On music video today: Olamide - Durosoke

Olamide presents Durosoke video, Directed by Clarence Peters.

"The album situation is not my fault" - Skales

Skales‘ debut album has been on the highly anticipated list for quite a while now. Ever since audiences got a taste of the rapper-singer on “Heading for a Grammy”, followed by his strong showing on the EME compilation album last year, fans have been yearning for an album from Skales.

The situation might be more puzzling if one considers the fact that Skales and Wizkid were signed at around the same time, and the latter is already putting finishing touches to his sophomore album.

On a recent visit to Hip Hop World Studios, the Kaduna-born musician spoke about the delay in putting out the music project. According to Skales, “The album issue is not my fault. I even brought my laptop, because I felt like showing people, this is my album. More than 200 songs, its just for us to pick which ones to drop. But you know how most Nigerian labels are, they do turn by turn. So for two years, I’ve been waiting for Wiz’ project to be done before I could drop my first single while signed to EME.” 

Skales also revealed the title of the album which he promised would be out this year as he is next in line after Wizkid. “I’m working on the album and it should be out this year by God’s grace. I even have a title for it. It’s called ‘All the Above’. I’ve dropped two singles and I’m getting ready to shoot the videos. So I’ve been waiting for the first artiste to finish, that’s Wiz. And I’m next right now.

Waje talks music and her 14 years old daughter

The two-time Headies winner in an interview with Hip Hop World made it clear that her career doesn’t contradict her role as a mother to her daughter who is currently in secondary school.

According to her, “I’m a mother and everything that has to do with a child and have basic things that they need is what matters to me. Right now, I’ve been travelling every weekend so what I do is that when I’m leaving on Friday , I take her to Grandma and when I’m back on Monday she’s back in the house with me. We are friends and we do a lot of things together. I take her to band rehearsals and all that and the reason is that I really need to spend more time with my daughter.”

Waje recently dropped her much anticipated album ‘Words Are Not Enough’ to increasing critical and commercial acclaim and also scooped up a major brand ambassadorship with GLObacom.

Miley Cyrus: ‘Smoking marijuana is better than drinking alcohol'

Miley Cyrus prefers smoking marijuana to drinking alcohol because it doesn’t make her sick or angry.

The ‘We Can’t Stop’ singer – who is engaged to Liam Hemsworth – enjoys consuming the drug because she doesn’t experience any adverse effects.
She explained: ‘When I smoke, I don’t get that sick feeling I get when I drink, or that anger rising up. There’s a reason Bob Marley was like some kind of Rasta Mother Teresa.’

Miley has few female friends because she finds girls ‘catty and fake‘ and enjoys being in the company of guys.
She told Style magazine: Kelly Osbourne is the best to have on your side but girls are so catty. I’m not good at being fake, and girls are so good at acting, especially girls in LA, because they are actresses.’

The 20-year-old star’s relationship has been the subject of much speculation and while Miley wants to have children with Liam, she insists she won’t be ready to start a family for some time as she wants to be prepared for every eventuality.
She said: ‘I love being young and living my life. I want time to get mentally really strong. I love my partner but at the end of the day, if it ends up just me, I want to know who I am, so I can be a good parent on my own.’

"If my husband cheats, I will castrate him' - Uche Jombo says in new interview

In this interview with Sam Olatunji, Uche Jombo speaks on cheating and new movie ‘Unconditional’.
What is it with the celebrity kids on your new movie, ‘Unconditional’?
We didn’t set out to use celebrity kids. I told everyone including you the age range I want and people suggested the kids. Aghahowa’s daughter has wanted to act since age 5, we auditioned Chigozie, and she did well and got a coach to coach them. 2face’s daughter is just a drama queen. And this movie, Unconditional is not all about them, Dakore, Ruth Kadiri and I acted in it. It’s the kind of move that will touch the heart.
If your husband were to be a serial philanderer like Desmond’s character in the movie, Lies Men Tell, what will you do?
I will castrate him, he knows and believes that. To me, there is no excuse to cheat, its either you are with someone or not, and if you are tired of the person, please accord the person decency of respect by saying it’s over. Don’t go making someone look stupid. The problem with me is there is no in- between.

Jay Z and Beyonce visit North West while Kanye is in Milan

According to Us magazine, Jay Z and Beyonce recently visited Kanye's 6 weeks old daughter, North West, while the super star rapper is is Milan
From Us Magazine

Never too busy for friends! Beyonce and Jay Z took time out of their busy touring schedules to make a very important stop at Kris Jenner's home in Calabasas, Calif. on Sunday, July 28, to pay a visit to Kim Kardashian and baby North West, a source confirms to Us.
Though best bud Kanye West wasn't home at the time (the rapper is currently in Milan, Italy), both Jay and Bey spent the morning with Kardashian, 32, who has not been seen out in public since giving birth to her tiny bundle of joy on June 15.

