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JAY-Z ISSUES LIMITED EDITION VINYL

According to his label, Jay-Z has decided to release a limited-edition blue vinyl to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the release of his classic album, The Blueprint. The collector’s must-have will be available exclusively via Jay-Z.Fanfire.com now. Hurry, there are only 2011 copies being released!

PUSHA T ISSUES NEW TRACKLISTING

According to Rap-Up.com, Pusha T has unleashed the official tracklisting for his upcoming album, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray. The 12-track project, which will include contributions from 50 Cent, Rick Ross, Pharrell, Kanye West, Young Jeezy and Tyler, the Creator, will be available on November 8th via Yeezy’s G.O.O.D. Music label. In addition, fans can download the lead single, “My God,” on iTunes now.

Here’s who made the cut:

1. Changing of the Guards feat. Diddy

2. Amen feat. Kanye West and Young Jeezy

3. Trouble on My Mind feat. Tyler, The Creator

4. What Dreams Are Made Of

5. Body Work feat. Juicy J, Meek Mill, and French Montana

6. Everything That Glitters feat. French Montana

7. So Obvious

8. Feeling Myself feat. Kevin Cossom

9. Raid feat. 50 Cent and Pharrell

10. My God

11. I Still Wanna feat. Rick Ross and Ab Liva

12. Alone in Vegas

RIHANNA MAKES BILLBOARD HISTORY

According to Bilboard.com, Rihanna’s newest single, “We Found Love,” has helped the singer break a record held by Madonna. Ri Ri now holds the record for having 20 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles in the shortest amount of time. While it took the “Material Girl” six years and nine months to score 20 hit songs, it only took Rihanna six years and four months to accomplish the feat. Further, Rihanna is inching closer to taking another record that is currently held by Madge – she has 37 top 10 singles to date.

NICKI MINAJ JUMPS ON WILLOW’S NEW SINGLE

We previously reported that Willow Smith tweeted about dropping a new single, and boy did she deliver. The “Whip My Hair” singer just released her newest single, “Fireball,” which includes guest verses from Nicki Minaj. Head to Willow’s official fansite to hear the teen anthem now!

BEYONCE CONGRATULATES J. COLE

If having Jay-Z congratulate him on his success of his debut album wasn’t enough, J. Cole also received high praises from Beyonce. The rapper bragged during a recent interview that Bey emailed him congrats for his latest project, Cole World: The Sideline Story, being the number one effort in the country. The disc amasses sales over 218-thousand in just seven days. Be sure to grab the disc today!

TUPAC’S FAMILY NEVER WANT SEX TAPE TO COME OUT

Tupac’s family says the sex tape featuring the rapper that recently surfaced will never see the light of day. According to TMZ, Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, stated, “Get the legal team ready because we will not allow someone to put it out.” Two rival pornography companies have put in bids for the tape, which features the late rapper receiving oral sex from a woman at a party.

MARIAH CAREY TEAMS UP WITH JUSTIN BIEBER FOR CHRISTMAS ALBUM

Mariah Carey will be featured on Justin Bieber’s upcoming Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe. The two will team up for her classic Christmas tune, “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Carey confirmed the collaboration saying, “I am very excited about it. I think a lot of you are very surprised about it, and you’re going to be even more surprised when you hear it, the song sounds great.” Under the Mistletoe is due out next month.

THE BLACK EYED PEAS PULL OUT OF MJ TRIBUTE

According to The Associated Press, the Black Eyed Peas have pulled out of this week’s Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales. Organizers say the band has withdrawn due to “unavoidable circumstances.” The Michael Forever concert will boast performances from Christina Aguilera, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Leona Lewis and Cee-Lo Green and takes place Saturday night at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in Wales.

PRESIDENT OBAMA “INTIMIDATED” BY LADY GAGA

Barack Obama may be the leader of the free world, but even he gets a little intimidated when meeting Lady Gaga. The President of the United States admitted as much this past weekend, when, during his address at the annual Human Rights Campaign gala in Washington, D.C., he joked that meeting Lady Gaga was “intimidating.” According to ABC News, Obama said, “She was wearing 16-inch heels. She was 8 feet tall. It was a little intimidating.” Gaga and Obama met late last month at a Silicon Valley fundraiser held at the home of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Gaga used the opportunity to make good on a Twitter vow she’d posted in reaction to the suicide of bullied teen Jamey Rodemeyer, asking the president what his administration planned on doing to stop bullying. At the Human Rights gala, Obama joked with the crowd, which included gay and lesbian advocates, saying, “I held some productive bilateral talks with your leader.” The remark reportedly drew laughter and applause.

CONRAD MURRAY TRAIL UPDATE:

On Wednesday, the jury at the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician Conrad Murray heard first hand from the former pop star. In one of the most anticipated days of the trial, personal conversations between Murray and Jackson, recorded on Murray’s phone, were played for the court. In the recording, Jackson talks to Murray about his grand plans for the This Is It shows, including raising enough money to start the Michael Jackson Children’s Hospital. He said in the recordings, “I love them because I didn’t have a childhood. I had no childhood. I feel their pain. I feel their hurt.” When Jackson goes silent for 13 seconds, Murray asks, “Are you OK?” Jackson’s response: “I am asleep.” Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charge of involuntary manslaughter.

RICK ROSS PERFORMED AT BET HIP-HOP AWARDS

As you all may know, the BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped this weekend in Atlanta and hip hop heavy weights like Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, Wale, Roscoe Dash, Big Sean and Meek Mill all took the stage during the star-studded event. Hosted by Mike Epps, viewers at home will be able to catch the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards when it airs on October 11th at 8 PM Eastern.

NE-YO EXPECTING BABY BOY

According to Uptown Magazine, Ne-Yo has revealed the sex of his second child with longtime girlfriend, Monyetta Shaw. The crooner announced that he’s having his first son, who will join his 10-month-old daughter, Madilyn. The singer told the mag, “I’ve always prided myself on being able to make music that everybody can listen to and that’s not gonna change. That’s just reinforced now that I have a little girl and a little boy on the way. Yeah, I’m doing the same thing I’ve been doing.”

· Ne-Yo recently cleared up rumors that he proposed to the mother of his kids. He tweeted that he will let fans know if and when that happens.

 

KANYE WEST ADDED TO BIG DAY OUT FESTIVAL

 

According to his official website, Kanye West has joined the lineup for this year’s Big Day Out Festival in Australia. Beginning on January 20th through February 5th, Yeezy will be joined by Odd Future, Soundgarden, My Chemical Romance and many others. To learn more about the event, visit BigDayOut.com now.

 

· Tickets will be available for purchase beginning on October 12-14.

 

GAME PROMISES TO RESPOND TO 50 CENT

 

Late last week, 50 cent shot subliminal lyrics directed towards The Game in his newly released track “Love, Hate, Love.” After learning the news, the West Cost native took to his official Twitter page and promised that as soon as he is done touring, he will be in the studio recording another diss track aimed at Curtis. Looks like this is just one beef that will never go away.

 

· Game wrote that 50’s face looks like something from Planet Of The Apes.

T-PAINS TALKS NEW SINGLE

After listening to his new single “5 O’Clock,” featuring Lily Allen, we gotta admit that T-Pain definitely has a hit on his hands. The singer told Rap-Up.com, “The song is basically about me being where I am at a club. I’m just taking too long and Lily wants me to come home right now,” explained T-Pain. “And it happens a lot with me in real life, so why not make a song about it? She doesn’t care where I am or what I’m doing, she just wants me to come home. But she needs me, she needs her hubby.” Fans can now check out the visual for “5 O’Clock” off Teddy’s upcoming album rEVOLVEr online now.

· Do you think Wiz Khalifa was the perfect feature for the single?

TRAVIS PORTER RELEASED NEW MITXTAPE

HipHop-N-More.com reports Travis Porter recently dropped a new mixtape, titled Differenter 3. The rap group reportedly reached out and landed contributions from artists like Kelly Rowland, Big Sean, Tyga, YG, Jeremih, Wale, Lloyd and many more. Make sure you download their new mixtape and check out the fun cover concept they chose.

NEW MUSIC FROM MOBB DEEP

According to HipHop-N-More.com, Mobb Deep has teamed up with Queens native Aaron LaCarte for a new song called “Illson 2012.” As previously reported, Havoc and Prodigy are expected to release their much-hyped project, Black Cocaine EP, on Black Friday, which is November 25th.

