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Legendary rocker and actor Meat Loaf died from COVID complications on Thursday at age 74. He was surrounded by his wife Deborah and daughters Pearl and Amanda, Deadline.com reports.

Meat Loaf's family announced his death in a statement on Friday.

"We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. From his heart to your souls... don't ever stop rocking!"

Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, is best known for his best-selling album Bat Out of Hell and his role as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975.

Meat Loaf has sold more 100 million albums worldwide. Born in Dallas, he was a high school football star before moving to New York in the 1969s, where he landed roles on Broadway.

In addition to Rocky Horror Picture Show, his other screen credits include Fight Club, Roadie, Motorama, Crazy in Alabama, Stage Fright, Spice World, Leap of Faith and Americathon. He also appeared in several episodes of the 2017-18 series Ghost Wars.

Meat Loaf's Grammy-winning album, Bat Out of Hell, spawned the hits "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad."

The album sold more than 65 million copies and stayed on the charts for nine years, making it one of the best-selling albums in history.

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Tommy DeBarge -- a founding member of the R&B/funk band Switch -- has died of natural causes. He was 64.

Tommy suffered from liver and kidney failure for years. Tommy was a lifelong drug addict and was on kidney dialysis for years before he died.

Tommy was a member of the famed DeBarge family of singers, songwriters and music producers.

According to TMZ, Tommy suffered from liver and kidney failure for years, and his health recently took a turn for the worse. He was hospitalized a couple weeks ago, and died in the hospital Thursday.

While his younger siblings would later rise to fame as DeBarge, Tommy blazed his own trail as a member of Switch alongside his brother, Bobby, who died of AIDS in 1995 at age 39.

The group's smash hits in the 1970s included "I Call Your Name," "There'll Never Be," and "Love Over & Over Again."

Switch, with Bobby's falsetto lead vocals, had a huge following in the mid '70s and would influence emerging R&B/funk bands.

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Bobby and Tommy left Switch to mentor their younger brothers, James, Randy, El, Mark, and sister, Bunny.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan family band signed a record deal with Motown subsidiary Gordy Records.

Their hit singles in the 1980s included "I Like It," "All This Love," "Time Will Reveal," "Love Me in a Special Way," and "Rhythm of the Night."
 

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris is thankful that Xscape signed a record deal in 1992 - or he may have never met the Love of his life.

The group, from Atlanta, Ga, signed to Jermaine Dupri's boutique label So So Def in 1992, and released their debut album Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha in 1993.

The album spawned two hit singles "Just Kickin' It" and "Understanding."

The album cover for Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha featured LaTocha Scott, her sister Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss, and a petite 4-foot-10 powerhouse singer named Tameka "Tiny" Cottle.

In an Instagram post on Oct. 12, T.I. reminisced about the first time he laid eyes on his future wife on the cover of Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha in 1993.

"So as the calendar has made clear it's been 28yrs since this album came out and allowed me to set my sights on the lady of my life. Congratulations Love.... you know we gon go to the moon and back bout this shit of ours & ain't no stopping it!!! I'm proud of you and all that you've done, for the culture and for ME!!! I admire your growth and willingness to accept change for advancement & the greater good of all. I love you to no end... YKWTFGO wit us. This shit ain't for the weak & you've exhibited enormous amounts of strength and resilience on our journey. I honor & respect that. But even before we met and I put you up on this Pimpin... I was a Xscape fan.... that shit ain't changed. Congratulations @jermainedupri & Congratulations to my sisters as well. It's UP!"

Tiny responded in the comments, saying:

"Awe babe..that was the sweetest… msg..U Da 1 sexy!! Married me a legend. I can't thank you enough.. I Fuk'n [Love] U Mr. H!!"

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After teasing fans with a snippet of her first single in six years, Adele dropped the full song and music video late Thursday.

The 33-year-old British singer released the lead single off her fourth studio album entitled 30, which drops next month.

Fans are eager to see her perform, however Adele is wary of hitting the road to tour during the pandemic, WENN.com reports.

