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We all have a stretch of time in our past where we were on some other stuff or trying to find ourselves. We talked different, dressed odd, and everyone told us it was just a phase, and thankfully they were right. The same can be said of these celebs. While individuality and creativity should be applauded, many people were scratching their heads and raising their eyebrows when these stars went through their weird phases.
Christina Aguilera always knew she would be a star. Getting her start early on the “Mickey Mouse Club,” Aguilera’s career began along the same time as fellow pop diva Britney Spears. Trying to differentiate herself from her rival, Aguilera decided to be edgy and played up her sexuality and bad girl image to help sell records. Catching a lot of negative criticism for her overly sexual image, Aguilera eventually toned things down after a brief hiatus to start a family and retool her image. Most recently, Aguilera has rejoined her red seat on NBC’s hit singing reality competition show “The Voice.”
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Crystal Jones Says TLC Biopic Is Inaccurate; Explains Why She Was Kicked Out Of Group And Says She CAN Sing
Now you know at least a handful of people were going to come out of the darkness after CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story aired last night and say they didn’t appreciate their portrayal in the biopic. At this point, T Boz and Chilli should expect to be served with papers very soon from Pebbles. But another person who wasn’t feeling the film is, of course, original member Crystal Jones. We told you yesterday that Jones is planning to come out with a tell-all book about her short time in the group called, TLC My Story: The Awakening Of A Shattered Dream. And while she said the trailer for the movie looked “interesting” before it aired last night, now that she’s seen it, she says she wasn’t feeling it. Jones sat down with the Ryan Cameron morning show V-103 this morning to discuss her inaccurate portrayal in the film and to explain why she really didn’t get to stay in the group, and she says it had nothing to do with not being able to “sang.” Here a few tidbits from the interview:
On The Inaccuracies Of The Film:
“The movie was very inaccurate, and it brought up a lot of worms I kind of put to rest a long time ago.
One, we never auditioned for L.A. [Reid]. We auditioned for Pebbles at Seriously Sound Studio, and the song we used was a song that was produced by Jermaine Dupri called “I Got It Going On…”
Ryan Cameron: “Who was also missing from the movie.”
Why She Really Didn’t Get To Stay In The Group:
“As far as what happened, and I’m sure what everybody wants to know is that, it was based on the contract…We’re going through the paperwork, and it’s lengthy. So I turned to Pebbles and I said, ‘Can I take it home and let my mom take a look at it? Because I really don’t understand what I’m reading.’ And she said, ‘No absolutely not, so I didn’t sign it.’”
Jones’ manager, Ian Burke, was also reportedly present for the interview and dished some TLC history too. He claimed that he initially didn’t want Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in the group because when she first auditioned, she came in a dress instead of baggy clothes. He said that her actual rhyming skills are what impressed him, and she went on to say that the dress wasn’t really her thing either, but that she was just trying to make a good impression. He also says that one person who didn’t get any credit in the movie was Jermaine Dupri. Burke says that he’s the one who convinced T Boz to sing in the low register we know her for. And as for Ms. Jones, she says that as for folks pretending she couldn’t sing in the audition scene of the biopic, which was used as the reason for her dismissal, that’s not true. She says that she can sing, but Jones wouldn’t perform anything for the V-103 crew when they asked her to prove it.
Once the full audio is ready to go, we’ll post it for you to hear, but so far, Jones and her manager Ian Burke definitely had some interesting things to say. What do you think of their response to the movie?
Remember back in 2004 when Usher’s album, “Confessions,” came out at nearly the exact same time the singer broke up with Chilli and everyone assumed all the scandalous tales on the album were about his relationship with her? Since that time, producer Jermaine Dupri has spoken up about the fact that the confessions on that album were actually about his trife life and not Usher’s, but as Chilli makes her media rounds promoting the TLC Biopic airing on VH1 tonight, she’s also setting the record straight about the recordings and how she feels about Usher to this day. Clearing the air with Us Weekly, she said:
“We were together when he recorded that album. All of those songs on ‘Confessions,’ that was about Jermaine Dupri’s situation. Usher was just singing it. But people kind of bought into it, it was just the timing of our breakup when the album came out. So people assumed that album was about us, but it was not. And Usher and I weren’t oil and water. We broke up because I guess it was that time or whatever. He was that real love for me.”
