Alicia Keys shows off son Egypt for the first time

On Thursday, R&B singer Alicia Keys stepped out along with her husband and her son, in New York City. This was the first time she showed off her son, Egypt.

Alicia Keys hasn’t made a fuss about her family and especially her son. But on Thursday, she went for a walk with her husband, Swizz Beatz, and her son Egypt, who is now 8 months old.  This was Egypt’s first public appearance. The cutie was wearing t-shirt and jeans and was held but his father. Keys hid her eyes under o pair of sunglasses and decided to fight the heat outside with as much white as she could wear. The three members of the family seemed to be in a very good mood. They quickly got into an SUV.

Eight months ago, in October, just after the birth of her son, Alicia Keys explained how being a mother has changed her way of perceiving life.
“Never have I felt such disbelief, such awe, humility, godliness, such strength, power and possibility” she said back then, adding a tender and cute description of her newborn baby: “I’ve never seen a more beautiful face in my LIFE! The most perfect eyes and beautiful nose, the sweetest lips and skin so soft and kissable!”

Alicia Keys, 30, and music producer Swizz Beatz, 32, ( real name: Kasseem Daoud Dean) announced their engagement in May 2010. At the same time they said they are expecting a child together. They had been dating for a couple of years. Rumours claim that Swizz was still married to singer Mashonda when they began seeing each other. Later in 2008 he separated from his wife. However, the new couple did not appear in public together until 2009. It was then that they confirmed their relationship. Swizz was in the process of getting a divorce from Mashonda, which was not going pretty well. It was a messy process, including the public spat on Twitter.

It’s been a while since then, and both  Keys and Beatz seem happy with their new family.

Rapper Bow Wow has a baby girl

On Wednesday, rapper and actor Bow Wow revealed on his website the great news: his is the father of a beautiful little girl, Us Magazine reports. The artist feels like his life has a new purpose now.

At 24 years old, rapper Bow Wow, whose real name is Shad Gregory Moss, has fulfilled one of the main purposes of his life: becoming a parent. He announced his joy on his website saying:
“For the past three years [I’ve] been battling life. I felt as if I had no purpose to live (Thinking selfishly) until God gave me the illest gift of my life. No [Lamborghini], no [American Express Black Card] nothing amounts to my lil girl.

The hip-hip artist explains how his little girl changed his life, making him into a better person and helping him see the world in a new light. “My lil girl is getting BIG fast. I love every minute of it. She inspires me to go harder. Even made me treat my mother better, it’s like it made me into a man overnight.”
He also adds a few more details. First, the baby was not born recently. Though he does not clearly specify the child’s age, from his announcement we realize that it has been a while since she was born. He admits to have kept her a secret and gives a short but concise explanation: “I was nervous on how yall would look at me”.

Bow Wow, who first entered the music business under the name of Lil Bow Wow  at the age of 13, does not reveal the name of the baby’s mother either, but he does specify that they are not a couple and so, they are not living together. “Baby gotta stay with they momma and all dat bull. I hate that! So i have to fly 5 hrs away to see her.” Apparently he missed out on many things in his daughter’s life but admits one thing: “Yes! I change diapers. Ain’t as bad as I thought.”

He reveals that this is his first child and also reveals his name for her when he writes “Shai Shai daddy love u too!”


Taylor Swift cancels three more shows due to illness

The country pop star Taylor Swift announced on Wednesday that she will cancel three more shows due to her illness. The concerts in Charlotte and Atlanta were postponed until sometime in the fall, according to Reuters.

Taylor Swift isn’t feeling well these days. The bronchitis caused her to cancel three more shows, that were scheduled to take place in Charlotte and Atlanta on July 8, 9 and 10. The shows have been postponed for October and November. Her physician has advised her to take it easy. This means she would have to rest a lot and not being on the stage singing 17 of her hit songs, as it was scheduled for each concert.

