As predicted, Beyonce's album, 4, has bombed spectacularly. The projected first week sales figures are in -- and they are not good.
Beyonce will be #1 next week, but 4 will sell only 273K, her lowest 1st week sales since her debut album, Dangerously in Love, was released back in 2003. I'm still trying to get my confidential source on the phone to tell me what the mood is at Sony/Columbia records. I'll let you know what he says.
Fresh off her triumph on closing night at Glastonbury, Columbia diva Beyonce’s 4 will debut at #1 next week on the HITS album chart with between 275-300k in first-week sales. Her previous album, ‘08’s multiple Grammy winning I Am… Sasha Fierce, debuted with 463k, but that was during the Q4 sales rush in November.
Those figures are based on one-day sales from those music retailers around the country not augmenting their income by selling illegal fireworks out of the back door.
SoCal rapper Big Sean’s Finally Famous: The Album, his feature-length debut after a series of critically acclaimed “Finally Famous” mixtapes, is the first release under Kanye West’s new deal for his G.O.O.D. Music label, through Island Def Jam Music Group, and should do in the 90-95 range.
Apparently Kelly Rowland is still under Mathew Knowles' spell. The "Motivation" singer tweeted the above message urging her nearly 1 million followers on her Twitter.com to run out and buy Beyonce's album, 4, which dropped yesterday. It's sad that Kelly still feels the need to kiss up to Beyonce, even though Kelly has the #1 song in the country. That was nice of her to help boost Bey's sales figures. But let's see if Bey returns the favor.
It's a sure bet that Bey won't ask her 1.3 million followers on Twitter -- to go cop Kelly's album, Here I Am, when it drops on July 26, because Bey is too good to tweet like common folk.
Socialite Deiondra Sanders recently sat down with Danity over at Celebrity VIP Lounge for an intimate interview. You may know Deiondra as football legend Deion Sanders' daughter. If you don't recognize her, it's because she used to be black before she decided that life was easier as a blond, er, I mean as a LSLH chick.
You longtime Sandrarose.com regulars were first introduced to Deiondra as Nia Riley's ex-lover. Nia is music producer Teddy Riley's spawn. Sanders will probably spend the rest of her life denying any sexual relationship with Nia. What we do know for sure is that Sanders provided support -- financially and maybe emotionally -- for Nia.
When her dad Teddy stopped supporting Nia, who refused to get a job because working is so beneath her, Deiondra moved Nia into her spacious Atlanta home and tossed her the keys to her Mercedes that Deion bought her. Deiondra also let Nia wear all her expensive name brand clothes.
In her interview with CVL, Deiondra totally disavows any of this. But can you blame her? It turns out that Nia really is the arrogant, narcissistic, broke, wannabe "model" that we thought she was. The only thing a man, or woman, can do for Nia Riley is give her a place to live and pay all of her bills. That's because she thinks she's entitled to your money if she lets you believe she's your lover -- as she did with poor Deiondrea.
DANITY: Ok, now onto some juicy goodness. Just last year I heard that you separated from your rumored bisexual mate Nia Riley, Teddy Riley’s daughter. Was the breakup really as nasty as it was reported? Can you clear up any rumors there??
DEIONDRA: Ok, first and foremost, I AM NOT BISEXUAL. (Laughs) I have nothing against bisexuals. In fact, I have bisexual friends of course but that’s just not my cup of tea and that’s all I have to say about that subject.
DANITY: Ok so, last fall it was rumored that Chad Ochocinco took you out on a date in Atlanta after a Bengals and Falcons game. Was there ever a love connection between you and Chad or was that just an innocent get together that the paps photographed?
DEIONDRA: OMG! I’ve gotten so much static about Chad and I. I know Chad through my dad. We are more like brother and sister. Chad and my dad work out and train together from time to time…that’s all. He’s a great guy with a wealth of knowledge but that’s it. Sorry America. No romance story here.
Here is more proof that black men LOVE big women: singer Fantasia Barrino is gaining weight in preparation for the biggest acting role of her career. She's set to portray Mahalia Jackson in a movie on the Gospel singer's storied life. Meanwhile, over the weekend, Fantasia vacationed in St. Kitts with her boyfriend Antwaun Cook. If you recall, this is the man who Fantasia almost took her life for after their love affair sparked headlines all over the blogs two years ago.
The couple went snorkeling in the clear blue waters off St. Kitts yesterday. Barrino, 26, had performed at the annual St. Kitts Music Festival over the weekend and stayed on for a few days with a group of family and friends, including her nine-year-old daughter Zion.
It's not her weight that made Antwaun fall madly in love with Fantasia. It's something else. There's another male industry exec who is head over heels in love with Fantasia. I can't divulge his name, but he can't stop talking about her. I tease him endlessly about his infatuation with her, lol.
Obviously, Beyonce needs no explanation. She is fierce, she is driven and she has the success to match her passions. Nobody is doubting that. However, why is it that Kelly’s talents had to be downplayed for the sake of Beyonce’s success? Economically, it doesn’t make sense.
