Beyonce has scored nine nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards, extending her lead as the most-nominated woman in Grammys history.
The singer is up for the main prize, album of the year, for her ambitious visual album, Lemonade, which tackles themes of race and female identity.
Beyonce’s single Formation is also up for song and record of the year.
In all three categories, Beyonce is up against Adele – who previously won the ceremony’s top three prizes in 2012.
Beyonce now has 62 Grammy nominations across her work as a solo artist and as part of Destiny’s Child, making her the fourth most-nominated artist ever.
The pop star has won 20 trophies altogether, although she has yet to clinch the album of the year prize, having been beaten to the title by Beck in 2015 – much to the disgust of Kanye West, who stormed the stage in protest.
Kanye West receives eight nominations this year for his album The Life Of Pablo – all in the rap categories.
Rihanna and Drake also have eight nominations, including three for their hit collaboration, Work.
Making Grammy history is Chicago-born musician Chance The Rapper, whose album Coloring Book is the first streaming-only record to be recognized by the Recording Academy.
Chance The Rapper achieves seven nominations, including best new artist, without ever releasing a physical album or digital download.
Beyonce and Adele go head to head with Justin Bieber, Drake and Sturgill Simpson in the best album category.
If Adele wins, she will become only the second woman to receive the best album prize twice, after Taylor Swift.
Notably absent from the shortlist is David Bowie, who was tipped to win for his critically-acclaimed Blackstar album.
The record does make an appearance in the best alternative album category, as does Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool.
Coldplay have also fared badly, receiving just one nomination – best music video – despite selling millions of copies of their latest album, A Head Full Of Dreams.
Prince receives a posthumous nomination for his final album, Hit N Run Phase Two, in the best engineered, non-classical category, where Blackstar also makes the shortlist.
British star James Corden will host
The 2017 Grammy Awards, which take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12, will be hosted by James Corden.
Coachella festival announced the full lineup for 2015 which includes Drake, AC/DC and Jack White.
The California festival made the announcement on Twitter, with more than 16,000 retweets in an hour.
David Guetta, Interpol and Florence and the Machine will also play over two weekends in Indio in April.
Acts like Tame Impala, Steely Dan and Alt-J are also on the line-up.
Festival organizers say admission passes will need to be bought with a shuttle pass to get people into the desert festival.
Azelia Banks, who’s on the Friday lineups tweeted: “I’m playing Coachella Y’all!!!! Woot Woot.”
The festival promotes the same three-night line-up over two consecutive weekends in the Southern California town of Indio.
It has a reputation for being the venue where top acts from the 1980s and 1990s reunite or kick off a tour.
Last year, Atlanta rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi reunited after eight years as OutKast on the Coachella stage, while Stone Roses and Blur reassembled in 2013 to headline the festival.
With more than 40 years behind them, AC/DC released their 15th studio album Rock or Bust in December.
AC/DC, comprising Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Stevie Young, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd, will kick off their Rock or Bust live tour in May in the Netherlands before a gig at Wembley Stadium in July.
Jack White, who has performed at Coachella in the past as the front man for The White Stripes, will headline the festival’s Saturday line-up, while hip-hop artist Drake will be the top act for the first time on Sunday.
The line-up of around 150 acts this year also includes Ryan Adams, Hozier, FKA twigs, Kiesza, SBTRKT, Alesso and Kaskade.
Tickets for Coachella 2015 go on sale on Wednesday, January 7, and cost $375.
Drake has announced he will no longer be performing in the headline slot at this year’s Wireless Festival over the weekend.
The Canadian musician said he had to drop out because he “got sick a few days ago” and doctors have said he is not “physically fit to fly or deliver the performance my fans expect”.
He was due to play gigs in both London and Birmingham.
Kanye West, the other headline act at Wireless Festival, will now headline two nights in London.
In a statement, Drake said: “To my beloved fans, it truly breaks my heart that I won’t be able to perform as planned at Wireless and Roskilde this weekend.
Drake will no longer be performing in the headline slot at this year’s Wireless Festival (photo Getty Images)
“I got sick a few days ago and although I am on my way to bouncing back, my doctors have made it clear that I am not physically fit to fly or deliver the performance my fans expect and deserve from me.
“I will be focused on resting for a quick recovery.
