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Spice Girls to reunite for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
In an Australian television appearance, Melanie Brown, otherwise known  as Mel B or “Scary” Spice, spilled the news. Speculations have been  swirling around about a potential reunion at the 2012 Olympics in  London, England, but when asked about the group, Brown told the host,  “Well, we do have the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee coming up. Did I really  say that?” Yes, you did, Mel B.

Spice Girls to reunite for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

In an Australian television appearance, Melanie Brown, otherwise known as Mel B or “Scary” Spice, spilled the news. Speculations have been swirling around about a potential reunion at the 2012 Olympics in London, England, but when asked about the group, Brown told the host, “Well, we do have the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee coming up. Did I really say that?” Yes, you did, Mel B.

Justin Bieber’s grandparents recovering from serious car crash
Pop superstar Justin Bieber’s maternal grandparents are recovering  after being involved in a serious car crash, according to a tweet sent  out by the singer’s mother, Patti Mallette.
“My parents got into a car accident today,” Mallette tweeted late  Dec. 27. “They flipped into a ditch & totaled the car but thank God  they are alive!”

Justin Bieber’s grandparents recovering from serious car crash

Pop superstar Justin Bieber’s maternal grandparents are recovering after being involved in a serious car crash, according to a tweet sent out by the singer’s mother, Patti Mallette.

“My parents got into a car accident today,” Mallette tweeted late Dec. 27. “They flipped into a ditch & totaled the car but thank God they are alive!”

Tagged with:  #Justin Bieber  #pop music  #music  #Twitter
When hip-hop artists cry
This past September, just two months before Drake was set to release his highly anticipated sophomore album Take Care,  the Toronto rapper was trending on Twitter. Unfortunately for him, it  had nothing to do with his album, and everything to do with why he  cried.
#DrakeCriesWhen, which is still piling up tweets, cites reasons taken  directly from his lyrics (“#DrakeCriesWhen he runs out of bubble bath  and scented candles,” for instance) to the absurd (“#DrakeCriesWhen his  socks are too tight”). While it was one of the funnier Twitter memes of  2011, the rapper clearly took offence, telling GQ in November, “People always act like I spend my life crying in a dark room. I don’t, I’m good.”
But whether or not Drake actually cries when his socks are too tight  is not the issue. What made the meme so touchy is that hip hop has very  few rules, one of them being that rappers are “hard,” meaning they show  little emotion — and they certainly don’t cry.

When hip-hop artists cry

This past September, just two months before Drake was set to release his highly anticipated sophomore album Take Care, the Toronto rapper was trending on Twitter. Unfortunately for him, it had nothing to do with his album, and everything to do with why he cried.

#DrakeCriesWhen, which is still piling up tweets, cites reasons taken directly from his lyrics (“#DrakeCriesWhen he runs out of bubble bath and scented candles,” for instance) to the absurd (“#DrakeCriesWhen his socks are too tight”). While it was one of the funnier Twitter memes of 2011, the rapper clearly took offence, telling GQ in November, “People always act like I spend my life crying in a dark room. I don’t, I’m good.”

But whether or not Drake actually cries when his socks are too tight is not the issue. What made the meme so touchy is that hip hop has very few rules, one of them being that rappers are “hard,” meaning they show little emotion — and they certainly don’t cry.

Tagged with:  #Rap  #hip hop  #music  #pop music  #Drake
From Madonna to Minaj, here are some of our most highly anticipated records of 2012
While you finish compiling your list of the top records of 2011,  let’s get a head start on the new year’s best-of rankings. The first  few months of 2012 promise legendary comebacks, potential pop  blockbusters, and the debut disc from one of the Internet’s most  buzzed-about personalities. Here’s what we’ll be watching for.

From Madonna to Minaj, here are some of our most highly anticipated records of 2012

While you finish compiling your list of the top records of 2011, let’s get a head start on the new year’s best-of rankings. The first few months of 2012 promise legendary comebacks, potential pop blockbusters, and the debut disc from one of the Internet’s most buzzed-about personalities. Here’s what we’ll be watching for.

Tagged with:  #music  #pop music  #nicki minaj  #madonna
The future of music is written by fortysomething artists
Imagine grabbing a CD by Lady Gaga or Katy Perry or any other young  hitmaker from our Age of Derivative. You hop into your Delorean and zip  back to 1991. Would our 2011 sounds truly dazzle and challenge the ears  of yesteryear? Would a single feather be ruffled, or a mind blown?

The future of music is written by fortysomething artists

Imagine grabbing a CD by Lady Gaga or Katy Perry or any other young hitmaker from our Age of Derivative. You hop into your Delorean and zip back to 1991. Would our 2011 sounds truly dazzle and challenge the ears of yesteryear? Would a single feather be ruffled, or a mind blown?

Conrad Murray sentenced to four years in prison
Dr. Conrad Murray has been sentenced to four years in prison — the  highest prison term for his conviction — on Nov. 29 for the involuntary  manslaughter of pop star Michael Jackson.
Murray was found guilty  of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson on Nov. 7,  in a case that captivated Michael Jackson fans worldwide. Jackson died  on June 25, 2009, of what was determined to be an overdose of sedatives  and propofol.
Murray was accused by Judge Michael Pastor of  propagating a “continuing series of lies” to Jackson’s friends, family,  security team and various healthcare providers — including paramedics —  that were “not designed to help his patient” but rather “to deceive and  to give Dr. Murray a way out.” Pastor also called Murray’s recording of  Jackson while the pop star was under heavy influence propofol an  “insurance policy,” and called out Murray’s continuous supplying to  Jackson of “staggering” amounts of the powerful painkiller and sedative a  “clear violation of the patient-caregiver agreement.”

Conrad Murray sentenced to four years in prison

Dr. Conrad Murray has been sentenced to four years in prison — the highest prison term for his conviction — on Nov. 29 for the involuntary manslaughter of pop star Michael Jackson.

Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson on Nov. 7, in a case that captivated Michael Jackson fans worldwide. Jackson died on June 25, 2009, of what was determined to be an overdose of sedatives and propofol.

Murray was accused by Judge Michael Pastor of propagating a “continuing series of lies” to Jackson’s friends, family, security team and various healthcare providers — including paramedics — that were “not designed to help his patient” but rather “to deceive and to give Dr. Murray a way out.” Pastor also called Murray’s recording of Jackson while the pop star was under heavy influence propofol an “insurance policy,” and called out Murray’s continuous supplying to Jackson of “staggering” amounts of the powerful painkiller and sedative a “clear violation of the patient-caregiver agreement.”

Island Records to release new Amy Winehouse album
Lioness: Hidden Treasures will feature 12 tracks including  previously unreleased recordings, alternative versions of existing  classics and new Winehouse compositions, a statement on her website said  on Monday.

Island Records to release new Amy Winehouse album

Lioness: Hidden Treasures will feature 12 tracks including previously unreleased recordings, alternative versions of existing classics and new Winehouse compositions, a statement on her website said on Monday.