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    Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:25:26

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    Rihanna and Jay Z are being sued by Chris Ubosi, a man who claims his company Megalectrics booked RiRi for a concert in Nigeria back in 2013 that never took place. TMZ reports, a rep for Roc Nation maintains, "Rihanna, Roc Nation nor anyone associated personally or professionally with either party was in contact with this person. Unfortunately this person was scammed. Rihanna nor Roc Nation collected any money for this event."

    According to TMZ, "Ubosi says he struck a deal with 2 people who claimed to rep Rihanna, as well as her label Roc Nation and Jay Z. Rihanna would get $425,000 to play for 65 minutes. The show was supposed to go down in May 2013 -- and Ubosi says he made 3 payments, totaling $160k ... but then her camp asked to postpone the show. Ubosi says he agreed, but only IF Rihanna posted the new date on social media." The lawsuit is driven by Ubosi's claim that Rihanna and her camp failed to comply with this agreement. When the rescheduled date was never advertised, Megalectrics requested their money back. But since the money in question was never returned, Ubosi and Megalectrics are suing Rihanna, her label Roc Nation, and its label-head Jay Z.

    What a mess. Hopefully the scammers that seem to be behind Ubosi's financial troubles are brought to justice.

    In less insane news, both Rihanna and Jay Z were featured in our roundup of the best songs released last week. Jay Z is featured on Pusha T's first single from his third, soon-to-be-released album, King Push, "Drug Dealers Anonymous"--that's currently a TIDAL exclusive. Rihanna released two EPs of dance remixes of Anti tracks "Kiss It Better," and "Needed Me," which you've got to hear. She recruited ‘of the moment' producers Four Tet, Kaytranada, Salva, and more to put the spin on those, already, y'know, spin-tacular tunes.

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    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    06.08.16

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