X Factor

Snoop’s in trouble with the IRS again, Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose move to the Hills, Fergie and Josh are expecting, Meek Mill announces “Dreams Do Come True Tour” and Khloe Kardashian will not return to the next season of X-Factor

BEYONCE IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR X-FACTOR PANNEL AND $100 MILLION SALARY

Ever since news broke that Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul were fired from The X Factor USA panel, rumors have run rampant about who will replace the two judges. So far, we’ve heard Kelly Rowland, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are in the running, but a source told Englans’s The Mirror that Beyonce is being considered as well. An X Factor insider claims, “Simon wants nothing but the best for the X Factor.” The X Factor USA will returns this fall on FOX.

It would the highest TV salary ever, and, indeed, an ideal job for Beyonce, 30, who gave birth daughter Blue Ivy, her first child with husband Jay-Z, last month; the X-Factor stint could theoretically allow the Grammy winning singer a way to stay in the public eye during her baby’s first years without having to tour worldwide.

Read more: http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/simon-cowell-offers-beyonce-100-million-for-x-factor-report-201232#ixzz1lLrP2zTW

- Do you think Beyonce will be too busy raising Blue Ivy to do the show?

DRAKE’S EX WANTS MONEY FROM MARVIN’S ROOM

Young Money superstar Drake’s alleged ex-girlfriend Ericka Lee has come forward with a lawsuit against the Grammy-nominated performer for not getting compensated after contributing to his “Marvin’s Room” summer anthem.

The lawsuit is officially filed and cites Drake for not paying what is due in royalties.

Ericka Lee, revealing herself to be Drake’s ex-girlfriend, has stepped up, saying she was the voice on the other end of the phone call. The woman is now suing Drake for excluding her from sharing co-writer royalties on one of his biggest recent hits. Lee filed the lawsuit on Thursday in California federal court claiming the two had a romantic and business partnership between early-2010 and mid-2011. During the relationship, the two are said to have traded poems and song lyrics and discussed joint creative projects. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Following a messy break-up, Lee later contacted an attorney to put the suit into motion.

By November, Lee hired a lawyer, which allegedly caused Drake to make threatening phone calls. “What the f–k is your problem?” he said to her, according to the complaint, then offering her “4-5%” of publishing monies plus a $50,000 payout to go away. Instead, Lee has filed a lawsuit over “Marvin’s Room,” which has been viewed more than 39 million times on YouTube. She demands a judge declare her as co-writer of the song. She’s also seeking damages and disgorgement of profits on allegations of breach of fiduciary duties and unjust enrichment. Lee is represented by Neville Johnson, who previously filed a lawsuit against Drake on behalf of a Playboy Enterprises for sampling an unauthorized sound recording it owned on “Best I Ever Had.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

The record premiered last summer and features production from Noah “40″ Shebib.

Get excited, Drake fans. According to his website, his sophomore album, Take Care, is due out in October and we should be hearing the first single in July. And if that isn’t enough for y’all, he has also come through with a brand-new track called “Marvins Room.” It’s far less rap-heavy than “Dreams Money Can Buy” and instead features Drizzy throwing on his R&B sad-man/storyteller hat throughout the nearly six-minute-long track. The result is a pretty epic cut that includes a track-ending piano solo and producer Noah “40″ Shebib’s trademark watery 808s. A single this is not, but I’ll be d*mned if it won’t make for a killer deep cut. (Prefix Mag)

Outside of romance and legal woes, Drizzy recently made headlines for shattering records.

The Toronto rapper has broken the record for most number one songs on the Billboard Rap Songs chart on the heels of his 11th hit “Make Me Proud” featuring Nicki Minaj. This bests a previous tie the Canadian rapper held with Diddy. Billboard reports, “When it comes to topping the tally the most, Drake, in less than three years, has become the best the chart ever had”. (RapFix)

- Cyrus Langhorne

B.O.B ISSUES “STRANGE CLOUDS” REMIX VIDEO

B.o.B has issued the visual for the remix video for “Strange Clouds.” According to his official website, the revamped track includes guest verses from T.I. and Young Jeezy and is expected to appear on his sophomore album of the same name.  Strange Clouds lands on March 13th.

