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Babyface took on Broadway role to honour late mother

March 19th, 2014 4:10am EDT
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Legendary R&B star Babyface signed up to make his Broadway debut in hit musical After Midnight to honour his late mother.

The singer, real name Kenneth Edmonds, has joined forces with longtime pal and collaborator Toni Braxton to appear in the New York stage production, which celebrates jazz icon Duke Ellington's years at Harlem's famous Cotton Club, and Babyface admits he wanted to make his mum, Barbara Edmonds, proud by taking on the new challenge.

He tells Essence.com, "My mum passed away about a year and a half ago and I really wanted to do this for her 'cause I knew that she would be...
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16 Celebrities With Issues - Bankruptcies, Rehab, And Much More

March 16th, 2014 6:03pm EDT
16 Celebrities With Issues - Bankruptcies, Rehab, And Much More
We understand that celebrities aren't perfect, but some of them have made a second career out of doing dumb things. Here are 16 celebrities with issues:

Justin Bieber - Bieber has been a menace for the past few years, irritating his neighbors in Calabasas (including an alleged egging incident), having his home searched by police, peeing in a mop bucket at a restaurant, drag racing, a DUI, and the infamous disposition video. Bieber has been so uneven people are beginning to think he's on steroids.

Selena Gomez - Selena went to rehab for "exhaustion" and allegedly left early, then hooke...
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Now 49 compilation thaws the top of U.S. charts as Frozen soundtrack slides

February 12th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Frozen
The latest NOW compilation has ended the big freeze at the top of the U.S. album charts - the Frozen soundtrack is no longer number one.

The Now 49 hits collection takes over almost 15 years to the day since the first ever compilation first entered the top 10 in January, 1999.

The Frozen soundtrack slides to two after a four week reign atop the Billboard 200.

Bruno Mars gets a boost from his Super Bowl performance as his Unorthodox Jukebox climbs back into the top at three, while debuts from Toni Braxton & Babyface (Love, Marriage & Divorce), Broken Bells (After the Disco) and Little Mix...
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Babyface is engaged

February 12th, 2014 10:20am EST
Babyface
Babyface is engaged to his long-term girlfriend.
The record producer confirmed that he has popped the question to former dancer Nicole Patenberg after seven years together.
The star - real name Kenneth Edmonds - told The Los Angeles Times newspaper: "I'm happy to say I'm on the love marriage path. I'm a very lucky guy!"
The 54-year-old star - who has five-year-old daughter Peyton Nicole with his fiancee - insists honesty is the key to a happy relationship and thinks couples should deal with their problems head-on.
During an interview with BET, where he was discussing a collaboration betwe...
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Toni Braxton to write autobiography

January 17th, 2014 3:20am EST
Toni Braxton
Singer Toni Braxton has inked a deal to tell her life story in an autobiography.

The Grammy winner has signed a contract with an imprint of the HarperCollins publishing house to write a book titled Unbreak My Heart, named after her biggest hit single.

Braxton is expected to detail her musical success as well as her struggle with lupus and the challenges she faced raising a child with autism.

The memoir is set to hit shelves on 20 May (14).
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Toni Braxton: 'Retiring is off the table now'

December 6th, 2013 3:10am EST
Toni Braxton
Singer Toni Braxton is backpedalling on her decision to quit her career in music, thanks to some coaxing from her good friend Kenneth 'babyface' Edmonds.

In February (13), the Un-Break My Heart hitmaker stunned fans by announcing she would be retiring from music to focus on acting and other projects.

During an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, she stated, "I don't feel the love for music anymore. It's not affecting me and making me feel that thing I always felt when I performed, it's leaving me. I'm not sure what's going on in my life, maybe I'm going through a femal...
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Music Wrap-Up: Drake & Bruno Mars Added To VMAs And More

August 23rd, 2013 1:30pm EDT
Bruno Mars
Welcome to Friday! At the request of a reader via Twitter who asked me politely for posts on Pop music news, I’ve decided not to treat the genre like an evil stepchild. Mainly because I love Pop so much. So, without further delay, here is the Hip Hop, R&B, AND Pop music news you may have missed while placing bets on Lady Gaga and Katy Perry’s singles outshining each other.

Drake and Bruno Mars added to VMA performance lineup

The VMA’s are set to kickoff live from New York this coming Sunday and the list of performers keeps growing causing anticipation to bubble like a pot of hot water on ...
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Toni Braxton loses song copyrights at auction

July 28th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Toni Braxton
R&B star Toni Braxton has lost the rights to some of her biggest hits after she was outbid during an auction of her back catalogue.

