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Jay Z Faces Sound Engineer's Bold Claim Over Song Rights

18 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After being accused by Jay Z of stealing master recordings of seminal work, Chauncey Mahan has responded with a provocative lawsuit against the hip-hop star and Roc Nation. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Although the dispute was born in somewhat of a bizarre fashion, the litigation has the potential of developing into something of consequence to the music industry. Mahan is a sound engineer who takes credit for collaborating with chart-topping recording artists such as Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., R Kelly and Missy Elliot. He has worked in the industry for decades

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Zendaya exits Aaliyah Lifetime movie amid controversy

29 June 2014 4:14 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Well, that didn't last long. Zendaya, best known for her role in the Disney Channel series "Shake It Up" and a stint on Season 16 of "Dancing with the Stars," has exited Lifetime's planned biopic on the late R&B star Aaliyah after news of her casting became the subject of criticism. "Zendaya is no longer involved in the project," a rep for the actress told E! News on Sunday. Another source pegged "production issues" and problems securing the rights to Aaliyah's music as the reason behind her departure. "Aaliyah has always been an inspiration to Zendaya," said the unnamed source. "She was honored to portray her and pay tribute to her. If she is going to do it, she wants to do it right." A statement released last week on behalf of Aaliyah's family lambasted the project: "Aaliyah was more than a singer, she was -and is still – an American »

- Chris Eggertsen

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'Notorious B.I.G.' Actor Jamal Woolard -- Arrested for Domestic Violence ... Stepson Called Police

9 June 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The guy who played Notorious B.I.G. got busted this weekend for an alleged domestic violence incident in front of his stepson ... TMZ has learned. Jamal Woolard was arrested Saturday night in Gwinnett County, Ga after police responded to a call about a domestic dispute.According to law enforcement sources ... Woolard's 15-year-old stepson made the call to cops ... and said, "Dad hit Mom." We're told Woolard's wife told the boy to make the call.38-year-old Woolard »

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Rapper Notorious B.I.G and Faith Evans' Son Graduates From High School—See the Pics!

3 June 2014 4:24 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It was all a dream—until Christopher Wallace, Jr. made it a reality. The famous celebuspawn of late rapper Notorious B.I.G and singer Faith Evans achieved a milestone of his young adult life last week when he graduated from high school at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California. Dressed in a bright green cap and gown, Biggie Smalls' oldest son (who is a spitting image of his father) proudly posed next to his famous mother while holding up a celebratory, homemade card that read "Class of 2014." "My first born son @cj_toa & I #proud," Evans captioned the happy picture. She also posted a photo of CeeJay receiving his diploma and wrote, "That's my boy @cj_toa »

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Notorious B.I.G.'s Son Christopher Wallace Jr. Graduates High School, Poses With Mother Faith Evans: Pictures

3 June 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Big Poppa would have been proud! On May 29, Christopher Wallace Jr., the son of the late Notorious B.I.G., graduated from high school at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California.  Wallace Jr., 17, posed in his green cap and gown with his mother and Biggie's widow Faith Evans to celebrate the momentous occasion.  "My first born son @cj_toa & I #proud," R&B singer Evans captioned the photo.  Evans married the Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, in 1994 after meeting weeks before on a photoshoot. They [...] »

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Notorious B.I.G.'s Son -- I'm a High School Graduate!

2 June 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Notorious B.I.G. might have been called a fool for dropping out of high school, but nobody can say that about his son ... because Christopher Wallace Jr. is now a high school grad.Biggie's only son graduated from Santa Margarita Catholic High School with mama Faith Evans front and center. Faith posted the photo above on her Instagram page with the caption, "My first born son @cj_toa & I #proud."Wallace Jr. was only a year »

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"DWTS" Recap: Can You Believe [Spoiler!] Was Eliminated?

13 May 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

One week to go! It was American Icons night on Monday's "Dancing with the Stars," and the remaining five couples were fighting hard for the finish. The semi-finals came down to a pair of couples who easily could have vied for the mirror ball against each other, but a fan-favorite was sent packing. (Spoilers ahead!)Although the competition was extremely close, Charlie White and Sharna Burgess were sent home, despite a solid score of 76 out of 80 for the night. Here is a rundown of the night's performances and scores:Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 34 points for their Vinnese Waltz to "If I Knew" by Bruno Mars. And later, 38 points for their Jazz to "Nasty" by Janet Jackson.Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 40 points for their foxtrot to "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra. And later, 36 points for their Samba to "Mo Money Mo Problems" by Notorious B.I.G. »

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'Dancing With The Stars' Recap: Charlie White Sent Home; Meryl Davis Gets Two Perfect Scores

12 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Dancing with the Stars returned on Monday with the semi-final round of season 18 and Kenny Ortega serving as the guest judge for American Icons night.

