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FAT JOE COMMENTS ON CLOSETED GAYS IN RAP

The issue of homosexual rappers and hip hop continues as Fat Joe recently spoke up on how he feels about it. During an interview with Vlad TV, Joey Crack stated, “I’m pretty sure I’ve done songs with gay rappers.” He feels “there’s millions of gay people in the world” and you should embrace it not hide it. In addition, he believes there is a gay mafia running hip hop and explained, “Not rappers, editorial presidents of magazines, PDs at radio stations, people that give you awards at award shows. This is a gay mafia, my man. They are in power.” He concluded his rant by saying it’s about to be 2012 and you should “rep your set” if you prefer the same-sex.

· What do you think of Joe’s comments?

MARY J BLIGE TO PERFORM LIVE ONLINE CONCERT

To celebrate the release of her highly anticipated album, My Life II, Mary J Blige has decided to showcase her talents through a live online concert. Taking place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Thursday, the show will be streamed at 11 PM Eastern. You can expect MJB to perform classic songs as well as new cuts from My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act I), which is due November 21st. Visit her official website to learn more about the livestream.

· Mary told The New York Times, “We’re going to do the first My Life in its entirety—really make it something special and once we’re done with that, we’re going to do some of My Life II.”

50 CENT LANDS TV ROLE

According to AllHipHop.com, 50 Cent’s acting resume will now include his first TV role in a show called The Finder. For his one-episode appearance, Curtis will portray “Big Glade,” a hip hop mogul attempting to recover missing material from a deceased rapper. His show will air sometime in January.

DRAKE EXPLAINS TAKE CARE TITLE

During an interview with GQ, Drake broke down the significance of his album title, Take Care. The “Headlines” rapper was surprised that nobody asked him that yet and replied, “I came up with the name when I was on a bus in Birmingham, England, going to a show. Take Care is this thing we use in passing conversation to dismiss bullsh** like, ‘Oh, you couldn’t make it on time? Oh, take care, take care.’” Drizzy added, “We’ve always used that and then I really took so much care making this album. I knew I was going to go home and take longer than six months, I knew that I was literally going to take care of making this project and be attentive, be clear, be immersed in it. Take Care worked.” Be sure to grab the LP on Tuesday!

YOUNG JEEZY WANTS TO MAKE JOINT LP WITH T.I. 

According to XXLMag.com, if Young Jeezy has his way, the next joint album fans should look out for would include himself alongside T.I. The rapper said of The King of The South. “I been on him [to make the LP]. We got a record for his album, it’s crazy. A monster!” The pair has recorded together on numerous tracks, including their newest offering, “F.A.M.E.” No word on when or if Tip is willing to do the joint LP but we’ll keep you posted.

WALE’S UPCOMING TOUR SCHEDULE

Following the success of Wale’s newly released album, Ambition, the rapper has a heavy tour schedule to further promote the effort. So far, the Maybach Music artist has sold out in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and his hometown of Washington, DC. Be sure to try and get passes for the following dates:

Tues, Nov 15 – Los Angeles, CA

Thurs, Nov 17 – San Diego, CA

Fri, Nov 18 – Tempe, AZ

Sun, Nov 20 – Santa Ana, CA

Tues, Nov 22 – San Francisco, CA

Weds, Nov 23 – Sacramento, CA

Fri, Nov 25 – Seattle, WA

Sat, Nov 26 – Portland, OR

Weds, Nov 30 – Miami, FL

Thurs, Dec 1 – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fri, Dec 2 – Orlando, FL

Sat, Dec 3 – Tallahassee, FL

Sun, Dec 4 – Tampa, FL

Tues, Dec 6 – Athens, GA

MONICA CLEARS UP PREGNANCY RUMORS

To put an end to all the whispers that Monica is pregnant with her first child with husband Shannon Brown, the singer addressed the rumors with GlobalGrind.com. While at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul 3rd Annual Women Behind the Music event, she explained that she is not preggers but would “absolutely” love to carry Brown’s child. She added, “I’m young, he’s young and we want to have that between the two of us, but right now we are enjoying the three that we have blended together.” In related news, Monica is looking forward to releasing her upcoming album, New Life, on February 21st, 2012.

JAY-Z LAUNCHING OCCUPY WALL STREET T-SHIRTS

Jay-Z is looking to capitalize on the Occupy Wall Street movement by releasing an exclusive T-Shirt line through Rocawear that reads “Occupy All Streets.” So will Hov make a direct profit from the protests? A spokeswoman for the Rocawear brand told Gawker, “‘Occupy All Streets’ is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street. At this time, we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement.” Head to his official website to learn more about his new tees.

CEE-LO, JUSTIN BIEBER TO LEAD NBC’S CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Justin Bieber, Tony Bennett and Cee Lo Green will be among the stars at the 79th annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center. Michael Buble, Faith Hill and American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee will also take the stage at the November 30th celebration to light the tree.

· This year, there is a 74-foot Norway Spruce from Mifflinville, Pennsylvania set up in Rockefeller Center in New York City for the holidays.

RIHANNA’S NEW ALBUM ON ITUNES CHART!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rihanna’s new album, Talk That Talk, has broken the iTunes top 10 more than a week before its scheduled debut. Late last week, the 23-year-old’s forthcoming sixth studio album had reached number nine on the iTunes album chart after the pop star unveiled track teasers from all 11 songs on the album. Talk That Talk will be released on November 21st.

· The album’s first single, “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris, earned Rihanna her 11th chart-topping single on the Billboard Hot 100.

AND…

RIHANNA SAMPLES METALLICA IN NEW SONG

Pop singer Rihanna has had many a hit song, and an upcoming one features Metallica. It’s called “Red Lipstick” and includes samples from the legendary metal group’s track “Wherever I May Roam” off the black album. “Red Lipstick” is on Rihanna’s latest record, Talk That Talk, which is out on November 21st.

· In 2009, Metallica’s 1991 self-titled record, known as the black album, became the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era having sold 15.7-million copies to date.

NICKI MINAJ AND DAVID GUETTA TO PERFORM AT THE AMAS

Nicki Minaj and David Guetta will kick off the American Music Awards on November 20th. The two, who scored a hit with “Where Them Girls At?” earlier this year, will take the stage at the top of the show. The event also boasts performances from Katy Perry, LMFAO, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Pitbull and Maroon 5. See the AMAs on Sunday, November 20th at 8 PM Eastern on ABC.

· Nicki Minaj is up for two American Music Awards: Favorite Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Hip-Hop Album for Pink Friday.

AND…

NICKI MINAJ ACCUSED OF VERBAL ASSUALT

According to Star magazine, Nicki Minaj allegedly lashed out at her facialist inside at Dawn DaLuise Skin Refinery in Los Angeles. The fem-cee is said to have verbally assaulted the owner, Dawn DaLuise, who says Nicki screamed at her, “Who the f**k do you think you are? Look what you did to my damn face! You think this s**t is worth 170 dollars?” DeLuise tells the mag, “It’s a shame when you see a darling girl turn into a temperamental diva.” Nicki has yet to comment on the incident.

· The Young Money princess was recently accused of assaulting her former maid.

MUSIC NEWS & PRIUS MUSIC


WIZ KHALIFA KICKS OFF ROLLING PAPERS TOUR

After performing during the 2011 Bonnaroo Festival, Wiz Khalifa has officially kicked off his Rolling Papers tour. Fans can expect the trek to hit major cities including Las Vegas, Houston and Orlando before wrapping on August 5th in Pontiac, Michigan. Wiz is performing tonight (6/13) at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

· Khalifa was nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s BET Awards.

