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DRAKE LEAKS “DO IT ALL” OFF NEW MIXTAPE

Drake has released a new song called “Do It All,” which is reportedly off a
new mixtape called No More Thank Yous. The project will also features a new
track produced by Polow Da Don titled “To The Floor” featuring RichBoy &
Lloyd. Visit KarenCivil.com to learn more. <WM>

FAT JOE REMIXES “POWER,” TALKS THE DARKSIDE

After telling us that Kanye West could’ve came harder on his new “Power”
single, Fat Joe has laid down new verses on the unofficial remix. Just
before he goes in, Joe plugs his upcoming tenth studio album, titled The
Darkside Vol. 1. The “If It Ain’t About Money” emcee recently told us that
he’s not playing this time around.

“I’m really excited about it because I come from real hip-hop. So,
you know, born in the Bronx. I just watched everybody from KRS-One to Rakim
to Tribe Called Quest to Far Side to Souls of Mischief, you know. You name
it, I done watched it. So I know this music. And, then, I’m finally able to
make the music I wanna make so it feels great.”

While Joe’s The Darkside Vol. 1 effort won’t arrive until July 27th, you can
listen to the revamped version of Ye’s “Power” via 57thAve.com now. <WM>

CAM’RON AND VADO JOINT ALBUM COMING SOON!

After releasing their successful the Boss of all Bosses mixtape, Cam’ron and
Vado have locked in a launch date for their forthcoming join album, Gunz N’
Butta. According to XXLMag.com, the 16-track disc, which includes the hit
single “Speakin’ Tungs,” will arrive on August 31st. <WM>

JAY-Z, SADE PREP KEEP A CHILD ALIVE CONCERT

According to Billboard.com, Jay-Z and Sade are expected to perform during
Alicia Keys’ annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball in New York. On September
30th, the entertainers will help raise funds for children affected by
HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. Keys explained in a statement, “I am
overwhelmed by their generosity in helping us continue the tradition of
making the Black Ball the best fundraiser in NYC.” She added, “There are
more surprises coming up.”  We’ll keep you posted. <WM>

*       To date, Keep A Child Alive has raised over ten-million dollars
since 2004.

FABOLOUS READIES NEW EP

Similar to pink being the new black, mixtapes are becoming increasingly more
valuable than ever before. Rap-Up.com reports Fabolous is gearing up to
release his popular There Is No Competition 2: The Funeral mixtape as an EP.
By changing the title slightly and throwing in new songs, fans can expect
Fab to drop There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music EP on August 24th.
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*       Drake retailed his So Far Gone mixtape, which went on to sell over
500-thousand copies.

NE-YO’S LIBRA SCALE CREATED LIKE A MOVIE SCRIPT

Now that Ne-Yo has released the lengthy videos for his new singles,
“Champagne Life” and “Beautiful Monster,” we totally understand the concept
for his forthcoming Libra Scale disc. The crooner recently explained that
project was made based on movie script.

“I actually got the idea for this in ’09 when I was shooting
movies. I didn’t put it out back in ’09 because I shot a couple movies and
going thru that whole process I started thinking to myself, ‘How cool would
it be if wrote my own script?’ So I started trying to put that together
realize that script writing and song writing are two completely different
things. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life but once it finally
came together then I started working on the music. So, the story came first
then the music.”

Libra Scale will hit stores on September 21st. Meanwhile, be sure to check
out the mini-movies for “Champagne Life” and “Beautiful Monster” via
YearOfTheGentleman.com today. <WM>

MASHONDA: “ALICIA AND SWIZZ DATED SINCE 2007”

To end the speculation, Mashonda revealed to Vibe.com that the beginning of
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys’ relationship definitely occurred while she was
still married to the producer. Even though Swizz has told media outlets he
was legally separated when he met Keys, his ex-wife claims she knew six
months before Swizz “admitted to having his affair on Mothers Day 2008.”
Despite the new couple going public recently, Mashonda insists, “This has
been going on for a very long time… the s**t is deep.” For more, visit
Vibe.com. <WM>

KELLY ROWLAND DELAYS SELF-TITLED ALBUM

SingersRoom.com has learned the release date for Kelly Rowland’s self-titled
album has been changed. The “Commander” singer says she wants to take her
time to perfect her debut effort on Universal/Motown. The project was
initially slated to arrive September 21st but will now land later this fall.
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MELANIE FIONA: “DON’T LIMIT MY ARTISTIC VISION”

At age 16, Melanie Fiona knew she wanted to be a singer. She joined and left
the girl group X-Quisite, eventually moved to Los Angeles seeking a
recording contract. The “Give It To Me Right” songbird recalled how
difficult it was to find the right label that wouldn’t constrain her ability
or alter her vision.

“It was getting the right person to believe in it. So, I turned
down a bunch of record deals to not compromise being a Canadian artist,
being of West Indian heritage and not wanting to limit myself to the type of
music I could make.”

In 2007, she chose to sign with SRC Records and Universal Motown. Her debut
album, The Bridge, opened with 248-thousand copies sold and included her
successful “It Kills Me” single. Melanie is currently working on her
follow-up disc, tentatively titled The MF Life. <WM>

TONY YAYO RELEASES “PASS THE PATRON” VIDEO

While details remain sparse for Tony Yayo’s upcoming album, the rapper has
just released the official video for the first single, “Pass The Patron”
featuring 50 Cent. Head over to ThisIs50.com for your first look. Fans can
expect Tony’s yet-to-be-titled effort to include contributions from Jim
Jones and to be released independently through G-Unit Records. <WM>

BRUNO MARS “THE OTHER SIDE” VIDEO

Bruno Mars has premiered the music video for his new song “The Other Side”
featuring Cee-Lo Green and B.o.B. The track is lifted from the Hawaiian
native’s debut EP, It’s Better If You Don’t Understand – which is available
on iTunes now. Head to YouTube to see the clip. <WM>

LOPEZ FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony frolicked on the beach in Malibu, California
on Wednesday afternoon with their twins.  The pair also posed with their
two-year-old twins, Max and Emme.  It was all for a Gucci photo shoot. <JC>

IS GAGA MOVING TO BEL AIR?

Could Lady Gaga be the Fresh Princess of Bel Air?  According to TMZ.com, the
pop star is reportedly spending 25-thousand dollars a month to rent a home
that sits on one acre of land in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood.  The
website reports that it also happens to be surrounded by a gate. <ZS>

DRAKE BEGINS SECOND ALBUM

While most artists would ride the waves of success after an album like Thank Me Later, Drake has announced on Twitter some surprising news.  Drizzy wrote, “Started my new album last night too…ok I’m done.” The rap star
also revealed that he shot the video for “Miss Me” and will reunite with director Anthony Mandler to shoot “Fancy” featuring T.I and Swizz Beatz. To date, Thank Me Later has sold over 782-thousand copies in four weeks. The
project sits at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. <WM>

SEAN KINGSTON ACCUESED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

According to TMZ.com, singer Sean Kingston, who is out on the road with Justin Bieber, has been accused of sexual assault.  The alleged incident occurred last weekend at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Seattle.  According to
the website, two intoxicated women showed up to a party,where Kingston was present.  One woman claims to have had sex with Kingston, but TMZ’s sources say police are skeptical.  Other reports have stated that Kingston left the
party before anything happened. <JC>

PAUL WALL IS PROUD OF HEART OF A CHAMPION!

Paul Wall is confident that fans are going to enjoy his latest album, Heart Of A Champion. With productions from Travis Barker, the Houston native says the project sounds unlike anything we’ve heard from him.

“The album is incredible. The sound is so unique and different from
the rest of my music. Travis Barker produced half of the album. This
production style is very unique, very different and distinct than a lot of
other producers I’ve worked with. [With] him being our generation’s most
popular drummer, one of the most, the greatest drummers in the world. A lot
of people think, though, that it’s gonna be a rock sound since he’s
producing but it’s not it at all. It’s hip-hop. It’s rap music.”

Heart Of A Champion is available now. <WM>

FACTS ABOUT PAUL WALL

Paul Wall, or Paul Slayton, is also known by the stage name “The People’s
Champ.”

Before branching out on his own, Paul worked in promotions for Swishahouse,
a company run by Michael “5000” Watts. It was during this time that Paul and
Chamillionaire gained recognition for their mixtapes.

In 2005, The Peoples Champ debuted at the number one spot on Billboard’s 200
chart. However, only his single “Girl” made it on to Billboard’s Hot 100.

In 2006, Paul won multiple Ozone Awards for Taste Maker, Best Rap/R&B
Collaboration and Best Rap Collaboration.

Paul and Nelly were nominated for Best Rap Performance for their song
“Grillz” at the 2007 GRAMMY Awards.

