Pop star Rihanna has aimed a foul-mouthed rant at U.S. TV bosses for dropping her song from a sports show in the aftermath of a domestic violence scandal affecting a player.
The Umbrella singer's hit track Run This Town had been reworked with a comedic segment featuring Don Cheadle for broadcast on Thursday Night Football last week (ends14Sep14). However, the song was dropped from the line-up after Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice was caught on camera allegedly assaulting his partner in an elevator resulting in a ban from playing in the National Football League (NFL).
Rihanna, who was a victim of domestic violence herself in 2009, has now spoken out about the song ban and accused TV bosses of punishing her for someone else's mistakes, insisting she does not want them running the track in this week's (beg15Sep14) show. In a serious of posts on Twitter.com, she writes, "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F**k you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this... The audacity..." Reports suggest CBS bosses now plan to drop Rihanna's song for a second time following her Twitter.com rant.
Rihanna was left battered and bruised after she was beaten by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown following a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. Brown was later convicted of assault for attacking the singer.
Singer Lana Del Rey has cancelled her tour dates in Europe due to illness.
The Young and Beautiful hitmaker also backed out of a Tuesday (16Sep14) appearance on BBC Radio 1. A statement from the singer's record label representative reads, "For medical reasons independent of our will, the artist (Lana Del Ray) has been forced to cancel all promotional activities planned in Europe over the coming days."
Del Rey has opened up about her health problems in the past, but has not identified what she suffers from.
She said, "I'd been sick on tour for about two years with this medical anomaly that doctors couldn't figure out. That's a big part of my life: I just feel really sick a lot of the time and can't figure out why."
Embattled singer Chris Brown has opened up about his anger management struggles, revealing he sits down with a therapist twice a week.
Asked to comment on the scandal surrounding American football player Ray Rice, who was fired from the Baltimore Ravens earlier this week (beg08Sep14) after video footage of his attack on his now-wife in a hotel elevator emerged, the Kiss Kiss star told MTV News the sportsman has to make some life-altering decisions, just like he did following his assault conviction in 2009.
Brown tells interviewer Sway, "I dealt with a lot of anger issues from my past, not knowing how to express myself verbally... and not knowing how to cope with my emotions. "Help is great; I still talk to my therapist twice a week, and it helps me to... if I'm frustrated and I'm dealing with something, to vent and say what I'm going through so I can hear from an actual clinical person: 'This is how you should react', or, 'It's good to feel this way because feelings, emotions and energy are supposed to come and go. It's not supposed to stay there, you're not supposed to keep it inside, because it'll just bottle up and you'll become a monster'. "For me, dealing with my anger issues... it has helped me really focus on what's important."
He adds, "It's all about the choices you do make... I've been down that road and I've made my mistakes too, but it's all about how you deal and push forward and control your anger."
Brown is still battling anger issues and he was ordered to spend time in rehab last year (13) following a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. The singer was sent to jail in March (14) when he was kicked out of the facility for failing to obey the rules. The hitmaker is still on probation for his attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
One-time abuse victim Rihanna's introduction to U.S. TV's Thursday Night Football special was yanked at the last minute on Thursday (11Sep14) and replaced with an interview with embattled league commissioner Roger Goodell amid the sport's ongoing domestic violence drama.
Rihanna’s Jay Z collaboration Run This Town was billed as part of the launch of the 2014 season of the CBS show, but network bosses decided the programme should open with a more serious message following the recent Ray Rice scandal.
Rice was arrested earlier this year (14) following an altercation with his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sickening footage of the incident has since been released and earlier this month (Sep14) the sportsman was kicked off the Baltimore Ravens roster and banned from playing in the National Football League (NFL).
Goodell came under fire from the media and women's rights groups for not acting sooner in dealing with Rice, amid accusations he and NFL bosses don't take domestic violence seriously enough. The commissioner has since spoken out about the scandal, dismissing reports that suggested the footage of Rice knocking his now-wife unconscious was made available to NFL executives in April (14), and his exclusive interview with CBS newswoman Norah O'Donnell was replayed at the beginning of the Thursday night football coverage, as well as a chat with Ravens team owner Steve Bisciotti.
As a result, Rihanna's reworked Run This Town, featuring a comedic segment starring Don Cheadle, was axed.
