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Tracy Chapman Moves ‘Letterman’ With ‘Stand By Me’ Performance (Watch)

Musical guest Tracy Chapman performs "Stand By Me" on the Late Show with David Letterman, Thursday April 16, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS

Musical guest Tracy Chapman performs “Stand By Me” on the Late Show with David Letterman, Thursday April 16, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS

*David Letterman is in the final weeks of his “Late Show” gig, and made a point to invite Tracy Chapman on to deliver one of his favorite songs – Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.”

Letterman explained there were two songs that he loved as a kid, Simon & Garfunkel’s “America”, and King’s 1962 classic. A clearly grateful Letterman later thanked Chapman, “it means a great deal to me. I’m so happy you could do this for us.”

Watch the clip below.

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Jay Z is Personally Calling Tidal Subscribers to Thank Them

(L-R) Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West, and JAY Z onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015 in New York City.

(L-R) Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West, and JAY Z onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015 in New York City.

*Jay Z has taken customer service to another level for his music streaming service Tidal.

The rap mogul has been personally calling people who use the site, according to Tidal executive Vania Schlogel. Jack White and several other high-profile musicians have also been hitting up their fans up to chat.

Musicians involved in Tidal have their own individual accounts that allow them to monitor who listens to their music, as well as view statistics about how their albums are performing. Schlogel tells Business Insider that part of that system is the ability to see contact information of users so that musicians can get in touch with them directly.

Jay Z acquired Tidal for $56 million in March. Parent company Aspiro operated two different streaming services: WiMP and Tidal, but they have been combined into a single product. Schlogel says that Jay Z is “very deeply involved, and the reason being is because this is a life project for him.” She went on to say that “he works every day” on the site.

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Leona Lewis Signs With Def Jam, New Album Due This Year

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*Leona Lewis, best known in the states for her 2007 hit “Bleeding Love,” has revealed via Instagram that has signed with Def Jam.

The 30-year-old British singer posed in a Def Jam vest to break the news.

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Darcus Beese – the president of Island Records, who signed her in the UK and which Def Jam owns – confirmed the news: “(Leona’s) voice was enough reason to do the deal. We’re going to be as ambitious as we can (with her). She’s on Def Jam in America and they are very passionate about the record as well. We are internationally ambitious for the record, but I know that very much starts here in our own back garden.”

Lewis won the third series of “The X Factor – UK” in 2006, earning a £1 million recording contract with Simon Cowell’s, Syco Music. She left the label in June last year, following an apparent dispute over the musical direction of her new material.

Darcus insists Leona has ”matured as an artist” and needed to break away from her former “X Factor” mentor.

Speaking to Music Week magazine, he said: ”If the US has some semblance of success, then we can start joining the dots globally. It’s important that people feel that Leona has moved on and matured as an artist with something to say. Now it’s about making sure that what we have is relevant and exciting to people. That’s the foundations of our success going forward.”

Lewis will release her fifth studio album “I Am” later this year, and the first single taken from the album, “Fire (Under My Feet),” is due next month.

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John Legend Performs at Texas Prison to Plug ‘Free America’ Campaign

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John Legend leaves the Travis County Correctional Complex in Austin, Texas, after visiting inmates and performing a couple of songs on Thursday April 16, 2015.

*John Legend held a mini-concert for prisoners in Texas yesterday as part of his “Free America” campaign.

The singer performed a few songs at the Travis County Correctional Complex following a press conference at the Senate chamber, The Statesmen newspaper reports.

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John Legend makes his way to his car with Sen. Rodney Ellis ,right, after he brought some star power to the Texas Capitol on Thursday, April 16, 2015

During the conference, the 36-year-old urged the state’s government to consider revamping their current correction system.

”Every Texan deserves a better justice system,” he says. “They say everything is bigger in Texas. Yes unfortunately, that extends to the state’s corrections system as well.

”Texas puts too many people behind bars, and that means taxpayers, families and communities are paying a heavy price for those policies.”

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Safaree Samuels Denies Tweeting Nude Pics of Ex Nicki Minaj

Safaree Samuels (L) and rapper Nicki Minaj arrive at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Safaree Samuels (L) and rapper Nicki Minaj arrive at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada

*Safaree Samuels says he is not the “Safaree Samuels” who is tweeting out nude pics of his ex Nicki Minaj. His rep tells TMZ that someone posing as him is behind the shenanigans.

Per TMZ:

The rapper is adamant … he’s got nothing to do with it.

A rep for Safaree tells TMZ … he’d never do anything like this, and he’s doing everything he can to shut down the tweeter behind it. The photos — some in highly sexual situations — started going out on Wednesday … from a Twitter handle extremely similar to Safaree’s.

Just so fans know … the real @IAMSAFAREE has around 143k followers — while the faker posting the pics has just over 3400.

As for whether the pics — especially the graphic ones — are legit? Safaree’s rep says he doesn’t know. We’re told Safaree’s moved on after the difficult break up with Nicki, and now just says … it is what it is.

We reached out to Nicki’s rep, but no word back.

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ESPN Suspends Reporter for Tow Lot Rant: ‘Lose Some Weight, Baby Girl’ (Watch)

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*ESPN told reporter Britt McHenry to have a seat – hours after a video surfaced of her cursing at and belittling a tow lot employee in Virginia.

“I’m in the news, sweetheart, I will f**king sue this place,” McHenry said on the video released by LiveLeak.

McHenry, formerly of DC’s ABC7, went on to make fun of the attendant’s appearance and education.

“That’s why I have a degree and you don’t,” she said. She then accused the attendant of having “no education” or  “skill set.”

“Do you feel good about your job?” McHenry asked the clerk. “So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing? Why, ’cause I have a brain and you don’t?”

Her parting words: “Lose some weight baby girl.”

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ESPN’s Britt McHenry with colleague Michael Wilbon

The confrontation took place after McHenry’s car was towed by Advanced Towing in Arlington, Virginia, on Apr. 6.

Watch below:

McHenry took to Twitter to apologize late Thursday.

“In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things,” she wrote. “As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake.”

Too little, too late. The one-week suspension goes into effect immediately, ESPN said.

TMZ Sports spoke with the manager of Advanced Towing who says … “It’s unfortunate that [our employee] had to withstand that.”

“It wasn’t [our employee’s fault] that Britt’s car was towed. It’s her own fault. She was in the wrong. That’s why she was towed.”

“Now people can see what really happened. Sometimes you have to own up to your own actions.”

As for the employee, the manager says — “She’s the kind of person we try to employ here. She handled this the right way. She kept her cool the whole time.”