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KENDRICK LAMAR’S GOOD KID, M.A.A.D. CITY ALBUM DEBUTS AS THE HIGHEST SELLING ALBUM FOR A NEW ARTIST IN 2012


IGA: SANTA MONICA, CA – October 31, 2012 – Rave reviews and remarkable first week sales have greeted good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope), the highly anticipated debut major label album from 25-year-old Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album, released October 22nd, will debut with more than 241,000 in sales and also atop the Billboard Rap, the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart and at #2 on the Billboard 100 behind only Taylor Swift’s Red. good kid, m.A.A.d. city earns the biggest-selling debut week for any new artist debut in 2012.

Anointed as “hip-hop’s next big star” by XXL magazine and awarded Lyricist of the Year at the recent BET Hip Hop Awards, Lamar has also received effusive praise for good kid, m.A.A.d. city from critics across the country:

“Easily the most ambitious (album) in hip-hop this year, maybe the most ambitious in any mainstream-focused genre.” (New York Times)

“A perfect coronation for the new ‘King of California,’ (Dr. Dre’s words), as well as a shining example of Lamar’s hyper-introspective style of SoCal hip-hop.” (Washington Post)

“A masterpiece of storytelling, empathy in the midst of chaos.” (Los Angeles Times)

“He both resurrects and reinvents West Coast hip-hop.A triumph.” (Boston Globe)

“The plush production of tracks like the Neptunes-produced centerpiece ‘good kid’ hearkens back to Seventies blaxploitation soundtracks and Nineties gangsta-rap blaxploitation revivals, and good kid warrants a place in that storied lineage.” (Rolling Stone, 4/5 stars)

“There’s a sophistication in his cool, taut delivery and deftly syncopated, soulfully textured arrangements, which make his blunt accounts as seductive as they are sobering.” (USA Today, 3.5/4)

“The miracle of this album is how it ties straightforward rap thrills–dazzling lyrical virtuosity, slick quotables, pulverizing beats, star turns from guest rappers–directly to its narrative.” (Pitchfork, 9.5/10)

“A cohesive album filled with classic gems.” (Associated Press)

“An undeniably stellar major label debut from Kendrick Lamar, which will certainly hurt the self-esteem of many rappers out now while also inspiring them to reach these heights.” (XXL)

“(He) manages to hold everything together in the midst of such chaos through sheer craftsmanship. For one, he is a f**king amazing rapper. On a purely technical level, he might be the best of his generation, and it’s awe-inspiring to hear him bend such complicated cadences without even breaking a sweat.” (Spin)

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Drake Won’t Respond To Common -x- Pitbull To Be Honored At BMI Awards -x- 2 Chainz Signs With DefJam -x- Smokeout Fest -x- Music News


DRAKE WON’T RESPOND TO COMMON ANYMORE

Sometimes, when you’re in the middle of a rap feud, it’s just best to keep quiet. And that’s exactly what Drake plans to do when it comes to the one-sided beef that’s brewing between him and Common. Drizzy told NahRight.com, “That situation is not a ‘hip-hop moment’ or a ‘battle for the sake of musical integrity’… it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album.” As previously reported, the Chicago native has denied that the beef began due to Drake’s rumored fling with Common’s ex-girlfriend, Serena Williams.

AND…

DRAKE, RIHANNA TO HEADLINE FESTIVAL IN LONDON

According to Rap-Up.com, Drake and Rihanna are hooking up again. No, not like that. The entertainers are scheduled to team up at this summer’s Barclaycard Wireless Festival in the U-K. Taking place at London’s Hyde Park, Drizzy is expected to take stage on July 7th while Ri Ri will close the festival on July 8th. If you’re interested, tickets go on sale this Friday (2/3) at 10 AM.

MIA CONFIRMS SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW PERFORMANCE

NME reports that MIA has confirmed she will be performing with Madonna during the Super Bowl halftime show. The rapper told BBC Radio 1 that she will be performing with Madge and Nicki Minaj, which has been speculated for weeks. Minaj and MIA are both featured on Madonna’s new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin.”

RICK ROSS SAYS DR DRE IS “INSPIRATIONAL”

In case you didn’t know, Rick Ross recently logged studio time with DJ Khaled and Dr Dre. While it’s unknown how many tracks Rozay recorded with the Dre, he told MTV News, “It was amazing. We had the opportunity to just first and foremost touch base like bosses. We went out, we had dinner, we just discussed ideas and that led to the studio.” We’re hoping whatever the duo recorded will either end up on Rick’s upcoming album, God Forgives, I Don’t, or the hitmaker’s long-awaited Detox LP.

