MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017
``DESPACITO'' - ``SORRY'' - MOST-STREAMED SONG
Justin Bieber just helped unseat himself as the artist with the most-streamed song ever. Bieber's song ``Sorry'' has 4.38-billion streams. It just lost that title to ``Despacito'' by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which has a couple of different versions, including a remix featuring the Canadian pop star. ``Despacito'' has been streamed more than 4.6-billion times since it came out in January.
MADONNA - MEMORABILIA SALE
Madonna is blaming a former friend for unlawfully selling her personal items, including her underwear. A judge in Manhattan has ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to stop its auction of 22 items that also included a hairbrush with Madonna's hair and a love letter from her ex-boyfriend Tupac Shakur. Madonna says in court papers it's ``outrageous and grossly offensive'' to think the D-N-A in her hair could be auctioned for sale and she's still entitled to privacy even if she's famous. Her filing cites former friend Darlene Lutz as the force behind the sale because she frequently stayed at Madonna's home when she wasn't there. Lutz's spokesman tells the New York Post says the items are Lutz's legal property and the court filing is ``completely baseless.''
``GAME OF THRONES'' - ED SHEERAN
If you thought Ed Sheeran's cameo on ``Game of Thrones'' was distracting, that's on you, according to show director Jeremy Podeswa. Podeswa tells Newsweek Sheeran was appropriate for the part and he looks like he belongs in the ``Game of Thrones'' world. Podeswa says, ``The hoo-ha seems to be from things that are outside of the world of the show.'' He says it's not fair to say Sheeran was disrupting because of his fame, because the entire ``Game of Thrones'' cast is famous as well. By the way, Sheeran writes on Instagram he did not delete his Twitter account because of what people said about his ``Game of Thrones'' appearance. He says that was just coincidental timing.
STEVE AOKI - LIFESTYLE CHANGE
Steve Aoki's days of being as lit as the audience are long gone. Aoki says he used to love a good drink during a gig, but he gave it up. He says his purpose is to make sure everyone else is having a good time and if he gets drunk, all he thinks about is his own haze. Aoki says he thought he did some pretty good sets while intoxicated, until he saw the video. He says what he thought was the best set ever turned out to be ``the sloppiest wreck.''
(The Associated Press)