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Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

December 9th, 2013 8:50pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking back, I have reservations now) while Mumford & Sons walked out with the Album of the Year trophy.  The year that Taylor Swift won for Fearless, my girl Beyoncé was on a roll until the coveted Album of the Year award was read.  You get my position though! This year,  I find myself...
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Faith Evans hit with tax lien

May 27th, 2013 2:38pm EDT
Faith Evans
Singer Faith Evans has landed in trouble with U.S. authorities after allegedly failing to hand over $29,535 (£19,055) in taxes.

The Love Like This star was hit with the tax lien earlier this year (13) by officials at the State of California, who claim the R&B star has unpaid bills dating from 2011.

It marks the latest in the singer's financial woes - in 2010, Evans was ordered to pay more than $360,000 (£232,000) by officials at America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over missed tax payments.
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Fashion At The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards - Who Looked The Best?

February 14th, 2011 8:43am EST
Grammy Awards fashion
As we previously reported, the ladies ruled the Grammy Awards last night. And several stars stood out on the red carpet with their fashionable attire.

Katy Perry showed up with her grandmother wearing angel wings, while Lady Gaga made an appearance in an egg.

Cee Lo Green performed with muppets and Gwyneth Paltrow in a bird-like costume, while Rihanna teased with a ruffled number that strategically hid her softer parts.

Check out the fashion below, and tell us who your favorites are. (See the list of winners here!)

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga arriving in an egg

Jennifer Lopez

Justin Bi...
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Celebrities Who Liked To Party, Drink & Do Drugs In 2010

December 31st, 2010 12:00pm EST
Celeb druggies
A lot of people like to embibe a little on New Year's Eve, but some people tend to embibe too much AND all year long.

2010 was no exception, and plenty of celebrities drank a little too much or consumed illegal substances without thinking of the consequences, such as rehab, jail or bad PR.

Nick Nolte checked into a German rehabilitation clinic to battle his alcohol and drug demons. According to the National Enquirer, Nolte checked in on May 18 with his girlfriend, fitness trainer Clytie Lane. The actor, 69, was given alcohol and drug counseling in a clinic in 2002 after he was arr...
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Faith Evans Gets Probation For Drunk Driving

November 30th, 2010 9:08am EST
Faith Evans
R&B singer Faith Evans has been sentenced to 36 months of probation after reaching a plea deal for charges of driving under the influence (DUI).

The hitmaker was driving through Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, in August when her car was pulled over by traffic police.

She was taken into custody and hit with two counts for drunk driving, which carried a possible six month jail term.

But Evans, the widow of late rapper Notorious B.I.G., reached a plea deal with prosecutors and agreed to plead no contest to the lesser charge of reckless driving instead.

She was handed probation, a $300 fine an...
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Faith Evans Facing Two DUI Charges

September 5th, 2010 11:00am EDT
Faith Evans
R&B singer Faith Evans has been charged with two counts of DUI stemming from her arrest last month.

The I'll Be Missing You hitmaker was driving through Marina del Rey, Los Angeles when her car was pulled over by traffic cops. She was later taken into custody on suspicion of drink driving.

At the time, there was no official comment on whether Evans would face charges over the incident.

But earlier this week the Los Angeles city attorney officially charged the star with two counts of driving under the influence, according to TMZ.com.

If convicted, she faces six months in jail.

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Faith Evans Arrested For DUI

August 22nd, 2010 11:50am EDT
Faith Evans
R&B star Faith Evans was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on Saturday night, according to a report.

The "I'll Be Missing You" hitmaker was pulled over in Marina del Rey, Los Angeles by traffic cops, who suspected the singer had been drinking.

She was arrested and booked on a DUI charge, according to TMZ.com.

It's not the first of the singer's legal woes this year - was ordered to pay $360,000 in unpaid taxes to America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in March.

There was no official comment from Evans' representatives at press time.
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Bai Ling's Glittering Almost-Blouse: Hot Or Not?

April 9th, 2010 6:20pm EDT
Love You Long Time
Someone should tell Bai Ling that all that glitters is not gold. She attended Faith Evans' RnB concert in Hollywood on Wednesday baring her belly, as usual.

The sequined shirt/jacket could have popped open at any moment, exposing her bosom. Oh, my!

The actress confesses she often bares her boobs at parties because she enjoys titillating and teasing.

