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Beyonce Offered $100 Million To Judge X-Factor -x- Drake’s Sues By Ex -x- Willow Shaves Her Head! -x- Elephant Man Arrested For Rape -x- Jeezy Announces TM103 Tour -x- MTV Music News


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)

– Cyrus Langhorne

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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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.”

Snoop Ready to Launch Executive Branch Cigars -x- Brandy to Record with Drake -x- Lil Wayne Releasing Book -x- MTV News


SNOOP DOGG TO LAUNCH CIGAR BRAND

Snoop Dogg has recently announced on his official website plans to launch his own cigar line. The rapper’s brand, which is described to have tobacco made with the “highest quality,” is called Executive Branch and will be released during this year’s Coachella Music Festival. In addition, the cigars will be sold for just 99-cents a pack with two in each package.

The tobacco was imported from the Dominican Republic.

BRANDY TO RECORD DUET WITH DRAKE?

According to TrueExclusives.com, Brandy hinted at wanting to work with Drake on the follow-up to 2008’s Human. She said of the Young Money rapper, “I love Drake. I think Drake is just so phenomenal. I love his music. I’m always wishing that I can just sing one of Drake’s melodies.” The singer says that Drizzy might pen a song for the project, which is slated to arrive this May. The news comes just as Brandy confirmed that she has collaborated again with Monica.

The disc will include collaborations with Frank Ocean, Bangladesh and Chris Brown.

BEYONCE, JAY-Z DONATE BABY GIFTS TO CHARITY

Ever since Blue Ivy Carter was born, Beyonce and Jay-Z have been heavily scrutinized by the media for allegedly being given special treatment inside New York City’s Lenox Hill hospital. However, the couple recently did a good deed by donating expensive gifts to charity. A source told the Daily Star newspaper, “Oprah Winfrey gave a huge trunk of children’s books and others like P. Diddy, Kanye West, Rihanna and Mariah Carey have all been sending luxurious baby treats.” The source adds, “They’ve already got the most precious gift – their new baby daughter – so they want to help out other parents who haven’t been as fortunate.”

MELANIE FIONA RELEASES NEW SONG FROM MF LIFE

According to Rap-Up.com, Melanie Fiona has unleashed a new Motown-inspired song called “Wrong Side of a Love Song.” The track will reportedly appear on the singer’s her sophomore album, The MF Life, which is scheduled to arrive on May 8th.

DRAKE UPSET BY “DRAKE” FOREHEAD TATTOO

Do you remember that female fan who decided to get the word “Drake” tattooed across her forehead? Well according to XXLMag.com, Drake has sent one of his bodyguards to see the Los Angeles tattoo artist named Kevin Campbell, who was responsible for the ink. Campbell announced on Twitter that Drake’s security went inside the shop to speak to him while Drizzy remained outside in the vehicle. He wrote, “[Drake] really made himself more like a sweet bitch with that move!” As previously reported, Drizzy said during recent interviews that Campbell was a real “a**hole” for tattooing that on her forehead and should lose his job.

KELLY ROWLAND TO TRIBUTE MARIAH AT BET HONORS

According to BET.com, Kelly Rowland has signed on to serve as one of the performers who will pay tribute to Mariah Carey during this year’s BET Honors. The singer is expected to perform some of Carey’s hit songs during the fifth annual show. As previously reported, BET Honors will premiere during Black History Month, on Monday, February 13th at 9 PM.

Do you think Kelly can hit Mariah’s high notes?

LIL WAYNE RELEASING PRISON MEMOIR

The Associated Press reports Lil Wayne has decided to author his first book. The rap mogul has teamed with Grand Central Publishing to put out Gone Til November, which is chronicles Weezy’s stint at Rikers Island and includes some of the open letters he sent to his fans. The rapper’s literary effort is slated to arrive in bookstores on November 28th.

The rapper completed eight months behind barsafter being found guilty for weapons possessions.

