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LOS ANGELES, October 4, 2013 — Lady Gaga makes her acting debut in the upcoming movie MACHETE KILLS alongside an all-star cast featuring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Carlos Estevez, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson.  Check out this new trailer for MACHETE KILLS featuring a sneak preview of Lady Gaga’s never-before-released song “Aura” — from her forthcoming album ARTPOP, available November 11.  To celebrate the song, MACHETE KILLS created a special lyric video featuring the entire “Aura” song that will launch Tuesday, October 8.  Stay tuned to @MacheteKills for the launch of the lyric video.

WATCH HERE

Ever since MTV stopped being known for music television, Youtube and other media platforms have taken over and are given credit to the discovery and launch of thousands of careers. Me and my coworkers at Q104-7 were just saying “I don’t know why Youtube just doesn’t hold their own awards, especially after the last VMA’s.” Our thoughts were heard.

It is now official, YouTube will hold its first ever Music Video Awards.

The inaugural award show will celebrate the most viewed YouTube videos over the past year based on global music-video views and shares. Nominations will be released on October 17th and a few big name artists, such as Eminem and Lady Gaga, have already been announced to perform. It only makes sense, since Eminem’s video for “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna broke YouTube’s single day view record by gaining over 6.6 million views in 24 hours in 2010.

“We’re getting together a group of amazing artists and filmmakers to do this live — tune in to see what happens live.
The award show will feature performances from all over the globe including Moscow, Seoul, London and Brazil.” says filmmaker Spike Jonze, the award show’s creative director.

The LIVE award show will take place at New York City’s Pier 36, Sunday November 3rd.

Em’s new album, The Marshall Mathers LP II, drops November 5th.

YOUNG JEEZY, DRAKE REMAIN IN TOP 5 ON BILLBOARD CHART

Drake continues to enjoy his reign on the Billboard 200 chart as his sophomore album, Take Care, has remained at the number two spot for the second consecutive week. The disc reportedly moved an additional 42-thousand copies, bringing its total sales to over 1.2-million copies. Elsewhere, Young Jeezy’s latest album, TM103: Hustlerz Ambition, has slipped to number four and raked in over 334-thousand units since being released in December.

LUPE FIASCO’S LASERS GOES GOLD

Lupe Fiasco announced on his website that his latest album, Lasers, has officially reached gold status. The rapper’s effort has amassed sales over 500-thousand copies. As previously reported, Lasers was one of the few rap albums to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in 2011.

SWIZZ BEATZ WORKING ON NEW MIXTAPE

Aside from raising his son with Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz is still working on his highly anticipated third album, Haute Living. Since the LP currently has no release date, the hitmaker wrote on Twitter that fans will get new music in the form of a mixtape. The free project will surface soon and we’ll keep you posted with more updates.

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ALICIA KEYS UP FOR DIRECTOR’S GUILD AWARDS

According to SingersRoom.com, Alicia Keys has received a nomination for the upcoming Directors Guild of America Awards. The singer recently made her directorial debut with a movie called Lili, which was created for Lifetime’s short film series on breast cancer. Keys is up for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series category. The ceremony takes place on January 28th in Los Angeles.

BEYONCE’S BABY CALLED “SATAN” BY CHURCH VANDAL

People seem to have mixed opinions about Jay-Z and Beyonce’s new baby, Blue Ivy Carter. According to TMZ, an unidentified vandal recently defaced a sign for the North Carolina Baptist church and made it read: “Beyonce had her baby. Satan is on Earth.” The pastor, who claims the church was unaware of the incident, told TMZ that he received numerous complaints and removed the sign immediately.

Do you think news like this will upset Beyonce?

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SOLANGE DEFENDS BEYONCE ON TWITTER

Solange recently lashed out at critics of the birth of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. The singer shared on her Twitter page, “It has really gotten out of hand. I’ve been doing my best at keeping my mouth shut….but the ignorance is really sad and upsetting.” While she feels hard to not react to false allegations, Solo said of her niece, “The most beautiful girl in the world. In love. So THIS is what Aunty-hood feels like.” Photos of the couple’s bundle of joy have yet to be released, we’ll keep you posted.

YELAWOLF SHOOTS VIDEO WITH KID ROCK

Yelawolf has released the video for “Let’s Roll,” which includes an appearance from Kid Rock. While you can peep the visual via the rap rookie’s fansite, be sure to pick up his Shady Records debut Radioactive, available in stores now.

JENNIFER HUDSON DENIES RUMORS OF PRECIOUS ROLE

We previously reported that Jennifer Hudson turned down the lead role in Precious due to the excessive weight gain she would have to put on. However, according to TMZ, the singer claimed that putting on extra pounds was not the reason she declined the offer. She explained, “I turned it down because I felt it was just too graphic for me at that time.” Interestingly enough, Hudson told Dateline that she passed because she “would have had to be the big girl again.” If you remember, Hudson agreed to put on weight to for her character in Dreamgirls and in the upcoming film, Winnie.

Do you feel Jennifer should have to explain why she turned down the role?

MARY J BLIGE RE-RELEASES “MR. WRONG” VIDEO

Rap-Up.com reports Mary J Blige has just issued a slightly altered visual to her latest single, “Mr Wrong.” This time, the video includes an appearance from Drake, who raps his guest verses at the beginning of the clip. The Rico Love and Jim Jonsin-produced song is lifted from Blige’s latest album, My Life II, which is out now.

