By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Earlier this year, Beyonce was looking for female musicians to form an all-girl band for her upcoming tour. She held audtions and picked 12 girls that came from Houston, Atlanta, New York City and even Israel. Now Beyonce is looking for dancers for her 2007 tour. Beyonce is looking for male and female dancers, 18 years and older of any nationality. She’ll be holding auditions in December in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, New York and Chicago. Here’s the current audition schedule (for more information check out beyonceonline December 6 & 7 Los Angeles Alley Kat (1455 Gordon) December 9 Atlanta Dance 101 January 6 Houston location TBA January 11 & 12 New York location TBA January 27 Chicago location TBA
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By:Rizoh 50 Cent has lashed out at Hollywood for double standards after seeing the poster for the new James Bond movie, "Casino Royale." The "Casino Royale" billboard shows 007 actor Daniel Craig toting a gun. "Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ comes out and they want to protest because they see a gun in my hand but James Bond comes out or Mr & Mrs Smith will come out with guns and it’s acceptable," 50 Cent lamented. 50 was alluding to the backlash he caught when the promotional poster for his "Get Rich or Die Tryin’" movie depicted the 30-year old rapper with a gun. One version of the the billboards showed 50 Cent in a crucifixion pose with a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other. Despite the rapper’s claims that the image was only intended to communicate his struggle to escape street life, Paramount Pictures pulled some of the ads. "You can see any kind of gun there is to see on the covers of films. You can go in Blockbuster and see every gun that was ever made," said 50. "Let’s not start with 50 Cent and stop with 50 Cent. Let’s do it everywhere else and make it unacceptable period. I would gladly join the rest of entertainment if we get there."
The urban community will gather at the world famous Apollo Theater on Thursday, December 7, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the 10th Annual Justo Mixtape Awards. The ceremony will be hosted by Hip Hop DJ pioneer, Red Alert. The first of its kind, the Mixtape Awards celebrates and honors deejays for breaking new records and artists and creating promotional brand buzzing tools. The brainchild of Justo Faison, a music industry marketing and promotion veteran, the Mixtape Awards was created to bring attention and recognition to the mixtape subculture, often the first stop for new hip hop artists, both signed and unsigned. Solidifying its hold on the urban culture, while broadening its audience, this year new categories have been added to the ballot. The new categories include: Best International DJ, Best Raggeton Mixtape DJ, Best Reggae Mixtape DJ and Best Mashup Awards. Power 105.1 is the official radio sponsor for this year’s award show and Sucker Free Sundays, on MTV2, will broadcast live as Steve Rifkind is awarded, Mixtape Top Executive and Lifetime Achievement Award for a Special Edition: Justo’s Mixtape Awards 2006. The world famous Apollo Theater, a New York City and New York State landmark, will host this year’s event and continues to celebrate and promote the cultural heritage and performance traditions of communities of color, while preserving and building upon the theater’s rich history and serving as a cultural and educational resource for the community and the public at large.
Check out CrackSpace’s EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with The Clipse HERE.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Unfortunately, this personalized ring tone is only available to Sprint and Nextel customers, who can set it up as Ringers (ringtones) or Call Tones (ringback tones) by downloading it from their phones. Sprint will also begin streaming the first two videos from Chingy’s album, Hoodstar, "Pullin’ Me Back" and "Dem Jeans," as well as an exclusive interview Chingy did with one of Sprint’s VJ’s on Channel 33 or Channel 35 on Sprint TV, which is available on Sprint Power Vision phones. With the success of his latest single, "Dem Jeans", Chingy is taking it a step further. The young emcee has recorded 123 personalized ringtones using the hook "Damn Girl, how’d you get all that in Dem Jeans?" from the single, but replacing "Girl" with 123 different female names. Chingy laid down each hook in the studio using names like Jalisa, Lakeisha, Mariah, Oprah, Beyonce and others.
