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Kelly Rowland Drops New Video -x- Ne-Yo Leaves Def Jam -x- When Will Drake/Common Beef End? -x- Bieber Boosts Blood Donations in Canada -x-


KELLY ROWLAND DROPS “KEEP IT BETWEEN US” VIDEO

Kelly Rowland is not done promoting her latest album, Here I Am. The singer has just unleashed the visual for her newest single, “Keep It Between Us.” The clip was shot in Paris and includes actor Lance Gross as the former Destiny Child singer’s love interest. If you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and pick up Here I Am, today.

CHRIS BROWN’S GUEST FEATURES CONTINUES TO GROW

Since Chris Brown is refusing to do interviews, fans have to rely on his Twitter page to find out news surrounding his upcoming album, Fortune. So far, Breezy has announced that the follow-up to F.A.M.E. will include contributions from will.i.am, David Guetta, Asher Roth, Wiz Khalifa, Nas and Kid Sister. If that’s not enough, there’s whispers that Brown is looking to invite even more acts. Be sure to look out for Fortune when the disc arrives in March.

– Are you excited for the album?

ETTA JAMES FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS ANNOUNCED

After passing away on January 20th, the memorial and funeral arrangements for Etta James have been announced. CNN reports there will be a public viewing on Friday at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, California. In addition, there will be a private funeral service the following day where Rev. Al Sharpton will preside over the service. The “At Last” singer died on Friday at the age of 73 after battling leukemia, dementia and hepatitis C.

– The funeral will take place at Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena, California.

NE-YO FINDS NEW LABEL HOME AT MOTOWN

After parting ways with Def Jam, Ne-Yo has reportedly has signed to Motown Records and has been appointed Senior Vice President of A&R. Billboard.biz reports the singer will also bring his Compound Entertainment imprint to his new label home. Ne-Yo in a statement, “I’m honored that I’ve been given such a prestigious title and trusted with such responsibility; terrified because I know that playing this role in the fashion of one of my career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson—these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it.” Ne-Yo’s fifth album, The Cracks in Mr. Perfect, is due this summer.

– The crooner released four albums on Def Jam.

NICKI MINAJ BREAKS RECORD WITH “STUPID HOE” VIDEO

Is there anything Nicki Minaj can’t do? The Young Money fem-cee has reportedly broken a record on Vevo for having the highest single video views within the first 24 hours of release. After releasing her Hype Williams-directed visual to “Stupid Hoe,” the Queens native racked up 4.8-million views. In related news, her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, is set for an April 3rd release.

COMMON DOESN’T KNOW WHEN DRAKE BEEF WILL END

We’re still scratching our heads over the beef brewing between Common and Drake. During an interview with Bossip.com, the Chicago native touched on when he plans to patch things up with Drizzy. He explained, “I really honestly don’t know how things will end. I just want to put out there that it’s not a thing where I don’t like him as a human being or like I got something against him personally. That’s not what it is.” Common feels that since Drake took the first jab, “If you come at me, I’ma fight until the end. I’m not talking about physical. I’m talking about emceeing.” Be sure to pick up his latest album, The Dreamer, The Believer, which is out now.

TYGA TO COLLABORATE WITH NICKI, NAS ON CARELESS WORLD

XXLMag.com reports that Tyga is cooking up some great music for his upcoming album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King. The Young Money rapper revealed that his label mate, Nicki Minaj, will appear on the project on a track called “Muthf**cka Up.” He stated, “That one is one of them going in type songs. Like how Lil Wayne had ‘A Milli.’ One of those Young Money records that people love. We got a crazy visual for that one, too.” In addition, the “Rack City” rapper says Nas contributed guest verses on a record called “King And Queens,” which he says is “a real classic song. People are gonna like it.” Be sure to look out for Careless World: Rise of the Last King on February 21st.

NEW JOHN LEGEND SINGLE LEAKS!

The newly engaged John Legend is readying another album and he recently released a new song called “Tonight (Best You Ever Had).” The track includes guest verses from Ludacris and will also appear on the upcoming soundtrack for the film Think Like a Man. Check it out now at SoundCloud.com.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR IT!

JENNIFER HUDSON’S FAMILY MURDERS TRIAL WILL BE ON TV?

We previously told you that a trial date has been set for the murder case of Jennifer Hudson’s three family members. According to CBS Chicago, the forthcoming trial might allow cameras and microphones in courtrooms. This means the entire case against William Balfour could be televised due to new provisions decided by the Illinois Supreme Court. We will keep you updated.