“I have the best fans in the world and I can’t wait to come back to make more incredible memories together.”
Organizers have confirmed that all three days of Wireless Festival will go ahead as planned in both London and Birmingham.
They said Rudimental would play an extended set on July 4 in Birmingham to compensate for Drake’s absence.
The group will also be joined by “an array of very special guests” who are yet to be announced.
Ticket holders attending the show on Friday in Birmingham will also receive £20 ($32) of “Wireless Credit” upon arrival at the site. This will be redeemable anywhere on site including food, beverages, merchandise and funfair.
Refunds will be available from point of purchase before the event but will not be available at the event, organizers confirmed.
It has moved from the Olympic Park in east London, where it took place last year.
It is based at Finsbury Park in London and Perry Park in Birmingham and this weekend is also the festival’s 10th anniversary.
Other acts performing include Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Tinie Tempah, Basement Jaxx, Ellie Goulding, Wiz Khalifa, Azealia Banks, Robin Thicke, Clean Bandit, Rudimental, John Newman and Angel Haze.
Rihanna and Drake turned up at New York’s VIP Room late Sunday night but avoided making contact.
“They really did not interact at all,” a source told E! News.
Rihanna and Drake turned up at New York’s VIP Room late Sunday night but avoided making contact
“She looked at him a few times and would smile, but they didn’t speak or even come near each other. Both stayed late, until around 4 a.m., but they did not leave together. Both went their separate ways.”
Drake, who had just performed at the Hot 97 Summer Jam concert, was spotted in the DJ booth as Rihanna sat at a nearby table.
Rihanna and Drake’s on-off romance hit the skids earlier this month after a purported argument.
“He is too in love with her, which has always been the problem,” an insider explained to Us Weekly.
“They have been fighting, but that could all change any day now. It is how it always is with them.”
Rihanna and Drake have been spotted leaving a London club together, hand in hand, late Thursday.
Sources told Us Weekly that the pair has been inching closer to a relationship.
Rihanna has been romantically linked to Drake in the past
Wearing a white ruffled minidress, jester-style hat, thigh-high boots, and oversized black fur coat, Rihanna casually draped one hand over Drake’s as the two were photographed in their car leaving Tramps Nightclub.
Drake looked happy as he flashed photographers an inquisitive stare, while Rihanna gripped his hand.
Rihanna has been romantically linked to Drake in the past and even unwittingly sparked a brutal brawl between the rapper and her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in an NYC club back in June 2012.
Their latest outing comes several days after Rihanna enjoyed Drake’s sold-out performance at the O2 Arena on March 25.
According to new reports, Rihanna and Drake may have rekindled their fizzled flame when they were spotted holding hands Tuesday night in Manchester, UK.
Rihanna, 26, and Drake, 27, were blurrily caught on camera exiting a local club, where he hosted an after-party following his arena concert that night. From there, it was off to a bowling alley they’d reserved for the evening, TMZ reported. The pair finally packed it in around 4 a.m.
In recent weeks, Rihanna and Drake have surfaced in Los Angeles, Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris, where she joined him onstage for a duet of Take Care
This is the latest outing for Rihanna and Drake, who have done their best to avoid being photographed together in public. In recent weeks, they have surfaced in Los Angeles, Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris, where she joined him onstage for a duet of Take Care. Meanwhile, on Monday night, Rihanna and Drake apparently got affectionate at London hotspot Cirque Le Soir.
Rihanna and Drake have been linked off and on since 2009, and their closeness is believed to have set off a bottle-hurling nightclub brawl in 2012 between the rapper and Chris Brown.
Drake has apologized for his rant over Rolling Stone editors’ decision to drop his picture from the magazine’s cover in favor of a Philip Seymour Hoffman tribute.
The rapper insisted he did not mean to offend the late actor’s family.
Drake hit headlines on Thursday when he took to Twitter to rant about Rolling Stone bosses’ decision to drop him as cover star for the latest issue following Philip Seymour Hoffman’s sudden death earlier this month.
Drake has apologized for his rant over Rolling Stone editors’ decision to drop his picture from the magazine’s cover in favor of a Philip Seymour Hoffman tribute
The singer he was “disgusted” by the move and vowed to boycott all future magazine interviews, tweeting: “They… took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue… I’m disgusted with that. RIP to Philip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil… I’m done doing interviews for magazines.”
