By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Despite rumors of marriage, beefing with folks about ‘Dreamgirls’ (she received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress and Best Song this week) and really being 32 instead of 25, Beyonce is moving ahead with her tour plans. She will kick things off this Spring in Europe on April 30 in Frankfurt, Germany. She will tour all over Europe before finally ending on June 9 in Dublin, Ireland. Once she returns from Europe she will begin a U.S. summer tour that will run until December, although the dates have yet to be announced. "I go on tour the end of April until September," Beyonce recently told MTV News. "I love to tour. I love to perform every night. It’s kinda like I get to be my own director and do my own production. It’s exciting. I always try to find new dancers. I was given an opportunity and I like to give new people opportunity … so I have auditions all across America. It’ll be the same type of show: broken down with me singing, big production, and dancers and a band, the whole nine." Here’s the itinerary for the European trek: 04/30/07 Frankfurt, GER Festhalle 05/01/07 Stuttgart, GER Schleyerhalle 05/03/07 Stockholm, SWE Stockholm Globe Arena 05/04/07 Hamar, NOR Vikingeskibet 05/05/07 Copenhagen, DEN Forum 05/07/07 Munich, GER Olympiahalle 05/08/07 Vienna, AUT Stadthalle 05/09/07 Zurich, SWI Hallenstadion Zurich 05/10/07 Milan, ITA Fila Forum 05/12/07 Halle, GER Garry Weber Stadium 05/13/07 Berlin, GER Max Schmeling Halle 05/14/07 Hamburg, GER Color Line Arena 05/16/07 Paris, FRA Palais Omnisports 05/17/07 Oberhausen, GER Konig-Pilsener Arena 05/18/07 Rotterdam, NET Ahoy 05/19/07 Antwerp, BEL Sportpaleis Antwerpen 05/21/07 Marseille, FRA Le Dome 05/22/07 Barcelona, SPA Palau Sant Jordi 05/23/07 Madrid, SPA Palacio de los Deportes 05/24/07 Lisbon, POR Atlantic Pavilion 05/26/07 Lyon, FRA Halle Tony Garnier 05/27/07 Barcelona, SPA Palau Sant Jordi 05/29/07 Birmingham, UK NEC Arena 05/30/07 Manchester, UK Manchester Evening News Arena 05/31/07 Nottingham, UK Nottingham Arena 06/03/07 London, UK Wembley Arena 06/04/07 London, UK Wembley Arena 06/06/07 Dublin, IRE The Point 06/07/07 Manchester, UK Manchester Evening News Arena 06/09/07 Dublin, IRE The Point
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By: Rizoh An album by deceased Detroit rapper Proof (aka Deshaun Holton) will be released next year. The album, titled Time Will Tell, will feature 18 songs recorded before Proof’s death earlier this year. The album will be released through Detroit-based label Iron Fist. Iron Fist exec, Cleveland Hurd says Proof was challenged by a friend to write an record an album in one day. The company also has plans to premiere a film exploring the recording process at Detroit‘s Star Southfield before releasing the album. "The world was cheated. They never got to see this side of Proof," said Hurd. "It shows how serious Proof was about recording. As soon as he came in, he went to work and didn’t stop until time was up," he added. Hurd says they started recording at midnight and never slowed down. Proof was shot and killed at CCC Club on East 8 Mile Roadon April 11.
By: Rizoh Ahmet Ertegun, the Turkish diplomat’s son who co-founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947, died Thursday (December 14, 2006) of a brain injury. He was 83. As previously reported, Ertegun never recovered from a fall he sustained on October 29 at a Rolling Stones event. The music community has lost a pioneer and an icon, and we have lost our father," said Atlantic CEO Craig Kallman. Ahmet changed the course of modern music and culture, and he will live on through the timeless legacy of work that was created under his direction and care." Ertegun’s Atlantic lineup included Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Otis Redding, Bette Midler, Eric Clapton and Crosby, Stills & Nash, as well as many stars of modern jazz. Jerry Heller, co-founder of Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records and manager of N.W.A. issued a statement crediting Ahmet Ertegun as being responsible for the first West Coast hip-hop group to go gold. Ruthless’ JJ Fad became the first West Coast rap group to go gold with the success of their hit album "Supersonic." Heller says of Ertegun, "Ahmet brought integrity, vision, style and class to the music business. A giant among mere mortals. His presence will be sorely missed by those of us who had the privilege of knowing him." A private funeral will be held in Turkey next week.
