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TLC’s T-Boz Won’t Let Sickle Cell Anemia and Brain Tumor Stop Her Music Career [VIDEO]

The members of TLC have soldiered on through lawsuits, arrests, personality conflicts and the shocking death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in 2002; all while churning out a string of hits in the '90s.

Unfortunately, the bandmates still have more obstacles to face. As former TLC singer Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins revealed during an interview with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, her lifelong struggle with sickle cell anemia was compounded by a brain tumor. 

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Category: Rhythmic
Foster the People
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Foster the People Bring Their ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ to ‘SNL’ [VIDEOS]

It wasn't long ago that Foster the People was a name nobody knew, and bandleader Mark Foster was paying the bills by writing commercial music. What a difference a hit single makes.

On Saturday, the suddenly ubiquitous trio performed on 'Saturday Night Live,' delivering live renditions of 'Houdini' and their platinum Top Five hit 'Pumped Up Kicks' to a nationwide audience.

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Category: TSM
Drake
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Drake Delays Album Release and Postpones Tour

With just two weeks to go before the planned release of his upcoming album 'Take Care,' Drake has had to do a little last-minute rearranging on the schedule. Thanks to licensing issues, 'Take Care' will now reach stores on November 15.

But Drake didn't stop at postponing his new album -- he also bumped back his Club Paradise tour, which will now wait until 2012 to hit the road.

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Category: Hot AC, Rhythmic
Sugarland
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Sugarland Set to Return to Indiana for Free Show Following Deadly Stage Collapse

The last time they scheduled a show in Indiana, Sugarland made headlines for all the wrong reasons, suffering a horrific stage collapse that claimed the lives of seven concertgoers and injured more than 40 others.

At the time, they promised they'd be back to perform a free show -- and now they're making good on that promise by adding a new show

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Category: Country
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Faith Hill to Perform New Song, ‘Come Home,’ at CMA Awards

For Faith Hill fans, it's been a long four-year wait for new material. Her most recent recordings are a pair of songs ('Lost' and 'Red Umbrella') she included with her 2007 compilation 'The Hits.'

In the meantime, Hill's kept a relatively low profile as she works on the follow-up to 2005's 'Fireflies' -- but it sounds like she might finally be ready to break her silence.

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Category: AC, Country
Tim McGraw
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Tim McGraw Heading to Court Over Contract Dispute with Record Company

After 10 studio albums and almost 20 years, Tim McGraw's days as a Curb Records recording artist appear to be coming to a close with the strike of a judge's gavel.

The ongoing feud between McGraw and his longtime label, which has been simmering for over a year, will head to trial on November 29, when they'll argue over McGraw's right to record while he's settling his contract dispute with Curb.

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Category: Country
LL Cool J
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LL Cool J Proud That He ‘Basically Started’ Female-Friendly Rap [VIDEO]

LL Cool J has never been shy about proclaiming his own greatness. After all, he even titled his 2000 album 'G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time).' With millions of albums sold, dozens of hits, and a pair of Grammys to his name, there's no denying that he's often had a right to boast.

Although he's been focusing on his acting career lately, the veteran rapper is scheduled to be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the BET Hip-Hop Awards next week, and it's got him thinking about the state of the genre -- as well as how influential he's been.

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Category: Rhythmic

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