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KELLY ROWLAND DROPS “KEEP IT BETWEEN US” VIDEO
Kelly Rowland is not done promoting her latest album, Here I Am. The singer has just unleashed the visual for her newest single, “Keep It Between Us.” The clip was shot in Paris and includes actor Lance Gross as the former Destiny Child singer’s love interest. If you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and pick up Here I Am, today.
CHRIS BROWN’S GUEST FEATURES CONTINUES TO GROW
Since Chris Brown is refusing to do interviews, fans have to rely on his Twitter page to find out news surrounding his upcoming album, Fortune. So far, Breezy has announced that the follow-up to F.A.M.E. will include contributions from will.i.am, David Guetta, Asher Roth, Wiz Khalifa, Nas and Kid Sister. If that’s not enough, there’s whispers that Brown is looking to invite even more acts. Be sure to look out for Fortune when the disc arrives in March.
- Are you excited for the album?
After passing away on January 20th, the memorial and funeral arrangements for Etta James have been announced. CNN reports there will be a public viewing on Friday at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, California. In addition, there will be a private funeral service the following day where Rev. Al Sharpton will preside over the service. The “At Last” singer died on Friday at the age of 73 after battling leukemia, dementia and hepatitis C.
- The funeral will take place at Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena, California.
NE-YO FINDS NEW LABEL HOME AT MOTOWN
After parting ways with Def Jam, Ne-Yo has reportedly has signed to Motown Records and has been appointed Senior Vice President of A&R. Billboard.biz reports the singer will also bring his Compound Entertainment imprint to his new label home. Ne-Yo in a statement, “I’m honored that I’ve been given such a prestigious title and trusted with such responsibility; terrified because I know that playing this role in the fashion of one of my career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson—these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it.” Ne-Yo’s fifth album, The Cracks in Mr. Perfect, is due this summer.
- The crooner released four albums on Def Jam.
NICKI MINAJ BREAKS RECORD WITH “STUPID HOE” VIDEO
Is there anything Nicki Minaj can’t do? The Young Money fem-cee has reportedly broken a record on Vevo for having the highest single video views within the first 24 hours of release. After releasing her Hype Williams-directed visual to “Stupid Hoe,” the Queens native racked up 4.8-million views. In related news, her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, is set for an April 3rd release.
COMMON DOESN’T KNOW WHEN DRAKE BEEF WILL END
We’re still scratching our heads over the beef brewing between Common and Drake. During an interview with Bossip.com, the Chicago native touched on when he plans to patch things up with Drizzy. He explained, “I really honestly don’t know how things will end. I just want to put out there that it’s not a thing where I don’t like him as a human being or like I got something against him personally. That’s not what it is.” Common feels that since Drake took the first jab, “If you come at me, I’ma fight until the end. I’m not talking about physical. I’m talking about emceeing.” Be sure to pick up his latest album, The Dreamer, The Believer, which is out now.
TYGA TO COLLABORATE WITH NICKI, NAS ON CARELESS WORLD
XXLMag.com reports that Tyga is cooking up some great music for his upcoming album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King. The Young Money rapper revealed that his label mate, Nicki Minaj, will appear on the project on a track called “Muthf**cka Up.” He stated, “That one is one of them going in type songs. Like how Lil Wayne had ‘A Milli.’ One of those Young Money records that people love. We got a crazy visual for that one, too.” In addition, the “Rack City” rapper says Nas contributed guest verses on a record called “King And Queens,” which he says is “a real classic song. People are gonna like it.” Be sure to look out for Careless World: Rise of the Last King on February 21st.
NEW JOHN LEGEND SINGLE LEAKS!
The newly engaged John Legend is readying another album and he recently released a new song called “Tonight (Best You Ever Had).” The track includes guest verses from Ludacris and will also appear on the upcoming soundtrack for the film Think Like a Man. Check it out now at SoundCloud.com.
JENNIFER HUDSON’S FAMILY MURDERS TRIAL WILL BE ON TV?
We previously told you that a trial date has been set for the murder case of Jennifer Hudson’s three family members. According to CBS Chicago, the forthcoming trial might allow cameras and microphones in courtrooms. This means the entire case against William Balfour could be televised due to new provisions decided by the Illinois Supreme Court. We will keep you updated.
- Balfour pled not guilty to the murders of Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew back in October of 2008.
JUSTIN BIEBER CAUSES SPIKE IN CANADIAN ORGAN DONORS
Justin Bieber caused a spike in Canadian donor registrations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it all started when 20-year-old Helene Campbell made a personal plea via Twitter to raise the number of organ donors as she awaits a lung transplant in Toronto. Bieber responded to Campbell’s request by retweeting her plea to his 16-million followers. By Sunday, the Trillium Gift of Life Network’s BeADonor.ca website reported 565 new donors. A post then appeared on the life-saving organization’s Facebook page that reads, “Thanks to Helene, her team, and all the Bielibers out there!” Now there are over one-thousand new donors listed on the site.
SNOOP DOGG TO LAUNCH CIGAR BRAND
Snoop Dogg has recently announced on his official website plans to launch his own cigar line. The rapper’s brand, which is described to have tobacco made with the “highest quality,” is called Executive Branch and will be released during this year’s Coachella Music Festival. In addition, the cigars will be sold for just 99-cents a pack with two in each package.
The tobacco was imported from the Dominican Republic.
BRANDY TO RECORD DUET WITH DRAKE?
According to TrueExclusives.com, Brandy hinted at wanting to work with Drake on the follow-up to 2008’s Human. She said of the Young Money rapper, “I love Drake. I think Drake is just so phenomenal. I love his music. I’m always wishing that I can just sing one of Drake’s melodies.” The singer says that Drizzy might pen a song for the project, which is slated to arrive this May. The news comes just as Brandy confirmed that she has collaborated again with Monica.
The disc will include collaborations with Frank Ocean, Bangladesh and Chris Brown.
