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Music News – Wednesday, June 23

Today, Britney Spears will speak directly to a Los Angeles judge and request that her “oppressive” father be permanently removed as conservator.
Coincidentally, The New York Times obtained “confidential court records” that bolster Britney’s argument. She’s battled her father’s controlling behavior. She complained that Jamie Spears limited her allowance but took a large salary for himself, which went toward his relapse drinking.
For seven of the conservatorship’s 13 years, she fought to have dad ousted. Documents confirm that two years ago, Britney was forced against her will into a mental health facility. She told court-ordered investigators into the conservatorship how being institutionalized was her father’s “punishment for standing up for herself.”
Jamie Spears micromanaged Britney’s life to the extent that she required his approval on the color of her kitchen cabinets. He refused because she spent too lavishly. During Britney’s Las Vegas residency, she brought home nearly $1 million per show but was limited to $2000 on personal expenses.
During her court battles, Britney must pay attorney fees on both sides! Just not the lawyers fighting for her freedom but also the conservatorship lawyers who have argued for the status quo.
Britney’s grievances to the court over the years include:
  • Britney felt “sick of being taken advantage of on her payroll.” Her father took 3% of tour revenue and 1.5% from her Vegas residency.
  • Her security team kept her credit cards locked away.
  • Jamie Spears refused to take drug tests while Britney was “tested for drugs numerous times weekly.”
  • Forced to perform in Las Vegas despite a 104-degree fever.
  • Jamie Spears had final approval of Britney’s friends.

Ed Sheeran is moving in with James Corden for a week.
Starting this Monday, June 28, Ed will have a week-long residency on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden.  According to a CBS press release, the residency, which will run through Thursday, July 1, will feature the TV debut of Ed’s new single “Bad Habits,” performances of his past hits, comedy segments and an interview.
The singer has posted yet another tease of the “Bad Habits” video, which gives us a good chunk of the song’s chorus along with visuals of Ed in his pink-suited vampire outfit.  “Excited for you to watch this one,” he captioned the clip.
In addition, Ed’s posted a video of himself playing the song on acoustic guitar.
“Bad Habits” and its music video arrive June 25. No word on when a new album will follow.

Music News – Tuesday, June 22

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were very secretive about the birth of their second son, Phineas, but they’ve finally given the world a peek at the tot — via Justin’s Instagram.
JT celebrated Father’s Day by sharing the first public photos of the little fella, along with a note saying, “Being a dad is better than I ever could have imagined. Thankful to my dads and my grandfathers for leading the way, making the sacrifices for me to live out my dreams and for teaching me that REAL LIFE happens in all the little moments.”
The couple first revealed Phineas’s birth last July after dodging rumors of Biel’s pregnancy for months.

Lewis Capaldi sings sweet songs, but he gets a lot spicier on social media — according to a new survey that puts him near the top of the list  of our most foul-mouthed celebrities.
Gambling site Mr. Q combed through a year’s worth of tweets from dozens of stars and found that Lewis is very fond of dropping F-bombs, S-bombs and all sorts of other bombs. He racked up 384 trips to the swear jar, one behind sharp-tongued comic Seth Rogen.
While Lewis had an impressive array of curses, he’s got a lot to do if he wants to catch up to the list-topper — Kevin Hart, who dished out 954. (Daily Record)

More than 300 artists have banded together to sign an open letter urging the U.S. Senate to pass HR5, otherwise known as the Equality Act.
Taylor Swift, Billy Joel, Pink, Josh Groban, The Jonas Brothers, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes, James Taylor, Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion, Elton John and Katy Perry are just a few of the many, many stars who’ve signed the letter.
The Equality Act would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  It would also expand protections for women, people of color and people of faith.
On June 24 at 7 p.m. ET, a virtual happy hour event called A Night of Action will encourage fans to take actions that support the passage of the act.  Special guest artists will appear throughout.  You can RSVP at EqualityTime.org/Music.

Music News – Monday, June 21

A charity event in support of Pride attracted a supergroup dubbed Back-Sync. Guys from *NSYNC joined a pair from BackStreet Boys for their sold-out debut performance on Friday.
AJ McLean and Nick Carter jumped on stage with Joey Fatone and Lance Bass. The show was so well-received that people murmured about a possible Las Vegas residency. Joey Fatone revealed, (quote) “It’s interesting to have the four of us knuckleheads do something together. BSB fans are very loyal, so we’re going, ‘We get it – certain people liked one band or the other back in the day, but now it’s okay to like both.’”
During rehearsals, the guys traded off in teaching choreography from their biggest hits. A TikTok clip from rehearsals went viral (Variety)

Taylor Swift just threw her fan base a curveball — by announcing that her next re-recorded album will be Red.
Swifties had been burning up social media with rumors that Tay was set to take on 1989 with her next outing, but she nixed that thought on Friday night by unveiling plans for Red: (Taylor’s Version).
In a long Instagram post, she explained that the revamped album would be her most over-the-top release yet, writing “Like your friend who calls you in the middle of the night going on and on about their ex, I just couldn’t stop writing/ This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red. And hey, one of them is even ten minutes long.”
Red: (Taylor’s Version). is set for release on November 19th.

