PITBULL TO ROCK THE TODAY SHOW ON FRIDAY
Pitbull and Marc Anthony will take the stage for the first time together for The Today Show’s Summer Concert Series in New York City tomorrow morning. Pitbull and Anthony will debut their new single, “Rain Over Me.” The Miami-based rapper will also be joined by Ne-Yo for his current single, “Give Me Everything,”which was just crowned number one on Billboard’s Top 100, and T-Pain will join him on “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)”
DICAPRIO TO PLAY BEYONCE’S LOVE INTEREST?
According to Deadline Hollywood, things might get steamy in the Clint Eastwood’s remake of A Star is Born. Leonardo DiCaprio is being considered to play Beyonce’s on-screen lover in the upcoming flick. The news comes as Will Smith was also said to be in the running for the role. We’ll keep you posted.
· There were two earlier versions of A Star Is Born, one with Judy Garland and James Mason in 1954. The other had Janet Gaynor and Fredric March in 1937.
BEYONCE’S YEAR OF 4 SPECIAL AIRS TONIGHT!
A half-hour television special titled Beyoncé: Year of 4 is scheduled to air later tonight. The show will follow the singer’s recording process for her newly released album, 4. You don’t want to miss this! Be sure to tune in tonight (6/30) at 7:30 PM Eastern on Vh1 and Palladia as well as on MTV.com, Vh1.com, BET.com, MTV Hits and MTV Jams immediately following the premiere.
THE VOICE TO GO ON TOUR
NBC’s The Voice will be hitting the road this summer on a concert tour featuring the show’s eight finalists. However, their superstar coaches, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, will not be joining them. The Voice Live on Tour kicks off on July 27th and tickets are on sale now at LiveNation.com.
RICK ROSS IS BEING SUED OVER DEADLY PITBULLS
According to TMZ, Rick Ross is facing a lawsuit for allegedly owning the pitbulls that killed his neighbor’s pet. According to the suit, three of the rapper’s dogs escaped from Rozay’s Atlanta mansion and attacked the neighbor’s three-year-old Yorkshire Terrier. As a result, Ross is being sued for 15-thousand dollars in damages and court costs. He is yet to apologize for the incident.
· The puppy was so badly injured that the neighbor was forced to euthanize it.
JILL SCOTT IS NUMBER ONE!
We’re happy to report that Jill Scott has scored her first number one album of her career with her newly issued project, The Light of the Sun. The singer’s LP sold over 135-thousand units during its first week. This marks Scott’s fourth studio effort.
ALICIA KEYS CONCERT TO STREAM ONLINE!
In case you weren’t able to score tickets for Piano & I: A One Night Only Event With Alicia Keys, AOL Music will be streaming the concert live. Fans can watch the singer run through her biggest songs from New York City’s Beacon Theater tonight (6/30) beginning at 9:30 PM Eastern. Be sure to purchase the collector’s edition of her debut album, Songs in A Minor, available in stores now.
· On Tuesday, Keys was immortalized by Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Times Square. She spoke to MTV News about her wax figure, saying, “I actually think it’s really, really good! I was looking close up: It’s like my eyebrows are for real, and it’s like my eyes are for real, and the bone structure of my chin, like, ‘Look, that’s my chin! That’s my jaw. It’s incredible. It’s really incredible, and I think it’s so cool to be a part of the New York City part of the exhibit. I was born and raised here, this is my home, so it’s so perfect.”
FACT OF THE DAY: FLO RIDA
Despite lackluster first week sales of his latest album, Only One Flo (Part 1), we’re confident that Flo Rida will turn things around. Why? Well this happens to be the same artist whose hit song, “Low” featuring T-Pain, became the most successful Hip-Hop song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Within the 50-year period of 1958 to 2008, no other song has spent ten weeks at number one and sold over five-million digital downloads.
KELLY ROWLAND ISSUES HERE I AM TRACKLIST
In addition to leaking the artwork for Here I Am, Kelly Rowland has released the official tracklist for her upcoming album. The 10-track disc includes collaborations with Lil Wayne, Big Sean and Rico Love. Fans who purchase the deluxe edition will get to hear four extra songs, one of which features Nelly. Be sure to pick up your copy on July 26th. Here’s the tracklist:
1. “I’m Dat Chick”
2. “Work It Man” feat. Lil Play
3. “Motivation” feat. Lil Wayne
4. “Lay It on Me” feat. Big Sean
5. “Feelin’ Me Right Now”
6. “Turn It Up”
7. “All of the Night” feat. Rico Love
8. “Keep It Between Us”
10. “Down for Whatever”
11. “Heaven & Earth”
12. “Each Other”
13. “Motivation (Rebel Rock Remix)” feat. Lil Wayne
14. “Commander (Urban Remix)” feat. Nelly
GAME SHOOTS NEW VIDEO
According to Rap-Up.com, Game has spilled about what fans can expect of his upcoming video for “Pot of Gold.” The rapper said of the Chris Brown-assisted song that the visual walks “back through the days when I didn’t have anything, taking my son with me and showing him how we used to live.” The Bryan Barber-directed clip was shot in Compton. Expect it to premiere in the coming days.
