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Weekend Music News -x- Wiz Khalifa Stole Black & Yellow? -x- Man Stabbed Over Jay-Z & Beyonce Marriage -x- The Dream’s New Single and MORE!


KANYE ANNOUNCES NEW COMPANY VIA TWITTER

On his official Twitter page, Kanye West announced plans to launch a new a design company named DONDA. Named after his late mother, Dr. Donda West, the mogul’s new venture will “galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce their dreams and ideas.” ‘Ye wrote, “DONDA will be comprised of over 22 divisions with a goal to make products and experiences that people want and can afford.” Head to his Twitter page to learn more.

T.I. CONFIRMS SECOND SEASON OF REALITY SHOW

During a recent interview, T.I. reportedly confirmed that Vh1 renewed his hit reality show, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, for a second season. He previously said that the show is so important to him because it helps people get a better understanding of who he really is. While it’s unknown when the second season will premiere, you can check out new episodes of T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle on Mondays nights at 9 PM on Vh1.

T.I.’s highly anticipated album, Troubleman, is due out in March.

RIHANNA SELLS MANSION FOR $5 MILLION

According to the Los Angeles Times, Rihanna recently sold her mansion in Beverly Hills. The “We Found Love” singer, who forked over 6.9-million dollars to buy the home, sold her estate for 5.03-million. The 8,520-square-foot house includes eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a media room, den, three fireplaces and a pool and sits on over three-quarters of an acre.

MAN STABBED FOR NOT KNOWING BEYONCE AND JAY-Z ARE MARRIED

A 48-year-old man in Ohio was reportedly stabbed by another man for not knowing that Beyonce is married to Jay-Z. The suspect, Ronald Deaver, is said to have pulled out a knife following an argument outside his apartment on December 31st. While the victim is currently in good condition, Deaver was arrested and charged with felonious assault. Wow.

ESTELLE ANNOUNCES ALL OF ME TOUR

According to her official website, Estelle has announced the dates for her upcoming All Of Me tour. The British singer will begin her 14-city outing on February 2nd in Cleveland and will wrap on February 24th in Boston. Her third album, All Of Me, arrives on February 28th.

Here’s the full list of dates:

Feb. 2 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues (Cambridge Room)

Feb. 3 – Chicago, IL – Double Door

Feb. 4 – Cincinnati, OH – Mixx Lounge

Feb. 6 – Kansas, MO – The Riot Room

Feb. 8 – San Diego, CA – Anthology (2 shows)

Feb. 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Key Club

Feb. 10 – San Francisco, CA – New Parish

Feb. 14 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues (Cambridge Room)

Feb. 15 – Houston, TX – House of Blues (Peacock Room)

Feb. 16 – Austin, TX – Antones

Feb. 18 – Birmingham, AL – The Wine Loft

Feb. 19 – Atlanta, GA – CenterStage

Feb. 21 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

Feb. 24 – Boston, MA – Regata Bar (2 shows)

COMMON JOINS LINEUP FOR BET HONORS

According to AllHipHop.com, Common is scheduled to participate in this year’s BET Honors. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the Chicago native is expected to perform and alongside previously announced acts Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin. The ceremony will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, film director Spike Lee, legendary poet Maya Angelou and more. Be sure to tune in when the fifth annual show airs February 13th at 9 PM on BET.

Willow Smith and actors Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard will also make appearances.

The rapper’s critically acclaimed album, The Dreamer, The Believer, is out now.

WIZ KHALIFA ACCUSED OF STEALING “BLACK & YELLOW”

According to HipHopDX.com, Wiz Khalifa is being accused of stealing his smash single, “Black & Yellow,” from another Pennsylvania artist. The rap rookie is now facing a lawsuit for allegedly stealing the concept from Max Gregory Warren’s 2007 track “Pink N Yellow.” Since the record reached triple-platinum status, Warren is seeking over 2.3-million dollars in damages for copyright infringement, civil conspiracy and unjust enrichment. We’ll keep you posted as to how this plays out.

But sources close to Wiz Khalifa claim that he did not steal the concept for “Black and Yellow” from songwriter Max Gregory Warren. According to TMZ, a source said, “Wiz has never heard of this guy … it’s just a plot that happens all the the time to rappers to get money.

