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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.

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RAP-A-LOT RECORDS 25TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET

In case you haven’t heard already, Rap-A-Lot Records will release a limited edition box set to celebrate and honor its 25th anniversary. Fans can expect two of the three discs to include songs from the Rap-A-Lot catalogue and interviews, while the final disc will hold covers of classic Rap-A-Lot tunes. The project will include contributions from Drake, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Young Jeezy, Big K.R.I.T., Yo Gotti, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, T.I. and more. Be sure to purchase on December 26th exclusively via Best Buy.

JAY-Z TO PERFORM AT CARNEGIE HALL

RapRadar.com reports Jay-Z has announced that he will be performing two shows inside New York City’s Carnegie Hall on February 6th and 7th. He wrote on his official blog, “It’s every artists dream to play a venue as legendary as Carnegie Hall. The fact that I can use the arts and my talent to benefit the education of the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs, and great thinkers makes for a legendary night. I’m proud to be a part of the continuing work of United Way of New York City and expanding the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.” While few tickets are being sold privately today (12/12), the general public will be able to purchase passes on January 30th at 11 AM.

LIL KIM UPDATES FANS ON UPCOMING PROJECTS

Wanna know what Lil Kim has been up to lately? Aside from putting out random diss tracks against Nicki Minaj, the fem-cee is currently working on a college tour. According to Rap-Up.com, the rap diva is reportedly working with Timbaland, Rockwilder, and Wyclef Jean for the follow-up to 2005’s The Naked Truth. Fans can expect Kimmie to announce her new label deal at the beginning of 2012.

BG PLEADS GUILTY TO GUN CHARGES!

Things are not looking for BG. The rapper recently appeared in a Louisiana U-S District Court to plead guilty for gun and obstruction charges. He is reportedly facing up to 40 years in prison if convicted! Head over to RapRadar.com for more.

· As previously reported BG was arrested with two other men and are said to have had three firearms in their possession.

T.I. TALKS REALITY SHOW AND KEEPING BEDROOM PRIVATE

If you haven’t gotten the chance to check out T.I.’s new reality show, you are really missing out. The rapper allows viewers to really understand what his life is like and trying to find balance between work and his personal life. However, when it comes to keeping some sort of privacy with his wife, he says the cameras were only allowed in their bedroom for specific reasons. Episodes of T.I. & Tiny – Family Hustle air on VH1.

NICKI MINAJ AND MADONNA KISS ON VIDEO SET?

We recently confirmed that Nicki Minaj joined forces with Madonna on a record called “Give Me All Your Love.” While shooing the visual for the M.I.A.-assisted song, Nicki tweeted that she actually locked lips with Madge. She wrote on Twitter, “In the presence of greatness. MADONNA. OH MY f’ingggg Gahhhh!!!!! MADONNA jus kissed me!!!!! On the lips!!!!!!! It felt sooooo good. Soooo soft!!!! *passes out* aaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!” The fem-cee adds that we’ll be able to witness the kiss when the upcoming music video debuts soon. We’ll keep you posted.

50 CENT READIES WORKOUT BOOK

In addition to working on his upcoming album, 50 Cent has announced plans to write his first fitness book called Formula 50: A 6-Week Total Body Transformation Plan. According to a press release, Curtis said in a statement, “I had a strong desire to write this book because is very important to me to help people make positive changes and take charge of their overall health. FORMULA 50 is a radical six week mind-body transformation plan geared to help readers develop mental toughness to achieve optimum results while offering a nutrition component.” Its gonna be a while until you can get Formula 50 as it’s scheduled for release in January 2013 via Avery Books.

TIME, ROLLING STONE NAME BEST ALBUMS OF 2011

With only 18 days left in December, the editors at TIME and Rolling Stone have just released their picks for the best albums of 2011. From a hip hop stance, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s historic joint LP Watch the Throne appears on both lists and surprisingly, Frank Ocean’s Nostalgia, Ultra was also made the cut. Here’s who else had great projects this year:

TIME’s Top 10 Albums of 2011

1. Adele, 21

2. Florence and the Machine, Ceremonials

3. Kanye West and Jay-Z, Watch the Throne

4. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake

5. Frank Ocean, Nostalgia, Ultra

6. tUnE-yArDs, W h o k i l l

7. Caitlin Rose, Own Side Now

8. The Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part II

9. Civil Wars, Barton Hollow

10. Black Keys, El Camino

Rolling Stone’s Best Albums of 2011

1. Adele, 21

2. Kanye West and Jay-Z, Watch the Throne

3. Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What

4. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues

5. Radiohead, The King of Limbs

6. Lady Gaga, Born This Way

7. The Decemberists, The King Is Dead

8. Wilco, The Whole Love

9. Wild Flag, Wild Flag

10. Robbie Robertson, How to Become Clairvoyant

ROBIN THICKE’S PROJECTED ALBUM SALES

HitsDailyDouble.com has released the projected album sales for Robin Thicke’s latest album, Love After War. The disc, which only includes one guest feature from Lil Wayne, is on pace to sell somewhere between 30 to 35-thousand copies during its first week on the chart. Elsewhere, The Roots latest album, Undun, is estimated to also sell between 30 to 35-thousand units while T-Pain’s rEVOLVEr will more than likely only pull in 25 to 28-thousand. Slow sales week indeed.

E-40 TO DROP THREE ALBUMS ON SAME DAY

According to XXLMag.com, E-40 has decided to treat his fans by releasing three albums simultaneously on the same day next year. That’s right, the projects, The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 2 and The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 3, are scheduled to hit stores and iTunes in March 2012. Wondering how he’s able to pull this off? The rapper explained, “I have my own label, ain’t no liaison, no middle man. I have my own distribution. I’m not signed as no artist. I got a P&D deal which is a lovely situation.” There you have it.

WILL.I.AM JOINS U-K VERSION OF THE VOICE

Will.i.am will join the U-K version of The Voice. The Black Eyed Peas frontman will be a vocal coach on the U-K version of the show along with Jessie J, The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue and Tom Jones. The show will kick off in January.

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LIL WAYNE DONTATES TURKEYS

Lil Wayne has given back to his hometown of New Orleans by handing out free turkeys to people in old neighborhood. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better. Even though it’s an annual Cash Money tradition, Weezy told MTV News, “It’s actually been my first time back here for the past eight or nine years, and they’ve been doing this for 15 years.” Luckily Wayne found time in his schedule to personally hand out turkeys and says, “Now it’s a totally different feeling, because I can actually give you that and say, ‘Here, happy Thanksgiving.’ I can do that, and I can provide that for you.” Head over to MTV.com for more.

HOW WILL.I.AM GOT MICK JAGGER TO RECORD WITH HIM 

Will.i.am explained to Rolling Stone backstage at the American Music Awards how he recently got Mick Jagger to work with him. The Rolling Stones frontman is featured on the track “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” off will’s album #willpower. Will says, “You play your music and the first thing someone says, ‘Who’s gonna be on it? So I think of the hardest thing ever. And it happened, Mick Jagger.” The Black Eyed Peas man explained that Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine, who always wanted to work with Jagger, made the collaboration happen, and even decided to produce the track. #willpower is out next year.

 

NEW PERFORMERS ADDED TO VH1 DIVAS

 

We’ve just learned that Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and Travie McCoy have all been added to the list of performers who’ll take the stage at the upcoming show, VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul. The new acts will join previously confirmed headlining divas including Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J. and Jill Scott. Taking place inside New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul premieres on Monday, December 19th at 9 PM on VH1.

 

· The new group of performers will pay tribute to cities of soul music including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia.

DRAKE BEGINS THIRD STUDIO ALBUM

According to HipHopDX.com, Drake has reportedly begun recording the follow-up to his sophomore effort, Take Care. Even though his latest disc was released a week ago, Drizzy revealed, “I started writing the intro to my project last night.” He added, “I found the sample and I started piecing together the story of where I’m at in my life.” The news comes after first week projections put Take Care at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with estimated sales of over 700-thousand copies.

T.I. ANNOUNCES ALBUM TITLE

According to Billboard.com, T.I. has announced that his next studio album will be titled Trouble Man. In addition, the follow-up to last year’s No Mercy will have a party theme and the first single is called “Pyro.” Tip said of the disc, “A lot of times I’m taking myself out of my element.” He added, “This is the first project where I’m talking about things that I’ve experienced before that I’m not necessarily experiencing now because I’m not doing a whole lot of partying. I do a little bit but not a lot… nothing like when I was in that life.” No word on when we’ll hear the first track, we’ll keep you posted.

· This marks the rapper’s eighth studio album.

