R Kelly being investigated by FBI: Report

R. Kelly R Kelly’s legal woes have reportedly reached a federal level. In response to the rampant allegations of the singer’s sexual misconduct, a state police investigation has been launched in Georgia, and another could soon follow in Illinois. Now, TMZ is reporting that the FBI is also looking into Kelly — specifically as to whether he transported a minor across state lines for the purpose of sex. Azriel Clary, one of Kelly’s alleged victims featured in the Lifetime series Surviving R Kelly, was reportedly flown from Palm Springs to Phoenix to Orlando in May 2015. At the time, she was only 17 years old. Clary’s family says the flights were arranged by Kelly’s personal assistant. The family has not heard from Clary since 2016 and believe she may be Kelly’s “sex slave.” If the allegations are true, Kelly would be in violation of the Mann Act — the federal law that makes it illegal to transport a minor across state lines for purposes of sex, debauchery or prostitution. Punishment for such a crime is up to 10 years in a federal prison. R. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, denied to TMZ that Kelly violated the law and said he was unaware of any investigation. […]

Kanye Sues EMI, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, More: Report

Kanye West has filed a pair of lawsuits today (January 25) according to reports by The Hollywood Reporter and the Blast. One suit is against music publisher EMI, which has administered the rights to West’s songs since 2003. The second lawsuit was filed against JAY-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings, UMG Recordings, and Bravado International Group. According to “heavily redacted” court documents obtained by THR and the Blast, West filed both suits over “the parties’ rights and obligations to one another under the Recording Agreement and Extensions.” The Blast claims that the “nature of the dispute” in the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/UMG/Bravado suit has been completely blacked out, and the amount West is seeking in damages is not visible. According to the Blast, a portion of that lawsuit refers to West’s production and writing credits on JAY-Z’s 2001 LP The Blueprint, stating that West helped “revitalize JAY-Z’s career.” In the suit filed against EMI, THR reports that that West is seeking declaratory relief and a transfer of property. West reportedly alleges unjust enrichment on EMI’s part. Pitchfork RSS Feed

HBO announces Asian horror anthology series Folklore

HBO is capitalizing on the latest horror wave by bringing one of its spooky foreign series to the States. Starting next month, the network will begin airing Folklore, their six-part hour-long anthology series that aired back in October via HBO Asia. Set across multiple Asian countries, including Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, each of the six episodes is based on the country’s respective superstitions and myths and uses its local language. The six directors helming the episodes include Indonesia’s Joko Anwar, Japan’s Takumi Saitoh, Korea’s Lee Sang-Woo, Malaysia’s Ho Yuhang, Singapore’s Eric Khoo, and Thailand’s Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. Watch a trailer for the series below and catch its premiere on Friday, February 1st. [embedded content] Consequence of Sound RSS Feed

The Simpsons may be more valuable to Disney off the air

The Simpsons is currently amidst its 30th season. By its end, Matt Groening’s long-running series will have 663 original episodes to its name, which is not just an impressive feat, but a lucrative one. That’s good. The problem is that those dollar signs will soon be reflecting in the eyes of Disney, who will eventually acquire America’s animated family. That’s bad. Well, at least for those who love the new episodes. Here’s why: According to Variety, The Simpsons has been a loss for the Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC), and that loss has only increased over the years, but the network has always recouped the costs through licensing deals and merchandising opportunities. One example is its landmark 2013 deal with FXX, which was valued at roughly $750 million and expires in 2023. That all changes, however, with the impending Disney takeover, which will alter how those licensing deals are orchestrated. What’s more, FBC and 20th Century Fox will no longer share a balance sheet, which means the cost per episode will go solely to FBC. In other words, FBC will be footing the bill for new episodes with no guarantee on recouping those expenses. (Read: The Simpsons’ Top 30 Episodes) To make matters more […]

Erykah Badu Offers “Prayer” for R. Kelly During Chicago Show

Erykah Badu took a moment during her concert last night at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago to say she’s “puttin’ up a prayer right now” for R. Kelly, TMZ points out. “I hope he sees the light of day if he’s done all those things that we’ve seen on TV and heard those ladies talk about,” she said in the below video. “I hope he sees the light of day and comes forward.” She received a mixed reaction from the audience; both cheers and boos can be heard from the crowd. “But y’all say ‘fuck it!’ See, that’s not love. That’s not unconditional. But what if one of the people that was assaulted by R. Kelly grows up to be an offender, we gonna crucify them? I mean how do we do this? Just something to think about.” “They ’bout to R. Kelly me to death on the internet, I’m like god damn,” she said. She then called for “peace” and “healing for those who were hurt, because everybody involved has been hurt and victimized in some kind of way.” Pitchfork has reached out to Badu’s representatives for comment. At the 2015 Soul Train Awards, Badu introduced Kelly and said […]

Erykah Badu defends R. Kelly: “Everyone who’s been involved has been hurt”

Many musicians have publicly distanced themselves from R Kelly amidst allegations of sexual abuse. Even French Montana, who initially defended the embattled R&B singer, later issued a statement to express his support for Kelly’s alleged victims. There is, however, at least one musician still willing to defend Kelly. While performing in Chicago on Saturday night, Erykah Badu paused her concert to “say a prayer right now for [Kelly].” Badu initially acknowledged Kelly’s allegations — “I hope he sees the light of day if he’s done all those things we’ve seen on TV.” However, after some audience members began shouting, “Fuck him!”, Badu seemed to jump to Kelly’s defense. “That’s not love. What if one of the people who was assaulted by R Kelly grows up to become an offender?” Badu asked. “We gonna crucify them too? How do we do this? Just something to think about.” Badu acknowledged that her comments would be met with criticism. “They’re about to R Kelly me to death on the Internet,” she quipped, before adding, “I just want peace and love for everybody, healing for everybody. Healing for those who’ve been hurt, because everyone who’s been involved has been hurt.” TMZ obtained video of Badu’s remarks, which you can watch […]