Cee Lo Inks New Management Deal To Prepare For ‘The Lady Killer’

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Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cee Lo Green has inked a new management deal to prepare for the release of his highly anticipated upcoming album The Lady Killer, which has already spawned the #1 hit single “Fuck You.”

The Atlanta rapper has inked a deal with New York City-based Family Tree/Primary Wave Talent Management that will see veteran manager Michael “Blue” Williams take charge of Cee Lo’s career.

Williams has handled the careers of a variety of stars, including Outkast, Monica, Macy Gray, Donnell Jones and others.

“Finally a firm with foresight! Fearless and focused, fighting on the front lines for the fundamentals of franchise. In short – I like these guys!” Cee Lo said.

The announcement comes as Cee Lo adjusts to the massive success of “Fuck You,” which has garnered over 13 million plays on YouTube in less then a month, forcing Cee Lo’s label, Atlantic Records, to move up the release date of the album several months, to November 9th.

Cee Lo Green is an incredibly talented artist, and I couldn’t be more proud to represent him,” says Williams. “Cee Lo and I have known each other for over 15 years and over that time I’ve seen him grow monumentally as a performer. From the first time I saw him perform through today, I’m still utterly amazed each and every time I see him or listen to his music, and I’m so ecstatic to help bring his talent to the world.”

In addition to Cee Lo, Family Tree/Primary Wave Talent Management handles the careers of Big Sean (G.O.O.D. Music), Cody Simpson, the Trio Lords and Lady.

The Lady Killer is due in stores November 9th.

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T.I. Back In Prison

Posted: Tuesday – November 2, 2010

T.I. officially started his 11-month bid in an Arkansas prison.

The rapper entered in the facility this afternoon, according to sources.

T.I., real name Clifford Harris, was forced back to jail after he was found in violation of his probation in September. He was then arrested in Los Angeles with the drug ecstasy on his person.

A spokesperson told TMZ that the rapper will go through a normal entry process, including a prison photo, bunk assignment an will have a “community shower situation.”

T.I. has roughly 300 hours of phone time per month.

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50 Cent Explains True Reason For Meeting Chelsea Handler

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Posted: Thursday – October 21, 2010

Rap star 50 Cent has revealed the reason for meeting with TV personality Chelsea Handler during a recent interview with E! Online today (October 21st).

According 50 Cent, the pair met about an upcoming movie featuring Chelsea Handler titled This Means War that due in theaters in 2011 and co-stars Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine.

While 50 Cent was scant on details, he revealed the meeting came about after he secured a $200 million film deal with his Cheetah Films partner Randall Emmet and Lionsgate.

“We actually was talking about a film project,” 50 Cent said. “She’s working on a movie now with McG called This Means War. And we spoke, you know, so, because I just did the Lionsgate deal. I’ve been sitting with different people talking about film projects.”

The rapper also shot down the intense speculation that he was dating Handler, after the pair were seen out dining at a restaurant in New Orleans.

“I’m not gonna answer that question!” 50 Cent said of the comediane “I’m not dating her. Yeah I did send her flowers [after the VMAs] … why not?”

50 Cent’s Cheetah Films announced a new deal worth $200 million deal that calls for the rap star’s film company to produce four to five films per year, at around $20 million.

Kanye West Says Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, and Ray Charles Didn’t Deserve Grammy’s

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Posted: Thursday – October 21, 2010

Kanye West has strong opinions about awards shows. Anyone who has forgotten this salient fact can find a reminder in West’s latest explosive interview with Access Hollywood. The rap superstar spoke out against what he sees as undeserving recent winners of the Grammy Award for Album of the Year…including, you guessed it, Taylor Swift. Oh dear. Here we go again!

“Where’s our instant replay clock?” West asked, according to Access Hollywood. “Why are the last four Albums of the Year: Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock? Like, you know, with all due respect… that’s inaccurate.” (Speaking of inaccuracies, he forgot to mention Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, who won in 2009. Maybe he’s a fan.)

Instead, West suggested a few albums he’d rather have seen win. “It’s like ‘SexyBack’ — you know what I’m saying? Like [Justin Timberlake's] FutureSex/LoveSounds, Gnarls Barkley. How about Usher — Confessions? How about albums that sold 10 million?”

Lest you misunderstand the motivations behind these words, West clarified the larger social significance involved: “I pinpoint the Grammys and the VMAs because they have to take responsibility, because they mean something to us. Little kids, 6 years [old], that are singing in front of the mirror. They’re also thinking about their Grammy speech; they’re thinking about when there will be a VMA so these people, whoever run them… they have to take some responsibility to say what really happened in culture this year because we’re marking it down.”

What do you think? Is West right about those Grammy winners? Did Justin Timberlake deserve to win over Dixie Chicks, or Usher over Ray Charles?

B.o.B. Offers Fans A Free Show In Atlanta This Weekend

Posted: Wednesday – July 28, 2010

Atlanta rapper B.oB. Will return to his hometown of Atlanta this weekend to give fans a free performance on July 31st, during a concert sponsored by Myspace “Live” and HP.

The rapper has teamed with Windows 7 and HP’s Summer Music Campaign for the show, which promotes a better listening experience using HP computers’ integrated Beats Audio.

Free tickets for the event, which takes place at Center Stage in Atlanta, became available on July 26th on a first-come, first-serve basis.

B.o.B., 19, will perform tracks off his hit album B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which produced two chart-topping singles, “Nothin’ On You” featuring Bruno Mars and “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore.

For fans who cannot attend the actual show, B.o.B. has teamed with AllHipHop.com and Ustream, to provide a high quality feed of the free concert on July 31st.

“I’m excited for my free show for my hometown of Atlanta,” B.o.B. told AllHipHop.com. “Not only will people be tuning in from MySpace Music but it will be syndicated on AllHipHop via Ustream, the first time this has ever been done before on two massive music sites. MySpace is just huge and I’ve been down with AllHipHop since the Breeding Ground, this is great.

For more information or to attempt to get a free ticket visit: http://www.centerstage-atlanta.com/index.asp?showID=2130.

Entry for the early event begins at 7 p.m. and doors will be closed at capacity. To view the live stream on MySpace, visit http://www.myspace.com/mslive.

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