Michael Buble was told by David Foster, who has worked with the likes of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, that his ''genre of music'' wouldn't sell well.
Michael Buble was told his music wouldn't sell.
The 'Haven't Met You Yet' hitmaker has revealed that David Foster, who has worked with the likes of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, told him he would be happy to produce a record for him if he was to pay $100,000 a track.
He said: ''[David told me,] 'You will never be signed to my label, I will never produce you. You are talented but I see no record sales for this genre of music. To dismiss me, [Foster] said, 'For $100,000 a track, I will produce on spec a record for you, and because I'm an executive of Warner Bros they'll get first right of refusal. And then he pushed me out the door thinking he would never see me again.
Continue reading: Michael Buble Was Told His Music Wouldn't Sell
Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub on January 31st 2015 and died six months later after being placed in a medically-induced coma
Nick Gordon has been found legally responsible in the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. Bobbi Kristina died in July 2015, at the age of 22, after spending six months in a medically-induced coma after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub.
Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown, pictured in 2012
Gordon failed to turn up on Friday for his scheduled hearing in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Brown's estate last year. According to People magazine, because of Gordon’s failure to attend Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford said that anything alleged by the plaintiff is now admitted through omission.
Continue reading: Nick Gordon Found 'Legally Responsible' In Death Of Bobbi Kristina Brown
Brown was speaking to ABC News in an interview that will be broadcast on Tuesday evening's edition of '20/20'.
Bobby Brown believes that he and his ex-wife Whitney Houston failed their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, saying that both of them could have “been better” in a new interview nearly one year after his daughter’s tragic passing.
Bobbi Kristina Brown died in July 2015 at the age of 22, having never woken up from a coma since January 31st when she was found unresponsive and unconscious in her bathtub. The Fulton County Medical Examiner later found marijuana, alcohol, sedatives, anti-anxiety medications, morphine and what was described as a “cocaine-related substance” after a toxicology test.
Bobby Brown performing in November 2015
Continue reading: Bobby Brown Says He And Whitney Houston "Should Have Been Better" For Bobbi Kristina
The performance was set to air on 'The Voice's' season 10 finale later this month.
The estate of Whitney Houston has cancelled a planned duet between Christina Aguilera and a hologram of the late singer. Footage of the duet briefly leaked online on Thursday (May 19th) but the performance, which was set for ‘The Voice’s’ season 10 finale next week, has now been axed after Houston’s estate decided the hologram was ‘not ready to air’.
Christina Aguilera will not duet with the Whitney Houston hologram on ‘The Voice’ finale.
In a statement given to Entertainment Tonight, Pat Houston, the executor of the estate, said: “We are so appreciative of the opportunity for the Whitney Houston hologram to appear on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ with a talent pairing as extraordinary as Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston.”
Continue reading: Whitney Houston's Estate Cancels Christina Aguilera Hologram Duet
It is the first one to be endorsed by her family
Whitney Houston’s life is to be made into an official documentary, it has been revealed. The feature film will chart the star’s rise from gospel singer to global superstar but will not shy away from the darker side of the singer’s life which included drug addiction and a turbulent marriage.
Whitney Houston's life will be shown in an official documentary
Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald has been signed on to direct the film which is the first project to be endorsed by Whitney’s family.
Continue reading: Whitney Houston's Life To Be Shown In An Official Documentary
In a new interview with Dr. Phil, Gordon said Bobbi Kristina's use of drugs began to get worse after her mother Whitney Houston's death in 2012.
More than half a year since her death, Nick Gordon has opened up about the passing of his late girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown – and spoke about her drug use leading up to the fateful bathtub incident in January last year.
In an episode of ‘Dr. Phil’ due to be broadcast later this week, Gordon revealed to the host how Bobbi Kristina’s life seemed to spiral downwards after the death of her mother, Whitney Houston, three years previously, and that her use of drugs “got really bad” from that point onwards.
Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown in 2014
Continue reading: Nick Gordon Opens Up About Bobbi Kristina's Drug Use Before Her Death
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Relatives, Except Legal Guardians, Barred From Visiting Her After Photograph Leak A number of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s relatives have been banned from visiting her in hospice. The ban follows attempts by a relative to sell Bobbi’s photograph to media outlets.
Some members of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s extended family have been banned from visiting her in her hospice. An unknown number of relatives on her father Bobby Brown’s side have been barred from seeing her in what is suspected to be her final days. Their ban follows reports a relative attempted to hawk a photograph of 22-year-old Bobbi, who is currently in a comatose state, to a number of media outlets.
Bobbi Kristina Brown is currently in a hospice in Atlanta.
Read More: Bobbi Kristina Moved To A Hospice - A Timeline Of Her Hospitalisation.
Continue reading: Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Relatives, Except Legal Guardians, Barred From Visiting Her After Photograph Leak
Brown was filmed over the weekend telling an audience his daughter Bobbi Kristina was “awake”.
Bobby Brown's wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown has said her husband was in "an emotional state”, when he told an audience on Saturday that his daughter was “awake”. Browns comments caused conflicting reports on Bobbi Kristina’s condition to emerge, though the 22 year old is now said to have made improvements.
Bobby Brown said his daughter was “awake” during a Dallas concert on Saturday.
On Saturday Bobby Brown was filmed during a concert in Dallas telling the audience, "I could say today, Bobbi is awake…She's watching me.” However since Brown’s comments members of Bobbi Kristina’s extended family have offered differing reports on her progress.
