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Rihanna is celebrating the 15th anniversary of her first U.S. hit song "Pon de Replay" and thanked her fans for supporting her long career.

Rihanna was a 15-year-old aspiring singer when she was discovered in her native Barbados by a record producer who signed her to is independent label.

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The producer shipped her demos to Def Jam Recordings, and in 2005, rap mogul Jay-Z invited the teenager to NYC to audition for the record label. The rest is history.

The Anti singer took to social media to celebrate her first breakthrough hit, "Pon de Replay," which dropped in 2005.

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"Man this is trippy. Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for Jay [Z]," she wrote.

"'Pon de Replay' is where it all began. 15 years later and I'm here because God led me to you, and you guys have held me up, supported me, tolerated me, loved me, kept it too real with me, and we gon always be connected because of that!

"I love you Navy, and I cherish you. I'm so grateful to be gifted you as my fans and family. G4L!"

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Rihanna went on to score 14 number one singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, earning more Hot 100 No. 1 hits than any other artist in this century. She is also Spotify's most-steamed female artist.
 

Hollywood Exes

Usher Raymond's ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, is blaming their divorce on a secret trip she took to Brazil for a lipo procedure back in 2009. Tameka almost died on the operating table after she went into cardiac arrest.

In an interview to promote her reality TV series, Hollywood Exes: Atlanta, Tameka said, "I did dumb stuff. I mean, I went to Brazil and tried to get lipo and almost died. I think that embarrassed him to like, “Oh no. I’m packing. She’s a nut.”

Of course, we know the truth. Usher's bags were packed long before that.

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Iggy Azalea performs with T.I. in NYC wearing a  floor length purple gown

Rap tycoon Tip "T.I." Harris is still trying to make rapper Iggy Azalea happen. The 23-year-old Australian born model embarked on a rap career in 2011 when her independent tracks "Pussy" and "Two Times" were released online. She was signed to Grand Hustle Records by T.I., whose responsibility it was to give Iggy street cred. But one flop single after another has not endeared Iggy to the streets. She once dated Metrosexual rapper A$AP Rocky, and is now reportedly dating LA Lakers star Nick Young, who dumped his baby mother for her.

Rick Ross greets Baby Williams at Rick Ross Miami MasterMind Listening Session ExclusiveAccess.Net

Def Jam Records held a listening party for rap artist Rick Ross's new album Mastermind at the Colony Theater on Miami Beach. Other celebs in the house included Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan "Baby" Williams, music producer Scott Storch, up-and-coming rapper Lambo (Gloria James' boyfriend), and more. Mastermind is set to be released on March 4.

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Young Jeezy

Rapper Young Jeezy dropped a new track titled "Foul Play" last night. The track is off CTE’s It’s Tha World Vol. 2 EP which drops Nov. 27 at midnight.

Of course, he couldn't release new heat without a little controversy to go along with it.

Before dropping the track Jeezy took to his Twitter page to denounce Def Jam recording execs for not doing enough to promote his music. He even threatened to leak his own album early.

"Lucian and Barry boss up... or my fans gonna get an early xmas gift beeleedat #SNOWMAN," Jeezy tweeted.

Update: LA Reid, CEO of Epic Records, responded to Jeezy's rant on Twitter last night, tweeting "@YoungJeezy #BeEpic".

Listen to "Foul Play" (Dirty version) below.

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Don Cannon Named A&R of Island Def Jam

Atlanta based DJ, and friend of the blog, Don Cannon has been named head of A&R at Island Def Jam Records. Cannon will take over the position from rapper/producer The-Dream, who held the job for less than a year. Cannon, 33, has produced music for rap artists such as Ludacris, Outkast, Young Jeezy, T.I., Kanye West, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, and Rick Ross.

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Chris Brown Rihanna Melissa and Bu at the Grammys

Someone just sent me this cute pic of friend to the blog Bu Thiam (Def Jam VP of A&R), far right, with his clients, Chris Brown, left, and Rihanna, 2nd from left, at the Grammys last night. Rihanna's bestie, Melissa Forde, is sitting next to Bu. No, Mel and Bu are not dating (I asked).

Chris "Ludacris" Bridges is featured in this clip of MTV's "When I Was 17." Ludacris got his start in the music biz as an intern and then a DJ at Hot 97.5, which later changed it's call letters to HOT 107.9.

After radio programmer Chaka Zulu was fired from the station for allegedly taking payoffs in a Payola-type scandal, Chaka was offered a job at Def Jam and he took the young upstart rapper with him to the label. The rest is history.


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?

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.


Johnta Austin, Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo and singer London


Ne-Yo


Rocko Da Don


Princess and Pastor Troy

Rapper Oowee
Mr. Plush (Plush Blue Ent) and Jebron F. Kennedy

Bola (Xtaci), Baby D and Sunshine (Xtaci)
Glenn Twins

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