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Gearing up for the release of Speedin Bullet 2 Heaven arriving on Friday. Kid Cudi hypes fans with this record. Let us know what you think!

During last night’s Cud Life tour in Dallas, CuDi announced he will be releasing a Prelude EP, produced by Dot Da Genius within the next 3 months. No release date set, until 24 hours before it’s release. – [RR]

Kid Cudi’s cover and tracklist for his upcoming album “INDICUD” have hit the web.

After releasing his new single “Immortal“, Cudi has now released the tracklist and artwork for his third official project.

INDICUD drops April 23, 2013.

TRACKLIST:

1. The Resurrection Of Scott Mescudi
2. Unfuckwittable
3. Just What I Am (feat. King Chip)
4. Young Lady
5. King Wizard
6. Immortal
7. Solo Dolo Part II (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
8. Girls (feat. Too $hort)
9. New York City Rage Fest
10. Red Eye
11. Mad Solar
12. Beez
13. Brothers
14. Burn Baby Burn
15. Lord Of The Sad And Lonely
16. Cold Blooded
17. Afterwards (Bring Yo Friends)
18. The Flight Of The Moon Man

MUSIC

So earlier this week Lil Wayne signed The Stafford Brothers to YMCMB, Well here is there first record!

VIDEO

So it looks like Cudi’s album will be coming out in March, this isn’t a official single but like he said a scooby snack! peep King Wizard!

Lifestyle

Now its getting really cold here in California! So we all need a jacket! Well Beverly Hills Tradition has us covered with there new varsity jacket more info here!

LIL KIM OWES OVER A MILLION IN BACK TAXES!

According to TMZ, Lil Kim can’t seem to remember to pay her taxes on time. Apparently, the fem-cee failed to pay the government from 2002 to 2009 and owes a whopping one-million dollars in back taxes. Her rep has responded to the news by revealing Kim “hired professional attorneys to handle this matter.” Her rep added, “She, along with her team of legal experts, are working cooperatively and diligently with the IRS and federal authorities to amicably resolve the situation.”

KID CUDI REMOVES HIMSELF FROM TWITTER

Kid Cudi needs a break from Twitter. In case you missed it, the rapper wrote to his 389-thousand followers that he’s “going away for a while” from the social networking site. He said in his last message, “Since y’all won’t hear from me, I hope you all like the album when it comes out Feb 28th.” The rapper then added, “I really worked hard to do my best. Thank You.” It’s unknown why he’ll no longer tweet or if this is just temporary. In related news, after Cudi drops his new WZRD LP later this month. He’s set to begin recording another project immediately following the release.

In 2009, Kid Cudi deleted his official account and returned two years later.

RIHANNA WANTS TO REMIX “BIRTHDAY CAKE”

Rihanna recently announced on her Twitter account that she’s considering a remix for her newest single, “Birthday Cake.” She wrote, “Now here’s the trick question! #IF I put collaborator on it, who would u wanna see lick the icing off????? #CAKE.” As her fans responded with random suggestions, Ri Ri followed-up her original tweet with “I need somebody #DIRRRTY on my Birthday #CAKE 😉 lol.” This seemed to be a subliminal call to Christina Aguilera’s hit single. Looks like we’ll have to wait and see.

JUDGE ORDERS THAT BOW WOW BE ARRESTED ON SIGHT

Poor Bow Wow. A Georgia judge has reportedly granted permission for the rapper to be arrested and held until he resolves a lawsuit from a Tennessee bus company. According to TMZ, Chad failed to pay 100-thousand for a tour bus he used back in 2009 and also did not respond to the suit. The news comes just a few weeks after we reported that the rap star still owes a significant amount of money in back taxes to the IRS.

His seventh solo album, Underrated, is due on March 13th.

JAZMINE SULLIVAN RETURNS TO STUDIO! 

R&B fans will be happy to know that Jazmine Sullivan has announced that she’s begun recording the follow-up to 2010’s Love Me Back. The singer, who previously said she needed a break from music to “figure out who I am…w/out a [mic], paper or pen,” recently tweeted that she was in the studio working on her new album. Jaz revealed that she was “writing a freak nasty song [with] pops my mom and two aunts… Lol. #uncomfortable.” We’ll keep you posted with further details on the status of her untitled disc.

