Def JamRick Ross has just secured his fifth chart-topping album with Mastermind, which lands at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week.
Following several release delays and heavy promotion, the rapper's set sold 179,000 copies, according to the publication. All of his previous efforts have achieved the coveted spot, except for 2010's Teflon Don, which came in at #2.
Rozay now joins an elite group of rappers who have scored five #1 albums -- DMX and 2Pac also achieved the feat, while Nas and Kanye West each have six, Eminem has seven and Jay Z leads with 13.
Elsewhere on the chart, Pharrell's latest album G I R L, came in at #2 and sold 112,000 copies, just shy of besting his last solo album, 2006′s In My Mind, which sold more than 140,000 copies in its first week. The singer's "Happy" remains at #1 over on the Digital Songs chart, selling 490,000 downloads.
Meanwhile, this week marks the first time Beyonce's self-titled album has fallen out to the top ten since being released in December.
AliciaKeys.comAlicia Keys has teamed with Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams for a new song forThe Amazing Spider-Man 2soundtrack.
The singer trades verses with Lamar on the Pharrell-produced track, titled "It's On Again." Keys tells Billboard that she's "very excited to be a part of such a powerful collaboration."
She adds, "This is the next chapterin theSpider-Manlegacy and we really feel 'It's On Again' captures the experience, the story -- and most importantly -- themeaningbehind the film, which is that we all have the potential to be extraordinary. There’s a little bit of a super hero in all of us."
Hans Zimmer, who scores the film, also contributed to the trio's new offering. Pharrell says, "Hans has created an iconic score theme and it was exciting to collaborate with him again on this song. When I was making the song, I knew Alicia and Kendrick had to be on it. They take the song to a whole new level."
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 official soundtrackarrives April 22. The film opens May 2.
ABC/Kelsey McNealFollowing their split late last month, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton were spotted with their three-year-old son, Julian, over the weekend.
According to the New York Daily News, the crooner traveled to Vancouver, Canada, on Saturdayspend time with his son and estranged wife, who is town filming the movie Warcraft.The pair appeared to be amicable in photos, although neither were wearing their wedding bands.
The crooner has said that he's fighting for his marriage and continues to profess his love for his high school sweetheart during his Blurred Lines tour.
"We gotta learn to forgive each other, you know, learn to love each other, no matter who it is in your family or relationship," Thicke told the New York crowd at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
Meanwhile, the crooner celebrated his 37th birthday Monday night at West Hollywood hot spot DBA alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
Many would agree that Pharrell is peaking as an artist. Following the success of his latest album, G I R L, and smash single "Happy," the singer discusses his growth in an wide-ranging interview with The Guardian.
How does he know that he's evolved? The hitmaker explains he never could have written "Happy" a decade ago. "Because the word 'sweat' would have been in there, and 'booty'. All those words would have been in there," he says.
Pharrell also reveals that now knows his identity. "I didn't know who I was," he says referring to his earlier material. "I thought I knew who I was." Who did he think he was? "This competitive guy in the music industry, who admired my peers and felt he needed to compete with the races that they designed. But in life you're meant to race against yourself."
Before Pharrell decided to stay in his own lane, the singer reveals, he thought he was competing against Jay Z.
"Jay was never going to race with any of us," Pharrell says. "That was just my delusion. Because his career runs laps round people. And he runs laps round people, lyrically. He's a philosopher and a poet."
Mary J. Blige is among the newly announced list of performers confirmed for this year's BET Experience, which will take place in Los Angeles, California.
According to the network, the three-day event will begin Friday, June 27 with showcases from Maxwell, Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius inside the Staples Center. The following day, concertgoers will see performances from A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, K. Michele, Ty Dolla $ign and August Alsina as well as what's being billed as "a very special hip-hop reunion you won't want to miss" on Saturday, June 28.
MJB will help close the weekend festivities on Sunday, June 29 alongside Trey Songz, Jennifer Hudson and Tamar Braxton. Single day tickets and three-day packages will be available this Friday, March 14 at 1 p.m. ET via BETExperience.com.
"The BET Experience was a major success with over 100,000 attendees and we are thrilled to return to the City of Los Angeles during 'BET AWARDS' weekend," said Debra Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks. "This year we will again provide a weekend filled with music, entertainment, and culture and are excited to once again partner with AEG to pull off another BET Experience."
Columbia Records; Interscope RecordsPharrell Williams and will.i.am have settled their dispute over the "Happy" singer's "I am OTHER" brand, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
To refresh your memory: will.i.am argued last year that Pharrell's brand is too similar to the "I AM" trademark the Black Eyed Peas member owns for commercial purposes. In response, Pharrell filed a lawsuit requesting permission to continue to use the "I am OTHER" phrase.
will.i.am later countersued, claiming Pharrell's brand would confuse consumers. He also stated that Pharrell has a history of copying others' work, citing as one example the alleged similarities between Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which Pharrell co-wrote and produced.
The Hollywood Reporter says both sides are currently drafting a settlement agreement, the terms of which have not been publicly disclosed.
