Jay & Timbo Goin to Court -x- Common Explains Why Kanye’s Off New LP -x- Plies Found Liable For Shooting -x- Madonna Signs 3 Album Deal w/ Interscope -x- MTV Music News


JAY-Z, TIMBALAND HEADS TO COURT OVER “BIG PIMPIN” LAWSUIT

We previously reported Jay-Z and Timbaland were accused of allegedly sampling “Khosara, Khosara” in their hit song, “Big Pimpin.’” The children of a Bollywood composer named Baligh Hamdy filed a lawsuit and a judge recently decided that he case will go to trial. Apparently Hova’s camp only secured the “economic rights” to the song to use the sample, but they did not get permission from Hamdy’s children to sample, loop and rhyme over the original song. While it’s unknown what damages the plaintiff is seeking, a judge wants the jury to decide if Hova profited from performing “Big Pimpin’” during his live shows.

SWIZZ BEATZ TO OPEN ART GALLERY

During an interview with Life + Times, Swizz Beatz has announced plans on opening an art gallery. The hitmaker, who enjoys painting in his spare time, revealed that the gallery will showcase work that he’s collected during his international travels. He explained, “I want my gallery to be for young up and coming artists from around the world that people wouldn’t easily discover,” he said. “I feel like I found the new [Andy] Warhol in Japan, the new [Takashi] Murakami in Hong Kong—not to compare their work so much but as far as [their] thinking outside of the box. I found a couple of sick artists in Africa, in Mexico too.” In related news, he’s working on his upcoming album, Haute Living, which will drop in 2012.

PLIES FOUND LIABLE FOR SHOOTING

We previously reported Plies was facing a 10-million dollar lawsuit stemming from a 2006 shooting inside a nightclub in Gainesville, Florida. We’ve now learned that he rapper and his brother were found civilly liable for the incident that led to five victims getting injured moments before Pies was scheduled to perform at the venue. After the jury deliberated for eight hours, the victims were given a total of 200-thousand dollars.

His lawyer Robert A. Rush previously said in a statement, “The plaintiffs’ claims against my client continue to be without merit, we look forward to having this resolved in a court of justice.”

JANET JACKSON BECOMES FACE OF NUTRISYSTEM

According to her official website, Janet Jackson has announced that she’s the face of the weight loss company, Nutrisystem. The singer, who previously battled with yo-yo dieting and weight gain, is expected to appear in nationwide campaign with her success story. She said in a statement, “Dieting never worked for me, counting calories never worked for me, and denying myself the foods I love never worked for me. I needed a better plan, and I found it with Nutrisystem.” She said, “There are millions of women like me who want to be successful but don’t have the tools to do it on their own. I hope I can help inspire them.” The news comes just a few months after the icon released her latest book, True You, which is out now.

COMMON EXPLAINS WHY KANYE WAS LEFT OFF LP

During an interview with XXLMag.com, Common broke down the reason he failed to collaborate with Kanye West for his upcoming album, The Dreamer/The Believer. Since he’s been a longtime friend with ‘Ye, he wants everyone to know that the disc is being released on Warner Bros. He explained, “It’s on my own imprint as far as Think Common, yes, but I’m still G.O.O.D. Music-affiliated. That’s my family no matter what. Business-wise we just didn’t do the G.O.O.D. Music thing, but ‘Ye is my brother for good.” You can pick up The Dreamer/The Believer on December 20th.

Common’s last three albums, 2005′s Be, 2007′s Finding Forever and 2008′s Universal Mind Control, were all released via West’s G.O.O.D. Music.

AND…

COMMON STREAMS ENTIRE ALBUM ONLINE

Before fans pick up Common’s The Dreamer/The Believer LP, the Chicago native is allowing everyone the chance to preview the disc in its entirety. He said he’s confident people will love and appreciate his ninth studio effort. The 12-track project was executive produced by No I.D. and features contributions from Nas, John Legend and poet Maya Angelou. Be sure to pick it up on Tuesday (12/20).

ASHANTI’S COMEBACK SINGLE WITH BUSTA RHYMES

Wanna know what Ashanti has been up to? The singer has just released a comeback single called “The Woman You Love” which features Busta Rhymes. According to Rap-Up.com, the song was released via Ashanti’s own label Written Entertainment. In addition, you can expect her untitled fifth studio effort to drop next year.

AMY WINEHOUSE TO BE HONORED BY VH1 DIVAS CELEBRATES SOUL

Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul will include a special tribute to Amy Winehouse. It was announced this week that Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine and Wanda Jackson will perform songs in honor of the late British singer. This year’s Divas will also pay tribute to the great cities of soul music, including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. Tune in to VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul to see the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Mary J Blige and more, Monday on Vh1 at 9 PM Eastern.

MADONNA SIGNS THREE ALBUM DEAL WITH INTERSCOPE RECORDS

Madonna has inked a three album deal with Interscope Records and will release her first album in five years in March. The first single from the effort “Gimme All Your Luvin,” will be released the last week in January before she takes the stage at the Superbowl Halftime show on February 5th. Madonna’s upcoming film W.E., which is nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, is scheduled for a wide release on February 3rd.

GUCCI TO DROP NEW MIXTAPE SOON

Now that Gucci Mane has been released from prison, he’s wasting no time to put out new music. Similar to T.I.’s recent announcement, fans can expect La Flare to issue a new mixtape called Gucci Classics 2, which will arrive on or before New Year’s Eve. As previously reported, Gucci just completed a six month sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of battery, two counts of reckless conduct and one of disorderly conduct.

RIHANNA SCORES SEVENTH STRAIGHT WEEK AT NUMBER ONE

According to Billboard, Rihanna matches her longest streak atop the Billboard Hot 100, as “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, spends a seventh week at number one. She had previously led for seven weeks with “Umbrella,” featuring Jay-Z back in 2007 and as a guest on Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” last year. LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” is locked at number two for the sixth straight week and is hot on Rihanna’s heels as it tops the on Digital Songs chart, selling over 149-thosuand downloads. Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain” remains at number three, while Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” leaps five spots to number four and marks her sixth top five hit from her Teenage Dream album. Flo Rida holds at number five with “Good Feeling.”

“We Found Love” also ties Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” for the longest run at the top this year. The last song to score a longer run at number one was Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK,” which lead the chart for nine weeks back in 2010.

LADY GAGA TOPS FEMALE EARNERS IN 2011

According to Forbes, Lady Gaga is music’s top-earning woman in 2011. Gaga earned 90 million dollars from album sales, touring and endorsements, which doubles the estimated earnings of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, who came in at number two and three respectively. Beyonce raked in a cool 35 million dollars to come in at number four, while Rihanna rounds out the top five with 29 million.

The numbers reflect earnings between May 2010 and 2011.

P!nk, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, Adele, Alicia Keys and Britney Spears round out the top ten.

Overall, U2 was Forbes’ top act in music, raking in over 195 million dollars.

STUDY FINDS WE DRINK MORE WITH LOUD MUSIC!

According to a U-K study, loud music makes people drink more alcohol. NME reports that research finds that alcohol tastes sweeter when loud music is playing and the noise makes it harder for people to work out how much they are drinking. Do you drink more booze when you’re at a loud concert?

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