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Chris Brown axes four Canadian dates, citing ‘personal and health-related issues’

- August 19th, 2013

Controversial R&B star Chris Brown has axed his four-stop Canadian tour due to “recent personal and health-related issues.”

Brown was scheduled to perform in Halifax, Saint John, N.B., Toronto and Winnipeg.

On Friday, a judge had his probation reinstated and was sentenced to 1,000 hours of community labour after he was involved in an alleged hit-and-run accident.

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Brown also suffered a seizure earlier this month while at a recording studio in Los Angeles, according to TMZ.

Residents of Halifax were up in arms after it was announced that Brown was playing there — even mayor Mike Savage got involved. He stated that Brown is a horrible role model and was disappointed that he was coming to the city. Petitions were soon started up, with Winnipeg and Toronto folks getting involved as well.

Sounds like at least some people are thrilled about the nixed dates.

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Frank Ocean added to Grammy lineup

- January 31st, 2013

It seems Frank Ocean’s banged up hand will be fully healed in time for the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.

The Recording Academy announced Thursday that R&B superstar will play at the 55th annual event, along with newly added performers Maroon 5 and 14-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys.

Ocean hurt his hand after an altercation with Chris Brown outside a Los Angeles recording studio parking lot last Sunday.

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Ocean and Brown are both nominated for Grammys, so it will make for an interesting red carpet if Brown decides to show up.

Other performers include Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Jack White, fun., the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert, and Ed Sheeran & Elton John.

Six acts are tied for the most nominations with six each, including Ocean, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Kanye West, Jay-Z, fun. and Mumford & Sons.