Nas Dropping 4th Quarter Yeah the final hurdle is the time for champs..will Nas really drop this year…just hope promo is better and we get a couple more singles from him in build up than we did last year…love you Nasir Jones. Anyhow if he does drop he gonna be competing with Teensy Weezy…another commercial face off coming up we wonder? I guess the majors gotta get their attention somehow. Cam Call Jimmy Will Ya WTF..how can dudes who share control of a company not speak for months and everything be cool? On the real..what is up with that… turns out Cam and Jimmy haven\’t spoken in months…Cam probably sitting at home counting all the Kanye albums he bought hoping the Don will outdo the man who ended his career. Well he did didn\’t he?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though the official Soundscan reports don’t come in until next week, according to several sources, Kanye West’s album “Graduation,” could be the number one album on the charts next week. Based on early retail reports, industry website, Hitsdailydouble.com, is predicting that Kanye will sell more than 700,000 albums and 50 following close behind at 550,000 albums for their first week. At Amazon.com, “Graduation”, is currently the top-selling album with “Curtis” at the #3 position behind Kenny Chesney’s “Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates.” Amazon even has a graphic showing who’s selling more on their Rap/Hip-Hop section on the site AMAZON . In a Los Angeles Times report, Kanye’s album is also outselling 50’s album at all Newbury Comic stores and at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. But don’t expect 50 Cent to retire, he told MTV News back in August he’s not really going to stop making solo albums if Kanye outsells him. 50 Cent also has been putting it out there that if he loses, it’ll be because Def Jam will go out and buy 200,000 copies of Kanye’s album this week. Both of the rappers appeared on BET’s 106 & Park yesterday and performed select songs from their albums.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The Washington D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project announced that Ludacris, Wyclef Jean, Talib Kweli, and Usher will join folks like John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone and other for “Viacom Presents: The Dream Concert”, a star-studded concert going down on September 18 at Radio City Music Hall. The show will benefit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in D.C. "We are thrilled to have acclaimed hip hop artists Usher, Ludacris, Wyclef Jean and Talib Kweli for this historic New York event," said concert co-chairs Tommy Hilfiger and Russell Simmons in a statement. "Their participation will help capture the essence of Dr. King’s lasting legacy by uniting musicians from all backgrounds and pairing together unique musical combinations rarely found on the same stage." Hosts of the concert include Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry, Muhammad Ali, Angela Bassett, Jamie Foxx, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and a host of other celebrities. For those interested in going to the concert, you can cop tickets atTHE DREAM CONCERT
By: Hot Gossip Gal Diddy do us all a favor..stop abusing the substances and just marry Kim Porter for Gods sake..the two of you need to be making sure your kids stay away from the strip joints or go count your money or something…but this on again off again bs is BORING…the two were caught all loved up again this week in NYC. Don’t diss your man to the world and then run back to his arms homegirl..
By: Rizoh Ludacris’ Disturbin’ Tha Peace is on a mission to find celebrity look-alikes. As part of their promotion for DTP’s latest single “Celebrity Chick,” the label has teamed up with web photo hub Photobucket.com to launch a Celebrity Chick Look-a-Like contest. The contest only requires participants to submit photos and/or videos of themselves via Photobucket, indicating which female celebrities they most they resemble. A winner will be selected based on creativity, originality, and of course, resemblance to the indicated celebrity chick. “I love feeding off the energy of my fans, so I’m excited to see what they bring out for Photobucket’s ‘Celebrity Chick’ Look-a-Like contest,” said Ludacris via a statement. “Teens are all about using digital media to inject a real sense of personality into online activities,” added Photobucket President, Alex Welch. “This is the latest example of entertainment brands using new sponsorship models to reach key social networking demographics. This contest is a great way for DTP Records to interact with this highly engaged audience.” The contest kicked off on September 10th and is expected to run until October 1st, 2007. Log on toCELEBRTIY CHICKfor more.
