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CHRIS BROWN RESPONDS TO GQ’S FASHION REVIEW

We recently reported Chris Brown’s fashion sense has landed him on the U-K’s GQ magazine the worst dressed list. After hearing the news, Brown tweeted, “The clothes don’t wear you, you wear the clothes.” He added, “A lot of my fashion icons today are like Pharrell [Williams], he has a lot of incredible style and him being from Virginia, that’s always one of those things that get the kids going excited.” In related news, his next album, Fortune, will arrive in March.

DRAKE BREAKS DIDDY’S RECORD

According to his official fansite, Drake is no longer tied with Diddy for the most number one singles on the Billboard Rap Songs chart. Since the rapper’s “Make Me Proud” with Nicki Minaj landed at number one last week, Aubrey has surpassed Puff with 11 number ones under his belt – here they are:

Drake – Best I Ever Had

Forever (Eminem, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Drake)

Say Something (Timbaland Feat. Drake)

Drake – Over

Drake – Fancy (Feat. T.I. & Swizz Beatz)

Right Above It (Lil Wayne Feat. Drake)

Aston Martin Music (Rick Ross Feat. Chrisette Michele & Drake)

Moment 4 Life (Nicki Minaj Feat. Drake)

I’m On One (DJ Khaled Feat. Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne)

Drake – Headlines

Drake – Make Me Proud (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

AND…

DRAKE SHOOTS VIDEO FOR “PRACTICE”

Even though he’s only seen for 20 seconds in the video, Drake has issued a visual for his new single, “Practice.” In the clip, a video vixen named Kyra Chaos dances in her bedroom mirror for most of the song until Drizzy opens the door and surprises her at the end. If you think you can dance better, he’s asking fans to submit videos via OctobersVeryOwn.Blogspot.com. In related news, Drake will begin his Club Paradise tour on Valentine’s Day.

WIZ KAHALIFA BREAKS DOWN TITLE FOR NEXT LP

MTV News caught up with Wiz Khalifa to find out more about his upcoming album, O.N.I.F.C. Since many fans are wondering what the title means, the “Black & Yellow” rapper explained, “It’s the Only N-Word in First Class. It’s inspired by Prodigy’s H.N.I.C. When he dropped that, I felt like that sounded so strong.” Wiz shared, “I was just talking about me being a young rich dude and being black.” The release date for the project is yet to be announced.

Wiz confirmed a song will be produced by Pharrell.

JA RULE FINISHES HIS GED IN PRISON

According to the New York Daily News, Ja Rule is making good use of his two-year prison sentence stemming from weapons and tax evasion charges. The 36-year-old rapper has reportedly earned his GED during his stint. In addition, Ja plans to begin college-level courses later this month, most likely after his seventh studio album, Pain Is Love 2, arrives on February 28th.

DAY26 RETURNS WITH “MADE LOVE LATELY”

Day26 is back like they never let. The former Bad Boy band have issues a new song called “Made Love Lately,” which serves as the first single from the group’s upcoming album, A New Day. One of the members, Brian, told Rap-Up.com, “It’s real R&B. It’s taking it back to that ’90s R&B. It’s heartfelt, it’s passion.” The disc, which include contributions from Bryan-Michael Cox and Rico Love, will arrive via Atlantic Records later this year. Head over to Day26Online.com to watch the video for their lead offering.

MACHINE GUN KELLY’S “INVINCIBLE” USED FOR WRESTLEMANIA

According to AllHipHop.com, Machine Gun Kelly’s new single, “Invincible,” will be used during the upcoming Wrestlemania XXVIII event in Miami. The Ester Dean-featured song will serve as WWE star John Cena’s music during his wrestling match against The Rock. In related news, the Bad Boy artist said in a statement, “John Cena and myself are both underdogs and the song is about struggle, I think it’s so cool they chose it.”

VH1 TO NAME 100 GREATEST WOMEN IN MUSIC

Vh1’s celebration of the greatest women in music history is back by popular demand. However, fans can expect a huge make-over. In order to feature a larger spectrum of talent, this year’s fan-generated list will include six different categories – “All Time,” “90s,” “80s,” “Pop,” “Rock” and “Hip/Hop R&B.” The list will also include more contemporary performers. Will stars Beyonce and Nicki Minaj hold their own against music legends Janet Jackson and Madonna? Be sure to cast your vote soon and expect the weeklong series to begin on February 13th.

– Artists in the top ten of the 2009 list included Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin.

MADONNA DROPS NEW VIDEO!

Madonna has released her “Give Me All Your Luvin'” video. The clip features Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., masked cheerleaders, football players and a lot of old-school Madonna references. The clip opens with Nicki and M.I.A. done up in cheerleader costumes chanting Madge’s name. It then cuts to Madonna kicking down the door of her suburban home, pushing along a baby stroller. From there, the video takes some unusual turns: football players tackling street signs, Madonna abandoning her baby carriage to hang out with her cheerleader crew, shots of her done up in black lingerie and a giant cross dancing in front of a brick wall. The video ends with Madonna tossing her baby doll to the side as one final message flashes across the screen: “Touchdown!,” a tip of the hat to her Super Bowl appearance over the weekend. “Give Me Your Luvin’” is the first single off her new album, MDNA, which will arrive on March 26th.