BEYONCE, JAY-Z DONATE BABY GIFTS TO CHARITY
Ever since Blue Ivy Carter was born, Beyonce and Jay-Z have been heavily scrutinized by the media for allegedly being given special treatment inside New York City’s Lenox Hill hospital. However, the couple recently did a good deed by donating expensive gifts to charity. A source told the Daily Star newspaper, “Oprah Winfrey gave a huge trunk of children’s books and others like P. Diddy, Kanye West, Rihanna and Mariah Carey have all been sending luxurious baby treats.” The source adds, “They’ve already got the most precious gift – their new baby daughter – so they want to help out other parents who haven’t been as fortunate.”
MELANIE FIONA RELEASES NEW SONG FROM MF LIFE
According to Rap-Up.com, Melanie Fiona has unleashed a new Motown-inspired song called “Wrong Side of a Love Song.” The track will reportedly appear on the singer’s her sophomore album, The MF Life, which is scheduled to arrive on May 8th.
DRAKE UPSET BY “DRAKE” FOREHEAD TATTOO
Do you remember that female fan who decided to get the word “Drake” tattooed across her forehead? Well according to XXLMag.com, Drake has sent one of his bodyguards to see the Los Angeles tattoo artist named Kevin Campbell, who was responsible for the ink. Campbell announced on Twitter that Drake’s security went inside the shop to speak to him while Drizzy remained outside in the vehicle. He wrote, “[Drake] really made himself more like a sweet bitch with that move!” As previously reported, Drizzy said during recent interviews that Campbell was a real “a**hole” for tattooing that on her forehead and should lose his job.
KELLY ROWLAND TO TRIBUTE MARIAH AT BET HONORS
According to BET.com, Kelly Rowland has signed on to serve as one of the performers who will pay tribute to Mariah Carey during this year’s BET Honors. The singer is expected to perform some of Carey’s hit songs during the fifth annual show. As previously reported, BET Honors will premiere during Black History Month, on Monday, February 13th at 9 PM.
Do you think Kelly can hit Mariah’s high notes?
LIL WAYNE RELEASING PRISON MEMOIR
The Associated Press reports Lil Wayne has decided to author his first book. The rap mogul has teamed with Grand Central Publishing to put out Gone Til November, which is chronicles Weezy’s stint at Rikers Island and includes some of the open letters he sent to his fans. The rapper’s literary effort is slated to arrive in bookstores on November 28th.
The rapper completed eight months behind barsafter being found guilty for weapons possessions.
JENNIFER HUDSON, NE-YO ISSUE SINGLE FROM THINK LIKE A MAN
To get people more excited about the upcoming film, Think Like a Man, the official title track with Jennifer Hudson, Rick Ross and Ne-Yo has been released. While the release date for the soundtrack is yet to be announced, you can expect the big-screen adaptation of Steve Harvey’s book to star Chris Brown, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good and more. Look for it in theaters on March 9th.
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.
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.
KREAYSHAWN COVERS COMPLEX
Kreayshawn graces the cover of Complex’s October/November issue and talks about her career beginnings and her current success. The Bay Area rapper stated, “I never made anything with the intention of signing a record deal. It was just for fun. The moment I realized I could get a record deal, was when I got a record deal. I didn’t see myself getting famous.” The “Gucci Gucci” fem-cee added, “People say, ‘You’re changing the game.’ I’m just being me. This is what I’ve been doing.” The issue hits newsstands on October 4th.
YELAWOLF ISSUES NEW VIDEO WITH LIL JON
To help get fans more excited about the upcoming release of his debut album, Yelawolf has issued the visual to his new single, “Hard White (Up in the Club).” The Lil Jon-assisted cut is the first offering from the rapper’s highly anticipated Radioactive LP, which is scheduled to arrive on October 24th via Shady Records.
SWIZZ BEATZ WORKING WITH CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
According to his official website, Swizz Beatz has landed a new role in helping designer Christian Louboutin create a signature sneaker. The fashion icon said of the hitmaker, “The wonderful thing to collaborate with someone like him is that you have no sense of boredom, no sense of exhaustion. It’s all great energy mixed with fun ideas.” He added that “Swizz is a colored mix of various influences” and that it was great working alongside him. Details about the new shoe are being kept under wraps, we’ll keep you posted.
· To keep up to date with Swizz, visit HauteLiving.com now
BIG SEAN WILL RECORD WHILE ON TOUR
Big Sean is gearing up for his I Am Finally Famous tour, but he’s also started working on his sophomore album. The G.O.O.D. Music artist told Rap-Up.com, “I already got one song for the next album. I’ma have a studio bus on this tour, so I’ma be bangin’ that s**t out every night.” Fans can expect Big Sean’s Finally Famous trek to begin on October 2nd in Asheville, North Carolina.
BEYONCE LOVES SHOPPING FOR MATERNITY CLOTHES
While promoting the launch of her new House of Deréon line, Beyonce recently spilled to CNN what she enjoys most about her pregnancy. The diva revealed how “difficult” it was to conceal her baby bump before she announced that she was expected her first child and added, “Now that I can be proud and excited about it, I’m having so much fun shopping. It’s great.” Bey went on to say that the sex of the child has not been revealed just yet and explained that she’s “so delighted” about sharing a child with her husband, Jay-Z.
· Beyonce has been nominated for two MTV EMAs, including one for Best Female! The MTV EMAs 2011 will air on Sunday, November 6th from Belfast, Ireland.
J COLE ADDRESS ALBUM LEAK
We just got the chance to check out J. Cole’s new record, “Nobody’s Perfect” featuring Missy Elliot, as well as other songs that leaked from his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. He recently told Vibe.com how he feels about the songs coming out before the project hits stores. Cole stated, “I feel blessed. There’s been worse leaks than that so I understand it’s a part of the game, I always understood that. As long as people hear it together, it’s cool.” Be sure to pick up World: The Sideline Story next Tuesday.
· The disc is available for pre-sale on iTunes now.
RIHANNA TO DROP NEW SINGLE NEXT MONTH!
Rihanna will release “We Found Love” as the first single off her upcoming sixth album. The singer took to Twitter to make the announcement. The song was produced by Calvin Harris, who toured with RiRi earlier this summer, and will hit radio on October 11th.