Now, Drake has released a statement in a bid to clarify his angry comments, insisting he actually agrees with the decision to ditch his cover, saying: “[I want] to clear the air about an extremely emotional day. I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Philip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication. My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed.”
Drake went on to add an apology for his comments: “The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable [on the magazine’s behalf], but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating… That made me feel violated. I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment… I once again apologise to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way.”
Drake’s fans left Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center early Saturday night after the hip hop star’s concert was postponed at the last minute.
Drake’s concert was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. It wasn’t until around 8:30 p.m. however that the concertgoers were told the performance was canceled. According to Rebecca Goodman, a spokeswoman for the Wells Fargo Center, the concert was postponed due to an “unexpected technical issue.”
Rebecca Goodman says Drake’s Philadelphia concert will now take place on Wednesday, December 18.
Drake’s Philadelphia concert was rescheduled for December 18
“Drake, the Wells Fargo Center, Live Nation, and the entire team behind tonight’s show want to ensure fans will experience an unforgettable live music event and have decided to move the concert to a new date,” she wrote in a released statement.
“All tickets and original parking receipts from tonight’s show will be honored at the Wednesday, December 18 date.”
Saturday’s event was supposed to be the second concert of Drake’s Would You Like a Tour?. The tour kicked off Friday night at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center.
Drake’s third studio album Nothing Was the Same was released on September 24. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and so far has sold over 880,000 copies.
Kris Jenner has reportedly set her sights on rapper Drake to replace Lamar Odom and bring her daughter Khloe Kardashian happiness.
The 57-year-old Kardashian matriarch has been courting Drake to date her daughter Khloe Kardashianafter she divorcesLamar Odom, according to a new report.
Kris Jenner has reportedly set her sights on rapper Drake to replace Lamar Odom and bring her daughter Khloe Kardashian happiness
Kris Jenner doesn’t exactly approve of her daughters’ taste in men, so she’s reportedly taking some proactive measures to make sure Khloe Kardashian, 29, picks the right man when and if she splits from her husband of four years, Lamar Odom, 33.
“She’s shopping for Khloe’s next husband,” a source tells In Touch Weekly magazine, adding that momager “has her eye” on Drake, 26.
This shocking story was actually broken on VH1’s The Gossip Table, and they claimed that Kris Jenner thinks Drake is the perfect guy for Khloe Kardashian.
“She thinks he’d be perfect for Khloe,” their source continues.
“Kris is sick of her daughters ending up with jerks.”
Drake was in a candid, if slightly embarrassed, mood on Friday’s episode ofThe Ellen DeGeneres Show as the comedienne asked him a series of questions about his love life.
Ellen DeGeneres, 55, appeared to surprise Drake, 26, as she explained to him her method of questioning: “I’m going to show you some pictures and you can say, dated her, dating her now, I’ve kissed her once… you just held her hand.”
The host then pulled onto the screen an image of Rihanna: “The first one is..That’s Rihanna.”
Drake was clearly taken by surprise as he blurted out: “Oh, it’s my turn now to talk…Yeah great girl. We had our moment. [I will] always support and have love for her and yeah.”
Ellen DeGeneres resumed the interrogation pulling up a picture of high velocity rapper Nicki Minaj.
Drake responded, a little more at ease: “Me and Nicki are like family. I just love Nicki with all my heart. We’ve haven’t really shared like intimate moments.”
Ellen DeGeneres quickly moved on: “Not an intimate moment. Okay, here is the next one: Tyra Banks.”
Drake curtly responded: “I went on a date.”
Drake was in a candid mood on Ellen DeGeneres Show as the comedienne asked him a series of questions about his love life
Ellen’s interest clearly piqued dug further: “Did you date her?”
Drake reticently explained: “I went on a date with her one time, yeah.
“Just one date. We went to Disney Land in disguise actually, which was fun. I don’t know if it was a date. It was a get together. We’re close as well.”
The rapper then added with obvious chagrin: “This is really bad. How did you not tell me about this!”
Ellen DeGeneres moved the conversation forward: “Kim Kardashian, did you ever date her?”
At this point Drake could not disguise his true feelings as he exclaimed: “Oh no, no. Come on! What’s going on here?”
