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April 23, 2014

Sia Wrote Rihanna's 'Diamonds' In 14 Minutes - @Rihanna @Sia

The Huffington Post | by Christopher Rosen

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If Rihanna's "Diamonds" sounds like it was written in less than 15 minutes, that's because it was: Speaking to the New York Times, songwriter Sia Furler revealed she wrote the track -- with its repeated chorus ("Shine bright like a diamond") -- in just 14 minutes.

In an interview with HuffPost Entertainment in 2012, producer Benny Blanco said that "Diamonds" happened "overnight."

"We're sitting there trying to make records, and we finally just said, 'Let's just do something we like. Let's make a hip-hop record with some really cool chords on it,'" he recalled. "It didn't sound Rihanna at all. We were more thinking of making a record that sounds like Kanye. Let's make a record with a dope beat. So we did. Then Sia heard the track and instantly gravitated towards it. We weren't even thinking of putting a pop song on it, but she wrote this amazing song."

As relayed to the Times, Sia recorded a version of "Diamonds," one that Rihanna followed to the letter when she sang the track for her album.

"I literally punched him in the arm. I thought Benny was playing a trick on me," Sia told the Times. "[Rihanna] could’ve done it her own way, but I think she really genuinely liked the way it was."

CLICK HERE To Listen Sia sing "Diamonds" below; Rihanna's release is above.


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April 15, 2014

Rick Ross Mastermind Extravaganza Photo Recap from Bamboo Miami Prestige Sundays - @RickyRozay @myaccess305

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January 13, 2014

Getting inked... again! @Rihanna admires the new tattoo on her right wrist after staying up all night to get it done

By HELEN ZHAO
DailyMail

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Rihanna is no stranger to tattoos, with around 20 of them already decorating various parts of her body.

The 25-year-old singer added to her extensive collection when she visited Bang Bang Tattoos in New York City on Saturday.

She stayed inside from midnight and until 5am, emerging to admire the work done on her right wrist, alongside the artist.

The Umbrella singer allegedly had a large cross with designs around it on the inside of her wrist - complimenting the elaborate tribal design already emblazoned on her right hand and wrist.

She was channelling edgy chic in a black jacket and crisp white shirt, with an eclectic variety of bracelets, rings, earrings, and very long sparkling nails.
It remains to be seen what Rihanna will get inked next - a self-professed lover of tattoos.

"I like hanging out in tattoo shops," she has said. "I am so intrigued by tattoos. It’s an entire culture, and I study it."
"Sometimes I go with friends, or just by myself. I get bum-rushed, but I don't care. I don't take security."
Her older tattoos were visible just hours before she visited the tattoo parlor, as she attended a basketball game at the Barclays Center in New York, a Brooklyn Nets versus the Miami Heat.


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January 10, 2014

Pitbull Kicks Off 2014 with "Timber" Going #1 on Billboard Hot 100! - @Pitbull @DJNoodles

Pitbull_2014.jpgInternational music sensation Pitbull charges out of the gate this year on top, scoring the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with "Timber" featuring Ke$ha. "Timber" is also holds the #1 chart position in 7 countries internationally including the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Austria, and is Top 10 in 15 countries worldwide. "Timber" also has peaked at #1 on the iTunes charts in over 66 countries.

"Timber" is also the #1 most streamed track on Spotify globally this week, and has been Top 10 for 6 weeks straight. The video for "Timber" has enjoyed over 55 million views on VEVO since release late November and was the #1 played video on MTV. At radio, "Timber" boasts over 100 million in audience, is the #4 most played song in the country, and is closing in on #1 at Top 40 radio format. In addition, "Timber" has been in the Top 10 on the Billboard Digital Songs Chart for 9 weeks, including 4 weeks holding the #1 spot, and has sold nearly 2 million tracks.

GLOBAL WARMING: MELTDOWN is spotlighted by "Timber" featuring Ke$ha along with 4 other brand new collaborations with Kelly Rowland, Mayer Hawthorne, Mohombi and Inna, in addition to the original Global Warming album released on Mr. 305/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records. The 5 brand new tracks are also available on a companion EP simply titled MELTDOWN for the fan who already owns Global Warming.


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February 28, 2013

Nicki Minaj gives her boobs a starring role in new music video

By AYEESHA WALSH
Thesun.co.uk

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NICKI Minaj bares all as she films her latest music video topless with gold stars covering her nipples.

The feisty female rapper bares all in the promo for her collaboration with French Montana Freaks.
In an X-rated behind the scenes clip from the shoot she is seen strutting around in red platform heels teamed with a metallic gold jacket and skin-tight leopard print leggings with just the large stickers strategically placed over her nipples.

The rest of her ample breasts are completely exposed as she wriggles and writhes against a wall to the sounds of the track which samples 90s reggae duo Chaka Demus and Pliers hit Murder She Wrote.

The outfit - or lack of one - is Nicki's most risque look yet despite a back-catalogue of raunchy music videos.
She has regularly stripped down to a bikini or skimpy hotpants in promos for her hits including Starships, Super Bass and The Boys.


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October 23, 2012

Sean Kingston: Justin Bieber Gave Me His Chrome Fisker Karma

By TMZ

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It pays to be Justin Bieber's BFF ... 'cause Sean Kingston tells TMZ the Biebs GAVE HIM his old chrome-plated Fisker Karma simply because he got bored with it.

Kingston was leaving Boa Steakhouse in Hollywood this weekend when the valet drove up in the Karma ... which Justin initially got as an 18th birthday gift from his manager Scooter Braun.

So ... why did Bieber decide to re-gift his super-fast, super-expensive car?

Sean gave us the full explanation (check out the video) ... but Kingston should be careful -- 'cause Fisker Automotive recalled roughly 2,400 of the Karmas to fix a defective cooling fan unit that was the cause of a vehicle fire back in August.

The chrome car has a pretty infamous track record with police -- Justin was pulled over in the ride at least twice ... including one time for driving at breakneck speeds on L.A.'s 101 freeway.


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September 6, 2012

Sean Kingston's 'How We Survive' and Busta Rhymes' 'Make It Look Easy'

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Rhymes is featured in the first offering from Kingston's upcoming effort 'Back 2 Life', and he enlists Gucci Mane for his own latest track from ninth album 'Year of the Dragon'.

Sean_kingston_busta_rhymes_How_We_Survive.jpgSean Kingston is gearing up to debut his new album "Back 2 Life" and has given a taste to it by releasing the first single. Featuring Busta Rhymes, the song is titled "How We Survive" which is appropriate to what recently happened to him since he survived a jet ski accident in May 2011.

Almost at the same time, his collaborator Rhymes has his own new track "Make It Look Easy" debuted online. In this latest offering off his upcoming studio installment "Year of the Dragon", he enlists the help of Gucci Mane to spit some of the lines.

Kingston had worked on his third studio installment since 2010 and released some of its singles, including "Eenie Meenie" featuring Justin Bieber, but later re-did the album. "Back 2 Life" is expected to drop later this year.

As for Rhymes' ninth effort, it is scheduled to come out under Google Play as a free release on August 21. The record boasts many collaborative projects, including the ones featuring Rick Ross & Trey Songz, Lil Wayne and Robin Thicke.


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August 17, 2012

Nicki Minaj Cites Foxy Brown As One Of Her Biggest Influences

by Nadeska Alexis
Rapfix.MTV

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Nicki Minaj has come a long way over the past couple of years, hitting unbelievable career highs, and now she has the chance to pay homage to those who paved the way for her. Minaj summoned Foxy Brown to the stage in New York City this week, calling her "one of my biggest influences in the game."

Foxy joined Nicki Minaj about an hour into her Tuesday night set at Roseland Ballroom, and she wasted no time telling her fellow Trinidad native that she was "ahead of her time" when she dropped her third solo album, 2001's Broken Silence. "I really wanna thank you for being one of my biggest influences in the game," Nicki said onstage, later admitting that the moment was equally special for her and Foxy.

"I never really told Foxy how much she has influenced me and how much she changed my life, and you've gotta tell people that when they're alive to even be able to take the compliment, instead of paying tribute to them when they're no longer here," Nicki explained, in a very honest moment. "I never really knew how she felt about me - in the industry, with women, you kinda just tread lightly - and I'm glad I was able to finally come out and say: 'You were the most influential female rapper to me.' "


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August 1, 2012

Drake and Rihanna lead MTV Video Music awards nominations

By Sean Michaels
Guardian.co.uk

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Drake and Rihanna lead the nominees for this year's MTV Video Music awards. Each artist received five nods in a contest that will also see the UK boybands One Direction and the Wanted face off for the best new artist prize.

This year's VMAs will take place on 6 September at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. While Drake and Rihanna are at the top of the heap, Katy Perry received four nominations, with three each to Frank Ocean, MIA, Coldplay, and Jay-Z & Kanye West's Watch the Throne project. As for the biggest prize of the night, video of the year, there's an Australian earworm nestled in with the bangers: Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know will contend with songs by Drake, Rihanna, Perry and MIA.

So far, organisers have announced only two of the gala's performers: One Direction, who have the bestselling debut album of the year in the US, and Alicia Keys, who will preview her upcoming fifth LP. "It's the perfect setting," Keys said in a statement. "I debuted No One at the [2007] VMAs - it was the first time anyone in the world heard [the song]. It's the right energy. It's the right vibe. People are so excited about the night of music and hearing different styles that it just goes over really well."

Despite attempting a comeback album this year, Madonna was completely overlooked in this year's VMA nominations. The same is true for Lady Gaga, who was eligible for - and ignored in - two categories.


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July 26, 2012

Snoop Dogg turns into a 'Lion,' drops first Reggae single

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By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Snoop_lion_reggae_album_Reincarnated.jpgMonths after internationally acclaimed rap legend, Snoop Dogg filmed a documentary in Jamaica, the prominent artiste has created an alter ego symbolic of the island's culture and its most popular genre.

In February, Snoop Dogg visited Jamaica as he shot footage for a documentary focusing on the Rastafari Movement as well as the island's culture. Additionally, the rap icon reportedly recorded a single at Geejam Studios in Portland for his upcoming album, Reincarnated.

Obviously fond of Jamaican folklore and Reggae music, Snoop Dogg recently created a new moniker, Snoop Lion and has recorded his debut single under the new alter-ego dubbed, La La La. Produced by Major Lazer, La La La showcases an authentic Reggae sound as Snoop attempts to speak Jamaican patois. Meanwhile, popular Reggae singer, Jovi Rockwell features on the track as she provides background vocals.


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July 10, 2012

Teairra Mari - "Unfinished Business" - Feat. Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz & Rico Love

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Here's the brand new R&B mixtape from Teairra Mari that has been highly anticipated. It's called "Unfinished Business" and features Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz and Rico Love. The mixtape has over 35,000 downloads already and it's spreading like wildfire so download it right now for free and give it a listen. This girl works her ass off and has been one of the most consistent female R&B artists around giving you banger after banger. Don't sleep on my girl....let's show her the support she deserves...it's go time!!!

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July 4, 2012

Sean Kingston 'Back 2 Life' Album: '100,000 People' Features Wiz Khalifa, Shakira Unites for Song

by Charley Rogulewski
Theboombox

Sean_Kingston_Back_To_Life_Album.jpgIn May 2011, Sean Kingston came face-to-face with death when a jet ski he was maneuvering crashed into a bridge in Miami. In the months leading up to the accident, the singer -- best known for his reggae-pop hit "Beautiful Girls" -- had been working on his third album, releasing several singles like the Nicki Minaj feature "Letting Go (Dutty Love)," "Dumb Love" and the Justin Bieber collaboration "Eenie Meenie."

After two months of rehab to mend both injuries sustained during the incident and the two surgeries for a torn aorta doctors found, Kingston's near-death experience made him reexamine his life. He decided to start from scratch and go back to his reggae roots for his third effort.

Kingston returned to the lab, this time with producer J.R. Rotem, who helped the 22-year-old crooner create the sound on his eponymous 2007 self-titled album. With a new batch of collaborators, Kingston says fans can expect "a whole new me" on the forthcoming LP, fittingly titled Back 2 Life. The BoomBox caught up with Kingston and had him dish some details about the project -- he and Shakira unite on a song. He also told us about iChatting with Wiz Khalifa and their collaboration, his favorite Bob Marley track and the ladies man he tried to be back in elementary school.


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June 4, 2012

Lil Wayne Pulls Nicki Minaj Out of Radio Concert After DJ Diss

by GINA SERPE
Eonline

Nicki_minaj_lil_wayne_diss.jpgNobody disses Nicki Minaj and gets away with it. Especially not when Lil Wayne's around.

Though the Pink Friday rapper was all set to hit the stage for a star-studded performance at New York's Hot 97 Summer Jam concert last night, some ill-conceived shade thrown her way by the emceeing DJ at the start of the show rubbed Minaj's crew the wrong way, culminating in Young Money honcho Lil Wayne pulling his roster of artists from the event at the last minute.

So for any still curious as to the whereabouts of beef, it's apparently alive and kicking on hip-hop radio...

The trouble began earlier in the evening, when morning-show DJ Peter Rosenberg took to the stage at the MetLife Stadium to introduce one of the opening acts.

"I know there are some chicks in here waiting to sing along with 'Starships' later," he said. "I'm not talking to y'all now. F--k that bulls--t."

Well, it didn't take long for his comments to reach Lil Wayne, who subsequently took to Twitter and declared, "Young Money ain't doing Summer Jam."


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May 28, 2012

Jay-Z weighs in on Obama's gay marriage stance

ALIYAH SHAHID
NYdailynews

obama_jay_z_gay_rights.jpgRapper Jay-Z is singing President Obama's praises for endorsing same-sex marriage, insisting "it's the right thing to do."

"I've always thought it as something that was still holding the country back," Jay-Z told CNN on Monday, commenting on gay couples not being able to tie the knot.

"What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love,” he said. “That's their business. It's no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination plain and simple."

The singer's statements come as several, prominent black pastors have spoken out against the President's historic announcement to back gay marriage. Obama held a conference call with several of the church leaders last week to explain his decision.


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May 10, 2012

Hip-hop Superstar Akon plans to unveil all-Reggae album

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

akon_reggae_album_stadium.jpgInternationally acclaimed hip-hop superstar and singer, Akon looks to truly connect with fans of another popular genre as he plans to release an all-Reggae album in the near future. intl

Currently completing work on his fourth studio album, Stadium, the Senegalese-born artiste insists that he was inspired to work on an all-Reggae project after visiting Jamaica in January. During his time in the island, Akon visited Tuff Gong studios where he worked on projects with prominent Reggae megastars, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley as well as Julian Marley. Additionally, he toured the Bob Marley Museum and even tweeted pictures while on the legendary premises.

In a recent interview with Billboard.com, Akon spoke of his admiration for the Marley's, insisting that they motivated him to achieve greater heights while in the creative process of music; inspiring him to write four songs a day even.

Now Akon looks to build off that experience by creating an all-Reggae compilation and even hinted that the Marley's would feature on the album, insisting that they would be the best artistes to work with for such a project.


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May 6, 2012

Jay-Z: "I'll Probably Have The Worst, Spoiled Little Kid Ever"

by KIRSTIN MIRTICH
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It's a no brainer that Blue Ivy Carter is going to grow to be one privileged young lady - given the fact her parents are R&B royal couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z - and it seems her proud papa wants to give his first born everything her heart desires.

"I imagine I'll take things I learned from my mom and things I've learned from raising my nephews and apply that," the 42-year-old rapper says in a clip from Oprah's Master Class: Special Edition which airs Sunday on OWN at 10 p.m. ET/PT. "Then at the end of the day, I just know I'll probably have the worst, spoiled little kid ever."

"Everyone imagines they'll be a great dad until their [kids are] teenagers," he continues with a laugh, making reference to his understanding that even the most spoiled children have moments of resenting their parents. "[They say], 'Get away from me, Dad. You're embarrassing me.'"

Beyoncé and Jay-Z tied the knot on April 4, 2008 in New York City. They welcomed their first child together - Blue Ivy Carter - on January 7, 2012.


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April 27, 2012

Nicki Minaj Back On Twitter After A Few Days Off

By Rob Markman
MTV

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Nicki Minaj deleted her Twitter account last week, taking nine long days away from the social media site, but on Tuesday she finally returned. Her return to Twitter comes just days after she considered retirement from the rap game, and said she was unsure about whether she would continue to tweet.

It was April 15 when Nicki drove her legion of fans crazy by disappearing from the site on which she was among the most popular in the world. "A voice in my head told me to delete my Twitter and that's what I did," Minaj said during an interview in the U.K. "I had 11 million followers and I hope they will wait for me."

At press time, Nicki had 125,000 followers after only a short time back, but it's a safe bet that number will grow exponentially within the coming days. All of Nicki's pervious tweets seem to be intact, minus the few that she sent right before she pulled the plug on her handle. "Like seriously, its but so much a person can take. Good f--king bye," she wrote before vanishing from the social networking site.


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March 26, 2012

Busta Rhymes Is Back

busta_rhymes_rapper_hip_hop.jpgThe veteran MC Busta Rhymes and newly signed Cash Money rapper has unveiled an over-the-top new video for "Why Stop Now," featuring Chris Brown and directed by Hype Williams.
- RJ Cubarrubia, Billboard.com

The collaboration follows Rhymes' guest verse resurrection on Brown's 2011 hit, "Look at Me Now." Speaking to Billboard.com in December, Brian "Birdman" Williams revealed that Busta has been hard at work on his Cash Money debut "E.L.E. 2: End of the World"

Pressure is a natural phenomenon in life that can spring forth beautiful, planetary wonders. Then again, it can bring chaos and mayhem if not properly managed. Yet it is a necessary force that separates the weak from the strong, the real from the fake and the mediocre from the extraordinary.

For as long as one can remember, the career of iconic rapper/actor Busta Rhymes has been filled with pressure. The pressure started with the dissolution of his once-promising rap group (Leaders of The New School) which forced him to go solo. It continued with his meteoric rise to stardom and the expectations of maintaining platinum status while continuing his creative upswing. Pressure even hit Busta with personal tragedies and unforeseen run-ins with law enforcement. However, throughout his career Busta has faced obstacles that would destroy the average MC's career. Clearly, Busta Rhymes is not your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill MC. Busta Rhymes knows how to manage pressure. As a matter of fact he thrives on it. It is one of the things that has propelled his explosive career into international superstar status. With his Universal/Motown debut Back On My B S, Busta Rhymes proves once again that


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February 28, 2012

Rihanna lined-up to play Whitney Houston in new biopic?

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Rihanna is reportedly being lined-up to portray Whitney Houston in a new Hollywood biopic of the singer.

According to the Daily Mail, both the 'Talk That Talk' singer and Jennifer Hudson are under consideration to portray Houston in a new biopic.

The report also says that Houston's friend and record label boss Clive Davis is behind the project and wants filming to start as soon as possible.

Other actresses who are said to be in the running for parts in the biopic are Kill Bill star Vivica Fox and American Idol singer Jordin Sparks, as well as Will Smith's 11-year-old daughter Willow, who is reportedly being considered to play Houston as a child.

It is also reported that Houston knew about the plans for a biopic before her death, with a source telling The People over the weekend: "Whitney knew about the project and was excited to see where it would lead. It's hoped the biopic will be as successful as Tina Turner movie What's Love Got To Do With It, which landed two Oscar nominations for Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne who played Tina and Ike Turner.''

Rihanna recently sparked controversy after she teamed up with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown for a remix of her track 'Birthday Cake', with domestic violence experts warning her about the dangers of reconnecting with Brown.

Whitney Houston passed away earlier month at the age of 48.


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February 23, 2012

Nicki Minaj - Nicki Minaj Spent 50K A Month On Accessories

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nicki_minaj_jelwery_accessories.jpgNicki Minaj has revealed she used to splash out a staggering $50,000 a month on designer shoes and bags.

Nicki Minaj used to spend $50,000 on designer accessories every month.
The 'Super Bass' singer admitted she went a bit overboard when she first became famous and blew a large chunk of her earnings on pricey bags and shoes.
She told US Vogue magazine: ''[At one time I was spending $50,000 a month on] Giuseppe, Versace, YSL, and Fendi shoes. And I bought tons of Louis Vuitton bags. When you're a young girl from Queens, you're going to stock up on those bags.''
Along with splashing out on the pricey accessories, Nicki also likes to treat her fans with her earnings.

She explained: ''I went to Negril [restaurant] the other night, and I brought, like, 10 of the fans who were waiting outside with me, and bought them all food!''
Nicki, 29, is known for her eccentric dress sense but admitted she wasn't always so adventurous with her style.

She said: ''I was dressing in Tommy Hilfiger baggy shirts and Boss jeans, but then I met a person who dressed like a tiny lady - pantsuits, heels, lots of makeup. I thought she was larger than life. She once did my makeup - I had never seen myself made up before. I didn't want to wash it off; I felt like I had one day to live this fantasy of being a glamour girl.''


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February 15, 2012

Nicki Minaj Performs BlackOut Movement Single at Grammy Awards

Critically Acclaimed Producer BlackOut Behind Minaj's Smash Hit, "Roman Holiday"

BlackOut_nicky_minaj_Roman_holiday.jpgFamed producer Winston "BlackOut" Thomas is behind Nicki Minaj's new smash single, "Roman Holiday," which she premiered in a jaw-dropping performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards on February 12, the world's biggest stage for music.

"After producing 'Blow Your Mind' for her debut album Pink Friday, which received the Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, I was pleasantly surprised they were using my new track for Nicki to premiere at the Grammy's," states an elated BlackOut. "They informed me a month ago about the Grammy performance, so I hosted a Grammy-viewing party in Miami for a few close friends but they didn't know...everyone went wild when she performed 'Roman Holiday.' I am honored to be a producer on both of her albums and to play a part in her creative process and success."

Minaj's performance has raised brows worldwide and furor within the Catholic community, as she pulled from religious symbolisms to exploit the exorcism of her favorite alter ego Roman Zolanski, on whom the song is based. Her Hype Williams' directed Grammy performance saw her using a pope as a prop, wearing a nun's habit-like outfit, and culminated in spectacular fashion as she levitated above the stage, and over a stunned audience.


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February 13, 2012

Remembering Whitney Houston...

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February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston -- Dead at 48

Whitney Houston died this afternoon ... a rep for the singer told the Associated Press.

Whitney-Houston-dead.jpgParamedics were called to the Beverly Hilton today when Houston was found unresponsive in her hotel room ... sources tell TMZ.

We're told police arrived to the scene within minutes and fire was already there on another call. According to our sources, paramedics performed CPR but it did not work and she was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM.

Our sources say there were to signs of foul play. We're told she was ID'ed by family and friends.

The singer famously battled drug addiction for years.

Houston won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards during her record-breaking career. Her album "Whitney" was the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts. She has sold 200 million albums world wide.

Houston holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Houston had one child, Bobbi Kristina, with husband Bobby Brown. Houston and Brown were married from 1992-2007.

Source: TMZ


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January 11, 2012

The Real Meaning Of Beyonce's Baby Name - Blue Ivy

beyonce-baby-photo-pics-ivy-blue-birth.jpgIvy is in reference to the couple’s love of the number four - roman numeral for 4 is IV. Beyoncé and Jay-Z were married on April 4, 2008

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Beyoncé’s birthday is September 4

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have matching IV tattoos on their wedding fingers. The singer’s latest album is called 4 which was her fourth solo studio album. Jay-Z has a trilogy of albums under The Blueprint banner which could have inspired his daughter’s name: He has released The Blueprint, The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse and The Blueprint 3

The 30-year-old singer’s daughter arrived via scheduled caesarean section at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City last night.
The couple’s close friend Gwyneth Paltrow confirmed the baby’s name on Twitter, writing: ‘Welcome to the world Blue! We love you already.’

Jay-Z was telling friends he and Beyonce had named their daughter Blue Ivy Carter, E! Online reported. The 30-year-old singer’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, arrived via scheduled caesarean section at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City on Saturday night.


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December 28, 2011

Beyoncé 'Getting Ready To Check Into Hospital'

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Star reported to be preparing to enter New York facility to give birth...

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Beyoncé is reported to be getting ready to check into a New York hospital to give birth to her first child.

The heavily pregnant R&B star, who revealed back in August that she and rapper hubby Jay-Z are to be parents, is claimed to have booked half a floor at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Urban music gossip site Media Takeout says staff at the hospital were warned to expect a "high profile" patient any time from yesterday evening.

Alicia Keys gave birth to her son Egypt at the same hospital back in 2010, and may have recommended it to her pal Bey.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are fiercely protective of their private lives so there has been no official word on when she is due, but December was worked out as the most likely time after comments she made in interviews.


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December 20, 2011

Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne Receive 'Teacher Of The Year' Awards

by D.L. Chandler
rapfix.mtv

lil-wayne-nicki-minaj-awards-teachers.jpgLil Wayne and Nicki Minaj are, without a doubt, two of the most influential artists in the game but they aren’t necessarily known for advancing education via their music. However, a Florida education company recently bestowed the pair with Teacher Of The Year Awards, and the CEO of the company stands by the seemingly bizarre decision.

The Better Education Place, nestled in South Florida, awarded the Best Male and Best Female Teacher awards to Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, who both beat out actual educators, judged across several categories. From the media release: “Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj have won quite a few music awards this year. Now they can add one more award to their mantle, teacher of the year. Better Education Place an education company based in South Florida announced the winners of its first annual teacher of the year awards.”

Better Education Place president Melvin El, who also doubles as education-themed rapper MC Ant Tanna, believes that Wayne and Minaj have the tools teachers need to command a classroom. “Apparently students are drawn in by the ‘swagger,’ said Mr. El. “If you are a teacher today and you don’t have any swagger you are going to struggle to get your students attention. It turns out a teacher can learn a lot from Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.”

BEP did acknowledge that Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj have lacked a bit in the content portion of the competition, but the company's coupling of hip-hop and education is at the core of their business, thus deeming the rappers worthy of awards.


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December 2, 2011

Lil Wayne Takes Jab At Drake On Twitter For Leaving Young Money? Leaving The Crew?

By Alicia Adejobi
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Lil Wayne is accused of firing shots at Drake on Twitter, following reports that he has left Young Money.

Rumours surfaced yesterday, claiming that Drizzy had left the record label that made him, after reports that he had fired his entire management team. According to MediaTakeOut, a senior member of YMCMB says that Drake has been taking legal steps to move out of the crew.

The website claims that Drizzy fired all of his managers - Gee Roberson, Al Branch, Kyambo Joshua and Bryant Cortez - and then allegedly sacked his agents ICM Talent.

Drizzy is now said to be putting together a legal case to make sure he is able to leave the label without any complications. It is not known why the Headlines rapper is planning to leave the label, but it seems his relationship with head honcho Lil Wayne could be strained.

Amid reports of his leaving, Weezy sent out a subtle tweet: "Sweetheart dont u know that when u lose me, u lose yourself? I'll be loyal before I lie and honored before I'm dishonest. - tunechi."
Do you believe Drizzy is abandoning the crew?


