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The Crisco Kidd Block Party’s Playlist features weekly picks from our show’s on-air personalities, DJs and special guests.

This week, we’re featuring Julezz’s picks, with music from Bruno Mars, Quality Control, Eminem, G-Eazy, Cardi B, Wiz Khalifa, Flo Rida and more. Let us know what tracks you’re feeling at @CKBPshow. – Crisco

It’s a battle between the Strong Arm and Mad Doggs. Leading their teams respectively, Flo Rida and Sage bring their game to the court in their new music video. Let us know what you think!

Talk about spending almost nothing on a video… lol green screened out. Thing is, it’s perfect for this song!

Download “Can’t Believe It” featuring Pitbull on iTunes.

WOMAN GETS DRAKE’S NAME TATTOOED TO HER HEAD

In Drake’s song “Free Spirit” with Rick Ross, he says on the hook: “Tat my name on you so I know it’s real.” According to MTV.com, a fan has done just that and showed her devotion to Drizzy by getting a tattoo of the rapper’s name on her forehead. Kevin Campbell, the tattoo artist responsible for the ink, told Vibe magazine that the young lady wasn’t drunk and “really psyched and was pretty adamant about putting it on her forehead.” He adds, “She acted as if she had planned it out for a while; though I’m not really sure how much extended coherent thought could actually go into getting such a stupid tattoo on your forehead.”

AND…

DRAKE ANNOUNCES CLUB PARADISE TOUR

According to his official website, Drake has released the dates for his upcoming Club Paradise tour, which will travel to cities in the U-S and Europe. The highly anticipated trek will begin next year on February 14th in Miami and wraps on March 11th in San Diego only to begin in Dublin, Ireland on March 24th. Be sure to pick up his latest Take Care LP – here’s the full U-S stops:

The tickets for the European dates will be available December 16th onwards on Live Nation.

2012 The Club Paradise Tour North American Dates:

2/14/2012 – Miami, FL Bank United Center

2/15/2012 – Gainesville, FL Stephen C. O’Connell Center

2/17/2012 – Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

2/18/2012 – Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center

2/21/2012 – Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena

2/22/2012 – Lexington, KY Rupp Arena

2/24/2012 – Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center

2/25/2012 – New Orleans, LA UNO Lakefront Arena

2/27/2012 – Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center

2/28/2012 – Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena

3/01/2012 – Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

3/02/2012 – Arlington, TX College Park Center

3/04/2012 – Tuscon, AZ Tucson Arena

3/05/2012 – Los Angeles, CA Galen Center

3/08/2012 – Fresno, CA Save Mart Center

3/10/2012 – San Jose, CA Event Center

3/11/2012 – San Diego, CA Viejas Arena

T.I. TO DROP NEW MIXTAPE

In case you missed it, T.I. has announced that he will release a mixtape on New Year’s Day. The rapper wrote on Twitter, “Breaking News! Its official…I’m puttin out a mixtape midnight Jan.1 2012 called #F**kdacityup. Wanna be the 1st thing yall hear next year,” he wrote. “When da ball drop…We drop!!!! Out with da old, in with da TRUE!!!! A-town….Weeee Baaaaaack!!!!!” In related Tip news, the rap star’s upcoming eighth album Troubleman is due next year.

NEW ACTS ADDED TO VH1 DIVAS

We’ve just learned Anita Baker, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson and Ledisi have just been added to the list of performers for this year’s VH1 Divas. In addition, Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Nas, Common and La La Anthony are all expected to present at the ceremony, which is paying tribute to great cities of soul including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. Taking place inside New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, be sure to tune in when VH1 Divas airs Monday, December 19th at 9 PM/8c on VH1.

The headlining “divas” were announced earlier and includes Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J. and Jill Scott. Previously announced performers include: Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and Travie McCoy.

ALICIA KEYS SAYS HER ALBUM IS ALMOST DONE

If you’ve followed Alicia Keys on Twitter recently you’d know that she’s currently recording her fifth studio album. Wanna know how many tracks she’s competed so far? During a recent interview on GMA, the singer said of the upcoming disc, “I think we got a couple more months and we’re ready to fly,” she said. “You deserve the best and I want to give you the best, so when you hear this music you’re blown away, like you’re filled.” The follow-up to 2009’s Element Of Freedom is slated to arrive early next year.

SNOOP DOGG SHARES BLUNT IN CONCERT?

According to TMZ, Snoop Dogg gave one fan the experience of a lifetime during a concert in Atlanta this past weekend. The rapper lit a massive “blunt-type object” and passed in to an unidentified concert-goer who joined in on the fun. In related news, the soundtrack to Snoop’s stoner-comedy with Wiz Khalifa, Mac and Devin Go to High School, is out in stores now!

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

BET TO HONOR MARIAH CAREY

According to BET.com, Mariah Carey’s contribution to music is scheduled to be celebrated during the fourth annual BET Honors Award Ceremony. The diva is being recognized with the Entertainer award for her tremendous impact to black music and the culture. She reportedly joined previous recipients Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx. We’ll keep you posted with more details for the BET Honors 2012.

