TORY LANEZ MAKES FIRST COURT APPEARANCE; MEGAN THEE STALLION WRITES OP-ED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Tory Lanez (LAYNZ) is free on bail after making a court appearance by phone in Los Angeles yesterday on charges that he allegedly shot Megan Thee Stallion. Lanez did not enter a plea, and his arraignment was postponed until Nov. 18. His bail was set at $190,000. He has been ordered to surrender any guns he owns and keep away from Megan Thee Stallion. His attorney declined comment. Megan Thee Stallion wrote an op-ed piece that ran in yesterday’s New York Times saying she kept quiet after she was shot in the feet on July 12 because she was afraid. She says the way people have publicly questioned whether she played a role in her own violent assault proves that her fears were “unfortunately, warranted.” She denies she was in a relationship with Lanez.
TOM PARKER OF THE WANTED HAS BRAIN TUMOR
LONDON (AP) – Tom Parker of The Wanted says he is “overwhelmed with everyone’s love, support and positivity” after he announced he has a brain tumor. Parker writes on Instagram he is undergoing treatment and he plans “to fight this all the way.” Parker, who is 32, is married with one child and another on the way.
JERRY LEE LEWIS WILL HAVE ONLINE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – For the first time in 40 years, Jerry Lee Lewis plans to be in the same room as his two famous cousins, country singer Mickey Gilley and televangelist Jimmy Swaggart. They will gather to celebrate Lewis’ 85th birthday in an online event on Oct. 27. Among those who will perform and send well wishes are Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Chris Janson, Joe Walsh, Tom Jones, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Priscilla Presley, Marty Stuart and Elton John. The event will raise funds for the charity World Vision, which helps communities in need. The event will be carried on www.JerryLeeLewis.com and his Facebook and YouTube pages.
BTS RILES CHINA WITH WAR COMMENT
SEOUL (AP) – An awards speech from singer RM of the K-Pop group BTS has created international conflict. RM said in a recorded speech for an award promoting U.S.-Korean relations from the Korea Society, “We will always remember the history of pain that our two nations shared together and the sacrifices of countless men and women.” While he did not mention China, Chinese internet users and state media took that as a slap at China, who fought with North Korean forces during the Korean War in the 1950s, while the U.S. allied with South Korea. Chinese fans of BTS are calling for an online boycott and an apology. South Korean BTS fans call it the latest in Chinese bullying. BTS have not responded.
STEVIE WONDER RELEASES TWO NEW SONGS, GIVES HEALTH UPDATE
NEW YORK (AP) – Stevie Wonder has just released a song he started working on when he was 18. Wonder says he went back to “Where is Our Love Song” because of “all the confusion and all the hate and all the east versus west, left versus right.” Gary Clark Junior is a guest musician on that track. Wonder has released a second song called “Can’t Put It In The Hands of Fate,” featuring Busta Rhymes, Rapsody, Cordae and Chika. Wonder says that song originally was about a relationship but updated it to reflect the current times. Wonder, who is 70, also says he got a new kidney in December and he wants to combat misinformation about his health. He says he’ll let people know how he’s feeling and right now he feels like he’s about 40.
RAPSODY IS FEATURED ON DISNEY’S SOCIAL JUSTICE EP
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Rapsody is hoping a single song will reach people in a way that logic and arguments do not. Rapsody has written a song called “Pray Momma Don’t Cry” for an EP called “I Can’t Breathe/Music for the Movement.” It’s a joint venture between Disney Music Group and The Undefeated, ESPN’s platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture. Rapsody says sometimes music can move somebody emotionally in a more powerful way than if she’s trying to hammer something into the head of someone who lives a different kind of life. The EP comes out Friday.
FLEETWOOD MAC’S “DREAMS” RETURNS TO HOT 100 CHART
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac is a hit song again. Billboard reports the song is number 21 this week on the Hot 100 singles chart. It’s gotten new life because of a TikTok user who recently posted a 22-second video of himself on a skateboard drinking cranberry juice and lip-synching to that song.
TOMMY SHAW, JOHN PRINE INDUCTED INTO WHITE CASTLE CRAVERS HALL OF FAME
NASHVILLE (AP) – Tommy Shaw of Styx says something finally happened to him in 2020 that was “awesome” — he was inducted into the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame. Shaw, along with concert promoter Danny Zelisko and the late John Prine, were inducted in a ceremony in Nashville yesterday. Prine’s widow, Fiona, says she just found out yesterday that when her husband was in charge of dinner when she was away, he’d take their sons to White Castle. Shaw, Zelisko and Fiona Prine were present to accept the awards.