Of all the people who would gnaw and claw at the Michael Jackson estate in order to get a piece of it, you wouldn’t expect R. Kelly to be among them. But it seems that this is the case as the singer’s representatives are claiming that Michael Jackson never did pay for his usage of “Ignition” during his show “Michael Jackson’s Private Home Movies” so it’s time for the estate to pay up for that debt. In truth, the amount R. Kelly’s representatives are claiming to be owed could actually be named insignificant since it’s a paltry three thousand dollars, but then again, you never know which one will be the drop that fills the glass. Maybe R. Kelly’s small pinch might just make the big colossus come crashing down.
Archive for January, 2010
The dynamic duo will be reunited on Quincy Jones’ remake of the famous track “We are the world”. Finally we will all get to see if Kanye West and Taylor Swift can make up after their unpleasant little incident in September. Kanye West will finally get the chance to repent for his outburst back then… either that or he can “help” his reputation even more. But hey, it’s a charity sing along, maybe he can refrain himself from being, well, himself. Maybe Taylor Swift will give Kanye West a small taste of his own medicine, that might make him go into his corner and thing about what he’s done.
TI, who is currently in a halfway house after doing time for weapons possession, is being sued for copyright infringement. Rapper Motoe Blizzid is claiming that the legally troubled rapper used part of his 2004 song ‘Reverence’ in the TI hit track ‘What You Know’. Blizzid is alleging that the 2006 single has the “same rate of harmonic range” and that they have “nearly identical instrumental melodic lines in terms of pitch, shape and rhythm”. He is seeking damages and profits received from ‘What You Know’. While there are a lot of songs that sound alike, from what Blizzid is alleging, it seems like TI might have to pay up.
This past weekend, Diddy threw his eldest son Justin Dior Combs a star studded and expensive birthday bash to celebrate turning 16. At the end of the party, the music mogul surprised Justin with the keys to a $360,000 car. No, that’s not a typo. The 16-year old kid is now a proud owner of a Maybach sports car. All in all, Justin got a whole bunch of celebrities, an MTV film crew – his birthday was being filmed for the network’s series ‘My Super Sweet 16’ –and a car for his birthday. Let’s hope that he’s a really good driver or that car’s going to be a pretty expensive piece of trash.
And speaking of singing for charity, it seems that Simon Cowell is not going to be the only one putting bonus tracks out there to raise money for charity. Reggae singer Shaggy has gathered up a select Caribbean crew in order to record a new track called “Rise Again” in order to gather up money for Haiti… and maybe a little extra on the side, as well. Shaggy is the author of the song, at least he can be given credit for that as others just chose to do covers or remakes of old songs. Not very charitable work, though. Maybe Shaggy will even fly over to Haiti and hold a concert there, after all, there are still people alive there and they too need entertainment.
Michael Jackson’s estate doesn’t want to pay Joe Jackson an allowance because the King of Pop himself didn’t want his dad to be a beneficiary under the will and Joe wants to use the money for lavish expenses and not maintenance. According to legal documents that were recently filed, estate lawyers say that Joe was never legally dependent on the late singer during his life. And according to them the so-called maintenance expenses that Joe was asking for actually include vacations, air travel, hotels, assistants and legal fees. Those aren’t really things that need maintaining. He’s just looking for any reason to mooch off of Michael’s money.
With previous judge Shane Sparks being charged with 8 counts of felony child molestation, Omarion is taking over as judge on the upcoming 5th season of America’s Best Dance Crew. The former B2K singer said “I’m so excited to be a judge on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. Dancing and performing is what I do and being a judge on this show will allow me to give creative feedback to the newest and hottest dancers on the rise.” Executive producer Randy Jackson is also pleased to have Omarion on board saying “Omarion is a great friend, and I am looking forward to him joining the ABDC family. Season five is going to be blazing hot!”
Ja Rule has unsuccessfully tried to get his gun possession case dropped an now his lawyer says that they’re going to continue to fight the charges. The rapper’s argument was that the cops didn’t have a cause to search his car after a concert which resulted in the authorities finding an unlicensed handgun. The judge recently denied the motion but did say that Ja Rule admitting he had a little weed in his pocket at the scene will not be used against him. Gun possession charges are serious though and carry a mandatory minimum of 3 and a half years in jail. Ja Rule will next be in court on March 3.
Another rapper with another .40 handgun that’s going to be tried for it, but it seems Ja Rule tried to have the case dropped by claiming that the police had no cause to search his car the day they found the gun. His judge didn’t buy it of course, but he did give Ja Rule a break. Apparently the rapper also admitted that he had some weed in his pocket and that is not going to be used against him in his trial. Isn’t there a bit of incongruence here? They’re going to have a trial about a gun that was found accidentally, but they’re not going to hold it against him that he had drugs on him. Is marijuana suddenly legal for Ja Rule?
The infamous singer with the very, very nasty reputation of a “violent man” was recently seen at Jean-Paul Gautlier’s “pro-fighter” fashion show, and he even posed with the designer who had make-up and fake blood on. Now that’s a really befitting pose for Chris Brown, isn’t it? They should have a t-shirt made of that, or better yet, get Madame Tousaud’s to make a real-life copy of Rihanna, with all of the “effects” of course and Chris Brown could pose with that. A picture like that would probably turn a lot of heads… perhaps not with the best intentions, but that’s just a minor detail.