Posts Tagged ‘ Swizz Beatz ’

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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.

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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?

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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.

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JAY-Z, TIMBALAND HEADS TO COURT OVER “BIG PIMPIN” LAWSUIT

We previously reported Jay-Z and Timbaland were accused of allegedly sampling “Khosara, Khosara” in their hit song, “Big Pimpin.’” The children of a Bollywood composer named Baligh Hamdy filed a lawsuit and a judge recently decided that he case will go to trial. Apparently Hova’s camp only secured the “economic rights” to the song to use the sample, but they did not get permission from Hamdy’s children to sample, loop and rhyme over the original song. While it’s unknown what damages the plaintiff is seeking, a judge wants the jury to decide if Hova profited from performing “Big Pimpin’” during his live shows.

SWIZZ BEATZ TO OPEN ART GALLERY

During an interview with Life + Times, Swizz Beatz has announced plans on opening an art gallery. The hitmaker, who enjoys painting in his spare time, revealed that the gallery will showcase work that he’s collected during his international travels. He explained, “I want my gallery to be for young up and coming artists from around the world that people wouldn’t easily discover,” he said. “I feel like I found the new [Andy] Warhol in Japan, the new [Takashi] Murakami in Hong Kong—not to compare their work so much but as far as [their] thinking outside of the box. I found a couple of sick artists in Africa, in Mexico too.” In related news, he’s working on his upcoming album, Haute Living, which will drop in 2012.

PLIES FOUND LIABLE FOR SHOOTING

We previously reported Plies was facing a 10-million dollar lawsuit stemming from a 2006 shooting inside a nightclub in Gainesville, Florida. We’ve now learned that he rapper and his brother were found civilly liable for the incident that led to five victims getting injured moments before Pies was scheduled to perform at the venue. After the jury deliberated for eight hours, the victims were given a total of 200-thousand dollars.

His lawyer Robert A. Rush previously 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.”

JANET JACKSON BECOMES FACE OF NUTRISYSTEM

According to her official website, Janet Jackson has announced that she’s the face of the weight loss company, Nutrisystem. The singer, who previously battled with yo-yo dieting and weight gain, is expected to appear in nationwide campaign with her success story. She said in a statement, “Dieting never worked for me, counting calories never worked for me, and denying myself the foods I love never worked for me. I needed a better plan, and I found it with Nutrisystem.” She said, “There are millions of women like me who want to be successful but don’t have the tools to do it on their own. I hope I can help inspire them.” The news comes just a few months after the icon released her latest book, True You, which is out now.

COMMON EXPLAINS WHY KANYE WAS LEFT OFF LP

During an interview with XXLMag.com, Common broke down the reason he failed to collaborate with Kanye West for his upcoming album, The Dreamer/The Believer. Since he’s been a longtime friend with ‘Ye, he wants everyone to know that the disc is being released on Warner Bros. He explained, “It’s on my own imprint as far as Think Common, yes, but I’m still G.O.O.D. Music-affiliated. That’s my family no matter what. Business-wise we just didn’t do the G.O.O.D. Music thing, but ‘Ye is my brother for good.” You can pick up The Dreamer/The Believer on December 20th.

Common’s last three albums, 2005′s Be, 2007′s Finding Forever and 2008′s Universal Mind Control, were all released via West’s G.O.O.D. Music.

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COMMON STREAMS ENTIRE ALBUM ONLINE

Before fans pick up Common’s The Dreamer/The Believer LP, the Chicago native is allowing everyone the chance to preview the disc in its entirety. He said he’s confident people will love and appreciate his ninth studio effort. The 12-track project was executive produced by No I.D. and features contributions from Nas, John Legend and poet Maya Angelou. Be sure to pick it up on Tuesday (12/20).

ASHANTI’S COMEBACK SINGLE WITH BUSTA RHYMES

Wanna know what Ashanti has been up to? The singer has just released a comeback single called “The Woman You Love” which features Busta Rhymes. According to Rap-Up.com, the song was released via Ashanti’s own label Written Entertainment. In addition, you can expect her untitled fifth studio effort to drop next year.

AMY WINEHOUSE TO BE HONORED BY VH1 DIVAS CELEBRATES SOUL

Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul will include a special tribute to Amy Winehouse. It was announced this week that Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine and Wanda Jackson will perform songs in honor of the late British singer. This year’s Divas will also pay tribute to the great cities of soul music, including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. Tune in to VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul to see the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Mary J Blige and more, Monday on Vh1 at 9 PM Eastern.

MADONNA SIGNS THREE ALBUM DEAL WITH INTERSCOPE RECORDS

Madonna has inked a three album deal with Interscope Records and will release her first album in five years in March. The first single from the effort “Gimme All Your Luvin,” will be released the last week in January before she takes the stage at the Superbowl Halftime show on February 5th. Madonna’s upcoming film W.E., which is nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, is scheduled for a wide release on February 3rd.

GUCCI TO DROP NEW MIXTAPE SOON

Now that Gucci Mane has been released from prison, he’s wasting no time to put out new music. Similar to T.I.’s recent announcement, fans can expect La Flare to issue a new mixtape called Gucci Classics 2, which will arrive on or before New Year’s Eve. As previously reported, Gucci just completed a six month sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of battery, two counts of reckless conduct and one of disorderly conduct.

