Immature’s Romeo Confirms Brandy Norwood Caused Him To Go Blind In One Eye

Prior to Marques Houston becoming a solo artist, the R&B singer was a member the group Immature. The teens primarily sang innocent love songs, but they were a hit and toured the world, performing for their young, and mature, fans. Each them had their own nicknames: Marques was “Batman,” Kelton Kessee was “LDB,” and Jerome Jones was known as “Romeo.”

Immature's Romeo Confirms Brandy Norwood Caused Him To Go Blind In One Eye
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The latter stood out from the other two because he sported a black eye patch, and while some thought it was a fashion statement, Jerome shared years ago that it stemmed from an incident that happened with fellow singer Brandy Norwood. Rumors circulated that the Moesha actress was responsible for Romeo’s eye injury, but while the gossip made it seem as if it was a purposeful move, Jerome confirmed in a recent interview with Nick Cannon that it was all an accident.

Cannon asked about the patch and the rumors about Brandy, and Jerome explained, “Yeah, her and Half Pint had got into it. She had a book in her hand, just tossed it back, not thinking anyone or I was that close. Cut my retina. Detached it. And the lens to the eye had fell out and Brandon Adams caught it. He was there with us. So, he’s standing there holding my lens. He’s not knowing what’s going on. Marq come in and we were trying to hide it.”

Marques chimed in that no one wanted to say anything because they wanted to make sure Brandy didn’t get scolded. “I was like ‘What’s going on?’ Rome is on the bed,” Marques said. “I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ Rome is like, ‘Nothing. Nothing.’ Brandy’s like, ‘He don’t want to get me in trouble. Nothing, nothing.'” When he found out, he immediate ran for Chris Stokes and rushed Jerome to the hospital. Unfortunately, he became blind in that eye. Check out the clip below.

Keith Sweat Disses Old Spice Deodorant For Coming After "Sweat" In All Forms

R&B legend Keith Sweat has dropped a surprise video in response to Old Spice’s new Sweat Defense campaign. Titled “Nobody (Sweat Defense Remix),” the track borrows primarily from Sweat’s 1996 classic “Nobody.”

Throughout the track, Sweat takes shots at the men’s deodorant brand and defends Washington Redskins rookie Montez Sweat’s last name in the process.

Over the past week, other celebrities rallied in Montez’ corner, including Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa, NFL stars Von Miller and Travis Kelce, sportscaster Charissa Thompson and the Texas Rangers’ Rougned “ODOR.”

According to a press release, the recent Old Spice advertising campaign includes an “irrational commitment to eliminating sweat in all forms, including removing Washington Redskins rookie Montez Sweat from the NFL based solely on his last name.”

Sweat evidently had to respond.

Lil Tecca’s "Ransom" Is No. 1 On Rhythmic Songs Airplay Chart

This week, Lil Tecca’s “Ran$om” track earns the young rapper the No. 1 slot on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart, per Billboard, after experiencing an increase 12% in airplay. It marks for the first No. 1 songs on the chart for producer Taz Taylor while adding onto the resume co-producer Nick Mira who previously accomplished the feat with Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams.”

Lil Tecca's "Ransom" Is No. 1 On Rhythmic Songs Airplay Chart

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The track first debuted on the chart on July 20th, cracking the top 10 in its seventh week. The airplay follows on the heels amazing streaming numbers logged by the young Tecca as the song was at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart for seven weeks straight. Currently, it sits at No. 4.

On other charts, the track also creeps to No. 6 on the RapAirplay chart while hitting No. 13 on the R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart, increasing his audience by 18% and 26%, respectively. Billboard also notes that the cut is quietly leaving a mark on the Pop Airplay chart, sliding from No. 20 to 28 after a 5% increase.

At the bottom the Rhythmic Songs chart, you’ll also find Tecca’s “Did It Again,” also produced by Taz Taylor and Nick Mira. With a 9% boosts in plays, it holds the 40th position on the chart.

 

 

 

Summer Walker’s "Over It" Logs Biggest Streaming Week Ever For A Female R&B Artist

This week, Summer Walker launches at No. 2 on the Billboard 200  charts, logging a total 134,000 equivalent album units for the first week her debut Over It studio album.

