April 6, 2009
And the saga continues… Via TMZ Chris Brown has just pled not guilty to two felonies — assault and making criminal threats. With ex girlfriend Rihanna nowhere in sight, Brown showed up at L.A. County criminal courthouse to face the music for allegedly beating the crap out of her back in February. Brown is due back in court on April 29. O…K. So Rihanna assaulted herself??? Do you know what? I’m past caring.
April 1, 2009
Rapper Jim Jones’ latest album Pray IV Reign (EI/Columbia/Sony) has entered the Billboard album chart at No.9 and sold 43,000 (first week sales). Keri Hilson’s debut album In a Perfect World went in at No. 4 and sold 94,000 (first weeks sales). Jim sold more when he was just signed solely to an independent label. It hurts me to say this but to be brutally honest I think his album will be out of the top 10 come next week. I think Bruk Pocket Dash cursed Jim’s latest offering by saying […]
March 30, 2009
Check out the latest installment of UK unsigned hype. This week’s artists featured are rapper AKS, singers Deborah Jordan and Rasiyah. Click here to listen to a selection of AKS’ tracks. Click here to listen to a selection of Deborah’s tracks. Click here to listen to a selection of Rasiyah’ s tracks. Your thoughts please…..
March 23, 2009
What is there to say about Ciara’s latest effort Love Sex Magic ft Justin Timberlake? Well it’s sounds ok, nothing to write home about. As for the video.. well Ciara just looks as if she’s trying to hard. I smell a faint whiff of desperation here. Watch and you will see what I mean. Your thoughts please….
March 21, 2009
My regular readers will already know that I dutifully showcase UK talent on Mad News (UK Black Music – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly). But the majority of UK talent featured so far has been of the worst kind, and ultimately end up in my Ugly file. I have to admit though I do find below par UK talent highly amusing, which could explain why I have created a platform for such mediocrity (lol!) However, recently I’ve been thinking, […]
January 26, 2009
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 […]
January 13, 2009
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 […]
January 13, 2009
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 […]
January 5, 2009
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 […]
December 19, 2008
Singers Brandy and Monica reunited several nights ago in an Atlanta nightclub to sing their classic 1998 hit ‘The Boy Is Mine’. It has been said that the two might collaborate together again soon, there might even be an album. But as far as I am concerned this should have happened years ago when R&B fans still cared (circa 98 – 2000). We are now approaching 2009……. At present Brandy’s latest album is struggling to make an impact on the charts and Monica’s tattooed up, seems to have developed a taste for the ‘hood’ […]