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Soledad O'Brien Leaving Morning Show; Will Take on New Role at CNN PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 February 2013 04:09

Soledad O'Brien will soon be giving her alarm clock a rest. The news anchor is leaving CNN's morning show, Starting Point, this spring, The New York Times reports.

O'Brien, 46, will take on a new role at the cable news network and will continue to supply documentaries like her well-known franchise Black in America for CNN. She said on Thursday that she is forming a production company to produce these projects for CNN, as well as other television networks, and is also preparing two new installments of Black in America for CNN.

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2013 04:12
 
Ja Rule leaves NY prison in gun case PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 February 2013 04:02

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule left an upstate New York prison Thursday morning after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession and headed straight into federal custody in a tax case.

U.S. Marshals escorted the 36-year-old musician out of Mid-State Correctional Facility at 9:30 a.m. He was being held at the Oneida County Jail in central New York as he awaited word from the Federal Bureau of Prisons about where he'll serve time in the tax case.

The rapper, who had been in protective custody because of his celebrity, has some time remaining on a 28-month sentence for tax evasion that ran concurrently.

Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, may have less than six months left and may be eligible for a halfway house, defense attorney Stacey Richman said. Back taxes are one of the main reasons he wants to get back to work, she said.

"Many people are looking forward to experiencing his talent again," Richman said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Mack said Atkins owed the IRS $1.1 million and didn't immediately know what if any had been paid. Once out of custody, Atkins also faces a year of supervised release, he said.

Ja Rule scored a Grammy Award nomination in 2002 for the best rap album with "Pain is Love." He also has appeared in movies, including "The Fast and the Furious" in 2001 and "Scary Movie 3" in 2003.

Ja Rule, who went to the prison in Marcy in June 2011, got out at his earliest release date, state correction spokeswoman Linda Foglia said. He had two misbehavior reports for unauthorized phone calls in February 2012 and had work assignments on lawn and grounds crews and participated in education programs, she said.

In the gun case, New York City police said they found a loaded .40-caliber semi-automatic gun in a rear door of Ja Rule's $250,000 luxury car after it was stopped for speeding. He pleaded guilty in 2010.

In March 2011 he admitted in federal court that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million he earned between 2004 and 2006 while he lived in Saddle River, N.J.

"I in no way attempted to deceive the government or do anything illegal," he told the judge. "I was a young man who made a lot of money — I'm getting a little choked up — I didn't know how to deal with these finances, and I didn't have people to guide me, so I made mistakes."

Richman said Ja Rule is looking forward to his daughter's graduation.

"He's a devoted father," she said.

 
Jay-Z signs Kylie Minogue to Roc Nation label PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chi Chi Izundu & Mark Savage   
Friday, 08 February 2013 03:14

Kylie Minogue

Pop star Kylie Minogue has signed a management deal with Jay-Z's music label Roc Nation.

The surprise announcement was made on the label's website on Tuesday night.

Based in New York, the company will give Minogue a permanent foothold in the US, where she has never managed to achieve sustained success.

US trade paper Billboard said a new single from the Australian singer was due "soon", after more than a year spent working on her 12th studio album.

Minogue parted company with British label EMI last year, after it was taken over by rival music company Universal.

The European Commission only approved the takeover on the condition that Universal sold Parlophone, which was also home to Blur and Lily Allen.

It is understood that Parlophone will continue to release Minogue's music, while Roc Nation will handle her management.

Although she has worked with several record labels over her 25-year career, this is the first time the star has changed her management, after amicably parting from fellow Australian Terry Blamey in January.

Roc Nation is also home to Rihanna, Rita Ora, MIA and Calvin Harris - and last week signed hip-hop producer Timbaland.

Minogue and Timbaland will appear on stage together at Roc Nation benefit concert this weekend, following the Grammy Awards.

'Excited'

In a statement, the label said: "Roc Nation would like to welcome Aussie singer, recording artist, songwriter, actress and designer Kylie Minogue to the family".

"She has released over 50 hit singles worldwide, including the Grammy-winning Come Into My World, and has sold more than 68 million albums worldwide. Needless to say, we're excited to have Kylie join the Roc fam."

Kylie also tweeted the news to her fans, saying: "Kisses from my new home rocnation"

The former soap star, whose hits include I Should Be So Lucky and Spinning Around, celebrated her 25th year in the music industry last year.

But, despite her status in Europe and Australia, her US career has been patchy. She has only entered the top 10 twice, with Locomotion in the 1988 and Can't Get You Out Of My Head in 2002.

However, she successfully staged her first tour in the States in 2009, off the back of her last album, Aphrodite.

 

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/21361704

 
Mary J. Blige's Financial Problems Continue As Singer Gets Hit With $900,000 Tax Lien PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 February 2013 23:29
Mary J Blige Financial Problems
Mary J. Blige's financial problems continue as singer is hit with a $900,000 tax lien.

Mary J. Blige's financial issues just seem to get worse and worse.

The singer, 42, has been hit with a $901,769.65 tax lien in the State of New Jersey, according to documents obtained by TMZ. And to make matters worse, this delinquent tax issue is only one in a handful of monetary woes Blige has been faced with over the last couple of months.

The "No More Drama" songstress was just sued earlier this month for allegedly defaulting on a $500,000 bank loan. According to the lawsuit filed by Bank of America in New York State Supreme Court, Blige took out the loan in 2005 and stopped making re-payments in June 2012.

Plus in Nov. 2012, Blige and her husband Martin Isaacs were hit with another lawsuit after they failed to pay off a $2.2 million bank loan. According to court documents filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Signature Bank is seeking to recoup the original loan plus $58,000 in interest.

But that's not all.

In 2012, Blige's charity, The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now Inc, was accused of mishandling funds and cheating scholarship students. TMZ reports that the foundation was sued for failing to pay back a $250,000 loan.

Blige's team has yet to comment on the tax lien.

 
Prez. Putin hires Boyz II Men to help boost Russian fertility PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 February 2013 22:04

 

How does one go about raising Russia's birth rate? Vladmir Putin’s answer, allegedly, was to hire Boyz II Men to croon until Russians start to feel romantic enough to make more babies.

No denying that the group responsible for hits like “I’ll Make Love To You” and “On Bended Knee” produces some seriously sexy tunes, but recruiting the singers and their “powerful voices” is all reportedly part of Putin’s fertility campaign, according to The Moscow Times.

The publication interviewed members Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and Nathan Morris ahead of their visit to the Russian capital. They write, “The stylish trio of Boyz II Men, the most successful R&B group of all time, is coming to Moscow on Feb 6. The group will perform a selection of their classic and new romantic ballads, hopefully giving Russian men some inspiration ahead of St. Valentine's Day.” It is unclear if the Russian prez personally hired the performers.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 10 February 2013 21:26
 
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