· For more information and to see a full list of tour dates, go to WizKhalifa.com.

· In addition, the 40-city trek will include special guests Big Sean, Chevy Woods and DJ Bonics.

AND..

WIZ SQUASHES WAKA FLOCKA BEEF RUMORS

By James Montgomery (@positivnegativ)

Wiz Khalifa at Bonnaroo 2011

MANCHESTER, Tennessee – Wiz Khalifa’s Saturday evening set at theBonnaroo Music and Arts Festival was, by his own admission, probably the biggest show he’s played since bursting onto the scene last year. And feeding upon the vibes of the crowd, he delivered a set that was as loose and lively as it was hit-packed and hungry.

“I was feeling the energy the whole time, and I’ve been doing a lot of shows and growing as a performer and an artist, so I just wanted to build on all that,” he told MTV News following the performance. “Being a top act on such a huge stage in front of so many people, it’s a great starting point for my career, because a lot of people work their whole careers and then get here.”

Of course, though he was still basking in the afterglow of his Bonnaroo set, Wiz also felt the need to address an issue that (supposedly) occurred atanother of his big-stage shows: rumors of a backstage altercation with Waka Flocka Flame at Hot 97′s Summer Jam in New York earlier this month.

“Yeah, nothing happened backstage,” Khalifa said. “It’s always something; making up some rumor about something happening with me backstage during somebody’s set, but nothing happened. Me and Waka and are cool. That’s just people trying to promote negativity.”

And to hear Wiz tell it, there’s been a whole lot of that negativity going on in recent months. But, as he continues on the upswing of his young career, he’s not going to let any of it get him down. After all, there will be plenty more shows like Bonnaroo on the horizon, and he prefers to focus on that.

“There’s just so much fake sh– going on. Like, people will buy into what’s fake. According to people, this isn’t my Rolex, you know?” he said. “But that’s just what mugs like to think and what they like to talk about, but the reality of the situation is everything’s under control. And this is my Rolex. That I bought.”

YELAWOLF ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE

According to his official fansite, Yelawolf’s upcoming album, Radioactive, will be released sooner than you think. The rapper’s debut effort on Eminem’s Shady Records is slated to arrive on September 27th.

· Yela told TheHipHopChronicle.com that his album title was inspired by a song that was recorded with Big Boi.

KELLY ROWLAND GETS A LAUNCH DATE

Lead by her Lil Wayne-assisted single, “Motivation,” Kelly Rowland recently announced the launch date for her highly anticipated album, Here I Am. The singer, who was originally eyeing a September release, has decided to drop her third studio effort on July 26th.

· The album features contributions from Rico Love, Tricky Stewart, Dr. Luke, Stargate, Salaam Remi, Jim Jonsin, RedOne, and Ester Dean.

· Her release date is almost a month after Beyonce’s 4 arrives on June 28th.

FAT JOE DROPS NEARLY 90 POUNDS

If you’ve caught a glimpse of Fat Joe recently, you’d notice that the rapper lost an impressive amount of weight. According to the NY Daily News, Joe Crack actually dropped 88 pounds and did so by exercising and eating six small meals every day. He told the site that he was inspired by his family and explained, “I can’t leave my daughter behind noted. I want to be here for her; I don’t want to die on her.”

· Since his close friend, Big Pun, passed away due to complications with his weight, are you surprised Joe didn’t take his health more serious sooner?

· Big Pun died of a heart attack at age 28.

RIHANNA LISTED ON FORBE’S TOP PAID UNDER 30

According to Forbes, Rihanna has landed at number ten on the Top Earners Under 30 list. If you combine the profits from tours, album sales and endorsements, the entertainer reportedly banked 29-million dollars between May 2010 and May 2011.

· Ri Ri has kicked off her Loud tour with J Cole. She tweeted about planning to re-release her latest album soon.

· Rihanna endorses Fuze Drinks and Venus Razors.

SUGE KNIGHT TO DO PETA

According to XXLMag.com, Suge Knight has agreed to be a part of a new PETA campaign. The former Death Row Records CEO will be features in several ads about anti-dog chaining. Suge said in a statement, “Dogs deserve our love and attention not a life of ‘solitary confinement’ at the end of a chain. Dogs depend on us to take care of them, to keep them safe and healthy. Chaining a dog is one of the cruelest things you can to do them – they are social animals.”

· Considering his financial struggles, do you think he got paid to do this?

STEVIE WONDER INDUCTED INTO APOLLO HALL OF FAME

To acknowledge all of his accomplishments in music, Stevie Wonder will reportedly be inducted into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame. The singer will be recognized during the sixth Annual Spring Gala Benefit Concert on Monday in Harlem. The legendary performer joins previous inductees Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Patti LaBelle and Quincy Jones.

· If you’d like to attend, score passes via email ApolloSpringGala@jksevents.com or call 212-380-8946.

· Stevie will be celebrated with performances by Wyclef Jean, Yolanda Adams, Melanie Fiona, Raphael Saadiq and many more.

RICK ROSS TO PERFORM AT TUPAC BIRTHDAY CONCERT

We’ve previously told you what entertainers are scheduled to perform at what would have been Tupac’s 40th birthday party. Rick Ross has just joined the line-up and will showcase the hit song, “Tupac Back,” alongside Meek Mill. The pair will join previously confirmed artists including Erykah Badu, Bun B., 8 Ball, MJG, Too $hort and DJ Drama. The celebration, which will be hosted by comedian Mike Epps, will take place on June 16th at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in ATL.

· “Tupac Back” is lifted from Maybach Music Group Presents Self-Made, Volume 1.

· Badu said in a statement, “I am greatly honored to have been invited by Afeni Shakur to celebrate her son’s 40th birthday. I do not take this honor for granted.”

· Mike Epps said in a statement, “I’m looking forward to another year of preserving Tupac’s legacy by celebrating his life with his fans and furthering his causes by supporting his organization.”

J RANDALL DROPS NEW SINGLE WITH T-PAIN

J Randall has released a new single called “Can’t Sleep” featuring T-Pain. The Florida-based singer scored hits with “Ooo La La” with Akon and “Spirit of Radio,” which was featured on the Step Up 3-D soundtrack.

· J Randall has scored almost two-million views on YouTube.

LADY GAGA TOPS SOCIAL 50 CHART YET AGAIN

Lady Gaga tops this week’s Social 50 chart again. Rihanna climbs two spots to number two, thanks to her controversial music video for “Man Down.” Justin Bieber, Shakira and Akon round out the top five. Linkin Park leaps eight spots to number 25, while Jennifer Lopez drops 12 spots to number 28.

· The Social 50 ranks the most active artists on the world’s leading social networking sites including YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and others.

AND HERE’S A BONUS VIDEO FOR MY WEST LA, PRIUS & ORGANIC EATIN FOLKS!

MTV Music News


EMINEM GOES DOUBLE PLATINUM!

It didn’t take long for Eminem’s critically acclaimed Recovery album to
achieve double platinum status. In fact, Slim Shady’s disc, which includes
“Not Afraid” and “The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna, sold well over
two-million copies in only two weeks. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Em
managed to sell an additional 132-thousand copies last week, which pushed
his grand total to 2.1-mil.

B.O.B EXCITED TO PERFORM AT THE 2010 MTV VMAs!

