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Rihanna's 'Umbrella' Won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at 50th Grammys

February 11, 2008 03:43:51 GMT


Rihanna who lost in the four categories she was nominated in, finally took the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration through her big hit "Umbrella" that features Jay-Z. The single is also nominated for Record of the Year which is yet to be announced.

Earlier, Vince Gill's "These Days" took the Best Country Album while Foo Fighters' "Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace" won the Best Rock Album. Approaching the end of the show, the 50th Grammy Awards let out the winners of best albums in several music genres before moving on with the coveted Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

Best Rap Album for Kanye West at 50th Grammys

February 11, 2008 03:10:57 GMT


Kanye West, as the biggest nominee at the 50th Grammy Awards, brought home the fourth winning through his latest effort "Graduation". The album was named Best Rap Album and is still waiting whether it will also come out as the winner of Album of the Year.

"We basically made this our new place of residence," West said of his win. He also earlier went up the podium to get his statuettes after winning Best Rap Solo Performance for "Stronger" and Best Rap Song for "Good Life" which are both taken from "Graduation". He also shares a nod with Common on the track "Southside" that is named Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.

Amy Winehouse's 'Rehab' Won Song of the Year at 50th Grammys

February 11, 2008 02:35:39 GMT


More awards are given out at the 50th Grammy Awards as the night approaches. Named Song of the Year is "Rehab", the claim to fame biographical single from Amy Winehouse. With the win, Winehouse has so far garnered four nods, making her the lead winner at the prestigious music event.

The British singer who is unable to attend the Los Angeles ceremony, has earlier pocketed Best New Artist, Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Rehab" and Best Pop Vocal Album for "Back to Black". Two more coveted titles Record of the Year and Album of the Year also have her name among their nominees.

Amy Winehouse, Best New Artist at 50th Grammys

February 11, 2008 01:59:53 GMT


The 50th Annual Grammy Awards taking place at Los Angeles' Staples Center has started giving away its statuettes. Amy Winehouse, despite her absence from the event, garnered early winning by taking home the Female Pop Performance for "Rehab".

Winehouse's second winning meanwhile, granted her the nod of Best Pop Vocal Album for "Back to Black". Also, the latest she got is Best New Artist. Justin Timberlake on the other hand is also catching up by taking the Male Pop Vocal Performance for "What Goes Around...Comes Around". He also nabbed Best Dance Recording for "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows", sharing it with producer Danja, Timbaland and Jimmy Douglass.

U.K.'s Breakthrough Artist Natalia to Release Debut Single

February 09, 2008 07:57:15 GMT


U.K.'s new act Natalia is set to launch her music career through a brand new single called "Pretty Like Me". The rock/soul singer will on February 25, release the debut single which is available for pre-order at HMV.

"Pretty Like Me" features mixes from Bimbo Jones who previously worked with Ciara and Usher. On her MySpace page, Natalia describes the song as "a reaction to the pressure forced on women to look a certain way and confronts how girls can be subject to bullying for not conforming to an ideal."

Disappointed at Industry, KISS Not Writing New Album


February 09, 2008 05:11:54 GMT


Despite mapping out extensive tour for May and June this year, KISS have thrown away the idea of showcasing a new material on stage. Frontman Gene Simmons have confirmed that there will be no new album from the rock band because he was disappointed at today's industry.

"There's no new Kiss material because there's no record industry," Simmons said. "Any band who tries to do new material is trying to climb a slippery mountain. Every day record companies are folding. It'd be nice to have new Kiss songs, but what's the business model? Do you just put songs on the Internet for free? Then what?”

Pregnant Gwen Stefani Refuses to Tour With No Doubt

February 09, 2008 04:51:33 GMT


With their lead singer Gwen Stefani carrying a bun in the oven, No Doubt have to throw back its plan to tour for their new album. Stefani reportedly is not keen on jumping on the stage while she is pregnant with her second child.

"She's going to write a record," an insider told OK Magazine. "But she has doubts about going onstage again while pregnant - too much can go wrong." The singer carried her 20-month-old son Kingston while touring for her latest effort, "The Sweet Escape" and reportedly is not wishing for the same condition with the second one.

For 2008 Bonnaroo: Lez Zeppelin, NOT Led Zeppelin

February 09, 2008 04:20:49 GMT


Mind the one alphabet difference, Led Zeppelin will not headline Bonnaroo Festival this year but Lez Zeppelin will. The latter is an all-female band from New York City that perform the work of Led Zeppelin in tribute to the British band.

