EMINEM ON TOP OF ITUNES CHART
Eminem tops both the iTunes singles chart as well as the album chart this week, with his new record Recovery. His single, “Love the Way You Lie,” is the top song, displacing last week’s number one, “California Gurls,” from
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg. B.o.B’s “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore falls to number three followed by “Billionaire” from Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars and Usher’s “OMG” featuring will.i.am.
Last week’s top album, Thank Me Later, from Drake slides to number two followed by Miley Cyrus’ Can’t Be Tamed, The Roots’ How I Got Over and To The Sea from Jack Johnson. <JC>
Eminem’s ‘Recovery’ isn’t just his sixth straight No. 1 debut on the Billboard album chart — it’s the record-destroyer for 2010′s best first-week sales, moving 741,000 copies since its June 18 release.
The new disc pulled a better week than Eminem’s 2009 disc, ‘Relapse,’ and his 2005 greatest hits package. ‘Recovery’ also scored impressive digital digits with 255,000 downloads — second-best only to Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends’ in 2008. The CD couldn’t top 1 million copies in its first week, however, a feat Eminem achieved twice before, in the recording industry’s finer days.
EMINEM’S ENTOURAGE EPISODE COMING THIS FALL
Entertainment Weekly reports Eminem will appear in an episode of the seventh season of HBO’s Entourage. Slim Shady will play himself and develop a small “beef” with Adrian Grenier’s character, “Vince Chase.” Be sure to tune in on September 12th at 10:30 PM on HBO. <WM>
DR DRE IS STILL TWEAKING DETOX ALBUM
Dr Dre’s first Detox single, “Under Pressure” featuring Jay-Z, serves as
great reminder that his long-awaited disc will drop this year. He told
www.HardKnock.TV that he’s “trying to put it out by the end of the fall. I’m
trying to give everybody what they’re waiting for and make sure they’re not
disappointed. That’s all I’m doing.” No confirmed released date is known yet
but we’ll keep you posted. <WM>
FACTS ABOUT DR. DRE
Dr. Dre is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Records, home to The Game,
Eminem and 50 Cent. He also used to co-own Death Row Records.
Dre got his start in music while working with the group World Class Wreckin’
Cru and later, N.W.A.
His first solo album, The Chronic, was released through Death Row Records in
1993. He later left Death Row in 1996 in order to start his own label,
Dr. Dre only has three albums: The Chronic, 2001, and the soon to be
Detox, Dr. Dre’s third and final studio album, was indented to be released
in 2004, but was delayed due to Dr. Dre wanting to focus on producing other
artists. It is said that this album has been in the works since 2003.
Dr. Dre has won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By A Dup or Group
twice, once for “Forgot About Dre” in 2001 featuring Eminem, and “Crack A
Bottle” in 2010 featuring Eminem and 50 Cent.
Facts complied with the help of NME.com, MTV.com, AfterMathMusic.com and
THE DREAM GIVE HIS ALL ON LOVE KING
The Dream doesn’t want to be an artist that only makes great radio-friendly
singles. He aimed to make quality songs on his Love King album and explained to us why it’s important for him to give his fans his best. T.I. serves as the only feature on the singer’s new disc. Be sure to buy Love King today! <WM>
BIG BOI’S NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE ONLINE
You can listen to Big Boi’s new album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of
Chico Dusty, before it hits stores! Head over to Pitchfork.com to hear the
project, which will be available next Tuesday. <WM>
DJ KHALED DROPS “ALL I DO IS WIN” REMIX VIDEO
Two weeks ago, DJ Khaled’s smash single, “All I Do Is Win,” was certified
gold by the RIAA, and the hitmaker has now released the video to the remix.
The revamped song, lifted from the hitmaker’s latest Victory album, includes
verses from Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous,
Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz and T-Pain!
JERMAINE JACKSON SUPPORTS CHRIS BROWN
Jermaine Jackson described Chris Brown’s Michael Jackson tribute performance
during the 2010 BET Awards as a “spectacular moment.” The Jackson 5 member
told Extra that Brown “deserved to perform because it’s healing for him. How
can he learn from his mistakes if you don’t give him a chance?” Jermaine
added, “He needs that. I love Rihanna, and I’m not supporting what he did,
but I support him [as a singer] 100 percent.” <WM>
T.I. TAKES HIS TIME WITH KING UNCAGED
Seeming to take a page out of Dr Dre’s book, T.I. is not rushing the
recording process for King Uncaged. When asked how many tracks are currently
completed, Tip explained:
“To be perfectly honest with you, I work until the last day. I keep
pushing for perfection, trying to top what we consider the best albums, I
mean, excuse me, what we consider the best records on the album right now.
