Octavian wins the BBC Sound of 2019

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA year ago he was penniless – now Octavian’s the BBC’s Sound of 2019 Maverick, genre-defying rapper Octavian has won BBC Music’s Sound of 2019. Endorsed by Drake, but entirely self-made, the 23-year-old has perked ears with a series of unpredictable EPs that juggle grime, house, pop and gospel. He beat pop singer King Princess and balladeer Grace Carter to take the title, which has previously gone to Adele, Sam Smith, Haim and Sigrid. “That’s lit,” said Octavian on finding out he’d won. “I don’t even know how to feel right now… Mum, I made it!” Read our full interview with Octavian Octavian is the first rapper to win the Sound Of… …

Killer nabbed by chewed gum and a water bottle apologizes for murdering a teacher as he heads to prison for life

(CNN)Christy Mirack’s brother had one critical question left this week for his sister’s killer. Then, thanks to a piece of gum and a water bottle, authorities identified suspect Raymond Rowe, a disc jockey known locally as “DJ Freez.” Rowe, 50, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder, rape and related counts in Mirack’s killing, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office. Rowe’s attorney said her client has admitted he murdered Christy Mirack, the prosecutor reported. “The person standing beside me has admitted his guilt,” Patricia Spotts said. Rowe’s guilty plea includes a sentence of life without the possibility of parole with a consecutive prison term of 60 to 120 years, the district attorney said. In accepting it, Rowe turned Tuesday …

World’s most beautiful race courses: From beaches to frozen lakes

(CNN)If the thunder of hooves and the thrill of the racing doesn’t grab you, the sublime settings surely will. Meydan, Dubai Boasting the world’s first five-star trackside hotel, restaurants and a museum, Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse is a cathedral to 21st-century racing. The grandstand alone is more than a mile long and can host 60,000 spectators. What’s more, there is a rooftop infinity pool. Since it replaced the Nad Al Sheba racecourse in 2010, Meydan has been home to one of the richest horse races in the world — the Grade 1 Dubai World Cup. Recently the prize fund was boosted to $12 million and the 2019 winner will take home an eye-watering $7.2 million. READ: Dubai ruler finally wins Melbourne …

Stop annoying videos, Google tracking and more: Tech Q&A

A: The perks of owning an Echo are downright futuristic, and yes, once Echo discovers your smart bulbs, you’ll be amazed how “illuminating” this command can be. To set up this system, you will have to buy the smart bulbs, download the corresponding app, and link the two together. But this is just the start of your journey; the best part of owning an Echo is experimenting with the thousands of commands it already understands, plus the thousands of more “skills” you can accumulate. You could spend months sorting through the skills to find the ones that are most applicable; to help, I’ve offered a crib sheet. Tap or click here for 13 Alexa skills you’ll use time and again. …

Criminal investigation opened in alleged theft from Aretha Franklin’s estate

ARETHA FRANKLIN ATTORNEY: $3 MILLION IN BACK TAXES PAID TO IRS Documents filed in an Oakland County court after Franklin’s death did not mention the value of her estate, which could run into the tens of millions. Franklin died in August at 76. There is a heated legal battle between Franklin’s estate and her 61-year-old son, Edward Franklin. He has been attempting to get a court order to force the estate to produce monthly financial documents to Franklin’s heirs, according to celebrity news site The Blast. Franklin’s estate is reportedly hesitant to turn over such information because it could impact the ongoing criminal investigation into the alleged missing assets. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Franklin, who died …

Flamenco star kicks off Sound of 2019

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSpanish artist Rosalia takes fifth place in the BBC Music Sound Of 2019 list Flamenco music has never troubled the UK charts – but that looks set to change with the arrival of Rosalía. The 25-year-old is turning flamenco on its head by tethering its vocal melismas and palmas (hand clapping) to the sounds and attitude of hip-hop. It’s earned the singer fifth place in the BBC Music Sound of 2019, which tips acts for success in the next 12 months. Born Rosalía Vila Tobella in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Spain, she’s already a big star at home. Her 2017 debut Los Ángeles spent 67 weeks in the Spanish album chart. Report End …

So far, 2019 is proving the #MeToo fight is just beginning

(CNN)Hollywood’s attempt to deal with sexual misconduct seemed to be entering a new phase in the first few days of 2019. But a stark reminder that sweeping change won’t occur overnight came days later. On Thursday, John Lasseter, the former Pixar chief who was ousted after being accused of inappropriate conduct, found a new job in Hollywood. (Lasseter apologized for making his former colleagues feel “uncomfortable.”) On the same day, Harvey Weinstein, the former movie mogul whose downfall helped spur a movement against sexual harassment in the industry and beyond, scored a partial victory in a civil suit brought by Ashley Judd. If 2018 was the year when women in Hollywood and their allies called for change, this year may …

