KANYE RAPPED ALBUM TO LIL WAYNE
According to Rolling Stone, Kanye West recently visited Lil Wayne in New
York’s Rikers Island and actually performed his entire upcoming album.
Weezy’s manager, Cortez Bryant, revealed that “during West’s visit, he gave
Wayne a private concert.” Bryant also shared that Wayne usually “has so many
guests he tells me to come back another day,” however, along with ‘Ye,
“Drake, Diddy, and Nicki Minaj are among those who’ve gotten past the
ICE CUBE SAYS GO GET I AM WEST!
Ice Cube sat down with us to talk about his new album, I Am The West, which he says might be his best work to date. Not only does the new single include his sons, but the West Coast general also said fans will be doing themselves a disservice if they don’t go out and purchase the effort, which is in stores right now.
PAUL WALL APOLOGIZES
Yesterday, we reported Paul Wall lost his cool while performing at the Low
Low Car Show in San Antonio. The Houston native has issued an open apology
for punching an unnamed fan with his microphone. XXLMag.com reports Paul
stated, “My goal as a live performer is to always provide my fans with a
great show experience and I apologize for temporarily taking my eyes off
that goal. We all learn from experiences both good and bad.” He promised to
“learn and grow from this incident and be a better person, artist and
performer as a result.” It’s unknown if charges will be filed against the
rapper. We’ll keep you posted with further updates.
BEYONCE PARTIES AT BLOCK PARTY
Beyonce just made people love her even more after she crashed and danced at
a block party in West Orange, New Jersey. What was she doing there? Well,
the diva was traveling with Jay-Z to visit his mom when Bey decided to dance
with the neighbors.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY T-PAIN!!!
Today, believe it or not, T-Pain is (allegedly) turning 25 years old. The Auto Tune king recently told us that despite all of his success in the music industry he always remains humble, especially in public places. The entertainer has reportedly completed and mastered his long-awaited rEVOLVEr album, but the project has yet to be given a launch
TREY DROPS ON BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART
The Zac Brown Band debuts at number one on the Billboard 200 chart as You
Get What You Give sold over 153-thousand copies, according to Nielsen
SoundScan. Maroon 5′s Hands All Over comes in a close second, selling over
142-thousand copies. The band’s last album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Too
Long, bowed at number one in 2007 selling over 429-thousand copies. Last
week’s chart-topper, Linkin Park’s A thousand Suns, falls to number three,
while last week’s runner-up, Trey Songz’s Passion, Pain & Pleasure, drops to
number seven. Selena Gomez & the Scene’s A Year Without Rain bows at number
four, while Santana’s new collaboration album, Guitar Heaven, debuts at
number five. Eminem’s Recovery notches a 14th straight week in the top ten
and slides three spots to number six and Justin Bieber holds at number ten
with My World 2.0.
BRUNO MARS TOPS DIGITAL CHART
Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” returns to the top of the Digital Songs
chart, selling over 188-thousand copies. Far East Movement’s “Like a G6″
flies three spots to number two with over 180-thousand copies. Meanwhile,
last week’s number one, Rihanna’s “Only Girl in the World,” falls to number
three with over 161-thousand downloads. The Glee cast’s take on Jay-Z and
Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” bows at number ten with over
CIARA DROPS “SPEECHLESS,” TALKS BASIC INSTINCT
Ciara has just leaked the video for her new single “Speechless.” The clip includes great beauty shots of the singer as well as a new verse from Ci Ci in the song. Fans might recall the record, which featured The Dream, leaking
earlier in the year, but it looks like Radio Killa has been removed. The cut is the newest offering from her Basic Instinct album, which will arrive in November.
CIARA SUPPORTS “IT GETS BETTER”PROJECT
Ciara and her BFF Lala recently posted a video to support the “It Gets
Better” project. The clip is just one of many that was designed by columnist
Dan Savage to encourage to LGBT youths struggling with discrimination. Perez
Hilton reports more supportive videos from celebrities will surface in the
coming weeks to raise awareness.
* The initiative began after news broke that a 15-year-old boy named
Billy Lucas committed suicide due to antigay bullying at school in Indiana.
FAITH AND KEYSHIA COLE TEAM UP
A new song called “Can’t Stay Away” from Faith Evans’ comeback album has
surfaced online. The track includes guest vocals from Keyshia Cole and
samples the late Notorious B.I.G.’s classic “Hypnotize.” The cut is off
Faye’s upcoming album, Something About Faith, which lands online and in
stores next Tuesday.
Click HERE to hear “Can’t Stay Away”!
RIHANNA’S LOUD COVER!
Rihanna’s Loud might not be out until November 16th, but her patient fans
got a treat when the singer revealed the upcoming album’s cover. Rihanna
teased the cover art online, tweeting a pic that featured a close-up of the
left side of her face. The singer continued teasing her fans by uploading
different parts of the image to her Facebook page. Finally, about an hour
later, she posted the full image on her website. It’s a close-up of
Rihanna’s face, thickly lashed eyes closed, framed by her flame-colored
EL DEBARGE RECORDS WITH BABYFACE!
According to Billboard.com, El DeBarge has teamed up with Babyface to
contribute to his first album in 16 years. The legendary songwriter created
a song called “When I See You,” which is said to appear on the crooner’s
upcoming Second Chance LP. The disc also includes guest contributions from
50 Cent, Faith Evans, Fabolous and others. Be sure to look for Second Chance
later this year. In related news, visit his official fan site to get more
information about his headlining tour dates.
MC HAMMER’S READY TO BATTLE JAY-Z?
This past Friday, Kanye West dropped a new track called “So Appalled,” which
features a verse from Jay-Z taking a swipe at former rapper MC Hammer. In
the song, Hova spits: “I lost 30 mil so I spent another 30 / cos unlike
Hammer / 30 million can’t hurt me.” Apparently, the reference rubbed Hammer
the wrong way as he is now preparing a diss track for the King of New York.
The “Can’t Touch This” legend recently tweeted, “The answer to Jay comes on
October 31st.” We doubt Sean is the least bit worried.
KID CUDI COULD GET DRUG CASE DISMISSED?
