Allen Iverson announced last week that he was retiring from the NBA after 15 seasons. Now sources claim he is heading back to the Philadelphia 76ers. If this is true, that’ll be the quickest comeback from retirement since Jay-Z’s retirement from rap.
Heads Up!! R. Kelly’s New Album’Untitled” drops today……. He’s teamed up with R&B singers Robin Thicke, The Dream and Tyrese for a new single titled “Pregnant”. Kelly recently told radio personality D-J Skee that the album is “pure excitement and pure truth. It’s grown up, it’s sexy… I’ve updated the whole [R. Kelly] brand.”
R. Kelly, who was acquitted in his highly publicized child-molestation case last year — said, “I’ve been laying low to go high. I’ve been watching over the whole industry, sitting in the stands watching the show so I can go back to the lab and do what I gotta do so I can get back on the stage.”
Zac Posen, the 29 year old fashion designer who dresses Hollywood’s major players, is creating a line for Target next spring. The collection will be available at most stores and online at Target.com from April 25 through May 30, according to WWD.com.
Target won’t cite prices yet, but previous Go series collections have ranged from $14.99 to $149.99. Posen’s own luxurious collection runs from $900 to $12,000 (like the infamous green dress Beyonce once wore). He charges up to $20,000 for custom pieces. Not bad for a 29 yr. old huh?
T-Pain and Smokey Robinson will be among the presenters on tomorrow’s Grammy Nominations Concert Live telecast. Maxwell and The Black Eyed Peas were previously announced as performers on the show, which airs live from L-A’s Club Nokia at 9 p-m [ET/PT] on C-B-S. L-L Cool J will host.
50 Cent says leaks and bad timing are to blame for the lackluster first-week sales of his latest disc, Before I Self Destruct, which moved only about 160-thousand copies.
Speaking with a satellite radio show last week, he said, “I look at the numbers and am like, ‘What is this?’ I’ve already assessed that the album has been out a month before its actual release period [which was prompted by an online leak]. So when you got that, you go, ‘Well, what did you actually expect?’”
Still it’s got to be a blow to his ego — since 2003, 50 has consistently opened atop the Billboard 200 albums chart with sales of no less than 500-thousand copies.
50′s rivals are taking the opportunity to rub it in his face. At a recent concert for D-J Khaled’s birthday, Rick Ross told the crowd, “We’re celebrating [50's] demise. R-I-P to the donkey, we buried him.”
Speaking of albums, Sony confirms that Sade is in fact prepping a new disc, Soldier of Love, set for release February 8th. The follow-up to the band’s last effort, Lovers Rock, is their first new offering in a decade. It’s only Sade’s sixth studio album in a 25 year career. She’s been M.I.A. for almost a decade.
Lovers Rock reached number-three on the Billboard 200
After announcing that Usher’s Raymond Vs. Raymond album would be arriving early, Jive now says the disc is being delayed with no new date in place. A label rep explains to Billboard, “This is a solid album that we believe in. We want to give it a proper launch.”
Timbaland enlisted Drake for “Say Something” off his new album. Here’s the snippet of the upcoming video featuring the fellas.
Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton are settling on names for their first child. Thicke tells People, “We like Julian if it’s a boy and Isabella if it’s a girl.” The baby is due in May.
50 Cent and Taco Bell have settled a suit the rapper filed last year. 50 sued Taco Bell for a million dollars in damages for using his name and likeness, saying the fast-food chain made him the “star of a nationwide campaign” without his permission. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Newlyweds Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom, who tied the knot in September after a quickie courtship, have purchased a luxe new love nest, according to People.com. It’s in Mulholland Park Estates in Tarzana, Calif., and quite the starter home — one with seven bedrooms and nine-bathroom homes tucked inside a gated community. The price? Nearly $4 million, a rep for Kardashian confirmed. The house’s perks include include a pool with a spa, waterfall and cabanas, parking for 15 cars, a home theater, steam room, gym, guest quarters and fully landscaped gardens.
Filmmaker Tyler Perry has donated $1 million to the NAACP to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the civil rights organization. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says the gift announced Monday is the largest donation from an individual in the organization’s history. It will be distributed over four years.
Just for laughs, check out this Maury show parody of Lil Wayne & Lauren London…..
Pleasure P was in Chicago the other day at the radio station with Eddie Murphy’s daughter, Bria Murphy. When asked about their relationship status, Pleasure said that the two were just “close friends”…in the words of Bizmarkie “But you say she’s just a friend, but you say she’s just a friend, oh babeee youuuu…”
For the record, Pleasure let it be known that he DID meet Eddie Murphy and that Eddie gave the two “FRIENDS” his blessing.
With little over a month to go, Mary J. Blige is making one last change to her album title. Her ninth studio album will now go by the name “Stronger With Each Tear,” due December 22.
Also look for the Queen of Hip Hop Soul to perform at Sunday’s American Music Awards.
Gucci Mane was sentenced to 12 months in Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail on November 12 due to a probation violation. He’ll be eligible for release in six months or less. Gucci has issued the following statement in response to his legal troubles:
“I have accepted full responsibility for my actions and I am ready to deal with what is in front of me right now. Thankfully, my label is still moving forward with my album release so I will have plenty to look forward to when I get out. I am remaining positive and want my fans to know that I am grateful for their loyalty and continued support. I will get through this.”
Despite his recent incarceration, Gucci Mane is still pushing forward with plans to release his new album “The State vs. Radric Davis” on December 8. The album, includes the hit single “Spotlight” featuring Usher, plus collaborations with Keyshia Cole, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy Tell’em, Keri Hilson, and more.