Da Brat just announced that she is expecting a baby! It will be the first child for the 48-year-old rapper. Her wife, Jesseca Harris-Dupart (a.k.a. Da Real BB Judy) has three from a previous relationship.

The rapper revealed in an exclusive interview with People Magazine that she had to remove fibroids and polyps prior to her embryo retrieval. She also revealed that she used an anonymous sperm donor and confirmed that she is currently 18 weeks pregnant.

Yesterday, we lost Burt Bacharach, one of the greatest songwriters of all time. He wrote over 70 top 40 hits over the course of four decades, including four No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100. He has written songs for everyone from Nat King Cole to Patti LaBelle, but is perhaps best-known for his work with Dionne Warwick. Twenty-two of Bacharach’s top 40 hits were sung by Ms. Warwick.

We have previously highlighted their what is easily their signature hit, so we’re going to go for the next best thing: Their first single together.

“Don’t Make Me Over,” the first Bacharach-penned Dionne Warwick single, is also the singer’s debut single as a solo artist. Co-written by Hal David, the song pleads for a lover to reciprocate unconditional love. It was not initially selected to be Warwick’s first single — another Bacharach David composition, “Make It Easy on Yourself,” had been chosen by the singer. However, it was given to Jerry Butler despite the fact that she had recorded the original demo, so it ended up being an album cut.

The title for “Don’t Make Me Over” comes from a phrase that was popular at the time — meaning “don’t try to change me” — which Bacharach and David built the song around after Warwick used it in anger in the studio. The song would become the singer’s first top 40 hit, peaking at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000.
While Burt Bacharach’s passing is reason enough to revisit this classic, this Throwback Thursday is also just one day shy of the 60th anniversary of Dionne Warwick’s debut LP and the parent album of “Don’t Make Me Over,” Presenting Dionne Warwick.

The Chinese spy balloon that has been floating in US airspace over the last few days has been shot down at the behest of President Joe Biden. He gave the orders on Wednesday, but the US Army waited till it was over water to minimize the risk of debris landing on people.

Earlier this afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) closed airspace in parts of North and South Carolina, which resulted in suspended operations at the airports in Charlotte, Wilmington and Charleston.

A trip to China by secretary of state Anthony Blinken was postponed as a result of the spy balloon. The Chinese government has since denied culpability, claiming it was a civilian airship for meteorological research that strayed into US airspace.

On Wednesday, Philadelphia Eagles rookie Josh Sills was arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping.

According to prosecutors, the charges stem from a December 2019 incident where the 25-year-old “engaged in sexual activity that was not consensual and held a victim against her will.” The incident took place in Ohio.

The accuser is a then-21-year-old woman who went to high school with Sills. She was riding in Sills car with her cousin and he was supposed to drop the both of them at a relative’s home, but when she tried to get out of his truck, he allegedly grabbed her by the arm and pulled her back in. She says he then grabbed her by the ponytail and tried to kiss her.

According to the police report, when a friend in another vehicle pulled up behind Sills’ vehicle, he “grabbed her by the neck and threw her down on the seat and got on top of her so no one could see them inside the truck.” He then forced her to perform a sexual act for 20 minutes, throughout which she tried to get him to stop.

Sills is said to have eventually let his accuser go after repeatedly asking if she would talk to him again.

The indictment came just 11 days before Super Bowl LVII and the first hearing is scheduled for February 16, four days after the game.

In a statement released after the indictment, the Eagles said they are “in the process of gathering more information.“

Beyoncé & Shakira are both in the headlines right now, so it’s only right that we revisit their 2007 collaboration, “Beautiful Liar.” Today also happens to be Shakira’s 46th birthday.

Released as the fourth single from Bey’s second album, B’Day, the song is the anti-“The Boy Is Mine.” It is a sung conversation between two women who happen to share a lover, and while it initially sounds like they’re going to go the Barbara-and-Shirley route, they ultimately decide that he’s not worth the drama.
Produced by Stargate & Beyoncé, “Beautiful Liar” blends R&B with Latin and Middle Eastern sounds. The song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, jumping from No. 91 the week prior — a record at the time and still one of the highest jumps in the history of the chart. It topped the charts in many European countries, including France, Italy and the UK.

Beyoncé is helping us start Black History Month the right way.

We knew the Renaissance World Tour was coming — two tickets were auctioned for $150,000 at the last Wearable Art Gala — but now we have an official announcement and concert dates.

The announcement comes just a day after Citi Entertainment posted and then took down a page that showed a handful of dates.

The stadium tour — which covers just Europe and North America — starts on May 10 in Stockholm and ends on September 27 in New Orleans.

Let the records show that we still don’t have Renaissance visuals.

When it comes to remixes, Mariah Carey might be the undisputed champ. Whether it’s the “Heartbreaker” remix or “We Belong Together” remix, the lady knows how to rework a song. New production, new vocals, and even new lyrics. They’re just not doing it like that no more.

In the conversation of about her legendary catalog of remixes, one that doesn’t get mentioned enough is the “I Still Believe” remix, which features Krayzie Bone (from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) and Da Brat. Titled “I Still Believe/Pure Imagination” and produced by Damizza, the remix takes a few lines from the original hook and makes a smooth hip-hop/R&B jam that sounds nothing like its predecessor, which is arguably “pop”-ish. It also makes genius use of a Willy Wonka sample.

The distance between the remix and original of “I Still Believe” is drastic even by Mariah standards. In fact, there’s a possibility the remix doesn’t come up in conversation because people don’t realize it’s a remix. However, real ones know it’s some of her finest work and, more importantly, a snapshot of an evolving artist who was actively shedding the adult contemporary image that had been forced onto her.

Everything Everywhere All at Once leads this year’s Oscar nominations with 11 nods, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Michelle Yeoh, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Jamie Lee Curtis, and Best Picture.

All Quiet on the Western Front and The Banshees of Inisherin came in second with nine nods each.

Other notable nominations include Angela Bassett for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, which is Marvel’s first nomination for acting. “Lift Me Up” (written by Rihanna, Tems, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Göransson) from the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack was nominated for Best Original Song, as was “Hold My Hand” (written by Lady Gaga and BloodPop) from Top Gun: Maverick.

Notable snubs include Nope and The Woman King, which both got zero nods.

The Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 12, at 8pm ET.

With Avatar: The Way of Water crossing the $2 billion mark this weekend, James Cameron becomes the first director with three movies that have grossed at least that amount at the global box office.

The other two Cameron movies in the $2 billion club are Titanic, which grossed $1.8 billion in its initial run and reached $2.2 billion after its re-release, and Avatar, which grossed $2.7 billion in its initial run and went up to $2.9 billion following its 2021 re-release.

Avatar remains the highest-grossing movie of all time in absolute figures and the second-highest — after Gone with the Wind ($3.5 billion) — when adjusted for inflation.

In her upcoming memoir, Pamela Anderson, accuses Tim Allen of showing her his penis on the set of Home Improvement in 1991.

The actress, who was 23 at the time, said it happened on the first day of filming. Tim Allen, 37 at the time, allegedly walked out of his dressing room in a robe and saw her in the hallway, where he exposed himself to her unprompted and joked that they were “even” since he had seen her naked (presumably in her iconic Playboy spread, which had been released the year prior). Tim Allen has since denied ever doing this in a statement to TMZ.

Pamela Anderson’s memoir, Love, Pamela, drops on January 31.