Posted in America's Most Wanted Tour, Celebrity News, concert, DJ Future, Drake, Drizzy, Entertainment, Global Grind, Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop News, Lil Wayne, MTV, Music, Music News, Soulja Boy, Touring It Up, Young Jeezy, Youtube

Hip-Hop News: Drake Falls OnStage While Performing

Drake falls onstage and he re-injures his knee. MC tweets after fall, “Getting surgery this week but I’m walking”….

Drake took a chance when he decided to perform on the “America’s Most Wanted” tour with an injured knee, and that chance turned out badly on Friday night, when he had a nasty fall and had to be helped offstage at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey.

The up-and-coming rapper/singer tore his ACL several weeks ago and, up until just before the tour — which also features Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy and others — began, it was up in the air as to whether he would perform at all at all. However, he decided to take a risk and play a short set, coming onstage for three songs.

In footage of the fall on YouTube, Drake is seen walking past Lil Wayne (with whom he was performing) and suddenly slipping. Within seconds, stagehands help him up and assist the badly limping MC offstage.

Lil Wayne stops the track and jokes with the crowd about needing extra insurance for the tour. He asks the audience to make some noise for Drizzy, and then asks if any ladies in the house can do Drake‘s verse for him.

After his fall, Drake tweeted about the fall.

“We straight,” he wrote. “Just to show that this ACL sh– ain’t a joke. Thanks for the support, and we’ll be back … Young moola.”

“All is well…,” he wrote later. “On the bus laying down… Getting surgery this week but I’m walking. Thank my whole YM family for the help. Lion Hearts!”

His DJ, Future, tweeted about the incident as well.

“When you love what you do, you take risks for the people that love what you do. He took the risk for the fans.”

There was no official word on Drake‘s condition or when he might rejoin the tour, which continues at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on Saturday night (August 1), at press time.

Drake talked with MTV News about his injury during the tour’s kickoff last week.

“I didn’t really get any approval from my doctor, but I made a personal decision 48 hours ago that I’d be letting a lot of people down if I didn’t show up and at least show them I’m there for them,” Drake said. “For the last two weeks, I’ve been really going hard, getting all types of acupuncture, trying to bring the swelling down. I’m walking around — no cane. I’ll put a brace on it tomorrow night. No one will probably even know I’m injured…I’m not doing my own set. That’s one thing I have to apologize to my fans about. It’s too much of a risk, if I hit that wrong turn [doing] 30 minutes every night. If I tear my ACL again, the doctors say I might not be able to walk again. I have to be cautious.”

Check out the video below….

Source: Global Grind/MTV/YouTube

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Posted in Fashion News, Givenchy, MADONNA, Riccardo Tisci, Sweet & Sticky Tour

Fashion News: Madonna’s Sweet & Sticky

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Here are a few design sketches done by Givenchy’s Creative Director Riccardo Tisci for Madonna’s Sweet & Sticky tour.

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Posted in Beyonce, Celebrity News, Entertainment, Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop News, Hip-Hop Rumors, Jay Z, Letoya Luckett, Matthew Knowles, Music News, NEWS, Touring It Up

Touring It Up: Beyonce’ Kicks Off Her Summer Stateside Tour Plus More

Kicking off her Stateside touring efforts, Beyonce Knowles took the stage for a Father’s Day performance at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night (June 21).

Running through the lineup of songs during the two-hour “I Am…” show, the “Sasha Fierce” songstress treated her NYC fans to a special surprise – as her hip-hop mogul hubby Jay-Z stepped out to perform in a duet of “Crazy in Love”.

In related news, recent rumors have told that Beyonce‘s dad, Matthew Knowles, is trying to get former Destiny’s Child member Letoya Luckett booted from this coming weekend’s BET Awards show due to long-standing tension.

Of the rumors, Luckett told press: “It saddens me a little. Because our situation happened close to 10 years ago, and I think as we all know Bey is a very, very, very, talented artist, and I think that we both have our own lanes and fan base, and I don’t see why I would have to be one of the ones picked out of the entire crew of females that will be hitting the stage that night. There are so many other female artists performin’ that night and I think we all deserve to have a chance at that stage.”

