Chris Brown Debuts New Video for “Liquor/Zero”

Chris Brown has finally liberated his newest music video, a 9-minute short film for his latest single, “Liquor,” and a new record, “Zero.”

The video starts off with Brown in a bar having a drink alone, but he’s later given a drink by a beautiful woman that changes his entire night. Brown returns home, but before he can reach his door his clothes and personal belongings are being thrown out onto the street, which seamlessly takes you into “Zero,” a brand new record from Brown, who just wrapped up his star-studded One Hell Of a Nite tour this weekend, and is prepping his new album, Royalty, for a 4th quarter release.

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Chris Brown Wins Joint Custody of His Daughter

Chris Brown has been wearing his big boy drawers..

Chris Brown and his baby mama Nia Guzman went head to head at court for custody over baby Royalty and for the child support payments to remain at $2,500 a month.

The case was in Houston and Guzman wanted to move it to Los Angeles, and the state is known to give hefty child support payments. But the judge denied her request, granted the parents joint custody, and the child support is staying at $2,500 instead of 15K like Guzman wanted. Damn, why she tryna stick him for his paper?

Congratulations to Chris Brown for handling his business like a man and for his case going in his favor. His love for his daughter has been proven time and time again by his actions.

Check out this picture he posted on Instagram after TMZ claimed he was a no-show at court:
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BET Launches New Docu-Series about Nicki Minaj, Beyonce & More

BET has announced its new hour long docu-series following the careers of some of today’s greatest superstars. It will follow the careers of Beyonce, Trey Songz, Chris Brown and more. The show titled “THE BET LIFE OF…” premieres Tuesday, September 8th at 9 P.M. Watch the Trailer below:

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BET is so fortunate to have been there since the beginning with these amazing artists. It’s been fun looking back at the early years of these superstars; many of whom have their very first look on BET. Through this show you’ll get nostalgic, but also realize the work, dedication and growth to today of your favorite performers,” says Stephen G. Hill, BET President of Programming.

The full season of “THE BET LIFE OF…” will feature the following (Schedule subject to change):

Chris Brown (Tuesday, September 8th at 9pm)
Trey Songz (Tuesday, September 15th at 9pm)
Nicki Minaj (Tuesday, September 22nd at 9pm)
Janet Jackson (Tuesday, September 29th at 9pm)
Beyonce (Tuesday, October 6th at 9pm)

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Listen to Chris Brown’s New Single “Gangsta Way” featuring French Montana

It’s nice to see Chris Brown having peace to focus on his career.
Chris is currently on his One Hell of a Nite tour with Fetty Wap, French Montana, Teyana Taylor, and Kid Ink. Which means he’s been a real busy guy.

He announced on Twitter that the title of his forthcoming album will be Royalty, just like his daughter. Also, yesterday he uploaded a 15 second clip on Instagram of the visuals for his single “Liquor” which was self directed and is expected to be on Royalty.

While fans wait for his album to drop, Chris Brown blessed them with another single, “Gangsta Ways” featuring French Montana. French Montana and Chris have collaborated in the past in the following songs: “Poppin” and “Moses” featuring Migos.

“Gangsta Ways” is over a smooth beat, accompanied by Chris Brown’s beautiful vocals singing about street love, plus French Montana’s auto-tuned rhymes.

Listen to Chris’ latest single below:

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Chris Brown Gets Massive Tattoo of Greek Sculpture on His Head

Chris Brown is currently on his One Hell Of A Nite tour with French Montana, Fetty Wap and a couple of other hit-making friends, but that won’t stop him from making headlines for other reasons.

When has it ever?

The “Liquor” singer, who very recently announced his new album, Royalty, named after his daughter, uploaded-then-deleted a picture of a massive tattoo of the Greek Venus de Milo sculpture on the back of his head, right behind his right ear.

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Shortly after, video would surface on Twitter of the entire process–just in case folks thought there was some Photoshop action going on–and as painful as it looks, CB now has Ms. Venus prominently–and permanently–on his scalp.

Chris Brown Unveils His Forthcoming Album Title

Chris Brown’s last album, X, was put on hold for a really long time due to his legal battles. But Chris Brown has been recently keeping out of trouble with the law, giving him the opportunity to go on his One Hell Of a Nite Tour and work on his seventh studio album. He told Twitter last night what the name of the forthcoming album will be:

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 5.33.28 PMThe album shares the name with his toddler Royalty. This isn’t much of a surprise because Chris Brown doesn’t hide his infatuation with his daughter not one bit.  I’m sure she’s a heavy influence during the creation of this album so it’s only right that he named it after his baby girl.

