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Lil Wayne's 'Rebirth' delayed yet again to 2010

So, you thought you might be able to hold Lil Wayne’s Rebirth in your hands before New Year’s? Psych! A Universal Motown rep tells the Music Mix that Weezy’s long-delayed rock-influenced follow-up to 2008′s Tha Carter III has been pushed back yet again from its planned Dec. 21 release to an unspecified date in 2010.

I’ve lost count of how many times Rebirth has been postponed this year; for some insight into what might be going on here, check out the story we ran back in July. An assortment of follow-up singles and leaked tracks have failed to make much noise in the months since then, so it’s safe to assume that Lil Wayne’s label is still waiting for a hit before they unleash Rebirth. As we head into a new calendar year, though, it seems fair to wonder at what point they’ll simply throw up their hands and move on to the next Lil Wayne project instead of trying to make this one work.

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Lil Wayne pleads guilty to gun possession, faces one-year prison sentence

Lil Wayne entered a guilty plea to felony gun possession in an NYC courthouse this morning, MTV News reports. The rapper will likely be sentenced to one year in prison under the terms of his plea deal. He would have faced up to three and a half years behind bars if convicted.

The gun charges stemmed from a July 2007 incident in which police pulled over Wayne’s tour bus after a concert. (I was there in the audience earlier that night — it was an unforgettable show.) They found a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. While Wayne initially pleaded not guilty, the situation changed this month when prosecutors said they had DNA evidence linking him to the weapon.

There’s no word yet on how this will affect Lil Wayne’s music plans, but it’s hard to see this as anything but a major roadblock to promoting his next album, Rebirth, which is still awaiting release after months of delays. Share your thoughts on his legal troubles below.

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New Shakira feat. Timbaland and Lil Wayne, 'Give It Up to Me': Stream it here

What a She-Wolf wants, she gets. And this She-Wolf says “Give It to Me, Senor Timbaland!”

Listen to the brand-new single from Shakira, pop music’s reigning pint-sized Colombian, below. The Timba-produced track features both Lil Wayne and Ryan Seacrest’s sexy-voiceover lady (sorry guys, the song debuted on his morning show, so he gets to stamp it):

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Madonna, 'Revolver': hear the new single feat. Lil Wayne here

Stop whatever you’re doing, Madge-aholics! Madonna’s new single from her upcoming Celebration hits collection (featuring Lil Wayne!) debuted online today in full. And it’s incredibly…. underwhelming.

Anyone hoping this collaboration with Wayne would mean a new direction for the 51-year-old superstar will be disappointed. “Revolver” is pretty standard Top 40 background listening—more of the same electro R&B she played around with on Hard Candy.

It’s not bad by any stretch, but it certainly won’t end up on the next greatest-hits collection she releases ten years from now.

The problem with “Revolver” is the droning melody—and chances are, Madonna agrees. If her detached, monotone singing is any indication, even she doesn’t seem terribly interested in the track.

In business terms, though, it’s a good move: “Celebration”—the other new song from her upcoming collection—is the ’80s dance throwback to please longtime fans, and this song should court younger listeners and do fairly well on the charts.

But let’s give praise where it’s due. One thing you have to give Madonna is her unerring knack for writing charmingly frivolous lyrics: “My love’s a revolver/My sex is a killer/Do you wanna die happy?”

I will die happy. But that’s because I’ll be listening to “Into the Groove” on my way out.

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Drake teams with Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Eminem for 'Forever': Hear it here

Chances are you’ve heard a lot about Drake by now if you’ve been paying any attention to developments in the world of hip-hop this year. Even if you haven’t, though, you must know the three guests he lined up for his new tune “Forever”: just some pals named Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Eminem. This super-power summit — call it this year’s “Swagger Like Us” — came together for the soundtrack to an upcoming LeBron James documentary.

