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Triller responded to a $28 million breach of contract lawsuit filed against them by music producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.

Swizz and Timbaland say Triller purchased their popular livestream battle show in 2021. But Triller allegedly stopped making payments in January 2022.

Beatz and Timbaland created the concept for Verzuz during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns in 2020.

Initially they claimed they weren't trying to make money off of the lip-syncing competition.

But just months later, they brokered a $70 million deal for the livestream series.

In a statement to TMZ on Wednesday, Triller said Swizz and Timbaland received $50 million in a cash deal for Verzuz.

"Swizz and Tim have personally been paid by Triller over $50 million in cash and stock to-date, and they stand to benefit even more over time. In addition, they have annual obligations, which if met, and no breach has occurred, entitles them to additional payments."

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Triller execs claim Swizz and Timbaland failed to deliver Verzuz battles per their agreement in 2022.

It seems Swizz and Timbaland ran into difficulty booking artists after Verzuz was sold.

Basically, the artists did all the work, while Swizz and Timbaland reaped all the benefits.

Triller continued:

"Only one payment of $10 million is in question. We do not believe they have met the thresholds for that payment yet, which include, but are not limited to, delivery of a set number of VERZUZ events for 2022. We have been trying to resolve this amicably and this does not affect VERZUZ operations or Triller’s ownership of VERZUZ. If this does proceed in court, we look forward to a judgment that weighs all the facts."

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Black content creators aren't the only ones suing video-streaming networking service Triller for lack of payment.

Swizz Beatz and Timbaland filed a lawsuit against Triller seeking $28 million in non-payment for a Verzuz rap-battle deal.

The mega music producers say the TikTok rival Triller bought their popular livestream battle show in January 2021. But the $28 million agreed-upon payment was never made.

The duo is suing Triller for breach of contract, citing lack of payments in 2022.

Beatz and Timbaland came up with the concept for Verzuz as a way of passing the time during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns in 2020.

The lip-sync rap battles evolved into respectable music competition between B- and C-list bold name artists, such as Monica and Brandy Norwood.

Beatz and Timbaland say the music app made initial payments in 2021, but then defaulted in January 2022. Triller failed to make a large settlement payment in March of this year.

Triller is also being sued by hundreds of Black content creators who say they have been stiffed out of millions of dollars.

Triller offered as many as 300 Black content creators $14 million to leave TikTok. But many say they are in debt and facing eviction because Triller defaulted on payments.

Triller was poised to become TikTok's biggest competition.

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Alicia Keys continues her international Alicia + Keys World Tour in Venice, Italy. The "Fallin'" singer and her husband Swizz Beatz (pink shirt) were seen on vacation in Venice with their children, (L-R): Genesis, Egypt, Nicole, and Kaseem Jr. (far right) on Thursday.

The family was accompanied by a small army of nannies and bodyguards.

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Alicia, 41, looked radiant and happy while taking in the sights in a stunning Farm Rio dress! The crew was spotted at Venice airport where they then took a water taxi and enjoyed dinner at the DA IVO.

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Alicia and her youngest son, Genesis, blew kisses on the boat ride.

Alicia and Swizz were married in 2010 under very stressful circumstances. They share two sons together.

Swizz has 5 children by 4 women.

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He shares 14-year-old Nicole (left) with UK-based singer Jahna Sabastian, and Kaseem Dean Jr., 15, with singer Mashonda Tifrere.

Swizz also shares 24-year-old son Nasir Dior Dean (not pictured) with Nichole Levy.

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Alicia is best known for her album The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), which sold 8 million copies worldwide and spawned the singles "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You", and "Diary."

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Alicia and husband Swizz Beatz explored the Monaco mainland with their kids ahead of her performance at "Bal de la Croix Rouge" in Monaco.

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The power couple, with their son, Egypt, and Swizz's daughter, Nicole, were spotted out shopping with their security team on Saturday, July 16.

