DIDDY SUED FOR A TRILLION DOLLARS?
RadarOnline.com reports Diddy is facing a trillion dollar lawsuit filed by a woman named Valerie Joyce Wilson. Apparently, the mogul is being accused of being responsible for the World Trade Center being knocked down on September 11th, 2001. If that’s not outrageous enough, Wilson has also claimed Puff stole a casino chip that’s worth “over 100 zillions of dollars.” Altogether, she’s seeking 900-billion dollars for child support and 100-billion dollars for loss of income. Visit RadarOnline.com to learn more!
DIDDY BUYS SON MAYBACH FOR BIRTHDAY
Hey when you got it, you got it! According to U-K newspaper The Independent, Diddy reportedly purchased his 17-year-old son Justin a Maybach car for his birthday. Why? Well, the mogul’s child is on the honor roll and gets good grades in school. Diddy stated that “it’s a collector’s car so maybe he will use it for special occasions like on a first date, but like all my kids, he prefers the simpler things than the expensive things. Simple tastes.”
CHRIS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH DATE FOR F.A.M.E
UrbanBridgez.com reports Chris Brown has selected a release date for his upcoming album, F.A.M.E. The disc, which will include contributions from Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars, is expected to arrive in stores on March 22nd.
GAME SPILLS ON GUEST SPOTS ON R.E.D. ALBUM
We previously reported that Game is looking to record a few more songs for his oft-delayed R.E.D. Album, but he recently spilled on the collaborations for the disc. The West Coast rapper told Rap-Up.com the project has received contributions from Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa, adding, “Pretty much everyone is on the album. Whoever you could think of. Except Jay-Z and 50 [Cent].” The former G-Unit member promises that “the album is 20 times better than the [Purp & Patron] mixtape,” which is currently available for free download.
– The emcee’s fourth studio effort will also be executive produced by Pharrell and features production from Dr. Dre.
WIZ KHALIFA RELEASES TWO NEW SONGS
Wiz Khalifa is cooking up great material for his debut album, Rolling Papers. The “Black & Yellow” rapper has leaked a Stargate-produced cut called “Roll Up” and teamed up with Too $hort for “On My Level.” The rap rookie is scheduled to release Rolling Papers on March 29th.
LIL WAYNE COMPLETES THA CARTER IV?
Late last week, Mack Maine shared good news to XXLMag.com regarding Lil Wayne’s much anticipated album, Tha Carter IV. The Young Money President revealed that Weezy is “pretty much finished, to be honest; we probably need about two more songs.” The only confirmed guest features on the effort are Drake and Nicki Minaj, with a strong chance that David Banner might make an appearance too. There is no confirmed release date for Wayne’s first full length album since being released from prison in November.
KID CUDI NOT INVITED TO COACHELLA
While Kanye West is expected to perform at this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Kid Cudi is disappointed that he will not be attending. The rapper, who never played the event before, tweeted that it’s “sad news but true, [I] was not invited to Coachella this year. [It’s] bogus, blame the establishment I guess for lunchin on the cudster.” Meanwhile, concertgoers can expect Wiz Khalifa, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and Cee Lo Green to take stage at the event.
SNOOP DOGG TO HEADLINE 2011 SUPAFEST
According to AllHipHop.com, Snoop Dogg has been tapped to headline this year’s Supafest tour. The rapper will be joined by Nelly, Bow Wow and Taio Cruz for the trek, which kicks off its four-city outing in Sydney on April 9th. Good thing Snoop’s ban from Australia was lifted three years ago! Be sure to visit SupaFest.com.au for more information.
LLOYD BANKS SELECTS NEW SINGLE
According to ThisIs50.com, Lloyd Banks has announced that the next single off his latest album, Hunger For More 2, will be “So Forgetful” featuring Ryan Leslie. In related news, be sure to check out the rapper’s new video for his current single, “I Don’t Deserve You” with Jeremih, via MTV.com.
T-PAIN GETS FACEBOOK TATTOO
Only T-Pain could pull off getting a tattoo on his arm that incorporated Facebook’s famous “Like” button sign. According to his official Twitter page, his new ink reads: “You Don’t Have to Like Me.” The Auto-tune king revealed the new tat was done in Hawaii and tweeted, “I think this one is pretty sweet, unless Facebook shuts down soon.” Apparently, he has a tradition that involves getting a new tattoo every time he visits the Big Island.
NE-YO AND FABOLOUS READY JOINT LP
During an interview with XXLMag.com, Fabolous revealed that he’s considering recording a full length joint album with Ne-Yo. Following the success of 2007’s “Make Me Better,” Fab shared, “We’ve been in talks for a minute. It’s really sounding like it’s gonna get done. Ne-Yo is really hyped about it.” There’s no word on when the project will be completed. In related news, the rapper is hard at work on finishing his new mixtape, which is expected to be done in coming weeks.
MONICA DISMISSES HOMELESS RUMORS
Monica interrupted her marital bliss to deny rumors regarding her recent nuptials to NBA star Shannon Brown. An anonymous source accused Monica of only marrying the athlete because she is homeless. The singer recently tweeted to her followers there’s “a lot of fake, false, fabricated emails going around about me & my loved ones. However we know who’s sending them.” She later added, “I’m sure you’re laughing but the same things that make you laugh, make you cry. It is a slow process but you will suffer the repercussions of your childish actions soon.” There you have it.
LLOYD JOINS TREY SONGZ’ LOVE FACES TOUR
We’ve just learned Lloyd is scheduled to join Trey Songz’s upcoming Love Faces tour, which was named after the crooner’s new single off Passion, Pain & Pleasure. The “Lay It Down” singer said in a statement, “My fans deserve to see the best me possible.” The sex symbols will invade New York City, Detroit, Chicago and Washington, D.C. beginning February 11th and going through the 14th. If you want to get serenaded for Valentine’s Day, be sure to visit Ticketmaster.com to score passes now.
Fans can expect his fourth album, King of Hearts, to arrive in stores on March 22nd.