Adele just ensured that she’ll never have problems with her neighbors — by buying the mansion next door for herself.
She already owns two multi-million-dollar spreads on her Beverly Hills block, and she just spent another $10 million to purchase the estate from pal Nicole Richie and her husband, Good Charlotte‘s Benji Madden. There aren’t any of those luxurious listing photos, because the home was never really on the market, just sold between friends.
The surrounding gated community has plenty of allure for paparazzi, with neighboring homes owned by the likes of Nicole Kidman and Keith UrbanJennifer Lawrence and Katy Perry. (Domain)

Music News – Friday, June 18

Britney Spears returned to Instagram to answer burning questions from her 30 million followers. Instagrammers learned she wears a size-seven shoe. Her favorite business trip happened in Italy thanks to host Donatella Versace.
Britney addressed a third question: “Will I ever take the stage again?”
Her father and the judge in Britney’s conservatorship case ought to take notice of her shocking answer, (quote) “I have no idea. I’m having fun right now. I’m in a transition in my life and I’m enjoying myself.”
Basically, Britney is on a work strike. She promised, as long as her father serves as conservator, Britney refuses to work.
Next week, at the court hearing, if Judge Brenda Penny rules in favor of Jamie Spears, it will effectively force Britney into retirement six months shy of her 40th birthday. (Billboard)

Diana Ross is back in style with a new album dropping this fall. The 77-year-old who rose to fame as the lead singer of ‘The Supremes’ will release her first studio album since 2006. Ross is known for hits with ‘The Supremes’ like ‘Baby Love’ and hit it big in her solo career with songs including ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.’ This new album, called ‘Thank You,’ was written during lockdown and recorded in her home studio. The title track is already available for streaming and download.
The full album will be released September 10th.

Music News – Thursday, June 17

Things are heating up on the Gwen Stefani-Blake Shelton wedding front — according to a new report that says they’ll walk down the aisle this summer.
A source close to the couple tells People magazine, “They are both ecstatic that it can finally happen. They are getting married this summer. Gwen’s boys will be very involved. Blake is a great extra dad and very close with the boys.”
As for the reason for the delays? The insider says, “Ever since they got engaged, they have both been adamant that no wedding will happen until it’s safe for family and friends to attend. Gwen was upset earlier this year when it seemed to be no end in sight for the pandemic. She slowly started planning the wedding this spring though.”

Ed Sheeran just gave fans something to sink their teeth into — a teaser for the vampire-themed video for his comeback single, “Bad Habits.”
In the clip, a pasty-faced Sheeran shows his fangs and wipes a suspicious-looking red liquid from his lips while a creepy crew trails him down the street.
In a separate tweet. Ed hyped the single by promising a gift to one fan who pre-orders it, offering up a video of him “dedicating the song to you or a friend.”
“Bad Habits” is set for release on June 25th.

Some people have all the luck! A guy in a tiny town in Ontario, Canada bought a painting at a thrift shop – and after a little digging, found out it was an original work by David Bowie. Yeah, THEE David Bowie! It’s part of a series the singer painted in the late 90s. The guy bought it for 4-dollars-and-9-cents but it’s already gotten more than 30-grand in bids and the online auction runs until next Thursday.

Music News – Wednesday, June 16

Adele hasn’t forgotten the victims of London’s Grenfell high-rise fire, which killed more than 70 people back in 2017, and she wants to make sure no one else does either.
The singer made a rare appearance at a memorial for the fire victims one year after the tragic blaze, and was spotted singing along with a choir at the event. She just marked another anniversary by contributing a video message to a survivors group.
In the clip, she says “The trial is taking way too long and still no one has been held accountable for that night’s events and yet Grenfell United are still out here fighting tirelessly for the justice and for the change that not only they deserve but their community deserve – the whole country deserves.”

Taraji P. Henson will host this month’s BET Awards.
She says, “For more than 20 years, the BET Awards have been a celebration of Black creativity, art and excellence… Returning live, this year’s show will be unlike anything we have ever seen before, and I am honored to be sharing the stage with so many powerful and prolific women in music and entertainment. The BET Awards will once again be at the forefront of Black culture.”
Queen Latifah will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
BET exec Connie Orlando says this year’s event will spotlight Black women. “Black women have been essential drivers of change throughout history, from the political sphere to the cultural zeitgeist.”
It all goes down June 27th on BET.

Harry Styles proved what a nice guy he is by simply laughing it off when pal Salma Hayek‘s rescue owl hacked up a hairball on his head.
In an interview on Ellen DeGeneres, Salma revealed that her bird got a little too up close and personal with Harry, but was relieved when he didn’t let the incident ruffle his feathers. She recalled, “He was really excited about the owl and was hoping the owl would go on his head because it was on me, But then [the owl] did the thing, and this thing came out, this ball of rat hair was on his head. He was okay. He was kind of cool, he didn’t scream. That happens sometimes when you have guests in this house!”
As we’ve reported, Salma also meditates with her owl.

Music News – Tuesday, June 15

Next week, Britney Spears will try to convince a judge to remove her father as conservator. She won’t appear in person. Britney will link with the Los Angeles County Superior Court via Zoom.
Despite pressure from the #FreeBritney crowd, she’s focused on only one goal. That’s for the court to appoint a new conservator. Britney has pledged that as long as Jamie Spears controls her life and finances, she effectively retired from showbiz.
A source said, (quote) “Britney is able to do as she pleases within her own home. But whenever she wants to step foot outside, it immediately has to become a bigger conversation because lawyers and other people must get involved.”
Judge Brenda Penny revealed on Monday that the hearing will be conducted virtually. Britney and her lawyers won’t be in the courtroom. Nor will her father. They have not been on speaking terms for more than a year. (Us Weekly)

Can you imagine Ed Sheeran as a musical theater geek? No need to imagine when you can see it — in a newly unearthed video of 15-year-old Ed in a high school production of Grease.
Ed plays the part of burger-loving tough guy Roger, a character that didn’t make it into the movie version of Grease. Omega Auctions shared a three-minute montage of Ed’s best moments from the show, including bits from the classic “Summer Nights” and the solo song “Mooning,” which explains where his character picked up the nickname “Rump.”
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather says the video is “a great watch and we think it definitely gives a hint as to Ed’s star potential.” Omega expects it to fetch between $5000 and $10,000 when the hammer drops on June 29th.

