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US Rapper Missy Elliott Struggles With Incurable Disease

39-year-old hip-hop artiste, Missy Elliot has confirmed having Graves’ disease in an interview on American VH1’s show on, ‘Behind the Music’ which aired on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

According to Missy, ‘My nervous system shuts down, you know.  Your skin is dry, your hair falls out, you wake up, and your eyes feel like they’ve got rocks in them…‘

The thyroid disease cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be handled with treatment. Missy was first diagnosed with the disease in 2008.

Born Melissa Arnette Elliott, the Grammy Award winner is currently working on her seventh studio album titled, ‘Block Party’, and has confirmed production by Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Danja, Swizz Beatz, T-Pain and a few others.

By ‘Dayo Farore

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eLDee, Rita Dominic To Host The Headies 2011!

By itembo Support, 2011-06-23
eLDee, Rita Dominic To Host The Headies 2011!

Let it be known! Nollywood star actress and Rita Dominic and renowned producer/singer/rapper Lanre Dabiri better known as eLDee da Don have be chosen to host the 2011 edition of The Headies! This was announced by producers of the well-respected awards show, Smooth Promotions.

Executive producer of the awards Ayo Animashaun says the combination of the eLDee – a veteran musician and the respected actress Dominic are a ‘perfect choice’ to host this year’s edition.

A statement released by Ayo Animashaun, C.E.O of Smooth promotions on Monday, June 13, 2011 reads:

‘I can exclusively tell you Rita Dominic and Eldee have signed on to host the Headies awards. We are energized by our choice of hosts and we are confident with both of them anchoring the show our audience will have fantastic moments and an amazing show. Be assured this duo brings the perfect mix of elegance and sophistication that will set the tone for an amazing show. Preparations are in top gear and we are once again presenting you with the biggest faces that you know to host the 6th edition of the Headies awards and it will be amazing’.

It’s the second time a movie personality will be host after fellow Nollywood actress Dakore co-hosted alongside Basketmouth in 2008.

eLDee and Rita Dominic join the list of names such as Darey in 2006, D’banj and Tana who served as hosts in 2007, Dakore and Basketmouth in 2008, Banky W and Kemi Adetiba in 2009, all of whom have hosted the awards show in the past years.

The awards in its sixth year was formerly known as ‘HiphopWorld Awards’ and was created by Ayo Animashaun in 2006 as an avenue to recognize and celebrate musical talents who have excelled or shown promise in their respective categories.

The Headies award is a total of twenty-two 21 carat gold award plaque.

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Omawumi Delivers Baby Girl in US Hospital

By itembo Support, 2011-06-20
Omawumi Delivers Baby Girl in US Hospital

Great news this Saturday morning! Gifted singer Omawumi has put to bed.

The Idols star delivered a baby girl in a US hospital early this morning.

The 28-year-old singer constantly tried to stay away from the press; but different sources and our reporters had spotted her with a bulging belly several times in recent months. Last month, she finally escaped from the prying eyes of the media; travelling out of the country to the US to deliver her first baby.

Sources close to her tell us she put to bed early Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 2AM.

‘A child is God’s reward – Psalm127:3B…Welcome sweetie!‘, were the joyful words Omawumi uttered via her Blackberry Messenger.

The identity of the father still remains unknown but those who should know have linked the child’s paternity with a yet-to-be-named part owner of Lagos club Zamunda.

Omawumi could not immediately be reached for comments. ‘She’s sleeping‘ our source said.

By Osagie Alonge

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Kanye West Signs Dbanj & Don Jazzy To G.O.O.D Music Label

American multiple awards winning artist and producer, Kanye West has today finalized his interest to sign one of Nigeria’s biggest hip-hop artistes, Dapo Oyebanjo popularly known as D’Banj & Don Jazzy to his Good Music Entertainment, a production, management and record label outfit. “GOOD” is an acronym for “Getting Out Our Dreams”.

