CONGRATS Cordell! And I better not hear anyone saying he doesn’t deserve it because Calvin is his Dad! These kids work hard and these colleges wouldn’t be offering scholarships if they didn’t! Point blank, period! Bravo to UCLA for not allowing the media to alter their scholarship decisions. xo @RozOonTheGo
Already listed at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds entering his sophomore season at Diamond Bar High School, Cordell Broadus has made a name for himself playing wide receiver and defensive back.
Of course, he was already well recognized as the son of rapper Snoop Dogg.
But now, he may start being noticed more for his on-field skills than his father as UCLA became the first school to offer him a scholarship, USA Today reported.
Broadus played for the freshman team last year.
“We’re expecting him to really lead us the next three years,” Diamond HS head coach Ryan Maine told ESPNLA. “Hopefully (our athletes) get bigger, stronger and keep leading this team.”
"Pretty much every day, there’s a moment where I’m having to pinch myself and think, ‘When did this happen to my life?’" she says. "What I really love about music is that, despite all this craziness the creative process remains the same. And that same exciting feeling that I had before anybody knew me, when I was just beginning to work on ‘Call Me Maybe,’ is the same feeling I had today with RedFoo from LMFAO. You can sense the people who really have it are about writing that right word or that right melody to make it lift and make you feel that perfect emotion."
BILLBOARD Weekly Charts: Usher, Bieber, LMFAO, GroupLove:
This week, Usher enters atop the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with “Looking 4 Myself” and logs a 10th week at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “Climax.”
Usher, famously, was instrumental in launching the career of Justin Bieber. After Scooter Braun became Bieber’s manager, he invited Bieber to sing for Usher. The result? The then-13-year-old Bieber joined Usher and Braun’s Raymond Braun Media Group and began his rapid ascent to pop culture prominence. Currently in the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 for a 12th week with former No. 2 hit “Boyfriend,” Bieber is set to make the year's splashiest bow on next week’s Billboard 200 with his third studio album, “Believe.”
Now, Bieber can take partial credit for the No. 1 song on the Hot 100. His viral video of Carly Rae Jepsen's “Call Me Maybe” - co-starring Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale, the clip has racked more than 43 million YouTube views - and an endorsement of the song to his more than 20 million Twitter followers helped propel the song up the chart and on its way to No. 1.
KID INK, ILL WILL Talk 'Up & Away' Album + Chart Success:
When Kid Ink first met his manager, DJ Ill Will, CEO of Tha Alumni Music Group, in June 2010, the Los Angeles producer/artist was simply “dabbling” in rapping. At the time, neither one had any idea that Ink’s first album would make a splash on the Billboard charts.
This week, the 26-year-old’s introductory album, “Up & Away” (Tha Alumni Music Group), debuts at No. 20 on the Billboard 200, No. 3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 2 on Top Rap Albums. The set sold 20,000 in its first week, with 97% of sales coming from downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In just two years, Ink built a buzz through a grass-roots movement including touring, merchandise and self-produced online projects. The rapper has released three mixtapes — “Crash Landing” (2010), “Daydreamer” (2011) and “Wheels Up” (2011) — and collaborated with notable names like Chris Brown and Meek Mill without compensation. Ill Will, who spent five years working with Brown and others, also helped Ink’s climb to the top. All of Ink’s official videos are uploaded to Ill Will’s YouTube channel, which has garnered close to 133 million views.
Brandy’s follow-up to 2008’s “Human” will drop on Aug. 28, the singer announced via Twitter this week. The tweet, which has since been deleted (although the message is still viewable on her Facebook page), read simply “Two Eleven 8/28.”
The “Two Eleven” album title is a reference to the month and date of her birthday and also a tribute to Whitney Houston, who passed away on Feb. 11, 2012.
Brandy’s RCA debut includes “Put It Down,” featuring Chris Brown, which climbed 74-58 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It also features “It All Belongs to Me,” her first track with Monica since the pair teamed up for their 1998, “The Boy Is Mine,” which spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album also touts contributions from Bangladesh, Frank Ocean, Rico Love, Sean Garrett, Hit-Boy and more.
At the age of 27, Katy Perry has already sent 11 singles to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and sold 3.7 million albums to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She’s been an actress and will soon be hitting the silver screen with the July premiere of her 3D movie, "Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D."
Now she’ll add an executive title to her resume — the pop star revealed in her Hollywood Reporter cover story that she’s in the process of launching her own record label. “I’m preparing for it now,” Perry said of the as-yet-unnamed imprint. “And when this record label does come to fruition, I’m going to try and avoid the things that take away any fighting chance for an artist to have financial success.”
