Nick Cannon Confirms His Enrollment at Howard University

Nick Cannon has confirmed his fall enrollment at Howard University, citing Nelson Mandela as inspiration for his new journey.

Steve Granitz/WireImageThe America's Got Talent host tells Entertainment Tonight in a statement, "Nelson Mandela once said, 'Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,' and with that said I have officially enrolled at Howard University."

"I am always seeking new challenges and continual growth and decided to obtain my first college degree from an institution that had a proven legacy of producing great minds. I have friends, mentors and colleagues who attended Howard University." 

Cannon continues, "I have heard about the famed Howard Homecoming since I was a kid growing up in California and knew that Howard would be the perfect place for me to further my education. I look forward to this new journey in my life and am excited about the possibilities ahead."

Nick, who shared a photo Saturday revealing his first day as a Howard Freshman, recently referenced his bi-coastal commute via Instagram, posting a photo of him on an plane. "Turning these Airplanes into School Buses!" he wrote. 

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Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa Sued After Concert Railing Collapse

Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagicSeventeen concert attendees injured during a Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa concert in New Jersey earlier this month are now suing the two rappers, says TMZ.

A front-row railing collapsed at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey, where the live event took place but ended right after the catastrophe. 

It was reported by that 42 people were injured as a result of the rail collapse, which was captured on video by The Plug Society. TMZ reports that the lawsuit against the entertainers states that Snoop and Wiz allegedly told concertgoers on the lawn to come towards the stage, which resulted in a stampede that caused the collapse.

No word from Snoop and Wiz's respective camps. However, the former posted a recent picture on Instagram of the two onstage during their High Road Tour

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John Legend and Tika Sumpter Team Up to Create Series About "Black Wall Street"

Business WireJohn Legend and Tika Sumpter are joining forces to bring another important moment in black history to the forefront. The Southside with You producers are creating a new series for WGN based on Tulsa, Oklahoma's Greenwood neighborhood, which was known as "Black Wall Street."

According to Deadline, the series, set in Tulsa, will focus on the affluent African-American community that emerged in the divided city during the early 1920s, and the massacre that happened after several white attackers burned the neighborhood to the ground.

Legend's Get Lifted partner, Mike Jackson, confirmed the news to Deadline. “We’re so excited to continue to grow our relationship with WGN America," he says. "Our experience working with them on Underground has been fantastic. Additionally, we’re looking forward to working with our friend Tika Sumpter to help tell this incredible story that many people know nothing about.”

Black Wall Street is still in its beginning stage, but is slated to be released in 2018, provided the series is picked up. 

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DJ Khaled to Host MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show and Correspond Main Show

ABC/Randy HolmesHe's going to bring the cloth talk! Producer DJ Khaled has been tapped to host the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show Sunday. He'll also perform correspondent duties during the main show with radio DJ Charlemagne Tha God and hip-hop artist Lizzo.

"The VMAs is a show I've always wanted to be a part of and I'm a big fan of it," Khaled told Billboard. "Put it this way -- expect nothing but greatness and also expect the unexpected because when you got Khaled on the bill, ratings go extra high."

Khaled promises to keep audiences engaged, excited and ready for the unexpected: "I'm going all out. It's going to be nothing but love, energy and fun."

The MTV VMA pre-show will showcase performances from Lukas Graham, Alessia Cara and Jidenna. It'll air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on MTV. 

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A$AP Ferg Is On a "New Level," as Single Goes Gold, Goes on Turnt & Burnt Tour This Fall

RCA RecordsRapper A$AP Ferg's single, "New Level," has been officially certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.  

The track, featuring Future, is from Ferg's second studio album, Always Strive and Prosper, which climbed to number two on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap charts and number eight on the Billboard 200.

"New Level" is projected to have sold over 148,000 units and was streamed over 50 million times.  

In other news, A$AP Ferg is gearing up for his North American headlining tour, Turnt & Burnt. The 27-date affair will start in Iowa City October 30th, making it's way through major cities including Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, New York and Baltimore, before ending December in Clifton Park, New York. Tickets go on sale this Friday. 

