LJust a week before her trial was scheduled to begin, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah has pled guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors have dropped the second charge, which was conspiracy to commit money laundry. Both charges stemmed from a telemarketing operation that targeted senior citizens.

In a statement, Shah’s attorney, Priya Chaudhry, said, “Ms. Shah is a good woman who crossed a line. She accepts full responsibility for her actions and deeply apologizes to all who have been harmed.”

Following Shah’s guilty plea, the case will no longer go to trial. Her sentencing is scheduled for November 28. She is facing up to 14 years in prison.

Sometimes, a song’s potential is only as great as the number of people that get to hear it. This was often the case for songs by Black artists that couldn’t “cross over” because the very radio stations that make crossover hits possible wouldn’t play songs by Black artists. And to add insult to injury, some of these songs would end up becoming crossover hits after being covered by white artists. But I digress.

Today’s TBT post is about “Every Beat of My Heart,” a song performed by Du-Ettes, an R&B duo from Chicago comprised of cousins Barbara Livsey and Mary Hayes. Before we go any further, we must salute them for that brilliant name. Get it? All of their songs are duets because…you get it.

Released in 1965, “Every Beat of My Heart” only managed to become a regional hit, and after nearly six decades, it was as good as forgotten. That all changed recently when it was used for a Whole Foods commercial. I and so many others have since fallen in love with that song — the majority of the YouTube comments for it reference the commercial. At a time when it feels like we’ve heard it all, it makes you wonder how many masterpieces are out there lying dormant in catalogs that never got fair exposure.

May the hidden gems of years past continue to find their their belated moments in the sun.

Cardi B just released “Hot Shit” (featuring Kanye West & Lil Durk), and quite frankly, it doesn’t jump at you on the first listen. Nor the second. Or third.

The Tay-Keith-produced track doesn’t give you much to work with —- not a catchy hook, not a danceable beat, not a melody that makes you want to hum along. For an artist who has such a strong track record of catchy tunes — one that has earned her more No. 1 hits than any other female rapper — “Hot Shit” comes as a bit of a surprise. The only logical explanation is that she must be trying to lower our expectations so she can blow us away with her next single.

We’re going to assume that’s what’s happening here because nothing else makes sense. Click play if you dare.

As we discover time and time again, a song’s initial popularity doesn’t always say much about what it’s legacy will be.

Today is Fantasia’s 38th birthday, so how about we take a look at her entry in the Hall of Fame of Unlikely Classics?

In April of ’07, Fannie Mae released “When I See U” as the second single from her self-titled second album. It is your standard mid-2000s R&B song — it has just enough melody to make you want to sing along, but it is by no means remarkable. The song peaked at No. 32 on Billboard Hot 100, which sounds about right, especially when you consider what audiences had a taste for at that time.

It’s not clear what, where or why, but somewhere along the line, “When I See U” went from moderate hit to bonafide classic. Fantasia has bigger (and better) hits, but for some reason, this one seems to have stuck in a way that the rest haven’t. It has become particularly popular among (Black) men, and no one can fully explain it. It has become such a “thing” that cynics like myself wonder if some men now pretend to like it to appear more manly — but that’s neither here nor there.

Whatever the case may be, “When I See U” is yet another example of how initial popularity — and more specifically, chart placement — doesn’t always foretell how long a song will live in the hearts of music fans.

On her birthday, no less.

A man named Aharon Brown, who has an existing restraining order against him, broke into Ariana Grande’s Montecito home on Sunday. He had previously been arrested last September after showing up at her LA home with a knife and threatening to kill her and her security. That incident got him the restraining order.

According to TMZ, he violated the restraining order recently and was supposed to report to court today, but ended up violating it again before his court date. Luckily, Ariana was not home when he broke in.

Aharon Brown is currently in custody and has been charged with stalking, burglary, damaging power lines, violation of a court order, and obstruction.

In popular music, there are a some songs that just stick. And we’re not talking about the ones with specific holiday or holiday-adjacent themes. We’re talking about the songs that just become part of our lives for no particular reason.

Cameo’s 1986 hit, “Candy,” is one of such hits.

Released as the second single from their 12th album, Word Up!, “Candy” only managed to reach No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, following the release of the movie The Best Man (which became an instant classic), the song’s place in history would be forever changed.

In the closing scene of the movie, the wedding party does the Electric Slide. However, they’re not doing it to Marcia Griffiths’ “Electric” — the song for which the dance was created. They’re doing it to Candy’s “Cameo.”

Following the success of that movie, wedding parties — and parties in general — all across America started doing the same. And almost a quarter-century later, this is now standard practice. Gen Z probably doesn’t associate any other song with the Electric Slide.

In addition to becoming the new Electric Slide song, “Candy” has also become a signifier that a party is over or almost over, and we also have The Best Man to thank for that. The song plays as the credits roll.

As interesting as its trajectory from forgotten hit to party staple may be, that’s not the most fascinating thing about “Candy.” The most fascinating thing about that song is that it probably has nothing to do with what you might think. Of course, we know it’s not about candy, but if you’re like me, you assumed it was about sex. However, according to a fairly popular theory, the song is about drugs. Cocaine, to be exact.

I’ll give you a moment to pick your jaw up from the floor.

“Giving me a heart attack, it’s the kind I like” feels even less wholesome when you learn about this new possible meaning. Don’t we love songwriters?

Another interesting footnote in the history of “Candy” is that it was sampled on Mariah Carey’s “Loverboy” after the initial sample for the song was used by Jennifer Lopez — at the suggestion of Tommy Mottola, Mariah’s ex-husband and biggest hater.

“Candy” is yet another example that shows that initial chart success isn’t always the best predictor of a song’s legacy.

In case you missed it, Drake’s new album came with a video for “Falling Back.”

“Down Hill” was right there, but what do I know?

The video has Champagne Papi in fuckboy form, saying “I do” to 23 women while his best man — none other than fellow Canadian and real-life fuckboy Tristan Thompson — beams with pride. Check it out below.