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People keep stealing Old Town Road street signs in this Massachusetts town. Looks like people are taking their shenanigans to the Old Town Road -- well, at least in Wellesley, Mass. Residential street signs bearing the same name as Lil Nas X's hit song have been stolen three times in recent months, the town's website confirms. "Currently the street sign posts are empty," a news post says. "The Department of Public Works is waiting for the song's popularity to fade before replacing the signs again." While the song is a lighthearted anthem, it seems the sign thieves are taking its "Can't nobody tell me nothin'" lyrics too literally. The town certainly says the incidents are no laughing matter. "First responders often rely on the street signs in emergencies and missing signs could delay response times," the post adds. Additionally, each time the sign is taken, replacement costs can reach up to $280, not taking into account installation labor. Wellesley isn't the only area to face "Old Town Road"-related situations, according to a CNN report. In the District of Sicamous, British Columbia, fans have been stopping to take photos of the local Old Town Road. But after some signs went missing, the local chamber of commerce got smart and started selling copies of the sign for $25 plus shipping. "Old Town Road," Lil Nas X's country/rap song, made history in June for becoming the longest-running No. 1 song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. It smashed the previous record held by "Despacito," from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, and by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day." Since its release, "Old Town Road" has been remixed by the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo, Young Thug, Mason Ramsey, and even RM of BTS. (Entertainment Weekly)

Billboard Music Awards Announce 2020 Date & Location. Next year's Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas once again, on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The show, helmed by dick clark productions, will take place 8-11 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. The host, musical performers and nominees are yet to be announced. The 2019 Billboard Music Awards aired earlier this year on May 1. Kelly Clarkson hosted and Cardi B took the lead with a whopping 21 nominations in 18 categories. Drake made history and became the most awarded artist in BBMAs history, while the Jonas Brothers, Halsey, and Madonna performed, among others. Stay tuned for more information about the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. (Billboard)

Billie Eilish has a vision of what hell is really like ... tarring and feathering herself on the set of her upcoming music video ... and the images will stick with you!!! The 17-year-old alt-pop singer got down and dirty filming the video for her track, "all the good girls go to hell" ... throwing on a huge set of feathery wings and completely covering herself in heavy black makeup that looks just like sludge. The imagery is pretty powerful ... you see Billie slowly rising up from the ground, bogged down by the tar and feathers, as she sings for the cameras. At one point, she switches into a pure white look with some perfectly clean feathers for some serious angel vibes. If you paid attention in history class, you might recall learning about tarring and feathering ... an old form of public humiliation used in feudal Europe, and even here in America. But history lessons are boring, so Billie's music video also has FIRE ... massive flickering FLAMES and a HUGE EXPLOSION!!! (TMZ)

Big Daddy Kane, Mr. Vegas & More Announced for Delicious Vinyl's West Adams Block Party in Los Angeles. Los Angeles's annual West Adams Block Party will return for its third year with performances from Big Daddy Kane, Mr. Vegas, Lila Ike and more on Sept. 1. The all-ages free event will take place in front of Delicious Pizza and is presented by Delicious Vinyl, Dreamhaus, Lets.Give, West Adams Family, Elevate Culture, Embrace LA, and city councilmember Herb Wesson's office. The block party will feature four stages with more than 30 live music and DJ performances spanning hip-hop, reggae, soul, Afrobeat, Latin jazz, cumbia and salsa with sets from Yaadcore, Mia Carucci and The World Famous Beat Junkies with special guest T3 of Slum Village. Ill Camille, Tiara Monique, DJ Foreigner, Shacia Payne, Amplify Africa x NNEOMA, DJ R-Tistic and more will also perform sets at the event. The West Adams Block Party will be hosted by DJ QwessCoast and Cece Valencia from local radio station 93.5 KDAY and will also feature more than 40 merchandise vendors and food vendors. Delicious Pizza was established by Delicious Vinyl co-founder Michael Ross. The hip-hop label has worked with Tone Loc, Young MC, The Pharcyde and others. (Billboard)

Madonna to Perform 2 Citi Sound Vault Shows in Brooklyn & Philadelphia. In the midst of her wildly popular Madame X tour, Madonna is giving fans more opportunities to see her live. The icon announced on Monday (Aug. 12) that she will be performing two intimate shows as part of Citi Sound Vault. She will be heading to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on Sept. 18, where she will also be playing from Sept. 12 to Oct. 7. Additionally, she will take over the Met in Philadelphia on Dec. 7, where she will continue to play through Dec. 11. Citi cardmembers were able to purchase tickets on Tuesday (Aug. 13). (Billboard)

