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Switzerland’s Nemo Wins 68th Eurovision Song Contest After Event Roiled By Protests Over War In Gaza

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Malmö, Sweden – Nemo, a Swiss singer, won the 68th Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday with “The Code,” an operatic pop-rap hymn to her quest to embrace a nongender identity.

Switzerland’s contender defeated Croatian musician Baby Lasagna for the title by receiving the most points from national juries and fans worldwide. Nemo, 24, is the first nonbinary winner of the tournament, which has long been regarded as a safe haven for the LGBT community. Nemo is also the first Swiss winner since Celine Dion, a Canadian singer who competed under the Swiss flag in 1988.

“Thank you so much,” Nemo remarked shortly after midnight when the results of Saturday’s final were announced. I hope this contest can live up to its promise and continue to stand for peace and dignity for every person.”

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Switzerland’s Nemo Wins 68th Eurovision Song Contest After Event Roiled By Protests Over War In Gaza

At a post-victory press conference, Nemo stated his satisfaction in accepting the medal for “people who are daring to be themselves and people who need to be heard and understood.” “We need more compassion and empathy.”

Nemo’s victory in the Swedish city of Malmo came after a traumatic year for the pan-continental pop contest, which witnessed significant street protests against Israel’s participation, turning the feelgood musical festival into a chaotic pressure cooker overshadowed by the conflict in Gaza.

Hours before the final, Dutch contestant Joost Klein was kicked out of the competition after a backstage brawl that authorities were investigating.

Nemo — full name Nemo Mettler — defeated finalists from 24 other countries, all performing in front of thousands of live audience members and an estimated 180 million viewers worldwide. Each contestant had three minutes to combine popular tunes and eye-popping splendor into performances that would win the hearts of spectators. Musical styles included rock, disco, techno, rap, and mashups of other genres.

Eden Golan, an Israeli singer who spent Eurovision week in Malmo under strict security, ascended the stage to a wall of sound – boos and applause — to perform the power ballad “Hurricane.” Despite the protests, Golan climbed the odds table throughout the week and finished fifth, trailing only Nemo, Baby Lasagna, Ukrainian combo alyona alyona & Jerry Heil, and French artist Slimane.

Eurovision officials forced a change to the song’s original title, “October Rain” – an apparent reference to the Oct. 7 Hamas strike that killed over 1,200 people in Israel and sparked the Gaza conflict.

The show was typical Eurovision fare, with Estonia’s 5Miinust x Puuluup performing a pop-zombie folk hybrid, Greece’s Marina Satti and Armenia’s Ladaniva performing folk-inflected power pop, and Finland’s Windows95man performing goofy 1990s nostalgia, emerging from a giant onstage egg wearing very little clothing.

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Switzerland’s Nemo Wins 68th Eurovision Song Contest After Event Roiled By Protests Over War In Gaza

Britain’s Olly Alexander performed the peppy dance single “Dizzy,” Ireland’s gothic Bambie Thug summoned a demon onstage and brought a screaming coach to Malmo, and Spain’s Nebulossa bravely reclaimed a term used as a slur on women in “Zorra.”

On Saturday, thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through Sweden’s third-largest city, which has a large Muslim population, demanding a boycott of Israel and a cease-fire in the seven-month Gaza war, which has killed nearly 35,000 Palestinians, according to the Hamas-run territory’s health ministry.

Several hundred people gathered outside the Malmo Arena before the final, some shouting “shame” at arriving music fans and clashing with police who were obstructing their path. Climate campaigner Greta Thunberg was one among those led away by police.

Klein, the Dutch artist, was removed from the competition after a female production crew member filed a complaint, according to the European Broadcasting Union, the competition’s organizer. The 26-year-old Dutch musician and rapper’s song “Europapa” has been a hit with bookmakers and fans.

Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS, one of dozens of public broadcasters that collectively sponsor and broadcast the tournament, said Klein was filmed without authorization as he exited the stage following Thursday’s semifinal and made a “threatening movement” toward the camera.

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Switzerland’s Nemo Wins 68th Eurovision Song Contest After Event Roiled By Protests Over War In Gaza

The broadcaster stated that Klein did not touch the camera or the camera operator, and that his dismissal was “disproportionate.”

Tensions were obvious in the hours preceding the final. At the start of the final dress rehearsal, several artists were missing from the Olympic-style artists’ entry; however, they all appeared in the final.

Several competitors mentioned peace or love at the end of their performances, including France’s Slimane, who stated: “United by music for love and peace.”

