BEYONCE TO GET HONORED WITH STATUE IN HOUSTON
After being in the industry for almost two decades, Beyonce’s legacy will reportedly be cemented in her hometown of Houston. The former Destiny’s Child singer is going to have a monument built in her honor. The statue is expected to be completed and unveiled by the end of the year.
DRAKE SITS ATOP BILLBOARD R&B/HIP HOP CHART
Since releasing Take Care, Drake has issued seven singles from the project, including “Make Me Proud,” which has claimed the number one spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The Nicki Minaj-featured track marks his eighth number one in just two and a half years. In addition, “Make Me Proud” has dethroned Wale’s “Lotus Flower Bomb” featuring Miguel after five straight weeks atop the chart. Be sure to pick up Take Care today.
DRAKE WANTS TO STAR IN PRESIDENT OBAMA BIOPIC
Drake is serious about continuing his acting career. During an interview with Vh1 News, the Young Money rapper revealed that he’d love to play President Barack Obama in a biopic. He explained, “I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him. That’s the goal. I watch all the addresses. Anytime I see him on TV, I don’t change the channel; I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impressions.” In the meantime, Drizzy is currently preparing his Club Paradise tour, which kicks off February 14th in Miami, Florida.
– Do you see the resemblance between Drake and Obama?
SEAN PAUL REMIXES MELANIE FIONA’S “4 AM”
It’s amazing how a remix can completely change a song. For Melanie Fiona’s ballad “4 AM,” Sean Paul has revamped the singer’s first single by adding an up-tempo dancehall inspired sound. In related news, the Canadian singer is working on a new mixtape and is expected to drop her sophomore album, The MF Life, on May 8th.
– Sean recently worked with Kelly Rowland on a new song called “How Deep Is Your Love,” which appears on his new album, Tomahawk Technique, arriving February 14th.
MARIAH RETURNS TO STUDIO WITH JERMAINE DUPRI
We all know Mariah Carey has already begun working on the follow-up to 2009’s Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel, but we had no idea that she has reteamed with producer Jermaine Dupri for the project. Late last week, Mi Mi posted a Twitpic of herself with her longtime collaborator inside Southside Studios in Atlanta. The upcoming disc marks the diva’s 14th studio effort.
– In related news, the mother of two is expected to headline the 11th annual Mawazine Festival in Morocco on May 26th.
TANK ANNOUNCES COUPLES RETREAT TOUR
Tank has revealed that he will embark on a short 8-city outing which is being dubbed The Couple Retreat Tour. According to a press release, the crooner’s trek kicks off on February 10th in Raleigh, North Carolina and hits New York City, Atlanta and Tampa before wrapping up on February 18th in Dallas, Texas. With his first single, “Next Breathe,” fans can anticipate the R&B singer’s next album, Savior, to arrive this spring.
The Couples Retreat Tour
February 10 – Raleigh, NC
February 11 – Killeen, TX
February 13 – New York, NY
February 14 – Washington, D.C.
February 15 – Philadelphia, PA
February 16 – Tampa, FL
February 17 – Atlanta, GA
February 18 – Dallas, TX
IGGY AZALEA SIGNS WITH INTERSCOPE
Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea recently announced via Twitter that she’s signed with Interscope Records. The fem-cee first received attention for her freestyle videos on YouTube, and will now join the ranks of fellow Interscope artists Eminem, Mary J. Blige, U2 and Lady Gaga. Fans of Azalea can expect her debut single in March, followed by the release of her album, The New Classic, which lands in June.
TWEET! Iggy wrote, “Get used to me + jimmy smashing s**t, cause that’s the plan.”
MADONNA TALKS SUPER BOWL, NO NIPPLES TO BE REVEALED
Lately, superstar Madonna has been taking plenty of shots at fellow artists. Her most recent offense came in an interview to promote her upcoming performance at this year’s Super Bowl. The singer criticized past performer and longtime rival Janet Jackson for her 2004 wardrobe fiasco. In an interview with NY 1, Madonna spoke about her halftime show and stated, “You don’t have to show nipples to be interesting.” What should fans expect? According to the megastar, there will be something “super entertaining.”