BUSTA RHYMES CAN’T STAND FAKE RAPPERS

Busta Rhymes is slowly but surely readying his comeback album, which marks his first record since 2009’s Back on My B.S. The hip hop heavyweight recently told us that his biggest pet peeve in the industry is fake rappers. While he’s still crafting his upcoming project, E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) 2: End of the World), you can check out the visual for his latest buzz single, “Why Stop Now” featuring Chris Brown via his official website.

DRAKE RESPONDS TO “MARVIN’S ROOM” LAWSUIT

We previously reported Drake is being sued for his latest single, “Marvin’s Room,” by his ex-girlfriend, Ericka Lee. While Lee claimed that the Young Money star excluded her from co-writer royalties for the smash single, Drizzy’s rep denies the allegations. A spokesperson for Drake told XXLMag.com, “This claim is entirely without merit and our client has not engaged in any wrongful conduct… [Lee] did not ask for any compensation. It was only after she retained a lawyer that there was a demand for payment.” Lee is actually the woman heard on the phone in the beginning of the track and she now wants a judge to declare her as a co-writer and award her an undisclosed amount in damages.

PRIVATE JET COMPANY DROPS LAWSUIT AGAINST JAY-Z

Do you remember when news broke that Jay-Z was being sued for allegedly failing to pay a six-figure bill for a private jet he used back in 2010? Well it looks like the lawsuit for the 137-thousand dollar luxury aircraft has been dropped. While it’s unknown if a settlement was reached, Hova was initially accused of not paying for the full 55 hours of flying time on the jet.

NICK CANNON SAYS HE’S 100 PERCENT BETTER!

After suffering from some health issues late last month, Nick Cannon made an appearance in Indianapolis to host the NBC’s pre-Super Bowl show. The 31-year-old was hospitalized for mild kidney failure, but maintains that he’s doing much better. In addition, Mariah Carey’s husband claims he has made plenty of changes to his lifestyle, including a much healthier diet. The entertainer told the Associated Press that the event was “a great place to get back and debut the healthy Nick.”

– This spring, Cannon will begin working with Lionsgate on his directorial debut.

MTV2’S HIP HOP CELEBRATION CONTINUES

MTV2 recently announced the next singles to be featured on MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts. Hosted by Sway, the show will take a look at the major impact of tracks like “Straight Outta Compton” from California hip-hop group N.W.A., “O.P.P.” from East Coast trio Naughty by Nature, and Chicago native Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.” Fans can expect to hear from the legends themselves, as well as from other artists and insiders including Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. MTV2 will continue the hip-hop celebration with Hottest MC’s in the Game VII, followed by Sucker Free Certified. Tune in on February 19th at 10 PM and join the party!

– On June 11th, 2011, Naughty By Nature became the first hip-hop group to perform at Fenway Park.

MTV BRINGS BACK YO! MTV RAPS

We recently learned MTV has announced plans to honor hip hop’s past by airing a special called MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts. Hosted by Sway Calloway, the 30-minute retrospective will reportedly include classic hip hop that will take viewers back to the golden era of the genre. Be sure to tune in Sunday, February 19th at 10 PM.

On the same night, MTV will also air the Sucker Free Countdown, which will list five Sucker Free Certified rappers. Tune in to that at 11 PM.

DIDDY TO LAUNCH A CABLE NETWORK?

According to Rap-Up.com, Diddy is looking to expand his entrepreneurship by launching a new cable music network called Revolt. The mogul, along with former MTV programming chief Andy Schuon, are reportedly negotiating a deal with Comcast and Time Warner. If all goes as planned, the network will be up and running by December 12th, 2012.

MARY J BLIGE REACTS TO OSCAR SNUB

When we first heard Mary J Blige contributed “The Living Proof” to the soundtrack for The Help, we assumed she would be nominated for Best Original Song at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. She expressed her disappointment on Twitter and wrote, “I’m so thankful for true fans like you all. It saddens me & feels like the Academy is being mean. 2 only nominate 2 of the 5 slots is…….” In related news, the flick was recognized in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

DMX TO ISSUE TWO NEW ALBUMS IN 2012

According to HipHop-N-More.com, DMX will technically release two new albums this year. While the rapper is still working on his much-talked-about comeback project, Seven Arts Entertainment Inc. has announced that it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire industry veteran David Michery’s music assets. Confused? Well, the assets include two full albums by DMX, which contain previously unreleased music. Fans can expect the first disc, Undisputed, to arrive this March.

DMX is the only artist in the history of The Billboard 200 to reach number one with his first five albums.