JENNIFER HUDSON, NE-YO ISSUE SINGLE FROM THINK LIKE A MAN

To get people more excited about the upcoming film, Think Like a Man, the official title track with Jennifer Hudson, Rick Ross and Ne-Yo has been released. While the release date for the soundtrack is yet to be announced, you can expect the big-screen adaptation of Steve Harvey’s book to star Chris Brown, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good and more. Look for it in theaters on March 9th.

Jeezy & Drake Still Top 5 -x- Lupe’s Lasers Goes Gold -x- Church Calls Beyonce’s Baby “Satan” -x- Bieber Back in Studio -x- Rihanna Beats Gaga -x- MTV Music News


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.

AND…

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.

Jay & Bey Thank Fans -x- Jay-Z ft. Blue Ivy Carter’s “Glory” -x- Tyga Arrested in Vegas -x- Amber Rose’s “Fame” -x- Bieber’s New Tattoo -x- Music News


BEYONCE, JAY-Z THANK FANS FOR SUPPORTING THEIR BABY

Just a few days after delivering their first child together, Beyonce and Jay-Z have released a statement to thank everyone for their well wishes and ongoing support. Here’s the statement in its entirety:

“Hello Hello Baby Blue!

We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives.

We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.

Beyoncé & JAY Z”

JAY-Z WRITES SONG FOR DAUGHTER

According to RapRadar.com, Jay-Z wasted no time to record a song that captured his feelings toward his newborn, Blue Ivy Carter. The proud father released a song called “Glory,” which was produced by Pharrell Williams. On the record, Hov chronicles how the baby was conceived in Paris just before Beyonce shot her album packaging for her latest effort, 4. In addition, Jay raps about an apparent miscarriage the couple endured and even debuts his daughter on the song, who cries at the end. Check it out now via Life&Times.com.

TYGA SPILLS ON NEXT ALBUM

During an interview with ThisIs50.com, Tyga gave new details on his next studio album. The rapper said of the disc, “It’s a theme album so it’s the first installment of the story. It’s about me becoming a king in this place called Careless World. It’s just a story from beginning to end.” The “Rack City” rapper added that the project will show “a lot of growth in the music and a lot of maturity.” We’ll keep you posted on the release date for Careless World.

AND…

TYGA ARRESTED IN VEGAS!

Young Money’s “Rack City” rapper Tyga has been racking up some driving violations that landed him in trouble over the weekend.

According to TMZ, the 22-year-old artist was arrested in Las Vegas after a routine stop for a traffic violation turned into the discovery of a warrant out for his arrest due to four other traffic-related incidents.

Previous charges include driving without a license, registration violation and unlawful acts of financial responsibility.

Tyga, real name Michael Stevenson, was taken to Clark County Detention Center and released the following day.

Stevenson was in Vegas for a tour show in support of his upcoming album Careless World: the Rise of the Last Kingexpected in stores January 24.

Tyga has yet to make a formal statement on the arrest.

NICKI MINAJ AWARDED FOR PINK FRIDAY SALES

Nicki Minaj has proven that she’s a force to be reckoned with. Because Nicki sold over two-million copies of her debut album, Pink Friday, Birdman rewarded the fem-cee with a lavish gift – a diamond encrusted luxurious watch. After receiving it, Nicki turned to Baby and said, “Why are you so amazing and epic?” then joked, “How many watches are you going to get me? This is too rich for me. I’m not on this level yet.” You can check out the footage via her official fansite now.

50 CENT APOLOGIZES TO RECORD LABEL

50 Cent has decided to apologize for his recent Twitter rant aimed against his record label. After learning that one of his new songs was leaked, the mogul accused someone from the label of intentionally putting out his material. He wrote, “Discovered a computer glitch leaked my song. Sorry to team at Interscope for overreacting! I put a lot in to this project but I don’t care if it ever comes out. Jimmy Iovine has been like a mentor for me. I just want to stay friends.” No word yet on when the follow-up to 2009’s Before I Self Destruct will arrive.

