Demi Lovato Can’t Stop Laughing at Herself While Rewatching ‘Camp Rock’

Demi Lovato is getting a good laugh from her past starring role in Camp Rock.

The 27-year-old pop star took a stroll down memory lane on Saturday (July 11) by rewatching the 2008 Disney Channel movie and sharing a series of Instagram Story videos of herself giving hilarious commentary about her “awkward” character Mitchie Torres.

“The amount of awkward f—ing things I did in this movie… I can’t,” Lovato captioned a scene of herself alongside Camp Rock co-star Alyson Stoner.

The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer continued to poke fun at herself during another scene featuring her and Joe Jonas. “I told yall – how awkward am I?!!!” the artist wrote in the post, in which she can be heard laughing hysterically in the background.

In the Matthew Diamond-directed film, Lovato plays the role of Torres, an aspiring young singer whose trials and tribulations are chronicled during her time at summer camp.

Lovato capped off her Camp Rock rewatch by sharing a spunky scene of herself performing the song “Our Time Is Here” with Stoner and other cast members. “This s–t still slaps not gonna lie…,” she captioned the clip.

The original Camp Rock also starred Nick and Kevin Jonas. The sequel, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, was released in 2010. In recent years, Lovato has expressed an interest in filming a third installment of the popular Disney Channel movie.

“We want to come out with an R-Rated Camp Rock 3,” the singer told Ellen DeGeneres in 2017. “I mean, all of our fans have now grown up and so anybody that watched Camp Rock is now older and can appreciate it.”

Check out Lovato’s Instagram Story videos of herself revisiting Camp Rock here.

Great White Apologizes for Concert With No Apparent Social Distancing or Masks: ‘We Are Far From Perfect’

Great White played a live concert on July 9 in Dickerson, N.D., where there appeared to be no social distancing and few masks in sight during the coronavirus pandemic. A YouTube video, which was filmed from the stage during the outdoor set, showed attendees crowded together around the stage as the band performed.

The show was part of the First on First: Dickinson Summer Nights music series. Per the event’s Facebook page, more than 400 people indicated they would be attending that evening.

As the concert made headlines for its apparent lack of distancing and masks, Great White issued a statement, which the band shared with Billboard:

“We understand that there are some people who are upset that we performed this show, during this trying time. We assure you that we worked with the Promoter. North Dakota’s government recommends masks be worn, however, we are not in a position to enforce the laws. We have had the luxury of hindsight and we would like to apologize to those who disagree with our decision to fulfill our contractual agreement. The Promoter and staff were nothing but professional and assured us of the safety precautions. Our intent was simply to perform our gig, outside, in a welcoming, small town. We value the health and safety of each and every one of our fans, as well as our American and global community. We are far from perfect.”

Ahead of the First on First music series kickoff in mid June, event coordinator April Getz told The Dickinson Press that it was one of the first events that Dickinson didn’t cancel due to the COVID-19 crisis. As for health guidelines such as social distancing and masks, Getz told the publication that there were none in place. “We do not have restrictions, believe it or not,” she said. “It’s one of those things where if people feel comfortable coming down and mixing and mingling, that’s their personal choice. We’re leaving it up to everybody that chooses to attend.”  (North Dakota does not have a mask mandate.)

Billboard has reached out to First on First for comment.

This is not the first time a Great White concert has led to controversy and criticism. In 2003, the band’s onstage pyrotechnics during a Rhode Island nightclub show led to a fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200 others. The club owners and tour manager were charged.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, artists around the world have canceled concerts, opting instead to do livestream shows. More recently, some musicians have begun doing drive-in concerts to encourage social distancing, and a few have done in-person shows. Among them are DaBaby, Chase Rice, and Chris Janson, with the latter two facing criticism for their shows, which did not appear to have social distancing or masks enforced.

Watch the footage from the Great White set below:

Meek Mill, Lil Yachty & More React to Lil Marlo’s Death

As news of rapper Lil Marlo’s death spread Sunday (July 12), artists and other music industry personalities reacted with shock on social media. The Quality Control Music artist had been shot and killed the night before while driving on the I-285 in Atlanta.

“At this time, investigators believe the victim was the intended target of the gunfire and they are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting,” the Atlanta Police Department told Billboard.

Fellow rapper and labelmate Lil Yachty remembered the 30-year-old with a photo on Instagram. “We just did a song a 4 this morning,” he captioned the image. “smh rip brother @lilmarlo_1″

“Rip lil marlo prayers to his family!” Meek Mill tweeted.

Artist Kollision shared in an Instagram story: “Lost of words but I knew where we stood and I’ll never forget them Heart to heart convos.”

See how other artists, music industry personalities and more are reacting to the news.

DJ Khaled Poses With Real-Life Owl to Tease New Drake Collaboration: Watch

DJ Khaled and Drake are reuniting for another collaboration.

The Grammy-winning DJ and producer excitedly shared on social media Saturday (July 11) that Drake’s vocals have been submitted for an upcoming track, and further teased the collab by posting a video of himself alongside a real-life owl, which serves as the logo for Drizzy’s OVO Sound record label.

“VOCLAS BEEN IN,” Khaled captioned a clip of himself sitting next to an owl perched by a microphone. “DEM boy ah make POP CHUNE WE ah make CHUNE ah go POP POP PON YOUR HEAD TOP.”

Another video he posted shows an owl peering at the ocean with a beverage and pair of golden skeleton keys sitting at its feet. Both posts tag Drake’s Instagram account and include the hashtags #WETHEBEST and #OVO.

