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‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ Hollywood Premiere Brings Out The Stars

For those of you who missed it last night. Here is a glimpse of what happened in hollywood at “The Twilight Saga: ELIPSE’ Premiere.Taylor Lautner Excited About His New Movie ‘Abduction’ . For more clips of the stars of Eclipse head on to and check out the interviews from the Red Carpet.

KRISTEN STEWART TALKS ECLIPSE! -Kristen Stewart is so hot right now,
with the latest Twilight film Eclipse hitting theatres this coming
Wednesday. When we caught up with the 20-year-old actress, she told us about
her future goals . Check out Kristen as “Bella” in The
Twilight Saga: Eclipse when it hits theaters June 30th. <AZ>

PATTINSON RELATED TO DRACULA! Twilight star Robert Pattinson may be
related to the 15th century Transylvania leader Vlad Dracula who inspired
the fictional character “Dracula” in Bram Stoker’s book. According to E!
Online, a genealogist has traced Pattinson’s heritage and the British actor
has ties to Dracula. <AZ>

JESSE JAMES AND SANDRA BULLOCK ARE SPEAKING! According to an Us Weekly source, Jesse James and Sandra Bullock are on speaking terms again and Jesse asked Sandra if it was okay that he and his family relocate to
Austin, Texas. This is the first positive news about the pair since news broke in March that James had alleged cheated on Bullock while she was filming a movie.  <AZ>

Jake Pavelka

decided to end his engagement to Vienna Girardi over the phone after being
hired to play a role in the hit television show, Drop Dead Diva. Jake told
People magazine that the breakup was fueled by arguments the couple had
while he was preparing for his television role and because the pair already
had some trust issues.  <AZ>

Jill Biden

VICE PRESIDENT’S ARMY WIFE! Vice President Joe Biden’s wife is going
to be a guest star on the Lifetime series Army Wives. According to the
Associated Press, Jill Biden will be on an episode of the show to highlight
the things men and women in the military do for our country. <AZ>

LOHAN’S ASSISTANT TO TALK?Lindsay Lohan’s former assistant is being offered big bucks to talk about her former employer. According to the New York Post, the former assistant has so far turned down all the offers she’s been getting, even though some of them are in the five figure range. <AZ>

JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK! We caught up with legendary comedian
Joan Rivers this week to talk about the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of
Work, which, surprise, surprise, is all about her. She wanted to make sure
the film was not a feel-good fluff piece Head over to to get
locations and show times for Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. <AZ>

Kim Kardashian and Miles Austin

KIM KARDASHIAN’S NEW MAN! -Kim Kardashian has moved from one football
star to another. According to People, the reality star is totally over
Reggie Bush and has moved on to Dallas Cowboys wide received Miles Austin.
The pair met in L-A a few months ago and are now dating. <AZ>

Scott Hamilton

BRAIN SURGERY! Olympic skater Scott Hamilton underwent brain surgery
this past week to remove a benign tumor that has been growing since 2004.
Hamilton is currently recovering from the removal process. Check out for more. <AZ>

LONGEST TENNIS MATCH IN HISTORY! American tennis player John Isner
beat out Frenchman Nicolas Mahut to win the longest-ever recorded tennis
match. The pair slugged it out for an 11-plus hour match at Wimbledon, which
was separated out into three days. Check out for more. <AZ>

FANS CAN CAST THEIR VOTES FOR THE ESPYS! Fans can now vote for their
favorite athletes to be honored at the 2010 ESPY Awards. Voting is now in
session for the sports men and women you think should get nods at this
year’s award show. Tune in to ESPN tonight to see the half-hour nomination
special on at 8 PM Eastern. Make sure to get your opinions in by July 10th
at 11:59 PM and catch the 2010 ESPYs live on ESPN on July 14th at 9 PM
. <AZ>

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Now that Drake’s Thank Me Later sales are in, a lot of people are wondering
what Eminem’s Recovery disc will do. According to, Slim
Shady is on pace to debut with first-week sales of 590 to 615-thousand. If
these numbers are accurate, the rap legend will easily claim number one spot
on the Billboard 200 and score the highest sales of the year. Em’s last
project, Relapse, opened with 608-thousand copies sold in seven days. Next
Wednesday, we’ll see if the rapper can outdo himself. <WM>


Drake attracted the masses when he released his Thank Me Later album. The
much-hyped disc claimed the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart with
over 447-thousand units sold in its opening week. According to Nielsen
SoundScan, the disc is the third highest debut this year. In February, Sade
raked in 502-thousand for Soldier Of Love and Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now
recently opened with 481k. From a solo standpoint, Drizzy earned the second
highest debut behind Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream – which sold
701-thousand copies. Be sure to pick up Thank Me Later today! <WM>

*       If you missed MTV’s Better Than Good Enough documentary on Drake,
head over to to get a deeper look into the rap star’s busy


Drake first gained attention with his role as “Jimmy Brooks” on the show
Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Since his start in 2006, Drake has released three mixtapes, Room for
Improvement, Comeback Season and So Far Gone. His album, Thank Me Later, was
released on June 15th 2010.

2007 was a big year for Drake as he was the first unsigned Canadian rapper
to have a video played on BET.

Drake has starred in two films, Charlie Bartlett and Mookie’s Law. You can
also catch him in the made for TV flick, Degrassi Spring Break Movie.

In 2010, Drake won two Juno Awards, one for Best New Artist, the other for
Rap Recording of the Year.

Drake was also nominated for two GRAMMYs in 2010 for Best Rap Song and Best
Rap Solo Performance.

Drake has worked with artists such as Young Money, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Trey
Songz and Mary J. Blige. Drake has also written music for Jazz Cartier,
Bishop Brigante and Dr. Dre.

