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Jennifer Hudson Confirmed for ‘America’s Got Talent’ Finale

ABC/Richard HarbaughJennifer Hudson has been tapped to perform during the upcoming season finale of America’s Got Talent.

The singer will showcase during the star-studded finale, which will include performances by singer Ed Sheeran, veteran rocker Lenny Kravitz, rapper Pitbull featuring the Rockettes and pop-rock band Train

From the remaining six finalists of season nine, one lucky winner will receive a $1 million prize and a headlining show in Las Vegas.

The show will air on Wednesday, September 17 beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

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Jennifer Hudson Enlists Iggy Azalea for “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”

Image Courtesy Renato Sampaio/ RCA RecordsJennifer Hudson has released another new offering from her upcoming album, JHUD. The singer teams with Iggy Azalea on a song called “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” which was produced by Pharrell.

Hudson serves up sexy advice on the disco-inspired song: “Whisper in his ear it makes it hotter / Don’t wipe the sweat it makes it better,” she sings on the track, which premiered on BuzzFeed.

“I hope it’s a song people can listen to and let the music do what it’s meant: let go of the sh** that holds you back and just take a minute to dance and feel good,” Hudson tells the site. “It’s that perfect mix of glamorous, late-night style, dance music from the past that has always really hit me deep.” Fans can expect JHUD to arrive September 23.

In other Iggy Azalea news, she and her boyfriend, L.A. Laker Nick Young, celebrated their one-year anniversary on Sunday.  Nick posted a photo of Iggy at Target and wrote, “Happy Anniversary boo thang ..1 yr ago I put my Mack down and took this girl on a date to Target, and she’s been trapped since lol.”  Iggy posted a photo of two huge bouquets of roses that Nick gave her.

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Beyoncé & Jay Z Release HBO’s Short On the Run Film, ‘Bang Bang, Part One’

Image Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBSBeyoncé and Jay Z wrapped up their On the Run tour in Paris this past weekend, and on Monday the pair released on the web the first installment of a trilogy of short films that was shown throughout the tour.

Directed by Dikayl Rimmasch, the nearly three-minute, black-and-white clip is called Bang Bang, Part One. In it, the famous couple channel Bonnie and Clyde as they live their lives on the run.  It premiered on the website Nowness.

“In my first conversation on the telephone with Jay Z he explained his concept of On the Run,” Rimmasch said in an interview with Nowness. “He said: ‘We’re not trying to do this literally, it’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. We’re on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again.”

The short film also serves as the trailer for their On the Run HBO special, which premieres Saturday, September 20 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Robin Thicke Admits Drug Abuse, Says He Didn’t Co-Write "Blurred Lines"

Image courtesy ABC/Kelsey McNealRemember last year, when Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye‘s family got involved in a legal dispute over whether or not Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” borrows from Gaye’s hit song, “Got to Give It Up?”  Both Thicke and co-writer Pharrell Williams gave testimony about it during depositions in Los Angeles federal court — testimony in which Thicke not only reveals he didn’t really co-write the song, but also admits to drug abuse.

According to the deposition, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Thicke admitted he wasn’t truthful when he claimed during various interviews that he and Pharrell co-write “Blurred Lines,” including an interview with GQ magazine in which he claimed he and Pharrell “literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it. The whole thing was done in a couple hours — normally, those are the best ones. Him and I would go back and forth where I’d sing a line and he’d be like, ‘Hey, hey, hey!'”

The truth, according to Thicke’s deposition, is that he was drunk and high while Pharrell wrote “Blurred Lines.”  “To be honest, that’s the only part where — I was high on vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio,” Thicke testified.  “So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I  — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn’t want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.”

At one point, Thicke revealed he “didn’t do a single interview last year without being high.”  He eventually told his estranged wife, Paula Patton: “I told my wife the truth. That’s why she left me,” said Thicke.

In his sworn testimony, Pharrell pretty much confirms Thicke’s account about not co-writing “Blurred Lines.”  “This is what happens every day in our industry,” said Williams. “You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that’s where the embellishment comes in.”

The trial over the Gaye estate’s plagiarism claims is currently scheduled to get underway February 10, 2015.

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Mariah Carey’s Friends Fear a Breakdown, Claims Report

Image Courtesy ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey has had a rough summer. Following her commercially disappointing album and divorce rumors regarding her six-year marriage to Nick Cannon, friends of the diva reportedly are concerned Mariah may experience another meltdown.

“She has a history of mental health issues,” an unnamed source tells Life & Style, referring to Mariah’s hospital stay for psychiatric care back in 2001.

Apparently, Mariah’s estranged husband wanted to end the marriage months ago but feared how Mariah would cope.

“Nick’s No. 1 goal is to get the kids into a healthy environment where they would have some sense of normalcy,” an insider adds.

