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SNOOP CALLS OUT MANNY PACQUIAO

For the last two years, the boxing world has waited for a dream fight: Floyd
Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao.  The match that everyone is looking
forward to was delayed due to Pacquiao resisting a routine drug test.  Snoop
Dogg has released a YouTube video encouraging Pacquiao to get in the ring,
check it out today!  <WM>

RICK ROSS’ TEFLON DON DROPS TOMORROW

In just 24 hours, fans will be able to purchase Rick Ross’ long-awaited
Teflon Don album. The rapper told us that from a production standpoint, the
disc will blow your mind.

“Of course I’m always stick to the way I know how to make records,
but I understand and accept the music changes. So I accept changes, and I
expect changes. So when I do sit down with the Justice League, you know I
gave them the visions and concepts for a few records and they stepped up to
the plate. So a shout out to the Justice League and taking it somewhere
else.”

Teflon Don drops tomorrow. <WM>

HIP HOP READIES MTV2 SUCKER FREE SUMMIT!

MTV2 has created the first ever Sucker Free Summit to celebrate the artists
in hip-hop. Unlike a typical awards show, Sucker Free Summit will have no
performances and no celebrity presenters, just fans coming together to
recognize the best in the industry! The event will honor both A-list artists
and people behind-the-scenes whose work goes unnoticed. Fans will decide who
should win the coveted People’s Crown Award by casting votes via
SuckerFree.MTV2.com. Don’t miss MTV2’s Sucker Free Summit airing on Sunday
at noon!

SUCKER FREE SUMMIT NOMINEES LIST

Verse Of The Year:

Drake – “Forever”
Eminem –  “Forever”
Kanye West – “Run This Town”
Lil Wayne – “Roger That”
Nicki Minaj – “My Chick Bad”

Rick Ross – “Angels” (Remix)

Club Banger Of The Year:

DJ Khaled – “All I Do Is Win”
F.L.Y. – “Swag Surfin”
Gucci Mane f/ Plies – “Wasted”
Lloyd Banks f/ Juelz Santana – “Beamer, Benz or Bentley”
 Roscoe Dash – “All The Way Turnt Up”
 Waka Flocka Flame – “O Let’s Do It”

Mix Tape Of The Year:

Fabolous – “There Is No Competition 2”
Gucci Mane – “The Burrprint 3D”
Jadakiss – “The Champ Is Here 3”
Lil Wayne – “No Ceilings”
Wiz Khalifa – “Kush and Orange Juice”
Young Jeezy – “Trap Or Die 2”

Guerilla Video Of The Year:

Fabolous – “Body Ya”
Gucci Mane – “Think I Love Her”
Lil Wayne – “I’m Single”
Rick Ross – “Mafia Music 2”
Travis Porter – “Go Shorty Go”

Instant Classic:

B.o.B – “Nothin’ On You”
Drake – “Best I Ever Had”
Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Eminem – “Forever”
Jay-Z – “D.O.A.”
Jay Electronica – “Exhibit C”

Remix Of The Year:

Birdman f/ Lil Wayne, Rick Ross & Young Jeezy – “Always Strapped” (Remix)
Diddy-Dirty Money f/ Rick Ross – “Angels” (Remix)
Diddy-Dirty Money f/ Nicki Minaj & Rick Ross – “Hello, Good Morning” (Remix)
Gyptian f/ Nicki Minaj – “Hold Yuh” (Remix)
Waka Flocka Flame f/ Diddy & Rick Ross – “O Let’s Do It” (Remix)

Yo Gotti f/ Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj & Trina – “5 Star Chick” (Remix)

Who’s Got Next Award:

Curren$y
J. Cole
Jay Electronica
Nipsey Hussle
Travis Porter
Wiz Khalifa

The People’s Crown – 100% FAN VOTED:

50 Cent f/ Ne-Yo – “Baby By Me”
Diddy-Dirty Money f/ Rick Ross – “Angels” (Remix)
Diddy-Dirty Money f/ T.I. & Rick Ross – “Hello, Good Morning”
Fabolous f/ Jay-Z – “When The Money Goes”
Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz – “On To The Next One”

