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


T.I. SAYS EMINEM HELPED WIRH HIS DRUG ADDICTION

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

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

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

NEXT WATCH THE THRONE SINGLE ANNOUNCED

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

12-01 Chicago, IL – United Center

12-05 Houston, TX – Toyota Center

12-06 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

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

12-10 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion

12-12 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

12-18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena

CHECK OUT ALBUM SNIPPETS FOR SNOOP, WIZ KHALIFA LP 

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

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

LIL WAYNE, EMINEM PREP JOINT TOUR

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

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

DIDDY’S SON ACCEPTED INTO UCLA 

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

USHER AND EX WIFE FIGHT OVER CUSTODY 

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

 MARY J BLIGE TALKS BEYONCE DUET

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

ROBIN THICKE’S ALBUM SNIPPETS ARE AVAILABLE

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

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

DAY26 LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE REALITY SHOW

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

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

BIEBER NOT PERFORMING LIVE AT ROCKEFELLER!

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

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Odd Future Announces New Album -x- Jay Joins Rihanna’s ‘Talk That Talk’ -x- Wayne & Drake Scrap Joint Album Plans -x- Usher Starts New Lp -x- MTV Music News


ODD FUTURE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

According to MTV, Odd Future has announced that fans can expect their debut album, Purple Naked Ladies, to be released next month. Now that he rap group secured a distribution deal with Sony Red, their long-awaited offering will arrive digitally on December 20th with the physical copy hitting stores on January 12th. Check out the tracklist:

1. Violet Nude Women

2. They Say/Shangrila (ft. Tay Walker)

3. She Dgaf

4. Cunt

5. Cocaine/Tevie (ft. Left Brain)

6. Ode to a Dream (ft Kilo Kish & Coco O.)

7. Gurl (ft. Pyramid Vritra).

8. Love Song -1

9. Lincoln (ft. Mike G & Left Brain)

10. Web of Me

11. She Knows

12. Fastlane

13. Visions (ft. Coco O.)

14. The Garden

JAY-Z TO APPEAR ON RIHANNA’S TALK THAT TALK

According to Rap-Up.com, Rihanna’s highly anticipated album, Talk That Talk, will include a guest feature from the one and only Jay-Z. Stargate, who has contributed and produced on the project, revealed that Hov will appear on the title track on Ri Ri’s sixth effort. He described “Talk That Talk” as a “mid-tempo banger with hard drums, dirty synths, and Rihanna and Jay at their best. We are very happy with the song and Jay’s verse is crazy—same with Rihanna’s part.” Be sure to grab the LP when it drops on November 21st.

MONICA TO GET HONORED BY ASCAP

According to her official fansite, Monica is scheduled to be honored by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) tonight (11/9) in New York City. The singer is being recognized for her contributions to music and will be joined by Janelle Monae. It’s part of the annual Women Behind the Music Series, which in previous years honored Kelly Rowland, Melanie Fiona and others. In related news, Monica has announced that her upcoming album, New Life, will arrive on February 21st.

 

LIL WAYNE, DRAKE SCRAP JOINT ALBUM PLANS

Fans who were looking forward to Drake and Lil Wayne’s joint album will be sad to know that the Young Money stars have scrapped the project entirely. Drake tells XXLMag.com that the decision had a lot to do with Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne offering. Drizzy explained, “Me and Wayne scrapped the idea of a collaboration album. We just agreed that it would be looked upon as… It would be sort of this competition [with Watch The Throne].” Drake added, “It would get caught in this whirlwind of hype. [Wayne] agreed. We just said, ‘If we do it, we’ll do it down the line. But right now is not the time.’”

JEEZY ALREADY BEGINS NEXT ALBUM?

Young Jeezy is slated to release his oft-delayed TM103: Hustlerz Ambition LP on December 20th, but this is not stopping the rap star from recording material for the follow-up. According to XXLMag.com, the rapper spilled, “I’m working now man. I guarantee it won’t be no wait like that no more. I’m in tip top shape. I’m feeling good. I’m just gonna go in.”

· His upcoming disc includes guest spots from Ne-Yo, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Jay-z and Andre 3000.

