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Ice Cube Planning N.W.A. Biopic

5/11/2011 9:56pm EDT
Ice Cube
Rap and movie mogul Ice Cube has confirmed reports of a planned biopic about his groundbreaking former group N.W.A.

The "It Was a Good Day" hitmaker fronted the original gangsta rap act with Dr. Dre and admits he's working on a new film about "the world's most dangerous group."

He says, "I think N.W.A. changed a lot in pop culture and people should see how we started, how the neighborhood we came from created N.W.A. and then N.W.A. changed the neighborhoods we come from. It's definitely a story that needs to be told."

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America's '25 Fittest Guys' Include Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans & Joel McHale

4/22/2011 1:00pm EDT
Fittest Guys
Men’s Fitness magazine is honoring its "25 Fittest Guys." From the boardroom to the classroom, the big screen to the small, these guys are at the top of their game. They’re record breakers, superheroes, and regular Joes.

Check out the celebrities on the list:

Chris Evans, The Action Hero, 30

Evans starred as Marvel Comic Superhero, Captain America. Evans took the role seriously, working with a personal trainer to build bigger biceps and tone his abs, transforming his body into the jacked frame of Marvel Comic’s super soldier.

Alex O’Loughlin, The Five-O, 34

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Dr. Dre Wins Legal Battle Over 'Chronic' Web Sales

4/20/2011 9:35am EDT
Dr. Dre
Legendary rapper/producer Dr. Dre has won a legal ruling entitling him to 100 per cent of the profits of digital sales of his iconic album, The Chronic.

Dr. Dre, real name Andre Young, took label executives to court last year, alleging they were improperly selling his 1992 debut online and using his hits in compilations without his authorization.

U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruled on Tuesday that Death Row Records bosses do not have the rights to sell the album online and that Dr. Dre has received far less cash than he is due from web sales. The ruling will now see the hip-hop s...
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Snoop Dogg Fuming At 'Wet' Name Change

4/13/2011 2:27pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg has been told to change the title of his bachelor party anthem dedicated to royal fan Prince William in order to get the racy tune played on U.S. radio stations.

The Gin and Juice hit-maker came up with Wet in honor of the British royal's upcoming nuptials to Kate Middleton, insisting he hoped the tune would help the Prince celebrate his final days as a single man.

He faced some criticism from radio chiefs who refused to play the song on air unless he renamed the track to make it more family-friendly, but the backlash has stunned Snoop - because another single he created with...
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Rapper Nate Dogg Dies At 41

3/16/2011 8:23am EDT
Nate Dogg
Rapper Nate Dogg has died at age 41.

Snoop Dogg's cousin - real name Nathaniel Hale - passed away on Tuesday following a lengthy battle with numerous health issues, reports the Long Beach Press Telegram.

Hale, whose cause of death is not yet known, suffered a series of strokes in 2007 and 2008, which left him paralyzed down the left side of his body.

His pal Warren G appealed to fans in November asking them to help contribute to the star's medical costs as he underwent a lengthy rehabilitation process to regain the ability to walk and talk.

Hale rose to fame with Snoop Dogg and Warr...
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Diddy Is The Richest Man In Hip Hop - See How Much He's Worth

3/11/2011 8:45am EST
Diddy
Sean 'Diddy' Combs has beaten Jay-Z to the top of the latest list to find the richest man in hip-hop.

Forbes magazine editors estimate Diddy has a fortune of $475 million - just $25 million more than his rap mogul rival Jay-Z.

Dr. Dre came in a distant third with $125 million, while Birdman and 50 Cent tied for fourth with estimated $100 million fortunes.

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Dr. Dre To Perform With Eminem At The Grammys

2/10/2011 9:33am EST
Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre is set to play his first live TV performance in a decade when he joins his protégé Eminem on stage at Sunday's Grammys.

The Real Slim Shady hit-maker is set for a big night at the annual prizegiving - he's up for 10 trophies, including Song of the Year for Love the Way You Lie, Best Rap Album and the coveted Album of the Year trophy for Recovery.

And the rapper will thrill the star-studded audience when he collaborates with Dre, who hasn't performed on TV in 10 years.

The show will be a treat for hip-hop fans who have been waiting for a new Dre album for 12 years.

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'Detox' Will Be Dr. Dre's Last Album

11/22/2010 4:30pm EST
Dr. Dre
Hip-hop icon Dr. Dre will retire as a rapper after the long-awaited release of Detox next year.

