Travis Scott’s ‘Goosebumps’ Goes Platinum

Travis Scott is probably getting “Goosebumps” right now. His Kendrick Lamar-assisted single off Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight has officially gone platinum.

The Houston rapper celebrated his RIAA certification on Instagram on Tuesday (March 28). “Thank u god we beat the odds Video this week,” he wrote. “#1 at rhythmic radio!”

As Scott mentioned in his caption, a video for the K. Dot-assisted banger is expected this week. It’s set to follow his Birds in the Trap short film, which dropped earlier this month.

“Goosebumps” is Travis’ highest-charting single off Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, peaking at No. 50 on the Hot 100. His highest-charting banger of all time is “Antidote” off Rodeo, which soared as high as No. 16.

This will be Scott’s fourth platinum plaque as a lead artist. In the past, he’s earned two for “Antidote” and one for his Young Thug-assisted single, “Pick Up the Phone.”

Currently, La Flame is on the “Birds Eye View Tour,” which kicked off March 10. His next performance is slated to take place April 12 in Santa Barbara, Calif. and the run ends July 9 in Turku, Finland.

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Rihanna Recreates ‘Psycho’ Shower Scene on ‘Bates Motel’

Rihanna made her second appearance on A&E’s “Bates Motel” on Monday (March 27). Guest starring as Marion Crane, RiRi revives a role that was first made famous by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho.

Fresh from stealing a briefcase filled with $400,000, Crane lands at Norman Bates’ motel. She quickly becomes the apple of his eye and later in the episode, she takes a shower while Norman spies on her.

It’s the classic scene from Psycho, in which Crane dies. But, “Bates Motel” takes a different approach. Instead, Crane gets out of the shower and says, “Screw this shit.” With Bates’ help, she gets her boyfriend Sam’s address and then goes on a solo mission to smash his car after finding out he has a wife.

Distraught from the heartbreak, she reflects on her past. “All my life, I’ve played by the rules,” Crane says. “Where has it gotten me?” Laying her head on Bates’ shoulder, she appears in need of comfort.

“I think you should go,” Norman tells her. “You need to go right now…Get away. Forget this place. Forget Sam, and just start over. Start over and start a new life for yourself.”

Hugging and thanking Norman, Crane leaves, making it unclear whether Rihanna will come back for another scene-stealing cameo.

Prior to the episode, executive producer Kerry Erin told EW that the show wouldn’t follow the film step-by-step.

“We’re taking threads of that story and definitely using them so it’s recognizable, it’s just where we go with it is very different,” said Ehrin. “It’s tough to be in a situation where you’re in love with a guy, and for whatever reason, he keeps stalling. You still have all this hot sex with him, and he’s saying he loves you, but he’s stalling. The internal story of that, for a woman, is a really interesting one. We never really got to see that. In Psycho, you just see the outside of that more. It was trying to do a story about a contemporary woman with some edge, with some expectations, who isn’t perfect, who isn’t always perfectly sweet, who is in that situation, but we’re rooting for her to get what she wants.”

“Norman is in an incredibly intense and interesting place that we’ve built him to when that sequence of episodes starts,” Ehrin added. “It’s this collision of ‘Bates Motel’ storytelling and then Marion Crane showing up into that. He’s in a very fragile and lonely place, and Marion Crane is a charismatic woman, she’s super present when she’s with him and she’s very attractive — all those things are exactly what he needs right at this moment.”

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Drake Nixes Amsterdam Show Due to Food Poisoning

Fans were hoping for a sick Drake show in Amsterdam on Monday (March 27). Instead, they were sent home because the 6 God got sick.

Insiders say that Drizzy suffered from extreme food poisoning just before his Amsterdam concert due to some bad sushi, according to TMZ. It was so intense that it reportedly required medical treatment.

Fans had been waiting in the stands for 75 minutes before the “Boy Meets World” show was canceled. “I’m really sorry to tell you that tonight’s show cannot take place,” a representative said onstage. “Drake got sick. His doctor told him not to perform.”

