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Snoop Dogg’s upcoming album Ego Trippin’, which was originally due in May, has been pushed up to a release date of March 11. Interscope announced that they would be pushing the album up, which is reportedly to capitalize on the success of Snoop’s current single for the album, "Sensual Seduction." The song, which is making its rounds on radio and television, is currently No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Obama came out ahead in Sunday’s Democratic caucuses in Maine after wins in Saturday’s Louisiana primary and Democratic caucuses in Nebraska, Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands. On Tuesday, Clinton and Obama will be competing for 15 pledged delegates in Washington, D.C.; 70 in Maryland; and 83 in Virginia. Democrat Delegate Totals Needed to win 2,025: Clinton 1,148 Obama 1,121 Republican Delegate Totals Needed to win 1,191: McCain 723 Huckabee 217 Paul 16 source
T.I.’s Grand Hustle Entertainment is branching into the world of comedy with the label’s latest venture, Grand Hustle Comedy and a comedy tour, which is scheduled to launch February 15 in Omaha, Nebraska. Launched by comedian Roland "Lil’ Duval" Powell and Grand Hustle VP, Clay Evans, the company plans to boost the careers of underground comedians "We want to help underground comedians not only bring their careers above ground, but also attain the type of longevity you can only get by diversifying your exposure." Powell is also working on a comedy album , Tentatively titled Dat Boy Funny, that will mesh his brand of comedy with some of today’s biggest Hip-Hop artists including Rich Boy, Young Joc, Plies, Mistah F.A.B., Rap-A-Lot recording artists Trae and Z-Ro, and new Atlantic Records artist B.O.B. Confirmed dates are listed below: Feb. 15: Omaha, NE Feb. 16: Mobile, AL Feb. 23: University of Maryland, Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, MD Feb 28: Lil Duval, Mike Epps, Orlando, Florida Feb. 29 – March 2 St. Louis,Missouri source
On a night filled with nods to the show’s 50-year history, the most trophies went to a 24-year-old singer Amy Winehouseknown for her old-soul voice, and the most sought-after prize went to a veteran jazzman Herbie Hancock’s Joni Mitchell tribute album. I can’t believe I’ve won five awards," Winehouse said. She coyly sang "Rehab" and "You Know I’m No Good" via satellite link from London, then dedicated her record of the year trophy to her hometown, parents and jailed husband, "my Blake, my Blake incarcerated." Kanye won four trophies, but after losing out once again in the album of the year category he’d made no secret of coveting, he skipped post-show interview rooms to instead pose for photos with his fiance and members of his entourage. West’s performance of "Hey Mama," a once-exuberant song from his 2005 album "Late Registration" that he has transformed into a somber tribute since his mother Donda’s sudden death last year. "Last night I saw you in my dreams. Now I can’t wait to go to sleep," he sang in the night’s most emotional performance. Accepting the award for rap album, West spoke to his mother: "I appreciate everything and I know you are really proud of me right now and I know you wouldn’t want me to stop and you’d want me to be the No. 1 artist in the world." Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama won an award for spoken word album, for the audio version of his book, "The Audacity of Hope."
Common confirmed to MTV News for the first time publically that he was cast in the now dormant film, calling being picked for the role “an honor.” It’s a blessing really, to know that I could potentially be this superhero,” he enthused. “Justice League itself is an honor, and Green Lantern is an incredible character to play. It’s a blessing to be associated with it.” In particular, Common felt it was a special privilege to be the cast’s only black super. “Just being a black person, a black man, playing a superhero is an honor in itself,” he smiled. source
Flashing Lights video premiers this Monday!! Stay Tuned…..
All eyes were on the Black Eyed Peas as the group’s celebrity friends turned out in Hollywood for the fourth annual Peapod Foundation Benefit Concert. John Legend, Common, Ne-Yo, Earth Wind & Fire and The Roots were some of the folks to perform. Stepping out on the green carpet before the glitzy fundraiser, Grammy nominated Fergie revealed she enjoys charity work. "Travelling around the world and seeing disease and poverty, for me it’s about giving back," she said. Earlier this month, the group officially opened the doors to the first ever Peapod Music and Arts Academy – a state-of-the-art music educational centre for kids in foster care and other at-risk teens. Fergie’s bandmate Taboo explained how the foundation had taken off, saying: "We’ve been doing this since 1999 and it started with a toy drive for kids in Pasadena, but now we have all these artists coming to support us and it’s good because we give back to the community and now to all different countries. "Next we’re probably going to do one in the Philippines and in Mexico."
Bryant Purvis was charged with one count of assault causing bodily injury for fighting with a fellow student at his high school in Texas. An 18-year-old student told authorities two males approached him and asked if he had flattened the tires of "their homeboy’s" car, according to an affidavit supporting the arrest warrant. The student said he didn’t, but the two told him they didn’t believe him and walked away. Purvis, he said, approached him from behind immediately afterward, then grabbed him with one hand and began to choke him. "Purvis continued to choke [the student] and told him, ‘Don’t you ever mess with my car again,’" the affidavit said. "Purvis then pushed his head into the seating area of the bench," causing the student to strike his left eye, then walked away. Come on people…. SMH source
50 Cent’s clothing company, G-Unit Clothing, has officially severed ties with its parent company, Marc Ecko Enterprises, it was announced Friday (February 8). Staffers at G-Unit Clothing were notified this morning that they would be let go. Earlier this week, hip-hop news maven Miss Info reported on her Web site that 50 would likely retain complete ownership of the brand and attempt to relaunch the line with another manufacturer. In other 50 news … Curtis appeared on DJ Kay Slay’s satellite-radio show to refute claims he was kicking Young Buck out of the crew. 50 dismissed the incidents as pure coincidence. "During the international tour, Buck was scheduled to go on the Young Rich Tour, that was the tour [his manager] Sha Money [XL] was putting together for him and Rich Boy," 50 told Kay Slay. "I didn’t know that didn’t materialize while I was overseas, but that’s why you didn’t see Buck overseas with us. And he was just in Nashville while I was in New York the weekend we decided to put the tape together. "It just looks crazy because he wasn’t there, then you come back and see the tape and he [isn't on it], but it’s not what people think it is," 50 added. source
Pitbull accused TVT Records of not properly promoting his latest release, The Boatlift, as he encourages fans to "download" or "burn it" instead of buying the album in stores. "When I tell y’all [not to buy my record], it’s not because I don’t want you to support me," the rapper said in an interview on Latina.com. "It’s because I don’t want you to support what this man [TVT President Steve Gottlieb] is doing to an artist that everybody knows is humble, a hustler and a grinder." "My problem is with the president, and he knows that," said Pitbull. "When you don’t clear me for a DJ Khaled album, when you don’t clear me for a Janet Jackson record, hardly cleared me so I had to fight tooth and nail to get on the Gloria Estefan record…I bust my ass for [TVT]. "I’m out here working like a slave, doing things that other artists don’t even know how to do," the rapper continued. "A label’s there to further and promote your career, but it feels like they just keep holding me back." soruce
Oh yeah, this is definitely proof…..
Kanye West has been tapped to perform at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, the Recording Academy announced Friday (February 8). West’s performance, along with a strong critical buzz for Graduation are leading many to predict that this is the year the beleaguered rap star will finally win the coveted Album of the Year award. He’s hardly bitten his tongue in the past regarding his desire — and right — to win. source
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