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UK MUSIC NEWS: KEISHA BUCHANAN SUES FORMER BAND MATES OVER THE USE OF ‘SUGABABES’ NAME

February 28, 2010 8 comments

Keisha Buchanan

Via The Daily Mirror

Girlband The Sugababes are being sued by founder member Keisha Buchanan – who is trying to BAN the group from using their name.

Keisha, who formed the band in 1998, has launched a legal bid to claim a stake in the Sugababes brand – which she says has grown into a multi-million pound business over the past 12 years.

Keisha – who was forced to quit the chart-toppers last September – has now demanded that the current line-up of Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen call themselves something else or pay her a one-off sum which could potentially be millions of pounds.

If her dramatic High Court action is successful, it could spell the end for the band, who are soon due to release their new album Sweet 7. Continue Reading….

New look Sugababes - Heidi, Jade and Amelle

Wow Keisha isn’t messing around.

Heidi and Amelle now spend their time in interviews crying and labelling former band mate Keisha “a bully”. But it’s not helping and the new Sugababes line up/look seems to be flopping. 

The last single release About A Girl failed to set the charts on fire and the re-recorded forthcoming album Sweet 7 stripped of Keisha’s original vocals, has ‘major fail’ written all over it.

I wish you the best of luck with this lawsuit Keisha.

This is going to be interesting!

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UK NEWS: FORMER EASTENDERS STAR FORCED OUT OF 25TH PARTY

February 28, 2010 2 comments

Former Eastenders star Mohammed George

Via Digital Spy  

Former EastEnders star Mohammed George has revealed that he was removed from the show’s 25th anniversary party.  

On arriving at the party George, who played road sweeper Gus Smith, reportedly asked one of the show’s bosses why they hadn’t supported him when he was forced to leave the soap two years ago. The boss responded by having George removed from the party.  

He told the Daily Star: “I didn’t deserve to be treated that way. I had no choice but to leave again. She asked me how I was and, of course, I had to bring up everything that had happened.  

“I hadn’t seen her for two years. But she just said, ‘If you’re going to bring this up then you’d better leave’. There was no shouting, no abusive language and no threatening behaviour. Continue Reading…..  

I’m sorry but Mohammed you are a FOOL!  

I understand that you are still bitter about your character ( the docile/dumb road sweeper Gus who ran around the square looking like a runaway slave) being written out of the show, but turning up to the 25th anniversary party and then confronting one of the show’s bosses about your subsequent unemployment was just plain stupid.  

What made you think that she would be comfortable discussing the unfortunate events that took place two years ago with you on this happy occasion?    

You still being relatively angry, young, black and male was enough of a threat.  She automatically thought ‘trouble maker’ and that’s why you were removed from the party.  

If anything you should have used your head first and then used the occasion to slyly network! Who knows there might have been a casting director or TV executive from another show present who would have been willing to push some much needed TV work your way.  

MOVE ON! 

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Click HERE to read ‘Eastenders axe made me suicidal’.  

(Mohammed must be in real dire straits if he’s resorted to talking to the Daily Star.) 

And click HERE to read about Mohammed’s 75k libel case win. I’m almost a year late! I had no idea he won this case

EARTHQUAKE HITS CHILE

February 27, 2010 2 comments

Via BBC News

A massive earthquake has hit central Chile and killed at least 214 people, the interior minister says.

The 8.8 quake caused widespread damage, destroying buildings, bridges and roads in many areas, including the capital where a chemical plant caught fire.

Electricity, water and phone lines have been cut. Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to be affected.

Several Pacific countries were hit by waves higher than usual after a tsunami was set off by the quake. Continue Reading….

Rest In Peace.

RE-ENACTMENT OF MICHAEL JACKSON’S DEATH BROADCAST ON US TV

February 27, 2010 6 comments

The documentary included footage of the Jackson lookalike lying naked except for a white towel on a pathologist's table

*shaking my head*

Via The Mail Online

A controversial re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s death has been shown on US television.

VH1 show Famous Crime Scene used an uncanny Jacko lookalike for their chilling 30-minute programme, which aired at 9pm local time.

The re-enactment showed the doppelganger being given CPR – first on his bed and then on the floor – by an actor playing the singer’s alleged killer Dr Conrad Murray. Continue Reading…. and view more pics.

First the ridiculous live séance on UK television, hosted by a desperate June Sarpong and now this.

It’s sickening!

Why can’t they just leave the man alone to rest in peace?

UK EVENT: INDUSTRY TAKEOVER – EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE

February 27, 2010 1 comment

On Saturday 6th March, Industry Takeover All-Day Seminar & Showcase is back to empower the next generation of emcees, singers, DJs and young music industry professionals.

