usher-2.jpgUsher Splits with Manager, Publicist
Amid disappointing sales for his new album, R&B singer Usher has cleaned house, parting ways with his manager and publicist. In a short statement issued by his LaFace/Zomba label Wednesday, it was announced that the artist “has dissolved his management arrangement with Benny Medina and has re-engaged (his mother) Jonnetta Patton as his manager.” Meanwhile, sources tell Billboard the singer and W&W Public Relations have also ceased working together. W&W’s other clients include Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys and Ludacris. Patton managed her son until May 2007. He then hired Medina, who also manages Mariah Carey. The industry veteran was integral in the launch of Usher’s album, “Here I Stand.” In 10 weeks, it has sold 948,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the No. 8 best-selling album of 2008 so far. (Continue Reading…)

Ohio officer acquitted in killing of woman
A white police officer was acquitted Monday in the drug-raid shooting death of an unarmed black woman that set off protests about how police treat minorities in a city where one in four residents is black. The all-white jury found Sgt. Joseph Chavalia not guilty of misdemeanor charges of negligent homicide and negligent assault. He had faced up to eight months in jail if convicted of both counts. Chavalia shot 26-year-old Tarika Wilson and her year-old son she was holding, killing her and hitting him in the shoulder and hand, during a Jan. 4 SWAT raid on her house. One of the child’s fingers had to be amputated. (Continue Reading…)

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