"RIP cousin… can't believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!," Rihanna shared on Instagram alongside a photo of her posing with Allyne. "Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!!
"Every day we are happy to have you in our lives," Allyne posted on what's alleged to be his Instagram account last year for Rihanna's birthday. "Happy Birthday cousin, we really love you. Your presence in my life is a source of joy and happiness. To my favorite cousin, may all your dreams and wishes come true." See his post and Rihanna'shere.
As Cardi wrote verses, cut tracks and tried to score collaborations, she encountered some major setbacks. In a new Instagram live video, Cardi tells a story about the time a bigger artist cut her from a song because she was "too small," making her consider leaving the hip-hop game altogether.
"I did a verse to somebody's song," Cardi said. "And other artists were on the song as well. I was so excited because I felt like my verse was so poppin'. Then, the artist told me that I couldn't be on the song anymore because one of the artists that was on the song felt like I was too small and they were too big for me to be on the same song with them."
Cardi turned to trusted business associates for a pep talk. "I was just fresh off Love & Hip-Hop and everything, and that s— broke my heart," Cardi said. "I felt so bad, because, like — couldn't really cheer me up. You know I was with my publicist, Patience, and I was with my managers and it almost teared me up so bad, I was like, 'I don't wanna do this s— anymore. I'm just gonna f— with this TV s—.' But my manager and my publicists, they was like, 'F— it. You just gotta keep on going.' And I did, and I did, and I did, and I'm here."
The rest is history: Shortly after, Cardi scored a number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Bodak Yellow" and now ranks among rap's most sought-after MCs. Watch Cardi recount her experiencehere.
The clip intersperses images of the group performing in a packed nightclub with live-action clips of NBA stars including LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
NBA All-Star Weekend is set to take place February 16-18 in Los Angeles, with the game slated for the 18th. Watch the videohere.
"2017 has been a crazy year!," Payne wrote on Twitter. "I'm gonna post a memory every day this week. First has to be my baby boy Bear! Holding him for the first time is a memory I will never forget and watching him grow up is just amazing to see."
The photo is an adorable POV show of Payne looking down at Bear's tiny feet in between his own, with father and son wearing matching sneakers. See the posthere.
Urena was a patient and resident at Blythedale Children's Hospital from late August 2015 until Christmas Eve 2015 after being diagnosed with a rare syndrome called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). When he was starting his senior year of high school, Urena continued to go to Blythedale High School – Mt. Pleasant until April of 2016 as a day hospital out-patient.
GBS caused Urena to become paralyzed in the arms and legs. Unable to walk, change his own clothes, brush his own teeth, bathe, eat, or take care of basic necessities, Urena was devastated because, as he told 1010 WINS, "music is my life and I play, sing, and write music a lot."
"Blythedale means everything to me. I'll always consider it a second home. I felt so welcomed by all of the doctors, nurses, and therapists. They were so nice and helpful on my road to recovery."
"I was able to gain most of my strength and confidence back because of Blythedale, Urena explained. "And I'm forever grateful." Read morehere.
On the Late Late Show, Perry appeared in a Carpool Karaoke segment where James Corden asked her flatly: "There's Taylor beef. When are we gonna clear that beef up?" 'Well, there is. No, for sure--and that's true," Perry admitted. "There's a situation. Honestly, it's like, she started it and it's time for her to finish it."
Perry also confirmed the origin of the story that's played out on Twitter for years--a 2012 argument over backup dancers, a tour, and thinly veiled tweets. Perry insists her decisions at the time were strictly business. 'It's about backing dancers. It's so crazy!" said Perry. 'OK, so there are three backing dancers that went on tour with her tour, right? And they asked me before they went on tour if they could go, and I was like, 'Yeah, of course. I'm not on a record cycle and get the work, and she's great and all that. But I will be on a record cycle in about a year, so be sure to put a 30-day contingency in your contract so you can get out if you want to join me when I say I'm going back on.'"
Given the choice to rejoin Team Katy, Perry says the dancers were thrilled to jump ship. "So that year came up, right?" she continued. 'And I texted all of them--because I'm very close with them--and I said, 'Look, just FYI: I'm about to start, I want to put the word out there.' And they said, 'All right, we're going to talk to management about it.' And they did. And they got fired. And I tried to talk to [Swift] about it, and she wouldn't speak to me."
