Written by FreddyO Intern: James Wagner

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has released the news that they will now factor in album and video streaming into the Gold and Platinum certification process.

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Lil Wayne Skates By on Unpaid Tickets Lawsuit

Written by FreddyO Intern: James Wagner

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Last year the ticket broker, Tickets of America, and White Glove International filed a lawsuit against Lil Wayne and his manager Cortez Bryant for unpaid tickets to several big name sporting events.

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Keke Palmer is ready to put on her dancing shoes and flex her vocals for the live production of the hit musical “Grease Live!,” set to air tonight. But before she wows us on stage, she gives TheYBF.com a backstage pass during rehearsals where she dishes on her girl crushes and getting star struck. Get it all inside….

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Who’s ready to go back down memory lane at Rydell High?! We sure are.

We’re just hours away from Keke Palmer taking the stage as the mouthy, yet prissy Pink Lady Marty Maraschino on FOX’s live musical production “Grease Live!,” a live adaptation of the cult classic Grease.

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The 22-year-old actress gives TheYBF.com a backstage pass at dress rehearsals leading up to her huge performance before a live studio audience tonight. And we were able to chop it with the YBF chick as she prepped for another run-through of the show.

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Yesterday, the cast and crew held rehearsals before tonight’s big show. Before hitting the stage, Keke had a visitor in her dressing room, co-star Jordan Fisher (atop), who stopped by to show some love. Cute.

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The actress/singer/dancer has been hitting rehearsals for weeks in preparation for the live production. She’s been keeping fans in the loop via her SnapChat and we noticed her co-star Vanessa Hudgens (above), who will star as Pink Lady honcho Rizzo, is all over that thing. We had to ask, who’s the Grease castmate that she has biggest girl crush on?

“Vanessa for sure,” Keke told exclusively tells TheYBF.com. “But honestly, all of the Pink Ladies. It has been such a pleasure working with them all.”

In sad news, Vanessa announced her father passed away after a battle with cancer last night. She said she’s still going to perform tonight in his honor. Condolences to her and her family.

While Keke is certainly a star in her own right, we wanted to know when was the last time she was star struck. Like, completely fanned out when she met another star. She revealed,

“Meeting Eve Plumb on set just now! She played Jan Brady on ‘The Brady Bunch.’ She is playing Mrs. Murdoch in ‘Grease Live’ and I just realized after all of these rehearsals who she was! Crazy right ??!!”

Yes, it is!

When asked if she would be returning for the second season of “Scream Queens,” she said, “I don’t know, we will have to just wait and see…”

We can’t wait to see Keke and the full “Grease Live!” cast bring the iconic musical to life!

Here.for.it.

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Ciroc hosted a few women empowerment brunches in Atlanta and NYC to honor a few female hustlers. Meanwhile, covergirls Zendaya and Yara Shahidi celebrated their new KODE magazine cover. Peep the pics inside…

Ciroc Vodka hosted a few Women Empowerment Brunches to salute several female movers and shakers. The brunches were held in Atlanta and New York to honor 100 women making power moves in their respective industries.

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In Atlanta, R&B songstress LeToya Luckett and philanthropist Eudoxie Bridges, wife of Ludacris, were among the women who were saluted during the brunch. Singer-songwriter Keri Hilson was also in the mix to celebrate girl power.

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Eudoxie rocked a chic look that she showed off for the ‘gram. We noticed numerous comments under her pic congratulating her on her second pregnancy. Hmm…could it be the flowy top? We’re not sure, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for a baby bump.

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The newly engaged R&B singer looked classic in a tailored pair of trousers with a crisp white top and a sparkly jacket resting on her shoulders.

LeToya was overjoyed with the honor expressing herself on Instagram saying, “My heart is still full from today’s brunch! What a joy to be honored alongside my best friend. @eudoxiee you are a jewel & I’m SO proud of the work you’re doing to uplift, inspire & empower young ladies with your @unspokenangels foundation. U are truly deserving of this honor & I’m proud to call you friend. Thank you again to my @ciroc family for making this day so special for us. God bless”

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Former “Cosby” kid and newlywed Keshia Knight Pulliam and former reality star Monyetta Shaw were also in the mix snapping it up with a few friends. Looks like the laides were having a ball celebrating with the honorees.

In NYC….

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“Power 105″ radio host Angela Yee came out to support “Power” star Naturi Naughton who was being honored at the Women’s Empowerment Brunch in the Big Apple.

 

The “Power” star posted up a group shot of her squad, including her beau. Cute couple.

