Mariah Carey Celebrates 50th Birthday By Recording New Song

Mariah Carey may not believe in “birthdays” as a concept or getting older in general, but the superstar is still spending her special day doing what she loves most—making some magic in the studio. The music icon (technically) turned 50 on Friday (March 27th), and she is celebrating this milestone by recording a new song at her home studio. Mariah shared a selfie showing how she’s kicking f her 50th “anniversary”—the word she chooses to use instead “birthday” because she would rather not acknowledge that she’s aging—on Instagram, urging everyone to practice social distancing by staying home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Starting 327 with a new song,” she wrote. “#stayhome.” Mariah hasn’t released new music in several months now, her last single taking the form the theme song for ABC’s Black-ish spin-f, Mixed-ish, called “In the Mix,” which debuted in September 2019. Besides the deluxe edition her timeless 1994 Christmas album, Merry Christmas, this past holiday season, Mariah’s last album was Caution in 2018. It’s safe to say fans are hoping for a new body work from the singer soon, so maybe this upcoming song will turn into recording a full-blown album in quarantine?

Along with celebrating her own anniversary, Mariah also gave a shoutout to her fellow Aries superstars. “Happy anniversaries to all my super talented fellow Aries!!” she wrote on Instagram. “Cheers!!!” She then proceeded to tag Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Elton John, Celine Dion, Fergie, Lady Gaga, and the late Aretha Franklin. Aries season definitely brought the birth  a ton talented musicians.

Meek Mill Shares December Health Scare Story

The coronavirus pandemic has Meek Mill looking back at a recent health scare and wondering if it was possibly due to COVID-19.

Meek recalled a sickness he dealt with last December, noting he’s never felt so ill in a Twitter post on Tuesday (March 24). The Atlantic Records artist also said he never got a proper diagnosis for what was wrong but thought someone much older wouldn’t have survived the illness.

“I was extremely sick in December around christmas time with flu like symptoms… everyday I said to myself a older person cannot survive this! I lost like 15 pounds and could barely move!” he wrote. “I never been that sick.. a doctor never told me what it was.”

Meek raised his concerns just a few days after Styles P suspected he was unknowingly sick with COVID-19 in January. The LOX member shared his experience Twitter, describing how he felt a few months ago.

“I almost died in January,” he wrote. “And I never get the flu and if I do it’s a day or two . In January I was down for a week and lost about 8 pounds !! I had the rona !! It had to be the Rona !!!! I did mad black seed oil and went on a juice / tea diet and rested ! Go for it !!”

COVID-19 has already hit the Hip Hop community in some confirmed cases. Slim Thug and producer Andrew Watts announced they tested positive for the coronavirus while New Orleans’ DJ Black N Mild passed away after being diagnosed with the disease.

Meek Mill Shares December Health Scare Story

Styles P Convinced He Almost Died From COVID-19 Two Months Ago


Slim Thug Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Slim Thug has the coronavirus.

The Houston MC is the first rapper to publicly announce that he has tested positive for COVID-19. In a video posted to Instagram on Tuesday, Slim Thug revealed his diagnosis.

“The other day I got tested for the coronavirus and it came back positive,” he told his 1.1 million followers.

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Prior to getting tested, he had been self-quarantined and taking extra precautions including wearing gloves and masks. “My test came back positive so y’all gotta take this stuff serious. Stay at home, self-quarantine,” he said. “Do not come outside for however long they’re saying. If you have symptoms, you need to get checked out or whatever.”

He had symptoms including fever and cough, but he’s doing OK. “I’m good. I don’t got no problems right now. The other day I had a slight fever and a cough. I feel better now. I don’t have no fever,” he added.

He also issued a warning to others who may not be taking the pandemic seriously. “I feel like I’m good, but y’all better take it serious. It’s real out here.”

Other celebrities have also tested positive for coronavirus including Idris Elba, Tom Hanks, Kevin Durant, and Bravo’s Andy Cohen. Drake took a test after spending time with Durant and it came back negative, while Meek Mill has revealed that he had “flu like symptoms” in December, but a doctor was unable to diagnose him.

