Kanye West has returned to headlines recently, whether for his 10-year deal with Gap (Yeezy Gap will arrive next year) or for his latest surprise single “Wash Us In the Blood” featuring Travis Scott.
But Saturday night, on the Fourth of July, West shared his most important news to date: he’s running for president in 2020.
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” West tweeted around 9 p.m. ET. He completed the tweet with an American flag emoji, and the hashtag #2020VISION.
Rumors of West running for president have circulated before — over the past year he’s leaned much more into politics, having a handful of meetings with Donald Trump. This tweet seemingly confirms that he is in fact all in.
Billboard has reached out to his team for comment.
See the tweet below.
John Legend brought his emotional ballad “Never Break” to the 2020 Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC on Saturday (July 4).
Seated at the piano in a holiday-ready red suit, Legend crooned the Bigger Love track, which he also recently performed for the BET Awards.
He seemed to be solo until he got to the chorus of the song, when a choir — safely spaced apart — joined him on vocals.
Later in the show, Legend returned with “Glory.”
As part of that performance, he said: “Today as we celebrate July 4th, we have to recall that everyone wasn’t free at that time. Too many of our brothers and sisters were not free. The ideals that this nation stands for, we still don’t live up to. We have to keep fighting, keep marching, to get closer to freedom.”
“Keep marching with us,” Legend encouraged.
This year’s 4th of July TV special was based in New York City but featured musical performances filmed by artists around the country. Brad Paisley opened the show, which also had appearances by Lady A, The Killers, Tim McGraw and The Black Eyed Peas, plus national youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman.
An encore presentation airs at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
Brad Paisley opened 2020’s re-imagined Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC with a good dose of country, performing “American Saturday Night” live from the Grand Ole Opry.
“American Saturday Night,” off of Paisley’s 2009 album of the same name, set a feel-good tone for the night’s program, which was hosted in New York City but featured musical performances from artists around the country. Paisley, on stage at the Opry, appropriately swapped his “live from New York” lyric to “live from Nashville” this year.
Without a live audience in front of him, Paisley called out “Happy 4th of July!” to all the viewers at home.
He returned to the Opry stage later in the night for an encore performance — this time playing new song “No I in Beer.”
John Legend, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady A, The Killers, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and national youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman also were on the lineup before this year’s fireworks display. An encore presentation of the show will follow at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
50 Cent called in to Young Money Radio to chat with Lil Wayne about the first time he met Pop Smoke, the late rapper who was shot and killed at the age of 20 at a Los Angeles residence in February.
“First of all, he was late to the meeting,” 50 said on the latest episode of the Apple Music show. “When he was late Renee, dude who works for me, goes, ‘Yo, why are you late, bro?’ He said, ’50 don’t work for you. You wait for 50. You new.’ And he was like, ‘Oh, my bad.’ Like he said, he said, ‘I just got caught in the trap.’ No, you ain’t no trapping. You have bags and s— in the car you was shopping. He said, ‘Yeah, I was. I was shopping. I was shopping.'”
He continued: “He comes upstairs. I talked to him. I’m like, Wayne look, this… someone new in the league is copying your style? And even at that point, it’s a form of flattery. He’s copying you because your material was such an influence on him and that’s the way he learned to do it. He learned it from listening to you. It’s another thing when this n—- talking to you and you looking at him, you going, “Nah this n—- not copying 50 Cent. This n—- is 50 Cent!”
The full episode, which also features conversations with Naomi Campbell and Whoopi Goldberg, can be streamed on-demand on Apple Music.
Hear the clip from Young Money Radio with Lil Wayne below.
While many stars are finding ways to celebrate the 4th of July this weekend, Miley Cyrus is using her platform to protest the national holiday and speak out for human rights. The singer reminded her 111 million followers on social media that not everyone in the United States sees “liberty and justice.”
“This was in 2017,” Cyrus wrote on Instagram, where she posted her introduction to an old “Party in the U.S.A.” performance on Saturday (July 4). “Feels EVEN MORE relevant right NOW. It ain’t a Party In The USA until we see #LibertyandJusticeFORALL you heard me, FOR ALL! #fuckthefourthuntilthereisfreedom.”
In the clip, filmed three years ago at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, she said: “It’s not a party in the USA if we don’t have equality, unity, justice, compassion, kindness, opportunity, healthcare, education, non-violence. So, f— yeah, it will be a party in the USA. We’ll see it. If we all f—ing come together, we’ll f—ing make sure that it is, ’cause I’m not giving up. We can’t stop, all right?”
“Party in the U.S.A.” is typically an Independence Day favorite as people queue up music to soundtrack their celebrations. In 2019, the song’s music video saw a 240% streaming spike on YouTube.
See Cyrus’ post below.
Happy 4th of July 2020!
Music stars like Jennifer Lopez, Paul McCartney, Pitbull, Miranda Lambert and many more took to social media on Saturday (July 4) to celebrate America’s independence.
“This Independence Day, I am simply asking everyone to celebrate by getting LOUD,” Lopez wrote on Instagram.
“#LetsGetLoud by using our voices, by changing the race and age voting gap, and driving everyone to the polls to vote this November.”
Before the fireworks begins, be sure to check out their patriotic tweets and Instagram posts below, and click here for Billboard’s list of what to watch during 4th of July weekend.
Katy Perry gave her fiancé Orlando Bloom a shout-out for “portraying a real hero” in his new movie The Outpost.
The 35-year-old pop star took to Instagram on Saturday (July 4) to share a trailer for the war drama, where Bloom plays a U.S. soldier battling Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
“There’s many ways to celebrate the #FourthOfJuly One way is celebrating the stories of the incredible men and women who protect our freedoms every day,” Perry wrote, adding a link to the film on Apple TV. “So proud of @orlandobloom for portraying a real hero. Check out his incredible role in @theoutpostmovie, out today!”
Bloom, who has been quarantining with his pregnant wife-to-be during the coronavirus pandemic, recently expressed being blown away by the pop star’s strength.
“Aside from the giant belly, you wouldn’t know [she’s pregnant],” he recently told the Associated Press. “She’s a force of nature, obviously, as we all know. But it’s been really impressive. There’s no complaining. She’s just all about it.”
Perry surprised the world with her pregnancy in early March by debuting her baby bump in the music video for her song “Never Worn White.”
The pop star and actor got engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2018.