ImHipHop News Blitz 2*21*08

Former R. Kelly Publicist’s Daughter Comes Forward

The battle between R. Kelly and George and Regina Daniels intensified this week, as the couple’s daughter—whom the singer is accused of having “crossed the line with”—came forward to share her side of the story.

Maxine Daniels, 21, gave a statement to the Chicago Sun Times after Kelly’s camp released a press release of their version of the events in question. They accuse Regina Daniels of approving the relationship between Kelly and Maxine, stating that Regina provided Maxine with Kelly’s private number, saying “don’t tell your father.”

In the Sun Times interview, Maxine refutes the idea that her parents condoned her relationship with Kelly.

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” the younger Daniels said. “My stepmother and father didn’t know about my relationship with the singer because I knew and he knew that they wouldn’t approve … so I tried to keep it a secret, but when my stepmother found out about our relationship, she resigned because she felt that Rob had ‘crossed the line’ by dating a girl that he has known since she was seven years old.”

Maxine also says that the recent press release put out by Kelly’s camp is an attempt to defame her parents. She also responded to allegations that her stepmother—who was The Pied Piper’s publicist for more than a decade—was fired because of incompetence.

“My stepmom was not fired for incompetence. She was Rob’s publicist for 14 years and always considered Rob not just a client … but family. And Rob thought of my dad like a father.”

She went on to add that she ended the relationship with Kelly after her parents began to hear rumors that the two were together. In addition, she refutes the claim that Regina Daniels gave her Kelly’s personal number, saying “Rob personally slipped me his number.”

There was also a Sun Times report that George Daniels—who has been seen in a number of R. Kelly videos—was seeking a six figure settlement to go away. Daniels denies that any monetary sum was ever asked for.

News of the questionable relationship began to hit the Internet after Regina was fired. A short time later, George released a statement saying Kelly “crossed the line” with his daughter and also lied when confronted with the allegations.

In a radio interview with KJLH in Los Angeles, Daniels says that his daughter’s relationship with Kelly didn’t get to “that extreme,” referring to the singer’s pending trial that resulted from the discovery of sex tapes with alleged minors.

“Or else I wouldn’t be here, if you know what I’m talking about,” he added.

Sean Bell’s Widow Featured In Rocawear Ad

Nicole Paultre-Bell, the widow of slain Queens resident Sean Bell, will join her daughters as part of Rocawear’s “I Will Not Lose” campaign. The announcement comes as the three officers accused of killing Bell in a hail of 50 bullets after his bachelor party prepare to go to trial. The advertisement featuring Paultre-Bell features the quote, “We are going to be here to the end, ’til justice is served.”

“This was a planned publicity stunt timed to influence the jury,” Detectives Endowment President Michael Palladino tells the New York Post. Lawyers for the defendants, detectives Michael Oliver, Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper, have also been lobbying unsuccessfully to get a change of venue, fearing that the high-profile nature of the case would make it impossible to find an impartial jury. Since Bell’s death on Nov. 25, 2006, many community leaders, including Rev. Al Sharpton, have aligned themselves with the case.

The current “I Will Not Lose” campaign includes Ciara, Tristan Wilds of The Wire, and the 2007 Miss USA winner, Rachel Smith. Rocawear’s chief marketing officer, Jameel Spencer maintains Paultre-Bell was included because she is representative of the campaign slogan.

“We’re trying to highlight different stories,” says Spencer tells The Post. “She’s someone who’s suffered a great loss. When that happens, you want to curl up in a ball and die. That’s a tough thing. The day you’re supposed to get married and something horrible happens.”

The ad is currently featured in both Vibe and Essence, and the widowed Paultre-Bell, says she was initially reluctant to join the campaign. This marks the second time in recent months that Rocawear’s advertising methods have come under scrutiny. Many media pundits criticized both Rocawear and XXL, when Editor-In-Chief Elliott Wilson was featured on the back cover of the magazine’s August issue as part of the “I Will Not Lose” campaign.

Violence Erupts At Akon Concert

A free concert by R&B crooner Akon held at a Danish Mall yesterday (February 20) ended in violence after fans who were evacuated from the venue by police in response to a fire alarm turned on the authorities.

According to Reuters, around 2,000-3,000 people showed up at the Fields Shopping Mall in Copenhagen Wednesday to see the singer but only 1,000 people were let in. People who were turned away could only watch from afar.

During the third song into Akon’s set, a fire alarm would sound and police began evacuating fans who responded by protesting. After the evacuation, the protest would turn physical as fans hurled rocks and bottles at the police.

Several people suffered injuries which were not serious and police arrested eight people.

