THE MUSIC NEWS FEATURE RETURNS MONDAY OCTOBER 22.
AND NOW, MUSIC NEWS FOR FRIDAY OCTOBER 12:
Selena Gomez is feeling much better, thanks to medical professionals treating her at a psychiatric center. Selena suffered back-to-back panic attacks that sent her to the emergency room. The second time, when doctors refused to discharge her, Selena ripped out her IVs. Eventually, she calmed down and agreed for intensive treatment on the East Coast. An insider revealed, “Selena is getting treatment for a series of panic attacks related to ongoing medical issues. She’s not in a 30-, 60-, 90-day program. Her treatment is open-ended.” (E! News, Us Weekly)
Justin Bieber was caught looking a bit out of sorts yesterday, with some media outlets speculating that it may be due to the recent report of Selena Gomez seeking treatment for what’s being described as “an emotional breakdown.” Paparazzi caught Justin looking unsteady and despondent as he emerged from his Wednesday night service at the Hillsong Church. He usually attends church with wife Hailey Baldwin, but this time he went solo. As he was leaving, a messy looking Bieber was seen being hugged by a group of friends, and leaning on his bodyguard as he got into his car following the service. Source: Us Weekly
Christina Aguilera was forced to cancel her “Liberation” stop in Ontario last night after losing her voice. “It aches me to share that I am under the weather and have lost my voice today,” she tweets. “Per doctor’s order, I need to rest tonight in order to get well asap – and will be unable to sing my heart out and perform for you at tonight’s show in Orillia, Ontario.” She promised she will make up for the show at a later date.
In concert this weekend:
ELTON JOHN’S FAREWELL “YELLOW BRICK ROAD” TOUR is in Detroit tonight at Little Caesars Arena. He’ll play Columbus and Cleveland in early November
CHRISTINA AGUILERA LIBERATION TOUR is Saturday evening at the Fox Theatre in Detroit
CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF CONCERT TOUR DATES.
Ed Sheeran’s show in Milwaukee could be postponed if the Milwaukee Brewers make it to the World Series. Ed’s gig at Milwaukee’s Miller Park is scheduled for October 23rd, but that conflicts with the first game of the World Series. If the Brewers win the National League Championship Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ed’s show would be bumped back a few weeks, to an unspecified date in November. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
You may have heard recently how Ed Sheeran is making $13.5-million a night on his current tour. Reportedly, he took in a profit for the year of $35-million last year after expenses, which makes him the richest solo artist in the world, surpassing Adele. He also paid just more than $7-million in tax at home in the U.K., a total that actually surpasses the amount paid there by mega-corporations Amazon (which paid around $6-million there) and Starbucks ($4.3-million). (The Sun)
Fyre Festival promoter Billy McFarland is headed to jail. A judge in New York sentenced McFarland to six years behind bars for the disastrous 2017 Bahamas music festival, which left some concertgoers stranded. Back in March, McFarland pled guilty to two counts of wire fraud. Prosecutors had requested an eight-year prison sentence, but the judge had the ability to give him up to 20 years. In addition to the time behind bars, Billy has already agreed to pay back more than $26 million, and once out he’ll be subject to three years of supervised release. Source: The Blast
Kanye West and President Trump had their meeting at the White House Oval Office Thursday, and those expecting Kanye to be Kanye weren’t disappointed. The rapper and designer went on long-winded, uninterrupted rants, both when speaking to the President and answering questions from the press. Kanye spoke informally and used language rarely heard in the Oval Office, calling himself a “crazy mother[effer].” Kanye and POTUS were both respectful of one another, taking turns stroking each other’s egos. At one point, Trump said that Kanye likes him and West corrected the statement, saying he “loves” him, and walked around the table to dap him up and pose for a quick picture. Kanye brought up some issues important to him, like prison reform. He also appeared to advocate for the release of former Gangster Disciples leader Larry Hoover, who he called a “block leader” and a “living statue.” There was also some talk about abolishing the 13th Amendment because it’s an unlucky number, and a vision for Trump Factories and Yeezy Ideation Centers in Chicago. Kanye also talked about being diagnosed as bi-polar. It was something we have rarely seen… President Trump just sat and listened, allowing him to field the press pool’s questions. As for whether Kanye’s words have the potential to effect change, that’s unclear. Trump declared himself “open-minded.” After their chat, Kanye, The Donald, NFL legend Jim Brown, Ivanka and Jared Kushner attended a private luncheon. (TMZ)
Shortly after leaving the White House, Kanye West hijacked an Apple Store to deliver a second, stream-of-consciousness rant. He jumped on a table without permission and began preaching whatever came to his mind. He called it a “keynote speech.” Many customers ran for the exits. Kanye said he made a “Make America Great” ballcap for President Donald Trump because adding the word again “hurts us as people, specifically black people because we say, ‘Was America ever great for us?’ Trump wore my updated hat. So he is open to adjusting and listening.” As he walked out the store, Kanye claimed his next stop on this disjointed tour will be Africa. He plans to complete his long-awaited album there. (New York Post)
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez made a love connection 20 years ago. Alex shared a yellowed, throwback photo J-Lo autographed for him. At the time, she was simply “Jenny from the block” and Alex was just a future-MVP playing for the Seattle Mariners. Alex said on Instagram, “#TBT to almost 20 years ago when a big time global pop superstar signed a pic for a young ball player.” Now, they’re happily a couple for nearly two years and there’s talk of marriage. Strangely, he kept the autographed picture all these years. J-Lo commented on the post, “Had to repost!!! He found this cleaning out storage!!” (Entertainment Tonight)
Hailee Steinfeld has been tapped to host and perform at the 2018 MTV European Music Awards, November 4th at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre in Bilbao, Spain. Camila Cabello leads the pack of nominees with six, including nods for Best Artist, as well as Best Song and Best Video for her hit “Havana,” featuring Young Thug. Source: Variety
Adam Lambert has been added to the 15 year tribute of the Broadway musical “Wicked.” He’ll be part of the NBC special on October 19th, with an already star-studded lineup that includes the show’s original stars, Tony winner Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, as well as Ariana Grande and Pentatonix.
K-Pop band BTS are featured on the cover of this week’s “Time” magazine. The band is being honored as one of their “Next Generation Leaders,” reprsenting young people who will shape the future.