Due to his start in television, many dub him as the new “Fresh Prince,”
after Will Smith.

Facts about Drake compiled with the help of,,,


According to, Jay-Z will reportedly be called to testify in
the Freeway Ricky Ross lawsuit against rapper Rick Ross. Why? Well, Hova was
the person who signed the emcee to Def Jam back in 2006. The Freeway Ricky
Ross, an ex-drug king, sued for trademark infringement and requested a
permanent injunction to keep the Miami rapper’ from dropping his upcoming
Teflon Don album. The convict also wants half the money made from the
unauthorized use of his name. <WM>

*       Rapper Rick Ross is pushing ahead with promoting the album despite
the lawsuit. He tweeted a picture of himself in the studio with Kanye West
and wrote: “Certain levels of magic cannot be explained, only heard or felt.
Teflon Don [coming] July 20th.”


Bun B can’t believe the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death is
tomorrow. The rapper reflected on the icon’s influence in music:

“It seems like only yesterday that we even found out that Michael
Jackson even passed away and I think for a lot of people, I mean, I think
they know that he’s dead but I don’t think it really registers with us
because of how great he was and how alive he was and how much of what is
done today has him in it.”

The UGK member says MJ affected all genres of music.

“I mean, R&B, country, rap, alternative rock, it doesn’t matter
when people get up on stage and try to present themselves in a grand manner,
everybody at some point and time steals something from Michael Jackson. It’s
almost unavoidable. If you’re a female artist and you’re trying to present
yourself in a magic way, at some point somebody is going to take something
from Janet Jackson, it’s unavoidable.”

The King Of Pop was buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery. TMZ reports mourning
fans can enter the cemetery tomorrow but they will not be allowed into the
mausoleum where MJ’s body lies. <WM>


After listening to B.o.B.’s debut album, The Adevntures Of Bobby Ray, it’s
hard to label his genre of music. Intentionally teaming with artists from
Rivers Como to T.I., the rising rap star told us he never wants to be put
into a box.

“I feel like as a hip-hop artist it would be more likely for me to
work with Lupe or Janelle Monae or T.I., but then when you go, you like
crossing to like punk rock world, or rock world, and pop rock, it’s like
woah and that’s what I love.”

B.o.B is currently on a promotional tour for The Adventures Of Bobby Ray.
Visit to see when he’ll be in your city. <WM>


Ciara’s upcoming Basic Instinct album will arrive this summer after all.
According to, Ci Ci’s disc is slated for an August 10th release.
The record, which will be executive produced by The Dream and Tricky
Stewart, will go up against fellow R&B singer Fantasia’s Back to Me effort.


In case you missed it, The Roots have released the new video from for “Dear
God 2.0.” The track is the second single from the group’s much-anticipated
ninth studio album, How I Got Over. Be sure to grab your copy today! Visit
the band’s official fansite to watch “Dear God 2.0.” now. <WM>


The band formed in 1987 under the name The Square Roots.

Do You Want More?!!!??! was the Roots’ first studio album, released in early
1995. It gained little recognition from hip hop fans, but managed to get
attention in the alternative scene.

In 1999, The Roots won the GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance. Since then, they
have been nominated five other times.

The Roots backed Jay-Z for his 2001 album, Jay-Z Unplugged.

In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine named them one of the “twenty greatest live
acts in the world.”

On July 1st, 2010, The Roots will be hitting the stage in Wisconsin at the
Milwaukee Summerfest, an eleven day event. Cage the Elephant, Neon Trees,
Pitbull, Weird Al Yankovic and Joan Jett are just a few of the artists
joining the band at the event.

All the current members of The Roots are active participants of the group

Facts about The Roots compiled with the help of,,,,


While telling us about the First Annual Kidult Youth Leadership Conference
this weekend, Pharrell Williams opened up about new music projects. The
hitmaker spoke about the direction of N.E.R.D’s Nothing album.

“The N.E.R.D album is basically a sign of the times. One journalist
said it is a socially love oriented album, incredibly colorful. And we just
wanted to give people, not necessarily a departure, that’s not the right
word, but just say hey this is what we see going on. And so it basically
talks about the ills of the world like the oil spill down to the iPad. The
great new things about being a human being.”

Fans can expect Nothing in stores September 7th. You can check out the video
for “Hot N Fun” featuring singer Nelly Furtado via now. <WM>


Mos Def will expand his acting resume by starring in an upcoming HBO comedy
series called Enlightened. reports the rapper-turned-actor will
portray the boss of a “self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening
and decides to change her life.” No word on when the show will premiere,
we’ll keep you posted! <WM>


While it will be some time until we hear Game’s long-delayed R.E.D Album, has posted a new song from the rapper’s disc. Robin Thicke lends
his vocal talents on the hook for a track called “Phantom” – the crooner
even spits a few verses! R.E.D Album lands on August 24th. Head over to for your first listen. The collaboration marks the second time
the artists have worked together – they previously created a record called
“Diamonds” off the singer’s Sex Therapy album. <WM>

Click HERE to check out “Phantom”!


