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NYPD Reviewing Criminal Complaints Made Against Russell Simmons, Who Continues to ‘Vehemently Deny’ Allegations

Two women are filing criminal complaints to the NYPD against Russell Simmons. A statement to Billboard by detective Sophia Mason of the NYPD reads: “The NYPD has received information regarding allegations involving Russell Simmons in the NYC area and our detectives are in the process of reviewing that information.” According to TMZ, two women allege that Simmons raped them in 1983 and 1991, respectively. While one of the women opted to remain anonymous, the other, Sherri Hines, originally came forward with her claims through a story ran by the Los Angeles Times last November. In addition to her appearance in the LA Times, Hines also visited Megyn Kelly Today to speak out against Simmons. Hines alleges that Simmons raped her in 1983 after she stopped by his office. At the time, Hines ...

Watch Serena Williams Twerk on a Plane to N.E.R.D. and Rihanna’s ‘Lemon’

It’s no surprise Serena Williams has all the moves on the court and off the court. Her performance in Beyoncé’s “Sorry” video gave us a mere taste of what the new mommy can do. On a recent trip to Florida, Williams tore up the runway at the Palm Beach International Airport dancing to N.E.R.D. and Rihanna’s “Lemon,” with the help of some air-traffic controllers. Wearing a bodysuit, shorts and Nike shoes, the Vogue February cover star gave an astonishing dance performance on a private jet. A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Jan 10, 2018 at 5:05am PST Watch Serena Williams get down here: [embedded content]

The Walkmen’s Walter Martin Shares ‘Ride Down the Avenue,’ a Positive Midlife Crisis Song

Walter Martin (of The Walkmen and Jonathan Fire*Eater) is finding his groove by alternating between releasing regular material and children’s oriented albums. The forthcoming Reminisce Bar & Grill, whose “Ride Down The Avenue” is premiering exclusively below, follows last year’s quirky My Kinda Music but is more of a follow-up to 2016’s Arts + Leisure. “After I did the Arts + Leisure record I started making another kind of more adult record, just writing more songs that weren’t necessarily geared towards kids,” Martin tells Billboard. “I just wanted to do something that was a little more about real life. (Arts + Leisure) made me realize I could write about real things in my life and do it in a way that felt real and a little bit fun...

SoundExchange Extends CEO Michael Huppe Through 2021

SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe will now helm SoundExchange through 2021, thanks to a contract extension. Huppe has led the agency, which has distributed nearly $5 million in digital performance royalties to artists and rights owners since its formation by Congress, since 2011. “Mike has the tricky job of navigating the interests of the various SoundExchange board members, myself included – interests which often converge, but often after a process, which Mike skillfully takes us through,” SoundExchange Board member, solo artist, and former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne said in a statement. “The music business is never smooth sailing, to continue the metaphor, but with Mike as our captain we’ll adapt, prosper and grow. Mike is great at seeing the larger picture and ha...

Metal Producer Chris Tsangarides Dies at 61

Tsangarides worked on albums by Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and Anvil. Beloved metal producer Chris Tsangarides has died at age 61 following a battle with pneumonia and heart failure. The rock producer, known for his work with Judas Priest (Painkiller), Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy (Thunder and Lightning) and a number of other hard rock acts died on Sunday (Jan. 7). Among those paying homage to Tsangarides was Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who wrote, “I’m so saddened to hear of the passing of the Producer Chris Tsangarides — he has been a part of my life since the [’70s] when he worked as tape operator on the Sabbath album Sabotage and he’s worked with me on lots of other albums and stuff. What a lovely bloke he was and we always got on really well and had a grea...

How Wizkid Intends To Keep His Fans Entertained In 2018 Is Exciting

Award-winning Nigerian singer, Wizkid has gotten all his fans excited with news that he is currently working on a new album. Starboy who released his third studio album ‘Sounds From The Other Side’ in 2017 to international acclaim, is not slowing down the tempo as he plans to bless his fans, especially those in Nigeria, with a new album this year. He took to his Twitter page to respond to fan and to confirm his new album which he reveals to be on-going. The studio album upon release shall be his fourth, following the massive success of his previous three projects, including “Superstar”, “Ayo” and “Sounds from the other side”, released in 2011, 2014 and 2017 respectively. His last album was a massive success which enjoyed favourable reviews from around the globe. It featured international c...

