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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Lil Wayne returned to his hometown of
Monday's stop was a part of Young Money's promotional tour for their compilation, We Are Young Money, which was released on December 21. The tour kicked off on December 17 and was temporarily halted after
The charges that will send him to jail in February stem from a 2007 arrest in New York, where Wayne was found in possession of a loaded .40-caliber handgun. On October 22 of this year he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and is expected to receive a one year jail sentence.
According to the Associated Press,
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Producer Scott Storch is expected to be a major player in the musical comeback of rapper Shyne, who was deported to his native Belize after over nine years of incarceration.
Storch exclusively told AllHipHop.com of his plans to craft a new album for the former Bad Boy.
"Yeah, Shyne's my man. I've been talking to him and I was talking to him all through his prison sentence. He's always remained a loyal person to me," he told AllHipHop.com.
He said that he and Shyne actually befriended each other while Shyne was in jail for a December 1999 shooting that left several people wounded.
"We became friends after he was already in [jail] and I found out he was a fan and he's just a hell of a cool guy," Storch continued. "I'm looking forward to doing, not just one record, but doing a chunk on his album."
DJ Khaled's new album, Victory, features a new song by Shyne, Akon, Mavado called "All My Life." That opus is slated for a 2010 release. Presently, artists and producers are being flown in to Belize to work with Shyne.
To read more on Scott Storch and his current work, including more details on Shyne's album, read the two-part feature on Tuesday December 29 and Wednesday December 30. Storch also discusses his recovery from a cocaine addiction, his relationship to Timbaland, Lil Kim and his plans for a strong comeback, among other matters.
R&B singer Lloyd is slowly making his way back onto the music scene as he is releasing new music and new production. Lloyd, who was formerly signed to Murder Inc., has been rumored of joining Lil Wayne's Young Money movement.
Since replacing Omarion on various tracks such as the hit single Bedrock and also a song with Young Money's Nicki Minaj and Mack Maine, Lil Wayne has referred to Lloyd as a friend of Young Money.
Lloyd responded to what it means to be a friend. "I believe that a friend is there for you in a time of need, it's someone who always looks at the brighter side of things makes the best of out any situation and it's someone who you can count on to be there for you. I hope that's what he meant when he said that."
On December 14, Lloyd released 8 new tracks on a compilation titled Like Me: The Young Goldie EP onto his blog allowing fans to hear his new sound.
"Those 8 songs were compiled over the past six months and I chose those songs because they were personal, they were songs that meant a lot, they came from a good place and I kind of decided to lean more towards young producers, newcomers, because I can feel the energy that they were hungry. It's not rocket science, it's just a feeling and if it feels good you go with it. Those songs kind of just filled themselves up."
Saturday, December 26, 2009
The power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce married privately in April of last year. The two agreed to change Jigga's legal last name to Shawn Knowles-Carter from his birth name of Shawn Carter, while Beyonce's name will remain as Beyonce Knowles-Carter.
By changing Jay-Z's last name to Knowles, the family hopes to maintain the family legacy since there are no boys in the family besides Beyonce's younger sister Solange who has a son but he's named after his father, Daniel Julez Smith Jr.
According to reports, they want to keep Knowles because Beyonce's parents didn't have any sons and they're keen to keep the name going strong, especially if they don't produce any children themselves.
Although Beyonce's mother and father, Tina and Matthew Knowles, are divorcing after a marriage of 29 years, they plan to continue together in their business aspects.
As for Jay-Z, he finished 2009 off strongly as he released his 11th album titled Blueprint 3 which earned him number one album. Beyonce is also ending the year off on a positive note as she prepares to release her fragrance Heat which hits shelves this upcoming February.
"You're not going to ruin my night."
Singer, record producer, and actress Mary J. Blige recently released her latest album titled Stronger With Each Tear. Last Tuesday (December 22) was her album release party where she and her husband of 7 years Kendu Isaacs were seen getting into a physical altercation.
According to reports, Kendu Isaacs was spotted flirting with the multiple waitresses which caused Mary J. to become upset and guest of the party had to separate the couple before it went any further.
"What are you gonna do, Chris Brown me?"
Although the footage caught on tape supports the alleged altercation, Mary J.'s publicist Kerynne Tencer stated that the incident never occurred.
