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As the saying goes, not all that glitters is gold – especially when it comes to contracts in the entertainment industry. Though many celebrities have inked deals that are making them millions, plenty have gotten the short end of the stick by signing what’s often referred to as “slave contracts.” Here are 15 stars who’ve signed bad record deals.
This is how a group can sell 10 million records and be broke: They sign a slave contract that not only pays their management too large a cut of their money, but also requires that they foot the bill for every one of their expenses and retain little ownership of what they produce. Pebbles may be alleging that the women of TLC were heavy spenders, but she can’t seem to explain away the fact that each member only took home about $35,000 a year – at the height of their careers.
Although they may have started out as a cohesive group, fame, fortune and/or conflict drove a wedge within these musical acts and they were forced to carry on the torch after losing a member.
Boys II Men
Four young men in matching sweater vests and striped ties from the city of brotherly love emerged on the music scene bringing back that old Motown sound of acapella harmonies and emotional ballads in the ’90s. Co-signed by New Edition’s Michael Bivins, Boyz II Men dominated the R&B airwaves with their hits “I’ll make Love To You,” “Water Runs Dry” and “End of The Road,” which stayed at the number one spot on the Billboard charts for 13 straight weeks, breaking the record previously held by Elvis Presley. Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockton, Wanya Morris and Michael McCary would record six albums together until McCary left the group in 2003 due to his battle with scoliosis. After a brief hiatus, the three remaining members re-emerged on an independent label and continued to release more music but never reached their previous height of success. McCary tried to rejoin the group in 2011 for their 20th anniversary but negotiations broke down. Boyz II Men went on the road with boy bands New Kids On The Block and 98 Degrees as part of The Package Tour in 2013.
If you hadn’t realized it by now, Andy Cohen and What What Happens Live just brings out the messy in all of the guests that appear on the show. Luckily for Kelly Rowland, aka, Kelendria as Cohen pointed out, she doesn’t have many negative things to say about folks (aside from Keyshia Cole), especially not her former Destiny’s Child crew. Though she does say that when it comes to cleanliness, Beyoncé has just never been about that life. Here are the hot-seat questions Cohen tried to throw at her while playing “Plead The Fifth” (and you can literally plead the fifth and not answer any question…but you’ll look like a square), and here are the responses Kelly had to all of them:
Cohen: “Tell me one thing that is annoying about Beyoncé.”
Rowland: “She would tell you this. She’s a slob. Yeah, If you walk in — maybe she’s gotten better since becoming a mother — but she’s got a lot on her brain. You can tell she’s got a lot going on.”
Cohen: “I hope she doesn’t pass that on to Blue Ivy.
What other group gave you and Michelle and B the most attitude when you were just starting out as Destiny’s Child?”
Rowland: “None of ‘em. They were all nice, absolutely. SWV, Xscape, En Vogue–everybody was so supportive.”
Cohen: “You didn’t mention TLC…”
Rowland: “No, no, no. Definitely Left Eye came in the room and welcomed us, she was so sweet. Absolutely, we got nothing but support.”
Cohen: “Kelly Rowland, tell us the real reason LaTavia and LeToya left the original line-up of Destiny’s Child.”
Rowland: “I don’t know, you got to talk to them!”
Cohen: “Do you agree with what their published stories have been?”
Rowland: “I plead the fifth [laughs].”
Well, she handled that well. And I do think I heard Bey say that she’s not the most tidy person in the world. Check out video of Kelly playing the game on the next page and let us know what you think of her responses!
LaTocha Scott Talks Touring With Or Without The R&B Divas And The ‘Tricky’ Editing That’s Happend On The Show
Last night we had the chance to chat up one of our favorite ex-Xscape girls, LaTocha Scott, on Twitter. The former lead singer of the ’90s group is now a part of the cast of “R&B Divas Atlanta” and we caught up with her to see how she’s feeling about her portrayal on the show so far, whether or not a tour will happen, and where things currently stand with her and her former groupmates. Here’s what she had to say in the tweets.
