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R&B News N Rumors: 01/26/13 Edition

By January 26, 2013

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

  • TV One has renewed "R&B Divas" for a second season and added a Los Angeles spin-off to the franchise. The network ordered eight episodes of the reality show in the renewal and will debut season two in the spring. TV One also ordered eight episodes of "R&B Divas: LA," scheduling the spin-off for the third quarter. It will feature five Los Angeles-based R&B performers, who have yet to be named.
  • Atlanta  police say two armed robbers carjacked R&B singer Bobby V. -- aka Bobby Valentino -- after he parked a red 2013 Bentley in a lot outside a recording studio.  The car was found a by an off-duty lieutenant who heard a call over a police radio about the incident and found the luxury car abandoned. One arrest has been made so far.
  • R&B singer Kevin Michael, best known for his 2007 single "We All Want the Same Thing," has a new digital mixtape out called Brainwa$h. It can be downloaded for free at Bandcamp, or if you so choose, you can set your own price and pay whatever you feel it's worth.
  • Producer-musician Questlove (of the Roots) says that the new comeback album by the reclusive singer D'Angelo album is 99 percent done and that it sounds like an instant classic.
  • Fresh on the heels of her latest mixtape, Audrey Hepburn, Chrisette Michele has debuted the first official single, "A Couple of Forevers," off her upcoming album, Better.
  • In the new video for her single, "Cold War," Marsha Ambrosius plays a well-off woman turned drug dealer. It co-stars two cast members from HBO's "The Wire."
  • According to a cover story in the first issue of the newly redesigned Billboard magazine, music legend Prince, among other things, doesn't suffer fools gladly.
  • Miguel's "Adorn" has joined an elite group of songs to have spent 20 weeks or more atop a Billboard chart.

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