Maurice White (Earth Wind and Fire) Dies at 74

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The legendary Maurice White, the man who founded Earth Wind and Fire is dead at 74.

TMZ is reporting that White died in his sleep Thursday morning in L.A. after a long battle with Parkinson’s.

White was diagnosed in 1992 and his condition deteriorated in recent months. The disease had progressed to the point he was forced to stop touring in with the band 1994.

The band had a string of hits, including “Shining Star,” “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” and “After the Love has Gone.”

In 2000, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Maurice was individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.

Maurice’s brother, Verdine, is also a band member.

Although White wasn’t touring, he remained involved in the decisions involving the band.

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Earth Wind & Fire songs featuring Maurice White on lead or co-lead:


Iman Gets Half of Late Husband David Bowie’s Estate in Will

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David Bowie left the majority of his estimated $100 million estate to his wife, Iman, and his two children, Duncan and Alexandria, according to his 20-page will originally filed in 2004.

Iman, who married Bowie in 1992, received half of Bowie’s estate and all but one of their properties, including a residence in Manhattan.

His property on Little Tonshi Mountain in Ulster County, New York, was left to his 15-year-old daughter in trust, reports CNN.com. Alexandria, referred to as “Lexi” in the will, is received 25% of Bowie’s estate, to be held in trust until she turns 25.

Bowie’s personal assistant, Corinne “Coco” Schwab, was bequeathed $2 million. Jones’ one-time nanny, Marion Skene, was left $1 million.

In the will, Bowie also requested that his remains be “taken to the country of Bali and to be cremated there in accordance with the Buddhist rituals of Bali.” If that wasn’t practical, he asked that his ashes be scattered over the Indonesian island.

According to The New York Times, Bowie vacationed in Bali in the 1980s. He built a Bali-inspired house in Mustique in the early ’90s.

 

Blac Chyna, Amber Rose Filming Strip Club-Based Reality Show?

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Blac Chyna and Amber Rose are reportedly in the midst of filming a reality show based on their background as strippers.

  The besties have had beef with the Kardashians for months before Amber and Kim Kardashian made up over the weekend. Radar Online is reporting that the pair are taking their proximity to the Kardashians all the way to the bank:

In the past several weeks, a bevy of stars closely tied to the Kardashians – including Scott Disick, 32, Tyga, 26, and James Harden, 26 – have been making very public appearances at Ace Of Diamonds Strip Club outside of Beverly Hills, Calif.

Coincidentally, it is the same exact strip club where both Rose, 32 and 28-year-old Rob Kardashians‘ girlfriend Blac Chyna, 27, are hosting sponsored nights! And an insider said they’ve been secretly filming a show there too.

“The reason that all of these Kardashian-related celebs have been going there is because they are all getting paid to appear in the pilot to make it more interesting than it already is,” the insider claimed.

“Blac Chyna and Amber know that having a reality show based on them working at a high-priced strip club near Beverly Hills is guaranteed to make ratings and they are right,” the source added.


Nicki Minaj Comes For Miley & Kylie in ‘Down in the DM’ Remix (Listen)

Nicki Minaj looks at herself in a mirror during the game between the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers on January 30, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Nicki Minaj is asking “Wuss good?” to a number of folks in Yo Gotti’s remix of “Down in the DM.”

 The rapper has two verses on the updated track, one of which has her repeating the “Wuss good?” phrase she famously threw toward Miley Cyrus during their 2015 VMA tiff. In the remix, she uses the phrase toward Miley again, as well as Kylie Jenner, referring to her plumped up lips; and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, referring to his bank account.

She rhymes: “Felt them thick lips and got wood/He said, ‘Kylie wuss good?’ I said, ‘Miley wuss good?’/I said, ‘Could you pay my bills like O’Reilly? Wuss good?’/I just sit back and observe/All these n***as/that I done curved/If it go down in your DM then baby boy, you lucky/Cause 99.9% of these f**kboys can’t f**k me.”