On music today: Wizkid ft Wale - Drop

New music from Wizkid featuring Nigerian born US rapper, Wale.

Download here

DJ Khaled's proposal to Nicki Minaj was a publicity stunt after all

The marriage proposal was just a publicity stunt to promote a new single, I Wanna Be With You, off DJ Khaled's upcoming album.

Justin Bieber celebrates Selena Gomez's birthday with Nina Dobrev, Julianne Hough

Justin Bieber didn't hide his romantic side when he went to celebrate Selena Gomez birthday at her gypsy-themed bash over the weekend. The pop star was photographed carrying a single red rose into the Malibu party, which was held at Revolve Clothing beach house on July 27. 

The jury's still out on whether these two are on-again or off-again at this point in time, but sources close to Us Weekly and E! Online say Bieber and Gomez held hands during the party and even left together at around 2 a.m. They then reportedly spent the night at Bieber's Calabasas, Calif. home. Even better? Bieber showed up to the bash in his cheetah-print Audi R8.

But Bieber wasn't the only recognizable face at Gomez's star-studded birthday bash. Her friends like Nina Dobrev, Julianne Hough and Ashley Benson went all-out keeping their outfits gypsy-themed, while people like Derek Hough, Jaden Smith and Dylan O'Brien wore more casual outfits. Dobrev and Hough chronicled their party bus antics on their Instagram accounts, some of which can be seen below.
Gomez spared no expense making this party one to remember. She was given a birthday cake shaped like an elephant on a pillow with a giant "21" on top, and had belly dancers, henna tattoo artists, mermaids and snakes at the event. "Everybody danced and had a blast, especially Selena, who was surrounded by her friends," a source tells Us. 

On celebs today: Christina Aguilera Shows Off Weight Loss As She Returns To 'The Voice' Season 3

The "Voice" judge Christina Aguilera debuted a much slimmer frame at the Television Critics’ Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Saturday.
After reuniting with fellow judges Adam Levine  and  Cee-Lo Green  and host  Carson Daly, Aguilera told reporters, " I needed a moment to step away. Thank god for  Shakira . She did a beautiful job.”

Karen Igho to star in her own reality TV show tagged 'Knowing Karen'

Knowing Karen will primarily feature the Big Brother Africa winner and radio personality engaging in the different activities that sum up her celebrity status. These range from the following:
1. Before, during and after work related activities like photo and video shoots. Including special events etc.
2. Several classes have been planned for the series like policing/ custom officing / waitressing for the day to meet her surprised fans in the grassroots.
3. To show her readiness and willingness to work with high profile corporate brands, she is taking etiquette lessons and so on.
4. The additional acting lessons she went to get in London, will also be displayed through monologues that will be recorded with fans.

Former Premier League striker Christian Benitez dies suddenly of suspected heart attack.

Former Birmingham City striker Christian Benitez has tragically died of suspected heart failure at the age of 27.
The Ecuador international's death comes just a few weeks after his £10million switch to Qatari side El Jaish from Mexican team Club America.
As footballers across the world took to Twitter to voice their grief at news of his death, the Ecuadorian Football Federation revealed he was rushed to hospital yesterday with 'severe stomach pain' before he died from a heart attack.

"I am happy I am an Atheist' - Seun Kuti says

An Atheist is someone who does not believe in the existence of a supreme being, (God) or beings (gods). He explains why he is happy to be one in a message he posted on Facebook yesterday

Another drug bust for Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber's tour bus was stopped and seized for drugs on the North American leg of his Believe concert tour.

The 19-year-old played in Toronto, Canada on July 26, with his next dates taking place in the US cities of Detroit, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey.
According to TMZ, a "bus associated with Justin Bieber's tour was stopped" at Ambassador Bridge, which connects Windsor, Canada to Detroit. After a drug-sniffing hound detected narcotics on board, the vehicle was searched and authorities discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Bieber wasn't on the bus at the time and has not been charged with any crime in association with this drug discovery. The bus driver was issued a citation and the rest of the passengers were released without incident.

This isn't the first time Bieber's tour vehicle has been suspected of housing drugs in 2013. Swedish police reportedly searched Bieber's bus in Stockholm in April on suspicion that there was marijuana on board. Officers allegedly uncovered a "small amount" of the illegal drug in the vehicle, along with a stun gun - which requires a permit.

