For some reason Paris Hilton released an album in 2006. I imagine it was an attempt to stretch her fake celebrity status – at an all-time high at the time – even further. And it worked fairly well: the album debuted in the top 10 of the charts and has since sold around 200,000 copies in the U.S.
Well, whether by choice or not, Paris has kept a relatively low profile during the past couple years, so I guess that means it’s time to put out that sophomore album. But because just releasing an album probably wouldn’t garner the kind of publicity she requires, she is making waves by releasing the album on Cash Money Records (I mean, I’m just assuming that’s why she signed to the label, and after all I am typing about this right now, so I guess that worked too).
Here’s what we know from a recent interview between Hilton and Showbizz411: the album is a house music record, and will feature her label-mate Lil Wayne. The set will be produced by Afrojack, though there’s been no word whether we can expect any other Cash Money artists, which include Nicki Minaj, Birdman and Limp Bizkit. Personally I think Hilton should team up with Limp Bizkit, seeing as how she’s got a bit of history with Fred Durst that no one cares about. For the publicity, I mean.
But whatever. Here’s what Hilton so eloquently expressed about what kind of music we can expect on the new record in the interview:
“This is a lot different than my first album. It’s really going to be house music.”
Surprisingly, she says the album should be out by this summer, which seems like a quick turnaround considering this is the first we’ve heard of the record. However, Billboard reports that Afrojack said he gave Hilton some dance tracks to work on at last year’s Coachella festival, so perhaps this has been in the works for a while.
Not only is Lil Wayne not dead, he’s announced a new incarnation of his “America’s Most Wanted” festival tour for this summer.
Wayne posted a video on his label’s website to announce the tour, and also to assure fans that he’s alright after a recent hospitalization for seizures.
He also said in the video that the tour also will include some of his “closest friends in the game,” but the only other performers that have been officially announced at this point are T.I. and Future.
The 40-date tour kicks off July 9 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, Alabama, and continues through a September 1 appearance at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California. Other cities on the agenda include Nashville, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Dallas, Omaha, Albuquerque, Phoenix and Las Vegas.
“I just want to say thank you to all y’all for y’all prayers and your concerns and all that,” said Wayne in the video, again referencing the hospital stay. “I swear to God I felt that love when I was laid up in that motherf**kin’ hospital bed. I want all y’all to know that I’m good… more than good.”
The tour will celebrate the release of Lil Wayne’s 10th studio album, I Am Not A Human Being II, which is out today, March 26. The album is the follow-up to the 2010 album I Am Not A Human Being.
The new album features guests spots from Drake, 2 Chainz, Future, Soulja Boy and more. The albums first single, “My Homies Still,” was released back in June of last year, and since that time, two more songs from the album have been released as singles: “No Worries” and “Love Me.”
The album is the first album from Lil Wayne since 2011’s Tha Carter IV. That album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums charts, and has since reportedly sold more than 3.5 million copies around the world.
Lil Wayne is still in a Los Angeles hospital after suffering at least one seizure last week, though reports about his condition are still conflicting about his current condition.
Media reports have reported that that Lil Wayne was in a medically induced coma and near-death following the seizures, though those close to the rapper denied these claims.
“Dont believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe… that’s false” tweeted Young Money president Mack Maine on Friday. Maine later wrote, “Wayne is alive and well!” and said that he and the rapper were watching basketball on television.
On Saturday, the following was posted to Lil Wayne’s official Twitter: “I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.”
But today TMZ reports that the New Orleans rapper “is still in rough shape,” and said that he has been in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles for the past six days. The gossip site also reports that the seizures were a result of an overdose of codeine, the main ingredient in “sizzurp,” the drink Wayne is somewhat famous for “sipping.”
“Sizzurp” is made of prescription strength cough medicine that contains codeine, as well as other ingredients.
TheDailyBeast.com reports that sources close to Lil Wayne report that he has received seizure medicine in the past and that he has tried to quit the drink, but is addicted.
“He’s tried to quit,” said the source. “I’m pretty sure he wants to quit. But he would have to go away and get help for that, which he isn’t ready to go. I’d like to think this would scare him into stopping, but it’s not that simple. I think quitting cold would kill him for sure. He’s needs rehab, but I’m not sure who can talk him into that.”
