Plus: Lil Wayne's Q&A From Jail, Rihanna-Katy Collabo

November 1, 2010 9:07 AM ET

Lil Wayne Sends Handwritten Q&A From Jail
Lil Wayne, who is scheduled to be released from jail on Thursday, recently did a handwritten Q&A with Billboard. He revealed that he "may" drop a mixtape upon his release, raved about the success of protégés Drake and Nicki Minaj, said his biggest surprise visitor was Diddy, and claimed he had no regrets about going to jail but missed his kids more than anyone else while he's been locked up. [Billboard]

Rihanna's Song With Katy Perry Won't Be on 'Loud'
Rihanna confirmed that she's been working with her close pal Katy Perry on some music, but the results won't appear on Rihanna's forthcoming Loud LP, due next week. "I would love to tour with Katy," Rihanna told MTV. "When I see her live, she just brings such a fun [vibe], like a colorful rock star." [MTV News]

Michael Jackson's Mom to Discuss His Death on 'Oprah'
Michael Jackson's mother, Katharine, will discuss his death in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on November 8. The singer's father, Joe, and his three children will also appear. [Associated Press]

R Kelly, Tupac Almost Collaborated
In the November issue of XXL, R Kelly suggested that his 2002 album with Jay-Z, Best of Both Worlds, was originally supposed to be a collaboration with Tupac. After running into each other in Los Angeles, Kelly recalled, "I said, 'Dude, we need to do an album.'" [XXL via KarenCivil.com]

Public Enemy's Next LP Paid For by Fans
Public Enemy have raised some $51,000 in fan contributions to record a new album via the website Sellaband, after a similar attempt was unsuccessful last year. A statement from the group reads, "We just received word that our fundraising campaign has completed. This is truly a great moment for us and we owe it all to our fans on Sellaband - our true 'Believers'. ... When it's all said and done, the bottom line is that we never lost faith in ourselves, our fans and the future of fan funding as a model." [Toronto Sun]

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