HAPPY B-DAY OUTTOWN! TIME TO GET TOWNED!
The Prime Time Emmy Award nominations were just announced Thursday and STL native Jon Hamm was again nominated as lead actor in a drama for "Mad Men." He'll compete with Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"); Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"); Hugh Laurie ("House"); Matthew Fox ("Lost"); and Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"). Hamm was also nominated as guest actor in a comedy for "30 Rock."
"Mad Men" was also nominated as outstanding drama series.
In his legal papers, filed in an Illinois court, Navarro claims he and his fellow workers reportedly were sometimes forced to work more than 80 hours a week to help with studio and tour preparations. They were reportedly contracted to be paid time-and-a-half for the additional hours but Navarro alleges he was only paid at the normal rate.
He has also named Kelly's production company, Bass Productions Ltd., in the lawsuit and has cited the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act and the Illinois Minimum Wage Law in his court filing.
Speaking of lawsuits involving a Chitown based artist, rapper Kanye was sued over song infringement. Vincent Peters, a rap artist who goes by the stage name Vince P., is suing the hip hop superstar for stealing his work.
According to court documents filed on June 25 with the U.S. District Court in northern Illinois, Peters claims he wrote and recorded a song in 2006 called “Stronger” that ended up in the hands of long-time West business manager John Monopoly. Seven months later, West released his own song called “Stronger” that the suit says “copies significant and important” portions of Peters’ song.
In Peters’ complaint, he argues that the refrain, or “hook,” of West’s “Stronger” is similar to what Peters wrote. “The hook portions of both songs constitute the most memorable portion of the song and make the songs appealing to the ear of the listener,” the suit stated.
Some of the lyrics in question are:
N- n- now th- that don’t kill me can only make me stronger
On his Myspace page, he said URB Magazine named him a “next 100 Artist of 2008.” He has a recent Billboard hit called “Girls in the Club.” Earlier this year, he registered “Stronger” with the U.S. Copyright office, allowing him to sue West for copyright infringement.
However, it’s unclear why he waited three years to copyright "Stronger" then sue West. He did not immediately respond to an interview request sent to an e-mail address mentioned in the court documents.
On Twitter, where Peters lists his locations as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., he acknowledged his beef with West. “Too bad Kanye's Team is like the British and Team Vince P is the American Revolution,” he wrote. “Last week was just the TEA PARTY....”
In his lawsuit, Peters is demanding that West, as well as the recording companies of Roc-a-Fella Records LLC and UMG Recordings Inc., stop performing, reproducing and selling West’s “Stronger.” Peters is also asking for an unspecified amount of money.
He is requesting that a jury rule on his suit.
Hmmm, on both R Kelly and Ye suits, we think that both will probably settle out of court. As far as Peters waiting three years after writing, “Stronger” to copyright it. Well, that can be a lil fuzzy. It could have been that Peters probably “registered" the song to the US Copyright office which is different than an actual copyright. If a work isnt published, or produced for commercial release to the public, then it has to be registered by the author. If it is set for publishing, then a work is “re-registered” as a copyrighted work. And that was probably the case with Peters when he worked with Monopoly—registered the song. afterthat, who knows what happened. It could have been the scenario that Monoploy got the song from P, gave it to Ye, he changed it up and recorded it and published it with a different registering as an actual copyright. A familiar game in the biz.
In unrelated Ye newz, it was reported that his fifth album, still tentatively titled "Good Ass Job." would be released Sept. 14 as tweeted by the rapper last week on the same day as his and his protege Kid Cudi's album.
This is what he tweeted on Twitter: "September 14, 2010 My album Finally Famous x Kanye West album Good A** Job x Kid Cudi album Man on the Moon pt 2 RT #GOODMUSIC.”
The first single from the album, "Power," featuring Dwele, which samples rockers King Crimson, has already reached No. 45 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, was performed by the rapper recently when he opened this year’s BET Awards, backed by a fake volcano and a video display behind him.
UPDATE: "Power" debuts on this week's Billboard Hot 100 at #22.
ILLIMO native comedians made waves on the semifinals round on Last Comic Standing last Monday. Of the three comedians reppin the area, Benton, Illinois native Tommy Johnagin (near Carbondale, Ill PIC ABOVE) advanced to the Top 10 finalists. But the bruhaha occurred when St. Louis native comic-actor Guy Torry had an awkward moment with the judges after his race-based set involving the KKK and Barack Obama. He didn't take kindly to the judges' critique of his stand-up on 'Last Comic Standing' (Mon., 9PM ET on NBC). "The KKK voted for Barack, did you know that? Google it, Google it!" said Torry during his routine."Not all the material was my style," said judge Andy Kindler."That's because you didn't vote for Barack," responded Torry. "Do I look like a Republican?" asked a confused Kindler.The second critique, from Natasha Leggero, concerned "the punch lines ... You say everything like three times." Torry told her he didn't and got a bit more confrontational, saying, "You never buy a ticket to one of my shows, so I'm not really worried about you." Then he was a little hostile toward judge Greg Giraldo, too.
