Posted in Breaking News, Fugees, Wyclef Jean

Breaking News: Wyclef Jean Hospitalized!

Wyclef Jean has been hospitalized in New Jersey after suffering stress and fatigue, the former Haitian presidential hopeful confirmed via his Twitter account on Monday (September 27).

The musician, who entered the race in hopes of succeeding the sitting Haitian president only to have his bid rejected by election officials, reportedly has been battling headaches since he last returned from the earthquake-ravaged country. A Haitian music message board first reported the news of ‘Clef‘s hospitalization over the weekend.

Earlier this month, Jean abandoned his appeal of the election board’s decision and set forth on a hectic schedule that included trips overseas, meetings with U.N. officials and work on a new album, according to HaitianBeatz.com.

The Jean family released a statement on Monday afternoon also confirming Wyclef‘s health status; the family said the charismatic former Fugees frontman would be back in the public eye within a week after taking on a “grueling” workload.

“Wyclef Jean has had an extremely grueling three months — truly an exhausting eight months, since the earthquake when he recommitted himself to our homeland and his passion for our people,” the statement read. “He is currently suffering the effects of lack of sleep and stress, global travel, even the endless public eye, and has asked that his fans and supporters bear with him for the next several days as he regains his physical health and stamina. Then he will be back out in front of the crusade to rebuild Haiti and his pledge to make it even better for business.”


Posted in Christina Milian, Just In, Melissa Marie Santiago, Terius Nash, The-Dream, Updates

Just In: Melissa Marie Santiago Revealed & More Reasons to Believe The-Dream is a Liar

Meet Melissa Marie Santiago, The-Dream‘s assistant. Sources are reporting that Melissa Marie is the “mystery woman” pictured in the photos with The-Dream. The below images are said to have been taken from Melissa‘s Facebook page before she shut down her profiles on both Facebook and Myspace this morning. The second photo shows Melissa smiling with Christina Milian right next to her! Its obvious the two have known each other for some time now.

According to sources, The-Dream bought Melissa a Porsche. Talk about a job with benefits! The two drove their Porsches to a listening session back in May. Although this would lead some to believe that The-Dream did indeed spilt from his wife prior to the racy photos being released, not too many people are buying it.

Just last month in an interview with Essence.com, Dream talked about his relationship with Christina.

“We recently saw a rumor that you and wife Christina are experiencing issues because you’re unfaithful… on camera. True?

The rumors are not true and it really boils my blood. Christina and I are cool. People keep asking, ‘Why haven’t we seen you guys out together?’ I’m working, that’s why you haven’t seen us. She’s at work too in Los Angeles. The women in the pictures are actually legitimate friends of mine. The photo with me in the car and another woman… she’s a good friend who’s at my house all the time. It’s sad, because [the blogs] have humiliated her. She feels bad, I feel bad and you don’t know what that [judgment] does to that person.”

Not to mention, it’s kind of hard to believe Dream‘s side of this story when fans are referring back to Christina‘s Twitter page where she tweeted two weeks ago saying;

“Everybody go pick up that LOVEKING album from THE-DREAM ASAP! Support my boo!”

June 26th she tweeted:

“Okay I may have been a lil buzzed dancing to my boo’s performance… DON’T JUDGE ME!”

Maybe The-Dream did break-it off with his wife back in 2009, but perhaps someone should have let her in on the secret.

Sources: Straight From the A, Perez Hilton, Mrs. Grapevine


 

Posted in Judith Hill, King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson Memorial, Music, Music News, Youtube

Music News: Judith Hill Singer From Michael Jackson’s Memorial

When the all-star Michael Jackson memorial ceremony in Los Angeles came to an end today, millions of fans watching the event became curious about the woman who sang lead on Jackson’s “Heal the World.” The mystery singer was Judith Hill, a Pasadena, California-based vocalist who was recruited to be one of the backup singers for Jackson’s This Is It! concerts at London’s O2 Arena. Hill wowed the crowd and the millions watching around the world with her rendition of the Dangerous song, but her identity had most viewers baffled — the “We Are the World” and “Heal the World” performers weren’t identified in the handouts at the Staples Center or on any other documents distributed to the press.

According to the bio on Hill’s official Website, “Judith was born in Los Angeles and raised in a family of musicians. Her mother is an immigrant from Japan who met her father in a funk band in the 1970s.” Hill is described as discovering her love of music at an early age while growing up in a deeply religious household, which led her to attend the Christian university Biola University in Southern California. Hill’s bio says the singer next headed to France after graduation to perform with French singer Michel Polnareff.

“France is where I collected my stories,” Hill writes. “It was everything from finding true love, to sitting on the curb with gypsies, to running away from thugs (don’t ask), to just taking in the beauty of such an amazing country. I came back rich.” From there, Hill returned to the States, begin work on her own album (three songs are currently streaming on Hill’s MySpace page) and ultimately became a crew member on what’s described as the biggest production in concert history, Michael Jackson’s This Is It! concerts.