Here are the tour dates:  

10/29 -- Chicago, IL, Freaky Deaky Festival 
10/30 -- Iowa City, IA, Blue Moose 
10/31 -- Lincoln, NE, Bourbon Theatre 
11/01 -- Denver, CO, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom 
11/02 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex 
11/04 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre 
11/05 -- Vancouver, BC, Vogue Theater 
11/07 -- Eugene, OR, McDonald Theater 
11/09 -- San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom 
11/10 -- Fresno, CA, Rainbow Ballroom 
11/12 -- Los Angeles, CA, Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 
11/13 -- santa Ana, CA, The Observatory 
11/15 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sunshine Theater 
11/17 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live 
11/18 -- Mobile, AL, Soul Kitchen 
11/21 -- Charlotte, NC, The Underground 
11/22 -- Richmond, VA, The National 
11/23 -- Baltimore, MD, Soundstage 
11/25 -- New York, NY, Webster Hall 
11/27 -- Toronto, ON, The Phoenix Concert Theatre 
11/28 -- London, ON, London Music Hall 
11/30 -- Montreal, QC, Metropolis 
12/01 -- Providence, RI, Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel 
12/02 -- Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall 

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Erykah Badu Scores Her 10th Top-Ten Record with "Phone Down"

Courtesy of BETErykah Badu's single, "Phone Down," has become the singer's tenth top-10 record on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs chart. The track can be found on her mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone, which was released last fall.

"It is always a pleasure working with an artist of Erykah's stature and delivering a milestone chart topper makes it even sweeter," said Senior Vice President of Promotion at Capital Music Group, Azim Rashid.  

"The success of 'Phone Down' should serve notice of more great music to come. Congrats Ms. Badu!"

Erykah has added several other impressive feathers to her music resume cap as well. She's been named music supervisor for Comedy Central's new animated series, Legends of Chamberlain Heightsand will also compose original music for the show.  

She also stars in the independent movie The Land, which is executive-produced by legendary rapper Nas. Both Badu and Nas came together to create the film's theme song, "This Bitter Land."   

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Of Mice & Men Debuts "Real" Video

Rise RecordsOf Mice & Men has shared the video for their song "Real," which appears on the band's forthcoming album, Cold World. To create the video, Austin Carlile and company asked fans to submit footage of themselves holding signs declaring what makes them "real."

You can watch the visual now on

"People always try to change things and take away what makes you who you are, and we wanted to write a song saying that you can be who you no matter what other people think," Carlile tells Rolling Stone of "Real." "It doesn't matter if you fit in or if other people accept what you want to do. You have to stay real to yourself, and in the end that's all that matters."

The "Real" video is dedicated to the memory of 14-year-old Cassy Colunga, who recently passed away from brain cancer. Before announcing the release of Cold World, Of Mice & Men invited Cassy to a private listening session so that she could hear the album before she passed.

Cold World will be released September 9.

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Empire of the Sun Premieres New Single "High and Low" from Upcoming Album "Two Vines" 

AstralwerksEmpire of the Sun has released a new single called "High and Low," which will appear on their forthcoming album, Two Vines. You can listen to the track, and watch the literally eye-opening video, now on YouTube.

Two Vines will be Empire of the Sun's first album since their single "Walking on a Dream," originally released in 2008, broke through this year following a spot in a Honda commercial. A remix of "Walking on a Dream" will appear on Two Vines.

Additionally, Two Vines will feature contributions from Wendy Melvoin, who played in Prince's band The Revolution, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham.

Two Vines will be released October 28. Here's the track list:

"High and Low"
"Two Vines"
"There's No Need"
"Way to Go"
"Digital Life"
"First Crush"
"To Her Door"
"Lend Me Some Light"
"Welcome to My Life"
"Walking on a Dream" (Manny Marroquin remix)

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Celine Dion: Lunch Is On Me, Montreal! 

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCIn 2012, Celine Dion and her late husband, René Angelil, became a part-owner of one of Montreal's most famous eateries: Schwartz's deli, which is famous for the Montreal delicacy known as smoked meat.  Tuesday, Celine popped in unannounced to Schwartz's -- and bought everyone lunch, to boot.

As her Facebook account notes, "Céline made a surprise appearance at Schwartz’s Deli this afternoon and offered lunch to those who were there! Also, in memory of René, the owners and Céline donated meals to several charities."

