Eric Church Returns to the Stage a Week After Brother's Death for Emotional Tribute: 'I Need This'. Eric Church was back on stage on Saturday -- a little over a week after the death of his brother, Brandon, at age 36. The country singer, 41, took the stage at Ohio's Country Concert in Fort Loramie, where he honored his late brother with an emotional cover of "Amazing Grace" and a stripped-down version of his 2006 hit "Sinners Like Me." Video of the touching tribute was spread on social media, the crowd going silent as he sang the lyric "me and my brother" in "Sinners Like Me" (a song that, as Taste of Country noted, features references to being "forgiven for multiple sins upon death"). Eric also performed "How 'Bout You" -- a tune he co-wrote with his late brother. "It's been a tough week," he reportedly told the crowd, according to one fan. "But I need this. I need my people." Brandon died on June 29 in North Carolina, where he lived. "It is with great sadness that the Church family confirms that Eric's brother, Brandon, passed away Friday evening," a rep for Eric told PEOPLE in a statement. "In lieu of flowers please leave a message for the family and/or make a donation to a Scholarship Memorial Fund created in Brandon's memory." So far, over $28,000 had been raised in Brandon's honor to the Brandon E. Church Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will be "used to bless others and honor a benevolent life." While his cause of death was not immediately known, Eric and Brandon's father Ken told TMZ Brandon suffered "multiple seizures" before his death at his home in Granite Falls, North Carolina. While being transported to the hospital he reportedly suffered another seizure, which may have sent him into cardiac arrest. According to Granite Falls Police Department Chief Chris Jenkins, foul play is not suspected. In addition to "How 'Bout You," Eric and Brandon also co-wrote "Without You Here" from Eric's 2009 album Carolina. (People)

G-Eazy was just turned away at the Canadian border ... and had to cancel a huge show because of it. Sources tell us G-Eazy and crew ran into issues with Canadian customs agents when they touched down in Calgary Monday. The rapper was set to be a headliner at the Cowboys Music Festival ... a festival that coincides with the Calgary Stampede. The Cowboys Dance Hall released a statement Monday night, saying, "Cowboys regrets to inform you that G-Eazy is unable to perform tonight due to reasons beyond our control. Refunds will be processed at the online point of purchase (Showpass)." It's unclear exactly why G-Eazy was rejected -- but Canada has pretty strict entry rules -- so there's a good chance his recent cocaine arrest in Sweden had something to do with it. We've reached out to G-Eazy's reps ... so far, no word back. (TMZ)

Green Day's 'American Idiot' jumping up U.K. charts ahead of Trump's visit. When President Donald Trump arrives in the U.K. for a visit beginning July 13, a growing group of protestors have one goal: make Green Day's "American Idiot" the No. 1 song on the English charts. So far, it seems to be working. As of Tuesday afternoon, the song, released in 2004, was the No. 1 song on Amazon's U.K. best-seller list. It's also at No. 18 on Britain's Official Singles Chart; according to Chart Data, it's been bouncing in and out of the Top 10 and Top 20 ranking. A Facebook group promoting the social media campaign has more than 20,000 followers and has been calling on said followers to download "American Idiot" between July 6 and July 12. Trump will attend the NATO summit in Brussels around this time, kicking off his travels through Europe. Green Day has yet to comment, but the band's official Twitter feed retweeted a remark from Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine on Friday regarding reports that Trump had planned to gift North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with a CD featuring Elton John's "Rocket Man," a nod to Trump's nickname for the Supreme Leader. (Trump recently said he still has the CD since Security of State Mike Pompeo wasn't able to meet with Kim during his most recent visit.) "And Kim Jong Un sends back a copy of Green Day's 'American Idiot,'" Kaine had tweeted. Michael Pritchard, known professionally as Green Day's bassist Mike Dirnt, responded to the protest campaign back in April. "Let's do this!" he tweeted. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong made his feelings on Trump clear over the past year. "I fing hate Donald Trump so much," he said during a Live Nation-hosted show in Cannes Lions, France this past June, according to Variety. "I used to scream I hated George Bush. This one is a little different. This one is bad, it's like acid gone bad. Fing LSD and the American Right, man." (Entertainment Weekly)

Ex-manager says Cardi B's $15M lawsuit is full of lies. Cardi B's former manager -- who's suing her for $10 million -- says her new countersuit is full of "outright lies and distortions" and that it's part of a "campaign against him." Klenord Raphael, a.k.a. Shaft, filed suit against the red-hot rapper back in April, claiming he'd built up her career only to be left out in the cold once she hit the big time. But on Thursday Cardi fought back, filing her own suit in which she claimed he gained her trust, cut her off from other friends and advisers and then signed her on to contracts that were variously described in the suit as "grossly unfair," "highly one-sided" and "highly favorable to himself." But in an exclusive statement to Page Six, a rep for Shaft says, "The facts are simple -- Cardi B's music, image and rise to superstardom were all developed and executed by Shaft and his team of writers and producers," adding, "The outright lies and distortions in her claims make you shake your head." The rep claimed the countersuit is part of a "campaign by Cardi B and her team to defame and injure Shaft, the one person who saw promise in her, invested time and resources in her and succeeded in making her rich and famous." (PageSix)


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