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Nickelodeon Names Nick Cannon 'Chairman Of TeenNick'

September 25th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Nickelodeon Nick Cannon Chairman Of TeenNick
Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, announced today that multi-talented, actor/comedian/artist/producer Nick Cannon, former Nickelodeon and MTV Networks star, returns to the Nickelodeon family as Chairman and development consultant for TeenNick, it was announced today by Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon /MTVN Kids and Family Group.

The network's groundbreaking two-year deal with Cannon, which begins immediately, positions him in front of the camera and behind the desk as Chairman of The N as it transforms into TeenNick. On Monday, Sept. 28, The N will rebrand ...

This Week's Music News: MTV VMA's, Lady Gaga, Rihanna And More

September 8th, 2009 12:19pm EDT
As the music world prepares for the MTV Video Music Awards, album release dates have been experiencing push backs or in rare cases push ups and have even gone missing (ahem, Nas and Damian Marley's Distant Relatives). Mariah Carey talks to Oprah, Whitney's less than perfect GMA performance, and Lady Gaga's domination of the UK charts rounds out this week's music news.

Kanye West still does not like the paparazzi

For those of you who thought that Kanye West would eventually warm up to the paparazzi and finally smile for the camera, he reminds you that he really does not like the papara...

'Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite I' Gets Digital Release; Full Album Out Oct. 27

August 25th, 2009 8:30am EDT
Michael Jackson Remix Suite
Universal Motown Records will release "Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite I" on Tuesday, August 25. It is the first batch of music to be unveiled from Universal Motown's innovative five-part digital suite of remixes paying homage to the most thrilling entertainer of all time.

"Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite I" boasts five exclusive new renditions of beloved tracks by Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 remixed by five of the hottest producers in the game: Stargate ("Skywriter"), The Neptunes ("Never Can Say Goodbye"), Dallas Austin ("I Wanna Be Where You Are"), Polow Da Don ("Dancing Machi...

Diddy Announces New Album: 'Last Train To Paris' Coming In September

February 19th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Sean "Diddy" Combs has revealed new details of his sixth LP. The album, entitled Last Train To Paris, is slated to arrive on September 22nd. The LP features what Combs describes as electro-hip hop soul funk - welcoming in an unexpected mixture of sight and sound. "I'm ushering in a new movement called 'train music'," says Combs. "Last Train To Paris" is Diddy's follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2007 release, Press Play.

"Last Train To Paris is deeper than any of the other stuff I have ever made. It's a profound love story. It's me with my shades off. It's the truth." says...

Rehab On Tour Now; Will Join Kid Rock In Sept.

July 17th, 2008 8:16pm EDT
Georgia based group Rehab emerged on the scene in '07 with a powerful seasoning of southern rock flavorings that catapulted their underground single, "Bartender Song" into a cult hit. The track had become the decade's premier 'bar song', and caught the attention of chart topping arbiters of rock and hip hop cuisine like Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker to inquire about covering the smash tune.

Spurred on by the rabid fan reaction, Rehab decided to re-record the song and add it to their sophomore album, Graffiti The World, along with an arsenal of new country-fried works that fans have descri...

Madonna's Delicious New Album, 'Hard Candy,' Scheduled For April 29 Release

March 26th, 2008 11:07am EDT
Madonna's 11th studio album for Warner Bros. Records Hard Candy is scheduled to have a global release on April 28th and a US release on April 29th, it was confirmed by her label.

"Hard Candy" (the follow up to 2005's Confessions On A Dance Floor which debuted at No. 1 in 30 countries and sold over 8 million copies), has been described as a brilliant up-tempo collection of 12 songs in which Madonna remains ensconced in club mode but this time adds an urban hip hop beat in collaboration with musical partners Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes and Nate "Danja...

