JAY-Z’S DECODED BECOMES BEST SELLER!
According to MTV News, Jay-Z’s newly released Decoded book has taken the number three spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list. The rap mogul was beat out by George W. Bush’s Decision Points and Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. Not too shabby with Decoded being Hova’s first book. Visit MTV.com to learn more!
BEYONCE PULLS GREAT RATINGS!
According to SingersRoom.com, Beyonce’s ABC Thanksgiving special reportedly attracted over 4.44-million viewers this year! The “Single Ladies” singer managed to pull large viewership during an NFL football game and Taylor Swift’s holiday special. In case you missed the showcase, fans are encouraged to purchase the I Am…World Tour DVD, available in stores now.
NICKI MINAJ SPILLS ON “MONSTER” VERSE
Hands down, Nicki Minaj gained hundreds of new fans after she annihilated every rapper on Kanye West’s “Monster.” The track included heavyweights like Jay-Z and Rick Ross, but many believe the fem-cee had the best verses. In related news, fans can purchase her Pink Friday LP.
ALBUM PREDICTIONS FOR NICKI AND KANYE!
HitsDailyDouble.com reports the projected albums sales for Kanye West and Nicki Minaj are on pace to lock in the top spots on the Billboard 200. Yeezy’s critically-acclaimed album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, is estimated to sell between 525 to 575-thousand copies, which will push him to the number one spot. Meanwhile, the rap rookie is expected to sell nearly 400-thousand units in her first seven days, while Ne-Yo’s Libra Scale LP will likely pull an impressive 140 to 160-thousand. It’s unknown what impact Akon’s Stadium and Lloyd Banks’ Hunger For More 2 will make, we’ll keep you posted!
Nicki’s debut could take second place to Lauryn Hill, who holds the highest debut from a female rapper with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The disc opened with 422-thousand units sold!
TEAM YOUNG MONEY! Nicki’s sales will compliment Drake’s Thank Me Later effort, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 447-thousand copies. It’s been a great year for Young Money indeed!
T.I. TALKS JAIL IN NEW BET SPECIAL
In case you missed it, last night, T.I. participated in BET’s new series, Food For Thought. The rapper sat down with select media outlets before he began his 11 month sentence inside Arkansas’ Forrest City prison to discuss why he doesn’t deserve to be there. Tip feels “prison ain’t for gangsters, prison is for losers.” You can watch Food For Thought: Conversations With T.I. on BET.com now!
T.I.’S “CASTLE WALLS” SURFACES!
Finally! Fans can now listen to the full version of T.I.’s new single, “Castle Walls,” featuring Christina Aguilera. The Alex Da Kid-produced track will appear on Tip’s much anticipated album, No Mercy, which lands in stores on December 7th.
Click HERE to hear it!
NIPSEY HUSSLE DELAYS DEBUT LP INDEFINITELY
Attention Nipsey Hussle fans! The rapper announced on Twitter that his long-awaited debut album, South Central State of Mind, will not hit stores on December 21st. The West Coast emcee tweeted that the project has been “indefinitely postponed” because it’s his “masterpiece” and he promises to release the disc when it’s ready. He added that the label played no role in shelving the effort, explaining that “it’s a creative move to ensure that I give my true believers my best offering on my debut album.”
NAS CREATES TOP TEN BEST LYRICAL LIST
Nas has partnered with RollingStone.com to reportedly compile a top ten list for the Best Lyrical Hip Hop Songs ever. The rapper explained that the artists who made the list “are always pushing themselves forward.” Take a look at who made the cut:
1. “My Downfall” – Notorious B.I.G., 1997
“The lyrics are about how he’s acing the shadows of death, despite all of his success, and he’s giving it to you in a way that makes it seem so real.”
2. “If My Homie Calls” – Tupac, 1991
“He’s just saying to his boys that he’s going to be a friend no matter how big he gets.”
3. “Road To The Riches” – Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo, 1989
“The way we’re rhyming now? He was already doing it then.”
4. “A Bird In The Hand” – Ice Cube, 1991
5. “Paid In Full” – Eric B. & Rakim, 1987
6. “I’m Single” – Lil Wayne, 2010
7. “Tears of Joy” – Rick Ross, 2010
8 “The Moment I Feared” – Slick Rick, 1988
9. “Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z, 2009
10. “Queen Bitch” – Lil’ Kim, 1996
MONTELL JORDAN TO BECOME A MINISTER?
According to CNN.com, Montell Jordan has announced that he’s official retired from the music business to reportedly pursue a license in ministry. The “This Is How We Do It” legend plans to kick off 2011 by preaching at Victory World Church in Norcross, Georgia. The singer explained, “It’s a calling that’s probably been with me all my life, since I was a child. And I’ve known it. A lot of people in the business know it and have the same calling, but that leap of faith is difficult.” Somewhere, rapper-turned-pastor Mase is applauding Montell.
USHER STRUGGLED WITH SETLIST FOR OMG TOUR
Usher is well into his OMG tour with Trey Songz and Miguel, but before he headed out, we learned that the “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” crooner had difficulty choosing a set list for the outing. Mr. Raymond explained that he wanted to give a great show to both new and old fans. Tonight, Usher is scheduled to perform in Montreal, Quebec. Visit his official website for a full list of dates.
KERI HILSON ISSUES CONTROVERSIAL VIDEO
Rap-Up.com reports Keri Hilson has lots of people talking about her new music video for “The Way You Love Me” featuring rapper Rick Ross. The scantily clad singer shows no fear while she dances and thrusts to the song, which includes lyrics like “f**k me, f**k me, it’s the way you f**k me.” You’ve never seen Miss Keri Baby like this before! Look out for cameos from Faith Evans, JoJo, Columbus Short, Polow Da Don and Dawn Richard. In related news, Hilson’s No Boys Allowed LP is scheduled to hit stores December 21st.
