Some of the more interesting R&B-related news and rumors from the past week:
- Singer-actress Natina Reed, who was one third of the late-'90s girl group Blaque was killed after being hit by a car in Atlanta Oct. 27 as she was crossing the street, according to the Gwinnett, Georgia Police Department. The driver was determined not to be at fault and no charges are pending, police say.
- Brandy's latest album, Two Eleven, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard magazine's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 65,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her last No. 1 album, Full Moon, debuted and peaked at No. 1 in March 2002.
- John Legend is rumored to have inked a deal with the Fox network for a scripted TV show. The unnamed sitcom, produced by Legend, would revolve around a guy in his early 20s who becomes guardian to his younger siblings.
- Solange Knowles will return to music with True, a new seven-song digital EP that'll be released Nov. 27. The mini-album follows her eclectic 2008 album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams.
- Bobby Brown was driving without a court-ordered dashboard Breathalyzer when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Oct. 24, prosecutors allege.
- Q. Parker (of '90s vocal group 112) has released a free new digital mixtape leading up to the release of his debut studio album, The MANual. The album's due out Oct. 30.
- Rihanna has earned her 23rd top ten hit with her latest single, "Diamonds." The song jumped to No. 8 this week on Billboard's Hot 100 Songs chart.
- After taking some time off, Chrisette Michele is back with a song called "Charades," featuring 2 Chainz.