After a fallout with her former label Murder Inc., the R&B princess picked up the pieces and launched her own label, Written Entertainment. In an interview with “Access Hollywood Live,” the 31-year-old entertainer spoke about moving past the darker days and taking her career into her own hands.
“The label I was with kinda fell under an indictment and that actually put a hold on everything,” explained Ashanti, who will release her first album since 2008’s The Declaration this year. “It was like a black cloud that I had to kinda come out of and we had to do a lot of damage control. I felt that I wanted to distance myself from that.
“I did Broadway, I did some films, I did John Tucker Must Die, I did Resident Evil. I just had to regroup and say we’re gonna have a fresh start and I’m gonna try to put my business hat on and try to look for a different angle to approach the music. The industry was changing dramatically in those past three years.”
The businesswoman learned some valuable lessons along the way. “Being with the major [label] taught me that I needed a way bigger percentage than what they were giving me,” said Ashanti. “It’s about the profit sharing now and everything is digital and I’m cutting my own deal with iTunes. It’s about learning the behind the scenes to become a better businesswoman.”http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1
For the longest time we have wondered how Marlo Hampton, of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” lives the lavish lifestyle she portrays. Until last week, we had no clue as to where her funds came from. That was, until…cast-mate, Sheree, made a startling claim that Marlo sleeps with an 80-year-old white man to get money!
According to a source:
“Ted Turner was Marlo’s sugar daddy. My understanding is that Marlo is one of the reasons why Jane Fonda divorced Ted Turner.
Ted Turner is the “sponsor” who financed the The Red Carpet Boutique Marlo had at the Perimeter mall in ATL. Marlo knows how to get money, she’s a true hustler.”
T.I. and his wife Tiny may be welcoming a new baby to the family soon, if last night’s episode of T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle is anything to go by.
In a preview of next week’s episode, the pint-sized singer can be seen visiting a doctor’s office where he tells her she is pregnant. Another clip from the new episode then shows Tiny sitting down to have dinner with T.I., where she tells him that she is expecting their fifth baby together.
According to TattleTailzz.com, Tip looked quite shocked and as though he was about to cry.
The couple have apparently discussed having more children in the future, but viewers will have to tune in next week to find out the outcome of Tiny’s reveal.
Birdman, the hip-hop artist that often claims to have bets ranging from $1-$5 million on events like an NBA game or the Super Bowl, often boasts about such betting exploits but rarely has proof that the bets were ever taken. Speculation suggests that he is simply employing exaggeration and excessive hyperbole to promote himself and his company, Cash Money Records.
However, on Friday, January 27th, 2012, BetOnline.com released a response, initially via Twitter, stating that “BetOnline.com is prepared to take the $5 million dollar wager effective immediately!”
BetOnline.com is one of the few online sportsbooks to be legally licensed and regulated in the banking capital of Panama City, Panama. With a reputation for taking, and paying off winners of, very large wagers the acceptance of the $5 million dollar wager should not be a surprise to Birdman.
“If Birdman is prepared to put his money where his mouth is, we are prepared to accept his $5 million wager on either the point spread or the money line of Super Bowl XLVI”, stated Dave Mason of BetOnline.com.
If Birdman chooses to bet on the Patriots point spread at -3.5 (-110), he will lay $5 million to win $4,545,454.
If Birdman chooses to bet on the Patriots straight up on the money line at -160, he will lay $5 million to win $3,125,000.
In either case, Birdman will be expected to Post-Up his money with BetOnline.com first, in accordance to gaming laws in Panama City, Panama. Post-up can be completed with bank wire, person-to-person money transfer, cashier’s check, among other methods.
“Birdman simply needs to go to BetOnline and register online. Then, he can email me directly at David@BetOnline.com, and I will provide him wire instructions in order to get his $5 million in post-up funds sent in a timely manner so we can proceed with the bet. Once Birdman’s bet is in, we will release a snapshot of the bet in his BetOnline.com account, and Birdman will finally have proof that he is the sports bettor who he boasts of being,” stated Mr. Mason.
