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EMINEM ON TOP OF ITUNES CHART

Eminem tops both the iTunes singles chart as well as the album chart this week, with his new record Recovery.  His single, “Love the Way You Lie,” is the top song, displacing last week’s number one, “California Gurls,” from
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg.  B.o.B’s “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore falls to number three followed by “Billionaire” from Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars and Usher’s “OMG” featuring will.i.am.
Last week’s top album, Thank Me Later, from Drake slides to number two followed by Miley Cyrus’ Can’t Be Tamed, The Roots’ How I Got Over and To The Sea from Jack Johnson.  <JC>

Eminem’s ‘Recovery’ isn’t just his sixth straight No. 1 debut on the Billboard album chart — it’s the record-destroyer for 2010′s best first-week sales, moving 741,000 copies since its June 18 release.

The new disc pulled a better week than Eminem’s 2009 disc, ‘Relapse,’ and his 2005 greatest hits package. ‘Recovery’ also scored impressive digital digits with 255,000 downloads — second-best only to Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends’ in 2008. The CD couldn’t top 1 million copies in its first week, however, a feat Eminem achieved twice before, in the recording industry’s finer days.

And…

EMINEM’S ENTOURAGE EPISODE COMING THIS FALL

Entertainment Weekly reports Eminem will appear in an episode of the seventh season of HBO’s Entourage. Slim Shady will play himself and develop a small “beef” with Adrian Grenier’s character, “Vince Chase.” Be sure to tune in on September 12th at 10:30 PM on HBO. <WM>

DR DRE IS STILL TWEAKING DETOX ALBUM

Dr Dre’s first Detox single, “Under Pressure” featuring Jay-Z, serves as
great reminder that his long-awaited disc will drop this year. He told
www.HardKnock.TV that he’s “trying to put it out by the end of the fall. I’m
trying to give everybody what they’re waiting for and make sure they’re not
disappointed. That’s all I’m doing.” No confirmed released date is known yet
but we’ll keep you posted. <WM>

FACTS ABOUT DR. DRE

Dr. Dre is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Records, home to The Game,
Eminem and 50 Cent. He also used to co-own Death Row Records.

Dre got his start in music while working with the group World Class Wreckin’
Cru and later, N.W.A.

His first solo album, The Chronic, was released through Death Row Records in
1993. He later left Death Row in 1996 in order to start his own label,
Aftermath Entertainment.

 Dr. Dre only has three albums: The Chronic, 2001, and the soon to be
released Detox.

Detox, Dr. Dre’s third and final studio album, was indented to be released
in 2004, but was delayed due to Dr. Dre wanting to focus on producing other
artists. It is said that this album has been in the works since 2003.

Dr. Dre has won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By A Dup or Group
twice, once for “Forgot About Dre” in 2001 featuring Eminem, and “Crack A
Bottle” in 2010 featuring Eminem and 50 Cent.

Facts complied with the help of NME.com, MTV.com, AfterMathMusic.com and
Billboard.com

THE DREAM GIVE HIS ALL ON LOVE KING

The Dream doesn’t want to be an artist that only makes great radio-friendly
singles. He aimed to make quality songs on his Love King album and explained to us why it’s important for him to give his fans his best. T.I. serves as the only feature on the singer’s new disc. Be sure to buy Love King today! <WM>

BIG BOI’S NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE ONLINE

You can listen to Big Boi’s new album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of
Chico Dusty, before it hits stores! Head over to Pitchfork.com to hear the
project, which will be available next Tuesday. <WM>

DJ KHALED DROPS “ALL I DO IS WIN” REMIX VIDEO

Two weeks ago, DJ Khaled’s smash single, “All I Do Is Win,” was certified
gold by the RIAA, and the hitmaker has now released the video to the remix.
The revamped song, lifted from the hitmaker’s latest Victory album, includes
verses from Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous,
Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz and T-Pain!
<WM>

 

