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One thing I LOVE, is seeing people follow their dreams and passions! I met my girl Briana Renée aka Renée (you may know her from Little Women: LA) on a TV show we did together in 2011 and we’ve followed each other’s stories ever since. When she told me she was putting together an album and releasing her single, I was genuinely happy for her. Well, TODAY, she released her first single, “Cage,” and if I didn’t think it deserved some love, you know I wouldn’t post it. Congrats and this is only the beginning! – Crisco

Get it here –> https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cage-single/1330335893

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Volume 10 and Nick V the Viol8tr are back with another super hit on their hands “Vogue”. Volume 10 rapper of the West Coast classic “Pistol Grip Pump” (1994) And Nick V the Viol8tr one half of the super producers, The Baka Boyz, have teamed up with a follow up record that has been a long time coming. Nick V’s strong and refreshing beats along with Volume 10’s unique flow make for a record that is sure to please your eardrums. It’s powerful, different and a breath of fresh air for the hip hop game. Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think!

On iTunes October 28th, PRE-ORDER HERE.

After months of publicity stunts and becoming one of pop music/cultures most trending people, Miley Cyrus releases the stream link for her new album, Bangerz via iTunes. Look for features from Big Sean, Future, French Montana, Nelly and more.

FULL STREAM HERE

Tracklist:

1. Adore You
2. We Can’t Stop
3. SMS (Bangerz) (featuring Britney Spears)
4. 4×4 (featuring Nelly)
5. Stand By Me (featuring. Future)
6. Wrecking Ball
7. Love, Money, Party (featuring Big Sean)
8. Get It Right
9. Drive
10. FU (featuring French Montana)
11. Do My Thang
12. Maybe You’re Right
13. Someone Else
14. On My Own
15. Rooting For My Baby
16. Hands In the Air (featuring Ludacris)

CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL VIDEOS FROM KID INK‘S “UP AND AWAY” ALBUM – STILL DON’T HAVE IT, GET IT ON iTUNES NOW!

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Since it’s EDC week/weekend, I made this week’s podcast with that in mind. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these… enjoy!

P.S. You may experience a slight case of “rage” during Primetyme’s “Riot” bootleg – you’ve been warned.

1. Marlena Shaw – California Soul – A Skillz Remix
2. Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars
3. Kirko Bangz – Drank In My Cup – SmithAgentSmith Are You Fine Bootleg
4. Avicii & NERVO – You’re Gonna Love Again
5. Martin Solveig – The Night Out – ATrak Remix
6. Pendulum – The Island – Mo Rada 2012 EDC Edit
7. 2 Chainz – Riot – DJ Primetyme Kick Out The Epic Motherf#cker Bootleg
8. DJ Suss-One – Make The Club My Trick
9. Breakdown – F_ckin’ Lose It – GTA Remix
10. Richard Vission vs Luciana – When It Feels This Good
11. Afrojack & Shermanology – Can’t Stop Me – MADEin82 Remix
12. Fun – We Are Young – Revolvr Remix

Follow me @CriscoKidd and Like me on Facebook while you’re at it – THANKS!

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New Frankie J. “How Beautiful You Are”, is available on iTunes now! Go get the Single & Ringtone! http://t.co/SbZWH8ys

NICK ASHFORD PASSES AWAY

According to the New York Times, Nick Ashford from Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson passed away on Monday at a New York Hospital after a battle with throat cancer. He was only 70 years old. We’ll keep you posted with funeral arrangements.

· Nick and his wife, Valerie Simpson, were known for duets including “Solid,” “You’re All I Need (To Get By)” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

TWITTER REACTIONS TO NICK ASHFORD’S DEATH

· Alicia Keys tweeted, “I’m so sad that he’s gone…..So many of the greatest are going to a greater place….what a legacy of infectious music… man!”

· Lenny Kravitz wrote, “Left rehearsal. Heard Nick Ashford passed. A legend. My heart goes out to Valerie. My Lord, ain’t no mountain high enough. Solid as a rock.”

