Jordin Sparks married and expecting first child

Jordin Sparks married and expecting first child

Jordin Sparks is married to boyfriend Dana Isaiah, and is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

The 28-year-old former American Idol winner and her 25-year-old beau, a fitness enthusiast and model, went public with their relationship in July (17). And their romance has since gone from strength to strength, amid news that they tied the knot in July (17) and are now set to start a family together, with the baby due next spring.

Jordin told People.com that she and Dana eloped on vacation in Hawaii, with just a few friends present, and she found out she was pregnant in late August. However, the pregnancy news came as a massive surprise to the couple, with Jordin admitting of the moment she found out: “It was like such a shock for both of us, and then I started bawling in the closet.” Asked if they were happy tears, Jordin laughed: “Nope, they were shocked, scared and terrified tears!

“I’m going to be completely honest. I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh!'”

But once they had time to get to used to the news, Jordin and Dana are now more than happy about having a baby together.

“We’re really proud to be married to each other and to be celebrating this,” Jordin smiled.

Prior to meeting Dana, Jordin hadn’t been too lucky in the love field. She dated Jason Derulo for three years until 2014, with their split turning bitter after she claimed he had actually leased a BMW car that he said he had bought for her. Jordin then started dating Sage the Gemini in 2015, but the pair called time on their romance in February 2016, after nine months together.

However, it seems Jordin has found “the one” in Dana. Talking to People, Jordin admitted she knew she’d found her life partner as soon as she met Dana, explaining: “He came here to Los Angeles and we spent time together, we spent a couple of days together and it was something I’d never felt before.

“I’d never spent time together with someone of the opposite sex that I’d immediately felt 100 per cent comfortable with – it was a little wake up call for me, I was like, ‘I think this is how I’m supposed to feel… no, I know this is how I’m supposed to feel.”

And while Jordin said it took Dana a “little longer” to realise she was his “one”, the handsome star said he now wants to “shout it from the rooftops”.

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Mel B drops restraining order against former nanny

Mel B drops restraining order against former nanny

Mel B has dropped her restraining order against her former nanny Lorraine Gilles as part of their settlement.

During her messy divorce battle with husband Stephen Belafonte, the former Spice Girls singer claimed he impregnated Gilles and urged her to get an abortion after Mel refused to let her and her child live with them.

She also claimed that Belafonte and Gilles were extorting her with sex tape footage, and she filed restraining orders against them both to stop them from distributing the tapes.

Mel, who had also accused her estranged husband of domestic abuse, settled the case with Belafonte last week, just days before their trial. On Monday (13Nov17), Judge Mark Juhas announced in a statement at the Los Angeles Superior Court that the singer had also reached a deal with Gilles.

“In the Brown v Gilles matter the court received information that the case has been resolved. As a result no one will be appearing this morning,” the statement read. “The domestic violence restraining order has been dissolved. The civil harassment restraining order was dissolved last Thursday.”

Gilles filed a defamation lawsuit against Mel over the claims made against her in her divorce documents, and that legal action is still pending.

The singer can move forward with hearings in her divorce with Belafonte, who declared himself the “happiest guy in the world” after the settlement was reached last week.

“It’s about family, family has been restored, you know I want to thank my family lawyers because they are a family and helped me mentally and legally,” he said in an Instagram video. “I’m just glad the cloud of suspicion of domestic violence is no longer over my head.”

The former couple, who were married for almost 10 years before Mel filed for divorce in March, are working towards a custody arrangement over their daughter Madison.

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Is Ed Sheeran starting to retire his debut album ‘+’

Is Ed Sheeran starting to retire his debut album ‘+’
Ed Sheeran’s debut album + is already down to just two songs in his current setlist.

Ed performed his first show back live since his bicycle in Singapore on the weekend but the setlist sadly lacked the album that broke the British singer songwriter worldwide.

‘The A Team’ and ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ were not only the only songs from the 2011 debut at the show, but the major hit ‘The A Team’ came early in the set … three songs in.

Ed is also performing this month in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Bangkok in Thailand, and Mumbai in India before finishing off the leg in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 23 November. He will tour Australia for Frontier Touring starting in Perth on March 2.

Tickets on sale through Amazon Tickets. @AmazonTicketsUK

Ed Sheeran setlist, Singapore, 11 November 2017

Castle on the Hill (from ÷, 2017)
Eraser (from ÷, 2017)
The A Team (from +,2011)
Don’t / New Man ((from x, 2014 and ÷, 2017)
Dive (from ÷, 2017)
Bloodstream (from x, 2014)
Happier (from ÷, 2017)
Galway Girl (from ÷, 2017)
Feeling Good / I See Fire (Anthony Newley cover, single, 2013)
How Would You Feel (Paean) (from ÷, 2017)
Photograph (from x, 2014)
Perfect (from ÷, 2017)
Nancy Mulligan (from ÷, 2017)
Thinking Out Loud (from x, 2014)
Sing (from x, 2014)

Encore:
Shape of You (from ÷, 2017)
You Need Me, I Don’t Need You (from +,2011)

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FBI launch investigation into judge who jailed Meek Mill

FBI launch investigation into judge who jailed Meek Mill
America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reportedly launched an investigation into the judge who sent Meek Mill to jail.

