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Confirmed, Lil' Kim Leaving Atlantic Records

January 25, 2008 04:39:43 GMT


Lil' Kim leaving Atlantic Records is no longer only a speculation. The label issued a statement, confirming the rapper's departure while at the same time hinting that they separated on good terms.

To AllHipHop.com, a representative of Atlantic said, "We wish Lil' Kim the best of luck in all of her future endeavours." The rumor on Kim's departure first sparked when she told DJ Kay Slay on Sirius Satellite Radio show that she has no hard feelings towards the label. Kim had been with Atlantic well over a decade, releasing her first four albums under their wing since 1996.

Nas Will Be Dropped by Label If Still Using 'Nigger'

January 25, 2008 04:07:56 GMT


Unable to reach an ultimate agreement on the album title, Nas and his label, Def Jam, reportedly will go separate ways. The rapper had previously made it highly-publicized that his new album will be named, 'Nigger', but the label finds it inappropriate.

The report was first outed by MediaTakeOut.com that quoted a source as saying "There is no way that we can put out an album with that title. Many retailers have already told us - flat out - that they won't carry (an album with that title)."

Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood Added as Grammys Performers

January 25, 2008 03:28:13 GMT


The 50th Annual Grammy Awards is shaping up with the announcement of more performers. Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige have been confirmed to take the stage on February 10, to perform their pieces.

Blige is slated to perform a gospel segment with Franklin who is named 2008 MusicCares Person of the Year, the Madison Bumblebees, the Clark Sisters, Israel And New Breed, and Trin-I-Tee 5:7. Meanwhile, Rihanna too will not be alone on the stage for a duet is scheduled with '80s funk-rock band The Time who are reuniting for the occasion.

Scarlett Johansson's Debut Album Finds a Release Date

January 25, 2008 02:59:50 GMT


Scarlett Johansson will release her debut album this year. While it's no longer a secret that she holds a passion in the music field, the acclaimed actress chooses to have a cover album for her first instead of an album full of new materials.

Johansson who will portray the titular character on 'Mary Queen of Scots', has compiled her rendition of Tom Waits song. The production is taken by Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio and collaborations come from Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist, Nick Zinner, and Celebration's Sean Antanaitis.

David Beckham to Rap on Snoop Dogg's New Album?


January 25, 2008 02:24:54 GMT


New buddies, David Beckham and Snoop Dogg are finding each other more interesting. After the soccer star appeared on Snoop's reality show, 'Father Hood', and tied a deal to launch a slipper business with him, he has now agreed to rap on Snoop's new album.

An unnamed source had told The People magazine that Snoop offered Beckham to contribute a verse, which was then taken seriously. "Snoop thought it'd be a laugh and David is going to give it a real go," the source said. "They are huge names so the song's bound to be a hit-even if it's no good."

Video Premiere: Carrie Underwood's 'All American Girl'


January 25, 2008 02:02:48 GMT


The second single from Carrie Underwood's second album, 'Carnival Ride' has been determined and received a good chart performance even before its release in December 2007. The single which has peaked at #12 on Billboard Country chart is 'All American Girl' which music video gives the emphasize on the title.

The clip was premiered on Wednesday, January 23 and once again portrays the work of Underwood's frequent collaborator, director Roman White. The pair had won several awards last year for Underwood's 'Before He Cheats' music video.

Ghostface Killah Threatens to Quit After Poor 'Rehab' Sale

January 24, 2008 08:57:29 GMT


Disappointed with the sales number of his latest record, Ghostface Killah has threatened to quit the music industry. His seventh solo album 'The Big Doe Rehab', opened at #41 on Billboard Hot 200, selling only 36,000 copies in the first week and he blames it on illegal download.

The rapper who is also a member of Wu-Tang Clan owns more than 100,000 affiliates in his MySpace page but his disc sale never goes beyond that. He posted a video on YouTube to show how pissed he is when the math doesn't add up and concluded that people would rather download the album for free instead of spending cash on it.

KT Tunstall Refuses to Duet With Katharine McPhee


January 24, 2008 08:16:31 GMT


Aspiring musician KT Tunstall has shot down Katharine McPhee's dream of performing a duet with her. McPhee who is an American Idol alumna said that she would love to record with Tunstall, who has become her own idol.

