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LUDACRIS TALKS NEW ALBUM

According to AllHipHop.com, Ludacris is spilling new details regarding his upcoming album, Ludaversal. When asked what fans should expect from the project, the rapper said, “People can expect me to take it to a level they know I’m capable of.” He added, “If anybody has doubts, I have no problem continuing to prove myself. And I have no problem slapping the ones who’re sleeping to make them wake up. It’s about consistency.”

– Luda’s new film, Fast Five, co-stars Vin Diesel and is due in theaters this Friday (4/29).

– Ludaversal is due in stores in early 2012.

BEYONCE NOT PERFOMING AT ROYAL WEDDING

By now, you may have heard that Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z have been invited to attend and take stage during Prince William and Kate Middleton’s upcoming wedding on April 29th. However, her rep has told Enterntainment Tonight, “The ceremony is not on her schedule and she has a shoot in New York on Saturday (April 30).” Looks like Bey won’t be performing after all.

· It is unknown if Hova will take stage at the royal affair.

COMMON TO STAR IN NEW MOVIE

According to HipHopDX.com, Common will reportedly star in an upcoming independent film titled L.U.V. The rapper will portray the uncle of a 13-year-old who is seeking a better life. While it’s unknown when the movie will open, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton and Megan Good are attached.

· Common said of his character, “‘Vincent’ is a uniquely conflicted character. I found an appeal in his desire to move past his failures and onto the right track, and the challenges that presents.”

ARETHA’S BUCKET LIST…

Aretha Franklin sat down with People Magazine to talk about all the things she wants to do before she dies. The Queen of Soul revealed that her bucket list includes sailing the Nile River, seeing the Pyramids and the Sphinx, starring on Broadway and having tea with the Queen of England. The 69-year-old doesn’t know when she’ll start checking things off this list since she is “really taking far better care of [herself]” and “feel fabulous.”

RICK ROSS TO PERFORM AT BMI SHOWCASE

Rick Ross has been tapped to perform during BMI’s 14th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase. The rapper will be joined by Travis Porter, Ace Hood and Sean Garrett. The event takes place at The Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta on Wednesday, May 18th. In related news, Rozay’s compilation album, Self Made, will be available on May 24th.

· If you want to attend, limited advance tickets can be purchased today at Ticketmaster for $25.

FORMER DESTINY’S CHILD ARRESTED

TMZ reports a former member of Destiny’s Child was arrested over the weekend. Farrah Franklin was booked and released for disorderly conduct around 6:45 AM on Saturday morning. Details are sparse but alcohol was definitely involved in the arrest.

· The singer, who was the replacement for LaTavia and LeToya Luckett in February 2000, is currently working on her debut album.

RYAN LESLIE DEBUTS FIRST VIDEO FROM LES IS MORE

Ryan Leslie debuted his new video for “Glory,” a track about resisting being labeled in the music industry. The song is from the BET and GRAMMY Award nominee’s highly anticipated album, Les Is More, which is set to be released on July 4, 2011.

BRUNO MARS GOES PLATINUM

Bruno Mars is officially a worldwide hit. The singer’s 2010 debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, has now been certified platinum for sales over one-million units in the U-S, the U-K, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. He’s also now sold 14-million singles worldwide. See him live when his Hooligans in Wondaland tour with Janelle Monae kicks off in New York on May 4th.

BRITNEY’S REMIXED WITH NICKI MINAJ AND KE$HA

Just days after it was leaked on Friday, Britney Spears dropped her official remix of “Till the World Ends,” which features Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha. The song, which was written by Ke$ha, was produced by Dr. Luke and Dream Machine. Spears and Minaj have been hanging out a lot in the lead-up to their summer tour. They were together at the Factory nightclub on Friday night after Minaj’s show in Los Angeles. Spears later tweeted, “Early rehearsal after a late night with my girl @NickiMinaj. Can’t WAIT to get out on the road with you.”

BIEBER AND GOMEZ TOP AOL’S REGAL POP COUPLES LIST

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez top AOL’s Regal Pop Couples list. The list was compiled just in time for Friday’s Royal Wedding. Beyonce and Jay-Z, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, and Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys round out the top five. Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani and Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore are also on the list.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA OPENS UP

While it has been a whirlwind year for Christina Aguilera, things seem to be looking up for the recently divorced singer. Her stint as a vocal coach on NBC’s The Voice kicks off tonight and she admitted to USA Today that she is in a more positive space now. Over the past year, Aguilera’s Bionic album under-performed, as her marriage ended. She said she was humbled by her divorce and everything else she has been through. The Voice films in Los Angeles and has allowed Aguilera to stay near her son, Max, and begin recording her new album. Christina says the next record will focus on her personal evolution. The Voice airs tonight on NBC at 9 PM Eastern.

· Aguilera says The Voice represents a new beginning for her in every sense. “Being in this business for quite a few years now, sometimes you do take things for granted. I’ve had my ups and I’ve had my downs. You have to take the good with the bad in this business. It gets me back to the root of why I got into this business, and that’s real, raw talent.”

LUPE EARNS ANOTHER PLATINUM SINGLE

According to his official website, Lupe Fiasco announced that his lead single, “The Show Goes On,” has reached platinum status. This is Lupe’s second single to surpass a million in sales – the first was 2007’s “Superstar.” The news comes just a month after his latest album, Lasers, took the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

· To date, Lasers has sold over 320-thousand units and sits at number 27 spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

FAB’S “YOU BE KILLIN’ EM” REMIX SURFACES

As promised, Fabolous has released the official remix to his hit single, “You Be Killin’ Em.” The revamped version includes verses from Ne-Yo and Ryan Leslie and you can check it out via Rap-Up.com. In addition, fans can expect his new mixtape, The S.O.U.L. Tape, to be released on April 21st.

Click HERE to hear it!

· The mixtape will hold fans over until he completes his sixth album, Loso’s Way 2: Rise to Power, which is expected to drop later this year.

YELA WOLF JOINS WU-TANG TOUR

According to RapRadar.com, Yelawolf has reportedly signed on to join the Wu-Tang Clan’s upcoming tour. The rap rookie, who will only appear during the last four shows, said he doesn’t get nervous on stage despite all the pressure. We’re sure there are plenty of rappers who wish they were signed up for Wu’s first outing in four years. The man who just signed onto Eminem’s Shady Records says you’ll never see him get too “Hollywood” or “caught up” in his fame. Fans can expect the trek to kicks off in London on June 11th.

THE ROOTS TO HONOR MARVIN GAYE

We’ve just learned The Roots will honor and celebrate Marvin Gaye’s legacy by holding a What’s Going On concert this spring in Washington DC. The event will include a performance from John Legend, Janelle Monae, Stevie Wonder and the National Symphony Orchestra. Taking place in May at the Kennedy Center, the showcase will mark the 40th anniversary of Marvin’s classic album, What’s Going On.

· Can you believe it’s been 40 years since Gaye’s release?

· What’s Going On was the late singer’s eleventh studio album and remained on the Billboard Pop Album Charts for over a year.

· To celebrate the success of the project, fans will be able to purchase What’s Going On – Super Deluxe Edition on May 17th.

FAN INJURED DURING A WIZ KHALIFA CONCERT

According to AllHipHop.com, a woman reportedly suffered head injuries following a Wiz Khalifa concert in New Hampshire last week. Authorities are investigating what caused the woman to be found unconscious behind the arena. Apparently, she is believed to have fallen from a retaining wall. In other news, Khalifa recently announced that his upcoming Rolling Papers World Tour will kick off on June 12th in Missouri.

BEYONCE PRAISES ADELE’S VOICE

During an interview with Rolling Stone, Adele recalled having a “full-blown anxiety attack” when she met Beyonce. The British singer went on to reveal that her idol had nothing but great things to say about her stellar vocal ability. Adele shared that Bey said to her, “’You’re amazing! When I listen to you I feel like I’m listening to God.’” In other Beyonce news, the diva has released a snippet to her lead single, reportedly titled “Girls (Who Rule The World).” Check it out via ThatGrapeJuice.net now.

Click HERE to check it out now!

BOBBY BROWN EXPECTING BABY #6!

A source told Sister2Sister magazine that Bobby Brown and fiancée Alicia Etheridge are expecting another child. The couple, who recently shared the birth of their first child together in 2009, is excited about the news. Even though the bundle of joy marks the 42-year-old Bobby’s sixth child, the insider source added, “Bobby is happy to be a dad again.”

