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Jermaine Dupri on Hitting the Studio With Aretha Franklin: ‘She Came to Work. She Didn’t Come to Play Around’

In the wake of Aretha Franklin’s death from pancreatic cancer at age 76 on Thursday (Aug. 16), producer Jermaine Dupri tells Billboard about working with Franklin on her 1998 A Rose Is Still a Rose LP and what she’s like in the studio. As told to Nolan Feeney. I’d met Aretha a couple of times in passing before I got a chance to actually work with her, but I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous then, because I had heard a lot of different stories — she was the Queen of all queens. I was expecting her to be late, but she was on time. She came to the studio in Detroit with one or two people, and she came to work. She didn’t come to play around. She came with Chinese barbecue food, and we talked about that for a second, and that’s wh...

Journey and Def Leppard Rock Hot Tours List, GOT7 Debuts

Journey and Def Leppard lead the newest Hot Tours round-up (below) with the second leg of their co-headline tour. They reported 17 shows to Billboard Boxscore for a total gross of $30,384,259. The second leg of their six-month trek spanned July 1 to 28 and ranged from 8,500-seat arenas to 45,000-capacity baseball parks, the largest of which was the sold-out show at Denver’s Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, on July 21. The rock veterans have a combined 33 top 40-charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and 26 top 40 albums on the Billboard 200. Def Leppard’s Hysteria ranked as the No. 25 biggest album of all time on the Billboard 200 chart, while Journey’s Escape placed at No. 47. As noted above, the co-headline tour has considerable range in capacity around the country. While Jo...

Aretha Franklin Rose With the Civil Rights Movement

​Aretha Franklin’s greatness centered on her miraculous artistic genius as well as perfect timing. She’d spend the better part of the ’60s as a decently performing artist on Columbia, who obfuscated the gospel-bred qualities that would make her a star. The Queen of Soul was truly born when she signed with Atlantic in 1967: Her debut single for the label, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” became her first Billboard Hot 100 top 10 entry. Franklin’s follow-up single was “Respect,” the civil rights anthem at the center of her legacy. Originally a 1965 cut from soul innovator Otis Redding, Franklin’s “Respect” was a lightning-strike display of how much the personal is entangled with the political — the “I” she sings of when she demands dignity was sung with the ferocity of a “we...

Chika Ike Defends Her Natural Endowments To Inquisitive Fan

Nollywood actress and author, Chika Ike recently flaunted her curvy figure in a high waisted pants and crop top and it had some fans wondering if she is the latest actress to go under the knife. When an inquisitive  female fan asked if she had implants, Chika was quick reply, stating it’s all natural. See their exchange below:

Eedris Abdulkareem Lends His Voice On Trending Arrest Of Journalist, Samuel Ogundipe

Veteran Nigerian singer, Eedris Abdulkareem has weighed in on the recent detention of a Premium Times journalist, Samuel Ogundipe by the Nigerian police. In his reaction to the recent detention of Nigerian journalist, Samuel Ogundipe who has just been released on bail after being arrested and detained for refusing to give the source of his report, rapper Eedris Abdulkareem called out the Police IG, Ibrahim Idris saying, “The young man will give you hundreds of sleepless nights and super high blood pressure if you are waiting for him to expose his source’. He went on to say, ‘A Journalist would rather be tortured, jailed or in the extreme, killed rather than disclose his source. To the Journalist, it is sacrosanct, it is cardinal, it is the peak of his ethical responsibility to never disclo...

Vera Sidika Announces Split From Boyfriend, Otile Brown In Lengthy Post

Kenyan socialite, Vera Sidika has sent out a statement announcing that she’s no longer together with her musician boyfriend, Otile Brown. The video vixen, who regularly posted loved-up photos of them together on her page, has deleted all their photos and explained that they have split. Vera said she loved Otile with her whole heart and for the first time, she was in a relationship that felt right. She said the presidents of various countries and governors were wooing her but she refused because she wanted to be faithful to Otile. She wrote: “I loved him wholeheartedly, thinking he was in the relationship out of love… but I guess I was wrong.” She said it turned out that Otile only wanted her for what he could get from her. Soon after they began dating, she said he asked her to feature in h...

Bez And Wife Welcome Second Child!

Popular Nigerian singer, Bez and his wife of five years, Tito have welcomed their second child. The couple who got married back in 2014 and already have a son welcomed another boy. Tito took to social media to share the good news writing: “And then there were 2! Welcome to the world Immanuel. Joshua is excited to be a big brother!”

Most of the people that post hateful and bigoted tweets have ”I love my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” in their bio – Twitter user

I can’t agree less. That’s so true and it’s sad. What example are we showing. You see Christians critizing men of God and acting like…, before you attack me remember they are also human, allow God be the judge. Argue with ya phone. Like this! 0 Dislike this! 0 Reply

New heartbreaking episodes of Highway Girls of Eko now on Linda Ikeji TV ( watch sneak peek)

The Highway Girls of Eko is one of the most watched shows on LITV and it’s no surprise, considering that it is based on the true-life stories of sex workers in Nigeria, told by the women themselves. These women, who were forced to become sex workers due to various reasons, a lot of them beyond their control, shared their incredibly sad and heartbreaking stories with us which we reenacted with actors. You can now watch new episodes of the show on www.lindaikeji.tv or via the Linda Ikeji TV app on your mobile devices.  Watch a sneak peek below.

Corper serving in Kano state raises alarm over the dilapidated state of general hospital

A corper serving in Kano state has taken to Twitter to lift the lid on the hazardous conditions he has to endure at Kura national hospital. He says the lack of simple masks has left him vulnerable to any disease. See his posts and what his look before service vs what he looks like now.

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith Drop Steamy New Collab ‘Promises’: Stream It Now

The Brits are coming! Nix that, the Brits are here! EDM star Calvin Harris teams up with soul man Sam Smith on “Promises,” a sweltering, late summer tune.  Written by Harris, Smith and Jessie Reyez, “Promises” follows Calvin’s high-flying hit “One Kiss,” featuring Dua Lipa. Smith heats everything up as he sings, “I make no promises/ I can’t do golden rings/ But I’ll give you everything/ Magic is in the air/ There ain’t no science here/ So come get your everything.” Earlier this week, Smith shared a snap of the pair kicking back, having a drink and sharing a joke. The good summer vibes spill over into the new tune. ✌–❤️ @CalvinHarris #Promises pic.twitter.com/mYaQt9xt1Q — Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) August 15, 2018 Stream “Promises” below. [embedd...