BOW WOW No Longer Wanted

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can finally go back home to Georgia — without being immediately arrested — and all it took was a $90,000 check. TMZ broke the story … a Tennessee tour bus company won a judgment against the rapper over a $92,749 bill from 2009. BW never paid, so the company went back after him in Georgia court … asking a judge to make Bow Wow fork over the dough. Bow Wow failed to cooperate, so the Georgia judge held him in contempt — ordering the rapper be arrested on sight anywhere in the state.

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T.I. DESTROYING It On Probation

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T.I.’s judge is so impressed with his behavior on probation — he gave the rapper whatever he liked … specifically, more freedom to travel out of Georgia. T.I.’s probation officer submitted the request to extend the rapper’s out-of-state travel allowance from 7 to 12 days — and yesterday, a judge signed off on it. According to the probation officer’s letter, T.I. has been a model probationer — staying on his best behavior the last few months … even completing his required drug/alcohol counseling program.

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Nicki Minaj Wanted To Kill Her Dad

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Nicki Minaj’s father is completely torn up over the rapper’s recent comments — that she wanted to “kill” him when she was a child — and now, he wants the world to know he’s not some violent monster. In case you missed her recent “Nightline” interview, Nicki went OFF on her dad Omar — describing the guy as a drug addict and alcoholic who often threatened to kill her mother … once even burning down their house. Nicki said, “I wanted to kill [my dad]. I used to wish he was dead … ‘We were afraid for my mother’s life because whenever he would have a real bad outburst he would threaten to kill her.”

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Nicki Minaj Is Not Lady Gaga

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Date: Wednesday – April 11, 2012

Nicki Minaj made her irritation with the constant comparisons to Lady Gaga apparent during a recent interview with ABC’s Nightline. She dared the network’s Juju Chang to find any similarities between her and the outlandish pop singer, and for the most part dismissed and minimized the things they do share in common and harped on one glaring difference: she’s a rapper.

“We’re in completely different lanes,” said Minaj of Gaga after admitting that being compared to the pop diva “irks” her. “I’m a rapper… Gaga’s a fantastic artist, you know, she paved her way. She’s opened her own lane. But I think that I have my own lane. And we never cross. Ever. So, you know, I really don’t get the comparison anymore. Our music doesn’t sound the same. Our stage presence is not the same. I just can’t see the similarities.”

Chang pointed out how both sport wigs and crazy outfits but Nicki had a response for both. “Every female in this game — every female in this game — wears wigs,” she retorted. Adding “Over-the-top costumes? Try again!” after imitating a buzzer sound.

Minaj has been compared to Gaga since the beginning of her career and her much-talked about Grammy performance only led to more comparisons between the two. But with the release of her sophomore effort, the Young Money rapper has made it clear that she stands tall — alone.

B.o.B. and Taylor Swift Team Up

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Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

B.o.B. teams up with Taylor Swift for an inspirational duet titled “Both of Us,” featured on the southern rhymer’s sophomore album, Strange Clouds, due May 1. The country singer grabs the microphone before B.o.B. serves up his verse, commencing the track with her spirited vocals.

“I wish I was strong enough to lift not one, but both of us,” she sings sweetly over the guitar-laden beat, likely played by Swift herself.

“Ever thought about losing it/ When your money’s all gone and you lose your whip/ You might lose your grip/ When the landlord tell you that your due for rent/ And the grass so green on the other side/ Make a n—- want to run straight through the fence,” B.o.B. raps.

Check the Strange Clouds tracklist below.

1. “Bombs Away,” feat. Morgan Freeman
2. “Ray Bands”
3. “So Hard to Breathe”
4. “Both of Us,” feat. Taylor Swift
5. “Strange Clouds,” feat. Lil Wayne
6. “So Good”
7. “Play for Keeps”
8. “Arena,” feat. Chris Brown and T.I.
9. “Out of My Mind,” feat. Nicki Minaj
10. “Never Let You Go,” feat. Ryan Tedder
11. “Chandelier,” Lauriana Mae
12. “Circles”
13. “Just a Sign,” feat. Playboy Tre
14. “Castles,” feat. Trey Songz
15. “Where Are You (B.o.B vs. Bobby Ray)”

Drake Loses “Best Album” Award To A Christmas Album

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Date: Tuesday – March 3, 2012



The Juno Awards have made great strides in credibility in recent years, but that may have culminated in last year’s Drake-hosted crowning of Arcade Fire. The 2012 Junos took a great big step backwards — and a curiously unnecessary one — by overlooking Drake’s critical and commercial hit Take Care in favor of awarding Michael Buble’s Christmas album.