ROMEO MILLER LANDS NEW ACTING ROLE

Romeo Miller has taken a break from music to expand his acting resume. After recently starring in Jumping The Broom, Master P’s son has reportedly landed a role in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection. The former Dancing With The Stars competitor will star as “Jake” in the upcoming comedy that also features John Amos, Denise Richards and Tom Arnold.

The flick marks Perry’s 14th movie in seven years.

2 CHAINz CONFIRMS SIGNING TO DEF JAM

During an interview with XXLMag.com, 2 Chainz announced that he has signed to Def Jam Recordings. The rapper, who was signed to Ludacris’ Disturbing tha Peace label, stated, “I just took another route as far as running my own company and bossing up. But on the other hand, I’m still working with him. He has an album coming out this year, as well. Matter of fact, we are label mates, now, which is crazy. So, yeah, that’ll be cool. I’m looking forward to that.” In addition, he plans to release two new projects in 2012.

MINDLESS BEHAVIOR PARTNERS WITH K-MART

Mindless Behavior are really starting to make a name for themselves. The R&B boy band have landed a merchandise deal with Kmart. The “Mrs. Right” group said in a statement, “We’re excited to partner with Kmart to bring some new MB swag to fans all across the U-S! We helped design all of the styles and hope all of our Mindless ladies love em!” Fans can expect the band to celebrate the launch by doing in store appearances and autograph signings starting today.

– For a list of cities, visit MindlessBehavior.com.

– They recently received their first NAACP Image Award nomination.

QUESTLOVE PAYS HOMAGE TO DON CORNELIUS

Following the news that Soul Train creator Don Cornelius died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, Questlove paid homage to the 75-year-old icon via OkayPlayer.com. Here’s The Roots’ drummer’s full post:

“Don Cornelius was my first non musical non celeb non blood related hero.

It’s amazing timing that my arrival on earth and his greatest creative manifestation came within 9 months of each other. both symbolizing a new hope for urban America. most won’t get it til now (especially now that he’s gone) but i pray that Don knew of the appreciation he had in all of us born after 1968. You people will have to forgive me…I’m just kinda writing from the heart….sporadic thoughts tears and snot are spilling out and whatnot. I’m certain dream and toure and nelson will do his legacy justice in print….i just felt the need to write something.”

TYRESE SHOOTS VIDEO FOR “NOTHING ON YOU”

According to his official fansite, Tyrese is gearing up to re-release his latest album, Open Invitation. To get fans more hyped about the deluxe version, the crooner has shot a visual to his new single, “Nothing On You,” which includes Chilli from TLC as his love interest. You can expect the clip to premiere on Valentine’s Day.

MOBB DEEP, NIPSEY HUSSLE ADDED TO SMOKEOUT FEST

Looks like the Cypress Hill Smokeout 2012 Festival has attracted an impressive roster of performers. We’ve just learned the full list of acts that are scheduled to perform, which include Mobb Deep, Wiz Khalifa, Curren$Y, Nipsey Hussle and many more. The event takes place on March 3rd at NOS Events Center in Southern California and tickets are available now via TicketFly.com.

Smokeout 2012 Line-up

Sublime with Rome

Korn

Cypress Hill

Thievery Corporation

Wiz Khalifa

Café Tacuba

Wolfgang Gartner

MSTRKRFT

Rusko

Mobb Deep

Low End Theory (Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, Nocando)

The Dirty Heads

Curren$Y

Nipsey Hussle

DJ Muggs

Daedelus

Danny Brown

ScHoolBoy Q

Ritmo Machine

Fashawn

PITBULL TO GET HONORED AT BMI AWARDS

AllHipHop.com reports that Pitbull is expected to be honored at the 19th annual BMI Awards. The rapper will be presented with the coveted BMI President Award, which recognizes “Pitbull’s genre bending style of music has allowed him to appeal to numerous fan bases, including Hip-Hop, Urban, Latin, Pop and European.” The ceremony will take place at Encore Wynn Theater in Las Vegas on March 30th.

– Previous recipients include Taylor Swift, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, and Willie Nelson.

DAVID GUETTA UNLEASHES NEW VIDEO WITH NICKI MINAJ!

David Guetta has released his new video for “Turn Me On,” featuring Nicki Minaj. In the clip, Guetta plays a mad scientist creating his very own Nicki Minaj from scrap parts. The clip opens on Guetta putting the final touches on his Minaj doll plans. As the song progresses, we see the plastic doll turn into a very human-looking Nicki Minaj. The video was shot late last year and directed by Sanji, who was previously at the helm of videos for Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Jesse McCartney and more. This is the second collabo for Guetta and Minaj. They also appeared together on his track, “Where Them Girls At.”

