Beyonce Causes Stir At Billboard Awards

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Beyonce stole the show at this year’s Billboard Awards with arguably her most amazing performance to date. Las Vegas is known for its bright lights and over-the-top casinos, but Beyonce brought the house down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena when she performed her newest single Run The World (Girls). The women-empowerment song has been the rave since airing a few weeks ago with its catchy beat (sampled from Pon De Floor) and sexy video to boot. Beyonce was one of the honorees receiving the coveted Millennium Award for her achievements throughout her 15-year dominance on the Pop and R&B scene.

Everyone from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga tipped their hats off to honor the Pop Diva for her record breaking album sales, tours and influence over the music industry dating back to when she was in Destiny’s Child.

Tina Knowles’ praises hit home as she recalled moments with her daughter before all the fame and fortune. “I sang to Beyonce as a beautiful baby girl, but it wasn’t too long before she was singing back to me and to the whole world.”

Speaking directly to Beyonce before her performance, she told her, “Only 29 years old, for 15 of those years, you’ve been on the stage wowing crowds everywhere, raising the bar and setting new standards, but still managing to stay grounded and a beautiful person.”


In response to the award, Beyonce ripped the stage showcasing some new technology in her performance. She used Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) along with the regular tricks like smoke, hidden walls, etc. to wow the audience. She even had a special performance with the Les Twins, a twin-duo renowned for their incredible dance moves. Beyonce pulled out all the stops and sashayed down the aisle interacting with the crowd before walking back on stage and doing a number with her dancers. Even with her mind-blowing performance and Millennium Award celebrating her successful career, Beyonce was still the subject of a major controversy.

Beyonce was called out for stealing another singer’s graphics and CGI techniques. Apparently the same people who designed the graphics and CGI for Beyonce also did the same for Italian dancer and singer Lorella Cuccarini’s 4D performance in 2010. The two performances may have similarities, but they also have marked differences.

Either way, Beyonce’s rendition will go down as one of the best live performances to date and she truly showed why girls run the world.

Here’s Beyonce and Lorella’s side-by-side comparison:

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The Game’s Manager, Jimmy Rosemond, Turns Himself In To The FEDs

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The Game’s manager, Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond, turned himself in to the FEDs yesterday (May 23) for his alleged involvement in a cocaine drug ring. The Czar Entertainment Co-CEO manages a slew of talent like Sean Kingston, Brandy, Akon and Mike Tyson; he recently came forward in an interview with XXLmag.com on the matter:

“With the Name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful I have decided to break my silence to address slanderous media once and for all. Firstly, I want to apologize to every music artist and executive I’ve worked with. In addition, I apologize to my family and friends who have had to endure this horrible situation.

The events over the past week, to say the least, have caught me off guard. Although I have been aware of an investigation-taking place over the last four years, I was never informed that an arrest warrant had been issued in my name. I first learned about that warrant through the media when the news was released last week.

The purpose of this statement is not to assert some kind of grandiose conspiracy theory, but I will state some facts. These prosecutors have already begun my trial through the media and I’m releasing this statement in order to set the record straight. I just want a fair trial. I came up from nothing and made some mistakes early in my life of which I have already served time. Since then I have worked hard to establish my career in the music industry only to be targeted by these opportunistic prosecutors with a personal vendetta against me.

I would like to expose the two prosecutors spearheading this slanderous and trumped up case against me. The first, prosecutor Todd Kaminsky, is a 33-year-old White hip-hop head that if he weren’t a lawyer he would probably be a member of the Beastie Boys. Second, Carolyn Porkony, who failed in convicting the Murder Inc. Irv Gotti brothers on, trumped up charges of money laundering. Both have a personal stake in pursuing me and will stop at nothing to bring down an innocent man.


I have endured slanderous media for quite some time. Last year, in their frustration, they employed Chuck Phillips and the Daily News to write baseless stories in the media saying I was a snitch (but never mentioned or produced one person I ‘snitched’ on) to hopefully get people to start cooperating with their bogus investigation. Chuck Phillips started a campaign against me and wrote dozens of letters to inmates serving considerable time in federal prison begging them to cooperate. When those tactics didn’t work, they subpoenaed every person that knew me or worked with me in the music industry, including my accountants, lawyers, secretary, etc.

