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American rapper Mac Miller dies at 26

By News Desk,

American rapper and singer , Malcolm McCormick , known by his stage name, Mac Miller, has been found dead of suspected overdose.

The 26-year-old rapper who died on Sept.7 in his Studio City  home of  San Fernando Valley had sung  about his struggles with drug abuse and death in his music.

He was known for channeling his struggles into his music and rose to fame after topping US charts with his debut album in 2011.

Malcolm signed a deal with Warner Bros in 2014 and  Tom Corson, the Co-Chairman of the group,  released a statement about his death.

“All of us at Warner Bros. Records are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Mac Miller’s untimely passing.

“Mac was a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and a sense of humor that touched everyone he met.

“Mac’s death is a devastating loss and cuts short a life and a talent of huge potential, where the possibilities felt limitless.

“We join all of his fans across the globe in extending our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends,”  the statement said.

Mac Miller was born on Jan.19,1992 in Pittsburgh, Pennyslavia.

He grew up in Point Breeze, Pittsburgh with his parents  who were  both an architect and a photographer.

Miller  recorded his first track at  14 though he started his rapping at nine .

In 2009, he recorded his first mix – tape on his laptop which he described  as ” of  horrible quality” having  sold about 70 copies.

Other stars in the hip-hop world had been paying their   tributes  to Malcolm.

J Cole said on Twitter: “This is a message for anybody in this game that’s going through something.

“If you don’t feel right, if you feel you have a substance problem, if you need a ear to vent to, if you are  uncomfortable talking to people around you. Please reach out to me.”

Thinking out loud singer, Ed Sheran also posted a tribute on his instagram saying the news was heartbreaking.

“This just really saddened me. I hung out with Mac a few times over the years and he was always such a sweetheart, always had the time of day for anyone, whoever they were.

“As well as being a great talent, he was a great human. Love and prayers to his family and friends. I don’t know what else to say,” he wrote.

Chance The Rapper tweeted , “Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever.

“But beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. I’m completely broken. God bless him.”

The rapper was into  a long-term relationship with singer Ariana Grande which ended on grounds of substance abuse.

The pair dated for almost two years and recorded multiple songs together, including “My Favorite Part and “The Way.”

Grande and Malcolm ended their relationship in May.

AMVCA 2018: Was CeeC the best dressed of the night?

By News Desk,

The AMVCA 2018 held Saturday night at Eko Hotel and Suites. But on the sidelines of the main event, the female celebrities had their own grand slam of the most fashionably dressed for the night.

From social media threads, CeeC (Cynthia Nwadiora) of the BBNaija 2018 fame appeared to have run away with the trophy in her regal red outfit. In contrast BamBam drew a lot of hisses for her ‘chicken’ like dress.

We now ask you to be the judge.

BBNaija’s Nina
Fathia Williams
Toyin Abraham

 

Bisola
Dlamini Jones
Lota Chukwu
Lota again
Here is Bisola again in a blue royale
Omo Sexy

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.

Beyonce, Drake lost at MTV video awards as Camila Cabello wins top prizes

By Entertainment Desk,

Cuban-born Camila Cabello beat out heavy hitters Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Drake to take home the two top prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Monday.

Cabello, 21, was chosen artist of the year and won video of the year for her Latin-flavored hit “Havana,” while rapper Cardi B picked up wins for best new artist and song of summer for her dance hit “I Like It” with J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

“I can’t believe this is for me,” said Cabello, who split from girl group Fifth Harmony in late 2016 to launch a solo career.

New York rapper Cardi B, 25, made her first public appearance since giving birth to her first child in July. But the feisty “Bodak Yellow” singer failed to make good on her leading 10 nominations going into the show as fans spread their votes far and wide.

“A couple of months ago people were saying, you’re gambling your career by having a baby,” Cardi B said. “I had a baby … and now I’m still winning awards.”

The biggest winner of the night was Childish Gambino, the music stage name of actor Donald Glover, who came away with three for his hard-hitting video “This Is America” about black identity and police brutality.

