Billboard Bits: Dame Dash, Beyoncé, Ice Cube, Janet Jackson

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Label exec and jack of all trades Dame Dash focused in on his latest project, the "DD172" art gallery in New York City, and he's received a considerable amount of coverage for it. Dame and DD172 were profiled by Fox's Good Day New York morning show this week and he took the opportunity to speak about his recent divorce, financial woes and fallout with Jay-Z.


Sisters Beyoncé and Solange Knowles have been making headlines recently for unrelated matters. People's StyleWatch reports that Beyoncé's brand new fragrance Heat has made $3 million in just a month since hitting the shelves. B's first fragrance has been named the #1 brand at Macy's-the store where it is exclusively sold. As for little sister Solo, she caused quite the online uproar when she pulled out of her scheduled SXSW gigs. Solange responded to her fans via Twitter: "Sorry to ALL that are asking me about my SXSW gigs being cancelled:( Im a mommy first , and Julez has school biz I COULDN'T get out of!"


L.A. veteran gangsta rapper Ice Cube's new documentary, "Straight Outta L.A." will make its worldwide debut at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival this April. The film chronicles the rise of the Raiders from an Oakland football team to L.A.-based NFL team via a 1982 court decision. Cube and his rap group N.W.A. have previously stated that they helped popularize the team by wearing its signature black and silver clothing. The film will be screened on Apr. 23 and makes its television debut on May 11 on ESPN.

Janet Jackson may have hit the Jay Leno show last night to promote her latest flick, "Why Did I Get Married Too?," but the conversation was mostly personal. The iconic superstar discussed her divorces, the impact of her brother's death on her acting in the film, and the details of her first book.


Germany's Neon Magazine, an until-now legit publication, issued a retraction of an interview they ran on Beyoncé a few days ago as well as a formal apology. The article's writer would not verify where he got his information and facts from (i.e. an alleged marriage contract with Jay-Z and B's feelings toward white producers), so the magazine fired him. Neon also issued a formal apology to Ms. Knowles and other publications.


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