Concern over NYC police filming of people leaving Drake show
Some audience members leaving a concert by Drake at a Manhattan theater came outside to see a New York Police Department officer filming those filing out, raising concerns from privacy advocates over what would be done with the footage. The NYPD said Monday the video would only be used for a social media post, but there were still calls for the material to be deleted. Music writer Jon Caramanica of The New York Times posted on Twitter on Saturday night that the NYPD was filming those leaving the show at the Apollo Theater, putting up a video showing an officer seemingly recording those coming out. In a statement, the department said the officer was part of the social media team for the local precinct and was getting video for a social media post about local events. “The video will not be utilized for any other reason," the department said.wftv.com
Drake delivers nostalgia, teases new music at Apollo show
NEW YORK — (AP) — It’s easy to forget how many hit songs Drake created in his nearly 15-year musical career. But he presented an emphatic reminder with an intimate concert at Harlem’s Apollo Theater on Saturday, his first-ever show at the legendary venue. During the performance, the four-time Grammy winner teased that new music could be on the way, despite releasing two albums last year. “I thought about a bunch of things in life, but at this moment in time, none of those things are stopping making music for you,” Drake told the doting crowd. As the bedroom set dimmed and the light shifted to the left side of the stage, revealing a board room, Drake changed into a black leather hoodie with his OVO owl symbol.wftv.com
Lizzo, Swift and Styles lead iHeartRadio Award nominations
NEW YORK — (AP) — Lizzo, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles lead the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations with seven nods each, with Jack Harlow and Drake close behind with six each. The iHeartRadio Music Awards honor the most played artists of the year on their stations and app, and fans can vote in several categories including best fan army, best lyrics, best cover song, best sample and best music video. Silk Sonic, Future, Latto, Imagine Dragons, The Weeknd, BLACKPINK, Karol G and Nicki Minaj have six each. The artist of the year crown pits Beyoncé against Doja Cat, Drake, Dua Lipa, Styles, Harlow, Bieber, Lizzo, Swift and The Weeknd. And nominees for best R&B artist are Blxst, Bleu, Silk Sonic, Muni Long and SZA.wftv.com
AP basketball Top 25: It's time for Mississippi State, Missouri to prove their worth
Drake stuns Mississippi State for first loss of the seasonMississippi State’s undefeated run, and impressive climb up the rankings, is over. Mississippi State surged ahead late to take a 10-point win over a struggling Jackson State team, and then beat Nicholls by just two points days later. Mississippi State will then turn around immediately and take on No. Like Mississippi State, it’s time for Missouri to prove itself. Mississippi State (11-1)22.wftv.com
WNBA will not announce expansion plans by the end of the year, league looking at 10 ownership groups
The WNBA expansion process is taking a little longer than expected. WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert told The Athletic the league would not announce a new expansion site by the end of the year. Engelbert said in September she would love to make an expansion announcement by the end of 2022. The league anticipates the expansion team won't be ready to play until 2025 at the earliest. Multiple cities are vying to land a WNBA teamThe WNBA should have some tough choices to make when the time comes to pick an expansion site.wftv.com
2022 American Music Awards: See the complete winners list
LOS ANGELES — The 50th anniversary of the American Music Awards has begun at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with spectacular performances and star-studded presentation sequences. >> Photos: On the Red Carpet at the 2022 American Music Awards“I’m ecstatic and honored to host this year’s AMAs. According to the American Music Awards website, he could tie Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston for the most awards in a single year should he win in all eight categories. Last year’s award show was the most social telecast of 2021, with 46.5 million interactions, according to the American Music Awards website. See the complete list of nominees by category below with winners noted in bold and italics.wftv.com
2022 American Music Awards: Here are the nominees
LOS ANGELES — The 50th anniversary of the American Music Awards will air live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night with spectacular performances and star-studded presentation sequences. As a musician and music lover, it’s amazing to be part of a night where music fans make their voices heard!” Brady said in a statement. According to the American Music Awards website, he could tie Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston for the most awards in a single year should he win in all eight categories. Last year’s award show was the most social telecast of 2021, with 46.5 million interactions, according to the American Music Awards website. See the complete list of nominees by category below with winners noted in bold and italics.wftv.com