His latest single “Liquor” is expected to be included on this album. I’m excited to hear what the album has in store. Hopefully Chris drops it before the year’s up.

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New Video: Rita Ora ft. Chris Brown – Body On Me

English bombshell Rita Ora and R&B prince Chris Brown gets more than close in the new video for “Body On Me”.  The two team up for one incredibly sexy visual that makes the chemistry between them seem a bit too real. Ora and Brown meet in an elevator of their apartment complex in the video where they both fantasize about touching, teasing, and maybe a few other things while their at it. Without a doubt, Rita’s first U.S hit will heat up the charts and surely sets the tone for her upcoming debut album.

We could be wrong, but wasn’t that some lip action at the end? Take a look for yourself above!

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Chris Brown Can’t Leave The Philippines

Chris Brown is currently being held in the Philippines because he owes money to a promoter over a missed show from last New Years Eve. The Philippines Department of Justice ordered to stop any of Brown’s, and his promoter John Michael Pio Roda‘s attempts to leave the country.

According to CNN:

The Bureau of Immigration said Brown and his promoter John Michael Pio Roda were both subject to an immigration lookout bulletin, but they could seek a clearance certificate that could allow them to leave if the Department of Justice consented.

Chris Brown is currently touring across Asia and had to cancel one of his shows scheduled for later this week due to safety concerns.

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Hopefully the chart topping singer can get out of the Philippines soon and continue his tour. Stay tuned for any updates.

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Game Recognize Game: Hip Hop giants finding value in Africa’s elite

In addition to blessing us with tech innovations like social media, the information age has made the world ridiculously smaller. Nowhere is this concept more prevalent, at the moment, than in the entertainment industry. What once was an anomaly (of sorts) is now commonplace in artists looking to improve branding & expand their international presence by reaching new audiences overseas.

Entering in a picture – that was once almost exclusively dominated by collaborations with European & Latin musicians – is the African market. Under the “Afro” umbrella, musicians from “the motherland” are dominating the international music scene. Afro music commences with the historic AfroBeat genre, a traditional/contemporary sound pioneered by legendary Nigerian singer & instrumentalist Fela Kuti. His influence gave birth to hugely popular subcategories in AfroBeats, modern variations of AfroPop and even Afro&B (see OgaSilachi), to name a few.

Not only is this eclectic sound popular within the continent of Africa (and its 1 billion inhabitants), it’s also sending waves through Europe – namely United Kingdom. The advent of social media has allowed for artists like Wizkid and Davido to become less dependent on the ‘mainstream’ route to success; instead allowing them to leverage digital platforms to reach their fans directly and amass huge followings in the process.

Insert North America’s elite.

Contrary to popular opinion, domestic artists – from the fairly new, like Fetty Wap to the fairly established, like Drake – benefit greatly from the association with these international stars. As the opportunities for music monetization continue to dry up, with album revenue at a stand still, touring and merchandise income become an artist’s best bet to cash in! By teaming up with the hottest acts overseas, artists in America put themselves in great situations to become global icons and acquire new audiences that allow them to earn big.

African musicians reap dividends as well, from this unity, in the form of validity and sense of respectability from the masses. Without a certain acceptance from influencers within the states, it’s hard for these musicians to truly break through, realizing global star potential.

I spoke at length with Sarkodie, the Ghana-based hip hop/hip-life star dubbed Africa’s best emcee and a leader of the continent’s ‘new school’ of sound. Sarkodie says the recent cultural fusion is due to artists looking to create beyond their “comfort zone”, in addition to the mutual benefit of discovering new markets.

“.. Of course you see most of the Americans want to tap into the markets on the continent here in Africa, so if you happen to be one of the lead artists – and I thank God for putting me in that position – one of the reps of Africans, you get to be one of the first persons to have a taste of it.”

From a financial/marketing standpoint, Sarkodie said it makes a lot of sense, as well, as “you then double up with numbers since you have [access to] a different territory”.