RIHANNA BEATS LAGA GAGA FOR MOST VIEWS ON YOUTUBE

According to RihannaDaily.com, Rihanna has just beat out Lady Gaga for the most views on YouTube. The “We Found Love” singer, who already has more Facebook likes that Gaga, has a whopping two-million more views. In related news, Robin’s latest album, Talk That Talk, currently sits at the number six position on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold over 541-thousand to date.

Ri Ri currently stands at over two-billion views!

 JUSTIN BIEBER IN THE STUDIO!

Justin Bieber entered the studio this week to begin working on his new album, Believe. His manager, Scooter Braun, took to Twitter to write that the album “is going to be ridiculous!” The 17-year-old singer recently told V magazine that he wants the album to recall Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds record sonically, but he noted that his lyrics would be a little more PG than the topics Timberlake covered on the effort. Bieber did take a break from recording this week to hit up the Consumer Electronics Show, which is currently under way in Las Vegas.

ARETHA, MARY, FANTASIA & MORE TO HEADLINE ESSENCE FEST

Finally! Essence has just sent a press release for the lineup for the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. This year, the show will include main stage performances from Mary J Blige, who headlined last year, Aretha Franklin, Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi and Keyshia Cole. The three-day festival will also feature sets from Bridget Kelly, Stephanie Mills, SWV, Dru Hill, Vivian Green, Goapele, The Stylistics, Raheem Devaughn and more. Be sure to visit EseenceMusicFestival.com to learn more.

DRAKE GOES PLATINUM WITH TAKE CARE!

Drake continues to make his haters sick as his sophomore album, Take Care, has reportedly reached platinum status. We’re sure the feat means so much to the rapper, who recently told us that he took control over his career with this project. This marks Drizzy’s second consecutive LP to sell over a million copies. Up next, Drake will kick off his Club Paradise tour next year on February 14th in Miami. Congrats!

J. COLE PREPARED HIMSELF FOR GRAMMY LET DOWN

Even though J. Cole was recognized in the Best New Artist category for the 2012 GRAMMY Awards, the rapper told LA Times’ Pop & Hiss that he certainly didn’t expect to be nominated. He shared, “I wasn’t thinking people had seen what I had done, so I had already kind of prepared myself for the letdown. But it caught me off guard,” he said. “It would be incredible to win. That’s an understatement … since I didn’t even expect to get nominated. But I’m not walking in there with the attitude that I’m the guy [to beat].” He is reportedly going up against The Band Perry, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver.

His debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story opened at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

NICKI MINAJ DROPS “STUPID HOE”

After leaking “Roman In Moscow,” Nicki Minaj has released a new song called “Stupid Hoe.” The fem-cee name drops Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Anniston and once again declares herself as the female Weezy. While you can download the tune via iTunes now, fans should look out for her much anticipated sophomore effort, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which arrives on Valentine’s Day 2012.

Are you feeling the song? Do you think Nicki has showed any growth?

UPCOMING ALBUMS TO CHECK FOR IN 2012

It’s been a great year for hip hop. Aside from great projects, including Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV, music lovers should know that there’s a nice lineup of material scheduled for 2012. Check out the highly anticipate projects for the New Year:

December 31

Waka Flocka Flame – Triple F: Friends, Fans, & Family

January 17, 2012

Juvenile – Rejuvenation

January 24, 2012

Ja Rule – Pain Is Love 2

January 30, 2012

Kid Cudi x Dot Da Genius – W Z R D

February 14, 2012

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

February 21, 2012

Monica – New Life

March 2012

T.I. – Trouble Man

Chris Brown – Fortune

April 2012

Cam’Ron – Untitled

BRANDY IS INSPIRED BY FRANK OCEAN

According to BET.com, Brandy knows that the end of 2011 will bring her that much closer to releasing the follow-up to 2008’s Human. The singer, who is working on her sixth studio effort, is working with Frank Ocean and says they have “great chemistry.” She explains, “We both understand music in the same ways,” she told BET. “To work with him on this album was great as well, and I hope I can get in [the studio] with him some more because his music is just so moving; I’m inspired by him. I think he’s a great artist and he hasn’t even touched on what he will touch on in the future.” Led by her new song, “Silent Night,” her upcoming effort will arrive in March 2012.

THE DREAM WON’T PRODUCE CIARA’S NEXT ALBUM

While many fans a wait for news surrounding Ciara’s next album, we’ve just learned The Dream won’t be contributing to the project. The hitmaker, who executive produced her Basic Instinct LP, confirmed on Twitter after someone asked if he will put his “all into it” like he has for Beyonce and Rihanna. Terius responded with, “Sorry but no I won’t be on this album because my contract doesn’t allow me to. I’m sure her fans are happy about that.” In addition, its currently unknown when the singer’s Epic Records debut will hit stores, we’ll keep you posted.

Are you interested in Ciara’s next album? Do you think she can make a big comeback?

T-PAIN SAYS JAY-Z MADE HIM FAMOUS

T-Pain believes in giving credit when credit is due. According to Rap-Up.com, the singer explained why he has tons of respect for Jay-Z, shortly after he released his anti-Auto-Tune anthem “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).” Teddy stated, “The crazy thing is, and a lot of people don’t see it like this, but if you really look at it, he made me famous,” he explained. “A lot of people see this as a bad thing, but it only made me more famous because no one knew who he was talking about. If I can be in Jay-Z’s category at the end of the day, I am fantastic. I love it.” In related news, his fourth album rEVOLVEr is out now.

