*Mathew Knowles and Music World Entertainment have filed a libel and slander civil action suit against The Sun, a publication of the NI Group Ltd., which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp.
Knowles claims that the British paper “knowingly and maliciously misrepresented his relationship with his daughter, Beyoncé, and with his granddaughter in an article from an interview conducted between Knowles and a reporter.”
On March 24, 2013, The Sun released an article claiming the following assertions and supposed statements were made by Mr. Knowles:
• I always did my best for Beyoncé … fans can decide if she’s better off now with Jay-Z
• Former manager talks about family rift for first time
• Mathew Knowles has reportedly not yet met Blue Ivy
• Split … Mathew says Beyoncé has cut him out of her life
In response to the article, Knowles (President and CEO of Music World Entertainment) states: “My daughters and my family mean the world to me. The barrage of repeated falsehoods spawned by the British Sun’s defamatory article has been exhausting and personally damaging to me. No matter how many papers it sells or web hits it generates, The Sun, like any newspaper, needs to maintain a basic level of journalistic integrity. The Sun crossed the line when it went after my family. The Sun needs to be held responsible for its lies in a court of law. This happens too often to too many people, and it is simply unfair.”
Knowles’ Houston based Attorney Mark Maney, Esq. maintains that, “Murdoch’s Sun simply supplied its own fabricated story that would sell more papers and advertising than would the truth. The Sun’s story was not based on the interview. It was made up. With no consideration for the results of its actions, The Sun published malicious and false statements that The Sun knew to be false. Other facts were simply fabricated without regard for the truth.”
The lawsuit seeks monetary damages against Rupert Murdoch and The Sun for defamation and breach of contract.
*Mathew Knowles has joined the reality television family with the debut of his show, “Breaking From Above” this coming Monday on Teen Nick.
The show features a new all-girl group, From Above, hailing from the UK. The girls go on a ride of their lives, learning to work, play and live with each other on the road.
Ashley, Daisy, Seyi (Shay), Chelsey and Monique are all in their early 20s and have had various roles in the entertainment industry—singers/songwriters, a featured dancer on the Kanye West tour, a lead vocalist in a UK girl band, and a dancer on a UK dance reality show. Now signed to Music World Artist Management, it’s time for them to take it to the next level.
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With their new manager’s help, the girls are going through super star bootcamp, working out with the finest of choreographers like Danielle Polanco, who danced and choreographed for Janet Jackson, Omarion and Beyoncé.
“Breaking From Above” already made its way to television screens across the world and has been a huge hit. The girls were able to release a popular self-titled album in December 2011.
*Brian Courtney Wilson is coming hard again with his latest project, “So Proud,” out in stores Feb. 7.
This particular album is a special one of the artist. It sort of brings back memories of his childhood.
“Before my mom and dad knew I was going to be a singer, God had given them a promise to nurture me into the person that I am today,” he says. “We are all given some promise, some vision for our future that we have to nurture, endure hard times for, and always believe in.”
As was his debut album, “Just Love,” ”So Proud will be another breakthrough project for Brian and Music World Gospel,” says Mathew Knowles, founder of Music World Entertainment. “Brian’s devoted followers will be very pleased and he’s sure to capture new supporters with this project.”
The inspiration for this project came three years ago when Wilson penned “So Proud,” the title song and the CD project’s first single. The song is about remembering…remembering the reasons why you should keep going when the days seem the hardest…remembering your value when people cast you aside…remembering the people who did not give up on you when you feel like giving up on yourself…and most of all, it’s about remembering that the reason we have so much to remember is because God has always been there to make a way through the people in our lives.”
*Mathew Knowles is staying busy and recently relinquished his title of professor of music at Texas Southern University School of Communication.
The CEO of Music World Entertainment will go back to teaching his signature course, the recording industry, beginning in the spring semester, which starts on Jan. 23.
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The insightful course gives students a glimpse of how the industry works from business affairs and marketing to A&R and distribution. It also explores specialized areas of the industry including artist development, branding, songwriting, music publishing and so much more.
“Teaching and mentoring young adults is one of my passions,” says Knowles. “I am most impressed with their intellect and creative thinking abilities. I’m confident that my students will continue to develop into critical thinkers and will go on to be brilliant contributors to society.”
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And don’t get him wrong; he’s not putting his music career on hold. He’ll continue running the company and nurturing new talent at Music World Entertainment.
*Mathew Knowles‘ Music World Entertainment and Music World Music announced that the company is partnering with MTV for a new reality series, “Breaking From Above,” which features a hot all-girl group, “From Above” (pictured) — five thrill-seekers from the UK on the ride of their lives.
Ashley, Daisy, Seyi, Chelsey and Monique are all in their early 20s and have had various roles in the entertainment business, as singer/songwriter to featured dancer on the Kanye West tour, to lead vocalist in a UK girl band to dancer on a UK dance reality show.
The five girls will be hopping the Pond to Houston, Texas for a much anticipated date with the Music World Entertainment founder and president — a man who knows a thing or two about turning girl groups into gold.
He’ll put the group through his trademark Star Power™ Boot Camp of hardcore physical, vocal, media and choreography training to emphasize the philosophy that made global superstars of his protégés Destiny’s Child: work, work and more hard work.
But there’s a twist – when the girls get to Houston, they quickly learn that there are two new girls, Jasmine and Brandy, living in the house with them and they are now ALL in competition for a spot in “From Above.”
The pressure mounts over the course of their artist development camp, as the girls are put through their paces by famed choreographers Danielle Polanco and Frank Gaston, as well as musical director Tom McKinney and fitness instructor Rozelle Jones of Camp Gladiator. And as Knowles remains very hands-on, especially when it comes to team-building and trust exercises, the studio beckons as the group start to develop their “sound.”
’Breaking From Above’ premieres in 160 countries the week of November 13th—not aired in the U.S.
*Black Enterprise went one-on-one with Mathew Knowles to discuss the multiple transitions going on in his life.
The CEO and President of Music World Entertainment discusses his meager beginnings, his new commitment to the gospel community and life after Beyonce, the latter of which is excerpted below.
BE: After 20 years working as a successful team, you and your No. 1 artist—daughter Beyonce—decided to part ways. As her father and manager, will not having her under your wing be a difficult transition for you?
MK: Interesting enough, the transition started way before the official announcement. If you’re strategic, which we are, you don’t make a decision like that before you start dialogue. That dialogue started nine months ago. At the end of the day, I’m Beyonce’s father first and her manager second. Remember, this is 20 years I’ve been doing this. She’s almost 30 years old, and if she says, “I want to run my business,” I think she’s smart enough that she will get the right team. Beyonce is smart enough to know what she knows and what she doesn’t know, and that takes an even smarter person to admit that. And she knows she can call me anytime. It takes a lot of hours and a lot of staff to run the business of Beyonce. (Laughs)
BE: How has Beyonce’s departure affected Music World’s momentum and relevance?
MK: To give that comparison I evaluate my email activity, which has gone up 100 emails today. Now I’m really focused and I have activated myself in such a way to embrace new opportunities. I’m so grateful and blessed to have had so many successes. I pinch myself sometimes to think of this country boy who has accomplished so much—my career at Xerox [as] the No. 1 sales rep, having talented daughters and a wife, the creation of Destiny’s Child, a No. 1 female artist. And I don’t know if folks know this but of all the artists in the world in a decade, Destiny’s Child and Beyonce are on that Top 10 list. I’ve achieved and accomplished more than I could have ever imagined.
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