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FAT JOE RESPONDS TO SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

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.

JAY-Z SUED FOR UNPAID PRIVATE JET FEES?

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 DROPS 100 POUNDS

Paul Wall is looking a lot slimmer these days. During an interview with
BallerStatus.com, 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>

NE-YO REMEMBERS MICHAEL JACKSON

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. ContactMusic.com 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>

DRAKE LEAKS THREE NEW BONUS SONGS

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 RapRadar.com 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>

STREAM THE-DREAM’S NEW ALBUM LOVE KING

The Dream is on top of his game for his upcoming third studio album, titled
Love King. On MySpace.com, 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>

http://www.myspace.com/thedreamteam

BUN B CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO HEAR TRILL O.G.

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>

TRILL O.G. TRACKLISTING:

“Church”

“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 AVOIDS TIME FOR ARIZONA DRUG CASE

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 AND SWIZZ RECEIVE AFRICAN BLESSING

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
best.”

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

JANELLE MONAE TO BE HONORED

According to SingersRoom.com, 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 WANTS RIHANNA TO STRIP!

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.
<JC>

LADY GAGA FINISHED WITH NEXT ALBUM

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.

And…

Lady Gaga is the number one requested concert in Los Angeles, according to
Stubhub.com.  The website compiled a list of the top five most requested
tickets in the Los Angeles-metropolitan area.  Gaga tops the list, followed
by Muse, 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 REHEARSALS!

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:
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earsals/

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: www.people.com/people/article/0,,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 EOnline.com for more. <AZ>

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Go to CNN.com/Impact
Text “COAST” to 50555 to donate $10
Follow #CNNHelpGulf on Twitter
Go to Facebook.com/LarryKingLive


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 MTV.com 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.
<AZ>

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4th of July Weekend… Las Vegas, NV… UFC 116 – Lesnar Vs. Carwin!

T.I. TO RETIRE AT 40 YEARS OLD?

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>

KELIS OPENS UP ABOUT NAS, NEW BOYFRIEND

During an interview with PerezHilton.com, 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>

USHER WANTS TO ACHIEVE MJ ICONIC STATUS

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>

DRAKE WINS BIG AT MUCH MUSIC AWARDS

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>

THE DREAM: “THIS IS CIARA’S LAST CHANCE”

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

Rap-Up.com 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 Vevo.com
now. <WM>

JAY-Z SETTLES 40/40 LAWSUIT WITH DAVID ORTIZ

According to StarPulse.com, 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 FortyForty.net website. <WM>

DIDDY LAUNCHES POSITIVE WEBSITE

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 DiddyBlog.com 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>

And…

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 DiddyDirtyMoney.com for your first look. In
related news, Diddy’s upcoming Last Train To Paris effort will land on
September 21st. <WM>

ESTELLE SHOOTS “FALL IN LOVE” VIDEO

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 KarenCivil.com 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 TALKS YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

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
KidultLeadershipConference.com today. <WM>

T-PAIN, JASON DERULO AND B.o.B. TO OPEN FOR BEP

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>

NEW ACTS ADDED TO ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL

According to SingersRoom.com, 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
Music.VH1.com or EssenceMusicFestival.com to score your passes today. <WM>

SNOOP BANNED FROM NETHERLANDS FESTIVAL

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.
<WM>

LADY GAGA CRASHES YANKEES LOCKER ROOM!

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, SNOOP  NUMBER ONE ON POP CHART

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.

NEW AUDIO! ANNIVERSARY OF JACKSON’S DEATH. This Friday will be the
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 TMZ.com. <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
ContactMusic.com. <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
ShowBiz411.com 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 UsMagazine.com.


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 News.Yahoo.com 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 USAToday.com. <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 People.com 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 Twitter.com/TheOnlyDJQualls.

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Friday, June 25th is the year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death.  All week we’ll be providing you with special sections dedicated to the King of Pop’s past and what has happened with his estate since his death one year ago.

