Tory Lanez Being Investigated by LAPD Following August Alsina Assault Claim

Tory Lanez is being investigated by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office following allegations that the rapper assaulted singer August Alsina following a concert in Chicago over the weekend, Billboard has confirmed.

On Sunday, Alsina posted a photo of himself to Instagram in which he can be seen standing in an elevator with blood coming from his mouth. In the caption, Alsina claims Lanez physically assaulted him after he refused to shake his hand following a show on Saturday night.

“We are aware of the allegations that the defendant attacked artist August Alsina and are investigating these claims,” said the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in a statement to Billboard. “The allegations are serious and will be thoroughly examined.”

Lanez, real name Daystar Peterson, is currently out on bail after being charged with shooting Megan Thee Stallion during an argument that occurred after a pool party in the Hollywood Hills in July 2020. The rapper is also facing a gun possession charge connected with the incident.

A video published to Twitter on Monday purporting to document the lead-up and aftermath of the alleged assault appears to show Alsina rebuffing a handshake from Lanez backstage. In the final half of the video, Lanez seems to be celebrating as a man off-camera can be heard saying Lanez “knocked him out.”

The Chicago Police Department tells Billboard they received a report of a “30-ye[a]r-old male” being “punched in the face by a 30-year-old male after exiting a building in the 2300 block of S. Lake Shore Drive” on Saturday at approximately 11:30 p.m. They would not confirm the identities of the two men, citing Chicago P.D. policy. The location cited in the report is seemingly the Arie Crown Theater, where both Lanez and Alsina were billed to perform at comedian Rip Michaels’ Fall Back in Love Comedy & Music Jam on Saturday. Detectives are currently investigating the matter.

An attorney for Lanez did not immediately return Billboard‘s request for comment, though Lanez himself denied attacking Alsina during an interview with podcaster Akademics on Sunday. “Nothing happened. I don’t even know what this kid is talking about, brother,” said the rapper in a clip posted to YouTube. After being asked again if he was involved, Lanez continued, “No, hell no! I don’t know if he’s doing [this for] promo. I don’t know what that n—- is talking about, bruh.”

This isn’t the first time Lanez has been in legal hot water since being hit with charges in the July 2020 shooting. In August 2021, the rapper’s bail was increased from $190,000 to $250,000 after he made a surprise appearance at the Rolling Loud Miami Festival on July 25 just moments after Stallion departed the stage — effectively violating a protective order that requires him to stay at least 100 yards away from the “Savage” hitmaker. This past April, a judge increased his bail again to $350,000 after some of the rapper’s social media posts were found to have breached court orders requiring him to avoid any contact with Stallion.

Lanez is currently awaiting trial in the case. If convicted, he faces more than 22 years in prison.

Jack Harlow, Calvin Harris & More of the Best Moments From Life Is Beautiful 2022 Day 3

Sunday was a high-energy close-out to the 2022 Life Is Beautiful festival, known for marrying music, art, food and comedy and delivering an eclectic lineup that touches all genres. The third day of the event, which blankets 18 blocks in the urban downtown core of Las Vegas, welcomed an all-star list of music’s top acts, including Calvin Harris, Jack Harlow, Dermot Kennedy, Big Boi, Beach House and Becky Hall, just to name a few. In between seeing these electric sets, the 170,000 estimated attendees sampled food from local restaurants, drank batched cocktails, attended exclusive dinners, snapped selfies in front of murals and laughed hard during comedy sets.

On the Downtown Stage, Calvin Harris ruled the night with a biggest-hits set that even shook the concrete from the bounce of the crowd. Hot from a one-night-only performance Saturday at Wynn Las Vegas, the Scottish DJ made his return to the town that could be called his second home. For 90 minutes he lit through his catalog, reminding everyone just how many chart-toppers he has and why he is the top-paid DJ in the world. (He has Vegas to thank for many of those paychecks.) Giving the crowd more than “One Kiss,” all his staples were present. “We Found Love” prompted an epic sing-along and “Feels So Close” is so infectious it never leaves your head after hearing it at that level. While he certainly doesn’t need bells and whistles — the music speaks for itself — all the production elements came through from pyro to lasers and back again. This was the feel-good set you want to send people on their way after three days of heavy festing.

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Right before Harris, Jack Harlow dominated the same stage with a set that rivaled Post Malone’s 2019 Life Is Beautiful closer. Proving the theory that Las Vegas drives the energy up, his Sunday turn was a stronger showing than his other festival performances this year. Wearing slim trousers and a turtleneck, he showcased his growing repertoire of hits, including “Way Out,” “Tyler Herro,” “Whats Poppin” and, of course, his Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s “Industry Baby” (sans Lil Nas X) and “First Class.” In addition to incredibly fluid rapping skills, Harlow also sang for a bit and dove into the crowd, creating a shockwave of excitement. He has gripped a hungry fanbase and we expect it to only amplify. 

