A leading figure among female musicians on the alternative rock scene, Kim Deal was the bassist and occasional vocalist for the Pixies, one of the most influential bands of the post punk era. Deal's v...
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Singer Ray J has pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanour trespassing in relation to his arrest at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles in May (14).
The star, who famously dated Kim Kardashian and appeared in her sex tape, was also charged with sexual battery, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest but those counts have been dismissed under the terms of a plea deal.
The R&B singer previously pleaded not guilty to the groping and resisting arrest charges. Reports suggest Ray J kicked out the window of a police car and spat on a police officer.
The singer told TMZ.com he smashed the window because he felt claustrophobic.
A Los Angeles District Attorney subsequently filed sexual battery, resisting arrest, assault and vandalism charges against the singer.
The 33 year old, real name Willie Ray Norwood Jr., has been sentenced to three years' probation and 50 hours of community service. He was also ordered to attend alcohol therapy and anger management classes.
Kim Kardashian's model sister Kendall Jenner has called in her lawyer to deal with a messy spat over an unpaid restaurant bill. Kardashian's younger half-sister, who has modelled for designers including Givenchy and Marc Jacobs, was accused of leaving the Mercer Kitchen eaterie in New York City without paying, and the waitress claimed the star was rude to her after she tracked her down outside the restaurant.
The reality TV regular's lawyer, Marty Singer, has now written a letter to the waitress involved and threatened her with legal action if she continues to make claims against the model.
The letter, obtained by TMZ.com, reads, "Although you are working as a waitress at Mercer Kitchen, I understand you are also a struggling actress... You no doubt concocted a fictionalised account of your encounter with my client in order to create publicity for yourself."
"It was not a paid gig... We've been friends for a long time, he signed me to my first record deal so I wasn't going to charge him. I'm charging everybody else though!" R&B star John Legend performed for free at pal Kanye West's May (14) wedding to reality TV beauty Kim Kardashian.
Kim Kardashian's siblings Kendall and Kylie Jenner are branching into literature - they have penned their debut novel. The reality TV stars have landed a book deal with publishers Simon and Schuster for their first fictional work, entitled Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and Livia.
The book tells the tale of two girls living in a dystopian city, and the sisters, the daughters of former Olympian Bruce Jenner, headed for the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Los Angeles on Thursday (12Jun14) to promote their work.
However, their story isn't proving a big hit with fans - several readers have taken to Amazon.com to complain that the book is "garbage" and "laughable", with one buyer adding, "The trees that died to make the paper for this book would have been better off as toilet paper."
"There was so much commotion and excitement, I never really gave that a second thought. If you had been there you would have thought that was the last thing on anyone's mind... (I) just assumed they were working." Kim Kardashian's mum Kris Jenner insists Beyonce and Jay Z's no show at her daughter's wedding to rapper Kanye West in Europe last month (May14) was not a big deal. The notoriously-private hip-hop supercouple stayed in the U.S. and instead vacationed in the Hamptons in New York.
Justin Bieber, we're going to let you finish, but Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have the best Instagram photo in the world! At least in terms of "likes" they do. This picture of Kim and Kanye's first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. West has received 1.96 million likes so far. The previous record-holders were Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Their photo of Selena hugging Justin from behind garnered a measly 1.82 million likes (though that's pretty impressive for a mere hug).
The Instagram world has spoken! Kimye is "liked" by [practically] millions. What that says about the state of the world as we know it? Well, that's a conversation for another time. But just to put things in perspective, here's a photo that only received 75,000 likes to date:
No judgement! Just an observation...
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There are plenty of Kanye West videos going around, but this new one might actually change the way you see the Chicago rapper. Yeezy was walking home with fiancé Kim Kardashian and her friend Jonathan Cheban, when he was approached by an up-and-coming rapper asking for Kanye's audience. The result was pretty amazing:
The fact that Kanye actually stops and listens to the young man — and encourages him — certainly works against the image of the pompous, self-proclaimed genius that sometimes overshadows his work. Not a lot of celebrities really stop and give their fans the time of day, so this video suggests that Kanye really does care, and probably even sees a bit of himself in struggling artists. He may be Yeezus now, but there was a time when he couldn't get a record deal either. Kudos to gim for making someone's dream come true.
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Will Smith's teenage son Jaden is courting controversy like his sister Willow after posting a snap of himself posing half-naked reality TV star Kylie Jenner.
Last week (05May14), former Hannah Montana actor Moises Arias posted a black-and-white image on his Instagram.com page of himself without a shirt on while 13-year-old Willow lounges on a bed next to him. The picture caused a storm of criticism, prompting Arias to delete the image from his social networking accounts.
