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Conrad Murray Stands His Ground: “I Didn’t Kill Michael Jackson. MJ Killed MJ”

November 24th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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There is really something to be said for knowing when to humble yourself and be quiet. It is clear, however, that Conrad Murray has not learned that lesson.

In his first interview since being released from prison, Conrad Murray opens up to The Daily Mail about life with Michael Jackson. He says things got very crazy towards the end, but he was not responsible:

“He was in crisis at the end of his life, filled with panic and misery … By the end, Michael Jackson was a broken man. I tried to protect him but instead I was brought down with him.”

Murray says MJ was so paranoid that he wouldn’t allow housekeepers to clean his underwear because he thought they would sell them. Yes, well, drugs will make you think a lot of things that would rarely cross your mind if you were sober.

Murray says that he was only trying to protect Michael but was taken down with him. In fact, he says they were very close friends. How close, ask?

I held his private part every night to fit a catheter because he was incontinent at night.”

Yeah. Moving on.

In the end, Conrad Murray says he didn’t kill Michael Jackson but rather, Michael accidentally killed himself.

You know, the only real truth is that no one will ever know what really happened. It’s no secret that Michael had bouts of paranoia. But we also know that Conrad Murray isn’t the most trustworthy person.

No matter the “truth,” it is about time for everyone to stop doing interviews about this and keep whatever they know to themselves.

Pass Or Play: Full Audio of Beyonce’s Ode To Blue Ivy, “God Made You Beautiful”

November 23rd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Well, this was the moment all of the Beyoncé fans and stans had been waiting on for months. The moment when another full song would be released. It finally happened on Friday and now the question is, does it live up to the hype?

We gave you a short clip of Beyoncé’s “God Made You Beautiful” last month and from that sneak peek, many of you weren’t too impressed.  But with the Life is But A Dream documentary set to be released in days, it seems her team decided it was okay to let the one new song featured on the dvd “leak” to the masses.

In “God Made You Beautiful,” Bey talks not only about the moment Blue was born, but also what life has been like and how she’s changed Beyoncé since being born”

You were bought into my life

I kiss those little feet and watch for your perfect smile

and when it comes the world stops in your eyes

I found love, I found peace of the purest kind

It is alleged that Bey wrote the song herself because, hey, who knows this particular experience better than her? The lyrics are nice and there are some nice harmonies, but overall, it seems like it’s missing that special “something.” Maybe it’s just me.

As a matter of fact, who cares what I think! The bigger question is to you…pass or play?

Will You Watch? Eric Benét To Host and Executive Produce New Music Reality Show!

November 17th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Before you say no, just give the idea an open mind because there’s a chance Eric Benét will have a hit show on his hands.

According to a press release obtained by Billboard, Sub Stars “will pit the best ‘underground’ musicians, discovered in the subway systems of major U.S. cities against one another.” Like most of the other singing and musical reality shows, the winner of the show will win a record deal. There’s also a chance to win cash and other prizes.

The show will also be more interactive than other shows that have the normal dial-in and vote routine. Sub Stars will allow fans and viewers to use the Sub Stars app to find talent and vote for contestants.

Creator and executive producer Phil Viardo started a Kickstarter campaign last Thursday in hopes of raising almost $400,000 (or more) to help fund the new show.

Eric Benét, who will serve as both co-executive producer and the host, says of the show: “Sub Stars gives truly unique characters, with a different and innovative sound, a platform to showcase their musical individualism and talent.”

Some of the best talent can be found in the train stations so this could actually work.

Okay, so now you can come to a better decision. Do you think you’ll give Sub Stars a chance whenever it finally hits the small screen or do you think they’ve finally run out of ideas and this is desperation.

Nothing’s Wrong With A Lil Bump N’ Grind: Freaky Songs From Back In The Day

November 12th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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Most of you reading this were probably either born between 1990 and 1999 or had a child between that time, because with this kind of music floating around, almost everybody was pregnant. From “Feenin’” to “Freak Me Baby,” let’s take a moment and look back at all the slow jams that made the ’90s and early 2000s a helluva decade.

