Sony Signed a 7-Year $250 Million Distribution Deal for Michael Jackson's Recordings Last Year

Thanks to Leaving Neverland, Sony Music could now stand to lose out big-time for distributing Michael Jackson’s recordings.

The Leaving Neverland fallout continues for the late Michael Jackson.

In the controversial documentary, Wade Robson and James Safechuck share their expertise with Jackson as kids.  The documentary premiered in January on the Sundance Film Festival and has since acquired sharp criticism from the Jackson property. Denouncing the documentary by means of a number of written statements, the Jackson household has filed a $100 million lawsuit towards HBO.

Following the complete airing of the controversial two-part documentary, three main Montreal stations have stopped playing Jackson’s music.  Two main radio stations have since followed suit in New Zealand – MediaWorks and NZME.

Taking a impartial stance on the choice to tug Jackson’s music from rotation, Leon Wratt, Content Director at MediaWorks defined,

We aren’t deciding whether or not Michael Jackson is responsible of pedophilia.  We’re simply ensuring our radio stations are going to play the music individuals wish to hear.

An NZME rep added,

NZME station playlists change from week to week, and proper now, Michael Jackson doesn’t function on them.

Seemingly gloating over the impact his unproven documentary has had world wide, Leaving Neverland Director Dan Reed stated,

[The] lie that Jackson perpetrated whereas he was alive that he was a terrific defender and supporter of youngsters – and the ferocity with which his enterprise associates and his household have defended him – imply that his fall will likely be that a lot tougher.

Reed has one motive to brag.  Leaving Neverland drew in HBO’s third-largest documentary in a decade.  The movie had a median of 1.11 million viewers. 2015’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief drew in 1.7 million viewers. 2016’s Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds had 1.6 million.

In addition, due to the fallout, one main label could now discover it troublesome to revenue from its cope with the Jackson property.

Will the Leaving Neverland impact damage Sony’s backside line?

According to a new report, Sony Music entered right into a $250 million distribution deal final 12 months.  The main music label will distribute Michael Jackson’s recordings world wide.  The deal lasts for seven years.

Leaving Neverland’s airing has now made that distribution deal ‘dangerous’ for Sony.  According to a number of music executives, the documentary may have a harmful impact on gross sales, streaming, and business makes use of of Jackson’s music in addition to associated merchandise and tickets to occasions.

Yet, Dan Reed could have overstated the antagonistic impact he had hoped for with the airing of Leaving Neverland.

Ticket resellers Vivid Sales now claims searches for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson-based present in Las Vegas have jumped 60% following Leaving Neverland’s airing.  In addition, streaming figures from Spotify and Apple Music could present a robust enhance for Jackson’s songs.

Since the airing, Jackson’s property has tried to mitigate the harm.  On the day of Leaving Neverland’s premiere, the property uploaded official Jackson live performance movies on YouTube.  The first two-hour live performance movie has over 400,000 views.  On Monday evening, the property launched Jackson’s 1988 live performance at Wembley Stadium.

Yet, the Michael Jackson property could not have the ability to totally comprise the harm.

An upcoming Jackson-centered Broadway musical, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, had its pre-Broadway run canceled final month.  Producers blamed an actor’s strike for the cancellation, not the documentary.


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Leaving Neverland Screening Leaves Audiences 'Shellshocked' and Michael Jackson Family 'Furious'

Despite sexual abuse documentary, individuals at Sundance simply can’t get sufficient of Michael Jackson.

Several weeks in the past, introduced a last-minute addition.

Leaving Neverland would make its world premiere, centering round sexual abuse allegations in opposition to Michael Jackson.

The documentary describes how the late pop singer reportedly began a relationship with two younger boys – aged 7 and 10 – together with their households.  He had performed this “on the peak of his fame.”  Both victims, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, now of their 30s, spoke out in opposition to Jackson, claiming he had sexually abused them.  It allegedly took them a few years to return to phrases with what had occurred.

Lambasting the screening, the Michael Jackson property wrote,

Wade Robson and James Safechuck have each testified beneath oath that Michael by no means did something inappropriate towards them.  This so-called ‘documentary’ is simply one other rehash of dated and discredited allegations.