February 11th – New York City
February 12th – Washington, D.C.
February 13th – Detroit, MI
February 14th – Chicago, IL
RIHANNA SNEAK PEEK FOR “S & M”
Rihanna has released exclusive behind-the-scenes images and video of her upcoming music video, “S&M.” Ri Ri has once again teamed with Melina to direct the visual for her newest single off Loud. Visit PerezHilton.com for a quick glimpse! There’s no word on when the clip will premiere but you can stay up to date by following the pop princess on Twitter.
BOBBY BROWN RETURNS WITH NEW MUSIC
Bobby Brown has recorded a new single, “Get Out The Way,” which he’ll soon perform on TV One’s new series, Way Black When, on February 9th. The former New Edition member, who recently mourned the death of his mother, is also working the follow-up to his popular Don’t Be Cruel LP. Visit his official website to learn more!
– Bobby is currently working on new a reality show with his fiancée, Alicia Etheredge.
MATHEW KNOWLES TO SPEAKS AT USC
Beyonce’s father, Mathew Knowles, recently spoke at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music to provide students with some insights about the music industry. He explained in a statement, “We are training the next generation of music professionals, it is vitally important to provide opportunities for them to interact with working professionals in the field.” As previously reported, Knowles is no longer managing Kelly Rowland – who is expected to release her third solo effort later this year.
LOLLAPALOOZA HEADS TO CHILE
Lollapalooza is heading south of the Equator. The festival is making its way to Santiago, Chile on April 2nd and 3rd and will feature performances by Kanye West, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Killers, Jane’s Addiction, Deftones, 311, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more.
– Last year’s Lollapalooza line-up featured Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and more.
BRUNO MARS STRIKES DEAL IN COCAINE CASE
According to Rap-Up.com, Bruno Mars has struck a deal with the Clark County District Attorney’s office for his arrest for cocaine possession back in September. The GRAMMY-nominated singer and songwriter has agreed to a “deferred adjudication,” which means as long as he has a clean slate over the next 12 months and performs 200 hours of community service, the charge will be dropped and entirely swept under the rug and there would be no conviction on his record. He will also have to undergo private counseling. Back in September, Mars was taken into custody in the early hours of the morning after security officials confronted him in the bathroom and found him in possession of narcotics. He was arrested and released hours later.
HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY JT!
Happy Birthday Justin Timberlake! The singer and actor turns 30 years old today. He is currently in Los Angeles filming a movie titled Now, opposite Olivia Wilde. His next film, Friends with Benefits, will arrive in theaters on July 22nd. Meanwhile, you can see him play Sean Parker in the Oscar-nominated film The Social Network on DVD and Blu-Ray now.
LIL KIM READIES BLACK FRIDAY MIXTAPE
Lil Kim just announced that her upcoming mixtape, Black Friday, is scheduled to be released on Valentine’s Day. The project is named after the Queen Bee’s infamous diss track aimed at Nicki Minaj. Be sure to follow Kimmy Blanco on Twitter for new updates!
– Do you think Lil Kim’s lyrical ability can compete with Nicki Minaj’s verses? Who is the better rapper?
– Incase you missed the diss track, here you go!
FABOLOUS PREPS NEW MIXTAPE
According to XXLMag.com, Fabolous is hard at work on a new mixtape that’s tentatively titled The S.O.U.L. Tape. The rapper’s follow-up to last year’s There Is No Competition 2 mixtape is almost completed and Fab reveals that he is recording “it over all old soul sampled beats.” In addition to polling fans on Twitter to help him name his next effort, the “You Be Killin’ Em” emcee doesn’t want to have a DJ host the tape, because “it’s kinda one of those tapes that I want people to just sit through and listen and really hear the lyrics.”
JENNIFER LOPEZ LEAKS “TAKE CARE”
Following the leak of “On The Floor” with Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez has unleashed another tune called “Take Care.” The American Idol judge uses auto-tune in the song, which is expected to appear on her upcoming album, Love?.
NICKI LAUNCHES APP FOR SMART PHONE
According to AllHipHop.com, Nicki Minaj has launched her first officially endorsed application for the Apple iPhone. Be sure to visit the iTunes store to download it today!
NICKI MINAJ TALKS “FLY” VIDEO
Now that Nicki Minaj has issued the visual for “Moment 4 Life” featuring Drake, the fem-cee revealed that her next video for “Fly” with Rihanna has already been shot. The Young Money standout recently told BBC Radio’s Tim Westwood that the Sanaa Hamri-directed clip is a “freakin’ movie, cinematic popcorn.” There’s no word on when “Fly” will premiere, we’ll keep you posted.
KID CUDI RETURNS TO TWITTER
We’re happy to report that Kid Cudi has finally returned to Twitter after being off the social networking site for a year. The rapper’s first tweet detailed his upcoming rock inspired album which he’s “pushing for a summer release.” Scott added that he produced and “plays guitar on everything… [there’s] no raps, just singing.” If that’s not enough, Cudi has contributed to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s joint album, Watch the Throne, and he’s also signed on for another season of HBO’s How to Make It in America, which begins in March. Be sure to follow him at his new Twitter name, @Wizardcud.
DIDDY GUEST STARS ON HAWAII FIVE-O
Billboard.com reports Diddy is scheduled to appear on an upcoming episode of CBS’s hit TV show, Hawaii Five-O. The rap mogul will portray detective “Reggie Williams,” who is seeking the individuals who committed a crime against his family. Head over to the Billboard.com for more.
· Sean Combs has taken on roles in several films including Get Him to the Greek, A Raisin in the Sun, Monster’s Ball and Made as well as 2005’s Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power.
DRAKE TO RECORD FULL REGGAE ALBUM?
According to AllHipHop.com, Drake revealed that he’s interested in possibly recording a full length reggae album. The Toronto native said during a recent interview that he always wanted to “do something for Jamaica.” The project will likely come after Drizzy completes his much anticipated sophomore effort, Take Care, and finishes his European tour.