"People lie and don't know what they're talking about, they're as happy as can be. They're spending the holidays together with their three children. Everything's great."
Mary J.'s new album features an array of artist such as Drake, Trey Songz, and T.I. with production from The Runners, Tricky Stewart, and Ryan Leslie, just to name a few.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Kid Cudi was arrested at gunpoint yesterday (December 22) after finishing a photo shoot at the Joyrich Store in Melrose Avenue due to a case of mistaken identity by the police.
According to reports, the rapper was pulled over by an officer while on
However, after they were handcuffed, officers, who were responding to a burglary call, realized their error and allowed Cudi and his entourage to go on their way.
"Who knows, really, the story changed a bunch. I'm just happy to be back. I'm a free man! For that moment I was not free. I was in handcuffs. It did not feel very comfortable."
Kid Cudi doesn't feel that this was a case of racial profiling but feels that the police are under a lot of stress since of the large amount of crime that takes place in
"We're in LA, it's a rowdy place in the
"So, it's like I understand that they were just doing their job. I just wish we weren't in that place at that time."
According to Vice President of Promotions for Grand Hustle Entertainment, Amir Boyd, Hip-Hop superstar T.I. is now home. Boyd tweeted the following shortly after noon today (December 22), "The KING is home y'all! Merry Christmas!"
News regarding the incarcerated rapper's release from prison started early last week after his lawyer Steve Sadow mentioned the possibility of him being released to a halfway house prior to his projected release date, during an interview with XXL Magazine.
" [T.I.'s projected release date is around] the fourth week of March 2010. Now it is up to the [Federal] Bureau of Prisons to decide whether someone should be placed in a halfway house prior to the projected release date," explained Sadow.
"...we are hopeful that T.I. will be placed in a halfway house within the next month or so, which would be about two or three months before his projected release date. We are hopeful for that, [but] we do not have any control over it."
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, was serving time stemming for an arrest in Atlanta on October 13th, 2007, four hours before the BET Hip-Hop Awards. Tip was charged with possession of three unregistered machine guns and two silencers, as well as possession of firearms by a felon, both charges are felonies. He was facing 10 years and a $250,000 fine, but in accordance with his plea deal was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. On May of this year, he began serving that sentence in
T.I. is currently staying at Dismas Charities Atlanta West correctional center and, after his three month stay there, he will be on house arrest for 23 days and on probation for two more years following that.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
R&B superstar Beyonce Knowles has a lot on her plate as she deals with her parents divorce, but not even that can keep her from being down and out. Beyonce is ready to launch her new fragrance in February 2010 called Heat under the tag line Catch The Fever.
Beyonce describes her fragrance as being made perfectly for women. "My fragrance is a unique expression of a woman's powerful sensuality, the scent thrills and enthralls, drawing you in. At the same time, it is elegant and feminine with an air of mystery. I created this fragrance for self-assured women everywhere, for women who are not afraid to desire and to be desired."
When describing the fragrances smell, she added that it has a pinch of red vanilla orchid, magnolia, neroli, blush peach, honeysuckle, amber, almond, and musk
Beyonce also says that the name of her new fragrance is inspired by her tours and home. "A lot of my performances have had fire involved, so we thought Heat. Also, red is one of my favorite colors, as is gold, so then we thought of making the bottle look like its on fire. I love antique bottles -- my mother has a collection of them when I was growing up. I wanted something with an antique yet modern feeling. Even with my wardrobe, I always try to find things that have a little bit of something vintage, yet still timeless and classic. The bottle, I felt was a great mixture of the two."
The superstar singer also spoke on how the television advertisement will look like. It will be shot by director Jake Nava who also directed her single Single Ladies. Beyonce will be featured in a liquid satin gown while singing a "heated" version of Fever.
"We wanted the ads to be really steamy and dewy, my sexiest moments are when I'm just getting out of the tub or the shower and I'm clean."
Heat will be sold in 30, 50, and 100 increments for around 39-59 dollars along with matching body products. The fragrance is expected to earn about 100 million in retail value just in its first year.
Monday, December 21, 2009
During an interview the media, Snoop Dogg, who has recently been named the Creative Chairman of EMI's Priority Records, discussed how he stays up on the current trends, the biggest enemy he has run across so far, retirement, and upcoming collaborations.
