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Unlike Harrison Ford, These Stars Didn't Survive Their Plane Crashes

3/7/2015 6:06pm EST
10 Musicians Who Died In Plane Crashes
Everyone's been talking about Harrison Ford's plane crash. The actor probably saved some lives when he crash landed his vintage aircraft on a golf course on March 5, 2015. The plane's engine failed, but the star's flying experience and quick thinking helped him land without crashing into any nearby homes.

Ford was lucky. He survived the crash and suffered just a broken pelvis and ankle. Other stars haven't been as fortunate. Musicians are high on the list of those killed in plane crashes, probably because they frequently tour the world to perform for their legions of fans.

R&B star Aaliya...

Music Producer Slams Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic

11/17/2014 1:11pm EST
Timbaland Angry Over 'Bulls**t' Aaliyah Movie
Timbaland expressed his extreme displeasure over Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic over the weekend by blasting the made-for-TV movie on social media. The producer was close friends with the singer prior to her death at age 22 from a plane crash in 2001.

Timbaland posted an advertisement for the film on Instagram with the caption, "Hope yall not watching this!!!!!!!!" He also reposted various fan-made memes, including a fake poster for a biopic of R&B star Ginuwine that featured a picture of director/actor Tyler Perry with the words, "Lifetime be like - 'close enough!'" He posted a photo of singer...

Top 10 Highly-Anticipated Celeb Biopics

11/16/2014 6:00pm EST
So far this year Hollywood has given us the James Brown, Britney Murphy and Cesar Chavez biopics. (Bet you’d never thought you’d see those three personas looped together, did ya?) Brace yourself, La La land’s conveyor belt of biography films on the big and small screen will move next to R&B princess Aaliyah (premiering on Lifetime this weekend) followed by Angela Bassett’s take on Whitney Houston. Considering this trend shows no signs of slowing down we've compiled a list of the top 10 Highly-Anticipated celeb biopics that need to be made, like, right now.

Frank Sinatra

The rumors of ...

Newcomer, Unknown Cast As Timbaland & Missy Elliott In Aaliyah Biopic

8/11/2014 8:17am EDT
Newcomer, Unknown Cast As Timbaland & Missy Elliott In Aaliyah B
Canadian actor Izaak Smith and newcomer Chattrisse Dolabaille have been cast to producer Timbaland and rapper Missy Elliott in the upcoming Lifetime Aaliyah biopic.

Smith starred in "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" and "Mirror, Mirror." Dolabaille is making her professional debut in "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B."

Fans aren't exactly thrilled with the casting and have voiced their concerns online. Several have complained that the light-skinned Dolabaille looks nothing like Elliott, who is known for being short and on the heavier side.

One Twitter user wrote, "Whoever is d...

Zendaya Coleman Congratulates Alexandra Shipp On Landing Aaliyah Role

7/19/2014 3:20pm EDT
Zendaya Coleman
Zendaya Coleman is backing Nickleodeon star Alexandra Shipp for the lead role in the upcoming Aaliyah biopic. Coleman was originally hired to play the late R&B singer in a TV movie about her life, but she dropped out over fan backlash and because the project "felt a little rushed."

Aaliyah fans slammed Coleman's casting, insisting she was not right for the role. Coleman congratulated Shipp, and wished her luck on the new role.

She says, "Congratulations to the new woman playing Aaliyah. I only hope that she does not have to deal with half the haters that I had to deal with. And remember...

Alexandra Shipp To Play Aaliyah

7/19/2014 8:52am EDT
Alexandra Shipp Replaces Zendaya Coleman In Aaliyah Biopic
Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp is replacing Zendaya Coleman in the upcoming made-for-television film about singer Aaliyah. Coleman dropped out of the project in June after fans complained she looked nothing like the late R&B star.

Coleman said at the time of her casting: "She's been an inspiration and influence in my whole career, her talent still shines brighter then ever, all I wanna do is honor her... Show how much she accomplished in only 22 years....she's beautiful inside and there will never be another Aaliyah."

Lifetime boses put the film on hold while seeking a new actress, bu...

Zendaya Coleman Criticized Over Casting As Late Singer Aaliyah

6/18/2014 12:35pm EDT
Zendaya Coleman
Zendaya Coleman has defended her casting in an upcoming TV movie about late singer Aaliyah following a backlash on social media.

