By: Hot Gossip Gal Mariah versus Mary Goddamn labels…can’t you be creative for once in your lives? After we witnessed the Kanye vs 50 hype word on the street is that we are going to see a showdown with the ladies on November 20th when Mariah Carey and Mary J Blige release their new albums. I guess its one way to pull in the dollars. I gotta go with my girl MJB though..Mariah had her day..although I am sure she has a hell of a plastic surgery bill to pay so you can see why she ain’t throw in the towel yet. Would You Want to Play This? I know she is a legend but right now Miss Aretha Franklin is not happy with the thought of J Hud playing her in her life story which is said to hit the silver screen sometime before the end of the decade. Turns out Halle Berry is the songstresses actress of choice..I mean who wouldn’t want Halle to play them..wonder if Halle will play the role of Aretha while pregnant?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The war on hip-hop has mostly stayed on the content of rappers’ lyrics, but now it’s moving towards how hip-hop heads are wearing their clothes. According to a CNN news story a small Louisiana town, Delcambre, has made a new law where people sagging their pants low enough to expose their underwear or bare buttocks could face a $500 fine and six months in jail. The idea became so popular that cities like Atlanta and Trenton, New Jersey are looking to add a similar law in their cities. The cities are also looking at it as a way to help at-risk youth get on the right path. "Are they employed? Do they have a high school diploma? It’s a wonderful way to redirect at that point," Trenton Councilwoman Annette Lartigue, who is drafting a law to outlaw saggy pants, told CNN. "The message is clear: We don’t want to see your backside." The style of sagging pants was believed to start in prison. Back in the day prisoners were not given belts to hold their prison-issued pants up for fear of suicide or use as a weapon. The style came out the prisons and into the hip-hop world in the 80’s and has been here ever since. Hopefully they’ll fine those plumbers that expose their backsides too.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Finally, the numbers are in. Kanye West’s “Graduation” is the #1 album in the country selling 957,000 copies in its first week according to Billboard. 50 Cent grabs the #2 spot on the charts selling 691,000 copies and country star Kenny Chesney is at #3 selling 387,000 copies. To put things in perspective, when Talib Kweli was #2 on the charts in August, he only moved 60,000 copies. This week’s album sales are the largest the industry has seen in two years and Kanye’s album sales is the largest by any album since 50 Cent’s The Massacre dropped in 2005, moving 1.1 million copies in its first week. Kanye’s album also set a new record for digital downloads by selling 133,000 digital album downloads beating the old record of 102,000 by Maroon 5. 50 Cent’s album only had 58,000 digital album sales this week. To add insult to injury, Kanye is also #1 on the U.K. charts and 50 is #2. 50 Cent is already crying foul with the numbers though. In an interview with the LA Times, 50 said Def Jam, Kanye’s label, isn’t playing fair. "I think the perception on some levels would be that Kanye West is generating more interest than 50 Cent regardless of actual record sales," 50 said. "He’s never had a fraction of the sales 50 Cent has. So when you see him come out and it’s like they were close? They could have one scan and have it count four times." But in the same LA Times story, Billboard’s director of charts Geoff Mayfield that there are safeguards in place that prevent market rigging so it’ll hardly be the case. "The problem is, you’re spending real money to post an artificial sale," Mayfield said. "I don’t know of a single instance where someone paid to make an album look bigger and it ended up becoming a bigger hit."
By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out as he is doing his tour of the 5 boroughs, we discovered J Hood is not what his tatt on his neck promotes. He was up on stage with Curtis and the rest of G Unit in the BX yesterday. Now we all know he parted ways with D Block earlier this year, but to stand up on stage with the sworn enemy…that is wack y’all. Yeah you been played son…you nothing but a pawn in a grown mans game and you proved just what you are about…looks like another wanna be gets his just deserts. Oh yeah and Remy showed up on stage too and did her verse off Lean Back lol…only Fif would go to his enemies hood and party it up with his enemies former fam. CLICK HERE TO VIEW
By: Rizoh Super duper hit-maker Timbaland (aka Timothy Mosley) will appear on ABC’s One Life to Live on Tuesday, October 9. The Grammy-winning producer will be joined by singer Keri Hilson as they perform “The Way I Are,” the hit single from Timbaland Presents Shock Value. “Timbaland has made a vast contribution to the music industry as an artist and producer,” said OLTL executive producer Frank Valentini. “I am a huge fan of his music and we look forward to him appearing on our show.”
