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The Game ft. Kanye West, Trae The Truth, Z-Ro, Paul Wall & Slim Thug – Rollin’ [AUDIO]


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The Game eluded to the latest installment in the #SundayService series on my show last week, and said me being from Houston I’d like the song and what do ya know?! Here it is, Rollin’ featuring Kanye West, my Houston fam: Trae the Truth, Z-Ro, Paul Wall and Slim Thugga!

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MTV Music News


LIL WAYNE PROJECTED ALBUM SALES

According to XXLMag.com, Lil Wayne is looking to pull in impressive first
week sales despite being locked up in prison. The rapper’s newly released I
Am Not A Human Being EP is projected to sell over 90-thousand copies. The
set is only available digitally now but is estimated to move over
225-thousand units when it’s physically released in stores on October 25th.
The rapper may be serving time for weapons possession in New York’s Rikers
Island, but he can rest easy knowing fans still love and support him!

And…

LIL WAYNE’S BDAY LETTER FROM JAIL

On November 5th, Lil Wayne will be released from Rikers Island. Until then,
he continues to update fans on what he’s up to via his official page,
WeezyThanxYou.com. The rapper wrote on his 28th birthday about how it feels
to get older, his favorite card game to play in prison and how he is missing
his kids. Check out the full letter today!

KANYE PICKS RELEASE DATE

It looks like Kanye West has locked in a new release date for his upcoming
yet-to-be-titled fifth album. Rap-Up.com reports the “Power” rapper has
selected November 22nd to be the day that he drops his hotly-anticipated
project. The actual date falls in the same week as Black Friday, which is
the biggest shopping day of the year. West will go up against Nicki Minaj’s
Pink Friday, Ne-Yo’s Libra Scale, Akon’s Akonic, Lloyd Banks’ H.F.M. 2  and
Flo Rida’s The Only 1.

NICKI TALKS BI-SEXUALITY, GAY FANS

During an interview with Out.com, Nicki Minaj opens up about everything from
her musical influences to aspiring to out-sell male rappers. But more
importantly, she touches on her often-questioned sexuality and explains, “I
just don’t like that people want you to say what you are, who you are. I
just am. I do what the fuck I want to do.” The leading lady in Young Money,
who admits that her “Roman” alter-ego is a gay boy, also thanked her
homosexual fans for embracing her. Be sure to read the full interview HERE!

MISTRIAL FOR BUJU BANTON’S DRUG CASE

According to Billboard.com, Buju Banton’s drug case has reportedly been
declared a mistrial by a Florida judge. The reggae artist’s lawyer has
requested that the entertainer be released on bail after being held without
bond since his December 10th arrest. After five days of jury deliberation,
jurors failed to deliver a verdict connecting Buju to allegedly conspiring
to buy and distribute cocaine to an undercover police officer.

NICK CANNON IS PREPARED TO FIGHT EMINEM

According to CeleBuzz.com, Nick Cannon has challenged Eminem to take their
feud to the boxing ring at the Joe Louis Arena, which is located in Em’s
home city of Detroit. On his New York radio show, the funnyman stated that
the fight would finally end the feud over his wife, Mariah Carey. Cannon
also tweeted. “I don’t have nothing to lose! If I get beat up no one would
be surprised… It will just be more material for my stand up!”

*       A post on Cannon’s official site reads:  “The time has come! Boys
talk the talk, but men walk the walk. Nick has laid down the challenge to
meet Eminem in the ring. Nick and the rest of the crew on Rollin’ With Nick
Cannon think it’s time for the feud to be over once and for all. And to draw
Slim Shady out of hiding, Nick has decided to do it all for charity.”

*       Cannon has also set up a Facebook page to build excitement for the
unlikely event.

TREY TALKS SEX, LAUREN LONDON AND MORE!

To focus on promoting his latest Passion, Pain & Pleasure album, Trey Songz
recently revealed that he’s stopped drinking for 40 days. In addition to
committing himself to his craft, the ladies man opened up about his rumored
relationship status with actress Lauren London. Even though she’s already
met his mom, he feels they’re just friends and promises fans that he’s still
single. Head over to SingersRoom.com for the full interview and be sure to
grab your copy of Passion Pain And Pleasure in stores now.

FANTASIA ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES

We’ve previously reported that Fantasia has decided to team up with Eric
Benet and Kandi Burruss for a fall tour. According to SingersRoom.com, the
outing will kick off in November 4th at Virginia’s Landmark Theater and end
on New Year’s Day at St. Louis’ Fox Theatre. The tour will help further
promote the American Idol’s Back to Me album, the crooner’s long-delayed
Lost In Time LP and former Xscape member’s upcoming Kandi Koated effort.

*       Due to her suicide attempt, Fantasia told us she wasn’t able
to celebrate the success of her latest album, Back To Me.
However, she said in a press release that she’s “so excited about this
tour and having the chance to connect with my fans, the people that love me
and have been supporting me through everything.”

CHRIS BROWN READIES “DEUCES” REMIX

Chris Brown recently gave fans a sneak peek of the remix of his
chart-topping single, “Deuces,” during his Ustream session. The
revamped-record will now feature verses from Fabolous, T.I., Drake, Kanye
West and André 3000. You can expect the new version to premiere this Friday
and Breezy added, “We’re gonna shoot the video for that. The video’s gonna
be sick.”

*       The original song is currently number one on Billboard’s Hot
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

PAUL WALL ATTACKS FAN WITH MICROPHONE?

According to TMZ, Paul Wall lost his cool while performing at the Low Low
Car Show in San Antonio. The Houston native actually punched a fan with his
microphone after the unnamed victim gave Paul the middle finger. It’s
unknown if charges will be filed against the rapper. We’ll keep you posted
with further updates.

OBAMA LISTENS TO LIL WAYNE AND NAS!

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, President Barack Obama admits that his
personal aide has helped improved his “rap palate.” He added that “Jay-Z
used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a
little Lil Wayne.” Obama stated that his daughters, Malia and Sasha, “are
now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things.”

ROCK HALL ANNOUNCES 2011 INDUCTION NOMINEES

Yesterday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for 2011
induction.  Among the musicians in the running are Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi,
the Beastie Boys, Neil Diamond, the J. Geils Band, Tom Waits, Donovan, LL
Cool J and Donna Summer.  Now that the nominees have been selected, ballots
will be sent to the five-hundred rock hall voters, including previous
inductees.  Those voters will select who they think should be inducted and
the top vote getters will be announced in December.  Then, on March 14th in
New York City, this year’s crop will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame.  Learn more at RockHall.com.

