Recording artists with modest to poor record sales now have a new revenue stream thanks to Internet radio service, Pandora.

Pandora Media, Inc CEO Tim Westergren released a statement Tuesday acknowledging that it pays superstar rappers Lil Wayne and Drake over $3 million in royalties for streaming their music online.

Drake's friend, Bad Boy artist French Montana (pictured above left with Drake), will receive a check for $138,567 from Pandora for his hit track "Pop That," featuring Lil Wayne, Drake and Rick Ross.

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Emo rapper Drake can't have Rihanna or Beyonce as his personal play things, so he settles for obsessing over deceased singer Aaliyah, whose beauty preceded and superseded her vocal abilities. Today, Drake released a posthumous track titled "Enough Said," starring Aaliyah and featuring himself. "Enough Said" is not an exceptional single, but Aaliyah's unreleased vocals takes center stage. So enough said.

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Singer Frank Ocean's new album, Channel Orange, weaves a tapestry of triumph over unrequited love. The public's acceptance of Channel Orange, with its flood of emotions and quiet angst, helped the album debut at #2 on the Billboard charts.

Announcing his homosexuality prior to the release of 'Orange' was a well-calculated marketing strategy. Now Ocean, 24, is ready to make his next big move -- to Toronto -- where his rumored lover, Drake, 24, was born and still resides.

I mean, who moves to Toronto?

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A photo tweeted by Odd Future frontman Tyler, the Creator has sparked rumors that Drake and Frank Ocean might be more than friends. Drake has long been the subject of rampant teh ghey rumors.

Tyler tweeted the photo of himself hanging out with Drake backstage at Ocean's show in Los Angeles on Tuesday. In the cryptic caption under the photo, Tyler wrote: "Lmfao. Can Ya Woo Woo Woo!!!!"

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The fallout continues for W.I.P. nightclub, the location of the infamous bottle throwing incident by musicians Chris Brown and Drake earlier this month.

As predicted, the city snatched the nightspot's liquor license, citing numerous fights, illegal use of the name "W.I.P.", and rampant drug sales on the premises.

The city's action effectively shuts down WiP nightclub (and sister venue Greenhouse) for good. If the owners are thinking about opening somewhere else in the city, they will face hurdles.

Anyone who knows anything about nightclubs knows how difficult it is to get a liquor license. The person whose name is on the application must have a spotless record with no criminal history or bad credit. Some big city mayors are known to take bribes to speed up the application process.

Word on the street is nightclub owners are wary of paying thousands of dollars to Brown or Drake to host parties in their establishments due to the bad press.

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Emo rapper Drake, center, hired two beefy body guards to protect his face from Chris Brown and his LA Crips buddies. The trio were seen shopping in D.C. Wednesday. Drake is still shook after his bottle throwing brawl with Chris at a now shuttered nightclub in NYC last week. The Canadian rapper wore a black jumpsuit paired with white-varsity red Air Jordan retro 11 sneakers (retail $140).

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Everyone suspects that Emo rapper Drake prefers curling up with a hard leg or two at night. But rap icon Lil Kim really went there when she accused Drake of being a "bottom" -- a term referring to gay men who accept rather than serve.

Lil Kim made her statements in response to the brawl involving Drake and troubled singer Chris Brown in NYC last week.

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Rappers Chris Brown and Drake are denying their participation in an all-out brawl at a New York City nightchlub last night.

But has witness statements from 2 well-known entertainment executives who were present inside the club at the time of the incident.

1 of the execs said the fight was over singer Rihanna, while the other exec told me the fight was over a perceived diss.

Troubled rapper Chris Brown, who took to his Twitter page to vent his anger at Drake, allegedly started the fight by disrespecting Drake and his entourage. That's when bottles went flying.

One woman was hit in the head by a flying bottle and suffered a gash that required 16 stitches to close.

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Doesn't Drake look hawt on the cover of the very first issue of GQ magazine's "Style Bible" issue? Drake shares multiple covers with other hunky male celebs who have that bible swag.

Last night, GQ celebrated the new issue with a swanky party at the Jane Hotel in NYC. Even though Drake is on one of the covers, he was a no-show at the party. But rappers Nas, Q-Tip and singer Trey Songz were there to represent for the Metrosexuals, along with record mogul Kevin Liles, 2nd from right.

