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Chris Brown Reveals New Mixtape Cover Art

"Boy In Detention" is the newest mixtape offering from Chris Brown which will be released August 5. Someone said that Chris looks like Soulja Boy and I agree. I'm unaware of the songs appearing on this mixtape as well as the meaning behind the title.

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Kelly Rowland The New Face Of Sean John Perfume

"Motivation" not only serves as the first single from Kelly Rowland's recently released album; "Here I Am" but it also serves for her part in a new Sean John perfume campaign. Read more below:

Kelly Rowland R&B singer Kelly Rowland is continuing to have a strong year, after putting out a hit single and following it up with a new perfume line. She has teamed up with rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs on his second women’s fragrance ‘Empress,’ which also serves as the counterpart to his men’s fragrance ‘I Am King.’

“Yeah, I’m the new ambassador for ‘Empress’; I just love what ‘Empress’ represents. It’s just women that are beautiful and powerful in their own right,” Kelly recently told Access Hollywood.

In the press release for the fragrance, a woman that wears ‘Empress’ is described as “a force of nature, powerful, enchanting and uniquely feminine. Her presence captivates and her words inspire, compelling those around her to her cause. Men long to be by her…

Christina Milian Working On New Music?

Christina Milian has been pretty quiet ever since her off and on again relationship to The-Dream. After their divorce; the couple was seen back together and reportedly are working on new music together. The two met while they were working on music for Milian's upcoming album; "Elope".

Word is that Christina Milian is one of the frontrunners for the new season of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars". The new season of the show will premiere on September 19.

Chris Brown is said to be touring with Kelly Rowland. I'm taking it Chris Brown will be the headliner and not Kelly. Chris will also release a new mixtape; "Boy In Detention" on August 5. In addition to that he is one of the first mentioned performers and attendees for the 2011 MTV VMAs. The awards telecast will premiere on Sunday August 28.

Young Jeezy will release his long awaited album; "Thug Motivation 103" on September 20. The album features the hit single; "Ballin' "feat…

Soulja Boy Jet Purchase Ludicrous?

I had been reading and hearing about Soulja Boy's recent purchase of a Jet to the tune of 55 million dollars. People were questioning where did he get the money? Now his rep is denying the story and doing his damage control of his own.

Soulja Boy -- along with several members of his inner circle -- perpetuated a lie about purchasing a $55 million G5 jet ... at least that's what a spokesperson for Soulja is now saying.

Earlier this week, TMZ spoke with Soulja, a member of his management team named Shai Storm and Soulja's assistant -- who all verified Soulja dropped the cash on the private jet as a 21st birthday gift to himself.

In fact, Soulja even went on a radio show yesterday in Miami -- after TMZ's story posted -- and when asked if he bought the plane, coyly told the DJ he was "G5 status" ... but never said the story was false.

Now, Soulja's "spokesperson" Greg Miller has issued a statement on behalf of the rapper ... saying the "elab…

Brandy To Star In New Docu Series - Preview

Brandy is back yet again with another TV show this time documenting her return to music and being a mother. I'm not sure what channel this show is airing on but it looks interesting.

In a separate interview; Brandy states "no more reality TV" simply stating that she is not "wild enough" for the antics of reality TV along the lines of "Jersey Shore" I would say. Well she has definitely done a fair amount of reality TV or reality TV based shows in the last few years so its definitely time to get back on the ball with music.

Lil' Wayne Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Obviously there have been several misleading tracklistings attached to Wayne's "The Carter IV" album. Some of them contained the same songs but I notice song of the song titles have been altered or a guest has been added or deleted. Check out the official tracklisting below:

Lil Wayne is set to drop one of the most anticipated releases this year, with “Tha Carter IV.” Some of the featured artists included Busta Rhymes, Eminem, John Legend, Drake & Nicki Minaj! Check out the full tracklisting below and make sure to pre-order on August 2nd!

Official Tracklisting!
1. Weezy (Freestyle Intro)
2. Nightmares Of The Bottom
3. How To Love
4. Black Heart Love (ft. Busta Rhymes)
5. Life Is A Goal
6. White Lightning
7. Disorderly Disruption (featuring Drake & Nicki Minaj)
8. 6 Foot 7 Foot (featuring Cory Gunz)
9. Retirement Home (featuring Tech N9ne & John Legend [on piano])
10. Take It To The Limit
11. Down And Out
12. John (featuring Rick Ross)
13. Bodies And Words (featuring Emin…

Ace Hood Featuring Chris Brown - Body 2 Body - Video

Kelly Rowland Speaks On Sex Symbol Status

Ever since "Motivation" has been out; Kelly has been looked at differently in most people eyes and not necessarily in a bad way in my opinion. Me personally, I like the "sexy" Kelly but she insists that she is not selling sex. Read more below:

All though she has the sexy hit single “Motivation,” don’t expect Kelly Rowland to use sex to boost her career. The former Destiny's Child singer, who just released her third solo studio album, 'Here I Am,’ says she’s in full control of her career and won’t let anyone dictate how she presents herself.

"I'm not trying to sell sex. I'm just completely being myself,” Rowland told the New York Daily News newspaper. “I don't let nobody dictate who I am. I did that for way too long that I don't give a fuck care about those people no more. I really don't."

Rowland also insist that her topless cover on the latest issue of Vibe magazine was about being comfortable with her own body and a sen…

Game Featuring Chris Brown - Pot Of Gold - Video

Game delivers his latest video for his upcoming album; "The R.E.D. Album" in stores and online August 22 or 23. I'm having a hard time remembering. The album features guest appearances from Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, Lil' Wayne, and more.

Rihanna Unveils New Single Cover

Rihanna is literally unstoppable as she releases single after single. Her newest and latest single; "Cheers" is said to be the final single from her album; "Loud".