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Ice Prince (center left) meets JAY Z at ROC Nation in NYC

Hip hop moguls, Kanye West and JAY Z, have made valiant efforts to tap into West Africa’s flourishing music market. If you recall, Kanye’s label, G.O.O.D Music, signed Nigeria’s power duo D’Banj and Don Jazzy back in 2011 – before things reportedly went awry. JAY Z, in looking to expand his music/media entities (ROC Nation and TIDAL), has his sights on Nigeria and wants Ice Prince Zamini as his flagship act. Akon was able to pry R&B pairing P-Square away from business independence, en route to a joint deal between Konvict Muzik & UMG. And over the last three years, T.I., Rick Ross, Wale, Akon and Ace Hood – to name a few – have jumped on huge African singles, respectively, meshing styles & cultures.

Despite these mutually beneficial arrangements of the recent past, it seems like 2015 is the start of something special; as the world keeps shrinking and a culture fusion – unifying the two worlds – continues.

In 2015, thus far, we’ve seen this trend take off with no indication of slowing down anytime soon. Last month, Davido (winner of the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards’ “Best Male Act”) released a monster single featuring Meek Mill, entitled “Fans Mi”.

Davido ft. Meek Mill – “Fans Mi”

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From a promotional standpoint the track couldn’t have dropped at a better time for Davido, as Meek’s Dreams Worth More Than Money sophomore studio album has experienced great success to date – including a number 1 ranking on the Billboard 200. The MMG prodigy also boasts the fourth highest selling U.S. album, of any genre, this year (behind Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Mumford & Sons). In addition to “Fans Mi”, Davido will also reportedly have Trey Songz, Akon and Wale on the final cut of The Baddest, his sophomore project set to release early August.

Wizkid ft. Drake & Skepta – “Ojuelegba (Remix)”

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The second massive afro-collaboration of the summer comes from the 6 – by way of England. Last week, Drake premiered his version of Wizkid’s hit single, “Ojuelegba”, with help from UK Grime MC, Skeptawho helped make the collaboration possible. The remix was first heard during Drake’s inaugural OVO Sound Radio show, on the globally distributed Beats 1 streaming service. News of the unexpected remix set social media ablaze, with “Ojuelegba” eventually trending worldwide. Wizkid quickly took to Twitter to manage the hype, and alert his fanbase of more in store (three Chris Brown features, to be exact).

Sarkodie ft. Ace Hood – “New Guy”

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Sarkodie connected with Florida-native & We The Best signee, Ace Hood, on “New Guy”. The pair swapped clever lines, discussed humble beginnings and identified themselves as new guys – bringing fresh, authentic elements to the culture. Sarkodie described the chemistry between himself and Ace as “too natural”, which he credited to staying true to his foundation.

“New Guy actually is one of the great records I’ve done, not [just] because I have Ace on it, but that’s one of my personal favorites because I was myself – this is the real Sarkodie.”

Ayo Jay ft. Fetty Wap – “Your Number (Remix)”

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Ayo Jay, the talented Afro-pop vocalist & songwriter, recently enlisted Fetty Wap to lend his 2013 hit “Your Number” a street-vibe. The NEA Awards nominee for “Best New Act” is said to have three songs with Fetty and could collaborate further, in the near future. Fetty, the New Jersey product taking the industry by storm, has also recently been linked to Davido, Wizkid and Ice Prince Zamini. In an Instagram video from late May, Fetty announced an Afro-Remix of his chart-topping, critically acclaimed “Trap Queen” with the Nigerian acts.

It’s been a huge summer for African sound and the artists that identify with, and embrace, it. This presents great opportunity for continued expansion of both music from the motherland, and American talent on an international level.

“I think music is actually breaking boundaries now, we’re all coming together as one.. [Other countries have] had their fair share… I think its just Africa’s turn”, says Sarkodie.

If smoke from these past partnerships are of any indication, there will be an abundance of fire coming by way of collaboration, both sonically and business-wise, very soon.

Chris Brown’s California Home Broken Into By Armed Robbers

armed thieves forced one of Brown’s family members into a closet during the robbery at his home in Tarzana

According to news reports, singer Chris Brown was the victim of a home invasion by armed robbers early this morning in Tarzana, California.

Brown was not home during the robbery, however, his aunt that was present was forced into a closet before the intruders made off with whatever was taken from the home, police say.

This isn’t the first time the singer has been the victim of a breaking and entering, as Brown discovered a stalker naked in his Southern California home just last year.

This story is developing and TheSource.com will bring you details as they are available.

-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)