So Birdman, it’s your move…
Just when you thought the streets were safe, Tyler Perry decided to write another Madea movie. This time Perry cast Romeo Miller as the lead in Madea’s Witness Protection. Miller confirmed the news on his Twitter page: “Got offered the lead n Tyler Perry’s next movie. This should be fun ha…”
Romeo joins the cast that features Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, and Tyler Perry. Shooting starts next week in Atlanta.
Jennifer Hudson has been the pioneer for all of these celebrities who are signing on to these companies to be the faces of their weight loss programs. But J Hud was the one to pave the way, and she’s still got her sights on living a healthy lifestyle.
It’s been a while since she lost about 90 pounds, and she’s still continuing to tighten things up. So much so, that she took to her Twitter to share a photo of her exposed abs while sitting pretty in a make up chair.
She’s of course falling under scrutiny of those who feel the need to tweet her about eating disorders and in some way don’t believe that results can be achieved with her new healthy way of eating and living.
From Aspen to Florida, Jennifer is keeping things moving through all of the crazy daily life changes she faces. Including the fact that the trial is about to start to avenge her family’s murders- things have got to be feeling hectic on the inside. At least she’s got some sanity in her physical sanctuary.
Teyana Taylor is making her independent debut with her new single “Make Your Move” featuring DC rapper Wale. She recently made her way to New York’s Cotton Club in Harlem to shoot the video for the retro-sounding track as she channeled her inner Michael Jackson with some of the dance moves and wardrobe choices she made in select scenes. The song is off of her forthcoming EP, due out on February 29th.
Behind The Scenes of Make Your Move
Terrell Owens stopped by “WENDY” today to talk about his money woes, meeting his 5-yr-old son and why he’s not friends with Mo and Kita. Watch Wendy dish on their interview inside and find out about JR Smith’s sister fighting in China during a basketball game.
Terrrell Owens chatted with Wendy Williams today where they talked in-depth about the GQ interview he gave detailing his money problems, issues with baby mommas and distrust of Mo and Kita.
Wendy discussed the GQ article at length asking him about his money woes (he had tons of bad investments), why he doesn’t trust anyone (a friend stole $300K + Mo and Kita pitched a TV behind his back), his 4 baby mamas (he said he loves his kids but really didn’t know any of the women) and why he is lonely (the grandmother who raised him passed away recently).
He also shared that he is now a part of an indoor football league and hopes to return to the NFL one day.
After the show, Wendy sat down and gave her opinion about the interview wondering if we should feel sorry for T.O. or not. Sigh…..
Watch the clip here…..
It’s alive! From the mind of David Guetta comes the video for “Turn Me On,” his hit collaboration with Nicki Minaj off his album Nothing But the Beat. The French DJ plays a mad scientist, bringing to life his finest creation in the lab. But once the rest of his bald-headed prototypes get a peek at the voluptuous vixen, their envy turns into anger and they hunt down their creator, tearing off his clothes to reveal a body of metal. The pink-haired Barb makes her way through the dark village before riding off on a horse as the mannequins chase her down.
In my opinion, Common won the rap beef …….
“No. Because despite how it’s been worded by him that situation is not a ‘hip hop moment’ or a ‘battle for the sake of musical integrity’…it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album,” he said. “More than anything it was just disappointing cause what kid isn’t a fan of what Common has done for our genre. A guy who made such an incredible career for himself based off expressing genuine feelings about life and love is now targeting me for sharing my story.”
Additionally, Drake said that he plans to tour through 2012 and has already begun recording new music.
“I have begun working on new music already and I’ll be recording during the whole college tour with40. Making better music and building myself as a business is all that’s on my mind. Hopefully some acting as well.”
Interesting Comment From HiphopDX
ploy for attention? You’re the one crying on stage about a song that wasn’t directed at you and go out of your way to diss common and when dude responds you hide with your tail between your legs. What a pussy