Posts Tagged ‘ Alicia Keys ’

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BEYONCE IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR X-FACTOR PANNEL AND $100 MILLION SALARY

Ever since news broke that Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul were fired from The X Factor USA panel, rumors have run rampant about who will replace the two judges. So far, we’ve heard Kelly Rowland, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are in the running, but a source told Englans’s The Mirror that Beyonce is being considered as well. An X Factor insider claims, “Simon wants nothing but the best for the X Factor.” The X Factor USA will returns this fall on FOX.

It would the highest TV salary ever, and, indeed, an ideal job for Beyonce, 30, who gave birth daughter Blue Ivy, her first child with husband Jay-Z, last month; the X-Factor stint could theoretically allow the Grammy winning singer a way to stay in the public eye during her baby’s first years without having to tour worldwide.

Read more: http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/simon-cowell-offers-beyonce-100-million-for-x-factor-report-201232#ixzz1lLrP2zTW

– Do you think Beyonce will be too busy raising Blue Ivy to do the show?

DRAKE’S EX WANTS MONEY FROM MARVIN’S ROOM

Young Money superstar Drake’s alleged ex-girlfriend Ericka Lee has come forward with a lawsuit against the Grammy-nominated performer for not getting compensated after contributing to his “Marvin’s Room” summer anthem.

The lawsuit is officially filed and cites Drake for not paying what is due in royalties.

Ericka Lee, revealing herself to be Drake’s ex-girlfriend, has stepped up, saying she was the voice on the other end of the phone call. The woman is now suing Drake for excluding her from sharing co-writer royalties on one of his biggest recent hits. Lee filed the lawsuit on Thursday in California federal court claiming the two had a romantic and business partnership between early-2010 and mid-2011. During the relationship, the two are said to have traded poems and song lyrics and discussed joint creative projects. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Following a messy break-up, Lee later contacted an attorney to put the suit into motion.

By November, Lee hired a lawyer, which allegedly caused Drake to make threatening phone calls. “What the f–k is your problem?” he said to her, according to the complaint, then offering her “4-5%” of publishing monies plus a $50,000 payout to go away. Instead, Lee has filed a lawsuit over “Marvin’s Room,” which has been viewed more than 39 million times on YouTube. She demands a judge declare her as co-writer of the song. She’s also seeking damages and disgorgement of profits on allegations of breach of fiduciary duties and unjust enrichment. Lee is represented by Neville Johnson, who previously filed a lawsuit against Drake on behalf of a Playboy Enterprises for sampling an unauthorized sound recording it owned on “Best I Ever Had.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

The record premiered last summer and features production from Noah “40” Shebib.

Get excited, Drake fans. According to his website, his sophomore album, Take Care, is due out in October and we should be hearing the first single in July. And if that isn’t enough for y’all, he has also come through with a brand-new track called “Marvins Room.” It’s far less rap-heavy than “Dreams Money Can Buy” and instead features Drizzy throwing on his R&B sad-man/storyteller hat throughout the nearly six-minute-long track. The result is a pretty epic cut that includes a track-ending piano solo and producer Noah “40” Shebib’s trademark watery 808s. A single this is not, but I’ll be d*mned if it won’t make for a killer deep cut. (Prefix Mag)

Outside of romance and legal woes, Drizzy recently made headlines for shattering records.

The Toronto rapper has broken the record for most number one songs on the Billboard Rap Songs chart on the heels of his 11th hit “Make Me Proud” featuring Nicki Minaj. This bests a previous tie the Canadian rapper held with Diddy. Billboard reports, “When it comes to topping the tally the most, Drake, in less than three years, has become the best the chart ever had”. (RapFix)

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B.O.B ISSUES “STRANGE CLOUDS” REMIX VIDEO

B.o.B has issued the visual for the remix video for “Strange Clouds.” According to his official website, the revamped track includes guest verses from T.I. and Young Jeezy and is expected to appear on his sophomore album of the same name.  Strange Clouds lands on March 13th.\

ALICIA KEYS VACATIONS IN HAWAII WITH FAMILY

Wanna know what Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz have been up to? The two love birds were spotted vacationing with their son, Egypt, on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The family was there to celebrate the singer’s recent 31st birthday. Here’s what she tweeted about the experience, “I’ve never seen a starrier sky I’ve never felt a more beautiful breeze I’ve never been more alive And It brings me to my knees!” In related news, Keys is still working on the follow-up to 2009’s Element Of Freedom, which is expected to land later this year.

YOUNG JEEZY ANNOUNCES TM103 TOUR

To further support the release of his latest album, TM103, Young Jeezy has announced the dates for his upcoming outing, which is being dubbed The Hustlerz Ambition Tour. The rapper’s 25-city North American outing will begin on March 3rd in Washington, D.C. and wrap on April 6th in Montreal. Head to his official website to learn how to score passes now.

March 3 – Washington DC

March 4 – New York, NY

March 5 – Boston, MA

March 6 – Hartford, CT

March 8 – Philadelphia, PA

March 9 – Cincinnati, OH

March 10 – Detroit, MI

March 11 – Cleveland, OH

March 12 – Indianapolis, IN

March 13 – Chicago, IL

March 20 – Las Vegas, NV

March 21 – San Diego, CA

March 22 – Los Angeles, CA

March 24 – San Francisco, CA

March 27 – Seattle, WA

March 28 – Vancouver, B.C.

March 29 – Edmonton, Alb.

March 30 – Calgary, Alb.

March 31 – Saskatoon, Sask.

April 1 – Winnipeg, Man.

April 5 – Toronto, Ont.

April 6 – Montreal, Que.

R KELLY DROPS “SHARE MY LOVE”

R Kelly is readying his comeback. After overcoming throat surgery late last year, the self-proclaimed R&B king has issued a new song called “Share My Love.” The up-tempo track serves as the first single from his new album, Write Me Back. The follow-up to Love Letter will arrive in stores in March.

In addition, Kellz is also working on a sequel to his 1993 debut, 12 Play, entitled Black Panties.

WILLOW SMITH WHIPS HER HAIR NO MORE

It’s the end of an era, tweens and tween-adjacents. After 464 glorious days of hair whipping, Will Smith’s singing, dancing daughter Willow posted a pic on her WhoSay account showing a newly shorn head. Known for out-there style choices, the “21st Century Girl” must have felt that long locks were so last year — either that or she got a little too close to a “Fireball.” All in all, it was a good run — when Miss Piggy is mussing her golden coiffure in tribute, you know you’ve succeeded. Let us pause and take a moment to remember the paint-splattering, hair-whipping good times (video below, obviously). – Lanford Beard

ELEPHANT MAN ARRESTED FOR RAPE

According to TMZ, Elephant Man was arrested in Jamaica for allegedly raping a woman sometime last month inside his St. Andrew home. The reggae king, known for his 2004 hit “Jook Girl,” was recently questioned about his involvement while his lawyers were present. He was officially booked following the interrogation and charged with grievous sexual assault and rape. We’ll keep you posted.