Dancing With the Stars Recap

Candace Cameron Bure, whose personal icon is Bible teacher and author Angela Thomas, danced a Viennese Waltz for her first routine with Mark Ballas. Though she obviously messed up during a pass, the judges still found areas to praise. Scores: 8+9+9+8=34

For their second dance, Candace and Mark danced a Jazz routine to Janet Jackson’s “Nasty.” It probably wasn’t the best song choice for Candace, who has made no secret of wanting to remain wholesome on the show due to her faith. Though it was a bit bland, the former Full House star’s technique was solid. Scores: 9+10+10+9=38

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess took on a Foxtrot inspired by White’s idol, Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton. Like with the Mary Poppins routine, »

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Surprise Elimination in Semi-Finals

12 May 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American icons night on Monday's Dancing with the Stars brought Kenny Ortega to the judges' table, Jackson family music to the ballroom - and heavy drama for two competitors. The semi-finals came down to a pair of couples who easily could have vied for the mirror ball against each other, only to result in a bitter departure. Read on for more. After a beautiful night of dancing by the five remaining couples it was between ice skating partners Charlie White and Meryl Davis. White, who had a very high scoring night last week, was the one who bid adieu to the ballroom. »

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Surprise Elimination in Semi-Finals

12 May 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American icons night on Monday's Dancing with the Stars brought Kenny Ortega to the judges' table, Jackson family music to the ballroom - and heavy drama for two competitors. The semi-finals came down to a pair of couples who easily could have vied for the mirror ball against each other, only to result in a bitter departure. Read on for more. After a beautiful night of dancing by the five remaining couples it was between ice skating partners Charlie White and Meryl Davis. White, who had a very high scoring night last week, was the one who bid adieu to the ballroom. »

- Dahvi Shira

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Record Store Day 2014: If we had $50...

19 April 2014 1:07 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Record Store Day 2014 is here (April 19) and this year loads of new releases specifically crafted for the day. This seventh annual event marks when independent and specialty music stores open their doors and drop these limited, rare and inspired releases, on vinyl, CD and a bevy of other formats. It helps bolster sales for these smaller shops, as well as raise awareness of new and lasting artists. Below, HitFix editors pondered the question, "If you had $50 just to spend on 2014 Record Store Day purchases, what would you pick up?" Granted, some sets would be more than $50, some are hard to find... just as some are worth searching for and paying top dollar for, to collectors. So just play along. Read more about Rsd here. HitFix's Melinda Newman The Pogues,  “Live with Joe Strummer,” 12" Yep, you read that right. In 1991, troubled Pogues leader Shane MacGowan took a hiatus and The Clash »

- Katie Hasty, Dave Lewis, Melinda Newman and Whitney Phaneuf

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'The Ultimate Fighter' returns with Frankie Edgar leading the charge

16 April 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Back in 2006, up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighter Frankie Edgar tried out for the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, where he could have competed under coaches Bj Penn and Jens Pulver. “I thought the tryout went well,” Edgar says. “The TV producers said, ‘We’ll give you a call back within a couple days,’ and then I flew home. I remember I went with a buddy of mine, and he got the call before we even landed, and I didn’t get it at all.”

Eight years on, Edgar is coaching a team on The Ultimate Fighter against Penn, one of his biggest rivals. »

- Kyle Anderson

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Notorious B.I.G. Estate Files Pre-emptive Lawsuit Over Song Sample (Exclusive)

1 April 2014 6:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With various musicians being sued left and right over decades-old sampling sins, one could hardly expect a recording artist who has been dead for 17 years to be given a pass. Now, the estate of Notorious B.I.G., the late rapper born Christopher Wallace, has filed a lawsuit seeking declaratory relief that his song "The What" on Ready to Die isn't a copyright infringement of the song, "Can't Say Enough About Mom," co-written by soul singer Leroy Hutson and Michael Hawkins. Video: 5 Iconic Notorious B.I.G. Moments In this case, the plaintiff admits sampling

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Trey Songz Denies Latest Gay Rumor On Twitter

27 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

R&B and hip-hop star Trey Songz took to Twitter Wednesday to deny the allegations that he came out as gay, and admonish the people who’ll believe everything they read.

Trey Songz Reacts To Gay Rumor

The rumors began on Tuesday after a screengrab of a Twitter post showed Trey Songz opening up about his sexuality. “I think it’s time to finally tell my fans,” the post read. “All games and jokes aside… I’m Gay.”

In response, Trey Songz indicated he was incredulous that his fans and followers were so quick to believe what they read and suggested that the screenshot was photoshopped.

The things you people craft up with hatred in your hearts. The things people believe without question, or validity, all baffles me.