“Freek’n You,” Jodeci

This is the official anthem for out-of-control hormones. And we’re glad it came out in the 90s — when you were more likely to hear K-Ci and Jojo sing than see them. Watching that vein pop out on K-Ci’s neck sort of ruins the fantasy.

Eff You, Pay Me: Teddy Riley Sues Lady Gaga For Stiffing Him Of Writing Fees!

November 2nd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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First it was his daughter and now, “singer” and producer Teddy Riley is suing the Queen Monster, Lady Gaga, over a fairly old song. A song that, arguably, helped to make her famous.

Okay, so a few months ago, we told you that Teddy Riley was suing his daughter Taja for trying to claim co-writing credit and partial ownership for the 2009 Lady Gaga hit, “Teeth,” a song he actually wrote with Gaga and her team. Riley said his daughter lied about having co-written the song and should not have been given a publishing deal from EMI from it

Well now, Teddy Riley is suing Lady Gaga herself…over the same song.  According to the lawsuit, Riley says he was promised 25 percent of the writing fees from the song but so far, he hasn’t received one dollar.

According to TMZ, Riley now feels betrayed by the Queen Monster and isn’t going down without a fight. He’s suing her for $500,000 and punitive damages.

Teddy Riley is a producer extraordinaire when it comes to his production work in the music industry. He has worked with everyone, including the late, great Michael Jackson. If anyone knows about contracts, fees, and payments, it would be him so it’ll be interesting to see what happens with this case.

No word from the Gaga camp yet.

If he really hasn’t received any writing fees from the song, we’re pretty sure it’s safe to say daughter Taja’s bank account isn’t looking too full from it either.

Did Diddy’s Instagram Picture Start A Social Media Race War? You Be The Judge!

October 26th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Leave it to Diddy to stir up some controversy just as he’s starting one of the biggest things he’s done in years.

For those who don’t know, Sean “Diddy” Combs launched Revolt Tv on Monday on Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The network is being touted as American music oriented cable channel that will focus on music videos, live performances, music news and entertainment.

But early Saturday morning, Diddy posted a picture on Instagram that might make a lot of people turn him all the way off.

In the photo, a black woman is standing tall in the center while white women are basically bowing down to her in a circle. Diddy captioned the photo with, “As it Should Be!!!!!!! #BlackIsBeautiful”

Ring the alarms.

The comments section were immediately on fire with some white people angry at Diddy for posting “something like this,” some black people happy he did it and a mix of everyone else a bit unsure of the reason for posting it. Oh, and it wouldn’t be social media if people weren’t just arguing with each other.

Here’s a sample (we’ll quote them without sharing names):

“All the white chicks on this post look better than this black b***h”

“I see it as him telling black women you are beautiful and it’s time we see that. I don’t see the black woman being pulled down but instead lifted by white women…”

“‘As it should be?’ Wrong! That’s counter racism! That’s just as ignorant with the roles turned around.”

“Boy please…then why u don’t use black females as lead models then??? Hypocrite!”

As you can see, the comments section has gotten intense with more than four THOUSAND responses.

What do you think? Was Diddy’s post or caption reverse racism? Ignorant? Right on track with what you believe?

Hot Couple Alert: Keri Hilson and Serge Ibaka Step Out For A Night On The Town!

October 26th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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There’s something about Keri Hilson and Serge Ibaka being together that we just…love.  Plus, when you see them in a picture together, we can’t help but do a double take.

Anyway, the singer and her NBA player boyfriend stepped out into the Oklahoma City streets Friday night for the Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Gala.  The event, held annually, is the most successful fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House charities and they gain most of their resources to keep going through the money they raise at the Red Shoe Gala.

But back to Keri Hilson and Serge Ibaka.

The hot couple donned their finest threads for the gala, with Keri wearing a blue spaghetti strapped dress with a little keyhole opening in front and Serge in a nice black and white pinstriped suit. Keri is also still rocking the braids and had on very little makeup.

