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Quincy Jones On The New Michael Jackson Album: “Everybody’s After Money”

May 21st, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Though he’s been gone for quite some time now, Michael Jackson has got a new album on the charts, has lent his voice to a Jeep commercial and made a much-buzzed about appearance on the Billboard Music Awards moving like he hasn’t missed a day. Superstar producer Quincy Jones has got some thoughts on this surge of interest in all things MJ.

“They’re trying to make money. And I understand it. Everybody’s after money — the estate, the lawyers. It’s about money,” Jones told the Q talk show on CBC Radio. Jones worked on a number of Michael Jackson hits. Right now, “Xscape” is on its way to the top of the Billboard 200 charts. When asked if he was upset by all of these recent developments, Jones said yes, “but it’s not my business anymore.”

Besides any personal feelings he might have, Jones is embroiled in a lawsuit over the songs he worked on with the King of Pop.

“Jones’ comments come on the heels of a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit he filed in connection with Jackson’s projects released after the singer’s 2009 death. In a complaint filed last October in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jones alleged that master recordings he worked on were wrongfully edited and remixed so as to deprive him of back-end profit participation,” Billboard reports.

Anecdotally, we’ve seen comments on Twitter that echo what Jones is saying; that the people orchestrating this comeback are doing so for profit without regard for how disrespectful it is not to let Jackson rest in peace.

What are your thoughts on all of this? You can click through to Billboard to listen to the whole interview, BTW.

Jeeps & Jackson: Michael Jackson’s New Music No. 1 In Over 50 Countries & Featured In New Car Campaign

May 15th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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michael-jackson-xscapeEven though he died in 2009, Michael Jackson is still the King of Pop. Most music industry experts say his new album of previously unreleased music, “Xscape,” promises to rule the airwaves. The album, released on Tuesday, has topped the digital charts in more than 50 countries.

The eight songs on the album (a deluxe edition has nine more) are a mix of old and new: The vocal tracks were laid down in the years before his death. But, the music, is a contemporary creation put together by a team of producers led by Timbaland, under the guidance of Epic Records chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, reports The Grio.

The first single, “Love Never Felt So Good,” is a dance tune first heard on the iHeartRadio Music Awards earlier this month. Justin Timberlake provides additional vocals on the song, which The Independent says was first penned by Jackson and Paul Anka in 1983. There’s also a remake of America’s “Horse With No Name,” renamed “A Place With No Name” on the album and a romantic track called  “Loving You.” Mary J Blige and D’Angelo appear on the album as well.

Jackson’s new music is already racking in advertising money with new Jeep commercials featuring “Love Never Felt So Good.” Jeep teamed up with Epic Records and USA Basketball to launch a first-ever summer brand campaign. The campaign, which kicked off on May 8, stars USA Basketball National Team point guard Kyrie Irving. It is for Jeep’s brand’s 2014 Altitude Edition.

Created by black ad firm GlobalHue, the firm tells Target Market News the campaign will be spread across channels, from online and social media to television.

And between May 22 and September 1, consumers can access custom content across the Jeep brand’s summer campaign microsite and win prizes. Twice a week, consumers can upload a summer photo moment using the #jeepsummer hashtag on Instagram, with each photo upload representing a contest entry to win prizes, including a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Altitude Edition.

“This is a unique collaboration with Epic Records and L.A. Reid, and the USA Basketball Team — together we are creating a new definition of summer,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, Chrysler Group LLC.  “‘Love Never Felt So Good’ makes you want to dance, to move, to play, to get up off the couch — the same way people feel when they are driving Jeep vehicles.”

“We’re extremely pleased to expand our partnership with Jeep,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO.  “USA Basketball and Jeep are a great fit as both organizations’ legacy and drive to be the best resonate with sports fans around the world.”

The GlobalHue agency also produced the Super Bowl ad for Chrysler featuring musician Bob Dylan.

Justin Timberlake Honors Michael Jackson’s Memory In “Love Never Felt So Good”

May 14th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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As a music fan and particularly a Michael Jackson fan, I’m always very leery about people releasing music posthumously. If you know anything about Michael Jackson’s professional work ethic, you know he was a perfectionist. He’s spoken frequently about the importance of rehearsing and taking the time to make sure the final product is something the fans can appreciate and respect. With that in mind, when I heard that they were releasing an album, I was worried. And my fears only worsened when I saw the cover art for the album.



