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Now his latest legal woes involve small businesses illegally playing his music. Jay’s been added to a laundry list of people taking legal action against entertainment venues guilty of playing his records without proper authorization.
Jay’s signed on to court papers to sue “A Spot Of Tea” tea room in Alabama. The establishment which turns into a club at night is accused of playing Rihanna’s Umbrella without permission. According to the lawsuit, the makeshift club played the song along with a number of other unauthorized tracks before being discovered by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers or ASCAP.
The lawsuit is actually acting in conjunction with Universal Music Group’s lawsuit against small businesses playing music without paying for the rights.
For all those wondering what Rihanna’s “Umbrella” has to do with him, Jay is a co-writer of the song along with several other tracks on her Good Girl Gone Bad album.
Pop star Rihanna did not debut Top 3. She Came in @ #5. Behind feel-good story of the year, Susan Boyle, controversial dancer Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga’s mini EP (Gaga also sold 144k of her Fame album up +398%), & Andrea Bocelli 215k. Ri-Ri’s Rated R premiered at #5, selling 181,000 units. The dark Def Jam relationship-rebound release has been met with mixed reviews, from one of the label’s biggest stars.
Michael Jackson could be platibum after next week. The This Is It collection includes Jackson hits like the
Hip Hop favorite “Human Nature” various demo and single versions of other hits throughout the last three decades. The work fell two places to #4 from last week.
50 Cent’s potential last album from Interscope remained in the Top 20 for its second (charted) week. Before I Self Destruct boasts two bonus films, and some of the best critically-received work the Queens superstar has delivered since The Massacre.
Speaking of, The Black Eyed Peas climbed four spots with The E.N.D. The Electro-Pop work may be a departure from even the group’s more recent two albums, but the
Good Life-birthed outfit remains an underground Hip Hop success story.
Jay-Z bounced back into the chart-twenties again with Blueprint 3. The Atlantic Records-distributed effort is within 100,000 units of Black Eyed Peas, for overall 2009 sales. After that, all that remains is another 100,000-plus units in Eminem’s Relapse as 2009′s top-selling Rap album.
Cash Money Records loves Black Friday. Birdman and Jay Sean both debuted within five places of each other, collectively scanning over 60,000 units. The young Pop star nearly topped the label co-founder, as both are stars of radio in 2009.
Another label founder, Damon Dash, found success in BlakRoc. With only three days on charts, the self-titled project from The Black Keys that found Hip Hop guests including Jim Jones, M.O.P. and Mos Def debuted at #125. This may be the most successful Dame Dash project since Beanie Sigel’s The B.Coming.
Rakim slid to #147 with The Seventh Seal. The album, released through Bay Area’s SMC Records, featured an appearance from Maino, and production from Jake One, Nottz and longtime affiliate Nick Wiz. The effort is SMC’s most successful project this year, who also released projects from Capone-N-Noreaga and The Jacka.
Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa, a DXnext alum, made it to the Soundscan charts for the first time in his career. Deal Or No Deal, released on iHipHop/Rostrum Records, scanned just under 6,000 units. The project features former Young Money star Curren$y, and marks Wiz’s first nationally-distributed album.
Joe Budden has provided his vocals on a new Kevin Cossom song called “My Ex” just weeks after his publicized break-up with King Magazine covergirl Tahiry Jose.
While not directly addressing Tahiry or his new girlfriend, Somaya Reece, Joey touched on moving forward from a past relationship.
“Check it, I don’t know if when you speak no more,” Joe raps. “Since babygirl found out about us that is what she support/The back and forth, it should be either or/All she keep saying is ‘We can talk,’ I’m now, she’s before/What are the secrets for — she wanna call here, really trying to be disrespectful/I’m laying here trying to sex you, she thinkin’ I just met you/I tried to protect you — new attitude, new year, she’s old news — you can relax, don’t worry about a problem that don’t exist no more.” (“My Ex”)
Somaya Reece, has broken her silence on Tahiry by speaking up for the rapper’s former lover and defending her against the public’s negative judgment.
In addition to Tahiry, Somaya also discussed the heat she has already received from being with the outspoken rapper.
“The hatred is pretty much always the same thing,” she explained in an interview. “Either they think I’m trying to gain some sort of career-obviously they don’t know who I am, because I was already doing it. I have accomplished everything on my own without an agent or any help. And then his ex-girlfriend [Tahiry], there’s the comparisons, ‘Oh you’re hotter’ or ‘You’re nothing’ or ‘His ex-girlfriend’s prettier.’ And that’s really unfortunate that other people are more obsessed about that than he is or I am…I don’t know anything about her. I think it’s wrong that everyone is judging her, as well. She had to have been a good person for him to have been with her and I think she’s beautiful. I’ve seen pictures of her. People move on, now everyone else needs to move on.”
Foxy Brown recently resurfaced, taking shots at longtime rival Lil’ Kim on the new track “Off the Muscle.”
On the song, which popped up on YouTube [listen below], Foxy Brown makes an obvious reference to Kim’s appearance on the ABC series Dancing with the Stars last May. She raps, “Catch me at Marcy at the mall/ But muthafuckas will never see me dancing with the stars/ Never, will I embarrass my borough/ I’m too thorough/ Dark skin bitches, we here now/ I swear now/ Ya’ll bitches wanna be me so bad/ Ya’ll studied my whole swag.”
Although Foxy Brown and Kim haven’t taken shots at each other in a while it seems the tiff might be fueled by the fact that both femcees have reported that they’re working on new albums for next year.