Beyonce’s Baby Triggers Church Vandalism

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Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012



Beyonce’s new baby Blue Ivy Carter is the devil incarnate — this according to some heartless vandal who defaced the sign in front of a North Carolina church yesterday … writing, “Beyonce had her baby. Satan is on Earth.”

The pastor at Beulah Hill Baptist Church in West End, NC tells TMZ, he discovered the vandalism yesterday after receiving numerous complaints from locals — and removed it immediately.

The pastor insists, the church had nothing to do with the apocalyptic message … it was simply the victim in a random act of mischief.

Blue — Satan? No. Illuminati? ALMOST DEFINITELY.

Tyga On The Run, But Now He’s Caught

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Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012



Rapper Tyga was locked up in Las Vegas this weekend … after cops discovered the 22-year-old had an active warrant out for his arrest … TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us … Tyga – real name Michael Stevenson — was initially flagged on a routine traffic violation … but during the stop, cops discovered the warrant stemming from 4 other traffic incidents.

According to KSNV in Nevada … Tyga’s prior issues include driving without a license, registration violations and unlawful acts of financial responsibility.

The “Rack City” and “Coconut Juice” rapper was hauled to the Clark County Detention Center where he was booked and tossed behind bars. He was released the next day on his own recognizance.

Story developing …

Coachella 2012 Lineup

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Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012



Coachella has finally announced its official 2012 lineup, revealing that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will be headlining the two-weekend event, which will take place April 13-15, and April 20-22.

Coachella leaked the official lineup via Twitter earlier today, offering concertgoers a glimpse at the highly anticipated 2012 lineup poster, which includes many expected names, some newly reunited legends, and a few surprises.

The Black Keys and Radiohead will also be headlining both weekends, while Dre and Snoop play last on consecutive Sundays, to close out the event.

While stadium electronic acts Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, AVICII and Kaskade will likely be performing in the coveted late night slots, they will be joined by some of hip-hop’s most popular up-and-comers, including Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Childish Gambino, Azealia Banks, and a reunited Company Flow.

Also on the bill are R&B newcomers Frank Ocean and the Weeknd, and hip-hop-influenced electronica acts SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, DJ Shadow, araabMUZIK and Thundercat.

Tickets go on sale on Friday (Jan. 13), at 10AM PT.

Nick Cannon’s Operation Was A Success

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Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012



What a difference a week makes! Just last Wednesday (Jan. 4) Nick Cannon was hospitalized in Aspen for “mild kidney failure” during a holiday with his wife Mariah Carey and their twins. The rapper turned ‘America’s Got Talent’ host was then airlifted to a hospital in Los Angeles where he went under the knife on January 6 for kidney surgery.

“Just left the operating table and I was awake during the whole procedure. #OUCH,” Nick tweeted after the ordeal. His wife did some tweeting of her own post-surgery, posting on the social media site that “Nick is in stable condition with a good prognosis, hopefully he’ll be discharged within 2 days. As always he’s laughing and in good spirits.”

Well it looks like Mariah’s wish has come true with news today that Nick has been released from the hospital and is healing at home, surrounded by those he loves.

Nick was released over the weekend to be with his family,” Cannon’s rep tells Us Weekly in a statement. “He is resting and recovering at home and would like to thank everyone who has expressed concern, well wishes and prayers.”

A thankful Mariah also wanted to express her gratitude to fans who sent their positive thoughts and prayers during Cannon’s trying time. “Nick is getting better,” the singer tweeted Sunday. “We love and appreciate all the ongoing kind words.”

Cannon must be as strong as the Superman character he idolizes. The hardworking father of two is expected back at work on his radio show Rollin’ With Nick Cannon, on January 17.

Why Do Rap Artists Love Suicide Doors?

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Date: Monday, January 9, 2012



Suicide doors—often referred to by automobile manufacturers as “coach doors” and “freestyle doors”—are car doors that are hinged on the side closer to the trunk rather than at the front. Sometimes rear-hinged rear doors are combined with front-hinged front doors (as in the photo above) to create a yawning effect when both doors are open. Popular in the early 20th century, suicide doors were largely abandoned by car manufacturers after the 1960s. They began reappearing sporadically, however, on new models in the late 1990s and early 2000s, around the same time they began appearing in rap lyrics.