Kelly Rowland Appears On VIBE Magazine Cover

With her new album; "Here I Am" finally in stores; Kelly Rowland graces the newest issue of VIBE magazine and she channels Donna Summer. I swear I've seen Donna Summer strike a similar pose. Check your local newsstands or bookstore for this newest issue.

To be honest I can't remember the last time I bought an issue of VIBE. I know back in the day I had a subscription and I've seen the magazine experience several major upheavals.

Young Jeezy Reveals New Album Release Date

There have been many pushbacks but Young Jeezy's latest album; "Thug Motivation 103" will be in stores very soon. Read more below to get the info:

Young Jeezy not only celebrated the past, but looked toward the future during an intimate show in New York City. After commemorating the six-year anniversary of his debut Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, he shared the long-awaited release date for his next album Thug Motivation 103.

Taking the stage at Highline Ballroom, Jeezy revealed that his oft-delayed fourth LP will drop this fall. “My ni**a Kinky B. just told me that TM103 will be in stores September 20. Goodnight, I love ya’ll!” he told the crowd at the end of his 75-minute set, which featured appearances from Jay-Z, Kanye West, Fabolous, The Lox, and Bun B.

So far the album has produced the singles “Ballin’” with Lil Wayne and the celebratory “Shake Life,” which debuted last week.

Travis Barker plays drums on the album intro. “I did an intro with Drumma Boy,” the Blink…

Game Talks About Signing To Cash Money

Game indeed has a record label but he is already thinking about signing to Cash Money once his contract with Interscope Records dissolves. Read more below:

Game has revealed that he is considering signing with Cash Money Records after his Interscope Records contract is fulfilled. With only one more album left on the plate following the August 23rd release of R.E.D. Album, the Compton, California native explains that he plans on abandoning Interscope and signing with the house that Birdman and Slim built.

"We been playing with the idea of going over to Cash Money or trying to marry that and Black Wall Street,” he told XXLMag.com. “So, we’ll figure it out before the end of the day. I definitely think that’s where I’ll probably end up. Cause they winning, they want to win and I been winning and want to continue to win.”

Game, who explained that his relationship with Birdman dates back to before he dropped his debut The Documentary, has collaborated with Cash Money's Lil Wayne …

Album Of The Day: Mary J. Blige - Mary

Your Child
No Happy Holidays
All That I Can Say
Sexy
I'm In Love
Deep Inside
Beautiful Ones
Not Lookin'
The Love I Never Had

Mary J. Blige mellowed it out and smoothed it out on her 1999 album; "Mary" which featured the singles; "All That I Can Say", "Deep Inside" and "Your Child". The album garnered great reviews because it reflected Mary J. in a more mature light.

Jay-Z, Kanye West Reveal Supergroup Name

With Jay-Z and Kanye West joining forces; whether then just use their names; they have decided to name themselves as "The Throne". Their album; "Watch The Throne" will be available digitally August 8 and in physical form; August 12. The album features the hit singles; "H.A.M." and the recently released single; "Otis". The album contains guest appearances from Frank Ocean("Novacane"), Beyonce, and more.

Game has revealed that his newest mixtape is titled; "Condoms & Coronas" offering that the title is a play on him waking up with used condoms and "bad Mexican bitches" as he puts it. Whether that story is true or not is one thing. The album serves a precursor to the release of his new album; "The R.E.D. Album" in stores and online August 22.

Interestingly enough; the first single lifted from the mixtape is "Uncle Otis" which is a dis to Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kreayshawn, and a host of other artists. …

R. Kelly In Trouble Over Federal Taxes

R. Kelly always manages to keep himself in the news even when he doesn't intend to. Read below for more info:

In addition to his Chicago, Illinois mansion going into foreclosure, R. Kelly is facing other financial woes. According to DETNEWS, the Pied Piper owes more than $837,000 in delinquent federal taxes. The lien was filed against Kellz on January 6, 2010, with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

Fortunately for Kelly, previous financial problems were resolved in June. According to reports, the IRS lifted a $1,036,858 tax against him, lightening his debt.

Kelly was recently rushed to the hospital for an emergency surgery to drain an abscess on his tonsil. He was released shortly after, though he will take an indefinite hiatus from performing.

Lauryn Hill Gives Birth To Sixth Child

Lauryn Hill has added another member to her growing family. The former Fugee gave birth to a baby boy over the weekend.

Hill, 36, welcomed a son with longtime boyfriend Rohan Marley on Saturday (July 23). The couple has five previous children together.

According to Blackcelebkids.com, who first reported the news, the Grammy-winning singer “had a little scare because the baby came out the womb with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.” But mother and child are doing fine. “All is well now and everyone is happy,” adds the source.

Hill first hinted at her pregnancy at one of her recent concerts. “I keep having these children. I don’t know if I’m the most fertile woman in America,” she joked during a Los Angeles gig.

She wrote an open letter to her fans last month where she addressed her pregnancy and apologized for being late to her shows. She is scheduled to perform at the Rock the Bells Festival next month.

Album Of The Day: Amy Winehouse - Back To Black

He Can Only Hold Her
Just Friends
Me & Mrs. Jones
Wake Up Alone
Love Is A Losing Game
Tears Dry On Their Own

We are all saddened and shocked by the death of Amy Winehouse. While she has only released two albums and had been currently working on a third; "Back To Black" had been her most successful thus far. The album featured hit singles such as "Rehab". The album went on to win five Grammy Awards. R.I.P. Amy Winehouse

J-LO To Release New Single

Oddly enough J-LO's new single and third from her album; "LOVE?" will be "Starting Over" which definitely explains the current state of her life right now. It just a little over two weeks(I believe) when it was revealed that J-LO and Marc Anthony were divorcing.