But the trophies were mostly in technical categories, including choreography and direction. Beyonce and Jay-Z’s much talked-about “APES**T,” which was shot inside the Louvre in Paris against the backdrop of some of the world’s most famous art works, won just two of its eight nominations.

Canadian rapper Drake, one of the most popular artists in terms of sales and streaming, came away empty-handed, as did multiple Grammy winner Bruno Mars.

Neither Mars, Drake, Gambino, Beyonce nor Jay-Z attended the awards show in New York City, which featured performances by Ariana Grande – who won best pop video for “No Tears Left to Cry,” – Nicki Minaj, Aerosmith, Shawn Mendes and Travis Scott.

Jennifer Lopez brought the audience to its feet with a song and dance medley of her biggest hits as she was presented with the annual Vanguard Award, named after Michael Jackson, recognising her 20 years in show business.

“It’s been an incredible journey of dreaming my wildest dreams and then watching them come true,” said Lopez.

However, a promised tribute to Aretha Franklin following her death last week at age 76 consisted only of a speech by Madonna and a brief video clip from Franklin’s early career.

“She led me to where I am today, and I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight, in this room tonight,” said Madonna, who turned 60 last Thursday — the day Franklin died.

Franklin has influenced generations of singers with iconic hits including “Natural Woman” and “I Say a Little Prayer.”

But “Respect” (1967) was her signature tune and the broadcast ended with a recording of Aretha belting out the Otis Redding cover as the audience danced wildly.

“I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the Queen,” Madonna added

The VMAs have a reputation for irreverence and provocative stunts but, aside from a segment on U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policies, there were few surprises.

Rapper Logic was joined onstage by dozens of immigrant children and their families wearing white t-shirts saying “We are all human beings,” for a performance of his song “One Day.”

The song is a protest against the policy that saw thousands of immigrant children separated from their parents in June after crossing the southern border with Mexico without documents.

Kevin Hart mocks Trump at 2018 MTV Awards

By Entertainment Desk,

U.S. comedian Kevin Hart has mocked President Donald Trump over his controversial leadership style which seems to place the white above the blacks.

Hart, while presenting at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards told the audience they were “allowed to kneel” seemingly referencing how NFL players have been kneeling out of protest during the national anthem.

“This game you’re allowed to kneel,” Hart said while presenting with fellow comedian Tiffany Haddish.

He continued: “You can do whatever you want there’s no old white men to stop you.”

The 39-year-old Hart also said the award show was like “a typical day at the White House.”

“Beefs pop off, bad language; people run to the bathroom and send out crazy tweets.

“It’s basically like a typical day at the White House. In your face Trump, suck it,” Hart said.

Earlier this month, NFL players continued to protest during the national anthem on Aug. 9 as the league began the first full week of its 2018 preseason.

Some players held their fists in the air, while others decided to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action.

Hart’s outburst was one of several political moments during the Monday night award show.

Rapper Logic donned a shirt that read “F— the wall” while singing his song “One Day” with Ryan Tedder.

The 28-year-old singer was joined on stage by immigrant leaders, parents and children, all wearing t-shirts that said “we are all human beings,” in protest of the Trump administration’s family separation and detention policy.

Arsenal striker, Iwobi makes Nollywood debut

By News Desk,

Nigeria international and Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi has made a debut in his first film role in the soon to be released ‘Inpadisu.’

The movie, now trending on social media, features Iwobi being pursued all over the place, apparently because of choices he made in the movie.

Iwobi also took to his Instagram page @Alexanderiwobi to confirm his role in the film alongside award-winning actress, Somkele Iyamah.

He shared the thriller and wrote: “Shot my Nollywood debut last month. A movie about choices coming soon.”

Following his confirmation, fans took to Instagram to laud the football star’s versatility and expressed their optimism on the quality production of the film.

@Zedoninho wrote, “Always going hard for Naija. Love it.”

@King_Chynee said, “I am anticipating. UNILAG will definitely rush this one.”

@Temilade said, “Let’s go big Alex, let it out!!! We can’t wait.”

