MTV Pulls The Plug On 50 Cent

MTV has decided to pull the plug on 50 Cent's latest project, The Money & The Power. The reality tv show which debuted a little over a month ago on November 6th (08), will be permanently shelved due to disappointing ratings.
MTV Entertainment President Brian Gradenthe says the network desires to find shows that better "reflect Generation 'Why Not?'—living, working and playing on their own terms, 'adventure capitalists' if you will, pursuing a variety of thrill-seeking, 2.0, express-yourself enterprises."
The Money & The Power followed 14 aspiring rap moguls through challenges issued by 50 Cent, with the winner receiving a $100,000 investment to start his or her own business venture.
It was meant to serve as a "visual companion" to 50 Cent's book The 50th Law, which he co-wrote with Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power.

Mary J. Blige & Jay-Z Sued, Soulja Boy Flops

2008 has certainly been the year of lawsuits in the music industry. From sample clearance issues to copyright infringement, no artist seems to be in the clear. Not even R&B songstress Mary J. Blige and Hip Hop power player, Jay-Z.
According to TMZ, the two artists are facing legal action from two disgruntled musicians who allege they wrote one of the singer's tunes.
In a lawsuit filed in federal U.S. court, Jermaine Jumpp and Michael C. Adams claim they gave a CD to the office of songwriter/producer Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins, containing their song On My Grind.
The two claim that their song was later used as Blige's 2005 single Enough Cryin', which was produced by Jerkins and released on her album The Breakthrough.
If you're wondering what exactly this has to do with Jay, according to the album credits, Jay-Z is listed as a writer for the 2005 hit.

Jim Jones Allegedly Involved In Fight With Ne-Yo, Ty Ty

New York rapper Jim Jones may be in some legal hot water soon after allegedly being involved in a physical altercation with R&B singer Ne-Yo and Jay-Z's longtime pal, Ty Ty.
The rapper fueled the rampant rumors earlier today after a morning show interview with Last Vegas's Hot 97.5.
According to the rumors circulating, Jones and his entourage ran into Ne-Yo and Ty Ty at New York's ultrasheek Loui Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue. One of Jone's people reportedly made and belittling comment about Jay-Z towards Ty Ty and when he tried to respond things got out of control."I can't say too much about it," Jones tells JNoise on the morning show. "Stuff popped off," he continued. When asked about Ne-Yo, Jones simply chuckled. He went on to say he respects Jay-Z but it "is what it is."This incident comes days after Jones' last public confrontation with security and NYPD outside of Okayplayer's Christmas party. Jones didn't take too kindly to being denied access and said some not-so-nice things on his way out. You can check it out by clickin the link

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r&b selling out while rap still disappoints

Keyshia Cole debuts at number 2 with 322k records while Jamie Foxx is right behind her with 265k records sold in the first week. Beyonce is still pushing 195k while Anthony Hamilton manages 135k in his first week. In rap Plies does 114k while Soulja Boy sold 46k. (BillBoard)
R&B must not be affected by the recession because Anthony Hamilton did 135k and I didn’t even know he was dropping an album. Everyone is going to talk about Soulja Boy’s 46k and write him off, but no his career is not done. He is off to a surprisingly bad start but with consistent promotion and work he can get some decent numbers in the long run. I think, “Birdwalk,” was too similar to, “Crank Dat,” and never caught on.
Congrats to Keyshia Cole, she is killing it with records sales and her TV show.