The alarm would later turn out to be false.

“It was a free concert and we knew that many people would come, but there were a lot of people there, more than we had expected,” Jens Geppel, the Fields Mall director said.

Geppel said that the mall is currently investigating into what went wrong.

Eminem’s Rep Says Publishers “Jumped The Gun” On Shady’s Book

The news of Eminem’s autobiography being released in October was a bit premature, as Em’s rep says the book is still under construction.

As Previously reported, a UK based media outlet revealed Eminem’s plans to publish his autobiography entitled Eminem: The Way I Am via Orion Books this October. According to Em’s publicist, this release was a bit premature.

“The news about the project came from the UK publisher, who is not involved in the day-to-day editing or creation of the book,” Eminem’s publicist Dennis Dennehy said via statement.

“It’s unfortunate that someone who does not have intimate knowledge of the book felt compelled to jump the gun on announcing it by delivering partial and inaccurate information.”

According to Dennehy, the rapper does have a book in the works in which he “details certain aspects of his personal and professional life,” but the book is still in the process of being edited and does not yet have a firm release date.

Jadakiss Talks Roc-A-Fella Debut, Blames ”Ringtone, Tight Pants Wearing” Rappers For Ruining The Game

Jadakiss recently revealed his feelings on Jay-Z’s departure from Def Jam, his disenchantment with the state of the hip-hop industry and details about his upcoming Roc-A-Fella debut.

Jada said he inked with the Roc to switch it up a bit.

“A change of pace,” he said in an interview with The Come Up DVD. “The people like change. The fans like change. Not too dramatic but y’know, they like to see new sh*t and hear new sh*t and see new sh*t. It aint no different though. Different machine maybe but we’ve yet to see.”

The Yonkers emcee said he has about 7 or 8 songs in the can, but the album’s not yet finished. He’s holding out for some major production collabos.

“I still gotta holla at Kanye, Just Blaze, maybe Pharell, hopefully Dr. Dre, Toomp … whoever got the f*cking heat man, Timbaland, Storch,” he said. “I don’t discriminate. If it’s hot, let’s have it.”

Kiss is still toying with titles for the new disc, but said he’s seriously considering Kiss My Ass.

“Nas is dropping N*gger, why I can’t drop Kiss My Ass,” he asked? “I think I might keep my sh*t. Kiss My Ass coming soon.”

This will be the first solo album the rapper has released since 2004’s Kiss of Death. When asked how the game has changed in those 4 years Jada held no punches.

“N*gga’s is garbage,” he said. “The game is f*cked up … a bunch of ring tone, tight-pants-wearing motherf*ckrs. I’m just doin’ me. The music is f*cking garbage, man. Kanye came out with hot music. He sold records. T.I., same thing. Alicia Keys, same sh*t. If your sh*t was hot and you had a machine, you sold records.”

And for those whose number were lacking …

“Don’t blame nobody, just make better music, *ssholes,” Jada said. “It’s a business at the end of the day, so you can be mad at who ever but you gotta be mad at yourself. Either the music wasn’t right or you didn’t handle your business. It’s as simple as that.”

One hip-hop artist who did handle his business, according to Jada is Jay-Z. And Kiss is not mad about the mogul’s departure from Def Jam.

“He tried his hand for a few years, he raped the budget, he got however much they was paying him and he stepped down,” Jada said. “He got his masters, he doin’ his thing. 40/40’s in Vegas and all that, hotels, he good.”

Jada said he’s trying to release his new disc in May around Memorial Day, which happens to be the rapper’s birthday

Lil Wayne Connects With Art Students At His Former High School

Lil Wayne paid a visit to his former New Orleans High School yesterday (February 19) to thank its art students for designing a logo for his charity foundation.

According to The Times Picayune, Wayne thanked forty art students from Eleanor McMain Magnet Secondary School for creating a logo for his One Family Foundation and also answered questions fielded by the students.

Wayne, who is currently based in Miami after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, returned to his hometown to take part in various events for the NBA All-star Weekend.

One of those events was a scheduled reunion concert with his former group The Hot Boys on Sunday night (February 17), but it was cancelled before it even took place because three shootings occurred outside the venue where they were slated to perform.

BET To Bring Channel To The UK

BET, announced Thursday (February 21) that they will bring the channel to the British audience with the BET UK.

The channel will bring the overseas market top-rated BET shows such as “106 & Park,” “American Gangster,” and “College Hill,” among other shows.

