Busta Signs with Cash Money -x- Beyonce’s Wedding Pics -x- Rihanna Beats Beyonce’s Record -x- Mac Miller Sets Record -x- Drake’s Projected Sales -x- MTV Music News


BUSTA RHYMES SIGNS WITH CASH MONEY

While Google celebrated the launch of their Google Music platform in Los Angeles on Wednesday (November 16), Busta Rhymes was celebrating his brand new record deal—a joint venture with the popular search engine and the notorious Cash Money Records. Busta has been officially added to the CM roster along with New Orleans rapper, Mystikal, and MTV News caught up with him on Google’s red carpet for details on the lucrative contract. “It’s an unbelievably groundbreaking deal, [there’s] never been a deal done like this before, where the most powerful search engine in the world combines with the most powerful record company in the world,” Busta said.

“It’s just amazing to see that they understood what Busta Rhymes means to the music, what Busta Rhymes means to the culture, what Busta Rhymes means to the embodiment of authentic hip-hop,” he explained, after linking with Google to release the new single “Why Stop Now,” which features Chris Brown.

“I’m very proud to be aligned with Google, I’m extremely proud to be aligned with Cash Money, my management team, Violator, I’ve been aligned with them from day one— twenty years strong,” he continued. “It’s just exemplifying a different dynamic of greatness through this infrastructure and we’re gonna make something happen in a way that’s never happened in music before with this new deal.”

“Why Stop Now,” is the first single from Busta’s upcoming ninth album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) 2: End Of The World and it will be released through Google’s new music platform. Mystikal hasn’t released any comments on his new deal, but a source close to the rapper confirms that he has officially signed with Cash Money. -By Nadeska Alexis

RICK ROSS’ ALBUM DELAY CONFIRMED BY LABEL

Billboard.com reports Rick Ross’ upcoming album, God Forgives I Don’t, definitely won’t arrive this December. The postponement was speculated after the disc was removed from the upcoming release section on the Def Jam website, but now, the Senior VP of Marketing at Island Def Jam explained why the disc is being delayed. He stated, “I think we’re all aware of his recent health issue, and based on some of the minor setbacks with that, we weren’t able to confirm certain opportunities, because he physically wasn’t able to deal with certain things at the time. We want this to be his biggest album — we know it’s going to be his biggest album — so we did not want to pressure him into releasing an album based on the sake of a date.” No further details are known at this time.

DRAKE’S ALBUM PROJECTIONS ARE IN!

According to HitsDailyDouble.com, Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care, is on pace to top the Billboard 200 chart. The disc is projected to sell in the neighborhood of 675 to 725-thousand copies during its first week out. If this is the case, it will beat out the sales for Thank Me Later, which moved 447-thousand units. The effort will also become the third highest-selling project this year behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV.

LISTEN TO MARY J, BEYONCE DUET!

Finally! After teasing fans with short snippets, Mary J Blige has released the full version of her much-talked about duet with Beyonce. Penned by Sean Garrett, you can listen to “Love A Woman” via TheLavaLizard.com now. The cut is lifted from Mary’s upcoming effort, My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1), which arrives in stores this Tuesday, November 21st.

AND…

CHRIS MARTIN WROTE SONG FOR BEYONCE!

In an interview with Maxim, Coldplay singer Chris Martin says Beyonce turned down a song he wrote for her. He says, “Well, I did write a song for Beyonce, but it got rejected by her A&R people.” Martin also wrote a song for Rihanna, a track called “Princess of China,” which appears on Coldplay’s new album, Mylo Xyloto. Chris Martin and his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, are close friends with Jay-Z, who is married to Bey, so we’re surprised this collaboration never came out!

AND…

BEYONCE ISSUES WEDDING PHOTOS!

We’re still not sure how Beyonce and Jay-Z were able to keep their wedding photos a secret for so long, but fans can finally see a glimpse of Bey’s white wedding gown in a new video. The notoriously private singer just released the visual for her new song, “I Was Here,” which is lifted from her latest album, 4. The clip gives fans a glimpse into the diva’s world and presents a flashback of all of her recent accomplishments. Head to her official website to watch it now!

RIHANNA BEATS OUT BEYONCE ON BILLBOARD

Rihanna has out-performed Beyonce on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The singers were initially tied at having 36-weeks at number one, but Rihanna’s “We Found Love” has given her an advantage and she now holds the record with 37 weeks atop the chart. Even though Fenty has surpassed Bey, it’s important to note that it took Rihanna 11 singles to achieve this feat as compared to Beyonce’s five singles.

· Do you think Rihanna is more talented than Beyonce? Which performer would you spend your last dollar on?

