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Meek Mill sets tour dates after Drake-Chris Brown club incident

Meek Mill sets tour dates

Meek Mill, the new star of Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group, earned some unwanted attention this week after he was sucked into a melee between Chris Brown and Drake at a New York nightclub. Now he's got some tour dates to take his mind off the well-documented incident and try to turn the focus back to his actual rapping.

The new tour includes an Aug. 8 stop at West Hollywood's House of Blues. The tour should be a welcome distraction from the bizarre love triangle that allegedly resulted in the scuffle at W.i.P. nightclub (Mill, like Brown and Drake, has reportedly been romantically linked to Rihanna).Tickets go on sale June 30.

He hasn't entirely left Drake's orbit, however -- his latest single "Amen," off his well-received mixtape "Dreamchasers 2," features Drizzy and the singer Jeremih.

Mill has since said that the fight is all water under the bridge as far as he's concerned, even though at least one partygoer is threatening to sue Drake and three other women are claiming injuries from flying champagne bottles, among other threats, during the brawl. Other folks who happened to be in the club, including NBA star Tony Parker and several models, were collateral damage in the fracas and gave statements to New York City police. The club was closed for code violations.

Mill's debut for Jay-Z's Roc Nation, "Dreams & Nightmares," is slated for an Aug. 28 release. 

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Meek Mill: Chris Brown, Drake not to blame for brawl

Chris_brown_drakeNow that the broken glass has settled following last week’s messy nightclub brawl that reportedly involved Chris Brown and Drake and left four people injured, more details have emerged, only adding to the night's confusion.

Meek Mill, the Maybach Music Group MC reportedly involved in the scuffle, has blasted claims that Drake instigated the fight by hurling a bottle at Brown at New York nightclub W.i.P.

"I never seen Chris Brown or Drake throw a bottle, and I was there," Meek, who is currently touring with Drake, told XXL magazine Monday. "Chris and Drake, them two was there, but it's other people that be around that take … it to the next level.

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When digital beef gets real: What Drake, Chris Brown, Meek Mill can learn

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News that New York City police are investigating an early Thursday morning brawl, reportedly between Chris Brown and Drake and their respective entourages at the club W.i.P. in Manhattan, will undoubtedly dominate hip-hop blogs for the coming days.

But as details, tweets, video and denials emerge, let’s get one thing out of the way: Brown and Drake --   whatever this alleged beef is about, stop it immediately.

For some time, rumors of a feud between the two have proliferated, but it's only been in the last few months that fans and bloggers have paid closer attention (and dissected) this alleged beef.

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Of course, fingers are pointed at a certain pop star as the catalyst: Rihanna.

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Chris Brown, Drake reportedly brawl in New York City nightclub

Chris Brown and Drake reportedly were involved in bar brawl in New York early Thursday, June 14
New York City police are investigating a nightclub brawl early Thursday that reportedly involved hip-hop stars Chris Brown and Drake and that left four people injured, according to an NYPD spokeswoman.

Police released no names, stating only that “four people sustained minor injuries, they were transported to area hospitals for treatment and the investigation is ongoing.” No arrests have been made. The Associated Press reported that neither Drake nor Brown was present when police arrived.

Speculation quickly arose that the blow-up may have involved Brown’s former girlfriend Rihanna, with whom Drake has been seen recently.

News reports say the skirmish involved Brown’s camp and Drake’s entourage and left Brown with a bloody lip. Brown reportedly tweeted a photo of his injury shortly after the incident, then removed it from his Twitter site. He also reportedly tweeted, then removed, a note chastising unnamed combatants for “throwing bottles like girls? #shameonya!”

TMZ’s website carried photos of a glass-strewn floor of the W.I.P. club in Greenwich Village after the fracas.

In 2009, Brown assaulted Rihanna shortly before both were scheduled to appear at the Grammy Awards ceremony. He was sentenced to five years' probation and 1,400 hours of “labor-oriented service” for the assault.

Rihanna grabbed more headlines earlier this year with the release of a duet with Brown, “Birthday Cake,” a sexually charged single that prompted considerable speculation that the couple had reunited.

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Chris Brown teases 'Fortune' with free tracks [Listen]

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A lot of things can be argued about Chris Brown, but no one can say that the man doesn’t love his fans.

Never one to keep his experiments in the studio under wraps for too long, the singer has now released a handful of tracks to tease his upcoming album, “Fortune” -- just because.

