Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Game’s R.E.D. Album already boasts collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Nelly Furtado, and Robin Thicke, but he’s not done yet. Last Wednesday (June 23), Game was in the lab with Drake recording a track titled “Good Girl, Bad Girl” with producers Cool & Dre at Encore Studios in Burbank, Calif. Queen Latifah also stopped by to hear what they came up with. Cool & Dre have three songs on R.E.D., due August 24
Nicki Minaj’s stock keeps rising. After appearing on records for Mariah Carey, Usher, Robin Thicke, Sean Kingston, and Christina Aguilera, Kanye West has called on hip-hop’s heroine for his new album.
BET’s Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programming Stephen Hill was one of the lucky few invited to hear Mr. West’s eagerly-anticipated new project. “He’s got a track with Nicki Minaj that’s so dope,” he exclusively revealed to our friends over at Rap-Up.com. “You won’t believe it when you hear it.”
The executive has heard four cuts from the album, tentatively titled Good Ass Job. “He comes back unapologetic and his performance [at the BET Awards] was stellar, absolutely stellar,” he said.
Hill described the direction as more reminiscent of the rapper’s first three albums. “It’s less like 808s & Heartbreak and more like Graduation.”
Kanye returned to the spotlight at last weekend’s BET Awards, where he opened the show with “Power” while wearing $300,000 in jewelry.
Ciara took to Twitter to make the August 24 date official. “BASIC INSTINCT ALBUM RELEASE DATE!!!! AUGUST 24!!” she wrote.
The first single “Ride” is currently No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the remix with André 3000 was released to iTunes this week. A follow-up single is due before the album’s release. “Get ready to dance off the freaking roof,” she told Rap-Up TV of the unnamed track.
The album, executive produced by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, marks a return to her roots. “Now it’s time to go back, it’s time to throw on my sneakers, it’s time to just really get bossy for a couple of seconds,” said CiCi.
The-Dream, looking dapper in a zoot suit, kicked off his release week by performing “Make Up Bag” on Tuesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” backed by Chanel bag-totting dancers. Check out the too-hot-for-TV trailer for “Panties to the Side” from his new album Love King below.
2. Endlessly Beginning
3. Future Soul Song
4. Sticky Like Glue
6. Act Of God
7. Walk In Sand
8. Sea Of Everything
9. Everybody Loves Me
10. Untitled Bonus Track
After receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards, Prince has revealed the official artwork and track listing to his upcoming album, entitled "20Ten." It's also the blouse he wore for the night (now I get it) I'm definitely loving the cover, wasn't that on his shirt at the BET Awards? Either way, it should be some good music and is set for a July 10th release in Europe and July 22nd release in the US.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Toni Braxton covers Australian singer Delta Goodrem’s “Woman” for the latest single from her album Pulse. The Grammy-winning songstress showcases her powerful voice on the ballad, which she hopes to remix with Alicia Keys. “[Atlantic Records CEO] Craig Kallman mentioned me and Alicia doing a new version of it where we both play piano, so maybe!”
It was a day to remember for actress Mena Suvari and concert producer Simone Sestito, who married Saturday in a private church in Vatican City, Italy.
"The ceremony was truly unique and Mena looked breathtaking," a guest tells our friends over @PEOPLE. "They are very much in love."
The two, who have been engaged since 2008, planned a private reception following their ceremony outside of the city.
Suvari, 31, and Sestito, 25, met at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007. The couple chose Rome as their wedding locale because most of Sestito's family lives near the city.
"We just understood each other," Sestito told PEOPLE in 2008. "She's very caring and understanding. There was a connection."
Suvari will next be seen in the comedy, You May Not Kiss The Bride, costarring Dave Annable.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have built a large family, and despite the rumors, it's not likely to get too much bigger – as the actress is concerned about having enough time for each child as they grow up.
Asked if she and Pitt want a seventh child, Jolie, 35, tells Vanity Fair: "We're not opposed to it. But we want to make sure we can give everybody special time."
It's easy when they're small, she says, and don't require much emotional support. But as they get older, "they're going to need a lot more talking in the middle of the night, like I did with my mom for hours. We want to make sure we don't build a family so big that we don't have absolutely enough time to raise them each really.
The children's personalities are all blooming, Jolie says – particularly Shiloh, who turned 4 last month and seems to be taking her cues from big brothers Maddox and Pax. "She likes to dress like a boy. She wants to be a boy," Jolie says. "So, we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys' everything. She thinks she's one of the brothers."
