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Master P. Victim Of Scam Involving Felons In Tennessee

Master P. is considering legal action against a woman in Tennessee who is using his name and the name of Corey "C-Murder" Miller to promote a bogus organization named the Corey Miller Food Foundation.

State officials are requesting a federal investigation into a woman named Alisa R. Harris, who runs the organization.

Harris, who lives in a boarding house in Memphis, is allegedly operating a series of websites claiming to be affiliated with both Master P. and Corey Miller, who is currently appealing a life sentence for allegedly murdering a 16-year-old in 2002.

The websites also list a number of official state organizations that are allegedly in partnership with Harris, who claims that she hires ex-felons and welfare recipients at $10 an hour.

Her "workers" then use their cell-phones to solicit cash donations for the organization.

"This is crazy, she needs to be stopped," Master P. told Memphis' Action News 5.

An Action News 5 investigation revealed that Harris doesn't have a license to solicit in the state, although her 2009 tax returns list an income of more than $150,000.

Harris' presentations and her legitimate tax status resulted in a relationship with an official partner of the Tennessee Community Services Agency, who referred workers to her organization.

According to Harris' own admission, she has hired over 116 ex-felons or welfare recipients  for the telephone jobs, through referrals.

"Within 30 days of our relationship with her, things started to pop up that didn't seem right," Meredith Hennessy told Action News 5. "We severed our ties with her, and we'll be working to remove our name from anything that she is affiliated with."

Master P. was adamant that he never met Harris a day in his life.

"I have never met her," said Master P. "Don't know who she is….just to have somebody use your name and don't even know you, it's not even fair," Master P. lamented.


Food For Thought: Conversations With T.I.

T.I. was grilled by Stephen A. Smith, Angie Martinez, Harry Allen and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for the latest edition of BET’s Food For Thought. Tip spoke on various topics including his formative years, his arrest three years ago, family life, and whole lot more. You do the dishes.


Nicki Minaj Performs "Right Thru Me" On Jimmy Kimmel


Beyonce Beat Out Taylor On Thanksgiving… It’s Not All Good News Though

She may be a huge draw at the record stores and an attraction at music awards shows, but as far as dominating the airwaves on Thanksgiving, Taylor Swift has a long way to go.

he pop-country phenomenon’s NBC special “Speak Now,” a look at her new album juxtaposed with live performance footage, garnered a mere 1.2 adults 18-49 rating with 4.42 million viewers. Though the show can exclaim that its adults 18-49 demo grew by 30% from start-to-finish, no one at NBC or on ‘Team Swift’ should be bragging about that performance.

The show finished fourth in its timeslot behind the NFL overrun/”The Simpsons” movie on FOX, re-runs of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory/$#*! My Dad Says” (1.6 rating, 6.21 million) and another airing of ABC’s “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (1.5 rating, 4.99 million viewers).

Of course, Swift was not the only music superstar to disappoint on television. Though her 90 minute special drew slightly better in the demo, Beyonce’s “I Am…World Tour” was far from a runaway success.

Over the course of the broadcast, the ABC show garnered a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating with 4.13 million viewers.

For its part, it was behind re-runs of CBS” “Mike & Molly” and “The Mentalist” and FOX’s “The Simpsons Movie” (only for the first half or so) for a second/third place finish in the 9:30-11PM slot.

Nov302010 World Premiere! Lil' Scrappy feat. Yung Berg & Stuey Rock - What U Want


Soulja Boy Tell'em 'Got Back On My Production' For DeAndre Way


Kandi & Tameka Twitter Feud Over Usher

Kandi Burruss, set Tameka off by saying on live television that if she had to sleep with any celebrity, it would be non other than Ursher.

Tameka Foster Glover Raymond caught word of Kandi’s “crush” and promptly picked up her Blackberry to let the twitter world know she’s not over her ex by throwing shade at Kandi, implying that Ms. Burruss had already dated everyone in town.

