|Eminem to appear at Mandela concert
|Eminem will make a comeback with a performance at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday bash this summer.
He will perform at the former South African president's concert on June 27 in London's Hyde Park.
He will share a bill which includes acts like Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, Keane and Razorlight.
The event, which has been organised by Queen rocker, Brian May is said to have approached Eminem's management in an off-chance that he might perform.
A source said: "We're amazed to have Eminem on board. We wanted some of the greatest artists from recent times and Eminem was on the list."
The set list is yet to be discussed, but it is unlikely to include anything controversial.
The source added: "I know Eminem's lyrics are always at the centre of controversy but people forget he did actually sing with Elton John at the Grammys."
|Landmark Kosovo gig
|50 Cent has become the most high-profile artist to perform in Kosovo, after playing to 25,000 fans. The rap star steered clear of politicial issues as he entertained the sell-out crowd at a football soccer stadium in the capital, Pristina.
He said: "I won't get a chance to see the world, like the entire world, unless I go everywhere. I see my music break through language barriers.
"I've been to Iraq. I performed for the soldiers. I've been to Israel. I've been to Beirut. They actually bombed the week after I left."
Speaking of the past tensions in Kosovo, he added: "I know exactly what happens when the guns come out. Maybe that's why they identify with me."
|Eminem Strikes Worldwide Publishing Deal
16 November 2007
Hip-Hop superstar Eminem has entered into an exclusive publishing and marketing deal with online music-publisher Kobalt Music Group and Los Angeles-based licensing and administration company Music Resources.
Under the terms of the deal, Kobalt and Music Resources will administer the rapper’s Eight Mile Style Music catalog across the world outside of the United States and Canada.
Eminem’s Detroit based Eight Mile Style and Joel Martin’s Martin Affiliated owns and controls over 225 compositions on various multi-million selling albums, including Eminem’s first solo albums.
Eight Mile Style’s catalog contains songs recorded by artists like Tupac, Dr. Dre, Nas, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and songs from Eminem’s upcoming album.
Martin, who is also principal of Eight Mile Style Music, made the announcement today (November 16) with Willard Ahdritz, CEO and Founder of Kobalt Music Group and Music Resource’s founder, Nancie Stern.
Kobalt will collect, process and administer royalties for the lucrative catalog on a worldwide basis, while Music Resources will administer the catalog for the United States and Canada.
Both companies will collaborate on A&R services to promote use of the catalog. Music Resources will use Kobalt’s new online music publishing administration technology to debut the “Powered By Kobalt” services brand as well.
“The music industry is changing fast, and like the trend with established major artists, copyright holders of major catalogs need to take control of their own destiny,“ Martin said in a statement. “Kobalt's transparent system has re-engineered the publishing industry, and we're confident we have crafted a unique relationship with Kobalt globally, and both Kobalt and Music Resources in the U.S., that will provide tremendous financial and creative advantages and will ensure we are completely involved in the management of our business with money not being wasted on unnecessary expenses."
According to Martin, the companies spent years conducting market tests and comparisons of collections of various publishers that have handled the rapper’s Eight Mile Style publishing catalog under separate agreements.
"Due to the fact that Eight Mile Style co-publishes multiple writers for the same songs that were administered by different companies in the same territories, it has enabled us to accurately compare 'apples to apples.' We found compelling advantages in Kobalt's level of accuracy, royalty tracking and transparency, especially as it relates to their unique portal and the proprietary technology they have developed," Martin said.
Kobalt has deals with artists like Gwen Stefani, Barry Manilow, German pop star Herbert Groenemeyer, The Hives and others.
|Eminem Won't Tour Again
|50 Cent has revealed that Eminem is reluctant to announce new tour plans because of his commitment to his daughter. He says that Eminem has vowed to put his role as a parent ahead of his hip-hop career.
"I've been on tour more than him because he has Hailey and he likes to physically be at the house. A lot of people don't know the reason behind him touring less - but Hailey would put boxes in front of the door thinking this would stop him going," 50 Cent told MTV.
