NY Governor Eliot Spitzer Caught In Prostitution Ring

New York Governor Eliott Spitzer came forward in a press conference today (Mar 10) to apologize to his family and admit his involvement with an online prostitution ring currently under investigation.

Spitzer’s announcement this afternoon came following the arrest of four individuals connected to the Emperor’s Club VIP, a high-end, online prostitution ring.

While Spitzer offered no details about his involvement with the Emperor’s Club, the New York Times reported today that a person with knowledge of his role believes he is identified in court papers as “Client #9.”

He also allegedly met a prostitute in Washington, D.C.

“Today, I want to briefly address a private matter. I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and that violates my or any sense of right and wrong,” Spitzer told members of the press from his office in Manhattan. “I apologize first and most to my family. I apologize to the public, to whom I promise better. I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas, the public good and doing what is best for the state of New York. But, I have disappointed and have failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family.”

Spitzer is best known within the music industry for his 2005 investigation into the major record labels and their use of “payola” to obtain airplay for certain records, during his eight-year stint as New York’s Attorney General.
In July 2005, following a subpoena to all four major labels, Spitzer entered into an agreement with Sony BMG in which the label agreed to pay a $10 million fine and change it’s radio promotions practices.

Four months later, Warner Music Group entered into a similar agreement, paying $5 million to settle the law suit levied by Spitzer.

The last label to settle was EMI, which agreed to a settlement of $3.75 million in June of 2006.

As a result, several DJ’s and programming directors were fired or resigned, as a result of the investigation.

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March 11, 2008 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

Rapper Ice Cube’s new album ‘Raw Footage’

West coast Gangsta rap pioneer Ice Cube announced that he will release his ninth solo album, titled Raw Footage.

The album will feature guest appearances by Scarface, Westside Connection member Dub C., Nas, Musiq Soul Child, while Wreck, Maestro, Emile and others handled the production.

Raw Footage is the follow up to Ice Cube’s 2006 gold-selling album Laugh Now, Cry Later, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop sales chart and #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 sales chart.

Ice Cube, who is currently in the recording studio tweaking the album, will perform the album’s first single “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” and other material next week at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival on March 15.

The rapper has partnered with Microsoft’s new Silverlight technology to stream his SXSW performance live via his new website, uvntv.com, which was launched with producer DJ Pooh.

“We are excited to partner with UVNTV.com and SXSW to bring this live concert into the homes of people globally, using our Silverlight technology which delivers the high-def experiences that Ice Cube’s fans will love,” said Rob Pulciani, Microsoft’s senior marketing manager.

Ice Cube’s new album Raw Footage is due in stores June 17th via Ice Cube’s Lench Mob Records.

March 11, 2008 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

Grammy Awards, The Nominations:

Will.i.am, Busta Rhymes, T.I., Gnarls Barkley, Missy Elliott, Eminem, Lupe Fiasco and others are up for awards during the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, which takes place Feb. 11 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The nominations for the Grammy Awards were announced yesterday at The Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood, with celebrities as Chris Brown, Ludacris, James Blunt, Evanescence’s Amy Lee and Mary J. Blige in attendance.

Blige’s album The Breakthrough led all nominees with eight nods including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Album, Song Of The Year and others.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers earned six, while James Blunt, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Danger Mouse, Prince, Rick Rubin, will.i.am and John Williams were each nominated a total of five times.

T.I., Beyoncé, Gnarls Barkley and Justin Timberlake each earned a respectable four nominations.

“These nominations truly reflect a diverse and vibrant community of music makers and creators who represent some of the most remarkable music of the year,” said Neil Portnow, President of The Recording Academy. “Once again, the Grammy Awards process has delivered a well-rounded group of excellent nominees, which promises music lovers a spectacular show filled with dynamic performances and “Grammy Moments” that can only be seen on the Grammy Awards telecast.”

Gnarls Barkley’s album St. Elsewhere will compete for the coveted Album Of The Year Award against The Dixie Chicks (Taking The Long Way), John Mayer (Continuum) the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Stadium Arcadium) and Justin Timberlake (FutureSex/LoveSounds).

The 49th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center on February 11 from 8 – 11:30 p.m. on CBS.

December 8, 2006 at 7:39 am 12 comments

Nas & Mobb Deep Beef?

Havoc and Prodigy can talk ish about Nas all they want. The Queensbridge lyricist isn’t fazed by any of it. During a recent interview on Baltimore, MD’s Power 92.1 Jamz, God’s Son responded to Mobb’s claims that he signed to Def Jam in response to the Queens duo joining the G-Unit roster. “Mobb Deep signing to G-Unit is a disgrace to hip-hop,” Nas told DJ Rosetta Devine during the interview. “I love them little brothers, but don’t speak on Nas. It doesn’t make sense. You learned from me. That’s the bottom line.

Mr. Jones then stated his position, sharing that he’s now past feuds and wishes for rap artists to unite. “What we do is a form of unity,” Nas explained. “It’s easy to sell records if I diss you. Who can sell records on love?” “It’s easy to tattoo somebody’s crew on your knuckles and act like you tough,” the lyricist continued. “But be a man, let’s see how far you get. And I believe in Mobb Deep. I believe that they will prosper even though they say negative stuff. They my little duns. Those are my little babies.”

December 4, 2006 at 11:20 am 8 comments

Watch Beyonce – ‘Listen’ music video clip (world premiere)

The R&B powerhouse presents an emotional soul ballad from her upcoming feature film Dreamgirls.

Find more beyonce – ‘listen’ music video clips or check out the related video tags: Beyonce Dreamgirls Listen r&b Soul Dreamgirls Soundtrack soundtracks Music Videos

December 4, 2006 at 8:36 am 3 comments

Ludacris: Kick Me AIDS Campaign

Gangster rapper Ludacris is promoting AIDS awareness as a spokesperson for the International Youth Aids organizations “Kick Me” campaign.

Luda recently visited Northwestern University Students in Chicago and met with U.S. Senator Barack Obama. The rapper talked safe sex and condoms to the students and held a one-hour Q and A.

The Atlanta rapper said in a statement to the students, “I talk about sex in my music, but you don’t ever hear me talk about condoms. I can’t speak for other rappers, but I think it’s important that I let you know to be safe when you’re having sex.

The rapper then met with Senator Obama after the session with the students. The meeting was closed to the press however, he says he and the senator talked about empowering youth. Obama declined to comment on the meeting.Ludacris ordered the media out of the room after introducing his mission because he says he wanted the students to feel free to ask him honest questions, and he wanted to be able to respond freely.

The rapper then met with Senator Obama after the session with the students. The meeting was closed to the press however, he says he and the senator talked about empowering youth. Obama declined to comment on the meeting.

December 4, 2006 at 8:16 am 2 comments

Jay-Z releasing a new album

Is Jay-Z coming out of retirement? There have been some rumors that CEO of Def Jam, Jigga, is working on his comeback album. Kanye West and the Neptunes recently hinted to be working on this new project with Jay-Z.

Top artists like Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, Cool & Dre, Timbaland and Kanye West are to be expected on the lineup.

“Dre will E-mail Jay some new beats,” a source told the Daily News. “Jay will E-mail him the lyrics, then Dre will E-mail him the mix.”

According to sohh.com the album could hit stores as early as Thansgiving.

Do you think it’s possible that Jay-Z comes back and drops a new album?

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July 24, 2006 at 6:18 pm 2 comments

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