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November 25, 2011

Drake's First Week Sales Are Not Important To Lil Wayne

By Rob Markman
rapfix.mtv
MTV News

lil_wayne_blue_lights_outaroad.jpgThough the first week numbers for Drake’s Take Care aren’t in yet, it’s pretty much a given that the Toronto MC will snag the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 Album Chart when the numbers are officially revealed and positioning is determined on Wednesday. Based on early projections Drizzy could move as much as 700,000 copies of his sophomore set, but while much of the music world is fixated on Drake’s sales numbers, his Young Money boss Lil Wayne is not.

"As far as expectations, we don't have those around here. Expectations are a weakness in the music business because if you expect anything, 10 times out of 10 it's not gonna happen, so we don't have expectations around here," Lil Wayne told MTV News on Friday when we caught up with him on a trip to New Orleans where, he gave out Thanksgiving Turkeys in his old neighborhood on Saturday.

"What we do expect is ... to work very hard and we expect people to respect our hard work and our effort," Weezy continued. "Now as far going to buy the album, as far as going to get 750,000 copies, that's never a problem with us; that's never important to us."


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November 2, 2011

Pregnant Beyonce Wears Bumblebee Costume at Halloween Bash

Queen Bey became a bumblebee!

BY JUSTIN RAVITZ
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beyonce_pregnant_belly_big_baby_boy_girl_birth.jpgDue with her first child in February, Beyonce didn't let a growing baby bump interfere with her Halloween plans.

Making the most of her curves and expanding belly, the singer, 30, dressed as a bumblebee -- a fuzzy, structured costume and antennae headband -- at Monday's Gypsy Halloween bash hosted by Anja Rubik and her pal Kanye West.

With such celebs as Naomi Campbell, Tyson Beckford and Russell Simmons also in attendance, the "Love on Top" singer showed up for the bash with a small group of gal pals and a watchful security guard. Although Jay-Z's world-famous wife stayed in her seat for most of the party, she sang and danced from her chair -- vigorously! -- to tunes from DJ Khaled, T Pain, Snoop Dogg and other hip hop stars.

When Jay-Z and Kanye's hit "Ni*** in Paris" came on, the diva even orchestrated a few hand-flip dance moves a la "Single Ladies!"


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November 1, 2011

Nicki Minaj Originally Wrote Rick Ross Single For Lil Wayne

By Rob Markman
rapfix.mtv

nicky_minaj_lil_wayne_artistes_american.jpgRick Ross is hip-hop's self-proclaimed Bawse, but despite giving it up to Rozay on his new single, Nicki Minaj answers to another. While on the set of Birdman's "Y.U. Mad" video, the Female Weezy told MTV News that she originally wrote Ross' "You the Boss" for Young Money CEO Lil Wayne.

"You know what's interesting about that song," Minaj said while in character as her alter ego, the Female Weezy, "Nicki originally did that song for Wayne two and a half years ago."

The slow-rolling track, which is the first single off of Ross' upcoming God Forgives, I Don't, finds Minaj on the hook toasting the larger-than-life Rozay. "I'll do anything you say, anything, 'cause you the boss," Nicki sings softly.

Wayne never ended up using the track, but it seemed all too perfect for Ricky. "It was just lingering, and then she gave it to Rick Ross," Lady Wayne said. "I think it's hot."


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October 16, 2011

Lil Wayne Breaks Records With Sixth Number 1 Hit This Year

by Chris Lewton

lil_wayne_billboard_hits.jpgLil Wayne is now the first artist to hit number 1 with six songs on Billboard’s Mainstream R& B Hip-Hop radio airplay chart in just one year. On October 14th, he took his sixth victory with the fourth single from his latest album, “The Carter IV.” The song, titled “She Will” and featuring Drake, rose from third place on the chart to first. “The Carter IV” was listed among the top 200 albums in August, selling nearly a million copies in just its first week.

The previous record for number 1 chart list singles was held by Usher. Lil Wayne surpassed Usher’s record of four hits when his “How To Love” took a top spot, following “6 Foot 7 Foot” featuring Cory Gunz, “Look At Me Now,” “Motivation,” and “I’m On One.” The last three songs are actually titles that Wayne himself has been featured on. There has been talk of whether or not it can actually be considered fair that Wayne has received credit for singles reaching the number 1 spot when he was only a featured guest, but for now, the position of record-breaker remains his.


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October 3, 2011

T.I. Gets King's Welcome At '11 BET Hip Hop Awards

Newly freed Tip opened the show, while Eminem, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, many more electrified crowd at show airing October 11.

By Rob Markman
MTV

ti_bet_awards_2011.jpgATLANTA - It was only fitting the "King of the South" made his regal return on a stage so close to where his troubles began back in 2007, but also so near where he first got his start in the game. After completing his 11-month prison sentence on Thursday, T.I. opened the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards with Young Jeezy as the two performed the Snowman's new single "F.A.M.E."

The awards show, which taped at the Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday, is set to air on Tuesday, October 11; comedian Mike Epps hosted with assistance from Da Brat. While T.I. arguably provided the show's grandest moment, Rick Ross and his Maybach Music crew, Lupe Fiasco, Big Sean, Heavy D, DMX and Wiz Khalifa all electrified the crowd with hyped-up performances throughout the night.

Rap legend LL Cool J received the show's highest honor when he was presented with the I Am Hip-Hop Award for his career of achievements in music, movies and television.


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July 6, 2011

Who Run The Charts - Beyonce

beyonce_who_run_the_world_chart_billboard.jpgWho runs the charts? This week it was all about Beyoncé, whose latest album 4 arrives in the top spot on the Billboard 200.

The fourth solo effort from the pop superstar enters at No. 1 with 310,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. 4 becomes Beyoncé’s fourth solo No. 1, making her the third act following Britney Spears and DMX to see their first four studio albums debut atop the Billboard 200.

The album, which includes the singles “Run the World (Girls) and “Best Thing I Never Had,” also claims the third-largest sales week of the year following Lady Gaga’s Born This Way (1.1 million) and Adele’s 21 (351,000).

4 is No. 1 throughout the world, including the U.K. where it sold 89,000 units in the first week, giving her her second No. 1 album in the country.


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June 20, 2011

Beyoncé's mama Tina Knowles has more of a diva attitude than the 'Bootylicious' singer:

BY GATECRASHER
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Beyoncé is a diva onstage, but it sounds like her mother is one all the time.

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An onset source for Beyoncé's "Best Thing I Never Had" video, which was shot in Westchester County on Wednesday and in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, on Thursday, tells us although the bootylicious Beyoncé was sweet as sugar on set, it was her mother, Tina Knowles, who demonstrated some serious divalicious 'tude.

According to the insider, the four assistants (count 'em!) the elder Knowles had following her around were calling her "Miss Tina" - "which sounded like a joke." But it wasn't: "The crew was told to call her 'Miss Tina' if they were to talk to her at all," our source reveals.

Her real inner prima donna was displayed on Thursday, while the "prom scene" shoot was filmed at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple near the Pratt Institute. Tina, who heads the House of Deréon fashion label with her eldest daughter, "flipped out on the camera guys for making Beyoncé stand near the [video] extras for too long" because there was too much conversation going on between takes. Apparently, Mama T was "worried" the lowly extras would talk to her darling daughter.

But it was the other way around. Beyoncé "was fine with [talking to anyone]. She was making everyone laugh."


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June 15, 2011

Lil Wayne Wants To Be First Rapper To 'Tour Forever'

By Alicia Adejobi
Source: Taletela

lil_wayne_guitar_stage_music.jpgLil Wayne has said that he wants to be the first hip-hop artist to continue touring forever.

The rapper, who has just completed his US 'I Am Still Music' tour, says that he would like to take up a residency in Las Vegas in a similar way to the likes of Celine Dion. In an interview with MTV News, Weezy said: "I actually plan on being one of those artists that can go on tour when they're like 40, like U2, Michael Jackson."

He continued: "I actually plan on being one of those artists, with all the music and all the work I'm putting out, I believe that later on down the line, I can do Vegas."

"I can be the first hip-hop artist to do Vegas every night. That's the plan."

Following the huge success of 'I Am Still Music,' Weezy has added a new leg to the tour which will kick off in July.
Can Weezy become the first hip-hop artist to "do Vegas?"


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May 11, 2011

Chris Brown Has Bi-Coastal B-Day Bash

Breezy does South Beach and Vegas

By Kimberly Walker
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Though his doctor ordered him to get some rest and avoid travel at all cost, Chris Brown was determined to forget his pesky chest infection and enjoy his huge 22nd birthday bash in Las Vegas. He even made a pit stop by South Beach, Miami on Friday night, where he partied with Trina, Lil Wayne and Roscoe Dash at Club Play. The singer hit the stage, ripped off his shirt and showed off a few moves before being presented with a birthday cake designed to look like his F.A.M.E. album cover.

The next day, Brown then jetted over to Las Vegas for part two of his weekend birthday fest. Around 1am late Saturday, Breezy was welcomed by a group of screaming female fans as he entered PURE nightclub and made his way to V.I.P. After welcoming guests, the singer lost his shirt once again and posed with his second birthday cake, a graffiti-inspired sweet treat.

“I just wanna thank everyone for making this day so special! Rough roads, crazy moments, and life lessons. My love for my fans is so eternal,” Breezy later tweeted about his whirlwind weekend.

(Photo: RD/ Kabik/ Retna Digital)


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April 27, 2011

Beyonce hit with $100 million lawsuit

By scoop.today

beyonce_law_suit_100_million.jpgDid Beyonce cause dozens of people to lose their jobs before Christmas, and a video game developer to lose more than $100 million? That's what a summons filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court alleges.

The document, filed by video game company Gate Five, claims that they'd teamed up with the singer for a dance game called "Starpower: Beyonce." The game was due out this November, but the project went bust when Beyonce asked for more money last December. The suit calls it "a bad faith breach of contract so callous that, on what appeared to be a whim, she destroyed Gate Five's business and drove 70 people into unemployment, the week before Christmas."

The summons alsoclaims that her demands were "so unscrupulous that her then manager (who is also her father) renounced them." Not sure how that will help anyone's cause, as Beyonce has since severed all managerial ties with her father Matthew Knowles. And, according to one source familiar with the split, Matthew and Beyonce are "borderline estranged" even on a personal level.


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March 30, 2011

T.I.’S Wife Wanted To Take The Rap For Drugs Arrest

by JJSaidIt Staff
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tiny_ti_rapper_Arkansas.jpgIncarcerated rapper T.I. could have avoided his stint in jail - his wife TAMEKA ‘TINY’ COTTLE offered to “take the fall” for the star, but confesses “it wasn’t able to be done”.

The Live your Life hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., has been in and out of prison over the past year and is currently serving an 11-month sentence in Arkansas for violating his probation following a drug arrest in September (10).
the hip-hop star was jailed in November (10) after he and Cottle were detained by police officers who allegedly found drugs during a search of the couple’s car.

Cottle has now opened up about the circumstances surrounding the arrest, revealing she was willing to go to prison to help the star avoid another jail sentence.
she tells XXL magazine, “I feel like, if you don’t know the details on it, you can’t say I could take the fall. If I could have, I would have said, ‘Well, yeah, that’s me.’
“But it wasn’t able to be done. And for one, there were other people, other friends in the car that could have taken the fall, but it couldn’t happen.

“It’s time-out for any nonsense. We know what to do now. Not that we didn’t then, but things happen. He’s never gonna go back to jail. We can’t have that.”


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March 28, 2011

Minaj gives Lil Wayne a lapdance

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Rap sensation Nicki Minaj gave her mentor and tourmate Lil Wayne a night to remember on Sunday, when she treated him to a sexy lapdance during their concert in New York.

The stars took their I Am Music II trek to Long Island for the first of two dates at Nassau Coliseum and gave fans an eyeful during Minaj's set, when she decided against pulling a lucky fan up onstage for her concert stunt - and instead chose to bump and grind against a smiling Wayne.

Before launching into her verse on Sean Kingston's reggae tune Letting Go (Dutty Love), she told the hip-hop star, "You got the big moves, legs open, hands behind your back, mouth shut. Let's go!"

But the raunchy dance proved a little too much for the Lollipop star - he fell off his chair as soon as Minaj completed the cheeky routine.

The lapdance wasn't the only surprise at the gig - rapper Busta Rhymes joined Wayne onstage for their parts on the Chris Brown track Look At Me Now, although the R&B singer was not present for the performance.

The tour stop marked Wayne's first live show in the Big Apple since walking free from the city's tough Rikers Island prison last year. The star served an eight-month term for a weapons possession charge.


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March 19, 2011

Drake Nearly Arrested, Given Warning At Jamaican Concert

By C. Vernon Coleman
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drake_performing.jpgYoung Money rapper Drake drew the ire of Jamaican authorities but escaped arrest with a warning after breaking Jamaica's strict policy of no cursing on stage, at a recent concert.

According to reports, Drizzy was performing at Brit Jam 2011 as artist Movado's guest when he apperantly yelled out the phrase, "blood clot" (considered profanity on the island) while on stage.

The rapper was let off easy and issued a warning and not arrested.
Jamaica has a very strict policy against cursing on stage.

This isn't the first time artists have been reprimanded for not adhering to this mandate .
Beenie Man, Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule have all faced charges for breaking the island's anti-profanity policy.


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January 19, 2011

Lil Wayne Opens Up About His Time In Jail

lil_wayne_rollin_stones.jpgJudging by rapper Lil Wayne's latest interview, he mainly did three things while he was in prison last year! Weezy opens up to Rolling Stone about his time in jail and it looks like the New Orleans native focused on three things; he fought for his cookies, read the Bible and spent time in solitary confinement. Ouch!

Wayne spent eight months in jail last year for attempted criminal possession of a weapon. While in prison, Lil Wayne started a blog. With the help of online marketer Karen Civil, he created an outlet for his boredom by starting a blog called "WeezyThanxYou.com." In his first entry, Young Weezy wrote, "because of you Young Money is and will always be a movement."

So what does Lil Wayne, who started spitting rhymes the moment he found his freedom, have to say about those difficult months? Well first of all he had to fight just to keep his belongings! "We gamble for phone time. I'd take n!@#$^a's commissary: Lemme get them cookies, lemme get them chips, get that soup. They'd be like, 'Oh, we thought you were asleep.' Like you can't look inside my cell and see that I'm right there! We ain't got no doors!"


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January 4, 2011

'Moment 4 Life' Video Teaser: Nicki Minaj and Drake Kissing

nicki_minaj_drake_kissing.jpgNicki Minaj has filmed "Moment 4 Life" music video with Drake, and several pictures have been unleashed via Hip-Hop Connection to reveal what to expect from the clip. Apparently playing a couple, the two Young Money rappers get intimate in the video, sharing laugh in one image.

They are seen leaning on each other for a kiss in another picture. The scene looks like a wedding with Minaj wearing a pink wig and what seems to be a white gown while holding a bouquet of flowers, while Drizzy sporting a tuxedo. Back in August 2010, they had stunned their fans when jokingly announcing marriage on Twitter.

Taken from Minaj's first studio album "Pink Friday", the song "is about 2 kids that grew up on the same block." Drizzy once explained, "They shared their dreams of making it as rappers. They laughed together, they cried together. One day they realize that their dreams have come to fruition. Though they know all things come to an end, they celebrate."

Almost at the same time the pictures hit the web, Nicki Minaj took the stage with Lil Wayne for NBC's "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly". She performed "Save Me", and Weezy treated revelers with "6'7"."


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November 23, 2010

Nicki Minaj Takes Over New York -- And We're With Her All Day

by Jayson Rodriguez
rapfix.mtv

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Pink Friday finally arrived on Monday, and Nicki Minaj has been making the rounds to promote her debut project. The Lil Wayne protégé appeared on BET's "106 & Park" yesterday, and today, she's traipsing all over New York. First, she'll make an in-store appearance at the Times Square MAC store before stopping by radio stations Power 105 and Z100. MTV News will be tailing the Harajuku Barbie all day. Check back for updates and live reports on the action as Team Minaj runs the city.

12:31 p.m.: Team Minaj is en route to Power 105 for her next interview. We're in a three-car entourage with Nicki's vehicle, a chauffeured Maybach, leading the way.

11:57 a.m.: Nicki has wrapped her interviews and walked over to the front of the store to wave to her fans. They've stuck around to cheer her on. "I'll see you all over at Best Buy," she said, referring to her in-store later in Union Square.

11:34 a.m.: Nicki is doing a series of TV interviews, talking up her Pink Friday project and her upcoming documentary "My Time Now," which is set to premiere this Sunday on MTV at 10 p.m.

11:19 a.m.: Fans are starting to pound against the glass store front chanting "Let her out" and singing "Right Thru Me."

11:16 a.m.: Nicki wrapped her interview inside the MAC store. She's going to take pictures with some of the products. Before the cameras started snapping, though, her fans cheers and called out her name. Nicki looked up at them outside and smiled wide.


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November 7, 2010

Melange of music

Sean Kingston makes the most of his Reggae heritage and his rapping abilities, like in his phenomenal Beautiful Girls

By ALLAN MOSES R.

sean_kingston_india.jpgThe city fell into a dance trance and stepped up to groove with Jamaican-American Reggae fusion singer and rapper Sean Kingston as he rapped his way into the hearts of Bangaloreans. Here in Bangalore as part of a four-city tour across India the 20-year-prodigy had the crowd screaming for more as he performed to a packed audience at Hard Rock Café in a concert organise by Bacardi.

Touring the country for the first time, Sean finds the subcontinent a place of talent. “India's music is quite popular and is a great place for young artistes to come up. Personally it feels good to come here and do shows for crowds with so much energy,” said an enthusiastic Sean.

Born in Miami, Florida, and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Sean grew up in an atmosphere of music.

“Singing since I was six, I found life taking me into the realm of music and it was no surprise that my family supported me all through,” he recalled. The young boy wonder also had the music vibe in his blood being the grandson of reputed Jamaican reggae producer Lawrence Lindo.


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October 11, 2010

Nicki Minaj Makes History With Seven Billboard Hot 100 Songs

By Kathy Landoli
MTV

nicki-minaj-un-dress.jpgMiss Nicki Minaj, boasting “50k for a verse, no album out,” has made Billboard history for a second time.

The female MC has set a new record on Billboard's Hot 100 chart by having the most singles on the chart at one time, with seven entries including Ludacris’ “My Chick Bad”, Lil Wayne’s “Knockout”, Trey Songz’ “Bottoms Up”, Usher’s “Lil Freak”, Sean Kingston’s “Letting Go (Dutty Love)”, and Jay Sean’s “2012 (It Ain’t The End)."

Per Soundscan, the songs have reached close to $4.3 million in sales. While all but one entry are cameos where Nicki appears on other artists’ songs, the femcee's official debut single “Your Love” has reached a staggering $755k in sales without a video.

Earlier this summer, the Nickster’s “Your Love” became the first single by a female rapper to reach no. 1 on the Billboard Rap Chart in seven years. Minaj dethroned Lil’ Kim, who was the last to hit the top back in June 2003 with her cameo on 50 Cent’s “Magic Stick."

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October 5, 2010

Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber Race to 1 Billion YouTube Views

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Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber are both closing in on 1 billion all-time YouTube views, according to TubeMogul. If both artists continue at their current rate, Gaga will beat Bieber to the punch by reaching 1 billion views around October 20. Bieber is expected to reach the milestone around November 1.

Another video analytics group called Visible Measures reported that Gaga reached one billion across all video sites several months ago. The number is more inclusive in many ways. "Our analysis includes the original music videos, copies of those originals, and derivatives (spoofs, people dancing to the video, concerts, etc.) from over 200 video sites, not just YouTube," says Visibile Measures' Matt Fiorentino.

By that measure, Gaga's "Bad Romance" alone has more than 630 million views already. However, TubeMogul claims that no artist has yet achieved 1 billion views solely on YouTube. It's clear at this point that the milestone will go to either Gaga or Bieber, because the third-place competitor (Michael Jackson) is hanging back at 600 million views.


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September 29, 2010

Young Dizzy Creating A Buzz In The West Coast

young-dizzy.jpgYoung Dizzy, formally known as Royce Pertilla, was originally born in Atlanta, Georgia then moved to California and made Sacramento his home and stomping ground. Young Dizzy is the embodiment of the West in every sense of the word. When you weigh out the assets and attributes of this complete artist you’ll find all necessary ingredients are present.

From age eight to present, music has been the driving force in the success of this young artist and his work ethic shows just that. Dizzy has landed a wide range of performances throughout the West Coast, along with radio airplay and spins on numerous radio stations on the West Coast such as KSFM 102.5, Hot 103.5, KWIN 97.7, and various others just to name a few. His first single, “G-5” and the self-budgeted Hi-Def music video was played throughout many countries including the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico. In less than one month his fan base skyrocketed. He gained the respect of various DJ’s, as well drawing in major record label attention such as Interscope, Grand Hustle, Def Jam, etc. Through his performances, Dizzy has shown he is a star in the making time and time again. Likewise, his versatility is apparent from his poetic lyrics, to his fast paced and heart-dropping performances.


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September 22, 2010

Justin Bieber Caught Kissing His 'Baby' Leading Lady

By PopEater Staff

Justin-bieber-girl-friend-kissing.jpgEven though Justin Bieber keeps telling the media he's single, the teen heartthrob was caught locking lips with up-and-coming songstress Jasmine Villegas. Can you hear the screams of thousands of crushed tween girls? TMZ photographed the singer making out with the brunette in the back of a Honda in Venice, California.

So who she? Villegas is Bieber's opening act on his 'My World 2.0' tour and starred in his 'Baby' music video. Her album will be released later this year.


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September 14, 2010

Justin Bieber bags kisses off Katy Perry, Rihanna

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London (ANI): R ‘n’ B singer Justin Bieber seems to be a hit with the girls. The Columbian singing sensation Bieber, 16, was seen getting a kiss from singers Katy Perry and Rihanna as they watched the VMAs together, the Sun reported.

He had previously made headlines for a photoshoot with socialite Kim Kardashian, who appeared in a bikini for the shoot. Meanwhile, Rihanna and Perry were also seen having a very serious discussion, with the former said to have been chosen as the organiser for the latter’s hen party.

-entertainment.oneindia


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September 13, 2010

Lady Gaga wears a meat dress - need we say more?

lady-gaga-meat-dress-outfit-vma-mtv.jpgLady Gaga wore a meat dress at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. When she collected her video of the year award, she asked Cher to hold her meat purse. Ellen DeGeneres offered the pop star a veggie bikini during a chat afterward. And on Monday, PETA announced it was grossed out - something about the likelihood of maggots in the dress.

Yawn.

So what did we learn Sunday from the woman who won video of the year?

During Gaga's interview with DeGeneres, it was revealed that members of the military had walked the white carpet with the singer to bring attention to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on homosexuality. You had to go beyond that interview, however, to learn that the folks accompanying Gaga had actually been discharged because of military policy. Hey, she's a pop star, not a communicator. At least she wasn't out on the carpet throwing water balloons.

She told the vegan DeGeneres: "I, as you know, am the most judgment-free human being on the Earth." In case any of us were wondering. Perhaps in case anyone thought judgment had been used in selecting the ensemble.


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September 5, 2010

Gaga in hospital six times in a year for extreme dieting: report

By Daniela Elser

lady-gaga-hospital.jpgLady Gaga’s dramatic yo-yo eating landed the Bad Romance singer in hospital six times in 2009, according to a new biography about the performer.

Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga by Maureen Callahan includes the claim by her former tour manager David Ciemny that she would binge on junk at times, while at others would severely restrict her calorie intake to fit into her signature revealing outfits.

Ciemny also alleges the 24-year-old once lost 20 pounds in between costume fittings.

Gaga's weight reportedly caused concerned during concern during the filming of the chart topper’s Paparazzi video clip.

The Daily Mail quotes a witness from the shoot commenting: '”Producers had to shoot around her. They draped fabric over her thighs and shot her backside with a softer lens.”

According to talent scout Wendy Starland, who helped discover Gaga, admitted: ”The pressure on her to lose weight was very high.”

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August 31, 2010

Is Kanye West's 'Runaway Love' Remix The 'Future Of Hip-Hop'?

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Kanye West's remix of Justin Bieber's "Runaway Love" hit the Internet yesterday, and the track -- which also features Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon The Chef -- drew a wealth of reaction.

The song lifts much its rhythm and main melody from Wu-Tang Clan' "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F*** Wit," with additional production on Bieber's vocals.

"Flipping an old Wu beat was a smart move," says Complex Deputy Editor Brendan Frederick. "It automatically gives you that nostalgic feeling, an old trick from the Bad Boy era that still works. Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F*** Wit" was always a fun record, and it translates perfectly to a light-hearted remix like this."

"Kanye is clearly a Wu-Tang fan," says Rob Markman, Deputy Editor at XXL. "Even when he was doing sped-up soul samples you could see Rza's influence in 'Ye's production. Kanye is capable of making an original beat and he was just paying homage to the Wu."

Still, the remix has its critics. Some feel that just because artists can collaborate, doesn't mean they always should.

"Reinvigorated Raekwon has obviously been a good thing for his opportunities and great for hip-hop," says SmokingSection.net's Gotty.

"However, there should be someone standing nearby reminding him of how a collabo like this one may come off as trite. Just because high profiles are involved it doesn't necessarily mean it will yield good results, especially not when your calling card has been gritty talk your whole career."

Dallas Penn, of The Internets Celebrities, thinks otherwise. "Raekwon's verses are hard and on time," he says. "The references are razor sharp. This isn't from a throwaway notebook."

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August 30, 2010

Why Chris Brown Won't Tour With Usher

By PopEater
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chris-brown-usher-tour-no.jpgAfter July's well-received joint appearance onstage in Jamaica, and an enthusiastic remark that producer Bryan-Michael Cox made in an interview with Jermaine Dupri ("Usher and the boy Chris Brown are going on tour, y'all know that, right?"), fans expected a major concert collaboration to be announced.

On Tuesday's broadcast of BET's '106th and Park,' however, Chris Brown dismissed the rumor while plugging his film 'Takers,' saying he wanted to focus on solo efforts. Many questioned the explanation, and speculated that Usher -- whose reps have issued a statement denying a tour partnership -- wants to distance himself Brown, still struggling to repair his image after his notorious 2009 arrest for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna.

But now, a source is telling the New York Post that there's a much simpler reason: money.


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August 24, 2010

Fantasia talks to ABC about attempted suicide: 'I just wanted out'

by Archana Ram

Fantasia-talks.jpgFantasia Barrino appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America today for her first interview following her Aug. 9 suicide attempt, when she overdosed on aspirin and sleeping aids. The American Idol winner bears all in the interview, confessing that "was tired of people doing [her] wrong constantly," referring to the barrage of negative press recently thrown at her personal and professional lives.