RIHANNA SCORES SEVENTH STRAIGHT WEEK AT NUMBER ONE

According to Billboard, Rihanna matches her longest streak atop the Billboard Hot 100, as “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, spends a seventh week at number one. She had previously led for seven weeks with “Umbrella,” featuring Jay-Z back in 2007 and as a guest on Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” last year. LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” is locked at number two for the sixth straight week and is hot on Rihanna’s heels as it tops the on Digital Songs chart, selling over 149-thosuand downloads. Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain” remains at number three, while Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” leaps five spots to number four and marks her sixth top five hit from her Teenage Dream album. Flo Rida holds at number five with “Good Feeling.”

“We Found Love” also ties Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” for the longest run at the top this year. The last song to score a longer run at number one was Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK,” which lead the chart for nine weeks back in 2010.

LADY GAGA TOPS FEMALE EARNERS IN 2011

According to Forbes, Lady Gaga is music’s top-earning woman in 2011. Gaga earned 90 million dollars from album sales, touring and endorsements, which doubles the estimated earnings of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, who came in at number two and three respectively. Beyonce raked in a cool 35 million dollars to come in at number four, while Rihanna rounds out the top five with 29 million.

The numbers reflect earnings between May 2010 and 2011.

P!nk, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, Adele, Alicia Keys and Britney Spears round out the top ten.

Overall, U2 was Forbes’ top act in music, raking in over 195 million dollars.

STUDY FINDS WE DRINK MORE WITH LOUD MUSIC!

According to a U-K study, loud music makes people drink more alcohol. NME reports that research finds that alcohol tastes sweeter when loud music is playing and the noise makes it harder for people to work out how much they are drinking. Do you drink more booze when you’re at a loud concert?

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KREAYSHAWN COVERS COMPLEX

Kreayshawn graces the cover of Complex’s October/November issue and talks about her career beginnings and her current success. The Bay Area rapper stated, “I never made anything with the intention of signing a record deal. It was just for fun. The moment I realized I could get a record deal, was when I got a record deal. I didn’t see myself getting famous.” The “Gucci Gucci” fem-cee added, “People say, ‘You’re changing the game.’ I’m just being me. This is what I’ve been doing.” The issue hits newsstands on October 4th.

YELAWOLF ISSUES NEW VIDEO WITH LIL JON

To help get fans more excited about the upcoming release of his debut album, Yelawolf has issued the visual to his new single, “Hard White (Up in the Club).” The Lil Jon-assisted cut is the first offering from the rapper’s highly anticipated Radioactive LP, which is scheduled to arrive on October 24th via Shady Records.

SWIZZ BEATZ WORKING WITH CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

According to his official website, Swizz Beatz has landed a new role in helping designer Christian Louboutin create a signature sneaker. The fashion icon said of the hitmaker, “The wonderful thing to collaborate with someone like him is that you have no sense of boredom, no sense of exhaustion. It’s all great energy mixed with fun ideas.” He added that “Swizz is a colored mix of various influences” and that it was great working alongside him. Details about the new shoe are being kept under wraps, we’ll keep you posted.

· To keep up to date with Swizz, visit HauteLiving.com now

BIG SEAN WILL RECORD WHILE ON TOUR

Big Sean is gearing up for his I Am Finally Famous tour, but he’s also started working on his sophomore album. The G.O.O.D. Music artist told Rap-Up.com, “I already got one song for the next album. I’ma have a studio bus on this tour, so I’ma be bangin’ that s**t out every night.” Fans can expect Big Sean’s Finally Famous trek to begin on October 2nd in Asheville, North Carolina.

BEYONCE LOVES SHOPPING FOR MATERNITY CLOTHES

While promoting the launch of her new House of Deréon line, Beyonce recently spilled to CNN what she enjoys most about her pregnancy. The diva revealed how “difficult” it was to conceal her baby bump before she announced that she was expected her first child and added, “Now that I can be proud and excited about it, I’m having so much fun shopping. It’s great.” Bey went on to say that the sex of the child has not been revealed just yet and explained that she’s “so delighted” about sharing a child with her husband, Jay-Z.

· Beyonce has been nominated for two MTV EMAs, including one for Best Female! The MTV EMAs 2011 will air on Sunday, November 6th from Belfast, Ireland.

J COLE ADDRESS ALBUM LEAK 

We just got the chance to check out J. Cole’s new record, “Nobody’s Perfect” featuring Missy Elliot, as well as other songs that leaked from his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. He recently told Vibe.com how he feels about the songs coming out before the project hits stores. Cole stated, “I feel blessed. There’s been worse leaks than that so I understand it’s a part of the game, I always understood that. As long as people hear it together, it’s cool.” Be sure to pick up World: The Sideline Story next Tuesday.

· The disc is available for pre-sale on iTunes now.

RIHANNA TO DROP NEW SINGLE NEXT MONTH!

Rihanna will release “We Found Love” as the first single off her upcoming sixth album. The singer took to Twitter to make the announcement. The song was produced by Calvin Harris, who toured with RiRi earlier this summer, and will hit radio on October 11th.

· TWEET: Rihanna’s tweet: “NP: “WE FOUND LOVE. We in dis bitch! … ‘We Found Love’ is trending WORLDWIDE…!”