JERMAINE JACKSON SUPPORTS CHRIS BROWN

Jermaine Jackson described Chris Brown’s Michael Jackson tribute performance
during the 2010 BET Awards as a “spectacular moment.” The Jackson 5 member
told Extra that Brown “deserved to perform because it’s healing for him. How
can he learn from his mistakes if you don’t give him a chance?” Jermaine
added, “He needs that. I love Rihanna, and I’m not supporting what he did,
but I support him [as a singer] 100 percent.” <WM>

T.I. TAKES HIS TIME WITH KING UNCAGED

Seeming to take a page out of Dr Dre’s book, T.I. is not rushing the
recording process for King Uncaged. When asked how many tracks are currently
completed, Tip explained:

“To be perfectly honest with you, I work until the last day. I keep
pushing for perfection, trying to top what we consider the best albums, I
mean, excuse me, what we consider the best records on the album right now.
And also trying to top what we consider the best albums of my career.”

On August 17th, fans will be able to hear the rapper’s first project since
he was released from prison. <WM>

METHOD MAN PLEADS GUILTY FOR TAX EVASION

The Associated Press reports Method Man is paying for his felony tax evasion
charges, literally. The rapper entered a guilty plea for all charges and
coughed up 40-thousand dollars – which is the last payment for his back
taxes which totaled 106-thousand dollars. We previously reported the emcee
fell behind because he claims is “a pothead” and he “goes out on the road
and forgets everything else.” <WM>

JOHN LEGEND RESPONDS TO HAIRLINE COMMENTS

John Legend shared his feelings on his hairline becoming a trending topic on
Twitter following the 2010 BET Awards. Rather than take the high road,
Legend tweeted the following: <WM>

“My hairline has been the same since I was a kid. Can’t believe some people
are obsessing about it now. I’ve been famous for 6 yrs now.”

“And to the haters, I’m still smarter, more talented, more successful and
better looking than u. So fall back.”

“Sorry y’all. Couldn’t believe my hairline was a trending topic. Get a
life!”

“And to the rest of y’all, I love you and thanks for the support. Now back
to our regularly scheduled programming….”

BEYONCE ON FORBES CELEBRITY 100 LIST

Beyonce can definitely afford to take an extended break from music.
According to Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list, Oprah Winfrey claimed number one
spot with 315-million, but Jay-Z’s wife took second place for earning
87-million dollars in 2009. The entertainer’s global tour reportedly banked
85-million dollars in sales! Last year, Bey took fifth place…but we’re
thinking it’s only a matter of time until she takes the top spot! <WM>

LIL BOOSIE PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDER

Lil Boosie reportedly entered a not guilty plea for his first degree murder
charge. According to AllHipHop.com, the rapper was indicted for allegedly
killing a man named Terry Boyd last year. If he’s convicted, the “Wipe Me
Down” rapper faces the death penalty. <WM>

PRINCE READIES FREE U-K ALBUM!

Prince is working on a new studio album titled 20Ten that will be released
for free in the U-K. The singer, who just received BET’s Lifetime
Achievement Award, signed a deal to distribute 2.5-million copies with the
Daily Mirror newspaper on July 10th. Head over to Billboard.com to learn
more. <WM>

SOULJA BOY GIVES ALBUM UPDATE!

We recently got the chance to chat with Soulja Boy about the status of his third studio album. In addition to teaming with great acts, the emcee told us the new effort is no longer titled Dre. The rapper also spoke on his crazy new “Pretty Boy Swag” single and shared the name of the next offering. Fans can expect The DeAndre Way on July 28th. <WM>

LAURYN EXPLAINS WHY SHE STOPPED RECORDING

NPR learned Lauryn Hill stopped recording music due to “personal-growth”
issues and not having a proper “support system” to “nurture” her artistic
“gift.” If she were to record again, the reclusive singer stated that she
wants to “expand” her vocal range so people can really hear her voice.  In
the meantime, she’ll continue performing at festivals and looks forward to
sharing her “passion” with fans. Ms. Hill is expected to take stage during
this year’s Rock The Bells Music Festival. <WM>

RIHANNA CANCELS SHOW IN SEATTLE

According to the Auburn Reporter, Rihanna was forced to cancel her July 2nd
tour stop in Auburn, Washington. The singer was scheduled to take stage at
White River Amphitheatre, but Live Nation explained in statement the date
was scrapped due to “production changes.” The show opener of Ri Ri’s Last
Girl On Earth tour will kick off July 4th in Vancouver, British Columbia.

