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.