Manny Hernandez/Getty Images'90s star Vanilla Ice was set to perform a concert Friday night in Austin, TX, but that show's now been postponed to a later date following the backlash he and the venue have received about the event's safety.
The show was to have taken place at the Emerald Point Bar and Grill, but the venue's owner, William Brannam, tells ABC Audio that after all the media attention surrounding the show, Vanilla Ice made the decision to reschedule. Brannam also revealed that he'd received three death threats.
On Thursday, Ice tweeted, "Due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers in Austin we’re gonna move the concert to a better date. We were hoping for better Coronavirus numbers by July but unfortunately the numbers have increased quite a bit so for the safety and health of everyone we’re going to stay home."
Responses were generally positive, with one person tweeting, "Thank you for putting your fans' safety before money."
Ice says the venue, which can hold 5,000, was going to limit capacity to 450. According to Brannam, 84 tickets had been sold on EventBrite, while he'd sold all 96 available VIP tickets, plus 104 tickets for seating in the venue's upper deck. Last year, the "Ice Ice Baby" artist played the same place and drew 1,800 people.
Another '90s act, Color Me Badd, was to have played at the Emerald Point on Saturday. That show's also been rescheduled, as have upcoming shows featuring "Wild Thing" rapper Tone Loc and "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper Coolio.
Brannam says all the artists have already been paid, and he hopes to arrange a '90s "super concert" with all three in the future.
Last weekend, country artists Chase Rice and Chris Janson faced huge backlash after playing live shows where social distancing wasn't practiced.
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Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images"Mercy" singer Duffy, who recently revealed that she'd been kidnapped, drugged and sexually assaulted, has written to open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, admonishing the platform for showing a film that she says glamorizes rape and sexual trafficking.
As Deadline reports, the movie is a Polish film called 365 Days, which is currently number five on Netflix's list of its top 10 most popular films in the U.K. Described as an erotic drama, it's about a young woman who's kidnapped and held prisoner by a gangster, who gives her one year to fall in love with him.
Deadline has printed Duffy's letter in full. It reads, in part, "I really don’t know what to think, say, or do, other than to reach out and explain to you in this letter how irresponsible it was of Netflix to broadcast the film 365 Days."
She continues, "365 Days glamorizes the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping and rape. This should not be anyone’s idea of entertainment, nor should it be described as such, or be commercialized in this manner."
"It grieves me that Netflix provides a platform for such ‘cinema’, that eroticizes kidnapping and distorts sexual violence and trafficking as a 'sexy' movie," she notes. "I just can’t imagine how Netflix could overlook how careless, insensitive, and dangerous this is."
Noting that 25 million people are currently trafficked around the world, Duffy adds, "I am compelled to speak on their behalf, and to ask you to right this wrong; to commit the resources of Netflix...to producing and broadcasting content that portrays the truth of the harsh and desperate reality of what 365 Days has sought to turn into a work of casual entertainment."
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyA few days ago, Katy Perry's latest single, "Daisies," reached the top 10 of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs airplay chart. She's now the fifth artist to have scored at least 16 top 10s on that particular chart -- and two of the other four artists have saluted her achievement on Twitter.
Kelly Clarkson, who's also had 16 top 10s on that chart, tweeted, "Get it @katyperry you look BEAUTIFUL in this video #bytheway." Katy retweeted Kelly's comments, adding, "Thank you friend."
Pink, who's had 17 top 10s, tweeted, "Congratulations Katy!!!!! Woot woot that’s a lot of ladies xoxo."
Katy retweeted Pink's comment and, making a joke about Pink's birth name, Alecia Moore, wrote, "The Moore the merrier."
The other artists in the club include Taylor Swift, who's had 22, and Maroon 5, the kings with 25.
"Daisies" is from Katy's new album, which is due August 14. So far, there's been no announcement of its title.
Weiss EubanksDespite going through a divorce, Kelly Clarkson is literally living the lyrics of her hit song "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," a source tells People magazine.
"Kelly is a doer, a pusher, someone who forges ahead even when it's difficult for her,"the insider dishes. "Being busy is a blessing and she knows that."
Kelly's been preparing for the new season of The Voice and, of course, working on her now Emmy-winning talk show. Over the weekend, she participated in a charity telethon for the L.A. based charity Project Angel Food. On top of that, she's working on her new album.
"Music builds her up, even if her songs are confronting her troubles," People quotes a friend of the singer as saying. "Kelly will come out of this a stronger person."