· Ashanti wrote, “R.I.P Nick Ashford one of the most Soulful & Amazing Singer/Songwriters Timeless Classic Music. Many Prayers & Blessings to his Family.”

· Russell Simmons tweeted, “R.I.P. Nick Ashford has left his body Most cannot see his everlasting spirit, but the eyes behind the eyes remain w/us.”

· MC Hammer wrote: “Nick Ashford (RIP) your songs and melodies touched millions of lives and will never fade. We #Salute your Life.”

WATCH THE THRONE SINGLES ANNOUNCED

Wanna know what the next singles off Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne are? It looks like the next songs to receive the single treatment off their collaborative effort will be the Hit-Boy produced banger “N*ggas In Paris” as well as “Why I Love You” featuring Mr. Hudson. Fans can expect both tracks to impact radio on September 13th.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD IT!

ROBIN THICKE LEAKS “I’M AN ANIMAL”

Just when we were starting to wonder what Robin Thicke has been up to, the singer just issued a new song called “I’m An Animal.” The track is likely to appear on his fifth studio album, which will arrive early next year. Perfect timing, as the crooner just performed at Kim Kardashian’s much-hyped and soon-to-be-televised wedding. Head to his official fansite to hear the tune now!

· The singer reportedly performed “Lost Without You,” “Angel” and “Still In Love” at the reality star’s ceremony.

CLICK HERE TO PREVIEW AND DOWNLOAD!

SCARFACE RELEASED FROM JAIL

According to XXLMag.com, Scarface has been released from Harris County Jail in Texas after serving nearly a year in prison. The rapper was being held for failing to pay child support in four separate child support cases. A rep said in a statement, “Face is home and he’s already busy working on releasing new material. It’s not going to take him long to fall right back into the swing of things.”

· In related news, Scarface is currently working on his 12th album, The Habit.

LAURYN HILL TALKS RECORDING MISEDUCATION LP 

During an interview with Reebok Classics, Lauryn Hill spoke of recording her classic debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The singer, who is headlining this year’s Rock the Bells 2011 Festival, said of the disc, “I think we understood that it was going to be landmark, but I didn’t understand to what degree other people would be really impacted by what was done,” she said. “I was really trying to express myself. Like I say all the time, I make music not necessarily for selfish reasons, but I make the music that I want to hear. And when you find out that other people want to hear that too, how could you not be excited about that?” The singer is said to be working on new material, which will mark her first album in over in 13 years.

JAY-Z, BEYONCE NAMED ON HIGHEST PAID COUPLE LIST

According to Forbes.com, Jay-Z and Beyonce appear on the newly released World’s Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples list. The power couple took second place after earning an impressive 72-million combined, only to be beat out by NFL/supermodel couple, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, who raked in 76-million. Interestingly enough, no other music couples are featured on the list. Visit Forbes.com to see which famous faces made the cut.

· Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt came in third on with a combined income of 50-million dollars.

Q-TIP ANNOUNCES MJ TRIBUTE SHOW 

According to his official website, Q-Tip has announced that he’ll be hosting this year’s Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Show alongside DJ Spinna. The rapper said in a statement, “Michael Jackson was a huge influence on my music and was an inspiration to me and so many others. I want to bring people together to celebrate the man, his music and his legacy that will undoubtedly live on forever!” The event will take place at New York’s Irving Plaza on Saturday at 9 PM.

· Tickets are currently available for $20.

DIDDY’S SON OFFERED SCHOLARSHIP

According to the NYPost.com, Sean “Diddy” Combs’ son, Justin, has just received an athletic scholarship to attend UCLA. The cornerback also received offers from schools including Illinois, Iowa, West Virginia and Virginia. While we’re happy for the mogul’s kid, we’re sure Puff would have been just fine paying the full tuition.