*       This marks the third cancellation for Rihanna.  She also
pulled the plug for stops in Phoenix and Dallas.

*       Since Rihanna hasn’t provided a detailed explanation for her
cancellations, gossip sites are speculating that the singer is having
trouble filling up venues.

COOL AND DRE RECORD WITH THE GAME AND DRAKE

Last Wednesday, producers Cool and Dre just finished recording a hot new
track titled “Good Girl, Bad Girl” with The Game in Burbank, California. The
hitmakers contributed three songs on the rapper’s upcoming effort, The R.E.D Album. Fans can expect the song to feature a verse from Drake. The disc will arrive later this summer. <WM>

GAGA SENDS VIDEO MESSAGE TO TEEN

Constance McMillen, the girl who made national headlines when her school
wouldn’t let her take her girlfriend to prom, has a fan in Lady Gaga.  The
pop star posted a video message to Constance via OkMagazine.com, saying that
Constance is one of the “Bad Romance” singer’s “most favorite little
monsters.” <ZS>

FORBES CELEBRITY 100 LIST! Forbes magazine has released their annual list of The Celebrity 100, which ranks stars based on their salaries and web, press and social scores. Oprah Winfrey came in at number one, with Beyonce ranked at number two as the highest musician and Sandra Bullock and Johnny Depp at numbers eight and nine, as the highest ranced actor and actress. Tiger Woods made the list at number five, and beat out all other athletes in the ranking. Head to Forbes.com for more. <AZ>

STEVE CARELL MAKES IT OFFICIAL! Steve Carell has officially announced that he’s leaving The Office after next season. We caught up with Office writer and actor B.J. Novak, who told us his plan for when Steve leaves the show. Learn more at NYDailyNews.com. <AZ>

DID MEL HIT OKSANA? TMZ found out that Mel Gibson’s now estranged baby-mama, Oksana Grigorieva,did go to a dentist to get repairs on her teeth in January, after she and Gibson split. Currently, there is no proof that Gibson caused the dental damage that needed to be repaired and the extent of Oksana’s teeth problems aren’t know. <AZ>

Newlyweds Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green

TROUBLED COUPLE? According to the New York Daily News, there may be trouble in paradise for Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts. Schreiber just flew to Tahiti and sources told the newspaper that one of the purposes for the trip is so Liev can reflect on his relationship with Watts. The pair has been dating for five years and has two sons together. <AZ>

MEGAN FOX LIKES LINGERIE! -Megan Fox is currently enjoying her honeymoon with new husband Brian Austin Green in Hawaii. And while the wedding night for any couple is a very private affair, Megan did happen to tell us that she enjoys wearing lingerie, or at least corsets. She wore a very tight corset. She wore a very tight corset for her role in Jonah Hex and here’s what she had to say about it. Fans can still see Megan in Jonah Hex in theaters. <AZ>

ANISTON OUTEARNS PITT! Last year, Jennifer Aniston earned seven-million dollars more than Brad Pitt. Aniston and Pitt were married from 2000 until 2005. Hit up UsMagazine.com for more.

