|Mon, July 06, 2009 at 9:13 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Officials have not yet determined the cause of death for pop star Michael Jackson, but a disturbing picture continues to emerge of the amount and range of strong prescription medications the singer was allegedly taking at or near the time of his death last Thursday.
TMZ reported that the drug Propofol was found at Jackson's rented Los Angeles home after his death. The very potent drug, also known as Diprivan, is administered intravenously as a general anesthetic used to sedate patients for surgery and is only available to medical personnel.
"This is only meant for use in anesthesia and [administering it as a sleep aid] it's like giving someone chemotherapy so they don't have to shave their head," said veteran anesthesiologist Dr. John F. Dombrowski, who has not treated Jackson and has no information about the case, but has used Propofol often in his practice. "It's one purpose is as an anesthetic, to induce that sleepy feeling and when I run it as an IV drip I can keep you asleep and when I turn it off you are quickly awake. It works in 30 seconds or so and it is out of your system quickly when I turn it off."
Dr. Dombrowski said the drug is so powerful that it is critical to have someone in attendance who has the ability to rescue you should your breathing cease or some other critical failure occur, which is why the drug is only used in operating rooms and in doctor's offices where providers are on hand to support patients and intervene should something go wrong. "It is never used outside a medical setting during a procedure," he said. "And it is never used as a sleeping aid. I've never heard of that in my 16 years of practice."
Registered nurse Cherilyn Lee told The Associated Press that Jackson repeatedly begged her for the drug to help him with insomnia related to anxiety over his upcoming 50-date residency at the O2 Arena in London. Lee said she declined his requests for the drug, which TMZ said could have played a part in the singer's death. According to Lee, a member of Jackson's staff called her in a panic on June 21 pleading with her to help him after what appeared to be an adverse drug reaction. "At that point, I knew that someone had given him something that hit the central nervous system," she said of the singer's complaints that half of his body felt hot and half felt cold.
A spokesperson for the drug's provider, APP Pharmaceuticals, confirmed that it is only available to medical professionals. The widely used drug is used primarily for outpatient surgical procedures because it is very fast acting, typically knocking the patient out within 30 seconds. As described by Lee to the AP, Jackson complained of hot/cold sensations and Propofol is sometimes known to create a painful burning sensation, which is often alleviated by the use of the drug Lidocaine, which TMZ reported was also found near Jackson's body.
A source told the site that the drug is so inappropriate for home use that if a doctor supplied it for Jackson or helped inject him with it and it caused his death, he or she could be prosecuted for manslaughter.
Dombrowski said that Jackson, who was reportedly on a number of different strong pain medications at the time of his death and who was alleged to have struggled with an addiction to prescription medication, likely built up a tolerance to those drugs over the years. "You not only build...click to continue reading
|Mon, July 06, 2009 at 12:49 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
They both ruled the '80s, redefined themselves in the '90s and, as this decade draws to a close, they remained the two biggest pop stars of this generation. But now there is only one.
Madonna honored the late King of Pop Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, the very same venue where Michael Jackson was scheduled to perform a 50-show run beginning later this month. Jackson's series of concerts were being billed as his farewell tour. Instead, MJ suddenly passed June 25 after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Halfway through Madonna's set â€" which kicked off the second leg of her Sticky & Sweet tour â€" the Material Girl halted the regularly scheduled show. One of her dancers, whom she later identified as Kento, made his way across the stage, wearing MJ's trademark fedora, fitted slacks, white socks, white glove and penny loafers and mimicking Jackson's spinning, gyrating and moonwalking.
A medley of Jackson's hits then played, from "Billie Jean" to "Wanna Be Startin' Something." From the stage, Madonna lead the cheers for one of the only other '80s icons who could eclipse her. She clapped her hands, swayed from side to side and jumped up and down while images of Jackson over the years flashed on a big screen.
"Let's give it up for one of the greatest artists the world has ever known," Madonna urged the crowd. "Michael Jackson!"