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British songstress Rita Ora is on fiyah right now! Since being introduced to the U.S. market by her mentor Jay Z, people can't stop talking about how she is set to replace Rihanna as Urban/Pop music's "IT" girl. Rita hopped on British rapper Tinie Tempah's new single "R.I.P." Fittingly, Rita sings R.I.P. to another girl's career. "Her days are OVER!," Rita sings.

"R.I.P." was written by Young Money rapper Drake and produced by dubstep kings Chase and Status. The tracks follows the release of Rita's debut single, "Party And Bullsh*t," off her upcoming album. Rita's new album is shaping up to be a classic, with contributions from Drake and big time producers, The Dream, Tricky Stewart, Polow Da Don, Ne-Yo, Rico Love and Stargate!

What do you think of Rita's new single?


Rappers Common and Drake were feuding just a minute ago, but now it seems it's all love as the two shared jokes and giggles courtside at the 2012 NBA All Star game.

This Twitpic of rappers T.I., Drake, and singer B.oB. posing with a leggy blond left many of us wondering who she was. According to Punch Bowl blog, her name is Iggy Azalea and she's working closely with T.I. at Atlanta's famed Tree Sound studios this week.

Watch video of T.I. and Iggy vibing in the studio after the break!

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Rihanna was a big hit on the otherwise boring 54th Annual Grammy Awards last night. After performing at a paid gig at The House Of Blues on the Sunset Strip, Rihanna partied at Greystone Manor nightclub in West Hollywood wearing a houndstooth dress and black hooker boots.
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Have you ever wondered who was behind the female voice heard on the intro of Drake's emotional ballad "Marvin's Room"? Well, her name is Ericka Lee and she's supposedly Drake's ex-girlfriend who now wants her cut of the huge profits from the sales of the hawt single.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee says she and Drake dated for over a year, between 2010 and 2011 -- and during that time they collaborated on the single and agreed to split the proceeds. She says she agreed to record the song’s hook and an opening monologue.

Drake reportedly acknowledged Lee's contributions in text messages sent to her phone. One read, "U basically made that song." Another read, "It's s--t without you."

All parties involved registered the sound recording at the U.S. Copyright Office.

But on July 11, 2011, Lee made a claim against the copyright, saying "My works and voice are used on this work."

About six weeks later, Cash Money Records filed their own claim, saying Lee was an "employer for hire."

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The Super Bowl 46 festivities are in high gear, and everybody who thinks they're somebody have flooded Indianapolis this weekend just to be seen. Celebs spotted gracing the red carpet at ESPN and Radio Row's events include: rapper Drake (pictured above), former NBA superstar-turned sports analyst Shaquille O'Neal and his intrepid fiancee, Hoopz (pictured below); TV talk show host Sherri Shepherd, NFL stars Plaxico Burruss, Cam Newton, Jermichael Finley and more!

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Singer Whitney Houston was snapped by photogs as she exited her doctor's office yesterday. Whitney doesn't look half as bad as people say she does. And she is certainly not broke. Whitney will be eating off the royalties from her #1 hits for decades.

Rapper Drake was spotted arriving at the Roxbury nightclub with a small entourage of hard legs soon after Rihanna entered the club. Drake and his crew left the club shortly afterwards.

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The real estate market is still in a slump, so why would Canadian rapper Drake drop almost $2 mil on luxury condos in Miami? Probably because he believed the real estate broker's pitch that the housing market was hot again, and his 2 investment properties would increase in value.

Now Drake is trying to cut his losses, and he hopes one of you will love him enough to want to tattoo his name on your forehead take his 2 condos off his hands.

According to

Drake put the properties up for sale last week -- located right next door to each other in Miami's ritzy Marquis highrise -- listing one for $1.9 million and the other for $599,000. Drake combined the two into one MASSIVE condo, and lived in both simultaneously.

The larger one is a sprawling 3,800 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The "smaller" one-bedroom condo is still gigantic ... at 1,675 square feet.

Drake purchased the properties together in January 2011 for a combined price of $1.903 million. So, if Drake gets his asking price ... he'll make $596,000 in profit (even though no one ever gets their asking price).

What kind of girl would want to look like Canadian rapper Drake? Answer: a feminine, girly girl, of course!

This Asian chick takes the makeup video tutorials to a new level by teaching you how to transform yourself into the Emo rapper.

It seems chicks can't get enough of Aubrey Graham -- maybe because he reminds them so much of themselves?

One mentally disturbed woman even went so far as to have Drake's name tattooed, in big block letters, on her forehead so that everyone would know who was constantly on her mind.

We don't understand the physical attraction to Drake who resembles a light-skinned Shrek. But we LOVE his music.

