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Filed under: General News — Ryann Hayman @ 10:43 am


A man involved in the 2006 multiple car crash triggered by Brandy is suing the singer for her role in the collision, as well as Awatef Aboudihaj, the woman who died.


       Donald Lite has filed a lawsuit against Brandy and the married mother of two who was killed in the accident — claiming their disregard for road rules caused the multi-car pileup that left him with extreme physical damage, reports TMZ.com.       

       In the lawsuit filed last week in L.A. County Superior Court, Lite says their failure to keep a safe distance, mixed with their inability to travel at a safe speed, caused Brandy to rear-end Awatef, which sent Awatef’s car smashing into his vehicle.       

       Lite says he’s suffered “serious and permanent injuries” due to the accident — and is suing for an undetermined amount.



Filed under: Uncategorized — Ryann Hayman @ 11:08 am
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R&B singer Brandy gave a candid interview about her 2006 car accident to “Access Hollywood,” saying she still carries the emotional scars of the freeway collision that left another driver dead.


      “It was a situation that changed my life forever,” she told the TV program. “I will never be the same. It was pretty bad. There were parts flying and there was a bunch of smoke.”


       Brandy was behind the wheel of her Land Rover in Los Angeles when she crashed into another vehicle on a busy freeway, triggering a chain reaction that caused another driver to hit the central partition. The driver, Awatef Aboudihaj, 38, died from her injuries.       

       Brandy says she felt hurt when people blamed her for the death of an innocent driver.      

       “I just feel like a lot of people jumped on it because it was something to talk about. And instead of just waiting to see what really happened, they kind of make their own story about it and started pointing the finger and blaming,” she said.      

       Brandy is now facing a $50 million lawsuit for wrongful death by Aboudihaj’s family. The trial is set for April 2009.       

       Meanwhile, recent photos of Tyrese attempting to foil paparazzi by distancing himself from Brandy as they left a Los Angeles mall together has spawned rumors that the two are secretly dating. Not true, Tyrese tells Usmagazine.com.      

       “Brandy and I have been the best of friends since we were 14 years old. She’s one of the most talented friends I have,” said Tyrese. “I would never date her – it would be like dating my sister.”      

       “It was a simple lunch amongst friends,” adds the singer, who is married. “I love her like family but the rumors of us dating are really old.”      

       In the new issue of Us Weekly (out Friday), Brandy also maintains she is single. “I haven’t dated anybody in three years,” says the singer, whose new album, “Human” drops Dec. 9.


Lil Wayne Pulls No Show At Boston Show, Jay-Z Fills In October 29, 2008

Filed under: Entertainment — Ryann Hayman @ 2:36 pm
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Lil Wayne pulled a no show for the JAM’N 94.5 Monster Jam in Boston last night (10/28), according to the Boston Herald.

Weezy, who was scheduled to co-headlined the concert with Jay-Z reportedly refused to go through the Banknorth Garden security and left the venue without taking the stage. To make up for Wayne’s absence, the God MC took the stage earlier complete with his nine-piece band and Cleveland Cavalier Lebron James standing in the background. Jigga even treated fans to a few encores long after his set was over.

Other performers on the bill included Ne-Yo, who brought out Jadakiss, Yung Berg, Brandy, who surprised the crowd with an appearance from her brother Ray J.

This doesn’t mark the first time Weezy pulls a no show. The rapper also refused to go through security and skipped his performance at a Fashion Rocks Show this past September.



Filed under: Uncategorized — Ryann Hayman @ 2:27 pm

Brandy says she continues to deal with the pain of knowing that her role in a freeway car accident took the life of another human being in December 2006.     



      “It was just a tough situation to go through,” she told Los Angeles DJ Ryan Seacrest Monday. “I can’t really talk about it in any great detail because of legal matters but it was just something that I don’t like to think about often.”

      The singer escaped vehicular manslaughter charges over the collision, which killed Awatef Aboudihaj, but almost two years on, Brady admits she’s still haunted by the incident.


      “You have to understand that you don’t intend for things like that to happen; it’s an accident… and that’s how you get through things like that.


      “I prayed a lot and I had great people around me to help me up and lift my spirits and I got through it… but I don’t even think that I’m all the way over it. I don’t think you can ever get over something like that – but I’m able to live my life without feeling the way I did in the beginning. I’m a lot more cautious driving, you don’t want anything like that to happen again.”


      Brandy says the emotional pain she endured in the weeks and months after the crash is evident in her new songs – one new track, “Right Here (Departed),” is a tribute to her friends and family members who stuck by her: “A lot of people can relate to that song because everyone needs someone to be there for them.”


John Legend Links W/Raphael Saadiq For Tour Short Tour October 8, 2008

Filed under: Entertainment — Ryann Hayman @ 5:14 pm
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R&B stars John Legend and Raphael Saadiq will be heating up stages across the country as the duo prepare to launch their nationwide tour next month.