DRAKE LEAKS “FANCY” REMIX

We got a preview of the remix to Drake’s “Fancy” when Mary J Blige joined
Drizzy on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards. Turns out the track was
initially meant to be on MJB’s next studio effort before Swizz Beatz passed
the track to the Canadians emcee. Luckily, fans can download the alternate
version of the record now!

Click HERE to hear Drake’s Fancy Remix!

WYCLEF JEAN RETURNS HOME TO REST

We previously reported Wyclef Jean was hospitalized for stress and fatigue
in a New Jersey hospital. A rep for the Fugees member said the musician will
remain there for part of the week; however his publicist announced that he’s
already returned home to “recuperate,” adding that he “will be back to work
in about a week, and until then the family requests that he be allowed to
genuinely rest.” The news comes after Jean was not permitted to run for
president of Haiti due to residency requirements.

*       Jean family said in a statement, “Wyclef Jean has had an extremely
grueling three months – truly an exhausting eight months, since the
earthquake when he recommitted himself to our homeland and his passion for
our people. He is currently suffering the effects of lack of sleep and
stress, global travel, even the endless public eye, and has asked that his
fans and supporters bear with him for the next several days as he regains
his physical health and stamina.”

KELIS DROPS “SCREAM” VIDEO

Just when you thought Kelis had already begun working on a new album, the
singer has released another single from her commercially disappointing
record, Flesh Tone. Nas’ ex-wife has premiered the video for “Scream.” Be
sure to visit her official website to view it now!

QUINCY JONES PRAISES AMY WINEHOUSE

Amy Winehouse has received some very kind words from a music legend.  In an
interview with Rolling Stone, producer Quincy Jones said that the embattled
singer-songwriter “has a great voice” and that she’s so much more talented
then almost anyone else, that it’s like “she’s from another planet.”
Winehouse and Mark Ronson teamed up to do a version of the song “It’s My
Party” on a tribute album for Jones.

NICOLE FROM PCD CONFIRMED ON THE X-FACTOR

Nicole Scherzinger will indeed be a judge when The X-Factor comes to
America.  According to Deadline.com, TV personality Piers Morgan has
confirmed that both the Pussycat Dolls lead singer and British pop star
Cheryl Cole will be joining Simon Cowell on the show.  Morgan joked that the
former American Idol judge “will love a couple of feisty brunettes fighting
over him.”

GAGA ADDS DATES TO 2011 TOUR

It’s a long way down the road, but Lady Gaga is already adding tour dates to
her 2011 Monster Ball trek.  The pop star has added six more shows in April,
and another in June.  See all the dates now at GagaDaily.com.

BLACK EYED PEAS PREP NEW ALBUM

The Black Eyed Peas scored one of the biggest albums over the past two years
with The E.N.D. The record is still selling over eight-thousand copies a
week and has already sold over 2.7-million copies since its release back in
June 2009.  According to Rap-Up.com, the Peas are preparing their new album,
titled The Beginning, which will arrive in November.  That effort contains
12 tracks with four songs produced by DJ Ammo, three by will.i.am and two by
David Guetta, who also produced their number one hit “I Gotta Feeling.”  The
Black Eyed Peas will resume their The E.N.D. World Tour in Mexico tomorrow
before heading to Brazil for eight shows.  The Beginning is due out on
November 30th.

BRUNO MARS & MAROON 5 TOP iTUNES CHART

Bruno Mars has the most-downloaded song on iTunes this week with “Just the
Way You Are.” Far East Movement’s “Like a G6” featuring Cataracs & Dev flies
to number two and lands at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this
week, marking the L-A-based band’s first top ten hit.  Rihanna’s “Only Girl
(In the World),” Nelly’s “Just a Dream and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”
round out the top five.  Maroon 5 top the iTunes album chart with their new
effort Hands All Over, followed by Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give,
John Legend and The Roots’ “Wake Up!,” A Thousand Suns from Linkin Park and
Santana’s Guitar Heaven – The Greatsest Guitar Classics of All Time.

MTV MUSIC NEWS


T.I. GUEST FEATURED ON KANYE’S NEW ALBUM

According to RapRadar.com, DJ Drama spilled the beans that T.I. will
definitely appear on Kanye West’s highly anticipated album, Good Ass Job.
Tip recently returned from traveling all the way to Hawaii to record in
studio with Ye. Further details surrounding the collaboration are sparse.
<WM>

*       Good Ass Job lands in stores on September 14th.

RIHANNA TO STAR IN UPCOMING ACTION FLICK!

According to Variety, Rihanna is gearing up for her first feature film. The
pop princess has reportedly signed on to appear in an action film called
Battleship. Alongside True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch,
she will assist in attempting to save the planet from a “superior force.” Ri
Ri’s acting credentials include her recent SNL skit with Adam Samberg and
portraying herself in 2006’s Bring It On: All Or Nothing. Hancock’s Peter
Berg will direct the film, which is slated for a May 2012 release. <WM>

And…

RIHANNA COULDN’T RESIST EMINEM COLLAB

If you listen closely, Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” single is all about
domestic violence…a topic that Rihanna felt compelled to be a part of. The
songbird told Access Hollywood she wanted to do the duet because “it’s
something that, you know, we’ve both experienced, on different sides,
different ends of the table.” Ri Ri stated Em “pretty much just broke down
the cycle of domestic violence and it’s something that people don’t have a
lot of insight on.” She added, “The lyrics were so deep, so beautiful and
intense. It’s something that I understood, something I connected with.” The
video for “Love The Way You Lie” will premiere this week. <WM>

DMX TO RETURN TO PRISON?

MTV News reports DMX has turned himself into Los Angeles authorities to
begin a 90 day sentence stemming from a 2002 driving infraction charge. The
rapper spoke with MTV before surrendering and stated he wants to “get that
over with. It’s one of the first steps in regaining everything I lost.” The
rapper adds his “relationship with God has gotten so much stronger. He’s
always had his hand on me…Now that I’m actually listening and being
obedient, life is so much better.” X was just released from Maricopa County
Jail in Phoenix three weeks ago. <WM>

TIME LINE OF DMX’S LEGAL ISSUES

In 1999, DMX was arrested but later cleared of charges for a stabbing during
his Hard Knock Life Tour in Boston, Massachusetts.

On October 11th, 1999, DMX was arrested for assaulting a police officer
while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The officer needed 13
stitches in his head and DMX was sentenced to two months in prison.

