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Miami Club LIV Caught In Power Struggle over COVID-19 - Billboard
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.
The puppeteer behind the parties and arguably the king of South Beachs nightlife scene, LIV owner David Grutman, stopped by a few months ago to look at new upholstery, but he mostly stays away from the club at the center of his hospitality empire. I cried real tears, the 46-year-old Grutman said of his last visit to the shuttered club and nightlifes seemingly bygone era. Its really been my lifeblood. Technically, LIV and Miamis other nightclubs could reopen at 50% capacity under an ordered issued Sept. 25 by Gov. Ron DeSantis. But Miami leaders have imposed a midnight curfew a real buzzkill for a scene that doesnt even get started until the a.m. hours and are restricting loud music so that people dont have to shout and risk spreading the virus through their spittle. Also, a local mask ordinance requires patrons to keep their faces covered except while eating and drinking though the governor has barred municipalities from collecting fines for violations. We take a more cautious approach here in Miami-Dade, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said recently. He warned: We are still not out of the woods. While a few small clubs in Miami have reopened, Grutman said that between the curfew and the continued risk of spreading the virus, he has no plans to open LIV or his other nightclub, Story. Were going to open it when we can give the right experience, he said. Im not into giving half-ass experiences. Florida has seen more than 15,000 deaths from the pandemic. The Republican governor has been eager to jumpstart the economy, battered by shutdowns and other restrictions that have left hundreds of thousands unemployed in the tourist-dependent state. Grutman has already been through a revolving door of openings and closings. In addition to the clubs, he has several restaurants, including one he owns with the singer Pharrell, plus the celeb hangout Komodo. All of them were forced to close back in March by state and local authorities. In June, the governor gave the go-ahead for restaurants to reopen at limited capacity. With bars still under shutdown orders, people were soon drinking heavily and dancing at Komodo and other late-night restaurants. We thought the world was back, Grutman said. I was naive enough to think that wed turned the corner. But he voluntarily closed again after six weeks, as cases skyrocketed and South Florida become one of the nations COVID-19 hot spots, with as many as 12,000 to 15,000 newly confirmed infections per day. Grutman said he didnt want to contribute to the spread, and he was also seeing a backlash from others in the industry. We were allowed to reopen and bars were not, yet people were drinking like crazy at our place, so it was one of those mixed-signal things. It built up a lot of animosity, he said. On a recent Friday night at Komodo, Grutman dined with the Canadian singer The Weekend, while former baseball star Alex Rodriguez sat nearby and supermodel Adriana Lima was at another table. Yet mask-wearing was strictly enforced, hand sanitizers were at every table, and the scene shut down promptly at 11 p.m. Meanwhile, LIV, where stars like Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez have been known to give unpaid, impromptu performances, sits forlorn. Before the pandemic, more than 10,000 partygoers visited each week, and those who couldnt get in hung out at the lobby bar of the Fontainebleau Hotel just to be close to the action. On big weekends, LIV pronounced like the womans name Liv raked in over $1 million a night, more than half from champagne and the bling that accompanied the bottle presentations, including confetti cannons, nitrogen smoke plumes and scads of scantily dressed servers. When the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl in Miami this year, the team spent the evening hoisting their trophy amid a spray of champagne and confetti on the dance floor at LIV. At a fashion show at LIV in 2009, Victorias Secret supermodels strutted in their angel wings and barely-there lingerie. 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 isnt into it. He is looking into five-minute rapid testing and putting ultraviolet disinfecting lights inside the vents but thinks its unlikely big club events will be safe without a vaccine. Everybody has their own ideas of whats going to happen, second wave, no second wave, he said. In the meantime, Grutman the hype man, the energy pumper, the one injecting that party-all-the time vibe is missing out on the action, which has shifted to house parties. Id rather be the ringmaster of it, he said.
Cardi B Deletes Her Twitter Account - Billboard
Cardi B is no longer on Twitter.
"I'm so tired that because of y'all I've gotta continuously explain myself," said Cardi, who recently reconciled with Offset after filing for divorce. "I didn't put my divorce out there, a f---ing court clerk put it out there. And because people are making rumors up, 'Oh, this guy has a girl pregnant,' this and that, I have to address it." Cardi then complained about comments her fans have left about Offset. "You guys want to be harassing this n----. Bro, if I work things out, why are you going to this n----'s Twitter to harass him? That s--- don't make no f---ing sense," she said. She also brought up remarks left about her recently being seen smoking a cigarette, clarifying that she was not smoking due to being stressed out about her relationship with Offset. "I'm bored, and I was drinking on my birthday," she explained. "Offset is not the only f--king problem that I deal with," Cardi said. "To be honest with you, my marriage is one of the least worries that I have right now. "I love my fans and I'm thankful and I'm grateful for everything you do, but some of you really be acting like I sleep with ya," she added. As of Sunday night (Oct. 18), the rapper's Instagram account is still active. Listen to some of Cardi's comments from her now-expired Instagram Live session below.
