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Saturday
Feb122011

Jamie Foxx fights at Usher Show in Hollywood

Jamie Foxx got into a fistfight at an Usher concert last night in Hollywood according to eyewitnesses at the show.

Sources inside the concert say Jamie was in an exclusive lounge area near the stage at Avalon and that the pushing and shoving started just as Usher was hitting the stage.

We’re told the fight started when someone took a pot shot at Jamie who defended himself and actually got a punch in too before security guards broke up the scrum.

Jamie was quiet and surrounded by huge security guards as he walked to his car after the show (see video above).

Cops were not called and Jamie was not hurt. According to Damien Dante Wayans, nephew to Damon and Keenan Ivory, after the show. He told us he saw the fight inside and described it as “a little altercation … between two friends.”

Saturday
Feb122011

Diddy’s Ciroc sales jump 71% to $8.8 million, Belvedere counters with Usher

Ciroc has Diddy. Now Belvedere has Usher.

The R&B star will be the face of the vodka brand’s new social-cause campaign that will donate half of all profits from a new special-edition bottle to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Belvedere is launching the campaign as it seeks to gain ground on Ciroc in the super-premium-vodka category, one of the fastest-growing spirits segments. Ciroc sales have skyrocketed since parent Diageo in 2007 began partnering with hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, whose role is so big he’s considered more of a brand manager than spokesman.

Don’t look for Usher to duplicate that.

“I don’t want to tie the marketing of Belvedere through one individual because I don’t think it’s the way brands are built in the long term,” said Charles Gibb, president of Belvedere and Millennium Imports, making a subtle dig at his competitor. “I believe we need to be talking to a diverse group of people.”

Diddy, by contrast, is Ciroc, appearing in multiple ads that are more about image than the fine French grapes Ciroc is made from that the brand used to tout. It’s hard to argue with the results, as Ciroc last year surpassed Belvedere as the second-best-selling vodka in the super-premium category.

For the year ended Jan. 23, Ciroc sales jumped 71% to $8.8 million, while Belvedere sales increased 7.8% to $7.8 million, according to SymphonyIRI, which excludes Walmart and club and liquor-store sales. Categorywide, sales revenue for super-premium vodka jumped nearly 14% in 2010, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

Belvedere, owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH, shifted its creative-advertising account about a year ago to Omnicom Group’s Arnell Group from WPP’s Berlin Cameron United, which was behind the “Luxury Reborn” campaign that sought to cast Belvedere drinkers as edgy upstarts. Belvedere and Arnell have shelved that effort in favor of the new “Trust Your Instincts” tag line that seeks to broaden the brand’s message to focus more on quality.

“We wanted to make sure people understood and got home those values that make Belvedere different,”

Gibb said. The vodka, imported from Poland and made from Dankowsie Gold Rye, is distilled only four times–fewer than Ciroc’s five–which Gibb said preserves more flavor.

Saturday
Feb122011

Drake Has No Plans to Leave Young Money, Rep Says 

Earlier today (February 11), gossip site mediatakeout.com posted a rumor that Drake has plans to leave Lil Wayne’s Young Money label to join Jay-Z’s Roc Nation roster.

“Drake is signed to Aspire/Young Money/Cash Money and has no plans to leave,” the Canadian rap star’s publicist wrote to XXL in an email.

Drizzy, Weezy, Birdman, Nicki Minaj and the entire Cash Money family are currently in L.A. for this Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Drake is nominated for four trophies including: “Best New Artist,” “Best Rap Album” for Thank Me Later, “Best Rap Solo Performance” for “Over” and “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group” for “Fancy.” He is also set to peform at the ceremony with Rihanna.

The Grammys are set to air on CBS on February 13 at 8 p.m. EST/PT.

Saturday
Feb122011

Birdman Speaks on Possibility of Signing Rick Ross’ Maybach Music 

Earlier this month, rumors spread that Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group was on the market, with potential partners like Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, Lyor Cohen’s Warner Music, Diddy’s Bad Boy Records and Bryan “Birdman” Williams’ Cash Money family all mentioned as being interest in acquiring the imprint. XXLMag.com recently caught up with Baby to find out the possibility of Rozay joining the YMCMB family.

“We in talks right now,” the New Orleans mogul confirmed with XXL. “If we do or if we don’t that’s still my partner, and one day in life we will, if time means now and if time means later, we will.”

“That’s my friend first of all, that’s my partner [and] that’s my homie,” Baby added. “I have a lot of respect for Ross and what he’s trying to do. “

As previously reported, Ross recently signed both Washington, D.C. rep Wale and up-and-coming Philly MC Meek Mill to Maybach. Other artists on the label include member of the Boss’s Triple C’s crew, Gunplay, Torch and Masspike Miles as well as reggae singer Magazeen.

Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as Ross announces who he decides to sign MMG with.

Saturday
Feb122011

Lil Chuckee - Cat Daddy Remix

Saturday
Feb122011

Donnis - Blackberry Molasses

Saturday
Feb122011

Soulja Boy - Wet & Swag Me Out

Saturday
Feb122011

Romeo, Elz Kaypee & Skeme - Whip It Hard

Friday
Feb112011

Bryan-Michael Cox, Hundreds of Entrepreneurs Honor Diddy

The business legacy and impact of Sean "Diddy" Combs will be celebrated during the Grammy Awards this weekend, when producer/songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox, SESAC and 100 Urban Entrepreneurs host a private gala for the mogul.

Hundreds of aspiring musicians, executives and entrepreneurs will join Cox in celebrating Combs on February 13th at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles.

The event is special for Cox, who has worked intimately with Diddy throughout his career, writing and/or producing hit songs for Cassie, Day 26, Mary J. Blige and Diddy himself.

"I see Diddy’s work as an artist being celebrated all the time," Bryan-Michael Cox said in a statement. "It was important to me to celebrate his work and honor him as a businessman who’s marketing genius changed the face of the music industry. Having worked closely with him throughout the years, I’ve been a direct beneficiary of his counsel and its been life changing.”

Bryan-Michael Cox and SESAC have honored a variety of influential producers and songwriters in the past, including Swizz Beatz, Jermaine Dupri, Chris Hicks, DJ Toomp "Nate Danjahandz" Hills and others.

Friday
Feb112011

Waka Flocka's Mom, Deb Antney Secures Reality Star Heidi Montag

Heidi Montag is renown for her extensive plastic surgery, but the reality show start has entrusted Waka Flocka's mother Deb Antney to make her a successful recording artist.

The 24-year-old Montag recently make the declaration in a recent interview with radaronline.com.

"Spencer (Montag's husband) is going into the studio with Waka Flocka Flame, and I requested that his mother Deb Antney meet with me and manage me, because she is just fabulous," Montag said. "I spent $2 million on my music career, and it didn't happen for me, and now I have this opportunity."

Antney has had significant success as her management touch has helped create sensations with Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka.

"I've never been able to be the true Heidi, and now that I am not working on The Hills, I can really focus on this," Montag continued.

Montag said that she musically aspires to be "Pink meets Britney Spears."

Montag's first studio album, Superficial, was released in January 2010. The reality star created a media frenzy when she got 10 plastic surgery procedures on one day in 2009, which dramatically changed her features.