Daily Buzz 8.12.11

    Jay-Z and Kanye West release ‘Otis’

    Jay-Z and Kanye West went for a stripped down look in the video for "Otis."

    Neither Hov nor Yeezy is unfamiliar with the good life, but for this clip, they chose to strip down a Maybach to its most basic elements. The set (a warehouse depot) was far from glamorous, but it offered the dynamic duo lots of space to run around.

    "Otis" offers viewers a glimpse of what Jay and Kanye used to be like as they just spend the whole video having fun. But, then again, when have you ever seen two men with a backseat full of models not having fun?


    HBO renews ‘True Blood’ for fifth season

    If you can’t get enough of Lafayette Reynolds, Tara Thornton and Eric Northman, you’re in luck! HBO has decided to bring their dangerously delicious drama "True Blood" back for a fifth season.

    The network announced the decision yesterday in a statement. "I am thrilled that ‘True Blood’ continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics," HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo said. "[Creator] Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV."

    So what can fangs fans expect to see in the fifth season? For starters there might be another Sookie Stackhouse running around somewhere.  "For those who read the books, you know that fairies are born in litters and are identical," Alan revealed at Comic-Con.


    Tank’s daughter  auditions for ‘Lion King’

    Tank’s oldest daughter wants her time in the spotlight. Video of Jordan Babbs auditioning for a stage production of The Lion King last year has just hit the Web.

    In the casting video below, Jordan tries out for the role of young Nala, acting out a scene from the musical and singing "I Just Can’t Wait To Be King." From the sound of it, Tank’s been teaching her a thing or two about vocals.


    Pauly D signing to G-Unit

    DJ Pauly D has confirmed that he’s close to inking a deal with 50 Cent’s G-Unit label. XXL magazine reports that the "Jersey Shore" cast member is just about to finalize a three-album deal, which includes the release of Pauly D headphones.

    According to Pauly, a deal with 50 was inevitable because the two became fast friends that understand each other on several different levels, especially creatively.

    “50 Cent has also been somebody I look up to. We ended up linking up and we just clicked. We hit it off immediately with the music and everything like that," Pauly told XXL. "So, I’m definitely gonna be working with him. There’s been talks about the album and the headphones. I’m looking forward to working with that as well.”

    Pauly is currently on the road with Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj for the Femme Fatale Tour.

    BET to honor Aaliyah

    To mark the 10-year anniversary of Aaliyah’s tragic death, BET has announced that its network will be airing a tribute special that honors her life and career.

    Entitled "Aaliyah: One in a Million," the show will feature commentary from some of her close friends, including Missy Elliot, Timbaland and Kelly Rowland.
    The special will air on August 25 at 8 p.m. EST, acting as the grand finale of a 25-day network celebration of Aaliyah.

    Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash shortly after shooting a video for her single “Rock the Boat.” Her untimely death came soon after the release of her third album and was on the eve of the release of her second major movie role in Queen of the Damned.



    —Sonya Eskridge and Shaniqua Thompson


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