Amanda Seyfried

SEYFRIEND TO PLAY CINDERELLA! Perez Hilton is reporting that Amanda Seyfried (Pron: Sigh-Fred) has been cast in a new Disney movie about Cinderella, and she will play the princess. The script is currently being written by the screenwriter who penned The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses. <AZ>

GET TO KNOW TWILIGHT’S ROBERT PATTINSON! By now, you should know that Robert Pattinson stars as “Edward” in the uber-popular Twilight Saga vampire movies. And while Pattinson’s every move is photographed and written about, there be some things you still don’t know about the Twilight hunk. Here’s what Robert told us about cars, love triangles, the human soul and more. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse hits theaters today! <AZ>

STRIPPER TALKS ABOUT DR. MURRAY! A stripper in California is claiming that not only did she see Dr. Conrad Murray drinking at her club the night before Michael Jackson died, but that the doctor invited her to hang out at Michael Jackson’s house that night. Learn more at TMZ.com. <AZ>

JACKSON’S VEGAS HOME VANDALIZED! According to TMZ, Michael Jackson’s Las Vegas rental home was tagged with graffiti earlier this week. According to the outlet, several walls inside the home had been painted with graffiti. No one is living in the home right now, and Jackson rented the mansion from 2007 to 2009. <AZ>

Posted by Kepi

HERE’S WHAT’S IN STORES THIS WEEK:

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief starring Logan Lerman
and Sean Bean

Hot Tub Time Machine starring John Cusack and Craig Robinson

The Crazies starring Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell

Warlords starring Jet Li and Andy Lau

The Closer – The Complete Fifth Season

Mad About You – The Complete Fourth Season

 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK…

The-Dream – Love King

THE_DREAM_240_ In the world of The-Dream, there is only room for the sentiment expressed on the signage of so many airport-adjacent bars: girls, girls, girls. Like many of his contemporary R&B peers, ambiguity is an afterthought. And “Love King,” the lead single of his third album, may as well serve as a manifesto, with its boasting about scoring girls in the club, the church, the trap, his label, his bank — and in New York, L.A., Miami, Chicago, Toronto and Paris.

After all, Terius Nash’s biggest hits, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” were written for the fairer sex. And throughout his solo career, he’s ignored everything but carnal concerns, studiously aping his models Prince and R Kelly, while embellishing his lover-man lust with ornate, Timbaland-influenced productions.

Although his previous efforts amply showcased his admirable melodic gifts and sturdy but soaring falsetto, he projected a facelessness that demarcated him from his idols. “Love King” again finds him covering well-trodden ground, but this time he manages to put a fresher spin on tired tropes — conspiring with T.I. on “Make Up Bag” to list the $5,000 purses a man can purchase to redeem his misbehavior. On “Florida University,” he lambastes a spurned lover calling him out on Twitter.

Behind the boards, he wisely expands his palette, incorporating chopped-and-screwed vocals and arena-ready synths cribbed from Kanye West.

Ultimately, while occasionally repetitive, “Love King” proves that The-Dream’s claim to the throne isn’t unfounded, even if it’s unclear whether he’s left the bedroom in the last five years.

— Jeff Weiss

GET READY… THIS SATURDAY, IT’S GOIN’ DOWN!!! Shouts to Sal Mora for postin the photo and don’t miss FIGHTER NATION this Saturday on ESPN’s 101.7 The Team w/ Grudge Sport’s Trevor Wittman!

www.1017theteam.com


Jesse James and Sandra Bullock

DIVORCE FINAL! Sandra Bullock and Jesse James divorce is final. The pair signed the final documents late last week and are now officially divorced. Sandra filed for divorce on April 23rd, after reports of James’ alleged affairs hit the media. Learn more at TMZ.com. <AZ>

GIBSON VS. OKSANA! Mel Gibson and the mother of his newest child have both filed restraining orders against each other. Oksana Grigorieva is claiming that she feels threatened by Mel and that he had hit her twice, while Gibson’s lawyers are claiming Oksana is lying, in hopes that Mel’s visitation rights will be taken away. Learn more at TMZ.com. <AZ>


Landon Donovan

SOCCER BABY?! People magazine is reporting that American World Cupsoccer star Landon Donovan may have a love child. The outlet says that a British woman has come forward claiming she is pregnant with Donovan’s child. Landon is currently separated from his wife Bianca Kajlich, but the pair is not divorced. We’ll keep you updated. <AZ>

