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


MTV BRINGS BACK YO! MTV RAPS

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

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

DIDDY TO LAUNCH A CABLE NETWORK?

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

MARY J BLIGE REACTS TO OSCAR SNUB

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

DMX TO ISSUE TWO NEW ALBUMS IN 2012

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

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

BIRDMAN BETS 5 MILLION ON SUPER BOWL GAME

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

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

WHITNEY HOUSTON IS ALLEGEDLY BROKE?

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

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

DAVID BANNER GIVES REVIEW FOR RED TAILS

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

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

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

MONICA COMPLETES NEW LIFE ALBUM

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

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

AND…

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

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

KID CUDI ADDRESSES AUSTRALIA INCIDENT

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

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

ADELE REMEMBERS ETTA JAMES

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

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

CYPRESS HILL TO RELEASE DUBSTEP EP

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

UPDATED ALBUM RELEASE DATES FOR 2012

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

January 24

40 Glocc – New World Agenda

January 31

K’Naan – More Beautiful Than Silence

February 14

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

February 20

Yelawolf – Radioactive (Deluxe Edition)

February 21

Joe Budden – Mood Muzik Box Set

Monica – New Life

February 28

Ja Rule – Pain Is Love 2

Estelle – All Of Me

Kid CuDi & Dot Da Genius – WZRD

Maino – Day After Tomorrow

March 13

B.o.B. – Strange Clouds

March 20

Odd Future – OF Tape Vol. 2

April 3

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

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


YOUNG JEEZY, DRAKE REMAIN IN TOP 5 ON BILLBOARD CHART

Drake continues to enjoy his reign on the Billboard 200 chart as his sophomore album, Take Care, has remained at the number two spot for the second consecutive week. The disc reportedly moved an additional 42-thousand copies, bringing its total sales to over 1.2-million copies. Elsewhere, Young Jeezy’s latest album, TM103: Hustlerz Ambition, has slipped to number four and raked in over 334-thousand units since being released in December.

LUPE FIASCO’S LASERS GOES GOLD

Lupe Fiasco announced on his website that his latest album, Lasers, has officially reached gold status. The rapper’s effort has amassed sales over 500-thousand copies. As previously reported, Lasers was one of the few rap albums to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in 2011.

SWIZZ BEATZ WORKING ON NEW MIXTAPE

Aside from raising his son with Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz is still working on his highly anticipated third album, Haute Living. Since the LP currently has no release date, the hitmaker wrote on Twitter that fans will get new music in the form of a mixtape. The free project will surface soon and we’ll keep you posted with more updates.

AND…

ALICIA KEYS UP FOR DIRECTOR’S GUILD AWARDS

According to SingersRoom.com, Alicia Keys has received a nomination for the upcoming Directors Guild of America Awards. The singer recently made her directorial debut with a movie called Lili, which was created for Lifetime’s short film series on breast cancer. Keys is up for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series category. The ceremony takes place on January 28th in Los Angeles.

BEYONCE’S BABY CALLED “SATAN” BY CHURCH VANDAL

People seem to have mixed opinions about Jay-Z and Beyonce’s new baby, Blue Ivy Carter. According to TMZ, an unidentified vandal recently defaced a sign for the North Carolina Baptist church and made it read: “Beyonce had her baby. Satan is on Earth.” The pastor, who claims the church was unaware of the incident, told TMZ that he received numerous complaints and removed the sign immediately.

Do you think news like this will upset Beyonce?

AND…

SOLANGE DEFENDS BEYONCE ON TWITTER

Solange recently lashed out at critics of the birth of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. The singer shared on her Twitter page, “It has really gotten out of hand. I’ve been doing my best at keeping my mouth shut….but the ignorance is really sad and upsetting.” While she feels hard to not react to false allegations, Solo said of her niece, “The most beautiful girl in the world. In love. So THIS is what Aunty-hood feels like.” Photos of the couple’s bundle of joy have yet to be released, we’ll keep you posted.

