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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Ariana Grande Sends Love to Manchester One Year After Terror Attack. Ariana Grande's thoughts and prayers remain with Manchester. Exactly one year ago, a terrorist detonated a bomb during a stop on Grande's Dangerous Woman tour, killing 22 people and injuring more than 500 others. The 24-year-old singer continued to show her support Tuesday, tweeting, "Thinking of you all today and every day. I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day." She added a bee emoji in her tweet, as the worker bee is a symbol of the city, and on Instagram Stories, she posted the cover of the Manchester Evening News' latest edition. (The pop star also included a worker bee in her "No Tears Left to Cry" video.) Grande recently opened up about the tragedy in TIME. "Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world. I think that's why it's still so heavy on my heart every single day. I wish there was more that I could fix," she said. "You think with time it'll become easier to talk about. Or you'll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come, and it's still very painful." The singer, who organized a tribute concert last summer to benefit the victims and their families, acknowledged she's not alone in her sorrow. "There are so many people who have suffered such loss and pain," Grande explained. "The processing part is going to take forever." Shortly after the attack, Grande tweeted she felt "broken," telling her fans, "I don't have words." Soon after, the single "One Last Time" was re-released to raise funds for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, and Grande made a visit to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. (Eonline)

Camila Cabello Cancels Her Performance at Taylor Swift's Concert After Hospitalization. Camila Cabello will not perform her opening set at Taylor Swift's Reputation tour pitstop in Seattle due to illness, she shared on social media Monday. Following Sunday night's 2018 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, the singer was "feeling sick" and checked herself into a hospital. After running "a lot of tests," Cabello said doctors told her she was dehydrated and had a low-grade fever. "The doctors have told me I really have to get rest otherwise I won't get better," she explained in a statement, "I'm so sorry to let you guys down and I promise I will make it up as soon as I can! I guess sometimes I just push myself too hard and I promise I'm gonna take better care of myself but anyways!!!" The former member of Fifth Harmony is on the road with Swift and fellow opening act Charli XCX through the end of September. Cabello was seated next to the pop star during the BBMA's, and later took the stage with a performance of "Sangria Wine" alongside Pharrell Williams. She also took home the Billboard Achievement Award. Camila touched on the amazing win in her message to fans, concluding, "Last night I realized I didn't have time to say thank you for sticking by me, it's officially been a year since we started this journey together, and here's to more memories, more joy, more love, more music, more health and more Life!! I love youuuu." The 21-year-old will not perform during Tuesday's concert at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.; it is unclear if she will resume on May 25 in Denver, Col. Feel better soon, Camila! (Eonline)

Taylor Swift's BBMA Dress Took Over 800 Hours To Make, According To Versace. While most of the attention was on Taylor Swift for her big wins at Sunday's (May 20) 2018 BBMA's -- which included an award for best female artist -- some people were just as focused on the singer's impressive dress. The Reputation star wore a gorgeous pink Versace gown with a thigh high split that was embellished with silver and feathers, and it turns out crafting it was a huge undertaking. Four weeks prior to the awards, Versace Group vice president Donatella Versace gave fans a glimpse of the dress on her Instagram story, with the simple but powerful caption, "This gown took more than 800 hours to bring to life." While that is no small feat, Swift made sure to give a charming thank you to the fashion icon. "My first award show in a few years and it was so much fun thanks to you. I love you guys," the singer wrote on Instagram. "PS thanks Versace for this delicate dress." (Billboard)

'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical' Cast Perform Disco-Dazzled 'MacArthur Park' on 'The Tonight Show'. The Queen of Disco is coming back to life on the Broadway stage thanks to Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, and viewers of Monday night's (May 21) The Tonight Show got a preview of the theatrical tribute to Donna Summer. The "Three Donnas" who portray the dance music icon took the studio stage to perform the late diva's No. 1 hit, "MacArthur Park." "Disco Donna," portrayed by Ariana DeBose, opened the tune under the glow of a single spotlight with her sequined dress continuously catching the light. She belted out the introduction before the quintessential 1970s beat and instrumentals swelled, kicking off an electric rendition of the 1978 Summer standard written by Jimmy Webb in 1968. By the song's end, DeBose was joined by castmates Storm Lever and LaChanze -- "Duckling Donna" and "Diva Donna," respectively -- for an infectious, harmonious finale, complete with a shower of confetti. The bio-musical made its way to Broadway last month after debuting at La Jolla Playhouse last November. (Billboard)

