AMP Music Minute March 12th
Britney Spears Closer To ‘X Factor’ Gig-
After not meeting his own ratings goals, executive producer Simon Cowell scrapped most of his judges and host and started a hunt for a new cast. He has been very hush-hush about who he plans to replace his old judges with on the 2nd season of “The X Factor.” Some A-List names have been thrown in the mix, like Janet Jackson, Beyonce, and even the late Whitney Houston was being considered before her untimely death. But of all the people that Simon wanted, or who wanted to do the job, Britney Spears is the only that’s made it through the rubble.
Her agent/fiance’ Jason Trawick is reportedly nearing a deal with the singing competition show. And word on the street is her paycheck would be a whopping $10 Million dollars!
Still, since Simon kept music executive L.A. Reid and Spears would only fill one seat, there is still an open spot on the judging panel of the show. Not to mention that they still need a host.
We aren’t putting all our eggs in one basket yet. Cowell and “The X Factor” haven’t confirmed the Britney rumor, but did say “there’s going to be a lot of twists and turns over the next few weeks and a lot of things we’re going to announce.”
AMP will keep you posted on the updates about the show.
Ne-Yo Says Fatherhood Has Made Him ‘More Conscious’-
It’s no secret that musicians pull from their real life experiences to write and perform their songs. While discussing his upcoming album The Cracks in Mr. Perfect R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo has said that he’s been thinking way more about the music he puts out now that he has kids of his own.
“[I'm] being a little more conscious of the songs that I write,” he tells The BoomBox. “I do music that adults can enjoy, I do music that kids can enjoy. I try to see myself comfortably in the middle of all that.”
We doubt he’s going to sacrifice quality for his more conscious music. Ne-Yo has some pretty big hits under his belt and he’s teamed up with some of his old producers to recreate the magic.
“There [are] the usual suspects,” Ne-Yo revealed. “Definitely in [the studio] with Stargate. If the world feels the way we feel about [this album], it’s gonna blow people’s mind. [I'm working with] this cat named Harmony, from the U.K. He produced what’s gonna be my first single ‘Don’t Make ‘Em Like You No More.’ Dude is incredible.”
He also has a track with No I.D. and David Banner. So expect an eclectic album. He had one rule in the studio: “One thing that I told everybody going into this is, ‘I don’t want you making a track like you’re making a track for Ne-Yo. Just do what you do and let the fact that I’m on it be the Ne-Yo element,'” he says. “There is no way to expand and grow if everybody you’re working with wants to keep you in a box.”
Novel idea. We hope it works out! The Cracks In Mr. Perfect is due out on June 26th.
Lil Wayne Makes It On Cover of Skateboard Mag-
New Orleans born rapper Lil Wayne likes a lot of things. He likes fashion, sports, obviously his music and women among other things like purple drank, but that’s another post. His latest and most fervent hobby of the last few years has definitely been skateboarding, and it’s all paying off. While many have been saying this skateboarding thing is a phase, Weezy has taken it to heart. Other skaters are taking notice and he just landed the cover of CCS, the skateboarding magazine.
Wayne’s videographer, DJ Scoob Doo, caught some footage of Lil Tunechi hanging out during his cover shoot in Conoga Park with a group of pro skaters. “I just want to introduce my world to their world,” Wayne said as he met with each of the skateboarders “I’m trying to bring you into their world so you can see why I wanna do this and I why I love this so much.”
Scoob hopes this shoot will help give Wayne’s skating passion some validity amongst disbelievers. “Wayne is on the cover of this magazine with professional skateboarders because he’s taken it so seriously,” Scoob said. “They were so happy to have him associated with it because he’s bringing light to the skateboard world and because he’s genuinely taken a liking to skateboarding.”
“These professional skateboarders are not looking at him as an ‘artist’ — they’re looking at him as one of their own. They see the dedication that he’s given to it, and they see that he’s not taking it lightly,” he added.
Well we believe it’s real. Remember that time Wayne had a cast on because he injured his shoulder during a not so complete ollie?