Listen to the NSFW “Down in the DM” remix below:


Amber Rose, Wiz Khalifa: All Love and Kisses in NYC (Watch)

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Former married couple Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa were quite cozy in New York on Wednesday in the wake of their united front in the great Twitter war with Kanye West.

Amber was front and center at her ex-husband’s album release party in New York. Wiz gave his “baby mama” a shout-out while addressing the crowd, video of which ended up on Amber’s Instagram with the caption, “Supporting Sebastian’s dad.”

Cut to the car ride home, which saw the couple snuggled up and Amber kissing Wiz on the cheek. We know this because the video ended up on Snapchat.

Watch below:


Kanye West Comes For ‘Man’ Wendy Williams in New ‘Waves’ Track?

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With the Wiz Khalifa beef squashed, Kanye West has reportedly turned his attention to his nemesis, Wendy Williams.

According to the Daily Mail, Ye calls out the daytime talk show host as a man in a track from his upcoming album “Waves”: “You obsessed with me / Keep testing me / You may be wearing dresses, but you a man like me / Got bigger hands than me / Let me see, your birther please / A dude in a wig that really wanna be me!”

The song reportedly borrows the melody of Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like A Lady.”

Wendy repeatedly insists that West is on the down low, and that his wife Kim Kardashian is nothing more than a beard.  Furthermore, Wendy has claimed that Kanye has a secret relationship with Givenchy designer, Riccardo Tisci.

To clap back, ‘Ye reportedly dug up the old 90s rumor that Wendy was born a man and had a sex change.

One insider told the Daily Mail, “Kanye played the record for some of the artists he has been collaborating with in the studio and everyone was going crazy. It was really on the level of Nas’s ‘Ether’ diss record to Jay-Z.”

The song, however, may not ever make it out of the studio – as Kim Kardashian has reportedly banned her husband from putting it out. According to the Daily Mail, she fears a backlash from the trans community, including her own stepmom, Caitlyn Jenner, who transitioned from Bruce Jenner nearly a year ago.

 

Beyonce Cleans House: Replaces Entire Management Team

Beyonce Knowles looks on before Miguel Cotto takes on Canelo Alvarez in their middleweight fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Beyoncé has severed ties with her longtime business manager and hired a new team to promote her career and land her more lucrative deals, Page Six reports.

The shakeup takes place as Bey prepares to perform with Coldplay at Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Ms. Sasha Fierce has also split with her general manager of five years, Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, according the report. She’s now working with Steve Pamon, who was JPMorgan Chase’s head of sports and entertainment marketing and masterminded the bank’s sponsorship of Bey and Jay Z’s 2014 On the Run tour, according to Page Six.

A source tells the column, “Beyoncé basically cleaned house, got rid of her whole team, which included her cousin, and hired a new team. She wants to surround herself with business people who could take her career to an even higher level.” The insider added, “She has one album left to deliver before her deal is up with Columbia, plus she wants to make smarter decisions where it comes to touring, sponsorships and acting roles.”

Beyoncé brought Pamon over from JPMorgan Chase to her company, Parkwood Entertainment — which encompasses artist management, music production, tours, motion pictures, TV specials and apparel (as well as every facet of Beyoncé’s career ) — late last year. Former Universal Republic and Island Def Jam exec Peter Thea has also joined her team, along with Dan Ghosh-Roy, who heads up her digital operation.

Beyoncé’s rep, Yvette Noel-Schure, said in a statement: “Last year, Parkwood Entertainment created new departments and recruited new executives from the tech, business and entertainment sectors who joined the team to help grow Parkwood and its interests . . . Some senior staffers were given the opportunity to reposition and stay on. Some members . . . awakened [to] new interests and decided to follow personal routes.

“Lee Anne Callahan-Longo has worked with Beyoncé for the last 10 years. Their friendship supersedes business, and while she is no longer an employee of Parkwood, she will remain an imperative part of Beyoncé’s life.”

 

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