THE EARLY YEARS

  • Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29th, 1958 in Gary, Indiana.
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  • Before he became the self proclaimed “King Of Pop,” Jackson debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson Five.
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  • The Jackson Five – consisting of Michael’s brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon –  went on make over 40 top ten records worldwide, birthing hit songs like “I’ll Be There,” “ABC,” “I Want You Back” and “The Love You Save.”
    • In 1969, The Jackson 5 signed a recording contract with Motown Records.
    • In 1970, Jackson embarked on a solo career.
    • In 1976, The Jacksons got their own television show.
    • In 1978, Jackson appeared on stage as the scarecrow in the musical The Wiz.

    THE JACKSON 5 DISCOGRAPHY 

     The Jacksons,  1976
    Goin’ Places,  1977
    Destiny, 1978
    Triumph, 1980
    The Jacksons Live, 1981
    Victory, 1984

    THE KING OF POP

    • In 1979, Jackson’s solo album, Off the Wall, produced by Quincy Jones, was released. It sold seven-million copies.
    • In 1982, Jackson released Thriller, also produced by Quincy Jones. More than 40-million copies are sold. The album contains chart-topping singles such as “The Girl Is Mine,” “Billie Jean,” “Thriller” and “Beat It.” Thriller’s success is owed in great part to a formidable marketing campaign that redesigned Jackson’s fashion style and promoted his effortless dancing.
    • In 1984, Jackson began to remodel his African features, starting with the reduction of his nostrils. His skin color began to lighten, as well.
    • In 1985, Jackson took part in the ensemble hit, “We Are The World.” Michael co-wrote the iconic song alongside Lionel Richie.
    • In 1987, Jackson’s album Bad was released.
    • In 1988, Moonwalk, Jackson’s first autobiography, was published.
    • In 1988, Jackson paid 17-million dollars for a ranch outside Santa Barbara, California and turned it into a real-life Neverland.  It included an amusement park with a merry-go-round and a Ferris wheel.
    • In 1991, Dangerous came out.
    • In 2001, Jackson released his sixth solo album, Invincible, which cost 30-million dollars to make. It received a cool reception from music critics.

    MICHAEL JACKSON SOLO DISCOGRAPHY

    Got To Be There, 1972
    Ben, 1972
    Off the Wall, 1979
    Thriller, 1982
    Michael Jackson Bad, 1987
    Dangerous, 1991
    History: Past, Present And Future Book 1, 1995
    Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix, 1997
    The Best of Michael Jackson (Anthology Series) , 1998
    Invincible, 2001
    Number Ones, 2003

    NEVERLAND RANCH FACTS

    • Neverland Ranch is located at 5225 Figueroa Mountain Road in Los Olivos, California and is 28-hundred acres.
    • Neverland Ranch contained a zoo and a theme park, complete with a Ferris wheel, a super slide, bumper cars and other rides.
    • It is named after Neverland, the fantasy island in the story of Peter Pan, where children never grow up.
    • It was closed in 2006 after Jackson failed to pay his staff or maintain proper insurance.
    • The ranch was scheduled to go up for auction this year to help Jackson with his financial trouble.  The auction was then cancelled in April.
    •  (Facts provided by CNN.com and Wikipedia.com)

    EMINEM RELEASES RECOVERY!

    Eminem has unleashed his much-hyped Recovery album. The disc includes contributions from Rihanna, Pink and Lil Wayne, as well as production from Dr Dre, Just Blaze and Jim Jonsin. The follow-up to Relapse leaked two weeks early, which forced the record to be pushed up one day early. Fans can purchase the physical copy of Recovery today! <WM>

    EMINEM RELATED FACTS AND HONORS: 

    • In 2008, readers of Vibe Magazine voted Eminem “The Best Rapper Alive” over Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Kanye West to name a few. 
    • He won the GRAMMY for Best Album Of The Year in 1999 (The Slim Shady LP), 2001 (The Marshall Mathers LP), and in 2003 (The Eminem Show). 
    • “My Name Is” was the first rap video to hit the top spot on MTV’s TRL.
    • “Lose Yourself” was the first rap song to win an Oscar for Best Song.
    • Eminem was the first artist to have a top album (Music Inspired By The Motion Picture 8 Mile), top song (Lose Yourself), and top movie (8 Mile) at the same time.
    • Despite having a five-year gap in studio albums, over the last decade Eminem has sold more albums than any other group or artists (32.2-million), just beating The Beatles.
    • After years of bashing homosexuality, Eminem has announced that he is ok with gay marriage.

