Justin Bieber breaks US chart record held by Elvis PresleyAt 25, the Canadian pop star is the youngest artist to score seven No 1 albums in the US, beating Presley’s 59-year-old record
The Black Sabbath frontman says he's still in "unbelievable pain" from the fall he suffered from in early 2019.
Daniel Lee Martin, country singer and host of “Brotherhood Outdoors,” was found dead in his Pasco County, Florida, home Friday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 54.Pasco deputies discovered his body when they arrived at Martin’s home to serve him with multiple warrants for his arrest that included three counts of sexual exploitation on a minor, three counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of committing an aggravated sexual battery and one count of solicitation of a minor to commit rape of a child.Martin was scheduled for a court hearing Friday morning but when he failed to appear, authorities were sent to his home to pick him up.Also Read: Caroline Flack, Former 'Love Island' Host, Dies at 40“The PSO SWAT team was called in to assist, as Martin previously made threats of harm against himself and others,” a Sheriff’s statement reads. “When deputies made entry to the residence, they discovered Martin deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”Martin was indicted in 2018 of child sex crimes in Williamson County, Tennessee, having been accused of acts against three victims under the age of 13 between May 2014 and January 2018. He was arrested again last month in Florida, accused of exposing himself to a young girl, showing her pornography and performing a lewd act in her presence, according to court documents.Martin was a former baseball player and pro golfer who left a successful career as an advertising executive in 1997 to pursue his dream of becoming a country music recording artist, according to AllMusic.com. At various times he opened for Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels and Vince Gill.He released albums “All That I Am” in 2003 and “On My Way to You” in 2007, and also co-hosted a hunting show “Brotherhood Outdoors” on The Sportsman Channel.Read original story Daniel Lee Martin, Country Singer Accused of Child Sex Abuse, Dies at 54 At TheWrap
The hashtag #DuaLipaIsOverParty trended Tuesday on Twitter, after Lizzo shared footage of Dua Lipa throwing money at a strip club.
NEW YORK — Singer Billie Eilish, who gave voice to young people struggling with depression on a do-it-yourself album she made at home with her older brother, is atop the music world.The 18-year-old made history at the Grammy Awards Sunday. Not only did she become the youngest person to win one of Grammy's top awards — record, song and album of the year, and best new artist — Eilish is the first artist to sweep all four since Christopher Cross in 1981.Her triumph came on a night made sombre by the death of former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. It also ended a tumultuous week for the Recording Academy that included its ousted CEO accusing the Grammys nominations process of being rigged, and Diddy calling out the organization for not giving enough respect to R&B and hip-hop.An estimated 18.7 million people watched the show, which ran late and packed three of its top awards into the final 15 minutes. That's down from the 19.9 million who watched in 2019 and the 19.8 million viewers in 2018, the Nielsen company said on Monday.Eilish's “When We all Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" also won best pop vocal album. Her brother Finneas O'Connell also won awards for engineering and producing the album.“The music I listened to when I was growing up, maybe 7, 8, 9 or 10, 13, that was the most important music to me forever,” Finneas said backstage after the ceremony. “Anytime a person that age comes up to either one of us and says (it is their favourite), I know how much that means to them. That's why it means so much to me. I hope they're celebrating. This is all because of them.”He said that they never thought that an album that addresses depression, suicidal thoughts and climate change would be up for a Grammy.Eilish noted that they made the album in a bedroom of the Los Angeles-area home where they grew up in.“It's like anything is possible,” she said.In accepting her awards, Eilish noted that she had grown up listening to many of the artists at the ceremony in Los Angeles' Staples Center. She also said she thought Ariana Grande deserved album of the year, an onstage moment that recalled Adele saying the same thing about Beyoncé the same year Adele triumphed.The success of a young, white girl came on a night the Recording Academy seemingly went out of its way to highlight diversity. Lizzo offered a powerhouse opening performance, and there were tributes to Prince and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. Tyler, the Creator offered an incendiary version of “Earfquake” with Boyz II Men. Lil Nas X sang his omnipresent “Old Town Road.” H.E.R. sang, as did host Alicia Keys and Gary Clark Jr. with the Roots.Tyler, the Creator said later that the rap album Grammy was a backhanded compliment.While he's grateful to be acknowledged, “it also sucks whenever we, I mean guys that look like me, do anything that's genre bending, they always put it in an urban rapper category,” he said. “I don't like that urban word. It's just a politically correct way to say the N-word to me.”Earlier in the show, Keys sat at a piano to sing a rewrite of Lewis Capaldi's song, “Someone You Loved” that name-checked many of the nominated artists but also included a few pointed lines about respect.“I'm gonna be honest with y'all,” she said. “It's been a helluva week.”Keys also had the delicate task of addressing the shock of Bryant's death in a helicopter crash, while onstage at the same arena where the former Laker won championships.She sang “It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” with Boyz II Men. References to Bryant abounded — a Lakers jersey held up by Run-DMC during their performance of “Walk This Way” with Aerosmith, and adorning a couch on a set where Lil Nas X began “Old Town Road.”“We're all feeling crazy sadness right now,” said Keys, who received praise online for how she handled it.“Alicia, you've been lighting this awards show up,” rapper Common said onstage. “Thank you.”Besides her big opening, Lizzo took home three Grammys, including best pop solo performance for “Truth Hurts” and two R&B awards. She also seemed noticeably affected by Bryant's death.