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2007-11-02 16:34
Britney off the hook
No, we are not talking about her dance moves, or her new album, or the drugs and Taco Bell and milkshake kind of “hook”. Remember her hit-and-run charges (she drove into a Mercedes-Benz Station wagon in a San Fernando car park and then walked away)? This week the misdemeanour charge were dismissed by Superior Court Judge Susan Speer after Britney paid the car owner Kim Robard-Rifkin approximately $1,000 to cover the damages. But the drama doesn’t end for the singer, she still faces a charge of driving without a valid Californian driving licence. Mara why Britney? Why is your life such a mess?But her new CD is great and if reading reviews is too higher grade this gallery is just for you.

Who is stealing from whom?
Sunday World (which one?) reported that DJ Cleo accused Arthur of stealing DJ Cleo’s “Sisi Ng’hamba Nawe” for his song “Sisi Ng’hamba Nawe”, on Arthur’s yet to be released album. DJ Cleo is reportedly pissed off. The king of kwaito refuses to comment. We’ll see if he keeps the crown once this dispute cools off. Other theft accusations to have surfaced against house artist and music producer Kylex lately. He’s been accused of stealing a song from by Jabulani Mthombeni, “Indwangu Yabe Lungu”. The song has been included on Drinko’s album Drinkolyser. Mthombeni, who says he registered the song with South African Music Rights Organisation, has filed a formal complaint with the organisation. But wait, there’s more! Arthur’s ex, Queen Sesoko has also been accused. A Sunday paper reports that Voslo’s Tshepo Maake and Nkosana Ramalope say they were not credited for the songs “Fly-fly”, “Emaphupheni Wam” and “Cuando Se Ganza” on the “Queen of porn’s” (as we’d like to call her) new album. I say we put them all in the ring, rub some oil on them and let them settle it like MTVs Celebrity Death Match, live on 24.

P. Diddy crunks-up with Ciroc vodka
For Diddy a clothing line, a music career, a restaurant and a perfume is just not enough. The king of greed has now signed a deal with Ciroc vodka. The star will be involved in everything from marketing to deciding where to sell the alcoholic beverage, which is one of drink giants Diageo's super-premium lines. According to reports, Diddy will receive 50 per cent of the profits and could earn up to $100 million if the brand performs well. Diddy, who seems to have forgotten that alcohol problems are rife in African and African-American communities, hopes to get more people drinking his vodka. "I can't over-hype someone into loving vodka. But once people actually taste Ciroc, I think we can convert a lot of people," Said Diddy.

Buckfever Underground and Madosini colab
What do you get when you mix Afrikaans kakpraatery with traditional Xhosa berimbau? We’ll all soon find out when the Buckfever Underground and Madosini collaborate for a one-time performance in die Kaap. You’ll remember the critical acclaim for Madosini’s collaboration with Thandiswa on her debut album. This time the Xhosa mama brings her traditional Xhosa instruments to the acoustic/spoken word band, the Buckfever Underground. To experience this first hand, get to their show at the Armchair Theatre in Cape Town on Tuesday 6 Nov. Click here for more info.

Kylie Minogue ”An icon of pop and style”, poor girl
From lekker local to a not so lekker Aussie: Pop-singer Kylie Minogue was presented with the Music Industry Trust prize for her 20-year career and status as an "icon of pop and style" in London this week Past winners of the award include top songwriters Elton John and Peter Gabriel. It’s the first time in the event's 16-year history that a woman has won the award. She is the first Australian to receive this award. She’s also the first breast cancer survivor to win the award, and the first artist who doesn’t write all her own songs to win the award... Yes, this seriously smells like, “let’s feel sorry for her cause she beat breast cancer”! Just behaving badly?
Seems Australian fans are not happy with Justin Timberlake’s diva-like behaviour. The 'SexyBack' singer, who performed two concerts in Brisbane at the weekend, snubbed fans waiting outside the Jade Buddha restaurant despite promising them he’d sign autographs after he had his lunch. But when his car arrived, the former boy band manbabe was out of there faster than you can say “FutureSex / LoveSounds”! When one excited paparazzo told Timberlake: "If my kid could see me now, he'd be so excited." Timberlake reportedly replied: "I can't believe they let you reproduce children." Maybe JT was just tired from all from “hanging out” with groupies the night before. Wink, wink.

Kelis dumped
No, she wasn’t dumped by her supper hot rapper husband Nas, she was dropped by her record label. Reports say the singer was released from her contract with Jive Records because her 2006 album Kelis Was Here failed to match up the success of her 2003 LP Tasty, according to Entertainment Weekly magazine. Kelis' manager Jeff Rabhan claims Jive Records didn't "get" the singer's music and failed to support her. "She's a different kind of artist - very image and style-driven. It's either something you get or you don't,” said Rabhan."We're not opposed to another major label deal, but it would have to be non-traditional." Maybe the “Bossy” singer should just start her own label with husband Nas and forget the major labels. We’d still buy your records, girl.

No Bond track for Kaiser Chiefs
Kaiser Chiefs will never write a James Bond theme, because they hate 007 films. They say they have no interest in penning a track for the next movie, tentatively titled 'Bond 22'. Reports say drummer and chief songwriter Nick Hodgson said: "We won't be doing any James Bond music. I've never seen a Bond film. Actually, I have seen a couple. They were boring. "We were asked to write a soundtrack once. But it was for a romantic comedy, it wasn't our thing. We thought it would be interesting, but it wasn't. "But one day it would be cool for the right sort of film. Not a big fanfare sort of thing. A much more cheerful 'Kes' where the kestrel lives, maybe." Uh, sounds like these guys are on another plane. James Bond boring? He is the world’s enduringly most favourite fictional spy (well, actually assassin), while they’re about to become yesterdays music trendies. How do we know that? Well, they’re booked to play My Coke Fest, aren’t they?

- Nomfundo H Mbaba+Tshabalala
Sourced: BANG Showbiz,, BCC online, Sunday World
This week: Britney off the hook, DJ Cleo vs Arthur and Diddy crunks it up. All this and more on this week’s umgosi.

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