    DRAKE’S TOP FIVE HIP HOP IDOLS!

    In this month’s issue of People magazine, Drake revealed his top five hip hop idols. The rapper, who is featured as the magazine’s Breakout New Artist, looks up to Lil Wayne, Andre 3000, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Nas. The crazy thing is the young rap sensation has already worked with three out of the five icons. Be sure to grab Drizzy’s Thank Me Later album today. <WM>

    RICK ROSS REACTS TO “SUPER FLY” VIDEO

    Rick Ross pulled out all the stops for his “Super Fly” video with Ne-Yo. However, the rapper told us he can’t take all the credit. Actress Stacey Dash plays the love interest in clip, which is the first offering from Rick’s upcoming Teflon Don album. While the disc won’t arrive until July 20th, you can watch the rapper’s “Super Fly” video on MTV.com now. <WM>

    JEREMIH DRAFTS LUDACRIS FOR NEW SINGLE

    Jeremih has recorded a new song that has the potential of being just as big as his hit debut single, “Birthday Sex.” The Def Jam artist teamed with Ludacris on a record called “I Like.” The track is the first cut from the singer’s sophomore effort, All About You.  No word on when the disc will be released, however you can download “I Like” on iTunes now. <WM>

    T-PAIN GOES ON STRIKE?

    T-Pain has made a risky decision. The Auto-tune king told MTV News that he’s officially gone on strike and refuses to release his album until sales pick back up. The “Reverse Cowgirl” singer stated he has the “mastered version of [his] album,” however nobody will ever hear it “until these artists start selling records again.” Pain says everyone except for Susan Boyle and Miley Cyrus should follow his approach. It’s unknown when or if the singer will drop his forthcoming effort RevolveR. <WM>

    NEW YUNG JOC AND GAME COLLABO

    Yung Joc told XXLMag.com about the recording process for his new single, “We Do It B.I.G.” featuring Game. The former Bad Boy artist revealed the collaboration came together by accident, after Game heard a beat from an up-and-coming producer passing out CDs. Recorded in an Atlanta studio, Joc revealed it only took two hours for the track to be completed and by 9 AM the next day it was on the radio. Crazy! <WM>

    LIL BOOSIE FACES DEATH PENALTY?

    After being indicted by a grand jury, Torrance “Lil Boosie” Hatch could face the death penalty stemming from a first degree murder charge. Hatch and two other men are accused of shooting and killing a man named Terry Boyd. The news comes as the rapper continues to serve his two year prison sentence for an unrelated case on drugs and weapons charges. Visit BallerStatus.com to learn more. <WM>
    NEW KANYE WEST STUDIO FOOTAGE

    Kanye West is pushing his artistic ability to the limits for his upcoming album, Good Ass Job. We found new footage of ‘Ye working on a new beat inside a studio in Hawaii. With Amber Rose by his side, West looks confident that he has a smash on his hands.<WM>

    WATCH ICE CUBE’S ARE WE THERE YET?

    If you haven’t seen the new Ice Cube-produced TBS show Are We There Yet?, you are missing out! The series follows a husband, played by Terry Crews, trying to adjust to his wife’s children and all the drama that come with them.  Are We There Yet? airs every Wednesday night at 9 PM Eastern on TBS. <WM>

    EMINEM HOSTS RAP COMPETITION

    XXLMag.com reports Eminem is looking for hip hop’s next best rapper. During the Red Bull EmSee: The Road to 8 Mile competition, rap acts will be tested lyrically in three rounds. Em is looking for “somebody to stand out, to be unique and to say the sickest, most ridiculous, most retarded s**t you can say, something that makes somebody want to quit.” The contest begins today at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, then hits select cities before Slim Shady crowns the winner next month. Visit RedBullUSA.com/EmSee for more info. <WM>

    LIL JON PICKS FAVORITE SONG FROM CRUNK ROCK

    Unlike other artists who struggle to pick a favorite song from their albums, Lil Jon told us why he’s so in love with “Out Of Your Mind.”