There’s nothing quite like hearing “B.O.B.” live, and Big Boi brought that joy to a crowd that ate up its rapid-fire cadence. This sunset performance on the Downtown Stage was equal parts solo work and Outkast — ”Rosa Parks”, “Ms. Jackson” — and can be filed under auditory bliss for those devotees of the Atlanta sound that the rapper defined throughout much of the ’90s and ’00s. He called out the energy of the crowd, noting that everyone was getting “hype in the desert.”

On the Bacardi Stage, indie rockers Beach House slowed the crowd’s heartbeat with a dreamy set, created in front of a starry sky projection. Irish pop sensation Dermot Kennedy, who also took in the Las Vegas Raiders game during the day, showed up 15 minutes late to the stage, but that was soon forgotten when he played “Outnumbered.” Kennedy’s set was emotional, soulful and all about love, the good kind and the bad.

On the Fremont Stage, Becky Hill’s glittery outfit channeled a disco ball, which we can only imagine was a sizzling wardrobe choice given how high the temperatures reached in the tented area.

On the Huntridge Stage, Rico Nasty got down and dirty, amping the crowd up with hits “Smack a Bitch” and “Poppin.” Russian feminist rockers Pussy Riot brought a dominatrix-nun theme to their set. They played the Ukrainian national anthem, called for the fall of Putin and stood up loud and proud for abortion rights. Featured as a speaker at the festival in 2014, Nadya Tolokonnikova is always one step ahead of the conversation when it comes to women’s rights, though the issues may change from year to year.

Throughout the weekend, rising country stars were well-represented at the Western venue, in partnership with Stoney’s Rockin’ Country. ACM new artist of the year nominee Tenille Arts headlined. The Canadian singer is best known for “Somebody Like That.”

On the culinary side, Chef Gina Marinelli, of locally renowned restaurants La Strega and Harlo Steakhouse & Bar, was the third and final chef to host the exclusive Omakase Cantina. A dinner series with roughly 2 dozen seats, Marinelli created an ’80s-style TV dinner inspired by “Stranger Things,” featuring wagyu beef, caviar and Eggo waffles. The previous night, Alan Mardonovich of Momofuku plated crispy eggplant and duck breast with crispy rice for festivalgoers lucky enough to grab a ticket.

The cast of Cirque du Soleil’s show “Mad Apple” wandered the streets of the festival grounds, showing off acrobatic feats for the crowd and getting them involved and hyped up before hitting the stages. Cirque is a long-standing festival participant having even performed onstage with various headliners over the years. 

Life Is Beautiful will return for its 10th year and ninth edition Sept. 22-24, 2023.

A majority stake of Life Is Beautiful is owned by Billboard’s parent company, Penske Media Corporation.

Warner Music Sues Bang Energy Over TikTok Ads in ‘Massive Infringement’ Case

Following court rulings that Bang Energy stole music from Universal Music Group and Sony Music for ads on TikTok, Warner Music Group (WMG) is now getting in on the action – accusing the drink maker of using tracks by Cardi B, Dua Lipa, Jack Harlow, Lizzo and more without permission.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday (Sept. 15) in Florida federal court, WMG claims Bang Energy infringed the company’s copyrights on a “massive scale,” using nearly 200 different songs in promotional videos on TikTok and Instagram without proper licenses.

The allegedly infringed tracks also include songs by Saweetie, Van Halen, Bruno Mars and many other artists and songwriters across Warner’s labels and publishers.

“Defendants have generated global brand awareness for Bang and billions of dollars in sales through the ubiquity and effectiveness of the infringing Bang Videos, many of which have received millions of views,” Warner wrote. “Defendants achieved that success through blatant, willful, and repeated copyright infringement of content owned by record labels and music publishers.”

The new case came on the heels of similar lawsuits filed by both Sony and UMG. In July, UMG won a ruling that Bang Energy had infringed its copyright; last week, Sony won the same kind of ruling. Taken together, the two decisions potentially put the drink company on the hook for many millions of dollars in damages.

Now filed by all three major music companies, the lawsuits against Bang Energy highlight an important distinction: The sweeping music licenses signed by platforms like TikTok and Instagram, which allow users to feature snippets of copyrighted music in their posts, do not apply to commercial content posted by brands. Companies must negotiate separate deals, or instead use generic royalty-free tracks.

In the earlier cases, Bang Energy argued it did not know it wasn’t allowed to use copyrighted music in its videos. Its lawyers cited the fact that TikTok and Instagram make it easy for users to pull any song into a video, and even claimed in Sony’s case that a TikTok rep told them they could do it.