The singer recently wrote, “In the words of ‘Forrest Gump,’ ‘Kerayy’s like a bawx of chocolayates….ya never knowww what you’re gonna geeeit.’”
NEW SWIZZ BEATZ FOR MONSTER MONDAY!
RapRadar.com has posted the newest offering of Swizz Beatz Monster Monday’s series. The hitmaker has released a track called “Ass on the Floor” featuring Diddy-Dirty Money, which fans can download for free today!
RIHANNA STILL THINKS ABOUT CHRIS BROWN
During an interview with British GQ magazine, Rihanna revealed that she still thinks about Chris Brown. While Ri Ri has no desire to reconcile with her abusive ex, she can’t help but remember the night he assaulted her. The singer stated, “Sometimes when you’re on the inside of a relationship like that, you can’t see it clearly for what it is.” Rihanna added, “I left – it was the best feeling. It was so freeing…I witnessed it happening to my mum and I said I would never let that happen to me – and then it was happening. Now, when I look back, it bugs me out that I couldn’t see it for what it was.”
DOWNLOAD TREY SONGZ NEW MIXTAPE!
For his 26th birthday, Trey Songz has released his latest mixtape, #LemmeHolDatBeat. The 16-track project includes Tremaine’s renditions of his songs like Drake’s “Right Above It” and Kanye West’s “Runaway.” Visit Rap-Up.com to download the mixtape today!
BRUNO MARS AT THE SOUL TRAIN AWARDS
On Sunday night, Bruno Mars performed at the 2010 Soul Train Awards. Of course, it was a busy holiday weekend, so if you missed it, you can now head to BrunoMars.com to watch him singing his new single, “Grenade.”
DON’T CALL WILL.I.AM. WILLIAM
Will.i.am wants people to call him just that, and it seems that he “can get quite hostile” if people don’t. The Black Eyed Peas member told Q magazine that even though he was born with the name William, he’s been using the alternate spelling and pronunciation since the beginning of his music career, and even has his family call him by the professional pronunciation of his name. Learn more at QTheMusic.com.
After a quick Thanksgiving break, we’re back to work! And here’s the news…..
NICKI TALKS EMINEM COLLABORATION
Hands down, one of the standout tracks off Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday LP is her Eminem-assisted song, “Roman’s Revenge.” The rap rookie explained that “Roman” is her alter-ego and revealed why she loves how it came out. You’ll find other impressive songs on Pink Friday so be sure to get it today!
BUY NICKI’S PINK FRIDAY FOR CHEAP
Similar to Kanye West’s new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, fans will be able to purchase Nicki Minaj’s debut LP Pink Friday for only 3.99 on Amazon.com. Thanks to the online retailer, you will be able to afford two of the biggest albums of the year for less than 10 dollars. Talk about recession friendly!
J. COLE READIES DEBUT ALBUM
After releasing his Friday Night Lights mixtape, fans are dying to know when J. Cole will complete his debut album. The Roc Nation artist told Rap-Up.com that there will be a new single premiering this week and he’s eyeing a March release for his first studio effort. The rapper says he’s delayed the project because he “wants to go back in and do a few more songs that are that much better, just to boost the level of the album.” The disc is yet to be titled but we’ll keep you posted!
DETAILS ON MILIAN AND THE DREAM’S SETTLEMENT
The Chicago Sun-Times reports new information has surfaced regarding Christina Milian and The-Dream’s divorce case. The singer, who has her first child with the producer, will receive a lump sum estimated around four-million dollars, as well as five-thousand dollars a month, to support their daughter, Violet. Milian recently told TheBoomBox.com, “I’ve been regrouping with my life and everything that was going on…I’m very thankful for being able to see the light and move forward in my life. Sometimes big things have to happen in your life to push forward and I’ve had a lot of big things.”
KANYE REMIXES KERI’S “PRETTY GIRL ROCK”
We’ve just learned Keri Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock” has been officially remixed by none other than Kanye West. It’s unknown if the revamped version will appear on Miss Keri Baby’s upcoming album, No Boys Allowed, which will be available in stores on December 21st. Head over to Rap-Up.com for your first listen!
KEYSHIA COLE DROPS TWO NEW VIDEOS!
RapRadar.com has learned Keyshia Cole has released the visual for her dual singles, “I Ain’t Thru” featuring Nicki Minaj, and “Long Way Down.” The tracks will appear on the singer’s highly anticipated fourth album, Calling All Hearts, which hits shelves on December 21st. Visit the site to check out the Benny Boom-directed video today!
JAY-Z AND EMINEM: HIGHEST GROSSING TOUR
According to TheBoomBox.com, Eminem and Jay-Z’s spot tour dates in Detroit and New York have become the quarter’s biggest grossing series of concerts. Hov and Slim Shady sold over 6.9-million dollars in only two shows at Detroit’s Comerica Park in September. The New York dates are still being calculated, but if its anywhere near the Detroit sales, the rap stars would fall second to Metallica’s three dates in Australia, which raked in over 15-million. Not bad at all!
SOULJA BOY ISSUES “SPEAKS GOIN HAMMER” VIDEO
We’ve just learned Soulja Boy has dropped the video for his new single, “Speakers Going Hammer.” The Gil Green directed music video was shot in Los Angeles and serves as a great reminder for fans everywhere to buy SB’s third studio album, The DeAndre Way, tomorrow!
Soulja’s novel, Teenage Millionaire, will hit shelves on the album’s release day.
GAGA HONORS MJ
Lady Gaga was in Prague recently with her Monster Ball tour, and she paid tribute to a music legend. British paper the Daily Record reports that the “Bad Romance” singer sported a “sparkly silver glove” during her set as an homage to Michael Jackson.
CHALIE BOY DROPS WEIGHT AND A NEW SINGLE
After gaining success with his hit single “I Looked Good,” Chalie Boy has returned with new a offering titled “Deja Blu.” On this cut, he’s singing instead of rapping. In addition, fans will definitely notice the rapper’s one-hundred-pounds-lighter frame in the video for the song. Be sure to check out “Deja Blu” on YouTube today!
