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UK teen Lamar Johnson was determined to make something of his music career, so much so that he used stolen credit cards to make £500,000 in royalties by purchasing his own songs.
The 19-year old spent the cash on music he posted on iTunes and Amazon to buy his own songs totaling $750,000 and is the youngest of a group of 19 men who allegeldy spent cash on the fraud downloads.
The men reportedly downloaded the songs 6,000 times between January 2008 and June 2009.
Johnson took responsibility for 2,000 of the mp3s, and is currently serving five years in prison for the crime. No pleas were given however to the remaining men.
Leon Miles, 20, of Wolverhampton; Sheehan Steele, 42, of Birmingham and Matthew Clarke, 31, Birmingham are facing fraud charges.
James Batchelor, 28, of Derby; Rajan Aheer, 21, of Wolverhampton and Sandeep Aheer, 23, of Wolverhampton are facing accusations as well.
Colton Johnson, 20, and Denver White, 25, both of Wolverhampton are also facing consequences of the crime.
The overall growth of the online
population in the US is stagnating,
and most future growth will come
from increases in minority
audiences including Hispanics,
blacks, seniors and children.
eMarketers expect the Hispanic
online population to grow by nearly
10 million people between 2010 and
2014. By 2014, 72.3% of blacks will
Georgia police are desperately searching for Markice “Kesan” Moore after an attack on his infant daughter. The brutal beating left her with “two broken arms, one leg, 3 ribs, a collarbone and bruising all over her body”.
TMZ is reporting that the star of MTV’s reality show “From G’s To Gents” had agreed last Thursday to turn himself into Cobb County Police but is believed to be currently on the run.
He appeared on season one of “G’s” and was eliminated during the fifth episode.
Kesan is on Cobb County’s Most Wanted list.
Anyone with information to his whereabouts is encouraged to contact authorities there.
R&B and Pop Princess Janet Jackson covers the January/February issue of Gotham Magazine.
In it she talks about her new book, New Year’s resolutions and her brother Michael’s death.
Check out an excerpt from the interview below.
On what she’s taken from Michael’s death:
“When you hear people say life goes on, it’s really the truth. You can’t stop living. It becomes a part of you. I feel a bit selfish because there are times I feel I shouldn’t be doing this, but I enjoy my work and I have to keep doing it. I have to keep my life going. There are days that are harder than others.”
On her New Year’s resolutions:
“I want to learn a language. I haven’t decided which, but it’s between French, Spanish and Italian. I also want to get closer to God.”
On her new album:
“It’s going to be a little different. The writing is about life experiences. There’s a part of me that’s craving escapism, which is a sense of wanting to keep on moving with my work but also of coming to terms with reality. So I think it will be upbeat and light.”
On her new book:
“I hope it’s inspiring for all ages. I’m talking about weight loss, confidence, self-esteem—especially in your youth. It’s not an autobiography, but there are little anecdotes that I give here and there from my childhood all the way to the present that I thought would be interesting and helpful to share.”
On what she loves about New York:
“Everything. I love the energy–the creative energy. I’ve been here for 12 years and I will be here for the rest of my life.”
The FBI this week released a “digitally-altered” image showing what Osama Bin Laden possibly looks like now he’s older.
While the FBI claims to have used “cutting edge” technology to create the image, a Spanish politician has noticed that the poster is a modified version of his campaign photo — he now finds his face in America’s most wanted list.
While on the surface it’s an amusing misstep by intelligence agencies, Gaspar Llamazares, the former leader of Spain’s United Left coalition, calls the move “shameless”. His safety is at risk, he told the BBC, and he no longer feels able to travel to America now his likeness is on a wanted poster: “Bin Laden’s safety is not threatened by this but mine certainly is”, Llamazares said.
Left, Bin Laden in 1998; middle, the FBI image; right, Gaspar Llamazares
The FBI is quoted admitting to the error, saying that the artist found the photo on the web and didn’t know it was of a Spanish politician:
When producing age-progressed photographs, forensic artists typically select features from a database of stock reference photographs to create the new image…it appears that in this instance the forensic artist was unable to find suitable features among the reference photographs and obtained those features, in part, from a photograph he found on the internet.
The forensic artist was not aware of the identity of the individual depicted in the photograph. The similarities between the photos were unintentional and inadvertent.
We don’t think it matters that the man in question was a notable politician: using photos from an image search to create a most wanted poster is surely putting the subject at risk, is it not?
A British man that journeyed to the most opulent city in the world has found himself up a creek without a paddle, proverbially speaking of course.
Keith Brown was stopped at Dubai’s largest airport only to be detained after a search uncovered a speck of marijuana on his shoe.
Weighing a less than whopping 0.003 grams, the particle was so smalls that it was not detectable with the human eye, requiring microscopic vision tools to be utilized for confirmation of the substance.
After sitting in a local prison for four months, Brown was ordered to serve four years in an United Arab Emirates jail.
The UAE has strict Zero Tolerance policies for those visiting its lands, a fact that many travelers are unaware of.
An ignorant and equally as unlucky traveler was given a fate resembling the one given to Brown after a search by local officials yielded three poppy seeds from a sandwich in which he had previously devoured before entering the predominately Islamic nation.
The saga of Monica Danger, star of VH1 reality show “For The Love Of Ray-J” has taken a sad turn.
According to TMZ, she has lost custody of her newborn baby. Who has been placed in the care of his father by Los Angeles Child Protective Services.
This news comes just weeks after she was placed in a mental institution following an incident involving the baby. A situation she labeled as an example of “martial law” during a recent rambling appearance on DJ Whoo Kid’s Shade 45 show.
TMZ reports she is handling this recent setback well. She is seen smiling in the pic below that was taken at the L.A, courthouse shortly after the decision.
Rapper Pepa of Salt-Pepa fame, will
debut her new VH1 reality series
Let’s Talk About Pep next week. The
show features Pepa, born Sandra
Denton, on a quest to find love,
along with three of her closest
girlfriends. Also starring in the
new series alongside Pepa is TV
mother Jacque Reid, Joumana Kidd, a
model and former wife of NBA star
Jason Kid and radio personality
Kali “Kittie” Troy.