Pop Diva Adele Breaks Silence, Bares Pain In Return Interview

British singer, Adele.


British megastar Adele has spoken of her “year of anxiety” that led her to live like a “recluse”, in a rare  interview published in Vogue ahead of the release of her new album “30”.

“I thought, I’m just going to lock myself in a house,” she said of her anxiety-fueled retreat from the public glare, which began with two cancelled shows at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2017 due to problems with her voice.

“That’s what I did. I was very reclusive. It paid off. People are used to me being a recluse,” she said in comments published on the fashion magazine’s website late Thursday, her first major interview since 2016.

The 33-year-old singer graces the cover of its US and UK editions this month.

It was during what she called her subsequent “year of anxiety” that her marriage to Simon Konecki, with whom she had a son Angelo in 2011, fell apart.

“Neither of us did anything wrong,” she said. “Neither of us hurt each other or anything like that.

“I’ve been on my journey to find my true happiness ever since,” added Adele, who currently lived in Los Angeles.

Finding root of anxiety 

Adele revealed that a new song on the album was inspired by a comment her son made to her as the marriage collapsed.

She took solace in “a lot of sound baths” — a meditative experience in which participants are “bathed” in sound waves — alongside more traditional meditation, exercise, and “a lot of therapy”.

“I realised that when I was working out, I didn’t have any anxiety.”

Adele added that therapy had made her realise that much of her anxiety stemmed from her childhood and relationship with father Marc Evans, who left home when she was aged 2.

“My relationship with men in general, my entire life, has always been: ‘You’re going to hurt me, so I’ll hurt you first’. It’s just toxic and prevents me from actually finding any happiness,” she told Vogue.

However, the pair “got our peace” before Evans died of cancer earlier this year.

The stresses of the business and the death of compatriot Amy Winehouse almost led her to quitting the industry altogether, she revealed, at one point writing to her manager: “This isn’t really for me. It’s not why I love music”.

“I got really famous right as Amy Winehouse died,” she told Vogue. “And we watched her die right in front of our eyes.”

The Oscar and 15-time Grammy Award winning soul star told fans to expect a slight change in sound with the new album, noting there “isn’t a bombastic ‘Hello’,” referring to her 2015 smash single.

Her lyrics have also taken a change of course, she said.

“I realised that I was the problem,” she added.

“All the other albums are like, you did this! You did that!.. Then I was like… I’m the running theme, actually. Maybe it’s me!”


Sinach Becomes First African To Top Billboard ‘Christian Songwriters’ Chart


Nigerian gospel artist, Osinachi Okoro, popularly known as Sinach, has become the first African to top the Billboard Christian Songwriters Chart.

Her song ‘Waymaker,’ originally released in 2016, recently gained massive popularity following performances by The Elevation Worship and other Christian rock bands.

But it was Leeland’s Waymaker (Live) that shot the song into Billboard Top 10 hits. Another version of the song by Michael W. Smith featuring Vanessa Campagna and Madelyn Berry also lit up the charts.

Sinach took to Twitter on Wednesday to share the good news.


She also expressed gratitude to God, for being the first black person and first African to achieve this.

Other songwriters on the list are Jason Ingram, Matthew West, Lauren Daigle, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Jeff Pardo, Paul Mabury, Hank Bentley, and Ethan Hulse.

The lockdown measures across the world occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced churches and worshippers to move their activities online.

Police Video Of Woman Singing Opera In LA Metro Goes Viral

This handout video frame grab from the Los Angeles Police Department shows a homeless woman singing opera in the Los Angeles metro on September 26, 2019/ AFP


A video posted by police of a homeless woman singing opera in the Los Angeles metro has gone viral and prompted calls for her to be on a grand stage.

“4 million people call LA home,” a tweet accompanying the video by the Los Angeles Police Department said. “4 million stories. 4 million voices…sometimes you just have to stop and listen to one, to hear something beautiful.”

The video, which has racked up nearly 300,000 views since it was posted late Thursday, shows the blond woman in pigtails singing a beautiful rendition of a Puccini aria as she stands on a metro platform with a cart and several bags.

A police spokeswoman told AFP that the encounter with the officer who shot the video was spontaneous.

Local media have identified the soprano as Emily Zamourka, 52, and said she was a trained violinist and pianist who emigrated to the United States from Russia when she was 24.

KABC said Zamourka has no formal training as an opera singer and had been a teacher before she fell on hard times because of health issues.

“I am sleeping actually on the cardboard right now, in the parking lot,” she told KABC. “I am sleeping where I can sleep … I have people that feel sorry for me, but I don’t want to be a burden to anybody.”