RIHANNA SCORES ANOTHER NUMBER ONE SINGLE
Two weeks after topping the Billboard Hot 100 with “What’s My Name?” featuring Drake, Rihanna will return to the top spot with “Only Girl (In the World),” the debut single from her new album, Loud. According to Billboard, it marks the first time in history that an album’s debut single reaches the summit after the second single tops the chart. Meanwhile, “What’s My Name” falls one spot to number eight. P!nk climbs to number two with “Raise Your Glass,” while Far East Movement fall to number three after three non-consecutive weeks at number one with ‘Like A G6” featuring Cataracs & Dev. Ke$ha is up two spots to number four with “We R Who We R,” which debuted at number one three weeks ago and Nelly’s “Just a Dream” holds at number five.
PREVIEW CHRISETTE’S NEW ALBUM
Good news, you can preview Chrisette Michele’s entire third studio album, Let Freedom Reign, before it arrives tomorrow! Led by her “I’m a Star” single, the R&B singer’s disc includes guest contributions from Talib Kweli and Rick Ross. If you want to listen to the disc, head over to her official MySpace page today. Her album is going up against Jazmine Sullivan’s Love Me Back, El DeBarge’s Second Chance, Soulja Boy’s The DeAndre Way, Flo Rida’s Only One Flo (Part 1) and Black Eyed Peas’ The Beginning. Big music day indeed.
IT’S THE BEGINNING FOR THE PEAS
The Black Eyed Peas new album, The Beginning, arrives in stores tomorrow. The effort is the highly-anticipated follow-up to their multi-platinum album, The E.N.D., which has sold over 2.8-million copies to date. The E.N.D. debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart and included the number one hits “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling.” “The Time (Dirty Bit)” is the first single off The Beginning, it samples “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from the hit 1987 film Dirty Dancing.
JEREMIH TALKS “DOWN ON ME”
We previously reported Keenan Cahill recently appeared on the Chelsea Lately show to talk about lip synching to Jerimih’s “Down’ On Me.” The 15-year-old shocked everyone when 50 Cent actually came into his bedroom to perform his verse on the song. Be sure to grab Jeremih’s All About You LP, in stores now.
MARIAH FILMS ABC CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Rap-Up.com reports Mariah Carey has taped her ABC special, Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You. Viewers can expect the singer to perform classics from her holiday albums at the The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Be sure to tune in on December 13th at 9 PM Eastern on ABC.
CEE-LO ON “F**K YOU”
Cee-Lo Green is no stranger to hits and he’s got another one on his hands with “F**k You” off his new album, The Lady Killer. The Lady Killer opened at the number nine spot on the Billboard 200 chart with over 41-thousand copies sold in its opening week. Get yours today!
CHRISTINA PREPARES FOR THE BIG 3-0
Christina Aguilera has had a year full of ups and downs. Her latest album, Bionic, was released to little fanfare, she got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she is currently going through a divorce and she is about to release her feature film debut, Burlesque. On top of all that, Christina will be turning 30 on December 18th. She told us what hitting the big 3-0 means.
“Change, evolution, growth. I’m so excited not to be turning 20, it’s a comfort in your body, and I’ve grown so much over the past ten years of my life, and I’m excited, I look at it as a fresh start, and a new beginning.”
Aguilera stars opposite Cher, Stanley Tucci and Kristen Bell in Burlesque, which is in theaters now.
JAZMINE LEAKS NE-YO DUET
According to HipHop-N-More.com, Jazmine Sullivan has issued a new song featuring Ne-Yo called “U Get On My Nerves.” The track, which was penned and produced by Ne-Yo, will reportedly appear on the songbird’s highly anticipated album, Love Me Back. Get yours on Tuesday.
BUBBA SPARKS READIES NEW ALBUM
We’ve just learned Bubba Sparxxx’s fans don’t have to wait any longer to hear new music from the “Ugly” rapper. His long-awaited third album, Miracle On Gamble Road, is scheduled to drop sometime in the spring of 2011. To help tide you over, Bubba has released a digital EP on iTunes, which includes three new songs from his album. You can purchase the project now!
30 SECONDS TO MAR’S “HURRICANE” SHORT FILM RELEASED
The day has finally come! 30 Seconds to Mars will release their highly anticipated new short film for “Hurricane” featuring Kanye West today at 5 PM on MTV.com. The clip was directed by frontman Jared Leto and was filmed on location in New York City. “Hurricane” is off 30 Seconds to Mars’ This is War album, which is out now.
U2 REHEARSING FOR NEW ZEALAND TOUR WITH JAY-Z
U2 is currently rocking New Zealand on a ten date tour and Jay-Z is opening the show. U2Gigs.com reports that the band was practicing their 1981 rarity “Scarlet” during rehearsals, as well as “One Tree Hill” off The Joshua Tree and their new song, “Boy Falls From the Sky,” from Bono and The Edge’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical. U2 only played “Scarlet” live once before for a BBC taping in the early ‘80s and it’s reported that Jay may join them onstage for the song.
CIARA SPILLS ON THANKSGIVING PLANS
Thanksgiving is finally here! Ciara sat down with us to spill what her holiday plans will entail this year (See Related Cut #1). We asked the “Gimme Dat” singer if it’s ever difficult being away from her family during the holidays (See Related Cut #2). In related news, be sure to look out for Ci Ci’s next studio album, Basic Instinct, when it drops on December 14th.
KANYE BUYS INTO FATBURGER CHAINS
According to XXLMag.com, Kanye West recently purchased ownership of ten Fatburger restaurants in Chicago. Surprisingly, there have been a number of artists who have owned various Fatburger locations including Pharrell Williams, Queen Latifah, and E-40. In related news, ‘Ye has landed a fragrance deal with Parlux. West is becoming quite the business mogul!
