MTV MUSIC NEWS
The lavish show is being handled by party planner Colin Cowie (Oprah, Lil Wayne) with plans for each artist to play his own material before teaming up for a joint set broadcast on the hotel’s 65-foot marquee overlooking the Vegas Strip. The pals recently performed together at Jay-Z’s “Home & Home” concert at Yankee Stadium.
Rumor has it that Hov’s wife Beyoncé is also scouting out a location to play a New Year’s Eve performance so she won’t be far from her hubbie.
JEREMIH PREPS SOPHOMORE EFFORT
After releasing the lead Ludacris-assisted single “I Like,” fans are eager
to find out what Jeremih is cooking up on his sophomore album. According to
BallerStatus.com, the “Birthday Sex” crooner recently gave a preview of his
new album, titled All About, at an exclusive event in New York City. The
disc reportedly delivers great baby-making songs, like “Down on Me,” as well
as upbeat cuts, “X’s and O’s.” The effort is slated to land in stores on
September 28th via Def Jam.
?UESTLOVE TO RELEASE A BOOK?
According to his official website, ?uestlove has announced that he’s looking
to release a book called Mommy, What’s A ?uestlove. The Roots drummer will
provide readers with a deep perspective on his “music, life and famous
friends.” OkayPlayer.com reports that there is no confirmed release date for
the novel, however it will be distributed through onGrand Central
BRUNO MARS ARRESTED FOR COCAINE POSSESSION
Following his arrest early Sunday morning in Las Vegas, Bruno Mars was all smiles in this newly released mug shot. More details have emerged on the “Just the Way You Are” singer’s run-in with the law.
Though it was previously revealed that he was busted for narcotics possession in the bathroom of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, TMZ has learned that the hitmaker was in possession of 2.6 grams of cocaine, discovered on his person after security guards confronted him.
Bruno was released shortly after his arrest, heading down to Texas to do radio promo. “Texas is dope! Im in dallas rite now looking foward to meeting some folks @ the radio stations. tune in for a special live performance,” he tweeted.
The setback comes amidst a busy promo schedule for Mars. He will release his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans on Oct. 5, followed by his tour kickoff with Maroon 5 and OneRepublic, and his “SNL” debut on Oct. 9.
T.I. TO APPEAR BEFORE JUDGE
According to TMZ, T.I. is scheduled to appear before a judge in Atlanta
after traces of codeine were allegedly found in the rapper’s car. The outlet
is also saying that Tip reportedly tested positive for the substance, which
was said to have been found in Styrofoam cups in his vehicle. In addition,
Clifford is charged with violating two other agreements of his probation
during the stop, including possession of ecstasy and associating with a
convicted felon. We previously reported the “Got You Back” rapper and his
wife, Tiny, were arrested two weeks ago for drug possession.
KID CUDI HAD DRUG PROBLEM?
In the October/November 2010 issue of Complex magazine, Kid Cudi admits to
doing cocaine in the past to help him get through the day. Scott stated the
drug helped him during interviews when “people wanted to know a lot about
[his] personal life.” To mask his coke usage, Cudi would “smoke weed” to
calm himself down. However, the rapper says he QUOTE “never thought it was a
problem, but I was definitely high-fiving death a couple of times.” Fans
can expect the emcee to address topics like this on his next studio album,
Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.
B.O.B. BEGINS WORKING ON NEXT ALBUM
B.o.B recently revealed that he’s already begun working on his sophomore
album. We previously reported that 50 Cent was looking to work with the
Grand Hustle artist, however the Atlanta native filled us in on the
likelihood of that happening (See Related Cut #1). No further details are
known about the follow-up to this year’s The Adventures Of Bobby Ray. We’ll
keep you posted.
NICKI MINAJ’s UNRELEASED ACTING FOOTAGE
Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj‘s theatrical debut has hit the Internet with the leak of her movie role in the 2009 film, Stuck on Broke. You may already be familiar with her aliases Roman Zolanski, Nicki Lewinsky, and Harajuku Barbie. Now Nicki Minaj takes on a new role in this lost scene from the 2009 independent movie Stuck on Broke starring OJ Da Juiceman. A stripped-down Minaj, seen without her colorful wigs, plays the part of Veronica in this emotional scene, cut from the flick after she was unable to shoot additional scenes due to scheduling conflicts. “We recognized Nicki’s talent early, [but] unfortunately it didn’t work out,” said the film’s producers. (Rap-Up)
As of now, Minaj is focused on the November 23rd release of her debut album, Pink Friday. Minaj definitely has a lot to say about the politics of being a woman in the 21st-century music biz. “Everybody knows I can go out and pick a dude and date him,” she says. “But I want to do what people think I can’t do, which is have the number 1 album in the country and be the first female rapper to sell records like dudes in this day and age.”
M.I.A. - STORY TO BE TOLD
M.I.A. continues to go viral in the dizzying video for “Story to Be Told,” fresh off her third album /\/\/\Y/\. Premiered on her new website yesthelittlepeoplewillneverwinbuttheycanfuckshitup.com (try typing that on your iPhone), the clip sees the Sri Lankan singer taking lyrics of the song and putting them in the style of Captcha, fading them into the background as the track progresses.Maya, who’s recently been in the studio with Kanye West, will kick off her North American tour tomorrow in Montreal, Canada, with opening act Rye Rye. Click here for dates.