· Rihanna will appear on Coldplay’s new album, Mylo Xyloto, on the track “Princess of China.”

BOYZ II MEN ISSUE TRACKLIST FOR TWENTY

Boyz II Men are gearing up to celebrate their 20 years in the music industry by releasing a new album, aptly titled Twenty. The 21-track double disc includes smash hits as well as new material and boasts contributions from Charlie Wilson, Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Dallas Austin and Teddy Riley. While the LP won’t arrive until October 25th, you can check out the tracklist now:

1. “Believe”

2. “So Amazing”

3. “Put Some Music On”

4. “Slowly”

5. “More Than You’ll Ever Know” feat. Charlie Wilson

6. “I Shoulda Lied”

7. “Benefit of a Fool”

8. “Refuse to Be the Reason”

9. “One More Dance”

10. “Will You Be There”

11. “Flow”

12. “One Up for Love”

13. “Motownphilly”

14. “On Bended Knee”

15. “Four Seasons of Loneliness”

16. “Water Runs Dry”

17. “A Song for Mama”

18. “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”

19. “I’ll Make Love to You”

20. “End of the Road”

21. “Not Like You”

MTV EUROPE AWARD NOMINATIONS RELEASED 

In case you missed it, Lady GaGa leads the nominees up for the 2011 MTV EMAs with six nominations. Following close behind the pop star are Adele, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars, who each scored four nods, while Coldplay earned three. Be sure to catch the event when it airs on November 6th at 4 PM Eastern from Belfast’s Odyssey Arena. Visit the official website for the 2011 MTV EMAs for a full list of nominees.

· A new category is being introduced this year called Biggest Fans, which recognizes the most passionate fans of an artist.

TYRESE ISSUES NEW VIDEO FOR “STAY” 

Following the video for “I Gotta Chick,” Tyrese recently dropped the visual for his latest single, “Stay.” The clip includes a cameo from actress Taraji P. Henson, who portrays his love interest. In related news, the crooner’s new album, Open Invitation, will hit stores on November 1st.

NE-YO ENGAGED, EXPECTING ANOTHER BABY!

The news is out that Ne-Yo is not only expecting another child with his longtime girlfriend, Monyetta Shaw, but he’s also engaged! Us Weekly confirmed that this will be the singer’s second baby with Shaw, who delivered a healthy baby girl named Madilyn Grace in November 2010. The couple is expected to deliver next month.

BLACK EYED PEAS PREP CONCERT 4 NYC 

The Black Eyed Peas will perform in New York City’s Central Park on September 30th. The Concert 4 NYC was originally scheduled for June 9th, but was canceled due to extreme weather conditions. It will mark the first show in Central Park for the multi-platinum group. The concert will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation and its mission to fight poverty in New York City. Proceeds from the show will also fund the creation of three new sites for The Black Eyed Peas’ Peapod Academies in New York City.

· Individuals who won or purchased tickets for the June 9th concert who want to attend the September 30th show should watch for an email with instructions on how to claim replacement tickets for the concert. A small number of VIP tickets will be available for sale at BlackEyedPeas.RobinHood.org.

FALL ALBUM RELEASE SCHEDULE

Fans should begin marking their calendars as there’s a ton of great albums coming up this fall. We’ve compiled a list of projects that you should be on the lookout for – including Drake’s Take Care and Monica’s New Life. Here ya go:

September 27

J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story

Jason Derulo – Future History

October 11

DJ Drama – Third Power

October 24

Drake – Take Care

Yelawolf – Radioactive

October 25

Gym Class Heroes – The Papercut Chronicles II

Boyz II Men – Twenty

November 1

Wale – Ambition

Tyrese – Open Invitation

Dev – The Night the Sun Came Up

Maino – Day After Tomorrow

Justin Bieber – Christmas album

November 8

Lil Twist – Don’t Get It Twisted

Mac Miller – Blue Slide Park

November 15

Robin Thicke – Love After War

Nicole Scherzinger – Killer Love

Tyga – Careless World: Rise of The Last King

November 21

Mary J. Blige – My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act I)

Birdman – Bigga Than Life

Jay Sean – Freeze Time

November 22

Common – The Dreamer, The Believer

November 29

Monica – New Life

December 6

Melanie Fiona – The MF Life

Bow Wow – Underrated

Leona Lewis – Glassheart

T.I. Denied Legal Counsel -x- Swizz “Sexting” Another Woman -x- Gaga, Usher & U2 Performing for Clinton -x- Ice-T’s New VH1 Doc -x- MTV Music News


T.I. DENIED LEGAL COUNSEL IN PRISON

According to TMZ, T.I. just might have to serve the remainder of his sentence in prison – especially since he has not been allowed to contact his lawyer. The rapper’s lawyer told TMZ that The Federal Bureau of Prisons stated in letter that Tip is “not entitled to legal counsel.” Why? Well, apparently prison officials are still in the process of reviewing what led to him being re-incarcerated. As previously reported, the troubled emcee was released from prison and sent to halfway house only to be locked up again after he was caught conducting business with his manager while en route to the halfway house.