In the interview, a tearful Barrino admits that she suffers from trust issues and loneliness, and goes on to discuss the toll the alleged affair she had with Antwaun Cook - a married North Carolina man - had on her. Check out the interview: CLICK HERE

In the vast spectrum of celebrity sit-downs, this one seems different. The singer's willingness to discuss her mistakes and personal demons is refreshing - especially when you consider other celeb sit-downs - but what do you think about the interview? Does Fantasia earn your respect? Does it make you more inclined to watch her VH1 special?


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August 18, 2010

Eminem Back On Top Of Billboard Chart With Recovery

By Gil Kaufman

Eminem-sales-rapper.jpgEminem might lend you the crown for a week, but this summer's chart king is not ready to abdicate his throne just yet. A week after falling back to #2, Slim Shady's Recovery will be back on top of the Billboard 200 albums charts next week thanks to sales of 133,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.

That means that not only did Em cross the 2.1 million mark in just eight weeks, but he pushes back last week's #1, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, to #2, as the Canadian indie rockers saw a steep (66 percent) decline on sales of 52,000. Among the newcomers in the top 10 are the Camp Rock 2 soundtrack (#3, 41,000) and the latest from Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, Order of the Black (#4, 33,000); country singer Blake Shelton with All About Tonight (#6, 33,000); and college crooner Mike Posner, whose major label debut, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, lands at #8 on sales of 29,000.

The rest of the top 10: Justin Bieber, My World 2.0 (#5, 33,000); Rick Ross, Teflon Don (#7, 30,000); Kidz Bop 18 (#9, 27,000); and Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare (#10, 27,000).

Though he fell out of the top 10 to #11, Drake's Thank Me Later racked up another 24,000 in sales, pushing the rapper to the cusp of platinum status. Lady Gaga's The Fame continues to move units (#13, 21,000) nearly two years after its release, but her The Remix album had a swift fall from the top 10, dropping from a #6 debut to #16 in week two as sales fell 58 percent to 17,000.

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August 13, 2010

Lady Gaga gets number one competition from Rihanna

Lady Gaga fans hoping to get concert tickets for her upcoming gigs will know all about the Bad Romance star's chart-topping success.

And while the Poker Face singer has been tied with fellow pop phenomenons Beyonce and Mariah Carey for the most number one songs on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart in the US, she now faces fresh competition from R&B hit-maker Rihanna.

lady-gaga-rihanna-%231-billboard.jpgAccording to Billboard.com, all four divas now have six number one singles to their name after Rihanna topped the charts with her Eminem collaboration 'Love the Way You Lie'.

Earlier this year, Beyonce and Lady Gaga tied Mariah Carey for six number one records after the success of their collaboration on 'Telephone'.

While Rihanna and Beyonce have collected their six chart toppers since 2006 and 2003, respectively, MTV noted that Lady Gaga has been the fastest to tie the record, with all of her six released between 2009 and 2010.

Lady Gaga is currently travelling around the world on her lengthy Monster Ball tour.

The show hits UK shores for the third time later this year and kicks off with a gig at Odyssey in Belfast on October 30th.

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Prison Interview: Lil' Wayne on New Album, Eminem

By Avery Spofford
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Lindsay Lohan and Snooki may be roaming free once again, but another celebrity, rapper Lil' Wayne, is still behind bars. However, that isn't stopping him from giving interviews!

The New Orleans native -- who has 93 days left on his bid at New York's Rikers Island for gun charges -- called into the Big Apple's Hot 97 radio station to chat with host Funk Master Flex about an array of topics, including how he's spending his time in jail, his pals Eminem and Drake, and his next full-length album, Carter IV.

But why call? "I don't have nothing else to do but talk to you," Weezy joked.
lil-wayne-jail-songs.jpgThe rapper told Flex that he has spent his days reading letters from fans, and expressed gratitude for their support: "It's been more than amazing. I promise that I can't explain the love and support I've been getting from my fans. It's breathtaking." Weezy added that he listens to a lot of sports radio. "All I listen to all day, if I am listening to anything, is sports … I've never listened to anyone else's music but my own, and since I'm not able to do that up in here, I don't listen to anything. I don't listen to nothing but my thoughts."

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July 28, 2010

Sean Kingston Speaks Out About Sexual Assault Allegations

by andPOP Staff

sean-kingston.jpgEarlier this month, two women accused Sean Kingston and a group of other men of sexual assault in a Seattle hotel room.

Both women told police that the men held them against their will, and were forced to having sex with the men. However, after police investigated further, they decided not to pursue charges against Kingston and the other men as they did not feel the claim was valid.

TMZ caught up with Kingston and asked him about the rape accusations. He replied by saying “That’s a rumor man.”

This incident evidently occurred while Kingston was on tour with Justin Bieber.

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July 21, 2010

M.I.A. Says 'Nicki Minaj Runs Hip-Hop'

By Mawuse Ziegbe
MTV

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M.I.A.'s brand of glitchy, warbling electro, zany fashion sense and singular vocals make the star one of the most eccentric artists on the scene. Perhaps that's why the controversial Brit has taken a liking to unconventional MC Nicki Minaj. The two joined forces for the remix of M.I.A.'s "Teqkilla" (a track she called "exciting"), and the artist said she was impressed by Minaj's imaginative approach.

"She's really creative with how far she's willing to go," M.I.A. told DJ Skee of Los Angeles' 102.7 KIIS-FM. "I just feel like I get her."

M.I.A. pointed to Minaj's willingness to put in work as the reason the MC has become an increasingly powerful force in hip-hop. "Nicki Minaj runs hip-hop," she said. "She works hard, and that's what it is. She's focused, and that's good. She's got really good work ethic."

M.I.A. is renowned for her unique style, but the singer has mystified some fans with the title of her latest album, /\/\/\Y/\. The singer acknowledged that the title's use of computer jargon may have rendered it less Google-friendly, conceding, "because of the 'forward slash' 'backward slash,' it's just not findable."

However, she asserts that punching out the moniker of her third studio album is actually very simple. "Everyone's got those keys. Everyone's got a 'forward slash' and everyone's got a 'backward slash.' It's actually a lot easier to write, 'cause you go [typing noise] 'Y' [typing noise]. You can write the album name with three keys," M.I.A. explained. The singer also said she was into the aesthetic appeal of the title. "I like it. I like it when you look on iTunes and you got the album title, and it's just made up of slashes. It looks good."

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July 10, 2010

Lohan 'scared to death' of jail, plans to appeal

lindsay-lohan-court-jail.jpgLOS ANGELES - Lindsay Lohan is "scared to death" about going to jail, and is planning to appeal her 90-day sentence with a new lawyer, her mother Dina Lohan said in an interview.

"She's a fighter, and until the final result - we're not giving up," Dina Lohan told celebrity news television show Entertainment Tonight in an interview to be broadcast on Friday.

"I think it's time we get another attorney just to see it from another light and do damage control," she added, saying her daughter hoped to file an appeal.

The "Mean Girls" actress is due to start her three-month jail term on July 20. She was ordered to jail by a Beverly Hills judge who ruled on Tuesday that Lohan, 24, had violated her probation for a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession case because she had failed to attend weekly alcohol education classes imposed by the court.

Lohan's lawyer abruptly quit on Thursday, hours after issuing a statement calling the sentence "harsh and unfair" but stating that Lohan was prepared to serve her jail time and comply with the court's orders."

Lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley did not give a reason for leaving, but Dina Lohan suggested Lohan's team was unhappy with Holley's handling of the case.

"I feel like Shawn, Lindsay's attorney, should have stood up (in court on Tuesday) and said, 'Listen, I didn't know you were going to have witnesses.' We would have had ten witnesses. We didn't get a shot. We didn't get a shot at fairness," Dina Lohan said.

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July 9, 2010

Katy Perry rules the Billboard Hot 100 chart for fifth week in a row

by Brad Wete

katty-perry-billboard.jpgThis is one boring week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Mostly because the first five spots in the top 10 are the same as last week’s. For the fifth straight week, Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls” tops the chart. Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna is No. 2 for it’s second week in a row. Usher‘s “OMG” holds the No. 3 spot, while B.o.B’s “Airplanes” does the same at No. 4. And Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” is No. 5.

The fun starts at No. 6, where newcomer Mike Posner creeps up a spot with “Cooler Than Me.” Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” leaps seven places to No. 7. Drake’s “Find Your Love” seems to have stalled out, dropping two places to No. 8. Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” moves up one to No. 9. And Eminem’s “Not Afraid” closes out the top 10.

Mike Posner is getting close to the top spot. Do you think the Duke grad can rise to No. 1? If not him, then who? Let us know.

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July 5, 2010

Kanye West Adds Nicki Minaj To "Good Ass Job"

nicki-minaj-kanye-west.jpgFollowing his impressive opening performance for the 2010 BET Awards, more information is coming out concerning rapper/producer Kanye West and his fifth studio album Good Ass Job.

Earlier this week, sources close to the Chicago artist stated the new album is tentatively scheduled for a September 14 release date alongside G.O.O.D. Music label mates Kid Cudi, Big Sean and Consequence. More recently, BET’s Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programming Stephen Hill revealed to Rap-Up.com that Young Money’s sole female emcee will also be a part of Mr. West’s much anticipated project. “He’s got a track with Nicki Minaj that’s so dope…You won’t believe it when you hear it,” said Hill.

In related news, Kanye West’s first single from Good Ass Job, “Power,” has officially been released on iTunes today.

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June 28, 2010

Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj Big Winners At BET Awards

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Alicia Keys and newcomer Nicki Minaj were the big winners at the 10th annual BET Awards, both taking home two statuettes during the ceremony held last night (June 27) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. However, the evening's real buzz centered around several captivating performances/comebacks, most notably Chris Brown's surprise return to the BET stage in an emotional dance tribute marking the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death.

Silhouetted behind a large screen, Brown was greeted by appreciative cheers from a standing Shrine audience as he took to the stage, gliding and moonwalking across the floor to several Jackson classics including "Billie Jean" and "Smooth Criminal." Then he became choked up and unable to sing the final song in the tribute, "Man in the Mirror." Returning to the stage to accept the AOL Fandemonium award, Brown told the audience, "I let you all down before, but I won't do it again. I promise." Brown had been slated to appear at last year's BET Awards but did not appear then in the wake of his domestic violence case involving Rihanna.

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June 14, 2010

Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber Walk Hand-in-Hand on the Beach

By Tim Nudd
People.com

Kim%20Kardashian%20and%20Justin%20Bieber.jpgSorry, Justin Bieber fans. Seems your boy is still hanging out with Kim Kardashian.

The teen pop sensation posted a photo Sunday of himself with the reality-TV star - with her holding a flower - taken on the beach during a photo shoot at the Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas.

"Photoshoot on the beach ... ummmm yeah. I told her to watch out ... I love my fans," Bieber, 16, wrote on Twitter.

Kardashian, 29, then posted her own photo showing her running her hands through Bieber's famous locks. "My dream! I messed up Justin Bieber's hair!!!" she Tweeted.

Some Bieber fans will surely get riled up by the images, having already strongly objected to Bieber's friendship with Kardashian after they met at the White House Correspondents' dinner in May.

Kardashian, who admitted to having "Bieber Fever" at the time, said she even received death threats. Bieber tried to calm things down, calling Kardashian "a very sexy friend but a friend. No need 4 threats. Let's all be friends and hang out often."


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June 12, 2010

Chris Brown Denied Visa Over Rihanna Beating, UK Tour Postponed

chris_brown_sad_tour.jpgLONDON (CBS/AP) There's never a right time to say goodbye.

Those lyrics from Chris Brown's 2005 self-titled debut album could be the mantra for the R&B singer's international touring woes, after Great Britain denied him entry. According to the Associated Press, the British government's Home Office rejected Brown's visa request due to his previous criminal record.

Brown, 21, was convicted of beating his former girlfriend, R&B songstress Rihanna, prior to the 2009 Grammy Awards. Last year he was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service.

Brown was scheduled to perform in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London. Tuesday, promoter SJM Concerts informed the public that Brown's tour was postponed "due to unforeseen circumstances." However, SJM prompted fans to hold on to tickets.

They seem to be holding out hope that at some point Brown will get to say goodbye to the U.S. and hello to the U.K., to sing his signature tune for British fans.

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May 18, 2010

Nas, Damian Marley Bring Political Distant Relatives Tour To NYC

By Shaheem Reid
MTV

nas_damain_jr_gong.jpgNEW YORK - Lyrically, Nas has been at a higher altitude than his peers since the beginning of his career. His verbal achievements have become legendary. While admittedly, Nas sometimes has questionable beat selections, the Queensbridge native's words have been so piercing that the guy can frankly get away with rapping over anything. And he has.

Last year when Esco announced that he would be following up his album Untitled with a duet LP with a star outside of genre, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, some of his fans didn't know what to think. But if there is anyone who could actually pull it off, it's Nas. Certainly there would be way more public pushback if, say, a Jay-Z, Eminem, T.I. or Young Jeezy would have set out on such an audacious musical venture. But with Nas, you know his spirit is free, and even in his mid-30s, the timeless mic king is almost as rebellious as when he was a 20-year-old kid fresh out of the Queensbridge projects.

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May 5, 2010

Lindsay Lohan Is "Deep Throat"

deep_troath_lindsay_lohan.jpgFormer celebrity Lindsay Lohan will play a porn-star in some new porn-star biopic! According to Salon, the Bobby (?) star will play Linda Lovelace, the esophageally pliant lead in the 1972 adult film Deep Throat, which later became the pseudonym-sake of Watergate tipster Mark Felt. Bill Pullman will play Hugh Hefner. Congratulations to you too, Bill Pullman!

Director Matthew Wilder is so excited about this in a probably unintentionally undermine-y way. He said it’s likely “one of the most challenging roles any actor could play - and not because of the sexual content, necessarily - but more because she was so battered and beat up emotionally, that I think it's gonna take everything Lindsay has to really be able to pull it off ... Not that Lindsay's life is similar in any way - but she's been through a lot of ups and downs. A lot of times you're loved and then you're hated, and I think she can relate to those emotions and feelings.”

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May 3, 2010

The Britney Spears demo of Lady Gaga's "Telephone"

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The single "Telephone" by Lady Gaga was originally written for Britney Spears. Spears passed on the track after making a demo. Probably because she couldn't do the dance that accompanied it. Those up and down arm movements would best be served shoveling food into her mouth.

Over the weekend, iLeaks.com posted a sample of the demo asking $750 for the whole song. Some chump bought it and now here it is.

There’s still debate as to whether this is really Britney. Some say yes, some say no.

Even though Lady Gaga is annoying, her version is a little more inspired than this. Let's say it was Britney. This sounds like she was just clocking in and clocking out. Sure, it’s a demo, but at least put a little effort into it. Besides that, I really can’t tell a difference between the two. It’s the same dumb lyrics just coming out of a different auto-tuned mouth. And who pays $750 for this aborted demo. There was a reason it never left the studio.


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April 20, 2010

Drake Gets Love From Jamaica During 'Find Your Love' Shoot

drake_mavado_jamaica.jpgCash Money/ Young Money, all one big family. The Birdman recently went out to Rochester Hills, Michigan, to be a surprise guest on Drake's Away From Home Tour. Baby joined Drizzy for "4 My Town (Play Ball)," and after the show Drake shared some downtime with the multimillionaire CEO. Sitting in the Birdman's tour-bus lounge, Drake told us about his recent trip to Jamaica where he shot the video for the Kanye West-produced "Find Your Love," a track on the June 15 LP Thank Me Later.

"We went to Kingston," Drake said. "We went to this 'hood. They call it the 'gully' side. It's bad out there, real bad. They had 'Young Money' sprayed on the gates, 'Drake and Wayne,' 'cause I came to shoot the video out there. I'm talking about you drive by people's homes, they had 'Drake,' 'Young Money,' 'Drake, Welcome Here,' 'Drake We Love You' - crazy sh--, man. It was so crazy. This dude was like, 'Original Weezy tha God! You tha boss! Weezy tha God!' It's crazy. They love us, 'cause we show love out there."

It's April 20 - you know what that means. Some people are celebrating green day, and we're not talking about the rock band. In any event, check out these releases - some are celebrating today's theme and some aren't.

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April 1, 2010

Lady Gaga the new Michael Jackson?

By IANS

lady-gaga-hermaphrodite1.jpgLONDON - Pop singer Lady Gaga has been compared to Michael Jackson by producer Rodney Jerkins who worked with her on "Telephone".

"We haven't seen an artist like Gaga in a long time, we haven’t seen an artist that really has no fear. I remember Michael Jackson used to tell me he was crucified for doing 'Thriller', but he had to do what he felt was needed at that time. I’m just happy to be part of history,” contactmusic.com quoted Jerkins as saying.

"I've always wanted to leave my stamp on music, and to be able to say that I worked with Michael Jackson and now I’m working with Lady Gaga, who’ll probably go down in history as one of the best female entertainers of all time."

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March 9, 2010

Lil Wayne Begins Serving One-Year Jail Sentence

By Tim Nudd

lilwayne-jail.jpgRapper Lil Wayne arrived at Rikers Island in New York City on Tuesday to begin serving a one-year jail term on a weapons conviction.

Wayne, 27, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., chose not to speak at his sentencing on Monday, the New York Post reports. With good behavior, he could be out of prison in eight months.

After initially pleading not guilty to gun possession after a July 2007 arrest, Wayne changed his plea to guilty in October in exchange for a reduced 12-month sentence.

Wayne had had his sentencing postponed twice in the past month -- once so he could have dental work done, and once because of a fire in the courthouse basement.

He recently tried to put his ordeal in perspective, telling Rolling Stone: "I look at things as 'Everything is meant to be.' I know it's an experience that I need to have if God's putting me through it."

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February 10, 2010

Lil Wayne jail sentence postponed due to dental work

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Rapper Lil Wayne's sentencing for possessing a gun has been postponed to allow him to have dental surgery.

The star - real name Dwayne Carter - was unable to undergo the work beforehand as his dentist had been out of the country, his lawyer said.

He is scheduled to return to the New York State Supreme Court on 2 March.

In December, he pleaded guilty to charges arising from a 2007 arrest when a gun was found on his tour bus after a concert in Manhattan.

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The rapper did not say anything in court.

Manhattan assistant district attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon did not argue about the delay in sentencing saying she had spoken with the dentist.

The sentencing comes at the peak of the rapper's career.

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February 5, 2010

Ne-Yo 'Not Holding His Breath' For Lindsay Lohan's Music Career

ne-yo-write.jpgBack in the day, Lindsay Lohan released two albums with billboard chart success, and for the last couple of years we've been hearing all about the oh-so-anticipated third album.

Eighteen months ago Ne-Yo even raved about the troubled Tinseltowner's work ethic and their plans to continue working together following the release of her last single "Bossy."

"She did a fantastic job. She actually did a much better job than I thought she was going to do to be honest - I was skeptical at first. But she was on time, motivated and focused," he said at the time.

Now it sounds as though in the meantime something went sour between the two.

"We were doing some stuff and then it just fell off and hasn't got back on," Ne-Yo told Pop Tarts at Clive Davis's Pre-Grammy party last week. "I'm not gonna hold my breath."

But if LiLo ever does decide to get her act together, the "Year of the Gentleman" crooner is willing to work something out.

"Lindsay, when you're ready to get it in, give me a call," he offered.

Lindsay, are you listening?

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February 2, 2010

DJ Khaled - Shynes First Post-Prison Song ft Mavado & Akon Breaks Free Online

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Shyne's first post-prison rhymes have turned up on the leak of DJ Khaled's "All My Life" which also features Akon and Mavado.

On the track, the former Bad Boy briefly touches on his past criminal life style.

"From the streets of New York, where the streets don't sleep, Shyne get 'em!," Khaled says prior to the rapper's verse. "All my life I've been rolling with the D's and the C's," Shyne raps, "Steady ducking the police, ain't a friend/When they take me ahead, they fill me with lead -- Until it come to an end, I'll be bleeding in bed/I live slowly let you read in the F.E.D.S., Daddy wasn't there but my mama was a gem/But I ain't trippin' though, that's how I kill a flow....." ("All My Life")

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February 1, 2010

The Grammys: Taylor Swift wins album of year, but it was Beyonce's big night

By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
Associated Press

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Taylor Swift's "Fearless" has been named Grammy album of the year.

Swift also won three other awards Sunday night, including best country album.

Beyonce's six wins are the most by a female in one night in the Grammys' 52 years.

Beyonce made history at the Grammys on Sunday as she collected six trophies, including song of the year for her anthem "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," making her the most decorated woman in one night in the 52-year history of the awards show.

The multihyphenate entertainer won her sixth trophy with best female pop vocal for her soaring ballad "Halo." Perhaps she was not aware of her record-setting feat; her acceptance speech was decidedly low key.

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January 7, 2010

'Greedy' Beyonce slammed for fat gig payout!

beyonceknowles.jpgFor reigning Pop crooner Beyonce Knowles, who continues to reap millions from heady record sales and is hailed as arguably the richest and the most bankable among the current crop going around in the Pop - Brood, acting unusually 'greedy' and 'pricey' for a New Year gig ought to come as a surprise.

As per the latest reports it appears that the lady is copping some serious back-lash for being paid an eye - popping $2 million for a private New Year concert for the son of one time Libyan dictator and now President Muammar Gaddafi.

And it's not just the price that the singer quoted but also her decision to appear at a private event, hosted by someone who is eyed with considerable suspicion by her native United States of America that has landed Beyonce in the eye of a storm.

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January 6, 2010

Lil Wayne To Start Prison Sentence In February

lil-wayne-prison.jpg(RTTNews) - A Manhattan State Court Justice has announced that Lil Wayne is due to start his one-year jail sentence on February 9, 2010. The rapper pled guilty to a felony weapons charge in October, stemming from an incident on his tour bus in 2007.

Lil Wayne later accepted a plea bargain to lesser charges that includes a one-year stint in a state prison, the location of which is currently unconfirmed.

Weezy is not, however, throwing in the towel after news of his impending jail time. The rapper's new album, Rebirth, will hit store shelves on February 1, according to Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman.

As a teaser for the upcoming album, the label has released a free download of Lil Wayne's collaboration with Eminem, "Drop The World." The track was produced by Chase N. Cashe and features the rapper putting all haters on notice, saying that he'll "pick the world up and drop it on your fu****g head."

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December 20, 2009

Lil Wayne Detained After Police Find Marijuana On Tour Bus

By Jayson Rodriguez
mtv

lil-wayne-marijuana.jpgLil Wayne and an entourage travelling with him through Texas were detained by authorities on Friday after U.S. Border Patrol agents found marijuana on the rapper's two tour buses. They were released after being held for several hours; some members of Wayne's crew received citations, but Wayne did not, an attorney for the rapper told TMZ.

The Cash Money lyricist was stopped by agents on Friday while en route to a scheduled performance in Laredo, Texas. The stop was reportedly routine, but after a Border Patrol K-9 smelled the drug odor, authorities searched the rapper's two tour buses. Both vehicles were found to be carrying marijuana onboard, according to a spokesman for the agency.

A total of 12 individuals were detained for the offense, Joe Trevino, an agent with the Border Patrol, told MTV News.

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December 3, 2009

Chris Brown Speaks Out on Rihanna

In Exclusive Interview, R&B Singer Apologizes, Says Still Has 'Love For' Rihanna

By SHEILA MARIKAR and LUCHINA FISHER

chris-brown-sad-face.jpgR&B singer Chris Brown apologized and said he is still hurting inside from the night he assaulted his former girlfriend, Rihanna, nearly 11 months ago.

"I never ever had problems with anger. No, no domestic violence with any of my past girlfriends," Brown said. "I never was that kind of person...I look at it, and it's really, like really difficult. It's like, 'How could I be that person?'"

Brown speaks candidly about his relationship with ex-girlfriend Rihanna in an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts.

Although some people have doubted his sincerity, Brown told Roberts he understands the severity of the incident and said he still has "love for" Rihanna.

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November 28, 2009

Taylor Lautner Gets Mobbed ... by Jamie Foxx

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It isn't just screaming tween girls who are going gaga over New Moon star Taylor Lautner - one of the onscreen werewolf's biggest fans is Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx.

That's what Lautner found out to his great surprise at the Twilight premiere a year ago.

"There's tons of fans and we hear all of these high pitch voices and we hear 'Rah, rah, Taylor, Taylor!'" Lautner, 17, tells George Lopez on the Thursday airing of Lopez Tonight. "All of a sudden I hear this deep voice behind me: 'Taylor, Taylor!' .... And this guy walks up to me and he goes 'Hey ... my daughter is a huge fan, and I'm a huge fan is there any way I can get a picture with you. I'm Jamie Foxx.' I was like, 'Are you kidding me? Can I get a picture with you?'"
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November 17, 2009

Five shots from Beyonce & Lady GaGa's 'Video Phone'

by Ryan Brockington

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Hey ladies, dance and shake it for me before pulling the trigger on my laser while I ogle you with my camera face and make you dance on a chair. Do it, Beyonce and Lady GaGa say so.

In a massive attempt to bring hype and shock, Beyonce has released her video for "Video Phone" featuring eight new looks (one of which is a major Rihanna rip-off) and glorified back-up dancer Lady GaGa.

I will admit the video is pretty to look at, and Lady GaGa holds her own next to a major capital D Diva, but the womanizing undertones and dance for your dinner chair routine have my tummy feeling icky. Check out four more of my favorite stills and watch the entire mess below. Is it me or does Beyonce look a lot like Kimora Lee?

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November 16, 2009

Janet Jackson Blames Dr. Conrad Murray for Michael's Death

janet-jackson-michael-doctor.jpgSpeaking out five months after Michael Jackson's death, Janet Jackson placed blame on Dr. Conrad Murray, saying the doctor should no longer be allowed to practice medicine.

"He was the one that was administering," she told ABC's Robin Roberts. "I think he is responsible."

Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, remains the focus of a manslaughter investigation into the pop star's death. Murray has admitted to administering the anesthetic propofol, but has denied giving Michael anything that should have killed him.

Jackson, who has walled herself in silence, fiercely guarding her private thoughts about the death of her beloved brother, Michael, opened up to Roberts in an exclusive interview that will air, Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 10 p.m. ET.

"It's been a tough year," she said. "You have your days where it's just really -- it's hard to believe. And a day doesn't go by that I don't think about him."

Jackson recounted the details of the morning of June 25, before she learned that Michael had collapsed, and her world turned upside down.

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November 14, 2009

Chris Brown Fans React To 'Crawl' Video

By Rya Backer
MTV NEWS

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On Friday morning, Chris Brown's new video for "Crawl," the second single to get the video treatment from his upcoming release Graffiti, made its debut. The clip, which depicts a bespectacled Brown singing about how people need to crawl back to love, also features shaven-head sensation Cassie as Brown's love interest. The ballad is at least a little bit about Rihanna, and the video seems to make references to her and their relationship.

We took to the streets of Times Square to see what people thought of Brown's latest foray into short film. Reactions to the song and the video were mixed.

"It was a decent song. After everything that's gone on, it's kind of hard to support him," explained Lindsay, a student in town from Kentucky.

