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Check out the Funk Volume crew overseas dropping some bars for Tim Westwood!
Check out another venting session video from Tito Lopez!
Here is the visuals for Wiz ft The Weeknd, Remember you video. What do you think about it? No weeknd in there at all??
looks like the troubled man is coming out some more! I’m talking about T.I. here he is on the CLIQUE Remix!
Now I personally don’t like this record but here are the visuals.
NOW THIS RIGHT HERE IS A DOPE RECORD!!! Big Boi ft A$AP!
Nixon 2012 Fall/Winter “Neon Yellow” Collection get more here!
BEYONCE, JAY-Z THANK FANS FOR SUPPORTING THEIR BABY
Just a few days after delivering their first child together, Beyonce and Jay-Z have released a statement to thank everyone for their well wishes and ongoing support. Here’s the statement in its entirety:
“Hello Hello Baby Blue!
We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives.
We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.
Beyoncé & JAY Z”
JAY-Z WRITES SONG FOR DAUGHTER
According to RapRadar.com, Jay-Z wasted no time to record a song that captured his feelings toward his newborn, Blue Ivy Carter. The proud father released a song called “Glory,” which was produced by Pharrell Williams. On the record, Hov chronicles how the baby was conceived in Paris just before Beyonce shot her album packaging for her latest effort, 4. In addition, Jay raps about an apparent miscarriage the couple endured and even debuts his daughter on the song, who cries at the end. Check it out now via Life&Times.com.
TYGA SPILLS ON NEXT ALBUM
During an interview with ThisIs50.com, Tyga gave new details on his next studio album. The rapper said of the disc, “It’s a theme album so it’s the first installment of the story. It’s about me becoming a king in this place called Careless World. It’s just a story from beginning to end.” The “Rack City” rapper added that the project will show “a lot of growth in the music and a lot of maturity.” We’ll keep you posted on the release date for Careless World.
TYGA ARRESTED IN VEGAS!
Young Money’s “Rack City” rapper Tyga has been racking up some driving violations that landed him in trouble over the weekend.
According to TMZ, the 22-year-old artist was arrested in Las Vegas after a routine stop for a traffic violation turned into the discovery of a warrant out for his arrest due to four other traffic-related incidents.
Previous charges include driving without a license, registration violation and unlawful acts of financial responsibility.
Tyga, real name Michael Stevenson, was taken to Clark County Detention Center and released the following day.
Stevenson was in Vegas for a tour show in support of his upcoming album Careless World: the Rise of the Last King, expected in stores January 24.
Tyga has yet to make a formal statement on the arrest.
NICKI MINAJ AWARDED FOR PINK FRIDAY SALES
Nicki Minaj has proven that she’s a force to be reckoned with. Because Nicki sold over two-million copies of her debut album, Pink Friday, Birdman rewarded the fem-cee with a lavish gift – a diamond encrusted luxurious watch. After receiving it, Nicki turned to Baby and said, “Why are you so amazing and epic?” then joked, “How many watches are you going to get me? This is too rich for me. I’m not on this level yet.” You can check out the footage via her official fansite now.
50 CENT APOLOGIZES TO RECORD LABEL
50 Cent has decided to apologize for his recent Twitter rant aimed against his record label. After learning that one of his new songs was leaked, the mogul accused someone from the label of intentionally putting out his material. He wrote, “Discovered a computer glitch leaked my song. Sorry to team at Interscope for overreacting! I put a lot in to this project but I don’t care if it ever comes out. Jimmy Iovine has been like a mentor for me. I just want to stay friends.” No word yet on when the follow-up to 2009’s Before I Self Destruct will arrive.
AMBER ROSE RELEASES “FAME” ft. WIZ KHALIFA
Earlier this year, Amber Rose announced that she was in the studio every day, working on new music and now we get a chance to see what she’s been cooking up.
Her debut single, ‘Fame’ dropped this morning and with a little studio magic, Amber gives her first-hand account of the ups and the downs of the glamorous life. In the new joint, she sings over a pop tune while expressing that even though people think it’s easy to be her, they have no clue. Being flown in private jets and constantly being photographed while out shopping for exclusive bags sounds like a dream to most girls but Amber paints a different picture:
being blindsided by all the lights,
The questions one made up
like these rumors were made up,
Can’t shop for clothes.
or by some cigs
Without paparazzi looking for a flick.
This is a new situation.
You’re an overnight sensation.”
Of course an Amber Rose debut wouldn’t be complete without a flow from Wiz Khalifa who drops a hot 16 to finish off the track. Oh, and this sounds nothing like Amber. More like an alter ego.
Check out the record below:
NE-YO JOINS CEE-LO’S TEAM ON THE VOICE
According to SingersRoom.com, Ne-Yo has reportedly signed on to appear on NBC’s The Voice. The crooner will join Babyface and serve as an advisor for Cee-Lo Green’s team. Ne-Yo said in a statement, “It’s about the talent. Before there was music videos; before there was the internet and all of that stuff; all you had was the voice — that was it.” The Voice premieres on February 5th.
RIHANNA SAYS “THERE’S NOBODY IN MY LEAGUE”
People are always comparing Beyonce and Rihanna. During an interview with Look magazine, the latter finally addressed the ongoing topic. Ri Ri stated, “There’s nobody really in my league.” She added, “But there’s competition everywhere. The whole music industry is competition. There are people who like other artists, those who like me and others who like both.” The singer, who was just named the highest selling digital artist, went on to say, “Beyonce is a great artist and I feel honored to be mentioned in the same sentence, but we’re different performers with different styles.”
