Music

KANYE WEST INTERRUPTS TAYLOR SWIFT’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH AT THE 2009 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

Kanye West has clearly reached that stage where he believes he can do and say as he pleases without facing some serious repercussions afterwards. But hopefully this is all about to change……. Via Rolling Stone Leave it to Kanye West to produce one of the most infamous moments in VMAs history before the 2009 show was even an hour old. It happened after Taylor Swift’s victory in the Best Female Video category for “You Belong With Me,” which beat out Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put []

JAY-Z, WILL SMITH BACK $11 MILLION FELA KUTI PLAY

Via Allhiphop.com Rappers Jay-Z and Will Smith are among the investors in a Broadway play about the life of Nigerian singer/activist Fela Kuti. The heavyweight Hip-Hop duo are backing an $11 million dollar production of Bill. T. Jones’ musical “Fela,” which will open in November. The original version of the play opened off-Broadway last September, starring actor Sahr Ngaujah, who will reprise his critically acclaimed role as Fela Kuti. Financial concerns due to the recession briefly halted production of the play, which []

UK MUSIC: WAR CHILD – ‘I GOT SOUL’

The single I Got Soul has been recorded to raise money for the charity War Child and features Tinchy Stryder, N-dubz, Pixie Lott, Kid British, V V Brown, amongst others. The single will be released on October 19th. It’s like Band Aid all over again. I half expected Bob Geldof to step out of the shadows. Anyway, it’s OK, but would have sounded a lot better had the producers decided to not feature rappers on the track. However hopefully I Got Soul will serve it’s purpose, which is []

UK NEWS: POLICE REVISE ‘RACIST’ EVENT RISK FORM

UK artist Bashy Via The independent Bowing to pressure from a growing coalition of race activists and urban music stars, the Metropolitan Police today agreed to revise a controversial method of monitoring gigs which critics have labelled “potentially racist”. Complaints have been growing in recent months over the Met’s use of Form 696 – a voluntary policing tool which asks venues to provide the names, addresses and contact telephone numbers for artists and promoters.  Continue Reading….. Hmmmmm interesting………. I understand why they []

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT KEVIN LILES LEAVES THE WARNER MUSIC GROUP

  Via Allhiphop.com Pioneering Hip-Hop executive Kevin Liles will leave Warner Music Group it was announced today (September 3). Liles recently appeared at a press conference promoting Jay-Z’s upcoming album Blueprint 3, which is being distributed by Atlantic, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. “In the past couple weeks I’ve made one of the most important decisions of my life – to depart the Warner Music Group in order to focus more on new entrepreneurial endeavors in talent management, entertainment, media and []

BEVERLEY KNIGHT COSMETICS AD CAMPAIGN

UK songstress Beverley Knight will launch her cosmetics range K by Beverley Knight on the 17th September, and it will  be exclusively available to purchase at Selfridges department store for one month. The range will then become available at John Lewis and other leading retail outlets. Check out her new ad campaign. Beverley Knight (Centre) Spotted @  The Cocoa Diaries