Check out the latest happenings around the music world…
- Rapper Drake is looking to collect his coins for the acronym YOLO (“you only live once”) after learning that big businesses were making big bucks off the popular catchphrase. He and YMCMB label mate Lil Wayne took YOLO to new heights with the song “The Motto,” that had all the cool kids living life to the fullest. Drake recently posted Instagram images of attire promoting the saying at megachains like Walgreens and Macy’s, with the caption, “Walgreens….you gotta either chill or cut the cheque […] Macy’s…same goes for you.” Jordan Sargent for Gawker writes, “It’s unclear if Drake has a trademark for anything and/or everything YOLO or if he just expects people to send him checks when they print up clothing. Of course, he’s not the only person in the United States looking to horde all the YOLO cash to himself — there are over 100 YOLO trademark applications either live or dead in the United States for everything from cologne to dog collars (perfect stocking stuffers, if you’re running super late).” Better idea: Let’s leave YOLO in 2012.
- T.I.‘s latest album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head fell short to Taylor Swift‘s R.E.D., selling 179,000 in its first week and entering in at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Fortunately for the “King of the South,” the album’s debut trumped his last release No Mercy by approximately 19,000 copies.
- Destiny’s Child alum Kelly Rowland is prepping her return to the music scene with her fourth studio album Year of the Woman. As a follow-up to her lead single “Ice” featuring Lil Wayne, the talented songstress teamed up with producer Mike Will Made It to release “Number One,” which is sure to connect with the ladies. Rowland says fans can expect the new project to drop in the first quarter of 2013.
- And finally, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Marva Whitney who passed away on Dec. 24 from complications from pneumonia. The funk singer, known as “Soul Sister No. 1″ by James Brown, was best known for hits such as “It’s My Thing” and “Unwind Yourself.” She began her singing career as a member of her family gospel group, the Manning Gospel Singers, and went on to tour with Brown in the late ’60s. She was 68.