With his smash hit single “Nothing On You” featuring Bruno Mars and the
equally explosive follow-up “Airplanes” with Paramore’s Hayley Williams,
B.o.B deserves all the nominations he’s received for the 2010 MTV Video
Music Awards. The Grand Hustle artist is expected to perform during the big
show and he’s able to keep his cool by looking at his success in a very
humble way. B.o.B will take stage on Sunday, September 12th at 9 PM.

UPDATE ON RIHANNA’S NEXT ALBUM

Producer Alex Da Kid told JustJared.com that fans can expect Rihanna’s next
album to be “strong, fun, and sassy.” The hit-maker has already contributed
to Ri Ri’s follow-up to Rated R and added the disc has “a mixture of her two
sides. It’s commercial, but at the same time it’s got an edge to it-it has
substance.” In addition, people from the singer’s label are looking to
create a song that will have similar success to her duet on Eminem’s “Love
the Way You Lie” single.

KERI DROPS FIRST SINGLE OFF NO BOYS ALLOWED

After the success of her In A Perfect World debut, the pressure is on for
Keri Hilson. We caught up with the “Knock You Down” singer to find out the
status and direction of her sophomore album.

“I feel like this album honed in on what makes Keri special and
indifferent, and I think that it’s even more a lane for me, which is what I
wanted to accomplish for people to understand. It’s great, the comparison to
great people is awesome but this is who I am. So, I got to dive more into
that.”

According to an official press release, Miss Keri’s new album is titled No
Boys Allowed. The first single was produced by Timbaland and it’s called
“Breaking Point.”

CLICK TO LISTEN TO “BREAKING POINT”

METHOD MAN TO PRESS CHARGES?

According to TMZ, Method Man is looking to sue for being injured during his
performance at the Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of Juggalos festival this
past weekend. An unidentified concertgoer threw a beer bottler at Meth,
which caused a laceration under his left eye. The rapper intends to file a
lawsuit because he doesn’t “condone throwing things at the talent while
they’re performing. It takes a lot of heart and balls to continue performing
after you’ve been hit in the face.” Visit the site to learn more.

And in other Wu news…

RAEKWON TALKS POSSIBLE KANYE, BIEBER SONG

We recently reported Kanye West tweeted about wanting to collaborate with
Raekwon and Justin Bieber – who is currently the only artist ‘Ye is
following on Twitter. It looks like this highly unlikely partnership might
become a reality. The former Wu-Tang Clam member told XXLMag.com that “it’s
definitely gonna happen” adding that when talents merge together “it’s
something that’s gonna make the fans check it out.” Not only is Rae a fan of
both artists, but he explained, “For them to even just have a conversation
and just put my name in it, it feels good… we gon’ make a hit.”

*       In related news, the rapper’s latest album, OB4CL…Pt. II: The Gold
Deluxe Edition, is available on iTunes.

LADY GAGA WANTS ANOTHER T.I. COLLAB

According to Rap-Up.com, Lady Gaga reached out to T.I., expressing that they
could “top” their recent collaboration together. Tip explained that right
now he’s unsure if their current duet will appear on King Uncaged or “if
that’s going to be one-upped or what not.” As of now, Kanye West is the only
confirmed guest feature on the T.I.’s highly anticipated disc – which will
hit stores later this fall.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FAT JOE!

Today, Fat Joe turns 40 years old. The Bronx native can enjoy this
significant milestone knowing that he’s re-established himself in hip hop.
The rapper’s latest The Darkside: Vol 1 album recently received great
reviews after Joe experienced disappointing sales for Jealous Ones Still
Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2). He told us that he took his time recording the album
that many feel is arguably his best to date.  You can
check out Joey’s official Twitter page to find out where he plans to
celebrate tonight!

NE-YO ISSUES NEW SONG FROM LIBRA SCALE

Ne-Yo has unleashed a new record called “One Life” from his upcoming fourth
album. According to a fansite, the song will serve as the third single from
the crooner’s forthcoming Libra Scale album, which will include “Beautiful
Monster” and “Champagne Life.” Get your copy when it lands in stores and
online on October 5th.

CLICK TO LISTEN TO “ONE LIFE”

KANYE WON’T FACE SUGE KNIGHT IN COURT

SingersRoom.com reports a Miami federal judge granted Kanye West permission
to phone into a scheduled mediation session with Suge Knight, instead of
appearing face-to-face. But don’t think ‘Ye was afraid of meeting in person;
His lawyers explained that West would be out of the country for business.
Hopefully the upcoming meeting will resolve whether or not Kanye owes Knight
one-million dollars in damages for getting shot at 2005 party he hosted.

 KELLY ROWLAND LEAKS “FOREVER AND A DAY”

Kelly Rowland has released a new single in the U-K called “Forever & A Day”
from her upcoming third album – which is yet to receive a title or release
date. Visit ConcreteLoop.com to the David Guetta-produced song today.

EMINEM AND LIL WAYNE JUMP ON NEW TRAVIS’ LP

XXLMag.com reports Eminem, Lil Wayne and Drake have contributed to Travis
Barker’s upcoming solo album. The Blink 182 drummer has also recruited T.I.,
Game, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg, Rza, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Bun B, Beanie
Sigel, Clipse, Yelawolf, The Cool Kids and many more. The effort is slated
to arrive this fall.

FANTASIA’S BOYFRIEND DEFENDS HER

According to People.com, Fantasia Barrino’s boyfriend, Antwaun Cook, wants
everyone know that she had nothing to do with the demise of his marriage.
His lawyer, Nicole Sodoma, explained in a statement, “Antwaun would be
remiss not to address the criticism and judgment he has received. He knew
Fantasia Barrino but the failure of his marriage can in no way be blamed on
anyone except the two people that were a part of the union – Paula and
Antwaun.” Visit the site to learn more.

BIEBER FEVER HEADS TO MTV VMAs

This year’s MTV Video Music Awards keeps getting better. It was just
announced that Justin Bieber and B.o.B are set to perform live during the
September 12th show. This will be both Bieber and B.o.B’s first time
performing at the VMAs and they join the already impressive line-up of
artists including Kanye, Drake and Florence and The Machine. Make sure to
tune in to MTV Sunday, September 12th at 9 PM Eastern to see those
performances as well as Ashley Greene, Ke$ha, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj and
others present awards.

GAGA NEXT ALBUM MAY BE “SHOCKING”

Lady Gaga recently announced that she’s still working on her highly
anticipated next album.  Producer RedOne heard some of it already and said
that it’s going to be “shocking.”  The producer, who was behind Gaga’s
breakout hit “Just Dance,” told Billboard.com that he worked on two tracks
for the project and that it’s going to make people say, “Oh my God! We
didn’t expect this!”  RedOne also said that he encouraged the pop star to
work with other producers on the new record, but wouldn’t say exactly who.

And…

GAGA GOES TO SEE APPLE

Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour took her to California this week, and the pop
star decided to do a little sightseeing.  According to 9To5Mac.com, Gaga
stopped by Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.  Dressed in typical
Gaga-gear, she posed for pictures and schmoozed with employees

KATY AND RUSSELL GET COUNSELING

Katy Perry and Russell Brand are set to get married in the coming months,
and it appears that the couple is going to a little counseling in
anticipation of their upcoming nuptials.  According to British paper the
Daily Mirror, Perry is worried that the fact that the two are always on the
road could lead to some problems, so they’ve been talking to a therapist for
an hour a day.

