WILL DRAKE’S DEBUT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?
Today marks a big day for hip hop. Drake’s Thank Me Later has finally been
released. Despite an early leak, many believe the disc is destined for the
number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Bun B has high hopes for it:
“I think it’s going to be incredible. I know a lot of people are
anticipating it. I know he’s already done some pretty good pre-audits on it.
He’s doing a lot of great promotion on it, and, of course he’s making good
music which is always, you know, the main thing, is that the music that
people hear is good.”
Be sure to pick up Thank Me Later now. <WM>
EMINEM PUSHES UP RECOVERY!
Due the early leak and high demand, Eminem’s forthcoming Recovery album has
been pushed up. Interscope Records has announced the project will now arrive
on Monday, just one day earlier than it’s previous June 22nd launch date.
Vice Chairman of the label Steve Berman explained in a statement, “We
believe fans want to support their favorite artists by purchasing the real
album and not a leaked version.” He added, “At the same time, we realize
speed is of the essence when fans are so passionate about wanting to hear
new songs from such an enormously popular artist like Eminem. Even by
releasing Recovery only a day earlier than previously announced, it makes a
difference to those fans–and doesn’t mess too much with our marketing,
promotion, publicity and sales plans for the debut of a truly great album.”
Led by the number one single “Not Afraid” on Billboard’s Hot 100, Slim
Shady’s seventh studio album will be out on Monday.
* FACT: To date, Eminem has gone on to sell over 80-million albums
worldwide. The rapper has also received a total of 11 GRAMMY Awards.
* Recovery includes guest appearances from Rihanna, Pink and Lil
TREY SONGZ PASSION, PAIN & PLEASURE TOUR
We just learned Trey Songz has released the official dates for his upcoming
Passion, Pain & Pleasure Tour. Alongside Monica, the Prince of R&B will hit
24 cities beginning August 6th in Louisiana and ending on September 17th in
New York City. Visit TreySongz.com to learn more. <WM>
LUDACRIS GOES GOLD
After achieving platinum status for his “How Low” and “My Chick Bad”
singles, Ludacris is celebrating his Battle Of The Sexes going gold.
RapRadar.com confirms this is the rapper’s eighth consecutive RIAA plaque!
DIDDY’S LAST TRAIN TO PARIS GETS DELAYED
After pushing his album up from June 22nd to June 29th, we’ve just learned
Diddy’s much-hyped Last Train To Paris album won’t arrive until this fall.
Puff recently announced on Scott Mills’ BBC show that his Dirty Money disc
will be available on September 20th. It’s unknown what caused the push-back,
but fans will be able to see the mogul when he performs during the 2010 BET
Awards on June 27th. <WM>
RICK ROSS TO MAKE “THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR”
Rick Ross is speaking very highly of his upcoming album, Teflon Don. When
asked what fans should anticipate, the “Super Fly” rapper explained:
“Just expect the best album of the year, you know. I’m competing
for that number one spot. I’m making some of the hottest music and I think
it’s been reflected with everything that I’m releasing. So just get ready
for it, the end of July Teflon Don will be in stores, all new music and it’s
gonna be incredible.”
Teflon Don arrives on July 20th. Check out the video for his first single,
“Super Fly” featuring Ne-Yo, via MTV.com now. <WM>
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ICE CUBE!
After bursting on the scene with his former N.W.A. rap group, Ice Cube has
accomplished a lot in the music and entertainment business. Often thought as
just a rap pioneer, the man is also a successful actor, screenwriter, film
director, and producer. Today, he turns 41 years old. Happy birthday! <WM>
ALICIA KEYS OPENS UP ABOUT PREGNANCY
Alicia Keys sat down with MTV U-K to talk about expecting her first child
with fiancé, producer Swizz Beatz. The singer says she “can’t wait to become
a mom” because it’s “the most beautiful gift in the world. Truly a gift from
God.” The entertainer believes she has “an amazing mother – she is a best
friend to me. And [she] would like to be the same to [her] child.” In
addition, Alicia admits that she’s also open to the idea of adopting in the
TUPAC BENEFIT CONCERT TOMORROW!
