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Akon Forgets Lyrics During Private Gig

June 27th, 2012 5:23pm EDT
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During a private gig in New York on Tuesday, R&B singer Akon forgot the lyrics to one of his new songs.

His latest mixtape, "Konkrete Jungle," is expected to drop next week and as a special treat for fans he debuted a few tracks while performing at hotspot Double Seven's Avenue A Soundcheck party.

During a remix of Gotye's hit "Somebody That I Used To Know," his mind went blank.

Apologizing to the crowd before restarting the track, he said, "Excuse me, I just made this song, like, last week, so I'm still learning the lyrics, OK?"

He took the mistake in his stride and continued the rest...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Star Kat Graham Lands Record Deal

February 2nd, 2012 3:35pm EST
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Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham is launching an assault on the pop charts after landing a record deal.

The former back-up dancer for acts like Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams has also starred in music videos for Akon, Nelly, John Legend and Justin Bieber - and now she's preparing to carve out her own music career after signing a deal to release her first album.

In a video posted to YouTube.com, she tells fans, "I am so, so excited to share my big, special announcement with you guys. As you can see I'm in a recording studio... the reason is I am now signed to A&M/Octone Records."

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'Modern Family' Dominates The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards (See List Of Winners)

September 19th, 2011 7:41am EDT
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Modern Family came full circle at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, winning the very first honors of the night and closing the show by topping the prestigious Comedy Series category.

Mad Men looked set to dominate the night, going in with 19 top nominations, and it continued its winning streak for the best drama title for the fourth year in a row.

But the stars of the period drama didn't fair so well - Jon Hamm was a four-time loser for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Kyle Chandler claimed that prize for his role in Friday Night Lights, while Julianna Margulies beat t...
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Spotlight on Summer Concerts

May 13th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
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During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.

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U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360ยบ Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...
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Akon Sues Former Booking Agent

March 5th, 2011 1:16pm EST
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R&B star Akon is suing his former booking agent for breach of contract and trademark infringement.

The singer/producer and bosses at his Kon Live Touring, Inc. company filed a complaint against American Talent Agency, Inc. on Thursday in New York.

The plaintiffs accuse ATA's officials of failing to pay "earned performance fees" and "booking unapproved appearances and performances for Akon".

Akon's company terminated its relationship with ATA last year and instructed bosses there to immediately stop providing any further booking services on the star's behalf or exploiting Akon's name, pic...
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Trina To Be Honored In Jamaica

January 31st, 2011 4:33pm EST
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Rapper Trina will be the guest of honor at Jamaica's Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards in March for her work with local stars including Sean Kingston and Lady Saw.

The female MC will receive the International Friend of Reggae Honoree accolade to thank her for sharing the spotlight with up-and-coming and more established artists from the Caribbean country.

EME Awards founder, Richard Burgess, says, "Some of the icons of our rich musical heritage as well as the hottest newcomers around will receive the recognition they so rightfully deserve, for providing us with wonderful musi...
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Akon Considers 'Burning' His Michael Jackson Tapes

November 23rd, 2010 1:31pm EST
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Akon has a stash of recordings he made with the late Michael Jackson, but he's threatened to "burn" the tapes because he doesn't want to release any music which was left "unfinished".

The R&B star's duet with the Thriller hit-maker, Hold My Hand, is set to become the first single from Jackson's upcoming posthumous album Michael.

Akon admits he has plenty of other recordings they made together, but he doesn't want to hang on to them in case he is tempted to rework them - because his idol wouldn't have wanted him to release incomplete tracks.

He tells MTV.com, "Me and Mike worked on a lo...
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New Jersey Man Charged With Murdering Akon's Manager

November 22nd, 2010 9:01am EST
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Police have charged a New Jersey man in connection to the 2004 murder of Akon's road manager.

Robert 'Screw' Montanez was gunned down outside a New Jersey bar six years ago after attempting to stop rapper Capone from being robbed of his jewelry. Akon had been filming a promo with Capone at the venue.

Montanez was fatally shot twice in the chest.

Cops launched an investigation into the murder, but witnesses have only recently come forward to formally identify Almalik Ward as the gunman.