· TWEET: Rihanna’s tweet: “NP: “WE FOUND LOVE. We in dis bitch! … ‘We Found Love’ is trending WORLDWIDE…!”
· Rihanna will appear on Coldplay’s new album, Mylo Xyloto, on the track “Princess of China.”
BOYZ II MEN ISSUE TRACKLIST FOR TWENTY
Boyz II Men are gearing up to celebrate their 20 years in the music industry by releasing a new album, aptly titled Twenty. The 21-track double disc includes smash hits as well as new material and boasts contributions from Charlie Wilson, Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Dallas Austin and Teddy Riley. While the LP won’t arrive until October 25th, you can check out the tracklist now:
2. “So Amazing”
3. “Put Some Music On”
5. “More Than You’ll Ever Know” feat. Charlie Wilson
6. “I Shoulda Lied”
7. “Benefit of a Fool”
8. “Refuse to Be the Reason”
9. “One More Dance”
10. “Will You Be There”
12. “One Up for Love”
14. “On Bended Knee”
15. “Four Seasons of Loneliness”
16. “Water Runs Dry”
17. “A Song for Mama”
18. “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”
19. “I’ll Make Love to You”
20. “End of the Road”
21. “Not Like You”
MTV EUROPE AWARD NOMINATIONS RELEASED
In case you missed it, Lady GaGa leads the nominees up for the 2011 MTV EMAs with six nominations. Following close behind the pop star are Adele, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars, who each scored four nods, while Coldplay earned three. Be sure to catch the event when it airs on November 6th at 4 PM Eastern from Belfast’s Odyssey Arena. Visit the official website for the 2011 MTV EMAs for a full list of nominees.
· A new category is being introduced this year called Biggest Fans, which recognizes the most passionate fans of an artist.
TYRESE ISSUES NEW VIDEO FOR “STAY”
Following the video for “I Gotta Chick,” Tyrese recently dropped the visual for his latest single, “Stay.” The clip includes a cameo from actress Taraji P. Henson, who portrays his love interest. In related news, the crooner’s new album, Open Invitation, will hit stores on November 1st.
NE-YO ENGAGED, EXPECTING ANOTHER BABY!
The news is out that Ne-Yo is not only expecting another child with his longtime girlfriend, Monyetta Shaw, but he’s also engaged! Us Weekly confirmed that this will be the singer’s second baby with Shaw, who delivered a healthy baby girl named Madilyn Grace in November 2010. The couple is expected to deliver next month.
BLACK EYED PEAS PREP CONCERT 4 NYC
The Black Eyed Peas will perform in New York City’s Central Park on September 30th. The Concert 4 NYC was originally scheduled for June 9th, but was canceled due to extreme weather conditions. It will mark the first show in Central Park for the multi-platinum group. The concert will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation and its mission to fight poverty in New York City. Proceeds from the show will also fund the creation of three new sites for The Black Eyed Peas’ Peapod Academies in New York City.
· Individuals who won or purchased tickets for the June 9th concert who want to attend the September 30th show should watch for an email with instructions on how to claim replacement tickets for the concert. A small number of VIP tickets will be available for sale at BlackEyedPeas.RobinHood.org.
FALL ALBUM RELEASE SCHEDULE
Fans should begin marking their calendars as there’s a ton of great albums coming up this fall. We’ve compiled a list of projects that you should be on the lookout for – including Drake’s Take Care and Monica’s New Life. Here ya go:
J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story
Jason Derulo – Future History
DJ Drama – Third Power
Drake – Take Care
Yelawolf – Radioactive
Gym Class Heroes – The Papercut Chronicles II
Boyz II Men – Twenty
Wale – Ambition
Tyrese – Open Invitation
Dev – The Night the Sun Came Up
Maino – Day After Tomorrow
Justin Bieber – Christmas album
Lil Twist – Don’t Get It Twisted
Mac Miller – Blue Slide Park
Robin Thicke – Love After War
Nicole Scherzinger – Killer Love
Tyga – Careless World: Rise of The Last King
Mary J. Blige – My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act I)
Birdman – Bigga Than Life
Jay Sean – Freeze Time
Common – The Dreamer, The Believer
Monica – New Life
Melanie Fiona – The MF Life
Bow Wow – Underrated
Leona Lewis – Glassheart
CHRIS BROWN REACTS TO CNN’S ANDERSON COOPER
Shortly after learning that CNN host Anderson Cooper publicly bashed Chris Brown’s involvement in the upcoming romantic comedy, Think Like A Man, the singer responded on Twitter. Cooper criticized the crooner for attacking then-girlfriend Rihanna and added that Chris wasn’t the right person for the film, which is based on how to treat women, Breezy wrote, “Guess people need ratings!!! Lol!!! It’s cool. Much love!”
KELLY ROWLAND LANDS ROLE IN SITCOM?
According to TheYBF.com, Kelly Rowland is going to star in her own sitcom on a major network. Details are sparse but the former Destiny’s Child member is expected to film a pilot for the yet-to-be titled show in January 2012. The news comes just a few days after Rowland was tapped to star in the upcoming romantic comedy, Think Like A Man.
· Her acting credits include Seat Filler, Mama I Want To Sing!, and Freddy vs. Jason.
ODD FUTURE BOOK COMING OUT
According to PictureBoxInc.com, Odd Future have reportedly landed a publishing deal to release their first book, Golf Wang. According to the description, fans can expect the literary effort to include Odd Future’s “own photography, design, and writing. This is a glimpse into a creative world that crosses skating, hip-hop, mischief and brilliance.” You can pick up your copy on November 15th.
· After scoring two guest spots on Watch The Throne, Frank Ocean has earned his first cover story with Fader magazine.
GAME’S R.E.D. TRACKLIST SURFACES
According to Rap-Up.com, Game has finally released the official tracklist for his highly anticipated R.E.D. Album. The rapper’s fourth studio effort includes guest spots from Lil Wayne, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Nelly Furtado, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, the Creator, Young Jeezy and Chris Brown while Dr Dre narrates throughout. Be sure to pick up your copy on August 23rd.