She added that she would be grateful for help to get off the streets and to have a roof over her head and musical instruments.

“You know why I (sing) in the subway?,” she said. “Because it sounds so great.”

Several Twitter users have urged that her talent not go to waste and have reached out to “America’s Got Talent” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — one of America’s top talk shows — to help publicize her story.

Sergeant Hector Guzman, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department told the Los Angeles Times that Zamourka’s voice had struck a chord with officers.

“It was powerful the first time we saw it, and every time we see it again, it’s still powerful,” he told the paper, adding that he has watched the video 50 times. “The message for us was simple: Remind ourselves to take a moment to look around and listen.”

DJ Arafat Dies In Cote D’Ivore Road Crash

Ivory Coast’s coupe-decale musician DJ Arafat performs during the Coupe-Decale Awards in Abidjan.  ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP


DJ Arafat, an Ivorian singer with a huge following in francophone Africa, has died after a road accident in Abidjan, the state broadcaster RTI said on Monday.

“Death of artist DJ Arafat… today at 8am as a result of a road accident overnight,” it tweeted.

According to messages and pictures circulating on social media, he had been driving a motorbike and smashed into a car. Critically injured, he was taken to an Abidjan hospital, where he later died.

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Born in Abidjan in 1986, DJ Arafat — real name Ange Didier Huon — was avidly followed in French-speaking western and central African countries.

He issued 11 albums, mainly of “coupe-decale” — a dance music form combining choppy rhythms with hip-hop-style vocals.

Ivorian Culture Minister Maurice Kouakou Bandaman expressed his condolences and said a tribute would be organised to honour the musician.


Selena Gomez Says Social Media ‘Terrible’ For Her Generation


US pop singer-turned-actress Selena Gomez warned Wednesday that social media had been “terrible” for her generation but said she tried to set a good example for her 150 million followers on Instagram.

Speaking after her politically-charged zombie flick, Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die”, opened the Cannes film festival, Gomez said the platforms that helped make her famous were destructive in the wrong hands.

“I think that our world is going through a lot obviously. What Jim (Jarmusch) gestured to in the film is that social media has really been terrible for my generation,” Gomez, 26, told a news conference.

Her comments came as a Malaysian teenager took her own life after posting an Instagram poll asking if she should live or die.

The 16-year-old from Kuching in eastern Sarawak state died after posting the poll Monday on the Facebook-owned platform.

Gomez, who has been mobbed by autograph hunters in Cannes and dominated photo spreads from opening night on Tuesday, also warned about the fake news rampant on social media.

“I understand that it’s amazing to use your platform but it does scare me when you see how exposed these young girls and young boys are,” she said.

“They are not aware of the news. I think it’s dangerous for sure if people aren’t getting the right information sometimes.”

‘It scares me’

Gomez said pervasive internet bullying “scares” her and left many young people “devastated”.

In light of her own massive social media presence, Gomez was asked what celebrities and tech industry giants could do to make the online world less toxic.

She set out a bleak picture.

“I think it’s pretty impossible to make it safe at this point. There’s no blocking anything, they’re exposed to it immediately,” she said at the news conference with her co-stars Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny and Tilda Swinton.

Gomez said she was “grateful” to “have a platform” and tried to use it to “share things that I’m really passionate about”.

“I also don’t do a lot of pointless pictures. I like to be intentional with it,” she said.

On her own internet use, Gomez said less was more.

“It can be great in moments but I would just be careful and allow yourself some time limits when you use it and when you shouldn’t.”

‘Commodity Fetishism’

Jarmusch’s film, a tribute to the George Romero monster movies of the 1960s and 70s, depicts a small town in Trump-era America facing an infestation of flesh-eating zombies, including one played by Jarmusch’s friend Iggy Pop.

The siege is triggered by polar fracking which scientists say has “knocked the Earth off its axis”, even as the government’s energy secretary and large gas corporations insist it’s safe.

Gomez plays a “big city hipster” visiting the town who falls victim to an ambush of zombies, who moan for the creature comforts they craved in life like wifi, Xanax and chardonnay wine.

Jarmusch, 66, is a Cannes favourite who has premiered hits such as “Broken Flowers”, “Only Lovers Left Alive” and “Paterson” at the festival.

He said he was using the zombie metaphor in his new movie to take aim at “the whole culture of commodity fetishism” as well as climate change denial.

“Watching nature decline at unprecedented rates in history is for me terrifying and concerning,” Jarmusch said.

He said despite the film’s grim message, the fervour of young climate activists gave him grounds for hope.

“We do have people that are concerned with it and are making it their focus, mostly younger people — there is optimism for sure but it’s just the timeframe is speeding up very quickly,” he said.