@madamenoire It’s ok I’m not happy with a lot of things going on around me and at times it seems there is some tricky editing going
— LaTocha (@iamlatocha) June 6, 2013
@madamenoire I can’t speak for anyone else I just know that you can’t fool the world so for those watching you can judge for yourself
— LaTocha (@iamlatocha) June 6, 2013
@madamenoire Yes Jd will be involved! it only makes sense I will never forget how I got here.
— LaTocha (@iamlatocha) June 6, 2013
— LaTocha (@iamlatocha) June 6, 2013
I know exactly what you’re thinking because its the first question I asked after “wth” when it comes to this new show: Why are pregnant women dating?!
Yes, I’m sure your libido doesn’t just fall by the wayside because you’re carrying another being inside of you. But, if you’re pregnant you’ve been with at least one other man in the last one to nine months who, hopefully, was more than just a one-night stand, considering you are now carrying his child. Isn’t dating just an extra complication on top of being a single expectant mother who will soon be co-parenting with the absent father of the child?
If I was a man, I wouldn’t be signing up for that, but apparently there are quite a few who are — and plenty ladies looking for them — as that is the premise of this new show on WeTV: “Pregnant and Dating.”
We introduces the series on their website, saying:
Traditionally, love is followed by marriage and then along comes motherhood, but in this fresh new original series, viewers join these fearless five as they experience the modern day dating game with a baby on board. The spotlight will be on all the drama, conflict and inherent comedy that ensues when these very spirited and single moms-to-be embark on their quest to find Mr. Right, or at least Mr. Right Now.
Refusing to accept stereotypes, these women thoughtfully manage a combination of active hormones, overbearing families, inattentive fathers-to-be and a slew of dates both rocky and redeeming, as they put together their most modern of families.
I’m intrigued, despite being slightly turned off by the concept. An interesting twist for R&B fans is that “former” Xscape member Kiesha Miles will star on the show. Kiesha, who wasn’t apart of the original ’90s quartet, joined the group as the lead singer in 2003, after Kandi left and the group had pretty much faded out of mainstream popularity. I guess we don’t have to ask what Kiesha has been doing since then, since she’s appearing on this show, but Access Atlanta did get a little background on the Atlanta native who they say is now ”a 33-year-old music producer who has worked with acts such as Ciara. She moved to Los Angeles 18 months ago, got knocked up by an unnamed friend (but not someone she wanted to marry) and heard from a friend about a reality show seeking single, pregnant cast members. Despite some initial trepidation, she jumped aboard.”
Kiesha, who was shot in her third month of pregnancy, is just one of the five ladies who was followed by We’s cameras. Check out the sneak peek of the show, which airs tonight at 10pm, below. What do you think?
A few months ago we reported that Bow Wow was talking slick about Kandi’s decision not to attend Jermaine Dupri’s So-So Def reunion. Though Kandi explained that she had a prior engagement, we knew that there had to be a bigger reason than that to miss out on such a huge moment. Well, in an interview with “Sway in the Morning,” she kept it real and explained why she wouldn’t reunite Xscape during that reunion or any time soon.
On why she missed the reunion
“I did have something else I had to do that weekend. I’m not trying do a reunion. I mean, no offense, but I don’t wanna be faking and have to rehearse together. Tiny and I, we get along great. But, I haven’t really talked to the other ladies in a long time, like long time.”
Kandi explained that Jermaine Dupri really went hard in convincing her to come. And even though Kandi admitted that she has the utmost respect for JD, since he was the man who helped give her her big break, it wasn’t enough to convince her to comeback.
So by now you’re wondering who is the woman that Kandi has the issue with and why?
“Let me just say — because I shouldn’t have to bring up stuff…Our group broke up like 18 years ago. But what I’m pissed off about happened more recent. You get what I’m saying? In the past, Tocha and I used to bump heads, but she’s not really who I’m (really) bothered by. It was Tamika that really pissed me off. She said some things about me. Some of the things she put out there, were straight up lies that she had made up. I was so pissed off because me and her used to be really tight and I just felt like what just what she did–to try to make me look bad to people…Instead of just saying ‘Kandi doing well’, you gon’ make it seem like I screwed my way to the top. And then add more people to the list that never existed, on my list. I’m like ‘No chick, don’t do me like that’. I never do her like that. You know that I mean?”
