IHH Daily Update 6*7*07

Big Worm From “Friday” Accused of Assault & Battery

Actor Faizon Love, best known for playing Big Worm in Friday, is facing a lawsuit from an L.A. stage manager who claims he got rough with her after she rejected his sexual advances.

According to TMZ, stage manger Beatrice Eliza filed a lawsuit against Love in Los Angeles County Superior Court yesterday (June 5). Eliza claims Love groped her after she picked him up from Burbank Airport in March, and refused to stop “until she threatened to kick him out of the car.”

In her lawsuit, Eliza says the actor “barbarically assaulted and battered her.” In addition to the groping, she alleges that several days following the initial incident, the two got into a shouting match on the set of their production, ironically titled Irresponsible Behavior, that eventually became violent.


Eliza says the argument began over a bathroom key before escalating into shouting, cursing and threats. Besides chairs being thrown, Eliza also says Love grabbed a Louis Vuitton handbag he thought was hers and “attempted to throw it out of the second story window.” After a producer on set intervened, informing Love that the bag was not Eliza’s, the actor picked up Eliza’s Gucci handbag and tossed the it out the window. Eliza’s attorney says his client then dialed 911 and LAPD officers arrived on the scene shortly afterward.

Eliza claims she has “suffered great mental, physical and nervous pain” as a result of the alleged incident and is suing for unspecified damages.

Afro-Cuban actor Faizon Love has been in such films as A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Don’t Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood, The Players Club, B*A*P*S, Money Talks, 3 Strikes, and Idlewild. He has also appeared on television, including “That’s So Raven,” “The Parent Hood” and “The Wayans Bros.”

The Game Officially Releases Leftover “DA” Tracks

As many of our readers know, several tracks were leaked from The Game’s “Doctor’s Advocate” recording sessions a couple of weeks ago. Although it was never confirmed, some of the tracks were rumored to be produced by the likes of Dr. Dre, DJ Khalil, and Focus.

In an unexpected turn of events, The Game has officially released these tracks for paid download. Go to http://www.amiestreet.com/thegame to download the tracks and support The Game.

Chris Brown Calls Himself ‘R&B Tupac’

During his set at Hot 97’s Summer Jam on Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Chris Brown pulled out a red jacket similar to the one Michael Jackson wore in the “Thriller” video, donned a sparkly white glove and paid homage to the King of Pop.

Instead of imitating Jackson onstage Brown might soon get to perform with him. Brown is trying to get MJ to sing on a Will.I.Am-produced track that would appear on the teen sensation’s second album, Exclusive, due August 28.

“He called me for my birthday, and I told him we should do a song,” Brown said. “He was up for it.

“Man, it was crazy,” Brown continued. “He actually spoke to me like a regular person, and he was like, ‘I like your music.’ He said his favorite song was ‘Shorty Like Mine’ that me and Bow Wow did. I appreciated talking to him.”

Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana (“Those are my brothers from another mother,” Brown said) and the Game are just a few other strong candidates to appear on the album, while Tank, T-Pain and Will.I.Am have already put their stank on Brown’s new body of work.

“I’m gonna work with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, so I’m probably gonna do something with Justin [singing on it],” Brown revealed. “Me and Scott Storch did a record, and we was gonna put Game’s verse on it, but we don’t know if we gonna use that record yet. I got collaborations with Mary Mary. I got a song called ‘Throwed’ with Bryan-Michael Cox that’s crazy. I got this Will.I.Am record me and Tank wrote called ‘Picture Perfect’ and this other one called ‘Kiss Kiss’ I wrote with T-Pain that T-Pain produced.”

Brown said “Kiss Kiss” will definitely make it onto the album. “At first we was making it a little grown, but my manager shut it down,” he said of the song. “First [the lyrics] was ‘She’s chunky, chunky/ She’s thick, thick.’ But we said, ‘Nah, we not gonna do that.’ We gotta keep it PG-13 at least. The beat is a hard beat. We changed it to ‘She wants that lovey dovey/ That kiss, kiss/ In her mind, she fantasize about getting with me/ ‘Cause they hating on me/ They wanna dis, dis, but she’s fine, so fine/ And thick as can be.’ It’s a real chanting record.