AND…

NFL APOLOGIZES FOR MIA’s MIDDLE FINGER DURING MADONNA’S HALF TIME PERFORMANCE

At Sunday’s Super Bowl, it wasn’t a “wardrobe malfunction” that got tongues wagging, but an appendage malfunction.

M.I.A.’s hand signal during her Super Bowl performance of the new Madonna single was a switch from the handgun motion she uses in the video for the song.

Madonna’s halftime show — which featured hip-hoppers Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. clad in cheerleader attire and pompoms, singing along to the pop star’s new single, Give Me All Your Luvin’— was upstaged when M.I.A. (aka Maya Arulpragasam) extended her middle finger to the cameras. A record 111.3 million viewers saw the British rapper’s brief obscene gesture during the telecast, the most-watched TV program in U.S. history, according to Nielsen figures.

Oops.

NBC had a five-second video delay on the show but managed to blur M.I.A’s raised finger only after it appeared on air.

Tweeted Perez Hilton: “Think she’ll ever be on live TV again?”

People “flipping the bird” during football games is not rare, even on camera: In October, Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk was fined $10,000 for flashing his middle finger during a televised Fox game against the St. Louis Rams.

It just doesn’t usually come from the halftime entertainment.

“If you’re going to go all-in on the spectacle of performing on a halftime show in the Super Bowl, you should probably keep your middle finger down,” says Craig Marks, editor in chief of PopDust.com. “Who are you actually flipping off? It just seems out of place, and it’s not a good platform to try to be particularly rebellious.”

The Super Bowl is such a mainstream event, “things that at a typical performance would not make anybody bat an eye become the subject of a very intense focus,” says Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis.

The rapper — who was one of Google’s most-searched subjects Monday — isn’t commenting on the incident, but such rude moments aren’t out of the norm for the music industry.

A shot of Johnny Cash giving the middle finger to photographer Jim Marshall during a 1969 performance at San Quentin Prison added to the Man in Black’s mystique. But when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift as she accepted a trophy during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, his image wasn’t helped at all. “That made him look like a twit,” DeCurtis says.

Usually in the world of hip-hop, foul language and gestures can be a boon for artists (see: 2 Live Crew).

“She’s supposed to be controversial,” DeCurtis says. “M.I.A. is certainly not on the scale of Madonna or Nicki Minaj, and it might help (her career) now that people know who she is.”

Marks isn’t sure whether the Paper Planes singer’s errant appendage — a switch from the handgun motion she uses in the video for the new Madonna single — will help or hinder sales for her upcoming new album. (The first single was released Friday. The title? Bad Girls.)

But Chris Willman of Yahoo Music definitely sees it as a plus for M.I.A. “I don’t think she’s ever gotten this much attention before,” he says. “That’s the kind of publicity you can’t buy when you have an album coming out.

“Who would have guessed that Madonna would be an afterthought in what people are talking about after the show? Madonna might be more mad than any conservative groups.”

NBC and the NFL later issued apologies for the incident.

“The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show,” NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said. “Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.”

Said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy: “The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans.”

In the long run, the incident won’t be as infamous as Janet Jackson’s, when the singer’s breast was exposed for about a second while performing with Justin Timberlake during the 2004 Super Bowl. The FCC fined CBS $550,000, but that was fine overturned by a federal appeals court.

“Nothing freaks out America more than nudity while the children are watching,” Marks says.

That led to a run of more “non-controversial” Super Bowl performers such as Bruce Springsteen, The Who and the Rolling Stones.

“Madonna to this day courts controversy,” DeCurtis says. “In a certain sense, if you’re asking Madonna, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. to get up on stage, you’re getting what you asked for.”

Still, there were the next-day mea culpas. The NFL issued an apology for “the completely inappropriate gesture,” while NBC said in a statement that its delay system failed to catch the “spontaneous” middle finger in time. The Parents Television Council was not amused either, calling the gesture “a slap in the face.”

Marks suspects the gesture was more premeditated than spontaneous, seeing how M.I.A. looked directly at the camera when she did it.

“The only mystery is whether or not Madonna approved of her message, whether she knew she was going to do it, or whether she tried to stop her or not. Maybe she put her up to it, who knows?” he says.

“My instinct is that (M.I.A.) recognized the overblown ridiculousness that is the Super Bowl halftime show. (Maybe) she felt a little silly for being up there in a mock cheerleader costume cheering for Madonna and she just wanted to make her mark somehow.”

The action and the reaction, however, both seem equally juvenile to Marks. “It’s amazing that people care so much about such a small little thing, but that’s the Super Bowl for you.”

Says Willman: “Everybody’s seen a middle finger before.”