 Kanye West f/ Mr Hudson – “Paranoid”
Kid Cudi f/ Kanye West & Common – “Make Her Say”
Lil Wayne f/ Eminem – “Drop The World”

Rick Ross f/ Ne-Yo – “Super High”
Young Money – “Roger That”

KANYE REVEALS GOOD ASS JOB TRACKLISTING

Kanye West’s forthcoming album, Good Ass Job, is packed with great features
and production. A tracklisting for the 16-track effort, which will drops on
September 14th, has surfaced online.  <WM>

Good Ass Job tracklist:

1. “Hell Of a Life” (feat. Lil’ Wayne)

2. “Dark Fantasy”

3. “Power”

4. “Chain Heavy” (feat. Eminem x Jay-Z)

5. “Ghetto University” (feat. T.I.)

6. “That’s My Girl” (feat. Katy Perry x Kid Cudi)

7. “Runaway”

8. “Lost In The World” (feat. Nicki Minaj x Rick Ross)

9. “Gorgeous (Ode To Kardashians)” (feat. Drake x Game x Ludacris)

10. “Monster”

11. “Holding Me Back” (feat. Mos Def x Talib Kweli x Phonte)

12. “Devil In a New Dress”

13. “The Joy” (feat. Common x John Legend)

14. “So Appalled” (feat. Drake x Jamie Foxx)

15. “Blame Game”

16. “Sweat On My Face”

T.I. SAYS FANS APPRECIATE ALL OF HIS ALBUMS!

T.I. is still working on his upcoming King Uncaged album, but we’re
confident the disc won’t disappoint. The rap star recently told us, without
bragging, that he’s remained consistent over the years. Even his fans have
trouble picking out the best album he’s ever done.

“People say each one of my albums have been their favorite. One
person may say I’m Serious another person may say King. Some may say Trap
Muzik, T.I. Vs T.I.P. People have their favorites for their own reasons and
I appreciate that.”

King Uncaged lands on August 17th. <WM>

TOO $HORT CHARGED WITH BATTERY

Too $hort and one of his associates were arrested late last week for
reportedly getting got into a fight with security workers at a club
following a concert.  The altercation began when the rapper wasn’t allowed
to bring underage girls backstage. According to the Associated Press, the
West Coast native was charged with three counts of misdemeanor battery. The
emcee is due back in court on August 4th and could potentially serve six
months in jail if convicted. <WM>

SWIZZ BEATZ ATTENDS THE NEW MUSIC SEMINAR

Swizz Beatz is set to join the likes of Naughty by Nature, Kat DeLuna and
others during the New Music Seminar at Webster Hall in New York City. The
three-day event is being dubbed “the future of music conferences” and
welcomes a long list of incredible musicians, labels, agencies and more.
Tickets are available now. To learn more go to NewMusicSeminar.com today.
<WM>

MONICA DEBUTS “LOVE ALL OVER ME”

Check out the video for Monica’s new single, “Love All Over Me,” via her
official website. The clip includes cameos from Maino and Los Angeles Laker
Shannon Brown. <WM>

PUSHA T JOINS KANYE’S G.O.O.D. MUSIC LABEL?

Is one half of the rap duo Clipse moving on to a solo career?  Rumors have
recently surfaced that rapper Pusha T has signed with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D.
Music label.  While Pusha won’t confirm or deny the speculation, his
upcoming The Fear of God solo project is expected to drop on September 14th
– which is the is same day G.O.O.D. Music artists like Kid Cudi, Big Sean
and Consequence will release their albums.  <WM>

LIVE NATION STOCK TAKES A PLUNGE

According to the Associated Press, on Thursday, Live Nation’s stock
plummeted more than 16 percent, wiping out some 322-million dollars in
market value.  The stock recovered somewhat to end the day with an 11
percent decline, down $1.10 per share.  The company said its adjusted
operating income for 2010 is expected to be 405-million dollars, down from
445-million dollars last year, despite its merger with Ticketmaster
Entertainment.  The concert industry has been hit hard this summer with
artists like Rihanna, The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Jonas Brothers
and Limp Bizkit canceling or postponing dates. <JC>

*       Live Nation sold four percent fewer tickets in the first six months
of this year as they did last year. For the Top 100 bands in the industry as
a whole, the drop was 12 percent.

