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Premiered by Usher during last night’s iHeartRadio Awards, JT lends his soulful voice to the late MJ’s new single. Produced by Timbaland, the track was penned by Michael and Paul Anka in 1983. Michael Jackson’s posthumous album Xscape drops May 1

Happy Birthday to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson! In celebration of what would have been MJ’s 55th birthday, here’s the Crisco Kidd Block Party’s own, DJ Rockwell’s Tribute Mix. Enjoy!

Over the weekend, Justin Bieber’s pet monkey was quarantined in Germany and Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine and family is suing AEG for $40 billion, for their hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray (the doctor held responsible for MJ’s death).

WOMAN GETS DRAKE’S NAME TATTOOED TO HER HEAD

In Drake’s song “Free Spirit” with Rick Ross, he says on the hook: “Tat my name on you so I know it’s real.” According to MTV.com, a fan has done just that and showed her devotion to Drizzy by getting a tattoo of the rapper’s name on her forehead. Kevin Campbell, the tattoo artist responsible for the ink, told Vibe magazine that the young lady wasn’t drunk and “really psyched and was pretty adamant about putting it on her forehead.” He adds, “She acted as if she had planned it out for a while; though I’m not really sure how much extended coherent thought could actually go into getting such a stupid tattoo on your forehead.”

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DRAKE ANNOUNCES CLUB PARADISE TOUR

According to his official website, Drake has released the dates for his upcoming Club Paradise tour, which will travel to cities in the U-S and Europe. The highly anticipated trek will begin next year on February 14th in Miami and wraps on March 11th in San Diego only to begin in Dublin, Ireland on March 24th. Be sure to pick up his latest Take Care LP – here’s the full U-S stops:

The tickets for the European dates will be available December 16th onwards on Live Nation.

2012 The Club Paradise Tour North American Dates:

2/14/2012 – Miami, FL Bank United Center

2/15/2012 – Gainesville, FL Stephen C. O’Connell Center

2/17/2012 – Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

2/18/2012 – Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center

2/21/2012 – Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena

2/22/2012 – Lexington, KY Rupp Arena

2/24/2012 – Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center

2/25/2012 – New Orleans, LA UNO Lakefront Arena

2/27/2012 – Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center

2/28/2012 – Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena

3/01/2012 – Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

3/02/2012 – Arlington, TX College Park Center

3/04/2012 – Tuscon, AZ Tucson Arena

3/05/2012 – Los Angeles, CA Galen Center

3/08/2012 – Fresno, CA Save Mart Center

3/10/2012 – San Jose, CA Event Center

3/11/2012 – San Diego, CA Viejas Arena

T.I. TO DROP NEW MIXTAPE

In case you missed it, T.I. has announced that he will release a mixtape on New Year’s Day. The rapper wrote on Twitter, “Breaking News! Its official…I’m puttin out a mixtape midnight Jan.1 2012 called #F**kdacityup. Wanna be the 1st thing yall hear next year,” he wrote. “When da ball drop…We drop!!!! Out with da old, in with da TRUE!!!! A-town….Weeee Baaaaaack!!!!!” In related Tip news, the rap star’s upcoming eighth album Troubleman is due next year.

NEW ACTS ADDED TO VH1 DIVAS

We’ve just learned Anita Baker, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson and Ledisi have just been added to the list of performers for this year’s VH1 Divas. In addition, Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Nas, Common and La La Anthony are all expected to present at the ceremony, which is paying tribute to great cities of soul including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. Taking place inside New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, be sure to tune in when VH1 Divas airs Monday, December 19th at 9 PM/8c on VH1.

The headlining “divas” were announced earlier and includes Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J. and Jill Scott. Previously announced performers include: Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and Travie McCoy.

ALICIA KEYS SAYS HER ALBUM IS ALMOST DONE

If you’ve followed Alicia Keys on Twitter recently you’d know that she’s currently recording her fifth studio album. Wanna know how many tracks she’s competed so far? During a recent interview on GMA, the singer said of the upcoming disc, “I think we got a couple more months and we’re ready to fly,” she said. “You deserve the best and I want to give you the best, so when you hear this music you’re blown away, like you’re filled.” The follow-up to 2009’s Element Of Freedom is slated to arrive early next year.