BIRDMAN BETS 5 MILLION ON SUPER BOWL GAME

When you got money to blow, you’re able to do the unthinkable. Birdman recently tweeted that he’s placed a huge bet on the New England Patriots taking down the New York Giants at the upcoming Super Bowl game. While he bet one million last year, he’s upped the ante by betting five-million dollars. We’ll see who wins when Super Bowl 46 is played on Sunday, February 5th on NBC.

Baby revealed that Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is his nephew.

WHITNEY HOUSTON IS ALLEGEDLY BROKE?

There’s speculation going around that Whitey Houston has blown through her millions. A source told RadarOnline.com, “Whitney’s fortune is gone. Music industry heavy hitters are supporting her and her label is fronting her cash against her next album, but no one knows when that will be released.” The insider described that Houston is “broke as a joke,” however the singer just shot the remake of Sparkle and is vying to reprise her role in the film adaptation of Getting To Happy, which is a follow-up to Waiting To Exhale. Whitney is yet to confirm or deny the allegations. We’ll keep you posted.

Do you think she pays alimony to her ex-husband, Bobby Brown?

DAVID BANNER GIVES REVIEW FOR RED TAILS

Everyone seems to have an opinion about Ne-Yo’s latest film, Red Tails. We recently learned that David Banner wrote a lengthy review of the action flick at BlackEnterprise.com. Here’s an excerpt of how the rapper began his piece:

“There’s much that can be said about and learned from the recently released George Lucas film, Red Tails. First and foremost, this is a movie that MUST be supported. Whether you show your support for the long overdue story of the Tuskegee Airmen, for the mostly Black cast, or for the tremendous efforts of Lucas himself in bringing this story to light, once again this is a movie that needs to be supported. There are however some critiques that can and should be made about the movie, but in the end, the success of Red Tails has far-reaching implications that will reverberate through and potentially alter the course of Black filmmaking.”

http://www.blackenterprise.com/2012/01/23/david-banner-reviews-george-lucas-red-tails/

MONICA COMPLETES NEW LIFE ALBUM

Finally! Monica has announced that her long-awaited album, New Life, is officially complete. She wrote on Twitter, “Headed to the studio. Album will be turned in Friday NO MORE changes.” Led by her singles “Anything (To Find You)” and “Until It’s Gone,” the disc will be available for purchase on March 6th.

As previously reported, her project will include her first duet with Brandy in 14 years.

AND…

BRANDY SAYS THIS IS HER LAST SHOT TO “GET IT RIGHT”

Following the commercial disappointment of 2008’s Human, Brandy is well aware of the pressure riding on her upcoming album. SingersRoom.com reports B-Rock feels her next effort is her “last chance to get it right.” She explained, “It’s really hard to follow up a Never Say Never and a Full Moon. Since this is 2012, I just want to make sure I put in the best work and the best album. I can’t come off of an unsuccessful album and do that again. I can’t do that. That’s why things are taking forever and I’m really trying to get everything right.” In related news, Brandy’s album will be released via RCA/Chameleon later this year.

KID CUDI ADDRESSES AUSTRALIA INCIDENT

You may have heard that Kid Cudi went on a rampage at The Heatwave festival in Australia. The rapper recently took to his blog to explain why he acted the way he did and how he plans to do it again if his set is ever cut short again. Here’s the full statement:

“If my set is EVER cut short at any show, I’m trashing the stage. Not out of anger, it takes a lot to get me furious nowadays, but out of principle. The fans always deserve a full set at all shows, especially when they spend their hard earned money on expensive tickets. A lot of artist wouldn’t do what I did in Australia, but I will. Spread the word. No matter the circumstance, cut my set short, I’m breaking sh**. And next time I’m startin a riot. Me and my fans. Cause promoters will sometime take advantage of the artists, and u gotta let em know what time it is. Cutting nobody any slack.” — Rager

ADELE REMEMBERS ETTA JAMES

Adele took to her blog to remember late singer Etta James. She wrote that James was “the ultimate original” and called her voice “breath taking.” She added that she saw her perform in New York City a few years ago and that is something she “will remember forever.”

“What a lady Etta James was. She was the ultimate original. Her voice was breath taking and her songs are reflections we all recognize in some way or another. It’s an honor every time I hear her voice. I saw her at BB Kings in New York a few years ago, and it was something I will remember forever. Thank you to Etta James. And I send all my love to her family and friends. xxx.”