PRE-ORDER BEYONCE’S ELEMENTS OF 4

According to her official Facebook page, Beyonce wants fans everywhere to know that you can now pre-order her upcoming concert DVD, Live at Roseland: Elements of 4. The two disc set, which includes a video anthology, will be available to purchase on November 29th. If you want to pre-order it, CLICK HERE!

USHER BEGINS NEXT LP WITH RICO LOVE

According to SingersRoom.com, fans should expect big things from Usher’s next studio effort. One of the songwriters for the disc, Rico Love, shared that the singer is “experimenting with different sounds.” Love added, “My job is to make sure it stays classic. I don’t feel like Usher is just a Top 40 artist or just an R&B artist or just a rhythmic artist. I gotta make records that connect to all formats.” In addition, his seventh effort will include contributions from Jim Jonsin, Pharrell Williams, Miguel and Diplo.

50 CENT REACTS TO MJ VERDICT

Following the news that Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the Michael Jackson case, 50 Cent shared how he felt about the conviction. While on the red carpet at the Immortals film premiere, Curtis stated, “I think justice was served in that situation,” adding, “I understand the process of when an artist becomes really, really successful, and Michael Jackson was probably the epitome of that lifestyle. I can see people following the regimen of doing what Mike says to do. But they should still follow medical standards and practices.” Murray is due back in court towards the end of the month. We’ll keep you posted on further details.

· Janet Jackson reacted to the news by tweeting, “Justice was good today.”

SEAN KINGSTON ADDED TO LATIN GRAMMY PERFORMERS

Sean Kingston has been added as a performer at next week’s 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. He joins Pitbull and Marc Anthony, Shakira, Demi Lovato, and Romeo Santos and Usher, who will make their debut TV performance together. The Latin GRAMMY Awards air live tomorrow night (11/10) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on the Univision Network at 8 PM Eastern.

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MOBB DEEP TALKS RICK ROSS COLLABO

Mobb Deep are preparing to drop their Black Cocaine this month, followed by their ninth, self-titled album at the top of 2012. Meanwhile, Prodigy and Havoc are looking to expand their horizons with a series of new collaborations, including one with Rick Ross. Prodigy recently told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway that he has already reached out to Ross for a feature. After wrapping up a three-year prison stint for weapons possession in March, Prodigy said he headed directly to G-Unit’s New York City offices, where he met with 50 Cent – who signed the group to G-Unit in 2005 – to discuss the collaboration. 50 Cent and Rick Ross have a notorious beef, which hit fever pitch in 2009 when Fif launched a full-scale attack against Rozay on his blog, ThisIs50.com. Prodigy didn’t talk specifics about his intended Rick Ross collaborations, but did confirm that fans could expect a Mobb Deep collaboration soon.

· Prodigy on a possible Rick Ross collaboration: “All that is in the works, man. We like Rick Ross. I’mma be honest: We come from an era where longevity and consistency is key, and in the beginning, I ain’t really see that in him. Then while I was locked up, he was dropping more and more music. I was like, ‘Damn, I’m starting to like this dude.’ That’s when I was like, ‘We need to holla at son and do some music with him.'”

TREY SONGZ DROPS TWO NEW TUNES 

According to Rap-Up.com, Trey Songz dropped two new songs from his new mixtapes #Lemmeholdatbeat2 and Anticipation II, both out now. The crooner released “Boop” and “Sex Soundz,” which should keep fans happy until Songz releases a new album.

JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST KICK OFF WATCH THE THRONE TOUR!

Jay-Z and Kanye West kicked off their Watch The Throne Tour in Atlanta on Friday. The two-and-a-half hour show features the pair performing together and then doing mini-sets of their individual material. The Watch The Throne Tour rolls into Baltimore tonight and Philadelphia tomorrow.

FUTURE DOESN’T WANT TO BE A ONE-HIT WONDER

Future is super aware of haters thinking that his smash record, “Tony Montana,” will be his first and only hit single. The rapper said being a one-hit wonder is simply not an option. Fans can expect the Future’s debut album, called Pluto, at the top of 2012.

· Future recently finalized a contract with new Epic Records chairman, Antonio “L.A.” Reid.

