Otis To Premiere Today -x- Forbes’ Cash Kings List -x- TuPac Mini-Series -x- Yellawolf’s Radioactive Tracklist -x- Music News


JAY-Z, KANYE TO PREMIERE “OTIS” VIDEO

Jay-Z and Kanye West are scheduled to premiere the video for “Otis” today (8/11), just one day before fans can purchase the physical copy of their joint album, Watch The Throne. The clip for the tune, which samples “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding, will air exclusively at 8:56 PM Eastern on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, BET and Centric. Immediately following the premiere, the music video will air on MTV Jams and MTV Hits.

Here’s The Trailer before the Premier!

· The album is currently number one on iTunes in 23 countries and received a four-star review in USA Today.

AND…

JAY-Z TOPS FORBES’ CASH KINGS LIST 

Jay-Z claims the top spot on Forbes’ annual Cash Kings list of Hip-Hop’s top earners after pulling in over 37-million dollars over the past year. The rapper had a lucrative 12 months thanks to his tour sales, his 40/40 Club, his part ownership in the New Jersey Nets, and his recent 150-million dollar deal with Live Nation. Here are the top twenty:

Cash Kings 2011: Hip-Hop’s Top 20 Earners

1. Jay-Z – $37 million

2. Diddy – $35 million

3. Kanye West – $16 million

4. Lil Wayne (tie) – $15 million

4. Birdman (tie) – $15 million

6. Eminem (tie) – $14 million

6. Dr. Dre (tie) – $14 million

6. Snoop Dogg (tie) – $14 million

9. Akon – $13 million

10. Ludacris – $12 million

11. Wiz Khalifa (tie) – $11 million

11. Drake (tie) – $11 million

13. Pharrell Williams – $10 million

14. Timbaland – $7 million

15. Swizz Beatz (tie) – $6.5 million

15. Nicki Minaj (tie) – $6.5 million

17. Rick Ross (tie) – $6 million

17. 50 Cent (tie) – $6 million

17. Pitbull (tie) – $6 million

20. T-Pain (tie) – $5 million

20. B.o.B (tie) – $5 million

BEYONCE CONCERT SELLS OUT IN SECONDS!

According to her official Facebook page, Beyonce fans jumped on the opportunity to see her perform in New York City’s Roseland Ballroom on Sunday. In fact, the first of the 4 Intimate Nights With Beyoncé concert dates sold out 22 seconds after going on sale to the public. Visit Ticketmaster.com to see when you can get passes for the other three shows – set for August 16th, 18th and 19th.

· What’s the most insane thing you would you do to get Beyonce tickets?

R KELLY THANKS FANS AFTER THROAT SURGERY

R Kelly posted a video blog to express his gratitude for the numerous fans that sent well wishes as he underwent emergency throat surgery last month. The crooner said in the clip, “I want to say thanks to all the prayer warriors out there for supporting me, praying for me.” He went on to say, “The doctor said the surgery went well. I want ya’ll to continue to pray for me, be strong out there. I will be back. I know it’s a lot of negativity out there, please don’t believe the hype. God is good all the time.” For those wondering about the status of his next album, Kelz revealed that he intends to head back to the studio to begin the follow-up to last year’s Love Letter.

BRUNO MARS TALKS VMA NODS

Bruno Mars’ emotional clip for “Grenade” is one of the big nominees at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. The clip is up for Best Male Video, Best Pop Video and the coveted Video of the Year award. Mars told MTV News that he grew up watching the VMAs and he is excited for the Video of the Year nomination, calling the category “the big-boy award.” Tune in to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 28th at 9 PM Eastern.

TUPAC MINI SERIES COMING SOON

According to HipHopDx.com, filmmaker Quincy Jones, III will produce a TV miniseries about late West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur. The six-episode show will focus on the life and times of Shakur. No word on when the series will drop, but we’ll keep you posted with further updates.

· Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mom was brought along to help with the project.

CHRIS BROWN ANNOUNCES F.A.M.E TOUR DATES

Chris Brown has revealed the dates for his upcoming F.A.M.E. North American tour. The “Look At Me Now” singer will hit the road with supporting acts T-Pain, Kelly Rowland and Tyga when the trek begins on September 12th in Toronto, Canada. It runs through October 30th, when it wraps in Hartford, Connecticut. The crooner said in a statement, “This tour will allow me to paint a picture musically. I want to bring a lot of energy and excitement to all the fans. It’s going to be a great show.” Head to PlanetChrisBrown.com for a full list of dates.