In 2009 Paul played the part of fictional rapper “Grillionaire” in the film
version of Tucker Max’s novel, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.

Paul is also a part of the super-group Expensive Taste. Other members
include Travis Barker of Blink 182 and Skinhead Rob of the Transplants.
Together they have released a mixtape titled, DJ Skee Presents: Expen$ive
Taste – Expen$ive Taste.

According to UrbLife.com, Paul Wall underwent gastric sleeve surgery on New
Year’s Eve 2010. Since the surgery the 29-year-old star has lost around 100
pounds.

Facts about Paul Wall compiled with the help of AllMusic.com,
AtlanticRecords.com, UrbLife.com, IMDB.com, Grammy.com and OzoneMag.com

THE DREAM EXPECTS GREAT RICK ROSS ALBUM

With Rick Ross’ upcoming Teflon Don album scheduled to premiere in a few days, The-Dream predicts great things for his fellow Def Jam labelmate. According to the singer, Ricky Rozay is going to kill the game.

“Ross, man, Ross he’s comin’, he’s finding that thing. He’s in that
thing, like, I don’t know. Because, just six months ago everybody was like
‘What Def Jam doin’?’ and now it’s like I’m looking at the charts and I’m
like, I don’t know. We might be there. We might didn’t gone nowhere, you
know. Sometimes, you know, you have to, when you wake up a giant, you have
to be careful when you wake up the giant. Tiptoe around and then you start
making too much noise, you know, the giant get up and start steppin’ on
people.'”

Teflon Don lands on July 20th. <WM>

RIHANNA DENIES SPEAKING WITH CHRIS!

Yesterday, we reported Rihanna was back in contact with ex boyfriend, Chris Brown, after watching his Michael Jackson tribute during the 2010 BET Awards. A source told Heat Magazine, “Seeing how emotional he was on set
really touched her. She’d never seen him like that before.” However, Ri Ri’s rep has released a statement, simply claiming the reports are “not true.” Under the terms of his probation, Chris must remain at least 100 yards away
from Rihanna for five years for assaulting her last year. <WM>

And…

RIHANNA ON INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION

According to RihannaDaily.com, the singer has been selected to be a judge at the upcoming International Songwriters Competition. The competition results in 66 winners, who will share more than 150-thousand dollars in cash and
prizes, with the with the top scorer earning 25-thosuand dollars in cash and 20 thousand in prizes. Rihanna joins a list of other artists and industry heads to judge, including Timbaland, Kings of Leon, Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits and Steve Winwood. <JC>

TREY’S PASSION, PAIN & PLEASURE TOUR ON SALE

Here’s a friendly reminder for all Trey Songz fans: get your tickets for the Passion, Pain & Pleasure Tour now! Alongside Monica, the bad boy of R&B is gearing up to hit a city near you beginning August 6th at Alabama’s Civic
Center Theatre. Fans can get VIP balcony tickets for 55 dollars, while general admission tickets are only 45 bucks.  Be sure to score passes today via Ticketmaster.com. <WM>

BEYONCE COMPLETES NEW L’OREAL COMMERCIAL

So far, Beyonce’s promise on taking a break from music has held up. However, the superstar is still obligated to her endorsements. The singer has just released a commercial to promote L’Oreal’s new Infallible lipstick – and you
can watch on YouTube now. At this point, we’ve lost count at how many ads the singer has shot for the cosmetic giant. <WM>

BEYONCE’S ENDORSEMENT DEALS

In 2002, Beyonce replaced starlet Britney Spears as the endorser of Pepsi.

Beyonce has been a celebrity endorser for L’Oreal since she was 18. Her most
recent contract with the company is worth nearly five-million dollars and
requires the singer to work ten days each year for the entirety of her five
year contract.

Tommy Hilfiger paid her 250-thousand dollars to launch their True Star
perfume in 2004.  In 2005, Beyonce partnered with Tommy Hilfiger once again
for the promotion of his True Star Gold perfume.

In 2005, Beyonce signed up to endorse Wal-Mart and McDonald’s.

In 2007, Beyonce signed on to endorse Samsung’s new “B-Phon.e. The device is
provided exclusively through Sprint and contains exclusive Beyonce photos
and music.

2007 was by far the biggest endorsement year for the star – she signed with
American Express, Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Armani.

Facts about Beyonce compiled with the help of NNDB.com, Forbes.com,
NYTimes.com, Billboard.com and WashingtonPost.com

BIG BOI DEBUTS AT NUMBER THREE, PREPS TOUR

Big Boi’s latest album, titled Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty, has debuted at the number three spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The disc, which includes contributions from T.I., Jamie Foxx and Sleepy Brown,
managed to sell over 62-thousand copies during its opening week. The “Shutterbug” rapper recently told us that he’s ready to hit the stage.

“Definitely going on a major promo tour to get out here, and you
know, shake hands, kiss babies, and see what’s going on out in these streets
man. Loose is left but we coming for ya, ya throat, you know what I’m
talking about?”

Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty is available now. <WM>

NE-YO FACES LAWSUIT FOR MISSING NYE CONCERT

According to Billboard.com, Ne-Yo and his booking agency are facing a lawsuit for allegedly failing to appear at a New Year’s Eve concert in Washington. A promoter named Kenyohn Clark claims the singer never showed up
to perform back in 2008, leaving the guests who paid over 12-hundred dollars each without entertainment. Clark is seeking one million in damages due to the hit his reputation took from the incident. The R&B singer’s lawyer is
confident they will win the case. <WM>

MASHONDA GIVES OPINIONS ON ALICIA AND SWIZZ

During an interview with Vibe.com, Mashonda speaks openly about her ex-husband, Swizz Beatz, beginning a new life with Alicia Keys. The outspoken singer stated she initially felt “disrespected” by Alicia for thinking “she
can just do anything she thinks she wants to” and break up a family. Even though Mashonda still feels “it was an ego thing,” she knows Keys “is head over heels in love and I get it. Every woman deserves to feel that, not at the expense of another woman though.” Visit Vibe.com to read the full story.
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JUVENILE’S BEAST MODE ON BILLBOARD 200

Even though it had a similar album cover to Drake’s Thank Me Later disc, fans failed to go out and support Juvenile’s Beast Mode project. According to numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, Juvenile’s album debuted at number 58 on
the Billboard 200. The LP was able to move 64-hundred units in seven days.
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CHRIS BROWN RELEASES “MATRIX” TRAILER

Chris Brown is looking to make a comeback. The singer has just released the official trailer for his 12 Strands (Matrix) short movie. The entire clip is expected to drop next month. In related news, Brown will appear alongside
Idris Elba, T.I. and Paul Walker in an action film called Takers. The flick opens August 27th. <WM>

LUPE UPDATES FANS ON LASERS PROJECT

Lupe Fiasco took to his Twitter account to left fans know what’s going on with his long-waited Lasers album. On Tuesday, the rapper tweeted his third studio effort is “out of [his] hands guys and gals. It’s done and that’s all
I can tell you…when [Atlantic Records] drop it…they drop it…so drop it.” Led with only one single, “I’m Beaming,” the oft-delayed project currently has no release date. <WM>

KELIS’ FLESH TONE OPENS WITH LUKEWARM SALES

Kelis’ latest album, Flesh Tone, opened with disappointing sales. The disc, which included her hit single “Acapella,” sold less than eight-thousand copies and sits at number 48 on the Billboard 200. Perhaps releasing more
singles will spark greater interest?  <WM>

EMINEM TOPS BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART

Eminem’s Recovery tops the Billboard album chart for the third straight week, selling over 229-thosuand copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  The album is the first record to notch three consecutive weeks at number one
since Sade’s Soldier of Love held the summit for three frames back in March. Drake’s Thank Me Later spends a third week at number two, selling another 74-thosuand copies, bringing his four week sales total to over 782-thousand
copies. Big Boi’s debut solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot… The Son of Chico Dusty, bows at number three while The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack slips one spot to number four, Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 climbs one notch to number five, the Now 34 compilation falls to number six and Jack Johnson’s To The Sea rises one spot to number seven.  Lady Gaga’s The Fame leaps five spots to number eight, likely pushed by her Today Show appearance last week. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now rises one spot to number nine and Enrique Iglesias debuts at number ten with Euphoria.  <JC>

JT’S “SEXYBACK” INVOLVED IN PORN LAWSUIT

According to Billboard, Warner Bros. and a number of other record labels filed a lawsuit last week alleging copyright infringement on the part of RK Netmedia, an adult entertainment company whose porn videos allegedly feature
actors lip-synching to hits like Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” while engaging in sexual acts on camera.  Damages claimed on the alleged nasty use of copyrighted music could run in the tens of millions of dollars. Videos
are allegedly named after songs, and actors are encouraged to lip-sync to the lyrics. Marc Randazza, the attorney for RK, says he plans to argue that the defendants’ use of music is “fair use” in this context.  The plaintiffs contend that the use of music was “deliberate and calculated.”  They are seeking maximum statutory penalties in the amount of 150-thousand dollars per claimed infringement.  The complaint lists hundreds of examples of alleged infringements. <JC>

CHRISTINA AGUILERA’S DISS LIST!

