DMX Will Challenge Snoop Dogg for Verzuz ‘Battle of the Dogs’

There’s a dogfight coming to #Verzuz.

In what’s billed as “The battle of the dogs,” DMX will square off with Snoop Dogg for the next round of the Verzuz series, due to take place July 22.

There are no puppies in this stoush. DMX’s decades-long career includes 15 visits to the Billboard Hot 100.

Snoop, of course, is a mainstream superstar with a long list of movie credits, TV series and no less than 43 Hot 100 hits, including three No. 1s: “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (featuring Pharrell), and assists on Akon’s “I Wanna Love You” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”.

Verzuz was launched in March by hip-hop producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. Starting life as a 20-song showdown between evenly matched producers, the series has also come to enlist writers and performers.

Some of the hottest bouts so far have featured Jill Scott vs. Erykah Badu, RZA vs. Premier, Lil Jon vs. T-Pain and more.

The dogs will do battle on Instagram and on Apple Music.

Check out the official post below.

Benjamin Keough’s Official Cause of Death Revealed

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday released the official cause and manner of death for Benjamin Keough, the son of Lisa Marie Presley and grandson of the late Elvis Presley.

Keough died Sunday in Calabasas, California. He was 27.

The official cause of death was a shotgun wound and the manner of death was ruled suicide.

A rep for Presley said Sunday, “She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter, Riley. She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.”

In 2013, his mother told the Huffington Post she was letting Keough do “his own thing.”

“He’s doing his own thing right now,” she said then. “I’m going to let him decide when he wants to go out and do what he wants to do.”

Keough is survived by mother Presley; father, Danny Keough; sister, Riley Keough; and twin sisters, Finley and Harper Lockwood.

Kimberly Nordyke contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.

ViacomCBS Terminates Relationship With Nick Cannon Over ‘Hateful Speech’ Used in Podcast

Nick Cannon has come under fire after a conversation on his podcast, Cannon’s Class, was deemed to contain racist and anti-Semitic language.

The June 30 episode, which was flagged by a Jewish blogger on Sunday, contained a 90-minute interview between Cannon and former Public Enemy member Richard Griffin, best known by his stage name Professor Griff.

In the interview, Cannon made comments that were said to spread views of anti-Semitism.

Cannon was dropped by media giant ViacomCBS on Tuesday, who said in a statement:

ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism. We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast “Cannon’s Class” on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him.

We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds.

Cannon took to Twitter on Monday to respond to negative criticism he was receiving online. “Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions,” he wrote. “I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric. We are living in a time when it is more important than ever to promote unity and understanding.”

In a later tweet he called himself an “advocate for people’s voices to be heard openly, fairly and candidly.” He continued, In today’s conversation about anti-racism and social justice, I think we all including myself must continue educating one another &embrace uncomfortable conversations it’s the only way we ALL get better.”

Cannon was the host of improv competition series Wild ‘n’ Out for the media company.

Elsewhere, Cannon is the host of the variety musical series The Masked Singer. This fall, he is scheduled to begin his own syndicated daytime talk show.

More to come.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.

Why Pop Smoke & Juice WRLD’s Posthumous Albums Have Connected With Fans

With the big No. 1 arrival of the late Pop Smoke’s album Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon on the Billboard 200 chart, and with Juice WRLD’s own posthumous release Legends Never Die likely to make a splash high on the tally next week, it’s clear that both albums are resonating with fans in big way.

On the latest Billboard Pop Shop Podcast (listen below), the team takes a closer look at these two albums, why the two posthumous projects have connected with fans and dive into a discussion about the complications and concerns involved with releasing albums by artists who are no longer with us.

In addition, Pop Shop hosts Jason and Keith chat about big chart news from the world of Broadway, as the Hamilton: An American Musical cast album surges to No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The pair also review the sustained popularity of The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights,” and how the former No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 spends its 17th straight week locked in the top five of the chart.

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard’s weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard’s senior director of charts Keith Caulfield and senior director, music, Jason Lipshutz every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)  

Naya Rivera’s Cause of Death Revealed

One day after Naya Rivera’s body was found in Lake Piru, Calif., her cause of death has been revealed.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner announced on Tuesday (July 14) that an autopsy revealed the Glee star’s cause of death as drowning and the manner was an accident.

“The autopsy findings are consistent with a drowning and the condition of the body is consistent with the time that she was submerged. No traumatic injuries or disease processes were identified at autopsy. There is no indication from the investigation or examination that drugs or alcohol played a role in [Rivera’s] death, but specimens will be submitted for toxicology testing,” the press release obtained by People read.

Rivera, 33, went missing last week after renting a boat in Lake Piru, California, with her 4-year-old son, Josey. When the boat did not return after its three-hour rental, staff found it in the lake with Josey on board alone, sleeping and wearing a life jacket. An adult life jacket, believed to be Rivera’s, was still on the boat. On Monday (July 13), after a days-long search in difficult water conditions, Rivera’s body was found.

 

 

Britney Spears Busts a Move to Billie Eilish’s ‘Bury a Friend’ in New Dance Video

The pop queen crossover we needed.

Britney Spears took to Instagram on Tuesday (July 14) to share one of her classic dance video posts. She often dances to a Michael Jackson song, but this time, Brit opted for a Billie Eilish smash hit.

Spears busted a move to Eilish’s eerie “bury a friend,” hitting every note as she danced around her house. “Need I say more …..
Billie !!!!!” she wrote in the caption with nerd face and star emojis.

“I know ….. I should makeup on and brush my hair but I just wanna dance,” she continued.

Here’s to hoping we’ll get an Eilish/Spears collaboration soon. Watch the dance video below.

 

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Billie ⭐️ !!!!! I know ….. I should makeup on and brush my hair but I just wanna dance !!!!! ⁣ ⁣ @billieeilish

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