He was taken into custody last week and has been charged with Montanez's death, reports AllHipHop.com....
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Will.i.am Says Michael Jackson Album Release Is 'Disrespectful'

November 15th, 2010 3:30pm EST
Will.i.am
Rapper Will.i.am has blasted record label executives masterminding the release of the first posthumous Michael Jackson album, insisting the forthcoming project is "disrespectful" to the King of Pop.

Bosses at Sony are preparing for the December release of Michael, which features previously unheard Jackson material, and have unveiled Akon collaboration Hold My Hand as its first single.

However, the Black Eyed Peas frontman, who hit the studio with Jackson months before his untimely death, is convinced the late superstar is turning in his grave at the news - because the singer was such a p...
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Akon's Michael Jackson Duet To Be Released

November 12th, 2010 11:18am EST
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Akon's duet with Michael Jackson is finally set to hit the airwaves - Hold My Hand has been chosen as the first single from the late star's upcoming posthumous album.

Bosses at the Sony record label are preparing to release Michael, an album of previously unheard material, which will hit stores in December. And Akon has announced a track he wrote with the late superstar in 2007 - which was leaked on the internet a year later - will act as the record's first official release.

In a statement he says, "The world was not ready to hear Hold My Hand when it leaked a couple years ago. We were...
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Akon Sets Up School In Senegal

November 9th, 2010 4:31pm EST
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R&B superstar Akon has poured the profits from his live shows into funding a new school in Senegal.

The singer, who was born in the U.S. and raised in Senegal, has used his own money to open an educational facility in the country though his Konfidence Foundation charity, which he set up to create a better future for African children. And he hopes to eventually launch more teaching centers across Senegal, including a university.

He tells Allhiphop.com, "It all strung from concept of creating a better future for the kids in Africa. I started realizing as I was growing up and as I was comi...
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Posthumous Michael Jackson Album Set For Christmas Release

November 6th, 2010 11:30am EDT
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Michael Jackson is set to top the charts from beyond the grave - a posthumous album will hit stores in time for Christmas.

Michael will be released on December 14 and will include songs recorded during the final years of Jackson's life - as well as a few tracks which were completed by others after his 2009 death.

The first single from the album, "Breaking News," will stream on Jackson's official website from Monday.

Michael is part of a $250 million, 10-album deal with Sony Music bosses, which Jackson estate executors signed in March.

The hitmaker's former manager Frank DiLeo has previo...
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Akon Cancels Australian Concert

October 27th, 2010 12:37pm EDT
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R&B star Akon has been banned from performing at a gig in Melbourne, Australia after his 2009 concert in the city was marred by violence.

The singer was due to play at the Summerbeatz festival at Rod Laver Arena on November 25th, but bosses at the venue have forbidden the star from going ahead with the show following last year's gig brawl. Akon was performing at Melbourne's HiSense Arena as part of his co-headlining show with T-Pain last October when rival gangs began fighting, prompting Akon to halt the event.

At least 18 people received medical treatment, including two security guard...
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Jay-Z Is The Richest Hip Hop Star In The World

August 18th, 2010 9:04am EDT
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Jay-Z has topped a new hip-hop rich list, almost doubling Sean "Diddy" Combs' fortune in the process.

The rapper and entrepreneur reigns supreme at the top of Forbes magazine's latest Hip-Hop Cash Kings list with a 2009/2010 fortune of an estimated $63 million.

Combs comes in second with $30 million, while Akon lands at number three with $21 million.

SEE MORE PHOTOS OF JAY-Z HERE!
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Will.i.am Condemns New Michael Jackson Album

August 3rd, 2010 3:00pm EDT
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Will.i.am has condemned plans to release a new Michael Jackson album more than a year after his death - calling the proposal "bad" and "disrespectful".

The King of Pop's former manager, Frank DiLeo, recently confirmed a posthumous record featuring 10 never-before-heard songs from the Thriller hit-maker will be released this November. The album will reportedly contain tracks recorded in the 1980s as well as more recent collaborations with artists including Akon.

However, the Black Eyed Peas star, who worked with Jackson on his re-released 2008 Thriller album, is refusing to support the p...
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Dania Ramirez Is Single

July 29th, 2010 10:52pm EDT
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"Heroes" actress (and Maxim magazine's August covergirl) Dania Ramirez has dismissed ongoing rumors she wed music video director Jessy Terrero, insisting they never married and have now split.