This year’s lineup for the 7th Annual Rock the Bells Music Festival is one
you won’t want to miss. Artists like Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang, A Tribe Called
Quest, Lauryn Hill and more are expected to perform songs off their hit
albums from front to back. We want to remind you that tickets are on sale
now and extra special VIP packages are also available. If you’re really
ballin, you can rent your own cabana for five-thousand dollars. Visit to score passes today! <WM>

Rock the Bells: Summer Tour Dates

August 21st – Los Angeles, California

August 22nd – San Francisco, California

August 28th – Washington, District of Columbia

August 29th – Washington, District of Columbia


During a recent interview with FOX, Swizz Beatz says he wants to keep the
birthdate and sex of his baby with Alicia Keys “a secret.” The hitmaker
explained that he “wants to just wait” and let it be a surprise. The
recently engaged couple is expecting their first child together. The singer
is five months pregnant. <WM>


Jennifer Hudson’s story will be told in an upcoming episode of Vh1’s Behind
The Music. The singer says she would describe her life as “bittersweet” and
wouldn’t change anything that’s happed to her “for the world.” Fans can
learn more about J-Hud when Behind The Music airs Monday, Monday at 9 PM
Eastern on Vh1. <WM>

CHUCK D RELEASES ANTI-ARIZONA SONG reports Chuck D from Public Enemy has released a new song
called “Tear Down That Wall,” where he takes aim at the state of Arizona.
The emcee calls out AZ for its immigration laws and even compares the
governor to Adolph Hitler! The rap legend is encouraging all artists and
entertainers to “refuse to work in Arizona until officials not only overturn
this bill, but recognize the human rights of immigrants.<WM>


Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg is once again the top
downloaded song on iTunes this week.  B.o.B’s “Airplanes” featuring Hayley
Williams is at number two, followed by Usher’s “OMG” featuring and
Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” featuring Bruno Mars.  Drake’s Thank Me Later
is the number one album, followed by Eminem’s Recovery, Laws of Illusion by
Sarah McLachlan and Jack Johnson’s To The Sea.  <JC>


In a story published earlier this week in British tabloid The Sun, the
newspaper reported that Lady Gaga has reached out to Gunther von Hagens, a
controversial anatomist who invented a technique for preserving cadavers
called plastination and is responsible for the popular traveling exhibition
Body Worlds.  The Sun quoted “a friend” of Gaga as saying “she is fascinated
by Gunther’s work and life…  and is keen to have some Body Worlds element
in one of her shows.”  The source went on to say that Gaga is aiming to
incorporate von Hagens’ work into her tour by the time it gets to Las Vegas,
which doesn’t happen until March of 2011. <JC>

*       STATEMENT: In a statement to MTV News on Wednesday, von Hagens said
he would “offer no comments on conversations that have already taken place
with the singer or her representatives,” but added that he “welcomes the
opportunity” to work with Gaga.  A rep for Gaga’s label had not responded to
MTV News’ request for comment on the story at press time.


Solange Knowles is gearing up to celebrate her 24th birthday tonight. Last
Saturday, Beyonce’s little sister was spotted enjoying her new DJ-ing hobby
at a party in the Philly area. Will Solo hit the turntable tonight? Follow
the singer on Twitter to find out what she’s getting into on her born day!

*       Tomorrow will be the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. Last year, when news broke that the King of Pop had died, many people made statements about Jackson’s extraordinary life including President Barack Obama and basketball player Kobe Bryant. Tune in to CBS News’ The Early Show tomorrow at 8 AM ET to see more celebrities like Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony, LL Cool J and Smokey Robinson pay tribute to the King of Pop.

*       LA TOYA AND BUBBLES! La Toya Jackson tried to make friends with
Michael Jackson’s former pet chimpanzee Bubbles earlier this week, but the
animal was not excited to see her. It was the first time La Toya had seen
the pet since 2004 and Bubbles either didn’t recognize her or was just not
willing to recognize La Toya. Head to TMZ to see video of the encounter.

*       BEVERLY HILLS JACKSON TRIBUTE! Katherine Jackson has given her
blessing to the Forever Michael tribute event taking place this Saturday in
Beverly Hills. In a video on YouTube, Michael’s mother thanks the tribute’s
organizer and says her son would be pleased with the celebration being put
together. Tickets for the Forever Michael festival are on sale now over at <AZ>

*       JACKSON INDIANA MEMORIAL! Tomorrow Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson’s
childhood hometown, will pay tribute to the pop legend. On the one-year
anniversary of his death, Jackson’s mother will be among the people in Gary
honoring her son with speeches, performances and a candlelight vigil. Learn
more about the event and how to get discounts on airfare to Indiana over at <AZ>

Billy Burke

TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE PREMIERE! –Billy Burke plays“Bella’s” father “Charlie” in the Twilight Saga films, and the premiere for Twilight Saga: Eclipse takes place tonight in L-A. So when we caught up with Billy, we had to ask him what he’s expecting from tonight’s premiere . He also told us he’s a little anxious to see the full Eclipse film for the first time and he told us he’s now worried about seeing himself on the big screen . Check out tonight starting at 9:30 PM Eastern to see the live stream from the Eclipse red carpet and catch the movie in theaters on June 30th. <AZ>

COLEMAN HAD RESTRAINING ORDER! According to People magazine, Gary Coleman tried to get a restraining order against his ex-wife, Shannon Price, just three months before he died. According to the papers, Coleman accused Price of trespassing on his property while he was in the hospital recovering from heart surgery. Just three months later, Price was the person who made the decision to take Coleman off life support. <AZ>

RYAN SEACREAST’S NEW GIRL? According to People magazine, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and Dancing With the Stars pro Julianne Hough (Pron: Huff) are in a relationship. A source told the outlet that the pair is perfect for each other and have been spending a lot of time together but for the moment, the duo is trying to keep their relationship quiet. <AZ>-Well I guess the CAT is out of the bag! 😉

The Situation Fist PuMPn' his way into fashion

THE SITUATION CLOTHING! Jersey Shore cast member The Situation is working on his own clothing line. According to the New York Post, the new line will be a “couture line of high-quality wearable art” and boy are we excited to see the threads. The new season of Jersey Shore premieres on MTV July 29th. For now, head to to buy Jersey Shore merchandise. <AZ> –Would YOu TRUST The Situation’s sense of Fashion?!…NOW that’s a SITUATION!