Though we can believe “Confessions” wasn’t really about Usher and Chilli, what seems a bit confusing is the 42-year-old claiming they broke up because “it was that time or whatever.” Am I the only one who recalls a semi-bitter Chilli calling into Atlanta’s Q100 radio station back in 2004 and telling the world, “Usher did the ultimate no-no to me. I will never be with him again, and that is that,” before adding, ”He portrayed himself to be this honest and great guy, and he really wasn’t. ”I will never take him back. It is a done deal.”
Now I’m not saying she couldn’t have finally gotten over that and changed her tune about the type of man Usher is, but doing the “ultimate no-no,” which we all assume is cheating, does not sound like it was just time to move on. Makes me wonder whether Chilli calling into that radio show nine years ago was a part of a PR spectacle to boost sales of “Confessions” or she just forgot she told the world that in her latest interview? Whatever the case, it appears any bitter feelings she may or may not have felt toward her ex at that time have since subsided. She added in her Us Weekly interview:
“In any relationship, even when it came to my relationship with Usher, when it was time to make a move, I had to do that. I don’t care how much my heart was hurting, sometimes you’re just supposed to be with people for a reason and it’s not always a lifetime. Even if you want it to be, it just doesn’t work out that way.
“But I’ll always love him, forever, because he was my first adult love, a real love. We’re cool, we’re really cool. There’s no hard feelings, nothing like that. It’s all good.”
Someone Dallas Austin, the father of her 16-year-old son Tron, is thinking, “ain’t this about a bleep?” Just kidding. It’s good to know Chilli’s in a good place Usher, but do you think she should stop talking about him so much, though, considering they’ve been broken up for almost 10 years now?
Mariah Carey has chosen Jermaine Dupri and his So So Def label as her new manager. The duo has worked together before, and created hits like “We Belong Together” and “Always Be My Baby.” The two were caught in the studio alongside Mike WiLL Made It and Rodney Jenkins, working together on her 14th album, “The Art of Letting Go.”
Her previous manager was former American Idol judge Randy Jackson, who had been with Carey since the 1990s. They parted ways last spring.
The latest album was supposed to be released over the summer, but was delayed because, Carey tweeted she “got so immersed in the creative process” that it wouldn’t have “done it justice” to release it on July 23rd as planned.
In a press statement, Dupri said, “A multi-talented artist of Mariah’s caliber should be doing everything imaginable. I’m sure others have said this but not the way I intend to do it. For me, it’s about the execution.”
And Carey added, “We have a bond that surpasses music. I am super excited about our merger because we have so many innovative ideas that I know will come to fruition.”
Is this a dream team?
Many feel all great artists get their inspiration from other great artists but there’s a thin line between using someone’s song as a muse and outright ripping them off. These 15 musicians have been accused of stealing another artist’s music.
R&B singer Alicia Keys took a break from making music to start a family. Returning to the scene with a brand new image and a new album, the New York native lit up the charts with her single “Girl On Fire.” Too bad the song that helped re-launched her career would lead her right into a courtroom. Songwriter Eric Shurman has accused the “Foolish” singer of using his 1962 song “Hey There Lonely Girl” that was used by Eddie Harmon for her hit song. Last December Shuman filed a lawsuit against Keys, who is now a girl getting sued.
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On Saturday, Monica and her NBA baller husband Shannon Brown hosted a baby shower for their new baby girl. The shower, which took place at Jermaine Dupri’s Atlanta home, had a pink and ponies theme and it was pretty adorable.
On the very pink invitations Monica sent out she said no children and no cameras. But it’s hard to stop a grown man from snapping at pic or two in his own house…or posting a professional one on his Instagram. So we have a little sneak peek for you all today.
And it seems like it’s already been confirmed by Monica’s Instagram bio that the little girl’s name will be Laiyah. Allegedly, Tiny gave the couple the name. Little Laiyah will be the second child for Shannon, third for Monica and the first girl for both of them.
Check out some adorable pics from Monica’s baby shower on the following pages.
Jermaine Dupri Says SunTrust Bank Took Advantage of Him Because He Didn’t Finish High School, Files Countersuit
I just don’t know about these celebs, y’all.