JUSTIN BIEBER TO RELEASE CHRISTMAS LP NEXT MONTH!

Justin Bieber shot a music video for a song called “Mistletoe,” last week. The young singer took to Twitter to keep fans up to date on the shoot. He also announced his Christmas album, tentatively titled Under The Mistletoe, will arrive in stores on November 1st. The album features The Band Perry, Boyz II Men, Usher and rumored collaborations include Taylor Swift and Sean Kingston.

DRAKE ISSUES “HEADLINES” VIDEO 

In case you missed it, Drake released the video to his new single “Headlines,” on Sunday night. You can watch the clip via his blog October’s Very Own. Drake’s sophomore effort, Take Care, lands in stores on October 24th.

· The video was shot in his hometown of Toronto.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA TALKS “MOVES LIKE JAGGER”

Christina Aguilera teamed up with Maroon 5 for their new hit single “Moves Like Jagger.” The song held onto the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks and is showing no signs of slowing down. Aguilera told MTV News that she “loved” the song the first time she heard it and said it “has elements from the 60’s and ‘70s, yet is so current and unique.” Right now, the singer is working on the follow-up to 2010’s Bionic, which is reportedly due next summer.

· Christina Aguilera on “Moves Like Jagger:” “The first time I heard the song, I loved it. The song has elements from the ’60s and ’70s, yet is so current and unique.”

AND…

CHRISTINA AGUILERA’S SECRET POTION

Christina Aguilera has released the commercial for her new fragrance Secret Potion. The singer is featured in the spot, riding in an elevator spraying herself with the perfume. As she makes her ascent, the fragrance seemingly transforms her dull outfit into a party outfit. Right now, Secret Potion is only out in the U-K, but head to Christina-Aguilera-Perfumes.com to see the commercial and get more info.

T.I. BACK IN FEDERAL CUSTODY

After only a day in the semi-real world following months in prison, T.I. is already back in federal custody because of an issue involving his trip from the Arkansas prison to his Atlanta halfway house on a luxury bus on Wednesday, according to T.I.’s lawyer, Steve Sadow.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirms to TMZ that the rapper checked into a federal penitentiary in Atlanta last night, because he allegedly misled prison officials into thinking he’d take a low-key mode of transportation from the prison to the halfway house — and a tricked out tour bus isn’t low-key.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ — when a prisoner is incarcerated in a low or medium security prison … prison officials can allow the inmate to use a private, unescorted mode of transportation to travel from the prison facility to the halfway house.

During the process of approving such a transfer, the prisoner must state specifically what mode of transportation he or she will be using. Our sources tell us … T.I. informed prison officials he would be taking some sort of van, but made no mention of the high-end, pimped out tour bus.

We’re told prison officials felt T.I. should have fully disclosed the nature of his party bus. Neither drugs nor alcohol were found on the bus.

T.I.’s wife tells TMZ … multiple prison officials actually saw the tour bus that picked up the rapper yesterday — and even took photos with T.I. in front of it — and NOBODY raised an issue.

Tameka “Tiny” Cottle tells us … when the tour bus rolled up to the Arkansas prison yesterday, prison officials “Walked him over, took pics and told him good luck in life.”

Law enforcement sources also told TMZ when the U.S. Marshals arrived at the halfway house to take T.I. back to prison, the halfway house honcho actually got into an argument with them, saying it was ridiculous to send him back for such an alleged violation. But the Marshals had their orders, and took T.I. back to the pokey.

Sadow tells TMZ, “We are awaiting the opportunity to quickly resolve whatever the issue may be that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has with T.I.’s method of transportation, bus, from Arkansas to Atlanta, so that T.I. can return to the halfway house to complete the remaining days of his sentence.”

T.I. was sentenced in October to 11 months in prison for violating his probation, but was let out early. He was to complete the rest of his sentence in the halfway house.

AND…

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING T.I. DID POST-PRISON?

Wanna know what T.I. did after he was released from prison? Well, according to TMZ, the rapper was treated to a home cooked meal prepared by his mother and his Aunt Lita. Since Tip must remain in a halfway house until his sentence is complete, his family brought over a hot plate of food – which included steak, collard greens and mac ‘n cheese. His auntie told the site that he was grateful for the “amazing” meal and revealed that he’s currently “in good spirits.” We can only imagine what his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, brought over.

AND…

T.I. TO RELEASE FIRST BOOK SOON!

We previously reported that T.I. was looking to publish his first book, but we had no idea that the project would hit stores next month! According to the AP, the rapper’s upcoming novel, titled Power & Beauty, is a “fictional tale about two childhood friends torn apart by dangerous dealings on the streets of Atlanta.” The book will be available sometime in October via Harper Collins.

KANYE TO BE JAY-Z’S CHILD’S GODFATHER?

Like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West is hoping to become a godparent to Jay-Z and Beyonce’s baby. According to MTV’s Buzzworthy, there are whispers that Yeezy just might become the godfather to the power couple’s unborn child. Though it’s not confirmed, we speculate that ‘Ye is probably on a short list that includes Bey’s sister, Solange, the couple’s favorite couple, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, as well as her former Destiny’s Child bandmate, Kelly Rowland and Hova’s partner in crime, Memphis Bleek.

BEYONCE TURNS 30 THIS WEEKEND!

It’s a great time for Beyonce. Not only has the Houston native released her fourth number one album and announced that she’s expecting her first child with Jay-Z, but the former Destiny’s Child singer is also tuning 30 years old on Sunday. While it’s unknown where the notoriously private entertainer will celebrate this year, we wish her a happy birthday with many more to come.

LIL WAYNE FAN JUMPS ON STAGE

Some people just can’t control themselves. This seemed to be the case for an unidentified Lil Wayne fan that jumped on stage with the mogul at one of his I Am Still Music tour stops. At the very end of his set, an unnamed male concertgoer shared the stage with Weezy for a total of four seconds before being tackled by a security guard at the Denver Comfort Dental amphitheater. Afterwards, Wayne simply shrugged and told the crowd, “You don’t want that you happen to you.” Check out the 15-second video online now.

KELLY ROWLAND BEGINS TOUR THIS MONTH

As we previously reported, Kelly Rowland has been tapped to join Chris Brown’s upcoming F.A.M.E. tour alongside T-Pain and Tyga. Since the 28-date tour begins September 12th in Toronto and wraps on October 30th inside Hartford, Connecticut’s XL Center. Visit Ticketmaster.com to score passes now.

CHRIS BROWN, PITBULL SEE SALES INCREASE 

Following his soaring performance at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, the song Chris Brown showcased has received a massive sales increase. His single, “Beautiful People,” is up 904-percent while “Yeah 3X” rose 149-percent shortly after the VMA’s aired. In addition, Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo experienced a 75-percent sales growth on the iTunes singles chart as well. In case you missed their performances, visit MTV.com to check them out now.

AND… 

CHRIS BROWN GETS ROLEX RETURNED

TMZ reports Chris Brown would love to give a handsome reward to the unnamed female fan who returned his 22-thousand dollar Rolex. His ultra expensive diamond-encrusted watch got lost during his VMA performance. Since the unidentified woman did not give her name, Brown’s rep is hoping she will contact his camp to receive personal thanks from the singer as well as backstage passes to his upcoming tour. We’ll keep you posted if and when the fan comes forward.

TYLER MEETS EMINEM IN IRELAND

It’s been a great week for Tyler, the Creator. Not only did the Odd Future ringleader take home Best New Artist at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, but he finally met and hung out with Eminem for the first time. The rap rookie ran into Slim Shady at the Tennent’s ViTal music festival in Ireland and posted a picture of them on his Twitter page. Tyler wrote, “F**kkkkk O My Atheist God. Goal List Check: I Told Him Relapse Was One Of The Greatest Albums To Me.”

· Em recently told MTV News that he likes Odd Future, saying, “I love it, I love the fact that they’re doing that. And the dudes can rhyme.”

DRAKE REACTS TO BEIBER’S “TURST ISSUES” REMIX

According to MTV, Drake was impressed with Justin Bieber’s recent remix of “Trust Issues.” However, if Drizzy had it his way, he would have liked the pop sensation to include all the curse words that were on the original. Drake stated, “I wish he would’ve left all the cuss words in it. I feel like that would’ve been so G, if he would’ve done all the swearing. I was excited when I heard he remixed it, because there was like a gang of swearing in that song. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re about to hear the transformation of Bieber.”