CYPRESS HILL TO RELEASE DUBSTEP EP

Cypress Hill say that they will be releasing a dubstep five-track EP this spring. The rap group has collaborated with dubstep DJ Rusko on the project, which is titled Cypress X Rusko, and plan on putting out the new material in April.

UPDATED ALBUM RELEASE DATES FOR 2012

It’s a known fact that album release dates in hip hop rarely stick. So we’ve compiled a list of dates for projects, like Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which has been delayed. Take a look:

January 24

40 Glocc – New World Agenda

January 31

K’Naan – More Beautiful Than Silence

February 14

Various Artists (John Legend, The Roots, Wyclef, etc.) – Soundtrack For a Revolution

February 20

Yelawolf – Radioactive (Deluxe Edition)

February 21

Joe Budden – Mood Muzik Box Set

Monica – New Life

February 28

Ja Rule – Pain Is Love 2

Estelle – All Of Me

Kid CuDi & Dot Da Genius – WZRD

Maino – Day After Tomorrow

March 13

B.o.B. – Strange Clouds

March 20

Odd Future – OF Tape Vol. 2

April 3

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

NICK ASHFORD PASSES AWAY

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

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

TWITTER REACTIONS TO NICK ASHFORD’S DEATH

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH THE THRONE SINGLES ANNOUNCED

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

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD IT!

ROBIN THICKE LEAKS “I’M AN ANIMAL”

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

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

CLICK HERE TO PREVIEW AND DOWNLOAD!

SCARFACE RELEASED FROM JAIL

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

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

LAURYN HILL TALKS RECORDING MISEDUCATION LP 

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

JAY-Z, BEYONCE NAMED ON HIGHEST PAID COUPLE LIST

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

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

Q-TIP ANNOUNCES MJ TRIBUTE SHOW 

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

· Tickets are currently available for $20.

DIDDY’S SON OFFERED SCHOLARSHIP

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

TWEET OF THE DAY: CHRIS BROWN

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

T.I. TO RELEASE A BOOK?

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

WALE, KID CUDI WORKING ON COLLABORATION

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

BEYONCE CONFIRMS 4 DVD RELEASE 

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

RIHANNA DROPS NEW VIDEO

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

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

MJ FAN CLUBS WORKING TO CANCEL TRIBUTE CONCERT

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

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

VMA FACTS

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

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

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

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

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

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”

NATE DOGG TRIBUTE SONG LEAKS

According to TMZ, Warren G recorded a tribute song for Nate Dogg called “This Is Dedicated to You.” The rapper revealed that the track was actually recorded before the late singer passed away from complications from two strokes. All proceeds from the record will go to the trust fund that Snoop Dogg set up for Nate’s children. You can visit TMZ to check out the song that Warren explained he did so he could let “people know how [he] feels.”

AKON LEAKS NEW SONG OFF STADIUM

Just days after we told you that Akon has announced a new launch date for his much-delayed album, Stadium, the singer has leaked a new song called “Take It Down Low.” The Polow Da Don-produced cut features Chris Brown and will appear on his fourth studio project when it hits shelves on September 13th.

BEYONCE ISSUES “GIRLS (WHO RUN THE WORLD)”

Late Monday, the unfinished version of Beyonce’s new single, “Girls (Who Run the World),” surfaced online. The up-tempo beat samples Major Lazer’s “Pon de Floor” and serves as the first offering from her much anticipated fourth solo effort. There’s been mixed reviews on blogs all over the Internet about whether or not this record will become a number one smash hit. When we last spoke to the diva herself, she told us she doesn’t like to assume if she has a potential chart-topper or not. You can check out the mastered radio edit via ThatGrapeJuice.net now!

Click HERE to hear it!

50 CENT TO DROP NEW SINGLE

According to XXLMag.com, 50 Cent has revealed that he plans to release a new single off his fifth studio album, Black Magic, later this week. The mogul says that the tune is “nothing but heat.” While we thought he was putting his upcoming Black Magic LP on hold, the European inspired disc will include contributions from David Guetta as well as Eminem, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes and Akon.

· No release date is confirmed at this time.

CHRIS BROWN GOES GOLD

Chris Brown has solidified his comeback – his latest album, F.A.M.E., has reached gold status in less than three weeks! The “Look At Me Now” singer, who is also the number one played artists on radio, told us why he absolutely gives all praise to his fans (See Related Cut #3). Brown has announced that his next single off the project will be the Michael Jackson and SWV-sampled song, “She Ain’t You.”