DOUGLAS FIGHTS FOR WALL STREET MONEY! Michael Douglas’ ex-wifeDiandra is claiming that she’s entitled to 50 percent of the money Michael earned making Wall Street 2, the sequel to the 1987 hit movie Wall Street. Diandra and Douglas divorced in 2000 but she is claiming she deserves half theWall Street 2 profits as it’s a sequel of a movie made while they were married. Learn more at NYPost.com. <AZ>

COLEMAN’S PRIVATES ON THE INTERNET. One of the last films Gary Coleman appeared in was the documentary Midgets vs. Mascots and during filming, he suffered a wardrobe malfunction and his penis was caught on camera. The footage didn’t get included in the movie, but has made its way online to the website Kikster.com. The Midgets vs. Mascots movie director is threatening to sue the site for posting the clip. Learn more at TMZ.com. <AZ>

GROWN-UPS HAIR MALFUNCITON! In the new comedy Grown Ups, there’s a scene where the hair piece Rob Schneider wears in the film starts flapping in the wind. The clip gets big laughs in the theater and Rob told us about the scene. Grown Ups also stars Adam SandlerKevin James andChris Rock and is in theaters now. <AZ>

LINDSAY LOHAN REALITY SHOW! Lindsay Lohan will appear in a new reality series that Dina Lohan is currently filming. The series will be based around Dina and her other daughter Ali, but Lindsay will appear in several episodes. Right now, no TV network has signed on to buy the show, but we’ll keep you updated. Head over to NYPost.com for more. <AZ>

Mina Suvari and Simone Sestito

MARRIAGE! American Beauty actress Mena Suvari got married in Italy this weekend. The actress wed concert producer Simone Sestito on Saturday in a private ceremony in Vatican City. The duo got engaged back in 2008. Hit up People.com for more. <AZ>

DIVORCE! Saved By the Bell actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar has officially filed for divorce from his wife, Lisa Ann Russell. The couple only announced their separation two weeks ago, but is now making their split official. The two married back in 1996 and have two children. Hit up People.com for more. <AZ>


Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars

BABY NEWS! Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola and her partner,Phoenixfrontman Thomas Mars, just welcomed their second child. The couple had a baby girl in New York City, who joins her three-year-old sister, Romy. Mars and Coppola met back in December of 2005. <AZ>

GET TO KNOW TWILIGHT’S KRISTEN STEWART! By now, you should know that Kristen Stewart stars as “Bella” in the uber-popular Twilight Saga vampire movies. And while Stewart’s every move is photographed and written about, there are no doubt some things you don’t know about the superstar, like her views on marriage, the birds and the bees and about playing “Bella.” Here’s what she told us about those things and more . The Twilight Saga: Eclipse hits theaters tomorrow! <AZ>

A-ROD AND DIAZ GO PUBLIC! Cameron Diaz and Yankee player Alex Rodriguez are rumored to be dating and made no effort to squash those rumors on Friday when the pair was seen dining together in New York City. According toE! Online, the duo was acting very much like an item. <AZ>

JOLIE TALKS CHILDREN! Angelina Jolie talked about her children in the August issue of Vanity Fair. In the publication, Jolie says that her four-year-old daughter Shiloh likes to dress like a boy right now and enjoys wearing tracksuits. Pick up the new Vanity Fair on July 6th and learn more over at USA Today. <AZ>


Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza

MARIO LOPEZ TO WED! Wedding bells are in Mario Lopez’s future. TheExtra host told Us Magazine his wedding plans with pregnant girlfriend Courtney Mazza are underway. The pair met while co-starring in the production of Chorus Line on Broadway and are expecting their first child in September. When we caught up with Lopez he told us about being a dad soon.<AZ>

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DIDDY FIRES BACK AT 50 CENT

During the post-show for the 2010 BET Awards, Diddy finally shot back at 50
Cent for talking reckless about his Dirty Money movement. The G-Unit
ringleader recently called Puff a “blood sucker” for signing on to manage
Rick Ross’ career in an attempt to stay relevant. Diddy looked directly in
the camera and stated, “Hate is for suckas. And you know who I’m talking to,
you hatin’ ass crab.” Only time will tell if this develops into a bigger
beef, we’ll keep you updated. <WM>

THE DREAM’S LOVE KING DROPS TODAY!