Just a few days after Kid Cudi pled guilty to “criminal possession of a controlled substance,” TMZ has learned the charge could get wiped off his record if he behaves. The rapper only received two days of community service
for the misdemeanor charge, but he’s likely to have the entire case dismissed if he avoids any further violations for the next six months. The emcee is due back in court sometime in March.
* Back in June, authorities found the unspecified substance on the
rapper when he got into an argument with an unnamed woman.
NE-YO PERFORMS, TALKS MJ ON A&E
This Sunday, Ne-Yo will be appearing on A&E Private Sessions. The pop star
will be performing his classic hits such as “Miss Independent” and “So
Sick,” while also unveiling two songs that will be making their television
debuts, “One in a Million” and “Champagne Life.” He’ll also chat with host
Lynn Hoffman, revealing some intimate details about his first time working
with the late, great Michael Jackson. See it all on Sunday morning at 9 AM
Eastern on A&E.
KANYE WEST & BON IVER TRACK LEAKS
“Lost in the World” is the latest song from Kanye West’s upcoming album to leak, but it’s also the one that features indie darling Bon Iver. The song samples Bon Iver’s song “Woods” off his Blood Bank EP. West recently told
Rolling Stone that he and Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon have become good friends and worked together on his new album in Hawaii earlier this year.
MICHAEL JACKSON’S NEPHEW DROPS SINGLE
Michael Jackson’s nephew, Austin Brown, is ready to carry on the family
business for the next generation. The youngest son of Rebbie Jackson, Brown
teamed up with producer Rodney Jerkins and is set to release his debut
album, 85. The effort’s first single, “Target Practice,” debuted Monday on
The 2010 American Music Awards nominations will be announced on the morning
of October 12th. For the fourth year, winners will be determined by online
voting at ABC.com. The American Music Awards ceremony will take place at
L-A LIVE’s Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, November 21st
and will air on ABC at 8 PM Eastern. Dick Clark Productions will once again
stream a pre-show live to ABC.com and Ustream.
SHAKIRA GOES “LOCA” IN NEW VIDEO
Shakira debuted her music video for “Loca” featuring British rapper Dizzee Rascal. The clip was shot on the streets of Barcelona, Spain and features the Colombian superstar on rollerblades, riding a motorcycle and shaking her
famous hips in a public fountain. “Loca” is the first single off her Sale El Sol (The Sun Comes Out), which is due out on October 19th.
LIL WAYNE PROJECTED ALBUM SALES
According to XXLMag.com, Lil Wayne is looking to pull in impressive first
week sales despite being locked up in prison. The rapper’s newly released I
Am Not A Human Being EP is projected to sell over 90-thousand copies. The
set is only available digitally now but is estimated to move over
225-thousand units when it’s physically released in stores on October 25th.
The rapper may be serving time for weapons possession in New York’s Rikers
Island, but he can rest easy knowing fans still love and support him!
LIL WAYNE’S BDAY LETTER FROM JAIL
On November 5th, Lil Wayne will be released from Rikers Island. Until then,
he continues to update fans on what he’s up to via his official page,
WeezyThanxYou.com. The rapper wrote on his 28th birthday about how it feels
to get older, his favorite card game to play in prison and how he is missing
his kids. Check out the full letter today!
KANYE PICKS RELEASE DATE
It looks like Kanye West has locked in a new release date for his upcoming
yet-to-be-titled fifth album. Rap-Up.com reports the “Power” rapper has
selected November 22nd to be the day that he drops his hotly-anticipated
project. The actual date falls in the same week as Black Friday, which is
the biggest shopping day of the year. West will go up against Nicki Minaj’s
Pink Friday, Ne-Yo’s Libra Scale, Akon’s Akonic, Lloyd Banks’ H.F.M. 2 and
Flo Rida’s The Only 1.
NICKI TALKS BI-SEXUALITY, GAY FANS
During an interview with Out.com, Nicki Minaj opens up about everything from
her musical influences to aspiring to out-sell male rappers. But more
importantly, she touches on her often-questioned sexuality and explains, “I
just don’t like that people want you to say what you are, who you are. I
just am. I do what the fuck I want to do.” The leading lady in Young Money,
who admits that her “Roman” alter-ego is a gay boy, also thanked her
homosexual fans for embracing her. Be sure to read the full interview HERE!
MISTRIAL FOR BUJU BANTON’S DRUG CASE
According to Billboard.com, Buju Banton’s drug case has reportedly been
declared a mistrial by a Florida judge. The reggae artist’s lawyer has
requested that the entertainer be released on bail after being held without
bond since his December 10th arrest. After five days of jury deliberation,
jurors failed to deliver a verdict connecting Buju to allegedly conspiring
to buy and distribute cocaine to an undercover police officer.
NICK CANNON IS PREPARED TO FIGHT EMINEM
According to CeleBuzz.com, Nick Cannon has challenged Eminem to take their
feud to the boxing ring at the Joe Louis Arena, which is located in Em’s
home city of Detroit. On his New York radio show, the funnyman stated that
the fight would finally end the feud over his wife, Mariah Carey. Cannon
also tweeted. “I don’t have nothing to lose! If I get beat up no one would
be surprised… It will just be more material for my stand up!”
* A post on Cannon’s official site reads: “The time has come! Boys
talk the talk, but men walk the walk. Nick has laid down the challenge to
meet Eminem in the ring. Nick and the rest of the crew on Rollin’ With Nick
Cannon think it’s time for the feud to be over once and for all. And to draw
Slim Shady out of hiding, Nick has decided to do it all for charity.”
* Cannon has also set up a Facebook page to build excitement for the
TREY TALKS SEX, LAUREN LONDON AND MORE!
To focus on promoting his latest Passion, Pain & Pleasure album, Trey Songz
recently revealed that he’s stopped drinking for 40 days. In addition to
committing himself to his craft, the ladies man opened up about his rumored
relationship status with actress Lauren London. Even though she’s already
met his mom, he feels they’re just friends and promises fans that he’s still
single. Head over to SingersRoom.com for the full interview and be sure to
grab your copy of Passion Pain And Pleasure in stores now.