AMBER ROSE RELEASES “FAME” ft. WIZ KHALIFA

Earlier this year, Amber Rose announced that she was in the studio every day, working on new music and now we get a chance to see what she’s been cooking up.

Her debut single, ‘Fame’ dropped this morning and with a little studio magic, Amber gives her first-hand account of the ups and the downs of the glamorous life. In the new joint, she sings over a pop tune while expressing that even though people think it’s easy to be her, they have no clue. Being flown in private jets and constantly being photographed while out shopping for exclusive bags sounds like a dream to most girls but Amber paints a different picture:

“Scrutinized,
being blindsided by all the lights,
The questions one made up
like these rumors were made up,
Can’t shop for clothes.
or by some cigs
Without paparazzi looking for a flick.
This is a new situation.
You’re an overnight sensation.”

Of course an Amber Rose debut wouldn’t be complete without a flow from Wiz Khalifa who drops a hot 16 to finish off the track. Oh, and this sounds nothing like Amber. More like an alter ego.

Check out the record below:

– nicolebitchie.com

NE-YO JOINS CEE-LO’S TEAM ON THE VOICE

According to SingersRoom.com, Ne-Yo has reportedly signed on to appear on NBC’s The Voice. The crooner will join Babyface and serve as an advisor for Cee-Lo Green’s team. Ne-Yo said in a statement, “It’s about the talent. Before there was music videos; before there was the internet and all of that stuff; all you had was the voice — that was it.” The Voice premieres on February 5th.

RIHANNA SAYS “THERE’S NOBODY IN MY LEAGUE”

People are always comparing Beyonce and Rihanna. During an interview with Look magazine, the latter finally addressed the ongoing topic. Ri Ri stated, “There’s nobody really in my league.” She added, “But there’s competition everywhere. The whole music industry is competition. There are people who like other artists, those who like me and others who like both.” The singer, who was just named the highest selling digital artist, went on to say, “Beyonce is a great artist and I feel honored to be mentioned in the same sentence, but we’re different performers with different styles.”

· Who do you think is better?

JUSTIN BIEBER TALKS TO GOD

Just days after debuting his new Jesus tattoo, Justin Bieber is opening up about his views on God and religion in the new issue of V magazine. Beiber said, “A lot of people who are religious, I think they get lost. They go to church just to go to church. I’m not trying to disrespect them, but for me, I focus more on praying and talking to Him.” The 17-year-old singer, who is on the cover of the magazine, adds that he doesn’t have to go to church to talk to the lord. The issue hits newsstands on January 12th.

Bieber is currently recording his next album, Believe, which will arrive later this year.

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KANYE ANNOUNCES NEW COMPANY VIA TWITTER

On his official Twitter page, Kanye West announced plans to launch a new a design company named DONDA. Named after his late mother, Dr. Donda West, the mogul’s new venture will “galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce their dreams and ideas.” ‘Ye wrote, “DONDA will be comprised of over 22 divisions with a goal to make products and experiences that people want and can afford.” Head to his Twitter page to learn more.

T.I. CONFIRMS SECOND SEASON OF REALITY SHOW

During a recent interview, T.I. reportedly confirmed that Vh1 renewed his hit reality show, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, for a second season. He previously said that the show is so important to him because it helps people get a better understanding of who he really is. While it’s unknown when the second season will premiere, you can check out new episodes of T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle on Mondays nights at 9 PM on Vh1.

T.I.’s highly anticipated album, Troubleman, is due out in March.

RIHANNA SELLS MANSION FOR $5 MILLION

According to the Los Angeles Times, Rihanna recently sold her mansion in Beverly Hills. The “We Found Love” singer, who forked over 6.9-million dollars to buy the home, sold her estate for 5.03-million. The 8,520-square-foot house includes eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a media room, den, three fireplaces and a pool and sits on over three-quarters of an acre.

