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Tuesday
Jun272017

Taylor Swift recalls how she taught NBA MVP Russell Westbrook how to dribble

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCTaylor Swift turns up in the oddest places.

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has been named this year's NBA MVP, and his teammates tweeted out a special congratulatory video, starring none other than Tay-Tay, who's been largely absent from both social media and the spotlight for months.

"Ah, Russell, it's Taylor. Remember? I was the one who taught you how to play basketball," Taylor says in the video. "I was the one who taught you to dribble...and I remember the first time you beat me at basketball and I was very upset. And you said, if you remember correctly...‘You just have to shake it off,’ and I got an idea. So, essentially, we have each other to thank for these careers."

She goes on to say that she and Russell "go back, what, 20 years?" before correcting herself.

"Actually, we've never met and that's a fake story but I wish it were the truth," she says. "And you are amazing. You’re the MVP. I’m so happy for you. Sending you the biggest hug ever. Congratulations!"

As for why Taylor was tapped to record the video, Westbrook is a fan: he once Instagrammed himself jamming to her hit "Bad Blood."

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" "Walk[s] on By" one chart record; can he "Cruise" past another?

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCThere’s no stopping Sam Hunt’s hit “Body Like a Back Road.” This week, the tune marks its twentieth week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart... and that makes history.

Sam is now the country solo artist with the longest streak at #1.  He was previously tied with Leroy Van Dyke, who spent 19 weeks at #1 with “Walk on By” from 1961-62.

Sam will have to make it to 25 weeks to break the overall record, though. Florida Georgia Line set that one in 2012-13, when “Cruise” spent 24 weeks in the top spot.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Pierce the Veil reissuing debut album "A Flair for the Dramatic" on vinyl in honor of its 10th anniversary 

Credit: Jonathan WeinerPierce the Veil are reissuing their 2007 debut album A Flair for the Dramatic on vinyl to celebrate its 10th anniversary. You can pre-order the record now via Pierce the Veil's webstore.

The 10th anniversary edition of A Flair for the Dramatic boasts brand new artwork, along with a photo book featuring a foreword from frontman Vic Fuentes. The record also includes a download card giving you access to three previously unreleased demos.

This fall, Pierce the Veil will hit the road alongside Rise Against in continued support of their latest album, Misadventures, which features the single "Circles."

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Mariah Carey questioned about ex-fiancé on Israeli news show

ABC/Randy HolmesMariah Carey is currently in Israel promoting her collaboration with Israeli skincare line Premier Dead Sea Cosmetics, which she wrote about on Twitter.  

But during a interview with Israel's Channel 2 News, the singer was asked less about that, and more about ex-fiancé Australian billionaire James Packer and his ties to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  

In a video of the exchange, Mimi is asked if she noticed a "special connection" between James and Netanyahu while the three of them had dinner in the past.  

She curtly replies, "I was eating the food. They had some food there that was pretty good. I don't know. I was just there 'cause I was invited to a dinner. There was a lot of talk, conversation, food. Dinner."  

When the interviewer continues to press the issue, asking if she knew where Packer could possibly be at the moment, she says, "I don't know where the m*********** is! How am I supposed to know? I don't know. For real."  

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mimi's former lover and Netanyahu are friends. Packer is currently wanted for questioning by Israeli police "as part of an ongoing investigation regarding alleged corruption and illegal gift giving to Netanyahu by several wealthy businessmen." 

Mariah broke off her engagement to James last year.  

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Tuesday
Jun272017

CMA Fest 2017 is over... ready for next year?

Bob D'Amico/ABCCMA Music Festival 2017 is barely in the rearview mirror, but it’s already time to get ready for CMA Fest 2018.

Four-day passes for next year’s nightly concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium officially went on sale to the public Tuesday morning. The 2018 edition of country music’s biggest event will take place June 7-10.

