Wednesday, February 25

"Crack A Bottle" Video Preview

As we previously reported, 50 Cent said in a recent interview that the hit song "Crack A Bottle" would soon have a music video. The G-Unit general also stated that the video would "probably" be animated. Curtsey of Paul Rosenblog, you can get a early sneak peek with a screen shot below

The "Crack A Bottle" video is being directed by Syndrome and should be availble in a couple weeks. The Eminem, Dr Dre & 50 Cent laced-track went from #78 to #1 breaking a Billboard record with over 400,000 digital downloads the first week.

Source: RapBasement

Eminem Heads To Trial With High Profile Witnesses

Eminem is heading back to court today, kind of. Slim Shady's publishing company F.B.T. Productions is scheduled to appear in court to address a lawsuit against Universal Music Group. F.B.T. claims that it was cheated out of money when Universal licensed songs to third party distributors like iTunes and cell phone companies. Most music contracts do not have specific instructions for how much money an artist is paid for digital distributions. With that said, this case could impact thousands of current music contracts.

A jury was selected Friday for a trial that will feature high-profile witnesses like Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Universal Music Group, and Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple Computers. Jay Cooper, an entertainment lawyer in the music industry, says "This is very significant case. A lot of people are going to be watching very closely because there's a lot of money involved."
Source: RapBasement

Thursday, February 12

Eminem’s ‘Bottle’ Breaks Digital Record

The rap triumvirate of Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent will soar 78-1 on The Billboard Hot 100 to be posted tomorrow morning (Feb. 12) with “Crack a Bottle,” which sets a Nielsen SoundScan record for opening week download sales (418,000).

The first-week sum outpaces the prior mark of 335,000 downloads shifted by T.I. featuring Rihanna in the Oct. 18, 2008, issue. Among all weekly totals, “Bottle” ranks third behind Flo Rida’s “Low” (467,000 on Jan, 12, 2008) and Lady GaGa’s “Just Dance” (419,000 on Jan, 10, 2009).

“Bottle” is the second Hot 100 No. 1 for both Eminem and Dr. Dre. Slim Shady’s only leader was 2002’s “Lose Yourself,” which spent 12 weeks at the summit, while Dre last led in 1996 as a featured artist on Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.” 50 Cent ups his No. 1 take to four, having last topped the list with “Candy Shop” (9 weeks in 2005).

The trio, each with highly anticipated albums on the way, previously collaborated on “Encore,” which peaked at No. 25 on the Hot 100 in January 2005.

Source: & EminemBasement Forum

Wednesday, February 11

Officially Crack A Bottle is in 50’s Album

“Crack a Bottle,” featuring Eminem and Dr. Dre (which has been blowing up, especially in California) will be on 50 Cent’s album “Before I Self Destruct”. 50 said there are plans to shoot an animated video for it.

Source: & EminemBasement Forum

Tuesday, February 10

Eminem: Two New Albums This Fall?

Rapper Eminem, who’s been off the season for a while, is coming back with a vengeance this fall.

I’m told he will release two new albums come September. They are tentatively titled “Relapse” and “Relapse 2.”

The first release should come after Labor Day, and the next one in later fall, maybe November.

A source working on the recordings told me, of course, that they were brilliant. “His poetry is like Edgar Allen Poe.”

The source also said that Eminem’s lyrics will “offend and insult some people.” No kidding, when haven’t they? On the other hand, Kim Mathers, his ex wife, is said not to be the focus of Eminem’s bile. That’s a good thing.

Talk of the new Eminem albums came at EMI Music’s big Grammy after party at SLS Hote, thrown in conjunction with Stand Up For a Cure, the cancer charity. Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Katy Perry, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, were just some of the celeb guests, as well as Sean Stewart (Rod’s son), Barbara Orbison (Roy’s widow), Donovan Leitch (the singer Donovan’s popular son), and comedian Chris Tucker.

Source: & EminemBasement Forum