Troubled R&B star Chris Brown has agreed to increase his community labour hours to four days a week so he can complete his court-ordered service by the beginning of next year (15). The Kiss Kiss singer was back in court on Thursday (23Oct14) for an update hearing relating to the sentence he was handed as punishment for assaulting his then-girlfriend in 2009.
He agreed to up his hours in a bid to complete his volunteer work and then was reprimanded by the judge for violating the terms of his probation by picking up a ticket for speeding, according to TMZ.com.
Rapper, actor and entrepreneur Nick Cannon hosted a star-studded surprise birthday party for his latest protegee, Amber Rose, earlier this week (20Oct14) after telling her he was taking her out for a Halloween-themed dinner. Rose, who turned 31 on Tuesday (21Oct14), was initially told the party would take place at a restaurant in Los Angeles, California on Monday night (20Oct14), but instead the model, who dressed up as a zombie version of TV mum Peggy Bundy from Married... with Children, was taken to a private residence, where Chris Brown and his girlfriend Karrueche Tran, Blac Chyna, Nelly and Carmen Electra were waiting to celebrate with her on Monday (20Oct14).
The party took place just days after Cannon shot down reports he was dating Rose after splitting from his wife Mariah Carey. Rose is also currently single after separating from her husband, rapper Wiz Khalifa.
Singer Kesha's lawyer is considering filing criminal charges against producer Dr. Luke in addition to her civil lawsuit. The TiK ToK star launched legal action against the hitmaker, real name Lukasz Gottwald, on Tuesday (14Oct14), alleging sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse.
The producer fired back, branding Kesha's lawsuit extortion and claiming she has been threatening to file the case in court for months unless he agrees to free her from their contract.
The 27 year old's lawyer, Mark Geragos, who is also currently representing troubled R&B star Chris Brown, insists the extortion and defamation claims are "amateurish" and he reveals he is also considering taking the legal fight one step further.
He tells U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, "Everything's on the table. She's at the point now where she's ready, willing and able to fight back...
"I mean, this is something, unfortunately, that's emblematic of the music industry. This is a bigger story and she's here and she's strong enough to try to champion it."
In her suit, Kesha claims years of abuse at the hands of Gottwald let to mental and self-esteem problems, which resulted in a rehab spell earlier this year (14).
Chris Brown will lead the way at the 2014 Soul Train Awards after scoring seven nominations. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker is bouncing back from months of legal troubles, which included a prison stint earlier this year (14) after he was kicked out of a court-ordered rehab programme for anger management, and now he has been given a career boost. He will compete for the titles of Song of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance and Best Collaboration for his track Loyal, featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga.
His New Flame duet with Usher is shortlisted for Video of the Year, while he will fight for Best R&B/Soul Male Act against the likes of five-time nominee Pharrell Williams, Trey Songz and John Legend.
Meanwhile, Williams will go head-to-head with Beyonce, who has notched up six nods, for Album of the Year. Other nominees in the coveted category are John Legend, Drake, Janelle Monae and Michael Jackson, whose posthumous release, Xscape, makes the shortlist.
Beyonce and Monae are also in the running for Best R&B/Soul Female Act, alongside Jennifer Hudson and Jhene Aiko.
The 2014 Soul Train Awards, which celebrate the best in black music, will take place in Las Vegas on 7 November (14).
R&B star Chris Brown has come under fire from charity workers after describing the ongoing Ebola epidemic as "a form of population control".
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker posted the controversial comment to Twitter.com on Monday (13Oct14), writing, "I don't know... But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control. S**t is getting crazy bruh (sic)" before adding, "Let me shut my black a** up!"
The post has sparked a wave of criticism from charities working to stop the spread of the deadly disease, which has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa since the outbreak began earlier this year (14).
