Drake Goes Platinum -x- Nicki Minaj’s “Stupid Hoe” -x- T-Pain Credits Jay-Z for Success -x- apl.de.ap Gives Back -x- MTV Music News


DRAKE GOES PLATINUM WITH TAKE CARE!

Drake continues to make his haters sick as his sophomore album, Take Care, has reportedly reached platinum status. We’re sure the feat means so much to the rapper, who recently told us that he took control over his career with this project. This marks Drizzy’s second consecutive LP to sell over a million copies. Up next, Drake will kick off his Club Paradise tour next year on February 14th in Miami. Congrats!

J. COLE PREPARED HIMSELF FOR GRAMMY LET DOWN

Even though J. Cole was recognized in the Best New Artist category for the 2012 GRAMMY Awards, the rapper told LA Times’ Pop & Hiss that he certainly didn’t expect to be nominated. He shared, “I wasn’t thinking people had seen what I had done, so I had already kind of prepared myself for the letdown. But it caught me off guard,” he said. “It would be incredible to win. That’s an understatement … since I didn’t even expect to get nominated. But I’m not walking in there with the attitude that I’m the guy [to beat].” He is reportedly going up against The Band Perry, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver.

His debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story opened at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

NICKI MINAJ DROPS “STUPID HOE”

After leaking “Roman In Moscow,” Nicki Minaj has released a new song called “Stupid Hoe.” The fem-cee name drops Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Anniston and once again declares herself as the female Weezy. While you can download the tune via iTunes now, fans should look out for her much anticipated sophomore effort, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which arrives on Valentine’s Day 2012.

Are you feeling the song? Do you think Nicki has showed any growth?

UPCOMING ALBUMS TO CHECK FOR IN 2012

It’s been a great year for hip hop. Aside from great projects, including Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV, music lovers should know that there’s a nice lineup of material scheduled for 2012. Check out the highly anticipate projects for the New Year:

December 31

Waka Flocka Flame – Triple F: Friends, Fans, & Family

January 17, 2012

Juvenile – Rejuvenation

January 24, 2012

Ja Rule – Pain Is Love 2

January 30, 2012

Kid Cudi x Dot Da Genius – W Z R D

February 14, 2012

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

February 21, 2012

Monica – New Life

March 2012

T.I. – Trouble Man

Chris Brown – Fortune

April 2012

Cam’Ron – Untitled

BRANDY IS INSPIRED BY FRANK OCEAN

According to BET.com, Brandy knows that the end of 2011 will bring her that much closer to releasing the follow-up to 2008’s Human. The singer, who is working on her sixth studio effort, is working with Frank Ocean and says they have “great chemistry.” She explains, “We both understand music in the same ways,” she told BET. “To work with him on this album was great as well, and I hope I can get in [the studio] with him some more because his music is just so moving; I’m inspired by him. I think he’s a great artist and he hasn’t even touched on what he will touch on in the future.” Led by her new song, “Silent Night,” her upcoming effort will arrive in March 2012.

THE DREAM WON’T PRODUCE CIARA’S NEXT ALBUM

While many fans a wait for news surrounding Ciara’s next album, we’ve just learned The Dream won’t be contributing to the project. The hitmaker, who executive produced her Basic Instinct LP, confirmed on Twitter after someone asked if he will put his “all into it” like he has for Beyonce and Rihanna. Terius responded with, “Sorry but no I won’t be on this album because my contract doesn’t allow me to. I’m sure her fans are happy about that.” In addition, its currently unknown when the singer’s Epic Records debut will hit stores, we’ll keep you posted.

Are you interested in Ciara’s next album? Do you think she can make a big comeback?

T-PAIN SAYS JAY-Z MADE HIM FAMOUS

T-Pain believes in giving credit when credit is due. According to Rap-Up.com, the singer explained why he has tons of respect for Jay-Z, shortly after he released his anti-Auto-Tune anthem “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).” Teddy stated, “The crazy thing is, and a lot of people don’t see it like this, but if you really look at it, he made me famous,” he explained. “A lot of people see this as a bad thing, but it only made me more famous because no one knew who he was talking about. If I can be in Jay-Z’s category at the end of the day, I am fantastic. I love it.” In related news, his fourth album rEVOLVEr is out now.

LADY GAGA, ELTON JOHN, WILL.I.AM ON OSCAR SHORTLIST

The Oscar nominations are not officially announced until January 24th, but the short list for the Best Original Song has been released. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 39 songs vying for the big prize at the Academy Awards next year. Two of Elton John’s Gnomeo & Juliet tracks — including his Lady Gaga duet, “Hello Hello” — made the list, along with multiple tracks from The Muppets. Will.i.am’s Rio track, “Hot Wings,” Mary J. Blige’s “The Living Proof” from The Help, and Zooey Deschanel’s Winnie the Pooh track, “So Long,” are all in the running. The songs will be narrowed from 39 when voters are sent three-minute clips or view the tracks at special Academy screenings and score the songs. The Academy Awards will take place on February 26th at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Noticeably absent from the list is Madonna, who contributed the track “Masterpiece” to her directorial effort, W.E. Reuters reports that the song, which is up for a Golden Globe, does not qualify because it’s placed a minute and a half into the end credits and not as “the first music cue,” per Academy rules.

NELLY TO DROP MIXTAPE FOR HOLIDAYS

Coming off a great year with his comeback album, Nelly 5.0, Nelly is reportedly working on a free project dedicated to his fans. So far the rapper has leaked a new version of Wale’s “Lotus Flower Bomb” and yesterday he dropped a new song called “The Champ.” Be sure to look out for his new mixtape O.E.MO which drops on Christmas eve.

APL.DE.AP GIVES BACK WITH BIG CHARITY AUCTION!

The Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap is using the holiday season to give back. Last week he launched the Charity Dreams auction benefiting education in his native Philippines, where he serves as an educational ambassador. Apl is getting the word out and trying to help raise money and awareness for the cause. Every bid will allow users to buy virtual books, pencils, chairs, desks and other supplies, and help build virtual classrooms in an effort to combine gaming, social networking and philanthropy. Each time a bidder finishes a virtual classroom, an actual classroom will be named for that bidder once construction is completed on the new schools. One lucky winning bidder will get a private jet flight out to Los Angeles to spend time in the studio with Apl creating a custom track in his or her honor. They will also get a 2012 collector’s edition Ferrari, 250-dollars in cash and a trip to Las Vegas with 10 friends to spend New Year’s Eve with Fergie while staying in the Real World penthouse suite. The initial fee to place a charity bid is 99 cents. Organizers expect the final package to go for no more than a few hundred dollars thanks to a system in which each bid increases the top price by just a fraction of a penny. Each bid will also entitle users to an app, music download or playlist curated by Apl and featuring an exclusive song or the chance to have Apl follow you on Twitter. The auction at CharityDreams.com is on now and lasts through 9 PM ET tonight.

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