When it comes to his uncanny ability to stay relevant in a forever changing industry, the West Coast rapper credits his children.
"Well, I'm thankful I've got kids first of all. I've got some hip kids. They listen to everything from Joss Stone, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift," says Snoop.
"So, with the hip kids at home, I tend to want to stay in contact with them and find out what gets them going, then I want to figure out how I can get on their iPods, and what I have to do to stay relevant. Then, I've got my football league. I've got over 5,000 kids in my league, and they're always dancin' and rockin' out to new music, letting me know what's hip and hot."
Having run across his fair share of unfriendly faces in the past, Snoop says his biggest enemy to date is death.
"Because he's still waiting on me," explained the 38-year old rapper with a smile, and those who are waiting on him to leave the spotlight shouldn't hold their breath. "I never contemplate retirement. Musicians shouldn't retire. Look at B.B. King. I will do music till the day I die!"
Snoop just released his tenth studio album Malice N Wonderland on December 8th, but is already working on upcoming collaborations, namely with Anita Baker who recently contacted the rapper for a feature. He would also love to work with Mick Jagger "because the b*tches [would] love it."
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
So So Def CEO Jermaine Dupri has responded to critics who claim that he is not supporting incarcerated rapper Da Brat.
Da Brat became involved in an altercation with an aspiring model/Atlanta Falcons cheerleader named Shayla Stevens, who was working as a waitress at a night club Dupri owned outside of Atlanta.
In the ensuing altercation, Da Brat struck Stevens with a bottle of rum, causing multiple lacerations on her face which required stitches and left scars.
Da Brat, born Shawntae Harris, was sentenced to three years in prison in 2008 for her role in the assault.
According to Dupri, he is in regular contact with Da Brat, who is serving her time at Arrendale Federal Prison in Alto Georgia.
“I spoke to her via letters back and forth and she’s good. She’s ready to come home and do what she gotta do,” Jermaine Dupri told V-103's Ryan Cameron this morning. “We are basically on the move to try and get her out.”
While he has corresponded with Da Brat via letters, he admitted that he hasn’t been to physically see her at Arrendale.
“Those people, they don’t really know me like that to say nothing about what I’m doing with my personal situation with Da Brat When Brat come home, I am going to be the person that take care of her and make sure she gets back on her feet and do what she gotta," Dupri added. "That’s just like everybody talking about Tiger Woods. We know nothing about the situation and everybody should shut up.”
Dupri admitted that he hasn’t been to see Da Brat since her incarceration. He told Da Brat his reasoning in several of the letters he has written to her.
“I felt a certain way about seeing Brat in jail. That’s my little sister and I don’t really want to deal with that situation like that," Dupri continued. "I would prefer dealing with getting her out and seeing that day as opposed to going to see her…only reason I am saying this on the air is because I explained this to Brat. In my letter, I let her know the same thing."
Da Brat has remained productive throughout her incarceration.
Both Dupri and Da Brat are the subjects of a multimillion-dollar civil lawsuit filed by Stevens.
During a visit to MTV on Wednesday (December 16), Trey Songz responded to a recent interview where R&B crooner R. Kelly addressed the shots that he sent his way earlier this year with the record, Death Of Kells.
"It wasn't a beef," said a smiling Trey. "It was me telling R. Kelly to take the damn Auto-Tune off his voice, which he did on his album. His album is good."
Trey also said he has more important things on his mind, like a follow-up to his album.
"I'm trying to make sure I have an album out asap. I ain't gonna tell you how soon, though. It's not gonna be two years," said the singer. "I wanna use the same recipe I've been using. If anyone is added, it'll be for real purpose. I spoke to Pharrell. I told him I'm getting in, Timbaland as well - both huge Virginia-grown producers. I definitely would love to work with them. But Troy Taylor I've been working with since the beginning of my career. Plus Bryan-Michael Cox I've had a couple hits with. I definitely wanna make sure we use the same chemistry."
R. Kelly reacted to Trey's song that was set over Jay-Z's Death Of Autotune instrumental and dissed his usage of Auto-Tune during an interview with DJ Skee on December 3.