· Here’s the tracklisting:
1. “Dr. Dre (Intro)”
2. “The City” feat. Kendrick Lamar
3. “Drug Test” feat. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, & Sly
4. “Martians vs. Goblins” feat. Tyler, the Creator & Lil Wayne
5. “Red Nation” feat. Lil Wayne
6. “Dr. Dre 1 (Interlude)”
7. “Good Girls Go Bad” feat. Drake
9. “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”
10. “Heavy Artillery” feat. Rick Ross & Beanie Sigel
11. “Paramedics” feat. Young Jeezy
12. “Speakers on Blast” feat. E-40 & Big Boi
13. “Hello” feat. Lloyd
14. “All the Way Gone” feat. Mario & Wale
15. “Pot of Gold” feat. Chris Brown
16. “Dr. Dre 2 (Interlude)”
17. “All I Know” feat. Luu Breeze
18. “Born in the Trap”
19. “Mama Knows” feat. Nelly Furtado
20. “California Dream”
21. “Dr. Dre (Outro)”
WAKA FLOCKA, GUCCI TO BE ON MTV RAPFIX
We’ve just learned Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame are scheduled to sit down with MTV News’ Sway to talk about their joint album, Ferrari Boyz, on MTV’s RapFix Live. The duo will talk about everything from their legal troubles to their new singles, “PacMan” and “She Be Puttin’ On.” Be sure to tune in today (8/10) at 4 PM Eastern on MTV.com.
· Ferrari Boyz is out now.
NE-YO REMIXES “OTIS”
We previously reported that Ne-Yo has begun working on a new mixtape and now, the singer has leaked a remixed version of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis.” On the revamped track, the crooner surprisingly flexes his rap skills. Head over to his official fansite to listen to the tune and be on the lookout for his upcoming project, titled 101, to drop soon.
· The mixtape will be hosted by comedian Kevin Hart.
WATCH THE THRONE FIRST WEEK SALE PREDICTIONS!
According to Billboard.com, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s much talked about Watch The Throne LP is expected to sell between 400 to 500-thousand in its first week. The disc will more than likely claim number one on the Billboard 200 chart and will become the second largest debut of this year behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. The official numbers will be available next week.
JAY-Z, KANYE ARE NUMBER ONE ON ITUNES
According to the Universal Music Group, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne has become the number one digital album in the country. If that’s not enough, the rap duo’s first joint effort also claimed the top spot on iTunes in 19 other countries, including the U-K, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, Greece, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia. Fans will be able to purchase a physical copy of the set on Friday.
NICKI MINAJ TALKS ICE AGE ROLE
During an interview with MTV News, Nicki Minaj spoke about how she landed her first movie role in the forthcoming film, Ice Age: Continental Drift. The “Super Bass” rapper stated, “The original role that I was up for I didn’t get so I said, ‘Oh, OK, whatever.’ I was really mad, and the next thing you know, they called me and they said, ‘We wrote in a part just for you ’cause we really want you to be a part of this movie.’” The Queens native joins Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah and Drake in the 3D animated film, which is slated to hit theaters next year.
· Do you think this will lead to more roles for Nicki
YOUNG DRO GIVES UPDATE ON T.I.
Wanna know how T.I. is holding up while he completes his prison sentence? AllHipHop.com caught up with Young Dro to find out if he’s spoken to Tip recently. The Grand Hustle artist stated, “When he gets home, things are going to be very different.” As for people assuming legal troubles will continue to follow T.I., Dro added, “We entitled to 2-3 falls, as long as you make good on it. Fall and get back up. Because he ain’t no evil person, we will prosper and come back even better.” The incarcerated rapper is currently locked up for probation violation and is supposed to be released sometime in September.
· Dro added that Tip has been ordering new sneakers online and is excited to be released next month.
PLANET ROCK: THE STORY OF HIP HOP TO AIR SOON
In the upcoming special, Vh1’s Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation, viewers will get a first-hand account from dealers-turned-rappers. This documentary is the first to connect hip-hop and the crack epidemic with exclusive interviews from survivors that include Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill’s B-Real and The Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Raekwon. Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation premieres Sunday, September 18th at 10 PM Eastern on Vh1.
CEE-LO DIDN’T KNOW HE HAD A NEW VIDEO?
The video for Cee-Lo’s next single “Cry Baby” has just been released, and it features Jaleel White, a-k-a “Steve Urkel,” lip-syncing the words to the song, while Cee-Lo is nowhere to be found. It’s being called the “official” video online, but is it possible that the Goodie Mob singer didn’t know anything about it? Cee-Lo wrote on Twitter that he had “no idea” they were shooting a video for the tune, but that he heard “it’s cool though.” He has to be joking, right?
· Check yesterday’s post to see the video!
STARS AIM TO HELP EAST AFRICA FOOD CRISIS
Lady Gaga, Eminem, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Shakira, Kanye West and 150 other stars are combining their social media might to raise awareness about the growing food crisis in East Africa. They’ll each take to Twitter and Facebook pages today with the goal of raising awareness and funds for the nearly 10-million people facing starvation in Somalia and across East Africa.
· One-million children in Somalia alone face starvation if help is not delivered now. Save the Children and other aid agencies have launched a huge emergency response across the region and are on the ground delivering life-saving aid.
· A short film has been created by award-winning director Kevin MacDonald using Bob Marley’s 1973 song “High Tide or Low Time.” It can be downloaded via iTunes, on ImGonnaBeYourFriend.org or viewed on the Bob Marley Facebook page.
NEW MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM!
The anticipated album of newly completed recordings from Michael Jackson titled Michael will be released on December 14th. Right now, you can hear a teaser for the project at MichaelJackson.com. Starting Monday, the world premiere of “Breaking News,” a full track from the album, will stream on the site for one week only. Before his sudden death in June 2009, Jackson was writing and recording songs continuously everywhere from a friend’s home in New Jersey to studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a small group of handpicked collaborators.