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Alicia doesn't take any chances, with so many distractions online and opportunities for minors to get into trouble. She takes them with her wherever she goes.

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Alicia is currently on an international world tour.

The North America leg of her Alicia + Keys World Tour kicks off ahead of the release of Keys II, the deluxe edition of her 2021 double-sided album.

Via Yahoo! News -- Slated for release on August 12, the project will include both the "Originals" and the "Unlocked" versions of the initial LP and will add on new tunes like "Trillions" featuring Brent Faiyaz, "Stay" featuring Lucky Daye, and the remix for "In Common," a previously released song from her 2016 LP, Here.

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Earlier this week veteran radio host Miss Jones said she heard a rumor that Swizz Beatz was cheating on his wife, Alicia Keys, with actress LaLa Anthony. Swizz Beatz responds.

Swizz references the cheating rumors in a post on Instagram in which he claims his wife's song "LaLa (Unlocked)" is the only 'LaLa' he's rocking with. He also instructed his followers to go and buy Alicia's KEYS album.

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This isn't the first time rumors have surfaced that Swizz Beatz tripped and fell into bed with other women.

For years, Alicia has insisted she wasn't seeing Swizz when he was still married to Mashonda Tifrere. But Mashonda said otherwise.

Swizz and Mashonda began dating in 1998. In 2000, Dean accidentally fathered a son, Nasir Dior, with Nichole Levy. Swizz and Mashonda share son Kasseem Dean Jr., 15.

In 2007, Swizz accidentally impregnated UK-based singer Jahna Sabastian. Their daughter Nicole was born in May 2008.

Swizz and Mashonda finalized their divorced in May 2010. That same month, Swizz and Alicia announced their engagement and Alicia's pregnancy with their first son, Egypt Daoud Dean, who was born in October 2010. Their second son, Genesis Ali Dean, was born in December 2014.

Once a cheater, always a cheater.
 

 
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Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz attended the MTV VMA Awards on Sunday, Sept. 12. Afterwards, she celebrated Swizz's 43rd birthday with friends at Little Sister in NYC.

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Stars attending the intimate bash included Vanessa Bryant, left, La La Anthony, right, Mary J. Blige, rapper Fabulous and Emily B, rappers French Montana, Busta Rhymes, and more.

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On Monday night, Alicia was surprised by fans singing her hit song "Empire State of Mind" as she emerged from the Hotel Carlyle on her way to the 2021 Met Gala.

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After attending the Met Gala with Swizz, Alicia threw the best Met Gala after-party of the night.

Stars attending the super private event at Casa Cipriano include actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Zoe Kravitz and her boyfriend Channing Tatum, NBA legend Michael Jordan, Elon Musk, Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant and their daughter Natalia Bryant, and more.

See the photos from the party HERE.

According to WENN.com, Alicia treated her celebrity guests to a performance before joining them on the dance floor.

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Other Met Gala after parties includes one thrown by Rihanna, which was attended by Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Leon, who created a buzz by showing off her armpit hair on the Met Gala red carpet.

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Alicia Keys has opened up about the "beautiful bond" she shares with music producer Swizz Beatz as the couple celebrates 10 years of marriage.

Alicia, 39, and Swizz, 42, have known each other since they were teenagers and tied the knot in 2010. The couple shares nine-year-old son Egypt and 5-year-old son Genesis, and Swizz has three other children with various women.

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Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Alicia, who recently released her new, self-titled album, reflected on their relationship, saying: "It feels like two years. It goes by so fast. We are so connected and we have such a beautiful bond."

Alicia added that she can't believe she gets to "wake up next to each other like, 'What are you doing here? Whoa, I can't believe I am with you, man!' It feels really really cool."

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The "Girl on Fire" singer shared: "What is so amazing is, both my husband and I, we started music so young. We were 14 and 15 years old when we first started everything.