If you didn't make it out to the event earlier this month, you can see what you missed on Wednesday, August 16, as Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini host ABC's annual three-hour wrap-up special, CMA Fest:  The Music Event of Summer.  

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Tuesday
Jun272017

The Lumineers' drummer details personal history with addiction at MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit concert 

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Lumineers performed at Monday night's MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit in honor of U2 bassist Adam Clayton, who received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his work helping others recover from addiction. The band got the invite to perform because they've been opening for U2 on their current Joshua Tree tour, but drummer Jeremiah Fraites also felt a personal connection to the event.

"I'll be two years sober in August, actually," Fraites tells ABC Radio. "And it means a lot that I'm still touring with these guys."

Aside from his own personal struggles, addiction also impacted Fraites' entire family: his brother died from a drug overdose.

"I know Adam had some trouble with similar things," he says. "So it's really cool that he's doing this. I think it means a lot."

During Monday's event, The Lumineers covered the U2 songs "One" and "Stubborn Love," and Fraites hopes that his band and all of the night's performers were "able to give back with all the music we make."

"And not have it be about the music, but something bigger than ourselves," he adds.

The Lumineers are currently on tour opening for U2 on their 30th anniversary The Joshua Tree tour.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Watch Katy Perry sing about "Feels"...in a field

ColumbiaA video for "Feels," the single featuring Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Big Sean, has arrived -- and it's a hazy tropical fantasy.

The clip shows Sean sitting in the jungle with a couple of parrots, a Hawaiian-shirt wearing Pharrell floating in a rowboat, and Katy, wearing a long, neon-yellow wig and yellow dress, lounging in a field of yellow flowers.  Calvin is also shown playing bass. 

The video cuts between each performer, and we see them and the landscape through colored filters that bathe them all in surreal purples, reds, greens, and blues.

"Feels" is from Calvin's new album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, due this Friday.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Get your handshake right: Drake and Will Ferrell star in funny NBA Awards sketch

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLast night in New York City, Drake served as host of the first-ever NBA Awards, and kicked things off with a hilarious sketch starring himself and actor Will Ferrell as "handshake coaches." 

In the clip, the "Passionfruit" rapper plays NBA Handshake Specialist Coach Palmer and Will is NBA Dexterity Technician Coach Murphy, who give a basketball team tips on how to work on their handshakes.  

Drake begins by saying, "We've seen a lot of plays from you today, but your handshakes..." before being cut off by Will who shouts, "You're handshakes aren't worth dog crap!"

Drake adds, "Coach Murph is right. Obviously. After a clutch shot, the crowd wants to see you shaking hands, right?" leading into a special handshake between the artist and comedian.  

Toronto Raptors' Demar Derozan makes a cameo in the video as well, telling the coaches that their handshake plan is "ridiculous"  

As far as Drake's day job is concerned, he debuted a new song last week called "Signs" during the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer men's fashion show for Paris Fashion Week. 

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Are Beyoncé and JAY-Z still searching for their perfect dream home? 

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARASBeyoncé and JAY-Z have a whole lot of money to spend -- $75 million to be exact -- but just can't seem to find a new home their newly expanded family. 

TMZ reports that the power couple, five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and newborn twins are living in a $400,000-a-month rental estate in Malibu for the summer, but have so far been unable to find a place to buy.

Real estate sources tell the entertainment news site that Bey and Jay are "frustrated because their search has hit a stumbling block, and the stumbling block is cash," even in light of their $75 million budget.  

As another source explains, "They want a super baller, crazy estate, and the ones they love are going for $150 mil."

As previously reported, the couple's newborn twins -- whose arrival they haven't publicly confirmed -- are reportedly out of the hospital and resting at home.  

The gender of the babies is still unknown, but unconfirmed reports have claimed that Bey welcomed a boy and a girl the weekend of June 16.  