JAY-Z TO HOST CARNIVAL IN NYC

Jay-Z has announced that at the end of the month, he’ll host a lavish carnival-themed benefit for his Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. The New York Daily News reports that the event will help raise funds for people needing financial assistance to attain higher education. Taking place on September 29th, tickets can be purchased for a thousand dollars each via SCFCarnival.com.

· The benefit is being held at Pier 54 in New York City.

KANYE TO DROP WOMEN’S LINE AT PARIS FASHION WEEK

We previously reported that Kanye West was looking to release his first clothing line dedicated specifically for women. The mogul was initially looking to launch his line during New York Fashion Week, but HarpersBazaar.com reports Yeezy will debut his S/S 2012 collection at 9.30 PM on October 1st, during Paris Fashion Week.

· West recently interned at Fendi and launched a collection of scarves.

SWIZZ BEATZ CAUGHT SEXTING ANOTHER WOMAN?

Are things going bad between Swizz Beatz and his second wife, Alicia Keys? Several gossip sites are reporting that the hitmaker allegedly sent a naked picture of himself to a woman named Christina Elizabeth. Since Elizabeth recently lost her cell phone, Bossip.com reports their conversation has surfaced on the Internet. Swizz is yet to confirm or deny sending the pictures. We’ll keep you posted.

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WIZ KHALIFA AND AMBER ROSE NOT MARRIED

There were rumors going around that Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose secretly got hitched in Las Vegas last week. However, Billboard.com has learned that the pair has not exchanged vows. A source confirmed that they “were simply celebrating Wiz’s birthday with close family and friends in Vegas.” The pair has been dating for nearly a year now.

SUBMIT SONGS FOR MARIAH’S NEW ALBUM

Now that she’s gotten the hang of raising her twins, Mariah Carey is looking to begin recording her 14th studio album. Interestingly enough, the diva is allowing newer artists and up and coming writers to contribute to her next project. According to MusicXRay.com, an A&R agency that is representing Carey said in a statement, “Mariah Carey is working on her new studio album. Her label is looking for songwriters and producers that have impeccable talent to collaborate with.” To learn more about how you can get involved, SUBMIT YOUR MUSIC HERE!

DRAKE ENJOYED JOJO’S “MARVIN’S ROOM” REMIX

During an interview with Paper magazine, Drake gave his honest opinions of JoJo’s remix to “Marvin’s Room.” Drizzy admired the singer for “taking the time to write really potent new lyrics.” He added, “It was really shocking, I think, for her audience since throughout her career she’s been kind of stereotyped as this teen pop star and then she comes out with this different kind of substance.” Drake went on to say, “It’s very rare that people take your song and do it over like that.”

ICE-T TALKS NEW VH1 DOCUMENTARY

On Monday night, we got the chance to speak to Ice-T before the premiere of the Vh1 documentary Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation. The film, which includes interviews with Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Raekwon, follows the crack epidemic and shows rappers who traded the crack game and for the rap game. Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation premieres on Vh1 on Sunday at 10 PM Eastern.

· Ice-T is the film’s narrator and executive producer.

· The premiere was held at the Paley Center for Media in New York City.

PITBULL, DEMI LOVATO WIN ALMA AWARDS

Pitbull and Demi Lovato were among the winners at the 2011 ALMA Awards on Saturday night. The show honors Latino artists for their work in movies, TV and music. Lovato won for Favorite Comedy Actress, TV for Sonny With a Chance, while Pitbull won for Male Musical Artist. Jessica Alba and Antonio Banderas were also among the winners at the show, which will air on Friday at 8 PM Eastern on NBC.

· The 2011 Alma Awards were hosted by Eva Longoria and George Lopez and featured performances from Lovato, Pitbull and Gloria Estefan.

LADY GAGA, USHER & MORE FOR BILL CLINTON PARTY

Lady Gaga, Usher and Bono and The Edge from U2 are set to perform at party for former president Bill Clinton next month. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the event will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the William J. Clinton Foundation and takes place at the famed Hollywood Bowl on October 15th.

· The William J. Clinton Foundation has raised more than 10-billion dollars for HIV/AIDS treatment, economic empowerment, food aid and global health initiatives.

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LADY GAGA AND EMINEM WIN EMMYS

Lady Gaga and Eminem each quietly won an award at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday night. HBO took home an award for the Lady Gaga Monster Ball concert special and the Chrysler 200 commercial starring Eminem also took home a trophy. The commercial, titled Born of Fire, features the Detroit-born rapper driving through his hometown while his track, “Lose Yourself,” plays in the background. The Creative Arts Emmy show will air on the ReelzChannel on Saturday. The primetime Emmys will take place Sunday in Los Angeles.

CHRISTINA’S SEAT ON THE VOICE IS SAFE

According to various reports, Christina Aguilera’s position as a vocal coach on The Voice is secure, dismissing earlier reports that she would be fired after the completion of next season’s singing competition. A rumor about Aguilera’s proposed firing erupted after X17 Online reported that producers were unhappy working with her and planned to replace her in third season of the show. An NBC executive cleared the air saying, “There is absolutely no truth to the rumor.” Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green and Blake Shelton will all be back when The Voice returns on Sunday, February 5th, after the Super Bowl.