– Balfour pled not guilty to the murders of Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew back in October of 2008.

JUSTIN BIEBER CAUSES SPIKE IN CANADIAN ORGAN DONORS

Justin Bieber caused a spike in Canadian donor registrations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it all started when 20-year-old Helene Campbell made a personal plea via Twitter to raise the number of organ donors as she awaits a lung transplant in Toronto. Bieber responded to Campbell’s request by retweeting her plea to his 16-million followers. By Sunday, the Trillium Gift of Life Network’s BeADonor.ca website reported 565 new donors. A post then appeared on the life-saving organization’s Facebook page that reads, “Thanks to Helene, her team, and all the Bielibers out there!” Now there are over one-thousand new donors listed on the site.

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


BEYONCE, JAY-Z THANK FANS FOR SUPPORTING THEIR BABY

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

“Hello Hello Baby Blue!

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

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

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

Beyoncé & JAY Z”

JAY-Z WRITES SONG FOR DAUGHTER

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

TYGA SPILLS ON NEXT ALBUM

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

AND…

TYGA ARRESTED IN VEGAS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

NICKI MINAJ AWARDED FOR PINK FRIDAY SALES

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

50 CENT APOLOGIZES TO RECORD LABEL

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

AMBER ROSE RELEASES “FAME” ft. WIZ KHALIFA

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

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

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

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

Check out the record below:

– nicolebitchie.com

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

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

RIHANNA SAYS “THERE’S NOBODY IN MY LEAGUE”

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

· Who do you think is better?

JUSTIN BIEBER TALKS TO GOD

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

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

T.I.’s New Family Hustle & Overcoming His Drug Addiction -x- Usher’s Custody Battle -x- Preview Robin Thicke’s Love After Work -x- Lil Wayne & Eminem Prep New Tour -x- Music News


T.I. SAYS EMINEM HELPED WIRH HIS DRUG ADDICTION

According to Billboard.com, T.I. credits Eminem with helping him overcome his drug addiction. The rapper failed to admit his drug of choice but did reveal that his addiction began after he received medication for oral surgery. Tip stated, “I haven’t had a chance to speak to Em since I’ve been home,” He said. “I heard that while I was down, he was trying to get in contact with me, but I don’t know if the dots just didn’t connect. [Eminem] overcoming his own adversities, winning the battle against his own demons and continuing to break the mold and re-set the standard of what it means to be the most successful hip-hop artist in the game … I salute that to no end.”

AND…

SNEAK PEEK OF T.I.’S FAMILY REALITY SHOW

We’re all waiting patiently for T.I. to premiere his upcoming VH1 reality series, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. In the lengthy teaser for the show, Tip returns home from his prison stint, balances being a dad to six kids and treats his wife to a romantic dinner. T.I. stated, “I got a million and one reasons to be out doing what I do professionally, but the most important thing to me in the world is family. I can’t make one single mistake. Family is priority number one.” Be sure to catch the series premiere on December 5th at 9 PM ET on VH1.

NEXT WATCH THE THRONE SINGLE ANNOUNCED

HipHop-N-More.com reports the next single off Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne LP will be The Neptunes-produced cut, “Gotta Have It.” Fans can expect the follow-up to “N***as In Paris” to officially impact radio December 6th. The rap duo is currently on their massive Watch The Throne tour. Here’s the remaining tour stops:

12-01 Chicago, IL – United Center

12-05 Houston, TX – Toyota Center

12-06 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

12-09 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena

12-10 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion

12-12 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

12-18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena

CHECK OUT ALBUM SNIPPETS FOR SNOOP, WIZ KHALIFA LP 

Before Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa release the upcoming soundtrack to their stoner comedy Mac and Devin Go to High School, fans can stream lengthy snippets from the project. The disc, which includes collaborations from Juicy J, Mike Posner and Bruno Mars, will be available on December 13th and can be pre-ordered now via iTunes. Head over to Rap-Up.com to check out the 90-second previews or GET ALL 21 MINUTES BELOW!

· There is no release date for the actual film, Mac and Devin Go to High School.

LIL WAYNE, EMINEM PREP JOINT TOUR

According to his official Facebook page, Lil Wayne has announced that he plans to tour with Eminem after he wraps his I Am Still Music outing. Wayne has not revealed any dates for the highly anticipated trek with Slim Shady, but the duo is scheduled to touch down in Fiji, Australia and South Africa. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

· Are you excited for the tour? Would you travel overseas to see them perform?