– In case you needed a breakdown of Bobby’s other children, we got you covered. In 1986, Brown had a baby named Landon with Melika Williams. In 1990 and 1991, LaPrincia and Bobby Brown Jr. were fathered with Kim Ward. Then, he had Bobbi Kristina in 1993 with his ex-wife Whitney Houston. Two years ago, he had Cassius Brown with Alicia.

LADY GAGA TO PERFORM AT MTV VIDEO MUSIC AID JAPAN

Lady Gaga will perform at the MTV Video Music Aid Japan on June 25th. Gaga is the first performer to be announced for the 10th annual MTV Video Music Awards Japan, which is being dubbed the Video Music Aid Japan this year in order to raise awareness about the recent natural disasters that hit the country and benefit the Japanese Red Cross. The international event will feature a string of performances from international, regional and Japanese artists. A special one-hour version of the event will air on MTV channels worldwide.

JUSTIN BIEBER GETS REVENGE IN ISRAEL

Justin Bieber sure had a busy trip to Israel. The pop star dealt with hounding paparazzi, who followed him everywhere and photographed him checking out holy sites. New York Magazine is reporting that the pop accidentally got revenge when he ran over the foot of a paparazzi member who was standing a bit too close. Bieber announced Wednesday night that he plans to take a break from Twitter to spend time with his family.

NEW LIL WAYNE SINGLE LEAKS!

It was only a matter of time until Lil Wayne unleashed all his pent-up lyrics in the form of a new song called “6 Foot 7 Foot” featuring Young Money’s Cory Gunz. The cut marks the first offering from Weezy’s much-anticipated album, Tha Carter IV. If the chorus sounds familiar to you it’s because the Bangladesh-produced cut samples Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song).” Oh Wayne.

Click HERE to hear it!

PREVIEW JAMIE FOXX’S BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE

We’re only a few days away from the release of Jamie Foxx’s new album, Best Night Of My Life, but fans can now check out 30-second snippets from the disc before it drops. The project, which includes “Living Better Now” featuring Rick Ross and “Fall For Your Type” featuring Drake, will be available on December 21st. Click  HERE  for your first listen now.

USHER GETS KICKED BY FAN ONSTAGE

This is what happens when you are trying to be cute. Usher invited an overzealous fan onstage while he performed “Trading Places” at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The fan, who was sitting with her back to Usher, tried to swing her leg around and accidentally kicked the singer in the face. Check it out on YouTube now!

DJ KHALED READIES LIL WAYNE SINGLE

According to MTV News, DJ Khaled revealed that the first cut from his forthcoming album, We The Best Forever, will feature Lil Wayne. The disc will also include noted contributions from Keyshia Cole, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Birdman, T-Pain and Cee-Lo Green. Expect the project in January 2011. Visit MTV.com to learn more!

LLOYD BANKS LOVES WILLOW, BOYLE

While promoting his latest album, Hunger For More 2, Lloyd Banks spoke on why you’ll never hear him hating on another artists’ success. The “Start It Up” rapper says he has nothing but love for big acts like Willow Smith and Susan Boyle and anyone gettin’ money. How funny would that be if he did have a beef with these singers? Be sure to go out and support his Hunger For More album!

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LLOYD BANKS READIES NEW MIXTAPE

According to his official Twitter page, Lloyd Banks is hard at work on a new mixtape titled Cold Corner 2011. The rapper, who just released his Hunger For More 2 LP, is looking to issue the sequel project sometime early next year. We’ll keep you posted!

R KELLY LOVE LETTER DOCUMENTARY

R. Kelly has just released his Love Letter album, but he wants fans to understand his thought process behind each song. The crooner has issued Love Letter: The Documentary, in which he dives deep into his songwriting for the project. Check it out via his official fansite today!

JA RULE’S TWITTER HACKED BY 50 CENT?

If teasing Ja Rule about his pending prison sentence wasn’t enough, 50 Cent has been accused of allegedly hacking into Ja’s Twitter account. We knew something was strange when an imposter posted “f**k @Irv Gotti that n***a ruined my career, all the drugs, raping me on royalties, now I’m going to jail for two years” followed by “after ‘Wankster’ dropped I started using heroin heavy.” A few hours after the imposter wrote, “I went from doing shows on MTV to doing shows in Rikers [Island], ain’t that a bitch,” Rule gained control of his account and posted: “This coward 50 Cent hacking into my page is some sucker s**t. That’s why [he’ll] never be half the man [his] mother is.” When will this drama ever end?

“I AM T-PAIN” #1 APP

During the Billboard Music App Awards, the I Am T-Pain download was named the Best Artist-Based Application. The app allows iPhone users to sing in auto tune and upload their song to Facebook or Twitter to share. The app also provides a free download of “Motivated,” which is off the entertainer’s prEREVOLVEr The Mixtape. In related news, fans can expect his fourth studio album, rEVOLVEr, to drop next year.

JIM JONSIN INTRODUCES ROCK REBEL RACING

This Saturday, producer Jim Jonsin and Champion Motorsport have teamed up to introduce a combined event for motor cars and music called Rebel Rock Racing. The show, which will include a performance by Miami native Pitbull, will take place at the Palm Beach International Raceway starting at 7 PM Eastern.

DRESS LIKE B.O.B

Fans of B.O.B can now dress like the artist for a cheaper price. Now through January 3rd, fans can save 25 percent on all T-shirts and more at the official B.o.B web store. Other items include a guitar pick set and a Bobby Ray poster pack. B.o.B has been nominated for five GRAMMY Awards including Record of the Year for “Nothin’ On You.”

CHECK IT OUT! Items can be ordered at B.o.B’s official web store at http://www.http//store.bobatl.com/?eml=buynow_121010.

BIEBER WANTS A GRAMMY

Justin Bieber is nominated for two GRAMMY Awards, including the coveted Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album for My World 2.0. The 16-year-old told Billboard that winning a GRAMMY is at the top of his list for goals in 2011. Beiber is up against fellow Canadian Drake in the Best New Artist category. He added that Drizzy is his biggest competition and that he is “awesome.” See who wins when the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards air live from Los Angeles on February 13th on CBS.

WILL.I.AM STILL NOT HAPPY WITH MJ RELEASE

According to Rolling Stone, Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am is still not happy about the release of the posthumous Michael Jackson album. Last month, will.i.am went public disapproving of the album, saying Jackson was such a perfectionist about his songs and that releasing any of them without his approval would dishonor the singer’s memory. Will recently told Rolling Stone he had a conversation with Jackson a few years ago when his song “Hold My Hand” was leaked. Will said Michael was very upset that people heard the track before it was finished.

TOP TEN JAMS OF 2010

Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” tops E! Online’s Top Ten Jams of 2010. The song edged out Usher’s “OMG” featuring will.i.am, which took the number two spot, followed by Rihanna’s “Rude Boy,” Cee-Lo’s “F**k You” and Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite.” Lady Gaga and Beyonce are also on the list with “Telephone” and Ke$ha comes in at number ten with her latest single, “We R Who We R.”

Check out the Eonline’s TOP TEN JAMS now!

NICKI DROPS PINK FRIDAY ALBUM COVER!

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

YOUNG BUCK’S ITEMS GET AUCTIONED OFF

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

PRINCE INVITES JANELLE FOR WELCOME TOUR

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

NEW FLO RIDA!!!

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

VADO CO-SIGNS JUSTIN BIEBER’S RAP SKILLS

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

And…

BIEBER’S 3D MOVIE TITLED NEVER SAY NEVER

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

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

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

JAY-Z GREATEST HITS TRACKLIST

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

Disc: 1

1. “Public Service Announcement” (Interlude)

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

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

4. “Encore”

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

6. “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”

7. “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”

8. “99 Problems”

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

10. “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”

11. “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”

12. “Show Me What You Got”

13. “Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)…”

14. “Big Pimpin'”

Disc: 2

1. “Young Gifted and Black”

2. “Pump It Up” (Freestyle)

3. “My President Is Black” (Remix)

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

5. “Most Kings” (Feat. Green Lantern)

UPDATE ON DIDDY-DIRTY MONEY ALBUM FEATURES

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

SESAME STREET: “BLACK GIRLS LOVE YOUR HAIR”

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

RIRI GAGA COLLABO RUMOR NOT TRUE

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

CHRISTINA AT THE PUMPKIN PATCH

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

*       See pictures of Christina at the pumpkin patch HERE!

