It’s showtime! Swizz Beatz reunites with his Ruff Ryders cohort Eve on “Everyday (Coolin’),” the first single from his upcoming album Haute Living. Swizzy balls out on the weekdays and cools off on the weekend, name checking designer labels including Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Balmain, and Givenchy over the wailing instrumental.
Beyoncé and her father are going their separate ways. The superstar will no longer be managed by her father Mathew Knowles, it was announced today.
The Grammy-winning singer’s publicist released a statement to The Associated Press revealing that Beyoncé and Mathew have split “on a business level.” While they may no longer have a professional relationship, a grateful Beyoncé added, “He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly.”
Knowles managed his daughter since the start of her career as a member of Destiny’s Child and through her three solo albums. She is currently working on her fourth studio album, but new management has not been announced.
Her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams previously split from Knowles to pursue solo careers.
Snoop Dogg kept the memory of his West Coast brother Nate Dogg alive by tatting a picture of his face on his left forearm along with the words “All Doggs Go to Heaven.” The new ink by famed tattoo artist Mister Cartoon was done late Friday and serves as a lasting tribute to his lifelong friend.
“We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb,” Snoop previously tweeted. “One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met. I love u buddy luv. U will always b wit me 4ever n a day.”
Rick Ross was arrested for marijuana possession while in Shreveport, La., for a paid club gig on Friday night.
TMZ reports that police detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from the rapper’s hotel room. When cops investigated, they found approximately one gram of weed in plain sight.
Ross was booked and released on a misdemeanor summons. He continued as scheduled on the “I Am Music II” tour, sharing the bill with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj in Philadelphia this past Saturday.
Thousands of Nate Dogg’s family, friends, and fans gathered to say goodbye to the G-Funk trailblazer, born Nathaniel Hale, in his hometown of Long Beach, Calif., on Saturday morning (March 26). His West Coast peers including Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Game, DJ Quik, Kurupt, Xzibit, and more made their way into the Queen Mary Dome on a cloudy day as the hip-hop icon was laid to rest.
A wooden coffin covered with red and white flowers sat before the mourners as they shared tears, laughter, and testimonials from the Grammy-nominated crooner’s storied life, closing the ceremony with a choir.
“He was a loving, caring individual,” said an emotional Snoop, who got a tattoo of his friend’s face the day before. “I’m so honored, so happy that you gave me the opportunity, God, to know Nate Dogg. I want to stand here and cry, but I have to have the strength for you Nate Dogg. It’s 213, DPG for life.”
His “Regulate” collaborator Warren G also offered some heartfelt words. “It hurts me so much to see this,” he added. “We been through a whole lot and that was my dog. He stayed down with me from the bottom to the top. I didn’t ever think I would have to sit at a funeral for one of my dogs. All I can say is that was my friend, me, him, and Snoop was 213 from the balls to the walls. The music industry lost an incredible artist.”
Porcelain Black rocks out with Lil Wayne in her debut video for “This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like,” the first single from her Universal Republic debut. The 25-year-old glam rocker, who describes her music as a mix between Marilyn Manson and Britney Spears, is currently on tour with Weezy and Nicki Minaj.
In what stands as a major global music relief effort to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, over 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music have joined together for the worldwide release of “Songs for Japan,” a compilation of 38 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, available worldwide on the iTunes Store for $9.99 starting today (www.itunes.com/songsforjapan).
Proceeds from the album’s sale will benefit the disaster relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cross Society.
The society will use the funds for the ongoing provision of immediate relief and for eventual recovery support to the affected population.
The artists participating on “Songs for Japan,” the music labels and music publishers have waived their royalties and proceeds from the worldwide sales of the album to ensure that the JRCS receives as much support as possible from this global initiative.
iTunes will also donate its proceeds from the album’s worldwide sales to the benefit of the JRCS, and has prominently featured the project throughout its stores worldwide
Participating in “Songs For Japan” are Beyonce, U2, Bob Dylan, Lady Gag, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Eminem, Neyo, Bon Jovi, Sade and several more.
Check out the tracklisitng for “Songs For Japan” below.
- John Lennon “Imagine”
- U2 “Walk On”
- Bob Dylan “Shelter From The Storm”
- Red Hot Chili Peppers “Around The World”
- Lady Gaga “Born This Way”
- Beyonce “Irreplaceable”
- Bruno Mars “Talking To The Moon”
- Katy Perry “Firework”
- Rihanna “Only Girl (In The World)”
- Justin Timberlake “Like I Love You”
- Madonna “Miles Away”
- David Guetta “When Love Takes Over”
- Eminem “Love The Way You Lie”
- Bruce Springsteen “Human Touch”
- Josh Groban “Awake”
- Keith Urban “Better Life”
- Black Eyed Peas “One Tribe”
- Pink “Sober”
- Cee Lo Green “It’s Ok”
- Lady Antebellum “I Run To You”
- Bon Jovi “What Do You Got?”
- Foo Fighters “My Hero”
- R.E.M. “Man On The Moon”
- Nicki Minaj “Save Me”
- Sade “By Your Side”
- Michael Buble “Hold On”
- Justin Bieber “Pray”
- Adele “Make You Feel My Love”
- Enya “If I Could Be Where You Are”
- Elton John “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
- John Mayer “Waiting On The World To Change”
- Queen “Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)”
- Kings Of Leon “Use Somebody”
- Sting “Fragile”
- Leona Lewis “Better In Time”
- Ne-Yo “One In A Million”
- Shakira “Whenever, Wherever”
- Norah Jones “Sunrise”