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Houston’s funeral to be in hometown

Whitney Houston, who passed away Saturday, is set to have her funeral her hometown of Newark, N.J.

New Hope Baptist Church, where the funeral will be held, was the place Houston began singing as a child. Her mother Cissy Houston as well as her cousin, Dionne Warwick, also sang in the church’s choir.

As of now, the funeral will be private and there are no plans for a public memorial service.

After an autopsy on Sunday, there are no initial indications of foul play or trauma. However, the toxicology tests have yet to be completed.

Bonnaroo lineup finally announced

The regional musical festival, Bonnaroo, announced its line-up Tuesday.

Many big names will be at this year’s festival, which has taken place in Manchester, Tenn., for the past 10 years at a 700-acre farm.

Some of the headliners for the shows include Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, The Beach Boys, Bon Iver, the Avett Brothers, The Shins and Foster the People.

Other well-known artists such as Skrillex, The Roots, Feist, Ben Folds Five and Ludacris will be performing.

All in all, the festival will feature 125 musical performances and 30 comedic acts.

Tickets go on sale Saturday.


Kenny Rogers sues Capitol Records

Musician Kenny Rogers is suing Capitol Records over a royalty issue.

He is claiming the record company did not pay him properly for digital downloads, ringtones and other uses of his music.

Rogers filed a lawsuit Monday stating Capitol Records owed him at least $400,000 and that he was unable to come up with the exact amount due to withheld financial records.

His contract with the company states he should receive 50 percent for the net royalties for the licensing of his master recordings.

Rogers is famous for his hits, “The Gambler” and “Lady.”


Fashion Week hits New York City

New York City is even busier this week showcasing lines for the fall of this year from all the well-known vendors.

The reoccurring style that is appearing on numerous runways is the layered look.

Other trends to look for this fashion season include fur, leather, lace, knits and military looks.


Tarantino wraps up latest project

Quentin Tarantino wrapped up filming his latest project, “Django Unchained,” starring Jamie Foxx along side Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson.

The movie is a remake about a slave who become a bounty hunter and falls under the genre of spaghetti western.

The film was primarily shot in New Orleans while a few scenes were shot in Wyoming.


Minaj to perform at NBA All-Star game

Pop singer Nicki Minaj will sing a medley of her hit songs during this year’s NBA All-Star game. The singer will perform while the players are being announced to the crowd.

Along with Minaj, many other stars are expected to perform during the weekend events.

Mary J. Blige will sing the U.S. National Anthem and the group Neverest will be singing the Canadian anthem.

Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Nayer will perform during the halftime show and Will.i.am, Flo Rida and “The Voice” winner, Javier Colon will perform at the All-Star pregame events on Feb. 25.

Common, Kevin Hart and many other stars will participate in the All-Star celebrity game on Feb. 24.