Not so long ago, J. Cole was just another budding rapper hoping for a shot at the big time. In fact, his first meeting with his future mentor and label boss Jay-Z occurred when he brushed past the hip-hop icon on the street, failing to get his attention.
Now, of course, all that persistence has paid off: He’s one of the hottest young performers in hip-hop, and if industry predictions are correct, he could top the Billboard charts next week with his debut album ‘Cole World: The Sideline Story.’
Most of the considerable hype surrounding the ‘Twilight’ series has centered on the many, many books and movie tickets it’s sold, but the franchise has also been a musical phenomenon, generating more than 4.5 million units in sales over three soundtrack albums.
With the next installment in the series scheduled to reach theaters on November 18, dedicated Twi-hards — not to mention music retailers — have been eagerly awaiting news about its soundtrack. On Monday, Atlantic Records obliged, releasing the full track listing and artwork via Twitter.
For her 10th full-length studio effort, Blige has created a sequel to her Grammy-nominated 1994 sophomore release, ‘My Life,’ which sold three million copies, spawned four hit singles, and is widely regarded as a modern R&B classic.
As a young Dr. Dre protege, Snoop Doggy Dogg only had his mind on his money and his money on his mind. The idea that he’d one day be making cameos on ‘One Life to Live’ or starring in a reality series about his family would have seemed ludicrous.
What do you get when you put together Kanye West, a bunch of puppets, and Kim Kardashian in a Princess Leia bikini?
Thanks to some old footage that has leaked onto the Web, we now know the answer: the never-aired pilot for ‘Alligator Boots,’ the grown-up puppet variety show that West and Rhymefest tried to get off the ground back in 2005. Comedy Central passed on the project, but thanks to the magic of YouTube, now you can see it for yourself — and you really have to see it to believe it.
When he traveled to the year 2015 in ‘Back to the Future Part II,’ Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, saw plenty of amazing things, and a sizable portion of them — including hoverboards, flying cars, and, thankfully, ‘Jaws Part 19′ — haven’t come to pass.
But thanks to the hardworking scientists in the Nike labs, we now have the glowing, self-lacing sneakers that Marty wore in the future — and they’re being auctioned off to benefit Parkinson’s disease research. UK rapper Tinie Tempah got his hands on the first pair, which set him back the eye-popping sum of $37,500.
With less than a month to go before the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards are held in Atlanta, it’s finally time to reveal the list of this year’s nominees — and time for Lil Wayne to add another achievement to his ever-growing list.
The multi-platinum rapper, who recently broke the one-week sales record at iTunes and boasts the number one album in the country with ‘Tha Carter IV,’ now also owns the record for most BET nominations in a year with 18.
It’s been a long time since Will Smith focused on his music career — and even longer since his days as a chart-topping, multiplatinum hitmaker.
But for Smith, who achieved fame in the ’80s and early ’90s as one half of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince before launching a wildly successful acting career — and then returning to music with 1997′s massive ‘Big Willie Style’ — a comeback is never out of the question. And it sounds like that might be exactly what he’s planning.
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