TREY SONGZ TALKS “CAN’T BE FRIENDS”
While promoting his latest album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, Trey Songz chose “Can’t Be Friends” as a single and he chose wisely, as the song currently claims the number one position on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-hop chart. In related news, the crooner is slated to kick off his Love Faces tour next month. Fans can check out a behind-the-scenes snapshot of Trey’s upcoming video for “Love Faces.” Head over to TreySongz.com for more.
GAME GIVES UPDATE ON R.E.D. ALBUM
Now that his Purp & Patron mixtape is available for free download, Game is speaking up about his long-delayed R.E.D. Album. The rapper told Complex magazine that the project “is pretty much 95 percent done,” but he’s just waiting to find one final “record that is just so amazing” and “doesn’t sound like anything that’s out” before he picks a launch date. Head over to Complex.com for more!
WIZ KHALIFA SELLS ROLLING PAPERS FOR WEED?
Following the success of “Black & Yellow,” Wiz Khalifa has come up with a creative way to expand his brand. In addition to launching his own sunglass line, the rapper, who shares the same “hobby” as Snoop Dogg, told us that he actually sells his own rolling paper for marijuana-users. Wow. In addition, fans can expect Khalifa’s debut album, coincidentally titled Rolling Papers, to be released on March 29th.
RAEKWON ISSUES TRACKLIST FOR NEW LP
Amazon.com has posted the official tracklisting for Raekwon’s upcoming fifth effort, Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang. The 17-track disc, which includes songs like “Ferryboat Killaz,” “Butter Knives” and “Masters of Our Fate,” arrives on March 8th.
Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang tracklist:
1. “Shaolin VS Wu-Tang”
2.” Every Soldier In The Hood” ft. Method Man
3. “Silver Rings” ft. Ghostface
4. “Ferryboat Killaz”
5. “The Scroll”
6. “Masters Of Our Fate” ft. Black Thought
7. “Rich And Black” ft. Nas
8. “Butter Knives”
9. “Crane Style” ft. Busta Rhymes
10. “Chop Chop Ninja” ft. Inspectah Deck, Estelle
11. “From The Hills” ft. Method Man, Raheem DeVaughn
12. “Last Train To Scotland” ft. Lloyd Banks
13. “Rock N Roll” ft. Jim Jones, Ghostface, Kobe
14. “Molasses” ft. Rick Ross, Ghostface
15. “Dart School”
16. “Snake Pond”
17. “Wu Chant (Outro)”
RICK ROSS IS DATING ELISE NEAL?
Rick Ross has a new woman in his life. According to ConcreteLoop.com, the Miami native has been romantically linked to actress Elise Neal. The two have been spotted dinning at Mr Chows in L-A. The pair, who have not confirmed or denied their relationship, are rumored to have been dating since December.
CALI SWAG TO TOUR WITH NELLY
We’ve just learned the interesting line-up for rapper Nelly’s upcoming Blizzard Music tour. The emcee will be joined by Cali Swag District, who are known for their hit debut single, “Teach Me How To Dougie,” as well as dynamic duo 3OH!3, rock trio Sick Puppies and Reeno. The outing kicks off on March 1st in Brookings, South Dakota and wraps March 13, in Wyoming. For a full list on show dates, visit BlizzardMusicTour.com today.
BRUNO MARS BACK ON TOP OF HOT 100
Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” is back on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, scoring its third non-consecutive week at the summit. “Grenade” also tops the Digital Songs chart for a fifth week, selling over 204-thousand downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. Mars reclaims the Hot 100’s top spot from Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me,” which, after becoming only the 18th title to start at number one last week falls, to number six. Katy Perry’s former chart-topper, “Firework,” climbs one notch to number two, while Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” leaps two spots to number three. Enrique Iglesias’ “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E rises two rungs to number four and Rihanna’s “What’s My Name?” featuring Drake drops one spot to number five.
WIZ KHALIFA ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM TITLE
Wiz Khalifa has announced that his debut album will be titled Rolling Papers. He explained during a UStream session that the title is “not just about the weed thing. It’s bigger than that. My career really took off when I started smoking papers.” In addition to telling us about the success of his hit single “Black & Yellow,” Khalifa revealed how he came up with his rather unique stage name when he was a teenager… Khlalifa, meaning “successor” in Arabic, and Wiz short for wisdom. Fans can expect the project to be released on March 29th.
T.I. ISSUES NEW VIDEO OFF NO MERCY
To further promote his latest album, No Mercy, T.I. has issued a video for his new single, “Lay Me Down.” The Jim Jonsin-produced track includes vocals from Rico Love. Head over to WorldStarHipHop.com today to watch the video today. In related news, the rapper’s No Mercy LP has slipped to the number 26 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The disc sold an additional 14-thousand copies, bringing its tally to over 381-thousand units since its release.
ICE T’S SON ARRESTED FOR INDECENCY
According to BallerStatus.com, Ice T’s son, Tracy “Little Ice” Marrow Jr., was recently arrested for public indecency. Marrow was allegedly caught exiting the bathroom of a strip club completely naked. He was booked and later released on five-thousand dollars bail.
– We’ll be seeing much more of Little Ice as he’s expected to appear on an upcoming reality show, The Real Teens of Hollywood.
NICKI’S “MOMENT 4 LIFE” VIDEO PREMIERES TONIGHT
While Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday album sits at the nine spot on the Billboard 200 chart, we’ve learned new information about the much anticipated video for her single, “Moment 4 Life” featuring Drake. Word has it the two superstars get married in the clip! Fans can expect the visual to premiere tonight on MTV at 8:58 Eastern. Be sure to set your DVR!
– Minaj is expected to perform this weekend on Saturday Night Live.
R. KELLY READIES 12 PLAY SEQUEL
According to Interview magazine, R. Kelly has announced that his next studio album will be a continuation of his classic effort, 12 Play. The R&B crooner has changed the name of the project from Zodiac to The Return of 12 Play: Night of the Living Dead and described it as “an R&B-like thriller album, if you will.” Until he completes his forthcoming baby-making disc, be sure purchase Kelz’s recently released Love Letter LP, in stores now.
