Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2018 announced

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 12:27 AM

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Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits and LL Cool J headline a list of 19 musical artists nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, the Hall announced on its website Thursday.

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For the sixth consecutive year the public can vote, along with more than 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body, Rolling Stone reported. Fans can vote on the Hall of Fame’s website.

The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted April 14 at a ceremony at Public Hall in Cleveland. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in the year.

To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to be released in 1992 or earlier.

In addition to first-time nominee Dire Straits, other artists appearing for the first time include Kate Bush, the Moody Blues, Judas Priest, Eurythmics, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. 

The J. Geils Band is on the ballot for the fifth time, while LL Cool J and the Meters are appearing for the fourth time. Three-time nominees include The Cars, MC5 and the Zombies. Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and Link Wray are on the ballot for the second time.

Keeping with a new tradition that began last year, the Hall of Fame has announced the individual members of each band that will be honored, Rolling Stone reported. The current Depeche Mode lineup of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher is listed along with former keyboardist Alan Wilder (who left in 1995) and original keyboardist/band co-founder Vince Clarke, who left after one album. Bon Jovi is listed along with former guitarist Richie Sambora (who left in 2013) and original bassist Alec John Such, who left in 1994.

Judas Priest has featured many lineups over the past five decades, but the Hall of Fame selected vocalist Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing and drummers Scott Travis, Les Binks and Dave Holland, Rolling Stone reported.

Lead singer Mark Knopfler, bassist John Illsley, drummer Pick Withers, guitarist David Knopfler and keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher appear on the ballot for Dire Straits, Rolling Stone reported.

Last year's class included Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez and Electric Light Orchestra. 

Michael Phelps reveals he considered suicide after 2012 Olympics

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM

Michael Phelps Ends Olympic Career Strong

Swimmer Michael Phelps has revealed that after the 2012 Olympics, he considered suicide.

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“Really, after every Olympics I think I fell into a major state of depression,” he told David Axelrod at the fourth annual conference of the Kennedy Forum, an organization for mental health advocacy, according to CNN. Phelps revealed that after winning four gold medals and two silver medals at the 2012 Olympics, the depression got worse, and he couldn’t leave his room for days.

“I didn’t want to be in the sport anymore … I didn’t want to be alive anymore,” he said.

Eventually, Phelps decided he needed to seek help.

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“I remember going to treatment my very first day. I was shaking, shaking because I was nervous about the change that was coming up,” Phelps said. “I needed to figure out what was going on.”

After getting his life back on track, Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which works with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He also has been open about his struggles with mental health and depression.

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“I think people actually finally understand it is real. People are talking about it, and I think this is the only way that it can change,” he said. “That’s the reason why suicide rates are going up; people are afraid to talk and open up.”

Phelps said that now, he is thankful to be alive. He is now married to his longtime love, Nicole Johnson, and has a son, Boomer, with another on the way, due later this year.

“I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life,” he said.

Chicago rapper Fredo Santana dead at 27

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

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Chicago rapper Fredo Santana has died, according to several of his friends, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was 27.

Canadian rapper Drake, record producer Maxo Cream and California rapper Lil B expressed their condolences on social media.

Santana, whose birth name was Derrick Coleman, wrote on Instagram in October that he was suffering from liver failure, the Sun-Times reported.

No official cause of death has been listed, MTV reported, although TMZ, citing unnamed family members, reported that Santana died from a seizure at his Los Angeles home late Friday night.

Santana was a force in Chicago’s drill music scene when it began in 2012 He released his 2013 debut album, “Trappin’ Ain’t Dead” on Savage Squad, the record label he founded, MTV reported.

His last album, “Fredo Kruger 2,” was released last year.

In addition to liver troubles, Santana also had kidney failure and seizures, MTV reported.

Ed Sheeran announces engagement to Cherry Seaborn

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 1:01 PM

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Musician Ed Sheeran is engaged to childhood friend Cherry Seaborn.

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Sheeran announced the news of his engagement Saturday on Instagram. The engagement took place just before the new year. The couple have lived together for over a year, The Telegraph reported.

The pair have been longtime friends and attended school together, but were not childhood sweethearts.

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Mo'Nique urges fans to boycott Netflix for color, gender bias

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 9:57 AM

CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 16:  Actress Mo'Nique attends the 35th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards at the InterContinental Hotel on January 16, 2010 in Century City, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for LAFCA)
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CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 16: Actress Mo'Nique attends the 35th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards at the InterContinental Hotel on January 16, 2010 in Century City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for LAFCA)(Alberto E. Rodriguez)

Award-winning actress and comedian Mo'Nique is urging her fans to boycott Netflix for gender and color bias after she says the entertainment company made her a lowball offer for a comedy special.

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Mo'Nique took to Instagram to air her grievances Friday. In a video, she explained that Netflix offered her $500,000 to do a comedy special, but she rejected the offer. Mo'Nique said she felt it was a low offer considering Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle all made millions of dollars for their Netflix comedy specials. According to Mo'Nique, Schumer negotiated with Netflix for $13 million, while Rock and Chapelle each earned $20 million.

#BOYCOTT#NETFLIX FOR #COLORBIAS AND #GENDERBIAS. PLEASE STAND WITH ME. I LOVE US.

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Mo'Nique suspects racial and gender bias are at play, since she believes her strong résumé entitles her to more than the $500,000 that Netflix offered.