BIG NAMES SET TO HONOR McCARTNEY

On February 10th, just two days before the GRAMMYs, a huge group of diverse musicians will gather in L-A to pay tribute to the one and only Paul McCartney as he is honored as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year. The event will see performances by Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Tony Bennett, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, James Taylor, Norah Jones, Katy Perry and more. And of course, Paul will perform as well. Comedian Eddie Izzard will host the show, which recognizes Paul for his artistic achievements and philanthropic work. The event is sold-out and proceeds from it will go towards emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery programs for musicians.

– This is the 22nd years MusiCares honored a Person of the Year. Previous honorees include Elton John, Billy Joel, Bono, Paul Simon, Sting, Phil Collins and James Taylor.

50 Cent Gave Dre Advice For Detox -x- Common Talks Love Life -x- Luda Launches Website with Daughter -x- Adele Sets UK Record -x- MTV Music News


50 CENT GAVE DR DRE ADVICE FOR DETOX

During an interview with XXL magazine, 50 Cent revealed that he has given advice to Dr Dre, who is still working on his oft-delayed Detox LP. After flying out to Los Angeles to contribute to the hitmaker’s effort, Curtis recalled saying to Dre, “‘Yo, you don’t have to invent nothing. All they want is a strong version of what you gave last time,’” 50 said. “They need a new version of that. It’s like Sade. She goes away for six years, and then she comes back with a new disc…it reminds you of the f**kin’ shit that she gave you before she left. There’s certain artists that have that luxury. You could go away and still be interesting enough to come for people to want to hear that effort. Dre is like that.” There’s still no release date for Detox.

T-PAIN ADDRESS DELAY OF T-WAYNE ALBUM

In case you were wondering whatever happened to Lil Wayne and T-Pain’s joint album, titled T-Wayne, the singer filled Rap-Up.com on what happened. The crooner explained, “When [Wayne] got into his little trouble, that was right at the peak of when we was like, ‘OK, let’s go. Let’s do this now.’ He finally had time, then he went to jail.” Teddy further explained, “Things happen and I’m pretty sure he’s over the whole idea now. I don’t even be bringing it up to him no more. I’m pretty sure he’s way past that right now. He’s doing big things.” In related news, his new album rEVOLVEr in stores now!

· The duo reportedly recorded nine songs for the project before it was scrapped.

COMMON TALKS ABOUT HIS LOVE LIFE

In the new edition of JET magazine, Common showed the softer side of him an talked about why being in love is important. He stated, “I think the core of the human being and the heart is love, and we all want that,” he said. “Love has allowed me to do the things I’m doing in life. I feel like we all deserve that — to receive love and give it, too.” As for being “whipped,” Serena William’s ex-boyfriend admits, “I have been in love, and I did get my heart broken. As an adult, I can say I’ve been through love, and this is some of the experiences I’ve had. Men love. Men go crazy over women. They go to prison, start wars and lose hair over them.” In related news, his new album The Dreamer / The Believer drops on December 20th.

RZA LAUNCHES RZA’S WORLD APP

According to XXLMag.com, RZA has recently launched his RZA’s World App, which is designed to let his fans have access to up to the minute information about him. Aside from having a newsfeed, you will get daily nuggets of wisdom from RZA, exclusive fan-fare and the ability to play the 3D Chess Chambers game. Be sure to download the app today for only $3.99!

LUDACRIS LAUNCHES WEBSITE WITH DAUGHTER

Ludacris reportedly teamed up with his 10 year-old daughter Karma to launch a website dedicated to children education. Luda said in a statement, “We wanted the site to be educational, fun and full of music that all kids will enjoy, but we also wanted it to teach kids more than just academics,” he said. “The site touches on subjects like, the rewards of hard work and importance of learning manners as well as the idea that doing good deeds for others will bring good into your life – which is the meaning of the word Karma. The music and lyrics, games and stories on the site are all original and were created by me, my daughter and my creative team.” Log into KarmasWorld.com today!

SOLANGE RAISES BLOOD CANCER AWARENESS

Wanna know what Solange has been up to? Well, according to her official fan page, the singer is currently helping raise awareness for blood cancer. She’s encouraging people to donate bone marrow and said in a PSA, “People are dying and we can save them. lot of people don’t understand that it’s literally a cotton swab that determines if you’re a match. This can actually save someone’s life!” To learn more, get registered at GetSwabbed.org.

DMX VISITS THE TROOPS

According to TMZ, DMX was spotted visiting injured troops in Houston, Texas. The rapper, who was in town for a concert in San Antonio last Thursday, actually played wheel chair basketball with the physically disabled soldiers. He told TMZ, “It made my day as much as it did their day. One told me that I gave him the best early Christmas gift he ever got and that has me still smiling.” Head over to the website to see the footage.

