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Leader of NYC Ballet Retiring Amid Misconduct Investigation

The longtime leader of the New York City Ballet is retiring in the midst of an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct by him. Peter Martins wrote a letter to the company’s board of directors on Monday announcing his retirement, saying the scandal had “exacted a painful toll on me and my family.” The 71-year-old Martins told board members he continues to deny sexually harassing or abusing members of the company, including dancers. He said he had been the subject of news articles reporting largely anonymous and decades-old accusations. City Ballet announced last month Martins would take a leave of absence from the company and its School of American Ballet during an independent investigation. The company hired a law firm to conduct the investigation after receiving an anonymous l...

Filipino Superstars James Reid & Nadine Lustre Are Using Music to Change the Way Their Culture Views Relationships

Here’s what happened as a result of the Filipino tradition that forces superstars to date each other. Becoming a big name in the Philippines comes with major strings attached. In exchange for doing what they love, stars are expected to be in a committed relationship. Once you make it, there’s no standing alone — the entertainment industry pairs celebrities together to create an ideal couple, referred to as a “love team.” Whether they have actual feelings for the other person or not, it’s their job to sing, act and do everything together. Just imagine an alternate universe where Hollywood couples like Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth could only work exclusively with each other and were never supposed to break up. The idea is a longtime Filipino traditio...

Vice Suspends 2 Top Execs After Sexual Misconduct Report

President Andrew Creighton and chief digital officer Mike Germano have been put on leave. Vice has suspended two top executives after a New York Times report on sexual misconduct at the digital media company. Vice Media put its president, Andrew Creighton, and chief digital officer Mike Germano on leave as it investigates allegations against them, according to a company memo sent to employees Tuesday. A Vice spokesman declined to comment. The Times had reported in late December that it found four settlements involving allegations of sexual harassment or defamation against Vice employees, including Creighton. The newspaper talked with more than two dozen women who say they experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct, including groping and forced kisses. Vice Media co-founders Shane Smith and...

U.K. Entertainment Market Posts ‘Historic’ Results, Music Generates Strong Gains

The U.K. music industry grew to £1.2 billion ($1.621 billion), a 9.6% increase over the nearly £1.1 billion ($1.48 billion) generated in 2016, according to interim data compiled by the Entertainment Retail Assn., a trade association representing digital services and retailers that sell entertainment software.  Of that, streaming was the largest component with £577.1 million ($778.6 million), growing 41.9% from £406.6 million ($548.6 million) in the prior year. Along the way, streaming also surpassed physical as the top channel, which allied revenue of £459.2 million ($619.5 million), a 3.4% decline from the £475.4 million ($641.4 million) the formats generated in 2016. Within physical, vinyl grew 33.7% to £87.5 million ($118.05 million) pounds from £65.6 million ($88.5 million). Meanwhile,...

Frank Ocean Cryptically Teases New Music in 2018

Frank Ocean has shared a cryptic message on Tumblr that hints at new music, or something, in 2018. The singer posted a photo of a person wearing a green hat that reads, “IF YOU LIKED 2017, YOU’LL LOVE 2018.” Considering only Taylor Swift liked 2017, maybe this is meant for her? The caption reads, “new 18-99.” Ocean said in November that he is sitting on a full unreleased album, which would be his fifth, after Endless and Blonde in 2016. Last year he released a string of one-off singles, including “Provider,” “Biking,” and “Chanel.” You can study the Tumblr post for clues here. This article originally appeared in Spin.

Malika Haqq dumps O.T Genesis after he gifted her with a pricey watch

Malika Haqq has reportedly dumped her rapper boyfriend O.T. Genasis after he gave her a diamond £750,000 watch for Christmas. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star allegedly ditched her partner, 30, before flying to the UK to appear in this year’s Celebrity Big Brother. The 34-year-old, who is Khloe Kardashian’s ‘professional best friend’, has deleted all traces of O.T. from her social media amid claims he ‘cheated’ on her,Mailonline reports. Malika, who was first linked to O.T. in November, shared clips of the dazzling Rolex watch her boyfriend reportedly got her for Christmas, writing ‘his &hers, thank you baby’. However, she has since removed all photos of him from her Instagram – while O.T.’s last Tweet is still a photo...

