dailyphoto090603Sade at Work on First Album in Nine Years
Sade Adu, the reclusive “quiet storm” soul signer who takes notoriously long breaks between releases, has regrouped with the band that bears her name and is recording her first album of new material since 2000’s “Lovers Rock,” Billboard.com sources confirmed. The group is in the studio through June. Sony has not set a release date but hopes to put the record out by the end of 2009. “She is in the studio and the album will come when it is ready,” a source at Sony told Billboard. “You don’t wait for years for one and then rush it.” Sade’s longtime bandmate Stuart Matthewman, a.k.a. Cottonbelly, also confirmed that new material is in the works, but he said the project is still in its “early days” and won’t be close to finished until “later in the year.” (Continue Reading…)

Gabrielle Union Sicks Lawyers on Gossip Blog
Actress Gabrielle Union is fed up with gossip blogs making up stories about her and has decided to take a stand. The star of ‘Cadillac Records’ and ‘Daddy’s Little Girls’ has lawyered up and is planning to take legal action against the Web site Bossip for printing a disreputable anonymous letter from an alleged “nameless pro-athlete’s wife.” Union declares that the entire story is bogus and unsubstantiated and has demanded that Bossip remove the letter, print a retraction and send a written apology to her. (Continue Reading…)

Brandy Settles Wrongful Death Suit
Brandy is breaking out her checkbook to put the worst day of her life behind her. The R&B songbird has reached a settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit brought on behalf of the children of the woman killed in a December 2006 multicar collision involving the former Moesha star. According to settlement documents obtained by E! News, the kids—Mrwan and Kareem Mohamed—will each receive $300,000. (Continue Reading…)

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