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Russell Simmons Applauds Frank Ocean's Courage!

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Frank Ocean is getting lots of support from the hip-hop community after opening up about his sexuality on his website.

One of his biggest supporters, however, is Russell Simmons.

The Def Jam co-founder wrote a touching piece on the Global Grind to applaud Frank on his courageous decision.

Russell wrote:

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Taylor Lautner Did NOT Come Out In People Magazine!

Filed under: Gay Gay GayOops!TwilightTwitterTaylor Lautner

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Uh-oh! The Twi-hards must be losing their minds over THIS!

You may be shocked to have seen this cover of People magazine, which features Taylor Lautner announcing that he's an "out" and "proud" gay man, but apparently, it's just one elaborate hoax, and the actor has made no such announcement!

Ch-ch-check it out (above)!

But if you were fooled, don't worry!

Apparently, Def Jam's Simmons thought it was legit, and even wrote via Twitter:

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Scientists Predicting What Songs Will Be Radio Hits Through Brain Responses!

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Knowledge is power…and potentially profitable!

Scientists at Emory University are doing studies on teens listening to new tunes, and they've discovered brain responses that could help predict the commercial success of songs.

According to the scientists, "at the level of cells and synapses, teen-age brains simply find some songs more rewarding to hear, even when the listeners say they don't like the tunes on questionnaires and surveys." Fascinating!

Here's what neuro-economist Gregory Berns had to say about the study:

"The punch line is that brain responses correlated with units sold."

And here's what Stanford University marketing professor Baba Shiv had to say about it:

"This research shows that the brain activation is able to predict what music is going to become popular two or three years from now. We have to wake up to the notion that these instinctual brain functions can have predictive value."

Very cool! This could open up lots of new jobs that never existed before! Def Jam with their own in-house scientists? It's the future! LOLz.

What do U think about this? Will scientists become increasingly involved in predicting radio hits?

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Russell Simmons Supports Marriage Equality!

Such a powerful message!

Check out Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons declaring his support for same-sex marriage, as part of the HRC's New Yorkers for Marriage Equality (above)!

Amazing! Thanks for speaking out and taking a stand!

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

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Lies! Was RiRi's Outrage Over S&M Censorship A Publicity Stunt?!

Filed under: RihannaMusic MinuteOops!

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Uh-oh! Someone has been caught lie-telling!

Rihanna recently expressed her dismay via Twitter with BBC's Radio 1 for toning down the content in her new track, S&M, to the extent that even the title was changed to Come On!

However, according to the radio station, it was the singer's OWN TEAM and her label, Def Jam, that changed the lyrics and distributed the 'radio-friendly' version!

Is that so? Sounds like somebody wanted a publicity stunt!

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Radion 1 has revealed that the original version of the track WILL still be played, but only during later hours of the day!

They explain:

‘During daytime hours, as younger audiences are listening, we are playing the radio edit which is called Come On. However, we will continue to play the original track in specialist shows with an appropriate introduction. It is common practice to play radio edits of certain tracks in daytime.’

We STILL can't really understand what the big deal is with this song!

A lot WORSE has gotten airplay without being censored!

Ugh. Whatever!

Thoughts??

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Nas Sends A SCATHING Letter To His Record Company!

Filed under: Music MinuteNas

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Who knew he had it in him?!

Rapper Nas wants to bring some new music to his fans. He has the desire. He has the talent. But it seems he doesn't have the support of his record label, Def Jam Records, and they are standing in the way of putting out his new material.

Perhaps they are hearing something on the record that Nas isn't. (Like, its awful.) Or perhaps they simply have better rappers to promote. But whatever the reason, Nas has had enough and he sent out this email to his studio execs telling them exactly how he feels.

Nas writes:

From: Nas
To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks
Subject: PUT MY SHIT OUT!

Peace to all,

With all do respect to you all, Nas is NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800′s, respect me and I will respect you.

I won’t even tap dance around in an email, I will get right into it. People connect to the Artist @ the end of the day, they don’t connect with the executives. Honestly, nobody even cares what label puts out a great record, they care about who recorded it. Yet time and time again its the executives who always stand in the way of a creative artist’s dream and aspirations. You don’t help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you don’t even do a great job @ selling it. The #1 problem with DEF JAM is pretty simple and obvious, the executives think they are the stars. You aren’t…. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didn’t work out so you took a desk job. To the consumer, I COME FIRST. Stop trying to deprive them! I have a fan base that dies for my music and a RAP label that doesn’t understand RAP. Pretty fucked up situation

This isn’t the 90′s though. Beefing with record labels is so 15 years ago. @ this point I just need you all to be very clear where I stand and how I feel about “my label.” I could go on twitter or hot 97 tomorrow and get 100,000 protesters @ your building but I choose to walk my own path my own way because since day one I have been my own man. I did business with Tommy Mottola and Donnie Einer, two of the most psycho dudes this business ever created. I worked well with them for one major reason……. they believed in me. The didn’t give a fuck about what any radio station or magazine said….those dudes had me.

Lost Tapes is a movement and a very important set up piece for my career as it stands. I started this over 5 years ago @ Columbia and nobody knew what it was or what it did but the label put it out as an LP and the fans went crazy for it and I single handlely built a new brand of rap albums. It’s smart and after 5 years it’s still a head of the game. This feels great and you not feeling what I’m feeling is disturbing. Don’t get in the way of my creativity. We are aligned with the stars here, this is a movement. There is a thing called KARMA that comes to haunt you when you tamper with the aligning stars. WE ARE GIVING THE PEOPLE EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT. Stop throwing dog shit on a MAGICAL moment.

You don’t get another Nas recording that doesn’t count against my deal….PERIOD! Keep your bullshit $200,000.00 fund. Open the REAL budget. This is a New York pioneers ALBUM, there ain’t many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. You don’t even have shit coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Let’s get money!

-N.Jones

Wow! He's fairly sure of himself, dontcha think?

We have to wonder though: if the music is as innovative as he says it is, why would the studio put a hold on it? Sure, they have to sell what they think will make them the most money, but Nas isn't wrong. He has a fan base. They'd eat it up.

So either the Def Jam execs really are screwing with him or they are trying to hide him from the fact that he is not as amazing as he thinks he is. Why are we getting the feeling it might be the latter.

Some letter though! Didn't hold back on any punches!

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Talking Rihanna's New Music

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She needs some new and GOOD stuff!

Alex Da Kid, who produced Rihanna's duet with Eminem "Love The Way You Lie", says that Def Jam is ready for another hit for the pop princess' new album.

He says:

"We worked together about a year before 'Love The Way You Lie' in London, and obviously that song has helped people around her and her label say, 'Oh, that's a big hit, we want another one.' You know how the music industry is."

So what would her new music be like? Alex explains:

“I’d say it’s like a mixture of her two sides. It’s commercial, but at the same time it’s got an edge to it—it has substance.”

Whatever it is, we hope it's better than Rated R!

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