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When the courts ruled in favor of Marvin Gaye’s family in the infamous “Blurred Lines” lawsuit, we knew that it would only be a matter of time before an outpouring of artists and producers alike came forward with similar claims. Our predictions were correct.
Popular 90s and early 2000s producer Jermaine Dupri recently spoke to the Associated Press about the $7.4 million payout and expressed that he understands both sides of the case.
“My first time hearing it [‘Blurred Lines’], I was like, ‘This might be a problem.’ I kind of felt like that,” the 42-year-old said. “Them going to court was really more shocking than anything.”
He went on to claim that he believes some of his own work has been ripped off. An example of this is Ciara’s new breakup track, “I Bet.”
“Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad.’ I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things,” he said.
According to JD, the similarities may not be as obvious as those in “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give It Up,” but he still believes his work was stolen.
“It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”
Apparently, songwriter and producer Bryan-Michael Cox, who worked with Dupri on the 2001 smash hit, believes there are obvious similarities as well. At least according to JD he does. Oh yeah, and while we’re discussing track-jacking, the SoSo Def founder also thinks “I Bet” sounds similar to Tamia’s “Still,” which he also worked on. JD, however, says that CiCi doesn’t have to worry about a million dollar lawsuit; he and Cox simply want credit. They have plans to contact the song’s producers.
Personally, I think he’s reaching, but I guess the melodies are slightly similar. Check the tracks below and let us know what you think.
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Unfortunately, over the years, we’ve had to watch quite a few custody battles play out in the public eye. For reasons ranging from funny money and poor behavior, we were shocked when news came out that these famous men were granted primary and sole custody of their children over the mothers of their kids. Here are a few examples that definitely had people talking.
Who is Grace Miguel, really? No one knows the answer to that except for those close to her. But there’s obviously something amazing about her that makes Usher want to make things official between them. Now that everyone knows that they are planning to get married, I thought I’d share with you a few interesting things about Grace Miguel since she will be the new Mrs.
Usher & Grace Miguel Step Out Arm-In-Arm In Front Of Cameras For The First Time And Show Off Massive Engagement Ring [Photos]
I guess you could call this the big debut of Usher, 36, and Grace Miguel, 45, as an official couple, even though they’ve been dating for years now and are reportedly engaged.
The two stepped out for the Golden Globes Art of Elysium Heaven Gala in LA on Sunday night, and though Usher walked the red carpet alone, the couple was squeezed up tight inside the event. Walking with her hand wrapped around his bicep, Miguel cheesed it up as her massive engagement ring sparkled in front of the cameras. This was a big change for the couple, who never really have shown PDA, but usually are photographed walking near each other like business partners only. Don’t ask me why they had on headphones though…
Us Weekly spoke to an “insider” who confirmed that the two are engaged: “She’s happy but they’re trying to keep it quiet.”
Usher looked quite dapper, but still had remnants of the aftermath of that busted blood vessel in his eye. As we previously told you, when Usher posted a picture of his injured eye on Instagram with the caption, “You should see the other guy!!!” rumors started to swirl about how he got it. According to reports, at a New Year’s Eve party at E11even nightclub in Miami, a guy said some not so respectful things about Grace Miguel, and Usher had to lay down the smack down.
But all is well now, and the two are all smiles. Check out the pics of the couple and her huge engagement ring.
While many celebrities rang in the new year traveling, partying or spending time with family, Usher was allegedly opening up a can of whoop a** on someone in a nightclub in Miami. Probably not the best way to start 2015…
According to reports, the singer was having a great time celebrating New Year’s Eve at nightclub E11, even doing so alongside Bow Wow, when he ended up getting into a scuffle with another clubgoer who got a little too slick at the mouth. The guy reportedly made some inappropriate comments about Usher’s rumored fiancée, Grace Miguel, and the singer wasn’t having it.
There isn’t footage of the fight, but there is a picture of the aftermath, which was posted by the singer, himself. Usher seemed pretty proud that he only walked away with a busted blood vessel:
Well, I guess all that training to play Sugar Ray Leonard must have paid off?
Clearly Grace Miguel is very important to Usher. In an interview with Billboard late last year, he said that she is an “incredible partner” who has helped him broaden his horizons.
“I have an incredible partner and manager. She has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life and my career. She’s someone who has been able to support and understand all of who I am. Not just as a dancer or as a performer or as a singer, but as a humanitarian and a businessman and as a person. One thing that has come from having a great partner like Grace is being able to cherish the places that I’ve gone. We see the monumental sites, go to the museums, eat in the best restaurants. I’m that guy now! In the past I’d do what I have to do and get on the bus to the next city. Life has become a vacation.”
Looks like Usher is ready to sign them papers. This time it’ll be a marriage certificate with his longtime girlfriend Grace Miguel. Recent reports from B. Scott and our very own eyes confirmed the news.
