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Lizzo Makes Music History as the First Black Woman in 2019 to Score a No. One Hit. Lizzo is 100% that bitch. The 31-year-old singer's banger "Truth Hurts" has reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. The catchy tune was sitting at number-three until Tuesday morning, when "Truth Hurts" rose to the top and knocked off Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes' "Senorita," which was at number-one last week. Making Lizzo's honor even more special? She's the first Black solo female R&B artist to earn that spot, according to Rated R&B. What's more? Fans of the 31-year-old star might recall that "Truth Hurts" debuted two years ago, in September 2017. It gained popularity again after being featured in Netflix's Someone Great, which was released in April. Now that's some hot girl s--t. Coming off the heels of her Made in America and 2019 MTV VMAs performance, where she also sang "Good As Hell" and took a shot of tequila on stage, the superstar is soaking up this major moment. "WE'RE NUMBER 1. THIS IS A W FOR ALL OF US," she captioned her post, and from the all-caps message, she was truly excited about hitting number-one. She continued, "ANYBODY WHO EVER FELT LIKE THEY VOICE WASN'T HEARD. ANYBODY WHO FELT LIKE THEY WEREN'T GOOD ENOUGH. YOU ARE. WE ARE. CHAMPIONS. I LOVE YALL 3 MUCH. LIZZBIANS UNITE SCROLL TO SEE MY ANNOYING ASS BLOOD SWEAT N TEARS." The "Good as Hell" singer also took to Twitter to share the honor with her fans and followers. "100% BLACK & NUMBER 1," she wrote. Moreover, the 31-year-old star's latest accomplishment got praise from Reese Witherspoon, Cardi B, who got emotional over the news, and many more celebs. "The fact that Lizzo a couple months ago felt underestimated and now she have a #1!!!!BITCH! take that! take that," the "Press" rapper shared on Twitter. "Makes me emotional It's the best feeling in the world." "Amazing!! So well deserved," the Big Little Lies actress wrote. "YEA MAN. Speechless. Do that SHIEETTTTTTTYTTY," SZA commented. "Yessss yes yes. So excited and so deserved your music is LIFE," Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness shared. On that note, we'll be celebrating Lizzo's victory by listening to her number-one hit all week long! (Eonline)

Cardi B feuds with crew of rapping 10-year-olds. Forget Cardi B's feud with Nicki Minaj. Now it's Cardi beefing with a bunch of 10-year-olds. The "Invasion of Privacy" rapper went on a mysterious rant on Instagram Live Monday night saying, "Not gonna let no little f?-?-?king white boys come at me all motherf?-?-?king day long. Motherf?-?-?king shut the f?-?-?k up and stay in your motherf?-?-?king place. Go drink your motherf?-?-?king milk, bitch. F?-?-?k." Now Page Six is told that the offending "white boys" are four 10-year-old Westchester fraternal quadruplet brothers who post their music on their ZN8tion Instagram account, which has 143,000 followers. Turns out they posted a "diss track" directed at Cardi two weeks ago, featuring not-safe-for-nap-time lyrics such as "You belong in a zoo" and "They could fix your teeth, but they couldn't fix your face." It also, somewhat implausibly, calls the rap superstar "washed up," and they chant, "I don't know what's faker: your life or your butt." In the video, one of the kids -- who go by the rap names Hollywood, Slim Z, Bonez McKoy and Mr. Great -- dances around with a pillow shoved down his pants as a fake, oversize bottom. Hollywood -- who stepped out of an after-school club to speak with us, cautioning that the interview would have to be brief or his mom would start yelling -- told us that they targeted Cardi in the track because "she's been a bully" to other rappers in a number of songs. (He declined to specify whom, exactly.) "We wanted to show Cardi B to not be a bully and give her a taste of her own medicine," he said, adding that Cardi responding to the track "made us feel like we'd done our job." They also released a diss track aimed at Tekashi 69, which includes the regrettable -- and improbable, for a preteen -- line, "Tekashi 69 in the prison dropping soap, crying to the judge but he's got no hope." (PageSix)