WINEHOUSE SAYS ALBUM OUT WITHIN SIX MONTHS

Many people have been speaking about when we’re going to hear Amy
Winehouse’s highly anticipated forthcoming album, and now the embattled
singer is finally weighing in on the subject.  Winehouse told London’s Metro
newspaper that the record will be out in “six months at most,” and that she
“just can’t wait to have some new songs [to perform] on stage.”  She also
said that it would be a lot like her classic 2006 effort, Back to Black.
<ZS>

T-PAIN ANNOUNCES CAN YOU ROCK? CAMPAIGN

T-Pain is looking to help aspiring artists in a major way. The auto-tune
king has reportedly teamed with a West Coast fashion retailer, Anchor Blue,
to launch the Can You Rock? campaign. Can You Rock? asks up and coming
talent to upload their demos to win the chance to record a song written and
produced by the GRAMMY Award winning artist! All entries must be submitted
by August 26th and posted to Music.AnchorBlue.com. Good luck! <WM>

NEW LYFE JENNINGS VIDEO

Lyfe Jennings breaks down the realities black women face when dating in the
video for his new single, “Statistics.” ConcreteLoop.com reports the track
was reportedly inspired by Steve Harvey’s relationship advice book, Act Like
a Lady, Think Like a Man. The cut is off the singer’s forthcoming I Still
Believe album, which will arrive on August 31st. <WM>

WARREN G RECORDS REGULATE SEQUEL

Rap legend Warren G has announced that his upcoming Regulate… G Funk Era:
Part 2 EP will be released to digital retailers sometime this year. The new
effort will pick up where he left off at on his 1994 debut album,
Regulate… G Funk Era. The original disc debuted at number two on the
Billboard 200, went triple platinum, and earned him a 2005 GRAMMY nomination
for Best Rap Performance for “Regulate” featuring Nate Dogg. Here’s to
hoping Warren can duplicate that success.  <WM>

CHRISTINA AGUILERA PREPS NEW VIDEO

Some pictures have surfaced from the set of Christina Aguilera’s video for
her sweeping ballad, “You Lost Me.”  The pics show a more demure Aguilera,
compared to her last clip for “Not Myself Tonight.”  Head over to
Christina’s website to see the photos.  Anthony Mandler, who wrote the
treatment for the “You Lost Me” video, told PopEater.com that the video will
feature a series of connected vignettes, where nothing is at it seems.  The
clip is set to premiere next week.  <JC>

*       See the pics:  <http://www.christinaaguilera.com/us/news/you-lost-me-video-sneak-peek>

OKSANA PHOTO! On Friday, Radar Online posted a photo of what they
allege is Oksana Grigorieva taken shortly after when she claims Mel Gibson
hit her. The picture shows a woman’s face, that resembles Oksana, with her
two front teeth broken. Radar is reporting that the photo is now in the
hands of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and might be used in an
ongoing investigation into whether Mel assaulted Oksana. <AZ>

  • Yes! Mel Gibson is STILL News…For how LONG?! Who know’s…

Mel Gibson and Robyn Gibson

GIBSON’S EX STANDS BY HIM! Mel Gibson’s soon-to-be ex-wife, who was married to the actor for 28 years, is standing by him. Robyn Gibson has signed a statement saying that Gibson never physically abused her or their children. This comes after Gibson’s former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, made accusations that the actor hit her in the face. Head to TMZ for more.<AZ>

MEL GIBSON HAS A TOUGH CROWD! When we caught up with Mel Gibson awhile back, he talked with us about the type of friends he has and how they can get really raunchy and crude. Head to RadarOnline.com to hear graphic, profanity-filled audio from Gibson, yelling at his then girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. <AZ>

