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Stokley Williams ran down Mint Condition’s successful discography during an interview with VladTV, and he revealed that the first album was actually the demo that a lot of labels turned down. He went on to explain that “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” was one of their biggest hits, but all the labels kept telling them that they didn’t have one hit on the demo.
Moving along, Stokley spoke about touring with Janet Jackson and Toni Braxton, along with putting out their hit song “What Kind of Man Would I Be,” which stirred up a lot of conversation about infidelity. To hear more of what Stokley had to say, including how their fourth album didn’t do as well as the group wanted, hit the above clip.
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.
See the clip.
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.
VladTV Staff Writer
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.