The drama played out in a famous Taylor Swift Rolling Stone profile and Perry's iconic "Regina George in sheep's clothing" tweets. Swift wrote "Bad Blood," which was widely interpreted as a Katy Perry diss--which Katy confirmed to Corden. Read morehere.
The family of one of the victims (Travis Ward) has filed a lawsuit against Mill and the Oakdale Theatre for failing to adequately secure the premises. The suit cites previous violence at Meek Mill shows as evidence that additional security was necessary to prevent injury and loss of life.
Nathan Mitchell, who was injured in the shooting, is also a party to the legal action. The suit cites Mill's graphic lyrics as evidence that standard crowd control practices were not enough. Read morehere.
The "Sign of the Times" singer told the interviewer artists like Miley Cyrus, who came out as pansexual in 2016, are inspirational for people in such a creative, progressive field.
"People doing stuff, like, that is great," Styles said. "It's weird for me -- everyone should just be who they want to be. It's tough to justify somebody having to answer to someone else about stuff like that."
When asked about his own sexuality, Styles explained has never felt the need to identify himself, remarking, "I don't feel like it's something I've ever felt like I have to explain about myself." Read morehere.
A clip uploaded to YouTube of the spill left the singer explaining to the crowd one of his favorite past times in the aftermath of his fall. "When I go home, I sit on the computer with my father and we YouTube 'Twenty One Pilots falling,'" Joseph joked. After the tumble, Joseph got right back up and kept performing, which surprised some people.
"HE WIPED OUT AND STILL FINISHED THE LINE WHAT A CHAMP," one fan writes on Twitter. "(don't worry about the fall he was fine he laughed it off)." Read morehere.
Bryan brought out Underwood to join him for a performance of "Play It Again" and Randy Travis' 1987 hit "I Told You So" during Saturday (May 6) night's show.
Underwood came out wearing a Nashville Predators shirt with her husband Mike Fisher's number on it. She gave Bryan a Predators hat to sport on stage to support the team going to the 2017 Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Underwood took to social media afterward express her excitement about the duets, writing, "Thanks @lukebryan for having me at the show last night and for showing the @predsnhl some â ¤ď¸Ź! #fangfingers #Smashville #PlayItAgain #PredsPride" Check out the posthere.
"I can't listen to [the former] anymore. That's what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little," she said. On social media, rap fans went ballistic about her "dismissive" remarks. Miley responded to the uproar with an Instagram post that clarified her stance.
"So, to be clear I respect ALL artists who speak their truth and appreciate ALL genres of music (country, pop, alternative …. but in this particular interview I was asked about rap)," she wrote.
The "Wrecking Ball" singer made clear that the genre itself isn't a turn-off for her, just certain elements of its popular identity. She noted that there's rap for every rap fan, including fans who aren't into materialistic bombast.
"I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop as I've collaborated with some of the very best! At this point in my life I am expanding personally/musically and gravitating more towards uplifting, conscious rap!"
Miley says the shift is part of her own evolution as an artist. "As I get older I understand the effect music has on the world & Seeing where we are today I feel the younger generation needs to hear positive powerful lyrics! I am proud to be an artist without borders and thankful for the opportunity to explore so many different styles/ sounds!"
Read Miley's full posthere.
The pop star broke the news to fans with the following statement, "I am honored and thrilled to be the first judge bringing back the American Idol tradition of making dreams come true for incredible talents with authentic personalities and real stories.
"I'm always listening to new music, and love discovering diamonds in the rough - from mentoring young artists on my label, or highlighting new artists on my tours, I want to bring it back to the music."
Officer Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Division said a woman who was staying at the residence was outside when one of the individuals pulled out a gun, held it to her head, and forced her back into the home.
The burglars took the jewelry and tried to steal a safe, but left it on the sidewalk outside. The woman does not own the home, but was home alone and was not injured during the invasion. Read morehere.
Chris Stapleton was performing at the Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver last Tuesday night (May 23), when he invited Manning up on stage to join him for his song "Whiskey Red."
