KANYE WEST DUMPS TRUMP, CONFIRMS OWN PRESIDENTIAL BID
NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West says he is no longer a Trump supporter. The rapper, — who once praised President Donald Trump and said the two share “dragon energy” — tells Forbes he's “taking the red hat off,” a reference to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” cap. In a story published yesterday, West also insisted his weekend announcement that he’s running for President wasn't a stunt to drum up interest in an upcoming album.
LADY A SUES BLACK SINGER WHO PERFORMED UNDER THAT NAME
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — So much for harmony. The country group Lady A is suing a Black singer who has performed under that name for years. The suit escalates what seemed to be a friendly resolution the two parties were headed for after the group decided to drop “Antebellum” from its name because of its ties to slavery. The lawsuit was filed yesterday against Anita White, who has been using Lady A as her stage name. The suit seeks a ruling that the group's use of Lady A doesn't infringe on White's claim to the name. There's been no immediate comment from the solo Lady A's manager about the lawsuit.
ROCK HALL TO REPLACE LIVE INDUCTION CEREMONY THIS YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has claimed yet another major music event. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation says because of COVID-19, it won't do its annual live induction ceremony this year. Replacing it will be a special show honoring this year's inductees airing on HBO and HBO Max Nov. 7. This year's inductees include Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex.
BOB MARLEY'S KIN TO RE-DO “ONE LOVE” AS COVID-19 BENEFIT TUNE
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Marley’s descendants have re-made one of his biggest hits to help children affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Stephen Marley, Cedella Marley and Skip Marley have cranked out a new version of “One Love.” The track, which drops July 17, includes guest appearances by other musicians. Proceeds from it will go to UNICEF's global coronavirus relief efforts.