FANTASIA ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES
We’ve previously reported that Fantasia has decided to team up with Eric
Benet and Kandi Burruss for a fall tour. According to SingersRoom.com, the
outing will kick off in November 4th at Virginia’s Landmark Theater and end
on New Year’s Day at St. Louis’ Fox Theatre. The tour will help further
promote the American Idol’s Back to Me album, the crooner’s long-delayed
Lost In Time LP and former Xscape member’s upcoming Kandi Koated effort.
* Due to her suicide attempt, Fantasia told us she wasn’t able
to celebrate the success of her latest album, Back To Me.
However, she said in a press release that she’s “so excited about this
tour and having the chance to connect with my fans, the people that love me
and have been supporting me through everything.”
CHRIS BROWN READIES “DEUCES” REMIX
Chris Brown recently gave fans a sneak peek of the remix of his
chart-topping single, “Deuces,” during his Ustream session. The
revamped-record will now feature verses from Fabolous, T.I., Drake, Kanye
West and André 3000. You can expect the new version to premiere this Friday
and Breezy added, “We’re gonna shoot the video for that. The video’s gonna
* The original song is currently number one on Billboard’s Hot
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
PAUL WALL ATTACKS FAN WITH MICROPHONE?
According to TMZ, Paul Wall lost his cool while performing at the Low Low
Car Show in San Antonio. The Houston native actually punched a fan with his
microphone after the unnamed victim gave Paul the middle finger. It’s
unknown if charges will be filed against the rapper. We’ll keep you posted
with further updates.
OBAMA LISTENS TO LIL WAYNE AND NAS!
In the new issue of Rolling Stone, President Barack Obama admits that his
personal aide has helped improved his “rap palate.” He added that “Jay-Z
used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a
little Lil Wayne.” Obama stated that his daughters, Malia and Sasha, “are
now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things.”
ROCK HALL ANNOUNCES 2011 INDUCTION NOMINEES
Yesterday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for 2011
induction. Among the musicians in the running are Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi,
the Beastie Boys, Neil Diamond, the J. Geils Band, Tom Waits, Donovan, LL
Cool J and Donna Summer. Now that the nominees have been selected, ballots
will be sent to the five-hundred rock hall voters, including previous
inductees. Those voters will select who they think should be inducted and
the top vote getters will be announced in December. Then, on March 14th in
New York City, this year’s crop will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame. Learn more at RockHall.com.
DRAKE LEAKS “FANCY” REMIX
We got a preview of the remix to Drake’s “Fancy” when Mary J Blige joined
Drizzy on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards. Turns out the track was
initially meant to be on MJB’s next studio effort before Swizz Beatz passed
the track to the Canadians emcee. Luckily, fans can download the alternate
version of the record now!
Click HERE to hear Drake’s Fancy Remix!
WYCLEF JEAN RETURNS HOME TO REST
We previously reported Wyclef Jean was hospitalized for stress and fatigue
in a New Jersey hospital. A rep for the Fugees member said the musician will
remain there for part of the week; however his publicist announced that he’s
already returned home to “recuperate,” adding that he “will be back to work
in about a week, and until then the family requests that he be allowed to
genuinely rest.” The news comes after Jean was not permitted to run for
president of Haiti due to residency requirements.
* Jean family said in a statement, “Wyclef Jean has had an extremely
grueling three months – truly an exhausting eight months, since the
earthquake when he recommitted himself to our homeland and his passion for
our people. He is currently suffering the effects of lack of sleep and
stress, global travel, even the endless public eye, and has asked that his
fans and supporters bear with him for the next several days as he regains
his physical health and stamina.”
KELIS DROPS “SCREAM” VIDEO
Just when you thought Kelis had already begun working on a new album, the
singer has released another single from her commercially disappointing
record, Flesh Tone. Nas’ ex-wife has premiered the video for “Scream.” Be
sure to visit her official website to view it now!
QUINCY JONES PRAISES AMY WINEHOUSE
Amy Winehouse has received some very kind words from a music legend. In an
interview with Rolling Stone, producer Quincy Jones said that the embattled
singer-songwriter “has a great voice” and that she’s so much more talented
then almost anyone else, that it’s like “she’s from another planet.”
Winehouse and Mark Ronson teamed up to do a version of the song “It’s My
Party” on a tribute album for Jones.
NICOLE FROM PCD CONFIRMED ON THE X-FACTOR
Nicole Scherzinger will indeed be a judge when The X-Factor comes to
America. According to Deadline.com, TV personality Piers Morgan has
confirmed that both the Pussycat Dolls lead singer and British pop star
Cheryl Cole will be joining Simon Cowell on the show. Morgan joked that the
former American Idol judge “will love a couple of feisty brunettes fighting
GAGA ADDS DATES TO 2011 TOUR
It’s a long way down the road, but Lady Gaga is already adding tour dates to
her 2011 Monster Ball trek. The pop star has added six more shows in April,
and another in June. See all the dates now at GagaDaily.com.
BLACK EYED PEAS PREP NEW ALBUM
The Black Eyed Peas scored one of the biggest albums over the past two years
with The E.N.D. The record is still selling over eight-thousand copies a
week and has already sold over 2.7-million copies since its release back in
June 2009. According to Rap-Up.com, the Peas are preparing their new album,
titled The Beginning, which will arrive in November. That effort contains
12 tracks with four songs produced by DJ Ammo, three by will.i.am and two by
David Guetta, who also produced their number one hit “I Gotta Feeling.” The
Black Eyed Peas will resume their The E.N.D. World Tour in Mexico tomorrow
before heading to Brazil for eight shows. The Beginning is due out on
BRUNO MARS & MAROON 5 TOP iTUNES CHART
Bruno Mars has the most-downloaded song on iTunes this week with “Just the
Way You Are.” Far East Movement’s “Like a G6″ featuring Cataracs & Dev flies
to number two and lands at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this
week, marking the L-A-based band’s first top ten hit. Rihanna’s “Only Girl
(In the World),” Nelly’s “Just a Dream and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”
round out the top five. Maroon 5 top the iTunes album chart with their new
effort Hands All Over, followed by Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give,
John Legend and The Roots’ “Wake Up!,” A Thousand Suns from Linkin Park and
Santana’s Guitar Heaven – The Greatsest Guitar Classics of All Time.