Music Streams Are Reportedly Down During COVID-19 Pandemic

New York, NY – The music industry is feeling the ripple effect of the business world’s economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a Rolling Stone article published Tuesday (March 24), data analytics provider Alpha Data which is the barometer for the publication’s Charts lists reported a precipitous drop of 7.6 percent to under 20.1 billion in music streaming over the past week.

The COVID-19 outbreak caused hundreds of countries’ governments to urge for social distancing to flatten the curve as more people contracted the illness between March 13 to March 19.

Many music industry professionals and business researchers thought that the mandatory closing of bars, restaurants, gyms, sports events, shopping malls, schools and other public establishments would give people an elixir to cope by streaming music as they are self-quarantined.

But it didn’t.

The lack of streaming activity for programmed services such as Pandora dipped by 9 percent to just under 3.5 billion.

Plus, on-demand audio and video streams tanked by 7.3 percent to 16.6 billion.

“This is a moment when Big Tech companies need to do their part to help,” musician Evan Greer said.

As this rapid decline continues, Greer is urging Spotify to triple its royalty rate for artists who heavily rely on streaming for income.

It doesn’t help these matters that Amazon, the biggest online retailer on the planet, announced last week that it’s putting shipments of music providers physical products on hold through April 5 to provide people stock up on household goods, cleaning agents and medical supplies.

Rolling Stone also claimed that this is a rare dive in data as the week after Christmas is usually what causes this kind of dropoff before returning back to healthy numbers.

Music Streams Are Reportedly Down During COVID-19 Pandemic

Billboard To Count YouTube Streams Toward Album Chart In 2020

Digital song sales are also falling off the cliff, which went from 10.7 percent to 3.9 million. This marks the first time they’ve gone under the four million benchmark since four years ago when Alpha Data began tracking sales in these categories

As albums sales have been already down in the first quarter of 2020, physical sales sank by a whopping 27.6 percent and digital album sales also decreased by 12.4 percent during the initial “shelter in place” week.

The music genres who faced the steepest streaming skids are pop, rap, R&B, and Latin music than the overall trend. But classical, folk and children’s music experienced a spike in percentages of 1.5, 2.9 and 3.8, respectively.

Jeezy Quarantines With Jeannie Mai, Introduces Her Mom To "Coming To America"

Some couples are using this time social distancing to get a little space from one another while others decided to be quarantined together. Rapper Jeezy and his girlfriend Jeannie Mai are staying in and using this mandatory time at home to connect more with their families. On Monday (March 23), Jeannie told E! that because The Real is on pause for the moment, all the show’s hosts are spending time connecting with their viewers through social media.

Jeezy Quarantines With Jeannie Mai, Introduces Her Mom To "Coming To America"
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“All us ladies are on hiatus, so it’s not affecting so much right now,” Mai said. “But it’s so important to have social media to keep in touch with our fans. I love that our show is meant to entertain and educate and also just enlighten people. We’re silly, we’re fun and we’re passionate, and so the show going on every day helps for people to just take their minds f things.”

Fans aren’t the only ones connecting. Yesterday, Jeannie shared a video on her Instagram page that shows her mother, Oli Mai, and Jeezy enjoying a family movie night. It looks like he’s introducing her to a classic black film that we’d say everyone needs to see at least once: Coming to America. We don’t know which is more entertaining, the movie itself or Jeezy singing, “She’s your queen to be…” Check it out below and let us know what movies you think are a must-watch during this quarantine.

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Meek Mill Fans Believe He Had Coronavirus Last Year

As we navigate through this global pandemic together, we learn more about what we can do to prevent the spread COVID-19 every day. With breaking news every hour, it can be difficult to remain sane during these trying times. We’re in self-quarantine in order to protect our family members who are older, immunosuppressed, or at risk developing serious health issues as a result the coronavirus. Meek Mill knows how harmful it can be, explaining that he has having flu-like around Christmas time, which ultimately went unresolved. With his description, some fans are convinced that he had the illness before anyone else.

“I was extremely sick in December around christmas time with flu like symptoms,” revealed Meek Mill on Twitter. “Everyday I said to myself a older person cannot survive this! I lost like 15 pounds and could barely move! I never been that sick.. a doctor never told me what it was.”