Perhaps sensing this impending award show train wreck, both Canadian superstars stayed away from the Junos broadcast in Ottawa. (As did Buble’s fellow Christmas album nominee Justin Bieber, though he accepted his Juno Fan Choice Award, presented by new protégé Carly Rae Jepsen, via taped message.)

Drake’s loss to a Christmas album is as egregious as Kanye West not being nominated for a best album Grammy for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Up against two holiday records and a pair of critical failures from Nickelback and Avril Lavigne, it shouldn’t have been a contest. Buble’s Christmas album is good for what it is, but what it is is a freaking Christmas album. It’s hardly an artistic achievement on the level of Drake’s Take Care.

As an aghast Deadmau5 said backstage, “Really? Was it any good? I mean, it better be one hell of a Christmas album.”

The selection of William Shatner as host, after going for cool kid Drizzy last year, seemed like another potential disaster. But the 81-year-old self-described “recording artist” killed as host, joking about Deadmau Five, kicking Chad Kroeger out of his own band to form “Nickel-Shat” (sparking a brief Twitter trend of #CdnShatnerBands) and delivering a CanRock medly, in his inimitable sing-speak fashion, of Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild,” Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69,” BTO’s “Takin’ Care of Business,” Trooper’s “Raise a Little Hell” and Rush’s “Tom Sawyer.”

Feist, who kicked off the Junos march toward credibility in 2008 with her The Reminder-fuelled five-award sweep, did her part once again as she was named Artist of the Year, adding to the previous night’s best Adult Alternative Album and Best DVD haul and bringing her lifetime win total up to 11. The comparatively lackluster reception for Metals apparently didn’t touch her artistic cred as she beat Canada’s biggest stars Deadmau5, City and Colour, Drake and Buble, a fact she alluded to in her acceptance speech.

“It just keeps going and going, I’m just in shock,” Feist said onstage. “This category is of a very international nature, so I’m very thankful. I’m straight-up grateful. ” She later backed up her wins with a powerful performance of “The Bad in Each Other,” assisted by three drummers, a horn section, Ex-Constantines member Bry Webb, Broken Social Scene’s Charles Spearin, a bluegrass trio and some sweet pyro.

Backstage, she elaborated on her surprise. “I was completely 100 percent convinced that I was absolutely not going to win an awards,” she said in the press room. “I felt like those days were over and I was content to play, because that’s what I do. This is just exponentially more shocking than it was in 2008. That year there were so many wonderful things happening that nothing felt shocking because I was over-shocked. Now, this is the shock.”

Feist wasn’t the only nice shocker, of course. The Sheepdogs took Single of the Year with “I Don’t Know,” giving them three in total and completing the defeat of Nickelback, who went zero for four, a repudiation of the Vancouver rockers who had swept the Junos on their last album. (The Sheepdogs weren’t there, either, though their dream-slot opening for John Fogerty on an Australian tour is basically the best excuse ever.)

Similarly, Dan Mangan took a well-deserved New Artist of the Year — even if we were personally rooting for Diamond Rings — and Dallas Green took a similarly well-earned Songwriter of the Year for City and Colour.

With the absence of Buble, Bieber and Drake, the night’s biggest international star was Deadmau5, who lost in the Best Dance Recording category that he’s dominated for the past few years. But at least it was to one of the biggest hits of the year, “Hello,” the monster electro-pop jam by Dragonette and noted non-Canadian producer Martin Solveig. (He’s French, so maybe that half-counts.) The upset was acknowledged by Sorbara backstage, who said “It’s just that much more surprising to be recognized in a category with someone who is as big and powerful as Deadmau5.”

But the cheese stands alone and dance music superstar Deadmau5 got to close the 41st annual Juno Awards in appropriately spectacular style with an assist from veteran jungle MC Flipside and electro-pop star Lights, who had also lost the previous night in the pop album category. It ended on a blissfully high note what had begun with Nickelback’s egregious “This Means War.” So if the 2012 Junos were uneven, at least they built from a painful past towards an on-fire future.

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