NICKI MINAJ LAUNCHES LIPSTICK LINE
Nicki Minaj is celebrating the release of her debut effort, Pink Friday, by launching Pink 4 Friday lipstick with MAC. Beginning Friday, the limited-edition gloss will be available online for four days only. Die hard fans are encouraged to act quickly since supplies won’t last long!
T.I. SELECTS NEXT SINGLE FOR NO MERCY
According to her official fansite, Christina Aguilera’s duet with T.I. for upcoming album, No Mercy, will be his next single. The two artists from different genres created a track called “Castle Walls,” which will be T.I.’s second offering following the rapper’s Chris Brown-assisted “Get Back Up.” Be sure to grab Tip’s No Mercy when it finally lands in stores on December 7th.
“Get Back Up” has peaked at number 22 on the Billboard’s Rap chart.
JEREMIH TALKS THANKSGIVING PLANS
While promoting his All About You album, Jeremih told us about his Thanksgiving plans. The “Down On Me” singer revealed that he’s excited to break bread with the family. Be sure to purchase the Chicago native’s sophomore effort, All About You, available in stores now.
SOULJA AND TREY SONGZ LINK UP AGAIN
We previously reported that Trey Songz and Soulja Boy Tell’em teamed up to re-create the same success from “LOL J” with their new track, “Hey Cutie.” Mr Steal Your Girl told Rap-Up.com that the new collaboration will appear on SB’s project, adding, “It’s something for the ladies out there. It’s got a little bounce to it, a feel-good record, make people want to dance, sing along.” You can now listen to the record via his official fansite and be sure to cop Soulja’s third effort, The DeAndre Way, on November 30th.
JAY-Z BIOGRAPHY COMING NEXT SPRING
According to XXLMag.com, the publishing company that handled Jay-Z’s Decoded book has announced that an upcoming biography on the mogul will arrive next year. Fans will be able to purchase Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office on March 17th via the Penguin Group.
The 206 page biography will include interviews with Damon Dash, Questlove, Fab 5 Freddy and others.
FANTASIA HAD AN ABORTION?
According to RadarOnline.com, Fantasia has admitted to having an abortion after getting impregnated by her married boyfriend, Antwaun Cook. The American Idol winner confessed the news during a testimony inside a North Carolina court for Cook’s divorce case with his ex-wife, Paula. If that’s not bad enough, Paula is looking to sue Fanny as part of the Alienation of Affection law – which states that “an abandoned spouse can file lawsuit against the party responsible for the failure of their marriage.”
KANYE WEST PLAYS SURPRISE SET IN NYC
Last night, Kanye West shut down New York City’s Bowery Ballroom to celebrate the release of his album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Fans packed the inside of 6 Delancey Street for his secret showcase. Tickets for the event sold out in a matter of minutes on Ticketmaster but you can learn more at MTVNews.com,
Ye’s label Def Jam has partnered with Amazon.com to allow fans the opportunity to purchase My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for just $3.99 via digital download. Hurry and your digital copy now!
CHRISTINA TO CELEBRATE FIRST HOLIDAY AS MOM
We caught up with Christina Milian backstage during the 2010 American Music Awards to find out if she’s excited for the holidays. The singer, who recently gave birth to her daughter, says she will actually be home this year (See Related Cut #4). No word on if Milian plans to switch off every year with her ex-husband, The Dream.
BLACK EYED PEAS ARE THANKFUL
The Black Eyed Peas have a lot to be thankful for, including multi-platinum success, scores of number one hits and many, many awards like the AMA for Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group they scored on Sunday night. Backstage at the AMAs, the Peas told us how giving back to the community and raising money for charities are high on their list of holiday plans. Will.i.am talked about his charities, Apl.de.ap told us about his charity work and Fergie told us about taking part in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
THE BLACK EYED PEAS TALK STADIUM TOUR
The Black Eyed Peas are planning on doing a stadium tour to support their new album, The Beginning, which arrives on Tuesday. After a test-run through stadiums in South America earlier this month, will.i.iam told Billboard.com that the Peas are planning on creating a very big show. He said, “South America was a test. We did all our homework… to try to figure out how we can do stadiums in other countries, in America, in Europe.” Will.i.am added that the Peas want to launch a new tour after February. The Peas are rumored to be playing the Super Bowl halftime show in Dallas in early February.
GLEE AND RIHANNA TOP ITUNES CHART
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Glee cover of Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You” tops the iTunes singles chart. Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R,” Cee-Lo’s original version of “Forget You,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass” follow. Rihanna’s Loud is the most-downloaded album on the site, with Glee: The Music – The Christmas Album, Nothing Like This from Rascal Flatts, What Separates Me from You from A Day to Remember and Keith Urban’s Get Closer rounding out the top five. The Beatles’ Abbey Road comes in at number six and The Beatles Box Set is at number ten, after the band’s first week on iTunes.
AMAS SUFFER LOW RATINGS
According to Billboard, ABC’s telecast of the American Music Awards had its worst ratings in the show’s history as NBC’s football coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles beating the New York Giants trumped the show. The AMAs drew 11.6-million viewers and dropped 22 percent in viewership from adults 18 to 49 from last year. Justin Bieber won four awards at the show, including Artist of the Year. It’s not all bad news for the AMAs, ABC pointed out the show was up 12 percent in teens and 19 percent among kids 2-11.
CHRISTINA TALKS PEEING IN A BUCKET
Christina Aguilera has been doing the rounds promoting Burlesque. She has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan and stopped by the set of Chelsea Lately and told Chelsea Handler an interesting story about touring. Aguilera said during quick breaks during her live performances, she sometimes has to use the bathroom and improvises, explaining, “I have no shame about peeing in a bucket or doing other things in a bucket, if necessary. I am not kidding, sometimes… is it the wrong thing to say that duty calls.” You can see more of Christina in Burlesque, which is in theaters now.
