Gladys Knight is #TeamDionne, when it comes to the alleged rift between legendary singers Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin. During a recent interview with Hip Hollywood, Gladys spoke about the situation, stating:
I know my sister, Dionne. It ain’t nothing to her. Now Re [Aretha], is a little bit different. It’s just one of those things, everybody got their little knick knacks going on.
Siding with Dionne, she continued,
Dionne is gon’ speak her mind and she’s gon tell the truth. Re is gon’ be sensitive and cause a whole lot of rift raft.
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Glady’s comments were in reference to a recent interview that Aretha did in which she revealed that she has serious issue with Dionne.
As previously reported, Aretha called out Dionne over an issue that seems to go back over five years. Aretha claims that Dionne fabricated a story that she was Whitney Houston’s godmother. The comments were allegedly made, back in 2012 at the late singer’s funeral. Aretha says of Dionne,
She blatantly lied on me; fully well knowing what she was doing.
At the time, Dionne told attendees at the funeral that Aretha was there and introduced her, but then realized she wasn’t in attendance.
Referring to Aretha by her nickname, Dionne reportedly said,
Ree’s not here, but she is here. She loves Whitney as if she were born to her. She is her godmother.
Aretha says that at the time, she could not attend, as she was suffering from swollen feet and missed the funeral so she could perform later that night at Radio City Music Hall in New York, which she said she was contractually obligated to do.
Days after the funeral and Dionne’s comments, Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston’s mother, clarified that Aretha wasn’t Whitney’s godmother (it was Darlene Love). However, Aretha took offense to the comment and opted to address it at a later time.
There’s been so much going on around her (Houston), around the service, around the drugs, around her and Bobby (Brown) supposed to be fighting, I didn’t want to add anything to that and I didn’t want to be a part of that.
Five years later, Aretha is ready to speak on the situation. She says that she saw Dionne last week at the Tribeca Film Festival’s premiere of mentor Clive Davis’ documentary, “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” and she also performed. Aretha says of their interaction,
She said, ‘Give me a hug.’ I said, ‘Oh hell no. You couldn’t be serious’.
When asked if she wanted an apology she replied,
I don’t care about her apology, at this point it isn’t about an apology, it’s about libel. We’ve never been friends and I don’t think that Dionne has ever liked me.
Dionne has responded about the situation, via her rep, stating:
She will not dignify a response to the statement made by Aretha Franklin.
Aretha has yet to comment on Glady’s recent comments.
Janet Jackson took to social media on Monday [May 1], with a message for her fans, particularly those still holding on to tickets from one of the 70+ tour dates she postponed after announcing her pregnancy with husband Wissam Al Mana last year.
“I’m continuing my tour as promised. I’m so excited, so excited,” Jackson announced. She started off the recording by addressing the state of her family, expressing bliss over finally having a healthy child of her own, before confirming that she and the child’s father, Wissam Al Mana are currently in court and going through with a divorce. But then she got around to the music, which fans have long awaited since being left to dry after her release of Unbreakable in October of 2015.
What had been titled after her album, as the Unbreakable Tour, will this time around be named the State of the World Tour. It will be a North American trek, with 56 shows, and will kick off on September 7th in Lafayette, Louisiana. The tour will conclude in December, when it lands in Atlanta one week before Christmas. Those Unbreakable Tour ticket holders looking to circle their date on the calendar will be able to do so, without any additional cost. Fans looking to purchase admission to one of the added dates will be able to go on Live Nation to buy their seats starting on May 5th.
Janet Jackson reportedly officially split from her third husband, Qatari Wissam Al Mana, and the timing couldn’t be worse: Jackson just had her first baby (at age 50!) with Wissam a few months ago.
But according to some reports, it may be the case that Jackson has wanted out of this relationship for a long, long while.
The couple met back in 2010 and married 2 years later. Jackson had been married before, but both were unconventional affairs; the first was when she eloped at 18 with a singer, and that lasted just 3 months. She was also secretly married to Rene Elizondo throughout most of the ‘90s, but that relationship only became officially known when she paid him off in the divorce.
So really, this is the first ‘traditional’ marriage Jackson’s been apart of. And on the surface, everything seemed fine. Their first child, a baby boy named Eissa, was born in January, and from an outsider’s perspective, she’s been inseparable from the infant, hardly ever seen outside of the home.
But dig a little deeper, and there’ve been plenty of hints that life’s not all sunshine and rainbows for Jackson. Fans will have noticed that her dress and demeanor has changed at concerts; she’s gone from the wild, racy star everyone loves to putting on much more conservative performances, even speaking in Arabic during concerts. These changes are being blamed on Wissam, who’s a very strict practicing Muslim.