“I call me and T-Pain ‘the Dynamic Underdogs,’ ” he added. “Both of us are on the same label, we came out at the same time and we’re trying to take it over. I respect him, he respects me. We did a tour early. We already know how to grind as new artists, so we know how to stay focused. He’s one of my closest friends — he’s down-to-earth. We did two records together that’s crazy. It was fun in the studio. We knocked all our songs off in two hours.”

Brown’s wish list for his tour, which kicks off in October, includes Pain, Rihanna, Bow Wow and Lil Wayne. He says he wants Exclusive to show the maturity in his voice. For inspiration, he’s listened to a lot of gospel, including the Clark Sisters, KiKi Sheard and Kim Burrell. He also has had a lot more input on the record in terms of production and songwriting.

“The freedom making this album is just me being able to write a lot more,” he said. “I wrote almost every song. I think I’m writing about the same topics [as the last album] but just a little older. I’m not leaving my kid audience, but I’m being who I am and just going in and having fun.”

Brown has recorded dozens of records for the album and will narrow them down to the best of the best this summer. “I’m trying to be the R&B Tupac,” he said. “I’m trying to make as many records as I can so when I’m out of this world, y’all can still have music from me nobody has heard yet.”

That kind of thinking propelled Brown to come up with the album’s title.

“First of all, the title sounds dope,” he said. “The title is hot. But at the same time, ‘exclusive’ is something everybody can’t get. So when people do get it, it’s special to them.”

Fatman Scoop and Wife sign TV, book deal

Former Hot 97 radio personality Fatman Scoop and his wife Shanda have inked a TV, DVD, and book deal with MTV, for their series “Man and Wife.” The series which gives viewers an in-depth look in their personal lives debuted earlier this year as a weekly podcast, and has garnered a huge following since.

“Now we want to bring our expertise to an even wider audience and we think MTV offers the perfect way to connect with today’s viewers,” said Scoop.

“Fatman Scoop and Shanda are not only made for each other but are made for television,” said MTV series development and animation vice president Tony DiSanto. “Their hilarious and frank discussions could help usher in a new era of public discourse on everything from sex and sexuality to romance in a committed relationship and bring Scoop and Shanda to an even wider audience.”

Diddy Plots Bad Boy Invasion This Summer

Sean “Diddy” Combs is planning a Bad Boy invasion this summer with his imprint releasing six new albums before the end of the year.

Yung Joc will kick things off with his sophomore album, Hustlenomics, which is slated to hits shelves on July 31. The set’s first single, “Coffee Shop”, which features Gorilla Zoe is already getting rotation on major radio stations.

Following Joc is Boyz Na Da Hood with their sophomore album Back Up N Da Chevy. As previously reported, the set features appearances from Yung Joc, Rick Ross and Ice Cube. Back Up N Da Chevy hits shelves on August 8.

A week later, Elephant Man will release his Bad Boy debut titled Lets Get Physical on August 14. The self proclaimed “Energy God” is currently enjoying the success of his single “Five-O’ featuring Wyclef Jean.

Pop singer Jordan McCoy will release her untitled debut on August 21 while Cassie will wrap up the invasion on October 2 with her sophomore album, The Return, which reportedly features production from Ryan Leslie and Robin Thicke.

The Fixxers Ball 4 Real on Streetball Tour

DJ Quik and AMG, who make up the group The Fixxers, will take their live show on the road this month for the Ball 4 Real Streetball Tour. The basketball tour is made up of former And 1 players who came together to form their own streetball tour. In addition, before each game, the players will throw a block party featuring a live DJ, food, merchandize and a car show. Quik and AMG will perform at five of the events in June. The tour dates are as follows.

Las Vegas – June 6th – Orleans Arena
Sacramento – June 8th – Arco Arena
San Diego – June 10th – Cox Arena
Oakland – June 15th – Oracle Arena
Los Angeles – June 16th – Home Depot Center

50 CENT TWO-STEPS INTO ZWINKTOPIA

Rapper 50 Cent has set up a new high-end boutique where folks can immerse themselves in the promotion of his upcoming album, “Curtis.” But there’s a catch – the shop is located in a virtual universe.