"He would fly back on a private plane after the show so he could drive her to school in the morning so for him the tour was exhausting."
Eminem is understood to currently be recording his new album. The untitled project will be his first release since 2004's, 'Encore'.
|Please Stand Up! Now 35 Can Eminem Reascend to Rap Superstardom?
|By Adam Graham
Happy birthday, Eminem. Marshall Mathers turned 35 last week, and now he finds himself at an interesting career crossroads. Out of the public eye for the better part of the last two years, he's past the point where a new album would simply be a new album. It would be a comeback album.
His last studio effort, 2004's "Encore," found the Detroit rapper either at his most eccentric or his most juvenile. It was the sound of a man who seemed bored of rapping and out to amuse only himself, and it sold about half as many copies as its predecessor.
In the the time since, he's made more headlines in his private life than he has professionally, with his stint in rehab and his remarrige and quickie divorce to his ex-wife Kim Mathers.
So what now? Can Eminem come back or does he even want to? He's been in the studio for months working on a new album, though no date for the project has been set. Here's some unsolicited advice for Em to ensure a successful return to the spotlight.
Switch up your style
Beginning with "My Name Is," Eminem always has previewed his albums by releasing a goofy, pop-culture-skewering first single ("The Real Slim Shady", "Without Me" and "Just Lose It"). Though there is no shortage of easy targets right now, that may not be the best direction to go.
"He's getting older, and that's seen as something whimsical and young," says Erik Parker, director of content at hip-hop news site sohh.com. "A more introspective route might fare better for him this time around."
Innovate, not renovate
Instead of following current hip-hop trends (still smarting from Em's urging to "get it crunk" on the "Encore" closing track?), Eminem should follow his own muse. In other words, let's not release a ringtone-ready single with a hot YouTube-able dance craze, mmmmkay?
"I don't think he has to change according to the game, he can change the game," says Detroit rapper Guilty Simpson. "I think that's where a lot of artists go wrong: They try to capture a certain element of the temperature of the game. but if you're not a new artist trying to break in, what excuse do you really have following trends and not setting them?"
Stretch your sound
A successful producer in his own right, Em could easily sit down and produce the majority of his album himself, dial up Dr. Dre for a few singles and call it a day. But it might be time to work with some outside producers who could help him hone a newer, fresher sound.
How about Kanye West, polow da Don (Rich Boy's Throw some D's") or Timbaland? Or even further outside of the box, what about rock producers such as Steve Albini or Rich Rubin?
"I think he might be better off if he doesn't do too many of his own productions," Parker says. "He might want to branch out to someone else, just to check a different sound that might reflect more of where he's at now."
Get your grown man on
Hip-hop and pop music have been a playground for the young. Eminem is now 35, which makes him twice as old as current Billboard chart-topper Soulja Boy. Em needs to embrace his age and elder statesman status, as Jay-Z has.
"It's important for someone who's turning 35 to be 35," Parker says. "It could have an air of desperation if he tries to appease or appeal to the next generation."
Man in the mirror
Eminem's problems would be a lot worse if he, well, wasn't Eminem.
"We're talking about Eminem here," Simpson says. "This isn't a guy that's trying to break into the market. He stands on his own two legs. Even if people criticize his music, he's still amongst the elite artists in the history of the game."
Parker agrees. "He's one of the best rapper ever, lyrically, and he's been consistent with that through the years," Parker says. "....He'd have to make, like, three really bad albums before people would totally give up on him."
As Eminem Himself once said, "You better lose yourself in the music."
"All I think Em needs to do is put everything behind him and just fall back in love with the music," Simpson says. "Erase the politics of things that might sour him to the game, and go back to the element of being Marshall Mathers, that same hungry MC from back in the day... If he stays true to himself and stays creative, he can't lose."