– Love Letter debuted at number six on the Billboard 200. This week, the disc claims the number 18 spot with total sales over 347-thousand.
ARETHA BEGS HALLE TO RECONSIDER BIOPIC!
Billboard.com has learned Aretha Franklin desperately wants Halle Berry to rethink the idea of taking on the lead role for her upcoming biopic. The legendary singer penned a letter for The Wendy Williams Show, explaining why the actress is just perfect for the role. Despite Halle previously saying the role would be difficult since she can’t “carry a tune,” Franklin insists that “many actors have portrayed vocalists by lip-synching to the artist’s original recordings.” Perhaps Aretha’s persistence will pay off.
– Since Halle previously lip synched in HBO’s Introducing Dorothy Dandridge – which was aired in 1999 – do you think Halle just isn’t interested in the role? I say YES!
CHRIS BROWN SPRAY PAINTS
Chris Brown sure loves graffiti – well at least the legal kind. He was recently spotted spray painting a mural outside an art studio earlier this week in West Hollywood. The singer then posted his finished product on his Twitter account. In related news, Breezy is scheduled to kick off the Australian leg of The Chris Brown World F.A.M.E. Tour on April 20th. Head over to his official website to see a full list of dates.
– The crooner’s latest single, “No Bullsh**,” claims the number four spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-hop chart. Fans can anticipate Brown’s forthcoming album, F.A.M.E., to be released later this year. The disc boasts contributions and collaborations with Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber and Wiz Khalifa.
JAY-Z JOINS WILL SMITH’S FILM COMPANY
Jay-Z has announced that he’s decided to join Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment production company. Hova explained in a statement, “The Overbrook Entertainment family and I have a unified vision. We’ve already produced a Tony Award winning play and we’re developing a true superstar in [singer] Willow [Smith]. This venture into film development and production is a perfect next step with teams that are accomplished, creative, and innovative.” The news comes just days after Smith and Jay revealed that they’re remaking the Annie musical with Willow taking the lead role. No further details are known at this time.
GET YOUR JANET JACKSON PRE-SALE TICKETS FOR NYC!
With two of Janet Jackson’s tour dates at New York’s Radio City Music Hall already sold out, the legendary performer has decided to add a third show at the venue, this one for March 21st. While general public tickets go on sale tomorrow, if you sign up for the Radio City Music Hall insider at RadioCityMusicHall.com, you’ll be able to score passes today at 11 AM Eastern. Janet’s Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour will travel to intimate venues in 35 cities across the U-S. The highly anticipated trek kicks off on March 7th at The Chicago Theatre and ends on April 23rd inside Las Vegas’ The Coliseum.
– There a bunch of great concerts currently on sale at TicketMaster.com. You can also score passes to see Trey Songz, Prince and KEM play their respective shows or you could attend The Ladies Night Valentine Edition show which includes performances from Keith Sweat, Jagged Edge and Dru Hill.
Following the disappointing sales of his last album, Ollusion, Omarion has released a new song called “Forgot About Love.” The ballad is said to be included on his next studio effort. Follow the former B2K star on Twitter for more updates!
RIHANNA HAD A LESBIAN AFFAIR?
HelloBeautiful.com reports that in an upcoming book, a woman writtes about a lesbian sexual encounter she allegedly had with Rihanna. In her book, Low Down Dirty Shame, author Natasha “Tajah” Burton describes the experience in great detail, recalling it as “wild.” The pop princess is yet to respond.
RIHANNA REACHES PLATINUM STATUS WITH LOUD?
Rihanna took to her Twitter account to announce that she’s reached platinum status with her latest album, Loud. While the disc has only sold 839-thousand copies, Def Jam has likely shipped over a million units, scoring the status. Ri Ri tweeted about the honor writing, “Thank you #RihannaNavy for being so sexy and making Loud platinum in the U-S.”
– Do you think reaching platinum status speaks volumes to the quality of work put into each album? Or is it more a popularity contest between artists over who can sell the most discs?
NICKI MINAJ LOVES JESSIE J
According to Rap-Up.com, Nicki Minaj has a soft spot for British newcomer, Jessie J. After hearing that the singer was dying to work with Lil Wayne’s protégé, Nicki stated that she “checked [Jessie] out afterwards, and I fell in love with her, the tone of her voice and everything.” The song bird, who collaborated with B.o.B. on her new single “Price Tag,” previously told the site that if a collaboration did happen with the Young Money stand out, she would want it to come together “organically.”
BRUNO TALKS SONGWRITING
Bruno Mars is nominated for a slew of GRAMMY Awards for his songwriting as well as for his singing, but don’t ask him how he does it. The crooner told USA Today that “there’s no formula” to writing hit songs, and if there were, he’d be writing them “every minute.” He added that he just tries to remember the feeling he got when he finished his hit track “Nothin’ On You.” That song, along with Cee-lo’s “F**k You,” which was written by Mars and his team, are both up for Record of the Year at the GRAMMYs next month.
WANNA SEE BIG BOI & BLACK KEYS AT GRAMMYS?
Do you want to see Big Boi perform with The Black Keys at the 2011 GRAMMY Awards? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, there is a new Facebook group trying to get the show’s producers to bring the musicians together at music’s biggest night. See if their efforts pay off when the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards air live from L-A on February 13th at 8 PM on CBS.
Click HERE to vote on Facebook now!
WILL.I.AM IS INTEL’S DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE INNOVATION
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am has teamed up with Intel to become their new Director of Creative Innovation. Intel announced that the GRAMMY Award-winning musician will be assisting with the development of devices including laptops, smart phones and tablets. Intel is the world’s largest chipmaker and they currently run more than 80 percent of the world’s personal computers.
SEAN KINGSTON TEAMS UP WITH B.o.B.