Here’s a friendly reminder to let everyone know that The Dream has unleashed
his new album, titled Love King. The effort is rumored to be the singer’s
final disc and boasts contributions from T.I. Be sure to add Love King to
your collection today! <WM>

T-PAIN DROPS PRICE FOR IPHONE APP

According to BallerStatus.com, T-Pain has added new features and a better
price for his iPhone app called I Am T-Pain. The entertainer is now giving
fans with the iPhone 4 the ability to record themselves with the new front
facing camera. They can also now auto-tune pets and even make a music video.
With the newly reduced price of $0.99, be sure to download the app today.
<WM>

FANS FORCE SOULJA TO DELETE TWITTER PAGE

Soulja Boy continues to get little credit for his rap skills. Over the
weekend, the young emcee became a trending topic on Twitter for all the
wrong reasons. People began to diss the rapper with tweets like: “If Soulja
Boy is a rapper, then Windows 7 was really my idea” and, “If Soulja Boy is a
rapper, then Rick Ross wasn’t a corrections officer.” The heated discussion
actually prompted the “Pretty Boy Swag” to delete his Twitter account! It’s
unknown if he will create a new page. <WM>

DRAKE SUED BY PLAYBOY?

RapRadar.com reports Drake is facing a lawsuit for infringing upon rights
owned by Playboy founder, Hugh Heffner. Apparently, Drizzy’s hit song “Best
I Ever Had” includes sampled material from the record called “Fallin’ In
Love,” which was created by Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds. Heffner owns
and maintains the copyright to said song. Drizzy is yet to respond to the
suit, we’ll keep you posted. <WM>

BEYONCE AND DAD NOT SPEAKING?

According to the New York Post, Beyonce is not speaking to her father,
Mathew Knowles, for having a child with 38-year-old Alexsandra Wright. The
kid was conceived during an 18-month affair while Mat was still married to
Bey’s mom, Tina. A source revealed, “Beyoncé was horrified to find out her
dad cheated on her mom. She always looked up to him, and she is very close
to her mom, so this has hit her really hard. She is refusing to speak to
him, which is making things difficult where it comes to managing her
career.” <WM>

*        FUN FACT: Beyonce admired Mathew so much that she wrote a song
about him called “Daddy” on her debut solo album, Dangerously In Love. She
professed that she hopes the man she marries and her son will be just like
her father.

LIL WAYNE IS SO PROUD OF YOUNG MONEY

Lil Wayne is very pleased that Young Money members Nicki Minaj and Drake
took home some hardware during the 2010 BET Awards. According to
www.WeezyThanxYou.com, the rapper posted a new entry from New York’s Rikers
Island prison. Wayne wrote, “Shout out to my YM family for making me proud.
Love and appreciate life.” The rap star is serving a year for weapons
possession, but he assured fans that he’s just passing the time, grateful to
be “alive, breathing and blessed.” <WM>

SWIZZ BEATZ SAYS CHRIS BROWN IS THE FUTURE

It’s been a year since Michael Jackson has passed and many are wondering if
anyone will be able to pick up where he left off at. Swizz Beatz recently
told us that Chris Brown is the closest thing to MJ that we’ll see this
lifetime. Head over to MTV.com to take a look back at
all over Jackson’s accomplishments in music. <WM>

EL DEBARGE READIES NEW ALBUM

El DeBarge performed during the 2010 BET Awards and is looking to make a
comeback this year. It turns out the legendary singer is crafting a new
album. MTV News reports the crooner is working on a project called Second
Chance. The title is fitting since this will be his first album of new
material since 1994. <WM>