MAN STABBED FOR NOT KNOWING BEYONCE AND JAY-Z ARE MARRIED

A 48-year-old man in Ohio was reportedly stabbed by another man for not knowing that Beyonce is married to Jay-Z. The suspect, Ronald Deaver, is said to have pulled out a knife following an argument outside his apartment on December 31st. While the victim is currently in good condition, Deaver was arrested and charged with felonious assault. Wow.

ESTELLE ANNOUNCES ALL OF ME TOUR

According to her official website, Estelle has announced the dates for her upcoming All Of Me tour. The British singer will begin her 14-city outing on February 2nd in Cleveland and will wrap on February 24th in Boston. Her third album, All Of Me, arrives on February 28th.

Here’s the full list of dates:

Feb. 2 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues (Cambridge Room)

Feb. 3 – Chicago, IL – Double Door

Feb. 4 – Cincinnati, OH – Mixx Lounge

Feb. 6 – Kansas, MO – The Riot Room

Feb. 8 – San Diego, CA – Anthology (2 shows)

Feb. 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Key Club

Feb. 10 – San Francisco, CA – New Parish

Feb. 14 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues (Cambridge Room)

Feb. 15 – Houston, TX – House of Blues (Peacock Room)

Feb. 16 – Austin, TX – Antones

Feb. 18 – Birmingham, AL – The Wine Loft

Feb. 19 – Atlanta, GA – CenterStage

Feb. 21 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

Feb. 24 – Boston, MA – Regata Bar (2 shows)

COMMON JOINS LINEUP FOR BET HONORS

According to AllHipHop.com, Common is scheduled to participate in this year’s BET Honors. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the Chicago native is expected to perform and alongside previously announced acts Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin. The ceremony will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, film director Spike Lee, legendary poet Maya Angelou and more. Be sure to tune in when the fifth annual show airs February 13th at 9 PM on BET.

Willow Smith and actors Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard will also make appearances.

The rapper’s critically acclaimed album, The Dreamer, The Believer, is out now.

WIZ KHALIFA ACCUSED OF STEALING “BLACK & YELLOW”

According to HipHopDX.com, Wiz Khalifa is being accused of stealing his smash single, “Black & Yellow,” from another Pennsylvania artist. The rap rookie is now facing a lawsuit for allegedly stealing the concept from Max Gregory Warren’s 2007 track “Pink N Yellow.” Since the record reached triple-platinum status, Warren is seeking over 2.3-million dollars in damages for copyright infringement, civil conspiracy and unjust enrichment. We’ll keep you posted as to how this plays out.

But sources close to Wiz Khalifa claim that he did not steal the concept for “Black and Yellow” from songwriter Max Gregory Warren. According to TMZ, a source said, “Wiz has never heard of this guy … it’s just a plot that happens all the the time to rappers to get money.

This is just some no-name rapper who wants to get paid.”

Here’s the song just in case you wanna hear it… actually, if you listen to the bells and basics of the song… hmmmmm. Well, music and comedy has always “borrowed” or “taken” someone’s material and made it better and made more money, happens all the time!

UPDATE ON NICK CANNON’S HOSPITALIZATION

We recently reported that Nick Cannon was hospitalized for having kidney failure and now, Mariah Carey has updated People.com on her husband’s current condition. The diva explained, “As always, he’s in good spirits considering the situation. We are hopeful that he’ll be 100 percent as soon as possible. We really appreciate everybody’s love and support.” Cannon, who is “in a lot of pain,” shared on Twitter that he was being moved from an Aspen, Colorado hospital to one in Los Angeles. We’ll keep you posted.

THE DREAM RELEASES NEW SINGLE

According to Rap-Up.com, The Dream has issued a new song called “ROC,” which serves as the lead offering his upcoming project, The Love, IV: Diary of a Madman. You can check out the song now and you’ll be able to pick up the hitmaker’s fourth studio album later this year.

MONICA GIVES UPDATE ON NEW LIFE

During an interview with the Miami Herald, Monica spilled new details about her upcoming album, New Life. The singer said of the disc, “I’m reinventing myself in some aspects, but keeping old factors that are more engaging to the audience who have been kind enough to support me all these years.” She also said that she titled the project New Life because she’s “grown and learned.” Led by the Missy Elliot-produced first single “Anything (To Find You),” her seventh studio LP is slated to drop on February 21st. Fans can pre-order the disc on January 16th at Amazon.com.

