R&B singer Mario's former manager Troy Patterson has responded to the singer's lawsuit by counter suing the 19-year-old's J Records company and his mother. Patterson is accused by the Mario of pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his phenomenal record sales, but Patterson insists he and his production company Third Street Music have not received any royalties they were not entitled to. He also insists he was responsible for developing the star's talent and protecting him from his allegedly drug-dependant mother. Patterson has asked New York City's Federal Court to declare Third Street's agreements valid, since J Records have been excluding him from the recording process, despite owning approval rights. J Records manager Mathew Knowles claims he should not be part of the suit, saying, "I wasn't involved with the recording process." Fellow manager Julias 'J' Erving, says, "We are not in the business of interfering. We just want to move forward and do good business with Mario."
We’ve all seen his peers like Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Usher, amongst others dance in videos but have you ever really witnessed R&B singer Mario dance? Well it looks like you will get your chance, as the Baltimore bred has signed up for next season’s "Dancing With the Stars," which returns to ABC on March 17. Mario's latest cd ‘Go’, which was dedicated to his mom Priya Malde, was released in South Africa under Gallo Records on October 9, 2007, in the U.S. on December 11, 2007 and includes collaborations with Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Scott Storch, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Timbaland, Bryan Michael Cox, Nelly, Alicia Keys, The Neptunes, Akon, Dre & Vidal, Sean Garrett, Trey Songz and Mr. Collipark. Mario, who has described the album as "sex... more personal... more passionate", had more creative control on Go! than on his previous two albums. Besides his upcoming run on “Dancing With The Stars,” Mario stated that he is going to tour and work with other singers on their projects. For his next set, Mario tells Billboard he's "probably gonna work with no more than four producers, maybe two or three, but no more than four."
Mario, Kanye West and T-Pain are among those who have linked up to support the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.Entitled "True to the Game," the compilation CD features a mixture of hip-hop and R&B songs including Mario's "Ghetto Love" and T-Pain's "Beam Me Up." Due for release October 21st,"True to the Game" distributed by Pyramid/Fontana/Universal, is the first project from Stadium Entertainment, a privately financed company that aims to combine music, social consciousness and philanthropy. A percentage of the proceeds from "True to the Game" will be donated to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, which will use the proceeds to help fund a $15 million education and research center within the historical landmark building where the Negro Leagues were established in 1920. The company also has signed a licensing deal with T-Pain's Miami-based Nappy Boy Digital label for the project's first single, "Beam Me Up." The song, featuring T-Pain, Rick Ross and introducing Nappy Boy artist Tay Dizm, is exclusively available digitally through Nappy Boy Digital. Other notable tracks on the compilation include "Make Your Way to the Dance Floor" (Ziggy Nina featuring Chingy), "Around My Way" (Young Cash featuring Akon), "The Pursuit of Happiness" (GLC featuring West), "Knock It Outa Da Park" (Yung Joc) and "Ghetto Love" (Mario). Stadium plans to release two more compilations and a best-of CD under its agreement with the 18-year-old museum.
R&B star Mario and former ‘Dancing With the Stars’ contestant Mario Lopez came together this week on Ryan Seacrest’s “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” According to People, the two had mutual respect for each other despite recent rumors that the R&B singer had begun an off camera romance with his partner Karina Smirnoff who is currently dating Mario Lopez. On air Mario shared respect for his partner’s boyfriend stating, “we kicked it a few times. Mario’s a cool guy. We have similar interests. I like boxing and he likes boxing.” The rumored romance began in February, as reported by the New York Posts - Page Six after Smirnoff was spotted kissing Mario at a Mercedes-Benz Oscar viewing party at the Four Seasons hotel in LA. Mario denied the rumored romance last week but later said, “I’ve grown to love the person that she is, and you should feel that way about your partner!” As for Lopez, the current host of MTV’s hit show “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew,” the actor says he likes Mario’s dance floor determination. “The dances are all characters and telling a story,” he went on to tell Seacrest while Mario was on the line. “I’m really proud of him. He’s a great guy; really respectful.” According to Lopez though, one of Smirnoff’s partners was not as respectful calling her previous partner heavyweight Floyd Mayweather “a handful.” Mario can be seen on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars on Monday evenings at 8/7c and Tuesdays at 9/8c.
R&B sensation Mario steps into his first starring film role in Freedom Writers, the real-life story of teenagers in gang warfare-plagued Los Angeles whose lives are changed through writing. Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank stars as the inspirational teacher who reaches Mario's troubled teen Andre and his classmates. The Paramount Pictures/MTV Films movie premieres January 4, 2007 in Los Angeles and opens January 5, 2007. Mario's first serious film role is one that is close to his heart. His character's struggle to deal with an incarcerated brother and drug-addicted mother struck a chord with Mario, who dealt with his own mother's drug use for much of his childhood. "I came from the same mentality as my character in Freedom Writers," Mario explains of his approach to the role of Andre. "Thankfully, like Andre, I was given an opportunity for change and I recognized that. This movie really shows people that regardless of your situation, you have the right to free yourself." While his character Andre finds an outlet for his frustrations in writing, music is what inspired Mario, who became a star at the young age of 15 when he released his debut album, 2002's Mario. His platinum follow-up Turning Point spawned a #1 single "Let Me Love You" and launched Mario from teen sensation to bona fide R&B star. Now 20 and with his first serious film role under his belt, Mario is prepping his third album, Go!, due out in March 2007. The album will feature songs produced by Pharrell Williams, Akon, Polow Da Don, Scott Storch, and more. For more info on Freedom Writers, please visit: http://www.freedomwriters.com