BRUNO MARS MERCH SALE
Still thinking about what to get that Bruno Mars fan in your life for the holidays? Well from now until December 5th, selected merchandise at the singer’s online store is 25-percent off. Head to BrunoMars.com and begin stocking up for the holidays.
ARCADE FIRE COVERED BY JOHN LEGEND AND THE ROOTS
Fans of Canadian indie gods Arcade Fire can now hear a new version of their track “Wake Up.” John Legend and The Roots covered the song and fans can buy a studio version of the song for $1.99 at Amazon.com.
NICKI MINAJ PICKS NEXT SINGLE
According to HipHop-N-More.com, Nicki Minaj has selected a new single off her just released Pink Friday LP. The fem-cee revealed on the red carpet at the American Music Awards that fans can expect treatment for “Save Me” and “Moment 4 Life” featuring Drake. Be sure to go out and get your copy of Pink Friday today!
MARIAH CAREY GIVES NICKI MINAJ ADVICE?
Entertainment Weekly reports Nicki Minaj’s confidence went sky high after Mariah Carey gave her some encouraging words. The two collaborated on Mi Mi’s “Up Out My Face” remix and the rapper recalled the diva saying, “You’re going to make it. You’re going to be really big!” Minaj now feels that for her Pink Friday LP, “It doesn’t matter if I sell 80-thousand or 800-thousand in the first week. Eventually the album will be multi-platinum, because it’s a body of amazing work. I don’t have any fear about dropping the same day as Kanye [West].”
DETOX WILL BE DR DRE’S LAST ALBUM?
Dr Dre has good reason to take his sweet time in recording his long-awaited Detox album…since it will be his last! In the new issue of XXL magazine, the super producer stated, “As far as me going into the mic booth, that s**t is over. I’m always going to talent scout and try to find new artists to work with. But, yeah, that’s it. I don’t see myself doing it the way I’m doing it now.” Fans will be able to get his last studio effort in February 2011.
KANYE WEST’S LP GETS RAVE REVIEWS!
Kanye West has done the unimaginable. His newly released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy LP has scored Pitchfork.com’s highest possible ranking, ten out of ten! According to the site, “Kanye is crazy enough to truly believe he’s the greatest out there. And, about a decade into his career, the hardworking perfectionist has gained the talent on the mic and in the control room to make a startlingly strong case for just that.” The review goes on to say that on certain songs, “he exhibits vulnerability and invincibility in equal measure” and “blurs the line between fantasy and reality.” This is one review definitely worth reading and an album definitely worth buying. Be sure to get your copy today!
WILL.I.AM TO DELIVER AT GRAMMY EVENT
The Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am will deliver the keynote address at the GRAMMY Foundation’s 13th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation. Will, who is a GRAMMY Foundation board member, will deliver the speech on February 11th at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
LLOYD BANKS TALKS PRISON, LIL WAYNE & T.I.
While promoting his Hunger For More 2 album, Lloyd Banks gave his opinion on if he believes prison has hindered Lil Wayne at all. Coincidentally, Weezy was released from New York’s Rikers Island on November 4th, just days after Tip began his time inside Arkansas’ Forrest City facility for violating the terms of his probation.
SWIZZ GRABS BUSTA FOR MONSTER MONDAYS
For this week’s installment of Monster Mondays, Swizz Beatz collaborated with Busta Rhymes on “Bad One.” On the record, the hitmaker and rapper sing praises to the gorgeous women they date, who usually make everyone jealous. Head over to Rap-Up.com to download it today!
Click HERE to check it out!
JAY-Z SHOT HIS OWN BROTHER
While promoting his Decoded book, Jay-Z revealed that he wasn’t lying about shooting his brother when he was 12 years old. During an interview with the U-K Guardian, Hova explained that the lyrics in “You Must Love Me” were written from deep regret. At the time, the mogul felt “[his] life was over.” He added, “I thought I’d go to jail for ever. It was terrible. I was a boy, a child. I was terrified.” Jay’s brother was hit in the shoulder and never pressed charges. To learn more about the rapper’s life, be sure to pick up Decoded today!
LYRICS! “Where my ring? Knew you had it because you took too long as Micky, Annie and the girl who bought it looked on. Huffing and puffing, gun in my hand told you to step outside. Hoping you said no, but you hurt my pride. Made our way down the steps, maybe you thought it was just a threat. Or maybe your life was just that crazy and you was begging for death. Tried to justify this in my young mind, but the adrenaline and my ego hurt combined drove me berserk. Saw the devil in your eyes, high off more than weed, confused, I just closed my young eyes and squeezed. What a sound, opened my eyes just in time to see you stumbling to the ground. Damn, what I done now?”
KERI HILSON GUEST FEATURES J. COLE
Keri Hilson has recorded a J. Cole-assisted song that will appear on her upcoming album, No Boys Allowed. The news comes just a week after the “Pretty Girl Rock” singer confirmed guest spots with Chris Brown, Kanye West, Lil Kim and Rick Ross. Visit Rap-Up.com to learn more!
T.I. OPENS UP ABOUT DRUG HABIT IN VIBE
In the upcoming issue if Vibe magazine, T.I. gets honest about his drug addiction. The rapper, who was arrested in September for possessing ecstasy, explained that his dependency on opiates began after he had oral surgery. Tip recalled getting “extractions, six, seven, eight root canals” earlier this year and explained “for the pain they gave [him] oxycontin and hydrocodone.” He admits to “taking them for the pain at first. And then I’m like, Wait―this s**t makes me feel good. And it’s legal.” Visit Vibe.com to read full excerpts.
T.I. IS EXCITED FOR VH1 STORYTELLERS
Here’s a friendly reminder to let everyone know that T.I.’s upcoming Vh1 Storytellers showcase will air soon! The rapper, who taped the performance before he was arrested, broke down the meaning behind his songs in front of an intimate New York City crowd. You can catch Vh1 Storytellers: T.I. on December 10th at 11 PM Eastern.