MYSTIKAL REACTS TO SINGING TO YOUNG MONEY

In a press release, Mystikal issued a statement about his recently deal with Cash Money Records. Similar to Busta Rhymes, the rapper is excited about the new partnership. He stated, “It has been a truly long time since I have felt like a rapper and with this signing, and partnership, Birdman and Slim have given me my life as a rapper back. I am ready to go. I am going to put my red Superman drawers, cape and boots on and go! This is a huge moment for me and I am truly excited to be with Cash Money Records.” Lead by his first single, “Original” featuring Lil Wayne, Mystikal’s next album is expected for a spring 2012 release.

FANTASIA WELCOMES BABY BOY!

According Vibe, Fantasia has reportedly delivery a healthy baby boy at a North Carolina hospital on Tuesday morning. The bundle of joy marks her first child together with her and partner Antwaun Cook, who was allegedly married when they first started dating. The singer has told People.com, “I feel so blessed that my son Dallas Xavier was born healthy, and is a wonderful new addition to our family,” she said. “I thank all my fans for their well wishes and continued support.” The bundle of joy weighed at 7 lbs., 9 oz. and 21 inches long. Dallas marks her first child together with her and partner Antwaun Cook, who was allegedly married when they first started dating.

The baby join big sister Zion Quari Barrino, 10.

MICHAEL JACKSON AUCTION

According to JuliensAuctions.com, personal items from the L-A home where Michael Jackson died in are being auctioned off. The items up for auction include messages from his children, a carved dining table and a Victorian grand piano and more. Other items include an ornate bedroom mirror, on which the late singer wrote: “Train perfection March, April full out May,” in the build up to his planned London comeback gigs, and a shower bench on which Jackson drew a series of stick figures. Contrary to rumors, the bed in which the singer died in will not be included in the sale.

The auction begins Saturday. For more information go to http://www.juliensauctions.com/.

JANELLE MONAE READIES TWO NEW ALBUMS

According to SingersRoom.com, Janelle Monae has big plans for the New Year. Fans can expect the singer to release two new albums which she revealed has “84.799 percent of the writing is done.” As for when the “Tightrope” entertainer will drop the projects, Monae stated, “I will release them according to my soul clock; so I reserve the right to change that. But I will try to stick to the scheduled release dates, which I know but can’t say.” We’ll keep you posted.

FLO RIDA IS BACK ON TRACK AFTER DUI

TMZ is reporting that Flo Rida got off lightly from prosecutors for his DUI case. The rapper was busted in Miami Beach back in June on suspicion of DUI, according to Police his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Flo Rida’s attorney got the judge to send Flo to a first-time offenders program instead of jail. The program, called Back on Track, requires for Flo Rida to complete substance abuse classes, counseling, community service and drug testing. If Flo completes all of the requirements, prosecutors will know the DUI charge down to the lesser charge of reckless driving.

ODD FUTURE, WU-TANG READY PAID DUES FEST

According to HipHopDX.com, Wu-Tang Clan and Odd Future have just been announced as performers for the 7th annual Paid Dues Festival. Taking place on April 7, 2012, concert-goers can expect to see over 20 acts for the event which will be held at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California. If you want to attend, passed for the show go on sale to the general public on Saturday, December 17th at 10 AM.

JAY-Z REACTS TO J COLE GRAMMY NOMINATION

Following the news that J.Cole was nominated for Best New Artist for the 2012 GRAMMY Awards, his boss, Jay-Z, told MTV News how he feels about it. Hova said of his Roc Nation artist, “I think it’s great for him, because I’m sure it’s a dream of his. We grew up seeing Michael Jackson, and I’m sure he grew up seeing whatever moment stuck in his mind, so I know it’s great for him to do that,” he said. “I think he’s already won Best New Artist, to me. His journey is what I’m really excited about.” Be sure to pick up the rap rookie’s debut today.

CELEBRATE NEW YEARS WITH CHRIS BROWN!

2011 has been a big year for Chris Brown. So it makes sense that the crooner is looking to have one last bash before the year is completed. He is scheduled to host New Year’s Eve celebration at PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. If you’d like to attend, tickets are priced at $150 each – visit his official website to learn more.

LIL WAYNE’S TOUR GROSSES 47-MILLION

According to his official website, Lil Wayne’s I Am Still Music tour has reportedly become one of the most successful tours of 2011. The trek, which stretch along North America, Africa and Australia, has grossed 47-million dollars. His manager, Cortez Bryant, said in a statement, “The tour exceeded our own expectations. The amount of tickets he sold in both primary and secondary markets across the country was phenomenal and we are now focusing on the expansion of his global success.” The outing was designed to further support his latest album, Tha Carter IV, which is out now.

WALE TEAMS UP WITH THE WIZARDS FOR NBA EVENT

Wale will perform a free show in Washington D.C. on Saturday. The Maryland native is helping the Washington Wizards kick off their 2012 season with Fan Fest, on Saturday night. The event will feature face painters, balloon artists, magicians and much more. Free popcorn and soda will be provided to all courtesy of the Washington Wizards and the event will include autographed items for fans. The first five-thousand fans in attendance will receive a souvenir credential. Fan Fest takes place on Saturday night at 6 PM Eastern and is free and open to the public.

