Erykah Badu has paid a $500 fine and will serve six months probation for stripping during a music video shoot at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, where President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot in 1963. The singer, who is from Dallas, performed a walking striptease on March 13 for her “Window Seat” music video. Police in April cited her for disorderly conduct after a witness made a sworn complaint. A number of children were among the tourists and other random passers-by seen on the video. Dallas city spokesman Frank Librio says Badu paid the fine Friday.
Shawty Lo is cleaning house. He phoned in Tuesday to discuss the changes he's made in his life. First is his label: It will no longer be called D4L Records.
"That's my brand, that's where I started from," he said of D4L. "But I'm officially switching my label to 2610: BHF. 'BHF' meaning Bowens Home family. 2610 is [the address] where we started from, D4L."
Lo said the name D4L had a stigma to it that some didn't take as seriously as he wanted.
"I just want a fresh look," he said. "I feel like I got a whole new movement. And I feel the D4L got a curse on it. People think it's the dancing, the snap [music]. I just wanna get a whole new look. I had a 10-year relationship and everything. I want a whole new look on everything I got going."
That decade-long relationship to his love Ecreia Perez was highlighted by an engagement earlier this summer. But one month after he popped the question, Lo said he broke things off.
"Things happen. I can't point no fingers," Lo said. "We were separated, the engagement lasted probably a month. It was a 10-year relationship, I love her still, but it's time to move on. It's over. I'm finnin' to move on. I got everything new going for me."
Shawty won't say exactly what led to their breakup, other than alluding to the fact that Perez disappointed him. "Something happened that I found out," he said. "Me, being a man, you just can't deal with certain stuff, put up with certain stuff. So, you know, it's better for us to separate. I can't talk about it. That my daughter's mother. I got much respect for her. ... [But] yeah, I'm single right now."
With their top-notch dance moves and tunes that make the ladies swoon, an Usher and Chris Brown co-headlining tour sounds like an idea made in R&B heaven. And according to producer Bryan-Michael Cox, it may just happen. This news comes just weeks after Breezy's surprise onstage appearance during Usher's set at Reggae SumFest.
Speculation began when Cox revealed during Jermaine Dupri's "Living the Life" YouTube show that the singers are planning to tour together. "Usher and the boy Chris Brown are going on tour, y'all know that, right?" Cox said. Dupri immediately replied, "They might not know that." But after the cat was let out of the bag, Cox admitted, "I might've just gave y'all some exclusive sh--."
Once word spread that that Usher and Breezy might be planning a co-headlining tour, the trio took to Twitter to respond to the hype. Responding to a fellow songwriter, Cox seemed to backpedal his revelation when he tweeted, "@rchonore86 I was drunk. Lol. Talking crazy. I don't know for a fact that THAT tour is happening. But it would be dope tho. Lol."
But the R&B heartthrobs kept the idea alive as they asked fans what they think of the possibility of an Usher/Brown tour. "What would you guys say if me and Usher went on tour?" Brown tweeted. An hour later, Usher's Twitter message read, "If you could see Usher perform live with anyone - who would it be?"
Reps for Usher and Brown could not be reached for comment at press time.
Earlier this year, Brown's U.K. tour plans were postponed because the singer was denied a work visa on the grounds that he is guilty of a serious criminal offense.
T.I. says his camp has worked diligently, so it's OK to celebrate now.
On Monday in New York, the King of the South reflected on the success of his Grand Hustle roster member B.o.B. We all know about steadfast and patient. And Bobby Ray had to practice that virtue the past couple of years while he waited for the release of his debut LP. Everything has paid off though, as B.o.B scored two #1 hit singles, critical acclaim for his body of work and most recently, five VMA nominations.
"I feel like right now, all the hard work is paying off," Tip said about Bob. "This is what everybody has been working for. This is [why] we go late nights in the studio, early mornings in the studio. This is the reason we miss days out of our children's lives — for moments like these. For me not to sit here, reap the benefits and take the pleasure as well as taking the moment to bask in the glory of the success of what we have accomplished ... It's necessary, very necessary."
B.o.B's "Nothin' on You" is nominated for a VMA in the Best Pop Category while "Airplanes" is up for four Moonmen: Best Male Video, Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Collaboration and Video of the Year.
"It's very special to me," the B.o.B said earlier this month. I think it's a lot more special than the success of the singles, because this reflects the work I've put in over the years and the word of mouth I've helped create. It's definitely amazing. I'm trying to find the words to explain it, but I can't. It's inexplicable. I'm a real simple man, so, you know, I accept every gift with generosity and gratitude."
Nicki Minaj is featured on two of the four tracks debuting this week on Billboard's Hot 100 chart as she makes guest appearances on Sean Kingston's "Letting Go (Dutty Love)" and Jay Sean's "2012 (It Ain"t The End)."
The chart successes follow the Young Money femcee's own #1 single, "Your Love," which currently sits in the top 20. But the Kingston and Jay Sean records prove an underlying point about Minaj: The Queens lyricist has managed to make her mark via collaborations; she sizzled on numbers with Usher ("Lil Freak"), Robin Thicke ("Shakin' It 4 Daddy") and Mariah Carey ("Up Out My Face").
"It feels crazy," she told MTV News earlier this year about all the calls for collaborations. "I never imagined it. I never really imagined all of this. It feels good because when you're working at something, sometimes you feel like you'll never be recognized for your true talents. Especially when you're a girl, you feel like people will only see one thing. But now when people hit me, it's, 'Could you be on this remix?' It shows that they respect my talent, and that means a lot."
The animated rapper recently revealed the name of her forthcoming debut album, Pink Friday, via Twitter. She's been mostly hush, though, regarding details of the project. But this month she explained to MTV News that she's enjoying the process of crafting her first album.
"The album is progressing miraculously, I would say," Minaj told us. "It's coming out way better than I could even have imagined or dreamed or hoped for."
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