Kanye West slams label for releasing ‘Donda’ without his consent

Much like how the Kanye West album was finalized, the highly ballyhooed Donda was released under a shroud of confusion, contention and prickly feelings. First and foremost, Yeezy exemplified righteous indignation when his record label, Universal, decided to release the long-awaited project on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, without his consent, according to the rapper. Ye, […]

Eva Longoria joins Ice Cube in upcoming sci-fi thriller

Eva Longoria has joined Ice Cube in the cast of Universal’s new sci-fi film. The 45-year-old actress has boarded the untitled project, which has been fast-tracked by the studio and is due to begin production next month. Plot details are vague but it is being described as a grounded movie similar to the 2009 flick […]

Ice Cube lands new sci-fi role

Ice Cube will star in a new Universal sci-fi film produced by Timur Bekmambetov and Patrick Aiello. The 51-year-old rapper and actor has teamed up with Universal for the as-yet untitled project, which will be produced by Patrick Aiello and Timur Bekmambetov. Plot details on the movie are vague but it is described as a […]

Kanye West goes after Universal Music in his latest Twitter rant

Kanye West has accused Universal Music of preventing him from buying his own masters in a new Twitter rant. The 43-year-old rapper hit out at the record label for allegedly keeping him from buying his master recordings, as he claimed the company won’t tell him how much it would cost to purchase the recordings, and […]

Jordan Peele teaming up with Issa Rae to produce Universal film ‘Sinkhole’

Jordan Peele is to produce the thought-provoking movie Sinkhole. According to Deadline, the Get Out director will team up with Issa Rae for the project, which is described as a “genre piece that engages on the question of female perfection and identity.” Peele and Rae will serve as producers on the adaptation of Leyna Krow’s short […]

Ryan Destiny to star in ‘Flint Strong’ as champion boxer Claressa Shields

Ryan Destiny will star as champion boxer Claressa “T-Rex” Shields in a new film. Destiny will portray the world and two-time Olympic champion in a new biopic for Universal entitled Flint Strong. The script is based on the 2015 boxing documentary “T-Rex” by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper. In the documentary, Shields is a 17-year-old from […]

Jada Pinkett Smith spills the tea on ‘Girl’s Trip 2’

Jada Pinkett Smith says fans may see the Flossy Posse reunited and traveling internationally in a possible sequel to Girls Trip.  The 2017 comedy starred Pinkett, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish as a reunited group of college friends who get up to no good on a work vacation in New Orleans. The 47-year-old actress — who played […]

Madonna displeased with ‘Blond Ambition’ biopic

There is a Madonna biopic in the works and the pop star is not happy about it. Blond Ambition, a screenplay by Elyse Holland, landed at the top of 2016’s Black List of the industry’s best unproduced scripts and has been given the greenlight by Universal Studios. The singer states on an Instagram post, “Nobody […]

L’Renee wows crowd at fan appreciation concert in Detroit

Photo Credit: Porsha Mitchell for Steed Media Service Detroit Native L’Renee is definitely an artist to watch. The first lady of Universal Motown Recording Artist KEM’s label, KEMISTRY Records, recently showcased her beautifully robust and sultry jazz infused R&B vocals to fans at her fan appreciation concert in Detroit. The concert was phenomenal. She sang to […]

Vin Diesel promises final trilogy of ‘Furious’ films

Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel says there are a few more rides to come for the action-packed franchise. The 48-year-old actor recently told fans on Facebook that he plans to produce a final trilogy of films to end its run. “Universal has been so good to me and so trusting of the vision … […]

Tyrese hits Abu Dhabi for global DVD release of ‘Furious 7’

Though riding high on the success of his latest album, Black Rose, singer and actor Tyrese is still taking time to tend to his ever budding film career. The “Shame” singer recently visited Abu Dhabi to promote the global release of his record-breaking film, Furious 7, for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. With parts of the film being shot there, […]

Azealia Banks’ hottest selfies on Instagram

Azealia Banks is feeling the excitement after finally being released from her contract with Universal (for the tea on that click here). Banks is not new to the traditional selfie, which is basically you taking a photo of yourself for others to see via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Above, she posted, “Up and ready to hang in […]

Nicki Minaj reacts to Universal yanking her song from the Web

Hip-hop superstar Nicki Minaj shared a new track with her fans this week–only for her label to step in and yank it offline. This week, the rapstress posted a Soundcloud link for her new remix with PTAF, “Boss A– B—h”–much to the delight of her devoted base.

The 5 things wrong with hip-hop

1. The Record Industry The current record industry is the #1 thing wrong with rap. This is mainly because it can correct the four problems below. Labels show up after the A&R production, funding and development has already taken place and this serves to produce poor results. Pop, rock and even urban artists get deals […]

The-Dream Appointed EVP at Def Jam Recordings (Videos)

Def Jam Rccordings Appoints The-Dream Executive Vice President of A&R On the heels of the release of his fourth solo album, Love IV MMXII, this past spring and a year after challenging the establishment — releasing a mixtape titled 1977 under his birth name last summer — Terius “The-Dream” Nash has received a prestigious appointment […]

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