The Disney star is set to portray the singer, who was killed at 22 in a plane crash while she was leaving the Bahamas following a video shoot, in Lifetime's "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B."

Zendaya was criticized for her looks as opposed to her acting chops, because she looks "nothing like" Aaliyah; and she defended herself via Twitter.

"She's been an inspiration and influence in my whole career, her talent still shines brighter then ever, all I wanna do is honor he...

Zendaya Coleman To Portray Late R&B Singer Aaliya In Lifetime Movie

6/17/2014 10:13pm EDT
Teen star Zendaya Coleman is set to star in a new Lifetime movie about late R&B singer Aaliyah.

Zendaya will portray the singer in "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B," which will be adapted from author Christopher Farley's biography of the late singer, titled "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman."

Zendaya will re-record four of Aaliya's singles for the film, which will chronicle her career from her first appearance on TV's "Star Search" in 1989, when she was just 10-years-old, through her rise to fame, according to Variety magazine.

Tragically, Aaliya was killed in a plane crash in 2001 while leaving the ...

The 25 Best Posthumous Albums Ever

5/26/2014 9:00am EDT
Notorious BIG
Just because an artist dies doesn't mean their music has to. These posthumous albums prove some musicians continue to have a lasting effect long after they're gone. In no particular order, here are the 25 Best Postumous Albums Ever.

Notorious BIG - Life After Death
This ironically-titled album was the first posthumous work to score two #1 singles on Billboard. It was released only a few weeks after the rapper was killed in drive-by shooting. Mo Money Mo Problems and Hypnotize helped BIG break into popular music and introduced the world to Sean Combs.

Jimi Hendrix - The Cry of ...

Chris Brown Blasts 'Incompetent' Managers On Twitter

5/28/2013 3:07pm EDT
Chris Brown
Chris Brown has blamed his managers for a change in the release date of her new single - and publically aired his grievances on Twitter.

Brown took to the social service to inform his fans that his new single's release date had been moved, and he was not happy about it. He wrote in a series of posts, "My management is so incompetent at times that they don't communicate. So... Blame these wack n--gas for the release being moved. I'll keep yall posted. They got me looking crazy. Video/single will be released soon. Not gonna tell y'all an exact date becuz I keep getting false info." 

It's be...

Aaliyah's Family Not Supporting Drake's Collaboration With Singer

8/9/2012 10:26am EDT
Aaliyah's family members aren't supporting Drake's new album, which features unheard samples of the R&B star, who died in plane crash in 2001.

On Sunday, Drake debuted his new song "Enough Said" online and at the OVO Festival in Canada, but Aaliyah's family are not behind it. Her brother Rashad Haughton commented, "There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family."

However, the family is considering releasing an official posthumous album. Her official Facebook page included the post: "Do you want an AALIYAH album? If so, who should executive produce it or be...

Drake Debuts Song With Aaliyah, May Produce Her Next Posthumous Album

8/7/2012 8:34am EDT
Eleven years after her death in a plane crash, Drake released an official colloboration with Aaliyah on his website and at the OVO Festival in Toronto, Canada.

"Enough Said" features unreleased vocals from the singer, who died at age 22 in 2001.

The recording artist is reportedly expected to executive produce Aaliyah's upcoming posthumous album. According to HipHopDX, details surrounding the project are scarce; however, in March, producer Jeffrey "J. Dub" Walker said an unreleased song titled "Steady Ground" will appear on the project.

Drake is a big fan of the star and even has her name...

Sex Tape Scandal, Aaliyah Not Mentioned In R. Kelly's New Memoir

6/29/2012 12:55pm EDT
R Kelly
R. Kelly's autobiography "Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me" comes out this week with one glaring omission: there's no mention of his infamous sex tape, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

In February 2002, a sex tape was delivered anonymously to the Sun-Times' offices. They handed it to police because it seemed an underage female appeared on it. Kelly had to go to court, but he was acquitted after the judge ruled that the prosecution could not introduce as evidence photographs found on a digital camera during a raid at the singer's home in Davenport, Florida.

The singer had vowed to detail ...

