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01 October 2013 Written by  Chelsea Lenora White

Rihanna, Jay Z, Drake, Chris Brown and more in This Week's Entertainment

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In a Nutshell is a new weekly feature which will brief readers on current entertainment news and happenings minus the pretense and long explanations. 

Rihanna Pour it Up 2Bad girl Rihanna has announced that she is now shooting a video for the "Pour It Up" video. In case some of us were wondering that the video may be a little too late for the song, which was released in 2012, RiRi has shown us via Instagram that the racy video will be well worth the wait. In behind-the-scenes photos on the singer’s Instagram page, she is seen wearing a short platinum blonde curly wig, a diamond encrusted bra, tall heels and denim shorts revealing a red thong. She is seen flaunting her long legs on a throne with money at her feet in the photos. I’m sure this video will not disappoint.

Jay Z recently covered the November issue of Vanity Fair magazine and opened up to questions that most of us had been Jay Z Vanity Fair - Copywondering about. The interview was dubbed his "most revealing ever" as he dished about how he courted his superstar wife Beyoncé and how 18-month-old daughter Blue Ivy is his "biggest fan." The mogul who has an estimated $500 million net worth also touched on his childhood and drug dealing past. For the full interview, pick up the November 2013 issue, which hits newsstands nationwide on October 8th.

Canadian rapper DrakeDrake Global Ambassador - Copy has been named the global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors. The NBA team looks to the rapper to help rebuild the franchise. Drake told the AP, "Today’s probably one of the best days of my life. I got to throw on the suit and be announced as the global ambassador of the Toronto Raptors." Drake also revealed that Jay Z sent him a congratulatory message. He went on to say, "He’s the best guy in the world. One of the most important people in my life." A huge congrats to Drake for topping the charts with his third album Nothing Was the Same as well. He is clearly winning.

Chris Brown has finally revealed the release date for his new album X. The album was Chris Brown X - Copyoriginally due in July, but the sixth album from the singer will now arrive in stores and online on November 19. He made the announcement via Twitter, tweeting, "111913!" The album already has singles "Fine China," "Don’t Think They Know," featuring Aaliyah and "Love More" featuring Nicki Minaj. Chris told the Rolling Stone, "I tried to stay away from the Euro beats, and not go totally pop. Instead, I wanted to take the Quincy Jones approach. The record pays homage to the Stevie Wonders, Miley Cyrus Bangerz - Copythe Michael Jacksons, the Sam Cookes. I wanted to put that classic essence of R&B and soul with the new age of music now." As a lover of classic R&B, I am excited for this project!

In case anyone was dying to get their hands on Miley Cyrus’ new album Bangerz ahead of time, she has granted you that wish. The twerk princess has teamed up with iTunes to stream her new album a week ahead of its October 8th release date. The album includes collaborations with Britney Spears, Nelly, Future, Big Sean and French Montana. She also collaborated with hitmakers such as Mike WiLL Made-It, Pharrell, Dr. Luke, Sean Garrett and Stacy Barthe to combine her love of hip-hop, country, pop, and rock on the 13 tracks. Miley told the Rolling Stone, "I want to make sure my record is the best it can be. I’m trying to set a new standard for pop music." The album is now available to stream on iTunes!

DMX sat down with Dr. Phil for some therapy last week. After Iyanla Vanzant failed to fix his life, the rapper opened up to Dr. Phil about his drug addiction, erratic behavior and arrests. He also addressed the streaking incident in a hotel which was caught on video. "It was a bet, it was a dare. The dare was order room service and run through the hallway naked. I was like, ‘I’ll do that.’" DMX has eleven children (with one more on the way) and is $1.23 million behind in child support. That situation is enough to make a person troubled and erratic. Best of luck to DMX!