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LUDACRIS TALKS NEW ALBUM

According to AllHipHop.com, Ludacris is spilling new details regarding his upcoming album, Ludaversal. When asked what fans should expect from the project, the rapper said, “People can expect me to take it to a level they know I’m capable of.” He added, “If anybody has doubts, I have no problem continuing to prove myself. And I have no problem slapping the ones who’re sleeping to make them wake up. It’s about consistency.”

– Luda’s new film, Fast Five, co-stars Vin Diesel and is due in theaters this Friday (4/29).

– Ludaversal is due in stores in early 2012.

BEYONCE NOT PERFOMING AT ROYAL WEDDING

By now, you may have heard that Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z have been invited to attend and take stage during Prince William and Kate Middleton’s upcoming wedding on April 29th. However, her rep has told Enterntainment Tonight, “The ceremony is not on her schedule and she has a shoot in New York on Saturday (April 30).” Looks like Bey won’t be performing after all.

· It is unknown if Hova will take stage at the royal affair.

COMMON TO STAR IN NEW MOVIE

According to HipHopDX.com, Common will reportedly star in an upcoming independent film titled L.U.V. The rapper will portray the uncle of a 13-year-old who is seeking a better life. While it’s unknown when the movie will open, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton and Megan Good are attached.

· Common said of his character, “‘Vincent’ is a uniquely conflicted character. I found an appeal in his desire to move past his failures and onto the right track, and the challenges that presents.”

ARETHA’S BUCKET LIST…

Aretha Franklin sat down with People Magazine to talk about all the things she wants to do before she dies. The Queen of Soul revealed that her bucket list includes sailing the Nile River, seeing the Pyramids and the Sphinx, starring on Broadway and having tea with the Queen of England. The 69-year-old doesn’t know when she’ll start checking things off this list since she is “really taking far better care of [herself]” and “feel fabulous.”

RICK ROSS TO PERFORM AT BMI SHOWCASE

Rick Ross has been tapped to perform during BMI’s 14th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase. The rapper will be joined by Travis Porter, Ace Hood and Sean Garrett. The event takes place at The Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta on Wednesday, May 18th. In related news, Rozay’s compilation album, Self Made, will be available on May 24th.

· If you want to attend, limited advance tickets can be purchased today at Ticketmaster for $25.

FORMER DESTINY’S CHILD ARRESTED

TMZ reports a former member of Destiny’s Child was arrested over the weekend. Farrah Franklin was booked and released for disorderly conduct around 6:45 AM on Saturday morning. Details are sparse but alcohol was definitely involved in the arrest.

· The singer, who was the replacement for LaTavia and LeToya Luckett in February 2000, is currently working on her debut album.

RYAN LESLIE DEBUTS FIRST VIDEO FROM LES IS MORE

Ryan Leslie debuted his new video for “Glory,” a track about resisting being labeled in the music industry. The song is from the BET and GRAMMY Award nominee’s highly anticipated album, Les Is More, which is set to be released on July 4, 2011.

BRUNO MARS GOES PLATINUM

Bruno Mars is officially a worldwide hit. The singer’s 2010 debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, has now been certified platinum for sales over one-million units in the U-S, the U-K, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. He’s also now sold 14-million singles worldwide. See him live when his Hooligans in Wondaland tour with Janelle Monae kicks off in New York on May 4th.

BRITNEY’S REMIXED WITH NICKI MINAJ AND KE$HA

Just days after it was leaked on Friday, Britney Spears dropped her official remix of “Till the World Ends,” which features Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha. The song, which was written by Ke$ha, was produced by Dr. Luke and Dream Machine. Spears and Minaj have been hanging out a lot in the lead-up to their summer tour. They were together at the Factory nightclub on Friday night after Minaj’s show in Los Angeles. Spears later tweeted, “Early rehearsal after a late night with my girl @NickiMinaj. Can’t WAIT to get out on the road with you.”

BIEBER AND GOMEZ TOP AOL’S REGAL POP COUPLES LIST

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez top AOL’s Regal Pop Couples list. The list was compiled just in time for Friday’s Royal Wedding. Beyonce and Jay-Z, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, and Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys round out the top five. Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani and Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore are also on the list.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA OPENS UP

While it has been a whirlwind year for Christina Aguilera, things seem to be looking up for the recently divorced singer. Her stint as a vocal coach on NBC’s The Voice kicks off tonight and she admitted to USA Today that she is in a more positive space now. Over the past year, Aguilera’s Bionic album under-performed, as her marriage ended. She said she was humbled by her divorce and everything else she has been through. The Voice films in Los Angeles and has allowed Aguilera to stay near her son, Max, and begin recording her new album. Christina says the next record will focus on her personal evolution. The Voice airs tonight on NBC at 9 PM Eastern.

· Aguilera says The Voice represents a new beginning for her in every sense. “Being in this business for quite a few years now, sometimes you do take things for granted. I’ve had my ups and I’ve had my downs. You have to take the good with the bad in this business. It gets me back to the root of why I got into this business, and that’s real, raw talent.”

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