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Dick Clark Dead at 82


Dick Clark, the man synonymous with New Year’s Eve, died of a “massive heart attack” at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday (April 18). He was 82.

Dubbed “America’s Oldest Teenager,” the pop culture icon is credited with bridging the generational gap between the “rebellious new music scene and traditional show business.”  In addition to being the longtime host of American Bandstand and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Clark also hosted The $25,000 Pyramid, TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes, produced by his company Dick Clark Productions.  In 1974, he created the American Music Awards, at ABC’s request, after the lost the broadcast rights to the Grammy Awards.

Dick Clark Productions became a major player in the world of television and film throughout the years. It’s credits including the Academy of Country Music and Golden Globe Awards, and the the Emmy-winning The Woman Who Willed a Miracle (1984).

“There’s hardly any segment of the population that doesn’t see what I do,” Clark told The Associated Press in a 1985 interview. “It can be embarrassing. People come up to me and say, ‘I love your show,’ and I have no idea which one they’re talking about.”

He suffered a stroke in 2004, forcing him to miss his annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve for the first time. He returned the following, although with his speech noticeably altered, and at times difficult to understand. “I’m just thankful I’m still able to enjoy this once-a-year treat,” he told The Associated Press by e-mail in December 2008.

Richard Wagstaff Clark was born on November 30, 1929, in Mount Vernon, N.Y. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1951 and began his career at radio station WRUN-AM in nearby Utica.

He is survived by his wife, Kari, and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.

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Remembering Whitney: Watch Whitney Houston’s Funeral Live


Family and friends of pop icon Whitney Houston gather at New Hope Baptist Church, her childhood church, in Newark, New Jersey to pay their final respects in a private ceremony for the singer. While the funeral is invite-only, fans worldwide can remember the life and legacy of Houston via online broadcast of the service.

According to the Associated Press, speakers scheduled for today’s service include, singer Dionne Warwick, who is Houston’s cousin; music mogul Clive Davis, who guided Houston’s career; actor Kevin Costner who co-starred with Houston in the “Body Guard,” and sister-in-law Patricia Houston. Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and gospel stars CeCe and Bebe Winans are slated to sing. Houston’s voice, a recording of her biggest hit, “I Will Always Love You,” is to be played at the end. Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown is also expected to attened the service. Aretha Franklin, a close family friend, is reportedly ill to and will miss the service, according to the same A.P. report.

Watch the live feed from inside New Hope Baptist Church below.

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Whitney Houston – Dead at 48


I can’t believe I’m typing this.

Whitney Houston has died. She was found in the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where emergency medical personnel were called, according to sources. The singer, 48, was in town for the GRAMMYS and Clive Davis’ annual Pre-Grammy Gala.  Her publicist, Kristen Foster, told the Associated Press on Saturday that Houston had died but did not provide further details at the time.

 

UPDATE: New details about the death of Whitney Houston have begun to surface.  Find out below.

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Video: J. Cole Talks Grammy Nomination


J. Cole capped off a success year by earning a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. The Roc Nation rapper will square off against Young Money’s Nicki Minaj at this Sunday’s big show. In an interview with the Associated Press, Cole talks about his nomination, his date for the show, and continuing to work hard.

Nicki Minaj – “Stupid Hoe” (Official Music Video)


Here’s the official music video for Nicki Minaj’sStupid Hoe,” the lead single from her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.  The album, originally set to arrive in stores in February, has been pushed back until April.  Nicki can miss me with this video and song — like, what is this madness?

Hot Shots: LeBron James’ Fiancee Savannah Brinson Shows Off Engagement Ring


Savannah Brinson, LeBron James‘ fiancee, was all smiles as she sat courtside to watch the Miami Heat battle the Charlotte Bobcats last night in Miami.  Savannah flashed her teardrop diamond ring for photogs as her husband-to-be and kids’ father led his team to a 129-90 victory. Check out pics below.

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Beyoncé Drops Mathew Knowles As Manager


Beyoncé will no longer be managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, according to The Associated Press. Beyoncé’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, says the Grammy-winning singer and her father have split “on a business level.” Knowles has managed his daughter since the start of her career with Destiny’s Child, and served as executive producer of her three solo albums.

This is definitely major news from the Knowles camp. Rumors of a split between the singer and her father have run rampant throughout her solo career. Beyoncé is working on her fourth studio album, scheduled for release later this year, and no new management has been announced. It’ll be interesting to see how things pan out.

The 29-year-old has released three multiplatinum albums — Dangerously in Love, B’Day and I Am … Sasha Fierce — and has 12 Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, including five No. 1s. Destiny’s Child had 11 Top 10 hits on the Hot 100 chart and six No. 1s, according to Billboard.

Keyshia Cole Admits Nicki Minaj Single Was Wrong Choice


Keyshia Cole released her fourth studio album, Calling All Hearts, today and unlike her previous discs, the album is not preceded by a successful lead single. The 29 year-old explains that her label wanted to go in a different direction with the lead single, but she ultimately went with her gut and chose the Nicki Minaj-assisted “I Ain’t Thru” as the first single from Calling All Hearts.

The label didn’t really want to drop the record because they knew … that people wanted a more intense, soulful record from me about love and I really should have followed (their) direction,” she said. “But I wanted that to be a statement record. It’s like saying, ‘I’m doing me, you know. I don’t have no regrets for nothing that I’m doing.‘”

She knew release the club-oriented track was a risk move, but wanted to grow as an artist and try something different.    “I just think that people expect me to be, you know, an artist that sings about just love. But I’m always growing as an artist and I have to feed my artistry,” she said.

The follow-up single, “Long Way Down,” seems to have struck a chord with fans as the singer says, “people are gravitating more toward” because of its mid-tempo groove and focus on love.

Rant: No sh!t, Sherlock!  Hindsight is 20/20!