LIL WAYNE’S FIRST TWEET AFTER PRISON STINT
Just hours after being released from Riker’s Island on Thursday morning, DJ Scoob Doo posted a Twitpic of Lil Wayne enjoying a cigar near his laptop with a glass of wine. The rapper tweeted to his 890-thousand plus followers: “aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk!” Be sure to visit MTV.com for a full breakdown of what Wayne did during his first 72 hours of freedom.
SWIZZ BEATZ TO TEACH AT NYU
Swizz Beatz has just announced that he’s been appointed as the first Producer In Residence at New York University for The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. The hitmaker said in a statement, “I’m excited to be able to take my many years of experience in the music business and use it as an example to instruct students. The invitation from Mr. Davis is humbling and I’m honored.” Students can expect Beatz to take part in group lectures, mentoring programs and music critiques for the remainder of the semester. Nice!
T.I. TO RELEASE NO MERCY FROM PRISON
Billboard.com has learned T.I. intends to release his oft-delayed album, now titled No Mercy, while he’s incarcerated for violating the terms of his probation. The follow-up to 2008’s Paper Trail will include contributions from Chris Brown, Kanye West, Eminem, Christina Aguilera and The-Dream. The disc arrives on December 7th. In related news, Tip has served three days of his eleven month sentence inside Arkansas’ Forrest City Correctional facility.
DIDDY, NE-YO TO PERFORM AT THE AMAS
We’ve just learned Ne-Yo and Diddy–Dirty Money have been announced as performers at the 2010 American Music Awards. The entertainers join previously confirmed performers including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, P!nk and Usher. Viewers will be able to watch the event live from Los Angeles when it airs on ABC Sunday, November 21st at 8 PM.
REAL RICK ROSS DROPS CASE AGAINST RICK ROSS
We’ve just learned the multimillion dollar lawsuit filed by “Freeway” Ricky Ross against rapper Rick Ross has reportedly been dismissed. The convicted felon was looking to win ten-million dollars for trademark infringement since Rozay allegedly used his name without consent and gained significant profits. AllHipHop.com confirms the there is still a chance for Freeway to appeal the decision. We’ll keep you updated!
GUCCI’S CHARGES GET DROPPED
According to the Associated Press, Gucci Mane has reportedly been cleared of all charges filed against him stemming from his arrest on Tuesday. The rapper allegedly drove recklessly and damaged government property before being locked up in Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail. However, prosecutors have opted to drop the case for unknown reasons. We’ll keep you posted with further updates.
AKON LOVES BEING A CELEBRITY
Akon has accomplished so much since he first made a splash in the industry with “Locked Up” in 2004. Who knew he’d go on to evolve as an artist, discover new stars like Lady Gaga, introduce his clothing line, Konvict Clothing, and headline tours worldwide. He reflected on what the best part about being famous is (See Related Cuts #2 – #3). In related news, the singer is putting the finishing touches on his upcoming Stadium LP, which will arrive on November 22nd.
NEW DETAILS ON FAITH EVANS NEW FILM ROLE
SingersRoom.com has learned new information on Faith Evans taking the lead role in Blondie, the biopic about Florence Ballard, the original lead singer from The Supremes. The script will be based loosely on the book The Lost Supreme and Evans has reportedly spent time with Ballard’s family to learn more about the legendary singer. Fans can expect the Bille Woodruff-directed film to hit the big screen next summer with an accompanying soundtrack featuring Lauryn Hill, Kelly Price and others.
MARIO CLEARED OF ASSAULT CHARGE
Billboard.com reports Mario has been cleared of all assault charges for allegedly pushing his mother, Shawntia Hardaway, “eight feet into a living room wall” in their shared Baltimore apartment. Prosecutors had no choice but to drop the case after Hardaway changed her story and claimed that her son never touched her. She was under the influence of an unknown substance when she initially called the police last month. No further details are known at this time.
TREY SONGZ REMIXES KANYE’S “RUNAWAY”
Trey Songz is hard at work on a new mixtape titled #LemmeHolDatBeat. The singer, who’s notorious for making unofficial remixes, has just leaked the revamped version of Kanye West’s “Runaway.” Check out the new tune via Tremaine’s official website today!
Click HERE to hear it!
GAGA MAKES A VIDEO OF PEOPLE DRESS AS GAGA
If you went out on Halloween this year, then you almost certainly saw someone dressed up as Lady Gaga. Well the pop star asked people to send her pictures of themselves in their Gaga costumes, and she then proceeded to make a ten-minute long video of all the pics. Check out the compilation on YouTube now.
CIARA TURNING 25 YEARS OLD
On October 25th, Ciara turned 25 years old. The singer is looking forward to the release of her highly anticipated album, Basic Instinct, which will be available on December 14th.
SOULJA BOY TALKS BEING LYRICAL
In XXL’s November 2010 issue, Soulja Boy addressed why he chooses to make rap music that isn’t profoundly lyrical. As he grows as an artist so that people take him seriously, SB explained, “I don’t want to be super-Lupe-Fiasco-lyrical and n****s don’t know what the f**k I’m talking about.” Soulja just wants “to be the best” to where he’s “nominated for [a GRAMMY for] Best Rapper with Jay-Z and Kanye West and Lil Wayne.” In related news, the rapper’s upcoming album, The DeAndre Way, will be available on November 30th.
2010 MTV EMAS SET TO ROCK MADRID
This Sunday, the 2010 MTV EMAs take place live in Madrid, Spain. The annual awards show will be hosted by Eva Longoria and features performances by Kings of Leon, Linkin Park, Rihanna, Katy Perry, 30 Seconds to Mars, Kid Rock and many more. But just because the event is taking place across the pond doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy it! The 2010 MTV EMAs air on MTV2 on Sunday at 9 PM Eastern. Don’t miss it!
