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Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies

41ngzNk5TXL._SL500_AA280_FAIR OAKS, CA – Country music singer and Northern California native, Kevin Sharp died Saturday at his mother’s Fair Oaks home. He was 43.

Sharp recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a battle with cancer when he was a senior in high school.

According to Sharp’s sister, Mary Huston, he died at his mother’s Fair Oaks home just before 11 p.m. Saturday night. He died due to complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues brought on by the aggressive battle he had to undergo in his teenage years.

Sharp was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, as a high school senior. He went into remission after two years of chemotherapy and radiation.

Sharp climbed the charts with his release of “Nobody Knows,” a single on his 1996 debut album, “Measure of a Man.” He released two other albums, “Love Is” in 1998 and “Make A Wish” in 2005.

During Sharp’s battle with cancer, The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him his wish to meet Grammy Award-winning music producer David Foster, who provided him with some tips that helped jump-start his career.

Sharp also was motivational speaker, a spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and he wrote “Tragedy’s Gift,” a 2004 book about fighting cancer.

Sharp is survived by five brothers, two sisters and his mother.


Justin Bieber’s home searched

Patrol cars surrounding Bieber's home TMZ

Patrol cars surrounding Bieber’s home
TMZ

LOS ANGELES, CA – Justin Bieber has been served a felony search warrant at his Los Angeles home early this morning.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the warrant was served at 8 a.m. Tuesday. A number of patrol cars were seen entering Bieber’s gated community in a high-end Calabasas neighborhood.

UPDATE (11:15 a.m.) – Lil Za friends of Lil Twist and Bieber has been arrested at Bieber’s home on felony drug charges.

UPDATE (10:50 a.m.): According to sheriff’s they were not specifically looking for eggs, but anything that could link him to the crime. There are reports that deputies confiscated Bieber’s security system.

According to TMZ, the 19-year-old pop-star was being held in his garage while deputies executed the warrant, searching for evidence that may link Bieber to an egg-throwing incident with a neighbor. There are reports that deputies brought along a battering ram.

Investigators will be looking for evidence of eggs that may link to eggs discovered at the neighbor’s home. They are also looking for any video that Bieber and his crew may have recorded of the incident.

What may be more concerning for Bieber is anything deputies find that is illegal is now fair game, so the singer may be facing other charges when all is said and done.

The Sheriff’s Department will be holding a press conference at 11 a.m. PST.

The Biebs is accused of pelting a neighbor’s home with eggs during an argument. The neighbor videotaped the incident and in the clip the neighbor can be heard yelling at the egg-thrower.

Bieber has had a difficult time getting along with his neighbors after throwing all night parties and racing down streets in the quiet neighborhood.

Recently Bieber announced to the world that he would be retiring so he can spend some time “figuring out myself as a man.”

Katy Perry’s epic lip-sync fail

Host stops Perry's performance

Host stops Perry’s performance

CANNES, FRANCE – Katy Perry is coming under fire after her performance at the 15th annual NRJ Music Awards in Cannes over the weekend.

As Perry started her hit song “ROAR,” it quickly became obvious that the pop-singer was lip-syncing the song. It was so bad the host of the show actually stopped her performance and asked her to start over.

“Bonsoir, Katy Perry. If you don’t mind we can restart, what do you think?” the host says to Perry.

Perry agreed to start over, but it didn’t get any better. There is a video posted on YouTube that was recorded from the time the singer started the song over. You can hear that she’s out of breath due to the choreography and she is off-key at times.

As for the video of Perry getting caught? We managed to find one website where it was still posted, but the internet police are quickly taking the videos down.

Organizers for the NRJ Awards show came to Perry’s aid in the form of a statement.

“Katy Perry was singing live at the NRJ Awards Saturday night in Cannes, but regrettably the wrong mix has been played accidentally which over-rode Katy’s live vocal feed on-air at the beginning of her performance of ‘Roar’,” NRJ stated.

“TF1 & NRJ would like to apologize to NRJ double award winner Katy Perry for this technical problem beyond our control.”

Are we expecting too much from pop-stars like Perry?