BAFTA Film Awards 2019: Olivia Colman’s ‘The Favourite’ dominates nominations

(CNN)“The Favourite,” the 18th century period comedy-drama starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, looks set to dominate the UK’s 2019 BAFTA Awards, gaining 12 nominations including best film, it was announced Wednesday. “Vice,” where Christian Bale portrayed US Vice President Dick Cheney, received six nominations, while Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman — which Lee hopes inspires Americans not to vote President Donald Trump into office for a second term — received five. Other nominations include “Cold War” and “Green Book,” which both received four nominations, while “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Mary Queen of Scots” and “Stan & Ollie” each have three. The awards ceremony, which is seen as an important indicator for the Oscars, will take place on …

Someone Recut ‘The Office’ Fire Drill Scene As A Horror, And It’s Frightening

Alabama-based videographer Austin Spencer recut the iconic fire drill scene from the hit mockumentary show as a horror short, and the resulting clip is pretty damn terrifying. But he tweeted that he “removed all the jokes” and “added scary music to see how much I could change the tone.” Compare it with the original here: RELATED COVERAGE Ricky Gervais: Donald Trump Is More David Brent Than JFK

Axl Rose Releases First Song In 10 Years With The Looney Tunes

Guns N’ Roses frontman Even though Rose has recently been touring with members of the  In the video, which the network says features the singing of the actual Axl Rose, the music legend joins Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and company to stop an approaching asteroid with nothing but the power of rock. Download Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Apple brings iTunes to Samsung TVs as it seeks new revenue

Las Vegas (CNN Business)Apple is opening up its ecosystem to one of its biggest rivals by giving owners of Samsung TVs direct access to iTunes content. Apple showed signs of loosening its grip in November when it announced that Amazon’s (AMZN) Echo devices would support Apple Music. The two companies also struck a deal that allows Amazon to sell Apple devices directly, in exchange for cracking down on unauthorized third-party sellers on the site. A year earlier, Apple finally allowed the Prime Video app on Apple TV. Still, a deal with Samsung is even more interesting, as the giant smartphone makers have a complicated history. They spent years locked in a costly legal battle over patents after Apple claimed Samsung …

Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino To Headline At Coachella This Year

Goldenvoice, the promoter of the event, said Wednesday night that the big names scheduled to perform at the two-weekend festival in Southern California from April 12 to April 14 and from April 19 to April 21 include Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Janelle Monae. Other performers booked to play at the event include the 1975, DJ Snake, Diplo, Solange and Weezer. Coachella is known as the festival for cool kids — and musicians. Tickets go on sale on Friday. For information, Download Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Jazmine Barnes shooting: A convenience store run shatters a family’s life

(CNN)The four girls were in their pajamas when they piled into LaPorsha Washington’s car for a morning run to the convenience store. Mom speaks after child is killed in drive-by The traffic light turned green. Then the shooting began. Washington didn’t hear the first shot. Neither did Alexis. A bullet shattered Washington’s window. The truck sped up. The driver squeezed the trigger again. Now Washington heard the gunfire. She did what most mothers would do, even after taking a bullet. She hit the brakes. Then she used her body to shield Alexis, her eldest, who was seated next to her The girls in the back were unprotected. “Get down!” she told them. “Mama, he stopped. He stopped,” one girl screamed. …

Chance The Rapper Says Recording Song With R. Kelly Was A ‘Mistake’

Chance The Rapper believes that producing a song with He tweeted after the quote was reported that his words were “taken out of context,” without further explanation. But he also said that “any of us who ignored the R. Kelly stories were doing so at the detriment of black women and girls.” He also tweeted an apology to all of R. Kelly’s  “survivors for working with him and for taking this long to speak out.” Both Chance and R. Kelly are Chicago natives and have appeared Somewhere in Paradise” in 2015. was a mistake,” Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, said in the final installment of the six-part, three-night series on Lifetime “ women hostage in a sex cult. John …

Olivia Culpo and Danny Amendola spark rumors theyre dating again

Amendola, 33, and Culpo, 26, called it quits in the fall after photos of the NFLer and journalist Bianca Peters hanging on the beach surfaced online. Culpo and Amendola began dating in 2016 and were together for two years before breaking up in March 2018. They reconciled over the summer before the photo scandal broke them up once again in October. The Miss Universe 2012 winner’s fans slammed Amendola on social media in the aftermath, calling him the “Tristan Thompson of football.” Culpo’s rep had no comment. This article originally appeared in Page Six.  On Our Radar

The big things to look out for in 2019

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rihanna’s last album was released in 2016 Victoria might not be there but expect Girl Power to take over again as the Spice Girls go back on tour for the first time in more than a decade. The tickets sold out straight away and fans are really excited. She’s confirmed she’s been in the studio, so expect new music from Rihanna in 2019. There have been rumours that there could even be more than one album in the works. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer won the 2018 series of Love Island Applications are now open for Love Island, so if you’re not happy to just sit and watch, …