The former N.W.A. star has been working on his third solo project for over a decade and it will reportedly hit music retailers in February after a string of delays. Dre admits he struggled to complete the disc because at 45, he fears he's losing touch with his younger fans.

He tells the upcoming issue of XXL Magazine, "The only part that has been pushing me back is just the fact that I'm getting older... I can incorporate other artists, new artists with this record, to say some of the things ...
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Flavor Flav Launching Vodka And Chicken Range

11/18/2010 3:31pm EST
Flavor Flav
Veteran rapper Flavor Flav has become the latest hip-hop star to enter the alcohol industry - he's launching a range of flavored vodkas. The Public Enemy star has been working on Le Flav Spirits and is aiming to have the liquors on the market early next year.

He says, "I want you all to keep on the look out. It should be on the shelves by January... I'm coming out with a cherry vodka, a berry vodka, an olive vodka, a sweet tea vodka, a bubblegum vodka and a grape vodka."

And Flav is already planning to expand the collection: "Also, I'm coming out with Le Flav Cognac and Chateaux Le Flav...
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Dr. Dre Not Happy Over Internet Leak

11/18/2010 10:45am EST
Dr. Dre
An internet leak has forced Dr. Dre to release his new single Kush - even though he's not happy with the song's content.

The hip-hop legend already axed his collaboration with Jay-Z, Under Pressure, from upcoming album Detox after part of the song hit the internet early. Dre said at the time, "There's no leaks that came out that's gonna be on the record."

The rapper recently became the victim of a web leak again when an unfinished version of Kush appeared on websites, and he's reluctantly agreed to release the single. Nevertheless, Dre admits he's unhappy with the release of Kush, a son...
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Justin Timberlake Defends Illegal Downloading

9/27/2010 2:34pm EDT
Justin Timberlake
Pop star-turned-actor Justin Timberlake has sided with fallen Napster co-founder Sean Parker in the music downloading debate, admitting he would have used the file-sharing website had he not shot to fame.

Parker's music-sharing site was shut down in 2001 following a string of lawsuits from artists like Metallica and Dr. Dre, and several major record labels. He re-launched his career in 2004 when he was hired as an adviser for Facebook.com and he is portrayed by Timberlake in new film The Social Network, which chronicles the early days of the website.

Timberlake found himself researching...
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Jay-Z, Eminem, And Music's Biggest Stars In An 'Empire State Of Mind' At Yankee Stadium

9/14/2010 4:00pm EDT
Jay-Z, Eminem Yankee Stadium
Last night, Eminem and Jay-Z turned Yankees Stadium into a more exciting, surprising, and star-studded event than the VMA’s the night before. Em’s priorities were clear when he ditched the MTV awards immediately after his opening performance to fly east and meet up with Jay-Z for the first of the New York concerts on Jay and Eminem’s their Home and Home tour.

The show got off to a hot start with B.o.B. who did a good job with his opening set, despite the noticeable omission of his chart topping hit, “Airplanes.” In a surprising twist, that tune showed up midway through Eminem’s set, with t...
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Should These Bands Or Artists Be Considered For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

9/1/2010 2:31pm EDT
Journey
Not all musicians can be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, it brings to mind some music acts worthy of consideration in the future. Let us know which yet to be named bands or artist do you think should be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Performers:

Journey

Classic Rock band Journey is currently experiencing a new wave of popularity thanks to televised musical programs American Idol and Glee.

Nirvana

Rock act Nirvana crashed into the 90's obliterating the Heavy Metal music scene with a new revolutionary industry termed movement known as "Grunge."...
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Dr. Dre Sued For $1.2 Million

7/26/2010 2:45pm EDT
Dr. Dre
Rap mogul Dr. Dre is facing a $1.2 million lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay for studio time.

The legendary producer is being sued by Paramount Recording Studios in California for breach of contract.

In a lawsuit filed at Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, the claimants allege that Dre - real name Andre Young - failed to pay for the use of a recording studio between April 2009 and June 2010. The papers claim that Young promised to pay the amount by July 13th, but failed to do so.

It is reported the rapper has used the recording studio for a decade and got a cheaper rate on the s...
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Dr. Dre Teams Up With Justin Bieber

7/21/2010 2:21pm EDT
Dr. Dre
Rap super-producer Dr. Dre took a break from working on his long-awaited comeback album on Tuesday to make music with an unlikely collaborator - teenage pop star Justin Bieber.

The Still D.R.E. hit-maker has been perfecting the tracks for Detox for months and his first new release in over a decade is expected to hit music retailers by the end of the year. However, Dre temporarily put the album on hold this week to provide Usher's protégé Bieber with some beats and share a few wise words with the 16 year old.