The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation has decided to keep the late rapper’s
memory alive by hosting a benefit concert. The event will include
performances from Rick Ross, Bun B, Too $hort, Roscoe Dash and Pill tomorrow
night at the Tupac Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Hosted by
comedian Mike Epps and Pac’s mother Afeni Shakur, all ticket sales will
benefit the foundation. Visit TASF.org to learn more. <WM>
USHER READY TO FIND THE “RIGHT” WOMAN
PopEater.com reports Usher opened up about wanting to start dating again.
The singer, who recently divorced his ex-wife Tameka Foster, says he hopes
to find the “right woman.” The “OMG” crooner stated, “Love is a journey and
an adventure. The love I have had in the past has shown me a lot and I have
learned a lot.” Once he finds her, he’ll “be incredible for her and she’ll
be incredible for me.” <WM>
LIL KIM BEEFIN’ WITH DRAKE TOO?
In addition to expressing her strong dislike toward Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim has
reportedly spoken up about her issues with Drake, Diddy, Faith Evans and
even Notorious B.I.G’s mom, Voletta Wallace. Head over to ThisIs50.com to
hear what Kimmie has to say! <WM>
NAS ALREADY WORKING ON SOLO ALBUM?
While promoting his joint Distant Relatives album with Damien Marely, Nas
“We definitely have solo projects that they were both excited to
do. This is the thing we are on right now though; this is what we’re excited
about right now.”
No word on how far into his next album the rapper is but we’ll keep you
posted. In the meantime, be sure to pick up Distant Relatives today. <WM>
NICKI MINAJ SUED OVER PINK LAMBORGHINI
Nicki Minaj is reportedly being sued for allegedly damaging the pink
Lamborghini used in her “Massive Attack” video. According to TMZ, in a suit
filed by Hollywood Exotic Car Rental, the fem-cee is also being accused of
failing to pay car rental fees. The car cost over 17-hundred dollars to rent
and needed 12-thousand dollars to repair damages once it was returned. In
the clip, Nicki rides with Kanye West’s girlfriend, Amber Rose, in the
middle of the desert. <WM>
KANYE JOINS JAY-Z ON STAGE
Kanye West is back. The rapper joined Jay Z on stage for their song “Run
This Town” at the Isle of Wright Festival over the weekend in the U-K.
Check out video of the performance now at WorldStarHipHop.com.
KID CUDI IS IN TROUBLE
Kid Cudi is in trouble. According to the Associated Press, the rapper was
arrested in New York City on charges of criminal mischief and possession of
a controlled substance. Cudi still managed to make his performance at
Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee on Saturday, saying from the stage, “I
really wanted to be here tonight.”
TEEN CHOICE AWARDS MUSIC NOMINATIONS!
The nominations for the Teen Choice Awards have been announced. Justin
Bieber, Jason Derulo, Drake, Adam Lambert and Usher are up for Choice Music:
Male Artist, while Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Shakira and Taylor Swift
have been nominated for Choice Music: Female Artist. The Choice Music:
Group nominees are The Black Eyed Peas, the Glee cast, Selena Gomez & The
Scene, New Boyz and Young Money, while Drake, Eminem, Jay-Z, Ludacris and
Pitbill are up for Choice Music: Rap Artist. The 2010 Teen Choice Awards
will air on FOX on August 9th at 8 PM. <JC>
* VOTE! Fans ages 13 to 19 can vote once each day for their favorite
nominees at TeenChoiceAwards.com.
* OTHER NOMINEES: Choice Music: R&B Artist: Beyonce, Alicia Keys,
Rihanna, Trey Songz and Usher. Choice Music: Rock Group: Kings of Leon,
MGMT, Muse, Paramore and Train.
THE 2010 ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL COMING SOON!
Alongside Alicia Keys and Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson is scheduled to make
her debut performance during the 2010 ESSENCE Music Festival presented by
Coca Cola in New Orleans. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Essence at the
Superdome with the biggest names and greatest legends in music.
Concert-goers can expect great showcases from Earth Wind & Fire, LL Cool J,
Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Monica, Gladys Knight, Keri Hilson, Trey Songz
and Raphael Saadiq. Why wouldn’t you want to enjoy this awesome line-up?
It’s the July 4th weekend party you don’t want to miss! Tickets are
available now! For more information, be sure to visit
<http://Music.VH1.com> Music.VH1.com or <http://EssenceMusicFestival.com>
EssenceMusicFestival.com to score your passes today.