"I think it sounded fine," added her friend Katie. "But I don't know, I think it was a kind of failed attempt to tell everyone he's really sorry. I don't think it really did anything for me."


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October 30, 2009

T.I. Talks To Ludacris From Prison About Lil Wayne Legal Trouble

ti_prison_photos_rapper.jpgT.I. is still keeping an eye on things while serving his year-and-a-day prison sentence for felony weapons charges. On Wednesday, Ludacris tweeted that he spoke to his fellow Atlanta heavyweight.

Luda's messages reveal that Tip is keeping up on current events and feels for his peers Lil Wayne and Lil Boosie, who both have to go to prison at the top of their careers, much like Tip has had to do.

"Talking to TIP," Luda tweeted. "He says to tell Wayne and Boosie he Hates the situations y'all are in, but he's ridin' with the both of you."

'Cris added that Tip had a message for the kids in the Windy City in the wake of the Derrion Albert murder: "TIP also says to all my Chicago peoples, cut out all that damn nonsense!!! Sh-- has got to STOP!!!!!! I 2nd that!!!"

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October 25, 2009

Kanye West's Paparazzi Case Dismissed

Rapper underwent anger management, will do 50 hours of community service.

angry-kanye-west.0.0.jpgAfter a couple of rough months that found him getting massive flack for interrupting Taylor Swift at the VMAs and canceling his tour with Lady Gaga, Kanye West got some very good news on Friday. Though he was not present for the ruling, West caught a break when a Los Angeles court commissioner dismissed all three misdemeanor charges against the rapper in connection with a scuffle with paparazzi at the Los Angeles International Airport in September 2008.

Court commissioner Mark Zuckman dismissed misdemeanor charges of battery, grand theft and vandalism against West and tour manager Don Crowley. West was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and Crowley on suspicion of vandalism and battery on September 12, 2008, when they allegedly confronted TMZ photographers and smashed their equipment; West and Crowley, 33, pleaded not guilty to the charges, which could have sent West to jail for up to two years and six months and Crowley for up to five years.

City prosecutors opposed the dismissal, arguing that both West, 32, and Crowley had exhibited "felonious intent" in allegedly breaking the expensive camera gear. As part of the dismissal, West and Crowley were ordered to complete 50 hours of community service - West's attorney said he will work perform his service with the American Red Cross.

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October 20, 2009

Why We Hate Kanye West (And Why It's Wrong That We Do)

Story by Jose Flores
Starpulse contributing writer

<kanye_west_taylor_swift.jpgstrong>Kanye West is an immensely talented man. He's got 3 number one albums, 2 American Music Awards, 2 World Music Awards, 9 BET Awards, 12 Grammys…the list goes on and on. MTV named him the hottest MC in the game for 2008, placing him above the likes of Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, and T.I. He successfully transitioned from producer to rapper, and then again (less successfully, but still decently) from rapper to singer. Truth be told, Kanye West is probably one of the few people in the world who has earned the right to be arrogant.

So why is he so hated for it? Why is he so reviled for what amounts to nothing more than an oversized ego? In a world where Chris Brown beats the hell out of Rihanna and T.I. gets caught stockpiling automatic weapons, does it make any kind of sense that Kanye West is public enemy number one?

In a weird, misguided way, yes it does.

Ours is a world based on image, and that means more than the clothes somebody wears, or the car somebody drives. It literally means that people are judged based on what they are seen doing. If someone carries themselves correctly out in public, they are more likely to be forgiven for the reprehensible things they do in private. That's why Chris Brown's on his way to getting his career back - because no one saw him beat Rihanna. Sure, everyone saw the aftermath, the pictures, but no one saw the act itself. Same with T.I. - no one saw him setting up his gun deal or paying off his bodyguard. All we saw was the end result, and the end result was done correctly. Chris Brown was shamed, remorseful. T.I. accepted his punishment like a man.

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October 16, 2009

Beyonce Links With Lady Gaga For "Video Phone" Clip

lady_gaga_beyonce_montage.jpgBeyonce and Lady Gaga are two of the most popular singers today and it seems the two have joined forces for B's latest video, "Video Phone." After a few weeks of rumors, the news has been confirmed by MTV.

According to a spokesperson for Hype Williams, the video will be released but few other details have been released.

Life and Style Magazine also found that the video was extremely secretive.

"Everything on the set was being kept very hush-hush, and security was extremely tight," an alleged insider told the magazine.

The person went on to explain that the fashion in the video was "insane."

"Beyoncé wears a feathered dress. And of course Lady Gaga wears something wild. The fashion is sick and insane."

Many sources also say that Gaga will add additional work to the track.

Beyonce and Lady Gaga have yet to speak on the matter.

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October 11, 2009

Kanye West a No-Show At BET Hip-Hop Awards, T.I. Wins From Prison

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kanyewest-noshow.jpgPerhaps Kanye West is finally taking that much-needed "time off" from his stage-hijacking shenanigans.

After infamously stealing Taylor Swift's spotlight at the MTV Video Music Awards, the rapper bailed on the 4th Annual BET Hip-Hop Awards Saturday evening, giving up his nine chances to stage yet another remix-worthy, acceptance speech crashing moment.

While YouTubers across the country were probably chomping at the bit for that video posting opportunity, it's safe to say the self-proclaimed egomaniac saved himself a beatdown by not jumping on stage with a nominee competitor like Young Jeezy or Rick Ross.

Top nominees turned no-shows was somewhat of a theme for the awards show, held at the Atlanta Civic Center. The runner-up to West's bevy of nominations, T.I., was missing in action as a result of his lockdown in an Arkansas prison on a federal weapons charge.

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October 8, 2009

Even behind bars, T.I. is living a "Hell of a Life."

ti-hell-of-alife-video.jpgThe incarcerated rapper's latest video premiered on Monday (October 5) and continues the prison theme set forth by his last video, "Remember Me," featuring Mary J. Blige. That video, which was to be the first single from the proposed Paper Trail reissue that was later shelved, was released just after Tip began his sentence and opened with the Atlanta rapper in an orange jail-issued jumpsuit.

"Hell of a Life" is similar, with Tip donning his prison duds early in the clip. But while "Remember Me" struck a more somber tone, "Hell of a Life" is celebratory. After the rapper enters prison, the Erik White-directed video flashes back 24 hours. Tip is shown all alone in a bedroom-like setting watching his career highlights on a flat-screen TV.

"Beamers, Bentleys, double Rs, Ferraris/ Every time I seen shorty, 'Where you headed tonight?'/ Selling out arenas, chicks with asses like Serena/ Man, shorty live a hell of a life, I'm tryna tell them," T.I. raps on the track's chorus.

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October 5, 2009

Lady GaGa Explains Kanye Tour Cancellation

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Lady GaGa has revealed she'll launch her own US tour after the cancellation of her joint Fame Kills shows with Kanye West.

Speaking at the Billboard Women in Music event she told reporters: "We mutually decided to cancel the tour. He's going to take some time off, but I'm not."

"I'll be leaving just a week later than I was supposed to on my own solo tour. It will be the same places. So I will see you guys there."

She added: "Kanye and I talked about it. We talked about it a lot, as well as with (promoters) Live Nation."

It's thought West will take some time off after his stage invasion at the VMAs where he interrupted Taylor Swift.

Of that incident GaGa said: "everyone makes mistakes and it is important to forgive one another. He's a good person."

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September 30, 2009

Chris Brown, 'I Can Transform Ya': Are you ready to hear this?

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Chris Brown has a new single called "I Can Transform Ya," featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz, streaming right now on his official website. Two decent verses from Weezy make this one a somewhat easier listen than "Twitter," the grating track Brown leaked earlier this month. One thing hasn't changed since then, though: I'm still not ready to hear this kind of music from Chris Brown.

The singer also recently announced a headlining concert date on Oct. 27, his first since becoming a convicted felon. I can't decide whether to feel baffled or outraged by his apparent decision to charge forward with a comeback before even finishing his court-mandated trash-pickup hours. Brown was sentenced to that community service just one month ago after pleading guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend Rihanna in February. Does he think we've already forgotten what happened? As EW's Michael Slezak noted when "Twitter" leaked on Sept. 10, Brown needs to take some serious time off from promoting his career to think about why he committed such an awful crime and make sure it never happens again. Many of you agreed at the time, as did I. Call me crazy, but I don't think a 19-day break was what any of us had in mind.

It's really a shame - "I Can Transform Ya" isn't a terrible song at all. (Stream it after the jump if you want.) Unfortunately, I just can't hear this guy sing Auto-Tuned come-ons right now without cringing. Can you? When, if ever, do you think it will be appropriate for Brown to hawk new music?

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September 27, 2009

Oops, Chris Brown Won't Beat It to Jackson Tribute

by Josh Grossberg and Lindsay Miller

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Chris Brown won't be crooning "I'll Be There" in honor of Michael Jackson.

The "Forever" singer has put the kibosh on any plans to perform at the M.J. tribute concert in Vienna, hours after Jermaine Jackson announced Brown would be among the headliners at the Sept. 26 show.

"Chris is not confirmed to perform or participate in any capacity for this show," the publicist for Brown's label tells E! News.

While we expect Brown to commence his comeback after racking up five years' probation for beating Rihanna, we were surprised to hear his name listed with Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole, Akon and Sister Sledge for the event. He would need court approval to head overseas and get a break from his 180 hours of community labor. Brown, 20, attended Jackson's funeral and has cited the King of Pop as a major influence.

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September 19, 2009

Jay-Z Defends "Super-Passionate" Kanye: "He Didn't Kill Anybody"

jay-kanye.jpgJay-Z doesn't think Kanye West is a "jackass" - just "super-passionate."

The rapper defended his protégé on BBC Radio for ambushing Taylor Swift at Sunday's Video Music Awards and says the whole situation has been blown out of proportion.

Top Moments: Kanye interrupts, Serena curses and True Blood licks the egg

"Of course it was rude, because it was her moment, but that's the way he really felt," Jay-Z said. "I think it was rude, but the way they're treating him... He's on the cover of every paper. He didn't kill anybody. No one got harmed."

Kanye calls Taylor Swift to apologize

West has since personally apologized to Swift, who accepted his apology, meaning it's time for everyone to move on, Jay-Z said.

"I don't think he should lay low," he said, referring to West's announcement on The Jay Leno Show to take a break. "I think he should move on and have a brilliant career."

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August 1, 2009

Angel Lola Luv Has No Time For Souljaboy Dating Rumors

Angel Lola Luv Print and Video Diva is Embarking on Something Fresh

angel-lola-luv-mixtape.jpgWashington, DC (PRWEB) July 29, 2009 -- What would we do without the modern day 'blogging' phenomenon? Blogs render such entertainment. Good, bad or indifferent, gossip sites are spewing with some facts, some fiction, and everything in between. It seems the rumor mills are all in love with the highly desired model and former video-vixen, Ms. Angel Lola Luv aka Lola Monroe. In the beginning of her career, Ms. Luv graced countless magazine covers, and featured in music videos with some of the top Hip Hop artists in the industry. But now she is embarking on a new career, from former video/print diva to sexy, sharp and sassy, rap diva. Teaming up with the undisputed mixtape giant Dj Fletch, Ms. Luv debuted a new mixtape this month, lyrically airing out the rumors and smacking the haters.

Speaking of rumors, it was reported by several media shops including mediatakeout.com and Hip Hop Weekly that Ms. Lola Luv was in a heavy romance, a deep love affair with hip hop's swagger-man Souljaboy Tell Em. Well, sorry to disappoint our fellow bloggers, however Souljaboy Tell Em and Ms. Angel Lola are simply friends. Angel explains, "Souljaboy and I are not dating. We recorded a song together for our mixtape projects and have a mutual artist to artist respect for each other. He's a cool guy, but right now I'm more focused on upcoming films and my new album." Angel is currently working in the studio with several top named producers preparing for her debut album release in 2010. Luckily for all the fellas, Ms. Luv aka Lola Monroe is still single while making major moves. Did we mention Ms. Luv is making her big screen appearance starring alongside 50 Cent in the highly anticipated movie "Before I Self Destruct"? Um huh!

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July 30, 2009

Alfamega Pens Open Letter To TI, "I Was Ready To Go To War For You"

Former Grand Hustle associate Cedric "Alfamega" Zellars has reportedly inked an open letter to T.I. which speaks on his past and present loyalty.

alfamega-ti-300x300-2009-05-05.jpg"On the real, I'm not coming to you as a disgruntled crying as*ed b*tch who's mad about being let go," Alfa wrote. "I'm coming to you as a man who is disappointed that he was publicly exiled by a friend. You've often said that you're a man of your words but hommie; you are not being true to your words...I rode for you when there was no one else there to ride for you. 24/7, I was on call for you pimp. On many occasions, I sidelined my family choosing to risk my early demise for you. With a little cheddar, you can easily employ dudes to kill for you all day every day. Conversely, try finding someone who will put their life on the line and die for you...I was the first person you called when you got into that altercation in LA with Shaka's DTP people. Without any questions, I was right there ready to go to war for you...Time after time, I defended your honor because you were my dawg; if they disrespected you, they disrespected me...Once this is published, I'm giving you a week to call me. Should you choose to not call me within that timeframe, I'll know exactly where we stand. At that point, we'll separate...Hope you come home soon pimp, keep your head up and let all the bull go. Don't worry about propaganda, people always gone talk." (Down South)

Alfa recently questioned Tip's past statements about his criminal background and denied working for the DEA.

"Am I snitching in the hood," he asked laughing. "It's like people say I can't go back in the hood, when I heard that I was in the hood. They still say I can't go back to the hood but I was in the hood when I heard I couldn't go back...Me and the dude [they say I snitched on] Ali, didn't have any business together, ever. Me and Ali never been in the streets together, hustling, things like that. I apologized to dude because his name got caught up in a whole lot of things...How do you intentionally conceal your criminal past? Intentionally? Everybody in the streets knows me. Tip knew what I had been locked up for, I had been locked up for a gun. I went to jail for a gun. He talked to dudes who did time with me. His uncle and everybody did time with me. He was in prison with me...I don't work for no motherf*cking DEA. I have never worked for the DEA. I had gun charges." (Gyant Unplugged)

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July 19, 2009

Say What: Does TI Want Tiny Off BET?

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tameka-tiny-cottle-34th-birthday-photos-ti.jpgTameka aka "Tiny," as in T.I.'s love interest, may be getting calls from the jailed rapper if new rumors flying around the internet are true...

According to a few outlets, including 24 Hour Hip Hop, T.I. was not happy about Tiny's deal with BET for the reality series "Tiny & Toya". Now that the show is being broadcast to millions he allegedly wants the cameras to stop rolling and BET to pull the plug!

Now we're not sure if any of this is true but, some say T.I. had reservations about the whole thing from the beginning and only said "yes" so Tiny could "start her career up again".

Since its premiere the show has drawn controversy at BET with one viewer stating "First of all, I am not hating. But let's be real, Tiny needs to get the Atlanta yellow pages and find a Speech Therapist!!! Or the producers need to put subtitles on the screen so that the rest of the country can understand that mess!!! OOH Fulton County Courts need to issue BET a restraining order so that they can stay away from Atlanta filming these ghetto hood rats!!!"

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July 2, 2009

Michael Jackson's Love for Diana Ross Continues Even in Death

By Luchina Fisher, Sarah Netter and Russell Goldman
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michael_jackson_diana_ross_will.jpgIt may have come as a surprise to some that Diana Ross was mentioned in Michael Jackson's will as a secondary caregiver to his three children, but her inclusion was not unexpected to those who had tracked their longstanding relationship, dating back to Jackson's early childhood.

In his will, Jackson specified that if his mother Katherine Jackson, his first choice to become guardian for his three young children, died before he did, then he named Ross to take custody of the kids.

Omitted from the will was Jackson's ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, the mother of his two older children.

Jackson's three children, Michael Joseph Jr., 12; Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, 11; and Prince Michael Jackson II, 7, known as Blanket, have been staying with their grandmother Katherine at the family compound in Encino, Calif., since Jackson's death last Thursday.


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June 22, 2009

John Legend & Estelle - Goes Authentic Reggae with 'No Other Love'

By Shanz (Pen2 Paper Creative Concept)
OutAroad.com Writer

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Label: Columbia Records, G.O.O.D. Music
Album: Evolver

On the heels of his hit collaboration 'Green Light' ft Andre 3000, John has found another amazing track with label mate Estelle, dubbed 'No Other Love'. John Legend seeks to cement his legendary status in music, with his latest collaboration British Star Estelle. With little over 37,800 tags on Google alone and over 12 ADDS last week on radio, in the United States the single seems to be getting lots if not all the love. Estelle struck oil earlier this year, with Jamaican superstar Sean Paul, with their steamy collaboration 'Come Over', which still rides high on charts locally and internationally. She seemingly has the magic ingredient to make constant hits, not just in hip hop or R&B, but Reggae as well.

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June 2, 2009

Lil Wayne Was 'Baby Mama' Lauren London's FIRST?!!

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Film/television actress, model and reported new 'baby mama' of rapper Lil Wayne's unborn child, Lauren London, has been reported to be pregnant by the New Orleans, Louisiana hip hop artist and Cash Money Records recording music artist, but was first reported as NOT happy about the pregnancy. Later, it was reported that "Lauren London and Lil Wayne are fine and the two will raise the baby together." Now, reportedly Lauren London is NOT happy again, according to new detailed reports, about being pregnant and also about losing her virginity to Lil Wayne?! Wait?! Losing her virginity to Lil Wayne?!!

As previously reported on HipHopRX.com, London was not happy about the alleged pregnancy and actually did not want to keep the baby at first, but decided to go ahead with her pregnancy in fear of alleged threats by Lil Wayne, founder of Young Money Entertainment, to go public with the news of her pregnancy and her decision to abort.

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May 29, 2009

Star & Buc Wild Call T.I. An Informant

by Johnny Firecloud
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Star & Buc Wild, the hot-button personalities over at VladTV, have finally stepped up and called out what many of us have been thinking but haven't quite wanted to say about T.I. - specifically his extremely lenient (366 days) prison sentence, despite convictions for possession of three loaded assault weapons and explosives (grenades) - with prior felonies to boot.

T.I. may be sitting in jail as you read this, but Star & Buc Wild pull no punches in taking the Grand Hustle rapper to task for the suspect circumstances surrounding his sentence.

T.I. is addressed in the clip as "Officer Clifford Harris," going above and beyond calling him a snitch, straight up suggesting that the presently-incarcerated rapper is on the po-po payroll. The bitch of it is that he makes a damn compelling case. Extra points given for the shout out to Perez Hilton at the 2:06 mark, calling him by his true name, "bitch ass."

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May 22, 2009

Swizz Beatz Tells Wife To Shut Up

Alicia Keys the new girl

switz-beat-alicia-keys-wife.jpgSwizz Beatz wants his soon to be ex-wife to shut the hell up. The hit rapper slash producer has requested a gag-order in the his divorce proceedings with the R&B singer, Mashonda. Since splitting up last year, rumors have gone around that the reason the couple broke up was the relationship between Swizzy and singer Alicia Keys.

Mashonda's lawyer, Bernard Clair, said everything was "flying under the radar until Mr. Dean and Alicia Keys went public about their long-term affair and he released a song implying that he likes it when Alicia serves him breakfast naked. Now that Mr. Dean's questionable conduct is being scrutinized, he suddenly wants a gag order and the media to be locked out?"

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May 15, 2009

Beyonce, T.I. lead BET Awards nominees with 5 each

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - For Beyonce and T.I., No. 1 is followed by five - BET Awards nominations, that is.

The two entertainers, who each who scored No. 1 hit songs and videos this year, lead BET Awards nominees with five each.

Beyonce also counts a No. 1 film among her recent credits: "Obsessed," which topped the box office when it opened last month.

The 27-year-old singer is up for female R&B artist, actress, the viewer's choice award and video of the year, where she has nods for both "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" and "If I Were a Boy."

T.I. has two nominations for best collaboration - with Rihanna for "Live Your Life" and with Yung LA and Young Dro for "Ain't I."

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May 13, 2009

Rick Ross Keeps Sunglasses On During Sex

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Shy rapper RICK ROSS is so obsessed with his collection of designer sunglasses he always wears a pair during sex.

The Hustlin' star was inspired by late rapper Notorious B.I.G. to customise his growing collection of shades, costing up to $2250 (GBP1500) each. And he's become so attached to the diamond-encrusted eyewear it's often the only item he'll keep on when stripping down for a steamy session of love-making.

He tells StreetLevel.com, "I've had sex in my shades, sometimes I wear my clear ones. A lot of ladies compliment my eyelashes so I don't want people to see them, I'm shy, so wear my shades all the time. I never told nobody that before."

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April 18, 2009

Kanye West Unveils Sneakers, Amber Rose's Behind

kanye-west-louis-vuitton-sneakers-poster.jpgKanye West is revealing more than ever about his ladylove Amber Rose, but not with a blog entry or paparazzi rant.

West features the gorgeous blonde in the new national print campaign for his sneaker range, a collaboration with Louis Vuitton.

Shot by Steve Shaw, West's science fiction-inspired footwear is modeled by the rapper himself. His accessory? A nude Amber sprawled beside him on a leather couch.

In a clear case of "reverse cleavage," Ms. Rose gives the world a peak at what Kanye snuggles with on a nightly basis.

The pair will collaborate again in a music video for Kanye's forthcoming single, Robocop, where sources tell RadarOnline she'll look like "a Barbie doll come to life."

If she sticks with Kanye, we can certainly see a plastic replica in Amber West's future.

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April 14, 2009

Jamie Foxx Slams Miley Cyrus: "Make a Sex Tape...Do Some Heroin"

Source: eonline.com

jamie-fox-show-photos-tv.jpgIt's probably safe to say there are no Kids' Choice Awards in Jamie Foxx's immediate future.

After taking a call on his Sirius satellite radio show The Foxxhole Sunday, the Oscar winner and his zoo crew lashed out at tween dream and reigning box-office champ Miley Cyrus, referring to the 16-year-old as a "little white bitch" and advising her to alternately "do some heroin" and "make a sex tape and grow up."

The 41-year-old's foul outburst was prompted by a caller to the show who brought up a month-old story in which Cyrus pledged to "ruin" Radiohead after the rockers rejected a request to meet with the Disney star backstage at the Grammys.

"Who is Miley Cyrus?" an incredulous Foxx, who has a teenage daughter of his own, said. "The one with all the gums? She gotta get a gum transplant...S--t."

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April 4, 2009

T.I. Says He Turned To Crime As A Teen For 'Independence'

ti-quest.jpgT.I. 's 2007 arrest for attempting to buy illegal firearms led many observers to believe the rapper's career was finished and he'd be spending a long stretch in prison. The rapper had previously done jail stints for drug-related offenses.

So how did an exemplary student, as Tip said he was, turn to a fast life of crime?

"I think for me, it was independence. It was about independence. It was about being a provider. It was me and my mom at that point, and from what I saw of my uncles and what I saw of my pops, they were providers," T.I. told MTV News on Saturday during his interview that will air Tuesday night (March 31) on MTV's "Road to Redemption: The Reckoning." "They provided for their family and other people's families. They were the ones that other people came to when they didn't know what they were going to do and how they were going to do it. Where there was no way, my uncles and my pops made a way, and that's what I saw."

For Tip, he said those figures became his examples. By the time he hit his teens, he moved to place himself in that provider position. He'd receive final-notice bills from his mother, and he said it was then his responsibility to make sure their lives remained steady. So he turned to selling crack.

The rapper said he masked his illegal activity with a more modest, innocent front: selling candy.

"My mom never knew how I was getting it done, she just knew I was getting it done," Tip recalled. "I had a few fronts too, man. I used to sell candy. I used to go to the warehouse and buy a bunch of candy, get a book bag full of candy, and off it. I pretended to my mom for a long time that that's how I was getting the money."

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March 30, 2009

T-Pain reveals golf accident details, "I got my teeth fixed the same day

T-Pain-teeth-photos.jpgGrammy-winning singer T-Pain recently confirmed reports of being involved in a golf accident that knocked out some of the singer's teeth.

Returning to his billing on Lil Wayne's "I Am Music" tour in Universal City, California, Pain clarified rumors of his accident.

"There's a lot of talk that I flipped over in a golf cart," Pain said. "That's f*cking true. It did happen like three days ago. My a** is on fire right now. My side hurt, my mouth hurt. I bust my a**. I'd show you the marks, but I don't wana pull my pants down right now. I got my teeth fixed the same day. Rich n*gga teeth. I don't give a f*ck how many golf cats I flip over...If I was any less of a showman tonight, I apologize." (Rap-Up)

Pain's golf cart incident reportedly took place last Wednesday (March 25) in Texas.

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March 4, 2009

Usher Slams Brown's Carefree Attitude

usher-chris-brown-rihanna.jpgDespite facing charges for allegedly abusing Rihanna, Chris Brown was spotted smiling and jet-skiing in Miami -- which did not sit well with fellow singer Usher!

"I'm a little disappointed in this photo," Usher says says of the Miami pix, on an episode of Jermaine Dupri's "Living the Life." "After the other photo [of Rihanna's bruised face]?"

The R&B star added, "C'mon, Chris. Have a little bit of remorse, man. The man's on jet skis? Like, just relaxing in Miami?"

Usher isn't the first to speak out on the incident. Hilary Duff recently sent well-wishes to the "Umbrella" singer via "Extra," and encouraged women to recognize domestic violence as a serious problem. "I wish her all the best, and want to let girls out there know that it's never okay to be treated like that."

Rihanna and Chris have reportedly reconciled and are staying in a hotel in Los Angeles, where Chris is due in court tomorrow to face charges stemming from the pre-Grammy night beating.

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January 24, 2009

At last, Beyonce's song fits the mood

By Glenn Gamboa
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beyonce_knowles_sexy.jpgLike nearly every other piece of President Barack Obama's inauguration, picking Beyoncé to sing "At Last" during the first couple's first dance was part logistics, part symbolism - reinforcing many of the day's themes.

The song itself is 67 years old, first released on the soundtrack to the Glenn Miller movie "Orchestra Wives" in 1942, though most believe the definitive version belongs to Etta James, who turned it into a hit in 1961. Beyoncé covered it last year for "Cadillac Records," the movie where she portrayed James.

Choosing her to sing it, instead of James, plays into Obama's ongoing theme of giving young people the reins, but making sure they know their history and excel at what they do. It goes hand in hand with Michelle Obama choosing a gown from 26-year-old designer Jason Wu, whom many say updates the work of Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. Or, you know, having a head speechwriter - Jon Favreau - who is 27.

For her part, the normally unflappable Beyoncé had to fight to keep it together, holding back the tears as the enormousness of the moment - not to mention watching the Obamas dance in front of her - started to get to her. "I was thinking [about] all of the sacrifices Obama and his wife and his children have made, and at last he's here," she told ABC News afterward, adding that she was embarrassed by her emotions. "It's probably the most important day of my life, and I'm so grateful."


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January 19, 2009

T.I. Counts Down To Prison Sentence In MTV Series: Check Out A Clip!