This is just some no-name rapper who wants to get paid.”

Here’s the song just in case you wanna hear it… actually, if you listen to the bells and basics of the song… hmmmmm. Well, music and comedy has always “borrowed” or “taken” someone’s material and made it better and made more money, happens all the time!

UPDATE ON NICK CANNON’S HOSPITALIZATION

We recently reported that Nick Cannon was hospitalized for having kidney failure and now, Mariah Carey has updated People.com on her husband’s current condition. The diva explained, “As always, he’s in good spirits considering the situation. We are hopeful that he’ll be 100 percent as soon as possible. We really appreciate everybody’s love and support.” Cannon, who is “in a lot of pain,” shared on Twitter that he was being moved from an Aspen, Colorado hospital to one in Los Angeles. We’ll keep you posted.

THE DREAM RELEASES NEW SINGLE

According to Rap-Up.com, The Dream has issued a new song called “ROC,” which serves as the lead offering his upcoming project, The Love, IV: Diary of a Madman. You can check out the song now and you’ll be able to pick up the hitmaker’s fourth studio album later this year.

MONICA GIVES UPDATE ON NEW LIFE

During an interview with the Miami Herald, Monica spilled new details about her upcoming album, New Life. The singer said of the disc, “I’m reinventing myself in some aspects, but keeping old factors that are more engaging to the audience who have been kind enough to support me all these years.” She also said that she titled the project New Life because she’s “grown and learned.” Led by the Missy Elliot-produced first single “Anything (To Find You),” her seventh studio LP is slated to drop on February 21st. Fans can pre-order the disc on January 16th at Amazon.com.

Will you be buying the album?

QUESTLOVE NAMES TOP ALBUMS OF 2011

According to the Associated Press, Questlove recently shared his top five albums of 2011. The Roots’ bandleader felt the best projects came from The Weeknd, Adele, Wyatt Cenac, The Lonely Island and Jay-Z & Kanye West. The drummer said of the latter, “Watch the Throne is one of those records, I told people ‘You’ll be back in a month and a half. People were like, ‘Whatever.’ All of a sudden, now, it’s like ‘Oh, this is my album!’”

Do you agree with his list? What were the best albums of 2011?

RIHANNA IS THE BEST-SELLING DIGITAL ARTIST OF ALL TIME!

The 2011 music report is out and Rihanna is the top selling Digital Artist of all time selling over 47-million singles, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She tops the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Kanye West and Britney Spears.

THE TOP SELLING DIGITAL ARTISTS:

1. Rihanna – 47,571,000

2. Black Eyed Peas – 42,405,000

3. Eminem – 42,290,000

4. Lady Gaga – 42,078,000

5. Taylor Swift – 41,821,000

6. Katy Perry – 37,620,00

7. Lil Wayne – 36,788,000

8. Beyonce – 30,439,000

9. Kanye West – 30,242,000

10. Britney Spears – 28,665,000

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Drake Goes Platinum -x- Nicki Minaj’s “Stupid Hoe” -x- T-Pain Credits Jay-Z for Success -x- apl.de.ap Gives Back -x- MTV Music News


DRAKE GOES PLATINUM WITH TAKE CARE!

Drake continues to make his haters sick as his sophomore album, Take Care, has reportedly reached platinum status. We’re sure the feat means so much to the rapper, who recently told us that he took control over his career with this project. This marks Drizzy’s second consecutive LP to sell over a million copies. Up next, Drake will kick off his Club Paradise tour next year on February 14th in Miami. Congrats!

J. COLE PREPARED HIMSELF FOR GRAMMY LET DOWN

Even though J. Cole was recognized in the Best New Artist category for the 2012 GRAMMY Awards, the rapper told LA Times’ Pop & Hiss that he certainly didn’t expect to be nominated. He shared, “I wasn’t thinking people had seen what I had done, so I had already kind of prepared myself for the letdown. But it caught me off guard,” he said. “It would be incredible to win. That’s an understatement … since I didn’t even expect to get nominated. But I’m not walking in there with the attitude that I’m the guy [to beat].” He is reportedly going up against The Band Perry, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver.

His debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story opened at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

NICKI MINAJ DROPS “STUPID HOE”

After leaking “Roman In Moscow,” Nicki Minaj has released a new song called “Stupid Hoe.” The fem-cee name drops Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Anniston and once again declares herself as the female Weezy. While you can download the tune via iTunes now, fans should look out for her much anticipated sophomore effort, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which arrives on Valentine’s Day 2012.

Are you feeling the song? Do you think Nicki has showed any growth?

UPCOMING ALBUMS TO CHECK FOR IN 2012

It’s been a great year for hip hop. Aside from great projects, including Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV, music lovers should know that there’s a nice lineup of material scheduled for 2012. Check out the highly anticipate projects for the New Year:

December 31

Waka Flocka Flame – Triple F: Friends, Fans, & Family

January 17, 2012

Juvenile – Rejuvenation

January 24, 2012

Ja Rule – Pain Is Love 2

January 30, 2012

Kid Cudi x Dot Da Genius – W Z R D

February 14, 2012

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

February 21, 2012

Monica – New Life

March 2012

T.I. – Trouble Man

Chris Brown – Fortune

April 2012

Cam’Ron – Untitled

BRANDY IS INSPIRED BY FRANK OCEAN

According to BET.com, Brandy knows that the end of 2011 will bring her that much closer to releasing the follow-up to 2008’s Human. The singer, who is working on her sixth studio effort, is working with Frank Ocean and says they have “great chemistry.” She explains, “We both understand music in the same ways,” she told BET. “To work with him on this album was great as well, and I hope I can get in [the studio] with him some more because his music is just so moving; I’m inspired by him. I think he’s a great artist and he hasn’t even touched on what he will touch on in the future.” Led by her new song, “Silent Night,” her upcoming effort will arrive in March 2012.

THE DREAM WON’T PRODUCE CIARA’S NEXT ALBUM

While many fans a wait for news surrounding Ciara’s next album, we’ve just learned The Dream won’t be contributing to the project. The hitmaker, who executive produced her Basic Instinct LP, confirmed on Twitter after someone asked if he will put his “all into it” like he has for Beyonce and Rihanna. Terius responded with, “Sorry but no I won’t be on this album because my contract doesn’t allow me to. I’m sure her fans are happy about that.” In addition, its currently unknown when the singer’s Epic Records debut will hit stores, we’ll keep you posted.

Are you interested in Ciara’s next album? Do you think she can make a big comeback?

T-PAIN SAYS JAY-Z MADE HIM FAMOUS

T-Pain believes in giving credit when credit is due. According to Rap-Up.com, the singer explained why he has tons of respect for Jay-Z, shortly after he released his anti-Auto-Tune anthem “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).” Teddy stated, “The crazy thing is, and a lot of people don’t see it like this, but if you really look at it, he made me famous,” he explained. “A lot of people see this as a bad thing, but it only made me more famous because no one knew who he was talking about. If I can be in Jay-Z’s category at the end of the day, I am fantastic. I love it.” In related news, his fourth album rEVOLVEr is out now.

LADY GAGA, ELTON JOHN, WILL.I.AM ON OSCAR SHORTLIST

The Oscar nominations are not officially announced until January 24th, but the short list for the Best Original Song has been released. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 39 songs vying for the big prize at the Academy Awards next year. Two of Elton John’s Gnomeo & Juliet tracks — including his Lady Gaga duet, “Hello Hello” — made the list, along with multiple tracks from The Muppets. Will.i.am’s Rio track, “Hot Wings,” Mary J. Blige’s “The Living Proof” from The Help, and Zooey Deschanel’s Winnie the Pooh track, “So Long,” are all in the running. The songs will be narrowed from 39 when voters are sent three-minute clips or view the tracks at special Academy screenings and score the songs. The Academy Awards will take place on February 26th at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Noticeably absent from the list is Madonna, who contributed the track “Masterpiece” to her directorial effort, W.E. Reuters reports that the song, which is up for a Golden Globe, does not qualify because it’s placed a minute and a half into the end credits and not as “the first music cue,” per Academy rules.