ALICIA KEYS VACATIONS IN HAWAII WITH FAMILY

Wanna know what Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz have been up to? The two love birds were spotted vacationing with their son, Egypt, on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The family was there to celebrate the singer’s recent 31st birthday. Here’s what she tweeted about the experience, “I’ve never seen a starrier sky I’ve never felt a more beautiful breeze I’ve never been more alive And It brings me to my knees!” In related news, Keys is still working on the follow-up to 2009’s Element Of Freedom, which is expected to land later this year.

YOUNG JEEZY ANNOUNCES TM103 TOUR

To further support the release of his latest album, TM103, Young Jeezy has announced the dates for his upcoming outing, which is being dubbed The Hustlerz Ambition Tour. The rapper’s 25-city North American outing will begin on March 3rd in Washington, D.C. and wrap on April 6th in Montreal. Head to his official website to learn how to score passes now.

March 3 – Washington DC

March 4 – New York, NY

March 5 – Boston, MA

March 6 – Hartford, CT

March 8 – Philadelphia, PA

March 9 – Cincinnati, OH

March 10 – Detroit, MI

March 11 – Cleveland, OH

March 12 – Indianapolis, IN

March 13 – Chicago, IL

March 20 – Las Vegas, NV

March 21 – San Diego, CA

March 22 – Los Angeles, CA

March 24 – San Francisco, CA

March 27 – Seattle, WA

March 28 – Vancouver, B.C.

March 29 – Edmonton, Alb.

March 30 – Calgary, Alb.

March 31 – Saskatoon, Sask.

April 1 – Winnipeg, Man.

April 5 – Toronto, Ont.

April 6 – Montreal, Que.

R KELLY DROPS “SHARE MY LOVE”

R Kelly is readying his comeback. After overcoming throat surgery late last year, the self-proclaimed R&B king has issued a new song called “Share My Love.” The up-tempo track serves as the first single from his new album, Write Me Back. The follow-up to Love Letter will arrive in stores in March.

In addition, Kellz is also working on a sequel to his 1993 debut, 12 Play, entitled Black Panties.

WILLOW SMITH WHIPS HER HAIR NO MORE

It’s the end of an era, tweens and tween-adjacents. After 464 glorious days of hair whipping, Will Smith’s singing, dancing daughter Willow posted a pic on her WhoSay account showing a newly shorn head. Known for out-there style choices, the “21st Century Girl” must have felt that long locks were so last year — either that or she got a little too close to a “Fireball.” All in all, it was a good run — when Miss Piggy is mussing her golden coiffure in tribute, you know you’ve succeeded. Let us pause and take a moment to remember the paint-splattering, hair-whipping good times (video below, obviously). – Lanford Beard

ELEPHANT MAN ARRESTED FOR RAPE

According to TMZ, Elephant Man was arrested in Jamaica for allegedly raping a woman sometime last month inside his St. Andrew home. The reggae king, known for his 2004 hit “Jook Girl,” was recently questioned about his involvement while his lawyers were present. He was officially booked following the interrogation and charged with grievous sexual assault and rape. We’ll keep you posted.

BOW WOW ISSUES UNDERRATED TRACKLIST

Now that Bow Wow has secured a launch date for his long-awaited Underrated LP, the Young Money rapper has revealed the tracklist for his 17-track project. Be sure to look for the disc, which includes appearances from Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Miguel, Busta Rhymes and Meek Mil, on March 13th.

