Mexican-American singer and TV celebrity Jenni Rivera has died following a plane crash over the weekend. Mexican authorities located the remains of Rivera's Learjet that took off from Monterrey early Sunday morning; there are no known survivors from the wreck. According to Mexican transportation and communications minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, the plane was also carrying three other passengers and two pilots, and hit trouble in mountainous areas shortly after takeoff.
Because getting murdered at your own show is a bad thing. Rick Ross has now abruptly cancelled the remainder of his Maybach Music Group tour, with death threats a rumored reason. The problems started recently in North Carolina, where local news outlets pointed to threats from the Gangsta Disciples. Suspected reasons included the mention of imprisoned leader Larry Hoover in the Ross song "B.M.F (Blowin' Money Fast)", as well as a logo on Ross' Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape that was overly similar to that of the Disciples. The tail end of the tour featured dates in Nashville, Houston, Memphis, Detroit, and New York.
Meanwhile, the WTF echo chamber continues to surround Al Walser, the Liechtenstein DJ who somehow earned a Grammy Nomination for Best Dance Recording. Some are pointing to another 'Grammy troll' like Linda Chorney, while Billboard notes that Walser used the insular Grammy network (online and off) to grab a nab from clueless Recording Academy members.
Cheryl Cole is now suing 'The X Factor' producers Blue Orbit Productions, based on a two-year contract apparently signed by the parties. The suit calls for payouts of $2.3 million related to the second year; Cole was quickly nixed as a judge and collected a very handsome, initial payout tied to the first year.
VEVO's latest contract with YouTube has now technically expired, though reports point to an automatic, 120-day renegotiation extension. The chances of this going dark seem pretty slim...
Cazzette is an up-and-coming, Spotify-promoted Swedish EDM duo. The Cassette, on the other hand, is a format that continues to ride into complete oblivion. In the latest sunset moment, Sony has officially discontinued all cassette player/recorders, effective 2013.
Macabre, darkly ironic, and for sale: the Double Fantasy album signed by John Lennon for his would-be-killer Mark Chapman is now being auctioned, again.
Just as darkly reminiscent is the just-released autopsy of Notorious B.I.G., whose postmortem write-up details a body riddled by bullets. One of those shots, from a drive-by in 1997, pierced through several organs. The rapper had no alchohol or drugs in his body at the time, according to the long-sealed report.
smh Monday, December 10, 2012
"The problems started recently in North Carolina, where local news outlets pointed to threats from the Gangsta Disciples based on a mention of imprisoned leader Larry Hoover in the song "B.M.F (Blowin' Money Fast)"."
Wrong. The death threats came because he used the "Star of David" on the cover of his mixtape "Black Bar Mitzvah". Seems the GDs use a 6 pointed star in their "logo"
paul Monday, December 10, 2012
Funny that Jewish people have no problem with this (lol). Even Hot 97 deejay Peter Rosenberg jokes on that mixtape. Anyway yes, that was also cited, but given that I really have no idea the exact reason I'll mention both potential issues.
Star of huh? Monday, December 10, 2012
Maybe the gangsta disciples should threaten the Israeli defense minister.