It’s finally here…the Transformers: Dark of the Moon trailer – I’ve been counting down the days and it’s finally here. BOYYYYY WAS IT WORTH THE WAIT. This movie is going to be incredible! I don’t care what my bud John says! See for yourself!
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I can’t wait for BRIDESMAIDS people…the female version of THE HANGOVER. I know a few people who’ve seen it already…they say it’s hilarious.
BRIDESMAIDS hits theaters Friday, May 13
FAST FIVE hits theaters THIS Friday and I’m totally stoked about this one! Come on – the whole cast together (except for Ludacris, NOT a fan)…non-stop action. Gotta luv it! I think this one’s going to deserve a midnight showing…yeah, yeah…you’re probably saying, “Mike, your telling me that you didn’t have a chance to see this one earlier?!” Yeah, I did – but I didn’t wanna deal with all the craziness…I want to see this with my “Midnight” fans!
Check out the FAST FIVE featurette that I got my hands on…enjoy!
LUDACRIS TALKS NEW ALBUM
According to AllHipHop.com, Ludacris is spilling new details regarding his upcoming album, Ludaversal. When asked what fans should expect from the project, the rapper said, “People can expect me to take it to a level they know I’m capable of.” He added, “If anybody has doubts, I have no problem continuing to prove myself. And I have no problem slapping the ones who’re sleeping to make them wake up. It’s about consistency.”
– Luda’s new film, Fast Five, co-stars Vin Diesel and is due in theaters this Friday (4/29).
– Ludaversal is due in stores in early 2012.
BEYONCE NOT PERFOMING AT ROYAL WEDDING
By now, you may have heard that Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z have been invited to attend and take stage during Prince William and Kate Middleton’s upcoming wedding on April 29th. However, her rep has told Enterntainment Tonight, “The ceremony is not on her schedule and she has a shoot in New York on Saturday (April 30).” Looks like Bey won’t be performing after all.
· It is unknown if Hova will take stage at the royal affair.
COMMON TO STAR IN NEW MOVIE
According to HipHopDX.com, Common will reportedly star in an upcoming independent film titled L.U.V. The rapper will portray the uncle of a 13-year-old who is seeking a better life. While it’s unknown when the movie will open, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton and Megan Good are attached.
· Common said of his character, “‘Vincent’ is a uniquely conflicted character. I found an appeal in his desire to move past his failures and onto the right track, and the challenges that presents.”
ARETHA’S BUCKET LIST…
Aretha Franklin sat down with People Magazine to talk about all the things she wants to do before she dies. The Queen of Soul revealed that her bucket list includes sailing the Nile River, seeing the Pyramids and the Sphinx, starring on Broadway and having tea with the Queen of England. The 69-year-old doesn’t know when she’ll start checking things off this list since she is “really taking far better care of [herself]” and “feel fabulous.”
RICK ROSS TO PERFORM AT BMI SHOWCASE
Rick Ross has been tapped to perform during BMI’s 14th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase. The rapper will be joined by Travis Porter, Ace Hood and Sean Garrett. The event takes place at The Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta on Wednesday, May 18th. In related news, Rozay’s compilation album, Self Made, will be available on May 24th.
· If you want to attend, limited advance tickets can be purchased today at Ticketmaster for $25.
FORMER DESTINY’S CHILD ARRESTED
TMZ reports a former member of Destiny’s Child was arrested over the weekend. Farrah Franklin was booked and released for disorderly conduct around 6:45 AM on Saturday morning. Details are sparse but alcohol was definitely involved in the arrest.
· The singer, who was the replacement for LaTavia and LeToya Luckett in February 2000, is currently working on her debut album.
RYAN LESLIE DEBUTS FIRST VIDEO FROM LES IS MORE
Ryan Leslie debuted his new video for “Glory,” a track about resisting being labeled in the music industry. The song is from the BET and GRAMMY Award nominee’s highly anticipated album, Les Is More, which is set to be released on July 4, 2011.
BRUNO MARS GOES PLATINUM
Bruno Mars is officially a worldwide hit. The singer’s 2010 debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, has now been certified platinum for sales over one-million units in the U-S, the U-K, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. He’s also now sold 14-million singles worldwide. See him live when his Hooligans in Wondaland tour with Janelle Monae kicks off in New York on May 4th.