The UK service will be offered via digital satellite next Thursday (February 28), expanding their national brand internationally.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring high quality, black cultural content to communities around the world and deliver on our commitment to expand the BET brand internationally,” Debra L. Lee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks, said in a statement. “For more than 27 years, BET Networks has been the leader in providing premium entertainment to African American audiences, and we’re so excited to establish BET as the premier destination for UK audiences to enjoy content that reflects the many viewpoints of the Black experience.”

“BET has been building a presence among our core target audience in the United Kingdom for more than two years,” added Michael D. Armstrong, Senior Vice President and General Manager, BET International.

While BET UK’s initial programming will include shows already airing in the U.S., they plan to include more regional content as they grow.

“For the UK version of BET, we will be giving BET’s U.S. content a regionalized look and feel that reflects the UK marketplace, and as we grow and develop the channel, we look forward to partnering with the UK creative industry to give BET an even stronger British accent,” explained Armstrong.

The network will unveil the official media presentation in London during the channel’s launch on Thursday.

Dog The Bounty Hunter Returns After Racial Remarks

Duane “Dog” Chapman will be returning to cable channel A&E after his reality TV show was pulled from the air three months ago in a controversy over his use of a racial epithet.

Chapman’s popular show, Dog the Bounty Hunter was taken off the air last November after a private phone with his son Tucker call leaked to the public. In the conversation Chapman [an ex-con] repeatedly used the word “nigger” to describe Tucker’s black girlfriend.

Tucker, apparently upset with the ignorance of his father, sold the tape of the conversation to The National Enquirer, for a reported $15,000.

After the conversation was made public, Chapman apologized repeatedly to the African American community and promised to change his way of thought.

An A&E spokesman said earlier this week “Over the last few months, Duane “Dog” Chapman has taken and continues to take the appropriate steps in reaching out to several African American organizations in an effort to make amends for his private comments to his son which were released publicly…Since the premise of Dog The Bounty Hunter is about second chances – we have decided to give him one.”

No airdate has been scheduled yet.

Kelis Preps Greatest Hits CD

After nearly 10 years and four albums, Kelis is gearing up to drop a greatest hits disc.

Kelis-The Hits, will be released on March 11 and will be a 14-song compilation comprised of material from the singer’s entire discography dating back to her 1999 debut, Kaleidoscope.

The disc will also include several of Kelis’ most notable collaborations including her tracks with Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Gnarls Barkley’s Cee-Lo Green, André 3000 of OutKast, N.E.R.D., Too $hort, Richard X and husband Nas.

“Only a true artist has the ability to innovate an entire genre,” writes former XXL music editor Leah Rose in the album’s liner notes. “Ever since debuting with her album Kaleidoscope nearly ten years ago, Kelis has remained on the cutting edge of both fashion and music. As one of the first major pop stars to collaborate with the Grammy award-winning production duo The Neptunes, Kelis set trends for an entire generation of hip-hop and R&B artists.”

The record will be highlighted by Kelis’ most popular songs including “Bossy” and her breakout single “Milkshake” from her 2004 gold-selling release, Tasty.

Kelis-The Hits is slated to hit stores on March 11th on Star Trak/Jive/Legacy.

Here is a complete track listing for the album:

1. Caught Out There
2. Milkshake
3. Got Your Money (w/Ol’ Dirty Bastard)
4. Trick Me
5. Lil’ Star (with Cee-Lo)
6. Get Along With You
7. Young, Fresh N’ New Dance
8. Truth Or Dare (w/N.E.R.D)
9. Bossy (with Too $hort)
10. In Public (with Nas)
11. Millionaire (w/André 3000)
12. Finest Dreams (w/Richard X)
13. Suspended
14. Good Stuff

Court Orders Scott Storch To Pay Up To Settle Loan

The United States California Central District Court has reportedly ordered producer Scott Storch and his production company Tuff Jew Productions to pay $509,717.50 to David Menefield , former manager of rapper Knocturnal and owner of LA Confidential.

According to Rap Industry, Menefield loaned Storch $100,000 in 2003 to prevent the foreclosure of the producer’s home and in return, Storch was to pay back the loan and also issue five tracks to Menefield.

Menefield would sue Storch earlier this year claiming that the beat maker only gave him one track and failed to pay the $100,000 loan.

The court’s judgment, which was made last week, ordered Storch and Tuff Jew Productions to ‘jointly and severally pay Menefield the sum of $509,717.50 and valued Scott Storch’s production services at $100,000 per track’.

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Re-Release Left Off Charts, Experts Explain Why

Michael Jackson’s Thriller album is technically number two on this week’s Billboard charts but it won’t be credited as such due to a technicality.

