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Thu
17
Aug
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Natalie Cole's only son Dead at 39

Natalie Cole

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Natalie Cole’s only son has died. 

Robert Yancy, was found on Monday inside his San Fernando Valley apartment.   Just twenty months after the sultry jazz and R&B singer passed he was 39-years-old.  He had been working on a documentary about his mother. 

According to reports a personal friend said that he was very depressed about his mother’s death and referred t her as the best mom in the world.   Robert is the grandson of Nat King Cole, Natalie’s father who in his own right was an international figure. 

Yancy’s death was caused by a heart attack, his father died at the age of 34 of a heart attack. Natalie herself was determined to be the result of congestive heart failure. Robert is believed to be interned alongside his mother and grandparents.  

Wed
16
Aug
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Billboard Announces top 200: Kendrick Lamar Lands on Top

No. 3 Meek Mill

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Billboard says it has been a battle of Hip Hop vs Country as the tally for the top 200 is announce.  Kendrick Lamar steals the show with DAMN, this is his fourth nonconsecutive week at the top of the count.   Country singer Brett Eldredge ran a close second scoring his highest placement to date. 

Lamar’s DAMN’s last time on top was the week of 20 May, and four weeks is the most since The Weeknd’s Starboy logged in five nonconsecutive weeks atop the board.

The weekly total of units was the lowest for a number one album since 2014. 

DJ Khaled placed number three with Grateful and Meek Mill’s (pictured) Wins and Losses remains in the top ten at number four.  

Tue
15
Aug
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VMA's on Deck

Kendrick Lamar

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Kendrick Lemars VMA’s – 27 August at 8 pm, the coveted awards program will be aired nationally.  Lamar is nominated in seven different categories and is scheduled to perform. 

The MTV awards show have announced Katy Perry, Fifth Harmony, Lorde, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran and others.  It has also chaged the Best Female and Male awards into just a single Artist of the Year.  Nominated in that category are: Lorde, the Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Kendric Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande. 

The list of awards is listed below as boosted from RollingStone magazine:

Video of the Year
Kendrick Lamar – "HUMBLE."
Bruno Mars – "24K Magic"
Alessia Cara – "Scars to Your Beautiful"
DJ Khaled – "Wild Thoughts" [ft. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller]
The Weeknd – "Reminder"

Mon
14
Aug
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Shonda Rhimes moves Forward with Netflix deal

Shonda Rhimes

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Bill Gates said years ago the next billion-dollar company would be a content provider.  The squeeze for new content is in play as Shonda Rhimes moves from ABC Studios to Netflix.   Rhimes is the responsible for “Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal,” and other highly viewed shows. 

Netflix and Rhimes has agreed to a multi-year deal putting an end to her relationship with ABC.  Betsy Beers, Executive Producer is also taking the ride to Netflix.  She will continue to produce those die hard shows including “How to get away with Murder,” as she works on a new Drama series for Netflux.

In Hollywood the focus is on new content.  Financial terms have not yet been disclosed but is expected to be significantly more than the $10 million annually paid by ABC.  In addition, Rhimes and Shondaland is believed to have made a substantial backend to the exclusive deal. 

Wed
09
Aug
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Justine Skye drops new Video

Justine Skye

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Justine Skye releases new video “Back For More.”   The song features Jeremih, the video features TV series star from “Power,” Rotimi.  The video was directed by Grizz Lee, and the piece shows Skye re-connecting with an ex-lover and makes a rebound. 

Visually, she heads to the beach and tosses old memories away and she bounces back.  

Tue
08
Aug
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Usher being sued by 4 former lovers and the Insurance Company Walks

Usher Herpes accusals

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Ushers has been accused by three new people of having sex with them without informing of the Herpes virus.  Prior victims have sued and the popular singer settled with their complaint.  According to court documents in 2011 he settled with a woman for $1.1 million.

In a new suit, a woman sued initially for $10 million for having sex with her without full disclosure.  She then went to her primary care doctor and verified that she indeed was infected with the Herpes virus.  She then upped her suit to $20 million. 

In California one man and two women say they had sex with the singer.  One said that she did not have the virus but has been damaged by the incident. 

Thu
03
Aug
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R. Kelly accused of being Cult Boss

R. Kelly

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

R&B singer R. Kelly is under fire again.  This time he is being accused of creating a cult like group of women whose families are crying foul.  The allegations were made last month when one mother pleaded to Kelly to just let her daughter call her.  Another young woman was seen on social media asking her father to leave her alone and that she was happy with her new friends. 

After the news surfaced Kelly’s ticket sales plummeted prompting him to cancel shows in three cities in Louisiana, Texas and Los Angeles.  According to reports Ticketmaster said the crooner has cancelled two shows in Louisiana and one in Texas.  An upcoming Los Angeles show was also cancelled due to low ticket sales. 

Wed
02
Aug
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Kanye West files $10 Million lawsuit against Lloyd's of London for non payment

Kanye West

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Kanye West’s company is suing Lloyds of London for $10 million for stalling on paying claims from the canceled Saint Pablo tour.  Lloyds has not yet said whether or not they would ever make a payout on the tour that was canceled because of medical reasons.  Which landed West in the UCLA psychiatric center after suffering a mental breakdown. 

The rapper suddenly ended two shows during the tour after unusual rants about friends and making incoherent statements on stage.  According to reports Lloyds of London has declined to comment on the situation, but experts speculate they are looking for a reason not to make the pay out, and are prematurely citing West’s marijuana use. 

Tue
01
Aug
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Love and Hip Hop Star Arrested

Karen King

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

One of television’s Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta Star’s Karen King was recently in court in Atlanta dealing with an identity fraud case which led her to jail.  According to reports she was led away by deputies after the court clerk announced there was a warrant for her arrest in a case that involves her 2014 Maserati which she has missed payments on. 

I personally did not know there was a debtor’s prison and after a discussion with the news team.  Its possibly a fraud case involving her evading the bank who financed the car leading to a standing fraud case. 

The court issued the warrant back in October.   

Digression:  Is that the same person in the images above?

Mon
31
Jul
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Instability: White House Swinging Door

Anthony Scaramucci

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Another member of the President of the United States’ inner circle has been fired.  The swinging doors of the white house are beginning to point to poor management.    In less than one year the turmoil and instability in Washington in unprecedented. 

New York Financier, Anthony Scaramucci was appointed communications director ten days ago was fired.  According to reports the wealthy money man got the presidents senior staff straight late last week with what was referred to as a “crude verbal tirade.”

The hiring of Scaramucci, led to the coruscating Sean Spicer’s quitting in a pouty stomp-off way.   Spicer served as the former press secretary.   As a part of a Monday morning meeting white house chief of staff, made clear, and wanted the senior staff to be clear that he is in charge. 

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