BOW WOW ISSUES UNDERRATED TRACKLIST

Now that Bow Wow has secured a launch date for his long-awaited Underrated LP, the Young Money rapper has revealed the tracklist for his 17-track project. Be sure to look for the disc, which includes appearances from Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Miguel, Busta Rhymes and Meek Mil, on March 13th.

Bow Wow – Underrated Tracklisting

1. “Intro”

2. “Where My Dogs At” (produced by Cardiak)

3. “Must Be Stupid” feat. Busta Rhymes (produced by AraabMuzik)

4. “Why Y’all” (produced by Jahlil Beats)

5. “We Going Hard” feat. Ace Hood (produced by Cardiak)

6. “Right Now” feat. Miguel

7. “Heart Stop” (produced by Drumma Boy)

8. “Sweat” feat. Lil Wayne (produced by Detail and Bei Maejor)

9. “Ain’t Thinkin’ ‘Bout You” feat. Chris Brown (produced by Kevin McCall)

10. “Wrong Time” feat. Musiq Soulchild (produced by Musiq Soulchild)

11. “I Try” (produced by Beat Bully)

12. “Boy or Girl” (produced by Soundsmith and Neenyo)

13. “If You Were Down” feat. Talib Kweli (produced by No I.D.)

14. “The Cypher” feat. Meek Mill (produced by Jahlil Beats)

15. “Lifestyle Ain’t for Me” (produced by Lodi Lucci)

16. “Ohio to Yonkers” feat. Jadakiss (produced by Jahlil Beats)

17. “All That I Know” feat. Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J (produced by Sledge)

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YOUNG JEEZY, DRAKE REMAIN IN TOP 5 ON BILLBOARD CHART

Drake continues to enjoy his reign on the Billboard 200 chart as his sophomore album, Take Care, has remained at the number two spot for the second consecutive week. The disc reportedly moved an additional 42-thousand copies, bringing its total sales to over 1.2-million copies. Elsewhere, Young Jeezy’s latest album, TM103: Hustlerz Ambition, has slipped to number four and raked in over 334-thousand units since being released in December.

LUPE FIASCO’S LASERS GOES GOLD

Lupe Fiasco announced on his website that his latest album, Lasers, has officially reached gold status. The rapper’s effort has amassed sales over 500-thousand copies. As previously reported, Lasers was one of the few rap albums to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in 2011.

SWIZZ BEATZ WORKING ON NEW MIXTAPE

Aside from raising his son with Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz is still working on his highly anticipated third album, Haute Living. Since the LP currently has no release date, the hitmaker wrote on Twitter that fans will get new music in the form of a mixtape. The free project will surface soon and we’ll keep you posted with more updates.

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ALICIA KEYS UP FOR DIRECTOR’S GUILD AWARDS

According to SingersRoom.com, Alicia Keys has received a nomination for the upcoming Directors Guild of America Awards. The singer recently made her directorial debut with a movie called Lili, which was created for Lifetime’s short film series on breast cancer. Keys is up for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series category. The ceremony takes place on January 28th in Los Angeles.

BEYONCE’S BABY CALLED “SATAN” BY CHURCH VANDAL

People seem to have mixed opinions about Jay-Z and Beyonce’s new baby, Blue Ivy Carter. According to TMZ, an unidentified vandal recently defaced a sign for the North Carolina Baptist church and made it read: “Beyonce had her baby. Satan is on Earth.” The pastor, who claims the church was unaware of the incident, told TMZ that he received numerous complaints and removed the sign immediately.

Do you think news like this will upset Beyonce?

AND…

SOLANGE DEFENDS BEYONCE ON TWITTER

Solange recently lashed out at critics of the birth of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. The singer shared on her Twitter page, “It has really gotten out of hand. I’ve been doing my best at keeping my mouth shut….but the ignorance is really sad and upsetting.” While she feels hard to not react to false allegations, Solo said of her niece, “The most beautiful girl in the world. In love. So THIS is what Aunty-hood feels like.” Photos of the couple’s bundle of joy have yet to be released, we’ll keep you posted.

YELAWOLF SHOOTS VIDEO WITH KID ROCK

Yelawolf has released the video for “Let’s Roll,” which includes an appearance from Kid Rock. While you can peep the visual via the rap rookie’s fansite, be sure to pick up his Shady Records debut Radioactive, available in stores now.

JENNIFER HUDSON DENIES RUMORS OF PRECIOUS ROLE

We previously reported that Jennifer Hudson turned down the lead role in Precious due to the excessive weight gain she would have to put on. However, according to TMZ, the singer claimed that putting on extra pounds was not the reason she declined the offer. She explained, “I turned it down because I felt it was just too graphic for me at that time.” Interestingly enough, Hudson told Dateline that she passed because she “would have had to be the big girl again.” If you remember, Hudson agreed to put on weight to for her character in Dreamgirls and in the upcoming film, Winnie.

Do you feel Jennifer should have to explain why she turned down the role?

MARY J BLIGE RE-RELEASES “MR. WRONG” VIDEO

Rap-Up.com reports Mary J Blige has just issued a slightly altered visual to her latest single, “Mr Wrong.” This time, the video includes an appearance from Drake, who raps his guest verses at the beginning of the clip. The Rico Love and Jim Jonsin-produced song is lifted from Blige’s latest album, My Life II, which is out now.

RIHANNA BEATS LAGA GAGA FOR MOST VIEWS ON YOUTUBE

According to RihannaDaily.com, Rihanna has just beat out Lady Gaga for the most views on YouTube. The “We Found Love” singer, who already has more Facebook likes that Gaga, has a whopping two-million more views. In related news, Robin’s latest album, Talk That Talk, currently sits at the number six position on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold over 541-thousand to date.

Ri Ri currently stands at over two-billion views!

 JUSTIN BIEBER IN THE STUDIO!

Justin Bieber entered the studio this week to begin working on his new album, Believe. His manager, Scooter Braun, took to Twitter to write that the album “is going to be ridiculous!” The 17-year-old singer recently told V magazine that he wants the album to recall Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds record sonically, but he noted that his lyrics would be a little more PG than the topics Timberlake covered on the effort. Bieber did take a break from recording this week to hit up the Consumer Electronics Show, which is currently under way in Las Vegas.