Bieber's Believe tour has been plagued by other bizarre events.
The singer's May 13 concert in Johannesburg, South Africa was raided by thieves.
After performing at the Soccer City stadium, a gang of marauders broke into a strongroom, according to BBC News.
The thieves were reportedly armed with ropes, hammers and chisels and made off with more than one million rand ($A111,000).
The cash included stadium earnings from Bieber's concert as well as from a previous show by Bon Jovi.

UK visa: Nigerians to begin payment of £3,000 bond from November

It's a done deal people. From November 2013, Nigeria will be among the six listed Commonwealth 'high risk' countries whose citizens will be required to pay £3,000 tourists visa bond before they are allowed into the UK. The remaining five are: India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
But here's what the UK government are saying to pacify citizens of these countries who are outraged by this new policy. They say it's not all visitors that will be required to pay the bond, just people they consider 'highest risk'; that is people who will collect visa and refuse to leave Britain or overstay their visa terms. Those paying bonds will receive the bond back, if they abided by the terms of their visa.

According to the UK Financial Times report last Friday, the UK Home Office say there's no going back as the scheme is their most effective way of tackling abuse in their immigration system. Nigeria and the other five countries account for more than five hundred thousand visa applications in 2012.

On movies today: The smurfs 2

The Smurfs 2 is an upcoming 2013 American 3D family comedy film and a sequel to the 2011 film The Smurfs. It is based on The Smurfs comic-book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo. Cast include Neill Patrick Harris (PATRICK WINSLOW),  Sofia Vergara, Katy Perry (SMURFETTE), Jayma Mays (GRACE WINSLOW), and Hank Azaria (GARGAMEL). Directed by Raja Gosnell.

See trailer below:


On movies today: 2 Guns

2 Guns is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur and starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Based on a comic series of the same name by Boom!

See trailer below:

Nicki Minaj flaunts engagement ring after DJ Khaled proposal

Some of you might have heard that Nicki Minaj took a restraining order out against DJ Khaled after he proposed to her publicly...that report is false, she never did. In fact just two days after the proposal, Nicki was spotted showing off a diamond engagement ring that looks like the $500k ring DJ Khaled proposed with.
Nicki isn't engaged to DJ Khaled but she's kinda playing along to help him promote his upcoming album. The two are said to be friends. Friends of Nicki say she found the public proposal funny.

Nicki is engaged to her long-time boyfriend and hype man, Safaree.

Chika Ike officially divorced

Two months after filing for divorce, a high court in Abuja on Friday July 26th granted it to actress Chika Ike. She's officially a single woman now.
Chika married Tony Eberiri in 2006 but the marriage packed up a few years later.

Chris Brown trying to make up with Rihanna?

Chris Brown & Rihanna have been broken up since May but Chris might be trying to patch things up.
He Tweeted that he's in Geneva to 'clear his head', which just so happens to be in the same part of the the world where Rihanna is now on her Diamonds World tour.

Chris also wrote "Sometimes you just need that time to get away and think about life."

Trailer for Chimamanda Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun

The screen adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s bestselling novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun, is finally here. The movie, which will feature at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle , Onyeka Onwenu, and Zack Orji.

See the trailer below:

Wizkid's girlfriend Tania Omotayo opens luxury retail store in Lekki

Wizkid's girlfriend Tania Omotayo has taken over the affairs of popular luxury clothing and accessories store, Designers’ Club, which has been in existence for over 15 years. Don't know if she bought it over but the management has changed hands and she's head person in charge now.

Wizkid throws drink at a man inside a bar in London

According to  a tweet by US rapper Wale, Wizkid threw his drink on a dude who was acting up inside a London bar on Saturday night. Wizkid and Wale are currently in London collaborating on new music.

Johnny Depp to Quit Acting?

The 50-year-old actor set fans abuzz when he hinted in an interview Monday that the time may be right to eventually retire from acting.

While chatting with the BBC to promote the U.K. release of The Lone Ranger, Depp hinted that there are "quieter" things he would eventually like to do other than making movies.
"I wouldn't say that I'm dropping out any second," Depp clarified, "but I would say it's probably not too far away."

The actor also noted a strange irony when it comes to his chosen profession.
"At a certain point, you start thinking, and when you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year, for example, and you realize that you've said written words more than you've actually had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking of that as a kind of insane option for a human being," he explained.
"So, are there quieter things that I wouldn't mind doing, you know? Yeah, I wouldn't mind that," he offered.
It's not the first time Depp has publicly mulled retirement.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Depp said that thoughts of retirement pop up "every day" and that he'd eventually like to "just take it down to the bare minimum and concentrate on, I guess, living life. Really living life."

JAY Z Changes Spelling Of His Name, Drops Hyphen

A source has confirmed that the hyphen has been dropped and that it is now “all capital letters”. 