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie add L.A. and New York concerts to their duo tour

Credit: John RussoFleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie kicked off their first-ever tour as a duo last week in support of their recently released self-titled collaborative album. The North American trek is plotted out through an August 11 show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and the two longtime band mates also have just added a pair of new concerts at famous venues on opposite sides of the U.S. -- on August 2 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and August 10 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Tickets for the newly added shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 30, at 10 a.m. local time, while American Express card members are able to purchase pre-sale tickets now.

The Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie album, which was released on June 9, features 10 original songs. Five of the tracks were written by Buckingham, two were penned by McVie and three were co-writes. Fleetwood Mac's rhythm section, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, also lent their talents to the record.

During Lindsey and Christine's summer trek, the duo also will rejoin Fleetwood Mac to play the previously announced festival shows The Classic West and The Classic East, scheduled for July 16 and July 30, respectively, at Dodger Stadium in L.A. and Citi Field in New York City. Also on the bill for those concerts will be Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Here are all of the upcoming dates on Buckingham and McVie's duo tour:

6/28 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
6/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
7/2 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
7/3 -- Chicago, IL, Northerly Island
7/5 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage
7/6 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
7/19 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle
7/21 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre
7/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Park Theatre
7/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
7/27 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
8/2 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre+
8/5 -- Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino
8/6 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar World Casino and Resort
8/8 -- Huber Heights, OH, Music Center at the Heights
8/10 -- New York City, NY, Beacon Theatre+
8/11 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center

+ = newly added date.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Prayers up: KeKe Wyatt shaves head in support of child battling cancer

Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence FestivalKeKe Wyatt has shaved her hair off in support of one of her children, who's currently fighting cancer. 

The "Fall in Love" singer recently shared a picture of her new look on Instagram with the disheartening caption, "Feeling kinda empty today!!! SMH."

She also posted a photo of her aunt, who also shaved her hair as an act of solidarity for KeKe and her ailing child.   

Earlier this week, the artist shared an Instagram video telling fans that she planned to shave her hair off in a live video on the social media platform.

"Plz pray for my family...Haven't really said to[sic] much about my personal life. But my child has been fighting cancer and lost all of their hair that they loved," she wrote in the caption. 

KeKe continued, "It hurts me so bad. So to show Mommy's support I'm going to get @keever_west to shave me bald today. I need a complete healing for my baby." 

It's currently unknown which one of KeKe's eight kids -- seven biological and one stepchild -- is battling cancer. KeKe, married to husband/manager Michael Ford, is currently pregnant with the couple's fourth child. 

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Tuesday
Jun272017

No, Lady Gaga is not returning to "American Horror Story" for upcoming season

Andrea Gelardin & Ruth HogbenDespite rumors, Lady Gaga will not be returning to American Horror Story for the show's seventh season.

Entertainment Weekly debunked the rumor saying it had confirmed that Gaga will not be part of the show, which is filming now.

Gaga made her AHS debut during the anthology show's fifth season, subtitled Hotel, playing a century-old vampire who runs the haunted Hotel Cortez.  The role won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress -- Miniseries or Television Film in 2016.

Not much is known about the plot of the upcoming seventh season of Ryan Murphy's series, other than that it is said to be election themed and will including returning star Sarah Paulson.  The new season is expected to premiere on FX this fall.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Thirty years ago today, Whitney Houston became the first woman to have a #1 album debut

Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesThirty years ago today, Whitney Houston set a record that may surprise you.

Whitney's second album, simply called Whitney, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on June 27, 1987.  What's the big deal?  It was the first album ever by a woman to do so. 

The first album overall ever to debut at #1 was Elton John's Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy, and that was in 1975, so it took 12 years for a female artist to achieve the same feat.

Whitney's self-titled 1986 debut album spent 14 weeks at #1.  The Whitney album not only debuted at #1, but it also spun off four #1 hits, including "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "So Emotional," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," and "Didn't We Almost Have It All."  She also was the first female artist to score four #1s from a single album.

