Ludacris Reveals His Role In Season 2 of ‘Empire’

Just when you thought the guest list couldn’t get better..

On Wednesday, a 30 second, dialogue-less teaser for season 2 of Empire was dropped. From the looks of it, Anika and Cookie let bygones be bygones, Jamal’s musical career is taking off, and Cookie visited Lucious while he’s in prison for murder.

Ludacris uploaded a picture on Instagram yesterday and it looks like he’s a correctional officer in the prison that Lucious is held in. Common, Tyrese, and Kelly Rowland are a few of the guests already mentioned to appear on season 2.

Ludacris is no stranger to the acting world. He has co-starred in Crash and the Fast and Furious series.

Empire is scheduled to premiere September 23rd on FOX.

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We Rated All Seven ‘Fast and the Furious’ Films, Because Why Not?

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The first movie is a classic. If you didn’t fall in love with the first Fast and Furious then there wouldn’t be a franchise. For that reason The fast and furious (Rob Cohen, 2001) is ranked as #1. Brian O’Conor is a FBI agent who suppose to bring down Dominic Toretto, but ends up falling in love with his sister Mia.  As a result, instead of arresting Toretto he allows him to get away. How could you not love the movie that started it all, where O’Connor goes rogue?

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2 Fast 2 Furious  (John Singleton, 2003) comes in at number two.  The second installment of the Fast franchise finds new characters, Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej Parker (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), and provide the franchise with some humor. Singleton switches the location for this film from Southern California to Miami. Eva Mendes also provides a little eye candy.

Fast-Five-bannerAt #3 is Fast & Furious 5:  Rio Heist ( Justin Lin, 2011).  Dom gets out of jail, and the crew decides take on a major heist in Brazil to buy their freedom, but find themselves in trouble with (new) characters:  Hobbs (played by Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson) and Dom’s new love interest, Giselle.

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At #4 is Furious 6 (Justin Lin, 2013) Hobbs enlists the help of Dom and the crew to bring down Owen Shaw in London. In this film, we find out that Letty is not dead, and is in fact working with Shaw in London.  Brian feels guilty, and responsible for Letty losing her memory, so they inevitably set out find and save Letty (Michelle Rodriquez).

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Coming in at no. 5 is Furious 7 (James Wan, 2015). After helping Hobbs take down Shaw and rescuing Letty, the crew thought they would be able to resume a regular life back in LA, but they find themselves being hunted down one by one by Deckard Shaw.  This film has a sentimental tone, seeing as how it was Paul Walkers‘ last film since his passing in 2013.

world-premiere-of-fast-furious-4-to-take-place-on-march-12-4749_1At #6 is Fast & Furious 4 (Justin Lin, 2009), the second least favorite of the franchise. Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) is back to being an FBI agent, and has Dominic and Letty infiltrate a heroin importer’s operation.  Letty becomes his informant, and meets her untimely death.

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At #7 is Tokyo Drift (Justin Lin, 2006)  The movie is centered around high schools kids introduced to the underground world of “drifting,” a Tokyo phenomenon.   It takes last place because its the least watched movie of the franchise. Vin Diesel does make an appearance at the end of the end, but there are no other cast members from previous films.

-Victoria B (@unabashedlytori)

Watch Ludacris’ New Video For “Beast Mode”

Ludacris just had one of the biggest weekends of his career. The release of his comeback album, Ludaversal, netted him a #3 spot on the Billboard 200, and the 7th installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, Furious 7, broke Easter weekend records in the box office, pulling in $147 million. To keep the party going, Luda is joined by Marshawn Lynch and some pesky reporters in the brand new music video for the second single off his album, “Beast Mode”. Watch it above.

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2015 Billboard Award Finalists

The show airs live May 17 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen

The Finalists for the 2015 Billboard Awards:

TOP ARTIST
Ariana Grande
One Direction
Katy Perry
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

TOP NEW ARTIST
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Hozier
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

TOP MALE ARTIST
Drake
Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Justin Timberlake

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP DUO/GROUP
5 Seconds of Summer
Florida Georgia Line
MAGIC!
Maroon 5
One Direction

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST
One Direction
Pentatonix
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

TOP HOT 100 ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP DIGITAL SONGS ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP RADIO SONGS ARTIST
John Legend
Maroon 5
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

TOP TOURING ARTIST
Lady Gaga
One Direction
Katy Perry
The Rolling Stones
Justin Timberlake

TOP SOCIAL ARTIST
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift

TOP STREAMING ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP R&B ARTIST
Beyoncé
Chris Brown
John Legend
Trey Songz
Pharrell Williams

TOP RAP ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
J. Cole
Drake
Nicki Minaj
Rae Sremmurd

TOP COUNTRY ARTIST
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Brantley Gilbert
Blake Shelton

TOP ROCK ARTIST
Bastille
Coldplay
Fall Out Boy
Hozier
Lorde

TOP LATIN ARTIST
J Balvin
Juan Gabriel
Enrique Iglesias
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST
Avicii
Clean Bandit
Disclosure
Calvin Harris
Lindsey Stirling

TOP CHRISTIAN ARTIST
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Lecrae
MercyMe
Newsboys

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM
Maroon 5, V
Pentatonix, That’s Christmas to Me
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Taylor Swift, 1989

TOP SOUNDTRACK
The Fault in Our Stars
Fifty Shades of Grey

Frozen
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix: Vol. 1
Into the Woods

TOP R&B ALBUM
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chris Brown, X
Michael Jackson, Xscape
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

TOP RAP ALBUM
J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

TOP COUNTRY ALBUM
Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
Miranda Lambert, Platinum

TOP ROCK ALBUM
AC/DC, Rock or Bust
The Black Keys, Turn Blue
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Hozier, Hozier
Lorde, Pure Heroine

TOP LATIN ALBUM
Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo
Enrique Iglesias, Sex and Love
Romeo Santos, Formula: Vol. 2
Santana, Corazon
Marc Anthony, 3.0

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM
Avicii, True
Disclosure, Settle
Calvin Harris, Motion
Skrillex, Recess
Lindsey Stirling, Shatter Me

TOP CHRISTIAN ALBUM
Lecrae, Anomaly
Casting Crowns, Thrive
MercyMe, Welcome to the New
NEEDTOBREATHE, Rivers in the Wasteland
Chris Tomlin, Love Ran Red

TOP HOT 100 SONG
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

TOP DIGITAL SONG
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy

TOP RADIO SONG
John Legend, “All of Me”
MAGIC!, “Rude”
Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy

TOP STREAMING SONG (AUDIO)
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Hozier, “Take Me to Church”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Tove Lo, “Habits (Stay High)”

TOP STREAMING SONG (VIDEO)
Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
Bobby Shmurda, “Hot Boy”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

TOP R&B SONG
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne, French Montana, Too $hort & Tyga, “Loyal”
Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
Jeremih feat. YG, “Don’t Tell ‘Em”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

TOP RAP SONG
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, “Black Widow”
Big Sean feat. E-40, “I Don’t F— With You”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
Bobby Shmurda, “Hot Boy”

TOP COUNTRY SONG
Jason Aldean, “Burnin’ It Down”
Luke Bryan, “Play It Again”
Sam Hunt, “Leave the Night On”
Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, “This Is How We Roll”
Florida Georgia Line, “Dirt”

TOP ROCK SONG
Bastille, “Pompeii”
Coldplay, “A Sky Full of Stars”
Fall Out Boy, “Centuries”
Hozier, “Take Me to Church”
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”

TOP LATIN SONG
J Balvin feat. Farruko, “6 AM”
Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, “Bailando”
Romeo Santos, “Eres Mía”
Romeo Santos feat. Drake, “Odio”
Romeo Santos, “Propuesta Indecente”

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC SONG
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, “Rather Be”
Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, “Latch”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, “Break Free”
Calvin Harris, “Summer”

TOP CHRISTIAN SONG
Francesca Battistelli, “He Knows My Name”
Hillsong United, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
MercyMe, “Greater”
Newsboys, “We Believe”
Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water”

BILLBOARD CHART ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PRESENTED BY SAMSUNG GALAXY (FAN-VOTED)
Iggy Azalea
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

-Victoria B. (@unabashedlytori)

#ChartChat: Wale, Ludacris Debut On Top, ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Dips Drastically

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Watch Visual For “Ludaversal Intro” From Ludacris

Furious 7 landed in theaters this week, and Luda decided to release the video to the “Ludaversal Intro”.  The track was produced by David Banner, and features Ludacris rhyming in a warehouse in all white. Check it out above.

-Victoria B. (@unabashedlytori)

Ja Rule Was Originally Supposed To Have Ludacris’ Role In ‘Fast & Furious’

Ludacris almost wasn’t in F7, or the 5 movies that precede it

This weekend, Ludacris and his fellow cast-members will be taking over movie theaters worldwide int he 7th installment of Fast & Furious, Furious 7, slated to be the biggest movie of the series, and potentially, the first billion dollar-earning film of the franchise.

Today, some interesting news surfaced regarding Ludacris’ role in the film. Initially, what is now Ludacris’ recurring role was meant to be Ja Rule’s, but Rule only appeared in the first movie. Why? If you let Ja Rule tell it, appaering in 2 Fast, 2 Furious, which was directed by John Singleton, wasn’t “the right career move” for him at the time, but according to Singleton’s interview with Grantland, that’s not quite how it happened.