KID CUDI REACTS TO VMA NOMINATION

Kid Cudi is up for Best Hip Hop Video at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
The rapper, who teamed with MGMT & Ratatat for the nominated “Pursuit Of
Happiness” single, explained that the nod means a lot. The selective emcee, who was nominated for Best New Artist for “Day
N Nite” last year, is looking to take home his first Moon Man during the big
show – which airs on Sunday at 9 PM Eastern.

LAURYN HILL EXPLAINS ABSENCE FROM INDUSTRY

Lauryn Hill had great reasons for disappearing from the music industry.
Rap-Up.com reports the former Fugee member explained that she “wanted a real
life as well, out of public scrutiny.” L Boogie added, “I wanted to be able
to live, to reclaim my private life, to reclaim my individuality outside of
mass media scrutiny. I wanted that freedom to do whatever I wanted to do.”
The singer also needed time off to parent and enjoyed being a “stay-at-home
mom.” After releasing a new song called “Repercussions,” she said fans can
expect “new recordings” to reflect her newfound freedom.

SNOOP DOGG TO TEAM UP WITH KATY PERRY AGAIN

Snoop Dogg has announced plans to work with Katy Perry again after the
pair’s “California Gurls” collaboration clocked in with six weeks at number
one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier this summer.  According to OK!
magazine, Snoop said the two are trying to get together for a track on his
new album and that he has definitely been in contact with her. Snoop’s new
record is titled Doggystyle 2: The Doggumentary. In a video message sent
over producer Swizz Beatz’s Twitter account, Snoop announced he’s revisiting
his classic debut album.

And…

SNOOP DOES ROCK BAND

Snoop Dogg will be the first rap artist featured in Rock Band.  Among the
rapper’s tracks that will be available at the Rock Band store today are hits
like “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and “Sensual
Seduction.”

ALICIA’S KEYS

Alicia Keys and a team of engineers have designed a virtual piano program
that mimics the sounds of the singer/songwriter’s personal piano.  The
Native Instruments software emulates Keys’ Yamaha C3 Neo grand piano and
allows musicians of all levels to recreate her iconic piano sound.  Keys
used her piano software exclusively to record her latest album, The Element
of Freedom, and also used the software heavily throughout her most recent
world tour.  The program is called Alicia’s Keys and it’s now available at
Guitar Center.

 “I wanted to be able to take my piano sound on the road with me as well as have
it any time I wanted to record. We all got together in my studio and started
to create it by going through this long process of sampling, recording every
note, sound and expressive nuance. We ended up with my entire piano in
virtual form.”

 

GINUWINE TO ISSUE ALBUM ON VALENTINE’S DAY

Attention Ginuwine fans! The R&B crooner has announced that he will release
his seventh studio album, Elgin, this fall. Led by the first single “Drink
of Choice,” the disc is slated to arrive on Valentine’s Day.  In related
news, the next offering will be a duet called “Break,” but he won’t reveal
the female musician he worked with on the track until a later date.

EL DEBARGE EXCITED FOR MARY J TOUR

We previously reported that Mary J Blige is set to embark on a headlining
tour with special guests like El DeBarge. The R&B legend, who is gearing up
for a comeback album, said in a statement, “After so many years away. I
can’t wait to get back onstage, to feel my fans’ love, and give love back to
them. It’s been a long time and I wondered if this day would ever come. Now
that it’s here, I am overjoyed.” Alongside Jazmine Sullivan and Miguel, fans
can score passes to so MJB and DeBarge via Ticketmaster.com today!

MARY. J BLIGE TOUR DATES:
October 2nd – Atlanta, Georgia
October 3rd – Virginia Beach, Virginia
October 7th – Washington, D.C
October 11th – New York, New York
October 12th – New York, New York
October 15th – Detroit, Michigan
October 16th – Chicago, Illinois
October 19th – Los Angeles, California
October 20th – Los Angeles, California
October 23rd – Oakland, California

SEE NICKI MINAJ’S VMA PROMO!

Nicki Minaj will perform at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and now, she’s
in a promo for the show which you can see at MTV.com.  The up-and-coming
rapper is also nominated for Best New Artist, against like the likes of
Justin Bieber and Ke$ha.  See if she wins when the 2010 MTV Video Music
Awards air live Sunday at 9 PM on MTV.

*       SEE IT!  Check out her VMA promo here:
http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/557895/vma-2010-nicki-minaj-promo.jhtml#id=16

SHAKIRA NUMBER ONE IN EUROPE!

Shakira scores her sixth straight week on top of the European Hot 100
Singles chart with “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” featuring
Freshlyground.  According to Billboard, the Colombian singer is number one
in France, Italy and Spain, while holding at number two in Norway and
Sweden.

NE-YO PRIDES HIS LYRICAL TALENTS

Ne-Yo makes it very clear that being the best dancer was never his intention
as an artist; instead, he focuses on writing memorable songs. He recently
told us that the key to remaining consistent is to remember his strength as
a songwriter.

“I’m a songwriter and these songs from the heart; I want you to pay
attention to the lyrical element of what I’m doing.  I wanted people to pay
attention to the music instead of whatever cool dance move I was doing.”

Ne-Yo is currently working on his forthcoming album, Libra Scale, which will
land in stores on October 5th. In related news, he’s expected to present
during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, which air this Sunday at 9 PM
Eastern.

LADY GAGA PREPARES FOR THE VMAS

Lady Gaga will head to Los Angeles for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
following her show tomorrow night in Charlottesville, Virginia.  She’ll be
back out on the road with her Monsters Ball Tour next week with a two-night
stand in Philadelphia starting Tuesday.  Gaga is nominated for 13 Moon Men
at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, which air live on Sunday from the Nokia
Theater at 9 PM Eastern on MTV.

BIEBER ENJOYS DOWNTIME BEFORE THE VMAS

Justin Bieber is enjoying some downtime this week, before he heads to Los
Angeles for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.  After the show,
Bieber will resume his My World Tour with five dates north of the border,
starting in Winnipeg, Manitoba next Tuesday.  The teen singer will then head
to Hawaii for a pair of shows in October before returning to North America.
His My World Tour wraps in Atlanta on December 23rd.  Bieber is nominated
for Best New Artist at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.  The big show airs
live from the Nokia Theater on Sunday at 9 PM Eastern on MTV.

*       Do you think Bieber and Kanye West will perform their new song
together?

WHAT’S HOT!

Kid Cudi’s “Erase Me,” featuring Kanye West, debuts at number 22 on the
Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.  Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night
(T.G.I.F.)” bows at number 67, YG’s “Toot It and Boot It” enters at number
94 and Cee Lo Green’s Internet smash “F**K You!” debuts at number 97.
Meanwhile, Usher’s “Hot Tottie” featuring Jay-Z rockets 63 spots to number
25.

WHAT’S NOT HOT!

David Guetta & Chris Willis’ “Getting’ Over You” featuring Fergie & LMFAO
drops 18 spots to number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.
3OH!3’s “My First Kiss,” featuring Ke$ha falls 17 notches to number 87, in
its 17th week on the chart.  Shontelle’s “Impossible” descends 14 places to
number 51, while Lil Wayne’s “Right Above It” featuring Drake drops 13 spots
to number 19, after peaking at number six last week and Ciara’s “Ride”
featuring Ludacris slides 12 rungs to number 73 in its 19th week on the
chart.

EMINEM GOES DOUBLE PLATINUM!

It didn’t take long for Eminem’s critically acclaimed Recovery album to
achieve double platinum status. In fact, Slim Shady’s disc, which includes
“Not Afraid” and “The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna, sold well over
two-million copies in only two weeks. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Em
managed to sell an additional 132-thousand copies last week, which pushed
his grand total to 2.1-mil.

B.O.B EXCITED TO PERFORM AT THE 2010 MTV VMAs!

With his smash hit single “Nothing On You” featuring Bruno Mars and the
equally explosive follow-up “Airplanes” with Paramore’s Hayley Williams,
B.o.B deserves all the nominations he’s received for the 2010 MTV Video
Music Awards. The Grand Hustle artist is expected to perform during the big
show and he’s able to keep his cool by looking at his success in a very
humble way. B.o.B will take stage on Sunday, September 12th at 9 PM.

UPDATE ON RIHANNA’S NEXT ALBUM

Producer Alex Da Kid told JustJared.com that fans can expect Rihanna’s next
album to be “strong, fun, and sassy.” The hit-maker has already contributed
to Ri Ri’s follow-up to Rated R and added the disc has “a mixture of her two
sides. It’s commercial, but at the same time it’s got an edge to it-it has
substance.” In addition, people from the singer’s label are looking to
create a song that will have similar success to her duet on Eminem’s “Love
the Way You Lie” single.