Kelly Rowland will release; "Down For Whatever", track #10 off her upcoming album; "Here I Am" in stores and online July 26 as the next single off her album overseas. The new single here in the States is "Lay It On Me" featuring Big Sean. The song leaked out awhile back and had been remastered with an extra verse from Big Sean. I'm not sure when the song will go for ads but current song; "Motivation" is still going strong and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

I just heard a radio interview with Trina and she mentioned that she has a new record label. A new album would surface later this year and she is about to film a video for her newest single; &quo…

Amy Winehouse Found Dead In Home

Yes this news broke out yesterday(July 23) but I was out and about and haven't been able to really comment on this story. Plus I had some other blog posts already scheduled prior to this.

It is truly a sad loss and I'm shocked myself. I was a really big fan of Amy's 2006 album; "Back To Black". If you didn't know the details of her death; read below:

Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London, it has been reported.

The Back To Black singer was apparently found at 4pm and her death is believed to be unexplained.

Winehouse had been seen with her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield earlier this week as the teenager took to the stage at the iTunes festival.
Passing: Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home this afternoon

Passing: Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home this afternoon

While she didn't perform any tracks, Winehouse apparently begged the crowds to buy Dionne's album.

A source said: 'Amy staggered onstage and grabbed the mic to …

Album Of The Day: Trina - Da Baddest Bitch

Off Glass
Ball With Me
I Don't Need U
Da Baddest Bitch
Ain't Shit
69 Ways

This album introduced us to Trina as "Da Baddest Bitch" which became her moniker. The album features the singles; "Pull Over" as well as the title track. Nasty, raw, brash, and in your face; Trina's debut is everything you'd expect out of a typical female rapper's debut.

Keyshia Cole Returns To Reality TV With New Show

Keyshia Cole will return to reality television after three successful season at BET. According to Cole, the new show is being executive produced by herself, her husband Daniel Gibson and TV executive James Dubose and it will document the newly weds relationship and their wedding.

"Omw to vegas tomorrow with Gib dj and both the fams to shoot the first week of our new reality show," Cole wrote on Twitter. "Countdown to the BIG WEDDING."

In addition to following the Gibsons as they prepare for their big day, Cole also says the show will document the recording of her next studio album.

Cole's three seasons on "The Way It Is" at BET focused on creating music, touring and family life, which turned her mother Frankie and sister Neffe into reality television stars as well.

Her reality TV shows has a large and loyal following; the second season of 'The Way It Is' premiered to record breaking ratings for BET. The program is the top returning s…

Drake Reveals More On Upcoming Album

Though we still have three months(October 24) until the release of the new Drake album; Drake can't help but spill the beans on the new album. Check it out!

Drake took hip-hop by storm with his platinum-selling debut. But he’s not letting the success get to his head. The Canadian rapper returned home to record his sophomore album Take Care, and offered a sneak peek into the low-key recording sessions.

Young Money’s breakout star invited Rolling Stone to preview several tracks in various stages of completion. “I hate singles. … With this album, I want to tell a whole story,” explained the 24-year-old of the follow-up to Thank Me Later. “I don’t want people to just hear a piece and judge the album on that.”

He has been recording in longtime producer Noah “40″ Shebib’s studio in Toronto. “This is home,” he said. “If I’m in a big expensive studio, it starts messing with my head about what kind of music I should be making.”

With his second offering, he’s taking it slow and delv…

Syleena Johnson - Boss - Video

Syleena Johnson is back with a new single and video as well as her fifth album; "Chapter V: Underrated". I'm not sure when the album is coming out but very soon I suspect. I'm not really feeling this song and when it first leaked out; it didn't get the best reception and Syleena was mad at fans for not embracing the song. Hey! They were just being honest though.

Drake's New Single Title Revealed

Although his new album; "Take Care" won't be out until October; Drake has revealed the name of the official first single; "Headlines". The song is said to debut any day now.

Drake has had quite a few songs leak including "Marvin's Room" which was not only a Trending Topic on twitter but also remade by several choice artists. Drake even got mad at label Universal for pulling the plug on some of the leaked material.

Jay-Z and Kanye West will release their duet album; "Watch The Throne" now on Monday; August 8. The album features the singles; " Lift Off" featuring Beyonce, "H.A.M." and the recently leaked; "Otis".

Personally I don't get the hype about this album and I'm not sure if I will be exactly checking it out. Jay-Z and these duet albums. I just hope this one doesn't end up like the R. Kelly one; well the second one anyway.

Lil' Wayne has finally revealed the Deluxe Edition tracklisting for hi…

Beyonce Speaks On New Album Reception

The reviews for Beyonces's newest album; "4" may be mixed among fans but critics for the most part have taken a liking to the album. Read below what Beyonce has to say about the critics and reception of the "4" album!

Beyoncé topped the worldwide charts with her latest album 4, but she didn’t have No. 1 in mind when she recorded it. The pop powerhouse reveals that she was aiming to appease her critics with her latest effort.

While most artists may denounce their critics or not read reviews at all, the singer paid close attention to what reviewers were saying. “I really wanted to make a great body of work and a great classic album, and I focused more on the music from beginning to end,” she told “Access Hollywood.”

“I really wanted to get the critical acclaim. I feel like the longer I do this—I’ve been doing it for 15 years now—No. 1s are amazing, but to see some of the comments that the Rolling Stones and The New York Times and all of these credible, amazing, real…

Young Jeezy Sets His Sights On Kelly Rowland

Young Jeezy has his eye on Kelly Rowland. During a visit to Angie Martinez’s radio show, the rapper shared his affection for the “Motivation” songstress.

The Hot 97 host suggested Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan as a possible girlfriend, but the eligible bachelor had another star in mind. “If you saw me on a yacht with Kelly Rowland, I might be doing all right,” he shared. “I’ma give her some motivation.”

Jeezy, who premiered his new TM103 single “Shake Life” on-air, was not shy about his fondness for the sexy singer. “I like that for me,” he added. “I feel like I’m Mr. Motivation. Work that thing out, super remix.”

Could Kelly be wifey material? “I know I gotta get me one. I gotta put something up,” said Jeezy, who is looking for the right woman to settle down with.

