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Music Industry Manager Chris Lighty Found Dead From Alleged Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Chris Lightly Found Dead Shot In His Head

It’s a sad day in music, particularly hip-hop. Chris Lighty, 44, was found dead in his Bronx apartment this morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the Daily News. Lighty was influential in hip-hop as an executive and longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey. Details surrounding his death haven’t been confirmed, but police sources told the Daily News the self-inflicted gunshot wound occurred during an argument with his ex-wife. It’s suspected that Lighty was having financial troubles and could have owed up to 5 million dollars to the IRS. Hip-hop artists and industry insiders have expressed their condolences on Twitter. Read more…

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Mariah Carey And Rick Ross Sit Ringside At Meek Mill’s “Triumphant” Boxing Match

Whether you’re one of her lambs or not, there’s no arguing the fact that Mariah Carey’s new single is motivational. Unveiled to the world this evening, the video for “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” stars both of the song’s featured rappers, MMG ring-leader Rick Ross and his Philly protégé, Meek Mill. Given the opportunity to emerge a champ as the video’s protagonist and in real life, Meek plays the role of a boxer going twelve rounds in the ring against a hearty opponent, taunting him the entire time.

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Idol Rumor Mills Keep Churning: Mariah Carey Is Mad About Nicki, Kanye West Enters Talks

Remember when American Idol made stars? These days, it seems like the singing competition portion of the show is just reason to keep a judges’ table, stocked full with top shelf celebrities. Yesterday we reported that US Weekly‘s got good word from a source that Nicki Minaj has been tapped as a judge for the upcoming season of American Idol. Minaj allegedly turned down a similar gig already, but now with Mariah Carey on board, and with Britney Spears on The X Factor and Christina Aguilera on The Voice, who could blame her for wanting in on the fun?

Well, today TMZ reports that Carey is not down with the idea, and that she “hung up the phone when she was told Nicki was the candidate” because she was under the impression that she alone would fill the season’s diva quota. Meanwhile, TMZ is also reporting that Idol execs have reached out to yet another potential celeb-judge: Kanye West, who is apparently “on the fence” because “he’s not sure if Idol is in his wheelhouse.” Though he’s not a woman like Minaj, we can’t imagine Carey being much more receptive to that Kanye call. TMZ will probably keep us posted. Read more…

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Nicki Minaj To Bring Roman And Martha Alter Egos With Her As American Idol Judge

Nicki On Letterman

Nicki Minaj is unpredictable. Get ready to be entertained by the head Barb and her alter egos, Martha and Roman, on this season’s American Idol. According to US Weekly, the rapper will join Mariah Carey to judge TV’s most popular singing contest. An exclusive source tells US Weekly, “I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it,” one insider reveals. “A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening.” Read more…

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Last Lap: No Doubt, Mariah Carey and Cee Lo Green Set To Kick Off NFL Season

NO DOUBT, MARIAH CAREY AND CEE LO GREEN WILL PERFORM AT THE NFL KICKOFF
Finally, a good reason to watch football! [MTV]

LIMP BIZKIT CALL IT QUITS, MAYBE?
Fred Durst
broke the news in an interview, wherein he explained that, “say in 2000, there were 35 million people who connect to this band. Twelve years later, lots of those people have moved on. We were a moment in time and it’s over.” That said, Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has since tweeted otherwise, writing that, “LB has not called it quits. That article is insane. Thanks for your concerns, but we’re all good over here.” Either way, sounds like there’s fire in the hole. [PopDust] Read more…

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Mariah Carey Is The Greatest Artist Of The 90s

mariah carey wins as the greatest artist of the 90s

And then there was one. For the final round of Bracket Madness for the greatest artist of the 90s crown, Mariah Carey and TLC went head to head for the title. One woman with a five range octave and No. 1 hits that reach the double digits versus three women considered one of the greatest girl groups of all time. There are few matchups as great (and tough) as this pairing. In the end Mariah’s reign as the pop diva trumped the CrazySexyCool stardom of TLC. Read more…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Only Mariah Carey And TLC Remain, Who Will Be The Greatest Artist Of The 90s?

Ah, and here we are at the final match-up of Bracket Madness and we are almost ready to crown the Greatest Artist of the 90s. In the last round, TLC knocked out Nirvana while Mariah Carey outshone Green Day. And so now, down from the original eight, we have but two: TLC and Mariah Carey. There can only be one Greatest Artist of the 90s, and we know its hard, but a decade so great as the 90s deserves a worthy representative. Who should it be? Read more…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Are You A Songbird Like Mariah Carey Or Did You Scream Along To Green Day?

This is where Bracket Madness gets really difficult. In round-one, Mariah Carey and her five-octaves beat-out the ever-classy Celine Dion, while Green Day‘s punk spirit trumped Dave Matthews Band‘s laid-back jams. And so now this next round pits Mariah Carey against Green Day, two artists whose messages and music were totally different, the songbird and the screamers. Though different at first blush, it was usually “Fantasy” or “Basket Case” that had us hoarse in the throat by night’s end. If you caught us in the car, it was “Always Be My Baby” or “Good Riddance” that we would be singing along to. Read more…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Were You Feeling Nirvana’s Grunge Or TLC’s Funky Hip-Hop Soul?

It’s on, folks! Voting for Round Two of Bracket Madness for the greatest artists of the 90s is upon us. And the choice isn’t getting any easier. By popular vote, Nirvana slaughtered Pearl Jam in a land slide win of 29%. In a much closer call, TLC beat out Boyz II Men by a 13% vote. Now it’s time for the alternative rock band to duke it out with the super girl group for the chance to take on either Green Day or Mariah Carey for the championship win. Since we’re in Olympics mode we want you to jump hurdles, cartwheel or leap to vote for either Nirvana or TLC. Read more…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Does Celine Dion’s Voice Or Mariah Carey’s Hits Matter More?

You wouldn’t want to go up against Celine Dion or Mariah Carey if there were some sort of singing competition similar to a battle rap. Whether both of them possess the pipes to ease through each note as if they were born to sing isn’t arguable. What is debatable for our Bracket Madness is which one should have the chance in the next round to take the crown for greatest artist of the 90s. Celine Dion has the voice and hefty album sells while Mariah has the voice and No. 1 hit singles. The 90s definitely was good to them, but both of these extraordinary singers have timelessly created timeless music that spans well past the 90s era. Read more…