YELAWOLF SHOOTS VIDEO WITH KID ROCK

Yelawolf has released the video for “Let’s Roll,” which includes an appearance from Kid Rock. While you can peep the visual via the rap rookie’s fansite, be sure to pick up his Shady Records debut Radioactive, available in stores now.

JENNIFER HUDSON DENIES RUMORS OF PRECIOUS ROLE

We previously reported that Jennifer Hudson turned down the lead role in Precious due to the excessive weight gain she would have to put on. However, according to TMZ, the singer claimed that putting on extra pounds was not the reason she declined the offer. She explained, “I turned it down because I felt it was just too graphic for me at that time.” Interestingly enough, Hudson told Dateline that she passed because she “would have had to be the big girl again.” If you remember, Hudson agreed to put on weight to for her character in Dreamgirls and in the upcoming film, Winnie.

Do you feel Jennifer should have to explain why she turned down the role?

MARY J BLIGE RE-RELEASES “MR. WRONG” VIDEO

Rap-Up.com reports Mary J Blige has just issued a slightly altered visual to her latest single, “Mr Wrong.” This time, the video includes an appearance from Drake, who raps his guest verses at the beginning of the clip. The Rico Love and Jim Jonsin-produced song is lifted from Blige’s latest album, My Life II, which is out now.

RIHANNA BEATS LAGA GAGA FOR MOST VIEWS ON YOUTUBE

According to RihannaDaily.com, Rihanna has just beat out Lady Gaga for the most views on YouTube. The “We Found Love” singer, who already has more Facebook likes that Gaga, has a whopping two-million more views. In related news, Robin’s latest album, Talk That Talk, currently sits at the number six position on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold over 541-thousand to date.

Ri Ri currently stands at over two-billion views!

 JUSTIN BIEBER IN THE STUDIO!

Justin Bieber entered the studio this week to begin working on his new album, Believe. His manager, Scooter Braun, took to Twitter to write that the album “is going to be ridiculous!” The 17-year-old singer recently told V magazine that he wants the album to recall Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds record sonically, but he noted that his lyrics would be a little more PG than the topics Timberlake covered on the effort. Bieber did take a break from recording this week to hit up the Consumer Electronics Show, which is currently under way in Las Vegas.

ARETHA, MARY, FANTASIA & MORE TO HEADLINE ESSENCE FEST

Finally! Essence has just sent a press release for the lineup for the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. This year, the show will include main stage performances from Mary J Blige, who headlined last year, Aretha Franklin, Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi and Keyshia Cole. The three-day festival will also feature sets from Bridget Kelly, Stephanie Mills, SWV, Dru Hill, Vivian Green, Goapele, The Stylistics, Raheem Devaughn and more. Be sure to visit EseenceMusicFestival.com to learn more.

Talk That Talk Goes Gold -x- Amber Rose Thanks Kim Kardashian For Being a Homewrecker -x- Nick Cannon Hospitalized – Luda’s New Restaurant -x- MTV Music News


RIHANNA’S TALK THAT TALK GOES GOLD

According to Nielsen Soundscan, Rihanna’s Talk That Talk has officially gone gold. The singer’s disc, which sits at number nine on the Billboard 200 chart, has amassed sales of over 500-thousand since being released on November 21st via Def Jam Recordings.

To date, Rihanna has sold more than 20-million albums and 60-million singles.

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RIHANNA WANTS TO PERFORM WITH COLDPLAY

Rihanna is hoping to soon perform her duet, “Princess of China,” with Coldplay. Ri Ri told England’s The Sun, “I think Chris Martin is a special guy. His songwriting is just beautiful and I am a huge fan. If they want me to sing with Coldplay, I will be waiting for the call. I’d love to perform with them.” There are now rumors of them performing together at the 2012 Brit Awards. As previously reported, Martin recently said of Rihanna that she is the “greatest singer in the world.”

