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Usher’s 2004 Confessions album was certainly one for the history books. It seemed as if every other week, his label released another hit single from the highly anticipated, super controversial studio album—including catchy club banger “Caught Up.” But now, nearly nine years after the single’s release, a crew of songrwriters, Zacharia Edwards, Mitch Moses and Vince McClean are allegedly claiming that they are actually the original composers of the track and that Usher and the lovely folks over at Arista Records stole the song from them.
According to Perez Hilton, the trio say that they wrote the song in 2002 and and played it from some executives at Arista. It appears that nothing became of the meeting. Two years later, they were shocked to hear R&B superstar, Usher Raymond, belting out their song on the radio. So yeah, basically they’re claiming the song was stolen from them and now they’re reportedly suing. Though this version of the story seems pretty simplified, we’re sure that there’s a lot more to the story. And we can’t help but wonder why it took them nine years to take legal action against Usher and Arista.
We hear that they’re suing for unspecified damages. Hopefully things can be settled out of court. Can you imagine if he had to run back and forth to court for this case and his ongoing child custody dispute with ex-wife, Tameka Raymond? Details about this case are still pretty scarce, but we’ll be sure to keep you all posted as this story develops.
For old times’ sake…
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We told you a while back that Usher (aka, Ursher, as I like to call him) was starring as Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming biopic, Hands of Stone. The singer has already bulked up to get the (Tameka Raymond approved) body of the prized fighter, but now he’s working on his hair, growing the afro that Leonard stayed with as a young man. When speaking about embodying the man for the movie, Usher stated that he’s more than serious about doing what he needs to not only look like him on-screen but in real life as well:
“My commitment to this character demands that I not only physically get ready, but also become him. The hair, the personality, the manner he conducts himself in — all that. He’s an incredible man.”
Well, Usher showed off his elevated afro this week while performing for the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation’s 2013 Angel Ball, which helps raise money for cancer research. While he might try to look like Sugar Ray Leonard, he took a page out of Liberace’s fashion book with his glittery suit swag.
What do you think of the look? Usher actually looks a bit younger with such a hairstyle, but he doesn’t look bad. Kudos to the man for taking such an acting opportunity so serious, but I’m sure he knows that he has no other choice. People can be harsh with critiques when it comes to an actor’s work in a biopic, especially an actor whose day job is to sing for a living. Do you think he’ll knock it out the park?
Usher Raymond is making some Hollywood moves. The singer is doing double movie duty with his credit as executive producer of the upcoming education documentary Undroppable. And he’s got a role in Hands of Stone as legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.
Undroppable is about the dropout epidemic in the U.S. educational system, which will include direct feedback from American students. Written and directed by Jason Pollock, the film will be supported by a social media/video campaign that will allow students to discuss the issues they face in school reports Uptown magazine.
Raymond has signed on as executive producer with Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber‘s manager) who introduced him to the project. Adam McKay, Sharon Chang, Alex Soros and John Powers Middleton are also listed as executive producers on the project.
“I knew Usher was very passionate about the issue of education, so I felt this was a great project to bring him into,” said Braun. “His expertise will be invaluable as we continue this film and movement.”
Undroppable will be a 2014 release.
Usher has executive produced or produced other film projects, including the 2011 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never documentary (producer); 2005′s In the Mix (executive producer); and the TV movie documentary One Night One Star: Usher Live in 2005 (producer).
Hands of Stone is about Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran who fought Sugar Ray Leonard and other big name pugilists during his heyday, winning 103 out of 119 fights. Duran’s rivalry with Sugar Ray was legendary.
The movie will also star Edgar Ramirez as Duran and Robert De Niro as Duran’s coach Ray Arcel.
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?
Taye Diggs looks older and more mature with facial hair. When he shaves it all off he looks like a little boy waiting for puberty to start.
Oh Tameka Raymond, you slay me.
If you’ll recall, Wendy Williams took Tameka Raymond to task for lusting over her ex-hubby Usher’s picture in the latest issue of Men’s Health Magazine. Wendy told Tameka, through the television during her “Hot Topics” segment that she couldn’t have it both ways by saying how good he looked but still battling in court with him. Frankly, not many people disagreed with her.
Well on Friday evening, Tameka responded to Wendy on Twitter but it was way more tame than expected:
Tameka, you can’t blame Wendy Williams for what you posted on social media. The comments section of the pictured posted on Instagram were crazy, ranging from people agreeing with Tameka to people who made very similar comments to the ones made by Wendy. Further, when someone on Twitter called her “thirsty,” Tameka responded by saying, “Parched and damn near choking,” Yes, we see everything.
If there are “real boos” in Tameka’s life, why would she think it cool or cute to even post something like that about her ex-husband? That would send the wrong message to him…or them.
One thing is for sure: As long as Tameka or anyone else says something that piques an interest, Wendy Williams will, as they say on Twitter, “stay woke.”
You know how you can be five years removed from a relationship with a man that you now hate, but when you happen to come across a photo of him, you can’t help but still say, “dang, he’s fine”?