GAME WANTS FANS TO RAP ON “RED NATION”
Game has announced a new contest where he’s asking fans to submit a new verse for his single, “Red Nation.” In a short video message, he explained, “You could write or record your best 16 bars. I’m going to record my favorite verses on video and share with the world. For the winning verses, your name and link will pop up during your lyrics so everyone knows that your verse was pretty f**king hot and I chose it.” To learn more, visit Facebook.com/TheGame or TalentHouse.com.
· The rapper’s oft-delayed R.E.D. Album is expected to drop on August 23rd.
FANTASIA IS PREGNANT?!
Stop playing! After pictures surfaced online, it seems Fantasia is pregnant with her ex-boyfriend, Antwaun Cook. This is the same guy that the singer attempted to kill herself over last year. In any case, the couple was spotted vacationing in Barbados over the weekend with Fanny’s nine-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. Check out the photos via TheYBF.com now.
· Even though he’s coming off a bitter divorce, do you think Cook will propose to Fantasia?
· In case you forgot about the home-wrecking scandal, CNN reported that the 26-year-old “testified that she knew from the first day of her relationship with Cook that he was married and still living with his wife, according to two sources who were in the courtroom.”
· Today is the American Idol winner’s 27th birthday!
NEW SEAN PAUL MUSIC!
Finally! Sean Paul has just released a new single, “Got 2 Luv U” featuring Alexis Jordan. The track is the first offering from his forthcoming effort, which will be available later this year.
· Fans can purchase the tune for $1.29 via AtlanticRecords.com.
· Sean hasn’t dropped a new LP since 2009’s Imperial Blaze.
ANOTHER “MARVIN’S ROOM” REMIX!
Artists just can’t get enough of revamping Drake’s free song, “Marvin’s Room.” After Jo Jo, Teyana Taylor and Chris Brown laid down their vocals, Sammie has offered up another version of the song that became a huge trending topic on Twitter. Check it out now:
CALI SWAG ISSUES KICKBACK TRACKLIST
According to Amazon.com, the official tracklist for Cali Swag District’s debut album, The Kickback, has surfaced. The 15-song effort will be available in stores and online on July 12th.
· After one of the band’s members was killed last month, the rap group decided to put all four members on the album cover.
· The surviving rappers recently released their Deeper Than the Dougie mixtape hosted by DJ Kay Slay.
1. “Roof Back”
4. “Burn Out (Drive Fast)”
5. “Me & U” (feat Recognition)
6. “I’m Freaking You” (feat YP Da’Writa)
7. “Hip Hop Fiend”
8. “Rock N Republic”
9. “9th Inning”
10. “I Don’t Need Your Money”
11. “Back It Up and Dump It”
12. “Run That”
13. “Can’t Live Without My Music” (feat Ashley A)
14. “Teach Me How To Dougie”
Last week, I came across this interview and wanted to see what Ease is about… see why.
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DRAKE TALKS RIHANNA DATING RUMORS
Ever since photos of Rihanna and Drake going out to dinner together in downtown Montreal, Canada surfaced online, many assume that their old fling is back on. However, Drizzy told ExtraTV.com, “We were just in the same place. It was just like a one isolated time with a lot of photos from that one time.” There you have it.
RZA LANDS NEW FILM ROLE
According to Variety.com, The Rza has landed a new role in the upcoming film, G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes. The rapper will portray a martial arts expert named “Blind Master.” The emcee will star alongside Dwayne Johnson in the 3D sequel, which opens later this year.
CHRIS BROWN REMIXES “MARVIN’S ROOM”
Shortly after Jo Jo and Teyana Taylor remixed Drake’s free song “Marvin’s Room,” Chris Brown released his version of the tune via his Twitter page. The singer tweeted, “No diss record either for all the slow people out there! Just writing from the other perspective!” In addition, Drizzy issued the visual for the song, which you can check out NOW!
