Jay Z called into the Ryan Cameron Show on WVEE to clear up rumors surrounding the cancellation of his rained out concert at Chastain Park Amphitheater last night. Jigga confirmed he would return in the Fall to do a show somewhere in Atlanta, but no date was given. That pretty much means the Chastain show won't be rescheduled as previously reported, so go get your money back. A couple of loyal readers emailed me to say they received refunds by calling Ticketmaster. But if you bought your tickets at Chastain Park, you're out of luck.
Oh, and Jay Z also told Ryan exclusively that he signed a book deal. So listen for the scoop on that.
A bedraggled looking Whitney Houston was spotted after arriving in Los Angeles where she is scheduled to sing at the Kin of Pop's Memorial today. The Jackson family had a change of heart and now Michael's body will be present at the Staples Center for a public memorial service following a private memorial service held for 1000 of his friends at Forest Lawn last night. Photo: Splash News Online
Just a few days ago an industry friend asked whatever happened to Dondria, aka Phatffft, the gifted young singer JD found on YouTube.
I knew my industry friend was joking since we both know what happened to Dondria. Poor Dondria suffered the same fate as other new singers who don't fill a particular niche.
Her first single didn't make an impact on iTunes, and the industry buzz that's so necessary for new artists just wasn't there.
So JD shelved the young singer's debut album and moved on. Hey, he has problems of his own what with his wifey Janet being let go from his own label -- and rumors floating around that he's next and all.
So Dondria has returned to doing what she does best: singing in her bedroom, with her talented friend Broadway, making YouTube videos and hoping that JD realizes she's still waiting.
Poor Dondria sounds so despondent as she pours her heart out to JD begging him not to forsake her:
I'm sitting in my room making YouTube videos
and I am waiting on a deal
yes I am
from JD -- Jermaine Dupi
and I call him Chi Chi
and I m waiting, waiting, waiting, WAITING
to do something else with my life
other than working in the day care
Thanks to JD's personal assistant Dorma Davis for sending this video of Jermaine Dupri celebrating his 36th birthday in NYC a few days ago. JD's wifey Janet directed and shot the first part of the video (yes, JD, Janet has a steady hand).
There's also a shot of the hardest working PR Diva in the biz -- Patti Webster -- doing her thing on the red carpet. The party looked bananas! Wish I was there.
Island Records president of Urban music Jermaine Dupri posted a video on his YouTube channel of himself undergoing LASIK eye surgery recently.
This is a procedure that I've wanted to have done for many years, but after watching JD's cornea being peeled like an orange, I think I'll pass.
JD didn't make it to his regular Saturday night gig on Atlanta's V-103 radio station tonight. So we're hoping he's OK. This video isn't easy to watch if you're the squeamish type. By the way, JD forgot his wallet and his girlfriend, Janet Jackson, had to leave rehearsals to put his surgery on her credit card.
6 months ago this story about Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri getting married would have made headlines. But, today, not so much:
JANET Jackson is taking the marriage plunge again. Although the pop star has remained mum on her engagement to rapper Jermaine Dupri, she recently hit up designers like Badgley Mischka, asking for bridal gown samples. "She's preparing for her private nuptials," said one source. Good luck, Janet! Just last week, she confessed to Parade magazine, "After two divorces, I thought I was jinxed. Maybe marriage isn't for me? Maybe it's my fault it never works." (Source)
Janet Jackson's Discipline is set for release on February 26, but her hard core fans are questioning why Island Records isn't promoting their icon enough. "2 weeks to go before Discipline is released. Where are the promotions?" wrote one poster on a Janet Jackson forum.
It is hard to tell when you're a consumer on the outside looking in and you are not privy to the inner workings of record labels. But the good folks over at Think Tank Marketing are working overtime to promote Janet's CD - and I hear the marketing machine at Island is running on fumes.
For instance, if not for Think Tank Marketing, I wouldn't know that on Feb. 26:
JANET JACKSON will take over TIMES SQUARE with GOOD MORNING AMERICA at 7AM with a LIVE PERFORMANCE at NOKIA THEATRE!Then she will take over TRL with a SPECIAL PERFORMANCE AT 3PM
And she will be at BEST BUY (between 43 and 44th streets in NY) for an IN-STORE SIGNING AT 6PM!
The problem is not a lack of promotion on the label's part. The problem is the lack of interest on the part of the target audience of the promotional material - radio stations, media outlets, etc. Entertainment editors are writing scathing reviews of the album, and 8 tracks have already leaked onto the Internets with very little mention in the mainstream press.
So don't blame the record label which is doing the best it can. Blame an industry that has been lulled into apathy due to the unspoken blacklisting of Janet for that unfortunate Super Bowl halftime incident that she says wasn't planned. Much will be made of Janet's failures if Discipline doesn't make cash registers sing on Feb. 26. But as far as Janet's hard core fans are concerned, Miss Janet cannot lose.
I BOUGHT 10 ALBUMS OF DAMITO JO, AND 20 OF 2O.Y.O.....and now she tells me she knew they sucked?
- Random poster on Janet Jackson Forum
Janet Jackson has incurred the wrath of her hard core fans by admitting she knew her last two albums flopped because the song selection was lacking.
While the revelation is not something her fans wanted to hear, this may actually signal a new change of attitude for Miss Jackson. Maybe it means Janet has taken control of her career and selected better producers for her new album Discipline which drops February 26.
Or maybe some wise person at her new label sat her down and told her something she hasn't heard in over a decade: the truth.
Did NARAS, the Grammy Awards overseers, snub Janet Jackson during Beyonce's tribute to black female R&B legends? A writer for several national publications seems to think so.
In an email to Sandrarose.com, the writer pointed out the glaring omission of Janet's picture when Beyonce mentioned her name. "They showed all the pictures of everyone she mentioned, except when she mentioned Janet, they stayed on the picture of Gladys Knight. It was shady. Look at the replay," he wrote.
I totally agree. It seems Janet has been blacklisted throughout the music industry since her wardrobe malfunction during the 2004 Super Bowl. The blacklisting has affected Janet's record sales and popularity - though Jackson herself denies this.
All the more reason why Janet had better bring it when her album "Discipline" drops Feb. 26th.
In the meantime, Janet doesn't blame the backlash from the super bowl incident for her faltering record career. She tells Fox 411's Roger Friedman, "I think it was the music. The albums weren’t right."