Tamar Braxton sparks concern as she deletes her Instagram page

 Tamar Braxton has gone off socialmedia two days after blasting her estranged husband for allegedly impregnating his side chick.In a turn of events,she vowed not to discuss on the subject publicly, for the sake of her son.However,she has shocked fans by totally deleting her Instagram page. Many are also worried about her mental state.

Oppose my husband, risk divine wrath, Fayose’s wife warns politicians

Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs, Feyisetan Fayose, has said that those who oppose her husband’s decisions are “obstructing the work of God,” warning that the “consequences will be too much for them.” Mrs. Fayose said God had revealed to her a long time ago that her husband was going for a position of authority higher than the governorship he currently holds. According to a statement issued by her Special Assistant (Media), Gbenga Ariyibi, Mrs. Fayose said this in Ado Ekiti during the New Year’s thanksgiving service. She said though God did not reveal to her the time and the position God has scheduled for her husband, the word of God would manifest at all costs. “I want to plead with everyone, don’t hunt for the downfall of this government, don’t even try it.“God is looking at you, and Go...

Prostitute goes back to ‘work’ 30 minutes after childbirth

A prostitute went back to work in a notorious red light district just 30 minutes after giving birth, a Police Community Support Office has revealed. Jacqui Fairbanks, has been helping the sex workers in Hull’s Hessle Road for ten years and says there are currently around 40 of them working in the area at various times. Many come from backgrounds where they have been abused physically and sexually while many of them are homeless and sleep on sofas. ‘One woman had a baby and, within half an hour, was back out on the streets. That’s how desperate some of these women are,’ she told the Hull Daily Mail. ‘This isn’t Pretty Woman, I’m afraid. Some rich punter isn’t going to come along and sweep these women off their feet and live happily ever after....

Bhad Bhabie Hires Tiger Woods’ Lawyer to Assist in Legal Troubles: Report

As Bhad Bhabie continues her transition from viral sensation to burgeoning rap star, the 14-year-old is reportedly strengthening her legal team. According to TMZ, Bhabie enlisted Tiger Woods’ lawyer Doug Duncan to help with her legal woes. Duncan represented Woods after he was charged with a DUI last May. As for Bhad Bhabie, born Danielle Bregoli, she received a five-year probation after pleading guilty to a series of charges, most notably grand theft last year. Her plea deal included a curfew that requires a parent to be with her after 5 p.m. After her arraignment last week (Dec. 28), the judge granted one of Bhabie’s managers the role of guardian so she can spend her time being productive in the studio. Billboard reached out to Bhabie’s reps for comment. 

5 Things to Know About Demi Lovato Dancer & Choreographer Jojo Gomez

Demi Lovato shared a sweet New Year’s kiss with one of her dancers after her performance in Miami on Sunday night, catching fans’ attention. It turned out to be a great time to shine a light on the woman behind the smooch, Jojo Gomez, who is a well-known choreographer with an A-list celebrity clientele and runs a successful dance class in Los Angeles. Gomez has worked with Justin Bieber, the Backstreet Boys, Tinashe and more, but the best thing about her is her journey as a professional dancer. Here are some things you should know about the talented choreographer: She moved from New Jersey to California immediately after her high school graduation to pursue her dancing career. Gomez knew early on that she wanted to be a professional dancer, so college was not the main thing on her mi...

Solomun, Jamie Jones & Black Coffee Line Up Wynn Las Vegas Residencies for 2018

The tide of dance music has been turning. Fans who once flocked to bright neon lights and big room drops now seek deeper, darker sounds, and while Las Vegas will always be home to all that glitters, Wynn Las Vegas wants to be the first to welcome the headiest of dance fans into its megaclub folds. In 2018, the nightlife brand welcomes leaders of the underground tech house revolution with exclusive residencies from Solomun, Jamie Jones and Black Coffee. It’s a major sonic shift for the Strip, and one Wynn’s managing partner Alex Cordova thinks can only bolster a growing segment of American dance fans. “These first-ever tech house residencies on the Strip will showcase three of the biggest names in the genre,” Cordova says in a press release. “Tech house continues to rise i...