Do you think Jeezy and Kelly would make a good couple?

Throwback Video: Janet - So Excited

"So Excited" was the second single from Janet's "20 Y.O" album which was released back in 2006. The song also features Khia; who has been upset with Janet ever since for not having in the video more and some other reasons.

Janet is currently touring and plans to head to the States really soon if she hasn't already.

Album Of The Day: Amerie - Touch

Like It Used To Be
Come With Me
Rolling Down My Face
Not The Only One
Talkin' About

"Touch" was the second album from Amerie and it featured the hit single; "1 Thing". The title track was also released featuring a rap from T.I. which was different from the album version. The album is very good in my opinion and I think was overlooked. After this though; Amerie lost me with her other albums.

50 Cent Speaks On Delayed Album

We been reading and hearing a lot about 50 Cent's upcoming album. Well what exactly is the hold up? Read more below to find out what has 50 Cent actually taking his time on this album.

50 Cent has been taking his time with his untitled fifth solo album, a tactic that’s allowed him to better focus on his material. During a press conference at the Festival de Casablanca 2011, Fif explained that he was always racing to meet deadlines with previous albums, but took the Eminem and Dr. Dre approach with this LP.

“I’ve worked longer on this album than any of my other projects. I’ve had the opportunity to evaluate the things that I created initially, and go back and revamp things and change things around a bit,” he said. “Both Em and Dre have had opportunities to critique themselves, when I was always on the shot clock. So this time, I get a chance to really make sure I feel like it’s going to be the right music for this time period.”

Like with his debut Get Rich or Die Tryin',…

Boyz II Men Celebrate 20th Anniversary With New Album

I can't believe its been 20 years since Boyz II Men debuted. I remember my sister coming home with their cassette and playing it in our speaker. I remember there was a lot of hype around their debut. Read more below about their upcoming album and their reuniting with some of the very producers who are responsible for their many hits!

Diamond selling- multiplatinum Grammy winning group, Boyz II Men will celebrate 20 hit making years with their brand new album Twenty. The double CD album set will contain 10 brand new songs plus 10 newly recorded and updated versions of Boyz II Men classics, including “End Of The Road,” “I’ll Make Love To You,” and “Bended Knee,” amongst others that spawned the birth of one of the most successful singing groups of all time.

As newly announced inductees to receive their star on the world famous “Hollywood Walk Of Fame,” Boyz II Men will be releasing their NEW STUDIO ALBUM simply titled “Twenty,” which will feature brand new material for the fir…

R. Kelly Has Emergency Surgery

R&B superstar R. Kelly will be laid up for an indefinite amount of time after undergoing an emergency procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital yesterday to drain an abscess on one of his tonsils.

Kelly had visited a throat specialist earlier in the day complaining of severe throat pain. Following a preliminary exam, he was rushed to Northwestern Memorial for the procedure.

It is not known when the multi-platinum recording star, who just completed the U.S. leg of his worldwide “Love Letter” Tour, will be able to resume performing.
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DMX Wants To Collaborate With T.I.

Even though T.I. has yet to get out of jail himself; DMX(who recently got out of jail) wants to collaborate. DMX is hoping to get back in the studio and record a new album and hopefully keep himself out of trouble.

I remember DMX came back on while I was in high school and everyone was crazy about him at the time. It's funny how times have changed.

Rihanna will release "Cheers" as the final single from her album; "Loud" before she embarks on releasing a re-release of the album. I mean I still don't see why she plans to re-release the album though. She might as well just do a new one in my opinion.

Lloyd's "Dedication To My Ex(Miss That)" is the newest single from his recently released album; "King Of Hearts". The song features Lil' Wayne & Andre 3000. I hear the song just went to radio.

I thought the song was rather corny upon listening and I really didn't care for his album. I was expecting a lot more from it.

Trey Songz To Star In Texas Chainsaw Massacre Remake

Trey Songz looks to finally be making the transition from singer to actor as he will star in the remake of the horror classic. Read more below:

Leatherface has found his latest target – Grammy-nominated R&B artist Trey Songz.

Songz has signed to play one of the leads in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, the latest reimagining of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic about a group of teens who run into a family of cannibals in Texas.

Songz will play the male lead and the boyfriend of the previously-cast Alexandra Daddario in the Millennium/Nu Image pic, which will be released on October 5, 2012 by Lionsgate.

Chainsaw will be Songz’s big screen acting debut — the part allows the budding thespian to be physical, romantic and heroic.

John Luessenhop (Takers) is directing the pic, which was written by Adam Marcus and Debra Sullivan. Kirsten Elms and Luessenhop did polish work on it.

The horror movie shoots later this month in Shreveport, Louisiana. Producers are hoping to not only reboot the franc…

Jeff Bhasker Disses Kelly Rowland's Motivation

Either you've heard of him or you haven't but chances are he's been involved in a song you like very much. While he's not producing and writing hits for others; he is trashing artists like Kelly Rowland on twitter. Of course they had to add Beyonce to this since he produced for her; but she really has nothing to do with this. Read below:

Beyonce's Grammy award-winning producer Jeff Bhasker has taken to Twitter to trash Kelly Rowland's song 'Motivation.'

"How can this kr song with the weakest beat and melody of all time be the #1 song on urban!? Oh yeah. Wayne," Bhasker tweeted, aiming his barb at the track's guest artist Lil Wayne.

A little while later, Bhasker delivered a critical follow-up tweet to his 4,000 followers and made things personal: "I just listened to Motivation again to see if I was to harsh in my critique. I wasn't. The lyrics are horrid as well."

Aside from Beyonce, the Grammy-winning producer has worked w…

Drake Opens Up About New Album Release

Currently working on the follow-up to last year’s Thank Me Later, Drake recently chopped it up with Headkrack about what listeners can expect on Take Care. During the interview, the former Degrassi star explained that he wants to get back into acting after dropping the new LP in October, and that fans will be hearing a new side of him on the album.

