Keri Hilson to play Usher’s love interest in ‘Club’ video

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According to Ryan Cameron of the popular Ryan Cameron Show on V-103, Keri Hilson is set to play Usher’s love interest in the video for the first official track off his as yet untitled CD.

The track, “Love in This Club” featuring Young Jeezy, is produced by Polow Da Don and currently sits at #19 with a bullet on the charts.

They say Usher’s wife, Tameka Foster Raymond, is directing the video.

Okay I’m kidding! But I’m sure she’ll be on the set.


Star Jones responds to Bill O’Reilly’s ‘lynching’ comment

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Star Jones wrote a well thought out letter in response to Bill O’Reilly‘s racial slur toward Michelle Obama on a recent show. As you all know by now, O’Reilly was talking to a caller who was angry at Mrs. Obama for saying, “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.”

O’Reilly responded in his famous tongue-in-cheek way by saying, “I don’t want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there’s evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that’s how she really feels – that this is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever – then that’s legit. We’ll track it down.”

To date, only two influential blacks have responded to the slur: Jesse Jackson and Star Jones In Jones’ letter – which is reposted in its entirety on Black – she said:

What annoys me more than anything is that I get the feeling that one of the reasons Bill O’Reilly made this statement, thinking he could get away with it in the first place, and then followed it up with a lame apology in a half-hearted attempt to smooth any ruffled feathers, is because he doesn’t think that black women will come out and go after him when he goes after us. Well, he’s dead wrong. Be clear Bill O’Reilly: there will be no lynch party for that black woman. And this black woman assures you that if you come for her, you come for all of us.” — Star Jones Reynolds READ MORE…

Thanks to loyal readers Kisha and Honey for the tip!


Shawty Lo Album Release Party

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Shawty Lo and DJ Unk were the only Dirty South superstars in the building when Lo celebrated the release of his CD Wednesday night at ESSO. Hits Daily Double estimates Lo’s CD will sell 35k units based on first day sales reports from major retailers.


Did DTP drop its most profitable artists?

Rumors that DTP dropped their most recognizable artists at the behest of Def Jam chairman LA Reid have been confirmed by Def Jam sources. According to Sohh Ya Heard, Reid gave Bobby Valentino, Shareefa, and Steph Jones an ‘F’ following their R & B Live performances at Spotlight in NY on Tuesday. One day later, the artists were given their pink slips.

Reportedly, Steph Jones took the news hard. And according to a source close to the camp, Shareefa was working “day and night” on her sophomore album.

If Reid is trying to trim the fat from the label – why keep the rest of the DTP roster which is filled with virtual unknowns, while the moneymaker – Valentino – is given the heave ho? That doesn’t seem to make any sense. One thing is for sure: the future of DTP – which hasn’t had a hit in how long – is in doubt.


The Hermès is Pharrell’s after all


Update: According to my loyal reader Rodney, the custom Hermes cost a tidy $67,000.

Thanks to loyal reader Darnell for verifying that the purple Hermès carried by Pharrell Williams in an earlier post does belong to him. In the following post from Pharrell’s blog, he explains he traveled to Paris to pick up his custom made Hermès, which is normal procedure for the elite who can afford these bags. Most Hermès are made to order.

Stopped by Hermes yesterday to pick up my new travel bag. Hermes is a world famous luxury goods company originally known for it’s leather goods including it’s saddles and famous silk scarves. This purple croc bag is a “Haut A Courroie” which is the original Birkin bag. This bag is a custom piece hand made in the Paris shop. The key chain was made by Jacob. (Source)

Lucky him. A Hermès croc had to set him back 20 grand at least.


Erykah Badu and Janet Jackson neck & neck for #1

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According to industry estimates: Erykah Badu and Janet Jackson are neck and neck for the #1 spot next week. Janet is expected to do 180k in sales while Erykah’s Amerykah is expected to push 160k – give or take 10k.

The amazing part of all this is Erykah contends for the top spot with virtually no promotion. Janet, on the other hand, has promoted the hell out of her 10th studio album Discipline.

Last night, Erykah threw herself an album release and birthday party in Chicago. Dave Chapelle, and Billy McNamara attended. And tonight, Janet makes a rare appearance on CNN’s Larry King Live where she plans to discuss her music and her love life. Frankly, we don’t understand what her love life has to do with selling albums. But, we’ll still tune in.

Larry King Live airs at 9 PM eastern time on CNN.


Gucci Named #1 Brand in the World

Gucci has been named the #1 brand in the world, according to Nielsen research:

In the latest survey, one in five global consumers said they would choose to buy Gucci (over any other luxury brand) if money was no option, making the Italian fashion brand that was revived by Tom Ford in the 1990’s the most coveted and aspirational luxury brand in the world today. Photos and quote: LIFE Files

I don’t think this means celebrities and socialites will put their Louis Vuitton or Hermes bags up for sale on eBay. It also doesn’t mean you’ll see less “Stars and their LV” posts on LV and Hermes are still a considered status symbols to the elite who can afford them.

Speaking of Hermes: I saw this interesting photo of Pharrell Williams carrying a man-size Hermes handbag on his way out of his hotel in NYC yesterday. I searched other photo sites and there were no other pics of him with this bag. Which leads me to assume the bag isn’t his. Which is a good thing because a Hermes croc half that size would set him back about 17k.

He’s still a fashion plate though with his his LV scarf, and hat and jacket from his Billionaire Boys Club line.


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