DaBaby Dropped by Lollapalooza After His Homophobic Remarks

DaBaby’s scheduled performance at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago was canceled on Sunday after the rapper made homophobic comments that other music artists condemned. DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, asked fans to raise their phones in the air if they did not have H.I.V., AIDS or another sexually transmitted disease “that’ll make you die in two to […]

ZZ Top Plays First Concert Following Bassist Dusty Hill’s Death

Later in the concert, Gibbons added, “How about that Elwood? Tearing up that bottom there for Dusty.” ZZ Top announced in a statement on Wednesday (July 28) that Hill had died at age 72. “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston,” the group wrote. “We, […]

DaBaby Lollapalooza Performance Cancelled | Billboard

Lollapalooza announced that Young Thug, previously scheduled to perform Sunday afternoon, will be bumped up into DaBaby’s scheduled slot on Sunday night. G Herbo will perform in Young Thug’s afternoon slot. A rep for DaBaby did not immediately reply to request for comment. DaBaby has been heavily criticized following his Rolling Loud comments, during which he told the crowd, “If […]

Morgan Wallen Appears at Luke Bryan’s Nashville Concert

Dressed in a black T-shirt, blue jeans and a backwards baseball cap, Wallen strutted down the catwalk with his acoustic guitar and handed celebratory shots to his fellow musicians before serenading concert-goers. “This is a song about staying true to yourself, and that’s been a really hard thing for me to do lately, but here I am,” Wallen said before […]

Michael Jackson Estate Eyes Revival After Court Victories

“I was always optimistic,” John Branca, the entertainment attorney who worked with Jackson through many of his biggest triumphs and now serves as co-executor of his estate, told The Associated Press in an interview at his Beverly Hills home. “Michael inspired the planet and his music still does. There was never any doubt about that.” The optimism was warranted. A […]

Machine Gun Kelly Performs Surprise Set at Lollapalooza

Around 5 p.m. on day three of Lollapalooza (July 31), fans were alerted to a special last-minute addition to the schedule: an “intimate” set from chart-topper Machine Gun Kelly. An hour later, the artist took to the Bud Light Seltzer Sessions side stage to perform in front of a crowd 20 times what the space allowed for. After opening with “Kiss […]

Ricardo Montaner Unveils 2022 US Tour Dates: Exclusive

“The virtual concerts are incredible. They have an immeasurable scope, phenomenal,” Montaner tells Billboard. “But nothing compares to the energy of seeing an audience face-to-face.” Montaner, behind some of Latin pop’s biggest hits — such as “Tan Enamorados,” “Me Va a Extrañar” and “Dejame Llorar” — announces his 2022 Montaner U.S. Tour exclusively on Billboard today (July 31). Presented by […]

Police in China Detain Canadian Pop Star Kris Wu on Suspicion of Rape

The police in Beijing said Saturday they had detained Kris Wu, a popular Canadian Chinese singer, on suspicion of rape amid a #MeToo controversy that has set off outrage in China. The police did not provide details of their investigation into Mr. Wu. But it comes several weeks after an 18-year-old university student in Beijing accused him of enticing young […]

Zydeco Musician Chris Ardoin Shot While Performing

The shooting happened in Colfax at Louisiana Mudfest, an ATV and mudding park where the weekend festival was being held, The Advocate reported. Ardoin was slated as the Friday headliner, with Lil Nate and the Zydeco Big Timers scheduled to perform Saturday night. Lil Nate posted on Facebook on Saturday that his group was canceling their performance. The Grant Parish […]

Grupo Firme Launches Historic Run at L.A.’s Staples Center

The Staples Center came back to life on Friday (July 30) after 513 days since the last concert there, thanks to regional Mexican band Grupo Firme, who kicked off their historic run at the Los Angeles arena with their first (of seven) full-capacity, sold-out show. If it weren’t for the masks on people’s faces, it seemed like any other pre-pandemic night, with […]

Joey Jordison Dead: Slipknot Share Tribute Video for Late Drummer

Jordison’s family confirmed the news of his death on Tuesday (July 27). “We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep,” they said in a statement. Jordison’s cause of death has not been reported. His family said they “will hold a private funeral service and asks the media […]

Broadway Requires Vaccinations, Masks for Audience Members

There will be exceptions to the vaccine rule for children under 12, who are not yet eligible for any of the approved shots, and for people with a medical condition or religious belief that prevents vaccination, the theater operators said. Those individuals will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Masks are required for the audience except while […]