By:Rizoh Eminem clinched the "Favorite Male Rap/Hip-Hop Artist" award at this year’s American Music Awards held last night (November 21) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Both Kanye West and Chamillionaire were nominated for "Favorite Male Artist" and "Breakthrough Artist" respectively, both failed to win. Below is a complete list of winners from the 2006 AMAs: • Pop-Rock: Male artist: Sean Paul Female artist: Kelly Clarkson Band, duo or group: Red Hot Chili Peppers Album: "All the Right Reasons," Nickelback • Soul-R&B: Male artist: Jamie Foxx Female artist: Mary J. Blige Band, duo or group: The Black Eyed Peas Album: "The Breakthrough," Mary J. Blige • Country: Male artist: Toby Keith Female artist: Faith Hill Band, duo or group: Rascal Flatts Album: "Greatest Hits Volume 2," Tim McGraw • Rap/Hip-Hop: Male artist: Eminem Band, duo or group: The Black Eyed Peas Album: "Monkey Business," The Black Eyes Peas • Adult Contemporary: Artist: Kelly Clarkson • Latin Music: Artist: Shakira • Alternative Music: Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers Contemporary Inspirational: Kirk Franklin Artists: Breakthrough (New Artist): Carrie Underwood
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Veteran emcee A.G. (aka Andre the Giant), of the much lauded hip-hop group, Show & A.G., has announced that he’ll be joining the 2KSports Mixtape Live Tour. The tour, which celebrates the connection between hip-hop and video games, also features Dan the Automater, Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5), Casual (of Hieroglyphics) and Common Market. A.G. will be promoting his new album, Get Dirty Radio, which features production from J. Dilla, Madlib, Lord Finesse, Show, Tommy Tee, Oh No, DJ Design, Jake One, Cochise with appearances from Aloe Blacc, Party Arty and Lil Roze. Here’s the tour dates: 11/29/06 – SLO Brewing Company – San Luis Obispo, CA – 18+ 11/30/06 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA – 21+ 12/01/06 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA – 16+ 12/02/06 – Senator Theatre – Chico, CA – All ages 12/04/06 – Berbati’s Pan – Portland, OR – 21+ 12/05/06 – The Nightlight – Bellingham, WA – 21+ 12/06/06 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA – All ages 12/08/06 – Suede – Park City, UT – All ages 12/09/06 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO – All ages 12/10/06 – Fox Theatre & Cafe – Boulder, CO – All ages 12/12/06 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM – All ages 12/13/06 – Orpheum Theatre – Flagstaff, AZ – All ages 12/14/06 – Canes Bar & Grill – San Diego, CA – 21+ 12/15/06 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA – All ages
By:Rizoh It’s one of the biggest questions on the minds of Nas’ fans, as we get closer to the release date of his Def Jam debut Hip-Hop Is Dead. Jay-Z has already fired back at Cam’ron and Jim Jones via "Dig a Hole" and "Brooklyn High." On the latter, Jay-Z even admits that "Ether"—Nas’ rebound to the Jiggaman’s "Takeover"—strengthened him in the battle department. Will Nas, a certified lyrical warrior, follow suit when Hip-Hop is Dead drops on December 19? "I’m trying to uplift the unity," Nas told MTV News recently. "You listen to Cam’ron’s dis, that was just pieces of "Ether" put together. You have to make a certain amount of albums to be in the ring with me. You can’t have one album or two albums or went platinum one time, or you may have performed in front of 6,000 people once in your life. You have to be somebody in my weight class. You can’t fight like that. That’s not really a battle. "But there are spankings I can do," he continued. "Lyrical, verbal assaults I can do on some of you clowns. But the take on this album is more of a unity thing. I don’t really know if I’m gonna let some of those records fly where I do answer a thing or two. Maybe, maybe not…"
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Kanye West and marketing agency TAOW Productions announced that West will be sponsoring a race car in the Formula BMW World Finals from November 24-26 in Valencia, Spain. West’s car has his famous bear logo along with the logos of the Kanye West Foundation and the United Nations World Food program. The car will be driven by 17- year old racer Philip Major. "Creating opportunities for people to dream and achieve is part of the core focus of the Kanye West Foundation," West said. "The Kanye West Foundation is glad to partner with Philip Major for such a global event. We view our participation as a race to help humanity and hope to raise awareness about my Foundation and the United Nations World Food Program." The Formula BMW World Finals is a competition between the best drivers from the world’s regional Formula BMW series. The second annual event will include 38 drivers from 18 countries. For more information check out formulabmwusa.