The Un-break My Heart singer managed to strike a deal earlier this month (Jul13) to resolve her latest bankruptcy woes, which hit headlines in 2010 amid rumours her debts had spiralled to between $10 million (£6.6 million) and $50 million (£33.3 million).

As part of the agreement, Braxton was given the chance to buy back some of her personal property by paying monthly installments, while she was also allowed to buy back the copyright on a collection of 27 of ...
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Toni Braxton Resolves Bankruptcy Problems

July 7th, 2013 7:52am EDT
Toni Braxton
Singer Toni Braxton can finally put her bankruptcy troubles behind her after reportedly paying off $150,000 to settle her case.

The Unbreak My Heart hitmaker filed for bankruptcy for a second time in 2010 amid allegations her debts had spiralled to between $10 million and $50 million.

According to TMZ.com, Braxton has bought back some of her personal property by paying monthly $5,000 installments for 15 months, and has also handed over $100,000 using earnings from gigs she performed overseas.

The R&B star is now expected to buy back the copyright on a collection of her songs for $20,000 ...
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Toni Braxton reunites with former mentor Babyface for new record

July 3rd, 2013 3:20am EDT
Toni Braxton
Singer Toni Braxton is back in the studio with the man who helped launch her career, Kenneth 'babyface' Edmonds, for the first time in years.

The Un-Break My Heart hitmaker was signed to Edmonds' LaFace record label ahead of her self-titled debut album's release in 1993.

The pair went on to share huge success, with Edmonds working as a writer and producer on her next two hit records, but the duo later parted ways professionally, and Braxton has since failed to replicate her previous chart glory.

They are now working together again on Braxton's eighth album, which will be released through...
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Tamar Braxton gives birth

June 7th, 2013 3:30am EDT
Tamar Braxton
R&B singer Tamar Braxton is celebrating after giving birth to a baby boy.

The first-time mum took to her Twitter.com page on Thursday (06Jun13) to share the happy news with fans, writing, "HE'S finally here!" alongside a snap of a group of blue teddy bears with the words 'baby boy' printed on their feet.

The singer and her record producer husband Vincent Herbert have yet to release any further details about the new arrival.

Her sister, Toni Braxton, was quick to congratulate her sibling, taking to the social networking site to add, "congratulations to my beautiful baby sister! I have a n...
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Trina Braxton files for divorce

June 3rd, 2013 2:38pm EDT
Toni Braxton
Singer Toni Braxton's sister Trina has filed for divorce from her husband on the grounds of infidelity.

Trina Braxton branded her marriage to Gabriel Adrian-Solis irretrievably broken in legal papers recently lodged in a Georgia court.

The couple split in March, five months shy of its 10th wedding anniversary.

The pair's marital troubles were well documented on reality TV show Braxton Family Values, which featured Adrian-Solis coming clean about his infidelity with numerous women in the past, while Braxton also confessed to cheating on her husband, reports TMZ.com.
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Toni Braxton: 'I Would Like To Play A Lesbian & Do A Whole Make-Out Scene'

February 19th, 2013 9:35am EST
Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton has a dream - she wants to play a lesbian onscreen. The singer recently shocked fans after revealing she was quitting music because she wants to concentrate on acting.
 
Earlier this month she kicked off her screen career as a leading lady with favorable reviews as the star of TV movie "Twist of Faith," and now she wants to make out with another actress.
 
Braxton told theGrio.com, "I would like to play a lesbian... and do a whole make-out scene and the whole thing, just something completely different than people would expect from me. Not a lipstick lesbian, either."

Braxton h...
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Toni Braxton Retiring From Music

February 8th, 2013 7:08am EST
Toni Braxton
Singer Toni Braxton is hanging up her microphone after realizing she no longer has a love for music.

The Un-Break My Heart hit-maker has won eight Grammy Awards and sold over 66 million records worldwide, but over the last few years she has been hit with a number of health scares and financial problems that have forced her to rethink her career.

In 2011, she teamed up with her mother and sisters for reality TV show Braxton Family Values, which is currently approaching its third season, and now she has decided to retire from recording altogether and focus on acting and other projects.

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Minka Kelly, Kylie & Kendall Jenner & More Celebs Are Ret Hot At The Heart Truth Runway Show

February 7th, 2013 1:00pm EST
The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection
Stars including singer Toni Braxton, "Fashion Police" host Kelly Osbourne, and actress Brenda Strong (above) strutted their stuff modeling the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Wednesday.

The Heart Truth campaign raises awareness about heart disease in women, and ladies such as actress Minka Kelly, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and fitness guru Jillian Michaels wore crimson to show their support for the cause.

Reality stars Kylie, Kendall and Kris Jenner also made their way down the catwalk in slinky red dresses.

Check out tons of pics from the show!

