By: Hot Gossip Gal Looking remarkably sophisticated, as opposed to allowing us to ponder on who has the best Brazilian wax between her and my fave pop tart, Britney, Rhianna gave an excellent performance in Sweden earlier this week at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. She shared the stage with John Legend and Lionel Richie amongst numerous others.
By: Rizoh Ahmet Ertegun, the Turkish diplomat’s son who co-founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947, died Thursday (December 14, 2006) of a brain injury. He was 83. As previously reported, Ertegun never recovered from a fall he sustained on October 29 at a Rolling Stones event. The music community has lost a pioneer and an icon, and we have lost our father," said Atlantic CEO Craig Kallman. Ahmet changed the course of modern music and culture, and he will live on through the timeless legacy of work that was created under his direction and care." Ertegun’s Atlantic lineup included Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Otis Redding, Bette Midler, Eric Clapton and Crosby, Stills & Nash, as well as many stars of modern jazz. Jerry Heller, co-founder of Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records and manager of N.W.A. issued a statement crediting Ahmet Ertegun as being responsible for the first West Coast hip-hop group to go gold. Ruthless’ JJ Fad became the first West Coast rap group to go gold with the success of their hit album "Supersonic." Heller says of Ertegun, "Ahmet brought integrity, vision, style and class to the music business. A giant among mere mortals. His presence will be sorely missed by those of us who had the privilege of knowing him." A private funeral will be held in Turkey next week.
By: Rizoh Kelley’s Tell-All Book Targets Oprah Winfrey Kitty Kelley, whose best sellers include biographies of Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan and the Bush family, has selected Oprah Winfrey as her next target. Kelley plans to speak with hundreds of sources for the book. While the author has spoken disparagingly of the Bushes, comparing them to the Corleones, she appears to have a positive opinion of Winfrey in the book. "Oprah Winfrey has fascinated me for many years — as a woman, she has wielded an unprecedented amount of influence over the American culture and psyche," Kelley said via a statement issued Wednesday by the Crown Publishing Group, an imprint of Random House, Inc. A publication date for the book is yet to be revealed.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Turns out the owner of the GGW Empire was fined 1.6 million and sentenced to community service for having underage girls appear in one of his many DVDs. One of the underage exhibitionists reasoning for suing Joe Francis, ‘it put a strain on relationships with her family.’ But its still full steam ahead for the company that has spent years studying and comparing nipples on college gals throughout the nation, as the suit won’t cause the company to be closed down.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Ozone magazine, the South’s answer to the Source and XXL all rolled into one has put out their Sex Edition. Topics covered in this months mag are going to cause some controversy, but Julia Beverly, the mags owner has never been a chick to sit back and stick to the norm anyway. But seriously this lil selection of features even me going ‘Yuk.’ Is anyone really interested in the ‘objects of B.Gs masturbation, or the nastiest text message Lil Wayne received or even where Lil Boosie finds his favorite prostitutes? Not me however but I would be curious to know if Wayne’s message was from his Daddy…SIKE.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Snoop recently announced that he’ll join Ice Cube on tour in January, now the Doggfather will also join Diddy for his European Tour. The tour will go through 18 cities across nine countries beginning on March 12 in Oslo, Norway and end on April 2 in Nottingham Arena in the United Kingdom. Both Diddy and Snoop will be promoting their latest projects, Diddy’s Press Play and Snoop’s Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. Here’s the current tour itinerary: MARCH 12 Oslo, Norway Spektrum 13 Copenhagen, Denmark The Forum 14 Berlin, Germany Max Schmelling Halle 15 Stuttgart, Germany Schleyerhalle 16 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle 17 Frankfurt, Germany Festhalle 18 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle 19 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion 21 Paris, France Bercy 22 Paris, France Bercy 23 Dusseldorf, Germany Philipshalle 24 Brussels, Belgium Forest National 25 Amsterdam, Holland Heineken Music Hall 27 London, UK Wembley Arena 28 Cardiff, UK Cardiff International Arena 29 Manchester, UK MEN Arena 30 Glasgow, UK SECC (Hall 4) 31 Dublin, Ireland The Point APRIL 1 Dublin, Ireland The Point 2 Nottingham, UK Nottingham Arena
By: Quibian Salazar-Moreno This entire week Usher has been preparing for the opening of his first franchise, The Grape, a wine bar targeted towards young adults. Usher hosted a meet-n-greet and private party last night and the bar will open to the public today. Usher also plans to open a Grape in New York (to coincide with his 2007 album), Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. They’re also looking at Chicago and possibly overseas at places like South America, Shanghai and Tokyo. Usher’s partner in the venture is Jack Mazur, who launched The Grape franchise in 2000 in Atlanta. The Franchise is known for its copyrighted list of 10 numbered styles, which allows new drinkers to describe their preference.