Ja got too big for himself. He turned it down. He turned down a half a million dollars. He got 15 grand to be in the first movie. He was really big at that time. I guess Murder Inc. was throwing out hits and were making money hand over foot. He was acting like he was too big to be in the sequel. He wouldn’t return calls. I went to the studio to go see him — that’s just my mantra, I deal with a lot of music people. He was kinda playing me to the side and I was like, ‘What? What is this shit?’ This was all initiated by me. I then made a call. I called Ludacris. I said, ‘Hey, Luda, I haven’t met you before, but I like what you’re doing right now.’ Luda was all humble, excited to meet me. I said, ‘I’m doing this movie and I’m wondering if you want to be a part of it.’ He goes, ‘What? Yeah! Anything you do I want to be a part of.’ That’s how Ludacris got in 2 Fast 2 Furious, and the rest is history.

Ouch. We’re assuming Ja Rule didn’t realize the franchise would get this big. It makes one think. The stark contrast between Ludacris’ success level right now and Ja Rule’s isn’t much of a coincidence.

Watch Ludacris Perform “Whats Your Fantasy”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf3cDS0uN6M#t=27

 

While backstage in the Tonight Show music room the Furious 7 actor Ludacris performed an all-GoPro acoustic version of “What’s Your Fantasy” with the Roots.  Check out the footage above.  Ludacris’ new album Ludaversal is out now, make sure you grab that!

 

– Def Soul (DefSoulNJ)

Ludacris Graces The Cover Of The Source’s Spring 2015 Issue

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#LudacrisIsBack: Spring 2015 cover

Ludacris is off to a great start in 2015, considering his new album, Ludaversal, was released yesterday, and the blockbuster 7th installment in the Fast & Furious series, Furious 7, is going to take over the weekend following its April 4th release. So, who better to grace the Spring 2015 cover of The Source, which began hitting newsstands during the last week of March.

After a 5-year hiatus, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has returned to the forefront, and graces 2 of our 3 Spring 2015 covers, showing off his still vibrant persona, and offering a reminder that when it comes to rapping, he’s still a force to be reckoned with. 5 platinum albums, 3 Grammy awards and 5 #1 hits is nothing to sneeze at, not to mention the fact that Ludacris has appeared in 5 films over the past 5 years, and his next one is going to be a big deal. Furious 7, underscored by the death of beloved actor and philanthropist Paul Walker–with whom Ludacris had a close relationship–is set to be released on Friday. It’s a great time to be Luda, and in his chat with our Chairman L. Londell McMillan, he completely opens up about happiness, getting married, his relationship with Walker, and just how personal things can get when people come at him.

On being a father and protecting his family:

If you’re talking about me, you’re talking about them. So it’s almost like when you know that back-in-the-day saying about a mother’s strength. Like, a mother’s strength can pull a car off a child. Strengths that you didn’t know you had, you tap into a whole other energy source that you don’t want to really do that. You don’t want to f*** with that. I’ve never claimed to be the most gangster, or hard-ass rapper. However, when you tap into sometingthat’s f****** with me or my family, there’s another side that you’re going to see from me.

#LudacrisIsBack: Spring 2015, Alternate Cover
#LudacrisIsBack: Spring 2015, Alternate Cover

On enjoying success, but staying humble:

It’s like the difference between Ludacris and Chris Bridges […] I’m just a humble dude and I never forget where I come from. I actually enjoy riding in my Acura Legend more than I enjoy riding in the Bentleys and the Range Rovers and the Ferrarris and sh*t like that. That part of myself, I’m never going to let go. That Acura represents a piece of me. Now, on the other hand, I got to flex on m*****f******. On one hand, I’m humble and on the other, I got to remind people that I own a plane. Like, I’ve worked hard to get this.

Also inside our Spring issue: We give our take on what we expect to happen this Spring in what will be a memorable NBA Playoffs, and recount the crazy road we took to get to the May 2nd Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao showdown. #HERSource is back once again, and our ladies dig deep into the fat transfer epidemic that was once taboo, but is quickly becoming as mainstream as artificial hair. A$AP Yams may be gone, but he’ll never be forgotten. Check out our breakdown of what made the A$AP Mob founder so important not only to New York, but to Hip-Hop, in addition to exclusive photos of the man once known as Eastside Stevie. Also, Kendrick Lamar‘s new album is finally out. Is it a classic? We weigh in on To Pimp A Butterfly, G-Unit’s latest release and Ludacris’ comeback album.

Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen to Host the 2015 Billboard Music Awards

Tune in to  ABC on Sunday, May 17 at 8 p.m. to watch the  2015 Billboard Music Awards.

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