TWEET OF THE DAY: CHRIS BROWN

Following the unexpected earthquake that hit the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon, Chris Brown tweeted, “Please pray for Virginia.” This prompted a Twitter user to respond back with: “Oh, God. What did you do to her?”

T.I. TO RELEASE A BOOK?

T.I. has less than a month to go before he’ll be released from prison and the rapper has plans to soon release his first book. Close friend DJ Drama told HipHopDX.com that Tip has a book in the works and he’s also ready to record the follow up to last year’s No Mercy. Drama stated, “We talked via email about two weeks ago. He should be home in a couple of weeks; he’s ready to get back to work.” In terms of the direction of Tip’s comeback project, the hitmaker shared that fans can “expect some good records.” We’ll keep you posted on when the rapper completes his sentence for probation violation.

WALE, KID CUDI WORKING ON COLLABORATION

During an interview with MTV News, Wale revealed that his reconciled relationship with Kid Cudi will lead to their first collaboration. Wale told MTV that the former rivals have “figured it all out,” adding, “We went from not having s**t to having money at our disposal, so it kind of f***ed up our friendship.” Fans can expect to hear the duo on a song called “Focused,” which will appear on Wale’s sophomore effort, Ambition. Look for the disc on November 1st.

BEYONCE CONFIRMS 4 DVD RELEASE 

According to NeonLimeLight.com, Beyonce recently confirmed that there will be a special DVD from her recent 4 Intimate Nights With Beyonce shows in New York City. The diva, who had her first four-night residency at the city’s Roseland Ballroom, secretly filmed the final show. She said to the unsuspecting crowd, “You may not know this, but tonight I’m filming the show for a DVD.” We will keep you posted on when she announces the date the concert film will be released.

RIHANNA DROPS NEW VIDEO

Rihanna’s new video for “Cheers (Drink To That)” is out now. The singer debuted the clip on iTunes this morning. The song is the latest single off Rihanna’s Loud album, which has sold over 1.4-million copies to date.

· Rihanna has just helped to launch a new flavor of Vita Coco water called Coco Tropical Fruit. The drink is a blend of coconut water, pink guava, orange, red dragon fruit and pineapple.

MJ FAN CLUBS WORKING TO CANCEL TRIBUTE CONCERT

According to Reuters, a group of Michael Jackson fan clubs across the world have banded together in an open letter to event organizers, asking for the cancellation of a Jackson tribute concert scheduled for October in Wales. The 35 fan clubs said that the event, which will include performances by Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Beyonce is “doomed to fail.” The letter goes on to explain that the show is set to take place during the trial of Conrad Murray, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson back on June 25th, 2009.

· The stadium in Wales holds about 75-thousand people, but organizers have not yet said how many tickets, which range in price from around 90 to 360 dollars, have been sold or how many are still available to the public. The concert is scheduled to be broadcast around the world on paid television channels.

VMA FACTS

The Silver Flag on the Moon Man trophy is almost ten inches high and displays the MTV logo.

960-degree Zinc is poured into a ten-piece steel die to form the Moon Man.

Each award is personalized with a nickel silver plate. Each plate is etched with the MTV logo, color-filled black and engraved with the recipient’s name, video, date and nominated category.

The 2006 VMAs were the first show in more than 15 years to not feature an award for Breakthrough Video.

Madonna is listed twice in a list of the MTV Top 10 VMA Openings: the 1984 “Like a Virgin” performance and her 2003 kiss with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

CHRIS BROWN REACTS TO CNN’S ANDERSON COOPER

Shortly after learning that CNN host Anderson Cooper publicly bashed Chris Brown’s involvement in the upcoming romantic comedy, Think Like A Man, the singer responded on Twitter. Cooper criticized the crooner for attacking then-girlfriend Rihanna and added that Chris wasn’t the right person for the film, which is based on how to treat women, Breezy wrote, “Guess people need ratings!!! Lol!!! It’s cool. Much love!”

AND…

KELLY ROWLAND LANDS ROLE IN SITCOM?

