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Scott Stapp Blames IRS for his Miseries

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Top singer Scott Stapp who earned several awards with his music band Creed during the early part of the century is today a penniless person. As a talented singer and lyricist with rock band Creed, Scott received a Grammy and several certifications. Though he was a millionaire hardly a decade ago, with record sales of nearly 50 million albums worldwide, Scott Stapp recently shocked his fans when he posted a 15 minute video clipping. The video post on his Facebook page claims that Scott Stapp is presently homeless and financially broke, which is due to his comments about President Obama made in 2012 in a television interview.

In the mysterious black and white 15 minute video, Scott Stapp states that he is an unfortunate victim of IRS harassment because of the interview and his bank accounts have been frozen on several occasions whenever he tried to access them. Though he has been accused by his estranged wife of taking several drugs he claims that he is completely drug free and his current troubles stem from financial problems uncovered during recent audit of personal and professional finances. Scott Stapp claimed that his accounts were first frozen by IRS when it was discovered that money was missing from his accounts and taxes were supposedly unpaid. Though his wife claims that he is delusional, Scott claims that his financial troubles started within a couple of months of his interview with Fox Television where he made derogatory comments about President Obama.

In the bizarre video he also claims that when he tried to get to the accounts, which have not been blocked by IRS he discovered that they had been hacked and all the money was missing. He stated that his bank has accepted that his money is missing and they are trying to resolve the issue. Without a home and no money he first started out by living at a Holiday Inn hotel and after that in his truck. With no money for food, he ended up sick at a hospital’s emergency room. Bemoaning his current situation Scott Stapp stated in his Facebook video that he regrets his 2012 interview and is looking for a suitable lawyer to help him out of the current situation.

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One Direction Releases New Album Called “Four”

One Direction Releases new music album called “Four” on November 2014.

The songs include:

  1. Steal My Girl
  2. Ready to Run
  3. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
  4. 18
  5. Girl Almighty
  6. Fool’s Gold
  7. Night Changes
  8. No Control
  9. Fireproof
  10. Spaces
  11. Stockholm Syndrome
  12. Clouds
  13. Change Your Ticket
  14. Illusion
  15. Once in a Lifetime
  16. Act My Age

(Songs on iTunes)

 

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One Direction Music Singers. The singing group members include; Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson.

List of Band Group Members:

Niall Horan:

Niall Horan sang in his school’s choir and seasonally performed around Christmas. He has been playing guitar at a young age. (Niall’s Twitter)

Zayn Malik:

Zayn Malik’s interests are in urban music, musicals, R&B and rap. (Zayn’s Twitter)

Liam Payne:

Liam Payne is a sports fanatic. He trained in boxing, and also learned music technology. His role model is singer “Jusin Timberlake”. (Liam’ Twitter)

Harry Styles:

Harry Styles always like singing since childhood. Harry’s role model is Elvis Presley. He notates Elvis as leading his beginnings into music and musical belongings. Harry is also inspired by “The Beatles” music too. (Harry’s Twitter)

Louis Tomlinson:

Louis Tomlinson started as an actor. He acted in television series such as “If I Had You, and “Waterloo Road”. His role model is “Robbie Williams”. Lous Tomlinson has both singing and acting talent which makes him more versatile as both an actor, and a singer. (Louis’s Twitter)

The X Factor:

The boys first met on The X Factor show. The show is a British television talent music competition. People would travel and audition to be on The X Factor. The show was created by Simon Cowell which began in the year 2004. The show is one of the largest television talent competition in Europe. The United Kingdom had a peak viewing of 19.7 million. There were more than 10 million votes for fan favorites of the contestants. (Website)

Simon Cowell:

Simon Cowell is a TV celebrity, television producer, talent scout, and music talent judge.   Simon is a judge in The X Factor, and discovered “One Direction”. Simon made One Direction into an international sensation.

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Eminem Raps About Punching Lana Del Rey in his Latest Video

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Singer, song-writer and rapper Marshall Bruce Mathers III who is considered to be one of the most popular rapper in the world and is better known by his stage name Eminem has once again created a huge controversy by rapping and fantasizing about punching pop star Lana Del Rey in a promotional video. In that same particular line he also refers to the disgraced football player Ray Rice who used to play for Baltimore Ravens. Rice was recently involved in an ugly incident as he was seen knocking out his then girlfriend Janay Rice on camera. He then subsequently dragged her body out of the hotel elevator back in February.

Eminem adopts a particular method to his attacks. It will always be homophobic, celebrity-directed and geared towards women. The women he attacks in his lyrics are also, normally, reflective of major social changes, like the rise of teen pop.

Del Rey has not made any comments on the derogatory lyrics, but some other high-profile rappers and artists including New-York based Azealia Banks responded with some really harsh words. Many others condemned his lyrics as attention seeking and dangerous. Many people on the other hand came out in support of the rapper saying that the man is at it again.

