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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.