Zwinktopia, the fashion-conscious virtual community from IAC/InterActiveCorp, has struck a deal with 50 to launch a boutique that will plug his upcoming September release, reports Reuters. The virtual store will allow Zwinky members to dress up characters in 50 Cent gear for free and provide a chance to listen to forthcoming tracks from “Curtis.”

Elsewhere in Zwinktopia, a separate virtual store for bands represented by merchandiser Bravado International Group will charge users for a Ramones T-shirt, or other goods, in the virtual Zwinky currency, known as Zbucks.

Users can win Zbucks by playing online games, but eventually the Web site will offer the opportunity to buy Zbucks with money as well. Ultimately, Zwinktopia aims to create a marketplace for virtual and real merchandise among one of the most sought-after audiences for advertisers — teenagers and young adults.

“Our users have asked for everything from fashion brands like Prada and Juicy Couture, as well as more entertainment entities,” said Scott Garell, chief executive of IAC’s consumer applications and portals division.


Andre 3000 To Star As Sammy Davis Jr. In New Film

Andre 3000 (Outkast) will play the legendary Sammy Davis Jr. in a new film entitled “Sammy and Kim”.

The movie tells the story of Sammy’s affair with screen siren Kim Novak. Sam Kashner is currently writing the screenplay and the project will be produced in part by Damon Dash and will be directed by Earle Sebastian.

An additional Sammy Davis Jr. film is in the works based on Wil Haygood’s “In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr.” Denzel Washington and Brian Grazer are attached to the project.

Ja-Rule Promotes Gang Intervention

Ja-Rule may have been a bit distant from music lately, however, he has been involved in the community. He, along with Erica Ford, Executive Director of LIFE Camp Inc. (a non-profit organization co-founded with the GRAMMY Award winning rapper) and community organizer Al Kanu, have launched a city-wide (New York City) gang intervention and prevention campaign Saturday, with a town hall meeting.

Participants in the forum included Idris Elba, Hassaan Johnson (Wee-Bee from The Wire), Ed Lover, Cheryl “Salt” James-Wray, Ja-Rule, Setwya Shakur (Tupac’s sister), Chaz Williams (CEO of Black Hand Entertainment) and rapper True Life.

Participants in the open forum discussed what they see as some of the main problems in society.

“One thing I can’t stand, is to celebrate the negative in our culture,” said Idris Elba. “You were given one brain to figure out how to make your own steps.”
Ja-Rule agreed, “The biggest problem is ourselves.”

When asked about the motivation behind this campaign, Ford answered, “At LIFE Camp, we have always been committed to young people, even the ones that society has abandoned. Gangs stay active in our communities because many young people don’t believe that they have other options. With the Repping for LIFE campaign, we’re showing and giving other real options.” She adds, “It’s time to love LIFE, not death. Together, we can help end street violence and build a better future.”

Scream Tour ’07 To Feature T.I. and Ciara

Over the past 7 years, the SCREAM TOUR has become synonymous with showcasing the best that the R&B and Rap world has to offer to thousands of screaming youth. Year after year, the SCREAM TOUR series continues to bring bigger stars, bigger productions and bigger crowds together in cities across the country. This summer’s show will be no different. This year’s SCREAM TOUR, aptly titled SCREAMFEST ’07, has confirmed an all-star lineup of talent, including one of the most successful R&B stars of this era; the sexy and electrifying-Ciara. Also starring on the SCREAM stage this summer will be one of the hottest rappers of our time, two time Grammy award winning-T.I. After dominating record sales in 2006, T.I. will be gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated fifth studio album entitled “T.I. vs T.I.P.” which will be released on July 3rd. As for Ciara, after receiving numerous awards including a Grammy, AMA, Billboard and others, her certified platinum second album, “Ciara: The Evolution” was released on December 5, 2006, and debuted at number one selling more than 338,000 copies in its first week. Supporting acts for the tour are forthcoming and will be announced in the coming weeks. Producers also confirm that there will be other special guest performers in cities along the way.