Maintaining the late pop star’s innocence, the property says that Jackson maintained friendships — and nothing extra.

That didn’t appear to matter a lot to the movie’s producers, administrators, and different media corporations.   shortly signed on to distribute the movie internationally following its Sundance screening.  HBO and the UK’s Channel four will respectively air the two-part four-hour documentary this spring.

Now, the documentary has made its world premiere.  And, the primary opinions are in.

According to Rolling Stone, the unproven documentary left the Sundance viewers “fully shellshocked.”

According to Variety, the documentary presents a “devastatingly highly effective and convincing testimony that Michael Jackson was responsible of kid sexual abuse.”  In truth, the way of his dying “counts as an unconscious act of self-destruction.  It will be the one true expression of the guilt he couldn’t let himself really feel.”

Despite this, instantly after the airing, organizers ‘blasted’ Michael Jackson music at official Sundance events and different occasions.

A lounge sponsored by Acura, for instance, performed ‘Billie Jean.’  At Tao, an area nightclub, DJ Vice performed a five-song mashup which included ‘Rock With You’ and ‘The Way You Make Me Feel.’

This prompted one person to criticize Tao and different locations enjoying Michael Jackson music.

“Yesterday, I examine Michael Jackson raping kids and as we speak I used to be in a retailer when considered one of his songs began enjoying.  I felt bodily unwell.  Stations ought to take him out of rotation.  His artwork is now related along with his perversions and crimes.  #HesBadHesBad.”

Yet, the criticism in opposition to Jackson’s music on social media stays restricted, at finest.

The documentary has additionally left the Michael Jackson estate fuming.

Furious on the ‘renewed consideration’ of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the property wrote,

Michael all the time turned the opposite cheek, and we have now all the time turned the opposite cheek when individuals have gone after members of our household – that’s the Jackson approach.  But we will’t simply stand by whereas this public lynching goes on … Michael shouldn’t be right here to defend himself, in any other case these allegations wouldn’t have been made.

The late pop singer’s household wrote that regardless of a shock 2005 raid at his house in Neverland Ranch, a jury finally acquitted Jackson of kid sexual abuse.

In that trial, Robson testified he had slept in Jackson’s room ‘many occasions.’  Yet, the late King of Pop had by no means molested him.  Speaking with investigators, Safechuck made related statements about his relationship with Jackson as a boy.

Calling the lads ‘perjurers,’ the household acknowledged it’s ‘livid’ concerning the media’s dealing with of the film.

[The’ve chosen] to consider the phrase of two admitted liars over the phrase of lots of of households and mates around the globe who frolicked with Michael.

Stating the ‘reality and proof’ are on their aspect, the Jackson property concluded,

We are pleased with what Michael Jackson stands for.



Kew Media Picks Up International Distribution Rights to Controversial Michael Jackson Documentary

Despite fan outrage, the Sundance Film Festival will nonetheless display the controversial Michael Jackson documentary.

Following the profitable airing of six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, the Sundance Film Festival all of the sudden added a brand new world premiere.

Produced and directed by Dan Reed, Leaving Neverland facilities round sexual abuse allegations in opposition to the late King of Pop.

Two victims, now of their 30s, will describe their alleged relationship with Michael Jackson.  James Safechuck and Wade Robson declare that once they had been younger boys aged 10 and seven, respectively, the late pop singer began a relationship with them and their households.  Then, as soon as he had gained their belief, the King of Pop sexually molested them.  It allegedly took them a few years for each to return to phrases with what occurred.

Speaking out in opposition to the airing of the controversial documentary, the Michael Jackson property stated,

This is yet one more lurid manufacturing in an outrageous and pathetic try to use and money in on Michael Jackson.

Wade Robson and James Safechuck have each testified underneath oath that Michael by no means did something inappropriate towards them.  This so-called ‘documentary’ is simply one other rehash of dated and discredited allegations.

Maintaining the late pop star’s innocence, the property might have some extent.

Speaking on the podcast Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum, Macaulay Culkin described his shut relationship with Jackson as “so regular and mundane.”

It’s virtually straightforward to attempt to say it was ‘bizarre’ or no matter, however it wasn’t, as a result of it made sense.  It’s considered one of my friendships that folks query, solely due to the truth that he was essentially the most well-known individual on the planet.