It looks like Madonna may be tweaking that bio-pic she’s been working on for the past couple of years.
The Material Mom tweeted a photo of herself with screenwriter Erin Wilson over the weekend, calling Wilson “my favorite [rhymes with witch]…I mean, writer.” She also added the hashtag #screenplay, leading followers to think that Wilson, who’s penned such screenplays as Secretary and The Girl on the Train, is on board for the project.
Oscar-winner Diablo Cody, who was Madge’s “favorite writer” earlier this year, walked away from the bio-pic in April after repeated conflict with Madonna.

Music News – Monday, June 14

Bravo hotshot Andy Cohen is solidly on Team Mariah Carey in her legal battle with her brother Morgan.
Mimi’s elder sibling is suing her for defamation over passages in her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, which was published by Andy Cohen Books. Morgan took issue with passages describing him allegedly getting violent with family members, to the point where he was taken into detention at a juvenile facility.
But according to court documents obtained by Radar Online, Cohen’s lawyers say the statements could not be defamatory because all were “substantially true.” Because of that, Cohen wants his company taken off the hook in the suit, which is asking for over $1 million in damages.

Backstreet Boys could have taken the Super Bowl halftime show stage with NSYNC and Britney Spears back in 2001 — but they turned it down, Nick Carter reveals to Entertainment Tonight.
“It’s interesting because we were presented the opportunity to perform at the halftime at the Super Bowl and it was in Tampa, my home town,” Nick tells ET.  “At the time we came from the era of, we loved the Whitney Houston rendition of the national anthem. And for us, we got the choice and we passed on the halftime,” he laughs.
BSB performed the national anthem before the game instead. “But it was a memorable experience for everyone,” Nick adds. “And everyone was able to share [the stage] and NSYNC did a great job at halftime, and I like to say we did a really good job at the national anthem as well.”
Now, Nick says, he’d love to do the halftime show in the future, and says it would be “pretty cool” if BSB and NSYNC did one together.

Music News – Friday, June 11

Taylor Swift was very Taylor-like when accepting an Icon award for her songwriting, saying she’s really gotten by with a little help from her friends.
Tay made a virtual appearance at yesterday’s (Wednesday) National Music Publishers’ Association’s annual gala, where she picked up this year’s Songwriter Icon Award. She said, “I want to take a moment to thank the people who were my professors, my teachers, of the craft of songwriting. First of all, anyone who wrote with me in Nashville when I was in like eighth or ninth grade, that is insane that you did that. I am so lucky that I got to learn from some of the best writers on Music Row.”
She went on to spread the love to all the Swifties out there, because they “care about my lyrics. You have no idea how much that means to me, that you dissect them and copy them into your journals and care about the things that I write.” (Billboard)

Ed Sheeran‘s long vacation is finally over — and he’ll mark his return with his first new single in four years.
Ed broke the news in an Instagram post that featured a photo of him grimacing, along with the caption, “The moment you realize your first solo single in 4 years is coming out in a few weeks.”
He’s had the tune kicking around for at least a few weeks, since he told the BBC last month that it’s “really different.”

Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and AJ McLean are joining up with NSYNC members Lance Bass and Joey Fatone for a special Pride Month event.
The boy band members will host a charitable game night, Bingo Under the Stars, at The Grove in Los Angeles on June 18.
The event will feature 10 games of bingo, special prizes, surprise guests and more. It’ll conclude with Nick, AJ, Lance and Joey taking the stage together to perform songs from both groups.
The singers teased some sort of collaboration last week on social media.
A portion of ticket sales for Bingo Under the Stars will go directly to L.A. Pride, and a special gift will also be granted to The Trevor Project, which supports LGBTQ youth.

Music News – Thursday, June 10

Lady Gaga, Diana Ross and Gloria Gaynor all ride high on a list of Pride Month anthems chosen by members of Britain’s LGBTQ community.
The survey, conducted earlier this year, put Gaga’s “Born This Way” atop the tally, followed closely by “I’m Coming Out” and “I Will Survive.” Gloria also took the number-four spot with “I Am What I Am,” followed by Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” “Freedom” by George Michael and Cher’s “Believe.”
Kylie Minogue was the artist with the most tracks in the Top 50, appearing three times. You can check out the playlist via Wildcat Gin’s Spotify page. (The Sun)

Lewis Capaldi hasn’t been shy about letting fans look inside his life, but he’s about to take his deepest dive yet — with a documentary film that’s been in the works for five years.
In typically Capaldi-ish fashion, Lewis talks about the flick, saying, “I’m very excited to potentially capture the making of the best album of all time, or more likely, to permanently document the scorching of my dreams as years of my life’s work is received like a pile of flaming [poop]. Either way it’s going to be lots of fun and will be lovely to have people along for the ride.”
The still-untitled film will get its premiere at Cannes Virtual Film Market from June 21st through 25th. (Billboard)

Adam Levine tells the BBC that Maroon 5 has a high criteria about what songs to include on their albums. “Quality control is the number one criteria to us: If a song doesn’t feel special, we wouldn’t include it. And we don’t mean that in a cheap way. We mean that like, “Could this song connect with the world?” Then, after we decide that, we say, “but is this the kind of hit song we want to have on our record?”