In the summer of 1999, DMX, along with his wife, were arrested and charged
with animal cruelty and possession of drugs and weapons. DMX successfully
bargained his sentence down to probation, fines and community service.

In March of 2000, he was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation of a
vehicle, speeding, driving without a license, failure to signal and
possession of marijuana in Cheektowaga, New York. He was sentenced to 15
days in jail and a 400 dollar fine.

In 2001, DMX was arrested again for driving without a license and possession
of marijuana. His appeal to reduce this sentence was denied and he was then
charged with assault for allegedly throwing objects at prison guards.

In 2002, he pled guilty to animal cruelty of having 13 neglected pit bulls
in his possession and also entered rehab to treat his addiction to drugs.

In June 2003, he was arrested for using inappropriate language during a
performance at St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean. The country’s
Information Minister alleged that a contract had been signed by DMX stating
that the show would be without foul language on stage. DMX was released on
bail of 376 dollars.

In June 2004, he was arrested again at JFK Airport in New York on charges of
possession of cocaine, criminal impersonation, criminal possession of a
weapon, criminal mischief, and driving under the influence while claiming to
be a federal agent and attempting to carjack a vehicle. He was given a
conditional discharge on December 8th, 2004 but pled guilty on October 25th,
2005 to violating his parole.

On November 18th, 2005, DMX was sentenced to 70 days in jail for violating
his parole. He was released from jail early on December 30th, 2005 for good
behavior.

In May 2006, he was arrested at a London airport for causing a disturbance
after he refused to put his seat belt on. He was later released with a
warning.

 By December 31st, 2008, DMX had pleaded guilty to charges of drug
possession, theft and animal cruelty and was sentenced to 90 days.

On May 22nd, 2009, he entered a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to
attempted aggravated assault.

Facts about DMX compiled with the help of Wikipedia.com, NextGenBoards.com
and Slumz.BoxDen.com

B.O.B. TO PLAY FREE CONCERT!

We’ve just learned B.o.B. is scheduled to play a free 90 minute showcase in
Atlanta, Georgia this weekend. The DJ Drama-hosted concert will be held at
Center Stage and begins promptly at 7 PM. But here’s the good news for fans
not in the area, if you can’t attend, you can watch the show as it streams
live on MySpace at 9 PM Eastern. Visit MySpace.com/MSLive to learn more!
<WM>

PAUL WALL UNFAZED BY POOR ALBUM SALES

Paul Wall isn’t stressing over the sub-par first week sales for his latest
album, Heart Of A Champion. The Houston native told BallerStatus.com that
he’s just “blessed to have another album come out.”  He added, “I’m blessed
to be able to do what I love to do: make music.” The rapper explained that
he’s “financially straight” and doesn’t have to “depend on the royalty
checks” to survive. In fact, he makes most of his money from touring “365
days a year” and his jewelry store. Paul’s LP debuted at number 58 on the
Billboard 200, with less than eight-thousand units sold. <WM>

COMMON TO APPEAR IN NEW AMC DRAMA

After recently starring opposite Queen Latifah in Just Wright, Common has
landed a new acting gig. The rapper will appear in the AMC network’s
forthcoming drama series Hell on Wheels. According to Deadline.com, he will
portray “a half black, half white, freed slave” working on the
Transcontinental Railroad. Common was chosen due to his ability to bring “a
layered intensity to a very complex role.” So far, he is the only actor
attached to the series. <WM>

FAT JOE RECRUITS R KELLY ON THE DARKSIDE

Now that Fat Joe has finally released his latest album, The Darkside Vol 1,
he hopes fans will fall in love with one of his favorite songs on it. Here’s
what Joey told us:

“Gotta joint with R Kelly, it’s called ‘How Did We Get Here,’ which
is so amazing man, it’s just telling the tale of my life and just
everybody’s life in the hood, in the ghetto, a story of triumph.”

The Darkside Vol 1 is available now. <WM>

TRINA RELEASES VIDEO FOR “WHITE GIRL”

Trina has released the visual for her new song, “White Girl” featuring Flo
Rida and Git Fresh. The track is the official second single from her latest
disc, Amazin’. Head over to the rapper’s website to watch the video now.
<WM>

TIDBIT Since May 4th, Amazin’ has sold over 80-thousand copies.

NEW SONG FROM NE-YO

Ne-Yo has just released a new song called “Hurt Me.” The Stargate-produced
track is said to be featured on his highly anticipated Libra Scale effort,
which hits stores September 21st. Head over to YouTube now for your first
listen.  <WM>

RICK ROSS JUMPS ON NICKI’S “YOUR LOVE”

Rap-Up.com has gotten its hands on the remix to Nicki Minaj’s hit single,
“Your Love.” The revamped track includes a newly added verse from Rick Ross
and maintains Nicki’s original vocals. It’s unknown if the revised version
will appear on the Young Money artist’s debut album – which will arrive on
November 23rd. <WM>

Ncki Minaj ft. Rick Ross “Your Love Remix”

CHRISTINA MOVES FORWARD WITHOUT THE DREAM

It seems that Christina Milian is handling her divorce from The Dream pretty
well. The signer was spotted with and tennis superstar Serena Williams at
the Madeo restaurant in Los Angeles on Monday night. In addition, one of
Milian’s most recent tweets was about seeing Inception, which she described
as a “phenomenal movie” that “you must go see.” This comes just weeks after
news broke that her ex-husband filed for divorce nine days before she gave
birth to the couple’s first child together. <WM>

CASSIE PERFORMS IN ST. TROPEZ

While some might wonder what’s the current status of Cassie’s oft-delayed
Electro Love album, she performed at the VIP Room in St. Tropez over the
weekend. It’s unknown what songs she showcased, but you can check out
pictures from the event on ConcreteLoop.com. <WM>

*       Cassie’s three singles from her forthcoming project, “Official Girl”
with Lil Wayne, “Must Be Love” featuring Diddy and “Lets Get Crazy”
featuring Akon, have all failed commercially. Electro Love is slated for an
early 2011 release.