Three Graces Charm On Their Self-Titled Debut Album

March 16th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Three Graces
Three Graces (Joy Kabanuck, Kelly Levesque and Sara Gettelfinger) released their self-titled debut album March 4th on Decca Records. While it is not uncommon for solo artists to work in various genres of music during the course of their career it's a much rarer occurrence to find three individual artists with this commonality looking to collaborate on a higher level. The stunning and talented new trio, Three Graces, effectively blends their musical backgrounds in Opera, Pop and Broadway to form a new sound that resonates with any music enthusiast.

The performances on their debut alb...

Ashlee Simpson Has A New Single; New Album Almost Complete

January 15th, 2008 3:26pm EST
Ashlee Simpson
Ashlee Simpson is in a good place. She has two multi-platinum records that debuted back to back at the top of the charts and collectively sold more than four million copies in the U.S. alone. She has two sold-out tours under her belt, a tight-knit family, a loyal fan base, and a burgeoning second career as an actress. So when it came time to create her third album, she wanted the music to represent where she was at in life.

"Life is really good right now. I'm young. I love my life and I enjoy my time off too. I wanted to celebrate all that on my next record. I wanted to make music peop...

Mary J. Blige Releases New Album, 'Growing Pains,' Dec. 18

December 6th, 2007 4:15pm EST
Mary J. Blige
Geffen Records superstar and hit-making songwriter Mary J. Blige, is set to follow-up the most successful album of her career, the triple platinum The Breakthrough, with her eighth (8th) studio CD Growing Pains on Tuesday, December 18th, one week before Christmas.

Growing Pains includes her top ten single "Just Fine" which has become an instant favorite on radio enjoyed by over 20 million listeners. "Just Fine" is in heavy rotation on MTV, BET and VH-1, and Mary recently shot the video for her second single, "Work That," which is currently featured in an Apple iPod commercial.


West, Fiasco And Pharrell To Release Supergroup Album

June 28th, 2007 4:57pm EDT
Kanye West
Rappers Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and producer Pharrell Williams could be releasing their first collective album as soon next year - if they ever find time to get together in the studio. Hip-hop star Fiasco has been friends with West since their early days in the rap underground, and after the positive reaction to their collaboration with The Neptunes producer Williams on the mixtape track Us Placers earlier this year, the trio plan to release a full record as a supergroup.

He says, "It's a little project that me, Kanye, and Skateboard P (Williams) sat down and was like, 'Yo let's do...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 5

April 5th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday to Neptune Pharrell Williams (1973), Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready (1965), fmr. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell (1937), British actor Nigel Hawthorne (1929; d. 2001), director/producer Roger Corman (1926), "Mr. Belvedere" star Christopher Hewett (1922; d. 2001), "To Kill A Mockingbird" star Gregory Peck (1916; d. 2003), "James Bond" producer Albert R. Broccoli (1909; d. 1996), and legendary thespians Bette Davis (1908; d. 1989) and Spencer Tracy (1900; d. 1967).

Diddy & Snoop Dogg Plan European Tour

December 14th, 2006 9:11am EST
Snoop Dogg
Two icons of the hip-hop world, Diddy and Snoop Dogg, have unveiled plans for a major co-headlining European concert tour. The historic 18-city trek will see the superstars sharing stages in nine countries across the continent.

The Snoop/Diddy tour will kick off on March 12th at Oslo, Norway's Spektrum, then travel across Europe through an April 2nd date at the UK's Nottingham Arena (see itinerary below). Along the way, the itinerary will make stops in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, and Ireland. Among the momentous tour's many highlights will be a pair of two-...

Watch The Video For Gwen Stefani's Latest Single, "Wind It Up"

November 14th, 2006 11:30am EST
Gwen Stefani
Here's the official music video for Gwen Stefani's single "Wind It Up," directed by Sophie Muller. The song was produced by The Neptunes. Check it out...

Gwen Stefani "Wind It Up": Windows | Real

Audio Only: Windows | Real

Gwen will release her second solo album, The Sweet Escape, on December 5; and will embark on a U.S. tour in April 2007.

