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UK MUSIC: GIGGS FT THE STREETS – SLOW SONGS

Several days ago UK rapper/BET Best UK Hip Hop winner Giggs crossed my mind. I wondered what had happened to him because all had gone quiet on the music front, and I hadn’t received any more emails attacking me for not being one of his biggest supporters. But then the new track ‘Slow Songs’ featuring The Streets was brought to my attention [Thanks Melissa]. Mike Skinner (The Streets) also produced the track, which will officially drop later on in the year. I []

UK MUSIC NEWS: DIZZEE RASCAL UNVEILS UK TOUR DATES

Dizzee Rascal’s UK tour will kick off in October. See tour date information below.  October 6 – Newcastle, O2 Academy October 7 – Manchester, Apollo October 9 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange October 10 – Exeter, University Great Hall October 11 – Bristol, O2 Academy October 13 – Nottingham, Rock City October 14 – Bournemouth, Opera House October 16 – Norwich, UEA October 17 – Birmingham, Opera House October 24 – Liverpool, University October 25 – Sheffield, O2 Academy October 26 – Leeds, O2 Academy []

UK MUSIC NEWS: DIZZEE RASCALS ‘BONKERS’ EXPECTED TO BECOME ‘BEST SELLING SINGLE OF THE YEAR’

Via Digital Spy Dizzee Rascal’s new single ‘Bonkers’ is expected to become the best-selling single of the year so far. The track, which is a collaboration with dance DJ Armand Van Helden, shifted 46,000 units on its first day of release. With continuing high sales, the song will easily overtake first week sales of previous number ones. Comic Relief charity single ‘Islands In The Stream’ shifted 87,000 in its first seven days, while Calvin Harris’s ‘I’m Not Alone’ sold 66,000 copies. Tinchy []

RAPPER SHOT DEAD, MAN CHARGED

I read about this terrible incident yesterday but didn’t get around to posting news on it until now. Another tragic and senseless killing. When will it all end? Via Billboard Rapper Dolla, born Roderick Anthony Burton II, was shot and killed while waiting in the valet area of the Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles on Monday (May 18). He was 21. According to the Los Angeles Times, the up-and-coming rapper, who signed to Akon’s Konvict Muzik label in 2007, had flown to Los []

UK NEWS: POLICE DEFEND BLACK MUSIC CONCERT CRACKDOWN

Via BBC News Police have defended their use of a controversial form that requires live music venues to hand over details of performers, promoters and fans. Form 696 has helped cut shootings and stabbings in and around London gig venues, the Metropolitan Police said. The Met introduced the risk assessment form to identify gigs where trouble might flare up, partly in response to black-on-black shootings. But it has been criticised for being heavy-handed and racially motivated. The Met said the form had []

RUSSELL SIMMONS HOSPITALIZED

At first I thought that Russell had finally succeeded in completely disappearing up his own backside which then led to his hospitalization. But it turns out the problem is with his hand. Russell Simmons has been admitted to Mount Sinai hospital in NYC.Russell has been Tweeting about having problems with his hand. His hand is swollen and he said he’s in extreme pain: “Damn. This shi. Hurts. I wanna cut my arm off, it would hurt less.” It seems he has a very bad infection []

VIDEO ‘VIXEN’ BUFFIE THE BODY SET TO RELEASE TELL-ALL BOOK

Once popular video vixen Buffie The Body will release a tell-all book this year, detailing  the days and nights she spent on music video sets rubbing her enormous horse backside up against some of today’s biggest rap stars. Source How many of you believe that Buffie actually sat down and wrote this book? (lol). Anyway.. I might have to check this tell-all out….

UK MUSIC NEWS: LADY SOVEREIGN EXPLAINS WHY IT ALL WENT WRONG WITH DEF JAM RECORDS

Four years ago the UK’s Lady Sovereign signed a five album deal with Universal Music and was then added to the Def Jam roster under the presidency of Sean Carter aka Jay-Z.  After much hype and fanfare things soon turned pear shaped for the young emcee. The endless touring and promotional activities (WORK) began to get to old Sovereign and she went on to have a very public meltdown live on stage one night.  Then she promptly disappeared. But now she is back with a new single So Human, new album and []