The legendary parties held at the home of Hugh Hefner and his ‘bunnies’ have always been the event many hope to get an invite too, but seldom to. It has always been literally a VIP list dripping with a who’s who in Hollywood. Well with us battling a recession it looks like Hugh and his gals are like the rest of us feeling the pinch when it comes to the pennies. For the first time in over 27 years the Playboy Mansion is allowing your everyday man or woman the opportunity to partake in the Annual Midsummer’s Ball taking place on August 9th…the cost…$5,000. There has been a lil outrage at this change in direction by the Playboy boss with people stating ‘the party is about status and not about money.’ Well things are obviously changing. There has been no comment from inside the Bunny House on this change in events.
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Rumors are circulating that Ciara, the Princess of Crunk is slated to take on the role of model for notorious lingerie giants Victoria’s Secret. Ciara is no stranger to the catwalk or the camera having already been the face of Rocawear. The Atlanta native signed a modelling contract to the Wilhelmina Agency in June of this year.The Wilhelmina Agency boasts a roster which has included Ashley Yao (Chinese Vogue), Iman, Beyonce and Ciara’s ex Bow Wow and from what insiders at the agency which was founded in1967 are saying, Ciara looks to have quite a modelling career ahead of her.
Coveted Hip-Hop journalist dream hampton, a major taste maker in the industry has developed a new blog. The column which you can check out here http://ebonyjet.com/culture/music/index.aspx?id=8558 caters to the unsigned and independent talent who use platforms such as MySpace, FaceBook and other ‘new’ ways of marketing to promote themselves and their music. Aptly titled The New New Things, the column which kicked off yesterday talked about Jay Electronica, Niki Minaj and The DirtBombs. dream hampton has written for The Village Voice, The Source, Vibe and she was also an associate producer on VH1s Behind the Music: The Notorious B.I.G which won the channel an Emmy.
According to Rolling Stone, Kanye West is the biggest money maker in Hip-Hop this year when it comes to touring. The Chicago MC has amassed over $31.6 million while out on the road this year, ranking him fourth in the top ten Rock and Pop Tours. The only other urban tour to earn a mention is Jay Z and Mary J Blige who came in just behind West with $30.7 million. The list is pretty much dominated by rock acts including Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen, The Police and Bon Jovi who top the lists. The Mid year report also indicated that CD sales have also declined 16.3% so far this year. However Lil Wayne is holding onto the most sales for the year so far with his album The Carter III.
Yesterday, the deal was sealed on the merger between the two biggest satellite radio stations in the US. With a 3-2 vote in favor for XM and Sirrus joining together, it is indicated that a merge of this kind will save the new company close to $400 million. The good side to this for consumers is that not only will they secure access to the various shows each radio station boasts, but the deal also came with a three year price cap, meaning that prices for the service can’t be increased until 2011. The new company however will be fined $20 million straight away for not creating and marketing a receiver that is capable of receiving signals from both stations before the merger, which has been on the cards since early 2007, came into effect.
Reports have surfaced that the recent lawsuit filed against Brooklyns Don Diva Foxy Brown are incomprehensible to the rapper and her legal team. Allegedly Simon and Schuster who filed last week to attempt to recoup the $75,000 advance they gave her for the book had agreed to put the book on hold while Foxy underwent treatment to resolve her hearing issue.According to Laura Dilimetin, the rappers lawyer, once Foxy had recovered from the issues correlating to her loss of hearing the publishing company waved the red flag until they told her otherwise. It is unclear at this time what the outcome of the tentatively titled book Broken Silence will be. According to reps for Brown, various other publishing companies have show interest in her penning her autobiography for them. And with her troubled past you can guarantee that it will be a big seller.In other Foxy news, her so called boo, Rick Ross has indicted that the couple are no longer an item…were they ever? You know Fox isn’t going to get down with a C.O.
