Judge Dismisses Million-Dollar Lawsuit Against Anuel AA

A federal judge has dismissed a $5 million lawsuit against Anuel AA, according to Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día.

According to the report, Judge Raúl Arias decided that Anuel’s lyrics on “Intocable” — a diss track directed toward Cosculluela where he uses homophobic lyrics and directly insults former model Noris “La Taína” Díaz, who has HIV. — is covered under the First Amendment and there is no proof of actual malice.

Díaz had filed a federal lawsuit against Anuel for defamation and invasion of privacy and was seeking a $5 million settlement in emotional and character damages.

Anuel’s reps but did not respond to a request for comment at time of publishing.

“Intocable” was never officially released but the controversial song was filtered on YouTube in September 2018 and cost Anuel his first concert in Puerto Rico after it was canceled by No Limit Entertainment.

The “Me Gusta” singer later apologized for the lyrics calling it the worst mistake of his career.

“I do not need this and I apologize to all the people I offended. To homosexuals, to people with AIDS, to La Taina [the model] and to those who lost everything after Hurricane Maria … My fans deserve from me to be a better person, and I apologize to everyone in Puerto Rico,” he said.


Usher Explains Why He Was Smiling So Much in This Baby Photo

Usher stopped by The Late Late Show With James Corden on Wednesday (March 4), when the host pulled out the cutest family photo of a six-year-old Usher and his baby brother.

“Some important facts about this photo,” the crooner began, referring to his ear-to-ear smile in the snap and his brother’s pout while dressed in a Santa hat and sailor shirt. “My mother would only put us in shorts as kids, this was the thing. I mean, she put [his brother] in a sailor’s outfit.”

“She wouldn’t allow us to wear full pants until like six years old,” he continued. “So this is the first time I ever wore slacks in a photo, and look at how I’m holding my jacket like, ‘Look, I made it!’”

Corden went on to observe that this was around the age when Usher knew he was going to be a star, to which the singer agreed. When asked how he knew, Usher replied, “If you don’t believe it, no one else will,” which was met by cheers from the audience.

Usher and actress Alison Pill then stepped outside to meet LA Galaxy striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, and took part in a dunk tank challenge in which they kicked a soccer ball in an attempt to hit the target and send Corden into “freezing cold” water.

Watch it go down below.

 

Dan + Shay Donate $100,000 to Tornado Relief Ahead of Nashville Arena Show

Dan + Shay are kicking off their massive The (Arena) Tour by helping out Nashville.

The duo announced on Thursday (March 5) that they will be donating $100,000 to tornado relief efforts following the devastating storms that ripped through Tennessee on Tuesday morning. The gesture comes a day before their first tour stop, a two-day sold-out run at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

“We are heartbroken by the devastation the tornadoes left upon Tennessee earlier this week. Our love goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy,” Dan + Shay said in a statement. “We are so proud to call Nashville our home, and have seen first hand that this community is strong, resilient, and compassionate. What this town does best in times of need, is come together, so it is only fitting that our tour starts tomorrow in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena. Friday and Saturday, through the power of music, we will all unite to celebrate the spirit of our incredible city. On behalf of Dan + Shay, we will be making a $100,000 donation to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. We are looking forward to two unforgettable shows, in the town we hold dearest to our hearts.”

AEG Presents, Sandbox Entertainment, CAA and Bridgestone Arena are each also donating an amount per ticket sold for both Nashville shows to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

The 35-date tour will stretch all the way through October, when it will wrap in Tacoma, Washington, on Oct. 31. See the full list of dates here.


Carlos Vives Has the ‘Worst’ Day of His Life in New Video ‘No Te Vayas’: Watch

Carlos Vives is living one of those days when you think the world has conspired against you and everything that can go wrong, goes wrong in his new video for “No Te Vayas.”

The first single is from his forthcoming album and it’s a comical and heart-warming vallenato song about overcoming all the obstacles to make it to the most important romantic date in your life.

“‘No Te Vayas’ is another vallenato song done my way, in love like I am. To sing and announce it to the world,” Vives said about the song in a press release. “It’s the door to the world we’ll see together with the sound that I’ve been studying for so long and it’s the base of all the music in my country.”

Watch the action-packed video below and see how Vives’ “worst” day turns out:

Vives is confirmed as speaker for Billboard and Telemundo’s LatinFest+, taking place April 20-23 in Las Vegas in a panel titled “Viva Live With Carlos Vives.” The Colombian music icon will discuss the making of his new album, sharing never-before-seen behind-the-scenes material and an exclusive look into his new tour.

LatinFest+ will be an immersive, week-long experience for the Latin entertainment industry, artists, executives and fans and will include superstar conversations, industry panels and workshops, celebrity fireside chats, live concerts, fan experiences and live activations of some of Billboard’s most celebrated franchises, including On the Rise and Growing Up Latino. The three-day music event culminates with the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live April 23 on Telemundo. 