According to Billboard, the singers will begin their thirteen-date showcase at a variety of small venues primarily among the East Coast in major cities including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Greenville and Charlotte.

The artists are expected to use the tour to support their latest albums from Sony Records with Legend’s Evolver hitting stores at the end of this month while Saadiq’s The Way I See It recently landed in stores a few weeks ago.

Beginning Wednesday, November 19 in Minneapolis, the tour will run through December 13 in Durham, North Carolina.

Nov. 19: Minneapolis (Northrop Auditorium)
Nov. 20: Chicago (Chicago Theatre)
Nov. 24: E. Lansing, Mich. (Wharton Center For Performing Arts)
Nov. 26: Detroit (Masonic Temple Theatre)
Nov. 28: Toronto (Roy Thompson Hall)
Nov. 29, Dec. 1: Montclair, N.J. (Wellmont Theatre)
Dec. 2: Boston (Orpheum Theatre)
Dec. 5: Philadelphia (Tower Theater)
Dec. 8: Baltimore (Lyric Theatre)
Dec. 9: Washington, D.C. (Constitution Hall)
Dec. 10: Greenville, S.C. (Peace Center)
Dec. 12: Charlotte, N.C. (Ovens Auditorium)
Dec. 13: Durham, N.C. (Durham Performing Arts Center)

In related news, Legend’s highly anticipated album is set to arrive in stores later this month. Making a strong buzz with his hit single “Green Light” with OutKast‘s Andre 3000, Legend told Billboard his third album will show off a never-before-heard version of himself.

“This album doesn’t sound like me,” he revealed to Billboard. “The tempo is faster than I’ve done before. It will be different for people, because Evolver has a bit more instrumentation than I’ve used before. But it’s not like you won’t recognize the artist-it’s me.” 

Legend’s upcoming project also features appearances by Kanye West, Estelle and Brandy.

Evolver is scheduled to drop on Tuesday, October 28


NEW BRANDY ALBUM DUE IN NOVEMBER: Singer calls effort her most personal album to date August 18, 2008

Filed under: Entertainment — Ryann Hayman @ 2:35 pm


      “‘Human’ is my most personal album to date,” said Brandy. “I have grown so much since my last album. Being able to express myself and my journey through my music is a feeling I can’t describe. With this new chapter of my life it feels good to have Rodney [“Darkchild” Jerkins], a familiar face, by my side again. He brings out emotions in me like nobody else.”


       Jerkins, who first collaborated with Brandy on her 1998 multi-platinum-selling collection “Never Say Never,” says “Human” is the most emotionally resonant album of Brandy’s career with songs and performances reflecting the truth and complexity of her experiences.


       “It feels good to be back in the lab with Brandy again,” said Jerkins. “We’ve always made great records and I’m humbled and honored to be continuing our legacy. The sound might be new, bigger, and more uplifting but we’ve kept our musical promise by making great songs and great music once again. There is no musical combination like ours.


       “The album’s title is a real life mirror of Brandy as a woman, an artist, a musician and a performer, communicating what it means to be fully ‘Human’: strong yet vulnerable, candid and triumphant, in love with life and in touch with the things of the spirit.”


       “Right Here (Departed),” the first single from “Human,” leaked online last week and will impact pop radio on Sept. 16. The single and ringtone are scheduled to be released on Aug. 26, with a digital pre-order for the album slated the same day.


       Other key tracks on “Human” include “Fall,” which Brandy co-wrote with the chart-topping British dance/pop singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield, as well as the new songs “Long Distance,” “Piano Man,” and “Torn Down.”


       Brandy’s other musical collaborators on Human include Brian Kennedy (Rihanna/”Disturbia”), emerging production whiz RedOne (Kat DeLuna, 2006 World Cup Official Single “Hips Don’t Lie” with Shakira & Wyclef Jean), and James Fauntleroy (Jordin Sparks/”No Air”).


LISTEN TO BRANDY’S NEW SINGLE: ‘Right Here (Departed)’ is the first release from her upcoming fall album August 15, 2008

Filed under: Entertainment — Ryann Hayman @ 2:32 pm

A new single from singer-actress Brandy hit the Internet yesterday afternoon, marking her first official release since 2004’s “Afrodisiac” album. 


       “Right Here (Departed)” from producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins is a mid-tempo track that will appear on her upcoming CD “Human,” due in the fall.       

       It’s also the first effort from the singer-actress since her Dec 2006 car accident on a Los Angeles freeway, in which a woman was killed. The City Attorney’s Office decided in December not to file misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges against her.      

       In “Right Here (Departed),” Brandy sings on the chorus: “When you feel you’re heart’s guarded / And you see the break’s started / And when the clouds have all departed / You’ll be right here with me.”        

       “Being able to express myself and my journey through my music is a feeling I can’t describe,” the singer says about her upcoming album.   Listen to “Right Here (Departed)” below.