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Drake holds his own alongside Jay-Z and Trey Songz at NYC's Radio City Music Hall

drakeImage Credit: Roger Kisby/Getty ImagesIt’s hard being a rapper–even if you have songs that wow both peers and millions of fans like Drake, last night’s headliner at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall for the second night in a row–the question is why would more than 5,000 people want to see a rapper perform? They don’t posses the awing vocal prowess of a singer, dance, or even play an instrument. Outside of a select few, rappers just rap on stage.

Well, simply put, people love him. Drake, 23, is rap’s unlikely hero raised way North of hip-hop’s New York birthplace: Toronto, Canada. He’s Jewish, wears his heart on his sleeves, and a coat of confidence. This time last year he was riding high off the success of “Best I Ever Had,” the standout smash from his introspective 2009 So Far Gone mixtape, and performing to a third of the crowd he faced last night. This, his Light Dreams & Nightmares tour, is his first on a stage this big. We know his idol Jay-Z and his heap of hits put on an amazing show. But what of rap’s’ golden child?

Armed only with cuts from Gone and his debut album—this summer’s best rap set, Thank Me Later, Drake strolled onto the stage in cargo pants, black Air Jordans, black sunglasses, and a denim jacket. After coolly running through his “9AM in Dallas,” he ramped things up with “Up All Night” and “Show Me a Good Time.” His style is lively. He sprinted and leapt all over the stage during the choruses he didn’t rap along to. And even when he stood still, he rapped with intensity—as if the lyrics were erupting from his toes out of his mouth, hand viciously twitching like a concentrated jazz hand.

Though his remained high, the audience’s energy didn’t match for most of the night. Apparently unable to stay as excited about Drake’s words as he was to spit them, some just stood and stared while he rapped his verse to Young Jeezy’s “Lose My Mind”—as if waiting for the Atlanta native to step out himself. He didn’t. But spirits were lifted when Brooklyn rapper Fabolous, dipped in all black, came out for “Throw It in the Bag.” More seasoned artists stealing the show became the night’s recurring theme after that. R&B titan Trey Songz awkwardly joined Drake later. The two have several tracks together. Last year they hit hard with 1-2 punches like “Successful” and “Invented Sex.” Instead of performing those, Drake stood and watched Trey take his women, singing his new mid-tempo “Can’t Be Friends.” Then he was off.

But it wasn’t until 10:30pm that the roof was torn off the building. That feat was left to Jay-Z, whose Timberlands stomped in to their “Light Up” collaboration. He got about halfway through that before deciding to make this moment his with the frenetic “On to the Next One.” It was then that I realized what Drake could do with years of more experience on stage. The deafening screams Jay earned are surely what he aspires for. He didn’t own every moment like his guests did.

It was far from a bad show. But like the title of his earliest mixtape, there was clearly room for improvement.

Have you seen Drake perform before? What did you think of his show? Fuse will air the performance on Thanksgiving Eve at 9pm. Plan on watching?

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Jay-Z, Eminem, and their hip-hop super friends bring 'Home and Home' tour to Yankee Stadium

Jay-Z-Kanye-Nicki-MinajImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com“Let’s go, Yankees,” chanted fans last night in the Bronx, New York, home of Major League Baseball’s defending champions. But they weren’t there to see Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez smash it out of the park. The sold-out crowd filled the new Yankee Stadium to see two of hip-hop’s greatest and most accomplished talents, Eminem and native son Jay-Z, bring the young venue its first show.  Two weeks ago, the combo kicked off the first half of their Home and Home mini-tour at Detroit’s Comerica Park. There Em, was the night’s closer. But on Monday night, he set things off.

The chants flipped to cheers when Em’s spacey intro began on the jumbo screen. Like Star Wars movies begin–with a storyline text appearing as we travel across the galaxy–so did his, chronicling his heavily covered road from troubled drug addict to sobriety. “You are here to witness,” it concluded, “Eminem’s RECOVERY.”

In a black tee, shorts, and a matching hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head, Em crept on stage to “Won’t Back Down,” rapping with fierce intensity. As he spit on the track, “Shady’s got the mass appeal.” And was apparent. From jump, fans made the Motor City rhymer feel right at home, rapping along word-for-word.

