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Dr. Dre’s company Beats Electronics is launching a new music streaming service tentatively named “Daisy,” the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Musician Trent Reznor has been named Chief Creative Officer, while executive Ian Rogers is the CEO of the new company. According to Jimmy Iovine, who is a coowner in Beats with Dr. Dre, said that the new service will focus on curating streaming music for fans, as opposed to the current ala cart/subscription models. Beats is looking to expand their offerings beyond hardware, since the acquisition of streaming service MOG, which is the technology that will power Daisy.
A star of VH1′s hit show “Love & Hip Hop” will go on trail over charges that he performed various sexual acts with a 15-year-old girl at his home in Bergen County. Prosecutors claim that Mandeecees Harris, who is Yandy Smith’s boyfriend, allegedly received oral sex and fondled her between September 2009 and April 2009, resulting in charges that include aggravated sexual assault, criminal sexual acts and child endangerment. Jury selection started in state Superior Court in Hackensack on Wednesday (January 9). If convicted, Harris faces up to 25 years in prison.
MTV2′s highest rated series ever is set to return next week. On January 15, the first of 12 new episodes of “Guy Code” was shown, featuring regulars like Charlamagne The God, Donnell Rawlings, Lil Duval and Andrew Schulz. The first episode will feature Marlon Wayans, A$AP Rocky and will deliver comedic sketches, field segment and more.
Beyonce performs for Prez
Recall four years ago, Beyonce performed the Etta James classic “At Last” for President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inaugural Ball. No stranger to being an avid supporter for the President during his re-election campaign, it’s only natural that Bey would get promoted to singing at the Inaugural ceremony itself. On January 21st as part of the main ceremony, Beyonce will have the honor of singing "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Capital Building.
Yo-Yo to co host J. Dilla tribute
The Detroit Hip-Hop community will honor the late and highly influential producer J. Dilla for the second annual Dilla Day Tribute.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Royce da 5’ 9” and Talib Kweli are set to headline the annual tribute on February 9 at the Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan.
It has been roughly seven years since the highly revered Detroit hip-hop producer, born James Yancey, passed away from complications lupus at age 32.
Dilla Days have become popular around the world as an homage to one of the genre’s most influential producers.
Also set to perform is rap duo Frank n Dank; soul-jazz group the B. Williams Experiment and J. Dilla’s younger brother, John “Illa J” Yancey, who recorded with J Dilla in a group they called The Yancey Boys.
In addition to the aforementioned acts, several DJ’s will take the stage as well including, DJ House Shoes, DJ Sicari and DJ Spinna, along with classical arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
The show is set to be co-hosted by Yolanda (Yo-Yo) Whitaker and Grap Luva.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the J. Dilla Foundation, a nonprofit group started J. Dilla’s mother, Maureen (Ma Dukes) Yancey.
The February 9 show will include the premiere of Lost Scrolls Volume I, a collection of Dilla work to be released by Delicious Vinyl Records.
“Dilla,” as his friends called him, suffered from Lupus and passed away at the early age of 32, after being hospitalized for pneumonia.
While battling his illness, J. Dilla became widely regarded as one of the most influential and prolific producers of all time, staying busy amid his waning health conditions.
Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey Idol feud
American Idol” producers were hit right off the bat with questions about the authenticity of an alleged feud between judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during a TCA panel recently in Pasadena.
The two divas join returning judge Randy Jackson and newcomer Keith Urban for the show’s 12th season, which began this week amid reports that Nicki and Mariah have not gotten along — and of course rumors that the beef isn’t even real, but rather something concocted by FOX for ratings.
“It’s authentic,” claims FOX’s President of Alternative Entertainment Mike Darnell of the feud. “There is passion on this crew, and they disagree about a lot of the talent and about the way to approach the talent, and, what the talent should be doing.”
“It isn’t just between Nicki and Mariah,” added executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. “Keith and Randy have their say as well.”
“They fight constantly,” said Carey. “I find it offensive.”
But alas, the Randy/Keith fights don’t make headlines. It’s the relationship between the two ladies that appears to generate the most interest.
Fiddy might do it
New York rapper 50 Cent may have solo ventures going down right now but the hip-hop executive recently admitted he is open to reuniting his estranged G-Unit group members.
Despite not being seen alongside group member Lloyd Banks over the past 12 months, Fif is optimistic Unit fans will see them together again.
And, he says, there's a good chance of a reunion with G-Unit partners Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. "People grow in different directions," 50 Cent says. "[They] have different agendas about things they want to do and they're sorting themselves out in that way and I'm focused on things that are important to me right now, but there's a strong possibility there will be a G-Unit [collaboration] with the three of us. But right now, I'm focused on my solo project."
Solange Knowles, the younger sister of Beyonce is set for bigger things to come. Sure, her Dev Hynes-assisted EP, True, only came out in November (we're still weeping over "Lovers in the Parking Lot"), but are we crazy to cross our fingers for a full-length this year that's as well-crafted as this eclectic seven-track disc?
Meanwhile, Tamar Braxton, Toni’s baby sister is also set fro a break out year. It's not easy to play baby sister to an R&B diva (ask Solange), but the brash reality TV star has serious pipes and she's ready for her solo shot after years of doo-wopping for Toni. Her sweeping lead single, "Love and War," rocketed to the top of iTunes after a gushing tweet from Lady Gaga (Tamar's hubby is Mother Monster's
manager) but the notoriously judgy blogs lit up with praise for that voice not the co-sign.
This NOLA native had grown women squealing and stomping to his "I Want You" when he opened for Beyoncé in Atlantic City. The scorching track went on to score a Grammy nom in December, the same month James dropped his Whispers in the Dark tape. If you still don't know this singer/songwriter's name that should all change in 2013.
Everything Terius touches turns to platinum. At least it seems that way to us. The Love IV is due this spring.