HOSTED NEWS WITH SASHA HAMROGUE:
We’ve just learned Wiz Khalifa has revealed the official tour dates for his upcoming Rolling Papers trek. Fans can expect the outing to kick off on June 11th at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee and hit major cities including Las Vegas, Houston and Orlando before wrapping on August 5th in Pontiac, Michigan. In addition, the 40-city trek will include special guests Big Sean, Chevy Woods and DJ Bonics.
While there hasn’t been any update on the suspect who shot and murdered Montae “M-Bone” Talbert from Cali Swag District, the plans of the late rapper’s funeral arrangements have been released. Talbert’s family will open up the ceremony to the general public and allow fans to say their final goodbyes to the 22-year-old. If you’re in the Inglewood, California area, you can attend the funeral this Friday at 11 AM at Faithful Central on 333 W. Florence Avenue.
In case you were late on finding out who Frank Ocean is, Def Jam has decided to re-release the singer’s debut effort, Nostalgia, Ultra. The Odd Future member actually leaked the project online, which included his popular cut, “Novacane.” The disc will hit stores on July 26th but you can purchase the digital copy on May31st!
· CHECK NOVACAN HERE! http://youtu.be/U-2_11mOIOY
Another night at Club Roxy in Houston people…on Saturday, April 30 we did a little sum sum for the movie THOR – yep, we gave away some goodies!! AND…I can’t forget about my ‘booth babes.’
TUPAC’S 40TH B-DAY CELEBRATIONS NEXT MONTH
We’ve just learned a lot is going into the planning of what would have been Tupac’s 40th birthday party. The late rapper’s mother, Afeni Shakur, has invited artists including Erykah Badu, Bun B., 8 Ball, MJG, Too $hort and DJ Drama to appear during the celebration, which will be hosted by comedian Mike Epps. The event will take place on June 16th at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in ATL.
· Badu said in a statement, “I am greatly honored to have been invited by Afeni Shakur to celebrate her son’s 40th birthday. I do not take this honor for granted.”
· Mike Epps said in a statement, “I’m looking forward to another year of preserving Tupac’s legacy by celebrating his life with his fans and furthering his causes by supporting his organization.”
MARY J FEELS NO PRESSURE FOR NEXT ALBUM
Mary J Blige is hard at work on her next studio album, titled My Life II, The Journey Continues. The Queen of Hip Hop Soul says she feels no pressure when it comes to creating a platinum-selling disc. Fans can expect the disc to arrive on September 20th.
· The lead offering from Mary’s tenth studio album is called “Someone to Love Me (Naked)” featuring Lil Wayne. So far, the disc has already received contributions from Danja, Kanye West, Stargate and Swizz Beatz.
NEW PERFORMERS ADDED TO MTV MOVIE AWARDS
We’ve just learned the Foo Fighters are confirmed to perform their new single, “Walk,” during the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. Previously confirmed performers include Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz, who will play together for the first time. The news comes as the first batch of presenters for the show has also been announced and includes Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Nicki Minaj, Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Selena Gomez, Emma Stone, Cameron Diaz, Leighton Meester, Shia LaBeouf, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Duhamel. Be sure to tune in when the Jason Sudeikis-hosted event broadcasts live on Sunday, June 5th at 9 PM Eastern.
RICK ROSS: “SELF MADE IS JUST A SPRING BOARD”
Rick Ross and The Maybach Music crew have just unleashed the first installment of their compilation album, Self Made. The effort includes contributions from Drake, Jeremih, Teedra Moses, Cyhi Da Prince, Curren$y, Jadakiss and J. Cole as well as productions from Just Blaze and Lex Luger. Be sure to get your copy today!
YOUNG JEEZY ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE
Just days after tweeting about completing his oft-delayed album, Thug Motivation 103, Young Jeezy has selected a launch date for the much anticipated project. Led by the first single, “Ballin’” featuring Lil Wayne, the project will hit stores on July 26th. Be sure to keep following the Snowman on Twitter for further updates!
