Promising Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa, who signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2007, has parted ways with the company after a series of delays in releasing his major-label debut.
"We feel that this 'divorce' is the best thing for both parties at this juncture, and we appreciate the leniency Warner has shown with our release," Benjy Grinberg, of Rostrum Records, which released his first album, said in a statement. "We are excited to be independent again."
The 21-year old Khalifa, currently on a national tour, is about to release a new single, "Teach U to Fly," and the mixtape "How Fly." He performs at the Amphitheatre at Station Square on July 31 with Girl Talk.
"I'd like to thank Warner Bros. for understanding our reasons for wanting to leave," Khalifa said. "I learned a lot during my time there and matured as an artist during the process. I'm happy to be moving on with all of my material and having the chance to be in control of my next moves."
-- Scott Mervis,
Post-Gazette pop music critic
The John Legend concert on Aug. 3, originally scheduled for the Riverplex Amphitheatre in Homestead, has been moved to the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. Opener India.Arie will no longer be performing.
Refunds are available at point of purchase, and tickets for the Palace show are available now at all Ticketmaster locations and ticketmaster.com, at www.thepalacetheatre.org and by calling 724-836-8000.
Also, the Aug. 5 Riverplex show with Chickenfoot, the new group featuring Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani, is canceled, with refunds available at the point of purchase.
Promoter Jon Rinaldo, of Joker Productions, says ticket sales were weak on both events. The Legend show was picked up by Elko Concerts.
This is your last chance to be an extra in "Warrior." The Lionsgate movie being shot in the Pittsburgh area needs extras ages 18 to 25 for filming overnight Tuesday into Wednesday at the Twin Hi-Way Drive-in.
Extras must have their own cars, which will be used, and be able to stay until dawn Wednesday. Pay is $100 for 12 hours with overtime as needed. To be considered, send name, phone number and recent photo to email@example.com and put "Drive-In" in the subject line.
You will be contacted by the production if the extras casting director wants to hire you.
-- Barbara Vancheri,
Post-Gazette movie editor
Correction/Clarification: (Published July 20, 2009) An incorrect e-mail address for potential extras in the movie "Warrior" appeared in this article as originally published July 18, 2009. If you are interested in serving as an overnight extra July 21, 2009 at the Twin Hi-Way Drive-In, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Drive-in" in the subject line.