BRITNEY’S REMIXED WITH NICKI MINAJ AND KE$HA
Just days after it was leaked on Friday, Britney Spears dropped her official remix of “Till the World Ends,” which features Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha. The song, which was written by Ke$ha, was produced by Dr. Luke and Dream Machine. Spears and Minaj have been hanging out a lot in the lead-up to their summer tour. They were together at the Factory nightclub on Friday night after Minaj’s show in Los Angeles. Spears later tweeted, “Early rehearsal after a late night with my girl @NickiMinaj. Can’t WAIT to get out on the road with you.”
BIEBER AND GOMEZ TOP AOL’S REGAL POP COUPLES LIST
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez top AOL’s Regal Pop Couples list. The list was compiled just in time for Friday’s Royal Wedding. Beyonce and Jay-Z, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, and Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys round out the top five. Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani and Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore are also on the list.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA OPENS UP
While it has been a whirlwind year for Christina Aguilera, things seem to be looking up for the recently divorced singer. Her stint as a vocal coach on NBC’s The Voice kicks off tonight and she admitted to USA Today that she is in a more positive space now. Over the past year, Aguilera’s Bionic album under-performed, as her marriage ended. She said she was humbled by her divorce and everything else she has been through. The Voice films in Los Angeles and has allowed Aguilera to stay near her son, Max, and begin recording her new album. Christina says the next record will focus on her personal evolution. The Voice airs tonight on NBC at 9 PM Eastern.
· Aguilera says The Voice represents a new beginning for her in every sense. “Being in this business for quite a few years now, sometimes you do take things for granted. I’ve had my ups and I’ve had my downs. You have to take the good with the bad in this business. It gets me back to the root of why I got into this business, and that’s real, raw talent.”
CHRIS BROWN TALKS “SHE AIN’T YOU”
While telling us about his latest album, F.A.M.E., Chris Brown said he wanted to pay tribute to Michael Jackson with his new single, “She Ain’t You” by sampling SWV’s “Human Nature,” which is currently sitting at the number 16 spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart. Be sure to go get your copy of F.A.M.E. today.
· Brown’s “Look At Me Now” has claimed the number seven spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
NEW DETAILS ON LIL WAYNE ALBUM
According to MTV News, Mack Maine has revealed some interesting information about the upcoming single for Lil Wayne’s album, Tha Carter IV. Mack spilled that Weezy’s new song is “more along the lines of a ‘Lollipop.’ People call [them] crossover records and all of that, but [it will be] just one of those [records] that will be liked by the masses.” As for when fans will hear it, Maine adds Wayne is “still perfecting a few things, he’s a perfectionist … changing a few lines. We also have a huge record that wasn’t done yet. We’re in L-A right now. We have a little studio time and it should be done probably by Monday.”
· Wayne’s new launch date for the project is June 21st!
NICKI MINAJ REDIES NEW ALBUM?
Nicki Minaj recently announced that fans will be able to check out the follow-up to her platinum-selling Pink Friday LP “within 12 months.” For now, the fem-cee is focusing on promoting three more singles: “Super Bass,” and its video, as well as “Did It On’em” and “Fly.” Hopefully we’ll at least get a mixtape while we wait for her sophomore effort!
· She recently promised to axe her infamous lap dance during the Britney tour.
BIRDMAN READIES NEW SINGLE
Before Birdman issues his upcoming album, Bigga Than Life, the rapper revealed to Billboard.com that his next single is called “Why You Mad” and will feature Young Money’s Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj. The fem-cee recently told us why she has such a strong admiration for Baby (See Related Cut #7). She also said why she can always count on him (See Related Cut #8). In related news, fans can expect Birdman’s Bigga Than Life to arrive in stores July 7th.
· TIDBIT: Birdman recently released the video for the album’s first single, “I Get Money” featuring T-Pain, Mack Maine and Lil’ Wayne.
BOW WOW IS PROUD OF CHRIS BROWN
While promoting his upcoming film, Madea’s Big Happy Family, Bow Wow gave his reactions to Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. LP going gold in three weeks. The rapper, who is good friends with Breezy, couldn’t be happier with Brown’s overall comeback. Fans can check out Shad’s acting chops in Tyler Perry’s film, Madea’s Big Happy Family, playing in theaters everywhere.
· The film also stars Teyana Taylor.
BAMBOOZLE RETURNS THIS WEEKEND
This weekend sees the return of the annual Bamboozle festival in New Jersey. Among the acts to play the three day event are Lil Wayne, Motley Crue, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars, Anberlin and more. For details, be sure to visit Bamboozle.com.
GET READY FOR FESTIVAL SEASON!!!