Drake’s visceral and animated response to the question got the studio audience roaring with laughter as he clearly did not welcome the idea of dating the reality star.
But Ellen had one more girl from the past to interrogate him on: “All right, let’s do one more. Kat Dennings. Did you date Kat.”
Drake, having cooled after Kim Kardashian scare, replied: “I just always had a huge crush on Kat Dennings and she was kind enough one night to oblige me and we went out for dinner. They don’t call me back after one date according to this.”
When asked if he were dating anyone at the moment, Drake said: “I’m not. I’m single. I’m ready to mingle. The album’s done. I got free time. But not really, I’m going on tour, but I have a couple months after that.”
Meanwhile, Drake recently split a $20,000 donation to Anna Angel, a 30-year-old Ohio woman who lost her five children and boyfriend in a tragic mobile home fire, for her funeral expenses.
Drake’s latest album Nothing Was the Same is set to be released on September 24.
Drake has decided to break his silence on Chris Brown and Rihanna, after he was involved in a brawl with Chris in a Manhattan nightclub last year.
In an interview with the July issue of GQ magazine, Drake reveals how he would like to talk to Chris Brown about the incident face to face.
“I hear he has everything he could want now,” Drake said referring to Chris Brown’s relationships with Karreuche Tran and Rihanna.
“I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name. I really don’t. I wish we could sit down, just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that’s not going to happen.”
A fight broke out between Drake and Chris Brown at W.i.P night club in Manhattan last June when bottles of alcohol were reportedly thrown around the venue.
In an interview with the July issue of GQ magazine, Drake reveals how he would like to talk to Chris Brown about their last year brawl face to face
Tony Parker, the French basketball player who was once married to actress Eva Longoria, who was at the nightclub, claimed he was hurt during the fight, and others were left with serious injuries.
There were reports that it had kicked off after Drake sent a message to Chris Brown bragging that he had slept with Rihanna.
Drake added: “It’s embarrassing, the amount of media coverage…Two rappers fighting over the woman. He’s not even a rapper, but still, it’s the last way you want your name out there. It distracts from the music. But he’s made me the enemy, and that’s the way it’s gonna stay, I guess.”
After her breakup from Chris Brown, Rihanna was romantically linked with rapper Drake which is said to have infuriated Chris.
Earlier this year it seemed that the feud between the two was still very much alive when Drake was reportedly asked to leave a club in Hollywood because Rihanna and Chris Brown had turned up.
At the time the couple refused to acknowledge one another after both arriving at the club with their posses.
Worryingly, Drake also hinted that he fears for singer Rihanna’s safety – following Chris Brown’s assault on her at the Grammys in 2009.
He said: “If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly.”
Drake added: “Like, it gets really dark.”
However, the rapper doesn’t appear to acknowledge the other controversial aspect of his life, his relationship with Amanda Bynes.
Earlier this year, Amanda Bynes posted a series of bizarre messages about the star claiming that she wanted to have s** with him.
More recently, though Amanda Bynes appears to have changed tack instead labeling Drake “ugly”.
Amanda Bynes was pictured at Atlantic City at the weekend letting off steam with a group of party goers.
Amanda Bynes, 27, was pictured in a jacuzzi at the Revel Hotel where a few people gathered to get a photo, as she wore her trademark blonde wig.
After the pictures were taken however, Amanda Bynes was seen left alone playing on her iPhone as the group of people moved away.
According to E! however, the actress was not please when a man named Bobby Cohen approached her for a photo earlier that day.
Having taken a snap, Amanda Bynes reportedly said: “Sir, I need you to delete that. You can’t take pictures of me.”
Hotel security were called when Amanda Bynes is said to have not left the man alone and lunged at him in the hotel lobby.
Meanwhile on Twitter, Amanda Bynes has continued her worryingly bizarre posts – still concerning rapper Drake and his levels attractiveness.
Amanda Bynes was pictured in a jacuzzi at the Revel Hotel where a few people gathered to get a photo, as she wore her trademark blonde wig
“The reason I called @drake ugly is because he is! But I apologize!” she wrote.
She then revealed that her much-discussed nose surgery was yet to be completed.
“I’m in between nose surgeries! My eyes are black and blue because my nose is broken! I can’t wait for my nose to be done! I’ll share pics!:)” she explained.