AMY WINEHOUSE WOULD HAVE BEEN 28 TODAY

Today would have been Amy Winehouse’s 28th birthday. The embattled singer passed away on July 23rd at her home in London, and while the official cause of death is yet to be announced, it’s been ruled out that it was the result of an illegal substance, and her father Mitch revealed that he believes she died from a seizure suffered while going through detox. In honor of her birthday, her final song, a duet with Tony Bennett of the classic “Body & Soul,” will be released today. Download it on iTunes.

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T.I. BACK IN FEDERAL CUSTODY

After only a day in the semi-real world following months in prison, T.I. is already back in federal custody because of an issue involving his trip from the Arkansas prison to his Atlanta halfway house on a luxury bus on Wednesday, according to T.I.’s lawyer, Steve Sadow.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirms to TMZ that the rapper checked into a federal penitentiary in Atlanta last night, because he allegedly misled prison officials into thinking he’d take a low-key mode of transportation from the prison to the halfway house — and a tricked out tour bus isn’t low-key.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ — when a prisoner is incarcerated in a low or medium security prison … prison officials can allow the inmate to use a private, unescorted mode of transportation to travel from the prison facility to the halfway house.

During the process of approving such a transfer, the prisoner must state specifically what mode of transportation he or she will be using. Our sources tell us … T.I. informed prison officials he would be taking some sort of van, but made no mention of the high-end, pimped out tour bus.

We’re told prison officials felt T.I. should have fully disclosed the nature of his party bus. Neither drugs nor alcohol were found on the bus.

T.I.’s wife tells TMZ … multiple prison officials actually saw the tour bus that picked up the rapper yesterday — and even took photos with T.I. in front of it — and NOBODY raised an issue.

Tameka “Tiny” Cottle tells us … when the tour bus rolled up to the Arkansas prison yesterday, prison officials “Walked him over, took pics and told him good luck in life.”

Law enforcement sources also told TMZ when the U.S. Marshals arrived at the halfway house to take T.I. back to prison, the halfway house honcho actually got into an argument with them, saying it was ridiculous to send him back for such an alleged violation. But the Marshals had their orders, and took T.I. back to the pokey.

Sadow tells TMZ, “We are awaiting the opportunity to quickly resolve whatever the issue may be that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has with T.I.’s method of transportation, bus, from Arkansas to Atlanta, so that T.I. can return to the halfway house to complete the remaining days of his sentence.”

T.I. was sentenced in October to 11 months in prison for violating his probation, but was let out early. He was to complete the rest of his sentence in the halfway house.

AND…

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING T.I. DID POST-PRISON?

Wanna know what T.I. did after he was released from prison? Well, according to TMZ, the rapper was treated to a home cooked meal prepared by his mother and his Aunt Lita. Since Tip must remain in a halfway house until his sentence is complete, his family brought over a hot plate of food – which included steak, collard greens and mac ‘n cheese. His auntie told the site that he was grateful for the “amazing” meal and revealed that he’s currently “in good spirits.” We can only imagine what his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, brought over.

AND…

T.I. TO RELEASE FIRST BOOK SOON!

We previously reported that T.I. was looking to publish his first book, but we had no idea that the project would hit stores next month! According to the AP, the rapper’s upcoming novel, titled Power & Beauty, is a “fictional tale about two childhood friends torn apart by dangerous dealings on the streets of Atlanta.” The book will be available sometime in October via Harper Collins.

KANYE TO BE JAY-Z’S CHILD’S GODFATHER?

Like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West is hoping to become a godparent to Jay-Z and Beyonce’s baby. According to MTV’s Buzzworthy, there are whispers that Yeezy just might become the godfather to the power couple’s unborn child. Though it’s not confirmed, we speculate that ‘Ye is probably on a short list that includes Bey’s sister, Solange, the couple’s favorite couple, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, as well as her former Destiny’s Child bandmate, Kelly Rowland and Hova’s partner in crime, Memphis Bleek.

BEYONCE TURNS 30 THIS WEEKEND!

It’s a great time for Beyonce. Not only has the Houston native released her fourth number one album and announced that she’s expecting her first child with Jay-Z, but the former Destiny’s Child singer is also tuning 30 years old on Sunday. While it’s unknown where the notoriously private entertainer will celebrate this year, we wish her a happy birthday with many more to come.

LIL WAYNE FAN JUMPS ON STAGE

Some people just can’t control themselves. This seemed to be the case for an unidentified Lil Wayne fan that jumped on stage with the mogul at one of his I Am Still Music tour stops. At the very end of his set, an unnamed male concertgoer shared the stage with Weezy for a total of four seconds before being tackled by a security guard at the Denver Comfort Dental amphitheater. Afterwards, Wayne simply shrugged and told the crowd, “You don’t want that you happen to you.” Check out the 15-second video online now.

KELLY ROWLAND BEGINS TOUR THIS MONTH

As we previously reported, Kelly Rowland has been tapped to join Chris Brown’s upcoming F.A.M.E. tour alongside T-Pain and Tyga. Since the 28-date tour begins September 12th in Toronto and wraps on October 30th inside Hartford, Connecticut’s XL Center. Visit Ticketmaster.com to score passes now.

CHRIS BROWN, PITBULL SEE SALES INCREASE 

Following his soaring performance at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, the song Chris Brown showcased has received a massive sales increase. His single, “Beautiful People,” is up 904-percent while “Yeah 3X” rose 149-percent shortly after the VMA’s aired. In addition, Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo experienced a 75-percent sales growth on the iTunes singles chart as well. In case you missed their performances, visit MTV.com to check them out now.