Celebrity Birthdays - January 16, 2012

1/16/2012 3:00am EST
Happy Birthday to:

Nigerian born jazz/soul singer Sade (1959)

Actress Yvonne Zima (1989)

Actor Mason Gamble (1986)

The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi (1981)

R & B singer Aaliyah (1979; d. 2001)

'Waif' model Kate Moss (1974)

"Fame" choreographer/actress Debbie Allen (1950)

Horror film director John Carpenter (1948)

Country singer Ronnie Milsap (1944)

Actress/singer Ethel Merman (1908; d. 1984)

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DMX Welcomes His 10th Baby, Daughter Aaliyah

9/6/2011 8:30am EDT
Rapper DMX has named his 10th child after tragic singer Aaliyah.

The little girl was born earlier this year while DMX was behind bars serving time for a probation violation - and the newly-released hip-hop star showed his little girl off last week as friends and family of her namesake mourned the 10th anniversary of Aaliyah's death.

Appearing on BET show 106 and Park, DMX introduced his newborn daughter, stating, "This is Aaliyah. She is my newest baby. I named her after Aaliyah because that's how special she was to me... Know that you are named after an angel."

DMX, real name Earl Simmo...

Missy Elliott Pays Tribute To Aaliyah

8/25/2010 11:47am EDT
Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott has paid tribute to her late friend Aaliyah on the ninth anniversary of the R&B star's death.

The Try Again hit-maker was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas on August 25th 2001 at the age of 22, shortly after the release of her third album and just as she was launching herself as a Hollywood actress. Elliott collaborated with Aaliyah many times throughout her tragically short career and insists she still misses her friend nearly a decade after her death.

She tells, "There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of (Aaliyah) or watch a video or play her musi...

The-Dream Defends His Aaliyah Cover

5/19/2010 2:30pm EDT
R&B singer The-Dream has defended his decision to remake a song by the late Aaliyah, insisting he recorded the track because he still "really misses" the star.

The-Dream, real name Terius Youngdell Nash, released his version of the 1996 hit One In A Million on Tuesday and was subsequently accused of disrespecting Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash in 2001.

However, he's adamant he had the best intentions when he covered the song.

In a series of posts on his page, he writes, "No one will ever sing Aaliyah's One In A Million like she did! Definitely not me. I did that becaus...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 16

1/16/2010 3:00am EST
Happy Birthday to:

R&B singer Aaliyah (1979; d. 2001)

Waif model Kate Moss (1974)

Nigerian born jazz/soul singer Sade (1959)

"Fame" choreographer/actress Debbie Allen (1950)

Horror film director John Carpenter (1948)

Country singer Ronnie Milsap (1944)

Actress/singer Ethel Merman (1908; d. 1984)

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Hottest Vampires

11/19/2009 1:38pm EST
The Top Hottest Vampires
Forget werewolves and witches, vampires have taken a bite out of pop culture and they're not going down without a fight. From films to fashion, gorgeous bloodsuckers are everywhere and causing a major heat wave as the biggest trend of 2009. Twilight may have caused thousands of teenagers to join Team Edward, but these seductive creatures have been captivating audiences for decades.

What's not to love about them? They're forever young, enchanting, seemingly unattainable, sometimes romantic, and always amazing in the sack. Some are tortured, while others just enjoy a good bloodbath. Fortu...

Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

7/1/2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...

25 Surprise Celebrity Deaths That Rocked Us All

4/7/2009 9:10am EDT
Natasha Richardson
Actress Natasha Richardson's unexpected death in a skiing accident late last month stunned and saddened the public. The usually overzealous media even seemed to tread lightly, gently reporting a story it never expected to tell. For a culture that values and admires celebrity, the death of vibrant public figures with potential yet to fulfill serves as a harsh reminder that despite glamour, talent and seemingly charmed lives, all of us are mortal. Whether on screens big or small, over the radio airwaves or in bright vivid color on canvas, the sudden passing of an entertainer can feel like the...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 16

1/16/2009 3:00am EST
Happy Birthday to baseball MVP Albert Pujols (1980), R&B singer Aaliyah (1979; d. 2001), waifish model Kate Moss (1974), Nigerian born jazz/soul singer Sade (1959), "Fame" choreographer/actress Debbie Allen (1950), horror film director John Carpenter (1948), country singer Ronnie Milsap (1944) baseball player Dizzy Dean (1910; d. 1974), and actress/singer Ethel Merman (1908; d. 1984).