@Riyanoray wrote, “So gassed, still my favourite footballer, even if you are acting.”

Iwobi, who was part of the 23-man team for the 2018 World Cup,  started as a youth international for England, with whom he won the Victory Shield in 2011.

He went on to play for Nigeria and made his senior debut for the Super Eagles on Oct. 8, 2015.

Stevie Wonder, Jesse Jackson visit ailing Aretha Franklin

By News Desk,

Aretha Franklin, the legendary soul singer who has fallen gravely ill, was visited at her Detroit-area home on Tuesday by fellow recording artist Stevie Wonder, U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and ex-husband Glynn Turman, her publicist said.

Franklin, 76, a one-time gospel singer whose reign as the “Queen of Soul” has spanned more than 50 years, is under hospice care at her home, according to publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.

Quinn declined to discuss Franklin’s ailment, but said: “She’s seriously ill.”

The singer, whose hit songs include “Chain of Fools” and “Think,” has a long-standing professional relationship with Wonder, with whom she performed 13 years ago at the Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Pasadena, California.

She and Turman were married from 1978 to 1984.

In her heyday of the 1960 and 1970s, Franklin dominated the music charts with hits including “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” “Baby, I Love You,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “Respect,” a cover of an Otis Redding tune that became a song of empowerment during the U.S. civil rights era.

Franklin’s fans, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, have taken to social media to express their thoughts.

“Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years,” Clinton said in a tweet on Monday night.

Madonna still shocks at 60

By Entertainment Desk,

Whether by brazenly injecting sex in the public sphere, adopting gay subculture for mainstream audiences or becoming the top-selling female musician of all time, Madonna has asserted an incalculable influence.

The pop superstar is turning 60 on August 16 and is again breaking barriers — this time as a mature woman who is still brash, carnal and unapologetic.

Giving new meaning to the term sexagenarian, Madonna openly dates men three decades younger, maintains a svelte figure that would be the envy of most people half her age and on her latest tour put on a characteristically provocative show that simulated most conceivable sex acts.

Madonna is hardly the first female entertainer to stay active while growing older, with singers as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Cher, Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks on stage in their 70s.

But Madonna — who entered pop culture at the same time as MTV — has embodied the cult of youth like few other artists and, while others reinvented themselves or staged nostalgic comebacks, the Material Girl has never gone more than four years without an album since her blockbuster self-titled debut in 1983.

The title of a single off her latest album, “Rebel Heart,” summed up her unwavering attitude: “Bitch, I’m Madonna.”

Freya Jarman, a music scholar at the University of Liverpool who co-edited a book on Madonna, said the pop star has already left her legacy, with younger artists such as Lady Gaga so evidently influenced by her.

But she emphasized that Madonna was now demonstrating a new kind of relevance.

“As an aging, female popular musician who is still so much in the public eye, she is absolutely relevant,” Jarman said.

“Madonna stands out in a way that she always has done, in that she has always been interested in creating a stir which someone like Cher, for my money, does not, really.”

Many stars “seem to fade in and out of focus, while Madonna doesn’t seem to fade out,” Jarman added.

– ‘To age is a sin’ –

Madonna, as throughout her career, has faced harsh commentary as she grows older.

An ex-girlfriend of one of her former lovers, Brazilian model Jesus Luz, branded her a “ridiculous old bag,” while numerous social media users heaped scorn when Madonna locked lips on stage at the Coachella festival with the much-younger Drake.

And tabloids have fixated on Madonna’s hands, one part of the body that can uncharitably betray age.

In a 2016 speech as she accepted an award from music magazine Billboard, Madonna said that society allowed women to be “pretty and cute and sexy” but not to share their opinions — or sexual fantasies.

“Be what men want you to be. But more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men,” she said, describing unwritten rules of the music business.

“And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin. You will be criticized, you will be vilified, and you will definitely not be played on the radio,” said Madonna, likely referring to BBC Radio 1 declining to play one of her recent singles as it pursued a younger audience.