USHER TALKS “HOT TOTTIE” SONG
Usher’s “Hot Tottie” record featuring Jay-Z and Ester Dean is an undeniable hit. We recently sat down with Mr. Raymond to get more information on how the song came together and why he initially wanted Hova to spit a verse . The cut sits at the number 14 spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart. Be sure to get the crooner’s latest Versus album, which is in stores now.
* In case you didn’t know, “Hot Toddy” is actually a name
given to a mixed drink, one that usually includes alcohol and is always
WYCLEF HOSPITALIZED FOR STRESS?
BallerStatus.com has learned Wyclef Jean was reportedly hospitalized for
stress and fatigue. The Fugees member voluntarily checked himself into a New
Jersey hospital and his rep says the musician will remain there for part of
the week. The news comes after Jean was not permitted to run for president
of Haiti due to residency requirements.
DR. DRE SCRAPS DETOX LEAKS
Dr. Dre has decided to axe any unauthorized leaks from his long-delayed Detox album, including the rumored lead single, “Under Pressure” featuring Jay-Z. During an interview at Yankee Stadium for Eminem and Hova’s concert,
the producer confirmed, “There’s no leaks that came out that’s gonna be on the record.” He added, “I got hard new sh**, had a little bit of leak in my security and what have you, but I got new sh** coming and trust me…y’all
n****s gonna love this s**t.”
J. COLE READIES COLLEGE TOUR
According to XXLMag.com, newcomer J. Cole is scheduled to headline his first
North America college tour. The emcee, who recently opened for Jay-Z and
Eminem at Yankee Stadium, is expected to kick off the 35-city trek at
Alabama’s A&M University on Friday. The rapper will hit campuses in
Virginia, California, Arizona and his home state of North Carolina before
wrapping on December 5th at New York City’s Highline Ballroom. Visit
JColeMusic.com to view the complete list of dates now.
* Before he officially blew up, Drake also embarked on
a college tour for his popular So Far Gone mixtape. Do you think J. Cole
will ever experience the same success as Drizzy?
KANYE TO PRODUCE JOHN LEGEND’S NEXT LP
Just days after releasing his joint Wake Up! project with The Roots, John
Legend revealed to Billboard magazine that he’s already “started [recording]
the next solo album.” The crooner added that Kanye West will serve as the
co-executive producer for Legend’s upcoming fourth disc. In addition, John
spilled he’s “also worked on Kanye’s album a little bit, on the ‘POWER’
remix and other stuff. But God only knows what Kanye is actually going to
put on the album and what’s going to be on the other five-song album he’s
* There is no confirmed release date for the singer’s fourth studio
effort at this time.
* Kanye’s Dark Twisted Fantasy is reportedly due to be released on
50 CENT NAMES FEATURES ON LLOYD BANKS’ LP
50 Cent took to his Twitter account to give new updates on Lloyd Banks’ upcoming Hunger For More 2 album. The mogul tweeted that the disc will include contributions and guest spots from Eminem, Kanye West, Styles P,
Ryan Leslie, Swizz Beatz, Jermih, Raekwon, Tony Yayo and Chris Brown. 50 added that he’s also on the project, promising fans that “HFM2 is gonna be crazy!” You will be able to grab the LP on November 23rd.
GUCCI DROPS THE APPEAL, PRAISES WAKA FLOCKA
While promoting his album The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted, Gucci Mane
recently told us that he’s so proud of his artist, Waka Flocka Flame. Flame’s single, “No Hands” featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, is currently the number 18 song on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart. Gucci spoke about it. The Drumma Boy-produced cut is off Waka’s upcoming debut album, Flockaveli, which will be released on October 5th. In related
news, fans can now purchase Gucci’s The Appeal, which includes “Gucci Time” produced by Swizz Beatz. It’s in stores and online now.
KANYE AND JAY-Z JOINT ALBUM COMING SOON!
In addition to completing Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West is working on a
joint album with Jay-Z. The multi-tasker announced that his project with
Hova is titled Watch The Throne and will arrive early next year.
BallerStatus.com reports fans will be able to purchase a five-song EP from
the moguls on November 23rd via Def Jam as well as Ye’s highly anticipated
Dark Twisted Fantasy effort on November 16th.
* The rappers have previously created hit records
together in the past, but do you think their upcoming joint album will stand
out as a hip hop classic?
MARIAH FALLS DURING CONCERT
Rap-Up.com has learned Mariah Carey took a spill during a Saturday night
performance at LG Live’s 2010 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix. The
songbird fell while singing “Make It Happen,” only to jump back up and tell
the crowd: “I did that on purpose!” If that wasn’t enough, Mi Mi then spoke
over the song and requested her assistant take off her ten-thousand dollar
heels for her. She concluded the rest of the concert barefoot!
JEREMIH DROPS ALL ABOUT YOU
If you enjoy Jeremih’s new single “I Like” featuring Ludacris, then you’re
going to love his latest album, All About You. The “Birthday Sex” singer
told us that he’s so humbled by the response he’s gotten from the song, even
if people still mistake him for other artists. “I Like”
sits at the number 28 spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart. You can
pick up All About You today.
* Jeremih told SingersRoom.com that he’s single and ready to mingle.
He’s “looking for someone that will hold me down. Someone that can be my
best friend before anything else. Obviously you can’t just be looking for
someone with a good mind and spirit when all you are looking at is the
physical. So I like beautiful women. I don’t think I have a type, I think
anyone can fall in love anyone. I don’t think anyone has a type. A woman
that has a good heart and that can hold me down would be my pick.”
KID CUDI PLEAS GUILTY FOR POSSESSION
TMZ reports Kid Cudi recently pled guilty to “criminal possession of acontrolled substance.” The rapper, who is currently working on his sophomore album, only faces two days of community service for the misdemeanor charge.
However, Scott will need to steer clear of any further violations for the next six months.
* Back in June, authorities found the unspecified substance on the
rapper when he got into an argument with an unnamed woman.
AKON GRABS RICK ROSS FOR NEW SONG
We’ve just learned Akon has leaked a new song from his upcoming album,
Akonic. The singer recruited Rick Ross on a track called “Give It To Em,”
which is believe to be the lead single. Fans can expect Akonic to arrive in
stores on November 23rd.