Music News – Wednesday, June 9

Billie Eilish, Katy Perry and Selena Gomez are among the celebrities who’ve signed on to UNICEF’s effort to vaccinate the world.
They’ve all signed an open letter to the so-called G-7 countries — the world’s most powerful nations — asking that they donate cash and supplies to roll out COVID vaccinations in places that have little to no access.The letter, which will be delivered at the G-7 Summit in Britain this weekend, says “The pandemic will not be over anywhere until it is over everywhere, and that means getting vaccines to every country, as quickly and equitably as possible. The hopes of the world rest on your shoulders,Let’s build a healthier, brighter and fairer future for every child and for everyone.”
Organizers say that nations like the U.S., which have high vaccination rates, could donate 20 percent of their current supply of doses by the end of summer with no issues.

Last week, Lady Gaga announced that her makeup line, Haus Laboratories, would be releasing a special Bad Kid Vault: a deluxe, limited-edition, curated collection of 16 different makeup products.  Well, the Vault is now here, and you can get it at HausLabs.com for $250. But wait, there’s more.
On three Saturdays — June 12, 19 and 26 — at noon ET sharp, a Vault signed by Lady Gaga will be given away on the @hauslabs Instagram page.  Follow, like and tag a post to be eligible to win.
Oh, and if the Bad Kid Vault is too rich for your blood, you can also buy the Be Kind. Be Brave. Be You. Bundle, which includes Gaga’s book Channel Kindness, packaged with three popular shades of Haus Laboratories Lip Crayons.  The bundles, which aren’t limited edition, cost $55.

Harry Connick Jr. is heading back to the road in a trek he’s dubbed the Time to Play! tour.
Kicking off August 5 in Indianapolis, the tour finds the singer, songwriter and actor performing songs from his entire musical catalog with his seven-piece band.
Right now, the tour is scheduled to wrap up August 29 in Franklin, TN.  Ticket information is available at HarryConnickJr.com/tour.
Last year during the pandemic lockdown, Harry hosted the CBS special United We Sing: A Grammy Tribute to Unsung Heroes, which featured the singer and his daughter, Georgia, taking a road trip in an RV from Connecticut to New Orleans and highlighting essential workers who were risking their lives every day.
This past March, Harry released Alone with My Faith, an album featuring traditional gospel songs and new tracks inspired by faith, devotion and spirituality.

Music News – Tuesday, June 8

After returning from their honeymoon, Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez enjoyed a group dinner the Hotel Bel-Air.
They ate at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant. He shared a photo taken as he shared a window booth with Ari’s six guests.
An insider told E! News (quote) “They were with friends and had a long dinner. They spent the entire evening at the hotel. Ari and Dalton definitely looked to be in the honeymoon phase — very giddy throughout the dinner.”
This was their very first time out in public since exchanging vows last month in a private ceremony. Among her special dinner guests was former Nickelodeon star Zach Sang. (E! News)

Elton JohnEd SheeranBrandi Carlile and Friends star Courteney Cox teamed up to do a jokey cover of one of Sir Elton’s big hits.
In the clip posted on Cox’s Instagram, they dedicated the performance of “Tiny Dancer” to her Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow. But they changed the chorus to “hold me closer Tony Danza.” And for some reason, Cox plays piano instead of Elton. Watch it on Instagram.
Sheeran had Cox play piano on a video he posted last week that teased the date June 25th.

Music News – Friday, June 4

Ed Sheeran knows you gotta have Friends — which explains why he brought in Courteney Cox to help him tease new music.
Ed, who’s been hinting about a return for the past couple of months, posted a short Instagram video captioned “25th June” and showing him playing guitar with Cox on piano. The combo isn’t a total shock, since Ed has written songs with her fiance, Snow Patrol‘s Johnny McDaid.
Sheeran revealed he will perform at the soccer championship tournament — Euro 2020. Match play begins in one week. He appears in concert on June 25th, which is the night before the elimination rounds. In solidarity with Pride Month, Ed wore a rainbow sweater for the announcement. He will debut new music.

Lady Gaga wants to help Little Monsters kick off Pride Month in style — with a new charity merchandise collection created with designer Donatella Versace.
The Mother Monster teased the line on Instagram with a video captioned, “We were all more different, and different is beautiful. Thank you Donatella for supporting LGBTQ+ mental health and the Born This Way tenth anniversary.”
If you’re hoping to pick up something from the line, get ready to dig deep into pockets: Unisex shirts go for $250, while a sassy beret costs $350 — with some proceeds from all items going to the Born This Way Foundation.

Pink wants tennis superstar Naomi Osaka to know that she’s got her back.
The outspoken singer took to Twitter on Thursday to praise Osaka for walking away from the French Open rather than hold press events that could damage her mental health. Pink wrote, “For whatever it’s worth – I’m proud of Naomi Osaka for putting her mental health, her well being above everything…listen babies, you can work hard to master your craft, but you do it on your own terms, and screw anyone if they don’t get it.”
Pink gets candid about her own mental health in the documentary All I Know So Far, which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

Music News – Thursday, June 3

Lady Gaga‘s Chromatica Ball just got bounced again — clear into next year.
The stadium tour was initially scheduled for the summer of 2020, but rescheduled until this summer due to the pandemic. But on Wednesday, Gaga issued a statement delaying the Ball yet again, saying, “While some parts of the world are moving quickly to open up, others are not yet ready. So until we can confirm all global dates, we have to postpone the Chromatica Ball shows to the summer of 2022.”
As of now, new dates have not been announced, but the North American shows are still expected to take place in Boston, Chicago, Toronto and East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Variety)

Demi Lovato and Olly Alexander of Years and Years will team up to host the YouTube Pride 2021 livestream on June 25th.
Billboard reports that the pop royals will join Trixie MattelDaniel Howell and Mawaan Rizwan for the six-hour event, which will feature musical performances, challenges and crowd-sourced short films.
Though the stream is free, viewers will be asked to donate to the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth, as well as AKT, which does the same in the U.K.