Speaking to D’Banj’s manager, Sunday Are of List Entertainment, he confirmed that there have been talks recently but D’Banj officially signed the contract today. “Yes there have been discussions between the two parties lately. They have been exchanging contracts but now the wait is over, he said.

Sources also revealed that Kanye is interested in working with Don Jazzy. We heard he wants him to produce a song on the collaboration album he is working on with Jay Z.

John Legend and Common were the first to sign to the management and production company. Their albums “Get Lifted and Be” (both executive-produced by West) were both critically acclaimed and combined were nominated for 7 Grammy Award nominations. “Get Lifted” had three nominations and “Be” had four.

As if Mo-Hitts wasn’t big enough already. They are setting trends, and that’s just the fact.


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Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries engaged

By itembo Support, 2011-05-25
Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries engaged

US Weekly is reporting that reality star (among other endeavors) Kim Kardashian is engaged to boyfriend Kris Humphries, a forward for the NBA's New Jersey Nets. Kim, 30, and Kris, 26, started dating back in December and she told US in April that she was planning a move to New York City to be close to her fella.

Kris is the latest athlete for Kim K.'s dating life, but it looks like the basketballer is the one who is going to stick. Kim has previously been linked to NFL players Reggie Bush and Miles Austin. Humphries is a Minnesota native and chose to play for the U of Minnesota instead of playing college ball for Duke. He was drafted in 2004 by the Utah Jazz and was subsequently traded to the Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks and now New Jersey Nets.

Kim tells US of Kris, "He just has a really good heart. There has to be trust and honesty and chemistry. If you don't have any of those, it's never going to work."

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Mistress delivers baby girl for Femi Kuti

By itembo Support, 2011-04-06
Mistress delivers baby girl for Femi Kuti

The long time mistress, Bose Ajila, who is also a back-up singer and dancer for Femi's band gave birth to the couples first child together a few weeks ago. This will be Femi's sixth child, though he's denied paternity of two of them. Congrats to them!

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Beyonce and Jay-Z Celebrate their 3rd Wedding Anniversary in the Bahamas

Beyonce and Jay-Z are celebrating another year of marriage this week, and the happily married couple were spotted enjoying some QT together on the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas this past weekend.

It doesn’t seem like it, but 3 years ago yesterday (Apr 4), Beyonce an...d Jay-Z “secretly” married in a surprise wedding ceremony held the rapper’s Tribeca apartment up in NYC. The small gathering was only attended by the couple’s close friends and family, including Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams, as well as actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin.

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From Banks Omishore Naeto C lives in a glass house but feels comfortable throwing stones around. Can he please tell me what his mum who was former Minister of Aviation in PDP during Obasanjo’s regime – Mrs. Kema Chikwe achieved or what problem she has tackled as ambassador of Nigeria to Ireland? It is easy for the silver spoon artist to talk of increasing tariffs in the power sector considering the status of his family but we cannot afford to increase tariffs on power for the average man on the street without showing them we can properly manage the current mega watts we have. And yes we the average Nigerians that can’t afford more than “I-better-pass-my-neighbour-size-generator” will rather have for a start, a properly planned zonal allocation of the electricity supply we currently have such that we know in advance when we will have light in our homes or shops/offices and plan ahead rather than sometimes wait for weeks to have electricity. But I can easily understand why rich kids like Naeto C will have a problem with that. ‎​Where in Abuja or Lagos does Naeto C live? ‎​I wish Naeto C can leave his villa and come to Ajegunle for a month where the light is always low current even when they decide to bring it and neighbours in face me I face you ROTATE small generators that can’t even keep water cold not to talk of warming food in the microwave. Is Naeto C too young to be a commissioner for power in Imo State with all his connections? Let him use his brilliant ideas on electricity generation there so we can see that talk isn’t as cheap as 10 over 10!

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Exclusive: Abuja Lover Delivers Baby Girl For 9ice

By Victoria Ige and Dimeji Ogedengbe

It’s a baby girl for singer 9ice and his Abuja-based partner Bukky!