    “My favorite track on the album, I like ‘Out of Your Mind.’  I think it’s because it’s a record that no matter where you from, what nationality you are, when it comes on it makes you kind of lose your mind and kind of, wild out.”

    The song happens to be the lead offering from the hitmaker’s latest Crunk Rock album, which is in stores now. <WM>

    DIDDY TO APPEAR ON ENTOURAGE

    Diddy intends to expand his acting resume by appearing on HBO‘s hit show, Entourage. Fans can expect Puff to be approached on a golf course with a potential business proposition alongside actor Mark Walberg. The mogul is the latest hip hop act to appear on the show, following the footsteps of people like Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Bow Wow and 50 Cent. The seventh season of Entourage kicks off June 27th. Visit TheBoomBox.com to learn more. <WM>

    WILL.I.AM TO GET STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

    According to The Associated Press, will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The L-A native will be the fourth hip-hop act to receive the honor. Diddy received a star two years ago. As yet, no date has been set for the ceremony.  Other people set to get stars include Oprah Winfrey, Penelope Cruz, Rascal Flatts, Melissa Etheridge and The Muppets.   <JC>

    TRINA ON THE SUCCESS OF AMAZIN’

    After telling us about the importance of evolving as an artist, Trina filled us in on how she feels about the success of her latest album, Amazin’ . The disc peaked at the number two position on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart. It currently sits at number eleven and has sold over 62-thousand units. <WM>

    RIHANNA’S TOUR RIDER!

    TheSmokingGun.com got their hands on the rider for Rihanna’s Last Girl on Earth Tour.  The rider reveals Rihanna asks for animal print cushions and a throw rug to decorate her dressing area, as well as vases of white tulips and lavender roses. The singer also requests an “ice-blue” color scheme and “no sequins” on any of the pillows or sofas, and most importantly, the bathroom must be “spotless” and the toilet given a “deep clean.” <JC>

    JUSTIN BIEBER PREFERS BRAINS OVER BEAUTY

    Justin Bieber prefers brains to beauty.  According to ContactMusic.com, the 16-year-old singer is currently single but knows what he is looking for in a potential girlfriend.  At the top of the list: Good conversation. Bieber wants a girl with a nice personality, a good sense of humor, nice eyes and a brain.  He added that he likes natural girls and doesn’t like when ladies wear a lot of make-up.  <JC>


    LOHAN DIDN’T DRINK! On June 6th, the night of the MTV Movie Awards, Lindsay Lohan’s alcohol monitoring bracelet went off, leading authorities to believe she had consumed alcohol. Well, Lohan’s urine test from that night has come back and it was clean for drugs and alcohol. So apparently, like she claimed all along, her bracelet malfunctioned and she hadn’t had anything to drink. Head to TMZ for more. <AZ>

    HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME! Oprah Winfrey, Penelope Cruz and The Muppets are just some of the celebrities being giving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. According to the Associated Press, music artists Rascal Flatts, Melissa Etheridge and will.i.am will be honored with a star in 2011 as well. <AZ>

    THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE! Listen up Twi-hards! The Twilight Saga: Eclipse film comes out next week! We know you’re thankful to have the new film’s release right around the corner and when we caught up with Taylor Launter, he told us what he is thankful for about the series. Pre-order your tickets now to see The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, in theaters June 30th. <AZ>


    GOSSELIN ON DATING SHOW? Mother of eight Kate Gosselin may be doing a dating show. According to USA Today, the Kate Plus 8 and Twist of Kate reality star could be heading to ABC after wrapping those two series to star in her own dating show. However, TLC has said those rumors are false. <AZ>

    SOPRANOS STAR DUI! According to TMZ, Joseph Gannascoli, who played “Vito Spatafore” on The Sporanos, was arrested late last week and charged on suspicion of driving under the influence. Joe was pulled over in Tampa, Florida after cops noticed he was driving erratically.  He posted bond and was released the same day. <AZ>

    NEW MOVIE! It’s just been announced that Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams are set to begin filming a new drama in August called The Vow. The pair will play newlyweds in the flick. Check out People.com for more. <AZ>

    LITTLE B***H ON THE PRAIRIE! The actress who starred as “Nellie” on Little House on the Prairie has written a new memoir and in it, she reveals that she was sexually abused by one of her family members. Alison Arngrim’s new book is called Confessions of a Prairie B***h: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated and you can buy the tome now. Learn more at NYDailyNews.com. ,AZ>

    AEG and the Michael Jackson estate have agreed to give one-point-three million to the the City of Los Angeles to help cover the cost of Jackson’s memorial service last year at Staples Center.