On Friday, Khaled further hinted at what’s to come in an Instagram post on The Best Music’s page, featuring an animated video of a flying owl carrying the same gold keys in its beak.

“MONDAY will lead you to INFO to when the musical Anthem keys that you been waiting for,” the caption reads.

During a recent interview on Drink Champs with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, Khaled revealed that he’s hard at work on his twelfth album and confirmed that Drake will be a featured guest on the forthcoming release.

“Drake is definitely on DJ Khaled’s single,” Khaled said. “And the vocals sound so incredible.”

This won’t be the first collaboration between Khaled and Drake. The two hip-hop giants came together on the track “I’m on One,” which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2011. They also teamed up for songs like “For Free” and “Fed Up.”

Amanda Kloots Celebrates Nick Cordero’s Memory With Private Memorial: ‘His Spirit Was Definitely There’

The memory of late Broadway star Nick Cordero was remembered during a private memorial service with close family and friends on Saturday (July 11).

Cordero’s wife, Amanda Kloots, who regularly updated the Tony-nominated actor’s fans on social media during his grueling battle with the coronavirus, took to Instagram over the weekend to share details of the “beautiful and perfect” gathering.

“I said, ‘Nick would have wanted this to be a celebration. Let’s try to laugh, share great stories and sing for him and to his memory,'” Kloots captioned a photograph of herself with the couple’s 1-year-old son on her shoulders. “He would have loved it. It was beautiful and perfect. His spirit was definitely there.”

Cordero, who was known for his work in Bullets Over Broadway, Waitress and A Bronx Tale the Musical, died from COVID-19 complications on July 5. He was 41.

Kloots noted that attendees also listened to the song “I’m Here” from The Color Purple during the emotional service.

“Nick and I saw this show on Broadway years ago and we left the theater in tears, speechless,” the fitness instructor and former Broadway dancer wrote. “As it was being played last night the lyrics in the second half of the song hit me hard. Truly, I am scared. Scared of my new normal, of the pain, the loss and being strong enough to get through it. But, I know Nick is up above routing for me, believing in me and hoping for me.”

She added, “He wants me to LIVE this new life and he wants me to be the best version of myself for our son. I promised him in the hospital that I would try to do that. So, when I heard these lyrics yesterday I thought, ‘Ok. When I’m doubting if I can get through this, I’m playing this song. It will be my motto.'”

Kloots also shared the lyrics to “I’m Here” and recommended listening the version sung by English actress Cynthia Erivo.

See Kloots’ full Instagram post here.


Rapper Lil Marlo Shot and Killed on Atlanta Highway

Rapper Lil Marlo has died after being shot in Atlanta on Saturday (July 11).

The Atlanta Police Department confirmed to Billboard that law enforcement responded to a single vehicle accident on the I-285 near the Benjamin E. Mays Drive overpass around 11:30 p.m. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found that the 30-year-old driver had been shot and was deceased.

“Atlanta Police Homicide investigators responded to the scene and immediately began their investigation,” a spokesperson for the police tells Billboard. “At this time, investigators believe the victim was the intended target of the gunfire and they are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.”

Law enforcement did not identify the victim. However, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office told Billboard that it is investigating the death of Rudolph Johnson, which is the rapper’s legal name.

Billboard has reached out to the artist’s rep.

As news of Johnson’s death spread, Rapper Lil Yachty posted on social media in the early hours of July 12. “We just did a song 4 this morning smh rip brother @lilmarlo_1,” he shared on Instagram.

‘Glee’ Star Heather Morris Asks to Join Search for Naya Rivera: ‘We Are Feeling Helpless’

Glee actress Heather Morris wants to join the search for her friend and former co-star Naya Rivera, who went missing several days ago at a lake in Southern California.

Morris, who portrayed Brittany S. Piece on the Fox musical comedy series, took to social media on Sunday (July 12) to ask law enforcement in Ventura County how she can help in the search. Rivera disappeared on July 8 during a boating trip with her 4-year-old son at Lake Piru, which is located about 50 miles north of Los Angeles.

“I’m trying to conduct an on foot search and rescue mission along with a small group of friends at Lake Piru,” Morris tweeted at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. “I understand your team is doing EVERYTHING in their power, but we are feeling helpless, powerless and want to help in any way. I have left a message with the department of Rescue and Air today, and I will call again tomorrow. Thank you.”

A search for the 33-year-old actress, whose breakthrough and most notable role was Santana Lopez on Glee, has been ongoing since Wednesday. Authorities have stated that they believe Rivera drowned in Lake Piru, calling it a “tragic accident,” and have expressed their condolences to the family and fans.

“Thank you to the Tulare County, Los Angeles County, San Louis Obisbo, and all who are working to tirelessly right now in the search and recovery of our Naya,” Morris tweeted on Thursday.

Rivera’s son, whose father is actor Ryan Dorsey, was reported to be unharmed. The child told investigators that he and his mother had been swimming in the lake, and that he got back in the boat, but Rivera did not.

Other celebrities have also been sharing their prayers for Rivera on social media, saying they hope the actress is found alive and well. Demi Lovato posted a photo of a candle on her Instagram story and asked fans to “Please pray for @nayarivera to be found safe and sound” and Bebe Rexha tweeted, “Dear God. Please help us find Naya.”

Following her stint on Glee, Rivera had a recurring role on the Lifetime series Devious Maids, and most recently starred opposite Ne-Yo on the TV version of Step Up, which recently moved from YouTube to Starz for its second season.