I’m sure the family of Amy Winehouse are ready for her beautiful soul to rest peacefully, but are not standing for the public’s false accusations on her death. In a statement released on Tuesday, Winehouse’s relatives says there were no illegal drugs found in her body at the time of her death.
The soulful entertainer, lost a long battle with drug and alcohol abuse on July 23 when she was found dead in bed by a bodyguard after six hours, according to published reports.
Family spokesman, Chris Goodman, says…
“…There was alcohol in her system, but it wasn’t clear whether that played a role in her death. The family is waiting for a full investigation that will begin in October.”
Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, says his daughter had beaten her drug dependency three years before her death, but he admitted she was still struggling to control her drinking after several weeks of abstinence.
Usher reaches out to hearts on the David Guetta-produced “Without You“, a new track off of Guetta’s Nothing But The Beat album, due out August 30. In the song, Usher is almost broken at the idea of living without his lover. Guetta’s placid and witty production matched with Usher’s easy falsetto and convincing delivery makes the song a definite repeater.
“I won’t run, I won’t fly, I will never make it by without you,” Usher serenades. “I can’t rest, I can’t fight, all I need is you and I, without you.”
Check it out…
PLUS, Usher sparks a funny moment when he flips the script on paps and uses his phone to snap pics of the seemingly annoying photographers.
Catch the pics below..
Trey Songz is a little trucker isn’t he? The guy has con-fi-dence, if he has nothing else. Trigga Trey tells The Source that he’s willing and ready to work on a joint effort with fellow sap soldier, Drake. Jay-Z and Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne and Birdman, Gucci Mane and Waka–well, not that one, but there’s a new wave of artists joining forces to cook up hard-hitting records and cashing in on their fused popularity.
Songz seems to think his vocal and artistic saavy, if you will, is comparable to Drake’s and that the end result of a collaboration would be “authentic”.
“When thinking along the lines of that, Drake is the first person that comes to mind that I am that musically comfortable with in that space,” he said. “He is a friend of mine as well, and I think we can pull something off like that could sound very authentic.”
On beginning the project…
“…Look at (Kanye and Jay-Z) and see how long it took them to do it, you know? So it has to be organic in whatever way it happens. It can’t be a business decision and you can’t look at it in a way of making it lucrative. I think it has to be something that you are definitely going into for music’s sake. It has to be something real, because if it’s not authentic you can hear it.”
Back to reality, TMZ catches Trey in the middle of a girl fight in New York outside of Juliet Supper Club after his date felt the need to fire back at the gawking of a group of girls on her seemingly marked territory.
Watch the squabble below…
Lil’ Wayne responds to Jay-Z‘s “baby money” line from “H.A.M.”(released earlier this year) on newly surfaced song, “It’s Good“, from his forthcoming album, Tha Carter IV. The track features Drake and Jadakiss and sees the Cash Money rapper going in on Hov around the 3-minute mark.
The Jay-Z line that fueled the diss…
“Really you got baby money/ Keep it real with n*ggas/N*ggas aint got my lady money”
Kanye West played the track for Wayne, but he refused to address Yeezy with the alleged diss…
“I wouldn’t ask him about a Jay-Z line because he’s not Jay-Z.”
Listen to the track below…
Trina takes her baddest b**ch moniker to the waterfront as she poses in skin-baring summer swimwear for Vibe’s “Summer of Celebes in Swim Wear” series, shot by photographer Prescott McDonald.
The 32-year old rapper dons sexy one-pieces, sheer cover-ups, and killer heels.
Peep the steaming photos after the jump…
Lady Gaga is captured recording a voice-over for her upcoming role on FOX network’s “The Simpsons“. The episode is entitled “Lisa Goes Gaga” and sees the popstar making a pit stop in Springfield after learning that it’s teeming with low self-esteem, and winds up trying to cheer up a dejected Lisa through the power of speech, song, and a flash mob.
As bizzarre and entertaining as Gaga is on stage, she admits the cartoon gig was no easy task…
“[It's] a little nerve-wracking. I make music, but I don’t do voice-overs every day of the week, and their characters are so awesomely convincing and sincere and wild and funny, I had to remind myself constantly of the sincerity of the humor,” she tells EW.
“That’s what I was trying to focus on, not putting on a character too much and really being as sincere as I could with the lines.” And where does this guest spot rank among her professional experiences? “I would say this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” says Gaga, 25, noting: “My dad’s probably going to do 80 backflips when the episode comes out.”
On the role…
“I play a little bit of a slut,” Gaga admits. “The apple doesn’t fall far from my artistic tree.”
Producers of the show were impressed by her voice-acting range and ad-libbing skills, and are proud to include her in their storied guest rank. Series creator, Matt Groening, says…
“Since the very beginning, I’ve always wanted to have on the most iconic personalities of our time, and she’s it.”
Catch the episode when it airs in spring 2012 as part of the show’s 23rd season, launching Sept. 25.
Not as surprising as I’d like to pretend it is, “Best Thing I Never Had” singer, Beyoncé is set to hit the stage at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The sultry entertainer big news sits well with fans as they edged their seats, anxious to hear something that would give Sunday’s big show more reason to view.
Already on the hyped list of performers are Adele, Lil’ Wayne, Jessie J, Pitbull & Ne-Yo, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Young the Giant and Lady Gaga, who all will respectively make the night with special performances.
Amy Doyle, executive producer of the show and MTV’s EVP of Music & Talent, states…
“We are thrilled to have Beyoncé return to her rightful musical home at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards,” she exclaims. “Her performances at the VMAs are legendary — leaving everyone breathless and talking for days. We can’t wait to see her set the stage on fire once again!”
The 29-year old performer last took the VMA stage two years ago, giving a standing ovation-earning performance of no. 1 single from I Am…Sasha Fierce, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)“.
Question existing…what song(s) would fans like to see the stage assassin perform?
Katy Perry has undoubtedly sparked fireworks since stepping foot on the music scene back in 2008, beginning with her platinum debut album, One of the Boys. The project spawned a number one hit with “I Kissed a Girl”.
This go around, Perry outdid herself with her multiplatinum sophomore album, Teenage Dream…which spawned several hits like “California Gurls” Ft. Snoop Dogg, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.” (which actually charted because of the remix with Kanye West) and the latest, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”.
The five no. 1 singles positioned Perry to become the first woman and second artist overall following Michael Jackson, in the 53-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to send five songs from an album. An amazing feat it definitely is, but Billboard poses the question…does Teenage Dream have enough juice remaning to pump out another solid #1 single giving the Cali-native six no. 1 singles from a set, breaking Jackson’s record.
Of course, it is entirely up to the label if they are willing to proceed with releasing another single or coasting on a high note and moving on the next project. Executive VP/Marketing and Promotion rep., Greg Thompson, says…
“We want to savor five right now, but in the world of Katy, you never know. This historic achievement just speaks to Katy’s hard work.”
Look below for Billboard’s suggestions on Capitol Record’s plan of action…