Dr. Dre Returns Home After Hospitalization for Brain Aneurysm

Dr. Dre is back home after being hospitalized for a reported brain aneurysm.

Dre’s attorney, Peter Paterno, confirmed his return home on Saturday (Jan. 16), according to the Associated Press. Paterno did not provide any further details.

The 55-year-old music mogul received treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a brain aneurysm on Jan. 4. TMZ first reported the news.

“Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes,” Dre had said in a statement released on Jan. 5. “I’m doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team. I will be out of the hospital and back home soon. Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!”

“He’s resting comfortably,” Dre’s rep had told Billboard at the time.

Prayers and positive energy poured in for Dre amid his hospitalization, with Ice Cube, Missy Elliott, G-Eazy, LL Cool J and more wishing him a quick recovery.

And on Friday (Jan. 15), Ice T posted an update: “Just FaceTimed with @drdre,” he wrote on Twitter. “He just made it home. Safe and looking good.”

Demi Lovato Spots Something Mysterious in the Sky: ‘They’re Coming’

“Another day, another UFO sighting,” an off-camera voice that sounds like Demi Lovato can be heard saying in the latest post on the singer’s Instagram account.

“Wow,” she says as the camera follows unidentified lights in the sky. “What the f—. They’re coming.”

In the clip, which Lovato shared Saturday afternoon (Jan. 16), the orbs spotted seem to ping-pong up above, in broad daylight.

Before this weekend’s sighting, Lovato recently shared her interest in aliens in a conversation with Kesha on a recent Kesha and the Creepies podcast episode. “I’m like trying to get all my friends and family into meditating the aliens to us. It’s my new hobby because of Demi Lovato,” Kesha told ET last week.

In their conversation (view a snippet here), Lovato had recalled spending time in Joshua Tree, California, with Dr. Steven Greer, “one of the world’s foremost authority figures regarding Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” his Instagram bio says. “What happened was we saw this really, really bright light,” Lovato said at the time, while showing a picture of it on her phone screen. “First of all, this blue orb kept floating in front of us, like 20 or 30 feet away. When I would try to walk up to it, it would just hop another 20-30 feet back. So I could never chase it or get to it, but I was trying.”

You can see Lovato’s latest curious footage on Instagram.

Chris Murphy, Longtime Manager of INXS, Dies at 66

Chris Murphy, the Australian entrepreneur who managed rock band INXS, has died. He was 66.

“It is with great sadness that Caroline Murphy and family confirm that Christopher (CM) Mark Murphy, Chairman of Murphy Petrol Group, has today passed away peacefully at his beloved Ballina property ‘Sugar Beach Ranch’ surrounded by his family,” Murphy Petrol Group wrote in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

While no cause of death was provided, the statement noted that Murphy battled Mantle Cell lymphoma.

“CM celebrated an illustrious career over 40 years and made an incredible impact on the global music and entertainment industry,” the statement continued. “Best known for taking his ‘band of brothers’ INXS to worldwide stardom, CM Murphy influenced the lives of many around the globe with his endless passion and drive. He will be greatly missed.”

Led by the late Michael Hutchence, INXS was one of the most successful groups to emerge from Australia in the late 1970s and sold approximately 70 million records worldwide during their career.

The surviving band members wrote in a tribute to Murphy, “Without Chris’s vision, passion and hard work, the INXS story would be totally different. Chris’s star burned very bright and we celebrate a life well lived and send all our love to his family. Garry, Andrew, Tim, Jon and Kirk.”

Murphy was also known for working with Australian country group The Buckleys — consisting of siblings Sarah, Lachlan and Molly Buckley — who remembered the “strength” of Murphy.

“Chris has been our guardian angel from the day we met him and he will continue to be for the rest of our lives,” they wrote in a joint tribute. “As with everyone who was so blessed to have known him – the strength, passion, guidance and love he ignites is forever lasting. We are so grateful to have walked this earth with him, our best friend, greatest champion and mentor. His spirit and light will forever live within and around us.”

Aside from his music pursuits, Murphy is remembered for his “competitive spirit” and love of agriculture, surfing, rugby, racing pigeons and horse breeding.

He is survived by wife Caroline and children Stevey, Jeri, Jack, Louis and Charlie; and his grandchildren Asher, Samantha, Bella, Axel, Harley and Reuben; his mother Janice and sisters Charne and Tanya.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that trees are gifted to contribute to a memorial at Murphy’s property in Ballina, New South Wales.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

Tina Knowles-Lawson Compares Blue Ivy to a Young Solange in Adorable Dance Class Video

Blue Ivy Carter may take after her Aunt Solange when it comes to dancing.

Tina Knowles-Lawson recently took to social media to share an adorable video of her 9-year-old granddaughter’s impressive moves during a dance class.