She warned fans they may have to wait longer to see her live in concert while the Covid lockdowns continue around the world.

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She tells The Hits Radio Breakfast Show with Fleur East:

"I'd love to do a big proper tour again. I wouldn't do it quite as long as I did it last time, it was something like 130 odd shows in less than 18 months but, I would love to do that.

"But all the Covid rules are so different everywhere, and sort of like the rates of infection, the rates of vaccine whatever, it's just, it makes me nervous trying to plan a world tour globally when it feels like no-one's really on the same page."

Adele added: "The last thing I would ever want to do is cancel any shows again."

While details of the Rolling In The Deep singer's album are being kept under wraps, she's been vocal about her personal struggles.

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After a tumultuous marriage to Simon Konecki, Adele finalized her divorce in 2019. They share 8-year-old son Angelo.

She is currently dating Cleveland businessman Rich Paul, 39.

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Paul formed a sports agency after leaving Creative Artists Agency in 2012. His clients include NBA stars LeBron James, Eric Bledsoe, John Wall and Anthony Davis.
 

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Kelis released a music video for her new single "Midnight Snacks" - her first single since 2014.

The music video was directed by Adrienne Raquel (Travis Scott, Rihanna, Selena Gomez). The video premiered on Oct. 7 on BET Soul, BET Her and the Times Square Viacom billboard.

Somebody recently told Kelis that she always sings about food. "I was like, do I?" she laughed.

"I mean, obviously I do. It isn't intentional, but the idea is just that food is a very carnal thing. Everyone can relate to it. It's very human, it's sensual, it's something that you crave. And it's sexy."

According to Radio Facts,"Midnight Snacks" was recorded in a studio on a boat in London and produce by The FaNaTix (Nicki Minaj, Popcaan, Vybz Kartel).

Kelis said she was inspired to write "Midnight Snacks" after hearing the beat.

"I heard the beat, thought it was dope, and the first thing that came to mind was 'Midnight Snacks,'" said Kelis.

"The FaNaTix were like, what are you talking about? And I was like, it makes you feel like a midnight snack! And that was it," says Kelis, who added she may keep singing about food.

"It's funny to me, but I like the fact that you can take sex and food, and you can put these two things together, and they're totally interchangeable. I love that."

Kelis' husband, Mike Mora, 36, recently revealed his yearlong battle with stomach cancer.

Kelis has not commented on her husband's cancer diagnosis.
 

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Fans of The Fugees had to wait over three hours for the group to take the stage at their first reunion concert on Wednesday, September 22.

The iconic trio's first pop-up reunion show, ahead of a world tour, went down at the Roof at Pier 17, with more than 3,500 devotees in attendance, Variety reports

Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel were backed by a large band, including 13 horns and three background singers for their seven-song set.

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"We're still cooking it," Lauryn Hill told the impatient crowd.

Meanwhile, Wyclef addressed the Haitian immigration crisis at the Texas-Mexico border and he challenged U.S. Pres. Joe Biden to fix the problem during the set.

Among the songs the group performed were "The Score", "Fu-Gee-La", and their signature cover of "Killing Me Softly."

Wyclef closed the show with Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry", with Lauryn - the ex-partner of Marley's son Rohan Marley - backing him on harmony.

The band's reunion tour, "Diaspora Calling," kicks off in Chicago, Illinois on November 2, 2021, and concludes in Ghana on December 18.
 

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Teyana Taylor is bidding farewell to her fans with a final tour.

The 30-year-old singer announced the dates for her upcoming 12-city "Last Rose Petal Tour" on Instagram Wednesday.

The Last Rose Petal Tour kicks off in San Francisco on November 7, and concludes on November 30 in Atlanta, Ga.

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The mom-of-two said she was "lucky" to be able to retire at a young age.

"How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. However for every goodbye God makes the next hello closer. Come out and watch me, leave it all out on the stage... One last time... Just for you & as my last rose petal falls, I say farewell..."

Her last sentence left some fans confused. Teyana reportedly underwent a double mastectomy after discovering lumps in her breasts in Miami earlier this year.

Due to her family history of cancer she decided not to take any chances.

