Digest: Jay-Z and Willow Smith on 'Annie'; 50 Cent's New Album

Also: Tori Amos to debut musical in London next year

January 26, 2011 5:15 PM ET
Digest: Jay-Z and Willow Smith on 'Annie'; 50 Cent's New Album
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Jay-Z Will Produce 'Annie' Remake Starring Willow Smith
Jay-Z has made a deal to co-produce a new movie based on the musical Annie with Willow Smith in the lead role. Jay-Z will produce the film in a joint venture with Overbrook Entertainment and Willow's parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith. The project is a natural for Jay-Z — he scored a hit by adapting a song from the musical into the single "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" and Willow just recently signed a record deal with his Roc Nation label.  [Billboard]

50 Cent Promises New Album
50 Cent has told MTV that he has finished "80 percent" of his forthcoming album, tentatively titled Black Magic, and that the record should be in stores sometime this summer. The new disc is set to include collaborations with Eminem, Boi-1da, Alex Da Kid and the Surf Club. [MTV]

Tori Amos Musical to Open in 2012

Tori Amos has written a musical that will debut at London's National Theatre in April of 2012. No details about the production have been released thus far, but given that Amos has becoming increasingly devoted to writing narrative-driven concept albums this new project makes a lot of sense. [BBC]

Wiz Khalifa Announces New Album
Stoner rapper Wiz Khalifa has announced that his new album Rolling Papers will be in stores on March 29th. The record will feature appearances by Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross and Curren$y. No tracklisting has been provided, but the album will likely include his current hit "Black and Yellow." [Billboard]

Ke$ha Tour Sells Out
Ke$ha's first headlining tour in North America has completely sold out. The singer will begin her Get $leazy tour of large theaters at Portland, Oregon's Crystal Ballroom on February 15th. [Entertainment Tonight]

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