The FORCE was with Them! 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Crushes Records, Topping The Largest Box Office EVER!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens stormed the box office and walked away with an estimated $238 million in its first three days domestically (including $57 million in Thursday night "previews") along with another $279 million internationally for a massive $517 million worldwide opening. Suffice to say, this shatters the domestic box office opening weekend record of $208.8 million set by Jurassic World earlier this year, but the record-breaking doesn't end there.
In just its first day of release Force Awakens brought in an estimated $120.5 million setting a new record for the largest Friday, opening day and single day. All on its own, that opening day was also enough to break the previous December opening weekend record of $84.62 million set by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 2012
#EGGPLANTNATION! Treach from Naughty By Nature loves his NATURE!
Oh Boy you ladies must be in your glory. Treach from Naughty by Nature and Pepa’s Ex Hubby.
Obviously loves being Naughty By Nature. What do we mean? Well………….
Obviously loves being Naughty By Nature. What do we mean? Well………….
Now you get it?
#RhoA’s Kandi Burruss gives 10 Mothers A Mega Baby Shower!
Well y’all Christmas is just days away, so “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss Tucker decided to bring Christmas a little early for a few single mothers in need.
Over the weekend the pregnant mom-to-be (again) hosted a baby shower for 10 single new moms and expectant moms. She gifted the ladies with tons of toys, clothes and items they’ll need for their new bundle of joys. Aww…how sweet. They played baby shower games, ate good food and had loads of fun.
Kandi, along with her Kandi Cares Foundation, also gifted each mother $500!
And she’s not done yet. Kandi and her foundation plan on giving away toys for another 100 families this week. Nice!
Before Kandi played Santa....The pregnant reality star and her husband Todd Tucker hosted a Christmas party for their family and friends. Kandi is due to have her baby boy in January and it looks like he's ready to drop any day now.
The Tuckers' friends Rasheeda and Kirk Frost came out to party for the holidays.
Kandi's daughter Riley came out to party with her parents.
And some of Kandi's homegirls including "RHOA" star Porsha Williams, her bestie Carmen and friend Tobey Renee came out to party.
Happy Kandi Koated Holidays!
#EMPIRENEWS Madonna Testifies Against Lee Daniels
Don't expect Madonna to make an appearance on Empire anytime soon.
Back in September actor Sean Penn sued director Lee Daniels for defamation of character after Lee compared Terrence Howard's record of abusing women to Sean Penn's alleged abuse of his then wife Madonna.
Madonna testifies against Lee Daniels in Sean Penn's defense...
A a statement submitted to the court Madonna states,
"While we certainly had more than one heated argument during our marriage, Sean has never struck me, 'tied me up,' or physically assaulted me, and any report to the contrary is completely outrageous, malicious, reckless and false."
Sean Penn is seeking $10 million in damages.
New Music: Regina Belle - Be Careful Out There
Multi Grammy award winning singer/songwriter/actress Regina Belle is gearing up to release her first album in 15 years called The Day Life Began. This is the first single “Be Careful Out There,” a riveting ballad that explores the delicate balance of loving and letting go. “Go on and fly, but be careful out there,” she sings on the chorus.
Written by Steve Diamond and Allen Shamblin, the song is sure to pull at the heart strings of every parent whose children have grown up and left the house. "I wish I had written it because it speaks volumes to me at this moment when I've become an empty nester," confides Regina.
Belle is best known for her duet with Peabo Bryson on "A Whole New World” from Disney’s smash hit Aladdin and a string of hits including "Make It Like It Was," "If I Could," "Baby Come To Me" and "This Is Love.”
While she's returned to R&B, gospel is still very close to her heart. Fans will have the opportunity praise and worship with Ms. Belle when she and Kirk Whalum act as official hosts of The Gospel Music Cruise next March. The cruise boasts an incredible roster of artists, including Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Tye Tribbett, Marvin Sapp, Take 6 and Rudy Currence. Visit the website for tickets and additional info.
The Day Life Began will arrive on January 22, 2016 on Peak Records/Shanachie Entertainment.
#DEFIANT Despite Request From Human Rights Activists, Nicki Minaj Performs in Angola!
Nicki Minaj’s controversial show in Angola took place yesterday, much to the dismay of human rights groups.
via TMZ: Minaj was under heavy fire for performing at the event — hosted by a firm that’s partially owned by Angolan President Eduardo dos Santos — a man who’s been labeled a harsh dictator by many. However, you can see from the video — Minaj doesn’t seem too worried about the controversy — performing some of her biggest hits.