MTV Music News


JUSTIN BIEBER GETS HIT WITH A BOTTLE

Justin Bieber was hit in the head with a water bottle at a recent radio
concert.  Footage of the incident popped up on the web.  After getting
struck, Bieber bounced back saying, “Ow, that didn’t feel good.”  The
16-year-old is currently out on his My World Tour, which rolls into
Nashville, Tennessee tomorrow night.

RIHANNA SETS ANOTHER RECORD

Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna jumps to the top spot on
the Pop songs radio airplay chart this week.  According to RihannaNow.com,
that marks six number one singles for Rihanna.  She is now tied Mariah
Carey, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, who have previously had six number one hits on
the chart.  “Love the Way You Lie” is also enjoying its third week at the
number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

DR DRE NOT ON ICE CUBE’S I AM THE WEST ALBUM?

Over the weekend, Ice Cube took to his blog to announce that Dr Dre has not
contributed to his I Am The West album. The rap veteran explained on his
blog that the super producer has been “M.I.A. for a few months now.” Cube
added that he even touched base with Snoop Dogg about Dre’s whereabouts, but
had no luck. In any case, the 15-track album is still being mixed and will
be ready for its September 28th launch date. In related news, be sure to
watch the rapper in the new film Lottery Ticket with Bow Wow, when it hits
theaters on August 20th.

TREY SONGZ BAD REALITY SHOW RATINGS?

Trey Songz might be the hottest R&B singer out right now, but the ratings
for his BET reality show My Moment are not looking good. The series
premiered immediately following the 2010 BET Awards, but the viewership has
continued to decline, with this week’s episode attracting only 460-thousand
viewers. PerezHilton.com reports the show is the lowest rated of all shows
on cable! Ouch!

DAVID BANNER ON DEATH OF A POP STAR

Last week, we got the chance to talk to David Banner about the direction of
his upcoming album, Death Of A Pop Star. The Mississippi native told us that
unlike 2008’s The Greatest Story Ever Told:

“Everything about this album…if people are a little uncomfortable
with this album I really meant it to be that way.  I want to shake people up
like we got Martians on the cover, its purple, and pink, and green, like I
wanted to be different.”

Death Of A Pop Star, which was produced by 9th Wonder, is currently slated
for a November 9th release.

DMX’S EX WIFE EXPLAINS SEPARATION

After 13 years of marriage, DMX’s ex-wife is speaking up about what caused
the end of their relationship. Tashera Simmons explained that “he had four
other children” that she “didn’t know about.” According to DrewReports.com,
Tashera stated, “The drugs already [were] too much but then the cheating; I
didn’t even know he had time to do that.” She added, “There was just a lot
of unprotected sex and I have kids to take care of. I started thinking about
all of that and I was like, I can’t do it anymore. I felt he took me for
granted.”

FANTASIA IN SEX SCANDAL?

According to Charlotte’s NBC affiliate, Fantasia Barrino is potentially
facing a lawsuit for allegedly having an affair with a married man. A woman
named Paula Cook is accusing her estranged husband, Antwuan Cook, of making
a sex tape with the former American Idol winner. Paula claims in documents
that her husband and Fantasia have “at times recorded their illicit sexual
activity,” and since a third party can be sued for breaking up a marriage,
Fanny could be in hot water. We’ll keep you posted with further updates.

TREY AND MELANIE POSE FOR ROC-A-WEAR

We’ve just learned Trey Songz and Melanie Fiona have been tapped to appear
as the new faces for Roc-A-Wear’s fall fashion line. YourMusicMyWorld.com
reports the singing sensations are posing in exclusive gear that can be seen
in the September issues of Vibe and XXL magazines!

Check’em out!
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ERYKAH PREMIERES “WINDOW SEAT” REMIX VIDEO

Unlike the original “Window Seat” video, Erykah Badu opted to keep her
clothes on for newly released remix video with Rick Ross. In the clip for
“Window Seat, Part II,” the singer is picked up from jail in Ross’ Porsche,
which then segues into a mini-heist movie with Badu’s new single, “Get
Money” off New Amerykah Pt. II, playing in the background. Check it out on
YouTube now!

*       Badu recently pled not guilty to disorderly conduct charges for
walking naked through Dallas’ Dealey Plaza in Texas. She was also fined 500
dollars.

SHYNE TO GIVE LIVE USTREAM INTERVIEW

Wanna know more information about Shyne’s first album since being released
from prison? Be sure to tune into the rapper’s live UStream account or
XXLMag.com tomorrow at 4 PM Eastern to ask the former Bad Boy artist
anything you want. We previously reported Shyne was unable to enter the U-S
since he was deported to his homeland of Belize after serving nine years in
prison on felony gun charges.

WORST OF WHITNEY HOUSTON

Yesterday, Whitney Houston turned 47 years old. As great as she is, the
singer has had some off performances. Check out this YouTube video of
Houston’s worst on-stage moments!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUOfPBXDMbY

BEYONCE TO LAUNCH SECOND PERFUME LINE?

After the impressive response to her Heat fragrance, Beyonce is reportedly
ready to reveal her second scent, Heat Ultimate Elixir. According to
TheBeyonceNetwork.com, the singer’s second perfume line is “concentrated”
with “more intense” spicy-floral Red Vanilla Orchid. Fans will be able to
purchase Heat Ultimate Elixir at department stores nationwide on September
20th.

CHRIS BROWN AND TWISTA “MAKE A MOVIE”

For the first time ever, Chris Brown and Twista have teamed up for a new
song called “Make A Movie.” The track is reportedly off the rapper’s
upcoming album, The Perfect Storm. It’s unknown when the disc will hit
stores but you can check out the song via Rap-Up.com now.

NEW JEEZY MIXTAPE COMING THIS WEEK!

According to RapRadar.com, Young Jeezy is getting ready to release another
mixtape, this one will be called 1,000 Grams Vol. 1. The project follows the
Snowman’s recent Trap Or Die 2. While Thug Motivation 103 won’t arrive until
September 28th, fans will be able to download the new material on Thursday
at 1:03 PM Eastern.

SWIZZ BEATS HELPS DRAFT “GUCCI TIME”

Swizz Beatz lends his production talents on a new song off Gucci Mane’s
highly anticipated album, The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted. The track is
aptly titled “Gucci Time” and warns doubters that he’s hungrier than ever
this time around. Be sure to look out for La Flare’s new disc on September
28th.

*       “Gucci Time” SONG LINK:

http://limelinx.com/files/b8a211bbc1327ae97d3aabaa06cbbe45

FAT JOE SAYS GO GET HIS ALBUM!

Album sales are overrated. Fat Joe’s latest album failed to crack the top
ten on the Billboard 200 chart, but he told us why The Darkside: Vol 1 is
still a classic body of work.

“Well if you love real hip-hop and you don’t get this album you’re
playing yourself because it’s undeniable, it’s great music. I mean, at least
listen to it online first if you don’t think so. Just listen to it.”

The Darkside: Vol 1 includes contributions from Trey Songz, R Kelly, Lil
Wayne, Young Jeezy and many more. Add Joe’s disc to your collection today!

AND…

FAT JOE WANTS TO END 50 CENT BEEF

After promoting his latest album, The Darkside Vol. 1, Fat Joe told MTV that
he’s ready to end the long-standing feud with 50 Cent. The “Slow Down”
rapper explained that the beef can end if the two lock themselves in a
bathroom and handle their issues “like men,” then they “can hug each other
and keep it moving that day after that.” Joe feels the physical
confrontation is the best way to end the friction. Head over to MTV.com to
read the full interview.