Wale attended Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Wale released the following statement: “I am an avid sports fan who is very passionate about our DC teams and to be officially involved with the Wizards is a blessing. I am overjoyed that our team is returning to the court and can’t wait to see them compete this season. Fan Fest will be a great opportunity to get our fans excited about this team and this season. I am confident that Ted Leonsis, myself and the entire Wizards organization can create something special for this event that will set that tone for more great things to come this year.” #TeamAmbition

2011 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS SCORE HUGE RATINGS!

The 2011 Video Music Awards scored MTV’s biggest audience in the network’s history with a record-breaking 12.4-million total viewers. Among the network’s target 12 to 34-year-old audience, the VMAs delivered a 10.8 rating and 8.5-million viewers, making it MTV’s most-watched telecast of all time in the demo. The VMA Pre-Show also ranked as the best on record, scoring over 7.3-million total viewers, up 16 percent from last year.

KELLY: “BEYONCE WILL BE AN INCREDIBLE MOM” 

Kelly Rowland is speaking up about Beyonce’s announcement that she’s expecting her first child with Jay-Z. The former Destiny’s Child singer told People.com, “I have known for quite a while. I think she’ll be an incredible mother, because she’s always been motherly.” She added, “I just think it is going to be so natural for her.” Rowland spilled that the couple is already talking about baby names, but is keeping mum on any further details. It’s currently unknown how far along Beyonce is, but we’ll keep you posted with more updates.

KREAYSHAWN PICTURES LEAKED

According to TMZ, Kreayshawn’s Twitter account was hacked and “private photos” of the rapper were leaked. Shortly after the under-age pictures surfaced, the “Gucci Gucci” fem-see regained control of her page and tweeted, “My Twitter got hacked today by some anti-hollywood extremists. They sent out wack ass tweets and promoted their odd message of anti-jew stuff and deleted my twitter.” The rapper later wrote, “Real nice guys! Spreading child-porno thats cute.”

We WOULD show you the pics, but… that’s just gross & probably illegal. LOL

FLO RIDA DROPS “GOOD FEELING” 

Flo Rida dropped his new single, “Good Feeling.” The song is the first single off the rapper’s upcoming album, Only 1 Rida (Pt. 2). That record is expected to arrive in stores before the end of the year. Head to Officialflo.com to hear the track.

TINIE TEMPAH SAYS EMINEM INSPIRES HIM 

Last May, Tinie Tempah dropped his debut album, Disc-Overy, to much critical acclaim. Despite his personal success, Tinie told us that he credits his decision to become a rapper to renowned chart-topper Eminem.

“I heard The Slim Shady LP and I heard The Marshall Mathers LP sort of at the same time. The Slim Shady LP was out way before, but when I heard The Marshall Mathers LP I went and got The Slim Shady LP. And that was the first time I really wanted to do hip-hop, it was the first time I’d heard music that wasn’t necessarily about love and heartbreak, and your typical generic sort of subjects within the realms of music.”

He added that Eminem’s controversial lyrics drew him to the “Love the Way You Lie” rapper.

“This guy was controversial. This guy was saying things that was ruffling people’s feathers. He was on the news. There was protests about him. People were telling me not to listen to his CD. And I loved that! I was like ‘This is amazing,’ this makes me want to listen to it even more. So he was one of the first major influences.”

Tinie’s latest single, “Till I’m Gone,” featuring Wiz Khalifa, is available now.

BUN B TO RECEIVE HIS OWN DAY IN TEXAS 

According to Bun B’s official fansite, August 30th has been named “Bun B Day” in Houston, Texas. The rap veteran was recognized by Mayor Annise Parker for his ongoing contributions to both Hip Hop and the local community. In related news, his latest album, Trill O.G., is available now.

​Bun B told City Council:

“It’s taken a lot for me to get here today. There have been a lot of different obstacles… personally & professionally… by myself as well as with my brother, Chad Butler. This is an overwhelming moment because of what it represents, not only to me as an artist, but also to me as a person.I do believe that regardless of your status, or tax bracket, or where you reside, we all have a civic duty to help our fellow citizens. I resign myself to that notion faithfully and I try to do my best to instill these principles into the next generation.”

Bun joins other entertainers in Houston, such as Trae the Truth (TRAE DAY – July 22) and Crisco Kidd (CRISCO KIDD’S COMMUNITY CARE DAY – April 26th) to receive their own day.

CONGRATS BUN!

PRODUCER NO I.D. NAMED VP OF DEF JAM

According to Billboard.com, famed producer No I.D. announced that he’s now the new Executive Vice President at Def Jam Records. The Chicago native confirmed the news, stating, “I’m going to keep on doing what I’m doing and take it to another level. Def Jam is a cultural staple. It’s not just a label, it’s part of the culture that I came up in and that I’ve been involved with for 20 years. It’s very important that the next generation of executives grab it by the horns and keep it on track as it grows.” Congrats!

BEYONCE DELAYS A STAR IS BORN FILMING?