Live Nation to Open Fillmore Minneapolis in 2020. The 36,000-square-foot, 1,850-person capacity venue plans to host 175 concerts and events per year. Live Nation has announced plans to build the Fillmore Minneapolis, scheduled to open in February 2020. The concert venue will be situated next to Target Field Station at 521 N. 5th Street in Minneapolis. The 36,000-square-foot, 1,850-person capacity Fillmore Minneapolis plans to host 175 concerts and events per year. Minneapolis talent buyer Tamsen Preston will book for The Fillmore Minneapolis whose music initial lineup announcement is scheduled for October. "The Fillmore Minneapolis will be a redefined concert experience for the Twin Cities, and we're thrilled to unveil this unmatched venue right next to Target Field near downtown in the North Loop," said Live Nation's Clubs & Theaters division president Ron Bension. "At every Fillmore we welcome our guests to make a night of it, not just with our incredible lineup of world-class performers, but also with delicious food, inventive cocktails and craft beers." The Fillmore Minneapolis music hall, VIP lounge and private box seats feature thoughtful design elements, including Fillmore nostalgia from the original San Francisco venue, traditional signature Fillmore red velvet drapes, a wood dance floor, murals, chandeliers and other local Minneapolis features. Box seats and premium tickets are on the venue's mezzanine level, featuring custom artwork paying homage to Prince. On the mezzanine level will be the luxurious BG's Lounge, named for legendary Fillmore promoter Bill Graham, showcasing framed Fillmore posters featuring Minnesota artists and bands who have played at The Fillmore music venues. The Minneapolis Fillmore will be the 10th in the country. The Fillmore Minneapolis is being built in partnership with United Properties. (Billboard)

Slipknot Leads Ed Sheeran on Midweek U.K. Albums Chart. Slipknot are on the verge of tying up their first U.K. albums chart title in 13 years. The U.S. metal veterans have taken charge of the survey with We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner), which leads Ed Sheeran's second-placed No.6 Collaborations Project (Asylum) by more than 13,000 chart sales, according to the Official Charts Company. We Are Not Your Kind should become Slipknot's fifth consecutive top 5 album, and their first since 5 - The Gray Chapter hit No. 2 back in 2014. The masked rockers hit the summit just once, with 2001's Iowa. According to the OCC, Slipknot have shifted the most physical copies and digital downloads across the weekend, while Sheeran leads on streaming with No.6 Collaborations Project, which has reigned over the chart for the past four weeks. Meanwhile, Welsh rock outfit Feeder are charging toward a ninth top 10 album with Tallulah (Believe), which sits at No. 3 on the Official Chart Update, while Bon Iver's new set I,I. (Jagjaguwar), which got a surprise early release last week on digital platforms, comes in at No 5 at the midweek mark. New album releases by Rick Ross, Trippie Redd and Marika Hackman impact the top 20 at the halfway stage. On the singles tally, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's "Senorita" (EMI/Syco Music) is sailing to a fifth week at No. 1, based on early sales and streaming reports, while Kygo and Whitney Houston's "Higher Love" (Columbia/Kygo) could enter the top 5 for the first time. The Steve Winwood cover is up 9-3 and could would be the Norwegian producer's highest charting single to-date, besting the No. 7 peak for "It Ain't Me," his 2017 collaboration with Selena Gomez. (Billboard)

Limited-Edition Ed Sheeran X Heinz Ketchup Bottles Will Raise Money. Ed Sheeran's love affair with Heinz Ketchup is, literally, skin deep. The singer has the condiment brand's logo inked on his bicep and now he's taking his love affair even further to benefit charity. After teaming up earlier this year for a limited-edition bottle of Edchup, Sheeran and Heinz have done it again with the limited-edition Ed Sheeran X Heinz bottle, which features a variety of Ed's tattoos (a paw print, jigsaw pieces, a rose) on 150 bottles. The majority of the signed bottles, 104, will be given away in an online sweepstakes. "Celebrating 150 years of Heinz, our number one fan Ed Sheeran has collaborated with us once again, this time on a very special, very limited-edition bottle of his favorite sauce," reads a statement about the giveaway. "Just 150 bottles are available across the world, each meticulously crafted, and signed by the man himself. And as if that's not enough, every piece also comes in a Collector's Edition speaker box. 104 bottles are up for grabs in our global free prize draw." Sheeran posted a picture with his signature bottle, revealing that the effort will raise money for the charities Rise Against Hunger and East Anglia Children's Hospices (EACH) through the auction of the first three bottles at a special Christie's Auction House event in London on Thursday (Aug. 15); only 100 tickets to the exclusive auction will be available to the public on a first come, first served basis. In case you forgot, Ed starred in a Heinz ad earlier this year. (Billboard)


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