By Christopher Polk

Contributing: Michael Hiestand and Elysa Gardner

AND speaking of the Super Bowl…

CONGRATS TO THE NY GIANTS AND ALL THEI FANS ON YOUR SUPERBOWL 46 VICTORY!

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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.”

MTV Brings Back Yo! MTV Raps -x- Diddy Launching Cable Network -x- Mary J Disappointed with Oscars -x- Birdman Bets $5 Mill on Super Bowl -x- Whitney Houston Broke? -x- Updated Release Dates for 2012 -x- MTV Music News


MTV BRINGS BACK YO! MTV RAPS

We recently learned MTV has announced plans to honor hip hop’s past by airing a special called MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts. Hosted by Sway Calloway, the 30-minute retrospective will reportedly include classic hip hop that will take viewers back to the golden era of the genre. Be sure to tune in Sunday, February 19th at 10 PM.

On the same night, MTV will also air the Sucker Free Countdown, which will list five Sucker Free Certified rappers. Tune in to that at 11 PM.

DIDDY TO LAUNCH A CABLE NETWORK?

According to Rap-Up.com, Diddy is looking to expand his entrepreneurship by launching a new cable music network called Revolt. The mogul, along with former MTV programming chief Andy Schuon, are reportedly negotiating a deal with Comcast and Time Warner. If all goes as planned, the network will be up and running by December 12th, 2012.

MARY J BLIGE REACTS TO OSCAR SNUB

When we first heard Mary J Blige contributed “The Living Proof” to the soundtrack for The Help, we assumed she would be nominated for Best Original Song at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. She expressed her disappointment on Twitter and wrote, “I’m so thankful for true fans like you all. It saddens me & feels like the Academy is being mean. 2 only nominate 2 of the 5 slots is…….” In related news, the flick was recognized in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

DMX TO ISSUE TWO NEW ALBUMS IN 2012

According to HipHop-N-More.com, DMX will technically release two new albums this year. While the rapper is still working on his much-talked-about comeback project, Seven Arts Entertainment Inc. has announced that it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire industry veteran David Michery’s music assets. Confused? Well, the assets include two full albums by DMX, which contain previously unreleased music. Fans can expect the first disc, Undisputed, to arrive this March.

DMX is the only artist in the history of The Billboard 200 to reach number one with his first five albums.

BIRDMAN BETS 5 MILLION ON SUPER BOWL GAME

When you got money to blow, you’re able to do the unthinkable. Birdman recently tweeted that he’s placed a huge bet on the New England Patriots taking down the New York Giants at the upcoming Super Bowl game. While he bet one million last year, he’s upped the ante by betting five-million dollars. We’ll see who wins when Super Bowl 46 is played on Sunday, February 5th on NBC.

Baby revealed that Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is his nephew.

WHITNEY HOUSTON IS ALLEGEDLY BROKE?

There’s speculation going around that Whitey Houston has blown through her millions. A source told RadarOnline.com, “Whitney’s fortune is gone. Music industry heavy hitters are supporting her and her label is fronting her cash against her next album, but no one knows when that will be released.” The insider described that Houston is “broke as a joke,” however the singer just shot the remake of Sparkle and is vying to reprise her role in the film adaptation of Getting To Happy, which is a follow-up to Waiting To Exhale. Whitney is yet to confirm or deny the allegations. We’ll keep you posted.

Do you think she pays alimony to her ex-husband, Bobby Brown?

DAVID BANNER GIVES REVIEW FOR RED TAILS

Everyone seems to have an opinion about Ne-Yo’s latest film, Red Tails. We recently learned that David Banner wrote a lengthy review of the action flick at BlackEnterprise.com. Here’s an excerpt of how the rapper began his piece:

“There’s much that can be said about and learned from the recently released George Lucas film, Red Tails. First and foremost, this is a movie that MUST be supported. Whether you show your support for the long overdue story of the Tuskegee Airmen, for the mostly Black cast, or for the tremendous efforts of Lucas himself in bringing this story to light, once again this is a movie that needs to be supported. There are however some critiques that can and should be made about the movie, but in the end, the success of Red Tails has far-reaching implications that will reverberate through and potentially alter the course of Black filmmaking.”

http://www.blackenterprise.com/2012/01/23/david-banner-reviews-george-lucas-red-tails/

MONICA COMPLETES NEW LIFE ALBUM

Finally! Monica has announced that her long-awaited album, New Life, is officially complete. She wrote on Twitter, “Headed to the studio. Album will be turned in Friday NO MORE changes.” Led by her singles “Anything (To Find You)” and “Until It’s Gone,” the disc will be available for purchase on March 6th.

As previously reported, her project will include her first duet with Brandy in 14 years.