Bow Wow – Underrated Tracklisting

1. “Intro”

2. “Where My Dogs At” (produced by Cardiak)

3. “Must Be Stupid” feat. Busta Rhymes (produced by AraabMuzik)

4. “Why Y’all” (produced by Jahlil Beats)

5. “We Going Hard” feat. Ace Hood (produced by Cardiak)

6. “Right Now” feat. Miguel

7. “Heart Stop” (produced by Drumma Boy)

8. “Sweat” feat. Lil Wayne (produced by Detail and Bei Maejor)

9. “Ain’t Thinkin’ ‘Bout You” feat. Chris Brown (produced by Kevin McCall)

10. “Wrong Time” feat. Musiq Soulchild (produced by Musiq Soulchild)

11. “I Try” (produced by Beat Bully)

12. “Boy or Girl” (produced by Soundsmith and Neenyo)

13. “If You Were Down” feat. Talib Kweli (produced by No I.D.)

14. “The Cypher” feat. Meek Mill (produced by Jahlil Beats)

15. “Lifestyle Ain’t for Me” (produced by Lodi Lucci)

16. “Ohio to Yonkers” feat. Jadakiss (produced by Jahlil Beats)

17. “All That I Know” feat. Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J (produced by Sledge)

TYLER THE CREATOR GETS STAR-STRUCK MEETING BIEBER

They seem like completely different artists, but rapper Tyler the Creator says he’s a fan of Justin Bieber. Tyler spoke to MTV News about their connection saying, “I met Justin back in February. He’s a cool kid and s**t. When I got in there, he was talkin’ about the ‘Yonkers’ video and s**t. It was weird because I was sitting here starstruck, like, ‘Oh f**k, it’s Bieber. He’s asking me questions.’ I’m like ‘Shut the f**k up so I can talk to YOU.’” What would you think of an Odd Future/ Justin Bieber collaboration?

DRAKE AND FLORENCE STILL WANNA COLLABORATE

Rapper Drake has proven that he has some diverse tastes when it comes to music, and even has expressed interest in collaborating with British indie act Florence and the Machine. Singer Florence Welch told MTV News that the pair is yet to get into the studio, saying, “We haven’t actually done any recording together. Whenever I see Drake, we always just end up kind of hanging out, which is equally fun, but no, we haven’t done anything yet.” She went on to note that she is also a fan of Drizzy, “I think we’re both fans of each other’s work. If we would have the time it is something I would definitely like to do, but we’re both really busy.”

CONTROVERSIAL RIHANNA VIDEO ABOUT UNHEALTHY DEPENDENCIES

Rihanna’s video for “We Found Love,” which features drug use and domestic violence, created a lot of controversy last week when it debuted. MTV sat down with the clip’s director, Melina Matsoukas, who says the video is about the warning signs of unhealthy dependencies. Melina explained, “It’s really about it being toxic, and they’re on this drug trip and that definitely plays a part, but I think it’s also about being triumphant over those weaknesses, and she leaves him. The bad parts of it, that’s what you don’t want.”

T.I. SHOOTS “FLEXIN” VIDEO IN ATLANTA

T.I. was busy over the weekend shooting a video for “Flexin” with Big K.R.I.T.. Tip can be seen in the clip driving a red car around his hometown of Atlanta. Footage of the video shoot is available now at XXLMag.com.

WILL ADELE TOP THE ALBUM CHARTS AGAIN?

The battle for this week’s number one album should be interesting. Billboard reports that Christian band Casting Crowns could top the album chart on Wednesday with their latest album, Come to the Well. But they aren’t the only ones vying for the top spot. Adele could also return to the summit with her album, 21, which has stayed in the top ten for months. We’ll be sure to let you know who lands at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 tomorrow.

SIMON COWELL AND L.A. REID BATTLING IT OUT?

So much of The X-Factor is about TV drama, but is there some real tension brewing behind-the-scenes of the show? According to TMZ, competing judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid have been “ruthless” with one another, even when the cameras are off. Sources say they overheard Reid saying he was going to “play mind games” and “dirty tricks” to help win the singing competition. Simon says he is wise to Reid’s game. Be sure to tune in to see The X-Factor tonight at 8 PM Eastern on FOX.