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Teyana and her husband, NBA star Iman Shumpert share two daughters named Iman Tayla and Rue.
 

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LaBelle co-founder, singer and actress Sarah Dash has died at age 76. No cause of death was disclosed.

Dash's death was confirmed by Trenton, NJ Mayor Reed Gusciora in a Facebook post late Monday.

"Our resident legend and Trenton's very first music ambassador, Sarah Dash, has passed away."

The Trenton, NJ native was best known as co-founder of Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, which was later renamed to simply LaBelle in the 1970s.

Dash was born the seventh of 13 children to her pastor father and nurse mother.

She originally sang gospel but later sang R&B music when she moved to Philadelphia in the mid-1960s and met singers Nona Hendryx, Patricia "Patsy" Holte (Patti LaBelle) and Sundray Tucker.

The girls formed "The Ordettes" in 1961. In 1967, member Cindy Birdsong, who replaced original Blubelles member Sundray Tucker, left the group to join The Supremes.

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Dash, right, helped to transition the doo-wop R&B group into pop/rock/R&B group LaBelle that tackled controversial and sexually outspoken subjects. LaBelle opened for the Rolling Stones on tour.

Under Dash's direction the group ditched their bouffant wigs and glittery costumes for afros and jeans.

The group's biggest hit, "Lady Marmalade," was released in 1974 and went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Lady Marmalade," with its sexually suggestive French chorus of "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?" ("Do you want to sleep with me?") made the group a household name.

"Lady Marmalade" held the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week, and was ranked number 479 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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In 1978, Dash, center (with Nona, left, and Patti, right), released her self-titled debut album, which included the top-ten disco hit, "Sinner Man."

After working with The Rolling Stones, Dash also performed in The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1978.

She went on to release solo albums and reunited with Nona Hendryx and Patti LaBelle in 1995 to record new music.
 

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Drake's new album Certified Lover Boy topped Kanye West's DONDA in the battle for streaming supremacy.

Drake dropped CLB three days after Universal Music released DONDA without Kanye's permission.

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Word has it that Kanye delayed DONDA's release date because he feared being outshined by Drake's new offering.

The "Hotline Bling" rapper recently traded disses with Kanye as they both prepared to drop their new releases.

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The Canadian superstar pummeled Kanye in lyrics on his track "7am on Bridle Path."

    "I could give a f--k about who designing your sneakers and tees
    Have somebody put you on a Gildan, you play with my seed
    Trust me, there's some sh-t you really gotta come see to believe
    That's why your people not believers, they all leavin' ya
    That's why you buyin' into the hype that the press feedin' ya

    You know the fourth level of jealousy is called media
    Isn't that an ironic revelation?
    Give that address to your driver, make it your destination
    Instead of just a post out of desperation."

Certified Lover Boy is currently number one on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums Chart. CLB crushed DONDA's listening figures, according to Alpha Data, the analytics provider behind the Rolling Stone charts.

In just three days, Certified Lover Boy received 430 million on-demand audio streams in the U.S. Meanwhile, DONDA pulled in just under 423 million listens in its first eight days of streaming.

Certified Lover Boy isn't Drake's biggest album to date. 2018's Scorpion, featuring hit single "Sandra's Rose," racked up more than 725 million streams in its first week of release.

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Drake released the first visual off Certified Lover Boy for his track "Way 2 Sexy" featuring Atlanta rappers Young Thug and Future Hendrix.

In the video, directed by Dave Meyers, Drake portrays a plethora of "sexy" characters such as action hero Drambo (pictured above), a swashbuckler, a cologne spokesman, and a workout instructor.

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Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard makes a cameo appearance in one scene with Drake, Thugga and Future wearing all white suits.

Drake released his 6th studio album, Certified Lover Boy, via OVO Sound/Republic Records on Friday, Sept. 3.

Fans immediately took to social media to share their reviews. The album drew comparisons to Kanye West's oft-delayed DONDA album, which dropped Sunday.

Check out the music video below.

Drake ft. Future & Young Thug - Way 2 Sexy

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