DRAKE TALKS TAKING CONTROL, DOING IT HIS WAY 

Drake has proven time and time again that he’s not going anywhere. And to make sure that his upcoming Take Care effort achieves the same success as his debut, Drizzy told MTV News he’s decided to be more hands-on with promoting, recording and taking control of his career. Fans can expect his sophomore effort to arrive on November 15th.

PHARRELL AND USHER LOVE BIEBER

According to Rap-Up.com, Pharrell has paid Justin Bieber a huge compliment. The Neptunes hit-maker told the young singer that he was impressed with his vocals on his new holiday album, Under the Mistletoe. The two were in the studio working on new music for his next studio album along with Usher, who added that Bieber’s voice is “incredible.” Hear for yourself as Bieber’s Under the Mistletoe album is out now. His next studio album, Believe, is due in early 2012 and is set to feature Drake and Kanye West.

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.

Usher Has New DVD -x- Game Calls Out Closet Gays -x- Wiz’ Drug Charges Dropped & Weekend Music News


USHER TO ISSUE OMG TOUR DVD

According to his official website, Usher has announced that he’s going to release a concert film of his latest OMG tour. The crooner filmed his performance at London’s O2 Arena and showcased new hit songs including “DJ Got Us Falling Love” and “Lil Freak,” as well as classics like “U Don’t Have To Call” and “You Make Me Wanna.” Fans can expect the OMG Tour – Live From London to be available on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 1st.

· The film will reportedly include behind-the-scenes with Usher and much more.

GAME SAYS CLOSETED GAYS SPREADING AIDS

The Game is never one to bite his tongue. During an interview with VLADTV, the rapper openly stated that there are “several rappers that are in the closet and gay and those are the only type of people I have a problem with.” While he says he has nothing against homosexuals, the “Pot Of Gold” emcee added, “The number one issue with that is you could be fooling somebody and you could give them AIDS and they can die … and that s**t spreads because that girl you might be fooling might leave you and go find another dude who ain’t gay and give him the disease.” He concluded that “it aint cool to be in the closet.”

· Do you agree with his statements?

WANNA KNOW WHY T.I.’S BACK IN PRISON?

According to TMZ, the real reason T.I. is back behind bars has less to do with his method of transportation to the halfway house and more to do with his upcoming reality show with Vh1. After the rapper announced the new series, prison official reportedly believed Tip was conducting business while on his tour bus, which is not allowed. It was believed that the artist was traveling with the camera crew when he was only supposed to be transported from the jail to his halfway house with his wife. Officials claims two Vh1 producers and manager were seen on Tip’s tour bus and that’s the reason he was sent back to prison to serve the remainder of his probation violation. He is expected to be released on September 29th.

LIL WAYNE LEADS BET HIP HOP AWARDS

We’ve just learned Lil Wayne leads the pack with a record-breaking 18 nominations at the BET Hip-Hop Awards ‘11. The rapper is up for just about every category including Lyricist of the Year and Video of the Year for “I’m on One.” Elsewhere, Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa tied with nine nods each while Rick Ross was recognized with eight nominations. Hosted by Mike Epps, the ceremony will be taped to air on October 11th at 8 PM Eastern.

· Visit BET.com for a list of all nominees.

9/11 IS ANNIVERSARY OF JAY-Z’S BLUEPRINT

While all the focus this Sunday is on the tenth anniversary of September 11th, CNN.com reports the day also marks the tenth anniversary of Jay-Z’s sixth album, Blueprint. In an article titled Why Jay-Z’s Music Still Mattered on 9/11, the website investigates how Hova was able to sell more than 420-thousand copies in the first week; a feat which occurred while the country was still coping with one of the biggest tragedies in U-S history. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

WIZ KHALIFA’S DRUG CHARGES DROPPED

According to The Daily Reflector, Wiz Khalifa has been cleared of the drug charges he faced stemming from an arrest last November. As previously reported, the rapper was handcuffed following a performance at East Carolina University for allegedly trafficking marijuana on his tour bus. The Pittsburgh native’s case was dropped due to an error at the time of his arrest. Hopefully, Wiz will stay on the straight and narrow and avoid any other run-ins with the police.