· So far, Travis Barker and Drumma Boy have contributed to the first track on the disc.
· The release date is the same as his debut, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAXWELL!!
Maxwell is turning 38 years old today (5/23). The crooner must feel good knowing that his latest album, BLACKsummers’night, was not only well received but won two GRAMMY Awards. We’ll keep you posted with further updates.
· The singer recently taped his first showcase of Vh1 Storytellers in New York City. He later tweeted about the experience, writing, “Still buzzed about the Vh1 show! Honored immensely by the outpour of booty shakin’ up in the house…thanks for giving a damn.”
· On June 24th, Maxwell performed a live rendition of Al Green’s classic song, “Simply Beautiful,” at the 2008 BET Awards.
DRAKE LEAKS NEW BUZZ SONG!
To get fans more excited about his forthcoming sophomore album, Take Care, Drake has issued a buzz track called “Dreams Money Can Buy.” The Toronto native wrote on his official blog, “A song that I felt the need to share. Not my single. Just a piece of my story. Hear me out though…” Visit OctobersVeryOwn.com to check it out today.
· The Noah “40” Shebib-produced cut reportedly samples Jai Paul’s “BTSTU.”
· Click HERE to hear it!
JADAKISS DROPS HIS NEW ALBUM TOMORROW!
It’s only a matter of hours until Jadakiss releases his new project, I Love You (A Dedication to My Fans): The Mixtape. The project, which includes guest spots from Trae Tha Truth, Rick Ross, Styles P and Teyana Taylor, will be available tomorrow.
DIDDY CHANGES HIS NAME TO SWAG?
Diddy has a thing for changing his stage name. The mogul uploaded a video to announce that he’s changed his moniker to “Swag” and even switched his Twitter name from @iamdiddy to @iamswag. Fortunately, this is only temporary as Puff plans to change it back by the end of the week.
· In the past, he’s been named Puff, Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy and King Combs.
· Lil B told XXLMag.com, “Diddy is my family and we finna get in the studio! I’mma have the first feature from Swag.”
NEW BOYZ DISCUSS PRESSURE OF MAKING MORE HITS
While promoting their latest album, Too Cool To Care, Legacy from New Boyz told us that the rap duo is aware that a lot of people assumed they’d be a one-hit-wonder. Now that they’ve recorded another smash single, the young rapper says that the haters only make them work harder. Their new single, “Backseat” featuring Dev, claims the number 17 spot on Billboard’s Pop chart. Too Cool To Care is in stores now.
XXL MAG NAMES TOP GREATEST 90’S RAP SONGS
MTV.com reports XXL Magazine has a lot of people commenting on the Top 250 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of the ‘90s list. So who came in at number one? Dr. Dre’s “Nothin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” featuring Snoop Dogg took the top spot while Diddy’s “It’s All About the Benjamin’s” claimed second. Other songs that made the cut includes 2Pac’s “California Love,” The Lox’s “Money, Power & Respect” and MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”
CHRIS BROWN LEAKS NEW VIDEO!
In case you missed it, Chris Brown released the video for his new single, “Should’ve Kissed You.” The cut is off his latest album, F.A.M.E., which has already reached certified gold status. Fans can expect Brown to soon issue the visual for “Next 2 You” featuring Justin Bieber.
· Breezy has shot more than six videos for F.A.M.E.
· TIDBIT: In other music video news, Keri Hilson has also released the visual to her new single, “Lose Control” featuring Nelly.
PITBULL’S PLANET PIT TRACKLISTING
Pitbull released the track listing for Planet Pit, which will arrive in stores next month. The album features his hit songs “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)” featuring T-Pain and “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer. Chris Brown, Enrique Iglesias, Sean Paul, Marc Anthony, Kelly Rowalnd and Red Foo from LMFAO all appear on the effort. Pitbull’s sixth album, Planet Pit, will arrive on June 21st.