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Here Are the Lyrics to The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’

The Weeknd wallows in darkness without his girl in “After Hours,” the title track from his forthcoming fourth studio album. The song leaped No. 77-20 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week (chart dated March 9).

Longtime fans recognized how he flipped the opening line from his 2012 Trilogy track “Twenty Eight” — “This house is not a home to you” — in the outro eight years later: “‘Cause this house is not a home/ Without my baby, where are you now when I need you most?” The lyrical transformation shows The Weeknd’s tender side, which feels especially wounded after a breakup.

Check out the dark lyrics below.

Thought I almost died in my dream again (baby, almost died)
Fightin’ for my life, I couldn’t breathe again
I’m fallin’ in too deep (oh)
Without you, I can’t sleep (fallin’ in)
‘Cause my heart belongs to you
I’ll risk it all for you
I want you next to me
This time, I’ll never leave
I wanna share babies
Protection, we won’t need
Your body next to me
Is just a memory
I’m fallin’ in too deep, oh
Without you, I can’t sleep
It’s on me, only me, oh
Talk to me, without you I can’t breathe

My darkest hours
Girl, I felt so alone inside of this crowded room
Different girls on the floor, distracting my thoughts of you
I turned into the man I used to be, to be
Put myself to sleep
Just so I can get closer to you inside my dreams
Didn’t wanna wake up ‘less you were beside me
I just wanted to call you and say, and say

Oh, baby, where are you now when I need you most?
I’d give it all just to hold you close
Sorry that I broke your heart, your heart

Never comin’ through
I was runnin’ away from facin’ reality
Wastin’ all of my time on livin’ my fantasies
Spendin’ money to compensate, compensate
‘Cause I want you baby
I’ll be livin’ in Heaven when I’m inside of you
It was definitely a blessing, wakin’ beside you
I’ll never let you down again, again

Oh, baby, where are you now when I need you most?
I’d give it all just to hold you close
Sorry that I broke your heart, your heart
I said, baby, I’ll treat you better than I did before
I’ll hold you down and not let you go
This time I won’t break your heart, your heart, yeah

I know it’s all my fault
Made you put down your guard
I know I made you fall
They said you were wrong for me
I lied to you, I lied to you, I lied to you (to you)
Can’t hide the truth, I stayed with her in spite of you
You did some things that you regret, still ride for you
‘Cause this house is not a home

Without my baby, where are you now when I need you most?
I gave it all just to hold you close
Sorry that I broke your heart, your heart
And I said, baby, I’ll treat you better than I did before
I’ll hold you down and not let you go
This time I won’t break your heart, your heart, no

Lyrics licensed & provided by LyricFind

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Written by: Jason Quenneville, Carlo Montagnese, Abel Tesfaye, Mario Winans, Ahmad Balshe, Noah Sammak

Ozzy Osbourne Pulls Out of SXSW Appearance Due to Coronavirus

Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he will not make an appearance at this year’s South by Southwest in Austin due to the coronavirus.

Osbourne was scheduled to attend SXSW in support of the world-premiere screening of Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, a two-hour documentary special exploring the many lives and decade-spanning career of the rock legend, which is set to air this summer on A&E.

The documentary was set to premiere March 14 at the Austin Convention Center, followed by an encore screening at Alamo Lamar on Mach 17.

The two-part documentary will trace Osbourne’s life from his childhood in poverty and time in prison, to fronting Black Sabbath and successful solo career, to becoming one of rock’s elder statesmen and a lovable 21st-century TV dad. The 86-minute film also features interviews with wife Sharon, daughter Kelly and son Jack Osbourne, as well as friends and fellow musicians, including Rick Rubin, Ice-T, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Jonathan Davis, Post Malone and more.

Osbourne joins a growing list of SXSW participants pulling out of the conference due the coronavirus, including major companies such as Netflix, Apple, Twitter, Facebook and Amazon Studios.

The news also follows the indefinite postponement of Osbourne’s No More Tours 2 trek, which called off its North American dates on Feb. 17.


Which Lady Gaga Tour Was the Fiercest? Vote!

Lady Gaga is ready to throw her Little Monsters another ball for Chromatica, her sixth studio album, due April 10, as the Chromatica Ball Tour hits Europe and North America this summer. And her past tours are certainly ones for the books.

Her debut worldwide jaunt, The Fame Ball Tour, in 2009 acted as an Andy Warhol-esque traveling museum exhibit with “pop performance art, multimedia, fashion, technology, video, film,” according to the Universal Music Group archives.

Her second live stint, The Monster Ball Tour from 2009 to 2011, proved to be a hit as well: The first-ever “pop-electro opera,” as the “Stupid Love” artist described it to Rolling Stone at the time, received the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards for Breakthrough Performer and Concert Marketing & Promotion.

Theatrics aside, Gaga’s shows always carry important messages, as her Born This Way Ball from 2012 to 2013 packed politically and socially charged themes of fighting against discrimination and for self-love.

So if you could travel back in time and revisit your favorite Gaga tour, which one would it be? Vote below!