Snoop Dogg To Raise $5 Mil For Community Center

Posted: Wednesday – June 17, 2009

Snoop Dogg has signed on to help raise money for a $140 million dollar youth center in one of Long Beach’s poorest neighborhoods.

Snoop, a native of Long Beach, is recording a song to donate proceeds to The Kroc Center, a new facility run by The Salvation Army.

The Kroc will sit on 19 acres of land and will include a two-story, 84,000 square-foot recreation center with a gymnasium, a fitness center, gardening areas, walking trails, pools and other facilities to train future athletes and Olympians.

Snoop Dogg will record a track with all of the proceeds – an estimated $5 million dollars – going towards the facility.

Professional football player Willie McGinest has also signed on to promote the center’s endeavors and recently made a sizeable donation.




Tru Life's Brother at Center of Shooting/Stabbing

Posted: Wednesday – June 17, 2009

New York police are alleging that a dispute between Tru Life’s brother and several other individuals may have killed a teen and left another man seriously injured.

According to investigators, early yesterday morning (June 16), five gang members ambushed two men at a Manhattan apartment complex, to retaliate against the earlier shooting of a man named Michael Slater.

The man authorities say is a suspected drug dealer was shot in the abdomen outside nightclub Pacha, and is listed in critical condition.

The gang-inspired apartment ambush resulted in the two individuals being stabbed repeatedly in the chest and face.

One man, 30 year old Jason Black, survived the assault and is listed in critical condition.

The other, an 18-year old teen whose name has not been released, died on the operating table.

While details are still being revealed police believe the shooting and fatal stabbing are the result of an ongoing feud between Jason Black and Tru Life’s brother.

The brother, whose name has also not been disclosed, was first introduced to Hip-Hop fans in 2007 courtesy of the punching incident between then rivals Tru Life and Cam’Ron.

According to various reports, the brother joined Tru Life in confronting Cam’Ron outside of Club Stereo.

After an escalation of words and some reports alleging the brother even threatened to shoot up the venue, Tru Life assaulted the Dip Set founder with a single punch to the face.

At press time, Tru Life could not be reached for comment.


Lawsuit Erupts Over Timbaland, Nelly Furtado's "Do It"

Posted: Tuesday – June 16, 2009

A record label based in Helsinki, Finland has brought a lawsuit against multi-platinum super producer Timbaland and pop star Nelly Furtado, alleging that the duo heavily borrowed from a song recorded by Finnish artists to create the song “Do It.”

The song, produced by Timbaland and written by Furtado, appeared on the Canadian singer’s third studio album, Loose, release in June 2006.

The plaintiff, Kernel Records Oy, alleges that “Do It” was recorded using the “original and central identifying melodic, harmonic and rhythmic components” of the song “Acidjazzed Evening,” which Kernel Records acquired in 2007.

As explained in the lawsuit, filed in the Miami-Dade Division of the US District Court Southern District of Florida on June 11, the song was originally created as a computer recording by composer Janne Suni in 2000.

The same year, Suni presented the recording at the Assembly 2000 Old Skool Music Competition, taking home the first place title.

In 2002, Acidjazzed Evening was re-recorded in the Commodore 64 SID format by Norwegian musician Glenn Rune Gallefoss at Suni’s request.

The suit states that the two are clearly different versions.

The claim alleges that when Timbaland created the beat for “Do It” in 2006, using a program that emulates the Commodore 64 SID chip, he “knowingly and willfully stole” Gallefoss’s creation.

The next year, in August 2007, Gallefoss transferred “all transferable rights” to the song “Acidjazzed Evening” to Kernel Records.

Coincidentally, in January 2007, a YouTube video was posted by an anonymous user who made the first accusation that Timbaland’s work on “Do It” was not original.

The video shows portions of “Do It” and Suni’s original version “Acidjazzed Evening” as they appear in recording software to demonstrate just how similar they are.

The lawsuit also cites two 2007 interviews with Timbaland, which the plaintiff claims point to his guilt in the matter.

On February 2, 2007, he was asked about the situation during a chat with WWDC’s “Elliott in the Morning.”

“That mess is so ridiculous. I can’t really discuss it because it’s a legal matter. But that’s why people don’t believe it. It’s from a video game, idiot. Sample and stole is two different things. Stole is like I walked in your house, watched you make it, stole your protools, went to my house and told Nelly, ‘Hey, I got a great song for you.’ Sample is like you heard it somewhere, and you just sampled. Maybe you didn’t know who it was by because it don’t have the credits listed.”

Timbaland went on to explain that he did expect the possibility that someone might levy a copyright infringement suit, but that it was never clear whether or not the sound he utilized was public domain.