LADY GAGA, ELTON JOHN, WILL.I.AM ON OSCAR SHORTLIST

The Oscar nominations are not officially announced until January 24th, but the short list for the Best Original Song has been released. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 39 songs vying for the big prize at the Academy Awards next year. Two of Elton John’s Gnomeo & Juliet tracks — including his Lady Gaga duet, “Hello Hello” — made the list, along with multiple tracks from The Muppets. Will.i.am’s Rio track, “Hot Wings,” Mary J. Blige’s “The Living Proof” from The Help, and Zooey Deschanel’s Winnie the Pooh track, “So Long,” are all in the running. The songs will be narrowed from 39 when voters are sent three-minute clips or view the tracks at special Academy screenings and score the songs. The Academy Awards will take place on February 26th at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Noticeably absent from the list is Madonna, who contributed the track “Masterpiece” to her directorial effort, W.E. Reuters reports that the song, which is up for a Golden Globe, does not qualify because it’s placed a minute and a half into the end credits and not as “the first music cue,” per Academy rules.

NELLY TO DROP MIXTAPE FOR HOLIDAYS

Coming off a great year with his comeback album, Nelly 5.0, Nelly is reportedly working on a free project dedicated to his fans. So far the rapper has leaked a new version of Wale’s “Lotus Flower Bomb” and yesterday he dropped a new song called “The Champ.” Be sure to look out for his new mixtape O.E.MO which drops on Christmas eve.

APL.DE.AP GIVES BACK WITH BIG CHARITY AUCTION!

The Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap is using the holiday season to give back. Last week he launched the Charity Dreams auction benefiting education in his native Philippines, where he serves as an educational ambassador. Apl is getting the word out and trying to help raise money and awareness for the cause. Every bid will allow users to buy virtual books, pencils, chairs, desks and other supplies, and help build virtual classrooms in an effort to combine gaming, social networking and philanthropy. Each time a bidder finishes a virtual classroom, an actual classroom will be named for that bidder once construction is completed on the new schools. One lucky winning bidder will get a private jet flight out to Los Angeles to spend time in the studio with Apl creating a custom track in his or her honor. They will also get a 2012 collector’s edition Ferrari, 250-dollars in cash and a trip to Las Vegas with 10 friends to spend New Year’s Eve with Fergie while staying in the Real World penthouse suite. The initial fee to place a charity bid is 99 cents. Organizers expect the final package to go for no more than a few hundred dollars thanks to a system in which each bid increases the top price by just a fraction of a penny. Each bid will also entitle users to an app, music download or playlist curated by Apl and featuring an exclusive song or the chance to have Apl follow you on Twitter. The auction at CharityDreams.com is on now and lasts through 9 PM ET tonight.

JAY-Z, TIMBALAND HEADS TO COURT OVER “BIG PIMPIN” LAWSUIT

We previously reported Jay-Z and Timbaland were accused of allegedly sampling “Khosara, Khosara” in their hit song, “Big Pimpin.’” The children of a Bollywood composer named Baligh Hamdy filed a lawsuit and a judge recently decided that he case will go to trial. Apparently Hova’s camp only secured the “economic rights” to the song to use the sample, but they did not get permission from Hamdy’s children to sample, loop and rhyme over the original song. While it’s unknown what damages the plaintiff is seeking, a judge wants the jury to decide if Hova profited from performing “Big Pimpin’” during his live shows.

SWIZZ BEATZ TO OPEN ART GALLERY

During an interview with Life + Times, Swizz Beatz has announced plans on opening an art gallery. The hitmaker, who enjoys painting in his spare time, revealed that the gallery will showcase work that he’s collected during his international travels. He explained, “I want my gallery to be for young up and coming artists from around the world that people wouldn’t easily discover,” he said. “I feel like I found the new [Andy] Warhol in Japan, the new [Takashi] Murakami in Hong Kong—not to compare their work so much but as far as [their] thinking outside of the box. I found a couple of sick artists in Africa, in Mexico too.” In related news, he’s working on his upcoming album, Haute Living, which will drop in 2012.

PLIES FOUND LIABLE FOR SHOOTING

We previously reported Plies was facing a 10-million dollar lawsuit stemming from a 2006 shooting inside a nightclub in Gainesville, Florida. We’ve now learned that he rapper and his brother were found civilly liable for the incident that led to five victims getting injured moments before Pies was scheduled to perform at the venue. After the jury deliberated for eight hours, the victims were given a total of 200-thousand dollars.

His lawyer Robert A. Rush previously said in a statement, “The plaintiffs’ claims against my client continue to be without merit, we look forward to having this resolved in a court of justice.”

JANET JACKSON BECOMES FACE OF NUTRISYSTEM

According to her official website, Janet Jackson has announced that she’s the face of the weight loss company, Nutrisystem. The singer, who previously battled with yo-yo dieting and weight gain, is expected to appear in nationwide campaign with her success story. She said in a statement, “Dieting never worked for me, counting calories never worked for me, and denying myself the foods I love never worked for me. I needed a better plan, and I found it with Nutrisystem.” She said, “There are millions of women like me who want to be successful but don’t have the tools to do it on their own. I hope I can help inspire them.” The news comes just a few months after the icon released her latest book, True You, which is out now.