The Dominican beauty admits she's been dogged by speculation about her relationship with Terrero - who has directed promos for artists such as Lionel Richie, 50 Cent and Akon.

But Ramirez insists she's a single woman, and the ex-couple has not been together for quite some time.

However, the star is refusing to go into further detail about the split in a bid to avoid fuelling the gossip.

She says, ...
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Cassie's BET Awards Outfit - Hot Or Not?

June 28th, 2010 1:34pm EDT
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Cassie opted for a rather odd outfit at the BET Awards on Sunday. She walked the red carpet in a pale pink bra-like top with pleated pants, chunky shoes, and a fur purse. We definitely think she should show off her body, but not in an ensemble like this. What do you think?

Cassie's second studio album, "Electro Love," will drop this year. Three singles have already been released: "Official Girl" featuring Lil Wayne, "Must Be Love", featuring Diddy, and "Lets Get Crazy" featuring Akon.

Her new album has been delayed several times. The pop star got a new record deal in the beginning of the...
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Christina Aguilera Fires Back At Lady Gaga Criticism

May 17th, 2010 8:40pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera has taken to her website to dismiss reports she's upset by Lady Gaga's attempts to copy her more risque and dramatic looks.

The "Beautiful" singer insists comments she has made about the "Poker Face" hitmaker's style similarities have been taken out of context.

Aguilera writes, "I would like to take a moment to clarify something that has been brought to my attention... It is very easy for comments to be taken out of context and create unnecessary drama, especially between us women. So I would like to tell you all directly, so my words can not be misconstrued to sell som...
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Christina Aguilera Is Awe Inspiring

May 10th, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Blonde bombshell Christina Aguilera stepped out in Soho over the weekend with her husband Jordan Bratman. She almost looks like she's channeling Madonna and the 1980s with her stone-washed jeans and Marilyn Monroe-like hair.

Who else is Christina imitating lately?

The pop star recently brushed off accusations from Akon that she's copying the look and sound of Lady Gaga. Akon criticized Aguilera for "trying to do the exact same thing musically" as the "Poker Face" hitmaker on her upcoming album "Bionic."

Aguilera defended herself by saying, "It just comes with the territory. That, in par...
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Akon Files Suit Over Konvict Fragrance

April 26th, 2010 2:30pm EDT
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R&B singer Akon has filed a lawsuit against his former business partners alleging they used his name for a new perfume without permission.

The Grammy-nominee and founder of record label Konvict Muzik was recently in talks with fragrance developers to create his own scent, reports the New York Daily News.

However, according to documents filed in Manhattan Federal Court on Friday, the Smack That star was stunned when perfume executives formed Konvict Cosmetics International and started selling a scent called Konvict without his approval. Akon is demanding the company ceases production.
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Christina Aguilera Brushes Off Lady Gaga Copycat Insults

April 22nd, 2010 8:31am EDT
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera has brushed off accusations from Akon that she's copying the look and sound of Lady Gaga - insisting she's not worried about the criticism.

The R&B singer, who takes credit for discovering Gaga after he signed her to his KonLive label at Interscope Records in 2007, has slated Aguilera for "trying to do the exact same thing musically" as the Poker Face hit-maker on her upcoming album Bionic.

However, Aguilera has spoken out about the comparisons, insisting she doesn't have to prove herself.

She says, "It just comes with the territory. That, in particular, is not even...
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Lady Gaga Records New Album On Tour Bus

April 21st, 2010 5:00pm EDT
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Lady Gaga is getting a head start on her next album - she's recording tracks in a mini studio on her tour bus.

The Poker Face hit-maker is currently traveling the world with her Monster Ball tour but she hasn't stopped work on her next album, according to R&B singer Akon, who signed her to his KonLive label in 2007. The pop star has reportedly written the majority of the follow-up to 2009's The Fame between concerts.

He tells Vibe magazine, "She records while she's on the road. I'm flying out to Europe to work on some new records with her. Gaga's just like me. She has a tour bus with a ...
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Akon: 'Christina Aguilera Is Copying Lady Gaga'

April 15th, 2010 12:12pm EDT
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Akon is convinced Lady Gaga has scared all her music rivals into copying her sound - insisting Christina Aguilera is "trying to do the exact same thing musically."

