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RIP: Bahamian Singer Johnny Kemp

April 18th, 2015 10:09am EDT
Johnny Kemp
Bahamanian singer Johnny Kemp, known for his hit song "Just Got Paid," has died at age 55. His body was found floating off a beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica, according to police. It's unclear how he died, reports the AP.

Kemp arrived in Jamaica on a cruise ship where he had been scheduled to perform as part of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show."

A rep for cruise organizer Reach Media told The Root today that Kemp didn't die onboard: "We have received confirmation that Johnny Kemp has passed away. We do not have any other details. We can confirm he was not on the ship for the Tom Joyner Foundatio...
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Singer Reveals New Look Following Split From One Direction

April 18th, 2015 8:37am EDT
Zayn Malik
On Friday night, singer Zayn Malik showed off his newly shaved head in his first public appearance since quitting One Direction.

Malik, 22, is known for his shaggy, long hair but looked quite different with his buzz cut and a nose stud at the Annual Asian Awards in London.

The pop star attended the event with his mother Trisha. He didn't speak with reporters; however, he signed autographs for fans outside the Grosvenor House Hotel.

According to the Daily Star, Malik won the Asian of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to music. It's the first individual award the singer ha...
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Who Took The Top Spot On The Billboard 200 This Week?

April 16th, 2015 11:56am EDT
‘Furious 7’ Soundtrack Bests All Time Low For Top Spot On The Bi
It was a good week to be a soundtrack, specifically the soundtrack to Furious 7. After ascending to the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 last week, Furious 7 sits atop the charts this week. The improvement in units from the previous week are quite substantial – 111,000 units this week versus 74,000 the previous week. Making Furious 7’s ascent on the Billboard 200 is what the soundtrack did on the Billboard Hot 100, namely “See You Again.”

“See You Again” did the unthinkable – killed Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ vibe. How so? “See You Again” stopped “Uptown Funk” from breaking a tie for th...
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Shawn Mendes Debut Album ‘Handwritten’

April 15th, 2015 1:30pm EDT
Review: Shawn Mendes Shows Great Potential On Debut Album ‘Handw
The power and the influence of video sharing sites is nothing short of incredible. Particularly for the youthful upstart musician, YouTube and Vine have done wonders for self-promotion. One of the latest benefactors is Canadian teen pop star Shawn Mendes. After dropping The Shawn Mendes EP back in 2014, the 16-year old singer/songwriter releases his major label debut, Handwritten.

“Life of the Party” plays true to the expected – solid, yet on the predictable side of things. The opener easily passes the marks – it’s a stand out contextually – even if it isn’t nearly as fun as the title ...
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Soul Legend Percy Sledge Dead At 74

April 15th, 2015 8:34am EDT
Percy Sledge, Soul Legend And 'When A Man Loves A Woman' Singer,
Percy Sledge, the soul singer who'll be forever known for his timeless hit "When a Man Loves a Woman," died on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 74 years old.

Born in Leighton, Alabama, Sledge worked odd jobs before finding work as a hospital orderly- all while singing with the Esquires Combo on the weekends. Then, in 1966, Sledge's first (and greatest) hit came- "When a Man Loves a Woman," a soaring, heart-wrenching ballad which defined Sledge's career and proved so enduring as to give him a solid five decades of musical success.

Sledge found international success after his Ameri...
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Did Justin Bieber Get Kicked Out Of Coachella?

April 14th, 2015 11:32am EDT
Justin Bieber Put In Chokehold And Booted From Coachella Music F
Justin Bieber was reportedly kicked out of the Coachella Music Festival this weekend by security, according to report by TMZ.

The pop star was accused of attempting to enter through the artist’s entrance during Drake‘s performance when security stopped him because the area was full. TMZ revealed that Bieber showed security his wristband, the guards still wouldn’t let him in.

Bieber then reportedly revealed that Drake had personally invited him and he’d be “bombarded” by fans if he stood in the general crowd.

After the confusion, the singer was reportedly let into the secure area when ano...
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What Would Jon Bon Jovi Be Doing If He 'Wasn’t A Rock Star'?

April 14th, 2015 10:55am EDT
Jon Bon Jovi
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi will appear on a new reality series, "If I Wasn't A Rock Star," a project that will return the rocker to his New Jersey hometown to lament on how his life would have been different if he didn't hit it big.

Bon Jovi has partnered with TWC-Dimension’s for this exciting and different new series.

“I was drawn to this project simply because it will be a celebration of the working men and women of this country,” Bon Jovi, a New Jersey native, said in a statement to Variety. “They are the real rock stars.”

This unique take on rock and roll reality will focus on the stripped ...
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You Won’t Believe How Photoshopped Mariah Carey's New Album Is

April 14th, 2015 8:33am EDT
Mariah Carey's New Album Cover Is A Photoshop Nightmare
Mariah Carey just unveiled the cover art for her latest album, "#1 to Infinity." She looks pretty good, right? Well, according to some of the singer's biggest fans, a little too good. Could this be a case of Photoshop gone horribly wrong?

On Sunday, Carey uploaded the cover (check it out above) on Instagram, along with a shout-out to her fans (the "Lambily") and some info on where to download "#1 to Infinity."

"#RevealMariah thank you #lambily for joining the fun & revealing my new album cover! My new album #1 To Infinity will be available for pre-orders tomorrow @ 10am EST on mariahcarey...
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Albums To Check Out This Week

April 14th, 2015 8:30am EDT
Tyler, The Creator Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, another week which means new music to sink one’s teeth in. Much like last week, the cupboard isn’t exactly full – there’s few notable newbies. Even so, a few is better than none and this week that few includes an underground rapper, an up-and-coming Canadian teen pop sensation, a veteran country artist, and a hard rock band. Here are four albums to check out this week.

1) Tyler, The Creator, Cherry Bomb (Odd Future)

Underground rapper Tyler, The Creator returns with a surprise fourth studio album, Cherry Bomb. Cherry Bomb follows Tyler’s 2013 album Wolf, which debuted at #3 on ...
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So This Kiss Happened At Coachella...

April 13th, 2015 5:23pm EDT
Madonna Kissed Drake At Coachella & He Definitely Wasn't Thrille
Madonna stunned fans with a surprise appearance at the Coachella music festival in California over the weekend. She shocked them even further when she made out with Drake in front of an audience.

On Sunday night, the pop star, 56, appeared on stage as Drake, 28, performed a song named after the singer. She wore a tank top with the words "Big As Madonna" (a line from his song), fishnet stockings and knee-high boots.

She belted out a medley of hits, such as "Human Nature" and "Express Yourself," before leaning over behind him and kissing him -- really passionately on the mouth.

Drake looke...
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