Whether it’s bonafide young stars in the R&B and rap world, or establishing those on the brink of stardom and even those hoping to break into the industry, the SCREAM TOUR sets the stage for them all. From Ne-Yo to Bow Wow, B2K, Chris Brown, Nick Cannon, Pretty Ricky and Omarion, they all have hit the SCREAM TOUR stage and are apart of the notable line-up of SCREAM TOUR alumni.

This year’s SCREAM TOUR is being produced and marketed by Michael Mauldin and Mauldin Brand Agency for SCREAM Star Entertainment and promoted by Jeff Sharp for AEG Live and Atlanta Worldwide Touring. SCREAM Star Entertainment is a multi-dimensional, youth focused artist development platform, which for the past seven years has focused its attention on reaching the youth through its ‘LIVE’ concert model—the SCREAM TOUR.

“We are, without a doubt, catering to the youth and giving them something to SCREAM about; making their summer unforgettable via a ‘LIVE’ show,” said Mauldin. “The SCREAM TOUR has become synonymous with bringing the youth’s favorite artists and the best live stage show to their city.”

SCREAMFEST ‘07 is slated to kick off in late July and is scheduled to hit 24 cities on the tour. Complete routing for the tour will be confirmed in the coming weeks, however the producers have confirmed that the tour will be going to all the favorite SCREAM TOUR hot spots, including Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Baltimore and DC, just to name a few.

R. Kelly Takes The #1 Billboard Spot

R. Kelly finds himself in a familiar spot atop The Billboard 200 with “Double Up,” his sixth No. 1 on the tally. The Jive set moved 386,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, aided by the popularity of his new single “I’m a Flirt,” which peaked at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Each of Kelly’s 10 studio albums have reached either No. 1 or No. 2 on the big chart.

After debuting at No. 1 last week, Maroon 5’s A&M/Octone effort “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” slips to No. 2 with 172,000, a 60% sales hit. Another former chart-topper, Linkin Park’s “Minutes to Midnight” (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.), falls 2-3 with 126,000 (-36%).

Three albums sold roughly 50,000 copies this week, with only a difference of a few dozen between them. Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” rockets up 11-6 (+28%) with help from a $7.99 sales sticker at Best Buy this week. “Cold Summer” by hip-hop trio U.S.D.A., Young Jeezy’s collaboration with Slick Pulla and Blood Raw, descends 4-7, a -48% change. Avril Lavigne’s “The Best Damn Thing” (RCA) climbs 9-8 on a 3% increase.

Album sales are down less than 1% from last week’s total at 8.31 million units and down 10.6% compared to the same week last year.

“Ring The Alarm Man,” Swizz Beatz Album Pushed Back

Fans expecting to hear Swizz Beatz’ new album this July will have to be a little more patient, as the super producer’s solo set has been pushed back to a later summer release.

Originally set to hit shelves on July 17, Swizz’ One Man Band Man will now make its way to record stores on August 23, according to label reps. While no official word has been given as to the reason behind the delay, some are speculating that Swizzy needed more time to put the finishing touches on the album after a bout with meningitis that briefly sent him to the hospital last month.

Swizz is currently enjoying the success of his single “It’s Me Snitches” while his latest record, “Money In The Bank” is also beginning to generate a good amount of radio play.

He also further heightened fans’ anticipation for the album with a memorable set at this year’s Hot 97 Summer Jam, in which he was involved in an impromptu beat battle with WindyCity rapper/producer Kanye West.

The album is said to feature a long list of guest spots from artists including Cassidy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DMX, Coldplay, Kanye West, Nas, Ciara, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and wife, R&B singer Mashonda. While Swizz did a healthy dose of the beats on the disc, he also enlisted producers Buckwild and Just Blaze to lend a hand with the tracks.

One Man Band Man will hit stores on August 23 on Full Surface/Universal.

R. Kelly “Doubles Up” At No. 1, Amy Winehouse Jumps Back In The Race, U.S.D.A. Trip

In this week’s Hip-Hop & R&B charts, R. Kelly scores his sixth No. 1 album, Amy Winehouse rises and Young Jeezy’s U.S.D.A. crew descends.