· Who do you think is better?
JUSTIN BIEBER TALKS TO GOD
Just days after debuting his new Jesus tattoo, Justin Bieber is opening up about his views on God and religion in the new issue of V magazine. Beiber said, “A lot of people who are religious, I think they get lost. They go to church just to go to church. I’m not trying to disrespect them, but for me, I focus more on praying and talking to Him.” The 17-year-old singer, who is on the cover of the magazine, adds that he doesn’t have to go to church to talk to the lord. The issue hits newsstands on January 12th.
Bieber is currently recording his next album, Believe, which will arrive later this year.
THE BEST ARTISTS OF 2011
MTV News has compiled their list of the Top 10 artists of 2011. Making the cut are people like Adele, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne. What musician do you think has made the biggest impact this year? Would someone like Justin Bieber make your list? Head over to MTVNews.com to see if your top artists of 2011 match theirs’.
RICK ROSS READIES NEW MIXTAPE
Rick Ross recently announced on his Twitter page that he plans to drop a new mixtape. The rapper, who just returned from touring in South Africa, did not give a release date, but fans can expect the project to include original material. The tape will arrive before his delayed album, God Forgives, I Don’t, arrives in 2012.
50 CENT’S HEADPHONE SALES TO PROVIDE MEALS
50 Cent is on a mission to give back to those in need. In addition to releasing his Street King energy drinks to help feed kids in Africa, the rapper has announced that a portion of sales from his SMS Audio headphones will also give meals to the less fortunate. 50 told MTV, “With every purchase there’s a meal being provided through the United Nations World Food Programme,” he said, “And with this actual project, I decided I wanted to do something here in America. So, for every pair of these headsets that are sold domestically and online through SMSAudio.com, 250 meals will be provided by Feeding America, which is our leading charitable organization against hunger.” If you want to get involved, the headphones retail for 299.99 dollars.
WALE ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
According to his official website, Wale has released the dates for the second leg of his Ambition tour. So far, his opening show on December 30th inside Atlantic City’s House of Blues is already sold out. Be sure to get your passes today and pick up his sophomore album, Ambition, which is available everywhere. Here are the dates:
Dec 30: Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues (Sold Out)
Jan 1: Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
Jan 6: Ann Arbor, MI – U. Michigan
Jan 7: Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Jan 7: Columbus, OH – Long Street Live
Jan 8: Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Jan 9: Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Jan 19: Montreal, Quebec – Time Supper Club
Jan 20: Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Jan 21: London, Ontario – London Music Hall
Jan 22: Hamilton, Ontario – The Studio at Hamilton Place
Jan 26: Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena
Jan 27: Springfield, MA – Mass Mutual Center
Jan 28: Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Jan 31: Wichita, KS – The Cotilion
Feb 1: Omaha, NE – Sokol Hall
Feb 2: Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Feb 4: Indianapolis, IN (Super Bowl Weekend)
Feb 10: New York, NY – Irving Plaza (w/ Miguel) Lotus Flower Bomb / Valentines Show
Feb 13: West Hollywood, CA – Key Club (w/ Miguel) Lotus Flower Bomb / Valentines Show
Feb 14: Las Vegas, NV – Marquee Nightclub
Feb 15: Reno, NV – The Knitting Factory
Feb 16: Salt Lake City – Depot
Feb 25 + Sun, Feb 26: Orlando, FL (All Star Weekend)
Mar 2 + Sat, Mar 3: Charlotte, NC (CIAA Weekend)
March 6: Nassau, Bahamas – Colonial Island
VH1 DIVAS CELEBRATES SOUL TONIGHT
Here’s a friendly reminder to let everyone know that Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott and more are scheduled to perform during this year’s VH1 Divas. The ceremony is paying tribute to great cities of soul including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. Taking place inside New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, be sure to tune in when VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul airs tonight at 9 PM Eastern /8 Central on VH1.
JAY-Z TALKS NUTURING HIS ARTISTS
During an interview with MTV News, Jay-Z spoke about his artists and why it’s important to treat them as if they were his children. He explained, “I think running a label is a bit like having kids. When you know someone needs more help, you help them. When you see that someone can make it on their own … you see Kanye West or J. Cole, you see that sort of talent — you let that talent be. You let that talent find its way.” In related Jay-Z news, the rapper just concluded his Watch The Throne tour with Kanye on Sunday night in Vancouver, British Columbia.
SOULJA BOY RELEASES ARTWORK FOR PROMISE
Soulja Boy is reportedly looking to bring in the New Year with new music. During an interview with TheBoomBox.com, the 21-year-old shared plans for his upcoming fourth album Promise. He explained, “Right now I’m working on my new album to release from Interscope Records. It’ll be in stores at the top of 2012. I want everybody to support.” He said of the disc, “The album is just really showing the growth and maturity of Soulja Boy. It’s going to be dope. It’s going to be lot of great records on it, a lot of dope features, a lot of great production. I want all my fans to check it out.” The launch date for the follow-up to 2010′s The DeAndre Way is unknown, but Soulja has released the artwork for the project, which you can view via his website now.
KATY PERRY TEAMS UP WITH B.o.B. FOR A REMIX
Katy Perry has teamed up with B.o.B. for a remix of her song The One That Got Away.” According to Billboard.com, fans will be able to buy the jazzed-up track next week. The original “The One That Got Away” tune is Perry’s sixth single off her hit album, Teenage Dream.