The lyrics also mentions other celebrities like Kate Hudson and Britney Spears. This is not the first time that Eminem has referenced women in his lyrics. This particular act by Eminem is neither surprising nor shocking as he has been doing this for the past 15 years. The first time he did this was in a song in his second album Slim Shady LP . That album which was released in 1999 brought him instant fame as it drew heavily on lyrics hateful to women. He also targeted Jessica Simpson, Amy Winehouse, Lindsay Lohan among others in his 2009 album Relapse.

Whatever people may say, but Eminem surely knows how to keep himself in the limelight.

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Taylor Swift Pulls Out her Songs from Spotify

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In a very surprising and bold move, Taylor Swift has pulled out all her songs from the music streaming site Spotify. Spotify is like a giant among the music streaming sites as it boasts of a huge number of subscribers across more than 50 countries with 10 million of them paying the site for its services. This move by Taylor Swift is seen by many as a way to drive up the sales of her latest album 1989 which was released recently. Shake it off, the lead single from the album went  straight to the number one spot on Spotify. Many from the music industry though were not so amused by her decision and condemned it while others applauded her for taking an innovative step to drive the sales up.

Her decision to remove the music can prove to be very significant as she was one of the most popular artists on the site as close to one fourth of the Spotify users streamed her songs. Swift’s relationship with Spotify has always been patchy as back in 2012 when her album Red was released, she criticized the site saying that giving away just $0.006 and $0.0084 per song played as royalty to the artist is far too less. She wrote in the Wall Street Journal that since music is art, it should be valued and that music should never be free.

Swift though is not the first artist to withdraw her songs from the site. Thom Yorke of Radiohead removed all his singles from the site and called for a boycott over biased payment practices. Artists whose songs are not available on Spotify include The Beatles, The Black Keys, AC/DC among many others. Experts though believe that this move is not going to affect the sales of her album in any way as her album has already sold over 1.3 million copies in one week which no artist has ever achieved in a week.

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Celine Dion Cancels her Las Vegas Shows

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Singer Celine Dion who was all set to perform at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and in different locations in Asia, canceled all her upcoming tour to take care of her 72 year old husband Rene Angelil who recently underwent an operation to remove a cancerous tumor from his body. She has even suspended her singing career indefinitely to be with her husband. The 46 year old singer from Quebec, Canada made a statement saying that it was a difficult decision for her, but she had to make it as raising three young children with an ailing husband is not at all easy.

Dion has some health issue of her own. It has been reported that she has throat muscles inflammation as a result of which she hasn’t been able to perform in Las Vegas and also had to cancel her Asia tour. She apologized to all her fans who had come to see her perform from far off places and thanked them profusely for their unconditional support and love.

Rene discovered Dion’s talent when she was just 12 years old and has guided her throughout her career. They got married in 1994 when she was 26 years old even though there was a more than 20 year age gap between them. He was her manager all this time, but since Rene was diagnosed with cancer, Dion’s close friend Aldo Giampaolo took over the reins as her new manager.

Celine Dion is famous for her single My heart will go on from the Oscar winning movie Titanic. Her latest album Loved Me Back to Life was released last year which topped the charts in Canada. Her fans were left disappointed as they were all looking forward to witness her concert, but all of them admire her even more when they found out the reason of the cancellation of the tour. Their tickets will be refunded from Monday onwards.

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Garth Brooks’ Dublin Concert Canceled

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Garth Brooks, the popular actor and western country singer who was all set to make a comeback to the tour after a long hiatus, faced a huge setback due to which all his five gigs had to be canceled. The entire issue was with regards to a conflict between Brooks, 52, and the Dublin City Council on the timing of the concert. The cancellation of the five concerts is likely to prove very costly to the city of Dublin, with a loss of as much as $68 million.

Brooks was supposed to perform at Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium, which has a capacity of 83000 people. The plan was for a total of five shows that were all sold-out, but the city council was willing to give permission for only three shows, and that too, during the afternoon hours instead of evening because it was a residential area and the people living nearby were totally against five straight night concerts. There was also a rule that permits the Croke Park stadium to host only three non-sporting events each year. This particular quota was already taken by the boy band One Direction, who performed here in May.

A signature campaign was taken up against the carrying out of this show, but a Los Angeles Times report said that most of the signatures were forged. The organizers of the show tried their best to negotiate with Brooks by requesting him to perform in the afternoon, but Brooks simply refused and he announced his decision of canceling the show to his fans. He was visibly disappointed and tried to console his fans who were all looking forward to see him perform.

For his comeback tour, Brooks will be performing first at Chicago. He told this news to one of his fans named Andy Roberts, who asked the singer about it at one of his shows in Las Vegas. Roberts then made this announcement on his website and posted the link to the site on Twitter.

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Lorde Bags Two Billboard Music Awards

17-year-old Kiwi singer and songwriter Lorde took everyone by surprise by bagging two awards at the Billboard Music awards, which was held in Las Vegas. Lorde whose real name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor was born and brought up in New Zealand. She won the award for the Top Rock Song for her debut single Royals and for the Top New Artist.

