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Video: Usher in Studio With Jermaine Dupri and Jay-Z

April 15, 2008 06:14:52 GMT


Jermaine Dupri has on Thursday, April 10 posted a video blogging that reveals his recording session with Usher, Jay-Z and Anthony Hamilton. The footage was taken while they are in the studio to work on Usher's upcoming album "Here I Stand".

In an interview earlier this month, Usher said that Jay-Z and his rumored wife Beyonce Knowles will appear together in his new album. Dupri meanwhile, has been long confirmed to be one of the producers in the album.

Lil Wayne to Guest at BMI Urban Showcase

April 15, 2008 04:53:30 GMT


Lil Wayne will be one of the guest stars at this year's BMI Unsigned Urban Showcase which will be held this Thursday, April 24. The event will see a competition among four unsigned artists who will showcase their talents in front of a panel of judges comprised of music industry icons.

More than 300 music acts have entered the contest earlier this year but only four made it through to the final. Contending for the prize this year are MC Jarren Benton from Atlanta, R 'n' B singer Brandon Hines from New York, genre transformers Holly Weerd from Atlanta, and rapper Trimm also from Atlanta.

Video Premiere: Three 6 Mafia's 'I'd Rather'

April 15, 2008 04:03:42 GMT


Three 6 Mafia have released a new video for the first single off their upcoming album "Last 2 Walk". The rap group who is now down to only two members Juicy J and DJ Paul, have premiered the video of "I'd Rather" that features UNK.

"Last 2 Walk" is their frequently-delayed ninth studio album which original schedule this year is in April. They have now set a new date which is June 24, via Hypnotize Minds/Columbia Records. With the new date, the set will have to face competitions from G-Unit's "Lock and Load", The Game's "L.A.X." and Nelly's "Brass Knuckles".

2008 CMT Music Awards Full Winners


April 15, 2008 03:15:57 GMT


The top prize at the 2008 CMT Music Awards finally was announced. Video of the Year was rightfully taken by Taylor Swift's "Our Song" video that was directed by Trey Fanjoy. With the win, she has beat out strong contenders including Kenny Chesney, Sugarland and Brad Paisley. The teen singer has won Female Video of the Year earlier that night through the same work.

On accepting the prize the joyful singer said, "I want to thank everybody on MySpace - all the people who have made fan sites for me. I don't have a fan club, so you guys have done so much for me. I can't even believe this right now." The nominees of the category was narrowed down to mere four at the beginning of the show with fans being able to log on-line and vote for their favorite.

2008 CMT Winners: Trace Adkins for 'Male Video'

April 15, 2008 02:34:33 GMT


The 2008 CMT Music Awards has just handed the Male Music Video of the Year nod to Trace Adkins for his song "I Got My Game On". The country event which is hosted by Miley Cyrus and her dad Billy Ray Cyrus is already halfway through finishing the announcement of its winners and is expected to announce the coveted Video of the Year soon.

The event is held on Monday, April 14 at Curb Event Center in Belmont University and broadcast live on CMT at 8 P.M.. It had been announced in the beginning of the show that the final four nominees for Video of the Year are Kenny Chesney's "Don't Blink", Brad Paisley's "Online", Taylor Swift's "Our Song", and Sugarland's "Stay".

Billy Ray Cyrus Recording for 'Hannah Montana' Soundtrack

April 14, 2008 09:33:02 GMT


In an interview with TVGuide.com, country star Billy Ray Cyrus stated that he is working on some songs for his daughter's movie, "Hannah Montana", plus writing for his studio album too. The father of teen star Miley Cyrus said that he will write some scores for the 2009 film and actually perform them himself.

Billy is also a cast in the feature movie, playing Miley's on-screen dad. When asked by TVGuide whether they have started the filming, Billy said "No, we're in preproduction. I'm writing some songs for the movie. And I'm writing and recording for my new album. Last week, I cut a Sheryl Crow song called "Real Gone," from the Cars soundtrack. It's a real smoker. And then I wrote a song two weeks ago called "Back to Tennessee."

Mika Launching Countersuit Against Another Mika

April 14, 2008 08:30:09 GMT


The Sun reported that Mika is taking a counter attack against a Belgian songstress, also named Mika, who filed a lawsuit against him last year over similarity of their names. The "Lollipop" singer and his record label, Universal Music are suing the lesser known Mika who claimed that she registered the stage name in 1980s.

The famous Mika is seeking a 20,000 pound sterling damage in compensation of her filing a "provocative and reckless lawsuit". No further details have been unveiled other than the whispers that the Belgian Mika who lost in the first battle, has announced that she plans to file a counterclaim at a civil court in Brussels.

Devastated Amy Winehouse Kicked Out of Charity Bill

April 14, 2008 07:35:08 GMT


Amy Winehouse is experiencing a major set back after her third studio album is scheduled to be delayed and her appearance in U.S. has been axed. The British import, also famous for her erratic behavior, has been singled out of a charity event in New York on May 5 with a reason from the organizers that they have "moved on from her".

