Day in Pop Report for 12/07/2012
(TMZ) Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G., sustained gunshot wounds to his chest, shoulder, leg, forearm and scrotum on the night he was murdered in L.A. back in 1997 ... this according to the never-before-seen autopsy report, just obtained by TMZ.
The report confirms Wallace -- who was listed at 6'1", 395 lbs -- was struck a total of 4 times in a drive-by shooting on Wilshire Blvd while the 24-year-old rapper sat in the passenger seat of a Chevy Suburban.
According to the report, 3 of the shots were NOT fatal. -- Gunshot #1 struck Wallace in the left forearm and traveled down to his wrist. -- Gunshot #2 struck Wallace in the back, missed all vital organs, and exited through his left shoulder. -- Gunshot #3 struck Wallace on his outer left thigh and exited through his inner left thigh.
The reports says .. after Gunshot #3 exited the thigh, "the projectile strikes the left side of the scrotum, causing a very shallow, 3/8 inch linear laceration."
The fatal bullet was Gunshot #4 ... which entered Wallace's body through his right hip and ripped its way through several vital organs ... before coming to rest in his left shoulder area.
According to the report, the bullet perforated Wallace's colon, liver, heart and the upper lobe of his left lung.
Immediately after the shooting Wallace was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital -- where doctors performed an emergency thoracotomy ... but it was too late. Wallace was pronounced dead at 1:15 AM.
According to the report, all 4 of the gunshots traveled through the Suburban passenger door before striking Wallace. Two of the bullets were found on the gurney that transported Wallace to the hospital. Another bullet was discovered at the hospital when the body was turned over after doctors had pronounced him dead.
During the autopsy, the coroner listed Wallace as "morbidly obese." A toxicology test revealed Wallace had no traces of drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death.
Wallace's body was eventually ID'd by his mother and wife.
One last thing ... on one of the pages of the autopsy report, there is a note scribbled under the headline "Other Pertinent Information" which reads: "Decedent may be rap singer."
Wallace was 24. more on this story
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(TMZ) L.A. Lakers star Devin Ebanks isn't out of the woods yet ... despite being cleared in a rape investigation last year -- because the woman who accused him of sexual assault has now filed a civil lawsuit.
The woman -- who filed the lawsuit anonymously in L.A. County Superior Court -- claims Ebanks forcibly penetrated her vagina with his penis after taking her home from a nightclub in September 2011.
As we reported, the woman filed a report with the LAPD, which then conducted a rape investigation -- but the L.A. County D.A. refused to file charges against Ebanks due to lack of evidence.
Now, the woman's hoping to recover monetary damages in civil court -- suing Ebanks for sexual assault and battery, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
She's suing for unspecified damages. more on this story
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(Hollyscoop) Wilmer Valderrama has a secret burgeoning music career that is about to "shock the world?!"
Back in 2011, Wilmer released a song "The Way I Fiesta" and it kind of slipped under the radar. He's now back for round two with an ultra secret "music project."
"I'm actually doing a music project with a bunch of amazing producers and releasing my first musical project," Wilmer told Hollyscoop at the Raising The Bar To End Parkinson's event in Los Angeles Wednesday night, "I'm doing an album and releasing my first song right before new years eve, so its coming around the corner too."
We asked him what kind of music he's making. Pop? Rock? Dubstep? I don't know! He only tells us he's working on a "new sound" with a bunch of his favorite producers and writers.
However, he did describe his genre of music as "stadium music," saying "I call it stadium music because it feels like a movie and it's very theatrical and as an actor I can gravitate more towards that sound." more on this story
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(Gibson) This year's leaders for Grammy nominations include the Black Keys, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Kanye West. As for the coveted Album of the Year award, the Black Keys, .fun, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Jack White will vie for the honor.
Nominations were announced during a CBS special hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift in Nashville, Tenn., last night (Dec. 5).
The 55th Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on February 10, 2013, and the broadcast will air on CBS. Check out a selection of nominees in various categories here.
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Mike Doughty is offering fans a chance to buy a personalized version of his unreleased song "Dogs/Demons," but it won't come cheap. We were sent these details:
Fans who purchase "Dogs/Demons" can choose between three different keys in which Doughty will play the song (C, D, or D-sharp), and the option to add a bridge for an additional price. And Doughty will record it onto a digital recorder, along with the buyer's name and the date and location of the recording, and send that digital recorder straight to the fan, signed and numbered by Doughty himself. The fan gets a unique piece of art: the only version of that performance of the song, anywhere in the world.