SNOOP DOGG, DRAKE ON NBA 2K11 SOUNDTRACK

2k Sports has released the tracklisting for their upcoming game, NBA 2K11.
This year’s guest appearances will include only the biggest and the best
artists.  They’ll compliment NBA legend Michael Jordan, who graces the cover
of the game.  It hits shelves on October 5th.

NBA 2K11 tracklist:

Snoop Dogg – “NBA 2K Theme”, Big Boi – “Shutterbug”, Drake – “Over”, Cassidy – “Game Time”, Ron Artest – “Champion”

Duck-Down All-Stars – “Better Than You”, The Alan Parsons Project – “Sirius”, Art vs. Science – “Hollywood”

Big Rock Candy Mountain – “Rocketship”, Brunettes – “Red Rollerskates”, Chicharones – “Little By Little”

Children Collide – “Skeleton Dance”, Constellations ft. Asher Roth – “We’re Here To Save The Day”

Dan Black ft. Kid Cudi – “Symphonies (Remix)”, Delorean – “Deli”, Ev – “Home Of The Brave (Instrumental)”

Failsafe – “Hope & Only If We Learn”, HOGNI – “Bow Down”, Kidz In Space – “Downtime”, Middleman – “It’s Not Over Yet”

Rakaa ft. Aloe Blaac – “Crown Of Thorns”, The Redland – “So Far”, The Russian Futurists – “Paul Simon & Precious Metals”

Sonny Bones – “Rise”, Two Door Cinema Club – “I Can Talk”,

Yung Autmatik & Bayroot Productions – “Go Hard or Go Home”, Dux Jones – “Pourin’ It On”

MELANIE TALKS APPEAL, NEXT ALBUM

Melanie Fiona is hard at work on her forthcoming sophomore album,
tentatively titled The MF Files. The “It Kills Me” singer is confident about
her continued success since she’s unlike any other artist out.

“It’s the fact that as a new artist I can say, I have my album
released overseas before I have it released in America. I’ve been able to
saturate German, Swiss, Italian, French, U-K, Canadian markets before even
coming back to America. A lot of new artists don’t get that luck. They kind
of throw you to stick on the wall over here and be like ‘are you going to
work?’ and then other people buy into it but I’ve had the opportunity to be
global because of the sound that I do. So that’s the pay off for me.”

The Canadian songbird is yet to provide a release date for The MF Files.
We’ll keep you posted!

NEW KANYE SINGLE COMING IN THREE WEEKS!

If you missed Kanye West’s recent UStream video, then you’ll be surprised to
know that he intends to drop a new single, called “Lost in the World” or
“All of the Lights,” in the next three weeks. The “Power” rapper also stated
that his fourth studio album, formally titled Good Ass Job, will no longer
arrive in September. Instead, he told fans to expect the disc to land
“sometime in November.” Be sure to follow ‘Ye on Twitter for more updates!

CHRISTINA GOING TO LIVE NATION?

According to various reports, Christina Aguilera could follow Madonna, U2
and Jay-Z over at Live Nation.  Christina is currently signed to a long term
contract with RCA Records, according to her manager Irving Azoff, who
coincidentally is the executive chairman of Live Nation.  Azoff took to
Twitter to say that the singer and actress is not thinking about switching
labels, rather she’s focused on her upcoming movie, Burlesque, which comes
out in November.  He added that Live Nation is not a record company.  He
also noted that RCA is not giving up on Christina due to sluggish sales of
her latest album.  Aguilera’s Bionic album is up two spots to number 55 on
the Billboard album chart and has sold over 208-thousand copies since its
release seven weeks ago.

GAGA GOES CROWD SURFING

Lady Gaga didn’t only perform at Lollapalooza over the weekend – she went
crowd surfing too.  According to many different outlets, the “Bad Romance”
singer jumped into the crowd during the Semi Precious Weapons’ set at the
Chicago festival, wearing an outfit made of fishnets and not too much more.
Check out the video at TMZ.com.

NICOLE FROM PCD DOES RENT

Pussycat Doll lead singer Nicole Scherzinger is starring in Neil Patrick
Harris’ production of Rent in L-A, and some footage from the show’s opening
night has just been posted online.  Head to YouTube now to see Nicole’s
version of the tune “Take Me or Leave Me.”

MTV Music News


BUN B TRILL O.G. ALBUM GETS HIGH PRAISES

Bun B often times doesn’t get enough credit. However, after releasing his
latest Trill O.G. album, the Houston native was awarded five mics – the
highest rating from The Source. The emcee was the first to get a classic
rating since Lil’ Kim’s 2005 effort, Naked Truth. Bun recently told us that
he was striving for perfection on Trill O.G. Be sure to
grab your copy today!

*       The Source also reviewed other albums, including Eminem’s
Recovery, Drake’s Thank Me Later, Rick Ross’ Teflon Don, Big Boi’s Sir
Lucious Left Foot – The Son of Chico Dusty, Fat Joe’s The Darkside Vol.1 and
The Roots’ How I Got Over,  before recognizing Bun B as the best.

DRAKE READIES UPCOMING R&B MIXTAPE

After gaining a strong fan base from his mixtapes, particularly So Far Gone,
Drake told MTV News he’s currently working on a new project. The rapper, who
recently went platinum for Thank Me Later, explained the tape will be a
“great body of work.” Drizzy added, “I’m gonna do it like I did with all my
other tapes…I feel the people deserve it.” He promises fans will be able
to download the untitled mixtape for free “very soon.”

YOUNG BUCK’S HOME RAIDED BY IRS

TMZ reports the home of former G-Unit member Young Buck was raided by the
IRS since the rapper owes over 300-thousand in unpaid taxes. A handful of
armed federal agents entered Bucks’ Nashville residence to repossess any
assets that could be used to pay the back taxes. Get this, he stated, “The
worst part of this isn’t the material stuff – that will all be replaced.
It’s what it does to the people around me. They took my kids’ Playstation,
my assistants’ computers, and baby’s mothers’ jewelry. They took my home
studio, so I can’t even record.” The “Shorty Wanna Ride” rapper previously
disclosed to 50 Cent that he was heavily in debt, but the raiding has
prompted the emcee to be more financially responsible so this never happens
again.

*       Buck also stated: “This is a huge wake up call for all
entertainers to stay on top of your own trusted employees and team members,
and replace anyone that was put in place by your record label if the
situation you have goes sour. This IRS situation came about because I
trusted accountants, lawyers, and managers to handle my business for me
while I focused on making music. From now on, I am going to stay on top of my own business.”

NICKI MINAJ NAMES DEBUT ALBUM

According to her official Twitter page, Nicki Minaj has reportedly announced
that her debut album will be titled Pink Friday. The “Your Love” singer’s
disc is scheduled to arrive just three days before Black Friday, which is
the biggest shopping day of the year. Lil Wayne’s protégé will unleash her
first effort on November 23rd.

50 CENT CONTINUES FAT JOE BEEF

Late last year, 50 Cent predicted that Fat Joe’s career was officially over
after his Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2) sold less than
eight-thousand copies. Even though the Bronx native has released solid
singles off his new Darkside: Vol 1 project, including “Slow Down” with
Young Jeezy and “If It Ain’t About Money” featuring Trey Songz, 50 says
listening to the disc will make you cry, literally.  In a new video, the
G-Unit bully pretends to shed a few tears and splices in footage from A &
E’s show Intervention to make fun of Joe’s album.  Check it out on YouTube
now!

