Kelly Rowland Q&A -x- Andre 3000 NOT Doing Hendrix Film -x- Q-Tip European Tour -x- MTV Music News


KELLY ROWLAND LIVE Q&A SESSION!

Wanna learn more about Kelly Rowland? The former Destiny’s Child member has agreed to appear on live Q&A session where she will talk about her upcoming album, Here I Am, her recent collaborations and much more. Fans can submit questions via Twitter. Be sure to head over to Billboard.com to watch the live chat on Monday at 4:30 PM Eastern.

· Her third solo effort drops on Tuesday.

· Rowland is scheduled to appear on the next episode of Vh1’s Single Ladies.

COMMON ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE 

Hip hop fans will be excited to know that Common’s upcoming album, The Dreamer, The Believer, will arrive just before Thanksgiving. A rep for Warner Bros has announced that the project will drop on November 22nd. Will you be buying?

JENNIFER LOPEZ SAYS SHE’S “HAPPY” 

Now that she’s separated from Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez traveled alone to perform for a million dollars at a wedding reception in the Ukraine. During her set, she asked a guest, “Are you happy?” adding, “I am happy, because I am here with you today!” Friends close to the American Idol judge tell Us Weekly, “She is jumping back into work and being a mom with all her energy and she is really excited. She feels like she has grown leaps and bounds and is a new person now, better than ever!” Lopez was married to Anthony for seven years.

R KELLY RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

We previously reported that R Kelly checked into a Chicago hospital to undergo emergency throat surgery on Tuesday. The R&B crooner’s rep has just announced that he’s left and is currently recovering at home. Billboard.com reports surgeons actually had to drain an abscess on one of his tonsils. No word yet on when the singer will be able to perform again.

· He actually cancelled a few dates of his Love Letters tour due to undisclosed reasons.

CHRIS BROWN TO DROP NEW MIXTAPE SOON! 

Chris Brown announced on his Twitter page that he’s going to drop a new mixtape titled Boy In Detention. The singer said of his first hip hop project, “And people… Yes I’m a singer so if this mixtape doesn’t reach your quota for hip hop! Simply don’t listen.” The news comes as Breezy leaked two new rap freestyles, “Real Hip-Hop S**t #3” and “Real Hip-Hop S**t #4.”

· Brown’s “Look At Me Now” is up for Best Hip Hop Video and Best Collaboration at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Head to MTV.com for the full list of nominees.

TYLER, THE CREATOR FEELS GOOD OVER TWO NODS

Tyler, the Creator has a lot to be happy about after learning that he’s up for two nominations at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. The news comes just a few weeks after the rapper’s debut album, Goblin, landed at number five on the Billboard 200 chart – a feat which he tells us nobody can take away from him. Tyler’s “Yonkers” visual is up for Video of the Year and he’s also competing for Best New Artist. The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards airs live on August 28th at 9 PM Eastern.

· On the night nominations were announced, the excited emcee wrote, “Un-Follow Me Now, This Is Gonna Be the Only Thing I Tweet About For The Next Week. I’ve Wanted This For Years F**k. What The F**k.”

BET TO HONOR AALIYAH’S DEATH ANNIVERSARY

BET announced on Twitter that they have big plans to honor the tenth anniversary of Aaliyah’s passing. Details are sparse but fans can definitely expect a tribute special to air on the network next month. The singer was killed a decade ago in a plane crash on August 24th.

WALE ALMOST DONE WITH SOPHOMORE LP

According to XXLMag.com, all the time Wale has put into recording his sophomore album is paying off. The Maybach Music Group member revealed that his forthcoming project, titled Ambition, is slated for release on November 1st.

· His debut LP, Attention Deficit, also arrived in the fall back in 2009. The disc opened at number 21 on the Billboard 200 chart with over 28-thousand copies sold in its first week.

ANDRE 3000 NO LONGER DOING JIMI HENDRIX MOVIE 

Bad news for Jimi Hendrix fans out there – the rumored film about the legendary rocker’s life supposedly starring Outkast’s Andre 3000 was apparently never happening at all. Despite rumors that the project would include Captain America star Haley Atwell, the CEO of the Hendrix Experience Estate has publically stated that the movie was never and will never be made. Bummer huh? For all the details on this story and more, visit HipHopDX.com.

· Do you think that Andre 3000 would have been a good Jimi Hendrix?

PHARRELL WILLIAMS LAUNCHES LIQUOR

Cream liquor, Qream with a Q, is the latest business venture created especially for the ladies by Pharrell Williams. At his recent NYC launch party, the hitmaker told Billboard.com, “When we looked at the market, there were all these alcohol brands that use women in their ads but nothing specifically for them.” Pharrell intends to “bring indulgence back to the ladies” with the introduction of Qream with a Q, which comes in two variations, Strawberry Crème and Peach Crème.

· Jay-Z, Russell Simmons and Swizz Beatz were spotted at the Qream with a Q NYC launch party.

Q-TIP ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR

Q-Tip has announced his overseas tour schedule, which begins early next month. The rapper is expected to touch down in ten different countries and perform 14 shows beginning August 11th in Norway and wrapping on August 27th in Paris. In related news, be sure to check out the rap vet in the newly released documentary, Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest, playing in theaters now.

· Tip will perform and travel with a full band. Visit his official website for a list of tour stops.

BEYONCE TO HAVE BABIES BY 40?

During an interview with Access Hollywood, Beyonce spilled that she no longer wants to get pregnant with Jay-Z’s child at age 30. Instead, the singer, who just released her fourth album, says that she’d prefer to have a family before she hits 40. In addition to popping out babies, the diva explained, “I would love to direct, continue to learn videos and maybe by then a film, a short film… I love documentaries.”

PUSHA T, TYLER ISSUE NEW VIDEO

If you’ve seen Tyler, The Creator’s visual for “Yonkers,” then you know how creative he can be. The Odd Future ringleader joins Pusha T in the video for his new song called “Trouble On My Mind.” The track is off the G.O.O.D. Music artist’s forthcoming EP, Fear of God 2: Let Us Pray, which will be released on August 23rd.

· The project includes guest spots from Kanye West, Pharrell, 50 Cent and Young Jeezy.

CALI SWAG REACT TO ALBUM SALES

Before Cali Swag issued their debut album, Kickback, the rap group told us if first week sales mean anything to them. Cali Swag is no longer signed to Capitol Records and their first studio effort sold nearly three-thousand copies in its first seven days.

· The group consists of Smoove, Young and JayAre.

LADY OF SOUL TOUR IN JAPAN

Whoa. Talk about blast from the past. Lil Mo, Changing Faces and Kameelah from 702 have all signed on to perform in Japan for the Lady Soul Greatest Hits tour. The short outing will take place on August 4th and 5th in Tokyo. The last installment of the concert series included Coko of SWV and Shanice and Nicci Gilbert of Brownstone.

JUSTIN BIEBER TAKING TIME OFF

Even though Justin Bieber was spotted in a recording studio with Chris Brown this week, the young singer is taking some time off. He told MTV News that he plans on kicking back for the rest of the summer and enjoy some down time.

· Bieber added that his favorite thing to do in the summer is barbecue. He said that he is not a great cook but can definitely grill up some good summer food.

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