According to Deadline.com, Beyonce’s pregnancy might force her to delay filming her leading role in Clint Eastwood’s remake of A Star Is Born. A source told the site, “Warner Bros was hoping to start production on Clint Eastwood’s musical remake of A Star Is Born as early as February 2012. But now insiders tell me it ‘could push’ because Beyoncé announced her pregnancy at MTV’s VMAs. That will give the studio more time to settle on a male co-star for the singer/actress since Eastwood’s first choice, Leonardo DiCaprio, isn’t doing the pic.” Will Smith and Christian Bale are still being considered to star as the leading male in the film. No further details are known.

ROXXI JANE “ELECTRIC” Houston, TX

Roxxi’s been featured before and here she is again! Her latest single is called “Electric” and is available on iTunes now. Ladies, I think you’ll like this one and if so, make sure you show her support and call your favorite radio station and request it!

AND OVERSEAS…

MIZZ NINA Feat. FLO RIDA “TAKEOVER” : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  

In Malaysia, Mizz Nina’s popularity is as big as the fame of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna combined. She’s a platinum-selling entertainer who has been on the top of her game since the late ’90s and still going strong. No wonder that after all of her success at home, she is looking to broad her horizons both musically and geographically to enchant audiences globally with her new Enghlish-language album.

 

Inspired by artists like MC Lyte, Run DMC and The Roots, Mizz Nina didn’t start out her career as a pop singer with global ambitions. Nina started experimenting with music in college when she toyed around with hip hop beats. She co-founded the hip hop group Teh Tarik that was signed to a major Malaysian label and had several smash hits in the Asian nation.

 

After the success with Teh Tarik, Nina branched out into modeling and hosting gigs, and became a celebrated TV presenter on Malaysian TV. But after traveling the world, she felt the urge for pop and went back into the studio to record a sparkly pop album in both English and Malaysian. Lead track from that album was its title track, “What You Waiting For,” that included the sweet vocals of Colby O’Donnis.

 

With her new “Takeover,” Mizz Nina clearly aims for international success. Driven by a tight, punctuating beat, the track is a fun, catchy and slick pop ditty that was clearly intended for mass, global consumption. And even though lyrics like, “Houston, we got a little problem” may seem trivial to some, it is easy to remember and often the stuff that big pop hits are made of. (Download Mizz Nina feat. Flo Rida “Takeover” on iTunes.) –  ARJANWRITES.com

FOLLOW MIZZ NINA ON TWITTER AND LIKE HER ON FACEBOOK NOW!

Flo-rida-arrested-dui

Flo Rida was arrested Thursday in Miami’s South Beach and charged with driving under the influence after officers spotted his car being driven erratically about 3:45 a.m. and pulled him over in a $1.7-million Bugatti.

The rapper, real name Tramar Dillard, failed a field sobriety test, police said in their report. After his second attempt at trying to walk a straight line, the rapper said, “Officers, I can’t do this. I don’t feel I can walk a straight line. I had a few drinks. Let’s try another test. I live on the other side of the bridge. I can make it home,” according to the report.

A large crowd that had gathered around the arrest pleaded with officers to let the 31-year-old go, with one fan offering to give him a ride home. Police didn’t go for it.

“He had a blood alcohol level of .185, which is well over the legal limit,” a Miami Beach Police Department spokeswoman said. Photos obtained by TMZ show the rapper drinking at a birthday party at nightclub Dream prior to his arrest.

Flo Rida was charged with DUI and driving with a license that had been suspended for failure to pay a traffic ticket. The “Low” and “Right Round” singer was released Thursday afternoon on $2,000 bail — leaving jail with a T-shirt hiding his face from cameras, TMZ said.

A judge signed an order allowing him to fly Thursday night to Bangkok, Thailand, to perform several concerts, said his lawyer Christopher Lyons. The order requires Flo Rida to return June

RICK ROSS NAMED SOURCE’S MAN OF THE YEAR

According to MTV News, The Source has officially named Rick Ross the Man of the Year. In the magazine, the rapper, who released his critically acclaimed Teflon Don LP this summer, discussed his rumored beef with Eminem and explained why he walked out of the Soul Train Awards last month. Be sure to read the entire issue when it hits newsstands on December 21st.

CIARA COLLABS WITH USHER FOR BASIC INSTINCT?

To get fans even more excited about her Basic Instinct album, Ciara recently told us that she has a huge guest feature on the project. If that’s not enough, Ci Ci has high hopes to make a video for the Usher-assisted song too. Imagine that, the best male dancer and the best female dancer in one video! While we’ll have to wait to see if the track will be given the single treatment, you’ll be able to buy the singer’s Basic Instinct effort on December 14th.

PREVIEW IT NOW!

JAZMINE STREAMS ALBUM ONLINE

If you’re still on the fence about buying Jazmine Sullivan’s Love Me Back album, you can stream the full album for free online via AOL Music. If you like what you hear, go out and support the talented singer today! In related news, Jaz is scheduled to perform “10 Seconds” and “Holding You Down” on BET’s 106 & Park tomorrow.

Click HERE to hear the stream!

KELLY ROWLAND OWES THE IRS?

According to The Detroit News, Kelly Rowland has reportedly fallen behind on her taxes. The former Destiny’s Child member owes nearly 100-thousand dollars to the IRS in delinquent tax payments for her oceanfront Miami property. The singer is yet to comment on her unpaid taxes.