The Sanderson Sisters Reunite for 'Hocus Pocus' Hulaween Teaser: See the Photo - Billboard
The Sanderson sisters are ready to return. The iconic trio of witches from 'Hocus Pocus' are reuniting for one night only.
Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson are getting back together for In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover," a one-hour virtual broadcast to benefit the New York Restoration Project, hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Appearances by Glenn Close, Billy Eichner, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, John Stamos, Meryl Streep, Billy Crystal, Samantha Diaz, Todrick Hall, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Alex Moffat, Martin Short, Sarah Silverman, Sophie von Haselberg, Thora Birch, Omri Katz, Doug Jones, and surprise guests are also scheduled for the event. Tickets are available to purchase for $10, and a variety of Hocus Pocus-themed merchandise is for sale. The New York Restoration Project -- a non-profit organization founded by Midler -- partners with communities to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the benefits of nature, through its environmental justice work. See the Sanderson sisters back in action below.
Gigi Hadid's Mom Posts Photo of Gigi & Zayn's Baby: 'An Angel Sent From Above' - Billboard
Gigi Hadid's mother, Yolanda, has shared a glimpse of her newborn granddaughter.
Gigi and Zayn welcomed their baby girl in September. On Sept. 23, the former One Direction singer shared a post on social media, writing: "Our baby girl is here, healthy & beautiful. to try put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task. The love i feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine, & thankful for the life we will have together x." "Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and shes already changed our world," Gigi wrote at the time, in her own post. "So in love." See the most recent photo of their sweet baby, courtesy of "Oma," below.
Here's Why Jacob Tremblay Was 'Nervous' to Play Justin Bieber in 'Lonely' Music Video - Billboard
Justin Bieber turned back time to his "Never Say Never" era, where he was selling out arena tours but felt "Lonely" in the poignant music video for his new Benny Blanco collaboration.
It definitely feels really weird to say it, because it just sounds like it shouldnt be happening but, I am in a Justin Bieber music video, which is something I would have never seen coming, he told the publication. He explained that after the pop star's team reached out about the role, the two agreed to chat on the phone to answer some of Tremblay's questions. "We kind of organized that we would call each other some time, but we didnt really get an exact time, so he ended up calling me when I was in the grocery store I was like, to my parents, I have to go outside because Justin Biebers calling me.' Tremblay went on to reveal that he was "nervous" about starring in the video, because he "had actually never played a real person before. Ive always played made-up characters, so I just really wanted to make sure that I had the feelings of the song and how Justin wanted me to feel," he continued. "I really got to understand its a bit more of a serious song but Im really excited for people to hear it, so they can see the story. Its really good. Watch the interview here.
Lana Del Rey Unveils 'Let Me Love You Like a Woman’: Stream It Now - Billboard
Lana Del Rey is finally giving the first taste of her upcoming album Chemtrails Over the Country Club.
Chemtrails over the Country Club was originally scheduled for a Sept. 5 release, but Del Rey told fans recently that, "because of the vinyl process being 11 weeks, it could be, like, January 7th. The album is the followup to Norman F---ing Rockwell, her sixth studio album which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Del Rey recently released her Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass poem collection via Simon & Schuster. Listen to "Let Me Love You Like a Woman" below.
Herbert Kretzmer, Lyricist of 'Les Miserables,' Dies at 95 - Billboard
Tributes poured in from giants of the London stage, including theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh, singer Elaine Paige and lyricist Tim Rice.