Festival season is just around the corner! Bamboozle, headlined by Lil Wayne, kicks off the music season this weekend followed by the Rock on the Range weekend in Columbus, Ohio on May 21st and 22nd. The festival has a very rock n’ roll line-up with A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn and more. The following weekend, May 27th through the 30th, is the Sasquatch Festival in Washington State, headlined by Foo Fighters, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse and more. Hooray for live music!
TABOO TALKS THE BEGINNING
The Black Eyed Peas have sold over 620-thousand copies of their latest album, The Beginning, since it was released five months ago. The album was written and recorded while the band was touring behind their previous record, The E.N.D. and Taboo told us it was a totally new experience for the band.
“Well it’s different because it’s a little bit harder you know, it’s heavier on the electro dance side as far as the inspiration. This album was done in such short time it’s probably the fastest album we’ve done. We did it in six to eight months. It was hard because we were on the road and we were doing the album on the road.”
The Black Eyed Peas will perform three nights in Paris, France starting June 22nd.
TOP RADIO SONGS OF 2011
Rihanna has scored the most Top 40 radio play this year. According to Mediabase, her hits like “S&M,” “California King Bed” and “(Only Girl) In the World” collected over 218-thousand spins so far in 2011.
· Rihanna is listed at number five on the Urban charts.
J-LO TALKS GAGA
On Jennifer Lopez’s forthcoming album, Love?, the American Idol judge had a little help from Lady Gaga. Lopez told Rolling Stone that the effort actually features two songs that were co-written by the pop star, and that she thinks Gaga is a “great songwriter.” Love? is due out on May 3rd.
· J-Lo also said that she doesn’t “just love” Gaga’s lyrics, but “her melodies” as well.
Last night here in Houston was the Red Bull ‘THRE3STYLE Battle at Rich’s nite club. I heard there was some serious talent in the house, but the winner of the night was…(drum roll please)…Mr. DJ Rockwell himself!! Yeah…I taught him a few things here and there. (LOL) You can check us out every Saturday night at the Roxy. Congrats dude.
Check out the video below – thanks Dj Playboy for the video hook-up!
GAME DETAINED IN CANADA!
We’ve just learned Game was detained after he tried to enter Canada for several spot shows. The rapper tweeted that since the customs officials denied him entry, he was unable to perform for his waiting fans. While he didn’t explain the reason for being detained, Game wrote, “I’m sorry to all my fans but I was mislead by promoters & assured I would be able to enter.” He is now being held for 14 days until paperwork is filed for his inadmissibility and he faces a judge to see if he will be deported or sentenced for violating Canada’s immigrant entry laws.
· Game later tweeted, “Flew all the way from L-A to be denied and detained?!?!”
GUCCI PLEADS NOT GUILTY FOR BATTERY CASE
We recently told you that Gucci Mane was arrested after he pushed an unnamed woman out of a moving vehicle in Atlanta. According to the Washington Post, the rapper has just pled not guilty to the battery, reckless conduct and disorderly conduct charges and denies all allegations. We’ll keep you posted with further details.
NICKI MINAJ AND “THE LAPDANCE”
During Lil Wayne’s I Am Music II tour, Nicki Minaj has consistently delivered lap dances to fans and celebrities while performing her verse to Sean Kingston’s “No Letting Go.” The fem-cee started the tour kick-off by grinding on one of her male fans. As the show hit different cities, Nicki danced on Wayne’s lap, then on a female fan, then on NBA guard Chris Paul, and just last night (4/19), Nicki made the Phoenix Suns’ point guard, Steve Nash, smile. According to Minaj, she’s been waiting a long time to showcase her many talents. In case you haven’t seen the footage…
KANYE WEST FOUNDATION CLOSES DOWN
The New York Times reports Kanye West has decided to shut down his charity program, the Kanye West Foundation. The organization, which raised money to help kids excel in school and music, closed after four years for unknown reasons. Yeezy has declined to comment.
· The official website for the organization has not shut down just yet.
WAKA FLOCKA WANTS TO RETIRE “EVERYDAY”
It’s safe to say that Waka Flocka Flame has a love/hate relationship with the music business. The “No Hands” rapper, who just dropped a new mixtape, says he contemplates retiring due to industry politics. We’re sure Waka will be around for quite some time. Be sure to download his new mixtape, Benjamin Flocka, today!
· His sophomore album will be completed later this year.
RIHANNA IS RECORDING A DUET WITH BEYONCE?