Chris Brown arrested for felony assault

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Chris Brown
Photo: PID – Edited: Randy Miramontez

WASHINGTON, DC – Chris Brown found himself behind bars in Washington, DC on Sunday morning after being arrested on felony charges.

According to Washington Metropolitan police, Brown and his body guard, Christopher Hollosy, were arrested Sunday morning at 4:25 a.m. outside the W Hotel and are being held at the 2nd District police station.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Brown’s twitter feed said the 24-year-old was in Washington to host a “homecoming party” at The Park at Fourteen nightclub on Saturday.

According to Metropolitan Police, Brown got into an argument with a man outside the W Hotel on K Street. The victim said he was hanging out with friends at the W when they saw 2 women getting ready to take a picture with Brown.

The victim and his friend photo bombed the 2 women, which is when Brown punched the victim, breaking his nose. The victim has stated he may require surgery.

According to police Brown was heard saying, “I’m not into this gay s**t, I’m into boxing,” just before punching the victim.

This does not bode well for Brown.

This arrest could set the stage for a violation of his probation and send the singer to jail, something the Los Angeles District Attorney has been trying to do for some time.

Brown has been dodging jail time since his arrest in 2009 for punching Rihanna while driving a rented Lamborghini on a Hollywood street. The altercation left Rihanna bruised and bloody on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

Read: Chris Brown avoids hit-and-run charges

Brown entered a guilty plea and received five years’ probation and ordered to spend more than 1,400 hours in “labor-oriented service.” However, Brown came under fire earlier this year for forging documents showing he had completed his service.

Los Angeles prosecutors filed probation violation charges against Brown  after the prosecution investigated his log of service for completing his probation. The prosecution could not validate his community service hours. They charged that Brown falsified documents and are sought to have him redo his service in Los Angeles County. According to Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray, their investigation “provided no credible, competent or verifiable evidence that defendant Brown performed his community labor as presented to this court.”

Brown was ordered to complete an additional 1,000 hours of community services for the violation.

Brown has continued to have anger management issues and problems with women in general. Most recently he went on a rant about women while performing at the Emerson Theatre in Hollywood.

Read: Brown threatens valet

In a video posted on TMZ.com, Brown told the audience that a man should keep a woman in her place. We won’t quote it all here since it was pretty crude. Suffice it to say he told the crowd, “So every person in this motherf**king building, if you got a bad b**ch you better say that sh*t to her, or she might f**k another n*gga.”

In a fender bender Brown went “ballistic” on the woman in the other vehicle, causing charges to be filed.

Brown also threatened a parking valet after the attendant wanted to, of all things, get paid.

There was that brawl earlier this year between Brown and fellow artist Frank Ocean a number of months ago. Ocean ended up dropping the charges.

Let’s not forget the incident involving Brown throwing a chair through a plate glass window while being interviewed on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” this after being asked a question about him punching Rihanna.

Read: Chris Brown picks a fight with Frank Ocean

Anger management issues?

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin will get to decide on November 20, since the singer is scheduled for a probation status hearing.

#neededjailtime4brown

Chubby Checker wins ok to sue HP over penis app

Chubby Checker Photo Credit: Randy Miramontez

Chubby Checker
Photo Credit: Randy Miramontez

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Chubby Checker has won the right to move forward with a lawsuit against HP and its Palm unit on Thursday.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco ruled that Ernest Evans, better known as Chubby Checker, can move forward with a lawsuit he filed earlier this year for trademark infringement against HP.

In February of this year, Checker filed suit alleging that HP infringed on his trademark name “Chubby Checker,” with an app called “The Chubby Checker.”

“The Chubby Checker” app appeared on websites for Palm OS devices and touted that it “enables women to estimate the size of a man’s penis based on his shoe size.”

“The Twist” singer’s lawyers are seeking $500 million, claiming the app has done “irreparable damage” to his reputation.

According to HP, the company removed the offending app in September 2012 when they first received a complaint from Checker’s lawyers. The German firm behind the app, Magic Apps, is no longer selling the software.

Chubby Checker - Click for more images

Chubby Checker – Click for more images

“He’s hurt,” his lawyer Willie Gary told Associated Press back in February, “He worked hard to build his name and reputation over the years,” he continued, “We cannot sit idly and watch as technology giants, or anyone else, exploits the name or likeness of an innocent person with the goal of making millions of dollars.”