YOUNG JEEZY DROPS TRACKLISTING

We know its bee a long wait for Young Jeezy to issue his upcoming album, TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition, but we’re only two weeks away until the LP drops. While the disc arrives in stores December 20th, Da Snowman has just issued the official tracklisting:

1. Waiting (Prod. By Lil Lody)

2. What I Do (Just Like That) (Prod. By Drumma Boy)

3. O.J. Ft. Jadakiss & Fabolous (Prod. By Lil Lody)

4. Nothing (Prod. By Lil Lody)

5. Way Too Gone Ft. Future (Prod. By Mike Will)

6. Supafreak Ft. 2 Chainz (Prod. By D. Rich)

7. All We Do (Prod. By Midnight Black)

8. Leave You Alone Ft. Ne-Yo (Prod. By Warren G)

9. Everythang (Prod. By Lil Lody)

10. Trapped Ft. Jill Scott (Prod. By J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)

11. F.A.M.E. (Fake Ass Muthafu**as Envy ) Ft. T.I. (Prod. By J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)

12. I Do Ft. Jay-Z x Andre 3000 (Prod. By M16)

13. Higher Learning Ft. Snoop Dogg, Devin The Dude & Mitchelle’l (Prod. By Lil C)

14. This One’s For You Ft. Trick Daddy (Prod. By Lil Lody)

BONUS:

Talk 2 Me Ft. Freddie Gibbs x Eminem (Prod. By Drumma Boy & Travis Barker)

ICE CUBE LANDS NEW TV SHOW FOR F/X

According to Deadline.com, Ice Cube has reportedly signed on to star and produce a new show for FX called Eye for an Eye. The drama series marks the rapper’s first TV starring role and follows a veteran paramedic “who gains a thirst for revenge after witnessing one too many victims of violent crime.” We’ll keep you posted with further details.

· Cube has upcoming roles in Rampart and 21 Jump Street

YOUNG BUCK PREPS MIXTAPE FOR MAYBACH MUSIC?

Young Buck may be dealing with financial struggles but that isn’t stopping him from making new music. According to HipHopOfficial.com, the former G-Unit rapper is working on a mixtape “on behalf of” Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. While he didn’t explain further, he adds, “I’m blessed to be in a situation where people enjoy what I’m giving them.” We’ll keep you posted.

MADONNA CONFIRMED FOR SUPER BOWL

Madonna has confirmed that she will perform during the halftime show at next year’s Super Bowl. The Queen of Pop, who is currently recording her 12th studio album, is set to perform at the event on February 5th at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Madonna could possibly perform her new single, “Give Me All Your Love,” but that has yet to be confirmed. Last year’s halftime show featured a performance from the Black Eyed Peas.

BBC CHOOSE SOUND OF 2012

Each year the BBC chooses one artist whose sound will capture the upcoming year. Previous winners include Adele, Ellie Goulding, Keane and more. The outlet has currently narrowed down 15 artists for the Sound of 2012, and the list includes dupstep producer Skrillex, rapper Frank Ocean, bands Spector and Dry the River and more. The top five will be revealed in the first week of January.

ADELE HAS HIGHEST SELLING ALBUM OF THE 21ST CENTURY IN THE U-K

Adele’s hugely successful album 21 has moved up four spots on the U-K charts, from number nine to number 5, making it the U-K’s biggest-selling album of the 21st century. That breaks the record of the late Amy Winehouse, who has sold 3.3 million copies of her Back to Black album. 21 has now sold 3.4 million in Adele’s homeland of Britain. The album has broken records around the world and has remained in the top 10 of the U-S charts since February.

Erick Sermon Still In Hospital -x- Take Care In Stores Now -x- J-Lo’s New Man -x- Common Issues LP Tracklist -x- Dr Dre Taking Break… AGAIN -x- Music News


ERICK SERMON STILL HOSPITALIZED AFTER HEART ATTACK

Erick Sermon is recovering at a Long Island hospital after suffering a heart attack over the weekend. AllHipHop.com reports that the rap legend’s extremely high blood pressure played a part in the sudden attack. He is expected to make a full recovery and will be released later this week.

GO PICK UP DRAKE’S TAKE CARE!

Today, fans can finally purchase Drake’s much anticipated album, Take Care. Anyone who bought the physical copy and checked out the credits probably noticed right away that Drizzy didn’t go after numerous big name producers and the majority of the production credits were done by Noah “40” Shebib. Be sure to pick up Take Care today.

· Other producers who contributed to the album include T-Minus & Boi-1da and Just Blaze.

AND…

DRAKE FRUSTRATED WITH GRAMMYS?

