Morning Show Update
October 31, 2006
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RON ARTEST HOPING TO SCORE IN STORES NOW
Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest will release his debut rap album, My World,today. The album will feature guest appearances by Mike Jones, Diddy, Juvenile, Allure, DJ Kay Slay, and DJ Big Kap. A bonus 50-minute DVD, titled Being Ron Artest, will be included with the CD. The DVD includes footage from several live performances, three full-length music videos, and footage from Artest in various life settings.
After the solo project, Artest, who is from the Queensbridge Housing Projects in Queens, would like to record another QB Finest compilation. He said: “I think I’m probably one of the only ones right now that could probably put an album together. I’m probably talking a little bit, you know maybe out of my league. Probably a little bit too confident.”
Artest added: “You know, but I think I could put an album together. A QB Finest album and it’ll be crazy like just how Nas did it.”
Nas released the QB Finest compilation Queensbridge: The Album, in 2001. It was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies.
YOUNG JEEZY SET TO SHOOT A SHORT MOVIE
Atlanta-based rapper Young Jeezy will release his sophomore album, The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102, on December 12th. MTV.com reports that in addition to shooting a video for the set’s lead single, “I Luv It,” Jeezy will be borrowing a page from Snoop Dogg’s “Murder Was The Case” by shooting his own short film for the album’s next single, “Bury Me A G.”
Jeezy explained, LUDACRIS ENJOYS SECOND WEEK AT NUMBER ONE
Rapper Ludacris is enjoying his second consecutive week at Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The rapper’s “Money Maker” featuring Pharrell Williams dethroned Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” last week. Next week, Ludacris will have to deal with Akon. The singer’s latest single, “Smack” featuring Eminem, jumps to Number Two this week.
In related news, Ludacris recently released a new single and video, “Grew Up A Screw Up” featuring Young Jeezy, from his latest album, Release Therapy.
PROJECT PAT SAYS HE WAS ‘RAISED IN THE PROJECTS’
Memphis-based rapper Project Pat recently released the second single “Raised In The Projects” featuring Chrome, from his forthcoming album, Crook By Da Book: The Fed Story. The new album hits stores on December 5th on Hypnotized Minds/Sony Urban.
The new album is Pat’s first release since spending over three years behind bars. The rapper, whose real name is Patrick Houston, was arrested in January 2001 after police stopped his speeding SUV in Memphis and discovered two revolvers. Pat was on parole for aggravated robbery at the time.
He was found guilty of two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon in March 2002, and in June 2002 he was sentenced to 51 months in jail for each count. Those sentences ran concurrently. He was released from prison last July.
Project’s Pat’s last album was 2002′s Layin’ Da Smack Down. The rapper released his gold-certified debut, Mista Don’t Play, in 2001.
INDIA.ARIE SAYS SHE DIDN’T SET OUT TO MAKE TWO VOLUMES OF ‘TESTIMONY’
Singer and songwriter India.Arie, who has been earning rave reviews for her current concert tour, says she earmarked some songs for the second volume of her Testimony project while preparing for the release of her current hit album Testimony, Vol. 1: Life & Relationship.
Arie says that she wanted to group the songs together by mood and content, which is why she felt the project should be stretched over two separate releases. But she’s still not certain when the companion CD, to be titled Testimony, Vol. 2: Love & Politics, will be released.
Said Arie: “A lot of the songs are written, which is why… I didn’t set out to make a two-volume thing. I just was just seeking to put the songs in a context that made sense. I didn’t want to have all these emotional relationship songs and then a love song right after. I think it comes from my visual art training. like, I wanted to make a complete and balanced body of work. So the other songs I put over here to Volume 2.”
Arie is currently getting airplay for her tracks “There’s Hope” and a cover of Don Henley’s “The Heart Of The Matter.”
MARIAH CAREY GETS NO LOVE IN HONG KONG
Mariah Carey was forced to cancel her Saturday (October 28th) concert in Hong Kong due to sluggish ticket sales and what promoters called “unreasonable demands.” According to the Associated Press, Carey was scheduled to play an outdoor space near Hong Kong’s central financial district, but the venue had only sold about 4,000 tickets. A statement from the promoters explained, “We have decided to cancel the event effective immediately due to both the poor response of public ticket sales and also due to specific last-minute demands which we find wholly unreasonable and not with the best interests of Hong Kong, us and also the fans.”
Carey has been out on the road behind her latest album, The Emancipation Of Mimi.
LIONEL RICHIE WAS HAPPY TO STEP UP FOR DALLAS AUSTIN
Lionel Richie is enjoying the best chart success he’s had in the last decade with his current Island/Def Jam album Coming Home. Ironically, the multiple Grammy winner had a hand in the homecoming of one of the project’s producers, Dallas Austin, when he ran afoul of Dubai authorities this past summer on drug charges.
Richie, who is extremely popular in the middle East, led a contingent of music industry figures who used their influence to have Austin released and returned to the United States without being imprisoned. Never a publicity hog, Atlanta-based Austin has remained low-key since his return and continues to work with top artists, including Natalie Cole, Stacie Orrico, Sammie, and the Backwudz.
Recently, Richie told me that he had no problem standing up for the talented Austin. Recalling that he himself made some questionable decisions as a young artist, he said: “Things that I did when I was 19 to 25, I can go back now and go, ‘Wow, that was dumb.’ I’m sure something as simple as checking your clothes from now on when you pack and go international. He’ll never make that mistake again. But I think in the case of his talent, what he’s about, what he stands for in his community, what he’s done for the community, and not only that but just the music business and his giving back — it was quite easy, if you will, to just kind of look at his credentials and say to them, you know, this is not a drug trafficker. This is just a guy that made a mistake.”