According to MisForMusic.com, there are whispers that Beyonce and Rihanna could potentially record their first duet together. A source told the site that Ri Ri wanted to work with Bey “for some time now and after talking about a duet at this year’s GRAMMYs they have finally managed to set aside some time to record together. The song will feature on Beyonce’s album and will be a number one smash hit for sure.” The news comes a few days after Rihanna collaborated with Britney Spears for the first time for the remix to “S&M.
· Bey is currently working on her fourth studio album, which is slated to arrive later this year.
RIHANNA SCORES 10th NUMBER ONE SINGLE!
Rihanna’s “S&M” rises to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, giving the singer her 10th number one and ownership of a pair of historic chart records. According to Billboard, Ri Ri logs the shortest span between a solo artist’s first and 10th number one hits in the chart’s 52-year history. It took Rihanna only four years, 11 months and two weeks to score 10 chart-toppers. At 23, she is the youngest artists in history with 10 number ones.
50 CENT SEEKS RELATIVES IN NEW VH1 SERIES
50 Cent has reportedly signed on to look for family members in a new Vh1 series called The Origin of Me. The mogul will return to South Carolina to seek his ancestors in Edgefield County, which was once known as one of the “most violent places in the South.” Fans can expect the show to premiere on May 23rd at 9 PM Eastern on Vh1.
· 50 will also meet with the descendants of the slave-owners that enslaved some of the rapper’s ancestors.
THREE 6 MAFIA TO BE ON COOKING SHOW?
We’ve just learned Three 6 Mafia will appear in a new upcoming cooking series on Vh1. DJ Paul and Juicy J will compete against Heidi Montag of MTV’s The Hills, Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Danielle Staub, Jake Pavelka from The Bachelor, singer Ashley Dupre and The Sopranos’ Vincent Pastore to see who can successfully run a restaurant owned by The Dolce Group. Viewers can expect the reality show, Famous Food, to premiere this fall.
· The rap group’s last reality series was Adventures In Hollyhood, which ran on MTV and MTV2 in 2007.
LIL WAYNE ISSUES ALBUM COVER
Lil Wayne has released the official artwork for his upcoming album, Tha Carter IV. On the cover, a young Weezy poses in cap and gown with his signature tattoos edited onto his young face. In addition, fans can expect the disc to now arrive on June 14th.
· TIDBIT: Wayne has issued the Colin Tilley-directed video for “John,” which is the new single from Tha Carter IV. The cut includes verses form Rick Ross. Be sure to check it out on YouTube now!
· So far the disc will include guest appearances from Nicki Minaj and Drake.
JAMIE FOXX TALKS BIGGEST MOMENT OF CAREER
While promoting his latest animated film, Rio, Jamie Foxx sat down with us to recall all of his accomplishments over the years. The man who has won an Oscar his hit song, “Blame It,” is one of his biggest feats to date. His most recent single, “Fall For Your Type” featuring Drake, is sitting at the number 17 spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
· Did you know that Jamie Foxx is the number six most played urban artist on radio?
MARHSA READIES R KELLY TOUR
We recently reported Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius will be joining R. Kelly’s Love Letter tour. The trek will give the former Floerty member the opportunity to further promote her debut album, Late Nights & Early Mornings, which entered at number one on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and number two on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. The singer, who just wrapped her joint outing with Melanie Fiona, tweeted, “It will take me a few days to recover from the tour. My sleeping patterns were f*cked up before, I’m all the way out of it now!” Luckily, Marsha will have time to catch up on her sleep as the Love Letter tour dooesn’t kick off until June 2nd in Mississippi.
Here are the official dates:
June 2nd – Southaven, MS
June 3rd – New Orleans, LA
June 4th – Mobile, AL
June 5th – Houston, TX
June 10th – Oakland, CA
June 11th – Los Angeles, CA
June 16th – Chicago, IL
June 17th – St Louis, MO
June 18th – Kansas City, MO
June 19th – Dallas, TX
June 24th – Raleigh, NC
June 25th – Atlanta, GA
June 26th – Birmingham, AL
June 29th – Cleveland, OH
June 30th – Newark, NJ
July 1st – Baltimore, MD
July 2nd – Washington, D.C.
July 3rd – Philadelphia, PA
CEE-LO GREEN TALKS “FORGET YOU”
Cee-Lo Green taped his VH1 Storytellers on Tuesday night at Sony Studios in Culver City, California. The soul crooner performed songs from his entire career from Goodie Mob classics like “Soul Food,” to Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” and “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” to his latest solo hit “Forget You.” We caught up with Cee-Lo, who told us the song is about his frustration with his record label, after they said they were not happy with his songs he had recorded for his latest album.