The rapper checked into prison last week (ends12Nov17) after Pennsylvania judge Genece Brinkley handed him a sentence of two to four years behind bars for two arrests that violated his probation arising from a 2008 drug and gun bust.

Several big names, including JAY-Z and Rick Ross, slammed the judge for the harsh sentence, which was given despite both the district attorney and Mill’s probation officer asking for no jail time.

Mill’s attorney Joe Tacopina later claimed that Brinkley had exhibited “enormous bias” against the rapper, apparently getting offended after Mill refused her request to drop his management Roc Nation and sign with Philadelphia music figure Charlie Mack. Brinkley is also said to have asked Mill to record a cover of a Boyz II Men song – the R&B group Mack manages.

And now, according to the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six, this outcry has prompted the FBI to take a further look at the judge and her sentencing.

“The feds have an interest in the judge and (her) potential relationships,” a source told the outlet. “This is an investigation looking into a possible extortionate demand. Undercover agents have been in the courtroom monitoring the Meek proceedings since April 2016.”

The source added that Mack, who worked with Mill at the beginning of his career, had apparently told the rapper that he “knows the judge and he could help him with his case.”

However, Mack insisted he doesn’t know Brinkley, telling Page Six: “I’ve spent more time talking to you than I ever talked to the judge. There is no conspiracy, Meek is an old friend of 30-plus years.”

When contacted by Page Six, a representative for the FBI’s Philadelphia field office said: “Per (Justice Department) policy, we neither confirm nor deny the existence of investigations.” Meanwhile, Tacopina said of the alleged investigation: “That is something that I absolutely do not have the ability to comment on.”

News of the reported probe comes after Mill’s supporters gathered at the Rally for Meek event outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia on Monday to make their voices heard.

Ross was one of those at the rally, and told the crowd: “”I’m here to support my brother Meek Mill. I want y’all to understand that if it take Meek Mill to draw this attention, we gonna use Meek Mill to draw this attention that is gonna speak for so many others.”

According to reports, the crowd chanted “Free Meek Mill” and sang the rapper’s tune Dreams and Nightmares as they showed their support for the embattled rapper.

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Jason Aldean initially blamed engineers for sound of Las Vegas concert shooting

Jason Aldean initially blamed engineers for sound of Las Vegas concert shooting

Country star Jason Aldean has recalled feeling “aggravated” during his headlining set at the Route 91 Harvest festival after initially mistaking the sound of gunfire for engineering issues.

The singer was onstage in Las Vegas on 1 October (17) when shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire on the audience at the outdoor event, costing 58 people their lives.

Aldean has recalled the nightmare in his first TV interview since the tragedy, confessing to U.S. breakfast show Today he had no idea the loud pops he had heard were gunshots.

“We wear in-ear monitors when we’re on stage,” he said in preview footage of the chat. “And really all you can hear is the music and, you know, maybe your guys that can talk to you on microphones that are on side-stage or whatever.

“So when it first happened, I thought a speaker had blown. It just sounded like a crackling something. And so, I’m kind of looking around like, ‘What is that?’ (and) trying to figure out what it is. And then it stopped, so I was like, they must have got it fixed, so I kept doing my thing.”

When the noise rang out again, he grew frustrated with his sound engineers, before learning he – and all of the attendees – were actually under attack.

“It lasted longer the second time,” Jason remembered. “I was actually getting kind of aggravated, so I looked over at the monitor guy on the side of the stage, and I was like, ‘What is that? And fix it!’ And when I turned and looked, my guitar player had run behind me and was telling me to move, like, ‘Let’s go.’ And my security guy was running on stage, telling me to run.”

The full interview is set to air on Tuesday (14Nov17).

Aldean, whose pregnant wife Brittany was with him at the festival, took to social media in the immediate aftermath of the massacre, admitting the shooting had been “beyond horrific”, and asking fans to pray for Vegas.

He has since paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the tragedy in a series of performances, most recently on Sunday (12Nov17) at the star-studded Country Rising benefit gig in Nashville, Tennessee.

Reflecting on the ill-fated festival, he told the crowd: “I know I don’t have to tell you guys this, but it’s been a rough couple of months for us up here and it’s a lot of fun to get back out and play for the people that matter, which is you guys.

“I spent a lot of time and a long time trying to make it in this business and doing something that I really enjoy. I’ll be damned if anybody is ever going to stop me from doing that.”