Meanwhile, Richie kicks off his national tour tonight (October 27th) with a show at Detroit’s Music Hall Center. He’ll be on the road through the end of November.
DIANA ROSS’ CONCERT REQUESTS REVEALED
Diana Ross makes very specific demands when she tours, and Australia’s Herald Sun has just published some of those listed for her mini-tour down under, which kicks off on Monday (October 30th) in Melbourne.
Sources said that Ross, who rarely performs live, has demanded that for her performance on November 1st at the Atrium inside the Flemington Complex, a three-level stage, 34 by 45 feet wide and 30 feet deep, be specially built. She has also asked for all but the two video screens placed on the sides of the stage to be turned off because she doesn’t like to see herself perform.
In addition to that, Ross refuses to perform while the sun is still up, so due to the upcoming daylight saving time change, the dinner theatre crowd will take in Ross’ one-hour set between dinner and dessert. However, Ross demands that no dessert cutlery be placed on the table due to the distracting noise the utensils make. Ross also demands that all waiters be banned from the Atrium for her performance.
Earlier this month, Ross released her new album, titled I Love You, which features covers of songs by Marvin Gaye, the Beatles, Joe Cocker, Queen, Bill Withers and others.
SNOOP DOGG SEEING ‘SAW III’ THIS WEEKEND?
Based on the performance of the previous Saw movies, Saw III is the movie to beat this weekend. It comes out just in time for Halloween, and like its predecessors, was made for a relatively low budget, which leaves plenty of room for it to rake in the dough.
Saw III director Darren Lynn Bousman has said that the movie is more complex than the first two movies because it deals with back stories, relationships and flashbacks.
There’s plenty of gore, torture, and mind games in the movie as well, and that’s what keeps fans like Snoop Dogg coming back: “I’m a fan of horror movies but I like the Saw, I like the way the Saw series is. I like those ’cause that could go on for a long time and they’re scary. To be locked in a room, you understand me? I like that. The Saw is real clever.”
Snoop has a horror movie of his own coming out next month, Snoop Dogg’s Hood Of Horror, but chances are he’ll be one of the many people seeing Saw III this weekend.
FORMER SOURCE EDITOR MAY PEN TELL-ALL
Former Source magazine editor-in-chief Kim Osorio is thinking about writing a book after winning a $15.5 million judgment from her former employers.
During a New York press conference, the editor said, “I haven’t had the chance to seal everything up and think of my next move, but there’s a possibility of a book.” Osorio brought the case against the Source magazine and former owners Dave Mays and Ray Benzino for wrongful termination and defamation.
Source magazine attorney Mercedes Colwin said, “We are going to seek a new trial, and we are going to seek a reduction of the award.” Colwin added, “We are pleased that the jury has cleared us of any wrongdoing on all charges of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. The remaining claims for retaliation and defamation stem strictly from the accusations made against the Source’s former owners and do not in any way reflect on the current management.”
FATHER IN MADONNA ADOPTION CASE IS WORRIED
The father in the Madonna adoption saga says he’s worried that critics will convince the pop star not to adopt his 13-month-old son. According to the Associated Press, Yohane Banda said, “I am afraid Madonna may get angry and frustrated and decide to dump my son because of these people.”
Banda said he’s fed up with the Malawian human rights organizations that are causing a stir over Madonna’s adoption of David Banda. The boy’s natural father added, “These so-called human rights activists are harassing me every day, threatening me that I am not aware of what I am doing. I’m afraid David may be sent back and the orphanage may not even accept him back. So where will he end up? Here? He will certainly die.”
Earlier this week, Banda said that authorities didn’t make it clear to him that he was permanently giving up his son to the pop star. The latest interview finds Banda explaining what he meant by those statements. Banda said, “I was telling these rights groups that I wasn’t selling my son. I said I wouldn’t…sell my son for anything but I had agreed with Madonna before a judge so my comments were taken out of context and I hope Madonna is not angry.”
The Human Rights Consultative Committee has asked a judge in Malawi to review the adoption process to make sure all the laws have been followed.
Madonna appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Wednesday (October 25th) to discuss her plans to adopt David.
‘COLOR OF THE CROSS’ FILM DEPICTING BLACK JESUS OPENS
A new independent film depicting Jesus as a black man is now in movie theaters. The new movie Color Of The Cross depicts the last 48 hours in the life of Christ as told in the Gospels, but the film is the first in cinema history to represent him as a person of color. Filmmaker Jean Claude LaMarre plays Jesus and wrote, directed and financed Color Of The Cross, which opens in 30 theaters in predominantly black neighborhoods.
“Black people in this country are the only race of people who worship a god outside their own image,” LaMarre, told AP. He added that the portrayal of Christ as a black man is “the most poignant way to deal with the issue of race in this country because it goes to the heart of how we look at the world.”
The film is sparking debate not only among whites in this country but among African-Americans as well. While some black churches have images of a black Jesus behind the altar and others have claimed Christ was black, the concept has not been accepted in the mainstream, which generally depicts a blonde- haired, blue-eyed Christ.
“It’s very important because (the film) is going to provide an image of Jesus for African-Americans that is no longer under the control of whites,” says Stephenson Humphries-Brooks, a religious studies professor at New York’s Hamilton College and author of Cinematic Savior: Hollywood’s Making of the American Christ.
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