NELLY TO DROP MIXTAPE FOR HOLIDAYS

Coming off a great year with his comeback album, Nelly 5.0, Nelly is reportedly working on a free project dedicated to his fans. So far the rapper has leaked a new version of Wale’s “Lotus Flower Bomb” and yesterday he dropped a new song called “The Champ.” Be sure to look out for his new mixtape O.E.MO which drops on Christmas eve.

APL.DE.AP GIVES BACK WITH BIG CHARITY AUCTION!

The Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap is using the holiday season to give back. Last week he launched the Charity Dreams auction benefiting education in his native Philippines, where he serves as an educational ambassador. Apl is getting the word out and trying to help raise money and awareness for the cause. Every bid will allow users to buy virtual books, pencils, chairs, desks and other supplies, and help build virtual classrooms in an effort to combine gaming, social networking and philanthropy. Each time a bidder finishes a virtual classroom, an actual classroom will be named for that bidder once construction is completed on the new schools. One lucky winning bidder will get a private jet flight out to Los Angeles to spend time in the studio with Apl creating a custom track in his or her honor. They will also get a 2012 collector’s edition Ferrari, 250-dollars in cash and a trip to Las Vegas with 10 friends to spend New Year’s Eve with Fergie while staying in the Real World penthouse suite. The initial fee to place a charity bid is 99 cents. Organizers expect the final package to go for no more than a few hundred dollars thanks to a system in which each bid increases the top price by just a fraction of a penny. Each bid will also entitle users to an app, music download or playlist curated by Apl and featuring an exclusive song or the chance to have Apl follow you on Twitter. The auction at CharityDreams.com is on now and lasts through 9 PM ET tonight.

Tyler ‘Start Struck’ Over Bieber -x- Drama on the X-Factor -x- Nicki Minaj Nail Polish -x- Music News


TYLER THE CREATOR GETS STAR-STRUCK MEETING BIEBER

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

DRAKE AND FLORENCE STILL WANNA COLLABORATE

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

CONTROVERSIAL RIHANNA VIDEO ABOUT UNHEALTHY DEPENDENCIES

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

T.I. SHOOTS “FLEXIN” VIDEO IN ATLANTA

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

WILL ADELE TOP THE ALBUM CHARTS AGAIN?

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

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

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

NICKI MINAJ TO LAUNCH NAIL POLISH LINE IN 2012

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

CAREY AND CANNON CREATE WEBSITE DEDICATED TO TWINS 

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

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

CHRISTINA MILIAN AND THE DREAM DIVORCE FINALIZED

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

MTV MUSIC NEWS


NICKI MINAJ WANTS TO BE AN ACTRESS

What’s next for Nicki Minaj? During the red carpet for the MTV Movie Awards, the Young Money standout told Entertainment Weekly that she “went to school to be an actress” and “never expected to be a rapper.” Nicki added that she wants “to get an acting gig. I hope that when I am done with the tour I can go back and do some acting. That is my long-term goal.” The Queens native hopes to eventually star opposite Will Smith and work with director Tim Burton. In the meantime, she’s gearing up for Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale outing, which begins on June 16th in Sacramento, California.

BEYONCE’S 4 LEAKS EARLY

According to MTV News, Beyonce’s highly anticipated album, 4, recently leaked online. The singer’s fourth studio project surfaced in its entirety before it was scheduled to arrive on June 28th. Even though most links were removed by her label, lucky fans were able to check out the 12-track disc, including the Boyz II Men-sampled track called “Countdown,” three weeks before everyone else!

· Her lawyers reportedly sent over cease-and-desist letters to any websites that posted the links for her album.

AND BEYONCE RESPONDS TO ALBUM LEAK

Wednesday was a pretty eventful day for Beyonce. After her upcoming album, 4, leaked online, the singer issued a statement via her Facebook page about the matter. The diva wrote, “My music was leaked and while this is not how I wanted to present my new songs, I appreciate the positive response from my fans. When I record music I always think about my fans singing every note and dancing to every beat. I make music to make people happy and I appreciate that everyone has been so anxious to hear my new songs.” The disc arrives on June 28th.

· Interestingly enough, Beyonce and Jay-Z are currently tied at fifth place for the most GRAMMY Award nominations in history. Both have received 42 nods each.

