Nick Cannon OK with Mariah Flaunting What She's Got

Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicMariah Carey celebrated the Fourth of July in part by posting an Instagram video of herself waving a miniature American flag while wearing a red bikini. The clip didn’t bother her husband, Nick Cannon, one bit.

Nick tells People magazine that if it makes Mariah happy, he encourages her to do that kind of stuff. This is how he rationalizes it: "When you got it, flaunt it.  It's a beautiful thing to be a mother and to be able to express your sexuality."

He says he and his 43-year-old wife are secure with who they are.  Besides, the 32-year-old Nick adds, "I actually grew up as one of those guys that loved to see those pictures."

Mariah showed off her fashion sense Saturday night at her concert at New York’s Central Park, wearing a couple of different slings, including one that was sequined and another that was feathery.  Mariah dislocated her shoulder the previous weekend during an accident on the set of her new music video.

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DMB Fans Appear on "GMA," Recount Giving Ride to Stranded Matthews Before Hershey Concert

ABC News RadioAs previously reported, kind-hearted couple Emily Kraus and her boyfriend, Joe Proffit, were on the way to see Dave Matthews Band at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday when they spotted Dave Matthews himself, stranded on the side of the road with a broken bicycle and no mobile phone.  In exchange for giving Matthews a lift to his gig, they scored dinners, front-row tickets and even a shout-out from Matthews during the concert.

Appearing on Tuesday's Good Morning America, Proffitt says he was the first one to spot Matthews.  “I'm in the passenger seat and I'm just looking out of the window,” he explained. “And I see these three people and a guy on a mountain bike and I look over…and I was like, ‘That was Dave!’”

Kraus recounts that they made regular small talk with the rock star while giving him a lift to his concert. “We asked him like where he had just come from, and how long he was touring for the summer and what his plans were,” she notes. “And we asked him had he ever been to Hersheypark.”

In addition to the perks already mentioned, Kraus adds that to thank them for the ride, Matthews autographed their unused tickets, which Kraus says will “be framed and everything and hung on the wall.”

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"I Will Always Love You" Etched in New Whitney Houston Tombstone

Kevin Mazur/AMA2009/WireImageThough Whitney Houston died in February of 2012, she did not have a tombstone at her final resting place until last week, according to TMZ.

The website has posted a photo of Houston's tombstone at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey.  In the center of the marker is a heart, inside of which Whitney is referred to as "The Voice."  "I will always love you" is etched outside of the heart, in an obvious nod to one of her most popular songs.

Houston drowned in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub on February 11, 2012.  Complications from a pre-existing heart condition also were a factor in her death.  She was 48.  

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Jason Bonham Says He Hopes to Perform with a Holographic Version of His Dad

JasonBonham.netJason Bonham is having a busy summer supporting Heart on tour with his Led Zeppelin Experience tribute band.  His group's shows feature a special segment where he performs along with film footage of his late father, founding Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, but now Jason says he wants to make the virtual stage collaboration even more realistic.

In a new Q&A with the Legendary Rock Interviews website, the younger Bonham reveals that he's hoping to incorporate a hologram of his father into future Led Zeppelin Experience concerts.

"It's imperative that I continue putting together the best shows and take it to the next level," he explains.  "I'm talking to people about holograms and my dream is to do the hologram drum solo with Dad next to me."

He notes that "there's so much more that I would love to do" with regard to using technology to improve his band's performances, while admitting that things may be limited with regard to a holographic John Bonham because of the lack of quality film footage that exists of the rock legend.

Jason explains that his goal in putting together his tribute band was "to create a complete experience of what Led Zeppelin means to me, growing up around them and being part of it all my life."

Meanwhile, Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience is getting ready to hit the road for another series of dates with Heart that runs from this Friday in Detroit through an August 31 concert in Seattle.  Each of the shows includes a finale in which Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson join Jason's band for a set of Led Zeppelin material.  Bonham explains he and the Wilson sisters were careful to choose Zeppelin "songs that were challenging as well as memorable and that's what makes it so much fun."

Here are all of Heart's upcoming tour dates Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience:

7/19 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
7/21 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
7/22 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
7/23 -- Toronto, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/25 -- Asheville, NC, Biltmore Estate
7/26 -- Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Southern Indiana
7/27 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/29 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
7/30 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/1 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair
8/14 -- Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/15 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Center
8/17 -- St. Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/18 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater
8/20 -- Englewood, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheater
8/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theater
8/23 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theater
8/24 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
8/26 -- San Diego, CA, SDSU Open Air Theater
8/27 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
8/28 -- San Francisco, CA, America's Cup Pavilion
8/30 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sleep Country Amphitheater
8/31 -- Seattle, WA, Bumbershoot Festival - Key Arena

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Luke Bryan's wife's name? ANSWER: Caroline.

