It's the last week of August and summer's almost done. We're a little verklempt about the end of our favorite season, but we're going to hold on to these last few golden days before the slight chill of autumn fills the air. We're also going to hold on to all this music news that's been flooding our inbox and our timelines over the past week. So let's get to it, shall we? We're still mourning the loss of our Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, but we rejoice that a who's who of black musical royalty will be sending her home at her homegoing services this coming week. Meanwhile, our girl Janet Jackson is getting yet another well-deserved accolade in the form of the Rock Star Award at this year's Black Girls Rock! ceremony. Oh, and then there's Nicki Minaj who is going through some serious changes and showing her a** about coming in No. 2 on the charts. All this plus Usher and the herpes scandal that just won't go away, Snoop Dogg's latest career move, the unusual occasion that Sisqo decided to sing "The Thong Song" and much more. Go ahead and get into it when you click on.