"If you're gonna step out on that limb, which is very thin, you should make a personal call," said Kells. "Now if you're trying to sell an album and start a beef, then you make it public...But you have to be very careful with that. Because why would I tell Stevie Wonder, even though he doesn't have an album, 'You need to do this and that'...or talk about Stevie Wonder. I would not do that. Because Stevie Wonder has fans too. Just as Stevie Wonder and Charlie Wilson and Donnie Hathaway and Sam Cooke paved the way for the R. Kellys and Aaron Halls and The-Dreams and everybody else. As we come up, we're paving the way for the next person....but you cannot talk about someone who has done what they've done in this industry, which has changed the industry...and still doing it. You're trying to throw a rock at the top of the Sears Tower."
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Clifford Harris Jr., better known as rapper T.I., received a year and a day sentence due to illegal firearms possession and for possessing a gun as a convicted felon and began serving his sentence last May at a low-security prison in Arkansas.
T.I. wasn't expected to be released until March 2010 but there are several rumors circulating the net that he may be released into a halfway house at the top of the year.
The rapper's lawyer spoke about his case stating, "Now it is up to the Federal Bureau of Prisons to decide whether someone should be placed in a halfway house prior to the projected release date. The Bureau of Prisons can do that and typically does it either a month before, or two months before...as much as six months before the projected release date."
T.I.'s lawyer is confident that his client will be receiving an early release date.
"We are hopeful that T.I. will be placed in a halfway house within the next month or so, which would be about two or three months before his projected release date. We are hopeful for that, we do not have any control over it. The Bureau of Prisons makes that decision entirely on its own, they don't share that decision with the public and they don't share that decision with the defense lawyers, but we are hopeful because we know that T.I. has handled himself accordingly and conducted himself correctly while he has been incarcerated, we are hopeful that the Bureau of Prisons will give him two or three months of halfway house."
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Lil Wayne appeared in a New York court today, where he received a February sentencing date for a weapon violation last October.
The rapper, born Dwayne Carter, appeared in court around 10:30 AM, flanked by members of Cash Money Records, including label CEO’s Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams.
Lil Wayne remained silent as the judge set a February 9th sentencing date, where he is expected to be sentenced to at least a year in prison for weapon possession in New York.
In October, the rapper pleaded guilty to one criminal count of attempted possession of a weapon.
The charges stem from a 2007arrest in which a .40 caliber gun was found on the rapper's tour bus.
In a popular remix to “O Let’s Do It” featuring Georgia rapper Waka Flocka, Lil Wayne references the crime.
“Lock the CEO up/and I’m the CEO f**k/prison in February and I aint in no rush…” and later: “Hit them with the shotgun/call that s**t the spot bust/Call me Doctor Carter/aka young wild n***a/aka no trial n***a/aka click clak blow n***a/"
The news on Wayne’s sentencing date comes as a new track featuring the Young Money Records' CEO and Eminem titled "Drop The World" hit the internet.
In related news, Lil Wayne's album Rebirth has been pushed back to a February 1st release date. The album will land in stores just days after Wayne begins his jail sentence.
This week, R. Kelly dominates the R&B albums chart with his tenth solo album, Untitled, debuting at #1 on Billboard's R&B albums chart. This marks the prolific singer's fourth #1 R&B album debut, following R. Kelly (1995), R. (1998) and TP-2.Com (2000).
Untitled also debuted in the Top 5 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart and has spawned three singles to date including the record-breaking Number One featuring Keri Hilson, Religious and Echo. Cumulatively, the songs have sold over 400K digital and mobile units.
Kelly's new album is receiving rave reviews: Rolling Stone observes, "Kelly shows why he's still the master." USA Today gives the album "3 out of 4 stars." Billboard adds, "...with 18 years and counting under his belt, the singer/songwriter reminds us why he remains an R&B force."
In related news, will release a memoir through SmileyBooks publishing in early 2011. The memoir will be co-authored by celebrity writer David Ritz, and will detail Kelly's ride to the top of the charts, the agony of losing his mother, and the 6-years he spent fighting to clear his name of child pornography charges.
Rapper Memphis Bleek has recently been caught in the cross hairs of the beef between Jay-Z and former Roc-A-Fella labelmate, Beanie Sigel. So far, the fracas has deaded an upcoming collaboration that Beek had planned between himself and Beans, but the Brooklyn bred rapper insists the drama has not changed the way he feels about Sigel.