The rapper’s official website says JAY Z instead of Jay-Z, with iTunes and YouTube also using the new spelling.

Billboard editor Joe Levy tweeted: “JAY Z has dropped the hyphen from his name, according to his label. I am not kidding. (Wish I was.) Copy editors: take note.”

He hasn’t given a reason for the change and there’s been no official comment yet from his label, Roc Nation.
Some Twitter users suggest the change happened several years ago with a source confirming the star has not spelt his name with a hyphen since 2010.

On the rapper’s 2011 collaborative album, Watch The Throne with Kanye West, his name is spelt with capital letters and without the hyphen. But his most recent solo album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, has the star’s name on the cover with a strategic line through the text, which makes it hard to see the exact styling of the letters. 

The star’s 12th studio album was released last week and has already broken US streaming records on Spotify after clocking up 14 million plays. The album also had the biggest single day for streaming of an album in US Spotify’s history and went straight to number one in the Official UK Album Chart last week. 

JAY Z’s real name is Shawn Carter.

Dwayne Wade's ex-wife stages protest against him on the streets

NBA player Dwayne Wade's ex-wife and mother of his two children, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade on Friday staged a protest against him on the street in Chicago, claiming he's worth millions but has left her homeless.

According to reports, Siohvaughn was ranting about child support, judges, a  $90 million contract and "houses on the water."
Dwayne Wade divorced Siohvaughn in 2010 and was awarded full custody of their two sons in 2011 after a public legal battle. Siohvaughn was in court last week to get more money from her ex but it didn't work out well for her so she took to the streets ...

"Dwyane Wade is offering to pay only some of what he owes me if I sign an agreement never again to discuss what happened in our marriage or with our children. I refuse. I finally told Carr I just wanted to end the case and keep my freedom and my voice. I told him I didn’t want anything from Dwyane. The judge demanded the trial continue. I couldn't believe it."
Siohvaughn Funches once claimed that when they started dating in their teens, Dwayne lived with her at her mother's house and she took care of him financially.

Wade is currently dating actress Gabrielle Union, and Siohvaughn has repeatedly protested that the relationship has a negative impact on their children.

Lauryn Hill Writes Letter To Supporters From Prison

Lauryn Hill is currently serving a three-month prison sentence for tax evasion.

The Fugees rapper/singer began her bid on July 8, and has penned a letter to her supporters, thanking them for the letters they have sent her.

Ms. Hill dropped the message via her Tumblr page. It reads:
"I have known since very young to look for the purpose and lesson in everything, including the trials.  Although it has taken some adjustment, I cannot deny the favor I have encountered while in here, and general warm reception from a community of people who despite their circumstances, have found unique ways to make the best of them.  Thank you for the letters of concern and well wishes that I receive in the mail every day.  Although I may not be able to write everyone back, please know that they have been received, read, acknowledged, and appreciated.With Love back, MLH"

The message goes on to name check everyone she has received a letter from.

The 38-year-old Hill is being held at the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury.

Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa shares her thoughts on the child bride issue

Transcript Of Omotola Ekeinde’s speech at MBGN 2013 finale

After sending out a couple of tweets about corruption and healthcare last month, nollywood actress, Omotola Ekeinde, who was one of the judges for xthe 2013 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria finale that held in Bayelsa yester night, spoke on the senate bill endorsing child marriage in Nigeria.

Omotola delivered an emotional speech on the trending topic of child marriage.Read the transcript of the speech.
“I am Today one of the Most influential person/people in the world because I wasn’t given off to marriage before the age of 18.
It scares and totally shocks me that the Senate in Nigeria (the most populous Black nation in the world and Giant of Africa) would not be passing in a law ensuring that every child should compulsorily be enrolled in school.
A very alarming number of children today are on the streets hawking or have been abused, raped or are married to men/women who should be protecting them.
Who protects the children of Nigeria?
Would we wait for another Milala before we act?
Should we now remove the parental caution on movies that say “Not for persons below 18″.
This is a call for justice and equity for children especially the Nigerian Girl child, who has the right to quality education, a childhood and the decision of whom and when to marry.
My Name is Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and I say No to phedophilia and No to the senate Bill endorsing Child marriage in Nigeria.”
At the end of her speech, she was presented with a Silverbird Unique Personality Award.

New MBGN Queen appointed special assistant on Tourism & Culture

18 year old Anna Ebiere Banner has been appointed Special Assistant on Tourism & Culture to Bayelsa Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson. The governor himself got on stage after she won the crown last night and made her his new special adviser.

She's originally from Bayelsa state and I hear she's really 18 years old. She was born  February 18, 1995.