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Jermaine Dupri Claims Ciara’s New Single Rips off ‘U Got It Bad’

The “Blurred Lines” sampling case involving Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and the Marvin Gaye’s family has placed a huge microscope on the music industry and sampling in music.

During an interview with the Associated Press, Jermaine Dupri gave his two cents on the matter, and explained why he’s torn on the issue. From working with artists like Usher, Mariah Carey and Da Brat, the award winning producer says he’s been inspired by other genres of music in the past, but is always willing to give credit where it’s due  … click here for more details.

Bobbi Kristina’s Aunt Nick’s ‘Guilty’ And Pat Houston’s Loathsome

Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Leola Brown, claims Nick Gordon is responsible for Bobbi Kristina’s dire medical state, and she blames someone else … Pat Houston.

Leola has harsh words for Nick, claiming she has knowledge of what he did to his girlfriend and calling him “guilty.” … click here for more details.

Birdman Silently Switches ‘YM’ to ‘CMBRG’ in Throwback IG Post

According to Vlad TV, Birdman is looking forward with his business ventures and his record labels, as seen on his latest Instagram post.

During a recent “Throwback Thursday” post, the hip hop mogul reflected on the success of his record label Cash Money, but nixed Lil Wayne’s Young Money label from the popular abbreviation. Birdman switched out YMCMB for CMBRG, a combination of Cash Money and his Rich Gang labels … click here for more details.

‘Empire’ Star Taraji P. Henson Sorry Terrence … The N-Word Is Nope

There’s a big divide between “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard … he wants more of an authenticity boost but she doesn’t want the N-word anywhere near their hit show.

Our TMZ photog asked Henson straight up if she thinks “Empire” should use the inflammatory word to give the show street cred. Seems she’s siding with writer David Rambo … click here for more details.

Oprah & Common Sign Up To Appear On Season 2 Of ‘Empire’

Oprah Winfrey and Common have once again teamed up for a project. Lee Daniels announced both O and Common will appear on Empire’s second season. Earlier in the week Daniels and Oprah spoke with The Hollywood Reporter where the two revealed he was hounding the media titan to guest on the Fox mega hit. Daniels quipped he was “wearing her [Oprah] down,” while Oprah took the director’s hounding in stride when she confirmed her friend’s request. Oprah joked:

I tell him: ‘Lee, it’s not enough that you’ve taken every viewer possible on Wednesday night. Now you want me to leave my own network?’

On Thursday, Daniels told Access Hollywood at Empire’s Television Academy panel he finally wore Oprah down and she’s agreed to appear next season … click here for more details.

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Digital Producer of The Morning Heat and Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit

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