She explained, "That is part of the job...You have to sell magazines.

Sometimes, as an actor, part of our job is to be a clown. It's just fun for people to help them get through their lives. During heavy work you need some delightfulness (si...
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Faith Evans Owes $360,000 In Taxes

March 31st, 2010 11:41am EDT
Faith Evans
R&B star Faith Evans has been ordered to pay more than $360,000 in unpaid taxes, according to a report.

The I'll Be Missing You hit-maker, who is attempting a career comeback after a five-year absence, has been hit with both federal and state demands from tax officials over missing payments.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bosses filed a $36,360 lien in New York on March 4th, and another was submitted in Los Angeles for $119,821 in February.

Evans is also said to owe the state of New Jersey $204,000, according to the Detroit News.

It's the latest setback for the star, who is being su...
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Faith Evans Sued Over Notorious B.I.G. Clips

February 25th, 2010 9:42am EST
Faith Evans
Faith Evans is facing legal action from filmmakers who allege she failed to provide footage they purchased of her late husband, rapper The Notorious B.I.G..

Bosses at Kaushi Entertainment claim they paid $30,000 for homemade movies featuring the hip-hop star, real name Christopher Wallace, in a deal approved by Evans, according to a lawsuit filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday

The clips were to be used in a documentary about the rapper, who was shot dead in 1997.

The production company's executives insist they never received the tapes - and now they're suing Evans as ...
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Faith Evans Lands A Reality TV Show

February 9th, 2010 5:00pm EST
Faith Evans Lands A Reality TV Show
R&B star Faith Evans is preparing to re-launch her music career after a five-year absence with the help of a new reality TV show. The Love Like This singer - the widow of rap icon Notorious B.I.G. - will give fans an insight into her life on It's All About Faith, a series that will document Evans juggling her family life as she prepares for her chart comeback.

The program will also feature appearances from her manager husband Todd Russaw and her four children.

The reality show deal with E1 Television isn't the only reason Evans is celebrating - she's also landed a record deal with E...
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Review: Lady Gaga's 'The Fame Monster'

November 17th, 2009 11:22am EST
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
This past Thursday evening we stood outside the office of Interscope Records in New York City. It was a wet, windy and stormy Manhattan evening outside yet the storm was all inside; for it was inside that Lady Gaga's highly anticipated new album "The Fame Monster" was awaiting our ears.

To say that "The Fame Monster" is something out of this world would be an understatement.

Monster is not just some pop or dance album. It is a powerful mix of sounds that would make the squarest of squares, the most gothic of goths and heaviest of heavy metal fans around stop in their tracks and st...
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Notorious B.I.G. Biopic Soundtrack Enters Charts At #4

January 25th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Notorious
Bad Boy Records' Notorious: Music From And Inspired By The Original Motion Picture has made a remarkable chart entry, arriving on the Billboard 200 at #4, with sales of 43,000 – the week's top debut. What's more, the musical companion to the blockbuster Fox Searchlight motion picture has arrived at #1 on the "Top Rap Albums" tally, and #2 on both the "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" and "Top Digital Albums" charts.

Notorious has also proven a true cinematic event, grossing $23.4 million in its first four days in release. The film opened January 16th in 1,638 locations with the highest per s...
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Movie Spotlight: 'Notorious'

January 16th, 2009 11:20am EST
Notorious
In the last few years, biopics, namely music biopics have become a routine. It's only fitting that Notorious becomes this year's first.

Almost twelve years after his death, Christopher Wallace's story gets the big screen treatment. But the journey from story to screen hasn't been easy. Notorious struggled in development and Training Day's Antoine Fuqua was once attached to direct. Many artists, like Sean Kingston, have made it clear that they had an interest in playing Biggie but none of this was proven as fact. Under the guidance of director George Tillman, Jr. the cast and scri...
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Must-See Movies of 2009

December 26th, 2008 10:00am EST
Watchmen
As 2008 comes to an end, it is time to close the book on the entertainment experiences that we have had this year. Yes, Transformers blew our minds. Girls, Sex and the City blew your minds. To anyone who watched The Haunting of Molly Hartley, I'm sure you want your money back as well. It is time to put all of that behind us, however, and look forward to a new year, and new movies that none of us should miss.