Continue reading: Bobby Browns Wife Clarifies Bobbi Kristina 'Awake' Comments, Says Husband Was In An "Emotional State"
Cissy Houston has opened up about Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition. The 81-year-old stated she is prepared for the worst as there is "not a great deal of hope" for her granddaughter.
Cissy Houston has spoken out about her granddaughter's condition for the first time. Houston, the mother of Whitney Houston, revealed there's "not a great deal of hope" for her granddaughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown. Houston was interviewed on New York radio station, WBLS FM 107, on Wednesday (25th March). She revealed vague details of Brown's condition and thanked fans for their support and well wishes during this difficult time.
Bobbi Kristina Brown's grandmother claims there's "not a great deal of hope" about her condition.
Read More: Bobbi Kristina Moved From Hospital To Rehabilitation Centre, Source Claims.
Continue reading: Cissy Houston Opens Up About Bobbi Kristina's Condition, Claims There Is "Not A Great Deal Of Hope"
Bobbi Kristina Brown has reportedly been moved to a rehabilitation centre.
Bobbi Kristina Brown has been moved from hospital to a nearby rehabilitation centre, according to sources close to her family. The 21-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown has been in hospital for almost two months. She has been in a medically induced coma for the majority of her time in hospital and her condition reportedly remains the same.
Bobbi Kristina has reportedly been moved from hospital to a rehabilitation centre.
Read More: Bobbi Kristina Brown's Aunt Leolah Lashes Out Against Nick Gordon on Facebook.
Continue reading: Bobbi Kristina Moved From Hospital To Rehabilitation Centre, Source Claims
The daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston has been in a medically induced coma since January 31st.
Family, friends and members of the public gathered in Atlanta last night, (February 9th), at a candlelight vigil to pray for Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of late singer Whitney Houston. Brown has been in a medically induced coma for 11 days now and is fighting for her life after being found unresponsive in her bathtub.
Bobbi Kristina Brown in 2012
Hundreds of people gathered at the Amphitheater in Atlanta lighting a candle for the 21 year old and praying for a miracle in her recovery. According to People magazine, Tommy Brown spoke on behalf of Brown family and told the gatherers, ”I know she thanks all of y'all. Continue to pray for us. Remember when you wake up we should all pray for each other."
Continue reading: Family Of Bobbi Kristina Brown Holds Candlelight Vigil, As Reports Claim They Are Preparing To Turn Off Life Support
The 'Shake It Off' singer is now part of a very select club to have had TWO albums that have spent 10+ weeks at Number 1.
Taylor Swift has returned to the top of the American album charts yet again, making her only the second woman in Billboard history to have more than one album that has clocked up ten or more weeks at Number 1.
Her fifth album 1989 racked up equivalent sales of 101,000 in the week ending February 1st, consisting of 71,000 pure album sales, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. It has now spent ten non-consecutive weeks atop the chart, replicating the feat she achieved over 2008-09 with her second album Fearless.
Taylor Swift has equalled a chart record held by only six other artists
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Returns To Number 1, Matches Whitney Houston's Record
Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was found unconscious in a bathtub at her Atlanta home on Saturday morning (31st January) and has been hospitalised.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, has been found unconscious in a bathtub at her home in Atlanta. Brown was immediately rushed to hospital and her condition is unknown although reports suggest Brown is breathing. It is unclear why Brown fell unconscious but the incident has similarities to the circumstances in which her mother was found dead in 2012.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unconscious in a bathtub at her Atlanta home on Saturday.
Read More: Controversial Whitney Houston Biopic Brings In Big Ratings For Lifetime.
Continue reading: Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney Houston's Daughter, Hospitalised After Being Found Unconscious In Bathtub
Erika Jackson has filed for divorce from her husband of 18 years Randy Jackson.
Randy Jackson's wife has reportedly filed for divorce. Erika Jackson has filed the paperwork to end their 18 year relationship citing irreconcilable differences.
Randy Jackson and his wife Erika are reportedly divorcing.
Read More: On The Red Carpet At American Idol Season 13 Finale.
Continue reading: Randy Jacksons Wife Reportedly Files For Divorce After 18 Years Of Marriage
With the roles of Houston and Bobby Brown cast, the Lifetime biopic is taking shape.
Lifetime’s upcoming Whitney Houston biopic appears to be moving forward, with the announcement that Arlen Escarpeta has been cast as Bobby Brown. But despite the fact filming has just begun the movie is already being seen as controversial, with the late singer’s family voicing their objections. So what do we know already about the film and what aspects of Houston’s life can we expect it to focus on?
Yaya DaCosta in character as Whitey Houston
Continue reading: So, What Do We Know About Lifetime’s Whitney Houston Biopic?
A biopic is currently shooting in Los Angeles, detailing the life and times of the legendary singer.
Production is well underway on Lifetime's upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, which will feature some of the late singing legend's music. However, the songs will be retakes of Houston's hit tracks with Deborah Cox providing the vocals to Yaya DaCosta's acting abilities.
The former America's Next Top Model hopeful is playing Hosuton in the Angela Bassett-directed film but seemingly has been selected for her uncanny physical similarity to Houston rather than her voice match. Therefore, Cox will be singing the "vocal tracks" although "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," according to a Lifetime rep, via E!.
Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in Waiting to Exhale, is making her directorial debut with the Lifetime original movie about the singer, who died in 2007. In particular, the biopic will reportedly focus on Houston's relationship with Bobby Brown, who will be played by Arlen Escarpeta.
Continue reading: Deborah Cox To Sing Whitney Houston’s Hits As Lifetime Biopic Takes Shape
Yaya DaCosta, former 'America's Next Top Model' contestant and actress, is set to star as Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime biopic.
Yaya DaCosta has been cast as Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime biopic, according to reports in the Huffington Post. Whitney Houston's life is set to be adapted for the small screen by Lifetime and actress Angela Bassett is set to direct the film.
Yaya DaCosta has been cast as Whitney Houston.
Houston, who died in 2012 aged just 48, will be played by DaCosta. The actress and model first graced our screens when she appeared on America's Next Top Model Cycle 3 in 2004. She has since appeared in numerous television and film roles including, most recently, Lee Daniels' The Butler. The 31-year-old also appeared in such series as Ugly Betty, House and All My Children.
Continue reading: Yaya DaCosta To Play Whitney Houston In Lifetime Biopic
Whitney Houston's life, particularly her marriage to Bobby Brown, will be the subject of a Lifetime movie. Actress Angela Bassett is set to direct and the film, entitled 'Whitney Houston', will be broadcast next year.
Lifetime has announced it will be producing and broadcasting a film biopic of Whitney Houston and actress Angela Bassett will be directing.
Whitney Houston pictured in 2011.
Houston, who died in 2012 aged 48, led a turbulent yet highly fruitful life, marked by her phenomenal successes in both the music and film industry. However, her marriage to Bobby Brown was certainly difficult with rumours surrounding his infidelity, drug use and legal difficulties becoming well known and widely discussed. The couple married in 1992 and divorced in 2007, they have one daughter together Bobbi Kristina (now 21 years old).
Continue reading: Angela Bassett To Direct Lifetime Whitney Houston Biopic
Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, may have married her fiancé Nick Gordon in a secret ceremony. Brown shared the news on Twitter, although official confirmation is yet to be received.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, may well have married her fiancé Nick Gordon in a secret ceremony. 20-year-old Brown tweeted on Thursday (9th January) a picture of her and her new husband's wedding rings with their hands overlapping, adding the caption "happily married." She tagged Gordon in her post and added "So in love. If you didn't get it the first time that is."
Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown may have married!
Continue reading: Bobbi Kristina Brown & Nick Gordon Marry In Secret?
Drake's third album released, we round-up the critical opinion.
Three albums in and Drake has firmly found his place within the rap world. Not only does his latest record, Nothing Was The Same, deliver a self-assured sound and confident lyrics but it also marks a turning point for the rapper as he looks back and muses upon his rise to fame.
Drake Delivers A Solid Third Effort.
The album's lead single 'Started From The Bottom' is the most obvious rags-to-riches tune. Suitably anthemic for radio, the rap delivers some incisive lyrics about fame and fortune and has also had a rather funny music video released alongside.
Continue reading: Drake Releases 'Nothing Was The Same': Another Strong Rap Album For 2013?
Whitney's lover heard things that riled him
Ray J, the rapper and former lover of legendary singer Whitney Houston, apparently had his final moments with the deceased star's body marred by an unsavoury incident involving the police dispatched to the scene of her death.
Whitney Houston's Sudden, Accidental Death Came As A Shock To Many.
Houston, who was 48 when she died, was found in the bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel room suite. An investigation concluded that the singer's death was an accidental drowning as a result of heart disease and cocaine abuse.
Continue reading: Ray J Loses It After Cops Jeer At Whitney Houston Corpse
An LAPD officer allegedly made inappropriate comments about Whitney Houston's body after her death. The complaint has been filed by another officer but the LAPD are not interested in reopening the inquiry into Houston's death. They have, however, promised to investigate the officer's comments.
A complaint has been filed by former LAPD SWAT sergeant Brian Weir, which alleges, that one of his former colleagues, Detective Sergeant Terry Nutall, made inappropriate comments about Whitney Houston's dead body.
Whitney Houston photographed in 2011 at a pre-Grammy party.
Houston was found on February 11th last year in her bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hilton. It seems when her body was found, she was covered with a sheet which Nutall, responding to the incident, removed in order to make comments about her appearance. The 48-year-old singer was found submerged in her hotel room bathtub, the L.A. Coroner later ruled she had died of accidental drowning with cocaine use and heart disease listed as contributing factors.
Continue reading: LAPD Officer Accused Of Commenting Inappropriately On Whitney Houston's Dead Body
The rapper was incensed after hearing laughter.
There is mounting evidence that there was severe police misconduct upon the discovery of legendary singer Whitney Houston's dead body. Houston died on 11th February 2012 after what was discovered to be an accidental drowning as a result of cocaine abuse and heart disease.
Whitney Houston Died In 2012 In A Hotel Suite.
Ray J, who had been romantically linked to Houston, arrived at the Beverly Hills hotel suite where the star died in the bathtub. The rapper was told to wait outside whilst police and paramedics carried out their checks and investigations.
Continue reading: Ray J Furious After Cop's Lewd Remarks On Whitney Houston's Corpse
She'll need to celebrate quietly.