It seems Christina Aguilera has burned many bridges in Hollywood and the music industry.  A YouTube video is making the rounds, featuring radio interviews, quotes from interviews and magazine articles and clips from many
actors and musicians, all saying Christina is one of the nastiest people they have ever met.  Valarie Bertinelli, Vin Diesel, Kelly Osbourne, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and more offer insight about the singer.  <JC>

RUSSELL BRAND’S BACHELOR PARTY WISH

Russell Brand has some pretty crazy things on his wish list for the night of his bachelor party.  The comedian told British paper the Daily Mail, “I’m gonna get Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift to perform a lesbian show on my lap.”
He wasn’t done yet though, because he said that he wants to “shrink” the pop stars “down till they’re the size of dollies.”  Brand and Katy Perry are set to tie the knot later this year. <ZS>


USHER’S VH1 BEHIND THE MUSIC PREMIERE!

Fans will get a chance to take a deeper look into the life of Usher during a
new episode of Vh1’s Behind The Music. The “OMG” singer will reflect on his
life as a musician, being a father, going in and out of harsh relationships
and more. He explained in a statement, “Life is an evolution. So as I look
at the reality of who I’ve become, I’m very happy, you know, but at the same
time I’m, I’m humbled in every way every day.” Don’t miss Behind The Music:
Usher, premiering on Monday at 8 PM Eastern! <WM>

SARAH PALIN COMMENTS ON DAUGHTER! As we reported yesterday, Bristol Palin, the daughter of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is now engaged to Levi Johnston, the father of her child. Well, Sarah has releaseda comment about the impending nuptials and here’s what she has to say, “Bristol at 19 is now a young adult. We obviously want what’s best for ourchildren. Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives.” Check out more at PerezHilton.com. <AZ>

Bristol and Levi

BACKSTORY! 19-year-old Bristol and 20-year-old Levi have an
18-month-old son together and were engaged in 2008, during Bristol’s
mother’s political campaign. After the pair broke off their engagement, they
went through a fairly public break-up and custody battle. Apparently, during
one such custody hearing, the young couple realized they were still in love
and about two weeks ago got re-engaged. Learn more over at CNN.com. <AZ>

JOLIE WANTS MORE SALT! On the 23rd, Angelina Jolie’s latest movie,
the spy thriller Salt, will hit theaters, and if the actress gets her wish,
it won’t be the only time moviegoers see her title character in a flick.
Jolie told us why she’d love for the film to have some sequels.  Salt also stars Liev Schreiber and is out a week from tomorrow.

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CoxArquette

MARRIAGE ON THE ROCKS? Courteney Cox is talking about her marriage
to David Arquette in a new InStyle magazine interview. According to
People.com, Courteney showed up to the mag without a wedding ring on and
talked about how she and David had attended couples therapy and are
constantly working on their union. She also had this to say about marriage,
“You should realize that the intriguing things you fall in love with will
probably become the things that you don’t like, and the very things that
you’ll be talking about for the rest of your relationship.” So far, there’s
no divorce in sight and the couple is still happy together. Read more at
People.com. <AZ> *NOOO…Not them 2!

NEVERLAND TO BE A STATE PARK? The Associated Press is reporting that lawmakers in California are throwing around the possibility of making Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch into a state park. As of now, it looks like the state may not have enough cash to buy Jackson’s estate, since California already has a 19-billion dollar deficit. <AZ>

Melina Kanakaredes

NEW CSI: NY ACTOR! CSI:NY is getting a new lead actress for season seven. Sisters’ Sela Ward will be starring in the show, now that a spot has opened up since Melina Kanakaredes (Pron: kah-nah-kah-ree-deez) left the hit series. Learn more at EOnline.com. <AZ>

RUSSELL BRAND’S BACHELOR PARTY WISH! Russell Brand has some pretty
crazy things on his wish list for the night of his bachelor party.  The
comedian told British paper the Daily Mail, “I’m gonna get Lady Gaga and
Taylor Swift to perform a lesbian show on my lap.”  He wasn’t done yet
though, because he said that he wants to “shrink” the pop stars “down till
they’re the size of dollies.”  Brand and Katy Perry are set to tie the knot
later this year. <ZS> * WOW…What a Surprise!!! lol ;p

Vince Vaughn and Kyla Weber

VINCE VAUGHN ON HAVING A FAMILY! Today it was announced that Vince Vaughn will soon be a proud papa. The 40-year-old actor and his wife are
expecting their first child and awhile back, when we talked with the
Swingers star, he told us about the importance of family.Vaughn married Kyla Weber back in January and we’ll keep you updated when the couple announces their due date. Check out People.com for more.<AZ>

Piers Morgan

PIERS LIKELY TO REPLACE LARRY! America’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan is the likely replacement for Larry King when the legendary host leaves CNN. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the only thing standing in the way is Morgan’s current contract with NBC, which sources say CNN may be able to work around. <AZ>

MEL GIBSON RANT REMIX! It was only a matter of time before somebody
put a beat behind Mel Gibson’s offensive audio tapes. Head over to
Billboard.com to see a music video featuring Mel’s profanity-laden antics
behind synths. To find it on your own, search YouTube for “Mel Gibson Rant
Dance Remix” (NOTE: The video contains graphic, not-safe-for-work content).
<AZ>

NEW MOVIE NEWS! Big names like Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Anna
Kendrick, Eric Dane and more got together at a Hollywood restaurant this
week and got the entertainment news industry all abuzz about what they could
be meeting about. Well, according to ExtraTV.com, the actors were doing a
table read for a new film called Paper Wings, which is being produced by
Will Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment. <AZ>

YANKEE TO STAR IN MOVIE! New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez is set to
make his acting debut in the comedy Friends With Benefits, which stars
Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. The movie is currently filming in New York
City. Check out NYDailyNews.com. <AZ> *Now that’s the PERFECT title for A-Rod to do his acting debut…Dontcha think?! 😉

MARIO LOPEZ AND VH1! EXTRA host Mario Lopez is about to be a dad
and the actor is allowing Vh1 to document his transition into fatherhood.
Lopez and his girlfriend, Courtney Mazza, will star in a new Vh1 series
called Mario Lopez: We’re Having A Baby! in which fans will get to see Lopez
change from dude to dad in eight half-hour episodes. Stay tuned to Vh1,
where the series will premiere this fall. <AZ> * Can’t wait to watch…Gotta support my SAn DiEgo peeps, you know?! 🙂

TWILIGHT ACTOR HELPS SAVE THE MUSIC! Billy Burke, who plays “Bella’s” dad “Charlie” in the Twilight films, is doing some good for Vh1 Save the Music Foundation. Burke, who is also a musician, is donating a portion of his new album’s sales to the foundation. Burke’s disc is called
Removed and you can learn how to do something good and hear some new music over at BillyBurke.net and VH1SaveTheMusic.com. <AZ>

JOHN CORBETT IS LUCKY! John Corbett thinks he’s one lucky man.
Corbett, who played “Aidan” on Sex and the City, has been in three hit TV
shows in his acting career. Corbett is currently
starring in the United States of Tara on Showtime. Check out more over at
Sho.com and see him in the new family movie Ramona and Beezus on July 23rd.
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MTV CONTEST

AWESOME SWEEPSTAKES: MEET SNOOKI AND J-WOWW!