Drake is a bit frustrated with the GRAMMY committee. The Young Money rapper, who is only on his second album, says he doesn’t believe he’ll ever win a GRAMMY. In a recent interview with HipHopBlog.com, Drizzy stated, “I’ve always been fascinated with the GRAMMYs, so I don’t mean disrespect when I say this, but I’ve kind of given up on them.” He continues to say, “If I ever get one, or when I get one, I’ll be ecstatic; because that’s a recurring dream I’ve had since I was a kid.”

· Do you think Drake will ever win?

LUDACRIS CONFIRMS FAST 6 FILM COMING

In addition to working on his upcoming album, Ludacris revealed that he’ll soon reprise his character in the Fast & Furious franchise for the sixth installment of the series. During a recent radio interview, the rapper stated, “You need to get Fast 5 on DVD and I just heard they green lit Fast 6 man, there’s gonna be a Fast 6. All the Fast & Furious fans out there, I’m letting you know Fast 6 has been green lit so it’s going down.” It’s unknown when the next Fast & Furious film will hit the big screen, but we’ll keep you posted.

JENNIFER LOPEZ HAS NEW BOO?

It looks like Jennifer Lopez is officially moving on as she’s been romantically linked to her backup dancer, Casper Smart. TMZ reports the 42-year-old singer was initially only flirting with the 24-year-old, but they have gotten “touchy-feely” during dance rehearsals in front of the other dancers. Her rep has yet to confirm or deny if Casper is her new beau.

DETAILS ON WIZ & SNOOP’S MOVIE, SOUNDTRACK & TOUR 

Wanna know what to expect of Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa’s upcoming movie? In the film, Mac & Dev Go To High School, Wiz portrays “Devin Overstreet,” who is a valedictorian hopeful struggling to pen his graduation speech and realizes that his focus on school has left him with no real life experiences. Snoop portrays “Mac Johnson,” a 15-year senior looking to finally graduate high school. In the span of three weeks, “‘Mac’ must cram four years of high school academics, while Devin must cram four years of teenage experience.” Billboard.com reports there’s no release date for the flick, but the official soundtrack will be available on December 13th.

· Here are the dates for Wiz and Snoop’s High School Tour:

Dec. 5 – New York, N.Y. (Terminal 5)

Dec. 6 – Philadelphia, Pa. (Electric Factory)

Dec. 7 – Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)

Dec. 10 – Atlanta, Ga. (Tabernacle)

Dec. 12 – San Francisco, Calif. (The Warfield Theatre)

Dec. 13 – Los Angeles, Calif. (The Wiltern)

JAY-Z’S OCCUPY ALL STREETS TEES STILL AVAILABLE

Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z is always one step ahead with everything he puts his hands on. This past weekend, there were reports that his Rocawear line of t-shirts Occupy All Streets were taken out of stores due to heavy controversy surrounding the line of t-shirts. However, according to RapRadar.com, the shirts weren’t available because they were sold-out. Apparently the shirts were selling fast.

B.O.B RECORDS WITH ANDRE 3000

According to HipHop-N-More.com, B.o.B revealed that he scored a collaboration with Andre 3000. While little is known about the record, the Atlanta rapper stated, “I feel like it’s a good chance for people to see the differences between me and Dre.” He added, “For me, it’s like a pass the torch moment, like passing the baton off. Now I gotta take it around the track. But man, it’s a really dope song, I’m excited about it.” Bobby Ray promised that the cut is one of the singles off his upcoming album, Strange Clouds. Expect his sophomore LP to drop early 2012.

· The song Bob and 3 Stacks created actually samples Drake’s “Fancy.”

COMMON ISSUES TRACKLIST FOR NEW LP 

While Common puts the finishing touches on his first album in three years, The Dreamer/The Believer, fans can check out the official tracklist for his ninth studio effort. Be sure to pick it up on December 20th.

1. “The Dreamer” feat. Maya Angelou

2. “Ghetto Dreams” feat. Nas

3. “Blue Sky”

4. “Sweet”

5. “Gold”

6. “Lovin’ I Lost”

7. “Raw (How You Like It)”

8. “Cloth”

9. “Celebrate”

10. “Windows”

11. “The Believer” feat. John Legend

12. “Pop’s Belief”

DR DRE TO TAKE A BREAK?

During an interview with The Fader, Dr Dre revealed some surprising news about wanting to take a break from music. While he isn’t necessarily retiring, the hitmaker announced, “I’m gonna just wrap it up for a minute because I’ve been working on music for 27 years now and the longest I’ve ever been out of the studio in 27 years has been two weeks.” He will reportedly complete two projects, one with Kendrick Lamar, before he takes a brief hiatus. Dre is looking forward to “enjoying some time with the family” and promises that he’s “never gonna stop [making] music.” It’s unknown what this means for his oft-delayed Detox LP.

