By: Hot Gossip Gal Yeah Usher’s timing might be just a little off in firing his mommy..but apparently she isn’t the only member of his staff being given her marching orders. Folks like his road manager and security etc have also been let go. Is Tameka really worth all that? And funnily enough Usher had her down as a stalker last year when he attended the Kentucky Derby and because of her erratic behavior they had to beef up security while he was present. How things change. Wildin Out gets Hitched Nick Cannon went the whole 9 for his fiance Selita Ebanksb dropping to his knee in Times Sqaure and giving his gal a 12 carat ring. I am sure the pre-nup wasn’t too far behind either. But good luck to them…at least he has moved on in leaps and bounds since Kim Kardashian.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Who knows why Usher is looking to get a new entourage around him, but it’s definitely in the works. First he announced his engagement to 38-year old (Usher is 28) stylist Tameka Foster earlier this year. Then he let go of the manager title from his mother so he can just have a momma. Now the singer and his long time publicist have parted ways. "Change is good!" Simone Smalls, vice president of Susan Blond, Inc., said in a statement. "I’m just moving in a direction professionally that will not allow me to dedicate the same undivided attention I gave him for nearly a decade. Usher and I still remain friends." Smalls still reps folks like Lil Jon, Keyshia Cole, and Ne-Yo. There’s no word on who will become Usher’s new manager or publicist, but fans can most like;ly expect a new entourage before his new album drops in November.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been a busy two years for Common. He’s been acting in films like “Smoking Aces” and the upcoming Denzel flick “American Gangster”. And he’s been putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album, “Finding Forever”. To whet the appetites of fans, the Kanye-produced track “The People” was leaked to the internet and has been getting decent reviews listen here: In other Common news, the rapper has been cast opposite Angelina Jolie in the upcoming film, “Wanted”. Common plays as “Gunsmith” an expert on the use of firearms. "I’m basically this dude that’s a master at shooting guns,” Common told MTV. “I’m training this gentleman that’s coming in, who really has certain abilities but doesn’t know it; I’m training him on how to be what he should be." There was also an announcement that Common accepted a role to play opposite Forest Whitaker and Keanu Reeves in the upcoming flick “Night Watchman”. Common will play as Coates, a heroin dealer posing as an undercover cop. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film centers on a disgraced cop who discovers corruption inside the police department and sets out on a mission to redeem himself.
By: Hot Gossip Gal The self proclaimed King of the South got a lil heated with someone who threw something on stage at him at a show. Check out the video below…ole boy been going through it recently though.. Jimmy Mad at G Unit We talked yesterday about how annoyed Jimmy has got to be over Verizon pulling out of the sponsoring of Gwen Stefani’s tour because of Akon and his inability to keep his pelvis still ..but word is Jimmy is none too pleased with the roster over at G Unit and sees 50 as the main money man over there. So basically what is the point of the rest of the crew? I guess only time will tell.
By: Rizoh You remember Jill Scott’s “Love Rain”? Well, she wants to hear you sing it. Make a video of your performance in any style you like, anywhere you like. Jill will hand-pick a winner from the top 5 rated videos, so be sure to give your best performance. The Grand Prize winner will enjoy an all-expense paid trip to attend her June 14 all-star concert in New York. The winner will receive two tickets to the concert (featuring Chaka Khan and Robin Thicke) and get to meet Jill herself backstage. Three runners up will win autographed copies of a Jill Scott album. To enter the contest, go to the Love Rain contest website: CLICK HERE
By: Rizoh Last weekend, Jim Jones confirmed what we already knew—that the Dipset crew has placed Cam’ron on time-out. Jones, who claimed he hadn’t spoken to Cam in one year, also said he would stop by Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show to elaborate on the situation. He eventually backed down from the interview at the last minute. His reason? Well, according to Hot 97’s Miss Info, Duke da God and other Dipset members are now slated to appear on Flex’s show Tuesday night. Instead of discussing the Cam’ron feud, Jones wants them to utilize the platform to promote their new album, Duke Da God Presents: More Than Music Vol.2. Is this Dipset’s way of drawing attention to their new album? Or is the feud so explosive that Farrakhan is on the phone with both Cam and Jim trying to resolve the issue in private? It’s only a matter of time before the truth comes to light. We’ll keep you posted…
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Verizon already announced last week that they were dropping Akon as a sponsor for committing unspeakable acts on a 14- year old girl on stage at a recent concert. The phone company responded by terminating the endorsement contract, removing his ringtones and music from its online stores and pulled all the TV and radio spots featuring Akon and his music. Now to add insult to injury, Verizon is also pulling their sponsorship out of Gwen Stefani’s Sweet Escape national tour, where Akon is the opening act. According to Billboard, Verizon’s sponsorship of Stefani’s tour could be worth $1 to $2 million in costs, which is used to pay for production costs, employee salaries and other tour expenses. According to Stefani’s tour manager, Akon has been a PG-rated performer for the entire tour.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno While a handful of hip-hop heads think Three Six Mafia’s MTV show, Adventures in Hollyhood is cooning and minstrel at its finest, Three Six Mafia is hoping that it will hope promote their upcoming album to platinum glory. After announcing that the album would drop in April and then in May, the group is now saying that, “Last 2 Walk”, will drop on July 3. In a recent interview with Billboard the group said that the show is a pretty good example of their everyday life. "You see us in meetings, recording, trying to come up with songs, trying to do movie deals, even trying to pick up women," group member DJ Paul recently told Billboard.com of the show. "Our lives are like a circus," added Juicy J. "You wouldn’t believe the crap we go through everyday." The album will feature appearances from Lyfe Jennings, Paul Wall, 8Ball & MJG, Akon, the Game, Lil’ Jon and Lil’ Wayne. The first single, “Doe Boy Fresh,” is wearing out its welcome, but plans for a new single are in the works.
