MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017
DADDY YANKEE - SPOTIFY
Daddy Yankee has made a bit of online music history. The singer has become number one on Spotify becoming the first Latino artist to ever get to the top spot on the music streaming platform. The Puerto Rican reggaeton star Singer Daddy Yankee ousted Ed Sheeran from the No. 1 spot on Spotify to become the first Latino artist to lead the music platform. Spotify acknowledged the milestone in an email to The Associated Press noting that he has surpassed 44,735,586 monthly listeners to reach the first global spot. The moment wasn't lost on Daddy Yankee, who says in an emailed statement that being the first Latin artist to reach No. 1 on Spotify ``marks a precedent'' not just for his career, but for the music industry in general.
PITBULL - ALL-STAR HOME RUN DERBY
Maybe it's a law: that if there's a big event taking place in Miami, Pitbull must appear. The area native and tireless promoter of the Florida city will be making the scene tonight with a performance during the All-Star Game's annual Home Run Derby.
Pitbull is just one of several non-baseball stars performing for major league events this week. Bebe Rexha will sing ``The Star-Spangled Banner'' Tuesday night before the All-Star Game at Marlins Park and Jocelyn Alice will sing ``O Canada.'' Jennifer Hudson was on the bill to perform at an event last night. And Lenny Kravitz performs tonight at a party thrown by the MLB Players Association in Miami. Other celebrities that were to appear over the weekend include Lil Jon and Flo Rida.
PHOTOGRAPHER LAWSUIT - JENNER GIRLS
First Kendall and Kylie Jenner were criticized for marketing ``vintage'' T-shirts featuring a series of music icons. Now's they're being sued. A commercial photographer, Michael Miler, has gone to court to accuse the Jenner sisters of using two images of Tupac Shakur without permission. In a statement, the Jenner girls' fashion label says it only sold two T-shirts with images of Tupac on them. The shirts also featured images of Notorious B-I-G and Ozzy Osbourne. The sale of the shirts was roundly criticized on social media especially after Osbourne's wife Sharon and the mother of Biggie Smalls complained.
ARREST - GRANDE CONCERT BOMBING
In the days after the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, authorities have arrested 22 people on suspicion of terrorism offenses. But so far, all of them have been released without being charged. That arrest figure is now 23 after British police arrested as 19-year-old man in connection with the May 22nd blast. The suspect was picked up Friday at John Lennon Airport in Liverpool. He was being held on suspicion of terrorism offenses. Still awaiting word on whether he will face charges in the Grande bombing, which killed 22 people.
RIHANNA - MOVIE
Rihanna as a burlesque dancer? In a sci-fi movie, no less? Yep, that's how she will be appearing in Luc Besson's movie ``Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.'' And as you might imagine, it was kind of a tough sell at first to get her on board. Rihanna's manager was a fan of Besson's films. But it took a while for the rest of the singer's inner circle to get on board with the project. Besson says Rihanna's crew was ``very protective of her'' so there were a lot of questions to make sure that she came off looking good. You can find out next Friday if they pulled that off. The movie opens July 21th.
(The Canadian Press)