Listen up G-T-L nation! You now have a chance to enjoy dinner with Jersey
Shore cast members Snooki and J-Woww.  Along with the meal, you and a guest
could win a free flight to New York City and then get to take a limo from
NYC to Seaside Heights, where all the Jersey Shore madness takes place! Head
over to JerseyShoreSweeps.MTV.com on or after today to enter to win this
once in a lifetime experience with Snooki and J-Woww. The sweepstakes begins
that day and ends August 12th. And be sure to catch the new season of Jersey
Shore starting on July 29th.
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Posted by Kepi

MEL GIBSON AUDIO! Back in 2000, we talked with Mel Gibson for his
film What Women Want, where his character hears women’s thoughts. The audio
takes on new meaning now that tapes have come out with Gibson sharing some
racist, sexist thoughts of his own. Mel told MTV Radio a decade ago that he
doesn’t really want to know what people are thinking.
He also told us about what he thinks women really want .
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*It’s a shame that Gibson’s personal issues are getting in the way of his career and his true talent as an actor…

Whoopi Golberg and Mel Gibson

WHOOPI DEFENDS MEL! Whoopi Goldberg is defending her old friend Mel
Gibson, saying the actor is not a racist. Despite the audio tapes that have
made their way to the Internet, in which Gibson comes off both racist and
sexist, Whoopi said on The View that he’s just a QUOTE “bonehead” and that
she’s known Mel for a long time and that he’s spent time at her house and
with her kids. Check out the NYDailyNews.com for more. <AZ>

MEL WENT TO THERAPY! According to People.com, Mel Gibson sought out
the help of a therapist to work through his relationship with Oksana
Grigorieva. A source told People magazine, that Mel knew he was in an
unhealthy relationship with Oksana and “that they were in a bad place” so he
sought professional advice. <AZ>

MEL’S NEXT ROLE! Jodie Foster cast her friend Mel Gibson in the
upcoming movie she directed and co-stars in called The Beaver. With all the
bad press surrounding Mel Gibson, Jodie and Summit Entertainment, who are
housing the 20-million dollar film, are at a standstill, not sure what to do
with the flick. According to E! News, everyone involved with the movie is
just waiting to see what Mel’s next move is.  <AZ>

LOHAN IS CASHING IN! It looks like Lindsay Lohan is about to cash in
big time on her prison sentence. According to the New York Post, LiLo is
being offered up to 500-thousand dollars for her pre- and post-prison
interviews. We bet that 90 day sentence doesn’t seem so awful to the starlet
right about now. <AZ> I thought I’d add this interview just for kicks…Enjoy! 🙂

LOHAN CUTS BACK ON THE DRUGS! According to TMZ, Lindsay Lohan is
allowed to take five different prescription drugs while on probation, but
the actress is slowly trying to wean herself off the medication. Lohan has
prescriptions for two antidepressants, the ADD drug Adderall, a drug to
combat acid reflux and a painkiller, and she is working on trying to stop
taking all of them. <AZ>

*I hope this WAKE-Up call helps Lilo because this could probably help her jump back into what looked like a promising movie carreer! I wish her the best…

Howard Stern

STERN WILL NOT BE KING! Howard Stern has announced that he does not
want to replace Larry King when the talk-show host retires from CNN, and
also called King a “loser,” and a “f***ing ass.” Howard’s comments were in
response to an interview Larry King did with Steppin’ Out magazine, where he
made several negative comments about the radio show host. USAToday.com has
more.

KRISTIN TALKS THE HILLS! The Hills series finale aired on MTV last
night and when we caught up with Kristin Cavallari, she said that she hopes
today fans were satisfied with it . Head to MTV.com for
more info or one last Hills fix. <AZ>

JERSEY SHORE LADIES MAKE-OUT! Season two of the Jersey Shore begins
July 29th at 10 PM on MTV. When we caught up with cast members Snooki and
JWoww, they let us in on a little secret about season two: there is a lot of
girl-on-girl kissing. Make sure to tune in to MTV
Thursday July 29th at 10 PM Eastern to see the new season
.  <AZ>

STREAM THE JERSEY SHORE SOUNDTRACK NOW! The Jersey Shore Soundtrack
comes out this coming Tuesday, and on it you’ll find the hit song “I Like
It” by Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull. The album also includes tracks
from Taio Cruz, LMFAO and Lil Jon. You can stream the whole Jersey Shore
Soundtrack now over at Buzzworthy.MTV.com. <AZ>

RIP Heath Ledger

NO JOKER IN BATMAN 3! Director Christopher Nolan is working on the
Batman 3 film right now and has said this next flick won’t feature “The
Joker” as the villain. Heath Ledger last played the iconic enemy in The Dark
Knight. Ledger posthumously won an Academy Award for his portrayal. Nolan
wouldn’t say which villain we’ll see in Batman 3, but head to USAToday.com
to learn more.

*       TIDBIT: The next Batman film is set to hit theaters July 20th, 2012.

STAND UP TO CANCER! Yesterday, Jake Gyllenhaal was part of public
service announcement during the MLB All-Star Game for the Stand Up to Cancertelethon taking place this September. Airing on Vh1, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX andother networks on September 10th, the celebrity filled Stand Up to Cancertelethon will be taking place to encourage donations for cancer research andprevention. Tune in September 10th at 8 PM Eastern to see the telethon. <AZ>

AMERICAN IDOL AUDITIONS! American Idol auditions for the upcoming
10th season begin this Saturday in Nashville. If you’re in the area, head on
over to the Bridgestone Arena to sing. Season 9 competitor Katie Stevens
talked with us about how being on Idol was a big accomplishment . The American Idol camp will also be in Milwaukee, New Orleans, East Rutherford, Austin and San Francisco in July and August. Hit up AmericanIdol.com for a full list of dates. <AZ>

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JAY-Z DENIES DEVIL WORSHIP RUMORS

To put the speculation to rest, Jay-Z addressed recent devil worship rumors
in a new song called “Free Mason.” The track, which also features John
Legend, will be included on Rick Ross’ upcoming Teflon Don album – which
arrives July 20th. <WM>

*       In related news, to get fans even more amped for the disc, Ross has
leaked an extremely personal record called “Tear Of Joy.” Check it out via
RapRadar.com now.

And…

JAY-Z MAKES HIGHEST GROSSING TOUR LIST

Wooha.com reports Jay-Z’s BP3 outing has debuted on PollStar’s Top 100 North
American Tours list. Hova came in at number 12 after grossing 22.5-million
dollars, according to the mid-year concert report. In addition, the Black
Eyed Peas grabbed the number six spot for earning 29.5 million. You can
visit PollstarPro.com to view the complete list. <WM>

FAT JOE SAYS KANYE CAN DO BETTER THAN “POWER

A lot of fans have a love/hate relationship with Kanye West’s new “Power”
single. Fat Joe gave us his opinion on the first song from Ye’s Good Ass Job
album.

“Kanye West’s my favorite rapper. So, at the end of the day, I’m a
huge Kanye West fan. I just feel like he’s super talented and that joint
was, I’m sure he’s got even better than that. I like it a lot, but I’m sure
he’s even better than that.”

Good Ass Job is expected to arrive on September 14th. <WM>

LUDACRIS, TYRESE PREP NEW FAST AND FURIOUS

We’ve just learned Ludacris is scheduled to re-join the Fast and Furious
franchise. Alongside Tyrese, the rapper will appear in the latest
installment, which is titled Fast 5. Luda, who portrayed race host “Tej” in
the 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious movie, tweeted that he “just landed in Puerto
Rico” to begin shooting scenes. Fans of the film can expect Vin Diesel,
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Paul Walker and Tego Calderon to also star in the
flick. IMDB.com reports Fast 5 will open June of next year.  <WM>

WACKA FLOCKA SEXUAL ASSAULT INCIDENT

Wacka Flocka Flame is being investigated by police in Akron, Ohio after a
woman claimed she was sexually assaulted on his tour bus. Gucci Mane’s
protégé just finished performing at WENZ FM’s Summer Jam when this incident
occurred. The rapper was not named in the filed complaint and no arrests
were made, but he’s under investigation since it is his bus. We’ll keep you
posted with further updates. <WM>

RIHANNA BACK ON SPEAKING TERMS WITH CHRIS?

Rihanna is speaking to her ex boyfriend, Chris Brown, after watching his
Michael Jackson tribute during the 2010 BET Awards. A source told Heat
Magazine, “Seeing how emotional he was on set really touched her. She’d
never seen him like that before. Chris told her that he felt like he’s grown
up in the past year. He’s said he’s so happy to be back in touch with her.”
The former couple hasn’t spoken in nearly a year since Brown was sentenced
with community service for assaulting Rihanna. <WM>

*       They’ve has exchanged text messages with plans to meet face-to-face.
However, under the terms of his probation, Chris must remain at least 100
yards away from Rihanna for five years.

LIL WAYNE WRITE TO HIS FANS FROM JAIL

Lil Wayne is keeping busy inside Riker’s Island by blogging to his fans on
WeezyThanxYou.com.  In a new entry, Wayne reveals he’s “counting the days”
and “still smiling.” He even provides a run down of what its like behind
bars. Weezy wrote that he “wakes up by 11AM. Have some coffee. Call my kids,
and my wonderful mother. I then shower up. Read fan mail. Have lunch. Back
on the phone. Read a book or write some thoughts down. Have dinner. Phone.
Pushups. Then I listen to ESPN on the radio. Read the bible, then sleep.
That’s my day.” There’s only 112 days until Wayne completes his sentence for
weapons possession. <WM>

THE DREAM LIMITS FEATURES ON LOVE KING

Ever since he released his debut Love Hate album back in 2007, The Dream has
consistently refrained from adding numerous features on each album. So when
he dropped his latest Love King project, he explained why T.I. serves as the
only guest appearance.

