A week after announcing the supporting acts on his upcoming stadium run, Justin Bieber has pulled the plug on his ongoing Purpose world tour “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
“Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over the last 18 months. He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across 6 continents during this run. However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates,” read a statement from the singer’s representatives on Monday.
Bieber was set to launch the latest leg of his tour on Saturday in Arlington, Texas, and had booked a date at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for Aug. 5.
A few years ago, it wasn't certain when -- or if -- Kehlani would tour again. The singer's mental health troubles (and scars from an extremely tough childhood) threatened her burgeoning career, and one of R&B's most promising young voices was clearly in deep, deep pain.
But in less than a year she's already played three knockout sets at three of SoCal's most important festivals -- Flog Gnaw, Coachella and now a barn-burner at FYF Fest on Sunday night. That would take stamina for any act, but for one who has been through all that she has, it may be the most laudable comeback in recent pop music.
With fiery red hair extensions and a small, nimble band of drummers and dancers, Kehlani danced with physical grace and sang with outsized passion. Nine Inch Nails was just about her only competition at the end of the night, so the Trees stage was packed out to every inch of the lawn with fans who wanted something breezier to listen to.
It’s safe to say that the last couple of minutes of Sunday night’s Season 2 premiere of “Insecure” had viewers saying a variation of: “OMG … what … uh, did he just leave with his mail?”
(Warning: The rest of this post breaks down a major spoiler from the episode.)
The second season picks up a couple of months after Season 1 left off. Issa Dee (Issa Rae), in her effort to move on from Lawrence (Jay Ellis), has reluctantly plunged into the dating scene. Her real goal, though, is to find a way to connect with Lawrence — using his mail as bait. But he has been dodging her attempts. At least for a while.
In an odd battle of man-versus-wild, Michael Phelps was going to swim a 100-meter race against a great white shark during Sunday night's "Shark Week" kickoff. At least that's what fans were expecting.
Of course, the Olympian was never going to risk damaging his gold medal-winning physique for a Discovery Channel-sponsored race with a shark. But the event's lead-up, which the network billed as "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White," had viewers convinced otherwise.
Last week, in an interview with "Good Morning America," Phelps clarified some misconceptions about the event.
Chester Bennington's Linkin Park bandmates wrote an open letter to their late vocalist on Monday that touched on his inner demons and their uncertain future.
Bennington, who also fronted Dead by Sunrise and later joined Stone Temple Pilots, died by hanging at his Palos Verdes Estates home last week, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Friday. He was 41.
"Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened," said the letter, which was addressed to "Dear Chester" and posted on Facebook on Monday morning along with a new suicide-prevention website.
After two days of circling the FYF grounds at Exposition Park (and with, as one's hamstrings will surely remind you, one full day left to go), an after-party is probably the last thing on anyone's mind.
But as downtown L.A.'s underground club music scene has grown into a stable, choice-packed circuit every weekend, FYF has risen to the occasion.
This year, a range of excellent and challenging producers played long sets that took fans from a daytime idyll into nighttime ambience. For a few, that even meant sneaking off to a late-night warehouse for one more round.
Mike Hadreas knows how to make an entrance. A grand one. The artist, who performs as Perfume Genius, slinked onstage at FYF Fest Saturday night to the twinkling piano notes of “Otherside,” the opening track from his new album, “No Shape.”
He sang each note with quiet precision until the song suddenly cracked wide open in a kaleidoscope of swirling rhythms. With stage lights pulsing blues and yellows, Hadreas struck pose after pose, head lifted to the heavens and microphone cord dangling as if he were Kylie Minogue on the album cover of “Fever.” (That’s high praise.)
“I’m all revved up,” Hadreas said at one point, instructing his two-piece band to launch into the next song.