The base price for this exclusive, customized piece is $543.09, with an additional charge of $267.18 for the optional bridge. Doughty is willing to record a personal message, in addition to the purchaser's name, date, and other basic details; the charge for a personal message is $35,335.53. more on this story
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(popmusiclife) Kesha debuted her new single, "C'Mon," on The X Factor during the broadcast on Thursday night.
The song follows her new album, "Warrior's" lead track, "Die Young," which continues to receive a lot of airplay and attention.
Executive produced by Dr. Luke, "Warrior" features tracks written by Kesha, as well as collaborations with a variety of producers, writers and musicians. Watch the X Factor performance here.
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Yacht have released a new video for their new single "Second Summer" which was directed by ADHD.
The band says of the video: "We've been unabashed fans of ADHD & Ben Jones' work since his days with the art collective Paper Rad and jumped at the opportunity to channel his rare strain of visual damage into Yacht's world. This video represents the ultimate manifestation of our spirit animal, the Smiangle, morphing from an impersonal signifier of mystical subtext into something completely alive, surreal, and psychotropic." Watch it here.
And they had this to say about the song:"Second Summer" is a state of mind: overcoming obstacles in order to be close to what you love, a temporal place where sun never goes out no matter what season it is in your hemisphere. Like the original Summer of Love and its acid house revival, the Second Summer of Love, our aim is true: to create environments of total freedom. more on this story
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(IDP) Madeleine Peyroux plans to release her new album, The Blue Room, March 19, 2013 on Decca.
The album is a return to what she is known best for - reinterpreting songs with an emotion and depth that can't help but touch the soul. more on this story
The Blue Room features Madeleine reinterpreting songs from Ray Charles' seminal album Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music, as well as others from legendary artists such as Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen, whose legacies are herein enveloped into a similar melting pot of the variety of American popular song. Released in the summer of 1962, Modern Sounds was a daring album for Charles as it broke the mold of what was expected from him, and in turn, truly represented artistic freedom - something that clearly inspires Peyroux's album The Blue Room. Conceived and produced by the legendary Grammy-Award winner Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Herbie Hancock), he says, "Ray's cultural landmark of an album has always been a part of me. I have loved this album ever since I can remember and I knew that Madeleine would be the perfect voice to bring it to the forefront again."
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Josh Groban has announced more details about his forthcoming album, All That Echoes, which will be released on February 5th.
Groban announced the tracklisting for the effort and told fans that the first single will be a track called "Brave," and be released digitally on December 18th.
Groban co-wrote seven of the 12 tracks that appear on All That Echoes, which also includes five covers, including Stevie Wonder's "I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever"), Glen Hansard and Markιta Irglovα's "Falling Slowly" (the Oscar-winning song from the film Once), and Jimmy Webb's "The Moon's A Harsh Mistress." Special guests on the album include Grammy-winning trumpet player Arturo Sandoval on "Un Alma Mas" and Italian superstar vocalist Laura Pausini on "E Ti Promoterro." more on this story
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Harper Simon is offering fans a free download of a song from his new album, 'Division Street.'
The album, produced by Tom Rothrock (Elliott Smith, Beck) is set for release on March 26th, 2013 but fans are being offered an early taste of the album in the form of "Bonnie Brae," which can be streamed and downloaded here. And here are some more details about the album:
"I see the character in the song 'Division Street' as being at a moment where life can go a couple different ways," says Simon of the title track from the new record. "I think these songs tend to be like a snapshot of a character at a pivotal moment. They could go this way or that way on the metaphorical Division Street: up or down, negative or positive, to the light or to self-destruction. more on this story
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Rock Ridge Music has set December 18, 2012 release date for Matt Duke's new EP, 'Love On A Major Scale.'
'Love On A Major Scale,' co-produced by Jason Spiewak (Pat McGee, Ernie Halter, The Revere) and Dave Pittenger (Allison Weiss, Julia Price, Martin Rivas), is the follow-up to Duke's critically acclaimed album, One Day Die. more on this story
Says Duke of the EP: "I have been really looking forward to recording another EP that takes me back to my roots as an acoustic songwriter. No bells or whistles, just a simple reminder to myself and my fans of where I've come from as an artist and how it's still very much a part of who I am. I hope everyone digs the record just as much as I enjoyed creating it!"
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(TMZ) The Kansas City Chiefs organization is paying for Jovan Belcher's funeral arrangements ... and has offered financial assistance to Kasandra Perkins' family as well ... TMZ has learned.