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After a successful 2006 and a strings of hits Bad Boy Records has announced that they have renewed their relationship with Block Enterprises, the label home to Yung Joc and Boyz N Da Hood and headed by Russell ‘Block’ Spencer. "As we have continued to expand the musical scope of Bad Boy, we knew we had to be plugged into the creative and vibrant Southern scene,” Diddy said. “When Block and I first met, I realized he had an ear for the streets of the South and that he would be the perfect person to be our partner in developing and breaking new talent.The success of Boyz N Da Hood and Young Joc proves that our instincts were right, and there is much more fantastic music in the pipeline from the Block/Bad Boy South team. I am thrilled that we have renewed our commitment to this great relationship." Bad Boy and Block Enterprises are currently hard at work on new albums from Boyz N Da hood and Yung Joc plus debut albums from Boyz member Big Gee and a debut album from Gorilla Zoe. "As the South market grew, Diddy and Bad Boy realized they needed to be involved,” Block said. “I was looking to take the music we make in the South to another level, and the collaboration between Block Enterprises and Bad Boy South was the perfect avenue for both of our companies. Look at the success we have already attained. When the machine is working successfully, you don’t look to fix it, but to add to it to make it better. The renewal of our deal is going to make the Block/Bad Boy South partnership even bigger."
Michael Richards, aka "Kramer" from "Seinfeld," is in hot water for spewing several racial slurs onstage at The Laugh Factoryin LA over the weekend. You can watch the video HERE
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno In an interview with the New York Daily news, Russell Simmons said that he’s heading to South Africa and Botswana to take a look at the diamond mines, factories and the African side of the diamond industry. Simmons currently works with diamond industry giant DeBeers on his own line of jewelry. "I’m making a lot of money by selling diamonds," Simmons told the New York Daily News. "I want to give my money back to the people in Africa. We’re starting the Diamond Empowerment Fund to teach Africans how to cut and polish diamonds on the continent, instead of taking the diamonds out. We want more of black Africans to become executives. The diamond industry should be the leader of African empowerment." For years various African rebel organizations in different African nations mined and sold diamonds to fund their wars. These diamonds were called “blood diamonds” or “conflict diamonds” which for the most part led to the massacre of hundreds and thousands of Africans since the 1980’s. In the late 90’s however, the diamond industry instituted a ‘Certificate of Origin’, a sort of engraving showing that the diamond came from a legitimate mining business. For the past five years, the existence on blood diamonds on the market has been drastically reduced. Now Simmons is hoping to help those who have been hurt by the value of the diamond. “[I hope] Americans will know that, when they buy a diamond, it doesn’t make you an a-hole with money, it can make you a person who’s empowering Africans," Simmons said.
By:Rizoh Universal Music Group has filed a lawsuit against MySpace.com, alleging that the online social-networking site illegally engenders copyright infringement on music and videos. UMG also claims that the News Corp-owned MySpace attempts to shield itself from liability by making users agree to grant the website a license to publish the content they upload to the site. According to Universal, users have no such authority over works they don’t own. The lawsuit states that MySpace "facilitates and participates in the unauthorized reproduction, adaptation, distribution and public performance," singling out the feature on the website that enable users to save/share music and videos to their profile. Universal Music is the world’s largest recording company, is home to recording artists such as Jay-Z, Akon, and Kanye West. MySpace responded to the lawsuit via a statement, saying that it is in full compliance with copyright laws and is confident it will prevail in court Last month, Universal Music filed lawsuits against online video-sharing sites Grouper Networks Inc. and Bolt Inc., seeking damages up to $150,000 for each incident of copyright infringement plus costs.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno According to the New York Post, The Game was arrested in New York over the weekend for impersonating a police officer. Apparently the rapper told a cab driver to run red lights because he was an undercover cop in a hurry. They drove 13 blocks before a real officer pulled them over for reckless driving. But Game’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman said the charges are ridiculous and is a new low for the NYPD. "This harassment of The Game and other hip-hop artists by the NYPD has got to stop – and a painful loss at trial may be just the solution," Lichtman told the New York Post. Lichtman also said that the cab driver was passing the buck so he could get out of a ticket. Apparently, NYPD had been following The Game the entire time he’s been in New York.
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