KELLY ROWLAND TO REUNITE WITH HER FATHER

According to U-K’s The Sun, Kelly Rowland has revealed plans to reunite with her estranged father, Christopher Rowland, next month. The former Destiny’s Child singer is going to meet up with her dad on Christmas day and explained, “It’s really important just to forgive my father… because tomorrow is not promised to us.” She added, “It’s important to forgive people and we move on, we have to…the pain is there, of course it will be there, and it’s important to know that forgiveness is the first step towards healing.” As previously reported, Kelly’s dad walked out of her life 20 years ago.

MOBB DEEP DROP NEW VIDEO OFF EP 

According to AllHipHop.com, Mobb Deep recently premiered the video for their new offering, “Dead Man Shoes.” You can watch the gritty visual via their official website now. The cut is lifted from the rap duo’s much-talked-about EP, Black Cocaine, which is available in stores now.

RIHANNA CAUSES STIR OVERSEAS

Rihanna accepted the American Music Award for Favorite R&B/Soul Album for Loud from the U-K on Sunday night. She is on tour overseas and recently caused some controversy when performing on The X Factor in England. For her performance, she wore a plaid dress and clunky punk shoes with writing scrawled all over them, and one phrase on the footwear had some people up in arms. According to The Telegraph, the words “F*** Off” were written on RiRi’s shoes. While the offensive statement may have left audiences a bit shocked, a spokesperson for the show played down the controversy. They showed no close ups of her shoes on the telecast. In other Rihanna news, her video for “We Found Love” has been banned from being played before 10 PM in France. The officials at the Supreme Audiovisual Council of France have deemed the video, which includes drug use, sex and domestic violence, inappropriate for viewing before that hour. Rihanna released her Talk That Talk album on Monday.

JUSTIN BIEBER AND JADEN SMITH RELEASE NEW COLLABO

According to the New York Post, Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith have released a new duet, a cover of “Thinking About You” by Frank Ocean. Smith raps on the track while Bieber lends his vocals to the R&B tune. Bieber and Smith released their first musical collaboration, “Never Say Never,” in 2010. It was the theme song for The Karate Kid remake, starring Smith.

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DRAKE IN THE MASTERING PROCESS FOR TAKE CARE

Late last week, pictures surfaced showing Drake in the process of mixing and mastering songs off his upcoming album, Take Care. As previously reported the rapper’s sophomore project will hit stores on his birthday, October 24th.

AND…

DRAKE SIGNS ON FOR CLUB PARADISE TOUR

According to AllHipHop.com, Drake has already kicked off a six-date outing for the Club Paradise tour. The Toronto native is being joined by Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar and will take the stage tonight (10/10) at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit LiveNation.com today.

· Here’s the remaining shows:

11/13/11 – Assembly Hall [Champaign, IL

11/15/11 – Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center

11/19/11 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena

11/20/11 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

FANTASIA MIGHT LOSE LEADING BIOPIC ROLE?

According to the NY Post, a very pregnant Fantasia might be on the verge of losing the lead role in the upcoming biopic about gospel legend, Mahalia Jackson. Executive producer, Adrian Taylor revealed, “The [Jackson] family thinks if Fantasia plays the role, it’s going to sully the name of Mahalia. They think she’s got the wrong image, having a child out of wedlock.” In addition, filming has been pushed back until after she gives birth, which might cause the director to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Due to the delay, producers are considering replacing Fanny. We’ll keep you posted.

YELAWOLF REVEALS ALBUM COVER, SWITCHES LAUNCH 

According to XXLMag.com, Yelawolf has released the artwork for his debut album, Radioactive. In addition, the Shady Records artist has pushed the project back from October 25th to November 21st. He explained in a statement, “I needed to add some important finishing touches to the album which resulted in the new release date.” He continued, “I have some surprises in store for the fans that have to be seen before the album comes out. It’s definitely worth the wait.”

· The original launch date was September 27th.

RIHANNA TAKES SUBWAY TO HER OWN CONCERT

Wanna know how Rihanna arrived to her concert at London’s O2 Arena? According to PinkIsTheNewBlog.com, the pop princess was spotted taking a subway train to get to her concert in time. Ri Ri rode alongside other passengers and even took pictures when they recognized her. Here’s what one bystander had to say about her: “I was in Rihanna’s carriage on the Jubilee line. I didn’t really twig at first because you wouldn’t expect to see a superstar travelling so casually on the tube.” The spy adds, “But then me and my friend realized it WAS her. She was so cool and friendly and happy to pose for photos. I asked why on earth she was taking the Tube to her own concert. And she said she’d always wanted to go on the Tube and decided to do it as it was the first night of her tour.”

