BEP AND LIL WAYNE TOP ITUNES CHART
The Black Eyed Peas have the number one song on iTunes as “Imma Be” surpasses Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok,” which held the top spot for the past month. Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” is at number two, while the Ke$ha’s aforementioned hit falls to number three. Lil Wayne’s Rebirth is the number one downloaded album, followed by Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now and Hope For Haiti Now.
LIL WAYNE GETS REPRIEVE FROM JAIL TO HAVE DENTAL SURGERY
Lil Wayne’s jail sentencing has been delayed until March 2nd due to dental surgery, his attorney announced in a Manhattan courtroom yesterday. The rapper was scheduled to be formally sentenced by a judge and begin serving his one-year term, stemming from a 2007 arrest that resulted in a guilty plea in October for attempted weapons possession. The Cash Money MC arrived shortly after 2 PM with his label heads Birdman and Slim. His lawyer informed the judge that she sent a notification to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office that the rapper is suffering from a cracked tooth and would need to postpone his sentence. The judge agreed and ruled to reschedule for March 2nd. The rapper is set to undergo surgery Friday in Miami.
LIL WAYNE SAID GOODBYE
Before Lil Wayne’s jail sentencing was delayed due to dental surgery, he spent what he thought was his last day of freedom in the studio. The rapper spent nearly an hour saying farewell to his fans in a live streaming video. In the clip, Wayne said, “To all my fans, my real fans I really, really truly love you. I love you with all of me for real.” For the entire broadcast, Wayne was very upbeat. He was his usual jovial self even when talking about his upcoming jail stint. Weezy was visited by Fat Joe, his manager Macho and received a phone call from Drake. As the Ustream came to an end, Wayne walked outside to start getting ready to go home saying, “Thank you from the bottom of me. Do not forget about me ’cause I will forever think about you. I cannot wait for you to see me again.”
BEYONCE LOVES SADE
Beyonce is a huge Sade fan and is excited as anyone to hear her new album, Soldier of Love. Bey took to her Web site and shared her feelings writing, “I Love Sade. She has effortless sensuality and a tone like no other. Her music is timeless. You can hear her compassion. One of my favorite artists of all time. I cannot wait to hear her new music.” Sade’s Soldier of Love marks her first new material in ten years and is in stores now.
PEAS’ MANAGER & HILTON REACH AGREEMENT
According to The Associated Press, a judge dismissed a civil lawsuit filed against a Black Eyed Peas manager who punched blogger Perez Hilton in a nightclub last year. Attorneys for Hilton and Peas manager Liborio Molina announced in court Tuesday they had reached a settlement agreement. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John S. Wiley agreed to dismiss the case but retained jurisdiction in case the settlement falls apart. The terms were not discussed. Molina apologized for punching Hilton last year in a Toronto nightclub as part of an agreement to drop assault charges against the manager.
GET SOME LADY GAGA DOLLAR BILLS
Someone is turning regular one-dollar bills into tributes to Lady Gaga. In an act that surely must be illegal, a Web site is offering dollar bills for sale with George Washington’s face painted to mirror different outfits that Gaga has worn on red carpets, at award shows, and just walking around town. Most sell from 10 to 15 dollars. Check them out at the not-safe-for-work site RapeAndMurder.Blogspot.com.
THE GAME TALKS ASHANTI COLLABORATION
Just a few years ago, Game was in the midst of a huge beef with the Murder Inc. crew, including Ja Rule, Irv Gotti and Ashanti. Since leaving G-Unit, Game has become friends with Ja and Irv and even recently collaborated with Ashanti on a track for his upcoming The R.E.D. Album. Dr. Dre, who produced the track, suggested the pairing. Game told MTV News, “Dre called me and he was like, ‘You got any current-day problems with Ashanti?’ I was like, ‘Nah. I ain’t got no problems with Ashanti.’ She can sing like mutha—-a and you put her on a hook, it’s automatically radio. So he was like, ‘I’mma have her come down.'” Within an hour, Game, Dre and Ashanti were in the studio working on music. Ashanti seemed excited about the record as well, posting a photo from the session on her Twitter page. Game’s R.E.D. LP, which also features production by Pharrell Williams and a collaboration with Justin Timberlake, has a tentative release date of March 23rd.