Among the other kids, Maddox is the intellectual, while Zahara has "an extraordinary voice and is just so elegant and well spoken." And the twins, Knox and Vivienne, who will turn 2 next month, "are classic boy and girl," Jolie says. "She's really female. And he's really a little dude."
While family has clearly become Jolie's top priority, acting has become a secondary pursuit – one she might give up entirely in the not-too-distant future. "I don't think I'll do it much longer," she says. "Because I have a happy home. ... I got back from work last night, and everybody was playing music and dancing, and I suddenly found myself dancing around with a bunch of little fun crazy people."
And what about finally getting married to Pitt, 46, her longtime partner? Also not an issue on the front burner. They're not against it, Jolie says, but "it's just like we already are. Children are clearly a commitment, a bigger commitment [than marriage]. It's for life."
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A white-hot Alicia Keys showed off her baby bump during Friday’s visit to “Good Morning America.” She performed “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down,” “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart,” and “Un-thinkable (“I’m Ready)” for the Summer Concert Series at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.
The R&B songbird, who is about five months pregnant, spoke about her recent visit to South Africa for the World Cup and having her unborn baby blessed at a traditional Zulu ceremony. She also announced the head blogger for her empowering new website I Am a Super Woman.
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She’s built her reputation on her grungy offscreen style, but Kristen Stewart really got tongues wagging today when she showed up to tape the Late Show with David Letterman in NYC sporting short strawberry blond hair! Gone were her dark shoulder-length locks, replaced by chin-skimming fiery red tresses. While the new look is reported to be for her upcoming role as MaryLou in the film adaption of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, the softer style marks a distinct departure from any do we’ve seen her rock before. While we’ve loved seeing the Twilight Saga star transform from Bella’s girl-next-door tresses to Joan Jett’s rocker-cool mullet and back again, we have to admit that we might love seeing Kristen’s screen-siren side most of all. Tell us: Do you think that Kristen’s hair is red-hot–or should she go back to the dark side?
It took two engagements, but Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green finally made it legal.
The couple were married tk date while vacationing in Hawaii, according to ...
Fox, 24, and Green, 36, who met in 2004, initially got engaged in November 2006, only to call it off in February 2009. At the time, a source said the decision to was "mutual."
Despite their split, the two were regularly spotted together and earlier this month, the actress's rep confirmed to PEOPLE they were engaged again.
In 2009, before they called off their first engagement, Green told DIDNTINVITEME his ideal wedding would be "small."
"Originally we were talking elopement and now we might have a few people there," he said.
Friday, June 25, 2010
R. Kelly documents his journey to Africa in the video for his World Cup anthem “Sign of a Victory” featuring the Soweto Spiritual Singers. Kellz faced his fear of flying and flew to Johannesburg to perform the inspirational song at the 2010 FIFA World Cup kick-off ceremonies earlier this month.
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Rapper-producer Swizz Beatz, who recently announced he’s expecting a baby with fiancée Alicia Keys, appeared on Good Day New York Tuesday, revealing that the newly-engaged couple received a blessing during their recent trip to South Africa last week.
“We were doing an event for Bobbi Bear under a special tree where a lot of kids who have been abused come to get special healing to have positive energy in their lives,” Swizz said.
“It turned into this ceremony that I didn’t know about. I felt like I was on Punk’d or something! But, yes we had a special blessing [for our child].”
The U.K.’s Daily Mail revealed that the traditional ceremony took place last Wednesday in Durban, on the country’s eastern coast, and was performed by the elder women in the community. Keys — donning traditional jewelry and a blue robe — and her unborn baby were both given Zulu names during the blessing ritual while standing under a fig tree, known as a healing tree to locals. Keys’ mother and brother were also present.
Asked by the show’s hosts if they were expecting a boy or a girl, the producer turned coy, responding, “I don’t know yet” before explaining he’d like to wait until the baby is born to find out the sex. As for the couple’s upcoming wedding, taking place later this year? Swizz said the superstar couple will “let it flow.”
During their time in South Africa, Keys performed in the World Cup’s opening night with the Black Eyed Peas and John Legend and also performed charity work at a nearby village that they’re hoping to help rebuild.
“It’s a life-changing trip because it makes you appreciate having shoes on your feet,” says Swizz. “It was a real emotional thing for me but we’re going to turn something negative into a positive.”
The reality starlet is rumored to be hooking up with the Dallas Cowboy's Miles Austin, just months after breaking it off with New Orleans running back Reggie Bush.
Looks like Kim Kardashian may have a thing for football players.