NICOLE RICHIE PROBATION! It’s no surprise if you forgot Nicole Richie was on probation for a 2006 DUI charge, because she herself seems to have forgotten it as well. The mother of two’s probation has been extended a year, since she’s been so focused on raising her kids, she’s forgotten to attend the number of alcohol education courses she was supposed to. Hit up TMZ for more. <AZ>

CELEB STALKER! A man has been charged with stalking Law & Order: Criminal Intent actress Kathryn Erbe. According to the Associated Press, a Philadelphia man is facing federal charges for allegedly stalking the actress who plays “Detective Alexandra Eames” on the show. Tune in to Oxygen at 8 PM tonight to see a classic episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. <AZ>

Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy

HUDSON GOES PUBLIC WITH NEW GUY!Kate Hudson has gone public with the new guy in her life, Muse rocker Matt Bellamy. According to the New York Post, the actress and the musician were making out in a New York City restaurant and were holding hands. Hudson last dated New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez. <AZ>

AMY POEHLER ON PARKS & REC! A pregnant Amy Poehler was on a red carpet recently and filled us in on how filming for the new season of Parks and Recreations is going . Poehler told us that her pregnant belly hasn’t been too much of a hindrance while shooting the three episodes and that they’ve found good ways to hide it on camera.

BABY CHRISTENING! Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and quarterback Tom Brady christened their six-month-old son Benjamin in California earlier this week. Brady is Catholic, and now his son Benjamin is as well. Bundchen and Tom married last year in a small ceremony and Brady has another son, three-year-old John, with actress Bridget Moynahan. Head to for more. <AZ>

Kenny Wormald

NEWCOMER FOR FOOTLOOSE! A newcomer to Hollywood is getting his big break in the remake of Footloose. Unknown actor Kenny Wormald has beat out everyone else to take on Kevin Bacon’s role in the remake. Zac Efron, Chace Crawford and other well-known actors were previously tied to the role. Hit up for more. <AZ>- Remember “DanceLife” on MTV ?! Check it out:

BABY NEWS! Save the Last Dance and The District actor Sean Patrick Thomas and his wife have just had their second child. The couple had a baby boy they named Luc Laurent Thomas and the seven-pound, eight-ounce child joins his baby sister, Lola Jolie, who is two years old. Learn more at <AZ> –

DJ ENVY PLUGS MTV SUCKER FREE DAILY! We caught up with DJ Envy to learn more about his new show on MTV called Sucker Free Daily. In addition to hosting Sucker Free Countdown, the People’s Champ will interview the hottest artists and play the best videos in hip hop . Be sure to catch the most-talked-about DJ in action when he hosts both Sucker Free Daily, which airs Monday through Thursday at 3 PM Eastern, and Sucker Free Countdown, each Sunday at 12 PM Eastern. <WM>

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*        FANS RESTRICTED WHEN HONORING MICHAEL! Fans of Michael Jackson who
plan on honoring the King of Pop on Friday at the Forest Lawn Cemetery where
he was buried will be limited in how they can mourn. According to TMZ, fans
wanting to be there on the first anniversary of Jackson’s death will be
allowed into the cemetery, but will not be allowed into the mausoleum where
Jackson is buried and will not be allowed to release doves or balloons, or
sing and dance to Michael Jackson’s songs. <AZ>

*       JACKSON MUSICAL TRIBUTE! This Friday, CBS News’ The Early Show will
honor Michael Jackson with performances from Christina Aguilera, Marc
Anthony, LL Cool J, Smokey Robinson and British singer James Morrison. Tune
in to CBS at 8 AM Friday morning to catch the hour long special, The King of
Pop: One Year Later, which commemorates the one year anniversary of
Michael’s death. Learn more at <AZ>

*       JACKSON KIDS ARE NORMAL! We recently reported that Michael Jackson’s
mother Katherine is worried about Michael’s three children, saying they are
very lonely and distraught. But, according to a lawyer for the family,
Jackson’s children are very much normal kids who are “full of fun and
pranks” and are devoted to each other and to their grandmother. Learn more
at <AZ>

*       MICHAEL JACKSON MEMORIAL! Poet and author Maya Angelou is taking
part in a pointillism portrait of the late Michael Jackson. As part of a
tribute to the late singer, Angelou, who read a poem at Jackson’s funeral,
is taking part in the portrait, which will be made-up of little dots with
each dot representing a fan. To contribute your dot to the free portrait and
to learn more, head over to now. <AZ>

*       MICHAEL JACKSON AUCTION! Tomorrow and Friday, the Planet Hollywood
in Las Vegas will be holding an auction where fans can bid to own some of
Michael Jackson’s things. The auction, which coincides with Friday’s one
year anniversary of Jackson’s death, will feature items once owned by
private collectors like Corey Feldman. Learn more at <AZ>

*       MTV SPOTLIGHTS THE KING OF POP! The legendary Michael Jackson will
be featured on MTV from June 25th through June 27th. Fans can tune in this
weekend to see how MJ influenced other artists, as well as an entire two
hour block of non-stop hit videos from the late great King of Pop. Also, be
sure to tune in as the network recaps the day that the King Of Pop died.
Visit the Michael Jackson artist page at to learn more.


*       Yesterday, it was announced by Forbes that M-J’s estate has
generated a staggering 783-million dollars in additional income since the
King of Pop’s death on June 25th, 2009.

*       Jackson’s children have received an increase of 60-thousand dollars
on their monthly allowance since the passing of their father.

*       Yesterday, it was announced that Michael’s estate and AEG, the
company that planned to put on Jackson’s London shows, would contribute over
one-million dollars to help cover the costs of the King of Pop’s memorial
service, which was held on July 7th at the Staples Center in L-A.