DRAKE’S TAKE CARE SITS HIGH ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART

This week, Drake’s Take Care claimed the number two spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Unable to out-do Adele’s 21, the Toronto emcee’s studio sophomore effort reportedly earned an additional 72-thousand copies, bringing its total sales to just over 1.2-million units moved since late last year. The disc, which includes guest contributions from Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj, is out now. Elsewhere on the chart, Young Jeezy’s latest project, TM 103: Hustler’s Ambition, sits at the number three spot and has amassed sales of over 300k to date.

AMBER ROSE CONFIRMS KANYE AND KIM KARDASHIAN RUMORS

Amber Rose has a secret to tell. Kanye West’s ex-girlfriend recently revealed to Star magazine that the rumors of the rap star hooking up with Kim Kardashian were actually true. Back in 2009, the reality star was accused of cheating on her former beau, Reggie Bush, with Yeezy and Rose feels she’s a “homewrecker.” Amber stated, “Kim is one of the main reasons why me and Kanye are not together. They were both cheating on me and Reggie with each other.” Apparently, Kim never explained or defended her actions, even after Amber emailed her. Rose stated, “I want to thank her because if she was never a homewrecker, then I never would have met Wiz [Khalifa], and I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now.” There you have it.

Are you surprised by the news?

CHRIS BROWN TURNS DOWN ALL INTERVIEWS FOR 2012

According to an interview with Billboard, Chris Brown’s manager, Tina Davis, announced that the singer has decided to not do any interviews or media in 2012. The crooner will instead “concentrate on performing and recording.” In addition, she stated, “We’re not trying to be rude, selfish or disrespectful to anyone in anyway. If people are going to judge anything, judge him for his talent.” The news comes after Breezy vented his frustrations in 2011 for constantly being asked about his incident with ex-girlfriend, Rihanna.

Do you think this is a smart move? How will he promote his next album, Fortune, which will arrive in March?

LUDACRIS TO OPEN CHICKEN AND BEER RESTAURANT

According to his Twitter page, Ludacris has announced plans to open a new restaurant called Chicken & Beer inside an airport in his hometown of Atlanta. The rapper wrote, “I’m taking my restaurateur footprint into the busiest airport in the WORLD!” The new business venture, which will be opened in Hartsfield-Jackson ATL International, is actually named after his 2003 album, Chicken-n-Beer. In related news, he is also working on his eighth album, Ludaversal. Check the throwback cover!

MARY J BLIGE TALKS RECORDING MY LIFE II

When you think of Mary J Blige, there’s one word that should come to mind: original. The living legend has put out timeless music without compromising who she is, which she told us has been the key to her success. MJB’s latest album, My Life II: The Journey Continues, currently sits at the number 20 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

This week, her album sold an additional 22-thousand copies, bringing its total sales to over 400k.

NICK CANNON HOSPITALIZED

Nick Cannon had a health scare while celebrating the holidays in Aspen, Colorado. Mariah Carey’s husband was hospitalized for “mild” kidney failure but fortunately he’s doing better. Mi Mi wrote on her official website, “We’re trying to be as festive as possible under the circumstances but please keep Nick in your thoughts because this is very painful. They tried to kick me out of the hospital but here I am pon de bed with Mr. C.”

JENNIFER HUDSON SETS SECRET WEDDING DATE

During a recent interview on NBC’s Dateline, Jennifer Hudson revealed she is making progress with her on-going wedding plans. In fact, the singer has set a date! While she’s going to keep mum on the day she’ll exchange vows with David Otunga, she spilled on what her wedding dress looks like. Hudson explained, “It’s a show. It has three pieces to it. I designed it myself. It has a coat for the entrance and then when I get ready to walk, you take that part off. And then it’s another dress. And then by the time I get to the altar, it’s a whole new dress.” The pair has been together since 2008 and share one child, David Otunga, Jr.

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


ICE CUBE CONFIRMS FRIDAY IS COMING BACK!