BEP LOVE TO “CHECK OUT THE SCENE”

The Black Eyed Peas love to “check out the scene” in every city that they go to. Group member Apl.de.ap told MTV that they “keep fresh” by getting “inspired by other producers and DJs, what kind of stuff they’re playing.” The BEP’s new album, The Beginning, hit stores yesterday.

SWIZZ BEATZ PREVIEWS NEW CHRIS BROWN SONG

In case you’re wondering what to expect of Chris Brown’s upcoming F.A.M.E LP, during a recent UStream session, Swizz Beatz previewed a track that he produced for Breezy. The hitmaker, who previously handled Brown’s “I Can Transform Ya” single, gave fans a 30-second snippet of the untitled record. Check it out now!

KEYSHIA COLE’S CALLING ALL HEARTS TRACKLIST

The official tracklist for Keyshia Cole’s upcoming album, Calling All Hearts, has surfaced. The singer, who recently performed on Monday’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, only included one feature with Nicki Minaj on the 14-track effort. Be sure to get your copy on December 21st. KC will go up against Keri Hilson’s No Boys Allowed.

Calling All Hearts tracklist:

1. “I Ain’t Thru” featuring Nicki Minaj

2. “Long Way Down”

3. “Tired Of Doing Me”

4. “If I Fall In Love Again”

5. “So Impossible”

6. “Hangover”

7. “Confused In Love”

8. “Take Me Away”

9. “Sometimes”

10. “What You Do To Me”

11. “Better Me”

12. “Friends Turn Their Back”

13. “Where Would We”

14. “Thank You”

FAITH EVANS SETTLES DUI CHARGE

According to TMZ, Faith Evans has copped a plea that won’t involve jail time for her August DUI arrest. The singer, who just released her Something About Faith LP, will only have to complete 36 months of probation, do a three-month alcohol program and pay 300 dollars in fines. Considering how bad this could have been, Faye definitely got off easy.

MARIAH EXPECTING TWINS?

According to Celebuzz.com, there’s speculation that Mariah Carey might be expecting twins. While promoting her new album, Merry Christmas II You, Mi Mi revealed that she sings holiday songs to her child. The diva slipped up by stating, “I just hope that they don’t turn out hating Christmas!” Hmmm, time will tell if her husband Nick Cannon will be paying double for diapers!

B.O.B. COMPLETES NO GENRE MIXTAPE

According to XXLMag.com, B.o.B. has selected a launch date for his anticipated mixtape, No Genre. The rapper’s new project will include guest spots from Bun B, Wiz Khalifa, T.I. and others with noted production from Quincy Jones, J.R. Rotem, Jim Jonsin, Polow Da Don and Dr. Luke. Fans will be able to hear new Bobby Ray material on December 7th! You’ve been warned!

T.I. LEAKS NEW VIDEO

T.I. may be serving an 11-month sentence for violating his probation, but the rapper’s music continues to reach his loyal fans. Tip has released the video for his new single, “I Can’t Help It” featuring Rocko. The cut serves as a great reminder for everyone to purchase No Mercy when it arrives on December 7th.

JOELL ORTIZ GETS PUSHED BACK

You’re probably wondering why Joell Ortiz’s new album, Free Agent, was only available through Amazon.com and not in stores yesterday. Well, HipHopDX.com has learned the physical release for the rapper’s project will now arrive on February 22nd, 2011. It’s unknown what caused the delay.

JENNIFER SPOKESWOMAN FOR BOY & GIRLS CLUB

SingersRoom.com reports Jennifer Lopez has officially been named the first spokeswoman for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. A rep explained the actress will help the organization by splitting the responsibilities with spokesman Denzel Washington. This means J-Lo’s not just the first female spokesperson in the organization’s 104-year history, but the first co-spokesperson as well. Visit the site to learn more!

RAHEEM DEVAUGHN GETS READY FOR LOVELAND

Raheem DeVaughn sat down with Billboard.com to discuss the status of his fourth album, A Place Called Loveland. The R&B crooner promises his fans that he’ll drop the long-awaited disc, which might include a feature from Common, in early 2011. Fingers crossed! Download Raheem’s newest mixtape, Jackin’ For Beats now.

DIDDY-DIRTY MONEY ISSUES “COMING HOME” VIDEO

You can head over to Diddy-Dirty Money’s fansite to check out their newly unleashed video for “Coming Home.” The Alex Da Kid-produced single will appear on the band’s oft-delayed Last Train to Paris LP, which pulls into stores on December 14th.

FLO RIDA DROPS A NEW ALBUM

Fresh off his Australian promotional tour, Flo Rida has just released his third studio album, Only One Flo (Part 1). The disc includes contributions from Ludacris, Gucci Mane, Kevin Rudolf, Laza Morgan and boasts production by Dr. Luke, David Guetta, Benny Blanco and Bruno Mars’ The Smeezingtons. In addition to buying the album, be sure to catch Flo making appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Chelsea Lately and The Today Show.

VH1 DIVAS LINE-UP GETS EVEN BIGGER

An already impressive line-up for Vh1 Divas Salute to the Troops has gotten even better. It was just announced that joining Katy Perry, Sugarland, Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj, Paramore and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, will be Brandy, Marisa Miller, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, comedian Jeffery Ross and Snooki and The Situation from Jersey Shore. And of course, it’s all hosted by the hilarious Kathy Griffin. Vh1 Divas Salute to the Troops airs Sunday night at 9 PM Eastern on Vh1.