BRITNEY SPEARS IS ENGAGED!
According to TMZ, Britney Spears engaged to her boyfriend Jason Trawick. Sources claim that he popped the question in Las Vegas and Spears recently posted a cryptic message on Facebook, that seems to point to her being engaged. Apparently, Trawick asked her dad, Jamie Spears, for her hand in marriage. Spears has been married twice before, once to Jason Allen Alexander and once to Kevin Federline. Kevin and she has two children.
RAP-A-LOT RECORDS 25TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET
In case you haven’t heard already, Rap-A-Lot Records will release a limited edition box set to celebrate and honor its 25th anniversary. Fans can expect two of the three discs to include songs from the Rap-A-Lot catalogue and interviews, while the final disc will hold covers of classic Rap-A-Lot tunes. The project will include contributions from Drake, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Young Jeezy, Big K.R.I.T., Yo Gotti, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, T.I. and more. Be sure to purchase on December 26th exclusively via Best Buy.
JAY-Z TO PERFORM AT CARNEGIE HALL
RapRadar.com reports Jay-Z has announced that he will be performing two shows inside New York City’s Carnegie Hall on February 6th and 7th. He wrote on his official blog, “It’s every artists dream to play a venue as legendary as Carnegie Hall. The fact that I can use the arts and my talent to benefit the education of the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs, and great thinkers makes for a legendary night. I’m proud to be a part of the continuing work of United Way of New York City and expanding the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.” While few tickets are being sold privately today (12/12), the general public will be able to purchase passes on January 30th at 11 AM.
LIL KIM UPDATES FANS ON UPCOMING PROJECTS
Wanna know what Lil Kim has been up to lately? Aside from putting out random diss tracks against Nicki Minaj, the fem-cee is currently working on a college tour. According to Rap-Up.com, the rap diva is reportedly working with Timbaland, Rockwilder, and Wyclef Jean for the follow-up to 2005’s The Naked Truth. Fans can expect Kimmie to announce her new label deal at the beginning of 2012.
BG PLEADS GUILTY TO GUN CHARGES!
Things are not looking for BG. The rapper recently appeared in a Louisiana U-S District Court to plead guilty for gun and obstruction charges. He is reportedly facing up to 40 years in prison if convicted! Head over to RapRadar.com for more.
· As previously reported BG was arrested with two other men and are said to have had three firearms in their possession.
T.I. TALKS REALITY SHOW AND KEEPING BEDROOM PRIVATE
If you haven’t gotten the chance to check out T.I.’s new reality show, you are really missing out. The rapper allows viewers to really understand what his life is like and trying to find balance between work and his personal life. However, when it comes to keeping some sort of privacy with his wife, he says the cameras were only allowed in their bedroom for specific reasons. Episodes of T.I. & Tiny – Family Hustle air on VH1.
NICKI MINAJ AND MADONNA KISS ON VIDEO SET?
We recently confirmed that Nicki Minaj joined forces with Madonna on a record called “Give Me All Your Love.” While shooing the visual for the M.I.A.-assisted song, Nicki tweeted that she actually locked lips with Madge. She wrote on Twitter, “In the presence of greatness. MADONNA. OH MY f’ingggg Gahhhh!!!!! MADONNA jus kissed me!!!!! On the lips!!!!!!! It felt sooooo good. Soooo soft!!!! *passes out* aaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!” The fem-cee adds that we’ll be able to witness the kiss when the upcoming music video debuts soon. We’ll keep you posted.
50 CENT READIES WORKOUT BOOK
In addition to working on his upcoming album, 50 Cent has announced plans to write his first fitness book called Formula 50: A 6-Week Total Body Transformation Plan. According to a press release, Curtis said in a statement, “I had a strong desire to write this book because is very important to me to help people make positive changes and take charge of their overall health. FORMULA 50 is a radical six week mind-body transformation plan geared to help readers develop mental toughness to achieve optimum results while offering a nutrition component.” Its gonna be a while until you can get Formula 50 as it’s scheduled for release in January 2013 via Avery Books.
TIME, ROLLING STONE NAME BEST ALBUMS OF 2011
With only 18 days left in December, the editors at TIME and Rolling Stone have just released their picks for the best albums of 2011. From a hip hop stance, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s historic joint LP Watch the Throne appears on both lists and surprisingly, Frank Ocean’s Nostalgia, Ultra was also made the cut. Here’s who else had great projects this year:
TIME’s Top 10 Albums of 2011
1. Adele, 21
2. Florence and the Machine, Ceremonials
3. Kanye West and Jay-Z, Watch the Throne
4. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
5. Frank Ocean, Nostalgia, Ultra
6. tUnE-yArDs, W h o k i l l
7. Caitlin Rose, Own Side Now
8. The Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part II
9. Civil Wars, Barton Hollow
10. Black Keys, El Camino
Rolling Stone’s Best Albums of 2011
1. Adele, 21
2. Kanye West and Jay-Z, Watch the Throne
3. Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What
4. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues
5. Radiohead, The King of Limbs
6. Lady Gaga, Born This Way
7. The Decemberists, The King Is Dead
8. Wilco, The Whole Love
9. Wild Flag, Wild Flag
10. Robbie Robertson, How to Become Clairvoyant
ROBIN THICKE’S PROJECTED ALBUM SALES
HitsDailyDouble.com has released the projected album sales for Robin Thicke’s latest album, Love After War. The disc, which only includes one guest feature from Lil Wayne, is on pace to sell somewhere between 30 to 35-thousand copies during its first week on the chart. Elsewhere, The Roots latest album, Undun, is estimated to also sell between 30 to 35-thousand units while T-Pain’s rEVOLVEr will more than likely only pull in 25 to 28-thousand. Slow sales week indeed.