COMMON EXPLAINS WHY KANYE WAS LEFT OFF LP

During an interview with XXLMag.com, Common broke down the reason he failed to collaborate with Kanye West for his upcoming album, The Dreamer/The Believer. Since he’s been a longtime friend with ‘Ye, he wants everyone to know that the disc is being released on Warner Bros. He explained, “It’s on my own imprint as far as Think Common, yes, but I’m still G.O.O.D. Music-affiliated. That’s my family no matter what. Business-wise we just didn’t do the G.O.O.D. Music thing, but ‘Ye is my brother for good.” You can pick up The Dreamer/The Believer on December 20th.

Common’s last three albums, 2005′s Be, 2007′s Finding Forever and 2008′s Universal Mind Control, were all released via West’s G.O.O.D. Music.

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COMMON STREAMS ENTIRE ALBUM ONLINE

Before fans pick up Common’s The Dreamer/The Believer LP, the Chicago native is allowing everyone the chance to preview the disc in its entirety. He said he’s confident people will love and appreciate his ninth studio effort. The 12-track project was executive produced by No I.D. and features contributions from Nas, John Legend and poet Maya Angelou. Be sure to pick it up on Tuesday (12/20).

ASHANTI’S COMEBACK SINGLE WITH BUSTA RHYMES

Wanna know what Ashanti has been up to? The singer has just released a comeback single called “The Woman You Love” which features Busta Rhymes. According to Rap-Up.com, the song was released via Ashanti’s own label Written Entertainment. In addition, you can expect her untitled fifth studio effort to drop next year.

AMY WINEHOUSE TO BE HONORED BY VH1 DIVAS CELEBRATES SOUL

Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul will include a special tribute to Amy Winehouse. It was announced this week that Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine and Wanda Jackson will perform songs in honor of the late British singer. This year’s Divas will also pay tribute to the great cities of soul music, including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. Tune in to VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul to see the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Mary J Blige and more, Monday on Vh1 at 9 PM Eastern.

MADONNA SIGNS THREE ALBUM DEAL WITH INTERSCOPE RECORDS

Madonna has inked a three album deal with Interscope Records and will release her first album in five years in March. The first single from the effort “Gimme All Your Luvin,” will be released the last week in January before she takes the stage at the Superbowl Halftime show on February 5th. Madonna’s upcoming film W.E., which is nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, is scheduled for a wide release on February 3rd.

GUCCI TO DROP NEW MIXTAPE SOON

Now that Gucci Mane has been released from prison, he’s wasting no time to put out new music. Similar to T.I.’s recent announcement, fans can expect La Flare to issue a new mixtape called Gucci Classics 2, which will arrive on or before New Year’s Eve. As previously reported, Gucci just completed a six month sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of battery, two counts of reckless conduct and one of disorderly conduct.

RIHANNA SCORES SEVENTH STRAIGHT WEEK AT NUMBER ONE

According to Billboard, Rihanna matches her longest streak atop the Billboard Hot 100, as “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, spends a seventh week at number one. She had previously led for seven weeks with “Umbrella,” featuring Jay-Z back in 2007 and as a guest on Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” last year. LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” is locked at number two for the sixth straight week and is hot on Rihanna’s heels as it tops the on Digital Songs chart, selling over 149-thosuand downloads. Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain” remains at number three, while Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” leaps five spots to number four and marks her sixth top five hit from her Teenage Dream album. Flo Rida holds at number five with “Good Feeling.”

“We Found Love” also ties Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” for the longest run at the top this year. The last song to score a longer run at number one was Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK,” which lead the chart for nine weeks back in 2010.

LADY GAGA TOPS FEMALE EARNERS IN 2011

According to Forbes, Lady Gaga is music’s top-earning woman in 2011. Gaga earned 90 million dollars from album sales, touring and endorsements, which doubles the estimated earnings of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, who came in at number two and three respectively. Beyonce raked in a cool 35 million dollars to come in at number four, while Rihanna rounds out the top five with 29 million.

The numbers reflect earnings between May 2010 and 2011.

P!nk, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, Adele, Alicia Keys and Britney Spears round out the top ten.

Overall, U2 was Forbes’ top act in music, raking in over 195 million dollars.

STUDY FINDS WE DRINK MORE WITH LOUD MUSIC!

According to a U-K study, loud music makes people drink more alcohol. NME reports that research finds that alcohol tastes sweeter when loud music is playing and the noise makes it harder for people to work out how much they are drinking. Do you drink more booze when you’re at a loud concert?

ERICK SERMON STILL HOSPITALIZED AFTER HEART ATTACK

Erick Sermon is recovering at a Long Island hospital after suffering a heart attack over the weekend. AllHipHop.com reports that the rap legend’s extremely high blood pressure played a part in the sudden attack. He is expected to make a full recovery and will be released later this week.

GO PICK UP DRAKE’S TAKE CARE!

Today, fans can finally purchase Drake’s much anticipated album, Take Care. Anyone who bought the physical copy and checked out the credits probably noticed right away that Drizzy didn’t go after numerous big name producers and the majority of the production credits were done by Noah “40” Shebib. Be sure to pick up Take Care today.

· Other producers who contributed to the album include T-Minus & Boi-1da and Just Blaze.

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DRAKE FRUSTRATED WITH GRAMMYS?