“At the time Bang Energy posted videos on TikTok, no warning was provided that the songs TikTok provided could not be used in videos posted by businesses,” the company’s lawyers wrote earlier this summer in response to Sony’s lawsuit. “Energy used TikTok as it was intended, posting videos utilizing the music that TikTok provided.”

But Judge William P. Dimitrouleas has rejected that argument in both of the earlier cases – essentially ruling both times that it didn’t matter what Bang Energy thought it was entitled to do.

In last week’s complaint – filed with the unusual benefit of multiple recent rulings in nearly-identical cases – Warner seemed intent on heading off that argument from the get-go.

“Defendants’ infringement was clearly willful,” Warner’s lawyers wrote. “Among other things, the social media platforms on which the infringing Bang Videos were posted expressly state that users have no right to infringe music, particularly in connection with commercial activities.”

“Even after receiving WMG’s cease-and-desist letter, Bang posted multiple new Bang Videos featuring the same Copyrighted Musical Works previously identified,” the complaint added.

Justin Timberlake Wishes Jimmy Fallon a Happy Birthday: ‘You Complete Me’

Jimmy Fallon turned 48 years old on Monday (Sept. 19), and his pal Justin Timberlake took to Instagram to wish the late night talk show host a happy birthday.

“Happy birthday @jimmyfallon – from your Instagram boyfriend,” the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” singer captioned a clip of himself filming Fallon, as the latter performed a rendition of The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues” in front of what appears to be a small party. “I’m so proud of the man you’ve become. My phone could never capture the beauty of your aura. I can’t imagine my feed without you. You complete me.”

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Meanwhile over on his Instagram Stories, Fallon shared a sweet motivational quote for his followers to celebrate his big day. “Everyone looks better when they smile,” the comedian told the camera. “So, smile, have a great day. It’s my birthday! Enjoy. Take the day off.”

The longtime buddies met for the first time 20 years ago at the 2002 MTV VMAs, and have since become best friends, acting in a number of hilarious skits together and supporting each other’s careers. “The funny thing about our friendship even when it, like, first started I just remember that nothing was that serious,” Timberlake shared of their bromance in 2020 during a virtual, quarantined Tonight Show appearance. “We started doing bits back and forth… and that’s all we do now,” he laughed, as they recalled the insane amount of protein shakes Fallon drank when they went on safari in Africa together.

See Timberlake’s birthday post for Fallon below.

Ozzy Osbourne Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart With ‘Patient Number 9’

Ozzy Osbourne achieves his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, as his latest studio effort, Patient Number 9, debuts atop the 31-year-old tally. The set sold 52,500 copies in the U.S. in the week ending Sept. 15, according to Luminate. The album also opens at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums, Top Current Album Sales, Tastemaker Albums and Vinyl Albums.

Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now Luminate. Pure album sales were the sole measurement utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums rank the week’s most popular rock and alternative, rock, and hard rock releases, respectively, by equivalent album units. Top Current Album Sales lists the week’s top-selling current albums (excluding older albums, referred to as catalog). Tastemaker Albums ranks the week’s best-selling albums at independent and small chain record stores. Vinyl Albums tallies the top-selling vinyl albums of the week.

Patient Number 9 is Osbourne’s seventh top 10 on the Top Album Sales chart, dating to its 1991 launch. He previously visited the top 10 with Ordinary Man (No. 2 in 2020), Scream (No. 4, 2010), Black Rain (No. 3, 2007), Down to Earth (No. 4, 2001), Ozzmosis (No. 4, 1995) and No More Tears (No. 7, 1991).

Osbourne’s solo chart history across all of Billboard’s began in 1981, when Blizzard of Ozz bowed on the Billboard 200 dated April 18, 1981, later peaking at No. 21 in August of that year. Before that, the band Black Sabbath, which included Osbourne, made its Billboard chart debut on Aug. 29, 1970, on the Billboard 200 with its self-titled album, later peaking at No. 23 that December.

Of Patient Number 9’s 52,500 copies sold in its first week, physical sales comprise 44,500 (16,500 on vinyl; 27,500 on CD; and 500 on cassette) and digital downloads comprise 8,000.

Patient also starts at No. 1 on Vinyl Albums with 16,500 sold – Osbourne’s biggest sales week for a vinyl album since Luminate began tracking sales in 1991. The album was available in multiple vinyl color variants exclusively sold through the artist’s official webstore, independent record stores, Amazon, Revolver, Target and Walmart, as well as a picture disc exclusive to Urban Outfitters. Additionally, The Patient album was sold in a deluxe packages containing either a vinyl LP or a CD and a Patient Number 9 comic book.

At No. 2 on Top Album Sales, NAV’s Demons Protected by Angels flies in with 26,000 sold. Jackson Wang’s Magic Man debuts at No. 3 with 20,000 sold and Kane Brown’s Different Man bows at No. 4 with nearly 20,000.