According to New York’s Daily News, even though Jackson’s 25th anniversary album sold 166,000 copies this week, according to Nielsen’s SoundScan, Billboard categorized the album as a catalogue- or oldies album, making it uneligible for inclusion in the Billboard 200.

Jackson’s label, Sony, argues that this should not be the case because in addition to classic hits like “Billie Jean” and “Beat It,” the album also contains six new songs.

One label source explains, “Michael went into the studio and recorded with Kanye West, Fergie, Akon, Will.i.Am – and there’s a brand-new song from Michael, and videos. It beat Grammy winners Amy Winehouse and Herbie Hancock, with 167,000 crossing the counter. Yet for reasons unfathomable to folks in the music industry, Billboard has decided to relegate it to the catalogue chart. Catalogue makes it look like the same ol’ same ol’, but with a “new cover.”

According to Billboard chart expert, Geoff Mayfield, “We were approached by Sony and Sony BMG to consider ‘Thriller 25’ as a current album. But we had to be consistent with hundreds, if not thousands, of reissues that have come to the market. There have actually been new issues of classic albums that include even more new material. We didn’t just make the decision on our own. We contacted major retailers [like Wal-Mart and Best Buy], and that was the consensus.”

Still Mayfield adds that Jackson should find comfort in knowing, “It’s the largest sum for an album on the catalogue chart to be sold in 10 years.”

Amy Winehouse One Ups Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson Misses The Cut On A Technicality

In this week’s Hip-Hop and R&B charts, Alicia Keys goes triple platinum but gives way to a surging Amy Winehouse, Mary J. Blige hangs on to her Top 10 spot and Michael Jackson’s Thriller 25 fails to crack the Top 200.

British soul export Amy Winehouse managed to do what virtually no else in R&B and hip-hop has for the past 13 weeks – outsell Alicia Keys. Following her Grammy performance and five wins, Winehouse blasted up 22 spots and scanned 115,300 copies of Back to Black, taking the No. 2 spot this week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Winehouse has sold 1,649,200 copies of her debut disc after 49 weeks.

Alicia Keys may have been edged out by Winehouse, but she maintains her No. 3 spot this week, moving 108,800 units of her third album, As I Am. Keys has also gone triple platinum in just 14 weeks, selling 3,096,500 thus far.

Mary J. Blige remains in the Top 10 but drops two spots to No. 9 this week after pushing 48,600 copies of her eighth album, Growing Pains. After nine weeks, the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul has sold 1,225,600 albums.

John Legend rockets up 50 spots to No. 12 this week with his live album, Live From Philadelphia, following his performance on the Grammys as Fergie’s piano man. Legend sold 40,400 copies this week for a five-week total of 123,700.

Chris Brown drops one more spot to No. 13 this week with his sophomore album Exclusive, which sold 39,700 copies in the last go-round. After 15 weeks, Brown has moved 1,287,900 units.

Keyshia Cole falls seven spots to No. 18 this week, pushing 37,700 copies of her second album, Just Like You. Twenty-one weeks in, Cole has amassed a total of 1,168,900 albums sold.

Next up is Fergie, who continues to outsell the competition more than a year after the release of her debut solo album. The Black Eyed Pea singer and solo artist scanned 29,300 copies of The Dutchess this week for a 74-week total of 3,449,900 albums sold.

Fresh off her performance on the Grammys, Rihanna climbs 11 spots this week to land at No. 35, selling 26,900 copies of her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad. After 37 weeks, Rihanna’s totals stand at 1,060,300.

The Grammys were also good to Kanye West, whose poignant performance and multiple wins helped him climb 24 spots to No. 40 and move 22,600 units this week. After 23 weeks, the Louis Vuitton Don has gone double platinum with totals of 2,005,800.

Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool also surges this week, climbing 12 spots to No. 42 and selling 22,600 discs. After nine weeks, the Chi-town rapper has sold 339,400 copies.

Def Jam hitmaker The-Dream falls 11 spots to No. 46 with his debut album Love/Hate, which sold 21,000 copies in the last cycle. The-Dream now has a 10-week total of 226,100 albums sold.

Rounding out the Top 50 is R&B crooner Jaheim, who slides 11 spots to No. 48 this week with his latest disc, The Makings of A Man. After nine weeks, Jaheim’s sales totals stand at 369,100.

Unfortunately, Michael Jackson’s Thriller 25 wasn’t invited to the party. The anniversary release sold 166,000 copies in its first week out and was technically this week’s second-biggest seller, but was not eligible for inclusion among new releases, because Billboard considers it a catalog release (this despite the 2008 remixes and newly included DVD).

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