Watch the video tutorial, courtesy of WSHH, after the break!

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Supposedly, all of this beefing between two grown men -- rap god Drake and lyricist Common -- is over Serena Williams, whom both rappers are rumored to have tapped in the past. Since discovering they both had something in common (pun intended), the two men low key dissed each other on mixtapes and interviews.

Then Common dropped his single "Sweet" back in November. And with lyrics about "soft MCs" it wasn't a stretch to figure out who he was referring to.

Then Drake responded with a soft lyrical lob on Rick Ross' track "Stay Schemin" off his Rich Forever mixtape ("It bothers me when the gods get to actin' like the broads"). But if there was any question about Drake's intended target, Common left no such doubts. He remixed "Stay Schemin" leaving Drake's verse intact. But he Photoshopped the single's cover with the words "That Hoe Ass Nigg%" where Drake's name was.

    Don't do it, 'cause every song you make Joe is really hoe music
    I heard you said you wasn't a bitch 'cause you sing
    You a bitch 'cause you clean like the bitch that's 18
    Can't say my name but rap about a nigga's wife
    You so black and white trying to live a nigga's life
    I'm taking too long wit this amateur guy
    You ain't wettin' nobody, nigga
    You Canada Dry


I love Drake like my son, but Common won this round. I mean, if you're going to catch a body, let it be over a real hottie like Dania Ramirez, not a badly built broad who's loaded up on steroids. :no:

Why is it that certain men only come around when their sons hit the big time? Canadian rapper Aubrey "Drake" Graham's dad, Dennis Graham, used to be a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis. But now Drake is a big star in his own right. And now Drake has trust issues with women because his dad wasn't around during his formative years (between 2 and 6).

"They love your son -- man, that boy gone," Drake sings forlornly in his track "Look What You've Done" off his 2nd studio album, Take Care.

Boys need a father figure in their lives while they're young -- not when they're grown with bank accounts of their own.

The money and the fame only makes Drake's trust issues deepen. He can afford to fly women into town to remind him that he's not his dad. Then he flies them back out quickly so he can bond with his boys, who he thinks can provide the love that he's missing.

    And Drizzy got the money, so Drizzy gon' pay it
    Those my brothers
    I ain't even gotta say it
    That’s just something they know

Drake's dad, oblivious to his failings in his son's life, is embracing his newfound fame with gusto. In a recent interview, Dennis, aka Papa Drake, says he encouraged his son to not only rap but to use "that beautiful voice" to sing.

Maybe that helps explain why the caged rapper sings?

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Complex magazine Staff Writer Damien Scott recently spent a few days embedded with rapper Drake and the OVO crew in Toronto for a cover feature in the December 2011/January 2012 issue.

Aubrey Drake Graham, 25, finds it difficult adjusting to fame as rap's premiere lyricist. If Drake's detractors aren't knocking his emo rapping, they're mocking him for acting tough in his music videos.

“They nitpick at everything,” he says, shaking his head.

"I stand 6'2". By no means am I the most threatening guy in the rap game, but there are very few people who will come up and say that shit to me in person. It’s always all smiles. That’s one thing I do not fear, anyone in this game. Nobody. Especially none of these guys that are paid to talk shit.” Source

Drake’s sophomore album Take Care officially drops tomorrow. The album leaked online last week, and so far the reception has been lukewarm.

Drake has high hopes for his sophomore set, but others in the music industry don't share his enthusiasm.

"I think he's going to catch a brick this time," said a top recording executive who asked to remain anonymous. "He's talented but he's missing something."

This album is going to set him back a little bit," said the exec, echoing the sentiment of many who have already heard the CD's moody R&B-heavy tracks.

*I guess I have to remind you bloggers again that the picture above of Rihanna and Drake is Photoshopped.*

Drake's much anticipated album, Take Care, leaked over the weekend. The title cut, "Take Care", featuring Rihanna it is something of a disappointment.

Drake tweeted a message pretending not to be aware that the album is all over the Internet. Or maybe his camp leaked it.

"I am not sure if the album leaked. But if it did thank god it doesn’t happen a month early anymore. Listen, enjoy it, buy it if you like it…and take care until next time."

Meanwhile, Rihanna, who is recovered from her bout with alcohol poisoning in Sweden where the alcohol content of liquor is much more potent than in America, tweeted pics of herself and her staff choosing album song tracks for her upcoming album. If you're into album track listing (I'm not sure why anyone cares about song names), the list is below the cut.

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