“I talk to Tiny about it. Well, she had different reasons for not necessarily wanting to do it. But she was just like she didn’t really wanna do it either.”
After she did what she did, she called me, apologized. Since then, she’s called my mom and she was like ‘I wish I could make things right’. But recently she was on the radio, she still never admitted, she still be on her BS ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with her’. Really? You know what’s wrong with me.
Jermaine Durpri’s So So Def 20th anniversary celebration has come and gone, yet the drama surrounding it appears to linger on. A few weeks ago Bow Wow called out “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss for refusing to attend the reunion. Then, it came out that Kandi’s refusal had a lot to do with unresolved issues with certain members of her former group, Xscape. In a recent interview with Egypt Sherrod, LaTocha Scott expressed that she was unaware of the unfinished Xscape business that Kandi was referring to but urged her former group mate to put her pride aside because she was insulting the fans by refusing to reunite with the group. Now, in an interview with Big Tigger, for those who appear to have selective memory, Kandi is sharing exactly what her plight with Xscape is and why she would rather not revisit it.
“I’m just going to be honest and tell you, when it comes to my group, I don’t feel like all the members of my group, they don’t really have love for me like that. Tiny has love for me, but over the years people have told flat-out lies about me in public, dogged me, blamed me for everything that done went wrong in their life. To me, it’s just a situation where I feel like I don’t want to go back to that,” she said.
She also went on to express that one of her group members spread a foul rumor that she had some sort of sexual relationship with Jermaine Dupri’s father.
“At one point in my I felt like I would’ve been able to get past certain things, but to this day now, I have to see people try to say that I had sex with Jermaine’s father. That’s a flat out lie because one of the girls made it up. She knows she made it up. She said that just to make me look bad to people. She came back to apologize to me, but she never apologized in public. It’s not true. So people to this day still put that in blogs and say that about me and it’s not true. She purposely wanted me to look bad, for whatever reason. I don’t know why she was upset. When people do stuff to try to damage you or bring you down to the public, that’s hateful and I’m like, I don’t want to be around that. And then, just last year, some of them was still doing interviews saying that I did stupid stuff that I didn’t even do… I’m not that powerful. I cannot make people not play your record.”
Many presume that Kandi was mostly referring to LaTocha, as the majority of tension appears to exist between those two, but she never actually mentioned names. The “Prayed Up” singer also humorously pointed out that Bow Wow called her out for not attending the reunion, but never said anything about Tiny’s absence.
“I feel like he’s just focusing on me, and not saying nothing about her because he doesn’t want to get the smack down from Tip. That’s my first thought.”
Check out Kandi’s full interview with Big Tigger on the next page. What are your thoughts on Kandi’s response?
Producer, Jermaine Dupri recently hit up the Power 105.1 studios for an interview with the hosts of The Breakfast Club. During his interview, JD promoted his upcoming So So Def Reunion tour, addressed how he feels about Kandi Burruss refusing to participate in the tour and responded to some antique rumors regarding his love life, including that back-fence talk about him cheating on Janet Jackson.
On Bow Wow going in on Kandi about the reunion and Xscape beef:
“Bow Wow is like a So So Def rider, he’s like my son, so he’s gonna say something the second someone says something about me. It’s 15 artists performing though, we ain’t gonna let one person stop that show”.
“The way I designed Xscape, Kandi sang all the leads on the records. When you got three other people that want to sing, and you keep giving this one person all the leads… If the designer of the music was making a person sing, that makes those other three singers like ‘Yo, when we gonna get leads?’ When we got to ‘Who Can I Run To?’ I started making sure Tiny was singing the leads and Kandi was like in the back. When Kandi started falling to the back, the problems even got worse.”
On whether or not he dated Kandi Burruss:
“I would never date her. I never said nothing about dating her… I mean she’s a reality star now, so you gotta watch out.”