ARETHA, MARY, FANTASIA & MORE TO HEADLINE ESSENCE FEST

Finally! Essence has just sent a press release for the lineup for the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. This year, the show will include main stage performances from Mary J Blige, who headlined last year, Aretha Franklin, Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi and Keyshia Cole. The three-day festival will also feature sets from Bridget Kelly, Stephanie Mills, SWV, Dru Hill, Vivian Green, Goapele, The Stylistics, Raheem Devaughn and more. Be sure to visit EseenceMusicFestival.com to learn more.

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WOMAN GETS DRAKE’S NAME TATTOOED TO HER HEAD

In Drake’s song “Free Spirit” with Rick Ross, he says on the hook: “Tat my name on you so I know it’s real.” According to MTV.com, a fan has done just that and showed her devotion to Drizzy by getting a tattoo of the rapper’s name on her forehead. Kevin Campbell, the tattoo artist responsible for the ink, told Vibe magazine that the young lady wasn’t drunk and “really psyched and was pretty adamant about putting it on her forehead.” He adds, “She acted as if she had planned it out for a while; though I’m not really sure how much extended coherent thought could actually go into getting such a stupid tattoo on your forehead.”

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DRAKE ANNOUNCES CLUB PARADISE TOUR

According to his official website, Drake has released the dates for his upcoming Club Paradise tour, which will travel to cities in the U-S and Europe. The highly anticipated trek will begin next year on February 14th in Miami and wraps on March 11th in San Diego only to begin in Dublin, Ireland on March 24th. Be sure to pick up his latest Take Care LP – here’s the full U-S stops:

The tickets for the European dates will be available December 16th onwards on Live Nation.

2012 The Club Paradise Tour North American Dates:

2/14/2012 – Miami, FL Bank United Center

2/15/2012 – Gainesville, FL Stephen C. O’Connell Center

2/17/2012 – Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

2/18/2012 – Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center

2/21/2012 – Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena

2/22/2012 – Lexington, KY Rupp Arena

2/24/2012 – Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center

2/25/2012 – New Orleans, LA UNO Lakefront Arena

2/27/2012 – Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center

2/28/2012 – Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena

3/01/2012 – Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

3/02/2012 – Arlington, TX College Park Center

3/04/2012 – Tuscon, AZ Tucson Arena

3/05/2012 – Los Angeles, CA Galen Center

3/08/2012 – Fresno, CA Save Mart Center

3/10/2012 – San Jose, CA Event Center

3/11/2012 – San Diego, CA Viejas Arena

T.I. TO DROP NEW MIXTAPE

In case you missed it, T.I. has announced that he will release a mixtape on New Year’s Day. The rapper wrote on Twitter, “Breaking News! Its official…I’m puttin out a mixtape midnight Jan.1 2012 called #F**kdacityup. Wanna be the 1st thing yall hear next year,” he wrote. “When da ball drop…We drop!!!! Out with da old, in with da TRUE!!!! A-town….Weeee Baaaaaack!!!!!” In related Tip news, the rap star’s upcoming eighth album Troubleman is due next year.

NEW ACTS ADDED TO VH1 DIVAS

We’ve just learned Anita Baker, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson and Ledisi have just been added to the list of performers for this year’s VH1 Divas. In addition, Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Nas, Common and La La Anthony are all expected to present at the ceremony, which is paying tribute to great cities of soul including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. Taking place inside New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, be sure to tune in when VH1 Divas airs Monday, December 19th at 9 PM/8c on VH1.

The headlining “divas” were announced earlier and includes Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J. and Jill Scott. Previously announced performers include: Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and Travie McCoy.

ALICIA KEYS SAYS HER ALBUM IS ALMOST DONE

If you’ve followed Alicia Keys on Twitter recently you’d know that she’s currently recording her fifth studio album. Wanna know how many tracks she’s competed so far? During a recent interview on GMA, the singer said of the upcoming disc, “I think we got a couple more months and we’re ready to fly,” she said. “You deserve the best and I want to give you the best, so when you hear this music you’re blown away, like you’re filled.” The follow-up to 2009’s Element Of Freedom is slated to arrive early next year.

SNOOP DOGG SHARES BLUNT IN CONCERT?

According to TMZ, Snoop Dogg gave one fan the experience of a lifetime during a concert in Atlanta this past weekend. The rapper lit a massive “blunt-type object” and passed in to an unidentified concert-goer who joined in on the fun. In related news, the soundtrack to Snoop’s stoner-comedy with Wiz Khalifa, Mac and Devin Go to High School, is out in stores now!

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

BET TO HONOR MARIAH CAREY

According to BET.com, Mariah Carey’s contribution to music is scheduled to be celebrated during the fourth annual BET Honors Award Ceremony. The diva is being recognized with the Entertainer award for her tremendous impact to black music and the culture. She reportedly joined previous recipients Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx. We’ll keep you posted with more details for the BET Honors 2012.

MYSTIKAL REACTS TO SINGING TO YOUNG MONEY

In a press release, Mystikal issued a statement about his recently deal with Cash Money Records. Similar to Busta Rhymes, the rapper is excited about the new partnership. He stated, “It has been a truly long time since I have felt like a rapper and with this signing, and partnership, Birdman and Slim have given me my life as a rapper back. I am ready to go. I am going to put my red Superman drawers, cape and boots on and go! This is a huge moment for me and I am truly excited to be with Cash Money Records.” Lead by his first single, “Original” featuring Lil Wayne, Mystikal’s next album is expected for a spring 2012 release.

FANTASIA WELCOMES BABY BOY!

According Vibe, Fantasia has reportedly delivery a healthy baby boy at a North Carolina hospital on Tuesday morning. The bundle of joy marks her first child together with her and partner Antwaun Cook, who was allegedly married when they first started dating. The singer has told People.com, “I feel so blessed that my son Dallas Xavier was born healthy, and is a wonderful new addition to our family,” she said. “I thank all my fans for their well wishes and continued support.” The bundle of joy weighed at 7 lbs., 9 oz. and 21 inches long. Dallas marks her first child together with her and partner Antwaun Cook, who was allegedly married when they first started dating.

The baby join big sister Zion Quari Barrino, 10.

