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Drake And Rihanna Make It Rain In Houston Strip Club

November 15th, 2013 11:29pm EST
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Rihanna and Drake may be rekindling their romance.

The two music stars were spotted together in a Houston strip club following a performance by Drake in the city on Thursday night. Rihanna was in attendance at the show, and the two stars reportedly hooked up afterward, hitting the V Live Gentlemen's Club together.

Rihanna and her entourage arrived at the club first and the rapper joined them afterward.

The pair reportedly "made it rain" in the club, showering the dancers with $17,000, according to E! News.

Dancer Jhonni Blaze told E! that the two "looked like a couple" while together an...
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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 1

October 11th, 2013 9:15pm EDT
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and some fell somewhere in between the two extremes.  As difficult as it was, as of October 7, 2013, I have compiled a list housing my favorites, least favorites, and honorable mentions.  I’m almost certain I’ve slighted someone and I’m sure there will be continual revisions, but for now, here’s what you should’ve sp...
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Music Wrap-Up: Big Sean & Naya Rivera Engaged, Drake Ends Robin Thicke's Billboard Chart Reign, And More

October 4th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
Big Sean and Naya Rivera
Time for your end of the week news recap! Here is the news you may have missed while adding Sinead O'Connor to your list of people who you should never offend.

Naya Rivera and Big Sean Engaged

What a year it’s been for rapper Big Sean and actress/singer Naya Rivera when it comes to their relationship, and it is clear they are trying to go out with a bang...or should I say a ring. A rep for Naya confirmed with Just Jared that Big Sean loved it so much, he decided to put a ring on it. That's right, after six months of dating, the cute couple are engaged. It was just last week Big Sean sat a...
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Chart Moves: Drake Lands Atop The Billboard Album Chart

October 3rd, 2013 7:33am EDT
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Drake’s 3Peat on the Billboard Albums Chart - Unsurprisingly, Drake lands atop the Billboard 200 Album Charts with his third solo album, Nothing Was The Same.  Nothing Was The Same sold a career-best 658,000 copies, trumping the 631,000 copies that Take Care sold in 2011.  Ultimately, Drake’s latest sold just a tad below prognostications, but easily took honors as top hip-hop debut of the year and the second-best debut overall behind Justin Timberlake’s juggernaut, The 20/20 Experience.  Drake, dude, “you the f**king best”.

…More Debuts This Week…

The best he may be, Drake is only the sta...
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Playlist: 5 Favorite September 2013 Albums

September 30th, 2013 2:15pm EDT
Janelle Monae
September 2013 yielded a number of notable new music releases. As a blogger, music journalist and critic, I found it incredibly difficult to make the time to listen to the over abundance of music provided. That said, I am so glad for there to be an over abundance as opposed to an under-abundance. While all of the albums I listened to left me with something special and a new jam to add to my playlists on my iPod, I chose five albums that stuck with me for various reasons.  If you haven’t partaken of these, you should definitely check them out!

5. Kings Of Leon, Mechanical Bull

Who thought ...
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Music Review: 'Nothing Was The Same' Gives Drake Another Juggernaut

September 26th, 2013 1:45pm EDT
Nothing Was The Same
Years ago, who would’ve foreseen the new breed of hip-hop, one combining super relaxed tempo, elements of contemporary and alternative R&B, and emo sensibility?  The answer is no one, but I speak for the music community that we are all glad that one Aubrey Drake Graham came along, mixing the flow of mentor Lil Wayne with his own unique artistic attributes.  On his third album Nothing Was The Same, Drake is on the same vibe, and that’s perfectly fine.  Sure Nothing Was The Same doesn’t supersede the MC’s past juggernauts, but it certainly does further enhance his discography.  There may neve...
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A Young Drake, Not Blue Ivy Carter, Pictured On 'Nothing Was The Same'

August 28th, 2013 11:00pm EDT
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Despite a strong resemblance to Blue Ivy Carter, the child featured on Drake's upcoming album cover isn't Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter.