It marks the biggest week in units earned for an R&B album by a female artist in over three years with the last project by a female R&B artist to earn a greater number being Beyonce‘s Lemonade which earned 202,000 units in 2016 during its third week on the list.

Summer Walker's "Over It" Logs Biggest Streaming Week Ever For A Female R&B Artist

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Similar to its hip-hop counterparts, the 134,000 total was largely comprised streaming equivalent units as 119,000 came from streaming activity, translating to 154.7 million on-demand audio streams, making it the largest streaming week ever for an R&B album by a woman. Among all acts, it comes in second only to The Weeknd‘s Starboy, which earned 175.2 million on-demand streams in its debut week.

Executive produced by London On Da Track,  the effort arrived last week Walker’s LVRN/Interscope deal and marked just her second full-length fering since breaking onto the scene around this time last year with her Last Day Of Summer EP. Next up, Walker is scheduled to embark on a headlining run that will kick f in the UK next week before returning to the states to conclude in her hometown Atlanta in December.

 

Rick Ross’ "Port of Miami 2" Clutches No. 1 On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

After debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart last week, Rick RossPort Of Miami 2 album has expectedly taken its throne a No. 1 atop the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. In its first week, the album logged 80,000 units as recorded by Nielsen and becomes his first No. 1 on the chart since 2014’s Mastermind last held the crown.

What’s more, it debuts at the top exactly 13 years after Port Of Miami accomplished the same feat when it gifted Renzel his very first No. 1 on the chart in 2006.

Rick Ross now claims six No. 1 albums on this particular set, with POM2 also finding company in 2012’s God Forgives, I Don’t, 2009’s Deeper Than Rap, and 2008’s Trilla.

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Before POM2, Rick Ross’ last three efforts–Rather You Than Me (2017), Black Market (2015), and Hood Billionaire (2014)–all contributed to a streak in which he peaked at No. 2 every time. Miami 2 brings a welcome break to the pattern while also debuting at No. 1 on the Top Rap Albums chart.

Elsewhere on the charts, key selections from the output find themselves gracing the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with the highest bidder going to the Wale-assisted “Act A Fool” at No. 45. It is followed by “Summer Reign,” featuring Summer Walker at No. 47, “Turnpike Ike” at No. 49, and “Nobody’s Favorite” with Gunplay at No. 50.

The four new entries bring Rick Ross to a tally 99 tracks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. One more cut and he will be only the ninth artist to ever 100 or more.

Tory Lanez Gives “Chixtape 5” Update; Says It Will Be On Streaming Services

Tory Lanez has been teasing his Chixtape 5 mixtape for a while now, going back to last year when he first announced the project, but after several delays & setbacks we now have some more information. Tory took to his IG yesterday to give fans an update on the delay, and it’s because he’s clearing the project for streaming service. He says unlike previous Chixtape projects, this one will be on Apple Music and Spotify.

“I need y’all to understand something , THIS ISNT CHIXTAPE 1.2.3 or 4 .. I’ve listened to y’all complain for years “why can’t CHIXTAPE be on Apple or Spotify etc.?! “ and it’s because CLEARING IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A BXTCH … that being said . This time it’s CLEARED,” he wrote.

During his lengthy caption, Tory also revealed that he’s going more R&B for the project too. “Not only is it cleared . But it’s also the RETURN OF #RNBTory .. and that’s nothing to be toyed around with . It had to be calculated and done right .THIS IS THE BEST CHIXTAPE I HAVE EVER MADE,” he added.

Unfortunately he still didn’t clarify when the project will be dropping, but he did say there will be some big “surprises.”

Check out Tory’s update (below) and we’ll be sure to keep you posted once more information is revealed.

Usher’s Ex-Wife Tameka Foster Creates Animated Series In Memory Of Late 11-Year Old Son Kile

Tameka Foster, designer, stylist, and ex-wife R&B singer Usher Raymond, has been relatively quiet following the tragedy that befell her family back in 2012. Her 11-year-old son Kile Glover was riding in an inner tube on Lake Lanier in Atlanta when a family friend reportedly struck him with a jetski. The boy was rushed to the hospital but there was little doctors could do for him. Foster was told Kile was brain dead before the pre-teen suffered cardiac arrest and passed away.

