Katy Perry Comments on Kanye West’s Presidential Run: ‘The Job Is Best Suited for Someone With Experience’

Katy Perry offered her opinion about Kanye West running for president in a virtual interview with the U.K.’s Hits Radio on Friday (July 10).

The pop star, who called in for a 16-minute video chat about topics including her upcoming album, being in quarantine, her pregnancy and her dog’s birthday, was prompted with the question: “We all know that 2020’s one of the weirdest years so far … How do you feel about Kanye West making it even weirder by becoming president?”

Perry didn’t hesitate to share her thoughts.

“I think, you know, what we’ve learned looking back is that the presidential job is best suited for someone with experience and that is a pro in their field,” she responded.

“I think we have seen and learned from experience that when we don’t have pros in position, that it can get a little wild,” Perry added.

“I love Kanye,” said Perry. “He is amazing. I just, you know, I love him as an artist. And I think he’s an incredible disrupter as an artist and a conversation-maker as an artist. And that’s what I love the most about him.”

Watch the full interview below. Perry’s new album, Smile, is due out on Aug. 14.

Darius Rucker & Wife Beth Split After 20 Years: ‘We Have Made the Decision to Consciously Uncouple’

Darius Rucker and his wife of almost 20 years, Beth, have announced that they are separating.

The country singer and Hootie & the Blowfish frontman revealed the news on social media on Saturday (July 11), noting that the split is amicable.

“Beth and I would like to share that after much reflection we have made the decision to consciously uncouple,” Rucker wrote. “We remain close friends and parenting partners and continue to be each other’s biggest cheerleaders.”

His statement continued: “Our priority will always be our beautiful family. We have so much love in our hearts for each other and will continue to encourage growth and expansion in one other. Please be kind as we take on this journey, and we thank you for your love and support always.”

The couple, who have two children together, were married in 2000.

Read Rucker’s post in full on Instagram.

Christina Perri Announces She Is Expecting ‘Rainbow Baby’ After Miscarriage

Christina Perri has shared the happy news that she is pregnant, six months after revealing that she had a miscarriage earlier in the year.

“carmella is gonna be a big sister !!! our rainbow baby is coming in january,” the “Jar of Hearts” singer tweeted Saturday morning (July 11), along with a rainbow emoji.

Carmella, pictured wearing a rainbow T-shirt with the words “big sister to be” in Perri’s update, is her two-year-old daughter.

In January, Perri posted a heartbreaking note about having a miscarriage just before she and husband Paul Costabile were about announce they were expecting a second child together.

“We are shocked and completely heartbroken,” Perri, who hoped to “help change the story & stigma around miscarriage, secrecy and shame,” wrote at the time. “i am so sad but not ashamed. i am ever reminded how amazing and powerful women are at making life and at healing. to all the mothers who have been here and who will be here, i see you and i love you.”

See her latest announcement here.

Camila Cabello Reimagines ‘My Oh My,’ ‘Señorita’ & ‘Liar’ With Pretty Piano Medley

Camila Cabello has mashed up three of her Romance singles in a special medley recorded for the next installment of her virtual “Priceless Experiences at Home” concert series.

The new episode of the series is set to be released on Friday (July 15).

“They say he likes a good time, my, oh my,” Cabello begins in the first verse of the medley, accompanied by piano. The singer shared a preview of it on Instagram, commenting, ‘This might be my favorite one!”

The track sees a smooth transition over to a solo “Señorita” before building up to “Liar” with several layers of vocal takes from Cabello.

Check it out below, and tune in to episode two of her “acoustic jam session” with Mastercard on YouTube at 5 p.m. ET on July 15.

Southside Johnny to Play Huge Drive-In Concert in New Jersey

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes return to the stage Saturday night (July 11) for their biggest concert since the COVID-19 pandemic, performing a drive-in concert at Monmouth Racetrack in Oceanport, N.J., not far from their longtime home on the Jersey Shore.

Led by John Lyon, the “Grandfather of the Jersey Shore Sound,” Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will perform in front of more than 1,000 cars holding up to four passengers each for what is being billed as one of the largest drive-in concerts in the U.S. yet. The concert is presented by the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank and is being built out to include a full stage with four large screens for enhanced viewing and sound delivered from a PA system as well as FM signal for vehicles.

Tickets went on sale on June 5 and sold out within a few hours for the hometown show, which benefits the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.

Lyon rose out of the 1970s Ashbury Park scene, playing venues like the Stone Pony alongside the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt and later Jon Bon Jovi.

Billboard recently caught up with Lyon to discuss Saturday’s show and find out how he is holding up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You’ve been back in your hometown of Ocean Grove now for a little more than a decade. Do you ever miss California or Nashville?

I fell in love with California playing the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano and seeing the electric blue sky every evening and told my wife, “Let’s move here. Let’s see how it goes.” And we did for about three years, and then she said, “I miss the seasons.” So now I’m back in New Jersey and she’s in Marin (California) where they don’t have seasons either. We’re still friends and still married, but we’re separated right now. After living in Jersey for a while I got fed up and Garry Tallent, Bruce’s bass player, moved to Nashville and told me I would love it there. And I did, it’s an amazing place to record and perform but at that time I was playing all the time on the East Coast and in Europe and the commute was killing me. So after five years I moved back.

How are you preparing for the drive-in show?

I’m just trying to get my head around it. We’re playing in a gigantic 1,000-car parking lot. And when I first saw the lot I was kind of intimidated. It was a little daunting and I thought, “Oh my God.” But we’re just going to go up and do what we do and try to enjoy it and have fun. I’ve got a great audience. They’re out to have fun. We’re not one of those emo bands, we’re there because we enjoy playing. And it’s actually going to be a little bit different and we don’t know what’s going to happen. And I love that. I love the adventure of it.