When Whitney hit #1, it marked another milestone for the late diva: she became the first artist to reach #1 with their first two albums since The Monkees did it in 1966 and 1967.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band landed at #1 in 1987 with this song that extols the virtues of casting a line after sunset. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Fishin' in the Dark."

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Kelly Clarkson already planning to "annihilate" Blake Shelton on "The Voice" 

Courtesy of EdelmanThis weekend at Chicago's Solider Field, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton will perform at the opening ceremony of the Department of Defense Warrior Games. While they're longtime friends, the two will become colleagues next year on The Voice -- and that's when Kelly says the gloves will come off.

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune about the Soldier Field show, Kelly says, "I'm a big fan of [Blake's], always have been for, I don't know, for, like a decade now, we've been friends. So yeah, it should be fun."

"But yeah, I guess it will be a precursor for The Voice," she adds. "A precursor to when I annihilate him."

Kelly will join The Voice as a coach for season 14, which airs in the spring of 2018.  Season 13 debuts September 25, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson.  Between now and then, Kelly will release a new album.

While Kelly will be in Chicago for the performance, she tells the paper she won't be hanging out in the Windy City for too long -- she has to get back to Nashville to join her husband, Brandon Blackstock, for a huge Fourth of July bash.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Aretha cancels concert at Toronto Jazz Festival this Saturday "as per doctor's orders"

Monica Morgan/Getty ImagesAretha Franklin has canceled her concert at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival scheduled for this Saturday, July 1, at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts because of unspecified health reasons. According to a message posted on the festival's website, the Queen of Soul is unable to travel to Toronto this week, "as per doctor's orders."

There is some good news, however: Franklin has confirmed that she'll perform at next year's Toronto Jazz Festival on June 28. Fans who purchased tickets for the July 1 show via Ticketmaster or at the Sony Centre box office will have the choice to hold onto their ticket and use it for next year's show, or receive a full refund.

Aretha does have a few other confirmed concerts on her 2017 itinerary, which is mapped out from a July 29 performance in Vienna, Virginia, through a September 16 show in Durant, Oklahoma.

Here are all of Aretha's forthcoming 2017 gigs, according to her official Facebook page:

7/29 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/12 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
8/19 -- Oak Bluffs, MA, The Tabernacle
8/26 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann
9/3 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
9/16 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theater

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Ozzy Osbourne's 10 favorite metal albums include Alice in Chains, Motorhead & Megadeth

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter getting input from Lars Ulrich and Rob Halford, Rolling Stone has turned to Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince of Darkness himself, to share his personal 10 favorite metal albums. His picks include Alice in Chains' Facelift, Motorhead's Ace of Spades, and Megadeth's Rust in Peace.

Writing about Facelift, Osbourne calls the album an "amazing debut." "'Man in the Box' is a classic," says Ozzy. "Layne Staley was a lovely guy. It's such a shame that he couldn't overcome his demons."

As for Ace of Spades, Ozzy says the title track is to Motorhead what "Paranoid" was to Black Sabbath. "It's one of the great metal anthems," he writes. "To me, a band hasn't made it until they have their own anthem. This is theirs."

Rust in Peace, meanwhile, was the album that made Megadeth click with Osbourne. "I never realized how good this band was until I heard this album," says Ozzy.

Last week, Rolling Stone shared its list of "The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time." The magazine named Sabbath's Paranoid as number one.

Here are Ozzy Osbourne's 10 favorite metal albums, in alphabetical order:

AC/DC -- Highway to Hell
Alice in Chains -- Facelift
Guns N' Roses -- Appetite for Destruction
Judas Priest -- British Steel
Led Zeppelin -- Led Zeppelin IV
Megadeth -- Rust in Peace
Metallica -- Master of Puppets
Motorhead -- Ace of Spades
Pantera -- Cowboys from Hell
Rob Zombie -- Hellbilly Deluxe

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Ozzy Osbourne's 10 favorite metal albums include records by Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Guns N' Roses

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter getting input from Lars Ulrich and Rob Halford, Rolling Stone has turned to Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince of Darkness himself, to share his personal 10 favorite metal albums. His picks include Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV, AC/DC's Highway to Hell and Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction.

