GLAAD UPSET WITH TYLER’S VMA WIN
While many fans were happy that Tyler, the Creator won Best New Artist at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, GLAAD is upset with the network for rewarding the rapper. The organization said in a statement, “Rather than providing simply a larger platform, MTV and other networks should educate viewers about why anti-gay and misogynistic language has no place in the music industry today. Given Tyler’s history of such remarks, viewers and potential sponsors should refrain from honoring homophobia and in the future look to a more deserving artist.” The gay and lesbian activist group was outraged with Tyler’s lyrical content on his debut album, Goblin.
· AllHipHop.com reports Tyler the Creator and Odd Future’s sophomore album contains a combined total of over 213 anti-gay slurs.
T.I. RELEASED FROM PRISON!
Rapper T.I. has been released from an Arkansas prison — and is on his way to either a community living facility or home confinement … TMZ has learned.
T.I. was sentenced to 11 months behind bars after his drug possession arrest on the Sunset Strip back in September 2010 — an arrest that caused law enforcement officials to revoke his probation stemming from a federal gun conviction back in 2009.
Chris Burke, spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, tells us T.I. was released at 7:29 AM local time … and is “in transit” to begin the next leg of his sentence.
T.I. checked into prison on November 1, 2010 — and he was originally scheduled to be released on September 29.
BEYONCE’S 4 GETS SALES BOOST FROM VMA PERFORMANCE
Thanks to her impressive performance of “Love On Top” during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyonce’s latest album, 4, has received a huge sales boost. MTV News reports the diva’s project is now back into the top 10 on the iTunes chart. In addition, the song that she showcased has soared into the top 5 on the iTunes singles chart. Even though 4 has shipped over one-million albums, the record has been her slowest selling effort to date.
· The singer is pregnant with her first child. There have been ideas for baby names going around including the unisex name: Brook Lynn Carter.
BEYONCE SETS TWITTER RECORD
We knew that Beyonce announcing her pregnancy during the MTV Video Music Awards was a big deal, but we didn’t expect the diva’s great news to break a Twitter record. According to AdAge.com, there were over 8,868 tweets per second regarding Beyonce’s bun in the oven. This breaks Twitter’s previous record of 7,196 tweets per second for the U-S women’s soccer team competing again Japan a few months ago. We’ll keep you posted with updates on the sex of the child.
BEYONCE WILL STILL PERFORM AT MJ TRIBUTE
Regardless of the little baby that’s developing inside Beyonce, TMZ reports the diva still plans to sing and dance during the Michael Jackson tribute concert on October 8th. Reps for the concert stated, “The pregnancy will not affect her performance.” The 29-year-old singer, who did not do any choreography during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, will perform via satellite.
LIL WAYNE’S PROJECTED ALBUM SALES ARE IN!
Ever since Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV dropped, we’ve all been wondering if he’ll sell a million copies during his first week. While it doesn’t look like Weezy’s new effort will achieve the same success as the third installment in the Carter series, he’s going to come pretty close. According to Billboard.com, the rapper’s newly released project is expected to sell between 700 to 850-thousand units. We’ll know the official amount next week when the Billboard chart comes out.
· These projections are nearly double what Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne sold during its first week.
GAME AUTHORS FIRST BOOK
If you’d like to understand the recording process and all the energy Game put into creating his latest album, fans will be able to get an in-depth look via the rapper’s first book, The Making Of Game’s The R.E.D. Album. The West Coast native said in a statement, “I wanted to give my fans a behind-the-scenes look of how my new album came to be.” He added, “These are my stories in my own words. This book is the only place where you’ll learn all the stories behind the music — how I got the beats, what inspired my lyrics and how the album was put together.” You can purchase The Making Of Game’s The R.E.D. Album digitally on Amazon.com now.
· The book will be available soon on iTunes and in paperback through Amazon.com.
WIZ KHALIFA MAKES FORBES LIST, BUYS HOME
It’s been a lucrative year for Wiz Khalifa. In case you didn’t know, the Pittsburgh native ranked number 11 on Forbes’ List Of Top Earning Rappers Of 2011. We caught up with the rapper to find out what his first big purchase was. In related news, his singles have a combines six-million in sales and his Rolling Papers album was recently certified gold.
FOXY BROWN AND MARY J BLIGE ALBUM?
During an interview with TheBoomBox.com, Foxy Brown revealed that she had been working on a joint album with Mary J. Blige that was titled Best of Both Girls. Even though the project was scrapped, the fem-cee spilled that they completed five songs that were supposed to play off Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s The Best of Both Worlds LP. Fox stated, “Mary’s like a big sister to me, and in the middle of recording those records, I lost all my hearing.”
· In addition, Brown was supposed to appear on Mary’s 2005 hit, “Enough Cryin.’” The verse that the singer rapped was actually written by Foxy.
DIDDY TO RELEASE AN “ASS” BOOK
According to the NYPost.com, Sean “Diddy” Combs is reportedly teaming up with Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine to release the book, Culo. Yes, that’s Spanish for ass. The moguls are working with photographer Raphael Mazzucco to create pages of “legendary photos of women’s backsides.” You can pick it up on November 22nd.
· Do you plan on buying the book?
KREAYSHAWN UPSET WITH INDUSTRY
Kreayshawn is having a rough week. Not only did the “Gucci Gucci” rapper have underage nude photos of her leak online, but she was also recently confronted by Rick Ross and Game for what she said about them in her songs. In a blog post titled “I’m Mad,” the fem-cee wrote, “All I wanted to do is create and have a good time. But, this is quickly forming into something I never would have signed up for from being accused of being racist to getting my pre-teen nudes leaked everywhere. I feel like this s**t ain’t my cup of tea.” She added, “Someone else want my job right about now? I’m just gotta sip lean and disappear. THIS GAME IS FAKE AS ALL HELL!”
MONICA ANNOUNCES NEW LIFE RELEASE DATE
According to Rap-Up.com, Monica has revealed the launch date for her upcoming album, New Life. The singer announced that the project, which includes production from Missy Elliott and Polow Da Don, will be available on November 8th. Led by her lead single, “Anything (To Find You),” the singer said of the disc, “The music will be a lot like Still Standing in the sense that it’s real and really about things that I’ve experienced, but it’s also from a very mature place.”
CHRISTINA MILIAN LANDS ACTING ROLE
Wanna know what Christina Milian has been up to? In addition to raising her daughter, Violet, the singer has landed a role in the upcoming ABC Family series, Maid In Miami. Deadline.com reports the actress will likely take the leading lady in the TV project, which follows a young maid who is also an aspiring singer. The show debuts early next year.
· Milian has also acted in Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Be Cool, Pulse, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Bring It On: Fight to the Finish.
JOJO TALKS “MARVIN’S ROOM” REMIX, DUET WITH DRAKE
We caught up with JoJo in L-A just a couple of days before Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards to talk about the buzz she created by remixing Drake’s “Marvin’s Room.” The singer told us what inspired the song (See Related Cut #5) and she also told us why she wants to duet with Drizzy (See Related Cut #6). In related news, the singer has issued “Disaster,” which is the first official single from her oft-delayed third album, Jumping Trains. Head to her official fansite to hear it now!