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

RICK ROSS PREPS JAY-Z COLLABORATION

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

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

JAGGED EDGE FACING LAWSUIT FOR MISSING WEDDING

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

WATCH THE THRONE LYRICS TURNED INTO IFC FILM

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

MARY J BLIGE WILL WAIT TO SHOOT VIDEO FOR BEYONCE DUET

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

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

PITBULL, CHRIS BROWN ISSUES NEW VIDEO

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

LL COOL J REACTS TO NOT BEING INDUCTED… YET

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

· Do you think LL will eventually make it?

 JAY-Z HINTS AT MORE JOINT ALBUMS WITH KANYE WEST

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

12-12 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

12-18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena

PLIES FACING 10 MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT!

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

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

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

NAS REMEMBERS AMY WINEHOUSE

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

PHARRELL TO HELP SCORE 2012 ACADEMY AWARDS

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

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.”

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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.

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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.

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MARY J. BLIGE, FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE, JENNIFER HUDSON, KELLY CLARKSON AND MORE FOR VH1 DIVAS

Vh1 Divas returns this year and will pay tribute to the cities where soul gave birth to music’s most powerful classics and inspired today’s divas. Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence and the Machine, Kelly Clarkson and Jessie J will take the stage at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on December 19th to pay homage to Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. The Roots are confirmed as the house band for the night. The show will air on December 19th at 9 PM Eastern on Vh1, so be sure to tune in. Visit Divas.Vh1.com for more details.

BEYONCE TO RELEASE LIVE DVD 

Beyonce is set to release a live DVD next month. It’s called Live at Roseland and comes out, exclusively through Wal-Mart, on November 21st. Bey will also release a deluxe live DVD package on November 29th that features bonus behind-the-scenes footage, seven music videos from her 4 album and more.

SEX ABUSE CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST BIG SEAN 

Billboard reports that Big Sean accepted a plea deal for a misdemeanor count of unlawful imprisonment, after an incident in August following a concert in Buffalo, New York when a 17-year-old girl claimed he assaulted her. The deal means Sean has to pay a 750 dollar fine. The third degree sex abuse and forcible touching charges against him have been dropped. His lawyer tells XXLMag.com, “Mr. Anderson regrets any misunderstandings that occurred that day and reiterates he did not engage in any type of sexual misconduct.”

PITBULL, MARC ANTHONY & MORE ADDED TO LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS 

Pitbull and Marc Anthony will perform together at the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards next month. Ricky Martin will also perform on the big show and Usher will join Romeo Santos for their debut television performance together. The 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards airs live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on November 10th on Univision at 8 PM Eastern.

· Ricky Martin has three nominations: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Short Form Music Video for “Lo Mejor De Mi Vida Eres Tú.”

· Pitbull also is up for two awards: Best Urban Music Album for Armando and Best Urban Song for “Bon Bon.”

CHRISTINA MILIAN NAMED SOCIAL MEDIA CORRESPONDENT FOR THE VOICE 

Christina Milian has been named as the new Social Media Correspondent for the second season of NBC’s The Voice. The singer and actress will use social media to touch base with fans of the show and give insight into the backstage happenings. The singing competition returns for second season right after the Super Bowl on February 5th, 2012 at 10 PM Eastern on NBC. The show is hosted by Carson Daly and marks the return of Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as the vocal coaches.

· You can follow Christina Milian on Twitter @CMilianOfficial.

COLDPLAY COVERS RIHANNA 

Coldplay covered Rihanna’s latest single, “We Found Love,” during their performance on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. The British group collaborated with Rihanna on their song “Princess of China,” which is in the top five tracks on iTunes.

ROBIN THICKE DELAYS LOVE AFTER WAR

According to Rap-Up.com, Robin Thicke has delayed his fifth album, Love After War. The follow-up to 2009’s Sex Therapy was supposed to arrive on November 15th but will now come out on December 6th. The title track is currently available and his next single, “Pretty Lil’ Heart” featuring Lil Wayne, will arrive on November 8th.

· Nicole Scherzinger, Bow Wow, Taio Cruz, The Roots and T-Pain all release their new albums on December 6th.

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