Writing about Led Zeppelin IV, Osbourne notes that he's always been a huge fan of the group, adding, "All of their studio albums are classics but this is one of my all-time favorites."

Regaring Highway to Hell, Ozzy says, "I love Brian Johnson but to me my good friend, the late Bon Scott, was the best singer AC/DC ever had. This album was like an addiction to me."

As for Appetite for Destruction, Osbourne calls it "one of the greatest debut albums of all time." He adds, "There's not a weak song in the bunch. I never get tired of hearing it."

Last week, Rolling Stone shared its list of "The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time." The magazine named Black Sabbath's Paranoid as #1.

Here are Ozzy Osbourne's 10 favorite metal albums, in alphabetical order:

AC/DC -- Highway to Hell
Alice in Chains -- Facelift
Guns N' Roses -- Appetite for Destruction
Judas Priest -- British Steel
Led Zeppelin -- Led Zeppelin IV
Megadeth -- Rust in Peace
Metallica -- Master of Puppets
Motorhead -- Ace of Spades
Pantera -- Cowboys from Hell
Rob Zombie -- Hellbilly Deluxe

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Tuesday
Jun272017

The Moody Blues' John Lodge says reaction to 50th anniversary "Day of Future Passed" show "has been fantastic"

Credit: Mark OwensTonight in Minneapolis, The Moody Blues continue their North American tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of their symphonic-rock masterpiece, Days of Future Passed. The "Days of Future Passed -- 50th Anniversary" trek, which kicked off in early June, features the veteran British band playing the entire 1967 album, as well as various favorite songs from throughout the group's long career.

Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge tells ABC Radio that the audiences' reception to the show so far "has been fantastic."  He also notes that the band felt it was important to mark Days of Future Passed's golden anniversary in a special way.

"It is a major milestone," he says. "If you go back to 1967, we were young musicians with a few songs in our books and a few melodies in our heart…and went into the studio for a week and recorded this album…And it obviously changed our lives forever."

The concept record was among the first featuring a rock band accompanied by an orchestra, and included the enduring Moody Blues tunes "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon." For most of the 50th anniversary concerts, the band plays alongside taped orchestral parts recorded especially for the tour, while a few shows will feature a live orchestra.

The concerts also feature a multimedia presentation including a prerecorded video of actor Jeremy Irons reading the album-closing poem "Late Lament," that originally was recited by founding keyboardist Mike Pinder.

Several songs from Days of Future Passed are being played live for the first time ever on this trek, including "Evening Time to Get Away," "The Sunset" and "Dawn Is a Feeling." "It was interesting to go back and rei-nvestigate how we did those," Lodge tells ABC Radio. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Here are all of the remaining North American dates on the trek:

6/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
6/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, Milwaukee Summerfest
6/30 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Park
7/1 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
7/2 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
7/6 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
7/7 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
7/9 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
7/10 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/12 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/13 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
7/16 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/18 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Events Center
7/19 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier 6 Pavilion
7/20 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts
7/22 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
7/23 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Tamar Braxton confronts her man's infidelity in music video for "My Man"

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Following the powerful performance of her single "My Man" at the BET Awards this Sunday, Tamar Braxton has released the song's accompanying music video

The cinematic black-and-white visual for the track, inspired by her parents' strained relationship, shows the singer checking into a hotel after she suspects her lover is having an affair with her friend.  

Even though the hotel's front desk clerk tells the entertainer that he doesn't want any trouble, it's clear that Tamar's man is in for a world of hurt once she finds him and her friend in a hotel room together. 

“My Man" is the first single from Braxton's upcoming fifth solo album, due out this summer. The as-yet-untitled CD will be the first release on her own label, Tamartian Land Records. 

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