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Toni Braxton Hospitalized With Blood Clots Related To Lupus

December 8th, 2012 9:30am EST
Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton is in the hospital to treat blood clots related to her lupus condition.

Last year the singer opened up about her struggle with the disease, and now the auto-immune condition, which attacks healthy body tissue, forced her to seek medical attention.

On Friday Braxton posted on Twitter: "Hey guys, I'm in the hospital for health issues related to lupus & blood clots, I will be home soon...Thanks for all the love & support!"

In January the singer was admitted to a clinic after her immune system started to shut down. In addition, Braxton also suffers from heart condition microvasc...
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Toni Braxton: 'Oprah Winfrey Was Mean To Me'

October 29th, 2012 6:18pm EDT
Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton has taken aim at Oprah Winfrey in a new TV expose, alleging the TV titan was mean to her during a 1998 interview about the singer's financial problems.

The R&B star insists the TV chat severely damaged her reputation after the host made some choice remarks about her over-spending which led Braxton to declare bankruptcy.

In a taped interview with VH1 for a Behind The Music special, which will air in America on Monday, the singer says, "She was so frickin' mean to me, I was in shock.

"She said, 'I hear you have Gucci flatware; I'm Oprah Winfrey and I don't have Gucci flatware....
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Toni Braxton Accused Of Shirking Bankruptcy Payment

October 29th, 2012 10:16am EDT
Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton has been accused of transferring $53,490 to her estranged husband to avoid paying creditors in her bankruptcy case.

The Unbreak My Heart hit-maker's estranged husband Keri Lewis received the money after it had already been earmarked to repay creditors, according to new documents filed in the ongoing case.

Now, the appointed bankruptcy trustee who originally made the accusation is suing Lewis for the money.

Braxton filed for bankruptcy in 2010, claiming she was between $10 million and $50 million in debt but was only worth between $1 million and $10 million at the time.

A re...
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Toni Braxton Admits Grammy Award-Winning Song Was About Marijuana

October 27th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton has confessed her 1996 Grammy Award-winning tune You're Making Me High is all about the joys of marijuana use.

Fans and the singer's family have always thought the song is a sexy and sensual ode to new love, but the singer herself admits it's all about getting high.

In a new interview for an upcoming VH1 Behind The Music expose, she reveals, "A week before (writing the song with Babyface and Bryce Wilson), I was introduced to marijuana, and I got high for the first time and so I added that in the song.

"In the bridge, I'm singing, 'I want to feel your heart and soul inside o...
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Toni Braxton Entangled In TV Advertising Legal Battle

August 3rd, 2012 8:20am EDT
Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton has become embroiled in a lawsuit over her reality TV project amid allegations an advertising bill went unpaid.

The singer is an executive producer on fly-on-the-wall WEtv show Braxton Family Values, which follows the Un-Break My Heart star and her siblings, as well as their mother.

Braxton has now been named in a lawsuit filed by bosses of National Promotions & Advertising (NPA), who claim they were hired by producers of the show to promote the second season.

The lawsuit, filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court, claims the company put up more than 4,000 posters adverti...
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Stars Show Support For Usher After Stepson Is Declared Brain Dead

July 9th, 2012 9:00am EDT
Usher
Doctors have declared Usher's 11-year-old stepson brain dead after a jet ski accident on Saturday, and officials have launched an investigation into the incident.

Kyle Glover, son of the R&B star's estranged wife Tameka Foster, was hit while sitting on an inflatable raft on Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Georgia.

Glover suffered a head injury and has shown no brain activity since the accident, according to TMZ.com. At press time, it wasn't determined whether the boy would be taken off life support.

The Department of Natural Resources' Critical Incident Response Team plans on recreating the acci...
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Celebrity Dating Rumors: Tim Tebow And Taylor Swift? Ashton Kutcher And Lorene Scafaria? And More

March 1st, 2012 12:00pm EST
Tim Tebow Taylor Swift
All of the attention may have been on the Oscars for the past week, but we still got the news on some possible celebrity couples trying to stay under the radar.

Tim Tebow and Taylor Swift were spotted at a pre-Oscars party, which made for tons of buzz. "After dinner, he walked her out," a source told ClevverNews. "Then he walked back in to join two other people. I think they may both have been with their agents." Swift also had to refute rumors she was dating Lorax co-star Zac Efron. "He’s awesome, we are not a couple though," Swift said. "You hear people get together when they’re shooting...
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Toni Braxton Dating Eddie Murphy?

February 29th, 2012 11:25am EST
Toni Braxton
A representative for Toni Braxton has downplayed reports linking the singer to funnyman Eddie Murphy.

The Unbreak My Heart hit-maker is said to have started dating the actor four months ago, according to a new Us Weekly report.

