Cyrus caused the split, to which Robin quickly replies, "No."

The crooner was en route to the kick off his Blurred Lines North American tour inside the Patriot Center. He told the cameraman that concertgoers can still expect a high energy performance.

Patton was spotted by E! Online at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday without her wedding ring.

Meanwhile, Patton’s mother and assistant, and Patton and Thicke's 3-year-old son Julian were involved in a minor car accident. According to Entertainment Tonight, the incident occurred on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA while the three were in Patton’s black Range Rover. Luckily no injuries were reported.

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Thursday
Feb272014

Unreleased Led Zeppelin Studio Tapes Being Auctioned Next Month

LedZeppelin.comRare rough mixes of songs Led Zeppelin recorded for its 1975 album Physical Graffiti are set to be auctioned off next month along with other studio tapes from a collection owned by famed producer and engineer Ron Nevison.  The recordings will go up for bid as part of RR Auction's Marvels of Modern Music sale, which runs from March 13 to March 20.

Among the items going on the block is a 10-inch tape that features an unreleased version of "Kashmir" that's titled "Driving to Kashmir," plus mixes of "Trampled Underfoot," "Custard Pie," "In the Light" and two takes of a rarity called "Swan Song."  A second tape being auctioned includes raw recordings of "In My Time of Dying," "Sick Again" "The Wanton Song" and "Ten Years Gone."

The mixes date from February 1974, and were recorded at Faces bassist Ronnie Lane's mobile studio at Headley Grange in East Hampshire, England.  Some of the recordings are drastically different from the final versions of the songs, with some tracks lacking vocals and others featuring alternate guitar solos and various effects.

Other recordings being sold by Nevison include rough mixes from Bad Company, Eric Clapton, The Who, Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Mason and Turtles singers Flo & Eddie.  Audio snippets of some of the tracks, including "Kashmir," have been posted on the RR Auction's official YouTube channel.

The Marvels of Modern Music sale also will feature a bevy of other rock collectibles, including Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics to "Lay Lady Lay," a signed vinyl copy of Meet The Beatles and an ornate cape worn by Elvis Presley on his 1973 Aloha from Hawaii concert special.

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Thursday
Feb272014

LCD Soundsystem to Release Complete Farewell Concert in 5-LP Box

Warner Bros.Back in December, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy said he was planning to release a live album documenting the group's 2011 farewell show. Now, it's been revealed that the album will be as epic as that nearly four-hour concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.

A five-LP vinyl box set entitled The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden, which includes the entire concert, will arrive on Record Store Day, April 19. A digital release -- along with a wider release of the vinyl box set beyond independent stores -- will follow on May 20.

The April 2, 2011 show was already chronicled in the 2012 concert film Shut Up and Play the Hits.  During the gig, the LCD core live band was augmented by a choir, strings and a horn section, and was joined by special guest like Arcade Fire, whose members added vocals to the song "North American Scum."

Here's the full track list for The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden:

"Dance Yrself Clean
"Drunk Girls
"I Can Change
"Time to Get Away
"Get Innocuous!
"Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
"Too Much Love
"All My Friends
"Tired / Heart of the Sunrise
"45:33 Intro"
"You Can't Hide (Shame on You)"
"Sound of Silver
"Out In Space
"Ships Talking
"Freak Out / Starry Eyes
"Us v Them
"North American Scum
"Bye Bye Bayou
"You Wanted a Hit
"Tribulations
"Movement
"Yeah
"Someone Great
"Losing My Edge
"Home
"All I Want
"Jump into the Fire"
"New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down"

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Thursday
Feb272014

How Taylor Swift Made "Downton Abbey" Star Cry

ABC/Richard Harbaugh/Rahoul Ghose/PBSMany Downton Abbey fans have likely shed a tear while watching the wildly-popular PBS series, thanks to all the deaths, births and proposals that have transpired over the show's four seasons.  Now, one of the series' stars reveals who makes her cry:  Taylor Swift.

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley on Downton Abbey, tells People magazine that the last time she cried was at one of Taylor's shows.  Why?  She explains, "My godchildren went to see [her] in concert and got to meet her.  They literally ran toward her and hugged her, and it was amazing."

"I got big bonus points for that," Dockery adds. "I'll remind them when they are teenagers."

Dockery is something of a musician herself: she tells People that during downtime on the Downton Abbey set, she, plus Elizabeth McGovern, who plays her mother Lady Cora, Countess of Grantham, and Allan Leech, who plays chauffeur-turned-Crawley-son-in-law Tom Branson, all play guitar.  "It's quite funny, us being all in costume and jamming together," Dockery says, adding that their repertoire includes "the usual...R.E.M....we're not particularly advanced."

Dockery can also be seen opposite Liam Neeson in the new action flick Non-Stop.

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Thursday
Feb272014

Game Confirms He Used to Date Kim Kardashian

Image Courtesy Khloe Kardashian via InstagramGame has relentlessly denied ever being romantically involved with Khloe Kardashian, despite their frequent club appearances and recent Instagram photo shoot. Turns out, the rapper has dated her sister, Kim Kardashian.

In an interview with BBC Radio1, Game denied the rumors of a relationship with Khole but briefly recalled his history with Kim.

"Those are just rumors. It’s funny man because me and Khloe we're cool. People don't know, but I've been knowing Khloe for 12 years -- you know what I'm saying?" he says, "I went and dated Kim for a while. A little short while. Me and Khloe are cool."

When asked if he dated Kimmy before her relationship with Ray J, the rapper claimed he couldn’t remember.

"You know what. I don't remember that time line," he said before addressing Kim's fiance Kanye West. "Kanye was the homie. He's still the homie. That is his wife. They got a family. I love them. They're great."

He dodged further questions by bringing up his on-again, off-again fiancée Tiffney Cambridge. "I got a family at home man, I'll bring my kid's mom and let her talk to you about it," he said.

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