Click HERE to hear “Give It To Em”
RICK ROSS GOES “BOOM” IN NIKE AD
In case you missed it, Rick Ross recently appeared in the new “Nike: Boom”
commercial. In the clip, the Miami rapper enters a jewelry store to
purchasing a huge double-headed customized chain. The diamond studded-bling
prompts the emcee to say “Boom,” which is then followed by a series of
professional athletes repeating him.
JAZMINE SULLIVAN GIVES “10 SECONDS”
Rap-Up.com reports Jazmine Sullivan has released a new single called “10
Seconds.” The Salaam Remi-produced cut will be included on the soulful
singer’s highly anticipated sophomore album, Love Me Back. Led by her
current smash, “Holding You Down (Goin In Circles),” you will be able to
purchase the disc when it lands on November 2nd.
Click HERE to her “10 Seconds”
A new video featuring the music of Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake,
Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Gnarls Barkely and others has created a buzz on
the Internet. The brilliant 16-song mash-up was created by Norwegian
Recycling and also features clips from songs by Survivor, Taylor Swift,
Jason Derulo, Leona Lewis, Lady Gaga and more.
* SEE IT!
* DOWNLOAD IT! <http://drop.io/norwegianrecycling8137>
SISTERELLA COMING BACK TO L-A
Sisterella, Larry Hart’s version of Cinderella, is the only musical project ever financed, executive produced or presented by Michael Jackson that was not something he created. The show played in L-A 14 years ago and now comes news that it will be back. An updated version of the production will open in L-A in the spring of 2011. No word on the cast or premiere dates yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
MADONNA TO EXPAND MATERIAL GIRL LINE
Madonna’s new fashion line, Material Girl, started as a fashion line for
juniors, but it seems that there are already talks about expanding the
brand. According to PerezHilton.com, the CFO of Iconix Brand, the company
behind the line, said that they want Material Girl to branch out into
“additional categories,” including “swim and intimates,” as well as a “full
LIL WAYNE DROPS NEW EP ON BIRTHDAY
The time has come! Lil Wayne fans can finally purchase the rapper’s new EP,
I’m Not a Human Being, via online retailers only. The new material arrives
on Weezy’s 28th birthday and comes less than two months before he completes
his yearlong sentence in prison for weapons possession. But the question
everyone one wants to know is: will Riker’s Island affect Weezy in a good
way or bad way? Snoop Dogg weighs in.
* The physical version of I’m Not a Human Being EP will be released in
stores on October 12th.
* It’s still unknown when the rapper will release his long awaited Tha
Carter IV album.
* To get new updates on what life is like for the Young Money general,
visit WeezyThanxYou.com today.
I Am Not a Human Being tracklist:
1. “Gonorrhea” feat. Drake
2. “Hold Up” feat. T-Streets
3. “With You” feat. Drake
4. “I Am Not a Human Being”
5. “I’m Single” feat. Drake
6. “What’s Wrong With Them” feat. Nicki Minaj
7. “Right Above It” feat. Drake
8. “Popular” feat. Lil Twist
9. “That Ain’t Me” feat. Jay Sean
10. “Bill Gates”
11. “YM Banger” feat. Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, and Tyga
12. “YM Salute” feat. Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz and
LUPE FANS TO PROTEST FOR LASERS LP
Rap-Up.com reports Lupe Fiasco fans are looking to organize a Fiasco Friday
protest if the rapper’s third album, Lasers, doesn’t get a release date. The
disc has been completed since 2009, but Atlantic Records are yet to give it
the green light. Lupe followers say if Lasers doesn’t get a launch date
before October 15th, then a protest will ensue. Interestingly enough, the
“Kick Push” emcee tweeted: “FiascoFriday huh?!?…well if y’all there…I
guess I gotta be there too! Ha! Leggo!”
* Do you think the label will comply to the fans request
before it’s too late?
JENNIFER LOPEZ FAILED TO GIVE BACK?
According to the New York Daily News, Jennifer Lopez is being slammed for
failing to donate money to her Bronx high school. The Holy Family School
principal, Claire La Tempa, stated, “Jennifer hasn’t even sent us a CD!”
Tempa added that “the recession has hit parents hard. Many of them are
single mothers. A lot have lost their jobs. It’s hard for families to make
the tuition… I keep praying she’ll donate the pink diamond engagement ring
Ben Affleck gave her.” The singer, who just received 12-million dollars for
signing on to American Idol, is yet to respond to the claims.
50 CENT AND EMINEM PRANK LLOYD BANKS
50 Cent sure has an evil sense of humor. The G-Unit leader and Eminem
decided to pull a fast one on Lloyd Banks backstage during the recent Home &
Home concert at Yankee Stadium. 50 confronted Banks for allegedly not
wanting to Slim Shady to record a verse on his upcoming H.F.M. 2 (Hunger for
More 2) album. After a hidden cameraman pops out, the three rappers
celebrated the gold plaque Lloyd received for “Beamer, Benz, or Bentley.”
Check it out on YouTube now!
* 50 tweeted, “Hahahaha yo banks was shook back stage. He started
thinking of who to blame it on. Lol”
DRAKE AND RIHANNA RECORD TOGETHER
According to MTV News, Drake and Rihanna have reportedly collaborated
together. Drizzy told MTV, “I just did this great song with Rihanna so I
hope we get to shoot a video for that too.” He added that he’s “really
excited about that song.” The untitled track is likely to appear on Ri Ri’s
upcoming album, Loud, which is due November 16th. No further details are
known at this time.
* Drake previously told The New York Times that he felt Rihanna used
him like “a pawn.” He explained, “You know what she was doing to me? She was
doing exactly what I’ve done to so many women throughout my life, which is
show them quality time, then disappear. I was like, ‘Wow, this feels
BID ON SEATS AT THE GRAMMYS
Do you ever watch the GRAMMYS and wish you could be seeing them in person?