Country Rising also featured sets from Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, and Lady Antebellum, among others, although Carrie Underwood was forced to pull out from the show after breaking her wrist in a fall at home.

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See Elton John’s Resilient ‘I’m Still Standing’ on ‘Colbert’

See Elton John’s Resilient ‘I’m Still Standing’ on ‘Colbert’

Elton John pounded through an irrepressible version of “I’m Still Standing” on The Late Show on Monday. The track, originally a hit in 1983, appears on John’s career-spanning new compilation Diamonds

John slammed the piano with his usual flair, occasionally taking a break from barking the defiant vocals to gesticulate and point above the crowd. The singer was assisted by a brawny band who shouted “oohs” and “ahs” in the background. “Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did,” John sang. “Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid.”

John also sat for an interview with Colbert, during which he discussed fatherhood – “the best thing that ever happened to me” – and remembered meeting his longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin. “I was in a terrible band, not a terrible band, but a mediocre band, and I was getting fed up playing to people who were eating fish and chips,” John remembered. “I saw an advertisement from a record company that said, ‘singers and songwriters wanted’ … I was very chubby, I was shy, I wasn’t the lead singer, I was just the piano player in the band, but I was so fed up.” John told the label that he couldn’t write lyrics, and by chance he ended up working with Taupin. 

John also revisited “Crocodile Rock,” his first Number One single in the U.S. The singer raced through the relentless track and the crowd happily clapped along. At least two members of the audience stood up to dance more vigorously. 

The release of Diamonds marks the 50th anniversary of John’s fruitful songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. “Our relationship is healthier than it’s ever been,” John said in a statement announcing the LP. “We still get a kick out of what we do,” Taupin added. “When we come together and write something, it still has that magical quality to it – it doesn’t get any better than that.” 

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Flashback: The Ramones Score a Rare Hit With ‘Pet Sematary’

Flashback: The Ramones Score a Rare Hit With ‘Pet Sematary’

Ask most anyone to name the biggest hit by the Ramones and they’re likely to name tunes like “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “I Wanna Be Sedated” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.” Those songs have all become rock standards and appeared countless movies, sporting events, TV shows and commercials. But back in the 1970s, they didn’t even ding the charts in America. Sire put a little promotional muscle behind “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,” “Rockaway Beach” and “Do You Wanna Dance” in 1977 and early 1978, but none of them got higher than Number 66 on the Hot 100. And those are their only three songs that even entered the Hot 100 throughout their long career.

But they did have one song rise all the way to Number Four on the Modern Rock charts and actually get some MTV love – which, arguably, makes it the most successful thing they ever did. Oddly enough, it’s from the soundtrack to the 1989 screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. The horror writer is a longtime fan of the group and even brought them to Maine for a concert in 1982.

“I had a couple of radio stations in Maine at the time,” King explained in a previously unpublished part of his 2014 Rolling Stone interview. “My station manager John Marshall said to me, ‘The Ramones are touring with Cheap Trick. We can get them here, and I think we’ll only lose $400.’ I said, ‘Book the show.’ They then played one of the arenas in Bangor and just blew the fucking house down. We didn’t even stay for Cheap Trick, and we heard later they were pissed about that.”

Memories of how exactly the Ramones came to write “Pet Sematary” differ. In Marky Ramone’s 2014 memoir Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone, he writes about the band visiting King at his house in Bangor. “He served us a big dinner in the basement,” Marky wrote. “But the real treat down there was all the props and memorabilia, mostly from sci-fi and horror movies. … During a break in the friendly Yankees-Red Sox debate between John and King, the legendary author handed Dee Dee a copy of his bestselling novel, Pet Sematary.” He goes on to write that it was that very evening, sitting on King’s porch, when Dee Dee announced he was leaving the band.

There’s only one problem: King says none of that is true. “We didn’t eat at my house,” King told RS in 2014. “They never even came to the house. We ate at Miller’s Restaurant, the only fancy restaurant in Bangor. They showed up in their black leather jackets and torn jeans. Joey ordered steak tournedos. I don’t remember if we talked about Pet Sematary. I might have said something about a song. What I remember is that Marky was the only one who was articulate. The other ones really weren’t.”

King says he saw a galley of the Marky book and was surprised to read about the group visiting his house. “I said to my publisher, ‘This story about them coming to my house is total bullshit,'” King explains. “But I also said, ‘Don’t change a fucking word.’ It’s like James Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. When the truth and legend are in opposition, print the legend.”

However it came to be, the Ramones did score a hit with “Pet Sematary.” Check out the video, which was shot at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in New York, which is the final resting place for everyone from Andrew Carnegie to Brooke Astor and William Rockefeller. 

