Eminem Wins Six Billboard Music Awards

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As Billboard magazine honors music’s top selling acts Sunday night, an absent Eminem ties Justin Bieber for the top honors.

Unless you’re counting host Ken Jeong’s decision to dress as Flavor Flav and then crawl under Nas’ legs, Eminem offered the biggest Hip Hop presence at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards. It should be noted that Em didn’t actually attend the mostly Pop affair, which was dominated by the likes of Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Britney Spears.

Eminem tied Bieber for the most awards at six wins. Out of 46 award categories, Shady took home nods for Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album [Recovery], Top Rap Album and Top Rap Song [“Love The Way You Lie” ].


While the selection process by the National Acacemy of Recording Arts and Sciences has recently come under fire for their more subjective methods used for selecting Grammy Award winners, Billboard stated, “all finalists and winners were determined by a combination of chart performances.” The eligibility period for nominations ran from February 28, 2010 through March 1, 2011. The amount of their respective awards reflected the strength of Eminem and Bieber’s current sales. To date, Em’s Recovery has sold over 3.8 million copies, while Bieber’s My World 2.0 has moved over 2.7 million units.

Notable performers Sunday night were Cee-Lo Green, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Lil Wayne, and Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, who both featured Britney Spears as a guest performer.

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Cali Swag Rapper Killed In Drive-By Shooting

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UPDATE: 4:04PM

M-Bone of Cali Swag District didn’t seem to be a random drive-by shooting, according to recent reports.

KTLA reports that the rapper was shot outside of a liquor store as he sat in a parked car in Inglewood, California on LaBrea.

A red Mustang pulled along side of the vehicle that held M-Bone, real name Montae Talbert, and opened fire Sunday evening. The rapper was shot dead.

M-Bone was hit twice and pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center.

Witnesses told authorities that the car returned to the scene after driving off, seemingly to make sure the victim was dead.

TMZ reports that the murder may have started with an e-beef on Twitter after M-Bone took up a relationship with a woman. The man that lived with the woman reportedly didn’t like the relationship and began to berate M-Bone on Twitter.

The incident may have lead to murder, but no definitive connection has been made, but M-Bone didn’t back down from the aggressors.
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Authorities Monday were trying to determine a motive for the drive-by shooting of an acclaimed hip-hop artist who was slain after leaving a recording studio in his hometown of Inglewood.

Montae M-BoneTalbert, 22, was shot twice in the head Sunday night when he stopped at a liquor store after leaving the studio, police said.
The shooter fired from a vehicle that pulled up alongside Talbert’s car, according to police. He was taken a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Known for his sinuous moves, Talbert set off a national dance craze for the hip-hop group Cali Swag District.

The attack occurred shortly after Talbert and the group had recorded a follow-up album to the platinum hit “Teach Me How to Dougie,” according to associates.

Publicist Greg Miller said the shooting appeared to be an act of random violence, but authorities said they had not established a motive for the nighttime attack.

“We haven’t gotten any information he was the target of anything,” said Lt. Steve Overly of the Inglewood Police Department.

Miller issued a statement on behalf of the family, praising Talbert as an “inspiration to his family, friends and fans” and an artist whose talents will be missed. “He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed,” the statement said.

Monday afternoon, about 200 fans, family members and friends gathered for a vigil in front of the liquor store where Talbert was slain. While a crowd stood on a sidewalk, two women danced to “Teach Me How to Dougie.”


The slaying prompted several other rap artists to post on the Internet about the death, including Jayceon Terrell Taylor, who is known as “The Game.”

“Can I get a moment of silence for the lil homie M-Bone R.I.P. from Cali Swag District. A kid Gunned down in the streets of Los Angeles,” Taylor said.

Until 2009, Cali Swag District was four anonymous Inglewood teenagers making R&B/hip-hop hybrids. Then the group filmed the video for

“Teach Me How to Dougie,” setting off the biggest dance fad since Soulja Boy’s “Crank Dat” in 2007.

“Teach Me How to Dougie” reached No. 6 on the Billboard rap singles charts and sold about 2 million legal downloads. Justin Bieber taught Ellen Degeneres how to Dougie, and Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez gave it a whirl on “American Idol.”