DIDDY’S SON ACCEPTED INTO UCLA 

According to RapRadar.com, Diddy is proud to announce that his eldest son, Justin Combs, has reportedly accepted a full scholarship to play football for UCLA. The mogul expressed his joy in the following statement, “As a parent, today is one of the proudest moments of my life. This is everything a father could want for his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do and is truly passionate about. Justin is a shining example of what hard work, determination and a strong mentality can achieve. I am honored to call him my son and am happy that he is fulfilling his dream.”

USHER AND EX WIFE FIGHT OVER CUSTODY 

Things between Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, are not looking good. The mother of his two kids claims the crooner has failed to follow his legal obligations, when it comes to sharing joint custody of their sons. TMZ reports Tameka has filed documents requesting that a judge no longer allow Usher to have joint physical custody. In addition, she is seeking more money for child suppor,t since there’s allegedly been a “substantial change in [Usher’s] income” since they got divorced. We’ll keep you posted.

 MARY J BLIGE TALKS BEYONCE DUET

During an interview with Billboard.com, Mary J. Blige spoke about her first time collaborating with Beyonce for her latest album, My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act I). On a record called “Love A Woman,” MJB explained how the duet came together. Since the track was originally recorded for Beyonce’s recent album, Mary explained, “She had her A&R people play the record for us. I’m sitting in the back thinking, ‘Is she really going to give me this record? That’s crazy! It’s amazing,’” Blige recalled. “I asked her A&R person and he said, ‘Yes, she wants you to have the record, but she wants to stay on it with you.’ I loved that idea and I’m thankful. I thank Beyoncé for the record.” Be sure to pick up My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act I), available in stores now.

ROBIN THICKE’S ALBUM SNIPPETS ARE AVAILABLE

Before Robin Thicke drops his highly anticipated album, Love After War, fans can now check out snippets from the fifth studio effort. The disc only has one guest feature, from Lil Wayne, and the 15-track project can be previewed via his official website or by clicking the image above. In addition, Love After War lands on December 6th.

· Robin dedicates “Lovely Lady” to his wife Paula Patton.

DAY26 LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE REALITY SHOW

In case you were wondering what’s going on with Day26 these days, the R&B group are rebuilding and working on new material. This after they parted ways with their former member, Que. In their new online series, you can watch Willie, Brian, Mike, and Robert start to record their upcoming album, titled A New Day, which will be released early next year. Head over to their official website to catch up on the band.

· The group is still signed with Atlantic Records, but they are no longer attached to Diddy’s Bad Boy imprint.

BIEBER NOT PERFORMING LIVE AT ROCKEFELLER!

Justin Bieber was rumored to be performing live at the Rockefeller Center lighting ceremony, but CBSLocal.com reports it will be a pre-taped performance. The ceremony is set on the same night President Barack Obama will be in town and the NYC Department of Transportation has issued gridlock and detour warnings.

Lil Wayne & Cash Money Donate Turkeys -x- More Added to VH1 Divas -x- T.I.’ s New Album Title -x- Rihanna Causes Stir Overseas AGAIN… -x-


LIL WAYNE DONTATES TURKEYS

Lil Wayne has given back to his hometown of New Orleans by handing out free turkeys to people in old neighborhood. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better. Even though it’s an annual Cash Money tradition, Weezy told MTV News, “It’s actually been my first time back here for the past eight or nine years, and they’ve been doing this for 15 years.” Luckily Wayne found time in his schedule to personally hand out turkeys and says, “Now it’s a totally different feeling, because I can actually give you that and say, ‘Here, happy Thanksgiving.’ I can do that, and I can provide that for you.” Head over to MTV.com for more.

HOW WILL.I.AM GOT MICK JAGGER TO RECORD WITH HIM 

Will.i.am explained to Rolling Stone backstage at the American Music Awards how he recently got Mick Jagger to work with him. The Rolling Stones frontman is featured on the track “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” off will’s album #willpower. Will says, “You play your music and the first thing someone says, ‘Who’s gonna be on it? So I think of the hardest thing ever. And it happened, Mick Jagger.” The Black Eyed Peas man explained that Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine, who always wanted to work with Jagger, made the collaboration happen, and even decided to produce the track. #willpower is out next year.

