By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Earlier this week, Prince announced that this fall he would be heading across the big pond to London to play 21 concerts. In a press conference, the Purple One said that after the shows he’ll take a spiritual sabbatical. "I love London. I’ve had some of my favorite shows here,” he told Reuters. "Last time I was here, a lot of people didn’t get to see me, so we’re trying to make it affordable for everybody. Another reason why we’re trying to stay so long, I just need to take some time off for study and travel." When asked what he was studying, he replied: "The Bible." Before he heads overseas though, Prince will launch a new perfume called ‘3121’, named after his last album. There’s isn’t much info on the new fragrance except that it’ll launch on July 7, 2007. Stay tuned to the website, 3121 perfume, for the latest info.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Since Ms. Jackson had a tough time selling her last two album, it looks like she’ll try the acting thing once again. She will star in the upcoming Tyler Perry flick, “Why Did I Get Married?”, where she’ll play one who molds the mind of the youth. "She’s playing a college professor — actually, an author and professor of psychology," Perry told the LA Daily News. "I can’t wait for people to see her like this." Jackson will play alongside singer Jill Scott and Sharon Leaf (of “Dreamgirls”). Even though the film will have no singing in it, the soundtrack will be chock-full of contributions from the film’s stars. Look for the movie to hit theatres this fall.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out J to the L to the O has been getting death threats from animal rights activists who really dont want to see the Castle Hill mami dress herself in fur. The death threats have got so bad that her husband has demanded she ‘beef up’ her security. Man its hard being a star. Akon Finally Talks Why is it that it took Verizon to pull out of sponsoring the tour that Akon was assisting Gwen Stefani with before the dude FINALLY issues a statement? Well here is his statement so sincere…but doesn’t he sound like he is blaming the club? "First, and most important to me, I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I’ve caused to the young woman who joined me on-stage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert in Port of Spain on April 12th. It was never my intention to embarrass or take advantage of my fans in any way, especially those under the age of 18. That is why we tried to make sure that the club did not admit anyone under 18 in the audience. Somehow, that standard was not met. Again, I apologize to those concerned and to all my fans and I pledge to all that we will strive to make sure this type of incident does not happen again."
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been almost a month since footage of Akon doing the humpty-hump dance on top of a 14-year old girl from a concert hit the web. But it wasn’t until Verizon kicked him and his homies (Gwen Stefani) to the curb that he felt the need to apologize. Akon released an apology to the press yesterday. "I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I’ve caused to the young woman who joined me onstage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert in Port of Spain on April 12," Akon said. "It was never my intention to embarrass or take advantage of my fans in any way, especially those under the age of 18. That is why we tried to make sure that the club did not admit anyone under 18 in the audience. Somehow, that standard was not met. Again, I apologize to those concerned and to all my fans and I pledge to all that we will strive to make sure this type of incident does not happen again." Regardless of the act, Akon still has #9 single on the Billboard singles chart with “Don’t Matter” and the #6 album on Billboard’s Top 200 charts.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After auditioning for new band members, new dancers and currently trying them out in Europe, Beyonce is ready to hit up the United States. Beyonce will be in Europe until June 9 and will get a little bit of a break before jumping into the U.S. tour on July 6. The tour is sponsored by Samsung and L’Oreal Paris with Robin Thicke as the opening act. The tour kicks off in New Orleans on July 6 and will run until September 7, ending in Vancouver. Here’s the current tour itinerary: Fri 7/6 New Orleans, LA Superdome Sat 7/7 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum Sun 7/8 St. Louis, MO Savvis Center Wed 7/11 Monterrey, Mexico Monterrey Arena Fri 7/13 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center Sat 7/14 Houston, TX Toyota Center Sun 7/15 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center Wed 7/18 Nashville, TN Gaylord Entertainment Center Fri 7/20 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena Sat 7/21 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum Sun 7/22 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center Tue 7/24 Orlando, FL AMWAY Arena Fri 7/27 Charlotte, NC Bobcat Arena Sat 7/28 Raleigh, NC RBC Center Sun 7/29 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum Tue 7/31 Albany, NY Pepsi Arena Wed 8/1 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Thu 8/2 TBD Fri 8/3 Meadowlands, NJ Continental Airline Arena Sat 8/4 NYC Madison Square Garden Wed 8/8 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena Thu 8/9 Washington DC Verizon Center Fri 8/10 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center Sat 8/11 Atlantic City, NJ TBD Sun 8/12 Boston, MA Fleet Center Tue 8/14 Montreal, QC Bell Centre Wed 8/15 Toronto, ON Air Canada Fri 8/17 Detroit, MI Palace Sat 8/18 Chicago, IL United Center Sun 8/19 Cleveland, OH Quicken Arena Wed 8/22 Denver, CO Pepsi Arena Fri 8/24 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center Sat 8/25 Las Vegas, NV MGM Sun 8/26 San Diego, CA TBD Thu 8/30 Lake Tahoe, CA Harrah's Outdoor Theatre Fri 8/31 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena Sat 9/1 Anaheim, CA Honda Center Sun 9/2 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center Wed 9/5 TBD Thu 9/6 Calgary, Canada Pengrowth Saddledome Fri 9/7 Vancouver, Canada GM Place
By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out the most famous footballer for not playing football was asked to leave a steak house in Kentucky this past weekend. The reason ..for just being OJ. Turns out the dude that owned the restaurant doesn’t really get down with how OJ is still walking around a free man, so he refused to serve him and his entourage which I have heard was a half dozen blond white girls. Just goes to show..had to be embarrassing.
By: Rizoh With most of the media’s attention on hip-hop’s negative side, the Yaris vs. Yaris Campaign have stepped in to “elevate” the ideals of the music culture. Toyota Motor Sales is showcasing their Yaris with an urban campaign that seeks to reflect the true spirit of hip-hop. The campaign, dubbed “Yaris vs. Yaris,” gives a nod to old school battles by pitting the Yaris Liftback against the Yaris Sedan throughout. Advertising spots for “Yaris vs. Yaris” include TV, print, radio, online and in-store advertisements as well as a series of special events. There will be two radio spots showcasing former member of The Roots Dice Raw and rapper Truck North in a lyrical battle taking on the personas of the Yaris Liftback and Sedan. “Competition has always been a fundamental part of hip hop,” says Munier Sharrieff, Creative Director at Burrell. “From DJs having scratch battles, break dancers using moves to go toe-to-toe and emcees flowing to prove who’s got the best rhymes, battles have a solid role in the culture.” Burrell, Toyota‘s African-American agency, developed and produced the campaign. The “Yaris vs. Yaris” campaign also includes a “Fresh Kicks” sneaker design competition and a DJ contest that will find the “Bangin’” DJ in each market. Interested DJs can log on to yarisversusyaris to submit their best musical mixes. Sneaker aficionados can submit original designs of customized kicks that incorporate Yaris design cues also by visiting the “Yaris vs. Yaris” website. Local winners in each case will be showcased at the Yaris events in each market with the winning DJ mix performed live and the top “Fresh Kicks” design displayed at each event. The national winner of the “Fresh Kicks” and “Bangin’ DJ” contest gets to hear their mix played on Radio One, while the “Fresh Kicks” contest winner enjoy a trip to New York city to be the sneaker editor of Complex Magazine for a day.
By: Rizoh R. Kelly has released six best-selling albums since being charged with child pornography five years ago for alleged sexual acts with a teenager. Yet, there’s no trial date in sight for the Pied Piper of R&B. A case of appendicitis and a series of strange turn of events (like a judge falling off a ladder) have helped delay Kelly’s trial for a long time. He’s due in a Chicago courtroom Friday for yet another status hearing, as he prepares to release his new album, Double Up, on May 29.