According to TheYBF.com, Kelly Rowland is going to star in her own sitcom on a major network. Details are sparse but the former Destiny’s Child member is expected to film a pilot for the yet-to-be titled show in January 2012. The news comes just a few days after Rowland was tapped to star in the upcoming romantic comedy, Think Like A Man.

· Her acting credits include Seat Filler, Mama I Want To Sing!, and Freddy vs. Jason.

ODD FUTURE BOOK COMING OUT

According to PictureBoxInc.com, Odd Future have reportedly landed a publishing deal to release their first book, Golf Wang. According to the description, fans can expect the literary effort to include Odd Future’s “own photography, design, and writing. This is a glimpse into a creative world that crosses skating, hip-hop, mischief and brilliance.” You can pick up your copy on November 15th.

· After scoring two guest spots on Watch The Throne, Frank Ocean has earned his first cover story with Fader magazine.

GAME’S R.E.D. TRACKLIST SURFACES

According to Rap-Up.com, Game has finally released the official tracklist for his highly anticipated R.E.D. Album. The rapper’s fourth studio effort includes guest spots from Lil Wayne, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Nelly Furtado, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, the Creator, Young Jeezy and Chris Brown while Dr Dre narrates throughout. Be sure to pick up your copy on August 23rd.

· Here’s the tracklisting:

1. “Dr. Dre (Intro)”

2. “The City” feat. Kendrick Lamar

3. “Drug Test” feat. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, & Sly

4. “Martians vs. Goblins” feat. Tyler, the Creator & Lil Wayne

5. “Red Nation” feat. Lil Wayne

6. “Dr. Dre 1 (Interlude)”

7. “Good Girls Go Bad” feat. Drake

8. “Ricky”

9. “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”

10. “Heavy Artillery” feat. Rick Ross & Beanie Sigel

11. “Paramedics” feat. Young Jeezy

12. “Speakers on Blast” feat. E-40 & Big Boi

13. “Hello” feat. Lloyd

14. “All the Way Gone” feat. Mario & Wale

15. “Pot of Gold” feat. Chris Brown

16. “Dr. Dre 2 (Interlude)”

17. “All I Know” feat. Luu Breeze

18. “Born in the Trap”

19. “Mama Knows” feat. Nelly Furtado

20. “California Dream”

21. “Dr. Dre (Outro)”

WAKA FLOCKA, GUCCI TO BE ON MTV RAPFIX

We’ve just learned Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame are scheduled to sit down with MTV News’ Sway to talk about their joint album, Ferrari Boyz, on MTV’s RapFix Live. The duo will talk about everything from their legal troubles to their new singles, “PacMan” and “She Be Puttin’ On.” Be sure to tune in today (8/10) at 4 PM Eastern on MTV.com.

· Ferrari Boyz is out now.

NE-YO REMIXES “OTIS”

We previously reported that Ne-Yo has begun working on a new mixtape and now, the singer has leaked a remixed version of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis.” On the revamped track, the crooner surprisingly flexes his rap skills. Head over to his official fansite to listen to the tune and be on the lookout for his upcoming project, titled 101, to drop soon.

· The mixtape will be hosted by comedian Kevin Hart.

WATCH THE THRONE FIRST WEEK SALE PREDICTIONS!

According to Billboard.com, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s much talked about Watch The Throne LP is expected to sell between 400 to 500-thousand in its first week. The disc will more than likely claim number one on the Billboard 200 chart and will become the second largest debut of this year behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. The official numbers will be available next week.

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JAY-Z, KANYE ARE NUMBER ONE ON ITUNES

According to the Universal Music Group, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne has become the number one digital album in the country. If that’s not enough, the rap duo’s first joint effort also claimed the top spot on iTunes in 19 other countries, including the U-K, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, Greece, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia. Fans will be able to purchase a physical copy of the set on Friday.