SELF MADE TRACKLIST SURFACES

Rick Ross and The Maybach Music crew will unleash the first installment of their compilation album, Self Made, next month, and now, fans can check out the official tracklist. For the effort, the Miami boss recruited Drake, Jeremih, Teedra Moses, Cyhi Da Prince, Curren$y, Jadakiss and J. Cole as well as noted producers Just Blaze and Lex Luger. Be sure to get the disc on May 24th.

Self Made Track Listing:

“Selfmade” – Wale, Meek Mill, Pill, Rick Ross & Teedra Moses

“Tupac Back” – Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross

“600 Benz” – Wale ft. Rick Ross & Jadakiss

“Pacman” – Pill ft. Rick Ross

“By Any Means” – Wale, Meek Mill, Pill & Rick Ross

“Fitted Cap” – Wale, Meek Mill & Rick Ross ft. J. Cole

“Rise” – Pill, Wale & Teedra Moses ft. Cyhi Da Prince & Curren$y

“That Way” – Wale ft. Jeremih & Rick Ross

“Ima Boss” – Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross

“Don’t Let Me Go” – Pill ft. Gunplay

“Pandemonium” – Meek Mill ft. Wale & Rick Ross

“Play Ya Part” – Wale ft. Meek Mill & Rick Ross

“Ridin’ On Dat Pole” – Pill

“Big Bank” – Pill, Meek Mill, Torch & Rick Ross ft. French Montana

“Running Rebels” – Wale ft. Meek Mill & Teedra Moses

KID CUDI EXPLAINS QUITTING WEED

Today(4/20) is the one day out of the year that marijuana users can rejoice and bask in the smell of their favorite hobby. Kid Cudi, a reformed weed smoker, is explaining why he has quit one of his well-known pastimes. During the Rites of Spring show, Cudi told the crowd that unlike those who smoke for “recreational purposes,” he was smoking “all the time, recreationally, every day, wake up, [and] needed it.” He stopped because he “needed to just take a step back, clear my dome and focus on some real important s**t.” Scotty is now focused on his daughter, family and his business.

· Do you think other artists who are smoking weed are offended by Kid Cudi’s feelings on marijuana?

ALICIA KEYS TO DIRECT A FILM

According to SingersRoom.com, Alicia Keys has signed on to make her directorial debut on Lifetime. The singer joins Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore for the opportunity to direct one of five short films for Lifetime’s Project Five. The characters in each film will convey the struggles of having breast cancer.

· In related news, Keys has also begun recording her fifth studio album.

SOULJA BOY DROPS NEW MIXTAPE

Soulja Boy has announced that he’s releasing a new mixtape called The Juice at midnight on April 20th. The rapper said of the 22 track project, “I’m always in touch with my fans and thinking of new ideas to stay fresh and original. A lot of thought and planning went behind the Juice concept. I hope they like it.” Fans will be able to download the mixtape for free via LiveMixtapes.com and can expect visuals for three songs from the effort to be released soon.

KEYSHIA, R KELLY AND MARSHA PREP TOUR

Keyshia Cole recently appeared on BET’s 106 & Park to premiere her video for “Take Me Away” and to announce that she will be going on a joint tour with R. Kelly and Marsha Ambrosius. Details about the outing are sparse but we’ll keep you posted with further information.

· “Take Me Away” is featured on Cole’s fourth album, Calling All Hearts.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & LADY GAGA ON SNL?

According to WorldofJustin.com, Justin Timberlake will host Saturday Night Live’s season finale. The site is also reporting that Lady Gaga will be the musical guest. SNL’s season finale will air on May 21st.

BRITNEY GOES BOLLYWOOD!

Canadian trio, Culture Shock, have added their Bollywood flair to remixes of Rihanna, Sean Paul and Lady Gaga and now they have tackled Britney Spears’ latest single. The remix of “Till The End of the World” even caught the attention of Spears, who took to Twitter to endorse the song.

MTV’S O MUSIC AWARDS

Lupe Fiasco, Lil B, Matt & Kim, Mumford & Sons and more will perform at MTV’s inaugural O Music Awards on April 28th in Las Vegas, Nevada and other cities. Presenters include Ke$ha, Cee Lo Green, B.o.B, Wiz Khalifa, Robyn and more. Lady Gaga and Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator lead with three nominations each, followed by Kanye West, the Flaming Lips and Nicki Minaj, with two nominations. The winners will be announced beginning April 25th with the final three awards announced the day after the main event.

