2 Live Crew to Reunite -x- Jennifer Hudson NY Times Best Seller -x- Mac Miller Announces World Tour -x- MTV Brings Hottest MC’s Back -x- MTV Music News


2 LIVE CREW TO REUNITE!

2 Live Crew are set to reunite for a tour this summer. Luther Campbell announced the news at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend and said, “We’re going to perform the songs and everybody’s going to be excited. Some of the older people of our generation will be able to tell their kids, ‘You’re staying home tonight, we’re going to see 2 Live Crew and shake our booty!” 2 Live Crew’s last album, The Real One, came out back in 1998.

IS NE-YO MR. PERFECT?

With Ne-Yo’s latest film, Red Tails, opening in theaters last week, a new hat line now available at Saks Fifth Avenue, and an upcoming album, he is quite the busy man. However, the Nevada native insists that he’s just a regular guy. The crooner has titled his fifth studio effort, Mr. Perfect, as a nod to the pressures and expectations of being famous. Ne-Yo explained to Ebony magazine, “Yes, I am a celebrity. But at the end of the day, I’m a human being, I’m a man first. I’m not perfect.” In related news, fans can expect the disc to drop in March.

You can catch Ne-Yo on the upcoming season of The Voice this February, alongside fellow musicians Cee-Lo Green and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

JENNIFER HUDSON MAKES NY TIMES BEST SELLERS LIST

Jennifer Hudson has become a New York Times Best Selling author with the release of her first book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down. She recently tweeted, “Just found out my book is going to be #8 on the NY Times Best Sellers list next week. Incredible! Thank you everyone!” Her literary effort explores what it took for Hudson to lose over 80 pounds and keep it off. Pick it up today!

Hudson has previously won an Oscar and GRAMMY Award.

MAC MILLER ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL TOUR

Mac Miller has announced the dates for his upcoming tour, which is being dubbed The Macadelic Tour. The rapper will be joined by The Cool Kids when the outing kicks off on March 27th in Norfolk, Virginia and wraps on June 1st in Amsterdam, Here are the dates:

03/27/12 – Norfolk, VA

03/28/12 – Clemson, SC

03/29/12 – Radford, VA

03/31/12 – Fairfax, VA

04/01/12 – Loretto, PA

04/03/12 – State College, PA

04/04/12 – Ypsilanti, MI

04/05/12 – Kalamazoo, MI

04/10/12 – Green Bay, WI

04/11/12 – St. Louis, MO

04/12/12 – Bloomington, IN

04/14/12 – Dayton, OH

04/16/12 – Charlotte, NC

04/17/12 – Atlanta, GA

04/20/12 – Orlando, FL

04/26/12 – Baltimore, MD

04/27/12 – Clarion, PA

04/29/12 – Oneonta, NY

05/18/12 – Asbury Park, NJ

05/29/12 – Brussels

05/30/12 – Paris

06/01/12 – Amsterdam

RIHANNA NAMED BIGGEST R&B STAR OF 2011

Rihanna’s career continues to reach new heights, especially in the U-K. SingersRoom.com reports the singer has been named 2011’s best-selling R&B/Hip Hop artist in Britain. According to the Official Charts Company, Rihanna’s Loud is responsible for three top-selling R&B/Hip Hop Singles of 2011, which include “Only Girl In The World,” “What’s My Name?” and “S&M.” As previously reported, Ri Ri has amassed over two-billion views on YouTube. Be sure to get her latest album, Talk That Talk, now.

AND…

COLDPLAY AND RIHANNA TO PERFORM TOGETHER AT THE GRAMMY AWARDS

Coldplay will perform with Rihanna at the GRAMMY Awards next month. The band and the singer will team up for their first ever live performance of the song “Princess of China” at the 54th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 12th in Los Angeles. The track is off Coldplay’s latest album, Mylo Xyloto, which came out back in October. The band’s songs “Paradise” and “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” are up for awards for in the Best Pop/Duo Group Performance and the Best Rock Song categories. Rihanna is up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

$25,000 REWARD UP FOR M-BONE’S MURDERER

It’s hard to believe that the police are yet to find whoever was responsible for the murder of Cali Swag District’s M-Bone. It’s been six months since the rapper was fatally shot twice in the head. According to Time magazine, a 25-thousand dollar reward has been offered to anyone who can provide any information on his death. Authorities are asking people with information to call the Inglewood Police Department at 310-412-5246 or the 24-hour anonymous hotline number at 888-41-CRIME. We’ll keep you posted.

J. COLE SHOOTS VIDEO FOR MISSY COLLABORATION

J. Cole has plans to shoot the visual to his next single, “Nobody’s Perfect.” According to Rap-Up.com, the Missy Elliot-assisted song will be directed be Colin Tilley, but it’s currently unknown where the clip will be filmed. The track is lifted from the rap rookie’s Roc Nation debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which is out now.

“Nobody’s Perfect” marks the third offering from the album.

JENNIFER LOPEZ INKS DEAL WITH MTV

Jennifer Lopez has reportedly just landed a new deal with MTV to help executive produce a new series called Amigas Inc. The upcoming series will follow “four business minded teens that decide to launch a party-planning business with a goal of piecing together their own Quinceneras.” While details are sparse, the new show will include eight episodes and is slated to premiere this fall. In related news, be sure to catch J Lo doing her judging duties on American Idol, Wednesday and Thursday nights on FOX.

MTV BRINGS BACK HOTTEST MC’S IN THE GAME

MTV has just announced that the network is bringing back another edition of Hottest MC’s In The Game VII. This year, a panel called the Hip-Hop Brain trust will decided on the top rappers that make the biggest impact on hip hop today. Hosted by MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway, the controversial debate will premiere on Sunday, February 19th at 10:30 PM.

ARETHA FRANKLIN CALLS OFF WEDDING!

Aretha Franklin has called off her wedding, saying in a statement to People magazine that she and her “forever friend” William Wilkerson decided they were “moving too fast” and that “there will be no wedding at this time.” Earlier this month, Aretha and “Willie” announced they had planned to get married this summer. The “Queen of Soul” says she will not comment any further on the matter.

ELLE VARNER ISSUES CONVERSATIONAL LUSH MIXTAPE

After wowing everyone with “Only Wanna Give It To You,” Elle Varner is looking to capitalize on the success of her J. Cole-assisted tune with a new mixtape, Conversational Lush. The singer just released her 13-track project, which includes contributions from Bei Major, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and others. In related news, her debut effort, Perfectly Imperfect, is slated to arrive later this year via RCA Records.

BEYONCE REMEMBERS ETTA JAMES

It’s sad and unfortunate that Etta James passed away and Beyonce recently issued a statement regarding the death of the blues legend. After portraying the late singer in 2008’s Cadillac Records, here’s what Bey had to say about James:

“This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed.”

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