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Roscoe Dash Tweets Shade At G.O.O.D. Music, Wale Over Writing Credits

Atlanta based rapper Roscoe Dash wasn’t too pleased with Kanye West’s Cruel Summer preview video that came out yesterday. (For the record, we loved it.) Was it the art direction? Maybe the choice of backing tracks? Nope, Dash felt that he didn’t get the credit that he deserved.

“Everybody go get the G.O.O.D. album,” Dash began in a tweet from the 20th, “and listen to #1 then watch @kanyewest interview & tell me y I’m not on the credits.”

Shots. Fired.

But Dash wasn’t done. That tweet was the first in a series of industry and artist condemnations. These weren’t subtweets or vague allegations either.

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Lupe Fiasco Addresses Chief Keef And Hints Retirement In Tweet Spree

Lupe Fiasco has been taking on all comers ahead of the release of Lupe Fiasco’s Food And Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1. First there were the cagey and contentious interactions with various members of the music media. Now the Chicago-born rapper is taking to Twitter to vent his frustrations.

Fiasco went on a tweet tear (a twear?) last night, spurred by a tweet directed at him by fellow Chicago rapper and young up-and-comer Chief Keef. Keef (who caught a lot of microblogging heat when some messages from his Twitter account went out making light of rapper Lil Jojo’s murder) lashed out at Fiasco, saying, “And wen I see him I’ma smack him like da lil bitch he is #300″. However, rather then take the bait, Fiasco chose to pontificate.

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Missy Elliott To Release Two Singles Over Labor Day Weekend

I hope you didn’t forget how to work it. Or put your thing down, flip it, and reverse it, for that matter.

Beloved hip-hop songstress Missy Elliott is slated to make a return to the pop landscape over labor day weekend with the release of two new singles, “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat.” While Elliott has performed the tracks live in the past few months, their commercial release marks the first new music in over four years from the performer born Melissa Arentt Elliot.

If these tracks are anywhere close to the quality of past singles such as “Work It,” “Lose Control,” or “Get Ur Freak On,” then we’re looking at the comeback story of the year, ya’ll.

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Chad Kroeger And Avril Lavigne’s Engagement Is Literally The Biggest News Ever, Eh? [UPDATE]

People Magazine got the scoop of a lifetime last night, reporting that Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and pop starlett Avril Lavigne were newly engaged following a whirlwind romance. The linking of the houses of Kroeger and Lavigne represents a consolidation of power as the two families now have a stranglehold on bad Canadian rock.

That was a joke. But seriously, this is huge.

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Chirpify Turns Twitter Into Instant Online Merch Table

Chirpify, a digital startup that enables brands to sell their wares directly through a simple transaction on Twitter, is now venturing into the band merchandise business.

Touting its “frictionless one–step transactions,” Chirpify claims that it is about to revolutionize the way that digital and physical goods are bought and sold online. Through a partnership with PayPal, Chirpify allows Twitter users to buy music and merch directly from the bands they love simply by tweeting “BUY.” Once artists advertise their goods on Twitter, each “BUY” tweet from a fan generates a transaction that is instantly processed through PayPal.

Since its inception in April of this year, the company has grown from a single employee, founder Chris Teso, to about seven. The staff includes music maven Rory Felton, co–founder of The Militia Group, who says of the platform: “Chirpify is so simple yet so revolutionary – it transforms Twitter from a broadcast platform into a transactional one.” While the full impact of Chirpify on the online merch business is yet to be seen, the future looks auspicious. The company has already raised $1.3 million in Series A funding and boasts heavyweight corporate clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Nestle, and Powerbar.

 

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Lady Gaga To Make Acting Debut In ‘Machete Kills’

Lady Gaga has conquered the pop landscape a few times over, but will she be able to take over the silver screen?

It has just been revealed that Gaga will have her film acting debut in Machete Kills, the new feature film from director Robert Rodriguez. Details are sparse about Gaga’s role in the film. The little that we do know is based off a few choice tweets from Gaga and Rodriguez. According to this movie poster linked to byRodriguez through his Twitter, Gaga will be playing none other then La Chameleon. Which… doesn’t really tell us much. No doubt that the movie will try to capitalize on Gaga’s penchant for transformation and dramatic flair. Though to be honest, the blonde wig and animal furs of La Chameleon are a pretty toned down compared to some of Gaga’s more infamous fashion statements.

Gaga will be starring alongside an eclectic cast. Machete Kills will feature returning actors from the first Machete film including Danny Trejo, Jessica AlbaMichelle Rodriguez, and Lindsay Lohan. The movie will also feature some hot stars fresh to the series such as Sophia Vergara, Amber Heard, and Vanessa Hudgens. Oh yeah, and Charlie Sheen will be playing the president of the United States.

Get your popcorn ready, it’s gonna be a shlockfest.