IDOL EYES JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

American Idol has some big changes in store for its tenth season.  The age
limit has been dropped to 15 and Simon Cowell will not be returning to his
famed judges’ seat.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, after two years
away, former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is close to signing a deal to
return to the show.  THR is also reporting that Fuller is adding to the list
of new judge candidates, a wish list that includes singers Justin
Timberlake, Chris Issak, Elton John and Harry Connick, Jr.  Lythgoe left
Idol after the seventh season.  <JC>

LLOYD READIES KING OF HEARTS ALBUM

Lloyd took to his Twitter account to announce some great news. The “Girls
Around The World” singer is hard at work on a new album tentatively titled
King of Hearts. The crooner tweeted the project will be a “masterpiece” once
it’s completed. As yet there is no confirmed release date for the follow-up
to 2008’s Lessons in Love. <WM>

CHRISTINA’S STRUGGLES

Christina Aguilera’s new single “You Lost Me” hasn’t made much of a splash.
The song is nowhere to be seen on the Mediabase Pop Charts or the Billboard
Hot 100.  Her new album, Bionic, is currently at number 60 on the Billboard
album chart and has sold just over 200-thousand copies since its release six
weeks ago.  According to ThatGrapeJuice.net, “You Lost Me” currently sits at
number 224 on the iTunes download chart. <JC>

JAY SEAN REVEALS SINGLE COVER

British singer-songwriter Jay Sean has released the official cover for his
new single, “2012” featuring Young Money artist Nicki Minaj. The track is
the first serving off his untitled upcoming album – which drops on November
2nd. Check out Jay Sean’s hot new single cover at ThatGrapeJuice.net!  <WM>

MTV Music News


EMINEM SCORES FOURTH STRAIGHT WEEK ON TOP

Eminem’s Recovery album will remain at number one on the Billboard album
chart for a fourth consecutive week, selling 195-thousand copies, according
to Nielsen SoundScan.  It’s the first album to notch four straight weeks at
the summit since Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream spent six consecutive weeks
at number one.  Korn’s Korn III: Remember Who You Are bows at number two,
selling over 63-thousand copies.  Drake’s Thank Me Later album slides one
spot to number three, Newsboys debut at number four with Born Again, while
Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 holds at number five.  Sting’s Symphonicities
starts at number six, Jerrod Niemann bows at number seven with Judge Jerrod
& The Hung Jury, Hellyeah lands at number eight with their new album
Stampede, M.I.A.’s Maya album comes in at number nine and The Twilight Saga:
Eclipse soundtrack drops six rungs number ten.  <JC>

EMINEM SCORES NUMBER ONE HIT!

Eminem will post the first back-to-back Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers of
his career as “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna debuts at number one
today.  According to Billboard, the rapper debuted atop the Hot 100 in May
with “Not Afraid,” the introductory single from his current number one album
Recovery.  Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg slips to
number two after spending the past six weeks at the summit.  Meanwhile,
“Airplanes” by B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams holds at number three, Taio
Cruz’s “Dynamite” leaps two spots to number four, and “OMG” by Usher
featuring will.i.am slips one notch to number five.  <JC>

* “Love The Way You Lie” is Eminem’s fourth number one song on the
Billboard Hot 100 chart.  His others are: 2002’s “Lose Yourself,” which was
number one for a whopping 12 weeks, last year’s “Crack a Bottle” with Dr.
Dre & 50 Cent,  and “Not Afraid.”

* The song marks Rihanna’s seventh number one track since first
appearing on the chart since back in 2005, the most by any artist during
that time span.
* “Love The Way You Lie” is number one on the Digital Song chart,
scoring over 352-thousand downloads this week.

DRAKE PREPARES FOR OVO FESTIVAL IN TORONTO

Billboard.com reports Drake is looking to create a tradition for the first
annual OVO Festival. The one day event will take place inside Toronto’s
Molson Amphitheatre on August 1st and will include performances from Drizzy,
Bun B, Young Jeezy and more. The Young Money standout said in a statement,
“I truly believe this is entertainment at a level that the city has never
seen before. I’m hoping that it is a safe and magical night.” Visit
Ticketmaster.com to score passes now. <WM>

GO BEHIND SCENES FOR DRAKE’S “FANCY” VIDEO

Drake is allowing his fans the chance to see what it was like shooting the
video for his new single, “Fancy.” The Anthony Mandler-directed clip was
shot this week and includes cameos from T.I. and Swizz Beats. Visit MTV.com
today for the exclusive footage. <WM>

http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/539663/drake-swizz-beatz-and-ti-get-fancy.jhtml#id=1644056

NICKI DEBUTS “YOUR LOVE” VIDEO

Nicki Minaj has released the video for her new single, “Your Love,” which is
the second offering from upcoming debut album. While her yet-to-be-titled
disc won’t arrive until November 23rd, you can visit MTV.com to watch the
fem-cee in action – literally! <WM>

http://www.mtv.com/videos/nicki-minaj/539759/your-love.jhtml#id=1518071

* The Annie Lennox-sampled song recently topped Billboard’s Rap Chart.

PAUL WALL’S HEART OF A CHAMPION MISSES TOP 50

Paul Wall’s Heart of a Champion album entered the Billboard 200 chart at
number 58. The disc, which was executive produced by Travis Barker, sold
76-hundred units. In addition, C-N-N’s long-awaited The War Report 2: Report
the War album claimed number 104 with only 46-hundred copies sold in the
first seven days. <WM>

TREY SONGZ EXCITED FOR PASSION TOUR

As he gets mentally prepared for his upcoming Passion, Pain & Pleasure Tour
alongside Monica, Trey Songz can’t believe how far he’s come. When we last
spoke to the R&B heartthrob, we learned why he refuses to give his fans
anything less than 100 percent at each show.   The tour
kicks off on August 6th at Alabama’s Civic Center Theatre. Fans can get VIP
balcony tickets for 55 dollars, while general admission tickets are only 45
bucks.  Be sure to score passes today via Ticketmaster.com. <WM>

CHRISTINA AGUILERA’S NEW VID

Christina Aguilera has released her new video for “You Lost Me.”  The clip
for the Sia-penned ballad from her latest album Bionic was directed by
Anthony Mandler, who has directed videos for Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Drake
and many others.  Go to Vevo.com now.  <JC>

T.I. JOINS M.I.A. FOR VIRGIN MOBILE FEST

We’ve just learned T.I. has signed on to perform during the Virgin Mobile
FreeFest. The rapper will be joined by Ludacris and M.I.A. on September 25th
at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The free event will
also include showcases from Joan Jett, Chromeo, Matt & Kim, Jimmy Eat World
and the Temper Trap.  Visit VirginMobileFestival.com for more information.
<WM>

JOE BUDDEN TO RELEASE BOOK

RapRadar.com reports Joe Budden is gearing up to release his first book,
titled Enter The Mind Of Joe Budden. According an online description of the
project, “The limited edition lyric book will provide fans a closer look at
his personality and his songwriting methods.” The book will be available on
August 30th. <WM>