“We need to continue to reach out,” she told her fellow artists. “This is the beginning of making music that moves people again.”Clark's pointed “This Land” also won for best rock song and rock performance, and he won a third for contemporary blues album.Among the show's more touching moments was Tyler, the Creator bringing his tearful mother onstage with him to accept his Grammy. Singer Demi Lovato made a comeback appearance after her reported overdose, singing a song she said was written in the troubled days before that event. Camila Cabello sang “First Man,” a song dedicated to her father, and received a bear hug from a sobbing dad when it was done.DJ Khaled helped lead the emotional tribute to Hussle, the Los Angeles rapper who was gunned down in March, not long after attending his first Grammy ceremony as a nominee. On Sunday, Hussle won two posthumous Grammys.Tyler, the Creator, Lizzo and, of course, Eilish were among the acts who won their first-ever Grammys. Other first-time winners included Tanya Tucker, J. Cole, Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michelle Obama, Sara Bareilles, Rosalía and 21 Savage.Gospel legend Kirk Franklin received his 14th and 15th career Grammys.___Associated Press writers Mesfin Fekadu and Jonathan Landrum Jr. contributed to this report.David Bauder, The Associated Press
TORONTO — Justin Bieber has announced he has Lyme disease.The pop superstar from Stratford, Ont., says on his Instagram account that while some people have been criticizing his looks and accused him of being on drugs, they "failed to realize" he was recently diagnosed with the chronic illness.Lyme is a tick-borne bacteria that leads to flu-like symptoms and can spread within the body.Canadian singers Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne have also battled Lyme.Bieber also says he recently had a serious case of chronic mononucleosis, which affected his "skin, brain function, energy, and overall health."The 25-year-old singer says he'll offer more details in a docu-series he plans to launch on YouTube on Jan. 27.The 10-episode "Justin Bieber: Seasons" will follow Bieber while he records a new album, for which he recently released the single "Yummy.""It's been a rough couple years but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever," Bieber said Wednesday in an Instagram post that includes screen shots of a TMZ article on his Lyme diagnosis.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 8, 2020.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Jacob Hoggard, the frontman for the Canadian rock band Hedley, is scheduled to stand trial on three sex-related charges next year.The trial is set to begin in a downtown Toronto courthouse on Jan. 4, 2021.That will be more than two years after the singer was arrested in connection with alleged incidents involving a woman and a teenager.Hoggard, 35, pleaded not guilty at his two-day preliminary hearing to sexual assault causing bodily harm and sexual interference.He also opted to be tried by a jury rather than a judge alone.The case was given the green light to proceed to trial last summer after the preliminary hearing during which prosecutors gave an overview of their evidence.That evidence cannot be published due to a publication ban meant to protect the accused's right to a fair trial. A separate publication ban also bars identifying the complainants.Hoggard was arrested and charged in the summer of 2018 after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, suggesting inappropriate encounters with young fans. Toronto police have said the charges relate to three separate incidents involving a woman and a girl under the age of 16 that allegedly occurred in the Toronto area in 2016.Hoggard issued a statement in February 2018 in which he denied engaging in non-consensual sexual behaviour, but acknowledged having behaved in a way that "objectified women" and being "reckless and dismissive of their feelings."He also said on Twitter that he understood the "significant harm" his actions had caused and was "truly sorry."Hedley has been on an indefinite hiatus since March 2018, playing its last show in Kelowna, B.C. The band, which is based in Vancouver, was also dropped by its management team and banned by multiple radio stations in the wake of the allegations.Some of the early hearings in the case were attended by fans of the band even when Hoggard himself was not present.The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Jan. 14.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Jan. 8, 2020.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
Lady Gaga has discussed the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) she suffered after being “raped repeatedly” at the age of 19.The singer talked at length about her mental health in an interview with Oprah Winfrey as part of the presenter’s 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus tour.
TORONTO — There's a new version of Drake's latest music video, this time without a cameo by a 20-year-old woman who threw a chair off a highrise balcony in downtown Toronto.The Canadian artist announced the change on Instagram, reposting a message from the video's director that says "certain people we don't condone."The original music video for the song "War" featured a shot including Marcella Zoia, who became known as "chair girl" after she was filmed tossing a chair from a 45th-floor balcony, narrowly missing a highway.Zoia pleaded guilty to mischief causing danger to life in court last month.She has yet to be sentenced, but prosecutors are seeking six months in prison.Drake first acknowledged that Zoia was in the video on Christmas Eve, writing that he doesn't pick extras.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 25, 2019. The Canadian Press
“This has ruined everything,” Lewis said, as he pointed to his ear, during an interview this month with Whitefish Review journal.
K-pop singer and former Kara band member Goo Hara has been found dead at her home, according to the Gangnam Police Department.“We received a report on November 24, 6:30 pm KST about a death,” they said in a statement. “We are currently investigating the cause.”
Jennifer Nettles wore a white suit with a hot pink train that read, “Play Our F****n Records. Please and Thank You,” to protest the lack of female voices heard on country radio.
Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Jennifer Nettles, Dolly Parton and many more walked the red carpet at the Country Music Association’s 53rd annual CMA Awards on Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
With Mother's Day around the corner, Drake gave his mom an early gift with a heartfelt speech at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, where the rap star also broke Taylor Swift's record for most wins.
At the end of Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson's performance of "Shallow" during the 2019 Grammys, Gaga stared straight into a nearby camera, spawning countless memes.