Turning her attention back to Drake, Amanda Bynes tweeted an hour later: “I don’t like leading people on. I will not date @drake ever. I only want to be his friend. I’m sorry that I insult him but it’s hard not to!”
She had her first nose job last month, claiming she went under the knife to remove skin that was growing between her nose and her eyes, before following up with a second surgery and the actress has revealed she is “in between nose surgeries”.
Amanda Bynes tweeted: “I’m in between nose surgeries! My eyes are black and blue because my nose is broken! I can’t wait for my nose to be done!”
After her arrest scandal, Amanda Bynes turned her anger toward Rihanna Sunday, posting a series of racist and offensive remarks about the singer and her relationship with Chris Brown.
Amanda Bynes, 27, briefly posted a number of tweets about Rihanna, 25, before deleting the comments.
The tirade began with Amanda Bynes writing: “@rihanna you look so ugly tryin (sic) to be white,” followed within minutes by a message blaming Rihanna for being assaulted by her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.
Within two minutes Amanda Bynes had deleted the first post.
Then just a few moments later, she attacked Rihanna again with a reference to Chris Brown’s assault on her in 2009, claiming he did so because the singer was unattractive.
Amanda Bynes posted a series of racist and offensive remarks about Rihanna and her relationship with Chris Brown
“Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough,” Amanda Bynes tweeted.
Amanda Bynes then retweeted a post by Rihanna: “Look who came to see me!! My lover Stella McCartney!!!” to which the former actress responded: “No one wants to be your lover so you call everyone and their mother that I almost named my new dog Rihanna.”
Rihanna, who is known for her own feisty temper on Twitter, appeared to address the remarks within minutes of their posting.
“Ya see what happens when they cancel Intervention?” the singer wrote.
Amanda Bynes returned fire accusing the 25-year-old of doing d**gs.
“Unlike ur fugly faced self I don’t do d**gs! U need the intervention dog! I met ur ugly face in person! U aren’t pretty u know it!”
Speculation persists if Amanda Bynes’ unrequited love for Rihanna’s rumored ex-boyfriend and collaborator, rapper Drake, sparked the Twitter attack.
Amanda Bynes’ online infatuation with the musician has been well-documented. She famously tweeted in March she wanted Drake to “murder my va**na”.
Big Pat, Chris Brown’s bodyguard, has accused Drake of sending an offensive note before their brawl at Soho’s W.i.P nightclub in a new lawsuit.
Big Pat, 43, real name Patrick Strickland, is suing Drake and the W.i.P nightclub over the nasty head cut he suffered when the melee kicked off in New York last June.
He claims the nightspot is responsible for his injury because it sat chris Brown and Drake’s entourages near each other, even though workers there knew they were feuding over Rihanna.
According to the New York Daily News, Big Pat refers to Drake as “a popular and successful, albeit critically derided, entertainer” in legal papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Big Pat, who is suing for unspecified damages, claims the club’s seating arrangements created “a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a mass altercation would occur between the two camps”.
Chris Brown’s bodyguard also alleges the club over-served Drake and his cohorrts, and had an employee hand Brown a note from Drake that read: “I’m f*****g the love of your life.”
Big Pat, Chris Brown’s bodyguard, has accused Drake of sending an offensive note before their brawl at Soho’s W.i.P nightclub in a new lawsuit
This allegedly led to a “verbal altercation” which escalated into a “massive bar brawl that involved bottle throwing, possible gunshots and a general state of riot and disorder”.
Contemporary reports said Big Pat was hit in the head and required stitches, and the suit says he endured “severe and disfiguring injuries to his face, head and eyes”.
The suit, which also names W.i.P.’s sister club Greenhouse and various parties associated with the party spots, is the latest in a string of legal actions relating to the incident.
The saga is becoming every more complicated, and last month it emerged the owners of the nightclub are arguing Chris Brown and Drake should be the ones to pay any damages to NBA player Tony Parker, another person who was caught in the crossfire.
Eva Longoria’s ex-husband is one of several people claiming they were injured in the brawl and filed a $20 million lawsuit against the club soon after.
Tony Parker claims he suffered a corneal laceration to his left eye among other injuries, and is seeking $20 million in damages.