TONI PERFORMS NEW SINGLE

While appearing on Yahoo! Music, Toni Braxton performed a new single called
“Woman.” The cut is the fourth offering from her Pulse album – which has
sold over 100-thousand units since its May release. Visit Yahoo.com to watch
the clip now. <WM>

KANYE CHANGED ALBUM RELEASE DATE

According to music executive Andre Harrell’s Twitter page, fans can expect
Kanye West’s album, titled Good Ass Job, sooner than we think. The exec
tweeted that ‘Ye will now hit stores on September 14th, a week earlier than
its original release date. In addition, West is slated to go up against Kid
Cudi’s upcoming sophomore effort. <WM>

ICE CUBE WANTS TO WORK WITH PRINCE

Ice Cube is putting the finishing touches on his upcoming I Am West album,
which will be his ninth studio effort. After being in the game for so long,
the rap legend told us he’s dying to work with the greatest to ever do it. Prince finally got the credit he deserved when he
received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 BET Awards.  Visit
BET.com to watch his incredible acceptance speech. <WM>

KELIS SAYS THERE’S NO COMPETITION FOR HER

While promoting her forthcoming Flesh Tone album, Kelis told SingersRoom.com
that she doesn’t “feel like there is any competition.” Nas’ ex-wife
clarifies that she’s not being arrogant and explains, “No one can compete
with my own life. No one can compete with the experiences that made me write
what I write.” Fans can grab Flesh Tone next Tuesday. <WM>

USHER SIGNS ON FOR REGGAE FEST

We’ve just learned Usher is expected to perform at this year’s  Reggae
Sumfest. The “OMG” singer will be joined by Chris Brown, Shaggy, Movado,
Beenie Man and others during the concert – which will be held at Catherine
Hall between July 17th and 24th in Jamaica. Visit Usher’s official website
to learn more. <WM>

LUDACRIS CONTINUES TO GROW, READIES NEXT LP

Ludacris experienced great success for his Battle Of The Sexes album, but
the rapper knows that pressure is on. Luda spoke of the importance of always
pushing his artistic ability. Luda is working on a new
project called Ludaversal, the sequel to 2008′s Theater of the Mind. It will
be out next year. <WM>

BLACK EYED PEAS STAY STRONG

Rumors began swirling over the weekend that Fergie and will.i.am had been
feuding.  There were also reports that the Black Eyed Peas and Fergie would
be parting ways.  Will.i.am squashed the rumors on Twitter writing: “Don’t
believe gossip about Fergie leaving the group (we are never breaking up)
it’s all lies!!!”  Will also said the band is a family and they are not
going anywhere.  <JC>

GAGA DEBUTS A NEW SONG

People that attended Elton John’s White Tie and Tiara Ball over the weekend
got quite the treat.  Lady Gaga performed a brand new song live for the very
first time.  It’s called “You and I,” and the pop star wrote on her Twitter
that the tune was written in New York City using the piano that she “grew up
on.”  See the video of Gaga performing it live on YouTube now. <ZS>

VANILLA ICE INVOLVED IN REAL ESTATE

Rob Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice, has remained busy with a new
hustle: real estate. When the “Ice, Ice Baby” rapper turned 16, he profited
on several properties he purchased then sold and has quietly flipped houses
for the past two decades. According to The Real Deal, Ice is making a
fortune from buying foreclosed properties, making repairs and then
re-selling them on the market. This fall, fans will be able to see how he
does it in a new reality show called The Vanilla Ice Project on the DIY
network. <WM>

WILL KATY PERRY SHAVE HER HEAD?

We all remember when Britney Spears shaved her head a few years back, but
could we see Katy Perry going down the same path?  In an interview with BBC
Radio, the “California Gurls” singer said that because she was a little
older than most pop stars when she first became famous, she doesn’t believe
that she’ll act out.  Perry added that she’s “not going to say” she won’t
mess up, because “someday” she might want to shave her head.  She joked that
it wouldn’t be anytime soon though because then she would get a sunburn.
<ZS>

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