NICKI MINAJ TO LAUNCH NAIL POLISH LINE IN 2012

All Hip Hop News reports that Nicki Minaj is expanding her brand with nail polish. The rapper is reportedly set to release her own line of polishes to come out in 2012. The line is called the Nicki Minaj OPI Nail Lacquer Collection and each color will be named after one of her songs. Fans can buy shades like “Metal 4 Life,” “Fly,” “Super Bass Shatter” and more. Nicki write about her latest venture on her website saying, “Now you can have Nicki Minaj at your fingertips, literally.”

CAREY AND CANNON CREATE WEBSITE DEDICATED TO TWINS 

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon worked hard to keep their newborns out of the spotlight and now they’re ready to show them off. After making their TV debut on 20/20 this weekend, six months after their birth, Monroe and Moroccan now have a website entitled www.DemBabies.com, dedicated to them by their parents. The site includes intimate family portraits showing off the beautiful twin boy and girl. And will help keep fans up-to-date with the twins’ development.

· Carey recently tweeted a picture of her in the studio with the caption: “So happy to be back in the studio with the one & only @Mr_Dupri aka Jermaine Dupri!”

CHRISTINA MILIAN AND THE DREAM DIVORCE FINALIZED

The drawn out divorce process has finally come to an end for The Dream and Christina Milian. After hammering out a settlement, the courts have legalized the pair’s divorce. The celebrity couple was only married a year before The Dream called it quits, nine days before Christina gave birth to their only child in February of last year.

KELLY ROWLAND JOINS U-K’S X FACTOR

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

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

50 CENT COMPLETES NEXT ALBUM?

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

• The disc is tentatively titled Black Magic.

BEYONCE RESPONDS TO COPYING AT BILLBOARD AWARDS

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

DIDDY-DIRTY MONEY RELEASES NEW VIDEO

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

BRUNO MARS IS PLATINUM!

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

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

SELF MADE ALBUM PREDICTIONS

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

NEW BOYZ LAND IN TOP 40 ON BILLBOARD

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

ROCK THE BELLS LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

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

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

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

KILLER MIKE SELLS 4K IN FIRST WEEK

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

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

DRAKE ANNOUNCES OVO FESTIVAL LINE-UP

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

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

LUKE LOSES ELECTION FOR MAYOR OF MIAMI

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

DIDDY TO BE HONORED BY ASCAP

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

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

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

KANYE SIGNS ON FOR HEINEKEN RED STAR ACCESS TOUR

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

POSSIBLE MOBB DEEP AND NAS JOINT LP?

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

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

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

TINIE TEMPAH TO PLAY WITH USHER ON FRIDAY

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

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

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

BIEBER TO RELEASE FEMALE FRAGRANCE

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

EMINEM TITLES JOINT EP WITH ROYCE DA 5’9”

Eminem and Royce da 5’9” have come up with a title for their upcoming joint EP. Slim Shady recently tweeted that they have decided to call their project Hell: The Sequel. The disc, which will include contributions from D12’s Mr. Porter, Mobb Deep’s Havoc, Bangladesh and DJ Khalil, will be available on June 14th.

LIL KIM CALLS NICKI MINAJ A COWARD

And the beef continues between Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj. The Queen Bee got upset when she learned that her nemesis allegedly tweeted that Kim is “next,” following the news that Osama bin Laden was killed. Since the message isn’t on Nicki’s timeline, Kim then responded with: “What type of coward lame ass bitch tweets some shit and then deletes it. Real bitches stand by what they say Bozo. You cheap stocking cap glued $10 bag hair wig wearing bitch. Get a lace front!!! FYI Indian hair don’t come in green bitch.” As usual, the Young Money princess is yet to respond.

ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL LINE-UP


The official itinerary for the 2011 Essence Music Festival has been released and it looks like concertgoers will get to see Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men and many others on the first night. During the second night of the three-day event, Kanye West, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan and El Debarge will showcase their talents. On the final night, Mary J Blige, New Edition, Trey Songz and a gang of other acts are scheduled to take stage. It’s not too late to score passes for the festival, which takes place during July Fourth weekend in New Orleans. Be sure to visit EssenceMusicFestival.com to learn more.

