Lupe Announces Tour -x- Jay-Z, JT & Gaga Most Influential -x- 50 Cent Performs For Survivors -x- DMX’s Redemption Ready -x- Music News


LUPE FIASCO ANNOUCNES GENERATION LASERS TOUR

We’ve just learned that Lupe Fiasco is heading out on his Generation Lasers tour with special guests including Big Sean, Girl Talk, Tinie Tempah, Sarah Green and Wale. The upcoming outing begins on September 12th inside Boston’s House of Blues and ends October 11th at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California.

· For up-to-the-minute news and additional information, visit LupeFiasco.com.

Here’s a list of tour stops for this month: 

September 12 – ​Boston, MA​ ​

September 15 – West Long Branch, NJ

September 16​ – Columbia, MD

September 17 – Philadelphia, PA ​

September 18 – Raleigh, NC ​

September 20 ​- Atlanta, GA

September 22 – ​Auburn, AL

September 23 – Charlotte, NC

September 24 ​- St. Augustine, FL

September 28 – ​Columbus, OH

September 29 – ​Saint Louis, MO

September 30 ​- West Lafayette, IN

JAY-Z MAKES VANITY FAIR’S MOST INFLUENTIAL LIST 

According to Vanity Fair’s annual list of the most influential business people, Jay-Z, who is one of the biggest moguls in hip hop, has made the cut. Thanks to his ever-growing 40/40 club franchise as well as his successful record label, Roc Nation, Hova takes the number 21 position. Elsewhere, Lady Gaga took the number nine spot while Justin Timberlake ranked at number 50. In related news, Jay is kicking off his Watch The Throne tour with Kanye West on October 29th inside Atlanta’s Philips Arena.

· Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg made the top spot on the list.

LIL WAYNE’S SALES INCREASES TO 975K? 

In what’s sure to shock you, HipHop-N-More.com reports the first week sales projections for Lil Wayne’s The Carter IV have jumped again! First we told you that the disc was estimated to sell around 750 to 850-thousand copies, however, the fourth installment in Tha Carter series is now expected to hit the 925 to 975-thousand mark in its first seven days in stores. The project is on pace to debut with the highest opening sales of any rapper of 2011 and could potentially sell over a million copies! We’ll know for sure when the numbers come out.

J COLE CONSIDERED A DIFFERENT STAGE NAME 

It’s always fun finding out how rappers came up with their stage name, but it’s even better when you learn of other monikers that they once considered. According to HipHopDX.com, J.Cole revealed that he used to be called The Therapist. He explained, “The reason why I changed it was because the other name, Therapist, was when I was younger. First of all, it was given to me by my mentor. I was really just a kid.” He decided to switch it because “at the end of the day, it always felt like a wrestler name.” Smart thinking. In related news, his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, arrives on September 27th.

THE BLACK KEYS REVIVE BLAKROC

The Black Keys’ hip-hop project with Damon Dash, BlakRoc, is back again. A trailer for the project’s second offering has surfaced on OneThirtyBPM.com, but no release date has been set. Guests on the offering include Talib Kweli, Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, The Cool Kids and more. The Black Keys also just finished a new album, which was produced by Danger Mouse and is due out later this year.

50 CENT PERFORMS FOR NORWAY VICTIMS

Following the shootings that occurred in Norway, which left 77 people murdered on July 22nd, 50 Cent recently invited the survivors of the attacks to a private show late last week. 50 said in a statement, “We wanted to do something special for the victims of this horrible tragedy. Together, Tony Yayo and I along with the G-Unity Foundation felt an urgent need to give back and what better way than through our music. We look forward to putting on a great show for the survivors and hope that everyone comes out to show their support.” The rapper recently performed at the RxR Festival in the southern Norwegian city of Stavanger. All proceeds will benefit the Utoya Fund. Visit ThisIs50.com for more.

DMX ALREADY COMPLETES NEW ALBUM

According to HipHopDX.com, DMX has reportedly completed his comeback album. The rapper says the follow-up to 2006’s Year of the Dog… Again is finished, but he’s still waiting to decide on which label the project will be released on. In addition, it looks like X is also working on a new reality show. Even though his rep denied that there is no series in the works, the emcee stated, “[It’s all about] bringing the kids together, I got like 10 kids” and added that you’ll get to see six different baby’s mamas with “six different personalities.” No further details are known at this time.

· The working title for his next LP is Redemption of the Beast.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE STEPS BACK ON THE STAGE

Last week, Justin Timberlake surprised eaters and performed in his New York City restaurant, Southern Hospitality. According to Billboard, Timberlake donned a straw fedora and played acoustic guitar, while backed by members of the Memphis band FreeSol. The singer and actor launched into a version of his chart-topping 2002 hit “What Goes Around… Comes Around,” in front of an enthusiastic crowd that included newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. Justin took to Twitter to announce the show last week and by the time Timberlake and FreeSol stepped behind the mics in the small space at the front, the restaurant was mobbed with fans. FreeSol’s upcoming debut, No Rules, which was executive produced by Timberlake, will arrive on October 11th.

· Do you plan on buying FreeSol’s debut album No Rules?

VH1 TO REAIR THE CONCERT FOR NEW YORK CITY

Less than six weeks after the devastating attacks of September 11th, the people of New York came together for an historic benefit show appropriately titled The Concert for New York City. It featured performances and appearances by Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, The Who, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Adam Sandler, Elton John, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jay-Z, Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jim Carrey, Denis Leary, Howard Stern, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and more, and on the 10 year anniversary of September 11th, Vh1 will be airing the show in its entirety, uninterrupted. Be sure to tune in when The Concert for New York City: Ten Years Later, airs from 4 to 10 PM Eastern on Vh1.

 

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