The mistake that was reported heavily on several media earlier this week was prompted by the rumors that had been circulating at the first place that Led Zeppelin will perform their reunion gig Stateside at the festival that is held June 12-15 in Manchester, Tennessee.

Amy Winehouse Granted Visa but Too Late for Grammys

February 09, 2008 03:28:43 GMT


U.S. Embassy in London had reversed their decision to deny Amy Winehouse a visa to the States. The singer is now having an access to the country but still won't attend the 50th Grammys in Los Angeles where she is nominated for six nods, because it's too late.

On Thursday, February 7, the British act was denied a visa to U.S., prompting organizers for the Grammys ceremony which is held on February 10 to prepare an alternative that enables her to perform via satellite. The plan is kept even when the singer has been granted the visa 24 hours later.

Timbaland to Release Mobile-Only Singles With Verizon

February 09, 2008 03:10:36 GMT


More and more new ways are introduced to make it easier for music lovers to play their songs anywhere. A major deal between Timbaland and Verizon Wireless will enable subscribers of V Cast, Verizon's mobile entertainment service, to listen to the rapper's new songs through their mobile phone.

The producer slash rapper team up with Verizon to create the first ever "mobile album". Timbaland explained to Billboard.com "Every place don't get a CD (but) everybody has a mobile phone. Plus, there's history to be made. Just producing a mobile album has never been done. I'm the first to ever do it."

Kanye West's 'Flashing Light' Video Done for BET Premiere

February 09, 2008 02:35:58 GMT


Kanye West announced that his video for "Flashing Light", the fourth single from "Graduation", is done and will be premiered on BET. He also posted a frame from the video on his blog, KanyeUniverseCity.com, showing a car on the go.

No news yet on the date of the video premiere but reports speculated that it may come as soon as this coming Monday (February 11). Earlier in January, the rapper had also posted another frame from the video that shows a woman running in a dark street.

Janet Jackson's 'Discipline' Listening Party, Report

February 09, 2008 02:13:11 GMT


As previously reported, L.A. Reid held a listening session for Janet Jackson's new album, "Discipline", on Wednesday, February 6. Around 10 tracks including the first single "Feedback", ballad "Greatest X" and another up-tempo "Luv" were played in front of industry executives, fellow celebrities and some lucky fans.

The event that was held at Midtown NYC theater presented "Disciplinarians" who were clad in leather suit and holding leather whips in one hand in the front door. For beginning, there was a short reel that summarized Janet's accomplishments and concluded with "What will Janet do next? What can she do next?".

Video Premiere: Yung Joc's 'Ima G' Feat. Bun B and Young Dro

February 08, 2008 09:45:36 GMT


Yung Joc will release "Ima G" as the third single from his sophomore set "Hustlenomics". The rapper had shot the music video and just premiered it on his MySpace page, featuring kids at school in the opening.

"Ima G" that features Young Dro and Bun B is the follow up to "Coffee Shop" and "Bottle Poppin'", the two singles that have been pulled from the charting album. "Hustlenomics" debuted at #3 on Billboard Hot 200 when it was released in August 2007, selling 69,000 copies.

P. Diddy Leaving Music for Acting

February 08, 2008 09:04:56 GMT


Having jumped to the acting pool, P. Diddy is all but addicted. The rapper who had pocketed several multi platinum albums said that he is taking a break from music to concentrate on his new interest which was triggered by his performance in Broadway production of "A Raisin in the Sun"

"Right now I'm transitioning from a recording artist to acting," Diddy said. "Having an opportunity to play this role, it really changed my life. I had an opportunity to open up as an artist, and I learned so much. Every role I get, I feel I'm getting better."

Music Nominees at 21st Nick Kids' Choice Awards Announced!

February 08, 2008 05:19:19 GMT


Stacy Ferguson aka Fergie receives the most nods in the music field of Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2008. The singer who last year was nominated along with her group, Black Eyed Peas, is now claiming two kudos for her solo works.

Beside nominated for Female Singer, Fergie is also vying for the Song category through her hit single "Big Girls Don't Cry". In the former category, she will have to face Beyonce Knowles, who won the title last year, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys. Meanwhile for the latter, her song is competing against Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls", Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" and Akon's "Don't Matter".
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