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The diva initially wears the Valentino dress ($250,000) while writhing around in a white Rolls Royce, but later burns it to cinders in a bonfire.

People have not been too impressed by the destruction of such an expensive garment

"Am I the only one annoyed that Mariah Carey really lit her $250,000 wedding dress on fire for a music video?" one user tweeted.

Another user tweeted her: "Would've been amazing act of generosity if you auctioned $250,000 dress for charity, instead of burning it. Not in your nature."

Mariah was engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer but they split at the end of last year.

Speaking of the song, Mariah said she wrote it as a way of coming to terms with how she felt about the end of their engagement.

"Ever since the tour wrapped I took some time just to process my feelings, and I started writing a song to express what I've been going through," she recently revealed to TMZ.

"And if you're not getting the love that you need from someone that you're supposed to be in a real relationship with, then why remain in that situation?"

"I Don't" features rapper YG and they worked with her former collaborator Jermaine Dupri on the track.

An album isn't expected to follow as Mariah said recently that she'd prefer to produce, record and release individual singles.

The song was released last Friday - February 3 - and charted in the US at number six on the iTunes chart and number 30 in the UK.

A CACHE of lost Bob Marley recordings has been discovered after lying for more than 40 years in a damp, London hotel basement.

 

According to The Guardian, the 13 reel-to-reel, analogue master tapes were discovered in cardboard box files in a run-down hotel in Kensal Rise, north-west London, the modest lodgings where Bob Marley and the Wailers stayed during their European tours in the mid-1970s.

 

The tapes — known as “the lost masters” among elements of Marley’s huge fan base — were at first believed to be ruined beyond repair, largely due to water damage. Yet, after more than 12 months of painstaking work using the latest audio techniques, the master reels have been restored, with the sound quality of Marley — who died in 1981 but would have been 72 on Monday — described as enough to “send shivers down one’s spine”.

 

The tapes are the original live recordings of Marley’s concerts in London and Paris between 1974 and 1978, and feature some of his most famous tracks including No Woman No Cry, Jammin, Exodus and I Shot the Sheriff.

 

The concerts — at the Lyceum in London (1975), the Hammersmith Odeon (1976), the Rainbow, also in London (1977), and the Pavilion de Paris (1978) — were recorded live on the only mobile, 24-track studio vehicle in the UK at the time, loaned out to Marley and The Wailers by the Rolling Stones.

 

The tapes were rescued from the rubbish by Marley fan and London businessman Joe Gatt, who had received a call from a friend saying he had found what appeared to be some old Marley tape recordings.

 

“He was doing a building refuse clearance that included some discarded two-inch tapes from the 1970s. I couldn’t just stand by and let these objects, damaged or not, be destroyed so I asked him not to throw them away,” Gatt said.

 

He passed the master recordings to business partner and jazz singer Louis Hoover, who regularly headlines at Ronnie Scott’s in London.

 

Hoover said: “I was speechless, to be honest. It was quite comical, looking back now, as Joe was so cool and matter-of-fact about rescuing these global artefacts that I actually had to stop the car to check that I had heard him correctly.

 

“When I saw the labels and footnotes on the tapes, I could not believe my eyes, but then I saw how severely water-damaged they were. There was literally plasticised gunk oozing from every inch and, in truth, saving the sound quality of the recordings looked like it was going to be a hopeless task.”

LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) — The Speaker of Britain's House of Commons says he strongly opposes letting US President Donald Trump address Parliament during a state visit to the UK.

 

John Bercow said Monday that he would have opposed the invitation even before Trump's temporary ban on citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the US

 

He said that after the migrant ban was issued, "I am even more strongly opposed."

 

Bercow's intervention is unusual because Speakers are expected to remain above Parliament's partisan fray.

 

He was cheered by lawmakers when he said that, although Britain values its relationship with the US, "our opposition to racism and to sexism, and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary, are hugely important considerations."

 

Trump is due to visit Britain later this year.

The star won't be saying 'I do' any time soon, so she wrote a song about it. 

Mariah Carey wore leather and lace in a steamy video clip that teased her soon-to-be released single, I Don't, shared on social media on Wednesday.

The 46-year-old singer's new song featuring rapper YG, whose legal name is Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, was written as a response to her recent breakup with ex-fiancé and Australian billionaire James Packer.

In the video, the Always Be My Baby singer rolled around on top of a convertible in alternating white lace and black leather as she sang about how her lover probably thinks she's coming back, but is dead wrong.