For some reason, (I’m assuming) Papa Knowles thought there wasn’t enough room for more than one Destiny’s Child member to gain success in the music marketplace. If he did indeed steer Rowland’s career away from success, then he was engaging in anti-competitive practices.
Thew writer notes that, since Kelly "broke ties with her former manager" she is now seeing much more success than when she first became a solo artist. Since the Atlanta Post is a business magazine, I wonder if the writer is hinting that Kelly can sue Mathew?
Meanwhile, over the weekend, her former bandmate, Beyonce, made history as the first female performer to headline at the Glastonbury music festival in 19 years.
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has a court date this morning that will determine whether she goes to jail or continues on house arrest in her luxury $2.25 million 3,000-square-foot townhouse in Venice, CA.
At issue are a couple of alcohol tests that came up positive last week. Lindsay will go before the same judge who threatened her with jail time if she violated her probation again... or was that the judge before this one? It's so hard keeping up with all the judges, the rehabs, the ankle monitors and the second chances that this girl gets.
But even though Lindsay is a chronic substance abuser for whom drug rehab has failed in the past -- her dad, Michael Lohan, still believes she needs drug rehab rather than prison time. Like typical enablers, Lohan blames Lindsay's friends for all her problems:
"There's a chubby English girl named Nikki who is always around her and when she is, I get a sick feeling and there is always a problem," Lohan told PopEater's Rob Shuter.
Last week Lindsay threw a party on her roof for a small group of friends. She was drinking out of a red cup, but a bottle of beer and wine glasses can clearly be seen in the photos (below).
When interviewed for Life & Style magazine, Lindsay said, "When my friends come over, they're not drinking. Alcohol is not in my house, so it's not part of my life."
"I'm so worried about my daughter," Michael Lohan told Radar Online. "I'm very, very concerned about the people around Lindsay and the pressure being put upon her. If it turns out that the test was positive, then I have strong concerns because if a person can't stay straight in the house where can she stay straight?"
Update: Lindsay Lohan does not have to go to jail. A judge today ordered Lohan to stop partying while on house arrest. According to People.com, the judge chided Lohan for making "a party atmosphere" out of her home confinement. She was ordered to limit the number of visitors she has at one time in her home. The judge didn't revoke Lohan's home confinement or toss her in jail because her court ordered alcohol testing ended in February.
Sean "Diddy" Combs, his former protégé Jamal "Shyne" Barrow and the now-defunct Times Square hot spot struck a deal earlier this year with three clubgoers shot by Barrow in the notorious 1999 melee, court records show.
The exact terms of the settlements were unknown because of confidentiality agreements between the parties, but former Club New York owner Michael Bergos, who did not sign the confidentiality deal, said the most seriously injured victim, Natania Reuben, was paid $1.8 million.
Reuben, now 40, was shot in the nose and suffered seizures because of seven bullet fragments still lodged in her face.
Two other victims were paid $500,000 and $50,000. Bergos said he was unsure who paid what amount in the deal, but Barrow's and the club's shares were picked up by insurance companies, while Diddy -- who was acquitted in the criminal case related to the brawl -- had to pay out of pocket because his insurance company had gone belly up.
Hoping to appease the gays, Columbia Records leaked a dance track from the Target Deluxe Edition of Beyonce's upcoming album, 4, entitled "Schoolin' Life". The track is produced by The Dream and has a certain desperate quality to it.
Just so this post isn't a complete waste...
...troubled singer Chris Brown has once again apologized to the gays via his Twitter account for dropping a "gay slur" during another public meltdown. According to TMZ, Chris Brown was issued a simple parking ticket in L.A. yesterday -- which he objected to because he thinks he's above receiving parking tickets. So, like a typical narcissist, he looked around for a commoner to place the blame on for his failings in life.
Suspecting that the hard working paparazzi nearby tipped off the parking attendant, he turned to them and shouted, "Y'all n**gas is weak. Did y'all call them to try and film me? Y'ALL N**GAS IS GAY!" Cue the gay mafia gay rights groups, who rushed forward to condemn Brown's misuse of the word "gay" -- which, before it was hijacked by the homosexual community, meant "cheerful, lighthearted and carefree."
So Brown took to his Twitter page and tweeted this message to his 3 million followers:
There's no turning back now. Beyonce and Columbia records execs are bracing for a big bomb, according to the NY Post's Page Six.
I told you earlier that my source at Columbia Records indicated Beyonce's upcoming album, 4, would be pushed back for "retooling". But following a series of "emergency" meetings in New York, the decision was made (by Jay Z and Bey) to release the record on schedule on June 28.
My source said Jay Z, who A&R'd the album, takes it as a personal insult that Columbia execs are questioning his decisions. "[Jay Z] and his boys are A&R'ing Beyoncé but they're not doing a great job at it. This has been the worst rollout I've ever seen on Beyoncé," said my source.