Celine recently wrapped up a run of 10 shows in Montreal, where she and Rene wed in 1994 and where his funeral was held earlier this year. She's now in the middle of a string of sold-out concerts in Quebec City. As the Journal de Montreal reports, while at the deli, she posed for a number of photos and signed autographs, much to the delight of the lucky patrons who happened to be there when she showed up.

One employee posted a photo of himself with Celine, adding the caption, "so today, @celinedion kissed my cheek said I'm a sweetheart so idgaf [I don't give a f***] what any of you think." He then added the "Queen" emoji.

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"Nashville" Season Five Set to Premiere in January on CMT

ABCNashville fans, you've finally got something new to look forward to. Season five of the show is set to premiere Thursday, January 5 at 9 p.m. ET on CMT. After four seasons on ABC, the primetime drama set in Music City will kick off its run on its new network with a special two-hour episode.

Ed Zwick and Marshall Herkovitz, who created the 80s hit series thirtysomething, take over as showrunners this season. You’ll also be able to watch the show’s new episodes on Hulu the day after they air on CMT.

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Britney Spears: "I Literally Almost Drowned" in Hawaii

Randee St. NicholasBritney Spears may be riding a wave of renewed popularity, but she wasn't able to ride an actual wave: she says a huge one nearly killed her during a recent trip to Hawaii.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1 Wednesday, Britney said when she visited Hawaii a few weeks ago, she went into the ocean without realizing the danger six-foot waves could pose.  "I completely embarrassed myself. I went out and I thought it was like a wave pool, you know? And I'm like, 'This is so nice and refreshing and beautiful.'"

"But the thing I didn’t think about was that when you come back [to shore], the waves really come in hard, and I got sucked under for like five minutes, literally almost drowned," she continued. "And I’m like, 'Where is my security?! They’re just gonna let me die here!'"

Britney says she was then washed to shore one more time and she got nailed by yet another wave, "so I kinda made a fool of myself," she laughed. "But it was fun, to say the least. You know, I got to experience what it was like to get taken down by a six-foot wave!"

During the same interview, Britney said she'd like to do the next Super Bowl halftime show, but not solo: she wants some other artists on the bill with her.  Of course, she's already done that once before: in 2001, she was joined by Aerosmith, Nelly, Mary J. Blige and 'N SYNC.

At one point, Britney was asked what advice she'd give her younger self. "Never get married, number one!" she laughed.

Britney's been married twice: her first, to old friend Jason Alexander, was annulled; her second, to Kevin Federline, ended in divorce.  She and Federline share two sons.

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Lukas Graham Performing at MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show

Getty Images via ABCLukas Graham is hitting the stage for the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show this Sunday. The band will be performing their new single, “Mama Said.”

The hour-long pre-show, hosted by DJ Khaled, will also include performances by Alessia Cara and Jidenna. It airs live at New York City’s Madison Square Garden at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Lukas Graham is nominated for a Best New Artist Moon Man at the ceremony this year. Voting will remain open until the show's live broadcast begins Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The band is getting ready for their second North American headlining tour, kicking off in Vancouver on November 10 and running through February 1.

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Neil Young Reissuing Four Classic '70s Albums as Separate Vinyl LPs Next Month

Reprise RecordsFour long-out-of-print Neil Young albums -- 1973's Time Fades Away, 1974's On the Beach, and 1975's Tonight's the Night and Zuma -- will be reissued as standalone vinyl LPs on September 6.

The albums were previously released together in 2014 in a limited-edition vinyl box set, in conjunction with Record Store Day.  Each album was remastered from the original analog recordings.

Times Fades Away is a live album made up of previously unreleased material recorded during Young's tour in support of his hit 1972 album Harvest. The record, which landed at #22 on the Billboard 200, features contributions from David Crosby and Graham Nash.

On the Beach peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 and includes such gems as "For the Turnstiles" and "Ambulance Blues."  The disc features Crosby, Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina, and The Band's Levon Helm and Rick Danko.

Tonight's the Night is Young's critically acclaimed tribute to late Crazy Horse singer/guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry, who both died of drug overdoses. It album reached #25 on the Billboard 200, and features performances by Whitten, Talbot, Molina, Nils Lofgren and Jack Nitzsche.

Zuma, which also reached #25 on the Billboard chart, includes "Cortez the Killer," "Don't Cry No Tears" and "Barstool Blues." Credited to Young and Crazy Horse, it was the first album to feature longtime Crazy Horse guitarist Frank Sampedro. Crosby, Nash and Stephen Stills also lent their talents to the record.

