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  • BRUNO MARS REMEMBERS NAMESAKE AND WWE LEGEND

  • Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Bruno Mars has sent his condolences to the family of WWE legend Bruno Sammartino, the man who is the inspiration for his stage name. "Sending love and prayers to Bruno Sammartino’s family. He was such a gentleman when I met him & really meant a lot to my father & I. RIP," his tweet said.

    Sammartino died Wednesday at the age of 82. The "Italian Superman" held numerous titles and was the WWE’s longest-reigning world champion which ESPN says he held for nearly eight consecutive years.

    Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez, but was nicknamed "Bruno" by his father because he was a huge fan of the wrestler. His dad said the inspiration for the nickname was because Mars was a "chunky" baby – and Sammartino was about 275 pounds at his prime wrestling weight.

    The two Brunos met last August during a 24K Magic World Tour pit-stop in Pittsburgh and the singer shared a photo on Instagram.



  • DESTINY'S CHILD ALUM MICHELLE WILLIAMS IS ENGAGED

  • Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams is engaged. The 37-year-old singer said in an interview with People that she said yes to her boyfriend, pastor and pro sports chaplain Chad Johnson, in March after a year of dating.

    Johnson, who has served as chaplain for the Pittsburgh Steelers and L.A. Dodgers, proposed to Williams with a five-carat engagement ring. The couple plan to marry at an intimate, black-tie wedding in the summer.

    "Think James Bond-meets-Midsummer Night’s Dream – with a little hood in it," Johnson told the magazine.

    "It’s gonna be very traditional," he added. "We’re doing black-tie. We want it to be small and intimate and very private."

    Williams confirmed news of her engagement in a tweet Thursday.

    "That time I got engaged March 21st and @people is telling y’all alllll about it!! Thank you @people and @nelson_jeff!!!" she wrote.

    Williams said Johnson has the approval of former Destiny’s Child members Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles. She gushed about her fiancé in an Instagram post Tuesday.

    "That amazing feeling of getting off the stage, running back to the dressing room and I see someone standing there waiting for me!" the star captioned a photo of of herself after a concert.

    "I’ve waited yeeeeeeears for someone who could come in to my world and be CONFIDENT and NOT insecure, love who I love and genuinely be there for people!!" she said. "I LOVE YOU @chadjohnson77!!! #HoldOn #LoveIsComing."



  • JENNIFER LOPEZ TO DEBUT NEW SONG AT BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS

  • Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Jennifer Lopez will debut a new song at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards this month. Telemundo said Lopez will give a "special performance" at the ceremony April 26th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The awards show will air live on Telemundo.

    Cardi B, Ricky Martin, Becky G, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Bad Bunny, Ozuna and Sofia Reyes are among the other performers. Maná will also perform and receive the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Lopez confirmed in an interview with Latina magazine in February that she was working on a new single with Cardi B. "I feel like you already know that I collaborated with Cardi B," she said. "I do have a record coming out with her and it’s coming out soon. The name of the song is ‘Dinero’."

    Lopez further teased the song in an Instagram post Thursday, tagging Cardi B and music producer DJ Khaled.



  • LADY GAGA & BOYS NOIZE ARE WORKING TOGETHER

  • Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Lady Gaga confirmed that she began working on a follow-up to 2016’s Joanne in an August interview with Entertainment Weekly and has since been seen in the studio with frequent collaborator DJ White Shadow.

    Now it seems she has added a new name to the list of producers on the highly anticipated set: German producer Boys Noize.

    The producer and DJ took to Twitter to announce Gaga had an in-studio mishap and confirmed a collaboration in the process. "Lady Gaga spilled water over my modular system," he tweeted. Not to be outdone, the 32-year-old pointed out that she saved the day. "But then I resurrected it with a blow dryer it was a christening," she announced. Boys Noize confirmed that the modular system "spit out beautiful weirdness" after it came back to life.