AND…

BRANDY SAYS THIS IS HER LAST SHOT TO “GET IT RIGHT”

Following the commercial disappointment of 2008’s Human, Brandy is well aware of the pressure riding on her upcoming album. SingersRoom.com reports B-Rock feels her next effort is her “last chance to get it right.” She explained, “It’s really hard to follow up a Never Say Never and a Full Moon. Since this is 2012, I just want to make sure I put in the best work and the best album. I can’t come off of an unsuccessful album and do that again. I can’t do that. That’s why things are taking forever and I’m really trying to get everything right.” In related news, Brandy’s album will be released via RCA/Chameleon later this year.

KID CUDI ADDRESSES AUSTRALIA INCIDENT

You may have heard that Kid Cudi went on a rampage at The Heatwave festival in Australia. The rapper recently took to his blog to explain why he acted the way he did and how he plans to do it again if his set is ever cut short again. Here’s the full statement:

“If my set is EVER cut short at any show, I’m trashing the stage. Not out of anger, it takes a lot to get me furious nowadays, but out of principle. The fans always deserve a full set at all shows, especially when they spend their hard earned money on expensive tickets. A lot of artist wouldn’t do what I did in Australia, but I will. Spread the word. No matter the circumstance, cut my set short, I’m breaking sh**. And next time I’m startin a riot. Me and my fans. Cause promoters will sometime take advantage of the artists, and u gotta let em know what time it is. Cutting nobody any slack.” — Rager

ADELE REMEMBERS ETTA JAMES

Adele took to her blog to remember late singer Etta James. She wrote that James was “the ultimate original” and called her voice “breath taking.” She added that she saw her perform in New York City a few years ago and that is something she “will remember forever.”

“What a lady Etta James was. She was the ultimate original. Her voice was breath taking and her songs are reflections we all recognize in some way or another. It’s an honor every time I hear her voice. I saw her at BB Kings in New York a few years ago, and it was something I will remember forever. Thank you to Etta James. And I send all my love to her family and friends. xxx.”

CYPRESS HILL TO RELEASE DUBSTEP EP

Cypress Hill say that they will be releasing a dubstep five-track EP this spring. The rap group has collaborated with dubstep DJ Rusko on the project, which is titled Cypress X Rusko, and plan on putting out the new material in April.

UPDATED ALBUM RELEASE DATES FOR 2012

It’s a known fact that album release dates in hip hop rarely stick. So we’ve compiled a list of dates for projects, like Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which has been delayed. Take a look:

January 24

40 Glocc – New World Agenda

January 31

K’Naan – More Beautiful Than Silence

February 14

Various Artists (John Legend, The Roots, Wyclef, etc.) – Soundtrack For a Revolution

February 20

Yelawolf – Radioactive (Deluxe Edition)

February 21

Joe Budden – Mood Muzik Box Set

Monica – New Life

February 28

Ja Rule – Pain Is Love 2

Estelle – All Of Me

Kid CuDi & Dot Da Genius – WZRD

Maino – Day After Tomorrow

March 13

B.o.B. – Strange Clouds

March 20

Odd Future – OF Tape Vol. 2

April 3

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

Fabolous vs. Ray J (Post Fight Interview) -x- Sean Paul’s New Video -x- Wiz Reacts To Amber’s Nude Pics -x- Beyonce’s Having a _____! ” -x- MTV Music News


The Mayweather vs. Ortiz boxing match wasn’t the only fight going down in Las Vegas over the weekend. Ray J and Fabolous allegedly got into a scuffle that landed Ray J in handcuffs. The R&B crooner ripped into Fab while explaining his side of the story.

It all began when HBO aired a clip of Ray J performing his hit “One Wish” at a party thrown by Floyd Mayweather. Upon watching it on television, Fabolous tweeted, “Nah but Floyd saying we havin a concert in my living room & the camera cuts to Ray J singing ‘One Wish’ on the piano had me in tears!!”

The tweet was enough to send Ray J over the top. When he saw Fab in Vegas over the weekend, he confronted him at Diddy’s post-fight dinner. Following their exchange of words, they ran into each other again at the Palms Casino, where Fab was scheduled to perform.

A heated Ray J called into Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” on Monday morning to berate the Brooklyn rapper, calling him and his crew “punk faggots.”

“When you want to disrespect me and the Money Team, and we got seven Rolls-Royces outside and we just made 350 racks on the [fight]… Don’t disrespect me. I’ma smack you up again fool,” he taunted.

Ray J, who was kicked out of his hotel and detained by police following the incident, denies that he was hurt, but claims Fabolous backed down after being threatened. “When I seen him, I was with Floyd and 50 and he tried to say don’t touch me and I touched that ni**a,” he said. “I swear to God he runnin’ from me right now. I had a hundred fools outside of Moon [nightclub]. He never left the club. He was scared up in there. He tried to call the police.”

He alleges that Fab suffered an injury as a result of their altercation. “All I’m sayin’ is if you got Fab’s number, tell that ni**a to send a picture of his face right now.”

During the fiery interview, he demanded an on-air apology from Fabolous and said that DJ Clue is the only one who can settle the beef. Listen to him go off in the uncensored audio.