PHARRELL CHANGES MIND ABOUT RHEA

Pharrell announced last year that a female singer named Rhea was joining
N.E.R.D. According to BallerStatus.com, the frontman changed his mind
because he realized “she needed her own band to do the kind of music that
she does, which is R&B.” Pharrell is reportedly producing Rhea’s debut album
and says “it’s turning out incredible.” In addition, N.E.R.D.’s new album,
Nothing, to drop September 7th.  <WM>

USHER ISSUES VERSUS AND RVR DELUXE TRACKLIST

UrbanBridgez.com reports Usher has released the official tracklistings for
the double-disc deluxe edition of Raymond V Raymond and his forthcoming
Versus.  Both albums will be available online and in stores August 24th.
<WM>

Raymond V Raymond Disc 1

1. Monstar

2. Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)

3. There Goes My Baby

4. Lil’ Freak (ft. Nicki Minaj)

5. She Don’t Know (ft. Ludacris)

6. OMG (ft. will.i.am)

7. Mars Vs. Venus

8. Pro Lover

9. Foolin’ Around

10. Papers

11. So Many Girls

12. Guilty (ft. T.I.)

13. Okay

14. Making Love (Into The Night)

Raymond V Raymond Disc 2

1. Love ‘Em All

2. DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love featuring Pitbull

3. Hot Toddy featuring Jay-Z & Ciara

4. Lay You Down

5. Lingerie

6. Get In My Car featuring Bun B

7. Somebody To Love (Remix) featuring Justin Bieber

8. Stranger

Versus tracklist

1. Love ‘Em All

2. DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love featuring Pitbull

3. Hot Toddy featuring Jay-Z & Ciara

4. Lay You Down

5. Lingerie

6. There Goes My Baby

7. Get In My Car featuring Bun B

8. Somebody To Love (Remix) featuring Justin Bieber

9. Stranger

FAT JOE DESCRIBES THE MOOD OF NEW ALBUM

With guest features from Cam’ron, Clipse, Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy, Fat Joe
aims to show his gritty side on The Darkside: Vol 1. Don’t expect any
bubble-gum, pop songs. Put simply, the Bronx native told us what the vibe of
the project is sounding like.

“I’m just hard man, I’m not gonna lie to you, street, hip-hop,
raw.”

His upcoming tenth album will arrive on Tuesday. We have a feeling this
might be his best project to date! <WM>

FACTS ABOUT FAT JOE’S ALBUMS

  • Represent, Fat Joe’s first album, released in 1993, debuted at number 46 on

Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. His single, “Flow Joe,” took the 89th spot
on the Hot 100 chart and the 62nd spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
chart.

  • In 1995, Jealous One’s Envy took the 71st spot on the Billboard 200 and made

the top ten at number seven on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His single,
“Envy,” ranked number 76th on Billboard’s Hot 100.

  • His 1998 album, Don Cartagena, was the first of his albums to rank in the

top ten – taking seventh place on the Billboard 200, and second on the
R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The single “Don Cartagena” came in at number 40 on
Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

  • In 2001, Jealous One’s Still Envy (J.O.S.E) placed at number 21 on the

Billboard 200 and number six on the R&B/Hip-hop Albums chart. “We Thuggin”
was number 15 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and on Radio Songs. The other single,
“What’s Love,” was much more successful, ranking at number two on
Billboard’s Hot 100 and Radio Songs. It also ranked at number three on the
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Pop Songs chart.

  • In 2002, Fat Joe’s fifth album Loyalty ranked at number 31 on the Billboard

200 and at number 11 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart during its first week.
His single, “All I Need,” was number 86 on Billboard’s Hot 100, number 35 on
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and number 21 on Rap Songs.

  • In 2005, Fat Joe released All or Nothing. This album became his first number

one on the Rap Albums chart and also took the number six spot on the
Billboard 200 and the number two spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The single,
“Get it Poppin,” came in at the number nine spot on the Hot 100, the 17th
spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the seventh spot on Radio Songs, the tenth
spot on Digital Songs, and the sixth spot on Rap Songs.

  • Fat Joe’s 2006 album, Me, Myself and I, took the 14th spot on the Billboard

200, the third spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums list, and the second spot on
the Rap Albums chart. The single, “Make it Rain” placed at number 13 on
Billboard’s Hot 100, number six on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, number 13 on Digital
Songs, number four on Ringtones, and number two on the Rap Songs chart.

  • The Elephant in the Room, Fat Joe’s eighth studio album, ranked at number

six on the Billboard 200 and number three on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
His single, “I Won’t Tell,” came in at number 12 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
chart.

Jealous One’s Still Envy 2 (J.O.S.E.2), Fat Joe’s most recent album, was his
first and only album that didn’t rank on the charts.

Facts about Fat Joe compiled with the help of Billboard.com

RIHANNA SWITCHES GEARS FOR NEXT ALBUM

According to SingersRoom.com, Rihanna’s follow-up to Rated R will be less
edgy and more pop driven. Her rep released a statement explaining, “She
loves her fans and is trying to make the best album possible. It will be a
return to her pop roots but will have enough variety to please all her true
fans.” Ri Ri won’t release any more singles from Rated R. It’s currently
unknown when she’ll complete her next studio album. <WM>

JENNIFER HUDSON MAKES PROGRESS FOR WINNIE

In addition to recording her sophomore album, Jennifer Hudson is also
focusing on her latest film project, Winnie. The singer and Terrence Howard
have reportedly already shot scenes, including a wedding ceremony, on
location in South Africa. In the biopic, J Hud portrays Winnie Mandela, the
ex-wife of Nelson Mandela – who is played by Howard. IMDB.com reports the
film is expected to open early next year. <WM>

SOULJA BOY HARD AT WORK ON DEANDRE WAY

Now that he’s released his new single, “Pretty Boy Swag,” it’s easier to see
where Soulja Boy is headed on his next album. When we last spoke to the
young emcee, he told us that the project will be an overall improvement from
his last two discs.

“I just wanna show the public that what we focusing on this album
is growth and development as an overall artist as far as lyrics and beats.”

The DeAndre Way will be released on Soulja Boy’s 20th birthday, July 28th.
<WM>

SEAN KINGSTON TALKS!