 

NEW PERFORMERS ADDED TO VH1 DIVAS

 

We’ve just learned that Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and Travie McCoy have all been added to the list of performers who’ll take the stage at the upcoming show, VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul. The new acts will join previously confirmed headlining divas including Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J. and Jill Scott. Taking place inside New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul premieres on Monday, December 19th at 9 PM on VH1.

 

· The new group of performers will pay tribute to cities of soul music including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia.

DRAKE BEGINS THIRD STUDIO ALBUM

According to HipHopDX.com, Drake has reportedly begun recording the follow-up to his sophomore effort, Take Care. Even though his latest disc was released a week ago, Drizzy revealed, “I started writing the intro to my project last night.” He added, “I found the sample and I started piecing together the story of where I’m at in my life.” The news comes after first week projections put Take Care at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with estimated sales of over 700-thousand copies.

T.I. ANNOUNCES ALBUM TITLE

According to Billboard.com, T.I. has announced that his next studio album will be titled Trouble Man. In addition, the follow-up to last year’s No Mercy will have a party theme and the first single is called “Pyro.” Tip said of the disc, “A lot of times I’m taking myself out of my element.” He added, “This is the first project where I’m talking about things that I’ve experienced before that I’m not necessarily experiencing now because I’m not doing a whole lot of partying. I do a little bit but not a lot… nothing like when I was in that life.” No word on when we’ll hear the first track, we’ll keep you posted.

· This marks the rapper’s eighth studio album.

KELLY ROWLAND TO REUNITE WITH HER FATHER

According to U-K’s The Sun, Kelly Rowland has revealed plans to reunite with her estranged father, Christopher Rowland, next month. The former Destiny’s Child singer is going to meet up with her dad on Christmas day and explained, “It’s really important just to forgive my father… because tomorrow is not promised to us.” She added, “It’s important to forgive people and we move on, we have to…the pain is there, of course it will be there, and it’s important to know that forgiveness is the first step towards healing.” As previously reported, Kelly’s dad walked out of her life 20 years ago.

MOBB DEEP DROP NEW VIDEO OFF EP 

According to AllHipHop.com, Mobb Deep recently premiered the video for their new offering, “Dead Man Shoes.” You can watch the gritty visual via their official website now. The cut is lifted from the rap duo’s much-talked-about EP, Black Cocaine, which is available in stores now.

RIHANNA CAUSES STIR OVERSEAS

Rihanna accepted the American Music Award for Favorite R&B/Soul Album for Loud from the U-K on Sunday night. She is on tour overseas and recently caused some controversy when performing on The X Factor in England. For her performance, she wore a plaid dress and clunky punk shoes with writing scrawled all over them, and one phrase on the footwear had some people up in arms. According to The Telegraph, the words “F*** Off” were written on RiRi’s shoes. While the offensive statement may have left audiences a bit shocked, a spokesperson for the show played down the controversy. They showed no close ups of her shoes on the telecast. In other Rihanna news, her video for “We Found Love” has been banned from being played before 10 PM in France. The officials at the Supreme Audiovisual Council of France have deemed the video, which includes drug use, sex and domestic violence, inappropriate for viewing before that hour. Rihanna released her Talk That Talk album on Monday.

JUSTIN BIEBER AND JADEN SMITH RELEASE NEW COLLABO

According to the New York Post, Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith have released a new duet, a cover of “Thinking About You” by Frank Ocean. Smith raps on the track while Bieber lends his vocals to the R&B tune. Bieber and Smith released their first musical collaboration, “Never Say Never,” in 2010. It was the theme song for The Karate Kid remake, starring Smith.

Fat Joe Comments on Gays in Rap -x- Jay-Z “Occupy” Shirts -x- Jeezy & T.I. LP? -x- Rihanna Samples Metallica -x- MTV Music News


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.

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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.

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TYLER THE CREATOR GETS STAR-STRUCK MEETING BIEBER

They seem like completely different artists, but rapper Tyler the Creator says he’s a fan of Justin Bieber. Tyler spoke to MTV News about their connection saying, “I met Justin back in February. He’s a cool kid and s**t. When I got in there, he was talkin’ about the ‘Yonkers’ video and s**t. It was weird because I was sitting here starstruck, like, ‘Oh f**k, it’s Bieber. He’s asking me questions.’ I’m like ‘Shut the f**k up so I can talk to YOU.’” What would you think of an Odd Future/ Justin Bieber collaboration?

