New Michael Jackson cover and single

The Michael Jackson Estate in collaborated with Epic Records have announced a new posthumous track from Pop Icon Michael Jackson. Jackson died in 2009 at age 50. Epic Records released the official cover for the new Michael Jackson single “Xscape” which was executive produced by L.A. Reid, and produced by Timbaland, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and Stargate. The single is set for release on May 13.

Ashley Reid

LA Reid’s eldest daughter Ashley stirred controversy on social networking website Twitter.com when she tweeted a not-so-veiled threat of violence toward TLC member Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.

Ashley Reid took to her Twitter account to defend her mother, former TLC manager Perri “Pebbles” Reid, who was being dragged unmercifully on Twitter for an unkind portrayal of her in the TLC biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.

In defending Pebbles, Ashley reminded Chilli that her milk wasn’t clean. Chilli has long been the subject of rumors that she slept with LA Reid while he was married to Pebbles.

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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.


Janet Jackson previewed her upcoming album “Discipline” at her official listening party at New World Stages, Stage 1 in New York yesterday. Invited guests were treated to a lavish buffet, open bar and stunning visuals including Janet herself who appeared near the end in a dominatrix style outfit complete with a corset tight enough to choke a horse.

Janet’s most notable quotable of the night was “I love love and I love sex.”

Well, surprise, surprise: I actually got an invite to something other than the opening of an envelope.

LA Reid will host an exclusive listening party for Janet Jackson‘s new CD “Discipline” at a private location in NY next Wednesday (don’t worry LA, I’m not coming). The invite says Cocktails & Hors D’ouvres will be served to invited guests. Yummy.

If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to receive an invite, check out VH1’s exclusive preview of the album here.

Shout out to Amina at Think Tank Marketing!

According to a report on Billboard.com, ousted Def Jam president Jay Z did not drop his Roc-A-Fella artists as some have suggested.

“Beans and Freeway didn’t get dropped,” says Beanie Sigel’s manager, Mark Byers. “I just got off the phone with L.A. Reid talking about the next video for ‘Rain’ featuring Raheem DeVaughn that we’re about to release. We’re re-launching Beanie’s project and releasing a ‘Rain’ remix with State Property.”

I have a few questions:

  • When is LA Reid going to be bounced from Def Jam like a bad check for wasteful spending?
  • Is his contract that iron clad that they can’t break it?
  • Who’s going to watch a Beanie Sigel video?
  • And finally, aren’t the brass at Island Records tired of LA Reid throwing good money behind bad rappers?

Addicts of HBO’s hit series The Wire know Maestro Harrell as Randy Wagstaff, the kid who hustled candy during the 4th Season. When Randy Maestro isn’t acting he plays the piano and sings a little. His crooning caught the ear of Jermaine Dupri who signed him to So So Def/Island Records in 2005.

JD and Island Records held a showcase last week where he put his new roster on display for executives of the label including LA Reid. Of course I wasn’t invited, of course.

There’s a video floating around the Internet of Randy Maestro and JD’s other acts performing during the showcase. Time will tell if Maestro, 16, has the pipes to make us forget him as Randy the candy kid on The Wire.

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Former Public Enemy front man Chuck D released a venomous response to the news that Universal Records would not be replacing ousted president Jay Z with him or anyone else. “Its sort of expected, and a primary reason why the music business has collapsed,” said Chuck D.

Chuck D placed the blame for the demise of Hip Hop squarely on the shoulders of 10-15 “buzzards” who are “trusted” by the clan of execs who really run Hip Hop (Jews and Israelis). In his statement, Chuck D went further calling the inner circle of usual suspects “incestuous.”

The same thing that happened to MOTOWN is DEF JAM’s fate. In my opinion, the fact that 10 -15 individuals in the guise of hovering buzzards are given keys to the culture based on their alliances with these corporations, is a partial reason for the troubled condition it’s in. Hence music, and especially this urban, black, whatever you wanna call it, is an incestuous inner circle of usual suspects that are financially trusted over black culture by a select ‘other few.’ It’s evident that we are not the same people.

Chuck D didn’t name the 10-15 “buzzards” who are eating off the rotting flesh of Hip Hop, so I decided to give it a crack myself:

  1. JAY Z
  2. SEAN COONS, SEAN JOHN, PUFF, or whatever the hell he’s calling himself these days
  3. RUSSELL SIMMONS
  4. LA REID
  5. CHRIS LIGHTY
  6. 50 CENT
  7. IRV GOTTI
  8. JIMMY “HENCHMEN” ROSEMOND
  9. SNOOP DOGG
  10. KEVIN LILES
  11. WYCLEF JEAN
  12. NAS
  13. PHARREL WILLIAMS
  14. DRE 3000
  15. KANYE WEST

As I told you earlier, there will be no replacement for Jay Z at Def Jam. You read this here first because, as you know, the same industry people who work closely with Jay are loyal Sandrarose.com fans who whisper in my ear on the low low.

The move not to replace Jay Z is “disappointing,” according to Chuck D who (lol) thought he was in line for the position. Island Records president of Urban Music Jermaine Dupri who was out of the country when Chuck D released his statement, was also rumored to get the top job.

The reality is L.A. Reid decided not to replace Jay Z with his arch nemesis Damon Dash because Jay’s fragile ego couldn’t take the resulting snickers from the industry – and L.A. needs Jay in his corner – so this might end up being a sound business decision for all involved.

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