AHH Stray News: Bone, Twista, Nelly, Billboard Mag

Rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was hit with a $43, 219 lawsuit by their lawyers

Walter & Haverhill. The lawsuit, filed in Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County

Court, claims that the multi-platinum rap group owes money for unpaid legal

services. Representatives for the group declined comment.

At an event celebrating

his first ever Grammy nomination, Twista and luxury rim company New Millennium

Wheels will unveil the new Timekeeper Rim Series, the world's first wheels to

display analog time as the vehicle is in motion. To honor his Grammy nomination

for the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, Twista will perform a set, "Twista Unplugged,"

Saturday (Feb.12) at an exclusive party in Hollywood Hills, California. Major

Muzik Ink recording artist Bravo will open. Coming off the success of his sophomore

album Kamikaze, Twista also plans to re-introduce his hometown rap crew Speedknot

Mobstaz during the event, hosted by video vixen Melyssa Ford, co-host of BET

Style, and model/actress Tamala Jones.

Nelly and his St. Lunatics

crew are preparing to tour seven colleges in the U.S. in March to promote Nelly's

latest platinum-selling albums Sweat and Suit. The St. Louis-bred MCs also plan

to venture out on a larger tour in April. Nelly will premiere his latest collection

of Vokal and Apple Bottoms clothing next week at the MAGIC Marketplace fashion

convention in Las Vegas.

Billboard magazine

will now include purchased downloaded songs in its weekly Hot 100 hit list for

the first time. 50 Cent's new single "Candy Shop" will immediately

benefit from the changes, leaping from No. 30 to No. 8 next week due to its

popularity. As the most downloaded song, the single sold about 40,000 downloaded

copies this past week, according to Billboard, whose charts have served as an

indicator of hit status in the music industry for years. Nielsen SoundScan has

recorded digital downloads for Billboard since 2003, though obstacles arose

when considering different versions of songs and the various media where songs

were available. Billboard says they are finally content, however, with their

method for determining the Hot 100. The chart does not account for illegally

downloaded songs. Billboard anticipates that the changes will permit a more

diverse selection of singles besides hip-hop, which has dominated the charts

in the last few years. Billboard cites the trend as an indication of hip-hop

radio stations' tendency to play hit songs more frequently than other stations.