Julie Andrews Says Sudden Success of 'Mary Poppins,' 'The Sound of Music' Was 'Like An Assault'. Hollywood success came so suddenly for Julie Andrews, she said it felt like "an assault." The 83-year-old star is nothing but grateful for everything that's come her way, but she had the unique experience of having filmed three movies back to back before any had come out -- two of which, Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music are still her most enduring. "I hope I had some common sense, but it could knock you off your feet that assault of press and adulation," the 83-year-old said Tuesday (Sept. 3) at the Venice International Film Festival. She made the trip to Italy to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award there the evening prior. Andrews enchanted the audience with tales of her expansive career, regaling them with stories about everything from Walt Disney offering her the role of Mary Poppins -- despite the fact that she had never done a film and was three months pregnant -- to thanking Jack Warner while accepting her Golden Globe for the part. Warner had passed on her to play Eliza Doolittle in the big screen adaptation of My Fair Lady, which meant she was free to take Mary Poppins. "I had hoped but understood completely when I did not get asked to do the movie for Warner Bros. who went with my friend Audrey Hepburn," Andrews said. "But it's not difficult to get over the disappointment because Mr. Disney comes along and asks if you want to do Mary Poppins." She spoke too about her 41-year marriage to the late director Blake Edwards, whom she would act for in a number of films including 10, Victor Victoria, S.O.B. and That's Life. "He understood me very well and I think he saw that I wasn't just a goody too-shoes. I wasn't just prim and proper... there may be some comedy there," she said. "He saw that and developed that." It was a family affair in Venice for Andrews, who brought along her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, her granddaughter, her grandson and her son-in-law. She has a memoir coming out in mid-October detailing her Hollywood years, from Mary Poppins through Victor Victoria called Homework that she co-wrote with Hamilton. Ever gracious, Andrews said that she feels like she has been racing to catch up her whole life. "Things came so quickly and so wonderfully," she said, advising everyone to, "Do your homework, be ready, you never know when you are going to get so lucky. I am and I was lucky." One audience member asked Andrews Tuesday whether there was anything she wasn't "practically perfect" at. "I can't cook at all, I'm very bad," Andrews said. "I am the queen of breakfasts." This, she said, was even with five children and 10 grandchildren. Once she tried to make her daughter cookies without baking soda, however. "I couldn't even break the cookie when I was finished," Andrews said. She asked her daughter what else she was bad at. Hamilton: "You swear a lot." Andrews: "I do swear a lot! Mr. Disney found that out quite quickly." (Billboard)

Robert Finley Continues His Impressive Form on 'America's Got Talent': Robert Finley is still chasing his AGTdream... and a large pot of cash. With the semi-finals of America's Got Talent kicking off this week, the 65-year-old bluesman continued his impressive run of form. Complemented by a full band and backing singers, Finley performed another original song, the aptly-named "Age Don't Mean a Thing." Last month, at the quarterfinal stage, Finley performed "Starting to See," an original song based on his journey through the TV talent quest. The Winnsboro, Louisiana-native hasn't been slowed by glaucoma, which has diminished his sight. The Vietnam vet has a full-length LP to his credit and performed on Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound Review tour in 2017. (Billboard)

A$AP Rocky's Swedish Lawyer Won't Appeal Assault Conviction. The lawyer for American rapper A$AP Rocky says his client won't appeal his misdemeanor assault conviction for a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm. Slobodan Jovicic told Sweden's TT news agency Wednesday (Sept. 4) that the rapper doesn't have the energy to appeal. A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, had pleaded self-defense and said he had tried to avoid a confrontation with two men who he said were persistently following his entourage. One of them picked a fight with a bodyguard, Mayers said during his trial. "I AM OF COURSE DISAPPOINTED BY TODAY'S VERDICT. I WANT TO SAY THANKS AGAIN TO ALL OF MY FANS, FRIENDS, AND EVERYONE WHO SHOWED ME LOVE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME," the rapper wrote to Instagram following the verdict. "IMMA KEEP MOVING FORWARD. THANK YOU TO MY TEAM, MY MANAGEMENT, ATTORNEYS, LABEL AND EVERYONE WHO ADVOCATED FOR JUSTICE." No fines or community service were levied on Rocky and his pair of co-defendants in the case. However, the Swedish court did order the Harlem native to pay up approximately $22,300 in restitution and legal fees to 19-year-old alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari. The amount is a combined sum to be paid by all three defendants in total. On Aug. 14, Mayers and the bodyguards were given "conditional sentences" for the assault convictions, meaning they won't serve prison time unless they commit a similar offense in Sweden again. Last month, the prosecutor said he wouldn't appeal the verdict either. (Billboard)


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