However, Tunstall responded to this rather unfavorable saying that she does not like the reality show. She said, "I'm not a big fan of the reality TV-show-pop-star thing. It chokes the market in terms of young original talent. There's a strong element of karaoke in pop TV shows. I like artists who fire my imagination."

Metallica's Ninth Album Is Not Exactly 'Delayed'

January 24, 2008 07:52:59 GMT


Metallica's first studio album in five years is due early this year but sources reported that it has been delayed again. The ninth album which is yet-untitled was slated to hit the stores in February but it was postponed to April before moved further back to September.

Stereowarning.com reported that the band are still in the studio working on the album, thus the possibility to release the effort in April is quite thin. In a December 2007 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, frontman Lars Ulrich said that the only thing left for them to do were overdubs and James Hetfield's vocals.

Ne-Yo Aiming a Lawsuit Against Beyonce Knowles?


January 24, 2008 07:00:35 GMT


Ne-Yo is in suing mode, for after filing a lawsuit against Rowe Entertainment Inc. for throwing him out of R. Kelly's 'Double Up' Tour, he is now set to file another one for Beyonce Knowles. Ne-Yo is claiming his right over writing credit in Beyonce's song 'Irreplaceable'.

MediaTakeOut.com who first spilled the bean, reported that Ne-Yo planned the lawsuit after Beyonce refused to appear on his next album while in fact he was taking major production in her 'B'Day' album. This 'not returning the favor' case has led Ne-Yo attempting to re-coup the royalties from their collaboration in the Grammy-nominated hit 'Irreplaceable' where he became one of the co-writers.

Dr. Dre Assisting in The Game's Final Album


January 24, 2008 06:25:02 GMT


Stemming from his decision to quit from music industry, The Game has prepared the album, which would be his last, in his utmost effort. The rapper re-united with Dr. Dre, the producer who found his mixtape in early of his career and signed him to Aftermath.

MTV.com reported that The Game's album titled 'LAX' is 80 per cent complete and should be ready to be dropped this Spring. He is still recording in Miami and Los Angeles with producers like Dre, Scott Storch and Cool & Dre. Black Wall Street DJ Nu Jersey Devil revealed, "(Dr. Dre) dropped some stuff off.But I’m not sure if Game did anything to them yet."

My Chemical Romance Switch Back to Punk Rock in New Album


January 24, 2008 05:05:54 GMT


After the theatrical 'The Black Parade', My Chemical Romance said that they will be back to their old sound because they missed "being a rock band". The band are set to release a new album this year and revealed that they have it channeled towards "punk rock" direction.

In an interview with NME.com, frontman Gerard Way said that the album which would be their fourth, will be "stripped down" but won't rule out "crazy ideas on the next albums or do something even crazier". The band had played a new material since November last year but won't give it a name yet for fear that "kids get pissed off" when the title is eventually changed.

Video Premiere: Ray J's 'Sexy Can I' Feat. Yung Berg

January 24, 2008 04:45:50 GMT


Ray J has released the video for the lead single from his new album, 'All I Feel' which is due to be released later this year. The R'n'B singer decided to pull the Yung Berg-featuring piece called 'Sexy Can I' as the first from the fourth studio album.

Ray J recently signed a multi-million dollar deal with Koch Records to release 'All I Feel' under the label's wing. The album which is slated for an April release, features production from Rodney Jerkins and guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, The Game, Lil Wayne and many others.

R.E.M. Shot Music Video in a Sex Toy Shop

January 24, 2008 04:20:33 GMT


R.E.M. are on position to release their first material from the new album 'Accelerate'. The rock band visited two New York places on Monday, January 21 to shoot the music video for the lead single 'Supernatural Superserious'.

They first talked to the owner of an Italian restaurant called Inoteca to arrange a short film taking at the venue, general manager David Massoni told Billboard.com. The shooting took place while diners were eating and business was still rolling. Onlookers who recognized the band, reportedly watched the mini-shoot enthusiastically.

Video Premiere: Feist's 'I Feel It All'

January 24, 2008 03:55:29 GMT


On the heels of her mega hit '1234', Canadian singer Feist has released another single from her third full-length album, 'The Reminder'. The track 'I Feel It All' has been released as the third single and its music video has just been released.

The clip was directed by Patrick Daughters, the same person who directed '1234' and Feist's previous clips like 'Mushaboom' and 'My Moon, My Man'.
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