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Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris checks into rehab

Paris, the daughter of late American pop star, Michael Jackson has checked into a rehabilitation facility to get help regarding her emotional health.

According to the magazine, PEOPLE, the 20-year-old decided that she needed to take some time off the scene in order “to reboot, realign and prioritise her physical and emotional health.

“She checked herself into a treatment facility to aid in her wellness plan and is looking forward to coming out of this revitalised and ready to tackle the exciting new projects that await her,” a PEOPLE source said.

It will be recalled that Paris was hospitalised in 2013 after attempting suicide.

She admitted the development in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2017.

She said, “I was crazy. I was actually crazy. I was going through a lot of, like teen, angst. And I was also dealing with my depression and my anxiety without any help.”

Paris also disclosed in the interview that she was sexually abused by a stranger which further increased her depression.

She is an actress, model, singer and is the second child and only daughter of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe.

Female Soldiers Assault Motorist in Lagos

Two female soldiers assaulted a man on Tuesday at Shipeolu Street, Shomolu, Lagos.

The incident happened in traffic this morning, an eyewitness said that the soldiers came down from a BMW car and started beating up the man.

Click to watch video of him being beaten.

The man Mr Onilude Ayangbemiga said they tried to overtake him but he did not stop because their plate number was covered and he feared they were robbers. They overtook him the second time and started beating him when he came down.

“They were claiming to be a soldier, but at the end of the day I was beaten to the extent that I have this wound on me”. – Mr Ayangbemiga.

Efforts to talk to the soldiers were proved abortive as our correspondent was slightly attacked by the soldiers.

Youth corps member Chidinma Aaron crowned 42nd Miss Nigeria

Chidinma Leilani  Aaron, a youth corps member and  professional chef  was crowned Sunday night as the 42nd Miss Nigeria.

Chidinma, who emerged from the South East Zone  beat 17 other girls to emerge the new queen at the Eko Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Eighteen contestants made it to the grand finale before the selection of the final 12.

They were made up of Ntan Nton, Egede Lagele, Thomas Mseve, Ameh Munirah, Otunba Ifunaya, and Shitta Remilekun.

Others are Tizhe Usa Miriam, Okudili Odinaka Doris, Agida Stephanie, Ugwu Ijeoma, Aaron Chidinma Leilani, and Dunu Chisom Olivia.

The contestants were later reduced to five from where Aaron emerged.

The final five were Dunu Chisom, Ntan Sharon Nton, Ameh Munirah, Agida Stephanie and Aaron Chidinma Leilani.

Dunu, from the south east zone like Chidinma,  picked the prize for the first runner-up, while Ameh, from the South South was named the second runner-up.

Aaron, winner of the pageant, took home N3 million, a luxury apartment and an automobile.

She succeeded Mildred Ehiguese who won the 2017 edition.

There was no registration fee for the 2018 edition of the pageant in a bid to be all-inclusive and “to prevent financial restraints on the part of young ladies who are truly deserving of the ultimate title”.

‘Blac Chyna Does Not Use The Whtenicious Bleaching Cream She’s Selling’

Blac Chyna’s touting of a skin lightening beauty product is just a cash grab because she allegedly doesn’t even use the stuff.

TMZ reports that despite her partnership with Whitenicious by Dencia to roll out her “Whitenicious X Blac Chyna Diamond Illuminating & Lightening Cream,” she’s never applied it to her own skin.

We’re told she was presented with a business opportunity and offered good money to promote the cream — which goes for $250 per Swarovski crystals-studded jar — so she said yes … simple as that.

It’s interesting, because while Chyna’s reps told us she’s been using Whitenicious dark spot corrector products for a few years to deal with her hyperpigmentation … they didn’t say she used the lightening cream.

Trump stop playing our music – Axl Rose, Rihanna

By News Desk,

Rihanna wasn’t happy. Neither was Axl Rose.

Both musicians took to Twitter this past weekend, responding to reports from people who had heard their songs at President Trump’s rallies — in Rihanna’s case, “Don’t Stop the Music,” and in Rose’s, “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” the Guns N’ Roses hit. Both songs have been slotted into the playlist the president uses to fire up the crowd before he takes the stage, along with songs by the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Journey and others.

Rose, the Guns N’ Roses frontman, said that the group had requested that the Trump campaign stop playing its songs.