Last week, we reported Sean Kingston was being accused of sexual assault by
two women, but police said the case was not credible.  The charges have been
dropped and TMZ cameras caught up with Kingston while he was out in Los
Angeles, taking a break from his tour with Justin Bieber.  Kingston told
them the allegations were a rumor and that he is innocent. <JC>

*       DIRECT LINK TO VIDEO:

<http://www.tmz.com/2010/07/21/sean-kingston-sexual-assault-innocent-video/>
http://www.tmz.com/2010/07/21/sean-kingston-sexual-assault-innocent-video/

MEGAN FOX TO BE IN EMINEM VIDEO?

Director Joseph Kahn recently confirmed on Twitter that he’s shooting
Eminen’s “Love The Way You Lie” video. In addition to Rihanna being included
in the clip, there are rumors that actress Megan Fox and Lost’s Dominic
Monaghan will play the two leads in the clip. EOnline.com reports the two
actors will shoot steamy scenes together. The single is off Em’s Recovery
album, which has sold over 1.4-million copies in five weeks. <WM>

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE DIRECTS TEQUILA AD

Justin Timberlake, who stars in the upcoming Facebook movie The Social
Network, recently went behind the camera to direct an ad for his 901
Tequila.  According to E! Online, Timberlake cast the brother of his
ex-girlfriend, Jessica Biel, in the ad.  Biel’s bro, Justin, works at the
tequila company in real life and in the commercial, appears in a party scene
that takes place at The Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.  <JC>

MARK RONSON SPEAKS ABOUT AMY WINEHOUSE

Mark Ronson wants very badly to be a part of Amy Winehouse’s forthcoming
album, the follow-up to the ultra-successful Back to Black.  According to
British paper the Daily Record, the producer said they recently did a song,
so they are “definitely working together,” and he hopes “to work on her
album.”  Winehouse recently said that the effort should be released sometime
in 2010. <ZS>

7/13 = HEART OF A CHAMPION


Paul Wall’s HEART OF A CHAMPION is in stores TODAY! I need the WORLD to go out and support Paul’s 5th and latest project!  Sometimes I put albums/songs up for y’all to enjoy early, but this is the HOME TEAM, so I need y’all to actually BUY this one!  Click HERE to get it now!

REVIEWS:

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SLANTMAGAZINE.COM

MTV MUSIC NEWS


FAT JOE RESPONDS TO SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

After TMZ broke the news that Fat Joe is being investigated for allegedly
sexually assaulting a 33-year-old woman, the rapper’s lawyer denied the
claims in the following statement <WM>:

“Rapper Joseph Cartagena, known as Fat Joe, members of his entourage and
security staff were briefly questioned by members of the Madison, Wisconsin
Police Department who were investigating false allegations made by a woman
who initially posed as a fan and later claimed to be the victim of an
assault after demanding money.  At no point did Mr. Cartagena or any member
of his entourage assault or have any improper contact with the woman. It is
truly unfortunate that false allegations such as these cause the public to
doubt the claims of actual victims of sexual assaults.”

*       The unidentified woman claims the rapper and his entourage harassed
her with “inappropriate touching” inside a Cadillac limo following a
concert. Joe was questioned and later released.

*       No arrests have been made, authorities are still investigating.

JAY-Z SUED FOR UNPAID PRIVATE JET FEES?

According to TMZ, Jay-Z is facing a lawsuit from Air Platinum Holdings for
failing to pay his private jet expenses. The mogul reportedly owes the
airline company over 100-thousand dollars in travel costs, international
fees, taxes and catering bills. Hova used the plane for 55 hours of service
but only paid for 37 hours of it, leaving a hefty bill of 137,485 dollars.
The rapper has not yet responded to the suit. <WM>

PAUL WALL DROPS 100 POUNDS

Paul Wall is looking a lot slimmer these days. During an interview with
BallerStatus.com, the rapper revealed that he decided to undergo surgery
when he reached 320 pounds. The Houston native says he (quote) “lost 100
pounds, so I’m back at my fight weight. I’m ready. The champ is back.”  Wall
endured gastric sleeve surgery and admits “it saved [his] life.” The rapper
is currently promoting his upcoming album, Heart of a Champion, which drops
July 13th. <WM>

NE-YO REMEMBERS MICHAEL JACKSON

It’s really hard to believe that June 25th will mark one year since Michael Jackson passed away. We caught up with Ne-Yo to get his reactions on the death anniversary of one of his biggest musical inspirations. ContactMusic.com reports a theater in London’s West End has announced they’ll be paying tribute to the late King of Pop on Thursday. A
plaque honoring Jackson will be unveiled and the cast of the Michael Jackson’s inspired production Thriller Live! will sing a song called “Speechless,” which was recorded by Jackson shortly before he died. <WM>

DRAKE LEAKS THREE NEW BONUS SONGS

In addition to releasing his much-hyped Thank Me Later album, just for his
fans, Drake has leaked three new songs called “Greatness,” “Still Got It”
and “You Know, You Know.” Head over to RapRadar.com for your first listen!
In related news, Drizzy’s debut disc is expected to claim the number one
spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The project is estimated to open with over
500-thousand units sold. <WM>

STREAM THE-DREAM’S NEW ALBUM LOVE KING

The Dream is on top of his game for his upcoming third studio album, titled
Love King. On MySpace.com, the hitmaker is now streaming what’s rumored to
be his last disc. The project, which includes “Make Up Bag” featuring T.I.,
will hit stores on June 29th. <WM>

http://www.myspace.com/thedreamteam

BUN B CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO HEAR TRILL O.G.

We knew Bun B was hard at work on his upcoming Trill O.G. album, but we
didn’t expect the UGK member to recruit such great talent on the disc. The
rapper, who is notoriously picky about who he works with, teamed with
T-Pain, Jeezy, Drake and many more on his third studio effort. The LP is set to arrive on August 3rd. <WM>

TRILL O.G. TRACKLISTING:

“Church”

“Trillionaire” Ft. T-Pain

“Just Like That” Ft. Young Jeezy

“Put It Down” Ft. Drake

“Right Now” Ft. Pimp C, 2Pac and Trey Songz

“Countin’ Money All Day” Ft. Gucci Mane and Yo Gotti

“Ridin’ Slow” Ft. Slim Thug

“Speak Easy” Ft. Twista and Cedric The Entertainer

“Lights, Camera, Action”

“”I Get Down For Mine”

“No Competition” Ft. Raekwon

“Let ‘Em Know”

“All A Dream” Ft. Latoya Luckett

“It’s Been A Pleasure” Ft. Drake

LIL WAYNE AVOIDS TIME FOR ARIZONA DRUG CASE

Lil Wayne has reportedly reached a plea agreement where he won’t serve
additional time stemming from a 2008 drug case in Arizona. The Yuma Sun
reports Weezy pled guilty in exchange for having all charges, including
narcotics possession, dismissed. Instead of adding time to the rapper’s
current jail sentence at Rikers’ Island, Wayne is expected to receive 36
months probation for the Arizona case. <WM>

ALICIA AND SWIZZ RECEIVE AFRICAN BLESSING

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz recently participated in a traditional Zulu
ceremony in Africa for their unborn child. According to Times LIVE, the
recently engaged couple received a blessing under “the healing tree,” which
represents good fortune and health. We asked DJ Envy how he feels about the
pair becoming one.