Sources directly involved with the situation tell us ... the Chiefs have made it clear they don't want either family to be stuck with the massive bills stemming from the funerals or memorial services.
We're told members of Belcher's family -- which now has custody of the couple's orphaned newborn baby -- graciously accepted the offer ... and the team will cover all of the costs of Belcher's memorial in KC and funeral in NY.
It's unclear if Perkins' family has accepted the offer as well.
When called for comment, a rep for the Chiefs told us, "We are assisting both families with arrangements ... We just prefer not to get into specifics of what we are doing or have done." more on this story
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(TMZ) Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against NBC over the way it edited his 911 call -- placed moments before Martin was shot -- claiming the network falsely made Zimmerman look like a "hostile racist."
You'll recall, NBC launched an internal investigation over the tape after it aired the edited recording -- which made it sound like Zimmerman immediately told police that Martin was black, without being prompted.
In actuality, the full 911 tape reveals Zimmerman only referred to Martin as "black" when responding to a question from the dispatcher about Trayvon's race.
Zimmerman accuses NBC of creating a "false and defamatory misimpression using the oldest form of yellow journalism: manipulating Zimmerman's own words, splicing together disparate parts of the recording to create the illusion of statements that Zimmerman never actually made."
He's suing for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, demanding unspecified damages.
Zimmerman -- a former neighborhood watch coordinator for a gated community in Florida -- fatally shot 17-year-old Martin on February 26th. George has claimed the shooting was in self-defense. more on this story
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(TMZ) Comedian Katt Williams is officially unretiring ... just four days after retiring.
Earlier this week, a very emotional Katt announced his retirement on a street corner in Seattle ... insisting that he was, "kinda done."
But now, Katt's management team says he's undone ... telling us, "Katt is definitely NOT retiring. He will be moving forward with the tour ... Friday is Texas, Saturday New Orleans, and on to Alabama."
Management adds, "The reason why he made remarks was due to him feeling totally disrespected by all the things that happen to him in the city of Seattle. He had a moment where he felt very unappreciated. He now just wants to move forward from those unfortunate events and give his fans outstanding shows from this point forward."
Katt has also not retired from dealing with court ... TMZ has learned Williams was just charged with 2 counts of 4th degree misdemeanor assault in Seattle stemming from a bar fight this past weekend.
As we reported, Katt was arrested Sunday after allegedly threatening the bar manager with a pool cue and refusing to leave the establishment ... then later throwing a cigarette at a woman's eye.
Police claim Katt also threw a rock at the woman's car as she left.
Of course, this is just one incident in Katt's long string of bizarre behavior recently, including slapping a Target employee and leading Sacramento police on a wild three-wheeled motorcycle chase. more on this story
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(TMZ) Zsa Zsa Gabor had another major medical scare this week. TMZ spoke with Zsa Zsa's husband ... Prince von Anhalt ... who tells us ZZG was rushed to UCLA medical center Wednesday morning after developing a nasty infection around her feeding tube.
We're told the 95-year-old Hollywood icon underwent surgery to treat the infection.
As of Thursday afternoon, she was still in the hospital so doctors can closely monitor her recovery. more on this story
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(TMZ) Ronda Rousey has signed a contract to fight in the main event at UFC 157 in February ... the first ever female fight in UFC history ... TMZ has learned.
Sources tell us the 25-year-old Olympic medalist will step in the ring with 28-year-old Liz Carmouche ... a highly-ranked MMA fighter who served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Rousey was named UFC champion (female 135 lbs division) when she signed with the organization -- and her belt will be up for grabs.
The fight is set to go down on Feb. 23 in Anaheim, CA.
Carmouche has a 7-2 record and the nickname -- The Girl-rilla. more on this story
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(Sub) Marty Atkinson and Katy Boyd have teamed up for the new group Blue Cactus Choir and will release their debut album, Once in a Bluegrass Moon, January 15.
Recorded by Thom Jutz (Nanci Griffith) at his studio in Nashville, the new CD was produced by Jutz, Atkinson and Boyd and features 21 original songs that focus on relationships, as well as funny, insightful stories and some rough tales of the road, all accented with luxurious vocal harmonies that recall Crosby, Stills & Nash and Fleetwood Mac.
Backing the duo is a cadre of Nashville A-list players including Justin Moses (banjo, mandolin, fiddle) and Mark Fein (bass), both of Ricky Skaggs' band; as well as Fats Kaplin (steel guitar), Gary Smith (piano), Lynn Williams and Steve Brewster (drums) and Thomm Jutz (guitars, keyboards).
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