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DMV emcee Wale may have real reason to celebrate in the coming days. Billboard is reporting that the MMG member is on pace to sell around 150,000 copies of his new album The Gifted this week. That total would be enough for the LP to land in the top spot on the album chart. It will be the first time that Wale had the number one album in the country.
Wale’s previous project Ambition opened in the number two spot in 2011 with 164,000 units sold. His debut album, Attention Deficit, only sold 28,000 copies in its debut week.
The Gifted was boosted by the Top-40 hit “Bad” which peaked at number 25 on the Hot 100 chart. The Tiara Thomas assisted single was the biggest hit of Wale’s career so far.
Billboard also points out if Wale’s The Gifted opens in the top spot, it would be the first time in two years that Hip Hop albums have been #1 on the album chart for two consecutive weeks. Kanye West’s Yeezus will be number one on this week’s chart.
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On Wednesday (June 19), Revolt TV, the upcoming music cable network spearheaded by Sean “Diddy” Combs, took a major step forward by announcing a national distribution deal with Time Warner Cable. Combs, Revolt’s majority shareholder who will launch the venture this fall along with MTV veteran Andy Schuon, calls Revolt “the most exciting thing I’ve done in my business career” — and one that signals a decreased recording output in the near future for the rapper.
“It’s an evolution for me,” says Combs, whose last official album was the 2010 Diddy-Dirty Money project “Last Train To Paris.” “I think I will personally be putting out less music, and I’ll be going into that phase of empowering the next artists… I feel a musical and artistic responsibility to do one of the things I do best, which is framing people in the right way and marketing them in the right way. I never got the award for [being] the best lyricist, but I was definitely up there for being one of the best marketers and best coaches. I think that I’m evolving into that, and that’s just as fun, even more fun, for me.”
In February 2012, Revolt announced a partnership with Comcast — the United States’ largest cable provider with more than 22 million subscribers at the time — and a 2013 launch date for the network. The deal was part of a diversity initiative from Comcast with the goal of launching four minority-owned networks, with NBA star Magic Johnson and director Robert Rodriguez also scoring distribution deals for their projects.
The newly unveiled Time Warner partnership adds nearly 12 million current customers to Revolt’s potential viewership when the channel debuts later this year, with programs that Combs says will carry a certain “rawness” to them to complement the heavy emphasis on airing music videos.
“We will not be doing a bunch of reality shows,” says Combs, alluding to the current lack of music programming on MTV. “We’ll be doing music-driven shows that will be exposing you to the discovery and curation of new talent. We’ll also be doing in-depth interviews and shows that will go into social issues with different panels and debaters of the culture. We’ll be doing our version of a Barbara Walters/Oprah interview, but with someone from this generation, and of this generation. We’ll be going to where the pulse of music is happening, and we’ll be covering it in the way ESPN will cover a sports story, with that level of urgency and seriousness.”
Combs acknowledges that his personal affinity for music videos has colored his desire to turn Revolt into a hub for the art form; the 43-year-old says that he “can’t imagine” his life without having watched the iconic “Thriller” or “Walk This Way” clips at a young age. And although current music videos are largely constructed with minuscule budgets and digested for free on computer screens, Combs remembers the thrilling feeling of watching the bombastic, money-burning videos of the mid-90s — many of which were his own product — and believes that music fans are still craving that visual limitlessness.
“We were shooting million-dollar videos with [directors] Spike Jonze and Mark Romanek, shooting videos like ‘Victory’ and using actors like Ben Stiller in ‘Bad Boy For Life,’ and being able to be creative on a hip-hop level and appeal to the masses,” Combs recalls. “It gave me another outlet of expression as an entertainer, a key piece of the experience. Now, that key piece is missing. Now, you find a video and you may see it for the first time on your phone, and you may not see the details of it or feel the emotion of it. Every director wants to see their video on the big screen and framed in the right light.”
