Shut Up And Where’s My $$$

26 August 2008 at 3:13 pm (Celebrity, Entertainment, Music) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

So Rhianna is apparently broke. Or going broke. Rumour has it that she’s only got 20K to her name and has fired her accountant, Patricia Williams, in light of this. Rhianna is accusing Williams of theft. Apparently, the singer has only made “just over a million” and the money has mostly gone to her image, videos and appearances. Basically, she’s spent to make herself as big as she is. In an effort to clear her name, Williams has said in response: “It’s not my fault she only has $20,000 to her name. I have worked for many high profile actors, musicians and multi-million dollar corporations. Why would I steal from Rhianna? I showed her the paperwork and tried to explain the circumstances but she wouldn’t listen. She called me all sorts of names and stormed off.”

This doesn’t bode well for Rhianna, who I’ve heard is quite the diva. Apparently, she’s become quite egotisical and is rather full of herself.

In my opinion, when you realize you aren’t making as much money as you should be, wouldn’t the first person you think to question would be your manager or record label, perhaps? Then again, I’m not in the “business” so I’m speaking only from common sense and speculation rather than experience and inside knowledge.

Williams also said as much when she pointed to Marc Jordan and Def Jam, Rhianna’s manager and label respectively, as the real source for Rhianna’s financial woes. She says in the New Yorks  Page Six:

“I don’t want to disrespect Marc’s name. He is a fantastic manager and genuinely believes in Rihanna. But he uses her money to fund her future projects because he believes he can break her in the world-market. Her album sales are not nearly as close to her single sales and he knows that if she is only known as a ’singles artist’ she will only be as good as her last hit. Unfortunately, he didn’t inform his client and I’m receiving the brunt of it.

“Her record label Def Jam has put out 3 albums in a time span of 2 years. A lot of that was orchestrated through her management Rebel One. It was never Def Jam’s intention to release so many albums back-to-back but Marc Jordan found loop holes and ways to make it happen.A lot of the money Rihanna made through her endorsements between CoverGirl Cosmetics, Samsung.. Notice that majority of Rihanna’s videos have a cell phone in it?”

“After the release of Rihanna and Teairra Mari, Def Jam had intention to drop both acts because their album sales were not successful. Her manager fought to get [S.O.S (Rescue Me)] and quickly tried to negotiate with as many companies as possible. Nike picked up the song and funded a video. This brought the hype back for Rihanna in the company’s New York office. Majority of the official ‘S.O.S’ video was funded by Samsung because the record label was only willing to put up a small amount. Once ‘S.O.S’ picked up digitally and at radio, Def Jam agreed to fund the rest of her album. Jordan instantly got a video shot to ‘Unfaithful’ (he negotiated with video director Anthony Mandler to drop his price and would be given more videos from Rihanna in return). Then they shot ‘We Ride’ which was an extremely cheap video to create. ‘Break It Off’ was released as a third album, but again, Def Jam was unhappy with the sales of her album “A Girl Like Me” and refused to shoot a video. At this point Rihanna was opening up for the Pussycat Doll’s in Europe. She was making 30,000 a show but she didn’t see any of that money because it was needed to fund her next album.” Which is now known to the greater public as a ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’.”

The song “Umbrella” was found & Jordan fought again for Rihanna to have it. They shot the video, which CoverGirl funded half of, and the song became a success. When the record label had there meeting with Music Stores across the U.S to order her album for shipment, the number’s weren’t coming in the way that they expected. When the album’s first week numbers came in at less than 150,000, the label was shocked. Def Jam’s President LA Reid was livid! Umbrella was #1 for 11 weeks! Any other artist would have sold way more first week. T-Pain even did better in sales than her that week. Def Jam told Jordan they were no longer funding the album, so Jordan needed money again to pay for music videos ‘Shut Up & Drive’ and ‘Don’t Stop The Music’. Almost 250,000 was spent to have those videos created. Plus, an additional 120,000 to shoot ‘Hate That I Love You’. Jordan was noticing that ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ was picking up, so her persuaded the label to support it at radio in the U.S and the remaining singles, and they did.”

“Then came for the repackaging of her album ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’, which is called ‘Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded’, that entire project was funded through Rihanna’s money. ‘Take A Bow’ was bought through her money, the video was created with her money and so is her most recent video and single ‘Disturbia’. The label didn’t even want to pay a dime for anything! Close to 750,000 was spent on those two songs alone. And now she expects to see money in her account?”

Sucks to be Rhianna. I guess she’ll have to make sure Chris Brown is doing the spending from now on.

Just goes to show you that not all celebrities are rich and blinged out, huh?


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