KERI DROPS FIRST SINGLE OFF NO BOYS ALLOWED

After the success of her In A Perfect World debut, the pressure is on for
Keri Hilson. We caught up with the “Knock You Down” singer to find out the
status and direction of her sophomore album.

“I feel like this album honed in on what makes Keri special and
indifferent, and I think that it’s even more a lane for me, which is what I
wanted to accomplish for people to understand. It’s great, the comparison to
great people is awesome but this is who I am. So, I got to dive more into
that.”

According to an official press release, Miss Keri’s new album is titled No
Boys Allowed. The first single was produced by Timbaland and it’s called
“Breaking Point.”

CLICK TO LISTEN TO “BREAKING POINT”

METHOD MAN TO PRESS CHARGES?

According to TMZ, Method Man is looking to sue for being injured during his
performance at the Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of Juggalos festival this
past weekend. An unidentified concertgoer threw a beer bottler at Meth,
which caused a laceration under his left eye. The rapper intends to file a
lawsuit because he doesn’t “condone throwing things at the talent while
they’re performing. It takes a lot of heart and balls to continue performing
after you’ve been hit in the face.” Visit the site to learn more.

And in other Wu news…

RAEKWON TALKS POSSIBLE KANYE, BIEBER SONG

We recently reported Kanye West tweeted about wanting to collaborate with
Raekwon and Justin Bieber – who is currently the only artist ‘Ye is
following on Twitter. It looks like this highly unlikely partnership might
become a reality. The former Wu-Tang Clam member told XXLMag.com that “it’s
definitely gonna happen” adding that when talents merge together “it’s
something that’s gonna make the fans check it out.” Not only is Rae a fan of
both artists, but he explained, “For them to even just have a conversation
and just put my name in it, it feels good… we gon’ make a hit.”

*       In related news, the rapper’s latest album, OB4CL…Pt. II: The Gold
Deluxe Edition, is available on iTunes.

LADY GAGA WANTS ANOTHER T.I. COLLAB

According to Rap-Up.com, Lady Gaga reached out to T.I., expressing that they
could “top” their recent collaboration together. Tip explained that right
now he’s unsure if their current duet will appear on King Uncaged or “if
that’s going to be one-upped or what not.” As of now, Kanye West is the only
confirmed guest feature on the T.I.’s highly anticipated disc – which will
hit stores later this fall.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FAT JOE!

Today, Fat Joe turns 40 years old. The Bronx native can enjoy this
significant milestone knowing that he’s re-established himself in hip hop.
The rapper’s latest The Darkside: Vol 1 album recently received great
reviews after Joe experienced disappointing sales for Jealous Ones Still
Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2). He told us that he took his time recording the album
that many feel is arguably his best to date.  You can
check out Joey’s official Twitter page to find out where he plans to
celebrate tonight!

NE-YO ISSUES NEW SONG FROM LIBRA SCALE

Ne-Yo has unleashed a new record called “One Life” from his upcoming fourth
album. According to a fansite, the song will serve as the third single from
the crooner’s forthcoming Libra Scale album, which will include “Beautiful
Monster” and “Champagne Life.” Get your copy when it lands in stores and
online on October 5th.

CLICK TO LISTEN TO “ONE LIFE”

KANYE WON’T FACE SUGE KNIGHT IN COURT

SingersRoom.com reports a Miami federal judge granted Kanye West permission
to phone into a scheduled mediation session with Suge Knight, instead of
appearing face-to-face. But don’t think ‘Ye was afraid of meeting in person;
His lawyers explained that West would be out of the country for business.
Hopefully the upcoming meeting will resolve whether or not Kanye owes Knight
one-million dollars in damages for getting shot at 2005 party he hosted.

 KELLY ROWLAND LEAKS “FOREVER AND A DAY”

Kelly Rowland has released a new single in the U-K called “Forever & A Day”
from her upcoming third album – which is yet to receive a title or release
date. Visit ConcreteLoop.com to the David Guetta-produced song today.

EMINEM AND LIL WAYNE JUMP ON NEW TRAVIS’ LP

XXLMag.com reports Eminem, Lil Wayne and Drake have contributed to Travis
Barker’s upcoming solo album. The Blink 182 drummer has also recruited T.I.,
Game, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg, Rza, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Bun B, Beanie
Sigel, Clipse, Yelawolf, The Cool Kids and many more. The effort is slated
to arrive this fall.

FANTASIA’S BOYFRIEND DEFENDS HER

According to People.com, Fantasia Barrino’s boyfriend, Antwaun Cook, wants
everyone know that she had nothing to do with the demise of his marriage.
His lawyer, Nicole Sodoma, explained in a statement, “Antwaun would be
remiss not to address the criticism and judgment he has received. He knew
Fantasia Barrino but the failure of his marriage can in no way be blamed on
anyone except the two people that were a part of the union – Paula and
Antwaun.” Visit the site to learn more.

BIEBER FEVER HEADS TO MTV VMAs

This year’s MTV Video Music Awards keeps getting better. It was just
announced that Justin Bieber and B.o.B are set to perform live during the
September 12th show. This will be both Bieber and B.o.B’s first time
performing at the VMAs and they join the already impressive line-up of
artists including Kanye, Drake and Florence and The Machine. Make sure to
tune in to MTV Sunday, September 12th at 9 PM Eastern to see those
performances as well as Ashley Greene, Ke$ha, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj and
others present awards.

GAGA NEXT ALBUM MAY BE “SHOCKING”

Lady Gaga recently announced that she’s still working on her highly
anticipated next album.  Producer RedOne heard some of it already and said
that it’s going to be “shocking.”  The producer, who was behind Gaga’s
breakout hit “Just Dance,” told Billboard.com that he worked on two tracks
for the project and that it’s going to make people say, “Oh my God! We
didn’t expect this!”  RedOne also said that he encouraged the pop star to
work with other producers on the new record, but wouldn’t say exactly who.

And…

GAGA GOES TO SEE APPLE

Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour took her to California this week, and the pop
star decided to do a little sightseeing.  According to 9To5Mac.com, Gaga
stopped by Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.  Dressed in typical
Gaga-gear, she posed for pictures and schmoozed with employees

KATY AND RUSSELL GET COUNSELING

Katy Perry and Russell Brand are set to get married in the coming months,
and it appears that the couple is going to a little counseling in
anticipation of their upcoming nuptials.  According to British paper the
Daily Mirror, Perry is worried that the fact that the two are always on the
road could lead to some problems, so they’ve been talking to a therapist for
an hour a day.

BEYONCE TALKS BEING A HOUSEWIFE

Beyonce recently sat down with People magazine to talk about the inspiration
for her latest music video, “Why Don’t You Love Me.” Jay-Z’s wife said the
concept reflects her slowing down “to take a break” and be at home. In the
clip, Bey portrays “B.B. Homemaker” and explained, “It could be nice to give
a little wink toward the things that I’ve been doing, so that’s why I’m a
housewife in the video.” The song is being used for the fall campaign for
Beyonce’s House of Deréon clothing line.

LUDACRIS BEGINS NEW ALBUM

Ludacris is looking to continue the success from Battle Of The Sexes on his
next studio album, Ludaversal. The rapper recently told us that he can’t
believe how far he’s grown as an artist and why he’s looking forward to
bigger and better things. The “How Low” rapper tweeted
that he’s “back in the studio with The Neptunes…the start button has been
pushed.”  Stay up to date at Twitter.com/Ludacris.

*       Ludacris and Diddy are currently tied for having five number one
singles on Billboard’s Hot 100.

LIL WAYNE DRINKS KOOL-AID IN JAIL?

TMZ has obtained Lil Wayne’s food order from Riker’s Island last month and
reports the rapper is eating pretty well in prison. Apparently, Wayne is
allowed to have Ramen soup, Ruffles potato chips and Kool-Aid! To get new
updates on what life is like for the Young Money general, visit
WeezyThanxYou.com today.

And…

LIL WAYNE GETS SUED AGAIN!

According to TheBoomBox.com, Lil Wayne is facing a new lawsuit from his
former manager, Melissa Philipian. Interestingly enough, this is the second
time Philipian has sued the rap star – previously winning 375-thousand out
of court for breach of contract. This time, Weezy is being accused of owing
over 500-thousand in commissions, in addition to 15 percent of his total
earnings in 2006. Further, Melissa claims that she was “blackballed” by
Wayne since she hasn’t been hired by any other celebrities. The rapper is
yet to respond to the allegations.