SOULJA BOY ISSUES NEW MIXTAPE

Soulja Boy is all about treating his fans to new music. Out of nowhere, the rapper dropped a new mixtape titled The Last Crown. The 18-track project includes collaborations with Lil B, Big Sean and French Montana. Be sure to download it today via his official website now!

TRACKLIST:

1. The Last Crown Intro

2. Hold You Down

3. Pretty Boy ft. Lil B

4. There He Go

5. What Up Dawg ft. French Montana

6. Money on Deck

7. Post Up

8. The Product

9. Young King

10. Swag Dat

11. Love Money

12. 2 Cupz

13. Back It Up

14. So Throwed

15. Don’t Stop

16. Pick Up The Phone

17. Private Jet

18. Soulja

SWIZZ BEATZ TALKS LIFE WITH ALICIA KEYS

During an interview with Uptown magazine, Swizz Beatz touched on what life is like with his second wife, Alicia Keys. The hitmaker shared that the first thing he does in the morning is “open the curtains and I’m thankful for another day. If my wife is next to me, it’s an instant hug and kiss. Get up, brush the teeth, do this, do that, and then it’s showtime!” He added that the one thing he’s learned from Alicia is “love.”

· The couple has been together for one year and share an 11-month old son, Egypt Daud Dean.

· Alicia recently told Glamour magazine the moment she fell in love. She stated, “I do remember the exact moment. If I told you, I would have to kill you, but it was something that he planned, and he planned it so beautifully and thoughtfully that in that moment I remember thinking to myself, Oh my God, I’m so in love with him.”

DMX PERFORMS WITH SCARFACE IN TEXAS 

DMX is slowly but surely finding a way to rebuild his music career. The rapper invited Scarface on stage with him on Wednesday night at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas. Both rappers just completed prison sentences on unrelated charges and stood side by side during X’s infamous prayer. Head over to HoustonPress.com to watch performance footage now.

CHRISTINA MILIAN TALKS NEW ALBUM 

According to Rap-Up.com, Christina Milian is speaking up about the status of her long awaited album. While the disc is no longer titled Elope, the singer stated, “I think I found my sound for this one,” The Dream’s ex-wife added, “It’s an entirely new album. I’ve gone through a lot since then, so it’s definitely a little more honest. It’s based on just living life and there’s more to talk about now. But it’s urban, it’s pop, it’s sexy, it’s fierce, and independent. It’s awesome.” The upcoming effort will be released via Interscope Records.

· Do you think the singer will include lyrics about her public divorce?

· In addition, Milian is negotiating a lead role in ABC Family’s half-hour comedy, Maid in Miami.

WEST COAST GREATS PASS THE TORCH TO KENDRICK LAMAR 

(AllHipHop News) After performing his hit song “Michael Jordan,” Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar was given the ultimate co-sign from the best of the best from the West Coast Hip-Hop community.

Snoop Dogg came out to perform his hit song, “Snoop Dogg” accompanied by Kurupt and Game.

“Aye n***a, you going bodyguard hard right now. Look I’m sitting up there with Dr. Dre up top,” Snoop said as he pointed to Dr. Dre in the crowd “and we watching Game pass the torch to you and you great at what you do man, not good at what you do, you great at what you do. I’ma say this, you got the torch my n***ga.”

Shortly afterwards, an emotional Kendrick Lamar was surrounded and embraced by the TDE family, Game, Snoop and Kurupt.

Game took the mic to explain to the fans the importance of Kendrick Lamar’s ascendance in the rap game.

Silencing the crowd’s cheer, Game took the microphone and had this to say.

“For yall mothaf**kas who aint here and for all you that got your camera phones that don’t understand, yall need to realize this is the motha f**kin ni**a,” Game shouted out to the crowd. “This is the motha f**kin west coast, and the torch has been passed! Aint no hate in Dr. Dre’s blood, he passed the torch to Snoop, Snoop passed it to Game, Pac restin in peace, so is Eazy, Jay Rock doin his damn this, Glasses, Nipsey. I hate when people say the West aint poppin. I told you it was coming.”

But it wasn’t just West Coast artists in the building that night, in video clips you can see Mos Def and Talib Kweli enjoying the festivities with the whole TDE family on the West coast.

Having released his newest album Section.80 earlier this summer to critical acclaim, Kendrick Lamar is embarking on a nation wide tour that will feature spot dates at New York’s S.O.B.’s on August 31st, The Loft in Atlanta August 27th, live with Wiz Khalifa and Chevy Woods on September 3rd in Eugene, Oregon and a date at Seattle’s Bumbershoot 2011 festival, that will also feature Big Boi and Wiz Khalifa September 3rd-6th.

TREY SONGZ REMIXES LIL WAYNE’S “SHE WILL”

Trey Songz flexes his lyrical ability on the revamped version of Lil Wayne’s newest single, “She Will.” Lately, the crooner has recorded rap verses on unofficial remixes to songs like Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci” and Drake’s “Headlines.” In related news, Trey is currently working on his upcoming fifth studio album, titled Chapter 5. Head over to Rap-Up.com to preview the song now!

GAME LEAKS BONUS TRACK OFF R.E.D ALBUM

According to his official fansite, Game recently unleashed a bonus track called “Basic Bitch,” which is off his long-awaited R.E.D. Album. Be sure to get your copy when the follow-up to 2008’s LAX arrives tomorrow (8/23).

DIGGY, MINDLESS BEHAVIOR READY SCREAM TOUR

We’ve just learned which artists will be a part of the newest series of the Scream Tour. The annual outing, which started over a decade ago, has pumped the careers of acts like Bow Wow, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and others. This year, the trek is being dubbed Scream Tour: The Next Generation (NXG) and it will include Mindless Behavior, Diggy and The New Boyz as well as new acts like Jacob Latimore, Hamilton Park and The OMG Girlz. The 20-city tour begins on September 30th in Augusta, Georgia and wraps on November 20th in Richmond, Virginia.

· General tickets go on sale for select markets on August 27th.

· Tour information will be available at ScreamTour.com or Ticketmaster.com.

JANET JACKSON TO PERFORM IN SOUTH AFRICA

For the first time ever, Janet Jackson is scheduled to perform in South Africa during her Up Close And Personal World Tour. The singer has never performed in Johannesburg before and is looking forward to showcasing new and old songs. According to her official fansite, pre-sale tickets and VIP packages are on sale now. Visit JanetJackson.com/Tour to see when the icon will perform stateside in a city near you.

LADY GAGA LOVES BEYONCE

Lady Gaga and Beyonce may be running against one another at the MTV Video Music Awards this year, but the singers are actually old friends, having collaborated on Gaga’s VMA-winning “Telephone” in 2010. Gaga explained exactly why the two get along.

 “She is such a beautiful person. And, I gotta tell you, I just adore her. And I had kinda lost faith a little bit in meeting artists in the business, and then I met Beyonce.”

Gaga and Beyonce are both up for the Best Female Video Moon man. Mother Monster is also up for Best Video with a Message, Best Choreography and Best Art Direction. Meanwhile, Beyonce is also up for Best Direction, Best Choreography and Best Cinematography. See who wins when the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards air live on Sunday at 9 PM Eastern.

WILL.I.AM CALLS JUSTIN BIEBER THE NEXT MICHAEL JACKSON

Justin Bieber recently logged studio time with Black Eyed Peas frontman and producer will.i.am. Will told MTV News U-K that Bieber could be “like Michael Jackson.” “Will.i.am was one of the last producers to work with the “King of Pop” before his death.

TROUBLE WITH THE AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION 

Mitch Winehouse’s dream to establish a charity called the Amy Winehouse Foundation to honor his late daughter has hit a potential snag. Mitch told the BBC that someone actually registered the name before he could, and that he’s constantly receiving donations for the charity, but doesn’t “know what to do with them.” Winehouse says that the foundation plans to “help all children – not just rehabilitation, not just substance abuse. It’s to help all children in need.”

