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Nick Cassavetes, Judge Denies Emergency Custody Petition

Nick Cassavetes Judge Denies Emergency Custody Petition 12/29/2017 11:30 AM PST EXCLUSIVE Nick Cassavetes was just denied an emergency custody petition he’d requested in hopes of getting his daughter back. A judge in Oklahoma ruled Friday that there was insufficient evidence to justify Nick’s daughter was in danger … and therefore no reason to grant Nick his emergency petition for custody. TMZ broke the story … “The Notebook” director claims his estranged wife, Heather Wahlquist, is hiding their 13-year-old daughter, Barbie, from him … and they’ve been on the run for the last month.  Cassavetes has filed a crime report claiming Heather is violating their custody arrangement and has effectively stolen Barbie from him. TMZ broke the story ̷...

LaLa Anthony Posts Stunning Swimsuit Pic from Cabo

LaLa Anthony Fuego En Cabo 12/29/2017 11:41 AM PST LaLa Anthony is kissing 2017 and her up and downs with estranged hubby Carmelo goodbye … and ready to welcome 2018 by looking super hot. LaLa posted the pic Friday, looking stunning by the ocean in Cabo. Unclear who she’s on the trip with or who took the pic — but it likely wasn’t Melo — who’s been hard at work with The Oklahoma City Thunder. TMZ broke the story … the couple separated back in April, but we’re told there’s no rush to officially file for divorce.  

Nas Asks Judge for Help in Custody Battle with Kelis

Nas Kelis Is A Major Road Block I Wanna See My Kid More 12/29/2017 10:50 AM PST EXCLUSIVE Nas claims Kelis has been anything but accommodating when it comes to giving him time with their 8-year-old son … and he’s asking a judge to help him out. Nas calls Kelis “hostile” in court docs, obtained by TMZ, claiming he’s tried for months to work out an amicable agreement for sharing their son Knight … and Kelis just won’t cooperate. He’s asking a judge for Knight on the first, third and fifth weekend of each month from Friday after school through Monday morning.  Nas claims Kelis has dictated when, where and for how long he’s able to spend time with his son … and he’s had enough. The two have been locked in multiple legal disputes...

The 50 Best Samples, Covers and References of 2017: Critic’s Picks

One of the biggest problems with all 2017 end-of-year lists is that they can’t help but pretend that the year occurred in a historical vacuum — as if you can talk about the year in music without talking about the entirety of music history that led up to that point.  But you can’t, really: Music doesn’t exist a year at a time, it’s in constant dialogue with all that’s come up before, while laying the groundwork for what’s to come in the years to follow. With that in mind, we’ve taken the time to salute the 50 most interesting such exchanges to occur in 2017 — the best samples, covers, and extended references to music’s past to appear in the last 12 months. Whether they lovingly recreated a song’s entirely or merely borrowed a...

Ed Sheeran Ends 2017 With Another U.K. Chart Double

Ed Sheeran rounds off the U.K. chart year in triumphant form, claiming his fourth “double” by topping both the singles and album listings. “Perfect” (Asylum/Warner) starts a fourth week at the singles summit as ÷ moves back 2-1 to secure a 19th frame atop the album survey and a record-breaking seventh separate run there. Sheeran’s album moved 74,000 combined units in the sales week to Thursday night (Dec. 28), according to the Official Charts Company. That seventh stint at No. 1 beats Sam Smith‘s previous record for a male solo artist of six, set with In the Lonely Hour in 2015. Smith’s own follow-up to that album, The Thrill of it All (Capitol/Universal), climbs back 3-2 as Eminem‘s Revival (Interscope/Universal) falls to No. 3 after debuting at the top last week. ...

Jason Browning, Longtime Matchbox Twenty Tour Manager, Dies at 46

Jason Browning, founder/CEO of The Browning Group, and Matchbox Twenty’s longtime tour manager, died suddenly Dec. 26. The cause of death is unknown. He was 46. Browning, who hailed from Columbus, Ohio, started out in the music industry working security for Hanson and Marilyn Manson, according to an emotional Facebook post from Matchbox Twenty early Friday morning (Dec. 29).  The Browning Group worked with a number of acts through the years, including Linkin Park, Carlos Santana, Stone Temple Pilots and Melanie Martinez, providing everything from security to management services. At the time of his death, he was Matchbox Twenty’s tour manager, and lead singer Rob Thomas’s day-to-day manager.  Matchbox Twenty’s manager, Nick Lippman told Billboard, “Jason was a part of my family. He and I sh...

Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy Talk New Year’s Eve, BTS & ‘American Idol’

For the 13th consecutive year, Ryan Seacrest will be ringing in the New Year from Times Square live on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Seacrest will be joined by Jenny McCarthy, who is back for her eighth year as co-host. This year’s broadcast features a star-studded lineup of musical guests from all over the country, including Camila Cabello, BTS, Kelly Clarkson and, after some apparent technical problems last year, Mariah Carey is back to reclaim to stage. Billboard spoke to Seacrest and McCarthy about what fans can expect from the New Year’s Eve performance, a preview into the next season of American Idol, and how they stay warm in the frigid December temps.  So, obviously a big performer this year is BTS. What do you think they’re going to bring to this night? Jenny McCarthy...

Joy Villa Feared Going Public With Corey Lewandowski Claim Would Cause Bad Press For Trump

Days after filing a sexual assault complaint against Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, for hitting her twice on her buttocks, singer Joy Villa publicly addressed the incident during an interview on Good Morning America Friday (Dec. 29). While at a gathering at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., Villa recalled, she quickly met Lewandowski and was ushered into a picture with him, only for the former campaign manager to allegedly assault her. Villa asserted that Lewandowski was “very drunk” but couldn’t comprehend how he wouldn’t realize what he was doing was wrong. “I said, ‘I could report you for sexual harassment…’,” Villa said, only to have Lewandowski unfazed by the threat. “He said, ‘Go ahead. I work in the private sector’ and he continued a...

Kim Kardashian,Kanye and their kids in lovely holiday portrait

Kim Kardashian released this intimate family photo to wish her fans happy holidays.Talk about goals!

Dr. Phil accused of giving his addicts alcohol and drugs before shows

Dr. Phil and his staff have been accused of plying addicts appearing on his show with drugs and alcohol. Former guest and “Survivor: China” winner Todd Herzog was battling alcohol addiction when he appeared on Dr. Phil McGraw’s CBS show “Dr. Phil” in 2013. He told STAT and the Boston Globe that he was flown to Los Angeles for the show’s taping and was sober when he arrived. Then, he found a bottle of vodka in his set’s dressing room. Herzog said a show staffer also gave him a Xanax so it could “calm his nerves” before his appearance. When he went on the show, he appeared drunk and looked like he was struggling to walk. “Today, I had an entire bottle, like a liter, of vodka,” Herzog told McGraw on stage. A Breathalyzer test showed he blew .263 — more than three times the legal limit.“...