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Drake’s Posthumous Aaliyah Album Scrapped

DrakeDrake's posthumous Aaliyah album featuring unreleased material from the singer has been scrapped.

The rapper's producer Noah “40” Shebib was set to work with him on the project but has pulled out because her mother Diane didn't approve of the idea. In an interview with Vibe, Noah said, “The world reacting to Drake's involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it. [Aaliyah's] mother saying 'I don't want this out' was enough for me. I walked away very quickly.”

He was also worried about the “negative stigma” involved with the album, which was set to feature unreleased material from the 22-year-old singer who died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001. But he claims producer Timbaland, who previously said only he should work on Aaliyah's music, was positive about his work.

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Chris Brown Track to Feature Unheard Aaliyah Vocals

Chris Brown and AaliyahChris Brown has announced his new single will feature never-before-heard vocals from Aaliyah. The 24-year-old rapper is set to release his track “They Don't Know” - taken from his upcoming album X - and has promised fans a “special” treat by including the late R&B star's voice, which will be heard for the first time since her death in 2001.

Speaking at the BET Awards 2013 press conference on Tuesday, where he was nominated for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, Chris said, “I got something special for my fans. It's called 'They Don't Know.' This song features Aaliyah. And never-before-heard vocals. All new stuff that's never been heard before.”

The “Forever” hitmaker shot the video for the song in the Los Angeles “hood” last weekend and hopes his chosen location will unite people from various backgrounds. “I shot it in the 'hood. I went to 60th Street and Cedar Block. [I'm] bringing both worlds together and trying to uplift the poverty side of the community and show them where I'm from. I'm from Virginia, but everybody comes from a broken home or being broke - I remember when I was,” he added.

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Missy Elliott’s Double Comeback

Missy ElliottMissy Elliott releases two comeback singles today. The rapper's first new songs since 2005, “Triple Threat” and “9th Inning,” were both produced by Timbaland and mark her return as a solo artist after being diagnosed with thyroid disorder Graves' disease last year. Missy will also release new album, tentatively titled Block Party, later this year.

Describing the new record in a UStream interview with fans, she said, “I like to call it theatrical hip-hop. It's not [1999 album] Da Real World all over again, but just the dramatics of the real world is the feeling that I get from this album.”

The star has also distanced herself from a project to posthumously release tracks by singer Aaliyah, whom she and Timbaland worked closely with before her death in a plane crash in 2001. “Until [her family] come and say we're ready to do an Aaliyah album, then I don't really want to try and get into that because it's really sensitive,” she said.

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Drake Slams Chris Brown in New Single

Drake and Chris BrownDrake has slammed Chris Brown in his new single “Enough Said.”

The rapper's latest track features previously unheard vocals by late R&B singer Aaliyah and has angered fans who have accused him of using the song as a vehicle to diss his love rival Chris.

“Running through the city with n****s I'd give a kidney/ Selling under 150 you n****s got to be kidding/ Is this even still a discussion?/ Don't you ever wake up disgusted?” Drake raps. The line has been perceived as a dig at Chris' mediocre album sales after his latest offering Fortune sold 135,000 copies in its first week while Drake's Take Care shifted 600,000.

Fans took to Twitter in a rage after hearing the song, which has been released to honor the anniversary of Aaliyah's tragic death in a plane crash. “I love Drake but not sure reworking Aaliyah for 10 year anniversary and 'dissing' Chris Brown in it is really in the right spirit!” @Cazba21 posted. @In_Boss_U_Trust asked, “Is the Drake song with Aaliyah in it really a diss to Chris Brown cuz if so, that's disrespectful.”

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