NICKI MINAJ TALKS ICE AGE ROLE

During an interview with MTV News, Nicki Minaj spoke about how she landed her first movie role in the forthcoming film, Ice Age: Continental Drift. The “Super Bass” rapper stated, “The original role that I was up for I didn’t get so I said, ‘Oh, OK, whatever.’ I was really mad, and the next thing you know, they called me and they said, ‘We wrote in a part just for you ’cause we really want you to be a part of this movie.’” The Queens native joins Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah and Drake in the 3D animated film, which is slated to hit theaters next year.

· Do you think this will lead to more roles for Nicki

YOUNG DRO GIVES UPDATE ON T.I.

Wanna know how T.I. is holding up while he completes his prison sentence? AllHipHop.com caught up with Young Dro to find out if he’s spoken to Tip recently. The Grand Hustle artist stated, “When he gets home, things are going to be very different.” As for people assuming legal troubles will continue to follow T.I., Dro added, “We entitled to 2-3 falls, as long as you make good on it. Fall and get back up. Because he ain’t no evil person, we will prosper and come back even better.” The incarcerated rapper is currently locked up for probation violation and is supposed to be released sometime in September.

· Dro added that Tip has been ordering new sneakers online and is excited to be released next month.

PLANET ROCK: THE STORY OF HIP HOP TO AIR SOON

In the upcoming special, Vh1’s Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation, viewers will get a first-hand account from dealers-turned-rappers. This documentary is the first to connect hip-hop and the crack epidemic with exclusive interviews from survivors that include Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill’s B-Real and The Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Raekwon. Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation premieres Sunday, September 18th at 10 PM Eastern on Vh1.

CEE-LO DIDN’T KNOW HE HAD A NEW VIDEO?

The video for Cee-Lo’s next single “Cry Baby” has just been released, and it features Jaleel White, a-k-a “Steve Urkel,” lip-syncing the words to the song, while Cee-Lo is nowhere to be found. It’s being called the “official” video online, but is it possible that the Goodie Mob singer didn’t know anything about it? Cee-Lo wrote on Twitter that he had “no idea” they were shooting a video for the tune, but that he heard “it’s cool though.” He has to be joking, right?

· Check yesterday’s post to see the video!

STARS AIM TO HELP EAST AFRICA FOOD CRISIS

Lady Gaga, Eminem, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Shakira, Kanye West and 150 other stars are combining their social media might to raise awareness about the growing food crisis in East Africa. They’ll each take to Twitter and Facebook pages today with the goal of raising awareness and funds for the nearly 10-million people facing starvation in Somalia and across East Africa.

· One-million children in Somalia alone face starvation if help is not delivered now. Save the Children and other aid agencies have launched a huge emergency response across the region and are on the ground delivering life-saving aid.

· A short film has been created by award-winning director Kevin MacDonald using Bob Marley’s 1973 song “High Tide or Low Time.” It can be downloaded via iTunes, on ImGonnaBeYourFriend.org or viewed on the Bob Marley Facebook page.

LIL WAYNE DELAYS ALBUM RELEASE!

This might upset some fans, but Lil Wayne has delayed his upcoming album, Tha Carter IV, from June 21st to August 29th. The rap star’s label, Universal Motown, failed to confirm what caused the push-back. Interestingly enough, the new launch date falls just a day after the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.

· So far, Wayne has leaked three singles from the project, “6 Foot 7 Foot,” “John” featuring Rick Ross, and “How to Love.”

WIZ KHALIFA GOES TRIPLE PLATINUM

The song that put Wiz Khalifa on the map, “Black & Yellow,” has reportedly gone triple platinum. The news comes just a day after his second single, “Roll Up,” also reached platinum status. Both songs are lifted from the rapper’s latest album, Rolling Papers. We know Amber Rose must be proud.

· To date, the disc has sold over 417-thousand copies since its release.

· In related news, Wiz recently announced that Big Sean and Chevy Woods will join him during his upcoming Rolling Papers World Tour. Fans can expect the trek to begin on June 12th in Missouri and wrap on August 3rd in Canandaigua, New York.

