Posts Tagged ‘Def Jam’
Janet Jackson has announced her departure from Island Def Jam after less than two years on the label. She inked a lucrative deal July of 2007 and released her first album, Discipline in early 2008. When her sales faltered she expressed her discontent with the promotion she was receiving. According to her publicist, she is looking forward to her new free agency status and is excited about her future. Janet is currently on tour across the U.S. with LL Cool J and Donnie Klang. Additional reporting by Rashaan Meador
Young Jeezy has proven that not all is lost during these hard economic time by selling an impressive 259, 780 units. The Recession debuted at the No. 1 spot on this week’s Billboard 200. Following up the platinum-selling The Inspiration, the Def Jam artist teamed up with fellow label mates Kanye West, Jay-Z and Nas for his third studio album. Along with the sales, his album is getting much critical acclaim in various publications, blogs and websites. Additional reporting by Rashaan Meador
Kanye’s performance at the VMA’s has sparked some speculation as to if he is really working on an album, how the fu*k he has time to do so, and what it would be called. In news a few weeks back, Kanye was slated to produce the entire Blueprint 3, and word is he’s still doing that. At the same time, he’s working on new music for his own fourth album. The first single, “Love Lockdown,” was put up on the site earlier today, and sounds like very different territory for Kanye. The album is rumored to feature a bit more of the vocoder and a lot of love-themed tracks. Supposedly Kanye’s done four tracks so far, and he’s working on completing the rest. The name of the album is rumored to be titled 808′s & Heartbreak. Maybe Ye’s still a bit sour after his breakup from his fiance a few months back. Either way, one thing’s for sure – Kanye’s innovative musical ear and knack for catchy lyrics will definitely make his fourth album a hit. And if anyone doubts that Ye puts in work, he just stuck a proverbial foot up your mouth. Look for the album to hit stores on December 16th on Def Jam/GOOD.
In a recent interview with the BBC R&B singing sensation, the hat wearing Ne Yo explained how until he left America he didn’t realize how big the world was. (NOTE TO SCHOOLS…TEACH MORE GEOGRAPHY). Talking on expanding his fan base with up and coming third album Year of the Gentleman, Ne Yo had this to say on his understanding of life beyond his back yard. “I didn’t realize until I got out of America how small it is compared to the rest of the world. Take the World Cup – it’s the biggest thing on the planet everywhere else but America. We came over here right in the midst of it in 2006, and you could get killed if you walked into a bar with the wrong jersey on! It was amazing to see how America is so much in its own box. But once I got out I thought: “Hey, forget America – this is the rest of the world! This is a huge planet!”. We are pleased he has made that discovery.
LL has been releasing some tracks from his upcoming final album Exit 13 lately, and the latest installment is “Feel My Heart Beat” featuring 50 Cent. The track is pretty bouncy and sound like it could be a single, and 50 lends yet another quality hook to his cohort. The idea of the song is LL hitting on a girl, apparently. I have to admit, I hate when rappers have wives and children and are still rapping about this shit, but so be it. He’s not the first, and he won’t be the last. So download the track below and let us know what you guys think. perspective‘s two cents: Twenty bucks says these guys spent 20 minutes in front of the mirror admiring each others pecs, and then made out just to see what it would feel like. LL Cool J feat. 50 Cent – “Feel My Heart Beat” To Preview Track Click Here
Rap duo The Cool Kids has been getting some major buzz lately. After months and months of releasing singles, they finally released their first project, entitled The Bake Sale EP. The EP was sold on iTunes and in Best Buy and other retailers, and actually sold pretty well for the independent artists. The Kids are currently touring all over the world, and are still releasing new material. Their latest venture is a partnership with Mountain Dew, with whom they released a single called “Delivery Man.” Basically, Mountain Dew is supporting their music by sponsoring their creation, and not even getting anything in return. No e-mail required, no payment required, just free music! Download the song below, and look for another Cool Kids project in the works. I recently heard they were offered a 360 by Def Jam, here’s to hoping they don’t take it. The Cool Kids – “Delivery Man” To Preview Track Click Here
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