It’s been three years since they’ve been on the scene, but I’m happy to say  Jagged Edge is back, with a brand new single called ‘Hope’ and a forthcoming album.  

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The multi-platinum-selling group is bringing sexy back, with a hot new single to remind fans when it comes to ballads, few can compare.  ‘Hope’ premiered last week and it's the groups first single from their forthcoming eighth studio album, ‘J.E. Heartbreak Too’.

The new project from Jagged Edge is the sequel of their 2000 album  ‘J.E. Heartbreak,’ which sold over 2 million records and included smash hits “Let’s Get Married” and “Promise.”

Take a listen to the new single, 'Hope' by Jagged Edge below and let me know what you think.

The new LP was executive produced by Jermaine Dupri.  The veteran hitmaker said of the project, “Making a sequel to a classic album is difficult.  We don’t want to stray from the blueprint of the first album. It’s definitely a challenge, but the fans won’t be disappointed.”

Listen to Tha Wire below and find out when J.E.'s new album will be in stores.

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In other news, Justin Bieber is in damage control mode these days.  The Pop star has been dealing with backlash from a video that surfaced online of the singer making a racist joke.  The footage of a then 15-year-old Bieber, shows the singer talking to acquaintances backstage at a promotional event.  Despite the fact that a cameraman was knowingly present Bieber joked, "Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?"

Bieber told TMZ, "Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake, and I'm grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man."Once again ... I'm sorry.   Beiber continued, "As a kid, I didn't understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt.  I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn't realize at the time that it wasn't funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.  Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public, I need to apologize again to all those I have offended."

The singer then offered to the public in general, "I'm very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again."

By the way, there was a black person in the room when Justin made the Joke.  Listen to Tha Wire below to find out what happened.

As most people know, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber has become a permanent fixture at Floyd Mayweather fights.  It’s obvious he and the boxer have become close and this past Sunday night, Money May had his friends back posting to his Instagram  "Justin has been nothing but kind to me, my daughters and sons over the years.  We all make mistakes when we are young, it's part of growing up. I am proud of what he's doing as a 20 year old musician and business man. #TMT."

Finally, Chris Brown’s been lock-up for the past 108 days, but he became a free man this morning.   The Associated Press reports, Breezy left the L.A. County jail somewhere around midnight.  As previously reported the singer has been in jail since March and was originally sentenced to a year, but only served 131 days after breaking the rules at rehab.  Breezy’s stay was shortened because he got credit for the 116 days he spent in rehab and another 59 days he spent in custody in May for violating his probation.

Though he’s out of jail, the 25-year-old’s legal issues are far from over.  Chris Brown still has a D.C. assault trial to deal with and that’s supposed to get underway in the next few months.

Meanwhile, Breezy took to Twitter to send a shout out to his Team Breezy fan club, saying simply “Humbled and Blessed.”

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