NICOLE FROM PCD STILL NOT READY TO WED

It seems that every day Nicole Scherzinger has to answer questions about when she and racecar driving boyfriend Lewis Hamilton will tie the knot. And once again, the Pussycat Dolls lead singer said that she doesn’t know. In an interview with Heat magazine, Nicole explained that she and her man are “really happy” where they are at the moment and they don’t need to change things.

KATY AND KANYE TOP ITUNES CHART

Katy Perry’s “Firework” shoots up three spots to number one on this week’s iTunes chart. P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass,” Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R,” Black Eyed Peas’ “The Time (Dirty Bit),” and Rihanna’s “What’s My Name,” featuring Drake follow. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the top downloaded album on iTunes, followed by Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday, the Burlesque soundtrack, Glee: The Music – The Christmas Album and Ke$ha’s Cannibal.

NEW MJ SONG DEBUTS ON PING

A new Michael Jackson song has debuted on iTunes’ social networking site, Ping. The ballad “Much Too Soon” is the final track off the posthumous album titled Michael, which will be released in two weeks. The song follows the Jackson duet with Akon on “Hold My Hand,” which debuted at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart last week. According to the tune’s description on Ping, “Much Too Soon” was “written at the time of ‘Thriller,'” and Jackson “always liked the song but never found the right home for it.” Michael is set to arrive on December 14th.

CHRISTINA’S NEW BEAU?

Christina Aguilera’s new relationship appears to be heating up fast, as sources have reportedly spotted the couple hanging out in Hollywood and travelling to New York City over the Thanksgiving weekend together. According to People.com, Aguilera spent the weekend with her rumored beau, Matt Rutler, who worked as a set assistant on her new movie, Burlesque. Witnesses spotted the pair partying at the Abbey in West Hollywood on November 24th before Aguilera spent her Thanksgiving Day with friends in Los Angeles. According to the site, the pair flew to the East Coast and visited Rutler’s family home in Rhode Island, where Aguilera met his mother. Her two-year-old son Max spent the holiday weekend with X-tina’s soon to be ex-husband, Jordan Bratman. Aguilera filed for divorce from Bratman in October.

NICKI DROPS PINK FRIDAY ALBUM COVER!

The buzz for Nicki Minaj’s debut effort, Pink Friday, continues to build. On Friday, the rapper released an unusual album cover where she’s pictured sitting down with a surprised expression, no arms and elongated legs.
According to Akon, it’s small marketing tactics like this that separate the Queens native from any other female emcee.  Fans will be able to cop Pink Friday on November 22nd. That’s the same date that Akon’s Stadium album lands in stores.

YOUNG BUCK’S ITEMS GET AUCTIONED OFF

ThisIs50.com reports the IRS auctioned off all the personal items that were
recently seized from Young Buck, whose real name is David Darnell Brown. The
former G-Unit rapper’s home was raided back in August due to Buck failing to
pay back taxes. Among the items that were sold were the rapper’s infamous
615 Cashville Records chain, faux-fur coats, LCD and plasma televisions,
designer watches, plus gold and platinum records. Visit ThisIs50.com to
learn more!

PRINCE INVITES JANELLE FOR WELCOME TOUR

Prince has officially announced he tapped Janelle Monáe to be a part of his
upcoming Welcome 2 America tour. Billboard reports the legendary pop star
has also recruited Maceo Parker, Cassandra Wilson, Sheila E., Mint
Condition, Lalah Hathaway, Esperanza Spalding and others to embark on the
outing. During a recent press conference at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, the
“Purple Rain” singer warned concertgoers to “bring footspray cause it’s
gonna be funky.” Visit Billboard.com to learn more about the trek.

NEW FLO RIDA!!!

We just learned Flo Rida has issued a new single called “Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1),” which will be included on the rapper’s upcoming album, Only 1 Flo (Pt. 1). The disc will hit stores on November 30th, but you can check out
his new tune via Rap-Up.com today!

VADO CO-SIGNS JUSTIN BIEBER’S RAP SKILLS

According to The New York Daily News, Vado is thoroughly impressed with
Justin Bieber laying down verses over his song “Speaking In’ Tungs”
featuring Cam’Ron. The Dipset rapper stated, “I was shocked! He killed it!
He sounded like [Notorious] B.I.G.” The emcee admits that at first he
“didn’t believe it” then added, “We need to keep his verse for the remix! We
might finish the remix this weekend, and let Justin go first. I’m definitely
going to contact him.  I’ll do that ASAP… I might gotta do a remix to one
of his tracks.”