The youngster star additionally added Jackson “needed to verify I wasn’t alone.”

The movie competition has not too long ago deal with adamant fan protests to drag the documentary.

It has come to our consideration that a few of you could have acquired messages or social media posts from Michael Jackson followers who would really like us to drag the screening of Leaving Neverland.

“Sundance Institute helps artists in enabling them to totally inform daring, unbiased tales, tales on subjects which may be provocative or difficult.

“We stay up for audiences on the Festival seeing these movies and judging the work for themselves, and discussing it afterwards.

Now, the documentary will air internationally, due to a brand new deal.

According to a new report, Kew Media Distribution has secured the worldwide distribution rights – besides within the UK and the US – to the two-part documentary.

The documentary options interviews with the sufferer’s moms, wives, and siblings.  Leaving Neverland reportedly paints a portrait of “sustained abuse” and explores “the sophisticated emotions” each males had.

Speaking on the choice to air the documentary worldwide, Jonathan Ford, Executive Vice President of Sales at Kew Media, defined the corporate stays devoted to “offering robust and emotive programming to Kew Media Distribution’s roster of purchasers all over the world.”

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival will begin on January 24th.  HBO and Channel four will air the two-part documentary this spring.



Kanye West On R. Kelly & Michael Jackson: "We Can Still Enjoy The Art"

In 2018, Kanye West was attacked constantly for his political opinions. Near the top the 12 months, he appeared to distance himself from Donald Trump earlier than altering his thoughts, praising the present President the United States on Twitter once more. He’s all the time been a controversial topic in his profession however he lately took time to touch upon different artists which are at present beneath fireplace throughout his “Sunday Service” efficiency.

It was introduced lately that Kanye could be performing gospel renditions his songs as half his “Sunday Service” collection, which he got here via with yesterday. The service was live-streamed by Ye’s mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, with songs like “Lift Yourself,” “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” and others being reimagined. As reported by OnSmash, the recording artist spoke about all of the unfavorable press R. Kelly and Michael Jackson have been getting for his or her respective documentaries. West shunned sharing an excessive amount of his opinion concerning the matter, conserving issues temporary and saying that regardless of what’s being claimed within the documentaries, we will nonetheless “benefit from the artwork” that has been offered by individuals like Kelly and MJ. Of course, R. Kelly is at present a significant supply controversy whereas an upcoming movie concerning the accusations made in opposition to Michael Jackson will likely be aired sooner or later.

Watch half the speech under.

French Montana Clarifies R. Kelly Comments: "My Heart Is With The Victims"

Most just lately, nearly anyone who has determined to talk out about something associated to R. Kelly has needed to watch their tongue, and with good motive. Among these celebrities who’ve fered up their opinions on the allegations introduced up towards the disgraced singer in gentle the Surviving R. Kelly collection was French Montana.

The New York rapper discovered himself in sizzling water after fering a reasonably nonchalant viewpoint on the topic, telling TMZ, “Whatever occurred, occurred,” and stating that Kelly must be allowed to “take pleasure in” his legacy.

“People] do not let no person have their legendary moments,” French advised the outlet when prompted. “Let R. Kelly] have his legacy. Let someone take pleasure in their legacy,

Naturally, the comment was not taken properly because it was perceived to be giving a go to R. Kelly. Frenchy quickly took to Twitter to clear the air and tried to expound on what precisely he meant, regardless that his new assertion appears to be in opposition to his earlier phrases.

“Let me be clear. My coronary heart is with the victims,” he tweeted out on Sunday (January 13th). “I by no means thought the individuals I regarded as much as as a child, who sang and danced and gave me hope to grow to be a celebrity, would grow to be drug addicts, baby molestorssic] and rapists. I hope we as a tradition create higher leaders. We want them.”

In his TMZ interview, French additionally drew comparability from R. Kelly to Michael Jackson, referencing the late singer’s baby molestation allegations. “All the greats went down like that,” he mentioned.