A few weeks ago, the couple was photographed in Miami and if you look at Grace’s finger in the shots, you can clearly see that she’s wearing a ring, a very nice sized ring.
According to sources who spoke to B Scott, the couple plan to have a low-key wedding ceremony. Which is not at all surprising considering the way they’ve handled themselves in the public eye.
The announcement is only marred by the fact that stories and now even pictures from Usher and Tameka’s sex tape are surfacing all over the internet.
And this is nothing that has been confirmed by anyone else but judging by these pictures, I wouldn’t be surprised if the couple will be making another sort of announcement in the near future. Grace has on a lot of layers for Miami.
We’ll keep you posted.
But either way, congratulations are in order for this couple!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you read that headline correctly. Usher charged his cell phone in a woman’s vagina. So… how did this happen?
Well, Usher was in Miami attending the Art Basel event. And one of the exhibits, by Weird Magic, featured a naked woman who had some type of device in her vagina which allowed her to charge electronics…through a USB of course.
Hopefully, it wasn’t Usher’s.
I don’t know what the exhibit was supposed to show exactly but there is something to be said about the power of the vagina. Like, seriously.
If you doubted the factuality of this story, there are pictures to prove it.
Take a look below.
So, with a picture this outrageous, you have to caption it. And for the record, “You don’t have to call, girl” has already been taken.
After years of denying and calling her his manager, Usher is finally opening up about his girlfriend Grace Miguel. In a new exclusive interview with Billboard Magazine, the singer talks about his love for her and how he has changed as a man.
Usher told Billboard,
“I have an incredible partner and manager. She has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life and my career.
She’s someone who has been able to support and understand all of who I am. Not just as a dancer or as a performer or as a singer, but as a humanitarian and a businessman and as a person. One thing that has come from having a great partner like Grace is being able to cherish the places that I’ve gone,” he says. “We see the monumental sites, go to the museums, eat in the best restaurants. I’m that guy now! In the past I’d do what I have to do and get on the bus to the next city. Life has become a vacation.”
In addition to Grace, Usher opened up about his friendship with Diddy, his relationship with Justin Bieber and the status of his album.
On His Album being pushed back —
I just ain’t ready,” he explains. “Meaning I have more that I want to say and more that I want to do. My process is pretty different. L.A. Reid will tell you, it takes two albums to make one with Usher. Marketing is more important than it has ever been, But I’m trying to tear the layers back and make it not so contrived. I think people just want entertainment. For certain artists it might be hard, but they don’t have the show.”
“Every album I’ve made represented a specific thing that was happening in my life,” he says. “And not until now did I think to look back at my life and take inspiration from my own music.”
On his friendship with Diddy & why he sees him as a mentor —
“My time with Puff, it gave me chutzpah. I got to see performers like Tupac Shakur,” he says. “Redman, Method Man, Ice Cube. I got to perform onstage with The Notorious B.I.G., be in sessions with him and Craig Mack. I got to be part of the driving force that was Bad Boy, that was Puff.”
His Tour —
“Most tours cater to the specific launch of a project — not this time,” he says emphatically. “The focus this time is the music. Going all the way back to the beginning. This will be one of my freest tours,” he says. “Shit, I’m singing love songs that went on to be baby-makers — and now the damn babies are in the audience. Talk about a family reunion.”
On Justin Bieber —
“Our relationship is more man-to-man now,” he says. “He’s making his own decisions and it’s important to show support. I can say I’m not happy with all the choices my friend has made, but I’m supportive of him. I try my hardest to give as much positive reinforcement as I can. I’ll punch him in the f—ing chest when I need to, and give him a hug and kiss when I need to. It’s more than just mentoring. I love the kid.”
On spending time with his children —
“I’m not a morning person, but I’ve become one as the result of having kids,” he says, settling down at a large round table in the crew catering room. “The morning is my private time to spend with my boys. The music industry doesn’t allow you to go to bed until five in the morning anyway. You have to just keep rolling.”
The UR tour will kick off November 1st in Montreal.
This weekend’s IHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas brought together two talented R&B Crooners, Chris Brown & Usher. The 2-day festival featured performances by Usher, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Jason Derulo and Ariana Grande. However the performance between Chris and Usher was a fan favorite.
After performing a few of his hits, Usher announced to the audience that he would be bringing Chris Brown on stage to perform their latest hit, New Flame. However no one was prepared for the epic mini dance-off the two had after. Fans have waited for years to see the two dance against each other. The dance off ended with Usher lighting his sneakers on fire. Yeah we know…just watch the video.
In addition to Usher and Chris Brown, check out Nicki Minaj performing her latest hits.
You can’t keep a good woman down.
Earlier this evening, we told you that Nicki Minaj suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction during one of the opening performances at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. But as the saying goes, the show must go on. Several performances later, Nicki popped back up on stage with Usher in a new outfit (thank God) and together the duo rocked out to his new single, “She Came To Give It To You.”
Miss thang is definitely in demand this evening. What did you all think of their performance?