A source tells the publication the stars "are seeing each other and very into it," and adds, "Their kids have met and everything. It's getting very serious."

Murphy fueled the speculation when he was spotted backstage at Braxton's Los Angeles concert on February 19th, but her spokesperson insists their relationship is strictly platonic.

The rep says, "Toni an...
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Toni Braxton Hospitalized; Assures Fans She'll Be 'Fine'

January 13th, 2012 9:29am EST
Toni Braxton
Soul star Toni Braxton has been hospitalized in Los Angeles after her immune system started to shut down.

The singer suffered some painful "flare ups" stemming from her Lupus condition, which attacks the body's healthy tissue.

But Braxton tells TMZ.com she'll be fine after a little rest.

She tells the website, "I wanted to say thanks to all my fans for their support, as I have been experiencing some flare ups with my Lupus which has me in the hospital for a few days.

"I wanted to clear the record before rumors started, and I will totally be fine as I'm blessed to having an amazing famil...
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Toni Braxton Drops Brother-In-Law As Manager

October 26th, 2011 2:13pm EDT
Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton has parted ways with her longtime manager and brother-in-law Vince Herbert.

The Unbreak My Heart hit-maker is no longer working with Herbert, who is married to her sister, Tamar, and has represented Lady Gaga and worked on several tracks for Destiny's Child.

Braxton's rep confirms the split to New York Post gossip column PageSix, but adds the pair still remains good friends.

The spokesperson says, "(Toni) has a great personal and professional relationship with Vince... (They are) still very close."
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Toni Braxton Considers Posing Nude For Playboy

May 7th, 2011 3:30pm EDT
Toni Braxton
Financially-strapped Toni Braxton is still contemplating an offer to pose nude for Playboy magazine because she's concerned the spread will have a negative impact on her two sons.

The "Un-Break My Heart" hitmaker was approached by editors of the men's publication to strip off in January, three months after filing for bankruptcy.

But the star is hesitant to agree to the lucrative deal because she worries her young boys Denim and Diezel will get teased about the sexy spread at school.

Speaking on talk show "The View" on Friday, she says, "I'm thinking about it. I haven't said yes. One of t...
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Toni Braxton Completes Court Ordered Finance Course

April 26th, 2011 8:14am EDT
Toni Braxton
R&B star Toni Braxton has moved to end her money woes by completing a court ordered course on financial management.

The singer filed for bankruptcy for a second time last year amid allegations her debts spiraled to between $10 million and $50 million.

She was ordered to enroll on a course about money matters as part of her case, and she passed on April 15th.

Braxton's pass certificate, obtained by TMZ.com, reveals she completed an "internet instruction course concerning personal financial management."

Braxton, who previously filed for bankruptcy in 1998, has blamed her cash flow issu...
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Toni Braxton Isn't Divorcing Yet Because Of Her Kids

April 21st, 2011 9:15am EDT
Toni Braxton
Singer Toni Braxton has no plans to legally end her marriage to estranged husband Keri Lewis because she can't bear to break the news to the couple's two young sons.

The star split from Lewis, a former member of R&B band Mint Condition, in late 2009 but the pair has remained close for the sake of their boys Denim, nine, and Diezel, eight.

And Braxton admits she can't see herself filing for divorce to finalize their split for fear of upsetting her children.

She tells Sister 2 Sister magazine, "We co-parent together. Sometimes he stays over with the kids; he's very involved with his kids.....
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Toni Braxton: 'I'm Much Bigger In Europe'

April 20th, 2011 3:11pm EDT
Toni Braxton
R&B star Toni Braxton has to rely on lucrative tour dates in Europe to boost her bank balance, because her family's reality TV show is not profitable enough for her to live on.

The Un-break My Heart hit-maker was forced to file for bankruptcy last year amid reports she owed between $10 million and $50 million in unpaid debts after cancelling a series of Las Vegas shows due to heart problems.

She recently assured fans her financial woes were not as bad as had been reported and claimed she just had an outstanding tax debt with U.S. authorities amounting to $500,000.

However the star, wh...
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Toni Braxton Blames Bankruptcy On Lupus

April 11th, 2011 10:05pm EDT
Toni Braxton
R&B singer Toni Braxton had no choice but to file for bankruptcy because she refused to tell debt collectors she had lupus.

The singer's financial troubles first came to light in October when she admitted to owing between $10 million and $50 million in unpaid debts after canceling a series of Las Vegas shows due to heart problems.

However Braxton's woes grew more and more complicated after attempts to strike a deal with creditors failed because she didn't want to reveal she was struggling with a debilitating disorder.

During an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show on Monday, she says, "...
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