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R&B News N Rumors: 12/16/12 Edition

By December 16, 2012

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Some of the more interesting R&B-related news and rumors from the past week:

  • Trey Songz was arrested for allegedly injuring a woman's eye while he was "making it rain" during his album release party in Queens, NY back in August. He wasn't arrested that night, but was taken into custody a month later for misdemeanor assault. He's due back in court in February.
  • Twelve years after her debut album peaked at No. 127 on the Billboard charts, Toni Braxton's youngest sister has made her return to music with a R&B hit, thanks to her reality show. Tamar Braxton debuted at No. 5 with "Love and War" on Billboard's R&B songs chart.
  • Late disco queen Donna Summer has been selected for induction into the 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joining her will be producer Quincy Jones, who was chosen as a non-performer inductee. The induction ceremony's scheduled for April 13.
  • Ashanti has landed a recurring role on the seventh season of the Lifetime network drama "Army Wives." She'll play a mother of three named Latasha Durant.
  • LA Reid, a judge on the U.S. version of "X Factor" says he's leaving the show in order to concentrate on his day job as chair of Epic Records.
  • R&B icon Charlie Wilson is preparing to release a new album titled Love, Charlie, on Jan. 29, 2013, which happens to be his 60th birthday.
  • Singers Marsha AmbrosiusLuke James and Chrisette Michele have all released free digital mixtapes in the last week or so.
  • The two vocalists who make up the Gospel/R&B duo Mary Mary have confirmed they've recently considered breaking up.
  • Alicia Keys says she likes her new short hairdo so much that she's thinking about shaving her head.

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