Some of the more interesting R&B-related news and rumors from the past week:
- Proving once again that great songs don't truly die, they just get reincarnated, Mary J. Blige, has remade one of Sly & the Family Stone's best known songs as "Everyday People 2012."
- Usher has announced he's pushing back his upcoming European tour to reconnect with his two sons and focus on his new role as a judge and mentor on reality show "The Voice."
- Brandy's song "Put It Down," which features Chris Brown, just became her tenth top 10 hit and first since "What About Us?" peaked at No. 3 in 2002.
- I Will Always Love You - The Best of Whitney Houston, is due Nov. 13 in the U.S. via RCA Records. It includes all of Whitney's No. 1 hit singles.
- Syleena Johnson's Acoustic Soul Sessions, which was released in the U.S. Sept. 25, 2012, is a brilliant showcasing of her vocal abilities.
- R. Kelly's new "Feelin' Single" remix serves as a sort of preview to his upcoming "Single Ladies Tour," which kicks off Oct. 13.
- Ginuwine is the latest person to say that he's against hip-hop star Drake producing a posthumous album by Aaliyah.
- First lady Michelle Obama said she's become a fan of Elle Varner, thanks to her eldest daughter Malia.
- Jay-Z has shot down rumors that Beyonce is pregnant with the couple's second child.