ODD FUTURE’S MELLOWHYPE READY NEW ALBUM

Two members from Odd Future team, Hodgy Beats & Left Brain collectively known as MellowHype, will be re-releasing their latest album, titled Blackenedwhite. While the project leaked online last fall, the effort will be remixed and re-mastered and available in stores on July 12th.

· No one on the Odd Future team is over the age of 25.

· The disc will also feature original artwork designed by the artists themselves.

JENNIFER LOPEZ SEX TAPE?

TMZ reports select porn outlets are placing bids to purchase a naughty video of Jennifer Lopez. The American Idol judge shows off her butt, and does some booty spanking, but she is not having sex in the video that her ex-husband, Ojani Noam, filmed on their honeymoon back in 1997. In addition, an L.A. judge ruled that J-Lo cannot prevent the sale of the tape, which could potentially end up on Red Light District, YouPorn.com or PornHub.com.

· Do you think it’s fair that the judge is allowing this to happen?

T-PAIN TO NEVER USE AUTO-TUNE AGAIN

According to a recent press release, T-Pain has announced that he is no longer using Auto-tune. The singer who is responsible for some of the biggest Auto-tune laced songs has “vowed” to never use the studio effect again because, he plans to use something “bigger and better called The T-Pain Effect.” In fact, the “Can’t Believe It” crooner has partnered with an audio technology company iZotope to “bring new vocal processing possibilities to mainstream and professional products worldwide.” Learn more via T-PainEffect.com now!

· Pain is currently working on his upcoming album, rEVOLVEr, which is due this fall.

LLOYD’S KING OF HEARTS TRACKLIST LEAKS

We recently told you that Lloyd’s upcoming album, King Of Hearts, will hit stores on July 5th. The crooner has leaked the official track-listing for the 10-song project, which was executive produced by Polow Da Don. Check it out:

1. “Lay it Down”

2. “Cupid”

3. “Be The One” Ft. Trey Songz & Young Jeezy

4. “Love Me Girl” Ft. Chris Brown & Teyana Taylor

5. “Naked”

6. “I Miss That” Ft. Lil Wayne & Andre 3000

7. “Angel”

8. “World Cry” Ft. R. Kelly & Keri Hilson

9. “Since You Left Me”

10. “Tear It Up”

(Bonus) “Let’s Get It In” Ft. 50 Cent

JENNIFER HUDSON CAST IN THE THREE STOOGES

According to Billboard.com, Jennifer Hudson is expected to portray a nun in the upcoming film, The Three Stooges. The 20th Century Fox movie will also star Chris Diamontopoulos, Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Stephen Collins and Jane Lynch. In related news, the singer’s portrayal of Winnie Mandela in Winnie will hit theaters soon.

MAINO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH DATE

It’s been a long time coming, but Maino has finally announced the release date for his long-awaited sophomore album, The Day After Tomorrow. According to his official website, the disc will hit shelves on October 4th.

PREVIEW JILL SCOTT’S NEW ALBUM BEFORE IT DROPS

Fans will be delighted to know that you can preview eight songs off Jill Scott’s upcoming album, Light Of The Sun. Visit iTunes for your first listen now. The 18-track project will be available in stores on June 28th.

· Do you think Jill will have strong first week sales since she shares the same launch date as Beyonce’s 4?

PREVIEW IT HERE!

QUESTLOVE JOINS NEW YOUTUBE SENSATIONS

If you haven’t heard of Karmin on YouTube, then you’ve missed out on the duo posting videos of amazing covers of popular artists, including Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now.” In their newest clip, Questlove from The Roots plays the drums to an impressive rendition of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.” Check it out on YouTube.

CASSIE TO CHANNEL AALIYAH FOR NEXT LP?

Have you been wondering when Cassie plans to drop another album? Well the “Me N U” singer is promising big things for her oft-delayed sophomore effort, Electro Love. The singer tells Nylon Magazine, her project is “a cool blend of pop, hip-hop, and ska. It’s urban Gwen Stefani meets Aaliyah. I hate referencing people but if you had to compare, that’s it.” No release date has been revealed.