TWICE’s chart-topping Between 1&2: 11th Mini Album falls 2-5 with 12,000 (down 50%) and Megadeth’s The Sick, the Dying… and the Dead! descends 1-7 in its second week with 11,000 (down 75%).

Stick Figure’s Wisdom debuts at No. 7 with 10,000 sold, while The Midnight notches its first top 10 on Top Album Sales as Heroes bows at No. 8 with 7,000 sold. Harry Styles’ chart-topping Harry’s House falls 5-9 with nearly 7,000 (down 20%).

Stranger Things: Soundtrack From the Netflix Series, Season 4 hits the top 10 for the first time, re-entering at No. 10 with 6,000 sold (up 3,159%). The set peaked at No. 19 on the July 16-dated chart. The album was released on CD and cassette on Sept. 9 (it had previously been commercially available to purchase only as a download album). In the week ending Sept. 15, the album sold 4,000 CDs and 2,000 cassettes.

In the week ending Sept. 15, there were 1.659 million albums sold in the U.S. (up 0.3% compared to the previous week). Of that sum, physical albums (CDs, vinyl LPs, cassettes, etc.) comprised 1.308 million (up 1.7%) and digital albums comprised 350,000 (down 4.5%).

There were 637,000 CD albums sold in the week ending Sept. 15 (up 5.3% week-over-week) and 659,000 vinyl albums sold (down 2.1%). Year-to-date CD album sales stand at 24.112 million (down 8.4% compared to the same time frame a year ago) and year-to-date vinyl album sales total 27.201 million (up 0.3%).

Overall year-to-date album sales total 66.196 million (down 8.2% compared to the same year-to-date time frame a year ago). Year-to-date physical album sales stand at 51.680 million (down 3.9%) and digital album sales total 14.516 million (down 20.7%).

Kelly Clarkson Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Surrounded by O.G. ‘American Idol’ Judges

Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this: On Monday (Sept. 19), Kelly Clarkson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Surrounded by original American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, the inaugural Idol champ’s ceremony took place just weeks after she marked the 20th anniversary of the revolutionary win that set her on a path to democratically elected superstardom.

“This is where I won 20 years ago,” she said during her acceptance speech. “I feel very lucky and fortunate because I know a lot of talented people that love singing and are amazing at it and writing songs, and even talk show hosts — a lot of people could do that, and I just feel very fortunate that I get the chance. There are dreams you didn’t know you had and they end up happening and you feel super blessed.”

During the ceremony, Cowell also reminisced about the day Clarkson showed up to audition for American Idol, saying, “I actually thought I was being punked on the first day. Paula resigned. Every singer was out of tune and it got worse, progressively. I thought, ‘This is an absolute disaster, why did we come here?’ And thank God, I remember the day we met you and I remember not just your voice, but your personality.

“Thanks to you, I’m here today,” he went on to tell the “Since U Been Gone” singer. “You validated what we did. If we didn’t find a star, there’s no point in doing these shows.”

Earlier this month, Clarkson kicked off season 4 of her hit daytime talk show The Kelly Clarkson Show, which is currently filming in New York.

Get a look at Clarkson posing with her star below.

Inside Track: Warner Music Group Closes In on Robert Kyncl as Next CEO

Former YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl is in serious talks to succeed outgoing Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper, and sources familiar with the situation say his tech background has made him the frontrunner in the music group’s search for a new leader. One source says WMG has yet to make a final decision but adds it’s possible a deal could be reached within the next few weeks

Talks are said to be progressing, and there’s a sense that Kyncl the frontrunner given his background and the desire for someone who is very plugged in to the business side of the tech world, says another insider. Other candidates remain in the running, says the source — SiriusXM president/chief content officer Scott Greenstein, Warner board member and Vice CEO Nancy Dubuc and former Pandora CEO Roger Lynch (who currently runs media group Condé Nast) have been cited in other media reports — but one person notes that other music-centric executives are unlikely to be chosen because if WMG went in that direction they would probably appoint Recorded Music CEO Max Lousada, who is widely respected internally.

Kyncl’s name surfaced as a potential successor shortly after Cooper announced his resignation in June, though at the time he was considered a long shot given his role at YouTube. But odds that he was a leading candidate escalated in August when he announced his departure from YouTube after 12 years there. In addition to running a large-scale multimedia company that, over the past five-plus years has focused on strengthening its bonds with music industry and innovating products that benefit artists and labels, sources say Kyncl’s roles at YouTube and Netflix dovetail with speculation that WMG owner and board vice chairman Len Blavatnik was looking for a CEO who, like Cooper, would focus on the business of operating WMG, while Lousada, who is expected to gain more power and influence in the transition, would remain focused on the music. Billboard attempted to reach Kyncl through a YouTube spokeswoman, who declined to comment, as did a rep for WMG.