AMP Music Minute June 25th

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Rihanna Working on New Album in London-

A bunch of photogs caught Rihanna in London going in and out of the studio, which has us thinking she is in the midst of working on her seventh studio album.

Digital Spy reported the Bajan singer was reuniting with DJ/Producer Calvin Harris as well as other notable mixers to record this new album.

“They’ve booked three days in the studio,” a source told media, “which they’ll fit around [Burns- a friend of Harris] doing some work with Kelis. Rihanna’s also working with Nicky Romero, another DJ and pal of Calvin.”

Rihanna has also tapped dance music staples, Swedish House Mafia and Sean Garret (Usher’s “Yeah.”) for her new album.

Currently there is no title or release date, but we know Rih is planning an exciting tour for 2013.

Katy Perry to Start New Record Label-

Apparently Katy Perry doesn’t believe in being too busy. The 27-year-old who garnered six number one singles last year and headlined her own successful world tour is not trying to give her opportunity to others by starting a new record label.

Sitting down with The Hollywood Reporter, Perry told the paper she’s got plans to start her record label under her parent company, EMI.

“I’m preparing for it now,” Perry said of the yet unnamed label. “And when this record label does come to fruition, I’m going to try and avoid the things that take away any fighting chance for an artist to have financial success.”

No word on when the label is meant to drop but knowing Katy’s work ethic, makes us at AMP excited for any artist that has the chance to work under her.

50 Cent Chimes in on Dre’s ‘Detox’ Delay-

As Dr. Dre fans, we have waited patiently for the follow-up to Dr. Dre’s 1999 release, The Chronic 2001. After releasing a single or two, the good doctor still has not released his long-awaited album, Detox.

50 Cent, a protege of Dr. Dre, by way of Emimen, recently spoke on what is likely holding up Dre from releasing his album.

“He been working on that project for so long that he falls in love with music, and then he falls out of love with it. He’s got a lot of good stuff playing in the studio and it comes in and out, plus that,” Fitty told interviewers.

50, born Curtis Jackson, even offered Dre some advice about the situation.

“You know what I said to him? I said, you don’t have to change anything. Because the period of time you haven’t put out.. Like Sade, it reminds me of the record that I’d like from him. And I’m like, yeah, play that, that’s the new one. And it feels like the last one. So Dre, he doesn’t have to create a formula because he was gone so long that if he gives us something that feels like The Chronic, we’d be absolutely happy.”

50 does have a valid point. We would love to hear any new music from Dr. Dre at this point. And if it sounds like his old music- even better!

-Khellie Braxton, 97.1 AMP Radio, L.A.

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