BUT…

FAT JOE ISN’T WORRIED ABOUT ALBUM SALES

The numbers are in! Fat Joe’s latest album, The Darkside: Vol 1, landed at
number 27 on the Billboard 200 chart. The disc, which includes “Slow Down”
with Young Jeezy and “If It Ain’t About Money” featuring Trey Songz, sold
over 12-thousand copies in its opening week. Three days after the disc hit
stores, Joe told us what his marker of success is.

“To be honest with you I already achieved it. My mark of success is
just people loving it, and I’ve been going online and I haven’t seen one
disrespect toward the album. You know, people calling it classic, the people
whose opinion I really respect in the hip-hop game are calling up saying
‘wow, this is your best work ever’ and that’s all I wanted to do, man. To
let the fans know that, you know, I’m one of the legends, I’m one of the
greats in the game. The fact that I’m getting that type of love and
reception, that’s enough for me.”

The Darkside: Vol 1 beat out the first week sales of Joey’s previous album,
Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2), by 3,520 copies.

NEW LIL WAYNE AND DRAKE COLLAB!

The first single off Lil Wayne’s upcoming I’m Not A Human Being EP surfaced
late on Tuesday night. The new track is called “Right Above It” and includes
a verse from Drake. While Weezy isn’t expected to be released from prison
until late October, his highly anticipated project is slated to land on his
birthday, September 27th.

*       Lil Wayne will be a free man in 92 days!

TREY SONGZ TALKS STEP UP 3D

In addition to Flo Rida and Roscoe Dash, Trey Songz has also contributed to
the official soundtrack for the third installment of the Step Up franchise.
The R&B sensation recorded a track called “Already Taken” and knew it would
be perfect for the flick.

“My career path has been an American dream.  You know, it’s…Step
Up is very much so about that, believing in yourself and believing that
there are no limitations and colors and creeds all can come together and be
as one.  And I think that’s a beautiful message spread through our culture
which is our music, you know, what’s music with dancing, and it just makes me feel good talking about it.”

Step Up 3D opens in theaters tomorrow. The soundtrack is available online
and in stores now.

CHRIS BROWN READIES NEW ALBUM!

Chris Brown took to his Twitter page to announce some great news. After
releasing his Graffiti album nearly nine months ago, the R&B singer tweeted:
“My new album will come next year or sooner but in the meantime, ‘I MIGHT’
do something special for yall again!!!” Hmmm, perhaps he’ll release another
mixtape before his fourth studio effort? In any case, the news comes just
weeks before the fallen pop star’s new action film, Takers, is scheduled to
hit theaters.

And…

CHRIS BROWN REMIXES NICKI’S “YOUR LOVE”

After Rick Ross and Jay Sean laid down their own verses to Nicki Minaj’s
“Your Love” single, Chris Brown is the latest to put his own stamp on the
track. He tweeted: “I just smashed this beat!!! Your Love Remix Done!!! For
the ladies.”

*       DOWNLOAD IT NOW!  “Your Love Remix” Nicki Minaj ft. Chris Brown

 GO BEHIND THE SCENES FOR KANYE’S “POWER”

Just when we started wondering about the status of Kanye West’s “Power”
video, the rapper has released a behind-the-scenes look of what fans can
expect. The visual for Ye’s first single off his yet-to-be-titled fourth
album was directed by Marco Brambilla. Check out the footage today on
YouTube!

*       You can see the video for “Power” when it debuts tonight at 11 on
MTV.

 ICE CUBE PREMEIRES “DRINK THE KOOL-AID” VIDEO

Ice Cube has issued the video for the latest single off his forthcoming I Am
The West album. The West Coast vet keeps it simple in the black and white
themed clip for “Drink The Kool-AID.” Fans can add I Am The West to their
collection when it lands on September 28th. <WM>

WYCLEF TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF HAITI

According to CNN, Wyclef Jean is expected to appear on Larry King Live
tonight to announce his bid to run for the presidency of Haiti. We
previously reported that the GRAMMY winner already completed the necessary
paperwork for candidacy in the November 28th presidential election. Be sure
to tune in to see for yourself if the entertainer will become a potential
candidate. Check local listings for times.

2010: THE YEAR OF THE COLLABORATION

In 2010, the charts have been dominated by collaborations: Justin Bieber’s
“Baby” featuring Ludacris, B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You” featuring Bruno Mars,
Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg, Eminem’s “Love The Way
You Lie” featuring Rihanna and so many more.  The 2010 MTV Video Music
Awards are celebrating this collaborative year by handing out nominations
that reflect the trend.  Lady Gaga and Beyonce are up for many nominations
for their “Telephone” hook up, B.o.B, who joined forces with Paramore’s
Hayley Williams and Bruno Mars, was rewarded with noms for not only Best
Male, Hip Hop and Pop Video, but Video of the Year too.  Katy Perry and
Snoop Dogg got together on “California Gurls” and earned nominations for
Best Female and Pop Video.  In fact, things were so collaborative in 2010
that the VMAs brought back the Best Collaboration category, last seen in
2007 under the handle Most Earthshattering Collaboration to mark the
occasion.   Check out to see which collaborations win when the 2010 MTV
Video Music Awards air live on Sunday, September 12th.

 JOHN LEGEND’S GRAMMY IS BROKEN!

TMZ has learned John Legend’s 2005 GRAMMY Award for Best R&B Album was
snapped in half by his nephews. The “Ordinary People” crooner posted a
picture of the broken accolade on his Twitter page and wrote that he hopes
to be sent a “replacement.” The singer has received five other golden awards
that he plans to keep in tact by “nephew proofing [his] apartment a little
better.” <WM>

KID ROCK THROWS 9/11 CONCERT FOR U-S TROOPS

Kid Rock will be hosting a concert on September 11th in Fort Jackson, South
Carolina called Kid Rock Salutes the Troops Presented by Jim Beam: Patriot
Day 2010. Service members and their families will be able to get in to the
concert for free. Kid Rock has been known to honor U-S troops throughout his
touring career. At Kid Rock’s Chicago concert last Saturday, he joined Jim
Beam employees to donate 100-thousand dollars to Operation Homefront for
emergency assistance to U-S troops, their families and wounded veterans.

MTV Music News


SOULJA BOY TURNS 20

HipHollywood.com was on hand for Soulja Boy’s 20th birthday earlier this
week at Club Highland in Hollywood, California.  The party got hot when a
shirtless Soulja Boy took to the stage to perform a few songs.  The New
Boyz, Quincy Brown and other celebs were on hand for the festivities.  <JC>

*       VIDEO!  Check out the video from the party here:
http://rapradar.com/2010/07/29/soulja-boys-20th-birthday-bash/

EMINEM STILL NUMBER ONE!

Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna holds at number one on the
Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, while Katy Perry’s former number one
hit, “California Gurls,” stays steady at number two.  Taio Cruz climbs one
spot to number three with “Dynamite,” which pushes B.o.B’s “Airplanes” down
one spot to number four.  Meanwhile, Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” is back up
one spot to number five, Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It” featuring Pitbull is
up two spots to number six and Katy Perry’s new single, “Teenage Dream,”
scores this week’s biggest debut, bowing at number 20.  It’s also the most
added song at radio this week.  <JC>

PHARRELL EXCITED FOR GAME’S R.E.D ALBUM

Pharrell Williams shared with us what fans can expect from Game’s oft-delayed R.E.D. Album. The hitmaker, who serves as one of the executive producers, knows people will be pleasantly surprised with the direction. The West Coast emcee will release the R.E.D. Album on August 24th. <WM>

NEW NELLY SONG

Nelly has released a new single titled “Just A Dream.”  The Jim
Jonsin-produced track is the follow-up to “Trippin’ in the Club,” both of
which will appear on his next album, Nelly 5.0.  According to Rap-up.com,
the album, which is due in September, will feature collaborations with T.I.,
Diddy, Kelly Rowland and Akon.  <JC>

*       HEAR IT!  Click to listen to Nelly’s new joint:
http://www.rap-up.com/2010/07/29/new-music-nelly-just-a-dream/#more-53007

KELIS ANNOUCES U-K AND EURO TOUR!