MARC ANTHONY DEBUTS CLOTHING LINE

Marc Anthony officially unveiled his new clothing collection for Kohl’s with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a store in Jersey City, New Jersey yesterday. According to Billboard, the Marc Anthony Collection includes outerwear, sportswear, suit separates, sport coats, dress shirts and accessories, with prices ranging from 28 dollars for accessories to 225 dollars for a sport coat. Anthony kicks off his U-S tour in East Rutherford, New Jersey tonight.

AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION ALMOST UP AND RUNNING

The Amy Winehouse Foundation might finally be getting off the ground. According to the Twitter page of the fallen singer’s father Mitch, the charity is set to launch on September 14th. He also wrote that the family’s “grief” will now be turned into “positive action.”

· There were problems surrounding the Amy Winehouse Foundation name, as someone registered it before Mitch could. No word on if Mitch purchased the rights to it or came up with something else.

· Will you donate to the Amy Winehouse Foundation?

July album Releases x Beyonce #1 x Usher & Rihanna??? x MTV Music News


BEYONCE DEBUTS AT NUMBER ONE ON BILLBOARD!

 

Beyonce has done it! The singer has secured the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart after her latest album, 4, sold over 310-thousand copies in its opening week. The news marks the singer’s fourth consecutive number one album. In addition, the diva has become the third artist, following Britney Spears and DMX, to see their first four studio albums debut atop the Billboard 200.

· The project is the lowest opening week of Beyoncé’s career. 2008’s I Am … Sasha Fierce entered with 482-thousand, B’Day sold over 541-thousand in 2006, and her debut, Dangerously in Love, arrived in 2003 with 317k.

DR DRE CONTRIBUTES TO GAME’S R.E.D. ALBUM

Need another reason to be interested in Game’s upcoming R.E.D. Album? The West Coast rapper recently told MTV News that “this album is the most incredible out of my career.” He added that he’s excited Dr Dre is contributing guest verses on the project, which is being executive produced by Pharrell Williams. Fans can expect R.E.D. Album to hit stores August 23rd.

· The disc features production from Cool & Dre, Hit-Boy, Maestro and Lex Luger, and features Nelly Furtado, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes.

RIHANNA TALKS INTIMIDATING MEN

In the July issue of Cosmopolitan, Rihanna spoke about what kind of guys she likes. But more importantly, the singer explained why it’s difficult for most men to even approach her. Ri Ri stated, “It can definitely be intimidating to guys to date someone in this industry. And it’s really hard to find a guy who doesn’t care about that stuff.” Rihanna promised that she could see herself with a regular dude and added, “I’m turned on to a guy by different things. It could be the way he looks. It could be his intelligence. It’s really a spontaneous thing. I get bored quickly. So if someone can make me laugh, that’s the best.” To read more, go to Cosmopolitan.com.

AND SPEAKING OF…

WAIT…USHER MADE OUT WITH RIHANNA?

 

 

During an interview with Fabolous magazine, Usher dropped some interesting news when he explained why he can’t add Rihanna to his “hit-list.” After describing the pop star as “beautiful,” the crooner spilled “she’s not necessarily on my hit-list – she’s like my sister right now. Or cousin – we have kissed.” It’s still not known if the pair just shared a one-time peck or had an actual fling.

· As for his love life, Usher also said in the mag, “Companionship is important – every man should have a woman to make him better. I’m dating at the moment – not anyone in particular, but I have a few people I’m interested in.”

GUCCI MANE RELEASED FROM JAIL

Gucci Mane has been released from jail! After serving three months for probation violation, the emcee celebrated his freedom by visiting a strip club in Atlanta, Georgia. The news comes just a day after MTV News reported the troubled rapper was in police custody for allegedly pushing a woman out of a moving vehicle back in early April.

· Gucci’s latest album, The Return of Mr. Zone 6, is available in stores now.

PITBULL SHOOTS NEW VIDEO WITH MARC ANTHONY

Pitbull recently shot the video for his new single, “Rain Over Me,” in the Southern California desert. The video, which was shot near Palm Springs, California, features Latin superstar Marc Anthony. You can see a teaser clip of the video at PlanetPit.com. Pitbull has the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week with “Give Me Everything,” featuring Afrojack, Ne-Yo and Nayer.