MICHAEL JACKSON AUCTION

According to JuliensAuctions.com, personal items from the L-A home where Michael Jackson died in are being auctioned off. The items up for auction include messages from his children, a carved dining table and a Victorian grand piano and more. Other items include an ornate bedroom mirror, on which the late singer wrote: “Train perfection March, April full out May,” in the build up to his planned London comeback gigs, and a shower bench on which Jackson drew a series of stick figures. Contrary to rumors, the bed in which the singer died in will not be included in the sale.

The auction begins Saturday. For more information go to http://www.juliensauctions.com/.

JANELLE MONAE READIES TWO NEW ALBUMS

According to SingersRoom.com, Janelle Monae has big plans for the New Year. Fans can expect the singer to release two new albums which she revealed has “84.799 percent of the writing is done.” As for when the “Tightrope” entertainer will drop the projects, Monae stated, “I will release them according to my soul clock; so I reserve the right to change that. But I will try to stick to the scheduled release dates, which I know but can’t say.” We’ll keep you posted.

FLO RIDA IS BACK ON TRACK AFTER DUI

TMZ is reporting that Flo Rida got off lightly from prosecutors for his DUI case. The rapper was busted in Miami Beach back in June on suspicion of DUI, according to Police his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Flo Rida’s attorney got the judge to send Flo to a first-time offenders program instead of jail. The program, called Back on Track, requires for Flo Rida to complete substance abuse classes, counseling, community service and drug testing. If Flo completes all of the requirements, prosecutors will know the DUI charge down to the lesser charge of reckless driving.

ODD FUTURE, WU-TANG READY PAID DUES FEST

According to HipHopDX.com, Wu-Tang Clan and Odd Future have just been announced as performers for the 7th annual Paid Dues Festival. Taking place on April 7, 2012, concert-goers can expect to see over 20 acts for the event which will be held at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California. If you want to attend, passed for the show go on sale to the general public on Saturday, December 17th at 10 AM.

JAY-Z REACTS TO J COLE GRAMMY NOMINATION

Following the news that J.Cole was nominated for Best New Artist for the 2012 GRAMMY Awards, his boss, Jay-Z, told MTV News how he feels about it. Hova said of his Roc Nation artist, “I think it’s great for him, because I’m sure it’s a dream of his. We grew up seeing Michael Jackson, and I’m sure he grew up seeing whatever moment stuck in his mind, so I know it’s great for him to do that,” he said. “I think he’s already won Best New Artist, to me. His journey is what I’m really excited about.” Be sure to pick up the rap rookie’s debut today.

CELEBRATE NEW YEARS WITH CHRIS BROWN!

2011 has been a big year for Chris Brown. So it makes sense that the crooner is looking to have one last bash before the year is completed. He is scheduled to host New Year’s Eve celebration at PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. If you’d like to attend, tickets are priced at $150 each – visit his official website to learn more.

LIL WAYNE’S TOUR GROSSES 47-MILLION

According to his official website, Lil Wayne’s I Am Still Music tour has reportedly become one of the most successful tours of 2011. The trek, which stretch along North America, Africa and Australia, has grossed 47-million dollars. His manager, Cortez Bryant, said in a statement, “The tour exceeded our own expectations. The amount of tickets he sold in both primary and secondary markets across the country was phenomenal and we are now focusing on the expansion of his global success.” The outing was designed to further support his latest album, Tha Carter IV, which is out now.

WALE TEAMS UP WITH THE WIZARDS FOR NBA EVENT

Wale will perform a free show in Washington D.C. on Saturday. The Maryland native is helping the Washington Wizards kick off their 2012 season with Fan Fest, on Saturday night. The event will feature face painters, balloon artists, magicians and much more. Free popcorn and soda will be provided to all courtesy of the Washington Wizards and the event will include autographed items for fans. The first five-thousand fans in attendance will receive a souvenir credential. Fan Fest takes place on Saturday night at 6 PM Eastern and is free and open to the public.

Wale attended Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Wale released the following statement: “I am an avid sports fan who is very passionate about our DC teams and to be officially involved with the Wizards is a blessing. I am overjoyed that our team is returning to the court and can’t wait to see them compete this season. Fan Fest will be a great opportunity to get our fans excited about this team and this season. I am confident that Ted Leonsis, myself and the entire Wizards organization can create something special for this event that will set that tone for more great things to come this year.” #TeamAmbition

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T.I. DENIED LEGAL COUNSEL IN PRISON

According to TMZ, T.I. just might have to serve the remainder of his sentence in prison – especially since he has not been allowed to contact his lawyer. The rapper’s lawyer told TMZ that The Federal Bureau of Prisons stated in letter that Tip is “not entitled to legal counsel.” Why? Well, apparently prison officials are still in the process of reviewing what led to him being re-incarcerated. As previously reported, the troubled emcee was released from prison and sent to halfway house only to be locked up again after he was caught conducting business with his manager while en route to the halfway house.

JAY-Z TO HOST CARNIVAL IN NYC

Jay-Z has announced that at the end of the month, he’ll host a lavish carnival-themed benefit for his Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. The New York Daily News reports that the event will help raise funds for people needing financial assistance to attain higher education. Taking place on September 29th, tickets can be purchased for a thousand dollars each via SCFCarnival.com.

· The benefit is being held at Pier 54 in New York City.

KANYE TO DROP WOMEN’S LINE AT PARIS FASHION WEEK

We previously reported that Kanye West was looking to release his first clothing line dedicated specifically for women. The mogul was initially looking to launch his line during New York Fashion Week, but HarpersBazaar.com reports Yeezy will debut his S/S 2012 collection at 9.30 PM on October 1st, during Paris Fashion Week.

· West recently interned at Fendi and launched a collection of scarves.

SWIZZ BEATZ CAUGHT SEXTING ANOTHER WOMAN?

Are things going bad between Swizz Beatz and his second wife, Alicia Keys? Several gossip sites are reporting that the hitmaker allegedly sent a naked picture of himself to a woman named Christina Elizabeth. Since Elizabeth recently lost her cell phone, Bossip.com reports their conversation has surfaced on the Internet. Swizz is yet to confirm or deny sending the pictures. We’ll keep you posted.

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WIZ KHALIFA AND AMBER ROSE NOT MARRIED

There were rumors going around that Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose secretly got hitched in Las Vegas last week. However, Billboard.com has learned that the pair has not exchanged vows. A source confirmed that they “were simply celebrating Wiz’s birthday with close family and friends in Vegas.” The pair has been dating for nearly a year now.