Murray, 68, waxed philosophical about movie acting as the seas rise and the planet overheats.

“When I’m not working, I’m lazy…. I’m a better person when I’m working on a film,” he said.

“This is my little ice floe that I stand on and I hope it doesn’t melt.”

Cardi B’s ‘Dirty Past’ Sparks Controversy On Social Media

This January 25, 2018 file photo shows Cardi B attending the Warner Music Group’s annual Grammy celebration in association with V magazine in New York. Cardi B, who has quickly risen to become one of the most prominent women in hip-hop, has become a mother, announcing Wednesday, July 11, 2018 the birth of daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus.


Popular American rapper, singer and songwriter, Cardi B, is currently trending on Social Media following a video which resurfaced online.

In the InsaLive video, which the singer says was done three years ago, she had admitted to drugging and robbing men as a means of survival.

While she admits she isn’t proud of that ‘dirty past’ and no longer tows that path, she has been called out by critics in the wake of similar cases involving other celebrities.

“All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future,” the mother of one said.



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Many have likened her situation to that of R. Kelly and Bill Cosby who have been accused of sexual assault and some have even asked that a case be taken up against her as with the two celebrities.

“Is there any chance at all that a man could admit to drugging and robbing women and still keep his career?” a Twitter user asked as questions of equality are also being raised.

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Some fans, have, however, argued that while her actions were indeed criminal, she no longer tows the path and she can’t be compared to other celebrities who allegedly committed the crimes despite their status and privilege.


Below are some of the comments.

US Pop Singer Scott Walker Dies At 76

US Pop Singer, Scott Walker. Credit: Getty Images


Singer-songwriter Scott Walker has died aged 76, his record label said on Monday, after a career that took him from 1960s pop icon to a 21st-century avant-garde musician.

US-born Walker, who acquired British citizenship, was the lead singer of the 1960s band The Walker Brothers.

The baritone vocalist began his solo career in 1967 and was credited as an influence on top British acts over several decades including David Bowie, Pulp and Bat for Lashes.

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“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker,” his label 4AD said on Twitter.

“Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner, Beverly,” it said, calling Walker “a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music”.

The Walker Brothers scored number one hits in Britain with “Make It Easy On Yourself” in 1965 and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” in 1966.

Other hits included “(Baby) You Don’t Have to Tell Me” and “Another Tear Falls” (1966), and “No Regrets” (1975).

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke called Walker “a kind gentle outsider” and “a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and words”.

A multi-instrumentalist, composer and record producer, Walker had solo hits with “Jackie” (1967), “Joanna” (1968) and “Lights of Cincinnati” (1969).


Outcry As South African Singer Live-Streams Assault On Instagram

The artist Babes Wodumo during the MAMA 2016, in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 22nd, 2016 Michelly Rall / MTV Africa Music Awards / AFP-Services


Police in South Africa were investigating on Monday after pop-star Babes Wodumo apparently broadcast live images of her being assaulted by a man, suspected to be her lover.

The country has among the highest rates of gender-based violence globally and the 38-second clip of a young woman being attacked by a shirtless man has sparked a backlash on social media.

“The national commissioner has ordered police to trace the whereabouts of Ms Wodumo so that a statement can be obtained from her and a case opened if indeed it’s her being assaulted in the video,” the police said in a statement.

Wodumo has declined requests for interviews but her team posted on her Twitter account that “we would like to thank everyone for the messages (of) support about the early morning video”.

Wodumo, a celebrated performer of gqom music which blends traditional African sounds with house music, will issue a statement later Monday, it added.

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The clip was subsequently deleted from her Instagram profile.

Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Twitter she was “absolutely horrified” by the assault.

A slew of high-profile women in the entertainment industry have posted messages of support for 24-year-old Wodumo, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane.

“My heart is really sad for Babes Wodumo and no women should have to go through this,” wrote DJ Tira on her Instagram.


Linkin Park Lead Singer Found Dead In Apparent Suicide

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, was found dead on Thursday (July 20) at his southern California home in an apparent suicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said.

Coroner’s office spokesman Brian Elias said his office had been notified by law enforcement of the death of Bennington, 41, on Thursday morning. Elias said the death was being handled as an apparent suicide.

Celebrity website TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, said Bennington had hung himself at his Palos Verdes home near Los Angeles.

Representatives of the band did not immediately return calls for comment.

Bennington had a history of alcohol and drug abuse. He had spoken openly in the past about his struggles to overcome his demons when Linkin Park first found success in 2000 with the album “Hybrid Theory.” But in 2011 he said he had been sober for six years.