Check out the concert footage HERE
Adele Tickets Sell Out Fast: Fans Slam Ticketmaster, Scalpers on Twitter
Tickets for Adele's North American tour went on sale Thursday (Dec. 17), and her record breaking album 25 and single "Hello" should have been indication that tickets for the 56-date live trek would be hard to get.
As the general on-sale launched at 10 a.m. local time, fans rushed Ticketmaster to try and buy tickets, and droves of fans were locked out of the sale or realized after long wait times that seats were sold out. Furious fans flooded Twitter to yell at Ticketmaster and scalpers, who quickly scooped up much-wanted seats for re-sale (despite precautions that Adele put in place on her website to avoid the situation).
While some fans were angry at Ticketmaster and scalpers, other took their situation more in stride, laughing at the very idea of being able to score one of the hottest tickets of 2016.
Katie Holmes And Suri Chill With Hillary And Chelsea Clinton
Stepping out for a fancy fundraiser, Katie Holmes took her daughter Suri to meet Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in New York City.
The “Dawson’s Creek” darling posted a photo via Instagram of her nine-year-old girl getting to meet Mrs. Clinton along with her daughter Chelsea, and it looks like the two mother-daughter duos had a fabulous time.
Katie also made sure to declare her support for the former Secretary of State, writing, “Mothers and daughters #wearewithhillary.”
Rita Ora files lawsuit against Jay Z’s Roc Nation
Jay Z may have just beat one lawsuit, but it looks as though he already has another to contend with.\
According to reports, singer and actress Rita Ora has filed suit against the mogul’s Roc Nation record label and seeks to be let go from her contract. The lawsuit reportedly claims Ora’s contract, which she signed at 18, violates California law, and that Roc Nation has neglected her as an artist while it focused on other divisions of the company such as it’s sports management venture and even Jay Z’s music streaming service, Tidal.
“When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist,” the suit proclaims. “As Roc Nation’s interests diversified, there were fewer resources available and the company suffered a revolving door of executives. Rita’s remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company.”
Ora goes on to claim in the suit that Roc Nation’s distribution switch from Sony to Universal has proven to be detrimental to her career and that the label is more or less now “diminished” with “only a handful of admittedly worthy heritage superstar artists.”
The 25-year-old “Body On Me” singer hopes to use California’s “seven year rule” law which lets artists end most contracts after that length of time. Unfortunately for Ora, usually when that law is enacted to break a contract the record company is able to countersue for “lost profits” depending on how close the artist was to fulfilling their album output agreement.
In Ora’s case, she has only released one album, 2012’s Ora, despite her contract calling for five.
Since launching in 2008 and signing a number of acts including J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Rihanna, Vic Mensa, and Willow Smith, only Cole and label president Jay Z have released more than one album through the label.
Meanwhile, Ora is no longer listed on the Roc Nation website amongst its other artists.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller 30X Multi-Platinum
The greatest of all time! The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings announced today that Michael Jackson’s THRILLER is the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 30X Multi-Platinum for U.S. sales, continuing The King of Pop’s reign as the biggest selling artist of all time with worldwide sales of over 100 million for Thriller and 1 billion overall. “RIAA has awarded Gold & Platinum records on behalf of the music business for nearly 60 years, but this is the first time an artist has crossed the 30X multi-Platinum plateau,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA.
“We are honored to celebrate the unique status of Thriller in Gold & Platinum history. What an exceptional achievement and testament to Thriller’s enduring spot in our hearts and musical history.” Michael Jackson’s masterpiece Thriller, produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson, won a record setting 8 Grammys, more than any album ever, and has been earning awards and setting new standards of success since its release on November 30, 1982.
Thriller spent nearly 2 -1/2 years on the Billboard album chart and holds a modern day record of 37 weeks at #1. It was the first album in history to spend each of its first 80 weeks in the album chart’s Top 10, a feat only reached by one other album in the more than three decades since. During its 112th week on Billboard’s album chart, it became the first title ever to be certified RIAA 20Xmulti-Platinum (October 30, 1984). Worldwide, Thriller went to #1 in practically every country in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and apartheid South Africa. #tbt but not a #tbt #michaeljackson #thril
Uh Oh? Is CSI: Cyber on the Chopping Block?
SHADE! Word on the street is that Bow Wow's TV series CSI: Cyber might not make it another season...
According to TV by The Numbers Bow Wow's TV show CSI: Cyber is the show most likely NOT to be renewed for 2016.
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‘4 DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS’
Someone better wake his behind up, he’s got presents to deliver in 4 days!
HAVE A GREAT WEEK AHEAD EVERYBODY!!!