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Prince has angered his fans by demanding that all photographs, images, lyrics, album covers and anything linked to his likeness be removed from several fansites. The sites have been served with ‘Cease and Desist’ orders and have been threatened with further legal action for copyright infringement.

Disgruntled webmasters have banded together against the demands by forming the ‘Prince Fans United’ group. Here’s an extract of what they feel about the orders:
“It is our opinion that these threats are not made in an attempt to enforce valid copyright as Prince alleges in his threats, rather we believe they are attempts to stifle all critical commentary about Prince.

We strongly believe that such actions are in violation of the freedom of speech and should not be allowed. Prince claims that fansites are not allowed to present any artwork with Prince’s likeness, to the extreme that he has demanded the removal of fans’ own photographs of their Prince inspired tattoos and their vehicles displaying Prince inspired license plates.”

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This has to be a joke, right? Some of these artists are forgetting who made them famous in the first place. A mess.


Your thoughts?
As reported last week, Mariah Carey will release a DVD of her ‘ The Adventures Of Mimi’ tour on November 19th. The commercial for the set hit TV screens across the US today. Check it out below:

I’m kinda looking forward to this – most especially the performance of ‘Fly Like A Bird’ (IMO the best track on the ‘Mimi’ CD). Judging by this ad she looks to have nailed it.

Will you be picking up the DVD?

After a nearly 10 years at Bad Boy Records, Cheri Dennis is finally set to release her debut album ‘In and Out Of Love’ on November 13th. The long awaited set is being preceded by first single ‘Portrait’ (click here to listen) and will also feature this new track ‘Remind You’. As with the material that has surfaced so far, I’m really liking this. It’s just a shame that there’s a strong likelihood not many people will get to hear the album – it’s being released amid no promotion and, worst still, only as an exclusive iTunes download.

{Update: the physical version of the album will hit stores in February 2008. I still don’t see the sense in the handling of the project}


Hit or Miss?

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After a difficult few months, things appear to be looking up for Kelly Rowland. It has been confirmed that the ‘Like This’ singer is set to film the video for what is believed to be the first single from the revamped ‘Ms. Kelly’ album (due early 2008). The shoot will be for the track ‘Daylight’, which features Gym Class Heroes, and will be filmed in the coming weeks. {Source}
I’m still wondering whether a new album or a re-release is her best option. Either way, any new Kelly material is welcome. The Gym Class Heroes feature should be pretty interesting too, as their pairing {Kelly and the group} seems kinda ‘different’.

Will you be checking for Kelly this time around?
It has been confirmed that the next single to be lifted from Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Brave’ CD will be the Midi Mafia produced ‘Hold It, Don’t Drop It’ (click here to listen). Initially, the track was to serve as the album’s first single. {Source}
Jennifer must want out of the project quick, as there seems no other way to sink the album -lower than it is already- than to release this mess. With ‘Brave’ lacking (m)any real hit-worthy songs, releasing one of the few standout tracks such as the Keri Hilson penned ‘Wrong When Your Gone’ may have been the album’s saving grace. Obviously, someone had other ideas. Since it’s release on October 9th, ‘Brave’ has sold a pitiful 240,000 – worldwide. I’m still kinda confused as to how quickly Jennifer went from being at the top to having album after album tanking.

What do you think of the single choice?
According to reports, R&B singer Trey Songz was arrested this past Saturday (November 3rd) in Springfield, Massachusetts. Songz was detained for resisting police officers orders in connection with a shooting that occurred outside one of his concerts. Check out the report below via All Hip Hop.com:

The singer, born Tremaine Neverson, was released after posting $500 bond.

The shooting took place in the parking lot of The Hippodrome, where Songz performed Saturday evening.

According to Lt. John Slepchuck of the Springfield Police Department, police officers where present when shots were fired behind the venue at 1700 Main Street.

“Our disorderly person charge can involve several different things including the use of certain language, failure to do what an officer asks,” Slepchuck told AllHipHop.com. “[Neverson] was interfering with an active crime scene involving a victim.”

With the way Trey’s latest album came and went, I’m guessing he thinks any publicity is good publicity.


Any thoughts?
It’s kinda been a slow news day today, so I felt it a great time to introduce a new weekly feature (one I’ve had in mind for some time) to the site, ‘From The Vault’. A mixture of classic music videos, performances and more, ‘From The Vault’ will also give you a chance to contribute to the site; just drop me an email at [email protected] with any suggestions you have for each week’s edition.
This weeks video is Janet Jackson’s ‘So Excited’ performance on the Oprah Winfrey show last year:

Janet nailed it! Though the whole ’20 Y.O’ saga was kind of a mess, it’s performances like this that should serve as a reminder to those in doubt of Janet’s talent. Watching this back kinda has me amped for her Island/Def Jam debut due early 2008.

What do you think of the performance?

Check out Ne-Yo posing with producer Scott Storch at the Mansion nightclub in Miami this past weekend.

Damn…

What do you think of the pic?

Despite having been pushed back several times already, the release of Mary J. Blige’s new album ‘Growing Pains’ has been delayed once again. Instead of hitting stores on December 11th, the CD will now drop a week later on December 18th.

Though no reason for the delay was given, I’m guessing it’s one or both of the following; the so-so performance of current single ‘Just Fine’ and/or an attempt to capitalize on the Holiday sales period.

The pressure to deliver (both in sales and with her new material) is obviously immense. After the success of her ‘comeback’ album ‘The Breakthrough’ back in 2005, flopping (ala 2003’s ‘Love & Life’) just isn’t an option this time around. It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out…


Your thoughts?
Just letting you guys know that I’ll be conducting a phone interview with Mario on Wednesday (November 7th). The R&B star is gearing up for the release of his much-anticipated third album ‘Go!’ on November 27th. So, please drop any questions you may have for him in the comments section. Remember, only genuine and appropriate questions will be considered 🙂
In a recent interview with OK Magazine, singer/actress Jennifer Hudson spoke out about her much-debated body image:

“I have the height of a model, the breasts that people pay for and the lips that everybody wants, so why should I change?”
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More power to her…


Your thoughts?
Our friends over at SOHH Soulful caught up with LeToya during the HSAN (Hip-Hop Summit Action Network) event in Atlanta yesterday (November 3rd). The R&B star was there to give a speech on financial betterment – stopping to speak to the press before heading into the event. Check out the video below where the ‘Torn’ singer shares new info on her forthcoming album:

It seems her label Capitol are pulling out the stops for this project; with the likes of Ne-Yo and Brian Michael Cox now on board – it appears to be an A-list affair. Here’s hoping the album is as good as her debut.

Any thoughts

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