Snoop Dogg to be Honored, Kanye & Jay Announce New Tour Dates, The Dream Readies FREE CD, J-Lo Opens Up, Timbo Drops New Single and MTV Music News


LIL WAYNE PREDICTS HIS FUTURE BASED ON ONE SONG

Lil Wayne has accomplished more than most artists could ever dream of, but he’s confident that his career is about to get even bigger. The rap mogul recently told us why he thinks one song in particular is going to take him to new heights. In the meantime, Wayne is expected to perform tonight in Tampa, Florida with Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Lloyd, Far East Movement on the I Am Still Music tour. Visit his official website to see when Weezy will touch down in a town near you.

· Fans can expect Tha Carter IV to hit stores on August 29th.

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LIL WAYNE TAPPED FOR VMA PROMO

In case you missed them memo, the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are set to air later this month. To help kick off the first promo for the ceremony, Lil Wayne has shot a party-themed video and in it, he lets out his inner-rockstar as Tupac and Nirvana play in the background. Be sure to tune in when the VMAs air live on August 28th at 9 PM Eastern.

SNOOP DOGG TO BE HONORED AT BMI AWARDS

Just few days before the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Snoop Dogg will be presented with the Icon Award at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards. The prestigious honor was previously given to great music legends including George Clinton, The Jacksons, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard and Carlos Santana. The ceremony will take place on August 26th at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.

· Expected guests include Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Marsha Ambrosius, DJ Khaled and many others.

THE DREAM READIES FREE LP

The Dream just revealed on Twitter that later this month, he plans to drop a new album, titled 1977, for free. The singer wrote that the project is “very personal and [dedicated] to my fans!” The 10-track freebie will hit stores on August 31st under his birth name, Terius Nash. In related news, the hitmaker revealed that Def Jam intends to release the follow-up to last year’s Love King at the end of the year.

· Why do you think he titled it 1977?

· The next album is titled The Love, IV (Diary of a Mad Man).

KELLY ROWLAND SAYS SHE’S SINGLE

It’s safe to say that Kelly Rowland has attracted a lot of attention since she released her sensual visual for “Motivation.” For anyone who’s wondering what her relationship status is, the former Destiny’s Child singer says she’s “actually single.” The singer admitted to U-K’s The Mirror, “There’s nobody I’m dating, but I have a special friend.” Head over to SingersRoom.com to find out what Kelly demands of any potential suitors.

· Her latest album, Here I Am, is in stores now.

· Do you like the new, confident Kelly?

KANYE AND JAY-Z ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES

Last week, we told you that due to popular demand, Kanye West and Jay-Z had no choice but to add additional dates for their upcoming Watch The Throne tour. The rap stars, who are now going by The Throne, have now announced that the outing will kick off a month later than originally anticipated and have cut down the length of the trek. Fans can expect the show to begin on October 29th in Atlanta, Georgia and hit major markets including Las Vegas, Detroit and Los Angeles, before wrapping up on December 18th in Vancouver, British Columbia. Head over to their website for more information.

Here’s the new tour schedule:

10-29 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena

10-30 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

11-01 Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena

11-02 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

11-03 Washington, DC – Verizon Center

11-05-06 East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center

11-21 Boston, MA – TD Garden

11-23 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre

11-26 Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills

12-01 Chicago, IL – United Center

12-05 Houston, TX – Toyota Center

12-06 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

12-09 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena

12-10 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion

12-12 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

12-18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena

FANTASIA’S BOYFRIEND IS STILL MARRIED

We recently reported that Fantasia is pregnant with her second child, but she is yet to reveal who the father is. While many speculate that the unborn child was conceived by the singer’s boyfriend, Antwaun Cook, RadarOnline.com confirms that he’s still married to his estranged wife, Paula. An insider told the site, “Antwaun told Paula that Fantasia was pregnant early on. He wanted her to hear it from him before word got out in the press. Paula was really hurt when he left her for Fantasia, so it’s like the knife that was already in her back is being twisted now.”

· As previously reported, Fanny’s failed suicide attempt occurred after she learned Antwaun was a married man.

CEE LO LANDS ROLE IN RAEKWON BIOPIC

According to XXLMag.com, Cee Lo Green has reportedly been tapped to portray Raekwon’s father in the upcoming biopic about the Wu-Tang Clan member, which is titled C.R.E.A.M. Raekwon told the site that the “Forget You” singer was “overwhelmed” when he was asked to play the part over the phone. Rae stated, “[He’s] a good friend of mine. He’s just one out of the greats that’s gonna be on the project.” The flick could potentially be released through Lions Gate, although details are not solid at this time.