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Still, don't go start putting labels on it quite yet. "He's not quite her boyfriend," says the same source. "They're taking it slow. She thinks he's a really good guy. He's really sweet to her. He thinks Kim is his dream girl."
The "Hero" singer -- who is married to rapper-and-presenterNick Cannon -- reportedly owes just under $30,000 in unpaid bills for Dr. Cindy Bressler’s services for her pets.
The veterinarian filed claims in a New York court yesterday, alleging the pop star has paid just $8,200 towards the $37,800 worth of charges for “extraordinary services” given to her three dogs, JJ, Cha Cha and Dolomite in one month.
The filing states Cindy tended to the pets "at the special instance and request" of Mariah between October 31 and December 2 of last year.
It added: “She rendered veterinary services including extraordinary services to the defendant’s canines. Dr. Bressler performed work, labor and services on the defendant’s canines... at the agreed price and reasonable value of $37,790.32, which sum Mariah agreed to pay."
If Cindy’s claim is successful Mariah will also have to pay her legal costs making the final total sum higher.
Cindy’s attorney told gossip website TMZ the vet was in charge of feeding and grooming the pooches while Mariah was away in Los Angeles.
A spokesperson for 41-year-old Mariah said her legal team were not aware of the lawsuit. Looks like someone might be in the dog house. According to reports, Mariah Carey is being sued by her vet.
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Drake made his second appearance on “The Tonight Show” (the first was guesting with Jamie Foxx one year ago), but this time he had the stage all to himself while performing “Find Your Love.”
Earlier in the evening, MTV aired a one-hour documentary, “Drake: Better Than Good Enough,” following Drizzy’s every move as he traveled the country on his “Away From Home” tour, while simultaneously recording and releasing his debut album Thank Me Later. Watch the makings of a star.
Monday, June 21, 2010
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True playa Snoop Dogg has his sights set on a new target, but he might be facing some killer competition for True Blood's Sookie Stackhouse. In line with his continuing love affair with the hit HBO show, Snoop's new single is called "Oh, Sookie," and it's an extended love letter to the steamy psychic played by Anna Paquin.
The video, which is set in True Blood town Bon Temps, features footage of Anna as Snoop offers to drink gin and juice with her at Merlotte's, the bar where she works on the show. And apparently Snoop isn't afraid of Sookie's vampire boyfriend, Bill, played by real life fiance Stephen Moyer. He has a simple solution for that situation.
"We'll do it in the daytime, Bill won't know a thing."
This isn't the first time Snoop has shown love for True Blood, he namechecked the show in his 2009 single "Gangsta Luv," and at one point sounded like he was gunning for a cameo on the show.
“I love that show. I wish I could be on it," he told MTV at the time. "I’d be a hell of a vampire, don’t you think? So what’s happenin’? True Blood, get at me — Snoop Dogg wants to be a vampire."
Maybe with all this lobbying the show's producers will grant his wish? We can only hope.
Keys' quote hit the web just a week after pop star Rihanna debuted a new bright red 'do at Madrid's Rock in Rio festival, prompting fans to wonder if Keys meant to slight the always-trendy "Umbrella" singer—who, incidentally, is this month's cover girl.
It's unlikely: Both Alicia and Rihanna count rapper Jay-Z among their professional mentors, and these quotes are usually secured months in advance. Still, it seems that Keys disapproves of the sartorial shock tactics employed by many of her fellow women in music, does it not? Elle magazine's Women in Music issue profiles several of the music industry's chart-dominators (Ke$ha, Hayley Williams of Paramore), indie darlings (girl band The Like) and up-and-comers (La Roux, VV Brown). It also features one eyebrow-raising comment from R&B diva Alicia Keys: "My look isn't plotted out, like, I'm going to have red hair because it's a new record. It has to be genuine, not a branding concept."
Kelly Rowland is heating up the summer with her dance floor-ready single “Commander,” but has decided to wait until the fall to release her new album.
The Destiny’s Child alum has pegged September 21 as the release date for her self-titled third effort, Rap-Up.com has learned. This is a week later than the September 14 date that had been previously reported.
The lead single “Commander” is currently in rotation, while the U.S. will receive the Ne-Yo-penned “Grown Woman” and Dr. Luke-produced “Rose Colored Glasses” as follow-ups. The latter will be available to download on June 29 via iTunes.
“It has a modern Donna Summer feel with definitely more of a thump,” Kelly told Rap-Up TV of the dance-infused disc, for which she has also worked with Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, David Guetta, and Stargate.
Other tracks expected to make the cut include “Shake Them Haters Off,” “On & On (The Sound),” and “Forever and a Day.”