E-40 TO DROP THREE ALBUMS ON SAME DAY
According to XXLMag.com, E-40 has decided to treat his fans by releasing three albums simultaneously on the same day next year. That’s right, the projects, The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 2 and The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 3, are scheduled to hit stores and iTunes in March 2012. Wondering how he’s able to pull this off? The rapper explained, “I have my own label, ain’t no liaison, no middle man. I have my own distribution. I’m not signed as no artist. I got a P&D deal which is a lovely situation.” There you have it.
WILL.I.AM JOINS U-K VERSION OF THE VOICE
Will.i.am will join the U-K version of The Voice. The Black Eyed Peas frontman will be a vocal coach on the U-K version of the show along with Jessie J, The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue and Tom Jones. The show will kick off in January.
50 CENT GAVE DR DRE ADVICE FOR DETOX
During an interview with XXL magazine, 50 Cent revealed that he has given advice to Dr Dre, who is still working on his oft-delayed Detox LP. After flying out to Los Angeles to contribute to the hitmaker’s effort, Curtis recalled saying to Dre, “‘Yo, you don’t have to invent nothing. All they want is a strong version of what you gave last time,’” 50 said. “They need a new version of that. It’s like Sade. She goes away for six years, and then she comes back with a new disc…it reminds you of the f**kin’ shit that she gave you before she left. There’s certain artists that have that luxury. You could go away and still be interesting enough to come for people to want to hear that effort. Dre is like that.” There’s still no release date for Detox.
T-PAIN ADDRESS DELAY OF T-WAYNE ALBUM
In case you were wondering whatever happened to Lil Wayne and T-Pain’s joint album, titled T-Wayne, the singer filled Rap-Up.com on what happened. The crooner explained, “When [Wayne] got into his little trouble, that was right at the peak of when we was like, ‘OK, let’s go. Let’s do this now.’ He finally had time, then he went to jail.” Teddy further explained, “Things happen and I’m pretty sure he’s over the whole idea now. I don’t even be bringing it up to him no more. I’m pretty sure he’s way past that right now. He’s doing big things.” In related news, his new album rEVOLVEr in stores now!
· The duo reportedly recorded nine songs for the project before it was scrapped.
COMMON TALKS ABOUT HIS LOVE LIFE
In the new edition of JET magazine, Common showed the softer side of him an talked about why being in love is important. He stated, “I think the core of the human being and the heart is love, and we all want that,” he said. “Love has allowed me to do the things I’m doing in life. I feel like we all deserve that — to receive love and give it, too.” As for being “whipped,” Serena William’s ex-boyfriend admits, “I have been in love, and I did get my heart broken. As an adult, I can say I’ve been through love, and this is some of the experiences I’ve had. Men love. Men go crazy over women. They go to prison, start wars and lose hair over them.” In related news, his new album The Dreamer / The Believer drops on December 20th.
RZA LAUNCHES RZA’S WORLD APP
According to XXLMag.com, RZA has recently launched his RZA’s World App, which is designed to let his fans have access to up to the minute information about him. Aside from having a newsfeed, you will get daily nuggets of wisdom from RZA, exclusive fan-fare and the ability to play the 3D Chess Chambers game. Be sure to download the app today for only $3.99!
LUDACRIS LAUNCHES WEBSITE WITH DAUGHTER
Ludacris reportedly teamed up with his 10 year-old daughter Karma to launch a website dedicated to children education. Luda said in a statement, “We wanted the site to be educational, fun and full of music that all kids will enjoy, but we also wanted it to teach kids more than just academics,” he said. “The site touches on subjects like, the rewards of hard work and importance of learning manners as well as the idea that doing good deeds for others will bring good into your life – which is the meaning of the word Karma. The music and lyrics, games and stories on the site are all original and were created by me, my daughter and my creative team.” Log into KarmasWorld.com today!
SOLANGE RAISES BLOOD CANCER AWARENESS
Wanna know what Solange has been up to? Well, according to her official fan page, the singer is currently helping raise awareness for blood cancer. She’s encouraging people to donate bone marrow and said in a PSA, “People are dying and we can save them. lot of people don’t understand that it’s literally a cotton swab that determines if you’re a match. This can actually save someone’s life!” To learn more, get registered at GetSwabbed.org.
DMX VISITS THE TROOPS
According to TMZ, DMX was spotted visiting injured troops in Houston, Texas. The rapper, who was in town for a concert in San Antonio last Thursday, actually played wheel chair basketball with the physically disabled soldiers. He told TMZ, “It made my day as much as it did their day. One told me that I gave him the best early Christmas gift he ever got and that has me still smiling.” Head over to the website to see the footage.