Les Miserables producer Mackintosh said Kretzmer was instrumental in bringing Victor Hugo's classic tale of defiance and redemption in early 19th century France to the stage in English in October 1985, five years after it had opened in Paris. "His wonderful words for Les Misérables will live on in his memory forever more," he said in a statement. For Paige, he was a masterful wordsmith while Rice described Kretzmer a great lyricist and man of theatre and a giant of his trade. Kretzmer, known as Herbie to his friends, was born in Kroonstad, a small town south of Johannesburg, South Africa, in October 1925. He was one of four sons of Jewish-Lithuanian immigrants who ran a grocery shop and later a prosperous furniture store. Though his childhood under the vast expanse of South African sky was blissful," he wanted by the age of 11 to become a newspaper man so he could get closer to his heroes on screen. From Johannesburg, he moved to Paris in 1953, playing the piano by night in a bar in return for a meal. A year later, he moved to London and fulfilled his dream of being at the heart of the movie action, in an award-winning journalistic career that included stints at the Daily Express and Daily Mail. His catalog of interviews reads like a Who's Who? of 20th-century entertainment, including Muhammad Ali, Judy Garland, Groucho Marx, David Niven and Frank Sinatra. Some interviewees, like Peter Sellers and Terence Stamp, became close friends. The music was never far away though. He wrote weekly songs in the 1960s for That Was The Week That Was, the BBC's ground-breaking satirical show that proved the launchpad for the careers of luminaries in the world of television over subsequent decades, such as John Cleese and David Frost. Some songs were humorous, such as "Goodness Gracious Me," others more poignant, notably "In the Summer of His Years," a tribute to President John F. Kennedy that was written hours after his assassination on Nov. 22, 1963. There were further songs, including "She," which he wrote with French singer Charles Aznavour and which topped the U.K. Singles Charts for a month in 1974. He explained decades later that it was about a British woman with whom he had recently broken up following a year-long affair. But the really big-time never quite came. Until a young British producer by the name of Cameron Mackintosh invited Kretzmer to tea in June 1984 and his life changed. Though the expanded English version of Les Miserables it was never Les Mis for Kretzmer had mixed reviews at the start, it would soon become one of the biggest successes of 20th-century theater. Were it not for the coronavirus pandemic, it'd still be running in London, testament to the enduring popularity of the story as well as the songs, such as "I Dreamed a Dream," "One Day More" and "Do You Hear the People Sing?" Add "Suddenly" to that list, the song he wrote for the 2012 blockbuster lm version that earned him at the age of 87 an Academy Award nomination. Kretzmer has been appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in France and an Officer of the Order of British Empire.
19 Things You Didn't See on TV at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards - Billboard
Hints on Khalid's upcoming album and how Swae Lee stays "lit" with no audience, to Addison Rae's thoughts on that viral "Dreams" TikTok.
7:55 p.m.: Just minutes before the BBMAs kicked off, Glee's Jane Lynch hopped into the virtual press room to give TikTok the stamp of approval for the new way to discover music, particularly after a single video recently gave Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" its biggest streaming week ever. "I think some of the best music that was ever written and performed was in the 70s and 80s," she gushed. "To see all this music coming back that people are appreciating -- Fleetwood Mac, wow, what a wonderful thing. Rumours was one of the first albums I ever bought, and I had a Rumours t-shirt." 8:15 p.m.: Stephen "tWitch" Boss brought his new role as Ellen's co-executive producer to the BBMAs, where he jokingly revealed he was scouting for potential performers for the daytime talk show. He specifically mentioned BTS and Billie Eilish, who have both appeared on Ellen "a number of times," but shared that he's also "always looking for the freshens." 8:29 p.m.: Pentatonix were all giggles when they entered the virtual press room, hyped off opening the show with Kelly Clarkson and Sheila E. With no audience during their performance of Steve Winwood's No. 1 Hot 100 smash "Higher Love," Kirstin Maldonado admitted that "was kind of weird, but it was fun," before adding, "Kelly and Sheila E's energy was so amazing that it was so fun to just perform with them." 8:37 p.m.: Julia Michaels couldn't help but beam with pride over Demi Lovato's world premiere performance of her politically-driven "Commander in Chief," which she co-wrote "in an hour" with the pop star and Justin Tranter. "We cried a little bit, we said what we needed to say and now it's out in the world." 8:42 p.m.: Michaels shouted out her fluffy Bicholla dress, which made her feel "like a sexy cotton ball right now, like a really hot Q-tip." 8:47 p.m.: Fresh off his "Be Like That" performance with Kane Brown and Khalid, Swae Lee gave insight on how to turn up onstage without an audience. "I just think about the fans at home watching, and thinking about what they're doing in their living rooms and what they're doing with their friends, and just use my imagination and get them lit in my imagination," he said.9:01 p.m.: A plaid suit-clad Luke Combs is smiling cheek-to-cheek and "pumped to be having a huge night" in the virtual press room after winning top country artist, top country male artist and top country album. 