Over the years, Foster has done as much as she could to keep her son’s memory alive, and her new venture has been created in tribute to him. She’s created an animated series titled The Odd Life Kile Lyles that’s said to be about “an 11-year-old boy, whose day-to-day life changes drastically after a trip to an antique toy museum where he purchases a mood ring, that unbeknownst to him, grants him superpowers.”

Foster is crowdfunding in hopes getting the 10-episode project completed. She hinted that there may have been others who were interested in producing the series, but possibly wanted to change the concept too much for her liking. “I mentioned previously that I had been working on a new project in Animation…meeting with networks, execs, asking ‘friends’, etc. I’ve now decided to shoot this independently. I do not wish to change the concept, do not wish to lose the integrity this project, nor do I want to change my ideas for political reasons.”

Foster is the mother five children, including Kile and two sons that she shares with Usher. 

City Girls’ "Act Up" Dominates Rhythmic Songs Airplay Chart

The City Girls’ “Act Up” smash ficially climbed to the No. 1 slot the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart for the week ending in July 6th after the cut experienced an increase 15% in plays.

As the track itself climbed to the penthouse suite, cementing the duo’s undeniable relevance in the mainstream at the moment, they also earned their third total entry on the charts as London On Da Track ‘s “Throw Fits,” which features a verse from Yung Miami, debuts on the same chart at No. 36. 

Billboard notes that “Act Up” is well on its way to a No. 1 slot on other charts as well judging by his current trajectory. On the Rap Airplay chart, the track sits at No. 2 with a 7% jump in its audience while sliding up to No. 3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart despite a recorded decrease 2%, earning an audience 20.5 million.

Such numbers only further serve to bolster a fruitful homecoming for one-half the duo, JT, who is set for her release from federal incarceration in the coming months. It was around this time last year that the Miami-bred rapper began to serve a year-long sentence for her conviction on fraudulent credit card charges.

 

Polo G & Lil Tjay Enter Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart With "Pop Out"

Polo G has earned his very first op 10 entry on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with the Lil Tjay-assisted “Pop Out” rising from No. 11 to No. 9.

Per usual, the jump is largely attributed to streaming with the track earning an 8 percent increase across platforms, earning 25.9 million streams in the week ending with June 16th. It also brings the song from No. 7 to No. 6 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs chart along with a boost 9-7 on the Streaming Songs chart across all genres.

On the radio front, “Pop Out” rises 35-32 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with 4.8 million in the audience, making for a 13 percent increase also improving on the Rhythmic Song airplay chart 37-35 due to a 17 percent increase in plays. On the Rap Airplay chart, a 14 percent increase leads “Pop Out” to No. 23.

The song’s most significant move the week comes with cracking the top 25 the Billboard Hot 100, thereby removing Polo G from the Emerging Artists chart, a fine accomplishment as the Emerging Artist chart is reserved for artists who have not yet done so as a lead artist.

As for Lil Tjay, he rising on the Emerging Artists tally with a new peak No. 13, vacating his previously-held slot No.18

R. Kelly's Former Manager Indicted for "Making Terroristic Threats" Against Alleged Sex Slave's Father

Yesterday, at his arraignment in Cook County, Illinois, R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 new charges of sexual assault against a minor.

Prosecutors had hit the embattled R&B singer with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between 13 and 16, two counts of criminal sexual assault by force, and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Speaking on controversial documentary Surviving R. Kelly, then-underage fan Jerhonda Pace explained she had sex with Kelly multiple times at his home in Olympia Fields, Illinois, between 2009 and 2010.

In the state, the four aggravated criminal sexual counts are Class X felonies.   These crimes, just short of murder in Illinois, carry a sentence of up to 30 years.  The three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse are Class 2 felonies in the state.  They carry a maximum sentence of 7 years.

Calling Kelly’s current total composition bond of $1 million “sufficient,” the judge presiding over the trial warned Kelly,

You’re out on bond.  It’s incumbent upon you to appear in court on each and every court date.