[THE DETROIT NEW]
----------Red Eye- A Chicago local newspaper
|Waiting On Eminem Beat
|According to 50 Cent, the second group album from the G-Unit crew, Shoot To Kill, won't be complete until Eminem issues a beat for the project.
During the shooting of his latest video, "I'll Still Kill", 50 revealed to MTV that Shoot To Kill is in its final stages and that he is waiting on a track from Eminem to wrap the album up.
"We gotta work with Em, that's it," said 50. "Then we can be done with it. Production-wise, I captured what I needed. But I didn't want to not have Em's stamp on it. We probably won't get his vocals until he's heard the full body of work and he's excited about it. Before my work [goes to the public], it has to pass the Eminem test, the Dr. Dre test - it's a few tests before we push them to the street. That's why they can expect a higher quality of 50 Cent music than the usual artist."
Swizz Beatz and Timbaland are among the various producers who have contributed to Shoot To Kill. Lil Kim makes an appearance on the album via the song "Wanna Lick", which debuted on Hot 97 last week (Listen To "Wanna Lick").
50 also revealed that his next solo album, Before I Self Destruct, will be out around spring 2008 .
"On my next album, you should expect to not see features [guest appearances] like you saw on Curtis," 50 said. "Before I Self Destruct, it's totally different. That record has a whole 'nother concept. I feel like this sets up the next batch of records. It's got what I really wanna do on it. Plus, it's my fourth album - it fulfills my record obligation to Interscope Records. I'll be a free agent".
Shoot To Kill hits stores in December.
|Album delayed but DVD ready
|Eminem's forthcoming fifth album will no longer make its intended release this year. However, fans will be treated to a live DVD before Christmas.
Eminem's next record will be his first since 2004's 'Encore', although last year he was involved in the mix project 'Eminem Presents The Re-Up'.
In a statement at his website, Eminem said "It feels good right now, the energy of the label. For a while, I didn't want to go back to the studio ... I went through some personal things. I'm coming out of those personal things [and] it feels good."
The DVD 'Live In New York City' will be released on November 12. It was recorded in 2005 at Madison Square Garden.
The show was originally filmed for and aired on the Showtime network. It features D12, Obie Trice and Stat Quo.
|50 Cent UK Tour Dates
|50 Cent will be embarking on European tour next month to promote his latest album Curtis.
The tour was initially scheduled to take place last month but it was postponed.
50 will also be releasing the last mixtape from the G-Unit Radio series titled Sabrina's Baby Boy. The mixtape title pays homage to his mother and can be downloaded sampled here.
Below the tour dates is the video for the track "So Serious" , a track featured on Sabrina's Baby Boy.
50 Cent's European Tour Dates:
Sun 11/04/07 Dublin, IRE Simmonscourt Pavilion
Wed 11/07/07 Aberdeen, UK Aberdeen Exhibition & Conf. Centre
Thu 11/08/07 Glasgow, UK S.E.C.C.
Fri 11/09/07 Birmingham, UK The NEC Arena
Sat 11/10/07 London, UK O2 Arena
Sun 11/11/07 Bournemouth, UK International Centre
Mon 11/12/07 Cardiff, UK Cardiff International Arena
Wed 11/14/07 Manchester, UK Manchester Evening News Arena
Fri 11/16/07 Nottingham, UK Nottingham Arena
|Kid Rock claims he will sell more
|Kid Rock has challenged 50 Cent and Kanye West to a long-term record sell-off, claiming he'll get closer to 10 million album sales with his new release than they will with their new CDs.
The rocker releases Rock & Roll Jesus later this month (Oct07) and though he doesn't expect to do the same kind of business West and 50 Cent did when they put out new albums in September (07), he thinks he'll get closer to a diamond certificate than they will.
He says, "I bet, in the long run, I sell more records than both of those two put together.
"Because of the options that are available for getting records out nowadays, I might not be able to move 12 million records, but I do think I have a shot at having a diamond record." And, to further rile his rap counterparts, Rock - real name Robert Ritchie insists hip-hop is "easy".