The day will feature upfront debate, led by panellists Ras Kwame, Chantelle Fiddy, Hattie Collins, Griminal, Twin B and Terror Danjah, and there will be performances from Master Shortie, Mz Bratt, Scorcher, Princess Nyah, Devlin and Ny, as well as a whole range of activities brought to you by our event partners Rising Tide, Bigga Fish, Continental Drifts and Streetlife FM, as well as other leading organisations across the music industry.

DATE: Saturday, March 6th 2010
VENUE: Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
TICKETS: £5 in advance / £7 on door
TIME: 12pm – 9pm

Click HERE and visit the Industry Takeover website for more information.

UK NEWS: BBC TO CUT STATIONS AND WEBSITES?

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Via BBC News

The BBC is refusing to comment on reports it plans to close two radio stations and scale back its web presence to make £600m in savings.

BBC Asian Network and 6 Music will be closed under the proposals, according to a report in The Times. Continue Reading….

The BBC refuse to comment on reports.

…Well I guess the reports are true then!

UK MUSIC: WRETCH 32 – BORN WINNER

February 25, 2010 1 comment

‘Born Winner’ is taken from Wretch’s new mixtape ‘Wretch32.com’.

Erm… “Wizzy Wow”
??????

Anyway….

Lyrical Content and Flow -  Wretch is OK. I’ve heard a lot worse.

Production – It’s decent. I like the beat.

Image – UK male artists (rappers in particular) seriously need to develop close business relationships with fashion houses, stylists, barbers and nutritionists.

Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?

VIDEO: ESTELLE FT KARDINAL OFFISHALL – ‘FREAK’

February 25, 2010 9 comments

Check out the sneak peak footage of Estelle’s up and coming video for her new single Freak, featuring Kardinal Offishall.

Freak sounds like a late 80s / early 90s dance track.

As for the video… Estelle sporting a black boot polish look, complete with bright red glossy lipstick……….. hmmmmm interesting……..

I’ve never paid much attention too Kardinal Offishall. Is he Canadian? 

Anyway, I look forward to watching the video in its entirety.

XFM BROADCASTS WORLD EXCLUSIVE FULL PLAYBACK OF GORILLAZ’ NEW ALBUM

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Global Radio’s Xfm will broadcast the world exclusive full playback of the brand new album from Gorillaz next week.

Plastic Beach is released on Monday 8th March but will have its first full airplay on Xfm on Tuesday 2nd March at 12pm, in an exclusive show presented by John Kennedy, joined by Gorillaz’ very own Murdoc Niccals.

Gorillaz band members Murdoc Nicalls, 2D, Noodle and Russel are set to repeat their phenomenal success with the release of Plastic Beach. The album features an exciting mix of collaborations with other artists, including first single from the album Stylo with Bobby Womack and Mos Def.  Other tracks see collaborations from Snoop Dogg, Kano, De La Soul and the National Orchestra for Arabic Music.

Gorillaz have enjoyed worldwide success since they were created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of the comic book Tank Girl, in 1998. Their self-titled debut album sold over 7 million copies and earned them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as The Most Successful Virtual Band. Their second studio album Demon Days was released in 2005, earned them 5 Grammy Award Nominations.

Xfm’s Head of Music Mike Walsh said,

“Xfm is honoured to have some exclusive time with the legend that is Murdoc Niccals. Plastic Beach is a landmark album – a work of genius that will doubtlessly be one of the albums that 2010 will be remembered for. We can’t wait for Murdoc to treat Xfm listeners to the global first full play of this incredible album.”

Murdoc said,

“Listen up, right. I’ve let Captain James ‘John’ Kennedy have my amazing new Gorillaz album Plastic Beach. He’s going to play it out on XFM this coming Tuesday and I’ll be there with him to tell him all about it. Be there or be square. Over and Out!”

Tune into the world exclusive first airplay of Gorillaz’ new album – Plastic Beach – on Xfm on Tuesday 2nd March at 12pm.

Xfm broadcasts on 104.9 FM in London, on 97.7 FM in Manchester and across the UK on digital radio, digital TV and online at xfm.co.uk

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ESSENCE MAGAZINE IS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT ‘IT MODEL’

February 24, 2010 3 comments

Essence Magazine is conducting a nationwide search for the new African-American “It” model. The winner–to be announced in May–will be featured in the September 2010 Fall Fashion issue of Essence and receive a one-year contract with Elite Model Management!

Live castings will be conducted in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York.

An expert panel of judges comprised of Essence editors, Elite managers and fashion industry VIPs will attend each of the open castings to evaluate the entrants and 5 finalists will be flown to New York City for a special modeling boot camp, which will be documented for the “Making of an It Girl” web series on ESSENCE.com. The ESSENCE.com audience will cast their votes to help select the grand prize winner from the 5 finalists.

Click here for Submission Guidelines and online Application.

[Thanks Ronke]

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