'Cause when you love someone / You just don't treat them bad,' she sang in her breakup ballad. 'You messed up all we had /Probably think I'm coming back, but I dont.' 

At times Mariah looked incredibly bridal as she clutched fistfuls of white tulle while she laid back on a bed of black pillows.

Boy, bye! The singer rolled around on top of a convertible in alternating white lace and black leather as she sang about how her lover probably thinks she's coming back, but is dead wrong

Part of the teaser for the song featured a title screen with the words 'I Don't' in gold and silver glitter, with the letters spelling out 'I do' strategically emphasized. 

Mariah and James met in 2014 and dated for a bit before he eventually proposed to her in January of 2016, according to People magazine. 

But things turned sour and the couple called it quits just before the Grammy winner's E! docu-series, Mariah's World, premiered in December 2016.

Sunday's episode featured the celebrated singer recording the song, in perfectly planned timing for the single to drop

'Ever since the [latest] tour wrapped I took some time just to process my feelings and I started writing a song to express what I’ve been going through,' she explained on her show.

'And if you’re not getting the love that you need from someone that you’re supposed to be in a real relationship with, then why remain in that situation?'

The new song and full video will drop Friday.

Devon Matthews now has a greater appreciation for the struggles of Calypsonians and says his collaboration and the relationship built with veteran entertainer, Ella Andall, has impacted his life immensely.

Their song together, “D’ Journey” has been widely accepted and enjoyed, with the pair performing at several major events, including, Soca In Moka and the event, New We, recently. Matthews said that the collaboration has breathed new life into Ms. Andall, something he’s truly happy to be witnessing. “The energy of the people and how they’ve receive her has made her feel better and she has gotten back that drive,” he said.

Matthews says the elder entertainer is the epitomization of the word “mother,” saying that she has treated him with care and told him stories of the past that has given him a newfound appreciation for the struggles that Calypsonians have faced. “They had a lot of challenges getting their music played on radio and to think that radio was their main avenue to get their music out. Now we have so many mediums and we still get upset when we don’t get our music played. We have to focus on what we have to do and focus on our goals,” he said.

Matthews is ecstatic. He says seeing the people truly enjoying the music and its positive lyrics, is great. “It shows that we don’t have to be sexually explicit or vulgar to connect with the people. The song is a real tune and it touches them in a real way.”

According to Matthews "My dream was to always create a song that would last a lifetime in the hearts of the people. I think I’ve gotten that song."

Even With T&T Carnival In Sight, Bajan Star, Rupee Signs Major International Music Deal With ULTRA. 

A major international deal has been signed, the likes of which, could propel the Soca music genre to higher heights, sooner than may have been expected.

Ultra Music- the North American electronic music record label, which comprises Ultra Records, Ultra Music Publishing and Empire Artist Management, is about to work its magic with a Caribbean sound, brought to life by Rupert Clarke- the artiste best known as Rupee. The deal could rake in big gains for the entertainer but beyond that, it is likely to spur tremendous opportunity for all involved in the delivery of the Soca music genre.

“Tipsy”- a song written and produced by Black Shadow’s Troyton Rami, Marcos Mejia and Kham and steered to completion thanks to the vocal ability of the Bajan soca star, is about to receive the kind of attention that could make the world stop and listen again. This would be Rupee’s second major opportunity internationally, having shown his worth when he sang, “Tempted To Touch some years ago. Black Shadow Music’s Troyton Rami is the writer and producer behind Sean Paul’s ‘Gimme The Light’, which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Rami has worked with many Caribbean artistes, mostly within the Reggae and Dancehall genres, however, in recent time, Soca’s melodies and reinvigorated beats have piqued his interest, so much so that when he had completed a particular piece of written material recently, he felt the urge to contact Rupee- the artiste he believed could execute it seamlessly. “I was sitting in the studio and I said to myself, this is an awesome song. I called Rupee and I told him I had something great for him. He was excited and he flew in. He liked it but asked to make a few changes and when he was done changing a few of the melody lines and the hook, he had taken the song to another level,” said Rami.