EMINEM SETS DIGITAL CHART ALBUM RECORD

News recently broke that Eminem’s Recovery has set a new record after he sold over one-million digital copies of the album in the U-S. If that’s not enough, Slim Shady also became the first artist in the last five years to have two albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

· The news comes just a few weeks after we reported Em’s latest project, Hell: The Sequel, took the top spot on the chart last month.

· Em’s upcoming tour stops include headlining slots at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 6th and the V Festival in the U-K on August 20th and 21st. Visit Eminem.com for all upcoming dates.

JOHN LEGEND INVESTS IN WATER COMPANY

What’s John Legend been up to lately? He has reportedly invested in a San Francisco-based water company called HINT, Inc. The singer, who is currently on tour with Sade, said in a statement, “I enjoy drinking HINT water because it’s refreshing without tasting sweet or artificially flavored,” He added, “I joined them as an investor not only because I actually drink HINT water, but also because I truly believe in both the product and its ‘Drink Water, Not Sugar’ message and I am excited to watch the company grow.”

· The zero calorie drink is sold in stores including Albertsons and Bristol Farms.

CEE-LO & MORE AT MLB ALL-STAR GAME

Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game is going to be about more than just America’s Pastime. That’s because some very prominent music artists are going to be involved as well. According to USA Today, Cee-Lo will be performing at the MLB All-Star Gala, an event that takes place on Monday. Then, before the actual game on Tuesday, Jordin Sparks will be singing the National Anthem. And if all that weren’t enough, Michelle Branch is performing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch. Be sure to watch the game this Tuesday night at 8 PM Eastern on FOX.

· The game is taking place in Phoenix, Arizona.

BOW WOW PENS OPEN LETTER ABOUT HIS CHILD

We previously reported that Bow Wow’s mother broke the news that her son conceived a healthy baby girl named Shai. The rapper penned an open letter about his first child and explained why he didn’t want to break the news at first. Here’s what he said:

“Let me start off by saying I love my fans. Without yall I would’ve been left the game. For the past three years I’ve been battling life. Even thought about taking my own. I felt like as a kid I did everything and saw everything too fast, which spoiled my adult years. I felt as if I had no purpose to live (Thinking selfishly) until God gave me the illest gift of my life. No lambo, no black card nothing amounts to my lil girl. I waited so long to tell yall the truth, because I was nervous on how yall would look at me. Yall know everyone makes a big deal out of everything I do. I wanted to be first and let yall know the real. My lil girl is getting BIG fast. I love every minute of it. She inspires me to go harder. Even made me treat my mother better, it’s like it made me into a man over night. Never been a fan of posting pix of my daughter. Reason is because I want my boo boo to have everything I didn’t. Want her to be able to cheerlead with her lil friends without some asshole sticking his camera all in my lil girl face. I know how fame is. I missed out on so much that I now know how important it is to cherish and have those things in your life. Yes! I change diapers. Ain’t as bad as I thought hahaha. I want her to live with me so bad. Jus us 2. Thats my dream man but fellas yall know how it go. Baby gotta stay with they momma and all dat bull. I hate that! So I have to fly 5 hrs away to see her. I find myself going into my iPhone book just looking at pix of her. Sometimes I tear up because I just can’t believe it. All in all, I’m good. This is my 1st. I know all my fans gone support me and ride for her like yall been doing my whole career. To the ones that say “I’m heartbroken how can he do that to us” well I do have a life that’s not all about movies or making albums. I’m 24 now. I can’t wait forever. I’m happy and if you’re a fan then you’d be happy too because yall gone be with me every step of the way. The bs that comes with having a baby momma is expected. So I never trip. Jus gotta suck it up, keep chin high and try not let her get the best of my feelings by playing them stupid games. Ima stay positive and keep maintaining long as I got yall I can’t lose. I love yall. And shai shai daddy love u too! Wizzle!!!!”