Who was one of the key people who helped get 'NSYNC off the ground?? IT'S GOTTA BE SHAQ!! It's true ... according to Lance Bass who tells TMZ Sports the supergroup owes a lot of its early success to the NBA legend. "I mean ... a lot of people don't know Shaquille had a big hand in starting our career," Lance said at the Montage Hotel in Bev Hills. We only brought up Shaq because Google search is showing Shaq as the 5th member of the group -- replacing Joey Fatone. It's obviously a glitch ... but Lance says Shaq's connection to the band is 100% real. "We lived in Orlando and our first place that we recorded was his house ... so all of our first demos, our first songs were all from Shaq's house!" It's true ... Shaq has a recording studio in his massive Orlando estate -- which is now on the market for $28 MILLION -- and Lance says O'Neal let the group record because he knew someone at the label. One thing led to another ... and 'NSYNC became a global phenomenon. Now, Lance says he'd love for Shaq to join the group in real life ... as soon as they get rid of that one member "we probably need to replace." (TMZ)

Luis Fonsi Feels "Honored" to Win Five Billboard Awards. Luis Fonsi won big! The "Despacito" singer took home an impressive five awards Sunday night, and he told E! News all about how he celebrates and who he was most excited to see. "Yes, five awards. So crazy. I'm so honored," the singer said to Sibley Scoles about his awards. "I texted with Daddy Yankee earlier. I'm just so happy. I'm grateful that those guys... well first of all, Daddy Yankee that was part of the original song, and he really took that song to the next level. "Then you know, Justin Bieber who four months after the song was released he said 'Hey, I like that song. I want to be a part of it,' and who jumped in. It was really a group effort, just everybody that was involved. Producers, engineers, songwriters, I'm just really grateful for everybody." During one of Fonsi's acceptance speeches, he said, "Buenas noches, good evening! Thank you guys so much for embracing a mostly Spanish song. Thank you for wanting to sing it for wanting to learn it. Daddy Yankee and Justin Beiber, God bless you guys! Everybody involved on this record, my record label, my management, and everybody. This one goes out to all of my Latino brothers, all of the immigrants, all of the DREAMers out there. All of those that get made fun of when you speak with an accent, all of those when they say, 'Hey! Speak English' To you -- Puerto Rico, this goes out to you." The 40-year-old singer then took to Instagram to show his gratitude to his fans. "Music has no language or boundaries. Thank you @daddyyankee and @justinbieber for taking this song to the next level. This one goes out to my beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Los amo. @bbmas," he writes on a photo of himself holding all of the awards. While the show had a star-studded lineup, we wanted to know whose performance Fonsi was most excited to see. "Of course, Ms. Janet Jackson. I also want to see my girl Demi Lovato, who I have my current single with, and Christina Aguilera who I actually recorded with 18 years ago. Yea, in the year 2000 she did a Spanish album, and I did a duet with her," he explains. "I think it was 2000 or 2001, don't quote me on this, but it was around that time. It was at the beginning of my career... So two of the most powerful female vocalists are getting together, so I want to cheer them on." Fonsi took home more than a handful of awards, and while you'd expect him to party hard and celebrate, that wasn't the case for the Puerto Rican superstar. "Actually, I have to get on a plane right now. I know, I'm on tour, so no adult drinks for me tonight," he says. "I have to get on that plane, you know and keep doing my touring thing." (Eonline)