Now Willow's 15-year-old brother is taking the heat after Kim Kardashian's half-sister posted a similar black-and-white snap on her Tumblr blog. The photo shows Jenner, 16, straddling Jaden from behind, as he wears only Calvin Klein boxers and a backwards baseball cap. Alongside the post, Jenner writes, "*Ksss* (sic) Ahhh... 2014."
The pair is reportedly dating. After critics questioned the appropriateness of Willow's picture, her mother, actress, Jada Pinkett Smith, defended the controversial image, telling TMZ.com, "Here's the deal - there was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it."
Rocker Kim Deal held a "last supper" for her Pixies bandmates before quitting the group, according to guitarist Joey Santiago. The bassist stunned her bandmates and fans when she announced last year (13) that she had left the Here Comes Your Man hitmakers after 27 years.
Frontman Black Francis later revealed that Deal had told them of her decision to quit during a meeting at a cafe, and Santiago has now recalled how she treated the band to an Indian feast the night before.
He tells Mojo magazine, "It was very much a surprise. I'm just sorry I never gave her a proper goodbye. But we all went out for an Indian meal the night before, and she had the waiter take pictures of us all. And she paid for the meal, and that never happens. It was the last supper."
Justin Bieber's pal Lil Za has avoided jail time after striking a plea deal with prosecutors in his felony drug and vandalism case. The aspiring rapper was taken into police custody in January (14) following a raid on Bieber's Calabasas, California home, where he was allegedly found in possession of ecstasy and painkiller Oxycodone.
He was booked for a felony, and was arrested for a second time hours later for breaking a telephone at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's jail, where he was being held before posting bail. That incident was initially filed as a felony too, but authorities subsequently reduced it to a misdemeanour.
The case returned to court on Wednesday (30Apr14), when Za, real name Xavier Smith, pleaded no contest to both counts in exchange for three years probation, 20 hours of community service and the completion of an outpatient drug treatment programme.
If he stays out of trouble for the next year, the felony drug charge will be reduced to a misdemeanour.
Meanwhile, he was also ordered to pay $600 (£375) for the vandalism charge to cover the cost of the broken phone.
Bieber's house was targeted by cops as part of their ongoing investigation into an egging incident involving the pop superstar earlier this year (14). Officials have yet to decide what kind of action they plan to take against the singer, who no longer owns the home after selling it to Kim Kardashian's sister Khloe.
A leading figure among female musicians on the alternative rock scene, Kim Deal was the bassist and occasional vocalist for the Pixies, one of the most influential bands of the post punk era. Deal's voice, equal parts fragile and ribald, offered a sense of delicacy and balance to the bullhorn shrieks of the band's singer and chief songwriter, Black Francis. Their five albums, released between 1987 and 1993, gave rise to such bands as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Weezer and countless others who employed their unsettling but often glorious aesthetic. Behind the scenes, however, Deal was locked in a struggle with Francis to get her own songs heard on the Pixies' records, which eventually led to their breakup in 1993. She subsequently formed the Breeders with her twin sister, Kelley, producing an unexpected hit with <i>Last Splash</i> (1993). However, the Breeders' time in the spotlight was short-lived following Kelley Deal's arrest for heroin possession, which set in motion a series of sporadic releases with several variations of the group between 2001 and 2009. During this period, Deal buried the hatchet with Francis and began touring to worldwide acclaim with the Pixies, though remained reluctant to record new material with the band. Kim Deal's tenure in two hugely popular bands from the early days of the alternative movement, as well as her fiercely independent nature, made her a role model for a generation of rockers, both male and female.<p>Born Kimberley Ann Deal on June 10, 1961 in Dayton, OH, Kim Deal and her identical twin sister and frequent bandmate Kelley Deal were the daughters of a radar physicist who worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Deal grew up listening to and often recording music while also enjoying a relatively mainstream, middle-class childhood, including a stint on the cheerleading squad at Wayne High School. By their late teens, the sisters had begun to record songs in their bedroom for a band they had formed called The Breeders. Deal put her musical aspirations on hold to try her hand at higher education, attending seven different colleges but graduating from none of them. She eventually received an associate degree in biology and worked in the cellular biology field. During this period, Deal met and married John Deal, an Air Force defense contractor, who moved with her to his hometown of Boston, MA in 1986. That same year, she answered an ad in the alternative newspaper <i>The Boston Phoenix</i> for a bassist whose musical interests included both the Midwestern hardcore punk bank Hüsker Dü and folk icons Peter, Paul and Mary. The ad introduced her to Charles Thompson and Joey Santiago, former University of Massachusetts Amherst students who were forming a band. With the addition of Deal and drummer David Lovering, who was a friend of Deal's husband, the Pixies began performing on the Boston area club scene and, in turn, helping to lay the foundation for the 1990s alternative rock movement.