Two of Dr. Dre’s favorite newcomers have been in the studio and created something “top secret”. Talk about a tease, guys. Can a brother get a snippet or somethin? Whatever the outcome, it’s sure to be monumental.
Even from behind bars, Lil Wayne had the Midas touch. Two months after the release of I Am Not A Human Being this past September, the album has earned him another gold plaque. This marks the second certification for Weezy this year. In March, his rock album Rebirth also moved over 500,000 units. Thats a milli reasons to smile.
Alicia Keys' crafty Digital Life Sacrifice campaign — for which a slew of celebs will be offing their cyber-selves in an effort to promote World AIDS Day and raise money for Keys' Keep a Child Alive charity — is certainly the buzziest and most star-studded effort for this particular cause we've witnessed.
Celeb "victim" Jay Sean told MTV News that he jumped onboard partially due to Keys' involvement, but mostly because the campaign is dedicated to saving the lives of children in Africa and India, who wouldn't have a voice otherwise.
"I think we all sometimes turn a blind eye to things that might be depressing, too heavy," Sean said. "But sometimes you need to be really shook up and poked and prodded to do something, because the way I believe is that every human needs another human being to get some life. ... We need each other, and I feel like we should all help each other."
Not to mention the fact that Keys' concept of "killing" your cyber-self is brilliant.
"It's genius, because [social media] is the new thing, the new age, and fans, they want complete access," Sean said. "They want 100 percent of you 100 percent of the time. They want to know what you are doing now! They don't want to wait and read it on a website; they want to know now!" he laughed, adding that while the "death" part is tongue-in-cheek, getting fans to bring their favorite celebs "back to life" is the perfect call to action. "I'm not coming back until you donate some money!" he said. "Sometimes you need a prod, and this is the perfect way of doing it."
As part of the Buy Life promotion, the celebrities will urge fans to donate to the charity in order to buy back their online presence. Fans can text the first name of the celebrity they are mourning to 90999, and $10 will instantly be donated to the cause. Participants include Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Seacrest, Justin Timberlake, Diddy, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Khloé Kardashian, Swizz Beatz, Serena Williams, "The Buried Life" crew, Elijah Wood, Janelle Monáe, Kimberly Cole, David LaChapelle, Daphne Guinness and Bronson Pelletier.
Will you help bring your favorite celeb back to life? Let us know in the comments!
Songwriter/Producer/Singer/Rapper Rico Love continues to make a name for himself. Not only is he the mastermind behind such hits as Beyoncé’s “Sweet Dreams,” Pleasure P’s “Boyfriend No. 2″ and Usher’s “There Goes My Baby,” among many others, he is currently working on some of hip-hop’s most anticipated albums, including Dr. Dre’s “Detox” and T.I.’s “No Mercy.”
“I just went in the studio with Dre,” he says. “We worked on a few records and he played me some music. We worked on maybe two or three ideas. I’m supposed to go back in the studio with him soon.”
As per T.I., Rico Love says, amidst all of the drama in his life, the two worked on an upbeat, party record with “lots of energy and I’m on the hook,” he says. “It’s a good, fun song for the clubs — it’s something he was missing. When he came home, he was focusing on those tough records. But people want to hear him having fun, so Jim Jonsin and I gave him a radio-friendly record.”
Rico is also in the studio with Pleasure P, Jamie Foxx and his own artist Young Chris, who he signed to his recently launched Division 1 label, a joint venture with Universal Motown. “I definitely want to help brand complete artists that not only look the part and peform, but also are great songwriters, great individuals and have great music,” he says about making the former Roc-a-fella artist the first act on his roster. “He brings great music and speaks to the people. I consider him my Biggie — the way he makes words come to life. It’s just amazing and I’m so excited.”
Young Chris recently released “The Reintroduction,” a mixtape hosted by DJs Drama and Cannon.
As if that weren’t enough, “There Goes My Baby” recently broke the record for the longest-running top 10 song on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the year, running for 26 weeks. It’s also the second longest-running in the history of the chart after Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings,” which holds the No. 1 spot with 28 weeks.
Dr. Pepper and recording artist Pitbull have joined together for Dr Pepper’s “Vida 23″ campaign. Pitbull will be the spokesman for the 2011 campaign.
“Pitbull represents what Dr Pepper ‘Vida a la 23′ is all about–getting more out of life,” said Andrew Springate, senior vice president of marketing for Dr Petter. “When we first heard the ‘Vida 23′ song he wrote for the campaing, we knew it was a great way to share our message with Dr Pepper fans across the the country.”
The campaign will include TV, online, out-of-home advertisements, radio, in-store activity and a mobile tour. The 2011 campaign was developed by the Hispanic advertising agency Lopez Negrete of Houston, Texas.
Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, plays a mix of crunk, rap and hip-hop, along with Latin sounds of his Cuban heritage.
Def Jam recording artist Rick Ross will be taking photographs with customers who shop Sean John apparel and fragrances at the Macy’s Men’s Store at Aventura Mall. Those customers will also receive an autographed Teflon Don CD. Once the ruler of Miami’s underground rap scene, Rick Ross has released four top-selling albums with singles that have reigned at the top of the hip-hop charts, beginning with the release of Port of Miami in 2006 to his newest album Teflon Don, released this past summer.
At the event, Macy’s shoppers can check out the latest styles from Sean John’s Men’s Sportswear Collection from the lifestyle brand created by Sean “Diddy” Combs, now available exclusively at Macy’s. With a purchase of $60 or more of Sean John apparel or fragrance, including I AM KING or Unforgivable, shoppers will get the chance to have their picture taken with Rick Ross and receive an autographed CD. Don’t miss this chance to meet Rick Ross and check out the hottest looks for him for the holiday season!
WHERE: Macy’s Men’s Store at Aventura Mall
19535 Biscayne Blvd.
Aventura, FL 33180
WHEN: Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 2:00 PM (EST)
According to Hits Daily Double, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj will take the number one and two spots respectively tomorrow on the Billboard charts. Give or take a few hundred copies, Ye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy reportedly pulled in 518, 775 copies while Pink Friday clocked in at 371, 049. Those are monsta numbers.