Minneapolis, Aug 31 (AP/UNB) — A half-brother of the late rock superstar Prince has died, leaving five Prince siblings to share in the musician's fortune.
An attorney for Alfred Jackson, Asa Weston, said Friday that the 66-year-old Jackson died Wednesday night or Thursday morning in his home outside of Kansas City, Missouri. He says the cause of death is unknown.
Jackson was the son of Prince's mother, Mattie Baker, and Alfred Jackson Sr.
Prince died of an accidental opioid overdose in 2016 without leaving a will. His estate remains tied up in legal proceedings in Minnesota.
Jackson told Entertainment Tonight in 2016 that he had not seen or spoken with Prince for nearly 15 years, though an attorney later clarified that Jackson had actually had "sporadic talks and visits" with Prince over those years.
New York, Aug 30 (AP/UNB) — The New York Yankees have reacquired the YES Network, joining Amazon and the Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy an 80% stake in the channel from The Walt Disney Co.
The deal announced Thursday values YES at $3.47 billion, nearly $500 million less than when 21st Century Fox acquired a majority stake in 2014. Disney was required to sell off Fox's regional sports networks as part of its $71 billion deal to acquire Fox's entertainment assets, which triggered Yankee Global Enterprises' right-of-first-refusal to buy back YES Network shares. That deal closed in March.
Sinclair said it would buy 21 of the regional sports networks in May, but the 80% stake in YES was sold separately. Yankee Global Enterprises already held a 20% stake in YES. The Associated Press reported the preliminary YES Network deal in March.
Yankees Global Enterprises will hold a 26% share in YES, with Sinclair owning 20%, Amazon getting 15% with the right to purchase more, and the rest split among the deal's other investors — RedBird Capital, The Blackstone Group and Mubadala Capital.
Asked how the deal might affect the digital streaming rights to Yankees games within the team's market, club president Randy Levine said he expected Major League Baseball to announce changes to its policy soon. Teams cannot currently sell digital rights to local broadcasts.
"I think you should just stay tuned because I think the commissioner will be speaking about that in the near future," Levine said.
MLB declined to comment.
Yankees games have been streamed on the Fox Sports Go app, and Levine believes that arrangement will last through the season but "we expect it to" change. Levine said the network already has programming in the works related to Amazon's role in the deal, but "the specifics will come in the future."
YES is the country's most watched regional sports network and airs Yankees games, Brooklyn Nets basketball games, Major League Soccer's New York City FC games and others, along with more programming specific to the Yankees.
The network was owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, Goldman Sachs, Providence Equity and NJ Holdings (a company then controlled by former New Jersey Nets owners Louis Katz and Ray Chambers) when YES sold a 49% stake to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in late 2012. News Corp. split into two companies the following year, with broadcast properties spun off to 21st Century Fox.
21st Century Fox raised its stake to 80% in early 2014 and Yankee Global Enterprises reduced its stake from 26% to 20% in a deal that valued the network at $3.9 billion.
YES Network President Jon Litner signed a new contract and will continue to lead the network.
Dhaka, Aug 30 (UNB) - After the success of her first Bollywood song “Teri Meri Kahani”, internet sensation Ranu Mandol has recorded her second song with Himesh Reshammiya. She has crooned “Aadat” for Himesh’s upcoming movie Happy Hardy and Heer.
The music composer took to his Instagram account to share the teaser of the song. Along with it, he wrote, “After the epic blockbuster track Teri Meri Kahani, Recorded another track Aadat from happy hardy and heer in the divine voice of Ranu mandol, here’s the glimpse of the song , the alaap and voice over is the theme of happy hardy and heer, thanks for all your love and support.”
Himesh Reshammiya had earlier expressed his fondness for Mandol’s “divine voice”. He had said, “I found Ranu ji’s voice very divine on Superstar Singer. We’ve done the recording today. Her rendition of Teri Meri Kahani is beautiful. Hearing Ranu ji’s voice, people will be left spellbound.”
Ranu Mandol is being showered with a lot of love ever since a video of her singing Lata Mangeshkar’s song “Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma” went viral. Expressing her happiness, she has told indianexpress.com, “This was the first time that someone trained me. I dont know the technicalities of singing. Himesh ji treated me like a family member and gave me my life’s biggest opportunity. I cannot thank God enough for making me live a dream. I come from a broken family and have never seen so much love. And now that people are showering me with so much love, I could not be happier. Never in my wildest imagination did I think I would get a chance to be on such a big platform, or even sing in a Bollywood movie.”
Mandol hails from Ranaghat in West Bengal. She was spotted by Atindra Chakraborty, a 26-year old engineer, at the Ranaghat railway station. Chakraborty shot her video which he posted on the internet on July 23. Within a few days, the video went viral with 2.5 million views and over 50k likes.
New York, Aug 30 (AP/UNB) — MTV and the Save the Music nonprofit organization have launched a grant named after the J Dilla, the highly influential rapper-producer who died in 2006.
MTV and Save the Music said the J Dilla Music Tech Grant will focus on electronic music production and will assist students who produce and create through various computer programs, mirroring the current state of the music industry.
Detroit-born Dilla was a revered producer who worked with acts like A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes and more.
"Dilla is the only hip-hop producer that literally changed the way musicians play music. You can always hear musicians trying to emulate him," said Robert Glasper, the Grammy-winning musician and Save the Music ambassador, in a statement to The Associated Press. "Dilla was definitely a unique and influential voice in music and I'm glad and blessed to have known and rocked with him!"
The new grant was developed in partnership with Pharrell Williams' i am OTHER company and Arizona State University. The multi-year initiative will benefit seven high schools in Philadelphia; Brooklyn, Los Angeles, New Orleans; Miami; and Newark, New Jersey.
"I'm so honored to have the J Dilla Music Tech Grant named after my son. This will continue his legacy and inspire the next generation of young creatives," Dilla's mom, Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, said in a statement.
Save the Music launched in 1997 and has launched more than 2,000 music programs at schools.
Dhaka, Aud 30 (UNB) - All throughout the clip, Sahu can be seen with his eyes closed and palm on his chest. Apart from generating laughter on social media, the man's reaction also triggered several memes online.
Time and again, humourous content emerges on social media leaving many ROFL-ing. This time, a hilarious video of a man repeatedly requesting the instructor to make him land while paragliding has gone viral and triggered several memes online. The 6.18-minute clip is the video recording of a man identified as Vipin Sahu, who is going to have his first paragliding experience, The Indian EXPRESS.
However, moments into the glide, an anxious Sahu, who is surrounded by fog, starts requesting the glider to take him back to the ground. “Bhai, land karao. Bhai mujhe lambi ride nhi karni hai, (Please make me land. I do not want to go on a long glide)” he can be heard saying in the clip, which has been shared on several social media platforms. Moreover, he also offers a bribe to the instructor to make him land.
All throughout the clip, Sahu can be seen with his eyes closed and palm on his chest. Apart from generating laughter on social media, the man’s reaction also triggered several memes online.