SNOOP DOGG SHARES BLUNT IN CONCERT?

According to TMZ, Snoop Dogg gave one fan the experience of a lifetime during a concert in Atlanta this past weekend. The rapper lit a massive “blunt-type object” and passed in to an unidentified concert-goer who joined in on the fun. In related news, the soundtrack to Snoop’s stoner-comedy with Wiz Khalifa, Mac and Devin Go to High School, is out in stores now!

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

BET TO HONOR MARIAH CAREY

According to BET.com, Mariah Carey’s contribution to music is scheduled to be celebrated during the fourth annual BET Honors Award Ceremony. The diva is being recognized with the Entertainer award for her tremendous impact to black music and the culture. She reportedly joined previous recipients Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx. We’ll keep you posted with more details for the BET Honors 2012.

MYSTIKAL REACTS TO SINGING TO YOUNG MONEY

In a press release, Mystikal issued a statement about his recently deal with Cash Money Records. Similar to Busta Rhymes, the rapper is excited about the new partnership. He stated, “It has been a truly long time since I have felt like a rapper and with this signing, and partnership, Birdman and Slim have given me my life as a rapper back. I am ready to go. I am going to put my red Superman drawers, cape and boots on and go! This is a huge moment for me and I am truly excited to be with Cash Money Records.” Lead by his first single, “Original” featuring Lil Wayne, Mystikal’s next album is expected for a spring 2012 release.

FANTASIA WELCOMES BABY BOY!

According Vibe, Fantasia has reportedly delivery a healthy baby boy at a North Carolina hospital on Tuesday morning. The bundle of joy marks her first child together with her and partner Antwaun Cook, who was allegedly married when they first started dating. The singer has told People.com, “I feel so blessed that my son Dallas Xavier was born healthy, and is a wonderful new addition to our family,” she said. “I thank all my fans for their well wishes and continued support.” The bundle of joy weighed at 7 lbs., 9 oz. and 21 inches long. Dallas marks her first child together with her and partner Antwaun Cook, who was allegedly married when they first started dating.

The baby join big sister Zion Quari Barrino, 10.

MICHAEL JACKSON AUCTION

According to JuliensAuctions.com, personal items from the L-A home where Michael Jackson died in are being auctioned off. The items up for auction include messages from his children, a carved dining table and a Victorian grand piano and more. Other items include an ornate bedroom mirror, on which the late singer wrote: “Train perfection March, April full out May,” in the build up to his planned London comeback gigs, and a shower bench on which Jackson drew a series of stick figures. Contrary to rumors, the bed in which the singer died in will not be included in the sale.

The auction begins Saturday. For more information go to http://www.juliensauctions.com/.

JANELLE MONAE READIES TWO NEW ALBUMS

According to SingersRoom.com, Janelle Monae has big plans for the New Year. Fans can expect the singer to release two new albums which she revealed has “84.799 percent of the writing is done.” As for when the “Tightrope” entertainer will drop the projects, Monae stated, “I will release them according to my soul clock; so I reserve the right to change that. But I will try to stick to the scheduled release dates, which I know but can’t say.” We’ll keep you posted.

FLO RIDA IS BACK ON TRACK AFTER DUI

TMZ is reporting that Flo Rida got off lightly from prosecutors for his DUI case. The rapper was busted in Miami Beach back in June on suspicion of DUI, according to Police his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Flo Rida’s attorney got the judge to send Flo to a first-time offenders program instead of jail. The program, called Back on Track, requires for Flo Rida to complete substance abuse classes, counseling, community service and drug testing. If Flo completes all of the requirements, prosecutors will know the DUI charge down to the lesser charge of reckless driving.