“Politically correct” and Eminem don’t go together. Animations of a redneck with a mullet and his beat-up car were met with laughs when he performed “W.T.P. (White Trash Party).” His fans are a different kind of breed—a more twisted bunch who somehow relate to some of his most violent and mortifying lyrics like, “B—-, I’mma kill you” from the aptly titled “Kill You.” And they obeyed his command to raise their middle fingers and say, “F— you, momma!” before he launched into “Cleanin’ Out My Closet.”  After a brief set with his group D12, B.o.B, who opened the show, came back out to perform his “Airplanes” alongside Em, but that guest appearance was just a warm up for what was to come.

Find out who the other surprises were and how Jay-Z did after the jump.

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Inside the VMAs: What you didn't see on TV

Taylor-Swift-VMAsImage Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe crowd settling into the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday evening knew that anything could happen over the next two hours — primarily because anything did happen at the last MTV Video Music Awards. (Lil Mama, you are not forgotten.) I’m sure I wasn’t the only one in that auditorium wondering whether we were about to see any more jaw-dropping surprises when the lights went down at 6 P.M. West Coast time. But did we? Read on. READ FULL STORY

Eminem and Jay-Z rock Detroit with help from Dr. Dre, Drake, and so many more

eminem-jay-zImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/EM/WireImage.comEminem and Jay-Z sharing a stage is an event in and of itself. But that wasn’t all the two rap titans had in store for the first night of their “Home and Home” mini-tour at Detroit’s Comerica Park last night. Oh no. In the course of their two sets, Em and Jay brought out friends including Dr. Dre, Drake, 50 Cent, B.o.B, Young Jeezy — practically half of the hip-hop galaxy.

By all accounts, it was a night to remember. Check out clips of Dr. Dre’s guest appearance, plus Eminem and Jay-Z doing their classic 2001 collab “Renegade,” after the jump (clips via Rap Radar; lots of NSFW language).

Were you at Comerica Park last night? Planning to see Eminem and Jay-Z’s second show there tonight, or one of their Yankee Stadium dates in NYC on Sept. 13 and 14? Let us know in the comments. READ FULL STORY

Drake and Lil Wayne start fires in their 'Miss Me' video: Watch it here

Lil Wayne has a few months left on Rikers Island, but plans are already in the works for a concert to celebrate when he gets out this fall. That’s per his Young Money pal Drake, who told viewers of his webcast last night to look forward to a “Welcome Home Weezy” show on Nov. 5, the day after Wayne’s expected release. Drake also just debuted a video for his song “Miss Me,” and through the magic of video editing, the incarcerated Wayne was able to co-star.

The Anthony Mandler-directed “Miss Me” clip opens with a disorienting collage of imagery over a moody ambient soundtrack. Most of those images recur once the proper song begins. Fireworks explode and a lady in lingerie gyrates as Drake raps, flashing goofy grins and grouchy scowls all the while. At one point, Drake hurls a Molotov cocktail at a brick wall. When it explodes, Lil Wayne is released in the form of a spectral hologram. This eerie Wayne genie then kicks a guest verse, with Drake mouthing along to his lyrics.

Check out the clip after the jump (some NSFW language). Like it? Do you miss Wayne terribly, or are clips like this tiding you over? READ FULL STORY

Arcade Fire top Billboard 200 albums chart

arcade-fireImage Credit: Eric KayneArcade Fire‘s latest album takes the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. The Montreal-based indie-rock collective’s critically lauded new album The Suburbs sold 156,000 copies. Coming in second is Eminem’s Recovery with 152,000 albums moved. Last week’s No. 1, Avenged Sevenfold‘s Nightmare, drops to No. 3, with 45,000 units.

U.G.K. rhymer Bun B released his latest solo LP last week: Trill O.G. debuts at No. 4 with 41,000 copies sold. Selling 39,000 copies, Rick Ross’ Teflon Don drops two places to No. 5, while Lady Gaga’s The Remix is the next-biggest premiere, taking No. 6 with 39,000. Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0, meanwhile, steps back three rungs to No. 7 with 37,000 albums sold.

Drake‘s Thank Me Later drops three spots as well to No. 8, moving 31,000 copies. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now drops two positions to No. 9 with 29,000 copies purchased. Buckcherry’s All Night Long is the final top 10 record to make its debut this week, rounding out the top 10 with 28,000 copies sold.

