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2008-07-17 15:26
Lil’ Wayne busted by the Karma police
Lil' Wayne is being sued for sampling a song without obtaining the original composer’s permission, according to TMZ. And just which singer has Lil Wayne apparently been ripping off? South Africa’s own Karma-Ann Swanepoel, aka Karma, formerly of folk rock band Henry Ate. Karma alleges that Lil' Wayne’s hit new song "I Feel Like Dying” makes liberal, and illegal, use of her original composition “Once”.

In a lawsuit filed in Louisiana in the US, Karma says that Wayne's label had actually been trying to make a deal to use her song, but the SA singer and her record label had refused. Meanwhile, Wayne has wasted no time in making sure his track is everywhere – Youtube, MySpace, and live on his tour. And his new album Tha Carter III, from which the contested track is taken, is selling like crazy in the States, racking up nearly half a million sales – in its first day of release. We think Karma has a very strong case – so the more Wayne sells, the more she stands to gain.

Chomee messes with the wrong team
Urban pop princess Chomee was left red-faced after she performed at a Kaizer Chiefs match wearing a Mamelodi Sundowns outfit, reports Sunday World. And now it appears that the sex kitten singer could be banned from ever performing for the Amakhosi again – until Chomee’s management moved swiftly to offer their sincerest apologies for the blunder. Chomee was allegedly booked by Chiefs’s entertainment wing, Jakes Productions, to strut her stuff at the last Chiefs vs Pirates derby tie at Mmabatho Stadium in North West. She sauntered into the stadium wearing a black and gold Chiefs jersey and, curiously, a skimpy yellow skirt and green tights. The yellow and green colours are worn by Mamelodi Sundowns cheerleaders. “This angered Chiefs management. They reprimanded her after she performed because they felt extremely insulted and disrespected by her actions,” says a source. It is alleged that Jakes Productions boss Andile Sikwebu then phoned Chomee’s boss Arthur Mafokate to complaine about the matter. “This has the potential to have a detrimental impact on their long-running relationship,” says the source. “They are already toying with the notion of not booking her to perform at their games anymore. They had wanted her to perform at their Vodacom Challange game against Manchester United.” In response, Chomee has apologised saying, “I didn’t mean to offend them. I normally wear those outfits when I perform at Bafana Bafana games.” Oops! Have a heart, Chiefs. She may not have her club allegiances sorted, but at least she supports the national team.

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Brickz gets Bliksemed
Sunday World reports that reigning kwaito star Brickz has parted ways with house supremo DJ Cleo's Wheels Of Steel Productions after his contract came to an end last month. It is said that the muso, who had a meteoric rise to fame with the hit song “Sweety My Baby”, will be given his marching orders soon. And, like bees swarming around a honey pot, record company executives are queuing at DJ Cleo’s Wheels of Steel Productions offices to sign the dreadlocked singer. DJ Cleo says that though his company stands to lose money because Brickz was their cash cow, he is happy that the self-confessed drug fiend is leaving his company. “It’ll be good for his growth,” DJ Cleo says. “I helped him to start his own company – Brickado Music – so that he can be his own boss. DJ Cleo dismissed allegations that he severed ties with Brickz because the singer was sinking deeper into the drug mire. “It was purely a business decision taken for the sake of his development,” he says. DJ Cleo says now that Brickz is gone he will concentrate on producing his next album and Bliksem, his new protégé. Word is, Bliksem is none other than Cleo himself – in a balaclava. Erm, haven’t we been there and done that already? Has kwaito run out of fresh ideas?

Chris and his Brad Pitt-shaped problem
Coldplay's Chris Martin may sell millions of albums, and be happily married to the gorgeous Gwyneth Paltrow – but the poor guy still feels like a bit of an underdog. “You’ve got to be hungry,” he tells Rolling Stone. “If your wife went out with Brad Pitt, you’d want to prove yourself, you know what I mean?” Oh dear. No amount of album sales or Grammy Awards is likely going to help Chris get that monkey off his back. Brad and Gwyneth were, of course, the Hollywood golden couple back in the 1990s (before Brad’s subsequent golden couplings with Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie, of course). But more prescient problems seem to be plaguing the band on course to release the “biggest album of the year” Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, Coldplay have had to postpone the start of their North American tour by two weeks due to unspecified "production delays which mean that the show simply won't be ready". No word yet if rumours of Brad’s attendance at one of the shows may have been cause for the delay.

SA mourns a jazz great
South Africa is mourning the loss of another musician. Jazz guitarist Prince Kupi, 36, and his wife, theatre actress and former Generations star Zandile Nncgobo, died in a car crash this week, reports Sapa. According to police, Kupi was driving the couple’s VW Polo along the N3 near Heidelberg, before losing control of the vehicle and causing it to overturn. Kupi was the 2002 winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for music, and at the 2003 South African Music Awards he was nominated for best newcomer. The Soweto-born jazz all-rounder has left a gaping hole in the industry, according to friends and fans. The couple leave behind a five-year-old son, Bohlokwa.

Sources: TMZ, Sunday World, Sapa, Rolling Stone - Shaheema Barodien

This week: Karma comes to bite Lil’ Wayne, Chomee bats for the wrong team, and Chris Martin’s still trying to live up to Brad Pitt.

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