The rapper himself has talked about the addiction in the past, telling MTV in 2008 that quitting the syrup “feels like death in your stomach. He added that, “Everybody wants me to stop all this and all that. It ain’t that easy.”
Lil Wayne is heading to Europe to tour for the first time ever on a 15-date trek that will take him through 10 counties, and he’s bringing 2 Chainz an Mac Miller along with him.
The tour will begin March 8, 2013 at the Dublin O2 Arena in Dublin, and will continue through a March 27 performance at the Amsterdam Ziggo in the Netherlands. The crew also will visit France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium.
The shows will celebrate Lil Wayne’s 10th studio album, I Am Not a Human Being 2, which is expected to be released early next year. The album’s first single, “No Worries,” was released in September and currently is number nine on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop songs chart and number 39 on the overall Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
In other Lil Wayne news, last week he appeared at the “Cali Christmas Show” presented by radio station Power 106, and reports have surfaced that the rapper was involved in a brawl backstage at the Gibson Amphitheater where the event took place.
“Punches were thrown but no arrests were made,” an eyewitness told HollywoodScoop.com. “It was a serious fight and was witnessed by everyone who was backstage.”
In addition to Wayne, the concert also featured performances by Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Ca$h Out and Wayne’s future touring partner 2 Chainz, among others.
I Am Not a Human Being 2 will be the first solo studio album from Lil Wayne since he released Tha Carter IV in 2011. That album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums charts, and was also number one in Canada, though it failed to reach the top spot in any European countries.
I Am Not a Human Being was released in 2010, and also debuted at number one in the U.S.
Pandora has more than 150 million registered users, yet it has never had a profitable year. Royalty rates are determined on a label by label basis, and are typically kept private. But Pandora founder Tim Westergren recently shed some light on artist earnings in a blog post on the site.
Drake and Lil Wayne are among the artists getting paid the most, and the blog points out that both are closing in on making $3 million a year each from Pandora. Coldplay, Wiz Khalifa, Adele and Jason Aldean are among artists making around $1 million a year from Pandora. The article also points out that over 2,000 artists will make more than $10,000 a year from the service, and more than 800 will get more than $50,000.
And while all of this is very interesting to know, the point of the blog post is not to just inform us of how much are favorite artists are making. The point goes back to the first sentence above, that Pandora itself is not making money.
Westergren blames a “predatory licensing fee orchestrated over ten years ago by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and their lobbyists in Washington” for devastating internet radio.
“Few now deem it worth of major investment, including most notably, virtually every major broadcaster,” Westergren writes. “This is not a recipe for a sustainable industry. It is a destructive stranglehold that is putting at risk a much larger reward for musicians everywhere.”
Westergren believes that artists should be receiving even more money, and calls for Congress to “stop the discrimination against internet radio and allow it to operate on a level playing field, under the same rules as other forms of digital radio.”
This seems to be the only way of sustaining the industry for both the providers (Pandora, Songza, etc), as well as for artists to make more. This is particularly true for independent record labels, which often make far less from the service.
Lil Wayne called rap “boring” in a recent interview, and says he will be taking a break from music for a while to concentrate on skateboarding.
In an interview with DJ Drama on Atlanta’s Hot 107.9 radio station last week, he said that, “It’s kinda putting rap on the back burner, that’s all. Rap’s taking a backseat to skating, that’s all.”
He went on to say that both he and his fans might enjoy a break from his prolific music output.
“I kinda feel like I deserve that, I feel like the fans deserve a little No Wayne,” he continued. “I’ve been everywhere, man. I’ve been out on everybody’s song. I’m still on everybody’s song. My artists are doing awesome; I believe the fans deserve some peace from me, so I’ll be on my skateboard in the meantime.”
He also said that, since he’s been releasing music at a rapid pace since he was a teenager, the music has gotten a bit stale to him.
“Yeah, it does get pretty boring when it comes to the rapping and that kinda stuff,” he said. “I’ve done so much of it. I’ve been doin’ it since I was 8. I’m about to be 30 in September and I’m still rappin’. So I kinda feel like I’m gettin’ old.”