HP, in an effort to dismiss the claim, said that Checker failed to prove that HP knew of the infringement. However, the judge disagreed and said that Checker did prove that HP was aware of the app due to their detailed application and approval process for the app, and thus knew it violated the trademark.

In an article last year in the San Francisco Chronicle Checker was quoted as saying, “I have only one regret in my whole life, this is my greatest regret – that my music is not being played and more people aren’t seeing Chubby Checker. That’s very painful for me. Many nights I have tears in my eyes about that. While I’m praying to God and thanking him for all the good things, I ask, ‘Why don’t they play my music? Did I do something wrong? Is there something about it?’

Checker went on to say, “It’s not just any music – the No. 1 song in the world, the only song to be No. 1 twice – why don’t they play my music? It’s so painful. Why isn’t Chubby getting his music played like the rest of the white boys?”

It was over 50 years ago that “The Twist” hit No. 1 for the first time. Along with the song came Checkers signature style of dance called “The Twist.” According to Checker, his song and dance moves changed the way people danced forever.

Is he simply trying to protect his trademark, or could this be retribution for the many years of what he views as neglect?

Medley’s get righteous at Thunder Valley Casino

Bill Medley

Bill Medley – Click for more images
Photo: Randy Miramontez

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and legendary Righteous Brother Bill Medley along with daughter McKenna Medley, performed at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday.

Bill was backed by the very talented 3 Bottle Band, who has been playing together with Medley for over 35 years. Band members were Gabe Rabben (drums), Jamie Browning (bass/vocals), Tim Lee (keyboards), and Larry Hanson (lead guitar).

This year marks the 51st anniversary of the Righteous Brothers. The second half of the duo, Bobby Hatfield, died of a heart attack back in 2003; Medley now tours with the 3 Bottle Band and his daughter Mckenna.

McKenna Medley

McKenna Medley – Click for more images
Photo: Randy Miramontez

Kicking off the show was a video showing Medley as he made appearances in various shows throughout his career, including the David Letterman Show and the hit TV series, Cheers. As the video ended, Medley started to sing “A Song for You” while he was still offstage. After about a minute he started to make his way to the stage, providing for a nice dramatic entrance.

The audience was mesmerized with Medley from the start as he continued with “Show Me” and “Soul and Inspiration.” In between songs he would talk about life and joke with the crowd.

Jamie Browning

Jamie Browning
Photo: Randy Miramontez

The 72 year old Medley’s voice was rough at times, but had a nice coarse sound to it. He even made fun of himself after singing “Unchained Melody,” saying he knew everyone was waiting to see if he could hit the high note, but didn’t. He did follow the joke with a quick high note, which sounded great.

For his hit song, “Time of My Life,” from the movie Dirty Dancing, Medley brought out Mckenna to perform Jennifer Warnes’ part. McKenna did an awesome job and has a very melodic voice with a bit of a country/blues flavor.

 

Tim Lee and Larry Hanson

Tim Lee (R) and Larry Hanson
Photo: Randy Miramontez

McKenna went on to perform solo, singing “Silk Flowers” and “Give Me One Reason.”

After McKenna completed her set, Medley sat down at the keyboards and called on band member Jamie Browning to sing a few songs with him and McKenna. This is where Medley shined, providing the audience a glimpse of what it’s like to jam with one of the best.

Gabe Rabben

Gabe Rabben
Photo: Randy Miramontez

Mckenna has just recently started a blog called “A Righteous Fit,” chronicling her daily struggles and successes to keep fit. McKenna says, “Staying in shape is a constant struggle for me. I’m not here because I have all the answers, even though I may have a few tricks- especially when it comes to traveling,” she goes on to say, “But I just want to inspire good health, and have a place to be accountable for my own health.” It was fun following her posts on her trip to Thunder Valley.

Hawaii comes to Thunder Valley Casino

Tia Carrere

Tia Carrere
Photo: Randy Miramontez

There was a whole lot of pupu’ing going on at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday as Hawaiian natives Tia Carrere, Daniel Ho, and the band Kapala entertained fans with some old-fashioned Hawaiian music.