He’s hardly the primary particular person to make the comparability, with Boosie BadAzz even stirring the pot himself when he expressed that he hopes everybody “retains that identical power” when the HBO-financed Leaving Neverland documentary premieres. The movie is alleged to chronicle the allegations introduced up towards Jackson, however has been met with backlash with opposition mentioning the truth that Jackson’s accusers testified beneath oath that their accusations had been fabricated. 


Boosie On Michael Jackson Doc: "Keep That Same Energy Y'all Had For R. Kelly"

In the midst the frenzy surrounding the Surviving R. Kelly sequence, it was revealed new documentary, Leaving Neverland, is ready to doc allegations sexual abuse in opposition to youngsters introduced up in opposition to Michael Jackson throughout the late singer’s lifetime. The movie is ready to premiere on the Sundance Film Festival and has drawn criticism from followers and Jackson’s property alike who accuse filmmakers making an attempt to capitalize f claims that have been disproved.

While many have come ahead, making an attempt to attract some line between Jackson and R. Kelly, rapper Boosie BadAzz has determined that Jackson’s allegations should be examined by others with the identical scrutiny as R. Kelly’s.

“Let’s see what the world has to say this time,” Boosie penned in an Instagram caption. “KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY YALL HAD FOR RKELLY.”

Naturally, Booise’s feedback have drawn the ire Michael Jackson’s supporters, with many citing the truth that two males, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, beforehand testified underneath oath that their tales sexual abuse have been false. It shouldn’t be made clear whether or not or not Robson and Safechuck can be featured within the movie.

“This is one more lurid manufacturing in an outrageous and pathetic try to take advantage of and money in on Michael Jackson,” a press release from the Jackson Estate reads. “This so referred to as ‘documentary’ is simply one other rehash dated and discredited allegations …] It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would contain himself with this mission.”

Sundance Will Screen a Documentary Examining Michael Jackson's Alleged Child Molestation

Another documentary will look at Michael Jackson’s alleged sexual molestation of two kids, ten years after his tragic passing.

Alongside Lifetime’s profitable airing of six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, one other controversial documentary can also be effervescent.

Now, the Sundance Film Festival has added the world premiere of that documentary to its lineup.

Ne-Yo Says R. Kelly & Michael Jackson Cannot Be Compared: "We Got Proof"

Every day one other movie star or music business act comes ahead to share their opinion on the appalling revelations amid Lifetime’s Survivng R. Kelly documentary. Just lately Lady Gaga apologized for her earlier collaboration with R. Kelly on the tune “Do What U Want (With My Body).”

“As a sufferer sexual assault myself, I made each the tune and the video at a darkish time in my life, my intention was to create one thing extraordinarily defiant and provocative as a result of I used to be offended and nonetheless hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my very own life,” she wrote. 

The newest to share their opinion on the documentary is Ne-Yo who says the “Ignition” singer can’t be in comparison with Michael Jackson since there’s infinite professional Kelly’s horrible acts in comparison with MJ. 

“There have been no videotapes Michael Jackson peeing on little ladies or little boys,” Ne-Yo advised TMZ, as seen within the video blow. “There as no plain professional that Michael Jackson did any that stuff, really lots the those who got here ahead and stated that he the did that stuff, got here ahead after he died and stated it did not actually occur. That they have been simply attempting to get some cash.”

He added how Micahel Jackon shouldn’t be muted as a result of it was all allegations the place with R. Kelly, “we obtained professional.”  

Lil Wayne Recalls Wearing His Grandma's Wig To Dress Up As Michael Jackson

Lil Wayne precipitated a stir in late 2018 when he selected Kobe Bryant over Michael Jackson and mentioned that he’d sleep with Nicki Minaj over Rihanna. Following the launch “The Bumbu Room,” Weezy returns with episode two the place he discusses his choice automobiles, his love for Michael Jackson, and the nation with the most effective strippers.

Lil Wayne Recalls Wearing His Grandma's Wig To Dress Up As Michael Jackson
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Lil Wayne does not must suppose twice for those who ever ask him who he prefers extra: Michael Jackson or Prince. The “Uproar” rapper defined how his grandmother Mercedes would enable him to rock her wigs whereas he donned a white sock on his hand, pretending to be the King Of Pop.