Sean Kingston and B.o.B. hooked up for a song called “Hope Is a River,” which is the first release off Kingston’s mixtape, King of Kingz, available February 3rd. The song is a tribute to the underdogs and is streaming at Rap-Up.com now.
Click HERE to hear it!
GAGA’S THE FAME SELLS FOUR-MILLION
As fans gear up for the release of Lady Gaga’s forthcoming album, Born This Way, sales of her current record, The Fame, are still going strong. According to GagaDaily.com, the album has just reached four-times platinum in the U-S alone. Born This Way is due out on May 23rd, with the title-track hitting radio on February 11th.
SHAKIRA HITS ONE-BILLION YOUTUBE VIEWS
Shakira has scored over one-billion views on YouTube. Perez Hilton is reporting that the billion views have come from her three official channels, Shakira, ShakiraVevo and Shakirasme. Her video for the World Cup anthem “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” has been viewed over 300-million times.
Shakira released the following statement: “I’m really happy to hear the news. One-billion views around the world is an unthinkable number and more than I could ever have dreamed of.”
CHRISTINA FOR X-FACTOR?
We just reported that Cheryl Cole might not be coming over from the U-K to America to be a part of The X-Factor because producers are looking for someone a little more popular stateside. And now, PerezHilton.com is reporting that Christina Aguilera may be the person they have in mind. A source says that “Christina is the one all bosses are agreed on” and that “her voice is recognized as one of the best of all time so there really isn’t any competition especially where Cheryl is concerned.” We’ll keep you posted.
JERSEY SHORE GOING TO ITALY
The entire “Jersey Shore” cast is finally getting THE BOOT — because we’re told the plan is to shoot Season 4 in Italy!
Sources connected to the show tell us they will be scouting locations in Italy — similar to the way they did it in Miami — to find the right locale.
One source connected with the show says they’ve already lined up some of Vinny’s Italian relatives to host the “Jersey” crew for an authentic Guadagnino dinner.
And we’re told … two months ago execs began working on getting visas for the cast and crew.
Of course, the whole thing is contingent on whether the Italian government lets them in the country!!
ITALIAN GROUP IS FURIOUS!
by TMZ Staff
The “Jersey Shore” road trip to Italy will only serve to make the locals look like “buffoons and bimbos” … this according to a very pissed off Italian-American organization.
TMZ spoke to a rep for UNICO — a massive Italian American interest group — who tells us they’re furious with MTV’s decision to shoot Season 4 in the old country … saying, “People used to go to the circus to see the freak show – that is what this will be.”
The rep adds, “It will not only hurt Italians but all Americans … their outrageous, reprehensible behavior will make us look like buffoons and bimbos.”
As TMZ first reported, UNICO was the first group to call for a boycott of the show — claiming it’s a “denigration” of Italian Americans.
DR. CONRAD MURRY PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Michael Jackson’s doctor pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Los Angeles. Dr. Conrad Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death. Murray’s lawyers said earlier that he would not seek a plea bargain and that they had no qualms about going to trial in spite of strong prosecution evidence aiming to prove that the doctor’s gross negligence killed Jackson.
NEW DETAILS ON BEYONCE’S NEXT ALBUM
According to Billboard.com, Beyonce has enlisted production help from noted hitmaker Diplo, who is responsible for songs by M.I.A. and Santigold. The producer isn’t sure if his material will end up on Ms. Knowles’ fourth album, but he described the experience as a “good time.” The news follows recent reports that Bey’s disc will also receive contributions from Ne-Yo, Jim Jonsin and Sean Garrett.
Do you prefer Beyonce’s more club ready songs like “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” or her softer R&B material like “Me, Myself & I” or “Halo.”
JAMIE KNEW “FALL FOR YOUR TYPE” WOULD BE BIG
Jamie Foxx was confident in choosing “Fall For Your Type” as the lead single off Best Night Of My Life. The crooner says Drake’s guest vocal on the record definitely gets female fans in the mood. The song currently claims the number seven spot on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-hop chart. Be sure to purchase Best Night Of My Life, in stores now.
Do you think Best Night Of My Life was better than his previous effort, Intuition?
NICKI MINAJ DOESN’T “FEEL” LIKE RAP ROOKIE
Nicki Minaj just touched down in Paris to continue her overseas promo tour for her debut album, Pink Friday. The fem-cee recently says she doesn’t carry herself as an artist who just very recently became famous. Following the news of her debut LP reaching platinum status, Nicki is scheduled to join Lil Wayne’s upcoming I Am Music II tour, which kicks off on March 18th in Buffalo, New York.
SNOOP DOGG WANTS TO RECORD WITH LADY GAGA
According to ThisIs50.com, Snoop Dogg has released a video where he asks Lady Gaga to record a song with him. The rap vet stated, “Attention, this is an APB (all-points bulletin) out for Lady Gaga, big Snoop Dogg is lookin’ for you, I’m trying to do a song with you. It’s a real nice freaky deaky kind of song. Get at me.” The rapper is putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album, Doggumentary, which is slated for a March release.
How do you think a Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg track will sound?
JENNIFER LOPEZ SHOOTS “ON THE FLOOR” VIDEO
Jennifer Lopez is pushing full steam ahead with her upcoming album, love? In fact, the singer has shot the video for her new single, “On the Floor” featuring Pitbull. J-Lo told MTV News about the Taj-directed clip, saying, “I play one character where she kind of runs this party, acts like she’s kind of over it, but at the same time is really loving it and loves this underground kind of party dance culture. So I got to be wild and crazy, and at the same time I got to be kinda sexy and sweet too.” The RedOne-produced song is off her Island Def Jam debut, which will land in stores later this year.
FACTS ABOUT JENNIFER LOPEZ
Jennifer has sold over 55-million albums worldwide.
J. Lo was the first actress to have a movie (The Wedding Planner) and an album hit number one in the same week.
According to Forbes, Jennifer is the richest person of Latin American descent in Hollywood.