Considering the fact that the doctor was unable to identify what was causing his illness, it’s possible that he had come into contact with the coronavirus before it was widely spread throughout the globe. While that is pure speculation, fans the Philadelphia rapper are convinced that it’s the truth.

“You had Rona & didn’t even know it,” said one person in his comments. The sentiment was echoed by many.

Whether or not Meek actually did have the virus, it’s important for us to maintain social distance and continue washing our hands ten to protect the people around us. Stay safe.

Meek Mill Fans Believe He Had Coronavirus Last Year
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Run The Jewels Release New Song ‘Yankee & The Brave’

The coronavirus pandemic wrecked Run The Jewels’ tour plans with Rage Against The Machine, but it’s not stopping the duo from releasing new music.

After previewing a song titled “Yankee & The Brave” in an Instagram livestream, El-P and Killer Mike officially dropped the track on Sunday (March 22).

“YANKEE AND THE BRAVE EP.4 the ‘jump the street corona edition,’” El-P wrote social media. “a little something for all of you to hold you down in strange times.”

 

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“Yankee & The Brave” gives fans a taste of what to expect on the highly anticipated Run The Jewels 4 LP, which is due out later this year. Although the duo hasn’t announced a release date for the album, El-P recently indicated the info’s coming soon.

“DONT ASK WHEN IT DROPS WE DONT KNOW YET WE WILL SOON IN THE MEANTIME PUNCH A HOLE IN THE WALL TO THIS SHIT,” he declared in an Instagram post on Saturday (March 21).

Run The Jewels Release New Song 'Yankee & The Brave'

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RTJ 4 will be the follow-up to Run The Jewels 3, which dropped on Christmas Eve in 2016. Mike and El-P’s upcoming project was first announced in 2018.

Stream Run The Jewels’ “Yankee & The Brave” above.

Khloe Kardashian Addresses Tristan Thompson Dating Rumors

Khloe Kardashian finally addressed whether or not she and Tristan Thompson have rekindled their relationship and are finally back together. With the two sharing a toddler child together, they have no choice but to interact with one another as parents. However, in recent months the former reality star/NBA hooper couple have been getting closer which has left Kardashian fans guessing whether or not the two are ficially an item again. After posting a recent snap to her Instagram account, the youngest the Kardashian sisters responded to a comment that might clear the air in regards to her and Tristan Thompson’s relationship status. 

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The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star posted a grainy photo herself and her daughter, True Thompson, wearing matching pajamas, captioned:

“The only thing I need you to remember is how much your daddy and I love you!”

The Cleveland Cavaliers center appropriately posted ‘heart eye’ emojis under the photo which prompted a fan to ask, “Does this mean there back together?” The 35-year-old entrepreneur did not hesitate to reply, setting the record straight responding to the comment, “It means her parents love her beyond measure,” revealing that the two have an amicable co-parenting relationship that is working for the sake their nearly two-year-old daughter. 

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s current relationship could be mistaken for one the romantic variety being that Khloe forgave Jordyn Woods some time ago for her allegedly creeping with the NBA talent. Also, Thompson did make an appearance at the Kardashian/Jenner clan Christmas party this past year, recently received a birthday shoutout from his former sister-in-law in Kim Kardashian, and has traded flirtatious behavior on social media with his baby’s mom

However, with Khloe ficially coming clean, she and Tristan are nothing but functioning co-parents for True. Check out Khloe’s post praising her precious daughter in the photo provided below. 

Benzino & Althea Heart Argue About Her Being Jailed Over Physical Abuse

The world has watched as Benzino and Althea Heart’s relationship has unfolded. The hip hop mogul first introduced his lady on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta in the show’s third season back in 2014. From the start, their relationship was a rocky one, and they moved from VH1 to WEtv when they joined Marriage Boot Camp. Benzino and Althea married in 2016 and welcomed a son together, but the arguments haven’t ceased between the two. Over the years, Althea has been arrested on multiple occasions for allegedly physically abusing Benzino.

Benzino & Althea Heart Argue About Her Being Jailed Over Physical Abuse
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The pair are currently featured on Love Goals where they are attempting to work out their differences with the help a therapist. Other couples on the show include former Basketball Wives star Sundy Carter and her man Breyon Williams; former NFL wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and his wife Theresa; and Spinderella along with her fiancé Q Coleman.