The album, "Nothing Was The Same," has two covers created by artist Kadir Nelson. One features an adult drake while the other features a baby Drake with an afro and a hairpick.

During an interview with MTV, the hip hop star explained, "It's a child version of myself staring at myself now. Sometimes when I try and think back on this journey, it's so hard to pinpoint all of these moments and it gets foggy. What that album art is to me is, like, 'This is my ...
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Drake Being Sued By Former Stylist

August 27th, 2013 5:58am EDT
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Octobers Very Own, Drake, is facing a lawsuit from his former stylist.

According to TMZ, Drizzy’s former stylist, Michael Raphael, is allegedly claiming that the rapper owes him $76,490 for consulting, travel and shopping expenses accrued as of December of 2012.

A source said, Raphael was hired in August of 2012 to help with styling, clothing and graphic design for Drake as well as O.V.O. Fest, brand direction and photography, along with other marketing tasks. Raphael was taken on board for a monthly fee of $39,583. Quite the price tag for a stylist/graphic designer/ marketer/ networker/ ...
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Music Wrap-Up: Drake & Bruno Mars Added To VMAs And More

August 23rd, 2013 1:30pm EDT
Bruno Mars
Welcome to Friday! At the request of a reader via Twitter who asked me politely for posts on Pop music news, I’ve decided not to treat the genre like an evil stepchild. Mainly because I love Pop so much. So, without further delay, here is the Hip Hop, R&B, AND Pop music news you may have missed while placing bets on Lady Gaga and Katy Perry’s singles outshining each other.

Drake and Bruno Mars added to VMA performance lineup

The VMA’s are set to kickoff live from New York this coming Sunday and the list of performers keeps growing causing anticipation to bubble like a pot of hot water on ...
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Drake Calls Tweets From Amanda Bynes 'Disturbing'

August 7th, 2013 9:09pm EDT
Drake
Rapper Drake has finally commented on the tweets that Amanda Bynes made about him earlier this year, calling them "disturbing".

Back in March Bynes tweeted, "@drake is a hot fellow :D (smiley face)," followed by, "I want @drake to murder my vagina," a week later. Things then turned nasty when the rapper didn't reply to her. She began insulting him via the social networking site, resorting to what amounted to name-calling.

"I'm Getting Surgery To Fix My Nose," she wrote. "There's No Surgery That Fixes Drake's Ugly Downward Facing Eyes."

She later referred to him again as "The man of my dr...
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Drake Promises To Remove Offensive Autism Lyrics From 'Jodeci (Freestyle)'

July 23rd, 2013 3:29pm EDT
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Drake has promised to remove odious lyrics by J. Cole from their new track after causing controversy with a reference to autism.

Last week, the hip-hop tandem came under fire from charity crusaders after releasing Jodeci (Freestyle), in which Cole says, "I'm artistic, you n**gas is autistic, retarded."

The uproar impelled the Miss America singer to write a lengthy apology to those offended by the line, insisting he was "instantly embarrassed" by his choice of words and "should have known better."

Cole added, "To the entire Autism community who expressed outrage, I'm moved and inspired b...
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J. Cole Apologizes For Lyrics About Autism In 'Jodeci Freestyle'

July 22nd, 2013 10:40am EDT
J. Cole
J. Cole has posted a lengthy apology after making a controversial reference to autism in his new collaboration with Drake.

The 28 year-old rapper teamed up with his colleague for new song Jodeci Freestyle, but the track caused indignation due to a line about the disorder.  The lyric reads, "Go check the numbers dummy, that's just me gettin' started/ I'm artistic, you n**gas is autistic, retarded."
 