'T.I.'s Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go' follows rapper's work, family life and community service.

By Shaheem Reid
Source:
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ti_mtv_series_prison_count_down_rapper.jpgIt's hard to believe that in less than two months, T.I. will be going to jail. With his incredibly busy schedule, Tip himself doesn't have time to dwell on it. He has work to do first. In addition to all the appearances he's been making to promote Paper Trail, he's been shooting movies, overseeing his artists' upcoming albums, being a family man and completing 1,000 hours of community service for felony weapons charges.

"No amount of jail time is gonna teach me the lesson I learned at that moment," Tip says of the night he got arrested in November 2007 in his upcoming MTV series "T.I.'s Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go." (The title will actually change as the countdown to his prison sentencing nears.) He could have faced up to 30 years in jail for purchasing illegal firearms, but because of a plea deal, the community work he's completed by March will likely reduce his sentence significantly.

As the cops apprehended him, Tip says he thought to himself, "Oh sh--, you done f---ed up."

In "T.I.'s Road to Redemption," Tip gives viewers an intimate look at his family life at home. He shows the extremes he has go through to maintain his accustomed level of fan love and media exposure while giving talks to kids as part of his community service.

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January 15, 2009

Rapper DMX aspires to be a pastor

By Krazy Katty
OutAroad.com Writer

dmx_jail_photos_interview.jpgRapper/actor Earl Simmons, more popularly known as DMX has had enough runnings with the law to keep him in and out of prison on a regular basis. DMX who has appeared in many major Hollywood motion pictures including ‘Belly’ which was partially filmed in Jamaica, is currently serving a 90 day sentence in an Arizona jail for drug possession and theft among other charges. He was arrested at producer Scott Storch’s house in Miami on December 31, 2008 and has been on 23-hour lockdown for most of his time to date.

DMX has always had a religious element to his music and since 2003, he has openly expressed a desire to deliver a Christian message to his fans. In this interview done from behind bars, X continues to express his desire to minister to his fellow inmates and others on his release.


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January 9, 2009

Lil' Kim Wants Nothing To Do With The Notorious B.I.G. Movie

lil_kim-lachapelle_sexy_photo.jpgLil' Kim was the Notorious B.I.G.'s protege, best friend and lover but the pint-sized rap star wants nothing to do with the upcoming biopic of the late hip hop star's life.

The upcoming movie, Notorious, slated to release this month, stars Angela Basset as Biggie's mom, Voletta Wallace and a cast full of hip-hop characters that epitomized early 90s rap---everyone from Junior M.A.F.I.A. to Tupac Shakur.

While it isn't clear what Kim is upset about, the actress cast as her, Naturi Naughton, wasn't even able to interview or speak with her as research for the role.

Instead she just, "researched on my own. I studied videos and spent time in Brooklyn to get an idea of the mentality," Naturi said.

Probably the most amusing piece of this news item is what all of us have chuckled over everytime Ready To Die is played.

As rapper Fabulous said: "He'd love that dorky white guys are rapping his songs at bars. We come from a world where we don't know their lifestyles, and they don't know ours."

Hey now. Don't steal the thunder from a dorky white boys being Big Poppa in their minds.

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January 7, 2009

Sexy Hero nabs Beyonce's man

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NO... we're not talking about JAY-Z.

But Heroes star ALI LARTER does gets her claws into BEYONCE's onscreen hubby in their saucy new film Obsessed.

The X-rated movie tells the tale of a rampant stalker who threatens to break-up a happily married couple.

RocknRolla actor IDRIS ELBA is the lucky man nestled between these two hotties.

The Crazy In Love singer's previous silver screen attempt was overshadowed by the incredible JENNIFER HUDSON in Dreamgirls.

And unfortunately for Beyonce, it looks like Ali's hot body could steal the show this time around too.


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January 1, 2009

P.Diddy's Best Pick-Up Line

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Get ready to learn P.Diddy's secret to snagging sexy ladies! The hip hop mega mogul has been linked to numerous A-list stars -- and he is confessing his choice pick-up line! "The thing that works for me is, 'What's your name?'" That's all the superstar has to say!

Diddy also said he's pumped to head to Washington, D.C. for Barack Obama's Inauguration Day. "I really just want to see the historical moment. Man, I want to see him raise his hand in the air and get sworn in. I really want to see that."

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December 31, 2008

Tayma - It's an addiction

tayma-loren-singer-america-female-artiste.jpgLike bees to honey, Tayma's passion for her craft is more than an attraction, for her it's an addiction. It was evident, that since the day this virgo was born into one of Detroit's elite musical families, Tayma (originally spelled Thema) which means Queen in Swahili has been enamored in every aspect of performance.

Being influenced by Shirley Murdock, Whitney Houston, and Kim Burrell to name a few, she emerged into singing in church and the school choir. Once out of high school she got the introduction to her music career when she moved to New Jersey with her brother Carlos "Da Maestro" Mckinney. With the guidance of her brother, she was signed to be the first girl group "Lyric" on J Records. After gaining time in the spotlight for a few years and trying other groups that didn't pan out, she took a step back and realized that it probably wasn't in the cards for it to happen that way.

Venturing off on her own displaying the experience and knowledge, she acquired from her stint in the industry and with her brother Carlos by her side making them one of the first brother/sister teams in the industry. It is time for this driven songtress to take center stage. Tayma's single "Tipsy" is set for 2008 release, which will capture your ears to this sweet songtress sound.


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December 24, 2008

Dr. Dre On Kardinal Offishall Remix

kardinal_official_dre.jpgDr. Dre appears on a new remix of Kardinal Offishall's "Set It Off" which has leaked to radio.

DJ Skee's syndicated radio show premiered the track, which features new raps from Dre and Clipse's Pusha-T, on Monday. But the song wasn't supposed to leak.

Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine sent Dre B-roll from the video for "Set It Off" a few months ago, and Dre apparently liked the song so much that he wanted to record his own rhymes for a remix. The track was supposed to be released earlier this year, but after Dre's long-delayed Detox album was pushed back yet again, those plans were shelved.

You can hear the remix here.

Dre hasn't rhymed much since 2004, when he appeared on Eminem's "Encore" with 50 Cent. Other than "Set It Off," his only recent appearances or rhymes of any kind have been on Timbaland's "Bounce" and Snoop Dogg's "Imagine."

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December 23, 2008

50 Cent Responds To Lil Wayne Diss

50%20cent.jpgLast year everyone couldn't wait for the beef between Lil Wayne and 50 Cent after the G-Unit general called Weezy "a whore" for appearing on everyone's records and questioned Lil Wayne's sexuality after the infamous picture of him kissing Birdman surfaced. But Lil Wayne never replied...untill recently.

A new song "Louisianimal" [listen here] from the "The Drought Is Over Part 6" mixtape leaked last month. In the track Weezy fires back saying 'All about a dollar, f*ck two quarters/B*tch I’ll pour syrup in that vitamin water/I hope you die ugly, and tonight will be gorgeous. After the leak, many people speculated that the song was old and was leaked without Lil Wayne's permission, but 50 is now questioning that.

"Think about it, no one from his camp said it was a leak. We could assume it was leak but he's a celebrity. If it was a leak, he would come out and say something" 50 said in an recent interview on Shade 45. 50 went on to say "It doesn’t matter if it’s old or not. Now I know how you feel. I'll leave it like it is right now and wait till I'm comfortable and then I’ll do what I do."

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December 19, 2008

Akon won't serve jail time in fan-tossing case

By Vicki Hyman/The Star-Ledger

akon-profile.jpgAkon cut a deal with prosecutors in Dutchess County, N.Y., for tossing a fan off stage at a concert last year, and will face no jail time, the Associated Press reports.

The R&B star had been charged with second-degree harassment and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a minor but pleaded guilty to harassment. He must perform 65 hours of community service and pay a $250 fine.

During the concert, Akon had thought a 15-year-old boy had thrown something at him and asked a security guard to deliver him to the stage, whereupon he hoisted the teen on his shoulders and tossed him into the crowd. (The whole incident was filmed and splashed across the Internet, hence the lack of allegedly's.) Akon apologized to the boy and his family after entering the plea.

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December 15, 2008

Billboard Names Chris Brown ‘Artist of The Year'; Lil Wayne, Rihanna and Alicia Keys Makes The List

Written by HipHopRX Denise

chris%20brown.jpgR&B singer Chris Brown, 19, has been named by Billboard Magazine as 2008’s top artist based on a number of factors which include album sales, radio airplay, internet streams and digital downloads.

The singer told Billboard in an interview Thursday, “It’s bigger than what I can ever imagine. It’s unexpected totally, so it’s a surprise.”

The singer should be thankful due to the number of hits he’s had this year which include “With You,” “Forever” and the collaboration with American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks on the track “No Air.”

On last month, the multi-talented artist won three awards at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year and most recently he was nominated for two Grammy Awards for the 51st Grammy Awards. The 51st Grammy Awards will take place on February 8, 2009 and will broadcast on CBS at 8PM EST.
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December 12, 2008

T.I. Will Use Prison To Plot Comeback

T.I._jail_prison_guns.jpgRapper T.I. is determined to use his time in prison wisely - he is planning to organise his comeback from behind bars.

The Whatever You Like hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris Jr., is facing a one year prison sentence in March next year (09) after pleading guilty to illegal possession of three machine guns and two silencers following his 2007 arrest.

And T.I. is adamant that he won't be wasting any time in prison.

He tells MTV.com, "Presumably, while I'm there, I'll be able to strategise my comeback. All those days will be spent speaking to people who are interested in being in the T.I. business. Preparing myself for the days those doors open, when I put my feet back on the ground of the free world. It's just months of planning. It's just a long time to roll the project out. I ain't gonna just be sitting still doing nothing. The wheels will be turning, just the car ain't going nowhere."

And the star is even planning to make a movie before he heads to jail.

He adds, "The film I'm producing over at New Line, For Sale, we're trying to put that together, and hopefully we'll be able to do that before March. We're getting offers every day, checking on our availability, on whether or not we'll be able to take advantage of certain opportunities, film-wise."

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December 10, 2008

Jennifer Hudson -- Back to Work After Murders

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Jennifer Hudson is headed back to work, six weeks after her mom, bro, and nephew were killed in Chicago.

Hudson's record label says she'll be working on a new video for her single "If This Isn't Love," -- ironically, the same video she was supposed to film in L.A. when she found out her family had been shot at her childhood home.

Her estranged brother-in-law, William Balfour, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the case.


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December 9, 2008

Beyonce Vs. Sasha: A Look At The Duo, Plus Beyonce Talks Competition

By Njai Joszor
Source:
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beyonce-sexy-expose-photos.jpgCovering the current issue of Seventeen Magazine, Beyonce says "I don't try to compete with other people."

"I feel like I'm my competition."

Maybe Beyonce is right. As the title of the highly anticipated album "I Am... Sasha Fierce" suggests Sasha is the competition and by the looks of it she is winning -- at least in the club that is ...

With the simultaneous release of her lead singles fans can see that there is a clearly drawn line between the infectious dance hit "Single Ladies," which many call "Get Me Bodied" on steroids, and the more anthem tinged but heavily downloaded single "If I Were a Boy."

If history serves correctly though, Sasha seems to be the one who tops the charts, rocks the stage and fills the dance floor on "Crazy In Love," "Freakum Dress," "Check On It," and the aforementioned "Get Me Bodied."
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December 4, 2008

Lil Wayne, Coldplay rake in Grammy nominations

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New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne, defying the trend of an industry in retreat by selling 1 million copies of his third album, “Tha Carter III,” in a single week last July, was rewarded with a field-leading eight Grammy Award nominations tonight, including album of the year.

Lil Wayne galvanized rap fans in the months leading up to the album’s release with a seemingly never-ending series of mix tapes distributed over the Internet, pointing the way toward new methods of generating excitement at a time when consumers’ overall enthusiasm toward the record industry’s offerings continues to erode.

Recording Academy voters who decide on nominated artists and recordings, while taking the position that Grammy recognition does not hinge on sales or chart position, nonetheless heaped the most nominations on acts that continued to sell solidly and chart high during 2008. They include Coldplay, which collected seven nods, and Jay-Z, Kanye West and Ne-Yo, tied with six apiece. The rappers benefited from their many collaborations in categories dominated by recordings featuring guest performers.

Coldplay, however, was the only act to complete the hat trick of nominations in the three top categories of record, album and song of the year from its hit album “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.” Lil Wayne’s other nominations came primarily in rap categories.

Adele, the 20-year-old British singer and songwriter sometimes tagged as “the next Amy Winehouse,” also snagged nominations in three of the Grammys’ four marquee fields. She received a best new artist nod (along with Duffy, the Jonas Brothers, Lady Antebellum and Jazmine Sullivan) as well as record and song nominations for “Chasing Pavements,” a track from her album “19.”

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December 1, 2008

Rapper Akon's trial in Fishkill postponed

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Rapper Akon’s trial, which was supposed to begin today in Fishkill Town Justice Court, has been postponed until Dec. 17.

On that date, it will be determined whether or not a trial will take place or if matters can be resolved without a trial.

Akon pleaded not guilty last December to endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor and second-degree harassment, a violation. The charges arose from a June 3, 2007 incident where he allegedly threw then 15-year-old Harriman resident Anthony Smith from the stage at the annual KFest concert at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill.

He’ll be appearing at 8 p.m. tonight at a free, MySpace CD release show at the China Club in New York City to promote tomorrow’s release of his new album, “Freedom.”

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November 30, 2008

Lil Wayne 'takes shots at 50 cent' on new mixtape

lil-wayne-50-cent-mix-tape.jpgRapper Lil Wayne has sparked rumours of a feud with 50 Cent after making disparaging comments apparently aimed at the 'In Da Club' star on a new mixtape.

The 'Lollipop' hitmaker appears to take lyrical jabs at his rap rival on a freestyle titled 'Louisianimal' from his The Drought Is Over mixtape.

On the track, he raps: "All about a dollar, f**k two quarters" - lyrics understood by fans to be a swipe at 50 Cent's stage name.

Lil Wayne continues to take aim at the superstar's endorsement of Vitamin Water, saying: "B**ch, I'll pour syrup in that Vitamin Water."

He goes on to add: "I hope you die ugly, and tonight will be gorgeous."

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November 29, 2008

P. Diddy Wants To Be Bond

By Mack Rawden

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In the immortal words of Tracy Morgan, Bond, Lamont Bond. Fresh off the election of Barack Obama, Sean Puffy Combs has announced his campaign to take over for current James Bond actor Daniel Craig. The thirty-nine year old hip-hop mogul/ restaurateur/ father of five is almost legendary at this point for venturing into dozens and dozens of money making ventures which run the period table from music to fashion. You can’t fault a guy from grabbing those dollar bills.

According to Music-News, Combs recently spent almost a million dollars making a YouTube video to advertise his new cologne and audition for the next James Bond movie. Unfortunately for Combs, Quantum Of Solace debuted to the tune of seventy million dollars, meaning Daniel Craig will more than likely reprise his role in the next film.

Speaking about the possibility of having a black James Bond, Daniel Craig said, “I think the role could easily be played by a black actor, because the character created by Ian Fleming in the 50s has undergone a great deal of evolution and continues to be updated."

Let’s be clear: Sean Combs will never play James Bond in an actual studio-funded film, but I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere down the road James Bond was given a little more soul.

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November 28, 2008

Shawty Lo Blames T.I. For Dirty Awards Trouble

By: Daniel Melia
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ti_gun_shot_hiphop_rapper_america.jpgShawty Lo has blamed T.I.'s inability to "contain his people" for the scuffle that forced police to shut down the Dirty Awards in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday.

The fourth annual hip-hop prizegiving had to be halted by authorities after fights erupted between the two stars' entourages.

The trouble began when Shawty Lo took to the stage to perform Don't I - his version of Ain't I, a track originally recorded by T.I.'s artist Yung L.A., which takes shots at T.I.'s Grand Hustle crew.

But the D4L rapper insists he didn't instigate the violence - and claims it was Live Your Life hitmaker T.I.'s fault for not doing enough to prevent the fights.
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November 27, 2008

Beyonce at No. 1 with 'Sasha Fierce'

beyonce-I-Am-Sasha-Fierce-album-photos.jpgBeyonce is fierce indeed, topping the national sales chart this week with her new two-CD set "I Am ... Sasha Fierce," which sold 482,000 copies during its first week in stores. It's one of several new releases breaking into the top 10 as the final weeks leading up to Christmas heat up the action from some of pop music’s heaviest hitters.

Behind Beyonce at No. 2 is Canadian rock group Nickelback, whose new “Dark Horse” started out with sales of 326,000 copies. Coming in at No. 3 is “American Idol” champ David Cook, logging a first-week figure of 280,000 for the album bearing his name.

Taylor Swift’s “Fearless,” last week’s No. 1 album, dropped to No. 4 on second-week sales of 217,000 copies. The multinational vocal group Il Divo landed behind Swift at No. 5 with sales of 162,000 copies of its new one, “The Promise,” according to Billboard.

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Fugees Producer And Rapper John Forte Granted Pardon By President Bush

Halfway through a 14-year conviction for drug trafficking, musician is one of 14 people to receive pardons.

By Gil Kaufman
mtv.com

John-forte.jpgRapper and former Fugees producer John Forté was one of 14 people pardoned by President Bush on Monday, according to Reuters. He had been serving a sentence of 14 years in prison since 2001, after being found guilty of possession of 31 pounds of liquid cocaine with intent to distribute.

The presidential pardons, which were for offenses ranging from distribution of marijuana to unauthorized use of a pesticide, cannot be overruled and can help the recipients find jobs, live in public housing and vote. Bush has received more than 2,000 requests for pardons, which typically come fast and furious near the end of a president's term.

Forté - who studied violin at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire as a youth - co-wrote and produced two songs on the Fugees' Grammy-winning 1996 smash, The Score. Two years later, he released his debut, Poly Sci, on which Fugees member Wyclef Jean has an executive-producer credit.

Forté was arrested in 2000 at Newark International Airport after accepting a briefcase containing $1.4 million worth of cocaine. He released his confessional second album, 2002's I, John, while already serving his sentence at Pennsylvania's Lorreto Federal Penitentiary.

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November 22, 2008

Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction' case for Supreme Court

US government wants fine re-imposed on TV Network

janet_jackson_expose_bra.jpgJanet Jackson’s ‘wardrobe malfunction’ during the 2004 Super Bowl has reared its head again, with the US government asking that the original fine be paid.

After Jackson’s nipple was exposed as she performed with Justin Timberlake during their half-time performance, a fine of $550,000 was slapped on TV network CBS by the Federal Communications Commission, who said that they broke indecency rules in front of the 90 million viewers.

A court in Philadelphia subsequently ruled that CBS would not have to pay the fine, as they were not responsible for Jackson’s actions.

Now government prosecutors are requesting that the fine be reinstated, and have gone to the Supreme Court with the case.

According to the AFP, prosecutors have asked the high court to consider "whether the court of appeals erred in holding that the federal communications commission acted arbitrarily and capriciously (...) in determining that the most widely viewed broadcast public nudity in television history fell within the federal prohibitions on broadcast indecency.

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November 19, 2008

This week on the Billboard... T.I., T Pain and Lil Wayne

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On the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs Chart, T.I. holds down the number 3 spot with “Whatever You Like” and number 4 spot with “Live Your Life” featuring Rihanna. T-Pain comes in at number 5 with “Can’t Believe It” with Lil Wayne not far behind at number 7 with some help from Bobby Valentino with his mosquito-esq. single “Mrs. Officer”; “weee ohh weee ohhh weee weee ohhh weee…" (sigh). Oh Lil Wayne, the effects your songs have on me I just can’t describe in words; please forgive me.

On the Hot 100 Chart, Oh look its T.I. again! Coming in at number 1 it’s T.I. with “Live Your Life” featuring Rihanna; and also grabbing the number 2 spot with “Whatever You Like”. Kanye West sits at a comfortable number 4 with “Heartless”. I love Kanye’s first single off of 808's & Heartbreak “Love Lockdown”, and you all know how much I despise auto-tunes but “Heartless” is just too much to handle. On a brighter note, the video is H.O.T. Akon grabs the number 10 spot with “Right Now (Na Na Na)”.

T.I. has again found his way to the number 1 spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart with his impressive album Paper Trail. I happen to like almost all of his songs on his album! Give that man a Klondike bar! Q-tip sits at number 3 with his new release The Renaissance, while Young Jeezy chills at number 5 with The Recession. Young Jeezy’s album could have been a stunner had he left out the song “Vacation”; what a contradiction to the title of the album. Lil Wayne is at number 8 with The Carter III.

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November 14, 2008

T.I. Continues To Dominate Singles Chart

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T.I.'s "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna began a third non-consecutive week atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on Thursday, while the rapper's former chart-topper "Whatever You Like" continued to hold at #2. Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" rose to a new high of #3 in its 15th week on the chart. Kanye West's "Heartless" opened big at #4, the fourth-highest new entry of the year, and is also the rapper's third top 5 debut this year.

Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy" remained at #5, Pink's "So What" slid three to #6, and Britney Spears' "Womanizer" was down one to #7. Kevin Rudolf's "Let It Rock" featuring Lil Wayne dropped one to #8, and Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" traded places with Akon's "Right Now (Na Na Na) with a bump from #10 to #9.

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November 11, 2008

Beyonce as Wonder Woman?

By Gary Susman
Source:
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wonderbeyonce_woman_movie_photos.jpgSo Beyoncé wants to play Wonder Woman? Surprisingly, my first impulse was not to gnash my teeth over what a terrible idea this is, though I imagine lots of fanboys might have that reaction. But really, B has been training for ages to step into Lynda Carter's boots and play the DC superheroine on screen.

She already has played a scantily-clad action heroine; she's long been an Amazon princess, and she already has a secret identity. Plus, Warner Bros. has been trying in vain for ages to make a Wonder Woman movie or at least a Justice League movie featuring Wonder Woman; maybe it'll take a star with Beyoncé's name recognition to get the movie greenlit.

Lasso of truth time: Who thinks Beyoncé can make this invisible plane fly? And who would rather deflect bullets with their wrists than watch a Wonder Woman movie starring Beyoncé?


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November 10, 2008

Chris Brown: 'I'm a Better Dancer Than Usher'

chrisbrown_usher_dance.jpgRihanna's unofficial boyfriend Chris Brown has thrown down a dance-off challenge to R&B rival Usher.

The Take You Down hitmaker, who still denies he is dating the Umbrella singer, says he deserves the title of the best mover in music.

He says, "Usher is a good dancer and he's a great guy but when it comes to dancing I think I'm better.

"I don't mean to sound arrogant but I know I could take him on the dance floor."

Source: showbizspy.com


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November 7, 2008

Former Hef girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson engaged to NFL star Hank Baskett

wilkinsonengaged_hef_Kendra.jpgIt looks like things are over for "The Girls Next Door" as we know it. Kendra Wilkinson seems to have found another man. According E! News, Wilkinson is engaged to Philadephia Eagles player Hank Baskett.

Evidently, Hank proposed to Kendra atop Seattle's Space Needle on Nov. 1 as both of their families looked on, a source told E! News.

"He's a fine piece of ass," Wilkinson said about Baskett. "He's hot."

Holly Madison confirmed her split from Hugh Hefner, and now it that Kendra is engaged it looks like she will be packing up and moving out of the Playboy mansion soon.

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November 5, 2008

Jay-Z : "Martin Luther King Walked So Obama Could Run"

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Jay-Z has spoken about Barack Obama's win in the election, saying "Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run".

The rapper has been vocal of his support for Barack's bid to become the new US President, even holding concerts to encourage his fans to vote.

Now at a rally in Philadelphia, shortly before Barack won the presidency, Jay-Z told onlookers: "I need y'all to be really, really quiet for this. I need you to really understand what I'm telling you".

"Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama's running so we all can fly".

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November 4, 2008

Rap Star T.I. Allowed to Vote Despite Federal Machine-Gun Guilty Plea

tirespectmyvotesmall.jpgMTV News has posted an outrageous story: the rapper T.I. (Real name: Clifford Harris) was arrested in October 2007, mere hours before he was to headline the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. The rapper was charged with possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty to the charges in May as part of a plea deal. But despite a guilty plea and jail time to come, the rapper was allowed to vote in Georgia in the 2008 election. MTV asked:

How was T.I. able to vote? Well, the Georgia Secretary of State's office, in consultation with their own lawyers, "reviewed the law and found that Mr. Harris is eligible to in Georgia because the state constitution says that to be able to vote, you have to have served your entire sentence, which includes all probation and fines and any other stipulations," said Matt Carrothers, the Secretary of State's director of media relations.

Because T.I. is not slated to go to prison until next year on felony gun charges and is not currently incarcerated - though he is under house arrest - and is not on probation, all he had to do was contact the county he votes in and get re-registered in order to cast a ballot.

"Feels like I've taken advantage of my right to become a part of the democracy," T.I. said in the release. "It was definitely worth standing in line and doing all the things people complain about voting. I think it's more than worth it."

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October 30, 2008

Lil Wayne Helped Deliver Baby

Source: www.mtv.co.uk

LilWayne_baby_hospital_photos.jpgLil Wayne has revealed that he had a 'hand' in delivering his own baby son last week.

As MTV previously reported, Dwayne Carter III, was born on 22 October 2008 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati and reports claim that some of the midwifery duties were carried out by the newborn baby's father - Lil Wayne.

Speaking to U.S. radio station Power 105.1, Weezy said:

"I delivered him. I held the left leg the whole time. It was nasty, very nasty, but it was wonderful. He's the best thing to ever happen to me, next to my daughter."

The identity of the mother has still not been confirmed but some internet rumours suggest that the mother of new born Dwayne Carter III is a 22-year-old University of Cincinnati student by the name of Sara B.


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October 29, 2008

Lil Wayne Not Joining Jay-Z?

Source: www.mtv.co.uk

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Weezy also misses Boston Monster Jam after security frustration...

Lil Wayne's representatives have denied rumours that the rapper will be joining Jay-Z at Roc Nation.

Recent rumours suggested Jay-Z had signed Wayne to the new label for $5m and the A Milli star was set to start recording in 2009.

The rebuttal comes after Wayne and Jigga were set to co-headline JAMN's 94.5 Monster Jam on Monday in Boston (October 27) but Weezy failed to show, after being told that his camp would have to go through strict security checks.

Reports claim that the metal detector went off several times as members of Weezy's entourage passed through security; Wayne got frustrated with the stringent security measures and decided to leave.

Despite thousands of fans chanting “We want Weezy,” - Wayne and his crew decided against returning to the concert.

Jay-Z was forced to take the stage early and the crowd enjoyed support performances from Ne-Yo, Yung Berg, Brandy, Ray J, and Jadakiss.

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October 27, 2008

T.I. Returns To No. 1 On The Hot 100

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ti_t.i._rapper_american_music_artste_photos.jpgT.I. remains blazing hot on the Billboard Hot 100, returning to No. 1 for a sixth non-consecutive week with "Whatever You Like." The song sold 205,000 digital copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Another T.I. track, "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna, rises 3-2 and is the greatest gainer at radio.