PLANET PIT TRACK LISTING:
1. Mr. Worldwide (Intro) (feat. Vein)
2. Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer)
3. Rain Over Me (feat. Marc Anthony)
4. Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) (feat. T-Pain)
6. Come N Go (feat. Enrique Iglesias)
7. Shake Senora (feat. T-Pain & Sean Paul)
8. International Love (feat. Chris Brown)
9. Castle Made Of Sand (feat. Kelly Rowland & Jamie Drastik)
10. Took My Love (feat. Red Foo, Vein & David Rush)
11. Something For The DJs
GAGA RELEASES BORN THIS WAY!
Lady Gaga’s new album, Born This Way, is out now. The singer might celebrate by going to a club and having a ton of champagne, but she told us it is unlikely that will happen.
“I find it really hard to go out and just like have good time. I don’t go to night clubs, you don’t see pictures of me falling out of a club drunk. It’s because I usually go and a whiskey and a half into it I think ‘I gotta get back to work.’ That is my fear that the phone is ringing and my head is ringing, you know whether it’s a telephone or it’s just your thoughts in your own head, that’s another fear.”
Born This Way is available now in stores and digital retailers.
USHER JOINS ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL!
We’ve just learned Usher has been added to the official line-up for the 2011 Essence Music Festival. The “OMG” singer will perform on the first night of the three-day concert event and will join Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men and many others. We recently asked the pop star if it’s ever difficult picking the set list for big shows like this (See Related Cut #1). This will be Usher’s first time ever performing at the annual Essence Music Festival. It’s not too late to score passes to the event, which takes place during July Fourth weekend in New Orleans. Be sure to visit EssenceMusicFestival.com to learn more.
HERE’S THE FULL RUNDOWN:
Friday, July 1st: Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men, Macy Gray, Dwele, Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Tank, Miguel, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas
Saturday, July 2nd: Kanye West, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, El Debarge, Eric Benet, Timothy Bloom, Mint Condition, Hot 8 Brass Band, Stephanie Mills, Charmaine Neville Band, Naughty by Nature, To Be Continued Brass BandSunday, July 3rd: Mary J Blige, New Edition, Trey Songz, Kem, Hal Linton, Kourtney Heart, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Rebirth Brass Band, Kelly Price, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Trin-i-Tee 5:7, Brian Courtney Wilson, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Shamarr Allen and The Underdawgs.
50 CENT LANDS NEW MOVIE ROLE
According to Variety, 50 Cent will portray a blind DJ in the upcoming film, Odd Thomas. The mogul will join William Defoe, Anton Yelchin and Addison Timlin in the movie adaptation of Dean Koontz’s novel. 50’s character reportedly helps uncover a Satanic cult in the supernatural thriller.
· TIDBIT: Curtis has a number of flicks coming up including Lives of the Saints, Fire with Fire, Freelancers, Vengeance and Setup.
DETAILS ON ALICIA COLLECTOR’S EDITION OF DEBUT
The official track list for Alicia Keys’ upcoming deluxe and collector’s edition of her debut album, songs in A minor, has surfaced online. To celebrate the 10th anniversary since its release, the disc will include bonus tracks, demos, live performances and two previously unreleased songs. Visit her official website to learn more about the project and be sure to get passes for the Piano & I: A One Night Only Event with Alicia Keys on June 30th at New York’s Beacon Theatre.
2011 BET AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
During BET’s 106 & Park show on Tuesday night, the nominations for the 2011 BET Awards were announced. Chris Brown leads the pack with six nominations, including for Video of the Year for “Look at Me Now” and for Best Male R&B Artist. Lil Wayne scored five nods and Rihanna, Drake and Kanye West each received four. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by comedian Kevin Hart and airs live from Los Angeles on June 26th.