So, you know what that meant---ELIMINATION
But our thing is, why did he even go on? He doesn’t need the show! He's already established (even judge Giraldo sauid that he's seen him perform before and knows that he could do a better set that he brought on). Then, to not get chosen in the Top 10, is quite an ego deflater. Or maybe Torry did it to boost his standup anonymity with the mainstream. Who knows, but we think it backfired.
Oh ,and the other St. Louis native comedian Nicki Glaser also did not advance to the Top 10.
The big STL-OCAL STORY is:
The end of 60 plus year old classical station KFUO (99.1 FM) Tuesday with the playing of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, "Choral" as several hundred people came attended to witness the end.
Its owner, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, has sold the signal of St. Louis’ classical music station to Gateway Creative Broadcasting’s JOY-FM, which was approved by FCC in May, which will use the signal for Christian contemporary pop music, which began Wednesday.
On a Facebook page called "Stop the Sale of KFUO Classic 99 in St. Louis!," WLarry wrote, "as a Christian, I am sickened by this sale. I feel like I'm experiencing the death of a close friend."
From what we hear, it is more people approving of the change than those who wanted the station to remain classical. If folk wanted it to stay, where was thr protest in May? Hello?
Two big national stars are coming to the Lou for parties.
NBA Finals Champ LA LAKER RON ARTESTwill be AT LURE FRIDAY as part of the Night Of Champions event to celebrate his recent championship ring. The event is co-promoted by Liquid Assets.
Socialite, Supermodel, EX-Girlfriend of Kanye West, and will be at HOME Night Club July 17th to host Fashion statement promoted by High Society and Ice Entertainment .
Venues Today is reporting that St. Louis venue Chaifetz Arena at St. Louis University is ranked as the busiest venue in the world in the 10,001-15,000 capacity range and based on concert and event grosses from April 16-May 15, as reported by the trade publication.During that period, Chaifetz reportedly hosted 14 ticketed events and sold 41,984 tickets for a total gross of $1,961,221
Thats impressive especially in this economy. And its interesting that one of the shows that helped the venue get noticed was when Tyler Perry brought his "Big Happy Family Reunion" there earlier this year.
STL-based national recording artist Huey filmed his music video, “Smile and Wave” Wednesday, on 13th and Cass in St. Louis then later on at Plush Nightclub.
EMI Gospel and recording artist Willie "P-Dub" Moore have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement for his Kingdom Music Label.
Under this agreement, EMI Gospel will handle worldwide distribution rights, marketing and promotions for recorded music products.
The first product to come from this agreement will be P-Dub's CD, "The Turning Point," slated for release on September 14, 2010.
A few national act concerts are comin to the Lou
Grammy winning rockers Kings of Leon will be at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre July 23. This week the arena had a 2 for 1 sale on tickets fpr this show as part of promoters Live Nations Double Up Tuesdays.
R&B singer Howard Hewett will perform July 11 at the Ambassador. The concert is part of the Ladies of the Pink and Green Welcome Party in honor of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, which is having a convention July 9-16 in St. Louis.
Betty LaVette will perfrom at the Old Rock House August 6.
Harvey, Ill native comedian Wildcat performed at Taylor Made this past Tuesday.
THE LADIES OF Alpha Kappa Kappa are hosting its convention in the STL July 9-16. For more info go to http://www.aka1908.com/news/2010boule/
STL based rapper LUEY V had a party for the release of his music video "SHE GOTTA EGO" at FOR THE LOVE OF MONDAYS @ Mister G's
In Fairview Heights, IL
Monday (9PM) - Quiet Storm
(Return Back to the Classic love Songs)
Tues (10AM) - UNIQ Sol
(Music From All Genre's: Alternative, Hip Hop , Reggae & Soul)
Wed (10AM) - Break Mix
(30 Minute Work Break Mix)
Lastly, WTF was up with this! An STL rapper gets BITCH slapped while freestyling
on video then just walks away and drives off????
Check out the video at http://stlhiphop.ning.com/profiles/blogs/violated-rapper-from-st-louis
IN THE MIA FILE . Where is East St. Louis based group, One Voice?
BLIND BITZ—Which group at Fair St. Louis performed “Doin Da Butt,” and then followed up by saying that folk need to to go to church on Sunday even if it does fall on a Sunday?
PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which socilaite/promoters are gettin it in this week? Promoter/model Ashley Puryear and promoter Phil Assets.
Ashley Puryear . This sexy sista always gets it in every week at her holding spot, Sugars Lounge on 14th and Washington in downtown ST. Louis every Wednesday with Xposure Wednesdays and Erotic Energy Sundays. And on Monday, sista girl clebrated her b-day at the Lounge where we hear folk packed it in for it.
Phil Assets. Again, the CEO of Liquid Assets keeps it comin every week at his holding spot Lure Nightclub with the mainstay Red Hott Thursdays and Threesome Saturdays, and at Ozzie;s with Deluz Magazine with Sleect Saturdays. This Frdiay, there will be a speical event at Lure where his group is helping bring Laker champ Ron Artest to celebrate his championship in the NBA Finals.