BIG SEAN TALKS FINALLY FAMOUS TOUR

Big Sean has had an incredible 2011, but one of the biggest accomplishments so far has been headlining his Finally Famous tour. Visit his official website to score passes now. Here are the remaining dates:

Nov. 16 – Pullman, WA

Nov. 17 – Seattle, WA

Nov. 18 – Portland, WA

Nov. 20 – Eugene, OR

Nov. 22 – San Francisco, CA

Nov. 23 – Santa Ana, CA

Nov. 25 – Los Angeles, CA

DMX SAYS HEAVY D INSPIRED HIM

According to ThisIs50.com, Heavy D’s passing took a toll of DMX, who reportedly credits the late rapper for influencing his career. X recalled Waterbed Hev as the “first celebrity that I ever seen in my life. He’s from Mount Vernon (New York). The first person from Westchester County to make it big.” X added, “Before it was all these people from Brooklyn and The Bronx getting on. So, now it was somebody I could relate to. He gave me hope that it could be done.” As previously reported, Heavy D was only 44 years old when he passed away last week.

NICOLE SCHERZINGER’S DEBUT ALBUM DELAYED AGAIN 

According to ThatGrapeJuice.net, Nicole Scherzinger’s debut album, Killer Love, has been delayed again and will not see a U-S release until next year. The effort has been pushed back countless times but was released in the U-K earlier this year. The album was supposed to come out to on December 15th, but will now arrive sometime in 2012. In the meantime, you can see Scherzinger as a judge on The X Factor on FOX.

GAGA AND GIBSON SPLIT

After a long and fruitful creative partnership, Lady Gaga has broken ties with creative director Laurieann Gibson. On Monday, MTV News confirmed the split, which came after reports that the two women had a serious falling out. Gibson has been part of Gaga’s inner circle since well before the singer became an international superstar, beginning with the choreography for the 2008 “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich” video and continuing through the soon-to-be famous steps in clips for “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Love Game,” “Paparazzi” and “Bad Romance.” The pair was closely associated throughout Gaga’s rise to fame, with Gibson providing the choreography and artistic input on such landmark videos as “Telephone,” “Alejandro” and “Born This Way.” Gibson also co-directed the Gaga videos for “Judas” and “Yoü and I” but the women reportedly clashed on the set of the former, with Gibson expressing discomfort with the religious imagery in the clip.

· Lady Gaga took to Twitter to promote her performance on the U-K version of The X Factor over the weekend, writing: “I performed ‘Marry The Night’ last night on X Factor. So fun! Please Watch here: bit.ly/uM5wSx ThankYou UK Monsters for all your love!”

July album Releases x Beyonce #1 x Usher & Rihanna??? x MTV Music News


BEYONCE DEBUTS AT NUMBER ONE ON BILLBOARD!

 

Beyonce has done it! The singer has secured the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart after her latest album, 4, sold over 310-thousand copies in its opening week. The news marks the singer’s fourth consecutive number one album. In addition, the diva has become the third artist, following Britney Spears and DMX, to see their first four studio albums debut atop the Billboard 200.

· The project is the lowest opening week of Beyoncé’s career. 2008’s I Am … Sasha Fierce entered with 482-thousand, B’Day sold over 541-thousand in 2006, and her debut, Dangerously in Love, arrived in 2003 with 317k.

DR DRE CONTRIBUTES TO GAME’S R.E.D. ALBUM

Need another reason to be interested in Game’s upcoming R.E.D. Album? The West Coast rapper recently told MTV News that “this album is the most incredible out of my career.” He added that he’s excited Dr Dre is contributing guest verses on the project, which is being executive produced by Pharrell Williams. Fans can expect R.E.D. Album to hit stores August 23rd.

· The disc features production from Cool & Dre, Hit-Boy, Maestro and Lex Luger, and features Nelly Furtado, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes.

RIHANNA TALKS INTIMIDATING MEN

In the July issue of Cosmopolitan, Rihanna spoke about what kind of guys she likes. But more importantly, the singer explained why it’s difficult for most men to even approach her. Ri Ri stated, “It can definitely be intimidating to guys to date someone in this industry. And it’s really hard to find a guy who doesn’t care about that stuff.” Rihanna promised that she could see herself with a regular dude and added, “I’m turned on to a guy by different things. It could be the way he looks. It could be his intelligence. It’s really a spontaneous thing. I get bored quickly. So if someone can make me laugh, that’s the best.” To read more, go to Cosmopolitan.com.

AND SPEAKING OF…

WAIT…USHER MADE OUT WITH RIHANNA?