By: Rizoh Kelley’s Tell-All Book Targets Oprah Winfrey Kitty Kelley, whose best sellers include biographies of Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan and the Bush family, has selected Oprah Winfrey as her next target. Kelley plans to speak with hundreds of sources for the book. While the author has spoken disparagingly of the Bushes, comparing them to the Corleones, she appears to have a positive opinion of Winfrey in the book. "Oprah Winfrey has fascinated me for many years — as a woman, she has wielded an unprecedented amount of influence over the American culture and psyche," Kelley said via a statement issued Wednesday by the Crown Publishing Group, an imprint of Random House, Inc. A publication date for the book is yet to be revealed.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Snoop recently announced that he’ll join Ice Cube on tour in January, now the Doggfather will also join Diddy for his European Tour. The tour will go through 18 cities across nine countries beginning on March 12 in Oslo, Norway and end on April 2 in Nottingham Arena in the United Kingdom. Both Diddy and Snoop will be promoting their latest projects, Diddy’s Press Play and Snoop’s Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. Here’s the current tour itinerary: MARCH 12 Oslo, Norway Spektrum 13 Copenhagen, Denmark The Forum 14 Berlin, Germany Max Schmelling Halle 15 Stuttgart, Germany Schleyerhalle 16 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle 17 Frankfurt, Germany Festhalle 18 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle 19 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion 21 Paris, France Bercy 22 Paris, France Bercy 23 Dusseldorf, Germany Philipshalle 24 Brussels, Belgium Forest National 25 Amsterdam, Holland Heineken Music Hall 27 London, UK Wembley Arena 28 Cardiff, UK Cardiff International Arena 29 Manchester, UK MEN Arena 30 Glasgow, UK SECC (Hall 4) 31 Dublin, Ireland The Point APRIL 1 Dublin, Ireland The Point 2 Nottingham, UK Nottingham Arena
By: Quibian Salazar-Moreno This entire week Usher has been preparing for the opening of his first franchise, The Grape, a wine bar targeted towards young adults. Usher hosted a meet-n-greet and private party last night and the bar will open to the public today. Usher also plans to open a Grape in New York (to coincide with his 2007 album), Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. They’re also looking at Chicago and possibly overseas at places like South America, Shanghai and Tokyo. Usher’s partner in the venture is Jack Mazur, who launched The Grape franchise in 2000 in Atlanta. The Franchise is known for its copyrighted list of 10 numbered styles, which allows new drinkers to describe their preference.
By: Rizoh Mother of three and sister to Cashmoney Records’ co-founder Bryan "Baby" Williams died when her vehicle was struck by a motorist driving in the wrong direction down Causeway Boulevard early Monday morning. Tamara Williams, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene on the Causeway overpass at Interstate 10 in irie, said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. The accident occurred just after midnight as Tamara Williams was driving north on Causeway Boulevard in her 2006 Toyota Camry, Fortunato said. She was in the far left lane on the up-slope of the northbound overpass when Jason Williams rounded the top of the hill in his 2001 Chevrolet Silverado and hit her head-on. Tamara was the youngest of six siblings.
By: Rizoh Fresh off their "Idlewild" movie success, Outkast star Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin) is set to appear in a 1970s basketball comedy due out in 2008. Andre, who recently launched his own animated series "Class of 3000" on Cartoon Network, will play a hotshot star alongside Woody Harrelson. "Semi-Pro" will pit the acting talents of the rapper alongside Will Ferrell, who stars as a basketball team coach for the minor league team the Tropics. Benjamin plays a self-styled ladies’ man who is the best player on the team.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno As of late, BET has been bringing some pretty good programming to the airwaves. With the success of shows like “American Gangster” and “Beef: The Series”, the network has decided to make the shows available for download on iTunes. “We are delighted that BET programming is now available on iTunes as an important element in BET’s global digital strategy," said BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra Lee. "As the world’s most popular digital download store, iTunes is a key platform for serving our existing audience of African- American media super-consumers, and for introducing our breakthrough programming franchises to other audiences." iTunes will also carry the full seasons of “Lil Kim: Countdown to Lockdown”, “Best of BET Comic View”, “DMX: Soul of a Man” and “The Christies: Committed.” Each show will be $1.99 per episode with more BET programming on the way.
