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Omarion Names His Most Anticipated 2010 Releases, Talks 'Ollusion'

While Omarion awaits the Tuesday (Jan. 12) release of his new album Ollusion, the former B2K frontman is also looking forward to projects from his peers.

Two big albums he’s waiting on this year are Beyoncé’s I Am…Sasha Fierce follow-up and Usher’s Raymond vs. Raymond, which is currently due in February despite recent leaks.

“I’m really excited to see what [Beyoncé] is about this time, what type of music she does,” Omarion tells VIBE. “I’m [also] looking forward to Usher’s album. I heard a lot about it. A couple of months back he played me a lot of records but I’m not sure if he kept them or if it’s new or what exactly he’s doing, so I’m very interested to see what he comes with.”

Of Ursh’s Polow Da Don-produced single, “Little Freak,” featuring Nicki Minaj, O says, “It’s dope. I want to see the video. I’m real interested to see how mobile [Usher] is. I want to see his get-off, how he’s performing, how he’s dancing.”

Despite Drake being his former label mate, Omarion seemed oblivious about the Toronto rapper's much hyped debut Thank Me Later (“Oh, it’s called Thank Me Later?” O asked). Though the two collaborated on Drake’s So Far Gone track, “Bree’s Interlude,” while O was still signed to Young Money Entertainment, he insists it wasn’t a tit-for-tat deal.

“It wasn’t even planned. It just happened,” says Omarion. “As everyone knows, Wayne stay in the studio so I think everyone has that quality in his camp. [Drake] was doing his mixtape and was like, ‘Yo you should get on the mixtape.’ I was like, ‘Man pull the beat up,’ and then we just did it… Drake is doing really well for his career and I wish him luck.”

Of course, Omarion was most excited about his own project, Ollusion, stating that he’s stepped up both his singing and performing in the past two years. “The whole project is really my progression. I really just felt like I needed that time to grow and have some new things to talk about and let life happen and pull the inspiration from there,” he explains. “I feel like I’ve become stronger as a singer as a dancer. I’ve never really been at this level and what I mean by that is that I can physically and mentally get lost in performing. When I’m dancing, my movement is not about my movement. If I tell my mind to turn my body into a pretzel then I’m gon’ turn my body into a pretzel. That’s how elevated that I’ve become in my performance.” —Clover Hope

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Is Expected To Make $64 Million Opening Weekend

Thanks to Us, Jordan Peele has another blockbuster on his hands. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the highly-anticipated horror flick starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex, is expected to have a $64 million opening weekend at the domestic box office.

Peele’s sophomore horror film earned an impressive $7.4 million on Thursday (March 21) night previews, and is forecasted to take in about $27 million from Friday sales. The film is also on pace to knock Captain Marvel out of the No. 1 spot at the box office.

Once final numbers are tallied, Us will likely snatch the third-best opening weekend record for an R-rated horror film behind It, which brought in a whopping $123.4 million, followed by Halloween’s $76.2 million opening weekend last year.

Aside from rave reviews and a genius promo run that included simultaneous screenings in major media markets, Us earned a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, set in the mid-1980s centers around a family of four who set off on a vacation that finds them confronting some familiar faces.

Peele recently spoke to VIBE about casting Duke (our April 2019 cover star) in the role of patriarch, Gabe Wilson. “I have to have somebody voice what the audience was saying,” he said. “In the case of Get Out, it’s Rod, like, ‘How have you not left yet?’ [In Us], Winston is largely that voice. There’s one moment where Lupita [Nyong’o] takes a step into the unknown, where black people [will think], ‘I don’t know.’ But to have Winston say, ‘Aaaand she left. Your mother just walked out of the car.’ That’s all we need.”

Duke also opened up about the intricacies of his character. “His function isn’t to see through the veil. His function is to tell the absolute truth how he sees it,” explained the 32-year-old actor. “He’s sometimes there to say the things that other people don’t want to say, but he’s also there to make fun of things to keep it from not getting too heavy, even though it’s real. That was my job. [Peele] respected that. I like to lean into functions. If I’m going to be your antagonist, I’m gonna really push you. If I’m gonna be your clown, funny guy, I’m gonna do that.”

Click here to read VIBE’s April 2019 cover story.

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Cardi B Explains Why She Wants To Trademark “Okurrr”

Cardi B hopes to secure as many “bags” as possible. In response to backlash and burning questions surrounding her decision to file to trademark “okurrr,” the 26-year-old rapper took to social media Friday (March 22) to defend her latest money move.

Since people tend to ask Bardi to use what has become her signature catch phrase, she figured that it was time to cash in. “You think I ain’t gonna’ profit off this sh*t? B*tch white folks do it all the motherf**king time,” she said. “So you gon’ be mad at me ‘cuz I want to get some motherf**king money?

“While I’m still hear I’ma secure all the fucking bags,” Cardi continued before adding that there are a “lot of ways to get rich” in 2019.

The Bronx native caught heat for wanting to trademark the word because she wasn’t the first to say “okurrr.” Cardi already revealed that she started using it after she heard Khloe Kardashian saying it, but the word was originally popularized in drag culture -- most notably by Rupaul’s Drage Race contestant Laganja Estranja, in 2014.

However, Rupaul attributed the word to Broadway actress, Laura Bell Bundy, who used it in YouTube skits dating back to 2010. In the skits, Bundy pretends to be a hairdresser named “Shocantelle Brown.”

Although Bundy caught criticism for her little character, which was deemed racist, she typically gets credit for bringing “okrrr” (different spelling) to the internet a full decade before Cardi made it mainstream.

No matter the origin, it looks like Cardi will be the only one profiting off of “okurrr.”

 

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Kanye West, EMI Working Towards Private Settlement

Kanye West and EMI could be close to settling their legal drama. Each party filed documents requesting a stay of the case to “explore the potential for a resolution,” The Blast reports.

West sued EMI in an effort to “gain freedom” from his contract, and to own his publishing. In the lawsuit, ‘Ye argued that his contract ended in 2010 under California law, which bars entertainers from being tethered to an agreement for more than seven years. The multi-Grammy winner, who signed the deal back in 2003, also accused the company of slavery because the contract doesn’t allow him to retire.

“Even if the contract were not lopsided in EMI’s favor (it is), even if its terms valued Mr. West’s artistic contributions in line with the spectacular success he has achieved for EMI (they do not), and even if EMI had not underpaid Mr. West what it owes him (EMI has), he would be entitled to be set free from its bonds,” the lawsuit reads.

EMI hit back with a countersuit filed in New York, instead of California. The suit pointed out that the 41-year-old rapper signed multiple contract extensions, in addition to accepting millions in advances.

According to The Blast, West and EMI now feel that putting a hold on the legal proceedings will be beneficial to both sides “and the Court by enabling the parties to engage in meaningful discussions in an attempt to resolve this action without having to incur the burden and expense of litigation and motion practice.”

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