– M.I.A. wrote, “I asked Madonna if she was gonna show her ***s, she said naaa everyone’s seen em.”
– It was recently confirmed that Madonna be performing the halftime show with artists M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj.
WANNA GO TO DIDDY’S AFTER-GRAMMY PARTY?
If you’re broke then this party ain’t for you. TMZ reports Diddy is selling passes for his post-GRAMMY party next month at the Playboy Mansion. While ticket prices vary, the highest one will set you back 50-thousand dollars, which will get you “two private cabanas, VIP admission for 20 people, buffet dinner, open bar, free bottle service and 15 dedicated female promotional models.” The more affordable option is the 15-hundred dollar ticket and we’re guessing that will most likely only get you through the door. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the Angelwish Foundation for children afflicted by HIV/AIDS.
ETTA JAMES ALBUM SALES ARE UP
Billboard.com reports Etta James’ greatest hits collection has become her highest charting album to date. After news broke of her passing, The Best of Etta James – 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection rose from number 162 on the Billboard 200 chart to number 46. The “At Last” singer died on January 20th at the age of 73 after battling leukemia, dementia and hepatitis C.
– Her funeral took place on Saturday at the Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena, California.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA REMEMBERS ETTA JAMES
Christina Aguilera was deeply inspired by late-blues and R&B singer Etta James. When X-tina was young, she covered Etta’s classic tune, “At Last,” and will continue to honor James by performing the song in the future. Aguilera took to Twitter and posted a picture of the two.
TWEET! Christina’s tweet: “One of the greatest moments of my life… Singing with my idol, the legendary Etta James. You will forever be missed.”
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Liam Neeson’s new film, THE GREY hit theaters tonight at midnight…but I was one of the lucky ones…I got to see an early screening of the film. Lets start off by saying…Liam Neeson is a total bad ass. (LOL) I put this dude up there with Sean Connery, Al Pacino, or even a Robert DeNiro. (LOL) No matter how old they get – – THEY WHOOP ASS!
THE GREY IN THEATERS TODAY
I finally watched THE DILEMMA the other night – directed by Ron Howard starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, and Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum, and Queen Latifah.
Cute little comedy on Netflix – Check out the FULL REVIEW!
Hmmm…what can I say about the film PINA. Well, I really can’t rag on it – – – it’s just not my type of movie. (LOL)
OK…If your a dance fan – this movie’s right up your alley…but when I say dance…I don’t mean, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ or ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’…I’m talking SERIOUS artsy, theater dance stuff.
KELLY ROWLAND DROPS “KEEP IT BETWEEN US” VIDEO
Kelly Rowland is not done promoting her latest album, Here I Am. The singer has just unleashed the visual for her newest single, “Keep It Between Us.” The clip was shot in Paris and includes actor Lance Gross as the former Destiny Child singer’s love interest. If you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and pick up Here I Am, today.
CHRIS BROWN’S GUEST FEATURES CONTINUES TO GROW
Since Chris Brown is refusing to do interviews, fans have to rely on his Twitter page to find out news surrounding his upcoming album, Fortune. So far, Breezy has announced that the follow-up to F.A.M.E. will include contributions from will.i.am, David Guetta, Asher Roth, Wiz Khalifa, Nas and Kid Sister. If that’s not enough, there’s whispers that Brown is looking to invite even more acts. Be sure to look out for Fortune when the disc arrives in March.
– Are you excited for the album?
After passing away on January 20th, the memorial and funeral arrangements for Etta James have been announced. CNN reports there will be a public viewing on Friday at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, California. In addition, there will be a private funeral service the following day where Rev. Al Sharpton will preside over the service. The “At Last” singer died on Friday at the age of 73 after battling leukemia, dementia and hepatitis C.