PITBULL, JESSIE J TO PERFORM AT THE 2011 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

MTV.com has just announced that Pitbull has joined the official line up of performers at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. The rapper, who will showcase “Give Me Everything” alongside Ne-Yo, joins previously confirmed acts including Adele, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Young The Giant. In addition, Jessie J will serve as the night’s house artist. Viewers can expect presenters to include Nicki Minaj, Taylor Lautner, Drake, Joe Jonas, Jared Leto, Kevin Hart, JB Smoove of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jonah Hill, Rick Ross, Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen, Kim Kardashian and Odd Future. Be sure to tune in to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards when they air live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28th at 9 PM (Live Eastern/Tape delayed Pacific).

· The news comes just weeks after we learned that Katy Perry leads the pack with an impressive nine nominations, including Best Female Video and Video of the Year for “Firework.”

· Additional performers, presenters and a host will be revealed at a later date.

· Fans can vote for specific categories like Best New Artist at VMA.MTV.com today.

· Fans can also vote for Best New Artist by texting BNA to 66333 on your wireless phone.

VMA FACTS

The Video Music Awards have been held in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami.

The 2004 VMA show in Miami marked the first time in the 21-year history of the awards show that the VMAs were not held in New York City or in Los Angeles.

Madonna has performed at seven VMAs, four of which she has opened. This makes her the only artist to perform at the VMAs in the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s.

Before U2’s live set in 2001, the Metropolitan Opera House lost power and delayed their performance.

Afeni Shakur (Tupac Shakur’s mother) and Voletta Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.’s mother) met for the first time at the Video Music Awards in 1999, when the two co-presented the award for Best Rap Video.

MTV has just announced that Adele, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown will perform at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. This will mark the first time the “Rolling In The Deep” singer has ever played aVMA show. The news comes just days after we learned Katy Perry leads the pack of nominees with an impressive nine nods, including ones for Best Female Video and Video of the Year for “Firework.”  In addition, Adele and Kanye West tied with seven nomiinations, while Bruno Mars managed to receive four, including Best Male Video for “Grenade.” Be sure to tune in to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards when they air live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28th at 9 PM (Live Eastern/Tape delayed Pacific).

·       Brown said in a statement, “I am excited about my nominations and to be back on the VMA stage. I have a special performance planned for my wonderful fans.”

·       Wayne said in a statement, “Being a nominee and performer on the VMAs once again is an honor because everyone doesn’t get that opportunity. Looking forward to performing on the show, and having Tha Carter IV drop the same week!”

·       TWEET! Katy Perry wrote, “OMG! I just got word that I’m nominated for 9 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS!!! I’m kinda speechless/nervous/turned on! NOW it’s up to YOU to VOTE!”

·       Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Beastie Boys, Chris Brown, 30 Seconds to Mars, Pitbull, Tyler, The Creator, Foster the People and Manchester Orchestra all received at least two nods each. 

·       Additional performers, presenters and a host will be revealed at a later date.

·       Fans can begin voting for specific categories like Best New Artist atVMA.MTV.com today.

·       Fans can also vote for Best New Artist by texting BNA to 66333 on your wireless phone.

AND THE NOMINEES ARE…

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”

Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”

Katy Perry – “Firework”

Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”

Bruno Mars – “Grenade”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”

Katy Perry – “Firework”

Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”

Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”

Beyonce – “Run The World (Girls)”

BEST MALE VIDEO

Cee Lo Green – “F*** You”

Eminem featuring Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie”

Bruno Mars – “Grenade”

Justin Bieber – “U Smile”

Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi – “All Of The Lights”

BEST COLLABORATION

Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi – “All Of The Lights”

Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes – “Look At Me Now”

Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack – “Give Me Everything”

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West – “E.T.”

Nicki Minaj featuring Drake –

BEST NEW ARTIST

Wiz Khalifa – “Black & Yellow”

Foster The People – “Pumped Up Kicks”

Big Sean featuring Chris Brown – “My Last”

Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”

Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO

Lil Wayne – “6’7””

Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi – “All Of The Lights”

Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes – “Look At Me Now”

Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On”

Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”

BEST POP VIDEO

Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack – “Give Me Everything”

Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”

Bruno Mars – “Grenade”

Britney Spears – “Till The World Ends”

Katy Perry – “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”

BEST ROCK VIDEO

The Black Keys – “Howlin For You”

Foo Fighters – “Walk”

Foster The People – “Pumped Up Kicks”

Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”

Cage The Elephant – “Shake Me Down”

BEST DIRECTION

Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”

Beyonce – “Run The World (Girls)”

Eminem featuring Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie”

30 Seconds To Mars – “Hurricane”

Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”

BEST ART DIRECTION

Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West – “E.T.”

Lady Gaga – “Judas”

Kanye West featuring Dwele – “Power”

Death Cab For Cutie – “You Are A Tourist”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Beyonce – “Run The World (Girls)”

Britney Spears – “Till The World Ends”

Lady Gaga – “Judas”

LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & Goon – “Rock Party Rock Anthem”

Bruno Mars – “The Lazy Song”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”

Beyonce – “Run The World (Girls)”

Eminem featuring Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie”

30 Seconds To Mars – “Hurricane”

Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream”

BEST EDITING

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West – “E.T.”

Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi – “All Of The Lights”

30 Seconds To Mars – “Hurricane”

Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”

Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math”

BEST SFX (SPECIAL EFFECTS)

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West – “E.T.”

Chromeo – “Don’t Turn The Lights On”

Linkin Park – “Waiting For The End”

Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math”

Kanye West featuring Dwele – “Power”

BEYONCE LOVES WHAT SHE DOES

Today is the day! Fans can finally check out Beyonce’s much-talked about album, 4. Many speculate that this could be the diva’s biggest opening debut and could potentially outshine 2008’s I Am…Sasha Fierce, which was number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 482-thousand units in its first week.

A TIMELINE OF BEYONCE’S JOURNEY TO THE TOP

· In 1990: At age 9, Beyonce Knowles formed the all girl pop group, Destiny’s Child, in Houston, Texas.

· In October 1997: Beyonce along with the rest of Destiny’s Child, got signed to Columbia Records and debuted their song, “Killing Time,” on the Men In Black soundtrack.

· In 1998: Destiny’s Child released their self-titled debut album, which sold three-million copies worldwide and went platinum. Singles released from Destiny’s Child include “No, No, No” and “With Me.”

· July 27th, 1999: Destiny’s Child released their second studio album, The Writing’s on the Wall. “Bills, Bills, Bills” was their first number one hit song on Billboard’s Hot 100. Other singles released: “Bug-A-Boo,” “Jumpin’, Jumpin’” and “Say My Name.”

· Mid 2000: Destiny’s Child became a trio with members Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

· In 2001: Bey became the first African-American female artist and the second female artist to receive the ASCAP Pop Music Award for Pop Songwriter of the Year.

· July 26th, 2002: Beyonce made her big screen debut next to Mike Myers in the comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember, as the fierce “Foxxy Cleopatra.”

· In Late 2002: Bey and her then-boyfriend, rapper Jay-Z, teamed up for the smash hit, “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde.”

· In 2003: Beyonce co-starred with Cuba Gooding, Jr. in The Fighting Temptation, a romantic comedy.

· In June 2003: Knowles released her first solo album, Dangerously In Love, selling over six-million units worldwide and debuting in the top spot on the Billboard 200. The album was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.

· February 8th, 2004: Bey won five GRAMMYS at the 2004 Grammy Awards for her solo work and also opened the show, performing a medley of songs with Prince.

· In 2005: Beyonce and her mother came together to start the fashion line, House of Deréon.

· February 10th, 2006: Bey appeared on the silver screen alongside Steve Martin in The Pink Panther, which debuted at number one, making 21.7-million dollars in its first week of release.

· In 2006: Knowles became the face for L’Oreal and Tommy Hilfiger.

· September 5th, 2006: Knowles released her second solo album, B’Day, which coincided with her 25th birthday. The album debuted in the top spot on the Billboard 200, making it Bey’s second consecutive album to debut at number one.

· December 25th, 2006: Bey showed off her acting chops starring as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls with Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy.

· In 2007: Bey received two Golden Globe nominations for her role in Dreamgirls. One for Best Actress and the other for Best Original Song.

· In 2008: Bey released her first two singles, “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” off of her upcoming album, I AM…SASHA FIERCE.

· December 5th, 2008: The movie Cadillac Records came out. In it, Beyonce portrayed Etta James, alongside co-stars Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright.