The launch of Revolt TV will follow a period in which Combs’ focus has swiveled away from his output as a musician: after releasing three full-lengths and a remix album between 1997 and 2002, Diddy has only issued two albums, 2006’s “Press Play” and the more experimental “Last Train To Paris,” since then. Instead, Combs has spent the past decade expanding his portfolio as an entrepreneur. His equity stake in Diageo’s Ciroc, inked in 2007, has netted the mogul over $100 million in revenue over the last six years, and helped the then-struggling vodka become a leader in its category. It’s also inspired over a dozen copycat deals in its wake (Pitbull’s Voli, Ne-Yo’s Malibu Red, Kid Rock’s stake in Jim a Beam, etc.) and prompted Diddy to dub himself “Ciroc Obama.” Add his clothing lines Sean John and Enyce, his investment in marketing firm Blue Flame, and it’s no surprise Diddy was named Forbes’ No. 1 Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artist in 2012, with earnings of $550 million.
Although details on the specific shows airing on Revolt and Combs’ involvement in each of them remain scarce, Combs wants to make it clear that he will not be the star of his latest project.
“This is not ‘The Diddy Channel,'” he says. “This is the channel for the artist, for the fans, and the new contemporary art forms… It’s going to take a long time to do it right and it’s going to be hard, but I’m up to the challenge.”
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Tupac Shakur is scheduled to receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2014, according to Variety. The announcement was made yesterday (June 20) by the Hollywood Walk of Fame committee chairman David Green at a ceremony where Jennifer Lopez received her star, the 2,500th star awarded.
Shakur, who recorded music as 2Pac, will be awarded his star for his recording career. After touring as a roadie and dancer for Digital Underground, he earned his first major national notoriety when he appeared on Digital Underground’s 1991 single “Same Song,” which was featured in the film Nothing But Trouble. Later that year, Shakur released his debut album, 2Pacalypse Now. The 13-cut collection featured the singles “Trapped,” which discussed police brutality, and “Brenda’s Got A Baby,” which focused on a 12-year-old girl who became pregnant after being sexually abused.
Shakur’s next album, 1993’s Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…, included the hit singles “Keep Ya Head Up” and “I Get Around.” His third album, 1995’s Me Against The World, was released in the aftermath of his being shot in November 1994 while attending a recording session in New York and his being sentenced to prison in February 1995 for sexually abusing a fan in 1993. Me Against The World featured the single “Dear Mama,” an ode to Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur. The collection also showcased Shakur exploring fear and paranoia in more detail than he had before, as evident on such selections as “If I Die 2Nite,” “So Many Tears” and “Death Around The Corner.” With Me Against The World, Tupac Shakur became the first artist to have an album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 while serving time in prison.
While incarcerated, Shakur was recruited by Death Row Records, which signed him to a recording contract and arranged for his release from prison. Shakur then teamed with Dr. Dre for “California Love” soon after his release from prison. The 1995 single marked his Death Row debut. Shakur’s first album for Death Row, 1996’s double disc All Eyez On Me, is one of the best-selling albums in Rap history and includes the singles “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted” and “How Do You Want It.” Shakur was killed in September 1996 in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. He sold more than 38.5 million albums in his career, according to riaa.com.
Shakur was also an accomplished actor, having appeared in a number of high-profile films, including 1992’s Juice, which also featured Omar Epps and Samuel L. Jackson. The film featured Shakur in his breakthrough role as the troubled character Bishop. Shakur’s other notable roles included the postal worker Lucky in 1993’s Poetic Justice and corrupt police officer Det. Rodriguez in 1997’s Gang Related.
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FLOYD “MONEY” MAYWEATHER & ROBERT “THE GHOST” GUERRERO (OFFICIAL 1ST MEETING)
SATURDAY MAY 4,2013 (SHOWTIME PPV) (MGM GRAND, LAS VEGAS,NEVADA)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0)
Mayweather, the pound-for-pound king, owns a junior middleweight and welterweight title. He will defend his welterweight crown against interim titlist Robert Guerrero (31-1-1) in an interesting fight that could be one of Mayweather’s toughest tests. The bout kicks off Mayweather’s new 30-month, six-fight deal with Showtime/CBS that could be worth some $200 million.
Robert Guerrero (31-1-1)
Slated for the biggest fight of his career against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0), Guerrero left his Las Vegas training camp to spend a few days on the East Coast in late March to make various promotional appearances. He probably didn’t think he’d wind up appearing in a New York court, but that happened after he got arrested for trying to bring a gun on board his flight back to Las Vegas. The Showtime PPV fight will go on as planned, but Guerrero faces felony charges and is scheduled for his next court date on May 14. How can this not take a mental toll on him going into the fight?