Demi Lovato's upcoming Grammys performance will mark the fulfillment of a promise she made to herself after nearly dying from an overdose ... so expect it to be very emotional. The singer will perform at Sunday's award show ... her first live performance since suffering the OD in July 2018, and TMZ's learned the song she's chosen is deeply connected to that scary ordeal. Our Grammys sources tell us ... Demi wrote and recorded the song 4 days before her overdose, and the lyrics will reflect her state of mind during that time in her life. We're told it's a "big ballad style" tune, and Lovato vowed while she was recovering in the hospital for months ... it would be the first song she'd perform at a big venue if she ever got the chance again. Sunday will be that big moment ... and she's taking advantage of her comeback opportunity. Along with performing the track on a huge stage, our sources say she'll be releasing the single after the show. We're not sure what the title is yet. Demi's Grammys gig will kick off a music revival for her. As we've reported ... she's also going to be singing the National Anthem one week later at Super Bowl LIV, and she plans to release a full-length studio album in the first half of 2020. We're told the new single will be included on the album. (TMZ)
New Lady Gaga song 'Stupid Love' leaks, her fanbase rejoices. Over the past few years, Lady Gaga has focused largely on her acting career, leaving many of the little monsters -- her beloved fanbase -- thirsty for new music. Days after reports indicated a new single would be coming in February, new track "Stupid Love" has leaked to the masses, and Gaga fans can't stop talking about it. Many are speculating that the song is Gaga's -- real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta -- first single from the 33-year-old's upcoming sixth album. The upbeat bop is reminiscent of the high-energy, disco-influenced tunes of her early career. Lyrics to the leaked tune include, "You're the one that I've been waiting for / Gotta quit this crying / Nobody's gonna heal me if I don't open the door / Kinda hard to believe (Gotta have faith in me)." "lady gaga serving gay bop, heavenly vocals, born this way nostalgia, disco pop, 80s synths in one song ... yeah everyone freaked out, everybody got down, everybody wants STUPID LOVE," wrote one fan on Twitter. "I'm not embarrassed to say I was excited when I heard Lady GaGa was releasing a new song," added another. "But after my son played Stupid Love I dropped my lasagna in amazement!" Another monster thinks the song is already worthy of Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the 2021 Grammys -- or possibly this year's -- while others are happy to simply have new material from the songstress. (PageSix)
Rich The Kid & NBA YoungBoy Flex on the Tennis Court in 'Money Talk' Video. On the heels of releasing "Money Talk" last week, Rich The Kid and YoungBoy Never Broke Again returned on Tuesday (Jan. 21) to deliver the DY Krazy produced record's coinciding music video. The clip amassed more than 800,000 views on YouTube in a day and entered the site's top 10 trending videos. RTK and YoungBoy keep things pretty simple for the most part, as the duo spends much of the visual dancing around a vacated tennis court at night, but there's not a racket in sight. They end up taking turns unleashing hard-hitting rhymes while showing off plenty of ice around their neck and wrist. "Money Talk" marks the pair's first collaboration since linking up on "For Keeps." This is also Rich The Kid's first release since his move over to Republic Records, but it remains to be seen if the single will be part of a larger project. (Billboard)
Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan Files Discrimination Complaint Against Recording Academy. UPDATE: In a statement to E! News, Douglas H. Wigdor and Michael J. Willemin, who are representing the CEO Deborah Dugan, reveal she's filing a complaint against the Recording Academy for discrimination. They state, "The complaint that we filed today against the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammys) highlights tactics reminiscent of those deployed by individuals defending Harvey Weinstein." "As we allege, the attempt by the Recording Academy to impugn the character of Deborah Dugan is a transparent effort to shift the focus away from its own unlawful activity," the statement continues. "This blatant form of retaliation in corporate America is all too common, even post #MeToo, and we will utilize all lawful means necessary to ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions."
TobyMac's Son Truett McKeehan Died of an Accidental Overdose of 2 Substances, Rep Confirms. Truett McKeehan died suddenly on Oct. 23. TobyMac's young son Truett Foster McKeehan's cause of death has been revealed. A representative for the Christian rapper confirms to PEOPLE that McKeehan died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl and amphetamines. McKeehan died suddenly on Oct. 23. The Davidson County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that medics responded to a cardiac arrest call at the family's Tennessee home. He was 21. An aspiring rapper, McKeehan released music on various platforms under the names TRU, Shiloh and Truett Foster. Over the years, he also joined forces with his father on several tracks. TobyMac had wrote the song "Scars" after his eldest son left home to pursue his dreams. "He moved to L.A. and he's making music and he's doing his thing," TobyMac told The Tennessean last October of the song's inspiration. "But to watch him go through that, and watch him get bruised, it's not easy. So that's one of the ways life has changed. In that song, I just want him to know he's not alone." TobyMac previously paid tribute to his son in an emotional statement after his death. "Truett Foster McKeehan had joy that took the room when he entered. He was a magnetic son and brother and friend. If you met him you knew him, you remembered him," TobyMac wrote in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. "His smile, his laugh, the encouragement he offered with words or even without. He had an untamable grand personality and dreams to match. And he hated being put in a box." He went on to praise his son's musical talents, calling him a "true artist." "He expressed himself through the music he made. And by made I mean, written, recorded, produced, mixed, and designed the art. All of it. A true artist," the shared, before reflecting on his son's first show a week before he died, which was "nothing short of electric." Earlier this month on Jan. 10, TobyMac released a heartbreaking song titled "21 Years" and a music video in honor of his son. "'21 years' is a song I wrote about the recent passing of my firstborn son, Truett Foster McKeehan. I loved him with all my heart," he wrote on Instagram, sharing a clip from the track's music video. "Until something in life hits you this hard, you never know how you will handle it. I am thankful that I have been surrounded by love, starting with God's and extending to community near and far that have walked with us and carried us everyday." Writing this song felt like an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise that describes the journey I'm probably only beginning. One thing I know is that I am not alone. God didn't promise us a life of no pain or even tragic death, but He did promise He would never leave us or forsake us. And I'm holding dearly to that promise for my son as well as myself." TobyMac, born Kevin McKeehan, also opened up about the loss on social media earlier that week. Remembering the passing of his son, he told followers the last few months had been "the hardest" he's ever faced. "Part of my process has always been to write about the things I'm going through, but this went to a whole new level," he shared. "What started out as getting some of my thoughts and feelings about losing my firstborn son down on paper, ended up a song. '21 Years' is a song I never wanted to write." The musician added that he wishes others may also find comfort in the track, saying, "I hope it's for someone out there, or maybe it's just for me." If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP. (People)