By: Rizoh Despite facing two assault charges from last year and a DUI from last week Click here to view, Busta Rhymes rejected Manhattan D.A.’s offer of one year in jail for the assault charges, a drinking-and-driving program and $1,500 in fines. Meanwhile, there’s no shortage of run-ins with the law for Busta Bus. He’s been arrested four times in the last 10 months, most recently on May 3 when he was pulled over and cuffed for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Last year, he was involved in two alleged altercations, one involving a man Rhymes says spat on his car. Busta Rhymes is due back in court again on July 10 to face the judge on those same charges.
By: Rizoh Nick Cannon and model Selita Ebanks are now officially engaged. Cannon popped the big question at Times Square a couple days ago, and the Victoria’s Secret model said ‘yes’. According to People magazine, Cannon proposed with a 12-carat diamond ring. The couple, who had just left the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Gala, was chauffeured in a Rolls Royce to Times Square. Displayed on a large MTV jumbotron were the words, “Selita will you marry me?” Then they had an impromptu engagement party after the Met Gala to celebrate. Cannon surprised Ebanks by flying in his mother, both her parents and best friends into town. As the couple made their way through the crowd holding hands, Ebanks was reportedly beaming with smiles. The couple left the party at 3 a.m. and caught a private plane back to L.A., where Cannon is working on his new film, American Son. Well, what can we say? Lucky catch, Nick!
By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah Usher’s timing might be just a little off in firing his mommy..but apparently she isn’t the only member of his staff being given her marching orders. Folks like his road manager and security etc have also been let go. Is Tameka really worth all that? And funnily enough Usher had her down as a stalker last year when he attended the Kentucky Derby and because of her erratic behavior they had to beef up security while he was present. How things change. Wildin Out gets Hitched Nick Cannon went the whole 9 for his fiance Selita Ebanksb dropping to his knee in Times Sqaure and giving his gal a 12 carat ring. I am sure the pre-nup wasn’t too far behind either. But good luck to them…at least he has moved on in leaps and bounds since Kim Kardashian.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Who knows why Usher is looking to get a new entourage around him, but it’s definitely in the works. First he announced his engagement to 38-year old (Usher is 28) stylist Tameka Foster earlier this year. Then he let go of the manager title from his mother so he can just have a momma. Now the singer and his long time publicist have parted ways. "Change is good!" Simone Smalls, vice president of Susan Blond, Inc., said in a statement. "I’m just moving in a direction professionally that will not allow me to dedicate the same undivided attention I gave him for nearly a decade. Usher and I still remain friends." Smalls still reps folks like Lil Jon, Keyshia Cole, and Ne-Yo. There’s no word on who will become Usher’s new manager or publicist, but fans can most like;ly expect a new entourage before his new album drops in November.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been a busy two years for Common. He’s been acting in films like “Smoking Aces” and the upcoming Denzel flick “American Gangster”. And he’s been putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album, “Finding Forever”. To whet the appetites of fans, the Kanye-produced track “The People” was leaked to the internet and has been getting decent reviews listen here: In other Common news, the rapper has been cast opposite Angelina Jolie in the upcoming film, “Wanted”. Common plays as “Gunsmith” an expert on the use of firearms. "I’m basically this dude that’s a master at shooting guns,” Common told MTV. “I’m training this gentleman that’s coming in, who really has certain abilities but doesn’t know it; I’m training him on how to be what he should be." There was also an announcement that Common accepted a role to play opposite Forest Whitaker and Keanu Reeves in the upcoming flick “Night Watchman”. Common will play as Coates, a heroin dealer posing as an undercover cop. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film centers on a disgraced cop who discovers corruption inside the police department and sets out on a mission to redeem himself.
By: Hot Gossip Gal The self proclaimed King of the South got a lil heated with someone who threw something on stage at him at a show. Check out the video below…ole boy been going through it recently though.. Jimmy Mad at G Unit We talked yesterday about how annoyed Jimmy has got to be over Verizon pulling out of the sponsoring of Gwen Stefani’s tour because of Akon and his inability to keep his pelvis still ..but word is Jimmy is none too pleased with the roster over at G Unit and sees 50 as the main money man over there. So basically what is the point of the rest of the crew? I guess only time will tell.
iHipHop Blog Team