Once the label is formed, Perry — who has been signed to EMI’s Capitol Records since 2007 — will follow in the footsteps of fellow pop superstars Madonna, who started Maverick Records under Warner Music Group in the ’90s; Frank Sinatra, who founded Reprise; and Prince, who created Paisley Park Records in 1985.
JAY-Z, RIHANNA, ELTON JOHN To Perform at London Olympic Arts Festival:
Musical stars, including Jay-Z, Rihanna, David Guetta and Elton John, films from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Mike Leigh and art from Yoko Ono and others will all be part of the London 2012 Festival, a cultural celebration across Britain tied to the Summer Olympics that kicks off on Thursday.
The festival, which runs through Sept. 9, includes 12,000 events and performances across the country in celebration of the Summer and Paralympic Games. Organizers say there will be 10 million tickets for free and paid-for events in such fields as film, music, theater, fashion, dance and art. The festival’s web site describes it as “the biggest festival the U.K. has ever seen.”
G.O.O.D. MUSIC To Release 'Cruel Summer' in August!
G.O.O.D. Music’s “Cruel Summer” is undeniably one of the most anticipated albums of the summer. That being said, its a good thing we won’t have to wait much longer for it. “Cruel Summer” is set to debut on August 7.
While stopping by Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show last night (June 20), Pusha T confirmed the album’s release date. “August 7. G.O.O.D. Music compilation coming August 7,” he told Flex.
Before “Cruel Summer” drops, Kanye West's crew will hit the stage at this year's BET Awards show on Sunday, July 1. BET has yet to confirm which G.O.O.D. music member will be in attendance. Other BET performers include Usher, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, & 2 Chainz.
Singer-actress Rihanna and “Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons will play the lead voices in "Happy Smekday!," a DreamWorks Animation adaptation of the award-winning book "The True Meaning of Smekday" by Adam Rex.
This will be the voice acting debut for Rihanna, who made her live-action film debut in this summer’s “Battleship.” Parsons, a two-time Emmy winner for “Big Bang,” has done voicework for a handful of shows, including “iCarly” and “Family Guy.”
In “Smekday!,” a friendly alien race invades Earth and uses it as a hideout from their mortal enemy. When one lowly alien accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a teenage girl, embarking on a comical road trip across a postapocalyptic America and learning what it really means to be human.
2 CHAINZ Joining NICKI on 'PINK FRIDAY' U.S. TOUR!
Surprises are sure to be in store for the North American leg of Nicki Minaj's ‘“Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” tour. But there's one friend Nicki is bringing along for all 14 tour dates: 2 Chainz.
2 Chainz’s opening slot comes at a good time. The “Beez in the Trap” collaborator’s album, “Based on a T.R.U. Story” (Aug. 14), debuts two days after the tour ends. He’ll perform at all tour stops excluding Los Angeles and Oakland.
Here are Nicki Minaj’s U.S. tour dates:
July 16: Chicago, Ill. (The Chicago Theatre) July 17: Detroit, Mich. (Fox Theatre Detroit) July 19: Cleveland, Ohio (State Theatre at Playhouse Square) July 22: Atlanta, Ga. (Fox Theatre Atlanta) July 24: Miami, Fla. (James L. Knight Center) July 26: Birmingham, Ala. (Boutwell Auditorium) July 28: Houston, Tex. (Bayou Music Center) July 29: Dallas, Tex. (Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie) July 31: St. Louis, Mo. (Peabody Opera House) Aug. 2: Denver, Colo. (Wells Fargo Theatre) Aug. 4: Las Vegas, Nev. (Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino) Aug. 7: Phoenix, Ariz. (Comerica Theatre) Aug. 11: Seattle, Wash. (Paramount Theatre) Aug. 12: Vancouver, B.C. (Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
JUSTIN BIEBER'S 'Believe' Aiming For 2012's Biggest Debut!
JUSTIN BIEBER’S “Believe” album is on course to net the singer his best sales week yet — and the biggest debut of the year.
Industry sources suggest that the set, which came out today (June 19), may sell between 400,000 to 500,000 copies by the end of the tracking period on June 24. (However, it’s still very early in the week, so those sales projections will change on a daily basis.)
If “Believe” does sell in the 400,000 to 500,000 range, that would easily secure Bieber his largest sales frame yet. His highest week thus far came when “My World 2.0” sold 291,000 in its second week on the chart in April, 2010.
"Believe" could also land the largest debut this year for an album. It would surpass the start of Madonna’s "MDNA," which launched with 359,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. (The best sales frame overall in 2012 was registered by Adele’s "21" in the wake of her multiple Grammy Awards wins in February. It sold 730,000 in the week after the Grammy show.)