Keith Girard

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....

James Bay Second Album ‘Electric Light’ Coming; Can He Beat Sophomore Slump?

James Bay’s 2015 debut album Chaos and the Calm was a chart-topper and he’ll find out whether he can escape the sophomore slump with the release of his second album Electric Light on May 18. “If I had to describe my first album visually it would probably be a flame, while this new album is about a real sonic and artistic evolution for me,” the 27-year-old singer said in a statement....

Jimmy Kimmel Mean Tweets: Who Looks Like Ball Sack With a Face? (See!)

Jimmy Kimmel harvested some mean Tweets for the latest segment on his show and came up with some pointed doozies, all targeting popular musicians. Guess who could ruin a Denny’s meal, who looks like a ball sack, who looks like a ferret and who’s the Pottery Barn of Rap. Viewers had their pick to mix and match from Nick Jonas, Adam Levine, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Pink, Usher, Alice Cooper and other artists....

Kid’s Choice Music Nominees Are No Kids; See Who’s Pushing 40!

The 2018 Nickelodeon Kids Choice music awards is shaping up to be a battle between the oldsters and the youngsters–relatively speaking. Beyonce, who is 36, is nominated for Favorite Female Artist along with singer Pink, the grand dame at 38. They’re going up against the younger kids, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. The brat pack ranges in age from 25 (Gomez) to 33 (Perry). Lovato is also 25 and Swift is 28, a full 10 years younger than Pink....

Rihanna Turns Dirty 30, Calls it a New Era for Her at Blowout Birthday Party (see!)

Rihanna is officially 30, but don’t dare call her old. Instead she said turning “dirty 30” is marking a new era for her in her life. Already accomplished in her career, what could she possibly mean? Baby, maybe? Or, at least, a new abum...? The party was held in New York City in true Rihanna fashion, with lots of glam and celebrity guests, including one-time rumored dreamboat Leonardo DiCaprio....

Fergie Off-The-Rails NBA National Anthem Draws Apology From Star (video)

Fergie, the Fergalicious Black Eyed Peas singer, has learned the hard way that different isn’t always better, especially when it involves a traditional song like the National Anthem. She issued a formal apology today after drawing heat for her rendition of the song at the NBA All-Star Game. Fergie, real name Stacy Ann Ferguson, said she “tried her best” to do something different, but drew derision from fans on social media....

Jennifer Lopez Told She’d Never Sing or Dance For a Living: How She Beat the Odds

Critics once told Jennifer Lopez she’d never make it as a singer or dancer. They were right. She’s not the best singer, or dancer. But she is the total package. Here’s how she put it all together to become a star. The “On the Floor” entertainer posted a motivational video on social media, revealing how she beat the odds to become, not only a singer and dancer, but actress as well....

Lorde Blew Off Grammy Performance Over Snub; Carried Her Own Feminist Message

Lorde was wearing more than a gown at the Grammys last night. A secret message containing a radical feminist essay was sewn into the hem of her dress. She says it explains why she didn’t wear a white rose. So why did she refuse to perform? Lorde was protesting in other ways as well. She was fuming over a Grammy snub. The New Zealand singer ditched the white rose, symbolizing the Time’s Up movement, worn by the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Pink and Lana Del Rey....

Lorde, Charli XCX Lead NME Awards With Four Noms Each; Vote Here!

Lorde and Charli XCX look like they’re ready to own the 2018 VO5 NME Awards. They’ve each been nominated four times, with both competing for Best Track. Dua Lipa received three nods; Best British Solo Artist and Best Track and Best Video for “New Rules.” Alt-J, Kasabian, Wolf Alice, The 1975, The xx and Bastille will battle it out for Best British Band. Haim, The National, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Paramore and Migos were all nominated in the Best International Band category. Kasabian, Stormzy, Royal Blood, LCD Soundsystem and Liam Gallagher will go head to head with Lorde for Best Live Act. ...

Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dead at 46, Drug Overdose Suspected

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer for the Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly in a London hotel and early indications suggest it was due to a drug overdose. The cause of death will have to be determined by an autopsy. The Cranberries were forced to cancel tour dates in 2017 because of O’Riordan was suffering from back problems,” according to the Irish Times....
Rapper Meek Mill

Meek Mill Could Get Serious Time for Latest in String of Parole Violations

Meek Mill may have overstepped his probation on drugs and weapons charges one too many times and could be facing a prolonged stint in the slammer. Maybe he’s hoping he’ll get a little Justin Bieber justice, again, but shouldn’t count on it. Bieber has repeatedly dodged jail sentences, despite a string of arrests and convictions, although he’s small-time compared to Meek....

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.