"That's my brother. That's my nigga," said Bleek regarding this relationship with Beans during an interview on Monday (December 14).
"I don't feel no ways [different] as I felt from when he signed to us back in '99. I feel the same way today. That's my n*gga and that's it. He can say what he wants to say. Him and I know the truth. He know what's real, and that's just it. It's all rap sh*t."
Bleek also insists that he doesn't plan on taking the bait, and will not respond to Beanie.
"I don't know what the real problem is, fam," said Bleek when asked what he thought might be the motivation behind Bean's diss songs.
"I think almost like eight months ago now, in Vegas we did a show together - me, him and Freeway. We was out there for two days kickin' it. Nothing ever came up then...[and then] like two doors before all of that sh*t popped off, we just had a lil conversation at Powerhouse. It was me, him, all his n*ggas there, my n*ggas, we was kickin' it, choppin' it up and nothing was ever said...I doubt it could be money motivated. He's a hustler. He know how to get money."
Beans dissed Bleek on the diss track Average Cat where he spits, "So F you too [speaking about Jay-Z] and F Bleek three/ Whether I rap or riddle out this mother*cker - my name is good in every hood."
Bleek is currently working on his first album in five years, The Process, which is expected to be released in 2010.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Reggae artist Buju Banton was arrested last Thursday (December 10) on drug charges and is currently being detained in a federal
According to DEA spokesman David Melenkevitz, when Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, was arrested he had 5 kilos of cocaine in his possession, and he is now facing a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute.
This is not his first run-in with the law. In 2004 he allegedly participated in the beating of six gay men but was acquitted in January 2006 due to a lack of evidence. Ever since his 1992 single Boom Bye Bye which promoted violence against gay men, the dancehall artist has been met with protests from gay rights activists at his events. He conducted a sit down with the gay community this past October, and although Banton refused to change his views the two sides were able to agree to disagree.
If convicted of the charges the reggae star faces as many as 20 years in prison.
Banton received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album this year for his ninth solo album, Rasta Got Soul, and finished a successful North American tour.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Earlier this evening (December 12), Damian Marley and Nas held a special forum in Washington DC shedding light on their forthcoming album, and reflecting on the cultural traditions linking Hip-Hop with Africa and the Caribbean.
The event was streamed live from National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium, and featured a diverse panel of authors (Jeff Chang), emcees (Rakim), and, pioneers (DJ Kool Herc, DJ Red Alert, Big Youth).
The entire discussion served as background for the concept of the Distant Relatives LP, which both men verified as set for March 16.
When an audience member asked how artists could reach those in the streets without glorifying those lifestyles, Nas directed people to remain genuine and be wary of pretentiousness.
“Just do you. If you ain’t been in the streets, what you know about it [from books and others], you will run out of it on the second song,” Nas explained. “I’m from the streets but it doesn’t stop there, that’s just my launching pad. I don’t think about how to reach anyone in particular. You can box yourself in by doing that. Just do you. One may be able to relate, and then tell another. Don’t think the thugs ain’t listening. They be some of the deepest dudes sometimes.”
Rakim Allah has been renowned for his groundbreaking lyrical contributions to Hip-Hop, and his direct influence on Nas, who was often hailed as the God MC’s “second coming” during the Illmatic era.
As an emcee who gave many Hip-Hop fans their first exposure to 5% philosophy and African culture, Rakim echoed Nas’ point of passing on your talents and knowledge.
“I got a blessing right off top a little bit before I met Eric B, I started reading a lot. The more I read, I felt everybody needed it,” Rakim stated. “When you get a jewel, you want to be the first one to let everyone know. I felt I was on the path to something. I love putting that conscious thought in music. The foundation is Africa, the rhythm of the drum. That intrigued me along with knowing the history. I was trying to reach that next level of consciousness and take everyone with me.”
DJ Red Alert added that history shows the industry by nature breaks down music culture, but it could be counteracted if Hip-Hop fans learned and valued their history.
“Awareness and livelihood are what you live through. The sad thing I found is that all genres of music from jazz to rock had culture,” Red detailed. “When the machine comes in, they take out one thing, the music, and leave everything else. We have to research the history to bring it back together.”