What compels me to expose this is that I know if I don’t I will not get a fair trial. Todd Kaminsky is hanging his hat on this case and has gone beyond his office to make sure he sensationalizes this to propel himself to some high-end law firm or political office. This is obvious from the deals he has already given his ‘witnesses’ to testify against me. Henry “Black” Butler, a known rolling 60’s gang member, and wife Leah Daniels who are Kaminsky’s star ‘witnesses’ were arrested with drugs and machine guns in Los Angeles. Butler was promised five years and his wife got her case dismissed in exchange for implicating me in their operation. I know nothing of Butler’s criminal activities and was never involved with him concerning those criminal activities. I just know him as a self-proclaimed gangbanger who told jokes all the time and worked for Loud Records in the 90’s. They leaked all this false information about me to the media and left out the truth that Henry Butler denied my involvement until he was promised a reduced sentence of five years if he included me in his operations. There’s absolutely no evidence that supports my involvement in any of this, yet I have been implicated with someone I have no associations with. Through our own investigations, we have compiled a lot of information that proves the prosecutors are overly zealous and aggressive, not to mention unconstitutional. They gave witnesses immunity and have gone as far as to threaten individuals with indictments if they didn’t talk to them about me and corroborate their tales. For instance, Ali “Zo” Adam, whose serving 18 years was offered a lesser sentence and the witness protection program if he testified against me. He refused saying he couldn’t live with the lie but admitted he was tempted by the offer. Many were tempted with the prospect of freedom and hence a case with no evidence was born against me. THIS IS NOT JUSTICE.

Khalil Abdullah’s indictment was leaked in the media as well. I never saw my name on that indictment, and I don’t know what I have to do with whatever he’s been indicted for. Up to now I don’t know what I may be charged with or what crime I’ve committed. For the last 10 years I’ve dedicated myself to servicing the music community but because of my so-called ‘checkered past’, I’ve become an easy target for prosecutors Todd Kaminsky and Carolyn Porkony, not to mention fiction writers like Chuck Phillips and his Daily News cohorts.

If the government is relying on informants like Winston “Winnie” Harris, a convicted drug dealer and Jamaican deportee, who came to me and motioned via hand signal that he was forced to wear a wire and begged me to skip town or Dexter Isaac who is serving life in prison plus 30 years then I’m sure I will not be offered a fair trial. Where’s the real proof that I have committed these crimes? I just want my fair trial and to not be railroaded as they so eagerly want to do.

A fair trial is afforded by the constitution and witnesses should be forthright without pressure or duress. That’s all I want and I’ll turn myself in today.

Again, I apologize to my peers, artists and family for being subjected to all of this.”

Rosemond’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, said, ”Although a federal prosecutor told me that there is an arrest warrant out, [but] they refuse to provide me with the warrant or a copy of the charges.”

This latest brush with the law adds on to Rosemond’s colorful past; he’s been imprisoned during the ‘90s and was charged with gun possession in Los Angeles a few years ago. Last year, Rosemond was exposed as a state and federal police informant dating back to the mid-90s. In the court documents, Rosemond’s attorneys asked for leniency in his weapon’s charge case because he helped Brooklyn prosecutors send a man to jail.

He received a lot of backlash in the Hip-Hop Community because of his alleged snitching — something viewed negatively on the Rap scene.

Rosemond’s client, The Game, released an album entitled Stop Snitchin/Stop Lyin in 2005 voicing his hatred towards anyone helping law enforcement officials. Rosemond denies ever cooperating with officials on any case and staunchly proclaims his innocence in the drug ring conspiracy.

Czar Entertainment was in the midst of filming Dead Presidents 2 and Cookout 2 before Rosemond’s legal problems began. Czar Entertainment couldn’t be reached for questioning and the charges remain undisclosed at this time.

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Eminem Wins Six Billboard Music Awards

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As Billboard magazine honors music’s top selling acts Sunday night, an absent Eminem ties Justin Bieber for the top honors.

Unless you’re counting host Ken Jeong’s decision to dress as Flavor Flav and then crawl under Nas’ legs, Eminem offered the biggest Hip Hop presence at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards. It should be noted that Em didn’t actually attend the mostly Pop affair, which was dominated by the likes of Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Britney Spears.

Eminem tied Bieber for the most awards at six wins. Out of 46 award categories, Shady took home nods for Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album [Recovery], Top Rap Album and Top Rap Song [“Love The Way You Lie” ].


While the selection process by the National Acacemy of Recording Arts and Sciences has recently come under fire for their more subjective methods used for selecting Grammy Award winners, Billboard stated, “all finalists and winners were determined by a combination of chart performances.” The eligibility period for nominations ran from February 28, 2010 through March 1, 2011. The amount of their respective awards reflected the strength of Eminem and Bieber’s current sales. To date, Em’s Recovery has sold over 3.8 million copies, while Bieber’s My World 2.0 has moved over 2.7 million units.