*       In January, the executors of Jackson’s estate ruled that Michael’s
father Joe would not get any money from the estate.

*       In March, Jackson’s ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, asked that Jackson’s
estate pay her 177-thousand dollars so she could cover her legal fees.

*       Also in March, California’s tax board filed a claim against
Jackson’s estate, asking for over 16-hundred dollars in unpaid taxes in

*       It was announced yesterday that Michael Jackson’s estate still owes
300-million dollars to Barclays as part of a loan Jackson took out in 2006.
Jackson’s estate are trying to decide how best to pay it back as the total
amount is due at the end of this year.

(Facts about Michael Jackson compiled with the help of The Associated Press


After TMZ broke the news that Fat Joe is being investigated for allegedly
sexually assaulting a 33-year-old woman, the rapper’s lawyer denied the
claims in the following statement <WM>:

“Rapper Joseph Cartagena, known as Fat Joe, members of his entourage and
security staff were briefly questioned by members of the Madison, Wisconsin
Police Department who were investigating false allegations made by a woman
who initially posed as a fan and later claimed to be the victim of an
assault after demanding money.  At no point did Mr. Cartagena or any member
of his entourage assault or have any improper contact with the woman. It is
truly unfortunate that false allegations such as these cause the public to
doubt the claims of actual victims of sexual assaults.”

*       The unidentified woman claims the rapper and his entourage harassed
her with “inappropriate touching” inside a Cadillac limo following a
concert. Joe was questioned and later released.

*       No arrests have been made, authorities are still investigating.


According to TMZ, Jay-Z is facing a lawsuit from Air Platinum Holdings for
failing to pay his private jet expenses. The mogul reportedly owes the
airline company over 100-thousand dollars in travel costs, international
fees, taxes and catering bills. Hova used the plane for 55 hours of service
but only paid for 37 hours of it, leaving a hefty bill of 137,485 dollars.
The rapper has not yet responded to the suit. <WM>


Paul Wall is looking a lot slimmer these days. During an interview with, the rapper revealed that he decided to undergo surgery
when he reached 320 pounds. The Houston native says he (quote) “lost 100
pounds, so I’m back at my fight weight. I’m ready. The champ is back.”  Wall
endured gastric sleeve surgery and admits “it saved [his] life.” The rapper
is currently promoting his upcoming album, Heart of a Champion, which drops
July 13th. <WM>


It’s really hard to believe that June 25th will mark one year since Michael Jackson passed away. We caught up with Ne-Yo to get his reactions on the death anniversary of one of his biggest musical inspirations. reports a theater in London’s West End has announced they’ll be paying tribute to the late King of Pop on Thursday. A
plaque honoring Jackson will be unveiled and the cast of the Michael Jackson’s inspired production Thriller Live! will sing a song called “Speechless,” which was recorded by Jackson shortly before he died. <WM>


In addition to releasing his much-hyped Thank Me Later album, just for his
fans, Drake has leaked three new songs called “Greatness,” “Still Got It”
and “You Know, You Know.” Head over to for your first listen!
In related news, Drizzy’s debut disc is expected to claim the number one
spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The project is estimated to open with over
500-thousand units sold. <WM>


The Dream is on top of his game for his upcoming third studio album, titled
Love King. On, the hitmaker is now streaming what’s rumored to
be his last disc. The project, which includes “Make Up Bag” featuring T.I.,
will hit stores on June 29th. <WM>


We knew Bun B was hard at work on his upcoming Trill O.G. album, but we
didn’t expect the UGK member to recruit such great talent on the disc. The
rapper, who is notoriously picky about who he works with, teamed with
T-Pain, Jeezy, Drake and many more on his third studio effort. The LP is set to arrive on August 3rd. <WM>



“Trillionaire” Ft. T-Pain

“Just Like That” Ft. Young Jeezy

“Put It Down” Ft. Drake

“Right Now” Ft. Pimp C, 2Pac and Trey Songz

“Countin’ Money All Day” Ft. Gucci Mane and Yo Gotti

“Ridin’ Slow” Ft. Slim Thug

“Speak Easy” Ft. Twista and Cedric The Entertainer

“Lights, Camera, Action”

“”I Get Down For Mine”

“No Competition” Ft. Raekwon

“Let ‘Em Know”

“All A Dream” Ft. Latoya Luckett

“It’s Been A Pleasure” Ft. Drake


Lil Wayne has reportedly reached a plea agreement where he won’t serve
additional time stemming from a 2008 drug case in Arizona. The Yuma Sun
reports Weezy pled guilty in exchange for having all charges, including
narcotics possession, dismissed. Instead of adding time to the rapper’s
current jail sentence at Rikers’ Island, Wayne is expected to receive 36
months probation for the Arizona case. <WM>


Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz recently participated in a traditional Zulu
ceremony in Africa for their unborn child. According to Times LIVE, the
recently engaged couple received a blessing under “the healing tree,” which
represents good fortune and health. We asked DJ Envy how he feels about the
pair becoming one.

