LOLLAPALOOZA DROPS DABABY FOR COMMENTS AT ROLLING LOUD FESTIVAL
CHICAGO (AP) – DaBaby’s crude comments at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival last week cost him the closing slot at Lollapalooza in Chicago last night. Lollapalooza organizers say they dropped DaBaby from the lineup because the festival is founded on “diversity, inclusivity, respect and love.” DaBaby’s representatives didn’t return requests for comment. DaBaby had said from the stage at Rolling Loud that anyone who was not a gay man or people affected by HIV or AIDS should raise their cellphone flashlights. He also incorrectly said AIDS would “make you die in two or three weeks.” Young Thug took over the closing slot at Lollapalooza, and G Herbo took over Young Thug’s original performance slot.
PLENTY OF SURPRISES AT LOLLAPALOOZA
CHICAGO (AP) – Lollapalooza had its share of surprises over the weekend in Chicago as it marked its 30th anniversary. Machine Gun Kelly showed up unexpectedly to play a set. Billy Idol joined Miley Cyrus for a performance of “Night Crawling” and “White Wedding.” Drummer Deen Castronovo returned to play drums for Journey. Possibly the most-talked-about musician: Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst. Rather than his usual backward cap and chin patch, he now has a shock of silver hair and a horseshoe mustache. Durst posted an Instagram photo of his new look with the caption, “Dad vibes.”
ZZ TOP BACK ON STAGE AFTER DEATH OF DUSTY HILL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – ZZ Top has resumed touring, just days after the death of bassist Dusty Hill. Singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons says that’s what Hill told them to do. ZZ Top performed in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Friday, with guitar tech Elwood James taking over bass duties. Gibbons tells Variety magazine Hill told him he was going to have his hip checked out and he was “adamant” that the show must go on. Gibbons says while it’s unlikely for someone to die from a broken hip, right now all he knows is that Hill fell asleep and never woke up.
MICHAEL JACKSON’S EXECUTOR HOPES TO HAVE ESTATE CLEAR OF LAWSUITS SOON
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – One of the executors of Michael Jackson’s estate hopes to have it out of probate within a year and a half. John Branca says he and co-executor John McClain have sorted out most of the lawsuits against the estate, with the biggest being with the IRS. He says they’re still working on a lawsuit against HBO over the “Leaving Neverland” documentary. Once the estate is out of probate, it would go into a trust for Jackson’s three children. It also would put the focus on promoting Jackson’s legacy. Despite the hit to Jackson’s reputation with “Leaving Neverland,” Branca says the numbers don’t lie when it comes to Jackson fans. Branca estimates Jackson’s estate has earned $2.5 billion since Jackson’s death in 2009.
BRETT YOUNG IS A DAD
UNDATED (AP) – Brett Young is a father to another girl. His wife, Taylor, gave birth to Rowan Marie Young, on July 21. Young writes on social media he can’t wait to watch Rowan and her big sister, 22-month-old Presley, become best friends.
THE KID LAROI HITS NUMBER ONE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Kid LaRoi’s reaction to having the number-one album in the country: “WOWOWOWOWOW LIFE IS NOT REAL.” His album, “F— Love,” jumps from 26th place to first on the Billboard 200 album chart, moving 85,000 units. “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo is in second place. “Planet Her” by Doja Cat takes third, followed by “Dangerous: The Double Album” by Morgan Wallen. Last week’s number one, Pop Smoke’s “Faith,” falls to fifth.
ARETHA FRANKLIN’S HANDPRINTS UNVEILED IN DETROIT
DETROIT (AP) – Jennifer Hudson and director Liesl Tommy unveiled Aretha Franklin’s handprints in concrete outside the Detroit Historical Society Museum yesterday. The Detroit News reports members of Franklin’s family also were present for the unveiling. Franklin made the handprints during the 2017 dedication of Aretha Franklin Way in Detroit. Hudson stars as Franklin in Tommy’s film “Respect,” out Aug. 13. The museum will have a display on Franklin that not only includes artifacts from Franklin’s life, but props and costumes from the movie. Franklin died in 2018.
LITTLE RICHARD’S DRUMMER DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Little Richard’s longtime drummer has died. Charles Connor died Saturday while in hospice care in Glendale, California. Connor’s daughter says he had a disorder that causes fluid to build up in brain. While best known for playing for Little Richard, Connor also performed with other music greats including James Brown and Sam Cooke. Charles Connor was 86.
“JUNGLE CRUISE” TOPS BOX OFFICE LIST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Despite growing worry over the delta variant of the coronavirus, it was smooth sailing for “Jungle Cruise” at the box office. The Disney movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt brought in $34.1 million during its opening weekend, making it the nation’s top movie. The movie outdid its studio’s own estimates, which figured it was good for between $25 million and $30 million domestically. “Jungle Cruise” also made five times more than “The Green Knight,” which came in at No. 2 with $6.78 million.
BOB ODENKIRK ACKNOWLEDES HAVING “A SMALL HEART ATTACK”
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk says he’ll “be back soon” – once he recovers from what he calls “a small heart attack.” The actor, who’s 58, disclosed his condition over the weekend. It’s his first public statement since he collapsed on the set of his show in New Mexico last Tuesday. Odenkirk tells Twitter he is “going to be ok” – and is grateful to his doctors who were able to “fix the blockage without surgery.” It’s unclear when Odenkirk might be able to return to work on the show, now shooting its sixth and final season.
CUBA GOODING JR. FAILS TO RESPOND TO RAPE LAWSUIT
NEW YORK (AP) – Cuba Gooding Jr. hasn’t shown up – so he might have to pay up. A judge in New York has issued a default judgement against the Oscar-winning actor after he failed to respond to a civil lawsuit accusing him of raping a woman in 2013. The judge says Gooding’s failure to defend himself is an admission of liability – and if he doesn’t show by Sept. 7, he’ll be hit with damages. The accuser is seeking $6 million in damages.
DISNEY TELLS WORKERS TO GET THEIR VACCINES
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The Walt Disney Company is the latest big firm to require its workers to get COVID-19 vaccines. In a statement, Disney says it will order salaried and non-union hourly workers in the U.S. who aren’t working from home to be fully vaccinated. Those who haven’t already gotten their jabs will have 60 days to do so. As for those working remotely, they’ll have to show proof of vaccination before returning to theme parks or other Disney facilities.
TIKTOK STAR DIES OF WOUNDS IN SO. CAL MOVIE THEATER SHOOTING
CORONA, Calif. (AP) – A young TikTok star has become the second fatality in a shooting last week at a Southern California movie theater. Authorities say Anthony Barajas died days after he and a friend were shot in the head while watching “The Forever Purge” at a theater in Corona, California. Barajas had been on life support since the shooting; his friend, Rylee Goodrich, died at the scene. A suspect is in custody and authorities are planning to drop a second murder count on him.