Some of the more interesting R&B-related news and rumors from the past week:
- Brian McKnight, who's feeling the heat for a couple of x-rated songs he recently released, took to Twitter to lash out at people for dissing him but standing behind Chris Brown and R. Kelly, who've had their share of legal problems in recent years. Chris then fired back, calling B. McKnight a "has been" and "one-hit wonder," among other things.
- The Funk/Soul collective the Big Ol' Nasty Getdown, whose membership includes George Clinton, among others, has recently released what's definitely one of the best albums of the first half of 2012.
- Singer Q. Parker of the four-man vocal group 112 has just released a free mixtape called Qgasms as a warm-up to his debut solo album, The MANual, which is due out this summer.
- Bobby V., the singer formerly known as Bobby Valentino, has signed a deal with the eOne music label, and is due to release his fifth studio album, Dusk Till Dawn, sometime this fall.
- In an interview with YouKnowIGotSoul.com, R&B legend Eddie Levert says today's music is too trendy and mediocre and that people need to be more critical of inferior songs.
- A charity founded by Mary J. Blige has been accused of stiffing 25 girls from the Bronx who were supposed to receive full academic scholarships from the charity.
- Robin Thicke and his wife, actress Paula Patton, apparently owe the IRS almost half a million dollars in back taxes.
- Remember J. Holiday? He's back with a new song.