July 27, 2005
GOSSIP TO GO 7/27D'ANGELO IS DOING CLIVE DAVIS
J-Records artists Alicia Keys and Maroon5 may soon get D’Angelo as a labelmate. Sources tell Billboard.com that the mellow crooner, who disappeared amidst a purple haze in 2002 after releasing his second album for Virgin, has already made the move to J, however, the Sony BMG-owned label has yet to confirm anything.
In April, D'Angelo, (real name Michael Archer), pled guilty in a Virginia District Court to charges of marijuana possession and driving under the influence of alcohol, and received a combined 100-day suspended jail sentence. The charges stemmed from a January incident in which the singer was pulled over in a Richmond suburb.
The New York Times reports that Sean “P. Diddy” Combs is ready to make strategic moves with in Sean John clothing company in an effort to lose its “urban” reputation and become more universal. Diddy told the paper that his first step is to drop the bold logo and “SJ” initials that grace his clothing. "I'm putting you on rations," he told his designers, according to the New York Times. "From now on, I want people to read the name without seeing the name. You get me?"
Although the label still makes lots of money, it saw a drop in sales in the last two years and a net loss last year, according to the Times. Industry watchers say the downward swing signals a decreased interest in urban fashion.
Pregnant Jennifer Garner is having her pregnancy written into her hit series, Alias. Garner got married to actor Ben Affleck in June. Their first baby is due around Christmas. When Alias returns for its fifth season on September 29, Garner's character will be mentoring a young agent.
ADIOS MIO AYUDAME!!
JOHN Leguizamo (above) was more than fashionably late to the post-premiere party for his new movie, "Sueño" — but he sure had a good excuse. The affable actor was trapped inside an elevator at the Regal Union Square theater after Monday night's screening, and firefighters had to break through the top of the cab to rescue him. A shaken Leguizamo recounted the harrowing episode to Libation restaurant owner Denis Keane when he finally arrived at the after-party, saying he thought the elevator cord had snapped and he "was going to die."
LIKE many of us, Eminem apparently hates listening to other people crunch popcorn and talk at the movies. Unlike the rest of us, he's got enough dough to do something about it. On Monday, following his Vegas performance the night before, the rapper was at the Palms in Las Vegas when he decided he wanted to see the "Wedding Crashers." Management at the 14-screen Brenden movie complex at the resort obligingly shut down one of their theaters for Em and his entourage. While in town, he slapped down $1 million-plus for a 1,800- square-foot condo at the under-construction Palms Place development. The complex will feature a 60,000-square- foot pool and spa, 24- hour VIP concierge service, restaurants, a lounge, valet service and of course heavy security.
MISSY WANTS MICHAEL TO BEAT IT AND BECOME A THRILLER
Missy Elliott wants to give Michael Jackson an extreme makeover. "I would give him some thugged-out braids, a wife-beater, a pair of jeans, and penny loafers," Missy tells Spin magazine in their August issue. "I'd bring him back on some next-level kind of flavor."
I LOVE THIS SONG
Black Eyed Peas are out with the video to their new single 'Don't Lie', from the album 'Monkey Business'. Watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
BEYONCE AND JIGGA GO 50/50 AT 40/40
Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, and Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford were on hand for a press conference to announce the new 40/40 club on Thursday (July 21) in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
TREY SONGZ IS ON FIRE
AOL Music is hosting an online listening party for Trey Songz's new album 'I Gotta Make It', released today (July 26). Listen to the album in full here.
Lil' Kim preparing to release her fourth solo album, The Naked Truth, on Sept. 13, before she begins serving her year-and-a-day prison sentence on Sept. 19.
Kate Moss winning substantial libel damages from London's Sunday Mirror over a January report that claimed the model had collapsed in a cocaine-fueled coma. The paper was ordered to issue a public apology and to shell out an undisclosed sum.
ABC hoping to catch Desperate Housewives viewers at the cleaners by promoting the show's second season on the sides of dry cleaning bags with a slogan reading, "New Season. New Dirty Laundry."