Kevin Gates Gets Out of Prison

Kevin Gates I’m Free Real Deal This Time 1/10/2018 6:37 AM PST EXCLUSIVE Kevin Gates walked out of prison Wednesday morning, as scheduled, and no surprise warrants this time around … TMZ has learned. Gates served 9 months of a 30-month sentence, and was released from an Illinois state prison on parole. As we first reported, he’ll be on mandatory supervision and can’t possess any firearms. The rapper was also released from custody last year in Florida — after doing time for kicking a woman at one of his concerts — but was immediately re-arrested for an outstanding warrant in Illinois for a weapons charge.

Harvey Weinstein Attacked at Scottsdale Restaurant

Harvey Weinstein Attacked at Scottsdale Restaurant 1/10/2018 7:14 AM PST EXCLUSIVE Harvey Weinstein was attacked Tuesday night at a restaurant … TMZ has learned. Weinstein was at Elements restaurant at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort in Scottsdale, eating dinner with his sober coach when 2 men sat at a table next to them. One of the men — Steve — tells TMZ he walked up to Weinstein and told him he loved his movies and would like to take a photo with him. Steve says Weinstein became belligerent and told him to buzz off. The manager of the restaurant says Weinstein was not belligerent — she says to the contrary he was “very sweet about it” and said, “I’d rather not take a picture right now.” The manager says the two shook hands an...

O.J. Simpson: I’m Not Khloe’s Dad, ‘Trust Me’

O.J. Simpson I’m Not Khloe’s Dad … ‘Trust Me’ 1/10/2018 1:00 AM PST EXCLUSIVE O.J. Simpson seems pretty convinced he’s NOT Khloe Kardashian‘s real father — and he’s banking on you buying those two magic words … “Trust me.” Juice finally addressed the conspiracy theory that’s been floating around for decades … that he secretly knocked up Kris behind Robert Kardashian‘s back 34 years ago — and the family has been covering it up ever since.  So, when he was out in Vegas over the weekend — a photog asked if congratulations were in order regarding Khloe’s pregnancy.  Simpson clearly understood the subtext — and replied, “Well, for Bob, God bless his soul, yeah. I don’t k...

Rihanna, Ed Sheeran & Bruno Mars Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards 2018 Nominees

DJ Khaled & Luis Fonsi also lead nominations for the show, which airs March 11. iHeartMedia and Turner announced Wednesday (Jan. 10) the nominees for the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards. Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, DJ Khaled and Luis Fonsi top the nominations list, each receiving five nominations including song of the year. For the first time ever, iHeartRadio will be presenting seven awards in the seven nights leading up to the event. Each night at 8 p.m. EST, an artist will be presented their award and given an acceptance speech. As in years before, fans will be able to vote for a number of different categories, including best fan army presented by Taco Bell, best lyrics, best cover song, best music video, social star award, best solo breakout, best boy band, best remix. F...

Kelly Clarkson Freaks Out About Rivers Cuomo’s Praise-Filled Tweet

“The vocals my god,” the Weezer singer said of Kelly’s ‘Meaning of Life’ singing. Kelly Clarkson is truly living her best life in 2018. So far this year she’s posted two starstruck videos about meeting her all-time idol Meryl Streep at last weekend’s Golden Globes and filled out the second episode of her Minute + a Glass of Wine web series with another meet cute: her run-in with Steve Carell, who famously yelled “AHH, KELLY CLARKSON!” while getting his chest waxed in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. And sure, she also met Joe and Nick Jonas, “dragon queen” Emilia Clarke, Justin Tranter and Amy Poehler on Sunday night (Jan. 7). But then on Tuesday night (Jan. 9) things got kicked up another notch when Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo tossed...