Drake is a bit frustrated with the GRAMMY committee. The Young Money rapper, who is only on his second album, says he doesn’t believe he’ll ever win a GRAMMY. In a recent interview with HipHopBlog.com, Drizzy stated, “I’ve always been fascinated with the GRAMMYs, so I don’t mean disrespect when I say this, but I’ve kind of given up on them.” He continues to say, “If I ever get one, or when I get one, I’ll be ecstatic; because that’s a recurring dream I’ve had since I was a kid.”

· Do you think Drake will ever win?

LUDACRIS CONFIRMS FAST 6 FILM COMING

In addition to working on his upcoming album, Ludacris revealed that he’ll soon reprise his character in the Fast & Furious franchise for the sixth installment of the series. During a recent radio interview, the rapper stated, “You need to get Fast 5 on DVD and I just heard they green lit Fast 6 man, there’s gonna be a Fast 6. All the Fast & Furious fans out there, I’m letting you know Fast 6 has been green lit so it’s going down.” It’s unknown when the next Fast & Furious film will hit the big screen, but we’ll keep you posted.

JENNIFER LOPEZ HAS NEW BOO?

It looks like Jennifer Lopez is officially moving on as she’s been romantically linked to her backup dancer, Casper Smart. TMZ reports the 42-year-old singer was initially only flirting with the 24-year-old, but they have gotten “touchy-feely” during dance rehearsals in front of the other dancers. Her rep has yet to confirm or deny if Casper is her new beau.

DETAILS ON WIZ & SNOOP’S MOVIE, SOUNDTRACK & TOUR 

Wanna know what to expect of Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa’s upcoming movie? In the film, Mac & Dev Go To High School, Wiz portrays “Devin Overstreet,” who is a valedictorian hopeful struggling to pen his graduation speech and realizes that his focus on school has left him with no real life experiences. Snoop portrays “Mac Johnson,” a 15-year senior looking to finally graduate high school. In the span of three weeks, “‘Mac’ must cram four years of high school academics, while Devin must cram four years of teenage experience.” Billboard.com reports there’s no release date for the flick, but the official soundtrack will be available on December 13th.

· Here are the dates for Wiz and Snoop’s High School Tour:

Dec. 5 – New York, N.Y. (Terminal 5)

Dec. 6 – Philadelphia, Pa. (Electric Factory)

Dec. 7 – Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)

Dec. 10 – Atlanta, Ga. (Tabernacle)

Dec. 12 – San Francisco, Calif. (The Warfield Theatre)

Dec. 13 – Los Angeles, Calif. (The Wiltern)

JAY-Z’S OCCUPY ALL STREETS TEES STILL AVAILABLE

Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z is always one step ahead with everything he puts his hands on. This past weekend, there were reports that his Rocawear line of t-shirts Occupy All Streets were taken out of stores due to heavy controversy surrounding the line of t-shirts. However, according to RapRadar.com, the shirts weren’t available because they were sold-out. Apparently the shirts were selling fast.

B.O.B RECORDS WITH ANDRE 3000

According to HipHop-N-More.com, B.o.B revealed that he scored a collaboration with Andre 3000. While little is known about the record, the Atlanta rapper stated, “I feel like it’s a good chance for people to see the differences between me and Dre.” He added, “For me, it’s like a pass the torch moment, like passing the baton off. Now I gotta take it around the track. But man, it’s a really dope song, I’m excited about it.” Bobby Ray promised that the cut is one of the singles off his upcoming album, Strange Clouds. Expect his sophomore LP to drop early 2012.

· The song Bob and 3 Stacks created actually samples Drake’s “Fancy.”

COMMON ISSUES TRACKLIST FOR NEW LP 

While Common puts the finishing touches on his first album in three years, The Dreamer/The Believer, fans can check out the official tracklist for his ninth studio effort. Be sure to pick it up on December 20th.

1. “The Dreamer” feat. Maya Angelou

2. “Ghetto Dreams” feat. Nas

3. “Blue Sky”

4. “Sweet”

5. “Gold”

6. “Lovin’ I Lost”

7. “Raw (How You Like It)”

8. “Cloth”

9. “Celebrate”

10. “Windows”

11. “The Believer” feat. John Legend

12. “Pop’s Belief”

DR DRE TO TAKE A BREAK?

During an interview with The Fader, Dr Dre revealed some surprising news about wanting to take a break from music. While he isn’t necessarily retiring, the hitmaker announced, “I’m gonna just wrap it up for a minute because I’ve been working on music for 27 years now and the longest I’ve ever been out of the studio in 27 years has been two weeks.” He will reportedly complete two projects, one with Kendrick Lamar, before he takes a brief hiatus. Dre is looking forward to “enjoying some time with the family” and promises that he’s “never gonna stop [making] music.” It’s unknown what this means for his oft-delayed Detox LP.

BIG SEAN TALKS FINALLY FAMOUS TOUR

Big Sean has had an incredible 2011, but one of the biggest accomplishments so far has been headlining his Finally Famous tour. Visit his official website to score passes now. Here are the remaining dates:

Nov. 16 – Pullman, WA

Nov. 17 – Seattle, WA

Nov. 18 – Portland, WA

Nov. 20 – Eugene, OR

Nov. 22 – San Francisco, CA

Nov. 23 – Santa Ana, CA

Nov. 25 – Los Angeles, CA

DMX SAYS HEAVY D INSPIRED HIM

According to ThisIs50.com, Heavy D’s passing took a toll of DMX, who reportedly credits the late rapper for influencing his career. X recalled Waterbed Hev as the “first celebrity that I ever seen in my life. He’s from Mount Vernon (New York). The first person from Westchester County to make it big.” X added, “Before it was all these people from Brooklyn and The Bronx getting on. So, now it was somebody I could relate to. He gave me hope that it could be done.” As previously reported, Heavy D was only 44 years old when he passed away last week.