Drake Apparently Unfollowed Taylor Swift After Sharing A Screenshot Of The Billboard Charts With “Anti-Hero” Erased From The Top Spot And People Really Aren’t Happy About It
Drake is being called out for belittling women’s success after covering “Anti-Hero” in his pic of the charts, with fans suggesting that Taylor would be “dragged for the rest of her life” if the roles were reversed.View Entire Post ›news.yahoo.com
Fans praise slain rapper Takeoff at Atlanta memorial
ATLANTA — (AP) — Fans celebrated the musical legacy of slain rapper Takeoff on Friday at a memorial service in Atlanta, near where the artist grew up, that drew Justin Bieber, Drake and other big names in the music industry. She said Takeoff’s death was heartbreaking in part because he was only 28 years old. “It’s just something that you can play anywhere, and everybody will just come out and come around and dance,” she said. Several fans leaving the event confirmed Bieber and Drake's presence and said Offset and Quavo also talked. Atlanta resident Jeffrey Wilson said the event was moving.wftv.com
Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’ album sells over million copies in a week
Taylor Swift’s latest album “Midnights” album has sold over a million copies in a week and she has also become the first artist to claim all top ten spots on the Billboard Hot 100. It is Swift’s fifth album to sell at least a million copies in one week, according to the NYT. “10 out of 10 of the Hot 100??? 10 out of 10 of the Hot 100??? Swift’s latest album came out on Oct. 21 with 13 tracks – her lucky number.wftv.com
Perfect 10: Taylor Swift sets Billboard Hot 100 first
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (AP) — Taylor Swift scored a 10 out of 10 as she became the first artist in history to claim the top 10 slots of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with tracks from her new record “Midnights." Billboard reported Monday that Swift surpassed Drake, who had held the previous record with nine of the top 10 songs for a week in September 2021. The new album came out Oct. 21 with both a 13-track standard release and a deluxe version with another seven bonus tracks. Billboard also reported that Swift now ties with Barbra Streisand for the female artist with the most No. The numbers are for the week Oct. 21-Oct. 27.wftv.com
Fantasy Football: Early waiver wire pickups for Week 7
It's never too early to look toward your next matchup and a chance to bolster your fantasy football lineups. Here are three options to consider on the waiver wire ahead of Week 7. Wan'Dale Robinson, WR, New York Giants (8% rostered)Robinson entered his rookie season with a bit of hype, but injury kept him off the field in the early goings of the season. And we definitely can't ignore Drake after his performance in Week 6. Drake rushed the ball 10 times for a whopping 119 yards and a touchdown, with another 8 yards through the air.wftv.com
El Clasico: Barcelona to wear special Drake jerseys for match with Real Madrid
Barcelona will break out a special Drake kit for El Clasico this weekend. Barcelona revealed on Friday that it will wear jerseys featuring the Canadian rapper’s OVO owl logo on the front for their match at Real Madrid. Bob Marley has been on several kits, and the Seattle Sounders released a special Jimi Hendrix tribute jersey last year, to name a few. pic.twitter.com/DNJUGCWDIn — Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) March 25, 2021Drake’s appearance, however, is by far the biggest the soccer world has seen. Real Madrid will host Barcelona at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday in the two club’s first meeting of the season.wftv.com
Battle rapper Pat Stay, 36, fatally stabbed in Nova Scotia, police say
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Canada — Canadian battle rapper Pat Stay was fatally stabbed in Nova Scotia early Sunday morning, police confirmed. An autopsy performed by the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service determined Stay’s manner of death was homicide, Halifax Regional Police confirmed to the Canadian network. For the unacquainted, battle rappers trade freestyle insults, rhymes, boasts and barbs in front of a crowd. “Pat Stay’s definitely one of, if not, the best,” Drake said in the video. 💔 — R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) September 4, 2022RIP PAT STAY, Praying For The Battle Rap Community 🙏🏽 — NLE Choppa (@Nlechoppa1) September 4, 2022©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
2022 MTV Video Music Awards: See the complete winners list