By: Rizoh Citizen for Change Inc. is championing a protest dubbed “Enough is Enough” stop the portrayal of negative images of African-Americans in the entertainment industry. The “Enough is Enough” campaign will hold a rally at the Washington DC residence of BET CEO Debra L. Lee on Saturday, September 15th, at 1:00 pm. According to the group’s Web site, enoghisenoughcampaign.com, the purpose of the campaign is to “protest the commercialization and marketing of negative and derogatory images of black men and women in the entertainment industry.” “The movement recognizes the power of media and entertainment corporations to shape American attitudes, opinions, behaviors, and even policies by and about people of color,” said Pastor Delman L. Coates, Ph.D., the campaign organizer. “Music companies do not equitably apply standards of obscenity for music that is offensive to blacks as for other groups.” The organization plans to hold weekly demonstrations every Saturday.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Keyshia and Jeezy Call It a Day Well she does. Aww poor Snowman..turns out his girl for the last couple of years got cold feet over the thought of marriage..not sure if that is marriage in general or marriage to Jeezy…I am sure BET are pissed as they would be hoping to make some reality ‘hood’ special out of that wedding for real. Jays Girls Together I am sure this pic is going to sit prominently on the CEO desk…NOT. But for real why do these chicks go out of their way to let us think they like each other when we know they don’t. Maybe Beyonce likes to prove her point that she still is the hottest chick in the game and a forehead can’t take that away from her…or maybe Rihanna likes to make her squirm..knowing that she wont say no to a pic as that wouldn’t be good for the image.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Last week a bootleg recording of an August 31 Roots show in Turin, New York featured The Roots band bidding farewell to bass player Leonard ‘Hub’ Hubbard, leaving fans wondering ‘what’s up?’ Roots drummer ?uestlove officially announced Hub’s departure from the group, after 17 years, on Okayplayer.com. “Let me end all speculation ladies and gentlemen and officially announce that yes indeed Hub played his last show as a member of The Roots on August 31st of this year,” ?uest wrote on the site homepage. “One has to understand off the bat to be a member of this group is to sacrifice your life. If you look at it (and this is applies to most of the artists that you talk about on this site) there is nothing "normal" about our lives. This isn’t a pity party. Nor an explanation. Just a confirmation. I understand that most of you are a little miffed that you weren’t given the option to say ‘goodbye’. Truth is Hub really didn’t want to make a big deal about this. Which is probably why we defied him anyway and had a "moment" onstage which got quite emotional after his last solo. We got about 16 bottles of bubbly and tried to have a 2 fish/5 loafs of bread distribution to the crowd so that we could properly send him off. I say we use this moment and opportunity to raise our cyber glass and toast Hub in his new endeavors.” The Roots are gearing up to launch the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors tour with Big Daddy Kane and MC Lyte and have enlisted musicians Tuba Gooding Jr. and Owen Biddle to fill-in/replace Hub.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though she supposed to be working on her long-awaited album, Jennifer Hudson has been cast in the upcoming “Sex & The City” movie. J-Hud will play the assistant to Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw, as the film follows the main characters four years after the HBO show ended. Hudson is also slated to appear in the upcoming film “Winged Creatures” alongside Forest Whitaker and Kate Beckinsale, and she’s being considered to play Aretha Franklin in the biopic “Aretha Franklin: From These Roots.” There isn’t much info on her new album, except that it’s supposed to drop in November. In an interview with Fashion Rocks! Magazine, she made it known there won’t be any hip-hop on the album, even though T-Pain is slated to make an appearance somewhere.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah we know the excuses are gonna come rolling in for the pop tart after her performance (can I even call it that) at the MTV awards. Word on the street was Britney was necking Ecstasy with Sean Combs and Dallas Austin..I mean come on we all know DA is like a walking pharmaceutical counter so why would Britney even camp out with them when she is trying to get her life back on track? So maybe the word about Diddy scoring some E on a street corner in Ibizia are true after all.
