Def Jam

PICS/PRESS CONFERENCE: RUSSELL SIMMONS ANNOUNCES HIS APPOINTMENT AS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF GLOBALGRIND.COM

*Rolls eyes* Yet another individual who gets under my skin, and who permanently has his head stuck up his backside. Mogul Russell “fact finder/Mr I think I’m an authority on everything” Simmons called a press conference today (Jan 28th) to announce that he has appointed himself Editor-In-Chief of his website Globalgrind.com.  As usual, he felt it was necessary to create some form of fan fare by calling a press conference, flanked by famous faces, in a bid to generate interest in his latest endeavour! Russell just loves to call a press conference. I bet if he []

JANET JACKSON’S TOUR OF JAPAN CANCELLED

  Via BBC News Janet Jackson’s tour of Japan has been postponed, with promoters blaming the global financial crisis. Japanese concert promoter Kyodo Yokohama said the singer cancelled five concerts due to take place in February. The 42-year-old Grammy Award winner had planned to perform in several major cities, including Nagoya and Osaka. Jackson, on her first world tour in nearly seven years, cancelled seven performances in the US in 2008 because of a bout of vertigo. The gigs in Japan will []

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 []

VIDEO: LADY SOVEREIGN – ‘I GOT YOU DANCING’

Remember the UK’s Lady Sovereign who 2/3 years ago was being touted as the next big thing to come from this side of the pond? She signed to Universal/Def Jam and expectations were high when she dropped her debut album ‘Public Warning’. Then as predicted it all turned sour and she disappeared off the scene. But now she is back with the single ‘I Got You Dancing’, and is set to drop her sophomore album ‘Jigsaw’ soon. I can’t wait…..  Your thoughts please…..

RUSSELL SIMMONS BLOGS – DEFENDS HIS CHOICE IN GIRLFRIENDS

Old Russell ‘fact finder’ Simmons has taken time out to defend his choice  in girlfriends….. Note: while I was searching for a politically correct photo for this blog I found one of the beautiful model Kiara at my Diamond Empowerment event who I have known for ten years. And no, we are not dating-I’m not THAT lucky. It seems that almost every week since I have been single there is a headline on some black internet site that says something like “Russell Simmons []

HILARIOUSLY BAD INTERVIEW OF THE DAY: TRUE MAGAZINE INTERVIEWS RICK ROSS

This interview was filmed some months back but still leaves me shaking my head…. Former prison correctional officer turned rapper Rick Ross, speaks to ‘journalist’ Kevin Tate from True Magazine in this cringeworthy interview. This is just embarassing to watch…… Rick ends up schooling Kevin on how to conduct a decent interview and rightly so! Rick annoys me but Kevin doesn’t seem to have a clue! A Rick Ross and a 50 Cent “beef”… where did that come from??? Kevin, a word of advice…. before conducting an interview at least []

DEF JAM EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT SHAKIR STEWART FOUND DEAD

Def Jam Executive Vice President, Shakir Stewart was found dead today (November 1), AllHipHop.com has learned. While details are being confirmed, sources stated that Shakir’s body was found about an hour ago. Stewart replaced Jay-Z’s position at Island Def Jam and was named Executive Vice President of Def Jam Recordings in June of 2008. Updates will be posted as this story develops. Source Rest In Peace Shakir Stewart

LL COOL J PULLS OUT OF JANET JACKSON TOUR

Rapper LL Cool J has dropped out as the opening act for Janet Jackson’s current tour, his publicists have announced. The star is pulling out of the Rock Witchu tour because of unnamed scheduling conflicts. It is the latest setback on Jackson’s tour, her first North American outing in seven years.  Continue Reading.. Err… LL’s now reduced to opening for other acts??? I remember when he was the headliner! Times have really changed….. That’s probably the real reason behind him pulling out of the []

VIDEO: LL COOL J APPEARS ON THE TYRA BANKS SHOW

LL Cool J appeared on The Tyra Banks show this week to promote his latest album ‘Exit 13’, which hasn’t been performing well at all! The women sitting in the studio audience really need to pull themselves together, and see if you can count how many times LL licks his lips during this interview….

DEF JAM WILL NOT RELEASE ANY NEW MUSIC FROM JANET JACKSON

In a recent interview with Rwdmag Janet jackson had this to say when questioned about releasing a new single from her latest album ‘Feedback’… “That’s pretty difficult to say, only because of the record label at this point. We started off with Feedback and the label and myself haven’t quite seen eye to eye since, so they’ve basically stopped all promotion,” she said. “I’m trying to figure out a way to say this, but just to say it and to be quite honest, []