“I did it to be ridiculous. I did it to be spiteful in all honesty. I did it to be ridiculous and I wanted to spite the label and be like, ‘Blah, blah, blah, take that’ and ironically enough it was the one (song) they loved.”
VH1 Storytellers: Cee-Lo Green will air Friday, May 20th.
GAGA DOES NOT APPROVE WEIRD AL PARODY
According to Popdust.com, Lady Gaga did not approve Weird Al Yankovic’s parody of “Born This Way,” titled “Perform This Way.” The song, which can be heard on YouTube with a lyrics scroll, was supposed to be the first single from his upcoming album. It did not receive Lady Gaga’s approval so as-of-now it will not be featured on the effort. In the parody, he pokes fun at all the strange costume choices Gaga has made over the years. At the end of the clip, Weird Al states that all proceed from the song and video would have gone to the Human Rights Campaign.
ODD FUTURE TO PERFORM AT PITCHFORK FESTIVAL
Vibe.com reports Odd Future will join the line up for this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. The annual three-day event will also include performances from Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs, Pharoahe Monch, Bon Iver, Das Racist and many others. The festival will be held at Chicago’s Union Park from July 15th to the 17th. Get tickets now at Ticketmaster.com.
· The festival began five years ago and mainly focuses on independent rock artists.
BLACK EYED PEAS ON MTV’S ABDC
The Black Eyed Peas will make a special appearance on this week’s episode of MTV’s Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew as the “Superstar of the Week.” Eight crews will showcase their choreography skills set to one of the smash hits from BEP. Catch the episode tonight at 10 PM Eastern on MTV.
DAWN RICHARD DEBUTS MINI-DOCU JOURNAL
Dawn Richard of Diddy-Dirty Money has released a mini-documentary journal titled Behind The Dream. To get a closer look at the personal life of the singer, head to DawnRichardBlog.com.
NATE DOGG TRIBUTE SONG LEAKS
According to TMZ, Warren G recorded a tribute song for Nate Dogg called “This Is Dedicated to You.” The rapper revealed that the track was actually recorded before the late singer passed away from complications from two strokes. All proceeds from the record will go to the trust fund that Snoop Dogg set up for Nate’s children. You can visit TMZ to check out the song that Warren explained he did so he could let “people know how [he] feels.”
AKON LEAKS NEW SONG OFF STADIUM
Just days after we told you that Akon has announced a new launch date for his much-delayed album, Stadium, the singer has leaked a new song called “Take It Down Low.” The Polow Da Don-produced cut features Chris Brown and will appear on his fourth studio project when it hits shelves on September 13th.
BEYONCE ISSUES “GIRLS (WHO RUN THE WORLD)”
Late Monday, the unfinished version of Beyonce’s new single, “Girls (Who Run the World),” surfaced online. The up-tempo beat samples Major Lazer’s “Pon de Floor” and serves as the first offering from her much anticipated fourth solo effort. There’s been mixed reviews on blogs all over the Internet about whether or not this record will become a number one smash hit. When we last spoke to the diva herself, she told us she doesn’t like to assume if she has a potential chart-topper or not. You can check out the mastered radio edit via ThatGrapeJuice.net now!
Click HERE to hear it!
50 CENT TO DROP NEW SINGLE
According to XXLMag.com, 50 Cent has revealed that he plans to release a new single off his fifth studio album, Black Magic, later this week. The mogul says that the tune is “nothing but heat.” While we thought he was putting his upcoming Black Magic LP on hold, the European inspired disc will include contributions from David Guetta as well as Eminem, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes and Akon.
· No release date is confirmed at this time.
CHRIS BROWN GOES GOLD
Chris Brown has solidified his comeback – his latest album, F.A.M.E., has reached gold status in less than three weeks! The “Look At Me Now” singer, who is also the number one played artists on radio, told us why he absolutely gives all praise to his fans (See Related Cut #3). Brown has announced that his next single off the project will be the Michael Jackson and SWV-sampled song, “She Ain’t You.”
SELF MADE TRACKLIST SURFACES
Rick Ross and The Maybach Music crew will unleash the first installment of their compilation album, Self Made, next month, and now, fans can check out the official tracklist. For the effort, the Miami boss recruited Drake, Jeremih, Teedra Moses, Cyhi Da Prince, Curren$y, Jadakiss and J. Cole as well as noted producers Just Blaze and Lex Luger. Be sure to get the disc on May 24th.
