According to Page Six, Usher's wife Tameka Foster-Raymond pitched a fit when she learned Usher "hand picked" singer/producer/songwriter Keri Hilson to play his leading lady in the video for his #1 single "Love in This Club".
As you read the following, please remember that Page Six is allegedly one of the main recipients of bogus stories "leaked" by highly paid publicists.
USHER'S wife, Tameka Foster, isn't going to let any woman make moves on her man - even if that's her job.
Foster was "domineering" and displayed her trademark "Tameka wrath" during a video shoot for Usher's new song, "Love in the Club," the weekend of March 15 in LA.
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Eyebrows were raised when Rick Ross sold 200,000 units of his 2nd studio CD Trilla. His feat led many in the industry to ask, how could Rick Ross sell more units than Janet Jackson or Snoop Dogg?
Does the problem lie with Soundscan's tracking system or is the problem within the labels? Are the labels unfairly inflating sales figures by buying and selling back CDs to record distributors?
This is a practice that labels such as Def Jam have been accused of for years. For instance, it's common knowledge that some mainstream labels have been paying off record stores to double and triple scan CDs in order to inflate sales.
According to this online report:
A few years ago, some record labels paid third-party firms to ship boxes of free CDs to independent retailers, who then scanned the CDs as bogus sales. Because it was a weighted store, each scan counted as a multiple “sale.” The labels did not profit financially from the scam, but they got to boast of their artists’ hefty weekly sales.
The writer goes on to say when an artist does an instore, the CDs purchased there are usually double and triple scanned. But why isn't there a safeguard in place to prevent this type of widespread cheating in the first place?
Critics argue that Soundscan has placed an emphasis on "new" artists with "instant hits" like Souljah Boy. Most of these new artists don't have chart longevity. "The weekly numbers allow labels to see which artists are showing strong sales, and thus, which artists are worth promoting for the long-term." Established artists who don't show strong weekly numbers see less support from their labels.
Because of this, artists such as Bobby Valentino, are turning to online distributors like iTunes to promote their own CDs. Did Def Jam kill the radio star?
Most of us who don't live in Detroit first became aware of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's legal troubles after his affair with his Chief of Staff was exposed in the Detroit Free Press. Like me, some of you probably don't know the entire sordid soap opera that is Kwame Kilpatrick's life.
So JBaker over at Parlourmagazine.com wrote a condensed time line of the events leading up to Kilpatrick's eventual downfall.
The Life & Times of Kwame Kilpatrick!
- Kwame is elected mayor of Detroit to much acclaim and fanfare (we admit it, we loved him).
- After being elected mayor of Detroit, Kwame allegedly throws a party, with strippers, at his state-owned official residence, the Manoogian Mansion. According to former members of his Executive Protection Unit (EPU), his wife Carlita comes home to find Kwame with the strippers and attacks one of the girls.
- Kilpatrick is found out to have charged over $210,000 in credit card bills. What was he buying? Spa massages, Moët, etc. He ended up paying the city back $9,000.
- Detroit Officer Harold C. Nelthrope contacts the internal affairs unit of the Detroit Police, about the party and other abuses committed by Kilpatricks’s EPU members.
- Kilpatrick denies all allegations and dismisses the party as a rumor. He went on to say that he does not have”‘lewd parties,” “I don’t whore around on my wife” and “I want people to understand that I would never disrespect my God, my wife or my children”.
- Nelthrope and Gary A. Brown, head of the internal affairs unit are fired. They allege they got the axe for their participation in Kilpatrick’s investigation. Then the pair sue the city of Detroit, in what is known as the Whistleblower Trial, eventually winning an $8.4 million settlement.
- Two additional officers come forth with claims of retaliation: Walt Harris and Alvin Bowman. Harris was a former EPU member who was identified as cooperating with the Manoogian investigation, which resulted in Harris suffering a smear campaign by Kilpatrick administration.
- Tamara “Strawberry” Greene, 27, an exotic dancer who claims to have been a performer at the Manoogian Mansion party is found dead after being shot 18 times. Witnesses describe it as a targeted hit. The bullets are found to have belonged to the same types of guns issued by the Detroit Police Department. Bowman, (listed above) who was working this case, was transferred out of the homicide unit after discovering these facts and attempting to connect the dots. The Greene family is currently suing the city of Detroit for about $150 million. READ MORE...
Thanks to Hillary Crosley of Billboard magazine for the link!
What male blogger on a popular Hip Hop website that's in competition with Allhiphop.com is doing double duty by posing as a popular female blogger in addition to writing his own blog on the same website? Apparently, the Hip Hop site couldn't afford to pay the popular female blogger who previously had the job.
Explosive court papers posted by TMZ.com documents the alleged sexual harassment of a WBLS employee by the husband and manager of the station's popular shock jock, Wendy Williams.
According to the documents filed with the EEOC, Nicole Spence, a booker for Wendy's show accuses Kevin Hunter of creating a hostile environment in the workplace by repeatedly making sexual demands of her, and referring to other females at WBLS as "bitches."
Among other things, Spence alleges in the documents:
Spence further alleged that Williams did nothing to stop the abuse and in fact, "offered to take me shopping so I could dress 'like a sexy little bitch,' as Mr. Hunter demanded."
Spence stated that Hunter was temporarily banned from WBLS after she lodged a complaint with station management. Spence also alleges that Williams received a two-day suspension for retaliating against her complaints. When Williams returned from her suspension, the retaliation continued with Williams canceling guests booked by Spence "sometimes at the last minute."