By: Hot Gossip Gal The super entrepreneurs were out in full force this past weekend in Vegas. Jay Z held the after party of all after parties for the Floyd Mayweather fight. As you can see, Diddy was in the house, Fiddy who had just won pretty big after gambling a mill on his boy, Nelly was there, Jeezy was there. Hip-Hop was represented. Shout out to Mayweather for his win. This party also cleared up the rumor that Nelly and Ashanti were over as they were there looking all happy and content.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Is going to be his son Marquis, who has the moniker 25 Cent and who is going to be dropping a record in October. Now I had heard this story a while a go but I was hoping it wasn’t true, but having heard it four times now I have to report on it as there may just be some truth in it. There may be an album coming around Christmas time is what I have heard and a single is supposed to drop in the fall. Jimmy Lovine Gotta be Pissed Akons OTT stage performance in Trinidad has cost the sponsorship of Verizon for his up and coming tour opening for Gewn Stefani. His simulated sex scene with a minor has caused Jimmy Iovines top girl to lose her sponsorship too. Akon is going to need to eat some serious humble pie right now as messing with Jimmy’s money is a serious No-No-No.
By: Rizoh 50 Cent’s 52-room mansion in Farmington, CT is now up for sale, according to agent Curt Clemens of Century 21 Clemens & Sons in Hartford. 50 bought the 48,000 square-foot home from Mike Tyson in September 2003 for $4.1 million. Tyson paid $2.7 million for the house in 1996. 50 reportedly spent a whopping $6 million on renovations on the house, which now includes a helicopter pad and stripper poles. Curt Clemens, owner of Century 21 Clemens & Sons in Hartford, told the Hartford Courant Wednesday that he toured the house a few months ago after being contacted by representatives of the rapper who said he wanted to sell the property. “I was surprised it hadn’t come on the market because we were expecting it,” said Clemens to the Hartford Courant. “He’s put a lot into it, and it’s all very tasteful, except the stripper poles.”
By: Rizoh The rumors are true. Cam’ron has been banished from the Dipset crew, according to the Dips capo Jim Jones. Miss Info (of Hot 97) detailed a recent conversation with Jones, in which he admitted that the inner wrangling within the Diplomats crew had been brewing for some time now. Jones told Miss Info that he “kept quiet” on the issue out of loyalty even though he hadn’t spoken to Cam in a year. “I felt like if we can’t be friends, then at least we can do business together. Me and Cam’ron havent spoken to each other in a year… I kept quiet out of loyalty, I felt like if we cant be friends then at least we can do business together….But now I can’t be next to you….I’m through wit being in hot water because of you….We still the Diplomats. We worked too hard to achieve our own success and now we’re gonna do something new….” Although he did not disclose any specific details for his dissension, Jim will speak in depth on the issue today when he’s scheduled to visit Funkmaster Flex’s radio show. No other Dipset member has spoken out publicly about their relationship with Cam, but various sources indicate that Juelz Santana and a few others don’t seem to share Jones’ sentiment and are even surprised by his statements. Well, insiders have been speculating about this discord ever since Cam’ron ran away from the Rucker Park and allowed Jimmy to catch the beating of a lifetime.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The aftermath of Brandy’s December 30 car accident that killed 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj is continuing to mount. She is already facing a lawsuit from the victim’s parents for a cool $50 million while a lawsuit on behalf of Aboudihaj’s two children, 14 and 10, was filed in February. Now the victim’s husband, Maroune Hdidou, has filed a lawsuit against Brandy, and another driver in the accident, accusing them of wrongful death and vehicular negligence that calls for unspecified damages from the defendants, including medical and funeral expenses, legal fees and a host of other punitive damages. The California Highway Patrol recommended to prosecutors that Brandy be charged with misdemeanor manslaughter for her part in the multi-car accident which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Charges have yet to be filed.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After the embarrassment of getting arrested on camera and having Sean Penn trying to bail you out, Eve will be returning to court to face Driving under the Influence charges. Eve was arrested on April 26 after she ran into concrete center median on Hollywood Blvd. Officers gave her a breathalyzer test that showed Eve with a blood alcohol-level of .08 or above according to the city attorney’s office. Even will be arraigned on the DUI charges on May 17 faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The city attorney’s office told Billboard that a minimum sentence would be three years probation, a fine of $390, and a required alcohol education class.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Oh my oh my..how is the hotel heiress going to deal with that? She starts her sentence on June 5th and if she fails to show up she will have her sentence doubled. Hmm no comparison is there…a Hilton Hotel or a Cali all female detention center…a reality check coming right up The most unknown music industry wife Through all the controversy over the age limit her husband is supposed to desire when playing away from home..one wife who really keeps out of the spotlight is Andrea Kelly, the wife of R Kelly and the mother of his children. She gives up her side of all the controversy in Essence this month and still to this days says that is not her man in the video that was the creme de la creme of internet porn back in 2002. Wow that is loyalty for you. Lil Kim going back to her roots? Turns out Lil Kim is taking a walk back down memory lane with Sean Combs as it has been reported by a couple of sources that the Queen B is looking to sign with Diddy and is working away in the studio with him. I mean maybe she is doing it to repay him for the party he threw her last year when she got outta jail..but seriously signing with Diddy ain’t right when he is still trying to be a rapper himself.
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