Elton John tells Billboard magazine that he’s more interested in being a father than putting out new music. “I don’t think we are in a time where the world needs a new Elton John album. I don’t feel inspired to write or compose anything either. Right now I am a full-time father and I love it. I love being a father.”

Music News – Wednesday, June 2

Mariah Carey is pushing back against her brother’s lawsuit ignited by her memoir.
According to the New York Post, she wants Morgan Carey‘s action tossed out, claiming her book is a “matter of public interest.” Her attorneys argue that the combination of her fame and a desire to encourage young people who have difficult family backgrounds should require more evidence to prove defamation.
Morgan Carey’s feathers were clearly ruffled by references that he calls “mere gossip and of prurient interest” — and make him appear violent toward their father. He insists the opposite was true.
He adds that The Meaning of Mariah Carey harmed his reputation and caused a potential deal for a film project to fall through.
Morgan isn’t the only Carey angry with Mariah’s book. Their sister Alison filed suit back in February.

Taylor Swift is reportedly looking to bounce back from her disastrous Cats experience by joining the cast of yet another all-star blockbuster film.
According to Showbiz 411, Tay is set to climb aboard a Depression-era period drama that’s tentatively titled Canterbury Glass. The flick, which already stars Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Rami Malek and Anya Taylor-Joy, will be directed by David O. Russell — the man behind films like Silver Linings Playbook and I Heart Huckabees.

Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin are finally going to start the family they’ve been planning — with a set of twins!
Lance tells People magazine, “We told our friends and family about the ninth week, when we finally felt comfortable. You think you’re going to jinx it or something.” Michael adds  “We went through nine different egg donors, which is rare. We picked a donor for some of them. We got all the way down the path of about to retrieve their eggs. Some just wouldn’t produce enough eggs, some weren’t good genetic matches. If you’re going to be a match, you don’t want to even risk it.”
The twins — one boy, one girl — are due this fall.

Music News – Tuesday, June 1

Singer B.J. THOMAS died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer.  He was 78 years old.  B.J. is best known for the song Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head. It won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1970, because it was featured in the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.  (It was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.)
B.J.’s other hits included Hooked on a Feeling(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song, and I Just Can’t Help Believing. He also did the “Growing Pains”  theme song, As Long as We Got Each Other.

John Mayer is cooking up a mysterious new project, but he’s not quite ready to reveal the details just yet.
On Friday, he teased something called “Sob Rock” and encouraged fans to go to SobRock.net where they can fill out a sign up sheet to learn more.
“Sob Rock is coming soon,” the site reads. “We can’t tell you whose album it is yet, but sign up below to learn more as it’s announced.”
If you fill out the form, you get a message that says, “Thanks for signing up. Stay tuned for more information on Sob Rock soon!”
In the meantime, if you use the Sob Rock hashtag on Twitter, an emoji of John’s face pops up. So start tweeting your best guesses!

MUSIC NEWS – FRIDAY, MAY 28

Camila Cabello’s singing voice didn’t get her the audition that landed her in Fifth Harmony — her tears sealed the deal.
Simon Cowell remembers Camila’s first day on the X Factor set, where she was thought to be an also-ran. Cowell says she wasn’t even meant to audition. Since the auditions were running on time, Camila was a reserve. Cowell went backstage and saw her lying on the floor crying. He asked what was wrong. She said, “They won’t let me audition.” Cowell then said just go out and audition. She did, and it was amazing.... [Read Full Story]

Music News – Thursday, May 27

Vogue magazine published Ariana Grande’s wedding photos. On May 15th, Ari and Dalton Gomez exchanged vows at their home before less than 20 close friends and family.
She wore a custom-designed Vera Wang gown. Her lily-white silk charmeuse dress featured a sculpted neckline and plunging back.
Ariana paid tribute to her Sweetener era by wearing an upside-down pearl and diamond earring. That combo matches the engagement ring that Dalton gave her.
Joan Grande and her father Ed Butera were on either side of Ariana to give her away.
Among her 55 tattoos, Ari chose to conceal several on her arms for the special day. (Vogue)

Shania Twain is headed back to Las Vegas for 14 new dates of her Let’s Go! residency show at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. She’ll hit the stage late in 2021, with six shows taking place in December and eight more the following February.
Shania first launched her Vegas residency in December of 2019, and was planning several more shows for 2020 before the COVID-19 shutdowns. Shania is the creative director as well as the star of her show.
When she gets back to Sin City, she’ll have a lot of company: Katy Perry, Celine Dion, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood have all announced new residencies, while Gwen Stefani is returning this fall for her own show at Zappos, Just a Girl.
Tickets for Shania’s newly announced dates go on sale to the general public June 1 at 10AM PT.