He tells Penthouse magazine, "I'm a rapper by nature. I started out as a DJ.
To me, hip-hop is the blues music of our day and age. But writing a rap song is 10 times easier than writing a melodic song that's hopefully going to be around 20 years from now.
"I think it's much harder to come up with melody and chord progression. There's been some great rap. I don't hear a lot of it lately."
|Eminem in Tupac Book
|Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Common are among the contributors to Tupac Remembered: Bearing Witness to a Life and Legacy, a new book to be released in February of 2008. Tupac Remembered will feature interviews and first hand accounts from a wide range of rap artists and celebrity notables detailing their memories and personal experiences with him.
Tupac's aunt Gloria Cox, friend Molly Monjauze and author Staci Robinson compiled the book. Other contributors and interview subjects include The Outlawz, Talib Kweli, E-40, Treach and poet Maya Angelou. A portion of the profits from the book will help support the Tupac Amauru Shakur Foundation for the Arts.
|50 on two tracks for Detox
|For all you fans waiting on the edge of your seats for doctor Dre's new album The Detox, 50 Cent will be featured on at least 2 tracks.
According to one of our most reliable music industry insiders, the New York artist has already laid down lyrics on 2 tracks. And word is that he may be doing more.
|50 beats Kanye in Europe
|50 Cent has at last emerged victorious in his chart battle with Kanye West - his Curtis CD is Europe’s number one album. West's album Graduation beat rap rival 50 Cent's Curtis to the top of the charts in the U.S. and U.K. when they were both released on 11th of September.
However, Curtis has proved more popular than Graduation in Europe, where West’s album only managed to debut at three.
|50 Cent slapped with $2m lawsuit
|Former collaborators 50 Cent and Lil' Kim might be reuniting - but this time in court.
The pair, who have been having an ongoing public spat, and their record labels have been punched with a 2 million dollar lawsuit by producer Carlos "Phantom of the Beat" Evans.
Evans said that they stiffed him on royalties from their smash hit "Magic Stick."
He claimed that the song sold 2 million copies and reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts, reports the New York Post.
But he was secluded when it came to monetary terms, and that all he received was an advance of 7,500 dollars.
50’s lawyer however claimed that it was Evans’ own fault for not being paid as he used a sample from another song without any permission.
|50 Cent pulls out of the MOBOs
|50 Cent has pulled out of the MOBOs and other European dates a day after he was beaten to the top of the chart by rival Kanye West.
The star had vowed to retire as a solo artist if West outsold him.
He was due to play the MOBOs and the Vodafone Live Music Awards this Wednesday, followed by a performance for MTV in German on Friday.
But his spokesman told MTV News: "50 Cent is very sad to confirm that due to a last minute, unforeseen and unanticipated change in his schedule, he will have to postpone his European promotion trip from September 18-25."
Yesterday West went straight in at number one in the album chart with his latest offering, Graduation.
50 Cent only managed second spot with his record, Curtis.
Both albums were released on the same day and 50 cent vowed in an interview: "If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11, I'll no longer write music."
"I'll write music and work with my other artists, but I won't put out any more solo albums."
|50 cent flashes the cash in the UK
|50 cent is getting ready to splash the cash on his next trip to London.
The US rapper is worth around £200 million and unlike us mere mortals it seems he is not at all willing to face travelling across the capital by tube on his visit.
50 is set to play at the Vodafone Live Music Awards next Wednesday before rushing off to the MOBO's in east London and he only has a short time in which to get from one part of London to the other...
So how has the so-called king of bling solved his dilemma?
Well he's only gone and rented three private helicopters, a helipad, an ex-special forces team to oversee the operation and five top of the range SUV's.
The visit coincides with an intense period of promotion for his new album Curtis. After the record shifted only 60,000 copies the star has had to step up his game as he's currently locked in a chart battle with fellow US rapper Kanye West.
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