Apple is hitting consumers where it hurts and hiking up the price of hit singles and classic tracks from the standard $0.99 to $1.29 ... [NY Daily News]

Just two months after severing ties with longtime manager Mathew Knowles, Kelly Rowland has reportedly been dropped by Columbia Records ... [Hollyscoop]

Los Angeles rapper Phil Da Agony (one-third of Xzibit's Strong Arm Steady) has partnered with environmental group American Forests' Global ReLeaf campaign to plant a tree for every sale of his upcoming CD 'Think Green' ... [HipHopDX]

Rumor has it Jermaine Dupri's TAG Records could be in jeopardy of losing its financial backing. The label is a joint venture between Def Jam Records and Proctor and Gamble's TAG Body Spray. JD could also lose his title at the upstart ... [Woooha]