Lupe Fiasco: ‘I Don’t Want To Be Jay-Z’
While prepping for a nationwide tour ahead of his upcoming third album, Lasers, Lupe Fiasco sat down with The Age and explained what success is to him. “Being able to speak at a college about world affairs. That’s a success, to me,” said Lupe. “I don’t want to be Jay-Z and be worth $400 million and perform on every awards show. It’s getting in touch with somebody who needs to improve their self-esteem. As opposed to driving a Bentley and putting some chains on.” Ironically, the Chi-town rapper once rhymed about his conflict with hip-hop on a track called “Hurt Me Soul”: “Had a ghetto boy bop, a Jay-Z boycott/'Cause he said he never prayed to God, he prayed to Gotti.” Lupe added in the interview: “I’m somebody saying the things that maybe 98 per cent of the music industry is not.” —Rico Bouchet
Faith Caught In West Coast Biggie Brawl
The late Notorious B.I.G. may be rolling over in his grave over a video-related scuffle between widow Faith Evans and California based company, Kaushi Entertainment. According to TMZ, the company claims they had an arrangement with Faith to give her $30,000 for private home videos of the deceased MC. The million-dollar lawsuit filed by Kaushi alleges that they’ve paid up but that Faith hasn’t held up to her end of the bargain. —Jamila Pringle
iTunes Sells 10 Billion Songs
The iTunes store surpassed the 10 billion mark on Wednesday (Feb. 24), and the buyer of the 10 billionth track is receiving a $10,000 iTunes gift card. Lady Gaga has three songs in the top 25 most purchased tracks on iTunes, including “Poker Face,” “Just Dance” and “Bad Romance.” The Black Eyed Peas have two, including “Boom Boom Pow” and the most purchased song in iTunes history, “I Gotta Feeling.” The top 25 list also includes Kings of Leon, The Fray, Owl City, Coldplay, Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. It was only in 2006 that iTunes passed the one billion mark. Maybe the music business isn’t doing that bad after all? —R.B.