HERE’S THE FULL RUNDOWN:

Friday, July 1: Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men, Macy Gray, Dwele, Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Tank, Miguel, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas

Saturday, July 2: Kanye West, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, El Debarge, Eric Benet, Timothy Bloom, Mint Condition, Hot 8 Brass Band, Stephanie Mills, Charmaine Neville Band, Naughty by Nature, To Be Continued Brass Band

Sunday, July 3: Mary J Blige, New Edition, Trey Songz, Kem, Hal Linton, Kourtney Heart, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Rebirth Brass Band, Kelly Price, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Trin-i-Tee 5:7, Brian Courtney Wilson, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Shamarr Allen and The Underdawgs.

MONICA TO GUEST STAR ON THE VOICE

According to CNN.com, Monica has reportedly been tapped to appear on NBC’s new voice competition, The Voice. The talented singer will not judge the contestants rather she will “offer words of wisdom and help to choose songs that best suit each singer’s vocal style.” It’s currently unknown when Mo’s episode will air but to be on the safe side, just tune in every Tuesday at 9 PM Eastern on NBC.

· Country singer Reba McEntire, singer/songwriter Sia and music director Adam Blackstone are also slated to appear on The Voice.

BIG SEAN ALMOST SIGNED TO SHADY RECORDS

Before Big Sean joined Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, the rap rookie was actually going to sign with Eminem’s Shady Records. The rapper explained to DealWithNoDeal.net that a radio station was hosting a rap battle that could result in a 10-thousand dollar prize and a deal with Slim Shady. Interestingly enough, Sean lost the competition but he would later go on to impress ‘Ye and ink a deal with the rap vet. Sean is now working on his debut album, Finally Famous, which will be available this summer.

· The disc includes contributions from Chris Brown and Pharrell Williams as well as production from No I.D. and Kanye West.

PLIES ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM

According to his official Twitter page, Plies has announced that his next studio album, Purple Heart, will be released later this year. In addition, the Florida rapper tweeted that the lead single off the project is “coming asap.” Plies’ last effort was 2010’s Goon Affiliated, which debuts at number five on the Billboard 200 chart.

MARIAH TWEETS ABOUT DEM BABIES


Now that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon can enjoy their healthy set of twins, the singer has taken to her Twitter account to show appreciation for everyone who sent personal messages of encouragement before she went into labor. Mi Mi wrote, “I wish I could personally thank all those around the world who continue to send congrats and prayers for #dembabies! They’re doing great! And they are the most incredible gifts we could ever have imagined!” The couple is yet to announce the names for their little boy and girl.

JAY-Z WINS EMMY AWARD?

Yes you read the headline correctly. Jay-Z has reportedly won a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition/ Direction/ Lyrics for Hova’s rendition of “Run This Town.” The rap mogul performed the song during this year’s Super Bowl XLIV opener.

· U2 also won a Sports Emmy Award for their performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

NEW BOYZ COLLAB WITH CHRIS BROWN

We’ve just learned New Boyz have linked up with Chris Brown for a new song called “Better With The Lights Off.” The cut will appear on the rap duo’s upcoming new album, Too Cool to Care, which is due out on May 17th.

LIL WAYNE’S DAUGHTER MAKES 22K OFF REALITY TV

Wanna know how much Toya and Lil Wayne’s daughter is making off reality TV? Well, TMZ has learned the rapper’s eldest, Reginae, is banking 22-thousand dollars plus traveling expenses and a private bank account for appearing on her mother’s BET reality show, Family Affair.

THE BLACK EYED PEAS PLANNING FREE CONCERT IN NYC

The Black Eyed Peas will perform a free concert in New York City’s Central Park on June 9th. The Peas’ Concert 4 NYC will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, a charity targeting poverty in New York City. Although the show is free, concertgoers must have tickets to enter. More than 50-thousand tickets are available through an online giveaway. VIP tickets will also be sold online. Learn more at BlackEyedPeas.RobinHood.org.