Despite this, Lil Wayne did confirm that his new mixtape, Dedication 4, will be released in the middle of this month. In June, the rapper released “My Homies Still,” the first single off the expected upcoming album I Am Not a Human Being II. It has been rumored that the album will be released later this year, though no release date has been set and Lil Wayne did not mention it in the interview.
The rapper explained that skateboarding has become a lifestyle for him.
“What happened was I picked up the skateboard and it started being a hobby and what happened is it’s a lifestyle,” he said. “You have to be fully committed because it’s super scary, and in order to be fully committed, you have to live that lifestyle.”
Two of the biggest hip hop MCs are preparing to join forces during a special one time event. Reportedly Lil Wayne and Eminem are scheduled to perform together on December 1 at Etihad Stadium. A slug fest of six hours will be headlined by the superstar rappers, with the pair trading many of their most memorable rhymes for an international audience.
Paul Mr. Dainty, the promoter of the event said, there aren’t any problems and it is very professional.
The space is a different one than it was ten years ago with Eminem. He is mainstream now and has turned into an icon of pop culture.
In the past the two rappers both have had run ins with the law which resulted in the two MCs turning away from alcohol and drugs. The new career take of Eminem’s has garnered him rave reviews for his shows and music, particularly during the past year, which included a performance at the Lollapalooza annual concert.
The other MC Lil Wayne has been on quite a run also. The head of Young Money is currently on the second leg of “I Am Still Music II,” his highly touted tour. He has spent most of the last eight months touring. This week he’s expected to make a big splash on Soundscan’s chart, with the album “Carter IV” poised to post some huge numbers that could be near one million.
For the gig in Australia Hilltop Hoods, who are local rappers, will be performing with Lil Wayne and Eminem at the Docklands.
Lil Wayne had to have nine stitches following a skateboarding accident.
Reportedly the 6’7” rapper is recovering after he fell and cut his head while he was at a St. Louis skate park.
The Daily Mail reported that Weezy was transported to the Emergency Room at DePaul Health Centre accompanied by the rapper’s large entourage.
Lil Wayne, after he was treated, tweeted to inform his fans about the accident. He wrote, my head got busted while I was at the sk8park. Gnarly gash on my left eye. 9 stitches. Love my people.
Well wishes started pouring in from Lil Wayne’s fans. Later Young Money CEO tweeted, thanks for all your concern. Please know eventually I will end up taking falls that are even harder if I want to get better, which I will.
The “Lollipop” hit maker, in addition to his skateboarding accident, has announced that “Tha Carter IV, his highly anticipated new album, will be released following his 2011 MTV performance on August 28.
In a statement Lil Wayne confirmed he will be releasing the album at midnight following the ceremony. He said, I’m very excited being the first artist who will utilize this amazing idea. Hopefully this opens the door for other artists.
“I Am Still Music,” the incredibly popular Lil Wayne tour, has visited 25 North American cities already. It is now being extended to last through the end of this summer. The rapper is embarking on a new leg with his tour stopping in 40 additional cities from the middle of July through the middle of September. The trek will kick off on July 13 in Hartford, CT at Comcast Theater.
During this touring round Rick Ross will again be featured. Ross was also a supporting act for the tour’s previous leg as well as the original 2008 “I Am Music” outing. Keri Hilson, the pop singer, Far East Movement, a hip-hop group, and Lloyd, the R&B vocalist, will also be opening for Weezy for each concert this summer.
Tickets for some of the dates will be going on sale beginning on May 20 via LiveNation.com.
On May 16, Lil Wayne is scheduled to release “Tha Carter IV,” his new album, in the United States.
All of the album’s songs, except four, have been recorded reportedly since the rapper was released from prison recently.
Lil Wayne was incarcerated at Rikers Island Jail in New York for eight months for a gun crime. On November 4, 2010, he was released.
Wayne told MTV News that the album was done. I’m so done, it could come out tomorrow, Lil Wayne said before he confirmed the release date.
“Tha Carter IV” is the fourth set in a series of albums called “Tha Carter.” Special guests on the album include T-Pain, Kayne West and Nicki Minaj.