DRAKE AND FLORENCE STILL WANNA COLLABORATE

Rapper Drake has proven that he has some diverse tastes when it comes to music, and even has expressed interest in collaborating with British indie act Florence and the Machine. Singer Florence Welch told MTV News that the pair is yet to get into the studio, saying, “We haven’t actually done any recording together. Whenever I see Drake, we always just end up kind of hanging out, which is equally fun, but no, we haven’t done anything yet.” She went on to note that she is also a fan of Drizzy, “I think we’re both fans of each other’s work. If we would have the time it is something I would definitely like to do, but we’re both really busy.”

CONTROVERSIAL RIHANNA VIDEO ABOUT UNHEALTHY DEPENDENCIES

Rihanna’s video for “We Found Love,” which features drug use and domestic violence, created a lot of controversy last week when it debuted. MTV sat down with the clip’s director, Melina Matsoukas, who says the video is about the warning signs of unhealthy dependencies. Melina explained, “It’s really about it being toxic, and they’re on this drug trip and that definitely plays a part, but I think it’s also about being triumphant over those weaknesses, and she leaves him. The bad parts of it, that’s what you don’t want.”

T.I. SHOOTS “FLEXIN” VIDEO IN ATLANTA

T.I. was busy over the weekend shooting a video for “Flexin” with Big K.R.I.T.. Tip can be seen in the clip driving a red car around his hometown of Atlanta. Footage of the video shoot is available now at XXLMag.com.

WILL ADELE TOP THE ALBUM CHARTS AGAIN?

The battle for this week’s number one album should be interesting. Billboard reports that Christian band Casting Crowns could top the album chart on Wednesday with their latest album, Come to the Well. But they aren’t the only ones vying for the top spot. Adele could also return to the summit with her album, 21, which has stayed in the top ten for months. We’ll be sure to let you know who lands at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 tomorrow.

SIMON COWELL AND L.A. REID BATTLING IT OUT?

So much of The X-Factor is about TV drama, but is there some real tension brewing behind-the-scenes of the show? According to TMZ, competing judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid have been “ruthless” with one another, even when the cameras are off. Sources say they overheard Reid saying he was going to “play mind games” and “dirty tricks” to help win the singing competition. Simon says he is wise to Reid’s game. Be sure to tune in to see The X-Factor tonight at 8 PM Eastern on FOX.

NICKI MINAJ TO LAUNCH NAIL POLISH LINE IN 2012

All Hip Hop News reports that Nicki Minaj is expanding her brand with nail polish. The rapper is reportedly set to release her own line of polishes to come out in 2012. The line is called the Nicki Minaj OPI Nail Lacquer Collection and each color will be named after one of her songs. Fans can buy shades like “Metal 4 Life,” “Fly,” “Super Bass Shatter” and more. Nicki write about her latest venture on her website saying, “Now you can have Nicki Minaj at your fingertips, literally.”

CAREY AND CANNON CREATE WEBSITE DEDICATED TO TWINS 

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon worked hard to keep their newborns out of the spotlight and now they’re ready to show them off. After making their TV debut on 20/20 this weekend, six months after their birth, Monroe and Moroccan now have a website entitled www.DemBabies.com, dedicated to them by their parents. The site includes intimate family portraits showing off the beautiful twin boy and girl. And will help keep fans up-to-date with the twins’ development.

· Carey recently tweeted a picture of her in the studio with the caption: “So happy to be back in the studio with the one & only @Mr_Dupri aka Jermaine Dupri!”

CHRISTINA MILIAN AND THE DREAM DIVORCE FINALIZED

The drawn out divorce process has finally come to an end for The Dream and Christina Milian. After hammering out a settlement, the courts have legalized the pair’s divorce. The celebrity couple was only married a year before The Dream called it quits, nine days before Christina gave birth to their only child in February of last year.

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JAY-Z ISSUES LIMITED EDITION VINYL

According to his label, Jay-Z has decided to release a limited-edition blue vinyl to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the release of his classic album, The Blueprint. The collector’s must-have will be available exclusively via Jay-Z.Fanfire.com now. Hurry, there are only 2011 copies being released!

PUSHA T ISSUES NEW TRACKLISTING

According to Rap-Up.com, Pusha T has unleashed the official tracklisting for his upcoming album, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray. The 12-track project, which will include contributions from 50 Cent, Rick Ross, Pharrell, Kanye West, Young Jeezy and Tyler, the Creator, will be available on November 8th via Yeezy’s G.O.O.D. Music label. In addition, fans can download the lead single, “My God,” on iTunes now.