“You know I kind of keep the features down, nobody ever really
notices that but I kind of keep them to certain kind of minimum, unless it
comes up right at the end and somebody loves the song or if it’s something I
think of late after the album is pressed and printed, and say oh man, for
the singles sake this would be good if we put so and so on it.”

Love King is available now. <WM>

EMINEM TOPS ITUNES CHART

Eminem’s “Love the Way you Lie” once again swaps places with Katy Perry’s
“California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg, on the iTunes chart.  Em’s song
climbs back to the summit after one week, pushing Perry’s summertime hit to
number two.  Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” leaps to number three followed by
B.o.B’s “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore and “Billionaire”
from Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars.  Eminem’s Recovery tops the album
chart for the third straight week, followed by Big Boi’s Sir Lucious Left
Foot… The Son of Chico Dusty, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack,
Drake’s Thank Me Later and Incubus singer Brandon Boyd’s solo album, The
Wild Trapeze. <JC>

JOHN LEGEND SHOOTS VIDEO IN BROOKLYN

According to BrooklynHeightsBlog.com, John Legend and The Roots just shot
the video for “Wake Up Everybody” at Borough Hall yesterday morning in
Brooklyn, New York. The cut is the first offering from the upcoming joint
album, Wake Up! – which will arrive September 21st.   In addition, Melanie
Fiona and Common was spotted on the scene. Head over to the site to view the
pictures now. <WM>

*       “Wake Up Everybody” was originally released by Harold Melvin & the
Blue Notes with Teddy Pendergrass in 1975.

QUESTLOVE: “LAURYN HILL CARRIES HOTSAUCE”

Questlove from The Roots recalls a funny story that fans would be surprised
to know. In a four minute video, the drummer swears Lauryn Hill carries her
own personal collection of five homemade hot sauces. The flavors even named
with labels like “suicide” and “death.” We can’t make this up! Check it out
on YouTube now. <WM>

TREY SONGZ AND NICKI DRAFT “BOTTOMS UP”

For the first time ever, Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj come together on a new
song called “Bottoms Up.” Rap-Up.com reports the catchy tune is the first
single off the R&B king’s upcoming album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure. Fans can
get their “Trey fix” when the disc drops on September 14th. <WM>

Click HERE to check out “BOTTOMS UP”

R KELLY TAPS LUDACRIS FOR “TONGUES”

R Kelly returns to his baby-making roots on a new track called “Tongues”
featuring Ludacris. The Bangladesh-produced cut is said to be off Kelz’s
upcoming new album. <WM>

ROBIN THICKE TALKS “SEX IN THE MORNING”

Robin Thicke can deliver the sweetest love songs while maintaining his swag.
The blue-eyed soul singer recently told us where that edge in his music
comes from.

“I’ve listened to hip-hop music so to me it’s always got a little
bit of the hip-hop generation in it.”

Check out the video for the crooner’s latest single, “Sex In The Morning”
featuring Snoop Dogg, on MTV.com now.  The track is off Thicke’s latest
effort, Sex Therapy. <WM>

RAEKWON AND EMINEM TO COLLABORATE?

Two of the most gifted lyricists, Eminem and Raekwon, are looking to
collaborate for the first time. The former Wu Tang Clan member told
XXLMag.com that he ran into Slim Shady at Switzerland’s Openair Festival and
they’ve begun “schemin’ and plottin'” on a new song. While details are
sparse, Rae warned, “Get ready man this is gonna happen soon.” <WM>

TONI BRAXTON OPENS UP ABOUT BANKRUPTCY

During an interview with Arise magazine, Toni Braxton breaks down why she
filed for bankruptcy back in the early ’90s. The “Hands Tied” singer
clarifies that she didn’t go into debt from personal spending. Toni explains
that it was the expensive up-keep of costumes, hair and travel that resulted
in her only getting a two-thousand dollar check in royalties. She’s learned
from her mistakes and holds no grudge against her former label home, LaFace
Records. Braxton is currently promoting her latest album, Pulse, which is
available now. <WM>

*       Toni states, “People don’t understand that every penny a
record label spends on you from hair and make up to a car service to hotels
has to be paid back before you make a cent.”

MARY J BLIGE SUED OVER “TAKE ME” SINGLE

According to AllHipHop.com, Mary J Blige is being sued by songwriters for
allegedly stealing her 2006 single “Take Me As I Am.”  Songwriters Ballard
and Jones claim MJB and producers The Clutch, which includes singer Keri
Hilson, stole “original portions” from a similar song released in 1995.
“Take Me As I Am” was included on Mary’s 2005 effort, The Breakthrough.
Ballard and Jones are reportedly seeking compensation for royalties and
publishing. Blige is yet to comment on the suit. <WM>

NEW FAITH ALBUM COMING THIS FALL!

SingersRoom.com reports Faith Evans’ upcoming album, titled Something About
Faith, will be in stores this fall. The “Soon As I Get Home” songbird will
release her fifth studio effort on September 14th via her own imprint,
Prolific Music Group. Her disc will go up against new records from Trey
Songz, Ne-Yo and Kelly Rowland. <WM>

Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva

INCRIMINATING GIBSON TAPE SURFACES! Mel Gibson is currently under investigation for domestic violence and the release of a new audio tape won’t help his case much.  On the recording, the actor can be heard admitting to his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva that he hit her and broke her teeth while she was holding their child.  Gibson also says Oksana “deserved it.” In the eight minute audio clip, Mel rants using a bunch of profanity and gets so angry all he can do is pant heavily.  He even threatens Oksana’s life on the tape.  Hear it all for yourself at RadarOnline.com.  <DB>

  • · DIRECT LINK TO AUDIO:

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2010/07/exclusive-new-audio-mel-gibson-admits-hitting-oksana-threatens-kill-her-listen-it

Lindsay Lohan

PEOPLE WATCHED LOHAN AND LeBRON! Last week, two big live news events were watched by millions, one streamed on the Internet, the over was over on ESPN. The numbers show almost 2.3-million people clicked over to TMZ.com to watch their live stream of Lindsay Lohan’s probation hearing, while almost ten-million people tuned in to ESPN to watch LeBron James announce that he’s headed to Miami to play for the Heat. Those numbers make LeBron’s announcement the third-most-watched program on cable TV this year. <AZ>

  • TIDBIT! Lohan’s hearing drew the biggest live streaming audience in TMZ history, according to the Associated Press.

PREDATORS HAS BIG WEEKEND! Predators took in over 25.3-million dollars over the weekend.  The film stars Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace and Alice Braga as a group of mercenaries who descend on a foreign planet to wipe out the predators.  The film also stars Walter Goggins, who views the film as a direct sequel to the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger flick .  Predators is in theaters now. <JC>

BREAKING DAWN TO SHOOT IN LOUISIANA! According to Variety, Summit Entertainment will begin shooting the fourth and fifth Twilight films this fall in Vancouver, Canada and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana over the next year.  It will be the first time the Twilight production will head to Louisiana.  Breaking Dawn will be directed by Bill Condon and will be released in two parts, with the first hitting theaters on November 18th, 2011. <JC>

SHYAMALAN WANTS TO WORK WITH WILLIS AGAIN! M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender is in theaters now, but that doesn’t mean that the director is not already thinking about his next project.  Two of Shyamalan’s most successful movies, The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, starred Bruce Willis, and he told us that he’d love to work with the actor again soon.  Check out The Last Airbender now. <ZS>

Kevin Bacon

KEVIN BACON IN X-MEN? Could Kevin Bacon be getting ready to star in X-Men: First Class?  According to Deadline.com, the Footloose star has been offered the role of the main villain in the flick, although there’s still no word on which character that would be exactly.  James McAvoy, Alice Eve and others have already signed on for the project. <ZS>

JOAN RIVERS MAKES MONEY! People love Joan Rivers.  According to PerezHilton.com, her documentary, A Piece of Work, surpassed the two-million dollar mark at the box office this weekend, a very rare feat for an independent doc.  The gossip site reports that the film is also getting Oscar buzz in the Best Documentary category. <ZS>

SEACREST’S EXPENSIVE DINNER! Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough were spotted on a romantic vacation in Italy, where Ryan spent a large amount of money just on dinner! According to TMZ, Ryan spent 50-thousand dollars on dinner with Julianne and a few business partners at the Billionaire Club. He paid for everyone’s meal, which totaled 41-thousand dollars, and left a tip of around ten-thousand bucks. Sources claim the dinner may have been connected to Ryan’s radio contract. <EC>