That control over her life seems to have ratcheted up after the pregnancy was announced. Apparently he has very specific demands about how the child should be raised, and has been a major factor in keeping Janet out of the spotlight since.
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R&B trio TGT, consisting of Tank, Tyrese, and Ginuwine, had a falling out over monetary differences in 2015, and things resurfaced again on Monday (April 10).
During an interview with The Breakfast Club, Tyrese was asked about rumors of an upcoming TGT album, which he shut down. Tyrese told the hosts that Ginuwine is still wanting to split the profits equally, saying, “I want to make this short and sweet. At the end of the day, you know, I feel like we’re all brothers, we’re all family, all the above.”
He then used Ludacris, who was sitting in the interview with him, as an example, saying, “If Cris is getting $200,000 a show and I’m getting $30,000 a show, I think my motivation to split equal with Cris would be pretty obvious.”
Ginuwine and Tank responded on Instagram, which you can see in the above slide.
The world is mourning the loss of one of the most influential musicians of all time, Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry. Chuck Berry was credited with “(laying) the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.” Berry was responsible for such timeless classics as “Johnny B. Goode”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Rock and Roll Music” and many others. Police were called to Chuck Berry’s house in St. Charles, Missouri where they found him unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead at the age of 90.
Paula Patton took her fight with Robin Thicke to a new level yesterday, obtaining a restraining order against her ex-husband and revealing his alleged “long history of domestic abuse” in the process.
According to TMZ, Patton went to court to seek a restraining order against Thicke so he can’t come near her, their son, Julian, or her mom. The judge granted the order, citing the many accusations of domestic violence committed by Robin Thicke that were clocked by the court. Among them, a 2013 restraining order after Patton claimed Thicke punched her in the gut and pushed her to the ground when they were at the Cannes Film Festival.
There’s allegedly more. Paula claims Thicke threatened multiple times to “bash my f***ing head in.” She adds that he was also verbally abusive, has had a serious cocaine problem and once even called her while he was having sex with another woman.
As a result, Paula is seeking to have custody of 6-year-old Julian stripped from Thicke, and a judge has agreed to do so on a temporary basis. A source close to Robin denies Paula’s allegations, telling TMZ, “If these multi-year-old allegations were true, why is she only raising them now in the midst of a custody dispute where she’s the only one violating the judge by denying Robin access to the boy?”
Thicke has clapped back with accusations of his own, and has asked the Department of Child and Family Services to investigate her for emotional abuse.
These are some very serious allegations. Sadly, 6-year-old Julian is caught in this crossfire.
Written by Evelyn Diaz
When you say ‘black music,’ understand that you are talking about rock, jazz, R&B, reggae, funk, doo-wop, hip-hop, and Motown. Black people created it all. Being Puerto Rican, even salsa music stems back to the Motherland. So, in my world, black music means everything,”
“It’s what gives America its swag. I’m a child raised in the ‘90s. Pop music was heavily rooted in R&B from Whitney, Diddy, Dr. Dre, Boyz II Men, Aaliyah, TLC, Babyface, New Edition, Michael, and so much more. As kids this is what was playing on MTV and the radio. This is what we were dancing to at school functions and BBQs. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for these artists who inspired me. They have brought me so much joy and created the soundtrack to my life filled with memories that I’ll never forget,”
“Most importantly, they were the superstars that set the bar for me and showed me what it takes to sing a song that can get the whole world dancing, or give a performance that people will talk about forever. Watching them made me feel like I had to be as great as they were in order to even stand a chance in this music business. You gotta sing as if Jodeci is performing after you and dance as if Bobby Brown is coming up next.”
Those are some of the words concerning American music from Bruno Mars in a recent interview with Latina Magazine. Bruno is this months cover story and model. He had some frank words for the mag and also made sure people knew he was not afraid of his Puerta Rican past. He told the mag:
“I never once said I changed my last name to hide the fact that I’m Puerto Rican. Why would I fucking say that? Who are you fooling? And why would anyone say that? That’s so insulting to me, to my family. That’s ridiculous. My last name is Hernandez. My father’s name is Pedrito Hernandez, and he’s a Puerto Rican pimp. There’s no denying that. My dad nicknamed me Bruno since I was 2 years old. The real story is: I was going to go by ‘Bruno,’ one name. Mars just kind of came joking around because that sounds bigger than life. That was it, simple as that. I see people that don’t know what I am, and it’s so weird that it gets them upset. It’s an oxymoron—the music business; like the art business. You’re making a business out of these songs that I’m writing. And how are you going to tell me that this song that I’m writing is only going to be catered to Puerto Ricans or to white people or only Asian people. How are you going to tell me that? My music is for anybody who wants to listen to it.”