The R&B singer takes the credit for discovering Gaga after he signed her to his KonLive label at Interscope Records in 2007 when she was dropped by another of the company's imprints. The Poker Face hit-maker went on to become an international music sensation, and Akon is convinced her popularity is having an effect on other pop stars who are trying to compete.

Akon admits he's listened to Aguilera's upcoming album, Bionic, an...
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Akon Apologizes For Video Controversy In Sri Lanka

March 24th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
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Akon has apologized for using a Buddha statue in the video for Sexy Chick after it sparked protests in Sri Lanka - but insists he was unaware the spiritual monument was featured in the promo.

Locals in the capital city of Colombo were outraged by the video, which features groups of scantily-clad women dancing at a pool party in front of the iconic statue. Some fuming residents in the largely Buddhist country gathered outside the headquarters of the Maharaja Organization, a broadcaster sponsoring an upcoming Akon gig in the country, on Monday and hurled rocks and stones at the building, in...
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Akon Denied Visa For Sri Lanka Concert

March 23rd, 2010 9:21pm EDT
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Akon's upcoming concert in Sri Lanka has been thrown into jeopardy after government officials denied the R&B singer a visa to enter the country.

The "Smack That" hitmaker has come under fire from locals in the capital city of Colombo, who took offense to his video "Sexy Chick", which features groups of scantily-clad women dancing at a pool party in front of a Buddha statue.

Some residents in the largely Buddhist country were so offended by the promo, they held a protest against the singer's April show on Monday and gathered outside the headquarters of the Maharaja Organisation, the broadc...
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Akon Sparks Riot In Sri Lanka

March 22nd, 2010 10:54pm EDT
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Four people have been injured at a Sri Lankan broadcaster's headquarters after Buddhist protesters campaigning against an upcoming Akon concert hurled rocks at the building.

Promoters of the R&B singer's April concert in the capital city of Colombo have come under fire from locals, who have taken offense to his video "Sexy Chick", which features groups of near-naked women dancing at a pool party in front of a Buddha statue.

Around 200 angry Sri Lankans gathered outside the head office of the Maharaja Organisation, which is sponsoring the star's gig, holding up posters reading 'Stop Akon's...
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Lil Wayne Performs With Jay-Z Before Prison Stint

March 3rd, 2010 11:38am EST
Lil Wayne
Jail-bound rapper Lil Wayne made the most of his last night of freedom on Tuesday - he thrilled fans with a surprise performance at Jay-Z's concert in New York's Madison Square Garden.

The Lollipop hit-maker was due to be sentenced to prison time on Tuesday but a basement fire at New York's Manhattan Criminal Court forced officials to shut down the building and delay the hearing. Wayne was determined to enjoy the extra time he was granted, making a special appearance as Jay-Z brought his Blueprint 3 tour to his hometown, reports MTV.com.

The Big Pimpin' star was performing with rapper ...
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Akon: 'Lady Gaga Retired Me'

February 17th, 2010 5:30pm EST
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Akon is considering an early retirement thanks to Lady Gaga - because signing the pop sensation to his record label has set him up financially for life. Akon signed the Poker Face hit-maker to his KonLive label at Interscope Records in 2007 after she was dropped by another of the company's imprints.

GaGa's Grammy-winning hits have gone on to dominate music charts across the globe, and Akon admits he could quit his own career for good and continue to live in luxury thanks to the lucrative deal.

Recalling his agreement with Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine, Akon tells the Associated P...
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2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

February 1st, 2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...
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Rihanna's 'Russian Roulette,' Drama, Chris Brown's New Video 'I Can Transform Ya' And More

October 27th, 2009 12:04pm EDT
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Weekly Music News: Def Jam's decision to keep the world in the dark regarding singer Rihanna's single "Russian Roulette" may have back fired; an explanation about this in a minute. Beyonce and Lady Gaga team-up part deux, Chris Brown premiere's new video, and Rihanna on Good Morning America round's out this week's music news.

Beyonce to be featured on Lady Gaga's "Telephone"

These ladies clearly have some kind of obsession with phones. It was announced a few weeks ago that Beyonce and Lady Gaga are set to appear in Beyonce's video for her song "Video Phone" - a song that appears on he...
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