ANDREWS BACK AT WORK! ESPN’s Erin Andrews will be back on the sidelines for the ESPN College GameDay lineup. Andrews was recently a finalist on Dancing with the Stars and also made news when illegally obtained pictures of her, topless in a hotel room, made their way around the Internet. The man who took the pics was convicted of interstate stalking in March and sentenced to prison time. Learn more at AccessHollywood.com. <AZ>

Martin Lawrence and Shamicka Gibbs

MARTIN LAWRENCE IS MARRIED! On Saturday, comedian Martin Lawrence and his longtime girlfriend, Shamicka Gibbs, finally tied the knot at the couple’s Beverly Hills home. Over 100 guests were in attendance for the intimate event, including actors Denzel Washington and Eddie Murphy. According to People.com, the funnyman wanted a small wedding with only their closest friends and families. <WM>

DEMI MOORE AND MILEY CYRUS IN LOL! Demi Moore and Miley Cyrus are set to star in the new coming-of-age comedy LOL.  The film is the American version of the 2008 French hit Laughing Out LoudMarlo Thomas will also star in the film.  LOL begins production this summer in Detroit.  <JC>

THE HILLS FINALE! After six seasons, The Hills is finally coming to an end tonight on MTV. When we caught up with Brody Jenner, who has been a staple on the program, he told us he has mixed emotions about the show’s end. The show’s current star Kristin Cavallari, told us she already has plans for her future. Check out the series finale of The Hills on MTV at 10 PM Eastern tonight. <AZ>

THE CITY SEASON FINALE! We caught up with Roxy Olin to recap what happened this season on The City .  She also filled us in on what people should expect from the season finale. Be sure to tune into the season finale of The City tonight at 10:30 PM Eastern only on MTV. <WM>

TILA TEQUILA WON’T DO CELEBRITY REHAB! It seems that Dr. Drew Pinsky is having trouble finding patients for his upcoming season of Celebrity Rehab. According to Access Hollywood, reality star Tila Tequila recently turned down a spot on the show, stating that she is busy working on her own projects. Other stars that were rumored to be joining the rehab crew only to later deny the claims include Lindsay Lohan and Liza Minnelli. Visit AccessHollywood.com to learn more.  <WM>

CONAN ON VARIETY COVER! Conan O’Brien graced the cover of Daily Variety yesterday.  The headline read: “Hot tweet it is.” Under the headline, TBS congratulated Conan for his Emmy nominations for his seven month run on The Tonight Show.  Conan takes his show to TBS this fall.  <JC>

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RICK ROSS CAN’T WAIT TO DROP TEFLON DON!

Rick Ross has a lot of people excited about Teflon Don after releasing new
songs like “Live Fast Die Young” with Kanye West and “Maybach Music III”
featuring T.I., Jadakiss and Erykah Badu. The rapper revealed he’s just
getting warmed up and can’t wait until fans hear the complete album.

“I’m ecstatic; you know what I’m saying? And I most definitely feel
this is my best body of work to date and you know, it’s going to go down in
a major way.”

Teflon Don arrives July 20th. <WM>

THE DREAM CHEATS WITH HIS ASSISTANT, SPLITS FROM WIFE!

Things have headed south for recent newlyweds’ The-Dream and Christina
Milian. UsMagazine.com confirms the producer was spotted romping with his
assistant, Melissa Santiago, on a beach in the Caribbean last week. He also
wasn’t wearing his wedding ring. Dream’s wife tweeted: “Whatever you
think…believe it” and “I’ve officially lost my appetite” after seeing the
images of her husband frolicking with someone else. The news comes just five
months after the couple gave birth to their first child together, a little
girl named Violet. <WM>

*       The Dream’s spokesperson released a statement to UsMagazine.com
confirming that the producer and Christina have split. The rep said, “Terius
‘The-Dream’ Nash is saddened to announce that his marriage to Christina
Milian was unsuccessful. The couple reached this decision in late 2009, but
decided to keep the news private in efforts to protect their baby daughter
Violet. They ask for consideration and respect for their family moving
forward.”

UPDATE ON LIL WAYNE’S UPCOMING EP

Over the weekend, we reported Lil Wayne is looking to release an EP on his
birthday called I’m Not a Human Being. The CEO of Young Money, Cortez
Bryant, recently told Vibe.com, the project will include all new Weezy
material to tide fans over until Wayne’s The Carter IV is completed. In
addition to not putting the EP in stores, Bryant states, “We’ not about to
roll out no three month set up. We just gonna put it out virally and maybe
package it up for Christmas. Give ’em a hard copy later for fan
appreciation.” Fans can anticipate I’m Not a Human Being to drop on
September 27th. <WM>

*       According to MTV News, Lil Wayne is approximately halfway through
his yearlong sentence for weapons possession.  He isn’t due to be released
from Rikers Island until November at the earliest, however he may be
released even earlier on good behavior.

SNOOP TALKS DAUGHTER’S BATTLE WITH LUPUS

Snoop Dogg opened up to People magazine about his youngest daughter’s
struggle with lupus. The icon says he “felt helpless” when doctors couldn’t
explain why Cori was suffering from dramatic hair and weight loss. Snoop
added “she went downhill” before finally being diagnosis with lupus. The
hardcore rapper says the experience brought him closer to his wife, Shanté
Broadus. The emcee said that his child is “the toughest little thing I’ve
ever met… In the beginning lupus was winning. But now Cori is.”  <WM>

JOHN LEGEND, THE ROOTS WAKE UP! TRACKLISTING

John Legend and The Roots have joined forces for a new album titled Wake Up!
The upcoming disc was designed to include fundamental themes of
consciousness and awareness – essentially inspiring listeners to Wake Up!
The artists were inspired to collaborate due to the recent Presidential
election of Barack Obama.  The project drops on September 21st.  <WM>

*       TIDBIT: The album includes covers of Marvin Gaye’s “Wholy Holy” and
Donny Hathaway’s “Little Ghetto Boy.”

Wake Up! Tracklisting:

1. “Compared to What”
2. “Hard Times”
3. “Little Ghetto Boy”
4. “Wake Up Everybody” feat. Common and Melanie Fiona
5. “Our Generation”
6. “Love the Way It Should Be”
7. “Hang On in There”
8. “I Can’t Write Left Handed”
9. “Wholy Holy”
10. “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”
11. “Shine”

DRAKE RELEASES “PATRON MORTON MUSIC”

Drake is featured on Rick Ross’ “Aston Martin Music,” but he recently
released his own version of the song. Drizzy names the revamped song after
model Paris Morton and provides new verses.
<WM>

*       Click HERE get the song!

MONICA IS LUDACRIS’ COUSIN, TALKS STILL STANDING

After teaming with great producers like Jermaine Durpri and Missy Elliot,
Monica intentionally avoided having excessive collaborations on her Still
Standing album. She recently told us why Ludacris appears as the only
feature on the disc.

“Well not just because he’s my cousin, but also because my mom
actually married his uncle when I was about 10 so we grew up as cousins, I
don’t look at it as the whole step this-that because my step father is very
much like a father to me, were very close, and he knew what I meant when I
said ‘Still Standing,’ it didn’t have anything to do music, I was really
talkin about life.”

The singer says the title track was designed to inspire fans.

“I don’t ever want to be looked at as the victim, don’t pity me,
don’t feel sorry for me, if somebody somewhere else goin through exactly
what I’m going through too, ‘Still Standing’ says you can make it through
that.”

Still Standing is available now. Fans can expect the Chris Robinson-directed
video for her new single, “Love All Over Me,” in the coming days! <WM>

FAN ATTACKS 50 CENT IN BRAZIL!

Things got a little crazy when G-Unit touched down to perform in Salvador,
Brazil last Friday. ThisIs50.com reports midway through “Ayo Technology,” 50
Cent was attacked by an over zealous fan. Security immediately tackled the
unidentified man to the ground before he could reach the mogul! <WM>

LABEL CONFIRMS NICKI MINAJ RELEASE DATE

Just days after Nicki Minaj tweeted that her debut album will arrive on
November 23rd, a rep for her label, Young Money/Cash Money, has confirmed
the date will stick. XXLMag.com reports her release date was intentionally
designed to fall two days before Thanksgiving, especially since Black Friday
marks the biggest shopping day of the year. Let the countdown officially
begin! <WM>

And…

M.I.A SAYS NICKI MINAJ RUNS HIP HOP

According to Rap-Up.com, M.I.A. has nothing but kind words for Nicki Minaj.
The singer feels the rap newcomer “runs hip-hop” because “she works hard and
…she’s focused.” The “Paper Planes” singer added, “It’s been a while since
a female rapper has come up with that much… She’s got a really good work
ethic, and I get her.” The two artists joined together on the remix for a
song called “Teqkilla” from M.I.A’s upcoming album, ///Y/ (Pron: Maya).
<WM>

LIL KIM SAYS SHE’S STILL RELEVANT!