And…

BIEBER’S 3D MOVIE TITLED NEVER SAY NEVER

Justin Bieber’s 3D movie will be titled Never Say Never, the name of his
song featured on the Karate Kid soundtrack. The title of the film was
announced via an Internet scavenger hunt where fans were given puzzle pieces
of the movie poster.  The final piece was tweeted by USA Today on Friday
morning.  On the poster, Bieber is dressed in his signature varsity jacket,
proudly displaying his swooping bangs from under a hood.  Justin Bieber’s 3D
movie, Never Say Never, will arrive in theaters just in time for Valentine’s
Day on February 11th

DJ DRAMA SPILLS ON T.I.’S KING UNCAGED

We recently caught up with DJ Drama to get an exclusive on the status of T.I.’s oft-delayed album, King Uncaged. The famed producer told us that fans will appreciate all the work that Tip put in and be surprised by what he’s
cooking up. You heard it, according to Drama, you will be able to purchase King Uncaged this December!

JAY-Z GREATEST HITS TRACKLIST

RapRadar.com has gotten a hold of the tracklisting for Jay-Z’s The Hits
Collection. The final effort from Def Jam Records includes 14 of Hova’s
biggest records, while the deluxe edition features five additional classic
tracks from Sean Carter. Be sure to buy the collector’s set when it lands on
November 22nd.

Disc: 1

1. “Public Service Announcement” (Interlude)

2. “Run This Town” (Feat. Rihanna & Kanye West)

3. “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” (Feat. Beyoncé)

4. “Encore”

5. “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)”

6. “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”

7. “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”

8. “99 Problems”

9. “Empire State Of Mind” (Feat. Alicia Keys)

10. “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”

11. “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”

12. “Show Me What You Got”

13. “Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)…”

14. “Big Pimpin'”

Disc: 2

1. “Young Gifted and Black”

2. “Pump It Up” (Freestyle)

3. “My President Is Black” (Remix)

4. “Go Hard Remix” (Jay-Z, Kanye West & T-Pain)

5. “Most Kings” (Feat. Green Lantern)

UPDATE ON DIDDY-DIRTY MONEY ALBUM FEATURES

According to Rap-Up.com, Diddy-Dirty Money’s debut album, Last Train to
Paris, will incorporate a ton of guest features! Puff, Kalenna and Dawn
Richard have recorded collaborations with Grace Jones, Usher, T.I., Lil
Wayne, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Bilal. In
addition, the project will receive production credits from Danja, Polow Da
Don, Sean Garrett, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Swizz Beatz, Rodney Jerkins,
D’Mile and Mario Winans. While the disc won’t land until December 14th, fans
can anticipate a new single, “Coming Home,” to arrive in coming days! Are
you excited yet?

SESAME STREET: “BLACK GIRLS LOVE YOUR HAIR”

ConcreteLoop.com posted an empowering video that recently aired as a Sesame
Street segment on PBS. The clip was called “I Love My Hair” and was designed
to teach African American pre-schoolers and kindergartners to value and love
their natural hair. Check it out!

RIRI GAGA COLLABO RUMOR NOT TRUE

Last week, rumors swirled around the Internet about a possible Lady Gaga and
Rihanna collaboration on the song “Broken Heels.”  MTV News is reporting
that the information is not true and the two do not work together on the
track.  Rihanna’s new album, Loud, is scheduled to hit stores on November
16th. It will feature guest appearances from Drake and Nicki Minaj.

CHRISTINA AT THE PUMPKIN PATCH

According to TheSingersRoom.com, Christina Aguilera was spotted with her son Max at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in West Hollywood, California on Thursday. Aguilera filed for divorce from her husband, Jordan Bratman, last week and
released the following statement after the news of her separation hit: “Although Jordan and I are separated, our commitment to our son Max is as strong as ever.”

*       See pictures of Christina at the pumpkin patch HERE!

BUN B WANTS TO HIT UP ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Bun B intends to take a break from recording songs for his Trill O.G. album. The rapper told us that since his Fourth of July plans are still open, he just might check out the 2010 Essence Music Festival. He also shared that after the holiday is over, he’ll put the finishing touches on Trill O.G. – which arrives on on August 3rd.
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KANYE WEST RELEASES “POWER” ARTWORK

Kanye West has released the official artwork for his new single, “Power.”
Rap-Up.com reports the graphic image features a “bleeding crowned head with
a sword through it.” You can download the single on iTunes now and look out
for his upcoming Good Ass Job album to arrive on September 14th. <WM>

SUGE KNIGHT HIT WITH RESTRAINING ORDER

An unidentified man from Los Angeles recently requested a restraining order
against Suge Knight, the co-founder and CEO of Death Row Records. Last May,
the man claimed Suge ordered eight people to assault him. This event
occurred shortly after Suge had been arrested for possession of a weapon.
The L-A County Superior Court granted the victim with a permanent
restraining order against Knight. <WM>

FLO RIDA LOVED WORKING WITH LIL WAYNE

Flo Rida is recruiting the best of the best for his next album, which will
be titled The Only One. In fact, he told us the disc will include a feature
from Lil Wayne!

“Ah man, you know, this is like my second time working with Lil
Wayne.  He blessed me on the first album, you know, with a record called
American Superstar, and then now, you know, I’m back with this record called
Fresh I Stay, you know, it was like no  problem, you know, hooking that up,
you know, shout out to Brisco, you know, who’s in that camp, you know, Poe
Boy/Cash Money who make the phone call and made that happen, so, I mean,
definitely, Free Weezy and, you know, he’s definitely one of those guys
who’s trying to take hip hop to the next level, and I look forward to him
coming back and just smashing the game.”

