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9 Music Videos Once Considered Controversial

April 17th, 2014 5:03pm EDT
Fiona Apple
Entertainment boundaries change all the time and while musicians have always been provocateurs, some of their music videos end up laughably formulaic after a few years. Here are 9 music videos once considered controversial.

Criminal - Fiona Apple. The song that made Fiona a hit in 1997 was attached to a dim music video that seemed to follow heroin addicts. The frail singer drapes herself across furniture and in bathtubs in various states of undress. When it was released, critics saw it as an advertisement for drug use and even child porn thanks to Apple's slight stature.

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Erykah Badu is new face of Givenchy

December 11th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Erykah Badu
R&B star Erykah Badu has been named the new face of fashion house Givenchy.

The singer will front the luxury label's upcoming 2014 spring campaign.

The company's creative director, Riccardo Tisci, has praised Badu for her unique style, insisting she was an obvious choice for the new collection, which boasts a combination of African and Japanese influences.

Tisci tells Style.com, "Erykah, she's an icon - come on! What I want to do with my advertising campaign is spread the love. Already now it's been three seasons that I've been using people that express something - they are great artists...
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From Apple To Zowie: The Craziest Celebrity Baby Names

October 21st, 2012 3:14pm EDT
Ashlee Simpson
Uma Thurman and her French financier boyfriend Arpad Busson revealed the name of their newborn baby girl this week, and the tot's title is a mouthful.

Not content with the typical first/middle/last -- or in this case hyphenated last -- name, the little girl surely has a challenging future ahead of her when it comes to filling out any types of forms.

The couple named their three-month-old Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson. Where they got her nickname, "Luna," from is a mystery; but their rep says each name has a special reason and meaning.

But Uma and Arpad -- who ...
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Wayne Coyne Explains Raunchy Flaming Lips Video Featuring A Very Naked Erykah Badu

June 8th, 2012 1:09am EDT
Wayne Coyne
Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne is attempting to patch up his friendship with R&B star Erykah Badu via Twitter.com after upsetting the singer by prematurely releasing the disturbing video accompanying their "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" collaboration.

In the slow-motion promo, the "On & On" singer writhes around naked in a bathtub while singing the Roberta Flack love song. Close-up shots appear to show her rubbing white paste, a blood-like liquid and glitter over her bare breasts, buttocks and genitals, although it's unclear whether the footage is of her or her sister Nayrok, who...
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Erykah Badu Banned From Performing In Malaysia

February 28th, 2012 9:07am EST
Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu has been banned from performing a concert in Malaysia after officials reportedly objected to a photograph of the singer sporting religious body art.

The R&B star arrived in the Asian country this weekend ahead of a performance in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, and a local newspaper ran a promotional photograph of the star with a number of Arabic and Hebrew symbols painted on her chest.

The picture caused outrage among notoriously conservative government officials, who have now forbidden the singer to take to the stage, according to the Associated Press.

Badu can reportedly rem...
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Taraji P. Henson & Tatyana Ali Win 'Black Girls Rock' Awards

October 18th, 2011 8:53am EDT
Taraji P Henson
Taraji P. Henson and singer/actress Tatyana Ali were among the honorees at Saturday night's sixth annual Black Girls Rock Awards.

Henson picked up the "Star Power Award" while Ali was named the "Young, Gifted & Black Award" recipient.

The New York City party, which was hosted by Diana Ross' daughter Tracee and Regina King, featured performances by Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Mary Mary, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.
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Kanye West Dedicates Coachella Set To His Late Mother

April 18th, 2011 8:30am EDT
Kanye West
Kanye West ended this weekend's Coachella music festival on a poignant note by dedicating his headline set to his late mother.

The rapper took to the stage on Sunday night to bring the Indio, California event to a close following three days of performances from bands including Arcade Fire and The Strokes. West began the show suspended high above the crowd on a futuristic crane, performing his first track, Power, as he was carried to the main stage, where he was greeted by 30 ballet dancers.

He went on to thrill spectators with hits including Gold Digger, Stronger and Love Lockdown, whil...
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Snoop Dogg Leads The Tributes To Nate Dogg

March 16th, 2011 10:32am EDT
Snoop Dogg
Stars of hip-hop including Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ludacris and The Game have paid tribute to rapper/singer Nate Dogg, who died on Tuesday after a lengthy battle with ill health.

The 41 year old passed away in Long Beach, California, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to his family. The cause of his death is not yet known, but the hip-hop star spent the last few years struggling to recover from a series of strokes, which paralyzed him down the left side of his body.

