Jay-Z and Beyonce to Start New Label
Rumors have been circulating about Jay-Z and Beyonce getting married but the duo may have another partnership in the works. According to mediatakeout.com, Jay-Z will soon announce that he’s leaving his position at Def Jam to create a new label with Beyonce.
According to mediatakeout.com, a key person involved with the new label has said that it will launch early next year.
“It’s a done deal. Jay-Z already has Beyonce and Matthew Knowles on board,” said the source. “She’ll be finishing up her contract [with Sony], and I expect that she’ll sign on to the new label shortly afterwards.”Beyonce is scheduled to complete her final album under a deal with Sony this fall. The final of her three albums of the deal (B'Day and B'Day Deluxe) will be a live album.
It’s not clear which major label will house the new label but the insider says it’s not going to be Island Def Jam.
“Jay-Z brought the idea to Def Jam first but they thought he was asking for too much money,” said the source. “Now they’re shopping the deal around to the other majors and to Apple [the creator of iTunes] who is very interested in doing business.
The insider also says the prospect of Jay-Z and Beyonce starting their own label has the people over at Def Jam terrified however, this story is still developing.
Houston Studio Owner Claims J Prince Ordered Assault, Files Lawsuit Over Bun B Single
Houston music executive/Ronnie Bookman filed a lawsuit today (April 12]), claiming that Rap-A-Lot Records' CEO James "J. Prince" Prince orchestrated an attack against Bookman at Prince's Fresh Recreation Center Gym in Houston.
Bookman is the owner of Houston recording studio, Studio 7303. He also recently established a new music label entitled 7303 Records.
According to the lawsuit, Bookman claims the beating took place after he was lured to Prince’s gym for a business meeting, to discuss the clearance of one of Prince’s artists to appear on an album by one Bookman’s first artists.
Prince allegedly allowed rapper Bun B to record a single titled "Wrong for Dat" with 7303 artist Javon "JV" Daniels and agreed to sign over all the rights to the song.
In exchange, Bun B recorded the gold selling Trill album at 7303 for a substantially discounted cost.
According to the lawsuit, Prince and Rap-A-Lot Records reneged on their agreement to release the Bun B. single, after Warner Brothers approached Bookman with a an offer for a label deal.
"What he did was lure me over there to the gym like he was going to sign off on the clearance forms,” Bookman said in a statement. “So I went over there and didn't think nothing of it.”
Bookman said what he thought was going to be an ordinary business meeting soon took an ugly turn.
"We went into the weight room," Bookman said. "After we discussed some bogus contracts that he had sent over to my studio, which were a clumsy attempt to try to steal my studio, he told me that I had been talking about Rap-A-Lot Records, and we went back and forth with that. He put somebody on the phone and we chopped that up..then I asked him: 'now what?' He said 'uh huh, OK, OK ... now let's see how you gonna like this!' And then he opened a door and those seven guys came rushing out and did their number on me."
As a result of the beating, Bookman suffered a broken nose and head injuries including two blacks eyes, one of which will require surgery
"This was a vicious act of intimidation, plain and simple," said John B. Thomas, lead counsel for Bookman. "We believe Mr. Prince's plan was to eliminatecompetition in the Houston Rap and Hip-Hop music business through the use of threats, intimidation and violence."
Bookman is suing for Prince for breach of contract, battery, unfair competition, duress, conspiracy and unjust enrichment. He is also seeking a court order barring Prince and any business associate from coming 500 feet within his home or business.
“I'm not going to let someone come in and destroy my business through threats or intimidation,” Bookman said. “I want to serve notice that it's time to stop this right now.”
50 Cent Concert Turns Violent, Man Sues Promoter & Security Guards
A Canadian concertgoer has filed lawsuit against a promoter and several security guards he claims are responsible for injuries he received after attending a 50 Cent show.
According to the Vancouver Sun, Clayton Baker of Abbotsford has filed suit against the Pacific National Exhibition and four security guards for negligence after being assaulted during a 50 Cent concert held at the Pacific Coliseum in late 2005. Baker is also suing the concert promoter, who he says is responsible for creating an atmosphere of hostility at the show because violent imagery used in promotional material attracted a violent audience to the December 3rd concert.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has long been the subject of controversy in Canada with many in the country accusing the rapper of promoting gun violence. The issue has raised such an alarm that lawmakers have considered banning the rapper from touring the country.