The Only One will hit stores sometime in September.  <WM>

And speaking of Wayne…

BallerStatus.com reports Lil Wayne’s lawyer is pleased to have reached a
“favorable plea agreement” stemming from a drug charge in Arizona. Instead
of added jail time, the rapper will only receive three years of probation –
which will begin when he leaves prison. As previously reported, Weezy is
currently serving a year at Rikers Island for unrelated weapons possession
charges. Fans can download the emcee’s new song, “I’m Single,” on iTunes
now. <WM>

CHRIS BROWN FAKED TEARS AT BET AWARDS?

There’s speculation that Chris Brown used tear-inducing eye drops during his
Michael Jackson tribute at the BET Awards. According to UsMagazine.com, a
source stated his bodyguard gave him the drops right before he performed
MJ’s “Man in the Mirror.” The singer’s rep has reportedly denied the
accusation. In related news, SingersRoom.com reports Brown has completed a
new music video called “Matrix.” The clip was shot recently by director
Collin Tilley, but it’s unknown if the song is off the follow-up to
Graffiti. <WM>

MATT KEMP’S GAME AFFECTED BY RIHANNA?

Rihanna might be enjoying her relationship with Los Angeles Dodger Matt
Kemp, but some sources think the relationship is hurting his game.  Kemp was
recently benched after hitting a serious slump in the month of June.  The
outfielder only hit a .196 with just one homerun in 22 games.
SingersRoom.com reports many feel Rihanna is to blame for Kemp’s sudden lack
of success since the couple has been spending a lot of time together.  <WM>

JENNIFER LOPEZ GOES BEHIND THE MUSIC

A new episode of Behind The Music will premiere on Vh1 this weekend and the
episode will focus on Jennifer Lopez.  The show chronicles the life of the
singer-turned-actress, including her struggles with about body image, her
relationship with former fiancé Ben Affleck, and her current relationship
with husband Marc Anthony.   You don’t want to miss this! Vh1’s Behind The
Music: Jennifer Lopez airs Sunday at 9 PM Eastern.  <WM>

SWIZZ BEATZ OWES 2.2-MILLION IN BACK TAXES

Swizz Beatz owes the IRS more than 2.2-million dollars for delinquent state
and federal taxes. His lawyer told TheBoomBox.com, “We have been discussing
the issue with the government for years and are currently negotiating an
amicable resolution of the dispute” The news comes as the producer is
expecting a baby with his fiancé, Alicia Keys. <WM>

MAXWELL PREPS NEXT ALBUM

Maxwell has decided against taking a break from music and instead has begun
recording the second album for his BLACKsummers’night trilogy. The singer
tweeted he’ll begin “mixing” the project “in the next two months” and fans
can expect “the first song come this fall.” In addition, Maxwell is looking
to release the disc this winter. The news comes two weeks after he
mysteriously canceled the second leg of his summer tour with Jill Scott and
Erykah Badu. <WM>

KELLY ROWLAND DROPPED BY COLUMBIA RECORDS

Kelly Rowland confessed to Entertainment Weekly that the split from her
longtime label home at Columbia Records wasn’t a mutual decision. The
“Commander” singer admits that she was dropped because her records “didn’t
perform as well as maybe they wanted them to.” Rowland explains, “We live in
an industry where you’ve got to bring in money. You can’t be pushing out so
much money and not bring anything back.” Visit the site to get her take on
Beyonce and a possible Destiny’s Child reunion. <WM>

STEP UP 3D SOUNDTRACK

The Step Up 3D soundtrack track list has been released.  The soundtrack
features Estelle, Busta Rhymes, Roscoe Dash, T-Pain, Chromeo, Trey Songz,
Jessie McCartney and more.  The album’s latest single, Flo Rida’s “Club
Can’t Handle Me” featuring David Guetta, is available now.  A video for the
track directed by filmmaker Mark Klasfield will premiere soon. The album
also features songs from Jazmine Sullivan and Mims.  It arrives in stores
and at all online retailers on July 27th.  Step Up 3D opens in theatres
nationwide on August 6th.   <JC>

TRACKLISTING:

1.      Flo Rida (Feat. David Guetta) – “Club Can’t Handle Me”
2.      Roscoe Dash & T Pain (Feat. Fabo) – “My Own Step”
3.      Sofia Fresh (Feat. T-Pain) – “This Instant”
4.      Trey Songz – “Already Taken”
5.      Laza – “This Girl ”
6.      Chromeo – “Fancy Footwork”
7.      MadCon – “Beggin”
8.      Jessie McCartney – “Up”
9.      Jazmine Sullivan – “Bust Your Windows”
10.     Estelle – “I Can Be A Freak”
11.     NASA – “Whatchadoin”
12.     Busta Rhymes – “Tear Da Roof Off”
13.     Mims – “Move If You Wanna”
14.     Get Cool – “Shawty Got Moves”
15.     Wisin y Yandel – “Irresistible”
16.     Get Cool (Feat. Petey Pablo) – “Let Me C It”
17.     J Randall – “Spirit of the Radio”
18.     Erica DeLuna – “Work The Middle”
19.     Laza – “This Girl” (Video)

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