J. Lo has released six studio albums, four DVDs, and has starred in six television shows, as well as 26 movies.
Jennifer has been nominated for over 30 awards, including two GRAMMY nominations.
Outside of work in the music and film industry, J. Lo advocates human rights and vaccinations and is also a supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
KANYE CLOSES FATBURGER LOCATION
According to NBC, Kanye West recently closed down one of his Fatburger restaurants. The eatery, which was located in Orland Park, Illinois, closed its doors over the weekend due to “underperforming finances.” So far, Yeezy has only opened two of the ten Fatburger joints he agreed to construct in Chicago.
NAS OWES SIX MILLION IN TAXES
According to The Detroit News, Nas reportedly owes over six-million dollars in back taxes to the IRS. The rapper, who is currently paying 25-thousand a month in child and spousal support, fell behind on the payments for his property in Eagles Landing, Georgia.
In related news, the rap vet is said to owe money for assessment fees for his condo in Queens, New York.
WAKA ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM TITLE
According to RapRadar.com, Waka Flocka Flame is currently working on the follow-up to his debut album, Flockaveli. The “No Hands” emcee revealed that his sophomore effort will be titled Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, & Family. No word yet on if the project will be completed this year. In related news, the rapper is hoping to create a reality show.
Waka’s hit single, “No Hands” featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, claims the number five spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-hop chart.
ICE CUBE ANNOUNCES U-S TOUR
According to his official website, Ice Cube has announced the dates for his upcoming North American tour to further support his I Am The West LP. The West Coast rapper kicks off his 28-city trek on February 24th in Aspen, Colorado and wraps on April 3rd in Bakersfield, California.
GAME RELEASES NEW MIXTAPE
It’s still not known when Game will release his long-awaited R.E.D. Album LP, but the West Coast rapper is happy to announce that he’s released a new mixtape titled Purp & Patron. The rapper’s new double-disc project was hosted with DJ Skee and is now available for free download. Fans can expect to hear collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Ashanti, Lil Boosie, Fabolous, Jim Jones and Dr. Dre.
You can download the mixtape over at PurpAndPatron.com and MixtapePass.com today!
JENNIFER HUDSON DISMISSES ILLUMINATI RUMORS
Like many artists, Jennifer Hudson has slammed accusations of her involvement in the Illuminati. The singer said of rumored membership with the infamous secret society, “That is the most ignorant thing I have ever heard in my life.” Hudson warns anyone who believes in the elusive organization that “people are only luring you in to become a part of some mess [that] you’re only falling victim [to].” She intends to remain positive by focusing on her forthcoming sophomore album, Remember Me, which arrives on March 22nd.
BRUNO PERFORMS IN HOLLAND
We recently reported that Bruno Mars got the chance to meet Adele while in Holland over the weekend, but hanging out with celebs wasn’t all that the singer-songwriter was doing. He also took the time to perform his hit single, “Grenade,” on Dutch TV, and you can check it out now at BrunoMars.com.
AGUILERA TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL
Earlier this week, it was announced that Christina Aguilera will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl 45. It marks her first time singing the anthem, but her second time appearing at the game – back in 2000 she was part of the halftime show. Aguilera joins a long list of singers who have performed the anthem at the Super Bowl, including Beyonce Knowles, Mariah Carey and Carrie Underwood. Super Bowl 45 will feature the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Green Bay Packers. It airs live on Sunday, February 6th from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on FOX.
LIL JON IN FUNNY OR DIE VIDEO
We all know Lil Jon has a great sense of humor, so it makes sense for the rapper to be featured in a new animated video on FunnyOrDie.com. Be sure to check out the King of Crunk poking fun at himself!
Click HERE to see it!
FM AND B.o.B AT CLUB NOKIA
Far East Movement and B.o.B will play Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, February 12th. The show will take place the day before the GRAMMYs, where B.o.B is up for five awards at the big show including Record of the Year for “Nothin’ On You.” Tickets are on sale now.
General admission tickets for the show range from 42 to 75 dollars and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
ADELE LOVES JAY-Z’S SMELL
In 2009, Adele took home the GRAMMY for Best New Artist, and she’s recently reminisced a little about her amazing experience. She told Q magazine about how she kept running into Paul McCartney in the hall backstage, and how Jay-Z “smells delicious. He smells like money!”
GAGA RULES SOCIAL MEDIA
It shouldn’t come as much of a shock to anyone, but it seems that Lady Gaga is the queen of all social media. According to MTV.co.uk, Groovecount took into account an artist’s popularity on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other similar sites, and Gaga was deemed the most admired, with Eminem coming in second. But it seems that Gaga needs to watch out for Rihanna, because the study shows that in the past month, it’s actually the Barbadian beauty that has been the most popular.
The bill to put an end to our Film Incentive Program is being heard this Thursday, January 27th @ 1:30PM in Room 317 – Film Works for New Mexico
“…the song tell[s] a story of 99 balloons floating into the air, triggering an apocalyptic overreaction by military forces.”
With the Epic “Ignore” going on at the Roundhouse toward the passionate & viable industry we call Film, there have been several calls to action to show support for simply maintaining something that thousands of New Mexicans have already worked so hard to attain – the very prestigious, successful and promising position New Mexico holds as a LEADER in Film and Production.
Those of us already in the campaign know what we’re fighting for and if anyone is unaware we should all be at the ready to $pell out for them the impact on our great state this brightest light since green chile shines down upon us. These may be romantic, enigmatic, fanciful descriptions of a very real threat posed by those armed with manipulated numbers and forked tongued “data”, printed out in upteenlate on official letterhead paper – but that cannot win out over the facts in the end?
Like a big screen saga in itself, we hope and quite literally pray – not for an apocalyptic overreaction resulting in the obliteration of this industry we hold so dear, but simply to be heard and understood for all that Film brings to the businesses, students, artists and trades of New Mexico – that the evil that is arbitrary crosshairs is removed and that the true examination and transparency of the state’s film programs is provided, as promised.