YOUNG JEEZY DROPS TRACKLISTING
We know its bee a long wait for Young Jeezy to issue his upcoming album, TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition, but we’re only two weeks away until the LP drops. While the disc arrives in stores December 20th, Da Snowman has just issued the official tracklisting:
1. Waiting (Prod. By Lil Lody)
2. What I Do (Just Like That) (Prod. By Drumma Boy)
3. O.J. Ft. Jadakiss & Fabolous (Prod. By Lil Lody)
4. Nothing (Prod. By Lil Lody)
5. Way Too Gone Ft. Future (Prod. By Mike Will)
6. Supafreak Ft. 2 Chainz (Prod. By D. Rich)
7. All We Do (Prod. By Midnight Black)
8. Leave You Alone Ft. Ne-Yo (Prod. By Warren G)
9. Everythang (Prod. By Lil Lody)
10. Trapped Ft. Jill Scott (Prod. By J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)
11. F.A.M.E. (Fake Ass Muthafu**as Envy ) Ft. T.I. (Prod. By J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)
12. I Do Ft. Jay-Z x Andre 3000 (Prod. By M16)
13. Higher Learning Ft. Snoop Dogg, Devin The Dude & Mitchelle’l (Prod. By Lil C)
14. This One’s For You Ft. Trick Daddy (Prod. By Lil Lody)
Talk 2 Me Ft. Freddie Gibbs x Eminem (Prod. By Drumma Boy & Travis Barker)
ICE CUBE LANDS NEW TV SHOW FOR F/X
According to Deadline.com, Ice Cube has reportedly signed on to star and produce a new show for FX called Eye for an Eye. The drama series marks the rapper’s first TV starring role and follows a veteran paramedic “who gains a thirst for revenge after witnessing one too many victims of violent crime.” We’ll keep you posted with further details.
· Cube has upcoming roles in Rampart and 21 Jump Street
YOUNG BUCK PREPS MIXTAPE FOR MAYBACH MUSIC?
Young Buck may be dealing with financial struggles but that isn’t stopping him from making new music. According to HipHopOfficial.com, the former G-Unit rapper is working on a mixtape “on behalf of” Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. While he didn’t explain further, he adds, “I’m blessed to be in a situation where people enjoy what I’m giving them.” We’ll keep you posted.
MADONNA CONFIRMED FOR SUPER BOWL
Madonna has confirmed that she will perform during the halftime show at next year’s Super Bowl. The Queen of Pop, who is currently recording her 12th studio album, is set to perform at the event on February 5th at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Madonna could possibly perform her new single, “Give Me All Your Love,” but that has yet to be confirmed. Last year’s halftime show featured a performance from the Black Eyed Peas.
BBC CHOOSE SOUND OF 2012
Each year the BBC chooses one artist whose sound will capture the upcoming year. Previous winners include Adele, Ellie Goulding, Keane and more. The outlet has currently narrowed down 15 artists for the Sound of 2012, and the list includes dupstep producer Skrillex, rapper Frank Ocean, bands Spector and Dry the River and more. The top five will be revealed in the first week of January.
ADELE HAS HIGHEST SELLING ALBUM OF THE 21ST CENTURY IN THE U-K
Adele’s hugely successful album 21 has moved up four spots on the U-K charts, from number nine to number 5, making it the U-K’s biggest-selling album of the 21st century. That breaks the record of the late Amy Winehouse, who has sold 3.3 million copies of her Back to Black album. 21 has now sold 3.4 million in Adele’s homeland of Britain. The album has broken records around the world and has remained in the top 10 of the U-S charts since February.
BUSTA RHYMES SIGNS WITH CASH MONEY
While Google celebrated the launch of their Google Music platform in Los Angeles on Wednesday (November 16), Busta Rhymes was celebrating his brand new record deal—a joint venture with the popular search engine and the notorious Cash Money Records. Busta has been officially added to the CM roster along with New Orleans rapper, Mystikal, and MTV News caught up with him on Google’s red carpet for details on the lucrative contract. “It’s an unbelievably groundbreaking deal, [there’s] never been a deal done like this before, where the most powerful search engine in the world combines with the most powerful record company in the world,” Busta said.
“It’s just amazing to see that they understood what Busta Rhymes means to the music, what Busta Rhymes means to the culture, what Busta Rhymes means to the embodiment of authentic hip-hop,” he explained, after linking with Google to release the new single “Why Stop Now,” which features Chris Brown.
“I’m very proud to be aligned with Google, I’m extremely proud to be aligned with Cash Money, my management team, Violator, I’ve been aligned with them from day one— twenty years strong,” he continued. “It’s just exemplifying a different dynamic of greatness through this infrastructure and we’re gonna make something happen in a way that’s never happened in music before with this new deal.”
“Why Stop Now,” is the first single from Busta’s upcoming ninth album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) 2: End Of The World and it will be released through Google’s new music platform. Mystikal hasn’t released any comments on his new deal, but a source close to the rapper confirms that he has officially signed with Cash Money. -By Nadeska Alexis
RICK ROSS’ ALBUM DELAY CONFIRMED BY LABEL
Billboard.com reports Rick Ross’ upcoming album, God Forgives I Don’t, definitely won’t arrive this December. The postponement was speculated after the disc was removed from the upcoming release section on the Def Jam website, but now, the Senior VP of Marketing at Island Def Jam explained why the disc is being delayed. He stated, “I think we’re all aware of his recent health issue, and based on some of the minor setbacks with that, we weren’t able to confirm certain opportunities, because he physically wasn’t able to deal with certain things at the time. We want this to be his biggest album — we know it’s going to be his biggest album — so we did not want to pressure him into releasing an album based on the sake of a date.” No further details are known at this time.
DRAKE’S ALBUM PROJECTIONS ARE IN!
According to HitsDailyDouble.com, Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care, is on pace to top the Billboard 200 chart. The disc is projected to sell in the neighborhood of 675 to 725-thousand copies during its first week out. If this is the case, it will beat out the sales for Thank Me Later, which moved 447-thousand units. The effort will also become the third highest-selling project this year behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV.