“Truthfully I think it’s great and I think it’s great to find your
soul mate in life and I think that when you find that soul mate, whether you
go through not having soul mates five times, whether you marry five times,
and it just not happen, or just not getting along, but I think when you find
that something special I don’t think anybody could take that from you. I
think what they have is special and I wish them the best. I know people that
say whoa, he was with this person, he was with that person. Well if it
didn’t work, it didn’t work, they got a divorce, it’s time for both parties
to move on. I think what they have is very special and I wish them the
best.”

Alicia is currently five months pregnant. The newborn will be the singer’s
first child and the producer’s second. <WM>

JANELLE MONAE TO BE HONORED

According to SingersRoom.com, Janelle Monae will be on hand to receive the
prestigious Vanguard Award during the 23rd Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul
Awards. The honor is only given to artists whose impacts on musical genres
“help shape the future of American music.” The “TightRope” singer will be
joined by Dr Dre, who will reportedly receive the coveted Founders Award.
The event takes place this Friday in Los Angeles. Congrats! <WM>

KATY PERRY WANTS RIHANNA TO STRIP!

Katy Perry and Rihanna have been palling around since last year – but now
Perry hopes the two will become even closer. According to the New York Daily
News, Perry told a Chicago radio station that she wants Rihanna to strip for
her at her upcoming bachelorette party.  Perry added that she hopes RiRi
would be willing to go completely nude for her pre-wedding festivities.
<JC>

LADY GAGA FINISHED WITH NEXT ALBUM

There are not a lot of details out there about what Lady Gaga’s next album
will sound like, but she says it’s already finished.  She told Rolling Stone
magazine that she’s been working on the effort for months and that she feels
very strongly that the album is finished.  The record won’t be released
until early in 2011, but Gaga added that she plans on announcing the title
of the album at midnight on New Year’s Eve.  The 24-year-old said she’ll
also get a tattoo of the album cover and send out a photo of the artwork.
Gaga graces the latest cover of Rolling Stone magazine wearing a bra
constructed from machine guns, a thong and her signature heel-less hot pink
“Bad Romance” shoes.  The issue hits newsstands tomorrow.  <JC>

*       GAGA BEING GAGA:  Lady Gaga said she has no intention of ever
letting fans see her as Stefani Germanotta stating, “If I were to ever, God
forbid, get hurt onstage and my fans were screaming outside of the hospital,
waiting for me to come out, I’d come out as Gaga.” Gaga went on to say she
hopes to model her personal life after the late Michael Jackson explaining,
“Michael got burned, and he lifted that glittered glove so damn high so his
fans could see him, because he was in the art of show business. That’s what
we do. I don’t even drink water onstage in front of anybody, because I want
them to focus on the fantasy of the music.”

*       Lady Gaga will launch the second leg of her North American Monster
Ball Tour on June 28th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

And…

Lady Gaga is the number one requested concert in Los Angeles, according to
Stubhub.com.  The website compiled a list of the top five most requested
tickets in the Los Angeles-metropolitan area.  Gaga tops the list, followed
by Muse, Roger Waters, Dave Matthews Band and Justin Bieber.  Lady Gaga will
perform two shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on August 11th and
12th, while Bieber plays the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live on July 20th.  <JC>

SEAN KINGSTON REHEARSALS!

Sean Kingston will kick off one of the biggest tours of the summer with
Justin Bieber tomorrow in Hartford, Connecticut.  The Jamaican singer
invited Rap-Up TV on set of his tour rehearsals in Los Angeles, where he ran
through his hits including “Me Love,” “Face Drop” and more.  Kingston said
he is bringing out Iyaz to guest for most of the dates on the tour and that
Bieber better be ready for some pranks.  Sean says he is a fan of putting
hot sauce in the mouth of anyone who falls asleep and he also has plenty of
shaving cream out on the road.  <JC>

*       VIDEO: Check out video of Sean Kingston rehearsing here:
<http://www.rap-up.com/2010/06/22/exclusive-on-set-of-sean-kingstons-tour-re
hearsals/>
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earsals/

MTV MUSIC NEWS


ARTISTS REMEMBER TUPAC SHAKUR

Today marks the birthday of the late Tupac Shakur. If the rapper were alive,
he’d be turning 39 years old. On September 13, 1996, the rap legend died
from internal bleeding stemming from a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas;
however his presence is still felt.  We will never forget the contributions Pac
made to hip hop, rest in peace.<WM>

 EMINEM EXPLAINS NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

Emimen openly recalled his drug-related near death experience with CNN’s
Showbiz Tonight. After revealing that he was near “two hours” away from
dying, Slim Shady admits “it took awhile to admit [he] actually did have a
problem.” As far as being in denial, the rapper explained “the last thing
you want to do in hip-hop is admit that you’re weak. But if I didn’t admit I
was weak with this certain thing I was going to die.” In related news, Em’s
Recovery album was pushed up one day and will now drop on Monday June 21st.
<WM>

PRINCE TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Prince is expected to receive this year’s BET Lifetime Achievement Award
during the BET Awards! The singer, who joins previously recipients like
Chaka Kahn and Whitney Houston, is being honored for his contributions in
music. The 2010 BET Awards will include performances from Drake, Kanye West,
Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, T.I. and more. Hosted by Queen Latifah, the event
will broadcast live from Los Angeles on June 27th at 8 PM Eastern. <WM>

PRINCE RELATED FACTS AND HONORS:

*       To date, the singer has recorded ten platinum albums and created 30
Top 40 singles.

*       His 1984 album, Purple Rain, sold more than 13-million copies in the
U-S and spent 24 consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard charts.

*       The singer won an Academy Award for the film he starred in, also
called Purple Rain.