MIGUEL: “I STAND BY MY WORK”

While many assumed “All I Want Is You” featuring J Cole would be the only good song off Miguel’s debut album, it turns out that the singer has plenty of great material – including his newest singles, “Sure Thing” and “Quickie.” Slowly but surely, people are beginning to recognize that the L-A native has great talent…which is an ongoing process that Miguel is just fine with. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to pick up All I Want Is You today!

JENNIFER LOPEZ OPENS UP ON HER DIVORCE

In the September issue of Vanity Fair magazine, Jennifer Lopez touched on her separation from husband Marc Anthony for the first time. The American Idol judge stated, “This was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to face.” She added that she “really wanted this family to work. That was my biggest dream, and I worked hard at it. We both did.” Despite this being her third failed marriage, Lopez insisted, “I remain an eternal optimist about love. I believe in love…It’s still my biggest dream.” She concluded by saying that she loved herself enough to “walk away.”

· The former couple was together for seven years.

DMX IS WORKING HARD ON HIS NEXT STUDIO ALBUM

According to Billboard.com, DMX revealed that he’s currently working “nonstop, every day” on his upcoming album. The rapper, who was released from prison two weeks ago, explained that he’s going back to how he felt on his first album with “the hunger, the energy, the hardness of it.” With contributions from Swizz Beatz, X says he hopes to have the project, titled Redemption of the Beast, on shelves by December.

· The forthcoming disc marks the rapper’s seventh LP.

· His last effort was 2006’s Year of the Dog… Again.

LETOYA PERFORMS DESTINY’S CHILD MEDLEY

While performing at The Woodward in Detroit, LeToya Luckett took a trip down memory lane and showcased an impressive Destiny’s Child medley for the crowd. The former member encouraged fans to support all of the Destiny’s Child members and  performed major hits including “No, No, No” and “Say My Name.” Look for the concert footage online now!

SOULJA BOY WAS BEHIND ON HIS TAXES

According to RadarOnline.com, Soulja Boy reportedly owed nearly 30-thousand dollar in back taxes. The rapper, who just turned 21 years old, failed to pay the state of California and Mississippi. Luckily, the rap star easily paid off his debt last week.

· The news comes just a year after his 280-thousand dollar home in McDonough Georgia, went into foreclosure.

TYRESE TO DROP OPEN INVITATION ON HIS NEW LABEL

We’ve just learned that Tyrese’s upcoming effort, Open Invitation, will actually be released via his new label, Voltron Recordz. The R&B crooner said in a statement, “After stepping away from recording to nurture and develop new aspects of my career, I’m excited to return to my first love of music, which ignited my amazing journey,” He added, “I believe that this is my best musical effort to date, and I’m anxious to share it with my fans who have patiently waited for my return.” Led by his new singles, “Too Easy” featuring Ludacris and “I Gotta Chick” with R. Kelly and Rick Ross, the project will be released November 1st.

· It’s been over five years since Tyrese has dropped an album.

TIMBALAND DROPS NEW SINGLE

Timbaland has released his new single, “Pass At Me” featuring David Guetta and Pitbull. A video for the song features work from famed photographer Raphael Mazzucco. The photos can also be seen in his upcoming book, Culo By Mazzucco, which comes out on November 22nd.

· You can check out the video here: www.gq.com/entertainment/books/201108/culo-mazzucco-jimmy-lovine-timbaland-guetta-pass-at-me.

Warning the video contains nudity.

JUSTIN BIEBER VISITS SEAN KINGSTON

Justin Bieber was in Miami over the weekend to visit his friend Sean Kingston, who was seriously injured in a headline-making jet-ski accident back in May. In the months since the crash, the “Beautiful Girls” singer has been recovering in Miami. He’s been getting help from pals like his “Eenie Meenie” collaborator, Bieber, who said the recovering singer is doing much better. During last night’s MTV First: Sean Kingston, the rapper opened up to Sway about the cause of the Memorial Day accident and went into detail about the various medical procedures he underwent to treat his injuries. The singer also spoke candidly about how the accident helped him to focus on living a healthier lifestyle.

· Justin Bieber on Sean Kingston: “His spirits are a lot higher. He still has to have people around him to make sure he’s doing alright, but his spirits are high, and he’s doing well.”

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