Some of the more interesting R&B-related news and rumors from the past week:
- Beyonce has announced via her official website that she'll be going on a tour of Europe and North America that'll last much of the spring and summer. The tour, which she's calling "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour," kicks off in April with a show in Serbia, of all places, then travels throughout much of Europe before coming to a temporary halt with a late-May show in Sweden. The North American leg kicks off June 28.
- Gap Band lead singer Charlie Wilson's sixth solo album, Love, Charlie, debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week with 44,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
- For the first time in Madame Tussauds history, the famous wax museum will immortalize one person with four different likenesses during different points in their life: Whitney Houston.
- In an interview with "Good Morning America," Toni Braxton said she might be going through a midlife crisis, because she's not enthusiastic about music anymore.
- Marques Houston is back with a new single and music video. The song, "Speechless," is the first offering from his next album, Famous, which is due out in March.
- R&B singer Cecil Womack, brother of vocalist Bobby Womack, has died. Cecil and his wife, Linda Cooke, performed under the name Womack and Womack.
- After talking about it forever, Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank have finally released their first single as R&B supergroup TGT.