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Say Hello to GQ's Men of the Year

After the year he's had, James Franco is no surprise

(Newser) - The 2010 Men of the Year are here. GQ honors James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Stephen Colbert, and Drake in its latest issue. Click through the gallery to see the titles they earned—or try to match the man with the title before you peek; the four options: Breakout, Patriot, Icon,...

Rascal Flatts Gets $702,500 Per Gig—Really

Concert booking fees might surprise you

(Newser) - In the world of concert bookings, you probably wouldn’t be shocked to hear KISS commands a $500,000 fee. You might be surprised, however, by who comes in ahead of KISS. The Smoking Gun runs down contracts from the 2010 US summer concert season:
  • Rascal Flatts: $702,500
  • KISS:

Drake/Hanson Concert Sparks NYC Riot

Free gig called off after pandemonium erupts

(Newser) - Police pulled the plug on a free concert by up-and-coming rapper Drake and former teen sensations Hanson yesterday after the overflow crowd got rowdy. The 25,000-strong crowd at the South Street Seaport was more than double what organizers expected. Fights had already broken out amid the crowd when fans...

2010's Most Anticipated Albums

Amy Winehouse and Blink-182 are back, plus more hot releases

(Newser) - Forget Susan Boyle and Taylor Swift: This year promises to be a great one for music, with comebacks by big names and exciting follow-ups from breakthrough artists. MTV takes a look at the most anticipated albums of 2010:
  • Amy Winehouse : The troubled singer will, supposedly, finally complete the sequel to

LeBron Doc Soundtrack Lands Some Heavy Hitters

Eminem, Kanye West join Drake, Lil Wayne

(Newser) - Four of hip-hop’s biggest names have collaborated on a track inspired by an upcoming documentary on NBA star LeBron James, MTV reports. Forever was originally supposed to include just Drake and Kanye West, but Eminem and Lil Wayne have since jumped into the mix. The track is expected to...

Drake Rising Fast in Music World

Lil Wayne signs Canadian actor-turned-rapper to big deal

(Newser) - Drake isn’t your typical rapper. Not long ago, the 22-year-old biracial Canadian was playing a parapalegic teen on the Canadian drama Degrassi: The Next Generation. But two well-received mixtapes and some music videos later, he’s signed a monster $2 million deal with Lil Wayne’s Young Money label,...

Drake Album 'Compulsively Listenable'

Lyrics, though awkward, manage not to be petulant

(Newser) - Somehow, rapper Drake recorded an album concerned mostly with “the stresses and travails of fame, even if he recorded the damn thing when he wasn’t famous in any meaningful way”—and then became famous thanks to said album, writes Tom Breihan for Pitchfork. Though he’s “...

Drake Is Next LL Cool J: Jamie Foxx

(Newser) - Drake is not only dating Rihanna and prepping to sign with a new label for his debut album in the next few days. The Canadian-born singer is also winning support from the likes of 50 Cent and Jamie Foxx, MTV and Sohh.com report. "He can go as gangster...

Rihanna, Drake Heat Up

Plus, Chris Brown wants a postponement, and more

(Newser) - She’s been linked to numerous men in the wake of her alleged assault by Chris Brown, but Rihanna seems to have settled on hip-hop artist Drake. “She and Drake were attached at the hip” at a recent party, a source tells the New York Post. “They are...

Lil Wayne Pupil Drake Thrills in NYC

Kanye, record execs come to hear buzzed-about rapper

(Newser) - Child-actor-turned-rapper Drake had fans and luminaries like Kanye West enthralled at a small New York show Tuesday, where the as-yet-unsigned artist tried to live up to the buzz.
  • “Drake's greatest gift is his ability to translate his love of rap's many styles into his own music,” Chris Ryan

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