Rapper Da Brat, real name Shawntae Harris, was reportedly arrested early this morning for attacking a waitress in Jermaine Durpi’s Studio 72 club with a rum bottle. Local police spokeswoman Mekka Parish confirmed that the 33 year old rapper got into a ‘an altercation involving pushing’ with the waitress. Check out the report below via Access Atlanta:

“According to witnesses, after the pushing, the waitress walked away, and a short time later, that’s when Harris picked up a bottle and hit the waitress in the face with it,” Parish said.

Parish said the rum bottle broke, causing a “deep laceration” to the 23-year-old woman’s cheek. The waitress also had swelling to her forehead, and was taken by friends to a local hospital.

Haven’t heard from ‘Brat tat tat’ in a minute and now this. A mess.

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R&B star Chris Brown has stormed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with current single ‘Kiss Kiss’. The song, which features T-Pain, has seen a steady increase in digital downloads which allowed for it’s move into the top spot from #2 the week prior. Brown’ new album ‘Exclusive’ hits stores November 6th.

This must come as a relief to his camp, as there inevitably would have been alot of worry after the first single ‘Wall to Wall’ pretty much tanked. Though ‘Kiss Kiss’ is an improvement on that track, I’m kinda surprised why the label went with both songs as singles as there is better material on the album. Be on the lookout for a review of ‘Exclusive’ later this week or early next.

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The King of Pop Michael Jackson is set to feature in the latest issue of Ebony magazine as part of a tribute to ‘Thriller’ – his record breaking album which turned 25 this year. US readers will be able to watch ‘Access Hollywood’ tonight who were on the set of the shoot and interviewed Michael. {Thanks Belinda}

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The video for the first single from Bow Wow and Omarion’s joint album ‘Face Off’ premiered yesterday. Considering I had my preconceptions about the album, I must say that I am liking this song and video; nothing great, but still pretty good. ‘Face off’ hits stores December 4th.

What do you think of the video?
Check out the exclusive cover of Mary J. Blige’s eagerly anticipated new album ‘Growing Pains’ which is set to be released on December 11th. Mary looks great!

What do you think of the cover?
It was announced a couple of months back that rapper Bow Wow and R&B singer Omarion are set to release a collaboration album titled ‘Face Off’ on December 4th. The cover art for the CD has just surfaced and I must say that I’m liking it – the split face effect is kinda cool. There is potentially a feature with the guys on the site soon, so watch this space.

What do you think of the cover?

MTV News caught up with 50 Cent and Akon on the set of the G-Unit leader’s latest video ‘I Still Will’ – also known as ‘I Still Kill’ from the ‘Curtis’ album. Be on the lookout for the Jessy Torrero directed video in the weeks ahead.

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It’s been a LONG wait and thanks to those that have bared with me. The interview will be posted tomorrow, so be sure to check back 🙂

With Mario gearing up for the release of his new album ‘Go!’ (due November 27th), the R&B singer is cranking up the promotion for the CD – this time dropping by AOL Sessions to perform current single ‘Crying Out For Me’. I’ve liked the track for the longest time and am rooting for Mario with this CD, but the performance just wasn’t good enough. A few off-notes in the middle I could let slide, but the way he messed up the end with the bad adlibbing didn’t do him any favours.

What do you think of the performance?

Nicole Scherzinger’s record label Interscope have confirmed that the release of the singer’s debut solo album has been delayed until 2008. At time of writing, no reason has been given for the push back. {Source}
This really comes as no surprise. Both singles ‘Whatever You Like’ and ‘Baby Love’ were complete and utter garbage – failing miserably on the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Nicole’s team are reportedly ‘rethinking’ their next move – with more studio time not being ruled out. I say she should scap the entire album and start afresh. Better still, go back to the Pussycat Dolls and hope we forget this whole mess (her album) ever happened.

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The hype surrounding Jay-Z’s forthcoming ‘American Gangster’ tour appears to be more than I initially thought – a lot more. The rap mogul’s label issued a press release today stating that tickets for the tour stops in Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles sold out in less than 60 seconds. {Source}
Word has it the album is pretty good too. I guess all of this will silence those calling for Jay to retire.

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Whilst her Destiny’s Child band mates are touring and promoting their solo records, Michelle Williams has been hard at work on her latest solo effort. Check out the most recent blog post she posted on her official MySpace:

What’s crackin everybody!!! Today is my off day from the Color Purple!!!! And I few from San Francisco last night to LA where I’m the studio recording!! It’s a hot song called CURIOSITY!!!! I thought I should give some info on what I’m doin today!!! Rodney Jerkins produced the track!!! I really appreciate the love and support from everyone here on myspace!!!! To all my bay area friends….I hope to see you at the show The Color Purple!!!

Anyhoo….I have something to get off my chest!!!! Now I know that I shouldn’t be on the gossip blogs but I do go on there to see what’s goin on in the industry and what consumers are buying into!! I read some thing that said Michelle has vanished into nowhere!!!! That is so not true!!! I’ve been working!!! It’s just that the things that I’ve been involved in don’t get the publicity that they should!!! I’ve been doing my acting thing…and I’m having the time of my life!!! Just bcuz I’m not in US Weekly everyday and the paparazzi isnt following me around (which I’m happy about bcuz I have a life) doesnt mean that I’m less of an artsist or my profile isnt great!!! To me…it aint about the cameras and the best clothes…..it’s about my happiness and me doing what I wanna do when I want to do it!!!!! I’m happy that I can make my own choices and do things that don’t have the bright lights attached to it!!!! Michelle Williams is doin’ her thang!!! LOLLLL

My album comes out in May 2008 and I do have a tentative title for it!!!! I’ll tell you guys verrrrrrrrrry soon!!! Why May???? Bcuz I’m in the Color Purple until March 2008!!! I’ve given the show a year of my life!!

One more thing!!! I want a new look!!!! What do you guys think I should do with my hair??

I know that was kinda long, but it was a pretty interesting read IMO. She always comes across very personable and well-grounded. Having enjoyed her gospel efforts, I’m anticipating her new CD; hearing that Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins is working on the project makes it all the more promising too.

Are you checking for Michelle’s album?