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Avenged Sevenfold bumps Eminem to No. 2 on Billboard 200 albums chart

Avenged-SevenfoldAvenged Sevenfold’s Nightmare debuts at No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 163,000 copies sold, ending Eminem‘s five-week run as the list’s leader. Now at No.2, Em’s Recovery moved 159,000 albums. Last week’s No. 2, Rick Ross’ Teflon Don, moves to No.3 with 63,000 copies sold. Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 moves up two spots to No. 4 selling 38,000 sets.

At No. 5 with 34,000 copies sold is Drake’s Thank Me Later, which fell one spot. The Kidz Bop 18 collection falls one space to No. 6 moving 29,000 units.

Need You Now by Lady Antebellum jumps up two to No. 7, selling 27,000 copies. Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles From Memphis drops five positions to No. 8, with 24,000 sets sold. Lady Gaga’s The Fame moves up one to No. 9, selling just under 24,000 albums. Rounding out the top 10 is the Now 34 compilation, falling two to No. 10 and selling 22,000 copies.

Surprised Eminem came in at No. 2? Buy any of this week’s new releases? Let us know.

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VMAs exclusive: We have the Video of the Year and Best Male Video nominees!

eminem-lady-gagaImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Janet Mayer/PR PhotosThat’s right, MTV is announcing the full list of 2010 Video Music Award nominees at noon today, but we have an early peek at the list of artists vying for Best Male Video and the big dog of VMA categories,”Video of the Year.” Showing up on both of those lists is Eminem, whose “Not Afraid” video is up for eight awards at this year’s VMAs, set to air live from L.A. on Sept. 12. “Apparently, MTV doesn’t care that I have two massive stadium shows on the other side of the country the day after the VMA’s. F me, right?!?!,” Em said in a statement released exclusively to EW. “I mean, I’ll be there but don’t expect me to be nice about it.”

Without further ado, the 2010 VMA nominees for Video of the Year and Best Male Video: READ FULL STORY

Eminem's 'Love The Way You Lie' pushes Katy Perry's 'Gurls' to No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 chart

eminem-katy-perryImage Credit: Karin Catt; Ari MichelsonKaty Perry‘s “California Gurls” reigned at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for six weeks. But it’s over now. When the entire chart is released tomorrow, Eminem‘s Rihanna-assisted “Love The Way You Lie” will be No. 1 and Perry No. 2. This is the Detroit rapper’s fourth Hot 100 No. 1. single, and the second from his latest, Recovery. His first single from this album, “Not Afraid,” debuted at No. 1. Em’s having an amazing day; this morning we reported that he’s also got the No. 1 album in the country again.

No one new entered the top 10 this week. B.o.B’s “Airplanes” stays at No. 3, Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” moves from No. 6 to No. 4. Usher’s former No. 1, “OMG,” drops one place to No. 5. Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” moves up one to No. 6. While “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy falls two places to No. 7. “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias holds at No. 8. Drake’s “Find Your Love” stays at No. 9. And Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” remains at No. 10.

What do you think of Eminem’s run? Are you a fan of Recovery and it’s singles? Think Katy can regain her No. 1 spot? Let us know.

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Eminem doesn't budge from Billboard 200's No. 1 spot

eminemEminem‘s Recovery remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fourth straight week, selling 195,000 copies. He’s the first to own the spot for four straight frames since Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream spent six consecutive weeks on top last year. This week’s highest debut is Korn’s Korn III – Remember Who You Are at No. 2, selling 63,000 copies. Drake‘s Thank Me Later moves back a spot to No. 3 with 50,000 copies sold.

Newsboys’ Born Again album comes in at No. 4 with 45,000 records sold. Selling 41,000 copies of his My World 2.0, Justin Bieber’s  stays at No. 5. Sting’s reworked classics album, Symphonicities, debuts at No. 6 with 36,000 records sold. This marks Sting’s tenth solo top 10 album. Country’s new man Jerrod Niemann enters the Billboard 200 at No. 7 with Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, selling 34,000 in its first week.

Rock group Hellyeah’s second album Stampede stomps to No. 8 with 28,000 records sold. M.I.A.’s Maya debuts with 28,000 albums moved at No. 9. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack plummets six spots to No. 10 with 28,000 records sold, rounding out the top 1o.

Next week Rick Ross’ Teflon Don makes it’s chart debut. Do you think he’ll knock Eminem off the No. 1 spot? Let us know.

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