Of course Tameka deleted her tweets after Kandi directly called her out on…Here’s the question that started it all:

Tweet to Tameka Foster Raymond
Tameka Raymond Twitter Kandi Burruss

When Kandi got word that Tameka was throwing shade… she hit her up directly with this:
Kandi Burruss Tameka Foster Twitter

Tameka never responded directly to Kandi (and probably never will) but she did manage to contradict herself with this little quote:
Tameka Foster Kandi Burruss Twitter


Kelly Rowland Owes The IRS... 

Kelly Rowland Destiny's Child

Grammy-Award winning singer Kelly Rowland, sidekick to Beyonce in the group Destiny’s Child, owes the IRS more than $98,000 in delinquent federal taxes, according to public records.

Rowland, 29, rose to fame in the girl group, which broke through with the 1999 hit tune “Bills, Bills, Bills.” After the group broke up, she released a few solo albums and maintains an acting career that included portraying Motown legend (and ex-Detroit Councilwoman/tax delinquent) Martha Reeves in a 2003 episode of the TV show “American Dreams.”


Nicki Minaj Makes Cut For Keyshia Cole's New LP

Here is the official album cover artwork, and track list for Keyshia Cole’s forthcoming new album Calling All Hearts. The fourth LP for Keyshia is lead by the singles “I Ain’t Thru” featuring Nicki Minaj and “Long Way Down”. The set will hit stores December 21st! Below you can stream one of the new records “Confused In Love”.


01. I Ain’t Thru featuring Nicki Minaj
02. Long Way Down
03. Tired Of Doing Me
04. If I Fall In Love Again
05. So Impossible
06. Hangover
07. Confused In Love
08. Take Me Away
09. Sometimes
10. What You Do To Me
11. Better Me
12. Friends Turn Their Back
13. Where Would We
14. Thank You


How To Make Your Music Video Go Viral: 10 Tips From Cee-Lo & More

They say that Internet killed the video star (or the Limousines did, but still). We would beg to differ. The web has opened up a tour bus-full of opportunities for bands hoping to get their music out there via the cinematic medium.

And to back up that assertion, we’ve talked with musicians, including Cee-Lo Green, Auto-Tune the News () and OK Go, and gathered together their top tips for making an eminently shareable music video.

In the past, the realm of music videos was a whole lot less democratic — but that’s all changed dramatically in recent years.

“Distribution is going through a massive upheaval,” says Fred Santarpia, general manager of Vevo. “Cable TV is not the primary paradigm for the format. Rather, tens of millions of fans actively seek out and share their favorite music videos online each month, and with the explosion of the video-enabled smartphone market, we at Vevo believe that music videos will go viral even faster than they do today as more fans turn to the screen in their hand to discover new music.”

The folks over at MTV, who are currently working on amping up their video output, tend to agree. “The Internet has allowed all bands to make music videos that are guaranteed to be seen,” says Amy Doyle, who heads MTV’s music and talent department. “Music fans want their music to be mobile and shareable… It’s a very on-demand music culture.”

In addition to wanting their music and wanting it now, fans are increasingly asking for more content from artists. That is why a great music video can be such an effective way to garner new fans and keep those you already have loyal.

“A great visual travels,” Doyle says.”You can hear a song and like the song, but I really believe that a really great music video, even a low budget one, is a a gateway to a musical experience you didn’t even know you wanted.”

While we can’t tell you exactly how to make a music video go viral — marketers have been trying and failing to crack that code for a while now — we can give you some words of advice from those who’ve been there. Read on for tips and tricks from a cadre of musicians who have seen their vids blow up like oh-so many pyrotechnics.

1. Make The Video Its Own Entity

Yes, the point of having a video is to promote your song, but that doesn’t mean the vid should take backseat in the artistic realm.

“The goal is to create a video that enhances the song and can stand on its own, a video that people are not only going to want to watch again, but want to show someone else,” says Kina Grannis, a YouTube (YouTube) phenomenon who has garnered her share of fame via web video.