Baker's suit, which was filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, claims he was mistaken for another concertgoer and grabbed by four security guards, who threw him to the ground, pinning his arms and legs and intentionally stepped on his right hand before taking him out of the Pacific Coliseum by force.
Baker claims he suffered bruising on his face, a fracture to his hand, pain in his shoulders, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life and been unable to work as a laborer since the attack. He is seeking unspecified damages for the injuries he received. So far the defendants named in the case have yet to respond to the allegations made in Baker's suit.
Rick Ross Prepares For His Sophomore Release
Some would decide to relax after a year of phenomenal success, enjoying the fruits of their labor, but multi-talented rapper Rick Ross is just getting started. With several projects in tow, 2007 will be the year for The Boss, as he prepares for his highly anticipated, sophomore release, "Trilla," via Def Jam/Slip N' Slide while managed by E-Class Management...
What may have seemed to many, like an overnight success, his journey has been 12 years in the making; his hard work and dedication has surely paid off. Mr. Ross equates his success to putting God first, never giving up and maintaining his grind. For years, he distributed his own mixtapes, in addition to serving as a ghostwriter for several well-known recording artists while staying true to the game.
"It's crazy, when I finally broke through, cats were like, "Is that?.... naaaww.. it can't be" But yeah it was me, the same dude they have been hearing and hearing about for years," says the superstar.
The truth of the matter is, Rick Ross has arrived and he is here to stay.
Made famous for his smash hit Hustlin', while just this past year his debut, "Port of Miami," which is now certified platinum, held down the Bill Board Charts for several weeks at # 1. Superseding all expectations, the mastertone for the hit "Hustlin" broke all music industry records by reaching platinum status a week prior to his album release in August 2006.
Rick Ross is engaged in preparing for his sophomore effort "Trilla," which will add the the fire and further propel "The Movement.""Miami is on fire and we are not going to stop until we reach the top, we have put in endless hours in the studio, promoting and honing our craft. 2007 is the year of the "Trilla," says Poe Boy Entertainment, Vice President, Alex "Gucci Pucci" Bethune.
"Trilla," expected to be a classic, is a conglomeration of music's finest and will undoubtedly set the stage for Hip-Hop and will raise the bar several notches.
Please also stay tuned for M.I.Yayo a documentary about, the most notorious drug king-pins in Miami, in which Rick Ross makes his executive producing debut. This movie will also be released the same day as "Trilla."
DJ Khaled "Takin' Over" June 12th
DJ Khaled is set to release his sophomore album, We The Best, on June 12th, 2007 through Terror Squad/KOCH Records. The new collection features a veritable who’s-who of Hip Hop including T.I., Game, Jadakiss, Paul Wall, Trick Daddy, Ja Rule, Ludacris, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Lil’ Wayne, Akon, Baby, Styles P, Cassidy, Juelz Santana, Young Dro and many more to be announced.
The new album will include the 1st single, “We Takin’ Over,” which features T.I., Akon, Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne and Baby. “We Takin’ Over” was was the #1 most added song at hip-hop radio last week with 52 adds. The single is already over 1,400 spins and growing by-the-minute. The track will be available for download on iTunes on March 27th.
A video for “We Takin’ Over” was recently shot in Miami and directed by Miami native/award-winning Director Gil Green, whose credits include Three 6 Mafia, Akon, Rick Ross, Lil’ Scrappy and many more.
DJ Khaled, who currently has the most popular radio show in Miami (WEDR/99 Jamz), released his debut, Listennn…The Album, last year and it sold over 200,000 units and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Independent Chart. The album spawned numerous singles/videos including “Holla At Me,” “Grammy Family” and “Born N’ Raised.”
DJ Khaled is very excited about his new album We The Best, and exclaims, “We taking over!!! Lisssssttteeennnnn!! We the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm about UNITY!!”
Mercury Records Being Relaunched Under Island Def Jam
The Mercury Records label will be relaunched as a new division under the Island Def Jam Music Group.
The relaunched label will be helmed by David Massey, who formerly served as president of Daylight Records and Executive Vice President of A&R at Sony Music Label Group U.S.