"So it is really incredible to just see him creating this amazing (livestream vocal battle series) Verzuz platform with Timbaland, and for us to just both be at our height and place where we have really continued to grow and evolve."

Alicia added: "It is an honor to do that together and to be able to do that with our first loves. Each of our first loves is music, and to be able to do that continuously and for there to be genuine love and real connection, that's incredible."

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Swizz Beatz clarified controversial comments he made about Janet Jackson not being a good match for Missy Elliott.

Speaking on potential matchups for future lip sync battles on Verzuz, Swizz told music producer Timbaland, 48, that he didn't think Janet and Missy would be a good matchup.

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Swizz, 42, began trending on Black Twitter for insulting Ms. Jackson. After the backlash, Swizz took to Instagram blog The Shaderoom to explain that he didn't think the good fit was 49-year-old Missy Elliott, whose name should not be spoken in the same breath as 54-year-old Janet.

"LETS BE CLEAR. I don't think Missy & Janet is a good match up at all! Much love to Janet she's ICON but I just didn't feel that was a good match up. Janet got hits on hits but she should have a better person to celebrate with that's all. Blessings...."

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Music producer Swizz Beatz dropped hints that his baby mama, Jahna Sebastian, is mentally unstable.

The Russian singer lashed out at Swizz's wife, Alicia Keys, in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday.

Jahna, who shares 9-year-old daughter Nicole Dean with Swizz, put Alicia on blast for "forcing" Nicole to call her "Umi," which means "Mother" in Arabic.

Jahna also bashed Alicia for allowing Nicole to have her own iPhone - which Jahna believes is inappropriate for a minor child. She said Alicia overstepped her boundaries as a stepparent by registering the minor child on the social media app TikTok.

Jahna noted that only the biological parent - not the stepparent - can register social media accounts for minor children.

But in a social media post, Swizz, 41, took the blame for supplying his daughter with an iPhone so she can keep in contact with her mother - and not call him.

In a follow-up post, Swizz told Jahna she knows his house phone number and she should call him if he wants to talk.

In a new Instagram post, Swizz, who is not a mental health professional, hinted that Jahna has mental health issues.

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British singer Jahna Sebastian lashed out at Alicia Keys in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday. Jahna, who shares 9-year-old daughter Nicole Dean with Alicia's husband, Swizz Beatz, checked Alicia for "forcing" Nicole to call her "Umi," which means "Mother" in Arabic.

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Jahna also bashed Alicia for allowing Nicole to have her own iPhone - which Jahna believes is inappropriate for a minor child. She said Alicia overstepped her boundaries as a stepparent by registering the minor child on the social media app TikTok.

Jahna noted that only the biological parent - not the stepparent - can register social media accounts for minor children.

"I am speaking up now. There are women in the same position," Jahna wrote. "Women in general have been constantly told throughout history to not say anything, when there have been issues. This is the time for the truth."

She continued:

"This is the rule in my family. I am the only Mother to my child. I am the One raising her, who gave her life, British Citizenship, knowledge, and everything else. I am not only the biological mother, I am THE MOTHER.

"This will remain forever. I am the one who feeds her, is raising her, who came out through the hard times with her and for her, taught her to be a great human being and everything about life. I am the Only Mother to my daughter. No one else will be called any kind of 'mom' name in English, Arabic, not an 'Umi' or anything else in other language by her."

But rather than sympathize with a mom who thinks her only child is being manipulated by a wealthy celebrity, Alicia's fans dragged Jahna for filth.

One Instagram user wrote:

"Do not post about Alicia Keys and not expect the fans to blow you up. Your music sucks and so does your makeup. I'd be bitter too if I was you."

 

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Alicia Keys says her four-year-old son Genesis worries he will be bullied for wearing rainbow fingernail polish.

It all started in August when Alicia, 38, posted Instagram images of her son wearing fingernail polish. She captioned the images "Family time is the BEST time".