TONI BRAXTON TO BE HONORED
According to SingersRoom.com, Toni Braxton will reportedly be honored for helping raise awareness and money for Autism Speaks during the 3rd Annual Winter Ball. Taking place in inside Atlanta’s Delta Air Heritage Museum, the singer will receive what’s being dubbed the Phoenix Rising Tribute on December 4th. Finally some good news for Toni – who recently filed for divorce, bankruptcy for the second time and is battling lupus.
FAITH EVANS TALKS BIGGIE’S MURDER CASE
SingersRoom.com reports Faith Evans recently opened up about the unfortunate murder of her former husband, Christopher “Notorious B.I.G” Wallace. The singer claims, “We don’t know who pulled the trigger but we have an idea what went on.” Faye added, “It’s not something I would speak on because it’s still a pending case… though we don’t know if it will ever be solved in the judicial system.” Big was fatally shot in Los Angeles in March 1997. His case has yet to be solved.
Evans is reminded of the famed rapper every time she looks at her 14-year-old son, Christopher ‘CJ’ Wallace, Jr.
SOULJA BOY AND SEAN KINGSTON TEAM UP!
According to Rap-Up.com, Sean Kingston has reached out to Soulja Boy to be a part of his upcoming mixtape, King of Kingz. The Jamaican sensation and “Pretty Boy Swag” rap star join forces on a track called “BBM,” which of course is all about conversing with females through Blackberry cell phones. Kanye shrug.
In related news, SB’s next studio album, The DeAndre Way hits stores on November 30th.
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WU-TANG AND D BLOCK ALBUM COMING?
According to Sheek Louch’s official Twitter page, there could be an upcoming joint album with the Wu-Tang Clan and D Block. The LOX member tweeted that the project will be titled Wu/Block and fans will be able to hear the disc “at the top of 2011.” He warned everyone to “get ready!” This could be epic.
MARSHA AMBROSIUS ISSUES “FAR AWAY”
ConcreteLoop.com has learned Marsha Ambrosius has chosen “Far Away” top be the follow-up single to her well-received track, “I Hope She Cheats On You.” Both records are lifted from the former Floetry member’s upcoming solo debut effort, Late Nights & Early Mornings. Fans will be able to get the LP when it lands on January 4th via J Records.
JAZMINE SULLIVAN LEAKS NEW SINGLE
Jazmine Sullivan continues to pour out solid songs from her much anticipated album, Love Me Back. The R&B powerhouse has released a new single called “Don’t Make Me Wait.” Be sure to go out and support her when the disc drops on November 30th. Interestingly enough, Sullivan will be going up against El DeBarge’s Second Chance. El DeBarge was her tour-mate during Mary J Blige’s Music Saved My Life outing.
GET A BRUNO MARS “GRENADE” T-SHIRT
If you’ve seen the new video for Bruno Mars’ hit song “Grenade,” then an image that probably stuck with you was the singer-songwriter dragging a piano along with nothing more than a rope. Well now it’s available as a black-and-white silhouette on a T-shirt through his official website. Get yours now at BrunoMars.com.
BLACK EYED PEAS FOR SUPER BOWL HALFTIME?
Could the Black Eyed Peas be performing at halftime during this season’s Super Bowl? According to the The Dallas Morning News, a source close to the NFL confirmed that the BEP’s would indeed be gracing the stage when the Super Bowl comes to Cowboys Stadium on February 6th. It appears that it might be still subject to change though, as an NFL spokesman had no comment. Learn more at DallasNews.com.
P!NK AND CHRISTINA’S AWKWARD INTERACTION
P!nk and Christina Aguilera crossed paths at Ryan Seacrest’s radio show late last week in Los Angeles, and the interaction was a tad awkward to say the least. According to People.com, the two pop stars were supposed to be interviewed back to back, but they ended up talking to each other on-air in the studio, and Aguilera started questioning P!nk about her newly announced pregnancy. Christina then suggested that she and P!nk schedule play-dates down the road, with P!nk “awkwardly hesitating” at the thought. Learn more at People.com.
CHRIS BROWN DOING GREAT PROBATION WORK
Billboard.com has learned Chris Brown has received great feedback for following the terms on his court-ordered domestic violence classes and community service. Los Angeles Superior Court judge Patricia Schnegg recently told the pop star that he’s “taking responsibility and for actually working diligently to complete all the things the court has required of [him].” Hopefully he’ll steer clear of trouble for the remainder of his five year probation for assaulting his then girlfriend, Rihanna, in February 2009.
DMX ARRESTED AGAIN!!!
TMZ has learned DMX was reportedly arrested not following the terms of his probation. The trouble rapper failed to appear at one of his mandatory meetings with his probation officer. The arrest marks the rapper’s fourth run-in with the law this year. Perhaps he’s trying to show T.I. how it’s really done?
The rapper will appear back in court one day before Thanksgiving for a probation revocation hearing.
50 CENT GIVES NEW DETAILS ON NEXT LP
MTV News has exclusively learned that 50 Cent has reached out to noted producers Swizz Beatz, Alex Da Kid and Boi-1da for his next studio album. During the video shoot for Jeremih’s “Down On Me,” the mogul also spilled that there’s a good chance he might collaborate with Kanye West on the follow-up to 2009’s Before I Self Destruct. No further information is available about 50’s fifth album, we’ll keep you posted.
ARE YOU READY FOR FLAVOR FLAV FRIED CHICKEN?
Flavor Flav is a genius when it comes to finding ways to stay relevant. According to BallerStatus.com, the rapper turned reality star has launched his own chain of fried chicken restaurants dubbed FFC (Flav’s Fried Chicken). In addition, his recently announced Le Flav Spirits, which will include Le Flav Cognac and Chateaux Le Flav, hits shelves in January. Who knows what else this man will come up with next!
Flav said of his business venture, “The Colonel better watch his back, G! The Colonel might end up in my fryer!” He also promised that the flavors of his vodka will come in “cherry, berry, olive, bubblegum, sweet tea and grape.”