SUBMIT SONGS FOR MARIAH’S NEW ALBUM

Now that she’s gotten the hang of raising her twins, Mariah Carey is looking to begin recording her 14th studio album. Interestingly enough, the diva is allowing newer artists and up and coming writers to contribute to her next project. According to MusicXRay.com, an A&R agency that is representing Carey said in a statement, “Mariah Carey is working on her new studio album. Her label is looking for songwriters and producers that have impeccable talent to collaborate with.” To learn more about how you can get involved, SUBMIT YOUR MUSIC HERE!

DRAKE ENJOYED JOJO’S “MARVIN’S ROOM” REMIX

During an interview with Paper magazine, Drake gave his honest opinions of JoJo’s remix to “Marvin’s Room.” Drizzy admired the singer for “taking the time to write really potent new lyrics.” He added, “It was really shocking, I think, for her audience since throughout her career she’s been kind of stereotyped as this teen pop star and then she comes out with this different kind of substance.” Drake went on to say, “It’s very rare that people take your song and do it over like that.”

ICE-T TALKS NEW VH1 DOCUMENTARY

On Monday night, we got the chance to speak to Ice-T before the premiere of the Vh1 documentary Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation. The film, which includes interviews with Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Raekwon, follows the crack epidemic and shows rappers who traded the crack game and for the rap game. Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation premieres on Vh1 on Sunday at 10 PM Eastern.

· Ice-T is the film’s narrator and executive producer.

· The premiere was held at the Paley Center for Media in New York City.

PITBULL, DEMI LOVATO WIN ALMA AWARDS

Pitbull and Demi Lovato were among the winners at the 2011 ALMA Awards on Saturday night. The show honors Latino artists for their work in movies, TV and music. Lovato won for Favorite Comedy Actress, TV for Sonny With a Chance, while Pitbull won for Male Musical Artist. Jessica Alba and Antonio Banderas were also among the winners at the show, which will air on Friday at 8 PM Eastern on NBC.

· The 2011 Alma Awards were hosted by Eva Longoria and George Lopez and featured performances from Lovato, Pitbull and Gloria Estefan.

LADY GAGA, USHER & MORE FOR BILL CLINTON PARTY

Lady Gaga, Usher and Bono and The Edge from U2 are set to perform at party for former president Bill Clinton next month. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the event will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the William J. Clinton Foundation and takes place at the famed Hollywood Bowl on October 15th.

· The William J. Clinton Foundation has raised more than 10-billion dollars for HIV/AIDS treatment, economic empowerment, food aid and global health initiatives.

AND…

LADY GAGA AND EMINEM WIN EMMYS

Lady Gaga and Eminem each quietly won an award at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday night. HBO took home an award for the Lady Gaga Monster Ball concert special and the Chrysler 200 commercial starring Eminem also took home a trophy. The commercial, titled Born of Fire, features the Detroit-born rapper driving through his hometown while his track, “Lose Yourself,” plays in the background. The Creative Arts Emmy show will air on the ReelzChannel on Saturday. The primetime Emmys will take place Sunday in Los Angeles.

CHRISTINA’S SEAT ON THE VOICE IS SAFE

According to various reports, Christina Aguilera’s position as a vocal coach on The Voice is secure, dismissing earlier reports that she would be fired after the completion of next season’s singing competition. A rumor about Aguilera’s proposed firing erupted after X17 Online reported that producers were unhappy working with her and planned to replace her in third season of the show. An NBC executive cleared the air saying, “There is absolutely no truth to the rumor.” Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green and Blake Shelton will all be back when The Voice returns on Sunday, February 5th, after the Super Bowl.

AMY WINEHOUSE WOULD HAVE BEEN 28 TODAY

Today would have been Amy Winehouse’s 28th birthday. The embattled singer passed away on July 23rd at her home in London, and while the official cause of death is yet to be announced, it’s been ruled out that it was the result of an illegal substance, and her father Mitch revealed that he believes she died from a seizure suffered while going through detox. In honor of her birthday, her final song, a duet with Tony Bennett of the classic “Body & Soul,” will be released today. Download it on iTunes.

T.I. Back in Fed’s Custody -x- DMX Brings Out Scarface at HOB Houston -x- Beyonce Turns 30 -x- Soulja Boy Releases New Mixtape -x- MTV Music News


T.I. BACK IN FEDERAL CUSTODY

After only a day in the semi-real world following months in prison, T.I. is already back in federal custody because of an issue involving his trip from the Arkansas prison to his Atlanta halfway house on a luxury bus on Wednesday, according to T.I.’s lawyer, Steve Sadow.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirms to TMZ that the rapper checked into a federal penitentiary in Atlanta last night, because he allegedly misled prison officials into thinking he’d take a low-key mode of transportation from the prison to the halfway house — and a tricked out tour bus isn’t low-key.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ — when a prisoner is incarcerated in a low or medium security prison … prison officials can allow the inmate to use a private, unescorted mode of transportation to travel from the prison facility to the halfway house.

During the process of approving such a transfer, the prisoner must state specifically what mode of transportation he or she will be using. Our sources tell us … T.I. informed prison officials he would be taking some sort of van, but made no mention of the high-end, pimped out tour bus.

We’re told prison officials felt T.I. should have fully disclosed the nature of his party bus. Neither drugs nor alcohol were found on the bus.

T.I.’s wife tells TMZ … multiple prison officials actually saw the tour bus that picked up the rapper yesterday — and even took photos with T.I. in front of it — and NOBODY raised an issue.

Tameka “Tiny” Cottle tells us … when the tour bus rolled up to the Arkansas prison yesterday, prison officials “Walked him over, took pics and told him good luck in life.”

Law enforcement sources also told TMZ when the U.S. Marshals arrived at the halfway house to take T.I. back to prison, the halfway house honcho actually got into an argument with them, saying it was ridiculous to send him back for such an alleged violation. But the Marshals had their orders, and took T.I. back to the pokey.

Sadow tells TMZ, “We are awaiting the opportunity to quickly resolve whatever the issue may be that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has with T.I.’s method of transportation, bus, from Arkansas to Atlanta, so that T.I. can return to the halfway house to complete the remaining days of his sentence.”

T.I. was sentenced in October to 11 months in prison for violating his probation, but was let out early. He was to complete the rest of his sentence in the halfway house.

AND…

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING T.I. DID POST-PRISON?

Wanna know what T.I. did after he was released from prison? Well, according to TMZ, the rapper was treated to a home cooked meal prepared by his mother and his Aunt Lita. Since Tip must remain in a halfway house until his sentence is complete, his family brought over a hot plate of food – which included steak, collard greens and mac ‘n cheese. His auntie told the site that he was grateful for the “amazing” meal and revealed that he’s currently “in good spirits.” We can only imagine what his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, brought over.