On his Janet Jackson tattoo:
“Janet’s a part of my life that means a lot. I’m tattoo’ed up by the way, not to mention every part of me is tattoo’ed. Before I had the [Janet] tattoo, my mother said ‘Why you got all these white people on you that you don’t know?’ That’s a crazy question if somebody ask you that. I got Al Capone, I got Scarface, I got all these people on me… It just hit me one day, I date somebody that’s famous, let me make a tattoo.”
On rumors that he cheated on Janet:
“Oh, yeah? So what, that’s what you heard? People just make up anything, right? It sounds good. We was together nine years, that’s a long time. That’s like marriage. I’m a young dude, I’m gonna leave it at that. You know what I mean? I’m a young dude in the entertainment business.My life is crazy sometimes.”
Peep Jermaine’s interview on the next page. What do you think of his explanation?
Last month we told you that former Xscape singer, LaTocha Scott had been added to the cast of TV One reality show, “R&B Divas”. Many have been anticipating LaTocha’s return to the spotlight, as there are many unanswered questions surrounding what went wrong with Xscape and whether or not the ladies had smoothed out their differences. In a recent interview with Egypt Said So, LaTocha revealed some interesting details regarding which former group members she’s still at odds with and why.
LaTocha interestingly revealed that although she and her sister Tamika are cool with Tiny, she can’t say the same “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss. “Not very cool,” was the singer’s response when asked where she and her sisters’s relationships with Kandi currently stood. Back when Kandi announced that she would not be participating in the So So Def Reunion, she shared with Big Tigger that her beef wasn’t with Jermaine Duprri, but that she would not be particiapting because of some unfinished Xscape business. When asked exactly what unfinished business Kandi was referring to, Latocha responded:
“My thing is the only unfinished business I can think of is the fact that we didn’t go onto the other albums that we were supposed to do. Other than that, I don’t understand where the unfinished business comes in at. I don’t know what she’s talking about.”
“We talk,” she went on. “I mean times you know…we kind of spread out. Everyone found out what life was like outside of the group so I don’t know. You know when she says unfinished business, I would have to talk to her.”
The singer also revealed that she would very much enjoy doing a reunion with Xscape and that she believes they owe it to the fans to work things out.
“Oh I would love to do a reunion with Xscape… I think we owe it to the fans, to the people. They put us all here. You know we’re successful and people were calling us because of what the fans allowed us to do and that’s the scene. You know the universe opened up for us in ’93. We were able to sign to So So Def very early on. We worked hard and to be here now, it’s like 20 years later, who can even say that?”
“But this is the thing. I don’t know why people want to continue to hold on to the negative. I think we’ve all progressed in life, you know, everybody’s doing their thing. Big ups to Tiny and Kandi for standing in their lane with the television show. It’s great for them. And I just don’t understand why we have to keep going back to the negative. I want to move forward. I want to see 20 years, you know what I’m saying? This whole 20 year reunion is big for me, but to say you’re not going to do it because you feel like we have unfinished business is…I don’t want to say it’s insulting to the fans, but it’s like come on, it’s not even about that. Let’s get out of self and let’s think about what we did for music.”
What do you think of this? Should Kandi just let go of the past and move on?
Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Making it in the music industry as a solo artist is hard enough but when there are two or more people in a group, tensions are bound to arise because mo’ money plus mo’ people equal mo’ problems. Although they made beautiful music together, these 15 popular rap and R&B groups just couldn’t set aside their differences in the long run.
Afrocentric alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development became very popular in the early 90′s. Founded by Speech and his former best friend, DJ Headliner, along with Dionne Farris and spiritual leader Baba Oje, they are best known for their song “Everyday People.” In 1993 the group won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance. They were also tapped by Spike Lee to record a song for his “Malcolm X” biopic that same year. However, Arrested Development never eclipsed the success they had with their debut album. Their sophomore album was panned by critics and shortly after that the group broke up due to “creative differences.” The band patched things up four years later but things were never the same as they struggled to reclaim their popularity in the U.S. Today, the group continues to tour internationally and released their 10th album in 2012.