Kelly filed from divorce from her husband of seven years, Brandon Blackstock, last month, but on Twitter, she thanked him when she won the Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. The friend says that isn't surprising.
"Brandon's confidence in her talent and his ability to push the right buttons for her has been great for her career," says the friend. "Kelly's excited, proud and grateful."
Europa Press News/Europa Press via Getty ImagesEd Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Lewis Capaldi are among the 1,500 people who've signed a letter asking the U.K. government to support the live music industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter, addressed to the U.K.'s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, was signed by artists who would otherwise have been performing at festivals this summer.
Others signing on to the campaign include Coldplay, Sam Smith, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones, as well as crew members and venues.
"Live music has been one of the U.K.’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade," reads the letter. "But with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak."
According to Music Week, the live music sector supports some 210,000 jobs and adds billions to the economy, but tens of thousands may find themselves out of a job in the coming year.
Among the requests: a "clear, conditional timeline" for reopening venues, plus financial support and a tax exemption on ticket sales.
In a statement, Dua Lipa said, "From the very start, playing live concerts up and down the country has been a cornerstone for my own career...But the possibility for other emerging British artists to take the same path is in danger if the industry doesn’t receive much needed government support...before all the various venues, festivals and promoters are ready and able to operate independently again.”
The secretary responded on Twitter, "I understand the deep anxiety of those working in music & the desire to see fixed dates for reopening. I am pushing hard for these dates & to give you a clear roadmap back."
The movie features performances from a sold-out three-night stand the Eagles played on September 12, 14 and 15, 2018, in the L.A. suburb of Inglewood, California. The program will be introduced by ESPN announcer Chris Berman, a longtime Eagles fan.
"Sports and music have long been at the top of the list for being able to bring people of all types together. The Eagles have been doing just that for almost half a century," says Berman.
"We at ESPN are thrilled beyond belief to share this premiere with everyone! What a wonderful way to cap off the holiday weekend!"
Adds Eagles manager Irving Azoff, "Music and sports fans have been shut out from live events for more than three months. The premiere of Live from The Forum MMXVIII, this July 4th weekend on ESPN, is the Eagles' gift to their fans."
The film, along with a companion album, will be issued in multiple formats and configurations on October 16. This will be the first Eagles release featuring the group's current lineup, which includes country star Vince Gill and Deacon Frey -- son of late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey -- joining longtime members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit.
Live from The Forum MMXVIII will be available as Blu-ray/two-CD or DVD/two-CD sets, a four-LP vinyl or two-CD audio-only collections, digitally and via streaming. A super deluxe box set featuring the Blu-ray, two CDs and four LPs also will be available.
"Seven Bridges Road" Joe Walsh: "How ya doin'?" "Take It Easy" "One of These Nights" Don Henley: "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen" "Take It to the Limit" "Tequila Sunrise" "In the City" Timothy B. Schmit: "Hey, everybody, that's Joe Walsh" "I Can't Tell You Why" "New Kid in Town" Don Henley: "Just want to thank all of you…" "How Long" Deacon Frey: "Hello, everybody…" "Peaceful Easy Feeling" "Ol' 55" "Lyin' Eyes" "Love Will Keep Us Alive" Vince Gill: "How about a nice hand for California, man..." "Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away" "Those Shoes" "Already Gone" "Walk Away" Joe Walsh: "Is everybody OK?" "Life's Been Good" "The Boys of Summer" "Heartache Tonight" "Funk #49" "Life in the Fast Lane" "Hotel California" "Rocky Mountain Way" "Desperado" "The Long Run"
Melbar Entertainment GroupWhat do Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, BarbraStreisand, Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole have in common? They've all had hit records produced by David Foster -- and some of them are featured in the new documentaryDavid Foster: Off the Record, now streaming on Netflix.
"I know that I have done a lot of stuff in my life," David, who's won 16 Grammys and sold 500 million albums, tells ABC Audio. "Obviously, the music geeks will be interested [in the film]."
However, he notes, "My music is not for everybody, that's for sure...I can't imagine that the Van Halen fan would wanna watch the David Foster documentary! But at the same time, Celine and Whitney and Natalie Cole and Barbra Streisand and Groban and Buble...they have a lot of fans."
Director Barry Avrich, meanwhile, feels the movie is for "anybody that loves music and just loves to sort of get lost in an era of yesterday, today and tomorrow."
Foster admits he was surprised at how emotional Michael Buble got while talking about working together, and says he's pleased that he and Barbra Streisand both remembered their first meeting the same way. He says the part of the film that documents how he produced The Bodyguard soundtrack with Whitney Houston is his favorite.