Music News – Tuesday, May 25

Lady Gaga celebrated the 10th anniversary of “Born This Way” by unlocking a huge honor — getting the key to the city of West Hollywood, which declared May 23rd to be “Born This Way Day.”
West Hollywood mayor Lindsey Horvath presided over the ceremony, calling Gaga “a cultural icon for our generation… The anthem ‘Born This Way’ has become an out-and-proud declarative stance for countless LGBTQ people.”
The Mother Monster showed up in person to accept the honor, and told the crowd, “You’ve been the [bleeping] key to my heart for a long time. I’ll honor this and I’ll cherish this, and I promise that I’ll always be here for this day…to celebrate with you. To feel joy with you, to cry with you, to laugh with you. Because you know what we are? We’re poets and we’re just talking to each other.” (WeHo Times)

Gwen Stefani is all in on Las Vegas — and she’s returning to resume her long-delayed residency on the Strip.
The blonde bombshell was forced to abandon her “Just a Girl” show early last year due to the pandemic. She’ll pick up where she left off, at the Zappos Theater, for a string of dates running from October 22nd through November 9th.
Gwen initially started her hugely-popular residency back in 2018. At the time, she told the Las Vegas Review-Journal “The staircase, the old-style props where everything has glitter, the feathers and showgirls, is definitely me trying to be everything I love about Vegas and putting a modern song to it.”

Taylor Swift is only 31, but she’s already an “Icon” when it comes to songwriting.
Taylor will receive the Songwriter Icon Award at the virtual annual meeting of the National Music Publisher’s Association on June 9.  The organization notes that “no one is more influential when it comes to writing music today.”
In the last year alone, Taylor became the first woman ever to release three new number-one albums. They include the lockdown releases folklore and evermore, as well as Fearless (Taylor’s Version), the first of six planned re-recordings of her back catalog.

Music News – Monday, May 24

Making up, at least partially, for his Grammy Awards snub earlier this year, The Weeknd was the big winner at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards in L.A. with 10 trophies.
The singer should be able to console himself with the fact that the Billboards are based on hard numbers and not voters’ whims, and that he walked away with such honors as Top ArtistTop Male ArtistTop R-&-B Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist and Top Hot 100 Song, Top R-&-B Song and Top Radio Song for “Blinding Lights.”
Other multiple winners included Coast artists Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.
But the show was really about the performances — over a dozen of them — including hits medleys from Icon Award winner PinkAlicia KeysDuran Duran and Jonas Brothers, featuring Marshmello.
A number of artists brought family members with them, including Pink, who performed “Cover Me in Sunshine” in the air with her nine-year-old daughter, Willow. Former First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Alicia Keys’s special performance. And Jon Bon Jovi presented Pink with her Icon Award. The show aired live on NBC last night, hosted by Nick Jonas.

Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles top the Times of London‘s annual list of “wealthiest young musicians” in the U.K. and Ireland.
Ed, who’ll age out of the 30-and-under list next year, ran away with the title thanks to a fortune of $311 million. It’s a long way back to Harry, who’s “only” worth $106 million. Harry’s former One Direction mates Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne landed at fourth, fifth and sixth, with Little Mix breaking up a clean sweep with their third-place finish.
Though those numbers are pretty good, they don’t compare to the older generation on the overall list — topped by Paul McCartney, who’s worth a cool $1.1 billion dollars. Yes, with a B.

Music News – Friday, May 21

A Cher biopic is in the works. The Oscar winner announced the news herself via tweet. The movie will be written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth, who wrote ‘Forrest Gump’ and the version of ‘A Star Is Born’ starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. No word yet on who’ll play Cher. The legendary star celebrated her 75th (yes, 75th!) birthday yesterday.

Before pop princess Ariana Grande and new husband Dalton Gomez signed their marriage license last weekend, her lawyers forced him to sign an “iron-clad pre-nup.”
Ari’s net worth exceeds $150 million. Her legal team demanded a pre-nuptial agreement to protect her money and properties. Her mother and brother were instrumental in convincing Ari into a pre-nup. A source said (quote) “They both love and trust Dalton, but even so they would be stupid to not want Ari to get a prenup.”
The lawyers spent months crafting the agreement. Dalton proposed in December. (Radar Online)

If you’re one of those people who’ll watch ANY documentary about the music business, you’re about to be tested.  Because someone made a documentary about NORWEGIAN SYNTH-POP SUPERSTARS A-HA. Yes, A-ha, the ’80s band responsible for the one-hit wonder, “Take On Me.”
The A-ha The Movie  will chart their rise to superstardom on the back of that one song. But there might be an interesting story to tell beyond that, because apparently all three original members are still together, despite the fact that they reportedly hate each other. Sources say they all arrive separately to their gigs and they DON’T hang out backstage.  They’re basically only together onstage to perform, and that’s it. Should be an interesting watch…

Music News – Thursday, May 20

Pink loved recording “Lady Marmalade” with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Mya, and she admits winning a Grammy for it wasn’t too shabby. But she does have one regret about the whole thing.
She tells Variety “I was not happy about my outfit. I did not want to be in booty shorts, but I got into it. Cameras started rolling and I started feeling myself. Now I look at it and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, that body. Why didn’t I appreciate it?’”
Pink’s new All I Know So Far premieres on Amazon Prime this Friday.

The wait is over for Jonas Brothers fans who’ve been waiting for the boys to get the band back together — because they’re about to hit the road.
Nick, Joe and Kevin will head out this summer for the Remember This tour, which will kick off in Las Vegas on August 20th and wrap up at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27th. Kelsea Ballerini will open all the dates.
And, yes, there’s a bit of new music in the mix, too. The JoBros will premiere the song “Remember This” on the first night of the U.S. Track & Field Trials on June 18th — and will perform the song live for the first time during NBC Universal’s coverage of the Olympic Games this summer.