DJ KHALED DELAYS ALBUM RELEASE

DJ Khaled took to his Twitter account to reveal that his upcoming album, We The Best Forever, will now be released on July 19th. In addition, fans can expect the visual for his new single, “I’m On One” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, to premiere in coming days.

GAGA’S TALKS SELLING HER ALBUM FOR 99-CENTS

Lady Gaga sold 1.1-million copies of her new album Born This Way in its first week, and that was partly due to the fact that she offered the record for just 99-cents on two separate days on Amazon.com. Well she told the Wall Street Journal that the cheap price was justified because digital music is worth much less than the physical copy of an album. She said that MP3’s are “invisible” and “in space” and she applauds the website for “giving the opportunity to everyone to buy music.” Read more at WSJ.com.

CEE-LO TALKS THE VOICE

Cee-Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera are ready to begin battling in NBC’s The Voice. Each of the four vocal coaches has their top four singers and the competition is heating up. Cee-Lo told us it is just getting better and better.

“The follow through has been even more of a plus because my counterparts Christina, Adam, Blake, these are great, great people. Very talented, very warm and generous and compassionate toward not only the concept of the show, but there’s a warmth and a connection that we have even though we are competing.”

The Voice, hosted by Carson Daly, returns Tuesday night at 9 PM Eastern on NBC.

JESSIE J IS NOT PREGNANT

Rumors have been flying around the internet that “Price Tag” singer Jessie J may be pregnant, but she swiftly put an end to them on Thursday. Jessie wrote on her Twitter account that “no, it’s not true,” and that she just “ate a lot” while on vacation in the Bahamas.

UPDATE ON SEAN KINGSTON’S CONDITION!

Sean Kingston was involved in a bad jet skiing accident in Miami that put him in the trauma ward at a local hospital but now, a rep for the singer tells MTV News that Sean is “sedated but fully conscious.” In addition, Sean has a tube located in his throat, which is connected to a ventilator. He is no longer in critical condition and is currently stabilizing. At the time of the crash, Kingston was riding with his longtime friend, Cassandra Sanchez. She told TMZ that he was driving “really fast” and she begged him to slow down. As previously reported, the pair crashed into a bridge on Sunday evening.

· Kingston’s rep added, “He is aware of what is going on around him. Sean’s family asks for privacy at this time but is thankful to his friends, family, and fans for their outpouring of prayers and well wishes.” Sanchez revealed that he won’t be released from the hospital for “a couple more weeks.”

· A man named Jonathan Rivera, who saved Sean, claims the singer was throwing up blood and nearly drowned. Rivera added that Kingston was responsive but if they did not stop to help, he doubts Sean would be with us right now. You can check out the full interview via TMZ.com now!

· Before the incident occurred, Sean tweeted, “Pool party at the king mansion 😉 Miami is ours!”

RIHANNA GETS DEEP WITH “MAN DOWN” VIDEO

Rihanna has tweeted new details about her upcoming video for “Man Down.” The pop star wrote, “[There’s a] very strong underlying message 4 girls like me! #listentoyomama.” The clip premiered yesterday (5/31) on BET’s 106 & Park, but if you missed it, you can check out the profound visual NOW!

· The video was directed by Anthony Mandler and was shot in Jamaica last month.

JAY-Z BREAKS DOWN WHAT MAKES A SONG CLASSIC

To celebrate contributing four songs to Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list, Jay-Z penned an introduction to the list and explained the elements of making a “classic song.” Hova wrote, “A great song doesn’t attempt to be anything — it just is.” He added, “When you hear a great song, you can think of where you were when you first heard it, the sounds, the smells. It takes the emotions of a moment and holds it for years to come. It transcends time. A great song has all the key elements — melody; emotion; a strong statement that becomes part of the lexicon; and great production.”