9:03 p.m.: Combs recalled the "no-fail situation" when he sang "Beautiful Crazy" to his now-wife for the first time. "I wrote it two days before I played it for her, and I made sure that one of her friends was there while I played it for her so her friend would be like, 'Aw, so nice' and everything," he shared, adding, "Luckily, that worked out and here we are." 9:06 p.m.: Shockingly, Combs has never met Icon Award recipient Garth Brooks. What would he say to his fellow country superstar if he met him? "I don't know, if I'm being honest," Combs bashfully admitted. "I've thought about it before, but it just kind of like what do you say? You can't be weird about how much of a fan you are." 10:25 p.m.: After winning five BBMAs for top R&B artist, top R&B male artist, top R&B tour, top R&B album and top R&B song, Khalid shared details on his upcoming third album. "To me, it sounds like evolution, definitely," he revealed. "I feel like I'm really zoning into my sound. It's just something different for myself. I mean, I love Free Spirit and I love American Teen, but for me, this one is incomparable." 10:27 p.m.: With a crucial presidential election just around the corner, Khalid said that "having a platform is a blessing." He added: "I feel like the best thing to do is utilize your platform to the most of its potential. Right now more than ever, it's so good to be present, to be aware, to be positive, but also to participate and that's what means the most to me." 10:28 p.m.: As a massive R&B fan, Khalid swooned over Brandy's breathtaking medley with Ty Dolla $ign. "Oh my God, she's so awesome," he gushed. "For me, Full Moon is hands down one of the best albums in the world, one of my personal favorite albums in the world. 'Angel in Disguise,' amazing, 'Borderline' her new song is jamming. She's a great, and you've got to pay respect to Brandy." 10:29 p.m.: On a potential Lizzo collab, Khalid admitted "that would be awesome," noting that she has "literally one of the best personalities ever. She's amazing, super nice, super humble and super grateful. 10:40 p.m.: As one of TikTok's top creators, Addison Rae had lots to say about "Dreams"' second life. "There are so many songs that are forever great and iconic songs that have been brought back because of TikTok, and I actually did a TikTok to 'Dreams' months ago, and now it's all of a sudden blowing up," she shared. "It's so cool to see, because that's been one of my favorite songs for probably five years now. I think there's just so much that people don't know who are in the younger generation -- even myself, music that I just didn't really listen to or wasn't into and now TikTok can bring that back and bring a new appreciation for it. I think it's really cool and powerful." 10:51 p.m.: Top Christian artist winner Lauren Daigle laughed after confessing that she never thought she'd ever be nominated in the same category as Kanye West and win. "Honestly, we listen to his record all the time, on the bus and just traveling, so to think that we were even in the same category, I was shocked and humbled, honestly," she said. 10:54 p.m.: Daigle shared that "it's pretty amazing just to see the shape that Christian music is taking right now." She also discussed the topic of togetherness and how "Jesus likes unity. Especially when the world is so divided, that's a center point of what he delights in." When the star listens to faith-based music, "unity is something that is found in that message." 11:08 p.m.:En Vogue glowed as they popped into the virtual press room following their iconic "Free Your Mind" BBMAs closer. "It was electric, and it really was a release," they shared. 11:10 p.m.: If En Vogue took part in a Verzuz battle, they said they'd want to go up against Boyz II Men. "It would be fun because of the male to female energy and we love them. When we're touring, we often hit certain spots together, so we adore them. 11:14 p.m.: As for new music, the R&B trio shared that while they "haven't gone through that brainstorming process yet," they're "always eager to be in the studio, to record and write songs. Hopefully, once we get past this, we'll be right back in there."
John Lennon’s ‘Gimme Some Truth’ Challenging for U.K. Chart Title - Billboard
Imagine John Lennon returning to No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart. It could happen.
Lennon has three No. 1s as a solo artist, and a whopping 16 with the Beatles, more than any act in Official Chart history.If Travis hold on, itll give the four-piece their first No. 1 in almost two decades. All but one of the bands eight previous albums have cracked the Top 5 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart. At the midweek stage, North London rapper Headie One holds the No. 2 position with his debut studio album Edna (Relentless), the market leader on streams. Further down the list, Queen + Adam Lamberts Live Around The World (EMI) slips 1-4, and Brit Award-nominees D-Block Europe are at No. 5 with their debut The Blue Print Us vs Them (D-Block Europe), while new releases from classic British bands Tears For Fears, Dire Straits, Iron Maiden and Suede are set for Top 10 entries. Several 80s albums are set to impact the chart, thanks to last Saturdays National Album Day, which cast the spotlight on a string of LPs from the 1980s with colored vinyl reissues and compilation releases. They include Ultravoxs Vienna (No. 14 via Chrysalis); The Stone Roses self-titled LP (No. 19 via Silvertone); UB40s The Essential (No. 26); Duran Durans self-titled debut (No. 27 via Parlophone); and ABCs The Essential (No. 39 via Spectrum Music). The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.
'Frat Boy Harry' Has Returned: See the Best Harry Styles Fan Tweets - Billboard
Harries, get ready because Frat Boy Harry is back.
With the re-emergence of the singer's glorious party boy persona (this time rocking nail polish), came a flood of enthusiastic tweets, and soon enough, "frat boy harry" was trending worldwide. We've compiled some of our favorite, hilarious tweets from fans. See them below.