Timbaland Enlists Beyonce, Rihanna & Co For 'Shock Value 2' Hit-maker Timbaland recently sat down with MTV to speak about the follow up to his 2007 LP ‘Shock Value’, which is aptly titled ‘Shock Value 2’. Beyonce, Rihanna and Jay-Z are just some of the big names the super-producer has lined up to appear on the album:

“Shock Value is really like the Now [That’s What I Call Music!] compilation,” he said. “That’s my goal for this — not [to showcase] me as an artist. Of course I’ll do my little part, introduce some people. It gives me room to go tour across the world. People request me. I put on a show. I put on a musical show.

“Right now, I have a song with Madonna that I didn’t put on her album. I saved [it] in case I wanna do one for me,” he revealed. “Of course I’mma do one with Beyoncé. Of course I’mma do one with Jordin Sparks, Rihanna. It’s a lot of people. I’mma do one with Jonas Brothers. I’mma try to have 10 major ones.”

On the hip-hop side, Timbo said he’s looking at T.I., already has T-Pain and expects Jay-Z. “Jay was really on the last one, but he wanted to change [the song],” he said. “I said, ‘Look, man, I gotta put out an album. You’re killing me.’ “

This, most definitely, is already shaping up to be better than its predecessor.

Randomness, I know, but wouldn’t it be something if Timbo had Beyonce and Rihanna on the same track ala ‘Scream’ with Keri Hilson and Nicole Scherzinger? Cheesy I know, but that really would be ‘shocking’.

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Omarion Cuts Hair R&B star Omarion performed at Ghana’s ‘State of the Republic Concert’ last weekend as a co-headliner along with Fat Joe. It appears as though the former B2K front-man has chopped off his locks lol. The long hair-turned short transformation really does seem to be the ‘in’ thing at the moment. That Said…
Omarion Cuts Hair

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New Song: Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up (Darkchild Remix) (ft. Lil’ Wayne, Diddy & Fat Man Scoop)With the chart success of ‘When I Grow Up’, the Pussycat Dolls have reaffirmed their position as one of the hottest girl groups out at the minute. Now, the song’s producer, Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins, has lent his talents to this official remix. Complete with an entirely new beat (which samples MJ’s ‘Thriller’), as well guest spots by Lil’ Wayne, Diddy and Fat Man Scoop, this one is a winner. Great remix.

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New Jennifer Hudson Promo ShotsCheck out these brand new promo shots for Jennifer Hudson’s much hyped debut LP. Ms. Hudson’s looking on-point, I must say. Her self-titled set is scheduled to be released September 30th via J Records.

New Jennifer Hudson Promo Shots

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As reported, shock Wendy Williams has a new talk show US’ Fox Network – which is currently airing in select cities. Anyway, things got pretty heated between the mouthy radio personality and former Apprentice star Omarosa. Check out the hilarious clip below:

LOL. Though Wendy held her own, it was pretty funny to see someone stand up to her.

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Nas Ends Wayne's Chart Reign Nas’ controversial ‘untitled’ LP has ended Lil’ Wayne’s four week rain atop of the Billboard 200 this week, after selling through 187,000 units. The charting becomes the rapper’s fifth album to top the chart, the last being 2006’s ‘Hip Hop Is Dead’ which sold 345, 000 copies upon its release during the Christmas period. {Source}

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Will Smith's Hollywood's #1 EarnerWill Smith has been named the highest earner in Hollywood by Forbes magazine:

Will Smith’s $80 million (£40 million) salary from the past year has made him Hollywood’s top earner.

In Forbes’s Highest Paid Actors list, the star came in first place with Pirates Of The Caribbean’s Johnny Depp landing in second with $72 million.

This year, Smith also broke a box office record after Hancock became his eighth consecutive film to cross the $100 million mark in the US. {Source}

It’s especially great to see Will achieve such a feat as a black actor. It goes to show the doors opened by the Sidney Poitier’s and Denzel Washington’s before him were not done so in vain.

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It seems the promo push for Jennifer Hudson’s debut single is in full swing; the Oscar winner performed the song on Regis & Kelly this morning. Check out the performance below:
As expected, Jennifer nailed it. For a song that, though solid, kinda lacks the “commercial” factor that seems to equal ‘hit’ these days, Jennifer is selling both herself and the song with these live performances. Good stuff.
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Rapper LL Cool J recently spoke on the drama between Ice T & Soulja Boy. LL’s stance may suprise some {Credit: World Star Hip-Hop}:

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Diva Mariah Carey stopped by MTV’s TRL yesterday to talk about her new single ‘I’ll Be Loving You Long Time’, her marriage to Nick Cannon and her upcoming tour.

She looked great, but I found myself wondering: with her live vocals -her main appeal IMO- being so inconsistent (aka shot), will there be much of a rush to see her live – especially considering her stage presence leaves a lot to be desired?

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Will you be checking for Mariah’s tour?

Michelle Williams 'Unexpected' Pushed BackIt has been announced that Michelle William’s forthcoming LP ‘Unexpected’ has been pushed back to October 7th.

The strategy, as relayed by her label, is to service ‘Hello Heartbreak’ to Dance radio, whilst going all out with ‘The Greatest’, the album’s official second single, on all other formats. More television is being lined up for Michelle throughout August and September also. What’s more, there will be a promotion giving fans the chance to get their hands on a copy in August.

Here’s hoping things pan out as planned; for, the serial delays experienced by many an artist last year didn’t end up working in their favor. Fingers crossed Michelle defies the odds.

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New Amerie Promo Shot

Peep Amerie looking fly, as usual, in this new promo pic. The latest addition to the Def Jam roster is currently working on the follow-up to her ‘Because I Love It’ LP, with a bevy of hit-makers including Bryan Michael Cox and Ne-Yo.

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