KANYE FOLLOWS JUSTIN BIEBER ON TWITTER

Kanye West has over 670-thousand followers on Twitter and hasn’t followed
anyone for the past month, until now. The rapper has decided to follow only
one person: Justin Bieber. The two entertainers have gone back and forth
about loving each other’s music, even tweeting about wanting to collaborate
with Raekwon. Head over to their official pages to read their posts now.

NE-YO STARTED LOSING HAIR AT 13?

Ever wonder why Ne-Yo is always wearing hats? Well, we’ve learned the
singer’s hairline began receding at an early age. According to U-K’s The
Sun, he explained, “My hair starting thinning when I was 13. It runs in the
family.” The multi-talented artist added, “I initially started wearing hats
to cover up my shame. Now I don’t give a damn. I can be sexy without hair.”
In related news, his upcoming Libra Scale album will arrive on October 5th.

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FREE BIG BOI MYSPACE CONCERT

We’ve just learned Big Boi is expected to take stage tomorrow night at
Miami’s Sobe Live for HP’s Summer Music Campaign. The rapper will perform
new songs from his debut solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico
Dusty, as well as crowd favorites from his Outkast albums. The free event is
hosted by MySpace Music and will also be streamed live via Ustream at 11 PM
Eastern.

*       If you can’t make it, log on to MySpace.com/HP to catch the action!

LLOYD BANKS DROPS “ANY GIRL” VIDEO!

According to MTV News, Lloyd Banks has reportedly released the new video for
his new single, “Any Girl” featuring Lloyd. The second offering is lifted
from Lloyd’s upcoming album, The Hunger for More 2.  The “Beamer, Benz Or
Bentley” rapper’s third solo effort is going up against Nicki Minaj’s highly
anticipated Pink Friday debut on November 23rd.

*       Check out the video for “Any Girl” via MTV Jams now!

*       Here’s the song for now!

BOW WOW, NATURI TALKS LOTTERY TICKET FILM

Bow Wow and Naturi Naughton are currently promoting their new film, Lottery
Ticket. When asked why people should go and check it out, the talented
actors explained that it’s the perfect family film. The
flick also stars Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Brandon T. Jackson, Teiarra Mari,
Mike Epps and others. Be sure to check it out in theaters Friday.

FOXY BROWN INDICTED!

According to the Associated Press, Foxy Brown was recently indicted for
allegedly violating an order of protection involving her neighbor, Arlene
Raymond. The rapper is facing one year in prison if she’s convicted of
“criminal contempt in the second degree.” We’ll keep you posted with further
updates.

JANET JACKSON TO WORK WITH GAGA?

In the latest issue of Metro magazine, Janet Jackson admits that she’s a big
Lady Gaga fan. The 44-year-old explained, “What I love about Gaga is her
story, where she came from. Before she made it, before anyone knew who she
was, I knew who she was and, to see her finally make it, I was so happy.”
Jackson also spilled that if she got the chance to “work together” with Gaga
“that would be cool.”

TREY SONGZ’S SNEAK PEEK OF “BOTTOMS UP”

Rap-Up.com reports Trey Songz has leaked a teaser clip for his new single,
“Bottoms Up” with Nicki Minaj. The R&B singer gives a lengthy preview of
what fans can expect from the Anthony Mandler-directed video. Check out the
sneak peek now!

*       The single is lifted from Trey’s upcoming Passion, Pain & Pleasure
album, which will arrive September 14th.

*       VIDEO LINK:  http://vimeo.com/14183974

DAVID BANNER SPILLS ON NEXT SINGLE

While telling us all about his upcoming Death Of A Pop Star album, David
Banner spilled on the next singles he has lined up.

“‘Be With You’ with Ludacris and Marsha Ambrosius, yes super dope,
and then the third single actually has 9th Wonder rapping on it and Erykah
Badu.”

Death Of A Pop Star with 9th Wonder will arrive on November 9th.

NICOLE FROM PCD ONLY WEARS VICTORIA BECKHAM

Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger has been spotted wearing a few
different dresses designed by Victoria Beckham while appearing as a guest
judge on British TV show The X-Factor and one website seems to know why.
GraziaDaily.co.uk reports that Nicole has come to an agreement to solely
wear clothes made by the former Spice Girl for her entire time on the hit
program.

MADONNA CELEBRATES HER BIRTHDAY

Madonna was spotted out celebrating her 52nd birthday over the weekend in
London.  According to British paper the Daily Mail, the Queen of Pop was
seen arriving at a party holding a purse with a crucifix on it and with
daughter Lourdes and boyfriend Jesus Luz in tow.  See some pictures now at
DailyMail.co.uk.

JUSTIN BIEBER GETS HIT WITH A BOTTLE

Justin Bieber was hit in the head with a water bottle at a recent radio
concert.  Footage of the incident popped up on the web.  After getting
struck, Bieber bounced back saying, “Ow, that didn’t feel good.”  The
16-year-old is currently out on his My World Tour, which rolls into
Nashville, Tennessee tomorrow night.

RIHANNA SETS ANOTHER RECORD

Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna jumps to the top spot on
the Pop songs radio airplay chart this week.  According to RihannaNow.com,
that marks six number one singles for Rihanna.  She is now tied Mariah
Carey, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, who have previously had six number one hits on
the chart.  “Love the Way You Lie” is also enjoying its third week at the
number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

DR DRE NOT ON ICE CUBE’S I AM THE WEST ALBUM?

Over the weekend, Ice Cube took to his blog to announce that Dr Dre has not
contributed to his I Am The West album. The rap veteran explained on his
blog that the super producer has been “M.I.A. for a few months now.” Cube
added that he even touched base with Snoop Dogg about Dre’s whereabouts, but
had no luck. In any case, the 15-track album is still being mixed and will
be ready for its September 28th launch date. In related news, be sure to
watch the rapper in the new film Lottery Ticket with Bow Wow, when it hits
theaters on August 20th.

TREY SONGZ BAD REALITY SHOW RATINGS?

Trey Songz might be the hottest R&B singer out right now, but the ratings
for his BET reality show My Moment are not looking good. The series
premiered immediately following the 2010 BET Awards, but the viewership has
continued to decline, with this week’s episode attracting only 460-thousand
viewers. PerezHilton.com reports the show is the lowest rated of all shows
on cable! Ouch!

DAVID BANNER ON DEATH OF A POP STAR

Last week, we got the chance to talk to David Banner about the direction of
his upcoming album, Death Of A Pop Star. The Mississippi native told us that
unlike 2008’s The Greatest Story Ever Told:

“Everything about this album…if people are a little uncomfortable
with this album I really meant it to be that way.  I want to shake people up
like we got Martians on the cover, its purple, and pink, and green, like I
wanted to be different.”

Death Of A Pop Star, which was produced by 9th Wonder, is currently slated
for a November 9th release.

DMX’S EX WIFE EXPLAINS SEPARATION

After 13 years of marriage, DMX’s ex-wife is speaking up about what caused
the end of their relationship. Tashera Simmons explained that “he had four
other children” that she “didn’t know about.” According to DrewReports.com,
Tashera stated, “The drugs already [were] too much but then the cheating; I
didn’t even know he had time to do that.” She added, “There was just a lot
of unprotected sex and I have kids to take care of. I started thinking about
all of that and I was like, I can’t do it anymore. I felt he took me for
granted.”

FANTASIA IN SEX SCANDAL?

According to Charlotte’s NBC affiliate, Fantasia Barrino is potentially
facing a lawsuit for allegedly having an affair with a married man. A woman
named Paula Cook is accusing her estranged husband, Antwuan Cook, of making
a sex tape with the former American Idol winner. Paula claims in documents
that her husband and Fantasia have “at times recorded their illicit sexual
activity,” and since a third party can be sued for breaking up a marriage,
Fanny could be in hot water. We’ll keep you posted with further updates.

TREY AND MELANIE POSE FOR ROC-A-WEAR

We’ve just learned Trey Songz and Melanie Fiona have been tapped to appear
as the new faces for Roc-A-Wear’s fall fashion line. YourMusicMyWorld.com
reports the singing sensations are posing in exclusive gear that can be seen
in the September issues of Vibe and XXL magazines!

