Archive for 09.2.2010

Rihanna’s New Single Gets Premiere Date

Rihanna

You thought that Rihanna reign would let up? Time to put down the Haterade. RiRi, who’s fresh off the success of her fourth album Rated R, is finishing up her fifth release, with plans in place to debut its first single next week.

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Video: Nicki Minaj Races to the VMAs

Nicki Minaj

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards are getting a double dose of Nicki Minaj. Earlier today, the network announced that the Young Money raptress would be performing during the pre-show broadcast, and now, the Best New Artist nominee is getting her swerve on in a new promo clip for the ceremony.

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T.I. Hits the Studio with Pharrell Before Arrest

Pharrell and T.I.

Before T.I. and Tiny ended up getting arrested last night, Tip was getting it poppin’ in the studio with Pharrell. The above pic, snapped hours before the couple’s felony arrest, shows Skateboard P and the King of the South kicking it, most likely during a studio session for T.I.’s upcoming album King Uncaged.

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Single Cover: will.i.am & Nicki Minaj – ‘Check It Out’

Check It Out

Will.i.am and Nicki Minaj show off their superhero swag on the cover of their joint single “Check It Out.” The song goes to iTunes tomorrow and Rap-Up.com has your first look at the comic book-inspired artwork. The pop tune, which will be included on Nicki’s debut album Pink Friday, samples The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Listen to the mastered mix below.

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Nicki Minaj to Perform at VMA Pre-Show

Nicki Minaj

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards just got a shade pinker. Nicki Minaj, who was previously announced as a presenter during the award show, will give her first-ever televised solo performance at the 2010 VMA Pre-Show, where she will dazzle red carpet patrons with a live rendition of her No. 1 hit “Your Love.”

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Brandy Has the Hots for Dance Partner

Maksim Mrvica and Brandy

Brandy has already slipped into her dancing shoes in anticipation of her upcoming stint as a contestant during the 11th season of “Dancing with the Stars.” Pictured above with her dancing partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Bran’Nu gazes at an iPad in the dance studio before working up a hunger and heading over to Japanese eatery Katsuya for a team building dinner.

She might have to slow down on the extracurricular activities with Chmerkovskiy though. “Damn, he would make such a HOT boyfriend but let me just focus on dancing..SMH at myself..lol,” the 31-year-old tweeted.

Ironically, Ms. Norwood claims to have two left feet, telling UsMagazine.com that she’s never been good at nailing choreography. “What people don’t understand is I have never been a good dancer!” Brandy said. “Dancing has never been one of my strongest points. With this show, you have to do things you’ve never done before, and I’ve never done anything like this. It’s a whole new experience!”

The new season of “DWTS” is set to premiere Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Lauryn Hill Explains Why She Left the Game

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is gradually warming back up to the spotlight following years of shying away from the public eye, and she’s ready to talk about why she ducked out. Speaking with Fuse’s Touré at this year’s Rock the Bells Festival, L. Boogie shared that motherhood and public scrutiny forced her to hang up the mic.

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