Swift states that she is truly really sorry for missing out the meetings with her fans. “It breaks my heart to miss out on this weekend’s shows with my friends in Charlotte and Atlanta” she said in the statement and continued that she would never cancel a show unless she had serious reasons. “I would never cancel if I thought I was physically able to perform these shows,” she explained. “I am so sorry to the fans, but I look forward to seeing you when we come back through your towns, which we will do.”

These are not the first concerts in her tour that she cancels. Although the “Speak Now” singer has never cancelled a show before, this July it happened four times already. The first postponed a show in Louisville, which had to take place on July 2. Now, she is hoping that she will be able to perform on July 14 in Montreal.

Taylor Swift is one of the most powerful artists in the United States. She has began touring in order to promote her 2010 album, “Speak Now”. She has a crazy schedule, performing in 17 countries around the world and having 98 concerts.

Rick Springfield pleads not guilty to DUI charge

On Tuesday, rocker Rick Springfield’s attorney, Philip Cohen, entered a not guilty plea to the charge of DUI, Associated Press announces.

The spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney, Sandi Gibbons confirms that the attorney of the rock musician had filed the not guilty plea during a hearing that took place on Tuesday in Malibu. Springfield did not attend.

The DUI case goes back to the beginning of May. The famous 80’s rocker was arrested on May 1st for driving under the influence. He was taken into police custody around 8 P.M. The spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that Springfield “accelerated rapidly” while driving on the Pacific Coast Highway. He was driving a Corvette from 1963. The LASD spokesman added at the time that Springfield “exhibited signs of alcoholic beverage intoxication” when he was stopped by the officers. The tests administered according to the requirements in the situations, it was confirmed that he had been drinking as the test “indicated that his driving was impaired”. At the police station, where he was taken under suspicions of DUI, the tests revealed that the level of alcohol in his blood was 10.

Rick Springfield was held into the police custody until the early hours of the morning. The pop rock icon, who is best known for his song “Jessie Girl”, was released at 2 A.M., with the promise that he will show up in court on July 5.

The Grammy Award-winning singer is coping with depression and its effects since the early years of adolescence. He hit a critical point in 1981 when he tried to take his own life, after the death of his father. He wrote two songs in order to honor his father: “April 24, 1981” and “My Father’s Chair. He tried to settle down in 1984, by getting married and starting a family, but he never got over fighting his demons.

His biography, “Late, Late at Night” was released in 2010 and it unveils more on his life and his struggle with addictions.

Noel Gallagher will release his solo album

On Wednesday, Noel Gallagher announced in a press conference, the details of his first solo album since Oasis split in 2009. He also unveiled his side of the story regarding the decision of leaving Oasis, the Guardian reports.

During the press conference at the Electric Cinema in London’s Notting Hill, now solo artist Noel Gallagher annunced the release of his first album, “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds”. He described his album as appealing to Oasis fans, but not in the “stadium rock” way. “It’s not very Guitar Hero” Noel joked. The album has been recorded in London in 2010 and completed in Los Angeles. It was produced by Noel Gallagher and David Sardy and will be released on October 17. Noel talks about the new songs very candidly,  like they were his babies:
“They are my songs and I wrote them all by myself.” He confessed. “I’m proud of them and of what they mean to people. I’ll never do a gig without playing them, they’re like drugs to me.”

The Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds LP includes: Everybody’s on the Run; Dream On
If I Had a Gun…; The Death of You and Me; (I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine; AKA … What a Life; Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks; AKA … Broken Arrow; (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach; Stop the Clocks.

Noel also said that he is already preparing a new album which will be released in 2012.

When asked about the time he left Oasis and the conflicts with his brother, Liam, the artist says that things got to a point where he could not stand the tension between them anymore and it was not about the band, but more of a personal matter.
“I hadn’t had enough of Oasis, I had had enough of Liam.” Gallagher said. ‘He was quite violent. At that point there was no physical violence but there was a lot of World Wrestling Federation stuff, he was like Randy Savage or something. It was an unnecessarily violent act and he nearly took my face off […]” Noel said, adding that his brother had, at one point, held the guitar like an axe. “I was like, you know what, I’m fucking out of here” Noel explained. He also said that if it weren’t for Liam’s aggressive behavior, he might have stayed in the band and Oasis may have still been around.

Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum gets engaged

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott got engaged to drummer Chris Tyrrell on July 4, people magazine reports. The couple met in 2010 and started dating after he became the band’s lead drummer.

Love is in the air!
Hillary Scott and boyfriend Chris Tyrrell have decided to take their relationship to another level. Chris proposed to Hillary during the weekend of the 4th of July holiday. She says it was the perfect proposal and that they both feel lucky for having met.

“Chris proposed exactly the way I’ve always dreamed. Our families were close by, but it was just us out on a beautiful deck overlooking a lake in East Tennessee. We had just been on a hike and — in our workout clothes — he hit the knee!” Scott told People Magazine. Then added that they feel” so blessed by God that He sent us each other, and we are looking so forward to forever together.”

The two lovebirds did not set a wedding date yet. But the summer is out of the question, because they both have professional plans. She and her band colleagues Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood will be on a tour with the band all summer and in September they will concentrate on the release of a new album. On the other hand, Chris will be involved in the Brad Paisley’s H20 tour. He will be the drummer for Eden’s Edge.

Chris Tyrrell, 24, met Hillary Scott, 25, in 2010, when they were both part of the opening act for Tim McGraw’s Southern Voice Tour. She was part of Lady Antebellum and he was drumming for Love and Theft. After a while, Tyrell became the lead drummer in the Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now Tour.

Nicki Minaj mourns dead cousin

Rapper Nicki Minaj mourns her cousin’s death. He was shot to death on Monday in the neighborhood he lived in his whole life: Brooklyn.

Daily News announced that Nicki Minaj’s cousin, Nicholas Telemaque was gunned down on early Monday morning. Around 2:40 am, he was wakling out of the nightclub called C-PAC and was heading towards his car. He was shot in the torso multiple times and died shortly after. He was rushed to the Kings County Hospital but it was too late to do anything to resuscitate him. He as only 27 years old.

The Platinum selling record artist Nicki Minaj posted a message on her Twitter page in the shortest phrases possible, thus describing her state of shock and the grief. “My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcoholic Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn, NY,” the message said. “Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My baby. Killed last nite.” said another post.

Minaj, who is 26 years old, was the victim of a hoax involving her reported death, earlier, in June. The Twitter hoax involved a generic hot trend, “ripnickiminaj”, which was one of the most popular searches on June26.

The rapper has been facing difficulties in her personal life regarding the speculation that she is bisexual, or gay. She is known to be fighting against labeling people as black of white, straight or gay. Last year in May, she told Details magazine that she believes hip-hop music is becoming more gay-friendly as, the whole world is. In an interview with OUT she expressed her dislike in seeing how people are labeled: “The point is, everyone is not black and white. There are so many shades in the middle, and you’ve got to let people feel comfortable with saying what they want to say when they want to say.”

Nicholas Telemaque has a record of prior arrests for possession of marijuana and for driving with a suspended license. At this point, there are no arrests made.

Taylor Swift postpones concert because of illness

Associated Press announces that country music princess Taylor Swift had to postpone a concert due to an illness. This is the first time in her career that she could not show up at one of her concerts.

Blonde country pop singer Taylor Swift is known for her devotion to her fans and for her music career. However, sometimes, you have to choose what’s best for you and not what is expected from you.

It was the case of the singer who postponed the concert at the Yum Center in Louisville on doctor’s orders. The reports specified that the cause of the postponement is an illness but it was not specified what kind. The tickets for the concert were sold out.

She was very disappointed she could not make it to the concert and she posted a message on her Twitter page telling her fans and followers that she is very sorry: “This is my first time having to do this. I’m so, so sorry.”

In less than half an hour, the fans posted countless messages saying “get well soon” and other best wishes. The responses were so many that they were among the most popular searches on Twitter for the day.