Check’em out!
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ERYKAH PREMIERES “WINDOW SEAT” REMIX VIDEO

Unlike the original “Window Seat” video, Erykah Badu opted to keep her
clothes on for newly released remix video with Rick Ross. In the clip for
“Window Seat, Part II,” the singer is picked up from jail in Ross’ Porsche,
which then segues into a mini-heist movie with Badu’s new single, “Get
Money” off New Amerykah Pt. II, playing in the background. Check it out on
YouTube now!

*       Badu recently pled not guilty to disorderly conduct charges for
walking naked through Dallas’ Dealey Plaza in Texas. She was also fined 500
dollars.

SHYNE TO GIVE LIVE USTREAM INTERVIEW

Wanna know more information about Shyne’s first album since being released
from prison? Be sure to tune into the rapper’s live UStream account or
XXLMag.com tomorrow at 4 PM Eastern to ask the former Bad Boy artist
anything you want. We previously reported Shyne was unable to enter the U-S
since he was deported to his homeland of Belize after serving nine years in
prison on felony gun charges.

WORST OF WHITNEY HOUSTON

Yesterday, Whitney Houston turned 47 years old. As great as she is, the
singer has had some off performances. Check out this YouTube video of
Houston’s worst on-stage moments!

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BEYONCE TO LAUNCH SECOND PERFUME LINE?

After the impressive response to her Heat fragrance, Beyonce is reportedly
ready to reveal her second scent, Heat Ultimate Elixir. According to
TheBeyonceNetwork.com, the singer’s second perfume line is “concentrated”
with “more intense” spicy-floral Red Vanilla Orchid. Fans will be able to
purchase Heat Ultimate Elixir at department stores nationwide on September
20th.

CHRIS BROWN AND TWISTA “MAKE A MOVIE”

For the first time ever, Chris Brown and Twista have teamed up for a new
song called “Make A Movie.” The track is reportedly off the rapper’s
upcoming album, The Perfect Storm. It’s unknown when the disc will hit
stores but you can check out the song via Rap-Up.com now.

NEW JEEZY MIXTAPE COMING THIS WEEK!

According to RapRadar.com, Young Jeezy is getting ready to release another
mixtape, this one will be called 1,000 Grams Vol. 1. The project follows the
Snowman’s recent Trap Or Die 2. While Thug Motivation 103 won’t arrive until
September 28th, fans will be able to download the new material on Thursday
at 1:03 PM Eastern.

SWIZZ BEATS HELPS DRAFT “GUCCI TIME”

Swizz Beatz lends his production talents on a new song off Gucci Mane’s
highly anticipated album, The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted. The track is
aptly titled “Gucci Time” and warns doubters that he’s hungrier than ever
this time around. Be sure to look out for La Flare’s new disc on September
28th.

*       “Gucci Time” SONG LINK:

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FAT JOE SAYS GO GET HIS ALBUM!

Album sales are overrated. Fat Joe’s latest album failed to crack the top
ten on the Billboard 200 chart, but he told us why The Darkside: Vol 1 is
still a classic body of work.

“Well if you love real hip-hop and you don’t get this album you’re
playing yourself because it’s undeniable, it’s great music. I mean, at least
listen to it online first if you don’t think so. Just listen to it.”

The Darkside: Vol 1 includes contributions from Trey Songz, R Kelly, Lil
Wayne, Young Jeezy and many more. Add Joe’s disc to your collection today!

AND…

FAT JOE WANTS TO END 50 CENT BEEF

After promoting his latest album, The Darkside Vol. 1, Fat Joe told MTV that
he’s ready to end the long-standing feud with 50 Cent. The “Slow Down”
rapper explained that the beef can end if the two lock themselves in a
bathroom and handle their issues “like men,” then they “can hug each other
and keep it moving that day after that.” Joe feels the physical
confrontation is the best way to end the friction. Head over to MTV.com to
read the full interview.

SNOOP DOGG, DRAKE ON NBA 2K11 SOUNDTRACK

2k Sports has released the tracklisting for their upcoming game, NBA 2K11.
This year’s guest appearances will include only the biggest and the best
artists.  They’ll compliment NBA legend Michael Jordan, who graces the cover
of the game.  It hits shelves on October 5th.

NBA 2K11 tracklist:

Snoop Dogg – “NBA 2K Theme”, Big Boi – “Shutterbug”, Drake – “Over”, Cassidy – “Game Time”, Ron Artest – “Champion”

Duck-Down All-Stars – “Better Than You”, The Alan Parsons Project – “Sirius”, Art vs. Science – “Hollywood”

Big Rock Candy Mountain – “Rocketship”, Brunettes – “Red Rollerskates”, Chicharones – “Little By Little”

Children Collide – “Skeleton Dance”, Constellations ft. Asher Roth – “We’re Here To Save The Day”

Dan Black ft. Kid Cudi – “Symphonies (Remix)”, Delorean – “Deli”, Ev – “Home Of The Brave (Instrumental)”

Failsafe – “Hope & Only If We Learn”, HOGNI – “Bow Down”, Kidz In Space – “Downtime”, Middleman – “It’s Not Over Yet”

Rakaa ft. Aloe Blaac – “Crown Of Thorns”, The Redland – “So Far”, The Russian Futurists – “Paul Simon & Precious Metals”

Sonny Bones – “Rise”, Two Door Cinema Club – “I Can Talk”,

Yung Autmatik & Bayroot Productions – “Go Hard or Go Home”, Dux Jones – “Pourin’ It On”

MELANIE TALKS APPEAL, NEXT ALBUM

Melanie Fiona is hard at work on her forthcoming sophomore album,
tentatively titled The MF Files. The “It Kills Me” singer is confident about
her continued success since she’s unlike any other artist out.

“It’s the fact that as a new artist I can say, I have my album
released overseas before I have it released in America. I’ve been able to
saturate German, Swiss, Italian, French, U-K, Canadian markets before even
coming back to America. A lot of new artists don’t get that luck. They kind
of throw you to stick on the wall over here and be like ‘are you going to
work?’ and then other people buy into it but I’ve had the opportunity to be
global because of the sound that I do. So that’s the pay off for me.”

The Canadian songbird is yet to provide a release date for The MF Files.
We’ll keep you posted!

NEW KANYE SINGLE COMING IN THREE WEEKS!

If you missed Kanye West’s recent UStream video, then you’ll be surprised to
know that he intends to drop a new single, called “Lost in the World” or
“All of the Lights,” in the next three weeks. The “Power” rapper also stated
that his fourth studio album, formally titled Good Ass Job, will no longer
arrive in September. Instead, he told fans to expect the disc to land
“sometime in November.” Be sure to follow ‘Ye on Twitter for more updates!

CHRISTINA GOING TO LIVE NATION?

According to various reports, Christina Aguilera could follow Madonna, U2
and Jay-Z over at Live Nation.  Christina is currently signed to a long term
contract with RCA Records, according to her manager Irving Azoff, who
coincidentally is the executive chairman of Live Nation.  Azoff took to
Twitter to say that the singer and actress is not thinking about switching
labels, rather she’s focused on her upcoming movie, Burlesque, which comes
out in November.  He added that Live Nation is not a record company.  He
also noted that RCA is not giving up on Christina due to sluggish sales of
her latest album.  Aguilera’s Bionic album is up two spots to number 55 on
the Billboard album chart and has sold over 208-thousand copies since its
release seven weeks ago.

GAGA GOES CROWD SURFING

Lady Gaga didn’t only perform at Lollapalooza over the weekend – she went
crowd surfing too.  According to many different outlets, the “Bad Romance”
singer jumped into the crowd during the Semi Precious Weapons’ set at the
Chicago festival, wearing an outfit made of fishnets and not too much more.
Check out the video at TMZ.com.

NICOLE FROM PCD DOES RENT

Pussycat Doll lead singer Nicole Scherzinger is starring in Neil Patrick
Harris’ production of Rent in L-A, and some footage from the show’s opening
night has just been posted online.  Head to YouTube now to see Nicole’s
version of the tune “Take Me or Leave Me.”

NICKI MINAJ SPILLS ON STATUS OF PINK FRIDAY

Nicki Minaj explained to MTV News the status of her much anticipated debut
album, Pink Friday. The “Your Love” rapper shared that the project is
“progressing miraculously” and added, “It’s coming out way better than I
could even have imagined or dreamed or hoped for.” After being on some many
features, she said, “It’s been very exciting to finally just make music that
I love and not really having to incorporate myself on someone else’s
record…I’ve been having a really great time.” The Young Money star
revealed an unreleased song called “Right Through Me” will be “a standout”
because it’s “a really, really pretty song” that’s “really insightful but in
a very conversational kind of way.”

