Daily Buzz 4.29.11

    Billboard Music Awards book outrageous acts

    Cee-Lo Green and Nicki Minaj have been booked to perform at this year’s Billboard Music Awards in Los Angeles. Both Nicki and Cee-Lo are up for awards.

    The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez will also take the stage. Ken Jeong from The Hangover and NBC’s "Community" will host the event, airing May 22 on ABC.


    Lupe Fiasco gets loud in new video

    Lupe Fiasco won’t wait any longer to say what’s on his mind. In the video for "Words I Never Said," the rapper is breaking his silence and kung-fu fighting the establishment.

    From the war on terror to pill popping, Lupe is pulling no punches on what he really thinks is wrong with America. "Words I Never Said" forces the viewer to confront that the fact that many people don’t speak up more often by depicting everyone with gags over their mouths that they can remove any time they like, though they choose not to.

    But he does more than just talk a big game. Find out how he’s freeing others when you watch the video below.


    Beyonce’s ‘Girls’ falls flat

    This hasn’t been a great week for Beyoncé. First she got sued by a video game company, now this! Her new track "Girls (Who Run The World)" isn’t exactly running things on the charts.

    The single, which borrows heavily from Major Lazer’s "Pon de Floor," made its not-so-big debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at #33. It’s only been downloaded 77,000 times since it was released on iTunes last week.

    And, according to HelloBeautiful.com, Bey’s song really took a beating on the airwaves. "Girls (Who Run the World)" currently ranks at #65 on the Radio Songs chart.


    Aretha’s back!

    Following her surgery earlier this year, Aretha Franklin predicted she’d be back onstage in May, but she’s a few weeks early.

    The Queen of Soul visited the ladies of “The View” Thursday to promote her new album, which hits shelves May 3. After chatting it up with Sherri Shepherd and the crew, she performed her classic hit “Respect.”

    Watch Aretha do her thing.



    Tasha Smith wanted ‘the rich friend’

    Even if Tasha Smith weren’t happily married, she would never go for a younger man like her character Shonda does in the upcoming film Jumping the Broom. But she and her character, a Brooklyn postal worker and friend of the groom’s "downtown" family, do share a love for the new opportunities and finer things that life can bring.

    “I think I was like that a lot, even as a little girl,” Tasha told S2S. “I would find friends that lived in places that I didn’t live in so I could experience new things and everything. I was like, ‘I want the rich friend!’" 

    These days Tasha is a successful actress, but she grew up in a rough part of New Jersey.

    "I was from Camden," she said. "I needed to hang out with the people in Cherry Hill so I could see how they eat and shop. So I can say, ‘That’s what I’m gon’ do when I get old!’”

    Jumping the Broom hits theaters May 6.


    Bieber channels Busta

    Chris Brown hit the stage and performed “Look at Me Now” with Justin Bieber, who didn’t think the track would be complete without Busta’s rhyme.

    However, instead of bringing Busta out onstage at the Australian venue, JB decided he’d just spit the lyrics himself.

    Watch Chris and Justin perform “Look at Me Now.”



    —Ericka Boston, Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott





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