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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/“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.


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 surprise guest Rihanna open VMAs

Rihanna-Eminem-VMAsImage Credit: Vince Bucci/PictureGroupComing off a summer so amazing he left us wondering how he did it, Eminem capped off the season by opening up tonight’s VMAs with “Not Afraid” and his Rihanna-assisted “Love the Way You Lie.” In a black jacket, hooded sweatshirt, and white tee, the Detroit rhymer intensely ripped through “Not Afraid.”

In a white knee-length tutu, blazing red hair and black combat boots, Rihanna–who slyly fibbed about not being able to make the show tonight because of prior obligations earlier this week–popped up on stage halfway through “Not Afraid” for “Lie.” The crowd ate it up, jumping to their feet before they closed and hugged as fire lit the jumbo screens. Em’s comeback is complete, it seems.

Did you catch the performance? Let us know what you think.

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Katy Perry beats out Eminem for No. 1 spot on Billboard hot 100 chart

katy-perryImage Credit: Emma SummertonAfter seven weeks at No. 1  week, Eminem and his Rihanna-featuring “Love the Way You Lie” is no longer No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. That title now goes to Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream,” while “Lie” falls back to No. 2 this week.

Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” continues to blow up at No. 3, while Bruno Mars’ love cut “Just the Way You Are” jumps up two slots to No. 4. Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It” comes in after at No. 5, pushing Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” to No. 6.

After nearly falling out of the top 10 last week, Taylor Swift‘s “Mine” creeps back up two places to No. 7. Ke$ha also moves away from the edge of top-10 elimination as her “Take It Off” climbs two spaces to No. 8.

“Just a Dream” by rapper Nelly leaps up four places to No. 9, and the same artist who tops the chart’s top 10 closes it as well: Katy Perry’s summer anthem “California Gurls” rounds out the top 10 this week at No. 10.

Are you happy Perry hit No.1 again? Tired of Em’s single yet? Let us know.

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Disturbed wins top spot on Billboard 200 chart

DisturbedImage Credit: Travis ShinnRock band Disturbed has the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Asylum debuts on top with 179,000 copies sold. Next is the Now 35 compilation, at No. 2 with 105,000 units bought. Eminem’s Recovery maintains its spot at No. 3 with 93,000. Last week’s No. 1, Katy Perry‘s Teenage Dream, slips to No. 4 with 88,000.

Fantasia’s Back To Me falls three slots to No. 5 in its sophomore showing with 40,000 units sold. Lyfe Jennings’ I Still Believe debuts at No. 6 with 36,000 albums purchased. The Goo Goo Dolls’ first album in four years, Something For the Rest Of Us, enters at No. 7, selling 34,000 copies.

Justin Bieber‘s My World 2.0 drops a slot to No. 8, selling 31,000 copies. Camp Rock 2: the Final Jam moves up four places to No. 9 with 28,000 copies sold. Rounding out the top 10 is rock band Heart, whose Red Velvet Car opens at No. 10 with 27,000 albums bought.

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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

Eminem continues reign over Billboard Hot 100 chart

EminemImage Credit: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.comEminem may not rule the album chart anymore, but he still has a firm grip on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.  For a seventh week, his Rihanna-featuring “Love the Way You Lie” is No. 1 on the board.

Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” creeps up one place to No. 2. Perry’s “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, also moves up a spot, to No. 7. Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” slides back a place to No. 3. “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” by Usher, both featuring Pitbull, hold steady at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

Bruno Mars moves up three spots to No. 6 with his ballad “Just the Way You Are.” While Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” drops a spot to No.8, Taylor Swift‘s “Mine” returns to the top 10, jumping up five spots to No. 9. Rounding out the top 10, Ke$ha’s “Take It Off” leaps six places to No. 10.

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Katy Perry debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums chart

Teenage-DreamImage Credit: Ari MichelsonThough she did not earn the numbers we expected, Katy Perry comes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Her Teenage Dream set sold 192,000 copies in its debut frame. It’s still her best ever sales week, though. Her last album, 2008′s One of the Boys of “I Kissed a Girl” fame, debuted and peaked at No. 9 with 47,000 albums sold.

American Idol alum Fantasia debuts at No. 2 with Back To Me, selling 117,000 copies. Eminem‘s Recovery falls two spots to No. 3, moving 98,000 units. And Usher’s companion to this year’s Raymond V Raymond, Versus, premieres at No. 4 with 46,000 copies sold.

Little Big Town’s The Reason Why debuts at No. 5 with 42,000 albums sold. While selling 30,000 copies, Kem’s Intimacy drops from last week’s No. 2 to No. 6. Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 lifts one place to No. 7, selling 29,000 units.

Country group Randy Rogers Band’s Burning the Day enters at No. 8, boasting 29,000 albums sold. Ray LaMontagne’s God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise drops six spots to No. 9, selling 28,000 copies. Rounding out the top 10 is the Devil Wears Prada’s five-song concept EP, Zombie, at No. 10 with 25,000 copies sold.

Did you buy Katy Perry’s album? Happy Fantasia came in at No. 2? Let us know.

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Eminem's 'Recovery': How did this album get so huge?

EminemImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comTake a moment to consider the genius of the plan that took Eminem’s Recovery to its seventh week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart yesterday. He’s had an incredible summer, leaving his No. 1 perch only twice, when Arcade Fire and Avenged Sevenfold each eked out a slim 4,000-unit win. That kind of chart run doesn’t just happen by accident these days — especially not for a rapper who’s pushing 40 and was presumed permanently retired as recently as two years ago. So what’s Eminem’s secret?

Recovery‘s long-lasting success is the result of a carefully calibrated marketing strategy. In the months leading up to its release, Eminem’s team essentially tore up their own decade-old playbook. Forget the celebrity-baiting stunt singles or fire-breathing interviews the old Slim Shady would have led with. Instead, they opened in April with a simple announcement that his next project would be titled Recovery instead of Relapse 2. This seemingly minor change hinted at his intentions for the new album. Whether or not you already contributed to Relapse‘s enormous 2009 sales, you needed to hear this one. He was done backsliding into musical habits that might or might not connect with 2010′s buying public. Eminem was ready to start fresh. READ FULL STORY

Eminem leads Billboard Hot 100 chart again; Lil Wayne debuts big

lil-wayne-eminemImage Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesEminem and Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie” leads the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for its sixth week,  leaving Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” waiting in the wings at No. 2 for its third straight week. Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” rises two spots from No. 5 to No. 3. Her former No.1, “California Gurls,” drops five spots to No. 8.

Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It,” with Pitbull, holds its place at No. 4. Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” moves up two spots to No. 5. Lil Wayne‘s “Right Above It,” featuring Drake, debuts at No. 6. It’s the incarcerated rhymer’s first major hit since entering Rikers Island last spring. Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” slips a rung to No.7.

After producing and featuring on two of the summer’s biggest records, B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire,” Bruno Mars lands his first hit record of his own. “Just The Way You Are” leaps seven places up to No. 9. B.o.B rounds out the top 10 as his “Magic” moves up a spot to No. 10.

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