That athletic connection, plus the sheer level of stars involved, means we would feel remiss not to identify a winner here. And while all four rappers come off well enough, one verse clearly stands head and shoulders above the rest, and that’s Eminem’s. His light-speed, acrobatic flow simply makes everything that comes before it irrelevant. I’m talking serious verse-of-the-year contender status. Does it say something about rap in 2009 that the oldest guy on this track steals the show so easily from his more current counterparts? (Wait, don’t answer that question — too depressing.)

But surely I’m not a flawless ref. So give “Forever” a listen for yourself below (some NSFW language), then make your pick. Who delivered the best performance on this song: Weezy, Kanye, Em, or Drake himself?

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Lil Wayne's 'Rebirth': Will it ever come out? Exclusive new details

Whatever happened to Lil Wayne’s Rebirth? The rock-oriented follow-up to last year’s astronomically successful Tha Carter III was originally scheduled to hit shelves in April of this year. It’s since been pushed back repeatedly with little explanation; meanwhile, lead single “Prom Queen” peaked months ago at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Prom Queen” co-writer Shanell set tongues wagging anew this week when she told an interviewer that Rebirth‘s release had been shuffled yet again, from August 18 to some time in September, adding, “When it’s perfect, you guys will receive it.”

Well, after talking to Cash Money Records and Universal Motown Records, the two key industry entities that are responsible for releasing Lil Wayne’s music, the Music Mix can reveal that perfection may be farther off than expected. “Cash Money just changes their dates whenever they want to,” says a Universal Motown rep. “It’s definitely not August. I have no idea why it was moved, and I’m not anticipating a September release. Right now I’m looking at closer to October.” A representative for Cash Money tells the Music Mix even that estimated date is likely too early: “It’s not going to be ’til the end of the year. We’re talking about holiday [season].” You read that right: Rebirth might not be on shelves until December 2009.

What’s going on here? Tha Carter III‘s success established Wayne as one of the biggest contemporary artists in any genre. The man sold a million records in a week, and two million more in the months since. We’re not talking about some new artist struggling to make his or her name. And according to Cash Money, Rebirth‘s recording stage is “pretty much done,” though it’s still awaiting the final mixing and mastering process. How is it possible that this project is still on ice at this point?

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Are hip-hop's richest rappers worth the money -- musically, that is?

Jay-z-Forbes-list_l The one time I interviewed Jay-Z, Iasked the rap megastar whether he'd care to lend me his $70,000Audemars Piguet watch to use as a poker stake. Hova declined toparticipate in this investment opportunity, which was probably a wisedecision, if a rather mean one, given how much that guy earns.

Yesterday, Forbes magazine reconfirmed that the rapper is unlikely tobe eating government cheese any time soon when the title published itsannual "Hip Hop Cash Kings" list — Jay-Z is at pole position with estimated earnings of $35 million, Diddy came second with $30 million, Kanye West got bronze with $25 million, both 50 Cent and Akon raked in $20 million, and somehow Lil Wayne is going to have to make ends meet with a paltry $18 million.

Forbes also notes that many of the artists can often thankendorsement deals or other extra-musical activities for much of theirnewfound wealth (What's up, Vitamin Water). But how much do you think they deserve to beremunerated purely for their output?

Is Jay-Z still worth twice as muchas Lil Wayne based on the music he has produced over the past 12months? (We won't see his Blueprint 3 'til this September, but an ownership stake in the New Jersey Nets certainly doesn't hurt his cashflow.) Would you pay 50 Cent anything at all given how long it's takenhim to release his new album? Do tell, in the comments section below.

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The 2009 BET Awards: We live-blogged it!

Update: What a show! It ran long — over three and a half hours — but performances by New Edition, Beyonce, Ne-Yo, and the O’Jays, and a touching surprise appearance by Janet Jackson made the show memorable. Get the full list of winners here, and scroll down to replay our live blog. Beware, West Coasters and TiVo types: Spoilers abound.

The show must go on, say organizers of this weekend’s BET Awards, which now will be dedicated to the memory of Michael Jackson, who died earlier this week at age 50.