    Don’t miss Fighter Nation every Saturday on ESPN’s 101.7 The Team w/ the Crisco Kidd & Sal Mora!  This week’s special guest Johnny “Bones” Jones!  Listen and watch LIVE at www.1017theteam.com!

    Fighter Nation Bones

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    EMINEM, USHER TO PERFORM DURING BET AWARDS

    We’ve just learned Eminem, Usher, T-Pain and Alicia Keys have all been added
    to the official line-up for the 2010 BET Awards Show. The newly confirmed
    musical acts join previously announced performers Kanye West, T.I., Drake,
    Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj and Diddy/Dirty Money. Hosted by Queen Latifah, the
    2010 BET Awards Show will broadcast live from Los Angeles on June 27th at 8
    PM Eastern. <WM>

    *       To view a complete list of nominees, visit BET.com.

    EMINEM SUPPORTS GAY MARRIAGE!

    During an interview with The New York Times Magazine, Eminem revealed that
    he’s matured and changed his views on a lot of things. The notoriously
    homophobic rapper admits that he now supports gay marriage. Slim Shady feels
    “if two people love each other” then “everyone should have the chance to be
    equally miserable, if they want.” Em also discussed his recent Artist of The
    Decade Award, what he dislikes about touring and more. Visit NYTimes.com for
    the excerpts. <WM>

    DR DRE RESPONDS TO SINGLE LEAK

    Dr Dre has released a statement regarding the unauthorized leak of his first
    single, “Under Pressure” featuring Jay-Z. The hitmaker stated on his
    official website, “I want to set the record straight for everybody who’s
    been waiting to hear my music.” Dre added, “The song that’s on the Internet
    is an incomplete song that I’m still working on. When it’s ready, you’ll be
    hearing it from me.” The Scott Storch-produced track is the first we’ve
    heard from the producer’s long-awaited Detox album. It’s rumored the disc
    will drop this fall. <WM>

    MAXWELL CANCELS SECOND LEG OF TOUR

    The second leg of Maxwell’s summer tour with Jill Scott and Erykah Badu has
    officially been cancelled. Shore Fire Media explained in a statement, “Due
    to scheduling conflicts with the venues, Maxwell’s additional tour dates
    with Melanie Fiona (scheduled to begin June 28 in Greensboro, N.C.) have
    been postponed to 2011.” As for those who purchased passes, “refunds have
    been provided to ticket buyers. New dates will be announced later this
    year.” <WM>

    *       RUMOR! According to Yazmar.com, there’s speculation that the real
    reason Maxwell canceled the tour is due to conflicts with Erykah or Jill. A
    source said, “Both ladies tend to run over on their allotted time each night
    at 8:30, and Maxwell is fed up.”

    BEYONCE TIRED OF “SINGLE LADIES” ROUTINE?

    According to NecoleBitchie.com, Beyonce reportedly wants to retire the
    dancing routine for her 2008 smash hit, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).”
    Sources reveal the singer “loves the fact the video and the routine have
    been so huge and has really enjoyed performing ‘Single Ladies’ live, but
    that’s it now, she’s moving on.” The source added that Bey “doesn’t want to
    be part of a long-term joke, [but] that’s not to say she doesn’t get a big
    kick out of watching other people do it.” <WM>

    *       Beyonce is currently enjoying her time away from music. She was
    recently spotted with Jay-Z at a UJA-Federation Luncheon at The Pierre Hotel
    in New York.