Snoop Dogg has now spoken of his devastation following the tragic news, insisting his longtime friend and form...
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Prince's Super Bowl Show Axed

February 6th, 2011 11:23am EST
Prince
A Super Bowl benefit show starring Prince and Erykah Badu was canceled shortly before it was due to begin on Friday after financial backing for the concert collapsed.

Fans flocked to buy tickets for TheEvent fundraiser, organised by The Goss-Michael Foundation, an arts group founded by British singer George Michael and his longtime partner, Kenny Goss.

Organisers of the gig, in Dallas, Texas, announced that the show had switched venues, before stunning concertgoers by axing the show altogether late on Friday.

Joyce Goss, executive director of the foundation, tells the Dallas News, "We fa...
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Kanye West Headlining Coachella 2011

January 20th, 2011 9:35am EST
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Listen up music lovers! The Coachella 2011 line-up has officially been revealed and Starpulse is giving you a first look! Headlining this year's 3-day festival will be none other than Mr. Kanye West himself, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire and The Strokes. Other bands set to perform in the modern-day-woodstock include Mumford & Sons, Neon Trees, Jimmy Eat World, Cee Lo Green and many, many more. The festival will take place in sunny Indio, CA on April 15th-17th and will host some of the hottest industry parties of the year. We can't wait to see which celebrities attend and what juicy gossip come...
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Alicia Keys & Usher Lead Soul Train Nominations

October 18th, 2010 10:25pm EDT
Alicia Keys
New mom Alicia Keys has something else to celebrate after learning she has been nominated for four Soul Train Awards.

The "No One" singer gave birth to her first child, Egypt, on Friday, and now she's leading the way at the soul and R&B prizegiving, which is due to take place in Atlanta, Georgia on November 10.

Usher also landed four nominations, while Drake scored three. Monica, Nicki Minaj and Sade were among the double nominees.

Ronald Isley and Anita Baker will be the recipients of special career achievement awards at the event, which will be hosted by "Hustle & Flow" co-stars Terren...
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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Given The 'Green Light' At Cypress Hill Festival

October 14th, 2010 10:02am EDT
Cypress Hill
Rappers Cypress Hill have scored a coup at their upcoming SmokeOut festival in California - the owners of a medical marijuana dispensary will be in business on site.

The group will take the stage alongside MGMT, Incubus and Erykah Badu, among others, at the event in San Bernardino on Saturday, but the live music won't be the major talking point. Peace in Medicine bosses have been given permission to sell pot onsite. Promoter Chang Weisberg tells Spinner.com he's convinced his festival will lead the way to all major musical events becoming marijuana-friendly sites.

He says, "It's not too...
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Erykah Badu Fined $500 For Her Video Striptease

August 17th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Erykah Badu
Soul star Erykah Badu has been handed six months probation and fined $500 after she was convicted on a charge of disorderly conduct for stripping in public during a controversial video shoot.

The Bag Lady hit-maker performed a full striptease in front of stunned strangers as she walked along Dealey Plaza, a tourist hotspot in Dallas, Texas where former president John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The stunt, which took place in March, was filmed for her Window Seat promo.

However, Badu was charged with disorderly conduct after a female witness complained to cops about the singer's actions...
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Maxwell Cancels Tour

June 17th, 2010 11:00am EDT
Maxwell
Soul star Maxwell has cancelled the second half of his U.S. tour with Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, citing "scheduling conflicts."

The singer will play all of his dates up to and including sold out concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden on June 25th and 26th, but he has postponed the entire second leg of the trek. He was due to perform 11 shows between June 28th and July 15th, taking in cities such as Nashville, Tennessee and Boston, Massachusetts, but the gigs will now take place next year.

It has been rumored the star scrapped the shows after falling out with his warm-up acts, Sco...
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Sarah Mclachlan's First Studio Album In 7 Years, 'Laws Of Illusion,' Out June 15

May 8th, 2010 3:15pm EDT
Sarah McLachlan
Multi-platinum and Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan is scheduled to release her first studio album of new material in 7 years "Laws Of Illusion" on June 15th on Arista Records. The album was recorded in Montreal and Vancouver with Sarah's longtime collaborator/producer Pierre Marchand. Sarah's new album "Laws Of Illusion" will be released just weeks in advance of the kick off to Lilith Fair 2010, the historic all women touring festival, founded by McLachlan, which became one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world.