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Hunter Hayes Wants That "Crazy" Kind of Love

Warner Music NashvilleThere's nothing rational about the type of love Hunter Hayes sings about in his latest hit, "I Want Crazy." It's the kind of emotion that totally takes over every aspect of your life, and Hunter wouldn't have it any other way.

He tells ABC News Radio, "I really want that crazy thing where like, that annoying couple or whatever that's always like PDA right next to you, and you're really just annoyed because you don't have what they have, right?"

Hunter's friends always notice when he's fallen in that kind of "crazy" love too

"I'm like, 'Yes, I have,' he says with a laugh. "You know, 'Yes I have. I've gone head over heels,' and that's what I'm looking for. I don't know. I feel like I'm not the only one who looks for it."

Hunter also likes who he is when he's in a good relationship.

He says, "That's the fun part -- when you find yourself in a new version of yourself and someone has changed you for the better, not because they made you change, but because they inspired you to change."

"I Want Crazy" is included on Hunter's album, Hunter Hayes (Encore), available now.

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Tyrese Announces New Solo Album, "Black Rose," Will Be His Last

Voltron RecordzTyrese announced via his social networks that his upcoming album Black Rose, will be his final solo effort.  The album is due to arrive next year.

"Music Fans I'm sorry to announce this: My last solo album will be Black-Rose' it's a double album, 7 part documentary and BOOK! Summer 2014," he tweeted. "Its a new season coming in my life."

In a post on Instagram he wrote that he intends to "bow out gracefully" and described the project as "not only my most personal but my most important album."

He also added what appeared to be the artwork for the album and wrote, "It's been fun.. I love you forever."

Black Rose will be his sixth studio effort, following 2011's Open Invitation and 2006's Alter Ego.

Tyrese is still committed to his upcoming project alongside Tank and Ginuwine.  Fans can still expect TGT's debut album, Three Kings, to arrive on August 20.

In related news, the singer-turned-actor has several films coming up including the musical drama Black Nativity, with Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson, which will hit theaters on November 27.  Tyrese will also appear in the fourth installment of Transformers and Fast and Furious 7 -- all of which are due out in 2014.

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Kid Cudi Announces The Cud Life Tour

Universal Music Group/KidCudi.comKid Cudi has announced the first dates for his headlining outing, dubbed the The Cud Life tour, posting an image of the tour poster to Twitter.

The rapper has recruited Big Sean; Tyler, the Creator; and Logic to join him on the road when the trek begins August 22 in Salt Lake City.

Tickets go on sale today.

Here are the The Cud Life tour dates announced so far:

8/22 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Pioneer Park
8/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
9/7 -- San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheater
9/14 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater
9/26 -- Philadelphia, PA, Festival Pier (at Penn’s Landing)
10/4 -- Rutherford, NJ, Meadowlands Racetrack East

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Sara Bareilles Says "The Blessed Unrest Came from Conquering the "Scary Parts" of Her Life

Facebook.com/SaraBareillesSara Bareilles releases her third album The Blessed Unrest on Tuesday, and she says the album's first single, "Brave," really describes her approach to the entire album.  She says she spent the whole past year making some big changes in her life, including moving from California to New York City, and the album reflects that.

"I was feeling really stagnant last year, personally and professionally, and I really spent a lot of time and a lot of work kind of breaking down those boundaries, and doing a lot of introspection on what I was doing right, and where my hurdles were personally," Sara tells ABC News Radio. "It's part of what propelled me toward moving to New York...I was really trying to lean into the scary parts of my life and I've definitely had a lot of personal growth because of it."

That's also what led her to call the album The Blessed Unrest.  Sara says the title is taken from a quote from the legendary choreographer, Martha Graham:  "No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."

Sara says she liked what Graham says about "the fact that we're dissatisfied with where we've been is part of what brings us forward into the next piece of art." 

Her new home of New York City also had a lot to do with inspiring The Blessed Unrest, according to Sara.  "There are so many people and stories sort of swirling around you at all times," she says of the Big Apple. "I was coming from L.A. where I have a really sweet house, but it's a very quiet lifestyle and I think I was craving, creatively, a way to plug into some sort of network of electricity that I wasn't getting in L.A."