Now, the singer’s ex-manager has been indicted.

Making “terroristic threats” against a sex slave’s father.

Authorities in Georgia have indicted James Mason, the beleaguered singer’s former manager, on felony charges.

The Henry District County indicted him on one felony count of making terroristic threats.  This stems from an incident in May 2018 when Mason allegedly called Timothy Savage – the father of R. Kelly’s sex slave, Joycelyn Savage – and threatened to murder him,

I’m gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you, I’m gonna get you, I’m going to f—g kill you.

He claimed his daughter, who has readily defended the embattled R&B singer, said Kelly held her and other women captive as part of a sex cult.  He has also ‘brainwashed’ them.

Authorities in Georgia issued an arrest warrant for Mason last August.  Set free on a $10,000 bond after turning himself him, he was ordered to stay away from the Savage family.

Praising about the indictment, Gerald A. Griggs, the Savage family’s attorney, explained,

Today’s indictment of Henry James Mason, former manager of R. Kelly, further underscores the public accountability that victims and families are pressing on R. Kelly and his team.

The Savage family will not be bullied or threatened in their quest to reunite with Joycelyn.  Let this be a message to all associates of Robert Sylvester Kelly that the Savages are serious about justice and accountability.

 


Featured image by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

Mustard & Migos’ "Pure Water" Cracks Top 10 On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Mustard and Migos have ficially entered the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart together, moving from No. 14 to No. 10. Elsewhere the track also lives at No. 14 after a three-slot jump on the R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs chart, with a jump 15% after earning 19.2 million streams in the United States in addition to 6,000 downloads.

“Water” becomes Migos’ sixth Top 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart among their total 43 entries. Previously, they earned Top 10 distinctions with “Bad And Boujee,” “I Get The Bag,” “Motorsport,” “Stir Fry,” “Walk It Talk It.” 

“Pure Water” also experiences an 18% increase this week on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts, growing to a total audience 11.4 million on the radio.

Meanwhile, Mustard claims his first Top 10 on the songs with his fifth appearance on the chart credited as an artist. As a producer, however, the hitmaker earns his 16th Top 10, which includes two No. 1s: Big Sean‘s “I Don’t Fuck With You” and Rihanna‘s “Needed Me.”

He also finds himself in a four-way tie for the most production credits in the Top 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in the 2010s. He is joined by company that includes Kanye West, Boi-1da, and Mike Will Made-It. The only producer to best the four them is Noah “40” Shebib, who locks in 17 Top 10 tracks this decade, largely thanks to his work with Drake.

Ari Lennox Speaks Out About Debut Album: "It’s Time For This Project To Drop"

It’s been three years since Ari Lennox ficially joined J. Cole‘s Dreamville roster and now the singer is finally prepping the arrival her debut album, set to get here in MAy. In a recent interview, Lennox and her team spoke with Billboard about the grueling process Lennox’s debut, with Ari voicing the double-edged sword developing a project for so long.

“Everything happens for a reason,” she tells the publication, “and I feel like it makes me stronger. But I’m also just like, ‘Yo, it’s time for this project to drop …] A lot these songs I’ve been holding on to for a long time. I just want the world to hear them. And then, finally, I can exhale.” 

Lennox’s manager, Justin LaMotte also adds that Lennox’s build has been a strategic build, as indicated by her documented growth with her “Shea Butter baby” and “Whipped Cream” singles, placing her in her rightful position at the forefront as Dreamville’s only non-rapper signee.

Ari Lennox Speaks Out About Debut Album: "It's Time For This Project To Drop"

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 “R&B just takes some time to bubble,” says LaMotte, who also adds the fact that it took six months before “Shea Butter Baby” impacted radio. “Ari’s on a hip-hop label, but she doesn’t need to release music as rapidly as her labelmate. We can move at our own pace.”

“There is a bit a long game you have to play in R&B,” adds Laura Carter  Interscope Records, with whom Dreamville struck a joint deal in 2014. “As Ari is developing and her story is coming out, we’re seeing momentum kick in. Older tracks, and those that came out as loose releases are now getting the special attention they deserve.”