· The O Music Awards will be voted by fans and honors the technology and migration of music into the digital space. More than two-million votes have been cast since voting began on April 6th in categories such as Innovative Music Video, Funniest Music Short, Innovative Artist and Must-Follow Artist on Twitter.

USHER TALKS “HOT TOTTIE” SONG

Usher’s “Hot Tottie” record featuring Jay-Z and Ester Dean is an undeniable hit. We recently sat down with Mr. Raymond to get more information on how the song came together and why he initially wanted Hova to spit a verse . The cut sits at the number 14 spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart. Be sure to get the crooner’s latest Versus album, which is in stores now.

*       In case you didn’t know, “Hot Toddy” is actually a name
given to a mixed drink, one that usually includes alcohol and is always
served hot.

WYCLEF HOSPITALIZED FOR STRESS?

BallerStatus.com has learned Wyclef Jean was reportedly hospitalized for
stress and fatigue. The Fugees member voluntarily checked himself into a New
Jersey hospital and his rep says the musician will remain there for part of
the week. The news comes after Jean was not permitted to run for president
of Haiti due to residency requirements.

DR. DRE SCRAPS DETOX LEAKS

Dr. Dre has decided to axe any unauthorized leaks from his long-delayed Detox album, including the rumored lead single, “Under Pressure” featuring Jay-Z. During an interview at Yankee Stadium for Eminem and Hova’s concert,
the producer confirmed, “There’s no leaks that came out that’s gonna be on the record.” He added, “I got hard new sh**, had a little bit of leak in my security and what have you, but I got new sh** coming and trust me…y’all
n****s gonna love this s**t.”

J. COLE READIES COLLEGE TOUR

According to XXLMag.com, newcomer J. Cole is scheduled to headline his first
North America college tour. The emcee, who recently opened for Jay-Z and
Eminem at Yankee Stadium, is expected to kick off the 35-city trek at
Alabama’s A&M University on Friday. The rapper will hit campuses in
Virginia, California, Arizona and his home state of North Carolina before
wrapping on December 5th at New York City’s Highline Ballroom. Visit
JColeMusic.com to view the complete list of dates now.

*       Before he officially blew up, Drake also embarked on
a college tour for his popular So Far Gone mixtape. Do you think J. Cole
will ever experience the same success as Drizzy?

KANYE TO PRODUCE JOHN LEGEND’S NEXT LP

Just days after releasing his joint Wake Up! project with The Roots, John
Legend revealed to Billboard magazine that he’s already “started [recording]
the next solo album.” The crooner added that Kanye West will serve as the
co-executive producer for Legend’s upcoming fourth disc. In addition, John
spilled he’s “also worked on Kanye’s album a little bit, on the ‘POWER’
remix and other stuff. But God only knows what Kanye is actually going to
put on the album and what’s going to be on the other five-song album he’s
putting out.”

*       There is no confirmed release date for the singer’s fourth studio
effort at this time.

*       Kanye’s Dark Twisted Fantasy is reportedly due to be released on
November 16th.

50 CENT NAMES FEATURES ON LLOYD BANKS’ LP

50 Cent took to his Twitter account to give new updates on Lloyd Banks’ upcoming Hunger For More 2 album. The mogul tweeted that the disc will include contributions and guest spots from Eminem, Kanye West, Styles P,
Ryan Leslie, Swizz Beatz, Jermih, Raekwon, Tony Yayo and Chris Brown. 50 added that he’s also on the project, promising fans that “HFM2 is gonna be crazy!” You will be able to grab the LP on November 23rd.

GUCCI DROPS THE APPEAL, PRAISES WAKA FLOCKA

While promoting his album The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted, Gucci Mane
recently told us that he’s so proud of his artist, Waka Flocka Flame. Flame’s single, “No Hands” featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, is currently the number 18 song on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart.  Gucci spoke about it. The Drumma Boy-produced cut is off Waka’s upcoming debut album, Flockaveli, which will be released on October 5th. In related
news, fans can now purchase Gucci’s The Appeal, which includes “Gucci Time” produced by Swizz Beatz.  It’s in stores and online now.

KANYE AND JAY-Z JOINT ALBUM COMING SOON!