In addition to making these changes in her personal life, Sara also made changes artistically: the new album marks the first time she really collaborated with other songwriters.  She and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff co-wrote "Brave," for example. "Co-writing is not my first love.  And it is scary," Sara tells ABC News Radio. "It's, definitely, it's vulnerable, it's the most personal thing I have to share with someone, but luckily I felt like I found really compassionate, kind partners."

Sara's already gone out on a solo acoustic tour -- another "scary" thing she wanted to tackle -- but she'll head back on the road in August to promote the new album as part of a co-headlining trek with OneRepublic.  She's also looking forward to one of her most famous fans getting a listen to her new album: Michelle Obama.  When asked if she would be sending an advance copy of the disc to FLOTUS, Sara laughed, "Yeah, actually I want to get her to hear it!"  

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Slash and Myles Kennedy “Sending Stuff Back and Forth” to Create Tracks for Next Album

Robert JohnSlash may not be able to get into a studio with Myles Kennedy anytime soon, but that’s not stopping them from working on new tracks for the ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist’s next album.

Speaking to The Morning Call, Slash says that he and Kennedy have been "going through this sketch process" to create new tracks, noting that they will get together as soon as Kennedy finishes work on Alter Bridge’s next album.

“We'll get together and start fleshing this stuff out," reveals Slash. "We're sending the stuff back and forth [to] get the groundwork going on -- what we like, what we don't like.”

The guitarist adds that the album is in the early stages, so he’s not quite sure how it will sound once it’s finished. "I'm really excited about the material and it's great,” he explains. “I don't know what particular direction it is. It's a hard-rock record, because that's what I do, but you really can't say anything about it until it's out.”

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David Bowie Debuts "Valentine’s Day" Video

Image credit: Jimmy King; Facebook.com/DavidBowieDavid Bowie has unveiled the video for “Valentine’s Day,” the new single from his latest album, The Next Day.

The video consists of Bowie playing a guitar and singing the tune while in an abandoned warehouse.

"Valentine’s Day" centers on Valentine, who's telling a pal about a violent outburst he has planned for their school.

The first verse features the lines:

“Valentine told me who's to go
"Feelings he's treasured most of all
"The teachers and the football star
"It's in his tiny face
"It's in his scrawny hand
"Valentine told him so
"He's got something to say, it's Valentine's Day
"The rhythm of the crowd,
"Teddy and Judy down
"Valentine sees it all
"He's got something to say, it's Valentine's Day”

Bowie will be releasing a seven-inch vinyl picture disc of "Valentine's Day" on August 20.

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Nick Cannon: "Trouper" Mariah Carey Wanted to Keep Shooting Video After Injury

Lloyd Bishop/NBCIt's already known that Mariah Carey isn't letting a dislocated shoulder and fractured rib slow her down: she performed Saturday night in New York City’s Central Park at the 2013 MLB All-Star Charity concert wearing a sling. However, her husband Nick Cannon told Jimmy Fallon Monday night that Carey actually got back to work even sooner than that: the very night she was injured, in fact.

During an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Cannon told the host, "This is how strong my wife is: as soon as she fell, and like everyone was frozen, there's Mariah on the ground. And she was like, 'Pop it back in so we can get the next shot! Let's go.'"

Mariah's publicist has said the singer injured herself July 7 while filming a video for the remix of "#Beautiful."  Cannon directed the video.

Eventually, Cannon says they convinced Carey go to the hospital, but said the break was short-lived. Cannon told Fallon, "True story: we went to the hospital, they put her under, put her shoulder back in, you know, bandaged her all up. She came and did like two more hours, until like 3 o'clock in the morning on the video set."

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Nashville Notes 

Burke/Thinkstock/Triolo ProductionsKacey Musgraves will perform on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 26.

Sara Evans appears on CBS's The Talk on Tuesday.

Steve Wariner's new album, It Ain't All Bad, will be released September 10.

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Peter Gabriel to Release Multi-Disc Video Package, "Live in Athens 1987," in September

Eagle Rock EntertainmentA new double-disc video collection gathering together concert footage and promotional videos from Peter Gabriel is scheduled to be released on September 17.  Live in Athens 1987 will feature one disc containing performances by the innovative rocker that took place in the Greek capital at the end of his tour in support of his classic album So, and a second offering 23 videos that span his entire solo career.