Having a video that stands on its own, as Grannis says, can bring you new fans — you know, people who might not otherwise be into klezmer, but really dig the way those ribbon dancers you hired move.

2. Try a Cover Song

We know you have your own sound that’s, like, 50 times better than any of the garbage out there, but no one’s going to listen if they don’t know who you are. One way to cut through the cacophony of voices on the web is to pay homage to a known entity by covering one of their jams. Bands like Pomplamoose have seen great success with this tactic, as have PS22, a chorus of kids from New York.

“As far as how the group has reached a worldwide audience, the majority of credit goes to Tori Amos and gossip blogger Perez Hilton,” says Gregg Breinberg, the director of the kids’ chorus. “After posting a plethora of Tori Amos covers, her management contacted me back in 2007 to arrange a meeting. The kids sang for her, then with her, and after we posted the videos of the collaboration, Perez Hilton posted the performance on his blog. Ever since, he’s kept up with the kids, and continues to post their performances regularly.”

3. Be Patient

“Things did not happen for PS22 overnight,” says Breinberg. “Over the course of five years, the kids continue to gain new fans and a wider audience. PS22 brings a consistent offering of music/videos that appeal to a wide demographic. That helps too.”

Translation: Just as you’re not going to get a record deal after one gig, your first video may not blow up. Hey, if a bunch of kids can be patient, so can you.

4. Rehearse — A Lot

“This may not be true for everyone, but we’ve found that most of our ideas, at minimum, take a week and often times months of rehearsal before we feel like we’ve got something good,” says OK Go’s Tim Nordwind.

“After we come up with a simple concept, the four of us (and often times our collaborators) get together and start playing around with ideas until the concept starts coming to life, changing, and getting better than we ever could have imagined. Some of our videos, like the Rube Goldberg machine for ‘This Too Shall Pass,’ took six weeks of planning and building.”

5. Remember Fun? Have It

“When thinking about making videos, we ask ourselves, what would be fun to do for a few weeks?” says Nordwind. “That’s where our ideas stem from; dancing with dogs, making a Rube Goldberg machine, a dance with time, performing with a marching band, they all just seemed like fun things to try to create.”

Generally, if you’re having fun, people will have fun watching you. Unless you have wholly different ideas of recreation than the rest of the population.

6. Be Frugal

If people can get famous off of lo-fi home recordings, you bet your bass the same is true of videos. “Make sure your budget is $0, so you don’t mind when your video doesn’t go viral,” advises Andrew Gregory, of Auto-Tune the News fame.

7. Create Something Relatable

Empathy is an integral component of shareability. “We don’t all have an outlet to express ourselves, but chances are we’ve all had that experience. That experience of loss in relationships overall,” says Cee-Lo Green, whose song “F**k You” went hugely viral this summer and fall. “I think that’s why that song works…. It can be shocking to address a significant issue, but the sense of humor is smiling in the face of diversity.”

8. Know Your Audience

As we stated in the introduction, the Internet () has made the musical realm much more democratic. While Green’s jam was censored on the radio, it could be played in all its glory online. “I believe that the Internet is people’s radio — to where we have a sense of ownership and control and direct involvement. In that way, the song worked with people,” Green says.

9. Remember, Your Song Has to Be Good

While you’re out there Fellini-ing it up, remember that a good video won’t save a bad song. “Quality is my first concern,” Green says. “You have to be honest and you have to be considerate and compassionate. There has to be an underlying desire to be related to. Not just seen, heard — embraced. Needing and wanting that love to be reciprocated. If you don’t have that love, chances are you won’t succeed.”

10. And Then There’s Always Cats

The Internet loves cats. If you’ve got ‘em, flaunt ‘em. That’s part of the reason why Holy F**k’s song, “Red Lights,” spread around the web so quickly. Still, it’s not like the band set out to cash in on kitties. “If we would’ve known how trendy cats would’ve become online, we probably wouldn’t have made the video. [But] I’m glad we went ahead with the video,” says Holy F**k’s Brian Borcherdt, who directed the video as well.