“I think I finally have a grasp on who I am and who I want to be. I’m just really talking that shit, that shit I’m really saying what I feel,” he said. “The goal for me, this album, was to dig even deeper. Like somebody told me, ‘I love your lyrics, but it’s almost like I know there’s more. I feel like you’re giving circus raps and people are taking them as the deepest thoughts ever.’ So what I did for this album was to capture this moment in time at the most honest place I can. However it ends up, I’m ready for the world right now.”

He likened the sound of the new album to his tracks “Fear” and “9 A.M. in Dallas,” explaining that it has more…

Throwback Video: Mya - My Love Is Like Wo

Mya released "My Love Is Like Wo" as the first video and single from her 2003 album; "Mood Ring". The song was produced by Missy Elliott who can hear on background vocals.

I'm not sure what Mya has been up to lately but a few months ago she did release an album overseas. I take it she's done release music here. She kind of fell off after her "Liberation" album was never released here in the States.

Nicki Minaj Leaked Song Mirrors Death Of Cousin

I read this and got myself all freaked out over these claims. I mean it is pretty believable but also it goes to show that when people have a lot of time on their hands; they come up with some stuff. Read more below:

Just days after Nicki Minaj's cousin was killed, a Nicki track called "We Miss You" leaked online with lyrics that address the murder of someone close to her. As the rapper noted online shortly after the song hit the Web, however, "We Miss You" was recorded nearly 12 months earlier.

"Tho the lyrics of "We Miss You" eerily depict the circumstances surrounding my cousin's death, I wrote & recorded that song on 5/24/2010," she tweeted. "It was sent to Mariah Carey & Keyshia Cole over a year ago for a possible feature. It didn't make Pink Friday due to clearance issues. It's an unauthorized leak."

Minaj then thanked her fans for their support in the wake of the tragic news: "Thank u ALL for …

Monica's Wedding Behind The Scenes Video

I been reading quite a bit about Monica's wedding and how nice it was and now I get to see it; as well as you if you haven't. Plenty of stars were in attendance and Monica talked exclusively about her last moment thoughts, her money, and that dress.

Beyonce's Fans Take Over Target

Last month Beyonce released a deluxe version of her album; "4" to Target and her dedicated fans being the fans they are took over the store doing the choreography for the song; "End Of Time" which is my favorite.

50 Cent Unveils New Single Cover

50 Cent's "Outlaw" will be available on iTunes starting today! I believe this is the first single from his upcoming album which was at one point titled; "Black Magic".

Album Of The Day: SWV - New Beginning

You're The One
Whatcha Need
Use Your Heart
Fine Time
Where Is The Love(Interlude)
That's What I'm Here For
Don't Waste Your Time
Use Your Heart(Interlude)
I'm So In Love

"New Beginning" was the second album from SWV and it came four years after their 1992 debut; "Its About Time". The album contained the hit singles; "Use Your Heart" and "You're The One".

Ameriie Reveals First Single From Upcoming Album

Though the album; "Cymatika Vol. 1" isn't due in stores until Spring 2012; the singer is already discussing the album and its first single; "Firestarter" which is based on the movie starring Drew Barrymore.

The album; I believe is much like a concept album and if you know anything about those; they are kind of hit and miss. Ameriie is someone who goes left anyway but I feel like she is trying to hard to be different nowadays. I'm just not feeling it. Anyway congrats to her again cause she did just get married to Lenny Nicholson who was her A&R.

Miguel will release; "Girls Like You" as the 4th single from album; "All I Want Is You" which is in stores and online now. Even though his current single; "Quickie" is climbing up the charts; the news about the upcoming single had been revealed as well.

Robin Thicke has revealed that he is working on his fifth album. This time the singer plans to collaborate again with Pharrell Williams…

Lil' Wayne Bans Alcohol Backstage On His Tour

Maybe T.I. can look to Lil Wayne for advice on how to stay out of the pen, because it appears Lil Wayne is serious about his government-mandated sobriety.

TMZ reports that Wayne, who is banned from consuming alcohol until 2013, has instituted a zero-tolerance no-alcohol policy backstage and on his tour bus.

A rep for Weezy's "I Am Still Music Tour" says that the concerts have "a dry backstage as we are committed to keeping a safe and professional atmosphere to ensure a smoothly running tour."

"There is no ban on alcohol served at the venue," added the rep.

Wayne was sentenced last November to a three-year probation that prevents him from using drugs or alcohol, in addition to associating knowingly with any person engaged in criminal activities.

Throwback Video: Mary J. Blige - Enough Cryin'

I remember liking this song when I instantly heard it as was the same with most people. Now the video is another story but it is today's Throwback Video. A lot of people didn't like the video and its lack of direction. People felt like the video should had a story much like the song but it is what it is. Looking back on it though; it is pretty bad. That didn't stop sales of the song or the album; "The Breakthrough" which sold three million here in the States.

Album Of The Day: Alicia Keys - The Diary Of Alicia Keys

If I Ain't Got You
So Simple
Dragon Days
Diary
Slow Down
Feeling U, Feeling Me(Interlude)

This is my favorite album of Alicia Keys'. The others I really never really got into. This album contains the hit singles; "Diary" and "You Don't Know My Name".

Drake Cancels Peformance Due To Death In Family

Drake has canceled his concert stop tonight (July 16) in Orlando, Florida, due to a death in the family.

A rep for the Toronto emcee issued the following statement:

"We regret to announce that Drake will not be able to take the stage at Universal Orlando Resort due to a death in the family. He hopes that his fans understand the situation he finds himself in and know that he fully intends to return to the area in the future. He thanks Universal Orlando Resort and his fans for their continued support."

Universal Orlando Resort informed fans that there would be no substitute performance.

Currently, the rapper is working on his upcoming album, Take Care.