– The funeral will take place at Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena, California.
NE-YO FINDS NEW LABEL HOME AT MOTOWN
After parting ways with Def Jam, Ne-Yo has reportedly has signed to Motown Records and has been appointed Senior Vice President of A&R. Billboard.biz reports the singer will also bring his Compound Entertainment imprint to his new label home. Ne-Yo in a statement, “I’m honored that I’ve been given such a prestigious title and trusted with such responsibility; terrified because I know that playing this role in the fashion of one of my career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson—these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it.” Ne-Yo’s fifth album, The Cracks in Mr. Perfect, is due this summer.
– The crooner released four albums on Def Jam.
NICKI MINAJ BREAKS RECORD WITH “STUPID HOE” VIDEO
Is there anything Nicki Minaj can’t do? The Young Money fem-cee has reportedly broken a record on Vevo for having the highest single video views within the first 24 hours of release. After releasing her Hype Williams-directed visual to “Stupid Hoe,” the Queens native racked up 4.8-million views. In related news, her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, is set for an April 3rd release.
COMMON DOESN’T KNOW WHEN DRAKE BEEF WILL END
We’re still scratching our heads over the beef brewing between Common and Drake. During an interview with Bossip.com, the Chicago native touched on when he plans to patch things up with Drizzy. He explained, “I really honestly don’t know how things will end. I just want to put out there that it’s not a thing where I don’t like him as a human being or like I got something against him personally. That’s not what it is.” Common feels that since Drake took the first jab, “If you come at me, I’ma fight until the end. I’m not talking about physical. I’m talking about emceeing.” Be sure to pick up his latest album, The Dreamer, The Believer, which is out now.
TYGA TO COLLABORATE WITH NICKI, NAS ON CARELESS WORLD
XXLMag.com reports that Tyga is cooking up some great music for his upcoming album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King. The Young Money rapper revealed that his label mate, Nicki Minaj, will appear on the project on a track called “Muthf**cka Up.” He stated, “That one is one of them going in type songs. Like how Lil Wayne had ‘A Milli.’ One of those Young Money records that people love. We got a crazy visual for that one, too.” In addition, the “Rack City” rapper says Nas contributed guest verses on a record called “King And Queens,” which he says is “a real classic song. People are gonna like it.” Be sure to look out for Careless World: Rise of the Last King on February 21st.
NEW JOHN LEGEND SINGLE LEAKS!
The newly engaged John Legend is readying another album and he recently released a new song called “Tonight (Best You Ever Had).” The track includes guest verses from Ludacris and will also appear on the upcoming soundtrack for the film Think Like a Man. Check it out now at SoundCloud.com.
JENNIFER HUDSON’S FAMILY MURDERS TRIAL WILL BE ON TV?
We previously told you that a trial date has been set for the murder case of Jennifer Hudson’s three family members. According to CBS Chicago, the forthcoming trial might allow cameras and microphones in courtrooms. This means the entire case against William Balfour could be televised due to new provisions decided by the Illinois Supreme Court. We will keep you updated.
– Balfour pled not guilty to the murders of Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew back in October of 2008.
JUSTIN BIEBER CAUSES SPIKE IN CANADIAN ORGAN DONORS
Justin Bieber caused a spike in Canadian donor registrations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it all started when 20-year-old Helene Campbell made a personal plea via Twitter to raise the number of organ donors as she awaits a lung transplant in Toronto. Bieber responded to Campbell’s request by retweeting her plea to his 16-million followers. By Sunday, the Trillium Gift of Life Network’s BeADonor.ca website reported 565 new donors. A post then appeared on the life-saving organization’s Facebook page that reads, “Thanks to Helene, her team, and all the Bielibers out there!” Now there are over one-thousand new donors listed on the site.
“Chris Gore sits down with Liam Neeson and director Joe Carnahan to grill them about their new film and what it was like working with wolves in subzero conditions. They would probably still be searching for my body.” – AOTS
THE GREY hits theaters Friday!