And by the way, Nick Jonas is feeling fine after a bike accident over the weekend. While on the set of a show, he tells ‘Entertainment Tonight’ that something got caught and he took a tumble. He suffered a fractured rib but he’s continuing along. He was back on ‘The Voice’ on Monday as scheduled. And this weekend, he’s set to host the Billboard Awards on NBC.
The singer also says he’ll perform this weekend at the awards with his brothers.

Music News – Wednesday, May 19

Adam Levine is returning to The Voice — for one night only.
Billboard reports that Adam will bring Maroon 5 and Megan Thee Stallion to the show’s stage on May 25th for a performance of “Beautiful Mistakes.” It will be his first appearance on The Voice since he left his coach’s chair in 2019 after a 16-season run.
Adam picked up his joking feud with Voice mainstay Blake Shelton right where they left off, telling Billboard, “It’s good to be back on The Voice and see Carson, Kelly, Nick, and John” — making sure to leave Blake off the list.

Pink turned the celebration for the release of her new documentary into a celebration of frontline healthcare workers — by treating that group to a performance and a first look at the flick.
The singer welcomed 4,000 workers to the 17,000 capacity Hollywood Bowl for a screening of All I Know So Far, topped off with a four-song acoustic performance. Pink, who had a life-threatening case of COVID last year, explained her connection to the healthcare community, saying, “My mom was an ER nurse all of her life, and my stepmom was an Army Vietnam nurse, so I grew up in hospitals. If you put me in a hospital gown, I’ll sleep for four days.”
She went on to say, “I am so glad that we get to celebrate you all finally. We couldn’t get through any of this without you. You are tireless and dedicated and brave and we just love you love you. It means a lot to me to be here and sing for you all.”

Overnight, Demi Lovato tweeted a personal change of their pronouns to they/them. Demi Instagrammed a video announcement, too.
They tweeted in a thread (quote) “Today is a day I’m so happy to share more of my life with you all — I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward.”
Demi added (quote) “This has come after a lot of healing and self-reflective work. I’m still learning and coming into myself. I don’t claim to be an expert or a spokesperson. Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me.”
They concluded (quote) “I’m doing this for those that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones. Please keep living in your truths and know I am sending so much love your way xox.”

Music News – Tuesday, May 18

Lady Gaga‘s dog walker is back at work.
Ryan Fischer, who was shot and nearly killed in that scary dognapping incident earlier this year, stopped by her home Friday afternoon in L.A., according to TMZ. The gossip blog says he was “bearing gifts and looking pretty healthy in the wake of his lengthy hospital stay.”
Ryan is reportedly back to walking Gaga’s French bulldogs, but now he’s doing it in the daytime.
The last time he went for a nighttime stroll with the pooches he was shot and two of the dogs were taken.
Three of the alleged dognapper have been charged with attempted murder and robbery.
Ryan was hospitalized for several weeks and had part of a lung removed.

Pop Princess Ariana Grande is now a married woman.
She and real estate agent Dalton Gomez got hitched over the weekend in a surprise intimate ceremony at her home in Montecito, California. TMZ first broke the news, and People magazine has confirmed it with Ari’s rep. Just 20 people attended the nuptials.
The two have been together for a bit more than a year. They got engaged in December.

Coldplay are showing their support for May 27th’s Red Nose Day USA by livestreaming a concert on TikTok.
The May 24th show will come just two days after the band’s scheduled to headline the global Glastonbury Festival stream. Red Nose Day is a global effort to help end child poverty.

Music News – Monday, May 17

Pink, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears were constantly battling for chart position 20 years ago — but Pink says she never saw it as a competition.
She tells People magazine, “It was so unfair to all the girls. None of us wanted that. I think we navigated through it as good as a 20-year-old girl can. Now I think it’s totally different. Girls supporting girls is rad — I love to watch it.”
Pink recalls the worst part was being marketed as “the anti-Britney” and laughs off the comparison. “I love Britney — she used to carry around my album. I was like, ‘Dude, I’m a street punk, I just skateboard. That doesn’t have to be the anti-Britney. I don’t want to fight anybody.'”
Pink’s new documentary, All I Know So Far, premieres on Amazon Prime on May 21st.

Ally Brooke is getting real about her time in Fifth Harmony. The ‘Dancing With the Stars’ alum shocked fans by saying her time in the pop supergroup was toxic and abusive. On ‘The Ally Brooke Show’ podcast, she revealed that Normani, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane, and herself were very competitive and fought to sing the good parts of a song. Ally went on to say that she didn’t enjoy being in the group because of the mental and verbal abuse she endured. She says, “My time in Fifth Harmony, I didn’t…enjoy it. It was hard because there was so much going on, so much behind the scenes, so much toxicity, so much abuse…of power. So much mental abuse; verbal abuse.”

