Say It Ain’t So, Chris Brown on Rhianna’s New Song

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Date: Friday – February 17, 2012



Rihanna and Chris Brown are reuniting for the Bajan beauty’s ‘Talk That Talk’ track ‘Birthday Cake,’ co-produced by Da Internz, and the news is sure to upset one-sided fans, Brown’s girlfriend Karrueche Tran and critics.

Earlier this week, the producers of the song hinted to MTV News that “the feature on [the remix] is gonna shock the world.” Now, MissInfo.tv reports that Chris Brown is indeed on thenew version of ‘Birthday Cake’ and is even in the accompanying video, which was revealed to her by two unnamed sources. The ‘Fortune’ creator supplied two verses for the song: one where he’s singing and another where he’s rapping in the spirit of his Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne-assisted hit ‘Look at Me Now.’

Earlier this week, the two attended the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, where they both performed. The event was the first time Brown and Rihanna made an appearance at the prestigious ceremony following the highly publicized 2009 domestic violence assault, which resulted in the latter being beaten by the ‘Turn Up the Music’ crooner.

Reports surfaced that Brown also showed up at Rihanna’s early birthday party — she celebrates her actual born day on Feb. 20 — at the Hearst mansion in Beverly Hills. The 22-year-old singer arrived with Rihanna, 23, according to MissInfo.tv. He stayed throughout the night and apparently, the two were more than platonic.

TECH N9NE ANNOUNCES DATES FOR RECORD-BREAKING “HOSTILE TAKEOVER 2012” TOUR

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Date: Wednesday – February 8, 2012



Following an outstanding 2011, premier independent hip-hop artist Tech N9ne is starting off the New Year with an ambitious start.  The Strange Music recording artist is gearing up to embark on  his “Hostile Takeover 2012” tour with Bad Boy/Interscope Records rapper, and MTV’s 2011 “Hottest Breakthrough MC,” Machine Gun Kelly.  The tour will kick off on March 24th in Tech N9ne’s hometown of Kansas City and continue through July.

A trailer announcing the tour and featuring some of Strange Music’s brightest acts such as Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak and Stevie Stone, who will be joining Tech N9ne on the “Hostile Takeover Tour,” was released in mid-January and can be viewed HERE.

With over 90 performances scheduled in just 99 days, the “Hostile Takeover 2012” tour will be the longest consecutive tour in rap history and the only time this year fans will be able to see the enigmatic Tech N9ne perform his one-of-a-kind stage show.

Over the last decade, the Kansas City recording artist has continued to build his Strange Music brand by developing a fervent following of devoted fans captivated by his uncanny energy and relentless touring schedule.  By the mid-2000s, Tech N9ne was performing over 200 shows a year in high-octane sets that have earned high-profile endorsements from the likes of Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes and many others.

In 2011, the rapper released his critically acclaimed twelfth studio album, All 6’s & 7’s, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Independent and Hip-Hop/R&B charts, and No. 4 overall on the Top 200.  Tech N9ne also delivered a show-stopping, stand-out feature on Lil’ Wayne’s The Carter IV, which sold nearly 1 million units in its first week of release last summer.

“Hostile Takeover 2012” tour dates are below.  For a complete listing, set-times and tickets, please visit http://www.strangevip.com.

March 24 – The Midland Theatre – Kansas City, MO

March 25 – Cotillion Ballroom – Wichita, KS

March 26 – Cains Ballroom – Tulsa, OK

March 28 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK

March 29 – Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX

March 30 – Juanita’s Café and Bar – Little Rock, AR

March 31 – The Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge

April 1 – House of Blues – Houston, TX

April 3 – Brewster Street Ice House – Corpus Christi, TX

April 5 – Emo’s East – Austin, TX

April 6 – Wreckers – Lubbock, TX

April 7 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX

April 10 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

April 11 – The Top Deck – Farmington, NM

April 12 – Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park – Coconino, AZ

April 13 – The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ

April 14 – Celebrity Theatre – Phoenix, AZ

April 15 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA

April 16 – The Observatory Orange County – Santa Ana, CA

April 17 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

April 18 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

April 19 – The Majestic Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA

April 20 – TBD – TBD

April 21 – Pozo Saloon – Pozo, CA

April 22 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

April 23 – Cal Neva Resort Frank Sinatra Ballroom – Crystal Bay, NV

April 24 – The Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA

April 25 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA

April 26 – Fat Cat Music House & Lounge – Modesto, CA

April 27 – The Senator Theater – Chico, CA

April 28 – Arcata Community Center – Arcata, CA

May 1 – TBD – TBD

May 2 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR

May 3 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

May 4 – TBD – TBD

May 5 – The SHowbox SoDo – Seattle, WA

May 6 – The Capital Theatre – Yakima, WA

May 8 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA

May 10 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, IS

May 11 – TBD – TBD

May 12 – Saltair – Magna, UT

May 13 – Mesa Theater & Club – Grand Junction

May 15 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs

May 16 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs

May 17 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO

May 18 – The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO

May 19 – The Venue – Casper, WY

May 21 – Al Bedoo Shrine Auditorium – Billings, MT

May 22 – Rushmore Hall – Rapid City, SD

May 23 – All Seasons Arena – Minot, SD

May 24– Fargo Civic Center – Fargo, ND

May 25 – Ramkota Exhibit Hall – Sioux Falls, SD

May 26 – Cabooze Music Club – Minneapolis, MN

May 27 – The Omaha Civic Auditorium Mancuso Hall – Omaha, NE

May 29 – 7 Flags Event Center – Clive, IA

May 30 – The River Center – Davenport, IA

May 31 – The Orpheum – Madison, WI

June 1 – The Rave / Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI

June 2 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL

June 3 – The Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN

June 4 – The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL

June 5 – IPFW Rhinehart Auer Hall – Fort Wayne, IN

June 6 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

June 7 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI

June 8 – Headliners – Toledo, OH

June 9 – The Agora – Cleveland, OH

June 10 – The Rostraver Ice Garden – Belle Vernon, PA

June 11 – The Silo Nightclub – Reading, PA

June 12 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY

June 13 – The Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY

June 14 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

June 15 – The Worcester Palladium – Worcester, MA

June 16 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

June 17 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY

June 19 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

June 20 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA

June 21 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

June 22 – TBD – TBD

June 23 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

June 24 – House Of Blues – Orlando, FL

June 26 – Club Cinema – Pompano Beach, FL

June 27 – Green Iguana Bar & Grill – Tampa, FL

June 28 – Plush – Jacksonville, FL

June 29 – Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex – Birmingham, AL

June 30 – Whiskey – Jackson, MS

July 1 – Orpheum Theater – Memphis, TN

July 3 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN

July 4 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY

July 5 – Pops – Sauget, IL

July 6 – TBD – TBD

Cory Gunz Arrested For Gun Possession

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Date: Monday – January 20, 2012



Last year, Cory Gunz earned mad props for his rap on Lil Wayne’s ’6 Foot 7 Foot,’. So far, 2012 is off to a less promising start. As MTV reports, the 24-year-old rapper was arrested  (Jan. 28) in his hometown of the Bronx, N.Y., after being caught with a loaded firearm.

The Young Money MC was picked up around 2PM, and while his father, veteran rhymer Peter Gunz, says police sometimes “like to make an example” out of young hip-hop artists, that doesn’t appear to have been the case here.

“I spoke to the arresting officer, and so far, what I’m hearing from him is that they got a phone call at the station saying they should ‘look out,’” the elder Gunz told MTV. “According to [the officer], they didn’t know he was Cory Gunz. They just saw a bunch of kids following him around.”

He added that it was “definitely an illegal search” and said that the officer “felt bad about the situation” — perhaps because in New York, such gun charges come with mandatory jail time.

This is Cory’s first such offense, and after being taken to the 43rd Precinct, he was transferred to Central Booking. As of Sunday afternoon, he remained in police custody.

“To go to a precinct and see your son, your junior, in handcuffs, it’s heartbreaking,” Peter told MTV. “Anytime you see your child in jail, in the cell, in handcuffs, it’s very hard. He’s walked down some of the same paths that I walked down, but you never want to see your kids go through what you went through.”

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Lil Wayne ‘Mirror’ Video Teaser [VIDEO]

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Date: Saturday, January 28, 2012



Jailbird Lil Wayne has tapped fedora-wearing crooner Bruno Mars to join him on video for his ‘Tha Carter IV’ track ‘Mirror.’ The video is set for release in the coming weeks but in the meantime, you can preview Weezy’s newfound love for abstract painting in the snippet below.

The short clip features Wayne, perched in front of a massive canvas. With a combination of acrylics and spray paint, the MC churns out a red-and-black master print in the same vein as Jackson Pollock. Splotches and dots cover Lil Wayne’s shirtless chest while Bruno admires his friend’s newest work.

‘Mirror’ is quite possibly a metaphor for Lil Wayne’s inner resentments — His shame in covering up who he truly is inside. “I see you’re not satisfied/And I don’t see nobody else/I see myself I’m lookin’ at the/Mirror on the wall,” he raps with a lyrical rasp. With all this pain being put into paint, perhaps Weezy’s ready to take up a whole new artistic medium?

After doing a “rock ‘n’ roll” record, it wouldn’t be too surprising. Check out the preview of ‘Mirror’ below.

Lil Wayne To Write Book About Prison

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Date: Thursday, January 12, 2012



Lil Wayne is offering a literary tour of his prison days.

The million-selling rapper has signed with Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, for the memoir Gone Till November.

The book will tell of his eight months spent at the Rikers Island complex on a gun charge, Hachette said Thursday. Scheduled to come out in November, the book will be an “internal monologue,” based on diaries he kept in prison.

Lil Wayne had the best-selling album of 2008 with “Tha Carter III,” which won a best rap album Grammy.

Rihanna Named Top Selling Digital Artist

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Date: Monday, January 9, 2012



Adele may have ruled 2011 with the top album and single and Kanye West may be watching the throne, but it’s Rihanna who’s actually sitting on the throne, as far as digital tracks are concerned. The ”You Da One” pop minx has captured the title of best-selling digital artist of all time by Nielsen SoundScan, thanks to a whopping 47.5 million paid downloads of hits like “Umbrella,” “Rude Boy” and “We Found Love.”

Other artists have been in the game longer — such as Black Eyed Peas (No. 2 on the ranking, with 42.4 million), Eminem (No. 3, 42.2 million) and Beyoncé (No. 8, 30.4 million) — but RiRi has truly carved out her niche as a singles artist.

Of course, dropping releases at the rapid pace of one album per year doesn’t hurt. Check the top 10 best-selling digital artists below, and let us know your thoughts on where your favorites landed.

The 10 best-selling digital artists to date:

1. Rihanna (47,571,000)
2. Black Eyed Peas (42,405,000)
3. Eminem (42,290,000)
4. Lady Gaga (42,078,000)
5. Taylor Swift (41,821,000)
6. Katy Perry (37,620,00)
7. Lil Wayne (36,788,000)
8. Beyoncé (30,439,000)
9. Kanye West (30,242,000)
10. Britney Spears (28,665,000)

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