AND…

RIHANNA HAS A NEW BOYFRIEND?

According to Rap-Up.com, Rihanna is rumored to have a new man in her life. While overseas the singer was spotted with Dudley O’Shaughnessy, who is the model that co-stars in her video for “We Found Love.” In the pictures, the usually paparazzi-ready star was camera shy and shielded her face from photogs. Hmmm, looks like time will tell if this is in fact her new beau.

LUDACRIS DELAYS MIXTAPE RELEASE 

According to his official Twitter page, Ludacris has pushed back the release date for his upcoming mixtape, 1.21 Gigawatts. Luda tweeted that the project, which was supposed to be released on October 12th, “will be worth the wait, trust!” The rapper delayed the tape so that he could add guest verses from Rick Ross and Meek Mill. Be sure to download 1.21 Gigawatts on it’s new release date, November 15th.

· He is also working on his next album, Ludaversal.

T-BOZ FROM TLC BATTLES BRAIN TUMOR? 

We knew T-Boz from TLC suffered from Sickle Cell Anemia, but we had no idea that in her past, the singer also battled for her life, after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. She recalled to CNN, “I started having headaches, but they were so frequent, something was wrong.” Luckily, a doctor was able to remove the tumor just in time and she’s had minor side effects since the surgery.

· T-Boz is back in the studio working on a solo album.

JENNIFER LOPEZ TEAMS WITH WILL.I.AM ON “HARD” 

According to HipHop-N-More.com, Jennifer Lopez has recorded the hook for will.i.am’s new record “Hard.” The club-ready track also includes a feature from legendary The Rolling Stones member Mick Jagger. You can visit Jenny’s official fan site, BeyondBeautifulJLo.com, to listen to the full track.

· The Black Eyed Peas member debuted the dance track at the HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio party in London late last week.

SNOOP TO BE A SITCOM DAD?

Is Snoop Dogg gonna be a sitcom star? Deadline.com reports that the rapper is on board to star as a father on an upcoming NBC sitcom written by Don Reo. Reo has written for the likes of Two and a Half Men, Everybody Hates Chris, The Golden Girls and more. Snoop has already starred in a bunch of movies and has reportedly been cast in the biopic The Legend of Fillmore Slim.

BEYONCE’S “LOVE ON TOP” TEASER

Just days after releasing her “Countdown” video, Beyonce unleashed a lengthy teaser for her upcoming visual for “Love on Top.” The diva premiered the clip on Australia’s Channel 7, here’s the video link in case you missed it!

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JAY-Z ISSUES LIMITED EDITION VINYL

According to his label, Jay-Z has decided to release a limited-edition blue vinyl to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the release of his classic album, The Blueprint. The collector’s must-have will be available exclusively via Jay-Z.Fanfire.com now. Hurry, there are only 2011 copies being released!

PUSHA T ISSUES NEW TRACKLISTING

According to Rap-Up.com, Pusha T has unleashed the official tracklisting for his upcoming album, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray. The 12-track project, which will include contributions from 50 Cent, Rick Ross, Pharrell, Kanye West, Young Jeezy and Tyler, the Creator, will be available on November 8th via Yeezy’s G.O.O.D. Music label. In addition, fans can download the lead single, “My God,” on iTunes now.

Here’s who made the cut:

1. Changing of the Guards feat. Diddy

2. Amen feat. Kanye West and Young Jeezy

3. Trouble on My Mind feat. Tyler, The Creator

4. What Dreams Are Made Of

5. Body Work feat. Juicy J, Meek Mill, and French Montana

6. Everything That Glitters feat. French Montana

7. So Obvious

8. Feeling Myself feat. Kevin Cossom

9. Raid feat. 50 Cent and Pharrell

10. My God

11. I Still Wanna feat. Rick Ross and Ab Liva

12. Alone in Vegas

RIHANNA MAKES BILLBOARD HISTORY

According to Bilboard.com, Rihanna’s newest single, “We Found Love,” has helped the singer break a record held by Madonna. Ri Ri now holds the record for having 20 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles in the shortest amount of time. While it took the “Material Girl” six years and nine months to score 20 hit songs, it only took Rihanna six years and four months to accomplish the feat. Further, Rihanna is inching closer to taking another record that is currently held by Madge – she has 37 top 10 singles to date.