Far many more of us care about this teeming situation than can possibly collectively voice, but let’s do show our support and at least know that we stand together for something that will benefit New Mexico for generations to come, if not lost on deaf ears. We know their eyes might see.
Wear your red, fly your flag, float your balloon to keep New Mexico Film – perhaps we can achieve at least a seismic shift in awareness that we are here and we support each other.
LIL WAYNE ANNOUNCES I AM MUSIC II TOUR
Lil Wayne has just announced the tour dates for his first trek since serving time inside New York’s Rikers Island. The rapper’s I Am Music II outing will include opening acts Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Travis Barker and Mixmaster Mike on select dates. Weezy is expected to kick off the 25-city jaunt on March 18th in Buffalo, New York. He’ll travel through major cities including Dallas, New Orleans, Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta and Sacramento before he wraps on April 29th in Vancouver. We will keep you posted on when you can score passes to see Lil Wayne live!
I Am Music II dates:
March 18 – Buffalo, New York
March 19 – Columbus, Ohio
March 20 – Baltimore, Maryland
March 23 – Hampton, Virginia
March 24 – Cleveland, Ohio
March 26 – Philadelphia, Philadelphia
March 27 – Long Island, New York
March 30 – University Park, Pennsylvania
April 1 – Chicago, Illinois
April 2 – Detroit, Michigan
April 3 – Washington, D.C.
April 6 – Miami, Florida
April 8 – Greensboro, North Carolina
April 9 – Atlanta, Georgia
April 10 – St. Louis, Missouri
April 14 – New Orleans, Louisiana
April 15 – Dallas, Texas
April 16 – Houston, Texas
April 19 – Phoenix, Arizona
April 23 – Anaheim, California
April 24 – Oakland, California
April 26 – Sacramento, California
April 28 – Edmonton, Canada
April 29 – Vancouver, Canada
50 CENT TO WORK WITH EMINEM FOR NEW LP
Rap-Up.com has learned 50 Cent recently said during an interview that he just flew into Detroit to work with Eminem for his upcoming album. The mogul has already recruited Lil’ Kim, Akon, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes and Lloyd Banks for the follow-up to 2009’s Before I Self Destruct. It’s still unknown if 50’s fifth studio album will arrive later this year.
DRAKE TO STAR IN AL PACINO MOVIE?
According to XXLMag.com, Drake could potentially star in a new film with Al Pacino and Susan Sarandon called Arbitrage. The upcoming thriller follows “a hedge fund mogul determined to sell his shady firm before his fraud is uncovered.” The Nicholas Jarecki-directed flick will begin production in March, but as of now, Drizzy is yet to confirm his involvement. The rapper’s rep said that the Toronto native is currently “reading for various roles and projects.” We’ll keep you posted!
MONICA, TAMIA, LEDISI PREP NEW ALBUMS
2011 will be the year of R&B albums. SingersRoom.com has learned Monica is hard at work on completing the follow-up to her GRAMMY-nominated Still Standing LP. The “Everything To Me” singer revealed on her Twitter page that the upcoming project will “speak volumes about [her] whole life. Hurt, happiness, pain, love, joy, [her] kids & redemption.” The disc will be titled New Life and marks the recently married singer’s seventh studio effort. In addition, Tamia recently promised to include great ballad on her forthcoming fifth album – which includes contributions from Darkchild, Chuck Harmony and Claude Kelly. Lastly, Ledisi revealed how her follow-up to Turn Me Loose’ (Verve) will sound. She explained, “It’s very R&B, but not completely.” Fans can expect all three projects to arrive later this year!
SWIZZ BEATZ’ TWITTER GETS HACKED
Over the weekend, someone hacked into Swizz Beatz’s official Twitter page and tweeted scandalous messages about his wife, Alicia Keys, and having orgies. The unknown intruder also mentioned Swizz’ ex-wife, Mashonda, before the hitmaker regained control over the account.
TWO KANYE WEST ALBUMS IN 2011
Kanye West has good news! The man everyone loves to hate announced on his official Twitter page that he intends to release two new albums this year. In addition to completing his highly anticipated Watch The Throne joint effort with Jay-Z, ‘Ye wrote that fans will be treated to another disc by the end of the summer!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALICIA KEYS!
Today, Alicia Keys turns the big 3-0. The singer, who recently gave birth to her first child with husband Swizz Beatz, told us how blessed she is. From doing a job that she loves to traveling the country, AK says that music has really changed her life. Keys just issued a song dedicated to her son called “Speechless.” Be sure to check it out via her hubby’s new website, SwizzWorld.com.
Be sure to follow Alicia on Twitter to see what her 30th birthday plans entail!
JENNIFER HUDSON TALKS WEDDING DETAILS
During an interview with OK! Magazine, Jennifer Hudson gave up more details about her pending wedding to fiancé, David Otunga. The singer, who is scheduled to release her sophomore album in March, stated that “everything is already set” for the ceremony. J-Hud added, “We already have our wedding bands and everything made…I designed my dress myself.” Jenny described her Neil Lane gown as “a show” that will “have its own moment with special lighting and everything.” As for her 17-month old son, Hudson joked, “Maybe he’ll walk Mommy down the aisle. That would be so cute!”
NEW JENNIFER HUDSON SINGLE SURFACES!
Jennifer Hudson is looking forward to releasing her sophomore album, I Remember Me, this spring. While we’ll have to wait for the project to hit stores on March 22nd, the singer has released the first single off the disc, “Where You At,” which was written and produced by R. Kelly. Fans can expect the follow-up to her self-titled debut LP to include contributions from Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Rich Harrison, Ne-Yo and Stargate.
Jennifer said in a statement, “I’m excited about this album because it’s almost like a renewal for me, reflected through the chapters of my life. I’ve called it ‘I Remember Me’ because of the journey I’ve been on. I’ve learned that life constantly surprises you, no matter your plans. My fans have been so loyal, I feel like they have been on this journey with me and I can’t wait for them to hear the new album.”
