Some of the more interesting R&B-related news and rumors from the past week:
- The NYPD has shut down the nightclub where Chris Brown and people associated with the rapper Drake were involved in a brawl early during the morning of June 14. Club W.i.P. was closed June 16 because of code violations, the police said, without giving details. It was the location of the barfight in which champagne bottles were thrown and eight people were injured.
- R. Kelly owes the Internal Revenue Service nearly $5 million in unpaid taxes dating as far back as 2005, according to tax liens filed recently in Cook County, Illinois. The IRS filed liens against Kelly, claiming he owes a total of $4.8 million from six different tax years, including $1.4 million from 2005 alone.
- Mariah Carey has penned a new inspirational song in honor of Barack Obama. She debuted the ballad, titled "Bring It on Home," recently as she performed at a special fundraiser for him at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
- A school district in Atlantic City, NJ recently caused controversy by paying Ashanti $20,000 to speak at a high school about the importance of an education.
- Kenny Lattimore said that he looked to other R&B artists as inspiration for his upcoming Back 2 Cool album, including Jill Scott, Tyrese and Eric Benet.
- Usher's latest album, Looking 4 Myself, is easily one of the best R&B/pop albums of the year so far.
- Joss Stone returns to her Soul roots with her new album, The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2, due in July.
- Frank Ocean's new single, "Pyramids," is a complicated, intricate 10-minute mini-masterpiece.