Rihanna’s tweet, responding to a reporter’s amusement about hearing her song at a Trump rally, suggested that she, too, wanted the music to stop.

Her lawyer, Jordan Siev, followed up on Monday with a “cease and desist” letter to the White House. “As you are or should be aware, Ms. Fenty has not provided her consent to Mr. Trump to use her music,” Siev wrote, using Rihanna’s given name, Robyn Fenty. “Such use is therefore improper.”

So how does it happen that politicians can blast anthems to their supporters written by musicians who despise them? The answer lies in the intricate thicket of licensing and copyright law, which in the past has given political campaigns a lot of leeway to choose whatever songs they like.

But Rihanna and Rose may be in luck. In recent years, certain rules have given musicians more of a say in whether their voices can be used to fire up a sea of MAGA hats.

There is a long history of horrified musicians learning their songs were being played by politicians they did not support, and it has almost always been Republicans on the receiving end of the complaints. Sting and Tom Petty objected to former President George W. Bush’s use of their music. The group Heart asked Sarah Palin to stop playing “Barracuda” when she was running for vice president in 2008. Bruce Springsteen, an outspoken liberal, has chafed at Republicans’ use of “Born in the U.S.A.”

Just last week, Pharrell Williams sent a scathing letter to the president after the song “Happy” was played at an event on the day of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. But the National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Organization, the group that hosted the event, said it was their organist who played the song, without any input from the campaign.

Some lawsuits have been filed over the years, and almost invariably have been settled before any court could rule on their arguments. But often, there wasn’t much a musician could do.

Playing music at a public event requires a license, which generally comes from a few big music-rights agencies like BMI and ASCAP. Usually, the arenas where politicians appear already possess a blanket license that allows the venue to play any song in the agencies’ vast catalogs.

The agencies advise political campaigns to purchase their own blanket licenses so they can play music wherever they are, whether it’s a hotel ballroom, an airplane hangar, or the edge of a soybean field. Trump’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment, but major campaigns generally have such licenses.

In recent years, BMI and ASCAP have written exemptions into these contracts giving musicians the right to stop a politician from using their songs. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith had his music removed from Mr. Trump’s licenses with both BMI and ASCAP, according to his lawyer, Dina LaPolt.

“Before Trump was even elected president, he was using Steven’s songs,”LaPolt said. “Fans and colleagues and even loved ones were very confused because it looked like he was endorsing Trump.”

LaPolt had to send numerous letters to the Trump campaign. She argued that playing Tyler’s songs at rallies was creating a false impression that he was a Trump supporter, an argument that Rihanna’s lawyer also made.

This past August, LaPolt finally received the answer Tyler had been hoping for. Jones Day, the law firm that represents the Trump campaign, wrote a letter saying, “Without admitting any liability, and to avoid any future dispute, we send this response to confirm that the Trump campaign will not use your client’s music in connection with its activities going forward.”

On Twitter, Rose accused the Trump campaign of relying on venue licenses to defy the group’s demand to be excluded from the playlist.

“Unfortunately the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent,” Rose said, in a tweet that ended with a poop emoji.

Music industry experts say that assuming a venue’s license will cover a politician can be problematic. BMI’s college and university license, for example, excludes events that are “promoted or sponsored by a third party.”

“There is risk involved if a campaign attempts to rely on a venue license to cover its music use for events,” a BMI spokeswoman, Liz Fischer, said in an email. “Many venues where campaign events are held do not have licenses, and venue licenses are not intended to cover campaign events in the first place.”

Of course, legalities aside, there is also a basic political concern.

“It’s easier for artists to find out that their music is being used at rallies than it was in the pre-internet days,” said Victoria Sheckler, the deputy general counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America. “And no campaign wants to have an artist saying ‘Don’t use my music, I don’t like you’ hanging over their head.”

As is often the case, though, the Trump campaign could be the exception.

Film producer sets Oba Eshugbayi for yuletide

By ArtDesk,

A film prosecution company,  Duke of Shomolu Productions, a theater and media production company, has disclosed that it would be headlining yuletide season with an epic production, Oba Eshugbayi.

Oba Eshugbayi is a story of romance, tribulation and emancipation and it is expected to bring together the very rich cultural heritage of Lagos and the very colourful and insightful traditions of the Efik people who are habit the exotic banks of the River Cross in South Eastern Nigeria.