Ultra Records responded to the song’s energy after it had been circulated by Black Shadow and played on a few mix shows. “Patrick Moxey loved it and immediately said, let’s do this!,” said Rami, pointing to Ultra Records’ owner- the former Polygram and Virgin Records executive who has started Ultra some 22 years ago. With a deal signed between Rupee, Black Shadow and Ultra Records this week, the opportunities are now endless for the entertainer who had once been signed to Atlantic Records. “This deal could see Rupee reopen doors for Soca where America, Europe and corporate folks who are buying and licensing music, will embrace it; more so now, with singers like Ariana Grande doing rub-a-dub. This deal could open doors for more new Soca artistes and more producers. It’ll see more A&Rs becoming interested in Soca,” said Rami.

The song, with completed versions for various US media and a video, will be ready for delivery by March this year. Rami, who is Jamaican, expressed a desire to see Soca music reach further, explaining that it’s time to “take our Caribbean thing and sail it.” He said the desire with this particular project was to create a sound that delivered the feeling of the Caribbean, even with electronic beats. “We wanted a beat that could cross borders. We wanted all Caribbean islands to feel represented by the sound of the music. This beat is an electronic, Caribbean beat. When Jamaicans get on it, it turns into a reggae beat and when Trinidadians get on it, it turns into Soca,” he said.

Rupee will be heavily involved in Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival this year with a few tracks already released and enjoying heavy rotation across the airwaves. “Tipsy” is so far, receiving the most favor among them all.

 

Among the slate of events to celebrate the 72nd birthday of world reggae icon, Bob Marley, is this year’s Redemption Live concert to be hosted by regional sponsor, Digicel, in partnership with Red Stripe on Sunday 5th February in Kingston.

And while thousands are expected to turn out, fans across the world will have several ways to also watch the concert live – including via Digicel Jamaica’s Facebook page, CEEN TV which covers the Caribbean, Canada and the USA, as well as via the Catch 2 channel in Digicel Play markets and on the Play Go streaming app*.

Home of amazing and exclusive content such as the recently released I AM BOLT film – and the latest in a line of innovations from Digicel - Play Go offers a 30 day free trial for new users. It can be downloaded free at the Google Play Store and iTunes Store for Android and iOS respectively, or at www.digicelplaygo.com for laptops.

In addition, media sponsor REVOLT TV will bring post-event highlights, interviews and behind the scenes content from the concert whose performance line-up includes Ky-Mani Marley, Beenie Man, Richie Spice, Capleton, Ikaya, Kabaka Pyramid, Garnet Silk Jr., Jah9 and Grammy-nominated Devin di Dakta.

“Bob Marley is a timeless legend who continues to be revered by millions of people around the world and we are committed to combining all our mobile, entertainment and online platforms to ensure that his music continues to inspire his fans,” said Peter Lloyd, Group Director of Marketing for Digicel.

Meanwhile Nasha Douglas, Senior Brand Manager at Red Stripe added, “This celebration of Bob Marley serves as an important reminder of the reggae king’s amazing legacy and the relevance of his music today, and as a firm supporter of Jamaican music, we are proud to be a part of this.”

Other sponsors of the concert include Pepsi, Rainforest Seafoods, Main Event and the Bob Marley Group of Companies.

*The Play Go streaming app is available in Anguilla, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, Turks and Caicos Islands and in Trinidad and Tobago.

 

After 27 years living in Britain, David Furnish revealed he was granted British citizenship on Tuesday.

Taking to Instagram, the 54-year-old Canadian husband of Elton John shared a sweet snap of himself in the Chelsea Old Town Hall with sons Zachary, six, and Elijah, four, as he said he felt 'very blessed'. 

The trio were pictured from behind as they gazed at a picture of the Queen.

The Toronto native captioned the shot: 'A very emotional morning for me. This morning, I was sworn in as a British citizen.

'As an immigrant, I moved to the UK more than 27 years years ago. I was welcomed with open arms. This spirit of acceptance, tolerance and diversity has allowed me to achieve a life beyond my wildest dreams. 

'I am a very blessed man, and I am extremely proud to now carry both British and Canadian passports. @eltonjohn #ShareTheLove.'

The ceremony came just weeks after he celebrated the 11th anniversary of his civil partnership with Elton.  

Elton and David formed a civil partnership on December 21 2005 on the same day the Civil Partnerships act came into force.

After gay marriage became legal, the couple then wed married in Windsor, Berkshire, on 21 December 2014, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership.  

Their first child, Zachary, was born in December 2010 in California via surrogate, and in January 2013, they welcomed Elijah through the same surrogate. 

Despite being a millionaire, Elton has prided himself on raising his sons to know the value of money.

