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Grammy-Winning Rapper/Actor Coolio Dies At Age 59

ABC News reports: Los Angeles rapper Coolio, who rose to the national spotlight in the 1990s with his Grammy-winning hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” died on Wednesday, his longtime manager Jarez Posey confirmed to ABC News. He was 59. Coolio, whose legal name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was found unresponsive Wednesday afternoon while visiting a friend’s house, and emergency personnel were …

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Biden Surprises Elton John With Humanities Medal

CNN reports: President Joe Biden on Friday presented Sir Elton John with the National Humanities Medal, surprising the music icon following a performance on the South Lawn of the White House. “I’m never flabbergasted, but I’m flabbergasted,” a visibly moved John said, thanking the President and saying that he will “treasure” the honor. Biden said that he and first lady …

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Lil Nas X Trolls Anti-Gay Protesters Outside Concert

The Daily Beast reports: Lil Nas X replied to a group of protesters who showed up outside his concert in Boston by sending them pizza. In a video posted to the rapper’s TikTok, the star commented that “people  were protesting my concert last night,” adding, “so we brought them pizza.” Video shows staffers for the 23-year-old bringing pizza to the …

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Singer R. Kelly Found Guilty Of Producing Child Porn

The Chicago Tribune reports: A federal jury in Chicago on Wednesday convicted disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly on child pornography charges for making videotapes of himself sexually abusing his then-14-year-old goddaughter decades ago. During the five-week trial, the jury was shown clips from three separate videos allegedly depicting Kelly abusing Jane, including the same tape from his Cook County trial …

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Melbourne Turns Pink In Tribute To Olivia Newton-John

Sky News Australia reports: Premier Daniel Andrews turned several Melbourne landmarks – including Flinders Street Station, Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Arts Centre – pink on Tuesday night as an acknowledgement of Olivia Newton-John’s “enormous contribution” to the state. “Tonight, landmarks across our city will be lit up pink to remember Olivia Newton-John, and her enormous contribution to cancer awareness, …

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BREAKING: Olivia Newton-John Dies At Age 73

Posted just now to her Facebook page: Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time. Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her …

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UK To Host Eurovision 2023, Ukraine Deemed Unsafe

The BBC reports: The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the UK next year, it has been confirmed. The show’s organisers decided the event could not be held in the winning country, Ukraine, due to the ongoing war following Russia’s invasion. The UK came second this year, so talks were opened with the BBC. “We are grateful to our …

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R. Kelly’s Manager Convicted Of Threat To Shoot Up NYC Theater Hosting Premier Of “Surviving R. Kelly” Series

Courthouse News reports: Just two and a half hours into deliberations following a two-day trial, a federal jury found onetime R. Kelly manager Donnell Russell guilty on Friday of calling in a shooting threat to sabotage the docuseries premiere of the gut-wrenching “Surviving R. Kelly.” The conviction carries a maximum sentence of five years for Russell, who did not testify …

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90s Is The Most Popular Decade For Music Streamers

Axios reports: Music from the 1990s is more popular than music from any other decade right now — even current tunes, according to data that Luminate shared with Axios. Savor this moment … a rare point of cross-generational consensus. They may not agree on bangs or jeans styles, but Gen Xers, millennials and “zoomers” (Gen Z) all appear to love …

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Singer R. Kelly Sentenced To 30 Years For Trafficking

The New York Daily News reports: Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly, who for decades preyed on his fans through psychological and sexual abuse, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison. The 55-year-old multiplatinum-selling artist, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, had faced up to a life sentence. He was convicted last September of nine racketeering counts for a …

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Ukraine Judged Too Unsafe To Host Eurovision 2023

From the European Broadcasting Union: The Rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, that all participating broadcasters agree upon, clearly state that the event can be moved in a force majeure situation such as an ongoing war. In response to the EBU’s security questionnaire a number of risks that would impact the immediate planning for such a large event, including the …

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Justin Bieber Discloses Facial Paralysis Syndrome

Yahoo Entertainment reports: Earlier this week, Justin Bieber postponed his North American tour due to an undisclosed illness, and now he has revealed that he has been battling facial paralysis. “As you can probably see from my face, I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt syndrome and it is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and …

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Las Vegas Chapels Ordered To Stop Depicting Elvis

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports: Elvis might be leaving the buildings. The company that lords over the King’s image and likeness is cracking down on Las Vegas chapels that book Elvis-themed weddings and otherwise embrace his persona. Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which licenses Elvis Presley-related merchandise, has issued a cease-and-desist letter dated May 19 to several Las Vegas chapels. “This …

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Anti-Vax Van Morrison Sues NI Official Over Criticism

The Guardian reports: Van Morrison has issued legal proceedings against Northern Ireland’s Department of Health and its minister Robin Swann over an opinion piece written for Rolling Stone magazine. In September 2020, Morrison released three anti-lockdown songs, with lyrics that accused scientists of “making up crooked facts”. “The new normal is not normal,” he sang. “We were born to be …

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Depeche Mode Co-Founder Andy Fletcher Dies At 60

The Guardian reports: Andrew Fletcher, keyboardist and founding member of British electronic band Depeche Mode, has died aged 60.  Formed in Basildon in the late 1970s, the band has had 14 top ten studio albums in the UK, and international chart success with songs including Enjoy The Silence, Personal Jesus and Just Can’t Get Enough. In the late 1970s he …

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Singer Don McLean Pulls Out Of NRA Convention

Billboard Magazine reports: Don McLean has pulled out of this weekend’s National Rifle Association annual meeting following Tuesday’s tragic shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two adults. “In light of the recent events in Texas, I have decided it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their …

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Oscar-Winning Composer Vangelis Dies At Age 79

CBS News reports: Vangelis, the Greek electronic composer who wrote the unforgettable Academy Award-winning score for the film “Chariots of Fire” and music for dozens of other movies, documentaries and TV series, has died at 79. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and other government officials expressed their condolences Thursday. Greek media reported that Vangelis — born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou — …

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Anti-Vaxxer Eric Clapton Says He’s Sick With Something

Posted today to Eric Clapton’s Facebook page: Eric Clapton is unfortunately suffering from Covid having tested positive shortly after the second concert at the Royal Albert Hall. He has been told by his medical advisors that if he were to resume traveling and performing too soon, it could substantially delay his full recovery. Eric is also anxious to avoid passing …

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Ukrainian Folk/Rap Band Wins Eurovision 2022 [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: The Ukrainian rap and folk band Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, as European viewers and juries delivered a symbolic, pop culture endorsement of solidarity behind Ukraine in its defense against Russia’s invasion. After 80 days of fighting that has forced millions from their homes, brought ruin to cities and towns across …

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Apple Discontinues The iPod After Over 20 Years

Engadget reports: Apple just marked the end to one of the most important product lines in its history. The company has discontinued the iPod touch, which will only be available in stores “while supplies last.” Not surprisingly, the company maintained that the “spirit of iPod” continues in other products, including the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. The move has been …

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