The album's first single "Loving You i...
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Erykah Badu Pleads Not Guilty To Disorderly Conduct

April 30th, 2010 8:24am EDT
Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu has pleaded not guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct after a female bystander made an official complaint about the singer's public nudity during a controversial video shoot.

The R&B star performed a full striptease in front of stunned strangers as she walked along Dealey Plaza, a tourist hotspot in Dallas, Texas where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The footage appears in her new Window Seat promo.

One woman who watched Badu bare all complained to cops, and Dallas police officials charged the star with disorderly conduct.

However, Badu is adamant she didn't...
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Rihanna Joins Lilith Fair

April 12th, 2010 10:22pm EDT
Rihanna
Rihanna has added her name to music's biggest show of girl power - she'll be part of this summer's Lilith Fair festival tour.

The R&B star will make a special appearance at Lilith's Salt Lake City concert in Utah on July 12.

The 36-city tour will commence in Calgary, Canada on June 27 feature acts including Lilith Fair co-founder Sarah McLachlan, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Beth Orton, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige and Sheryl Crow.

Rihanna's Lilith date will come during her upcoming Last Girl On Earth North American tour.

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Soundgarden Return To Rock Lollapalooza

April 6th, 2010 7:30pm EDT
Chris Cornell
Soundgarden will mark their rock reunion by headlining the 2010 Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, Illinois this summer - 12 years after they split.

The group has been confirmed to join Lady GaGa and Green Day on the top billing for the weekend event in August, months after frontman Chris Cornell hinted that the Black Hole Sun hit-makers were planning a comeback in a post on his own website and his Twitter.com blog on New Year's Day.

Announcing the news on their official website, singer Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron write, "Soundgarden will ...
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Erykah Badu: 'My Video Was Grossly Misunderstood'

April 6th, 2010 9:08am EDT
Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu has defended her decision to appear naked in her controversial new music video, insisting it was "grossly misunderstood all over America."

The R&B star caused a stir after shooting the clip for Window Seat, in which she performed a full striptease in front of stunned strangers as she walked along Dallas, Texas' Dealey Plaza - the street where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

However, the singer insists she had no intention of insulting the politician's memory.

Appearing on The Wanda Sykes Show, Badu says, "My point was grossly misunderstood all over America. J.F....
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Erykah Badu Feared Kids Would Be 'Traumatized' By Her Naked Video Shoot

April 2nd, 2010 8:17am EDT
Erykah Badu
"There were children there. I prayed they wouldnt b traumatized. (People were) yelling, THIS IS A PUBLIC PLACE : YOU OUGHTA BE ASHAMED : PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON : DAMN GIRL! etc..." Erykah Badu on her controversial new "Window Seat" video, in which she strips off while walking along the Dallas, Texas street where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Erykah tried to get arrested by cops during the shoot. She deliberately attempted to get seized by police officers for filming without a permit. The promo's producers, duo Coodie and Chike, even had bail money on hand to free Badu from the...
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Erykah Badu Planned Her Own Arrest For Her Naked Video (See Video Here)

March 31st, 2010 8:55am EDT
Erykah Badu
Provocative R&B star Erykah Badu planned to film the world's most controversial music video - she tried to get arrested by cops during the shoot.

The singer/songwriter rips off her clothes in front of complete strangers in the promo for Window Seat, which was filmed in public at Dealey Plaza, the tourist hotspot in Dallas, Texas, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

However, she was hoping for some even more headline-grabbing scenes - she deliberately attempted to get seized by police officers for filming without a permit. The promo's producers, duo Coodie and Chike...
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2009: The Year Of Celebrity Tweeters

December 29th, 2009 1:20pm EST
Celebrity Twitters
Twitter founder, Jack Dorsey, could not have possibly imagined the impact that the free social-networking site would come to have in the world of social celebrity media. The internet application has become the accepted popularized means by which celebs can quickly connect and communicate with their fans, via daily forwarded sms messages known as tweets on the site, making 2009 the year of Twitter. Check out our list of celebrity tweeters of 09'.

Ashton Kutcher

Actor Ashton Kutcher sure knows how to pull in a crowd. His celebrity pull has him as the #1 followed user on Twitter wi...
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Beyonce Is A Triple Threat At Soul Train Awards

November 4th, 2009 3:22pm EST
Beyonce At Soul Train Awards
Beyonce ruled the 2009 Soul Train Awards on Tuesday after taking home three top prizes at the ceremony. The Irreplaceable superstar was named Best Female R&B/Soul Artist, while her track Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) claimed the Song of the Year accolade and her album I Am... Sasha Fierce landed her the honor for Album of the Year.

