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Shawn Mendes talks about escaping earthquake, donates $100k

Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes has launched an online fundraiser to help those affected by the Mexican earthquake just days after he escaped safely from the quake ahead of a planned show in Mexico City, an incident he called “pretty scary.” The Canadian singer-songwriter and his manager, Andrew Gertler, have gotten things started with a $100,000 donation to the fundraiser on GoFundMe’s Crowdrise ... Read More »

Marc Anthony pleads for help for Puerto Rico after Maria

Marc Anthony

NEW YORK (AP) — Marc Anthony is pleading for help for Puerto Rico, which has been devastated after being pummeled by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Authorities say the island may be without power for at least four months following Hurricane Maria, which hit the U.S. territory with 155 mph (249 kph) winds, the strongest hurricane in over 80 years. The ... Read More »

Rapper Chief Keef pleads not guilty to South Dakota charges

Chief Keef, Keith Cozart

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Rapper Chief Keef has pleaded not guilty to drug charges in South Dakota. The rapper whose legal name is Keith Cozart was arrested June 12 at the Sioux Falls airport, where officials say marijuana was found in his carry-on bag. He had been in the city performing at an anti-bullying celebrity basketball event at a ... Read More »

Lady Gaga on being famous: ‘Not all it’s cracked up to be’

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has written an emotional message to fans to mark of the release of her new Netflix documentary. In a note posted to Twitter on Thursday, Gaga writes that the film reveals “that fame is not all it’s cracked up to be.” She says fame is lonely, isolating and “very psychologically challenging” because it “changes the way you’re viewed ... Read More »

Christian singer Natalie Grant undergoing thyroid surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Contemporary Christian singer Natalie Grant will undergo thyroid surgery to remove tumors and will cancel shows between mid-October and November to recover. Grant posted a video message on Facebook on Thursday explaining that doctors had been monitoring several tumors or nodules on her thyroid for years and that she will have half of her thyroid removed ... Read More »

Ryan Gosling to host ‘SNL’ premiere with Jay-Z musical guest

NEW YORK (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” says it’s kicking off its 43rd season Sept. 30 with guest host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z. For Gosling’s encore host appearance he’ll be on hand to promote his new film, “Blade Runner 2049.” Jay-Z will be plugging a world tour that starts next month. On Oct. 7, “Wonder Woman” star Gal ... Read More »

Kiss members Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley reunite on stage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Original Kiss members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley have reunited for their first public appearance since their group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. But unlike that terse ceremony, the Star Tribune reports , they came to St. Paul’s CHS field to play Wednesday night in their first show ... Read More »

Fergie says she and Josh Duhamel still ‘great friends’

Fergie

NEW YORK (AP) — Fergie says even though she and husband Josh Duhamel are splitting up, they’re still “great friends” who love one another and their young son. The singer talked about her marriage at a screening Wednesday for her new visual album, “Double Dutchess,” at iPic Theaters Fulton Market in New York. She told The Associated Press “the important ... Read More »

Rodney Crowell cancels tour due to unspecified health issues

Rodney Crowell

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning country singer songwriter and producer Rodney Crowell is cancelling all of his remaining 2017 tour dates due to unspecified health issues. In a statement on his website posted Wednesday, Crowell said a team of doctors has advised him to rest and that for the foreseeable future, “my work will consist of quietly encouraging my body ... Read More »

Little Big Town heads back on tour after Ryman residency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Every time country vocal group Little Big Town walked into the 125-year-old Ryman Auditorium to play one of their residency shows this year, the four singers breathed a little sigh of relief. “When we go into the dressing room, you just take a breath and go, ‘OK, I feel like I am at home,'” said Jimi ... Read More »