BRISTOL AND LEVI TO WED ON TV? According to TMZ, Bristol Palin and
Levi Johnston are hoping to turn their upcoming nuptials into a reality
show. The outlet is reporting that the newly re-engaged couple may also
include their two-year-old son Tripp in the series. <AZ>

Donald Trump

Rachel Uchitel

TRUMP WANTS TIGER’S BABE! Donald Trump wants Rachel Uchitel, Tiger Woods’ alleged former mistress, to compete in the new season of Celebrity Apprentice. According to TMZ, the hot brunette is absolutely interested in appearing on the next season of the show. We’ll keep you updated. <AZ>

Angelina Jolie in "Salt"

ANGELINA JOLIE DRESSES LIKE A MAN! For her new film Salt  Angelina Jolie plays a spy, and as one of her disguises, the gorgeous actress dresses
up like a man. She told us how the crew reacted when she walked on set in drag. Salt also Liev Schreiber (Pron: Lee-iv) and opens in theaters this Friday. <AZ>

LILO IN GERMAN GQ! Between court appearances, stints in rehab and
Twitter posts, Lindsay Lohan is still finding time for photo shoots. How do
we know? The starlet is the cover girl on the August issue of German GQ
magazine, appearing in a sexy retro bathing suit. Head over to EOnline.com
to see the photo. <AZ>

JERSEY SHORE SOUNDTRACK TOMORROW! The bumping, fist-pumping Jersey
Shore Soundtrack hits stores tomorrow. For cast member Snooki, who told us
she thrives on house music, this compilation is the perfect way to keep her
summer rocking, especially since the album contains the hit song “I Like It”
by Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull. Snooki recently told us that even if
she wasn’t starring on MTV’s Jersey Shore, she’d still be doing the same
things. Buy the Jersey Shore Soundtrack in stores and
online tomorrow and tune in to MTV on July 29th to see the new season of
Jersey Shore
. <AZ>

LEO DiCAPRIO WANTS TO BE A FATHER! Leonardo DiCaprio does want to be
a father, just not right now. According to People magazine, the Inception
actor is interested in raising a family, but wants a few more years
childless first. DiCaprio is currently dating supermodel Bar Refaeli. <AZ>

Joaquin Phoenix

JOAQUIN PHOENIX DOCUMENTARY! A new documentary about actor Joaquin
Phoenix has been giving a release date. The flick, called I’m Still Here:
The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix, is slated for its first release on
September 10th, with a wider release to come after that. The doc was
directed by Phoenix’s brother-in-law, Casey Affleck, and will show Joaquin’s
transition from an actor to an emcee. Hit up MTVNews.com for more. <AZ>

IDRIS ELBA WILL SHOCK YOU IN TAKERS! As the summer hits the midway
point, action junkies can still anticipate at least one must-see film to
open in late August. It’s called Takers and star Idris Elba told us about
his unique character in the movie. The actor also explained what it was like working with musicians Chris Brown and T.I. The star-studded movie also stars Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Jay Hernandez, Hayden Christensen and Zoe Saldana. It opens everywhere on August 27th. <WM>

* PLOT! Takers follows a group of professional bank robbers who must
pull off one last heist for 20-million dollars without getting caught by an
investigator who’s on to them!

ALL ABOUT STANDING OVATION! Standing Ovation is the new film that
is described as “Junior High School Musical.”  The film, which stars an
unknown cast of kids, is set in Atlantic City and tells the story of a girls
singing group that has to go up against a rival group to try to win a
national TV network video contest with a one-million dollar grand prize.
Kayla Jackson stars in the film and told us why you should go see the movie.
James Brolin executive produced the film and explained that he
was inspired to get involved following the success of the High School
Musical films. Standing Ovation features 20 original
songs and 13 dance numbers and is in theaters now.  For more info, head to
StandingOvationMovie.com.  <JC>