· Brown is expected to perform at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, which air live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28th at 9 PM Eastern.

GAME CRITICIZES WATCH THE THRONE

Everyone seems to have varying opinions about Jay-Z and Kanye West’s newly issued Watch the Throne LP. Never one to bite his tongue, Game told HipHopDX.com how he feels about the rap moguls’ joint effort. The West Coast native stated, “It’s a good 7. Well, you know 6 points went to Kanye.” Given his previous beef with Hov, we’re not too surprised by Game’s remark. What would you rank the project on a scale 1 to 10?

· Do you think Kanye out-shined Jay-Z?

KELLY SELLS OVER 100K WITH HERE I AM 

This week on the Billboard 200 chart, Kelly Rowland took a dive with her latest album, Here I Am. While she slipped from the three spot down to number 13, the former Destiny’s Child singer sold an additional 25-thousand copies, which brings her total tally to over 102-thousand units sold in just two weeks. Not bad for an artist who many people counted out as a viable act.

WAKA LEAKS FIRST SINGLE FROM NEXT LP

Just a day after releasing Ferrari Boyz, his joint album with Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame has put out the first offering off his upcoming solo album, Triple F Life. Fans can expect “Round of Applause” to be a great example of what he’s cooking up on his sophomore LP. Head over to his fansite to check out the track now.

MARY ISSUES “LIVING PROOF” VIDEO

Mary J Blige has released the visual for “The Living Proof,” the original song she recorded for the new film, The Help. The tune serves as the lead single from the motion picture’s soundtrack. Meanwhile, The Help is playing in theaters everywhere now.

· The film stars Viola Davis as “Aibileen,” a maid living in Mississippi during the 1960s. Since a lot of people have criticized the film, Mary said it was important for Davis to take the role.

AND…

TWEET OF THE DAY: MARY J BLIGE

Need a little motivation? Mary J Blige is always tweeting words of encouragement. Check out what she recently wrote: “Fear is something we all feel but don’t let it hold you back from what you want to do or say. The only way to find out is to step out.”

YELAWOLF DROPS RADIOACTIVE TRACKLIST

According to his official fansite, Yelawolf has revealed the tracklist for his upcoming album, Radioactive. The forthcoming disc includes contributions from Gucci Mane, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi and more. Be sure to pick up his Shady Records debut on September 27th. Here’s who made the cut:

1. Gadsden

2. Old Mossberg

3. I’m Drunk as Hell (Feat. Busta Rhymes & Travis Barker)

4. Catfish

5. Yellow Canaries (Feat. Gucci Mane)

6. Rock N’ Roll

7. Through The Night (Feat. Eminem)

8. Double Effect

9. Gangster of Love

10. Rider of the Storm

11. Box Chevy 4 (Feat. Rittz the Rapper)

12. Sad Nightmares (Feat. Tech N9ne)

13. Sleeping Awake

14. Fast Life (Feat. Chamillionaire & Travis Barker)

15. Radioactive (Feat. Big Boi)

16. Simple Man

17. Alabama to Compton (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & The Game)

18. Chainsaw (Feat. Slaughterhouse)

JENNIFER LOPEZ PREVIEWS NEW CLOTHING LINE

Jennifer Lopez recently previewed her upcoming clothing line as guest fashion editor of September’s Oprah Magazine. She also released some behind-the-scenes footage of the shoot. In the magazine, the “On the Floor” singer said she has “always loved fashion since I was a little girl.” Lopez added that her personal style is influenced by everything, from her background growing up in the Bronx to her international travels. The line hits shelves exclusively at Kohl’s in September.

CEE-LO GREEN ON FOOTLOOSE SOUNDTRACK

There is some diverse music on the soundtrack to the upcoming film, Footloose. Cee-Lo Green hooked up with guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd for the track “Walkin’ Blues,” while Blake Shelton sings the classic Kenny Loggin’s title song, “Footloose,” and Jana Kramer covers Whitney Houston’s “Let’s Hear It for the Boy.” The soundtrack also features David Banner, The Smashing Pumpkins, Big & Rich and Zac Brown. The Footloose soundtrack will be released on September 27th.

· The original Footloose was released back in 1984 and starred Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. The new version stars Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough. It arrives in theaters on October 14th.

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