Why did suicide doors fall out of fashion after WWII? It may have something to do with the fact that they’re not terribly practical. By some accounts, getting into and out of cars with front-hinged front doors and rear suicide doors requires careful maneuvering, since—if there’s no pillar between the doors—the front door must be opened before the back door can open. But the alternative, a rear suicide door that’s not secured by a conventional front door, can be dangerous: If the suicide door becomes unlatched while the car is in motion, the air flow will throw it open, making it very difficult to close. One automobile journalist has suggested that suicide doors may have been a murder weapon of choice among 1930s gangsters (and that the very name “suicide doors” may be gangster innuendo)—if you want to throw someone out of a car, it’s much easier to get his door open if it’s hinged at the rear than at the front. And suicide doors have been associated with 1930s outlaws in the popular imagination; consider the titular characters’ car in Bonnie and Clyde, or gangster-movie icon James Cagney in this photo.

This association might go part of the way toward explaining why suicide doors are so popular in hip hop lyrics, which often draw on gangster imagery. Songs like Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s “The Return” and 50 Cent’s “Gunz Come Out” place the term “suicide doors” in close proximity to allusions to gun violence. Suicide doors evoke an Al Capone-era vibe that jibes with the threatening demeanor rappers often cultivate.

More commonly, though, suicide doors are presented in hip-hop as luxury items. Relatively unusual on contemporary cars, suicide doors are a marker of an old or rare automobile—or one owned by someone wealthy enough to make complicated aftermarket modifications to his vehicle. Tity Boi mentions that his suicide doors are on a Bentley (“Call Tiesha”), while Wigs of Theodore Unit boasts that his suicide doors are on his “0-5 Benz” with “lazy-eye lights and the apple suede floors” (“It’s the Unit”). Gorilla Zoe’s “Take Ya Shoes Off” is an ode to a car that has not only suicide doors but also “mink seats bucket” and “suede on the roof”—a car so opulent that Gorilla exhorts everyone wishing to enter it to remove his or her footwear first.

Some romantically minded lyricists have used suicide doors’ capacity to open wide as a metaphor for sex. In “69,” T-Pain invites the object of his desire—for whom he has “been doin’ tongue exercises”—to exchange oral sex “in the back of my Lincoln with the suicide doors.” Juelz Santana’s analogy in “New Star in Town” is less subtle: “Let me open up your legs like suicide doors,” he pleads.

This request may not be a persuasive one, but Santana’s simile works (recall the yawning effect), and it highlights the symbolic richness of suicide doors: They can credibly evoke death, money, and sex—a lyricist’s trifecta.

Rihanna Named Top Selling Digital Artist

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Date: Monday, January 9, 2012



Adele may have ruled 2011 with the top album and single and Kanye West may be watching the throne, but it’s Rihanna who’s actually sitting on the throne, as far as digital tracks are concerned. The ”You Da One” pop minx has captured the title of best-selling digital artist of all time by Nielsen SoundScan, thanks to a whopping 47.5 million paid downloads of hits like “Umbrella,” “Rude Boy” and “We Found Love.”

Other artists have been in the game longer — such as Black Eyed Peas (No. 2 on the ranking, with 42.4 million), Eminem (No. 3, 42.2 million) and Beyoncé (No. 8, 30.4 million) — but RiRi has truly carved out her niche as a singles artist.

Of course, dropping releases at the rapid pace of one album per year doesn’t hurt. Check the top 10 best-selling digital artists below, and let us know your thoughts on where your favorites landed.

The 10 best-selling digital artists to date:

1. Rihanna (47,571,000)
2. Black Eyed Peas (42,405,000)
3. Eminem (42,290,000)
4. Lady Gaga (42,078,000)
5. Taylor Swift (41,821,000)
6. Katy Perry (37,620,00)
7. Lil Wayne (36,788,000)
8. Beyoncé (30,439,000)
9. Kanye West (30,242,000)
10. Britney Spears (28,665,000)

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