The W.i.P’s owners, who are facing several suits, filed documents last week in New York saying Tony Parker should be pursing Chris Brown and Drake instead because they “contributed to, instigated, participated and/or engaged” in the brawl.
They want any and all damages awarded to the San Antonio Spurs player to come from Chris Brown and Drake, though it is still be decided what they should be as the case is still pending.
This is despite Tony Parker not naming Drake or Chris Brown in court documents hedged against owners of W.i.P.
It was previously reported Chris Brown and Drake are now suing each other over the incident.
Previous court documents indicate neither party is claiming responsibility for the fracas on June 14 last year, in the event a third party wins a suit filed against both men for damages suffered as a result over the fracas.
It has also been revealed French model Romain Julien filed suit against both Chris Brown and Drake, real name Aubrey Drake Graham, in August 2012 after sustaining injuries in the fight, which saw bottles flying between entourages at the club.
Romain Julien claims he suffered a severed tendon in his right hand, lacerations, a cosmetic deformity and mental distress as a result of the incident.
Newly-obtained filings show both Drake, 26, and Chris Brown, 23, are asking a judge to blame the event on each other to avoid having to deliver on a potentially large payday should Romain Julien win the suit.
It would mark the first time Chris Brown and Drake have sued one another.
Last November police revealed they had no plans to file criminal charges over the incident after concluding their investigation.
It is believed Chris Brown – who is still on probation for assaulting Rihanna in 2009 – sent a bottle of champagne to Drake’s table as a peace offering but it was returned with a note reading: “I’m f*****g the love of your life, deal with it.”
The gesture is then thought to have angered Chris Brown and resulted in him confronting Drake, who allegedly threw a punch at his rival, leading to a brawl breaking out.
Two other women who claim they were injured in the incident have filed suit.
Club owners at W.i.P also have pending litigation against Drake and Chris Brown.
NYPD plans to arrest rapper Drake for reckless endangerment after he and his love-rival Chris Brown allegedly sparked a nightclub brawl early Thursday that put five people in the hospital.
NYPD sources leaked that if Drake doesn’t agree to turn himself in voluntarily by early next week, he can expect to be arrested at his Jones Beach concert tonight.
The details about the possible showdown between the 25-year-old Canadian rapper and New York’s finest comes as a second bystander released photos of her injuries that were a result of the flying bottles at SoHo club W.i.P.
A woman named Veronica told TMZ that she was sitting at a table near the two rappers when she saw the beginning of the brawl.
Veronica had to get stitches on her right hand and has a bruise in the middle of her forehead.
“I heard people screaming … so I tried to get away from the action and hid behind a couch,” she told the site.
NYPD plans to arrest rapper Drake for reckless endangerment after he and his love-rival Chris Brown allegedly sparked a nightclub brawl early Thursday that put five people in the hospital
What she didn’t know at the time was that the fight, which left the club looking like a war zone with broken bottles everywhere, was supposedly caused by notorious rapper Chris Brown sending Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Drake Graham, a bottle of champagne.
While the gesture may seem nice, the closest connection that the two men have is that they have both been romantically linked to Rihanna.
That appears to be too close for comfort, as Drake reportedly sent the bottle back to Chris Brown with a note reading: “I’m f****** the love of your life, deal with it.”
Though Chris Brown, who was famously plead guilty to the felony charge of assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, was enraged by the note, he claims that he was not the one to start the fight and points the finger at Drake and his entourage instead.
Police seem to agree, as the New York Post reported that while they are considering Chris Brown a “witness and victim”, they are now on the hunt for Drake.
“I believe the police are building a case against Drake and his thugs,” Chris Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos told the paper.
Said “thugs” included fellow rapper Meek Mill and a bevy of security handlers.
Another serious question comes for Chris Brown, however, as some of his own posse may have been known gang members, which would be a violation of his probation agreement for his previous assault charge.
An unidentified source told the New York Post that a number of members of the notorious Crips gang might have been with the 23-year-old rapper when the fight happened around 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning.
While the specific Crips members have not been identified, two other Chris Brown pals have announced their injuries.
Rihanna, who is thought to have been the reason for the fight between Chris Brown, rapper Drake and their entourages at New York’s W.i.P. nightclub, reportedly meet up with Chris the night after the fracas.