Toward the end of her show, according to a report on Hollywood.com, Madge honored Jackson by wearing a black armband and a white glove while the lyrics to one of MJ's most touching hits, "Man in the Mirror," flashed on the screen behind her.
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|Tue, June 30, 2009 at 9:36 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
NEW YORK â€" It took the great Samuel L. Jackson reassuming his SeÃ±or Love Daddy moniker for just a moment on the red carpet to capture the vibe in the air for the 20th anniversary screening of "Do The Right Thing" on Monday night (June 29). "It's a pretty stupendous, awesome, hot day," said the surprise attendee to the celebration. "And it's going to be a hot night, so let's all listen to some cool sounds and enjoy the renown of the major movie of its time, 'Do the Right Thing'! Waaaake Up!"
Not that the crowd assembled wasn't awake to begin with. After all, there are few films so incendiary in their time, so revered in the years that came after, so brutally funny, honest and raw. Cast and crew came out in force for the celebration of "Do the Right Thing," newly released on June 30 in a special Blu-ray edition DVD. There was John Turturro, then a green young actor, refusing to acknowledge the passage of time. "I deny it! It's not been 20 years!"
Still, he could not deny the influence of the film and the place it holds in his career. "Some movies get better. Some movies are popular. Some movies win Best Picture. There are a handful of movies I've made â€" and this movie is definitely one of them â€" where you look at it and say it's a very modern film and it's a very entertaining film. Those are the kind of movies I grew...click to continue reading
|Sat, June 20, 2009 at 7:43 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
You can officially add Jamie Foxx's name to the growing list of Drake supporters out there.
The Oscar-winning singer/actor recently featured the highly touted up-and-comer on a remix of his new single, "Digital Girl" (which they recently unveiled during a performance on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien"), and he plans on keeping the collaboration going in the coming months â€" because he's officially a believer.
"Drake is the new movement, man. You gotta think about what this kid has done, man. To have records on a mixtape, and then the next thing you know he's on top of the charts. And every time you mention him, people go crazy," Foxx told MTV News. "I've had the chance to meet Drake and listen to his music. The volumes of music he's producing makes him a strong force that'll be around for a very long time. Because usually, when you see an artist of today, they do one thing â€" maybe they perform a song or do a great hook â€" but you seldom see a guy who can walk a song, all from the R&B end, and then to be on a track with Bun B ... and Bun B, he doesn't get on tracks with people unless it's really legit ... so I'm actually honored to have him on a track called 'Digital Girl,' and we will be working with each other in the future."
Foxx didn't say just when or where that work will be taking place, though he did reveal that Drake will be joining him for a few...click to continue reading
|Tue, June 16, 2009 at 12:17 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
As if releasing two albums in one year isn't enough, Eminem is also planning to reunite his Detroit crew, D12, and release the first new album from the group in five years.
Slim Shady said on BET's "Rap City: The Relapse" special on Friday that D12 are planning to hit the studio soon to begin work on the disc. The yet-unnamed album from the crew will be their first since the death of member Proof three years ago, a death that Eminem has said caused him to go into a depressive spiral of drugs.
"Me and the guys, we got a bond, it's special," Em said of the group, which also includes Bizarre, Kon Artis, Kuniva and Swifty. "It's like, as far as the future of D12, we're gonna be back in the studio soon."
D12 have released two albums, 2001's Devil's Night and 2004's D12 World. Part of the reason Eminem said he decided to reform the group for a third album was because of his respect and love for Proof, who was his best friend and one of his biggest supporters when the then-unknown D-Town MC was trying to make a name for himself.
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|Mon, June 15, 2009 at 6:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
It's not a tour, it's a "music festival"!
As we reported earlier this month, Lil Wayne is going back on the road this summer, and he'll be joined by Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy Tell'em and Drake. The outing was officially announced on Monday morning (June 15) and dubbed Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted Music Festival. The tour starts July 27 at the Toyota Pavilion at Scranton, Pennsylvania, and ends on August 23 in Dallas.