· Brown’s version includes contributions from RichGirl’s Seven and a verse from his “Deuces” collaborator Kevin McCall.
WANNA BUY DIDDY’S NJ MANSION?
The New York Post reports Sean “Diddy” Combs has just put his New Jersey mansion up for sale. The mogul’s residence, which includes over 12-thousand square-feet, is listed for 13.5-million dollars. Puff purchased the pad back in 2004 for six million and lived there with his then-girlfriend, Kim Porter, and their son, Christian.
· Diddy has decided to sell because he spends more time on the West Coast.
· He also has homes in Miami, New York and Atlanta.
ALICIA KEYS BACKS NEW BROADWAY SHOW
We’ve just learned Alicia Keys has helped produce the upcoming Broadway production, Stick Fly. The singer said in a statement, “This is a story that everybody can relate to.” She added, “I’m passionate about this play because it is so beautifully written and portrays Black America in a way that we don’t often get to see in entertainment. I know it will touch all audiences, who will find a piece of themselves somewhere inside this house.” You can expect the show to open on Broadway on December 8th, with preview performances beginning on November 18th. Tickets are now on sale at Telecharge.com.
· The Kenny Leon-directed play will be held at the Lyceum Theatre (149 W. 45th Street).
KELLY ROWLAND LEAKS COVER FOR HERE I AM
According to her official fansite, Kelly Rowland has released the artwork for her upcoming album, Here I Am. The singer’s third solo effort will be available in stores on July 26th.
· Her single, “Motivation,” is number one on the Billboard R&B Chart for its fifth week.
· Rowland’s first project for Universal Motown features with production from David Guetta, Tricky Stewart, Rodney Jerkins, and Rico Love.
· Many people have said that Kelly’s cover looks almost exactly like Alicia Keys’ As I Am cover art. Which do you like better?
DETAILS ON ODD FUTURE, NAS COLLABORATION
According to Pitchfork.com, MellowHype from Odd Future spilled new information regarding the rap group’s much-talked about collaboration with Nas. Mellow explained that the “song is almost finished. We’re just waiting on a verse. It will be Frank Ocean, Tyler, Hodgy Beats, and Nas. I’m just stoked to be on a song with him. I know I’ll meet him eventually.” No word on when the song will be released.
JEREMIH, 50 CENT GO PLATINUM WITH “DOWN ON ME”
According to RapRadar.com, Jeremih and 50 Cent recently received a double platinum plaque for their duet, “Down On Me.” The duo accepted the plaque during this past weekend’s Powerhouse 2011 concert in L-A. The song is lifted from the singer’s latest album, All About You, which is in stores now.
ACE HOOD TO DROP HIS ALBUM THIS SUMMER
According to his official Twitter page, Ace Hood has released the official artwork for his upcoming album, Blood, Sweat & Tears. DJ Khaled’s protégé is scheduled to drop his highly anticipated project on August 9th.
JANELLE GETS BOOST IN SALES AFTER GLASTONBURY
Following her outstanding performance at the Glastonbury Festival, Janelle Monae’s latest album, Archandroid, has gotten an increase in sales. In fact, the disc is now listed in the top ten on Amazon.co.uk because her project experienced a 4928 percent increase in sales. If you missed it, check out the singer’s amazing showcase:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICOLE SCHERZINGER!
Former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger is celebrating her 33rd birthday today! She was born Nicole Presovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger in Hawaii on this day, back in 1978. Her solo debut album, Killer Love, was released back in March.
· Nicole became the winner of the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars in early 2010
· She will judge the American version of The X Factor, which will air on FOX this fall.
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BEYONCE LOVES WHAT SHE DOES
Today is the day! Fans can finally check out Beyonce’s much-talked about album, 4. Many speculate that this could be the diva’s biggest opening debut and could potentially outshine 2008’s I Am…Sasha Fierce, which was number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 482-thousand units in its first week.
A TIMELINE OF BEYONCE’S JOURNEY TO THE TOP
· In 1990: At age 9, Beyonce Knowles formed the all girl pop group, Destiny’s Child, in Houston, Texas.
· In October 1997: Beyonce along with the rest of Destiny’s Child, got signed to Columbia Records and debuted their song, “Killing Time,” on the Men In Black soundtrack.
· In 1998: Destiny’s Child released their self-titled debut album, which sold three-million copies worldwide and went platinum. Singles released from Destiny’s Child include “No, No, No” and “With Me.”
· July 27th, 1999: Destiny’s Child released their second studio album, The Writing’s on the Wall. “Bills, Bills, Bills” was their first number one hit song on Billboard’s Hot 100. Other singles released: “Bug-A-Boo,” “Jumpin’, Jumpin’” and “Say My Name.”