Pink's "So What" jumps 4-3, while Britney Spears' "Womanizer" falls to No. 4 after a record-setting 96-1 jump the week before. Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold," Rihanna's "Disturbia" and Kevin Rudolf's "Let It Rock" featuring Lil Wayne all hold at positions 5-7.

Ne-Yo's "Miss Independent" is up 9-8, while teen star Taylor Swift earns her third consecutive Hot 100 top 10 single as "Fearless" opens at No. 9. The track sold 162,000 digital copies in its opening frame. Swift's second album, also titled "Fearless," is due Nov. 11.

T-Pain's "Can't Believe It" featuring Lil Wayne" drops 8-10, rounding out the top tier. Akon's "Right Now (Na Na Na) is the chart's top digital gainer after selling 75,000 copies, good enough for a 26-19 jump.

Jennifer Hudson's "Spotlight" begins a second week at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, where Montell Jordan's "Me and U" is the top debut at No. 75. It's his first appearance on this chart since 2003.


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October 24, 2008

Beyonce's Stalker Arrested

Source: hollyscoop.com

beyonce-sexy-look-stalker.jpgAnother stalker has been detained! A man who referred to himself as Beyonce's lover was arrested in Connecticut yesterday. He was taken after driving recklessly and telling police he was on his way to a date with Beyonce.

Thirty-three year old Robert Williams Jr., from Michigan, was taken into custody in Milford on Sunday after almost smashing into a police car. Officers claim he stopped to ask police for directions to Detroit before driving off, narrowly missing the cop car and driving over a sidewalk.

Williams, who had flowers and a teddy bear in the car, is also alleged to have asked the cops if they were escorting him to New York City, where he claimed Beyonce had agreed to meet him at the George Washington Bridge.

Beyonce wasn't informed of the situation, but hopefully she finds out about it, because this has to be the funniest/weirdest thing we've heard in awhile!


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October 23, 2008

Can She Do It Again ? - Rihanna Shoots 'Rehab' Video With Justin

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rihanna_rahab_video_photos_barbadian.jpgRihanna may be on track to earn another #1 hit, her fifth one this year.

Shooting the video for her new single "Rehab" this week, Rihanna spent time with Justin Timberlake who reportedly co-wrote the single and appears in the video.

Slated to premiere in early November, the pop-sensation rocked "Rehab" in a multi-colored, somewhat retro looking leotard on the beach.

But the question is... will "Rehab" be another hit for the international star that has already rocked charts worldwide with "Take A Bow" and "Disturbia"?

With two other 'it' girls back on 'mainstreet' can Rihanna earn another hit.

What do you think, can Rihanna hold her own against Britney Spears and Beyonce?


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DJ Suketu Wins The Sean Kingston 'Bollywood Girls' Remix Competition!

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Right here on Desi Hits!, we brought you the official Sean Kingston 'Bollywood Girls' remix competition! The competition gave international producers the chance to create hot tracks to prove to the world which remixer could create the best cut of 'Bollywood Girls'. It was a tough fight with DJ Suketu claiming the top spot for the majority of the contest! Suketu's remix fought hard against Nikhil Chinapa and DJ Nawed's, which pushed Suketu out of his position at a few different points during the contest. Tigerstyle and The Bilz rose up to the top tier consistently as well. While the other producers added more of a desi flare through an Indian beat or instrument, Suketu specifically used Punjabi and Hindi vocals, making him stand out from the rest! In a DH! exclusive interview, Suketu comments, "We've actually used Punjabi vocals to enhance the whole song and show that Hindi and English go together."
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October 21, 2008

Lil' Wayne's Asst Takes The Stand, Says Guns & Drugs "Occasionally" On Bus

lil_wayne_tattoo_court_photos.jpgBy Cyrus Langhorne
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Lil' Wayne's assistant testified in a New York court on Monday (October 19) that he "occasionally" saw guns and drugs on the multi-platinum rapper's tour bus.

Wayne was arrested after a performance at New York's Beacon Theatre in July of 2007, after police found a .40 caliber pistol on his bus. According to Newsday, Wayne's assistant Terry Bourgeois took the stand yesterday in regards to the case, to address whether or not he believed there was a gun on the vehicle. Despite saying he had no knowledge of any weapons in the vehicle at the time, Bourgeois did confess to "occasionally" seeing a handgun and people smoking marijuana while on the same tour bus on separate occasions. Although he also said he never saw Wayne in possession of a firearm.

As previously reported by SOHH, police officer testified last month that upon smelling marijuana, she boarded the rapper's bus and witnessed Weezy trying to hide the gun.
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October 17, 2008

Alicia Keys Leads American Music Awards Nominations

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Source: www.mtv.co.uk

Alicia Keys leads the pack after receiving five nominations for the 2008 American Music Awards; the nods include artist of the year and favorite female artist in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories.

Coldplay and the Eagles follow closely with four nominations each; ladies favourite Chris Brown and Hip Hop sensation Lil Wayne bagged three nominations each.

However Lil Wayne has a tough battle on his hands in the Hip Hop album category as he goes against Jay-Z and Kanye West, but few would bet against the Tha Carter III scooping the prize.

The Jonas Brothers are in the limelight once again competing against Colbie Caillat, Flo Rida, Paramore and The-Dream for the Breakthrough artist title.

The prestigious American Music Awards will be held at the Nokia Theatre on 23 November with Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Taylor Swift and the Pussycat Dolls scheduled to perform.

The online voting closes on 7 November.

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October 15, 2008

Jay-Z To Sign 50 Cent, Beyonce & Janet Jackson?

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Jay-Z wants to create a super label of his own with Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Jermaine Dupri and 50 Cent on his wish-list according to internet reports.

The Roc star who is already set to work with Norwegian production duo Stargate on a new joint venture rumoured to be called StarRoc. - wants more!

According to Mediatakout.com, Jigga wants the best on his side and an industry insider told the website:

"Jay Z approached 50 Cent earlier this year and now he's talking to Janet and Jermaine Dupri... It seems like a difficult task to get so many big artists under one roof, but I wouldn't put anything past [Jay Z]."

Although these are just rumours there could be some life in it as Janet Jackson left Def Jam this week, 50 Cent's contract is up at the end of the year and well Beyonce is Beyonce!

Source: www.mtv.co.uk


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October 14, 2008

50 Cent, Kanye West feud 'is fake'

kanye_west-50-cent.jpgBy Daniel Kilkelly
Source: www.digitalspy.co.uk

50 Cent and Kanye West's high-profile feud is a sham, hip-hop star Reverend Run has claimed.

The rappers exchanged harsh words in the press when their albums went head-to-head in September last year, but Rev - real name Joseph Simmons - has suggested that their war was not genuine.

"They are not really fighting. They are friends," he insisted. "That was just a publicity thing for their albums. I think they are really close and nice to each other. That was just a first week sales battle."

50 sparked the battle in August 2007 when he threatened to quit music if his Curtis album was outsold by West's Graduation.

West was set to compete with his rival again by releasing his new disc 808s & Heartbreak in the same week of December as 50's Before I Self Destruct, but he recently moved the date forward by a month.


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Lil Wayne Amazed by 1 million dollars birthday present

lil-wayne-cash-money.jpgUS rapper Lil Wayne got a shocking birthday present of 1 million dollars in cash from Birdman at his 26th birthday party held in Miami.

According to SFGate.com DJ Khaled and Akon looked on in amazement as the "Got Money" hitmaker opened a briefcase Birdman handed him and discovered it was full of crisp new bills.

A stunned party guest says, "Lil Wayne was left speechless. He was almost in tears when he hugged his friend. I mean, who wouldn't like $1 million as a birthday gift?"
The Club Mansion bash was a lavish affair all round 00 one of the party's main attractions was an ice sculpture full of frozen $100 bills.


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October 13, 2008

On way to prison, T.I. scores 3rd straight No. 1 with 'Paper Trail'

rapper-t-ijail-guns.jpgThe artist with the No. 1 album in the country is going to prison in a few months.

Billboard confirmed Wednesday that rapper T.I., scheduled in a few months to begin serving a one-year prison term for gun possession, has scored his third straight chart-topper. The Atlanta rapper’s sixth album, “Paper Trail” (Grand Hustle/Atlantic), sold 568,000 copies in the last week. He also has the nation’s No. 1 single, “Live Your Life.”

It’s the latest high in a year, and a career, that has also seen plenty of lows. T.I., born Clifford Harris Jr. 28 years ago in Atlanta, was a drug dealer who transformed himself into a best-selling rapper and movie star. But a personal assistant was shot to death in a 2006 gunfight and last year T.I. was arrested for buying machine guns and silencers. After paying a $100,000 fine and doing community service, he will begin serving a one-year term in 2009.

All of which has been prime fodder for his career as one of the best-selling rappers ever to emerge from Atlanta and the “Dirty South” of ghetto misadventure. Much of “Paper Trail” was recorded under unique circumstances: while its maker was under house arrest awaiting trial.

With its cocky, drawling celebrations of his prowess as an indestructible anti-hero, “Paper Trail” is a far more commercial work than his more introspective 2007 release, “T.I. vs. T.I.P.” But it also addresses --- and admittedly exploits --- his real-life legal troubles.

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October 8, 2008

Kanye West: 'Love Lockdown'

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Source:
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Kanye West's planet-sized ego has taken a bit of a battering in recent weeks. The initial response to 'Love Lockdown' - his bravest, strangest single to date - was so scathing that he felt compelled to rework it, beefing up the rhythm track with Japanese Taiko drums and re-recording his vocals.

That's right, vocals. West doesn't actually rap on 'Love Lockdown', preferring to sing, with a lot of help from Auto-Tune, over a house piano riff and those military-style drums. The result is unsettling, a little bit paranoid and much less radio-friendly than the likes of 'Stronger' and 'Homecoming'. An interesting experiment, but why would one of the world's best rappers want to turn himself into a barely adequate singer?


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October 6, 2008

50 Cent Is A Dead Man Running

50-cent-righteous_kill_movie_scenes.jpg50 Cent recently revealed that he will continue his acting career in a new movie called "Dead Man Running." Danny Dyer, a british actor, told the BBC “It’s about one guy who basically gets in a serious bit of trouble with a real gangster and he’s got one day to live or he’s going to get ironed out if he doesn’t raise the funds,” continuing, “So, it’s basically about a dead man running, which is him, and I play his sidekick who’s trying to get him out of trouble.”Tamer Hassan will also be in the new film with Dyer and 50 Cent.

50 recently was in the high profile movie Righteous Kill with Robert DiNero and Al Pacino. Danny Dyer says he's excited about working with 50, saying “I don't know about him as an actor. He's definitely a presence We come from totally different backgrounds but he's a great artist.”

In related news, 50 has another new movie (which he act in, produce and direct) and a new album both titled Before I Self Destruct. The album is set to be released on December 9th, while the movie doesn't have a set release date yet.

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October 5, 2008

Rapper T.I. moves past street life on new album 'Paper Trail'

rapper_ti_paper_trail_album_photos.jpgATLANTA -- Before his prison sentence starts next year, T.I. wants to knock down his image as a rapper who glorifies the street life.

Perhaps nowhere is that illustrated better than on his new album "Paper Trail," which comes out on Tuesday. Fans won't find any boasts about his days as a hustler or portrayals of himself as a dangerous gangster. Instead, the 28-year-old father of five offers songs about taking responsibility for his mistakes and learning from his criminal past. And tracks that do mention crime do so in a cautionary tone.

"To specifically talk about guns and drugs in that fashion, I won't be able to do that because it's not a part of my life anymore," says the best-selling rapper, who is known for hits such as "Rubberband Man" and "U Don't Know Me."

The melancholy "Dead and Gone" featuring Justin Timberlake may be the album's best example of that, as T.I. makes it clear that he is ready to start a new and positive chapter in his life.

"It's about leaving behind certain ways that aren't conducive to progression," said T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris. "It's also in relation to certain friends that aren't here right now."

T.I., rap's self-proclaimed "King of the South," was sentenced to one year in prison on federal weapons charges after he was arrested last October before the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta for allegedly trying to buy automatic weapons. T.I., who has a prior drug conviction and spent time behind bars for a probation violation a few years ago, is scheduled to start his prison sentence in March 2009 after completing 1,000 of community service. He has spent the last several months speaking to kids and churches, warning about the pitfalls of living a hustler's life.

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September 28, 2008

Kanye West to Escape Felony Charges After Airport Arrest

Kanyewest_mom_crytears_sadpicturessexygirls_arrest.jpgKanye West will not be charged with a felony over his arrest on suspicion of vandalism earlier this month.

The hip-hop star was detained at Los Angeles international airport on September 11th after allegedly smashing a photographer's camera.

However, the 31-year-old's offence is not being considered a felony, the Los Angeles country district attorney's office has said.

Instead, the Stronger star may face a possible misdemeanour charge, according to spokesman Frank Mateljan.

Footage of the incident was made public by the celebrity website TMZ.com and appears to show West and his bodyguard grab and then smash a photographer's camera as made their way through the airport.

West and his road manager, Don Crawley, 32, were both arrested and subsequently freed on bail.

An airport spokesman told the BBC after the incident that the camera in question was valued at $10,000 (£5,709).

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September 27, 2008

Ludacris Previews New LP, Says Dispute With T.I. Was Never 'Beef'

Ludacris%20l.jpgBy Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Sway Calloway

Ludacris welcomed his audience with popcorn and jokes on Thursday night in New York's Tribeca neighborhood, as he gave them a preview of his new LP, Theater of the Mind, and debuted the video for "Undisputed." The clip shows 'Cris in a gym going through lyrical workouts, with flamboyant boxing champ Floyd "Money" Mayweather acting as his corner man.

"A lot of people heard my mutha----in' pool house just burned the f--- down today," he said, after a member of the crowd asked about the fire in Luda's Atlanta home on Wednesday. "I can honestly sit back and laugh at it, because it wasn't my actual house and nobody got hurt.

"Materialistic things can be replaced and you can't replace people," he continued. "But if you could've seen the expensive tiles that was inside that mutha----in' crib - that sh-- upset the hell out of me. For real. It's gonna take a minute to rebuild that mutha----a, too." ('Cris recently boasted about his property in his freestyle "Big A*s House" on his Gangsta Grillz: The Preview mixtape, and according to reports, the pool house alone was larger than most regular homes.)

On Theater of the Mind, 'Cris goes for the jugular, clearly fired up about not getting the recognition he has earned as the most versatile MC to come down the pike since his debut in 2001.

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September 24, 2008

Update: T.I. Ordered To Pay More Child Support

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ti-music-arc012.jpgAn Atlanta judge yesterday (September 22) ordered T.I. to pay more child support to the mother of two of his children after she claimed he wasn't providing enough money.

As reported earlier, Lashon Dixon took T.I. to court earlier this month claiming that the monthly payments of $2000 that she received from the rapper wasn't enough to support her and their two sons.

According to The Associated Press, Judge Bensonetta Tipton ruled Tuesday that T.I. must pay just over $3,000 a month to Dixon.

The Atlanta bred rapper was also ordered to pay for the children's private school tuition, uninsured medical bills and extracurricular activities.
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September 23, 2008

Lil Wayne Leads BET Nominations

lil-wayne-kissing-baby_bet.jpgLil Wayne has cemented his status as one of Hip Hop's hottest properties after receiving an amazing 12 nominations for the third annual BET Hip Hop Awards.

Kanye West was second with seven nominations closely followed by Jay-Z who got six nods. T.I. is hoping he has a better year after being nominated three times. Last year T.I. (real name Clifford Joseph Harris Jr) was arrested hours before he was scheduled to headline the show.

BET will also recognise Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons who helped to launch Def Jam amongst other things, with the "I Am Hip-Hop" icon award.

The highly regarded awards ceremony airs Oct. 23 on the network with returning host Katt Williams.

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September 7, 2008

Akon Caught on Tape Again Throwing Female Fans at Show


http://view.break.com/566370 - Watch more free videosIt's a second "fan-throwing" scandal for Akon when he was caught on tape throwing two female concertgoers at a show. The incident happened during a packed show in Guyana, South America on Saturday, August 30.

The R'n'B artist was videotaped performing on stage in a black t-shirt and dark-colored jeans. Enthusiastically asking concertgoers to follow in his move, he even danced with one of his male fans onstage.

In between his performances, Akon took his shirt off and tried to "crowdsurf to a camera stand about 100 yards off stage". He finally got there, dancing with two young female fans and two male fans. It was during that time that he grabbed one of the female fans and pushed her into the crowd as she tried to hold his hand. He then grabbed the other lady who tried to embrace him from behind and tossed her into the crowd.

Getting physically aggressive with concertgoer, indeed, isn't something new for Akon. He has on Wednesday, Sept 3 made an appearance for a brief hearing at Fishkill Town Court to ask a judge to grant his request for a jury trial in relation with his earlier fan-tossing case. He's slated to be back in court on December 1.
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September 6, 2008

Beyoncé Shows Off $5M Engagement Ring

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All eyes were on Beyoncé Friday night, when, for the first time, the singer publicly displayed her engagement ring on the red carpet for Fashion Rocks at Radio City Music Hall in N.Y.C.

The singer, 27, who secretly married rapper Jay-Z in April, flashed an 18 carat flawless diamond by Lorraine Schwartz, valued at more than $5 million dollars, according to the jeweler.

Neither Beyoncé nor Jay-Z have publicly confirmed their marriage but in recent weeks, Beyoncé’s younger sister Solange referred to Jay-Z as her brother-in-law during a television interview.

Later in the evening, Beyoncé took off the ring for a performance where she donned a short, blonde wig in tribute to blues singer Etta James whom she portrays in an upcoming movie.

The star-studded event included appearances by Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Tommy Hilfiger, Hayden Panettiere, Paula Abdul, Fergie, Ciara, Natasha Bedingfield, Chris Brown, Terrance Howard, Justin Timberlake and Chace Crawford.


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September 5, 2008

Sean Kingston to Release Second Album

Rapper Sean Kingston admits that he has recorded new singles with Polow Da Don for his second album.

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Jamaican American singer and rapper Sean Kingston is on the way of releasing his sophomore effort. In a video blog, Sean Kingston says that he has just recorded four new songs which will later appear on his upcoming second set.

Unfortunately, the title and content of the album are still kept as a top secret. The rapper also refuses to give further information about the release date of his upcoming album and his new singles. He just said that the singles that he has been currently working on are handled in a capable hand of producer Polow Da Don.

Beside recording his new album, Sean has also recently gone to studio to help rap peer Bun B. They have teamed up in Bun B's new song called "That's Gangsta". The song appears as first single in Bun B's latest album "II Trill', which has been dropped to stores on May 20.

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September 2, 2008

Rapper T.I. knocks Rihanna off US No.1

ti-music-arc012.jpgRapper T.I. has ended Rihanna's two-week reign at the top of the US singles chart.

His track 'Whatever You Like' climbs from 71 to No.1 this week thanks to strong digital sales - the biggest leap to the top in US chart history.

Rihanna's 'Disturbia' slips to second place, with Chris Brown's 'Forever' holding steady in third.

Meanwhile, Pink scores her ninth US top ten hit with new single 'So What', which makes an impressive debut at No.9.

Elsewhere, Leona Lewis's 'Better In Time' continues to scale the Billboard Hot 100, climbing from 33 to 28 this week.

1. (71) T.I.: 'Whatever You Like'
2. (1) Rihanna: 'Disturbia'
3. (3) Chris Brown: 'Forever'
4. (4) Katy Perry: 'I Kissed A Girl'
5. (7) Kardinal Offishall ft. Akon: 'Dangerous'
6. (6) M.I.A: 'Paper Planes'
7. (5) Coldplay: 'Viva La Vida'
8. (9) Ne-Yo: 'Closer'
9. (-) Pink: 'So What'
10. (8) Rihanna: 'Take A Bow'

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September 1, 2008

Lil Wayne Misses Court Because Of Dentist

lil_wayne_teeth_rehab_photos.jpgLil Wayne missed a court date in Yuma County, Arizona, on Tuesday (August 26) because he was recovering from root-canal operations.

The ‘Lollipop’ rapper was scheduled to appear to face drug and weapons charges following his arrest on January 22 (2008), when his tour bus was stopped at a border patrol checkpoint.

Authorities found 105 grams (3.7 ounces) of marijuana, 29 grams (1 ounce) of cocaine, 41 grams (1.45 ounces) of ecstasy, a .40 calibre pistol, and more than $22,000 in cash on board the bus.

Attorney James Tilson told the Yuma Sun (via MTV) that the rapper, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was recovering from oral surgery from several root canal operations and was instructed not to fly by his dentist.

“As a result,” Tilson explains. “The court waived his appearance for that hearing. He still must appear at future hearings.”

Carter has pleaded not guilty to all charges with the next court date set for October 9.

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August 27, 2008

Rapper Dr. Dre's Son, 20, Found Dead

Autopsy Results Will Take 8 Weeks

600px-Dr.Dre.capture_Andre_Young_dead.jpgLOS ANGELES -- Rap star Dr. Dre's 20-year-old son has been found dead in Los Angeles.

"Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son Andre Young Jr.," publicist Lori Earl said in a statement.

Young was found by his mother at their home on Saturday.

A Los Angeles county coroner spokesman said that an autopsy was performed Monday but the cause of death is not likely to be determined for eight weeks while toxicology tests are done.

In addition to his own successful career, Dr. Dre has produced songs for the likes of Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

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August 26, 2008

Deputy Pulls Gun On Sean "Diddy" Comb's Crew

pdiddy_car_cops_hiphop_mogul.jpgA Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy pulled a gun on hip-hop mogul Diddy’s entourage during a routine traffic stop early on Saturday, but the unpleasant incident was swiftly cleared up, according to a spokesman for the artist.

Sean “Diddy” Combs and his crew were driving on Sunset Boulevard in a seven-car convoy when the deputy pulled over one of the cars for having an expired registration tag.

Sheriff’s Dept. spokesman Steve Whitmore said that two others vehicles in the convoy also stopped and several men approached the pulled-over car. Thus, the deputy became concerned, called for backup and pulled out the gun in order to keep the situation under control.

“The men approached the deputy wanting to know what was going on and did so in an aggressive verbal manner,” Steve Whitmore told E! News. “There were about seven of them who walked towards him and the deputy, fearing for his safety, unsheathed his weapon and as soon as he did so, it was over,” he added, as reported by E! Online.
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August 15, 2008

Lil Wayne Is The Music Of Champions, Ask Michael Phelps

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The world watched in awe as Michael Phelps set a new Olympic gold standard Wednesday, winning the 10th and 11th titles of his career. Competing in his third Olympics, Phelps surpassed Olympic legends Carl Lewis, Paavo Nurmi, Larysa Latynina, and Mark Spitz, who all won nine golds in their careers respectively.

As most athletes know, music can help create a winning mind-frame. Boxers often walk out to the ring with their favorite track blaring in the background. Football and basketball teams can usually be found getting amped up in the locker room to a playlist of songs specifically designed to gear them up for the game. So what does an 11-time Olympic gold medalist listen to while readying himself to break more world records? He calls upon the current gold medalist in Hip Hop--Lil Wayne.

When asked by The Today Show what music he listens to while preparing to swim, Phelps paused before replying "Lil Wayne- 'I'm Me'" which includes the champion-themed lyrics:

"The hottest under the sun/ aint nobody f**kin' wit me, man/ and you already know that pimpin'/...f**k up my dreams; somebody gon' die tonight" and "Aint nothin' gonna stop me, so just envy it/ Hey, I'll accept a friendly quit/ I'm me/ bitch, I'm me/ so who you?/ you're not me/ you're not me/ and I know that aint fair, but i don't care"

Lil Wayne, a champion in his own right, has sold over 2 million copies of Tha Carter 3 in only eight weeks--a feat almost unheard of in today's slumped music industry.
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August 14, 2008

Kanye West Wants to Make You Fat While he Makes Money And Probably Laughs at You…

By Ian Dransfield

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Kanye West seems to be continuing in his quest to win at everything forever.

Not content with taking the world of music by storm, the world of blogging by monsoon, the world of being cool by tsunami and the world of producing by… drizzle… Kanye West is now moving on to the world of making people fat by feeding them fried patties of ground up cow-knees.

Not personally, of course - that would be surreal.

No, Kanye is merely opening ten Fatburger fast food joints around Chicago, rather than actually serving all who walk through their doors with his priceless smile and boundless arrogance. And a burger.

West’s company, KW Foods LLC, have picked up the rights to build the stores around the Chitown area, thus infecting countless local residents with great big wodges of fat to force down their gullets. A sound business move, we’re sure.

But why, aside from wanting to kill lots of people by making them fat, would Kanye West want to open ten fast food ‘restaurants’ (using the term as loosely as possible)?

Maybe it’s to get away from his music career and down to a more homely, normal job than he’s been used to over the last few years? At least working in a burger joint he wouldn’t be all that bothered were he to turn up to work eight hours late.

In fact, he’d just get sacked for that.

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July 29, 2008

DMX freestyle raps during court hearing

dmx_america.jpgI’m trying really hard not to giggle while I type this post. As we’ve talked about before on this blog, DMX was arrested earlier this month for identity theft - after giving a fake name at a Mayo health clinic to avoid paying a medical bill there.

Apparently during his hearing on Thursday, the Associated Press said DMX rapped for reporters outside of the courtroom and reminded them to get his album on Oct. 14.

“If and when you ever fall down, get back up … Stand for something or fall for everything. Wait for the right pitch, you’ll miss every swing,” DMX said.

If that’s the case, DMX has been striking out more times than Steve Urkel trying to bag a one-night-stand with Laura Winslow (Gasp! A “Family Matters” reference…. did I do that?). May Jaleel White and Kellie Shanygne Williams’ careers both rest in peace.

How awesome would it be if DMX’s trial was televised? I’m already fantasizing how his trial would go down:

“How does the defendant, Mr. Simmons plea?”

“Your honor, I plead, whaaaaaat! Arf arf! Oct. 14, nah mean?”

I guess when it comes to entertainment, “X Gon’ Give it to Ya.” This has got to be one of my favorite celebrity courtroom moments, right up there with Michael Jackson showing up to court in pajamas.

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July 24, 2008

50 Cent Sues Taco Bell - $4 million

50%20Cent%20G-Unit%21.jpg50 Cent has slapped fast-food chain Taco Bell with a lawsuit for using his name without his expressed permission. The lawsuit claims Taco Bell Corp used his moniker in their 'Why Pay more?' print ad campaign, which suggests that 50 Cent change his name to 79, 89, or 99 Cent, in support of the chain's discounted menu items.

"Without seeking or obtaining Jackson's authorization, defendant Taco Bell made him the star and focus of its nationwide advertising campaign by using his name, persona and trademark to promote Taco Bell's business and products," stated the federal lawsuit.

50 Cent claims the fast-food chain sent a phony letter to the media, but failed to seek his permission or inform him of the request. The rapper's lawyer Peter D. Raymond said his client wasn't aware of the letter until it made the news.