· January 20th, 2009: Beyonce performed Etta James’ song, “At Last,” at President Barack Obama’s Neighborhood Inaugural Ball.

· In April 2009: Bey co-starred with Ali Larter and Idris Elba in the movie Obsessed.

· September 13th, 2009: Beyonce’s hit, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” received the top honor, Video of the Year, at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

· January 31st, 2010: Beyonce led the 52nd GRAMMY Awards with a whopping ten nominations, tying with Lauryn Hill for most GRAMMY nominations for a single female artist in one year. Bey took home a record breaking six GRAMMYS out of the ten she was nominated for.

· February 2010: Knowles joined Lady GaGa on her hit song, “Telephone,” which went straight to number one, making it the sixth number-one song for both Bey and GaGa.

YOUNG JEEZY SUED FOR MISSED CONCERT APPEARANCE

According to TMZ, Young Jeezy is facing a lawsuit for failing to show up for a scheduled concert appearance in the Virgin Islands. The rapper’s rep called and canceled just one day before the gig due to an undisclosed conflict. The promoters, Paid 4 Entertainment, are suing for 75-thousand in damages and fraud charges.

· The company also went out of their way to book a private jet for Jeezy.

CELEBS RESPOND TO KELLY’S BET PERFORMANCE

If you were on Twitter while the 2011 BET Awards ceremony was on, you’d know that Kelly Rowland experienced what many are calling her career-defining moment while showcasing “Motivation.” Here’s what her peers tweeted:

· Nelly: “SAY WAD SIS!!!!!!!@KELLYROWLANDTHAT’S how u shut sh#t down!!!!CRAZY performance!!!!”

· Taraji P. Henson: “@KELLYROWLAND YOU DID THAT annnnnnnnd #ThatIsAll. #SoProud#ShineOnMySis”

· Missy Elliott: “So u killed it tonight!!! So proud! Hands down best of the night! Xoxo hope all is well!”

· Brandy: “@Kellyrowland just F’in MURDERED the @BETawards!!!! So proud of you gal:) Trey fall back on the neck piece though playa..lol”

· Monica: “WERRRRRRRK @KELLYROWLAND rhat was a phenomenal performance. The Ladies not PLAYING tonight. Love it ….”

· Sean Garrett: “Wow!!!! Congrats to @KELLYROWLAND just Mashed!!!! Congrats princess!!! Killer Performance!!”

· Rico Love: “Congrats @Kellyrowland. You deserve it all. I Love u babe!#TTLO”

· Michelle Williams: “Amen! #audiencetweetBETAwards Go Go Go Go @KELLYROWLAND! Okay bye!”

· LeToya Luckett: “KEL!!!!! Smh *drops mic & walks off stage*”


 

ALICIA KEYS TALKS RE-RELEASE FOR DEBUT ALBUM

To celebrate 10th anniversary of its release, Alicia Keys has put out the deluxe and collector’s edition of her debut album, “Songs In A Minor.” The project includes bonus tracks, demos, live performances and two previously unreleased songs. Be sure to purchase your copy today!

· Visit her official website to learn more about passes for the Piano & I: A One Night Only Event with Alicia Keys on June 30th at New York’s Beacon Theatre.

AMERIE MARRIES HER MANAGER

According to Rap-Up.com, Amerie and Columbia Records A&R man Lenny Nicholson held their destination wedding over the weekend. The couple exchanged vows on the island of Anguilla. The pair is currently honeymooning in a private resort bungalow.

EL DEBARGE OUT OF RE-HAB, PREPS ESSENCE FESTIVAL

According to SingersRoom.com, while in February, El DeBarge suffered a relapse of substance abuse, he has since left rehab after and is reportedly back on track. The singer is scheduled to perform at the main stage during the upcoming 2011 Essence Music Festival. The showcase marks his first concert performance in almost five months.

· Before he checked into rehab, El said in a statement, “I hate to disappoint my fans but it is necessary for me to take the time to work on me so that I may continue to share my music and my story with everyone.”

HIP HOP TWEET OF THE DAY: WALE

Before shooting his new music video, Wale took to his Twitter account to complain about the models that were cast. He wrote, “Here we go again…there is NOOOOO brown skin models to chose from AGAIN… this game is so f**ked up…I don’t even wanna do this video.” He added, “I think it’s time I start my own modeling agency ….we need some more f**king balance ….beautiful is not one shade…they got the game f**ked.”

G.O.O.D. MUSIC JOINS DEF JAM

According to HipHopDX.com, Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music has officially joined the Def Jam umbrella. The first project that will be released under the new partnership is Big Sean’s debut, Finally Famous, which is in stores now.

DJ KHALED RELEASES OFFICIAL TRACKLIST

According to HipHop-N-More.com, the tracklist for DJ Khaled’s upcoming album, We the Best Forever, has surfaced online. The 12-track project includes guest spots from Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne, T-Pain and many more. Be sure to get your copy on July 19th, but you can pre-order it now via Amazon.com now.

1. “I’m On One” Feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne

2. “Welcome To My Hood” Feat. Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne & T-Pain

3. “Money” Feat. Jeezy & Ludacris

4. “I’m Thuggin” Feat. Waka Flocka & Ace Hood

5. “It Aint Over Til It’s Over” Feat. Mary J. Blige, Fabolous & Jadakiss

6. “Legendary” Feat. Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole & Ne-Yo

7. “Sleep When I’m Gone” Feat. Busta Rhymes, Cee-Lo & The Game

8. “Can’t Stop” Feat. Birdman & T-Pain

9. “Future” Feat. Ace Hood, Meek Mill, Wale, Vado & Big Sean

10. “My Life “Feat. Akon & B.O.B.

11. “A Million Lights” Feat. Tyga, Cory Gunz, Mack Maine, Jae Millz & Kevin Rudolf

12. “Welcome To My Hood” (Remix) Feat. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Mavado, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, The Game & Waka Flocka

T-PAIN DROPS NEW VIDEO

According to his official fansite, T-Pain has released the visual to his new single, “Booty Work (One Cheek At a Time).” The Erik White-directed clip includes a cameo from comedian Kevin Hart as his rap alter ego, “Chocolate Droppa.” The song is off Pain’s upcoming album, rEVOLVEr, which will be released later this year.

BLACK EYED PEAS TO RELEASE VIDEOGAME

The Black Eyed Peas unveiled plans for a new videogame called The Black Eyed Peas Experience. According to AllHipHop.com, the group is working with Ubisoft to develop the game, which will feature tracks like “Boom, Boom, Pow” and “Let’s Get It Started.” The Black Eyed Peas Experience will be available for Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 and is scheduled for release later this year.

· Ubisoft also developed and published Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance 3 and Michael Jackson: The Experience.

JUSTIN BIEBER WORKING ON NEW ALBUM

Justin Bieber confirmed that he is currently in the planning and recording stages for his next album. Usher’s protégé is taking time to craft a unique record, telling MTV News that his voice “is not meant for any style.” There are no set deadlines for work on the album, which Bieber hopes will be “huge.” For more, check out MTVNews.com.

BAM FURIOUS FURIOUS AT ROGER EBERT FOR ACCUSING DUNN of DRUNK-DRIVING JUST HOURS AFTER FATAL CRASH

By CHRIS JOHNSON and NATALIE TROMBETTA

Last updated June 21, 2011

Tragic: Jackass star Ryan Dunn was killed in a high-speed car crash yesterday. Film critic Roger Ebert tweeted a message insinuating the Dunn's accident was caused by drink-driving
Jackass star Bam Margera is outraged after film critic Roger Ebert tweeted a message, blaming his co-star Ryan Dunn’s fatal car smash on drink-driving.Dunn, 34, died when his sports car flew off the road at around 2.30am on Monday while he was driving to his home in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, following a night out in a bar with friends.Now his fellow Jackass co-star Margera, 31, has broken his silence after Ebert criticised Dunn hours after the smash, which also claimed the life of another-as-yet unidentified male passenger.Taking to Twitter soon after the news broke, 69-year-old Ebert, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, tweeted: ‘Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.’ A link to a news story about the incident accompanied his comment.

Bam finally went to his Twitter to blast Ebert late last night, saying: ‘I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterical for a full day and piece of s**t roger eberthas the gall to put in his 2 cents about a jackass drunk driving and [he is] one, f*** you!”

