|Posted by GOGITTAJ on February 12, 2012 at 4:10 AM||comments (0)|
Legendary pop singer Whitney Houston was found dead Saturday at a Beverly Hills, California, hotel, officials said. She was 48.
The entertainer, whose incredible talent was discovered at an early age, was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. (6:55 p.m. ET) at the Beverly Hilton hotel despite resuscitation efforts, a police spokesman said.
Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said there were "no obvious signs of criminal intent" and that the cause of her death is being investigated.
Houston's bodyguard found her body, said Courtney Barnes, publicist for hip-hop artist Ray J, who was dating the pop diva.
According to her official website, Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos. But she also struggled with addiction problems over the years.
Houston, whose hits included "The Greatest Love of All," died on the eve of the 54th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She had performed as late as Thursday night at a pre-Grammy event in the area. A pre-Grammy party was scheduled Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton.
|Posted by GOGITTAJ on February 6, 2012 at 11:00 PM||comments (0)|
Soul Train creator Don Cornelius' son has suggested ill health and a messy divorce triggered his father's apparent suicide.
The beloved U.S. TV personality was found dead at his home in Sherman Oaks, California last week (01Feb12) after reportedly shooting himself.
His death comes after a messy divorce from wife Victoria in 2009, during which he was battling severe health issues. A judge granted him a quickie divorce after he wrote in court papers, "I am 72 years old. I have significant health issues. I want to finalise this divorce before I die."
Now his son Tony has opened up about the problems the star faced before his passing, suggesting these could have prompted him to take his own life.
Tony Cornelius tells The Hollywood Reporter, "He was not feeling well so it's really hard to say why my dad decided he had had enough. It's just one of those things. You just never know what someone is thinking. I can tell you due to health, things like divorce and relationships, there's all kinds of things that may trigger a reaction like that. But as his son, as one who was really close, I can't tell you (why)."
Tony is adamant his father did not seem depressed in the days leading up to his death, adding, "There were no signs of anything like that. Many people can tell you they spoke to him, they talked to him, he was smiling when they saw him."
|Posted by GOGITTAJ on February 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM||comments (0)|
Comedian Patrice O’Neal died Monday night after suffering a stroke in late October, his friends confirm.
He was 41.
The “Opie and Anthony” radio show, where O’Neal was a frequent guest, confirmed the sad news on Twitter Tuesday.
"Yes it's true that our pal Patrice O'Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I've ever known PERIOD. #devastated" host Opie tweeted.
O’Neal, a long-time fixture in the New York comedy scene, was a diabetic.
Comedian Jim Norton was the first to reveal the initial news of O’Neal’s stroke two months ago.
|Posted by GOGITTAJ on February 5, 2012 at 10:15 PM||comments (0)|
Eli Manning and the Giants one-upped Tom Brady and the Patriots again, coming back with a last-minute score to beat New England 21-17 Sunday night for New York's fourth Super Bowl title.
It was a rematch of the 2008 NFL championship, when Manning led New York past New England to ruin the Patriots' bid for a perfect season.
This was the first Super Bowl with two starting quarterbacks who previously won the big game's MVP award — and they took turns being brilliant. Manning became the first QB to open a Super Bowl with nine consecutive completions. Later, Brady put together a run of 16 completions in a row, breaking another Super Bowl mark.
But in the end, it was Manning — who was selected as the MVP — who directed the nine-play, 88-yard drive that put New York ahead.
Ahmad Bradshaw capped the winning drive with a 6-yard run up the middle. He wanted to stop at the 1-yard line but fell backward into the end zone.
Less than a minute later it came down to one last play, when Tom Brady's long heave into the end zone fell incomplete among a maze of players.
New England had the ball for all of one play in the first 11 1-2 minutes, and that play was an utter failure, a rare poor decision by Brady. After Steve Weatherford's punt was downed at the New England 6, Brady dropped to pass in the end zone and had time. With everyone covered and Giants defensive end Justin Tuck finally coming free to provide pressure, Brady heaved the ball downfield while still in the pocket.
Only problem: No Patriots receivers were anywhere near the pass. The Giants were awarded a safety for Brady's grounding in the end zone.