MICHELLE WILLIAMS READIES COMEBACK LP

With Kelly Rowland and Beyonce focusing on their solo careers, the third member of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams, is working on a new project also. The singer said of the disc, “My album will be ‘inspirational pop.’ Think of Katy Perry’s ‘Fireworks’ or Natasha Beddingfeld’s ‘Unwritten.’ I want to give people a message of hope while at the same time get them moving with dance inspired tracks.” The follow-up to 2008’s Unexpected does not yet have a release date.

· The disc will include contributions from Rico Love and Jim Jonsin.

· You can now check out her buzz track, “Love Gun,” via ConcreteLoop.com.

KERI HILSON EXCITED FOR I AM STILL MUSIC TOUR

Lil Wayne has just announced that he’s decided to extend his I Am Still Music Tour. The rapper’s successful outing will now continue all the way until mid-September. The trek will reportedly include new supporting acts like Lloyd, Keri Hilson and Far East Movement. Fans will also be able to see Rick Ross, who was a part of the first leg of the tour. The show, which covers nearly 40 cities, will begin on July 13th at the Comcast Theater in Hartford, Connecticut and wraps on September 11th at the Woodlands Amphitheatre in Woodlands, Texas. To learn more, visit Wayne’s official websites, WeAreYoungMoney.com and WeezyThanxYou.com.

NEW BOYZ GO PLATINUM WITH “BACKSEAT”

The New Boyz have scored two hit singles off their new album, Too Cool To Care. The duo has sold over one-million copies of their single, “Backseat” featuring Dev and The Cataracts, and are now riding the success of “Better With The Lights Off,” featuring Chris Brown. You can see the New Boyz’s neon video for “Better with the Lights off” at TheNewBoyz.com.

· The New Boyz have sold just over one-million copies of “Backseat” since it was released five months ago.

· The New Boyz star in Mario Van Peebles’ new film, We The Party, which should be out later this year.

UPCOMING HIP HOP ALBUM RELEASES

July is looking to be a big month for hip-hop album releases. In the coming weeks, fans can anticipate Cali Swag District’s The Kickback and the late Pimp C’s Still Pimpin to be released Tuesday. That following Tuesday, DJ Khaled’s We the Best Forever drops, as does Black Robs’ Game Tested, Streets Approved while Wu-Tang Clan’s comeback effort, Legendary Weapons, arrives on July 26th. Fans should also mark their calendars for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s highly anticipated joint album, Watch The Throne, which is due out on August 2nd.

July 5

Lloyd – King of Hearts

July 12

Cali Swag District – The Kickback

Crooked I – Planet C.O.B.

Hodgy Beats & Left Brain (MellowHype) (OFWGKTA) – Blackenedwhite

Pimp C – Still Pimpin

The Cool Kids – When Fish Ride Bicycles

July 19

DJ Khaled – We the Best Forever

July 26

Black Rob – Game Tested, Streets Approved

Jay Rock – Follow Me Home

Wu-Tang Clan – Legendary Weapons

BRITNEY SPEARS TWEETS SUPPORT FOR NICKI MINAJ

Britney Spears took to Twitter to show her support for Nicki Minaj after the death of Nicki’s cousin. Spears tweeted to fans to “keep up the amazing love and support” for her Femme Fatale tourmate. Minaj’s cousin was murdered near his home in Brooklyn, and it is speculated that his killing was a result of mistaken identity.

PIA TOSCANO SIGNS DEAL; PREPS DEBUT SINGLE!

Former American Idol contestant Pia Toscano has signed a recording contract with Interscope Records. The Queens, New York native, who was shockingly voted off Idol, will release her debut single, “This Time,” on Tuesday. Toscano will perform the song all summer long on the road with the American Idols Live! 2011 Tour, which is now underway and concludes on September 10th in Rochester, New York. The song was written and co-produced by Esther Dean, who is known penning hits for such artists as Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna and many more.

· Pia Toscano released the following statement: “I am thrilled to be joining the Interscope and 19 Recordings family. (Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman) Jimmy Iovine was an amazing mentor during my time on Idol and I’m looking forward to working with him and everyone at Interscope Records and 19 Recordings. This is a dream come true.”

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?

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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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