Weird, right?

Seeing that cover art made me want to have absolutely nothing to do with the project.

But then I saw Usher dance to “Love Never Felt So Good” on the iHeart Radio Awards and I was convinced that maybe this wasn’t going to be so bad after all. The song made me, as it says, feel good.

“Love Never Felt So Good” was written by Michael Jackson and Canadian songwriter Paul Anka. It was actually recorded as a demo in 1983. Producers Timbaland, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, John McClain, Dutch producer Giorgio Tuinfort and Justin Timberlake reworked the single for this year’s release. Timbaland included a sample of percussion from Michael’s “Workin’ Day and Night” as well as breaths from the song. And the finished product sounds like it would have fit right nicely on the Off The Wall album.

There are several versions. The original, the album version, the one featuring Justin Timberlake and the Fedde Le Grand Remix.

It all sounds great. And today, they unveiled the visuals for the Justin Timberlake version. The video, which is very well done, serves as a tribute to Michael with scenes from his iconic videos, people, from all walks of life, lip synching his songs and performing his choreography. (Watch for the little boy with the red hair, he’s my favorite.)

Like I said, I had my reservations and I was thoroughly impressed so I know it’s good. Get into the video and tell us what you think. Did they honor Michael properly in this video?

New Michael Jackson Album “Xscape” — Composed From The King Of Pop’s Vault — Drops In May

March 31st, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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On the cusp of his death’s fifth anniversary, Epic Records plans to release new Micheal Jackson music!

Entitled Xscape, the album will debut on May 13. The idea to create the album was conceived by Epic CEO L.A. Reid, who chose eight songs and handed them over to the lead producer of the project, Timbaland, to “contemporize” the records for 2014 consumption, Gawker reports.

In a statement released by L.A. Reid:

“Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with.We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

Fans who rather hear the un-contemporized version with Jackson’s authentic vocals can pay extra for the Xscape Deluxe edition, The Los Angeles Times reports. The album will able available for pre-order tomorrow, April 1. The album’s title track was written by Jackson, produced by Rodney Jerkins and was originally intended for Jackson’s 2001 Invincible album. Stargate team producers Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon and John McClain also worked on Jackson’s posthumous album.

Despite the excitement revolving around the album, some believe it’s an unsavory act of business simply intended for record companies seeking to make more money off of dead entertainers. Do you agree?

Xscape Members Didn’t Want Kandi To Attend High School Graduation

March 20th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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In honor of social media’s beloved Throwback Thursday, Kandi Burruss shared a couple of photos from her high school graduation. Interestingly, she also shared the story of how attending her graduation caused a rift between her and the rest of her Xscape group members.

“This was a crazy day,” the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star wrote. “My group #Xscape was mad at me for going to my graduation because we had a show that day.”

“I had to rush out of the graduation, didn’t get to take pics with my family, and rush to the airport my flight was delayed.”

Though things were cut pretty close with timing and all, Kandi still made it to the show and was able to perform.

“When I got to the show the promoter still let us perform even though it made the show start a little late.”

Despite making it to the venue, Kandi says the ladies still gave her the cold shoulder.

“My group was so mad they weren’t talking to me at first. They did give me a cake though.”

Her post continues:

“To be honest I was kind of mad at them because I felt like they should’ve come with me. I wanted them to celebrate with me because it was hard going on the road and still trying to keep up with my work at school. I knew that I was possibly gonna make my group lose money and it was selfish of me to go but I didn’t care. I had missed all the senior trips, senior prom, etc… But I refused to miss my graduation! Was it worth it?… To me it was!”

We think it was worth it too, Kandi!

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Old Slaves: Entertainers Who Signed Bad Record Deals

December 10th, 2013 - By Meghan Williams
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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.

It’ll Never Be The Same: Music Groups That Tried To Go On Without Some Of Their Members

October 9th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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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.

Music Groups That Tried To Go On Without Members


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.

Kelly Rowland Tells Andy Cohen What’s Most Annoying About Beyonce

June 24th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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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

June 6th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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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.





Will You Watch? Sneak Peek Of WeTV’s Odd Reality Show ‘Pregnant And Dating’

May 31st, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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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?