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Check Out Varsity Fanclub's Pool Party

9/18/2008 7:30pm EDT
Varsity Fanclub
It is a widely accepted tenet in pop music that every generation needs its own young stars to scream for. So is it really surprising that a new group of fresh-faced young men have begun to make a footprint on the pop landscape? Even old-timers New Kids on the Block have reunited more than a decade after 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys ruled the charts. Clearly the members of NKOTB recognized that few people (even those of us old enough to own "Hangin' Tough" on vinyl), can resist the simple pleasure of five talented, upbeat guys singing and dancing in unison. It's been true since the Jackson 5 ...

Slideshow: Sexy African-American Ladies of Music

8/12/2008 8:45am EDT
There's something incredibly sexy about a woman who can sing. No one can deny that these women are beautiful and confident, and they definitely demonstrate it on stage:


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New Live CD/DVD From The Gossip, 'Live In Liverpool,' Out April 15

4/10/2008 7:00pm EDT
Recorded live in concert on July 9, 2007, Gossip - Live In Liverpool brilliantly captures and focuses the stunning ferocity, energy and intensity at the heart of Gossip's groundbreaking meld of sound and politics. This incendiary concert showcase breaks out definitive performances of Gossip signature tunes including the band's UK #1 Indie chart-topping smash, "Standing In The Way Of Control"; the UK Top 40 hit, "Listen Up"; and the #3 UK Indie track, "Jealous Girls" in addition to delightfully provocative covers of Wham!'s "Careless Whisper" and Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?"


Celebrity Birthdays, January 16

1/16/2008 3:00am EST
Happy Birthday to baseball MVP Albert Pujols (1980), R&B singer Aaliyah (1979; d. 2001), waifish model Kate Moss (1974), Nigerian born jazz/soul singer Sade (1959), "Fame" choreographer/actress Debbie Allen (1950), horror film director John Carpenter (1948), country singer Ronnie Milsap (1944) baseball player Dizzy Dean (1910; d. 1974), and actress/singer Ethel Merman (1908; d. 1984).

That Was The Week That Was For Aug. 26-Sept. 1

8/26/2007 8:15am EDT
The Beatles
Entertainment highlights during the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1:

1961: Motown released its first No. 1 hit, ''Please Mr. Postman'' by The Marvelettes.

1968: The Beatles released ''Hey Jude'' as a single.

1974: The last episode of ''The Brady Bunch'' aired on ABC.

1982: Actress Ingrid Bergman died of cancer.

1987: The album ''Bad'' by Michael Jackson was released in North America. It was the long-awaited follow-up to ''Thriller.''

1990: Garth Brooks released his album ''No Fences.''

1991: Randy Newman won an Emmy Award for writing music for the TV show ''Cop Ro...

That Was The Week That Was For Aug. 19-25

8/19/2007 8:33am EDT
Entertainment highlights during the week of Aug. 19-25:

1956: The Five Satins made their debut on the R&B charts with ''In the Still of the Night.''

1960: Connie Francis made her acting debut when filming began on the movie ''Where the Boys Are.''

1962: John Lennon and Cynthia Powell got married in Liverpool, England. She filed for divorce in 1968.

1977: Comedian Groucho Marx died in Los Angeles. He was 86.

1981: Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the shooting death of John Lennon in New York.

1986: Paul Simon's ''Graceland'' LP ...

Check Out Johnta Austin's New Single, 'Video,' From His Debut Album, In Stores Sept. 4

8/14/2007 8:00pm EDT
Johnta Austin
His name is already familiar to record buyers who make note of the songwriting credits on major hit records by such superstar artists as Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. Music industry insiders know him as the Grammy-winning 'go-to' writer which is why the legendary Whitney Houston, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, global multi-platinum artist Usher and hitmaker Chris Brown have tracks on forthcoming projects by this unassuming Atlanta native. While he may have spent the last eight years behind the scenes, penning songs for the likes of Toni Braxton, Tyrese, Enrique Iglesias, Ginuwine, Aaliyah,...

Johnta Austin To Release Debut Album, 'Ocean Drive,' September 4

7/4/2007 4:00pm EDT
Johnta Austin
(New York, NY) - As the singular most successful songwriter at work today-– whose tunes have been brought to the top of the charts by Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and at least 50 more artists over the last decade, including Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson, Usher, Chris Brown, Toni Braxton, Tyrese, Enrique Iglesias, Aaliyah, Faith Evans, B2K, Ciara, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, and Mario – what do you deliver for an encore, after winning the Best R&B Song Grammy Award for the past two consecutive years?

In the case of 26-year old Atlanta native Johnta (pronounced "John-...