According to Page Six's sources, Columbia Records executives fear Beyoncé's new album, "4," could be a dud after she refused to return to the studio to re-record new tracks. This, despite the fact that Beyonce initially recorded 72 songs for the project. My confidential source told me that top level execs at Sony are all in agreement: "This is the worst Beyonce album ever."
"They're very nervous about Beyoncé's new record," an industry insider told Page Six. "It doesn't have the hit songs that her fans are used to. They asked her to make changes, but she said no."
Bracing for the worst, Columbia suits are strategizing in case of slower sales and have had "quiet discussions" about the reunion of Destiny's Child.
"Beyoncé's career has stalled a bit," a source told us. "Columbia seems to think they can get some mileage out of a comeback record with all of the girls." Another source tells us Destiny's Child could start recording together as early as October, with a suggested album title "Family Reunion."
Troubled singer Chris Brown experienced another career-threatening meltdown at a local nightclub following his less-than-stellar performance at Hot 107.9's Birthday Bash concert on Saturday. Brown, who was clearly wasted, ordered his goons to harass the local media.
A loyal reader, who prefers to remain anonymous, writes:
I really was not feeling Chris Brown's behavior and how he treated the media last night. If he had a problem with taking photos why did he show up at such a high profile event in the first place? The young man MUST realize that he is a public figure and that he owes it to his fans that were in the building as well as the many that could not make it to the event to provide some level of humility when dealing with the media.
What was the purpose of hiring a publicist to invite media to cover the event if you don't want your image taken? While we appreciated the invite by the event publicist, it is foolish for any celebrity to think that they are exempt from having their photo taken. To add insult to injury, he instructed his "mechanical dummies" aka security guards not to allow photographers to use their camera flashes. Where they do that at?
We suppose his reasoning was because there may have been a few underage drinkers in his VIP section he didn't want us to get on camera. In any event, unless he changes his narcissist ways he will never rise to the level of a superstar.
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Accoding to the Huffington Post, former NY Congressman Anthony Weiner has announced his resignation from Congress.
Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) announced at a press conference Thursday that he is resigning from Congress, making him the first congressman whose career was wrecked by indiscretions on Twitter.
Weiner, who mistakenly tweeted a photo of his underwear-clad erection last month and then lied to cover it up, had been under escalating pressure to quit as one embarrassing revelation after another came to light. The New York Times was first to report on Thursday that he had succumbed to that pressure.
It's over folks! Keep it moving. There's nothing to see here...
Singer Alicia Keys, 30, and music producer Swizz Beatz, 32, display their deep love and affection for each other at the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball dinner at Camden Roundhouse in London yesterday. Alicia doesn't care that strangers are still angry at her for breaking up Swizz Beats' marriage to VIBE writer Mashonda. No one knows the true story of how she and Swizz came to be together.
"We didn't start seeing each other until months after they had separated," said Keys in a recent interview.
Alicia and Swizz, real name Kasseem Dean, wed in July of last year on the French island of Corsica while she was six months pregnant with their first child, Egypt. Another factor in the breakup of Swizz's marriage was a fling with a British woman who gave birth to his only daughter, Nicole, now 3.
It appears that troubled producer Kanye West is still unofficially blacklisted in the music industry.
According to Hollywood Life, Even though Kanye and Justin chilled together in a studio back in February, the world's most recognizable teen won't have anything to do with Kanye's new collaboration album with Jay Z.
Kanye, 34, reached out to Justin, 17, in order to have him work on Kanye’s upcoming collaboration album with Jay-Z, Watch The Throne. Even though the duo already has some high-profile guests lined up, including Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, they may not be able to land the teen sensation, a source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
“Justin likes Kanye’s music, but he’s worried he’s done too many controversial things and it would hurt his image,” a source close to Justin’s management says. “Between the sex scandals, political gaffes and interrupting Taylor Swift, Kanye is known as a genius but a big risk to associate with!”
Justin and Kanye sort of collaborated in the past when Kanye remixed Justin's hit song, “Runaway Love” with old school rapper Raekwon. But apparently Justin declined to work with the "Monster" rapper, or Jay Z, on any current project.
U.S. President Barack Obama said he would resign if he were in NY Congressman Anthony Weiner's shoes.
Obama said Monday that Weiner's behavior -- sending vulgar photos of himself to at least six women on the Internet -- was "highly inappropriate" and that Weiner had embarrassed himself, his wife and his family.
Obama stopped short of calling for Weiner's resignation, and he doesn't have the power to fire Weiner. But Obama said Weiner "should probably step back" if he couldn't perform his job duties effectively.
Obama made the statements during an interview for NBC's "Today Show" on Monday.
A White House spokesman called the media frenzy surrounding Weiner "a distraction from the important business that this President needs to conduct and Congress needs to conduct."
Weiner has stubbornly refused to step down despite calls from fellow Democrats to resign. About 20 of Weiner's constituents rallied in front of his office calling for his resignation on Monday.
The embattled congressman took a leave of absence on Friday to seek unspecified treatment for an unspecified problem. Weiner most likely suffers from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), which is very difficult to cure.