AND… 

CHRIS BROWN GETS ROLEX RETURNED

TMZ reports Chris Brown would love to give a handsome reward to the unnamed female fan who returned his 22-thousand dollar Rolex. His ultra expensive diamond-encrusted watch got lost during his VMA performance. Since the unidentified woman did not give her name, Brown’s rep is hoping she will contact his camp to receive personal thanks from the singer as well as backstage passes to his upcoming tour. We’ll keep you posted if and when the fan comes forward.

TYLER MEETS EMINEM IN IRELAND

It’s been a great week for Tyler, the Creator. Not only did the Odd Future ringleader take home Best New Artist at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, but he finally met and hung out with Eminem for the first time. The rap rookie ran into Slim Shady at the Tennent’s ViTal music festival in Ireland and posted a picture of them on his Twitter page. Tyler wrote, “F**kkkkk O My Atheist God. Goal List Check: I Told Him Relapse Was One Of The Greatest Albums To Me.”

· Em recently told MTV News that he likes Odd Future, saying, “I love it, I love the fact that they’re doing that. And the dudes can rhyme.”

DRAKE REACTS TO BEIBER’S “TURST ISSUES” REMIX

According to MTV, Drake was impressed with Justin Bieber’s recent remix of “Trust Issues.” However, if Drizzy had it his way, he would have liked the pop sensation to include all the curse words that were on the original. Drake stated, “I wish he would’ve left all the cuss words in it. I feel like that would’ve been so G, if he would’ve done all the swearing. I was excited when I heard he remixed it, because there was like a gang of swearing in that song. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re about to hear the transformation of Bieber.”

SOULJA BOY ISSUES NEW MIXTAPE

Soulja Boy is all about treating his fans to new music. Out of nowhere, the rapper dropped a new mixtape titled The Last Crown. The 18-track project includes collaborations with Lil B, Big Sean and French Montana. Be sure to download it today via his official website now!

TRACKLIST:

1. The Last Crown Intro

2. Hold You Down

3. Pretty Boy ft. Lil B

4. There He Go

5. What Up Dawg ft. French Montana

6. Money on Deck

7. Post Up

8. The Product

9. Young King

10. Swag Dat

11. Love Money

12. 2 Cupz

13. Back It Up

14. So Throwed

15. Don’t Stop

16. Pick Up The Phone

17. Private Jet

18. Soulja

SWIZZ BEATZ TALKS LIFE WITH ALICIA KEYS

During an interview with Uptown magazine, Swizz Beatz touched on what life is like with his second wife, Alicia Keys. The hitmaker shared that the first thing he does in the morning is “open the curtains and I’m thankful for another day. If my wife is next to me, it’s an instant hug and kiss. Get up, brush the teeth, do this, do that, and then it’s showtime!” He added that the one thing he’s learned from Alicia is “love.”

· The couple has been together for one year and share an 11-month old son, Egypt Daud Dean.

· Alicia recently told Glamour magazine the moment she fell in love. She stated, “I do remember the exact moment. If I told you, I would have to kill you, but it was something that he planned, and he planned it so beautifully and thoughtfully that in that moment I remember thinking to myself, Oh my God, I’m so in love with him.”

DMX PERFORMS WITH SCARFACE IN TEXAS 

DMX is slowly but surely finding a way to rebuild his music career. The rapper invited Scarface on stage with him on Wednesday night at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas. Both rappers just completed prison sentences on unrelated charges and stood side by side during X’s infamous prayer. Head over to HoustonPress.com to watch performance footage now.

CHRISTINA MILIAN TALKS NEW ALBUM 

According to Rap-Up.com, Christina Milian is speaking up about the status of her long awaited album. While the disc is no longer titled Elope, the singer stated, “I think I found my sound for this one,” The Dream’s ex-wife added, “It’s an entirely new album. I’ve gone through a lot since then, so it’s definitely a little more honest. It’s based on just living life and there’s more to talk about now. But it’s urban, it’s pop, it’s sexy, it’s fierce, and independent. It’s awesome.” The upcoming effort will be released via Interscope Records.

· Do you think the singer will include lyrics about her public divorce?

· In addition, Milian is negotiating a lead role in ABC Family’s half-hour comedy, Maid in Miami.

DMX Caught W/ Drugs Days Before Release x Ace Hood Recruits Chris Brown x DL Swizz’ Mixtape x MTV Music News


DMX CAUGHT WITH DRUGS, REMAINS IN PRISON

This is sad. TMZ reports DMX will remain in prison after he was recently caught with drugs. The rapper, who was scheduled to be released today (7/13), also violated numerous rules inside Arizona’s Yuma State Prison, including failing or refusing a drug test, unauthorized smoking and disorderly conduct. X will now have to stay locked up for an additional week, possibly longer.

· He spent seven months inside for probation violation.

FOXXY BROWN’S MOONING CASE GETS DROPPED

Do you remember when Foxy Brown was arrested after she mooned her neighbor? Well, according to the New York Post, the fem-cee has been cleared of all charges after her accuser, Arlene Raymond, refused to testify. Apparently, Raymond wanted to drop the case and put the matter behind her.