 

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Rapper The Game And Fiancée Cancel Upcoming Nuptials

The Game and his blushing bride to be might not “be” any more. Though The Game, born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, and his fiancée Tiffney Cambridge had originally planned to tie the knot on July 28th, the pair took to their marriage website today to announce that the ceremony was cancelled. News of the cancellation was especially surprising in light of reports from this past weekend that the pair were shopping around a reality show based around their married lives.

This is apparently not the first time that The Game hasn’t made it to the altar as planned. Urban Belle reports that Taylor and Cambridge have been down this road before. The two allegedly have had an on-again, off-again relationship over the past seven years. Cambridge isn’t the only woman that The Game has been engaged to over the years. Back in 2006, it looked like The Game was going to get hitched to actress Valeshia Butterfield. Obviously, the pair have since ended their relationship (Butterfield would eventually marry basketball player Dhantay Jones).

It looks like The Game himself may have hinted at the end of his wedding plans through his Twitter feed prior to the official announcement. “When LIFE throws you lemons…. Squeeze em’ & mix em wit Patron,” The Game tweeted. He would later follow up on that line of thinking, tweeting, “Time is the only thing you can’t get back. Use it wisely & understand that once a decision is made…. There is NO reversing that moment.” Words to live by, The Game. Words to live by.

Target Won’t Be Selling Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’

Frank Ocean has been having a hell of a week. First, he came out online to nearly universal support, ranging from positive tweets and blog comments to a poem from the desk of one Beyoncé Knowles. Music critics have also been pretty enamored with Ocean’s debut album Channel Orange, heaping mounds of acclaim all over the thing. The projected sales of the record don’t look too bad either. However, Target had to come in and be a total buzzkill to all the positive vibes coming towards Ocean’s way.

The big box retailer announced that they would not be carrying Ocean’s album. News of Target’s decision was revealed by way of tweets from Odd Future (and Ocean’s) manager Christian Clancy. Clancy initially tweeted that, “Target has refused to carry Frank’s album because of iTunes exclusive,” referencing the surprise availability of Channel Orange through the online music store a week before the album’s physical release. Clancy then alluded to the possibility that Ocean’s recent self-outing may have also influenced the company’s decision in a follow up tweet, “Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations.”

Target then fired back at allegations of bias against Ocean. In a statement to Billboard.biz, Target stated that, “the claims made about Target’s decision to not carry the Frank Ocean album are absolutely false. Target supports inclusivity and diversity in every aspect of our business. Our assortment decisions are based on a number of factors, including guest demand.” Clancy would later delete his accusatory tweets, saying the posts were, “knee jerk reacting.” In unrelated news, Christian Clancy is the most grateful person alive, according to his Twitter feed. Then again, with the kind of time that he must be having with Ocean and the rest of the OF crew, he has no reason not to be.

Listen to a stream of Channel Orange here.

The Re-Launching of Fiona Apple

Here we go again again! Another online article where the subject is Fiona Apple. For the last few weeks, it seems, it’s been virtually impossible to turn on the computer without stumbling across a new headline about the 34-year-old singer-songwriter. I can’t think of any other musical celebrity this side of Kanye West who, in recent memory, has gotten quite so much mileage out of being both ridiculously talented and endlessly quotable.

And Apple doesn’t even tweet (yet)—or date a reality TV star!

Her musical gift and her gift of gab pretty much ensured that the June 19 release of her fourth album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, would arrive with more fanfare than the expected critical gushing. In fact, after one week of release, the new set sold 72,000 copies, good enough for a No. 3 debut on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, immediately making The Idler Wheel… the highest-charting album of Apple’s career.

That would be chump change in the coffers of Adele or Lady Gaga, but considering that Apple released her last album, Extraordinary Machine, way back in 2005, before the world had heard of Adele, Gaga, or Katy Perry, and the year in which Rihanna released her debut album, it’s as extraordinary as one-half of her last album title.

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Gotye Still Alive Despite CNN Reports To The Contrary

CNN has not had a great week. First they goofed on the Supreme Court decision regarding health care. And then on July 1st, the following report went out through the news channel’s iReport service:

At 4:32 AM EST, it was reported that Gotye had shot himself in the head with a 9mm handgun. He was pronounced dead at 4:45 AM, and the investigation concluded that the cause of death was suicide. It was confirmed shortly after by family and friends. He was quickly taken to the Central Montmorency Hospital, but died from his injuries shortly after. His family has stated that they plan a closed funeral.

That would’ve been a shocking tragedy; a great loss to the music world. If it were true.

As broken by Zap2it on Sunday, CNN reported Gotye’s death a bit prematurely. The details of the report couldn’t be verified by any other news outlet after the initial report. To be fair (too late for that?), the iReport service is not official CNN news, as heralded by a disclaimer noting that the service is user-based and not fact-checked or edited. Finally, Gotye himself put any fears to rest by commenting on his death hoax via Twitter.

By the way, his comment, “I’m not dead,” is referencing singer Pink‘s 2006 release of the same name. Even in the midst of a death hoax, Gotye is cheeky.

 


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