Kicking off the show was Grammy Award winners Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho singing “He Aloha Melee” and “Pupu Hinuhinu.”

Carrere’s performance was flawless, as was Ho’s incredible guitar work. Carrere’s voice was smooth and silky as she continued on with “Me Ke Aloha Pumehana” and “He Nani,” from their award winning album ‘He Nani.’

You may recall Tia Carrere is a veteran actress who has starred in numerous movies and television shows, her most notable role was as rock singer Cassandra in the movie ‘Wayne’s World.’ She’s also the voice of Nani, in the movie and TV series of ‘Lilo and Stitch.’

Daniel Ho

Daniel Ho
Photo: Randy Miramontez

Carrere has come a long way since her start on the TV series ‘General Hospital,’ not only as an actor, but as a singer. Teaming up with childhood friend Daniel Ho, they have garnered a number of Grammy Awards including best album for ‘Ikena’ and ‘Huana Ke Aloha.’

Daniel Ho has released 18 solo albums and produced over 50 albums. Providing backup vocals for Tia on a number of songs, he played several instruments throughout the night including the piano, ukulele and guitar.

Kapala

Kapala
Photo: Randy Miramontez

When the band Kapala stormed the stage it was nothing but pure energy as band members Lance Kalanikai Artis, Ashley Kimo Artis, Richard Lanakila Heirakuji, Lopaka Ho’opi’i, Adriano Kawika Larioza and Zanuck Kapala Lindsey, put on a high energy and very entertaining show, kicking off their set with “96795” and “Chigasaki.”

The crowd really got into Kapala’s set as the band made their way through a number of their hits including “Come on Home” and “Palapalai.” Some fans headed to the back of Pano Hall to dance, while others danced at their seats.

It was a great night out, with Carrere and Ho putting on a spectacular show, and Kapala finishing up the night with some high energy tunes.

 

V101’s Big Valentines Jam

(LR) Samuelle Prater, Vallerie Watson and Jay King of Club NouveauPhoto by: Randy Miramontez

Club Nouveau
Photo by: Randy Miramontez

Thunder Valley Casino Resort did it again Friday night as they packed them in for V101’s Big Valentine’s Day Jam with a stellar lineup including Sacramento’s own Club Nouveau, Zapp, and The Bar-Kay’s.

Thunder Valley Casino’s Pano Hall was at capacity as droves of fans crowded in to see their favorite bands from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Starting off the show was Club Nouveau performing a number of their hits including “Situation #9,” “Jealousy,” and their No. 1 hit “Lean on Me.” The crowd met them with wild applause as fans were jumping to their feet.

The Zapp Band Photo by: Randy Miramontez

The Zapp Band
Photo by: Randy Miramontez

A couple of their songs fell flat for me, but the audience didn’t seem to mind since the majority of the room remained on their feet for most of their performance. Closing with “Lean on Me,” the instrumentals were lacking with the piano getting lost in the mix of things. Founding members Jay King and Vallerie Watson were joined by original member Samuelle Prater.

The logistics for this show were difficult at best with Zapp and The Bar-Kay’s bringing in a large number of instruments with everything from drums and keyboards to Zapp’s  Peter Frampton style Talkbox. This may have contributed to the less than stellar performance by Club Nouveau.

The Zapp Band Photo by: Randy Miramontez

The Zapp Band
Photo by: Randy Miramontez

Zapp followed Club Nouveau with many of their hits which included “More Bounce to the Ounce,” “Dance Floor” and “Computer Love,” just to name a few. Founding members and brothers Lester Troutman, Terry “Zapp” Troutman and Vontel Troutman were joined by Gregory Jackson and Thomas Troutman.

What can I say about the Zapp band other than they simply killed it. Great colorful props, bright clothes, bright lights, and wonderful sounds, this group of guys had the crowd on their feet during their entire set.

As Zapp finished their set a large number of people headed for the doors. While some came back in for headliner The Bar-Kay’s many didn’t. Apparently a small portion of the fans were there to see Zapp.

The Bar-Kays Photo: Randy Miramontez

The Bar-Kays
Photo: Randy Miramontez

As The Bar-Kay’s took the stage the crowd was re-energized and back on their feet. The crowd seemed more subdued for The Bar-Kay’s than for Zapp, but that evaporated mid-way through their set.