WILL.I.AM TALKS THE BEGINNING
Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am is talking about the band’s forthcoming album, The Beginning. According to ContactMusic.com, Will says that the effort will take listeners from the ‘80s until now, and that that particular decade “launched humanity into hyper mode.” The Beginning is due out on November 30th.
T-PAIN RELEASES “RAP SONG” VIDEO
T-Pain has issued the video for his new single “Rap Song” featuring Rick Ross. Be sure to visit WorldStarHipHip.com to watch the clip and look for cameos from Flo Rida, Bow Wow, Mack Maine, Gudda Gudda, Lil Twist, Pitbull, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled and more.
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PLIES ISSUES NEW MIXTAPE
Plies has returned to his mixtape roots and completed the second installment of his You Need People Like Me project. You can download the 11-track effort, hosted by DJ Scream, via HipHop-N-More.com today.
JANET JACKSON ANNOUNCES BIG TOUR PLANS
Janet Jackson announced through AOL that she’s gearing up to embark on her “largest ever world tour” in 2011. The For Colored Girls actress revealed that fans will be able to request which of the 35 cities the icon will take the stage in. Jackson says she’s very “excited” and explained that the first fan who voted for each of the 35 cities that she selects will get an autographed copy of her upcoming book, True You, and her Number Ones CD. You can now vote for the entertainer to visit your hometown at JanetJackson.com.
DETOX COMING EARLY NEXT YEAR?
Good news! Dr. Dre’s Detox is scheduled to be released in February. Whether you believe it or not, the disc is expected to include contributions from Eminem, Jay-Z, La Roux’s Elly Jackson and The Game. While we’ll have to wait a little longer, you can now download the single “Kush” featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon on iTunes.
KEYSHIA COLE DEBUTS NEW VIDEO
According to ThatGrapeJuice.net, Keyshia Cole released the video for her new song, “Long Way Down.” The clip, which is the second single off her forthcoming Calling All Hearts LP, includes a cameo from her fiancé, NBA player Daniel “Boobie” Gibson. Check it out today and look for the disc to drop on December 21st.
T.I. POSTS ANGRY LETTER FROM PRISON
T.I. is currently serving his 11 month sentence for violating the terms of his probation, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it. The rapper posted on his official website that he’s “sick and motherf***ing tired of going to jail.” Here’s what Tip wrote in his angry letter:
“This experience is truly a pain I have never felt before and that’s saying a lot for a n***a who’s been down locked up as many times as I have. I see this as a real ass whoopin’. The kind you don’t just go back outside to play afterwards. You take ya ass to bed and don’t come out of your room until it’s time to go to school. I don’ t know what effect this will have on my life moving forward but I’m certainly sick and mother f*cking tired of going to jail, juve, prison, the pen, correctional facilities or whatever else you want to call it. I’d have been better off doing a 5-10 year bid one time than going in time and time again for days, weeks and months for the last 15 years of my life. Even though it’s been a long road, I’m still standing, barely but nevertheless still standing. At one time I thought my motivation for continuing was for my fans, my partna Philant, my pops, my grandmamma, even for the haters or the people I let down. But nah… I got to do this shit for me!!! I’ll be God damned if I’ve come all this way and made it through so much hell to let it go down like this! F*ck that! If an hour in the dark is worth a second in the sun then pass me my mother f*ckin’ shades cause I’m ready to cash my darkest hours in…ASAP!!! A lot of folks had fathers or father figures in the house to raise them into manhood. I’m not trying to make any excuses for my situation but my father was a hustler that lived in New York. My uncle was a local big time dope boy turned 10 year federal inmate. My mother and grandparents did the best they could but I found my manhood in the trap and in prison systems. But I found it. And nan one of mine will ever have to feel the cold tight grip of a handcuff or grace the presence of a jail cell if I can help it. Over my dead body! So if you can’t respect that you ain’t rocking with my movement then Fuck you dog! I know a bunch of mother f*ckers who are…..”
BRUNO MARS RELEASES “GRENADE” VIDEO
We recently reported that Bruno Mars was going to be releasing his video for his song “Grenade” and now it’s finally here. Check it out now on the singer-songwriter’s official website, BrunoMars.com.
BRUNO MARS’ COURT DATE PUSHED BACK
Bruno Mars was supposed to be in a Las Vegas courtroom late last week to answer to charges for his September 19th arrest for drug possession at the Hard Rock Hotel, but apparently, the date got pushed back. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the pop star is now due in court on December 14th. Mars’ lawyers refused to comment on why the date was changed.
THE 2010 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
The 2010 American Music Awards took place last night live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The show wasted no time getting started, as Rihanna kicked off what was an amazing night of music television. Performers included P!nk, Miley Cyrus, Bon Jovi, the Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and many more. And a lot of those same artists took home awards too. Bieber was the big winner of the night, winning four total, including the trophy for Favorite Artist of the Year. The young Canadian’s mentor Usher also had a fine evening – he performed his song “DJ Got Us Falling in Love Again” and also won two awards. Here’s a complete play-by-play of what happened at the show, as well as a list of all the winners. An audio feed from the American Music Awards is in the “Special Feed” section of our web site at www.westwoodone.com.
· The 2010 American Music Awards had arguably one of the best line-ups ever assembled for an award’s show, and they didn’t waste any time getting started. Rihanna kicked things off in a very revealing outfit with a medley of her songs “Love The Way Your Lie,” “What’s My Name” and “Only Girl (In The World).”
· Heidi Klum then took the stage to present the award for Favorite Solo R&B Album. It was won by Usher, who got a hug from Justin Bieber before accepting his AMA.
· Jenny McCarthy and John Legend presented the next award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group. The Black Eyed Peas were named the winners, and all four members went on stage to accept their AMA, and each took their time at the mic to give thanks.