As the announcement of the cancelation was being made, fans threw items on stage in frustration and anger.

It was Drake’s third postponement in Amsterdam in three months. He will perform tonight, as scheduled, and host a make-up show tomorrow. That will be the final show on this tour.

Despite his illness, Drake has plenty of reasons to celebrate. He’s wrapping up the “Boy Meets World Tour” just as More Life dominates the Billboard 200 while helping him break multiple Hot 100 records.

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RHOA RECAP: RUNWAYS, BUBY-NUPS, AND BLOWUPS

The ladies are back in Atlanta and attempt to settle back into their daily lives.

Cynthia preps Noelle to debut her fashion line in Atlanta. She wants to show them something different, and in walks Kairo. Momager Sheree failed to mention he has never done a runway before, until this meeting. Cynthia gives Kairo some tips, when Sheree starts asking about what press will be there. She wants it to be bigger than Atlanta press, but Cynthia was just talking about how this show is all about Atlanta.

Sheree, Kairo isn’t walking Calvin Klein yet. Take a step back, and enjoy the show! Kairo definitely enjoyed exchanging numbers with Noelle. Remember to keep it professional!

Meanwhile, Porsha is at home, turning on her inner attorney for her baby-nup (an agreement so a couple can decide on certain decisions before having the child together), when she realized she had no idea what she was doing, and called Phaedra. Porsha loves Todd, and wants a baby real, real bad. She already has the room set up for the twins she’s having in her head! Phaedra warns that having a baby daddy is so yesterday. Phaedra cut the conversation short, and asked Porsha to send the agreement over to her.

Kenya invites her cousin (aka bff/ sister) Che, to dish about the Hawaii trip. Kenya told the story about “phony phae phae,” and Che essentially rolls her eyes and nods her head like, Kenya should have known better than to ever try being friends with her. The convo turns to Kenya’s kinda boo Matt. Kenya doesn’t think it’s good to be with Matt, but wants the best of both worlds. She wants to stay friends with Matt, and aspires to be like Peter and Cynthia. Che noted it will take Kenya a while to get to that point.

MAMA JOYCE IS BACK!

Kandi decides to pay a visit to Mama Joyce, and brings nine-month-old Ace along with her. Kandi tells her Mom everything that happened in Hawaii. Mama Joyce says that if she were in Kandi’s shoes, she would eat them all alive.

You don’t have to tell us twice; we know.

Once Todd arrives, and everyone sits down for dinner, they talk about how the OLG restaurant will be opening soon, and Kandi and Todd would like to have a separate family and friends preview.

We can’t wait for that drama to unfold, and see Mama Joyce eat everyone alive.

Phaedra pays a visit to Cynthia at Lake Bailey. It’s kind of awkward, considering the last time Phaedra visited Cynthia, Phaedra was a newly wed, and Cynthia wasn’t even married. Cynthia asks how Phaedra’s divorce is going, and she admits that it’s difficult. That’s when Cynthia tells Phaedra that Porsha told everyone at the party Phaedra’s divorce was already final, and has been for about a week. Phaedra is stunned by Porsha’s ability to not keep a secret, but confirms to Cynthia it is finalized.

Finally, some truth from Phaedra!

Phaedra gets into her feelings on the divorce party, and said she wasn’t sure what Kenya’s intentions were when throwing it. Cynthia understood why she felt that way, but let Phaedra know as far as she could tell, it wasn’t done to throw shade toward the situation, or be insensitive.

Phaedra is entitled to her feelings, and Cynthia just wants everyone to play nice for the sake of the Atlanta ladies’ friendship.

Porsha’s boo Todd stops by, and cannot keep his hands off of her. Poor Todd has no idea what’s coming.

Porsha sits Todd down, and hands him the baby-nup. Todd starts laughing, and doesn’t think it’s serious. Once he realizes what’s going on, he calls the baby-nup extortion. Todd starts freaking out, saying that everything is in Porsha’s favor. Porsha tells him that he can redline it and give it back, but he just isn’t hearing it.