Nelly is getting ready to make some major moves, both with and without his clothes. His energy drink PIMP juice which caused excessive controversy when it came onto the market in 2003 is ready to break out onto shelves in both France and Sweden. Already seen as a prominent refreshment in the French NBA, Pimp Juice will also be an official sponsor for teh Swedish MTV awards later this year. Nelly is also the new cover boy for Sean John underwear which Diddy is said to be overjoyed about having Nelly onboard to make him more money. This is what he had to say about the St Louis front man. “I have known Nelly for many years and I really admire his work. To me, Nelly is the quintessential definition of the Sean John man. He has the attitude, the swagger, and most of all the physique that our customers can both aspire and relate to. And let’s be honest, all of the ladies out there are going to be thanking us for this campaign.”
What is it with chicks in Hip-Hop? There are very few out there doing it large for the gals and even the ones who are keep messing it up. Both Brooklyn Divas Lil Kim and Foxy Brown have been named in lawsuits filed by publishing house Simon and Schuster. The New York based publishing giant had paid both Kim and Foxy an advance on books which they failed to deliver the manuscripts for.You would think with all that time inside those girls might have put it to good use.
As rumors circulated the web about Jimmy Iovine being in next in the unemployment line, turns out all the stories about Curtis ‘Interscope’ Jackson being part of the problem were ….WRONG. As of now Mr Iovine still holds the Chairman job over at Interscope/Geffen/A&M and it doesn’t look like he is going anywhere soon.
Will Smith has made the most money out of Hollywood men during the 07/08 period according to Forbes. Smith who has been featured in various box office smashes this year including I am Legend and Hancock has accumulated over $80 million for himself and generated close to a billion dollars in revenue worldwide for both movies combined. No wonder he and Jada always have smiles on their faces. Other names on the list were Johnny Depp, Leonardo Di Caprio and Ben Stiller
I am very slow in posting this to the site, but I was having a few technical issues. Anyhow this is possibly the first time I have ever seen Wendy at a loss for words…at least she didn’t buy into the provocation from Omarosa and get all mouthy like she might on her radio show, becasue as well know those boys over at FOX 5 are not going to allow that to go down without Wendy hearing……YOU’RE FIRED
Now this is one book I have been waiting for. September will see Kim Osorio, the former EIC of the Source release her book Straight from the Source: An Expose from the Former Editor in Chief of the Hip-Hop Bible. The book will throw light on all the events that led up to the courtroom drama between herself and former owners Dave Mays and Benzino, a drama that resulted in Osorio being awarded $7.5 million worth of damages for charges such as defamation and sexual discrimination.Should be some good reading
There is nothing worse to deal with than a woman scorned and Curtis Jackson knows this probably better than anyone. His estranged baby momma is now suing 50 for 50, although we gotta add six zeros to the amount Thompkins is looking for. In the words of the greatest Mo Money Mo Problems. Is this woman thinking of the most important factor here? Her son perhaps? No matter what 50 will do right by his son, always has, always will. So just who is this money for?
Dismal sales of the sophomore album from G Unit are being blamed on Interscope who allegedly only shipped 100,000 units of the album within the US. The album which went on sale last week is expected to move 110,000 units, disappointing numbers for 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo who were hoping to at least rival Lil Wayne’s first week numbers for his Carter III project which sold in excess of a million within the first week.There has been reports of the album selling out in places such as Best Buy and Target, but why Interscope would want to avoid making money by shipping inadequate units doesn’t sound right somehow.
Jay Z is def making more fans as he continues to rock stages all around the UK. Performing to a crowd of A List celebs and sports stars the Marcy Projects spokesman rocked a 30,000 crowd in London’s Hyde Park. He was supported by Mark Ronson and Brit bad girl Lily Allen, but Jigga was who the crowd wanted to see. Performing tracks from his catalogue of albums, Jay left fans ecstatic with his performance. He had fans screaming when he displayed a Union Jack on the backdrop. England is what Jay considers to be his ‘second home,’ and there are reports that he and wife Beyonce might be looking to spend more time in the UK and shopping for a lavish townhouse in the capital.He continues to play the UK with his next show in Bournemouth on July 15th.
iHipHop Blog Team