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UK NEWS: MEN JAILED FOR CAUSTIC SODA RAPE

Sick and brutal animals: Rogel McMorris, Jason Brew and Hector Muaimba Via BBC News Three men have been jailed for raping a 16-year-old girl in an attack in which caustic soda was thrown on her. The girl, who has learning difficulties, was lured into a north London flat and repeatedly raped. Rogel McMorris, 18, from Tottenham, north London, was jailed for nine years for rape and grievous bodily harm. Jason Brew, 19, from Tottenham, was jailed for six years and Hector Muaimba, []

UK MUSIC NEWS: X FACTOR WINNER ALEXANDRA BURKE TOPS THE CHRISTMAS SINGLES CHART

No surprises here….. Via BBC News Newly-crowned X Factor queen Alexandra Burke has topped the Christmas singles chart with Hallelujah. Burke won the battle for Christmas number one ahead of the late Jeff Buckley, whose version of the same song was in second place. It is 51 years since the same song sat at numbers one and two, and the first time ever at Christmas. Burke’s Hallelujah became the fastest-selling single by a female solo artist, with 576,000 copies sold. Congratulations Alexandra. []

UK MUSIC: SWAY FT AKON – ‘SILVER & GOLD’

UK rapper Sway teams up with Akon on his new single ‘Silver & Gold’, which is about a cold, manipulative, money hungry stripper. I admit ‘Silver & Gold is (kind of) catchy (well the hook is) but it’s strange hearing Sway rap on a track of this nature, and watching him attempt to look suave and sexy in the middle of a nightclub surrounded by attractive women. It’s just strange… it’s just not really him…. This sort of visual scenerio, along with the track’s lyrical content tends to work better when a rapper has []

QUOTE OF THE DAY: ALEXANDRA BURKE (X FACTOR WINNER 2008)

Beyonce and Alexandra “It was so amazing to be with Beyonce – she was such an inspiration and I just thought, ‘I want to be as big as you’. “We are going to be great friends. Backstage she turned to me and said, ‘I feel like I have known you for ages. We can be friends’. “I asked her if I could support her on tour ans she said yes, so we’re trying to make it happen”. (The London Paper)  Alright Alexandra cool []

UK TV: X-FACTOR’S RACHEL HYLTON IN ‘GUN SIGN’ ROW

Some folk have way too much time on their hands…. LOL! This is a fuss about nothing. Photograph: Kent News The X Factor’s Rachel Hylton upset fans by making a gangster-style gun salute on the show. Angry fans complained to ITV and TV watchdog Ofcom after seeing Rachel, 26, point her fingers at rival Daniel Evans when they were revealed to be in the sing-off against each other on the live results show on Saturday night. A source told the Daily Mirror: “Some viewers []

UK NEWS: MURDERED ANNAKA PINTO ‘WAS VICTIM OF DANCE TROUPE FUED’

Victim: Annaka Pinto A teenage girl was shot in the head after a falling-out between members of a female dance group known as the X Squad, the Old Bailey was told yesterday. Annaka Pinto, 17, who had just completed her GCSE exams, was shot on the dancefloor of a nightclub in North London. She died hours later in hospital. The man accused of killing her, Triston Walker, 22, was allegedly seen posturing with a gun in his waistband minutes before the shooting. []

UK MUSIC: CHIPMUNK FT LOUIK ESSIEN – ‘BEAST’

I support Chipmunk. He’s young (17), fresh, focused, seems to have a good head on his shoulders, and his music doesn’t sound half bad. You can tell that the North London based emcee puts some thought in to creating a track before subjecting it to an unsuspecting audience. Unlike some that I could mention, who insist on continuing to contaminate the UK Scene with piss poor rhymes, piss poor flows, piss poor production and piss poor music promos.     Louik Essien is a gifted vocalist, so why is he attempting to channel in Lil Wayne/T-Pain on this track? Your thoughts []

AKON SIGNS UK RAPPER SWAY

READ This has been on the cards for about a year and a half now. I guess now it’s “official”. Well… this will be interesting. Actually this union could prove to be a successful one for Sway. He’s a grafter and will make it work. Unlike some UK artists I could mention (ahem.. ahem.. Wiley), who sign to majors/their subsidiaries and then head for the hills when it suddenly dawns on them that they will be expected to WORK!!!!   

UK MUSIC INDUSTRY MOVERS & SHAKERS: DS MUSIC PR

DS MUSIC PR – TAKING HIP HOP & R&B PROMOTION TO THE NEXT LEVEL After gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience from within the dynamic world of entertainment, burgeoning entrepreneurs Kent Daobry (Kaydee) and Paul Savvides (DJ Funksy) decided to join forces in early 2007, and went on to co-found DS Music PR (a subsidiary of the DS Music Group), specializing in radio, digital, and online promotions. North London based DS Music PR, offers innovative marketing and promotional strategies to its []