Notable performers Sunday night were Cee-Lo Green, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Lil Wayne, and Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, who both featured Britney Spears as a guest performer.

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Wiz Khalifa Strikes Gold; Launches 40 City Tour With Big Sean, Chevy Woods

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa has announced the 40-city “Rolling Papers Tour,” which will kick off June 11th at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

The “Rolling Papers Tour” will also feature rappers Big Sean, Chevy Woods and DJ Bonics.

The news of the “Rolling Papers Tour” comes on the heels of Wiz’ official second single “Roll Up” receiving a gold certification by the RIAA, for moving over 500,000 units.

The rapper will be on the road until August 5th when the “Rolling Papers Tour” winds down in Pontiac, Michigan at the Phoenix Amphitheater.

The full itinerary for the “Rolling Papers Tour” is listed below.

JUNE
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11 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival
12 St. Louis, MO Verizone Wireless Amphitheater
13 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
14 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
15 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
16 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze Plaza
18 Denver, CO 1st Bank Center
21 Lake Tahoe, NV Montbleau Casino
22 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Center
23 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
25 Anaheim, CA The Honda Center
27 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
28 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheater
29 Tucson, AZ Ava Amphitheater
30 Albuquerque, NM Convention Center


JULY
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2 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
3 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center
5 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Summerfest
6 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
7 New Orleans, LA Kiefer Uno Lakefront Arena
8 Nashville, TN Municipal Auditorium
9 Mariasville, NY Camp Bisco Festival
10 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park
15 Boca Raton, FL Sunset Cove
16 Orlando, FL Firestone Lot
17 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheater
18 Myrtle Beach , SC House of Blues
20 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheater
21 Greensboro, NC White Oak Amphitheater
22 Portsmouth, VA Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
23 Charlottesville, VA Charlottesville Pavilion
24 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
25 New York, NY Central Park Summer Stage
27 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
28 Portland, ME Maine State Pier
29 West Long Branch, NJ Mac at Mamouth Universal
30 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
31 Burlington, VT Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo

AUGUST
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2 Indianapolis, IN Lawn at White River State Park
3 Rochester, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
4 Lewiston, NY Earl W. Brydges Artpark
5 Pontiac, MI Phoenix Amphitheater

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M-Bone’s Funeral Set For This Friday; Fans Invited

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The family of Cali Swag District group member M-Bone has decided to open the funeral up for fans and the general public, who would like to show support for their fallen family member.

“There has been a tremendous outreach of concern and the family would like to have the funeral open to the public and fans that would like to support,” Cali Swag’s publicist said.

For fans wanting to attend, services will take place this Friday (May 27th) at 11 a.m. PT at Faithful Central on 333 W. Florence Avenue in Inglewood, California.

M-Bone, born Montae Talbert, was shot twice in the head and killed on May 15th, while sitting in his car on La Brea Avenue in Inglewood.


No arrests have been made and homicide detectives are still looking for a motive.

M-Bone’s death comes as Cali Swag District celebrates the success of their 2010 single “Teach Me How to Dougie,” which has been certified platinum.

The group is also up for a BET Award for Best New Group.

The Inglewood Police Department is asking anyone with information to come forward and call the homicide division at (310) 412-5246 or its 24-hour anonymous hotline number: (888)-41-CRIME or (888)-412-7463.

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Eminem & Royce 5’9″ Address Lack Of Dr. Dre Beats On Collabo EP

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Eminem and his newly signed artist Royce Da 5’9″ recently sat down with MTV’s RapFix Live to talk about the much-anticipated collaboration EP, Hell: The Sequel, and why Dr. Dre is absent from the project.

While Hip-Hop fans are excited about the reunion, legendary producer and longtime Eminem collaborator Dr. Dre is not providing beats to Shady and his new partner.

“I think Dre is, like, really cracking down on getting Detox finished, so I think he’s more so focused on that,” said Eminem.


“I really didn’t say anything to Dre till kinda like the last minute. We didn’t really say anything to anybody about what was going on because we weren’t sure what was going to happen with it,” continued Em. “It wasn’t like I said, ‘Yo Dre, can we get a beat for this project that we’re workin’ on?’ Because it wasn’t really necessarily a project yet.”

Slaughterhouse member Royce added that the duo didn’t really reach out to any producers in particular, saying they were “just cuttin’ random.”

Hell: The Sequel features production from Havoc, Bangladesh, Sid Roams, Mr. Porter, DJ Khalil and Supa Dups.

Watch the interview below:

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