NICKI MINAJ JUMPS ON WILLOW’S NEW SINGLE

We previously reported that Willow Smith tweeted about dropping a new single, and boy did she deliver. The “Whip My Hair” singer just released her newest single, “Fireball,” which includes guest verses from Nicki Minaj. Head to Willow’s official fansite to hear the teen anthem now!

BEYONCE CONGRATULATES J. COLE

If having Jay-Z congratulate him on his success of his debut album wasn’t enough, J. Cole also received high praises from Beyonce. The rapper bragged during a recent interview that Bey emailed him congrats for his latest project, Cole World: The Sideline Story, being the number one effort in the country. The disc amasses sales over 218-thousand in just seven days. Be sure to grab the disc today!

TUPAC’S FAMILY NEVER WANT SEX TAPE TO COME OUT

Tupac’s family says the sex tape featuring the rapper that recently surfaced will never see the light of day. According to TMZ, Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, stated, “Get the legal team ready because we will not allow someone to put it out.” Two rival pornography companies have put in bids for the tape, which features the late rapper receiving oral sex from a woman at a party.

MARIAH CAREY TEAMS UP WITH JUSTIN BIEBER FOR CHRISTMAS ALBUM

Mariah Carey will be featured on Justin Bieber’s upcoming Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe. The two will team up for her classic Christmas tune, “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Carey confirmed the collaboration saying, “I am very excited about it. I think a lot of you are very surprised about it, and you’re going to be even more surprised when you hear it, the song sounds great.” Under the Mistletoe is due out next month.

THE BLACK EYED PEAS PULL OUT OF MJ TRIBUTE

According to The Associated Press, the Black Eyed Peas have pulled out of this week’s Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales. Organizers say the band has withdrawn due to “unavoidable circumstances.” The Michael Forever concert will boast performances from Christina Aguilera, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Leona Lewis and Cee-Lo Green and takes place Saturday night at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in Wales.

PRESIDENT OBAMA “INTIMIDATED” BY LADY GAGA

Barack Obama may be the leader of the free world, but even he gets a little intimidated when meeting Lady Gaga. The President of the United States admitted as much this past weekend, when, during his address at the annual Human Rights Campaign gala in Washington, D.C., he joked that meeting Lady Gaga was “intimidating.” According to ABC News, Obama said, “She was wearing 16-inch heels. She was 8 feet tall. It was a little intimidating.” Gaga and Obama met late last month at a Silicon Valley fundraiser held at the home of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Gaga used the opportunity to make good on a Twitter vow she’d posted in reaction to the suicide of bullied teen Jamey Rodemeyer, asking the president what his administration planned on doing to stop bullying. At the Human Rights gala, Obama joked with the crowd, which included gay and lesbian advocates, saying, “I held some productive bilateral talks with your leader.” The remark reportedly drew laughter and applause.

CONRAD MURRAY TRAIL UPDATE:

On Wednesday, the jury at the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician Conrad Murray heard first hand from the former pop star. In one of the most anticipated days of the trial, personal conversations between Murray and Jackson, recorded on Murray’s phone, were played for the court. In the recording, Jackson talks to Murray about his grand plans for the This Is It shows, including raising enough money to start the Michael Jackson Children’s Hospital. He said in the recordings, “I love them because I didn’t have a childhood. I had no childhood. I feel their pain. I feel their hurt.” When Jackson goes silent for 13 seconds, Murray asks, “Are you OK?” Jackson’s response: “I am asleep.” Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Snoop & Game Pass The Torch to Kendrick Lamar -x- Diggy & More Ready Scream Tour 2011 -x- Trey Songz Remixes “She Will” -x- VMA Facts


WEST COAST GREATS PASS THE TORCH TO KENDRICK LAMAR 

(AllHipHop News) After performing his hit song “Michael Jordan,” Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar was given the ultimate co-sign from the best of the best from the West Coast Hip-Hop community.

Snoop Dogg came out to perform his hit song, “Snoop Dogg” accompanied by Kurupt and Game.

“Aye n***a, you going bodyguard hard right now. Look I’m sitting up there with Dr. Dre up top,” Snoop said as he pointed to Dr. Dre in the crowd “and we watching Game pass the torch to you and you great at what you do man, not good at what you do, you great at what you do. I’ma say this, you got the torch my n***ga.”

Shortly afterwards, an emotional Kendrick Lamar was surrounded and embraced by the TDE family, Game, Snoop and Kurupt.

Game took the mic to explain to the fans the importance of Kendrick Lamar’s ascendance in the rap game.