According to the tour's reps, Weezy will headline, after Jeezy, Soulja Boy and Drake go on in front of him. All parties are currently working on new LPs. Lil Wayne's Rebirth is due in August, while Jeezy's Thug Motivation 103, Soulja Boy's The DeAndre Way and Drake's Thank Me Later do not have dates yet; Drake has not even signed with a label yet.
Over the weekend, Drake talked with MTV News about the tour. "It's definitely moving along well," he said. "I think it will be an exciting night for each city that we go to. You got two young guys [and] two guys that have been killing the game for a minute, so I think it will be a dope tour."
Â»7/27 Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
Â»7/29 Saratoga, NY @ Performing Arts Center
Â»7/30 Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion
Â»7/31 Philadelphia @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Â»8/1 Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Theater
Â»8/2 Virginia Beach @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Â»8/4 Toronto @ Molson Amphitheater
Â»8/5 Montreal @ Bell Centre
Â»8/6 Cleveland @ Blossom Pavilion
Â»8/7 Washington, D.C. @ Nissan Pavilion
Â»8/8 Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Â»8/9 Atlanta @ Lakewood Amphitheater
Â»8/8 Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Â»8/12 Phoenix @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Â»8/13 Los Angeles @ TBD
Â»8/14 Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Â»8/15 Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion
Â»8/17 Vancouver @ GM Place
Â»8/18 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Â»8/20 Denver @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Â»8/22 Houston @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Â»8/23 Dallas @ Superpages.com Center
|Tue, June 09, 2009 at 11:55 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
LOS ANGELES â€" The good news for Eminem is that Method Man and Redman are coming on tour with him. The bad news? He doesn't know it yet.
"Hey, Eminem," Method Man barked into our mic recently, giving a heads-up to Sunday's MTV Movie Awards main act. "F--- that. Yo, Paul! We're on the tour, man!"
"Paul!" Redman chimed in, also addressing Em's manager, Paul Rosenberg, directly. "Hey, Paul, we're on the tour, baby!"
"You know my number," Redman said to Rosenberg. "Yo, Eminem. Yo, Paul â€" we on the tour, man."
"Even if he don't put us on, we're coming in through the back door, jumping onstage," he added.
Although the duo may not be fans of "Twilight," there are two things they love: Eminem and being on the road.
"We're gonna jump on Em's tour â€" we're putting it out there," Method Man revealed. "We do tour a lot. I'd say altogether 10, 11 months a year."
"Honestly, I'm gonna tell you exactly what that is â€" that's how we get our bread now," Red said. "That's how MCs make their money. Those royalty checks come like babies â€" every nine months.
"Plus, we enjoy doing shows," he added. "Anybody who's come to a Method Man and Redman show knows that we give 110 percent every time we're out there."
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|Sat, June 06, 2009 at 11:22 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
In 2005, Darius Weems set out from Georgia on a quest to travel across the country to Los Angeles and fulfill his dream. While that sounds like a typical, almost clichÃ©d story, Darius' journey was just a bit different.
The 15-year-old suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), an ultimately fatal genetic disease that also claimed the life of his older brother, and is confined to a wheelchair. But along with 11 college-age kids, Darius rented a wheelchair-accessible RV and headed West to increase awareness about DMD, raise much-needed funds for the disease and convince MTV to customize his wheelchair on "Pimp My Ride."
They filmed the entire journey for a documentary that went on to garner 28 film-festival awards worldwide and raise $1.6 million for DMD. On Thursday night at the Do Something Awards at New York's Apollo Theater, Darius was honored for his commitment to working for positive change.
Usher, Akon, Russell Simmons and Lil Mama were among those in attendance to honor Darius and the four other young people receiving awards. The night's overall winner, a 22-year-old named Maggie Doyne who set up a school and orphanage in Nepal, received $100,000 in community grants.
After Darius accepted his award and a $10,000 grant, our own...click to continue reading
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|Sun, May 03, 2009 at 8:35 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
While Rick Ross' Deeper Than Rap did hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200, some say the numbers were weak.