Music News – Friday, May 14

Janet Jackson still hasn’t talked about Justin Timberlake‘s apology for that wardrobe malfunction, but three of her brothers just accepted it and said it’s time to move on.
Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson stopped by SiriusXM’s “Radio Andy” on Wednesday and talked about Justin’s involvement their sister’s most infamous moment. Marlon kicked off the love-fest by saying “You know, it takes a man to step up and do that, so we do thank him for doing that. We thank you, Justin, for what you did.”
Jackie chimed in by adding he appreciated Timberlake speaking out “because it kind of hurt Janet in the past. So for him to step up and say that, it means a whole lot.” (New York Post)

Amazon Prime Video released a pair of screen shots from the live-action Cinderella starring Camila Cabello.
The modern telling of the classic fairytale will be released to streaming in September. However, despite production concluding more than six months ago, the studio has yet to release a teaser trailer. Typically, that’s a troubling sign.
The chief at Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke, said on Thursday, (quote) “The filmmaking team has taken this beloved fairytale and revamped it with a fresh, empowering perspective. We couldn’t be more excited for our global customers to sing and dance along to this reimagination of this classic story.”
Cinderella co-stars include Idina Menzel, Billy Porter, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan, Missy Elliott, James Corden, John Mulaney and Nicholas Galitzine as the prince. (Deadline)

Get ready to welcome back your ‘Friends’! The long awaited reunion of the classic NBC comedy is coming May 27th on HBO Max. The list of guest stars is massive with Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Reese Witherspoon – just to name a few – joining the gang. The reunion was originally set for last year, but had to be postponed due to the COVID pandemic. The new teaser trailer shows the cast walking together with a stripped-down version of their theme song.

Music News – Thursday, May 13

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has announced that Tina Turner, Jay-Z, Carole King, the Foo Fighters, the Go-Go’s and Todd Rundgren are among its 20-21 inductees. Artists become eligible for the Hall of Fame 25 years after they release their first record. The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, October 30. It’ll air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max.

Katy Perry is among four acts to confirm a Las Vegas residency. The newest casino on the strip, Resorts World, opens next month and christens its 5000-seat venue in the fall.
Among her eight nights performing in Vegas, Katy will ring in the New Year 2022. After “Waking Up In Vegas,” she will do it all again on New Year’s Day.
Another American Idol judge, Luke Bryan, will play at Resorts World. As will Idol winner and country star Carrie Underwood. Céline Dion returns for a third residency in Vegas. She debuts the Resorts World theater this November. Her first night will be a COVID-19 relief benefit.
Tickets go on sale for all dates starting May 24th, which is one day after the American Idol grand finale. (Billboard)

Miley Cyrus marked a wistful Throwback Tuesday with a post looking back at the fourth anniversary of her hit “Malibu”– and some of her life changes since.
She tweeted out a short video of her isolated vocals from the song with a short message reading “Today is the 4 year anniversary of ‘Malibu.’ A song about a place and person that at the time I loved very much” — a reference to her then-husband Liam Hemsworth.
Miley lost Liam in a divorce, and lost her home in Malibu to the wildfires that ravaged the area in 2018.

Music News – Wednesday, May 12

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will reveal its Class of 2021 Wednesday at 8:05 a.m. ET.
Sixteen acts were nominated, and, on average, five to seven are inducted.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
Here are this year’s nominees and how they fared in the online Fan Vote, which received a total of 4,860,391 votes:
  1. Tina Turner – 590,936
  2. Fela Kuti – 555,705
  3. The Go-Go’s – 433,072
  4. Iron Maiden – 414,419
  5. Foo Fighters – 392,406
  6. Carole King – 386,697
  7. Todd Rundgren – 291,717
  8. Devo – 272,765
  9. Dionne Warwick – 250,500
  10. Chaka Khan – 234,600
  11. Kate Bush – 224,731
  12. Rage Against the Machine – 224,478
  13. New York Dolls – 174,228
  14. Mary J. Blige – 155,581
  15. LL Cool J – 140,728
  16. JAY-Z  – 117,828
The Fan Vote comprises a fans’ ballot that is tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2021 inductees.
Three of this year’s nominees are already enshrined in the Hall:
  • Carole King – inducted in 1990 along with her ex-husband Gerry Goffin in the non-performer category for songwriting. This is her second nomination as a performer.
  • Tina Turner – inducted in 1991 as a member of Ike & Tina Turner. This is her second nomination as a solo artist.
  • Foo Fighters founder, singer and guitarist Dave Grohl – inducted in 2014 as a member of Nirvana. This was the Foos’ first nomination.
The 2021 induction ceremony will be held on October 30th at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland.

Music News – Tuesday, May 11

Adele has lost her father, from whom she’d been estranged for years.
The British tabloid The Sun has reported that Mark Evans died today at age 57. He had been suffering from cancer.
Evans, who admittedly had major problems with alcoholism, left Adele’s mother when she was three and went back to his native Wales. Their relationship never recovered from it.
Evans had reportedly made a number of attempts to patch things up since Adele’s career took off, but things seem to get worse after he did interviews claiming that they’d gotten together for a drink, and later that they’d patched up what he called their “misunderstanding.” Adele had seemed less hostile towards him earlier in career, but at the Grammys in 2017 she spoke of loving her manager like he was her dad and added, “I don’t love my dad, that’s the thing. That doesn’t mean a lot. I love you like I would love my dad.”

Kelly Clarkson may not have Steven Tyler‘s moves down pat, but she captured his spirit in her latest Kelly-Oke outing — a cover of Aerosmith‘s “Dude (Looks Like a Lady”).
This isn’t Kel’s first Aerosmith rodeo. She’s previously performed renditions of “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”, “Dream On” and “Cryin’.” You can catch the videos on the Kelly Clarkson Show’s YouTube channel.

The folks behind the annual AP tests just checked millions of high school students on their knowledge of Taylor Swift — and it had nothing to do with her music.
Tay actually made it into this year’s U.S. Government exam in an essay question that addressed her getting involved in races in her native Tennessee, then in the 2020 presidential election. TMZ says the question had something to do with analyzing how voter registration laws affect civic participation.
The College Board didn’t release the text of the question, but someone was able to take a snapshot of it and tweeted it out.