Monday, June 25, 2018
Janet Jackson gave an emotional speech thanking her dad, who we're told is in the end stages of terminal cancer. Janet appeared Friday night at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards and received the Impact Award. During her speech, she thanked mom Katherine for "the most extravagant love imaginable," and then thanked Joe, whom she says "drove me to be the best that I can." TMZ broke the story ... Joe was hospitalized last week with terminal cancer. His wife Katherine, along with various other relatives including his children and grandchildren, paid visits. Our sources say the plan was for Joe to come back home where he could be comforted by family. It's interesting ... Janet talked about Joe as the person who "drove her." Joe was famously hard on his kids when they were young and starting out in show business. (TMZ)
Beyonce fans pounce on Madonna over Photoshop fail. Beyonce fans are so devoted -- they even managed to put Madonna in her place this week. On Friday, the "Material Girl" cheekily posted an image from Beyonce's new "Apesh*t" video -- showing the superstar singer and her husband Jay-Z looking at art in the Louvre, but Photoshopped so that the Paris museum's famous paintings were replaced with pictures of Madonna's album covers. Madge captioned the shots: "Learning from the Master .?.?. lol." But the Beyhive swarmed all over her with such fury that the "Like A Prayer" singer edited the doctored pic to read, "Learning from the Teacher .?.?. lol." Still not satisfied, Beyonce's online army then stung once more, eventually forcing Madonna to revise her post yet again, so that it read "Learning .?.?. lol." Power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z are on the European leg of their "On The Run II" tour. Beyonce said back in 2013 at a listening party, "I felt like I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire." (PageSix)
Phillip Phillips' Classic Rock-Tinged #TBT Mixtape. Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard's new series that showcases artists' very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. The curated set features the artists' favorite tracks from their youth and childhood. This week's spin comes from Phillip Phillips. The singer-songwriter is gearing up for an upcoming co-headlining tour alongside Gavin DeGraw later this summer, in support of his most recent LP Collateral, released this past January via Interscope Records. Today, the crooner is looking back with this week's #TBT Mixtape, featuring AC/DC, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young and more. "These few songs by these artists inspired me so much growing up as a guitarist and singer/songwriter," Phillips says. "You can't beat the classics. Learning to play these songs meant everything to me growing up and now when I listen back they have a total different meaning for me." (Billboard)
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