"We know that you adopted the name 50 Cent years ago as a metaphor for change," the letter read. "We at Taco Bell are also huge advocates for change. We encourage you to 'Think Outside the Bun' and hope you accept our offer."

Obviously 50 isn't accepting their offer. Instead, the rapper's is seeking $4 million in damages.

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July 15, 2008

Lil Wayne Is The Champion

lil-wayne-kissing-baby.jpgHip hop can be like professional wrestling. Although there are no official hip hop champions, occasionally in hip hop there is a “franchise champion” a Hulk Hogan, a Rock, a Stone Cold Steve Austin to carry the brand, carry the label. In hip hop it has been arguably, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Hammer, NWA, Biggie, Tupac, Dre, Snoop, Jay Z, Eminem ,50 Cent, Kanye, and now Lil Wayne to carry the hip hop brand, and puts it on his back. Some of these artist have been transitional champions. ie.. a champion in between eras, for instance, Jay Z inherited what was left of the east coast /west coast bullshit and became a mogul. Which artist are or were transitional champions and which endure and “carry the brand” can usually be seen with hindsight. Whatever the case maybe Lil Wayne now sits on top of the hip hop game.

The hype leading up to Lil Wayne's most recent album “Tha Carter III” has not been seen in the music industry in some time. The New Orleans born rapper illustrates how the so-called dying music industry and hip hop along with it how to survive, make money, and thrive. The answer: make good music and it will sell. Tha Carter III, sold more records during the first week of release than any other artist this year with over 1 million copies during the first week. It is one of the highest selling albums this year.

The album features songs that you already know, meaning they have been on radio rotation for months. It is commercially friendly without trying to sound commercial. The albums arrangement is great it provides appetizers such as “3 Peat” and “A milli” which is also getting heavy radio rotation. “Dr. Carter” is clever and reminiscent of something Ice Cube would drop. The Babyface featured “Comfortable” and the guitar driven “Playing With Fire” work and provide great balance.

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July 8, 2008

Lil Wayne: The Best Rapper Alive

By JOSH TYRANGIEL

Lil Wayne has a smoke-scarred rasp that makes him sound like Redd Foxx covering Bob Dylan. It's hardly the voice you'd expect from a 25-year-old rap star, but then, it's been a busy 25 years.

a_awayne_0714.jpgBorn Dwayne Carter Jr. and raised in Hollygrove, a New Orleans neighborhood famous for producing soul singers, Wayne signed his first deal at age 11 after rhyming on a record executive's answering machine. At 12, he distinguished himself by starring as the Tin Man in his gifted middle school's production of The Wiz--and by accidentally shooting himself in the chest with a .44-cal. while imitating Travis Bickle in his bedroom. After teenage years that were lost to the comically awful gangsta group Hot Boys (like 'N Sync with shivs), Wayne went solo and undertook a transformation almost unprecedented in hip-hop. Over four years, he morphed from a mediocre rapper with a thuggish point of view into a savant who merges sex, drugs and politics with a sneaky intellect, a freakish knowledge of pop culture and a voice out of the Delta. Whether Wayne is, as he claims, the "best rapper alive" is no longer even debated in hip-hop or commercial circles. Since June 10, when his latest album, Tha Carter III, sold 1,005,545 copies in its first week, he's been the undisputed champ.

That number would be huge in boom times, but at a moment when most records languish on the racks like Depression apples, it's titanic. It also represents the victory of a business model every bit as counterintuitive as Radiohead's. Most musicians still carefully dole out an album's worth of songs every few years to keep from saturating the market. Vibe magazine counted 77 new Lil Wayne tracks in 2007. Besides coughing out guest verses for seemingly anyone who asked, he sometimes recorded three songs in a night and gave them away on the Internet minutes later on a series of superb mix tapes. In June, just before Tha Carter III went on sale, Wayne announced on YouTube that he'd be releasing the tracks for free on a tape called The Leak.

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July 3, 2008

DMX Arrested AGAIN

dmx_arrest.jpgAccording to TMZ, DMX has been arrested again:

DMX was arrested again today in Arizona. He showed up for a court hearing, but had a bench warrant out for his arrest, so they busted him. DMX was busted June 27 after he allegedly tried to buy drugs from an undercover officer. He was also busted on June 23, May 9 and May 7.

We’re gotsta give up to DMX - it’s not often that we find ourselves speechless - but yet here we are. Kudos DMX - you done screwed up royally.

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June 27, 2008

Kanye West Mom's Doc Without License, Again

kanye-west-shades1.jpgIt remains to be seen whether the man who operated on Kanye West's mom ever operates again.

Dr. Jan Adams' license to practice medicine expired yesterday - not because of patient-related issues or his DUI troubles (which include an arrest earlier today on suspicion of driving under the influence), but because he has yet to cough up child support that he owes his ex, a spokesman for the Medical Board of California confirmed to E! News.

The California Department of Consumer Affairs sent Adams a letter last month informing him that he had 30 days to write a check or risk losing his license, a fate that reportedly also befell him in 2006 for three months, also for failure to pay child support.

Once the doc is back in good standing with his support obligations, renewal of the license can proceed, board rep Russ Heimerich said.

Adams, however, was arrested in the Northern California city of Vallejo early Thursday morning after police spotted him using an off-ramp to get on the freeway. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Solano Superior Court on Monday.

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June 25, 2008

Kanye West Leads BET Award Winners Plus Keys, Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne Issue Rousing Performances

By Njai Joszor

xinsrc_392120407085479626381_kanye.jpgKanye West led Tuesday’s 8th Annual BET Award winners earning Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Best Collaboration amongst a night full of rousing performances, show stopping reunions and unforgettable moments.

Kicking off the night, Usher performed his hit “Love In This Club” in a pyrotechnic filled and highly choreographed set setting the pace for an energy filled night of amazing performances. But the ladies claimed the night, when Alicia Keys took the stage to perform her latest hit “Teenage Love Affair” later unveiling a line up of iconic R&B female groups including SWV, En Vouge and TLC. Performing hits including SWV’s “Weak,” En Vouge’s “Hold On,” and TLC’s “Waterfalls,” the ladies brought the house down. Even Kanye West was on his feet, singing along.

"This performance was surreal," SWV's Leanne Lyons said backstage. "When we got the call that Alicia Keys was one of our biggest fans and that she wanted one of her favorite groups from the '90s to perform with her, it humbled us."

Five-Time nominee, T-Pain hit the stage twice at the awards sporting his iced out top hat stating "This industry is my circus," "Ride with the ringleader." The “ringmaster” shared the stage with Flo Rida, Rick Ross, Ludacris, DJ Khaled and Big Boi, later joining Lil Wayne who closed out the show with “A Milli” and “Lollipop.”

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June 20, 2008

Mother of 50 Cent's Son Granted Restraining Order Against Rapper

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50-cent-his-son-marquis.jpgNEW YORK - The mother of 50 Cent's son was granted a temporary restraining order against the rapper on Friday, TMZ reported.

As per the order, 50 Cent will have to forfeit any firearms he may have, and any pick-up and drop-off of his 11-year-old son, Marquise, must be "at curbside," according to the Web site.

He's also not allowed to be on any premises with his son's mother, Shaniqua Tompkins.

Tompkins' lawyer Paul Catsandonis said they will be arguing for a permanent restraining order against the rapper next month, TMZ reported. Earlier, Tompkins said that people associated with 50 Cent have made threats against her.

Meanwhile, 50 Cent's lawyers have served Tompkins with a $20 million defamation suit in Connecticut court for accusing 50 Cent of burning down his own house, and trying to kill her and their son, TMZ reported.

He also wants the court to force Tompkins to let him visit Marquise, in accordance with an earlier order, the Web site said.

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June 5, 2008

Usher Stands with the #1 Album in the U.S, Canada, UK, Japan and Australia!

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New York, NY - LaFace/Zomba recording artist Usher debuts at No. 1 on SoundScan's Pop and R&B Albums charts with his fifth studio album, Here I Stand. This is the highest debut of the year for a male artist.

Here I Stand is the Atlanta-based singer's second No. 1 debut on the Top 200 Albums chart and his third No. 1 debut on the R&B Albums chart. This week Usher dominates international charts as well, bowing at No. 1 in Canada, Japan (International Chart), Australia, and for the third time in a row, debuts at No. 1 on the UK Albums chart. Additionally, Here I Stand enters Top 5 on album charts in Ireland, Switzerland, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

Fans and critics have praised the singer/songwriter's newest effort: The New York Times declares, “Usher knows what works in the suave come-ons that have made him the male R&B sex symbol for a generation;” Entertainment Weekly raves, “…Stand’s tunes deserve a place in the dance-floor pantheon;” The Los Angeles Times observes, “… [Here I Stand] a more accomplished version of “Confessions,” the hooks more effortless, the singing even better, the songwriting more consistent.”
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May 28, 2008

Rihanna Role Plays During Sex

By Carolina

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No wonder Chris Brown is a happy man. Rihanna recently admitted that she loves her provocative concert costumes so much, she can’t resist taking them home.

I like to push the envelope sometimes. It depends on the mood and the occasion. It’s always fun to take some home. Sometimes I get to do that.

Hope they at least don’t have sex with an open umbrella in the room…that’s ah, that’s bad luck you know

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May 21, 2008

R. Kelly witness: Female in sex tape met singer when she was 12

BY ERIC HERMAN and KIM JANSSEN Staff Reporters

rkelly_case.jpgA woman testified today that the female who appears in a sex video is her best friend from childhood who was 13 or 14 at the time the tape was made - and that the man in the tape is R&B superstar R. Kelly.

Simha Jamison, 24, said she met Kelly at a gym called Hoops when she was 12. Her friend, the allegedly underage girl, was about six months younger and already knew Kelly, calling him "Godfather."

As time went on, Jamison and her friend would go to downtown Chicago to visit Kelly at his recording studio and hang out, Jamison said. Kelly would sometimes give the girl money - "depending on the situation and the reason she needed it, no less than a hundred, no more than $500."

Jamison said that one day when she was a junior in high school, she saw the sex tape at the house of friends. When she saw the girl who engages in sex with Kelly, "I thought she looked just like my best friend, [the alleged victim]" Jamison said.

She recognized the man on the tape as R. Kelly, she said.

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May 20, 2008

P. Diddy Thanks Kanye West on YouTube

P. Diddy taped a video blog and posted it on YouTube, thanking artist Kanye West for making him fall in love with hip-hop again.

P. Diddy confessed in his first video blog, in a “keep it real” moment on YouTube, that in 1986 he saw Run DMC at The Garden, and began his dream of becoming a performer.

He then continued to say, “The other night, I go to the Kanye West concert . . . [I have] nothing but high expectations. Concert changed my life. I ain’t gonna lie. I was so impressed and inspired. It was beautiful man - and I fell in love with hip-hop again.”

Diddy created the video as a thank-you to West for his performance and vision, and for showing him [Diddy] that not all artists have forgotten what it’s all about.

Maybe his re-discovered love for hip-hop will spawn a Making the Band 5? Or a new album from Diddy himself?

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May 19, 2008

KFC Extends Free Meal Offer To Rihanna

rihanna_sexymodelphotos.jpgKFC's Chief Marketing Officer James O'Reilly has extended a free meal offer to Rihanna following her recent visit to a KFC location with Chris Brown.

According to OK! Magazine, O'Reilly said the following in an open letter:

"Dear Rihanna:
We were very excited by your and Chris Brown’s recent visit to a Miami-area KFC restaurant. Clearly, like Kentucky Fried Chicken and our founder Colonel Sanders, you two know how to kick it up a few degrees. And, Rihanna, that’s a secret recipe worth sharing with the world. We could feel the heat - literally - in our restaurant that night … so much so that we’d like to invite you and Chris back to any KFC for a free meal including the Colonel’s Hot Wings. Whether lunch or dinner, home or on the road, our doors are always open to you. Think of it as a personal way to send an SOS whenever you crave a little Original Recipe. Like you, KFC is dedicated to supporting charity causes. If you and Chris are again photographed making KFC a “hot” date-night spot, we’ll make a donation to your charity, BELIEVE, which helps underprivileged children. Hearing about your fondness for KFC was music to our ears. Please don’t stop making KFC your favorite mealtime choice. Good luck to you and we hope to see you again soon with or without an Umbrella."

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April 30, 2008

New K-Salaam & Beatnick Album Dropping this summer on VP Records

ksalaaman-photo.jpgOn May 3rd Lyrics To Go, K-Salaam & Beatnick will host a night that promises to be a medley of groundbreaking musical synergy featuring hip-hop legends Dead Prez, Reggae icons Massive B (Bobby Konders & Prince Jabba from Hot 97) and Mixtape King J. Period entitled "Whose World is This Vol. 1" at Brooklyn's own Galapogos Art Space (70 N 6 Street Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11121). The show will also feature appearances from United Front, Oliver North, Blitz the Ambassador, the A-Alikes (RBG) and Jahdan. Umi from RBG will be performing alongside Dead Prez as they perform classic song "Bigger than Hip-Hop" along with the new song "Fallen Soldierz" off of K-Salaam & Beatnick's forthcoming album Whose World Is This? (July 29 release date) Doors for the event open at 9pm, ($15 door) and show starts at 10pm.
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April 25, 2008

Empire State Building to Light Iconic Tower Lights For International Superstar Mariah Carey!!!

New York Landmark To Shine in Lavender, Pink and White in Honor of a Great New Yorker and her #1 album E=MC²

mariah-carey-superstarsexymodel-photos.jpgInternational superstar Mariah Carey, the #1 most successful female recording artist of all time, with more than 160 million sales world­wide - who recently earned her 18th #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Touch My Body,” surpassing Elvis Presley’s long-standing chart record of 17 #1’s.

A lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building, where Mariah will flip the light switch on a scale model of the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building will be lit in pink, lavender and white all weekend to celebrate the album color motif of Mariah’s new album E=MC², which enters at #1 on the Billboard chart this week with the biggest first week Soundscan total of her career, 463,000 units.

The staging will be held at the Fifth Avenue Lobby of Manhattan’s legendary Empire State Building, located at 350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets


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April 21, 2008

50 Cent 'don't like Alicia Keys no more'

50cent-aliciakeys-hatephotosrapper.jpgRecently singer Alicia Keys stirred a hornet's nest with her poorly worded remarks regarding Gangsta rap and who was "to blame" for it.

Keys' comments were published in Blender Magazine about Gangsta rap being "a ploy to convince black people to kill each other." She alluded that it was mainstream media, the record industry and those in power that sanctioned and permitted it to flourish, as if rappers themselves were puppet-like and had no free will.

After a firestorm of negative press, Alicia subsequently released a statement saying her comments were "misrepresented" and that she isn't a "conspiracy theorist" or "a racist."

Blender magazine is standing by their reporting.

50 Cent isn't buying it and told The Showbuzz:

"I don't like Alicia Keys no more though … the same reason why I said that I don't like Oprah Winfrey. I'm prejudice(d). I don't like people who don't like me. If you don't like the content that I write because of my experiences; I am being who I am when I am writing it. I fall into that 'label' as far as you considering artists creating 'Gangsta music,' we fall into that.
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April 19, 2008

Rihanna: I didn't know about Jay Z and Beyoncé's wedding

Singer says she is shocked by surprise marriage

RIHANNA-jayz-beyoncemarried.jpgRihanna says she had no idea that her mentor, rapper Jay Z, had married Beyoncé Knowles.

The couple are said to have wed in front of 40 guests in New York City on 4 April, although neither has confirmed the rumours.

'I didn't know!' Rihanna, 20, tells People at a benefit for her Believe Foundation. 'No one knew!'

Beyoncé, 26, and Jay Z, 38, are keeping tight-lipped about the wedding. The signer was spotted hiding her hand at a basketball game in Houston last week.

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April 10, 2008

Jermaine Dupri and Island Def Jam Launch New Hip-Hop Label

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Jermaine_Duprihiphop.jpgIsland Def Jam Music Group (IDJ) and Procter & Gamble’s TAG brand announce the formation of a new hip-hop record label, TAG Records. The new label will be led by hip-hop mogul Jermaine Dupri, who will act as president of the New York-based venture. As president, Dupri will set the creative vision for the label and play an integral part in identifying and developing its musical talent.

This is a milestone for the music industry as TAG Record’s artists will be supported with a multi-million dollar marketing effort that is unprecedented for any new artist, including television, print, radio, digital and event marketing.

“Today, we make history in the music industry with TAG Records,” said Jermaine Dupri, president of TAG Records. “This label is going to provide new artists with a chance of a lifetime. New artists will receive ten times the typical marketing support - a first in the industry. I’m hand selecting and molding these artists to make history in hip hop.”
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March 20, 2008

Rick Ross Rolls Snoop, Miley, Randy Jackson

By David Jenison

RickRoss_hiphop.jpgRick Ross' Trilla proved to be a killer on the charts this week, thumping new releases from Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, Miley Cyrus and American Idol's Randy Jackson, as well as the latest entries in the powerhouse Now That's What I Call Music! franchise.

The Sunshine State rapper nabbed his second No. 1 album in as many tries, as Trilla moved 198,000 copies for the week ended Sunday, per Nielsen SoundScan numbers.

At a time when hip-hop's focus was on Houston, Oakland and Atlanta, Ross' 2006 breakthrough single "Hustlin' " turned eyes back to the Miami scene. His rookie album, Port of Miami, followed with a No. 1 debut, making the 300-pound rapper one of the few to score consecutive chart-toppers right out of the gate.

"We are thrilled to bring home this hard-fought number one for Rick Ross," said Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "LA" Reid in a statement. "I'm proud of the work, but more importantly, I'm proud to have Ross cemented among hip-hop's elite, where he belongs."

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March 11, 2008

The Game Released From Jail

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Rapper the Game has reportedly been released from jail, just eight days into his 60-day sentence.

The star, real name Jayceon Taylor, was handed the prison term in February after pleading guilty to felony gun charges.

He faced three counts of making criminal threats and possessing a firearm in a school zone during a fight in the middle of a basketball game last year. Two charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

But according to TMZ.com, the Game is now a free man after being released early from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in California on Monday.

The 28-year-old must now complete 150 hours of community service and will be placed on three years probation as per the terms of his plea deal.

Source: www.sfgate.com


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March 10, 2008

Janet Jackson Returns to #1 - As Discipline, Island Def Jam Debut Album Debuts On Top Of Billboard 200 And R&B Album Chart!

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JanetJackson_sexy_naked.jpgWorldwide 100 million-selling megastar Janet Jackson returns to Soundscan’s #1 position on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as her Island Def Jam album debut DISCIPLINE enters at the top on first week sales of 181,075 units, it was announced today by Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. DISCIPLINE marks Janet’s first #1 Soundscan album debut in nearly seven years, since All For You in May 2001.

Janet delivered an amazing album and Island Def Jam is on a mission to deliver big results for her in every way,” said Mr. Reid. "Janet is musical royalty who only deserves the very best.”

DISCIPLINE was launched on the morning of the album release (February 26th) with a live performance at the Nokia Theatre on New York’s Times Square, broad­cast on ABC’s Good Morning America. Another Times Square performance happened that afternoon, broadcast by MTV’s TRL. Just a few blocks away, pandemonium took over Best Buy for Janet’s in-store CD signing event, which attracted 5000 fans.
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February 14, 2008

Mariah Carey Announces E=MC²!!!

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Performer and songwriter Mariah Carey has set April 15th as the in-store date for the most eagerly anticipated album of the year, E=MC². The 11th studio album of her career, E=MC² is the follow-up to The Emancipation Of Mimi, Mariah’s worldwide 10 million selling #1 album, which generated three Grammy awards (including Best Contemporary R&B Album), 2 #1 singles and countless more industry honors during its 18-month stay on the charts.

The first single from E=MC² is “Touch My Body,” written and produced by Mariah Carey, C. “Tricky” Stewart, and The-Dream, and blasting out worldwide on February 12th. The video for “Touch My Body” was directed by feature filmmaker Brett Ratner - internet, cable and network premieres for the video will be announced in the weeks ahead. In addition to C. “Tricky” Stewart and The-Dream, other guest producers joining Mariah on E=MC² will include Jermaine Dupri, DJ Toomp, Stargate, Will I Am, Bryan Michael Cox, Nate "Danjahandz" Hills and James Poyser. E=MC² is executive produced by Mariah Carey and Antonio “LA” Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.
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January 30, 2008

Foxy Brown Going No Where

foxy-brown-ear.jpgTroublesome rapper Foxy Brown who requested for an early release in order to travel to California for repair of her electronic ear and implant will not be able to do so - after Acting Justice Melissa C. Jockson of the New York State Supreme Court denied the rapper’s petition.

According to the Associated Press Ms. Brown, 29, right, whose real name is Inga Marchand, complained that her hearing problems were worsening in jail and that she faced serious harm unless her cochlear implant was repaired and reprogrammed. Prosecutors said she could get the treatment she needs in New York. She was sentenced in September to a year in jail for violating probation. She was put on probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault of two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon in August 2004.


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January 25, 2008

50 Cent Will NOT Be Working With Michael Jackson

50-cent-michealjackson.jpgAccording to Angryape.com US Rapper 50 Cent has dismissed claims that he will be working on Michael Jackson's comeback record, after rumours have been flying around online.

It has been rumoured that the likes of Will.i.am, Akon, Teddy Riley and numerous top-name hip-hop and r&b stars will feature on the album, but 50 has rubbished reports of his involvement.

In a new interview, the rapper says: "It's not true. Anyway, what can you possible teach Michael Jackson about music? Nothing."


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January 3, 2008

Beyonce Wins Baby Boy Copyright Appeal

beyonce-sexy-look-seanpaul.jpgBeyonce has won an appeal to uphold a court decision to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit, relating to her 2003 chart-topping and Grammy award-winning song, 'Baby Boy'.

According to a statement released on January 2, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit "upheld the 2006 trial court decision dismissing a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against Beyonce".

Jennifer Armour alleged in the lawsuit that her former manager had submitted demo recordings of a song to Matthew Knowles, Beyonce's father and President of Music World Entertainment, and to representatives of Beyonce's record label Columbia Records in late February or early March 2003.

She discovered in litigation, however, that the writing and recording of 'Baby Boy' was substantially complete before Armour claimed to have submitted her demo recording.

The trial court dismissed the case due to the fact that "no reasonable person could conclude that the two songs sounded substantially similar to one another, and the appellate court upheld the dismissal of the case on the grounds that 'Baby Boy' was in existence before Armour allegedly submitted her demos.

Beyonce is relieved that the case was resolved, saying, "It's unfortunate that we had to endure this long legal process, but I am hopeful this decision will allow all of us that were involved to finally move on."

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December 13, 2007

Fat Joe Gets a Grammy Nomination for "Make It Rain"

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FatJoeMeMyselfandIphoto.jpgNew York, December 11, 2007 - Imperial Records, Terror Squad Entertainment and EMI Music are proud to announce that Fat Joe has received a Grammy nomination for "Make It Rain" featuring Lil Wayne for Best Rap Performance by a group or duo!

One of New York City's finest and respected MCs, Fat Joe has achieved another accomplishment in his exciting career. Fat Joe's Grammy nomination comes on the heels of the news that, "Make It Rain (featuring Lil' Wayne)" has surpassed the 1 million ring tone sales milestone, and 1 million full song downloads was certified Platinum in RIAA's Digital Ringtone program. Me, Myself & I, released on Terror Squad Entertainment through Imperial Records/Virgin in 2006 continues to sell and make a strong statement for independent music. Some of the other impressive milestones Imperial has accomplished with Fat Joe and Terror Squad include Imperial's first Top 10 single in more than 40 years, "Make It Rain (featuring Lil' Wayne)" on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart, peaking at #6. The single also reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The album Me, Myself & I, peaking at #3 on the Billboard R&B/Hiphop Album Chart, debuting at #14 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. The album also received rave reviews in VIBE, the Source, Washington Post and the LA Times among other publications.
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November 19, 2007

Beyonce, Rihanna, Fergie And Justin Win At American Music Awards

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A host of stars including Rihanna, Fergie and Will.i.am, Vanessa Hudgens and Alicia Keys attended this year’s American Music Awards - but there was no doubt that the night belonged to Beyonce.

The singer stole the show with her figure-hugging gold satin gown that showed-off her bootylicious, er, booty to full effect.

The singer joined an exclusive club of artists such as Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith by picking up the International Artist Award of Excellence.

Justin Timberlake was named Pop/Rock's Favourite Male Artist and his album FutureSex/LoveSounds beat off the competition in the Soul/Rhythm & Blues category.

Fergie - who took to the stage in a silver mini-dress and red heels to open the show with a rendition of Fergalicious with Will.i.am - bagged Pop/Rock's Favourite Female Artist.

Other winners included Rihanna and High School Musical 2, which picked up Favourite Soundtrack Album.

Source: www.entertainmentwise.com


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November 18, 2007

Kanye Loses It on Stage in Paris

Kanyewest_mom_crytears_sadpicturessexygirls.jpgKanye West broke into tears last night when attempting to perform the song "Hey Mama" at a concert in Paris.

Members of the audience told PEOPLE that Kanye had dedicated the song to his mother and began to start performing -- when he suddenly became overwhelmed with emotion. One audience member told the mag, "A back-up singer, the DJ and a guitar player came over to console him. It looked like he might collapse. He just couldn't continue. He just stood there in a spotlight, crying while the band continued playing."

West left the stage, but eventually returned to perform the song "Stronger" with the audience yelling out their support. He is expected to return to the U.S. for his mother's Tuesday funeral in Oklahoma City.

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November 15, 2007

'American Gangster' is Jay-Z's 10th No. 1 album

americangangster_jayz_photos_beyonce_rihanna.jpgJay-Z's album inspired by the film "American Gangster" scores him another No. 1 album on the U.S. pop chart, selling 425,000 copies in its first week in stores. The rapper withstands a strong second-week showing from the Eagles' "Long Road Out of Eden" to earn his 10th album at No. 1, making him only the third artist in history to land 10 or more albums in the pole position.

The rapper is tied at No. 2 with Elvis Presley. Only the Beatles logged more No. 1 albums, with 19. "American Gangster" went to No. 1 without the support of iTunes, as Jay-Z opted not to sell the album via the digital retailer.

Meanwhile, the actual soundtrack to "American Gangster" enters at No. 36 after selling 21,000 copies.

"Long Road Out of Eden" falls to No. 2 after selling 359,000 copies. In two weeks, the Wal-Mart exclusive has sold more than 1 million copies -- sales no doubt buoyed by other retailers beefing up their Eagles inventory from Wal-Mart.

The "Ultimate Hits" collection from country star Garth Brooks enters at No. 3, selling 352,000 copies. The album comes as Brooks has again been playing live, and is pondering multiple-date stints in select cities.

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November 9, 2007

Beyonce Takes Cues From Rihanna

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It’s been well-publicized that rap mogul Jay-Z mentored Rihanna to her current position as the pop/R&B chart topper. And now his longtime girlfriend, Beyonce Knowles, is calling up a few favors from the “Umbrella” singer.