NELLY FURTADO, THE ACTRESS
Nelly Furtado is ready to try her hand at acting. According to PerezHilton.com, the “Promiscuous” singer will be starring in a TV movie called Score: A Hockey Musical. Nelly will be portraying an obsessed fan of the popular winter sport. Olivia Newton-John is also set to star, and filming will begin later this month in Toronto. No word yet on when and where we’ll be able to see Nelly’s acting debut.
MADONNA’S MANAGER TO HOST AMERICAN IDOLI?
Could we be seeing Madonna’s longtime manager Guy Oseary replacing Simon Cowell as a judge on American Idol? The New York Daily News reports that a source said Oseary is the favorite to be on the hit television show, and that FOX would rather have him than Tommy Mottola or Jamie Foxx, two other names that have been mentioned as possible replacements for Cowell. The insider went on to say that Oseary is “thrilled” to be considered and that he “thinks it would be great for his image.”
UNCLE KRACKER’S HAPPY HOUR TOUR
Uncle Kracker has just released some details about his forthcoming Happy Hour tour. The trek will kick off on March 11th in Flint, Michigan and will run through April, with those dates still yet to be announced. Also, at the end of April, Uncle Kracker will be joining Kid Rock on his inaugural Chillin’ The Most Cruise, which will set sail from Tampa, Florida to the Cayman Islands. Learn more about everything the “Smile” singer has in store for the upcoming months at UncleKracker.com.
HANG OUT WITH SISTER HAZEL
All you fans of Sister Hazel get ready — it’s time for the 5th annual Hazelnut Hang. The Hang was created by the band in an effort to interact more closely with fans by sharing music, food and fun. It takes place over the weekend of June 4th in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. For more info on the Hazelnut Hang and to learn how to be a part of it, head to RockridgeMusic.com/HazelnutHang.
BNL FRONTMAN ON THE TODAY SHOW
Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson has been selected as one of the people to carry the Olympic torch before the games kick off Friday night in Vancouver. But before that, the singer will be going on The Today Show on Thursday morning to speak to Matt Lauer about the honor. Check him out when The Today Show airs live from Vancouver on Thursday from 7 to 11 AM Eastern on NBC.
THE LINEUP FOR BONNAROO ANNOUNCED!
The lineup for the 2010 Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee has been revealed! Some very big names will be gracing the stage, including what could be headlining sets from the Dave Matthews Band, Weezer and Jay Z. Other artists that will be involved, according to Rolling Stone, are Norah Jones, Michael Franti, Ingrid Michaelson, Jeff Beck, John Fogarty and many, many more. The festival takes place June 10th through the 13th and tickets are on sale now.
For a more complete list of artists, go to RollingStone.com.
TAYLOR SWIFT NEWS
Earlier this week, before playing to a sold-out show in Brisbane, Australia, Taylor Swift was presented a plaque for sales of her Fearless album reaching quadruple-Platinum status down under. Meanwhile, the first round of Taylor Swift greeting cards are now available nationwide. The first 12 cards are being introduced by a display that reads, “Hi, I’m Taylor and these are my cards.” Her official Fearless tour book is now available for purchase as well.
SLASH HELPS OUT MYLES KENNEDY
Later this year, when Slash hits the road to promote his new album, Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy will provide vocals, and it turns out the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist has already repaid the favor. On his MySpace blog, Myles revealed that Slash has contributed a guitar solo for his upcoming solo album. Kennedy stated, “As always, he knocked it out of the park! They don’t call him one of the best guitarists of all time for nothing.” No word yet on when Myles’s album is due out but you can read more at MySpace.com/MylesKennedyOfficial.
STARR GETS A STAR
Ringo Starr got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday night, right by the Capitol Records Tower. At the ceremony, the Beatles drummer thanked Capitol Records and glanced at their building saying, “It’s nice to look at a building that you helped pay for.” Ben Harper, producer Don Was and Eagle Joe Walsh, who is also Ringo’s brother-in-law, all spoke highly of Starr at the event. While the Beatles got a star on the Walk of Fame in 1998, Starr is the third member of the Fab Four to be honored as a solo artist, following posthumous stars for John Lennon and George Harrison.