Onstage was Larry Dodson (lead singer), James Alexander (bass), Tony Gentry (guitar), Ezra Williams (keyboards), Carlos Sargent (drums), Mark Bynum (keyboards), Darrel Stanley (background vocals), Archie Love (background vocals) and Mike Anderson (guitar).

The Bar-Kays

The Bar-Kays

Bringing on the funk, The Bark-Kay’s performed many of their hits including “Soul Finger,” “Let’s Have Some Fun” and “Hit and Run.”

While The Bar-Kay’s had a stellar performance, at the end of the day Zapp stole the show and clearly should have had top billing.

For a complete listing of upcoming shows visit Thunder Valley Casino Resort.

 

Chubby Checker sues HP over penis size

Chubby Checker Photo Credit: Randy Miramontez

Chubby Checker
Photo Credit: Randy Miramontez

TMZ reported yesterday that Rock and roll singer-songwriter Chubby Checker has filed a lawsuit against HP and Palm, alleging violation of his trademark name “Chubby Checker,” over an app called “The Chubby Checker.”

“The Chubby Checker” app appeared on websites for Palm OS devices and touted that it “enables women to estimate the size of a man’s penis based on his shoe size.”

“The Twist” singer’s lawyers are seeking $500 million, claiming the app has done “irreparable damage” to his reputation.

According to HP, the company removed the offending app in September 2012 when they first received a complaint from Checker’s lawyers. The German firm behind the app, Magic Apps, is no longer selling the software.

“He’s hurt,” his lawyer Willie Gary told Associated Press, “He worked hard to build his name and reputation over the years,” he continued, “We cannot sit idly and watch as technology giants, or anyone else, exploits the name or likeness of an innocent person with the goal of making millions of dollars.”

In an article last year in the San Francisco Chronicle Checker was quoted as saying, “I have only one regret in my whole life, this is my greatest regret – that my music is not being played and more people aren’t seeing Chubby Checker. That’s very painful for me. Many nights I have tears in my eyes about that. While I’m praying to God and thanking him for all the good things, I ask, ‘Why don’t they play my music? Did I do something wrong? Is there something about it?’

Checker went on to say, “It’s not just any music – the No. 1 song in the world, the only song to be No. 1 twice – why don’t they play my music? It’s so painful. Why isn’t Chubby getting his music played like the rest of the white boys?”

It was over 50 years ago that “The Twist” hit No. 1 for the first time. Along with the song came Checkers signature style of dance called “The Twist.” According to Checker, his song and dance moves changed the way people danced forever.

Is he simply trying to protect his trademark, or could this be retribution for the many years of what he views as neglect?

View more photos of Chubby Checker

Shakira: It’s a boy!

BAvZ6GPCQAEeXFS.jpg largeShakira announced on her website today that her and boyfriend, Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique, are the proud parents to their first child, a healthy baby boy.

A statement on Shakira’s site read, “We are happy to announce the birth of Milan Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 22nd at 9:36pm, in Barcelona, Spain.”

The name Milan, means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification.

Weighing in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces, the hospital has confirmed that both mother and son are in excellent health.

Just last week the couple released a pregnant photo of the both of them, inviting friends to a virtual baby shower to benefit children through UNICEF.

In a joint statement last week the couple wrote:

“Dear Friends, Having our first baby is such an incredibly happy time for us. That’s why we want to invite you to our baby shower…with a twist. Rather than asking you to give gifts to our new baby, we’re asking you to honour him by supporting UNICEF in giving underprivileged babies around the globe a healthy start in life. It would really mean a lot to us.”

Shakira, a longtime advocate of children, and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, launched the site yesterday, inviting fans into the couple’s virtual living room. Using social media tools, fans are able to learn about child survival issues and finding out how to purchase one of the five suggested ‘Inspired Gifts’ to give children a healthy start into life.

The couple also taped a brief message encouraging fans to lend their support.

Items you can purchase for donation include a $5 mosquito net, which helps protect babies from malaria, $10 polio vaccines, which will help 17 children, and more.

Shakira has been working on her eighth studio album and will also be appearing in The Voice next season, as she fills in for Christina Aquilera.

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