    DJ KHALED GOES GOLD WITH “ALL I DO IS WIN”

    We’ve just learned DJ Khaled’s smash single, “All I Do Is Win,” was recently
    certified gold by the RIAA. The hit song, lifted from the hitmaker’s latest
    Victory album, reportedly managed to sell over 500-thousand copies. You can
    download the remix for “All I Do Is Win” featuring Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Busta
    Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz and T-Pain
    exclusively on iTunes.  Khaled said in statement:

    “I’m excited that my record is gold. I’m
    more excited that it will be platinum soon. Expect more hits from me! Shout
    out to everyone that’s supported this great win! WE THE BEST MUSIC!”

    SEAN KINGSTON CRUSHING ON NICKI MINAJ!

    After collaborating with Nicki Minaj for his “Letting Go (Dutty Love)”
    single, Sean Kingston told Rap-Up.com he is in love. The singer confessed he
    “thinks Nicki Minaj is beautiful” and warns fans to not “be shocked if you
    hear that Nicki Minaj and Sean Kingston is going out. That’s my biggest
    crush right now.” Head over to Rap-Up.com for the full interview. <WM>

    COMMON HAS A LOT OF RESPECT FOR DRAKE

    Drake’s Thank Me Later album has caused quite a stir since it dropped on
    Tuesday. Everybody loves this kid. While promoting his Just Wright film,
    Common feels Drizzy is the future of hip hop.

    “You know, people like Drake I think are really dope like like
    there’s any emcee in any era he can stand up and you know I think he’s a
    good emcee man and talented.”

    Grab the Toronto native’s Thank Me Later album today. <WM>

    KID CUDI SURFACES WITH NEW MUSIC

    Kid Cudi returns to music with a new single called “REVOFEV.” Not sure how
    to enunciate that? According to his official website, “Those having trouble
    pronouncing the title, it’s REV OF EV which is short for Revolution Of
    Evolution. Just let it flow, say it how it’s spelled.” The cut is the first
    single off the rapper’s sophomore effort, Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of
    Mr. Rager. <WM>

    RUSSELL SIMMONS PREPS COMEDY CENTRAL SHOW

    According to TheBoomBox.com, Russell Simmons is expected to premiere a new
    show on Comedy Central. The program, called Russell Simmons Presents
    Stand-Up at The El Rey, will be similar to the mogul’s previous Def Comedy
    Jam showcase.  Viewers can expect the show to air on Sunday, July 11th at 11
    PM Eastern. <WM>

    PLIES TAKES NUMBER FIVE ON BILLBOARD CHART

    After releasing his Goon Affiliated album last week, Plies managed to grab
    the number five spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Goon Affiliated sold over 56-thousand units during its
    opening week. The rapper’s disc went up against Lil Jon’s Crunk Rock effort,
    which landed at number 48 with less than nine-thousand copies sold. <WM>

    JUSTIN BIEBER DEBUTS NEW VIDEO ON SYTYCD

    Justin Bieber’s new video for “Somebody To Love” featuring Usher made its
    world premiere during the first live results show of So You Think You Can
    Dance last night.  Bieber has sold more than five-million albums worldwide
    and reached number one in 17 countries with his latest release, My World
    2.0, which spawned the hit singles “Baby” and “Somebody To Love.” The
    16-year-old will kick off his huge summer tour at the XL Center in Hartford,
    Connecticut on Wednesday.  <JC>

    KATY PERRY HOLDS ON TO NUMBER ONE SPOT

    Katy Perry will remain at number one of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the
    second straight week with “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg.  The
    California girl scored another 353-thousand downloads of the tune, according
    to Nielsen SoundScan.  Usher remains at number two with “OMG” featuring
    will.i.am.  Also holding in place on the chart is “Airplanes” by B.o.B
    featuring Hayley Williams at number three.  Travie McCoy climbs one spot to
    number four with “Billionaire” featuring Bruno Mars, and Ke$ha falls one
    notch to number five with “Your Love Is My Drug.” Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s
    “Alejandro” returns to its highest ranking, climbing one spot to number six,
    while “Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris falls one slot to
    number seven.

    LADY GAGA JUST WON’T STOP

    Lady Gaga just keeps making history.  According to a Gaga fan site, her
    video for the song “Alejandro” has now surpassed 20-million views on
    YouTube, making it the fastest ever clip to reach that mark.  Head to
    LadyGaga.com to watch the controversial vid now. <ZS>

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