Live in Athens 1987 will be available as a two-DVD set, a Blu-ray/DVD package and a digital download.  The remastered concert video is an expanded version of a DVD originally included as part of last year's deluxe 25th anniversary edition of So, with added footage of Gabriel's opening act, Senegalese singer/songwriter Youssou N'Dour.  Among the memorable songs Gabriel performed at the show are "Shock the Monkey," "Games Without Frontiers," "Don't Give Up," "Solsbury Hill," "Sledgehammer," "In Your Eyes" and "Biko."

The second disc is titled Play, and originally was released as a separate disc back in 2004.  It includes promo clips for the aforementioned songs, as well as "Big Time," "Red Rain," "Shaking the Tree," "Steam," "Digging in the Dirt" and many others.

Here is the complete track list for the Live in Athens 1987 video:

Disc 1 - Live in Athens:
"This Is the Picture"
"San Jacinto"
"Shock the Monkey"
"Family Snapshot"
"Games Without Frontiers"
"No Self Control"
"Mercy Street"
"The Family and the Fishing Net"
"Don't Give Up"
"Solsbury Hill"
"Lay Your Hands on Me"
"Here Comes the Flood"
"In Your Eyes"
"Quiet & Alone"

Disc 2 - Play:
"Father, Son"
"Blood of Eden"
"Games Without Frontiers"
"I Don't Remember"
"Big Time"
"Red Rain"
"In Your Eyes"
"Don't Give Up"
"The Barry Williams Show"
"Washing of the Water"
"Kiss that Frog"
"Mercy Street"
"Growing Up"
"Shaking the Tree"
"Shock the Monkey"
"The Drop"
"Solsbury Hill"
"Digging in the Dirt"

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Little River Band Salutes Soldiers in Video for Latest Single

Frontiers RecordsVeteran Australian pop-rock act Little River Band has released an official video for "The Lost and the Lonely," the lead single and opening track from the band's upcoming studio album, Cuts Like a Diamond.

The dramatic clip features film and photos of soldiers taking part in various military duties interspersed with black-and-white footage of Little River Band playing the song on a soundstage.  The single is available for purchase now as a digital download, while the album is scheduled to hit stores on August 27.

In a message on Little River Band's official Facebook page, the group thanks its "fans and supporters for their loyalty and its label and management for their "continued belief in the band."  They add, "To family and crew, we are blessed to have you at our sides.  And to all the people who defend freedom, no thanks will ever be enough.  Our prayers are with you."

Little River Band currently has just three confirmed dates on its tour itinerary -- an August 9 concert in Baldwinsville, New York; an October 19 show in Ottawa, Kansas; and a January 23, 2014, stop in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Country Newcomer Drake White Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut

Photo Credit: Chris HolloCountry newcomer Drake White made his Grand Ole Opry debut Friday night. In addition to his debut single, "The Simple Life," Drake also sang an acoustic version of his song "Always Want What You Can't Have."  Both songs will appear on Drake's debut album, due out early next year.

Drake says of the experience, "I am so incredibly honored and humbled to play a stage in which many of my heroes have graced with their presence. I assure you my family was the loudest in the crowd."

Drake is currently on the road.  Find out where to catch him at DrakeWhite.com.

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Taylor Swift Working to Be the Best Version of Herself at 23

Photo Credit: Ash NewellIf you've caught Taylor Swift's RED tour or seen some of her recently televised performances, you know she's gotten a bit more edgy with her production elements and wardrobe choices. The fairytale princess look she rocked in her teens has given way to short shorts and a few revealing red carpet looks too. Her style evolution is just part of growing up, though.

Taylor says, "I'm 23, and I'm just trying to kind of live my best version of being 23, and to me that is expanding your horizons, challenging yourself musically, thinking outside the box for performances in ways you haven't before."

Taylor has been famous since she was 16 years old, so she did a lot of growing up in the public eye. Unlike other teen stars, Taylor managed to stay away from drugs, alcohol and all the other things that claim a lot of young, famous lives.

Taylor looks back on her teenage years saying, "I got a lot of questions early on of like, 'Are you gonna grow up too fast? Are you gonna be a train wreck? What's gonna happen?' And what I kind of gathered from all that is that it's really important to grow up as you are the age that you are."

You can catch a peek at Taylor's RED tour in the video for her latest single, "Red."

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Patti LaBelle, India.Arie, Angie Stone React to Verdict in Trayvon Martin Killing

PRNewsFoto/TJL ProductionsThe not guilty verdict for Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, continues to resonate deeply for many urban entertainers.