Time Fades Away, On the Beach and Zuma have all been certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S.

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Smile with Hillary Clinton for Photo Booth Pics

John Shearer/Getty ImagesJustin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were all smiles when they hosted a fundraising lunch for Hillary Clinton Tuesday.

The proof was on Timberlake's Twitter account and Biel's Instagram page. The married couple shared a series of photo-booth pics they took with the Democratic presidential nominee.

In the photos, the trio shows off their smiles and makes funny faces.

"Look WHO DID come over for lunch... Wow," Timberlake wrote. Biel wrote a similar caption.

Timberlake and Biel hosted the event at their Los Angeles home in place of Leonardo DiCaprio, who had to bow out of hosting duties due to a work commitment, Variety had reported.

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Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC Founder Lou Pearlman Died from Bacterial Endocarditis

Lou Pearlman with ‘NSYNC in 1996; Mark Weiss/WireImageLou Pearlman, the music mogul who launched the careers of the Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC, died from bacterial endocarditis, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which obtained a report from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department.

The condition is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, which in Pearlman's case was caused by complications stemming from his aortic valve being replaced. Diabetes was also listed as a contributing factor in his death.

The boy band promoter was 62 years old when he died Friday in a hospital near the Miami Federal Correctional Institution, where he was serving a 25-year sentence. He was convicted of fraud in 2008 in connection with a $300 million Ponzi scheme.

The office of the Medical Examiner did not perform a full autopsy on Pearlman, which is not a requirement under Florida law. Instead, they reached their conclusions via an external examination of his body.

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Miranda Lambert Spreads Her MuttNation to a Dog Near You

ABC/Image Group LAIf you’ve ever thought about dressing your dog in an “I’m Hidin’ My Crazy” T-shirt, inspired by Miranda Lambert’s hit, “Mama’s Broken Heart” -- the time has come. The CMA Female Vocalist of the Year’s collection of pet goods is now available at

Featuring everything from blue denim bow-tie collars to dog toys shaped like guitars and tambourines, Miranda offers her own take on ways to pamper man’s best friend. And it’s all for a good cause.

“I am really excited to see all our hard work and great product now available,” she says. “I hope ya’ll love it as much as we do. I know my dogs do! I really hope that we can raise awareness to the joy of adopting a shelter pet through our MuttNation product line.”

A portion of every purchase helps fund the rescue and adoption programs for which Miranda and her mom Beverly have worked so hard. The MuttNation Fueled by Miranda Lambert products are expected to be available soon in a pet store near you.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock What was Miranda Lambert's first number-one single on the country charts? ANSWER:  2010's "The House That Built Me."

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Frank Ocean Lists His Favorite Songs in "Boys Don't Cry" Magazine

Andrew Chin/FilmMagicOn the same day, Frank Ocean dropped both his long-awaited album, Blonde, and a magazine titled Boys Don't Cry. In the publication, Ocean lists his favorite songs, XXL reports. The long list includes a wide range of musical genres and artists, such as Jimi Hendrix's "Crosstown Traffic," Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere" and Willie Nelson's "Stardust."   

Ocean's sophomore studio album is headed towards the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 this week. It would be the performer's first-ever album to reach number one on the chart. 

Here is the complete list of Frank Ocean's favorite tracks:  