Ebony West, who produced the hit under the name Runway Star, said Talbert was an exceptionally talented street dancer and “hype man” who worked up the crowds for Cali’s live shows.

“I’ve never seen the kid not smiling,” West said in a telephone interview. “He gave the crowds something to look at.”
West said Talbert had grown up with the other Cali Swag District members– Corey “Smoove” Fowler, Cahron “JayAre” Childs and Chante “Yung” Clee.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in January, Talbert’s musical mates called M-Bone “the craziest” member of the group.

Aggressively and colorfully tattooed, he was the most popular with the ladies, because, as he said himself, “I go after ‘em.”

Cali members said they had never been involved with gangs but couldn’t help knowing members, growing up in Inglewood in the late 1990s.

“Back then, when there were gangs it went hand in hand with drug dealing,” Fowler said. “Now drugs aren’t as big. Most of the gang beefs are over females.”

Before joining Cali Swag District, Talbert had been a promoter and a dancer. He never rapped, nor did he take dance lessons: his skills came naturally.

Though he mastered a variety of popular dance styles, his smooth swaggering performances of the Dougie, which originated in Texas, brought him to fame.

Simple in structure, the Dougie’s basic moves involve bending one’s knees and swaying from side-to-side, while twisting elbows and placing a hand on the back of the head a la 1980s rap icon Doug E. Fresh.

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Justin Bieber Displays His Rap Skills In New Twitter Video

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Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010

Having given fans a taste of his rapping skills during live performances of “Baby” when he tackles the verse Ludacris recorded for the tune, Justin Bieber is now displaying his keen spitting prowess in a new video posted on his Twitter. In the grainy clip, Bieber rhymes along to a track titled “Speaking in Tongues,” and in a message posted on the webpage, he announces that his rap alias is Shawty Mane.

“Speaking in tongues freestyle… who knew I could rap lol,” he wrote. “My alter ego rap name is Shawty Mane… hah.”

The video features shots of Bieber in the studio and hanging out in the streets rocking some glasses. Early on, he gives a shout-out to Lady Gaga: “Call up Lady Gaga on my on my telephone/ Hello doll/ You’re my girl/ Beats no metronome.”

He then talks up his own capabilities, rhyming, “So I’m raptor/ Tearing it up like a tractor/ Matter fact you’re not feeling this track you’re a slacker.” Later, he raps, “Stop, drop and roll/ Justin Bieber’s on fire/ It’s time to realize it’s time to call me young sire.”

At the end of the clip, Bieber — who hangs out with such hip-hop heavyweights as Drake, Kanye West and the aforementioned Luda — has a little message for those listening to the track. “You guys might know me as the guy who sings ‘Baby’/ You know, uh, I’m a singer, pop singer/ I’m white/ But, um, you know I just wanted to do this just to prove that/ You know I got skills, on, on, on the rap game.”

Last December, Bieber’s pal, rapper Asher Roth, defended his buddy’s rapping skills to MTV News. “He lived like a block away from me. Watching him is like watching your little brother. It’s crazy,” Roth said, referring to their time in Atlanta together. “He can rap. I put him on a remix, but I don’t think his mom would like that very much.”

What do you think of Bieber’s lyrical skills? Talk about it in the comments!

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Jay-Z, Will Smith Comment On Willow Smith’s Deal With Roc Nation

Posted: Thursday – September 9, 2010

Jay-Z has confirmed that he has signed Will Smith’s daughter Willow to a new deal on his label, Roc Nation.

The rapper/mogul appeared on Ryan Seacrest’s show this morning and confirmed rumors that he snatched up Willow, whose song “Whip My Hair” has generated an instant buzz.

“We at Roc Nation are excited to work with Willow,” Jay-Z told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “She has an energy and enthusiasm about her music that is truly infectious. It’s rare to find an artist with such innate talent and creativity at such a young age. Willow is about to embark on an incredible journey and we look forward to joining her as she grows in all aspects of her career.”