Revealing the news on his Twitter.com blog on Tuesday, Bieber wrote, "Got to b...
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Timbaland Surprises High School Graduates With Impromptu Performance

6/24/2010 7:17pm EDT
Timbaland
Rapper/producer Timbaland and Dr. Dre shocked students in California on Wednesday night by performing a surprise gig at their graduation party.

"The Way I Are" hitmaker was introduced onstage at Culver City High by Dr. Dre, who then performed hits with his guest in the school's gymnasium.

A 17-year-old student from the school, Saul Salmeron, tells the Associated Press, "When we walked in, we were like, 'Whoa. Is this a second prom?'"

Speaking during the event, which was sponsored by Interscope Records and Hewlett-Packard, Timbaland was met with cheers as he asked the crowd of teenagers, ...
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Eminem Named 'Artist Of The Decade'

5/6/2010 4:30pm EDT
Eminem
Rap superstar Eminem has a prestigious new plaque to add to his collection of awards after picking up his honor as America's best-selling artist of the decade.

The Without Me hit-maker, real name Marshall Mathers, was crowned the king of the charts by officials at Nielsen SoundScan, the company which compiles the Billboard countdowns, in December after selling more than 32 million albums in his career to date.

Eminem was presented with a special plaque commemorating his achievements this week when he was joined by mentor Dr. Dre, Interscope Records boss Jimmy Iovine, manager Paul Rosenb...
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No 'Relapse 2' For Eminem

4/14/2010 8:00pm EDT
Eminem
Rapper Eminem has scrapped plans to release a sequel to his Relapse album.

The Without Me hit-maker returned to the charts last year with Relapse, his first release since 2004's Encore. He revealed his studio sessions with mentor and super-producer Dr. Dre had been so productive, he planned to serve up a double treat for fans by releasing a second project, titled Relapse 2, months later.

Eminem said, "We were on such a roll; we wound up with a ton of new music produced by Dre. Putting out Relapse 2 will let everyone get all of the best stuff."

The project was originally scheduled to h...
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Dr. Dre: 'I've Been Listening To A Lot Of Kraftwerk'

4/9/2010 5:00pm EDT
Dr. Dre
Hip-hop legend Dr. Dre has been turning to 1970s electronica pioneers Kraftwerk for inspiration as he completes work on his long-awaited album Detox.

The rap icon is putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 1999 release 2001, and recently revealed the first single will be a track called Under Pressure featuring Jay-Z.

However, Dre admits he's been listening to a completely different genre of music to help fuel his creativity during the lengthy process.

He tells Reuters, "I've been listening to a lot of old '60s and '70s music. Things like Kraftwerk, and Parliament Funkadelic....
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Dr. Dre Launches Royalties Lawsuit

2/12/2010 9:03am EST
Dr. Dre Launches Royalties Lawsuit
Rap legend Dr. Dre is suing the newly acquired Death Row Records over unpaid royalties stemming from his iconic 1992 album The Chronic. Dre, real name Andre Young, filed a suit against the label at Los Angeles Federal Court on Thursday, claiming he has not received any further money from album sales since he left the company in 1996, and that the new owners of Death Row Records released a collectors' version of The Chronic, as well as a greatest hits record, without his consent.

Young's lawyer claims in the suit that WIDEawake, part of music publisher EverGreen which acquired the assets...
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'Hannah Montana' Star Mitchel Musso Talks About Being A Rockstar

6/17/2009 9:36am EDT
Mitchel Musso
Starpulse had a chance to catch up with 17-year-old Hannah Montana star Mitchel Musso this week to chat about his self titled first album that recently dropped, the cool fans that he has, and his summer tour that kicks off July 1.

Starpulse: You just recently released your first album, what's your favorite song on it?

"Us Against the World," It's a duet with Katelyn Tarver. She's got the most phenomenal voice that you'll ever hear out of a girl. It's got a great message, kind of self-explanatory but it's about this relationship where they feel like everyone is against them datin...
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Int'l Pop Icon Kylie Minogue Announces First Ever North American Tour

5/7/2009 1:30pm EDT
Kylie Minogue
North American fans of international pop superstar Kylie Minogue will finally get a chance to experience the icon live in concert when her 6-city tour kicks off in Oakland, CA on September 30th.