In an interview with The Guardian, the Rocket Man singer said: 'They get £3 pocket money, but £1 is for charity, £1 is for saving and £1 is for spending, they get three coins and put them in separate jars.'

After playing four of the biggest female leads in musical theatre, Alexia Khadime was looking for a different kind of role.

And she found it when director Kwame Kwei-Armah cast her as Rita Marley — wife of reggae legend Bob — in One Love: The Bob Marley Musical.

‘It’s just so far removed from anything that I’ve done,’ Alexia told me. ‘It’s about someone’s life! I’m not playing a made- up character.’

I first saw her as Nala in The Lion King. Then she played Elphaba in Wicked; followed by Eponine in Les Miserables and, most recently, Nabulungi in The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales theatre.

To prepare for Rita (rehearsals start on Monday) she has been immersing herself in books and documentaries about Marley and his life.

‘Rita could easily be seen as “the wife”, who didn’t contribute — but she did,’ Alexia said. ‘She was his rock. She had kids with him. And she was known to sing prior to meeting Bob Marley.’

The 33-year-old actress has the right heritage to portray Cuban-Jamaican Rita, because her parents and grandparents were born and raised in Jamaica (though Alexia herself was born in North-West London).

She said she’s often surprised at the good luck she has enjoyed.

‘When I was younger, being an actress never entered my mind as a career. I was at school studying psychology, maths and English literature — and then I was offered a job playing Ronnie Spector in Leader Of The Pack.’

One Love will run at Birmingham Rep from March 10. Bob Marley will be played by Amsterdam-based singer Mitchell Brunings, who portrayed the singer when the musical premiered (under a different title) at the Centre Stage Theatre in Baltimore, where Kwei-Armah is artistic director. He has subsequently rewritten the piece for its British run.

Jacade Simpson will play Peter Tosh, and Newtion Matthews will be Bunny Wailer — who, with Bob, made up The Wailers.

 

Barack Obama had long promised his wife Michelle that, on leaving the White House, he would take her on a special holiday.

The former president has now made good on that vow – whisking the family off to Sir Richard Branson’s Caribbean island of Necker, and flying in on Sir Richard’s private jet.

The family were spotted late on Monday night posing for photos with the airport staff in the British Virgin Islands, before boarding the boat that transports guests to the luxurious retreat.

With room for 34 people and a staff of 100, Necker rents for $80,000 a night – but it was unclear whether the Obamas were paying. A spokesman for Virgin Limited Edition – which manages the luxury holiday end of Sir Richard’s empire –said they could not disclose whether the former first family had paid or not.

The Obama’s arrival on Necker comes after three nights in Palm Springs at the home of the US ambassador to Spain, James Costos, and his interior designer husband Michael Smith.

Mr Smith redecorated both the Oval Office and the then-first family’s private quarters at the White House, and the couple’s stunning 1970s retreat has been featured in Architectural Digest magazine.  

Mr Obama has been spotted in Palm Springs playing golf on Oracle founder Larry Ellison’s private course, and working out at an exclusive country club gym. 

And Sir Richard, who is currently back in the UK to welcome his newest grandson, has equally made no secret of his support for Mr Obama and his chosen successor – and his dislike for Donald Trump.

In October Sir Richard, who is worth an estimated $4.9 billion, wrote a scathing account of his meeting with his fellow billionaire.

“Some years ago, Mr Trump invited me to lunch for a one-to-one meeting at his apartment in Manhattan. We had not met before and I accepted,” he wrote.

“Even before the starters arrived he began telling me about how he had asked a number of people for help after his latest bankruptcy and how five of them were unwilling to help. He told me he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying these five people.

“He didn’t speak about anything else and I found it very bizarre. I told him I didn’t think it was the best way of spending his life. I said it was going to eat him up, and do more damage to him than them. There must be more constructive ways to spend the rest of your life. (Hopefully my advice didn’t lead to him running for President!)

“I was baffled why he had invited me to lunch solely to tell me this. For a moment, I even wondered if he was going to ask me for financial help.

“I left the lunch feeling disturbed and saddened by what I’d heard. 

“What concerns me most, based upon my personal experiences with Donald Trump, is his vindictive streak, which could be so dangerous if he got into the White House. For somebody who is running to be the leader of the free world to be so wrapped up in himself, rather than concerned with global issues, is very worrying.”

On the day of Mr Trump’s inauguration, Sir Richard posted a photo of himself with Mr Obama, and the caption: “Thanks Obama.”

 

 

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