Well now you can! The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares are auctioning off
some amazing packages including two of the best seats in the house at the
53rd GRAMMY Awards this February, passes to the Mosh Pit at the awards show
and even a seatfiller experience. Accommodations are also provided and all
proceeds benefit MusiCares, which helps musicians in financial, medical and
personal emergencies. The auction runs through Thursday so get busy bidding
RICK ROSS DENIES SEX TAPE, READIES NEW LP
A 27 minute sex tape with a man who appears to be Rick Ross surfaced online
late last week. However, the rapper recently took to his Twitter page to let
fans know that it isn’t him. Rozay tweeted, “Just saw the so called sex
tape…the n**** had a Louie flag in back pocket but forgot the
tattoos…#fail.” ThisIs50.com reported the tape was released from someone
close to Ross and was filmed before he became famous. In related news, the
emcee is already focusing on recording the follow-up to Teflon Don.
* The rapper also previously denied being a police
officer when TheSmokingGun.com exposed him. Do you think he’s telling the
truth about it not being him in the tape?
CARIBBEAN COOKING WITH SHONTELLE
Shontelle, who scored a hit with “Impossible,” went into the kitchen at Sur
La Table in Los Angeles with Chef Martin Gilligan. According to Rap-Up.com,
the two made an island-inspired meal including pineapple cole slaw, lobster
curry, mahi mahi, conch fritters, banana rice pudding and more.
* Check out Shontelle in the kitchen:
CHRISTINA AGUILERA EXTENDS HER BIONIC FAN EDITION
Fans of Christina Aguilera have something to look forward to. The pop singer
has extended her Bionic Fan Edition sale through October 8th with free
shipping. The fan edition includes a Bionic deluxe CD featuring exclusive
tracks not found on the standard edition, a limited -edition poster and
more. The fan edition can be ordered on her official website,
ChristinaAguilera.com. Bionic, which is Aguilera’s fourth studio album, was
released June 8th and debuted at number three on the Billboard album chart,
selling 110-thousand copies. The album has since fallen off the chart.
SNEAK PEEK AT SHAKIRA’S NEW CLIP
Shakira has released a 30 second clip of her new video for “Loca.” The song
is the first single off her upcoming album, Sale El Sol (The Sun Comes Out),
which will arrive in stores on October 19th.
EXCLUSIVE BRITNEY SPEARS GLEE CLIP
Britney Spears has posted an exclusive clip from her episode of Glee on her
web site. The short video features a performance of Brit’s song “Me Against
The Music.” You can see Britney’s Glee episode tomorrow night at 8 PM
Eastern on FOX.
LOHAN WAS DRINKING WHILE TWEETING! Lindsay Lohan was apparently drinking while she sent out the series of tweets admitting that she had failed two drug tests. According to Us Weekly, the actress was giggling and sipping on Jack and Cokes while typing the seemingly somber updates from her Blackberry.
Lohan freed from LA jail after posting bail -Lindsay Lohan was freed from a suburban Los Angeles jail late Friday night, well short of the nearly monthlong stay a judge had intended for the actress following a failed drug test. Lohan was released at about 11:40 p.m. after posting $300,000 bail, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said early Saturday.Celebrity website TMZ.com reported her release just before midnight.
DOUGLAS SAYS STRESS BROUGHT ON CANCER! Michael Douglas thinks the stress he’s been under lately played a large role in him getting cancer. Douglas says the throat cancer he has can be caused by overuse of alcohol and tobacco and because he’s been stressed, he’s “worked hard and played hard.” He’s trying to take easier now while he receives treatment. Learn more at HuffingtonPost.com.
HAPPY B-DAY MICHAEL DOUGLAS & CATHERINE ZETA-JONES! Tomorrow, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones celebrate their birthdays! Douglas will turn 66, while his wife, Zeta-Jones, will turn 41. We caught up with Michael awhile back and he told us about one of his favorite things to do. He also had nothing but wonderful things to say about his wife. Happy Birthday to the pair! To help them celebrate, you should check out Michael’s new movie, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which is in theaters now.
FACEBOOK CREATOR DONATES MONEY TO SCHOOLS! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to donate 100-million dollars to help Newark, New Jersey schools. According to PerezHilton.com, Mark will be making the official announcement on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Friday. The Social Network, a film based on Zuckerberg’s life, is due out October 1st.
PORTIA DeGENERES! Portia de Rossi is now a DeGeneres. Portia’s request to take her wife, Ellen DeGeneres’, last name was granted Thursday by a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner. De Rossi married Ellen in August 2008. Neither Ellen nor Portia attended the court meeting, but the star’s legal name is now Portia Lee James DeGeneres.
SCHWARTZMAN TALKS BORED TO DEATH! Bored to Death is back for a second season. The show stars Jason Schwartzman as a writer who moonlights as an unlicensed detective. He told us how things will be a little different during the show’s second season. Bored to Death also stars Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. Check it out on Sunday at 10 PM Eastern on HBO.
KRISTEN BELL DATED GLEE STAR! Kristen Bell used to date Glee star Matthew Morrison back when they were in college together. The 30-year-old actress is now engaged to actor Dax Shepard, but says that she is a fan of the show and that Morrison is her favorite part of the hit comedy. Check out People.com for more.
THOMAS HADEN CHURCH TALKS EASY A! Sideways actor Thomas Haden Church stars in the flick Easy A alongside Emma Stone and Lisa Kudrow. He chatted with us about what attracted him to the film. You can still see Easy A, as it’s in theaters now.
JOLIE PICKS ACTRESS TO BE IN HER FILM! Angelina Jolie has picked a Bosnian actress to star in her upcoming directorial debut. Jolie is shooting a film about a Bosnian woman who falls in love with a Serbian man at a time when the countries are at war. Angelina will begin shooting the flick later this year in Hungary and Bosnia. Learn more at News.Yahoo.com.
$#*! MY DAD SAYS! $#*! My Dad Says (Pron: Bleep My Dad Says) premiered on CBS last night and yesterday, we caught up with a star of the show, Will Sasso, to talk about the series. He told us about being in a sitcom based on a Twitter account . Tune in to CBS next Wednesday to see a new episode of the show.
GRENADE DODGER! Jersey Shore reality star The Situation just released his iPhone application and he’s already in trouble. According to Radar Online, The Sitch may soon be getting sued over a game called Grenade Dodger included in his app. Apparently, the game includes pictures of real girls, who knew they were getting their pics taken, but didn’t know they were doing to be labeled as ugly. One of the ladies recognized her face in the game and is threatening a lawsuit.