Now, he has taken to the web to say sorry to anyone he has offended. In the post, he writes, "In a recent verse on the song 'Jodeci Freestyle', I said something highly offensive to people wit...
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The Morning Roundup: Chad Kroeger And Avril Lavigne Wed, BET Awards, Gaga For Gay Rights, Ace Knute

July 1st, 2013 10:49am EDT
Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne
Drake and Chris Brown continued their feud Sunday night at the BET Awards. No, the two singers didn't get into any physical altercations this time, but Drake did whoop Chris by taking two of the night's top awards. Drake was nominated for 12 awards and landed only two of them, but they were big ones. Adding insult to injury, Brown's ex-girlfriend Rihanna was also a winner. (story)

O Canada! Canadian pop stars Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger (sorry, did you just say Kroeger is a rock star -- wrong) were married in Cannes Saturday night, nearly a year after getting engaged. Lavigne revealed t...
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Drake Nominated For 12 BET Awards

May 15th, 2013 12:38pm EDT
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Rapper Drake has dominated this year's BET Awards nominations with an astounding 12 nods -- five of them coming in just one category.

The "Best I Ever Had" singer has five singles up for the Video of the Year award: "Started From The Bottom," "HYFR" (with Lil Wayne), "No Lie" (with 2 Chainz), "Poetic Justice" (with Kendrick Lamar), and "Problems.

He's also in good position to win in the Best Collaboration category for his singles with A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz and Lamar.

Drake has two entries in Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award category and will go up against Lamar, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky and Fut...
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Blogger Perez Hilton Appeals To Amanda Bynes' Parents To Have Her Committed

April 18th, 2013 3:42pm EDT
Amanda Bynes
Many of us know and love Amanda Bynes. Her career as one of the starring actresses on All That bring back fond memories of my childhood - the "Amanda Please" skits in particular. She was even pretty good in She's The Man.

But ever since she fell off the radar in 2010, things haven't quite been the same. Bynes has began acting "erratically," posting videos like this online, as well as very publicly announcing her intention to sue anyone who attempts to slander her image.

"Erratic" is defined as "deviating from the usual or proper course in conduct or opinion," which is what appears to be g...
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Drake Says He Makes Better Music Than Chris Brown & Is 'More Popping Than Him'

April 15th, 2013 11:41am EDT
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In a recent interview, Drake talked about his ongoing feud with rival Chris Brown and urged the media to back off the topic.

During a radio Q&A with New York DJ Ellitt Wilson, Drake's relationship with Brown was mentioned, to which he responded: "Don't ask me s**t about that man... (Brown). Leave that man alone. Stop preying on his insecurities. His insecurities are the fact that I make better music than him, that I'm more popping than him."

Drake also brought up Rihanna, saying, "At one point in life the woman that he loves (Rihanna) fell into my lap. I did what a real n**ga would do and...
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Amanda Bynes Tweets Raunchy Message To Drake About Her Lady Parts

March 22nd, 2013 8:52am EDT
Drake and Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes has exhibited some odd behavior over the last year, so it really isn't too shocking that she posted something raunchy on Twitter.
 
"I want @drake to murder my vagina," she tweeted on Thursday.

Well, that's one way to get a guy's attention.

Bynes has over 325,000 followers on Twitter, and her tweet has been viewed by millions of people. It's possible her account was hacked, but the actress hasn't come forward to say so.

On March 14 she tweeted a photo of the hip hop star, writing: "@drake is a hot fellow :D." It's obvious that she has a crush on the guy, but we're not sure ...
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Kendrick Lamar Is MTV’s Hottest MC In The Game, Kanye West Angry About Being #7

March 9th, 2013 12:34pm EST
Kendrick Lamar
MTV has chosen this year’s “The Hottest MC in the Game,” and it’s Kendrick Lamar, who beat 2 Chainz and Rick Ross.

Lamar topped the 2013 list following the success of his debut album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.”

He commented on Rap-Up.com, "It's very important for hip-hop. I love that they have debates like that. We need that. It's competitive. Even though we (are) doing these collaborations and stuff like that and we cool, at the same time, this is still rap. It's still competitive and I'm trying to compete with everybody to be the best."