By: Rizoh The music industry gears up for bad news as Atlanic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun has been reported critically ill, following his fall at a Rolling Stones concert in October. Doctors say the 83-year old’s chances of "meaningful recovery" are very slim. The accident responsible for Ertegun’s current state occured at a Rolling Stones concert on Broadway in New York City; Ertegun slipped while coming out of a rest room, and fell down a flight of stairs. He has been in an intensive care unit ever since. "His situation is very critical….His recovery, speaking medically, does not look possible. He may be able to live for a while on support units. But his will does clarify that he does not want to live this way. The final decision, however, will have to be made by his wife Mica." Mice Ertegun, meanwhile, has said that when her husband dies, she wants to bury him in Istanbul‘s Uskudar neighborhood, where his family already has a large plot in a cemetary there. Ertegun, the son of a Turkish diplomat, has worked with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Herbie Mann, the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, Bette Midler, John Coltrane, Led Zeppelin, Tori Amos, and many others. Atlantic is home to rappers T.I. and Lupe Fiasco.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Looks like 70’s dare devil Evel Knievel is not feeling Kanye West at all. The 68-year old Knievel filed a lawsuit against West claiming infringement on his trademark name and likeness in West’s video for “Touch The Sky.” In the video Kanye poses as “Evel Kanyevel”, a parody of Knievel (parodies are legal under copyright laws), and sports similar clothing and rides a rocket over a canyon similar to the vehicle Knievel used in his failed attempt to jump over Idaho’s Snake River Canyon in 1974. "That video that Kanye West put out is the most worthless piece of crap I’ve ever seen in my life, and he uses my image to catapult himself on the public," Knievel told the Associated Press. “The guy just went too far using me to promote his filth to the world. I’m not in any way that kind of a person." Knievel is mostly offended by Pamela Anderson’s appearance and the funny bit done by Nia Long (Love Jones, Best Man) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends). The lawsuit seeks damages and also a halt to distribution of the video. Kanye had no comment on the lawsuit.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Lil Boosie has partnered with several radio stations to offer child care to its listeners. Listeners can write in to participating radio stations explaining why they need help taking care of their children. Listeners with the best stories will be awarded with child care tuition, a Pampers care package and a copy of Boosie’s new album Bad Azz. " I’m just trying to give back to my community especially during this time of year,” Boosie said. “It’s hard on parents and I should know; I got 3 of my own… got to give from one Bad Azz to another." Boosie has been making some noise with his single, “Zoom” featuring Young Joc. The Baton Rouge is also heavily promoting his DVD along with his album, which looks at his childhood, the death of his father, his battle with diabetes and how he got into the game.
By: Rizoh The first annual Urban DVD Awards was held at New York‘s Club Avalon. Over 3000 hip-hop fans witnessed the event. Rapper and co-producer of the award Littles used the event as a launcpad for his ‘Artist to Watch Movement’ campaign. The initiative was designed to urge embrace untrodden hip-hop talent with their airwaves. To further drive the point home, the Urban DVD Awards featured performances by fledgling rappers Jae Millz, Uncle Murder, Saigon, Tru Life, Maino, Stack Bundles, Grafh, Consequence, and Red Café. Here’s a full list of winners at the DVD awards: Who’s Next Award Sub-Zro Best DVD Documentary Kirk Fraser For "The Life Of Rayful Edmund The Pusher Awards (Most Consistently Released DVD Magazine) The Come Up DVD Best Music Video Blend DVD DJ Juice For "R&B Mixtape Video Blends The Hottest Urban DVD Drugs On Music For "Cocaine City" Most Consistent Artist On A DVD Maino Finest Booty DVD Sunkist For "Battle 4 The Bottle And The Bubble" Best Celebrity Booty DVD Award The Drama King" DJ Kay Slay Hottest Graphics On A DVD Surgeon/Dolten Brothers For Chamillionaire: The East Coast Shakedown The Peoples Choice Award (The Most Extreme DVD) Underground Riders Best Underground DVD Whatz Really Hood The Independent Retailer Award Pop Blackstar Music
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Last year wrestler Diamond Dallas Page filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records claiming trademark and copyright infringement for the use of his trademarked “Diamond Cutter” hand gesture without permission and using it as their own. Now Page has successfully added Roc-A-Wear Clothing line to the lawsuit saying that earlier this year he discovered that the clothing line was also using the “Diamond Cutter” image on its products. Page is seeking an injunction (meaning Jay-Z can’t use the symbol anymore) and unspecified monetary damages. Page came up in the mid-90’s working the WCW circuit and used the “Diamond Cutter” hand gesture during matches. Apparently, he’s still using it for his new DVD series “Yoga for Regular Guys” and his motivational audio book, “Own Your Life.”
By: Rizoh Foxy Brown has landed into more legal fuss. The Brooklyn rapper, previously accused of assaulting a manicurist amongst several other legal disputes, now faces possible jail time for violating probation. Brown was slapped with three years of probation back in October for charges related to a fight in a nail salon in 2004, but allegedly failed to honor appointments with probation officers, submit to drug tests and show up for anger management classes. Shawnda Weinberg, city Department of Probation lawyer, says Brown is flouting the court-ordered probation. "She’s asked for special treatment. She’s told us, `I’m not like them (others on probation),’" said Weinberg. Weinberg also recommended that the 26-year old femcee be put in jail for violating probation. Judge Melissa C Jackson, who sentenced Foxy Brown (real name Inga Marchand) in October, suggested that Brown remain silent until her next court hearing when her lawyer is present. Earlier in November, word got around that Foxy’s label Def Jam was ready to dump the sassy rapper. Foxy’s long-brewing album Black Roses has been plagued by her hearing loss, nonstop legal woes and subsequent negative publicity. She also lost a publishing deal with Simon & Schuster and has been shopping her book, "Broken Silence," to other publishers.
iHipHop Blog Team