If we were Ariana Grande and we'd just been told we were the 15th female solo artist to have their debut album go straight to number one on the Billboard chart, we'd want to make some noise. However, the 20 year-old popstar is not allowed to whoop raucously at the success of Yours Truly so instead she'll have to whisper "yay" quietly.
Ariana Has Wowed With Her Debut Album.
What she's lacked in vocal noise of late, she's made up for in excited tweets, announcing her success with a screenshot of Billboard's congratulatory with with the caption "Dream come true... Thank you guys so much for making it possible."
Continue reading: Ariana Grande Recovering From Vocal Cord Haemorrhage As Debut Album Hits No.1
Dionne Warwick has reportedly paid her tax, though chose not to address the penalties and interest.
Dionne Warwick, one of the biggest names in soul music history, has filed for bankruptcy in the US after racking up worrying debts of $10 million in taxes, since 1991. It's becoming an all too familiar scenario in the celebrity world, with numerous high-profile stars now getting chased up for their owed taxes. The 'Walk On By' singer owes $7 million to the IRS and more than $3 million in business taxes to the state of California, reports BBC News.
Warwick, 72, has sold over 100 million records worldwide since the 1960s, though has fallen victim to poor financial management, according to her publicist. He added that Warwick had paid back the actual amount of taxes but not the penalties and interest accumulated over the years.
In documents filed in New Jersey, the singer listed around $21,000 in month income and a similar amount in monthly expenses. Her publicist said she had "repeatedly attempted to offer re-payment plans and proposals to the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board for taxes owed."
Continue reading: How Did Dionne Warwick End Up With Debts Of $10 Million?
Several obsessive fan letters to Whitney Houston also among the 128 pages worth of documents.
Whitney Houston FBI files have been released by the American government agency in agreement with the Freedom Of Information Act, with the consequently public documents revealing several investigations into extortion, while they also contain several overzealous letters from fans whom officials were keeping an eye on.
The FBI have a history of both surveying and helping out top stars, and Houston was evidently in close contact with the agency, with USA Today reporting that some 128 pages of files have been released in connection to the late singer. Though nothing appears to have come from any of the investigations, the most substantial incident looked into appeared to be a suspected extortion case dating back to 1992, that eventually closed without prosecution. The documents revealed show a letter that was sent to the New Jersey offices of Houston’s, from a woman who claimed that she had intimate details of the star’s private life, including romantic relationships, which she would make public unless she was paid $100,000. In investigating the case, the FBI subsequently interviewed Houston and her father, John Houston, as well as two lawyers. The woman was apparently a friend of Houston’s, and the singer does admit in the documents that she confided in her.
Continue reading: Whitney Houston FBI Files Reveal Potential Extortion Cases
Clive Davis comes out as bisexual in his new memoir The Soundtrack of My Life
The twice-married and twice-divorced record executive Clive Davis has come out as bisexual in his new memoir The Soundtrack Of My Life. The 80-year-old has never before publically addressed his sexuality, though refers to his "bisexual life," in the concluding pages of the book, due in stores today, reports Rolling Stone magazine.
Davis reflects on his first sexual encounter with a man during "the era of Studio 54," writing, "On this night, after imbibing enough alcohol, I was open to responding to his sexual overtures. Was I nervous? Absolutely. Did the heavens open up? No. But it was satisfying." Afterwards, Davis writes that he went through a period of "soul searching and self-analysis," saying, "I didn't feel as if I had found, or was even searching for, my true self. I had not been at all repressed or confused during either of my marriages."
Davis separated from his second wife several years later and entered into a "monogamous relationship," with a male doctor, who is not named in the book. That relationship ended in 2004, though the mogul notes he has been in a relationship with another man ever since. The book - a sequel to his now out-of -print 1975 memoir Clive: Inside the Record Business - is devoted to his interactions with some of the world's biggest artists over the years. Interestingly, he recalls a particualr conversation with Bruce Springsteen's manager at the time Mike Appell, suggesting that Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J needed a couple more radio friendly songs. Springsteen subsequently wrote 'Blinded By The Light' and 'Sprit In The Night.'
Continue reading: Who Knew?! Twice Married Clive Davis Comes Out As Bisexual In Memoir
The Super Bowl half-time entertainment shows have slowly evolved into one of the biggest deals in the entertainment industry. Get it right, get richer (you’ll already be rich, if you’re performing at the Super Bowl, these days). Get it wrong? Suffer at least 12 months of ridicule and about a fortnight of humiliation every year subsequently, as people like us dig up lists like this to remind everyone of your shame.
A good Super Bowl Halftime Show can be life-affirming. Patriotism in its finest form; live music at its glitziest and its most extravagant. Here are five of the best:
5. Diana Ross, Sun Devil Stadium, 1996
Continue reading: The Best And The Worst Performances In Super Bowl History (Videos)
Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub on February 11th 2012. Her death, which has since been deigned to have been an accident, came as a complete shock to the family and has been put down to her excessive drug use. Now, almost a year on, her brother, Michael, and mother, Cissy, have spoken to Oprah about their beloved and missed sister and daughter, reports the Daily Mail.
In the interview, they affectionately referred to Whitney as 'Nippy', which was a nickname she was given in the family. Tragically, her brother admitted to being the person to introduce Whitney to drugs. "I feel responsible I let it go so far," he told Oprah, pushing back tears. "We were always being together most of the time and her following behind me. I taught her to drive, we played together, everything you do as you're growing up. If you do drugs, you do that together too... and it just got out of hand."