Tragic: Jackass star Ryan Dunn was killed in a high-speed car crash yesterday. Film critic Roger Ebert tweeted a message insinuating the Dunn's accident was caused by drink-driving
Tragic: Jackass star Ryan Dunn was killed in a high-speed car crash yesterday. Film critic Roger Ebert tweeted a message insinuating the Dunn’s accident was caused by drink-driving
Wreckage: The charred remains of the Porsche 911 GT3 are towed away as police survey the scene following the smash in Pennsylvania yesterday which also killed another as-yet-unidentified male
Wreckage: The charred remains of the Porsche 911 GT3 are towed away as police survey the scene following the smash in Pennsylvania yesterday which also killed another as-yet-unidentified male

He added: ‘Millions of people are crying right now, shut your fat f*****g mouth!’

And sources told TMZ that Dunn drank at least three light beers and three shots between 10.30pm and 2.10am at Barnaby’s of America bar before the accident.

Fellow Twitter users were also angered by Ebert’s remarks. One tweeter, @ebertchicago, responded: ‘That was in disgustingly poor taste,’ while another added: ‘Why is this a joke? He is still a person. Have some respect.’

Celebrity gossip blogger waded in to the row too, branding Ebert’s comments in poor taste.

An article on Perez’s blog read: ‘We certainly agree that driving after drinking is wrong, we think there’s no reason – especially RIGHT NOW – that anyone should be pointing fingers or poking fun at a truly tragic situation.

Last picture: Just hours before his death, Ryan (left) tweeted this photograph of him enjoying a night out with friends. It is not clear whether one of the other two men pictured was his male passenger
Last picture: Just hours before his death, Ryan (left) tweeted this photograph of him enjoying a night out with friends. It is not clear whether one of the other two men pictured was his male passenger. 
Outrage: The offending remarks by Ebert on his Twitter page. An autopsy is underway to ascertain whether drink played a part in the accident, but the toxicology results have still not been releasedOutrage: The offending remarks by Ebert on his Twitter page. An autopsy is underway to ascertain whether drink played a part in the accident, but the toxicology results have still not been released.

‘Everyone makes mistake, and this is somebody’s son. Too soon, Roger.’

But Ebert stuck to his guns, merely retweeting Hilton’s article with the comment: ‘Perez Hilton’s readers agree with me and not with Perez about my tweet on Ryan Dunn.

‘He drank, he drove, 2 people died.’

Police said they found the burning wreckage of Dunn’s 2007 Porsche 911 GT3, which was capable of reaching 190mph, in the woods off the road fully engulfed in flames.

His body was so badly burnt that he had to be identified by his tattoos, NBC Philadelphia reported.

Dunn was the registered owner of the $100,00 vehicle and was driving at the time, according to police.

Uproar: Hollywood gossip columnist Perez Hilton and Twitter users hit back at Ebert over his remarks
Uproar: Hollywood gossip columnist Perez Hilton and Twitter users hit back at Ebert over his remarks

A male passenger was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are awaiting positive identification before releasing the passenger’s identity.

An official report states that a ‘preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident.’

The Chester County Coroner was conducting an autopsy on Dunn following the crash to determine if alcohol played a role in his death, TMZ reported.

An autopsy was also being carried out on Ryan’s unidentified male passenger  – although there was no indication of when the results would be released.

It emerged today that Dunn was charged with a drink-driving offence six years ago.

Patrick Carmody, the Assistant District Attorney in Chester County, told RadarOnline that the Jackass star was charged with a DUI in 2005.

He told the website: ‘In 2005, Dunn was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and entered a first offender’s programme that allowed him to clearhis record after a certain period of good behaviour.’

Tire marks at the scene of the fatal crash show where the Porsche careened off the highway, through a metal guardrail and into the woods. Pictures from the scene show the charred remains as a tow truck had to drag the wreckage from the woods.

Yesterday Johnny Knoxville, the leader of the Jackass gang, led the tributes to his former co-star.

He took to Twitter to express his sadness over the loss, saying: ‘Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie.’

He ended the post by saying: ‘RIP Ryan, I love you buddy.’

Knoxville later added: ‘Please drive safe and wear your seat belt. Ryan Dunn will be missed. God bless.’

Dunn rose to fame as part of the stunt crew for the MTV show Jackass, which ran from 2000 to 2002.

Investigation: Police are still trying to determine the cause of the accident
Investigation: Police are still trying to determine the cause of the accident

He was working as a welder and part-time at a gas station when Knoxville, a friend of Bam Margera through the skateboarding circuit, asked to use their videos, which became an instant hit.

Dunn, Margera, Christopher Raab (known as Raab Himself) and Brandon DiCamillo, had started making videos that featured them skateboarding and performing stunts under the moniker CKY for ‘Camp Kill Yourself’, before they found fame through Jackass.

He later featured in Bam Margera’s Viva La Bam from 2003 to 2006 as well as all three of the Jackass movies.

Fellow Jackass co-stars also paid tribute to Dunn today.

Where the night started: Barnaby's in West Chester is the bar where Dunn was drinking with friends before the accident

Where the night started: Dunn spent the evening at Barnaby’s bar in West Chester before the accident

Stephen ‘Steve-O’ Glover was too distraught to speak but later tweeted: ‘I don’t know what to say, except I love Ryan Dunn and I’m really going to miss him.’

Dunn’s name began trending on Twitter soon after the news of the crash broke, with fans and celebrities quickly expressing their condolences.

It was Margera’s mother, April, who first confirmed Dunn’s death by calling into Jackass members Preston Lacy  and Steve-O’s radio show on WMMR 93.3.

She described him as being like a son to her and said he had even called her on Mother’s Day.

A tearful April said: ‘We just found out a few hours ago – it is the worst possible news.

‘I have not been able to talk with Bam as he is in Arizona but I cannot believe that his friend is dead – I felt like I lost one of my own sons when I heard that Ryan Dunn had died.

‘Ryan was a wonderful person he really was the sweetest and nicest guy – he was like my extra son, everybody loved him.’

Crash scene: Black marks on the road show where Dunn's car skidded out of control
Crash scene: Black marks on the road show where Dunn’s car skidded out of control
Damage: Dunn's vehicle drove through a guardrail and into the woods
Damage: Dunn’s vehicle drove through a guardrail and into the woods
Crowd: News crews and onlookers crowded the site today
Crowd: News crews and onlookers arrived at the the site today following Ryan Dunn’s horrific accident
Tributes: Flower tribute have already been left for the reality star
Tributes: Flower were laid by the side of the road in memory of the reality star who died in the crash

President of MTV Networks Music/Films Group Van Toffler said in a statement: ‘We are devastated by the tragic loss of Ryan Dunn – a beloved member of the MTV family for more than a decade.

‘He made us all laugh and had the tireless enthusiastic approach to life of your favourite middle school friend,’ the statement continued.

‘Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Ryan’s family and friends. The Jackass brotherhood will never be the same.’

‘He had a longterm girlfriend and she will be absolutely devastated – she has turned off her phone just now.

‘It’s just so sad we cannot believe Ryan has gone – I’m too upset to say anything else just now.’

April said she is ‘worried’ about her son, adding that he is ‘devastated’ by the death of his firmed.

Dunn was born in Ohio and moved at age 15 to Pennsylvania, where he met Margera on his first day of high school.

Sports car: Dunn pictured in his Porsche 911 GT3 with a female companion on June 12
Sports car: Dunn pictured in his Porsche 911 GT3 with a female companion on June 12
Police report: The Chief of Police in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, notes the 2007 Porche was discovered 'fully engulfed in flames'
Police report: The Chief of Police in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, notes the 2007 Porche was discovered ‘fully engulfed in flames’

‘I’m very Sad and Shocked to hear about Ryan Dunn,’ friend and Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden Tweeted. ‘My thoughts&Prayers are with his Family.’

Reality TV star Brody Jenner wrote:’Just heard about Ryan Dunn… So sad.. #RIPRYANDUNN.’

Dunn was famously involved in a golf cart accident during the filming of the first Jackass movie during which Johnny Knoxville was injured.