NEWARK, N.J. — The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards descended upon the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Sunday with Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award winner Nicki Minaj hosting. >> Read more trending newsMeanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were honored with the Global Icon Award, according to Variety. Kendrick Lamar, Jack Harlow and Lil Nas X led the nominations entering the ceremony with seven nods each, while Doja Cat and Harry Styles followed closely behind with six nominations each. Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd each entered the night with five nods apiece, Deaadline reported. See the complete list of categories and nominees below with winners noted in bold italics.wftv.com
Beyoncé to remove offensive word from new song
Music Review Beyoncé FILE - Beyonce appears at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, on March 14, 2021. Beyoncé has been reborn again; this time it’s on a shimmering dance floor. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) (Chris Pizzello)Beyoncé is removing an offensive term for disabled people from a new song on her record “Renaissance,” just weeks after rapper Lizzo also changed lyrics to remove the same word. “The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” a spokeswoman for Beyoncé wrote in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday. Lizzo also removed the word from one of her songs, "Grrrls," in June after disability advocates complained about the lyrics.wftv.com
BET Awards return Sunday with Doja Cat as leading nominee
BET Awards FILE - Doja Cat performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Indio, Calif. The BET Awards return Sunday, June 26, with a live show that could see Doja Cat, Drake and Ari Lennox snag some trophies. Doja Cat enters the show as the leading nominee with six. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) (Amy Harris)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — The BET Awards return Sunday with a live show that could see Doja Cat, Drake and Ari Lennox snag some trophies. Doja Cat enters the show as the leading nominee with six.wftv.com
Drake drops surprise album: ‘Honestly, Nevermind’
What You Didn’t Know About Drake What You Didn’t Know About DrakeDrake surprised fans on Thursday by declaring he was dropping his seventh studio album, casually announcing on Instagram that “Honestly, Nevermind” would be available for streaming. >> Read more trending newsThe album was released shortly after midnight on Friday, Variety reported. It comes less than a year after the Toronto rapper released “Certified Lover Boy,” which debuted on Sept. 3, 2021. The album quickly became Spotify’s most-streamed album for a single day, beating the record previously held by his 2018 album, “Scorpion,” People reported. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 19 Photos: Drake through the years Here are some memorable photos of rapper Drake through the years.wftv.com
LeBron trading card could fetch record price at auction
A one-of-a-kind James trading card — called the "Triple Logoman" — is up for auction this month, with some believing that it wind up as the most expensive card ever sold. The current record is $6.6 million that was spent for a Honus Wagner trading card last year. The Wagner card is more than 100 years old. The hunt was frenzied, with even rapper Drake getting involved and purchasing packs with hopes of landing the James card. James already can say he’s been the featured athlete on the highest-priced basketball trading card in history.wftv.com
LeBron trading card could fetch record price at auction
LeBron James might be on the cusp of setting another record. A one-of-a-kind James trading card — called the “Triple Logoman” — is up for auction this month, with some believing that it wind up as the most expensive card ever sold. The current record is $6.6 million that was spent for a Honus Wagner trading card last year.news.yahoo.com
Doja Cat, Drake, Ari Lennox lead BET Awards nominations
Doja Cat scored six nominations for the BET Awards. The BET Awards will be held on June 26 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo) (Uncredited)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Doja Cat could make the BET Awards her world later this month. Doja Cat is up for best female R&B-pop artist, best female hip-hop artist, album of the year for her No. Doja Cat will face off against Cardi B, Latto, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj and Saweetie for best female hip-hop artist.wftv.com
2022 Billboard Music Awards: See the complete winners list