CHRIS BROWN TO PERFORM AT BET AWARDS

According to reports, Chris Brown is scheduled to perform during the 2011 BET Awards. If it’s true, the singer, who has received six nominations, will join other confirmed performers Alicia Keys and Jill Scott. Viewers can also anticipate Patti LaBelle to be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Kevin Hart-hosted event airs live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on June 26th at 8 PM Eastern.

· Brown previously took stage during last year’s ceremony and paid tribute to Michael Jackson.

· In addition, Steve Harvey will receive the Humanitarian Award.

LAURYN HILL TALKS PREGNANCY IN OPEN LETTER

 

We recently reported Lauryn Hill announced during a concert in Detroit that she is pregnant, and now she’s written an open letter to fans about it. Here’s what the singer wrote: “Coming back home after several months of extensive reconnecting with supporters and music lovers. We thank you for your continued appreciation. The majority of these dates were planned in advance of me knowing about the continued growth of my family (wink, wink). There were some shows that we started late. We apologize and thank you for your patience. That said, I can’t wait to re-engage with you, and give you a musical experience worth coming back for. Let’s do it real soon.”

· The letter comes a day after her alleged husband, Rohan Marley, claimed on Twitter that he did not father her sixth child.

THE DREAM LEAKS NEW 10-MINUTE SINGLE

As promised, The Dream has released the first offering from his upcoming album, Love IV: Diary of a Madman. The hitmaker combined two baby-making singles into one. Fans can check out “Body Work” and “F**k My Brains Out!” via Rap-Up.com right now. As previously reported, the crooner’s disc shares the same release date as Mary J Blige’s My Life II, The Journey Continues. Be sure to get both albums when they land on September 20th.

· Dream said of the songs, “My records are intended for sensual, sexual and intelligent people. Lovers and lost lovers alike. I don’t want any new fans!”

DAY26 STARTS NEW ALBUM

Just when you thought Day26 were done recording, the former MTV reality stars have announced that fans can expect them to release a new album titled, A New Day. The forthcoming third effort from the band, who are now signed to Atlantic Records, will be released later this year.

· Willie Taylor told SingersRoom.com, “We have way more creative control but at the end of the day I am not really mad at the previous projects. The first album with Day26 which was a great album, I feel like that was handpicked by Diddy. It could have been anybody who made the band to make that album.”

HIP HOP TWEET OF THE DAY: LLOYD BANKS

Even though it’s not officially summertime until June 21st, the temperature is certainly getting crazy. Here’s what Lloyd Banks recently tweeted, “Turned down two early birds so far, too hot for sex, f*ck that.”

YELAWOLF ISSUES NEW VIDEO

Yelawolf has released the video for his new single, “Daddy’s Lambo.” The clip, which includes a cameo from Paul Wall, is lifted from last year’s Trunk Muzik 0-60. Check it out at Yelawolf.com.

NICOLE TALKS ABOUT BEING X-FACTOR JUDGE

Nicole Scherzinger has officially been named a judge for the forthcoming American version of The X-Factor, and apparently, she found out about it in the paper. On an English TV show, the Pussycat Doll said that she’s thrilled for the “amazing opportunity,” but that she only found out when she read it in a “newspaper.” The X-Factor is set to premiere in September.

· Nicole is replacing Cheryl Cole as a judge, who was hired and then apparently fired almost immediately.

MTV Music News


LAURYN HILL PREGNANT AGAIN!

Looks like the rumors are true. Lauryn Hill recently announced during a concert at Chene Park in Detroit that she is pregnant. The bun in the oven marks the singer’s sixth child. The news comes just a few months after Hill hinted that she’s already begun recording the follow-up to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

WANNA SEE LIL KIM LIVE-IN-CONCERT?

According to XXLMag.com, Lil Kim is scheduled to take the stage and perform her classic material this Saturday at Club 57 in New York City. The event will begin at 10 PM, visit FVEvents.com for more information.

SNOOP DOGG WORKING ON REALITY SHOW?

