News Bites

Aug
5
News Bites: Beyoncé, Toni Braxton, Remy Ma, Lil Jon

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See Beyoncé’s new ads for House of Deréon and L’Oréal.

H&R Block sues American Express over ad campaign featuring Beyoncé. [Kansas City Business Journal]

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Aug
4
News Bites: Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Michelle Williams, Christina Milian, Jay-Z, Nas

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Kanye West closes Lollapalooza 2008; dedicates set to his late mother. [MTV]

Ne-Yo’s “Kiss a Little Longer” jingle for Wrigley’s Big Red. [Listen]

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Jul
28
News Bites: Nelly, Amy Winehouse, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Solange, Rick Ross, Rihanna

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Nelly named spokesman for Sean John Underwear. [Press Release]

Amy Winehouse hospitalized due to a reaction to medication. [PEOPLE]

Chris Brown creates jingle for Doublemint Gum; Ne-Yo for Big Red. [Billboard]

Solange takes up video blogging. [Watch]

More details surface on Rick Ross’ previous gig as a correctional officer.
[The Smoking Gun]

Lovers/friends Chris Brown and Rihanna go jet-skiing. [TMZ]

Jul
23
News Bites: Dr. Dre, Nas, Bow Wow, Jennifer Hudson, Gnarls Barkley, Danity Kane

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Dr. Dre “shooting for a November or December release” with his highly anticipated Detox album; collaborating with Nas, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne.
[USA Today]

Nas’ untitled album sells 187,000 copies and grabs the No. 1 spot from Lil Wayne. [Billboard]

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Jul
11
News Bites: Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Teairra Mari, Chamillionaire, Trina

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Alicia Keys to record title song for new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace? [E! Online]

Chris Brown to star in Bone Deep thriller alongside Matt Dillon, Idris Elba, and T.I. [THR]

Former Roc-A-Fella princess Teairra Mari signs with Interscope Records; new album late 2008/early 2009. [Billboard]

Chamillionaire releases freestyle over Nas’ “Hero” beat from his forthcoming Mixtape Messiah 4 (August 27). [Listen]

Trina to shoot video for third single “Look Back at Me” featuring Killer Mike in Miami on Monday. [Rap-Up.com]

Jun
11
News Bites: Ashanti, Lil Wayne, R. Kelly, 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, LL Cool J, Lloyd, Fat Joe

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Ashanti’s The Declaration debuts at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 with 86,000 copies. [Billboard].

Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III expected to sell between 850,000 and 950,000 by the end of its first week. Damn. [EW].

R. Kelly won’t testify at trial. [Chicago Sun-Times].

Judge orders 50 Cent to hold on to burned down property where his ex-girlfriend lived. [AP].

Alicia Keys shoots video for fourth single “Superwoman” with director Chris Robinson. [MTV].

LL Cool J’s Exit 13 and Lloyd’s Lessons in Love both pushed back again to August 5th. [Rap-Up.com].

Listen to the remix to Fat Joe’s “Ain’t Sayin’ Nuthin’” with The Game and Lil Wayne.

Jun
7
News Bites: T.I., Mariah Carey, Foxy Brown, Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Ashanti

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T.I. jumps on the remix to Mariah Carey’s third single “I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time”; video being shot in Hawaii. Source.

Foxy Brown and Rick Ross become hip-hop’s latest couple. More.

Watch the EPK for Keri Hilson’s debut album In a Perfect World…

See Ashanti perform “The Way That I Love You” on “Live with Regis & Kelly.”