GAME COMPARES TYLER TO EMINEM

During a recent interview with Vibe, The Game continued to praise Tyler, The Creator and even compared him to one of the biggest names in hip-hop. The “Pot Of Gold” rapper said of the Odd Future ringleader, “I think he’s like the West Coast Eminem.” When asked to clarify his statement, Game explained, “He don’t give a f**k. He just rhyme about whatever and it’s like right out of an open book. I like him more than I like most new rappers. He don’t really want anything other than just to rap.”

JENNIFER HUDSON SPILLS ON WEDDING PLANS

Jennifer Hudson has done an amazing job keeping her wedding details under lock and key, but the singer recently told Showbiz Spy that she’s already set a wedding date. The diva, who is engaged to reality star David Otunga, stated, “I’ve always had a [wedding] date! I just haven’t told anybody. So it’s set!” When asked why she wanted a long engagement, Hudson explained, “I’ve been through a lot in my life and I’m just trying to take it one step at a time. I’m one of those girls like, ‘Okay, let me get used to this right here! Give me a second.” Jen refused to give any further details, we’ll keep you posted.

SEAN PAUL ISSUES NEW VIDEO

Sean Paul has just issued the video for his new single, “Got 2 Luv U’ featuring Alexis Jordan. The song is the latest offering from the reggae star’s upcoming fifth studio effort. While the disc won’t arrive until February 2012, fans can check out the party-themed video now at Sean’s website.

WIZ KHALIFA REACTS TO AMBER’S NUDE PICS

RapRadar.com reports Wiz Khalifa has finally spoken up on how he feels about nude pictures of his boo, Amber Rose, appearing online. The rapper explained that he’s aware that “the pictures or her past is a raunchy past. She did what she had to do” and doesn’t find it to be “disrespectful.” He added, “The biggest misconception about Amber is that she wants attention. Everybody thinks that she does stuff for attention and that she loves attention, but she’s really, really reserved and shy. She just gets attention ’cause she’s dope.” Interesting.

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DIDDY TALKS ABOUT HIS CULO BOOK

We previously reported that Sean “Diddy” Combs is teaming up with Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine to release the book, Culo – which is Spanish for ass. In case you were wondering why he wanted to be involved, Puff said in a statement that the 240-page book, which retails for 65-dollars, was designed to celebrate “the female form.” The moguls are working with photographer Raphael Mazzucco to create pages of “legendary photos of women’s backsides.” You can pick it up on November 22nd.

BEYONCE AND JAY-Z ARE HAVING A BABY.

Gossip outlets are reporting the sex of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s first child together. According to MediaTakeOut.com, the diva is going to give birth to a baby girl. Apparently, the rapper’s sister put in a custom order of Christian Louboutin booties, which take approximately six months to receive. The pair is yet to confirm or deny the rumors.

JADAKISS TALKS GUEST FEATURES & MIXTAPE

In a recent interview with XXL, Jadakiss revealed some of the upcoming albums that he’ll be featured on, as well as the status of his next mixtape. The Yonkers native said, “I’m on [Young Jeezy’s] TM 103 joint [and] Estelle. I just did something for Bow Wow. [I’m] waiting for this joint from Drake, [Styles P] just finished his album, I’m on there. I’m just creeping through the back door on big projects. Getting that buzz up before I let the album out. It gotta feel right before I let my album out. I’m not rushing.” As for his next installment for Tha Champ Is Here series, Jada added it will be “timeless” and he’s just waiting for “whenever the [Manny] Pacquio fight comes, try to knock a few joints out, or the next biggest fight.”

RIHANNA TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN THE FALL

Rihanna took to Twitter last week to confirm that she is working hard on her sixth studio album. The singer took the Twitter again on Friday and announced she will release the album in the fall. Rihanna will serve as a guest judge this season on Simon Cowell’s new show The X-Factor, which premieres on Wednesday night at 8 PM on FOX.

HOT CHELLE RAE & NEW BOYZ HOOK UP FOR NEW SONG

Hot Chelle Rae will release their new single “I Like It Like That,” featuring New Boyz to radio on September 26th and on iTunes on October 4th. The song is the follow up to their double platinum hit single “Tonight Tonight.” The Nashville-based band will release their new album tentatively titled Whatever on November 29th.

GLAAD Upset With Tyler AND MTV -x- T.I. Released -x- Carter IV Predicted Sales -x- Music News


GLAAD UPSET WITH TYLER’S VMA WIN

While many fans were happy that Tyler, the Creator won Best New Artist at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, GLAAD is upset with the network for rewarding the rapper. The organization said in a statement, “Rather than providing simply a larger platform, MTV and other networks should educate viewers about why anti-gay and misogynistic language has no place in the music industry today. Given Tyler’s history of such remarks, viewers and potential sponsors should refrain from honoring homophobia and in the future look to a more deserving artist.” The gay and lesbian activist group was outraged with Tyler’s lyrical content on his debut album, Goblin.