Nemo described the Eurovision experience as “really intense and not just pleasant all the way.”

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Nicki Minaj’s England Concert Postponed After Rapper Was Detained By Dutch Authorities Over Pot

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MANCHESTER, England – Nicki Minaj’s show in Manchester on Saturday night was rescheduled after authorities in the Netherlands discovered marijuana in her suitcases as she was about to leave the country.

Live Nation, the event’s promoter, stated that the concert will be rescheduled and that tickets will be honored.

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Nicki Minaj’s England Concert Postponed After Rapper Was Detained By Dutch Authorities Over Pot

“Despite Nicki’s best efforts to explore every possible avenue to make tonight’s show happen, the events of today have made it impossible,” the promoter stated. “We are deeply disappointed by the inconvenience this has caused.”

Minaj tweeted earlier Saturday that she was halted at the Amsterdam airport as she prepared to board an aircraft for the Manchester event. Police informed her that they discovered marijuana in her suitcases and that it would need to be weighed, she tweeted. Cannabis is prohibited in the Netherlands however it is permitted for recreational use.

According to Robert Van Kapel, a spokesperson for the Netherlands Military Police, a 41-year-old American lady has been arrested for shipping “soft drugs.” He did not name the woman or describe the medications in issue. Police later tweeted that they had fined and released the woman.

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Nicki Minaj’s England Concert Postponed After Rapper Was Detained By Dutch Authorities Over Pot

Minaj, 41, tweeted that she felt the police were only trying to make her late for her Manchester gig.

“I told you, they’re trying to make me late so they can write nasty things. Jealousy is a sickness. Minaj tweeted, “You know the rest.

Her officials did not immediately react to queries on Saturday.

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Nicki Minaj’s England Concert Postponed After Rapper Was Detained By Dutch Authorities Over Pot

The Trinidadian rapper is best known for her singles “Super Freaky Girl,” “Anaconda,” and “Starships.” She has been nominated for 12 Grammy awards over her career. The Manchester event is part of her “Pink Friday 2” tour, which also stops in Paris, Poland, Germany, Romania, and Switzerland.

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Rapper Sean Kingston Arrested In California After SWAT Raids His Florida Home; Charged With Fraud

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Rapper Sean Kingston was arrested in California on fraud charges Thursday, several hours after a SWAT squad raided his rented South Florida property and took a van full of items.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office reported that Kingston was arrested without incident on a Florida warrant near Fort Irwin, an Army base in the desert about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles.

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Rapper Sean Kingston Arrested In California After SWAT Raids His Florida Home; Charged With Fraud

Earlier in the day, Broward detectives arrested his 61-year-old mother, Janice Turner, during a raid on the rapper’s 14,000-square-foot (1,300-square-meter) home in Southwest Ranches, a wealthy Fort Lauderdale suburb that is home to many celebrities and professional athletes, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Miami Dolphins star Tyreek Hill.

Broward County prosecutors deferred any queries to the sheriff’s office, which has declined to divulge precise details about the allegations, citing an ongoing investigation. Following the operation, reporters outside the home observed authorities loading a van with stuff. The mansion was surrounded by luxury sports cars.

“People love negative energy!” Kingston posted to Instagram early Thursday. I am fine, and so is my mother! My lawyers are handling everything as we speak.” The post was eventually taken down.

Robert Rosenblatt, an attorney for the rapper and his mother, stated, “We are aware of some of the allegations” leveled against the two.

“We look forward to addressing these in court and are confident of a successful resolution for Shawn and his mother,” Rosenblatt wrote in his email

According to Florida Department of Corrections records, Kingston is now serving a two-year probation sentence for trafficking stolen property. Further information on that conviction could not be retrieved. He will be imprisoned in California and is awaiting extradition to Florida.

According to federal court documents, his mother pleaded guilty to bank fraud in 2006, taking more than $160,000 and serving over 1.5 years in jail. Thursday night, she was being held in the Broward County jail on a $160,000 bond.

The Jamaican-American rapper is best known for his 2007 No. 1 single “Beautiful Girls,” another smash, “Take You There,” and a collaboration with Justin Bieber on “Eenie Meenie.” In 2011, he was nearly killed in a personal watercraft accident. Kingston, whose official name is Kisean Anderson, has not had a major label record in almost a decade.

