Reports suggest Aretha Franklin is “gravely ill.” Now CNN is reporting that the legendary singer is receiving hospice care – and there are suggestions that the cancer she fought off nearly a decade ago has returned. Several of her celebrity friends and fans have taken to social media to offer thoughts and prayers for the Queen of Soul.
Mariah Carey @MariahCarey Praying for the Queen of Soul 🙏🙏 #ArethaFranklin
Ciara @ciara Praying for Aretha Franklin and her family right now! ❤️🙏🏽
Missy Elliott @MissyElliott My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her family during this difficult time 🙏🏾 LOOK BELOW @ what I tweeted at the top of the year we MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it. So many have given us decades of Timeless music…❤️
Missy Elliott @MissyElliott People like Stevie Wonder/Tina Turner/Patti Labelle/Aretha Franklin so many LIVING LEGENDS need to be Celebrated while they are here! We tend to say how great they were when they gone🤷🏽♀️🤦🏾♀️ Give them Flowers & Credits Tributes now🙌🏾💯
Jackée Harry @JackeeHarry Prayers going up for the Queen of Soul tonight. Music just wouldn’t be same if not for Aretha Franklin.
Andy Cohen @Andy Praying for Aretha!!!!!!!
Jason Isbell @JasonIsbell I’ll always be proud to come from the place where Aretha Franklin recorded “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You).” She put our little music town on the map. Best singer I ever heard.
Deborah Cox @Deborah_Cox Please God hear our prayers for Aretha Franklin🙏🏽. In Jesus Name. Amen
Recording Academy @RecordingAcad Aretha Franklin’s rich voice, passionate deliver and empowering lyrics represent some of the greatest recordings in the history of music! On this day and everyday we’re thinking of the Queen of Soul.
Judge Greg Mathis @JudgeGregMathis Please join me in sending prayers of healing and comfort for the Queen of Soul and my friend of many years, Aretha Franklin.
Faith Evans @faithevans Sending my thoughts & prayers to the Queen of Soul @ArethaFranklin! 🙏🙏🙏 #GetWellSoon #ArethaFranklin
Marlee Matlin @MarleeMatlin There aren’t many people who can say they shared a dressing room with the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, but I can! Then both @Tom_Bergeron and I watched in awe as she sang on Fox After Breakfast stage. Yes, I’m deaf but she touched my SOUL. My prayers are with her & her family.
Aersomith’s Steven Tyler said he was “heartbroken” over the news, offering “big prayers” for the singer. He even shared a few lines of her famous song “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”
The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards is just a week away, and they’ve just added a brand new category, with fans playing a role in who’ll win. Nominees for Song of Summer, powered by Truth, have just been revealed and they include:
Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s “I Like It”
Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You,” featuring Cardi B
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss”
Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up”
DJ Khaled’s “No Brainer,” featuring Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and Quavo
Drake’s “In My Feelings”
Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams”
Post Malone’s “Better Now”
Voting is now open, with the category being cut down to two nominees by tomorrow, and voting officially closing on Thursday. The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards happen Monday, live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Mumford & Sons gave fans a taste of some new music. The band was playing the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary this weekend, where they debuted three new songs. The band kicked off the night with the new tune “See A Sign,” and then later offered debuts of “Woman” and “Guiding Light.” So far there’s no word on when Mumford & Sons have yet to announce any info on a new album. Their last release was 2015’s “Wilder Mind.” Source: Jambase
Check out fan shot footage of the new songs.
Calvin Harris is getting ready to release a new single with Sam Smith. The singer revealed on Twitter that the tune “Promises,” will drop Friday. He notes he’s, “very excited about this one.”
Janet Jackson announced that she’d be dropping “Made for Now” with Daddy Yankee on Friday. They’ll also perform the song live on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” that same night. Source: Janet Jackson
Weird Al Yankovic is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The parody king’s ceremony will take place August 27th at 11:30 am, right across the street from the Chinese Theatre.
Issa Rae and Childish Gambino will take part in Rihanna’s 2018 Diamond Ball. She took to Twitter to share the news. The Diamond Ball benefits the Clara Lionel Foundation. The charity, named for Rihanna’s grandparents, supports and funds groundbreaking and effective education, health, and emergency response programs around the world. They also engage in global advocacy to improve the quality of live for young people everywhere. Source: Rihanna
ABC’s WE Day airs Friday, and Selena Gomez, who has supported the organization for several years, is sharing her favorite things about it. In a new video, actor Martin Sheen picks up Selena and asks her top three things about WE Day, revealing “I love that we celebrate young people doing good, of course,” adding, “And I love that you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll leave feeling inspired.” As for the third thing, after some prodding she shares, “And you, Martin! You’re a WE VIP, if I say so myself.” Selena also encouraged all her fans to tune in to the show on Friday. She shared on Instagram, “So excited to be a part of the WE Day inspiration once again! Watch #WEday on ABC August 17 at 8/7c.” Source: Eonline
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) August 13, 2018
Joe Jonas didn’t spare any expense when celebrating his 29th birthday over the weekend (his actual birthday is tomorrow). The singer, his fiancée Sophie Turner, brother Nick Jonas and more dined at Komodo in Miami, and later moved to Story nightclub, where he ran up a $10,000 bar bill. “Joe ordered over $10K worth of Don Julio 1942, Champagne and vodka,” a source says. The group also spent some time at the Delano South Beach, with a witness noting, “Joe and Sophie were all smiles and were kissing throughout the day while sipping on some expensive Champagne.” In other news, Joe has put the home on the market for $4.25 million. And the buyer will certainly get a lot for their money. The home features four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a large pool with a jacuzzi and miniature waterfall, as well as a guest house. Source: New York Post