With their latest best-seller, the Sheffield four-piece beats The Greatest Showman soundtrack (via Atlantic/Warner, up 3-2) and Keith Urban's Graffiti U (via Capitol/EMI, up 4 -3) on the ARIA survey. Homegrown pop superstar Delta Goodrem debuts at No. 4 with I Honestly Love You (Sony), the soundtrack to the miniseries Olivia: Hopelessly Devoted To You in which she portrays Olivia Newton-John. Honestly is the followup to Goodrem's Wings Of The Wild, which hit the top in July 2016. The top five this week is completed by Post Malone's hit second album beerbongs & bentleys (Universal), which tumbles 2-5. Also starting high is Charlie Puth's sophomore album Voicenotes (Atlantic/Warner), opening at No. 7, and Bad Wolves' Disobey (ES1/Sony), the metalcore group's debut which enters at No. 9. Meanwhile, Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) sees his Billboard Hot 100 leader "This Is America" crash the summit of Australia's chart in its second week. The track, released in these parts through Liberator Music, part of Michael Gudinski's Mushroom Group of Companies, debuted at No. 7 last week and becomes the artist's first No. 1 in these parts. Also making moves this week is Aussie pop-punk outfit 5 Seconds Of Summer, whose "Youngblood" (Capitol/EMI) rises 9-3, while Gold Coast singer-songwriter Amy Shark caps a winning week with a 13-9 gain for her single "I Said Hi" (Wonderlick/Sony). Shark last Monday (May 14) dominated the Queensland Music Awards, taking out five categories. And finally, Selena Gomez has the highest new entry with "Back To You" (Interscope/Universal), which debuts at No. 15 for the U.S. pop star's first singles chart entry for 2018. (Billboard)

Kendrick Lamar schooled a white fan after she said a derogatory racial slur during an Alabama concert. The Pulitzer Prize winner invited a white fan named Delaney onstage during his set at the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama on Sunday. The two were rapping to his 2012 hit song "m.A.A.d city" when Delaney failed to self-censor and said full lyrics which included the N-word. After she said it more than once, Lamar, 30, cut her off and addressed the issue, although Delaney seemed confused as to what the issue was. "Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait," the rapper said as the music cut off. "Am I not cool enough for you? What's up, bro?" Delaney said. Lamar tried to get her to understand, "You gotta bleep one single word though." As she seemed to realize what she had uttered, she offered an apology, saying, "Oh, I'm sorry. Did I do it?" "Yeah you did it," Lamar said. He turned toward the concert crowd and asked, "Should she stay up here, y'all?" The concertgoers yelled, "No!" Despite the crowd's opinion, Lamar allowed her to perform the song with him once again, this time without the racial slur, according to Billboard magazine. The rapper performed his other 2012 hit, "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe," according to the New York Daily News. Lamar's most recent album, the critically acclaimed DAMN, earned him a Pulitzer Prize in Music in April. He is the first non-classical or jazz musician to win the esteemed award. DAMN. was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards in 2018, including Album of the Year, and won five -- best rap album, best rap song ("HUMBLE."), best rap performance ("HUMBLE."), best music video ("HUMBLE."), and best rap/sung performance ("LOYALTY." ft. Rihanna). EW's review of the album praised Lamar as "peerless," writing, "DAMN. contains stunning beauty if you listen closely." Among his other notable successes, he recently curated the chart-topping soundtrack for Black Panther another record breaker and made an appearance at Coachella. (People)

British musician James Arthur straight-up jacked another band's song and twisted it into his own hit ... according to a new lawsuit. Arthur has been sued by musician Daniel O'Donoghue, who's got a song with his band, The Script, called "The Man Who Can't Be Moved," which he claims Arthur ripped off in making his own song, "Say You Won't Let Go." The former dropped in 2008, and the latter in 2016. O'Donoghue says Arthur used a very similar melody and tempo in his song, and claims it's infringing on his original work. O'Donoghue says Arthur approached him and his band after Arthur was dropped by his label in 2014, trying to talk ideas for a comeback song. He says they denied the meeting, and somehow Arthur came out with "Say You Won't Let Go" 2 years later. Interestingly enough, both men have ties to British talent shows -- O'Donoghue's a voice coach on the UK's 'The Voice,' and Arthur won the UK's 'X Factor' in 2012. Take a listen for yourself. (TMZ)

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