NICOLE SCHERZINGER’S DEBUT ALBUM DELAYED AGAIN 

According to ThatGrapeJuice.net, Nicole Scherzinger’s debut album, Killer Love, has been delayed again and will not see a U-S release until next year. The effort has been pushed back countless times but was released in the U-K earlier this year. The album was supposed to come out to on December 15th, but will now arrive sometime in 2012. In the meantime, you can see Scherzinger as a judge on The X Factor on FOX.

GAGA AND GIBSON SPLIT

After a long and fruitful creative partnership, Lady Gaga has broken ties with creative director Laurieann Gibson. On Monday, MTV News confirmed the split, which came after reports that the two women had a serious falling out. Gibson has been part of Gaga’s inner circle since well before the singer became an international superstar, beginning with the choreography for the 2008 “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich” video and continuing through the soon-to-be famous steps in clips for “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Love Game,” “Paparazzi” and “Bad Romance.” The pair was closely associated throughout Gaga’s rise to fame, with Gibson providing the choreography and artistic input on such landmark videos as “Telephone,” “Alejandro” and “Born This Way.” Gibson also co-directed the Gaga videos for “Judas” and “Yoü and I” but the women reportedly clashed on the set of the former, with Gibson expressing discomfort with the religious imagery in the clip.

· Lady Gaga took to Twitter to promote her performance on the U-K version of The X Factor over the weekend, writing: “I performed ‘Marry The Night’ last night on X Factor. So fun! Please Watch here: bit.ly/uM5wSx ThankYou UK Monsters for all your love!”

JAY-Z ISSUES LIMITED EDITION VINYL

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

PUSHA T ISSUES NEW TRACKLISTING

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

Here’s who made the cut:

1. Changing of the Guards feat. Diddy

2. Amen feat. Kanye West and Young Jeezy

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

4. What Dreams Are Made Of

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

6. Everything That Glitters feat. French Montana

7. So Obvious

8. Feeling Myself feat. Kevin Cossom

9. Raid feat. 50 Cent and Pharrell

10. My God

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

12. Alone in Vegas

RIHANNA MAKES BILLBOARD HISTORY

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

NICKI MINAJ JUMPS ON WILLOW’S NEW SINGLE

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

BEYONCE CONGRATULATES J. COLE

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

TUPAC’S FAMILY NEVER WANT SEX TAPE TO COME OUT

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

MARIAH CAREY TEAMS UP WITH JUSTIN BIEBER FOR CHRISTMAS ALBUM

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

THE BLACK EYED PEAS PULL OUT OF MJ TRIBUTE

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

PRESIDENT OBAMA “INTIMIDATED” BY LADY GAGA

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

CONRAD MURRAY TRAIL UPDATE:

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

 

 

 

 

 

NEW DETAILS ON NWA MOVIE!

A biopic about West Coast rap group N.W.A. has been in the works for some time and now, Ice Cube has been named as one of the producers along with John Singleton, who might direct the film. In an interview with The Playlist, Singleton said that he has been in contact with Cube and added that the script is “really really good.” No further details are known at this time.

· Do you think the movie will be a success?

SOULJA BOY READIES NEW DOCUMENTARY

XXLMag.com reports Soulja Boy’s documentary is coming out next month. The flick, titled Soulja Boy: The Movie, follows the “Crank That” rapper as he goes from an unknown rapper to a platinum-selling talent. Fans can expect the movie to be released on October 18th through Image Entertainment.

DJ DRAMA ISSUES TRACKLISTING

According to his official website, DJ Drama has unleashed the tracklisting for his upcoming third studio album, Third Power. Led by “Oh My” featuring Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa and Roscoe Dash, the disc will be available on October 11th. Here’s who made the cut:

1. Oh My Ft. Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa & Roscoe Dash

2. Rough Ft. Freddie Gibbs & Young Jeezy

3. Hand Of God Ft. Maino

4. Oh Baby Ft. Cam’Ron, Vado & Jaz

5. Never See You Again Ft. Wale & Talia Coles

6. Lay Low Ft. Meek Mill, Young Chris & Freeway

7. Ain’t No Way Around It Ft. Future

8. Undercover Ft. J. Cole & Chris Brown

9. Everything That Glitters Ft. Pusha T & French Montana

10. Me And My Money Ft. Gucci Mane

11. So Paid Ft. Red Cafe & 2 Chainz

12. Take My City Ft. B.o.B. & Crooked I

13. Lockdown Ft. Ya Boy & Akon

14. Oh My (Remix) Ft. Trey Songz, 2 Chainz & Big Sean

B.O.B PREVIEWS “STRANGE CLOUDS”

B.o.B has released a preview of his upcoming single, “Strange Clouds,” which debuts on October 3rd. The track features Lil Wayne and will appear on Bobby Ray’s upcoming sophomore album.

50 CENT TALKS PLAYGROUND BOOK

HipHop-N-More.com reports 50 Cent is speaking up on why he wanted to release his second book, Playground, which tells the story of a boy struggling with bullies. 50 stated, “This book would have been very helpful for me growing up and now that I have a teenage son, it is my goal that this will have a positive influence on all teenagers.” The semi-autobiographical novel is available for pre-order on Amazon.com now. It hits bookstores on November 1st.