· Willow Smith is up for Video of the Year with her smash single, “Whip My Hair.” This marks her first BET Award nomination.
· Chris recently told us how he feels about the overall positive reception he’s gotten since releasing F.A.M.E.
AND THE 2011 BET AWARD NOMINEES ARE…
Best Male R&B Artist
Cee Lo Green
Best Female R&B Artist
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Cali Swag District
Best New Artist
B.o.B f/ Hayley Williams – “Airplanes”
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
Chris Brown f/ Tyga & Kevin McCall – “Deuces”
Waka Flocka Flame f/ Roscoe Dash & Wale – “No Hands”
Rihanna f/ Drake – “What’s My Name?”
Kanye West f/ Rihanna – “All of the Lights”
Video of the Year
Marsha Ambrosius – “Far Away”
B.o.B f/ Hayley Williams of Paramore – “Airplanes”
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
Keri Hilson – “Pretty Girl Rock”
Willow Smith – “Whip My Hair”
Kanye West f/ Pusha T – “Runaway”
TRINA, KEYSHIA COLE UPSET BY BET SNUBS
Ever wonder how artists feel when they aren’t nominated for music awards? Well, Keyshia Cole and Trina have tweeted their feelings about not receiving nods for the 2011 BET Awards:
· Keyshia wrote, “It’s like this. Been on the scene seven years. I was 21 when I got signed. Seven # 1 records. No awards for none of them/still touring. It is What it is,” She adds, “These types of thing are the way they are. I’m not upset about any of it in any way. I hope everyone that goes has a wonderful time.”
· After being left out of the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist category, which includes Nicki Minaj, Cymphonique, LoLa Monroe and Diamond, Trina simply wrote, “f**k BET…”
· Do you think either deserves an award?
TREY SONGZ REACTS TO BET AWARD NOD
We’re happy to see Trey Songz being nominated on for Best Male R&B Artist for the 2011 BET Awards. Even after all of his success, the singer recently explained to us how much passion he still has for making music and why he’ll never get complacent with his artistry. Tremaine is also up for the Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award! If you want to cast your vote, make sure you head over to BET.com today!
· The crooner recently tweeted, “If you never follow your heart you’re sure to lose your mind.”
J. COLE TALKS DEBUT ALBUM
Following the BET Awards Nominations event, J. Cole spoke during the press conference about the status of his much talked about debut album. Cole revealed that he’s always “had the material for the album” but waited on releasing the effort because he had to pick “the right single.” The Roc Nation rapper explained, “I think we knew that there was so much on the line and the potential that I had so we were kind of hesitant…[Now,] there’s no more hold up.” He promised the disc will arrive soon and said “now it’s time.”
SOULJA BOY FACES MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT
Facing a lawsuit is almost a rite of passage for most artists these days. So it comes as no surprise that Soulja Boy has been hit with a million dollar suit for allegedly cancelling a concert in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A promoter from TrinCity Entertainment claims SB was supposed to take stage on December 10th and was given an advance fee of 16-thousand, only to leave the promoter hanging when the rapper bailed so he could play a show in Hawaii instead. AllHipHop.com reports TrinCity is seeking a million in damages for breach of contract.
· Apparently Soulja never gave back the 16k advance.
· How much would you pay to have Soulja Boy perform at your birthday party or wedding reception?
JEEZY COMPLETES ALBUM
Jeezy just announced great news about his long-awaited album, Thug Motivation 103. The rapper recently tweeted that he’s completed his highly anticipated disc and wrote “the summer will be crazy.” There is still no confirmed launch date but we’ll keep you posted.
· From Game to Lil Wayne, doesn’t it seem like a lot of oft-delayed albums are finally coming out this summer?
JENNIFER LOPEZ TALKS LOVE?Jennifer Lopez’s new album, Love?, debuted at number five on the Billboard album chart last week, selling over 83-thosuand copies. The singer, actress and American Idol judge told us about the meaning behind the title.
