July 29, 2005

MUSIC BIZNESS

SCREAMING MIMI STILL # 1
Americans still can’t get enough of Mariah Carey’s latest single “We Belong Together.” The ballad remains No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the ninth non-consecutive week, interrupted for only one week in late June by “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood’s “Inside Your Heaven.”
Mimi’s sizzler also clocks a 10th week at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and knocks 50 Cent’s "Just a Lil Bit" from its perch atop Billboard's exclusive Hot Ringtones chart with a 4-1 jump.
Mariah loses her three-week reign on the Pop 100 after being unseated by the Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" featuring Busta Rhymes, which climbs 4-1. The catty tune moves up 4-3 on the Hot 100 to settle in behind Rihanna's "Pon de Replay,” at No. 2 for the second week.
Missy Elliot's "Lose Control" featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop moves up 6-4; Bow Wow's "Let Me Hold You" featuring Omarion climbs 8-5, and Ludacris' "Pimpin' All Over the World" featuring Bobby Valentino moves up three spots into the top 10 at No. 9.
Other tracks making notable Hot 100 moves this week include Gwen Stefani's "Cool" (50-35), Kanye West's "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" (69-43) and Jermaine Dupri's "Gotta Getcha" (75-60).
Bow Wow has the Hot 100's top debut with "Like You" featuring Ciara jumping in at No. 63. Other debuts this week include Pretty Ricky's "Your Body" (No. 88), P$C's "I'm a King" featuring T.I. and Lil' Scrappy (No. 91) and Charlie Wilson's "Charlie Last Name: Wilson" (No. 92).

THE INC DRIED UP?
An anonymous source has told SOHH.com that Irv Gotti’s “The Inc” label has officially severed ties with Island Def Jam and on Wednesday moved out of its 9th Ave office.
As previously reported, Island Def Jam [IDJ] was rumored to have begun its dissolution talks with the troubled label in May, prompted by complaints from other tenants in the building who feared for their safety following the company’s 2003 raid by the feds. There was also speculation that IDJ wanted to wash The Inc off its hands because the imprint’s shady image threatened to soil its reputation.
The FBI raid stemmed from allegations that Gotti and Queens drug lord Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff laundered over $1 million in drug money to fund Murder Inc, which has since been renamed The Inc.
A close source now tells SOHH.com that IDJ let go of The Inc. as part of an agreement to avoid federal authorities from including them in their probe of Gotti’s label. Def Jam was likely to be investigated, the web site reports, because it contributed $500,000 to the soundtrack for Murder Inc’s film “Crime Partners,” which was co-produced and co-written by McGriff.
Under the alleged agreement, the feds refused to name Universal Music Group and Island Def Jam in its indictment on Gotti and his label, which was revealed in January. The two music groups were instead referred to as “the other companies.”
Gotti had been rumored to be in talks with Warner Music Group and EMI as possible distributors for The Inc. SOHH is now reporting that WMG has indeed offered Gotti the president position at its Atlantic Records

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