Will you be buying the album?

QUESTLOVE NAMES TOP ALBUMS OF 2011

According to the Associated Press, Questlove recently shared his top five albums of 2011. The Roots’ bandleader felt the best projects came from The Weeknd, Adele, Wyatt Cenac, The Lonely Island and Jay-Z & Kanye West. The drummer said of the latter, “Watch the Throne is one of those records, I told people ‘You’ll be back in a month and a half. People were like, ‘Whatever.’ All of a sudden, now, it’s like ‘Oh, this is my album!’”

Do you agree with his list? What were the best albums of 2011?

RIHANNA IS THE BEST-SELLING DIGITAL ARTIST OF ALL TIME!

The 2011 music report is out and Rihanna is the top selling Digital Artist of all time selling over 47-million singles, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She tops the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Kanye West and Britney Spears.

THE TOP SELLING DIGITAL ARTISTS:

1. Rihanna – 47,571,000

2. Black Eyed Peas – 42,405,000

3. Eminem – 42,290,000

4. Lady Gaga – 42,078,000

5. Taylor Swift – 41,821,000

6. Katy Perry – 37,620,00

7. Lil Wayne – 36,788,000

8. Beyonce – 30,439,000

9. Kanye West – 30,242,000

10. Britney Spears – 28,665,000

Ice Cube Confirms Friday 4 -x- Ross Preps Jay-Z Collab -x- Pitbull “International Lover” Video -x- Plies Hit With $10 Million Lawsuit -x- MTV Music News


ICE CUBE CONFIRMS FRIDAY IS COMING BACK!

Just a few weeks after we reported rumors about a fourth installment of the Friday franchise, Ice Cube recently confirmed to TMZ that the film is a go. In addition, the upcoming flick will include the original cast…and yes, Chris Tucker has agreed to reprise his role as “Smokey.” A rep for Cube Vision Productions said in a statement, “[Ice Cube] is very excited about this and has every intention to make it happen.” No word on when the comedy will hit the big screen, we’ll keep you posted.

RICK ROSS PREPS JAY-Z COLLABORATION

During an interview with MTV Sucker Free’s DJ Envy, Rick Ross shed new light on his upcoming album, God Forgives, I Don’t. Rozay says the project will definitely include guest verses from Jay-Z and stated, “You know, whenever me and the homie come together to collaborate, we gotta make it something special for Hip Hop,” he said. “We always make sure we have fun with it, but this record right here, this is our biggest collaboration ever.” The disc is slated to drop early 2012.

· Ross also addressed his recent health scare and explained, “I’m a grinder, I’m a hustler. That’s the next order of business. You’re so used to moving at 80 miles per hour. I gotta get rest now. Well, I’m supposed to. I try to. That’s what it was. I’m blessed, man. I went in and had my MRI and everything came back straight. It was just a case of me being overly exhausted.”

JAGGED EDGE FACING LAWSUIT FOR MISSING WEDDING

According to TMZ, Jagged Edge was recently accused of failing to show up for a scheduled performance. But not just any showcase, the R&B group missed someone’s wedding! After allegedly being paid 10-thousand dollars for the gig, a man named Victor Diaz tells the site he’s looking to file a lawsuit even though the band says they knew nothing about the ceremony. He claims, “They humiliated me and cost my wife her dream.” A rep for the band stated, “They are very heartbroken and sad that [Victor’s] wedding got destroyed due someone using our name without permission.”