· Eric Stonestreet and Rico Rodriguez of Modern Family then came out to introduce Enrique Iglesias who performed his song “Tonight (I’m Loving You).” He was then joined by a marching band, as well as rapper Pitbull, for their hit “I Like It.”
· Enrique and Pitbull were immediately followed by Miley Cyrus, who slowed it down to sing “Forgiveness and Love,” surrounded by burning red candles.
· Diddy – Dirty Money were the next performers. Backed by a full orchestra, they had the crowd waving their hands from side to side for “Coming Home”
· Jessica Alba then revealed the nominees for Favorite Country Female. Taylor Swift was named the winner, graciously thanked her fans, and wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
· Samuel L. Jackson then introduced Kid Rock, who sang a stripped down version of his new single “Times Like These.”
· Christina Milian and Johnny Weir announced the winner of Favorite Latin Artist, Shakira, who wasn’t on hand to accept her award.
· The Black Eyed Peas then performed their newest single “Time of My Life,” off of their forthcoming album The Beginning. It featured individual see-through boxes that would take the group up and down off the floor, and dancers with boxes covering their heads.
· A children’s choir then accompanied a more-covered-than-usual Katy Perry in a flowing red dress for her song “Firework.” But in the middle of the song, Katy ripped off her gown to show off a more revealing one-piece.
· Taio Cruz, Nicki Minaj and Trey Songz then hit the stage to announce the nominees for Favorite Solo R&B Female, which was won by Rihanna, who slapped Nicki on the rear before leaving the stage.
· Willow Smith then introduced Justin Bieber who performed “Pray.” The teenage sensation started out on the piano before getting up and being joined by a gospel choir. Usher looked on admiringly from the audience while Biebs was doing his thing.
· Mandy Moore and Sheryl Crow presented Brad Paisley with the award for Favorite Country Male.
· Bon Jovi then played a medley of their most famous songs, as well as their new single “What Do You Got?” The greatest hits from the New Jersey rockers included “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “It’s My Life,” as the crowd was up and grooving along with the band.
· Natasha Bedingfield announced Justin Bieber as the winner of the T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award. Biebs thanked his fans and said that the trophy “means the world” to him.
· A svelte Kelly Osbourne introduced mommy-to-be P!nk, who sang her brand new single “Raise Your Glass.” The pop star didn’t let her pregnancy affect her live show, as she still moved around with her signature flair. She also had The Dan Band join her on stage.
· Ne-Yo then performed a few tracks off his new album Libra Scale, including “One in a Million” and “Beautiful Monster,” interwoven with video footage on the big screen behind him. During his set, Ne-Yo managed to get his shirt ripped open by one of his dancers, and ended the whole thing with an impressive back-flip.
· Taylor Swift then got arguably the biggest ovation of the night when she was lowered down to the stage on a floating white piano, singing her song “Back to December.”
· Julianne Hough and Keri Hilson then announced the winner of the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male to Justin Bieber. It gave the young Canadian his second on-screen trophy of the night. Bieber took some time to thank Michael Jackson, saying that without the King of Pop, “none of us would be here.”
· Christina Aguilera performed “Express” from her forthcoming film Burlesque, along with an elaborate dance routine with the stage was set up to look like a set from the movie.
· The stars of Castle, Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, announced the winners of the award for Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group. The trophy went to Lady Antebellum, their first AMA.
· Usher took to the stage to sing “DJ Got us Falling in Love Again,” all while doing one of his impressively choreographed dance routines with what must have been around 30 dancers.
· Mike Posner and Avril Levine announced the nominees for Favorite Alternative Artist. The winner was Muse, giving the band their first American award.
· Train sang their new ballad, “Marry Me,” before quickly transitioning to arguably the biggest hit of their long career, “Hey, Soul Sister.”
· The Band Perry announced the winner of the award for Favorite Adult Contemporary – Michael Buble. It was the Canadian’s first AMA and he said that he “loves winning things,” before thanking his fans and his fiancé.
· The stars of No Ordinary Family, Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz, said that Ke$ha would be the next performer. The pop star hit the stage in a futuristic-looking costume for a bit of her tune “Take It Off.” She then sang her current single, “We R Who We R” while strumming on an electric guitar.
· Guitar legend Carlos Santana took the stage with Gavin Rossdale to perform their version of T-Rex’s “Bang a Gong (Get It On).”
· Lady Antebellum, who already won an award earlier in the night, announced the winner of the award for Favorite Solo R&B Male Artist – Usher, who won his second trophy of the night and his sixth AMA overall.
· Ryan Seacrest came out to announce the winner of Favorite Artist of the Year. The American Idol host revealed that Justin Bieber would be taking home the trophy, making him the youngest winner ever. It was also Bieb’s third on-screen win tonight, and fourth overall. Justin invited Usher on stage to accept the award with him, saying that he’s not only his mentor, but his best friend and big brother as well.
· Wrapping up the show was a joint performance from New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys. They went through a big part of both group’s respective catalogs, singing “Backstreet’s Back,” “I Want It That Way,” “Step by Step,” “Right Stuff” and “Larger Than Life,” and even managed to break out some classic dance moves too.
Justin Bieber – Favorite Artist of the Year
Usher – Raymond v. Raymond – Favorite Solo R&B Album
Black Eyed Peas – Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group
Taylor Swift – Favorite Country Female
Shakira – Favorite Latin Artist
Rihanna – Favorite Solo R&B Female
Brad Paisley – Favorite Country Male
Justin Bieber – T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award
Justin Bieber – Favorite Pop/Rock Male
Lady Antebellum – Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group
Michael Buble – Favorite Adult Contemporary
Usher – Favorite Solo R&B Male
Carrie Underwood – Favorite Country Album
Eminem – Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male
Justin Bieber – My World 2.0 -Favorite Pop/Rock Album
Lady Gaga – Favorite Pop/Rock Female
MercyMe – Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist
Eminem – Recovery – Favorite Hip-Hop Album
Glee: The Music, Volume 3: Showstoppers – Favorite Soundtrack Album