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Ciara is making a big comeback. The mom-of-three signed a huge record deal with Republic Records and Uptown Records through her own label imprint, Beauty Marks Entertainment.

The news comes just as Ciara released a snippet for "Jump," her first single since 2020. The much-anticipated single is due for release on July 29.

Her promo artwork for "Jump" featured Ciara wearing a white corset fashioned out of throwback Air Jordan sneakers.

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"I am thrilled to partner with Uptown/Republic Records through my own label imprint Beauty Marks Entertainment," Ciara said in a statement.

"Wendy and I have been in discussion to work together for some time and the enthusiasm that her and the entire team have expressed over this new project marks an exciting new chapter in my career. I am grateful to be able to continue my mission of making the world dance with a team I admire, who are at the forefront of empowering artists."

"I've been a fan of Ciara forever," said Republic Records Co-President Wendy Goldstein in a statement. "Working with her has been a dream, and she's making some of the most powerful, undeniable, and innovative music of her entire career now. This is an incredible creative chapter for her, and we're all excited to be part of it."

Pre-save Ciara's "Jump" on Spotify and listen below.

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Thanks to Lil Nas X's success, record labels are pursuing openly gay rappers like Saucy Santana (pictured).

The Love & Hip-Hop: Miami star signed a record deal with RCA Records. Santana, who was previously known as the City Girls' makeup artist, is RCA's latest openly gay rapper. The label signed boy band Brockhampton to a $15 million deal in 2018 "to push the gay agenda."

Santana, real name Justin Harris, announced the RCA deal on The Breakfast Club. The 28-year-old started rapping in 2019 and uploaded his debut single "Walk Em Like A Dog" to SoundCloud in August of that year.

Santana's other hit singles include "Material Girl" and "Walk."

His 2020 single "Walk" went viral in 2021 after being used for the popular TikTok #WalkChallenge. The single earned him a shout out from Nicki Minaj.

Santana was featured as a recurring "friend" on Love & Hip Hop: Miami in 2020.

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The Tallahassee rapper and two friends were shot and wounded near a strip club in North Miami in December 2019.

Santana said he may have been targeted because of his flamboyant lifestyle, according to the AP.

He was in Miami scouting locations for a music video when he and his friends decided to hit up The Gentlemen's Club on 183rd Street.

They were shot as they left the strip club.
 

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Globally-acclaimed label Motown Gospel (a division of Capitol CMG/Capitol and Universal Music Group) is honored to announce the signing of legendary 4-time GRAMMY-winning superstar singer, musician, songwriter, entrepreneur, and First Lady of COGIC (Church of God in Christ) Karen Clark Sheard.

Under the new deal, in partnership with Karew Records, Karen Clark Sheard plans to release her first new album in over half a decade later this year.

It will follow Clark Sheard's 2015 live album Destined To Win, her highest-charting album in her solo career and her 2010 studio album All In One, which earned GRAMMY, Stellar, Dove and BET Award nominations and remains the largest selling release of her solo career to date.

"No other female vocalist in gospel music has had as broad an influence as the legendary Karen Clark Sheard," say Monica Coates and EJ Gaines, Co-Executive Directors of Motown Gospel. "She uniquely brings generations of gospel and R&B music-lovers together with the power of her voice and the purity of her spirit. We are so honored to work with her and the Karew team."

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"I am honored and excited to partner with Motown Gospel," said Clark Sheard. "I'm passionate about encouraging, inspiring and uplifting people through my music, and I can't wait to share it with my long-time supporters and with the world."

Karen Clark Sheard first rose to prominence as the youngest sibling in The Clark Sisters, the group credited with bringing gospel music to the mainstream. Formed by their mother, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, when Clark Sheard was a teenager, the five sisters released their national crossover hit "You Brought The Sunshine" in 1981. The song reached churches and dancefloors alike, and climbed to the upper reaches of several Billboard charts in the process.

Karen Clark Sheard has proven to be a prolific solo force as well, releasing five studio albums, and two live albums, garnering multiple Grammy, Dove, NAACP Image, Soul Train and Stellar Awards and nominations along the way. Clark Sheard is renowned for her signature, multi-octave vocal range and has been cited as an influence by a variety of artists, including Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, and many more.

Currently, Clark Sheard serves as First Lady of the Church of God in Christ, not only a global Christian denomination consisting of over 8.8-million members, but also ??the largest Black organization in the world. She is married to Bishop J. Drew Sheard – who was elected Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ denomination last year – and together, they have two children, Kierra Sheard and John Drew "J. Drew" Sheard II, both of whom have followed in their mother's musical footsteps and collaborated with her on previous recordings.