In a statement obtained by The Guild on Friday from the  Theatre Producer, Edgar Joseph,  the company said that the play would see a fine mix of veteran acts and fresh young but massively talented acts come together to put up performances that would not only leave the audience in awe but will throw up to the fore the continuous need to pass down our traditions and culture to the next generation.

According to the statement, Wale Macaulay iconic Actor and TV Producer would be playing his illustrious forebear – Herbert Macaulay, while Femi Branch who today is one of the most charismatic players in the Industry is Oba Eshugbayi. Other acts include Legendary Yinka Davies who is becoming a staple on the scene, Tall Thin Tony a favourite with young theatre goers as a result of his wonderful turn in the Big Brother House will be reprising a strong ad influential romantic lead.

It said: “Highlight in the cast is beautiful and sultry Ayobami Shodimu daughter to showbiz impresario Yemi Shodimu. Ayo is a versatile player who has carried out very important and award winning productions internationally, including some very exciting showings on stage in critically y acclaimed productions in the UK. She would be making her stage debut at the Muson this December. She is expected to bring in a fresh and beautifully enticing heat with her romantic liaisons with Tony’s character in Oba Eshugbayi.

” Oba Eshugbayi is the latest in its Heritage Series where epic productions with strong historical leanings would continue to be staged in a strong bid to ‘’tell our story through performance’’. It is in this regard, that the Duke of Shomolu Production platform has been set up to be the home of these productions. The Isale Eko series which is the debut production in the series has been seen by a combined 12,000 people over its two seasons showing and would be coming back to Tera Kulture next February due to popular demand.

“Written and Directed by William Benson and Executive Produced by Joseph Edgar and Olisa Adibua with Yemi Shodimu and Mofoluwake Oriyomi Edgar as Producers”.

“Oba Eshugbayi comes up 24th, 25th and 26th Dec 2018 at the Agip Recital hall of the Muson centre, Lagos”.

Pandemonium as Davido sworn-in at Lagos NYSC camp

By News Desk,

Ace musician, David Adeleke (Davido), was among 2152 Batch “B”, Stream 2 corps members sworn-in at the Lagos State NYSC Orientation Camp, Ipaja on Thursday.

It was revealed that security personnel had a hard time controlling fellow corps members and NYSC staff rushing to take a glimpse of the popular musician.

He was later smuggled through the crowd into an office for safety.

In a brief chat with newsmen, the young entertainer expressed gladness to be able to partake in the scheme.

“I am a youth and I am delighted to serve my fatherland.

“NYSC is also a leadership development programme and since I will not remain a youth forever, I have to start preparing myself for the future,’’ he said.

He promised to take active part in all the camp activities.

Davido is a 2015 graduate of Music from Babcock University, Ilisan, Ogun State.

He was posted to Lagos for the mandatory one-year NYSC programme.

‘Murphy Brown’ revival to tackle sexual misconduct with #MurphyToo

By News Desk,

Award winning comedian “Murphy Brown” to return to television after 20 years of retirement with an episode that addresses the #MeToo movement of women breaking their silence about sexual harassment, the series’ creator said on Sunday.

The new season starring Candice Bergen as a pioneering newswoman is scheduled to premiere on Sept. 27.

Creator Diane English told reporters the fourth episode will be titled #MurphyToo. The episode was written months ago, English said, but her remarks came as CBS Corp itself is investigating sexual harassment allegations.

#MeToo sprouted on social media last year when women began sharing stories of sexual harassment and abuse amid widespread accusations against entertainers, businessmen and politicians.

A July 27 New Yorker article detailed claims by six women who accused CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves of sexually harassing them in incidents between 1985 and 2006.

Moonves has said he “may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances” decades ago, which he called mistakes that he regretted immensely, but that he understood “‘no’ means ‘no’’ and had never used his position to harm anyone’s career.

CBS hired two law firms to investigate the allegations and the network’s broader culture.

The “Murphy Brown” cast and producers support the investigation fully, English said at a Television Critics Association meeting, adding that “none of us have had any negative experience in that regard at CBS.”

She said #MeToo was “a powerful movement” and that they wanted to do it justice on the show.

During the original 10-year run that began in 1988, “Murphy Brown” frequently tackled topical issues. English said the new episodes uphold that tradition.

“It’s always been a political show with something to say,” she said. “I’m focusing the show really through the prism of the press. The First Amendment and the free press is under attack like I’ve never seen before.”