· The rapper’s other literary efforts include From Pieces to Weight and The 50th Law.

PHARRELL WORKING ON FRANK OCEAN’S DEBUT

During an interview with Vibe.com, Pharrell Williams revealed that he’s been working on Frank Ocean’s upcoming debut album. The hitmaker said of the Odd Future member, “He’s super talented. To me he’s like the black James Taylor. He’s lyrical—he’s got a great perspective and super sick melodies. I haven’t seen anybody bob and weave through chords with such catchy melodies in a long time—that’s why I liked working with him.” No word on when the project will hit stores.

UPDATE ON DR DRE’S DETOX

According to HipHopDX.com, Kendrick Lamar has spilled new details on where Dr Dre is at with his long-awaited Detox LP. The rap rookie stated, “Detox is getting mixed. That’s all I can say. It’s getting mixed. I could say anything about Detox, nobody would ever believe me.” Kendrick, who contributed to the set, added, “The creative process is so crazy as far as going in there and narrowing down all these songs. Thousands of songs [to pick from].” A launch date is not known at this time.

ROBIN THICKE REUNITES WITH LIL WAYNE

While working on his upcoming album, Love After War, Robin Thicke revealed that he’s teamed up with Lil Wayne on a song called “Pretty Little Heart.” In addition, the disc will include collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Faith Evans, Usher and Maxwell. As previously mentioned, the follow-up to 2009’s Sex Therapy lands on November 18th.

· Robin and Wayne previously worked together on “Tie My Hands,” “All Night Long” and “Shooter.”

JUVENILE, MANNIE FRESH WORKING ON A NEW ALBUM

According to XXLMag.com Juvenile is back in the studio and working with Mannie Fresh on a new album titled Rejuvination. Juve told XXL, “Mannie Fresh doing most of the beats on this album. We trying to get the mix straight on the single.” While details are sparse, the LP will have features from Drake, Lloyd and Rick Ross.

· Mannie Fresh and Juvenile haven’t worked together in a decade.

JOHN LEGEND PRODUCES NEW FAMILY SHOW

According to Deadline.com, John Legend’s executive produced family sitcom has been picked up by NBC. The show, Mixed Blessings, reportedly follows “a prominent, black, street-bred hip-hop artist enjoying his single life who discovers that he has a teenage son and decides to connect with him and his white suburban family.” This is the singer’s first venture into television.

· Here are further details on the series: “The show explores the culture clash and the complicated journey of a father and son beginning their relationship as the dad soon discovers that fame, talent, and wealth get you nowhere when it comes to parenting.”

COMMON: “NAS IS THE BEST RAPPER ALVE”

During a recent appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Common had nothing but high praise for Nas. The rapper, who was promoting his new book, One Day It’ll All Make Sense, stated, “Nas is so poetic with it and I feel like his lyrics, you can write ‘em down on paper and they will last for time. It would be like literature that we read.” In related news, Common’s upcoming album, The Dreamer, The Believer, is due out on November 22nd.

LADY GAGA CALLS FOR MEETING WITH OBAMA 

Lady Gaga has reached out to President Obama to try to set up a meeting to discuss hate crimes following the death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer last weekend. Gaga wants Obama to enact laws making bullying a hate crime. Rodemeyer, who had posted an “It Gets Better” video in May about his long struggle with bullying at school, took his life on Sunday after what his parents said was years of taunting over his sexuality. In his video, Rodemeyer cited Gaga as an inspiration and on Wednesday, Gaga expressed her sadness over Rodemeyer’s death via Twitter, writing: “The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone’s life.” She added that bullying “must become illegal. It is a hate crime.”

· MTV’s ongoing A Thin Line project provides stories and resources for anyone who believes they are being cyberbullied or who are looking for ways to stop harassment by digital means.

T.I. DENIED LEGAL COUNSEL IN PRISON

According to TMZ, T.I. just might have to serve the remainder of his sentence in prison – especially since he has not been allowed to contact his lawyer. The rapper’s lawyer told TMZ that The Federal Bureau of Prisons stated in letter that Tip is “not entitled to legal counsel.” Why? Well, apparently prison officials are still in the process of reviewing what led to him being re-incarcerated. As previously reported, the troubled emcee was released from prison and sent to halfway house only to be locked up again after he was caught conducting business with his manager while en route to the halfway house.

JAY-Z TO HOST CARNIVAL IN NYC

Jay-Z has announced that at the end of the month, he’ll host a lavish carnival-themed benefit for his Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. The New York Daily News reports that the event will help raise funds for people needing financial assistance to attain higher education. Taking place on September 29th, tickets can be purchased for a thousand dollars each via SCFCarnival.com.

· The benefit is being held at Pier 54 in New York City.

KANYE TO DROP WOMEN’S LINE AT PARIS FASHION WEEK

We previously reported that Kanye West was looking to release his first clothing line dedicated specifically for women. The mogul was initially looking to launch his line during New York Fashion Week, but HarpersBazaar.com reports Yeezy will debut his S/S 2012 collection at 9.30 PM on October 1st, during Paris Fashion Week.

· West recently interned at Fendi and launched a collection of scarves.

SWIZZ BEATZ CAUGHT SEXTING ANOTHER WOMAN?