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Gwen Stefani's 'The Sweet Escape' Drops Dec. 5; Listen To The First Single

October 24th, 2006 9:40am EDT
Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani will release her second solo album, "The Sweet Escape," on December 5. The new album is the follow-up to 2004's quadruple-platinum Love. Angel. Music. Baby., which included the hits "Hollaback Girl" and "What You Waiting For?" The first single from "The Sweet Escape" is The Neptunes-produced "Wind It Up."

"This album is surprisingly different than the last one. I started recording it last year before Kingston was born and it's definitely evolved over the last year. The dance sound is very 'now.' It's modern ... not so retro," says the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter.


Pharrell To Release "In My Mind" July 25

July 14th, 2006 12:44pm EDT
Pharrell Williams
Multi-platinum Star Trak/Interscope recording artist Pharrell Williams will release his debut solo album, In My Mind, on July 25, 2006. "Number One," a collaboration with fellow producer-extraordinaire Kanye West, is Mr. William’s new single. It follows "Can I Have It Like That," the album’s hugely successful first offering which features Gwen Stefani.

Mr. Williams is perhaps best known as one half of The Neptunes, the virtuosos whose limitless talents and diverse interests have carried them into virtually every corner of music. As producers and songwriters, they are responsible for a...

Sleepy Brown's Debut Coming In September; Listen To The First Single Here

June 27th, 2006 11:16am EDT
Sleepy Brown
James Brown gave the drummer some, and we loved him for it. 35 years later, multiple Grammy-winning soul icon Sleepy Brown, of Atlanta's famed Dungeon Family, is using his platinum touch to give the ladies some. And we love him for it too. "I just wanted to make a record that was smooth and that the everyone could enjoy," says the 30-something singer/songwriter.

"I felt like a lot of the R&B out right now was very club oriented, and I wanted to make something that stood out from that." His Purple Ribbon/Virgin Records debut, Mr. Brown, does just that. With sensual sounds, falsetto cr...

Beyonce Has Chosen The Members Of Her New All-Female Band

June 23rd, 2006 3:08pm EDT
Beyonce Knowles
Pop culture superstar Beyonce has completed her search for an all-female band and selected ten (plus two alternate) musicians to become her touring ensemble in support of her second solo album, "B'Day," slated for stateside release on Tuesday, September 5.

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Some 1,000 aspiring musicians showed up for open-call auditions held earlier this month in New York, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles. 30 finalists were flown by Beyonce from their localities around the country into New York City to meet up with ten New York area finalists for an inten...

Superstar Beyoncé Launches Search For An All-Female Band; Five Sites To Audition Across The US

June 8th, 2006 12:06pm EDT
"B'Day," the second solo album from pop superstar Beyoncé Knowles and follow-up to her 2003 smash solo debut, "Dangerously In Love," is set for a worldwide release on September 4; Beyoncé's 25th birthday. The pop music superstar's sophomore studio album premieres all new music produced, written and arranged by Beyoncé. "Deja Vu," the album's first single, features guest artist Jay-Z with production by Rodney Jerkins. Beyoncé's producers on B'Day include Rich Harrison, Sean Garrett, The Neptunes, and Swizz Beatz.

To support the new album Beyoncé has announced her search for an all-femal...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 5

April 5th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Bette Davis
Happy Birthday to Neptune Pharrell Williams (1973), Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready (1965), fmr. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell (1937), British actor Nigel Hawthorne (1929; d. 2001), director/producer Roger Corman (1926), "Mr. Belvedere" star Christopher Hewett (1922; d. 2001), "To Kill A Mockingbird" star Gregory Peck (1916; d. 2003), "James Bond" producer Albert R. Broccoli (1909; d. 1996), and legendary thespians Bette Davis (1908; d. 1989) and Spencer Tracy (1900; d. 1967).