Lil’ Kim insists she’s still relevant in the music industry. The 35-year-old
rapper told LifeLounge.com she’ll never fade out because she’s “constantly
growing” and knows “how to reinvent myself, I know how to change with the
times.” The artist, who is currently beefing with newcomer Nicki Minaj, also
feels she’s “probably even more relevant than a lot of new people who come
into the industry.” It’s still not known when Kim will release the follow-up
to 2005’s The Naked Truth. <WM>

PHARRELL SCORES DESPICABLE ME

According to Variety, Universal’s 3D animated flick Despicable Me took the
top spot at the weekend box raking in over 60-million dollars. Last week, we
spoke to super producer Pharrell Williams about scoring the movie. Be sure to check out Despicable Me, playing in theaters now. <WM>

J. LO MAY GET HIT WITH 40-MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT?

As reported last week, Jennifer Lopez canceled a planned appearance at a
hotel in Cyprus due to reports that the appearance would make a political
statement in support of human rights abuse. Lopez’s management insists a
“full review of the relevant circumstances” resulted in her decision to
cancel, noting “Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country,
institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights
abuse.”  However, according to ThatGrapeJuice.net, organizers plan to
proceed with a 35 to 40-million dollar lawsuit if Lopez does not show for
the July 24th gig.  July 24th also marks Lopez’s 41st birthday.  <JC>

GAGA TOPS LIST OF LA SHOWS!

Lady Gaga is the number one requested concert in Los Angeles, according to
StubHub.com.  The website compiled a list of the top five most-requested
tickets in the Los Angeles-metropolitan area.  Gaga tops the list, followed
by Muse, Kings of Leon, Justin Bieber and the Dave Matthews Band.  Lady Gaga
will perform two shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on August 11th
and 12th, while Bieber plays the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live on July 20th.
Kings of Leon played the Hollywood Bowl last night and head to the Verizon
Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California tomorrow night. The Dave
Matthews Band will take the stage at the Hollywood Bowl on August 23rd and
Muse goes to the Staples Center on September 25th and    <JC>

KATY PERRY TALKS SEX AND RELIGION

Katy Perry made it clear that she wasn’t the biggest fan of Lady Gaga’s
video for her song “Alejandro” because of the use of religious imagery, and
the pop star is going more in depth about her comments.  The “California
Gurls” singer told British magazine Star that she doesn’t care if it’s
Madonna or her fiancé talking, “If you put sexuality and religion in the
same bottle and try to shake it up, it’s not cool.” <ZS>

USHER SINGS IN CHINESE

According to the Associated Press, Usher sang in Chinese, briefly, during
his China debut concert Sunday night in Beijing.  Usher sang one of Asian
pop sensation Wang Lihong’s songs in Chinese, Wang told a joint press
conference Saturday night, and the two performed Usher’s current
chart-topper “OMG.” Usher’s is the first big foreign concert tour to perform
in China this year. Usher took to his Twitter account and wrote “Beijing
Love you – that was fun!”   Next month, he is releasing eight new songs on a
new disc called Versus.

Paul Wall’s HEART OF A CHAMPION is in stores TODAY! I need the WORLD to go out and support Paul’s 5th and latest project!  Sometimes I put albums/songs up for y’all to enjoy early, but this is the HOME TEAM, so I need y’all to actually BUY this one!  Click HERE to get it now!

REVIEWS:

DJBOOTH.NET

SPIN.COM

SLANTMAGAZINE.COM


Thee Lohan Woman

DINA: “LINDSAY IS SCARED TO GO TO JAIL.” As Lindsay Lohan gets ready to serve 90 days in jail for violating her probation back in 2007, her mom revealed the actress is “scared to death.” Dina Lohan told Entertainment Tonight the verdict is “unfair,” adding, “She’s petrified, we all are. We’re angry. We’re disappointed in the system.” Dina says the Mean Girls star has done some “stupid things” but “is clean and sober today. I know that for a fact.” Lindsay must submit herself to the court on July 20th. <WM>

Jaleel White

URKEL INVESTIGATED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE? Jaleel White, better known as “Steve Urkel” on Family Matters, was reportedly investigated for alleged domestic abuse. The actor is said to have punched his baby momma, Bridget Hardy, in one of her breast implants. The incident occurred two weeks ago. Visit TMZ.com to learn more. <WM>

MEL BEING INVESTIGATED! Mel Gibson is now the focus of a domestic violence inquiry in Los Angeles. According to the Associated Press, Gibson is being treated as a potential suspect after his former girlfriend, Russian singer Oksana Girgorieva, accused him of hitting her and knocking some of her teeth out back in January. <AZ>

JERSEY SHORE WILL BE CRAZY! When we talked with Snooki and JWoww from the Jersey Shore, we asked them if they’re nervous their popularity will make filming in Seaside Heights, New Jersey more difficult than the first season. Well, Snooks and J told us they think things are going to get way more violent . The season premiere of Jersey Shore airs at 10 PM Eastern on MTV July 29th. <AZ>

OCHOCINCO TALKS LeBRON! In what is surely going to be one of the biggest sports stories of the year, LeBron James decided to go play basketball for the Miami Heat instead of re-signing with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers.  Football player Chad Ochocinco is LeBron’s friend and he gave us his opinion about the decision. Chad has a new show on Vh1 called Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch.  It airs Sunday nights at 9 Eastern. <ZS>

Ashley Judd

ASHLEY JUDD TOPLESS PHOTO! A photo of actress Ashley Judd, topless and covering her breasts with her hands, is being used in a campaign that goes against the actress’ views on a type of coal mining. During a golf tournament in Kentucky, five-foot high posters of the half-naked actress were displayed with the words, “Ashley Judd makes a living removing her top, why can’t coal miners?” Judd recently spoke out against mountaintop removal coal mining, where the tops of mountains are blasted off to gain better access to the coal inside. News.Yahoo.com has more. <AZ>


GOSSELIN’S TATTOO ERROR! LifeAndStyleMag.com reports Jon Gosselin got the name of his new girlfriend, Ellen Ross, tattooed on his back in Korean only he spelled Ellen’s name wrong! The ink Gosselin is sporting translates to the Korean spelling of the male name Aaron or Aron. This guy just can’t catch a break! <WM>

Ryan Reynolds

RYAN REYNOLDS DOESN’T GIVE ADVICE! Ryan Reynolds has been around the block a few times when it comes to acting. So, we asked him if has any advice for young actors out there, here’s what Scarlett Johanssons husband told us. Fans can next see Ryan in Green Lantern, which hits theaters June 17th, 2011. <AZ>

AFFLECK BAILS AND ELIZABETH WINS! On July 3rd, Ben Affleck was set to take part in the World Series of Poker’s Ante Up for Africa charity tournament with his buddies Don Cheadle and Matt Damon, but the actor had to bail because of a migraine headache.  The New York Post reports American Pie’s Shannon Elizabeth wound up taking second place in the tourney, pocketing 80-grand, while poker pro Phil Gordon won the event and its 129-thousand dollar top prize, which he donated to Refugees International.  <DB>

Steve Carell

THE OFFICE NEWS! Could “Dwight” be taking over for “Michael” as boss of The Office when Steve Carell leaves after next season?  According to EW.com, producer Mindy Kaling, who also stars on the show as “Kelly,” said that she’d “love to see” Rainn Wilson’s character take over as the man in charge, and that he would be a “fantastic boss.” Carell recently said that the seventh season of the show will be his last.

DESPICABLE ME! The new animated comedy Despicable Me is in theaters now. In the flick, Steve Carell voices an evil genius and Julie Andrews plays his mom. Here’s what Carell told us about it. Despicable Me also features the voice talents of Jason Segel and Russell Brand and is in theaters now. <AZ>

Nicholas Hoult

NEW X-MEN CAST MEMBER! X-Men: First Class have found their “Beast.”  According to Deadline.com, Nicolas Hoult, who starred in About a Boy with Hugh Grant, will be taking on the role of the blue mutant.  James McAvoy and Alice Eve both signed on for the project.

THE HILLS NO MORE! After six successful seasons, MTV’s The Hills is finally coming to an end.  The finale night begins Tuesday with The Hills Live: A Hollywood Ending airing at 8 PM Eastern.  Here, Lauren, Whitney, Kristin, Lo, Brody and others will reunite for an emotional reunion live from the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.  Immediately after, MTV will air the season finale at 10 PM, followed by the season finale of The City at 10:30 PM. <WM>

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THE DREAM HAS HEARD ON T.I.’S KING UNCAGED

In case you were thinking T.I. has fallen off since being released from prison, The Dream told us what fans should expect from Tip’s King Uncaged project.