Organizers of Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute gala said that she is no longer part of the show even though she's been granted a business visa to enter the States following a denial earlier this year. A spokesman for the gala told Daily Mail, "She was asked if she would be interested, and she was considered, but then we moved on from her."

Video Premiere: Yung Berg's 'What It Do'


April 14, 2008 06:34:08 GMT


Another fresh video has been released by Yung Berg, a rapper who will soon release his debut album under a joint venture by Koch and Epic Records. Berg has recently premiered a video for "Do That There" and he is now releasing another for his single "What It Do" featuring J.F.K..

Like "Do That", "What It" is also slated to be included in his upcoming album, "Look What You Made Me" along with another track called "One Night". The set is expected to be released on July 1, featuring guest appearances by Twista, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Eve, Shawnna, Rich Boy, Jim Jones and DMX.

Matchbox 20 Axed Cheyenne Concert for Animal Concern

April 14, 2008 04:53:34 GMT


Animal rights come as a priority for Matchbox 20. The rock band, which is fronted by Rob Thomas, has canceled a concert at Cheyenne Frontier Days, Wyoming which is scheduled for July 18 after realizing that making a performance at the rodeo venue will contradict Thomas' mission statement.

Thomas' bandmates are pro to his decision and issued a statement on the band's official site. They said, "Regrettably, Matchbox Twenty will not be able to perform at Cheyenne Frontier Days on July, 18th. After careful consideration, it was decided that participating in this event would directly contradict the mission statement of SIDEWALK ANGELS FOUNDATION, our non profit organization."

'Lisa Marie', New Joint From Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter III'


April 14, 2008 03:10:03 GMT


With the delay of Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" came a new fresh single which has not been leaked before from the set. A song called "Lisa Marie" has circulated on-line, allegedly is a new addition for the much-delayed album.

"Lisa Marie" is a rap song, allegedly written for an adult star who uses the stage name Lisa Marie. Wayne rapped inside that Lisa who said that she's "a model" encourages him to write a song about her and this would be the result.

Video Premiere: Lupe Fiasco's 'Paris, Tokyo'

April 14, 2008 02:42:26 GMT


Lupe Fiasco has generously posted his new video for single "Paris, Tokyo" on his official YouTube account. The song is the fourth single from his 2007 album, "The Cool" and probably the last from the set before he puts up another album titled "LupEnd" this year.

The video is employing a 1940s theme where the rapper hops on a classic train and at one point rides a camel. Lupe will embark on a tour, supporting Kanye West and accompanied by N.E.R.D and Rihanna beginning this Wednesday, April 16 in Seattle. Kanye has given a little peek into the concept and the stage of this tour which will be dubbed "Glow in the Dark Tour Ignited by Absolut 100".

Bobby V Left Def Jam to Go Independent

April 12, 2008 06:21:20 GMT


As part of his transition to become an independent artist, Bobby V announced that he is no longer bound to Disturbing Tha Peace or Def Jam. In an interview with DJBooth.net, the R 'n' B singer said that he is on the verge of making himself the mastermind of his soon-to-be-released EP, "Come With Me".

Bobby said that the decision was peaceful and that it was made after a discussion with Chaka Zulu and DTP's head Ludacris. "The decision to leave was totally mine," he said. "I sat down with Ludacris and Chaka Zulu, and I explained to them that it was time for me to venture out on my own. They had no problem with it; they are cool with it, no beef at all."

Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown on 'American Idol'


April 12, 2008 05:21:30 GMT


Jordin Sparks has made a return on the American Idol stage on Thursday, April 10, being joined by Chris Brown. The show's sixth season winner was featured as a guest performer, singing her single "No Air" which is also featuring Brown on its album version.

"No Air" is the second official single from Sparks' self-titled debut album that was released last year. The single has been gaining a lot of airplay and been selling well that it remains on the top 10 positions of Billboard Hot 100 chart in its 14th week. Sparks recently outed that she was nervous while doing intimate scenes with Brown while being watched by his alleged girlfriend, Rihanna. She said, "It was hard at first, but then I said, 'you know what? I have to work!' It had to look like I was in love with him, so I had to do it. Hopefully she won't kill me!!"

Fergie, Jennifer Hudson On Board 'Sex and the City' Soundtrack


April 12, 2008 04:43:08 GMT


The soundtrack of "Sex and the City" the movie is revamped with the appearances of two award-winning singers. The flick's director Michael Patrick King revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Stacy Ferguson aka Fergie and Jennifer Hudson are chipping in their voices in the soundtrack album. The latter is known to be one of the cast in the movie, playing the main character's assistant.

Fergie is tackling a number titled "Labels & Love" which will be made the opening credit. King said that Fergie agreed to contribute in the soundtrack after she was shown the movie. "It's an entirely new song with lyrics, but it has the 'Sex and the City' theme as the DNA - on steroids," King elaborated on the sound of the song.
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