Lorde played a prepared speech on the phone after winning the award as she didn’t want to mess things up. She was very grateful to the music industry in the United States and paid tribute to the industry which gave her this opportunity at such an early phase in her life. Lorde overcame stiff competition from other popular young artists like Ariana Grande, Bastille and Capital Cities among others to get the Top New Artist award. The award for the Top Female Artist though went to Katy Perry.

Among the male contenders, it was Justin Timberlake who aced the award ceremony as he bagged a total of seven awards. Apart from the two awards, Lorde was also nominated for Top Radio Song Artist, Top Rock Album, Top Radio Artist among many other categories.

At the awards ceremony, she performed on stage her latest single Tennis Court alongside other big names in the music industry like Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry. This song features in Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroine which was released last year.

Lorde has managed to get tagged as one of the biggest newbie singer by Billboard. Most of her songs are inspired by electro-pop with the focus being mostly on her voice instead of the musical instruments. Lorde’s style of music has been classified as a mix of club-ready electro-rock and confessional bedroom pop. She has grabbed stardom at a very young age and has a bright future ahead of her.

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Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision Title

The Eurovision Song Contest, 2014 which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark was won by a singer from Austria, Conchita Wurst. The contest was keenly watched by many as it also featured singers from Russia and Ukraine who are at loggerheads right now over the annexation of Crimean region by Russia. However, in the grand finale, it was the 25 year old Austrian who stole all the limelight with her ecstatic performance of the ballad ‘Rise like a Phoenix’.

Called the bearded lady on stage, Conchita assumed this alter ego as a teenager, mainly to cope with the discrimination faced during that period. . Born as Thomas “Tom” Neuwirth, the global super star enjoyed a short stint with the Austrian boy-band Jetzt Anders

Conchita came on stage wearing a skin-tight dress with a full grown beard and long flowing hair. Her final score of 290 points was more than anyone else and as a result, she became the first Austrian to win the crown since 1966. The presence of Wurst in the competition was not taken too kindly by some countries like Russia, where alternate sexual identities are not accepted. For many though, her victory meant a victory of tolerance, which was one of the themes stressed by the organizers of the competition.

The Eurovision singing contest has been held every year since 1956 and it was started to boost good relations between neighboring European nations. The contestants who participate in this event are mainly those who are on the fringes of the mainstream music industry. According to the organizers, this competition is completely non-political, but people always manage to drag politics into the event. Especially this year, the Russian contestants were given a cold reception and many even booed them after their performance.

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Edie Brickell and Paul Simon Involved in a Domestic Dispute

Recording artist Edie Brickell and her Grammy award winning singer-husband Paul Simon were involved in an ugly altercation at their New Canaan home last Saturday. Paul who is famous for being one of the members in the band Simon and Garfunkel had to appear in the court with his wife as both of them faced charges of domestic violence.

The hearing took place two days after the dispute as both the husband and wife stood in the court holding each other’s hands. They assured the court that the incident was one-off and isolated and that there was no need for any protective order against either of them.

The couple were arrested soon after the incident took place as police received a call on 911 from their home. The caller hung up soon after making the call. The police officer who arrived at the scene first described the incident as a minor physical altercation between the couple and there was aggressiveness on the part of both sides. He also told that both of them were co-operating with them when they were apprehended for a brief period of time, but then were left alone as they were issued summons for misdemeanor.

The Grammy winner and his wife were charged with disorderly conduct, but they told the judge that they just had an argument and they are fine now. The couple were married in 1992 and they have three kids together. When the judge asked whether any protective order should be issued, Simon said neither of them had any fear of each other. Even Brickell confessed to the court that Simon was no threat to her at all.

The case was subsequently referred to the diversionary program of the court. If the couple complete the program successfully, the entire charges will be dropped against them and their records will be erased.

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DJ Rashad Dies of Suspected Drug Overdose

The Chicago-based juke producer DJ Rashad, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his apartment in Chicago’s West-side on Saturday afternoon. The 34-year old DJ who was born Rashad Harden, featured regularly in the footwork and juke scene in Chicago. He was pronounced dead by the medical examiner of the Cook County.

The police suspect that he died of a possible drug overdose as he was found surrounded by drugs, but they have not released any official cause of death. The news of his death was announced on Twitter by DJ Godfather. Rashad was all set to perform at a show in Detroit with his partner DJ Spinn and DJ Godfather.

Soon after the news of his death broke out, condolence message started pouring in as Jay Electronica and Disclosure expressed their shock and grief over the sudden death of DJ Rashad. His partner DJ Spinn issued a statement to the Chicago Sun Times saying that the world of music lost a true genius.

DJ Rashad was considered as the pioneer of footwork, a kind of music which is a high speed house variant accompanied by equally high speed dance moves. He gained international prominence recently after he signed up with a British dance label known as the Hyperdub. He released an album last year called Double Cup which is considered as one of the most uplifting and soulful dance albums.

The hardest to be hit by the death of DJ Rashad will be the dance community in Chicago as the city boasts a large group of people who closely follow Footwork, a hypnotic style of dance. Another popular rapper Frankie Knuckles, was also reported to be dead last month. Knuckles was also based out of Chicago.