Over the course of her extraordinary 20-year-career, Minogue has been a global force in pop music with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide, 50 hit singles including the U.S. Billboard dance-chart toppers "Can't Get You Our of My Head," "Love At First Sight," "Slow," and the Grammy-Award winning "Come Into My World," countless awards and accolades including an OBE from the Queen and 8 s...
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Interview: Snoop Dogg On The Set Of MTV's 'Dogg After Dark'

3/5/2009 3:04pm EST
Snoop Dogg
The President of MTV Networks recently described one superstar artist as "pushing the boundaries of hip-hop with his signature antics, incredible catalogue of music, legendary videos, larger than life personality and even a little controversy."

So, what's this particular artist's 'motherfu*king name'? Hint: He's slim with the tilted brim, frequently has his mind on his money (and yes, his money on his mind) and he's not afraid to drop it like it's hot.

In fact, it's these attributes that compel a group of reporters - yours truly among them - to the upscale Hollywood nightclub The ...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

1/30/2009 2:14pm EST
Beatles
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...
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2009 Music To Look Forward To

1/8/2009 12:34pm EST
U2
2008 brought in a slew of good music, but it is nothing compared to what's in store for 2009. Check our list of anticipated hot music releases to look forward to this year. Let us know your can't wait picks!

U2 - No Line On The Horizon

Rock pantheons U2 are set to release a new title, No Line On The Horizon, on March 3, 2009. Their new title will feature production by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, and Steve Lillywhite.

Eminem - Relapse

Hip Hop's dynamic duo, Eminem and producer Dr. Dre, have again joined forces for Eminem's next studio release Rela...
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50 Cent Adds 2nd Free DVD Movie To New Album Package

11/17/2008 6:00pm EST
50 Cent
50 Cent knows hard times. So in these difficult economic days, the artist who debuted with Get Rich Or Die Tryin' is giving something back to his fans by adding a free DVD of a full-length original movie to his fourth major label album, Before I Self Destruct (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), releasing early 2009.

The album move comes as 50 Cent was rushing to get his album finished for a December release, however it is not complete. With the deadline to secure advertising and retail placement for the album imminent, he decided to move to a date in early 2009.

50 Cent featured in U...
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50 Cent Unleashes His Fourth Album, 'Before I Self Destruct,' Dec. 9

10/17/2008 1:05pm EDT
50 Cent
50 Cent exploded onto the music scene with his blockbuster debut Get Rich Or Die Tryin'. Now he's set to deliver his fourth major label album, Before I Self Destruct (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), on December 9, 2008.

For the explosive Before I Self Destruct, 50 Cent returned to working closely with Dr. Dre and Eminem as he did on his first album. But Before I Self Destruct is more than an album. The package also includes a DVD with an original, gritty, feature-length movie he wrote, directed and starred in. 50 Cent proves with Before I Self Destruct that no one on the hip-hop sce...
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Busta Rhymes Quits Record Label

9/20/2008 10:30am EDT
Busta Rhymes
Rapper Busta Rhymes has left his record label in order to release his latest album Blessed through another music industry giant. The hip-hop star - real name Trevor George Smith Jr. - decided to quit Aftermath/Interscope after four years in favor of Universal Motown records because of a reportedly acrimonious relationship with Aftermath boss Jimmy Iovine.

The label - which is also home to hip-hop heavyweights Dr. Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent - reportedly pushed back the release of Rhymes' eighth studio LP Blessed, and clashed with the star over certain track samples.

The album was neve...
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A Quick Look At Some Top Rap Feuds

8/22/2008 9:12am EDT
Eminem
The music industry has always thrived on fabricated competition to generate publicity; The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, The Beatles vs. Elvis Presley, Madonna vs. Cyndi Lauper, Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam, and Jonas Brothers vs. Tokio Hotel, are all apt examples of this. In comparison to the examples given here however, competition is never more prevalent than in the Hip Hop arena. It is a platform where the verbal expression of ego driven beefs and putdowns have now become part of the art itself upon which success thrives. Whether recorded or done on video, it sets Rap music apart from a...
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Music Is Meant To Be Heard Live

7/28/2008 9:03am EDT
Wu-Tang Clang
At last summer's Rock the Bells, less that two minutes after Wu-Tang Clang busted into their first song, which is to say five minutes after the yo-yo-yos concluded, my dad plopped himself down on the grassy knoll. "These guys suck," he muttered into the tattooed shins of the toking Latino in front of him.

It's not that my pop is the typical old guy who views rap as an example of all that is wrong with the world; he had just nodded along to Cypress Hill several sets before, even mouthing a few choice lyrics to "Insane in the Membrane." No, my dad is just not a fan of live music he can'...
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