Keith Girard

Beyonce, Jay-Z Stopped Short of No. 1 First Week Out by 5 Seconds of Summer

Beyonce and husband Jay-Z, the reigning king and queen of rap and soul, may gathering a little tarnish on their crown. Their new album Everything Is Love, fell short of No. 1 on the charts its first week out. The top spot went to 5 Seconds of Summer. The album, released last Saturday, sold about 70,000 copies, according to media reports. 5 Seconds of Summer’s new album YoungBlood grabbed the No. 1 spot with 90,000 sales after streeting two days earlier....

Explosive Charges: Whitney Houston Abused as Child by Famous Singer’s Sister

Whitney Houston, the iconic singer who died tragically in 2012 on the eve of the Grammy Awards, was abused as an eight-year-old child by the sister of a famous singer. The charges are contained in a new documentary about her life titled “Whitney.” The R&B star’s assistant, Mary Jones, and Whitney’s half-brother, Gary Garland-Houston, make the disturbing claims in the film....

Carrie Underwood Makes Rare Showing of Flesh in ‘Cry Pretty’ Video (See!)

Carrie Underwood beats herself up, figuratively at least, in a new video for “Cry Pretty,” her ballad about the emotional ups and downs of a country musicians life. It’s her first since her accidental fall that left her with a broken wrist and nearly 50 stitches in her face. It could be called a comeback of sorts. Carrie has been keeping a low profile since her accident. Last night, though, she returned to her roots to release the video on the latest episode of “American Idol.”...

Prince Death Yields No Criminal Charges; Doc Slapped on Wrist for Supplying Drugs

The criminal investigation into the death of Prince, the iconic ’80s rocker, has been officially closed without arrests, even though he died from an overdose of a powerful opioid. But one of his doctors was fined $30,000 to close out a civil case. Despite the intensive law enforcement investigation, there is no reliable evidence showing how Prince obtained the counterfeit Vicodin laced with fentanyl, or who else may have had a role in delivering the counterfeit Vicodin to Prince,” said Carver County attorney Mark Metz at a news conference....

Zayn Malik Gets Back to Music; Releases Sexy New ‘Let Me’ Video (watch)

Zayn Malik, the former One Direction boy bander, has been more of a tabloid darling than a singer lately. But he’s put all the headlines behind him, following his breakup with model Gigi Hadid and released a new video for “Let Me,” a sexy song about hooking up with a woman. Malik, 25, posted the video this morning (Apr. 12). He’s definitely back on the market, with both an upcoming album and likely a new relationship....

Sheryl Crow Says Music Biz Has Sold Out… Um, Rememba ‘All I Wanna Do?’ (See)

Sheryl Crow slammed the music industry for forcing artists to be “brand oriented,” if they ever hope to succeed. But, hey, if it wasn’t for a bit of crass commercialism on her part, where would she be? Remember “All I Want to Do?” Crow’s breakthrough hit appeared on her 1994 debut album Tuesday Night Music Club and it’s about as commercial as you can get....

Courtney Love in the Hole to Uncle Sam To Tune of $500,000 in Back Taxes

Courtney Love is in the hole. She reportedly owes Uncle Sam more than $500,000 in back taxes after paying off another unpaid tax bill from 2009. But don’t weep for her. She’s worth more than $150 million, despite a decade of reckless spending. Her fortune is based her ownership stake in late husband Kurt Cobain’s music publishing rights for his band Nirvana. She inherited it when Cobain committed suicide in 1994....

Pink, Battling Flu, Cancels Second Concert on Doc’s Orders; Is She Anti-Vaccine?

Pink, one of the hardest working singers in show business, is down with the flu and bagging her performance at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The move came on doctor’s orders. Her whole family is battling the virus. What no flu shots? Pink, real name Alecia Beth Moore, doesn’t turn up on any celebrity list of anti-vacciners, but it was a little odd that daughter Willow also came down with chicken pox in 2013....

This Artist Just Passed 2 Billion Apple Music Streams and It’s Not Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift may be everywhere with her music, but she’s yet to pass this landmark–2 billion Apple Music streams. That honor belongs to… Rihanna! The “Diamonds” singer has become the first female artist to achieve that goal. She hit it over the weekend. She crowed about it on social media. She posted a meme of a child dancing for joy and quipped “when I found out that I was the first female artist to cross 2 billion worldwide streams on Apple Music!”...

Ja Rule Partner Pleads Guilty to Bahamas Festival Fraud: Rapper Off the Hook

Ja Rule was left with egg on his face after his high-end Bahamas festival went bust last year. But the rapper’s partner Billy McFarland appears to be taking the fall. He’s pleaded guilty to two fraud charges. Ja, real name Jeffrey Bruce Atkins, was neither arrested nor charged, but because of his notoriety he bore the brunt of the public relations fallout....

Keith Girard

Keith Girard is Editor and Pubilsher of TheImproper, New York City’s cutting edge arts, entertainment pop culture and lifestyle Web magazine. Before that, he was editor-in-chief of Billboard magazine and a reporter for the Washington Post among other media positions.