“Crosstown Traffic” -- Jimi Hendrix
“How Insensitive” -- Frank Sinatra 
“Scarborough Fair” -- Simon & Garfunkel
“Alina” -- Arvo Part
“I Feel Love” -- Donna Summer
“To The Last Whale” -- Crosby & Nash
“Prints Tie” -- Bobby Hutcherson
“Jardim Dos Deuses” -- Joyce Moreno
“Fade Into You” -- Mazzy Star
“No More Shall We Part” -- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
“I Never Learnt To Share” -- James Blake
“One Mo Gin” -- D’Angelo
“The Last One To Be Loved” -- Gabor Szabo
“Shadows” --  Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes
“Images Live In 1964″ -- Nina Simone
“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – Roberta Flack
“It’s Gonna Rain” -- Steve Reich
“Stardust” -- Willie Nelson
“Nós e o mar” -- Tamba Trio
“$” -- D.R.A.M.
“When I Die” -- GoldLink
“The Man-Machine” -- Kraftwerk
“Asiko” -- Tony Allen
“Earth Bound Hearts” -- John McLaughlin feat. John Surman
“Simply Beautiful” -- Al Green
“Mr. Bojangles” -- Nina Simone
“Flamingo” -- Todd Rundgren
“The Medley Of Praise” -- Daryl Coley
“Claire De Lune” -- Isao Tomita
“Calls” -- Robert Glasper feat. Jill Scott
“Your Smile” -- Chaka Khan and Rufus
“B**** Please” -- Death Grips
“Anthrax” -- Gang Of Four
“I Am The Walrus” -- The Beatles
“Jesus Children Of America” -- Stevie Wonder
“Garden Of Linmiri” -- Caustic Window
“Home (YouTube Rip)” -- Kim Burrell
“Vibrate” -- OutKast
“12 Aisatsana” -- Aphex Twin
“Mis” -- Alex G
“Right Down The Line” -- Gerry Rafferty
“Anytime” -- Ray J
“Jesus” -- Curtis Mayfield
“Something About Us” -- Daft Punk
“Your Daddy Loves You” -- Gil Scott Heron
“Portrait Of Tracy” -- Jaco Pastorius
“Rusholme Ruffians” -- The Smiths
“When U Were Mine” -- Prince
“Road To Nowhere” -- Talking Heads
“Boys Don’t Cry” -- The Cure 

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Iggy Pop to Take Part in US Premiere of New Stooges Doc at New York Film Fest

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Pop will make a special appearance at the U.S. premiere of Gimme Danger, the new Jim Jarmusch-directed documentary about Pop's influential proto-punk band The Stooges, which will take place October 1 at the New York Film Festival.

The screening will be held at Alice Tully Hall in New York City at 9:15 p.m. ET, and Jarmusch also will take part in the event. Gimme Danger traces the history of the unpredictable and volatile group from its late-1960s formation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to the present day. The film features new interviews, archival photos and concert footage, and animation and graphics created by artist James Kerr.

Gimme Danger got its world premiere in May at France's Cannes Film Festival, and also will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

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Jackson Browne Announces Benefit Shows as Part of Fall Acoustic Tour

Credit: Nels IsraelsonJackson Browne will play a pair of benefit shows during his recently announced U.S. fall acoustic tour, which gets underway on September 29 in Livermore, California, and wraps up October 13 in Boise, Idaho.

The first benefit gig takes place on October 4 at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura, California, and will raise funds for Safety Harbor Kids. The nonprofit organization works to improve the lives of homeless children, orphans, foster kids by offering their educational opportunities, such as music and arts programs and tutoring. Tickets for the show will go on sale starting this Friday, August 26, at 10 a.m. local time via

The next night, October 5, Browne will perform at Pomona College's Bridges Auditorium in Claremont, California, and that concert will benefit that city's Folk Music Center Museum. The museum is dedicated to promoting and preserving traditional and contemporary folk music and culture, while also preserving folk instruments. Tickets for that show also go on sale Friday, at 10 a.m. PT, and will be available at the venue's box office, online at and the Folk Music Center.

Browne currently is winding down a series of full-band shows in the U.S. that's scheduled through an August 29-30 engagement in San Diego. The folk-rock great also will team up with Spanish flamenco guitarist Raul Rodriguez for a brief tour of Spain in mid-September.

On top of all that, Browne will take part in the Benefit Concert Against Gun Violence with Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn and others on September 25 in New York City.

Here are all of Browne's upcoming U.S. tour dates:

8/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
8/26 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
8/27 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
8/29 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
8/30 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
9/25 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre - Benefit Concert Against Gun Violence
9/29 -- Livermore, CA, Wente Vineyards+
10/1 -- San Francisco, CA, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
10/2 -- Grass Valley, CA, Veteran's Memorial Auditorium+
10/4 -- Ventura, CA, Majestic Ventura Theater+
10/5 -- Claremont, CA, Bridges Auditorium – Pomona College+
10/7 -- Tucson, AZ, The Fox Tucson Theatre+
10/10 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center+
10/11 -- Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Civic Center+
10/13 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts+

+ = solo acoustic show.

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