Album Of The Day: Foxy Brown - Broken Silence

I Don't Care
So Hot
730
The Letter
Candy
Run Dem
Run Yo Shit
Gangsta Boogie
'Bout My Paper

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Foxy Brown's "Broken Silence" album. The album went Gold and featured the singles; "Oh Yeah", "Candy", and "Tables Will Turn". The album has been labeled a classic and its definitely worth checking out if you haven't.

Lil' Wayne Reveals The Carter IV Deluxe Edition Album Cover

No word yet on the tracklisting for this and/or how many extra songs this will include. The album is slated to be in stores and online August 29.

BEP Break Up, Nicki's Fight, Tyrese Called Out

The Black Eyed Peas were performing overseas when Fergie announced that the group was going their separate ways. She did insist that would regroup again at a later time. Right now the individuals will focus on their solo projects. Lead member will.i.am confirmed the news on his twitter as well.

I mean I don't know how I feel about this. I wasn't that big of a fan. I mean I respected what they did but I was never on them like that. They do have quite a legion of fans so I'm sure they are disappointed.

After that little brawl that Nicki Minaj had with her hype man; the police report had been revealed. It shows that Nicki Minaj's age is 28 and not 25 as previously claimed. Nicki is older than me! I can't believe it! Then again most musicians(women) lie about their age anyway.

I remember Lil' Kim was saying that Nicki was older than she claimed. Guess she was right!

Meanwhile Nicki still stands by her claim that she wasn't "punched" or "slapped"…

50 Cent Speaks Out On Kelly Rowland's Recent Success

50 Cent loves to talk about other people and its usually just him stating his opinion; good or bad. He had nothing but kind words to say regarding Kelly Rowland and her success. Read more below:

50 Cent loves music, but like everyone, he has tailored tastes. While on the set of Tony Yayo’s video for “Haters” in Atlanta last week, 50 ran through some of his favorite songs of the moment with MTV News. In addition to Big Sean’s “My Last” and Frank Ocean’s “Novacane,” Fif is waving the flag for former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, counting her hit record “Motivation” as one of his faves.

“I’m so happy Kelly got that hit record. She’s due; she’s so due. She’s the most underrated female soloist in the game, and it’s finally time for her,” 50 told MTV News.

The G-Unit General pointed to Rowland’s international appeal. “Commander” with David Guetta was a huge hit in the U.K. but not necessarily in the United States. It was her buzz overseas that made Fif cast Kelly as his co-s…

Lil' Kim Kicked Off Monica's New Single

You may have heard the story or you probably haven't. Lil' Kim unexpectedly found herself missing from the new Monica in which she's featured. Read more below for the story that has everyone talking:

Monica is standing up for Lil’ Kim after the rapper’s verse was unexpectedly removed from her new single “Anything (To Find You).”

When the Notorious B.I.G.-sampled song made its debut at No. 71 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week, Kim’s name was nowhere in sight. A rep for Monica’s label J Records tells Billboard.com that the raptress was cut entirely from the official version due to contractual issues.

Monica took to Twitter to express her disappointment and vowed to get her friend back on the song. “I am just finding out what has happened to my single and myself & Missy are beyond hurt that @LilKim was removed,” tweeted Monica. “She’s our friend, a legend & @LilKim will get the respect she deserves at all cost. The clearance was revoked &a…

Chris Brown Performs Forever On Today Show

People are going crazy about Chris Brown's appearance on the "Today" show. Just goes to show that people go crazy over anything nowadays. I just don't see what the big deal was. Artists peform on the "Today" show all the time. I will say it was nice seeing Chris looking more presentable cause as of late it had been the total opposite.



If you didn't know "Wet The Bed" featuring Ludacris is the next single off Chris Brown's "F.A.M.E." album.

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony Divorce

This definitely came out of nowhere but this just goes to show; what looks good on the outside doesn't mean its good on the inside. Read more below:

After seven years of marriage, it's over for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.

"We have decided to end our marriage," they tell PEOPLE exclusively in a joint statement. "This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters."

"It is a painful time for all involved," the statement continues, "and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time."

Lopez, 41, and Anthony, 42, wed in June 2004 in a casual – and secret – ceremony at Lopez's Beverly Hills home.

They have two children, 3-year-old twins Max and Emme.

Lil' Boosie Accused Of Smuggling Drugs Into Prison

Simply ridiculous is all I can really say about this. Read more below:

Lil Boosie was indicted yesterday and accused of trying to smuggle codeine into a second state prison. According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, the 28-year-old tried to get the drugs into the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

The indictment stems from an arrest on May 25th by Louisiana State Police. The arresting officers claim that Boosie was working with two local men - Titus Franklin and Arthur Stewart - to get codeine into the prison. Both men were indicted alongside Boosie, who was indicted on "one count of criminal conspiracy to take contraband to and from a penal institution and another count of inciting a felony. The penalties could add an additional two to four years to Boosie's sentence.

The indictment is another blow to Boosie, who is currently awaiting trial on his first-degree murder charge. The District Attorney's Office is currently undecided on whether to seek the death pe…

Lil' Wayne Retracts Retirement Statements

Looks like Lil' Wayne has had a change of heart; well for now at least. Now the emcee is reconsidering statements he made regarding his impending retirement. Read more below:

After hinting that Tha Carter IV might be his last album, Lil Wayne is backpedaling on his statements. Speaking with MTV News, Weezy explained that he’s “not sure” when he’ll duck out from the game, but promises that he won’t drag it through the years like some of his peers have done.

“I'm not sure; I'm not gonna Brett Favre y'all," he said. "I'm not gonna draw it all the way out the whole year: 'We wondering, is Wayne gonna do this?' But the honest answer is I don't know."

Wayne, who just dropped his new mixtape Sorry 4 the Wait , explains that he’s content with where he’s at in his life and would prefer to focus as much on parenting as he does on his career.

