Some of the more interesting R&B-related news and rumors from the past week:
- Fulton County, Georgia elections officials are defending their decision to allow R&B superstar Usher Raymond to bypass long lines to cast his ballot on Election Day, saying that it was done to prevent him from being mobbed by fans and creating a scene.
- Syleena Johnson has said that if it was up to her, a second season of the reality show "R&B Divas" would be in the works, but she's "not at liberty" to say if Season 2 will actually happen.
- While being honored at the the Mobo Awards in England, the two remaining remembers of TLC announced they're back in the studio working on a new project.
- Singer Major Harris of 1960s R&B group the Delfonics died of congestive heart and lung failure Nov. 9 at the age of 65 in his hometown of Richmond, Va.
- Jermaine Jackson of the legendary Jackson family, has filed a court petition in Los Angeles to change his last name to Jacksun. Yes, Jacksun.
- Carl Thomas, whose most recent album, Conquer, came out last year, says he's now working on his next release, an all-ballads EP.
- Mariah Carey, John Legend and Rihanna were among R&B/pop stars who tweeted about Pres. Obama's re-election.
- Chrisette Michele has a funny and sarcastic new song out with Wale called "Rich Hipster."