GAGA’S MONSTER BALL TOUR RIDER
Have you ever wondered what is on Lady Gaga’s rider while she is out on her Monster Ball tour? Well, a source tells The X magazine that the pop star demands different food and drink items, including Red Bull, Vitamin Water, dried mangos, a whole roasted chicken, honey and an oxygen tank, which she uses to preserve her voice. Learn more at ContactMusic.com.
NEW CHRISTINA SONGS FROM BURLESQUE SURFACE
According to ThatGrapeJuice.net, “Express” will be Christina Aguilera’s first single from the Burlesque soundtrack, which will arrive in stores on November 16th. The website also posted a clip from the film featuring Aguilera singing “I’m A Good Girl.” X-tina will perform a song from Burlesque on the American Music Awards, which will beam out from the Nokia Theater at LA Live on November 21st on ABC at 8 PM Eastern.
T.I. GETS DROPPED BY AXE
According to TMZ, T.I. has officially been removed as a spokesman for Axe
body spray. A rep for the company explained in a statement, “We will no
longer feature T.I. in our promotional campaign.” The news comes just days
after Tip learned that he will head back to prison for violating the terms
of his probation.
* Do you think this will affect his endorsement deal
with Rémy Martin Cognac?
B.O.B. NUMBER NINE ON MTV’S HOTTEST MC’S LIST
We’ve just learned B.o.B. has claimed the number nine spot on MTV’s annual
Top Ten Hottest MCs. The rap rookie’s debut album, The Adventures Of Bobby
Ray, gave birth to “Nothin’ On You” featuring Bruno Mars, “Airplanes”
featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore and “Magic” – all of which reached the
top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. After opening for Jay-Z and Eminem
at Comerica Park in Detroit, it’s clear the Grand Hustle artist has
officially made it. Fans can expect the final list to be revealed on Sunday,
October 24th on MTV2.
MARIAH TO APPEAR ON EXTREME MAKE OVER
MTV News confirms Mariah Carey made a surprise visit to Baker High School in
Florida to announce that cheerleading coach Finis Gaston will appear on
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Christmas has come early for the Gaston
family, who will head to Disney World until their new home is completed.
Viewers can watch this special episode when it airs on December 12th on ABC.
KANYE CONTEMPLATED SUICIDE
According to the Associated Press, Kanye West may have been riding high
during the L-A premiere of his new film, Runaway, but he revealed that there
were times when he contemplated suicide. The controversial rapper did not
specify when he considered taking his own life but he told the audience
right before the screening that he “will not give up on life again.” Ye
stated, “There’s so many people that will never get the chance to have their
voice heard. I do it for them.” You will be able to watch the rapper’s film
debut at 8 PM Eastern on MTV and BET on Saturday.
* After getting his initial artwork banned, MTV News reports
‘Ye has revealed that there will be five different covers for his highly
anticipated album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Be sure to grab the
physical copy on November 22nd.
KERI AND CIARA SQUASH THE BEEF
Good news! R&B singers Ciara and Keri Hilson have gone out of their way to
prove that there is no drama between them. During an UStream session on
Monday, the entertainers smiled and laughed together and stated that the
rumored beef is non-existent. Ci Ci added, “We’re women, supporting women,
uplifting each other.” There you have it.
WAKA’S BOOKING AGENT GETS SUED
According to TheBoomBox.com, Waka Flocka Flame’s booking agent is facing a
million dollar lawsuit for a missed concert appearance. In June 2009, the
“No Hands” rapper was expected to take the stage at a Birmingham night club,
but he never showed up. An Alabama-based promotions company, G.D.B., is
seeking over six figures in punitive damages and 60-thousand in deposits
from the booking agent and Waka’s manager/mom, Debra Antney. We’ll keep you
posted for further updates.
BEYONCE LAUNCHES TEMPORARY TATTOO LINE
According to NYMag.com, Beyonce Knowles has teamed with an airbrush make-up
company, Temptu, to create a new temporary tattoo line. The basic ink kits
will hit stores November 1st through Bey’s fashion company with her mom
Tina, House of Dereon. Tina said in a statement that the tattoos will
resemble “a Sixties-pinup-girl meets-futuristic-biker-chick theme.” She
explained all designs “are waterproof and designed to last for two to five
* The basic kits retail for $16 while the deluxe edition goes for $34
in Sephora stores.
JAY-Z AND BEYONCE RUMORS ARE TRUE!
Hip-hop power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce will reportedly welcome their first child together as new reports claim the Grammy-winning performer is pregnant. The singer’s close associates gave already confirmed the pregnancy.Rumors have swirled in the past about a pregnancy for singing sensation Beyonce Knowles and husband/rapper Jay Z. But this time, the rumors may be true. US Weekly magazine reported on Wednesday that ‘B’ -as Jay Z often refers to her- is in fact pregnant. The magazine says the exclusive comes with confirmation from close friends. Knowles, 29, is reportedly in her first trimester. (My Fox NY)
“Jay has been all about family since I met him, and he’s always going to be,” record executive Kevin Liles, who has known the rapper for years, tells Us. “I wish them the best.” Knowles’ sister Solange — and mom to Julez, 6 — agrees. “She’s got the most beautiful heart,” she tells Us of her big sis. “She’ll be a great mom.” (Us Magazine)
“I’d like to be a dad some day and I love children. You start your life with expectations and dreams, then life unfolds and it doesn’t always turn out the way you imagined. Life is what it is. And at this point it’s up to somebody else. I don’t think there is such thing as a perfect relationship. It is unrealistic and hoping for too much. I don’t think it is worth all that pressure. We also have our struggles and problems.” (Kingsize Magazine)
Last fall, speculation grew after Jay was quoted discussing their future family plans.
WILLOW EYES LADY GAGA COLLAB
During a recent interview, Willow Smith spilled that she would love to
collaborate with Lady Gaga. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s daughter admires
that the pop icon is “just so amazing, she’s a free person. She’s a free
girl, baby.” Just one day after releasing the video for “Whip My Hair,” the
nine-year-old singer revealed why she loves being signed to Jay-Z’s Roc
Nation label. She stated, “It’s amazing being on that label because it’s all
about having fun and being creative and doing what you want to do inside.”
