Rapper Missy Elliott Has Thyroid Disease

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Rap star Missy Elliott says she has Graves disease, a thyroid problem that caused her hair to fall out and shut down her nervous system. But the condition is rarely life-threatening, and the 39-year-old Grammy winner is exercising regularly under medical supervision.

“My nervous system shut down, you know,” Elliott said in an episode of the show “Behind the Music”, which will air on June 29 on VH1. “Your skin is dry, your hair falls out, you wake up, and your eyes feel like they’ve got rocks in them.”

Elliott, who is known for the hit songs “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It”, was diagnosed with Graves disease in 2008 but kept her condition private, her publicist Anne Kristoff revealed. “Elliot pretty much exercises every day, so she’s committed to her health,” she added.

Graves disease cannot be cured, but its symptoms can be mitigated with treatment, according to the medical organisation, Mayo Clinic. Patients with Graves disease have a thyroid gland that overproduces the hormone thyroxine, which increases the body’s metabolic rate and can affect a person’s appearance and energy levels.

Elliott gained fame in the mid-90’s and has won four Grammys since then. However, she has not released a new album since The Cookbook, which came out in 2005. Currently she is working on an album tentatively titled Block Party, with producer and rapper Timbaland.

Timbaland Boots Chris Brown from New Album

Posted: Wednesday – November 25, 2009

While some have forgiven Chris Brown for his actions towards Rihanna and decided to embrace him again, others haven’t been so easy to let the past go.

Producer Timbaland, who was originally slated to have Brown featured on his upcoming release Shock Value II, has now removed the singer completely from his album.

Initially the singer was set to provide his vocals to a song called “The One I Love”.

Rapper D.O.E., who is also featured on the song, stated that the song had to undergo many title changes as they didn’t seem to be appropriate with the events that had taken place with Brown and Rihanna. The first title for the track was “Maniac”, but obvious circumstances wouldn’t allow that to fly.

It has been reported that another reason for being exiled from the album is due to the fact that the singer himself was coming up with inappropriate titles. Suggesting things such as “I Like It When You Cry.” “Love Is A Knockout Punch,” and “Now I’m Really Gonna Kill You” must not have been the type of shock that Tim was looking for, according to a source in his production team.

“We would have kept Chris on the album if he didn’t insist on suggesting inappropriate song titles every three minutes. And I have no idea why he brought brass knuckles to the studio. That stuff is totally unacceptable.”

As he continues to prep for his December 4 release date, Tim has already starting providing visuals to his second helping. A music video was recently released for the single “Morning After Dark” featuring SoShy and is already getting to release the music video to “Say Something” with Drake.

The third single is scheduled to be “Carry Out” featuring Justin Timberlake. It should hit U.S. radio on December 1.

Whether the statements are strictly hot air or hold some truth, the young singer has a long road to climb before he can get back in everyone’s good graces once again.



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.”

Source: Allhiphop.com

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