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Houston died from drowning, coroner says PDF Print E-mail
Written by By ANTHONY McCARTNEY | Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:21

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston died from drowning in a hotel bathtub, but coroner's officials said Thursday that heart disease and chronic cocaine use were contributing factors to the singer's death.

The release of the autopsy findings ends weeks of speculation about what killed the Grammy-winning singer on Feb. 11 on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

Houston was found submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and her death has been ruled as accidental. Several bottles of prescription medications were found in her hotel room, but coroner's officials said they weren't in excessive quantities.

Beverly Hills police said in a statement there was no evidence of wrongdoing in connection with Houston's death.

"We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure," said Patricia Houston, the singer's sister-in-law and manager.

Coroner's Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said cocaine and its byproducts were found in Houston's system, and it was listed as a contributing factor in her death. He said the results indicated Houston was a chronic cocaine user.

Toxicology results also showed Houston had marijuana, Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril, and the allergy medication Benadryl in her system. Houston died just hours before she was scheduled to appear at producer Clive Davis' pre-Grammy Awards bash.

The singer also had a heart disease that caused blockages in her arteries.

Houston, 48, was buried in a New Jersey cemetery next to her father after an emotional four-hour funeral service that was attended by friends, family and superstars such as Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Roberta Flack

Houston, a sensation from her first, eponymous album in 1985, was one of the world's best-selling artists from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, turning out such hits as "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," ''How Will I Know," ''The Greatest Love of All" and "I Will Always Love You." But as she struggled with drugs, her majestic voice became raspy, and she couldn't hit the high notes.

Interest in her music skyrocketed after her death, pushing her songs back on to charts and into heavy rotation on the radio.

A full autopsy report is expected to be released in two weeks.

Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

AP Music Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody in New York contributed to this report.

http://music.yahoo.com/news/houston-died-drowning-coroner-says-213627189.html

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:22
 
Singer El DeBarge Arrested On Drug Charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wonderwall, Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 9:36am (PDT)   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:48

The singer, who has long battled substance abuse issues, was arrested at 2 p.m. in the Los Angeles suburb for possession of narcotics with intent to sell, reports E! News and TMZ, the latter of which stated that LAPD officers observed DeBarge participating in an alleged drug deal near the 101 Freeway. Police confirmed to the outlets that he was booked and released on a $30,000 bail and is due in court on April 9.

This isn’t the R&B singer’s first run-in with the law. Since 2001, he’s been arrested three times for drug possession. In the mid-’80s, he was also arrested for domestic violence and vandalism. In 2008, he was sentenced to two years in prison for a drug bust. Back in 2008, he was sentenced to two years in prison for a drug bust.

Following his release, he attempted to get his music career back on track. In 2010, he released a well-reviewed album, titled “Second Chances,” which was nominated for two Grammys including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. He had planned to go on tour in support of the record in 2011 but he checked into rehab and wound up canceling the tour.

El DeBarge comes from a musical family that includes three brothers, all of whom teamed to form the group DeBarge in the late 1970s. Their biggest R&B hits came courtesy of “Rhythm of the Night” and “Love Me in a Special Way.” His brother James was once married to Janet Jackson.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:53
 
Cash Money Being Sued By EMI Records PDF Print E-mail
Written by http://24hourhiphop.com by Jarrod Thomas   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 02:52

Cash Money Records is being sued by EMI Records, according to Courthouse News Service.

Cash Money has neglected to pay royalties once again. Cash Money owes a reported $491,000 in royalties to EMI, for samples.

EMI stated the following, "Because Defendant has ignored numerous communications from EMI regarding Defendant’s contractual obligations, EMI once more is being forced to commence a lawsuit against Defendant to recover royalty payments. The sales of Defendant’s products have far exceeded the payments that EMI has received."