*       In 1993, he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol and became
“The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.”
*       He married his back-up singer and dancer, Mayte Garcia, on
Valentines Day in 1996. Together, they had a son named Boy Gregory, who was
born with Pfeiffer Syndrome and died a week after birth.

*       In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine named Prince the highest earning
musician in the world, with an annual income of 56.5-million dollars.

*       In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
also ranked number 28 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
list.

*       The artist was listed in Time Magazine’s 2010 annual ranking of the
100 Most Influential People in the World.

*       He has won seven GRAMMY Awards and one Golden Globe.

 B.O.B. DEBUTS “AIRPLANES” VIDEO

The wait is over. B.oB. has finally released the video for his hit single “Airplanes” featuring Paramore’s Hayley Williams. The rap star told us that nobody can match William’s vocal ability or her great personality. It seems like everyone can’t get enough of the song. This is the second single lifted from the rapper’s debut album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray and is currently number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Check out the clip via BOBATL.com now. <WM>

 TREY TITLES NEXT LP, LEAKS “TAKE YOU HOME”

Just one day after announcing his summer tour with Monica, we’ve learned
Trey Songz has already titled his upcoming fourth studio album. The “Say
Ahh” singer has named project Passion, Pain & Pleasure – which shares the
same name as his tour. In addition, ConcreteLoop.com has gotten a hold of a
new song called “Take You Home.” The Timbaland-produced track could
potentially make the tracklisting for Passion, Pain & Pleasure, which drops
on September 14th. <WM>

*       SONG LINK:  <http://www.zshare.net/audio/772417486b031be1/>
http://www.zshare.net/audio/772417486b031be1/

 GET A GLIMPSE INSIDE DRAKE’S LIFE!

Drake will take over MTV with an hour long documentary film called Drake:
Better Than Good Enough. The Young Money rapper will allow cameras to delve
deep into his lifestyle and show fans what it’s like to be him. Taped during
his Away From Home tour, the documentary will show sides of Drizzy you’ve
never seen before. Be sure to catch Drake: Better Than Good Enough when it
airs on Wednesday, June 23rd at 10 PM Eastern on MTV. <WM>

DRAKE TALKS ANDRE 3000 REJECTION

During an interview with Vibe magazine, Drake spilled that there was one
feature he was hoping to get on his Thank Me Later album. Drizzy says he
“really tried” to collaborate with Andre 3000, but he was denied because the
Outkast rapper is very selective. The Young Money star explains 3-Stack
feels Drake needs to “prove” himself.  Drake added that he hopes to work
with Dre on his second album. In any case, Thank Me Later is available now.
<WM>

NICKI MINAJ ADDRESSES “MASSIVE ATTACK” FLOP

No matter how you look at it, Nicki Minaj’s “Massive Attack” single flopped.
And she knows it. In an interview with Vibe magazine, the fem-cee explained
that her Sean Garret-assisted song was “important” because it wasn’t what
“everyone thought [she] was gonna do.” Lil Wayne’s protégé added, “People
close to me have their preferences. Their favorite Nicki thing and I have to
stand up sometimes and block out the noise.” The rapper is currently pushing
her second single, “Your Love,” from her upcoming debut album. <WM>

KERI HILSON SPILLS ON NEXT ALBUM

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.”

The title and first single have not yet been announced. You can check out
Miss Keri Baby on T.I.’s new song, “Got Your Back,” from his F**k A Mixtape
project. <WM>

WIN STUDIO TIME WITH T-PAIN!

Retailer Anchor Blue and fashion line Swagger Like Us are offering music
fans the chance to record a song written and produced by T-Pain. During the
Can You Rock? campaign, aspiring artists can submit demos from July 15th to
August 26th for the opportunity to win studio time with the GRAMMY Award
winner. If you’d like more information, visit AnchorBlue.com today. <WM>

 PRIORITY RECORDS CELEBRATES WITH SNOOP!

To celebrate Priority Record’s 25th anniversary, Snoop Dogg will reportedly
release a new album titled Snoop Dogg Presents: My #1 Priority. The project
will include 17 classic tracks from the likes of Eazy-E, Mack 10, Ice Cube
and N.W.A. While the disc won’t be available until July 13th, Yahoo! Music
will stream the music for free beginning July 6th up until the release date.
Visit Music.Yahoo.com to learn more. <WM>

GENUWINE READIES NEW ALBUM

In an interview with ABC News, Genuwine opened up about his upcoming album,
titled Elgin. The “Last Chance” singer intends to “let the fans in on [his]
personal life” on his seventh studio effort. The follow-up to 2009’s A Man’s
Thoughts is slated for release later this year. <WM>

DOWNLOAD NEW PAUL WALL MIXTAPE!

To help his fans get ready for the release of his Heart Of A Champion album,
Paul Wall has dropped a new mixtape called Sole Music. The rapper told
BallerStatus.com that the mixtape was designed “to get people pumped up for
the album.”  Heart Of A Champion lands on July 13th – which signifies the
same area code as his hometown of Houston. Download Sole Music for free via
MixtapePass.com now.

50 CENT CAN’T SELL OUT ARENAS?

50 Cent’s fan base is slowly dwindling. The mogul performed at Houston’s
Arena Theater and only filled 50 percent of the venue. The historic theater
holds a maximum capacity of 2,750 people. In any case, XXLMag.com reports
the attendance did not deter Fif from performing all of his hit songs
alongside Tony Ya-Yo. Visit ThisIs50.com to learn when the rapper will be in
a city near you. <WM>

USHER, B.O.B. ON ITUNES CHARTS

Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg is the top downloaded
song on iTunes this week.  B.o.B’s “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams is
at number two, followed by Usher’s “OMG” featuring will.i.am and Travie
McCoy’s “Billionaire” featuring Bruno Mars.  Glee: The Music: Journey to
Regionals is the top album, followed by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
soundtrack, Christina Aguilera’s Bionic, Jack Johnson’s To The Sea and Glee:
The Music, Vol. 3 – Showstoppers.  <JC>

LADY GAGA CONFRONTS PERSON WITH CAMERA

Lady Gaga got caught making an obscene gesture at a baseball game last
weekend, and it seems as if that wasn’t the only incident that she had.
According to the New York Post, the pop star got mad at someone in a
restaurant for taking a picture of her, and a source says that Gaga “pushed
her security team out of the way to confront the shutterbug and demanded he
delete the photo.”  The person who took the pic obliged, and Gaga went back
to eating. <ZS>

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