Sad news out of the world of pop. Singer/songwriter George Michael passed away at his home due to heart failure. He was 53. Michael began his career as lead singer of the duo Wham, which rose to prominence in 1983 with such hits as “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”, “Careless Whisper” and “Everything She Wants”. Michael later embarked on a solo career. In 1987, he released the album “Faith”, which produced the hits “I Want Your Sex”, “Father Figure”, “Monkey” and the title track. Michael also performed a duet wtih Elton John on “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.” Michael became one of the hottest artists in the industry during the 1980’s. He became musically dormant in the 1990’s.  His was a smooth, yet expressive voice that wrapped itself around music. Another icon is gone too soon. May he rest in heavenly peace. Singer Sevyn Streeter will finally release her highly anticipated deubt album, “Girl Disrupted”, on January 27, 2017. The project was proceeded by several songs and visuals, including The Dream assisted “D4L”, “My Love For You”, the Gucci Mane assisted “Prolly” and “Before I Do.” The songstress says that preparing the project was therapeutic, as it helped her discover things about herself and gain  inner strength as a woman. Sevyn held fans over with seveal EPs while they patiently await this album. Although it’s her debut studio effort, she feels no pressure in delivering for her label. Fans who have become intriqued by Sevyn as an artitst will be able to make their purchase in 2017. R. Kelly gave television viewers a healthy dose of soul and a cheerful, touching performance on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” Kelly began his set with “Step In The Name Of Love” while seated in a chair by a fireplace, cigar in tow. After a short rendition, he moved on to “Home For Christmas”, a track from his Christmas album, “12 Nights Of Christmas”, which was released in October. All in all, Kelly delivered a beautiful performance. Rapper Troy Ave is in stable condition after being shot in the arm on Christmas night, according to the NYPD and his attorney. A bullet also brazed the MC’s head. Troy, birth name Roland Collins, made headlines after being charged with attempted murder stemming from a shooting backstage at Irving Plaza in Manhattan during a T.I. concert on May 25. Three people, including Troy, were injured in the shooting, while his body guard, Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, was killed. Troy spent six weeks in jail before being released on a $500,000 bond on July 11. Troy has maintained his innocence both on record and through his attorneys. Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery.