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The video for Cassie’s new single ‘Official Girl (ft. Lil’ Wayne)’ premiered on FN’MTV yesterday. Directed by Chris Robinson, the clip is a pretty engaging watch; Bad Boy evidently pumped quite a lot money into this move-esque effort. That said, I’m still not sold on the Danja produced song…just doesn’t move me.

What do you think of the video?

Da Brat Sentenced To 3 Years In JailRapper Da Brat has been sentenced to three years in prison for striking a waitress with a rum bottle at Jermaine Dupri’s nightclub last year. Check out the report via Contact Music:

A Superior Court Judge ruled on Friday (22Aug08) the hip-hop hitmaker – real name Shawntae Harris – will also serve seven years probation and 200 hours of community service for the incident in addition to her jail time.

Harris, 34, was involved in the altercation at a Halloween party at Studio 72 nightclub in Atlanta, Georgia, on 31 October 2007.

The pair were reported by police to have gotten into an altercation prior to the assault – resulting in the victim’s hospitalisation and permanent facial scarring.
Harris entered a guilty plea to aggravated assault in the case.

According to reports, the rapper pleaded to her weeping family as she was led out of the courtroom, saying: “I love y’all.”

Harris was previously convicted in 2000 for misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Pardon my bluntness, but good for her. No one is above the law; and as someone in the limelight you’d expect her to steer clear of such nonsense. SMH…

Your thoughts?

The video for John Legend’s brand new single, the Andre 3000 assisted ‘Green Light’, premiered on Yahoo Music today. With the song having been in heavy rotation on UK radio as of of late, this one has really grown on me. The accompanying clip, though pretty unspectacular, does the song justice and serves as one of John’s best visual offerings.

Legend’s third studio album ‘Evolver’ is set to hit stores on October 28th.

What do you think of the video?

R&B star Ne-Yo debuted the video for ‘Miss Independent’ – the 2nd single to be lifed from his upcoming LP ‘Year of The Gentleman’-a few hours ago on the FN’MTV finale. The clip, which features cameos from Gabrielle Union, Keri Hilson, Lauren London and Trey Songz, really brings to life the album’s concept; something, if I’m to be honest, I was finding a little hard to grasp. Great song, even better video. Good stuff.

What do you think of the video?

Review up in a lil bit…

In the meanwhile…

What do you think of the song / video?

Various Artists - 'Just Stand Up'As previously reported, female music heavy-weights, including Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and Mariah Carey, came together to record ‘Just Stand Up’, in aid of the ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ campaign. The track itself, which I must say is pretty good, made its debut today on various US radio stations. You can listen to it below, as well as peep the full list of featured artists:

List of featured artists: Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Keyshia Cole, Fergie, Miley Cirus, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Ciara, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Leona Lewis and Leann Rimes.

Hit or Miss?

Jennifer Hudson was one of the many guests that stopped by BET’s anchor show 106 & Park to celebrate its 2000th episode, which aired today. Hudson performed current single ‘Spotlight’, which you can check out below {apologies for the so-so quality}:

I really enjoyed this one. Great vocals from Jennifer, as usual, and the crowd participation made for a real good overall performance.

What do you think of the performance?

Jermaine Dupri Done With Def Jam Our friends over at SOHH are reporting that Jermaine Dupri’s tenure as Head Of Def Jam Urban Division may be over already. Peep their report below:

After several failed projects, which includes Janet Jackson’s Discipline, Mariah Carey’s E=MC2 and Johnta Austin’s permanently shelved project it looks like the powers that be have had enough and JD’s time as head of Island Records’ urban division has come to an end.

I am being told that JD’s termination papers were being drafted this afternoon.

Ouch.

Your thoughts?

Rihanna To Perform At VMA's‘It Chick’ of the moment Rihanna has been confirmed as the latest performer at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The Bajan star will take to the stage at the September 7th show to perform current smash ‘Disturbia’. {Source}

I’m really looking forward to Ms. Fenty working the stage as we know she can. LOL LOL LOL. Exciting stuff.

Are you looking forward to Rihanna’s VMA performance?

Lil' Wayne Covers XXLLil’ Wayne features on the cover of the latest issue of XXL magazine. Interesting lol…

What do you think of the cover?
Cassie stopped by the Angie Martinez Show on New York’s Hot 97 radio station recently. The ‘Me & U’ singer spoke on everything from the rumored relationship with Diddy, Bad Boy label-mates, Rihanna and her feelings going into her new project. Peep the interview below:

For all the criticism levelled against her (95% of which is justified IMO), she does seem to have a really cool personality.

Randomness: I am gonna need someone to ask her flat out whether she ever has been with Diddy, as opposed to whether she is currently dating him. There’s a difference lol…

Any thoughts?

Rihanna Broke?I’d been trying to steer clear of this one for a few days, as no official source could be cited; however when reputable news agencies such as MTV and NME are picking it up, there may just be something to it. A very interesting article regarding ‘it’ girl of the moment Rihanna being ‘broke’ surfaced at the start of the week and has been gathering momentum since. Long, yet real insightful, I must say. Check it out:

Rihanna’s now ex-business manager Patricia Willliams has been recently fired as she recalls “for no good reason, all in ignorance” and is “livid” with Rihanna & her management company Rebel One’s decision to axe her.

