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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Antonio 'L.A.' Reid and Rihanna attend Antonio "L.A." Reid's Post-GRAMMY Dinner Hosted by Jay-Z at Cecconi's Restaurant on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/WireImage)
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La Reid Admits He Thought Teairra Mari Would've Been A Bigger Star Than Rihanna

Epic Records CEO LA Reid is gearing up for the release of his memoir Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who's Next.

In an excerpt given to Billboard, the music industry veteran details the time Jay Z introduced him to a 17-year-old Rihanna, and admits being struck by her beauty, but not knowing she was a singer.

"You have to see this girl," he said."We went back to his office and he introduced me. She was a startlingly beautiful 17-year-old from Barbados. She opened her audition with a Beyoncé song, singing, but the whole time piercing me with these laser eyes. I saw her determination, her commitment. I saw someone who was going to be a big star someday. My head was spinning. She sang another song, "Pon De Replay," that would become her first hit. After she was done, I looked at Jay Z."

Reid said he made sure Rihanna didn't leave the building until she was signed. Yet despite his excitement about the "FourFiveSecond" singer, he said it was Teairra Mari, who was also signed around the same time, that received more of Def Jam's attention and backing.

"The funny thing about Rihanna's success was that we signed two girls at that time -- Rihanna and a lovely young lady named Teairra Mari. We had an in-house company showcase and Beyoncé happened to be there with Jay Z. Teairra Mari, Rihanna, a four-girl group called Black Butterfly and Ne-Yo performed," Reid said.  "At the label, we thought Teairra Mari would be the big star. We spent more time on her, did more work on her, paid more attention to her. Rihanna already had a hit with "Pon De Replay," but we still thought it was the other girl. A bell went off for me, however, when, after the showcase, Beyoncé came up to me.

"That Rihanna girl," she said, "She's a beast."

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DJ Paul Sues Travis Scott For Copyright Infringement

DJ Paul has filed a multi-million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit against Travis Scott for allegedly stealing his music.

According to TMZ, the Three 6 Mafia member accuses Scott of snatching a portion of the hook from his 1997 track “Tear Da Club Up,” for “No Bystanders” off the 27-year-old rapper’s Astroworld album.

Paul claims that the hooks to both songs are “virtually identical and strikingly similar,” reports The Blast. The lawsuit also notes that the songs sound so much alike that Scott changed his lyrics from to “f**k da club up,” “tear the club up” during his Grammys performance in February, without Paul's permission.

The Memphis native is asking for at least $20 million in damages. However, TMZ reported that Scott reached out to Paul sometime Tuesday (April 23) to potentially work out the legal matter.

The “Sicko Mode” rapper has faced multiple lawsuits over the last two years, including being sued for canceling a music festival performance. Last week, Scott lost a nearly $400,000 lawsuit after being sued for pulling out of a party during Super Bowl weekend. In 2017, La Flame was hit with a lawsuit brought on by a fan who was paralyzed after sustaining injuries during one of his concerts.

 

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Kim Kardashian Working On Getting Max B Out Of Prison Early

Kim Kardashian is making huge strides in the criminal justice department. Now that Kim is studying to become a lawyer, the reality star has her sights set on getting a number of prisoners out of prison. According to French Montana, Kim is looking into Max B's case now.

French stopped by Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio on April 16, where he revealed Kim's plans. After telling her about Max's situation, she apparently showed interest in trying to get him out early. "Me and Kim was talking about getting Max B home from jail," he explained. "Cause she's doing the whole thing with...So, like for her to even reach out and do that I felt like that was powerful."

Max B has been behind bars since June 2009 after being sentenced to 75 years in prison on conspiracy charges pertaining to armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and felony murder. In Sept. 2016, he reportedly accepted a plea deal for aggravated manslaughter and is set to be released on November 9, 2025.

Kardashian is currently taking a four-year apprenticeship with a San Francisco law firm with the goal of taking the bar in 2022. She previously helped Alice Marie Johnson – a nonviolent offender sentenced to life in prison – commute her sentence. It is unclear how she intends to help Max B at this time.

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Mathew Knowles To Produce 'Survivor: The Destiny's Child Musical'

Beyonce's father, Mathew Knowles, is reportedly producing a musical based on R&B/hip-hop group, Destiny's Child, according to TMZ. "Survivor: The Destiny's Child Musical" will give fans a behind-the-scenes view of one of the greatest female music groups of all time.

According to Knowles, who previously managed the group during their heyday, the musical will be an honest tale of DC's conception and career. The show's message is that "building a dream takes sacrifice," TMZ reports.

Destiny's Child was a group from 1990 until 2006. The group went through a lot of early changes in regards to its line-up. The group's final line-up was comprised of Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. It's unclear if the musical will walk the audience through those shifts, but Knowles assures fan the music will feature a mix of exciting music and dance routines.

"Survivor: The Destiny's Child Musical" is slated to premiere in Houston in 2020 with additional dates for Broadway and London's West End. Stay tuned for more details.

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