R. Kelly Will Seek Special Permission To Split The Country, Destination: Dubai

Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly is searching for permission to go away the nation whereas he awaits trial, so he can be a part of his enablers within the United Arab Emirates. The cause for his request: a sequence potential live performance bookings in Dubai, in line with info solicited by the Chicago Sun-Times.

R. Kelly Will Seek Special Permission To Split The Country, Destination: Dubai

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At this vital juncture the pre-trial, R. Kelly is not even allowed to go away the state Illinois, not to mention depart the nation. His attorneys are searching for unprecedented entry on the grounds that he not possesses the capital to feed himself and the quite a few dependents underneath his title. The notorious Steve Greenberg turned a replica over to the press, earlier than passing it f in courtroom this morning.

As a consequence the #muteRKelly motion and the adjoining Lifetime documentary bearing the singer’s title, many radio stations and live performance bookers throughout the United States have barred him from garnering any proceeds from his music. “He wants to have the ability to work like anybody else who’s free on bond, and the legislation must be adaptable,” Greenberg stated, in constructing a compelling case for his shopper earlier than a Cook County podium.

Since being jailed in February, and subsequently launched on bond after a thriller donor arrived on the scene, Kelly has seen his checking account plummet to its all-time since turning into a public determine. The particulars pertaining to the live performance bookings in Dubai stay unclear as this writing, hold it locked.

Kehlani Debuts at No. 1 On Top R&B Albums Chart With "While We Wait"

Kehlani now earns her second No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart together with her While We Wait effort for the week ending in March ninth, placing an finish to the reign held by Ella Mai’s self-titled debut. In its entry, the challenge earned 34,000 equal album items and reprises the singer’s position at No. 1 as she went No. with 2017’s SweetSexySavage for one week.

While We Wait additionally makes its debut at No. 5 on the Top R&B/Hip0-Hop Albums chart, and as beforehand reported bowed at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart.

As the entire challenge makes its respective debuts, choose tracks additionally make their very own debut on the Hot R&B Songs chart, with the very best the brand new entries being the Dom Kennedy assisted “Nunya.”

Following after is “Feels” at No. 16, the Musiq Soulchild collab “Footsteps” at No. 17, the 6LACK-assisted “RPG” at No. 20, “Too Deep” at No. 22, and ‘Morning glory” at No. 24.

Elsewhere, “Nights Like This,” that includes Ty Dolla $ign peaks at No. four, marking Kehlani’s finest exhibiting on the chart and topping her No. 6 peak for “Gangsta” again in 2016. “Nights” additionally climbs to No. 32 on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart after a 23 p.c increase in performs whereas going from 72 to No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 after incomes 10.three million streams within the United States.

R. Kelly Hasn’t Contacted His Children Since 2017: Report

It should not come as a lot shock, however R. Kelly‘s impassioned pleas to reconnect together with his kids have been seemingly spoken in useless. The recently-jailed R&B singer spoke on the difficulty a day previous to his arrest, on a CBS broadcast with interviewer Gayle King. Since the airing, TMZ has unearthed data casting critical doubt over his sincerity.

Unspecified sources near the household/state of affairs have been contacted by TMZ, throughout which they advised the media outlet R. Kelly hasn’t contacted ex-wife Drea Kelly or his kids since 2017. If it weren’t for the gravity the state of affairs, R. Kelly ballistic “efficiency” throughout the Gayle King would have been repurposed as the brand new “crying Jordan meme” going ahead.

Correction.. the staggering loop is already effectively on its approach to Meme infamy.  As you’ll be able to understand with your personal eyes and ears, Gayle tries to calm the impassioned singer by referring to him by his given title Robert, however Kelly is already approach too misplaced within the sauce to be reached on any degree. “I am attempting to have a relationship, and I can not do it,” he exclaims whereas coming to his ft.

As for the precise plausibility reconnecting together with his kids, Drea Kelly has by no means as soon as objected to the concept, although she is on file as labeling her ex-husband a vile and underhanded particular person. Surprisingly, TMZ is reporting that regardless of the turmoil, the door remains to be open for reconciliation, though I collect, the dialog solely begins as soon as R Kelly meets these little one help necessities.