<P>The Pixies' first recording, <i>Come on Pilgrim</i> (1987), immediately established their unique aesthetic, which combined elements of punk rock, '60s instrumentals, the ethereal sound of '80s pop, and huge slabs of guitar riffs around the surreal, occasionally macabre lyrics of Thompson, who billed himself as Black Francis. The vocal interplay between Francis and Deal was also a key component to the Pixies' sound, with Francis' bellowing offering bullish counterpoint to Deal's plaintive tenor in a sort of odd approximation of harmony. Deal, who initially billed herself as "Mrs. John Murphy" before reverting to her given name for their breakout third release, <i>Doolittle</i> (1991), was largely relegated to backing vocals and bass, though she co-wrote and sang lead on one of the band's enduring singles, "Gigantic." The Pixies' first three albums established them as one of the leading groups on the alternative scene, as well as a tremendous influence on a host of later acts, including Radiohead, The Strokes, Weezer, Pavement and in particular, Nirvana, whose frontman Kurt Cobain admitted to copying the band's trademark song dynamic of loud, crushing guitars balanced by quieter instrumental passages for their game-changing single "Smells Like Teen Spirit."<p>But as the Pixies slowly worked their way up the music industry, tensions between Deal and Francis cast a pallor over subsequent projects. Deal longed to make a more substantial contribution to future Pixies albums, but Francis, who had placed himself as the band's leader and primary songwriter, rejected the idea. In an attempt to have her songs heard by the listening public, Deal teamed with Tanya Donnelly of the band Throwing Muses to launch a side project, which she named the Breeders after her teenaged band with her sister. The resulting album, <i>Pod</i> (1990), established Deal as an emerging songwriting talent, but the project put her at further odds with Francis, who fired her from the Pixies in 1990. After striking a truce with the other members of the band, she recorded their last two albums, <i>Bossanova</i> (1990) and <i>Trompe le Monde</i> (1991), which saw little to no contributions beyond voice and bass from Deal. Two years later, Francis announced the dissolution of the group, informing Deal and Lovering via fax.<P>Deal soon teamed with her sister Kelley, who replaced Donnelly in the Breeders, to release <i>Last Splash</i> (1993). A playful mix of Pixies-style noise and pop elements, the album generated a huge hit in "Cannonball," which in turn helped to make <i>Last Splash</i> an unqualified success. To the surprise of many, it was Deal who had become the star player from the Pixies and not Francis, who had again changed his name to Frank Black for a string of well-received but only modestly popular albums. <i>Last Splash</i>, by comparison, outsold not only Francis' solo work but also any of the Pixies' album. The Breeders were soon performing on the main stage at Lollapalooza, but their rise to the top was almost immediately halted by Kelley Deal's 1994 arrest for heroin possession. The Breeders then entered a period of extended hiatus, during which Kim Deal formed a new group, The Amps, for which she billed herself as Tammy Ampersand. The band's debut, <i>Pacer</i> (1995), was critically praised but sold few copies, and by the following year, Deal was back in a new lineup of the Breeders.<p>It would be nearly five more years before the public heard new Breeders material. By this point, the Deal sisters had recruited a whole new band to record their third album, <i>Title TK</i> (2001), which enjoyed only moderate acclaim. Three years later, Kim Deal defied industry and critical expectation by reuniting with the Pixies for a North American tour in 2004. Response from audiences, whose high school and college years had been set to a soundtrack of the Pixies, was overwhelmingly positive, and the quartet remained together as a touring unit for the next eight years. However, Deal refused to record new material with the band beyond a 2004 single, "Bam Thwok," which they initially recorded for the soundtrack to "Shrek 2" before releasing it through iTunes. Between jaunts with the Pixies, Deal and her sister released two new Breeders albums, <i>Mountain Battles</i> (2008) and <i>Fate to Fatal</i> (2009). In 2013, the Breeders' label, 4AD, announced the release of <i>LSXX</i>, a 20th anniversary edition of the <i>Last Splash</i> record. A reunion tour with that album's lineup of players was planned for the same year.<p><i>By Paul Gaita</i>