Willow, 9, already has a career, having landed roles in I Am Legend and in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

“After meeting with several record companies, it was clear that Jay-Z, Ty Ty, Jay Brown and the Roc Nation staff was the unquestionable choice,” Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “Their passion for Willow combined with their boundless vision and artistic integrity made Roc Nation the perfect home for our little girl.”

According to Jay-Z, Willow’s advanced beyond her years and has a vision for her career in the music industry, despite only being nine. He noted that superstars like Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder started their careers off young.

“I heard the record first before I knew that it was recorded by a nine year old and I was like man that record’s a smash,” Jay-Z told Ryan Seacrest. “I believe in superstars. I believe on big records on superstars and I think she has both.”

Rap runs in the family’s blood.

In 1985, Will Smith started off as a rapper in known as The Fresh Prince, from the streets of Philadelphia, along with his partner DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Willow’s 12-year-old brother Jaden also raps on a song called “Never Say Never” with teen idol, Justin Bieber.

And their mother, Jada Pinkett-Smith, front a hard rock band, Wicked Wisdom.

A release date for Willow Smith’s Roc Nation debut was not available as of press time.

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The Odd Couple: Justin Bieber And Tina Fey?!?! [VIDEO INCLUDED]

Posted: Tuesday – April 13, 2010


Little Justin Bieber had his very first debut on SNL this past Saturday. With perverted teachers choppin’ down their students in the real world, SNL never fails when it comes to mocking current events. So, you can only imagine what the writers came up with for Justin Bieber and Tina Fey

Check it out:

“Teacher” Skit:

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Bieber Tops U.S. & Canada charts

Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2010

Canadian pop idol Justin Bieber debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart Wednesday, becoming the youngest solo male artist to achieve this feat since Stevie Wonder in 1963.

Bieber, 16, sold 283,000 copies of his second album “My World 2.0″ during the week ended March 28, according to tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan. Wonder, 13 at the time, spent one week at No. 1 with “Little Stevie Wonder/The 12 Year Old Genius.” As the title suggests, he recorded it when he was 12.

Bieber’s first set, “My World,” jumped five places to a new high of No. 5 with 50,000 copies. The album debuted at No. 6 last November, and has sold 1.1 million copies to date.

Rapper 50 Cent was the last artist to place two albums in the top five that weren’t concurrently released. In April 2003, he debuted at No. 2 with the CD/DVD combo “The New Breed” and was at No. 5 with “Get Rich Or Die Tryin.’”

Bieber’s new album also debuted at No. 1 in Canada.

Monica debuted at No. 2 on the current U.S. chart after “Still Standing” sold 184,000 copies. It’s the R&B singer’s second-highest sales week and charting album, surpassed only by the 186,000-unit start for her chart-topping 2003 effort “After the Storm.”

The continuing saga of the “Now That’s What I Call Music!” series extended its Billboard 200 chart dominance as the 33rd volume arrived at No. 3 with 135,000. The 21-track collection features Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles like Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” and Owl City’s “Fireflies.” With the “Now” franchise’s latest spin-off, the Christian-leaning “Now That’s What I Call Faith” debuting at No. 143, the “Now” brand has racked up an impressive 56 charting albums since it launched in 1998.

The final new arrival in the top 10 belonged to She & Him with its second album, fittingly titled “Volume Two.” It started at No. 6 with 47,000. That trumps the peak and best sales week of the duo’s first set, “Volume One,” which topped out at No. 71. (Its best sales frame — 10,000 — came a week earlier when it debuted on the list at No. 81.)

Last week’s No. 1, Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” slipped to No. 4 with 78,000, while Ludacris’ “Battle of the Sexes” fell four to No. 7 with 45,000, two weeks after it debuted at No. 1. Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” fell three to No. 8 with 41,000, Marvin Sapp’s “Here I Am” slid seven to No. 9 with 39,000, and the Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” was off two to No. 10 with 34,000.

Overall album sales totaled 6.03 million units, up 6.5% compared to the previous week, and down 11% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009. Year-to-date album sales stand at 75.1 million, down 8% compared to the same total at this point last year (81.9 million).

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