J.LO BEING SUED BY EX

According to RadarOnline.com, Jennifer Lopez’s ex husband, Ojani Noa, is filing a lawsuit against the singer and actress, claiming the song “One Love” off her new album, Love?, is about him. According to an agreement between Noa and Lopez, negative references to Noa are prohibited. He states that J. Lo is in breach of the contract and will also be bringing a separate civil action over the song.

· Ojani Noa was Jennifer’s first husband and his business partner. They tied the knot on February 22nd, 1997 and divorced less than one year later in January of 1998.

NICOLE FROM PCD TO HOST X-FACTOR?

Some more info is slowly being revealed about Simon Cowell’s forthcoming American version of The X-Factor. As has been rumored, People.com is reporting Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger will indeed be the host of the show after she did such a good job as a guest judge on the British version of the program last summer. As usual, take it for what you will because nothing is set in stone until Simon makes the official announcement.

BEYONCE COMPLETES AND PREVIEW SIX SONGS

We’ve just learned Beyonce met with Sony Music executives to preview new material for her upcoming album. Sony exec Denis Handlin told the Daily Telegraph, “It was just amazing. She came in and played us six tracks from the album. She wants to do a big tour off the back of this record… These songs, the best description I can give is groundbreaking; she’s gone to another level.” Bey’s fourth studio album is slated for a June release.

· Beyonce is scheduled to perform during this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

LUDACRIS RECORDS FOR FAST FIVE

According to Rap-Up.com, Ludacris has teamed with Slaughterhouse for the official soundtrack for the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. Luda and the 2.0 Boys recorded a song called “Furiously Dangerous,” which will serve as the lead single for the film, Fast Five. The news comes as Luda announced that he’s already begun recording his next studio effort, Ludaversal.

· Ludacris will star in Fast Five, which opens on April 29th.

· Luda said of the film, “That movie is amazing. I guarantee you, if not number one, it will be top three movies of this year.”

LIL WAYNE FACES ANOTHER TAX BILL

Lil Wayne is facing another tax lien from the IRS. If you remember, a few weeks ago we reported Weezy paid off a 1.13-million dollar debt but he now owes over 5.6-million in unpaid taxes! We’ll keep you posted with further details.

· Lil Wayne has just been added to a list of confirmed performers at the 2011 Bamboozle Music Festival. The annual event will be held in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the New Meadowlands Sports Complex from April 29th to May 1st.

JENNIFER LOPEZ SCORES U-K HIT SINGLE

We’ve just learned Jennifer Lopez’s new single, “On The Floor” featuring Pitbull, has debuted at number one on the official U-K singles chart. This marks the first time J. Lo has experienced such chart success since 2005’s “Get Right.”

· Her forthcoming album, Love?, is slated for a May release.

· Her highest first-week selling album, This Is Me…Then, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and sold 314-thousand copies during its first week out in 2002.

JEEZY RECRUITS TRAVIS BARKER ON TM103

We were beginning to wonder what’s going on with Young Jeezy’s long-delayed album, Thug Motivation 103. The rapper is still working hard on completing the disc, which will now include drum work from Blink-182’s Travis Barker. The drummer told Rap-Up.com, “It was amazing. It was like this epic, Braveheart-sounding intro.” Fans can expect TM103 to drop later this year.

· Producer Drumma Boy, who contributed to Jeezy’s LP, revealed that the project will be “classic.”

RIHANNA ASKED TO JUDGE X FACTOR?

PerezHilton.com reports Rihanna has reportedly been asked to guest judge on Simon Cowell’s X-Factor show. It’s unknown if Ri Ri has agreed to appear on the singing competition series. Other celebrities who were invited onto the show include Fergie, Jessica Simpson and Nicki Minaj.