“Truthfully I think it’s great and I think it’s great to find your
soul mate in life and I think that when you find that soul mate, whether you
go through not having soul mates five times, whether you marry five times,
and it just not happen, or just not getting along, but I think when you find
that something special I don’t think anybody could take that from you. I
think what they have is special and I wish them the best. I know people that
say whoa, he was with this person, he was with that person. Well if it
didn’t work, it didn’t work, they got a divorce, it’s time for both parties
to move on. I think what they have is very special and I wish them the

Alicia is currently five months pregnant. The newborn will be the singer’s
first child and the producer’s second. <WM>


According to, Janelle Monae will be on hand to receive the
prestigious Vanguard Award during the 23rd Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul
Awards. The honor is only given to artists whose impacts on musical genres
“help shape the future of American music.” The “TightRope” singer will be
joined by Dr Dre, who will reportedly receive the coveted Founders Award.
The event takes place this Friday in Los Angeles. Congrats! <WM>


Katy Perry and Rihanna have been palling around since last year – but now
Perry hopes the two will become even closer. According to the New York Daily
News, Perry told a Chicago radio station that she wants Rihanna to strip for
her at her upcoming bachelorette party.  Perry added that she hopes RiRi
would be willing to go completely nude for her pre-wedding festivities.


There are not a lot of details out there about what Lady Gaga’s next album
will sound like, but she says it’s already finished.  She told Rolling Stone
magazine that she’s been working on the effort for months and that she feels
very strongly that the album is finished.  The record won’t be released
until early in 2011, but Gaga added that she plans on announcing the title
of the album at midnight on New Year’s Eve.  The 24-year-old said she’ll
also get a tattoo of the album cover and send out a photo of the artwork.
Gaga graces the latest cover of Rolling Stone magazine wearing a bra
constructed from machine guns, a thong and her signature heel-less hot pink
“Bad Romance” shoes.  The issue hits newsstands tomorrow.  <JC>

*       GAGA BEING GAGA:  Lady Gaga said she has no intention of ever
letting fans see her as Stefani Germanotta stating, “If I were to ever, God
forbid, get hurt onstage and my fans were screaming outside of the hospital,
waiting for me to come out, I’d come out as Gaga.” Gaga went on to say she
hopes to model her personal life after the late Michael Jackson explaining,
“Michael got burned, and he lifted that glittered glove so damn high so his
fans could see him, because he was in the art of show business. That’s what
we do. I don’t even drink water onstage in front of anybody, because I want
them to focus on the fantasy of the music.”

*       Lady Gaga will launch the second leg of her North American Monster
Ball Tour on June 28th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Lady Gaga is the number one requested concert in Los Angeles, according to  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, Roger Waters, Dave Matthews Band and Justin Bieber.  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.  <JC>


Sean Kingston will kick off one of the biggest tours of the summer with
Justin Bieber tomorrow in Hartford, Connecticut.  The Jamaican singer
invited Rap-Up TV on set of his tour rehearsals in Los Angeles, where he ran
through his hits including “Me Love,” “Face Drop” and more.  Kingston said
he is bringing out Iyaz to guest for most of the dates on the tour and that
Bieber better be ready for some pranks.  Sean says he is a fan of putting
hot sauce in the mouth of anyone who falls asleep and he also has plenty of
shaving cream out on the road.  <JC>

*       VIDEO: Check out video of Sean Kingston rehearsing here:

Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi

BACHELOR BREAK-UP! The Bachelor’s Jake Pavelka and the woman he
chose on the show, Vienna Girardi, have called off their engagement. The
media friendly couple’s rep issued a statement asking for privacy at this
time. According to E! Online, this brings the total of failed Bachelor
pairings up to 13. When we caught up with Jake, in happier times for the
couple, he filed us in on one thing he was thankful for about the show. –WHAT’s New?!

Read More about it:,,20396018,00.html

CELEBS HELP THE GULF COAST! On Monday night, celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Justin Bieber, Robert Redford, Ryan Seacrest and others were at CNN to help raise money for the Gulf Coast. The stars held a two hour telethon hosted by Larry King called Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help, where they asked for America’s support to raise money for the Gulf Coast.

Check out for more. <AZ>


Go to
Text “COAST” to 50555 to donate $10
Follow #CNNHelpGulf on Twitter
Go to

Quil-Tyson Houseman

TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE PREMIERE!Tyson Houseman plays the werewolf
“Quil” in the Twilight Saga films. The premiere for Twilight Saga: Eclipse
takes place tomorrow in L-A and Tyson let us in on what the movie premiere
for the last flick, New Moon, was like . He also
told us he’s a little anxious to see himself on the big screen while
watching Eclipse . Check out tomorrow starting
at 9:30 PM Eastern to check out the live stream from the Eclipse red carpet
and catch the movie in theaters on June 30th. <AZ>

TRUE BLOOD WILL BE BACK! The hit HBO series True Blood will be back
for another season. The channel has renewed their vampire series for a
12-episode fourth season. According to a press release, production on the
new season will begin early next year with fans getting to see the new
season next summer. Tune in to HBO this Sunday to see a new episode of True
Blood at 9 PM. <AZ> – I guess everyone has JUMP on the Twilight “Vampire” Wagon…

LA Laker Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian

KHLOE GIVES LAMAR A CAR! In celebration of her husband’s win over
the Boston Celtics in the NBA finals, Khloe Kardashian has purchased a brand
new Rolls Royce for her spouse, L-A Laker Lamar Odom. The pair will probably
be enjoying the vehicle together as Khloe told us, they are very much still
in their newlywed phase . Tune in to E! at 10 PM
Eastern to catch a new episode of Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami this Sunday.