Tameka Raymond just had one of those moments, but the difference between her and us is she put herself all out there on Twitter. When Usher’s ex-wife and mother of his two sons caught a glimpse of her old beau’s new cover on Men’s Health, she couldn’t help but let the masses know she was feeling it. She wrote:
— tameka j raymond (@TamekaRaymond) October 9, 2013
Can we talk about the fact that Tameka actually mentioned Usher in that tweet? I know he looked at that mention and was like “bish, please.” After all, we are talking about the same woman who has dragged this man into court umpteen times – even directly after her son Kile’s death – to duke it out over custody issues. She even reportedly filed papers this week saying Usher isn’t co-parenting fairly. I’m not saying Usher is a saint in this whole situation (we do remember he supposedly slept with those bridesmaids), but Tameka you could probably still be laying up next to that fine specimen if you weren’t so cray girl.
What do you think about Tameka calling out Usher on Twitter?
If VH1′s Hollywood Exes wasn’t really lighting your rachet fire, it seems that the rumors are true about its spin-off, Atlanta Exes. We told you earlier in the summer about rumors that Cee-Lo Green’s ex-wife, Pilar Sanders and Tameka Raymond were going to be cast on the show. Fast forward to fall, and it sounds like the show will be a go. One of the ladies you will see include Kevin Hart’s ex, Torrei, and she spilled the beans on the other confirmed cast mates (Raymond, Idris Elba’s ex Kim, and Christina Johnson, ex-wife of Cee Lo, will all be involved) and why she felt the need to do reality TV. While speaking with HipHopHollywood on the red carpet of the ASCAP’s 5th Annual “Women Behind the Music Series,”she explained a few things.
During their interview, the beauty discussed what her ex-husband, Kevin Hart, had to say about her doing the show. She says that while he started off pretty apprehensive, he became more supportive of her decision.
“I did talk to my ex about it and at first he just wanted to know why I wanted to do it, and I just told him I think it’s something I need to do for me. At first he was a little apprehensive about it but once I told him ‘I assure you I will not be fighting, I will not be cussing, I will not embarrass our kids, our family, you have nothing to worry about, he was like okay go for it, do it.”
Torrei also answered the million dollar question: Why? Why do a reality TV show about being the ex of a famous person. According to her, it’s not about bashing anybody (literally and figuratively), but to give people a better impression of who she is. She says that people have one impression of her because of the media and Kevin’s stand-up comedy, but she’s very different:
“I just feel like it’s a way to see who I am. In the past I’ve been put out in the press, people have this assumption about me, and it’s a way for people to really get to see who I am. I want to do the show. I think it’s a great opportunity. It’s a great platform, and I’m excited about it.”
But don’t get it twisted. Torrei says the women you see won’t be about a lot of negativity, but will seek to empower women.
“And the women that are on the cast, I really love the women. I think we can empower women, and they can see that reality TV can be positive, it’s not just fighting and negativity.”
I can kind of understand why she would want to do something like this. I purely know what I know about her based on Kevin Hart’s jokes (crazy right?), and if she’s trying to get her name out there (and collect a nice check…), why not? But what do you think?
Personally, Usher doesn’t seem like the nicest guy around. There’s a whole lot of mess in his past. But, I can’t deny that there is something about him. That smile, that falsetto (“Climax” anyone?) and that bawdy! In the talent and physical realm Usher’s got it going on. I cannot lie. And his recent appearance on the cover of Men’s Health just reaffirms what I already know.
Inside the magazine, Usher talks about how he got his body right and tight and how he maintains it: “I train like an athlete every day, believe it or not.” I believe it, Usher. My eyes tell me so.
Check out other quoteables from the interview and what you really came her for, the pictures on the following pages.
Usher and Tameka Raymond might as well set up residences outside of Atlanta family court because I don’t think there’s any divorced couple who has spent as much time discussing their issues in front of a judge as they have — well excluding Dwyane and Siohvaughn Funches Wade.
But anywho, according to TMZ, Tameka is still going on her witch hunt against her ex-husband, alleging Usher isn’t holding up his end of the co-parenting bargain. She has reportedly already filed court documents in Georgia saying Usher is not including her in decisions he makes about their sons, Usher V and Naviyd, and that he’s been skipping out on co-parenting classes they’ve been mandated to attend. Tameka claims Usher stormed out of their first class in July and hasn’t been back since, despite her urging.
There’s also the issue of schooling, travel, and extracurricular activities, which Tameka claims she’s been totally shut out of. She says although Usher is supposed to make important family decisions with her, she never knows what her children are up to — like the fact that one of their sons was signed up for a football league without her approval.
Tameka’s endgame is reportedly to have the judge hold Usher in contempt and order him to co-parent better, but I’m not sure that’s something a judge can actually force anyone to do. Holding him in contempt may spark an immediate change, but they both have to learn how to deal with one another in a sensible way of they want to successfully co-parent.
What do you think about Tameka coming for Usher again? Does this sound like a legitimate claim?