‘Flava in Ya Ear’ Rapper Craig Mack Dies at 47

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Former rapper Craig Mack, best known for his 1994 hit “Flava in Ya Ear,” died Monday night at his home in Walterboro, South Carolina, Colleton County coroner Richard Harvey confirmed to Variety. Harvey said Mack had died of natural causes. He was 47. As the first release on Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records, “Flava […]

‘The Four’ Grabs a Second Season at Fox

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Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor can all get comfortable in their judges’ chairs, as “The Four: Battle for Stardom” is coming back for round two.

The network renewed the Fergie-hosted music competition series for a second season to premiere this summer, Rob Wade, the network’s president of alternative series and specials, announced Thursday, ahead of the season one finale.

The renewal comes just one week after the show’s fourth industry panelist, recently-suspended Republic Records president Charlie Walk, exited the series following sexual misconduct accusations posed against him by a former employee.

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“‘The Four’ is truly a next-generation show,” Wade said. “It has pushed past the boundaries of traditional music competition series by focusing on recording artists in an epic battle to become a superstar. And for the winner, guided by music giants Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, DJ Kahled, Meghan Trainor and Republic Records, this is just the beginning. We’d like to thank our panel, our ringleader, Fergie, the contestants and our incredible production team for delivering concert-quality shows every week. And we look forward to pushing the boundaries even further in Season Two.”

“The Four” has been holding steady in Nielsen ratings since its premiere in January, in both the advertiser coveted 18-49 demographic and total viewers. It’s currently averaging a 1.4 rating in the key demo and 4.6 million viewers, in the “most current” returns, a mix for seven- and three-day data. “The Four” is the network’s strongest-performing unscripted freshman series in four years.

The series was created by Armoza Formats and is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with Armoza Formats. David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg, Becca Walker, David Friedman, Avi Armoza, Moshiko Cohen and Elwin Viztelly de Groot are executive producers. Combs also serves as a producer.

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The Season 1 finale of “The Four” airs tonight, Thursday, at 8/7 c on Fox.

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‘The Four’ Is The ‘Hunger Games’ Of Singing Competition Series, Says Host Fergie

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Fox’s new The Four is the Hunger Games of singing competition series, host Fergie told TV critics Thursday.
Panelist Sean “Diddy” Combs, however, likened it to Game of Thrones; “You get to challenge, and if you want to cut anybody’s head off” that’s how the cookie crumbles, he explained today during the show’s TCA panel in Pasadena. He also described it as being “like a fight at the school.”
“Other shows don’t have that combative nature,” Combs boasted, hours before its…

Fergie to Host Fox Singing Competition ‘The Four’

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Listen up, y’all, ’cause this is it: Fergie has joined Fox’s star-studded singing competition “The Four” as host.

News of the Black Eyed Peas frontwoman’s participation follows the previously announced judging panel of Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor and record executive Charlie Walk.

“I am very excited and proud to be the host of ‘The Four: Battle for Stardom,’” said Fergie. “This is a unique and modern show format that I believe will set the standard for the next generation of singing competition series on TV. I am looking forward to being by the contestants’ sides during what could be the most important performances of their lives. Along with these amazing panelists whom I know and love, I hope my experiences as a solo artist and as a member of The Black Eyed Peas can help guide them in their quest to make it in the music industry.”

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“Fergie is a genuine superstar,” added Rob Wade, president, Alternative Programming and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. “She’s fierce, she’s a force in her own right and she knows exactly what these singers are going through. So who better than her to help guide them as they fight their way to the finish.”

The six-episode event series premieres Thursday, January 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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Diddy, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Walk to Judge Fox’s ‘The Four’

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New Fox singing competition show “The Four: Battle for Stardom” has locked in its judges’ panel. The network announced today that Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor and music executive Charlie Walk will make up the “Four,” which premieres on Jan. 4. Never one to humblebrag, Diddy, who also served in a similar capacity […]

Diddy Drops ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop’ Trailer on Notorious BIG’s Birthday

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At tonight’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Sean “Diddy” Combs saluted Notorious BIG and premiered the trailer for Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, a documentary about pioneering hip-hop/R&B label Bad Boy Records. (See below.)
He also noted that May 21 would have been the 45th birthday of BIG, given name Christopher Wallace, the rapper and Bad Boy collaborator who was fatally shot in 1997. Wallace’s son, CJ, took the awards stage alongside Diddy.
“Tonight I’m here to talk…