According to the NYPost.com, Snoop Dogg is in talks with MTV and E! to produce the “hood version” of American Idol. As previously reported, Snoop revealed that he’d like to create a singing competition that focuses on finding “America’s hottest hood artists.” While details are sparse, the rap veteran is looking to have Jay-Z and Wiz Khalifa as judges and mentors on the upcoming series. No further details are known at this time.

KELLY’S “MOTIVATION” GETS REMIXED AGAIN!

People can’t get enough of Kelly Rowland’s hit song “Motivation.” After R Kelly and Jeremih recently laid down their vocals to the smash hit, we’ve learned Busta Rhymes, Trey Songz and Fabolous have collectively recorded a revamped version of the track. Check it out right now:

KANYE, JAY-Z WATCH THE THRONE TRACKLIST LEAKS?

According to reports, the official tracklisting for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s forthcoming joint album, Watch The Throne, has surfaced. The 10-track disc will apparently include contributions from Hov’s wife, Beyonce and Bruno Mars. Interestingly enough, the lead single, “H.A.M,” is not listed on the tracklist. While the artists have yet to confirm the release date, there are whispers that the disc will be completed in July and a second offering will be issued very soon.

· In case you missed it, Kanye’s latest visual for “Monster” was released over the weekend. The song is lifted form Yeezy’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which is out in stores now.

TRACKLIST: 

1. “Lift Off” (Feat. Beyonce & Bruno Mars)

2. “Murder To Excellence”

3. “Illest Mother Alive”

4. “Why I Love You So (Guilt Trip)”

5. “That Sh** Crazy”

6. “Living So Italian”

7. “Who Gonna Stop Me”

8. “Whole Lifetime”

9. “We Are Young”

10. “Anthem”

THE DREAM TO RELEASE A NEW ALBUM THIS FALL

According to his official Twitter page, The Dream is ready to record a new album. The hitmaker wrote that his forthcoming project will be tilted Love IV (Diary Of A Mad Man) and there will be a nine-minute long buzz track premiering later today (6/7). The disc shares the same release date as Mary J Blige’s My Life II, The Journey Continues. Be sure to get both albums when they land on September 20th.

· Dream’s previous album, Love King, came out in 2010.

HIP HOP TWEET OF THE DAY: WIZ KHALIFA

Twitter is a great way for artists to tell fans about new albums and music videos, but it’s also helpful when it comes to dismissing rumors. To put an end to any whispers that are going around on the internet, Wiz Khalifa recently tweeted, “Me and Waka Flocka Flame don’t have beef. I f**ks with that lil ugly n***a!” There you have it.

DETAILS ON MONICA’S SECOND WEDDING CEREMONY

We all know Monica and her NBA husband, Shannon Brown, have already secretly exchanged vows back in January, but the couple are planning a second ceremony just for friends and family. The pair have reportedly sent out wedding invites to over 300 guests and are scheduled to say “I do” on Saturday, July 9th at an undisclosed location.

· Do you think some family and friends were disappointed they weren’t invited to the first ceremony?

· The news comes just weeks after the Los Angeles Lakers’ player denied sleeping with his teammate, Pau Gasol’s wife. He tweeted, “Ok let me put an end to this right now before it goes any further. I did not sleep with @paugasol woman!!! First and last time addressing it!”

SEAN KINGSTON IS WALKING! 

According to TMZ, Sean Kingston is making baby steps to recovery – literally! Following his jet ski accident in Miami over Memorial Day weekend and being sent to a trauma ward, the pop singer is now breathing on his own and walked for the first time Monday morning. His rep revealed, “Sean Kingston continues to be hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. His condition has been upgraded from critical yet stable to serious.”

DR. DRE’S DETOX COMING OUT IN JULY?

 

A new release date for Dr Dre’s long-awaited album, Detox, has just been posted on HMV.com for fans to pre-order in the U-K. The disc will reportedly be available on July 26th. While some fans might roll their eyes to the news, we can only hope that this release date will stick.

· The disc would land in stores on July 25th overseas.

BEYONCE RECORDS DELUXE VERSION FOR NEXT ALBUM

According to Billboard.com, there will be an exclusive version of Beyonce’s highly anticipated album, 4, released through Target. Its currently unknown how many additional songs the deluxe version will contain, but we’ve learned that Sony Music Entertainment plans to ship nearly one million copies to Target stores nationwide.