Some fans and critics have championed Nas as the rapper for that cause, citing his recent controversial albums Hip-Hop Is Dead and Untitled as thought-provoking and challenging works. Others have countered that these projects were simply for shock value.
While admitting he loves to shake up the status quo, Nas argued that the content still has to be strong to retain the listener’s ear.
“When I did Hip-Hop Is Dead, that was to start trouble. Some people said it was career suicide, others said it inspired other artists,” Nas told the audience. “[You can] be proactive enough to draw people, and then can’t keep them drawn with no meaning. When there’s meaning, they appreciate it. I ain’t trying to save rap, I just start trouble and let the people figure it out. I like it put something out there and let the people catch up, not trying to sound arrogant. That let’s me know how to do the next record. This record is me putting out something different and it makes me feel like I can inspire someone.”
The entire discussion was taped and will be included with the Distant Relatives documentary film.
A set release date has not been confirmed, but it will coincide with the album’s March 16 debut.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
R&B hit producer and singer The-Dream is upset that none of his songs received any Grammy nominations this year.
"Are they listening? ... They act like they don't hear nothing."
The-Dream has produced several hits for many artists just this year alone including Beyonce's award-winning song Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It), Rihanna's Hard, and Mariah Carey's Obsessed. Although he received nominations for appearing on other artist's tracks, he didn't get any recognition from any singles from his latest album, Love vs. Money.
"Isn't it funny the best album of 2009 didn't get a nomination for the second year strait," he wrote in a string of tweets. "And this ain't no Kanye sh-- ... and yes I am bitchin," stated The-Dream on his official Twitter page after hearing the Grammy nominees be announced.
"I had to let 'em know it wasn't all to the good. I wasn't just chillin'. The people that follow me, they really care about the movement. Not just me, there's a lot of great people doing great things all the time and they get looked over. That's why I put the thing about Kanye. I'm not on no Kanye, but when you bust your ass and you know you bust your ass and you don't get a look, then you're looking at people funny."
The-Dream predicted that he wouldn't get nominated for his own work but still had faith.
"I was not expecting it, but I was expecting it, if that makes sense," he explained. "It was like, 'Let's see if some bullsh-- happens again.' I didn't get nominated last year for Love Hate. Man, I'm black. I'm paranoid, I already expect bullsh-- anyway. When I see the names nominated, I'm saying, 'Are you saying my name don't belong with the people in this category?' Come on, man. Somebody isn't listening."
The-Dream should have at least been nominated in categories such as Producer Of The Year or Best Contemporary R&B Album.
"I almost forgot the Producer Of The Year. To not be in that category is crazy," Dream added. "Nobody released more titles. It's not even close. It's not even close, dude. We're doing albums over here."
He goes into more detail on his feelings of Grammy Awards. "And it's the Grammys, man. You look at it from a kid's standpoint: When you're growing up, it means so much. Even if it's not about record sales, singles, the Grammys always pull out the best sh--. I don't think that happens now."
"Everybody is saying I should go out and market for it, but I don't wanna use that power of the strength of my building to win something. I should be able to get nominated or be able to win based off the strength of music - if we're talking about the best music. If it's a popularity contest, let's just say it's a popularity contest."
Fortunately for The-Dream, there are people that do recognize his work such as People and Time who both listed Love vs. Money as their top 10 albums of 2009, which he appreciated.
Friday, December 11, 2009
According to Hits Daily Double, Chris Brown's third solo album is on target to sell between 95-100k records for his first week. He will take the #3 spot, as Susan Boyle's debut album, whose third week totals could hit 600k continues to fly off the shelves. Taking the #2 spot will be the soundtrack to the FOX hit show, Glee With Glee Vol. 2, which will sell between 120-130k copies.
In a recent interview with MTV, the R&B singer said: "My fans [have] given me a great response on the album. They actually said they love it. They tell me what songs they love. Like 99 percent of the comments are all positive about the album. I didn't get the way they looked at my album. I just felt like there was a little bit of hate because of the situation and not because of the music. But we're gonna keep it moving."