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Rapper Sean Kingston Arrested In California After SWAT Raids His Florida Home; Charged With Fraud

An attorney who witnessed his mother’s arrest said the detentions are related to a lawsuit he filed against Kingston in February. The lawsuit accuses Kingston of defrauding a Florida company that installed a 232-inch (5.8 meter) television in his home, which measures approximately 17 feet by 9.5 feet (5 meters by 3 meters).

“It is amazing what you can get away with if you are a celebrity,” said attorney Dennis Card to The Associated Press. “He crafts a larger-than-life ‘I am rich’ persona. His mother is an essential component in this. He presents himself as a family-oriented guy, ‘I’m looking after my mother,’ yet she is fully aware of what is going on.”

According to the lawsuit, Kingston approached Ver Ver Entertainment in September about acquiring and installing the television sold under Colossal TV. The system costs $150,000.

Kingston allegedly promised the owners that if they agreed to a reduced down payment and granted him credit, he and Bieber would film commercials for them.

According to the lawsuit, Kingston paid the company $30,000 in November and had the television installed. Despite several pledges, no ads or further funds were made, according to the report.

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Rapper Sean Kingston Arrested In California After SWAT Raids His Florida Home; Charged With Fraud

According to the lawsuit, Kingston no longer works with Bieber, who fired his longtime manager. Bieber’s current contact information was not available.

“He is 100% not involved in this,” Card said of Bieber. “He had the misfortune of doing some work in the past with Sean, and Sean drops his name like crazy.”

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Charlie Colin, Founding Member Of The Band Train, Dies At 58 After Slipping In Shower

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BRUSSELS — Charlie Colin, the bassist and founding member of the band Train, best known for their early-aughts songs “Drops of Jupiter” and “Meet Virginia,” has passed away. He was 58.

Colin’s sister, Carolyn Stephens, confirmed her brother’s death to The Associated Press on Wednesday. He died after slipping and falling in the bathtub while housesitting for a friend in Brussels, according to celebrity website TMZ.com.

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Charlie Colin, Founding Member Of The Band Train, Dies At 58 After Slipping In Shower

Colin grew up in Southern California and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After college, he joined the band Apostles, which included guitarist Jimmy Stafford and singer Rob Hotchkiss. After the band broke up, Colin spent a year writing jingles in Singapore.

Colin, Hotchkiss, and Stafford eventually migrated to San Francisco, where they created Train in the early 1990s alongside singer Pat Monahan. According to an interview with Colin and Hotchkiss in Berklee’s alumni magazine, Colin rounded out the quartet with drummer Scott Underwood.

Colin was a founding member of the pop-rock band, appearing on the band’s first three albums: 1998’s self-titled album, 2001’s “Drops of Jupiter,” and 2003’s “My Private Nation.” The latter two albums peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 charts.

“Meet Virginia,” from Train’s debut album, peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, but the band’s sophomore album cemented their fame.

The eight-time platinum title tune “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” featured Rolling Stones session pianist Chuck Leavell and Leonard Cohen’s string orchestrator Paul Buckmaster. It was written after Monahan’s mother’s death. It peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard list and won two Grammys, including Best Rock Song.

Colin departed Train in 2003 due to substance misuse.

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Charlie Colin, Founding Member Of The Band Train, Dies At 58 After Slipping In Shower

“Charlie is one incredible bass player, but he was in a lot of pain, and the way he was dealing with it was very painful for everyone else around him,” Monahan stated to NBC San Diego.

In 2015, he rejoined Hotchkiss to form the new band Painbirds alongside Tom Luce. In 2017, he established the Side Deal, which included Sugar Ray’s Stan Frazier and the PawnShop Kings’ Joel and Scott Owen.

Train posted an homage to Colin on their social media platforms on Wednesday.

“When I met Charlie Colin (front left), I fell in love with him. He was the sweetest and most attractive man. “Let’s form a band; it’s the only reasonable thing to do,” it reads.

“His distinct bass playing and wonderful guitar work helped get people to notice us in San Francisco and abroad. I’ll always have a soft spot for him in my heart. I always attempted to bring him closer, but he had his vision. You are a legend, Charlie. “Go charm the pants off those angels,” the unsigned post added.

Colin documented his stay in Brussels before his death, declaring it “officially my favorite city” in a March Instagram post.

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Charlie Colin, Founding Member Of The Band Train, Dies At 58 After Slipping In Shower

Colin also served as the music director for the Newport Beach Film Festival.

“Charlie was a special part of the Newport Beach Film Festival family,” said Todd Quartararo, the festival’s co-founder. “His heart, compassion and creativity will surely be missed.”

He is survived by his parents, sister, and niece

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