“[This] is Blue but I swear it looks like Solange dancing at this age,” Knowles-Lawson captioned the clip on Instagram.

In the cute clip, Beyonce and Jay-Z’s oldest child, who celebrated her birthday on Jan. 7, is seen busting a move alongside fellow pint-sized dancers to a version of Ciara’s 2010 song “Gimmie Dat.”

In 2019, at age 7, Blue Ivy officially earned her first Billboard Hot 100-charting hit after being featured on Beyonce, Saint Jhn and Wizkid’s “Brown Skin Girl.” The track, which appears on Beyonce’s The Lion King: The Gift album, debuted at No. 76 on the Hot 100.

Blue Ivy also became one of the youngest Grammy nominees in history after recently being added to the nominees for best music video for her mother’s “Brown Skin Girl.”

Check out Knowles-Lawson’s video of Blue Ivy here.

Selena Gomez Slams Big Tech Following U.S. Capitol Siege: ‘Enough Is Enough’

Hours after an angry mob of Trump supporters took control of the U.S. Capitol in a violent insurrection, Selena Gomez laid much of the blame at the feet of Big Tech.

“Today is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring people together and allow people to build community,” tweeted the singer/actor. “Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Susan Wojcicki — you have all failed the American people today, and I hope you’re going to fix things moving forward.”

It’s just the latest effort by the 28-year-old Gomez to draw attention to the danger of internet companies critics say have profited from misinformation and hate on their platforms. Gomez has been calling out Big Tech for months — publicly on the very platforms she’s fighting and privately in conversations with Silicon Valley’s big hitters.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Gomez said she’s frustrated by what she views as the companies’ lackluster response and that they have to “stop doing the bare minimum.”

“It isn’t about me versus you, one political party versus another. This is about truth versus lies and Facebook, Instagram and big tech companies have to stop allowing lies to just flow and pretend to be the truth,” Gomez said in a phone interview from New York. “Facebook continues to allow dangerous lies about vaccines and COVID and the U.S. election, and neo-Nazi groups are selling racist products via Instagram.

“Enough is enough,” she said.

Facebook and Twitter representatives declined to comment. Google didn’t respond to an AP request for comment.

Gomez is among a growing number of celebrities using their platforms to call out social media, including Sacha Baron Cohen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington, and Kim Kardashian West.

Gomez became passionate about the issue in 2017 when a 12-year-old commented on one of her Instagram posts: “Go kill yourself.”

“That was my tipping point,” she said. “I couldn’t handle what I was seeing.”

Social media experts have argued that companies like Facebook and Twitter played a direct role in the Capitol insurrection both by allowing plans for the uprising to be made on their platforms and through algorithms that allow dangerous conspiracy theories to take flight. That’s even though executives, such as Facebook’s Sandberg, have insisted that planning for the riots largely took place on other, smaller platforms.

“The operational planning was happening in spaces that Selena, for example, was identifying to Sheryl Sandberg in advance saying, ‘You know, we need to do something about white supremacist extremism online and their ability to just form a group on Facebook and happily talk away to each other, plan what they’re going to do next,’” said Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which has helped educate Gomez about online misinformation.

In emails shared exclusively with the AP, Gomez told Sandberg in September that “a search for a militia group ‘Three Percenters’ results in dozens of pages, groups and videos focused on people hoping and preparing for civil war, and there are dozens of groups titled ‘white lives matter’ that are full of hate and lies that might lead to people being hurt or, even worse, killed.”

That’s even though Facebook banned U.S.-based militia groups from its service in August.

In the same email, Gomez also points to several ads with lies about election fraud being allowed to remain on Facebook and Instagram and questions why that was being allowed.

“I can’t believe you can’t check ads before you take money, and if you can’t you shouldn’t be profiting from it,” she wrote. “You’re not just doing nothing. You’re cashing in from evil.”

In an email response to Gomez, Sandberg defends Facebook’s efforts to remove harmful content, saying the platform has removed millions of posts for hate speech, and bans ads that are divisive, inflammatory, or discourage people from voting. She didn’t directly address the advertising examples Gomez pointed to.

“It’s beating around the bush and saying what people want to hear,” Gomez said about her interactions with Sandberg and Google, among others. “I think at this point we’ve all learned that words don’t match up unless the action is going to happen.”

Following the violence at the U.S. Capitol, tech companies made some of their biggest changes to date.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other platforms banned President Donald Trump, drawing criticism from some including the American Civil Liberties Union that it was censorship, and praise from others who say the president abused his platform by encouraging violence.

In a thread defending Twitter’s Trump ban, CEO Jack Dorsey said “offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”

In addition to banning Trump, Facebook has been removing video and photos from Capitol rioters. The company also added text on posts questioning the election, confirming that Joe Biden has been lawfully elected, and saying it was taking enforcement action against militarized social movements like QAnon.

While the changes are positive, they’re “just a drop in the bucket,” said Jeff Orlowski, director of Netflix’s The Social Dilemma, a popular 2020 film that showed how Silicon Valley’s pursuit of profit could pose an existential threat to U.S. democracy.

Voices like Gomez’s can be a huge help to get the message across, considering her hundreds of millions of followers, Orlowski said.

“Think of the advertising revenue from every Selena Gomez post. Think of the advertising revenue from every Donald Trump post, the advertising revenue from every post from The Rock or whoever,” he said. “Those people are literally generating millions of dollars for these companies … The top 20 people on Instagram have probably the most influence over Mark and Sheryl compared to anybody else until finally Congress as a whole gets enough momentum and energy to put some legislation together.”

Orlowski and Ahmed both said they’re looking to Biden’s administration for reforms, including a measure that would hold social media companies accountable for the posts they allow, an effort that has gained momentum and drawn bipartisan support.

“The question no longer is ‘Is there going to be change,’” Ahmed said. “The question is, ‘What kind of change are we going to get?’”

Meanwhile, Gomez vows to keep fighting as long as she has a pedestal.

“While I have this, I’m going to do good things with it,” she said. “I think that’s my purpose.”

Aaliyah’s Estate Updates Fans on Bringing Late Singer’s Music to Streaming Services

Aaliyah fans will have to wait a little bit longer before the late R&B icon’s full music catalog is available on streaming services.

The Aaliyah Estate took to social media on Saturday (Jan. 16) — what would’ve been the late singer and actress’ 42nd birthday — to provide an update on when the world might have access to more of her music digitally.

“We hear you and we see you. While we share your sentiments and desire to have Aaliyah’s music released, we must acknowledge that these matters are not within our control and, unfortunately, take time,” Aaliyah’s estate wrote. “Our inability to share Aaliyah’s music and artistry with the world has been as difficult for us as it has been for all of you. Our priority has always been and will continue to be Aaliyah’s music.”

While her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, is widely available on major streaming services, the singer’s estate has held back the majority of her remaining catalog, which includes her 1996 follow-up, One in a Million, and her 2001 self-titled album.

“In the meantime, however, we are working diligently to protect what is in our control — Aaliyah’s brand, legacy, and intellectual property,” the estate continued. “In doing so, we will continue to release unique and exciting projects to keep Aaliyah’s legacy and light shining. While we understand this may be challenging, we need the support of the fans Aaliyah loved so dearly, until we can resolve all the issues in freeing her music. Undoubtedly, we understand how frustration can lead to angry and disappointment. However, we ask all of you for your continued support and love as we aim to achieve these goals for all of you and our babygirl. We appreciate you.”

The Aaliyah estate’s last update on the subject was on Aug. 25, 2020, which marked the 19th anniversary of her tragic death by plane crash in 2001 at age 22. In a statement, the estate claimed it had commenced communication with “various record labels” regarding the status of the singer’s catalog, including “its availability on streaming platforms in the near future.”

Aaliyah’s music catalog has been under the purview of her uncle and founder of Blackground Records, Barry Hankerson.

Fans have long demanded the release of the singer’s music, and there have been numerous false-starts along the way. In 2017, a greatest-hits collection of her music titled Ultimate Aaliyah was pulled just hours after appearing on iTunes and Apple Music. In 2019, a tweet from an account seemingly belonging to Hankerson teased that the singer’s full discography would be made available for streaming on Aaliyah’s birthday last year, but the day came and went with no update.

Read the Aaliyah estate’s latest update in the tweet below.

The Forum in Los Angeles to Serve as COVID-19 Vaccination Site

The owners of the Forum in Los Angeles are making good use of the arena in the absence of live music and sports.

L.A. County has announced that the 18,000-capacity venue, located in Inglewood, will serve as a COVID-19 vaccination site for those eligible, beginning on Tuesday (Jan. 19). The facility will also continue serving as a testing site for coronavirus.

“There’s a great need for vaccination everywhere but based on infection impact and things like that, it’s in a location that serves an area that has a great need,” Kevin McGowan, director of L.A. County’s Office of Emergency Management, told the Los Angeles Times. “In addition to it, it’s a large facility that has the ability to expand and contract based on supply and demand.”

More information about eligibility to be vaccinated is available at L.A. County’s new vaccination website. Currently, only frontline healthcare workers and residents at nursing facilities and other long-term care facilities will be eligible.

L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer purchased the Forum for $400 million in May from the Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.

Venues around the country have finding creative ways to offer their services amid the shutdown of concerts and sporting events amid the pandemic. In November, the Forum also served as a voting center for the 2020 presidential election.