“All the thoughts and all the things that went into this album were questions and things that I had over the years, and that I know if I had other people have, love is a very complex topic and I’ve been singing about it since my first album, and this was kind of the culmination of that, and I wanted to pose some questions and get the dialogue going about love and where we are in love right now.”J. Lo added that the album encompasses all of her styles.
“I wanted to make a great dance, kind of rhythmic album as well, with my little hip hop side, and my little dance side, and we did that.”
You can see J. Lo on American Idol on FOX tonight. The season 10 finale is next week.
· TV! Lopez will perform at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.
YELAWOLF PICKS FIRST SINGLE
Wanna know what’s the lead single off Yelawolf’s debut album? The rapper, who is signed to Eminem’s Shady Records, announced that lead offering is a track called “Gangster of Love” and features G.O.O.D. Music’s CyHi Da Prynce. With Slim Shady contributing beats to the project, the rap rookie recently told us how great it feels to be working with Em (See Related Cut #6). Yela’s upcoming effort, Radioactive, will be released later this year.
NAUGHTY BY NATURE CELEBRATE 20 YEARS
It’s hard to believe Naughty by Nature have been in the game for two decades now and are looking to celebrate their 20th anniversary by embarking on a global tour. The trek begins Friday in Rochester, New York and hit countries like Australia, France, England, Russia, Belgium, Germany before wrapping July 31st in Tullamore, Ireland. The rap crew, which consists of Vin Rock, Treach and Kay Gee, will also travel to big events like the Essence Music Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival.
· Visit their official website to learn more!
· What’s your favorite Naughty by Nature song?
CEE-LO AND X-TINA RECORD TOGETHER
Cee-Lo Green and Christina Aguilera have recorded a tune together. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon on his late-night talk show, Cee-Lo said that The Voice co-stars “did a song” that was supposed to be on the Burlesque soundtrack but didn’t make the cut. He said that he guessed it might be released sometime in the near future.
· Aguilera starred in Burlesque with Cher.
· Would you like to hear what the song sounds like?
HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR LADY GAGA’S BORN THIS WAY Hits Daily Double is reporting reports that Lady Gaga’s label, Interscope Records, has shipped a whopping two-million copies of Born This Way to retail outlets. Outside of normal record stores and online retailers, the CD – in both a standard and deluxe edition – will be available at 21-thousand non-traditional stores including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Costco, Nordstrom, Hot Topic, Radio Shack, Guitar Center, Starbucks and more. Gaga will also perform at American Idol’s finale on May 26th and will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live with host Justin Timberlake this weekend.
· Where do you plan on buying Born This Way? Will you purchase an actual CD or will you download it from a digital retailer?
NEW DETAILS ON B.O.B’S NEXT ALBUM
According to Rap-Up.com, Jim Jonsin has spilled new details surrounding B.o.B’s forthcoming sophomore effort. The producer, who is responsible for “Nothin’ on You,” said that the lead single could be a song called “Rule the World.” Jonsin added, “We cut four songs and there’s two that I really like. One record has like a reggae vibe to it, hip-hop with some reggae. It’s pretty big.” As for the direction of the disc, the hitmaker admits the Grand Hustle artist is still “figuring it out” and doesn’t plan to have as many features as his debut effort, The Adventures of Bobby Ray.
CATCH EMINEM, ROYCE DA 5’9” ON MTV’S RAPFIX
History is being made on MTV’s RapFix Live as Eminem and Royce Da 5’ 9” have agreed to chop it up with MTV News’ Sway Calloway for an exclusive interview. While in Detroit on the set of their new music video for “Fast Lane,” the rappers discussed their upcoming joint EP, Hell: The Sequel, and much more. Be sure to tune for RapFix Live on MTV.com today (5/18) at 4 PM Eastern.
· THell: The Sequel will be released via Shady/Interscope Records on June 14th.