And also trying to top what we consider the best albums of my career.”
On August 17th, fans will be able to hear the rapper’s first project since
he was released from prison. <WM>
METHOD MAN PLEADS GUILTY FOR TAX EVASION
The Associated Press reports Method Man is paying for his felony tax evasion
charges, literally. The rapper entered a guilty plea for all charges and
coughed up 40-thousand dollars – which is the last payment for his back
taxes which totaled 106-thousand dollars. We previously reported the emcee
fell behind because he claims is “a pothead” and he “goes out on the road
and forgets everything else.” <WM>
JOHN LEGEND RESPONDS TO HAIRLINE COMMENTS
John Legend shared his feelings on his hairline becoming a trending topic on
Twitter following the 2010 BET Awards. Rather than take the high road,
Legend tweeted the following: <WM>
“My hairline has been the same since I was a kid. Can’t believe some people
are obsessing about it now. I’ve been famous for 6 yrs now.”
“And to the haters, I’m still smarter, more talented, more successful and
better looking than u. So fall back.”
“Sorry y’all. Couldn’t believe my hairline was a trending topic. Get a
“And to the rest of y’all, I love you and thanks for the support. Now back
to our regularly scheduled programming….”
BEYONCE ON FORBES CELEBRITY 100 LIST
Beyonce can definitely afford to take an extended break from music.
According to Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list, Oprah Winfrey claimed number one
spot with 315-million, but Jay-Z’s wife took second place for earning
87-million dollars in 2009. The entertainer’s global tour reportedly banked
85-million dollars in sales! Last year, Bey took fifth place…but we’re
thinking it’s only a matter of time until she takes the top spot! <WM>
LIL BOOSIE PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDER
Lil Boosie reportedly entered a not guilty plea for his first degree murder
charge. According to AllHipHop.com, the rapper was indicted for allegedly
killing a man named Terry Boyd last year. If he’s convicted, the “Wipe Me
Down” rapper faces the death penalty. <WM>
PRINCE READIES FREE U-K ALBUM!
Prince is working on a new studio album titled 20Ten that will be released
for free in the U-K. The singer, who just received BET’s Lifetime
Achievement Award, signed a deal to distribute 2.5-million copies with the
Daily Mirror newspaper on July 10th. Head over to Billboard.com to learn
SOULJA BOY GIVES ALBUM UPDATE!
We recently got the chance to chat with Soulja Boy about the status of his third studio album. In addition to teaming with great acts, the emcee told us the new effort is no longer titled Dre. The rapper also spoke on his crazy new “Pretty Boy Swag” single and shared the name of the next offering. Fans can expect The DeAndre Way on July 28th. <WM>
LAURYN EXPLAINS WHY SHE STOPPED RECORDING
NPR learned Lauryn Hill stopped recording music due to “personal-growth”
issues and not having a proper “support system” to “nurture” her artistic
“gift.” If she were to record again, the reclusive singer stated that she
wants to “expand” her vocal range so people can really hear her voice. In
the meantime, she’ll continue performing at festivals and looks forward to
sharing her “passion” with fans. Ms. Hill is expected to take stage during
this year’s Rock The Bells Music Festival. <WM>
RIHANNA CANCELS SHOW IN SEATTLE
According to the Auburn Reporter, Rihanna was forced to cancel her July 2nd
tour stop in Auburn, Washington. The singer was scheduled to take stage at
White River Amphitheatre, but Live Nation explained in statement the date
was scrapped due to “production changes.” The show opener of Ri Ri’s Last
Girl On Earth tour will kick off July 4th in Vancouver, British Columbia.
* This marks the third cancellation for Rihanna. She also
pulled the plug for stops in Phoenix and Dallas.
* Since Rihanna hasn’t provided a detailed explanation for her
cancellations, gossip sites are speculating that the singer is having
trouble filling up venues.
COOL AND DRE RECORD WITH THE GAME AND DRAKE
Last Wednesday, producers Cool and Dre just finished recording a hot new
track titled “Good Girl, Bad Girl” with The Game in Burbank, California. The
hitmakers contributed three songs on the rapper’s upcoming effort, The R.E.D Album. Fans can expect the song to feature a verse from Drake. The disc will arrive later this summer. <WM>
GAGA SENDS VIDEO MESSAGE TO TEEN
Constance McMillen, the girl who made national headlines when her school
wouldn’t let her take her girlfriend to prom, has a fan in Lady Gaga. The
pop star posted a video message to Constance via OkMagazine.com, saying that
Constance is one of the “Bad Romance” singer’s “most favorite little