BLACK EYED PEAS LAUNCH BEP360 APP
The Black Eyed Peas have launched a new iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch app called BEP360. The app immerses fans in the universe of the music group and features the world’s first 360-degree view music video called “The Time 360,” as well as a virtual photo session, games, pictures, a Twitter feed and more. BEP360 is the first release from will.i.apps, will.i.am’s new digital media production entity dedicated to pioneering and producing application-based entertainment. It’s available for $2.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
MAYWEATHER INVESTS IN 50 CENT FILM
AllHipHop.com has learned 50 Cent’s upcoming new movie, Tomorrow Today, was partly funded by boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. During the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, 50 revealed that Floyd has invested in the rapper’s Cheetah Vision film company – which recently inked a 200-million dollar deal to create ten movies to be distributed by Lions Gate. Curtis is writing and directing Tomorrow Today, which will be filmed in Grand Rapids this summer.
LAURYN HILL DISAPPOINTS… AGAIN
TheStar.com has learned Lauryn Hill continues to upset her fans during select tour stops. The singer, who recently showed up three hours late for a performance, is now being criticized for “demonstrated arrogance and self-indulgence.” One concertgoer at Lauryn’s Saturday show in Toronto complained about Hill over re-working her songs and also observed that “cheers and applause had dwindled” while she performed her classics. Head over to the site to read the entire rant!
WILLOW SMITH SHOOTS NEW VIDEO
Willow Smith was spotted filming the video for her song “21st Century Girl” over the weekend. The teen singer was joined by her parents, Will and Jada, on the set, as well as her brother Jaden and his Karate Kid co-star, Jackie Chan. The video was shot over two days in downtown L-A. Willow first got everyone’s attention last fall when she burst onto the scene with her debut single, “Whip My Hair.” She’s set to perform at the GRAMMY Awards on February 13th, and she is also going to hit the road with Justin Bieber when he tours Europe starting in March.
Willow wrote on Facebook, “Hey people I am so excited for my next single!! Are you? It’s a dance record. I know you love to dance.”
AMY WINEHOUSE AND CEE-LO RECORD SONG?
Amy Winehouse has allegedly recorded a duet with Cee-Lo Green. The Daily Star reports that the duet will appear on her new album, and they recorded the song in St. Lucia with producer Salaam Remi. The U-K outlet also claims that Winehouse has completed work on her new record, the follow-up to 2006’s Back to Black.
THE ROOTS READY 7TH ANNUAL JAM SESSION
It’s that time of year again: The Roots are looking forward to celebrating their seventh annual Roots Jam Session. Presented by Hennessy Artistry and hosted by Jimmy Fallon, the event will take place on the eve of the GRAMMY Awards on February 12th in Hollywood, California.
Questlove said in a statement, “We’re extremely proud and humbled that what began as a simple night to put the focus back on the music has become an amazing opportunity to unite both major artists and new talent in an impromptu musical collaboration unlike many other experiences in the industry today, while also providing a voice to some extremely worthwhile cause campaigns.”
The Roots have been named one of the greatest live bands around by both Spin and Rolling Stone.
BRUNO MARS HAPPY FIRST RECORD DEAL FELL THROUGH
Bruno Mars is 25 years old, and in the past year, he has become one of the biggest pop stars in the world. But many people don’t know that the singer-songwriter got his first opportunity seven years ago when he was 18, and things didn’t work out quite as he had hoped. According to ContactMusic.com, Mars’ first record deal fell through, but he’s alright with that, because he was a “little too young” to be successful. He says that his failure made him focus more on composing songs, and helped lead him to where he is today.
BRUNO HOLDS OFF ADELE IN U-K
We reported last week that it was looking like Adele’s new single, “Rolling in the Deep,” was going to debut at the top of the U-K singles chart, knocking Bruno Mars’s “Grenade” from the top spot. Well it appears that early predictions were mistaken, and Bruno still sits at number one while Adele bowed in the two-position. According to NME.com, Mars’s Doo – Wops & Hooligans album is at the top of the album chart as well.
BRITNEY SPEARS SHOOTS VIDEO
Britney Spears spent the weekend shooting a video for her new single, “Hold It Against Me,” with director Jonas Akerland. The singer gave fans a sneak peek over the weekend when she tweeted a photo of herself on the set Sunday night. In the pic, Spears is shown from the shoulders up, standing with her back to the camera and her face turned toward it. The singer is in a red outfit and surrounded by a wreath of microphones. No word on when the video will be released, but we will keep you posted.
ELTON JOHN TALKS KANYE AND MORE!
Elton John is out promoting the upcoming film Gnomeo & Juliet, which he did the music for. On the soundtrack, Elton sings with the likes of Lady Gaga and Nelly Furtado. As he told us, the Rocket Man loves listening to and working with younger artists.
“I never dismiss any form of music. I listen to everything. I’m on the new Kanye West record, for example, genius record. I was on the Alice in Chains record. Alice in Chains, Kanye West, I love all different sorts of music and I find that so many of my peers, of my age, don’t listen to anything new. I love the new, I love the energy of the new, the energy of the new act.”
Hear Elton’s music in Gnomeo & Juliet when the animated feature hits theaters on February 11th.
NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! VOL. 37
NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 37 features songs from Eminem, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, P!nk, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Far East Movement, Pitbull, Chris Brown, Willow Smith and more. NOW Vol 37 will be released on February 8th. A new companion CD titled NOW That’s What I Call The Modern Songbook, will be released the same day. It presents new classics from today’s best artists, including Train, Colbie Caillat, Lady Antebellum, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, OneRepublic, The Fray and more.
DAVID GUETTA TO WORK WITH U2?
David Guetta told MTV News that he has been talking to Bono about working with U2. The French DJ, who has worked with Akon, Rihanna, Flo Rida and more, said he has met with Bono and is really excited and honored to possibly produce tracks for the legendary band. Bono said late last year that U2 are exploring a dancefloor-friendly sound in their new music and have enlisted Danger Mouse, RedOne and the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am to produce tracks for the band.