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See Taylor Swift’s Poignant ‘New Year’s Day’ on ‘Fallon’

See Taylor Swift’s Poignant ‘New Year’s Day’ on ‘Fallon’

Taylor Swift made a last-minute appearance on The Tonight Show on Monday to play a quiet, moving rendition of new song “New Year’s Day.”

“New Year’s Day” is the final track on Reputation, a soft, keyboard-heavy outlier after a suite of crushing pop songs. On The Tonight Show, Swift played the piano while an acoustic guitarist provided barely perceptible accompaniment and four backing vocalists added occasional harmony. “Please don’t ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere,” Swift sang.

Swift’s performance coincided with Fallon’s return to The Tonight Show after the death of his mother earlier this month. “[Swift] was not scheduled to do our show today,” The Tonight Show writer Mike DiCenzo explained on Twitter. “But we wanted something special for this first show back, so we asked her on a complete whim, since she had been in town doing SNL. She said yes with zero hesitation.” “Whatever you think of Taylor, she did something beautiful for Jimmy and our show today, and we’re forever grateful,” he added

Swift released Reputation last Friday; according to Nielsen Soundscan, the album sold over 900,000 copies in three days, already the largest opening week of any album in 2017. (Reputation is currently not available on streaming services.) Swift informed her fans that buying extra copies of the new record will better position them to buy tickets for her upcoming tour. She’ll hit the road in support of Reputation beginning next May.

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Inside 21 Savage’s ‘Plain Jane’ Fashion Sense

Inside 21 Savage’s ‘Plain Jane’ Fashion Sense

A plane just crashed in Atlanta. Well, sort of. 21 Savage is holed up in his colossal house on the city’s northwest side, having some fun with his favorite new hobby: a flight simulator, the same one pilots use. “It’s really easy, actually,” he says, taking off his headset. The gravel-voiced rapper is relaxing after a busy few months that included the release of his explosive, moody debut, Issa Album, and a cameo on Post Malone’s Number One hit, “Rockstar.” He’s dressed down in a pair of red Adidas jogging pants and a plain white tank top. “I don’t give a damn what I wear,” he says. “Unless it’s something like a big-ass festival.” Usually, that means a combination of comfort and swagger. “I’ve been on some plain-Jane shit,” he says, describing his recent fashion attitude. Of course, for Savage, that can mean accessorizing a tank top with a $50,000 gold watch. 

Tank Top and Adidas Joggers

“I got, like, a hundred pairs,” he says of the pants.

Audemars Piguet Gold Watch

“I got that at New York Fashion Week.” 

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Pineapple Crush

The soda is 21 Savage’s go-to drink.

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Fendi Black Sneakers

“I’ve worn them twice.”

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Gucci Sweatshirt

“Can’t go wrong with Gucci.”

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Yves Saint Laurent Jeans

 “That’s just my favorite brand.” 

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Red Goyard Travel Bag

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21 Savage Gets a Haircut

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‘NBA 2K18’ for PlayStation

 “I’m the best.”

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Loewe Red Plaid Jacket

“I wear that shit in my new video.”

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Colin Kaepernick: Meek Mill Is Victim of ‘Systemic Oppression’

Colin Kaepernick: Meek Mill Is Victim of ‘Systemic Oppression’

Colin Kaepernick penned a message in support of Meek Mill and critical of the “criminal (in)justice system” after the rapper was sentenced to up four years in jail for probation violations.

“Disproportionately America’s prisons are filled with Black bodies,” the NFL quarterback who spurred the anthem protests wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Meek Mill.

“This criminal (in)justice system, ripe with racial discrimination, stigmatizes, profiles, and targets young Black men for arrest at a young age, having its roots in their hyper-policed neighborhoods that they are raised in, and sadly extending into what should be a safe space—the classroom, via the school to prison pipeline. Meek Mill is a victim of this systemic oppression.”

Kaepernick also touched on how the legal system favors whites by pointing out the case of Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer found guilty of sexual assault who only served three months in prison.

“There needs to be action surrounding sentencing reform, but there needs to also be action taken around abolishing the racialized norms of injustice that can lead to Meek Mill serving 2-4 years in prison for non-violent parole violations, and Brock Turner only serving 3 months in prison for three felony counts of sexual assault,” Kaepernick wrote.

Hours after Kaepernick’s post, a Free Meek Mill rally took to the streets of Philadelphia, with Rick Ross, basketball legend Julius Erving and several players from the Philadelphia Eagles taking part, Billboard reports. Earlier in the day, the co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers similarly voiced his support for the rapper.

“I’m here to support my brother Meek Mill. I want y’all to understand that if it take Meek Mill to draw this attention, we gonna use Meek Mill to draw this attention that is gonna speak for so many others,” Rick Ross said at the rally.

Jay-Z, a supporter of Kaepernick’s, has also criticized the “unjust and heavy-handed” sentence against Meek Mill on a pair of occasions.

Read Kaepernick’s full post about Meek Mill below:

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