Some of the more interesting R&B-related news and rumors from the past week:
- Mary J. Blige has been hit with a lawsuit alleging that she and her husband defaulted on a $2.2 million bank loan. According to court documents filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Signature Bank is seeking to recoup the original loan as well as $58,000 in interest.
- Chris Brown will not be charged for an allegedly snatching a woman's cellphone in Florida in February. A report released by the Miami-Dade County state attorney's office states no evidence was found that Brown intended to steal the phone or deleted any photos of him on it.
- Singer-rapper Ryan Leslie has lost a court case in which he was sued by someone trying to collect a $1 million reward that Leslie had offered for finding his missing laptop, which he had lost in Germany.
- The latest albums by Rihanna and Keyshia Cole debuted at No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart this week. They were No. 1 and No. 10, respectively, on the pop albums chart.
- The final album by late Hip-Hop crooner Nate Dogg is scheduled to be released in the first half of 2013 through a new deal between Seven Arts Music and United Media and Music Group.
- Joe Jackson, the 83-year-old father of Michael, Janet and the other members of the Jackson family of performers, suffered a minor stroke and was hospitalized Nov. 28 in Las Vegas.
- Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina was cited after a Nov. 28 traffic accident in Georgia in which she wrecked her car and took out some trees, but wasn't injured.
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