The conversation definitely didn’t go as Porsha had hoped, but she isn’t surprised. The disappointment is written all over her face.

After Noelle’s grand attempt to parallel park, she, Cynthia, and Cargo’s partner Kal, walk into the venue for the Cargo fashion show. They arrive four hours early to get everything ready. Fast forward three hours, and there is a lot to be done. This includes the fact that Kairo isn’t anywhere to be found. Cynthia makes a call to momager Sheree, who lets Cynthia know he left a while ago. Eventually Kairo shows up, completely unfazed by the fact that he’s late.

Guests start showing up, and there are mixed feelings on the event so far. While others say the grunge is an awesome look. Other guests are distracted by the sweat getting in their eyes—It’s HOT!

Noelle and Kairo killed it on the runway. Overall, we’d say Cynthia’s show was an overall success, but would have been better if Wendy’s giant diva fan was blowing on the audience.

Phaedra meets with her client Johnnie Winston (AKA the former assistant of Kandi Factory), and a fellow lawyer friend, Oscar Prioleau Jr. Johnnie believes there was a breach in his contract with Kandi Koated Entertainment. He claims Kandi and Todd took his idea for the new restaurant they plan to open. There was no written contract between Johnnie and Kandi, but there was an oral exchange between them. Johnnie is prepared to go to court, and Oscar said he might have a valid case.

What a mess.

Kenya wanted to celebrate her little pooch’s birthday by treating him to the doggy shopping spree. All was going well, until her doggy Daddy Matt walked in.

He completely blindsided her by talking about their relationship. She walks out of the shop, and Matt follows her, along with the camera crew. They hash it out, and Kenya says she can’t do the relationship anymore. Matt breaks down and sobs. He quickly turns it off, and has his final words with Kenya, “go get whatever you need to get to make you whole.”

Kenya officially walked away from Matt and all of his drama.

Source: Wendy

A Musical Based on Pharrell's Early Life is Reportedly in the Works

Fox has won the rights to a musical based on the life of Pharrell Williams.

The project, titled Atlantis, is apparently a Romeo and Juliet-esque story inspired by Williams’ childhood in Virginia Beach.

Williams and producer Gil Netter pitched the idea to studios a few weeks back. Fox won the bidding war last week. Williams last worked as a producer on the critically acclaimed Hidden Figures.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

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Michigan Agrees to Spend $87 Million to Replace Flint's Poisonous Lead Pipes

The State of Michigan has allotted $87 million of federal and state funds to replace thousands of contaminated lead pipes throughout Flint, whose residents have been exposed to lead-tainted water for more than a year.

The proposal, if approved, would settle a lawsuit brought by Flint residents against the city. It would also require the state to provide free bottled water and begin a program of water testing. The deal aims to replace thousands of pipes in and around Flint homes by the year 2020.

A federal judge is expected to review the proposal on Tuesday.

Source: nytimes.com

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White Man Who Stabbed Black New Yorker to Death Charged with Terrorism

James Harris Jackson, the white man who killed 66-year-old Timothy Caughman simply because he was black, will face charges of terrorism, said New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

Jackson, 28, was previously charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime. A statement from Vance explains the hate crime and terrorism charges:

“James Jackson prowled the streets of New York for three days in search of a black person to assassinate in order to launch a campaign of terrorism against our Manhattan community and the values we celebrate. Last week, with total presence of mind, he acted on his plan, randomly selecting a beloved New Yorker solely on the basis of his skin color, and stabbing him repeatedly and publicly on a Midtown street corner. James Jackson wanted to kill black men, planned to kill black men, and then did kill a black man.”

Jackson turned himself in to police about 24 hours after he fatally stabbed Caughman with a 26-inch sword.

He later told the New York Daily News that he would have rather killed a “young thug,” and that he committed the act in order to discourage interracial relationships.

Jackson’s next court date is scheduled for April 13th.

Source: huffingtonpost.com

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