"It is clear from Defendant’s conduct that it has no intention of honoring the Agreement."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 March 2012 02:55
 
"The (R)evolution Of Immortal Technique" Documentary Out Spring 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frenkie   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 17:56

Miami, FL – March 20, 2012 Cary Stuart and Quarter Water Productions capture a first-handed look at Immortal Technique’s childhood and adolescence, his emergence into the Hip-Hop scene, and his empowering music and philanthropic works that have made him a revolutionary icon. The double-DVD documentary features in-depth conversations with major figures such as Chuck D., Dr. Cornel West, Ice T, and Woody Harrelson, along with personal commentary from close music friends AKIR, DJ Green Lantern, ILL BILL, Diabolic, and many others. Immortal Technique has spent recent years touring relentlessly, performing across the United States and overseas in Colombia, Sweden, Amsterdam, and more. The film culminates with his expedition in Afghanistan for the launching of the Amin Institue, an orphange, school, and medical facility established by Immortal Technique and Omeid International.

“[Immortal Technique] symbolize[s] the voice of truth all around the world in the name of rap music and Hip Hop.” – Chuck D

The Amin Institute was financed independently of corporate funding, with over 60K raised from Immortal Technique concert and album sales. Immortal Technique and partner Omeid International opened the Amin Institute doors in March 2009, enrolling its first class of to 10 orphaned boys. As a testament to his involvement and commitment to the cause, Immortal Technique spent two weeks in Kabul where he assisted with the final construction, hiring of staff, and procurement of supplies, as well as being part of the opening ceremony. He also traveled to nearby regions of Kabul to raise awareness and gain insight toward the people of Afghanistan.

“The Amin Institute will be giving [children] a place to live and a chance to learn and rebuild their own nation.”Immortal Technique

To create the documentary, Cary Stuart personally captured seven years worth of filming combined with rare, archived footage from Immortal Technique’s early adolescence and pre-career rap battle days. The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique contains a second-disc with extended performances clips, interviews, and other extras and will be released in Spring 2012, followed by the highly anticipated release of his 5th album, The Middle Passage.

About Immortal Technique

Born in Peru, Felipe Coronal emigrated to Harlem, NY at a young age. Growing up on the streets of New York, the young man became enamored with Hip Hop culture, but eventually graduated to state prison. He was released with a sharpened focus on music. After dominating the New York battle circuit, he followed with the release of his first album, Revolutionary Vol. 1., an instant word-of-mouth sensation that catapulted him to a national spotlight, gaining tons of attention from the media including a feature on The Source’s “Unsigned Hype.” Since, Immortal Technique toured worldwide across the US, South America, Europe, and Australia. He's headlined major festivals including Paid Dues, Rock The Bells, SXSW, and many others. He's released four studio projects and has charted on Billboard's Top 10 Independent Albums, along with notable appearances on Russia TV, Al Jazeera News, URB Magazine, XXL, and countless others. He goes beyond his music as an advocate of justice and equality through many charitable works with immigrant groups, youth detention centers, the preservation of the South Central Farm, gang workshops, and more. In 2009, he partnered with Omeid International to build the Amin Institute, an orphanage, school, and medical facility in Afghanistan, which was funded by profits from album and ticket sales. Cary Stuart of Quarter Water Productions captures Immortal Technique's journey leading up to the construction and opening of the Amin Institute in the upcoming documentary, The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique, slated for Spring 2012 release, followed by the release of a new album.

For more info:
Http://www.viperrecords.com/index.php/artists/immortal-technique

 
Keith Sweat Hit Twice Over Foreclosure PDF Print E-mail
Written by 24hourhiphop.com by CQ   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 02:45
R&B singer Keith Sweat took a double whammy in his foreclosure case, because even after the bank took his house and sold it he's still on the hook for $250,000 -- this according to a new lawsuit.
PMI Mortgage filed the lawsuit against Sweat in Georgia -- claiming the singer defaulted on a $450,000 mortgage on his Detroit home, which he purchased in 2004. Problem is -- when the bank sold it, it only recouped $200,000, just a fraction of its losses. PMI Mortgage sued Sweat for the balance -- $253,000 -- and since Keith failed to respond, a judge ruled in PMI's favor. PMI has since sought a lien on Keith's Georgia property in a last ditch effort to get its money.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 March 2012 02:52
 
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