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R&B News N Rumors: 08/09/08 Edition

By August 9, 2008

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Some of the more interesting news and rumors from the past week:
  • Usher has responded to the disappointing sales of his Here I Stand album by cleaning house. He's fired his publicist and his manager, Benny Medina, and rehired his mother, Jonnetta Patton, as his manager.
  • Joe Thomas says R. Kelly was sabotaging him while they were labelmates. "R. Kelly was very instrumental in making a lot of decisions when it came to my records (not) being played on the radio," Joe said.
  • Bobby Valentino - the American one, not the British one - has signed a distribution deal with EMI Music for his Blu Kolla Dreams imprint. His first album under the deal will be The Rebirth in late 2008.
  • Danity Kane, Day 26 and Donnie Klang return to MTV for season three of "Making the Band 4" starting Tues. Aug. 19 at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Standard Time.
  • Rahsaan Patterson is getting an early start on the holidays by releasing a Christmas album called The Ultimate Gift on Aug. 26.
  • Natalie Cole is touring this fall in support of her new album, Still Unforgettable, which hits stores Sept. 9.
  • The verdict on Lloyd's new album? It's disappointing.

Comments

August 9, 2008 at 11:12 pm
(1) viciuzurban says:

i dont know why you give lloyd the benefit of the doubt. the new album was straight garbage. and so was ushers.

August 11, 2008 at 11:19 am
(2) Eb says:

Ok… so now I officially hate R. Kelly… I mean I know he has a lot of mental problems and insecurities… but I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt… but now after hearing of him trying to sabotage my boy JOE… its a wrap for him… he will never get anymore of my money or any mentions over at Jonesin!

August 15, 2008 at 4:04 pm
(3) Aime Munanka says:

On Joe and Kelly, I don’t think Joe came out right, I mean sure I wasn’t with the Jive management whilst they were passing on decisions but, he kinda made himself sound defenseless! I mean if it were that tight for him to rule the scene, he could have jumped out sooner, he still is a big name but I think he done played wrong with hinting on Kelly being a dark cloud on him. That’s just my opinion ladies and gentlemen!

On Usher, I think he knows best and this time he hasnt really done much to impress his fans. I’m a big fan but this time round, I was disappointed!

On Bobby, we need more man, the last two werent enough… Drop some more….

A.

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