A legal battle is going on right now between two different Empires. On March 23rd, Twentieth Century Fox Television which is the home of the series “Empire”, filed a federal suit against Empire Distribution to make sure they were protected in the rights to use the Empire name and property. The record label and distribution company have responded. In a press release, Empire Distribution CEO Ghazi Shami says ..
“FOX’s Empire television program has created significant confusion with EMPIRE’s products and services. Customers, artists and business partners have all expressed confusion to my employees, artists, and me as to whether the Empire program has any affiliation or business relationship with EMPIRE. It does not.” “Fox, through the Empire program, advertises, distributes, and streams music and sells downloads under the ‘Empire’ mark. This music shares the same search terms as EMPIRE’s music, the musical genres are identical, and the songs and albums are positioned in close proximity in online outlets such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.com, and Spotify. It isn’t just a fictional show; they are functioning as a record label in the real world,” said Shami. “This only makes the public confusion worse.” “We are confident that this is a textbook trademark infringement case,” said Michael Hobbs, who is a partner with Troutman Sanders LLP, the law firm representing EMPIRE. “EMPIRE was started over five years before the first broadcast of the show, the marks are identical, and they sell the same products to the same customers. The significant number of incidents of actual public confusion is disturbing.”
Michael Hobbs also claims that they reached out to FOX on more than one occasion to solve the situation but was declined. This story is still developing..
Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly sold a total of 318k units its first week. Numbers were pushed up to 355k if you add in streaming. The album was streamed 9.6 million times on Spotify. Have you listened to his new album?
Ray J says he’s quitting Love and Hip Hop’s show! Looks like the next season will shift a bit. Sources say Brandy’s brother is worried about the damage the show has done to his relationship with his longtime girlfriend Princess Love. Do you think Ray J is coming back or is this just a stunt for publicity? What’s your favorite Love and Hip Hop season?
The team at Shady Records and Eminem have upped their efforts for the layout of their compilation double disc album, Shady XV which will be released on November 24, 2014. The album will celebrate 15 years of Shady Records. DJ Whoo Kid and Peter Rosenberg of Hot97 confirmed a 66 track mixtape which contains 3 hours of music from Eminem. The mixtape will drop before the album. If your favorite record is not on the ShadyXV best of disc, you just might hear it on this mixtape. The mixtape is being put together by DJ Whoo Kidd. Rosenberg was quoted saying “We figured since there’s gunna be so many people that are saying why didn’t this song make it, why didn’t that song make it, we’ll just do something to please everybody.” Will you be listening?
Former supermodel Janice Dickinson has come forward and claimed that Bill Cosby raped her in 1982. Janice says she went to his hotel room to discuss an audition for The Cosby Show and was given a pill and a glass of red wine by Cosby to help her with her cramps and he then raped her when she passed out. What is strange is how Janice was visiting the hotel room to discuss the audition in her pajamas. Janice was quoted saying “The next morning I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man,” she tells ET. “… Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.” You had a business meeting in a hotel room to discuss a television role in your pajamas? Janice is one of three women who have spoken out against Cosby in recent weeks bringing the total number to 15 women with claims that incident happened…. Back in the day.
After Kim Kardashian West broke the internet last week Ray J’s pockets got a little fatter. Sales increased for Kim K and ex boyfriend Ray J’s sex tape. Sources from Vivid Entertainment say Ray J profited $50,000 in one week when he usually makes $90,000 every 3 months. Kim K holds the record for the biggest selling sex tape of all time.
Chile if that’s not throwing shade I don’t know what is…Kevin Hart makes the news for proposing to his girlfriend during the debut of Atlanta Exes. Now Kevin has taken to the media and made claims that he did NOT do it on purpose but, c’mon my black brother you know exactlt what shade you threw. OKAY?! Now Kevin went on to surprise his girlfriend Eniko Parrish during her 30th birthday bash. Funny man Kevin Hart got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Of course she said YES! Could the timing have been better or was this just…a nice thing to do?
Ray J is back in the news following charges of sexual battery, vandalism, battery on a police officer, and resisting a peace officer. Ray J was accused of touching a woman inappropriately. The police seemed to agree that the actions were accidental but the polcie had to carry Ray J away and that’s when Brandy’s brother created a scene. Ray J pleads NOT GUILTY and his preliminary hearing is set for August 28th. Stay tuned….
Top Dawg Entertainment aka TDE is planning a global tour for next year. Word on the street is they are also coming to a city and town near you. Four of the artists have dropped projects in 2014 but do you want to see them on stage? Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar are also dropping albums later on in the year. Do you listen to TDE? Who is your favorite member?
Have you seen Nicki Minaj in her new Anaconda video??? CLICK HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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