Right at the heels of Katy Perry's "California Gurls" music video release, Mariah Carey has just revealed the ads for her new fragrance, Lollipop Bling. In them, Mariah is surrounded by cotton candy colors and psychedelic floating lollipops.
This new ad might be a sign that other celebs are going to start injecting sugary, sweetness into their ensembles. They better hurry up—Paris Hilton has a huge head start. Who do you think is going to be next to hop on the Candy Land express? Candy Land is officially the hottest game of the summer.
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Kelis took flight with her performance on Friday’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” singing her new single “4th of July (Fireworks)” backed by a drummer and three DJs, including DJ Rashida and the song’s producer DJ Ammo. She wore a royal blue gown with real butterflies in her hair! “N no peta I did not kill them! Lol morons,” she tweeted.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Labels: Next Up To Bat
Tiffani Thiessen and husband Brady Smith have a reason to celebrate!
The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Harper Renn Smith, on Tuesday in Los Angeles, her rep tells our friends over at PEOPLE exclusively.
Baby Harper, who weighed in at 8 lbs., 3 oz., is "doing great," as are the new parents.
Thiessen's colleagues say motherhood is something the actress is more than prepared for. "She's totally the den mother of the show," White Collar costar Matt Bomer told PEOPLE in February. "She's so organized and so loving and generous – that can only make her an absolutely amazing mom."
"Originally I was supposed to take off my shirt [in Valentine's Day]. The script said we were walking into school and [my character] Willy takes off his shirt. I said, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa. Time out," he tells the July issue of GQ magazine, on newsstands June 22.
"He's gonna take off his shirt in the middle of school?" recalls Lautner, 18. "No, no, no. The reason I took off my shirt for New Moon is because it's written in the book that way. And there's reasons behind it."
Though he's modest about what he will (and won't) show, the Eclipse star does admit his transformation into the hunky werewolf took plenty of time, effort and sweat.
"I'm in the gym, and I'm doing reps, and I'm reading the books, and I'm studying the character," he tells the magazine about his preparation, which included hiring a personal trainer and eating every two hours, mostly meat his parents cooked then packed in a cooler he kept in his car.
"I'm just saying to myself, 'I want this role. I love this role. I'm not gonna lose it. And I'm gonna know it better than anybody and I'm gonna do that extra rep, because I'm gonna be Jacob Black,'" says Lautner.
But his worldwide fame hasn't, however, gotten to his head. "The thing I love is that my home life hasn't changed," says the Valencia, Calif., native, adding that "there's really no point" to moving out of his parents' home and getting his own place right now. "I still help out with the garbage. I still help out with the lawn."
Titans quarterback Vince Young apologized to his teammates, his family and fans for his role in a fight at a Dallas strip club early Sunday. He hopes NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t suspend him because he has owned up to his mistake.
Ciara sits down with DJ Envy and talks about Rumors, Banned Video, New Muzik, 50 Cent and more. Check it out!!
“We felt he was a piece of talent worth developing. He’s an attractive guy who’s just as funny and charming,” NBC Universal casting executive VP Grace Wu tells Variety.
Mustafa’s Old Spice commercial has attracted more than 10.5 million views since it first launched on YouTube — and even snagged airtime during the Super Bowl.
Mustafa, known as “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like,” will audition for several current NBC shows, as well as new ones. According to Variety, he’ll take a first crack at sitcoms, although he may make his way to other shows like Chuck or the upcoming Love Bites.
“I grew up in that Cosby Show, Family Ties era, and kept that going even through college with Seinfeld and Friends,” he says. “To me, they controlled comedy and dictated my life on Thursday nights. And I think that’s my strength — doing comedy.”
The former NFL player previously appeared on Ugly Betty, Days of Our Lives and Castle.
Labels: A Good Look
In a court hearing in Los Angeles yesterday, Judge Michael Pastor admitted he did not have the power to overturn the decision previously made by another judge.
He said: "I don't have ability to revisit the actions of one of my colleagues. I do not have jurisdiction to revisit this matter. It doesn't have anything to do with how I feel or what I think. It has to do with the law and this court's ability to follow the law."
Yesterday’s hearing was the fourth time attempts have been made by the office of California’s attorney general to suspend Murray’s medical license – which allows him to continue practicing as a doctor.
Members of Michael’s family – including his parents Joe and Katherine Jackson, brother Tito and sister La Toya – apparently gasped in disbelief when the doctor’s defence lawyer said taking his license from him would stop him helping people.