“I am a Michael Jackson type man, man,” Wayne aspect whereas lighting his blunt. “I dressed up as Michael once I was a child, “I threw a sock on one hand and pretended it was a glove.”

“My grandmother] would let me placed on her wigs and I might simply come up entrance with that one sock and that wig on and we about to Michael Jackson this entire evening on,” he added.

Weezy additionally mentioned his preferences luxurious autos between Beamers, Benz’ or Bentleys. The rapper acknowledged that Benz was his first decide simply because his grandmother’s title. He defined how Baby purchased him a BMW Z3 after he simply bought himself a droptop Benz. Overall, Bentley sits in final place for Wayne just because the primary one he bought shut down on him on the daquiri store. 

Peep episode two “The Bumbu Room” with Lil Wayne beneath.

Michael Jackson's Estate Slams Sexual Abuse Film Premiering At Sundance

Exposing celebrities for his or her heinous sexual exploits is not a brand new factor. Michael Jackson was famously accused molesting younger boys for years, and all of it culminated in a trial that was extremely publicized. 2019 marks the ten yr anniversary the demise Jackson, and a brand new documentary that reexamines some his alleged circumstances sexual abuse will likely be touching down on the Sundance Film Festival. According to TMZ, the Jackson Estate is lower than thrilled with the creation and promotion this new documentary. Entitled Leaving Netherland, the documentary will spotlight alleged victims Jackson. 

Michael Jackson's Estate Slams Sexual Abuse Film Premiering At Sundance
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The Jackson Estate despatched an announcement to TMZ, which declared, “This is yet one more lurid manufacturing in an outrageous and pathetic try to use and money in on Michael Jackson.” The property continued on to say the, “so-called documentary is simply one other rehash dated and discredited allegations. It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would contain himself with this mission.” Although the names the alleged victims have but to be launched, the property believes the documentary will spotlight Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The Jackson Estate made certain to remind these maintaining with the newest scandal that “each testified beneath oath that Michael by no means did something inappropriate towards them.”

Offset Confirms He & Cardi B Smashed: "P***y Knocked Me Off My Feet"

A number of days in the past, Offset said his need to spend the vacations along with his household. He was set on making child Kulture’s first Christmas one to recollect and so as to take action, he wanted to steer his estranged spouse Cardi B with one thing that she was virtually begging for. Prior to their hookup in Puerto Rico, Bardi advised her Instagram followers that she was lacking Offset in mattress. When photographs had been launched the couple on a jet ski abroad, leisure information retailers principally blew up. Were they getting again collectively? Were the pictures outdated? It seems that Cardi “simply needed to get f***ed,” which she defined on Instagram Live. Shortly after her clarification, Offset got here by way of along with his personal video to verify the declare, hitting us along with his finest strikes within the course of.

The Migos famous person wished everyone a joyous vacation season as he advised everybody that he and his spouse had an A1 lovemaking session. “P U S S Y Okay N O C Okay E D M E O F F M Y F E E T B A B Y,” wrote Offset on Instagram. The video hooked up reveals the rapper dancing on the balcony with a masks over his face, hitting some trademark Michael Jackson strikes and grabbing his crotch a couple of occasions.

Since her clip, Cardi B has famous that the 2 will not be ficially again collectively. She merely simply wished to get her repair and Set was pleased to oblige. Do you suppose they’re going to be a pair once more earlier than 12 months’s finish? 

Orlando Brown Invokes Michael Jackson To Explain His Snake Eyes

Orlando Brown has been by way of the ringer the previous few years. From getting Raven Simone tatted on his neck, revealing the ink to the world in his mugshot after being arrested for breaking into his pal’s restaurant; to being filmed in sweatpants and naked ft, carrying a field wine like a briefcase, Brown has been down-and-out, to say the least. Enter Dr. Phil.

Brown’s pal introduced him to the present, saying that he did so “as a result of Orlando, he has a psychological drawback and he is burnt so many bridges nobody desires to take care of him. If you may’t assist he doesn’t have an opportunity,” citing the truth that Brown believes Michael Jackson is his father and that he owns Neverland. All anybody might take into consideration whereas watching this, I am positive, is Brown’s eyes.