50 CENT FEELS PRESSURE FOR NEXT ALBUM

In the upcoming December-January issue of XXL magazine, 50 Cent explained what caused the delay for his long-awaited fifth album. The rap mogul is taking his time because he feels he needs to “music that reflects what N.W.A made. I have to make music that has the moments that Nas had. I have to make music that has what Biggie offered.” As far as winning fans back, he added, “For me, I’m still up against what I’ve done…I know it’s a difficult task.” He also spilled that if all goes as planned, the follow-up to 2009’s Before I Self Destruct should arrive in January.

BOW WOW DELAYS UNDERRATED TO 2012 

Bow Wow has some unfortunate news regarding the launch of his upcoming album, Underrated. According to Rap-Up.com, the rapper’s Cash Money debut has been pushed back from December 6th to an early 2012 release date. The news comes as the emcee recently shot the visual to his new single, “Sweat,” featuring Lil Wayne.

· Speaking of Young Money, there are whispers that Lil Twist and Tyga’s respective projects might get pushed back as well.

MAC MILLER TOPS BILLBOARD CHART 

Mac Miller has claimed the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week with his debut album, Blue Slide Park. The disc reportedly sold 144-thousand copies during its opening seven days. The rapper has become the first artist in 16 years to debut independently at number one.

· The majority of his sales came from digital copies. He sold over 109k online as compared to 35k in physical units.

ALICIA KEYS GUSHES OVER MOTHERHOOD!

Alicia Keys is all smiles these days over being a mom. In an interview with GlobalGrind.com, Swizz Beatz’s wife revealed what it’s like being a mother to her adorable son, Egypt. Keys stated, “Motherhood is a billion times better than I expected…It’s a really special time, and I feel so honored that I get to help somebody in this world find his wings, and navigate and learn happiness, and be loved. He’s awesome! I’m having a ball!”

· Make sure you catch Alicia’s new musical, Stick Fly, on Broadway starting today.

SNOOP RECORD SONG FOR WEED WARS SHOW

According to the HollywoodReporter.com, Snoop Dogg has written the title track for the upcoming show, Weed Wars. The series highlights into the world of medical marijuana and airs on Thursday, December 1st at 10 PM on the Discovery Channel. Head to the site to hear the song now!

· Nancy Daniels, executive vice president of production and development for Discovery Channel, said in a statement, “Weed Wars fearlessly pulls back the curtain on a once illegal and still controversial world. From the inner workings of the business to Steve’s distinctive leadership style, Weed Wars is a fascinating glimpse into this highly unique setting.”

YELAWOLF LINES UP MIX OF GUEST FEATURES FOR DEBUT

While promoting his Radioactive LP, Yelawolf told us that the guest features on the project will surprise a lot of his fans. Initially we didn’t understand, but we just got a hold of the official tracklist – check out who made contributions below. In addition, be sure to pick up Radioactive on November 21st via Shady Records.

01. Radioactive (Intro)

02. Get Away (feat. Shawty Fatt & Mystikal)

03. Let’s Roll (feat. Kid Rock)

04. Hard White (Up In The Club) (feat. Lil Jon)

05. Growin’ Up In The Gutter (feat. Rittz)

06. Throw It Up (feat. Gangsta Boo & Eminem)

07. Good Girl

08. Made In The U.S.A.

09. Animal (feat. Fefe Dobson)

10. The Hardest Love Song In The World

11. Write Your Name

12. Everything I Love The Most

13. Radio

14. Slumerican Shitizen (feat. Killer Mike)

15. The Last Song

FRANK OCEAN NAMED GQ’S ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Frank Ocean has had an incredible 2011. We’ve just learned the Odd Future singer has been named GQ’s Rookie of the Year for the magazine’s annual “Men of the Year” issue. From working with Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Kanye West to delivering the solid debut album Nostalgia, Ultra, we agree that Ocean deserved the recognition. In terms of how he feels about his success, he told the mag, “I got to grab my nuts and point my middle finger up.” Visit his official website to see when Frank will be in a city near you.

RIHANNA STILL ON TOP WITH “WE FOUND LOVE” 

Rihanna’s “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris holds at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a third straight week. LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” stays at number two and Adele’s “Someone Like You” remains at number three. David Guetta’s “Without You,” featuring Usher, is up two spots to number four, while Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger,” featuring Christina Aguilera, falls one spot to number five.

· Taylor Swift’s “If This Was a Movie” debuts at number ten.

MIKE POSNER PREPS MIXTAPE

Mike Posner, who scored a hit with “Cooler Than You” off his 2010 debut album 31 Minutes to Take Off, is working on a mixtape. The effort is titled The Layover and will feature hip-hop heavyweights Big Sean, Bun B and Twista. Posner is also working on the follow-up to his debut, which is titled Sky High. It should be out in the spring. In the meantime, The Layover will be released on Sunday.

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