Defiance (Release Date: 01/16/09)

Director: Edward Zwick

Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber

Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber star in Defiance, the story of three brothers...
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Faith Evans: 'Lil' Kim Doesn't Owe Me An Apology'

November 29th, 2008 8:40am EST
Faith Evans
Faith Evans has attempted to bury past problems between herself and one-time love rival Lil' Kim by insisting she no longer feels any resentment towards the rapper, who wooed her late husband, Notorious B.I.G.

In a candid interview with urban magazine Sister 2 Sister, Evans insists Kim doesn't owe her an apology and that she actually attempted to contact her former rival when she was incarcerated on federal perjury charges in September 2005. The comments put an end to an almost 15-year feud between the two loves of Notorious B.I.G.'s life.

Evans says, "I don't feel she owes me ...
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Notorious B.I.G.'s Son Cast As His Own Father In Biopic 'Notorious'

November 24th, 2008 3:04pm EST
Notorious BIG
Notorious B.I.G.'s son Christopher Wallace Jr. will play his own father in a forthcoming movie about the rap legend.

The 12 year old, whose mother is singer Faith Evans, plays his dad as a child in some scenes in Notorious, alongside actor Jamal Woolard. Rapper Woolard, also known as Gravy, portrays Biggie in his 20s. And Wallace Jr. - who was just four months old when his dad was gunned down in 1997, aged just 24 - found the experience helped him learn more about his late father.

During a chat with his grandmother Violetta Wallace, in the December issue of Interview magazine, the...
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Faith Evans Exposes B.I.G. Affair With Lil' Kim

August 27th, 2008 12:06pm EDT
Lil Kim
Faith Evans has confessed her late husband The Notorious B.I.G. cheated on her with fellow rapper Lil' Kim.

Evans admits in a new autobiography - Keep The Faith - that she assaulted a string of girls she either discovered being intimate with the heavyweight star, or suspected he was cheating with.

And she has confessed Lil' Kim - real name Kimberly Jones - was one of the women she attacked.

Evans, 35, says she visited her spouse - real name Christopher Wallace - at his home to confront him about their relationship after a row, but she found he was cheating on her again.

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Check Out Sean Kingston's New Internet Only Video, 'Gotta Move Faster'

December 12th, 2007 8:30pm EST
Sean Kingston
Sean Kingston, the 17-year old platinum selling music artist best known for his hit single "Beautiful Girls" and recent chart-toppers "Take You There" and "Me Love," has released a new Internet-only single "Gotta Move Faster" on iTunes just in time for the holidays.

A video for the new web single premiered on MySpace where it's already received over 300,000 views and can also be seen on YouTube and other sites. Directed by Lil' X (Usher, Faith Evans), the video gives an exciting, behind-the-scenes look at Sean's life as a top-selling artist and how he uses technology to make music a...
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Check Out Johnta Austin's New Single, 'Video,' From His Debut Album, In Stores Sept. 4

August 14th, 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,...
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Johnta Austin To Release Debut Album, 'Ocean Drive,' September 4

July 4th, 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-...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 10

June 10th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Elizabeth Hurley
Happy Birthday to actress Leelee Sobieski (1982), "A Walk To Remember" star Shane West (1978), singer Faith Evans (1973), R&B singer Joel "Jo-Jo" Hailey of K-Ci & JoJo (1971), Soul Coughing singer Mike Doughty (1970), "Austin Powers" actress Elizabeth Hurley (1965), "Waterworld" actress Jeanne Tripplehorn (1963), actress Gina Gershon (1962), Brazilian singer Joao Gilberto (1931), British actor Lionel Jeffries (1926), "The Wizard of Oz" star Judy Garland (1922; d. 1969), and legendary bluesman Chester "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett (1910; d. 1976).
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Family Of Notorious BIG Involved In Another Lawsuit

April 18th, 2007 11:18am EDT
Notorious B.I.G.
The family of Notorious B.I.G. has filed another wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles in connection with the slain rapper's death. The hip-hop star - born Christopher Wallace - was shot dead in his car after leaving a Vibe magazine party following the 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles in 1997. His murder has remained unsolved to this day.

The legal papers were filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday by the star's mother Voletta Wallace, his singer widow Faith Evans, and his two children.