Silencing the crowd’s cheer, Game took the microphone and had this to say.

“For yall mothaf**kas who aint here and for all you that got your camera phones that don’t understand, yall need to realize this is the motha f**kin ni**a,” Game shouted out to the crowd. “This is the motha f**kin west coast, and the torch has been passed! Aint no hate in Dr. Dre’s blood, he passed the torch to Snoop, Snoop passed it to Game, Pac restin in peace, so is Eazy, Jay Rock doin his damn this, Glasses, Nipsey. I hate when people say the West aint poppin. I told you it was coming.”

But it wasn’t just West Coast artists in the building that night, in video clips you can see Mos Def and Talib Kweli enjoying the festivities with the whole TDE family on the West coast.

Having released his newest album Section.80 earlier this summer to critical acclaim, Kendrick Lamar is embarking on a nation wide tour that will feature spot dates at New York’s S.O.B.’s on August 31st, The Loft in Atlanta August 27th, live with Wiz Khalifa and Chevy Woods on September 3rd in Eugene, Oregon and a date at Seattle’s Bumbershoot 2011 festival, that will also feature Big Boi and Wiz Khalifa September 3rd-6th.

TREY SONGZ REMIXES LIL WAYNE’S “SHE WILL”

Trey Songz flexes his lyrical ability on the revamped version of Lil Wayne’s newest single, “She Will.” Lately, the crooner has recorded rap verses on unofficial remixes to songs like Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci” and Drake’s “Headlines.” In related news, Trey is currently working on his upcoming fifth studio album, titled Chapter 5. Head over to Rap-Up.com to preview the song now!

GAME LEAKS BONUS TRACK OFF R.E.D ALBUM

According to his official fansite, Game recently unleashed a bonus track called “Basic Bitch,” which is off his long-awaited R.E.D. Album. Be sure to get your copy when the follow-up to 2008’s LAX arrives tomorrow (8/23).

DIGGY, MINDLESS BEHAVIOR READY SCREAM TOUR

We’ve just learned which artists will be a part of the newest series of the Scream Tour. The annual outing, which started over a decade ago, has pumped the careers of acts like Bow Wow, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and others. This year, the trek is being dubbed Scream Tour: The Next Generation (NXG) and it will include Mindless Behavior, Diggy and The New Boyz as well as new acts like Jacob Latimore, Hamilton Park and The OMG Girlz. The 20-city tour begins on September 30th in Augusta, Georgia and wraps on November 20th in Richmond, Virginia.

· General tickets go on sale for select markets on August 27th.

· Tour information will be available at ScreamTour.com or Ticketmaster.com.

JANET JACKSON TO PERFORM IN SOUTH AFRICA

For the first time ever, Janet Jackson is scheduled to perform in South Africa during her Up Close And Personal World Tour. The singer has never performed in Johannesburg before and is looking forward to showcasing new and old songs. According to her official fansite, pre-sale tickets and VIP packages are on sale now. Visit JanetJackson.com/Tour to see when the icon will perform stateside in a city near you.

LADY GAGA LOVES BEYONCE

Lady Gaga and Beyonce may be running against one another at the MTV Video Music Awards this year, but the singers are actually old friends, having collaborated on Gaga’s VMA-winning “Telephone” in 2010. Gaga explained exactly why the two get along.

 “She is such a beautiful person. And, I gotta tell you, I just adore her. And I had kinda lost faith a little bit in meeting artists in the business, and then I met Beyonce.”

Gaga and Beyonce are both up for the Best Female Video Moon man. Mother Monster is also up for Best Video with a Message, Best Choreography and Best Art Direction. Meanwhile, Beyonce is also up for Best Direction, Best Choreography and Best Cinematography. See who wins when the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards air live on Sunday at 9 PM Eastern.

WILL.I.AM CALLS JUSTIN BIEBER THE NEXT MICHAEL JACKSON

Justin Bieber recently logged studio time with Black Eyed Peas frontman and producer will.i.am. Will told MTV News U-K that Bieber could be “like Michael Jackson.” “Will.i.am was one of the last producers to work with the “King of Pop” before his death.

TROUBLE WITH THE AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION 

Mitch Winehouse’s dream to establish a charity called the Amy Winehouse Foundation to honor his late daughter has hit a potential snag. Mitch told the BBC that someone actually registered the name before he could, and that he’s constantly receiving donations for the charity, but doesn’t “know what to do with them.” Winehouse says that the foundation plans to “help all children – not just rehabilitation, not just substance abuse. It’s to help all children in need.”