For the last few days, Brown has taken to Twitter (a place that seems to lead him to his fair share of controversy and media scrutiny) to drop tracks -- most of which aren’t set for inclusion on his upcoming fifth album, which was pushed back from May 8 to July 3.

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Kanye West, Jay-Z's 'Throne' dominates BET Award nominations

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Kanye West leads the list of nominations for the 2012 BET Awards, which the network announced on Tuesday.

West scored a leading seven, six of them the result of his heralded collaboration with Jay-Z.

When the two rap heavyweights announced they would join forces on “Watch the Throne,” under the equally royal moniker the Throne, it became one of last year’s most anticipated releases. Fans were eager to hear what the frequent collaborators would offer.

The pair bypassed traditional album promotion: They didn’t issue a handful of visuals for the singles outside of “Otis” and “ … In Paris” -- both of which compete for video of the year -- and if you wanted to see them perform together, the best chance was their massive fall tour, which became one of 2011’s highest grossing.

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Exclusive: Chris Brown teams with Ron English for toy line

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Chris Brown is teaming with prolific street artist Ron English to create a limited line of collectible toys and art sculptures.

The joint venture, which Brown announced to Pop & Hiss, will be called Dum English and will be released through noted sculpture manufacturers Garageworks Industries and vinyl toy production house Made by Monsters. The line will launch in L.A. on May 2.

A limited launch of 1,000 toys will be made for the first run and an exhibition showcasing Brown’s street art will open May 2 at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. The show also will feature English’s work and some behind-the-scenes glimpses of their creative process together.

Brown and English also will paint together on a life-size Dum English astronaut sculpture in front of gallery guests.

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Rihanna on Chris Brown collaboration: It 'made sense'

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A few short weeks ago, Rihanna and Chris Brown sent the blogosphere into overdrive after they casually released not one, but two joint remixes, drawing the ire and confusion of fans and critics. Rihanna provided vocals on a remix of Brown's thumping dance single “Turn Up the Music” and he in turn lent his voice to her sexually aggressive “Birthday Cake.” The collaborations added fuel to rampant speculation that the two had reconciled. 

Now Rihanna is defending the decision to work with her ex –- the guy currently serving five years' probation for assaulting her three years ago.

The pop diva called into Ryan Seacrest’s morning show on Thursday to talk about a few fluffier subjects, including her upcoming big-screen debut, fashion goals and hair color.

Even Seacrest, the king of idle chitchat, couldn’t resist getting to the meatier subject at hand, so he asked her to explain the collaboration with Brown: “The first song that came about was ‘Birthday Cake,'" Rihanna said. "I mean, we ended up recording them at the same time and executing them together. But I reached out to him about doing ‘Birthday Cake’ because that’s the only person that, really, it made sense to do the record.” 

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Chris Brown to release 'Fortune' on May 8

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Chris Brown is currently swaddled in enough controversy that a new headline surprises no one, but for those into the music, this is the kind of news that matters: The embattled singer has announced that his new album, “Fortune” will hit stores May 8.

“Fortune” is led by the sticky electro-romp “Turn Up the Music,” which Brown performed at the 54th Grammy Awards last month. He also took home his first Grammy at that show, winning the R&B album trophy for “F.A.M.E.”

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Rihanna and Chris Brown put forth two songs and raise questions

Rihanna and Chris Brown put forth two songs and raise questions

Note: This is an expanded review from yesterday's post, "Rihanna, Chris Brown reunite with not one, but two songs."

While the music media world was wringing its hands about Chris Brown’s appearing on Rihanna's remix of “Birthday Cake,” the two former — or current, so far no one really knows — lovers were busy hatching not just one song but two. Not only is Brown lustily serenading Rihanna on “Cake,” but she appears on a new version of his song “Turn Up the Music,” complete with giggles at the end — presumably because they were having such a great time sending confusing, poorly conceived messages to anyone listening.

Let’s break it down track by track: First, there’s “Birthday Cake,” a fire-alarm-festooned sex burner that’s about as subtle as a hot pink thong. This is the song that will really get people talking — and not in a good way. Brown makes a splashy entrance, declaring his intents from the first line: He wants to get joint counseling, of course! Whoops, no. He just misses her body, the same one he assaulted three years ago, and wants to “give it” to her “in the worst way.”

As a mere collection of sounds and beats, there’s a provocative sheen to “Cake” that would make it serviceable fodder for club grinds, but its message is so convoluted given the context that it deserves to drown in the murky waters it was born in.

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