MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018
JUSTIN BIEBER - CUPID MOVIE
Justin Bieber has signed on to be the God of Love. Variety reports the Canadian pop star will star and serve as executive producer for an animated film about Cupid. He teased the project with an Instagram drawing of a man in a toga holding a bow and arrow. The film will be produced by Mythos Studios, which is co-owned by Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun.
THOMAS RHETT - KELSEA BALLERINI - ``CMA FEST''
Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini will return as hosts of the ``C-M-A Fest'' special in August. It will be their second year hosting together and Rhett's third year hosting. The special will be filmed during this weekend's C-M-A Fest in Nashville. It will air Aug. 8th on A-B-C.
ARIANA GRANDE - PTSD
Ariana Grande says she can't talk about the bombing at her concert last year in Manchester, England, without crying. Grande tells British Vogue she has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the bombing. Grande says it's hard to talk about because ``so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss.'' She says she feels like she shouldn't even be talking about her own experience. Twenty-two people were killed after a suicide bomber attacked Grande's concert on May 22nd, 2017.
EMINEM SONG ASSIGNMENT - TEACHER PLACED ON LEAVE
A junior high teacher in Park City, Utah, has been placed on leave after she assigned her students to read the lyrics of Eminem's song ``Like Home,'' which is critical of U-S President Donald Trump. Park City School District spokeswoman Melinda Colton says the veteran teacher was put on leave last week after a handful of students and parents complained. Colton is declining to give the teacher's name to protect her privacy. She says the teacher was trying to teach her students about biases in society. The district plans to make a full review of the incident before deciding whether the teacher will return next school year.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BOWLING ALLEY GIG
Portugal. The Man say they are ``excited'' for their June 18th gig at a bowling alley in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Bruce Springsteen is on the bill but Portugal. The Man are considered the headliners. Springsteen will be a ``special guest'' at a Boys and Girls Club benefit concert at Asbury Lanes.
Want tickets? They're pretty hard to get. The alley is hosting a giveaway, and 100 Asbury Park residents can win pairs of tickets through an online lottery.
JADE BIRD - TANGLED HAIR
Jade Bird's hair in the video for ``Lottery'' is long enough to touch her guitar strings. She says she's gotten it tangled in her strings before. She says that happens especially with ``tour hair,'' when she doesn't get it cut for months. Bird wears a ring and she once got it stuck in a string. She had to stop the song so she wouldn't pull out the string.
- J. COLE - FORMER HOUSE VANDALIZED
The real ``2014 Forest Hills Drive''has been vandalized. The Fayetteville Observer reports J. Cole's childhood home in Fayetteville had the words, ``J Cole...do you even care about the ville'' spray-painted in black across the front last weekend. It was removed by Monday afternoon. Police say they did not get a report of vandalism at the house. Cole named his third album after the house's address, and the cover shows him sitting on the roof. Cole's Dreamville Foundation owns the house, and he announced in 2015 it would be used to house single-mother families.
SZA - HIGH SCHOOL
Students at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, were surprised when SZA (SIH'-zah) showed up to be inducted into the school's hall of fame Monday. Billboard reports SZA encouraged students to daydream, because ``daydreaming is actually where this whole thing starts.'' She also told them to trust themselves, ``even if people are telling you you're too young to trust yourself.'' SZA graduated in 2008.
(The Associated Press)