By: Rizoh Trick Daddy (Maurice Young) has been taken into custody after being busted for disorderly intoxication at a South Florida strip club this morning. Trick was involved in a physical altercation at Tootsie’s Lounge located on NW 183rd Street, Miami Gardens. Having sustained some wounds from the scuffle, he was escorted by police and paramedics to Jackson Memorial hospital. The rapper who was also charged with resisting arrest is being held on a $1,500 bond.
By: Rizoh Billionaire talk-show host Oprah Winfrey has thrown her full financial weight behind Democrat Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential bid. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Oprah held a star-studded fund-raiser for Obama at her Montecito estate last weekend. “I haven’t been actively engaged before because there hasn’t been anything to be actively engaged in. But I am engaged now to make Barack Obama the next president of the United States,” Oprah reportedly told the crowd. Celebrities in attendance included: Sydney Poitier, Bill Russell, Forrest Whitaker, Cindy Crawford, and Babyface. Stevie Wonder supplied entertainment for the night, performing hits from his 70’s and 80’s catalog. The $2300-per-ticket event helped raise $3 million for Senator Obama’s campaign.
50 Building Hotels Now? He looks all snug with Miss Herpes herself here at a listening party held in his honor..maybe the couple are thinking about building some hotels…and for all those reports about there being an extra three tracks on his album…there isn’t..he let the Brits have a bonus joint…but it was old Curtis material..Hustler’s Ambition… Kimora Gets a Touch Heated Turns out one of Baby Phat CEO Kimora Simmons found their head on the chopping block this morning when they got to work..they had managed to spell their bosses name wrong on all the invitations to her A list event and totally embarrassed the model mom as the huge typo was pointed out to her by of course a journalist …
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been almost a year since platinum R&B singer Maxwell announced his new album “Black Summer’s Night” would drop in 2007. He told fans on his blog that he would share a song on Valentine’s Day 2007, but that came and went with no music. The album was supposed to drop this summer, but there was nothing. Now the singer has posted a snippet of a song called “Pretty Wings” on his MySpace page to hold fans over until his album drops in 2008. "Maxwell’s still working with Sade’s band, his tried-and-true team," Columbia urban music exec Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua told Billboard. "He took some time off and now he’s ready. He’s recorded so much material that he’s got a couple of albums done. So, he might be going out on the road touring for this album soon. I won’t say the album will drop first-quarter 2008, but [next] summer sounds good." Maxwell hasn’t dropped an album since 2001’s “Now” which sold 1.7 million copies.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno There were no hip-hop artists that won any MTV Music Video awards last night, but there were sure a lot in the videos that won. Video of the Year went to Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” which features Jay-Z, Male Artist of the Year went to Justin Timberlake, whose hits “My Love” and others featured T.I. and were produced by Timbaland and Female Artist of the Year Fergie’s hits included appearances from Ludacris and will.i.am. The show featured performances from Rihanna, Common, Kanye West, T.I., 50 Cent, Lil Wayne with Fallout Boy, and several others. Probably the most memorable moment was 50 Cent and Kanye West presenting the Most Shattering Collaboration award just days before they go head-to-head in record stores. Here’s the full list of winners: Monster single of the year: "Umbrella," Rihanna featuring Jay-Z Quadruple Threat award: Justin Timberlake Earth-shattering collaboration: "Beautiful Liar," Beyonce featuring Shakira Male artist of the year: Justin Timberlake Female artist of the year: Fergie Best group: Fall Out Boy Best new artist: Gym Class Heroes Video of the year: "Umbrella," Rihanna featuring Jay-Z Best editing: Ken Mowe for Gnarls Barkley’s "Smiley Faces" Best director: Samuel Bayer for Justin Timberlake’s "What Goes Around … Comes Around" Best choreography: Marty Kudelka for Justin Timberlake’s "Let Me Talk to You/My Love"
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