DJ KHALED GOES PLATINUM WITH “ALL I DO IS WIN

We’ve just learned DJ Khaled’s smash single, “All I Do Is Win,” was recently
certified platinum by the RIAA. The hitmaker tweeted: “Thank you so much to
everyone! We did it! We the best!” The hit song, lifted from Khaled’s latest
album Victory, managed to sell over 500-thousand copies. You can download
the remix for “All I Do Is Win” featuring Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes,
Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz and T-Pain exclusively
on iTunes. <WM>

DAVID BANNER TALKS WYCLEF FOR PRESIDENT

While telling us all about his upcoming Death Of A Pop Star album, David
Banner gave his input on Wyclef Jean looking to become the President of
Haiti. In related news, after announcing his
candidacy, The Smoking Gun reports Jean is expected to resign his leadership
role from the Yéle Haiti organization. Several documents have surfaced
showing that funds from the organization were allegedly used for rent and
production services by Wyclef and his business partner.

And…

WYCLEF SPEAKS ON RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT

During a recent interview with Time magazine, Wyclef Jean explained why he’s
so anxious to get involved politically in his native homeland Haiti. The
GRAMMY Award-winning artist explained, “If not for the earthquake, I
probably would have waited another 10 years before doing this.” Jean added,
“The quake drove home to me that Haiti can’t wait another 10 years for us to
bring it into the 21st century.” The artist is confident that he’s doing the
right thing by “taking five years out to serve my country as President”
because if he didn’t do it “then everything I’ve been singing about, like
equal rights, doesn’t mean anything.”

KANYE WEST: “I’M A CHANGED MAN”

While performing at the SINGfest music festival in Singapore, Kanye West
declared himself “a new man” during his new song, “Power.” The rapper has
endured major scrutiny after his infamous VMA moment with Taylor Swift last
year, but it looks like he is ready to turn it around. Ye’s freestyle over
the lead single from his upcoming album, which hits stores on September
14th, can be seen on YouTube now.

And…

HERE’S KANYE’S NEW ‘POWER ‘ VIDEO PREVIEW INCASE YOU MISSED IT LAST NIGHT!

TRINA DROPS “MY BITCHES” VIDEO

Just a few days after releasing the “Party Like A White Girl” video, Trina
has unveiled the official clip for “My Bitches.” It’s the third single off
the Miami native’s Amazin’ LP, which is available now.  Check out the video
at WorldStarHipHop.com!

JANELLE MONAE LEAKS “COLD WAR” VIDEO

According to Pitchfork, Janelle Monae has released the video for her new
single, “Cold War.” The track is off the singer’s critically acclaimed
album, The ArchAndroid, which is available now. Head to Pitchfork.com to
check out the clip. In related news, Monae is up for the MTV Video Music
Award for Best Choreography for “Tightrope” at this year’s awards show. Be
sure to tune in to the VMAs when they air live from the Nokia Theater in Los
Angeles on Sunday, September 12th at 9 PM (Live Eastern/Tape delayed
Pacific).

*       VIDEO LINK:
http://pitchfork.com/tv/#/musicvideo/6926-janelle-monae-cold-war-wondaland-a
rts-societybad-boy-records

SEAN KINGSTON DROPS NEW VIDEO

Sean Kingston’s has released a video for his new single, “Letting Go (Dutty
Love).”  The clip features Nicki Minaj and sounds like a sure-fire hit.
Kingston is currently opening for Justin Bieber on his My World Tour, which
rolls into North Carolina on Sunday night.

*       SEE IT!
http://thatgrapejuice.net/2010/08/video-sean-kingston-letting-dutty-love-ft-
nicki-minaj/

DR. DRE INSPIRED BY THE SOLAR SYSTEM

According to NME.com, Dr. Dre has revealed that he is in the process of
making an instrumental album based on the solar system! The mega producer
says that he’s wanted to do this for a long time after “studying the planets
and learning the personalities of each planet.” He rightfully plans to name
the project, The Planets. The LP will be his “interpretation of what each
planet sounds like.” Meanwhile, Dre is still set to release his highly
anticipated album Detox, which is now not scheduled to be released until
2011.

*       This is not an original concept – something similar was
already written by British composer Gustav Holst between 1914 and 1916. He
wrote a seven minute orchestral suite called The Planets, with a song named
for each of the seven known planets at the time. “Mars” was his best known
piece.

NELLY ALBUM UPDATE!

According to Rap-Up.com, Nelly plans to release his sixth studio album,
titled 5.0, this fall. After unleashing the two singles, “Tippin’ in da
Club” and “Just a Dream,” fans can expect the follow-up to 2008’s Brass
Knuckles to hit stores on November 16th.

T.I., CHRIS BROWN PERFORM AT TAKERS EVENT

At the Takers premiere after party at Hollywood’s Boulevard3 club on
Wednesday night, T.I. showcased “Yeah Ya Know,” which is on the film’s
soundtrack, and performed “Got Your Back” with Keri Hilson. Then, Chris
Brown got the crowd hyped by dancing to “Teach Me How to Dougie,” “This Is
How We Do It,” “Jump Around,” “Poison” and other party records. Breezy also
rocked out to his classic songs including “Wall to Wall” and “Forever” as
well as newer material like “No Bulls**t” and “Deuces” with Young Money’s
Tyga and Kevin McCall.  Be sure to see Takers, which also stars Idris Elba
and Paul Walker.  The film opens on August 27th.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xeavpd_titakerspremiere_webcam

NEW DIGGY SIMMONS

ConcreteLoop.com reports Diggy Simmons has just released a new song called
“Thinkin Bout U” featuring Bei Maejor. The track is lifted from the
15-year-old’s forthcoming mixtape, Airborne. It’s unknown when the young
emcee will complete his first album on Atlantic Records.

*       In addition, Rev Run’s middle son is looking to debut a sneaker
line, Chivalrous Culture, next month.

*       SONG LINK:  <http://www.zshare.net/audio/784964060de99fb6/>

BEANIE SIGEL DISSES JAY-Z AGAIN

Beanie Sigel has reportedly released another song targeting his former label
mate and confidant, Jay-Z. During a performance at Baltimore’s Sonar
nightclub, Beanz took aim at Hov on a revamped version of R. Kelly’s “Bump
and Grind.” The rapper compared Jay to NBA legend Michael Jordan by saying
that he needs to retire already. This comes after Sigel recently let
everyone know his issues with the mogul in “I Ain’t Ya Average Cat,”
followed by threats to Drake for allowing Jay-Z to talk recklessly about
Beanie on Drizzy’s “Light Up.”

*       In related news, Beanz is working on a new album that will include
contributions from Travis Barker and Trey Songz.

SHAQ JOINS JUSTIN BIEBER ON STAGE

Justin Bieber took the stage at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday
night.  Bieber was joined by NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, who came on stage to
rap Ludacris’ part on his song “Baby.”  The teen singer tweeted after the
show that the “crowd went nuts.”  Bieber also added that he got sick halfway
through the show, and his people wanted him to cancel, but he powered
through and said his fans gave him his second wind.  Bieber’s My World Tour
rolls into North Carolina on Sunday night.

EMINEM NOTCHES FIFTH STRAIGHT WEEK ON TOP

Eminem’s Recovery maintains the top spot on the Billboard album chart for
the fifth straight week, selling another 187-thousand copies, according to
Nielsen SoundScan.  Rick Ross’ Teflon Don bows at number two selling over
176-thousand copies.  Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles From Memphis debuts at number
three with 55-thousand copies, marking her eighth top ten album.  Drake’s
Thank Me Later falls one spot to number four, while Kidz Bop 18 starts at
number five.  Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 slides one spot to number six and
has now sold over 1.5 million copies.  The Jonas Brothers’ soundtrack to
their Disney Channel TV series Jonas L.A. bows at number seven, selling over
32-thousand copies.