Sources say Rihanna, who has dated both musicians, was on hand to look after Chris Brown’ cut chin, which was a result of the incident.
An insider told RadarOnline.com: “Chris and Rihanna hung out at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club all night and it was clear that she loved the attention he was giving her.
“Those two have a thing for each other that will never die, no matter what, and they’re on their way to really being back together.
“Chris just adores her. And she tended to him, making sure the gash on his chin from the fight was okay.”
Rihanna, who is thought to have been the reason for the fight between Chris Brown, rapper Drake and their entourages at New York's W.i.P. nightclub, reportedly meet up with Chris the night after the fracas
According to the insider, Rihanna and Chris Brown shared a private room, where she was “all over” the R&B singer.
“Chris would do anything for Rihanna, and she loves the way he showers her with attention,” the source added.
“It’s a win-win for them.”
Rihanna originally left Chris Brown in 2009 after he assaulted her, leaving her badly bruised.
It was shortly after that time she hooked up with Drake, which started the feud between him and Chris Brown.
Rihanna has also took to Twitter yesterday to call for peace, somewhat cryptically writing: “When Jah gives you a desire for something, He will give u peace along with it… Wait for peace (sic).”
After admitting that she was feeling “drunk” on her Twitter page, Rihanna hid her face under a hoodie as she left Jay-Z’s 40/40 club Thursday night, where she was reported to be partying with Chris Brown.
Although she looked rather serious as she left the club, guided by a friend, Rihanna did admit she had had a fun night.
The singer wrote on Twitter: “Is it just me or is twitter way too complicated when you’re drunk? *still drunk*”
Rihanna insisted that she had been partying with a group of friends, but did not mention Chris Brown’s name in her earlier post.
“Fun times w/ Neyo, Mo, V, Trey, Maxwell, Selita, Terrence, CP3, A Mandler and ofcourse my hoes.”
While waiting with her friends at the valet, Rihanna flashed a hint of her black bra under a cut-up T-shirt and light blue jeans with a grey pair of steel-toed combat boots bearing a smiley face.
With her black hair curled and up, the singer finished her evening look with long yellow nails and a metal collar.
The night before a massive fight broke out between Chris Brown and Drake, said to be over the singer, whilst they were partying at New York night club W.i.P.
The fracas between Chris Brown and Drake’s entourages happened just before 4 a.m. in the morning, as the last song was playing.
A bottle-throwing brawl reportedly took place between hip hop stars Chris Brown and Drake in W.i.P nightclub in Manhattan in the early hours of Thursday.
Now police are investigating whether shots were fired during the fight.
Witnesses told the NYPD they heard a gun go off amid the ruckus in the early hours of Thursday, although none said they saw the weapon.
“We are investigating the possibility of gunshots fired at the club,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the New York Daily News.
“We have several eyewitnesses telling detectives they heard what they believed to be shots fired during the disturbance.”
Witnesses claimed the brawl – which saw at least five people hospitalized – came after Chris Brown and Drake scrapped over their former flame, singer Rihanna.
On Thursday night, Chris Brown’s lawyer reportedly gave detectives “physical evidence” allegedly proving Drake was involved in the fight – even though the hip hop artist said he had been outside.
Lawyer Mark Geragos went to the NYPD late on Thursday night to present evidence showing that Drake was one of the aggressors, law enforcement sources have claimed.
Chris Brown is also reportedly being treated as a “witness and victim” rather than a suspect in the melee, which turned the New York City nightclub, W.i.P, into a war zone.
He spoke to detectives about the incident late on Thursday night, yet Drake has not.
There have been conflicting reports about what happened at the SoHo nightspot.
Witnesses claimed the two recording stars started fighting after Chris Brown sent Drake a bottle of champagne as a peace offering – which was promptly snubbed by Drake.
He reportedly sent the bottle back with a note: “I’m f****** the love of your life, deal with it.”
Chris Brown, 23, dated Rihanna until she dumped him after he savagely beat her in 2009. After their breakup, Rihanna was romantically linked with rapper Drake.
The New York Police Department is investigating the fight.
A spokesman said investigators believe Chris Brown, his bodyguard and a woman with him were trying to leave the club about 4:00 a.m. when they were confronted by five members of Drake’s posse.
As they were squaring off, someone – police don’t know who yet – threw a bottle.
Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Drake Graham, was not in the group that confronted Chris Brown, said NYPD Lt. John Grimple.
One of the club-goers caught in the middle of the fracas was Hollie C., an Australian tourist who was rushed to Bellevue Hospital after she was smashed in the head with a flying bottle during the fight.
A gruesome photo shows a gash in her head and her face covered with blood. She needed 16 stitches to close the wound.
Hollie C. told TMZ.com she went to W.i.P. with friends on Wednesday night, unaware they were sitting in between two angry rappers and their entourages. Suddenly, all hell broke loose.
“Within a few moments of noticing glass being thrown around, I saw a glass bottle headed towards me, consequently hitting me in the head,” she told TMZ.
“I immediately started to bleed and proceeded to fall in and out of consciousness.”
She was one of eight people treated as a result of the fight. Hollie C. and four others had nothing to do with the bar brawl.
Tony Parker, the French basketball player who was once married to actress Eva Longoria, also claimed he was hurt during the fight.
“I was quietly with my friends when a fight broke out. Bottles started flying everywhere. I tried to protect my girlfriend and I got everything,” Tony Parker told French website Direct Star.
“The cornea is affected. I cannot do anything for seven days. Wear a therapeutic contact lens and I get drops. I was lucky, that I almost had to get stitches.”
Chris Brown posted a picture of a gash on his chin, apparently sustained from the fight with Drake
Big Pat, Chris Brown’s bodyguard, was photographed laying in a hospital bed with a bloody wound on his head. He was seen out in Manhattan on Thursday with the cut visible on his head.
Chris Brown was also injured. He posted a picture of a gash on his chin, apparently sustained from the fight with Drake. His female companion was also hurt.
In the wake of the horrific injuries, the New York City Council has called for an emergency meeting with nightclub owners and police to look into policies for selling bottled drinks.
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn released a statement on Friday that read: “I am deeply concerned by reports of the bottle throwing melee that injured more than five people in SoHo this week.
“That is why I have immediately convened an emergency meeting next week between my office, the NYPD, and the nightlife industry.
“The purpose of this meeting is to send a clear message to all nightclub patrons that bottles cannot be used as weapons and to determine if the guidelines surrounding bottle service need to be updated or reworked.”
After Drake snubbed Chris Brown’s bottle of champagne, Brown reportedly flew into a rage and confronted Drake, according to website Global Grind.
Drake allegedly threw a punch but before the singer could retaliate, another man hit Chris Brown in the face with a bottle.
A source told the New York Post: “They were on opposite sides of the room, Drake went over to the middle of the club to talk to someone, then words were exchanged with Chris and his entourage.”
The source said someone from Drake’s entourage, possibly the singer himself, threw a bottle.
“Once the bottle was thrown, all hell broke loose and there were more bottles thrown.”
The fight allegedly kicked off as the last song was playing, just before 4:00 a.m.
Police were already at the scene because it was closing time and that they “were on it in seconds and began getting everyone out of the club”.
Pictures of the aftermath show the club floor strewn with broken glass.
Chris Brown was pulled out of the situation by his own security and helped out of the club while Drake was pulled to the back of the club, the source said. “[Drake] was one of the last out of W.i.P.”
Police were looking at surveillance footage and talking to patrons who witnessed the melee. No arrests have been made and no complaints filed.
In a separate incident, just a day after the brawl, the bar’s owner Jonathan Cantor was arrested after out-of-control music at his other venue, Greenhouse in SoHo, the New York Post reported.
Drake has denied he was involved in “any kind last night at W.i.P.”. His spokeswoman said in a statement: “He was on his way out of the club when the altercation began.”
Chris Brown and Drake have had a war of words since both being romantically attached to Rihanna. The fight will further fuel rumors regarding the closeness of Rihanna to Chris Brown.
Earlier this week the pair partied at the same club for the second time in as many days, leaving within minutes of each other.
TMZ reported the pair was in the club together for around 30 minutes and Chris Brown spent some time with Rihanna at her table.
Sitting in different booths, the couple still “kept a close eye on each other” – and Chris Brown sent her over two bottles of Ace of Spades Champagne.
A video surfaced earlier this week of the pair leaving the club minutes apart.
The lovelorn pair has been linked together several times already this year, after it emerged that they had recorded songs with each other.
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