LISTEN TO MARY J, BEYONCE DUET!
Finally! After teasing fans with short snippets, Mary J Blige has released the full version of her much-talked about duet with Beyonce. Penned by Sean Garrett, you can listen to “Love A Woman” via TheLavaLizard.com now. The cut is lifted from Mary’s upcoming effort, My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1), which arrives in stores this Tuesday, November 21st.
CHRIS MARTIN WROTE SONG FOR BEYONCE!
In an interview with Maxim, Coldplay singer Chris Martin says Beyonce turned down a song he wrote for her. He says, “Well, I did write a song for Beyonce, but it got rejected by her A&R people.” Martin also wrote a song for Rihanna, a track called “Princess of China,” which appears on Coldplay’s new album, Mylo Xyloto. Chris Martin and his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, are close friends with Jay-Z, who is married to Bey, so we’re surprised this collaboration never came out!
BEYONCE ISSUES WEDDING PHOTOS!
We’re still not sure how Beyonce and Jay-Z were able to keep their wedding photos a secret for so long, but fans can finally see a glimpse of Bey’s white wedding gown in a new video. The notoriously private singer just released the visual for her new song, “I Was Here,” which is lifted from her latest album, 4. The clip gives fans a glimpse into the diva’s world and presents a flashback of all of her recent accomplishments. Head to her official website to watch it now!
RIHANNA BEATS OUT BEYONCE ON BILLBOARD
Rihanna has out-performed Beyonce on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The singers were initially tied at having 36-weeks at number one, but Rihanna’s “We Found Love” has given her an advantage and she now holds the record with 37 weeks atop the chart. Even though Fenty has surpassed Bey, it’s important to note that it took Rihanna 11 singles to achieve this feat as compared to Beyonce’s five singles.
· Do you think Rihanna is more talented than Beyonce? Which performer would you spend your last dollar on?
50 CENT FEELS PRESSURE FOR NEXT ALBUM
In the upcoming December-January issue of XXL magazine, 50 Cent explained what caused the delay for his long-awaited fifth album. The rap mogul is taking his time because he feels he needs to “music that reflects what N.W.A made. I have to make music that has the moments that Nas had. I have to make music that has what Biggie offered.” As far as winning fans back, he added, “For me, I’m still up against what I’ve done…I know it’s a difficult task.” He also spilled that if all goes as planned, the follow-up to 2009’s Before I Self Destruct should arrive in January.
BOW WOW DELAYS UNDERRATED TO 2012
Bow Wow has some unfortunate news regarding the launch of his upcoming album, Underrated. According to Rap-Up.com, the rapper’s Cash Money debut has been pushed back from December 6th to an early 2012 release date. The news comes as the emcee recently shot the visual to his new single, “Sweat,” featuring Lil Wayne.
· Speaking of Young Money, there are whispers that Lil Twist and Tyga’s respective projects might get pushed back as well.
MAC MILLER TOPS BILLBOARD CHART
Mac Miller has claimed the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week with his debut album, Blue Slide Park. The disc reportedly sold 144-thousand copies during its opening seven days. The rapper has become the first artist in 16 years to debut independently at number one.
· The majority of his sales came from digital copies. He sold over 109k online as compared to 35k in physical units.
ALICIA KEYS GUSHES OVER MOTHERHOOD!
Alicia Keys is all smiles these days over being a mom. In an interview with GlobalGrind.com, Swizz Beatz’s wife revealed what it’s like being a mother to her adorable son, Egypt. Keys stated, “Motherhood is a billion times better than I expected…It’s a really special time, and I feel so honored that I get to help somebody in this world find his wings, and navigate and learn happiness, and be loved. He’s awesome! I’m having a ball!”
· Make sure you catch Alicia’s new musical, Stick Fly, on Broadway starting today.
SNOOP RECORD SONG FOR WEED WARS SHOW
According to the HollywoodReporter.com, Snoop Dogg has written the title track for the upcoming show, Weed Wars. The series highlights into the world of medical marijuana and airs on Thursday, December 1st at 10 PM on the Discovery Channel. Head to the site to hear the song now!
· Nancy Daniels, executive vice president of production and development for Discovery Channel, said in a statement, “Weed Wars fearlessly pulls back the curtain on a once illegal and still controversial world. From the inner workings of the business to Steve’s distinctive leadership style, Weed Wars is a fascinating glimpse into this highly unique setting.”
YELAWOLF LINES UP MIX OF GUEST FEATURES FOR DEBUT
While promoting his Radioactive LP, Yelawolf told us that the guest features on the project will surprise a lot of his fans. Initially we didn’t understand, but we just got a hold of the official tracklist – check out who made contributions below. In addition, be sure to pick up Radioactive on November 21st via Shady Records.
01. Radioactive (Intro)
02. Get Away (feat. Shawty Fatt & Mystikal)
03. Let’s Roll (feat. Kid Rock)
04. Hard White (Up In The Club) (feat. Lil Jon)
05. Growin’ Up In The Gutter (feat. Rittz)
06. Throw It Up (feat. Gangsta Boo & Eminem)
07. Good Girl
08. Made In The U.S.A.
09. Animal (feat. Fefe Dobson)
10. The Hardest Love Song In The World
11. Write Your Name
12. Everything I Love The Most
14. Slumerican Shitizen (feat. Killer Mike)
15. The Last Song
FRANK OCEAN NAMED GQ’S ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Frank Ocean has had an incredible 2011. We’ve just learned the Odd Future singer has been named GQ’s Rookie of the Year for the magazine’s annual “Men of the Year” issue. From working with Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Kanye West to delivering the solid debut album Nostalgia, Ultra, we agree that Ocean deserved the recognition. In terms of how he feels about his success, he told the mag, “I got to grab my nuts and point my middle finger up.” Visit his official website to see when Frank will be in a city near you.