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There’d been rumors over the summer that these two had called it quits, but judging from their social media accounts, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

We’re sure she’ll be back in Oklahoma City when the NBA regular season starts in November to cheer on her boo and his team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

For those of you looking for a new Keri Hilson album? I wouldn’t hold my breath, she looks pretty content these days!

One More Chance: Rapper The Game Signs With Young Money/Cash Money Records!

October 13th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Well, The Game is making another move to push his music career to the next level: He signed to Cash Money/Young Money Records.

On Saturday evening, Baby/Birdman/Whatever you want to call him, tweeted the news making it official and welcoming The Game to the YMCB family. The Game followed with his own tweet saying it was time to “close the doors” on others.

According to Miss Info’s site, there has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not he’d sign to the label.  His last album, Jesus Piece, was his fifth and final release on Interscope Records.

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Young Money/Cash Money has been seemingly snatching up artists left and right, but besides albums from their stars – Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and the slightly lesser know Tyga – none of them have actually released anything. Bow Wow has been signed to Cash Money since 2009 and the one album that was scheduled to be released, Underrated, hasn’t been talked about since 2011. Busta Rhymes and Mystikal have been signed to the label for two years with no album releases while Christina Milian joined the YM family in 2012 with… nothing.

So we’ll see if The Game will actually ever have an album come out on Young Money/Cash Money. There’s a chance something will come out on the label seeing as though of all the recent signees, he’s the most musically successful one in recent years.

Time will tell but good luck to Jayceon (The Game’s real name)!

I’s Married Now! Actress Denise Vasi Marries Director Anthony Mandler!

October 13th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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She might play one on television, but actress Denise Vasi is no longer a single lady!

On Saturday afternoon, the 30 year old actress married 40 year old video director and photographer Anthony Mandler in front of their close friends and family members.

The wedding was held at a posh vineyard in Santa Ynez, California.  Her beautiful dress was courtesy of Kleinfeld Bridal.

As the way everyone receives information evolves, people are almost forced to go with it. With that in mind, there was a sign outside the reception that said, “If you Instagram, #vasimandlermerge.” Trust, the guests took full advantage of it as pictures were all over Instagram the entire night.

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Vasi, a former model, has been acting for years. Her biggest role came during her time on ABC’s All My children (from 2008 until it ended in 2011) and she currently plays Raquel on VH1′s Single Ladies which is slated to return later this television season. Mandler is a major video director, with his biggest client being the one and only Rihanna. He’s also working on his first feature film.

We’re sure the reception was everything as the DJ of the night was DJ D-Nice.

Congratulations to the happy couple on their new union!

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In other wedding news:  After rumors swirled that Pharrell would be tying the knot this weekend, it’s been confirmed that his nuptial to Helen Lasichanh did indeed happen on Saturday in Miami. Congrats to them too!

Ashanti Rocks New ‘Do As She Celebrates Her 33rd Birthday In Vegas!

October 13th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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I can hear it now: “Who cares? Ashanti isn’t even relevant!” That may or may not be true, but she looks good!

Today is the singer’s 33rd birthday and she’s been celebrating all weekend! She rang in her birthday by hosting a huge birthday bash at Lavo in Las Vegas.  Joined by her momager Tina Douglas, her dad and other guests, Shani, as she’s affectionately known, rocked an extremely sparkly Jovani Fashions dress and Ruthie Davis Shoes.

Her new bob was done by celebrity stylist Oscar James, who also tames the locs of Nikki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson and countless others.  We’ll have to get a closer look to see if it was her hair that was cut or if he just did his thing on the weave (we know how much you all care).

On Friday night, Ashanti’s friends and family surprised her with a pre-birthday party at SL night club in NYC. This is the second year in a row they’ve managed to “surprise” her for her birthday.Her birthday cake chronicled her music career by having pictures (likely edible) of each album on it.

The singer is still working on her new album that is supposed to be released on her own label, Written Entertainment. Unfortunately, it’s been pushed back a few times and as of now, there’s no telling when it will actually come out.

But in this moment, she seems to just be having fun living life! Check out the next page for a couple of pictures from Ashanti’s pre-birthday bash!

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