 

 

During an interview with Fabolous magazine, Usher dropped some interesting news when he explained why he can’t add Rihanna to his “hit-list.” After describing the pop star as “beautiful,” the crooner spilled “she’s not necessarily on my hit-list – she’s like my sister right now. Or cousin – we have kissed.” It’s still not known if the pair just shared a one-time peck or had an actual fling.

· As for his love life, Usher also said in the mag, “Companionship is important – every man should have a woman to make him better. I’m dating at the moment – not anyone in particular, but I have a few people I’m interested in.”

GUCCI MANE RELEASED FROM JAIL

Gucci Mane has been released from jail! After serving three months for probation violation, the emcee celebrated his freedom by visiting a strip club in Atlanta, Georgia. The news comes just a day after MTV News reported the troubled rapper was in police custody for allegedly pushing a woman out of a moving vehicle back in early April.

· Gucci’s latest album, The Return of Mr. Zone 6, is available in stores now.

PITBULL SHOOTS NEW VIDEO WITH MARC ANTHONY

Pitbull recently shot the video for his new single, “Rain Over Me,” in the Southern California desert. The video, which was shot near Palm Springs, California, features Latin superstar Marc Anthony. You can see a teaser clip of the video at PlanetPit.com. Pitbull has the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week with “Give Me Everything,” featuring Afrojack, Ne-Yo and Nayer.

EMINEM SETS DIGITAL CHART ALBUM RECORD

News recently broke that Eminem’s Recovery has set a new record after he sold over one-million digital copies of the album in the U-S. If that’s not enough, Slim Shady also became the first artist in the last five years to have two albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

· The news comes just a few weeks after we reported Em’s latest project, Hell: The Sequel, took the top spot on the chart last month.

· Em’s upcoming tour stops include headlining slots at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 6th and the V Festival in the U-K on August 20th and 21st. Visit Eminem.com for all upcoming dates.

JOHN LEGEND INVESTS IN WATER COMPANY

What’s John Legend been up to lately? He has reportedly invested in a San Francisco-based water company called HINT, Inc. The singer, who is currently on tour with Sade, said in a statement, “I enjoy drinking HINT water because it’s refreshing without tasting sweet or artificially flavored,” He added, “I joined them as an investor not only because I actually drink HINT water, but also because I truly believe in both the product and its ‘Drink Water, Not Sugar’ message and I am excited to watch the company grow.”

· The zero calorie drink is sold in stores including Albertsons and Bristol Farms.

CEE-LO & MORE AT MLB ALL-STAR GAME

Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game is going to be about more than just America’s Pastime. That’s because some very prominent music artists are going to be involved as well. According to USA Today, Cee-Lo will be performing at the MLB All-Star Gala, an event that takes place on Monday. Then, before the actual game on Tuesday, Jordin Sparks will be singing the National Anthem. And if all that weren’t enough, Michelle Branch is performing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch. Be sure to watch the game this Tuesday night at 8 PM Eastern on FOX.

· The game is taking place in Phoenix, Arizona.

BOW WOW PENS OPEN LETTER ABOUT HIS CHILD

We previously reported that Bow Wow’s mother broke the news that her son conceived a healthy baby girl named Shai. The rapper penned an open letter about his first child and explained why he didn’t want to break the news at first. Here’s what he said:

“Let me start off by saying I love my fans. Without yall I would’ve been left the game. For the past three years I’ve been battling life. Even thought about taking my own. I felt like as a kid I did everything and saw everything too fast, which spoiled my adult years. I felt as if I had no purpose to live (Thinking selfishly) until God gave me the illest gift of my life. No lambo, no black card nothing amounts to my lil girl. I waited so long to tell yall the truth, because I was nervous on how yall would look at me. Yall know everyone makes a big deal out of everything I do. I wanted to be first and let yall know the real. My lil girl is getting BIG fast. I love every minute of it. She inspires me to go harder. Even made me treat my mother better, it’s like it made me into a man over night. Never been a fan of posting pix of my daughter. Reason is because I want my boo boo to have everything I didn’t. Want her to be able to cheerlead with her lil friends without some asshole sticking his camera all in my lil girl face. I know how fame is. I missed out on so much that I now know how important it is to cherish and have those things in your life. Yes! I change diapers. Ain’t as bad as I thought hahaha. I want her to live with me so bad. Jus us 2. Thats my dream man but fellas yall know how it go. Baby gotta stay with they momma and all dat bull. I hate that! So I have to fly 5 hrs away to see her. I find myself going into my iPhone book just looking at pix of her. Sometimes I tear up because I just can’t believe it. All in all, I’m good. This is my 1st. I know all my fans gone support me and ride for her like yall been doing my whole career. To the ones that say “I’m heartbroken how can he do that to us” well I do have a life that’s not all about movies or making albums. I’m 24 now. I can’t wait forever. I’m happy and if you’re a fan then you’d be happy too because yall gone be with me every step of the way. The bs that comes with having a baby momma is expected. So I never trip. Jus gotta suck it up, keep chin high and try not let her get the best of my feelings by playing them stupid games. Ima stay positive and keep maintaining long as I got yall I can’t lose. I love yall. And shai shai daddy love u too! Wizzle!!!!”