The new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, follows a pr...
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Michael W. Smith Heads Up 'World Premiere Saturdays' During April On The Gospel Music Channel

April 7th, 2007 9:15am EDT
Michael W. Smith
Gospel Music Channel (GMC), the nation's first and only 24/7 all Gospel/Christian music television network, gives rise to a new month of programming in April. The network presents A Commercial-Free Easter, says farewell to a legendary group while saying hello to a new one, presents four World Premiere Saturday Nights featuring premieres of new episodes of its popular Front Row Live and Hot List series, and features a daylong marathon of its first season of The Best of the Doves and more.

Gospel Music Channel will observe Easter Sunday, the most significant day on the Christian calenda...
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Ne-Yo Unveils New Album Title: 'Because Of You,' Inspired By Love Of His Fans; In Stores May 1

March 23rd, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Ne-Yo
The wait is finally over – as Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo takes the wraps off and announces that his hotly awaited second album, due May 1, will be titled Because Of You, named after the album's first single pick.

"It makes the most sense," Ne-Yo says of his album title choice. "It's because of the people that inspire me to make music. Because of the love of the music. Because of the fans. Because of you, that I do what I do."

#1 most-added on the Rhythm format after its impact date last month, and the highest Rhythm chart debut of his career, "Because Of You" jumps to #23-...
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Consequence's Debut Album, "Don't Quit Your Day Job," Out March 6; Check Out The First Single

February 14th, 2007 3:08pm EST
Consequence
Consequence was born in Queens at the dawn of the hip-hop era, when all rap was East Coast rap and all of rap's influential early artists were based in the New York City area. Throughout his career, Consequence gained credibility not only on the streets with his peers but with the critics as well. A gifted storyteller, he has a keen and unwavering sense of what he is all about. His objective realizm provides a clear alternative not only to gangsta rap but also to the watered-down and overly calculated pop-rap. "What I rhyme about is what I see around me, I'm a result of the hood, my rhymes ...
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Ne-Yo Releases First Single, "All Because Of You" Off Upcoming Sophomore Release

February 5th, 2007 11:29am EST
Ne-Yo
One is definitely the magic number for Grammy- nominated singer/songwriter, Ne-Yo. After capping off an amazing year, the Def Jam artist has scored a triple threat with three #1s in just 11 months with: his #1 Album "In My Own Words" which debuted in February of 2006; his #1 single "So Sick" which topped the Billboard 200, Pop, and R&B charts during its first week; and most recently Ne-Yo's new movie, Stomp The Yard which swept the box office as the first #1 movie of the New Year, grossing $26 million over the 4-day weekend. As if that weren't enough, the gifted songwriter also has another ...
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African-American Celebs Tell Bible Stories

October 24th, 2006 8:34am EDT
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Faith Evans are among the stunning list of African-American stars joining forces to get biblical for a new 70-hour audio cassette package.

The celebrities rallied behind Washington, who was the first to sign on to the project when he heard pal and casting director Robi Reed's plans to retell the Holy Scriptures.

Jackson plays God in the upcoming religious release, while Angela Bassett voices Esther, Blair Underwood portrays Jesus and Gooding Jr. brings Judas to life.

The first part of the fully-dramatised and score...
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Shareefa's "Point of No Return" Hits Stores October 24

October 8th, 2006 9:00am EDT
Shareefa
In an age when everything from fashion to furniture reeks of prefabrication, it is rare to find a genuine realness even in soul music. As the one genre of music that should send shivers through ones body while still managing to touch your heart, much of today's R&B feels as though more thought has gone into the choreography than the songs. And then, there is Shareefa.

The first soul woman signed to Disturbing the Peace/Def Jam, this Newark, New Jersey native introduces her special realness on the debut disc Point of No Return. Recruiting studio vets Chucky Thompson, Salaam Remi (How Go...
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Kelly Price Returns To Gospel Roots With "This Is Who I Am," Out Oct. 24

October 4th, 2006 1:55pm EDT
Kelly Price
Kelly Price has been said to possess one of the most extraordinary voices in modern music. Born and reared in Queens, NY, Price’s musical talent showed itself at an early age. Price’s mother vividly recalls the many, many nights the household was awakened to the sound of Kelly singing out from her crib. As a child of the Church, both of her parents are ordained ministers, music became inextricably intertwined with the emotional fabric of her life, and it was through music that she expressed feelings she was often unable to speak aloud. One day, after being deeply saddened by a book she read...
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