AND…

T.I. TO RELEASE FIRST BOOK SOON!

We previously reported that T.I. was looking to publish his first book, but we had no idea that the project would hit stores next month! According to the AP, the rapper’s upcoming novel, titled Power & Beauty, is a “fictional tale about two childhood friends torn apart by dangerous dealings on the streets of Atlanta.” The book will be available sometime in October via Harper Collins.

KANYE TO BE JAY-Z’S CHILD’S GODFATHER?

Like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West is hoping to become a godparent to Jay-Z and Beyonce’s baby. According to MTV’s Buzzworthy, there are whispers that Yeezy just might become the godfather to the power couple’s unborn child. Though it’s not confirmed, we speculate that ‘Ye is probably on a short list that includes Bey’s sister, Solange, the couple’s favorite couple, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, as well as her former Destiny’s Child bandmate, Kelly Rowland and Hova’s partner in crime, Memphis Bleek.

BEYONCE TURNS 30 THIS WEEKEND!

It’s a great time for Beyonce. Not only has the Houston native released her fourth number one album and announced that she’s expecting her first child with Jay-Z, but the former Destiny’s Child singer is also tuning 30 years old on Sunday. While it’s unknown where the notoriously private entertainer will celebrate this year, we wish her a happy birthday with many more to come.

LIL WAYNE FAN JUMPS ON STAGE

Some people just can’t control themselves. This seemed to be the case for an unidentified Lil Wayne fan that jumped on stage with the mogul at one of his I Am Still Music tour stops. At the very end of his set, an unnamed male concertgoer shared the stage with Weezy for a total of four seconds before being tackled by a security guard at the Denver Comfort Dental amphitheater. Afterwards, Wayne simply shrugged and told the crowd, “You don’t want that you happen to you.” Check out the 15-second video online now.

KELLY ROWLAND BEGINS TOUR THIS MONTH

As we previously reported, Kelly Rowland has been tapped to join Chris Brown’s upcoming F.A.M.E. tour alongside T-Pain and Tyga. Since the 28-date tour begins September 12th in Toronto and wraps on October 30th inside Hartford, Connecticut’s XL Center. Visit Ticketmaster.com to score passes now.

CHRIS BROWN, PITBULL SEE SALES INCREASE 

Following his soaring performance at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, the song Chris Brown showcased has received a massive sales increase. His single, “Beautiful People,” is up 904-percent while “Yeah 3X” rose 149-percent shortly after the VMA’s aired. In addition, Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo experienced a 75-percent sales growth on the iTunes singles chart as well. In case you missed their performances, visit MTV.com to check them out now.

AND… 

CHRIS BROWN GETS ROLEX RETURNED

TMZ reports Chris Brown would love to give a handsome reward to the unnamed female fan who returned his 22-thousand dollar Rolex. His ultra expensive diamond-encrusted watch got lost during his VMA performance. Since the unidentified woman did not give her name, Brown’s rep is hoping she will contact his camp to receive personal thanks from the singer as well as backstage passes to his upcoming tour. We’ll keep you posted if and when the fan comes forward.

TYLER MEETS EMINEM IN IRELAND

It’s been a great week for Tyler, the Creator. Not only did the Odd Future ringleader take home Best New Artist at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, but he finally met and hung out with Eminem for the first time. The rap rookie ran into Slim Shady at the Tennent’s ViTal music festival in Ireland and posted a picture of them on his Twitter page. Tyler wrote, “F**kkkkk O My Atheist God. Goal List Check: I Told Him Relapse Was One Of The Greatest Albums To Me.”

· Em recently told MTV News that he likes Odd Future, saying, “I love it, I love the fact that they’re doing that. And the dudes can rhyme.”

DRAKE REACTS TO BEIBER’S “TURST ISSUES” REMIX

According to MTV, Drake was impressed with Justin Bieber’s recent remix of “Trust Issues.” However, if Drizzy had it his way, he would have liked the pop sensation to include all the curse words that were on the original. Drake stated, “I wish he would’ve left all the cuss words in it. I feel like that would’ve been so G, if he would’ve done all the swearing. I was excited when I heard he remixed it, because there was like a gang of swearing in that song. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re about to hear the transformation of Bieber.”

SOULJA BOY ISSUES NEW MIXTAPE

Soulja Boy is all about treating his fans to new music. Out of nowhere, the rapper dropped a new mixtape titled The Last Crown. The 18-track project includes collaborations with Lil B, Big Sean and French Montana. Be sure to download it today via his official website now!

TRACKLIST:

1. The Last Crown Intro

2. Hold You Down

3. Pretty Boy ft. Lil B

4. There He Go

5. What Up Dawg ft. French Montana

6. Money on Deck

7. Post Up

8. The Product

9. Young King

10. Swag Dat

11. Love Money

12. 2 Cupz

13. Back It Up

14. So Throwed

15. Don’t Stop

16. Pick Up The Phone

17. Private Jet

18. Soulja

SWIZZ BEATZ TALKS LIFE WITH ALICIA KEYS

During an interview with Uptown magazine, Swizz Beatz touched on what life is like with his second wife, Alicia Keys. The hitmaker shared that the first thing he does in the morning is “open the curtains and I’m thankful for another day. If my wife is next to me, it’s an instant hug and kiss. Get up, brush the teeth, do this, do that, and then it’s showtime!” He added that the one thing he’s learned from Alicia is “love.”

· The couple has been together for one year and share an 11-month old son, Egypt Daud Dean.

· Alicia recently told Glamour magazine the moment she fell in love. She stated, “I do remember the exact moment. If I told you, I would have to kill you, but it was something that he planned, and he planned it so beautifully and thoughtfully that in that moment I remember thinking to myself, Oh my God, I’m so in love with him.”

DMX PERFORMS WITH SCARFACE IN TEXAS 

DMX is slowly but surely finding a way to rebuild his music career. The rapper invited Scarface on stage with him on Wednesday night at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas. Both rappers just completed prison sentences on unrelated charges and stood side by side during X’s infamous prayer. Head over to HoustonPress.com to watch performance footage now.

CHRISTINA MILIAN TALKS NEW ALBUM 

According to Rap-Up.com, Christina Milian is speaking up about the status of her long awaited album. While the disc is no longer titled Elope, the singer stated, “I think I found my sound for this one,” The Dream’s ex-wife added, “It’s an entirely new album. I’ve gone through a lot since then, so it’s definitely a little more honest. It’s based on just living life and there’s more to talk about now. But it’s urban, it’s pop, it’s sexy, it’s fierce, and independent. It’s awesome.” The upcoming effort will be released via Interscope Records.

