Normally On Air Radio Personalities don’t supersede R&B Artist for top headlines .But today, The King of All Media Howard Stern competes in this weeks news headlines with R&B Star Chris Brown.
Howard Stern, who seems to be in a perpetual fight with his bosses, is at it again. The production company for the radio personality is suing Sirius XM, claiming the satellite radio company has refused to pay stock awards it owes to him based on subscriber targets in Stern’s contract. The lawsuit also says Sirius owes money to Stern’s agent under a consulting agreement. “Stern enabled Sirius to surpass its internal subscriber targets by more than 2 million subscribers in 2006 and in 2007,” the suit alleges. “Because of this success and the revenue that it brought into the company, One Twelve was entitled to receive the performance-based stock awards Sirius promised Stern.”
Remember that Stern jumped from broadcast radio to Sirius in a deal starting in 2006. Stern’s contract had an initial value of $500 million in cash and stock. As his original agreement drew to a close, last year Stern persistently teased listeners about the possibility of leaving Sirius for greener pastures. He eventually re-signed for undisclosed contract terms.
Stern’s lawsuit says Sirius made the initial stock payment awards tied to the company’s subscriber levels, but stopped paying them after 2007. The lawsuit said Stern and his agent didn’t press the matter “while Sirius was struggling or reportedly on the verge of bankruptcy.”
Last year, according to the lawsuit, an official from Stern’s agency asked a Sirius executive about the stock payments. The executive said Sirius didn’t owe anything. The suit explains that Sirius gave Stern his initial bonus stock award of 34.4 million shares, then valued at $225.8 million, after he signed on in January 2006, but has failed to do so over the past four years. The self-professed “King of All Media” is claiming that he should have received a new stock award each year. Meanwhile across town, Chris Brown lost his cool following an interview Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America in which he was grilled on ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown , who is serving five years of probation since being convicted of felony assault against the singer in 2009, was asked about the incident by Robin Roberts. He first dismissed her questions by telling her he wanted to focus the conversation on his new album, F.A.M.E. “It’s not really a big deal to me now, as far as that situation,” he told Roberts. “I think I’m past that in my life. Today’s the album day, so that’s what I’m focused on.” After a couple more questions, Roberts then asked the 22-year-old singer again about the legal issues stemming from the Rihanna incident, which apparently enraged him. “This album is what I want people to hear and people to really get into, so definitely this album is what I want them to talk about and not stuff that happened two years ago,” he said.
After the interview ended, Brown stormed into his dressing room, started screaming and tore apart the room, both TMZ and the New York Post report.
He took a chair and smashed a window; shards of glass fell onto 43rd Street and Broadway, reports the Post.
A person familiar with the show also tells the Associated Press Brown trashed his dressing room and broke a window with a chair. The person was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Security was called, but before they arrived, the singer had ripped off his shirt and left the building, blowing off another performance he was supposed to do for the show’s website.
Around that time, he Tweeted: “I’m so over people bringing this past s–t up!!! Yet we praise Charlie Sheen and other celebs for there bulls–t.” The message has since been removed. He later added two messages: “Thank you to everyone who supports my music!!! Key Word (music) !!! Love y’all” … “All my fans!!! This album is for you and only you!!! I’m so tired of everyone else!! Honestly!! I love team breezy!!”
Yo Chris, good luck with that Album, at least Charlie Sheen used the door when he left GMA.