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Naturi’s co-stars Lela Loren and Rotimi came out to show their support.

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“Power 105″ radio personality Angie Martinez was also in the mix to celebrate girl power.

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R&B songstress Bridget Kelly was also honored at the NYC brunch and pregnant “Love & Hip Hop: NY” star Amina Buddafly was in the mix.

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Former reality star Tahiry flossed her curves a Jonathan Simkhai dress, Christian Louboutin heels, Louis Vuitton bag and an Adrienne Landau fur for the festivities.

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Singer Lion Babe was presented with an award for making power moves in the music industry.

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Hey ladies!

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WEEN co-found Valeisha Butterfield-Jones was also recognized for her power moves in the entertainment industry.

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DJ D Nice and his girlfriend Kelli Coleman came out to support their friend.

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Former reality star Emily B also came out to enjoy the girl power celebration.

At another event…

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Zendaya strikes again!

The all around fab chick, still killing it in her blonde pixie cut, popped up at the KODE magazine 10th Issue Party at the Blind Dragon in West Hollywood to celebrate her epic cover with five other YBF chicks.

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A quirky, yet stlyish look for Daya that she pulls off well.

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“black•ish” cutie Yara Shahidi, who slays on the cover, is always fabulous and age appropriate. She struck a pose in a LBD and black peep toe heels and finished her look with a top bun.

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Yara’s cousin and lip gloss maven Destiny Jones, daughter of rapper Nas, hit the scene to celebrate with her little cousin. Loves it!

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Looks like the Drake vs. Meek Mill rap beef has spilled over into 2016. Drizzy unleashed a new track dissing Meek Mill (and a few others) and the Philly rapper quickly responded. Now, there are conspiracy theories surrounding the YoungMoney rapper and his alleged “ghost writing.” Find out what we mean inside…

Drake is looking for “revenge” and he did so by dropping his new single “Summer Sixteen” on OVO Radio yesterday. It’s the first single from his upcoming Views In The 6 LP, set to drop in April.

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On the new track, the Young Money rapper takes aim at a few folks including fellow Canadian rapper Tory Lanez (“All you boys in the new Toronto want to be me a little”). After President Barack Obama said he would choose KendrickLamar over Drizzy in a rap battle, Drake had a response to that rapping, “Tell Obama that my verses is just like the whips that he in / The bullet proof” And he also name drops a few Hip Hop powerhouses such as Jay Z and KanyeWest.

But, things get interesting when Drake comes for his enemy Meek Mill. As you all by know, Drake and Meek started a legendary rap back last summer after the MMG rapper blasted Drizzy for ghostwriting his lyrics on his track “R.I.C.O.” Since then, Drake dropped two records (“Charged Up & “Back to Back), straight bodying Meek. The Philly rapper tried to come back at Drake on his track “Wanna Know,” but by the time he dropped it, most people were over it.

Fast forward to now, the guys are back at it with Drake dropping “Summer Sixteen” and Meek releasing his response “War Pain,” about an hour after. And their tracks have some folks coming up with their own conspiracy theories.

On Drizzy’s new track, he suggests that he and Meek (along with Nicki Minaj) were in the same hotel when he unleashed “Back to Back.” Rumor has it, once Drake found out which hotel Meek and Nicki were staying at (when they made a stop in Toronto on the Pinkprint Tour), he and his homies went and got a room right above Meek & Nicki and BLASTED the track all night.

Drake rapped: “I’m just a sicko a real sicko when you get to know me, n*gga / I let the diss record drop you were standing right below me, nigga / We must have played it a hundred times, you was going to bed.”

In the beginning of Meek’s “War Pain” track, he too, addresses that night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. He raps:“Location: Toronto. Status: five star hotel, Four Seasons. Them chumps right upstairs, they know not to come up here playin’ no real niggas. Mu, I’m still up countin’ five hundred thousand cash. Nicki in the bedroom sleep, life is good”

Then things get even more interesting….

Meek directly addresses many of Drake’s lyrics from his track. Check it:

Drake: “I used to wanna be on Roc-A-Fella, then I turned into Jay / Now I got a house in LA / Now I got a bigger pool than Ye / and look man, Ye’s pool is nice / Mine’s just big is what I’m saying.”

Meek: “And you claimin’ you HOV now? Why you state that shit?/ I hate that shit/Niggas be talking out they face but soon as you body something they be singing like they Drak”

Drake: “Then I hit ‘em with the Hotline, Chris Breezy with the dance moves.”