BEYONCE GETS PREMIERE DATE FOR VIDEO
According to her official website, Beyonce plans to premiere the visual for her new single, “Run the World (Girls),” on American Idol. The diva will unleash the video tonight (5/18) at 8 PM Eastern on FOX. The news comes as the clip was delayed from being released last week on Vevo.
MINDLESS BEHAVIOR ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR
We’ve just learned Mindless Behavior have announced that they will headline the upcoming No ID Tour, which also includes Young Money’s Tyga and Lil Twist. The trek kicks off in Los Angeles on July 7th and ends on August 6th in Atlanta. For fans who want to score passes, tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday.
· The outing will also include performances from Trevante and Jawan Harris.
NICKI MINAJ DROPS DIDDY AS MANAGER
According to XXLMag.com, a source close to Nicki Minaj has revealed that she is no longer under management with Diddy and James Cruz. Apparently, the Young Money princess initially thought Puff would have a more active involvement with her career. The source spilled that the decision was amicable and no hard feelings linger between the mogul and the fem-cee, who is now being managed by Hip-Hop Since 1978.
· Hip-Hop Since 1978 also manages Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Jeezy and Just Blaze.
· Nicki was originally managed by Debra Antney, who is Waka Flocka Flame’s mother.
NICKI MINAJ “SUPERSTAR OF THE WEEK” ON ABDC
The music of Nicki Minaj will be featured on this week’s episode of Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew as they continue the season of the “Superstars.” Watch the remaining five crews dance to the rapper’s biggest hits, including “Moment 4 Life” and “Did It On Em,” tomorrow night (5/19) at 10 PM Eastern only on MTV.
MARIAH INSPIRED BY TWIN, PREPS NEW ALBUM
Nick Cannon can’t stop talking about the mother of his twins, Mariah Carey. The comedian told Rap-Up.com that the singer has already begun working on the follow-up to 2009’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. Cannon said Mi Mi is “truly inspired” by motherhood and has “already been doing some preliminary work and meeting with a lot of producers and has tons of ideas.” In the meantime, Carey is focused on contributing to FOX’s The X Factor, which will premiere later this fall.
· Nick’s comedy album, Mr. Showbiz, is now available on iTunes.
NAS RECORDS HIS TENTH STUDIO ALBUM!
According to Billboard.com, Nas revealed that he’s started working on his tenth album. The rapper spilled that he’s in “a different place now” than he was when he did 2008’s Untitled and that he’s “just happy about music.” Esco added that there’s no concept for the disc yet, explaining, “My new album that I’m working on is free flowing. It’s really too early to tell who I’ll be collaborating with.” Visit Billboard.com for the full interview.
GAME ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR R.E.D. ALBUM
Game has taken to his Twitter account to announce the launch date of his long-awaited R.E.D. Album. The “Red Nation” rapper tweeted that the disc will be in stores on August 23rd and he thanked all his fans for their “continuous love and support.” For those who think this date won’t stick and will be further delayed, the rapper added, “it’s like a FAT GIRL….. It won’t move!”
· The disc will also include guest spots from Dr. Dre, Cool & Dre, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Nelly Furtado and more.
STEVIE WONDER, CEE-LO FIRE HEAD TO ACL
Fans headed to this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival will get the chance to see Stevie Wonder and Cee Lo Green take the stage. The annual event takes place at Zilker Park from September 16th through the 18th. Other acts on the bill include Arcade Fire, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket and more. Tickets are on sale now at ACLFestival.com.
BRUNO MARS TOP U-K CHARTS
Bruno Mars’ latest single, “The Lazy Song,” is on top of the U-K singles chart, ending the four-week reign of LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.” Meanwhile, Adele’s 21 tops the album chart for the 15th week, 12 of which were consecutive
· Bruno Mars has now had three U-K number one singles from his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, which topped the album chart back in January. “The Lazy Song,” “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade” have each been number one.