VH1 DO SOMETHING AWARDS! Glee superstar Jane Lynch is hosting the
2010 Vh1 Do Something Awards live tonight at 9 PM Eastern on Vh1. We had the
honor of talking to the funny lady and she told us how she got the hosting
gig. She also told us that she is super excited to emcee tonight’s event. Besides honoring everyday
people who are making a positive difference in their community, celebrities
are also being honored for their efforts. Lynch told us she’s proud of her
famous peers. Tune in tonight at 9 PM Eastern to Vh1 to see the Do Something Awards. <AZ>

Rob Dydrek

CATCH ROB’S FANTASY FACTORY! From stunts to human catapults, the
eccentric schemes of Rob Dyrdek have returned for a third season. We caught
up with the reality star to find out what’s new this time around.
The new season of Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory is
currently underway. Be sure to catch new episodes every Monday night at 9:30
PM Eastern only on MTV. <WM>

MTV2’S SUCKER FREE SUMMIT! For the first time ever, MTV2 has created
the Sucker Free Summit to honor and celebrate the pioneers of hip-hop.
Viewers can expect both A-list artists and people who work behind-the-scenes
to be recognized during the show. The countdown has officially begun! Catch
MTV2’s Sucker Free Summit airing Sunday at 12 PM Eastern. <WM>

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The past 2 weeks have been CRAZY! SERIOUSLY, drink tabs, shot specials, great music & people!

INCEPTION

In InceptionLeonardo DiCaprio plays “Dom Cobb,” a man who can enter
people’s subconscious as they dream and steal their secrets.  Any time a
movie portrays dreams, there are bound to be some strange scenes and Leo
told us about filming parts of the flick that were a little odd.

“Well there was a lot of situations throughout the entire course of
the film, whether we were all wrapped up in cables floating through an
elevator shaft or whether we were being soaked by a massive water tank that
was blasting around us or whether the streets of Paris around us were
disintegrating before our very eyes.”

DiCaprio went on to say that the most impressive thing about making
Inception is how the production team made even the strangest scenes seem
ordinary.

“What was amazing to witness was how they made it all seem like it
was a day’s work.  They’re so highly organized and efficient and have
conveyed exactly what they want to everyone involved in the moviemaking
process that these spectacular events happen and then you go to lunch. It
was kind of all in a day’s work, you know.”

Inception, which also stars Joseph Gordon-LevittEllen Page and Marion
Cotillardis in theaters today.  <DB>

I give this Movie 2 ThUMbs UP!!! I do recommend that you run to the theatre to watch this movie. It will have you at the EDGE of your seat! This movie is packed with ACTION, SUSPENSE, and ANTICIPATION thru-out the WHOLE MOVIE!!!!!***Don’t miss it and hit the movie theatre today!*** YOu will NOT be DISAPPOINTED.-kp 😉

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LOHAN GETS NEW LAWYER, ENTERS REHAB! Lindsay Lohan has a new lawyer,
Robert Shapiro, one of the attorneys on the team that helped O.J. Simpson
get acquitted. According to TMZ, Shapiro will be working to get Lohan’s jail
sentence reduced or eliminated and Lohan has already entered Shapiro’s
rehabilitation facility to help the cause. Robert’s son died of a drug
overdose back in 2005 and he has since created a foundation and rehab center
for people to get help with their drug problems. <AZ>

LOHAN IN DANGER?! According to a British paper, Lindsay Lohan may be
at risk of being attacked or at least antagonized while serving her jail
sentence. The New York Daily News is reporting that prisoners in her
cellblock may target her because it will make those who do famous. <AZ>

MEL GIBSON TAPES EDITED? Mel Gibson’s lawyers are claiming that the
profanity-laced audio tapes of the actor berating his girlfriend were
tampered with. If it turns out the tapes were edited, they could be
inadmissible, and therefore not used against the actor in any forthcoming
assault or custody hearings, which would be great news for Mel. Hit up TMZ
for more. <AZ>