"I'm so settled in my life right now," he told us. "I have my kids; they're wond…

Throwback Video: Pebbles - Girlfriend

I took it way back today. I believe this was released in 1988. I was only four years old at the time. Pebbles had a few hits back in the day and this is one of them. She was once married to L.A. Reid and once managed TLC. Her fallout with TLC caused her to leave the music industry for good.

Album Of The Day: Blu Cantrell - Bittersweet

I Love You
No Place Like Home
Let Her Go
Make Me Wanna Scream
Don't Wanna Say Goodbye
Unhappy
Holding On To Love

Blu Cantrell released her sophomore album; "Bittersweet" in 2003. Sadly the album was overlooked but its still a grown and sexy affair. The lead single; "Breathe" didn't do much here in the states but went #1 in the UK.

D'Angelo Back At Work On New Album

D'Angelo is reportedly back at work on his new long awaited album that has been in the work for over 10 years. Read more about it below:

Reclusive R&B star D'Angelo is apparently back at work on his decade-plus-in-the-making third album. A studio session took place in New York late last night with two longtime D'Angelo collaborators, Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and bassist Pino Palladino, as well as producer/engineer Russell Elevado, according to posts from Questlove on Twitter.

"Most people use midnight as a time to sleep. others are working on their 11 year followup. this of course being hour number one," wrote the drummer.

The album, which was at one point provisionally titled "James River," is being eyed for release before the end of the year through J Records, according to a source, but could move to early 2012 depending on when it is finally turned in. It will be D'Angelo's long-awaited follow-up to the 2…

Throwback Video: Toni Braxton - Just Be A Man About It

Released in 2000; "Just Be A Man About It" was the second single from Toni Braxton's double platinum album; "The Heat". Obviously Toni had a thing with men at the point since not only this single but the first one; "He Wasn't Man Enough" both contained the words "man" in them. Cameos by Dr. Dre and Q-Tip in an otherwise shocking conclusion.

Foxy Brown Suing New York City For 100 Million Dollars

I can't believe it myself but that's what the story is saying. 100 million dollars? Good luck in getting that much! Read more below:

Brooklyn rapper Foxy Brown has apparently not had enough of New York courtrooms, because she is planning on filing a $100 million lawsuit against the city.

Foxy Brown's lawyer Salvatore Strazzullo told the New York Post that he was planning on filing the lawsuit against New York City, claiming the rapper was treated “maliciously” by the Assistant District Attorney's office.

Yesterday (July 13th), a judge dismissed one charge of violating an order of protection, after Foxy's rival/accuser, Arlene Raymond refused to testify against her.

Brown, born Inga Marchand, served eight months on Rikers Island in 2008, for violating the terms of her 2004 probation by taking a trip to Florida from New York without court permission.

The rapper was also sentenced to the time on Rikers for a July 2007 encounter with Raymond, that res…

R. Kelly's Home Facing Foreclosure

Who would think R. Kelly would be having money problems but then again if you think about all the money he's been dishing to lawyers; you'd understand why. Read more below:

If R. Kelly can remember the lyrics to all 22 chapters of "Trapped in the Closet," could he have conceivably forgotten to pay the mortgage on his home? According to a legal complaint filed last month in a Chicago court (via Crain's Chicago Business), the R&B singer (born Robert Kelly) hasn't made a monthly payment since June 2010 on the 11,140-square-foot mansion he built 11 years ago. J. P. Morgan Chase Bank has filed a $2.9 million foreclosure suit for Kelly's failure to pony up on the original $3.5 million loan, which was issued in 1999.

A source tells Crain's Kelly stopped living in the Maros Lane mansion in Olympia Fields, Illinois, a year ago and halted payments intentionally to encourage the bank to renegotiate the terms of the loan. If so, that plan didn't w…

Wyclef Jean Readies New Album Release

I can't believe this is about to be Wyclef's ninth album. I never followed his solo career like that but that's quite a bit. Given how long The Fugees have been broken up; it makes sense. Still most artists with nine albums would usually span decades given the snail pace of time between albums. Anyway you can read more about Wyclef's upcoming album below:

Wyclef Jean is stepping back into his solo shoes with the announcement of his upcoming album Feel Good Music. Speaking with MTV News, the former Fugee explained that his ninth solo release will be mostly upbeat and that it’ll have listeners feeling good.

“The album is going to be called Feel Good Music and I'm just taking my time," he said. "My albums, you have to listen to them from beginning to end. It's going to be like a stage play, but it's definitely gonna feel good."

Though no release date is in place, ‘Clef is focusing on his new single “La Historia,” a Latin-influenced tune used …

Nicki Minaj Involved In Hotel Scuffle

Nicki Minaj was struck in the "lower lip" according to reports while staying at a hotel. Nicki took to her twitter and denied the claims. You can read more below:

Rapper Nicki Minaj told authorities she was "struck" in the lower lip by a man ... During a heated argument at a swanky Dallas, TX hotel last night ... Law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

TMZ has learned ... Minaj was hanging out at the pool at the fancy Palomar Hotel when she got into a very intense verbal spat with an unidentified man she was staying with.

Nicki told a hotel employee to call police ... While the man went to their hotel room. Nicki followed soon after.

When cops and paramedics arrived, Nicki told authorities their poolside fight continued inside of their room ... And the man hit her in her lower lip.

The man had already left the scene when cops arrived ... But Nicki insisted she did NOT want to press charges. Nicki also claimed she was NOT in a relationship with the alleged attacker.

Co…

Foxy Brown Violation Charges Dropped

Awhile back Foxy Brown was accused of violating her probation when she allegedly mooned her neighbor. Well Foxy appeared in court yesterday and to her surprise; the charges were dropped. Read more below about this:

Foxy Brown flashes a thumbs-up as she leaves a New York court on Tuesday. The criminal case against the rapper was dropped after the victim refused to testify..