The band’s latest studio album, “One More Light,” was released in May, and Linkin Park embarked on a world tour.

Bennington’s death came a week before the band was due to kick off the U.S. leg of its tour on July 27 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.


Full List Of Winners At Headies 2016

Full List Of Winners At Headies 2016The 2016 edition of Nigeria’s top music awards show, The Headies, held on Thursday, December 22 at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Hosted by Rapper, Falz and Actress, Adesua Etomi, the show threw up few exciting moments, mainly coming from artistes’ performances and the great job done by the hosts.

It was, however, a disappointment for many Nigerian music fans who had hoped to see their favourite stars, as many A-list artistes did not attend the event.

YBNL boss Olamide and members of his crew like Adekunle Gold, Lil Kesh; Don Jazzy and the Mavins team; MI and the Chocolate City family; Davido were all absent.

Others wave-making stars like Tekno, P-Square, Yemi Alade, Ill Bliss, Waje, Omawumi, Cynthia Morgan, Reminisce and several others were also missing on the night.

Due to this, many award winners were not on stage to receive their plaques.

Below is the full list of winners:

  1. Best Recording of the Year: Pray For Me – Darey feat. Soweto Choir
  2. Producer of the Year: Young John – Mama – Kiss Daniel
  3. Best Music Video: Soldier (Falz Tha Bad Guy) – Clarence Peters
  4. Best R&B/Pop Album: New Era – Kiss Daniel
  5. Best R&B Single: Pray For Me – Darey
  6. Best Pop Single: Reggae Blues – Harrysong feat. Orezi, Iyanya, Olamide, Kcee
  7. Best Reggae/Dancehall Single: No Kissing – Patoranking Ft Sarkodie
  8. Best Rap Album: Powerful – Ill Bliss
  9. Best Collabo: Soldier – Falz feat. Simi
  10. Best Rap Single: Eyan Mayweather – Olamide
  11. Best Vocal Performance (Male): Shaydee – Smile
  12. Best Vocal Performance (Female): Simi – Love Don’t Care
  13. Next Rated: Mr. Eazi
  14. Hip Hop World Revelation: Kiss Daniel – New Era
  15. Lyricist on the Roll: Ill Bliss – Chukwu Agozi Gogi
  16. Best Street-Hop Artiste: Olamide – Who You Epp
  17. Best ‘Alternative’ Song: You Suppose Know – Bez
  18. Album of the Year: New Era – Kiss Daniel
  19. Artiste of the Year: Wizkid
  20. Song of the Year: Fada Fada – Phyno Feat. Olamide
  21. Hall of Fame: Music Producer, Laolu ‘Akins’ Akintobi
  22. Special Recognition Award: Flavour

Falz, Adesua Etomi To Host Headies 2016

Falz, Adesua, Headies 2016Organisers of the Headies awards have announced Singer, Falz and Actress, Adesua Etomi as hosts of the 2016 awards show.

Falz the bahd guy and the beautiful Adesua Etomi, both took to Instagram to share a video announcement of the up-coming event.

Also, internationally recognized photographer, Shola Animashaun, once again takes credit for a recently released creative campaign shoot, for the annual hip-hop awards.

Meanwhile, the award has co-host, Falz, nominated for Best Rap Album: ‘Stories That Touch’, ‘Album of the Year ‘Stories That Touch’ , Artiste of the Year, Best Collabo: ‘Soldier’ ft Simi, and Best Music Video ‘Soldier’ ft. Simi

The nominees list has been greeted with much controversy from some aggrieved artists such as Yung6ix, Solidstar, Tekno and Clarence Peters.

Other artists have also expressed their reservations about being omitted from the nomination list altogether.

The Headies addressing the matter, said the artist didn’t submit their entries as at when due.

It would be recalled that the 2015 edition was postponed from December 28 to January 1, 2016 and it was considered as one of the most dramatic editions of the show, with some artists expressing their grievances over some of the award winners whom they felt were undeserving.

Perhaps, organisers are taking time to make arrangements to ensure a hitch-free event this time around; as the date, time and venue for the 2016 event are yet to be announced.

Tiwa Savage & Tee Billz Celebrate First Anniversary

Tiwa SavageSinger, Tiwa Savage and her manager-husband, Tee Billz, celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Sunday and the love birds took to social media to let fans in on their private romantic celebration.

In a message to her unborn child about the anniversary, Tiwa said:

Hey baby, look what daddy did for mummy today. Breakfast in bed, church, romantic dinner, candles and rose petals all over our hotel room, lots and lots of gifts and love. This is how we ended up creating you in the first place oooo lol. We love you daddy, thank you for a magical day ❤️