Beyonce Pictures…

Enjoy the pictures of Beyonce Knowles (and Jay-Z) performing at Madison Square Garden (June 21).

Photo Credit: SplashNewsOnline.com, Getty Images

“What are your thoughts on Beyonce’s performance with her man Jay-Z and also on what Matthew Knowles is trying to do to Letoya Luckett?”

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Touring It Up: Beyoncé Kicks Off Tour

Beyoncé kicked off the first show from her I Am… tour in Canada at Edmonton’s Rexall Place by covering songs by two Canadian artists. B rocked out to Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” (avoiding the f-word) and sang an a cappella version of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” in a white wedding dress, below.

According to Sources…

EDMONTON – When it comes to Beyoncé, Edmontonians should perhaps consider themselves very lucky.

Lucky that the superstar even decided to grace an Edmonton stage again after her last turn at Rexall Place in 2007 only drew a crowd of 7,800 people, but even luckier that Beyoncé would actually launch her brand new tour supporting her latest album, I Am … Sasha Fierce, in the City of Champions.

Whether it was a momentous occasion or just an opportunity to test out the show and work out the kinks in front of a “modest” audience – because, once again, only 8,000 fans turned out – will be left for those that attended to decide.

If Beyonce’s first outing on her I Am … tour was no major disappointment, it was still a somewhat muddled affair, one that didn’t really clear up where the line between Beyonce and her supposed “alter ego” Sasha Fierce is drawn.

If Beyonce is the soft-spoken side and Sasha is the brazenly hyper-confident persona, the whole concept never really spread its wings properly Thursday night at Rexall.

Others are saying….

According to reports, the Canadian kick off stop was being used as “paid rehearsals.” The media wasn’t allowed to take pictures and weren’t provided with review tickets, but that didn’t stop editors from supplying writers with tickets at their own cost to attend and review.

And the reviews are glowing. Jam! Showbiz writes: “As with her tour in 2007, there was also the extra-large all-girl band, the phalanx of backup dancers drilled in the latest artful choreography, songs spanning a remarkable career – solo and with Destiny’s Child – in a wide range of musical styles, not to mention a remarkable vocal range, and of course the riveting presence of the star herself.”

The press may not have been allowed to photograph or film, but the good fans are always reliable.

As a treat for fans who will have to patiently wait their turn to see the fierce one live, some sweet drawings of her daring stage costumes were revealed.

The fab creations were constructed by designer Thierry Mugler to represent Bey’s “duality between being a woman and a warrior.”

Mugler is also responsible for the figure enhancing dress which seemingly caused a stir over Beyonce’s weight –though, we didn’t notice any unusually heated backlash.

You can keep up with tour updates by following the I Am… tour’s tweets on Twitter.

Check out some video from the first stop.

Watch: Sweet Dreams

Diva

Smash Into You

Baby Boy

Halo

Freakum Dress

Video: “You Oughta Know”

Video: In the Arms of An Angel

Source: YouTube/Neon Limelight/Rap-Up

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Posted in Chilli, Hip-Hop News, Hip-Hop Rumors, Left Eye, Music News, NEWS, T-BOZ, TLC

Music News: TLC Reform and Tour!

Surviving TLC members TIONNE ‘T-BOZ’ WATKINS and ROZANDA ‘CHILLI’ THOMAS are reuniting for a tour of Japan.

The two stars have not played a major show together since the tragic death of rapper Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, who perished in a car crash in Honduras in 2002.

But the No Scrubs hitmakers are coming back together to perform a series of live dates in Japan – although the tour plans have yet to be officially announced.

In a post on social networking site Twitter.com, Watkins writes, “TLC starts practice 4 (sic) the Japan tour on Mon (23Mar09). “Chilli and I just met about our Japan dates! We are performing 17 songs.”

Source: Take40

“Wow this is so exciting. I’m so happy for them.”