· As previously reported, Brown originally pleaded not guilty to these charges, refusing to comment on the matter.

· If she were convicted of the charges, she could have seen up to seven years in jail.

TAKE A TOUR OF PHARRELL’S HOME

Pharrell Williams invited W Magazine into his 14-million dollar home and allowed cameras to roll while he gave the grand tour. The hitmaker showed off his art collection, which includes Family Guy paintings and memorabilia. If you wanna check out his Miami mansion, visit FashionOnFilm.WMag.com.

LIL KIM ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE!

Just when we started to wonder if Lil Kim would ever drop another album, the Queen B has revealed that her new single, “Looks Like Money,” will be released very soon. The song will be a part of her first studio album in six years, which is rumored to arrive later this year. For now, you can check out her guest vocals on Monica’s new song, “Anything (To Find You)” featuring Rick Ross.

· Her last effort was 2005’s The Naked Truth, which debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart.

JILL SCOTT IS OVER CELIBACY, TALKS DATING

Jill Scott is 60 pounds lighter and loving the single life! The singer told Us Weekly that while she’s looking for the “right kind of love,” she admits, “The whole celibacy thing, you could throw that out the window.” However, in addition to avoiding one-night stands, Scott adds, “I don’t have physical intimacy until at least the fifth date. So I can get to know who I’m dealing with and they can get to know me. And with my schedule, five dates can take three or four months!”

· Scott has a one-year old son from her last relationship with her ex-drummer, Lil’John Roberts.

· Jill Scott’s new album, The Light of the Sun, is in stores now.

DOWNLOAD SWIZZ BEATZ’S NEW MIXTAPE NOW!

Swizz Beatz previously treated fans to new songs for his “Monster Mondays” campaign and now, the hitmaker complied those free tracks into one mixtape. Be sure to download the 26-song project, titled Monster Mondays Vol 1, today!

· The rapper’s upcoming Haute Living album will be available later this year.

· VISIT http://www.MonsterMondays.com to get the Mixtape!

Here’s the tracklist:

1. “DJ Play The Beat” Ft. Estelle

2. “Bang Bang” Ft. Pusha T x Pharrell

3. “King Tut” Ft. Rakim

4. “Ya’ll Don’t Really Know” Ft. Busta Rhymes x DMX

5. “Bad One” Ft. Busta Rhymes

6. Dirty Money – “Ass On The Floor” Ft. Swizz Beatz

7. “Hot Steppa #1” Ft. Eve

8. “We Keep It Rockin”

9. “Hustle Hard” Ft. Ace Hood

10. Alicia Keys – “Speechless” Ft. Eve

11. Rick Ross “The Transporter”

12. Kevin McCall – “Freaky I IZ” Ft. Diesel x Chris Brown

13. Musiq Soulchild – “Anything”

14. DMX – “Time To Get Paid”

15. Colin Smith –“ Love”

16. Nas – “Top Down”

17. Swizz Beatz Ft. Snoop Dogg x JR Reid – “Co-Pilot”

18. “Freaky”

19. Sean Cross – “Ready Ready” Ft. Swizz Beatz

20. Eve – “Man Down” (Rihanna Remix)

21. Swizz Beatz – “Live From Paris” (MGMT Freestyle)

22. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – “We Workin’”

23. “Earthquake”

24. Nicki Minaj – “Catch Me” Ft. Swizz Beatz

25. “Reebok Back” Ft. Rick Ross x Meek Millz

26. “My Hood” Ft. Jim Jones, Juelz Santana x Cassidy

CHRIS BROWN RECRUITED ON ACE HOOD’S NEW SINGLE

Chris Brown has teamed up with Ace Hood for the rapper’s new single, “Body 2 Body.” The song marks the third offering from Ace’s forthcoming third album, Blood, Sweat & Tears, which is slated to hit stores August 9th.

· Visit the emcee’s official website to check out the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League-produced song.

WATCH THE THRONE RELEASE DATE IS…

Unfortunately, fans who are looking forward to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s joint album, Watch The Thone, will have to wait a long time to hear the already completed project. According to the official Def Jam website, the highly anticipated effort won’t hit stores until July 6th, 2012! Keep checking out WatchTheThrone.com for more updates.

Remembering MJ x Kingston Leaves Hospital x MTV MUSIC NEWS


REMEMBERING MICHAEL JACKSON 

Saturday (6/25) marks the two year anniversary of the shocking and sudden death of Michael Jackson. The biggest pop star in history left us at the age of 50, while he was preparing for a big comeback tour. His funeral took place at the Staples Center in L-A and was a star-studded and solemn affair featuring performances from John Mayer, Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie.

· Do you remember where you were when you heard Michael Jackson died?

AND…

HERE’S DJ ROCKWELL’S MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE MIX – DOWNLOAD FREE FOR THE WEEKEND!

SEAN KINGSTON LEAVES THE HOSPITAL!

According to TMZ, Sean Kingston has just been discharged from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida. After the singer suffered critical injuries following a bad jet-ski crash in Miami over Memorial Day weekend, it took him only three weeks to make a full recovery. Doctors predicted it would take him at least a month and a half to leave the facility. The news comes just two days after Sean posted a picture on his Twitter page and told fans that he was “feeling much better.” No further details are known at this time.