· Mid 2000: Destiny’s Child became a trio with members Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
· In 2001: Bey became the first African-American female artist and the second female artist to receive the ASCAP Pop Music Award for Pop Songwriter of the Year.
· July 26th, 2002: Beyonce made her big screen debut next to Mike Myers in the comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember, as the fierce “Foxxy Cleopatra.”
· In Late 2002: Bey and her then-boyfriend, rapper Jay-Z, teamed up for the smash hit, “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde.”
· In 2003: Beyonce co-starred with Cuba Gooding, Jr. in The Fighting Temptation, a romantic comedy.
· In June 2003: Knowles released her first solo album, Dangerously In Love, selling over six-million units worldwide and debuting in the top spot on the Billboard 200. The album was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.
· February 8th, 2004: Bey won five GRAMMYS at the 2004 Grammy Awards for her solo work and also opened the show, performing a medley of songs with Prince.
· In 2005: Beyonce and her mother came together to start the fashion line, House of Deréon.
· February 10th, 2006: Bey appeared on the silver screen alongside Steve Martin in The Pink Panther, which debuted at number one, making 21.7-million dollars in its first week of release.
· In 2006: Knowles became the face for L’Oreal and Tommy Hilfiger.
· September 5th, 2006: Knowles released her second solo album, B’Day, which coincided with her 25th birthday. The album debuted in the top spot on the Billboard 200, making it Bey’s second consecutive album to debut at number one.
· December 25th, 2006: Bey showed off her acting chops starring as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls with Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy.
· In 2007: Bey received two Golden Globe nominations for her role in Dreamgirls. One for Best Actress and the other for Best Original Song.
· In 2008: Bey released her first two singles, “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” off of her upcoming album, I AM…SASHA FIERCE.
· December 5th, 2008: The movie Cadillac Records came out. In it, Beyonce portrayed Etta James, alongside co-stars Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright.
· January 20th, 2009: Beyonce performed Etta James’ song, “At Last,” at President Barack Obama’s Neighborhood Inaugural Ball.
· In April 2009: Bey co-starred with Ali Larter and Idris Elba in the movie Obsessed.
· September 13th, 2009: Beyonce’s hit, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” received the top honor, Video of the Year, at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
· January 31st, 2010: Beyonce led the 52nd GRAMMY Awards with a whopping ten nominations, tying with Lauryn Hill for most GRAMMY nominations for a single female artist in one year. Bey took home a record breaking six GRAMMYS out of the ten she was nominated for.
· February 2010: Knowles joined Lady GaGa on her hit song, “Telephone,” which went straight to number one, making it the sixth number-one song for both Bey and GaGa.
YOUNG JEEZY SUED FOR MISSED CONCERT APPEARANCE
According to TMZ, Young Jeezy is facing a lawsuit for failing to show up for a scheduled concert appearance in the Virgin Islands. The rapper’s rep called and canceled just one day before the gig due to an undisclosed conflict. The promoters, Paid 4 Entertainment, are suing for 75-thousand in damages and fraud charges.
· The company also went out of their way to book a private jet for Jeezy.
CELEBS RESPOND TO KELLY’S BET PERFORMANCE
If you were on Twitter while the 2011 BET Awards ceremony was on, you’d know that Kelly Rowland experienced what many are calling her career-defining moment while showcasing “Motivation.” Here’s what her peers tweeted:
· Nelly: “SAY WAD SIS!!!!!!!@KELLYROWLANDTHAT’S how u shut sh#t down!!!!CRAZY performance!!!!”
· Taraji P. Henson: “@KELLYROWLAND YOU DID THAT annnnnnnnd #ThatIsAll. #SoProud#ShineOnMySis”
· Missy Elliott: “So u killed it tonight!!! So proud! Hands down best of the night! Xoxo hope all is well!”
· Brandy: “@Kellyrowland just F’in MURDERED the @BETawards!!!! So proud of you gal:) Trey fall back on the neck piece though playa..lol”
· Monica: “WERRRRRRRK @KELLYROWLAND rhat was a phenomenal performance. The Ladies not PLAYING tonight. Love it ….”
· Sean Garrett: “Wow!!!! Congrats to @KELLYROWLAND just Mashed!!!! Congrats princess!!! Killer Performance!!”
· Rico Love: “Congrats @Kellyrowland. You deserve it all. I Love u babe!#TTLO”
· Michelle Williams: “Amen! #audiencetweetBETAwards Go Go Go Go @KELLYROWLAND! Okay bye!”