"I mean, she was beyond iconic," he gushes. "And I got to be a part of that."
But not everything's positive: His daughters -- he has five, from three different women -- have some unflattering things to say about him, as do three members of the band Chicago, who accuse Foster of ruining their signature sound.
"We had huge success...But it was with my stamp on it...And they didn't like that. And I get it. I totally get it," he says. "I wish they'd ragged on me more!"
ABC/Lou RoccoWriting your memoir is so 2019: Alanis Morissette has teamed with Audible to create what the company is calling an "original musical narrative."
Production is currently underway on the project, which will incorporate Alanis' own words and her music, at her home studio. There's no release date yet, but Audible says that in the project, Alanis "unpacks a lifetime of conscious self-discovery in a powerful and thoughtful rumination on her journey as an artist, celebrity, and human being."
Other artists who are creating similar narratives for Audible include alt-rocker St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, and Motown legend Smokey Robinson.
Meanwhile, Alanis' new album Such Pretty Forks in the Road is due July 31. It's her first collection of original material in eight years.
ABC/Image Group LASince Maren Morris welcomed baby Hayes this spring, she and her husband, fellow artist Ryan Hurd, have been sharing plenty of adorable snapshots of him on social media. But the singer says that might change, in part because she's been the target of some mommy-shaming.
This week, Maren posted a photo of herself and Hayes enjoying a day at the lake, wearing matching swimsuits and sunglasses and riding on board an inflatable boat. Of course, one Twitter user had to chime in and ask why Hayes wasn’t wearing a life jacket.
While many fans jumped to Maren’s defense, the singer explained that she has to deal with that kind of commentary every time she shares a picture of her son.
“Honestly, I get so many criticisms of my motherhood on anything I post of Hayes, so I may just discontinue posting photos of him,” she responded. “Sucks but it’s kind of where I’m at.”
Country singer Mickey Guytondefended Maren, and encouraged her not to take the Twitter trolls’ words to heart.
“You’re an amazing mother and those that have something to say don’t deserve to see this beautiful life you’ve created in love,” Mickey wrote.
Maren thanked Mickey for the support, but noted that she and Ryan had been considering scaling back how much they share about their baby for other reasons, too.
Still, she admitted that the negativity she was facing was especially hurtful, since so much of it was coming from other moms.
“We talked about curbing posting photos anyway now that he’s a little bit older, but the added crap from (mostly other moms) folks definitely forced our hand,” Maren pointed out.
Norman SeeffSince we can't mark Independence Day by going out and enjoying live music, James Taylor is bringing the celebration right to your laptop or phone.
On July 4, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is streaming the concert he did in August of 2015 at Boston's iconic Fenway Park, free on his official YouTube channel, and on his Facebook page. The concert, which includes a guest appearance by James' pal Bonnie Raitt, streams at 2 p.m. ET on YouTube, and at 5 p.m. ET on Facebook.
In addition to Bonnie joining James for a version of the Eddie Floyd classic "Knock on Wood," plus James' on "Shed a Little Light," the concert features Taylor performing such classics as "Fire and Rain," "Your Smiling Face," "You've Got a Friend," "Shower the People," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "Copperline," "Mexico," and "Sweet Baby James."
While the concert is free, James is streaming it in support of Live Nation's Crew Nation initiative, which supports all the concert crews who've been put out of work due to the shutdown of the live music industry, as well as the Red Sox Foundation, the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox.
Bryan Steffy/Getty ImagesBarry Manilow, Andy Grammer, Kenny Loggins, Jewel and "American Pie" singer Don McLean are among the performers you'll see this weekend on CNN's four-hour special, The Fourth in America.
The primetime special will include footage of fireworks shows in various U.S. cities, including New York City and Washington, D.C., as well as tributes to "our fellow Americans who defend our freedoms, demand equality for all and are working on the front lines to protect us from...the coronavirus."
In addition to Barry, Andy, Kenny, Jewel and Don, viewers will also enjoy performances from The O'Jays, Pat Benatar and her husband/guitarist, Neil Giraldo, country star Martina McBride, Carlos Santana, and the casts of the Broadway musicals Ain't Too Proud -- The Life and Times of the Temptations, and Girl from the North Country, the latter of which is based around Bob Dylan's songs.
CNN's Don Lemon and Dana Bash will co-anchor The Fourth in America, which you can also stream live at CNN.com and on CNN apps. It airs at 8 p.m. ET.