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T.I. told CNN’s T.J. Holmes that he doesn’t want to be a “40-year-old
rapper.” While Tip respects and admires Jay-Z for continuing to make music,
after a certain age, T.I. plans to call it quits. If given the option to
have Hova’s career or Will Smith’s career, the emcee would go with Smith
because “he gets to spend more time with family.” T.I. will still produce
and discover new talent, but don’t expect an album ten years from now. Come
this fall, Tip will turn 30 on September 25th. In related news, King Uncaged
drops August 17th. <WM>


During an interview with, Kelis said she feels “it wasn’t
really a bitter divorce” with ex-husband Nas. The singer spilled that they
speak “sometimes” and added that “we’ve been together for like eight years,
so we’re cool.” When asked if she’s dating, the “Acapella” singer revealed
she has been seeing someone “for a little while” and “it’s going great.”
Kelis won’t spill the name of her new beau, but he’s famous depending “on
who you’re asking.” Her upcoming Flesh Tone album drops on July 6th. <WM>


While promoting his latest Raymond V Raymond album, Usher revealed that he
aspires to release timeless music like Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. The
singer told us he uses his musical influences to further his own legacy. Friday marks one year since the King Of Pop passed away.
MJ’s memory will continue live on through his music, RIP. <WM>


Over the weekend, Drake took home two trophies during the 21st Annual
MuchMusic Video Awards. The Toronto native won for Best Hip-Hop Video and
Best Cinematography for “Successful” featuring Trey Songz. Hip hop’s
most-talked about emcee also performed “Over” at the event. Visit the
rapper’s fansite to check out the footage. Be sure to grab his debut album,
Thank Me Later, today. <WM>


Ciara’s last album, Fantasy Ride, was a commercial disappointment and The
Dream believes she only has one more chance to get it right. The hitmaker
told Parlour magazine that for Ci Ci to “achieve pop stardom,” she has to
meet “the expectation of where she should be in her career.” After executive
producing her next album, titled Basic Instinct, he feels the singer is
“back on the horse” making a project that’s “a great listen.” <WM>

*       Ciara’s latest single, “Ride” featuring Ludacris, is in the top 10
on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart.

KELLY ROWLAND SETS RELEASE DATE has learned Kelly Rowland is eying a fall release for her
upcoming self-titled album. Fans can expect the former Destiny’s Child
singer to drop her third solo project on September 21st via Universal
Motown. The news comes just days after Kelly stated she’ll unleash two
singles, “Grown Woman” and “Rose Colored Glasses,” simultaneously. You can
check out the video for the singer’s first single, “Commander,” on
now. <WM>


According to, Jay-Z has reportedly settled a trademark
infringement lawsuit with Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz. Back in April, Hova
filed a suit against the baseball player after he opened a Dominican
Republic hotspot called Forty/Forty Club. The nightclub infringed on Jay’s
popular 40/40 sports bars, which prompted the mogul to sue for five million
dollars. In addition to renaming the venue, Ortiz has agreed to stop from
running his club’s website. <WM>


If you follow Diddy on Twitter, you know that the mogul is all about
spreading positive messages with each tweet. Well, we’ve just learned Puff
has launched a new website called which is “about inspiring
you, motivating you and empowering your dreams, empowering you.” Puff
explained via PTwittyTV that the site will not include any Diddy promotions.
Check it out now. <WM>


The remix video for the Diddy-Dirty Money’s hit single “Hello, Good Morning”
featuring Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj has just premiered. Similar to the
original clip with T.I., the new version includes cameos from Swizz Beatz
and Rico Love. Head over to for your first look. In
related news, Diddy’s upcoming Last Train To Paris effort will land on
September 21st. <WM>


Estelle tapped the director of Just Wright and Something New, Sanaa Hamri,
to shoot the visual for her new single, “Fall In Love” featuring Nas. No
word on when the video will premiere but reports the clip
will includes cameos from Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams, John Legend
and Charli Baltimore’s daughter. The song is the lead offering from the U-K
singer’s next album, All Of Me. <WM>


Pharrell Williams is booked to perform at the First Annual Kidult Youth
Leadership Conference in New York City on June 26th. The event includes
notable speakers from the business, technology, entertainment and fashion
industries to help young adults explore their curiosities and desires for
greatness. We caught up with the entertainer to find out what kids should
expect from the event. If you’d like to watch the
GRAMMY Award-winning artist on stage, you can score tickets via today. <WM>


The Black Eyed Peas have just announced T-Pain, Jason Derulo and B.o.B. will
open select dates of the second North American leg of The E.N.D. World Tour
2010.  The tour will feature T-Pain opening 12 of the shows from August 3rd
at TD Garden in Boston through August 23rd at Rexall Place in Edmonton,
Canada.  Jason Derulo will appear on the tour leg’s first four dates,
beginning July 27th at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and B.o.B. will perform
at two dates: July 31st at Montreal’s Bell Centre and August 1st at Ottawa’s
Scotiabank Place.  Tickets are on sale now.  <JC>


According to, new performers have been added to the 2010
Essence Music Festival line-up. Concertgoers can now expect Ledisi and Doug
E. Fresh to take the stage alongside previously confirmed performers Earth
Wind & Fire, LL Cool J, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Monica, Gladys Knight,
Keri Hilson, Trey Songz and Raphael Saadiq.  With Alicia Keys, Mary J Blige
and Janet Jackson headlining the event, you don’t want to miss this! It all
takes place July 4th weekend at New Orleans’ Superdome. Be sure to visit or to score your passes today. <WM>


According to the BBC, Snoop Dogg was banned from performing at a free Dutch
concert in the Netherlands. Authorities reportedly asked organizers to
replace the rapper to ensure the “open and friendly character” of the
festival. After learning the news, Snoop’s rep released a statement that
read, “Snoop is a mainstay at music festivals all over the world and has
performed at all of these without incident.” Despite the ban, the rapper is
expected to perform in select cities in the Netherlands later this summer.