Namely, the “Bootylicious” one is enlisting the services of a new production team to take her to the next level in the studio. Sources say she wants a more “Rihanna-flavored” follow-up to her platinum “B’Day.”

Dance producer duo The Freemasons are all set to work with Miss Knowles, and they’re confident that the collaboration will yield some amazing results. James Wiltshire (of The Freemasons) told press, “The album is going to be huge. It will rival anything the likes of Britney and Rihanna have done recently.”

Wiltshire added, “Beyonce and her team can see where mistakes were made on the last album. It was very American, very R+B and stripped back. They want to go for a more international sound this time. She wants to hit as many audiences as possible.”

Source: www.celebrity-gossip.net


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November 6, 2007

Rap superstar Pitbull returns with the much anticipated release of 'BoatLift'

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New York, NY - Respected MC Pitbull is joined by a star-studded crew of artists and producers on the November 27th release of his highly anticipated third studio album “The BoatLift” (TVT Records). Pitbull teams up with GRAMMY award winning producers Play-N-Skillz (Chamillionaire - “Ridin,” Kia Shine “So Krispy”) for his first single “Secret Admirer” feat R&B sensation Lloyd. The single is racing up the charts having held a steady position on the Rhythmic Top 40 charts for the past 5 weeks and steadily climbing. In addition, Pitbull recently shot the video for the single, directed by up and coming director David Russeau. The video features cameos from Fat Joe and Steven Bauer who starred as Manolo Ribera in the cult classic, Scarface.

“The Boatlift” showcases Pitbull’s lyrical prowess as he crusades through 18 tracks penning clever and captivating visuals on each song. Pitbull has created an incredibly diverse album ranging from R&B influenced sounds with his hit single "Secret Admirer" feat Lloyd to techno/dance inspired tracks like “The Anthem,” as well as songs like “Midnight” that are heavily mainstream/pop influenced and down south inspired tracks like “Dookie.”

“The Boatlift” boasts standout appearances from Trina, Jim Jones, Don Omar, Twista, Lloyd, Frankie J, Young Berg, Trick Daddy, Fabo of D4L and Young Boss. Pitbull teams up with Trina and Young Boss on the hypnotic club banger “Go Girl,” which he also filmed a video for in Miami. Other album notables include “Sticky Icky” produced by Lil Jon, featuring Jim Jones, “Fuego” feat Platinum artist Don Omar, produced by Mr. Collipark and the Twista assisted “Candy Man” produced by Echo.
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October 31, 2007

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds 2007 tour dates expand

Babyfacephotos-sexygirls-rihanna.jpgKenny “Babyface” Edmonds will return to the road for his first U.S. tour date schedule in years this fall, in support of PLAYLIST. His newest album is the first release on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label, and feat­ur­es his new Top 10 version of James Taylor’s “Fire & Rain.” The U.S. tour has just been expanded to a dozen cities, opening Friday, November 23rd at The Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA, and running to December 14th at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, VA. Kenny's special guest is Ayo, the critically-acclaimed, International platinum soul singer/songwriter whose U.S. debut CD will be released on Interscope Records on November 20th. Her PBS special, "Live From Monte Carlo", will air in December.

PLAYLIST is the first Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds album devoted (mostly) to cover versions of some of his favorite songs. Building on the success of “Fire & Rain” at the AC and Smooth Jazz radio formats, Edmonds’ original “Not Going Nowhere” recently moved inside the Top 40 at Urban AC.

In addition to another original song, “The Soldier Song,” an evocative elegy in this time of war, PLAYLIST contains definitive new versions of songs from Bob Dylan (“Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”), Dan Fogelberg (“Longer”), James Taylor (“Shower The People”), Eric Clapton (“Wonderful Tonight”), Bread (“Diary”), Jim Croce (“Time In A Bottle”), and Dave Loggins (“Please Come To Boston”).


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October 23, 2007

Sean Kingston Tops European Singles Chart

sean-kingston-jamaicaphotosbeautifulgirls.jpgR&B singer Sean Kingston is celebrating after hitting number one on the European singles chart with his debut release Beautiful Girl.

The 17-year-old's smash-hit song has climbed up three places to top the new chart, knocking 50 Cent's collaboration with Justin Timberlake, Ayo Technology off the number one spot.

That track falls to two, while Timbaland's new tune The Way I Are also falls a place to three.

Meanwhile, Bruce Springsteen's Magic has debuted at the top of the European albums chart.

After two weeks in pole position, James Blunt's All The Lost Souls drops to two, while Katie Melua's Pictures is at three.

Source: www.teenmusic.com


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October 12, 2007

Snoop Dogg to Perform Community Service for Weapons Violation

By Ray McDonald
Washington

Snoop%20Dogg014.jpgSnoop Dogg will pick up trash and perform park maintenance as part of his sentence for carrying an illegal weapon in an airport last year, said authorities in Santa Ana, CA.

The rapper, born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, will do "everything from raking leaves to painting benches" in order to complete his court-ordered 160 hours of community service, according to his attorney, Donald Etra.

Orange County prosecutor Andre Manssourian said the 35-year-old rapper chose the county park site from a list of probation-approved community service sites and will be supervised by a park ranger. A judge approved the community service on October 10. Officials declined to name the park, citing concerns that fans and media could interfere.

No date was provided for Broadus to start or complete his service, his attorney said. Broadus last month pleaded guilty to felony possession of a dangerous weapon. He was arrested September 27, 2006, after the discovery of a collapsible baton in his computer bag at John Wayne International Airport in Orange County. The rapper claimed the baton was a prop for a video he was shooting in New York.

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October 11, 2007

Eve - The First (and Last Remaining) Lady of Hip-Hop

By Margeaux Watson

eve-rappersexy.jpgFrom 1999 to 2002, Eve was on a roll. One of hip-hop's most bankable female MCs, her first three albums sold 4 million copies and spawned five Top 40 hits, including well-received collaborations with Gwen Stefani (''Let Me Blow Ya Mind'') and Alicia Keys (''Gangsta Lovin'''). But after a four-year detour into TV, film, and fashion, the Grammy winner has run into some snags while trying to revive her music career. Her forthcoming CD, Here I Am, was initially due in August but has now been delayed until 2008. Meanwhile, her first two singles off the record have struggled to connect with listeners: ''Tambourine'' peaked at No. 10 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart on July 14, while its follow-up, ''Give It to You,'' hadn't charted at press time. But despite those setbacks, Eve, 28, tells EW she's still got more skills than a lot of male MC's tallying up record sales in the ''testosterone-driven'' rap game, and that she's going to wait until she's 100 percent confident in her new CD before she lets it drop.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What's going on here? Why so many delays with this album? Are you scrapping the whole thing and starting over?

EVE: No, I'm not completely starting over. I'm definitely gonna keep some of the records that I had because I love a lot of the stuff that I did. So I'm keeping a lot of it. I'm just going back in to kinda make it a well-rounded album. I think what kind of delayed us this time was that I went in and did two records that sound a lot like the Pharrell record - the singing record.... I don't think the movement was right and I'd rather put out an album and feel 100 percent connected to it than just to put out an album, especially the way music is right now.

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October 6, 2007

Lil' Wayne Responds To 50 Cent Diss, Hip-Hop Police, And Snorting Coke

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Lil' Wayne recently spoke about his thoughts concerning the diss from 50 Cent. When asked about 50 making a statement about Weezy jumping on everyone's track, The New Orleans rapper said, "OH MY GAWD! I'M BIG! [sarcastic voice] I'm big, man! I didn't know that dude knew me! What's up 50? I got beaucoup 50 Vitamin Waters. He got the coldest one, the rest of ‘em are really nasty. For real - don't get that Revise - that other purple one. Naaaah, you gotta get that Formula 50. I done been fooled like that plenty of times. 50 got like the best-tasting Vitamin Water."

So does that mean he doesn't have a response? Well, he also went on to say, "A person like 50 Cent (can) say anything about me, you gotta understand, that's what makes them who they are. So me getting mad, that would be outta Lil Wayne's character. There's been plenty of recorders right here in my face saying, What you think about such-and-such saying...? Nothing! I don't think nothing! That ain't me, I'm from New Orleans, man, we kill, for real, I'm not gonna stress that!"
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September 28, 2007

50 Cent Outsells Kanye West In Europe

By: Kenny Rodriguez

50cent-cashgirlssexy.jpgIt seems Kanye West and 50 Cent are still feuding over first-week sales - “Curtis” has outsold “Graduation” on the European charts, despite Kanye initially winning in US and UK markets.

50 Cent’s “Curtis” debuted at No. 1 this week on the European Top 100 charts - which includes sales from Italy, Germany, and France - while Kanye’s “Graduation” peaked at No. 3.

Meanwhile, Spanish singer Manu Chao’s “La Radiolina” took second place.

No word yet on sales figures.

To recap: three weeks ago “Graduation” outsold “Curtis” in the UK; two weeks ago Kanye won again in the US; and this past week 50 Cent triumphed on the European charts.

Source: www.nobodysmiling.com


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September 25, 2007

Is Kanye West getting mad? - Watch the video - Rated 'D' for 'drunk'

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September 23, 2007

Rapper - P Diddy Defends Britney Spears

By: Owen Williams

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Rapper Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs has jumped to the defense of troubled pop star Britney Spears - claiming that she’s not a big drinker, nor is she the party girl everyone thinks she is!

The ‘Bad Boy For Life’ rapper reportedly said: “The times I was around her, in her defence, she didn’t drink any alcohol. I didn’t see her drink.

“I was hospitable, I offered everybody a drink and, you know, she had water.”

However, Diddy Combs did admit that he neglected to advise Britney not stay out late and get some much needed rest before her big comeback.

“Everybody has their own way. Some people deal with nerves, they can’t go to sleep.”

Source: www.showbizspy.com


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September 18, 2007

I Get Money Remix featuring Jay-Z and Diddy

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Diddy and Jay-Z are killing the track alongside 50 Cent on this remix also dubbed the "Forbes 1, 2, 3 Remix" as a reference to the Hip Hop Kings Charts published by Forbes in august. Too bad to see that Fifty loses his cool and cancelled his UK concerts after his highly successful 5-borough tour in NY.

Fifty may have lost against Kanye West in the Soundscan competition since Kanye is already #1 on the UK charts but he did a great job to promote his album and Curtis may just outsell Graduation in the next couple of weeks when the industry will start focusing on total sales.

Source: www.hiphopgalaxy.com


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September 17, 2007

Pop Star Rihanna bad and loving it

rihanna-jayzbeyonce.jpgAt 19, stunning Barbados R&B beauty Rihanna has already sold 5.4 million albums, released five No. 1 singles, worked with industry mega-stars, been compared to one-woman-brand Beyonce and insured her legs for $1 million US.

That might explain the barely-out-of-high-school teen's new bad-girl demeanour, which comes complete with scandalous outfits, sexy videos and diva behaviour.

Rihanna's fittingly titled third record, Good Girl Gone Bad, has been dominating the charts based on the prowess of the catchy first single Umbrella, which features a guest spot by iconic rapper Jay-Z, who discovered the singer and put her on his Def Jam label.

The record has also ushered in a naughtier image for the fresh-faced singer, who was first introduced to us as a soft, island beauty with songs such as last summer's inescapable dance hall smash S.O.S., club classic Pon De Replay, power-ballad Unfaithful and R&B staple We Ride. Now, Rihanna has traded in her ballads and tropical dresses for latex booty shorts, fishnet stockings and, sometimes, nothing but body paint, such as in the video for Umbrella.

"I basically took the attitude of the bad girl and I really got rebellious and just did everything the way I wanted to do it," she says of her new album. "I didn't want to listen to anybody. I didn't consult with anybody. I just want to have a little more fun with my music and be a little more experimental in terms of my image and my sound. I just reinvented myself."

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September 14, 2007

T.I. Leads BET Hip-Hop Nominee Pack With 9 Nods

By Allen Starbury

ti-bet-awards.jpgFollowing a crazy ceremony from the VMAs, BET is gearing up for their second annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, going down in Atlanta Georgia and airing on October 17th.

Of this year's nominees, T.I. comes out on top, much like he did last year, during the awards show's first ever ceremony. This year, T.I. tops everyone with nine nominations including Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year and Hustler of the Year.

Lil Wayne comes in behind the "King of the South" with a total of seven noms, while Kanye West drew six, Common earned five, Jay-Z grabbed four, and Ludacris and 50 Cent got three each.

"We are so glad to be back in Atlanta again for this year's version of what, in its debut, became the single hottest show in hip-hop," said Stephen Hill, executive vice president of entertainment, music and talent at BET.

The show will be hosted by comedian Katt Williams for the second time, while performances will include Nelly, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Common.

The network will also honor the legendary KRS-One with the I Am Hip-Hop icon award.

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September 13, 2007

DJ Envy & Red Cafe ft Fabolous & Jermaine Durpri - DOLLA BILL

envyredcolor.jpgKOCH Records is pleased to announce the release of a new collaboration album, The Co-Op, by acclaimed mix tape guru/HOT 97/Sirius Radio personality, DJ Envy and esteemed lyricist Red Café. The album will be released on September 25th, 2007 and features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in hip-hop including Fabolous, Fat Joe, Styles P and Sheek Louch, Paul Wall, Nina Sky and many more.

The 1st single pair of singles off the new album will be “Dolla Bill” which features Fabolous and JD and “Things You Do” featuring Nina Sky.

DJ Envy is a two time Just-O Mix Tape Award recipient and one of New York’s leading mix tape DJs. Since starting his career in the early 2000s, he has steadily climbed the ranks of the hip-hop world, becoming known for featuring the hottest tracks and exclusives on his mix tapes by some of the best in the game including Jay-Z, Cam’Ron, and The LOX. He has also produced vigorous tracks for artists such as DMX, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, Fabolous, Petey Pablo, and Juvenile.

Mainstream music listeners are just now getting a taste of Red Café, the man who underground audiences have heralded as a legend for almost a decade now. Red had laid down tracks with the some of the best; from 50 Cent to LL Cool J, and when he wasn’t crafting his distinctive flow, he was spreading his talent around, penning memorable songs for others.

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September 6, 2007

Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds and Tricia Yearwood - CMT Crossroads Special airs Sept 21

Babyface_kevinedmonds_moddona.jpgThe series that proves great music knows no boundaries returns, bringing together multiple Grammy winners, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Trisha Yearwood. Known for his smooth voice and prolific songwriting, Edmonds joins country superstar Yearwood for a magical evening that was taped before an invitation only audience in Nashville. The two soulful voices will join as one on the latest episode of CMT CROSSROADS: KENNY “BABYFACE” EDMONDS AND TRISHA YEARWOOD premiering Friday, Sept. 21 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

CMT CROSSROADS: KENNY “BABYFACE” EDMONDS AND TRISHA YEARWOOD will be re-telecast on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 23 at 10:00 a.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 2:00 p.m.; Saturday, Sept 29 at 10:00 a.m.; and Sunday Sept. 30 at 2:00 p.m. All times are ET/PT.

Singer, songwriter, movie producer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, and 10-time Grammy award-winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, whose work on his own music and others' has resulted in more than 100 million career sales, has been a dominant creative force for nearly two decades. He hooked up with partner Antonio “L.A.” Reid in the late 1980s, first in the Indianapolis R&B group the Deele, and later as co-founders in Atlanta of BMG's LaFace Records, one of the most successful labels in R&B history, home of Toni Braxton, OutKast, TLC, and Usher. Babyface's countless honors, which include Grammy awards for Producer Of the Year in 1992, '95, '96 and '97 (the only one in history to win three consecutive years), plus numerous NAACP Image Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and American Music Awards, established him as the greatest hitmaker of the '90s. In addition to his work with Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Lionel Richie, and TLC (to name a very few), Babyface's own string of pop and R&B crossover hits is equally impressive: "It's No Crime," "Tender Lover," "Whip Appeal," "When Can I See You," "This Is For the Lover In You," and "Every Time I Close My Eyes" topping the list. In 2007, Babyface's signing as the first major artist on the Island Def Jam Music Group's Mercury Records label takes flight with Playlist (in stores Sept. 18), a collection of new compositions and cover versions of some of his favorites, including the first single, James Taylor's "Fire & Rain."
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September 4, 2007

Sean Kingston, Faulkner Lead The Pack On U.K. Charts

seankingston_reggae_jamaica.jpgSean Kingston's former Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Beautiful Girls" (RCA) moved up 2-1 on the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sept. 2), and the top 10 included climbers by Plain White Ts, Rihanna and Freaks and a new entry for James Blunt. Newton Faulkner's "Dream Catch Me" (Ugly Truth/Sony BMG) started a second week at the top of the album chart.

Kanye West's "Stronger" (Def Jam/Universal), which topped the singles survey for the last two weeks, fell to No. 2, while "Hey There Delilah" (Hollywood/Angel) by Plain White Ts climbed 6-3 in its seventh chart week, after falling from No. 5 last week. Rihanna's "Shut Up and Drive" (Def Jam/Universal), which has spent six weeks on the chart thanks to download sales and last week dipped 14-16, jumped to No. 5 after its physical release.

Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" (A&M/Universal) moved back 9-8 in its 11th chart week ,while Freaks' dance hit "The Creeps (Get on the Dancefloor)" (Azuli) climbed 21-9. James Blunt's "1973" (Atlantic) debuted at No. 10.

RCA's latest weekly Elvis Presley reissue resulted in a No. 14 debut for "Hound Dog," almost 31 years after the song reached No. 2 in the U.K. British rapper Kano climbed 24-18 with "This Is the Girl" (679), which features U.K. R&B star Craig David. U.K. trio Scouting For Girls enjoyed a No. 19 entry with "She's So Lovely" (Epic/Song BMG) and K.T. Tunstall's "Hold On" (Relentless/Virgin/EMI) bounced back 39-21 following physical release.

The success of Faulkner's debut album is causing international interest in the London singer/songwriter. He's signed via Ugly Truth to Sony BMG for the world, and Billboard understands that a deal with one of the major's labels for U.S. release is imminent.

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August 27, 2007

R&B Singer Keyshia Cole to Perform National Anthem During NFL Opening Kickoff 2007!

keyshia_cole_sexy.jpgRock & Roll, R&B and gospel soul will fill the RCA Dome during the “NFL OPENING KICKOFF 2007 PRESENTED BY SPRINT” on Thursday, September 6.

Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter KEYSHIA COLE will be joined by Ft. Wayne, Indiana’s VOICES OF UNITY YOUTH CHOIR in singing the National Anthem to kick off the 2007 NFL season. Indiana legend JOHN MELLENCAMP will celebrate his Super Bowl XLI champion Indianapolis Colts with a live performance.

As part of the show, the anthem and the celebratory moment will be televised live from 8 - 8:30 PM ET on NBC and the NFL Network and leads into the season opener between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints (NBC, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 PM ET). For the first time, the live pre-game broadcast will also be available via NFL Mobile on Sprint’s wireless service to Power Vision pack subscribers with multimedia enabled phones.

The performances are part of the celebration to kick off the 2007 season and to honor the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts and the city of Indianapolis.
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August 17, 2007

Jay-Z named richest rapper - 50 Cent second on the list

Source: stuff.co.nz

Jayz_50cent_rich_beyonceandrihanna.jpgHip-hop star Jay-Z's talent for extending beyond rap to the executive worlds of music, fashion and other businesses has earned him the top spot on Forbes magazine's "Hip-Hop Cash Kings" list.

Forbes on Thursday said Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, raked in $US34 million in 2006, the year he released a comeback album Kingdom Come.

But the boyfriend of pop singer Beyonce earned much of that income as chief executive of New York-based Def Jam Recordings, owner of a sports bar franchise and holder of endorsements deals with Budweiser, Hewlett-Packard and General Motors, Forbes said.

In March, Jay-Z, 36, sold his Rocawear fashion label for $US204 million - a sum that will again place him high up in the music world's earnings for 2007.

Coming in at No. 2 was rapper 50 Cent, aka Curtis Jackson. He earned $US32 million from his music and businesses such as a record label, video games and a line of books, the survey said.
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August 11, 2007

Rapper 50 Cent promises to quit the solo biz if Kanye West out sales him

50-Cent-kanye-west-girls-rihanna-britneyspears.jpgRapper 50 Cent has swore to quit releasing solo albums if Kanye West out sales him when their new albums are released on September 11th.

50 Cent told sohh.com: “If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11, I'll no longer write music. I'll write music and work with my other artists, but I won't put out any more solo albums."

Speaking in third person, the rapper continued: “When Kanye West's sales come in, he's gonna have a 70 percent decrease cause Def Jam is gonna buy records to keep him closer to 50 Cent. So watch the first week and then watch the second week. Watch his ass drop off the planet. We keep our angles covered before we make a decent bet.”

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July 29, 2007

R&B Singer Usher and girlfriend Tameka Foster canceled wedding

usher_and%20girlfriend_tameka.jpg28 year-old R&B sensation Usher and his would be 37 year-old wife Tameka Foster will no longer walk down the aisle.

According to a source close to the couple OutAroad.com gets to understand that Usher’s mother and former manager was apart of the problem. It was reported that Usher’s mother who’s against the wedding got invited to the ceremony at the last minute and with her disapproval there will be no wedding.

There were also disagreements between the couple of where the wedding reception should be held. It was said that Usher wanted a upscale reception with dinner from chef Jean Georges, while the his lovely girlfriend Foster wanted a backyard barbecue. According to the source their wedding arrangements was just only two weeks old.
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July 25, 2007

Caribbean Pop/R&B star Rihanna can now be listed as a Chart Topper

By: C Basil
OutAroad.com/Staff writer

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Caribbean Pop star Rihanna who has made a rapid growth in the music industry is now one of the seventh artistes who's song rocks the #1 spot on UKs Chart for 10 weeks.

According to critics, Rihanna is here to stay. Rihanna who's only 19 years old has sure gained better honors than most of her peers who are in the Pop/R&B arena for years.

According to her website, Rihanna boasted about her love for music and the hard work. "It always seemed glamorous but it is real work," she says on her website. "My love for music and singing will never change but the rose-coloured glasses are no longer so rosy."
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July 22, 2007

Photos from Eve's Video Shoot for "Give It To You" Feat. Sean Paul

Get ready to hear the summer banger of 2007 from Eve featuring Sean Paul called "Give It To You". This is Eve's second single from her forthcoming album "Here I Am" due in stores August 7! Photos from the video shoot are below and attached.

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July 7, 2007

P Diddy's baby mother Kim Porter moves out

pdiddyandlkimporter_sexygirls.jpgBad Boy P Diddy was left in the cold after his ten years relationship with his baby mama and longtime girlfriend Kim Porter came to an end. Kim Porter who has stood firmly at the side of the rap mogul Sean Combs decides it’s time to pack and focus more on her career.

According to a report by Page Six - an inside source revealed that Porter moved out of P Diddy’s apartment and will not return.

P. Diddy’s baby mama Kim Porter is now busy in action shooting a film in Louisiana. It was said Porter bought her self a posh pad in Beverly Hills where she and her four Children will now resides. Out of the four kids three belongs to Diddy, Christian, 10, and twins D’Lila and Jessie, who just turns 7 months old.


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July 4, 2007

Michael Jackson and R. Kelly Sue Jay-Z's Night Club 40/40

michaeljackson_rkellygirlshotnude.jpgHip-Hop star Jay-Z's New York nightclub is being sued by Michael Jackson and R. Kelly for breaking music licensing laws.

The two music megastars and a dozen other music publishers filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the 40/40 club because it entertained club goers with "unauthorized public performance of musical compositions."

Broadcast Music Inc. led the charge for Jackson and other artists and are seeking unspecified damages for copyright infringement from co-owners Desiree Gonzalez and Juan Perez.


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July 3, 2007

All that Vitamin Water cash can't buy 50 Cent an original beat

50cent_cashvitaminwater_sexygirls.jpgOver the weekend, 50 Cent released "I Got Money," which, on first listen, we actually sort of enjoyed; its halfway-decent beat was only marred by 50's lackadaisical flow (and apparently contract-mandated Vitamin Water mentions). As it turns out--and why are we not surprised by this?--said beat wasn't 50's at all, but instead nicked from a Massachusetts rapper named Jimmie Hoffa. Nah Right weighs in:

You may recall the minor controversy that arose after 50 released Amusement Park and people immediately recognized the beat from the Jim Jones/DJ Drama mixtape 7 Day Theory that dropped earlier this year. Beatjacking allegations started to fly and the producer behind the beat, Chris Styles, came forward to say that he did not sell the beat twice and that he had no idea where Jimmy got it from.


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July 1, 2007

Guess who's back? - The sexy Spice Girls

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The band, who became famous for "Girl Power", has sold about 55 million albums worldwide.
After much speculation, the Spice Girls have finally announced their reunion tour, but at the same time have slammed reports about using digital enhancement system to improve their voices.

At a press conference in London on June 28, Mel C (Sporty), Mel B (Scary), Victoria Beckham (Posh), Geri Halliwell (Ginger) and Emma Bunton (Baby) announced that they will reunite for an 11-date world tour spanning eight countries, starting with a December 7 performance in Los Angeles, California, later this year.


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June 30, 2007

Beyonce was a clear favourite at the BET 2007 awards

beyonce_betawards_jayz.jpgLos Angeles, June. 28 (AP): The 2007 BET Awards made history even before the first trophy was presented as two "Dreamgirls'' took the stage.

Jennifer Holliday, one of Broadway's original "Dreamgirls,'' united with Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson to perform "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going'' _ each woman's signature song.

Show host Mo'Nique made a splashy entrance. Introduced by boxing announcer Michael Buffer, who shouted, "Are you ready to jiggle,'' she was joined by a bevy of plus-sized dancers in matching silver minidresses as they performed Beyonce's song "Deja Vu'' music-video style.

Beyonce was the night's first winner, capturing the video of the year award for "Irreplaceable.'' Wearing floor-length silver sequins, she thanked the video's director, Anthony Mandler, the song's author, Ne -Yo, and her parents.


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June 25, 2007

Are you as Krispy as Kia Shine?

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As the 2007 recipient of the Southern Entertainment Award for the Independent Artist of the Year, Memphis based recording artist Kia Shine has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is a force to be reckoned with. Kia Shine is a major figure on the South’s hip-hop underground scene. Now with his national debut on Universal Motown Records entitled Due Season Kia Shine is finally stepping up to take his rightful place in the hip-hop world.

Born in and raised in Memphis’ infamous Frazier neighborhood, Kia Shine witnessed first hand the devastating effect that drugs and poverty had on his community. “When I think about Frazier I think about New Jack City,” says Kia. “I remember when there wasn’t any such thing as crack and I remember when it first came into the neighborhood and how it was affected. It looked like you were either selling it or your folks were using it.” Thankfully Kia Shine was able to resist the temptation of the cheap high and the fast money that crack offered many ghetto youth. “I knew God had bigger plans for me. It just took me a little bit longer to realize that music was the thing that he wanted me to do.”


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