MICHELLE WILLIAMS READIES COMEBACK LP

With Kelly Rowland and Beyonce focusing on their solo careers, the third member of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams, is working on a new project also. The singer said of the disc, “My album will be ‘inspirational pop.’ Think of Katy Perry’s ‘Fireworks’ or Natasha Beddingfeld’s ‘Unwritten.’ I want to give people a message of hope while at the same time get them moving with dance inspired tracks.” The follow-up to 2008’s Unexpected does not yet have a release date.

· The disc will include contributions from Rico Love and Jim Jonsin.

· You can now check out her buzz track, “Love Gun,” via ConcreteLoop.com.

KERI HILSON EXCITED FOR I AM STILL MUSIC TOUR

Lil Wayne has just announced that he’s decided to extend his I Am Still Music Tour. The rapper’s successful outing will now continue all the way until mid-September. The trek will reportedly include new supporting acts like Lloyd, Keri Hilson and Far East Movement. Fans will also be able to see Rick Ross, who was a part of the first leg of the tour. The show, which covers nearly 40 cities, will begin on July 13th at the Comcast Theater in Hartford, Connecticut and wraps on September 11th at the Woodlands Amphitheatre in Woodlands, Texas. To learn more, visit Wayne’s official websites, WeAreYoungMoney.com and WeezyThanxYou.com.

NEW BOYZ GO PLATINUM WITH “BACKSEAT”

The New Boyz have scored two hit singles off their new album, Too Cool To Care. The duo has sold over one-million copies of their single, “Backseat” featuring Dev and The Cataracts, and are now riding the success of “Better With The Lights Off,” featuring Chris Brown. You can see the New Boyz’s neon video for “Better with the Lights off” at TheNewBoyz.com.

· The New Boyz have sold just over one-million copies of “Backseat” since it was released five months ago.

· The New Boyz star in Mario Van Peebles’ new film, We The Party, which should be out later this year.

UPCOMING HIP HOP ALBUM RELEASES

July is looking to be a big month for hip-hop album releases. In the coming weeks, fans can anticipate Cali Swag District’s The Kickback and the late Pimp C’s Still Pimpin to be released Tuesday. That following Tuesday, DJ Khaled’s We the Best Forever drops, as does Black Robs’ Game Tested, Streets Approved while Wu-Tang Clan’s comeback effort, Legendary Weapons, arrives on July 26th. Fans should also mark their calendars for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s highly anticipated joint album, Watch The Throne, which is due out on August 2nd.

July 5

Lloyd – King of Hearts

July 12

Cali Swag District – The Kickback

Crooked I – Planet C.O.B.

Hodgy Beats & Left Brain (MellowHype) (OFWGKTA) – Blackenedwhite

Pimp C – Still Pimpin

The Cool Kids – When Fish Ride Bicycles

July 19

DJ Khaled – We the Best Forever

July 26

Black Rob – Game Tested, Streets Approved

Jay Rock – Follow Me Home

Wu-Tang Clan – Legendary Weapons

BRITNEY SPEARS TWEETS SUPPORT FOR NICKI MINAJ

Britney Spears took to Twitter to show her support for Nicki Minaj after the death of Nicki’s cousin. Spears tweeted to fans to “keep up the amazing love and support” for her Femme Fatale tourmate. Minaj’s cousin was murdered near his home in Brooklyn, and it is speculated that his killing was a result of mistaken identity.

PIA TOSCANO SIGNS DEAL; PREPS DEBUT SINGLE!

Former American Idol contestant Pia Toscano has signed a recording contract with Interscope Records. The Queens, New York native, who was shockingly voted off Idol, will release her debut single, “This Time,” on Tuesday. Toscano will perform the song all summer long on the road with the American Idols Live! 2011 Tour, which is now underway and concludes on September 10th in Rochester, New York. The song was written and co-produced by Esther Dean, who is known penning hits for such artists as Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna and many more.

· Pia Toscano released the following statement: “I am thrilled to be joining the Interscope and 19 Recordings family. (Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman) Jimmy Iovine was an amazing mentor during my time on Idol and I’m looking forward to working with him and everyone at Interscope Records and 19 Recordings. This is a dream come true.”

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