Buzz Bites (8/31/12): Brandy Unveils Cover Art, Release Date For ‘Two Eleven’

Brandy revealed the cover art for her latest effort, “Two Eleven.”

+ Brandy revealed the cover art for her forthcoming album, Two Eleven. The set is due Oct. 13, and it features contributions from Chris Brown, Frank Ocean, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, and more. (Rap-Up)

+ Is Randy Jackson on his way out of “American Idol” as well? That’s what is currently floating around the rumor mill, as the shift in judges continues before this upcoming season. The same report claims that Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will sign contracts next week. (THR)

+ Check out the track list for Lupe Fiasco‘s fourth full-length album, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1. The rapper says the sequel to his 2006 record showcases “the Lupe Fiasco that I want to be without the industry constraints… it’s just me.” It streets Sept. 25. (Rap-Up)

+ To celebrate what would’ve been Michael Jackson‘s 54th birthday and the 25th anniversary of Bad, stars honored him at New York’s Gotham Hall. Watch Ne-Yo take on “Smooth Criminal” and “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and Melanie Fiona‘s renditions of “Bad” and “This Time.” (Rap-Up)

+ Hip-hop manager Chris Lighty — who helped steer the careers of numerous artists, including Mariah Carey, Fat Joe and LL Cool — was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide in his New York apartment. He was 44. (MTV News)

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