On June 8th, Hill announced on her official Website that she would be joining the cast of Jackson’s run at London’s O2 Arena. “Judith will be touring with Michael Jackson in a few weeks. You can catch her on stage in London at the 02 Arena,” reads a post. Sadly, the This Is It! run was canceled, but Hill and her fellow crew members played an important role at Tuesday’s memorial service, and Hill will likely feature in the tribute concert AEG Live is reportedly planning using the This Is It! production. Rolling Stone has reached out to Hill for comment, but she has not yet responded to our request for an interview.

Check out the video below

Source: Rolling Stone/YouTube

Posted in Chris Morgan, Fast and Furious, Jordana Brewster, Justin Lin, Michelle Rodriguez, movie, Movie Trailer, Paul Walker, Tune In, Vin Diesel

Tune In: Fast and Furious Movie Trailer

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Plot: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam for the ultimate chapter of the franchise built on speed — “Fast and Furious.” Heading back to the streets where it all began, they rejoin Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster to blast muscle, tuner and exotic cars across Los Angeles and floor through the Mexican desert in the new high-octane action-thriller.

When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) reignites his feud with agent Brian O’Conner (Walker). But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmanuever him. And from convoy heists to precision tunnel crawls across international lines, two men will find the best way to get revenge: push the limits of what’s possible behind the wheel.

Universal has debuted a full theatrical trailer for the upcoming Fast & Furious. They’ve already made a rather impressive teaser for this, so I’m excited to see that they’ve continued to step things up yet again. Showing us nearly a full action scene. It really gets me pumped up and excited to see more and that’s all that Fast & Furious is about. I really think they might’ve pulled off a damn successful reboot of this Fast and the Furious franchise. Plus it’s great seeing all the actors back again (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster).

Watch the second full trailer for Fast and Furious here.

You can also watch the Fast and Furious trailer in High Definition on myspace.

Fast and Furious is directed by up-and-coming Taiwanese filmmaker Justin Lin, of Better Luck Tomorrow, Annapolis, and of course, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The screenplay was written by Chris Morgan, of Cellular, Tokyo Drift, and Wanted. Fast and Furious races into theaters on April 3rd.

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Posted in Ieshia, Music, New Talent, Youtube

New Talent: Ieshia ~ An Artist on the Rise

“Still Standing”, the first single from R&B/Rap artist Ieshia is a laid back track that talks about surviving whatever is thrown at you and coming out stronger for it. It talks about strength and hope and celebrating the human spirit that allows us to do so. It’s not a surprising choice, considering her background.

Since the day she was born, her life has been an exercise in survival. Born into a musical home, the would-be star would suffer heart failure twice before she even got home from the hospital. She bounced back from her medical issues to become an active child and got her start in music by doing what so many before her have done: singing in church.

Before she would graduate High School, Ieshia would suffer the loss of her mother and the grandmother who raised her after her mother’s death. Reeling from these losses, the budding singer focused all her energy into making the dream they had shared with her come true. She recorded an album with Pimptown Entertainment (a deal her Grandmother had helped her secure, as Ieshia was too young to do so herself at the time) and was forging ahead with appearances. The bookings were being done by the same agent that secured gigs for Destiny’s Child, Yolanda Adams and other such acts. It was looking like nothing was going to stop her.

Hurricane Katrina. The storm came to Louisiana and New Orleans in 2005, devastating communities and leaving little in its path. Along with her home and many of her possessions, Ieshia’s recordings and promotional materials had also been destroyed. She was back to square one with little money left to recreate it all. The singer had to get creative if she was going to piece it all back together again.

A letter written by her husband and the CEO of her company was the first step. The letter detailed her situation and what she was hoping to accomplish with the help of others in the Industry. This letter would eventually find its way to legendary artist Chuck D and Giana Garel. The duo read her letter live on their radio show and before long, many stepped in to help the singer get her career going again by sending her tracks and other assistance. All they asked for in return was for her to do design work for them.

The exposure from all this helped Ieshia to appear on “How She Move” as well as the CW’s “Dig it or Diss it”. Since then, she has managed to build a large fan base at home and abroad through her MySpace Music page and is preparing for her album release. The recording, also titled Still Standing, is scheduled to be released sometime in 2008.

Because of everything she has gone through, she is also planning to release a book called Gigster. The book will detail helpful hints for artists looking to get their names out there and will eventually become a service dedicated to offering transportation and other assistance to aspiring artists. Will Ieshia become the next Ciara or Rhianna? Only time will tell. No matter what the future brings, she’s sure to be “still standing” at the end.

If you wanna see more, check out my interview with her on my old pop blog. It’s quite the read. Also, check out this video of her via her youtube performing Still Standing