· So far, Bey has released three songs from the effort: “Run the World (Girls),” “1+1,” and “Best Thing I Never Had.”

MARY J BLIGE LEAKS NEW MATERIAL

If you head over to her official fansite, you’ll be able to hear a newly leaked song, “Miss Me With That,” recorded by Mary J. Blige. The ballad was produced by the legendary Harvey Mason Jr. and will appear on the singer’s upcoming album, My Life II, The Journey Continues, which arrives in stores and online on September 20th.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!!!

CALI SWAG ANNOUNCE LAUNCH FOR THE KICKBACK

Following the unfortunate passing of one of their members, Cali Swag District has revealed the launch date for their debut album, The Kickback. Fans can expect the “Teach Me How To Dougie” boys to release their project on July 12th.

· Head over to their official website to check out new single “Burn Out (Drive Fast).”

· TIDBIT: Cali Swag is nominated for Best Group for the upcoming 2011 BET Music Awards.

· TIDBIT: After M-Bone was tragically murdered on May 15, the group said in a statement, “We’re sure that M Bone is doin’ the Dougie at the gates of heaven and we know he would want us to keep the movement goin’ here.”

NEXT READY NEW ALBUM 

Do you remember Next? Well, the R&B group, known for their hit single “Wifey,” are reportedly working on their fourth studio album, titled Music 101. All three original members are on board despite recently breaking up and having label issues. Raphael “Tweet” Brown told SingersRoom.com, “We are giving the world that raw R&B we are known for. Stellar vocals, clever lyrics, and harmony that will move any audience. Our performance game has elevated with our maturity and experiences.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCE! 

We’d like to send a birthday shout out to Prince, who turns 53 years old today (6/7)! You might not know this but today also marks the same date that the legendary singer decided to change his name to a symbol. Since this crooner is still very much active and constantly performing, be sure to visit his official website to see when he’ll be in a city near you.

·The entertainer’s birth name was Prince Rogers Nelson.

TAMIA READIES NEW ALBUM 

According to her publicist, Tamia is heading back in the studio to record the follow-up to 2006’s Between Friends. The wife of Grant Hill is looking to release her fifth effort, entitled Beautiful Surprise, this fall. We’ll keep you posted with further information.

· So far, confirmed producers for the album include Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, The Runners, Chuck Harmony and Claude Kelly.

· Her biggest singles include “Stranger in My House” and “Officially Missing You”

MTV Music News


USHER AND CHRIS BROWN TO GO ON TOUR?

After impressing crowds at Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest, there are reports suggesting that Usher and Chris Brown are looking to embark on a joint tour. Producer Bryan-Michael Cox spilled the beans during Jermaine Dupri’s daily YouTube series, Living The Life. Cox said, “I might have just gave out some exclusive s**t!” Check out the footage on YouTube now!

T.I. DELAYS ALBUM AGAIN!

Seeming to take a page out of Dr Dre’s book, T.I. is not rushing the recording process for King Uncaged. In fact, Rap-Up.com reports the emcee has decided to push back the release date for the project for the third time now. He recently told us why it’s crucial to never put out music until its perfect. The disc was supposed to arrive on August 17th, then September 28th and now fans will have to wait a little longer to the rapper’s first project since he was released from prison. <WM>

FANTASIA THANKS HER FANS FOR SUPPORT

Fantasia Barrino was treated for a medication overdose at a North Carolina hospital last week after she consumed an entire bottle of sleeping pills. Now, Fanny is speaking up for the first time since her alleged suicide attempt. The star said statement, “I can’t thank my fans enough for their prayers and support during such a challenging time.” She now has “the motivation to get back to work …I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this album and I pray that everyone enjoys it as much as I do.” Visit UsMagazine.com to learn more!

Be sure to purchase Fantasia’s new album, Back To Me, next Tuesday!

And…

PREVIEW FANTASIA’S BACK TO ME ALBUM

Despite all the rumors surrounding Fantasia’s personal life, fans will be pleased to know that they can preview her highly anticipated Back to Me album today. The disc is now streaming on the American Idol alumna’s official Facebook page. If you like what you hear, be sure to grab Back to Me when it comes out next Tuesday!