Three videos from Beyonce's latest visual album, "Grown Woman," "Partition," and "***Flawless," were filmed by famed director Jake Nava, who is explaining how the concepts came together in an interview with Fuse.
After working 12 years with the diva, Nava has seen her evolve creatively, especially in her racey "Partition" clip. "I think Beyonce has a really good instinct for how she wants to be presented," says Jake. "Now more than ever she’s famous for becoming a mom [but] that doesn’t stop you from being the sexiest woman you can be."
While filming in Paris for "Partition," Nava revealed that he had limited time to shoot Jay Z's cameo scenes. The rapper actually needed a police escort so he could take a helicopter back to London for his tour.
In the "Grown Woman" video, Jake reveals all of the footage of Beyonce as a teen was shot in the present, adding that the costumes and art direction allowed the footage to seem vintage. "What was amazing about those scenes is that she just looks so young in them, and her ability to act as she would of at that age, is really what brought those scenes to life," he says.
As for the "***Flawless" visual, Jake explained the video was inspired by certain English clubs and parties in the 1980's where ska fans and punks danced together, and it was shot by hand because "sometimes when things are planned, they can be less exciting to watch."
So what keeps Nava inspired to continue working with Bey? "She’s still clearly one of the most interesting and talented artists in the world," he says.
TMZ recently reported that Ciara, who is nearly eight months pregnant, and her fiance, Future, dropped $20,000 on various items for their jungle safari-themed nursery.
Sources told the gossip site that the couple went on a shopping spree at the pricey baby store Petit Tresor in Los Angeles, allegedly spending $1,800 on an 8-foot stuffed giraffe as well as several stuffed animals, lion bookends and art work.
However, Ciara is firing back and claiming that those reports are inaccurate. "Dropped 20k On Stuffed Animals?? That's Just Sounds So Stupid. #WhatStuffedAnimalsCost20k? #AndWhosTheFool2BuyThem? Just Stop It." she tweeted on Tuesday.
Their bundle of joy will be Future's fourth child and Ciara's first.
MTV/Vince Bucci/PictureGroupJay Z and Kanye West are teaming up once again. The rappers are scheduled to co-headline a concert at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas this week.
According to Mashable, the rap moguls will kick off Samsung's four-day SXSW concert serieson Wednesday at an undisclosed location, which will be announced on the day ofthe show.
Galaxy owners can score entry wristbands by downloading the Milk Music app on their devices, which will allow them to access complimentary tickets at the Galaxy Experience pop-up location on Tuesday at 10 a.m. CT.
The upcoming show will mark the first time the duo have performed together after wrapping the Watch the Throne tour in 2012.
In addition, Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music imprint will present a SXSW showcase at Brazos Hall on Wednesday night, with headlining sets from Big Sean and Pusha T, plus a "special guest."
Epic RecordsEarlier this week, Brandon Howard, a 31-year-singer, claimed to be the offspring of the late Michael Jackson. Although sketchy DNA evidence has given people reason to doubt the legitimacy of Howard's claim, there is one entertainer who believes him: Akon.
The singer told Larry King his opinions on the "secret son" allegations during a segment on Larry King Now.
"I honestly believe it," said Akon, who previously recorded and worked alongside the King of Pop. "Looks like Mike, sounds like Mike, you would've thought it was Mike. Literally. And me knowing Mike’s mannerisms, when I see him, I can’t -- I couldn’t believe who he was."
Meanwhile, Howard recently told TMZ photogs that he has no plans of suing Jackson's estate.
It appears that Timbaland has reconciled with his wife Monique, who previously filed for divorce back in October. Although they have not made an official announcement on their marital status, the pair made a public appearance together over the weekend.
TheYBF.com reports the couple attended the Grey Goose Vodka and Cadillac Championship Toast at the Trump National golf course in Doral, Florida. The pair were all smiles as they accepted a $5,000 check on behalf of their Always Believing Foundation.
The duo have also expressed their feelings for one another on social media. "U see the ring. Shes mine," Timbo wrote on Instagram last month. "This Woman has stuck with me thru thick and thin. Love you Mo."
Monique responded, "To my heart and love of my life @Timbaland thank you for this heartfelt message. You are the best, so blessed! Luv u."
The couple have been married for five years. They have one child together and Monique has a son from a previous relationship.
Bad Boy RecordsDiddy is reportedly looking to expand his TV holdings with the purchase of the Fuse cable TV channel.
Sources tell Bloomberg.com Diddy has bid around $200 million for Fuse, a channel currently owned by the Madison Square Garden Company.
The rap mogul already owns the cable music channel Revolt TV. The sources say Diddy wants to convert Fuse into Revolt TV because it has a wider distribution. According to the report, Revolt TV reaches about 22 million homes while Fuse is available in some 74 million homes.
Bloomberg reports Diddy is one of several bidders for the Fuse channel.
Def JamFrank Ocean is returning the money Chipotle Mexican Grill paid him to record a song for its commercial. He's also giving the restaurant chain a piece of his mind.
Chipotle recently sued Frank, claiming he backed out of a $425,000 agreement to record a cover of the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory song "Pure Imagination" for an animated ad. It sought to recoup the $212,500 advance it gave him.
