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7 Craziest Celebrity Demands

Staircase assistants, brand-new toilet seats...

(Newser) - "Diva demands" sometimes seem like an escalating arms race; Radar rounds up 15 of the craziest demands from both female and male celebrities. A sampling:
  • Mariah Carey once reportedly demanded a "staircase assistant" before going on a British talk show. Another time, her concert rider got very specific,
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Cops: Mary J. Blige's Dad Stabbed by Ex-Girlfriend

It's the seventh domestic violence incident between the two

(Newser) - If you thought your relationship with your ex was rough, just be glad you're not Mary J. Blige's father. Thomas Blige, 63, was found at his home yesterday with three stab wounds, including one in his neck, following what police believe was an encounter with his former girlfriend.... More »

10 Celebs Who've Had Big Time Tax Troubles

The latest: Mary J. Blige

(Newser) - Just because you're rich and famous doesn't mean you always bother to pay your tax bill. HLN lists 10 celebrities who've gotten in serious money trouble with Uncle Sam:
  • New Jersey just hit Mary J. Blige with a tax lien of more than $900,000. She was
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'Base' Michael Moore Ad Riles Conservatives

Feisty seniors use some salty language

(Newser) - Michael Moore and put together a pro-Obama ad, and it’s predictably controversial. It features a message from the Greatest Generation to the GOP and Mitt Romney: “If your voter suppression throughout this beautiful country enables Romney to oust Barack Obama, we will burn this motherf***er down,... More »

Rihanna Joins Jay-Z on Stage

9/11 benefit marks her first live show since Chris Brown assault

(Newser) - Rihanna's comeback took another step forward last night when she joined Jay-Z on stage for her first live performance since the February assault. During Jay-Z's star-studded 9/11 benefit concert in New York—John Mayer, Mary J. Blige, and, of course, Beyoncé also performed—Rihanna took the stage with him and... More »

Chris Brown to Perform at Jackson Tribute

Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole also confirmed

(Newser) - Chris Brown will take the stage at a Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna, the Mirror reports. Jackson's brother Jermaine says 25 performers are expected. So far, Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole, Sister Sledge, Akon, and Angela Bassett are confirmed. More names will be announced this week. The artists will... More »

Abuse Victim Blige Records Duet With Chris Brown

(Newser) - In a somewhat baffling move, Mary J. Blige has recorded a duet with alleged Rihanna-beater Chris Brown, Jezebel reports. Blige has been outspoken about her suffering at the hands of a former boyfriend and the terrors of growing up around domestic violence. To make matters more uncomfortable, it appears that... More »

Greatest Singer Ever: Aretha

Poll of musicians, industry insiders choose Franklin as most worthy of R-E-S-P-E-C-T

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin isn't just the Queen of Soul, she's the greatest singer of all time, according to a new Rolling Stone poll of critics, musicians, and industry leaders. Her heavenly voice is "a gift from God," says Mary J. Blige. "Aretha has everything—the power, the technique,... More »

Jay-Z to Sign Record $150M Deal

Live Nation deal sign of industry upheaval

(Newser) - Rapper Jay-Z is about to decamp from record label Def Jam and sign a $150 million deal with concert promoter Live Nation, reports the New York Times. The deal, Live Nation's biggest to date, will give the superstar financial backing for tours, his own record label and other related ventures... More »

Steroids Probe Entangles 50 Cent, Blige

Anti-aging claims lure entertainers to illegally prescribed HGH

(Newser) - To the list of celebs implicated in steroids investigations, add 50 Cent and Mary J. Blige. The Albany-based probe that has already fingered major pro athletes also involves entertainers, the Albany Times Union reports, indicating steroid use has grown far beyond the realm of sports. Other stars who received the... More »

Blige Airs Growing Pains

8th record a celebration of "hard-won happiness," says Boston Globe

(Newser) - Mary J. Blige has moved on from empowerment to soulful diva on her first disc in two years, the Boston Globe’s Joan Anderman writes. "A celebration of the artist's hard-won happiness," Growing Pains won Anderman over by "revealing her weaknesses." Blige still urges listeners to... More »

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