LINK: http://www.facebook.com/Fantasiaref=search&v=app_108468622525037

JAY-Z IS THE RICHEST MAN IN HIP HOP

According to Forbes, Jay-Z tops the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list of the wealthiest people in hip-hop after raking in an estimated 63-million dollars over the past 12 months. Interestingly enough, Jay made way less last year, when he earned 35-million. For the second consecutive year, Jay knocked out Diddy, who banked 30-million. Akon’s business ventures grossed 21-million while Lil Wayne earned 20-mil and Dr Dre made a respectable 17-million. To check out the full list, head over to Forbes.com now. <WM>

Drake missed the top ten on the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, but he still made 10-million dollars this year and claimed number 11.

Last month we reported Jay claimed the number six spot on Forbes magazine’s annual Top Earning Musicians of 2010 list.

KANYE DROPS NEW MIXTAPE!

PerezHilton.com reports Kanye West has just released something special for his fans. The emcee has issued a new project, aptly titled Good Ass Mixtape, which will serve as a preview of what to expect fromthe rapper’s forthcoming effort.

GET IT NOW: http://www.mediafire.com/?tyywb0at9y7fs90

KELLY READIES TWO VERSIONS FOR NEXT ALBUM

According to ThatGrapeJuice.net, Kelly Rowland has decided to create two different versions of her yet-to-be-titled upcoming album. The former Destiny’s Child member has revealed that there will be an overseas edition as well as a U-S copy. The international effort will include more dance-inspired songs, whereas the States version will incorporate only R&B/pop-driven material. Visit her official website for further updates.

METHOD MAN INJURED DURING LIVE SHOW

TMZ has learned Method Man suffered an injury on his face while performing at a festival with Redman over the weekend. The rapper was hit with “a full beer can” by someone in the crowd. Red then cursed at the audience and let Meth know that he was bleeding under his left eye. Surprisingly, the wounded emcee opted to continue the show despite the blood gushing from his cheek.

PHOTOS! http://photos.tmz.com/galleries/method_mans_juggalo_injury#tab=most_recent&id=76585

SNOOP AND THE DREAM GET “LUV DRUNK”

Snoop Dogg continues promoting his latest More Malice project by releasing the video for “Luv Drunk” featuring The Dream. The West Coast rapper also incorporates his recent endorsement with Landy Cognac in the clip. With this new deal, Snoop will help the brand in gaining a large urban following. Check it out on YouTube now.

ICE T CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES

TMZ reports Ice T proved that he was insured when a New York police officer arrested him for allegedly driving without insurance. Prosecutors decided to drop the case after the rapper verified that the DMV did not update their insurance records. Visit TMZ to see footage of the rapper and his wife, CoCo, leaving the court.

JA RULE TALKS POSSIBLE JAIL TIME

During an interview with Vibe magazine, Ja Rule discussed the reality that he may go to prison if he’s convicted on charges from a 2007 gun case. The rapper stated that he’s “got a good family, good people around” to help keep him “focused throughout all the bulls**t and keep pushing.” Ja is aware of the “struggles” he faces in the industry and his pending trial “is going to be the same thing.” To read the full interview, head to Vibe.com now.

SWIZZ BEATZ LANDS NEW RECORD DEAL

According to Rap-Up.com, Swizz Beatz has left Universal Motown to pursue a new future via a new deal with Everest Entertainment and Atlantic/Warner Records. The ever-busy super producer is excited to release his sophomore effort this fall and told us what fans should expect. The follow-up to his debut effort, One Man Band Man, will include guest features from Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, John Legend, Drake and T.I.

VINTAGE PICS OF MADONNA

Ron Galella has been photographing Madonna for the last 20 years, documenting her rise from a promising newcomer to the Queen of Pop. In honor of Madge’s 52nd birthday, Billboad.com has put some of these pictures up online. Head there now to see some classic pictures of Madonna with everyone from Sean Penn to Michael Jackson.

SEE THEM NOW! http://www.billboard.com/#/features/madonna-a-ron-galella-photo-celebration-1004109343.story

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>

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