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V Vixen Exclusive: Melody Thornton Speaks On Dating Rumors, Going Solo & The Real Reason PCD Broke Up

Melody Thornton can sing her petite ass off, but you may not have noticed while she shimmied two steps behind her old Pussycat Dolls honcho, Nicole Scherzinger for six years. However, these days the African-Mexican spunkpot is happily autonomous and singing it loud... for everyone to hear. A few days before Mel's 26th birthday, VIBE gabbed it up to get the word on flying solo, why she'll never be in another girl group, and those rappers we always catch her with... —Tracy Garraud

VIBE: You were in a group with six other girls and now depend completely on yourself as a solo artist. How does that feel?
Melody Thornton: A lot of people are going through transitional periods right now and I don’t know if it’s something in the universe, [laughs] but it’s good. It’s important for every person on this earth to be self-sufficient. Moving into [the Pussycat Dolls] situation there was no Melody being herself. It was Melody fitting into a mold and a character and that’s what I did. I did it to the best of my ability.

Did you initially want to be in a girl group?
When you come from nothing, you don’t turn down great opportunities. If you’re in the middle of the ocean drowning, praying to God to send you some way to get out and he sends you a tugboat, you can’t necessarily be bummed. You just gotta get on the boat and make it happen. It’s all about getting to the next step.

For me, it’s important for people to know that I do write. I will be writing the majority of what I am singing because it’s important to me for an artist to actually be talking about something that came from them as opposed to being manufactured in that way.

True and it’s even more important for people to know you can
really sing. Were you told before joining PCD that there would only be one lead singer?
I got into the group to sing. That was made very clear to me. But it became more and more apparent what was going on. Roles were being minimized and minimized, and then by the time it got on the show, it was very much like ‘Yall play your part and this is what it is.’ It was tough because you don’t want to shit on your own opportunity.

Yeah and you don’t want to be kicked out either. 
Right. You don’t want to watch somebody else prevail in a position that could have been yours when it’s important for you to just watch and learn. And I took that from the experience. [My talent] has only been polished. If I had started out at 19, I would have been trying to learn it along the way, as opposed to being able to sit back and watch somebody go through all the struggles because [Nicole Scherzinger] was the lead singer and she took a lot.

Did you ask your label why you couldn’t sing lead as well? 

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Colin Kaepernick is reportedly looking to return to the NFL by the start of the new football season. Kaepernick was trending on Twitter on Thursday (April 9) after a Sports Center parody account tweeted that he inked a one-year $9 million deal with the New York Jets.

The story was fake, but according to TMZ Sports, Kaepernick could be interested in becoming a member of the Jets team. While it’s not clear if the Jets would consider adding Kaepernick to the roster, the website claims that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback plans to reach out to the Jets and other teams with hopes of getting him back on the field in time for the 2020 NFL season, which begins in September.

The 32-year-old athlete hasn’t played on a team since becoming a free agent in 2017, and devoting much of his time to social activism. In November, Kapernick participated in an ill-fated workout in front of multiple NFL teams.

“I’ve been ready for three years. I’ve been denied for three years,” Kaepernick said at the time. “So we are waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams and [NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell to stop running. Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people. We are ready to play. We are ready to go anywhere.”

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Usher And Diplo Weigh In On The Weeknd Claiming He Inspired “Climax”

While the internet remains divided over whether or not The Weeknd inspired “Climax,” Usher and the song’s producer, Diplo, are weighing in on the matter.

In response to all the hoopla, Diplo took to Twitter on Thursday (April 9) to confirm The Weeknd’s assertion that his House of Balloon mixtape inspired Usher’s 2012 hit single. “The production on Climax lends itself to House of Balloons era @theweeknd,” tweeted Diplo. “When I heard those early records they blew my mind - soulful in their silences, and a spacey iconic voice that felt uniquely internet. the idea of R&B having dark edges was what I wanted to bring to @usher.”

The Weeknd replied by accusing the media of blowing the story “out of proportion” and noted, “Usher is king and always an inspiration so it was flattering to hear what him and Diplo did on ‘Climax.’”

Of course media blows things out of proportion and takes things out of context. Usher is a King and always an inspiration so it was flattering to hear what him and Diplo did on climax. XO

— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) April 9, 2020

Usher hasn’t directly responded to The Weeknd but he tweeted an analogy for fans to decipher.

Have you ever seen the moon bark back at the dog?

— Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) April 9, 2020

On Wednesday (April 8), the “Don’t Waste My Time” singer took to his Instagram Stories to kick off the #ClimaxChallenge with an acapella performance.

[email protected] joined in on the #ClimaxChallenge on Instagram. But first, let’s hear some of the entries, shall we? 👀👂🏾

— Vibe Magazine (@VibeMagazine) April 9, 2020

The Weeknd made mention of Climax during an interview with Variety magazine where he stated that his House of Balloons mixtape “literally changed the sound of pop music” right before his eye.

“I heard ‘Climax,’ that Usher song, and was like, ‘Holy f**k that’s a Weeknd song,” said the Toronto native. “It was very flattering, and I knew I was doing something right, but I also got angry. But the older I got, I realized it’s a good thing.”

The 2012 Diplo-produced track, which was co-written by Elijah Blake, was the lead single off Usher’s Looking 4 Myself album. When “Climax” first dropped many assumed that song was a sexual reference. Usher later explained that the track was actually a break up story wrapped in a double entendre.

“When you’re in a relationship, or what you figure to be a relationship, and it’s kinda reached the climax of where it could go, you gotta’ let it go if you’re not going to commit,” he shared in an interview with Atlanta’s V103 radio station. “It’s not about sex, it’s about an out of control experience and the person has reached the peak of that experience.”

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The court documents state that “intelligence gathered suggested [the shooting] was a gang-related murder attempt on Chris Johnson."

TMZ Sports also reported, that an informant later told officials that in addition to paying Bolden, Johnson helped him to become a leader of a notorious drug trafficking organization.  The informant reportedly alleged that Johnson provided Bolden enough money and a person who could give him drugs to supply the organization.

Johnson, a three-time Pro Bowler, spent six seasons with the Titans before making his way over to the New York Jets, a decision he recently said that he regretted.

In 2009, he became one of only seven running backs to reach the 2,000-yard milestone, as he finished with a league-high 2,006 rushing yards, to go along with 14 rushing touchdowns, and 50 receptions for 503 receiving yards and two more scores in a first-team All-Pro season.


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