STARS COMMENT ON MEL! Andy Samberg, Arsenio Hall and others were all
talking Mel Gibson at the ESPY Awards Wednesday night. The S-N-L cast member
told ET Online, “He’s keeping it interesting. That’s all I’m saying.” While
Hall said, “The first time we let him go, but if you keep making the same
mistake…we have to come down on you, Mel.” Read more over at ETOnline.com.
<AZ>

JERSEY SHORE IS INSANE! If you haven’t seen the trailer for season
two of the Jersey Shore yet, you need to head over to MTV.com to check it
out. Especially because Snooki and JWoww told us it only gets crazier this
season. Make sure to pick up the Jersey Shore Soundtrack on Tuesday and tune in to MTV on July 29th at 10 PM Eastern to catch the premiere of season two. <AZ>

SEAGAL IN THE CLEAR! The one-million dollar lawsuit filed against
Steven Seagal, accusing the actor of sex trafficking and sexual harassment,
has been dropped.  Seagal is now in the clear. According to E! Online, there
is no word whether the accuser dropped her claims or the parties settled out
of court. <AZ>

CRAIG FERGUSON TALKING KIDS! Late night host Craig Ferguson and his
wife are expecting their first child together. Ferguson tweeted the news
earlier this week, saying that the baby is due sometime next year. Ferguson
already has a son named Milo from a previous marriage.  Craig told us it was
Milo who inspired him to take a role in the animated flick How to Train Your
Dragon. Learn more at News.Yahoo.com and pre-order your
copy of the How to Train Your Dragon DVD over at Amazon today
. <AZ>

KATE PLUS 8 TROUBLE! More Pennsylvania state lawmakers are looking
into the work permits TLC obtained for Kate Gosselin and her children to
film the new season of their show, Kate Plus 8. According to E! Online, if
the permits were obtained illegally or incorrectly, production on the show
could be halted. <AZ>

SHAQ VERSUS JUSTIN BIEBER! The new season of Shaquille O’Neal’s ABC
show Shaq Vs will premiere August 3rd and in this season, O’Neal is taking
on heavyweights like Justin Bieber, Rachael Ray and Dale Earnhardt, Junior.
Shaq will be having a dance-off competition with Bieber, a cook-off with Ray
and will race against Earnhardt Junior, so I guess we should all wish Shaq
luck… Check out more at News.Yahoo.com.<AZ>

RAMONA AND BEEZUS! Selena Gomez, John Corbett and Bridget Moynahan
star in the upcoming film Ramona and Beezus, based on the popular Ramona
books by Beverly Cleary. We caught up with John recently and he told us
about how he typically gets cast in roles. The very
cute and sweet Ramona and Beezus is in theaters July 23rd. <AZ>

  • This one is for ALL my Chef’s out there… 🙂

30 SECONDS WITH CHEF BOBBY FLAY ON GRILLING! Chef Bobby Flay gave us
some great advice on how to get the best outcome when grilling this summer.
Fans can also check out Bobby as the host of The Next
Food Network Star show on the Food Network, Sundays at 9 PM. <AZ>

NIP/TUCK ON LOGO! Logo has announced today that fans will get to
soon see all seven seasons of Nip/Tuck, in sequence, on their channel.
Beginning in October, make sure to tune in to see the hit series over on
Logo. <AZ>

  • This one here is for my MEXICAN peeps! 😉

LUCHA LIBRE PREMIERE! MTV2 will be introducing the high-flying sport
of Mexican wrestling to America for the first time ever with a new weekly
series Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors! It will feature amazing acrobatics
and signature masks with some of the biggest names in extreme Mexican
wrestling such as Tinieblas Jr and Marco Corleone. Don’t miss the series
premiere tonight at 10 PM Eastern with an encore presentation on TR3S: MTV,
Musica y Mas on Saturday at 10 PM Eastern
.  <WM>

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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.
<WM>

*       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.
<WM>

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.
<WM>

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.
<WM>

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.
<AZ>

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.
<AZ>

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 .
<AZ>

*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>

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