Drake Wants to Star as President Obama -x- Beyonce’s Getting Statue in Houston -x- Mariah Back in Studio with JD -x- Iggy Azalea Signs with Interscope -x- MTV Music News


BEYONCE TO GET HONORED WITH STATUE IN HOUSTON

After being in the industry for almost two decades, Beyonce’s legacy will reportedly be cemented in her hometown of Houston. The former Destiny’s Child singer is going to have a monument built in her honor. The statue is expected to be completed and unveiled by the end of the year.

DRAKE SITS ATOP BILLBOARD R&B/HIP HOP CHART

Since releasing Take Care, Drake has issued seven singles from the project, including “Make Me Proud,” which has claimed the number one spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The Nicki Minaj-featured track marks his eighth number one in just two and a half years. In addition, “Make Me Proud” has dethroned Wale’s “Lotus Flower Bomb” featuring Miguel after five straight weeks atop the chart. Be sure to pick up Take Care today.

AND…

DRAKE WANTS TO STAR IN PRESIDENT OBAMA BIOPIC

Drake is serious about continuing his acting career. During an interview with Vh1 News, the Young Money rapper revealed that he’d love to play President Barack Obama in a biopic. He explained, “I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him. That’s the goal. I watch all the addresses. Anytime I see him on TV, I don’t change the channel; I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impressions.” In the meantime, Drizzy is currently preparing his Club Paradise tour, which kicks off February 14th in Miami, Florida.

– Do you see the resemblance between Drake and Obama?

SEAN PAUL REMIXES MELANIE FIONA’S “4 AM”

It’s amazing how a remix can completely change a song. For Melanie Fiona’s ballad “4 AM,” Sean Paul has revamped the singer’s first single by adding an up-tempo dancehall inspired sound. In related news, the Canadian singer is working on a new mixtape and is expected to drop her sophomore album, The MF Life, on May 8th.

– Sean recently worked with Kelly Rowland on a new song called “How Deep Is Your Love,” which appears on his new album, Tomahawk Technique, arriving February 14th.

MARIAH RETURNS TO STUDIO WITH JERMAINE DUPRI

We all know Mariah Carey has already begun working on the follow-up to 2009’s Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel, but we had no idea that she has reteamed with producer Jermaine Dupri for the project. Late last week, Mi Mi posted a Twitpic of herself with her longtime collaborator inside Southside Studios in Atlanta. The upcoming disc marks the diva’s 14th studio effort.

– In related news, the mother of two is expected to headline the 11th annual Mawazine Festival in Morocco on May 26th.

TANK ANNOUNCES COUPLES RETREAT TOUR

Tank has revealed that he will embark on a short 8-city outing which is being dubbed The Couple Retreat Tour. According to a press release, the crooner’s trek kicks off on February 10th in Raleigh, North Carolina and hits New York City, Atlanta and Tampa before wrapping up on February 18th in Dallas, Texas. With his first single, “Next Breathe,” fans can anticipate the R&B singer’s next album, Savior, to arrive this spring.

The Couples Retreat Tour

February 10 – Raleigh, NC

February 11 – Killeen, TX

February 13 – New York, NY

February 14 – Washington, D.C.

February 15 – Philadelphia, PA

February 16 – Tampa, FL

February 17 – Atlanta, GA

February 18 – Dallas, TX

IGGY AZALEA SIGNS WITH INTERSCOPE

Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea recently announced via Twitter that she’s signed with Interscope Records. The fem-cee first received attention for her freestyle videos on YouTube, and will now join the ranks of fellow Interscope artists Eminem, Mary J. Blige, U2 and Lady Gaga. Fans of Azalea can expect her debut single in March, followed by the release of her album, The New Classic, which lands in June.

TWEET! Iggy wrote, “Get used to me + jimmy smashing s**t, cause that’s the plan.”

MADONNA TALKS SUPER BOWL, NO NIPPLES TO BE REVEALED

Lately, superstar Madonna has been taking plenty of shots at fellow artists. Her most recent offense came in an interview to promote her upcoming performance at this year’s Super Bowl. The singer criticized past performer and longtime rival Janet Jackson for her 2004 wardrobe fiasco. In an interview with NY 1, Madonna spoke about her halftime show and stated, “You don’t have to show nipples to be interesting.” What should fans expect? According to the megastar, there will be something “super entertaining.”

– M.I.A. wrote, “I asked Madonna if she was gonna show her ***s, she said naaa everyone’s seen em.”

– It was recently confirmed that Madonna be performing the halftime show with artists M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj.

WANNA GO TO DIDDY’S AFTER-GRAMMY PARTY?

If you’re broke then this party ain’t for you. TMZ reports Diddy is selling passes for his post-GRAMMY party next month at the Playboy Mansion. While ticket prices vary, the highest one will set you back 50-thousand dollars, which will get you “two private cabanas, VIP admission for 20 people, buffet dinner, open bar, free bottle service and 15 dedicated female promotional models.” The more affordable option is the 15-hundred dollar ticket and we’re guessing that will most likely only get you through the door. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the Angelwish Foundation for children afflicted by HIV/AIDS.

ETTA JAMES ALBUM SALES ARE UP

Billboard.com reports Etta James’ greatest hits collection has become her highest charting album to date. After news broke of her passing, The Best of Etta James – 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection rose from number 162 on the Billboard 200 chart to number 46. The “At Last” singer died on January 20th at the age of 73 after battling leukemia, dementia and hepatitis C.

– Her funeral took place on Saturday at the Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena, California.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA REMEMBERS ETTA JAMES

Christina Aguilera was deeply inspired by late-blues and R&B singer Etta James. When X-tina was young, she covered Etta’s classic tune, “At Last,” and will continue to honor James by performing the song in the future. Aguilera took to Twitter and posted a picture of the two.

TWEET! Christina’s tweet: “One of the greatest moments of my life… Singing with my idol, the legendary Etta James. You will forever be missed.”

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