The 37-year-old brother of the entertainer has been accused of raping the child on New York's Long Island, according to the report and he was arraigned last Thursday (Dec 3) in Nassau County.
Maraj was reportedly freed on $100,000 bond. Very few confirmable details about the allegations were available at press time, with only the original tabloid report citing unnamed sources, and the ABC News report simply confirming that Minaj's brother had been charged with the crime. Read the ABC report here.
Haggard's camp made the following announcement via his Facebook page, "Due to pneumonia, Merle Haggard has checked into a CA hospital, forcing him to postpone his December tour dates. Dates will be rescheduled for late January through February 2016."
He had several live dates lined up this week including two shows in Las Vegas tonight (Dec 7th) and tomorrow, as well as a concert in Beverly Hills on Wed and a stop in Livermore, Ca on Thursday. See the dates here.
The band was originally scheduled to play in Paris last month but their shows were postponed after the November 13th terrorist attacks. They paid tributes to the victims of the attacks as well as last week's attack in San Bernardino, Ca during the rescheduled concert on Sunday night.
During the concert, U2 displayed the names of the victims of the Friday the 13th attacks on a large screen on the stage. The display included the colors the French flag (blue, white and red).
Bono reportedly told the crowd, "We stand together with the families who lost their loved ones in Paris," according to the Irish Independent. He then addressed the attack in the U.S. this past week and elsewhere, "We stand together with families in San Bernardino. We stand together with families in Beirut and Istanbul. We stand together before those with false ideologies of the god they serve."
There was a rumor that U2 would be joined by the Eagles Of Death Metal at the show. The rock band's Paris concert was the site of one of the Nov. 13th attacks but U2 issued a statement before Sunday night's show informing fans that they would not be performing with the rock group.
U2 said, "We're back in Paris and it's great to be here. Some people have been saying that Eagles of Death Metal will appear on stage with U2 tonight. This is not the case. We have another surprise guest planned for tonight's show."
Billboard reports that they were told by an unnamed source that U2 would be joined by the Eagles Of Death Metal at one of the Paris shows. They are scheduled to perform at the same venue tonight (Dec. 7th).
Read the report and check out fan filmed videos from the show here.
"25" sets yet another record as it become the first album to sell a million copies in two different weeks since Nielsen began tracking point-of-sale purchases in 1991.
In its first two weeks, "25" has sold 4.49 million copies - equivalent to 30 percent of all albums sold in the US over that period. Produced by Greg Kurstin, Adele's third album was launched with the lead single, "Hello", which became an instant worldwide smash. Read more and watch the "Hello" video here.
"He's probably only got a few weeks, if that," Urban told the daily. 'I've just been dealing with that the last couple of days. This has all come at a very strange time where it's typical of a career that has extreme highs and extreme lows, all often at the exact same time. So (the exhibit) is bittersweet a little bit because (my dad) is the catalyst for all of this. My dad is the catalyst for me living in America."
The senior Urban fostered his son's love for country music. Urban recalled a time that his father took him to purchase a new album by Don Williams, without having heard anything from the project. Read more here.
At press time, the reality television star had yet to post any photos to her Instagram account. The child is a boy but the celebrity couple haven't revealed the name yet.
According to CBS News, Kardashian West initially had a due date of Christmas day (Dec. 25th), but health complications forced her to move it up. Read more here.
Azalea posted the following tweet after Badu's remarks at the awards show, "We are days from 2016, but I came online today and saw its still cool to try and discredit my 2014 accomplishments. LOL, f-ing hell".
Badu has since gone on Twitter to respond, continuing the joke she started at the awards show. "'Well that'll be the LAST time I send an uber for you! I can guaran DAMN tee you THAT," she wrote to Azalea.
At the Soul Train Awards, Badu began her performance with a bit about banning all rap from the show, but made an exception for Azlea, stating that what the artist does isn't rap. Badu even offered to send her an Uber to get to the show on time. Read more here.
"I guess I'm obsessed with writing Christmas songs," Bush tells Rolling Stone Country. "Writing Christmas music feels like you're writing for a movie, except you're writing for everyone's movie. The cool thing about Christmas is that it has a soundtrack. There's a day when you go into the Gap … You get into the car and turn on the radio, and the only thing they're playing is Christmas music. It's like the entire world suddenly flips on that soundtrack, and I want to be a part of that."
While many will be able to see their own relatives in the lyrics, Bush used his own Aunt Alice for inspiration in the second verse. "She was the kind of aunt that always hugged you too hard and wouldn't stop talking, you know?" he laughs. "There's something about your family that can stress you out sometimes, but you still love them. You're just not around them all year, and you don't have the skill set to navigate them. Sometimes, you can start thinking about what's gonna help you deal with all of that." Listen here here.
The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach produced Tell Me I'm Pretty, and "Too Late To Say Goodbye" picks up the almost woozy sound that defines the latest album from Lana Del Rey, another artist Auerbach produced.
Cage the Elephant will open CBS's The Night Before concert, held at AT&T Park in San Francisco one day prior to the Super Bowl. Metallica headline the concert. Stream the song here.
The rap star is set to play a character named Cyrus, a headstrong slave who joined the Union Army against Confederate Forces in order to fight against slavery, reports Variety.
The latest incarnation of the Roots series will be simulcast across the A&E channels such as History and Lifetime. LeVar Burton, the actor who played as Kunta Kinte in the original series, is co-executive producer while Questlove will serve as the exec music producer. Read more here.
Craig Carton, co-host of the Boomer and Carton Show, which is nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network, had a few thoughts about the choice of Coldplay.
"I don't understand for the life of me, how the NFL, with all the resources that they have, with all the alleged creative people that they have working for them, with all the great performers in the world, how they can try to perpetrate Coldplay as the signature act of the half time show of the Super Bowl!" he ranted.
"I don't get it! We can't do better than Coldplay?" Insinuating that the band is boring, they played the band's early hit "Yellow" as Carton pretended to snore, and then he mocked the lyrics to "The Scientist." Read more here.
With electronic and computer elements built into the chorus, it's a slight deviation from the pop/rap he's put out in the past, but "Dirty Mind" is sure to be a club pleaser.
Playing off the song's title and subject matter, the image Flo Rida uses for the YouTube audio includes an optical illusion. Is it a lamp or legs? Check it out here.
"Alone on Christmas Day" is a holiday track the Beach Boys recorded in 1979 that was never formally released. A Very Murray Christmas was directed by Sofia Coppola and also stars George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Rashida Jones, Michael Cera and Chris Rock in addition to French rockers Phoenix.
The song is available for download now at iTunes and Amazon. A limited edition 7″ of the song is on sale here and will be available at all independent music retailers nationwide. Stream the song here.
"I'm actually totally shocked because I've been online looking for some new boots. [laughs] I'm shocked." Bentley celebrated the milestone birthday on Nov. 20, but was excited to receive this late present.
"It's like a really perfect fit," he says while trying on the boots. "Such a nice gift, thank you so much. It's a great boot." Watch the video of Dierks opening the gift here.
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