Join EW’s Chad Schlegel and special guest Emil Wilbekin, managing editor of ESSENCE.com, as they live-blog the ceremony, hosted by Jamie Foxx. Log on at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday for Chad and Emil’s blow-by-blow report on the proceedings, including star tributes to the late icon and performances by Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo and more.

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What are your picks for the song of the summer? We've got a few ideas...

Katyperrykidcupi_lThink lazy, heat-rippled days at the beach; bright sticky popsicles melting in sugar-stained fists; the unmistakable smell of charcoal burning on the grill… ’tis the season, Music Mixers, and that can only mean one thing: Summer singles. Whether they’ll be bumping from passing car windows, strobe-lit clubs, or the house party down the block, the following tracks seem destined to to own the sunniest months of 2009.

Black Eyed Peas: "I Got a Feeling"
This Euro-style electro banger promises even bolder body-moving than lead single ”Boom Boom Pow,” already a No. 1 smash. (Note: you’ll have to wait until their new album, The E.N.D., hits stores June 9.)

Katy Perry: "Waking Up in Vegas"
What happens in Vegas… apparently stays on the pop charts. The ”I Kissed a Girl” singer’s glitter-bombs-and-guitars ode to Sin City hedonism is her fourth single from 2008′s multiplatinum One of the Boys, and already climbing the top-40 charts.

Lil Wayne Feat. Kevin Rudolf: "In Your Face"
Wayne forsakes his misguided sidetrack into singing on his latest track, spitting clever rhymes alongside a preening hair-metal hook from Rudolf. (His new album, Rebirth, hit stores June 23.)

Kid Cudi: "Day ‘N’ Nite"
It’s been floating around the blogosphere for nearly a year and a half, but the Ohio-born MC’s hypnotic insomniac’s tale is finally, deservedly, finding mainstream success.

3OH!3: ”Don’t Trust Me”
Another grassroots grower, this Colorado joke-hop duo’s gleefully misogynistic anthem tempers cringe-y couplets (”Don’t trust a ho/Never trust a ho”) with a soaring ”woo woo” chorus.

Kristinia DeBarge: "Goodbye"
Dad James danced to the beat of the rhythm of the night as a member of ’80s R&B family DeBarge, but 19-year-old Kristinia reaches further back — to sports-stadium staple ”Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” — in her stomping pop smooch-off.

The Gossip: "Heavy Cross"
Überproducer Rick Rubin helms the triumphant return of Portland’s cultishly adored blues-punk trio; a thumping ”Edge of Seventeen” bass line explodes into a fierce dancefloor banger.

Shinedown: "Second Chance"
Every summer needs its shamelessly histrionic, big-blast-chorus crossover from the modern-rock charts; Shinedown win this year’s (booby?) prize.

Phoenix: "1901"
Ultrasmooth Parisian pop-disco — le synth, c’est chic! — that in a perfect alternate universe would share the airwaves with the likes of Flo Rida, Wayne, et al.

Lady GaGa: "LoveGame"
She commanded us to ”Just Dance,” then showed her ”Poker Face.” Now the outré club diva aims for a third No. 1 with her selfless offer to ”take a ride on your disco stick.” Will you let her?

Listen to each song after the jump and hit up the comments: What will be the breakout tune of summer ’09?

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Lil Wayne's 'Rebirth' delayed yet again?! Here's why

Lilwayne_lLil Wayne’s Rebirth has just been postponed for at least the third time: After being bumped all the way from April 7 to May 19 to June 16, the rap-rock album is now slated to come out on June 23. A rep for Wayne’s label, Universal Motown, tells the Music Mix that the latest delay is due to sample clearance issues and the label’s wish to release Rebirth on the same day as the debut album from Wayne’s Young Money crew.

Release date change-ups happen all the time, but when we’re talking about a commercial draw as big as Wayne, it’s a slightly bigger deal. Of course, bear in mind that Tha Carter III was delayed approximately ten zillion times before its instant-platinum debut. So how do you feel about the ever-growing wait for Rebirth?  Are you starting to get impatient to hear Weezy’s rock CD, or are you happy to wait til all involved are good and ready?

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