Chris Brown vs. Soulja Boy boxing match scheduled
It started as just words, but now it appears that singer Chris Brown and rapper Soulja Boy are planning on actually fighting for real. TMZ reports the two will get into the ring in Dubai in March for a pay-per-view bout. (Apparently the two musicians don’t meet the requirements to box in the United States, which involves a drug test, among other stipulations.) According to TMZ, there’s talk of some of the proceeds benefiting a charity, but none have been announced. Mike Tyson confirmed via his Instagram that he will be in Brown’s corner. “IF YOU SHOW UP,” he posted, “It’s going down. I’m going to teach him how to knock your (butt) out.” Tyson took the opportunity to add that he has a song with Brown dropping soon on YouTube.
Big Sean to perform on ‘Saturday Night Live’
Live from New York it’s ... Big Sean! The Detroit rapper is set to make his “Saturday Night Live” debut on Jan. 21, reps for the show announced Tuesday. He will be the musical guest on the episode hosted by Aziz Ansari, who is also making his “SNL” debut. “This one is for Detroit,” Sean said in a tweet announcing the appearance, which comes two weeks before the arrival of his fourth album, “I Believe,” due out Feb. 3. On Monday, Big Sean announced an April 1 concert at the Fox Theatre. Tickets, $35-$69.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
Sylvester Potts of the Contours dies
Singer Sylvester Potts of Motown group the Contours has died, reports music website Soul Tracks. Potts joined the Detroit-based R&B group in the early 1960s, replacing Benny Reeves, brother of Motown star Martha Reeves. Soon after Potts joined, the group had a hit with “Do You Love Me,” which hit the Top 40 in 1962 and again in 1988 after being featured in the film “Dirty Dancing.”
Taran Killam to play King George in ‘Hamilton’
Next week, former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Taran Killam will join the cast of the wildly popular smash “Hamilton,” the New York Times reports. The comedian and actor will make his Broadway debut on Tuesday. He replaces Rory O’Malley in the role of King George.
Ross Jones to return to WXYZ in February
After leaving WXYZ last year, investigative reporter Ross Jones will return to the station Feb. 1, he told The Detroit News. The Michigan State University grad left Channel 7 in September 2015 to join the station’s parent company, Scripps, in its Washington bureau. He broke the news on social media this week that he would return to his “roots” starting next month. “I’ve felt the tug to return more than a few times since I left in 2015, often while the big stories were playing out,” he stated in his post, adding that it was the stories that nearly slipped through the cracks that convinced him to return to cover Metro Detroit. “Were it not for two reporters — one that wrote for a small newspaper that publishes four days a week and the other who wasn’t even employed by a news organization — we may have never learned of the mass poisoning taking place in Flint,” he said in his post. “Recent news of buyouts and layoffs at Detroit’s two newspapers represented something of a tipping point for me, as I know what a critical role the dailies play in setting the news agenda.”
■Death certificates for late actresses Debbie Reynolds and daughter, Carrie Fisher, were made available Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Reynolds’ certificate confirms cause of death was a stroke. Fisher’s was cardiac arrest.
■Classical singer Charlotte Church took to Twitter to turn down an offer to sing at President-elect Donald Tump’s inauguration Jan. 20. “Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant,” she tweeted, adding “bye” and a four-poop emoji.
■“Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa has officially filed for divorce from wife and co-star Christina El Moussa.
Compiled by Melody Baetens
Adam Graham contributed
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