ODD FUTURE, WU-TANG READY PAID DUES FEST

According to HipHopDX.com, Wu-Tang Clan and Odd Future have just been announced as performers for the 7th annual Paid Dues Festival. Taking place on April 7, 2012, concert-goers can expect to see over 20 acts for the event which will be held at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California. If you want to attend, passed for the show go on sale to the general public on Saturday, December 17th at 10 AM.

JAY-Z REACTS TO J COLE GRAMMY NOMINATION

Following the news that J.Cole was nominated for Best New Artist for the 2012 GRAMMY Awards, his boss, Jay-Z, told MTV News how he feels about it. Hova said of his Roc Nation artist, “I think it’s great for him, because I’m sure it’s a dream of his. We grew up seeing Michael Jackson, and I’m sure he grew up seeing whatever moment stuck in his mind, so I know it’s great for him to do that,” he said. “I think he’s already won Best New Artist, to me. His journey is what I’m really excited about.” Be sure to pick up the rap rookie’s debut today.

CELEBRATE NEW YEARS WITH CHRIS BROWN!

2011 has been a big year for Chris Brown. So it makes sense that the crooner is looking to have one last bash before the year is completed. He is scheduled to host New Year’s Eve celebration at PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. If you’d like to attend, tickets are priced at $150 each – visit his official website to learn more.

LIL WAYNE’S TOUR GROSSES 47-MILLION

According to his official website, Lil Wayne’s I Am Still Music tour has reportedly become one of the most successful tours of 2011. The trek, which stretch along North America, Africa and Australia, has grossed 47-million dollars. His manager, Cortez Bryant, said in a statement, “The tour exceeded our own expectations. The amount of tickets he sold in both primary and secondary markets across the country was phenomenal and we are now focusing on the expansion of his global success.” The outing was designed to further support his latest album, Tha Carter IV, which is out now.

WALE TEAMS UP WITH THE WIZARDS FOR NBA EVENT

Wale will perform a free show in Washington D.C. on Saturday. The Maryland native is helping the Washington Wizards kick off their 2012 season with Fan Fest, on Saturday night. The event will feature face painters, balloon artists, magicians and much more. Free popcorn and soda will be provided to all courtesy of the Washington Wizards and the event will include autographed items for fans. The first five-thousand fans in attendance will receive a souvenir credential. Fan Fest takes place on Saturday night at 6 PM Eastern and is free and open to the public.

Wale attended Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Wale released the following statement: “I am an avid sports fan who is very passionate about our DC teams and to be officially involved with the Wizards is a blessing. I am overjoyed that our team is returning to the court and can’t wait to see them compete this season. Fan Fest will be a great opportunity to get our fans excited about this team and this season. I am confident that Ted Leonsis, myself and the entire Wizards organization can create something special for this event that will set that tone for more great things to come this year.” #TeamAmbition

A judge has given Doctor Conrad Murray the maximum sentence, of four years in prison, for his conviction in the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson. However, a new law in California, will actually prevent Murray from serving time in prison.  Instead, he’ll end up staying in the Los Angeles County Jail for, at most, only two years of his sentence. Judge Michael Pastor also ruled that Conrad must pay an 800 dollar fine. Head to TMZ.com for more.

·       Do you think Murray deserved four years?

·       Do you think Murray deserves to only serve half of his sentence in a jail cell?

ODD FUTURE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

According to MTV, Odd Future has announced that fans can expect their debut album, Purple Naked Ladies, to be released next month. Now that he rap group secured a distribution deal with Sony Red, their long-awaited offering will arrive digitally on December 20th with the physical copy hitting stores on January 12th. Check out the tracklist:

1. Violet Nude Women

2. They Say/Shangrila (ft. Tay Walker)

3. She Dgaf

4. Cunt

5. Cocaine/Tevie (ft. Left Brain)

6. Ode to a Dream (ft Kilo Kish & Coco O.)

7. Gurl (ft. Pyramid Vritra).

8. Love Song -1

9. Lincoln (ft. Mike G & Left Brain)

10. Web of Me

11. She Knows

12. Fastlane

13. Visions (ft. Coco O.)

14. The Garden

JAY-Z TO APPEAR ON RIHANNA’S TALK THAT TALK

According to Rap-Up.com, Rihanna’s highly anticipated album, Talk That Talk, will include a guest feature from the one and only Jay-Z. Stargate, who has contributed and produced on the project, revealed that Hov will appear on the title track on Ri Ri’s sixth effort. He described “Talk That Talk” as a “mid-tempo banger with hard drums, dirty synths, and Rihanna and Jay at their best. We are very happy with the song and Jay’s verse is crazy—same with Rihanna’s part.” Be sure to grab the LP when it drops on November 21st.

MONICA TO GET HONORED BY ASCAP

According to her official fansite, Monica is scheduled to be honored by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) tonight (11/9) in New York City. The singer is being recognized for her contributions to music and will be joined by Janelle Monae. It’s part of the annual Women Behind the Music Series, which in previous years honored Kelly Rowland, Melanie Fiona and others. In related news, Monica has announced that her upcoming album, New Life, will arrive on February 21st.

 

LIL WAYNE, DRAKE SCRAP JOINT ALBUM PLANS

Fans who were looking forward to Drake and Lil Wayne’s joint album will be sad to know that the Young Money stars have scrapped the project entirely. Drake tells XXLMag.com that the decision had a lot to do with Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne offering. Drizzy explained, “Me and Wayne scrapped the idea of a collaboration album. We just agreed that it would be looked upon as… It would be sort of this competition [with Watch The Throne].” Drake added, “It would get caught in this whirlwind of hype. [Wayne] agreed. We just said, ‘If we do it, we’ll do it down the line. But right now is not the time.’”

JEEZY ALREADY BEGINS NEXT ALBUM?

Young Jeezy is slated to release his oft-delayed TM103: Hustlerz Ambition LP on December 20th, but this is not stopping the rap star from recording material for the follow-up. According to XXLMag.com, the rapper spilled, “I’m working now man. I guarantee it won’t be no wait like that no more. I’m in tip top shape. I’m feeling good. I’m just gonna go in.”

· His upcoming disc includes guest spots from Ne-Yo, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Jay-z and Andre 3000.

PRE-ORDER BEYONCE’S ELEMENTS OF 4

According to her official Facebook page, Beyonce wants fans everywhere to know that you can now pre-order her upcoming concert DVD, Live at Roseland: Elements of 4. The two disc set, which includes a video anthology, will be available to purchase on November 29th. If you want to pre-order it, CLICK HERE!

USHER BEGINS NEXT LP WITH RICO LOVE

According to SingersRoom.com, fans should expect big things from Usher’s next studio effort. One of the songwriters for the disc, Rico Love, shared that the singer is “experimenting with different sounds.” Love added, “My job is to make sure it stays classic. I don’t feel like Usher is just a Top 40 artist or just an R&B artist or just a rhythmic artist. I gotta make records that connect to all formats.” In addition, his seventh effort will include contributions from Jim Jonsin, Pharrell Williams, Miguel and Diplo.

50 CENT REACTS TO MJ VERDICT

Following the news that Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the Michael Jackson case, 50 Cent shared how he felt about the conviction. While on the red carpet at the Immortals film premiere, Curtis stated, “I think justice was served in that situation,” adding, “I understand the process of when an artist becomes really, really successful, and Michael Jackson was probably the epitome of that lifestyle. I can see people following the regimen of doing what Mike says to do. But they should still follow medical standards and practices.” Murray is due back in court towards the end of the month. We’ll keep you posted on further details.

· Janet Jackson reacted to the news by tweeting, “Justice was good today.”

SEAN KINGSTON ADDED TO LATIN GRAMMY PERFORMERS

Sean Kingston has been added as a performer at next week’s 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. He joins Pitbull and Marc Anthony, Shakira, Demi Lovato, and Romeo Santos and Usher, who will make their debut TV performance together. The Latin GRAMMY Awards air live tomorrow night (11/10) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on the Univision Network at 8 PM Eastern.

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