Meek: “Niggas dancing like they fruit cakes/Hotline Bling, don’t get no bing up in this new Wraith.”

Meek is saying Drizzy’s alleged ghostwriter tipped him off with the lyrics:

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Now look, Drake dropped his track around 6PM EST yesterday and then Meek dropped his about an hour later.

Hmmm…One could say, Meek hopped in the studio and threw in a few lyrics to directly respond to Drizzy, but he was at the Sixers vs. Warriors game in Philly with his girlfriend Nicki Minaj when “War Pain” dropped. Here are the receipts:

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Unbothered.  Chick pulled out her pink bedazzled mirror to check her make up. Ha!

The timing of it all is very interesting to say the least.

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Rihanna even joined in and showed her support for Drake, who is featured on her new track “Work” from her recently released ANTI album.

Check out Meek’s “War Pain” below:

And you can take a listen to Drake’s “Sweet Sixteen” on Apple Music HERE.

So, we have to ask…what’s really good with Drake and these alleged ghost writing rumors? How did Meek release his diss track so quickly after Drake dropped his? Is there a mole in the OVO camp? So many questions, not enough answers….

Mariah Carey showed off her 35 carat ring for the first time at an event this weekend with her fiance James Packer.  Get the cute couple inside, plus their new totally over the top (and totally sick) new mansion they’re renting in L.A.

MiMi & James hit the red carpet at G’Day in L.A. while kicking off the weekend.  They held hands while hitting the carpet, and before MiMi flashed that rock:

 

Sheesh.

 

That’s not the only major bank the two just plopped down:

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They just rented out a 18,000 sqft L.A. home.  The State of the Art property features a total of eight bedrooms, a private movie theatre, elevator, wine cellar and tasting room, personal gym and dry sauna.

As for how much they’re spending on this: $250,000 a month!  This is what happens behind the DOUBLE gates of the exclusive community The Oaks in Calabasas.

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Check out the whole house in the gallery below.  Can we come over for tea MiMi?!

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*Nate Parker‘s film “The Birth of A Nation” made a lot of noise at Sundance last week and now the film about Nat Turner’s early 19th century slave revolt has won top honors at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Nation” won both of the festival’s top prizes, the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award.

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Chris Brown and his baby mama Nia Guzman are involved in some more drama. Find out what they’re feuding over now and get the deets on Rob Kardashian supposedly driving several miles to Austin from L.A. to pick up his rumored girlfriend Blac Chyna from jail inside…

Chris Brown and his baby mama Nia Guzman are at odds once again. Breezy is clapping back at Royalty’s mother after she made claims their 1-year-old daughter developed asthma due to Breezy smoking weed and cigarettes around her. Nia told TMZ, every time Royalty comes home, all of her clothes smell like smoke.

Well, Chris claims that is a LIE! The Grammy Award winning singer hopped on his Instagram to slam Nia’s claims, saying he quit smoking on New Year’s and NO ONE is allowed to smoke around Royalty. He said he would never put his daughter in harm’s way. He posted (then deleted):

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Smoking around Royalty isn’t the only thing Nia is accusing Breezy of.

In legal documents, she also claims that Chris has relapsed and is back to abusing drugs (specifically sizzurp/lean). Now, she wants Chris’ visitation to be restricted, allegedly forcing him to hire a full-time nanny or give up his time with her. She also wants him to be drug tested randomly AND she’s still trying to get more child support. She currently receives $2,500 a month, but she wants a whopping $16,000 a month.

Sighs to it all….

In coupledom news…

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So we told you Blac Chyna was released from an Austin jail after posting an $8,000 bail on public intoxication and drug possession charges. Now we know, her new rumored boyfriend Rob Kardashian was the one to pick her up.

But get this…

Sources tell TMZ Rob allegedly drove from L.A. to Austin (approx. 1,377 miles) in his Bentley to go get his boo! No lie. Peep the pic above. It’s reported he hopped in his whip soon after he got news that she was in jail. He was likely driving to go get her when they were FaceTiming yesterday.

You know the four-leaf clover emojis is their “thing” and you see the Beverly Hills Bentley tag on the car (TMZ confirms it’s his ride) above. Chyna posted the flick to her SnapChat and she also shared a video riding in the car on her way home.

We put the distance from L.A. to Austin in Google Maps and it equals out to about 19 hours and 49 minutes on the road. Sheesh. Someone’s head over heels.

Oh, and new flicks have surfaced of the moment Chyna was arrested by law enforcement:

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Looks like Chyna has a ride-or-die dude….