Aretha Franklin’s ‘Letterman’ Performance Has Gone Viral For All The Wrong Reasons: Watch Her Cover Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”

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Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics (due October 21) is a Clive Davis-curated covers album featuring tracks made famous by big-lunged female vocalists like Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand and Adele. Sounds like a great fit for the Queen of Soul, right? Well, last night’s (September 29) performance on the Late Show With David Letterman might change your mind.

The 72-year-old bravely mashed Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and it wasn’t exactly a triumph. In fact, the video immediately went viral — generating nasty comments about Aretha’s voice and appearance. Trolls even came for Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston, who sang backing vocals (out of time with the rest of the choir). This isn’t the R&B legend’s finest moment but her lower register was on fire. The high notes, however, are best left unmentioned. Watch up top.

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Dramatic aerial drone footage of Hong Kong protests – video

Aerial footage filmed by a drone shows the large number of people joining pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Protest leaders have threatened to step up their campaign if the region’s chief executive does not meet them by midnight on Tuesday, after he insisted that Beijing would not retreat on limits to voting reforms Continue reading…






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Ford Mustang 50th anniversary edition brings in $170k

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Just the other day, we reported on the first Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat selling for a whopping $825,000 at auction. But impressive as that sum was, the Challenger wasn’t the only sought-after modern muscle car to cross the Barrett-Jackson auction block in Las Vegas this past weekend. So did this rare Ford Mustang.

The last of 1,964 special-edition 50 Years Limited Edition pony cars sold for a princely $170,000, with proceeds benefiting the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, a branch of the Henry Ford Health System.

The pony car in question is based on the 2015 Ford Mustang GT and upgrades with a performance package and nearly every option on the book, along with a unique appearance package to set it apart in celebration of the Mustang’s 50th anniversary. It’s available in two exclusive shades – Wimbledon white or Kona blue – with either a manual or automatic transmission. Only 1,964 highly symbolic examples were to be built, and this was the last of them.

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Pink And Dallas Green (You + Me) Debut Gritty New Track “Capsized”: Listen To The Third Taste Of ‘Rose Ave.’

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It took a minute to get my head around Pink‘s new side-project You + Me (a collaboration with folk singer City And Colour A.K.A. Dallas Green) but the music has been uniformly excellent and latest offering “Capsized” promises even better things from debut LP rose ave. (due October 14). It’s definitely the most quintessentially Alecia Moore track thus far.

For starters, “Capsized” veers a little closer to rock than “You And Me” or emotional ballad “Break The Cycle”. The brooding track starts with Dallas and Pink trading lyrics about a doomed relationship over strummed guitar before ramping things up for the bluesy chorus. “We were two ships in the night, passing by in the pale moonlight and capsized,” they chant. Watch the suitably moody lyric video up top.

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Lil Wayne’s Surprise Birthday Bash: Did He Party With His Alleged Mistress?

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Lil Wayne’s birthday activities this past Wednesday did little to quell ongoing gossip that he may have impregnated both his former fiance and an alleged mistress.

Though Wayne and ex-girlfriend Dhea Sodano are said to be no longer together, it is strongly believed that he and current flame Christina Milian were a couple even before he officially ended his previous relationship.

It is also noted that Milian and Wayne were cozy less than a month after she parted ways with her ex-fiance Jas Prince.

The Wayne/Milian connection is complicated, but that was apparently far from both their minds when Christina threw her man a surprise birthday bash.

Us Weekly revealed in an exclusive that the “Dip It Low” songstress planned the party and gathered Lil Wayne’s closest friends at the Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards in California.

Wayne celebrated turning 32 with a white chocolate skateboard-shaped cake created by Platinum Event Decor.

After partying, Lil Wayne, his close friends, and his girlfriend all moved the festivities over to West Hollywood’s eatery Hot N Juicy Crawfish.

Friends who turned up for Wayne’s big day include rappers Mack Maine and Lil Twist.

Meanwhile, Christina Milian couldn’t keep her enjoyment over spending quality time with her beau to herself.

She hopped on her Twitter account and shared a photo of Wayne’s birthday cake and wrote, “Cake Fights Allllll Night.. Too much fun”.

Apparently rather than eat the cake, it was mostly used as ammunition during an impromptu food fight.

It sounds as if rumors that Christina Milian felt threatened by Sodano may have been blown out of proportion.

Lil Wayne was thought have potentially flown out his former flame for a recent show. Sodano posted a photo of herself on a private jet.

Then, for unknown reasons, she deleted the photo.

Whether it was a subtle message that she’s still very much in Wayne’s life is uncertain. It wouldn’t be necessary to emphasize since she is pregnant with the rapper’s latest child.

Though Milian is herself pregnant, the father of her child is as much a matter of heavy speculation as her ongoing relationship with Wayne.

Hopefully when her new reality series airs, it will offer insight into her rather confusing love life.

Is the singer the third wheel in an already established relationship or is Lil Wayne playing both sides against the middle? It probably won’t be the birthday boy who elects to kiss and tell.

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Listen To Ace Cosgrove’s New Project ‘UsvsRobots’

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Ace Cosgrove is back. The Break alum is following up his Simple Criticism mixtape with the highly ambitious UsvsRobots. The 23-year-old D.C. spitter has built up the release over a few weeks, with “High 5″ and “SheSells.” On the 10-track effort, Ace is experimental as he plays around with pop-oriented records, dance, and hardcore hip-hop.

You can stream and download it below.

Previously: The Break Presents: Ace Cosgrove

Students Being Kept Inside After Bear Spotted Near Ridgewood Elementary School

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Students at a school in Bergen County were being kept inside Tuesday after a bear was spotted nearby.

Several photos have been posted to Facebook and Twitter of the animal roaming around near the campus of Ridge Elementary School in Ridgewood.

The bear had been cornered in a tree, and authorities were trying to safely remove it from the area, CBS 2 reported.

This bear was seen in Ridgewood, N.J., on Sept. 30, 2014. (credit: Stephanie Soyka)

This bear was seen in Ridgewood, N.J., on Sept. 30, 2014. (credit: Stephanie Soyka)

The bear wound up scrambling up three different trees. Authorities used a hose to coax it to a lower elevation so they could safely tranquilize it.

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NJ Lawmakers Call For End To NFL Tax-Exempt Status

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A dozen New Jersey lawmakers gathered at the Meadowlands on Tuesday to say they want to revoke the NFL’s tax-exemption status and have Commissioner Roger Goodell step down or be fired over his handling of domestic violence cases.

With the Jets’ and Giants’ MetLife Stadium in the backdrop, the bipartisan group of politicians, all women, threw their support behind a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., that would also pull tax exemptions from other professional sports leagues, WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported.

New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, said the tax revenue from the NFL — which she estimated to be around $10 million — should be spent to help victims of domestic violence.

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The NFL’s league office operates as a nonprofit under the federal tax code, although its 32 teams do pay taxes.

State Sen. Jennifer Beck, R-Red Bank, said she believes Goodell’s failure to properly handle the issue of domestic violence should cost him his job. She listed the names of several NFL players accused of crimes who received short suspensions from the league or weren’t suspended at all.

“It’s my opinion that Commissioner Goodell failed over those seven years and should be fired,” Beck said.

Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, D-Turnersville, said a “holistic approach” is needed to end domestic violence.

“Not only do we have to empower the women, empower the victims — because sometimes the victims are men — but we also have to seek help for the abuser,” she said.

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