2022 Billboard Music Awards Sean "Diddy" Combs arrives at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 15, 2022. (Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)LAS VEGAS — Olivia Rodrigo, Kanye West and Drake are already big winners as the Billboard Music Awards officially kicks off. >> Read more trending newsRodrigo and West, known as Ye, both have taken home the most awards with six during a non-televised ceremony on Sunday. Drake was named top artist, male artist, rap artist, rap male artist and rap album for “Certified Lover Boy.” The rapper extended his record as the most decorated winner in the history of the awards show with 34 wins. Hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the 2022 Billboard Music Awards will air live beginning at 8 p.m.wftv.com
Rodrigo, Drake, Ye early winners at Billboard Music Awards
2022 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals Sean "Diddy" Combs arrives at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) (Jordan Strauss)Olivia Rodrigo, Kanye West and Drake are already big winners before the Billboard Music Awards officially kicks off. Rodrigo and West, known as Ye, both have taken home the most awards with six during a non-televised ceremony on Sunday. The Kid LAROI became a first-time winner, taking home five wins for his song “Stay” with Justin Bieber - whose Billboard Music Awards win count rose to 26. Doja Cat won top R&B artist and R&B female artist for the second consecutive year.wftv.com
New this week: 'Sex and the City,' Juice Wrld and Will Smith
This week’s new entertainment releases include a double album from Alicia Keys and a posthumous one from Juice Wrld, Sandra Bullock playing an ex-con in the Netflix film “The Unforgivable” and Will Smith testing himself in a wildlife documentary series.
Drake tops Wichita State for first NCAA win in 50 years
Joseph Yesufu scored 21 points and Drake held on to beat Wichita State 53-52 in a tense First Four matchup between former Missouri Valley Conference rivals. Wichita State left for the American Athletic Conference in 2017. Both mid-major powers were given at-large bids into the NCAA field, and their matchup was dominated by defense — Drake shot 38% while Wichita State shot 34%. We just didn’t get it done tonight.”AdDrake missed 10 straight shots as Wichita State built an early 18-6 lead. Wichita State was scoreless for the last five minutes of the half.
LA police: Armie Hammer under sexual assault investigation
FILE - Armie Hammer attends the 13th Annual Go Gala on Nov. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles police said Thursday, March 18, 2021, that they are investigating actor Armie Hammer for sexual assault. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Actor Armie Hammer is under investigation for sexual assault, Los Angeles police said Thursday. Hammer is the main suspect in a sexual assault that was reported to police on Feb. 3, LAPD spokesman Officer Drake Madison said. The Associated Press does not generally identify alleged victims of sexual assault.
Loyola Chicago gets MVC crown over Drake, 7th NCAA berth
20 Loyola Chicago to a 75-65 win over Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game Sunday for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Keith Clemons added 13 points for Loyola, which has won six in a row and 17 of its past 18. Loyola Chicago, which hit 10 of 24 shots (63%) in the opening half, won its three tournament games by a total of 50 points. BIG PICTURELoyola Chicago: Heading to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time and first since the 2018 team reached the Final Four. UP NEXTChicago Loyola: Will be making its second NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 31 years.
NCAA bubble trouble: Pandemic pushes mid-majors to margins
Earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament won't pull Drake out of its financial hole, but every little bit helps. Earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament won't pull Drake out of its financial hole, but every little bit helps. The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament last year because of the pandemic forced the association to slash its revenue distribution to schools and conferences by $375 million. Streaking San Diego State (NET 19) is looking good, but if the Aztecs win the Mountain West tournament, that could leave Colorado State (NET 40), Boise State (NET 43) and Utah State (NET 47) outside the field. A-10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade said she is not as concerned about the potential loss of NCAA Tournament revenue as the loss of exposure.
EXPLAINER: What is Clubhouse, the buzzy new audio chat app?
The icon for the social media app Clubhouse is seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. You can also download the app and get on a waiting list to be let into Clubhouse. Although Clubhouse hasn't divulged how many people are using its service, its app has been downloaded 5.3 million times, according to analytics firm App Annie. Thousands of Chinese users have flocked to the app in recent months, lured by the unfettered discussions it allowed with people abroad — particularly about democracy, Taiwan and other sensitive topics. Users still could download it if they had access to an Apple app store abroad.