In addition to completing Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West is working on a
joint album with Jay-Z. The multi-tasker announced that his project with
Hova is titled Watch The Throne and will arrive early next year.
BallerStatus.com reports fans will be able to purchase a five-song EP from
the moguls on November 23rd via Def Jam as well as Ye’s highly anticipated
Dark Twisted Fantasy effort on November 16th.

*       The rappers have previously created hit records
together in the past, but do you think their upcoming joint album will stand
out as a hip hop classic?

MARIAH FALLS DURING CONCERT

Rap-Up.com has learned Mariah Carey took a spill during a Saturday night
performance at LG Live’s 2010 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix. The
songbird fell while singing “Make It Happen,” only to jump back up and tell
the crowd: “I did that on purpose!” If that wasn’t enough, Mi Mi then spoke
over the song and requested her assistant take off her ten-thousand dollar
heels for her. She concluded the rest of the concert barefoot!

JEREMIH DROPS ALL ABOUT YOU

If you enjoy Jeremih’s new single “I Like” featuring Ludacris, then you’re
going to love his latest album, All About You. The “Birthday Sex” singer
told us that he’s so humbled by the response he’s gotten from the song, even
if people still mistake him for other artists. “I Like”
sits at the number 28 spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart. You can
pick up All About You today.

*       Jeremih told SingersRoom.com that he’s single and ready to mingle.
He’s “looking for someone that will hold me down. Someone that can be my
best friend before anything else. Obviously you can’t just be looking for
someone with a good mind and spirit when all you are looking at is the
physical. So I like beautiful women. I don’t think I have a type, I think
anyone can fall in love anyone. I don’t think anyone has a type. A woman
that has a good heart and that can hold me down would be my pick.”

 KID CUDI PLEAS GUILTY FOR POSSESSION

TMZ reports Kid Cudi recently pled guilty to “criminal possession of acontrolled substance.” The rapper, who is currently working on his sophomore album, only faces two days of community service for the misdemeanor charge.
However, Scott will need to steer clear of any further violations for the next six months.

*       Back in June, authorities found the unspecified substance on the
rapper when he got into an argument with an unnamed woman.

AKON GRABS RICK ROSS FOR NEW SONG

We’ve just learned Akon has leaked a new song from his upcoming album,
Akonic. The singer recruited Rick Ross on a track called “Give It To Em,”
which is believe to be the lead single. Fans can expect Akonic to arrive in
stores on November 23rd.

Click HERE to hear “Give It To Em”

And…

RICK ROSS GOES “BOOM” IN NIKE AD

In case you missed it, Rick Ross recently appeared in the new “Nike: Boom”
commercial. In the clip, the Miami rapper enters a jewelry store to
purchasing a huge double-headed customized chain. The diamond studded-bling
prompts the emcee to say “Boom,” which is then followed by a series of
professional athletes repeating him.

JAZMINE SULLIVAN GIVES “10 SECONDS”

Rap-Up.com reports Jazmine Sullivan has released a new single called “10
Seconds.” The Salaam Remi-produced cut will be included on the soulful
singer’s highly anticipated sophomore album, Love Me Back. Led by her
current smash, “Holding You Down (Goin In Circles),” you will be able to
purchase the disc when it lands on November 2nd.

Click HERE to her “10 Seconds”

“MIRACLES” MASH-UP!

A new video featuring the music of Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake,
Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Gnarls Barkely and others has created a buzz on
the Internet.  The brilliant 16-song mash-up was created by Norwegian
Recycling and also features clips from songs by Survivor, Taylor Swift,
Jason Derulo, Leona Lewis, Lady Gaga and more.

*       SEE IT!

<http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/09/watch_miracles_an_awesome_16-s.html>

*      DOWNLOAD IT!  <http://drop.io/norwegianrecycling8137>

SISTERELLA COMING BACK TO L-A

Sisterella, Larry Hart’s version of Cinderella, is the only musical project ever financed, executive produced or presented by Michael Jackson that was not something he created.  The show played in L-A 14 years ago and now comes news that it will be back.  An updated version of the production will open in L-A in the spring of 2011.  No word on the cast or premiere dates yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

MADONNA TO EXPAND MATERIAL GIRL LINE

Madonna’s new fashion line, Material Girl, started as a fashion line for
juniors, but it seems that there are already talks about expanding the
brand.  According to PerezHilton.com, the CFO of Iconix Brand, the company
behind the line, said that they want Material Girl to branch out into
“additional categories,” including “swim and intimates,” as well as a “full
footwear collection.”

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