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Monday, June 11, 2018

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Demi Lovato cancels London O2 gig due to swollen vocal cords. Demi Lovato has cancelled her gig in London's O2 after falling ill. The 25-year-old sent her fans a heartfelt message and told them she was "very sick." Demi posted the note on Instagram just hours before she was due on stage. She wrote: "I write this through tears of frustration and sadness that I have to postponed my concert tonight due to being very, very sick and with swollen vocal cords." "If I go on tonight and injure my vocal cords any more I could potentially have to cancel the rest of the tour." "I'm so, so sorry to disappoint any of my fans in London that have travelled hours to be here by plane or car and to all of the fans that got these tickets for a special occasion." Demi went on to say she had rescheduled the concert and said she would be coming back to the UK. She was inundated with supportive messages from her fans, with one telling her they were praying for her to get better. Another commented: "Your health comes first. Always." While a third said: "Feel better soon... We love you so much Queen." After making her debut as a child actress in "Barney and Friends" in 2002, Demi rose to prominence in 2008 when she starred in the Disney Channel television film "Camp Rock" and released her debut single "This Is Me" which peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. After gaining international fame, she went on to be judge on the "X Factor" US in 2012. Demi then made the switch from TV and film, to be a popstar. Her biggest songs to date include "Confident" and "Let It Go," plus her recent hit "Sorry Not Sorry. (Eonline)

Eminem Fans Scared by Gunshot Sound Effects at His Bonnaroo Show. Some Eminem fans were left shaken by his performance at 2018 Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee because they incorporated sound effects that sounded like gunshots, and the rapper was soon the target of an online backlash. While many were quick to point out that his music and concerts have for years incorporated such sounds for years, his set on Saturday triggered panic among others, and later, debate about whether the effects are appropriate in a time when nerves are already frayed in wake of the 2016 Paris nightclub shooting, the 2017 massacre at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas and the 2017 bombing at Ariana Grande's Manchester concert. "I hate to be the one to say it, but being someone who suffers from very mild PTSD, it was EXTREMELY irresponsible and distasteful to end songs w the shot gun sound effect. i have grown up loving Eminem and his music but I was extremely triggered to the point of tears," tweeted popular YouTube star Andrea Russett, 22. "To hear a gun shot sound effect and see the entire crowd drop to the floor out of instinct is not funny, cute, or amusing," she continued. "This is the sad reality that we are living. this is not funny or even something to be joked about." A Twitter user named Jenna said that "When Eminem let off the gunshot sound effect," "the whole place went silent because we all thought it was real." "Worst decision ever to ask @Eminem to play, @bonnaroo," tweeted a concertgoer named Sara. "My night was awesome but now I'm in absolute tears and shaking because I thought the multiple gunshots from his performance from across Centeroo were real. This is not OK." "Being at a festival/concert in these current times brings new concerns & fears," tweeted another fan, Cristi. "Had to leave @Eminem set after 3rd gunshot at @Bonnaroo cuz panic was setting in my section (front pit). Extremely realistic &scary! Would have been good to have a warning before show. #irresponsible." Other fans defended Eminem. "I get Andrea has PTSD, and it must have been awful for her and her friends, but Eminem has done it for years," tweeted a user named Molly. "His music is about abuse, he grew up w gunshots ... this is real life." "If someone is going to an EMINEM CONCERT, then maybe they should actually listen to some of his music and watch videos of his performances first," tweeted one user. "Then they would know THERE'S GUNSHOT NOISES AT HIS SHOWS!" (Eonline)

Chris Martin now has a venue to showcase his talented kids ... a 99-seat theater he just bought for more than FOUR MILLION BUCKS!! The Coldplay frontman plunked down $4.45 million for the Malibu Playhouse ... currently home to the Malibu Stage Company. In its previous life, the theater was once a church, and later a recording studio. The venue sits on 6.5 acres and it's got an incredible ocean-view deck. It also features sweeping canyon views. It's unclear what Chris will do with the venue, but maybe one day he'll feature his daughter Apple and son Moses. Those kids got talent!! Shen Schulz from Sotheby's was the listing agent and Lily Harfouche from Coldwell Banker repped Chris. We reached out to them to see what Chris had planned for the theater, but no word back. (TMZ)

Taylor Swift just defied the expectations of a charity looking for some help with their upcoming gala by donating basketloads of items from her 1989 and Reputation tours. Karim Siddiqui tells us he sent a letter to Taylor Swift's team about the KAMS Foundation's upcoming event, thinking he wouldn't ever hear back. KAMS was started in honor of Karim's late cousin, Kamran, who died in a fatal motorcycle accident at 22, and it empowers underprivileged youth through sports and mentoring. The foundation's inaugural gala is this Saturday in Chino Hills, California and Karim says, not only did Taylor's team hit him back on his cold call, but they sent over everything from Reputation shirts to 1989 sweaters, shirts, aprons, oven mitts, kitchen sets, tote bags, Christmas ornaments, keychains, scarfs, glitter bows and big bags. The foundation took the items and created baskets that they'll now auction off ... one of the starting bids is $180 to give you an idea of how it'll help out. (TMZ)

