The Fat Boys' Prince Markie Dee dies at 52
Mark Anthony Morales, known as Prince Markie Dee of the early rap group the Fat Boys and a hit songwriter and producer for Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and others, has died, according to his manager, Louie "Uncle Louie" Gregory. He was 52. While the Fat Boys were often considered a novelty act of early hip-hop, they actually racked up a series of hit albums throughout the 1980s and appeared in the popular films Krush Groove and Disorderlies. Morales was one of the group's key rappers, songwriters and producers, and went on to a successful solo career, releasing the album Free on Columbia, which included the hit 'Typical Reasons (Swing My Way),' and 'Love Daddy' on Motown
Bono used to listen to Backstreet Boys in his car. © Bang Showbiz Music star Bono
The U2 frontman used to embarrass his kids – Jordan, 31, Eve, 29, Elijah, 21, and John, 19, who he has with wife Ali Hewson – when on the school run, thanks to his choice of music and unusual outfits.
Speaking about her dad's listening habits, Eve said: “He used to blast Backstreet Boys in his car in traffic on the way to school.
“He’d get out of the car in his dressing gown and dance with his glasses on, and we’d be mortified.”
But the ‘One’ hitmaker also used the drive to school to get his children’s opinions on what U2 were working on.
Gallery: Ooh, I’m blinded by the lights! 10 things you should know about The Weeknd (BANG Showbiz)
To all the boys I've loved 4: a possible sequel? Noah Centineo Ain't Hot
Available February 12 on Netflix, To All the Boys I've Loved 3 or To All the Boys: Forever and Forever is meant to be the final film in the saga starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo. Still, the film's open ending left fans in doubt: could it be that an To All the Boys I've Loved 4 is in the works? The interpreter of Peter Kavinsky brought up this possibility ... and explained that he was not really for it.
Happy Birthday to The Weeknd!
On February 16, 2021, The Weeknd turned 31. The Grammy-winning singer is no stranger to fame, holding several chart records and being amongst the world’s best-selling music artist. However, despite achieving superstar status, the singer has managed to keep a low profile in his personal life. So, on his big day, we reveal 10 things you may not have known about The Weeknd.
Ooh na na, what’s my name?
Perhaps one of the most asked questions about The Weeknd is - what is his real name? The singer was born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, but nowadays prefers to go by his stage name,
A huge fan of Ethiopian food
His parents emigrated from Ethiopia to Toronto, where he was born, in the late 80s. He was raised with strong ties to his Ethiopian background and still remains a huge fan of its food, the singer told Rolling Stone in 2015: “It’s the best man. But it’s very fattening. I think I’m still burning off that fat, to be honest. For an Ethiopian mother, if you have a chubby kid, it means you’re doing something good."
From YouTube to superstardom
In December 2010, The Weeknd uploaded three songs – ‘What You Need,’ ‘Loft Music,’ and ‘The Morning’ – to YouTube, under the username xoxxxoooxo. At the time, little was known about him and he chose to remain anonymous, hiding his identity in the music video with static images. Despite the mystery, the songs started drawing attention and even got noticed by Drake, who included them in a blog post. Eventually, the singer started receiving coverage from various media outlets.
The birth of The Weeknd
In a 2013 Reddit Q&A with his fans, he revealed how he came up with his stage name, The Weeknd. The ‘Starboy’ singer said: “I left home when I was about 17 dropped out of high school and convinced Lamar (a member of his XO crew) to do the same. We grabbed our mattresses from our parents threw it in our friend’s van and left one weekend and never came back home.” He continued: “I hated my name at the time though, so I tried it as a stage name. It sounded cool. I took out the "e" because there was already a Canadian band named the weekend.”
Inspired by Ethiopia
He grew up on Ethiopian music and has let that seep into his own music. During a 2016 interview with Vman, he revealed that there is a strong Ethiopian influence in his music. The singer said: “You hear it mostly in my voice,” he says. “I’ve been told my singing isn’t conventional. Ethiopian music was the music I grew up on, artists like Tilahun Gessesse, Aster Aweke, and Mahmoud Ahmed. These are my subconscious inspirations. ‘The Hills’ was the first time you actually heard the Ethiopian language in my music.”
Sharing music with Drake
The Weeknd gave up “almost half” of one of his old albums to Drake. His ‘House of Balloons’ album was supposed to have more songs than it does, but Drake heard ‘Crew Love,’ ‘Shot for Me,’ and ‘The Ride’ and loved them. The Weeknd told Complex in 2013: “I wanted to come out with like 14 records. I felt like ‘The Ride’ was the last one, and it wasn’t done yet. Drake heard it…and he liked it so much, he was like, ‘I need to have this, man.”
At the start of his career, he struggled with confidence and did not like to be in the spotlight. In 2015, he revealed to Vanity Fair how he helped himself cope with the fame: “I controlled how famous I was getting. I slowly would reveal more of myself every year. That helped me cope with fame as opposed to it all just falling on me.” A lot of his insecurities came from being shy in front of a camera, he explained: “I always hated how I looked on camera. I never put a face to my music, which actually made the music that much more mysterious. It kind of worked in my favour, and I ran with it as long as I could."
Bella Hadid and The Weeknd were first romantically linked after they were spotted together at Coachella in 2015. In October 2015, the singer told Rolling Stone that they originally connected when he asked the model to be on the artwork for his album ‘Beauty Behind the Madness,’ he said: “My motive was literally to work with her.” The pair were together for over a year, before calling it quits in November 2016. Just weeks after their breakup, Bella had to walk past The Weeknd at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show as he performed ‘Starboy’. The model told Teen Vogue: “As an outsider, you might think I handled it so well, but it’s always in your heart, and you always feel it very heavily.” In 2018 the pair were back together, but then broke up again a year later.
Eve told OK! magazine: “Me, my sister and my brothers don’t shy away from telling him what to wear and what to listen to.
The rise and rise of far-right extremist groups stirs fears of grim times ahead
Recent jumps in follower numbers for neo-Nazi groups online raises serious concern about the spread of hateful ideology.The news comes after recent warnings by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres that far-right extremism should be considered a transnational threat.
“We like to tell him, ‘Oh that shot is not good’ and ‘This verse is good’.
“He used to drive us to school and play whatever songs U2 were working on at the time.
“We’d be very upset if the verse we liked didn’t make it on to the album.”
The ‘Behind Her Eyes’ actress admitted having a famous parent has been advantageous for her career, but the down side is that she can be “judged harder”.
She said: “It’s very strange. It was easier for me to get in the door because people are interested in me because of my dad. They just are.
“I have friends who are far more talented than me, but they can’t get a meeting with an agent.
“But weirdly, it can also be really difficult. I think people judge you harder.”
Eve Hewson thrilled no one knows Bono is her dad .
Eve Hewson thrilled no one knows Bono is her dadThe Behind Her Eyes star, who is winning rave reviews for her work in the Netflix thriller, launched her career as an actress without anyone accusing her of trading on a well-known last name.