According to USA Today, Lady Gaga paid an unscheduled visit to the New York
Yankees locker room following a loss to the cross-town rival New York Mets
on Friday.  Gaga waltzed into the clubhouse wearing just a bikini bottom
with an open Yankees jersey and talked to a few players.  Yankees general
manager Brian Cashman said Gaga is welcome to the stadium anytime, but not
allowed in the clubhouse following a loss.  He said she was simply in the
wrong place at the wrong time.  Cashman added that no celebrities are
allowed in the clubhouse after a loss.  <JC>


Katy Perry completes the quickest ascent to the top of Billboard’s Pop Songs
radio airplay chart in more than five years, as “California Gurls” featuring
Snoop Dogg leaps four spots to number one in its sixth week. According to
Billboard, the song logs the fastest flight to the list’s top spot since
Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” reached number one in six weeks back in
2005.  “California Gurls” is Perry’s third number one on the chart.  “Hot N
Cold” led for three weeks in 2008 and “Waking Up in Vegas” ruled for two
weeks last August.  “California Gurls” has spent the last two weeks at the
summit of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has sold 1.4-million downloads,
according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Perry’s album, Teenage Dream, drops on
August 24th.

one year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. We had the honor of
speaking to the late King of Pop awhile back and he told us about always
striving for perfection and loving to perform onstage

JACKSON KIDS ISOLATED? In her first interview since her son’s death,
Katherine Jackson talked with the Daily Mirror in the U-K and told the
outlet that Jackson’s children miss him “desperately” and are isolated and
lonely. Katherine goes on to say Jackson’s three kids, Paris, Prince and
Blanket, listen to Jackson’s music often and that Prince and Blanket talk
about wanting to make their dad proud of them. Read more at <AZ>

Paris,Prince, and Blanket

MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE! A theater in London’s West End has
announced they’ll be paying tribute to the late King of Pop on Thursday. A
plaque honoring Jackson will be unveiled and the cast of the Michael
Jackson’s inspired production Thriller Live! will sing a song called
“Speechless,” which was recorded by Jackson shortly before he died. June
25th will be the first anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. Learn more at <AZ>

KATHERINE RELEASES BOOK! Katherine Jackson has released a book
called Never Can Say Goodbye: The Katherine Jackson Archives, in memory of
her son, Michael Jackson. The picture book’s release this week coincides
with Friday’s one year anniversary of Michael’s death. Check out for more. <AZ>

American Pie's Actor Chris Klein

CHRIS KLEIN IN REHAB! American Pie actor Chris Klein, who was
arrested for his second DUI last week, has checked himself into rehab.
According to People, Klein will complete at least 30 days of rehabilitation
at Utah’s Cirque Lodge as part of his treatment. <AZ> –AGAIN!

Orlando Bloom and Supermodel Miranda Kerr

BLOOM AND KERR ENGAGED! Orlando Bloom and supermodel Miranda Kerr
are engaged. The couple, who’ve dated for almost three years, confirmed to
People that they are indeed planning to wed. We’ll keep you updated on their
wedding plans. <AZ>

SAINT ANGELINA JOLIE! Angelina Jolie spent Father’s Day in Haiti
where she met with United Nations ambassadors and discussed the Haitian
children who were left homeless and orphaned after the January 12th
earthquake. Learn more about her goodwill visit at

Actor Matthew McConaughey

McCONAUGHEY MISTRIAL! A judge has declared a second mistrial in the
misdemeanor battery case involving actor Matthew McConaughey. In the suit,
two surfers are charged with attacking paparazzi who tried to take pictures
on the actor in Malibu. Check out for more. <AZ>

RELATED AUDIO! When we caught up with Matthew awhile back, he filled
us in on one of his philosophies – taking the successes and life’s little
joys as they come

Actor Jeremy London

LONDON KIDNAPPING UPDATE! As we previously reported, 37-year-old
Party of Five actor Jeremy London was apparently kidnapped last week and
forced to do drugs by his captors. Only thing is, London’s family is now
claiming the story might be a little different and they believe the
seven-month sober Jeremy relapsed into doing drugs and built his story
around that. Learn more at <AZ>

—-> MORE LONDON NEWS! Jeremy London’s lawyers have now issued a cease
and desist letters to the members of his family who are talking to the press
about the incident. London’s wife Melissa told TMZ that they’re worried the
family’s comments to the media will somehow hinder the kidnapping
investigation. We think Melissa and Jeremy might also be pissed that the
family is telling the media they don’t believe London’s story.<AZ> -Hmm…?!

MONTAG HIRES DIVORCE ATTORNEY! Apparently, Heidi Montag is more
serious about divorcing Spencer Pratt than people first thought. That or she
is taking the separation charade up another notch, because she’s just hired
a divorce lawyer to begin mediating her split from Spencer. According to
TMZ, Pratt and Montag will start hashing out the details of their divorce
within two weeks. <AZ>

ENTOURAGE WEDDING! Entourage actress Constance Zimmer is getting
married. Zimmer, who you’d know as “Dana Gordon” on the hit HBO show, is
marrying her longtime director-boyfriend in the fall. The couple already has
a two-year-old daughter together named Colette Zoe. Check out for
more. <AZ>

Johnny Depp "Captain Jack Sparrow"

“CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW” IS BACK AND IN 3D! Production has begun on
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth film in the Pirates
franchise. Fans can expect Johnny Depp to reprise his role as “Captain Jack”
and will get to see the flick in 3D. Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian
McShane and others have all signed on to be in the fourth installment. It’s
set to hit theaters May 20th, 2011. <AZ>

DJ QUALLS TALKS MEMPHIS BEAT! DJ Qualls, best known for his role as
“Kyle” in the 2000 hit Road Trip, stars in the new TNT cop show Memphis
Beat.  He plays a young know-it-all cop who goes under the wing of an
experienced officer played by Jason Lee.  Memphis Beat also stars Alfre
Woodard and premieres tonight at 10 PM Eastern on TNT.

TWITTER: Follow DJ on Twitter at

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