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Action Bronson's show got way too lit -- by a strobe light -- which damn near blinded him mid-set ... sending him to the hospital. The Queens, NY rapper was performing at the Algonquin Commons Theatre up in Ottawa, Canada Monday night when he was blasted in the face by the bright flashing lights. Check it out ... Bronson immediately puts his hand over his eyes and stumbles back while Meyhem Lauren keeps rapping. He eventually walks off the stage, still looking disoriented. Action returned for another song but told the crowd he was seeing stars and had to get checked out. A concertgoer tells TMZ the rapper left and didn't come back ... and an announcement was made that he had to leave to receive medical attention. AB posted about the incident, explaining he couldn't finish the show because he was "blinded and disoriented," but doing better now. He added about the strobe lights ... "Those things need to never be near me again it was almost really bad. Be careful." His next gig's Saturday at the National Cannabis Festival at RFK Stadium in D.C. ... hopefully the lighting operator takes it easy on Action's eyes. (TMZ)

Beyonce Drops Surprise 'Homecoming' Live Album: Stream It Now. It was quite the homecoming for Beyonce, whose hotly-anticipated concert film got its official premiere in the early hours of Wednesday and was accompanied by a surprise live album release. Homecoming: The Live Album features 40 live cuts, including her Queen Bey's classics "Single Ladies" and "Crazy In Love" and a lot more. It was more than the Bey Hive could have wished for, and Twitter lit up as fans eager to catch her new Netflix concert special then had a new album literally land on their devices. The Homecoming album is a counterpart to the 2-hours-plus film, which takes a deep dive into Beyonce's landmark headline performance at 2018 Coachella performance and features candid footage and interviews. Of course, this isn't the first time Bey dropped a surprise release on us. In what's now known as "doing a Beyonce," the superstar singer's fifth, self-titled solo album made a stealth arrival and hit the summit of the Billboard 200. (Billboard)

Hey Violet Confirm Iain Shipp's Departure Following Sexual Assault Allegations. Hey Violet has opened-up on the departure of bass player Iain Shipp in light of sexual assault allegations which the remaining band members say they're "continuing to investigate." Shipp, who joined the outfit in 2016, has denied accusations from two of his ex-girlfriends who claim he admitted to raping a woman in the past, per PopBuzz. "I am aware of the disturbing allegations being issued against me and the matter is being investigated. They are deeply upsetting and untrue," he tweeted late last week. Speaking for the first time about the unfolding situation, the Los Angeles pop-rock outfit admit they don't have all the answers and, regardless, felt it best to continue without Shipp in the band. In a statement posted to their socials, the bandmates admit it's been an "incredibly difficult time" and that they still hold out hope that the allegations aren't accurate. The statement reads, "We have reached out to both parties affected both personally and through our attorney in hopes of gaining a better understanding of the situation, we are continuing to investigate the matter, but with the current details provided, there is not enough information to prove or disprove the allegations presented." The message continues, "We sincerely hope the allegations are untrue, but at this moment we feel it is best to continue on without Iain in the band. You are all like family to us and we hope you know that we've been taking this very seriously." The group has enjoyed moderate chart success in the United States, with "Guys My Age" their best-performing single, peaking at No. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2017. They've impacted the Billboard 200 on two occasions, with their debut From The Outside hitting No. 110 in 2017 and the EP I Can Feel It reaching No. 149 in 2015. Original keyboardist and backing vocalist Miranda Miller left the band just months out from the release of From The Outside, citing "grueling" road commitments. (Billboard)

Muse & Soundgarden 'Black Hole' Songs Get a Cosmic Boost From First Black Hole Photo. Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole" and Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" both posted big gains in streams following the April 10 unveiling of the first image of a supermassive black hole, according to Nielsen Music. "Supermassive" scored a 33% increase in on-demand streams (audio and video combined) in the U.S. on April 10-13, as compared to its streams earned on April 7-9. Its sum of streams rose from 149,000 to 199,000. Breaking that down further, the song's on-demand video streams bolted from 13,000 to 33,000 (a gain of 153%); while on-demand audio streams jumped from 136,000 to 165,000 (up 22%). As for Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," its combined on-demand streams zoomed from 622,000 to 783,000 (up 26%). Of that sum, on-demand video streams rose from 163,000 to 267,000 (up 64%) while on-demand audio streams increased from 460,000 to 516,000 (up 12%). "Supermassive" peaked at No. 6 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart in 2007, while "Black Hole Sun" reached No. 2 on the same list in 1994. (Billboard)

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