VH1's Trailblazer Honors to Highlight TV Pioneer Ryan Murphy. VH1's upcoming Trailblazer Honors will celebrate television pioneer Ryan Murphy and Trayvon Martin's parents. The event, now in its fifth year, recognizes champions of diversity and civil activism. Murphy, known for creating American Horror Story and Glee, is being recognized for leading the way on LGBTQ representation on television. His latest FX series, Pose, has the largest LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted series. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin are the parents of Trayvon Martin, whose death sparked the #BlackLivesMatter movement. They are being recognized for their work on gun reform and social justice. The American Civil Liberties Union and late author James Baldwin are also among this year's recipients. The Trailblazer Honors will air as a one-hour special on VH1 and Logo on June 28 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. (Billboard)

Shawn Mendes Completes Weeklong Residency on 'Late Late Show' With 'Perfectly Wrong' Performance: Watch is going to be missed on The Late Late Show. The Canadian pop singer wrapped up his fourth and final night as host on Thursday (June 7), completing a marathon week with a sketch, a performance and a lot of newly-won fans. Mendes impressed with his versatility throughout his late-night run, which included numerous gags and a "Carpool Karaoke" ride. For his final session, Mendes sang "Perfectly Wrong." Corden loved having Shawn around so much, he wants to join him on tour. That's not going to happen (Billboard)

Rebecca Black Performed an *NSYNC Song on 'The Four'. Everyone's gettin' down on Friday, but Thursday sure packed some surprises when Rebecca Black showed up as a contestant on The Four. The one-hit-wonder stunned judges when she stepped onto the stage for the season two premiere. Before showing off her skills, a thrilled Trainor recognized the "Friday" singer and asked the YouTube star to revisit her "legendary" story and the viral hit which, briefly, made her a household name. "There were so many cool things that came out of it. But it also gave me a lot of setbacks. Because there were tons of people who didn't love it," Black, now 20, told the panel. Black surprised once more, with a performance of NSYNC's "Bye, Bye, Bye," with her own twist. The judges were impressed, but she ultimately went home. "I could not be more grateful for the platform you guys gave me to just be who I truly am and to do what I love more than anything else in the world," she tweeted. "What a huge weight lifted and I cannot wait to show you what's to come." The Four airs Thursday nights on Fox. (Billboard)

Kanye West and Kid Cudi Debut 'Kids See Ghosts' Album in Santa Clarita. Kanye West continued his G.O.O.D. Music rollout in the weeks following the release of Pusha-T's Daytona and Ye, which the superstar rapper debuted last week with an exclusive listening session in Wyoming that brought out media and celebrity. For his joint album with Kid Cudi, titled Kids See Ghosts, West followed suit with a mysterious invite sent out a day prior that guided attendees to show up at a parking lot in Hollywood a few hours prior to record release. While lines stretched for over an hour, buses arrived in destination to Santa Clarita, with a few straggling behind in traffic for several hours. The festivities waited. After going through metal detectors, guests were treated to a ranch-style cookout, where BBQ was offered at turns and bars supplied Hennessy. The area was widespread and open, an analogue to Wyoming with grills and bars at every turn. Familiar faces abounded: SNL actor Pete Davidson smoked a joint as Ariana Grande, ponytail in tow, hugged him tightly. Courtney Love was locked in conversation with Kim Kardashian; Lil' Dicky, Lena Waithe, Lizzo, Pete Wentz, Joshua Jackson, Travis Barker, Zane Lowe, YG, Makonnen and Desiigner mingled about, as influencers dined on cookout spanning collard greens to hamburgers. The setting was particularly special. Exclusive merchandise including hats and sweatshirts were passed out to those lucky enough to cash in on supplies, which ran out after a few hours. Mountains dotted the skyline nearby, where the festivities -- perhaps a concert, maybe an album listening for a record that was still being completed -- took place. By 10:30 p.m., hours after patrons arrived, the night reached its moment. But unless you were an employee of Wav, the app that West utilized to live stream his latest album Ye and now Kids See Ghosts, and a celebrity that could waive the security detail aside or a superfan who sleuthed your way in, the majority of those on hand milled in a wide dirt field, watching the listening event take place in squint's sight. From afar, and through those who tweeted photos from the listening area, it appeared that West and Cudi gathered around a campfire, music blasting towards them, leaving the sound muddled and lifeless for the crowd. As the album played, the field emptied and buses slowly returned to Hollywood. It was a questionable evening for West and the rollout for his series of G.O.O.D. Music releases. Gathering media and influencers in Wyoming last week to hear Ye, an album rumored to be worked on until the final moments, seemed particularly special given its exclusivity. Creating a unique listening experience is not a foreign concept for West, who once wrangled the industry at the Natural History Museum's Hayden Planetarium in New York City to watch stars fly as he premiered his collaboration with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne. But for those who came to hear the reunion of West and Cudi, unless you could push your way past the security guards blocking the entrance to the campfire, you may as well have been better off signing onto Wav at home and getting a much more intimate listen. West plans to continue his G.O.O.D. Music album rollout with projects from Teyana Taylor and Nas, both releasing in June. (Billboard)

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