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PRESIDENT OBAMA’S KENYAN CHOIR SIGNS DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC (UNIVERSAL OUT TO SHAFT)

The Kenyan Choir Via BBC News An African youth choir has been signed by Universal Music after performing at President Barack Obama’s inauguration celebrations in the US. The Boys Choir of Kenya signed the deal in the transit lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport as they returned home to Nairobi from Washington DC. They were the only international choir to sing at the inauguration. The choir, who are aged between 13 and 24, put on an impromptu performance for passengers before flying on []

UK NEWS: BOY GEORGE SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS IN PRISON

Via BBC News Singer Boy George has been jailed for 15 months for falsely imprisoning a male escort in his flat in east London. The singer, whose real name is George O’Dowd, denied the charge and claimed the victim, Norwegian Audun Carlsen, 29, had stolen photos from his laptop. O’Dowd, 47, admitted handcuffing him to a wall in April 2007 but said he did so in order to trace the missing property. Judge David Radford told the former Culture Club singer he []

ISLAND/DEF JAM SOURCE HITS BACK AT JERMAINE DUPRI

In response to Jermaine Dupri’s interview with Essence.com, an Island/Def Jam source has come forward and disclosed the following…… Via Page Six: “After [his girlfriend] Janet Jackson’s album and tour bombed, he basically didn’t come back to work. He still collected a paycheck, but didn’t bother to do anything that he was supposed to do, like find artists, release records or actually show up. Executives tried to talk to him, but he just lost heart.” Dupri was widely blamed for Jackson’s album flop as []

JERMAINE DUPRI DISAPPOINTED IN L.A REID

Jermaine Dupri talks about his current ‘non-existant’ relationship with Universal Music Group President L.A Reid. Dupri was recently fired as President of Island Records Urban Music division.   Via Essence ESSENCE.COM: Was it an amicable parting? DUPRI: I haven’t spoken to L.A. [Reid] in three months. I don’t know if it’s amicable [considering] that they claim they put me out. I feel like it’s not amicable. Don’t lie, be real about the situation. It goes back to their having the attitude of let’s try and []

A FURIOUS NE-YO LETS RIP VIA HIS MYSPACE BLOG

Ne-Yo is fed up folks with all the false allegations and the jokes that are being made at his expense! In his new Myspace blog post the singer gets it all off his chest.   One rule of being a gentleman is to keep your cool and composure at all cost, but right about now I gotta loosen up this tie and take off this expensive suit jacket and talk to the people for a minute. The haters especially. Pardon my french, but what the f**k is []

JIM JONES CHARGED WITH ASSAULT OVER NE-YO INCIDENT

The rumour that Jim Jones a long with members from his entourage attacked R&B star Ne-Yo and an associate of Jay-Z’s in the Louis Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue (New York City),  spread like wild fire on Christmas Eve.   But I had trouble believing this story. I needed confirmation before posting it on Mad News.  I mean.. brawling inside the exclusive LV store and with Ne-Yo of people. It just sounded so ridiculous and far fetched. But it looks as if there is some truth in this sad pathetic tale…. Via Allhiphop []

2009 GRAMMY AWARDS: LIL WAYNE RECEIVES 8 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

I’m sorry but does he really deserve those 8 nominations???? Oh but wait! What am I saying? The single ‘Lollypop’ was an absolute classic! And ‘The Carter III’ an absolute masterpiece! It put ‘Ready To Die’ in the shade……. …..When will this sick love affair with Lil Wayne end?????  Click here to view full nominations list.

JANET JACKSON LEAVES ISLAND DEF JAM

Producer Rodney Jerkins talks about Janet and her release from Island Def Jam. Via Rap-up.com Janet is currently touring the States playing in front of sell out audiences. She still has a die hard fan base, and is armed with a multitude of classics under her belt. She is better off going it a lone. Island Def Jam/ her beau Jermaine Dupri didn’t have a clue when it came to Janet’s career! This was made clear when Jermaine produced this crap for Janet and encouraged this ill-fated collaboration…..

TRAVIS BARKER AND DJ AM CRITICALLY INJURED IN PLANE CRASH AND FOUR KILLED

DJ AM and Travis Barker Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM were critically injured Friday night after a Learjet crashed in South Carolina, killing four other people. Two plane crew members and two passengers were slain in the accident just before midnight following an performance. Barker and DJ AM (real name Adam Goldstein) have been admitted to an Augusta, Georgia burn unit. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said air traffic controllers saw sparks coming from the plane shortly before []