Archive for October 23rd, 2009

50 Cent Goes on a Felony Spree in Violent “Crime Wave” Video

October 23rd, 2009
It looks like hip-hop is embracing the concept of the short film. Just days after Kanye West’s “We Were Once a Fairytale” — an introspective meditation about isolation — leaked, 50 Cent unleashed his own entry: the video for “Crime Wave,” the first official single off his upcoming Before I Self Destruct, on his ThisIs50 Website. But where West’s collaboration with director Spike Jonze is aimed for the art-house crowd, 50’s mini-movie is modeled on ...

Spike Jonze Talks Kanye’s “We Were Once A Fairytale” Short Film

October 23rd, 2009
Photo: Gershoff/WireImageAnticipation for Kanye West’s collaboration with Where the Wild Things Are director and music video visionary Spike Jonze was so intense, even West himself couldn’t help but post the pair’s short film We Were Once a Fairytale when he got his hands on it a few days ago. The only problem: the clip wasn’t finished yet, and the version circulating on the Web was a leak. “I think he was like, ‘Oh, it’s out. ...

Katherine Jackson Hires New Lawyer for Battle Over Estate

October 23rd, 2009
Photo: GettyThe fight over control of Michael Jackson’s assets is continuing in the courts. Though Jackson named two executors in his 2002 will (see it here) — lawyer John Branca and music executive John McClain — the singer’s mother, Katherine, has continued to argue that the family should be more involved in business decisions. Katherine and Jackson’s three children are set to receive the bulk of the King of Pop’s estate, with unspecified charities getting ...

News Ticker: Rihanna, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Metallica, U2

October 23rd, 2009
Photo: Le Segretain Sources tell the Rap-Up that Rihanna will perform at the American Music Awards on November 22nd, the day before her new album, Rated R, is released. Rihanna’s mentor Jay-Z is already booked to take the stage, along with Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys. Ashlee Simpson-Wentz’s gig as an actress on the remake of Melrose Place is over already. The show’s executive producers tell EW that Simpson’s murder-mystery storyline was only supposed to stretch 12 ...