In a less heart-wrenching story, Whitney's mother, Cissy, spoke about how her own talents were passed down to Whitney. "I made her what she was," she boasted. "She had been watching me in sessions and on stage for years, picking up[techniques]... My son Michael used to joke with me about Nippy's technique-" Ma," he'd say, "Nippy should be in jail for stealing all your riffs and everything. You should sue her."'
People magazine have revealed some of the details of the memoir written by Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston. Whitney died almost a year ago, in a hotel bathroom in Beverley Hills, on the eve of last year’s Grammy Awards. In the book, Remembering Whitney, Cissy reveals that she is angry that Whitney died alone. She also reveals that – unlike many others – she does not blame Bobby Brown for her daughter’s drug problems.
“I'm angry she died alone, in those conditions," says Cissy. "I'm still mad about that." Cissy struggled to curtail Whitney’s drug use though, worried that she would end up pushing her away completely. “She started partying and she didn't really know how to stop… I used to wonder what she was doing at night, where she was.” Cissy explains that although she was shocked to see Whitney’s gaunt appearance at the 2001 Michael Jackson tribute concert, she did not express her concern to her daughter. “What was the point?" Cissy asks in the book. "I didn't want her to run completely away from me.
On the subject of Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, Cissy explains that although Bobby’s treatment of Whitney was wrong, she does not blame him for the fact that she developed drug problems. “I blame him for the way he treated her," she writes, "but I don't blame him for her drug problems." Still, she adds: "He was no help to her at all." Remembering Whitney will be published by Harper Collins.
Continue reading: Cissy Houston's Memoir: Whitney Houston's Mom Doesn't Blame Bobby Brown For Drug Problems
New evidence has been unearthed surrounding Whitney Houston’s unexpected death in February this year.
Private investigator Paul Huebl claims that he has uncovered evidence that shows that the star had been involved with drugs and eventually falling victim to debt collectors. The PI said toThe National Inquirer: “I have evidence that points to Whitney being a victim of high-powered drug dealers who sent thugs to collect a huge debt she owed for drugs.” According to him, the singer owed money in excess of $1.5million to dealers before her death. The detective claims that he has CCTV footage, pointing to Whitney having been attacked by two men, as well as a coroner’s report which shows evidence of a struggle, prior to the singer’s death.
None of this evidence has been confirmed as valid thus far, but Huebl has said that he is turning all of his leads, collected through a network of informants, over to the FBI in an effort to resolve the case once and for all. After Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her hotel room on February 12th, 2012, the coroner’s report showed large traces of cocaine in her blood and her death was attributed to a chronic substance abuse and heart problems. Whether Huebl’s claims will shed any new light on the case, remains to be seen.
Halle Berry and Chaka Khan will be amongst the honourees being recognised by BET for their contribution to the advancement of the African American population during next years awards presentation.
The network announced the news today (Dec 20) that Berry and Khan would be amongst next years inductees into the honour list, with basketball star Lisa Leslie, music executive Clarence Avant and religious leader T.D. Jakes also being honoured. The ceremony will take place on January 12th in Washington, D.C., at the Warner Theatre. The show special airs on BET a month later on February 11th, with a host of special performances also taking place on the night.
BET Honors are awarded yearly to African Americans who have been recognised by BET as having exceeded in their fields of music, literature, entertainment, education and more. The awards presentation was devised in 2008 by the broadcasting company to coincide with Black History Month, with Alicia Keys, Tyra Banks, Magic Johnson, Tyler Perry, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder having been honoured in the past. Next years ceremony will be presented by Gabrielle Union, with the list of performers at the event being held for the time being. At least this gives Halle something to look forward to, should she be fearing her Christmas celebrations go the same way as her Thanksgiving festivities went.
Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon's relationship has been controversial to say the least, considering that they're lawful family members. Brown is, of course, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston, while Gordon was adopted.
To further exacerbate the situation, they're appearing on Lifetime series, "The Houstons", which documents Houston's family lives for everyone's perusal. It was on Twitter, though, that rumours of their breakup surfaced. "@REALbkBrown and I are not engaged or dating. Just close like we have always been," Gordon wrote on the social media site, while Brown posted, "I guess it's time 4me2stop depending on anymore. It's my time2follow what Mom&The Lord put out on this path for me.#Thankful. Mom xxo," on Monday. ""Who do I trust in this world? Pfft well that's easy beezie, #Myself, No1 will kno's me like ME&They'd rather not take thtchance2knoME, &2me," she added. An executive producer for their reality show, with marketing on his or her mind, interjected with a request: "@nickgordon @realbkbrown watch to see how it all unfolds on #TheHoustons on @lifetimetv.
The second bit of news - and it's only second because no one got hurt - is that Brown was involved in a frightening car crash while leaving her apartment in Alpharetta, Georgia, after allegedly losing control of the car while making a left turn, The New York Daily News reported. Brown left the scene uninjured, and no drugs or alcohol are suspected in the accident. "My#PersonalGuardianAngel** thankumom*miss&loveumre u'lleverkno. NotAScratch&ok *** Wow,PraiseGod. @nickdgordon ***#SeriousChangeswithinME," she wrote shortly after the accident, thanking her mother for watching over her.
Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney are amongst the artists to have songs inducted into the Grammy Museum’s Hall of Fame in 2013. Dylan has ‘the Times They Are A Changin’’ up for the honour and Macca has ‘Band on the Run’ on the list.
In a statement from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, reported by the Sacramento Bee, Neil Portnow said “With the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations. Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social and cultural history.”
One stipulation of being entered onto the list is that the song must have been recorded at least 25 years ago and have had lasting significance. Also on the list of inductees are Whitney Houston and Elton John’s self-titled albums, Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man,’ recordings by James Brown, Richard Pryor and Little Richard, amongst others. Next year’s Grammy awards will be broadcast on February 10, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT on the CBS Network, they are amongst the most highly regarded awards in the music industry. This years awards were marked with a tribute to the late Whitney Houston, who died just the day before the ceremony.
Continue reading: Bob Dylan And Paul McCartney Songs Among Grammy Hall Of Fame List
Since 1973, the Grammys have been inducting particular recordings that have stood the test of time into their hall of fame. The list doesn't only include music and one of the most famous hall of famers in there is Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' speech. The institution have just released a few of the artists and tracks that will be included in the hall of fame for 2013 on their home website.
Included in the list are James Brown, Bob Dylan, Carlos Gardel, Buck Owens, Richard Pryor, Little Richard, Paul McCartney & The Wings, and Billy Joel. Neil Portnow, the President and CEO of the Recording Academy spoke of next year's importance. "With the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations," he said. "Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social, and cultural history."
There are a couple of tracks in this years list of 27 entrants that are surprising, if only that it's take 40 years for them to make the cut. Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York' will be in the hall of fame as of next year, though surely its iconographic status had already more proven its worth. AC/DC's 'Back in Black' also appears in the list. Perhaps to pay tribute to a great figure in music, Whitney Houston's self titled album will also be inducted, marking the further great achievements and talents from all over the world, and rounding off a great 40 years of the Grammy hall of fame.
Singer Bobby Brown pleaded not guilty to his second DUI charge in seven months, with the troubled singer potentially looking at a maximum of two years behind bars if he is convicted.
The New Jack Swing wunderkind entered the plea through his lawyer, Tiffany Feder, and did not appear at the hearing in person in front of the awaiting media and his Los Angeles County criminal judge. The New York Daily News reported that Brown, who was husband to the late Whitney Houston during her darkest years, was successful in his plea of not guilty and ordered to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week in the build up to his follow-up hearing on December 13th.
His second offence of the year saw Brown get pulled over by a Californian police officer at around 1 a.m. on Oct. 24 for an alleged traffic violation, with Sgt. Pablo Monterrosa telling the NY Daily News shortly after that although he failed the field sobriety test and the Breathalyzer he was cooperative throughout the whole procedure, something that no doubt added to his slap on the hand punishment in front of the judge. However, it isn't over yet for Brown as the court hearing in December could potentially see the star get sent behind bars for up to two years.
The daughter of the late Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina, is to receive $20m from her mother's estate, after reaching the end of a complicated legal battle, Entertainmentwise reports.
Kristina was entangled in legal complications with her grandmother Cissy Houston and her aunt Pat after they attempted to put a stop to the original payment schedule, claiming those close to Bobbi would take advantage of her fortune, but reports suggest that those issues have been resolved, and the young star is set for a windfall. She will receive the money in three segments, more specifically, she can expect three large payments: the first 10 per cent when she turns 21, nearly 20 per cent when she turns 25 and the rest when she hits 30. It was, in fact, revealed soon after Houston's sudden death in February at the age of 48, that Bobbi was the sole beneficiary to her estate.
Currently starring in The Houstons: On Our Own; the show that follows her family around, Bobby is engaged to Nick Gordon, who Whitney took in as a son when he was 12. The pair have had to deny the accusations of wrongdoing, with Nik saying, "Everyone gets it wrong, I was never officially ... it's not incest." But family relatives are not convinced."How do you go from being a brother to being a boyfriend?" Houston's brother Gary says on the reality TV show. "It's a crazy concept."
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Fears surrounding the health and well being of the late Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, after her mother's death, have been loudly vocalised by her family, particularly aunt Pat and grandmother Cissy. Undoubtedly, the fears arise in the light of Houston's difficulty with drugs and her premature death, earlier this year.
In response to their concerns, Pat and Cissy chose to go ahead with court proceedings in an attempt to stop Bobbi Kristina from getting her hands on the massive $20m inheritance left to her by her mother. Grandmother, Cissy Houston is 'deathly afraid'- according to TMZ- that Bobbi Kristina will meet the same tragic end as her mother. The case filed by Cissy and Pat is not to remove the inheritance from Whitney's only daughter, but rather to rearrange the schedule by which it is given to her. It has now been made clear that the court has dismissed the case, as Cissy backs out, and Bobbi will receive the money as was stated in the will. That is, she will receive an estimated $2m at the age of 21, $4m when she turns 25, and the final instalment of $14m at 30. No matter when she gets it, it's a helluva lot of money.
Bobbi's engagement to her step-brother Nick Gordon has also raised eyebrows, particularly in her family, few of whom are taking it very seriously. Having lost her mother at the age of 18 everyone expected her to run off the rails a little bit, but so far she's doing really well, and she agrees, as she told Access Hollywood, "I'm doing better than I ever thought I would." Whether that's because her family are keeping close tabs on her, or whether her mother has endowed her with good sense doesn't matter, we simply hope she continues doing well- learning all the right lessons from her late mother.