Trey Songz (@TreySongz) March 26, 2014

Photoshop and a retweet is all people need to believe, any and everything. I feel bad for the impressionable, »

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Gangsta Rap Era Returns in Court Case, 'House of Lies,' Chief Keef's Instagram Page (Video)

27 March 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Nearly two decades have passed since the shocking murders of rap titans Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka the Notorious B.I.G.) within six months of each other in 1996, but hip-hop continues to be obsessed with guns and violence. The Twittersphere is abuzz about last weekend's episode of Showtime's House of Lies, in which a character played by rapper Tip "T.I." Harris, the drug-dealing half of a partnership in a Def Jam-styled clothing company called DollaHyde, is gunned down in his SUV at the corner of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard before

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- Roy Trakin

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'Yeezus' Trailer: Get a Glimpse of Kanye West's Mysterious Movie

28 February 2014 5:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Concert films: you either love them or hate them. If you had to sit through one, it might as well be a movie directed by music video guru Hype Williams (LL Cool J, Notorious B.I.G., Beyoncé), starring Kanye West in all his Yeezus glory. Set to “Coldest Winter” from Kanye’s 2008 album 808s and Heartbreak, a mysterious trailer for Yeezus has appeared — and it’s something else. Creepy faceless dancers, hooded figures looming in the dark, bejeweled masks that belong in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, and occult-inspired imagery abounds. There’s no indication of what the movie is actually about, but the clip is striking enough that we don’t care. The project doesn’t seem to be related to the Bret Easton Ellis-written film...

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- Alison Nastasi

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The Sidney Poitier Tribute Continues Thursday Night with A Piece Of The Action and Let’S Do It Again

24 February 2014 8:27 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Sidney Poitier Tribute Continues Thursday Night with A Piece Of The Action and Let’S Do It Again

February is Black History Month, and to help celebrate, The St. Louis Black Film Festival will be presenting a Tribute to the 86-year old Sidney Poitier at their C  lassic Black Film Festival. Lucky St. Louis movie buffs will have the opportunity to view eight vintage Sidney Poitier on the big screen. Every Thursday in February, The St. Louis Black Film Festival will be presenting two Poitier films at St Louis Cinemas Galleria (630 St Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights, Mo 63117).

The Sidney Poitier Tribute Film Festival continues this Thursday night (February 27th) with two Poitier classics; A Piece Of The Action and Let’S Do It Again

Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier, co-stars of the comic capers Uptown Saturday Night and Let’S Do It Again, teamed up again in 1975 for the »

- Tom Stockman

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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Bring Down the House With "The History of Rap 5"

22 February 2014 11:27 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake have created a ton of viral moments over the years, and they're back at it. Timberlake closed out Fallon's epic first week hosting The Tonight Show by revisiting one of their standing bits: "The History of Rap." This fifth edition includes the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song, The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Big Poppa," Jay Z's "99 Problems," and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way." The best part comes midway, when Timberlake stops Fallon and asks him if he really did come "Straight Outta Compton." Watch, and welcome another classic to the pantheon. If you can't get enough of the history lesson, watch the first four installments of the sketch below. Part 4 Part 3 Part 2 Part 1 »

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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon reunite for History of Rap 5

22 February 2014 12:18 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Late night Bff's Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake (it turns out Jt has stayed at Jimmy's house!) reunited for the fifth installment of the History of Rap. In case you missed the first four medleys because you go to bed at 11 Pm or avoided the constant twitter or facebook buzz about the first four, the History of Rap finds Jimmy and Jt rapping and singing some of the greatest songs in the history of Hip-Hop.  And, if you thought they'd run out of tracks you're wrong. You're, very, very wrong. We won't spoil the complete track list, but you can watch the performance embedded here and then find out what they included below. What do you think they should include in the History of Rap...6? Here's the complete list courtesy of NBC. LL Cool J -- I'm Bad Run Dmc -- Beats to the Rhyme Crazy Calls - Wait for »

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Justin Timberlake Does '€.History Of Rap'€. On '€.Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

21 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Justin Timberlake helped Jimmy Fallon close out his debut week hosting The Tonight Show with the “History of Rap Part 5.”

Following a week of guest appearances that ranged from Bradley Cooper to Michelle Obama, was Timberlake – who had the honor of being the only guest on The Tonight Show on Friday night. Before Fallon and Timberlake began the fifth installment of their popular gag, the audience erupted in cheers.

Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing,” The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa,” Run Dmc and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song, Salt ‘N’ Peppa’s “Whatta Man,” Kriss Kross’s “Jump,” “99 Problems,” by Jay Z and Drake’s “Started From the Bottom,” all made the cut for the latest “History of Rap” installment.

Timberlake and Fallon last teamed up for a “History of Rap” performance in March 2013 on Late Night’s Timberweek. However, their last music collaboration was in December, »

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