Some of the most talented musical stars will align next month in honor of the late musical icon, Whitney Houston. Grammy award winners Celine Dion, Usher, and Jennifer Hudson are a few of the artists who have been tapped to perform in a one-hour television tribute to Houston, titled “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston.” In addition to performances from a selection of artists, the special will include interviews, never-before-seen footage, Houston’s iconic performances, and other highlights from her career. Additional performers yet to be announced will pay homage to Houston, who was one of the few artists to have held the record for most performances done for the annual televised award show. The special will tape live on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Nokia Theater in LA, and air on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10PM EST on CBS.
There’s a new king of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.This Thursday, rapper Lil Wayne made his 109th debut on the chart with the new track “Celebration,” which entered at No. 82, taking the number one spot away from music legend Elvis Presley. In fact, Wayne achieved this feat while he likely celebrated his birthday, seeing as the two events fell on the same day. Presley had worn the Hot 100 crown for 45 years, his most recent feature on the chart being 2003’s “Rubberneckin.” However, his famous hits like“Hound Dog” and “Heartbreak Hotel” pre-date 1958 when the Billboard 100 chart was established. Then again, Wayne toppled Presley’s record in only 13 years, his first Hot 100 debut being in 1999. Weezy has steadily been climbing the hip hop hierarchy, making a name for himself through his music and his money. The rapper came in at fifth place on Billboard’s list of top-earning performers in 2011, after having made $23.1 million that year.
After unsuccessfully blocking the movie from release, now Lil Wayne is suing the producers of “The Carter” for using his music in the film without his permission. Lil Wayne has filed a lawsuit against Quincy Jones III, who was a producer behind the documentary about the YMCMB rapper, called The Carter. Weezy F Baby is suing Quincy for using his songs in the film, without his permission. The film makes use of a bunch of Wayne’s hits, like “Lollipop,” “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy,” “Pussy Monster,” “Let the Beat Build,” “La La,” “Mr. Carter,” “A Milli,” and “Dontgetit.” All the songs (*aside from “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”) appeared on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III album. Although he originally agreed to appear in the film, and allowed cameras to follow him around, when all was said and done he tried to block the movie from coming out, because he disliked the way he was portrayed. The case was thrown out by the judge, and the movie was released in November of 2009. As TMZ reports, Weezy claims Quincy never asked to use his music, and he is suing him for for unspecified damages and asking for an order prohibiting the producers from using his music. Source
Drake talks about his desire to collaborate with Justin Timberlake, and R&B soulstress, Sade, in the future. As part of YMCMB, Drake is part of some of the biggest collaborations in the game, but the Toronto rapper is never satisfied. He’s involvement in Aaliyah‘s posthumous project has been well-documented, and while details on that album are still murky, we do have him and the belated songstress on “Enough Said“. At the recent MTV VMA’s Drake took a second to mention a couple other collaborations he’s interested in. One, is with legendary soul singer Sade, which would be audio silk for fans. Another collab Drizzy would like, is with one of the biggest names in music, Justin Timberlake.
In talking about his interest working with Sade, and J-Lake, the Canadian talent said, “I would love to do a collaboration with Justin Timberlake, and [Noah “40” Shebib]…he produced with Sade, and I would love to do a song with Sade.” Even though Timberlake is the bigger draw, it would be much more likely to see him and Drake join forces than Sade. The singer is famously difficult to pin down for collaborations, as Drake learned when trying to get her on his debut album Thank Me Later. Drake seems to be an artist never content, and is always pushing his musical boundaries. Chime in below, and let us know some artists you would like to see Drake work with.