They also argued he needed to continue working to pay for his defense case, and told the judge he had no plans to practise in California. The 57-year-old medic is due in court for a preliminary hearing on August 23. If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, he faces up to four years in prison.
Labels: Christina Aguilera
Katy Perry serves up the sticky-and-sweet visuals for her No. 1 hit “California Gurls” featuring the West Coast’s own Snoop Dogg. Instead of going the obvious route with palm trees and sandy beaches, the Santa Barbara native frolics among cotton candy clouds and cantankerous Gummi Bears in the Candyland-inspired video. Snoop dons a cupcake-covered coat, while Katy satisfies our sweet tooth with her tempting treats. Yum! Shout-out to @DancingBrandee you looking good girl!
When I first saw the preview of this video on the news I was outraged. Then after carefully reviewing this video my opinion quickly changed. The officer was clearly attempting to arrest the first girl for allegedly jaywalking. Why her friend tried to come and play "captain Save em'" is beyond my understanding. Then they both came at the officer trying to fight him. To all my close personal friends out there if you are being arrested, I will stand back and follow you to the station but I WILL NOT fight an officer! What was they thinking?
What makes me a little upset is that people are lashing out, making it racial, NAACP is getting involved.......... WAIT, What? Yes both ladies were black but they were 1,000% wrong. Yes there are bad officers out there fucking with a lot of innocent people, but no kidz, these scraps were wrong! There is also a lot of cops getting killed/injured on the job as well from the public. Hell I was scared for the cop when all the people started to gather around so quickly making comments at the cop, but I didn't hear "NAN" person tell them two girls to stop resisting arrest!
You can agree, disagree, or agree to disagree.
Monday, June 14, 2010
“I’m all about individuality, so at the end of the day, I hope that people take that from my music.”
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Passion, Pain & Pleasure is the title of the “Say Aah” singer’s fourth studio album, due in September, and the name of his upcoming tour, which will kick off August 6 in Shreveport, La., and then travel the U.S. through mid-September, culminating with a two-night-stand at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.
“The ‘Passion, Pain & Pleasure Tour’ is not just another show; it will be an up close and personal experience for everyone,” stated Trey. “Come see me perform your favorite songs live and hear new music from my upcoming album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, for the first time. With the help of one of the best R&B female vocalists out today, my sister Monica, we promise you a night to remember.”
Monica shared her excitement. “I am ecstatic to be a part of a real R&B tour,” she added. “Trey and I are dedicated to making sure that each night is an experience that is fulfilling to the heart and soul.”
“Passion, Pain & Pleasure Tour” Dates 2010
Aug. 6 – Shreveport, LA – Municipal Auditorium
Aug. 7 – Dallas, TX – Nokia Theatre
Aug. 8 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
Aug. 12 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theatre
Aug. 13 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
Aug. 14 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
Aug. 15 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theater
Aug. 19 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
Aug. 20 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theater
Aug. 21 – Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Theater
Aug. 22 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theater
Aug. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
Aug. 26 – Cleveland, OH – State Theatre
Aug. 27 – Baltimore, MD – Pier 6
Aug. 28 – Norfolk, VA – nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Aug. 29 – Richmond, VA – Landmark Theater
Sept. 2 – Cincinatti, OH – Aronoff P&G
Sept. 3 – Greensboro, NC – War Memorial
Sept. 4 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
Sept. 5 – Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand @ Foxwoods
Sept. 9 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
Sept. 10 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl
Sept. 11, 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
Sept. 16, 17 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Travie McCoy is one lucky guy. The Gym Class Heroes frontman has been invited to spend the summer with two of pop’s hottest stars, Rihanna and Ke$ha.
Travie, who released his solo debut album Lazarus last week, will be the sole male act on Rihanna’s “Last Girl on Earth” tour, with supporting act Ke$ha, when it kicks off on July 2 in Auburn, Wash. He fills in for Nicki Minaj, who pulled out of the trek a couple days after dates were announced, so she could focus on recording her debut album.
The tour travels across North America, culminating August 28 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. Click here for the itinerary.
Travie recently wrapped his first-ever solo outing, opening for 3OH!3 and Cobra Starship on the “Too Fast for Love” tour. He will perform his hit single “Billionaire” with Bruno Mars on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (6/15) and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (6/21).
Jennifer Lopez, along with husband Marc Anthony, represented for their fellow Boricuas at the 53rd Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City on Sunday (June 13). The parade king and his wife rode through Manhattan in an old-school Cadillac while waving the Puerto Rican flag.
Down the block, Diddy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Busta Rhymes, Cassie, and Dawn Richard displayed Puerto Rican pride atop the Hot 97 float.