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ArtsBeat: A Crowded Venue for Justin Timberlake

If you want to know how far the South by Southwest Music Festival has strayed from its anti-corporate, indie rock roots, look no further than a show by Justin Timberlake.

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Justin Timberlake closes SXSW on a high note — VIDEO

If you thought Justin Timberweek ended with Friday night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, you had another thing coming. Last
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SXSW: The amazing, never-ending Prince show — a moment-by-moment report

You know that old Texas saying, “Keep Austin weird“? Well, Prince helped that cause on Saturday night, when he took
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Mack Maine, T.I., Lil Wayne’s Family Blast TMZ For False Reporting

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By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Celebrities have been speaking out and blasting TMZ for its reporting about Lil Wayne. Yesterday, the breaking news outlet shocked the entertainment world by stating that Wayne was in critical condition at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. They went so far as to claim that Wayne was in an induced coma and his last death rites were being read as doctors awaited for his mother to arrive and make final decisions on what to do with her son (which they after deleted from the article).

Members of Wayne’s camp, like Birdman and Mack Maine, shot down TMZ‘s claims and told fans that the rapper was “recovering” and Weezy himself after confirmed on Twitter that he was doing just fine.

Birdman tweeted, “My son is in good spirit..feelin much betta…be home soon,” but YMCMB prez Mack Maine had a few choice words for TMZ, criticizing the site for what he deemed incorrect reporting. “We will be releasing an official statement shortly but dont believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe…that’s false!!” and “#F—TMZ.”

Wayne’s daughter Reginae took to Instagram to share her thoughts, writing, “Don’t listen to The Lies, I swear there all lies TMZ you a fool 18h” while her mother, Wayne’s ex-wife Toya Carter, added, “It would be a much better world if people would stop and think before they spread RUMORS.”

T.I. also threw in, “Just holla’d @my Lil bruh Tunechi…& he skraight! TMZ some f— n—-z for reporting that hoe-ass-sh–!!! That man daughter is like mines. That sh– surely got his mama hurtin, his kids hurtin, & he got true to da game patnas like me & Othas who ready to RIDE bout all da f— sh–. … #nowthankitsagamen—-!!!”


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Lady GaGa – Marry The Night

The release of Lady GaGa’s new album, Born This Way is just a week away, & now she’s decided to premiere some of the new tracks on the popular Facebook game, FarmVille. Starting today players can complete tasks to unlock & stream a new unreleased song per day. Check out the new track that was just unlocked on Farmville after the jump…

Is it just me or are all these songs starting to sound similar?
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Lady GaGa – Hair

Continuing the countdown to the release of her new album, Born This Way, Lady GaGa has digitally released a new track called, “Hair.” The RedOne-produced song was just released on iTunes & is the final song available until the album hits stores next week. Check out the dance track, after the jump…

I find it somewhat annoying that the song is over five minutes long, just like “The Edge of Glory.” The lyrics to the song are very cheesy; but with a couple more listens the song might grow on. I still have not heard that one song that blows me away though.
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Beyoncé & Kelly Rowland Reveal Album Titles

Former Destiny’s Child members Beyoncé & Kelly Rowland both opened up to Billboard this week to talk approximately their upcoming albums. Find out the album titles of both ladies upcoming albums as well as what you can expect to hear with their new projects after the jump…

Kelly Rowland has just reveled that her much delayed third studio album will be called, Here I Am, & will be released early fall. Kelly explained to Billboard why she chose the album title:

“I was talking to my product manager,” recalls Rowland, who’s currently working in Los Angeles. “I said I wanted people to know that this is the record, the sound I¹ve been working toward… that here I am. And she said, that’s the title. It just connected with my heart & the music as well. It stands for everything I’ve gone through & thought approximately for this record as a woman. It’s very strong.”

Kelly’s current single “Motivation” is her second biggest hit peaking at #3 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart & #31 on the Hot 100. Kelly is collaborating with many producers & songwriters for the album, including Dr. Luke, Stargate, RedOne, Tricky Stewart & Rodney Jerkins.

Beyoncé, who is on this week’s cover of Billboard Magazine & is receiving the Artist of the Millennium Award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards revealed that, 4, is the title of her fourth studio album. Beyoncé explained what significance that number holds to her:
“We all have special numbers in our lives, & ‘4’ is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, & a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.”

Unlike Kelly, Beyoncé’s current single “Run The World (Girls)” is bombing on the charts peaking only at #33 on the Hot 100. The video was originally set to premiere today yet has since been delayed. The album will include contributions from The-Dream, Ne-Yo, Diplo, Switch & many more. No release date has been given for the new album.

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Nicole Scherzinger Announces U.S. Album Release Date

After having success with her debut album, Killer Love, & its two singles “Poison” & “Don’t Hold Your Breath” in the UK, Nicole Scherzinger is finally ready to release her much-delayed debut album in the U.S.  Find out more details after the jump…

Interscope Records announced that, Killer Love, will be released in the U.S. on August 16th. The album will include current single “Right There” featuring 50 Cent as well as her U.K. singles “Poison” & “Don’t Hold Your Breath.” The album is also expected to include four to five brand new tracks including a collaboration with R. Kelly & Snoop Dogg called “Peep Show.” Nicole spoke to Rap-Up approximately what to expect from the US version of the album:  
“At the time I was doing my U.K. album, I was really into more dance-inspired music, which is astonishing & so much pleasant for Europe. For the U.S., I wanted to go back to my roots where I started, a little bit more urban sounding ’cause that’s still a very huge part of me as well, & I wanted to make sure I wove that into the album.”

 Look out for Nicole when she hits the stage to perform her new single “Right There” with 50 Cent on American Idol May 19th & this fall she will co-host “The X Factor” on FOX.

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Jordin Sparks – I Am Woman [Live on American Idol]

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Britney Spears’ Next Single Is…

Having success with her first two singles “Hold It Against Me” & “Till The World Ends,” peaking at #1 & #3 on the Hot 100, Britney Spears is gearing up to release her third single from her platinum-selling album, Femme Fatale. Find out what the albums third single will be after the jump…

I Wanna Go

The official third single from, Femme Fatale, is the Max Martin produced “I Wanna Go.” was the first to announce it would be the next single, & sources tell me that is 100% true. The music video will be shot in Los Angeles on May 25-26.  Jive is moreover looking to release “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” or “Big Fat Bass (feat.” as the albums fourth single.

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Tinie Tempah – Till I’m Gone (feat. Wiz Khalifa)

UK rapper, Tinie Tempah is getting ready to release his debut album, Disc-Overy in the US on May 17th. The first US single, “Written In The Stars” has become a hit for him, so far peaking at #12 on the Hot 100 & #10 on the pop chart. Now he’s approximately to release the 2nd US single, “Till I’m Gone” featuring Wiz Khalifa. The song is one of 3 new tracks that will be featured on the US version of the LP. Check it out after the jump…

It may take a little while for some Americans to obtain used to Tinie’s accent, yet I received used to it last year & I think I’ve become a fan. He’s not the best rapper ever, yet I’ve grown to enjoy some of the music he makes. I’m already liking this new track after a few listens & hopefully it will be another hit for him. The song, along with his album, will be released next week.
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Beyoncé – Run The World (Girls) [Teaser]

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The Black Eyed Peas – Don’t Stop The Party [Music Video]

Above is the video for The Black Eyed Peas’ next single, “Don’t Stop The Party.” The video features live footage of the group on tour in South America. You can moreover check out the single cover after the jump…

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Lady GaGa – The Edge of Glory

Lady GaGa has been a very busy woman as she gears up for the release of her highly-anticipated new album, Born This Way, out May 23rd! The lead single ‘Born This Way” was a huge success for Gaga, spending a total of six weeks atop the Hot 100. The just released second single “Judas” has not had the same success only peaking at #10 on the Hot 100; yet since the video’s premiere it has climbed back to the top ten on iTunes so it should rise somewhat on next week’s chart. Here we have a promo single titled “The Edge of Glory” which is part of the countdown to the album’s release. Check out the song after the jump…

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The song, co-written by Gaga along with Fernando Garibay & DJ White Shadow is approximately the death of her grandfather in September & it features Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band playing the saxophone. I don’t love the song yet it’s not bad, it is unquestionably better than “Judas” & I can see myself liking it with a few more listens.
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Rihanna – California King Bed [Music Video]

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Lady GaGa – The Edge of Glory [Single Cover]

 The song will be released on iTunes this Monday.

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Taylor Swift – Mean [Music Video]

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Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor (feat. Pitbull) [Live on American Idol]

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Nicki Minaj – Super Bass [Music Video]

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