Ahead of Ariana Grande's benefit concert in Manchester, England, this weekend, the artist's label has made a substantial donation to the fund set up for victims and families affected by the terrorist attack at her concert late last month.
Universal Music Group, the parent company to Grande's label Republic Records, donated $500,000 to the “We Love Manchester Memorial Fund," which was established in the wake of the May 22 attack during her Dangerous Woman tour stop in England, in which 22 people died and dozens more were injured in a suicide bombing.
“The Universal Music Group global family is proud to stand with Ariana Grande and its other performing artists in their support for the victims and families affected by the Manchester attack,” the company said in a statement.
The South Korean pop culture festival KCON has announced the first round of artists for its 2017 edition.
The festival, which hits Staples Center and the L.A. Convention Center from Aug. 18-20, will host the L.A. debut of SF9, the boy band whose mini-album, "Breaking Sensation," cracked the top five on Billboard's World Album charts upon its April release.
The second confirmed act, Girl's Day, will make its U.S. debut at the festival. The well-established group broke out amid the first wave of K-pop's crossover into the United States in 2013 and had a successful comeback in 2017 with the EP "Everyday #5."
The toxicology findings on the death of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell indicate that the singer had several prescription drugs in his system when he was found hanged in his Detroit hotel room, a report said Friday.
Hours after his May 18 death, the Wayne County medical examiner’s office initially declared that the '90s grunge icon had committed suicide by hanging, which his family has disputed.
According to TMZ, Cornell, 52, had the barbiturates butalbital and lorazepam as well as the decongestant pseudoephedrine in his system when he died.
Several venues have canceled shows featuring comic Kathy Griffin in the wake of her presidential beheading controversy.
In addition to being fired from CNN and dropped as spokeswoman for footstool maker Squatty Potty, the two-time Emmy- and Grammy-winning comedian has had five gigs in her Celebrity Run-Ins Tour axed following her inflammatory Tyler Shields pictorial that showcased her holding up a bloody likeness of President Trump's decapitated head.
Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque canceled her July 22 performance, and the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, Nev., and Uptown Theatre in Napa canceled two June shows. Then, her Nov. 2 appearance at St. George Theatre in Staten Island and her Nov. 3 show at the State Theatre in New Jersey also were nixed.
Over the last few weeks, a number of artists in Britain and elsewhere signed an open letter urging Radiohead to cancel a planned concert in Tel Aviv.
Those artists -- including Roger Waters, director Ken Loach, author Geoff Dyer and others -- are aligned with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that views the Israeli treatment of Palestinians as equivalent to apartheid.
Comedian Kathy Griffin says she's not afraid of President Trump and plans to keep making fun of him. (June 2, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)
If Kathy Griffin wanted people to leave her alone after the photo of her holding a decapitated head in the likeness of President Trump blew up in her face earlier this week, she did little to accomplish that at a news conference she held Friday with the help of two attorneys.
Stating up front that she was extremely nervous and therefore likely to crack jokes, the 56-year-old comic talked about getting death threats, a call from the Secret Service and losing work over her "artistic statement." She flipped from fighting for her rights to fighting tears, and back again, as she accused the Trump family of bullying her.
He picked the wrong redhead. ... I'm going to make fun of the president, and I'm going to make fun of him more now. I'm under a Secret Service investigation, and I get what I am. I'm the shiny object. I'm the shiny object so that nobody's talking about his FBI investigation. ... I screwed up, [but] I'm not laying down for this.
Comedian Kathy Griffin during Friday's news conference