"150,000 is not a lot of copies sold on a major [label]," MTV.com reader Eagles36 wrote in. "Fifty did 691,000 his first week. Rick Ross is a joke."
Meanwhile, Ross advocate DCollins4444 said to naysayers, "Haters, haters, haters. Stand up ... it's a good album. This album would have sold [a million] six years ago in its first week."
For the record, Deeper Than Rap's first-week numbers aren't far off from his first two LPs, both of which went in at #1. Last year's Trilla pushed 198,000 copies in its first week, while his 2006 effort Port of Miami sold 187,000 out of the gate.
"It's interesting, because it's so many different factors working against the music industry right now," veteran journalist, music blogger and Hot 97 radio personality Miss Info said about the Ross debate. "You look at digital downloading and compound it with the...click to continue reading
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|Wed, April 29, 2009 at 8:46 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Earlier this month, Chris Brown pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from his February altercation with Rihanna on the eve of the Grammys. Brown is now due back in court on Wednesday (April 29) to make his first appearance since entering his plea. So what can the singer expect as he once again enters Judge Patricia Schnegg's chambers?
Well, it depends on a number of factors â€" both sides in the case were reportedly working furiously to negotiate a plea deal, and a few of those factors favored a deal being struck, legal experts have said.
For example, Chris Brown is a first-time offender with no criminal history. Rihanna, it appears, doesn't have much interest in testifying in the case â€" her lawyer recently said that his client would like to reach a resolution as soon as possible. And both stars could do without additional damaging information about the night in question being made public.
On Wednesday, Brown will appear in Los Angeles County Criminal Court for a status conference and there's a remote chance his attorney, Mark Geragos, will announce that a plea deal has finally been reached.
Peter T. Haven, a legal expert based in California, explained that most likely Geragos will ask for additional discovery time. Earlier this month, Brown's legal team made a similar request, which in turn allowed them to see what evidence the prosecution held â€" a court formality. This time, the Brown camp will have to update the judge on their findings and may request more time to seek further evidence on their own.
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|Tue, April 28, 2009 at 10:07 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
If not for one of Rick Ross' close affiliates, he might have been one song short for his album Deeper Than Rap.
When DJ Toomp, co-producer of "Valley of Death," first heard the track, he thought about one MC â€" one rapper perfect to spill rhymes all over the record: Jay-Z.
"I built an empire so crazy down here," DJ Toomp said via cell from Atlanta. "Me and some of my other producers are putting our heads together. I been doing it for 22 years all by myself. At the end of last year, I decided to go round up some producers â€" we all put our heads together on that joint and that's what it was.
"They brought [a rough version of the 'Valley of Death' beat] to me and I ended up fattening it up," Toomp, credited as the record's producer, explained. (Kevin "Khao" Cates co-produced.) "I heard the whole idea and originally I was gonna give that to Jay-Z, believe it or not."
A mutual friend of Ross and Toomp's convinced the producer to let the Big Boss hear the track before Hov, and Toomp caught Ross' ear during a listening session at his house.
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|Mon, April 27, 2009 at 9:43 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Earlier this year, Beyoncé and Jay-Z celebrated their first wedding anniversary and it got a lot of people asking the power couple about their plans for children. Well, according to Beyoncé — who plays a mom in her new thriller "Obsessed" — a baby is not on the list of short-term goals.
"Well, I think I definitely want to be a mother one day," she told MTV News at the junket for the movie. "And I will be — God willing — but not really [right now]. I didn't really get the little urge [from playing a mom]. It was more like, 'God, this is a lot of work.' "
Although Beyoncé may not be ready to change diapers anytime soon, she did recently reveal that kicking butt in the flick wasn't easy for her — fighting is not really her style.
"I had so much fun, because I'm a lover — I'm not a fighter," Beyoncé said about her fight scenes with co-star Ali Larter. "But I got to fight!"
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