PITBULL, JESSIE J TO PERFORM AT THE 2011 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

MTV.com has just announced that Pitbull has joined the official line up of performers at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. The rapper, who will showcase “Give Me Everything” alongside Ne-Yo, joins previously confirmed acts including Adele, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Young The Giant. In addition, Jessie J will serve as the night’s house artist. Viewers can expect presenters to include Nicki Minaj, Taylor Lautner, Drake, Joe Jonas, Jared Leto, Kevin Hart, JB Smoove of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jonah Hill, Rick Ross, Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen, Kim Kardashian and Odd Future. Be sure to tune in to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards when they air live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28th at 9 PM (Live Eastern/Tape delayed Pacific).

· The news comes just weeks after we learned that Katy Perry leads the pack with an impressive nine nominations, including Best Female Video and Video of the Year for “Firework.”

· Additional performers, presenters and a host will be revealed at a later date.

· Fans can vote for specific categories like Best New Artist at VMA.MTV.com today.

· Fans can also vote for Best New Artist by texting BNA to 66333 on your wireless phone.

VMA FACTS

The Video Music Awards have been held in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami.

The 2004 VMA show in Miami marked the first time in the 21-year history of the awards show that the VMAs were not held in New York City or in Los Angeles.

Madonna has performed at seven VMAs, four of which she has opened. This makes her the only artist to perform at the VMAs in the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s.

Before U2’s live set in 2001, the Metropolitan Opera House lost power and delayed their performance.

Afeni Shakur (Tupac Shakur’s mother) and Voletta Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.’s mother) met for the first time at the Video Music Awards in 1999, when the two co-presented the award for Best Rap Video.

MTV Music News


DMX TO BE RELEASED FROM PRISON SOON!
DMX will reportedly be released from an Arizona corrections facility on July 1st. The rapper, who is said to be working on a new album, will be under supervision until the August 12th and then be allowed to come and go as he pleases. For just how long X stays out of trouble remains to be seen.
•       The rapper is currently serving time for violating the terms of his probation.

TREY SONGZ TALKS ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Judging by the line-up for the 2011 Essence Music Festival presented by Coca Cola, we’re confident that this will be the best of all the previous concerts. Taking place in New Orleans July 4th weekend (July 1st, 2nd and 3rd), this is an event you do not want to miss! To be a part of three unforgettable nights at the Superdome, purchase tickets via Music.Vh1.com or EssenceMusicFestival.com!
•       In addition to Trey, performances on Main Stage include: Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Jill Scott, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men, New Edition, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary, and many more!

KELLY ROWLAND GETS NUMBER ONE HIT
Kelly Rowland has claimed the number one spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-hop chart. The singer told us that even though she’s experienced success with European-inspired songs, recording “Motivation” brings her back to her roots. The cut is the first sampling of the direction of her upcoming album, Here I Am.

SWIZZ BEATZ TALKS NEW ALBUM, NEW VIDEO
Swizz Beatz sat down with MTV News to give new details about his forthcoming effort, Haute Living. The hitmaker promises that the disc, which includes contributions from John Legend, Jay-Z, and Swizz’s wife, Alicia Keys, will not disappoint. He said of the upcoming video to his single “Skyscrappers,” which features Kanye West and U2’s Bono, “It’s like an art piece.” The producer added that the visual is “like a documentary of the world as we don’t know it, but kind of know it. You know these things are going on in the world, but you don’t really know to what degree they’re going on in the world.” There’s no word on when the clip will premiere, but none of the artists will be in the video.
•       The disc will be available later this year.

KELIS HAS NO REGRETS DIVORCING NAS
Now that Kelis’ divorce from Nas is finalized, the singer sat down with Attitude magazine to talk about life without her former spouse. The mother of the rapper’s child stated, “I’m not a big regret person.” She added, “I’ve been divorced, and I can still say I don’t regret it I’m a big believer that if a bad situation happens, it is a lesson that needs to be learned, just once.” The couple filed for divorce in April on 2009.
•       Kelis also said during the interview, “I’m a mother and I do what I love for a living, and I have enough money to do what I want but not so much that it’s a stress. I think happiness is a momentary feeling but I’m very content. I feel really good.”

