Here's a sneak peek at the cover of Ne-Yo's upcoming follow-up to his platinum album Because of You. Year of the gentleman is Ne-Yo's third studio album - and judging from the 2nd single, "Miss Independent", 'Gentleman' is sure to be another multi-platinum success for the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter. Do your thing Ne-Yo!

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An exuberant crowd greeted American Democratic presidential candidate as if he was a rock star yesterday in Berlin, Germany. Obama acknowledged the criticism surrounding his tour of Europe as an American presidential candidate. "I speak to you not not as a candidate but as a citizen. A proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world," said Obama. "I know that I don't look like the Americans who've previously spoken in this great city."

A British music publishing company filed a lawsuit against Lil' Wayne, his management and record label for altering a track originally recorded by the Rolling Stones. Abkco Music Inc which owns the rights to the song "Play With Fire", filed suit against Wayne et al in a U.S. court Thursday. The suit accuses Weezy and company of altering the lyrics to the song without permission.

In its lawsuit, Abkco noted that Lil Wayne's "Playing with Fire" is a "clear derivative of the Rolling Stones song with the original lyrics and music altered in a recognizable way."

Abkco cited one example of altered lyrics where Wayne raps, "But you can't blame me if I set this stage on fire." In the original version of the song the line goes, "'cause you're playing with fire." The publisher's reps also objected to Wayne's use of "explicit, sexist and offensive language" which could lead the public to believe the company and the Rolling Stones approved of and authorized the new lyrics.

Abkco's lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages.

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Will publicity stunts never cease? According to Star magazine - which doesn't have a reputation for fabricating stories - the two has-beens are engaged and headed to the chapel. The question is: will Kim Porter be Sean's best man?

The bachelor father of six is quietly telling close friends and family that he and singer Cassandra "Cassie" Ventura are heading to the chapel.

"He told everyone to keep it extremely quiet because he didn't want it to get out, but you could tell he was excited," says a source. "Diddy said they hadn't set a date yet, but he wanted his family to hear the news first."

Diddy revealed his engagement to the Connecticut native at his son Justin's eighth-grade graduation ceremony in Riverdale, N.Y., on June 5. The hip-hop megastar met 17-years-younger Cassie after signing her up to his label, Bad Boy Records, in 2006.

Diddy ended his 10-year relationship with model Kim Porter last July. (Source)

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Nelly's successful Pimp Juice brand is set to take over the world. According to online reports, the multimillionaire rapper-turned-entrepreneur is expanding his line of "energy" fruit drinks to the European market with a launch in France and Sweden.

Nelly and manufacturer Fillmore Street Brewery, released French Pimp Juice last week. A star-studded party will follow at Le Bus Palladium in Paris.

Pimp Juice makers are also in talks to partner with the French basketball leagues as its sponsor.

Fillmore Street Brewery president William Wooten tells AllHipHop.com, "We expect much success in France due to its lively hip-hop scene and love of basketball."

French Pimp Juice is currently being offered in stores and in Paris with further distribution to occur in September to coincide with Nelly's next album release, Brass Knuckles.


I had to show a close up of the fresh kicks! Photo: Wireimage/Getty

TMZ.com has the surveillance video from the Atlanta area Waffle House fight between Kid's entourage and a lone black male customer who probably wanted a refund from Kid Rock's concert earlier that evening.

Anyway, Kid Rock, who was no doubt feeling bolstered by the fact that his 300-pound bodyguard was standing right there, jumps up on a booth and Supermans that hoe starts throwing 'bow's.

The dude, finding himself outnumbered by rednecks, hightailed it to the bathroom with Kid and his goons in hot pursuit. Anyway, some say the video is proof that Kid Rock is a racist.

Kanye West is still feeling the sting of being booed at the Bonnaroo music festival last month. The "Stronger" singer plans to make sure the odds are stacked more in his favor at the Global Gathering music festival in the UK this weekend.

Knaye is filling 18 coaches with over 1000 members of his entourage to occupy the first 4 or 5 rows at the main stage where he will perform on Friday. Kanye hopes his friends' cheers will drown out the boos that are sure to fill the stadium when he hits the stage.

