Archive for December 4th, 2010

Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie had the time of her life this week, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t all good news.

On Thursday, she received Billboard’s “Woman Of The Year” honor at the music industry bible’s Women In Music luncheon in New York. Glee’s Lea Michele and R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan were also recognized.

When the Dutchess made her acceptance speech, she paid respect to all the honorees. “Congratulations to all of the Women Of The Year,”she said. “I’m so humbled to be in a category with so many strong females in the business.”

Fergie earned the distinction for several reasons. As a member of the Black Eyed Peas, she shares the credit of having the “longest streak of consecutive weeks spent at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in the 52-year-old chart’s history,” as Billboard reported. Last year’s “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling” topped the charts for 12 and 14 weeks, respectively.

Fergie has also shined as an activist for breast cancer awareness and found success with multiple business ventures: her Outspoken fragrance line, Fergie Footwear, and her acting career.

The timing of the award seemed to coincide perfectly with the release week of the Black Eyed Peas’ sixth studio album, “The Beginning.” But that timeline is now debatable as experts estimate a less-than-impressive debut for the world-renowned pop group.

While the Black Eyed Peas’ last album, “The E.N.D.,” debuted at No. 1 and spawned the aforementioned hits “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta A Feeling,” “The Beginning” is estimated to sell 125,000 copies its opening week, meaning a No. 1 debut is highly unlikely. The Peas would be lucky to debut in the top 5, and this will mark a low the group hasn’t never felt before; I swear. I’m exaggerating a little, but times haven’t been this tough for the Peas since its early, pre-Fergie days. (Be sure to lookout for Wednesday’s edition of our Chart Watch blog for more details.)

After accompanying his wife to the “Woman Of The Year” celebration, Fergie’s husband, actor Josh Duhamel, made some news of his own. According to TMZ, two officers escorted Duhamel from a plane from New York to Kentucky when he refused to turn off his BlackBerry before takeoff as requested multiple times by a male flight attendant. Duhamel reportedly dismissed the requests by laughing. Guess he won’t be receiving the US Airways’ Man Of The Year award anytime soon.

In related news, the Peas received four Grammy nominations this week, but the Grammy limelight shined brightest on Eminem, who leads the pack with 10. A morbid charity fundraiser for Alicia Keys’ “Keep A Child Alive” backfired and failed to reach its optimistic $1 million goal. Aretha Franklin had a surgery scare, and Britney announced that she will release a new album in March.




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Karma biting you in the ass well GOOD!


Michael Vick(notes) paid his debt to society. Now he’s trying to pay back his massive debt to creditors.

Despite earning $4.1 million since signing with thePhiladelphia Eagles, Vick lives on a shoestring budget set for him by a court-appointed trustee. Most of his salary goes toward paying back creditors Vick owed before entering federal prison. Those creditors, which include banks, former business colleagues and former endorsement partners, were protected because of Vick’s 2008 filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

[Related: How Vick can cash in this season]

A 112-page, court-approved document serves as Vick’s “reorganization plan.” It was uncovered by ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson.

Among the facts Munson discovered in the plan:

• Two-thirds of every dollar Vick earns goes to creditors and taxes.

• The rest of the money is strictly controlled. Think of it as an allowance.

• Vick can spend $4,250 per month on rent and utilities and $472 per month on a car. His mother, who was on Vick’s payroll during his headier, pre-prison days, can receive $2,500 per month.

• Other obligations Vick owes include mortgages, child support, fees for his agent (who gets $800,000 through 2015) and for his tax lawyers (who will eventually receive a total of $2.6 million). The allowance does allow for Vick to pay $1,355 per month for private school for the two children he has with his fiancee, Kijafa Frink. (Munson calls it a “rare bit of extravagance.”)

• His creditors stand to receive $12 million through 2015, provided Vick continues to receive a multi-million dollar salary.

[Photo: Philadelphia paper’s controversial Vick headline]

Munson also writes that before Vick filed for bankruptcy, he frantically gave away $5 million to family and friends so that creditors couldn’t get to it. The court-appointed trustee is trying to recover that money, which was given to Vick’s friends, family and the mothers of Vick’s children. This is being done via a lawsuit, meaning that the man in charge of Michael Vick’s money is also suing Michael Vick’s family. (Though Munson says a judge will likely rule in the trustee’s favor, recovering the money will be a much more difficult matter.)

There have been countless reports about Vick’s financial woes since he first got into legal trouble for running an illegal dogfighting ring, but Munson’s story is the clearest picture yet of what Vick still has to go through. To watch a broadcast of Vick’s games and hear announcers rave about his recovery, you’d think everything was behind him. This document says otherwise.

The more money Vick makes, the more money goes to creditors. A salary under $2.5 million would force Vick to pay 25 percent. That percentage jumps to 40 if Vick signs a deal worth $10 million or more per season.

[Rewind: Vick’s magical Monday Night performance one for the record books]

This path to financial redemption follows the same road that led to Vick’s personal reclamation. In both, he made stupid mistakes and then compounded them by being dishonest once authorities found out. After serving his time, though, he’s dedicated himself to making up for his past misdeeds. It’s not heroic, per se, but it’s admirable. He could have run away like he does so often on the field. Instead, he appears to be trying to make it right.

It’s ironic. Vick’s success on the football field is what caused him to get in trouble in the first place. That same success is now helping him get out of it.





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Josh Duhamel Kicked Off Flight After Tantrum


Josh Duhamel didn’t get to fly the friendly skies on Thursday. The actor, 38, was kicked off a flight headed from NYC to Kentucky after refusing to turn off his BlackBerry before takeoff, TMZ reports.

A passenger on the flight said that Duhamel was “very rude” and “taunting” a male flight attendant’s repeated requests to turn off his device.

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Upon the attendant’s third request, Duhamel reportedly laughed. At that point, the still-grounded plane left the runway and headed back to the gate — further delaying the flight and reportedly angering other passengers.


Two officers later boarded the plane, and escorted the Transformersactor (and husband to singer Fergie) off the vessel.


A rep for the actor told TMZ that Duhamel was simply texting about his flight being delayed. “He’s sorry,” the rep added.


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