The season begins with Murphy coming out of retirement to reunite with journalists Corky and Frank and producer Miles on a cable TV morning show.

Back in 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle famously attacked “Murphy Brown” when the character gave birth to a baby outside of marriage. Murphy’s son, Avery, now works as a liberal voice on a rival conservative channel called the Wolf network, cast members said.

“Murphy is a fierce mom, and she is a competitive mom,” Bergen said. “Avery has his work cut out for him.”

Beyonce, husband drop joint album, nine-track collaboration

By NewsDesk,

America popular couple artists, Beyoncé and her rapper husband, Jay Z, have dropped joint album on streaming service Tidal, a nine-track collaboration

On the released, the singer, 36, announced Everything is Love, a nine-track collaboration with the rapper, by posting a clip from a video for one of the album’s tracks on social media.

As gathered, the announcement came as the couple played their second night at the London Stadium as part of their OTR II tour.

The record, which is only available on subscription streaming service Tidal, features nine tracks Summer, Apes**t, Boss, Nice, 713, Friends, Heard About Us, Black Effect and Lovehappy.

A collaborative effort from the pair had been mooted for several years, while Beyoncé herself confirmed she had been working on a record last year.

In an interview with the New York Times, Jay Z, real name Shawn Carter, said they had been working on music together during the making of his release 4:44 and her hit album Lemonade.

“We were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together,” he said.

“The music she was making at that time was further along. So her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on. We still have a lot of that music.”

The accompanying artwork for the new album could be seen on the Tidal website and in a tweet announcing the album’s release on Beyonce’s official Twitter page.

It depicts a woman standing over a man while she combs his hair. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting can be seen hanging in the background of the picture.

Jay-Z launched Tidal in 2015 as a subscription-based, artist-owned streaming service

Igbo cultural dancing competition’s organizer package N2m cash prize for winner

By NewsDesk,

Organization of a Highlife and Cultural Dance Talents competition tagged“Igbo Highlife Fest“, has made known that there was  N2 million cash prize for winner  of the program which it grand finale has been slated June, 2 in Enugu state.

As gathered, there was N2 million the final of the program which involves five groups in the traditional dance category and 10 singers in the highlife music category.

The competition, which began in April in Onitsha, had participants competing for slots before the grand finale coming up in Enugu.

The Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout Brands, Nigerian Breweries, Emmanuel Agu, Highlife Fest is a demonstration of the commitment of Life Continental Lager Beer to the progress of the Igbo man.

“We intend to continue to promote and propagate the beautiful heritage of the Igbo people through highlife music.

“We understand how much these classic tunes mean to consumers; we are delighted to bring this music fest to them.

“The honed talents and the beautiful performances at the quarter and semifinal concerts have been a joy to behold.

“We look forward to working with the winners in managing their talents and preserving the beautiful highlife culture,”Agu said.

Agu also said that the two important Igbo traditional festivals in Enugu, the Mmanwu festival and New Yam festival, are held annually to promote the Igbo Culture.

He added that Enugu State had taken steps to create more festivals managed by the Enugu Council of Arts and Culture.

“highlife Fest is an initiative of Life Continental Lager Beer that has come to stay in contributing to the promotion and sustenance of highlife music culture among the young generation.

“The indigenous highlife music competition took the talent hunt to Onitsha the past weekend where the remaining contestants slugged it out for a place in the final.

“These included five groups in the traditional dance category and 10 singers in the highlife music category.

“Now, with the dust settled on the semis, it is time for all finalists to brace up and prepare for the final,’’Agu said.

NAN reports that the talent hunt, which is aimed at celebrating the heritage of Igbo people through music, has featured a plethora of talents from seven state auditions.

The fight for the star prize of N2 million has reached its peak after several mentorship sessions.

Competing for the grand prize in the Highlife music category are Dons Ifeanyi Frank (Anambra), Kalapi Ojuka (Rivers), Emmanuel Agbom (Delta), Uwazie Chuks Arthur (Imo) and Chinedu Obiajulu Ada-Chi (Enugu State).

The traditional dance category will feature Kanaowo Dance group (Rivers), Noel Cultural Entertainment (Ebonyi), Asinodricks Africa (Imo) and Umuchiziri Egwu Cultural Dance (Enugu State).

The final will feature performances from Onyeka Owenu, Phyno, Bright Chimezie, Obiligbo Brothers, Tipsy Kelvano and Chibest David.