DON CORNELIUS, ‘SOUL TRAIN’ HOST, FOUND DEAD OF GUNSHOT WOUND
Feb 2012 01

A family member of  Don Cornelius arrived at his Mulholland Drive home in Encino on Wednesday morning and found the “Soul Train” creator with a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. He was rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to law enforcement sources. His death is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. County coroner’s office. The sources said detectives think it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound but stressed they are still investigating. The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, said the LAPD’s initial review of the crime scene suggested no sign of foul play. He was 75 and recently had gone through a divorce.

From the show’s debut in 1971, the always smooth Cornelius was the master of ceremonies for performances by a who’s who of soul legends, including Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, Diane Ross, Aretha Franklin and the Isley Brothers.

 

Read more at www.latimesblog.com (source)

COMMON DROPS NEW FREESTYLES IN PHILLY
Feb 2012 01

 

On a recent visit to Philly, Common drops past Cosmic Kev’s Come Up Show and drops two freestyles. The Chicago lyricist freestyles to Jay-Z’s The Street Is Watching and French Montana’s Shotcallers. Take a listen and tell us what you think !

Streets Is Watching Freestyle

Shot Caller Freestyle

WHO IS MARLO HAMPTON’S SUGAR DADDY?
Feb 2012 01

Rumor has it that Marlo Hampton‘s sugar daddy was CNN Founder, 80-year-old Ted Turner. According toHellobeautiful.com, a source said, “Ted Turner was Marlo’s sugar daddy. My understanding is that Marlo is one of the reasons why Jane Fonda divorced Ted Turner.”

The source continued, “Ted Turner is the “sponsor” who financed The Red Carpet Boutique Marlo had at the Perimeter mall in ATL. Marlo knows how to get money, she’s a true hustler.”

  • Ted Turner is allegedly worth over two billion dollars.

IAA UPRISING STAR! – SINGING SENSATION – MARIA ZOUROUDIS
Feb 2012 01

 

IAA:  What is your music background?

Maria Zouroudis:  I’ve had very little training. I took piano lessons for a short time when I was younger, taught myself harmonies by singing in different octaves when listening to the radio and produce from ear. The rest of what I know is what comes from the heart and what I’ve been learning along the way.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

Maria Zouroudis:  I want to dedicate my life to the things I love, and for me, those things are singing, songwriting, and creating. The greatest compliment for a life spent on music is when it becomes the soundtrack to someone’s life.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

Maria Zouroudis:  My songs are about love, the complexities (both good and bad) of relationships, and songs that are lyrically confidence-driven and empowering. I’m also known for free-styling about random things such as oreos, text messaging and basically any topic that someone throws my way.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

Maria Zouroudis:  I’m not doing much of directing in any particular way. When I cover songs for youtube I choose songs I like and I have a very diverse taste in music. I also include more than one genre into the production of my originals. However, my voice is a little soulful with a bit of an edge so I could be drawing people who appreciate that type of sound!

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

Maria Zouroudis:  When I was younger it was Aerosmith, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, and Frank Sinatra. I gravitate mostly towards artists with substance, but everything is influential to be honest. I really soak up almost all music that I hear.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

Maria Zouroudis: My music is pop with a touch of soul, rock, and R&B.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

Maria Zouroudis:  I’m not afraid to be creative. I’ll make a song even if all I have is a set of car keys and a spoon!

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects, you are currently working on?

Maria Zouroudis:  I’m working on finishing my first EP which is my biggest project! I’m also performing a lot. I’ll be a part of YouTube’s tour in March!

IAA:  You recently have been chosen as a finalist in the Guitar Center Singer Songwriter Contest. Can you tell us how it feels to be chosen as a finalist?

Maria Zouroudis:  I’m SO excited! I’m definitely honored to be a part of the Top 10! There were so many amazing musicians that entered overall! I’m excited to be a finalist among 17,000 beautiful melodies, voices and lyrics.  I’m very grateful for the experience and the opportunity. Also, Guitar Center has been a huge factor in my success and musical growth. Every mic I have, my keyboard and most recently my in-ear monitors have all been purchased from Guitar Center! Musicians are lucky to have companies like this that are committed to supporting the music community.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Maria Zouroudis:  To become an established fixture in the industry. What does every artist want-Billboard hit songs, Grammy’s etc! In 10 years, I would have another album, songwriting for other artists, juggling companies, charities, new ideas. My ultimate goal is growth! So I will always be creating and most importantly, happy.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

Maria Zouroudis:  Direct music is always posted on my youtube page: www.youtube.com/MariaZouroudis and official site www.MariaZouroudis.com. I respond everywhere else for my fans, so depending on which site they prefer they can catch me at the following places:

 

FACEBOOK- facebook.com/MariaZouroudis

TWITTER- twitter.com/MariaZouroudis

email: MZ@MariaZouroudis.com