Stay tuned for new music and more from Karen Clark Sheard later this year.

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Ye, formerly Kanye West, says he regrets signing rapper Big Sean (right) to a record deal. Big Sean was discovered by Ye and signed with Ye's GOOD Music in 2007 after they met at a rap battle in 2005.

But now, Ye says he regrets signing the 33-year-old rapper, who did not live up to his full potential.

Ye, 44, sat down with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN for Thursday's episode of "Drink Champs."

When asked to choose between Pu$ha T and Big Sean, Ye called them both "sellouts" for not supporting "their boy" and being willful tools of the Democratic Party.

But Ye suggested he deserves to die for signing Sean to a record deal.

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Sean responded on Twitter, suggesting Ye is a hypocrite.

Sean wrote: "Was just wit this man, he ain't say none of that!!! And this was after the interview! I'm dying laughing at you."

Sean shared photos of himself with Ye at an event after the "Drink Champs" show.

Watch the Drink Champs episode below.
 

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Columbia Records signed rapper Tyga to a multi-million dollar record deal, Variety.com reports exclusively. The 29-year-old rapper saw modest success with his track "Taste" featuring rapper Offset in 2018.

Tyga, born Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, tells Variety his decision to sign with Columbia was a no-brainer: he was broke and he needed the cash.

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"They definitely understand the global brand," he said. "I have a lot of fans worldwide — in places I've never been like South America, and in places I have been like Asia and Europe. They can help bring that to a larger scale. Doing it independently, you don't really have those teams to help worldwide. Sony, if you look at the history from what they've done from Pharrell to Beyonce to Adele — then you look at Lil Nas X, one of their new artists that's blown up this year — they’ve done a lot for artists globally, for their brand. That's why I wanted to partner up with them."

Tyga is best known for his first hit song "Rack City" which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Top 100 in 2011.

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Tyga blames his money woes on his career as an independent artist. He has been evicted from half a dozen mansions and his fleet of luxury vehicles have all been repossessed.

"The independent thing taught me a lot," he says. "It was a do-it-yourself motto — learning how to get from point A to point B. Now doing a deal through Columbia, it's like I already know the ropes."

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Incarcerated rapper Tekashi69 is a rich jailbird. The 23-year-old reportedly signed a multi-million dollar record deal from behind bars.

Tekashi's problems may be over after he agreed to snitch on his former 9 Trey Gangsta Bloods associates in exchange for a significant decrease in his prison sentence.

Prior to snitching on his gang associates, Tekashi faced a minimum of 47 years in prison on charges of attempted murder, weapons possession, kidnapping and racketeering.

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Execs at Tekashi's former record label - 10K Projects - are so confident that he will be released soon, that they offered him a record deal worth more than $10 million!

According to TMZ, Tekashi is looking at a 2020 prison release with credit for time served.

In addition to shelling out $10 million to the "FEFE" rapper, the record label may be forced to foot the bill for the rapper's 24/7 security.

Tekashi declined to enter the government's witness protection program after snitching on his gangsta pals. His life is in danger the moment he walks out of prison.

Rapper TI independent artist again

After 10 years and seven albums with Atlantic Records, rap mogul T.I.P. is once again an independent artist. T.I. began his illustrious career as a successful independent artist before signing his first record contract with LaFace Records back in the day. He is now on his own again and feeling fine after a deal with Sony Records fell through.

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LIl Wayne Signs Paris Hilton to a Record Deal

That sound you just heard is the lid of Hip Hop's coffin slamming shut on Hip Hop as a music genre.

Disgraced rapper Lil Wayne just found a sucker to get him back in the good graces of the corporate world. 3 weeks after getting dropped like a hot potato by Pepsi, Wayne has signed talentless socialite Paris Hilton to a record deal on Young Money Cash Money Records. Cash Money co-founder Birdman made the announcement on Twitter today.

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K Michelle new record deal

Studio singer K. Michelle is relieved that she can drop the title "mixtape singer" from her résumé. The 26-year-old mother of 1 announced her new record deal with Warner Brothers on her Twitter page Monday.

It isn't clear if K. Michelle is bedding the recording executive who signed her. As you may recall, the last executive who signed K. Michelle to a record deal (MempHitz) lived up to his name by slapping the taste out of her mouth whenever she got loud or stepped out of line. Neither the record deal nor their relationship ended very well.

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