Rihanna recently met with Willliams to check on her accounting affairs and was shocked to see that almost all her money was missing. She instantly accused Willliams of “stealing her money.”

“I’m a professional Business Manager, I have a staff of more than a dozen, I have worked for many high profile actors, musicians and multi-million dollar corporations. Why would I steal from Rihanna?” She continues, “I showed her all the paperwork and tried to explain to her the circumstances but she wouldn’t listen. She called me all sorts of horrible names and stormed off. I now feel compelled to share with the world the background story as I will not allow my name to be slandered”

The Barbados born singer has had four back-to-back albums, including a re-release since her debut of “Pon De Replay” in 2005.

According to Willliams, Marc Jordan, manager and owner of Rebel One Management has been taking care of Rihanna’s financial situation with her. “Def Jam doesn’t fund Rihanna properly, so Marc uses the money Rihanna makes from third-party endorsements and from tours to fund her album and music videos.” Since 2005, Rihanna has been sponsored by the likes of JC Penny, Samsung, Covergirl, Secret, Venus Breeze etc,. and has gone on two major tours, most recently label-mate Kanye West’s “Glow in the Dark” Tour and with PussyCat Dolls across Europe.

“I don’t want to disrespect Marc’s name. He is a fantastic manager and genuinely believes in Rihanna. But he uses her money to fund her future projects because he believes he can break her in the world-market. Her album sales are not nearly as close to her single sales and he knows that if she is only known as a ‘singles artist’ she will only be as good as her last hit. Unfortunately, he didn’t inform his client and I’m receiving the brunt of it.”

Why is Def Jam lacking in funding support for there act? Why was so much money spent? How much exactly? Williams continues,

“Her record label Def Jam has put out 3 albums in a time span of 2 years. Alot of that was orchestrated through her management Rebel One. It was never Def Jam’s intention to release so many albums back-to-back but Marc Jordan found loop holes and ways to make it happen.
A lot of the money Rihanna made through her endorsements between CoverGirl Cosmetics, Samsung.. Notice that majority of Rihanna’s videos have a cell phone in it?”

“After the release of Rihanna and Teairra Mari, Def Jam had intention to drop both acts because their album sales were not successful. Her manager fought to get [S.O.S (Rescue Me)] and quickly tried to negotiate with as many companies as possible. Nike picked up the song and funded a video. This brought the hype back for Rihanna in the company’s New York office. Majority of the official ‘S.O.S’ video was funded by Samsung because the record label was only willing to put up a small amount. Once ‘S.O.S’ picked up digitally and at radio, Def Jam agreed to fund the rest of her album. Jordan instantly got a video shot to ‘Unfaithful’ (he negotiated with video director Anthony Mandler to drop his price and would be given more videos from Rihanna in return). Then they shot ‘We Ride’ which was an extremely cheap video to create. ‘Break It Off’ was released as a third album, but again, Def Jam was unhappy with the sales of her album “A Girl Like Me” and refused to shoot a video. At this point Rihanna was opening up for the PussyCat Doll’s in Europe. She was making 30,000 a show but she didn’t see any of that money because it was needed to fund her next album.” Which is now known to the greater public as a ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’.

“The song “Umbrella” was found & Jordan fought again for Rihanna to have it. They shot the video, which CoverGirl funded half of, and the song became a success. When the record label had there meeting with Music Stores across the U.S to order her album for shipment, the number’s weren’t coming in the way that they expected. When the album’s first week numbers came in at less than 150,000, the label was shocked. Def Jam’s President LA Reid was livid! Umbrella was #1 for 11 weeks! Any other artist would have sold way more first week. T-Pain even did better in sales than her that week. Def Jam told Jordan they were no longer funding the album, so Jordan needed money again to pay for music videos ‘Shut Up & Drive’ and ‘Dont Stop The Music’. Almost 250,000 was spent to have those videos created. Plus, an additional 120,000 to shoot ‘Hate That I Love You’. Jordan was noticing that ‘Dont Stop The Music’ was picking up, so her persuaded the label to support it at radio in the U.S and the remaining singles, and they did.”

“Then came for the repackaging of her album ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’, which is called ‘Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded’, that entire project was funded through Rihanna’s money. ‘Take A Bow’ was bought through her money, the video was created with her money and so is her most recent video and single ‘Disturbia’. The label didn’t even want to pay a dime for anything! Close to 750,000 was spent on those two songs alone. And now she expects to see money in her account?”

Williams states that Jordan, her publicist from well-respected public relations firm 42-West, Alicia Silverman has built alot of hype around Rihanna’s name but the singer has only made “a little bit above a million” and “all of it was spent on making her as big as she is now. It’s not my fault that she only has 20,000 to her name.”

Source or no source, much of this seems legit to me. I mean, what else can explain Rihanna seemingly having so much funds pumped into her as a ‘brand’ when she is far from a guaranteed album seller (which is where most label revenue comes from). Many an artist will tell you that the fantasy and reality of being in the music industry are very different; reading this back really reinforces that to me.

Your thoughts?

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