News Update: August 23



It's a slow day over here at News Update. Not a whole lot going on out there, but we still bring you what we can.

Clothing mogul, Marc Ecko has won his battle with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Last week, Bloomberg revoked a permit issued to Ecko for his Getting Up Block Party at which he wanted to show of the talents of various graffiti artists by letting 20 of them spray paint MODELS of subway cars. The arguement was that the party would encourage people to vandalize subway cars again. (As if they don't already). The hip judge disagreed, stating: “By the same token, presumably, a street performance of Hamlet would be tantamount to encouraging revenge murder.” Nice one.

Rapper 50 Cent is suing a car dealer because they are apparently using his name in their commercials. The ads show his picture and then say “Just Like 50 Says!”. The car in question is the Dodge Magnum. (I could so make a joke here, but I'm gonna this one alone…)

Robert A. Moog, inventor of the synthesizer died. He was 71.

Apparently the movie The 40-Year Old Virgin is a hit with da ladies. Giggedy Giggedy.

Warner Music is creating an e-label in order to accomodate online music buyers.

The MTV VMA's (did you get all that) is going to be one hell of a party this year. R. Kelly was just added to their lineup of performances. Others set to perform are Kelly Clarkson, Green Day, 50 Cent, Shakira, Mariah Carey, The Killers, and Kanye West, just to name a few. The new and improved “Diddy” will be hosting. The only person who won't be there however is Gwen Stefani. It's being reporteded that the Hollaback Girl is a bit miffed at not being invited to perform.

Ex-Destiny's Child singer LeToya Luckett is releasing her debut album with some help from the likes of Jermaine Dupri, Just Blaze and various other producers. She also has Mike Jones, Bun B, Paul Wall and Slim Thug guesting on the album.

Rapper/producer David Banner will be joining the cast of Black Snake Moan, the new Craig Brewer flick. Read more about the movie here