· LeToya Luckett: “KEL!!!!! Smh *drops mic & walks off stage*”
ALICIA KEYS TALKS RE-RELEASE FOR DEBUT ALBUM
To celebrate 10th anniversary of its release, Alicia Keys has put out the deluxe and collector’s edition of her debut album, “Songs In A Minor.” The project includes bonus tracks, demos, live performances and two previously unreleased songs. Be sure to purchase your copy today!
· Visit her official website to learn more about passes for the Piano & I: A One Night Only Event with Alicia Keys on June 30th at New York’s Beacon Theatre.
AMERIE MARRIES HER MANAGER
According to Rap-Up.com, Amerie and Columbia Records A&R man Lenny Nicholson held their destination wedding over the weekend. The couple exchanged vows on the island of Anguilla. The pair is currently honeymooning in a private resort bungalow.
EL DEBARGE OUT OF RE-HAB, PREPS ESSENCE FESTIVAL
According to SingersRoom.com, while in February, El DeBarge suffered a relapse of substance abuse, he has since left rehab after and is reportedly back on track. The singer is scheduled to perform at the main stage during the upcoming 2011 Essence Music Festival. The showcase marks his first concert performance in almost five months.
· Before he checked into rehab, El said in a statement, “I hate to disappoint my fans but it is necessary for me to take the time to work on me so that I may continue to share my music and my story with everyone.”
HIP HOP TWEET OF THE DAY: WALE
Before shooting his new music video, Wale took to his Twitter account to complain about the models that were cast. He wrote, “Here we go again…there is NOOOOO brown skin models to chose from AGAIN… this game is so f**ked up…I don’t even wanna do this video.” He added, “I think it’s time I start my own modeling agency ….we need some more f**king balance ….beautiful is not one shade…they got the game f**ked.”
G.O.O.D. MUSIC JOINS DEF JAM
According to HipHopDX.com, Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music has officially joined the Def Jam umbrella. The first project that will be released under the new partnership is Big Sean’s debut, Finally Famous, which is in stores now.
DJ KHALED RELEASES OFFICIAL TRACKLIST
According to HipHop-N-More.com, the tracklist for DJ Khaled’s upcoming album, We the Best Forever, has surfaced online. The 12-track project includes guest spots from Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne, T-Pain and many more. Be sure to get your copy on July 19th, but you can pre-order it now via Amazon.com now.
1. “I’m On One” Feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
2. “Welcome To My Hood” Feat. Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne & T-Pain
3. “Money” Feat. Jeezy & Ludacris
4. “I’m Thuggin” Feat. Waka Flocka & Ace Hood
5. “It Aint Over Til It’s Over” Feat. Mary J. Blige, Fabolous & Jadakiss
6. “Legendary” Feat. Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole & Ne-Yo
7. “Sleep When I’m Gone” Feat. Busta Rhymes, Cee-Lo & The Game
8. “Can’t Stop” Feat. Birdman & T-Pain
9. “Future” Feat. Ace Hood, Meek Mill, Wale, Vado & Big Sean
10. “My Life “Feat. Akon & B.O.B.
11. “A Million Lights” Feat. Tyga, Cory Gunz, Mack Maine, Jae Millz & Kevin Rudolf
12. “Welcome To My Hood” (Remix) Feat. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Mavado, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, The Game & Waka Flocka
T-PAIN DROPS NEW VIDEO
According to his official fansite, T-Pain has released the visual to his new single, “Booty Work (One Cheek At a Time).” The Erik White-directed clip includes a cameo from comedian Kevin Hart as his rap alter ego, “Chocolate Droppa.” The song is off Pain’s upcoming album, rEVOLVEr, which will be released later this year.
BLACK EYED PEAS TO RELEASE VIDEOGAME
The Black Eyed Peas unveiled plans for a new videogame called The Black Eyed Peas Experience. According to AllHipHop.com, the group is working with Ubisoft to develop the game, which will feature tracks like “Boom, Boom, Pow” and “Let’s Get It Started.” The Black Eyed Peas Experience will be available for Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 and is scheduled for release later this year.
· Ubisoft also developed and published Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance 3 and Michael Jackson: The Experience.
JUSTIN BIEBER WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Justin Bieber confirmed that he is currently in the planning and recording stages for his next album. Usher’s protégé is taking time to craft a unique record, telling MTV News that his voice “is not meant for any style.” There are no set deadlines for work on the album, which Bieber hopes will be “huge.” For more, check out MTVNews.com.