· Do you think the singer will include lyrics about her public divorce?

· In addition, Milian is negotiating a lead role in ABC Family’s half-hour comedy, Maid in Miami.

Pitbull hits #1! x Rick Ross sued over pitbulls x Kelly Rowland’s ‘Here I Am Tracklist’ & MTV Music News


PITBULL TO ROCK THE TODAY SHOW ON FRIDAY

Pitbull and Marc Anthony will take the stage for the first time together for The Today Show’s Summer Concert Series in New York City tomorrow morning. Pitbull and Anthony will debut their new single, “Rain Over Me.” The Miami-based rapper will also be joined by Ne-Yo for his current single, “Give Me Everything,”which was just crowned number one on Billboard’s Top 100, and T-Pain will join him on “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)”

DICAPRIO TO PLAY BEYONCE’S LOVE INTEREST?

According to Deadline Hollywood, things might get steamy in the Clint Eastwood’s remake of A Star is Born. Leonardo DiCaprio is being considered to play Beyonce’s on-screen lover in the upcoming flick. The news comes as Will Smith was also said to be in the running for the role. We’ll keep you posted.

· There were two earlier versions of A Star Is Born, one with Judy Garland and James Mason in 1954. The other had Janet Gaynor and Fredric March in 1937.

AND…

BEYONCE’S YEAR OF 4 SPECIAL AIRS TONIGHT!

A half-hour television special titled Beyoncé: Year of 4 is scheduled to air later tonight. The show will follow the singer’s recording process for her newly released album, 4. You don’t want to miss this! Be sure to tune in tonight (6/30) at 7:30 PM Eastern on Vh1 and Palladia as well as on MTV.com, Vh1.com, BET.com, MTV Hits and MTV Jams immediately following the premiere.

THE VOICE TO GO ON TOUR

NBC’s The Voice will be hitting the road this summer on a concert tour featuring the show’s eight finalists. However, their superstar coaches, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, will not be joining them. The Voice Live on Tour kicks off on July 27th and tickets are on sale now at LiveNation.com.

RICK ROSS IS BEING SUED OVER DEADLY PITBULLS

According to TMZ, Rick Ross is facing a lawsuit for allegedly owning the pitbulls that killed his neighbor’s pet. According to the suit, three of the rapper’s dogs escaped from Rozay’s Atlanta mansion and attacked the neighbor’s three-year-old Yorkshire Terrier. As a result, Ross is being sued for 15-thousand dollars in damages and court costs. He is yet to apologize for the incident.

· The puppy was so badly injured that the neighbor was forced to euthanize it.

JILL SCOTT IS NUMBER ONE!

We’re happy to report that Jill Scott has scored her first number one album of her career with her newly issued project, The Light of the Sun. The singer’s LP sold over 135-thousand units during its first week. This marks Scott’s fourth studio effort.

ALICIA KEYS CONCERT TO STREAM ONLINE!

In case you weren’t able to score tickets for Piano & I: A One Night Only Event With Alicia Keys, AOL Music will be streaming the concert live. Fans can watch the singer run through her biggest songs from New York City’s Beacon Theater tonight (6/30) beginning at 9:30 PM Eastern. Be sure to purchase the collector’s edition of her debut album, Songs in A Minor, available in stores now.

· On Tuesday, Keys was immortalized by Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Times Square. She spoke to MTV News about her wax figure, saying, “I actually think it’s really, really good! I was looking close up: It’s like my eyebrows are for real, and it’s like my eyes are for real, and the bone structure of my chin, like, ‘Look, that’s my chin! That’s my jaw. It’s incredible. It’s really incredible, and I think it’s so cool to be a part of the New York City part of the exhibit. I was born and raised here, this is my home, so it’s so perfect.”

FACT OF THE DAY: FLO RIDA

Despite lackluster first week sales of his latest album, Only One Flo (Part 1), we’re confident that Flo Rida will turn things around. Why? Well this happens to be the same artist whose hit song, “Low” featuring T-Pain, became the most successful Hip-Hop song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Within the 50-year period of 1958 to 2008, no other song has spent ten weeks at number one and sold over five-million digital downloads.

KELLY ROWLAND ISSUES HERE I AM TRACKLIST

In addition to leaking the artwork for Here I Am, Kelly Rowland has released the official tracklist for her upcoming album. The 10-track disc includes collaborations with Lil Wayne, Big Sean and Rico Love. Fans who purchase the deluxe edition will get to hear four extra songs, one of which features Nelly. Be sure to pick up your copy on July 26th. Here’s the tracklist:

Standard Edition

1. “I’m Dat Chick”

2. “Work It Man” feat. Lil Play

3. “Motivation” feat. Lil Wayne

4. “Lay It on Me” feat. Big Sean

5. “Feelin’ Me Right Now”

6. “Turn It Up”

7. “All of the Night” feat. Rico Love

8. “Keep It Between Us”

9. “Commander”

10. “Down for Whatever”

Deluxe Edition

11. “Heaven & Earth”

12. “Each Other”

13. “Motivation (Rebel Rock Remix)” feat. Lil Wayne

14. “Commander (Urban Remix)” feat. Nelly

GAME SHOOTS NEW VIDEO

According to Rap-Up.com, Game has spilled about what fans can expect of his upcoming video for “Pot of Gold.” The rapper said of the Chris Brown-assisted song that the visual walks “back through the days when I didn’t have anything, taking my son with me and showing him how we used to live.” The Bryan Barber-directed clip was shot in Compton. Expect it to premiere in the coming days.

AND…

GAME WANTS FANS TO RAP ON “RED NATION”

Game has announced a new contest where he’s asking fans to submit a new verse for his single, “Red Nation.” In a short video message, he explained, “You could write or record your best 16 bars. I’m going to record my favorite verses on video and share with the world. For the winning verses, your name and link will pop up during your lyrics so everyone knows that your verse was pretty f**king hot and I chose it.” To learn more, visit Facebook.com/TheGame or TalentHouse.com.

· The rapper’s oft-delayed R.E.D. Album is expected to drop on August 23rd.

 

FANTASIA IS PREGNANT?!

Stop playing! After pictures surfaced online, it seems Fantasia is pregnant with her ex-boyfriend, Antwaun Cook. This is the same guy that the singer attempted to kill herself over last year. In any case, the couple was spotted vacationing in Barbados over the weekend with Fanny’s nine-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. Check out the photos via TheYBF.com now.