The rapper is also having his own stage built - which he used as an excuse to explain why he was two hours late appearing at the Bonnaroo festival last month.

A source told Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "A huge amount of planning has gone into Kanye's performance and fans won't be disappointed.

"To ensure the show goes to plan, no-one else will perform on the main stage on the Friday night.

"It is being built especially to his specifications. There will be 18 performers and £100,000 ($200,000) worth of lights put in place."

Photos of talk show demigoddess Oprah Winfrey and playwright/director Tyler Perry vacationing in Italy, made the cover of the National Enquirer last week. The headline blared, "OPRAH BETRAYS STEDMAN: Her romantic vacation with new man". But a source says the vacation photos of the two friends were staged.

Oprah, who normally shuns the paparazzi, allowed herself to be used by Perry out of the kindness of her heart, claims the source, who notes that Oprah has yet to release a statement denying the rumors that she and Perry are dating.

According to my source, Oprah felt pity on her pal Tyler Perry who whines incessantly about the paparazzi ignoring him. It seems Perry, who calls Atlanta home, bought a mansion on the west coast in hopes of attracting the attention that he craves from the paparazzi and the mainstream media. Perry's successful plays and films made him a millionaire many times over. But so far, the attention and the fame has eluded him.

"He just kept complaining to Oprah that he's this successful film director and yet the paparazzi ignore him," said a source close to Perry's camp. "So [while on vacation in Italy] Oprah took him by the arm and said, 'come on, let's go take some pictures.'"

According to the source, Oprah made sure the paps got all the shots they needed of the pair while they vacationed with Oprah's BFF Gayle King in Portofino, Italy last week.

"Apparently, he complains a lot to Oprah because she did the same thing for him while they were in L.A. together last year," said the source.

The source says Perry ran that same guilt trip on talk show diva Tyra Banks who also agreed to stage photos of them together on a "date". But Perry took things too far, according to the source who said Banks was unhappy with the way Perry kept dropping hints to the media that the two of them were dating.

The source said Banks flew to Atlanta last year to "have it out" with Perry and his staff at the film director's offices. "She went into his private office and they had words. Then she came out and started yelling at the staff. She was slamming doors and cussing," said the source, who asked to remain anonymous. "[Banks] won't have anything to do with [Perry] anymore."

Perry, who is dogged by rumors of rampant homosexuality, has said in the past he is in a long distance relationship with a woman in NY. But that woman was nowhere to be found while he vacationed with Oprah and Gayle in Italy.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama scores another national magazine cover -- this time with his family. Obama and his wife Michelle allowed People magazine to take a rare glimpse into their family life at his Chicago home.

    Some highlights:
    - The girls have rules to follow, such as making their beds, setting their own alarm clocks, keeping the playroom toy closet clean and lights out at 8:30.
    -They get a $1 per week allowance from Dad for doing their chores, like setting and clearing the dinner table.
    -They receive no birthday or Christmas presents from Mom and Dad, who spend "hundreds" on birthday slumber parties and, as Barack puts it, "want to teach some limits." Says Michelle: "Malia says, ‘I know there is a Santa because there’s no way you’d buy me all that stuff.'"
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According to People, the interview with Obama and his family this Summer was conducted before the controversial interview with Access Hollywood aired.

The magazine hits stands tomorrow (7/25).


CNN's Soledad O'Brien, seen at the Lorraine Motel, near the spot where Martin Luther King, Jr was mortally wounded.


Well, after watching yet another purposeless, pointless and distorted view of black America, here's what we learned: that beautiful educated black women with everything going for them, can't find a good black man. So what do they do? They turn to white men, of course.

We also learned that our black children are dumber than any other developing country. And we now know that even if a black man accepts the responsibility of being a single father and raising his kids alone - he still can't keep a job or pay his bills on time.

And why did CNN feel the need to tap Soledad "I'm black by way of my great, great grandmother on my mammy's side" O'Brien? You mean CNN couldn't find one black reporter on its staff to host this show? The minuscule part of O'Brien that is black does not speak for me or to me as a black woman.

Raise your hand if you felt O'Brien was pandering to the blacks on the show?

Anyway, here's a link to view the entire 2-hour program which aired on CNN last night.