Debuting at No. 1 on the charts this week is R. Kelly with his ninth solo album Double Up. According to Nielsen’s SoundScan, the album sold 388,400 discs in its first go-around.

Amy Winehouse floats five spots to No. 6. The British crooner continues to keep cash registers ringing as Back To Black moves 49,900 units this week, pushing the album’s total sales to 493,500.

Young Jeezy and his group U.S.D.A, who debuted at No. 4 last week, dip three slots to No. 7. Cold Summer shifts 49,800 units in its second week. So far, the album has sold 145,100 copies.

The current buzz of his latest single, “Can You Believe,” helps Robin Thicke make a leap from No .30 to No .12. The Evolution Of Robin Thicke shells out 45,300 discs this week. After 35 weeks, the album’s tally stands at 1,166,500.

Posted at No. 13 is Ne-Yo. Because Of You continues to be a force to reckon with as it shelves off 40,500 CDs this week. To date, the album has sold 476,400 copies.

Fergie slides four ranks down to No. 14. Dutchess reels in 33,800 units this week, bringing the album’s total sales to 1,962,800.

Puttering four spots to No. 16 is Tank. Sex, Love & Pain netted 31,900 discs this week. After 3 weeks, the album has sold 172,200 copies.

Right behind the crooner at No. 17 is Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Strength & Loyalty hauls in 31,300 units this week. The album has brought in a total of 237,500 after four weeks on the charts.

Akon sinks two levels to No. 21. Konvicted has sold 2,401,200 discs thus far, with 27,600 representing the week-in total. [Watch SOHH’s exclusive video interview with the Senegalese singer here]

Floating three spots up to No. 25 is Justin Timberlake. Future Sex/Love Sounds rings out 22,100 copies this week. The album’s tally stands at 3,294,300.

Bobby Valentino trips six spots down to No. 32. Special Occasion bags up 17,300 units this week, bringing the album’s total sales to 164,300.

Two slots below is Corrine Bailey Rae. Her self titled album sells 16,600 discs this week. To date, her album has sold 1,538,800 copies.

Lil’ Boosie and Webbie, who debuted at No. 35 last week, plunge eighteen spots to No. 35. Survival of The Fittest only moves 16,100 this week, pushing the compilation’s total to 47,000.

Beyonce refuses to budge from the No. 37 spot. B’Day reins in 15,500 copies this week. Thus far, the album has sold a total of 2,719,300.

A 7% increase in sales helps hoist Joss Stone five places up to No. 40. 14,100 folks picked up Introducing Joss Stone this week. After 11 weeks, the album has sold 396,100 copies.

Slipping four slots to No. 42 is Timbaland. Shock Value cashed out 13,700 discs this week, pushing the album’s total sales to 356,900.

Musiq Soulchild springs two spots up to No. 44. Luvandmusiq ropes in 12,800 units in its twelfth week on the charts. The album’s tally reads off at 405,400.

Meanwhile, Joe jumps six places up to No. 48. Ain’t Nothing Like Me rings out 11,800 discs this week. Thus far, the album has sold 192,500 copies.

“Gettin’ It” at No.49 is Murder Inc’s Lloyd. Street Love hustles 11,700 units this week, rounding out his album’s total to 409,500.

Further down the totem pole, Fantasia makes a leap from No. 85 to 65. Her self titled opus dials in 9,200 copies this week, pushing her album’s total to 397,800. Paul Wall staggers eight spots to No. 71. Get Money, Stay True sold 8,700 copies this week, bumping its tally to 233,400. Rich Boy steps his game up and climbs twenty five spots to No. 79 . His self titled album sells 8,400 this week. After 12 weeks on the charts the album has sold a total of 311,900 copies. MIMS rises three spots to No. 85. Music Is My Savior, which has shifted 223,200 so far, shelves out 7,990 discs this week. Leanin’ at No. 8 is Young Buck. Buck The World shelves 7,900 discs this week, bringing the albums total sales to 329,400. Rounding out the top 100 is Young Jeezy at No. 92. The Inspiration scans 7,500 CDs this week. To date , the album’s total reads off at 1,078,500.

Next week look for T-Pain and Rihanna to shake things up on the Hip-Hop and R&B Charts.

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