According to SingersRoom.com, Kelis has announced fall tour dates for the
U-K and Europe.  The outing starts in London before hitting Manchester,
Glasgow and Birmingham.  Then, the “Scream” singer will take her show to
France, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Holland.  Kelis will
perform 17 shows in 12 countries during the tour.  <JC>

NE-YO TALKS MJ SONGS

Ne-Yo opened up to Australia’s Daily Telegraph and talked about the songs he
had written for Michael Jackson.  The R&B singer/songwriter said that he was
sending Jackson three or four drafts a week prior to Michael’s unexpected
death. More than a year later, Ne-Yo still stands at a crossroads as he
contemplates what to do with the songs he created specifically for the one
and only MJ.  Ne-Yo said he can’t sell them to someone else, as that would
be disrespectful.  He added that it might even be disrespectful for him to
record the songs, as they were “absolutely written for Michael Jackson.”
<JC>

U-K SPOOF OF “EMPIRE STATE OF MIND”

An online parody of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” has gained
hundreds of fans. Created by 24-year-old MJ Delaney, the spoof has been
viewed more than 1.65-million times on YouTube! Instead of focusing on New
York, the video takes place in Wales City, about 140 miles West of London.
The U-K clip has already won some high-profile fans including Lily Allen,
who recently posted a link to the film on her Twitter account. <WM>

FAT JOE TALKS “IF IT AIN’T ABOUT MONEY”

Fat Joe knew as soon as he recorded “If It Ain’t About Money” with Trey
Songz that it would become a hit. The Bronx native doesn’t like to toot his
own horn, however:

“I don’t want to sound arrogant, yeah I was hoping for it! You
know, I was hoping for it, Trey Songz, one of the hottest dudes in the game,
and you know, he’s with Fat Joe, and we know how to make music and you know.
Actually, I thought it would be even, even bigger at this point. You know,
like, when I heard it I thought we had, we really have one. It was a great
thing.”

“If It Ain’t About Money” is lifted from Joe’s latest The Darkside Vol. 1
effort, available online and in stores NOW! <WM>

And..

TREY SONGZ READY TO BRANCH OUT INTO FILM?

Trey Songz has created an undeniable brand in music and like most artists,
the R&B crooner wants to venture off into films.

“I do, hopefully my acting career will be very, very big. You know
right now I am focused on music and making sure my artistry is all the way
where I want it to be, but when the time comes for me to step into that
arena full-time I’ll do it to the best of my ability.”

So far, the singer has only appeared in an episode of ABC’s Lincoln Heights.
Don’t be surprised to see him gracing the big screen sooner than you think.
<WM>

CHARLES HAMILTON CHECKS INTO HOSPITAL

Charles Hamilton recently checked himself into the New York Presbyterian
Mental Hospital! According to BallerStatus.com, the rapper claims he
voluntarily entered to get a “peace of mind” from the stress of the music
industry. The “Brooklyn Girls” artist had become the butt of industry jokes
after a video was leaked of his ex-girlfriend punching him in the face.  He
was also recently dropped from Interscope Records. It’s unclear how long his
stay at the mental institution will be. <WM>

BIZZY BONE LANDS DEAL WITH SUMERIAN RECORDS

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Bizzy Bone has just signed a deal with DC-based
label Sumerian Records. He is set to release a new solo album entitled
Crossroads 2010, which will be a mash-up of heavy metal and hip-hop. Label
founder Ash Avildsen says Bizzy is “one of the most progressive vocalists I
have ever heard” and calls the album “incredible.”  Crossroads 2010 has
already made its digital debut and is set to drop August 24th! In addition,
Bizzy Bones will be featured on the upcoming season of Vh1’s Celebrity Rehab
with Dr. Drew, where he’ll seek treatment for marijuana and alcohol abuse.
<WM>

CHILLI NEVER MARRIED DALLAS AUSTIN!

According to SingersRoom.com, Chilli claims she never married the father of
her son, music producer Dallas Austin! During the recent airing of Vh1’s
Behind The Music, focusing on ex-boyfriend Usher, Chilli spoke on their
previous relationship with Austin and how infidelity lead to their break up.
Due to the show, many speculated that she was married to the hitmaker.
However, the TLC member stated, “I’ve never been married in my life” and if
she was, she would never keep it a secret. Vh1 will also be airing the
second season of What Chilli Wants, but it is unclear if Chilli will be on
the hunt for love again or settling down with the guy she picked on season
one.  <WM>

SEAL TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM

Seal is going to be releasing a new album.  According to a press release,
the effort will be titled Seal 6: Commitment, and is due out on September
28th.  The album is produced by David Foster and the first single is a love
song called “Secret.”  Learn more at Seal.com. <ZS>

MTV Music News


EMINEM NOTCHES FIFTH STRAIGHT WEEK ON TOP

Eminem’s Recovery maintains the top spot on the Billboard album chart for
the fifth straight week, selling another 187-thousand copies, according to
Nielsen SoundScan.  Rick Ross’ Teflon Don bows at number two selling over
176-thousand copies.  Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles From Memphis debuts at number
three with 55-thousand copies, marking her eighth top ten album.  Drake’s
Thank Me Later falls one spot to number four, while Kidz Bop 18 starts at
number five.  Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 slides one spot to number six and
has now sold over 1.5 million copies.  The Jonas Brothers’ soundtrack to
their Disney Channel TV series Jonas L.A. bows at number seven, selling over
32-thousand copies.

RICK FAILS TO BEAT OUT EMINEM ON BILLBOARD 200

Even though Rick Ross failed to debut at number one on the Billboard 200
chart, the rapper was able to sell over 176-thousand for his latest album,
Teflon Don. The Def Jam artist was originally projected to beat out Eminem’s
Recovery album – which has remained on top for it’s the fifth straight week.
With contributions from Kanye West, Jay-Z, T.I., Raphael Saadiq and Drake,
the emcee’s fourth studio effort is definitely one that should be added to
your collection. <WM>

RIHANNA WANTS A LADY GAGA COLLABORATION

The U-K’s MTV News reports that Rihanna has revealed the one person she’s
dying to work with: Lady Gaga. The “Te Amo” songbird explained, “A
collaboration between Gaga and myself would be really cool because we do a
similar type of music and we both really love fashion.” The pop star
believes teaming up would result in a “very hot and sexy video,” adding, “I
would love to collaborate with her. Who wouldn’t?” Only time will tell,
especially since both singers are recording new albums for 2011. <WM>

DIDDY OWES NYC

According to the New York Daily News, Diddy owes the city of New York nearly
one-million dollars. Puff’s Bad Boy Entertainment company was hit for
illegally displaying posters all over the tri-state area. A spokesman for
the mogul claimed the 966-thousand dollar debt was paid three years ago and
lawyers are currently reviewing the records. <WM>

*       In addition, Doug E. Fresh, Remy Ma’s defense lawyer and Mickey
Rourke’s plastic surgeon also owe large sums to New York City.