Devastated: Dunn's co-star Johnny Knoxville took to Twitter to express his sadness over the loss of his friend and posted this picture of the star
Devastated: Dunn’s co-star Johnny Knoxville took to Twitter to express his sadness over the loss of his friend and posted this picture of the star
Grieving: Jackass star Steve-O posted this message on his Twitter page today
Grieving: Jackass star Steve-O posted this message on his Twitter page

He was driving the golf cart with Knoxville as a passenger when he tried to launch the vehicle over a sand bunker.

Knoxville was thrown from the cart which then landed on top of him, knocking him out.

He also had a one-season run with a show of his own Homewrecker, which saw him help practical jokes victims get revenge.

Dunn also appeared in the Jessica Simpson film Blonde Ambition and NBC’s Law & Order: SVU.

Most recently, he hosted Proving Ground on the G4 cable network.

The crew: Dunn (far right) was part of the cast for MTV show Jackass
The crew: Dunn (far right) was part of the cast for MTV show Jackass

DMX RELEASE DATE GETS DELAYED

We recently reported that DMX will soon be released from prison after violating the terms of his probation. However, the rapper will have to hold tight a little longer as his original release date for July 1st has just been delayed. According to AZCorrections.gov, X will be a freed and placed under supervised watch on July 13th until August 13th.

BEYONCE LOVES BEING A ROLE MODEL

Beyonce recently revealed why, unlike most artists, she doesn’t mind the pressures of being a role model. The diva told Entertainment Tonight, “Being a role model is something that I’ve always been. It’s not something that I became, it’s something I was already because I had a younger sister.” She added that every woman is a role model because there is always someone watching and admiring you. Jay-Z’s wife stated, “I don’t take being a role model lightly.” In related news, be sure to pick up Bey’s album 4, which will be available on June 28th.

50 CENT ALBUM THIS FALL?

Despite last week’s Twitter rant, 50 Cent recently tweeted that he plans to drop his new headphone line and album in November. In addition, the mogul revealed to fans that Before I Self Destruct 2 will be released after his upcoming Black Magic LP hits stores.

· Do you think Black Magic will be his best work to date?

· 50 previously wrote on Twitter that he isn’t going to drop another album until his label, Interscope Records, gets on board with his vision.

AND…

 50 CENT TO RELEASE A NEW BOOK ON BULLYING

50 Cent has decided to write a new book centered around teen bullying called Playground. The mogul said of the novel, “I wanted to explore how a kid becomes a bully.” He added, “I drew on events from my own childhood and adolescence, but was excited to see the story take on its own life. This book would have been very helpful for me growing up and now that I have a teenage son, it is my goal that this will have a positive influence on all teenagers.” RapRadar.com reports the book is scheduled to hit shelves in January 2012.

· This will be his third literary effort. Curtis previously released 2005’s From Pieces to Weight and 2008’s The 50th Laws of Power.

SEAN KINGSTON IS DOING BETTER

Just when we started to wonder about his recovery, Sean Kingston uploaded a photo of himself on Twitter and tweeted that he’s “feeling a lot better!” The pop star added that “God is great! Thanks for all the prayers and support! Love you all!” The news comes almost a month after the singer was left in critical condition following a jet ski crash over Memorial Day weekend in Miami.

CORY GUNZ TO DROP A NEW MIXTAPE

According to his official Twitter page, Cory Gunz recently revealed to fans that he’s planning on dropping a new mixtape. Fans can expect the new project to be released on Wednesday, which happens to be his birthday.

REMY MA MUST WAIT FOR PAROLE

Wanna know when Remy Ma will be released from prison? Well the rapper must wait until September 2014 for a parole hearing to see if she will be eligible to leave New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women on January 31st, 2015. The fem-cee, who is serving time for assault and weapons possession, has been locked up since May 2008.

· In case you forgot, Remy shot a woman after they got into an argument over three-thousand dollars.

MASTER P OWES CHILD SUPPORT?

According to TMZ, Master P’s child support case is bound to get ugly. His ex-wife, Sonya, wants the rap mogul to pay more for his four children. He is currently forking over 271-dollars but the Department of Child Support Services is investigating how much money the retired emcee is really worth.

· Master P has six children, but only four are minors.

NIVEA IN CAR CRASH

According to Bossip.com, Nivea was reportedly involved in a car crash over the weekend in Atlanta. The singer wrecked her BMW X6 and she had a small child in the vehicle with her.

When cops arrived at the scene, Nivea had “bloodshot, glassy eyes and smelled like alcohol.” Nivea told police she only had 3 drinks earlier in the evening … and didn’t see the bright yellow crime tape and the traffic cones directing cars away from the downed tree.

Nivea was eventually arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and reckless driving. We’re told the child in the car was not injured and was released to Nivea’s boyfriend.

Lil Wayne’s baby momma was later arrested and taken to Fulton County correctional facility for driving under the influence.

CEE-LO TALKS ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL TWEET

Cee-Lo Green has drawn a lot of criticism after sending a tweet to a music critic, calling her “gay” for not liking his performance with Rihanna in Minnesota. Well the singer spoke to Us Weekly about the situation, saying that he was “not being serious” and that he’s “not harboring any sort of negative feeling toward the gay community,” adding that he’s “one of the most liberal artists” that you will ever meet. He went on to say that if he could “take it all back,” he “would.” Read more at UsMagazine.com.

JESSIE J’S “PRICE TAG” VIDEO HITS 100-MILLION VIEWS

The video for Jessie J’s hit song “Price Tag,” which features B.o.B, has hit a milestone. The clip has now been viewed over 100-million times, a remarkable feat for the young singer. Watch the video again on YouTube now.

· About hitting the milestone, Jessie wrote on Twitter, “Yyeaaahh son!! That’s crazy!”

GAGA AND BIEBER SWEEP MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber had a successful night at Sunday’s MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada. Gaga won International Video of the Year for her single “Judas,” and UR Fave International Video for “Born this Way.” Bieber, a Canada-native, tied with Drake for International Video Of The Year By A Canadian for “Somebody to Love,” featuring Usher, and won UR Fave New Artist for the official remix of the track.

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.

KELLY ROWLAND JOINS U-K’S X FACTOR

We’ve just learned that Kelly Rowland has been confirmed as a judge on the upcoming season of the U-K’s X Factor. The “Motivations” singer said of the music competition, “The X Factor is an amazing show. I love Simon [Cowell] because he’s so honest. Everything he says I agree with.” In related news, Rowland is currently working on her next studio effort, Here I Am.

• Other judges for the show include Louis Walsh, Take That’s Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos.

50 CENT COMPLETES NEXT ALBUM?

During an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 50 Cent spilled some good news about the status of his upcoming album. The mogul, who performed with Nicole Scherzinger, stated, “I finished my new album now. I’m actually one song away from being done. I’m mixing the record. I’m excited.” In addition, Fif promised fans that they will hear new music later this summer.

• The disc is tentatively titled Black Magic.

BEYONCE RESPONDS TO COPYING AT BILLBOARD AWARDS

It’s hard to believe anyone had any complaints about Beyonce’s performance of “Run the World (Girls)” at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, but the diva did receive criticism for copying Italian singer Lorella Cuccarini. Bey explained it to AOL Music, saying, “My makeup artist showed me the performance of Lorella Cuccarini a year ago, and it inspired me so much.” She added, “I then met with the talented people who worked on it. The technology and concept were so genius. Thank God for YouTube or I would have never been exposed to something so inspiring. I never worked so hard on anything in my life as that performance for the Billboard Awards.” In related news, Bey’s highly anticipated album, 4, drops on June 28th.

DIDDY-DIRTY MONEY RELEASES NEW VIDEO

Diddy-Dirty Money are rolling out another single from their latest album, Last Train to Paris. The group selected and shot the video for “Looking for Love,” which features Usher. Fans can now check out the video of the Colin Tilley-directed clip on YouTube.

BRUNO MARS IS PLATINUM!

Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans recently reached platinum status. When we last spoke to the “Just The Way You Are” crooner, he explained that the most rewarding part of his success is knowing that he remained true to himself. The disc sits at the number 17 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

•Be sure to visit Ticketmaster.com to see Bruno and Janelle Monae perform during their joint Doo-Wops & Hooligans tour.

SELF MADE ALBUM PREDICTIONS

According to HitsDailyDouble.com, the estimated sales for Maybach Music Group’s latest album, Self Made Vol. 1, is expected to be anywhere between 50 to 55-thousand units during its opening week. It’s unlikely that the disc will claim the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart as Lady Gaga’s Born This Way is projected to sell over 900-thousand next week. The final sales figures will be available on Wednesday.