GAME RECRUITS CHRIS BROWN ON R.E.D. ALBUM

For anyone who doubts if Game’s R.E.D. Album will be a winner, all you gotta do is check out his new Chris Brown-assisted single, “Pot Of Gold.” You can download the cut on iTunes on June 28th and look out for the West Coast rapper’s forthcoming disc on August 23rd.

· CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT! —-> http://www.xclusiveszone.net/2011/06/game-ft-chris-brown-pot-of-gold-mastered/

2012 GRAMMY DATE REVEALED!

Wanna known when the 54th annual GRAMMY Awards will take place? According to Billboard.com, the biggest night in music will be held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th. In addition, viewers can expect the GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live to air on November 30th.

LIL WAYNE SAYS HE DOESN’T LIKE “DEAR ANNE”

During an interview with XXL, Lil Wayne surprisingly revealed that he did not like the recently leaked song, “Dear Anne.” The Swizz Beatz-produced track was “actually a record for Tha Carter III.” Weezy explained, “I had been listening to it and didn’t like it. I don’t like it ‘cause the song, all the verses are old. And me being a perfectionist, I hate going with old verses.” In related news, Tha Carter IV arrives later this summer.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

JAMIE FOXX TO STAR IN NEW TARANTINO FILM

According to SingersRoom.com, Jamie Foxx has just landed a new role in a new film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The project is titled Django Unchained and the Oscar-winning actor will portray “a freed slave that works with bounty hunter to be played by Christoph Waltz.” Other actors attached to the project include Leonardo DiCapri and Calvin Candie. No further details are known at this time.

MINDLESS BEHAVIOR KICKS OFF NEW TOUR

We’ve just learned Mindless Behavior are scheduled to headline their first ever outing, which is being dubbed the Closer to My Dreams tour. The band, which consists of Prodigy, Roc Royal, Ray Ray and Princeton, will kick off their 16-date trek on July 7th in Los Angeles at the House of Blues and wrap it up on August 6th in Atlanta. On select dates, the boys will be joined by Tyga, Lil Twist, Trevante and Jawan Harris.

· For more information, visit MindlessBehavior.com.

SNOOP DOGG TO BE HONORED AT BMI URBAN AWARDS

We’ve just learned Snoop Dogg is scheduled to be honored as a BMI Icon at the 2011 BMI Urban Awards. The West Coast rap legend is being recognized for “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Since his 1992 debut, Doggystyle, the Dogfather continues to make new trends in hip-hop. The event takes place on August 26 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

· Previous BMI Icons include George Clinton, The Jacksons, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, The Bee Gees, Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana.

MISSY TALKS HEALTH PROBLEMS AFFECTING CAREER

In her upcoming episode of Vh1 Behind the Music, for the first time ever, Missy Elliot will talk about struggling with Graves Disease and being sexually abused as a child. The rapper said of her incurable aliment, “You live with it the rest of your life. I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad. I couldn’t even use a pen.” Viewers can expect the series to air new documentaries this August.

· According to WebMD.com, Graves Disease is one of the most common of all thyroid problems. It is also the leading cause of hyperthyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland produces excessive hormones.

NICKI MINAJ, BRUNO ADDED TO BET AWARDS LINE-UP 

According to BET.com, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars have officially joined the list of celebs that will appear at the 2011 BET Awards. In addition, Queen Latifah and Gladys Knight will reportedly attend the ceremony as well. Performers for the show include Beyonce, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Ace Hood, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Jill Scott, Trey Songz Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Alicia Keys. Be sure to tune in on June 26th at 8 PM Eastern when the ceremony airs live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

DIDDY SETTLES LAWSUIT FOR NYC SHOOTING

According to the New York Post, Diddy has finally reached a settlement with three victims that were injured inside a New York City nightclub 12 years ago. This happened to be the same incident that actually led to Shyne getting arrested and serving time for weapons passion. Puff reportedly paid one woman 1.8-million dollars and also gave two other club goers a combined total of 550-thousand. As previously reported, Diddy was hosting a party that ended with Shyne firing his weapon and injuring several bystanders.

· This incident was one of the main reasons that his then-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, broke off their relationship.

KELLY ROWLAND FITNESS DVD

We’ve just learned Kelly Rowland has shot her workout routine for a new fitness DVD. The “Motivation” singer got sweaty with trainer Jeanette Jenkins for the new workout, tape which will be available later this year. Visit ThatGrapeJuice.net for more.

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS PREMIERES “DIRTY DANCER” VIDEO

Enrique Iglesias premiered the music video for “Dirty Dancer” this week. The video features Usher and Lil Wayne in a club where girls “dirty dance” between performance shots of the artists. The song is Iglasias’ sixth single off his 2010 album, Euphoria.

· “Dirty Dancer” peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.

DAVID GUETTA ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM

David Guetta will release his next album, Nothing But The Beat, on August 30th. The “Where Them Girls At” producer will also be headlining this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas on Saturday and Electric Zoo in New York City on September 3rd. The next single from the album, “Little Bad Girl” featuring Ludacris and Taio Cruz, will be released on Tuesday.

· Guetta has over 1.2-million Twitter followers and over 20–million fans of Facebook.

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