Frank has since taken to his Tumblr feed to address the lawsuit. He published a photo of a check, in the amount of $212,500, he's issuing to Chipotle. He wrote two words in the memo section, in all capital letters: "F**K OFF."
It remains to be seen whether Frank will have the last word on the matter.
Legacy RecordingsA Beverly Hills police sergeant is suing the city, claiming he experienced backlash after reporting that another cop made inappropriate comments about Whitney Houston at the scene of her death.
According to CBSLA.com, Sergeant Brian Weir claims Detective Sergeant Terry Nutall disturbed the scene of Whitney's body at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in February 2012, and made remarks including that Whitney “looked attractive for a woman of her age and current state.”
After reporting the incident, Weir claims, he was removed from positions on the SWAT and K-9 teams and denied promotions. He seeks unspecified damages, and wants to be reinstated to the aforementioned positions.
Whitney was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel after accidentally drowning in her hotel room's bathtub. Cocaine was found in her system. She was 48.
Future has selected a release date for his sophomore album, Honest. Over the weekend, the rapper announced via Twitter that the set will arrive on April 22.
"Took my time to make a Stella album.honest." tweeted Future. "Thank God for everything.honest"
The follow-up to his 2012 debut, Pluto, features the Mike WiLL Made It-produced single “Move That Dope” with Pharrell and Pusha T, as well as guest appearances from Drake, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West, among others.
Here's the track list for Honest:
“Look Ahead” “T-Shirt” “Move That Dope” feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, and Casino “My Momma” feat. Wiz Khalifa “Honest” “I Won” feat. Kanye West “Never Satisfied” feat. Drake “I Be U” “Covered N Money” “Special” feat. Young Scooter “Benz Friendz (Whatchutola)” feat. André 3000 “Blood, Sweat, Tears”
Deluxe: “Big Rube Speaks” “Side Effects” “I’ll Be Yours” “How Can I Not” feat. Young Scooter “Sh!t” “Karate Chop (Remix)” feat. Lil Wayne
MTV/Vince Bucci/PictureGroupKanye West and Kim Kardashian are reportedly getting married this spring, but who will serve as the rapper's best man? While Jay Z seems like a likely choice, according to Perez Hilton Hov has declined the role after learning that the ceremony will likely air on E!'s hit reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
"Jay is Kanye’s closest friend so he wants him to be best man," a source is quoted as saying. "Jay agreed initially but had one condition -- under no circumstances can there be any reality TV shows filming him, his wife, Beyoncé or daughter Blue Ivy during the ceremony."
The source adds, "The thought of popping up in KUWTK mortifies Beyoncé. She purposefully keeps herself away from trashy TV and isn’t prepared to lower her standards for anyone, or any occasion. Bosses at E! are desperate to get the nuptials on air, and will pay millions to make it happen."
According to People, Kim and Kanye's upcoming wedding will be held May 24 in Paris with approximately 150 guests.
Island Def JamIggy Azalea has revealed the track list for her debut album, The New Classic, which arrives next month.
The 12-track standard edition features contributions from Timbaland, T.I., Mavado, Stargate, Watch the Duck, Charli XCX and Katy Perry, who penned "Black Widow" featuring Rita Ora. The deluxe set includes three additional tracks.
The Australian rapper expressed her excitement about the disc via Twitter. "Well, no matter what happens I'm just extremely happy to see my album on pre sale today. Now I know it's truly coming & I'm elated," she tweeted.
The New Classic will be available on April 22, just a day before she kicks off her her 14-date North American trek in Boston. The tour concluded May 22 in Seattle.
Here's the track list for The New Classic:
“Walk the Line” “Don’t Need Ya’ll” “100″ feat. Watch the Duck “Change Your Life” feat. T.I. “Fancy” feat. Charli XCX “New Bitch” “Work” “Impossible Is Nothing” “Goddess” “Black Widow” feat. Rita Ora “Lady Patra” feat. Mavado “F**k Love”
Atlantic RecordsLast year saw Tank performing and recording alongside his TGT band matesGinuwine and Tyrese. However, it seems the R&B crooner has returned to being a solo act.
On Monday, Tank debuted his brand new single "You're My Star," the first offering from his forthcoming albumStronger. The set will mark his sixth solo effort and will serve as the follow-up to 2012's This Is How I Feel.
"R&B WILL NEVER DIE!" he wrote on Instagram before linking to the track, which was posted on Atlantic Record's official YouTube page.
The song, which samples The Jacksons' "This Place Hotel," will be available on iTunes Tuesday, March 11.
Image Courtesy Beyonce Via TumblrBeyonce is all about female empowerment. After penning a feminist essay earlier this year, the singer appears in the newly launched "Ban Bossy" campaign, which is organized by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In foundation and the Girl Scouts.
The singer stars alongside Jennifer Garner,Jane Lynch,Condoleezza Rice and others in a 60-second Lifetime PSA that encourages leadership in young girls, who are often branded bossy while pursuing their ambitions.
"Girls are less interested in leadership than boys," Bey says in the video. "Be brave, be you."