In a recent episode, Benzino and Althea Heart were involved in a heated emotional exchange as they discussed their rock bottom moments. “It’s too much!” she said. “I’ve been locked up twice! I be wanting to explode, but I’m a mother and I don’t want to be behind bars.” Benzino told her all she needs to do is to keep her hands to herself. “Don’t swing on me, don’t yell at me in front the judge,” he said.

Althea responded by accusing Benzino provoking her into those moments. She eventually stormed f as Benzino continued to argue. Elsewhere, the two managed to share a touching moment without yelling as they told each other what they admired most about one another. Check out two clips from Love Goals on OWN below.

Adrien Broner Arrested In Miami Beach For DUI

Boxing champion Adrien Broner has once again found himself on the wrong side the law. Last month, Broner was detained by ficers outside the Deontay Wilder & Tyson Fury weigh-in at the MGM Grand GardensTMZ reported that Broner was warned that he wasn’t allowed on the property and told to leave, but he allegedly refused.

Adrien Broner Arrested In Miami Beach For DUI
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On Friday (March 13), Broner was reportedly arrested once again in Miami Beach on a DUI charge. TMZ states that it was approximately 8:45 p.m. when police pulled Broner over. According to the ficers on the scene, it was clear that the boxer was under the influence so they took him into custody. Broner has been placed on an eight-hour hold and will remain behind bars until his release time 4:00 a.m. Saturday (March 14) morning. His bail has been set at $1,000.

In addition to these two recent arrests, the 30-year-old pressional fighter was also arrested on battery charges back in April 2019. A month prior to that, Broner was cuffed after yelling at police ficers in Miami. In December 2018, he was sued by a jeweler for allegedly not paying a $1 million debt, and he was arrested two days before Christmas in 2018 for failing to appear in court after being arrested in 2017 for driving without a license, registration, or insurance.

Kal Penn & John Cho Want Fourth "Harold & Kumar" Stoner Film

Is it time for another Harold & Kumar adventure? Sixteen years ago, John Cho and Kal Penn starred as friends who set out on a hilarious journey to fulfill their munchie cravings after smoking weed. The 2004 film Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle became a comedic classic that was followed up with two sequels: Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay in 2008 and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas in 2011.  

Kal Penn & John Cho Want Fourth "Harold & Kumar" Stoner Film
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Kal Penn took a break from his Hollywood career to take a job working with former President Barack Obama’s administration as the Associate Director in the White House Office Public Engagement. Now that he’s no longer working for the White House, Variety wanted to know if the 42-year-old actor would be open to reviving his pothead character for another installment the series.

“I feel like it’s gotta be a streamer because people just love watching these movies] in the comfort their own home on a Friday night at 2 a.m., which is more streaming ‘binge-able’ than it is going to the theater,” Penn told the publication. He added that Cho is open to the idea, as well. “We would love to do a fourth movie. John Cho and I text about it all the time.”

“Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg — who created and wrote all three movies in the franchise — we all would love to do one,” Penn added. “I think we all, thankfully, have the blessing being really busy right now and want to find the right venue and the right timing.” Would you want to see another Harold & Kumar film?

Dax Drops ‘I’ll Say It For You’ EP

Ottawa, Canada – After making a significant impact with the singles “Dear God” and most recently “Book Of Revelations,” Ottawa MC Dax drops his first full release of 2020, I’ll Say It For You.

Sitting at seven songs, the featureless affair includes production from Lex Nour, Tyler, Encore Beats and Daniel Hirvikoski.

The rapper first explained how the project came about in Instagram post back in December.

“My first year of touring ended and I decided to go back home for Christmas,” he explained. “It was the first time I had been home for Christmas in eight years and the first time my whole family had been in one place in eight years. It was also the first time in eight years I felt like I could breathe if that makes sense.”

The emotions of the situation manifested itself into music.

“I didn’t realize how much basketball and now music takes a toll on me mentally. This project was the result,” he wrote. “Three chapters. Life, faith and heartbreak. Three things we all go through, struggle with and hope to conquer.”