A SPECIAL SUNDAY NIGHT ON VH1
This Sunday night is going to be special on Vh1. First, at 9 Eastern, brothers Real and Chance get to the bottom of myths in a new episode of Real and Chance: Legend Hunters. The stallionaires filled us in on what to expect. Then, at 10 Eastern, on Fantasia For Real, the former American Idol butts heads with her record label. And finally, at 10:30 Eastern, La La helps her man Carmelo Anthony celebrate his birthday. Be sure to tune in to all three shows when they kick off Sunday night at 9 Eastern on Vh1.
Friday, September 24th
Jim Henson (American puppeteer) would have been 74- Passed away May 16th, 1990
Linda McCartney (photographer, wife of Paul McCartney) would have been 69- Passed away April 17th, 1998
Gordon Clapp (actor) is 62-“Greg Medavoy” on NYPD Blue
Phil Hartman (comedian on Saturday Night Live) would have been 62- Passed away May 28th, 1998
Kevin Sorbo (actor) is 52-“Hercules” on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Nia Vardalos (actress-writer) is 48-“Toula Portokalos” in My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Goya Toledo (actress) is 41- Born on the Canary Islands
Paul and Morgan Hamm (Olympic Gymnasts) are 28- Both are Olympic medalists
Kyle Sullivan (actor) is 22-“Dabney” on Malcolm in the Middle
Saturday, September 25th
Barbara Walters (journalist) is 81- Co-host of The View
Michael Douglas (actor) is 66- Married to Catherine Zeta-Jones
Cheryl Tiegs (model) is 63- Appeared in the film The Brown Bunny
Mimi Kennedy (actress) is 62-“Abby” on Dharma & Greg
Mark Hamill (actor) is 59-“Luke Skywalker” in Star Wars
Christopher Reeve (actor) would have been 58- Passed away October 10th, 2004
Michael Madsen (actor) is 53-“Mr. Blonde” in Reservoir Dogs
Heather Locklear (actress) is 49-“Caitlin Moore” on Spin City
Aida Turturro (actress) is 48-“Janice” on The Sopranos
Saturday, September 25th
Tate Donovan (actor) is 47-“Jimmy Cooper” on The O.C.
Scottie Pippen (NBA basketball player) is 45- Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History
Will Smith (actor-singer) is 42-“Agent J” in the Men in Black films
Catherine Zeta-Jones (actress) is 41- Married to Michael Douglas
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras (actress) is 37-“Veronica” in Billy Madison
Sunday, September 26th
Jack LaLanne (fitness expert) is 96- Referred to as “The Godfather of Fitness”
Philip Bosco (actor) is 80-“Mr. O’Brian” in Hitch
Donna Douglas (actress) is 77-“Elly May Clampett” on The Beverly Hillbillies
Mary Beth Hurt (actress) is 64-“Mrs. Bell” in Lady In The Water
Lynn Anderson (country music artist) is 63- Known for her hit “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden”
Olivia Newton-John (singer-actress) is 62-“Sandy” in Grease
Cesar Rosas (singer-guitarist) is 56- Frontman for Los Lobos
Linda Hamilton (actress) is 54-“Sarah Connor” in Terminator
Cindy Herron (singer) is 49- Member of En Vogue
Sunday, September 26th
Melissa Sue Anderson (actress) is 48-“Mary Ingalls Kendall” on Little House on the Prairie
James Caviezel (actor) is 42-Jesus in The Passion of the Christ
Shawn Stockman (singer) is 38- Member of Boyz II Men
Christina Milian (singer-actress) is 29-“Linda Moon” in Be Cool
Serena Williams (professional tennis player) is 29- Currently the number two ranked player in the world
WHAT’S ON MTV SATURDAY
10 On Top (12 PM ET)
WHAT’S ON MTV2 SATURDAY
2010 Summer Drew Tour: Salt Lake City (1 PM ET)
Knight’s Tale (12 AM ET)
WHAT’S ON MTV2 SUNDAY
P Diddy’s Starmaker (6 AM ET)
P Diddy’s Starmaker (9AM ET)
Sucker Free Countdown (1 PM ET)
9500 Liberty (9 PM ET)
- My SONG Video Pick for this Party Weekend…Enjoy!
LYFE JENNINGS HEADED TO PRISON
While his latest album I Still Believe sits in the top 40 on the Billboard
200 chart, Lyfe Jennings is reportedly facing three years in prison. He was
officially charged for “shooting off a gun, taking cops on a chase in a
Corvette, and refusing to take a DUI test.” The convicted felon previously
served ten years in prison for arson. He also wrote his first album, Lyfe
268-192, during that time.
* LYFE’S LAST TWEET: “This will be my last post. To everyone who gave
me a chance I am forever in your debt. I have had a fabulous career because
of you. All I can say in parting is that I have been honest with yall. I
didn’t sugarcoat a word didn’t hold back a single syllable of my life from
yall. I’ve lived a hundred lives in these 6 yrs so I not only won’t, I don’t
have the right to complain. I would like to think that I’ve changed lives by
changing my own, though I can’t be sure. But one thing I am sure of is God
gives and takes away in measure. He is fair, just and forever. Amen from
aman… Smile, its contagious:)”
SOULJA BOY AND 50 CENT “MEAN MUG”
A new song from Soulja Boy called “Mean Mug” featuring 50 Cent has surfaced.
The club-record is expected to appear on the young emcee’s forthcoming
album, The DeAndre Way, which lands on November 16th. The leak comes days
after 50 tweeted, “I did a song with my little homie soulja. I mixed it last
night this shit is so hard. He gonna f**k the club up with this. Riot
LUDRACIRS TO APPEAR ON CNN’S HEROES
We’ve just learned Ludacris has been tapped to help CNN choose the honoree
for the fourth annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. The “How Low” rapper
will reportedly join 12 other famous faces to decide which ordinary citizen
should be awarded for positively contributing to society. One of the ten
finalists will be given 100-thousand dollars and be crowned Hero of the Year
for their good efforts. The event will air live from CNN on November 25th at
Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium at 8 PM Eastern.
* Other judges include Muhammad Ali, Richard Branson, actor Rainn
Wilson, Ricky Martin, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, actress Holly Robinson
Peete, supermodel Alek Wek and actor Hill Harper.