Although the pair would prefer to keep it hush hush, we can reliably tell you that they are taking their relationship a step further with the arrival, early last week, of their first baby together.

Sources close to 9ice tell us the singer -who’s separated from his wife Toni Payne – has been a regular visitor to Abuja, since Bukky – a fair-complexioned older woman – took in last year.

The relationship has never been public, even though those close to the singer are well aware they’re seriously dating.

We cannot tell for now, if the pair is planning to get married; especially as 9ice and Payne are still legally married.

A picture of 9ice’s partner, obtained exclusively by Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET), shows she’s a fair-complexioned lady with multiple piercings. Multiple sources tell us this lady is the reason the singer has been a regular visitor to Abuja; and that his ex Toni Payne is – unhappily- aware of the relationship. ‘In fact almost all the ladies close to him know of her. She herself even went out of her way to contact them‘, our source offers.

Sources say Bukky’s baby, a girl, was delivered on Monday March 21. The baby is 9ice’s second. His first son named Zion was delivered on Thursday December 4,  2008, at Presbytarian Hospital, Southern California, United States of America.

‘I can tell you for sure that 9ice has gotten the girl pregnant, and she has put to bed. Toni knows. But even her is keeping quiet but it’ll be a source of embarrassment for her‘, one of 9ice’s close friends tells us. He does not want to be named.

‘I can’t tell if he’ll marry her or not. But she’s very close to him and I believe they’re serious‘. He disclosed.

9ice’s manager Dehinde Fajana through a telephone conversation claimed that he is ignorant of the situation and questioned the existence of his boss’ Abuja partner.

‘Is there any partner there? Does 9ice have any partner in Abuja? I’m sorry, I don’t know’ Fajana responded.

9ice did not immediately respond to our enquiries.

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Mode 9 Hits Goldmine

By itembo Support, 2011-03-29
Mode 9 Hits Goldmine

Mode 9 one of  Nigeria’s foremost  rap acts and awards winning Mode 9, is floating in the sky, as his sojourn in the United Kingdom has paid off big time.

Armed with a new management deal and scores of opportunities to excel internationally, the no-nonsense hard core rapper is not only coming home with a double album, he’s also returning to sign a new record deal with an unnamed new record label.

While the first album is titled John Boombastic, the second a collaboration with a British-based producer, Bayo, is titled Commercial Break.

Commercial Break as an album, is a fast tempo rap job, a complete departure from the slow delivery for which the rapper is better known,  But the depth and delivery style common with Mode 9 remains intact.

Commercial Break in the words of Mode 9 became necessary following complaints he received  over time from his fans who insisted on a dance hall material.

“It’s not that I have not been delivering some fast tempo beats in the past, but a guy’s gotta listen to his hommies” he told Showtime on phone from his base in  London.

Apart from the two albums he confirmed were ready to be dropped, Mode 9 also revealed that two other albums he worked on, were ready too.

“I did a collaboration with a Kenyan musician on a 16 tracked album titled Blood and Milk. I also have in my kitty another album titled Golden Era Guevera and New Era Mandela.

But currently running on the internet is a song titled Pay Attention which I released free for my fans to download”.

Mode 9 who revealed that D’Banj’s Fall in Love, Bracket’s Yori Yori and all of P_Square songs were in hot demand in every part of the United Kingdom said his traveling abroad was a successful mission.

“Before now, I didn’t own a British passport having been born there, but now everything is different.

After the initial hesitance of the home office to handle my matter fast, finally I’m a proud owner of the most respected documents in the world.

The period I submitted and waited for my documents to be processed was the longest period I ever waited for anything in my entire life. It costs  me so much pain as I couldn’t return home to Nigeria last year to honour some  shows. I also lost an opportunity to travel to Germany to honour another date.

With the new passport, I can travel to more than 126 countries in the world without fear or the inconvenience of waiting for a visa” , an obviously delighted Mode 9 gushed over the phone.

Mode 9 who is expected to arrive the country anytime from now,  disclosed that

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