Are things going bad between Swizz Beatz and his second wife, Alicia Keys? Several gossip sites are reporting that the hitmaker allegedly sent a naked picture of himself to a woman named Christina Elizabeth. Since Elizabeth recently lost her cell phone, Bossip.com reports their conversation has surfaced on the Internet. Swizz is yet to confirm or deny sending the pictures. We’ll keep you posted.

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WIZ KHALIFA AND AMBER ROSE NOT MARRIED

There were rumors going around that Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose secretly got hitched in Las Vegas last week. However, Billboard.com has learned that the pair has not exchanged vows. A source confirmed that they “were simply celebrating Wiz’s birthday with close family and friends in Vegas.” The pair has been dating for nearly a year now.

SUBMIT SONGS FOR MARIAH’S NEW ALBUM

Now that she’s gotten the hang of raising her twins, Mariah Carey is looking to begin recording her 14th studio album. Interestingly enough, the diva is allowing newer artists and up and coming writers to contribute to her next project. According to MusicXRay.com, an A&R agency that is representing Carey said in a statement, “Mariah Carey is working on her new studio album. Her label is looking for songwriters and producers that have impeccable talent to collaborate with.” To learn more about how you can get involved, SUBMIT YOUR MUSIC HERE!

DRAKE ENJOYED JOJO’S “MARVIN’S ROOM” REMIX

During an interview with Paper magazine, Drake gave his honest opinions of JoJo’s remix to “Marvin’s Room.” Drizzy admired the singer for “taking the time to write really potent new lyrics.” He added, “It was really shocking, I think, for her audience since throughout her career she’s been kind of stereotyped as this teen pop star and then she comes out with this different kind of substance.” Drake went on to say, “It’s very rare that people take your song and do it over like that.”

ICE-T TALKS NEW VH1 DOCUMENTARY

On Monday night, we got the chance to speak to Ice-T before the premiere of the Vh1 documentary Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation. The film, which includes interviews with Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Raekwon, follows the crack epidemic and shows rappers who traded the crack game and for the rap game. Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation premieres on Vh1 on Sunday at 10 PM Eastern.

· Ice-T is the film’s narrator and executive producer.

· The premiere was held at the Paley Center for Media in New York City.

PITBULL, DEMI LOVATO WIN ALMA AWARDS

Pitbull and Demi Lovato were among the winners at the 2011 ALMA Awards on Saturday night. The show honors Latino artists for their work in movies, TV and music. Lovato won for Favorite Comedy Actress, TV for Sonny With a Chance, while Pitbull won for Male Musical Artist. Jessica Alba and Antonio Banderas were also among the winners at the show, which will air on Friday at 8 PM Eastern on NBC.

· The 2011 Alma Awards were hosted by Eva Longoria and George Lopez and featured performances from Lovato, Pitbull and Gloria Estefan.

LADY GAGA, USHER & MORE FOR BILL CLINTON PARTY

Lady Gaga, Usher and Bono and The Edge from U2 are set to perform at party for former president Bill Clinton next month. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the event will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the William J. Clinton Foundation and takes place at the famed Hollywood Bowl on October 15th.

· The William J. Clinton Foundation has raised more than 10-billion dollars for HIV/AIDS treatment, economic empowerment, food aid and global health initiatives.

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LADY GAGA AND EMINEM WIN EMMYS

Lady Gaga and Eminem each quietly won an award at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday night. HBO took home an award for the Lady Gaga Monster Ball concert special and the Chrysler 200 commercial starring Eminem also took home a trophy. The commercial, titled Born of Fire, features the Detroit-born rapper driving through his hometown while his track, “Lose Yourself,” plays in the background. The Creative Arts Emmy show will air on the ReelzChannel on Saturday. The primetime Emmys will take place Sunday in Los Angeles.

CHRISTINA’S SEAT ON THE VOICE IS SAFE

According to various reports, Christina Aguilera’s position as a vocal coach on The Voice is secure, dismissing earlier reports that she would be fired after the completion of next season’s singing competition. A rumor about Aguilera’s proposed firing erupted after X17 Online reported that producers were unhappy working with her and planned to replace her in third season of the show. An NBC executive cleared the air saying, “There is absolutely no truth to the rumor.” Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green and Blake Shelton will all be back when The Voice returns on Sunday, February 5th, after the Super Bowl.

AMY WINEHOUSE WOULD HAVE BEEN 28 TODAY

Today would have been Amy Winehouse’s 28th birthday. The embattled singer passed away on July 23rd at her home in London, and while the official cause of death is yet to be announced, it’s been ruled out that it was the result of an illegal substance, and her father Mitch revealed that he believes she died from a seizure suffered while going through detox. In honor of her birthday, her final song, a duet with Tony Bennett of the classic “Body & Soul,” will be released today. Download it on iTunes.

WEST COAST GREATS PASS THE TORCH TO KENDRICK LAMAR 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TREY SONGZ REMIXES LIL WAYNE’S “SHE WILL”

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

GAME LEAKS BONUS TRACK OFF R.E.D ALBUM

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

DIGGY, MINDLESS BEHAVIOR READY SCREAM TOUR

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

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

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

JANET JACKSON TO PERFORM IN SOUTH AFRICA

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

LADY GAGA LOVES BEYONCE

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

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

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

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

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

TROUBLE WITH THE AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VMA FACTS

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

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

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

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

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

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