The show will be postponed for a pretty long time – until October 11. Swift is due for a short break before she would get back on the road in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday in order to support her multi-platinum “Speak Now” album. The Speak Now World Tour in the second concert tour of the singer and it includes visits to North America, Europe and Asia. Swift has 7 shows in Asia, 12 shows in Europe and up to 80 shows in North America. It is a tour that broke a series of records in terms of ticket sales. In started February 9, 2011 and was scheduled to end November 22, 2011.

Fans honor Rock idol Jim Morrison on 40th death anniversary

On Sunday, the former members of The Doors have gathered at their late colleague’s grave to honor him 40 years after his death. The fans were there, as well, Associated Press reports.

The commemoration of 40 years after Jim Morrison’s death took place on Sunday, at his grave in Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. The ex member of the band, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger have lit candles an placed them on the gave of The Doors vocalist.

The fans of the band were also present, paying a tribute to their favorite singer by bringing flowers and wearing T-shirts with the image of Jim Morrison and having written on them the text “40th anniversary”.

Morrison died at 27 years old, on July 3, 1971, in his bathtub, in Paris. The reason was heart attack. The rocker, who was also known by the nickname of “lizard king”, was known for his partying lifestyle.

On July 3rd, Morrison girlfriend, Pamela Courson found him dead in the bathtub. There was no autopsy performed on the body because the medical examiner found no evidence of a foul play. This led to controversies regarding the cause of his death. When later, Courson told Danny Sugerman that Morrison had died of a heroin overdose, she became the target of the critics, who were saying that she killed him or at least that she was to blame for his death. Three years later she died of a drug overdose as well. She was also 27 at the time of her death. Although she is not buried near Jim Morrison, as many speculated in 1974 ( her ashes are in Santa Ana, California ), her funeral plaque says “Pamela Susan Morrison”.

The members of the band said that two months before his death he started coughing blood. None of them were in Paris with him at that time. 

The Doors had several hits: Light My Fire,” “People Are Strange,” “Break on Through (To the Other Side).” After Morrison’s death, the band continued performing and released three abums. In 1993 it was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Michael Jackson never offered cocaine to Aaron Carter

Aaron Carter’s representative says that the story that first appeared in the Australian version of the OK Magazine is false: Carter never said that he was offered cocaine by Michael Jackson, according to TMZ.

What the article in OK Magazine says

Here is what the article in the magazine said about the former Dancing With The Stars contestant and his relationship with the former King of Pop.

Two years after the passing of the pop icon, Aaron Carter decided to come clean about a certain period of time in his past that was related to Jackson. So during a charity visit to Marbella, Spain, he told interviewer Daphne Barak some controversial things regarding his relationship with the pop star.

The Ok Magazine claims that Aaron, who is now 23 years old, said he was offered wine and cocaine by Michael Jackson, when he was only 15 years old. He said “I never talked about it… This is the first time. I do… I miss Michael… I have spent such incredible times with him. I did things with him that nobody else did… But I was also troubled about what he did to me.”

When asked by the reporter to detail, Carter said that “Yes, [MJ] gave me wine. I mean, I could have refused, but I was 15. As for drugs? He gave me cocaine.”
He also said that the  he could have said no to the offer, but he admired the King of Pop and they used to spend  hours on the phone together. However, Carter says that Michael’s behavior made him feel weird and his mother intervened between them. “I admired Michael, but his behaviour bothered me a lot. Then my mother called the police…”

What Aaron Carter says

Now, more than a week after the story was published, Carter says, through his representative, that he had never said these things and that the story was 100% a creation of the OK mag. “Nothing was said that was reported”. He even points to a Youtube video of the interview where he does not mention any of these things.

What the reporter says

On the other hand, Barak insists that Backstreet Boys Nick Carter’s little brother had told her Jackson “gave him alcohol and cocaine while he was 15. He also said that Michael invited him to sleep in his room, and when Aaron woke up at 5:00 AM, he found Michael on his bed.”