Announcing the decision hours before the big game, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said, "We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage." Ironically, the featured game was a clash between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Rihanna was a victim of abuse in 2009 when her then-boyfriend Chris Brown attacked her during a fight on the eve of the Grammy Awards. The R&B singer is still on probation following his violent actions.
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Liza Minnelli was unable to attend Joan Rivers' funeral on Sunday (07Sep14) as she is preparing to undergo back surgery following a fall at her home.
The singer/actress wanted to pay her last respects to the veteran funnywoman at her memorial service in the Big Apple, but Minnelli recently took a tumble which left her unable to walk. She is preparing to undergo spinal surgery, and could not make it to Rivers' star-studded send-off on Sunday.
Minnelli tells the New York Post, "I couldn't go to Joan Rivers' funeral, which I desperately wanted to because I loved her, but I couldn't go because I can't walk. I'm in bed. Going in for surgery. I broke my lower back. Remember a few years ago I was in a wheelchair because I had trouble with my spine? They operated on it then. Well, now, again. They'll have to fuse it. I was picking up my dogs - and they jumped. And I got twisted and fell. I thought it's nothing. But it wasn't nothing. It became something. After an X-ray, seems I busted it and have to have it fused. The operation's next week."
Rivers died at the age of 81 on 4 September (14).
"My husband Kanye and I have an amazing sex life. So far as the sex tape is concerned, whether or not we've made another... If we have, it's never something I want to go public. I never want to make the same mistake twice." Kim Kardashian hints she has made a sex tape with her husband Kanye West. The reality TV star initially shot to fame after her previous sex tape with singer Ray J became an Internet sensation.
Singer/rapper Cee Lo Green has been handed three years of probation and a community service sentence after striking a plea deal relating to an ecstasy charge.
The Forget You hitmaker, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, hit headlines last year (13) after an ex-girlfriend accused him of slipping her ecstasy before having sex with her following a dinner date in Los Angeles in 2012. He pleaded not guilty to the claim at the time of his booking, but subsequently agreed to plead no contest to a felony count of sharing ecstasy in a deal which allows him to maintain his innocence.
He entered the plea during a brief court hearing on Friday (29Aug14), when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Young ordered the star to serve probation.
The 39 year old must also complete 360 hours of community work at the MusiCares Foundation of the Recording Academy, which provides financial aid and medical care to musicians who have fallen on hard times. He must also attend 52 private alcohol counselling sessions, reports TMZ.com.
Prosecutors had previously dropped a charge of sexual assault against Green on the grounds of insufficient evidence. The plaintiff, whose identity has not been revealed, alleged Green spiked her drink during a date in November, 2012, and she later woke up naked in a bed with him in the room.
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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.
The Kinks have dismissed reports suggesting the band is set to reunite without former singer and guitarist Dave Davies for an upcoming 50th anniversary get together. Ray Davies recently hinted that a reunion would move forward with or without his estranged sibling.
He told Britain's Mojo magazine, "Dave's invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it (reunion), it will happen anyway. He's very welcome to turn up if he wants. I'd much rather work with him than without him."
But now the band has issued a statement, suggesting Ray's comments were misquoted by the publication.
A message on the group's Facebook.com page reads: "MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this."
Rocker Bret Michaels is preparing to bid farewell to two of his longtime bandmates when they perform together for the last time in Virginia on Thursday night (14Aug14). Dirty Ray and Lucky Chucky will bow out of the Poison frontman's solo tour line-up after a decade on the road with Michaels.
In a post on his website on Thursday afternoon, the singer writes, "Tonight’s show for me will be a very Bittersweet moment as two of my best friends and solo band members Bassist Dirty Ray and Drummer Lucky Chucky will exit as best of friends to pursue personal ventures and have helped to find their replacements Bad Boy Bart on Bass and The Manimal Magic Mike half man half beast on the drums.
"Ray and Chuck will be missed and are always considered my great friends. Thanks for over ten awesome years playing music, touring together and helping me continue to make music and living my dream. Rock on my brothers!
"I have chosen my home state of Pennsylvania to kick off the first show with (replacements) Bad Boy Bart and Manimal Magic Mike."
The two new band members will make their debut with Michaels in Reading, Pennsylvania on Friday (15Aug14).