Self Made Track Listing:
“Selfmade” – Wale, Meek Mill, Pill, Rick Ross & Teedra Moses
“Tupac Back” – Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross
“600 Benz” – Wale ft. Rick Ross & Jadakiss
“Pacman” – Pill ft. Rick Ross
“By Any Means” – Wale, Meek Mill, Pill & Rick Ross
“Fitted Cap” – Wale, Meek Mill & Rick Ross ft. J. Cole
“Rise” – Pill, Wale & Teedra Moses ft. Cyhi Da Prince & Curren$y
“That Way” – Wale ft. Jeremih & Rick Ross
“Ima Boss” – Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross
“Don’t Let Me Go” – Pill ft. Gunplay
“Pandemonium” – Meek Mill ft. Wale & Rick Ross
“Play Ya Part” – Wale ft. Meek Mill & Rick Ross
“Ridin’ On Dat Pole” – Pill
“Big Bank” – Pill, Meek Mill, Torch & Rick Ross ft. French Montana
“Running Rebels” – Wale ft. Meek Mill & Teedra Moses
KID CUDI EXPLAINS QUITTING WEED
Today(4/20) is the one day out of the year that marijuana users can rejoice and bask in the smell of their favorite hobby. Kid Cudi, a reformed weed smoker, is explaining why he has quit one of his well-known pastimes. During the Rites of Spring show, Cudi told the crowd that unlike those who smoke for “recreational purposes,” he was smoking “all the time, recreationally, every day, wake up, [and] needed it.” He stopped because he “needed to just take a step back, clear my dome and focus on some real important s**t.” Scotty is now focused on his daughter, family and his business.
· Do you think other artists who are smoking weed are offended by Kid Cudi’s feelings on marijuana?
ALICIA KEYS TO DIRECT A FILM
According to SingersRoom.com, Alicia Keys has signed on to make her directorial debut on Lifetime. The singer joins Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore for the opportunity to direct one of five short films for Lifetime’s Project Five. The characters in each film will convey the struggles of having breast cancer.
· In related news, Keys has also begun recording her fifth studio album.
SOULJA BOY DROPS NEW MIXTAPE
Soulja Boy has announced that he’s releasing a new mixtape called The Juice at midnight on April 20th. The rapper said of the 22 track project, “I’m always in touch with my fans and thinking of new ideas to stay fresh and original. A lot of thought and planning went behind the Juice concept. I hope they like it.” Fans will be able to download the mixtape for free via LiveMixtapes.com and can expect visuals for three songs from the effort to be released soon.
KEYSHIA, R KELLY AND MARSHA PREP TOUR
Keyshia Cole recently appeared on BET’s 106 & Park to premiere her video for “Take Me Away” and to announce that she will be going on a joint tour with R. Kelly and Marsha Ambrosius. Details about the outing are sparse but we’ll keep you posted with further information.
· “Take Me Away” is featured on Cole’s fourth album, Calling All Hearts.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & LADY GAGA ON SNL?
According to WorldofJustin.com, Justin Timberlake will host Saturday Night Live’s season finale. The site is also reporting that Lady Gaga will be the musical guest. SNL’s season finale will air on May 21st.
BRITNEY GOES BOLLYWOOD!
Canadian trio, Culture Shock, have added their Bollywood flair to remixes of Rihanna, Sean Paul and Lady Gaga and now they have tackled Britney Spears’ latest single. The remix of “Till The End of the World” even caught the attention of Spears, who took to Twitter to endorse the song.
MTV’S O MUSIC AWARDS
Lupe Fiasco, Lil B, Matt & Kim, Mumford & Sons and more will perform at MTV’s inaugural O Music Awards on April 28th in Las Vegas, Nevada and other cities. Presenters include Ke$ha, Cee Lo Green, B.o.B, Wiz Khalifa, Robyn and more. Lady Gaga and Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator lead with three nominations each, followed by Kanye West, the Flaming Lips and Nicki Minaj, with two nominations. The winners will be announced beginning April 25th with the final three awards announced the day after the main event.
· The O Music Awards will be voted by fans and honors the technology and migration of music into the digital space. More than two-million votes have been cast since voting began on April 6th in categories such as Innovative Music Video, Funniest Music Short, Innovative Artist and Must-Follow Artist on Twitter.