Manning, meanwhile, couldn't have been more on target early, hitting six receivers in the first period, completing his first nine throws, a Super Bowl record. He also was aided by Ahmad Bradshaw, who hardly looked like a running back with a bad foot. Bradshaw broke a 24-yard run, and New England made another critical mistake by having 12 men on the field on a third-and-3 on which the Giants fumbled.
Instead, New York got a first down at the 6, and two plays later Victor Cruz beat James Ihedigbo on a slant to make it 9-0, prompting Cruz to break into his signature salsa move.
Manning's first incompletion didn't come until 1:19 into the second quarter.
At that point, it was 9-3 after Stephen Gostkowski's 29-yard field goal. The Patriots got to the Giants' 11, but All-Pro DE Jason Pierre-Paul blocked a third-down pass.
Soon after, when the Patriots had a three-and-out and Pierre-Paul blocked another throw, Belichick and offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien had a quick discussion. Then O'Brien, soon to take over as Penn State coach, went over to the struggling Brady.
The talk must have helped. On the final series of the opening half, Brady was masterful. Starting at his 4, and ignoring the last time the Patriots began a series in the shadow of the end zone, he was vintage Brady.
With New York's vaunted pass rush disappearing, Brady went 10-for-10 for 98 yards, capping the drive that included two Patriots penalties with Woodhead's 4-yard TD reception with 8 seconds to go in the half. Hernandez and Woodhead each had four catches on the drive that, stunningly, put New England ahead despite being outplayed for so much of the first 30 minutes.
Brady kept firing — and hitting — in the third quarter, with five more completions. The Giants didn't come within shouting distance of the record-setting quarterback. He capped a 79-yard drive to open the second half with a 12-yard TD to Hernandez, but then the game turned. Again.
Consecutive field goals by Lawrence Tynes of 38 and 33 yards brought New York within 17-15. Brady then threw deep for his tight end after weaving away from two pass rushers. His throw was short, and Chase Blackburn picked it off early in the fourth quarter.
Although the Giants moved into New England territory again, as they did on every drive to that point, they bogged down and punted.
|Posted by GOGITTAJ on February 5, 2012 at 3:45 AM||comments (0)|
Two-time Grammy Award winner T-Pain is hosting this year’s incarnation of the “Your Next Record” contest, presented by Guitar Center and several sponsors.
The rapper/singer will be joining artists like Travis Barker, Country singer Keith Urban, and iconic guitarist Slash, who previously partook and hosted the competition in years past.
Complex reached out to Pain and asked how he would go about picking the winner for the contest. He responded, “Me and Young Fyre, we’re going to literally just take days and listen to all the music. I’m just looking for something new, you know? Something I’ve never heard before.”
The contest prize for the winner includes:
A three-song EP produced by Young Fyre
T-Pain as co-writer and co-producer of your single
Complete Pro Tools HD Native recording studio
Akai MPC 5000 music production center
New gear and products from Shure, Izotope, and Rockstar Energy Drink
Worldwide music distribution from Tunecore
All submissions for the “Your Next Record” contest will be accepted until April 4 at www.YourNextRecord.com
|Posted by GOGITTAJ on February 5, 2012 at 3:15 AM||comments (0)|
2011′s Grammy Award-winning album by Eminem, Recovery, was officially certified 4x platinum
Recovery exploded on the charts in June of 2010 when it sold over 750,000 copies in its first week.
The album, which was executive produced by Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Paul Rosenberg, contained a wide range of tracks that made their way across both Urban and Pop radio for most of 2010 and 2011 off of the sound and success of the hit singles “Not Afraid,” the Rihanna-assisted “Love The Way You Lie,” and “No Love” which featured Lil Wayne.
In 2011, Eminem released Hell: The Sequel, a collaborative album between himself and Royce Da 5’9″. The two went under the monikers of Bad and Evil for the album, playing off of their acclaimed song from Em’s 1999 album The Slim Shady LP, which featured Royce on the song “Bad Meets Evil,” for which the newly released album was named.
Eminem is currently helping to put some finishing touches on the upcoming Slaughterhouse album, which is scheduled for release this May, as well as his own currently untitled ninth studio album.