Some of the more interesting R&B music-related news and rumors from the past week:
- Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige are two of the big names being mentioned as possible replacements for Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez as judges on on "American Idol." The one thing working against them though, according to a media analyst, is their ages. Both are in their 40s, but the show's looking to attract younger viewers.
- Target stores won't carry Frank Ocean's Channel Orange album when the physical edition drops July 17. The retailer says the decision was made because the album was released digitally on iTunes a week before the physical CD, not because of the singer's recent revelation about his sexual orientation.
- Gladys Knight has been announced as the lead judge on "Apollo Live," a new singing competition reality series set at New York's famed Apollo Theater. The show, which is executive produced by Jamie Foxx, is scheduled to debut on the Centric network this fall.
- In an interview with the Associated Press, Maxwell says his next album is due out later in 2012 and that it'll be a little more upbeat than his previous work. He also says he's really happy about D'Angelo's return to the music scene.
- Al B. Sure! posted a paranoid rant on his official Facebook page, claiming that his enemies have bugged his house, moved onto a property near where he lives, threatened to harm his loved ones and may be trying to kill him.
- Near-legendary R&B band Mint Condition has released the first single from their upcoming eighth studio album, Music @ the Sound of Life, which is due out later this year.
- Sisqo, the lead singer of Dru Hill, says that despite rumors to the contrary, the group has never broken up and is still making music and touring.
- Keyshia Cole has a new song out called "Enough of No Love," featuring Lil Wayne.