Here’s who made the cut:

1. Changing of the Guards feat. Diddy

2. Amen feat. Kanye West and Young Jeezy

3. Trouble on My Mind feat. Tyler, The Creator

4. What Dreams Are Made Of

5. Body Work feat. Juicy J, Meek Mill, and French Montana

6. Everything That Glitters feat. French Montana

7. So Obvious

8. Feeling Myself feat. Kevin Cossom

9. Raid feat. 50 Cent and Pharrell

10. My God

11. I Still Wanna feat. Rick Ross and Ab Liva

12. Alone in Vegas

RIHANNA MAKES BILLBOARD HISTORY

According to Bilboard.com, Rihanna’s newest single, “We Found Love,” has helped the singer break a record held by Madonna. Ri Ri now holds the record for having 20 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles in the shortest amount of time. While it took the “Material Girl” six years and nine months to score 20 hit songs, it only took Rihanna six years and four months to accomplish the feat. Further, Rihanna is inching closer to taking another record that is currently held by Madge – she has 37 top 10 singles to date.

NICKI MINAJ JUMPS ON WILLOW’S NEW SINGLE

We previously reported that Willow Smith tweeted about dropping a new single, and boy did she deliver. The “Whip My Hair” singer just released her newest single, “Fireball,” which includes guest verses from Nicki Minaj. Head to Willow’s official fansite to hear the teen anthem now!

BEYONCE CONGRATULATES J. COLE

If having Jay-Z congratulate him on his success of his debut album wasn’t enough, J. Cole also received high praises from Beyonce. The rapper bragged during a recent interview that Bey emailed him congrats for his latest project, Cole World: The Sideline Story, being the number one effort in the country. The disc amasses sales over 218-thousand in just seven days. Be sure to grab the disc today!

TUPAC’S FAMILY NEVER WANT SEX TAPE TO COME OUT

Tupac’s family says the sex tape featuring the rapper that recently surfaced will never see the light of day. According to TMZ, Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, stated, “Get the legal team ready because we will not allow someone to put it out.” Two rival pornography companies have put in bids for the tape, which features the late rapper receiving oral sex from a woman at a party.

MARIAH CAREY TEAMS UP WITH JUSTIN BIEBER FOR CHRISTMAS ALBUM

Mariah Carey will be featured on Justin Bieber’s upcoming Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe. The two will team up for her classic Christmas tune, “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Carey confirmed the collaboration saying, “I am very excited about it. I think a lot of you are very surprised about it, and you’re going to be even more surprised when you hear it, the song sounds great.” Under the Mistletoe is due out next month.

THE BLACK EYED PEAS PULL OUT OF MJ TRIBUTE

According to The Associated Press, the Black Eyed Peas have pulled out of this week’s Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales. Organizers say the band has withdrawn due to “unavoidable circumstances.” The Michael Forever concert will boast performances from Christina Aguilera, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Leona Lewis and Cee-Lo Green and takes place Saturday night at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in Wales.

PRESIDENT OBAMA “INTIMIDATED” BY LADY GAGA

Barack Obama may be the leader of the free world, but even he gets a little intimidated when meeting Lady Gaga. The President of the United States admitted as much this past weekend, when, during his address at the annual Human Rights Campaign gala in Washington, D.C., he joked that meeting Lady Gaga was “intimidating.” According to ABC News, Obama said, “She was wearing 16-inch heels. She was 8 feet tall. It was a little intimidating.” Gaga and Obama met late last month at a Silicon Valley fundraiser held at the home of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Gaga used the opportunity to make good on a Twitter vow she’d posted in reaction to the suicide of bullied teen Jamey Rodemeyer, asking the president what his administration planned on doing to stop bullying. At the Human Rights gala, Obama joked with the crowd, which included gay and lesbian advocates, saying, “I held some productive bilateral talks with your leader.” The remark reportedly drew laughter and applause.

CONRAD MURRAY TRAIL UPDATE:

On Wednesday, the jury at the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician Conrad Murray heard first hand from the former pop star. In one of the most anticipated days of the trial, personal conversations between Murray and Jackson, recorded on Murray’s phone, were played for the court. In the recording, Jackson talks to Murray about his grand plans for the This Is It shows, including raising enough money to start the Michael Jackson Children’s Hospital. He said in the recordings, “I love them because I didn’t have a childhood. I had no childhood. I feel their pain. I feel their hurt.” When Jackson goes silent for 13 seconds, Murray asks, “Are you OK?” Jackson’s response: “I am asleep.” Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charge of involuntary manslaughter.

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