Earlier this month, Cannon confirmed on Twitter that there were false reports circulating about their marriage. “For the record I NEVER have, nor will I make a statement regarding my marriage,” he tweeted before later adding, “While I would like to remain silent, I can no longer allow this to happen. I love @MariahCarey and that will never change!!!” The posts have since been deleted.

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Are Beyoncé and Jay Z Expecting Their Second Child?

Live Nation/Parkwood EntertainmentAfter weeks of speculation that Beyoncé and Jay Z are splitting, there’s a new, more positive rumor about the couple: they’re expecting their second child.

Jay himself sparked the pregnancy talk at his and his wife’s On the Run concert in Paris on Friday night. During a performance of his song “Beach Is Better,” he changed the lyric “I replace it with another one” to “pregnant with another one.”

The parents to two-and-a-half-year-old Blue Ivy were certainly lovey-dovey the next night in Paris, for their On the Run finale. Jay proclaimed to an emotional Bey, “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to share the stage with you. I couldn’t dream for anything else…to be in this stadium with the woman I love, who I believe is the greatest entertainer of our time.”

The Paris concerts will be chronicled in an HBO special, On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z, premiering Saturday.

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Trey Songz Scores Another Top 10 Hit with Nicki Minaj-Assisted "Touchin, Lovin"

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Trey Songz has found another hit from his latest album, Trigga. Following the success of “Na Na,” Trey’s new offering “Touchin, Lovin” featuring Nicki Minaj has entered the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart.

According to the publication, the club banger has climbed from #14 to #9, becoming Trey’s fifth top 10 on the tally. This week the track logged 727,000 streams with 59 percent coming from YouTube.

Trey currently occupies three top 20 spots on Hot R&B Songs — “Foreign” slipped from #11 to #12 while “SmartPhones” climbed from #22 to #20.

Fans can son expect Trey to embark on a joint tour with Chris Brown later this year.

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Nas, Kendrick Lamar & Jhene Aiko Ready "Unexpected" Sets, Says ONE Musicfest Founder

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This year’s ONE Musicfest will feature a line-up of performers ranging from Kendrick Lamar to Jhene Aiko. The event’s founder, J Carter, tells ABC News Radio what concert-goers can anticipate from the upcoming event, which takes place in Atlanta Saturday, September 13.

“I would say expect the unexpected, and don’t be surprised if each artists is joined by some Atlanta greats as well,” Carter says of the fourth annual event, which is expected to attract a crowd of 15,000 people.

The ONE Musicfest will also feature a performance from Nas, who’s celebrating his 20th anniversary of Illmatic. “He’s doing a rendition of Illmatic, but he’s also going to open up his entire portfolio and perform his music all throughout the years,” Carter says.

Carter adds that hip-hop heads will also enjoy a set from Kendrick Lamar. “Kendrick is just an explosive live entertainer and he’s going to have a live band with him as well, so its his stage show we’re definitely looking forward to at ONE Music festival,” he says.

As for Jhene Aiko, Carter says, “I think she fits the bill well, I think her crowd and her audience and fan-base is what ONE Music Fest is.  I mean, it’s young, it’s adolescents, it’s an older fan base and you really can’t put it in a box.”

Method Man, Redman, Bilal, Daley and more are also on the bill. For more information, visit ONE Musicfest’s official website.

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Beyonce Performs "Flawless" with Nicki Minaj at Paris On the Run Tour Show

Robin Harper/Sony Music; Howard Huang/Universal MotownBeyonce surprised her overseas fans by welcoming Nicki Minaj to the stage for a guest performance during the On the Run Tour stop in Paris on Friday.

Fan footage posted on Instagram captured Nicki performing her explicit verses from the “Flawless (Remix),” marking her first live showcase with Queen Bey. As she rapped, the words “curvalicious” and “delicious” appeared on the jumbo screen.

For those who missed it, you will have the chance to see them in action when the concert airs during an HBO special, on Saturday, September 20.

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expand Alicia Keys Throws a Coming to America-Themed Birthday Party for Swizz Beatz

Image Courtesy Christian Lantry/Universal; RCA RecordsAlicia Keys has been hailed the as the best wife by husband Swizz Beatz after she threw him a Coming to America-themed birthday bash.

“My wife is awesome,” the hitmater declared on Instagram, “thx my love for the best Bday party everrrrrrrrrerr.”

The hitmaker shared celebratory pictures of himself taking on Eddie Murphy‘s character as the King of Zamunda. In the snapshots, Swizz dons royal garb and golden embellishments while sitting on a throne beside his mom and grand mother.

Meanwhile, Keys, who is pregnant with their second child, wore an all white gown while re-enacting the famous dance scene that Paula Abdul choreographed for the film.

The celebration marked his 36th birthday.

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