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Wednesday, August 05, 2020 1:00 am


Braxton, WEtv split but reality show will air

Associated Press

WEtv will honor Tamar Braxton's request to end future work together, but the network expects to premiere the singer's reality show next month.

The network wished Braxton “nothing but the best” in a statement Monday. Her reality series called “Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life!” was expected to premiere last week, but the show has been postponed to Sept. 10.

“Tamar Braxton has been an important part of our network family for more than a decade,” the statement said. “As she focuses on her health and recovery at what is clearly a difficult and personal time, we will work with her representatives to honor her request to end all future work for the network.”

Braxton's request to end her future working relationship with WEtv comes after police confirmed they responded to a medical emergency July 16 at the downtown Los Angeles high rise that she calls home. She wrote about her career demands on the reality series being “excessive and unfair” in a recent social media post.

The R&B singer posted a lengthy message that she was grateful for her boyfriend David Adefeso who found her “lifeless” in her home. She did not provide details about her hospitalization.

A representative for Braxton had no comment on the matter.

Braxton made a splash in pop culture when she and her sisters, including Grammy-winning singer Toni Braxton, launched their reality series “Braxton Family Values” on WEtv in 2011. The series was an instant hit with Tamar Braxton, shining as the show's breakout favorite.

The series helped propel her music career. She had the R&B hit “Love & War” soon after and earned three Grammy nominations for her music.

The success led to a WEtv spinoff “Tamar & Vince” with her then husband-manager Vincent Herbert, a music executive who played a role in Lady Gaga's career. She filed for divorce from Herbert in 2017.

From 2013 to 2016, Tamar Braxton was one of the co-hosts of the daytime talk show “The Real,” earning two Daytime Emmy nominations alongside the other hosts for outstanding entertainment talk show host.

She most recently appeared on VH1's “To Catch a Beautician,” a series about hairstylists who wrecked their clients' hair.

Swift album No. 1

To no one's surprise, Taylor Swift's surprise album “folklore” is dominating the music charts.

Swift's eighth album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's 200 albums chart this week, marking the best first-week sales of the year and giving the pop star her seventh No. 1 title on the chart. According to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, the album sold 846,000 equivalent albums in the U.S. based on a combination of sales and streams.

The success makes Swift, 30, the first artist to have seven different albums sell at least 500,000 albums in a single week. Swift dropped “folklore” in a surprise form, announcing the album's release a day before it came out on July 24.

With more than 289 million on-demand streams of its songs, “folklore” also marks the largest streaming week for an album by a female act this year.

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