By: Rizoh Diddy has agreed to edit his Unforgivable Woman commercial, which MTV deemed too saucy for TV. A spokesman for Sean John Fragrances, Hampton Carney, told E! Network that Diddy made nine edits so far to the clip. “Yes, they have made some edits, and they’re airing the commercials. But he still feels there’s going to be some back and forth, because he wants more of his version of the ad edited into the commercial,” said Carney. The Unforgivable ad shows Diddy in a stairwell and hotel room hiking up a model Jessica Gomes’ skirt and putting his hands underneath her dress. Sean John’s Unforgivable Woman’s suggested retail price is $55 USD for the 2.5 ounces and $75 USD for the 4.2 ounce bottle.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah man, another Heat star that is header for the divorce court. Five years and only one baby on their team and it turns out Mrs Dwayne Wade has had enough and has taken herself and child back to Chi-Town . Miami is not the place for married folks I think we have discovered
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno As we reported earlier this week, Diddy’s new commercial for his “Unforgivable for Women” perfume was banned from MTV for being too racy. Diddy is still refusing to edit the add, so he’s releasing the long-form commercial himself through his MySpace page. "I feel strongly that this movie needs to be viewed and judged by the public rather than by executives,” Diddy said in a statement. “Some people may be uncomfortable with the sensuality and sexual content, but it is important for them to make that decision personally. Since we launched the Sean John brand 10 years ago, we have taken chances and done many non-traditional things. This three minute movie is no different; it will revolutionize the way people view fragrances forever." To see some other banned commercials from Diddy check out SEAN JOHN. But here’s the banned commercial MTV refuses to play: CLICK HERE TO VIEW
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Since Queen Latifah hasn’t released a hip-hop album since 1998’s “Order in the Court” and her last and current albums feature her singing old jazz and blues covers, most fans considered her rap career pretty much done. But in an interview with Billboard, she said that she still has some joints in the chamber. "I’d love to make another rap album," Latifah told Billboard.com. "I have some music I’ve already been working on. But everything has to have its proper place; I don’t really want to drop the rap album while (‘Trav’lin’ Light’) is out. I really want to respect every genre for what it is, and I’d prefer to record a rap album and be out there promoting it.” She also said that there are plenty of things to talk about and fans could expect the Latifah they know and love from the 90’s. ‘I’ve always been sort of socially conscious," she said. "For me it’s always about mixing some sort of topic with a hot beat and a good hook. Every record’s not gonna be a message record; there’ll be a good mix of party records and content records mixed with some hot music. I think there’s a bunch of rap heads and hip-hop lovers who are my age. They just want good music that’s not shallow. They really want more from their music. Nobody’s really filled my shoes yet. There’s still room for me to do my thing." Latifah is still doing the movie thing however. Later this year she will narrate, “The Perfect Holiday,” a Christmas story that stars Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, Terrence Howard and Charlie Murphy. Latifah will also star in the comedy “Mad Money,” alongside Katie Holmes, Diane Keaton, and Ted Danson in 2008.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out Cam is supposed to be reappearing on 106 and Park this week. Amazing what your boys turning up on stage with your rival will do to a dude…welcome back Cam…can’t wait to hear what you have to say to whats gone down lately homie
By: Rizoh On the recently leaked “I Get Money (Billion Dollar Remix),” Jay-Z dropped a couple of subliminal disses that got heads talking. Was Hov going at LL Cool J when he rhymed, “I’m already the GOAT next stop is the Billy”? LL, who named one of his albums GOAT, has been spewing some words of resentment towards Jay ever since he took over as Def Jam president. And it’s hard to contend that this line wasn’t directed at Dame Dash: “When I flipped Rocawear, I told ‘em gimme mine in cash, yeah, checks might bounce. Alphabet boys might check my accounts.” As we reported back in April, Dame ran into trouble with the IRS and consequently filed a $3.5 million lawsuit against his accountant Barry Klarberg for bungling years’ worth of tax returns.
By: Rizoh Having received word that Kanye’s album debuted at the top of U.K. charts, 50 Cent has now canceled all major European appearances. 50 was scheduled to perform at the 2007 MOBO Awards and Vodafone Live Music Awards but his representatives told MTV UK that he won’t be able to honor those appearances due to an “unforeseen and unanticipated change in his schedule.” Being the sore loser that he is, Curtis didn’t stop there. He went one to blame Kanye’s label, Def Jam, of chart-rigging. “He’s never had a fraction of the sales 50 Cent has. They could have one scan and have it count four times. West’s entire career hasn’t sold half what I sold on my first album.”
By: HotGossip Gal Word is J Lo is pregnant with her first child with her third husband the odd looking Marc Anthony..lets hope the kid takes after its Momma in the looks department.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno On Friday, Usher announced that his new “Usher Men’s and Women’s Fragances” is now available. The “Usher He” line includes cologne, aftershave, shower gel and deodorant while the “Usher She” line includes perfume, body cream, lotion, and wash. "I’ve been thinking about [doing] millions of things: watches, jewelry, lingerie, clothing, jeans, caps, home furnishings; but I can only do one thing at a time,” Usher told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "And from the juice, to the bottle, to the carry, the delivery, the amount, the graphics, the photos, the presentation, the literature, everything– I was 100 percent involved in this fragrance. In order to get the juice, you have to pull off my ring [which serves as the cap]. … I figured if people like you, they want to buy into every bit of you and who you are." So if you want to smell like Usher, the collections start at $300 for the full packages. They will be available at all Macy stores this fall.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Fresh off the massive Rock the Bells Tour with his Wu-Tang co-horts, Ghostface Killah is gearing up to get back on the road. The rapper will be headlining Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Tour which will hit the nation’s colleges and universities. The tour begins on October 1 at State University of New York in Albany, NY and will run until October 19, ending at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Joining Ghost on the tour is Witchdoctor, who’s worked extensively with Dungeon Family cats Outkast, Goodie Mob and Organized Noize. Withdoctor released his debut album, “A.S.W.A.T. Healin’ Ritual,” back in 1998 with the hit “Holiday.” Here’s the current itinerary of the tour: 10/01/07: State University of New York, Albany, N.Y. 10/03/07: University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. 10/05/07: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. 10/06/07: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. 10/07/07: University of Maryland, College Park, Md. 10/09/07: American University, Washington, DC 10/10/07: Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Ga. 10/11/07: University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla. 10/14/07: University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla. 10/16/07: UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif. 10/17/07: Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. 10/19/07: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.
iHipHop Blog Team