EMINEM, ROYCE DA 5’9” LEAK TRACKLIST
Eminem and Royce Da 5’9” have released the official tracklisting for Hell: The Sequel. The nine-track project includes contributions from Havoc, Bruno Mars, Slaughterhouse, Bangladesh and Mike Epps. Be sure to get your copy on June 14th.

TRACKLIST:

1. “Welcome 2 Hell” – Produced by Havoc

2. “Fast Lane” – Produced by Supa Dups

3. “The Reunion” – Produced by Sid Roams

4. “Above the Law” – Produced by Mr. Porter

5. “I’m On Everything” Feat. Mike Epps

6. “A Kiss” – Produced by Bangladesh

7. “Lighters” Feat. Bruno Mars

8. “Take from Me” – Produced by Mr. Porter

9. “Loud Noises” Feat. Slaughterhouse

MIGUEL REACTS TO “SURE THING” REMIX
Unbeknownst to Miguel, Pusha T laid down guest vocals for the unofficial remix of the singer’s new single, “Sure Thing.” In related news, Miguel is up for Best New Artist for the 2011 BET Awards. Be sure to tune in June 26th when it airs live from L-A.
•       Click HERE to get the remix!  http://hulkshare.com/n9grrxohf4bw

FOOTAGE OF BEYONCE “SANGING” BEFORE IDOL 

In case you thought Beyonce’s performance of “1+1” during American Idol was pre-taped, Jay-Z recorded footage of the singer running through the song before she took stage. Check it out and be prepared to get chills!
•       The song is off her upcoming album, 4, which arrives on June 28th.
•       See it HERE!

HIP HOP TWEET OF THE DAY: LL COOL J
We all could learn a lot from LL Cool J, who tends to tweet inspiration quotes from time to time. Here’s what the rap legend wrote recently: “The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. – Unknown”  Read more at Twitter.com/LLCoolJ.

JAY-Z GETS OUT OF TRAFFIC TICKETS?
Jay-Z lives above the law…well, when it comes to traffic tickets anyway. According to the New York Daily News, the rapper reportedly had cops fix tickets for him because he’s a huge rap star. The mogul joins other celebrities like A-Rod and Raymond Felton, who were able to manipulate policemen and get off easy because the cops allegedly unlawfully claimed that they “lost the paperwork.”
•       TIDBIT: The Internal Affairs Bureau is currently investigating these incidents.

FLAVOR FLAV TALKS AUTOBIGRAPHY
Wanna know more about the life of Flavor Flav? The Public Enemy frontman has written an autobiography titled Flavor Flav, The Icon The Memoir, which he told us will hopefully change people’s misconceptions about him and let them see what he’s really like. Visit his official website to learn more!
•       The rapper said in a statement “My life has taught me that nothing is really easy. Everything in life you want can come to you, but you really, really have to earn it and deserve it. You only get to live physically once in this lifetime, so while we are living this one time – we need to make the best of it. When we die, we become nothing but memories to other people and we want to leave them the best memories ever.”

WILL.I.AM PREPS SOLO ALBUM
According to NME.com, will.i.am is going to release a solo album.  Fergie recently told Hollyscoop.com that Will has completed the effort and that it is titled Black Einstein.  No word on a release date but we will keep you posted. 
·       Fergie said: “I believe Will is coming out with a solo album. I’ve heard it. It’s called Black Einstein and it’s amazing.”
·       The Black Eyed Peas are set to take a break following some summer shows.  Fergie said she is looking forward to down time and Taboo is planning to spend time with his family and newborn son, Journey. 

GAGA MAY SELL CLOSE TO ONE-MILLION ALBUMS
It should come as no shock to anyone, but it seems that Lady Gaga is on pace to have a very big first week with her new album, Born This Way.  According to HitsDailyDouble.com, the pop star is on track to sell close to one-million copies of the record.  That would unseat Adele’s 21 from the top of the Billboard 200 chart.  We’ll know the exact numbers on Wednesday.
·       Around half of Gaga’s total albums sold are expected to be digital, and the fact that she’s been selling the record for just 99-cent at Amazon.com can only help things.
·       Adele will move down to at least number two on the Billboard chart. Do you think she’ll be able to get back to summit again?

ADELE STILL ON TOP OF HOT 100

Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” maintains the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the third straight week.  Katy Perry’s former chart-topper “E.T.” featuring Kanye West, spends a third week at number two, while Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack and Nayer rises four notches to number three.  The Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough” is up one spot to number four and Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor” featuring Pitbull is up one notch to number five.

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