Southern rapper Gucci Mane released his major label debut album The State vs. Radric Davis this week, and is expected to sell between 85-95k records. Snoop Dogg's Malice N Wonderland projection falls in the 55-65k range, and producer Timbaland's Shock Value 2 will reach 35-40k in sales.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
According to Nielsen Soundscan, Eminem is the best selling artist of the decade. Selling more than 32.2 million albums in the 2000s, he beat out The Beatles, who sold 11.5 million copies of their greatest-hits compilation, One, *NSYNC, whose album No Strings Attached sold 11.1 million copies, and Norah Jones' Come Away With Me sold 10.5 million.
Eminem was also the only artist to place two albums on the Top Selling Albums Of The Decade list with 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP selling 10.2 million copies and 2002's The Eminem Show clearing 9.8 million.
Nielsen Soundscan based the lists on data collected from January 1, 2000 - November 1, 2009, and although the decade has not technically ended yet, any sales between now and December 31st will not alter the ratings. Eminem owns the #1 spot by a margin of 20 million.
The company also generated a list detailing the top-selling digital songs of the decade, and the list looks noticeably different. Taking the #1 spot with over 5.2 million downloads was Flo Rida for his hit song, Low featuring T-Pain. Lady GaGa's Just Dance came in at #2 with over 4.6 million downloads.
There is a YouTube video surfacing the web with a lesbian woman who is supposedly Nicki Minaj back in the day before she became a "Barbie." In the video the woman said she and Remy Ma had relations and that Remy was fronting on her.
Nicki Minaj has a lot on her hands as she deals with pressures of being the single standing female artist in the main stream as of now. Her and other artists from the label will have to hold their own as their CEO Lil Wayne goes behind bars.
Minaj's relationship with
Speaking to Hot 93.7, Nicki was able to talk about Lil Wayne's jail time.
"I just know that he's is going to be up there in February. I'll [visit him] as often as I can I mean, he's gonna be up in
Nicki also feels that
"He's gonna have so many people there. I'm sure it will go by like days to him. It will probably be a weird experience, but at the end of the day, he's gonna come out stronger like he always does. Nothing ever phases him really, which I guess is the story of a champion."
Minaj's schedule has been hectic and she continues to stay on her grind, so she is uncertain about the release of another mixtape, but fans will still get to hear from her through the features she will be making on other artists' songs.
"December 22nd, as well as Lil Wayne's Rebirth album," said Nicki in response to a question in regards to the release date of the upcoming Young Money compilation.
On Drake's noticeable absence from
"I would like it to be third quarter of 2010," said Nicki regarding her solo album release date. "I want people to get the chance to know me. Really know me."
Nicki says that
During a recent interview with radio host, Kendra D, Diddy denied internet reports that Day26 has left Bad Boy Records.
"I don't know why that's on the blogs like that," said Diddy. "I still have my label deal with
Rumors regarding Day26's status with Bad Boy records started early in the year when news of Diddy's signing to Interscope Records first broke. They were fueled by Willie, a member of the group, who during an interview said, "Bad Boy is always our family, but we're with
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
New York rap label Ruff Ryders has announced several new projects in 2010, including a reunion album featuring DMX, Eve and The Lox, a new album from Drag-On and a new venture, Ruff Ryder Indy.
Drag-On, born Mel Small, will release his third and final album for Ruff Ryders entitled My Life, My Legacy, My Melody in March.
The release will drop on Drag-On’s own record label Hood Environment, which he founded in 2006.
"I’ve reinvented myself and created a whole new sound," Drag-On told AllHipHop.com in a statement. "I’m trying to create another umbrella in this game with my label Hood Environment and my artists Da Dude and Eyez.B. However, I’m still the original ‘Fire-Man.’"
Drag-On entered into a joint venture deal with Ruff Ryder Indy to distribute his third official release.
Ruff Ryder Indy is a new, national distribution company founded by Ruff Ryder CEO Waah Dean. The distribution company serves independent artists with various album budgets.
“Over the last 20 years, my family and I have built the Ruff Ryders brand on good music, original talent and hard work,” Waah Dean stated. “Now, we are entering a new chapter of our company with album releases from Drag, Mook and the Ruff Ryder team, as well as the creation of our new ‘Ruff Ryder Indy’ division.”
Drag-On’s album will be followed by Ruff Ryders Evolution: Generation I.
The album will feature production from group member Swizz Beatz, in addition to appearances by Jadakiss, Styles P., Sheek Louch, Eve, Drag-On, DMX and the label’s newest artist, Mook.