CHRIS BROWN AND USHER RECORD DUET?

In addition to performing at Jamaica’s Sumfest Festival last weekend, Usher
and Chris Brown have reportedly recorded a song together. The track took
only two days to create at a Montego Bay recording studio. The untitled song
marks the first time the R&B stars have joined forces. Visit the
JamiacaObserver.com to learn more now. <WM>

FOXY’S LAWYER QUITS BEFORE COURT DATE

Foxy Brown may have seemed nonchalant about her court case at a recent
concert in New York City, but there’s no denying the serious jail time she
faces if convicted for violating an order of protection. According to New
York’s Daily News, her lawyer, Bruce Barron, announced that he is no longer
representing Brown and the new attorney, Salvatore Strazzullo, attempted to
get Foxy an order of protection against her accuser but was denied. While
Brown has entered a not guilty plea, she’s looking at seven years in prison
if found guilty for violating a restraining order on her neighbor, Arlene
Raymond. We’ll keep you posted with further updates. <WM>

FAT JOE HAS A CRUSH ON JAZMINE SULLIVAN?

After recently laying down vocals on Jazmine Sullivan’s new single “Holdin’
You Down,” Fat Joe shared some surprising news with us.
It’s unknown if the revamped version will appear on the soulful R&B singer’s
sophomore album. Be sure to pick up Joe’s latest The Darkside Vol. 1 effort,
available online and in stores now. <WM>

FAITH EVANS MOVED TO OCTOBER

UrbanBridgez.com reports Faith Evans’ forthcoming comeback album, Something
About Faith, has received a new launch date. Fans will be able to hear the
entire disc on October 5th with the first official single slated to premiere
in the coming weeks. We’ll keep you posted with further updates. <WM>

KID CUDI DELAYED…AGAIN!

Just days after announcing a new release date, Kid Cudi has once again
changed the launch date for his upcoming Man on the Moon 2: The Legend of
Mr. Rager. Instead of arriving on September 28th, the rapper’s sophomore
effort will now hit stores on October 26th. Rap-Up.com reports that neither
the rapper nor the label have explained the reason for the change. <WM>

USHER LEAKS “HOT TODDY” WITH JAY-Z

On his forthcoming album Versus, Usher picks up right where he left off on
Raymond V Raymond. Rap-Up.com has posted a song from the new disc called
“Hot Toddy,” which features Jay-Z. We’ve just learned the CD version will
include songwriter Ester Dean on the hook instead of Ciara. Versus will
arrive on August 24th. <WM>

Usher feat. Jay-Z “Hot Toddy”

KANYE PLAYS FACEBOOK HEADQUARTERS

Rap-Up.com reports Kanye West made an appearance at Facebook’s headquarters
in Palo Alto, California to meet with fans and perform four exclusive new
songs. The previously unheard tracks are “Mama’s Boyfriend,” “Lost in the
World,” “Chain Heavy” and “Sweat on My Face” – all of which will appear on
Ye’s forthcoming effort. You can check out the footage on YouTube now! <WM>

*       Kanye’s fourth studio effort arrives in stores on September 14th.

*       Head over West’s official blog to read his message to fans!

 KEYSHIA COLE NAMES NEW ALBUM

TheHipHopDiva.com has learned Keyshia Cole is hard at work on her fourth
studio album and she’s considering calling the project Keyshia. The
follow-up to 2008’s A Different Me has no confirmed release date at this
time. <WM>

KANYE WEST NOW ON TWITTER!

It seems that no celebrity can resist creating an account on Twitter. Fans
will now be able to follow Kanye West on the social networking site. His
account has been verified and as yet, he isn’t following any of his famous
friends. Be sure to keep up with the rapper at Twitter.com/KanyeWest. <WM>

*       UPDATE! The rapper just tweeted that he’s decided to rename his
upcoming studio album which was formerly named Good Ass Job. He wrote, “I’m
bouncing a couple of titles around now.” The disc will still drop on
September 14th. We’ll keep you posted!

T.I. ISSUES NEW PROMO PICS FOR KING UNCAGED

Even though T.I. has pushed his album back to this fall, fans shouldn’t
count the rapper out. The Dream says he’s heard Tip’s comeback effort and
spilled on what the Atlanta native is cookin’ up.

“He’s elevated every time, you think it right now though hes rappin
in space right now, but not in a place that we don’t know, it’s in the same
area but its wide, it’s just wider.”

Tip has just released promo photos for his new album, King Uncaged, which
will hit stores on September 28th. Head over to Rap-Up.com for the images
now. <WM>

ARETHA FRANKLIN DUETS WITH CONDOLEEZZA RICE

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reportedly teamed with Aretha
Franklin during a charity concert in Philadelphia. Billboard.com reports the
soul legend belted out “Respect” and “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”
while Rice played a Mozart piano concerto, all to assist in raising money
for underprivileged youth. The event earned over 580-thousand dollars! <WM>

 50 CENT APPEARS ON THE VIEW

50 Cent recently stopped by The View to talk about his dramatic weight loss
for Things Fall Apart, the scars from removing tattoos, his Vitamin Water
deal and more. Check it out now! <WM>

SHAQ LOVES JUSTIN BIEBER

Shaquille O’Neill showed up at Justin Bieber’s soundcheck in Phoenix,
Arizona earlier this week.  The NBA star took some time to serenade Bieber
and to share his love for the teen idol.  Earlier, Bieber almost got into
trouble while riding a Segway outside the U-S Airways Center.  A flock of
young girls spotted the singer and starting chasing him, eventually catching
him.  Bieber escaped unharmed.  <JC>

*       VIDEO!  See video of Shaq and the segway incident here:
http://perezhilton.com/category/justin-bieber

DOES MADONNA ACT LIKE A DIVA?

Does Madonna act like a diva when she has to fly commercial airlines?  A
source told British paper the Daily Star that on a recent Virgin Atlantic
flight from New York to London, the pop star bought out an entire aisle in
first class for herself and her entourage.  She also wouldn’t let the flight
attendants “walk down her aisle or ask her any questions, they had to go
through her assistants.” <ZS>

TRAVIE McCOY & KID CUDI ADDED TO SSMF

Travie McCoy and Kid Cudi have been added to the third annual Sunset Strip
Music Festival.  The event, which celebrates the famed Sunset Strip in West
Hollywood, California will take place on August 26th through the 28th.  The
fest will also feature performances from The Smashing Pumpkins, Slash,
Fergie, Common, Neon Trees and more.  <JC>

*       Sunset Boulevard between San Vicente and Doheny will be closed to
traffic during the event.

*       Last year’s SSMF drew over 10-thansound fans to The Strip to see
sets from Ozzy Osbourne, Korn and more.

*       General admission, VIP and 3-Day VIP tickets are on sale through
Ticketmaster.  Street fest tickets are $49.50 in advance.

*       The SSMF is donating a portion of all tickets sold to the Los
Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), a charity whose mission is to end
homelessness, one kid at a time, by providing shelter, food and counseling
for the abused, neglected and abandoned.

GRAMMY AUCTION!

A GRAMMY charity auction is taking place now online.  The auction features
signed items from Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Lil Wayne,
P!nk, Taylor Swift and many more.  Head over to Ebay.com/GRAMMY to check out
all the items.  All proceeds will benefit MusiCares and the GRAMMY
Foundation.  <JC>

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