RIHANNA STILL ON TOP WITH “WE FOUND LOVE”
Rihanna’s “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris holds at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a third straight week. LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” stays at number two and Adele’s “Someone Like You” remains at number three. David Guetta’s “Without You,” featuring Usher, is up two spots to number four, while Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger,” featuring Christina Aguilera, falls one spot to number five.
· Taylor Swift’s “If This Was a Movie” debuts at number ten.
MIKE POSNER PREPS MIXTAPE
Mike Posner, who scored a hit with “Cooler Than You” off his 2010 debut album 31 Minutes to Take Off, is working on a mixtape. The effort is titled The Layover and will feature hip-hop heavyweights Big Sean, Bun B and Twista. Posner is also working on the follow-up to his debut, which is titled Sky High. It should be out in the spring. In the meantime, The Layover will be released on Sunday.
ODD FUTURE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
According to MTV, Odd Future has announced that fans can expect their debut album, Purple Naked Ladies, to be released next month. Now that he rap group secured a distribution deal with Sony Red, their long-awaited offering will arrive digitally on December 20th with the physical copy hitting stores on January 12th. Check out the tracklist:
1. Violet Nude Women
2. They Say/Shangrila (ft. Tay Walker)
3. She Dgaf
5. Cocaine/Tevie (ft. Left Brain)
6. Ode to a Dream (ft Kilo Kish & Coco O.)
7. Gurl (ft. Pyramid Vritra).
8. Love Song -1
9. Lincoln (ft. Mike G & Left Brain)
10. Web of Me
11. She Knows
13. Visions (ft. Coco O.)
14. The Garden
JAY-Z TO APPEAR ON RIHANNA’S TALK THAT TALK
According to Rap-Up.com, Rihanna’s highly anticipated album, Talk That Talk, will include a guest feature from the one and only Jay-Z. Stargate, who has contributed and produced on the project, revealed that Hov will appear on the title track on Ri Ri’s sixth effort. He described “Talk That Talk” as a “mid-tempo banger with hard drums, dirty synths, and Rihanna and Jay at their best. We are very happy with the song and Jay’s verse is crazy—same with Rihanna’s part.” Be sure to grab the LP when it drops on November 21st.
MONICA TO GET HONORED BY ASCAP
According to her official fansite, Monica is scheduled to be honored by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) tonight (11/9) in New York City. The singer is being recognized for her contributions to music and will be joined by Janelle Monae. It’s part of the annual Women Behind the Music Series, which in previous years honored Kelly Rowland, Melanie Fiona and others. In related news, Monica has announced that her upcoming album, New Life, will arrive on February 21st.
LIL WAYNE, DRAKE SCRAP JOINT ALBUM PLANS
Fans who were looking forward to Drake and Lil Wayne’s joint album will be sad to know that the Young Money stars have scrapped the project entirely. Drake tells XXLMag.com that the decision had a lot to do with Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne offering. Drizzy explained, “Me and Wayne scrapped the idea of a collaboration album. We just agreed that it would be looked upon as… It would be sort of this competition [with Watch The Throne].” Drake added, “It would get caught in this whirlwind of hype. [Wayne] agreed. We just said, ‘If we do it, we’ll do it down the line. But right now is not the time.’”
JEEZY ALREADY BEGINS NEXT ALBUM?
Young Jeezy is slated to release his oft-delayed TM103: Hustlerz Ambition LP on December 20th, but this is not stopping the rap star from recording material for the follow-up. According to XXLMag.com, the rapper spilled, “I’m working now man. I guarantee it won’t be no wait like that no more. I’m in tip top shape. I’m feeling good. I’m just gonna go in.”
· His upcoming disc includes guest spots from Ne-Yo, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Jay-z and Andre 3000.
PRE-ORDER BEYONCE’S ELEMENTS OF 4
According to her official Facebook page, Beyonce wants fans everywhere to know that you can now pre-order her upcoming concert DVD, Live at Roseland: Elements of 4. The two disc set, which includes a video anthology, will be available to purchase on November 29th. If you want to pre-order it, CLICK HERE!
USHER BEGINS NEXT LP WITH RICO LOVE
According to SingersRoom.com, fans should expect big things from Usher’s next studio effort. One of the songwriters for the disc, Rico Love, shared that the singer is “experimenting with different sounds.” Love added, “My job is to make sure it stays classic. I don’t feel like Usher is just a Top 40 artist or just an R&B artist or just a rhythmic artist. I gotta make records that connect to all formats.” In addition, his seventh effort will include contributions from Jim Jonsin, Pharrell Williams, Miguel and Diplo.
50 CENT REACTS TO MJ VERDICT
Following the news that Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the Michael Jackson case, 50 Cent shared how he felt about the conviction. While on the red carpet at the Immortals film premiere, Curtis stated, “I think justice was served in that situation,” adding, “I understand the process of when an artist becomes really, really successful, and Michael Jackson was probably the epitome of that lifestyle. I can see people following the regimen of doing what Mike says to do. But they should still follow medical standards and practices.” Murray is due back in court towards the end of the month. We’ll keep you posted on further details.