The Brooklyn district attorney's criminal case against Foxy Brown collapsed Tuesday after the victim refused to testify that she was mooned by the rap diva.

Brown, 32, whose real name is Inga Marchand, hugged her lawyers after Justice John Walsh dismissed the misdemeanor charge of violating an order of protection.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Isdith said complainant Arlene Raymond told him late last week that she did not want to take the stand at the trial scheduled to begin Tuesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

A source familiar with the case said Raymond told prosecutors that her lawyer had concluded th…

Album Of The Day: Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston

You Give Good Love
Thinking About You
Someone For Me
Saving All My Love For You
Greatest Love Of All

Most of us weren't even born when this was released; I was. I was just a year old though. This album would become a part of my life years down the line though. It wasn't very long ago when I revisited this album as an adult. I truly didn't get the fuss about it but there's usually a lot of hype regarding a lot of singer's debut albums; this one is no exception.

Throwback Video: Kelis - Young, Fresh N' New

Kelis released the video and single from her second album; "Wanderland" which didn't see release in the US. Technically her second album in the US was "Tasty" which is one of my favorites. I discovered this song years down the line after liking "Tasty" so much.

I think Kelis should reunite with The Neptunes. I was reading some comments regarding this very video on YouTube and Kelis' music does suck really bad now.

Cassie Appears On BLANK Magazine

As most of the time; this is my first time hearing of this magazine then again I'm no big magazine reader like that. I did read that the magazine is New York based and features many of the fashion trends of today.

Cassie appears on the cover and I think she should devote her time if not all to modeling and forget the music. Sorry its not going anywhere. She had a little cult following at one point but she disappointed fans with several less than stellar performances.

Lil' Wayne Finally Completes New Album

After numerous pushbacks; Lil' Wayne claims to be done with his "The Carter IV" album. Read more below as he talks about the inspiration behind his new hit single:

"The album is done and it'll be out August 29. It's totally done," said Wayne an in interview with MTV News.

The rapper also spoke about his almost entirely-acoustic track "How To Love," which he says found its inspiration from an unlikely source: Tupac.

"That song is just sweeping the world. It's touching every woman, that's what it was for," explained Weezy. "It was like Tupac had 'Keep Ya Head Up' and it was a message to women and little girls across the world just to keep your head up even though things are hard. That's what my song was."

"A lot of women don't know how to love because there's deep reasons for them not knowing how to love."

Bow Wow Reveals New Album Release Date

After finally admitting to fathering a baby girl with a video vixen; Bow Wow has revealed November 1 as the new release date for his new album; "Underrated". Bow Wow revealed the news through his twitter account also mentioning "YMCMB" which stands for "Young Money Cash Money Baby"; I'm assuming.

I thought I remember reading that Bow had been dropped from Cash Money but apparently not. Guess it goes to show you can't believe everything you read; not even this! Ha!

Lil' Kim turned 36 today(July 11). The rapper also released a promo pic of herself with news of a new single; "Looks Like Money" impacting soon as well as an extended version of her verse of Monica's new song; "Anything(To Find You)".

With all the bad press Lil' Kim has had in the last few months; she definitely has to bring it! Let's see if she does.

Wale has been added to the many collaborators on Game's upcoming album; "The Red Album" in s…

Mary J. Blige Opens Up On New Album

We don't get much info here on Mary's new album but we definitely get a little insight. Check it out below:

Mary J. Blige was a troubled 23-year-old when she dropped her classic My Life album. On the surface, she was "ghetto fabulous" — draped in high-priced, '90s-era DKNY duds and oversize Versace glasses — but beneath the veneer, the Queen of hip-hop soul was broken, abusing drugs and swept up in one bad romance after another.

Being too young and too raw to tell anything but the truth, the girl from the Schlobohm housing projects in Yonkers, New York, poured all that turmoil into her sophomore album and then watched as tracks like "Be Happy" and "I'm Going Down" slow-strutted up the charts to the tune of more than 3 million albums sold. Now, 16 years (and several Grammys and platinum plaques) later, MJB plans to revisit her enduring second disc with the release of My Life Too: The Journey Continues, due in October.

"It's…

Toni Braxton's Grammy Awards Up For Bankruptcy

Toni Braxton's money troubles continue as info regarding her latest bankruptcy has been revealed and this time her coveted Grammy Awards may be up for auction as I believe it. You can read more below:

The organization that hands out Grammy awards to musicians is taking the mic to speak up in Toni Braxton’s bankruptcy out of concern that the R&B and pop singer’s six awards could one day be sold.

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Inc., or NARAS, on Tuesday filed its response to a deal Braxton struck to ensure she gets to keep possession of such prized possessions as the Grammys as well as her Tiffany jewelry and 1995 Porsche 911. But if Braxton doesn’t pay $125,000 to her creditors, the trustee overseeing her bankruptcy liquidation can seize and sell the property covered by the agreement.

According to NARAS, the deal doesn’t adequately make it clear that Braxton’s Grammys can’t be sold without the organization’s consent. The annual awards, which NARAS has been h…

Beyonce's Father Accused Of Stealing

...from her that is. You can read more about the hoopla below:

Beyonce's dad has filed legal papers which now explain why the singer fired him as her manager -- he claims she's under the impression he stole lots of money from her, and say it's a bad rap.

In the documents -- obtained by TMZ -- Mathew Knowles claims Live Nation Entertainment wanted desperately to sink its fangs into Beyonce's 2011 world tour. According to the docs, Mathew claims Live Nation told Beyonce that Mathew "had stolen money from Beyonce on her most recent tour or otherwise taken funds that [he] was not entitled to."

Mathew claims Live Nation was effective, because Beyonce had her law firm conduct an audit, and the law firm concluded Mathew had indeed pilfered money from her. Beyonce then fired him.

Mathew claims after he was canned, Beyonce hired a manager who had worked as a former exec at Live Nation and maintained a relationship with the company.

Mathew insists the theft …