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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?
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!
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
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.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?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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.”Ha! Check out Kandi’s full interview with Big Tigger on the next page. What are your thoughts on Kandi’s response?
“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.”
“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.”Boy, bye. Peep Jermaine’s interview on the next page. What do you think of his explanation?