RICK FAILS TO BEAT OUT EMINEM ON BILLBOARD 200

Even though Rick Ross failed to debut at number one on the Billboard 200
chart, the rapper was able to sell over 176-thousand for his latest album,
Teflon Don. The Def Jam artist was originally projected to beat out Eminem’s
Recovery album – which has remained on top for it’s the fifth straight week.
With contributions from Kanye West, Jay-Z, T.I., Raphael Saadiq and Drake,
the emcee’s fourth studio effort is definitely one that should be added to
your collection. <WM>

RIHANNA WANTS A LADY GAGA COLLABORATION

The U-K’s MTV News reports that Rihanna has revealed the one person she’s
dying to work with: Lady Gaga. The “Te Amo” songbird explained, “A
collaboration between Gaga and myself would be really cool because we do a
similar type of music and we both really love fashion.” The pop star
believes teaming up would result in a “very hot and sexy video,” adding, “I
would love to collaborate with her. Who wouldn’t?” Only time will tell,
especially since both singers are recording new albums for 2011. <WM>

DIDDY OWES NYC

According to the New York Daily News, Diddy owes the city of New York nearly
one-million dollars. Puff’s Bad Boy Entertainment company was hit for
illegally displaying posters all over the tri-state area. A spokesman for
the mogul claimed the 966-thousand dollar debt was paid three years ago and
lawyers are currently reviewing the records. <WM>

*       In addition, Doug E. Fresh, Remy Ma’s defense lawyer and Mickey
Rourke’s plastic surgeon also owe large sums to New York City.

CHRIS BROWN AND USHER RECORD DUET?

In addition to performing at Jamaica’s Sumfest Festival last weekend, Usher
and Chris Brown have reportedly recorded a song together. The track took
only two days to create at a Montego Bay recording studio. The untitled song
marks the first time the R&B stars have joined forces. Visit the
JamiacaObserver.com to learn more now. <WM>

FOXY’S LAWYER QUITS BEFORE COURT DATE

Foxy Brown may have seemed nonchalant about her court case at a recent
concert in New York City, but there’s no denying the serious jail time she
faces if convicted for violating an order of protection. According to New
York’s Daily News, her lawyer, Bruce Barron, announced that he is no longer
representing Brown and the new attorney, Salvatore Strazzullo, attempted to
get Foxy an order of protection against her accuser but was denied. While
Brown has entered a not guilty plea, she’s looking at seven years in prison
if found guilty for violating a restraining order on her neighbor, Arlene
Raymond. We’ll keep you posted with further updates. <WM>

FAT JOE HAS A CRUSH ON JAZMINE SULLIVAN?

After recently laying down vocals on Jazmine Sullivan’s new single “Holdin’
You Down,” Fat Joe shared some surprising news with us.
It’s unknown if the revamped version will appear on the soulful R&B singer’s
sophomore album. Be sure to pick up Joe’s latest The Darkside Vol. 1 effort,
available online and in stores now. <WM>

FAITH EVANS MOVED TO OCTOBER

UrbanBridgez.com reports Faith Evans’ forthcoming comeback album, Something
About Faith, has received a new launch date. Fans will be able to hear the
entire disc on October 5th with the first official single slated to premiere
in the coming weeks. We’ll keep you posted with further updates. <WM>

KID CUDI DELAYED…AGAIN!

Just days after announcing a new release date, Kid Cudi has once again
changed the launch date for his upcoming Man on the Moon 2: The Legend of
Mr. Rager. Instead of arriving on September 28th, the rapper’s sophomore
effort will now hit stores on October 26th. Rap-Up.com reports that neither
the rapper nor the label have explained the reason for the change. <WM>

USHER LEAKS “HOT TODDY” WITH JAY-Z

On his forthcoming album Versus, Usher picks up right where he left off on
Raymond V Raymond. Rap-Up.com has posted a song from the new disc called
“Hot Toddy,” which features Jay-Z. We’ve just learned the CD version will
include songwriter Ester Dean on the hook instead of Ciara. Versus will
arrive on August 24th. <WM>

Usher feat. Jay-Z “Hot Toddy”

KANYE PLAYS FACEBOOK HEADQUARTERS

Rap-Up.com reports Kanye West made an appearance at Facebook’s headquarters
in Palo Alto, California to meet with fans and perform four exclusive new
songs. The previously unheard tracks are “Mama’s Boyfriend,” “Lost in the
World,” “Chain Heavy” and “Sweat on My Face” – all of which will appear on
Ye’s forthcoming effort. You can check out the footage on YouTube now! <WM>

*       Kanye’s fourth studio effort arrives in stores on September 14th.

*       Head over West’s official blog to read his message to fans!

 KEYSHIA COLE NAMES NEW ALBUM

TheHipHopDiva.com has learned Keyshia Cole is hard at work on her fourth
studio album and she’s considering calling the project Keyshia. The
follow-up to 2008’s A Different Me has no confirmed release date at this
time. <WM>

KANYE WEST NOW ON TWITTER!

It seems that no celebrity can resist creating an account on Twitter. Fans
will now be able to follow Kanye West on the social networking site. His
account has been verified and as yet, he isn’t following any of his famous
friends. Be sure to keep up with the rapper at Twitter.com/KanyeWest. <WM>

*       UPDATE! The rapper just tweeted that he’s decided to rename his
upcoming studio album which was formerly named Good Ass Job. He wrote, “I’m
bouncing a couple of titles around now.” The disc will still drop on
September 14th. We’ll keep you posted!

T.I. ISSUES NEW PROMO PICS FOR KING UNCAGED

Even though T.I. has pushed his album back to this fall, fans shouldn’t
count the rapper out. The Dream says he’s heard Tip’s comeback effort and
spilled on what the Atlanta native is cookin’ up.

“He’s elevated every time, you think it right now though hes rappin
in space right now, but not in a place that we don’t know, it’s in the same
area but its wide, it’s just wider.”

Tip has just released promo photos for his new album, King Uncaged, which
will hit stores on September 28th. Head over to Rap-Up.com for the images
now. <WM>

ARETHA FRANKLIN DUETS WITH CONDOLEEZZA RICE

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reportedly teamed with Aretha
Franklin during a charity concert in Philadelphia. Billboard.com reports the
soul legend belted out “Respect” and “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”
while Rice played a Mozart piano concerto, all to assist in raising money
for underprivileged youth. The event earned over 580-thousand dollars! <WM>

 50 CENT APPEARS ON THE VIEW

50 Cent recently stopped by The View to talk about his dramatic weight loss
for Things Fall Apart, the scars from removing tattoos, his Vitamin Water
deal and more. Check it out now! <WM>

SHAQ LOVES JUSTIN BIEBER

Shaquille O’Neill showed up at Justin Bieber’s soundcheck in Phoenix,
Arizona earlier this week.  The NBA star took some time to serenade Bieber
and to share his love for the teen idol.  Earlier, Bieber almost got into
trouble while riding a Segway outside the U-S Airways Center.  A flock of
young girls spotted the singer and starting chasing him, eventually catching
him.  Bieber escaped unharmed.  <JC>

*       VIDEO!  See video of Shaq and the segway incident here:
http://perezhilton.com/category/justin-bieber

DOES MADONNA ACT LIKE A DIVA?

Does Madonna act like a diva when she has to fly commercial airlines?  A
source told British paper the Daily Star that on a recent Virgin Atlantic
flight from New York to London, the pop star bought out an entire aisle in
first class for herself and her entourage.  She also wouldn’t let the flight
attendants “walk down her aisle or ask her any questions, they had to go
through her assistants.” <ZS>

TRAVIE McCOY & KID CUDI ADDED TO SSMF

Travie McCoy and Kid Cudi have been added to the third annual Sunset Strip
Music Festival.  The event, which celebrates the famed Sunset Strip in West
Hollywood, California will take place on August 26th through the 28th.  The
fest will also feature performances from The Smashing Pumpkins, Slash,
Fergie, Common, Neon Trees and more.  <JC>

*       Sunset Boulevard between San Vicente and Doheny will be closed to
traffic during the event.

*       Last year’s SSMF drew over 10-thansound fans to The Strip to see
sets from Ozzy Osbourne, Korn and more.

*       General admission, VIP and 3-Day VIP tickets are on sale through
Ticketmaster.  Street fest tickets are $49.50 in advance.

*       The SSMF is donating a portion of all tickets sold to the Los
Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), a charity whose mission is to end
homelessness, one kid at a time, by providing shelter, food and counseling
for the abused, neglected and abandoned.

GRAMMY AUCTION!

A GRAMMY charity auction is taking place now online.  The auction features
signed items from Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Lil Wayne,
P!nk, Taylor Swift and many more.  Head over to Ebay.com/GRAMMY to check out
all the items.  All proceeds will benefit MusiCares and the GRAMMY
Foundation.  <JC>

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