BRUNO SPECIAL EDITION ALBUM OUT TODAY

Today (4/5), only at his official online store, Bruno Mars is releasing a limited edition deluxe box set of his album Doo – Wops & Hooligans to his fans in the U-S. There are only 100 available, so head to BrunoMars.com now and try and get yours while you can.

· The box set includes: a special edition album, a woven patch, a set of four buttons, a poster and more.

· If you already had the regular version of Bruno’s album, would you get the special edition box set to add to your collection as well?

NICKI MINAJ TALKS FOLLOW-UP TO PINK FRIDAY

Okay, so we know Nicki Minaj has submitted guest verses for Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV album, but fans are dying to know when she’ll hear her sophomore effort. In the meantime, Nicki intends to unleash videos for her next two singles, “Super Bass” and “Fly” featuring Rihanna, very soon.

· Do you think Nicki will suffer from the sophomore slump?

· She has also submitted verses for Birdman’s next studio album.

· Her latest single, “Moment 4 Life,” is currently number three on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop chart.

BEP TEAMS WITH AEROPOSTALE FOR CHARITY

According to AllHipHop.com, The Black Eyed Peas have joined forces with Aeropostale to raise money for the group’s Peapod Foundation. The band helped produce a limited-edition T-shirt where all proceeds will benefit children worldwide who need shelter, education and healthcare. Visit BEP’s official website to learn more.

· Aeropostale has already pledged 100-thousand to the Peas’ Peapod Foundation.

· Anyone who purchases the shirt will also be entered into a contest to meet the band face-to-face.

MARY J READIES FALL ALBUM

Mary J Blige announced that her next studio album, My Life II, The Journey Continues, will be released this fall. MJB has already received contributions from Danja, Kanye West, Stargate, Swizz Beatz, songwriter Kevin Cossom and The Underdogs. The Queen of Hip Hop Soul said of the disc, “It’s a gift to be able to relate and identify with my fans at all times. This album is a reflection of the times and lives of people all around me.” Be sure to get your copy on September 20th.

KELLY SHOWS SENSUAL SIDE ON THIRD LP

Judging by Kelly Rowland’s new single, “Motivation” featuring Lil Wayne, we understand what she means by exploring her “sensual side” on her upcoming album. The former Destiny’s Child singer told SingersRoom.com that the project is “an emotional rollercoaster” that will “celebrate being a woman and feeling that power.” The untitled LP is slated for a late August or early September release.

· Fans can anticipate a steamy visual for the lead single to premiere in coming weeks.

R KELLY PENS MEMOIR

With all that R Kelly has been through during his career, it makes sense that he’s decided to write a memoir titled Soulacoaster. The singer/songwriter said of the project that he’s “writing this book as Robert, not R. Kelly.” Why now? Kelz explained to SingersRoom.com, “I’m tired of being misunderstood. I will show you the tears, fears, and sweat. I will open my heart and reveal the good in my life as well as all the drama. I want to tell it like it is.” It’s unknown if his first literary effort will touch on controversial topics including criminal charges.

· Do you think he’ll ever go into detail about his relationship with the late Aaliyah? Do you plan on buying his book?

· Kelz said that the book will “unlock the door to [his] story as only he can tell it, promising his fans an intimate and unforgettable ride.”

KELLY PRICE READIES NEW ALBUM

With her new single, “Not My Daddy” featuring Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams, climbing the charts, 2011 is looking to be a great year for Kelly Price. The singer has announced that her self-titled album will be available on May 3rd.

· Yesterday, Kelly Price turned 38 years old.

· Isn’t it great to see real R&B singers like Kelly continue to put out quality records?

GAGA TO PLAY GOOD MORNING AMERICA

Lady Gaga will be kicking off Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series. It was officially announced Monday morning on the show that the pop star will be playing a number of tunes in New York City’s Central Park on Friday, May 27th. Learn more at GoodMorningAmerica.com.

· Gaga’s album, Born This Way, comes out earlier that week, on May 23rd.

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