Lady Gaga’s Dogs Recovered Unharmed After Theft & Shooting

Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs, which were stolen by thieves who shot and wounded the dogwalker, were recovered unharmed Friday, Los Angeles police said.

A woman brought the dogs to the LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station, just northwest of downtown, around 6 p.m, said Capt. Jonathan Tippett, commanding officer of the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

Lady Gaga’s representative and detectives went to the station and confirmed that they were the dogs.

The singer is currently in Rome to film a movie.

The woman who dropped off the dogs appears to be “”uninvolved and unassociated” with Wednesday night’s attack, Tippett said.

It wasn’t immediately clear how she obtained the dogs.

The dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot once as he walked three of the singer’s dogs in Hollywood. Video showed a white sedan pulling up and two men jumping out. They struggled with the dog walker before one pulled a gun and fired a single shot before fleeing with two of the dogs.

The dog walker can be heard on the video saying he had been shot in the chest. Tippett said he is expected to survive his injuries.

Lady Gaga on Friday repeated her offer of a $500,000 reward for the return of her dogs — whose names are Koji and Gustav — with no questions asked.

“I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero,” she said in an Instagram post.

You Have to See George Clooney Recite the Lyrics to BTS’ ‘Dynamite’

Did George Clooney just join the ARMY?

On Friday night (Feb. 26), as part of a virtual celebration for W’s annual Best Performances Issue, one of the magazine’s cover stars, George Clooney, performed a Lyrical Improv reading of BTS’ first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Dynamite.” And it’s exactly as reverential as fans would hope.

“Hello, I’m Brad Pitt,” Clooney says with a straight face in the introduction. “And I’m going to read ‘Dynamite’ by BTS.”

He mostly gives the song a pretty straightforward reading in the Lynn Hirschberg-directed video, save for a few asides, like when he reads the lyric “Jump up to the top, LeBron” and adds: “And we know who that is.” But the best part of the black-and-white video has to be when he turns the page and says “Oh, Jesus” as he encounters the “Dy-na-na-na-na-na-mite” portion of the song. Like any seasoned actor, he soldiers through.

You can watch the full thing for yourself below, and check out Clooney’s W cover story, which celebrates his performance in The Midnight Sky.

Don’t Let It Get Away: Watch Kelly Clarkson’s Epic Cover of U2’s ‘Beautiful Day’

U2’s soaring 2000 hit “Beautiful Day” is the kind of song that can fill a stadium packed with tens of thousands of fans. And with the power of Kelly Clarkson’s vocals, it’s pretty epic in an empty television studio too.

Clarkson tackled the song — which peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Adult Alternative Airplay chart — for her Kellyoke segment on Friday’s (Feb. 26) episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. The stage was lit in pulsing white lights, as Clarkson’s band kept up with U2’s syncopated production and Clarkson delivered her trademark powerhouse pipes.

“Beautiful Day” was the lead single from U2’s 2000 album All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Watch Clarkson’s version below:

How to Watch D’Angelo & Friends ‘Verzuz’

We still don’t know exactly what to expect from the D’Angelo vs. Friends Verzuz event on Saturday night — but we know we need to watch.

The event, coming live from Harlem’s Apollo Theater, was announced on Feb. 15 as “D’Angelo & Friends,” unlike the traditional “Artist vs. Artist” setup. Co-created by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz as a form of socially distanced entertainment in the midst of COVID-19, Verzuz is now in its second season. In recent months, we’ve seen Ashanti vs. Keyshia Cole, Jeezy vs. Gucci Mane, and E-40 vs. Too Short.

It remains to be seen who D’Angelo’s “Friends” are, and whether they’ll be battling against D’Angelo or just performing alongside him, so tune in Saturday to find out.

D’Angelo’s most recent album, 2014’s Black Messiah, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. His highest-charting Hot 100 hit, “Lady,” stands as his lone top 10, having hit No. 10 on March 30, 1996.

You can watch it all go down Saturday night, Feb. 27, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on VerzuzTV’s Instagram Live and Apple Music.

 

New Zealand’s Six60 to Stream TikTok’s First Stadium Concert

With New Zealand cleared for touring and concerts by local health officials, New Zealand band Six60 has become the de facto world’s last touring band. Six60 will make history Saturday when they livestream their Hamilton concert to the world on TikTok at 10:15 p.m. in New Zealand, which is 4:15 a.m. ET. The concert can be viewed by searching Six60 on the app.

The local chart-toppers will close out their sold-out national tour in Hamilton, New Zealand, at the Claudelands Oval with a performance that will be streamed on TikTok marking the first time a live stadium concert is streamed through the popular social media platform.

Last weekend, with most concert venues closed around the world, Six60 played to a crowd of 32,000 fans, marking the biggest live music event of 2021 so far. In 2019, they were also the first New Zealand band in history to sell out the historic Western Springs Stadium, selling 50,000 tickets.

Growing Up… Determined: Madison Beer Reminisces About Her Childhood & Career Journey

Madison Beer has fully arrived as a pop singer-songwriter with her new album, Life Support, released on Feb. 26. The full-length demonstrates the pop singer-songwriter’s impressive range and vocal presence, both on lilting ballads like “Selfish” and “Everything Happens for a Reason” as well as sumptuous pop flare-ups like “Boys–t” and “Baby.”

Yet Life Support was far from a simple endeavor — the album is the product of years of hard work, as well as the people, settings and life experiences that have helped shape who she has become. In the first episode of ‘Growing Up,’ Madison Beer takes us through the things that have inspired her sense of determination, from childhood memorabilia to her major musical influences.

Watch Madison Beer’s episode of ‘Growing Up’ above, and check out her latest music video below:

Taylor Swift Officially Cancels Lover Fest Concerts

Taylor Swift has officially canceled her Lover Fest shows, she announced Friday (Feb. 26).

“I love coming on here to tell you good news, or to share a new project with you,” she wrote on her social media accounts. “It’s not my favorite thing in the world to have to tell you news I’m sad about. I’m so sorry, but I cannot reschedule the shows that we’ve postponed. Although refunds have been available since we first postponed the Lover Fest shows, many of you hung onto your tickets and I too hung onto the idea that we could reschedule.

“This is an unprecedented pandemic that has changed everyone’s plans and no one knows what the touring landscape is going to look like in the near future,” she continued. “I’m so disappointed that I won’t be able to see you in person as soon as I wanted to. I miss you terribly and can’t wait til we can all safely be at shows together again.”

Originally announced in the fall of 2019, following the release of her seventh studio album Lover, Lover Fest included 12 dates across the globe, including two-night stints in Southern California — set to be the first-ever concert at Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium — and outside Boston, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. She was also set to headline England’s Glastonbury Festival before its March 2020 cancellation due to COVID-19. Some other dates were also canceled due to the pandemic, and in April, Swift officially postponed six of the dates (including two in Sao Paulo, Brazil) until 2021.

Now she has officially canceled all dates. Since the Lover Fest concerts were originally announced, Swift has released two more albums: 2020’s Folklore and Evermore. It remains to be seen what her next tour will have in store, or when it will go down, but it will encompass at least three new album cycles by then — if not more.

See Swift’s full message below: