Lil’ Kim is breaking records once again.
According to one of Kim’s tweets, her new mixtape, Black Friday, was a record-setter. The Queen Bee claims that she set a PayPal record earlier this week by selling 113,000 copies of her new release. The tape was set at a $10 price point.
“Thanks to you guys!! #lilkimblackfridaymixtape sold 113,000 copies in 28 hours which made me the #1 seller on paypal ever =),” she wrote on the microblogging site on Tuesday (February 15).
Nicki Minaj, who reportedly is the subject of
shots on the new tape—which bares a similar name to Minaj’s November debut, Pink Friday—tweeted an indirect but seemingly subliminal message soon after Kim’s remark. “Bwaahhhhahhahahahahahahahahhahahhhaaahhhhhaaahahahahahahahhhaha!!!!!!!!!! *lifeless* *leaves on stretcher* *cant go on*” she wrote.
Kim took offense typing, “#twitterbeef This is not beef. Real beef is when someone gets shot 5 minutes later. CHILD PLEASE!!! #toomanytwittergangstas #teamlilkim LEGO.”
In this current climate, the Queen Bee’s claims of such high sales in such a short period of time seem like a rare feat. The veracity of the claims have been questioned by some. PayPal, however, will not comment on specifics of sales.
“I’m sorry, we can’t really comment on account status or sales figures for any merchant, no matter how big or small,” the official @AskPayPal account wrote in response to @HEYNICKI_ASTHMA, a user whose handle clearly suggest Minaj allegiances.
Stay tuned as more details unfold.
Last night at Smith’s Olde Bar in ATL, Big K.R.I.T, Big Sant, Playboy Tre, Sean Faylon & more took the stage to perform various tracks. Up top is footage of K.R.I.T. & Big Sant performing “Return of 4eva” and hit the jump for “Glass House” & “Moon & Stars” from K.R.I.T., Playboy Tre’s “Bet I Bust” and a special performance from Playboy Tre & Bohagon (first time performing together in three years).
Q of 112 is making a come back. Check out his new cover of R. Kelly’s “When A Woman Loves”. It is hard to imitate Kellz, but he does a good job with this.
Fresh off a pair of steamy performances at Sunday night's Grammy Awards, Rihanna is doubling down on her upcoming summer tour. In addition to adding 10 more dates to the Loud outing, the singer has also invited "F--- You" singer Cee Lo Green to join her for the tour, which is scheduled to begin on June 4 in Baltimore.
With the 10 additional dates announced on Wednesday (February 16), the North American Loud tour is now up to 17 shows, with promoter Live Nation promising that more stops could be added in the future. The added dates include stops in Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Houston, Dallas, Albuquerque and Boston. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale on Friday (February 18).
"I'm a huge fan of Cee Lo since his days with Goodie Mob and with Gnarls Barkley. He's a musical genius, continually reinventing himself, and I'm thrilled to have him join me on tour," said Rihanna in a statement announcing the new dates.
"I want to thank Rihanna for inviting me on our version of '50 First Dates,' only difference is she's unforgettable fine," Cee Lo added in the statement. "Don't tell her I have a crush on her, don't wanna mess everything up. But honestly it's an honor and a blessing to be able to go out with a talent such as hers and I look forward to doing my part to make the tour unforgettable for the fans that come out and see us."
The pair will have plenty to chat about on the road, as they both won Grammys on Sunday night, with Rihanna picking up Best Dance Record for "Only Girl in the World" and Green taking Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Forget You." Both were also winners on Tuesday night at England's Brit Awards.
Rihanna recently premiered the bondage-themed clip for her latest single, "S&M," which spurred a lawsuit from fashion photographer David LaChapelle, who claimed that it was "directly derived" from his work.
Here are the Loud North American tour dates:
» June 4 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
» June 7 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
» June 10 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
» June 18 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
» June 19 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
» June 21 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
» June 22 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
» June 24 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
» June 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
» June 30 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
» July 4 - Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents the Pavilion
» July 8 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
» July 9 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
» July 19 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
» July 21 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
» July 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
» July 24 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
As Britney Spears and Lady Gaga gear up to release new albums, there's another pop heavyweight who may offer them some friendly competition: Beyoncé. Details surrounding the singer's next album remain scarce, but according to a few of the project's collaborators, Bey is almost finished recording the follow-up to 2008's I Am ... Sasha Fierce and has managed to hit the studio with an extensive list of producers.
After gushing about her high hopes for working with Beyoncé, Australian songstress Sia revealed that she told B's behind-the-scenes team that she wanted to lend a creative hand for the new album. "So I just said to all the producers, writers, everyone, help me make this happen, and then Diplo e-mailed me and said, 'where are you in the world right now? would you be interested in flying to New York? I'm writing with Beyoncé,' and I was like, 'Yesss!' " the singer told MTV Australia.
Despite Diplo's offer, Sia said she was unable to fly out because of schedule conflicts, but is in the process of pitching songs to Beyoncé. When asked if her submissions were for Beyoncé's forthcoming LP, Sia said, "Well, there's only one song left for this album, so I probably won't get on this album, but hopefully the next one. That's my dream, that's my goal."
Sia isn't the only collaborator that has suggested Beyoncé is close to wrapping up studio sessions for the project. Sleigh Bells have confirmed working with the singer, but are weary on whether their work with the songstress will make the final cut. Speaking with NME.com, guitarist Derek Miller admitted, "I actually have no idea if the collaboration will ever be released."
While Miller remained tight-lipped on details regarding the song (or songs?), the Sleigh Bells bandmate confessed that the collabo is just one of her many musical partnerships, saying, "Beyoncé works with whoever she wants to work with, probably 30 or 40 producers. It's a totally different world from what I'm used to. So for me, it's just exciting to hear something that I worked on but I can't really say any more than that."
Sia and the Sleigh Bells join a long list of other collaborators who have been tapped to work on Beyoncé's new album, including Ne-Yo, S1, Jim Jonsin, Sean "The Pen" Garrett, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart.
Who do you want to see Beyoncé collaborate with on her new album? Share your suggestions in the comments.
Zaytoven is stepping away from the boards temporarily to plug his new book, From A to Zay: An Indie Guide on Music Production, due out this spring. The Atlanta-based producer, most known for his work with Gucci Mane, spoke to XXLMag.com about his manual, which provides valuable lessons for aspiring sound architects.
There are thousands of music guides on shelves today, but Zay insists that his book is as unique as his path to industry success. “I had no manager, no relationships, wasn’t an in-house producer, just coming fresh from the streets of California to Atlanta to build relationships,” he said.
What’s the most important advice the San Francisco-bred veteran wishes to share with neophytes? “Build relationships,” Zay shared. “I approached my career like a rapper. I would go to every open mic, every studio session, bringing my beats. I would almost do exactly what a rapper would do to get on.”
Zay’s mentor, Bay Area rap vet JT the Bigga Figga, gave him one specific piece of advice that had a positive impact on his career. “He told me that sometimes you just want to be in the atmosphere,” ’Toven said. “You might not sell a beat or get anybody to listen to it. But just that face time and a chance to build a relationship is the key and that’s what worked for me.”
By being in the right place at the right time, Zaytoven went on to craft beats for such big names as Gooch, Plies, Twista, Soulja Boy, and Usher. He leaped into the spotlight on the strength of his work behind Gucci’s first smash single, “Icy.” Proving he’s no one-hit wonder, he later laced OJ Da Juiceman’s hit “Make tha Trap Say Aye” and Usher’s slow jamming single “Papers.” Plies, Gooch and Rocko have all tapped the producer for their forthcoming discs as well.