However, Beyonce lost out on the prestigious Record of the Year title - that went to Jamie Foxx for his T-Pain collaboration Blame It.

Meanwhile, singer/songwriter Keri Hilson was a double winner at the Atlanta, Georgia ceremony, walking away with the ...
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Norah Jones' New Album, 'The Fall', Due Nov. 17

September 16th, 2009 9:51pm EDT
Norah Jones new album The Fall
Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones has announced the title and release date of her upcoming album, "The Fall", her fourth studio album which will be released by EMI's Blue Note Records on November 17. Jones has also revealed the cover artwork for the album, which features a portrait by photographer Autumn de Wilde.

Jones was the surprise guest performer at Apple's "It's Only Rock n' Roll" press conference in San Francisco. Her breakout album Come Away With Me is one of the first albums to be released in the iTunes LP format, a new feature of iTunes 9 that rei...
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Erykah Badu Gives Birth To Baby Girl

February 2nd, 2009 9:36am EST
Erykah Badu
Soul singer Erykah Badu and hip-hop star Jay Electronica are the proud parents of a new daughter.

The couple welcomed the child - their first together - into their family on February 1st. The rapper announced the happy news with an update on his online Twitter page, writing: "Feb 1 2009 my first child, my daughter was born at 1.30 pm exactly. It's the happiest day of my life."

Badu - real name Erica Wright - is already mother to son Seven Sirius with Outkast rapper Andre 3000, and daughter Puma Rose with rapper The D.O.C.

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Erykah Badu: 'Kiss My Black Placenta'

November 4th, 2008 9:26am EST
Erykah Badu
Pregnant soul star Erykah Badu has lashed out at critics who slammed her decision to have a third child out of wedlock.

The singer, who has kids by Outkast star Andre Benjamin and The D.O.C., was appalled when she read online comments about her decision to have another baby - reportedly fathered by Jay Electronica - and decided to fire back with a post on her own website.

She rages, "How dare you disrespect the queendom? I've never been so disgusted in all of my life... (You can) kiss my black placenta. Every relationship I've ever been in was because I loved the person dearly and...
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Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble To A Pearl'

October 15th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Nikka Costa
Nikka Costa has always seemed to thrive on a certain sense of freedom. It's no wonder, that when Nikka set out to create a record on her own terms and as an independent artist finally free of major label confines, she has made her boldest and most passionate record yet. Over 14 days at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Nikka created Pebble to a Pearl- a quintessential collection of soul, blues, funk & pop infused tracks which marks Nikka's triumphant return onto the scene this Fall. On September 23, 2008 the legendary Stax Records will release the album in conjunction with Nikka's ow...
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Erykah Badu Announces Third Pregnancy

October 3rd, 2008 11:55am EDT
Erykah Badu
Soul star Erykah Badu is reportedly expecting her third child with rapper Jay Electronica. The singer was said to have announced the news at the Austin City Limits Festival in Texas last weekend, where she showed off her baby bump under a smiley-face t-shirt.

Badu - real name Erica Wright - is already mother to 10-year-old son Seven Sirius with Outkast rapper Andre 3000 and daughter Puma Rose, four, with rapper The D.O.C.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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No More Elgin Lumpkin Or Georgios Panayioutous: Celebrities Who Changed Their Names

July 21st, 2008 10:43am EDT
Cher
Marilyn Monroe was originally christened Norma Jean. Archibald Leach opted for the more debonair nom de guerre Cary Grant. At the age of 10, musical prodigy Steveland Morris was dubbed (by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.) "Little Stevie Wonder." These aren't the only celebrities who bid farewell to the names bestowed upon them in infancy; among those in the public eye, adopting a more star-worthy moniker seems to be the rule, not the exception.

Stage Names

Where stage names are concerned, some stars keep it succinct. Musicians Cher and Seal shortened their names from Cherilyn and ...
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Erykah Badu Is A Certified Healer

April 24th, 2008 7:00am EDT
Erykah Badu
R&B star Erykah Badu didn't waste her five year break from music - she had a child and became a certified holistic healer. The singer is back in 2008 with new album New Amerykah, half a decade after the release of Worldwide Underground.

And she's keen to point out that she hasn't exactly been sitting around relaxing during her time off.

Besides becoming a second-time mom - to rapper The D.O.C.'s daughter Puma - she has worked with her youth charity Beautiful Love Incorporated Non Profit Development (B.L.I.N.D.) and studied reiki - a type of healing therapy.

She explains, "I b...
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