Lil Wayne & Cash Money Donate Turkeys -x- More Added to VH1 Divas -x- T.I.’ s New Album Title -x- Rihanna Causes Stir Overseas AGAIN… -x-
LIL WAYNE DONTATES TURKEYS
Lil Wayne has given back to his hometown of New Orleans by handing out free turkeys to people in old neighborhood. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better. Even though it’s an annual Cash Money tradition, Weezy told MTV News, “It’s actually been my first time back here for the past eight or nine years, and they’ve been doing this for 15 years.” Luckily Wayne found time in his schedule to personally hand out turkeys and says, “Now it’s a totally different feeling, because I can actually give you that and say, ‘Here, happy Thanksgiving.’ I can do that, and I can provide that for you.” Head over to MTV.com for more.
HOW WILL.I.AM GOT MICK JAGGER TO RECORD WITH HIM
Will.i.am explained to Rolling Stone backstage at the American Music Awards how he recently got Mick Jagger to work with him. The Rolling Stones frontman is featured on the track “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” off will’s album #willpower. Will says, “You play your music and the first thing someone says, ‘Who’s gonna be on it? So I think of the hardest thing ever. And it happened, Mick Jagger.” The Black Eyed Peas man explained that Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine, who always wanted to work with Jagger, made the collaboration happen, and even decided to produce the track. #willpower is out next year.
NEW PERFORMERS ADDED TO VH1 DIVAS
We’ve just learned that Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and Travie McCoy have all been added to the list of performers who’ll take the stage at the upcoming show, VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul. The new acts will join previously confirmed headlining divas including Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J. and Jill Scott. Taking place inside New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul premieres on Monday, December 19th at 9 PM on VH1.
· The new group of performers will pay tribute to cities of soul music including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia.
DRAKE BEGINS THIRD STUDIO ALBUM
According to HipHopDX.com, Drake has reportedly begun recording the follow-up to his sophomore effort, Take Care. Even though his latest disc was released a week ago, Drizzy revealed, “I started writing the intro to my project last night.” He added, “I found the sample and I started piecing together the story of where I’m at in my life.” The news comes after first week projections put Take Care at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with estimated sales of over 700-thousand copies.
T.I. ANNOUNCES ALBUM TITLE
According to Billboard.com, T.I. has announced that his next studio album will be titled Trouble Man. In addition, the follow-up to last year’s No Mercy will have a party theme and the first single is called “Pyro.” Tip said of the disc, “A lot of times I’m taking myself out of my element.” He added, “This is the first project where I’m talking about things that I’ve experienced before that I’m not necessarily experiencing now because I’m not doing a whole lot of partying. I do a little bit but not a lot… nothing like when I was in that life.” No word on when we’ll hear the first track, we’ll keep you posted.
· This marks the rapper’s eighth studio album.
KELLY ROWLAND TO REUNITE WITH HER FATHER
According to U-K’s The Sun, Kelly Rowland has revealed plans to reunite with her estranged father, Christopher Rowland, next month. The former Destiny’s Child singer is going to meet up with her dad on Christmas day and explained, “It’s really important just to forgive my father… because tomorrow is not promised to us.” She added, “It’s important to forgive people and we move on, we have to…the pain is there, of course it will be there, and it’s important to know that forgiveness is the first step towards healing.” As previously reported, Kelly’s dad walked out of her life 20 years ago.
MOBB DEEP DROP NEW VIDEO OFF EP
According to AllHipHop.com, Mobb Deep recently premiered the video for their new offering, “Dead Man Shoes.” You can watch the gritty visual via their official website now. The cut is lifted from the rap duo’s much-talked-about EP, Black Cocaine, which is available in stores now.
RIHANNA CAUSES STIR OVERSEAS
Rihanna accepted the American Music Award for Favorite R&B/Soul Album for Loud from the U-K on Sunday night. She is on tour overseas and recently caused some controversy when performing on The X Factor in England. For her performance, she wore a plaid dress and clunky punk shoes with writing scrawled all over them, and one phrase on the footwear had some people up in arms. According to The Telegraph, the words “F*** Off” were written on RiRi’s shoes. While the offensive statement may have left audiences a bit shocked, a spokesperson for the show played down the controversy. They showed no close ups of her shoes on the telecast. In other Rihanna news, her video for “We Found Love” has been banned from being played before 10 PM in France. The officials at the Supreme Audiovisual Council of France have deemed the video, which includes drug use, sex and domestic violence, inappropriate for viewing before that hour. Rihanna released her Talk That Talk album on Monday.
JUSTIN BIEBER AND JADEN SMITH RELEASE NEW COLLABO
According to the New York Post, Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith have released a new duet, a cover of “Thinking About You” by Frank Ocean. Smith raps on the track while Bieber lends his vocals to the R&B tune. Bieber and Smith released their first musical collaboration, “Never Say Never,” in 2010. It was the theme song for The Karate Kid remake, starring Smith.