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Whitney Houston’s Last Performance and Time of Death

11 Feb

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Update 2: New sources now claim Houston was found “unresponsive” in a bathtub in her fourth floor room. Reports also claim Houston was drinking and partying heavily last evening at her hotel. Police have asked for a search warrant to search her room for evidence, including drugs.

Update: TMZ says Houston’s mother and cousin Diane Warwick spoke to the singer just minutes before she died. They said she sounded normal and their conversations were mundane. Though earlier reports suggested that R&B singer Ray-J found Houston dead, those have been discounted and multiple sources now say her bodyguard found her unresponsive. Paramedics performed CPR for nearly 30 minutes, but were unable to resuscitate the singer. Ex-husband Bobby Brown is in Memphis for a New Edition concert. Reports suggest he is “beside himself” with grief.

Video posted to YouTube appears to show the last performance of Whitney Houston, who died earlier today at the age of 48. TMZ reports that a member of Houston’s staff found her unresponsive, called for help, and paramedics unsuccessfully performed CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.

Houston was last seen on Feb. 10 for a rare public appearance ahead of the Grammys. She briefly took the stage at Tru Hollywood nightclub where she attended “Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love Of R&B Grammy Party.”  She had not been seen on the red carpet for a year.

Paparazzi captured a belligerent and bleeding Houston leaving the nightclub early in the morning of Feb. 10. Gossip sites were suggesting she needed to return to rehab. After taking a seat in the back of a waiting vehicle, Houston appeared to calm down.

Houston recently completed filming on “Sparkle,” her first movie in 15 years. The movie is due out in August 2012.

“We’re all kind of shocked, but nobody’s really surprised,” her publicist, Howard Bragman, said.

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Whitney Houston Dead at 48

11 Feb

In one of the most shocking deaths to rock the music world since Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, superstar singer and troubled Hollywood legend Whitney Houston has died at age 48, her publicist confirmed. No information about how or where she died has been confirmed, but TMZ reports she died at the Beverly Hilton hotel this afternoon.

At her peak, Houston was one of the most dominant forces ever in the music world. She sold more than 200 million albums worldwide and starred in several hit movies.

Amazingly, every trending topic on Twitter right now is dedicated to the singer. Here is her biggest hit of all (a cover of a Dolly Parton song)— “I Will Always Love You.”

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10 Weirdest Musical Collaborations Ever

27 Jan

Let me be clear— I really like unusual and creative ideas. Especially in music. Some of these work. Others don’t. But they’re all fun and show how awesome collaborations can be.

1) “Over and Over”— Nelly ft. Tim McGraw: Probably the best known song on my list, this song was unquestionably the most successful. This song hit number 3 in 2005.

2) “Dirt Road Anthem (Remix)”— Jason Aldean ft. Ludacris: Reversing it up from the first song on this list, we look at a country song with a rap verse sprinkled in. Atlanta rapper Ludacris made this remix of Jason Aldean’s number one country hit unforgettable.

3) “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”— Aretha Franklin ft. Keith Richards: Bet you didn’t know the Queen of Soul decided to take on one of the Rolling Stones’ classic tracks. She did, and Keith even helped her do it.

4) “Street Rock”— Kurtis Blow ft. Bob Dylan: Music legend Bob Dylan raps. Need I say more?

5) “The Gambler”— Kenny Rogers ft. Wyclef Jean: Take one of the classic songs of rock and roll, then add some Haitian hip-hop. Sounds pretty awesome, right?

6)”Gone Going”— Black Eyed Peas ft. Jack Johnson: Hip-hop’s bad boys (and Fergie) decide to lay down some beats with Hawaii’s soulful wonder boy.

7) “Party for Two” — Shania Twain ft. Mark McGrath: I don’t know, something about “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” singer Twain with the guy who sings “Every Morning” from Sugar Ray is weird. Am I crazy?

8) “California Gurls”— Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg: I’m sorry, I know this song was huge, but really Snoop? Can you say sellout? He might have actually traded in all of his street cred to make it. Then there’s the behind-the-scenes video, which is just awkward and weird.

9) “Can’t Stop Partying”— Weezer ft. Lil Wayne: Um, yeah, no words for this really. Except Wayne is sick on this verse.

10) “Revolver” — Madonna ft. Lil Wayne: Yeah, Lil Wayne on any pop song seems to make the potential for weird increase. Singing with the 1980s original pop princess is just weird (but again, I think it works). He also dropped some sick rhymes for JLo.


North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il Dies at 69

18 Dec

North Korea’s enigmatic and bizarre “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-Il has died of “physical fatigue” while riding a train, North Korean news agencies report. Kim was riding a train around 8:30 a.m. Saturday when he suffered a “severe myocardial infarction along with a heart attack.”

Kim ruled North Korea with an iron fist since his father and the nation’s founder, Kim Il-Sung, died in 1994. Though hampered by a stroke in 2008, Kim continued to rule the country.

State officials announced a period of mourning that will last until December 29. The Supreme Leader’s funeral will take place December 28.

North Korea suffered from crippling famine and nonexistent economic development. For reminders about the brutality and suffering under Kim Jong-Il look no further than:

Political control now passes to Kim Jong-Il’s son, Kim Jong-un. The New York Times profiled Kim Jong-Il’s third son earlier this fall. He apparently loves NBA basketball and attended school in Europe. Live coverage of Kim’s death here.

Here’s Kim in happier times. The United States and North Korea announced a major deal less than a day before Kim’s death was announced.

Stanley From The Office Goes Crazy on “2 Be Simple”

29 Nov

Who knew that David Leslie Baker had such a crazy life? Unlike his character, Stanley Hudson on The Office, Baker apparently loves entertaining the ladies in a one piece outfit at his lavish mansion. Presenting “2 Be Simple,” his first single.

Baker teamed up with N.U.M. (which stands for Nuthin Under a Million) for the single. It is heavily auto-tuned, but still really kind of amazing.