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November 02, 2004

News provieded By: Nia B

Gamblers in Las Vegas have made it a point to gamble on who will win this year’s presidency, Bush or Kerry?
This doesn’t come as a surprise. Wonder what the odds were?

R. Kelly sued rapper Jay-Z on Monday for $75 million, alleging Jay-Z's "spite and jealousy" prompted him to use violence to force Kelly off their national tour. The breach of contract suit suggests Jay Z was perturbed because Kelly was the higher-paid performer. The animosity led to deliberate lighting flubs and other technical problems, violence against Kelly, and threats to force the promoter to drop him, court papers say. The promoter is also named as a defendant.

The tour's promoter, Atlanta Worldwide Touring, fired Kelly. Atlanta Worldwide said Sunday that the tour has been cancelled. Jay-Z's publicist said he was unsure whether the rapper would try to fill the remaining dates as a solo act.

A statement from Island Def Jam Records, which Jay-Z is slated to take over, blamed Kelly's "lack of professionalism and unpredictable behaviour" for cancellation of the tour. Kelly's court papers suggested that the tension between the two musicians was the result of Kelly's larger profit split: 60 per cent of the first $15 million earned to Jay-Z's 40 per cent. Kelly's lawsuit says Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, and his associates turned the tour into a "nightmare" by engaging "in a pattern of wrongful conduct" to get the promoter to exclude Kelly. Kelly's lawsuit asks for $15 million in compensatory damages and $60 million in punitive damages.

To view the actual court papers that were filed, go to the following link:

The family of Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks released a statement about the defamation of character lawsuit against Outkast. The lawsuit came about when the Atlanta duo used Parks’ trademarked name on their hit record "Rosa Parks," taken from their 1998 multi-platinum album, Aquemini.

"We believe our aunt would appreciate the fact that (Outkast's) artistic gesture was designed to keep her legacy alive and fresh in the mind of this generation and generations to come,” the family said in a statement. “These lawsuits are only about money and they [Park's attorney Gregory Reed and her caregiver Elaine Steele] are trying to acquire it from Outkast." Gregory Reed denied the family’s allegations and said that Outkast was not even a focus of the lawsuit. The company that released their music, BMG was the actual target.

Pop singer Janet Jackson has signed a management pact with the company that also handles boy band Backstreet Boys and rapper Chingy. Thw Los Angeles-based firm Wright Crear Management, operated by Kenneth Crear and Johnny Wright, will oversee the singer's career.

Just one week after Ashlee Simpson lip-synched on the show, Eminem was found guilty of the same crime. "He was singing 'Mosh' and you could tell he was lip-synching," said our source. "The track was just a bit ahead of his lips and he put the mike down at one point but the track kept going." Eminem's rep said he was merely trying to "duplicate the sound on his album. He had a vocal track on for double vocal effect [on the first song], to make it more powerful. Lots of hip-hop artists do that. Tupac [Shakur] did it."

New Releases for November 2, 2004
Architect - Music 2 Write 2 (PocketsLinted)
Caz - Hood Hitz (Glasshouse Records)
Chali 2na - Fish Market (Traffic Ent)
Cold Crush Brothers - Fresh Wild & Bold (Night Train)
KutMasta Kurt - Redneck Games (Red Distribution)
Krumbsnatcha - Let The Truth Be Told (Golden Eyes)
Phil Da Agony - Aromatic (Vocab Records)
Twista - Kamikaze (Re-Issue) (Atlantic)
Vordul Mega - Revolution Of Yung Havocs (Nature Sounds)
Ying Yang Twins - My Brother & Me (Re-Release) (TVT)


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