Check out Dax’s I’ll Say It For You stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Dax Drops ‘I’ll Say It For You’ EP

1. I Can’t Breathe
2. Thought Those Were My Last Words
3. I Need A Break
4. Dear God
5. Book of Revelations
6. Love Hurts
7. My Heart Hurts

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner Are Back Together

Breakup to makeup.

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner are back together. According to TMZ, the couple is “officially a thing again,” and have been together for several weeks.

While they’re romantically together, they’re not quite ready to put a title on their relationship. But Stormi’s parents regularly live in the same house and don’t see other people.

The reunion comes after the couple decided to take a break from their relationship last fall. The time apart was seemingly good for both parties and allowed them space.

“Travis and i are on great terms and our main focus right now is Stormi ‼️ our friendship and our daughter is priority,” tweeted Kylie following news of their split in October.

They continued to co-parent their 2-year-old daughter and even celebrate holidays together including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Earlier this year, they reunited for Stormi’s 2nd birthday party and went on a family trip to Disney World. Travis even sent Kylie flowers for Valentine’s Day, a sign that their relationship was on the mend.

The rapper, 27, and beauty mogul, 22, started dating after meeting at Coachella in April 2017. Kylie gave birth to Stormi in February 2018. The pair hit a rough patch last year when Kylie thought Travis was cheating on her, which he denied.

“We think the same and we have the same goals and passions in life,” Jenner told Playboy last year. “Besides the fact that we have good chemistry, we have a lot of fun together. You’re my best friend. Through all the ups and downs that every relationship has, we evolve together through them and keep getting stronger.”

Patrick Beverley Says Guarding Lebron James Is "No Challenge"

Los Angeles Clippers guard, Patrick Beverley, claims that guarding Lebron James is a breeze. Earlier today (March 8), the Clippers faced f against the Lakers and fell to the 16-time NBA Champions 112-103. The season series between the two is now 2-1, with the Clippers currently in the lead. However, Lebron James and the Lakers asserted themselves today forcing the new-look Clippers to stay defensive-minded throughout the entire 48-minute exhibition match. Unfortunately for the Clippers, James was nearly impossible to contain as he notched a total 28 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds in 35 minutes action. Patrick Beverley Says Guarding Lebron James Is "No Challenge"

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During Beverley’s post-game interview, a journalist present asked the 6’1 guard what the challenges are guarding the future Hall Famer to which he instantaneously responded, “no challenge.” The interviewer attempted to ask another question to which Beverley cut him f repeating himself stating, “no challenge.” In a third attempt to rephrase the question, the journalist asked Beverley again about guarding Lebron James as he responded, “it’s not hard at all (to guard James).” 

In the past, Beverley has had success guarding Lebron James as he executed a game-deciding block against the 6’8 point-forward in the fourth quarter the primetime Christmas day earlier this season. But, this time around James and the Lakers got the last laugh against the Clippers pulling through to win the game down the stretch their matchup Sunday afternoon. 

Come playf time, a Clippers-Lakers series can be the deciding factor who will be crowned this year’s NBA champion. Hopefully, Patrick Beverley and his Clipper teammates can remain healthy to provide basketball fans with some high-quality sports moments that will go down in history. 

Check out the full highlights from today’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers game in the video provided below. 

Travis Scott & Kylie Jenner Are Back Together

After over three months speculation, TMZ reports that Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner are ficially back together again. The signs that the couple was going to reconcile soon were in the air since Thanksgiving. Travis and Kylie spent Turkey Day together, and then a month later they were spotted celebrating Christmas together as well. The online rumors intensified even further after the couple went to Disney together and reunited for their child Stormi’s second birthday. When Trav sent Kylie flowers on Valentine’s Day, and the latter hopped on Instagram to share a “mood” post, fans knew the two would be back together in no time. 

Sources tell TMZ that Travis and Kylie have been back together for weeks, although they have not put an ficial title on things yet. Still, they are allegedly exclusive, sleep under the same ro, and raise their child together. The source told the media site that the breakup benefitted both partners since their relationship got very serious very fast. Kylie got pregnant with Stormi not long after she and Trav first started dating. They both needed some space, and the move appears to have brought the couple back together stronger than before.