50 Cent Returns with Outlaw

50 Cent
50 Cent

CHART SPOTLIGHT.  Be it that 50 Cent intentionally leaked his own single “Outlaw,” now it’s out via ordinary channels such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. The track is yet to appear on any mainstream charts.

The 36-year old rapper, née Curtis Jackson hails from South Jamaica, a neighborhood in NYC’s Queens. At twelve, he began dealing with drugs during the 1980s crack epidemic. The rapper’s unofficial debut album was Power of the Dollar from 2000. It was followed by the compilation album Guess Who’s Back (2002), which caught the eyes of Eminem and Dr. Dre. They helped 50 Cent’s major breakthrough Get Rich or Die Tryin’ to come true in 2003. The set included singles such as the US No.1 s “In Da Club,” “21 Questions” and “Wanksta.”

According to Hip Hop Music Dotcom, 50 Cent masterminded the leak of his own when “Outlaw” bowed earlier this June. The rapper felt that his record label Aftermath/Interscope was delaying the process. MuzikDaily still thinks the man is relevant in the game…plus he’s one hell of a business man and is worth about 400 Mill… Hopefully, EW Music Mix find the new material better than 50 Cent’s 2009 album Before I Self Destruct calling it his worst album ever.

Despite not releasing any material on his own, 50 Cent has frequently collaborated on other productions. Last year he collaborated with Jeremih on “Down on Me,” and earlier this year the rapper added two guest verses on ex-Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger’s “Right Here.” It was adapted for the US market as the lead single off Scherzinger’s album Killer Love. The song premiered on American Idol.

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Michael Jackson’s Death Marks 2 Year Anniversary

CHART REWIND. Today marks the two-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. WelcheMusic remembers the singer’s posthumous career. Back in November 2010, the Michael album was released via Sony. To date, three singles have been issued to promote the album. The most successful to date is the collaboration with Akon – “Hold My Hand” spent four weeks in the top ten in Sweden, finally peaking at No.8. The album includes guest performances from 50 Cent, Lenny Kravitz and Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl.

“Breaking News” Promoted Official Web-site

The song “Breaking News” was never released as  a single, but promoted the set via Michael Jackson’s official web-site. The set did peak at No.1 in various territories (e.g. Sweden and Germany), while reaching No.3 in the US.

You can have a look at the TMZ’s timeline from the moment they found something was terribly wrong with Michael. Still a legend, Michael Jackson is so far the only artist who has collected five Hot 100 No.1s from a single album. Bad includes “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” the title track, “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana.”

Katy Perry Closing in on Record

According to Billboard, Katy Perry is closing in on tying that record! Her latest album Teenage Dream has already yielded the No.1 hits “California Gurls,” the title cut, “Firework” and “E.T.” Now she’s set to claim the top spot with “Last Friday Night.”

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R.I.P. Nate Dogg

CHART REWIND. The death of Nate Dogg earlier this week saddened the hip hop community worldwide. Née Nathaniel Dwayne Hale in Long Beach, California 41 years ago Nate Dogg began his career in a local Baptist church.

He signed his first record deal with Death Row Records in 1993 upon being discovered by Dr. Dre at a house party.

Nate Dogg’s breakthrough was unquestionably “Regulate,” the 1994 track recorded with rapper Warren G. Taken off the set Regulate…G Funk Era. WelcheMusic also notes that is was included on the soundtrack to Above the Rim. The track became a worldwide hit, peaking at No.2 in the US and No.4 in Sweden.

The track samples Michael McDonald’s hit “I Keep Forgettin’” as well as dialogue from the 1988 film Young Guns. Above the Rim features the late 2Pac in a leading role.

Nate Dogg’s biggest hit was the 2003 chart-topper “21 Questions” as a featured vocalist on 50 Cent’s single. Featured on the classic album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ the track also made the top ten in the UK.

Cee Lo Green Reaches New Peak with “F**k You”

CHART SPOTLIGHT. Cee Lo Green reaches a new peak on the Hot 100 with “F**k You (Forget You).” The track moves 7-2 as interest resurged following a recent performance at the Grammy Awards with Gwyneth Paltrow and The Muppets. WelcheMusic has previously covered Paltrow’s musical escapades in the movie Country Strong.

“F**k You (Forget You)” became a huge hit internationally in 2010, topping the charts in countries such as the UK and the Netherlands.

The hit even reverses its course on the UK singles chart this week, moving 19-14 in its 21st week. Coincidentally, the Glee Cast/Gwyneth Paltrow version bows at No.31 as well.

In Sweden, the track remains in the Top 40 having peaked at No.6 last October. The cut has been remixed by the likes of 50 Cent and Chiddy Bang.

Being quite offensive in its lyrics, radio was offered the clean version “Forget You” as well. In November, Gwyneth Paltrow performed a version of the track in a Glee episode, hence the Grammy performance. The magazine Time named it Song of the Year 2010.

“F**k You (Forget You)” is included on Cee Lo Green’s third studio album The Lady Killer as the lead single. In December last year, “It’s OK!” became the second single off the set. The track peaked at No.20 in the UK.

Cee Lo Green was one half of the musical collaboration Gnarls Barkley. They released the two albums St. Elsewhere (2006) and The Odd Couple (2008). WelcheMusic still remember their biggest hit to date – the debut hit “Crazy” – which topped the UK singles chart and peaked at No.2 on the Hot 100.

Finally, there are rumors about Cee Lo Green making a cover of “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” for the Russel Brand-and Helen Mirren-starring Arthur re-make.

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