RICK ROSS SEX TAPE?!
A 27 minute sex tape with a man who appears to be Rick Ross has surfaced
online. While the rapper is yet to respond to if it’s actually him making
out with an unnamed woman, ThisIs50.com reports the tape was released from
someone close to the Miami native. We’ll keep you posted with further
USHER TALKS “DJ GOT US FALLING IN LOVE,” OMG TOUR
We recently caught up with Usher to talk about the success of his new
single, “DJ Got Us Falling In Love” featuring Pitbull. As he told us, the
electro-pop song is a great example of Mr. Raymond’s versatility and the
re-invention of his image . The record is off the
crooner’s Versus album, which sits at number 16 on the Billboard 200 chart
with 103-thousand copies sold.
JAY-Z: BILLIONAIRE STATUS?
After recently dinning with Warren Buffet at the first Forbes 400 summit,
Jay-Z is currently featured in CNN.com’s Intriguing People section for his
continued success in the music industry. According to Forbes magazine, the
rap star has gone from growing up in New York’s Marcy projects to having a
stake in the New Jersey Nets organization. With Jay’s numerous business
ventures, Forbes also described Hova as a “billionaires in the making.”
Visit CNN.com to learn more now.
DR. DRE READIES AFTERMATH COGNAC
AllHipHop.com reports Dr. Dre is excited to announce the release of his
brand new line of Aftermath Cognac. The producer has been working on the
80-proof flavored vodka product since 2008, which also comes unflavored.
You’ll be able to purchase the drink in the beginning of October.
* The cognac was expected to be released with Detox.
FANTASIA EXPLAINS OVERDOSE, PERSONAL ISSUES
In August, Fantasia Barrino was recently treated for a medication overdose
at a North Carolina hospital. The former American Idol winner’s rep
confirmed that Fanny consumed a combination of aspirin and sleeping pills
because she was overwhelmed by the pending lawsuit regarding her relationship with boyfriend Antwaun Cook. While promoting Fantasia For Real: Season 2, the singer opened up about the experience. Fantasia also told us what viewers can expect of her new show. Be sure to tune in every Sunday at 10 PM Eastern on Vh1. In related news, Barrino’s Back To Me album has claimed the number 13 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold 211-thousand copies in only four weeks.
RIHANNA TOPS DIGITAL SONGS CHART
Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)” debuts at number one on the Digital
Songs chart, selling over 249-thousand first-week downloads. The song also
shoots up 72 spots to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
According to Billboard, “Only Girl” is Rihanna’s eighth song to top the
Digital Songs chart and her sixth to debut at the summit – the most in each
category by any artist since the chart launched in 2005. Eminem ranks
second for most overall number ones on the chart with six. Bruno Mars’
“Just the Way You Are,” which topped the chart last week, drops to number
CEE-LO PICKS LAUNCH DATE
XXLMag.com reports Cee-Lo has selected a release date for his first album inover six years. Led by the controversial “F**k You” single, the Goodie Mob member’s forthcoming The Lady Killer album will arrive on November 9th. The
LP will receive contributions from noted producers including Salaam Remi, Jack Splash and Fraser T. Smith. If you can’t wait until 11/9, head over to his official fansite to pre-order The Lady Killer now.
* DIRECT LINK: www.ceelogreen.com
DOWNLOAD NEW GUCCI MANE MIXTAPE!
Before Gucci Mane blesses his fans with The Appeal, his first album since
prison, you can download the rapper’s new mixtape, titled Buy My Album.
Hosted by DJ Holiday, Gucci offers an eight-track tape that’s available for
free download now. Be sure to grab The Appeal when it hits stores on
* DOWNLOAD IT NOW:
Buy My Album Tracklist
1. “Big Gucci”
2. “Dirty Birds Freestyle”
3. “Freestyle 1″
4. “Give It To Ya”
5. “Freestyle 2″
6. “Numbers So Lo”
7. “Twitter Freestyle”
8. “Freestyle 3″
ICE CUBE READIES I AM WEST
Ice Cube is excited to finally let his fans hear the long-awaited I Am the West album. The West Coast vet explained why this project, in particular, is by far one of the most important discs he’s ever put out. Fans can pick up I Am the West on Tuesday!
CALI DANCE TO BENEFIT SICKLE CELL AWARENESS
To help support Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness, TLC’s T-Boz has teamed with
Incite Entertainment to create The Cali Dance Festival. The event is
described as a teen dance contest and concert with performances from New
Boyz and YG. The festival will be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports
Area on November 13th. Tickets are available now, with a portion of the
sales benefiting The Cayenne Wellness Center for Sickle Cell Awareness.
JUSTIN BIEBER MAKES CSI DEBUT
Justin Bieber made his CSI debut on the season premiere of the CBS show last
night. Bieber joins a handful of other artists who made guest appearances
on the show, including Taylor Swift, Diddy, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz.
Swift starred in the series back in March 2009 and that very same month saw
the CSI debut of Simpson and Wentz. Diddy appeared as a defense attorney on
CSI: Miami back in December 2008. Bieber played “Jason McCann,” a troubled
kid, in last night’s episode. He will reprise the role in an episode airing
KATY PERRY’S TOO SEXY FOR SESAME STREET
Just days after footage of Katy Perry singing a Sesame Street-version of her hit “Hot ‘n Cold” hit the Internet, Sesame Workshop, the organization behind the famed show, released a statement saying that the segment would not air
on the program later this year as originally planned due to complaints from some viewers who felt it was inappropriate. In the clip, Perry is wearing a very-short tight-fitting dress, showing some cleavage. She chases “Elmo” around Sesame Street singing a kid-friendly version of her song.
* STATEMENT: Sesame Workshop released the following statement:
“Sesame Street has a long history of working with celebrities across all
genres, including athletes, actors, musicians and artists. Sesame Street
has always been written on two levels, for the child and adult. We use
parodies and celebrity segments to interest adults in the show because we
know that a child learns best when co-viewing with a parent or care-giver.
We also value our viewers’ opinions and particularly those of parents. In
light of the feedback we’ve received on the Katy Perry music video which was
released on YouTube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the
television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers. Katy
Perry fans will still be able to view the video on YouTube.”