It’s unknown if the young star has already begun working on her debut
effort, we’ll keep you posted.
* What is it about Willow Smith that separates her from
other artists? Do you think she has staying power?
OMARION HIT WITH HEFTY TAX LIEN
SingersRoom.com confirms Omarion reportedly owes the IRS over 110-thousand
dollars in unpaid taxes. The R&B singer failed to pay income taxes to the
state of California in 2003, 2005 and 2006. The real shocker is that the
former lead singer of B2K actually filed for bankruptcy back in January but
the case was never granted. He is yet to comment on the liens filed.
JOE BUDDEN BEHIND ON CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS
According to The Jersey Journal, there’s a warrant out for Joe Budden’s
arrest after he allegedly failed to pay over 13-thousand dollars in child
support payments. This is the second time the rapper has gotten in legal
trouble over child payments. Visit XXLMag.com to learn more!
SEAN GARRETT SIGNS TO JAY-Z’S ROC NATION
The ever-expanding roster for Jay-Z’s Roc Nation has just recruited a new
member. Despite negotiations with Lil Wayne’s Cash Money Records, Sean
Garrett has announced that he recently signed a deal with Roc
Nation/Columbia Records. The Pen, who just leaked the remix for “She Geeked”
featuring Busta Rhymes, Ludacris and Twista, will release his debut album
early next year!
* WHO’S ON ROC NATION? The artists on Roc Nation include Jay-Z, J.
Cole, Willow Smith, Bridget Kelly, Alexis Jordan and Rita Ora. The label
also manages acts like Wale, Melanie Fiona, The Ting Tings, Mark Ronson, DJ
Samantha Ronson and DJ Solange Knowles.
NE-YO PENS SONGS FOR BIEBER, UNDERWOOD
Billboard.com has learned Ne-Yo is not only putting the finishing touches on
his upcoming album, Libra Scale, but he’s also writing for other artists.
The “One In A Million” crooner explained that he’s “trying to expand, trying
to do it all” by penning songs for pop stars like including Justin Bieber,
Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Rihanna and Beyonce. Ne-Yo says of the Bieber
track that he delivered “tangible records, the kind of records that will
grow with [Justin] and allow his fans to grow with him.” The songwriter is
also looking to get studio time with Jennifer Hudson and Monica before he
releases Libra Scale on November 22nd.
MARC ANTHONY FORCED TO RESCHEDULE CONCERT
According to the Associated Press, Marc Anthony was forced to cancel a show
in Puerto Rico on Sunday night due to a severe sore throat. A doctor
ordered the singer to rest his voice for 48 hours. He’s set to take the
stage tonight for his rescheduled show at the Puerto Rico Coliseum. Anthony
performed a sold-out concert on Saturday night at the same venue. He was
joined on stage by his wife, Jennifer Lopez, for the final number of the
night, a duet of “Preciosa.”
DID GAGA ALMOST GET MARRIED IN GREECE?
Lady Gaga just finished a vacation in Greece with her rumored boyfriend, Luc
Carl, and apparently, the couple went through a “spiritual commitment”
ceremony while on the island of Crete. A source told Grazia magazine that
it was “their first step towards marriage,” and that they “exchanged rings”
and are planning a “big Italian-style wedding” sometime down the road.
We’ll keep you posted as more details become available.
WHO IS MADONNA’S SUPPOSED NEW MAN?
Some more info is coming out about Madonna’s supposed new boyfriend.
According to the New York Post, Brahim Zaibat is a French dancer and the
pair is said to have met at the launch of Madge’s new Material Girl fashion
line. The duo was rumored to be seen hooking up at a New York City club
LIL WAYNE: “PLEASE STOP SENDING MAIL”
With Lil Wayne spending the rest of his sentence in solitary confinement for
possessing music contraband, the rapper has tweeted that sending fan-mail
won’t be necessary. Wayne explained on Twitter, “I can no longer write my
fans” and requested “as difficult as this maybe to say, please stop sending
me mail. I love you and will see you soon.” Weezy will walk out of Riker’s
Island in less than a month, on November 4th.
LIL WAYNE TO CELEBRATE IN MIAMI
Birdman recently told MTV News what festivities have been planned for the
return of Lil Wayne. The CEO of Cash Money Records spilled that the
homecoming party for the mogul will take place in Miami. Birdman stated, “If
the concert happens, it happens. But right now, we just want to come home
and see our family and party, I think. That’s what we gonna do: just come to
Miami, and just party for a minute. Work and party and play. Have the whole
team out here, and we gonna do it up. Miami is gonna be Weezy world.” In
related news, I Am Not a Human Being currently sits on the number two spot
on the Billboard 200 chart with first week sales amassing over 110-thousand
JAZMINE SULLIVAN DELAYS ALBUM
After releasing two solid singles, “Holdin’ You Down (Goin’ In Circles)” and
“10 Seconds,” Jazmine Sullivan has decided to delay the release of her
forthcoming album, Love Me Back. The soulful singer was expected to drop her
sophomore LP on November 2nd, but the effort will now arrive on November
30th. Jaz will be going up against Keri Hilson’s No Boys Allowed and Ciara’s
Basic Instinct. R&B showdown anyone?
* Sullivan’s project will reportedly contain collaborations
with Salaam Remi, Los da Mystro, Toby Gad, No I.D. and Ne-Yo.
TREY SONGZ IS PROUD OF PPP
Trey Songz’s latest album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, is currently sitting at
the number seven position on the Billboard 200 chart. The “Can’t Be Friends”
singer told us that if you haven’t heard the disc in its entirety then
you’re really missing out.
RIHANNA PHOTO BOOK
Rihanna will be releasing a self-titled photography book that chronicles the
young singer’s life on the road and behind the scenes. According to
Rap-Up.com, the 144-page book captures Rihanna in photographs from Paris
Fashion Week, on her Ellen von Unwerth Rated R album shoot in Berlin,
performing at the American Music Awards, and in other candid moments out of
the spotlight. The book also features photography taken during the European
leg of her Last Girl on Earth tour in April 2010. It’s aptly called Rihanna
and will be available in paperback and hardcover editions on October 26th
through Rizzoli Publications.
