Jessie J forced to pay £1m to manager

Singer Jessie J is to hand over £1million to the manager who discovered her to bring a two-year legal battle to an end.   Raymond Stevenson discovered the star when she was a 15-year-old student at the Brit School and says he helped to guide her through a ‘self discovery’ when she was a teenager.   Now The Voice judge must hand over 20 per cent of her £5million earnings from her triple-platinum selling debut album Who You Are to Stevenson.

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He landed a record deal for the Essex-born singer, who has had two number one singles, when she was 19 and paid £70,000 of his own money to get her out of it when the label went bust.

Mr Stevenson, who owns management company 141a, previously said: ‘I don’t think there is a dispute about our involvement and what we did for her over five years, and 20 per cent represents that.’

Stevenson helped Jessie – real name Jessica Cornish – get signed by a major record label in the US after British music bosses turned her down.   She was then signed by Crown management, who also manage Union J, who got her a deal with Universal Records.   A music industry source told The Sun: ‘Jessie is signed to the type of huge label who usually just push people around and get what they want.

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‘Ray is extremely well-respected, but he runs a relatively small operation and Jessie’s people thought he would just roll over.’

Lucia Hinton and Raymond Stevenson owners of the Imperial Garden

A joint statement from Jessie J and 141a to the newspaper said: ‘The parties have reached an amicable solution.’  Stevenson also said: ‘141a is very proud of Jessie’s achievements – she is a very talented artist.’

Mark Wright shows off his toned body!

David Beckham famously put the sex factor back in to white pants after posing in them for Armani.   And now Essex’s answer to Golden Balls – Mark Wright – has proved once again that pants can be sexy as he posed in a pair of tighty whities on a shoot in Spain.   The 26-year-old gave the footballer a run for his money as he showed off his impressive and slightly wet body as he pulled a variety of poses poolside, in images that are sure to make many a woman swoon.

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But while Mark regularly says how lucky he is to be dating the Coronation Street actress, it is Michelle who is the lucky one if these pictures are anything to go by.

‘Two years ago I was reading FHM and now my girlfriend is the best looking girl in FHM. I do really love her.’   He continued, refereeing to his past romantic history: ‘I think everyone knows I wasn’t the best boyfriend in the world before but this time it’s for real.’

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