These are usually not his harmless brown eyes outdated, however relatively snake eyes. He is definitely sporting snake contact lenses on the present (see for your self beneath). When Dr. Phil asks him why he is acquired these contacts in, Brown emits a stiff snicker after which replies, as if it is essentially the most pure factor on this planet, that “they’re my Michael Jackson eyelids, it is for ‘Thriller.'”

Winnie Harlow Shuts Down IG Commenter Who Mocks Her Skin

Winnie Harlow’s rise to fame has been swift these previous few years. Her ascension has occurred partly regardless of but in addition partly as a result of one her most blatant bodily traits: the white spots on her pores and skin. These spots, as a result of a situation known as vitiligo, would have been unimaginable on an A-list mannequin even 5 years in the past. Harlow, nonetheless, has made what some are calling a breakthrough (she gained an award for “Breakthrough Model Of The Year”). 

However, some persons are nonetheless not prepared to just accept a glance that they see as not regular. Yesterday, a commenter on Harlow’s Instagram requested, a photograph through which Harlow is topless, “Who’s the designer the shirt?” Harlow responded swiftly and decisively, with a single phrase: “god…?”Winnie Harlow Shuts Down IG Commenter Who Mocks Her Skin

The quantity on-line filth that Harlow should get is shocking contemplating the quantity time the general public has needed to acquaint itself with vitiligo. After all, Michael Jackson, the most important pop star ever, introduced his vitiligo publicly greater than twenty years in the past. When he was criticized for “whitewashing” himself, he corrected his critics by explaining, on Oprah, how he wasn’t attempting to look white, he simply wished his physique to be  uniform color somewhat than have pigment-less spots right here and there. The New York Times quoted his physician on the time: “It just isn’t contagious and is a outcome the loss pigment producing cells the pores and skin.”

For those that nonetheless insist on being bizarre about it, loosen up. As Amber Rose says, “she’s a fucking sweetheart.”

Juice WRLD Brushes Off G Herbo's Michael Jackson Comparison

Earlier this month, G Herbo lit the web up when he made some wild statements on Instagram. We know that Chicago sticks collectively so it wasn’t shocking to listen to that Herb had excessive expectations for his boy Juice WRLD. However, evaluating him (or anybody) to Michael Jackson will at all times be met with a good quantity backlash. 

Herb coined Juice the “new Michael Jackson” on social media and folks have been not sure the way to react. As one the largest breakout stars the yr, it is clear that Juice has the makings a star within the trade. “Lucid Dreams” has been big and whereas his current materials hasn’t generated a single as massive as that one, his tape with Future sounded a bit extra like a Juice WRLD spotlight reel at occasions. The comparisons to Michael Jackson, one the best artists to ever choose up a microphone, have been just a little unsettling and even Juice wasn’t sure about the way to react. In a brand new interview with Billboard, he defined, “He ought to have texted me and instructed me he was going to say that when he mentioned that. I haven’t got any opinion on what he mentioned. Like I’ve no opinion on it whether or not I believe it is true or not, however he ought to have let me know as a result of folks have been hitting my cellphone like, ‘Oh, you are Michael Jackson.’ It was humorous.”

Juice has clearly paid consideration in media coaching. He additionally referred to his likelihood to collaborate with Future as a “blessing.” A number of years in the past, the artist tweeted that he wished to make a tape with Fewtch. Finally, issues have come full circle. Read the total piece right here.

Diddy Dedicates Love Song To Cassie: "Please Tell Her To Listen" 100 Times

Diddy and Cassie have been recognized to kind one probably the most fashionable high-prile the Hip Hop group. The pair had been collectively for over a decade and lots of their followers idolized them earlier than they cut up up. The information about their ruptured connection was met with blended feelings from the general public. While there have been experiences the music mogul courting a brand new girl, an insider had mentioned the person was nonetheless single. Either approach, it looks like Diddy is perhaps regretting the dissolution his longterm relationship.

He is reaching out to Cassie by means of social media with a Michael Jackson tune entitled “Lady In My Life.” 

The tune is taken into account a basic serenade. Here’s an excerpt the lyrics:

Cassie is claimed to be engaged on her personal music in addition to her appearing profession so she may not have time to indulge Diddy with this request.