* See some photos from the book HERE:
50 CENT GETS GIDDY ABOUT CHELESA HANDLER
TMZ has posted footage of 50 Cent being questioned by the paparazzi about
his rumored relationship with Chelsea Handler. The mogul was leaving Mr.
Chow in Beverly Hills and only giggled when asked if the pair is exclusive
or not. Check out the video and draw your own conclusions!
* Click HERE for the footage!
SWIZZ BEATZ RECORDING WITH BONO?
We recently caught up with Swizz Beatz to find out what’s going on with his
sophomore album and how many tracks he’s completed. The super-producer
dropped hints that his effort will include contributions from music greats
like Bono from U2. Fans can expect Haute Living to
arrive early next year.
JAMIE FOXX SUPPORTS DOWN SYNDROME FOUNDATION
During the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself charitable fundraising gala, Jamie Foxx
told ET Online about his sister, DeOndra Dixon, suffering from Down
Syndrome. The Oscar-winning actor said of his sister’s illness that he can’t
“call it a condition. I just call it living. … When she loves, she loves.
When she’s mad, she’s mad. When she’s happy, she’s happy, but she always
tells the truth.” The recent event reportedly helped raise funds to benefit
the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.
CEE-LO TALKS “F**K YOU”
According to NME, Cee-Lo Green says his collaboration with 50 Cent on his
catchy hit “F**k You” was unplanned. Green said the rapper had put his spin
on the tune just days after it was released. Then the pair took things even
further by recording a video. Green also says he plans on returning to
Gnarls Barkley soon and that he knows his partner Danger Mouse will make
time for the project.
JENNIFER HUDSON PERFORMS
On Tuesday night, Jennifer Hudson performed for the two-year anniversary of
Michigan Avenue Magazine in Chicago. The singer showed off her new physique
and showcased an awesome rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love
You.” In addition, Hudson told the press that her sophomore album will most
likely be completed early next year.
UPDATE ON DRAKE AND RIHANNA COLLAB
During a London listening session for Rihanna’s Loud album, an alternate
version of Ri Ri’s second single, “What’s My Name?” was played. 4Music.com
reports the song now includes newly recorded verses from Drake. The singer
said of the “young” and “playful” track, “We may even shoot a video for it.”
Nothing is confirmed just yet but we’ll keep you posted. Be sure to look for
Rihanna’s Loud when it lands in stores and online next month.
LADY GAGA & NE-YO TO GO COUNTRY?
It’s being reported that pop and R&B stars Lady Gaga and Ne-Yo are in talks
to record a country album. Ne-Yo told The Daily Star, “I’ve reached out to
GaGa and our people are talking. It would be amazing if we could do a
country and western record, something totally unexpected.” Ne-Yo is somewhat
familiar with the country scene after writing songs with Carrie Underwood in
GLEE CAST BEATS BEATLES RECORD
The Glee cast has passed the Beatles for most appearances among non-solo
acts in the 52-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. According to
Billboard, the cast of the hit FOX TV show scores six debuts on this week’s
chart, upping their sum to 75 Hot 100 chart entries, surpassing the Beatles’
71 charted titles. The series’ actors/singers bow with five covers of
Britney Spears songs, as well as Paramore’s “The Only Exception,” as
performed on the episode that aired on September 28th. Glee’s cover of
Spears’ “Toxic” is the chart’s highest debut, entering at number 16, selling
over 109-thousand downloads in one week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
* TIDBITS: The Beatles tallied their 71 Hot 100 titles between 1964
and 1996. With FOX and Columbia Records having released multiple songs to
digital retailers following each episode of Glee, the series’ cast will have
passed the Fab Four’s chart output in one year, four months and two weeks.
* The Glee cast will claim the third-most appearances among all acts
since the Hot 100 launched in August 1958. Only Elvis Presley with 108
charted songs and James Brown with 91 rank ahead of the cast.
* The Glee cast has sold 11.5-million downloads and over 2.8-million
albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
RICKY MARTIN AND MORE FOR NEW PSA
Ricky Martin, Elton John, Idina Menzel and Wanda Sykes teamed up with the
Give a Damn Campaign, a project of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, for a
public service announcement focusing on hate crimes based on sexual
orientation and gender identity. They all speak out about the need to bring
an end to these senseless acts of violence and intimidation.
BRUNO MARS DROPS DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS!
Bruno Mars has released his highly anticipated debut album, Doo-Wops &
Hooligans. The album’s first single, “Just The Way You Are,” has been the
number one song in the country for the past two weeks and follows some huge
hits that featured the singer, including Travie McCoy’s “Billioniare” and
B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You.” Mars told us about the best compliment he ever
“When people say man your voice is something refreshing, it’s
really new, and as an artist what more can you ask for to be not categorized
maybe, or he sounds like this, he sounds like this, someone came up to me
and said I never heard a voice like yours, I think that’s the best
compliment you can get.”
Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans album is in stores now.
IS GAGA AFRAID OF GHOSTS?
Here’s something from the
so-weird-it-can’t-be-true-but-it’s-Lady-Gaga-so-it-might-be file. According
to Britain’s Grazia magazine, the pop star is so afraid of evil spirits that
she won’t agree to stay in a hotel or perform at a venue unless it has been
scanned for paranormal activity. A source says that the “Bad Romance”
singer “won’t take any risks when she is on the road” and that it’s
“important to her to be safe from spirits.”
AMY WINEHOUSE BRINGS SHOW GOERS TO TEARS
Amy Winehouse surprised guests at a London charity show by taking the stage
and performing some tracks off of her forthcoming album. According to
British paper the Daily Mirror, the embattled singer-songwriter reduced
onlookers “to tears” with her short set, only had one drink, and left by
12:30 AM. The paper reports that she even had some nice advice to give to
the unsigned bands that also performed, telling them to never give up.
Winehouse’s follow-up to 2006′s Back to Black is due out early next year.