COME CELEBRATE WITH ME THIS THURSDAY JULY 8 AT SUBZERO VODKA BAR ON EUCLID IN THE CENTRAL END: MY BDAY, BLOG DAY AND A THANK YOU TO THE SUPPORTERS OF THE SUCCESS OF MR COUTURE. FUN STARTS BY 10 P.M.!
My promotions company, Ma’atology will be a media sponsor for the CLEONS Fashion Show that will be held in Chi-town at the Dusable Museum July 10. STL model Alex Michael Day is one of the models who will walk down the runway.
EVENTZ THIS WEEK
Homecoming: Fluxus and Visual Poetry Homecoming presents the work of four artists active in the artistic traditions of Fluxus, Intermedia and publication who each have ties to St. Louis. They are part of the "Eternal Network," an underground affiliation of artists, poets and anti-artists who deal with text, image, sound, object and performance.The exhibition promises to both challenge viewers and encourage their interaction. Featuring works by John M. Bennett, Keith A. Buchholz, Larry Miller and Cecil Touchon. Curated by Keith A. Buchholz:Running THRU July 11
The Red LighT Special at the Inspot Dessert Lounge Just for the Ladies hosted by Skyy Vella. Sultry Spoken Word and neo soul music performances, Thursday, July 8, 7 p.m. $5 Music by DJ 76 Kid
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Call: 314.827.5201 or Em: email@example.com
Come hang out with your favorite Cancer at The Cancer Comedy Jam and Comedy Roast of Maurice G, Starring K Dubb from The Monique show and Rickey Smiley's morning show and several other comediansThe "HOTS" will be served up as several comedians roast Maurice (Mr Cancer) G, but he will have "HOTS" for them as well! Friday, July 9, 2010@ The Ambassador
$10 in Advance / $15 at the door
Cancers may call 314-780-9414 for immediate party discounts!
SFF STRESS FREE FRIDAYS will be held this Friday at
Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts” more closely signifies our mission of celebrating the region and providing free entertainment in one of the most historic settings in the country.”
The free concert series kicks off July 9 near the base of the Arch on Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., with rapper Common.Get more information at http://www.celebratestlouis.org/.
Grammy Award winning Gospel singer Vicki Winans will perform July 10 during the 2010 Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Forum Midwestern Conference that will be held at the Renaissance St. LouisGrand Hotel St. Louis, Missouri July 8-11. Go to http://www.mlbcf.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=52 for more info
Venus Williams, will make an appearance in St. Louis for two events,. First, a book signing. On July 10, she'll be in St. Louis to promote her just-published book "Come to Win," about how playing sports helped people such as Condoleezza Rice and Vera Wang later in their careers.
The event will be at 12:30 p.m. at the downtown Left Bank Books, 321 North 10th Street.
Williams also will be playing in the St. Louis Aces tourney along with tennis stars Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis.
Pop legends James Taylor and Carole King are making a stop at the Scott Trade Center July 10.
80s rock band REO Speedwagon and rocker Pat Benatar will perform July 10 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. 80s rock band Night Ranger is also on the bill.
40's the new 20
Saturday, July 10at 6:30pm
The Crocodile Lounge
2508-10 Goodfellow Blvd.
OPEN 7P-1:30A@The Crocodile Lounge
Mocha is on the mic at the Label on 758 S. 4th ST in downtown St Louis at Open Bar Saturdays
Cool Summer Job!! Missouri needs 1000 "Outdoor Ambassdors" ages 17-24 pay is 7.25, thru Sept 30th 2010. Eligible for up to 240 hrs. Call 1800-592-6020 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org go to http://www.mo.gov/
Check out Mocha Latte’s weekly column COFFEE TALK every Monday in theEvening Whirl .
Rhythm & Words Wednesdays2nd & 4th Wed every month
Meshon's Bar & Grill
410 N Tucker Blvd
ThundaGrownd Thursday Variety Showcase: Final Thu. of every month
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Big Moe's 1072 Tower Grove St.across from Sweetie Pie's on Manchester
Word Therapy @ Club Paradise :
Open MicFinal Friday of the month
$5 cover first 10 on the sign-up list free
812 Martin Luther King Dr, East St. Louis, IL
.New CD "ThundaGrownd Presents, A.D. Fire & Adrenaline"
MORE INFO on Aireez Darychuss
Paparazzi” Edition of Face Off’s 5th Annual Fashion Benefit. And they are taking it to the Palladium (1400 S. Park, near Lafayette Square) featuring designers like Adiktion, Eyekon, 917, Vixen, The Mona Audrey & Hello Tomorrow Collaboration, & Young Addy Co. along with 14 other designers. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m
STL Comic Hot Sauce recently taped an episode of the Comedy Central's comedy showcase, “Russell Simmons Presents Stand Up at the El Ray.” There will be a watch party for the episode on July 11 at Club F15teen at 8 p.m.