WATCH THE THRONE LYRICS TURNED INTO IFC FILM

Jay-Z and Kanye West are expected to appear in an upcoming movie from IFC Films…well, kinda. The lyrics from their GRAMMY-nominated album, Watch the Throne, have been turned into a three-minute mini-movie. According to PopDust.com, the clip is described as a skit “structured to resemble a conversation between three female twenty-something roommates about partying and general lifestyle discrepancies.” You have to view the short film to fully understand:

MARY J BLIGE WILL WAIT TO SHOOT VIDEO FOR BEYONCE DUET

From the moment we first heard Mary J. Blige’s “Love A Woman” featuring Beyonce, we though this will make an amazing video! While promoting latest album, My Life II: The Journey Continues, the “Mr Wrong” singer said she’d love to shoot the visual but will wait until Jay-Z’s pregnant wife finds time in her busy schedule. The track marks the first time the singers have collaborated together. In related news, fans can now purchase My Life II: The Journey Continues online and in stores now.

· MJB recently performed “Need Someone” on X Factor USA.

PITBULL, CHRIS BROWN ISSUES NEW VIDEO

Before Pitbull released his video for “International Love” he spoke to Rap-Up.com about that the visual represents. The rapper stated, “It’s all about the music being global, the music being the universal language and it goes to show you no matter what language you may speak and or not speak, you speak music.” The Chris Brown-assisted club anthem is lifted from his latest album Planet Pit. You can check out the David Rousseau-directed clip via Pitbull’s official website now.

LL COOL J REACTS TO NOT BEING INDUCTED… YET

After coming on the scene back in 1984, LL Cool J’s contributions to hip hop changed and gave new life to the genre. Put simply, the rapper, who has released thirteen studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, is a living legend. However, he is still waiting to be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. On April 14th, the Beastie Boys will join Guns N Roses and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in the music museum in Cleveland.

· Do you think LL will eventually make it?

 JAY-Z HINTS AT MORE JOINT ALBUMS WITH KANYE WEST

If you can’t stop playing Watch The Throne, we’re happy to report that Jay-Z told MTV News that there might be another joint project with Kanye West. Hova explained, “We — I say ‘we’ because I’m in Throne mode — we’re in a great place creatively. You might see a Jay, then Kanye and a Throne album next year. You know, we’re really in a great place creatively. We really found our zone.” We’ll keep you posted with further updates. In related news, here are the rap moguls remaining stops for their Watch The Throne tour:

12-12 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

12-18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena

PLIES FACING 10 MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT!

According to AllHipHop.com, Plies is currently wrapped up in a 10-million dollar lawsuit stemming from a 2006 shooting inside a nightclub in Gainesville, Florida. In the suit, five victims were injured following a shooting that occurred before Pies was scheduled to perform at the venue. After learning about the hefty lawsuit, his lawyer Robert A. Rush said in a statement, “The plaintiffs’ claims against my client continue to be without merit, we look forward to having this resolved in a court of justice.” We’ll keep you posted.

THE NEXT SINGLE OFF DRAKE’S TAKE CARE WILL BE…

According to HipHop-N-More.com, Drake has announced that his next single off his Take Care LP will be “The Motto.” In addition to shooing a visual for the Lil Wayne-assisted track, the record will officially impact radio on January 10th. Up next, the title track with Rihanna is expected to run as the promo single for the album.

NAS REMEMBERS AMY WINEHOUSE

We all know Nas had a great friendship with the late Amy Winehouse, but the rapper has spilled new details about what he misses most about the soul singer. In a interview posted on Vimeo.com, the rapper said of Amy, “It’s a bittersweet feeling to do something with her now that she’s not here. I’m happy. The sweet part is that fans have new music from her, new because they’ve never heard it. The bitter part is that she’s no longer her to really give it to us and deliver her music and for us to see her smile and hear her voice.” Nas is featured on Winehouse’s latest disc, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which is available now.

PHARRELL TO HELP SCORE 2012 ACADEMY AWARDS

According to Deadline.com, Pharrell Williams has reportedly agreed to serve as a musical consultant for the 2012 Academy Awards. The Neptunes producer will work alongside Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer for the highly anticipated ceremony. This marks their first time being the musical supervisors for the event which is scheduled to take place on February 26th, 2012 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California.

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