But her followers were drawn to the little boy's painted fingernails. "Bye with this foolishness," wrote one disgusted follower.

"This is only my opinion no disrespect. This should have been a teaching moment. I believe each generation has demons to fight but l am from the era [I] don't recall one man or young boy l know wanting to wear nail polish, lipstick, dresses ect. This has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. I know times has changed but we must become cognizant of the fact our children and some adults emulate what we see".

Another user wrote:

"Whatever happened to tonka trucks and baseball bats etc for a 4yr old. Dear Parents it's time to do better. We are who God created boy, girl, man and woman and we can't change that and it's definitely not up for debate. As for the kids making fun of him, well what else do you expect from a kid when even they know it's not normal. It's really sad that this generation if children will miss out on the joy of JUST BEING A KID in this world of acceptance".

On Tuesday, Alicia expressed her frustration in a video posted on Instagram along with the caption, "Less Labels, More Expressions. Been thinking about how over labeled and over judged we all are... can u feel me??".

She said she took her son to the nail salon and he was excited to have his nails painted in rainbow colors, but he hesitated because he was concerned about the public reaction.

"Four years old. He's four and he already understands the concept that someone's gonna judge him because he chose rainbow color on his nails," Alicia told her followers.

She told the boy to stick with his decision to paint his nails in the rainbow colors.

"You chose it, you like it, you do it," she said before telling him that a lot of men painted their nails too. "It's not like some strange thing that you only do," she added.

"That made him feel better," she said.

"But it just got me to thinking how completely judged we are all the time. The way I see it, there is masculine and feminine energies inside of us all and that's period. That's how it is. And it gets concerning to me that we can't just explore these different sides of ourselves."

Alicia then opened up about her own inner struggles to suppress her masculine side.

"Even for me myself, I oftentimes express the masculine energy that's inside of me. And it's very natural to me. That's how I feel. We should be able to explore and express them however we want to."

Needless to say, her followers went IN.

One follower wrote:

"Why would you take your son to go get his nails done at 4? He should have been with his father @aliciakeys so if your husband comes back home with a lace front wig nails and hair done and now sleeps with men is he expressing himself and his feminine energy ... things to think about".

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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz went kayaking while on a relaxing vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Alicia waved to the paparazzi from shore as the two prepared to take their kayak out into the water. Alici, 37,a and husband Swizz Beatz, 39, have five children between them. The children stayed at home in New Jersey with nannies.

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Swizz Beatz & Alicia Keys relax in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz enjoyed a relaxing vacation in the sun in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Photos taken with a zoom lens from a boat shows the power couple relaxing on the deck of a swanky vacation rental as their servants wait on them hand and foot. Can't you feel the warm rays of the sun on your face?

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American rap producer Swizz Beatz is urging men to get a colonoscopy to check for cancerous polyps in the colon. The 39-year-old father of 5, whose real name is Kasseem Dean, posted an Instagram.com image of himself lying on a hospital gurney after undergoing a colonoscopy.

He told his Instagram followers he fulfilled a promise he made to a friend who died of colon cancer.

Swizz captioned the photo in part:

"Today I did a Colonoscopy, which many men refuse to do until it’s too late. It only took 2days for the entire process and thank God I’m okay. I wasn’t going to share this but I promised my brother I would spread the word to prevent others from going through what he did Blessings to all. Your health is your wealth... F@ck Cancer...."

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Alicia Keys is fighting to be dismissed from a $16.5 million lawsuit filed against her and husband, music producer Swizz Beatz, who is being sued by a luxury car company.

In September, lawyers for Metro Gem Leasing sued Swizz, 39, and Alicia's company, AK Worldwide Productions, accusing the producer of reselling and fraudulently using leased luxury cars after he defaulted on the payments.

In the complaint, the couple are accused of defaulting on five luxury car leasing agreements, including a $155,000 Range Rover and a $600,000 Ferrari F12.

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