Over the weekend, Angie Stone, India.Arie and Patti Labelle paid tribute to the late 17-year-old as they performed at the 40th annual Signature Gala, held at Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center during Delta Sigma Theta’s 51st National Convention amid its Centennial season.

On Saturday night, Stone announced to the sold out gala that the verdict came in, saying,  "[George] Zimmerman just went free," she told the audience to gasps.  She then dedicated her song, "Brotha" to Trayvon Martin.

India.Arie also said in light of the events, she was changing her performance. "This wasn’t supposed to be in the show, but tonight it is," Arie told the crowd before strumming her guitar.  She then started her set with, "A Change Gonna Come" off of her first album in dedication to Trayvon.  Arie also performed "Video," "Private Party" and "I Am Not My Hair."

Lastly, Patti LaBelle showed a picture of Trayvon during her performance of "You Are My Friend," and the entire stadium erupted into cheers.  LaBelle, who closed the evening, also performed her classic hits such as "I Got a New Attitude," "If Only You Knew," "He’s the Right Kinda Lover" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

In related news, fellow R&B artist, Raheem DeVaugh recently issued a new tribute song for the Florida teenager called "Trigga Man" featuring Style P.

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Corey Taylor Explains His Ghostly Attraction in New Book, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven"

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicCorey Taylor has had quite a bit of experience dealing with ghosts, which he details in his new book A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven. The Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman says that he’s not sure why spirits feel the need to make their presence known to him wherever he goes.

“Maybe there’s something about my soul or my energy, the energy that I give off that just attracts these things to me,” he tells ABC News Radio. “I’m not necessarily saying I’m the ghost whisperer or anything like that, but I’ve had my share of things happen to me and over the years.  I’ve just kind of made peace with it. I don’t feel like I’m a lightning rod or anything, I just think that certain spirits, when I’m around, they react a little strongly to it.”

In addition to experiencing supernatural events at his home on a regular basis, he witnessed some harrowing paranormal activity while out on a ghost investigation at the Farrar Schoolhouse in Maxwell, Iowa.

“Rolling into [Farrar], I wasn’t expecting much and we were kind of running around having fun,” he explains.  “Then probably right around midnight things just started to happen.  I was taken aback.  The file cabinet slammed shut [and then] walking into the other room and seeing the book that was open and then the pages torn out I was just like, ‘That wasn’t like that when we were in here.’  It was gnarly.”

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven is out in stores now.

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Young Money Releases Tracklisting for "Rich Gang" Album

BirdmanStunna.comThe tracklisting for the Rich Gang eponymous compilation album from the Young Money/Cash Money family has released.

The group -- consisting of Birdman, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Future, and Mack Maine -- managed to recruit major players on the upcoming disc, according to their website.  Every song on the project has a guest spot from some of the best in hip-hop, including Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Rick Ross, Future and Kendrick Lamar.

The standard edition holds 13 tracks, while the deluxe set features three extra songs with additional guests like The Game, T.I., and Meek Mill.

Led by the hit single "Tapout," the disc is slated to hit shelves on July 23.

Here's the Rich Gang tracklisting:

"R.G." feat. Mystikal
"Million Dollar"feat. Detail and Future
"Tapout" feat. Lil Wayne, Birdman, Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine, and Future
"We Been On" feat. R. Kelly, Birdman, and Lil Wayne
"Dreams Come True" feat. Yo Gotti, Birdman, Mack Maine, and Ace Hood
"50 Plates" feat. Rick Ross
"Bigger Than Life" feat. Chris Brown, Tyga, Birdman, and Lil Wayne
"100 Favors" feat. Detail, Birdman, and Kendrick Lamar
"Everyday" feat. Cory Gunz, Birdman, Busta Rhymes, and Mystikal
"Burn the House" feat. Detail
"Panties to the Side" feat. French Montana, Bow Wow, Tyga, and Gudda Gudda
"Angel" feat. Birdman, Lil Wayne, Mystikal, Ace Hood, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, and Mack Maine
"Sunshine" feat. Limp Bizkit, Flo Rida, Birdman, and Caskey

Deluxe Edition
"Paint tha Town" feat. The Game, Birdman, and Lil Wayne
"Have It Your Way" feat. T.I., Birdman, and Lil Wayne
"Fly Rich" feat. Stevie J, Future, Tyga, Meek Mill, and Mystikal

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