ABC/Image Group LACamila Cabello is ready to talk politics.
The singer is teaming up with the non-profit HeadCount in order to encourage her fans to register to vote in the November presidential election.
Each month until October, Camila will select one fan at random who checked their voter registration status at HeadCount.org/Camila. That fan will get a personal video chat from Camila herself.
If any person is not registered to vote, they’ll be directed to their state election website or pointed to a printable form in order to get registered.
“I promised to keep using my platform to take action and make real lasting change, so I’m working with @headcountorg to help register voters,” Camila announced earlier this month.
For 16 years, HeadCount has been registering voters at festivals and concerts. This year, due to COVID-19, they’ve taken a digital approach. The organization expects to register at least 200,000 voters for the 2020 election.
NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesThey're not even engaged, but US Weekly claims that longtime partners Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are so eager to get married that they may tie the knot this summer.
The mag quotes a source as saying the couple is “keen to make it happen as soon as possible,” but safety is their priority amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has turned their world upside down, as it has with so many families,” the mag quotes an insider as saying. "Gwen knows she is blessed and wants to have the wedding as soon as social distancing guidelines are lifted.”
So, while they want to go "all out” for a big summer wedding, the source notes, "It won’t be the end of the world if they have to move things back till the fall.”
Either way, there are allegedly two ceremonies planned -- one in L.A., and one on Blake's ranch in Oklahoma. A second source dishes, "Oklahoma gives the couple more privacy and the possibilities are endless for a wedding reception people will talk about for years."
Gwen started the process of annulling her first marriage, to Bush singer Gavin Rossdale, in March of 2019, so that she can have her marriage to Blake recognized by the Catholic church. However, she's apparently no longer willing to wait for that to happen.
A source told the mag last month that Gwen now realizes "waiting for the annulment at this point is just futile because it could take years for the church tribunal to issue the decision.”
Gwen and Blake went public with their romance in November of 2015. They've been quarantining together, along with Gwen's three sons with Gavin: Kingston, 14, Zuma, 11, and Apollo, 6.
Gus Stewart/YouTubeLike seemingly every other artist, Elton John's had to pause his tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now he's figured out a way to give fans the gift of live music, and raise money for a good cause in the process.
Starting on Friday at 12 pm ET, Elton is launching a weekly archival concert series on his official YouTube channel.The Elton John: Classic Concert Series will kick off with Live at the Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, a 1976 show that's being made available digitally for the first time.
This particular concert features Elton performing classics like "Daniel," "Rocket Man," "Bennie and the Jets," "Skyline Pigeon" and "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)." After this show, he didn't play another full concert for seven months.
Following Friday's launch, a new concert will then premiere every Saturday at 12 pm ET for six weeks, and there will also be limited-edition merch to go along with the series. While enjoying the shows, fans will be asked to donate to Elton's AIDS Foundation, in support of its COVID-19 relief efforts.
"My Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund helps front line partners prepare for and respond to the pandemic and its effects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalized communities," Elton says in a statement.
He goes on: "We cannot jeopardize HIV testing and care during this time or else the results could be disastrous for the 37.5 million people living with HIV. So, I’m really happy to connect this YouTube Concert series to benefit our Foundation’s urgent COVID response."
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicIn her new Facebook Watch series, Unfiltered: Paris Jackson & Gabriel Glenn, Paris Jackson opened up about her sexuality and revealed that her father, the late King of Pop Michael Jackson seemed to have her figured out before she did.
"My dad caught on pretty quick," the 22-year-old said, adding that Michael would lightheartedly joke about her admiration for members of the same sex.
"I think he just felt the energy and he would like kind of tease me the same way that he would tease my brothers, like 'Oh, you got yourself a girlfriend,'" she shared.
Paris was only 11-years-old when she lost her father, but she realizes now that having that support at such a young age is something to be grateful for.
"I’m very lucky to have that, especially so young—I think I was like 8 or 9," she admitted. "Not many children have that experience."
These days Paris -- who is in a relationship with boyfriend Gabriel Glenn -- is more confident in her sexuality and while she describes herself as "gay" she shared that it really isn't a true representation of her romantic life.
"I say I’m gay, because I guess I am, but I wouldn’t consider myself bisexual because I’ve dated more than just men and women," she explained. "I’ve dated a man that had a vagina. So it has nothing to do with what’s in your pants. It has nothing to do with your XY chromosome makeup…it’s literally just like, what are you like as a person."