The Houstons: On Our Own premiered on US TV yesterday (October 24, 2012) and the general consensus seems to be that this simply isn’t a show that needed to be made right now.
Whitney Houston only passed away in February, yet already, the cameras are rolling inside the Houston family home, where her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, her mother, Cissy Houston and her brother Gary are all mourning her death and dealing with the media attention that has swamped their family like never before.
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Singer Bobby Brown was arrested early this morning, Wednesday, October 24th, on the suspicion of a DUI - his second such arrest this year, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Los Angeles Police Department Officer Venus Hall said officers pulled Brown over near the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Corbin Avenue about 1 a.m. and "when they approached him, they smelled the alcohol." It is still unknown if Brown took a Breathalyzer test but Hall said he was booked and released. If the story turns out to be valid, then Brown really should have known better; he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in March near the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue. The police pulled him over for talking on his cellphone but then administered a field sobriety test and arrested him. This earned him three years' informal probation and a day in jail, as well as participation in a 90-day alcohol education program and a $390 fine.
Bobby is, of course, the ex-husband of Whitney Houston, who died in February after an accidental drowning complicated by the effects of heart disease and cocaine, which was found in her system. The couple's relationship was notoriously turbulent, and the two waged public battles with substance abuse before divorcing after 15 years of marriage in 2007.
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For many, a new reality TV show that follows the family's every move wouldn't be an ideal way to aid the grieving process after a dramatic death, but for Whitney Houston's family, 'The Houstons: On Our Own' has been a great help.
"The show has kept the family close together, (instead of) isolated from one another. We talk about things, we are very open, and we pay attention to the ones who need consoling the most. Doing the show certainly has helped in a huge way," Pat Houston, Whitney's manager and sister-in-law, told Reuters. "There are preconceptions about the family that just aren't true. We are a strong family, a working family, and a typical family. Our family member just happens to be an icon," she added. "You will see a family that is grieving, that loves one another. You will see a family that is trying to move on."
The reality TV show makes its debut this Wednesday (October, 24) and will set the stage for a November of tributes to the troubled singer, who tragically passed away earlier on in 2012 after drowning in the bathtub, having taken cocaine. Upcoming projects include an official glossy book of photos, a compilation album of Houston's biggest hits that features a new duet version of "I Look To You" with R. Kelly, and the November 16 TV broadcast of a special Grammy tribute starring Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Celine Dion.
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The brand new X-Factor judge, Britney Spears, attended a 'solemn' emotional tribute to Whitney Houston entirely organised and funded by the Grammys entitled “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston” held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles this week. The esteemed guests all chose to not broach the darker sides of Houston's later life, instead opting for a celebratory slant, praising her career and achievements.
There were numerous musical tributes in the show. Usher sang 'I Believe In You and Me' and Cece Winans and Yolanda Adams gave a duet of 'Count on me'. According to NY Daily News, Houston's family broke down in tears at the gospel singers' rendition of the song. Jennifer Hudson opted for more up-beat song choices and went for a medly of How Will I Know, I'm Every Woman and I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Celine Dion was also meant to be performing but unfortunately couldn't make it. She has, however, recorded her own version of 'Greatest Love of All' but it will be included on the hour long show which will be aired on CBS in November.
Spears said that she “admired Whitney” and that it was a cover of Houston's 'I Have Nothing' that ended up winning her a record deal. Halle Berry was another guest at the event whose speech was particularly moving. She spoke of Houston's impact upon women: “She inspired a generation of little girls and women to believe in their own dream and to know that they had within themselves the greatest gift of all... I was one of those little girls who then became a woman who never ever, ever, stopped loving Whitney Houston."
Bobbi Kristina Brown appears to have confirmed the slightly disturbing news that she has gotten engaged to her adopted brother Nick Gordon.
The daughter of the late Whitney Houston and the former New Jack Swing wunderkind Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina made the news public during the sneak peak of her new reality TV show set to air in the near future. The show, The Houstons: On Our Own, is a fly-on-the-wall account of the ins and outs of the Houston family, following the death of Whitney, showing how the clan are surviving after her tragic passing earlier this year.
19 year-old Bobbi had been asked countless times in the past whether her controversial love affair was fact or fiction and the teenager had rebuffed the claims on numerous occasions, insisting that they weren’t true. Now it seems that the claims were not only true, but also that the two may have been pretty serious about their relationship.
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Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late, great Whitney Houston, is engaged to her step-brother, Nick Gordon. In Bobbi's defence, she's still a teenager and her mum died this year, a combination that promotes neither common sense nor sanity.p>Sometimes ending up in a relationship with a step-sibling isn't really, really weird. But that's more when you barely know each other before adulthood, didn't grow up together and are not necessarily close enough to consider your parent's partner as your adoptive mother. That's not the case with this pair. Nick Gordon has lived with the Houston's for ten years, since his father went to prison, which means Bobbi has lived with her older-brother-come-fiancee since the age of 9.
Since her mother's death, Bobbi has been the subject of a new reality TV show to be called “The Houstons: On Our Own” which will begin airing on October 24th. Bobbi originally denied reports of the engagement, after she was shot with a stunning diamond and sapphire ring on her ring finger, but in the trailer for the show she's seen 'professing her love' for Nick Gordon as the Huffington Post puts it.