Has anyone offered you any advice on how to pull this type of show off?

No, because very few of these shows have happened before. It’s a challenge and I love a challenge ’cause I trust my band, I trust our material, I trust myself and I trust the audience. They’re going to figure out a way to express themselves.

How does it feel to be precedent setting?

I don’t think much about it, but my manager, Harvey Leeds, works at Live Nation and says they’re monitoring this very closely to try to figure out what works and what doesn’t work. And we’ll be the guinea pigs for this show. And that’s fine with me if this is the way it has to be done so people make music and people can hear music. People can’t stay in their houses for the rest of our lives. It’s just not gonna happen.

Have you spent a lot of time in the past at the racetrack? Is it a special place for you?

Are you asking me if I am a degenerate gambler that goes to racetrack? Yeah. I haven’t gone in a while, but I used to go with my father and mother, they loved going to the track and they would take me and they’d let me bet on horses. And, you know, they’d drink their gin and tonics and eat the sausage sandwiches. And I really loved it. I think the racetrack is a great place and it’s only a few miles from the ocean. It’s the real Jersey Shore, not like on the TV show. I live in Ocean Grove, which has a great neighborhood feel. Everybody is out on the street each day. We’re all talking to each other, through social distancing of course. If someone has a birthday, they put chairs out on the street, have a cake and sing happy birthday. That’s what the Jersey Shore is really all about.

How is Ocean Grove holding up during the pandemic?

We are a real tourist town and we draw in all the Bennies, that’s what we call out of town visitors. We make jokes about ‘em, but we’re glad to see them. We have so many shops that are open now and restaurants and we need them because we need the revenue. I mean, I don’t, but the people I know who own businesses do. There’s so many people out of work right now. I always think about the musicians and the crews that service musicians, you know, how much they’re hurting, but it’s waiters, waitresses,, people who own flower shops and movie theaters. It’s a lot of people who are really hurting, but i also believe staying at home is necessary.

Are you taking all the precautions they tell you to take?

Of course. I’m at risk because of my age (71). I think that the wearing the mask and social distancing is, is a good thing. But people need to get out. I think eventually we’ll have concerts again that feel like they used too. There’ll be separate areas for fans and the band would play on the stage — I don’t think it’s going to be drive-in theaters long term, but who knows?

Do you think of yourself as making history?

No, I just want to play. That’s it really, I just want to play for our fans. Maybe I’m taking it for granted, because i know it is going to be a monumental undertaking. Fortunately, there’s a good crew of people who know what they’re doing and will make sure the sound and the visuals are good. Thankfully all I have to do is try to remember the words to my songs. And if I can do that I’m ahead of the game.

Louis Tomlinson and Syco Music Part Ways: ‘I’m Really Excited for the Future’

Louis Tomlinson and Simon Cowell’s Syco are saying goodbye.

The One Direction-er took to social media on Saturday (July 11) to announce that his relationship with Syco has ended. The 28-year-old singer signed a solo recording contract with the label in 2017.

“Hope everyone is doing ok! Just wanted to let you know that Syco Music and I have agreed to part ways,” Tomlinson tweeted. I’m really excited for the future and to be back in the studio writing the next album. Can’t wait to finally see you all on tour!!”

One Direction’s five studio albums were released through Syco/Columbia Records.

In early 2019, Tomlinson joined Arista Records within the Sony Music family, where he signed to Epic under Cowell’s Syco in 2017. As part of the deal, the singer’s solo music was distributed through Syco/Arista in the United States.

Tomlinson has released four solo singles since One Direction announced its hiatus in 2015. His latest album, Walls, was released earlier this year and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving the relaunched Arista Records its first top 10 on the chart in years.

Kid Cudi Credits Lil Wayne for Helping Land His New Eminem Collaboration: Listen

Kid Cudi joined Lil Wayne on the latest episode of Young Money Radio, where the two rap superstars discussed Cudi’s new collaboration with Eminem and more.

Earlier this week, Cudi and Em dropped their first collaboration “Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady.” The fiery new track was set into motion after Eminem was a featured guest on Weezy’s Apple Music show in early May, Cudi told Wayne on Friday (July 10).

“Well it’s crazy because your interview kind of set it off, right?” Cudi said, adding that his team reached out to Em’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, after the interview aired. “I had the record and I just was like, ‘Man, let’s send it to him. The worst that could happen is, he doesn’t f–k with it, and then at the end of the day, I won’t be mad about it.'”

Cudi was ecstatic after Eminem responded back. “I had to tell him, I was like, ‘Yo bro, you f–king destroyed this shit.’ Because I was nervous because I was like, ‘Man, I’m f–king going get him Eminem on my song, he going body me on my own shit.'”

Cudi, who stars in the forthcoming HBO series We Are Who We Are, also told Wayne that the Luca Guadagnino-directed series was “probably my most complex role I’ve ever done.” Cudi, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, has also appeared in HBO’s How to Make it in America and Westworld, among other projects.

“This was something I was looking forward to get into because I am kind of used to playing the best friend or the stoner guy or the comic relief or something like that,” the rapper and actor said. “I wanted to just try something different.”

During his chat with Wayne, Cudi also talked about Weezy’s influence on him as a rapper, achieving his first Billboard Hot 100 with Travis Scott, mental health, a possible future collaboration with Wayne, his new podcast and more.

Other guests on episode 11 of Young Money Radio included Gucci Mane and race car driver Bubba Wallace. Listen below.