2 Chainz and Ross (who was last year’s winner), pl...
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Rumor Patrol: Chris Brown And Rihanna's Court 'Date,' Drake's Super Bowl Orgy, More

February 9th, 2013 1:03pm EST
Chris Brown and Rihanna
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Chris Brown Takes Rihanna On A Date... To Court: Did Chris Brown take Rihanna on an unromantic date to a courtroom? Brown was in court to discuss claims that he falsified the community service he had to perform for his probation. More than a few people claimed to have seen her arriving and sitting in the courtroom.

Verdict: True! That was indeed Rihanna, as several sources have confirmed. It's quite a ...
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Drake Asks Judge To Dismiss Nightclub Lawsuit

December 25th, 2012 11:03am EST
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Rapper Drake is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit blaming him for a nightclub's bad press following his infamous brawl with Chris Brown.

The two stars' entourages clashed during a night out at New York City's W.i.P. in June and the fracas is believed to have erupted after the rival artists exchanged words over R&B beauty Rihanna, who was romantically linked to Drake following her 2009 split from Brown.

Chiefs at Entertainment Enterprises, Ltd., who own a large stake in Greenhouse, a club located in the same building, later filed a $16 million lawsuit against the pair, alleging their rep...
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Drake Delivers High School Graduation Speech

October 29th, 2012 8:21am EDT
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Rapper Drake dedicated his high school diploma to his mom as he spoke at his graduation ceremony in Canada on Friday.

The hip-hop star hired a private tutor over the summer to help him finally complete his studies, and he announced to fans earlier this month that he had passed his exams with flying colors.

Drake marked the occasion by returning to Toronto's Jarvis Collegiate Institute to deliver the commencement address, sharing the lessons he has learned about perseverance with his fellow graduates.

Explaining his reasons for resuming his studies, he said, "I reached a point in my life ...
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25-Year-Old Drake Finally Gets His High School Diploma

October 18th, 2012 8:30am EDT
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Ten years after dropping out of high school, Drake has finally received his high school diploma.

He tweeted earlier this week, "97% on my final exam. 88% in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight I have graduated high school!"

He added, "Thank you to my teacher Kim Janzen for spending the last 5 months working tirelessly with me!! OVO SOUND."

The Canadian actor/rapper left school at 15 to pursue a career in entertainment. He got his start on the TV series "Degrass: The Next Generation" in 2001, playing a disabled basektball player in 138 episodes.

Last...
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Mariah Carey Shows Off Her Curves At BMI Urban Awards - See Who Won!

September 8th, 2012 9:30am EDT
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New "American Idol" judge Mariah Carey showed off her curvy figure at Friday night's BMI Urban Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The songstress was named BMI Icon for her "indelible influence on generations of music makers." Several stars sang Carey's hit songs, including Karen Clark Sheard, who sang "Anytime You Need a Friend," Eric Benet ("One Sweet Day") and Fantasia Barrino, who performed "Hero."

Carey later thanked the performers "for doing something so beautiful with the songs I wrote,'' adding, "I'm so humbled by this moment because a lot of people still don't know I write my own son...
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2012 MTV VMAs Fashion - Rihanna's New 'Do, Miley's Plunging Neckline & More (Pics)

September 7th, 2012 12:48pm EDT
Rihanna, Miley and Demi
Rihanna showed off a new pixie haircut on the red carpet at Thursday night's MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) and Miley Cyrus took the plunge in another cleavage-baring gown.

Nicki Minaj looked like an arachnid, with a very black widow-like black and red dress; Katy Perry dazzled in a see-through black gown with a blue and red floral print.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa and fiancee Amber Rose announced their pregnancy by showing off her big belly; Alicia Keys opted for the Angelina Jolie Oscars look, showing off one leg through the slit in her dress; and Hollywood made its presence with stars Emma Wats...
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NYC Nightclub Fights Back Against Tony Parker's Lawsuit

August 29th, 2012 12:34pm EDT
Tony Parker
Bosses of a nightclub in New York have asked a judge to dismiss Tony Parker's lawsuit after he sued over allegations he was injured in an altercation involving Drake and Chris Brown.