· AllHipHop.com reports Tyler the Creator and Odd Future’s sophomore album contains a combined total of over 213 anti-gay slurs.

T.I. RELEASED FROM PRISON!

Rapper T.I. has been released from an Arkansas prison — and is on his way to either a community living facility or home confinement … TMZ has learned.

T.I. was sentenced to 11 months behind bars after his drug possession arrest on the Sunset Strip back in September 2010 — an arrest that caused law enforcement officials to revoke his probation stemming from a federal gun conviction back in 2009.

Chris Burke, spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, tells us T.I. was released at 7:29 AM local time … and is “in transit” to begin the next leg of his sentence.

T.I. checked into prison on November 1, 2010 — and he was originally scheduled to be released on September 29.

BEYONCE’S 4 GETS SALES BOOST FROM VMA PERFORMANCE

Thanks to her impressive performance of “Love On Top” during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyonce’s latest album, 4, has received a huge sales boost. MTV News reports the diva’s project is now back into the top 10 on the iTunes chart. In addition, the song that she showcased has soared into the top 5 on the iTunes singles chart. Even though 4 has shipped over one-million albums, the record has been her slowest selling effort to date.

· The singer is pregnant with her first child. There have been ideas for baby names going around including the unisex name: Brook Lynn Carter.

AND…

BEYONCE SETS TWITTER RECORD

We knew that Beyonce announcing her pregnancy during the MTV Video Music Awards was a big deal, but we didn’t expect the diva’s great news to break a Twitter record. According to AdAge.com, there were over 8,868 tweets per second regarding Beyonce’s bun in the oven. This breaks Twitter’s previous record of 7,196 tweets per second for the U-S women’s soccer team competing again Japan a few months ago. We’ll keep you posted with updates on the sex of the child.

AND…

BEYONCE WILL STILL PERFORM AT MJ TRIBUTE

Regardless of the little baby that’s developing inside Beyonce, TMZ reports the diva still plans to sing and dance during the Michael Jackson tribute concert on October 8th. Reps for the concert stated, “The pregnancy will not affect her performance.” The 29-year-old singer, who did not do any choreography during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, will perform via satellite.

LIL WAYNE’S PROJECTED ALBUM SALES ARE IN!

Ever since Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV dropped, we’ve all been wondering if he’ll sell a million copies during his first week. While it doesn’t look like Weezy’s new effort will achieve the same success as the third installment in the Carter series, he’s going to come pretty close. According to Billboard.com, the rapper’s newly released project is expected to sell between 700 to 850-thousand units. We’ll know the official amount next week when the Billboard chart comes out.

· These projections are nearly double what Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne sold during its first week.

GAME AUTHORS FIRST BOOK

If you’d like to understand the recording process and all the energy Game put into creating his latest album, fans will be able to get an in-depth look via the rapper’s first book, The Making Of Game’s The R.E.D. Album. The West Coast native said in a statement, “I wanted to give my fans a behind-the-scenes look of how my new album came to be.” He added, “These are my stories in my own words. This book is the only place where you’ll learn all the stories behind the music — how I got the beats, what inspired my lyrics and how the album was put together.” You can purchase The Making Of Game’s The R.E.D. Album digitally on Amazon.com now.

· The book will be available soon on iTunes and in paperback through Amazon.com.

WIZ KHALIFA MAKES FORBES LIST, BUYS HOME

It’s been a lucrative year for Wiz Khalifa. In case you didn’t know, the Pittsburgh native ranked number 11 on Forbes’ List Of Top Earning Rappers Of 2011. We caught up with the rapper to find out what his first big purchase was. In related news, his singles have a combines six-million in sales and his Rolling Papers album was recently certified gold.

FOXY BROWN AND MARY J BLIGE ALBUM?

During an interview with TheBoomBox.com, Foxy Brown revealed that she had been working on a joint album with Mary J. Blige that was titled Best of Both Girls. Even though the project was scrapped, the fem-cee spilled that they completed five songs that were supposed to play off Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s The Best of Both Worlds LP. Fox stated, “Mary’s like a big sister to me, and in the middle of recording those records, I lost all my hearing.”

· In addition, Brown was supposed to appear on Mary’s 2005 hit, “Enough Cryin.’” The verse that the singer rapped was actually written by Foxy.

DIDDY TO RELEASE AN “ASS” BOOK

According to the NYPost.com, Sean “Diddy” Combs is reportedly teaming up with Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine to release the book, Culo. Yes, that’s Spanish for ass. The moguls are working with photographer Raphael Mazzucco to create pages of “legendary photos of women’s backsides.” You can pick it up on November 22nd.

· Do you plan on buying the book?