"Even more than David's proven leadership and success as an executive in our business is the track record of trust and inspiration he has won from the artists he's worked with over the years," said IDJ CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid. "This all important quality makes him the perfect choice to pilot Mercury through its latest incarnation as a new cornerstone in the IDJ family. We welcome him to the senior management team."
IDJ hopes Massey can resuscitate the Mercury Records, which was originally founded in 1945.
"To work alongside L.A. Reid, Shawn Carter, Steve Bartels, Jermaine Dupri and the entire Island Def Jam staff, as we breathe new life into Mercury Records, is a chance to put all our creativity and initiative to the test," Massey said. "I look forward to the challenge."
Mercury is mostly a catalog label, but has released albums by groups like Fall Out Boy, Juelz Santana and Kanye West under the Mercury UK in Europe.
Super producer Quincy Jones also broke ground at Mercury, when he became the first African-American told hold a Vice President position.
The Jackson Family Get "American Idol" Style TV Show
CBS is teaming up with members of the Jackson family to launch the new reality show, "Pop Dynasty," an American Idol-style competition designed to form a new super group.
Jermaine Jackson has been named a principal on the project and will also serve as a judge alongside LaToya and Tito.
Jamie Foxx, Marcus King and Greg Shelton, as well as Triage Entertainment's Stu Schreiberg have also been listed as collaborators according to Variety. Schreiberg has extensive experience producing live and music-based specials including both Foxx's NBC music special "Unpredictable" and Comedy Central special "Laffapalooza."
Although scores of performance based competitions have sprung up after the success of "American Idol," CBS is hoping to capitalize off of the presence of three members of the iconic Jackson clan and LaToya's renewed popularity from her recent stint on "Armed and Famous."
As for now, neither Michael nor Janet Jackson are involved with "Pop Dynasty."
Mario Sets July 31st As Release Date For New Album "GO!"
Multi-platinum R&B sensation MARIO returns with his highly anticipated third album, GO (J Records), in stores July 31. The first single, "How Do I Breathe," produced by Stargate, is a lovesick anthem full of the signature crooning that has earned Mario the reputation as one of the best voices of a generation. The emotional ballad will impact radio on April 30.
The follow-up to 2004's double platinum Turning Point, Go features Mario's silky smooth vocals and showcases a more mature Mario, talking in equal breaths about romance, love, and even sex. While past hits have seen a young Mario skirting the issue in his chart toppers, the 20-year-old Mario tackles it head on in the sexually charged banger "Go" and the sensual "Lay In My Bed." Also on his mind are relationship challenges, asking why his girl can't let their relationship be what it is on "No Definition" and confessing to a roving eye on "Kryptonite." Mario is truly holding nothing back.
"Over the years in this industry, I feel like I've grown to a point where I'm comfortable in my own skin, and this album truly reflects that," says Mario. "Go is sexier and more passionate, but there's another, more personal side to the record as well."
In fact, Mario's new-found comfort extends to personal topics he's never before touched on, including his difficult upbringing. On "Do Right," Mario sings of his early years growing up with a drug-addicted mother and fighting for a better life. The confessional ballad was in part inspired by his star turn in the recent film "Freedom Writers" as Andre, a teen struggling to rise about life with an incarcerated brother and an addict mother. The DVD will be out April 17 and with Mario appearing on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson on April 25 to promote the DVD.
While his character Andre finds an outlet for his frustrations in writing, music is what inspired Mario, who became a star at the young age of 15 when he released his debut album, 2002's Mario, which spawned the Top 10 single "Just a Friend 2002." His follow up album, 2004's Turning Point, featured the megahit "Let Me Love You," which skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for five weeks, propelling Turning Point to double-platinum status and earning Mario two Grammy nominations and two Billboard Award wins.
(L note: hmmmm july 31st, Thats a good date.)
Lil' Wayne To Appear On New Song By Pop Superstar Enrique Iglesias
Lil' Wayne is slated to appear on a new song entitled "Push" by Pop artist Enrique Iglesias. The song is from Iglesias' new album, "Insomniac", his first album in four years which is expected to be in stores this June. The album's first single is called "Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)" and was written by in demand songwriter Sean Garrett.
Lil' Wayne is expected to release his new album, "Tha Carter 3", this summer. This will be preceded by the release of his highly anticipated mixtape "Drought 3" hosted by Birdman and DJ Khaled. The mixtape is expected to hit the streets sometime this month.