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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.
– 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
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)