New episodes of Unfiltered: Paris Jackson & Gabriel Glenn are available every Tuesday on Facebook Watch.
Gabriel Olsen/WireImageSara Bareilles became a proud member of the Broadway community thanks to her hit 2015 musical Waitress, and she says it's been tough to see theaters go dark during the COVID-19 pandemic. And now, following news this week that the Great White Way will remain closed for the rest of the year, Sara says she’s “devastated.”
“My heart goes out to the theater community because I know that's a really tough blow to a lot of people who have moved here to follow this dream and are just making ends meet,” she tells ABC Audio.
She adds that the bright side to all this could be that the shutdown might provide a much-needed time of reflection for the theater community, given the cultural shifts taking place in our country right now.
“I think that I have to trust that this pause is going to allow some really important reflection and maybe some reorganizing of the places inside the theater industry that need to adjust and compensate for the changes that are happening in front of us, you know, socially and culturally and just in our consciousness as people,” she says.
Sara, who’s currently gearing up for the July 10 premiere of her Apple TV show Little Voice, says she believes Broadway will come back bigger and better than ever.
“I think that people really need theater,” she says. “I miss it. I miss it so much. But I have to trust, too, that you know, we want to do what's safe for the community. And I hope that this time gets used really wisely, sort of in terms of reflection and making change.”
L-R: Elton John, Bernie Taupin, ABC/Rick RowellNext year, when stars stand onstage clutching their Oscars and say that they'd like to "thank the Academy," among the people they'll be thanking are Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin and Larry Mullen Jr., the drummer of U2.
Bernie and Larry are among more than 800 members of the showbiz community who've been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- and that means they can now vote on who wins the Oscars.
Both men were invited to join the Academy by its Music branch. Bernie is a new Oscar winner for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," the song from Rocketman which he co-wrote with Elton.
As a member of U2, Larry has been Oscar-nominated twice: Once for the song "Ordinary Love," from the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and once for "The Hands that Built America," from Gangs of New York. He also acted in the 2011 movie Man on the Train and the 2013 film A Thousand Times Good Night.
45% of the new members are women, while 36% are members of ethnic or racial communities that have been underrepresented in the Academy.
Other new members include singer/songwriter Patrice Rushen, country star Tim McGraw, Eva Longoria, Natasha Lyonne, Niecy Nash, Florence Pugh, Constance Wu, Zazie Beetz, Beanie Feldstein, Cynthia Erivo, Olivia Wilde, Bobby Cannavale and many of the stars of the Oscar-winning Korean film Parasite.
Mauricio Santana/Getty ImagesMaroon 5 is rumored to be working on releasing new music, but the band's bass player was arrested over the weekend.
Page Six reports that Mickey Madden was arrested in L.A. Saturday afternoon for violating California penal code 273.5(a), which means "willfully inflicting a 'traumatic' injury on a spouse or cohabitant."
The LAPD told Page Six that Madden, who is unmarried, posted $50,000 bail. The identity of the alleged victim was not revealed.
A spokesperson for Maroon 5 told Page Six, “We are deeply devastated by this disappointing news. As we learn more, we are looking at this very seriously. For now, we are allowing all of the individuals involved the space to work things through.”
Back in 2016, Page Six notes, Madden took a plea deal for allegedly passing drugs to James Gubelman, a former boyfriend of Ivanka Trump. In exchange for a conditional dismissal, he agreed to stay out of trouble for six months and serve one day of community service.
Madonna: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for dcp; Dua Lipa: Hugo ComteRecently, Dua Lipa said she admired Madonna because she proved that there's no age limit for women in pop music. Now, she might have the opportunity to get some career longevity advice directly from the Queen of Pop herself.
Speaking to the British publication Music Week, Ben Mawson -- one of the co-founders of Dua's management company, Tap Music -- talks about his efforts to arrange a collaboration between Dua and Madonna.
Noting that when he first met Dua at age 17, she "aspired to be Madonna," Mawson says now, "She’s definitely the complete pop star," and notes that "obviously," Dua's current album, Future Nostalgia, is "heavily influenced by Madonna.”
“In fact, we’re about to try and get Madonna on a record,” Mawson dished. “I’m going to write the email and see if she’s up for going on a Dua track. But Dua’s definitely got it all, so she’s got unlimited potential.”
Madonna generally seems up for collaborations with younger artists: Over the years, she's collaborated with everyone from Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, to rappers Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, to Latin music superstar Maluma. She also contributed a monologue to Ariana Grande's video "God Is a Woman."