Madonna has persisted in her political outspokenness, delivering a fiery speech to last year’s Women’s March a day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, vowing that women would not accept “this new age of tyranny.”

– Both sexy and maternal –

Madonna has also challenged conceptions of motherhood, adopting four children from Malawi in addition to her biological son and daughter.

Madonna, who last year moved to Lisbon where one of her sons is attending a youth football academy, is marking her 60th birthday by encouraging fans to donate to her charity for children in Malawi.

Even as a mother, Madonna has pursued her relationships. The attention stands in contrast to the comparative societal yawn over older men who date much younger women, with still active stars Mick Jagger and Billy Joel both recently becoming fathers again.

“As a feminist, I would say good for Madonna. If that’s your sexual taste and she can pull it off, she is doing a fantasy that most women either don’t want or can’t do,” said Pepper Schwartz, a sociologist at the University of Washington in Seattle who studies aging and sexuality.

Older women have also enjoyed growing prominence in Hollywood, but their love interests — especially as depicted in films — are rarely younger men.

Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee robbed in Spain

By Entertainment Desk,

A thief who pretended to be Daddy Yankee stole two million euros in jewels from the reggaeton star’s hotel room safe in Spain, his representatives and local media said Thursday.

The 41-year-old singer, best known for his catchy summer dance song “Despacito” which he performs along with fellow Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, “was the victim of a robbery while he was out of his hotel in Valencia” in eastern Spain, his representatives, Nevarez PR, said in a Twitter message.

“No more statements will be given so as to not to hinder the investigation in any way,” Nevarez PR added. The singer himself made no mention of the theft himself on social media, where he has millions of followers.

Ramon Luis Ayala, better known as Daddy Yankee, reported the theft of diamonds and gems from his hotel room safe to police on Tuesday night, online local newspaper Las Provincias reported.

A spokeswoman for local police in Valencia confirmed it was investigating a theft of jewels and cash from a hotel in the Mediterranean city on Tuesday but declined to identify the name of the victim.

According to Las Provincias a man who presented himself as Daddy Yankee, reggaeton’s best-known name, asked a hotel employee to open the safe in the singer’s room. He then took two million euros in jewels from the room.

The man also took jewels and cash from other hotel rooms where members of Daddy Yankee’s crew were staying, according to the paper.

Police questioned Daddy Yankee and his crew, as well as hotel employees and inspected the room, but did not find fingerprints or other clues, it added.

Daddy Yankee gave a concert in Valencia on Sunday as part of a European tour.

Kardashian relationship with boyfriend Bendjima crashes

By News Desk, with Agency Report,

American television personality and socialite Kourtney Kardashian has parted ways with her model boyfriend Younes Bendjima after nearly two years of dating.

Reports say the relationship “didn’t end well” but that Bendjima doesn’t appear to be too heartbroken as he has been seen hanging out with friends on a beach in Mexico.

The 39-year-old Kardashian apparently ended the relationship with Bendjima, 25, and the former couple already unfollowed each other on social media, according to TMZ.

TMZ shared photos of Bendjima reportedly getting cozy with Jordan Ozuna, a former Hooters waitress, during his vacation.

However, Bendjima denied anything was going on between the pair.

“They really want me to be the bad guy,” Bendjima wrote on an Instagram story Tuesday, including a screenshot of a Daily Mail article about his “rebound” girl.

“Can’t I have fun with your friends anymore?”

Bendjima then posted several photos of his friends playing in the sand.

“I’m not attached to this ‘life’ so you can’t touch me,” he continued. “I know who I am, where I’m from and where I’m going and that bothers you; only one opinion matter, the one of my Lord.”

News of the split comes just weeks after Bendjima trolled the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star’s revealing bikini picture on Instagram.

“That’s what you need to show to get likes?” he said in a since-deleted comment.

Many Kardashian fans took issue with Bendjima’s comment, though the model claims it was just a joke, according to Us Weekly.

Kardashian began dating Bendjima in 2016 after years of on-again-off-again romance with Disick, with whom she shares three children, Mason, 8, Penelope, 6, and Reign, 3.