The basketball player was at Manhattan hotspot W.i.P. on June 14th when a fight allegedly broke out between the two musicians' entourages.

Parker claims he was injured by a shard of glass when drinkers began throwing bottles and he filed suit against the club owners at Entertainment Enterprises, Ltd., insisting they should have been aware of the "bad blood" between Drake and Brown and not let them both into...
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Male Model Sues Chris Brown And Drake Over Nightclub Brawl

August 21st, 2012 10:57am EDT
Male Model Sues Chris Brown And Drake Over Nightclub Brawl
A male model has filed suit against Chris Brown and Drake over allegations he was injured during a brawl between the two stars' entourages in New York in June.

Romain Julien claims he was sitting at a nearby table when the two singers' aides allegedly clashed at Manhattan hotspot W.i.P. on June 14th. He filed a lawsuit at New York Supreme Court on Monday alleging he suffered a severed tendon in his right hand, and demanding actual and punitive damages.

Julien has named both Drake and Brown in the legal action, as well as the operators of the venue, Entertainment Enterprises, Ltd., insis...
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Chris Brown, Drake Being Sued For $15 Million Over Nightclub Brawl

August 15th, 2012 11:17pm EDT
Chris Brown
R&B singer Chris Brown and rapper Drake are being sued for $15 million by the owners of the W.i.P. nightclub in New York City over the brawl the two allegedly incited back in June.

The stars reportedly exchanged words over singer Rihanna, who dated Drake following her split from Brown after he beat her up before the 2009 Grammy Awards; and their entourages helped turn a small scuffle into a huge brawl in which bottles were smashed, furniture was thrown and the club was nearly destroyed.

Entertainment Enterprises, Ltd., the parent company of the club, has put the blame for the brawl on the...
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Nicki Minaj Rocks Out With Lil Wayne, Drake & Foxy Brown At NYC Gig

August 15th, 2012 9:17am EDT
Nicki Minaj
Following an appearance on "Today" on Tuesday morning, Nicki Minaj performed for a huge crowd at New York City's Roseland Ballroom that evening.

In June, Lil Wayne pulled the hip hop star from Hot 97's Summer Jam concert after one of the radio station’s hosts made a few jokes at Nicki’s expense earlier in the night about her hit song "Starships."

She made up for it in NYC last night, belting out favorites such as "Roman's Revenge" and "Did It On 'Em'" alongside a posse of dancers. She addressed the crowd: "I just want my fans here, 'cause I don't want people to come and observe me. If yo...
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Aaliyah's Family Not Supporting Drake's Collaboration With Singer

August 9th, 2012 10:26am EDT
Aaliyah
Aaliyah's family members aren't supporting Drake's new album, which features unheard samples of the R&B star, who died in plane crash in 2001.

On Sunday, Drake debuted his new song "Enough Said" online and at the OVO Festival in Canada, but Aaliyah's family are not behind it. Her brother Rashad Haughton commented, "There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family."

However, the family is considering releasing an official posthumous album. Her official Facebook page included the post: "Do you want an AALIYAH album? If so, who should executive produce it or be...
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Drake Debuts Song With Aaliyah, May Produce Her Next Posthumous Album

August 7th, 2012 8:34am EDT
Drake
Eleven years after her death in a plane crash, Drake released an official colloboration with Aaliyah on his website and at the OVO Festival in Toronto, Canada.

"Enough Said" features unreleased vocals from the singer, who died at age 22 in 2001.

The recording artist is reportedly expected to executive produce Aaliyah's upcoming posthumous album. According to HipHopDX, details surrounding the project are scarce; however, in March, producer Jeffrey "J. Dub" Walker said an unreleased song titled "Steady Ground" will appear on the project.

Drake is a big fan of the star and even has her name...
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