  • QUICKIES: ED SHEERAN, LOGIC & CHARLI XCX

  • Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:00:00 EST

    ED SHEERAN TO STAR IN A MOVIE ABOUT THE BEATLES?: Ed Sheeran may be headed back to the silver screen. Deadline.com is reporting that Sheeran may be involved in an upcoming music-themed comedy movie written by Richard Curtis. Curtis is probably best known as the writer of the 2003 Christmas-themed romantic comedy, Love Actually. The Daily Mail is speculating that the film’s plot will be about a man who discovers that he is the only person who remembers the music of the legendary Beatles. The film is due to star Cinderella actress Lily James alongside actor Himesh Patel, known for his work in popular Brit TV series Eastenders. Saturday Night Live standout Kate McKinnon is in talks with filming due to take place this summer. Plot details are being kept under wraps. Sheeran appeared in the 2016 film, Bridget Jones’ Baby, and made a cameo appearance on an episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones last year.

    LOGIC REPORTEDLY FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM WIFE JESSICA ANDREA: Logic has filed for divorce from his wife Jessica Andrea after announcing their split last month. The 28-year-old rapper submitted documents on Thursday to end his marriage after two years. Logic announced his split from Jessica in a lengthy statement slamming any rumors that he cheated on her, before saying that their marriage "just didn’t work out." The couple married back in 2015 and don’t have any children. Logic and Jessica made their last public appearance together at the 2018 Grammys back in January.

    CHARLI XCX HOPES TO COLLAB WITH TAYLOR SWIFT AND CAMILA CABELLO WHILE ON TOUR TOGETHER: Charli XCX is about to hit the road as one of the opening acts on Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour; she and Camila Cabello will be warming up the stadium crowds. Charli tells People she’s hoping the three of them will be able to collaborate on new music together during the tour. "They’re both such great writers so I’d love to write with them while we’re out on the road," she says of Taylor and Camila. "That’d be really amazing. I think it’s awesome that it’s going to be an all-girl tour." She’s already worked with Camila in the studio multiple times before and said the experience was "really inspiring." The Reputation stadium tour kicks off May 8th in Glendale, Arizona.



  • CARDI B TURNS DOWN $20,000 OFFER

  • Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Pregnant rapper Cardi B was a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, April 19th. While on the show, the rapper revealed that she and her boyfriend, Offset, have already settled on a name for their child. Cardi B told the talk show host, "My dude named the baby . . . I really like the name." The rapper wasn't quite ready to spill the beans though, she explained, "I’m gonna let him say the name since he named the baby."

    • DeGeneres suggested that Cardi B named the baby Ellen and even offered her $20,000 to do so. The "Bodak Yellow" rapper jokingly replied, "Can I put it in the middle name?"
    • The talk show host then shared some clips of Cardi B twerking last weekend during her Coachella debut. The Bronx bred rapper said, "They say the more you move, the easier it will come out . . . I was just trying to show the world how I got pregnant in the first place."


  • KANYE WEST PLANS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON JUNE 1ST

  • Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Grammy Award winner Kanye West sent the Twitterverse into a frenzy on Thursday afternoon, April 19th, when he announced his new album will be out on June 1st. The rapper also shared that the album will only consist of seven songs.

    • West also announced released dates for several other projects including his joint album with Kid Cudi which is due out on June 8th. West tweeted, "It's called Kids See Ghost. That's the name of our group."
    • The rapper also shared release dates for Pusha T's new project, May 25th, and Teyana Taylor, June 22nd.
    • West's last album was 2016's Life of Pablo.


  • THE WEEKND PREVIEWS NEW 'STARBOY' COMIC

  • Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Last Fall, superstar singer The Weeknd announced that he was working with Marvel on a new comic book titled, The Weeknd Presents: Starboy!. The physical comic book won't hit shelves until June 13th but it available online today, April 20th.

    • The Weeknd was able to transfer his album concept of Starboy into a comic book with the help of co-writers La Mar Taylor and Christos Gate.
    • In a press release, Marvel explained the premise of the comic book. It's described as, "The city of Alphatron is in the grip of a crime wave, as the terrifying Jack 'The Chef' Smiley has unified all criminal organizations with his ruthlessness and strategic genius . . . Not content with brutally murdering his victims, Smiley also feasts upon their flesh. The citizens live in fear and the police have been directly targeted. The city is in dire need of a hero. It will not get one, but it will get what it deserves: Starboy."