“Man, Tip is such in the zone, he’s another one, he’s just in a
zone man, he’s in one of those things, I don’t know who thought they was
wherever they thought they were, me just being a lyric guy, what makes songs
hits is when it comes from the heart and you really saying and mean a
certain thing and you call feel it through the passion.  And every record he
played me I was like wow, I could just feel it, it wasn’t about judging it,
it wasn’t about is this a single, it was like wow, where you bee, where you
go, he’s just elevated.”

King Uncaged lands on August 17th. <WM>

DRAKE TO PERFORM AT RADIO CITY

We’ve just learned Drake is scheduled to perform at New York City’s Radio
City Music Hall this fall. The upcoming show will mark Drizzy’s first
performance at the venue.  Taking place on September 29th, tickets are
currently on sale. The rap newcomer is expected to play songs from his
popular So Far Gone mixtape and his debut album, Thank Me Later. Get your
passes today! <WM>

*     Since the show is in NYC, do you think Drake will
bring out Jay-Z for “Light Up?” What other surprise guests do you think will
pop up?

PAUL WALL TALKS HEART OF A CHAMPION

It’s usually the album title that has profound meaning to an artist, but Paul Wall told us that it’s actually the release date for his Heart Of A Champion disc that has the most significance. Fans can purchase the Houston native’s Heart Of A Champion tomorrow. <WM>

*      You can download the rapper’s Sole Music mixtape for free via MixtapePass.com now.

NAS, LUPE READY CHICAGO MUSIC FESTIVAL

Are you a hip hop fan with no plans on Labor Day weekend? If so, you should
fly out to Chicago for the inaugural North Coast Music Festival. XXLMag.com
reports concertgoers will see performances from Nas, Damian Marley, Lupe
Fiasco, Jay Electronica and De La Soul. It all goes down at Union Park from
September 3rd through 5th.  If you want to attend the three-day event, visit
NorthCoastFestival.com to score passes. <WM>

NE-YO PREVIEWS LIBRA SCALE

Ne-Yo visited London to hold an intimate album listening session for Libra
Scale – which drops on September 16th. The singer gathered with U-K media
outlets at a swanky venue called Hospital. He reportedly played six tracks
from his fourth studio effort, including “She Is,” “Cause I Said So,” “One
In A Million,” “What Have I Done,” as well as current U-S singles “Beautiful
Monster” and “Champagne Life.” Visit ThatGrapeJuice.net to see to get the
full reviews and the background story for Libra Scale. <WM>

LIL WAYNE CONTINUES TO INSPIRE YOUNG MONEY

Lil Wayne may be locked up, but his influence continues to motivate members of his Young Money camp. Mack Maine told us he plans to use Weezy’s teachings and work ethic as a guiding point for his debut album.

“The most important thing I learned from Wayne is his work ethic,
incredible. He’s the hardest working man in show bizz to me and he actually
views every album as his first, where as some people get comfortable and to
me that’s why a lot of artists fall off. So he always looks at it like he
has everything to prove and he’s gained nothing.”

The rap mogul only has four months remaining in his sentence stemming from weapons possession charges. In related news, Fat Joe told MTV News about his visit to see Wayne at Riker’s Island. Visit MTV.com to see the full
interview now. <WM>

YOUNG JEEZY’S TM103 TO DROP NEXT MONTH!

Rap-Up.com has learned Young Jeezy’s long awaited studio album, Thug
Motivation 103, is scheduled to drop on August 31st. The news comes just
days after the rapper shot the video for his new single, “All White
Everything” featuring Yo Gotti, in Atlanta. The Taj-directed clip, which
features cameos from Trey Songz and producer Drumma Boy, will premiere in
the coming days. <WM>

CIARA REVEALS BASIC INSTINCT ALBUM COVER

After releasing “Gimme That” as the second single, Ciara has issued the
artwork for her highly anticipated Basic Instinct album. The visual for the
songbird’s project, which arrives August 17th, can be viewed via her
official website now. <WM>

*     FUN FACT During an interview with Pride magazine, the singer
admitted to spending “about $11,000 a month” on shoes.

BRANDY TEAMS WITH TIMBALAND FOR NEXT ALBUM

During an interview with 160grams, Brandy revealed that her follow-up to
Human will include “heavy” production from Timbaland. With the mega producer
handling most of the project, fans can anticipate the songs to “be more Hip
Hop-oriented.” The singer told the mag she “wasn’t old enough to get into
people’s hearts. Now I am.” Timbo and B-Rocka previously worked together on
a couple of songs including the fan-favorite “Aphrodisiac.” The upcoming
disc has no title or release date at this time.  <WM>

DON’T COMPARE KELLY TO BEYONCE!

According to SingersRoom.com, Kelly Rowland is once again speaking up about
her relationship with Beyonce. The “Commander” singer says that she
considers her former Destiny’s Child bandmate “a sister, but claims of
negativity and catfights sell way more.” Rowland added, “People can’t think
of anything more intelligent than to compare…But even though my sound
sounds like nothing she’s done, people are going to find something to say.”
<WM>

RIHANNA AND ALICIA KEYS ASK FANS TO HELP SAVE A LIFE

According to People Magazine, Rihanna and Alicia Keys are teaming up to help a girl who needs a bone marrow transplant to live.  Eleven-year-old Shannon Tavarez played the young “Nala” in The Lion King on Broadway before being diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia.  Keys says she was touched when she visited Tavarez on July 2nd in the Long Island hospital where she receives daily chemotherapy treatments.  Rihanna seconds that sentiment,
saying Tavarez should be back on the Broadway stage and not confined to a bed fighting for her life.  Both Keys and Rihanna are urging their fans to register as bone marrow donors to give the gift of life.  <JC>

NE-YO LOOKS BACK

Shaffer Smith, better known as Ne-Yo, is currently putting the finishing touches on his new album Libra Scale, a nod to his astrological sign.  The singer and songwriter broke through in 2006 with his debut album In My Own
Words.  His second album Because of You debuted at the top of the Billboard album chart back in 2007 and won the GRAMMY Awards for Best Contemporary R&B Album.  We caught up with Ne-Yo, who reminisced about his early music and memories of the time.

“Lots and lots of good memories. Some bad memories, some good
memories. Times when I fell of stage. My first GRAMMY experience and how
that was completely not what I thought it was gonna be. But, yeah, it’s good
to listen to that stuff and go back in time for a minute”

Ne-Yo’s Libra Scale is set to arrive in stores on September 21st. <JC>

CONCERT INDUSTRY TAKES A HIT

The industry trade magazine and website Pollstar says gross revenue for the top 100 tours in North America in the first six months of 2010 is down nearly 200-million dollars from last year. According to the Associated
Press, that’s a 17-percent drop in an industry that seemed impervious to the weakening economy just a few years ago. The total haul of 965.5-million dollars was the lowest for the first half of the year since 2005 when gross
revenue was 730.9-million dollars. Ticket sales are also down about nine-percent from last year.   Declining ticket sales have been evident in the number of cancellations this year for usually bankable stars. Major acts
such as The Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna and the Lilith Fair have canceled or curtailed tours, but artists like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Muse – aren’t having problems moving tickets. The
top-grossing show this year was Coachella. The California festival drew 225-thousand fans who paid more than 21.7-million dollars for tickets. <JC>

*       TOP FIVE TOURS: Bon Jovi has the top North American tour in the first half of 2010 with 52.8-million dollars. James Taylor and Carole King are next at 41-million dollars and Swift is third with 34.2-million.  Paul McCartney with 31.6-million dollars and George Strait 29.8-million round out the top five.

RIHANNA CANCELS THREE TOUR DATES

Live Nation announced that three dates have been canceled on Rihanna’s Last
Girl on Earth Tour.   Rihanna will no longer appear in Englewood, Colorado
on July 15th, Atlanta, Georgia on July 28th, and Noblesville, Indiana on
August 3rd. Fans who purchased tickets will receive a refund. Rihanna
apologized to her fans and says she hopes to make it up to them on the next
tour.  <JC>

GAGA TO DROP REMIX ALBUM IN AUGUST

Lady Gaga has announced that she will release her Lady Gaga – The Remix album in the U-S on August 3rd.  The Remix has already sold over 500-thousand copies internationally, topping the charts in the U-K, Japan
and Canada, but this is the first time the collection will be available stateside.  The U-S version of The Remix features ten songs from The Fame and The Fame Monster including Gaga hits like “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,”
“LoveGame,” “Paparazzi,” “Bad Romance,” “Telephone” and “Alejandro,” all remixed by highly acclaimed DJs and artists.  Gaga’s The Fame Monster and The Fame have sold over 13-million albums worldwide to date.  Lady Gaga’s
Monster Ball Tour heads to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario tonight.  <JC>

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