Wendy Williams has been advised by her attorneys not to make any statements about the case while on the air. Williams' popular show is syndicated around the country and can be heard on WBLS in NY from 2-7 PM.
I'm just guessing here. But doesn't this sound suspiciously like a woman scorned who found out her husband was creeping with a pretty young thing and when she confronted her husband he dumped the youngster who then alleged sexual harassment against him? Again, I'm just guessing.
Rapper Bow Wow, who is a regular visitor to Sandrarose.com, videotaped his reaction to my posting about himself and College Hill's Ashley Ragland yesterday.
"I don't even go on these blog sites," lied Bow Wow.
Bow Wow, whose mom Teresa blessed him with a $400,000 Maybach for his 21st birthday, chilled with his boys and several dime pieces at an unidentified hotel as he browsed the Internets.
"Who would find that out?," Bow Wow asks In the video titled "IT'S TRUE" that was uploaded to his Xanga fansite last night. His friend suggests that Ashley herself put the story out. "I don't think Ashley would do that," he responds.
He and his friends go on to discuss Ashley's attitude and an incident at Bow Wow's house when Ashley went off on one of Bow Wow's friends for messing up a take out food order she had placed. Bow Wow mimics her voice as he recalls the dust up.
Does any of this mean that Bow Wow and Ashley were an item?
[HINT]If Bow Weezy wants to clear the air, he can easily get my number from Big D or Greg Street[/HINT].
Meanwhile, Ash is claiming some dude named Mike Gordon from the group One Chance as her main boyfriend. Pics of the two are plastered all over her Facebook page (Thanks Aisha Wright!)
In fact, Ashley had developed quite a reputation for herself as that chick who ran fast and loose through the industry in years past. They say she preferred to date rappers or singers. Allegedly, she had a fling with the singer Lloyd after appearing in his "Hey Young Girl" video in 2004.
Maybe Ashley will clear up these rumors with her own video response?
The loyal reader who sent me the email alerting me to Bow Wow's video asked me not to post her entire email (which contained some more juicy details) for fear of "hurting Ciara's feelings". But why would Ciara's feelings be hurt when she is so far removed from Bow Wow's world? I'm just asking...
Dreamcatcher's ATL sent audio of T.I. at the Georgia Dome speaking about AIDS and its impact on the black community.
T.I. spoke during a special Easter service sponsored by New Birth Baptist Church this past Sunday. T.I., who is on house arrest while awaiting trial on federal weapons charges, was granted a short reprieve by a magistrate judge on Thursday so he could attend Easter services with his family.
T.I. is accompanied on the audio by one of his spiritual adviser's Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of New Birth Baptist Church. The audio was produced by New Birth and a music track was added in the background.
The music is extremely annoying but at least you can hear T.I.'s message loud and clear.
On February 11, I received an email from an aide to WBLS shock jock Wendy Williams who wanted me to give her a quick call. I assumed, since she worked for Wendy, she wanted the rest of the audio of the Keyshia Cole call that I posted on my site that day.
Instead, she wanted to inquire about starting a website. And not just any website - she wanted it to be on a grand scale. We talked about marketing such a website and I suggested that she ask Wendy Williams to give her website a shout out on the radio since they work together.
Her response was silence. That struck me as odd. I didn't ask but I assumed there was some tension between the two women. Or maybe Nicole knew she wouldn't be working at the station once her website launched?
Then today, the NY Post dropped a bombshell: Wendy's husband Kevin Hunter, who is also her manager, has been accused of sexually harassing Nicole and beating Wendy regularly in the workplace: "Mr. Hunter repeatedly sexually propositioned me at work in the most crude and vulgar ways, telling me over and over that he wanted to 'f- - - -' me," Spence charges.
Do I believe Kevin propositioned Nicole? totally! Do I believe he beat Wendy's ass at the station? That leaves a little room for doubt. Did anyone else hear the beatings? It seems illogical to me that Wendy's manager and husband would assault her regularly at the station and no one else knew about it but Nicole.
Kevin comes across as the type of man who would not pass up free pu$$y. And we know from Wendy herself that Kevin has been unfaithful in the past.
The younger hubby of radio shock jock Wendy Williams repeatedly tried to force her female booker to sleep with him - and beat up his tough-talking wife at her own station, an explosive complaint charges.
Nicole Spence, who works as the red-hot radio queen's talent booker at WBLS 107.5-FM, filed the papers with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission yesterday.
Spence, 27, claims in the complaint that her boss' husband, Kevin Hunter, 33, demanded sex from her more than a dozen times and created a hostile work environment by repeatedly beating up Williams, 43, in and near the studio. (Source)
Both Williams and Hunter deny the allegations.
Kelly Rowland looks like she collided with Beyoncé at a House of Dereon sample sale. But she still looks hot!
Rihanna and Chris Brown were spotted leaving the Maya club together in London at 3 AM. Ri Ri looks so tired of perpetrating a fraud.
Angel Lola Luv's surgically enhanced booty appears in this month's issue of VIBE magazine with Janet on the front.
Images of Omarion and Bow Wow staring longingly at each other's bodies during a concert this weekend have sparked more gay rumors about the two. In response to the rampant rumors, a source close to Bow Wow revealed that the pint size rapper has been dating Ashley R from College Hill Atlanta.
Apparently, Bow Weezy is quite smitten with the 21-year-old marketing major who has appeared in many hip hop videos and on numerous hair magazine covers.
"Bow Wow used to always bring her to the studio when he was recording," said the source. The couple kept their relationship on the low. But they will be together in Miami for the college Spring break festivities in Miami. If anyone spots them, please get a pic.