· The four songs that Jay appears on are “Crazy in Love” with Beyonce at number 118, “Umbrella” with Rihanna at number 412, “99 Problems” at number 172 and “Big Pimpin’” at number 467.

· Visit RollingStone.com for the full list now!

SOULJA BOY WANTS ODD FUTURE COLLABORATION

According to Rap-Up.com, Soulja Boy is itching to get the opportunity to work with Odd Future. The rapper said of Tyler, the Creator that he’s “chill” and adds the rap group is “doin’ they thang and they doin’ it originally from the ground up without the label, so salute.” In addition, SB revealed that the rap rookies have reached out for Soulja to submit guest verses and he’s already agreed to do it.

NICKI ALWAYS MAKES TIME FOR HER YOUNG MONEY

The life of Nicki Minaj is a busy one. If she’s not shooting music videos or rehearsing her material for the upcoming Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale tour, she’s probably promoting Pink Friday or performing spot shows. However, no matter what the fem-cee has going on, she told us that if Drake ever needed her to jump on a song or if Lil Wayne wants her opinion on the progress of Tha Carter IV…she’ll always make herself available for Young Money. Check out Nicki’s official website to see when she’ll be performing in a city near you!

LIL WAYNE WAS ENGAGED TO LAUREN LONDON?

Okay, so we all know Lil Wayne and Lauren London conceived a child together, but did you know that the rapper wanted to make the actress his wife? During an interview with KathleenCross.com, London revealed that people assume that she got pregnant by Weezy after “some kind of one night stand or groupie encounter,” but the reality is that she’s known the rap star since she was 15 years old. She added, “We were in a relationship that didn’t make it. We tried more than once to revive it, and we were engaged briefly years ago, but we eventually parted ways. People see the ‘Lil’ Wayne’ persona and think they know who he really is. My son’s father is an intelligent, loving and lovable person who will always be a dear friend.”

· Wayne has only been married once, to Toya Carter.

MAXWELL VH1 STORYTELLERS AIRING SOON

MTV Radio got to experience Maxwell’s taped performance of Vh1 Storytellers in front of an intimate crowd in New York City and we’ve now learned that the show will air later this month. The crooner showcased some of his biggest hits and said to the audience, “Storytellers has been around for 15 years, and it’s been 15 years since I put out my first album… You have this dream as a kid, and the next thing you know you’re at Vh1 Storytellers and the crowd is singing along to your songs. It’s a blessing.” Vh1 Storytellers: Maxwell will premiere on June 17th at 11 PM Eastern.

· The singer is currently working on the second installment of his BLACKsummers’ night trilogy.

PURCHASE FRANK OCEAN’S “NOVACANE”

We’ve just leaned the mastered version of Frank Ocean’s hit single, “Novacane,” is now available on iTunes. The Tricky Stewart-produced cut is the lead offering from the singer’s recently leaked project, Nostalgia Ultra. If you want to support, you’ll be able to purchase the disc in stores on July 26th via Island Def Jam Group.

JUSTIN BIEBER SCORES 10-MILLION FOLLOWERS

Justin Bieber may be off tour and relaxing on a beach in Maui, but while doing so, the pop star hit the 10-million followers mark on Twitter. The 17-year-old took to the social networking site to thank his fans for all the love, saying everyday he will make an effort to show his appreciation. Lady Gaga is the only other person with over 10 million followers, she has 500-thousand more than Bieber.

WINEHOUSE NEEDS TO “QUIT DRIKNING OR DIE”

Last week, Amy Winehouse checked herself in to a drug and alcohol abuse clinic in England at the behest of her father Mitch, and according to British paper The Sun, a source said that the embattled singer needs to “quit drinking or die,” and that “it’s a harsh reality, but she had to hear it.” The source added that Mitch and Amy’s boyfriend, Regg Travis, were by her side when she was told the news. Amy supposedly drank a miniature bottle of Smirnoff vodka right before walking through the doors of the clinic.

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