KREAYSHAWN UPSET WITH INDUSTRY

Kreayshawn is having a rough week. Not only did the “Gucci Gucci” rapper have underage nude photos of her leak online, but she was also recently confronted by Rick Ross and Game for what she said about them in her songs. In a blog post titled “I’m Mad,” the fem-cee wrote, “All I wanted to do is create and have a good time. But, this is quickly forming into something I never would have signed up for from being accused of being racist to getting my pre-teen nudes leaked everywhere. I feel like this s**t ain’t my cup of tea.” She added, “Someone else want my job right about now? I’m just gotta sip lean and disappear. THIS GAME IS FAKE AS ALL HELL!”

MONICA ANNOUNCES NEW LIFE RELEASE DATE

According to Rap-Up.com, Monica has revealed the launch date for her upcoming album, New Life. The singer announced that the project, which includes production from Missy Elliott and Polow Da Don, will be available on November 8th. Led by her lead single, “Anything (To Find You),” the singer said of the disc, “The music will be a lot like Still Standing in the sense that it’s real and really about things that I’ve experienced, but it’s also from a very mature place.”

CHRISTINA MILIAN LANDS ACTING ROLE

Wanna know what Christina Milian has been up to? In addition to raising her daughter, Violet, the singer has landed a role in the upcoming ABC Family series, Maid In Miami. Deadline.com reports the actress will likely take the leading lady in the TV project, which follows a young maid who is also an aspiring singer. The show debuts early next year.

· Milian has also acted in Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Be Cool, Pulse, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Bring It On: Fight to the Finish.

JOJO TALKS “MARVIN’S ROOM” REMIX, DUET WITH DRAKE

We caught up with JoJo in L-A just a couple of days before Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards to talk about the buzz she created by remixing Drake’s “Marvin’s Room.” The singer told us what inspired the song (See Related Cut #5) and she also told us why she wants to duet with Drizzy (See Related Cut #6). In related news, the singer has issued “Disaster,” which is the first official single from her oft-delayed third album, Jumping Trains. Head to her official fansite to hear it now!

Nick Ashford Passes Away -x- Jay-Z & Beyonce 2nd in World’s Highest Paid Couple -x- T.I. readies Book -x- Scarface Released From Jail -x- VMA Facts


NICK ASHFORD PASSES AWAY

According to the New York Times, Nick Ashford from Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson passed away on Monday at a New York Hospital after a battle with throat cancer. He was only 70 years old. We’ll keep you posted with funeral arrangements.

· Nick and his wife, Valerie Simpson, were known for duets including “Solid,” “You’re All I Need (To Get By)” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

TWITTER REACTIONS TO NICK ASHFORD’S DEATH

· Alicia Keys tweeted, “I’m so sad that he’s gone…..So many of the greatest are going to a greater place….what a legacy of infectious music… man!”

· Lenny Kravitz wrote, “Left rehearsal. Heard Nick Ashford passed. A legend. My heart goes out to Valerie. My Lord, ain’t no mountain high enough. Solid as a rock.”

· Ashanti wrote, “R.I.P Nick Ashford one of the most Soulful & Amazing Singer/Songwriters Timeless Classic Music. Many Prayers & Blessings to his Family.”

· Russell Simmons tweeted, “R.I.P. Nick Ashford has left his body Most cannot see his everlasting spirit, but the eyes behind the eyes remain w/us.”

· MC Hammer wrote: “Nick Ashford (RIP) your songs and melodies touched millions of lives and will never fade. We #Salute your Life.”

WATCH THE THRONE SINGLES ANNOUNCED

Wanna know what the next singles off Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne are? It looks like the next songs to receive the single treatment off their collaborative effort will be the Hit-Boy produced banger “N*ggas In Paris” as well as “Why I Love You” featuring Mr. Hudson. Fans can expect both tracks to impact radio on September 13th.

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ROBIN THICKE LEAKS “I’M AN ANIMAL”

Just when we were starting to wonder what Robin Thicke has been up to, the singer just issued a new song called “I’m An Animal.” The track is likely to appear on his fifth studio album, which will arrive early next year. Perfect timing, as the crooner just performed at Kim Kardashian’s much-hyped and soon-to-be-televised wedding. Head to his official fansite to hear the tune now!

· The singer reportedly performed “Lost Without You,” “Angel” and “Still In Love” at the reality star’s ceremony.

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SCARFACE RELEASED FROM JAIL

According to XXLMag.com, Scarface has been released from Harris County Jail in Texas after serving nearly a year in prison. The rapper was being held for failing to pay child support in four separate child support cases. A rep said in a statement, “Face is home and he’s already busy working on releasing new material. It’s not going to take him long to fall right back into the swing of things.”

· In related news, Scarface is currently working on his 12th album, The Habit.

LAURYN HILL TALKS RECORDING MISEDUCATION LP 

During an interview with Reebok Classics, Lauryn Hill spoke of recording her classic debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The singer, who is headlining this year’s Rock the Bells 2011 Festival, said of the disc, “I think we understood that it was going to be landmark, but I didn’t understand to what degree other people would be really impacted by what was done,” she said. “I was really trying to express myself. Like I say all the time, I make music not necessarily for selfish reasons, but I make the music that I want to hear. And when you find out that other people want to hear that too, how could you not be excited about that?” The singer is said to be working on new material, which will mark her first album in over in 13 years.