· Even though he’s coming off a bitter divorce, do you think Cook will propose to Fantasia?

· In case you forgot about the home-wrecking scandal, CNN reported that the 26-year-old “testified that she knew from the first day of her relationship with Cook that he was married and still living with his wife, according to two sources who were in the courtroom.”

· Today is the American Idol winner’s 27th birthday!

NEW SEAN PAUL MUSIC!

Finally! Sean Paul has just released a new single, “Got 2 Luv U” featuring Alexis Jordan. The track is the first offering from his forthcoming effort, which will be available later this year.

· Fans can purchase the tune for $1.29 via AtlanticRecords.com.

· Sean hasn’t dropped a new LP since 2009’s Imperial Blaze.

ANOTHER “MARVIN’S ROOM” REMIX!

Artists just can’t get enough of revamping Drake’s free song, “Marvin’s Room.” After Jo Jo, Teyana Taylor and Chris Brown laid down their vocals, Sammie has offered up another version of the song that became a huge trending topic on Twitter. Check it out now:

CALI SWAG ISSUES KICKBACK TRACKLIST

According to Amazon.com, the official tracklist for Cali Swag District’s debut album, The Kickback, has surfaced. The 15-song effort will be available in stores and online on July 12th.

· After one of the band’s members was killed last month, the rap group decided to put all four members on the album cover.

· The surviving rappers recently released their Deeper Than the Dougie mixtape hosted by DJ Kay Slay.

1. “Roof Back”

2. “Disgusting”

3. “Kickback”

4. “Burn Out (Drive Fast)”

5. “Me & U” (feat Recognition)

6. “I’m Freaking You” (feat YP Da’Writa)

7. “Hip Hop Fiend”

8. “Rock N Republic”

9. “9th Inning”

10. “I Don’t Need Your Money”

11. “Back It Up and Dump It”

12. “Run That”

13. “Can’t Live Without My Music” (feat Ashley A)

14. “Teach Me How To Dougie”

15. “Go”

MTV Music News


DRAKE TALKS RIHANNA DATING RUMORS

Ever since photos of Rihanna and Drake going out to dinner together in downtown Montreal, Canada surfaced online, many assume that their old fling is back on. However, Drizzy told ExtraTV.com, “We were just in the same place. It was just like a one isolated time with a lot of photos from that one time.” There you have it.

RZA LANDS NEW FILM ROLE

According to Variety.com, The Rza has landed a new role in the upcoming film, G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes. The rapper will portray a martial arts expert named “Blind Master.” The emcee will star alongside Dwayne Johnson in the 3D sequel, which opens later this year.

CHRIS BROWN REMIXES “MARVIN’S ROOM”

Shortly after Jo Jo and Teyana Taylor remixed Drake’s free song “Marvin’s Room,” Chris Brown released his version of the tune via his Twitter page. The singer tweeted, “No diss record either for all the slow people out there! Just writing from the other perspective!” In addition, Drizzy issued the visual for the song, which you can check out NOW!

· Brown’s version includes contributions from RichGirl’s Seven and a verse from his “Deuces” collaborator Kevin McCall.

WANNA BUY DIDDY’S NJ MANSION?

The New York Post reports Sean “Diddy” Combs has just put his New Jersey mansion up for sale. The mogul’s residence, which includes over 12-thousand square-feet, is listed for 13.5-million dollars. Puff purchased the pad back in 2004 for six million and lived there with his then-girlfriend, Kim Porter, and their son, Christian.

· Diddy has decided to sell because he spends more time on the West Coast.

· He also has homes in Miami, New York and Atlanta.

ALICIA KEYS BACKS NEW BROADWAY SHOW

We’ve just learned Alicia Keys has helped produce the upcoming Broadway production, Stick Fly. The singer said in a statement, “This is a story that everybody can relate to.” She added, “I’m passionate about this play because it is so beautifully written and portrays Black America in a way that we don’t often get to see in entertainment. I know it will touch all audiences, who will find a piece of themselves somewhere inside this house.” You can expect the show to open on Broadway on December 8th, with preview performances beginning on November 18th. Tickets are now on sale at Telecharge.com.

· The Kenny Leon-directed play will be held at the Lyceum Theatre (149 W. 45th Street).

KELLY ROWLAND LEAKS COVER FOR HERE I AM

According to her official fansite, Kelly Rowland has released the artwork for her upcoming album, Here I Am. The singer’s third solo effort will be available in stores on July 26th.

· Her single, “Motivation,” is number one on the Billboard R&B Chart for its fifth week.

· Rowland’s first project for Universal Motown features with production from David Guetta, Tricky Stewart, Rodney Jerkins, and Rico Love.

· Many people have said that Kelly’s cover looks almost exactly like Alicia Keys’ As I Am cover art. Which do you like better?

VS.

DETAILS ON ODD FUTURE, NAS COLLABORATION

According to Pitchfork.com, MellowHype from Odd Future spilled new information regarding the rap group’s much-talked about collaboration with Nas. Mellow explained that the “song is almost finished. We’re just waiting on a verse. It will be Frank Ocean, Tyler, Hodgy Beats, and Nas. I’m just stoked to be on a song with him. I know I’ll meet him eventually.” No word on when the song will be released.

JEREMIH, 50 CENT GO PLATINUM WITH “DOWN ON ME”

According to RapRadar.com, Jeremih and 50 Cent recently received a double platinum plaque for their duet, “Down On Me.” The duo accepted the plaque during this past weekend’s Powerhouse 2011 concert in L-A. The song is lifted from the singer’s latest album, All About You, which is in stores now.

ACE HOOD TO DROP HIS ALBUM THIS SUMMER

According to his official Twitter page, Ace Hood has released the official artwork for his upcoming album, Blood, Sweat & Tears. DJ Khaled’s protégé is scheduled to drop his highly anticipated project on August 9th.

JANELLE GETS BOOST IN SALES AFTER GLASTONBURY

Following her outstanding performance at the Glastonbury Festival, Janelle Monae’s latest album, Archandroid, has gotten an increase in sales. In fact, the disc is now listed in the top ten on Amazon.co.uk because her project experienced a 4928 percent increase in sales. If you missed it, check out the singer’s amazing showcase:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICOLE SCHERZINGER!

Former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger is celebrating her 33rd birthday today! She was born Nicole Presovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger in Hawaii on this day, back in 1978. Her solo debut album, Killer Love, was released back in March.

· Nicole became the winner of the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars in early 2010

· She will judge the American version of The X Factor, which will air on FOX this fall.

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