This wasn't the former football star's first duet, as he sang a rendition of "Rocky Top" last year with Lee Brice in Nashville, Tennessee. A fan captured the duet on social media and posted the video with the caption, "Ladies and gentlemen, the Sheriff is back in town. " Check out the videohere.
"Well I woke up still not dead again today. The internet said I had passed away. But if I died, I wasn't dead to stay," Nelson sings in the opening lines of the new single 'Still Not Dead."
In the video, Nelson wakes up from a deep slumber, puts on his "smoke weed everyday" Christmas sweater (apparently, a gift from Snoop Dogg) and surfs the internet to see that he has once again been reported dead.
The track is featured on Nelson's new album "God's Problem Child," which hit stores on Friday (April 28). Watch the hilarious videohere.
According to the numbers, Lamar sold 603,000 copies, with 353,000 being traditional sales. Drake sold an equally impressive 505,000, falling short of Lamar's numbers by 100,000.
Instead of igniting a new rap rivalry, Drake liked the social media post highlighting the numbers and commented, "Amazing to see our music moving!!!"
It seems that Drake, as the world's most-streamed artist on Spotify, has nothing but love for Lamar's latest success. Check out the posthere.
"Depending on the outcome of this case, it can be the beginning of my career or the end of my career," Kodak Black read from a prepared statement in a Florida courtroom Thursday (May 4).
However, if he completes a life skills course in jail, he will receive credit for time served and be out in a month. The Painting Pictures rapper has been in jail since Feb. 28 when he was arrested during a court appearance for violating five counts of violating his parole. Read morehere.
'This is my Mum's best friend," he wrote. 'Please help in any way possible." The GoFundMe page explains that the money will go towards life-saving cancer treatment for a woman named Ayesha Daniels.
The page is asking to raise Ł120,000 (approximately $154,900). Now, some of Malik's fans are lashing out at the singer, asking why he can't donate the money himself.
"You're the one with millions. YOU help," wrote one fan. Read the other commentshere.
Clark was the only fatality. Seven others were injured, reports the San Diego Tribune. The mother of three had only been at the party for 20 minutes before she was shot.
Cannon posted a childhood photo with the victim and shared his pain, 'My heart hurts with great sadness tonight, I just learned that the one life lost in the senseless and tragic mass shooting in San Diego was my childhood friend, who was more like family, Miss Monique Clark. Such a beautiful spirit with an infectious smile."
He went on, saying he had 'nothing but wonderful memories of" Clark who he called an 'angel." 'Tears can't express the pain and shock," he continued. 'A mother of three, a sister, a daughter, a cousin, a friend and a Queen' Rest in Paradise." Read morehere.
Rainy accused Game of sexual assault after appearing on his VH1 reality show She Got Game. A jury found the rapper guilty and ordered him to pay $7.1 million.
In a new filing, The Game claims Viacom (VH1's parent company) knew about Rainey's checked past, but still allowed her to participate in the program.
"Defendants clearly had knowledge of Rainey's violent and extensive arrest history, yet they chose ratings over protecting the Plaintiff and others," states the complaint. Read morehere.
Jackson allegedly attempted to score tickets to see Kendrick Lamar at Miami's Rolling Loud hip-hop festival this weekend by emailing Lamar's manager as Adele's manager, Jonathan Dickens.
According to the Miami Herald, Lamar's record label suspected the email was fraudulent and contacted the police, who then set up a sting to catch Jackson. As they tried to enter the concert, Jackson and his wife were arrested for grand theft and identity theft charges. Read morehere.
The estate added that they have several projects in development, that 'respect, honor and celebrate Michael's life and legacy." Earlier this month, Lifetime TV revealed a trailer for their film, Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland, which is based on the book, Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days, written by the singer's bodyguards, Bill Whitefield and Javon Beard. Jackson impersonator Navi is slated to star as the late pop idol.
Also, Netflix is reportedly closing a deal for a script on the life of the singer -- from the perspective of his pet monkey, Bubbles. The Jackson estate statement implied that it would pursue litigation if the projects go forward since the films seek to exploit the artist's legacy and make unauthorized use of Jackson's music, images, videos and other official movies. Read the full statement from the Michael Jackson Estatehere.
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