NEW BOYZ LAND IN TOP 40 ON BILLBOARD

200New Boyz’s latest album, Too Cool To Care, debuted in the top 40 debut of the Billboard 200 chart. The rap duo recently told us that their success is only going to get bigger as they’ve already selected their next single, which is sure to be a smash hit. The guys clarified that the song title, “Better With The Lights Off,” is not meant to offend unattractive girls. The disc, which includes contributions from Big Sean and Tyga, is in stores now.

ROCK THE BELLS LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

The official line-up for the 2011 Rock The Bells tour has been announced and concertgoers will see performances from Lauryn Hill, Nas, Erykah Badu, Cypress Hill, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Raekwon, Ghostface, Mobb Deep, The GZA and many more. The four city event will begin on August 20th in San Bernardino, California and wraps on September 10th in Boston, Massachusetts.

·If you’d like to attend, tickets go on sale to the general public on June 4th. Visit TicketMaster.com to learn more.

Other performers include Slaughterhouse, Mac Miller, Freddie Gibbs, Curren$y and Random Axe.

KILLER MIKE SELLS 4K IN FIRST WEEK

Killer Mike’s latest album, PL3DGE, failed to crack the top 100 on the Billboard 200 chart. The disc claimed the number 105 slot and sold over four-thousand units during its opening week. However, the rapper recently told us it’s his best work to date. The project includes guest spots from Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane and Big Boi. Be sure to get your copy today!

•The album marks the third installment of Mike’s I Pledge Allegiance To Grind Time series.

DRAKE ANNOUNCES OVO FESTIVAL LINE-UP

Drake has announced that Rick Ross and The Weeknd will join him for the second annual OVO Festival later this summer. The concert event will take place in Toronto at the Molson Amphitheater on July 31st. If you’ll be in the area, visit Ticketmaster.com on June 3rd to score passes.

•Drizzy is currently working on his sophomore album, Take Care.

LUKE LOSES ELECTION FOR MAYOR OF MIAMI

Well that was quick. Luke failed to garner enough votes and was unable to get a seat for the Miami Mayoral Election. The rap pioneer received an impressive 20-thousand votes, which translates to 11-percent of the overall vote.

DIDDY TO BE HONORED BY ASCAP

We’ve just learned Sean “Diddy” Combs will be honored with the coveted Founders Award during the 24th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards. Puff said a statement, “To be recognized for my contributions to music by ASCAP, an organization that represents music creators, is a true honor,” He added that all he ever wanted to was to “make people dance and hopefully inspire others to never settle for anything but their best.” The event takes place on June 24th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

•Previous recipients include Dr. Dre, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks. It is considered the most prestigious of all the ASCAP Awards.

•ASCAP stands for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

KANYE SIGNS ON FOR HEINEKEN RED STAR ACCESS TOUR

Need a good concert series to check out next month? Heineken’s Red Star Access tour has teamed with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music to kick off an 18-city outing beginning on June 9th in New York City. While tour dates are yet to be announced, fans can expect the show to hit major markets including Miami, Chicago, DC, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Atlanta, Houston, and Detroit.

POSSIBLE MOBB DEEP AND NAS JOINT LP?

According to HipHopDX.com, Havoc of Mobb Deep revealed that there’s a good chance that the rap group could record a full-length joint album with Nas. The rapper said, “[Recording] hasn’t begun [yet] but we tipped the iceberg a little bit with [a song called] ‘Dog S**t.’” He added that in making that song, collectively everyone shared “a mutual thought, like, ‘Yo, let’s make a f**king album.’ Everybody was like, ‘Yeah, that would be dope. F**k it, what we waiting for? Let’s do it.’” No further information is available at this time.

·Fans will be able to see both acts perform during the 2011 Rock The Bells tour later this summer.

·After recording Distant Relatives last year with Damien Marely, don’t you think Nas wants a break from joint projects?

TINIE TEMPAH TO PLAY WITH USHER ON FRIDAY

Tinie Tempah’s debut album, Disc-Overy, bows at number 21 on the Billboard album chart, selling over 16-thousand copies. The English rapper only has two U-S gigs in the near future. He told us about his upcoming shows in Los Angeles and Chicago.

“I’m back out here with Usher, on May 27th I believe. Usher’s date in L-A with Akon, which is going to be pretty amazing, so I’m doing Lollapalooza as well.”Tinie will likely be back in the states for some more shows in the fall. His debut single, “Written in the Stars,” peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has now slipped to number 16.

· Tinie’s next single is “Till I’m Gone,” a collaboration with Wiz Khalifa. It was produced by Stargate.

BIEBER TO RELEASE FEMALE FRAGRANCE

Justin Bieber will release a female fragrance next month. The scent, called Someday, will be available on June 20th. At just 17, Bieber has already endorsed a range of products including nail polish, pimple cream, and headphones. His scent, Someday, will be available at Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Ulta and Sephora on June 20th.

50 CENT AND NICOLE TO PERFORM ON IDOL

Now that 50 Cent and Nicole Scherzinger released the video to their new single, “Right There,” the entertainers have confirmed that they will perform it on next week’s American Idol. Fans can expect them to take stage on Thursday at 8 PM Eastern.

PREVIEW SELF MADE ALBUM

Before Rick Ross and the Maybach Music team releases their compilation album, Self Made, fans can now preview 30-second snippets from the project before it hits stores. Head over to Amazon.com to sample the rap group’s forthcoming effort and be sure to purchase your copy on May 23rd.
·       Click HERE to preview it!

DA BRAT PREPS NEW MIXTAPE

Da Brat is readying her comeback by recording a new mixtape with Jermaine Dupri. The fem-cee, who recently completed a three-year sentence for aggravated assault, has announced that the project should be completed and released on Memorial Day weekend.
·       Brat was convicted for attacking a waitress at a club in Atlanta in 2007.

SOULJA BOY PRODUCES FOR 50 CENT

According to Rap-Up.com, Soulja Boy revealed that he’s produced a few songs for 50 Cent’s next studio album. The rapper, who has filmed the remake of Juice, explained that the mogul played his whole album and requested that he make some beats for 50. Soulja stated, “I played some beats, gave him some beats. He’s got some tight beats from me too. I left him like five beats in California and he’s been recording on them.” The two artists previously collaborated for a song called “Mean Muggin,’” which appeared on SB’s latest album, The DeAndre Way.
·       Soulja said of 50’s unfinished disc, “He has some soul and he has people singin’ the different hooks. But he’s smart though. It’s still 50, but it’s on another level now.”  He added, “He’s got some good stuff on there.”

WILLOW SMITH ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE

According to AOL Music, Willow Smith hopes to attain the same success that she experienced with “Whip My Hair” with the next single off her debut album. The young pop star revealed that her next offering is called “Rock Star.” While it’s unknown when the cut will impact radio, you can check out a quick snippet of the record in the new promo video for her Kids Choice Awards 2011 performance.  

KANYE TAPPED FOR 2011 FESTIVAL MAWAZINE

According to SingersRoom.com, Kanye West is scheduled to perform during the 2011 Festival Mawazine: Rhythms of the World. He will be joined by Shakira and Quincy Jones during the event, which kicks off on May 20th and runs through the 28th. Visit the official website for the festival to learn more.

USHER AND SEAN GARRETT TALK BIEBER!

Justin Bieber released his successful documentary, Never Say Never, on DVD last week.  The film is an in-depth look at Bieber’s meager beginnings as he puts in the work to become a pop megastar.  It features interviews and concert footage and he hopes it finally quiets his haters, who might think he’s some pre-packaged pop phenom.  The film culminates with a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City that boasts special guests Usher, Jayden Smith and Miley Cyrus. 
·      Never Say Never is the second highest documentary film in history, raking in over 73-million dollars at the box office.  The number one grossing doc of all-time is Michael Moore’s 2004 film Fahrenheit 911, which raked in over 119-million dollars.

MTV NEWS’ TOP FIVE MOMENTS IN NEVER SAY NEVER

1.      Justin Bieber’s hair swoop in 3-D
2.      His grandfather’s taxidermy
3.      Vintage videos
4.      Meeting Bieber’s team
5.      The performances

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