· Janet Jackson reacted to the news by tweeting, “Justice was good today.”
SEAN KINGSTON ADDED TO LATIN GRAMMY PERFORMERS
Sean Kingston has been added as a performer at next week’s 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. He joins Pitbull and Marc Anthony, Shakira, Demi Lovato, and Romeo Santos and Usher, who will make their debut TV performance together. The Latin GRAMMY Awards air live tomorrow night (11/10) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on the Univision Network at 8 PM Eastern.
RICK ROSS PERFORMED AT BET HIP-HOP AWARDS
As you all may know, the BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped this weekend in Atlanta and hip hop heavy weights like Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, Wale, Roscoe Dash, Big Sean and Meek Mill all took the stage during the star-studded event. Hosted by Mike Epps, viewers at home will be able to catch the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards when it airs on October 11th at 8 PM Eastern.
NE-YO EXPECTING BABY BOY
According to Uptown Magazine, Ne-Yo has revealed the sex of his second child with longtime girlfriend, Monyetta Shaw. The crooner announced that he’s having his first son, who will join his 10-month-old daughter, Madilyn. The singer told the mag, “I’ve always prided myself on being able to make music that everybody can listen to and that’s not gonna change. That’s just reinforced now that I have a little girl and a little boy on the way. Yeah, I’m doing the same thing I’ve been doing.”
· Ne-Yo recently cleared up rumors that he proposed to the mother of his kids. He tweeted that he will let fans know if and when that happens.
KANYE WEST ADDED TO BIG DAY OUT FESTIVAL
According to his official website, Kanye West has joined the lineup for this year’s Big Day Out Festival in Australia. Beginning on January 20th through February 5th, Yeezy will be joined by Odd Future, Soundgarden, My Chemical Romance and many others. To learn more about the event, visit BigDayOut.com now.
· Tickets will be available for purchase beginning on October 12-14.
GAME PROMISES TO RESPOND TO 50 CENT
Late last week, 50 cent shot subliminal lyrics directed towards The Game in his newly released track “Love, Hate, Love.” After learning the news, the West Cost native took to his official Twitter page and promised that as soon as he is done touring, he will be in the studio recording another diss track aimed at Curtis. Looks like this is just one beef that will never go away.
· Game wrote that 50’s face looks like something from Planet Of The Apes.
T-PAINS TALKS NEW SINGLE
After listening to his new single “5 O’Clock,” featuring Lily Allen, we gotta admit that T-Pain definitely has a hit on his hands. The singer told Rap-Up.com, “The song is basically about me being where I am at a club. I’m just taking too long and Lily wants me to come home right now,” explained T-Pain. “And it happens a lot with me in real life, so why not make a song about it? She doesn’t care where I am or what I’m doing, she just wants me to come home. But she needs me, she needs her hubby.” Fans can now check out the visual for “5 O’Clock” off Teddy’s upcoming album rEVOLVEr online now.
· Do you think Wiz Khalifa was the perfect feature for the single?
TRAVIS PORTER RELEASED NEW MITXTAPE
HipHop-N-More.com reports Travis Porter recently dropped a new mixtape, titled Differenter 3. The rap group reportedly reached out and landed contributions from artists like Kelly Rowland, Big Sean, Tyga, YG, Jeremih, Wale, Lloyd and many more. Make sure you download their new mixtape and check out the fun cover concept they chose.
NEW MUSIC FROM MOBB DEEP
According to HipHop-N-More.com, Mobb Deep has teamed up with Queens native Aaron LaCarte for a new song called “Illson 2012.” As previously reported, Havoc and Prodigy are expected to release their much-hyped project, Black Cocaine EP, on Black Friday, which is November 25th.
JUSTIN BIEBER TO RELEASE CHRISTMAS LP NEXT MONTH!
Justin Bieber shot a music video for a song called “Mistletoe,” last week. The young singer took to Twitter to keep fans up to date on the shoot. He also announced his Christmas album, tentatively titled Under The Mistletoe, will arrive in stores on November 1st. The album features The Band Perry, Boyz II Men, Usher and rumored collaborations include Taylor Swift and Sean Kingston.
DRAKE ISSUES “HEADLINES” VIDEO
In case you missed it, Drake released the video to his new single “Headlines,” on Sunday night. You can watch the clip via his blog October’s Very Own. Drake’s sophomore effort, Take Care, lands in stores on October 24th.
· The video was shot in his hometown of Toronto.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA TALKS “MOVES LIKE JAGGER”
Christina Aguilera teamed up with Maroon 5 for their new hit single “Moves Like Jagger.” The song held onto the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks and is showing no signs of slowing down. Aguilera told MTV News that she “loved” the song the first time she heard it and said it “has elements from the 60’s and ‘70s, yet is so current and unique.” Right now, the singer is working on the follow-up to 2010’s Bionic, which is reportedly due next summer.
· Christina Aguilera on “Moves Like Jagger:” “The first time I heard the song, I loved it. The song has elements from the ’60s and ’70s, yet is so current and unique.”
CHRISTINA AGUILERA’S SECRET POTION
Christina Aguilera has released the commercial for her new fragrance Secret Potion. The singer is featured in the spot, riding in an elevator spraying herself with the perfume. As she makes her ascent, the fragrance seemingly transforms her dull outfit into a party outfit. Right now, Secret Potion is only out in the U-K, but head to Christina-Aguilera-Perfumes.com to see the commercial and get more info.