With “Do It” having been released on the multi-platinum selling Loose, the live CD and DVD Loose: The Concert, and as a single, Kernel Records has also named the Mosley Music Group, Interscope-Geffen-A&M and Universal Music Distribution as co-defendants in the lawsuit.

Kernel has charged all defendants with copyright infringement, requested that the ownership of the copyrights held by Mosley Music, LLC and Geffen be transferred back, and requested an injunction prohibiting the further release, reprinting, performance and sale of the song “Do It.”


Rihanna Subpoenaed for Chris Brown Hearing

Posted: Thursday – June 11, 2009 @ 12:48 PM

R&B/pop singer Rihanna has been subpoenaed to testify in the assault case against fellow vocalist Chris Brown.

According to Rihanna’s lawyer Donald Etra, his client was served in person on Tuesday (June 9) in Los Angeles with the order to appear in Superior Court for Brown’s hearing on June 22.

“Rihanna was served at my office by L.A. DA investigators,” Etra told People magazine. “If the preliminary hearing indeed goes forward, she is now legally required to be there, she will be there, and will answer all questions truthfully.”

The upcoming hearing will be an important chapter in the continuing saga surrounding Brown’s alleged assault on Rihanna as it will determine if enough evidence is present to bring the case to trial.

The 20-year-old crooner, who is accused of beating the songbird in February, has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts following the alleged incident.

With her appearance in court, Rihanna will be open to cross examination by Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos.

A plea deal could end the case at anytime, making the hearing unnecessary, People reports.

News of Rihanna’s subpoena comes amid word that Geragos’ bid to delay the preliminary hearing was rejected.

Earlier this month, the attorney filed an appeal to delay the hearing.

Court records reveal the appeal was rejected on Tuesday, with no reason given.

In addition, Geragos’ bid to gain access to police records he deemed crucial to the hearing was separately rejected.

In his appeal, Geragos noted that a state Supreme Court case currently under consideration could affect Brown’s access to the records.

Based on this, the attorney sought to have the hearing delayed.

Producers Sue Block Ent. Over Yung Joc, Gorrilla Zoe Tracks

Posted: Thursday – June 11, 2009 @ 11:00 AM

Two Block Entertainment producers have filed a joint lawsuit against the Atlanta-based label, citing the breach of several contracts and a failure to pay royalties on the label’s part.

The suit was filed in Atlanta by Dee Jay Dana, born Dana Ramey, and Flawda Water, born Lester Purnell, on Tuesday.

The pair claim that Block Entertainment, LLC fraudulently entered both producers into an agreement with EMI April Music by forging their signatures in a 2006 agreement between the companies.

The plaintiffs claim to have each entered into an “In House Producer Agreement” with Block Ent, with Ramey signing his agreement in April 2006, and Purnell following suit in July of the same year.

Under the agreement, both producers were to obtain rights on the music they received as well as royalties on the sale of those recordings.

Both claim they never received what was promised under the contracts, despite having fulfilled their specified duties.

The lawsuit further claims that the “In House Producer agreements” signed by both Ramey and Purnell were instrumental in Block Entertainment securing a deal with EMI April Music, Inc. in July 2006.

The deal also transferred both beatmakers’ rights to EMI, a transfer they claim was made possible because they claim their signatures were forged on the documents.

Furthermore, the two claim that the deal bound them to EMI “for a period that has hindered their ability to continue working as music producers.”

The court documents also bring into question agreements signed by each producer for specific songs produced in 2006 and 2007 for Block Entertainment artists, stating that not only have the producers failed to receive the royalties due for their work, they also failed to receive full advance payment for the recordings.

Ramey produced “New Joc City” and “Flip Flop” for Yung Joc’s 2006 debut.

Between 2006 and 2007, he also produced two songs on Gorilla Zoe’s debut Welcome to the Zoo, including the album’s lead single “Hood Figga,” and the bulk of Boyz N Da Hood’s sophomore effort Back Up n Da Chevy, including the lead single “Everybody Know Me.”

Pursuant to the agreements signed for each song, Ramey was to have received a total of $82,500 in advances, plus the applicable royalties yielded from the sale of those projects.

To date, however, Ramey claims to have only received $41,250, or half of the advances due on each song.

Purnell, who produced the song “I Know” from Welcome to the Zoo, stated he has only received $2500 of the $5000 advance stipulated in his contract, with no royalty payments received.

The two producers have requested a trial by jury and a judgment that would cover their back owed monies and legal fees.

They are also seeking punitive damages against Block Entertainment in connection to the alleged fraud perpetrated in the negations with EMI.

Both Block Entertainment founder and CEO Russell “Block” Spencer and label president Rico Brooks declined’s request for comment.


Jordin Sparks – "Battlefield"

Album: Battlefield
Label: Jive, 19 Entertainment, JLG
Director: Philip Andelman

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