Jermaine Dupri’s money struggles are no secret. For months we’ve been reporting on the financial crumbling of his former hip-hop empire. Initially, word began circulating that the 40-year-old North Carolina native was drowning in debt and unable to financially stay afloat after reports leaked that he owed SunTrust Bank $2 million from a $4.8 million loan that he took out with them. To make matter worse, he was also in danger of losing his rights to popular So So Def tracks, since he used them as collateral when he first applied for the loan.
Shortly after these reports surfaced, J.D. took to social media to slam the financial institution and deny reports. According to his story, he didn’t owe SunTrust a single red cent. While we seriously hoped that this was true, recent reports suggest otherwise. TMZ is reporting that J.D. is calling “flag on the play” against the bank. His recently filed counter lawsuit claiming that the bank took advantage of him and scammed him out of millions of dollars because he’s uneducated.
In the suit, the hip-hop mogul is alleging that his personal banker showered him with gifts and lavish dinners, then turned around and took advantage of the fact that he never finished high school by coercing him into signing a new loan agreement. J.D. says the banker comforted him by telling him that the new agreement was for his benefit. In actuality, the new agreement increased his monthly loan payments, but J.D. insists that he was never made aware of this. He ultimately defaulted on the loan and had to sell his recording studio and his So So Def catalog to pay off his loan. So far there has been no word on whether or not he had to sell the entire catalog or just a few tracks. Here’s the kicker though. According to the lawsuit, his studio was worth $2.5 million and the catalog was worth $20 million. To top it all off, Jermaine reportedly owes $79,000 on his Lamborghini and has to pay $800,000 in back taxes to the IRS.
Although J.D. certainly should’ve educated himself on whatever terms he was consenting to when he signed the new loan agreement, this story is pretty sad. Trusted financial advisors should be a Hollywood necessity.
What are your thoughts on Jermaine’s money struggles?
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Jermaine Dupri has been ordered to pay the remaining balance on a Lamborghini he financed several years ago only to stop making the payments.
According to TMZ, Premier Financial Services sued the producer in 2011 claiming he blew off payments on his $330,000 Lambo Murcielago. The car was repossessed later that year and the company demanded Dupri pay for the $79,095 balance.
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One half of the early ’90s hip-hop duo Kriss Kross, Chris Kelly passed away on May 1st of a severe drug overdose according to toxicology reports that have just recently been made public. In a recent report from the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office, heroin, coke, ethanol, hydrocodone and alprazolam were all found in Kelly’s system and their toxic mixture is what caused his death.
His mother reported to officials that he had been partying the night before his death, using both heroin and coke and that he had an extensive history of hardcore drug use. She also stated that she had to bring him home the night before his death, as she had many times before, but this time he complained of feeling nauseous before he went unconscious.
Kelly, also known as “Mac Daddy,” was only 34 years old and was found unresponsive at his home on May 1.
Chris Kelly and Chris Smith were discovered in an Atlanta mall by a 19-year-old Jermaine Dupri in 1991. They were only 13, but Kris Kross went on to become one of the most popular rap groups of that time. They influenced everything from music to fashion with their bold choice to wear their clothes backwards.
The duo performed earlier this year at the 20th celebration of Dupri’s So So Def record label and Kelly’s uncle stated that he had plans to make a comeback this year. RIP.
I’m betting Jermaine Dupri can’t wait for Mariah Carey’s new album to come out and surely, he’s praying for major record sales.
Jermaine Dupri is, once again, in trouble with the IRS. This time, Uncle Sam is looking for Dupri his outstanding tax bill that currently stands at about $800,000, according to TMZ.
They say he hasn’t paid his taxes for the years 2008, 2010 and 2011 where the bills were $646.47, $140,889.76 and $657.156.12, respectively.
So far, it looks like he’s in the clear for 2009.
Here’s the thing: this isn’t the first time, or second for that matter, he’s owed big dollars to the IRS. Back in 2009, he paid a $500,000 tax bill he owed the state of Georgia and in January he paid off a $5 million dollar tax lien.
I mean, do rich people (or the supposedly rich) not get embarrassed or ashamed? How many times do you have to be hit – and hit hard, no less – by someone like the IRS before you realize you need to take care of your own business? It doesn’t even matter whether or not they have the money to pay it back; why even get caught up in all those penalty and interest fees? It’s really ridiculous.
So far, no word from JD on this…situation. Hopefully, he can get this rectified.