Earlier this week gossip site, mediatakeout.com, reported that Atlanta rapper Diamond’s house recently went into foreclosure. XXLMag,com spoke to the former Crime Mob rapper to clear the air on her financial situation.
“It was a business decision, plain and simple,” the Jive/Battery Records artist told XXL. “I bought that house in ’02. It was a house I did live in at the time for about a year. But then I got into other rental properties and flipping my money and moved out of that house. The recession hit and the real estate market was not doing what it was supposed to do, so instead of selling it, I rented it out. Then the rental market slowed down, too. So I asked myself, ‘Should I keep this house when no one is buying it or renting it?’ If I can’t sell it, recoup my money or have anyone rent out the property, then why would I keep it? So I decided to let it go to foreclosure last year. “
“People do it all the time,” she continued. “Donald Trump does it. If a person can’t understand that, then they’re stupid.”
News of the foreclosure only magnified talk about Diamond’s troubled finances sparked by the October incident in which she had her car repossessed while on the set of a video shoot.
“That car was not repossessed,” she explained. “I got into an accident with my new Porsche truck and totaled it. Eight days later, I got the Camaro to hold me over until the insurance company sorted out the accident and I figured out if I wanted to get another Porsche truck or whatever. When I bought the car, I did enough (paperwork) to drive it off the lot. There were other documents they needed to complete the sale and I was sending those over. The person in charge of the remaining documents was not at work when I sent them, so that’s how everything got mixed up. It was nothing that I did. Besides, how can the car be repossessed if I just bought it? It wasn’t due for a payment, so how can I be late enough for it to be repossessed?”
Despite rumors to the contrary, the ATL-bred MC—whose current hit, “Lotta Money,” is getting renewed attention thanks to the new remix featuring Young Dro, Dorrough, Slim Thug, Twista and Trina—assures her fans that she is not in the throes of an economic crisis.
“It’s kind of funny that this is coming out now because I let the house go to foreclosure a long time ago,” Diamond said. “I guess with the courts and it finally going on the market, all of this is just now coming out. I’ve upgraded my place of residence four times since that first house. I don’t want to say where I live now, but I want my fans to know that I own the house that I live in now.”
Keyshia Cole’s brand new album Calling All Hearts is in stores now. The soulful singer recently spoke to the Associated Press about her choice for the projects first offering. The Nicki Minaj assisted, uptempo “I Ain’t Thru”. The statement song, was Keyshia’s choice, and she says the label felt that she should have gone in a different direction. The single has not cracked the Billboard Hot 100 and is barely making noise on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, peaking at #58.
“The label didn’t really want to drop the record because they knew … that people wanted a more intense, soulful record from me about love and I really should have followed (their) direction,” she said. “But I wanted that to be a statement record. It’s like saying, ‘I’m doing me, you know. I don’t have no regrets for nothing that I’m doing.’”
“There’s no way to predict how people will respond to things,” said Ron Fair, chairman of Geffen Records. “It’s something that Keyshia really wanted to say.”
Keyshia stands by her artistic expression, however she also understand fans perception of her. “I just think that people expect me to be, you know, an artist that sings about just love. But I’m always growing as an artist and I have to feed my artistry,” she said.
They have already followed up the song with “Long Way Down,” which she says “people are gravitating more toward” because of its mid-tempo groove and focus on love; the song was released to radio last week.
Fair, who executive produced all of Cole’s albums, says though the pre-album buzz isn’t as strong as it has been in the past, he’s not worried about the new album’s first-week sales.
“The record business is so perilous right now that it’s always, for me, a case of the tortoise not the hare,” Fair said. “What will be the ultimate judgment is where this record is in a year.”
Keri Hilson – A Day In The Life (Part 2) + Performs At ‘Ne-Yo & Friends’ Concert + Says Chris Brown Is Back In 'Good Graces' + Honey Mag Interview
VEVO recently released some new Keri Hilson footage. The above clip is their A Day In The Life (Part 2), and the clip below check out their official footage of Keri’s performance from the Ne-Yo & Friends AMA after-party concert.
Says Chris Brown Is Back in 'Good Graces'
Honey Mag Interview below
Travis Porter had a free concert to get toys for under privilege kids. Seems like the whole A & Beyond turned out to support the cause everyone form Big Sean to Treal Lee & Prince Rick to A-Towns own BPE YC with them Racks, Dose Mr Where they do that at, Rich Kids I see you, FLY letting Folks know they so outcha league, Rocko, 2 Chainz aka DTP's own Titty Boy. Verse simmons just to many to name and wasn't gonna try to put em all in the video if you missed it you should've been there Happy Holidays
Music video site Vevo has compiled its list of the 10 most-watched videos of 2010. And of course, teen pop sensation Justin Bieber takes the top spot with his video for “Baby.”
The 10 videos were the most popular across the company’s entire platform, which includes Vevo.com, mobile apps on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, connected devices (such as Google TV and Boxee) and syndication partners like AOL, BET, Last.fm and YouTube.
Take a look at all 10 videos below:
1. Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris - Baby
2. Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
3. Shakira feat. Freshlyground - Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)
4. Eminem feat. Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie
5. Justin Bieber - One Time
6. Eminem - Not Afraid7. Rihanna - Rude Boy
8. Justin Bieber feat. Jaden Smith - Never Say Never
9. Lady Gaga - Alejandro
10. Usher feat. will.i.am - OMG
New Orleans born and Dallas bred, Lil Wil, reconfirms his stance as the creator of the "dougie," a dance behind Cali Swag District's certified gold single "Teach Me How To Dougie".
Yep, that’s Jamie and last night, he made his way over to the Late Show With David Letterman and performed his latest single. He talks meeting Prince recently at MSG. Best Night Of My Life in stores now.