Jane Moyo, a spokeswoman for British charity Action Aid, has branded Brown "thoughtless" and urged him to make a substantial donation to the fight against Ebola to make ammends. She tells WENN, "He has obviously ignored Twitter's key rule: Think before you tweet. This is a global emergency about three countries struggling with a deadly disease, countries whose health systems are under immense strain. This is obviously nothing to do with population control but is a serious, deadly situation. At the moment we do not need thoughtless phrases which reach out to Chris Brown's many followers and do not add understanding to the cause... It was unfortunate that he said it in the first place. What would be fantastic is if Chris Brown could donate to a charity working on Ebola and encourage his followers to do the same."
Red Cross spokesman Henry Makiwa has gone a step further by accusing Brown of putting further lives in danger. He tells WENN, "There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola, however the highly infectious virus can be prevented from spreading by following infection control procedures... Statements to the contrary are not only inaccurate, but also risk having a negative impact on the large-scale and life-saving response the Red Cross - together with other organisations and governments in West Africa - are carrying out. Now is a critical time to scale up the response to the crisis and such comments are an unhelpful distraction from life-saving work."
I don't know ... But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control. Shit is getting crazy bruh.
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) October 13, 2014
Celebrity tattoo artist Trigz has died after he was shot outside his parlour in Pacoima, California on Thursday night (09Oct14). The 40 year old, real name Michael Christopher Pebley, reportedly worked with clients including Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and rocker Travis Barker.
The shooting occurred following a fight inside his Sin City Tattoo Shop.
R&B star Chris Brown had to fend off an overzealous fan during a weekend (27-28Sep14) appearance at the Limelight Houston nightclub in Texas after the woman attempted to grab his face for a kiss. In video footage of the incident, the singer appears to push the devotee away with his arm as he walks through the club with his on/off girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.
Rapper, producer and reality TV star Mally Mall's Las Vegas home has been raided by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents as part of a human trafficking case. Officials from the FBI's public corruption squad executed search warrants on the mansion and headquarters of Las Vegas Concierge - an escort service the rap star owns - on Monday morning (29Sep14).
Mall, real name Jamal Rashid, was not at the property at the time of the swoop as he is currently shooting his reality show Love and Hip Hop Hollywood in Los Angeles, reports TMZ.com.
No arrests were made during the raid and no further details about the case were available as WENN went to press.
The Wake Up In It star, who has been associated with Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown and Drake, has yet to comment on the story.
America's new singles chart is all about the butt, with Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass scoring a third week at number one and Jennifer Lopez's Booty bumping its way to 18. All About That Bass leads an all-female top five for a third week, keeping Taylor Swift's Shake It Off at two and Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's Bang Bang at three.
Minaj's Anaconda and Azalea's Black Widow round out the top five.
J.Lo's Booty, which comes with a sexy new video featuring the sweaty singer and pal Azalea shaking their rumps, rockets into the top 20 and becomes Lopez's 28th Billboard Hot 100 hit in 15 years.
Meanwhile, Barbra Streisand has beaten Chris Brown to the top of the new U.S. album chart - her duets album Partners is the singer's 10th number one. Streisand is now the only artist to land number ones on the Billboard 200 in each of the past six decades.
Trouble appears to be following singer Chris Brown wherever he goes - a man was stabbed after the R&B star's performance at a Drake and Lil Wayne concert afterparty in California on Monday (22Sep14). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker is desperate to turn his life around following a string of legal issues and a three-month prison spell earlier this year (14), but now his name has been linked to an incident outside Supperclub in Hollywood, where Brown performed on Monday.
An unidentified clubber was hospitalised after he was stabbed as he was exiting the venue, according to TMZ.com.
This isn't the first incident that has occurred during or after a Chris Brown club appearance in Los Angeles - in August (14), Marion 'Suge' Knight was shot at Brown's MTV Video Music Awards pre-party at 1OAK nightclub. A fight also broke out at the VIP Room in New York earlier this month (Sep14), while the singer was hosting an event at the venue.
Reports indicated Brown's entourage was involved, but he has since dismissed the rumours.
The man stabbed on Monday night is expected to make a full recovery.