July 26, 2005

GOSSIP TO GO

THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM
Sunday's NY Newsday reports a shooting that took place outside a Flatiron bar, involved staffers of the Source Magazine(a popular hip-hop mag).
The paper says that a fight spilled onto the streets and two men took out guns and started firing. "A 26-year-old man was shot in the head, a 28-year-old man was shot three times about his body, and a 30-year-old man was shot twice in his arm and torso, police said." Remarkably, the victims, two cousins and the bar's busboy, are expected to recover
The account goes on to say that immediately after the shooting, Source employees Leroy Peeples, the general manager and Alvin Childs, a sales dept. staffer, were taken into custody, but were not charged Saturday night.
POP'S MOST POWERFUL
With the promise of anonymity, Los Angeles Times’ music writer Robert Hilburn convinced a number of industry players to speak candidly about today’s pop music stars and to vote for the artists they believed would sell the most albums.
One exec said about Eminem: "I feel his moment has come and gone." Regarding Britney Spears, another said: "Trust me, she's over." And someone called Christina Aguilera “too volatile” to remain relevant.
Yet, the majority agreed that Usher has some staying power. Among the 21 polled bigwigs under L.A. Times’ witness protection – including BMG's Clive Davis, Interscope Geffen A&M's Jimmy Iovine, Sony Music's Don Ienner and artist/executives Kanye West and Jermaine Dupri. – 17 placed Usher in their top 10, while six made him their No. 1 pick.
"He could be the Michael Jackson of this decade," says a label head, referring to Jackson's former pop reign. Alicia Keys came in second on the tally, called the Los Angeles Times’ 2005 Pop Power List.
"Alicia has the talent to make any type of record she wants," said a label head. "She can do a jazz album, a pop album, a Broadway album and make it sound fresh and inspired."
Fifteen of the executives placed her among the top 10; two listed her first. That's the strongest showing ever for a female artist on the Pop Power List, which has been assembled four times since 1985.
Not everyone thought Eminem is approaching has-been status. He was ranked among the top three hot properties by nine executives, however, 10 executives left the Detroit rapper completely out of their top 10, leaving him to finish fourth overall behind Coldplay (the only rock act in the top 10).
The rest of the Top 10, in order: Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, OutKast, 50 Cent, Kanye West and Dr. Dre.
The following artists also appeared on more than three lists: Josh Groban, Green Day, U2, No Doubt/Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park, Maroon 5 and John Legend.
AND THE NOMINEES ARE...
The list is in for the MTV Video Music Awards.
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Coldplay "Speed of Sound;" Kanye West "Jesus Walks;" Green Day "Boulevard of Broken Dreams;" Snoop Dogg f/ Pharrell "Drop It Like It's Hot;" Gwen Stefani "Hollaback Girl"
BEST MALE VIDEO: 50 Cent "Candy Shop;" Kanye West "Jesus Walks;" Beck "E-Pro;" Usher " Caught Up;" John Legend "Ordinary People"
BEST FEMALE VIDEO: Amerie "1 Thing;" Mariah Carey "We Belong Together;" Gwen Stefani "Hollaback Girl;" Shakira f/ Alejandro Sanz "La Tortura;" Kelly Clarkson "Since U Been Gone"
BEST GROUP VIDEO: Black Eyed Peas "Don't Phunk With My Heart;" The Killers "Mr. Brightside;" Destiny's Child f/ T.I. & Lil' Wayne "Soldier;" U2 "Vertigo;" Green Day "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
BEST RAP VIDEO: Eminem "Just Lose It;" T.I. "U Don't Know Me;" The Game & 50 Cent "Hate It Or Love It;" Ying Yang Twins "Wait (The Whisper Song);" Ludacris "Number One Spot"
BEST R&B VIDEO: Alicia Keys "Karma;" Mariah Carey "We Belong Together;" Ciara f/ Ludacris "Oh;" Usher & Alicia Keys "My Boo;" John Legend "Ordinary People."
BEST HIP HOP VIDEO: Common "Go;" Nas f/ Olu Dara "Bridging The Gap;" Kanye West "Jesus Walks;" Snoop Dogg f/ Pharrell "Drop It Like It's Hot;" Missy Elliott f/ Ciara & Fat Man Scoop “Lose Control”
BEST DANCE VIDEO: Ciara "1,2 Step;" Missy Elliott f/ Ciara & Fat Man Scoop "Lose Control;" Destiny's Child "Lose My Breath;" Shakira f/ Alejandro Sanz "La Tortura;" Jennifer Lopez "Get Right"
BEST NEW ARTIST IN A VIDEO: Ciara "1,2 Step;" The Killers "Mr. Brightside;" The Game "Dreams;" My Chemical Romance "Helena;" John Legend "Ordinary People"
BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO: Eminem "Mosh;" Sarah McLachlan "World On Fire;" Gorillaz "Feel Good INC;" U2 "Vertigo;" Missy Elliott f/ Ciara & Fat Man Scoop "Lose Control"
R THEY THE GIRLS?
RollingStone.com reports that TLC plan to support the greatest-hits CD with a tour. Whether they'll take the winner of 'R U the Girl With T-Boz and Chilli' along is unclear, but they definitely plan to write and record their next studio album without her. "We might have some guest appearances," T-Boz says. "But TLC is always gonna be T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli. We didn't work this hard for somebody just to fly up in here after fourteen years." Read more.

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