By: Hot Gossip Gal It has been a week for top supermodel Naomi Campbell to spend some time thinking about what sins she has committed this year. Beating up her best friend, obnoxious behaviour, you know the usual behavior we see from models with substance abuse issues. With comments like this it is apparent that the six foot Goddess may be really taking the time to contemplate her temper and what ignites it."I have to be very careful who I’m around, what I say, who’s around me. I cannot be with someone on my own anymore because I don’t know the agendas that people have." BUT then we spot her wearing T-shirts like this and three letters come to mind WTF?
By: Rizoh Mother of three and sister to Cashmoney Records’ co-founder Bryan "Baby" Williams died when her vehicle was struck by a motorist driving in the wrong direction down Causeway Boulevard early Monday morning. Tamara Williams, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene on the Causeway overpass at Interstate 10 in irie, said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. The accident occurred just after midnight as Tamara Williams was driving north on Causeway Boulevard in her 2006 Toyota Camry, Fortunato said. She was in the far left lane on the up-slope of the northbound overpass when Jason Williams rounded the top of the hill in his 2001 Chevrolet Silverado and hit her head-on. Tamara was the youngest of six siblings.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Foxy Brown obviously thinks she doesn’t have to deal with waiting on line like the rest of us, even if it is for drug testing to keep her ass out of court. Inga wasn’t feeling the wait of three hours last week and said this as to why she didn’t hang around and do as she was told just for once, "it is not that I have anything against my people, but my safety was in jeopardy." This coming from a chick who is in the system for attacking manicurists. And wasn’t she the one to say this "Supreme bitch, y’all broads is ancient/I’ll bank your whole shit, top draft pick like/I’m the Prince Nasheem of this shit/Come test me; and leave with your vest swiss cheese like." But as we all know in Hip-Hop people tuff talk does not equate to tuff person.
By: Rizoh Fresh off their "Idlewild" movie success, Outkast star Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin) is set to appear in a 1970s basketball comedy due out in 2008. Andre, who recently launched his own animated series "Class of 3000" on Cartoon Network, will play a hotshot star alongside Woody Harrelson. "Semi-Pro" will pit the acting talents of the rapper alongside Will Ferrell, who stars as a basketball team coach for the minor league team the Tropics. Benjamin plays a self-styled ladies’ man who is the best player on the team.
By: Hot Gossip Gal What happened to him? Where is Dame Dash now? It’s like he was nothing but a figment of my imagination right now. But i did hear that he owes a couple of hundred thousand to the estate of ODB, money that he never paid on Dirt McGurts final album which was actually supposed to drop before the year closed. Are things that bad for the ‘Ultimate Hustler’ now?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno As of late, BET has been bringing some pretty good programming to the airwaves. With the success of shows like “American Gangster” and “Beef: The Series”, the network has decided to make the shows available for download on iTunes. “We are delighted that BET programming is now available on iTunes as an important element in BET’s global digital strategy," said BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra Lee. "As the world’s most popular digital download store, iTunes is a key platform for serving our existing audience of African- American media super-consumers, and for introducing our breakthrough programming franchises to other audiences." iTunes will also carry the full seasons of “Lil Kim: Countdown to Lockdown”, “Best of BET Comic View”, “DMX: Soul of a Man” and “The Christies: Committed.” Each show will be $1.99 per episode with more BET programming on the way.
iHipHop Blog Team