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Janet Jackson and her husband Wissam Al Mana have reportedly called it quits three months after having their first child together.
A source tells UK’s The Mail on Sunday newspaper, “Sadly, Janet and Wissam have decided that it wasn’t working and to go their separate ways. They’re both busy people but determined to be good parents, even if they’re apart. It’s amicable, and Eissa will stay with his mother, who is basing herself in London.”
Another source added: “She thought he had become too controlling during the pregnancy and she had already allowed him to dictate her appearance and even the way she performed at concerts.”
Janet and the billionaire Qatari businessman got married in 2012, and they welcomed a son, named Eissa, in January (2017).
Speculations surrounding a split circulated days of Eissa’s birth after Janet was seen in public without her wedding ring, but sources insisted the couple was still together and very happy.
The private couple hasn’t spoken publicly since the baby was born, but sources told People magazine the 50-year-old mother and her son are doing “really good.”
Janet’s mother, Katherine, who recently returned to Los Angeles to deal with legal issues, had been by her side for the last two months.
“That’s when Janet made her decision that there was no turning back,” the source said. “She was worried about her mother — and Wissam showed little to no concern.”
Mariah Carey’s imprint Butterfly MC Records has merged with Epic Records (an imprint of Sony Music Entertainment) in a new joint partnership, Varietyannounced yesterday (April 10).
Carey signed to Epic in 2016 by chairman-CEO LA Reid in 2016 as an artist, but this deal is a merging of companies. The partnership terms weren’t disclosed, but the merger will spawn a new album from the five-time Grammy winner due “later this year.”
Said Reid in a statement: “To continue working with Mariah Carey at Epic has been another rewarding chapter of my career. Mariah’s incomparable talents as a singer, with her vocal range that is nothing short of legendary, are matched by her brilliance as a songwriter, producer, and performer par excellence. Mariah’s chart records have established her enduring place in music history, a position that is cherished and supported by her loyal fans worldwide. I look forward to building upon all of Mariah’s success for years to come.”
Added Carey: “I am putting my heart and soul into making more new music. I am so thrilled for this next chapter and to continue working with, and for, everyone that I love.”
Carey has a bit more free time after her tour with Lionel Richie was postponed due to Richie’s knee surgery. Carey will also return to her headlining Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in July.
En Vogue is ready to make a strong comeback this year. The iconic R&B group — which includes Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis and Rhona Bennett — has signed a record deal with Entertainment One.
“We are excited to join the Entertainment One Music family of artists,” Braggs said in a statement. “Our new release has been a long time coming and we can’t wait to share where we are musically today! Hope our fans will enjoy.”
Alan Grunblatt, president of Urban and Rock/Metal, eOne Music, added, “I have been a big fan over the years, but when I saw their incredible performance on the Showtime Live at The Apollo Special in 2016, I knew we had to sign them to the eOne label. The group is another great addition to our fantastic roster.”
The group is planning to release their new album, Electric Café, this summer. In the meantime, they are getting ready to kick off their international tour, which will hit South Africa and Europe.
Last year, En Vogue released a song called “Deja Vu,” which is expected to appear on their upcoming album.
Iconic singer Patti LaBelle will release the new album, Bel Hommage, on May 5, 2017. The project, her first in almost a decade, features a collection of jazz standard records.
‘Bel Hommage’ follows Patti’s 2008 Labelle reunion project, Back to Now. The physical CD is available for pre-order now and the digital album will be available for pre-order on March 24th.
With more than 50 years in show business, LaBelle has recorded and performed music across multiple genres including R&B, disco, pop, and gospel. However, Bel Hommage marks her first foray into jazz. She grew up listening to many of the songs that she recorded for the project and has always admired artists such as Dinah Washington, James Moody, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Frank Sinatra, who’ve made these standards famous.
“I’ve been saying for years that I was going to record a jazz album, but I hadn’t taken that leap of faith to try something different,” says LaBelle. “Now I’m so happy that I did because I really love all of these songs and I pray that everyone else will too!”
In addition to ‘Bel Hommage,’ LaBelle is releasing her sixth book and fourth cookbook, Desserts LaBelle, on April 25th and has a line of successful food products, Patti’s Good Life, which is carried at Walmart stores. She also stars on the hit Cooking Channel show, Patti LaBelle’s Place.
Last month, platinum-selling R&B group Xscape announced their official comeback on Atlanta’s V103 radio station, and now they’re showing they still got vocals.
It’s been nearly 20 years since they disbanded and fans were wondering if they could still harmonize together like they used to. Member Tamika Scott reassured the vocals went nowhere. During the interview, she stated, “The vocals are even better baby, the talent went nowhere.”
Now you can hear for yourselves…
In a video (surfaced by @Freeish), members Kandi Burruss, Tamika Scott, and LaTocha Scott are seen singing an a capella version of the gospel song, “Give Me A Clean Heart.” And, yup, vocals on swole! No word on where Tameka “Tiny” Cottle (Harris) was for this, but they sounded great, nonetheless.
TLC will take fans on a trip to Memory Lane this summer. The legendary R&B group will headline I Love the 90s: The Party Continues Tour with special guests Montell Jordan, Blackstreet, Color Me Badd and more.
The tour will kick off on July 7 in Everett, Wash and will hit major cities including Los Angeles, Houston and New Orleans, before wrapping up on September 16 in Chicago.
“We’re so excited to get back on the road this summer and give our fans some new TLC music along with our original hits,” said T-Boz and Chilli. “Being able to headline this tour with our friends and peers from the ’90s is SO AMAZING!”
This summer will be an exciting time for TLC fans. In addition to the tour, TLC will also release their Kickstarter-funded album in late June. Their manager Bill Diggins confirmed the news in an update via Kickstarter.
“I am thrilled to let you know that the album is tentatively scheduled to be released at the end of June and you will receive your advance album prior to that,” he wrote. “We are working out the official date in the next couple of weeks and once it is final we will notify you.”