Valparaiso hands No. 25 Drake its 1st loss of season, 74-57
Drake head coach Darian DeVries reacts as his team falls behind in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Valparaiso, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Valparaiso, Ind. Ben Krikke scored 15 points and Valparaiso held onto a second-half lead, pulling away to beat the Bulldogs 74-57 Sunday. The loss by Drake (18-1, 9-1 Missouri Valley) left No. “We’re not going to overreact to a loss,” third-year Drake coach Darian DeVries said. Drake had recently come back double-digit deficits against Missouri State and Valparaiso as well as surviving an overtime thriller against Illinois State.
Drake bests Aretha Franklin, Wonder to set Billboard record
1 hit on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, Drake has bested a record previously held by icons Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. Drake's “Laugh Now Cry Later," featuring rapper Lil Durk, reached the No. Wonder and Franklin, who died in 2018, each have had 20 songs top the chart. 1 hits on the R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, 12 include him in the leading role, including “God’s Plan,” “In My Feelings,” “Hotline Bling,” “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Best I Ever Had,” his first major hit released in 2009. Earlier this year, 34-year-old Drake made Billboard chart history when he set a new record for most songs on the Hot 100 chart — Billboard's main songs chart that includes all music genres.
Meet Amit Mehta, the judge for Google's antitrust case
The Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google has a judge: Obama appointee Amit Mehta, who was assigned the case Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He went to elite U.S. universities, clerked for an appellate court judge and worked for both a D.C. law firm with high-profile clients and as a public defender attorney for low-income clients. As a judge, he’s ruled that lawmakers should get the president’s financial records and has sprinkled his music appreciation into opinions. The Supreme Court sent that case back to a lower court and it is ongoing. He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1993 and graduated from the University of Virginia’s law school in 1997.
Glamorous Miami club caught in power struggle over the virus
LIV owner David Grutman poses for a photograph at the nightclub, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. LIV, one of Miami's most glamorous, star-studded nightclubs sits empty and quiet these days, a casualty of both the coronavirus outbreak and a power struggle between state and local government over how to contain the scourge. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Glamorous Miami club caught in power struggle over the virus
The parties at the club are so legendary they have inspired lyrics from Drake, Kanye West and Rick Ross. Today, LIV sits quiet and empty — a casualty not just of the coronavirus outbreak but of a power struggle between state and local government over how to contain the scourge. “I cried real tears,” the 46-year-old Grutman said of his last visit to the shuttered club and nightlife's seemingly bygone era. Grutman has fielded countless calls from DJs begging to be the first when the club reopens. Others have asked to host Zoom parties from LIV, but Grutman just isn't into it.
DaBaby, Roddy Ricch to help BET celebrate awards virtually
The three-hour show will be jam-packed with heavy hitters currently dominating the pop charts and streaming services, including DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Summer Walker, Kane Brown and Chloe x Halle. The three-hour show will be jam-packed with heavy hitters currently dominating the pop charts and streaming services, including DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Summer Walker, Kane Brown and Chloe x Halle. Comedian, actress and TV personality Amanda Seales will host the 2020 BET Awards, which will air on CBS for the first time. Drake is the leading nominee: Hes up for six honors, including video of the year and best male hip-hop artist. Ricch and Megan Thee Stallion follow Drake with five nominations each.
New this week: 'Clemency,' BET Awards, HAIM, 'Doctor Sleep'
(Neon via AP)Heres a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of whats arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, Clemency was well-reviewed but got unjustly overshadowed by some of the higher profile awards contenders when it was released in December. Doctor Sleep: The Directors Cut: This Danny Torrance-focused sequel to The Shining was a little divisive upon release, which wasnt all that surprising. Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSICGrey Daze: Fans of the late Grammy-winning screeching rock singer Chester Bennington will get a chance to hear him one more time. HAIM: Its been three years since sister trio HAIM have released a new album.