JAY-Z, BEYONCE NAMED ON HIGHEST PAID COUPLE LIST

According to Forbes.com, Jay-Z and Beyonce appear on the newly released World’s Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples list. The power couple took second place after earning an impressive 72-million combined, only to be beat out by NFL/supermodel couple, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, who raked in 76-million. Interestingly enough, no other music couples are featured on the list. Visit Forbes.com to see which famous faces made the cut.

· Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt came in third on with a combined income of 50-million dollars.

Q-TIP ANNOUNCES MJ TRIBUTE SHOW 

According to his official website, Q-Tip has announced that he’ll be hosting this year’s Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Show alongside DJ Spinna. The rapper said in a statement, “Michael Jackson was a huge influence on my music and was an inspiration to me and so many others. I want to bring people together to celebrate the man, his music and his legacy that will undoubtedly live on forever!” The event will take place at New York’s Irving Plaza on Saturday at 9 PM.

· Tickets are currently available for $20.

DIDDY’S SON OFFERED SCHOLARSHIP

According to the NYPost.com, Sean “Diddy” Combs’ son, Justin, has just received an athletic scholarship to attend UCLA. The cornerback also received offers from schools including Illinois, Iowa, West Virginia and Virginia. While we’re happy for the mogul’s kid, we’re sure Puff would have been just fine paying the full tuition.

TWEET OF THE DAY: CHRIS BROWN

Following the unexpected earthquake that hit the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon, Chris Brown tweeted, “Please pray for Virginia.” This prompted a Twitter user to respond back with: “Oh, God. What did you do to her?”

T.I. TO RELEASE A BOOK?

T.I. has less than a month to go before he’ll be released from prison and the rapper has plans to soon release his first book. Close friend DJ Drama told HipHopDX.com that Tip has a book in the works and he’s also ready to record the follow up to last year’s No Mercy. Drama stated, “We talked via email about two weeks ago. He should be home in a couple of weeks; he’s ready to get back to work.” In terms of the direction of Tip’s comeback project, the hitmaker shared that fans can “expect some good records.” We’ll keep you posted on when the rapper completes his sentence for probation violation.

WALE, KID CUDI WORKING ON COLLABORATION

During an interview with MTV News, Wale revealed that his reconciled relationship with Kid Cudi will lead to their first collaboration. Wale told MTV that the former rivals have “figured it all out,” adding, “We went from not having s**t to having money at our disposal, so it kind of f***ed up our friendship.” Fans can expect to hear the duo on a song called “Focused,” which will appear on Wale’s sophomore effort, Ambition. Look for the disc on November 1st.

BEYONCE CONFIRMS 4 DVD RELEASE 

According to NeonLimeLight.com, Beyonce recently confirmed that there will be a special DVD from her recent 4 Intimate Nights With Beyonce shows in New York City. The diva, who had her first four-night residency at the city’s Roseland Ballroom, secretly filmed the final show. She said to the unsuspecting crowd, “You may not know this, but tonight I’m filming the show for a DVD.” We will keep you posted on when she announces the date the concert film will be released.

RIHANNA DROPS NEW VIDEO

Rihanna’s new video for “Cheers (Drink To That)” is out now. The singer debuted the clip on iTunes this morning. The song is the latest single off Rihanna’s Loud album, which has sold over 1.4-million copies to date.

· Rihanna has just helped to launch a new flavor of Vita Coco water called Coco Tropical Fruit. The drink is a blend of coconut water, pink guava, orange, red dragon fruit and pineapple.

MJ FAN CLUBS WORKING TO CANCEL TRIBUTE CONCERT

According to Reuters, a group of Michael Jackson fan clubs across the world have banded together in an open letter to event organizers, asking for the cancellation of a Jackson tribute concert scheduled for October in Wales. The 35 fan clubs said that the event, which will include performances by Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Beyonce is “doomed to fail.” The letter goes on to explain that the show is set to take place during the trial of Conrad Murray, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson back on June 25th, 2009.

· The stadium in Wales holds about 75-thousand people, but organizers have not yet said how many tickets, which range in price from around 90 to 360 dollars, have been sold or how many are still available to the public. The concert is scheduled to be broadcast around the world on paid television channels.

VMA FACTS

The Silver Flag on the Moon Man trophy is almost ten inches high and displays the MTV logo.

960-degree Zinc is poured into a ten-piece steel die to form the Moon Man.

Each award is personalized with a nickel silver plate. Each plate is etched with the MTV logo, color-filled black and engraved with the recipient’s name, video, date and nominated category.

The 2006 VMAs were the first show in more than 15 years to not feature an award for Breakthrough Video.

Madonna is listed twice in a list of the MTV Top 10 VMA Openings: the 1984 “Like a Virgin” performance and her 2003 kiss with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

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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?

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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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