Gary and Patricia Houston are also seen in the trailer, both of whom are shocked and outraged. Patricia, Whitney's sister in law and manager, said “Engagement? This is unacceptable.” While Gary, clearly bemused said "No one knew that from a godson that you would turn into a boyfriend... No one knew that."
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It's been something of a hot topic for the Houston family in recent weeks, and now all could be revealed; is Bobbi Kristina Brown really engaged to her childhood friend Nick Gordon? Aged just 18, Brown caused a shock when, in the wake of her mother Whitney Houston's death, she was seeing kissing and canoodling with Gordon. The pair have since formed a relationship and there are rumours that they're planning to get married.
Now a clip previewing the forthcoming reality show 'The Houstons: On Our Own' shows Brown flashing a sapphire rock that once belonged to her mother, standing next to Gordon and telling her family "we're engaged." So what's the big deal about all this? Well, although not related by blood, Gordon was taken in by the Houston family when Brown was extremely young, and the pair of them have grown up, in effect, as brother and sister together.
This change of affairs that's come out during an extremely tough year for the family, hasn't gone down well with many of Brown's relatives at all. "A lot of teenagers, when they hit 18, they think they're grown," her aunt Pat Houston told ABCNews.com. "They think they know it all, they think they know about relationships. You just have to be there to navigate and guide them." She added, "You have to hope that their feelings will not get hurt, but they will."
An energetic cast and some terrific music make up for the rather hackneyed plot of this Dreamgirls-style drama. Remade from a 1976 film, the story is that familiar trajectory of musicians who achieve fame only to fall into a string of ugly problems. It's just about watchable, but what makes it notable is that it features Whitney Houston in her last film role.
It's set in 1968 Detroit, where Sister (Ejogo) is determined to become a star. Her singer-songwriter sister Sparkle (Sparks) is the one with real talent, but she's happy to stay in the background with their other sister Dee (Sumpter). As Sister and Her Sisters, they are managed by Stix (Luke), a fast-talking charmer who falls for Sparkle. But the girls' intensely religious mother (Houston) is under no illusions: she has been there, done that and continually warns her daughters that they shouldn't go the same way she did. But of course, they have to live their messy lives themselves.
Since it's such a familiar story, the film has a cheesy, soapy feel to it, playing on the sisters' rebellion against their religious upbringing. Of course, danger is represented in the men they fall for. While good-girl Sparkle tries to keep Stix at arms' length for awhile at least, Sister must choose between two men: the poor but nice Levi (Hardwick) and the flashy but drug-addled Satin (Epps). Since we know that she will choose the wrong guy, we know it's not going to be a happy journey for her. But this trawl through the dark side gives Ejogo a chance to steal the film with a much more emotionally charged performance.
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Bobbi Kristina Brown has been in a nasty car accident with her boyfriend Nick Gordon. Whitney Houston’s daughter was allegedly having an argument with her beau when he was driving their black 2012 Camaro, TMZ reported today (September 26, 2012).
The details of the incident are sketchy so far but the photos obtained by TMZ show the vehicle looking pretty smashed up. There are no current reports of either Bobbi Kristina or Nick being hurt; the airbags were deployed and it seems that he somehow managed to drive the car back to their shared apartment in its damaged state.
The accident happened in Alphretta, Georgia, on Sunday night (September 23, 2012) and no other vehicle is thought to have been involved. The bumper of the car appears to have been torn right off, the front right tire is missing and the wheel badly damaged. The photos do not show the left hand side of the vehicle, so it’s unclear if any damage was done to the driver’s side as well.
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Last night’s X Factor auditions were fraught with tension, when one young hopeful’s moment in the spotlight ended in a dramatic tantrum. 21 year-old Krysten Colon’s audition was beset with problems from the offset, despite her telling judges that she was confident she would convince them of her talent. However, as she trembled through her rendition of Adele’s ‘Don’t You Remember?’ she was cut short and Simon explained that he didn’t feel that her personality was shining through.
Krysten, who pronounced her surname ‘cologne’ as opposed to the way it looks as though it may be pronounced, was given a second chance but her take on Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’ was marred by the sound of thunder outside the building, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her confidence still eluded her and she struggled to hit the notes in the challenging Whitney classic. Judge Britney Spears’ face said it all: she grimaced as Krysten struggled through the song. Then, in a stroke of perfect irony, lightning struck the building, causing some of the power to go and putting an abrupt and welcome end to the performance. “There was a reason that happened,” said Simon Cowell. The X Factor judges gave her four ‘no’s.
Krysten then stormed offstage in a flood of tears, which promptly gave way to anger. As a family member said to her “Krysten you said you weren’t going to do this,” she went on and very much did it… She shouted at the family members who had gone to support her and then threw water all over one of The X Factor cameras before running off into the storm, leaving her mum to apologize for her behavior.
Houston doesn't have to stretch too far to play Rachel Marron, a bitchy diva surrounded by luxury and sycophants who finds her path to the pinnacle of musical and cinematic stardom blocked by a particularly nasty anonymous stalker who has made an increasingly scary series of threats. Enter Kevin Costner as Frank Farmer, an ex-Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to protect Ronald Reagan from John Hinckley's bullet. Frank signs on as a security consultant and immediately battens down the hatches, much to the displeasure of the uptight Rachel, who's used to getting things her way.
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